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Ken Robichaud | May 6th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Reviews

Review: Avengers: Age Of Ultron

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I went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron on Saturday with the family, then spent the rest of FCBD geeking out with the intention of reviewing the film on Monday morning. Usually I like to have my movie review done right after viewing, but I thought a little time was needed to fully digest this one. There will be SPOILERS after the break, but if you’re on the fence about seeing the movie at this point (really?), do it. If you’re a fan of the MCU, you’ll enjoy it.

There you go, easy as pie, but for those who have seen it let’s look at where Age of Ultron takes us and what it means for the MCU.
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Ace Kim | May 4th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Target Offers $10 Off $50 Select Star Wars Items, AT-AT for $80.99

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Target is offering a May the 4th discount of $10 off a $50 purchase of select Star Wars items. The deal is applied automatically in your cart upon checkout. One item of note is the already discounted 75054 AT-AT set. It’s regular Target price is $90.99. After instant savings the price drops to $80.99, a 27% discount. Use your Target REDCard at checkout and get an additional 5% off the price. You’ll also net free shipping.

Ace Kim | May 3rd, 2015 | News

71009 Simpsons Collectible Minifigures Now Available

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Oh yeah, this happened. I’m guessing it was on May 1, but Simpsons Collectible Minifigs series 2 is now available. Price is $3.99 per figure with a maximum of 32 per order.

Oh yeah, and 71016 The Kwik-E-Mart is available for sale without VIP membership.

Ace Kim | May 3rd, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Free Mini Wookiee Gunship Build and Take Event At TRU Today

If you’re looking for something to do today, Sunday May 3rd, head on over to your local Toys’R’Us stores for a special Star Wars-themed build and take event. You can build a mini Wookiee Gunship, pictured above. The event lasts from 12:00noon to 2:00pm or while supplies last. I would advise getting there earlier rather than later as these types of events tend to attract large crowds.

Ace Kim | May 2nd, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

ThinkGeek Offers 20% Off Everything Star Wars

ThinkGeek is offering a nice 20% discount on everything Star Wars, including LEGO! No coupon code is needed and the discounts expire on EOD May 4th. The savings may seem better than what Shop@Home is offering, but may be slightly offset by shipping costs. They don’t typically allow stacking of free shipping and sales discounts. Still, you may be able to find some other non-LEGO geek items that tickle your fancy.

Thanks to Matt for writing it in.

Ace Kim | May 1st, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

LEGO Shop@Home May the 4th Sales

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The newest Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series set, 75095 TIE Fighter, is now available for purchase for $199.99.

From now until 11:59pm EST May 4th, get a free Admiral Yularen minifig with any LEGO Star Wars purchase of $75 or more.

You’ll also get a free LEGO-fied Episode IV Star Wars poster.

Plus, as a VIP member, you’ll automatically be entered into a drawing to win 1 of 10 UCS TIE Fighters signed by the owner The LEGO Group, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, with every LEGO Star Wars purchase with no minimum through 11:59pm May 4th. If you don’t plan on making any purchases, you can still enter by email by sending your name, VIP number, and “LEGO Star Wars Sweepstakes 2015″ in the subject line to [email protected]. Now the thing is, is that the promotional text says that’s all you have to do. But the fine print says you just neeed “LEGO Star Wars Sweepstakes 2015″ in the subject line and a whole host of other details in the body of the message: First Name, Last Name, Email Address, Mailing Address, Country, Birthdate, and VIP Number.

I took a few minutes a browsed the catalog and found the following sets on sale all for 10% off. Nothing earth shattering and there is more on sale if you’re into keychains and microfighters. You can visit the Star Wars page for more but here are the notables:

Ace Kim | April 30th, 2015 | LEGO, News

LEGO Reveals 10247 Ferris Wheel

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You might have seen the “leak” elsewhere from the June store calendar about the Ferris wheel set, but LEGO sent over official assets this morning. Scheduled to be released in June, 10247 Ferris Wheel will cost you $199.99 and comes with 2,464 pieces. The Ferris Wheel can be turned by a hand crank or you can add a medium Power Functions motor and a battery box to automate the thing.

I wish I picked up a carousel set many years ago.

View more images, the official video, and press release.

Ace Kim | April 30th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Official Cody and Jango Buildable Figure Images

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LEGO sent over this pair of official images of Clone Commander Cody and Jango Fett. Fett looks way better here than in the Celebration photo we posted a while back, mostly because I didn’t notice the details that give his armor that scratched and dented look. The helmet bugs me though, as if it’s too big or something much like its minifigure counterpart. Cody looks pretty good though and makes me wonder if they’ll produce all of the named commanders with their custom helmets like Gree and Neyo.

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Ace Kim | April 29th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

May The 4th Shop@Home Promotion

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LEGO is ramping up awareness for the upcoming, unofficial Star Wars holiday shopping weekend starting on May 2nd. I received this flyer in the mail the other day and just now received the same sort of thing in an email. Here are all of the promotions that I can glean. All promotions are valid May 2-4 or while supplies last where applicable:

  • Free Admiral Wulff Yularen minifig with $75 LEGO Star Wars purchase. If you’re like me and was all like “Who?”, according to Wookiepedia, he plays a major role during the Clone Wars and had a brief cameo appearance in Episode IV, hence why he looks normal and not bug-eyed. He looks like this:
  • A chance to win 1 of 10 UCS TIE Fighter sets signed by Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, owner of The LEGO Group. You must be a VIP member and make a LEGO Star Wars purchase from May 2-4, 2015 to qualify for the drawing. Free email entry also available. To secure your one permitted entry per day, please send an email to [email protected], stating your name, VIP number and LEGO Star Wars Sweepstakes 2015 in the subject line.
  • Free Collectible Poster. This should be the Episode IV poster that were also given away at Star Wars Celebration.
  • 75095 TIE Fighter On Sale! LEGO’s newest Star Wars UCS set goes on sale May 2nd for $199.99.

There is also a LEGO video introducing the TIE Fighter set:

If you can make it out to a brand retail location this weekend, the stores will be offering an in-store build session.

Build a LEGO Starfighter and earn your own paper Starfighter helmet that you can decorate with exclusive stickers!

And lastly, there is also word on discounted Star Wars products. While no official list has come out yet for the US, a list for the UK programme has come out. The discounts are only 10% and may or may not be an indication of what the US program may offer. We may be stuck getting clearance keychains again. The UK programme is also slightly different. The May the 4th promotion runs from 2 May through 9 May. And the threshold to get Yularen is €55/£50. Here’s your list of discounted sets for the UK:

I’ll post another update once we know what discounts the US will be getting. Prepare thine wallets!

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Ace Kim | April 28th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

[SWC] LEGO, Their Booth, Their Exclusives at Celebration – A Recap

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I promise this is the last celebration post.

For various reasons which I won’t get into, I was unable to attend Celebration. I was bummed but such is life. I relied on Instagram and pop culture news outlets to get my fix. However, FBTB fan Mos Eisley was in attendance and I asked him to give me a summary of what he experienced. The reason for this is to see how good or bad a person’s booth experience would be. Their history at San Diego Comic Con has its high points and low points and I, like I do every year, hoped that things improve. This is what he had to say and my reaction and comments follows.

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