The final “Planet” from Series 1 may not be an actual planet, but it is possibly the most recognizable orb in all of science-fiction and it’s a love letter from LEGO to the fans. Take a good look and see if the feeling is mutual or if this one is return to sender.
Archive for May, 2012
9526 Palpatine’s Arrest has been found at the Hamburg, Germany LEGO Store. Fans have been waiting to see this set since it was listed on an official LEGO poll several years ago.
It’s priced at €89.99, and includes new movie versions of Kit Fisto, Mace Windu, Chancellor Palpatine, Saesee Tiin, Agen Kolar Anakin Skywalker. Looks like there’s a catapult to launch Palpatine at the Jedi, and there appears to be a lever for exploding-window action. No Sith wall mural, but fan predictions proved mostly accurate.
Considering we haven’t gotten official pictures yet, I’d reckon this is an accidental early release. It was slated for August 2012, and is rumored to be a retailer exclusive.
As of midnight tonight you’ll only have five more days to submit your model for the Wings of Justice contest. Lots of fun designs so far and we’re sure to get some more competition in the last stretch like we usually see. I’m really looking forward to the final lineup. When you’re ready to go be sure to post your photos to this thread as outlined in the rules. Again: the deadline is 11:59pm June 2nd (PST) – that’s this Saturday night – and voting will commence shortly after. Good luck everyone and keep those models coming!
Word on the street is that the new Lord of the Rings and Monster Fighters sets are hitting shelves. Stores need to make room, so be sure to keep an eye out for clearance sales for older inventory. So far we’ve heard about Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean hitting 30-50% off at Walmarts, along with K-Mart clearance including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Cars 2, and more.
As always with big chain retailers, your mileage may vary. But these super savings are always worth stopping in for a peek. Be sure to check the forums to see what people are finding.
Some might see having Captain America as the only hero in the smallest set odd as he’s supposed to be the team leader and that means the only thing he can assemble in this set is his “Avenging Cycle”. It includes an iconic hero, generic villains and some vehicular tidbits thrown in to round it out, but does the battle pack equivalent of the Marvel line actually live up to the concept?
**Spoilers Ahead! Read on at your own risk…**
Australian site Mr Toys has a page up for the upcoming 6873 Spider-man’s™ Doc Oc™ Ambush. It includes Spider-Man, Doc Ock, and Iron Fist minifigures, which were revealed already in the back of the Marvel set instruction booklets.
The box says Ultimate Spiderman, so it’s based on that rather than a movie tie-in. It’s listed at 69.99 AUS, so I’d expect $40-50. It’s slated for an August release.
Found via Brickset.
They do exist! To be honest, when these were first leaked, I thought it was a really well done April Fool’s joke or something. I didn’t investigate any further as to their veracity, figuring it would reveal itself in some official capacity if the line were real. And I was right! 8909 Team GB LEGO Minifigures goes on starting July 1 2012 at Argos, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Hamleys, WH Smith, John Lewis, Smyths, and Toys R Us stores and will be priced at £1.99 each. There are 9 different figures to choose from. Pictures of the individual minifigures and the official press release are below:
DATE: THURSDAY 17TH MAY 2012
OFFICIAL TEAM GB LEGO MINIFIGURES LAUNCHED
To celebrate the London 2012 Games, the number one selling toy in the UK market* is back with an exclusive special edition line of Team GB LEGO Minifigures
With less than 71 days to go until the UK’s biggest sporting event of the century, for the first time in history LEGO has launched a special edition range of Team GB Minifigures. The collectible range will only be available in the UK to commemorate this once in a lifetime event for the nation.
The Team GB LEGO Minifigures spark the sporting imagination, so you can stage your very own Games.
At just £1.99 each, the Team GB LEGO Minifigures will be in stores from 1st July 2012 in John Lewis and other good high street retailers.
There are nine exclusive Team GB LEGO Minifigures in the line-up, including:
Punching his way to the top, this lean machine in blue is ready to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee for Team GB!
The Stealth Swimmer
Like a fish in the water, the Stealth Swimmer is ready to torpedo through the water into to pole position.
Sprinting to reach the winning line, could this give Team GB a relay team victory?
Taking down her opponent’s one at a time, this mistress of martial arts knocks down anything in her way to grasp that gold medal.
Tactical Tennis Player
First on the court in his gleaming whites, this tennis ace will knock the white socks off of any competition.
Balance and co-ordination is the name of the game for this agile Olympic contender.
Powerlifting his personal best, the crowd looks on as this burley guy weighs up his chances of going for gold.
Riding her way to the last hurdle, this athlete won’t be horsing around when it comes to winning!
Complete with bow in hand, let’s hope this little fella will be on target on the day!
LEGO and the LEGO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2012 The LEGO Group.
Find out more about LEGO Minifigures at minifigures.LEGO.co.uk.
The Team GB LEGO Minifigures will be in available from July 2012 in the following stores: Argos, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Hamleys, WH Smith, John Lewis, Smyths, and Toys R Us.
Did you know?
• *LEGO Minifigures are the top selling toy in the UK (February 2012, NPD)
• The LEGO Minifigure has been around for more than 30 years
• 43% of households in the UK with boys have bought LEGO Minifigures at least once
• If all the LEGO Minifigures in the world got together it would be the most populated country in the world
• Over 4 billion Minifigures have been produced over the last 30 years
Further information on LEGO:
LEGO and the LEGO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group ©2012 The LEGO Group
The LEGO Group is a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark. The company is still owned by the Kirk Kristiansen family who founded it in 1932.
The LEGO Group is engaged in the development of children’s creativity through playing and learning. Based on the world-famous LEGO® brick, the company today provides toys, experiences and teaching materials for children in more than 130 countries. The LEGO Group has approximately 10,000 employees, and it is the world’s third largest manufacturer of play materials.
LEGO products are sold in more than 130 countries worldwide.
It’s been a long time since the LEGO Star Wars line last saw a sculptural set. It was 2002 when 7194 Yoda was new on store shelves. Yoda, along with 10018 Darth Maul, must’ve not been hits since nothing followed, unless you count 10186 General Grievous. I don’t, since it’s a fundamentally different type of set, more closely related to the Star Wars Technic figures. So, if it’s been so many years since Yoda, was the [non-existent] wait for 10225 R2-D2 worth the it? (more…)
Heads up all you comic fans: we’re now past the halfway point in our latest contest. In case you missed the announcement you can see the full rules right here, then once you’re ready to enter just stop by this thread to submit your model. The deadline is 11:59pm June 2nd (PST) – that’s two weeks away. We’ve already seen some really creative entries but there’s still plenty of time to join in and show us what you can come up with.