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Archive for February, 2012

Ace Kim | February 13th, 2012 | LEGO, News

LEGO Toy Fair 2012: Duplo Disney Princess

LEGO Toy Fair 2012 - Duplo Disney Princess - 6154 Ciniderella's Castle - 03

Well this was certainly a surprise. Of course, this basically paves the way for a Friends Disney Princess line, which will sell like gangbusters, GANGBUSTERS I SAY! Only a matter of time…

You heard it here first folks!

Anyway, the initial assortment only consists of four sets, the largest being Cinderella’s Castle. No sign of Beast and Belle, or Ariel, or any other Disney’s notable Princess characters, but hopefully it won’t be too long before more sets are developed.

Don "Solo" Reitz | February 12th, 2012 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Super Heroes

Toy Fair Set Promo Clips Now Available

It took me all night but the short video clips showcasing the features on the new sets from Toy Fair have now been added to Flickr. As I was uploading these along side Ace uploading the hundreds of photos, things are a bit out of order in the timeline but you can conveniently browse all of these clips right here.

Ace Kim | February 12th, 2012 | LEGO, News

LEGO Toy Fair 2012: Ninjago

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Up next we have Ninjago, one of the strangest mash up themes I’ve ever encountered. Ninjas? Zombies? Now Snakes? What’s next? Bugs?

You heard it here first folks… bugs!

That samurai mech is pretty darn cool though, I must admit.

Ace Kim | February 12th, 2012 | LEGO, News

LEGO Toy Fair 2012: Monster Fighters

Toy Fair 2012 - Monster Fighters - 9461 The Swamp Creature - 10

Monster Fighters is up now. Unfortunately, between Don and I, we somehow missed photographing set 9462 The Mummy. I blame lack of sleep and the fact that there aren’t any real play features or anything else notable about the set.

Don "Solo" Reitz | February 12th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Ten More Years! LEGO Officially Renews Star Wars License

Today at the New York Toy Fair The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm Ltd. confirmed our suspicions that the Star Wars license wouldn’t be ending any time soon. They’ve signed on together for ten more years, although that doesn’t necessarily mean there will only be ten more years. Great news for fellow LEGO Star Wars fans here on FBTB and everywhere. You can view the full press release by clicking here or check the forum thread.

LEGO Officially Renews Star Wars License


Ace Kim | February 12th, 2012 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

LEGO Toy Fair 2012: Marvel Super Heroes

Toy Fair 2012 - LEGO Marvel Super Heroes - 6867 Loki's Cosmic Cube Escape - 5

The Marvel Super Heroes sets have just finished uploading. Unfortunately, due to time and space constraints, we were not able to take as many quality pictures as we wanted. Hopefully, you will still be able to glean some tasty eye candy from them.

Ace Kim | February 12th, 2012 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, News

LEGO Toy Fair 2012: Lord of the Rings

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The Lord of the Rings sets are in the process uploading as I type this. I have to admit that the printed details on the minifigs, helms, shields, and armors are pretty impressive. The LotR line also introduces an articulated horse that can stand up on its hind legs.

Ace Kim | February 12th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGO Toy Fair 2012: Star Wars

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I’ve started the upload process for our photos taken at the LEGO Collector Event this morning here in New York.k It’s slow going, and our connection is a little iffy, but we’ll do our best to make sure everything makes it onto the FBTB flickr stream.

Up right now is the Star Wars theme. We’ll be uploading the licensed themes first, then the rest afterwards. So take a peek and let us know what you think.

Ace Kim | February 12th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics

LEGO Toy Fair Exclusives 2012

Darth Maul Promo

I was wrong. This year’s exclusives from LEGO are actually exclusive. Or, at the very least, very difficult to come by.

First up as you can see is the Darth Maul minifigure. He’s packaged similar to white Boba Fett, Chrome Vader, etc, before him, so chances are he’ll be available through some other means later in the year. Possibly as a Shop@Home exclusive.

The next exclusives truly are exclusives. They are Iron Man and Bucky Barnes Captain America. The Iron Man is different in that the head is a printed minifig head piece, whereas the regular release figure will have a helmet with a flip up visor. This figure was specially made as a promo minifig like the Dark Knight version of Batman and the Green Lantern figures before it. Bucky Barnes Captain America was, if I recall correctly, produced while the script for the Avengers movie was being finalized. It was unknown if Bucky Barnes would play the role or if it would be Steve Rogers, so when it was determined that Steve Rogers would play the role of Cap, the Bucky Barnes version of the minifig was shelved. Until now.

Disclaimer: I’m a little under the influence as I post this, so the exact details of the origin of this special Cap figure may not be 100% factually correct, but that’s about as close as I can get it.

Iron Man, Bucky Barnes Captain America Exclusive Promo

Iron Man, Bucky Barnes Captain America Exclusive Promo

Nick Martin | February 11th, 2012 | LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, Reviews

Review: 4194 Whitecap Bay

Remember when I said in my review of the Queen Anne’s Revenge that I always tried to make sure my reviews were prompt and timely? Yeah, I’m not even going to pretend I was going for that here. Ace has been asking me to get this done for months and months, and I haven’t. After seeing Pirates sets on clearance at one of the local Walmart’s, though, I figured maybe it was time to cover the last set we haven’t reviewed.

So, here we are, the last set in the lineup of reviews from the PotC line. I’ll admit, I’ve been pretty harsh on the other sets in the series; in part because most of them just stunk, but in other parts because they didn’t capture either the history of the Pirates line in LEGO or the PotC franchise. Most felt like glorified battle packs, and some didn’t even manage to do that. So how does Whitecap Bay line up to that less-than-storied history?