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Nick Martin | October 7th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews, Star Wars, The Force Awakens

Review: 75103 First Order Transporter

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I’m not sure there’s ever been a more “wait, what?” moment in seeing a set than when we first saw the second largest First Order set in the Force Awakens lineup, the First Order Transporter. At first, it almost seemed like the box art was just preliminary or something, as it was clearly a small ocean-fairing vessel that was floating through some nameless forest. I mean, it looks like a fine boat, but I question its use as a ship.

Of course, thinking to some other Abrams fare, like Star Trek, this is something he’s kind of known for: technology that’s at the same time recognizable, yet used in a way that makes absolutely no logical sense. I’m talking all of those pipes in Star Trek with those convenient human-sized hatches and windows, everything ever in Lost, and the big McGuffins in Alias. I like to imagine that he came into a concept meeting, and right after he was trying to sell the giant spider in the 3rd act, he yelled “I’ve got it! Actual battleships, except they float!”

Sure, you could say that with the dual boat / flying ship, you now have two ways to attack… if one of those ways was considerably more inefficient and made for a far more defensible position because it’s limited to coming over shorelines as compared to dropping out of the sky to where it needed to be. But hey, I have a whole review to rant about how 75103 First Order Transporter is a boat with wheels that also flies and how the First Order apparently lets eight-year-olds design their military technology. In a sense, that makes this $89.99, 792 piece set the most basic of LEGO sets. After all who among us didn’t spend our childhoods building houses that also had rocket engines and catapults for fighting space elves?

What, it was just me?

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Ken Robichaud | October 5th, 2015 | LEGO Doctor Who, LEGO Ideas, News

LEGO Ideas Doctor Who Set Officially Revealed

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The last 24 hours have been a roller-coaster ride of emotions for me since the first teaser picture popped up on the Doctor Who Facebook page and the wait began. Or I think it could have been but, since I won’t ride those things, I’ll never know.

Either way, I have to wait no longer! The LEGO Ideas blog has released these images and announced a street date of December 1st with a price tag of USD $59.99 / EUR €59,99.

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Here is the official product description:

Construct a stunningly detailed LEGO® version of the iconic TARDIS® and role-play the Doctor’s time-travel adventures! Created by fan-designer Andrew Clark and selected by LEGO Ideas members, this set is based on the BBC’s popular and long-running television series about a Time Lord – the Doctor – exploring the universe in a blue police box. Due to trans-dimensional engineering, the TARDIS is bigger on the inside than the outside and this cool multifunctional set includes the console room that houses all the flight controls. Regenerate the Doctor and defeat the evil Daleks™ and a Weeping Angel with the help of his extraordinary companion Clara. Then close the doors of the TARDIS and launch into another dimension! Includes 4 minifigures with assorted accessory elements: the Eleventh Doctor, the Twelfth Doctor, Clara Oswald and a Weeping Angel, plus 2 Daleks™.

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I hope this sells like crazy and prompts them to do a follow up set with Eccleston (9), Tennant (10) and the companion that linked them, Rose. Then I could have The Ears and The Hair to go with The Chin and The Eyebrows. But between this set and the Cyberman fun pack, I’m a very happy camper. Though my wallet won’t be.

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Ken Robichaud | October 5th, 2015 | DC Universe, LEGO Batman, LEGO Super Heroes, News

First Look At Nathan Sawaya’s Record-Setting Batmobile


Nathan Sawaya has shared a peek at his life sized Batmobile that will be part of his The Art of the Brick: DC Comics exhibition on display at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney Australia from November 21st until May 1st, 2016. Designed by Jim Lee at SDCC and built with over 500,000 bricks in less than three months, it ended up a huge 18 foot long beast and will no doubt be the centrepiece of the over one hundred DC Comics themed sculptures in the show.

No word on whether it transforms into a giant mech though.


Via CBR.

Ken Robichaud | October 4th, 2015 | LEGO Doctor Who, LEGO Ideas, News

Update: Doctor Who LEGO Ideas Set Materializing Soon

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As much as I look forward to the Doctor Who level/toys available through Dimensions, a little part of me worried that those might be all we get since no other official set had been announced. Today that little voice in the back of my head can stuff it!

Posted to the Doctor Who Facebook page today, this picture is a huge “Shut up and take my money” moment for this geek. I’m not a praying man, but tonight I will say a prayer to whatever deity will ensure a strictly printed set.

Hopefully, we’ll learn more soon.

Update: We’ve learned it’s bigger on the inside…

Don | October 1st, 2015 | Contests, News

MOC the 80s! Poll is Live

moc the eightiesI guess everyone loves suspense; the number of entries more than doubled in the final day and topped out at 20 qualifying submissions. Everyone competing is in the gallery below, and if you’re a member of the forum be sure to swing by this thread to vote. The poll will be open for seven days, so feel free to take your time. I’m sure it’ll be tough to pick your two favorites. Thanks to everyone for contributing, and good luck to the lot of you.

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Ace Kim | September 30th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Amazon Discounts 75055 Imperial Star Destroyer by 24%

And the sales keep rollingin. Save 24% on this last year’s Imperial Star Destoyer set, #75055, from Regular price is $129.99 but it’s sitting pretty at just under $100 and can be had for only $99.26.

There are a bunch of Rebels sets on sale as well around 20% off or more. Check out this page for more details. One other notable big ticket item that’s on sale is 75106 Imperial Assault Carrier. It, too, has hit that golden price for me, under $100 for just $95.78 (26% off MSRP of $129.99).

Don | September 29th, 2015 | Contests, News

18 Hour Reminder for MOC the 80s! Contest

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As the clock strikes midnight we enter into the final day for submissions, and although I’m still holding on to hope that we’ll get a last minute surge of entries we’ve already got some real contenders lined up and I’m looking forward to seeing which ones everyone will favor. This is the last heads up before the deadline, so make sure you get yours submitted today if you’ve built anything. I’ll have the poll up and running shortly after if all goes according to plan.

Nick Martin | September 28th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Reviews

Review: 76037 Rhino and Sandman Supervillain Team-Up

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Every time a release cycle comes up, there are always some sets that you just know you’re going to buy. The Mystery Machine, the Miles Morales set, and Rey’s Speeder were all sets I knew I was going to buy. Sure, I was going to review them too, but even if I didn’t do stuff like this I knew I wanted them. LEGO knows their market well, I suppose.

Of course, the reverse is also true… there are some sets that you know that you don’t want regardless of the sale. It’s especially hard when you’re trying to expand your selection of minifigs and parts, like I am always trying to do with the Super Heroes line. If I hadn’t signed up to review 76037 Rhino and Sandman Supervillain Team-Up, I likely would have just ignored this set and grabbed the figs I wanted on the aftermarket.

Let’s call it the anti-excitement set. A tan blog, yet another Spider-Man set, and just a pretty boring looking playset… it still was a 389 piece set that ran $39.99. It also had echoes of one of my all-time favorite LEGO sets, 7905 Building Crane, even if it’s a very faint echo. This set marks the first time Absorbing Man Rhino, Sandman, and Iron Spider grace a Marvel set, and gives us a slightly different Spider-Man, so who knows, maybe there’s reason to grab this set…

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Ace Kim | September 27th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

Amazon Discounts The Other Two Guardians Sets

Having put a hefty discount on 76021 The Milano Spaceship Rescue a while back, Amazon is now finally putting the other two Guardians of the Galaxy set on sale. 76020 The Only Set With Groot Knowhere Escape Mission is $29.46, a 26% discount off of $39.99 MSRP. And if you thought that was a respectable sale price, 76019 Starblaster Showdown is a whopping 37% off of $19.99 MSRP, at just $12.37! There is a quantity limit of 2 each per order.

Don | September 25th, 2015 | Contests, News

Less than a week remaining to MOC the 80s!

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The finish line is now just five days away in our latest contest, and although the submission thread is looking a little sparse the builders have definitely brought their A-game. I wouldn’t be surprised if a number of you out there are saving this weekend to polish up your MOCs, getting ready for a dramatic reveal in the final stretch. The deadline is this coming Wednesday night, 11:59PM PST September 30th. The full rules are posted here but the gist if you’ve missed it is build a pop culture car from a classic 80’s movie or TV show. Best of luck!