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Archive for February, 2012

Ken Robichaud | February 24th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars

Darth Maul Returns In New Clone Wars Trailer

After last seasons teaser at the end of the “Nightsisters” arc, fans have been waiting to see the return old half ‘n half. If there’s one thing the Clone Wars is good at, it’s keeping viewers in suspense through incredibly long stretches between accompanying arcs. I’ve been waiting to see this tease pay off and it seems like it could be one of the best arcs of the season with the two part season finale starting on March 9th with the episode “Brothers”, then finishing March 16th with “Revenge”. Fans of the Nightsisters storylines should be in their glory for the next four weeks starting with tonights “Massacre”. I’m guessing this will be another arc I’d hessitate to let my son watch, but I can’t say no to anything that features the voice talent of Clancy Brown. There’s even a behind the scenes featurette about Sam Witwer’s work to bring Darth Maul to the small screen for those who enjoy an overdose of spoilers.

John "jallenuk" Moore | February 24th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars

The Clone Wars: Massacre

Massacre Preview

The four part season finale of The Clone Wars starts tonight with Massacre

Count Dooku is determined to have revenge against the Nightsisters of Dathomir after their betrayal. General Grievous launches an all-out droid attack against the magic-wielding witches, and Mother Talzin and Asajj Ventress lead the defense with all the dark powers at their command.

Casey "cas" Scott | February 24th, 2012 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

[Toys R Us] New Marvel Sets Assemble for Pre-order + New Pics

Thanks to forum member Pro_Ice for pointing out the new LEGO Super Heroes Marvel Universe sets have appeared at Toys R Us for pre-order. They’ve listed an estimated ship date of April 10th, but given The Avengers is a tentpole film release you can bet these sets will be widely available on or around that date at most major retailers. But, if you’re that impatient, the “TRU Tax” doesn’t appear to be in full effect yet, with the larger sets still at MSRP, so for the time being TRU is just a good a place as any (and if you spend over $75 you’ll qualify for free shipping). Check out the forums for a run down of all the new pics (no high-res yet) and links to the sets.

Casey "cas" Scott | February 23rd, 2012 | MOC Spotlight

[Video] LEGO Meets Video Games for the 2012 Annual Interactive Achievement Awards

LEGO and video gaming are undoubtedly becoming increasingly connected. With a Minecraft based set and another LEGO Batman game around the corner, this video, created by Alex Kobbs (Kooberz Studios) could not be timed better. Created for the 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, the video showcases several well-known video games from the past year, many that lend themselves to the world of LEGO beautifully. Warning: this video contains Megabloks.

[via Joystiq]

Ken Robichaud | February 23rd, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars

To See, Or Not To See – Episode I in 3-D

LEGO Episode I in 3-D!

I’m not a fan of 3-D, but it seems to be all the rage and it’s a huge cash grab right now so it was inevitable that Lucas would convert his films and milk the new technology for all its worth. Episode I The Phantom Menace has been back in theaters for two weeks now and has already pulled in another $36 million. It’s positioned to knock The Dark Knight out of the top ten worldwide grossing films any minute now as it’s already cracked the $1 billion mark, a feat unlikely for even the now iconic Star Wars. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to address this, but I think it deserves a look for no other reason then there are still people going to see this movie. The question is, will you go to see it?

Ken Robichaud | February 22nd, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars

Massive Millennium Falcon Escapes Tiny Death Star

"I hope the old man got the tractor beam out of commission."

I’ve seen some great uses of the new Death Star Planet piece, but the most obvious can be the best in the hands of an artist. I’m jealous of Blockaderunner‘s MOCs, of his collection and most importantly his mad photography skills. The perspective in this shot is perfect as is the lighting. For another example, the shot below is a composite of two pictures he took with the the background altered and displayed on his TV with the bikes in the foreground.

"Keep on that one, I'll take these two."
Ken Robichaud | February 22nd, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars

UCS Millennium Falcon Virtual Build

If you liked the virtual stop-motion build of the 10019 Blockade Runner I posted at the end of January, you’ll love this one of the epic UCS Millennium Falcon created over three years by Francisco Prieto. If you didn’t like it, too bad.

Thanks to grizzzzlies for the heads up!

Ken Robichaud | February 22nd, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight

Instrukshuns Plz! – ARC-170 Starfighter


Tommy “roguefx” Williamson posted this ARC-170 Starfighter By Martin (thire5) Latta back in January and for good reason, it’s fantastic and probably my favourite PT fighter. Well now you can build your own because Mr. Latta has created instructions and a parts list that you can download gratis. Bravo.

Ken Robichaud | February 22nd, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGO Star Wars Storms The Nuremberg Airport

Yoda @ the Nuremberg Airport (Toy Fair 2012)

After the great coverage of both the London and New York Toy Fair’s by our intrepid reporters Pete, Don and Ace it was easy to forget about the one held in Germany. Francesco “Frankie” Fondi (awesomely alliterated alias award) sent a heads up about LEGO’s occupation of the Nuremberg airport baggage area, which was overwhelmed with LEGO Star Wars statues. You can check out the rest of the shots at his site. I’d guess these are statues that may pop up in LEGO stores quite often, but I’ve never seen one in person and the thought of them invading an airport just seems like an odd publicity stunt. Neat nontheless.

Star Wars Friends @ the Nuremberg Airport (Toy Fair 2012)

It’s sad because they used to be so close…

Ken Robichaud | February 22nd, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight

Ralph McQuarrie’s Concept R2 by SPARKART!

Star Wars Ralph McQuarrie R2-D2 Concept

This creation by SPARKART! is a fantastic monument to the original Ralph McQuarrie conceptual artwork for R2-D2. Sparky certainly likes his astromechs and makes great use of the new Death Star planet part to cap off this one, I hope he’s still got a few tricks up his sleeve because there’s nothing like a saucy rolling trashcan to put a smile on my face (It’s just an expression, I don’t actually smile).