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Casey "cas" Scott | May 18th, 2012 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, Reviews

Review: 9473 The Mines of Moria

9473 The Mines of Moria

In the film, The Fellowship of the Ring, the Moria is portrayed as big place. When the LEGO The Lord of the Rings set names were revealed, “The Mines of Moria” could have meant anything. For a single set there’s so much to choose from. An entire wave of sets could conceivably be based on the place. Naturally, I was intrigued and decided that even if I didn’t collect the entire line, 9473 The Mines of Moria was a set I was going to pick up. Now that time has come to pass and for a set that could have been so much, it’s hard to believe it’s so little. (more…)

Ken Robichaud | May 17th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight

Bantha-II Cargo Skiff

Bantha-II cargo skiff overview

“Orion Pax” doesn’t really know how to slow down and the steady flow of iconic pop culture vehicles and playsets he creates are always a delight. Turning his sights on Star Wars again, he’s accurately created part of what is easily my favourite act from Return of the Jedi by building this phenomenal version of Jabba’s desert skiff. He apparently got the pieces he needed to complete this from the new official 9496 Desert Skiff & 9516 Jabba’s Palace sets. In truth, I completely missed this last week when he posted it and only now saw it when he posted a picture of Jabba’s entourage. With any luck, he’ll decide to build a full dio of Jabba’s throne room complete with a pit dwelling Rancor. What? I can dream.

Ken Robichaud | May 15th, 2012 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, Sales News

[NA] Lord Of The Rings Sets Now Available @ LEGO.com

LEGO The Lord of the Rings

The wait is over and you can now get all seven Lord of the Rings sets from LEGO Shop@Home. In celebration of this highly anticipated line’s release LEGO will also be giving away this FREE LEGO movie poster of Frodo with ‘the one ring’ on any Lord of the Rings order. The poster offer is valid through May 31st (or while supplies last) in the US & Canada only. That means you can get a FREE Hulk minifigure and a Frodo poster tomorrow with every $50 of LOTR sets. I had planned on exclusively picking up the last sets I needed from the Marvel line tomorrow, but I will now have to reconsider my purchases.

No mark-ups, no searching and great freebies on top of it all. The only downside is you’ll have to spring for shipping, but if you wanted a Hulk you were up for that anyway.

Ace Kim | May 15th, 2012 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

You’re Not Done Shopping Yet: Hulk Minifigure Promo Starts Tomorrow

Hulk Minifig

Now that the dust has settled from the May the 4th and Revenge of the 5th promos from earlier this month, LEGO Shop@Home serves up another tantalizing treat in the form of the Hulk minifigure pictured above. This is a special Hulk figure that is not found in any sets. All you have to do is spend $50 and the minfigure will be automagically added to your cart for free, no code required. Offer is valid starting tomorrow from May 16th through the 31st or while supplies last. You can start shopping now, but remember, the promo starts tomorrow!

Casey "cas" Scott | May 14th, 2012 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, Reviews

Review: 9469 Gandalf Arrives

9469 Gandalf Arrives

Here we are in 2012 and we’re finally getting The Lord of the Ring LEGO sets. Can you imagine if these had been timely? We’d have yellow-headed Gandalfs, Aragorns, and Frodos. But they weren’t and we don’t and thanks to the upcoming The Hobbit film (Part 1, no less), LEGO fans and LotR fans can rejoice. We finally have our favorite characters immortalized in high-quality ABS plastic. So, what a better place to begin our not-so-new journey back into Middle Earth than with 9469 Gandalf Arrives, based on one of the earliest scenes from The Fellowship of the Ring, in which Gandalf arrives. (more…)

Casey "cas" Scott | May 14th, 2012 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, Sales News

Fred Meyer – The Lord of the Rings Arrives

LEGO The Lord of the Rings at Fred Meyer

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, then lucky you, the new LEGO The Lord of the Rings sets are hitting shelves. The good, or neutral, news is they’re priced at MSRP. The bad news is there isn’t a “10% off” coupon this week. As the sets are just beginning to trickle out, your store-to-store experience may vary. The store I visited and snapped the pic above only had three sets: 9469 Gandalf Arrives, 9470 Shelob Attacks, and 9473 The Mines of Moria. Expect reviews for Gandalf Arrives and The Mines of Moria very soon.

Ace Kim | May 14th, 2012 | LEGO Batman, MOC Spotlight

_Tiler’s Batrod

The 'other' car  –  minifig scale lego Batmobile

It wasn’t until Calin’s (_Tiler) flickr stream was linked to in chat the other day that I finally became aware of his work. The above is his latest Batmobile, the Batrod. And yes, it fits the Batman minifig. He’s got a whole host of other incredible works, including microscale and minifig scale Tumblers. Check out his LEGO Batmobile flickr set for more.

Ken Robichaud | May 14th, 2012 | LEGO Architecture, Sales News

Official Announcement: 21016 Sungnyemun

21016 Sungnyemun

It’s nice to see the LEGO Architecture line doing a bit of a world tour with its most recent run of sets and the latest touches down in Seoul, South Korea with the Sungnyemun (Namdaemun). It’s interesting to see how the pagoda-style gateway was achieved at such a small scale and I have to give credit for the use of studs and other bits to at least attempt to capture the exotic textures of such a beautifully elaborate style.

BILLUND, Denmark – LEGO® Architecture, which uses the LEGO brick to interpret the designs of iconic architecture around the world, has added its first Asian landmark – the Gate of Exalted Ceremonies in Seoul, better known as the Sungnyemun.

Sungnyemun has stood in the heart of South Korean capital since 1398 as one of the most complete examples of Joseon Dynasty architecture. It is listed as the country’s foremost National Treasure.

“Sungnyemun survives as a symbolic marker of a lost place in time,” says the architect and designer of many of the LEGO models Adam Reed Tucker. In capturing the essence of Sungnyemun in LEGO bricks Adam looked at the aesthetics rather than engineering, especially the use of colours, patterns and materials that define the ‘spiritual DNA’ of a culture.

Construction of Sungnyemun started in 1396 and was completed two years later. Further alterations and renovations continued over the next 600 years. In 2008 the wooden structure was completely destroyed by fire and it is expected that the restoration – using traditional hand tools – will be complete at the end of 2012.

The LEGO 21016 Sungnyemun will be launched officially at the Danish Pavilion during the EXPO 2012 exhibition held in Yeosu, South Korea. It will be available for purchase from June 1 in LEGO brand retail stores, LEGOLAND Stores and online at http://shop.lego.com/. The product is designed for ages 12+ and includes a booklet with facts and history about Sungnyemun. Recommended retail price is $34.99 in the US and €34.99 in most European countries.

Casey "cas" Scott | May 12th, 2012 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Reviews

Review: 6869 Quinjet Aerial Battle

6869 Quinjet Aerial Battle

Every once and a while, there comes a LEGO set I can’t put down. There is something about it that feels right, whether in the way it looks or its substance. I get this feeling that reminds me of that day in May way back in 1999 when I opened my first LEGO Star Wars set, the X-wing. As I built it, I knew it was something special, and once it was complete, I thought I’d never take it apart. It deserved to stay together because those pieces came together into something that worked. 6869 Quinjet Aerial Battle is a set that awakens those feelings of nostalgia and memories of a simpler, less cynical time. It’s a set that captures something that’s been missing from so many sets in recent years. (more…)

Ken Robichaud | May 11th, 2012 | DC Universe, LEGO Batman, LEGO Super Heroes, Sales News

Pre-Order LEGO Batman Visual Dictionary & New LEGO Batman 2 Game Info

Official Cover Art

Been a bit negligent on posting lately, let a lot of stuff slide by and that probably won’t change anytime soon, but Batman really doesn’t deserve that type of treatment. It’s easy for him to get lost in all the Avengers hype right now, so here’s a bit of a Bat-news roundup.

The LEGO Batman: Visual Dictionary (LEGO DC Universe Super Heroes) book from DK Publishing is now available for pre-order and the exclusive minfig that will come with it has been revealed to be Electro Suit Batman from the upcoming video game. I didn’t think there were enough sets and such to fill a book yet, but based on the images like the one below and the fig, I’m in.

Speaking of the video game, ComicBookMovie.com did a report on some info in the latest issue of Game Informer Magazine with some interesting new details about the upcoming LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes game. I’ve cobbled together the relevant info and included it after the jump and you can pre-order the book or the game from Amazon by clicking the pics above.

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