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Ace Kim | June 2nd, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

New Sith Infiltrator Set

So this popped up on reddit late last night. The Infiltrator now looks like it has underside and what looks like actual landing gear that wasn’t thrown on at the last second. There also seems to be some other mechanism down there. We’ll have to get our hands on one to find out more. Qui-Gon has a poncho. The Sith Speeder is redesigned yet again. Am I the only one that thinks the original from 7101 was still the best design? There was something so charming about it it’s simplicity and use of parts. The surveillance drones don’t seem to have a stand so they’ll just sit in the sand for now. No other info other than the one image. We’ll post more once we get it. I’ve officially assigned the review of this set to Nick since he gave the last one such glowing remarks.

Thanks to ninnymuggins for the heads up.

Also, consider this your quasi-daily reminder to email your entry for the LEGO Bat-Pod giveaway.

Ace Kim | June 1st, 2015 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

Bat-Pod Giveaway Starts Today

Today, being June 1st and all, is the first day in which the Bat-Pod promotion giveaway starts. You can win the above-pictured 311-piece set by simply making a LEGO DC Superheroes purchase anytime between now and 11:59 pm EDT on June 30, 2015. There’s no minimum purchase required but you can combo your sweepstakes entry and get a Winter Soldier minifig if your purchase is over $75 and includes a DC Super Heroes set. You can enter once per day. Multiple purchases in a single day will still net you only one entry for that day however.

Alternatively, if you don’t feel like spending a boatload of cash, there is an email entry option. Simply send an email to [email protected] with your first name, last name, email address, mailing address, date of birth, and VIP Member number. Be sure to put Bat-Pod in the subject line to secure your entry.

Sadly there is no Anne Hathaway as Catwoman minifig included like I had hoped.

LEGO Shop@Home June Offerings – Winter Soldier Promo, New Sets

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It’s a new month and that means new stuff going on at LEGO Shop@Home!

First up is the Winter Soldier promo. Spend $75 on anything and get the above-pictured polybag minifigure for free! This promo is good until 11:59pm EST, June 30, 2015 or while supplies last, which probably won’t be for too long. You can pick him up at LEGO Shop@Home or at a LEGO Brand Retail location near you.

Next up is the summer wave of Star Wars sets:

Next up, you can now purchase the single Ant-Man related movie set, 76039 Ant Man Final Battle for $19.99.

And finally, 10247 Ferris Wheel is now available for purchase for non-VIP members for $199.99.

As always, every click through and purchase supports this site and we can’t thank you enough for your support.

Nick Martin | May 31st, 2015 | Sales News

DC and Marvel Super Heroes sets on sale on Amazon

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Someone likely has some LEGO sets for sale this week, since Amazon has a variety of sets marked down 10-20%. While the discounts aren’t crazy high, several of these sets have already gone clearance at most retail spots or are likely going to go off the shelves as the fall setups start to arrive. Others, like Green Lantern vs. Sinestro, were reviewed favorably here and worth it at the discount.

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Marvel Super Heroes

Ace Kim | May 30th, 2015 | LEGO Architecture, Sales News

Amazon Discounts 21017 Imperial Hotel by 23%

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It’s been awhile since we’ve seen any decent discounts on Architecture sets, but this one is worth mentioning. Amazon currently has 21017 Imperial Hotel discounted down to $100.33 as of this writing. That’s 23% off and just a few pennies north of the magical/psychological threshold of $99.99. The set comes with 1,188 pieces and low slope roof elements in sand green, including the concave “inside corner” element.

Ace Kim | May 30th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Iron Man Silver Centurion Minifig Discovered as GameStop LEGO Avengers Pre-order Bonus

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Eurobricks forum member strangely who is probably Matt Rickerd on flickr posted the above picture taken at his local GameStop. It’s an Iron Man Silver Centurion minifig! Armor that goes over the minifig! Printed tile! Side leg printing! I’m fairly certain that the side leg printing is new. He will be included as a pre-order bonus for the upcoming LEGO Marvel’s Avengers game through GameStop.

See, now this is what a promo should be: a minifigure that would be difficult to include in a normal set. And given how many armor suits Tony Stark is up to, there is a ton of options to pick from and turn into a promo fig. This is way, way better than offering an Iron Patriot figure which could have easily been included into a set given the role the suit made in Iron Man 3.

Now all LEGO and Marvel need to do is agree to release a CMF box of just Iron Man suits. And then move on to a Marvel Universe CMF series.

Nick Martin | May 26th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics

Review: 76031 The Hulk Buster Smash

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You know, the more I thought about Avengers: Age of Ultron, the more I realized it was basically the unholy merger of Wheedon’s storytelling and Michael Bay’s over-the-top spectacle. Let me be clear, I’m not calling the film Bay-ish… but one thing that Bay does well is make scenes of absurd effects and explosions that will enthrall and entertain you. Sure, you’ll feel dirty afterwords for having enjoyed it, but you will enjoy it (right up until your brain gets control back).

Reviewing 76031 The Hulk Buster Smash was a bit weird for me. I built the set and took the pictures before I saw the movie, I just hadn’t had a chance to write the review. I’ve obviously seen it since, and how I feel about the scene in general is mostly “eh.” There will be some spoilery elements to this review, even though I’m not reviewing the movie here. Of course, I’m honestly wanting to knock the set just for calling it “Hulk Buster” instead of Hulkbuster, but it’s hard to stay mad at this thing.

This is probably the most visually distinctive of the Age of Ultron sets, or at least the one that’s easiest to remember. Okay, maybe it’s easier to remember the “We are just re-releasing this thing” truck, but who thinks about the tower or that castle set most of us only even know about because it has Quicksilver? At $29.99 and 248 parts, this sits pretty squarely in the middle of the value scale these days. Not that great, but not exactly awful, especially compared to some other Superhero sets. Oh, and spoilers ahead.

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Ace Kim | May 21st, 2015 | LEGO Dimensions, News

New LEGO Dimensions Trailer Features Doc Brown

A new trailer for LEGO Dimensions has come out, and with it some new product announcements.

The trailer features Christopher Lloyd reprising his role as Dr. Emmett Brown. The trailer is heavy with Back To The Future gameplay showing the early beginnings of the famous clock tower of Hill Valley. You also get a sneak peek at some other characters in the game ranging from Lord of the Rings, Aquaman, Batman, and more.

How serious are WB and LEGO about Dimensions? They are bring-back-Christopher-Lloyd-to-reprise-his-role-as-Doc-Brown serious.

This is going to be big.

And expensive.

Listed below are images of the new dimensions packs recently revealed. My wallet honestly can’t deal.

Nick Martin | May 20th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75095 UCS TIE Fighter

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I was a bit apprehensive to review 75095 UCS TIE Fighter, since when I first saw the ship in Ace’s Toy Fair coverage, I thought it was a bit of a blocky mess. The TIE fighter is long overdue for some UCS love, though. The TIE Advance was one of the first UCS sets, owned by a few collectors and sat on by a bunch of people that scooped them up on clearance and hope to sell them someday to pay for their kid’s college tuition. Vader’s TIE Advance was a unique ship, and minus the cockpit and sticker plate, something you can likely build out of leftover parts sitting around. But the TIE Fighter, the backbone ship of the Imperial Navy and probably the most iconic fighter not called an X-Wing, went for 16 years before finally getting it’s due.

I only got into collecting the UCS sets with the Falcon, and that wasn’t even a first-run purchase for me (I think I got it in late 2008/early 2009). I’d owned a couple of other sets before that, like the Naboo Starfighter and Vader’s TIE, but they’d never impressed me all that much. Even for display pieces, they were absurdly fragile things that took up a lot of space. I sold them off… and I’ll admit there’s a bit of remorse to Vader’s given the crazy aftermarket prices on it now, but it was never a huge deal that I missed out.

Of course, fast-forward seven years, and I’ve purchased several of the things. The Falcon was like a glorious gateway to addiction that has been joined by the SSD, X-Wing, B-Wing, R2-D2, and Slave I. I don’t even like Boba Fett, but you have to admit that his ship looks cool, and it looks great sitting on a shelf. The UCS sets are a big investment in space though, something that my current situation leaves in very short supply (everything in Texas is bigger… except apparently apartments).

I’m also happy to report that my first impressions of the set, from those Toy Fair pictures, were absolutely wrong.

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Nick Martin | May 18th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75083 AT-DP

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In all of the years I’ve been writing for FBTB, a few things about me have been well established. My humor is sarcastic, occasionally witty, and often outdated. I probably use more words in my posts over the course of a year than the rest of the staff combined; I’m not afraid to express my opinions even when I know they’re going to be controversial; I wish that I owned a pair of Unikitty pajamas; and I often put completely random things into my lists. And when it comes to reviews, the two things I always sign up for are Jedi Starfighters and Walkers.

I love my walkers. Reviewing 75083 AT-DP was a given, the first really “transitional” set from Star Wars Rebels based on concept art from the original trilogy. Interestingly, this isn’t based on concept art by McQuarrie, it was done by Joe Johnston. If that name sounds slightly familiar, it’s because he was the director of Captain America: the First Avenger. Apparently, he was also responsible for Boba Fett’s general look in Empire and was a concept artist at Lucasfilm for the original trilogy. I’m sure I should probably know that, so let’s just add it to the long list of things I should know but didn’t (please see Ken if you’d like a copy of the list).

Since my last review of a Rebel’s set, I’ve finally gotten around to watching all of the episodes (if I could go change my review on that Ezra’s bike set, it’d be to be even more harsh about LEGO’s representation of Sabine). The AT-DP walker is one of four Imperial ships/vehicles that figure prominently in the cartoon (the others being the Troop Transport, TIE Fighters, and the Inquisitor’s Advanced TIE). At $50, this isn’t a cheap set, but who knows, maybe it’s hiding some secrets in there that justify the price.

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