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Ace Kim | April 30th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGO.com’s May the 4th and Revenge of the 5th Plans

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StarWars.LEGO.com just released their plans to celebrate the unofficial Star Wars day, May the 4th. And I guess their claiming May 5th as their own as well, dubbing it as Revenge of the 5th. Terrible. Anyways, there is an online virtual build of a mystery mosaic starting on the 4th with the final reveal happening the day after. There are two ways to participate. Method 1: go online to the LEGO website, log on with your LEGO ID and upload a picture of a Star Wars creation. Method 2: stop by a LEGO Brand Retail store and either bring your MOC or build one in the store, and a store associate will help you upload it to the site. How any of this will help “build” a virtual mosaic is beyond me but don’t dismiss the marketing efforts just yet. One lucky photo will be chosen as the winner and the submitter will win a desktop-size LEGO Darth Maul. See? That right there makes it worth it.

There’s a website up and running right now, LEGOStarWarsMosaic.com, where you can check out all the legalese and it’ll link straight to LEGO’s site. No telling yet if anything else will show up.

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Nick Martin | April 30th, 2012 | LEGO Cars, Reviews

Review: 9484 Red’s Water Rescue

Red’s Water Rescue is one of the “small” sets from the Car’s line, this one featuring a minor character from Cars and Cars 2 (Red), and a character so minor in Cars 2 that even LEGO barely mentioned him in the blurb for the set. Okay, it could be that I just sort of blocked almost everything about that movie out of my mind. It was a curious thing… if it had any name other than Pixar attached to it, the thing would have just been a mindless summer movie for kids.

But Pixar puts a certain expectation in your mind that it’s going to be awesome. Toy Story managed to be awesome three different times. Up and Wall-E can be counted among the best films ever; not just one of the best animated films…  but films in general. And while Cars can be considered one of the weaker films in the lineup, it was still genuinely good, even if formulaic. Cars 2, not so much. And that leaves us with a quandry in this little $20 set? Is it more like Cars, where we first saw Red, or like Cars 2, where we were given Acer and two hours of Mater?

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Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | April 29th, 2012 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News, Reviews

Review: 30160 Batman Jetski

Oh Toys R Us and their exclusives…
 

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30160 Batman Jetski is the first of what will hopefully be many Super Heroes polybags. The best parts of the DC and Marvel lines are the minifigures, so a cheap way to get them is always welcomed. It’s not as cheap as it could be, thanks to Toys R Us, but it’s a start.
 
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30160 Batman

 
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Casey "cas" Scott | April 28th, 2012 | LEGO CUUSOO, News

CUUSOO Back to the Future Entry Reaches 10,000 Votes

It was only a matter of time. M.togami’sBack to the Future(BTTF) – DeLorean Time Machine” LEGO CUUSOO entry has reached its goal. Does this mean we’ll have a LEGO DeLorean in our future? Maybe. Maybe not. Consider the licensing that is likely required. Universal Pictures. Amblin Entertainment. DeLorean Motor Company. It’s quite a hurdle beyond designing a set that might one day grace store shelves or LEGOShop, but hopefully it’s a hurdle that LEGO is willing to overcome to deliver a stellar and geek-tastic product. Who knows, perhaps LEGO has considered a Back to the Future license in the past and the paperwork’s already been done…

Nick Martin | April 28th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 9488 Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack

The Full Set

I’m not going to lie to you… I love the Battle Packs. I buy the heck out of these things. I even bought multiples of the Ice Cream Clones that we had last year. I even bought several assassin droid battle packs, so I take the droids, even though they’re fragile and annoying. This battle pack gives us both!

But I’m also one of those people that accuses LEGO of using the higher price-points to make glorified battle packs (I’m looking at you, Geonosian Cannon and Ewok Attack). This year, we got two battle packs. We have an upcoming review of the excellent Endor Battle Pack, which I’m buying up like crazy, and I’m going to take a shot at our obligatory Clone Wars battle pack. So, we’re going to go into this asking ourselves… how many more custom clones do we need?

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Nick Martin | April 27th, 2012 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Reviews

Review: 6867 Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape

You know, it’s always tricky to do reviews on sets for a movie or show that hasn’t come out yet. It’s even harder when you’re someone that is basically living in a virtual cave and refusing to watch any trailers or teasers for that same movie. Yes, that’s right… I haven’t watched any of the Avenger’s trailers. Sure, I’ve seen the promo materials, and I own the entire LEGO Super Heroes set line (just not those ugly super-sized figures), including all of the Avengers sets, so something here is kind of spoilerific.

Loki’s Comsmic Cube Escape is one of two $20 sets in the Marvel half of the LEGO Super Heroes line, and the only one that’s tied to the upcoming movie. The other one is the Wolverine’s Chopper Battle set, which, while delicious in it’s own right, is much more comic-inspired than movie-driven, so it looks quite a bit different from the Avenger’s line. And the first impression is that at $20, this set could be a steal…

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Casey "cas" Scott | April 26th, 2012 | LEGO CUUSOO, News

LEGO CUUSOO – ‘Eve Online Ships’ Gains Support

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I briefly mentioned this achievement earlier, but it was a bit buried in the Shaun of the Dead post and I felt it deserved more recognition. Czar aka behemothjosh’s EVE Online creation–“EVE Online Ships – Rifter“–may very well represent a new, if not short-lived, license. Much like I’ve never played Minecraft, I’ve never played EVE Online, so my familiarity with the ship is severely limited, which is one of the reasons my enthusiasm is limited. I’m sure the EVE Online fans (both LEGO and non-LEGO fans) are stoked, however.
Unlike the previous MOCs to reach 10,000 votes, this model lets its studs hang out, something I’ve noticed many popular MOCs tend to shy away from, instead relying more heavily on tiles and/or extensive SNOT techniques. This model, as you can see, seems to hearken back to simpler, studlier times, which I appreciate and I’m sure many others do as well. We’ll keep you updated on LEGO’s decision regarding this model and future potential, long-shot licenses, some of which may require having awkward Oedipal moments.

Casey "cas" Scott | April 26th, 2012 | LEGO CUUSOO, News

LEGO Says ‘No’ to Shaun of the Dead

It was only a few weeks ago that Yatkuu’s LEGO CUUSOO submission “The Winchester – Shaun of the Dead” reached 10,000 votes and entered the review process. Now we have word straight from LEGO it has been rejected. LEGO states:

LEGO CUUSOO gives the opportunity to submit product ideas, however all LEGO products, regardless of age target, must be content appropriate for our core audience. With this in mind we have decided that – good though the model is – the film Shaun of the Dead contains content that is not appropriate for our core target audience of children ages 6-11.

It makes sense, given Shaun of the Dead is a bloody, R-rated film, but it would have been fascinating to see the evolution of the project from MOC to official LEGO product. Still, we have the next potential product to look forward to, as pointed out on Brickset, EVE Online Ships reached the goal for LEGO review.
I have to admit, I have little enthusiasm about this particular entry. It’s not that it bad, it’s quite the opposite. Each of the selected models have been wonderful in their own ways. The problem is, it’s another “licensed” model, following in the footsteps of Minecraft and Shaun. Where’s the love for models not tied to any specific brand, be it video game, TV show, or movie? LEGO Back to the Future would be awesome, as would LEGO The Legend of Zelda, but going through LEGO CUUSOO doesn’t seem to be the right avenue for properties that must be licensed (i.e. have additional costs) in order to be produced. Models such as Modular Western Town or simply western themed sets, for example, make more sense.
Or does nostalgia and pop culture rule?

[via Brickset, LEGO CUUSOO Blog]

Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | April 25th, 2012 | LEGO Harry Potter, LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

_[USA] Hagrid’s Hut and and Droid Escape- 25% Off at ThinkGeek

Hagrid's Hut

 
Thinkgeek.com has decided to clearance out a couple of sets.
 

    >>4738 Hagrid’s Hut – $29.99 (25% off MSRP) SOLD OUT
    >>9490 Droid Escape – $14.99 (25% off MSRP)
    >>9676 Tie Interceptor & Death Star – $7.99 (20% off MSRP)

 
And here are a couple of coupon codes, to help offset shipping.
>>MOARSTUFF to get $5 off $30/ $10 off $60
>>THANKS55 to get $10.00 off of $50.00.
 

Droid Escape Tie Interceptor and Death Star

 
via starfailure at Brickset.com

Casey "cas" Scott | April 25th, 2012 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News, Sales News

Toys ‘R’ Us Discounts LEGO Batman 2 + Free Shipping

Toys ‘R’ Us is currently offering the upcoming LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes at a surprisingly decent discount of 25% off. On top of that, they’re offering free shipping on pre-orders. There’s no telling how long this will last and there’s no bonus minifigure or downloadable characters, but if you prefer to save money, this deal might be the better choice (it’s tough, I know). Oh, and PC users, you’ll have to look elsewhere for a deal. Toys ‘R’ Us doesn’t list that version. Then again, neither does Gamestop. The game is available on Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, Wii, DS, 3DS, and releases June 19th.