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Nick Martin| March 28th, 2017 | Reviews, The LEGO Batman Movie

Review: 70910 Scarecrow Special Delivery

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This review of 70910 Scarecrow Special Delivery will wrap up my portion of the LEGO Batman Movie sets… at least until the next wave comes out and Ace and I start a fight to the death to decide who gets to review the Batwing. Still, he’s on the hook for the Scuttler (which I own and like) and Clayface (which I haven’t bought yet and think looks ugly). I’ve actually owned this set since it first showed up, but thanks to [email protected]’s information once you order a product being just horrible, combined with FedEx apparently not knowing how to handle a package, it was delayed from showing up when I took pictures of the rest of the sets.

I can confirm that a portion of this does existing in the movie, though if you blinked at any point during the opening sequence, you likely missed it. I’m a sucker for food trucks, though, so it was something I knew I wanted. We’re also without a proper Scarecrow figure in really any form until the summer wave hits, and I’m not that big of a fan of the one that comes in the Harvest set (another in the near future review).

This 204 piece, $19.99 set is a Walmart exclusive in the US., and I think that they agree with my general sentiment on all of the cheaper LEGO Movie Batman sets that it’s too expensive, since it’s been on price cut to $16.82 since it first arrived in stores (still full price on [email protected] if you order that way or don’t have access to a Walmart – shipping and handling pushes it back up over the SRP if you don’t add on other stuff). Still, little sets are always nice, and who doesn’t love some pizza?

Also, some mild spoilers in this if you haven’t seen the movie yet, but if you haven’t seen it, you should probably just go see it right now.

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Ace Kim| March 22nd, 2017 | LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGO Announces UCS Snowspeeder (75144)

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LEGO announced earlier today on their twitter feed the newest LEGO Star Wars UCS set, 74144 Snowspeeder. The quick deets: $199.99 US / $249.99 CA, 1,703 pieces, available on the unofficial Star Wars holiday, May 4th, 2107, and includes two generic, non-named minifigs of a pilot and gunner. But don’t let their lack of name fool you, they are still unique to this set…. at least one of them is… at least one of their helmets is…. and that’s all I can see from the pictures. I’m a bit pressed for time to do any research so you can take a look at the pictures below to see for yourself. The designer video is below the pictures followed by the official press release. Given the astronomical prices of the original UCS set on the aftermarket, this should be a welcome re-release for those that missed out the first time and will hopefully be enough of an upgrade for long-timers to want to purchase this set again.

Dat windscreen doe…

View more pics, the Designer Video, and the official press release.

Ace Kim| March 21st, 2017 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

Amazon Discounts Doc Ock’s Tentacle Trap by 45%

Amazon is offering a massive 45% discount off of 76059 Spider-Man: Doc Ock’s Tentacle Trap. This $39.99 regularly priced set is now just $21.95. It ships for free for Prime members, otherwise, free shipping starts at $35. This 446 piece set comes with Spider-Man, Doc Ock, Vulture, White Tiger and Captain Stacy. This set makes a great companion piece to 76057 Spider-Man: Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge Building Kit, which is also seeing a discount of 24% at just $75.99, down from $99.99.

Nick Martin| March 16th, 2017 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Reviews

Review: 76077 Iron Man Detroit Steel Strikes

76077 Iron Man Detroit Steel Strikes Full Set

I’m going to be honest… I had very little idea what was coming up for the 2017 Marvel lineup outside of Ms. Marvel. In recent years, I’ve avoided most of the spoiler-y information around sets. There’s something nice about wandering into the store, seeing something, and going “wow, that looks cool.” It’s fairly rare in our modern world of all leaks and spoilers all the time to get something like that. Of course, sometimes that policy ends with Ace laughing at me because I had no idea there was a LEGO Batman Dimensions fun pack featuring Excalibur Batman until yesterday. Literally.

This set was one I only knew the name of before it was shown off at Toy Fair, and once I saw the pictures, I knew I was going to buy it just because I wanted an Agent Coulson minifigure. While there’s certainly been a lot of movie-to-comic influence in Marvel stuff (movie comics from MCU invariably end up in the comics eventually), Agent Coulson has been a lasting addition after he was introduced in 2008’s Iron Man. From there, he was in Phase 1 movies (notably ending in Avengers), television (Agents of SHIELD and the Spider-Man cartoon), and now into comics.

Coulson is pretty much the reason that I’m reviewing 76077 Iron Man Detroit Steel Strikes and its unnecessarily long name; it comes with 377 parts and a nice $29.99 price tag. We get two brand new characters in Justin Hammer and Coulson, and a brand new version of Iron Man that includes his hair. I remarked how odd the mixture of sources was in the Ms. Marvel set, but I’m not sure it has anything on this weird mashup of cartoon, movie, and made-up stuff. Still, it’s got Lola, so maybe this “yet another mech” has something going for it.

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Nick Martin| March 1st, 2017 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Latest (and probably last) Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 Trailer

Is it May yet?

Ace Kim| February 28th, 2017 | LEGO Ideas, News

LEGO Ideas Announces Next Set Women of NASA

It’s Women of NASA by Maia Weinstock. Congratulations to you, Maia.

Voltron is still being considered, which is very surprising to me, but I’m hoping against all odds it becomes a reality.

Most of the others were too unrealistic in their scope to ever be considered. I mean seriously, they’ve stated what won’t make it and most of the models that were rejected are the exact definitions of what would be considered an auto-disqualification.

The announcement covers the review period from May to September of 2016.

via LEGO Ideas blog

Ace Kim| February 28th, 2017 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

Doctor Strange Retiring Soon, Last Day For Tears and Disco Batman

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The Target-exclusive Doctor Strange set, 76060 Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum, has been marked as “Retiring Soon” over at LEGO [email protected] It is currently on back order status, and I am assuming once their back order shipment sells out, that is it. You can also pick it up at Target stores if that floats your boat. The other two Super Hero exclusives, Walmart’s 76056 Batman: Rescue from Ra’s al Ghul and Toys’R’Us’ 76067 Tanker Truck Takedown are still available and have not yet been marked in the same manner.

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And remember, kids, you can still get the polybag promotional set of Tears of Batman and Disco Batman if you order today, February 28th 2017, before 11:59pm EST. You’ll need to order at $75 worth of merch to get it automatically added to your cart. You’ll also get free standard shipping. You can pick up the three Star Wars store exclusives easily and get free shipping and free Batman figs all in one go:

Nick Martin| February 28th, 2017 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Reviews

Review: 76076 Captain America Jet Pursuit

76076 Captain America Jet Pursuit Full Set

To say that I’m a fan of Ms. Marvel is a bit of an understatement. It might seem a bit strange to think that a teenage muslim girl that’s taking up the mantle of a character that was far too often known more for her costume than for all of the cool stories (seriously, Ms. Marvel / Captain Marvel was always a cool character, but since the name change, has just gotten more cool). The thing is… Kamala Khan is just this wonderful mix of awkwardness, hitting her from all sides: her Muslim heritage and family contrasting with the fact that she is thoroughly American, her deep nerdiness contrasting with wanting to fit in, the whole Peter Parker-esque teenage struggles, and trying to be a new super hero dealing with standing shoulder to shoulder with her idols.

Her series took some of the things that Marvel has always excelled at in its comics… first done by the mix of Peter Parker and later by the real human struggles of people like Tony Stark. She got hit with the Terrigen Cloud (she’s an Inhuman) after sneaking out to go to a party, only to be made fun of by the cool kids. She didn’t know how to control her powers (she’s a polymorph, meaning she can bend around, increase size, and heals a lot… she can even assume other forms, like when she appeared as the original Ms. Marvel in her classic costume). A few issues later, she’s searching for her bad guy in the sewers, and comes across Wolverine for a team up, and she nerds out in a way that I think we can all relate to, because we’d all do the exact same thing in her shoes.

This isn’t really a review of her comics, it’s just that reviewing 76076 Captain America Jet Pursuit means that I’m going to have to focus on a set that can only be described using words like “mediocre” and “disappointing” and “wrong.” Starting at the very premise of the set… Captain America flying a jet. The Captain has been many things in his long life, but pilot is not among them. Sure, he was sitting at the controls of plane thing in First Avenger, but his role in that was to crash it (the vehicles were mostly auto-pilot).

He was an Army captain, for crying out loud. The villain is probably someone most people have never heard of; I actually had heard the name, but he looks nothing at all like what you get here. In short, this $19.99, 160 piece set is all about Kamala… and I seriously hope my first impressions are wrong.

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Ace Kim| February 19th, 2017 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

March Sets Now Available Through LEGO [email protected]

LEGO [email protected] and Brand Retail stores are now carrying most if not all of the March assortment. I listed Star Wars, Marvel Super Heroes and Brickheadz. The Brickheadz are also available but limited to VIP members. Once you sign into your account you should be able to add to your bag. I didn’t list any Speed Champions because I wasn’t sure if they were new for March 1 or if they were available since January 1.

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And remember, if you order by February 28th, you can still get the promotional Disco Batman and Tears of Batman two-figure promotional polybag set as ANY LEGO purchase over $75 qualifies; it’s not tied to just The LEGO Batman Movie sets.

Star Wars

Marvel Super Heroes

Brickheadz

Ace Kim| February 19th, 2017 | News

Toy Fair 2017 Final Thoughts

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Now that this year’s Toy Fair is done and some time has passed, I thought I’d give a brief impression of my thoughts for what LEGO has to offer the rest of the year.

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