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Ace Kim | May 10th, 2012 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, News

Lord of the Rings Games Sort of Announced; Also, The Sky Is Blue

NEW Gollum.indd

This tidbit is making the rounds: apparently, someone may or may not have seen a picture on a Lord of the Rings LEGO set box that indicated a Lord of the Rings game is in the works. Is this really news? It would be news if there was no game.

Anyways, in the midst of all the hubbub, a retailer, Shopto, posted a pre-order page (which has since been pulled) for the game pegging its release date for October 10 of this year, which is a few weeks ahead of the Hobbit movie (slated for December 13).

Ace Kim | May 10th, 2012 | LEGO, News

STUDS Trading Cards

Remember when I said that I wanted to find a new name for our (pretty much dead in the water) comic formerly known as STUDS because the originator of the name wanted to do something else with it? Well here is the tip of that iceberg: STUDS Trading Cards. In a nutshell:

The adult Lego building community is a vital, diverse and interesting world. An alliance of creative individuals, each with their own unique building style, artistic focus and distinct personality. You’ve all seen incredible Lego models in the news and on the Internet – now learn the names and faces of the people responsible for creating the work. STUDS is a trading card set that profiles the men and women who use Lego to build incredible, original sculptures and brings you an close-up view of this fascinating world. Each card has the image of an amazing Lego creation on the front of the card and info about the work and the artist on the back.

This isn’t something we would normally report on but FBTB is on a card!

You can check out the kickstarter video after the jump.

Ken Robichaud | May 7th, 2012 | LEGO CUUSOO, News

Firefly Cancelled… Again.

LEGO wasted no time getting to the point on this one and it really comes as no surprise. Do I like Firefly? Yes! Do I think tbone_tbl’s model looks good? Indeed! Being totally honest though, even I’d probably pass on a Firefly set. Wouldn’t mind a sweet Jayne hat though ;)

Here’s what LEGO had to say:

Congratulations to the Firefly Serenity playset reaching 10,000 supporters! Here’s our decision on fit with the LEGO brand.

First and foremost, huge congratulations to tbone_tbl for reaching 10,000 supporters on LEGO CUUSOO, and toward everyone for all of the support of the Firefly Serenity Playset project!

LEGO CUUSOO gives the opportunity for adult LEGO fans to submit product ideas. You submit some incredible things, and we’re huge fans of all of your work. This is a beautiful model and a skilled rendition of the beloved Serenity from Firefly built with LEGO bricks.

When reviewing projects for production, the LEGO Jury first looks at how the concept fits the LEGO brand. We learned the IP was questionable regarding a brand fit, and since we anticipated this project reaching 10,000 the team got a head start and reviewed the project on these criteria.

LEGO produces toys for children. Therefore all LEGO products, regardless of age target, must be content-appropriate for this core audience. With this in mind we have decided that as cool as the Serenity model is, the Firefly TV show and Serenity film contain content that is not appropriate for our core target audience of children ages 6-11. While we know this news will disappoint those who supported the project, we will not be producing this as a LEGO product.

Opening ourselves to new product suggestions invites popular ideas that don’t always fit our brand. We are grateful for the spirit behind projects like the Firefly Serenity and for the opportunity to be challenged. It keeps us sharp and looking toward the future of the LEGO brick.

I guess we should be thankful that we’ve gotten lines based on two great movies that Joss was involved in and call it a day.
Does leave me wondering about the state of BTTF & Zelda. Just barely though.

Ken Robichaud | May 7th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 9674 Naboo Starfighter & Naboo

9674 Naboo Starfighter & Naboo - Overview

LEGO’s latest offering on the lower end of the pricing scale seemed to produce some strong feelings from folks on either side of the fence. From what I’ve personally seen they seem to be selling quite well so perhaps they’re the kind of sets that appeal to the youthful target demographic only. Does the unholy marriage of a Star Wars themed X-Pod with a minifigure thrown in for good measure work and if so, who is it really aimed at?


Nick Martin | May 7th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 9494 Anakin’s Jedi Interceptor

I’m not sure which ship can really claim the crown of most rehashes, but one just sort of assumes it’s either the Jedi Starfighter or the Jedi Interceptor (Eta-2, something I know thanks to the now deceased Star Wars Galaxies). Yes, I know a few seconds on Brickset could tell me that the JSF has had six (really, six?) and the JSI has only had four-ish (the Yellow Anakin’s Starfighter was released twice), but that’s not really as much fun.

This is the first of the Eta-2 ships we’ve seen since 2007, when the Blue version was released with the Hyperdrive ring. Before that, in 2005, we had the Anakin’s yellow ship (torn apart by buzzer droids at the start of RotS), which was also available in 7283 – Ultimate Space Battle, the only set to feature Obi-Wans version in red. And while I’d love to do a comparison… I never purchased 7283, and the rest of mine are all packed up in the midst of the baby-prep, so we’re handling this one alone.

I’ve got a soft-spot for simple starfighter sets like these, because I think starfighters (OT and PT) are the best sort of “toy” that gets released in the Star Wars line. They’re a simple little ship that’s always a semi-challenging build, and usually look pretty nice sitting on a shelf, or better getting swooshed around. So how does this one stack up to the plethora of JSFs we’ve seen lately, and even the older interceptors?


[UK] Batman & Star Wars Included In Latest Giveaway From The Sun

Brickset posted this pic and reported on this a couple of days ago and it’s been popping up in our contact feed and the FBTB chatroom, so it’s time to finally pay attention I suppose. I’ll just say that I’m extremely jealous at how cheap and easy it is to get these sets in the UK when The Sun just gives them away with purchase, but I do find it amusing when folks say they just put the papers back on the rack after paying for them. Take that newspaper I know nothing about! The giveaways apparently start on May 19th and run daily through the 27th and includes these great little sets. I haven’t seen any concrete info on where to get them, but they’ve been available from TRU and WH Smith in the past so those are the likely venues.

  • 30160 Batman Jetski
  • 30161 Mini Batmobile
  • 30087 Ninjago Car
  • 30150 Racing Car
  • 30156 Star Destroyer
  • 30018 Police Microlight
  • 30010 Fire Chief
  • 30086 Ninjago Hidden Sword
  • 8028 Mini TIE Fighter

Thanks to the masses for the heads up, if you hear any relative details please share in the comments!

Ace Kim | May 7th, 2012 | LEGO, News

10226 Sopwith Camel Officially Unveiled

10226 Sopwith Camel - box3 in

Over this past weekend, LEGO officially unveiled its latest Shop@Home exclusive: 10226 Sopwith Camel. It is a remake of the original model, 3451 Sopwith Camel, and features an entirely new color palette and hopefully stickers that won’t disintegrate over time but at twice the price. Weighing in at 883 pieces, you’ll be paying $99.99 USD for the set versus $49.99 for the old set that had 574 pieces. As part of their summer promotion, LEGO Shop@Home will also have a Mini version of the aircraft, 40049 Mini Sopwith Camel, pictured below. I’d imagine you’d have to buy the bigger one to get the smaller one, but as soon as more details are revealed, I’ll share them here. You can buy 10226 Sopwith Camel starting in June of this year. In addition to the information below LEGO has made a point to mention the following message to the AFOL community:

In addition the Sopwith Camel has many sought-after parts including some metallic parts on the cowling and new 1×1 round tiles. “We’re also introducing the 1×1 brick in dark tan, which was on our top ten list of elements that our fans want and we give you quite a few of them,” adds Jamie

“We have tried to avoid stickers wherever possible and have a brick-built rudder in the characteristic red, white and blue of the original. Also included are dark green 8×16 plates and 1×3 tiles in the same colour.”

You’ll find more photos, the designer video, and the official press release below as well.

40049 Mini Sopwith Camel
10226 Sopwith Camel - Back 03 10226 Sopwith Camel - Back 01 10226 Sopwith Camel - prod 10226 Sopwith Camel - Front 04 10226 Sopwith Camel - Front 03 10226 Sopwith Camel - Front 02 10226 Sopwith Camel - Front 01 10226 Sopwith Camel - Back 02 10226 Sopwith Camel - 1to1

10226 Sopwith Camel

Ages 14+. 883 pieces.

US $99.99 CA $129.99 DE 89.99 € UK 79.99 £ DK 799DKK

Relive a classic era of aviation history with the Sopwith Camel biplane!

Recreate your very own piece of aviation history with the historic Sopwith Camel. This detailed replica of one of the most recognizable British single-seat biplanes ever to have graced the skies. Features include a realistic rotating propeller and engine cylinders, hinged tail rudder, realistic tension wires, functioning wing ailerons and tail flaps that can be controlled from the cockpit – just like the real plane! The detail doesn’t stop there; this authentic model has over 880 bricks, including dark green, dark tan and metallic silver elements.

• Features include a rotating propeller and engine cylinders, hinged tail rudder, functioning wing ailerons and tail flaps that can be controlled from the cockpit
• Includes dark green, dark tan and metallic silver elements
• Recreate a piece of aviation history
• Turn the propellers and see the cylinders rotate
• Model measures over 15” (40cm) long and has a wingspan of over 19” (50 cm)

The biplane that took on the Red Baron Manfred von Richthofen and his flying circus has been turned into an authentic model with moving parts that captures the Sopwith Camel’s classic looks.

“Getting to design it was a real treat,” says Jamie Berard, Lead Designer for LEGO Exclusives. “We made a Sopwith Camel in 2001, but that was more of a visual model, beautiful to look at but without any functionality.”

Just like the real aeroplane, the joystick in the cockpit can move the ailerons and elevators using string rather than gears or levers. “The string goes up over the wings and can operate the ailerons on both wings at the same time. It was a real challenge to work on,” says Jamie.

The powerful rotary engine that gave the Sopwith Camel its distinct look has also been recreated and features a rotating propeller and rotating engine cylinders.

The model has 883 bricks and includes rare dark green, dark tan and metallic silver elements. It measures over 15” (40cm) long and has a wingspan of over 19” (50 cm).

The scale was carefully chosen to take account of the size of the large, powerful engine that drove the plane and so that the string could function properly with ailerons. “That allowed us to make a bigger wingspan more true to the original aircraft and a wider body that makes it easy to hold as you fly it around.”

Ken Robichaud | May 6th, 2012 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Reviews

Review: The Avengers

The Avengers Review

Marvel has been building up to this point since Nick Fury made his first appearance at the end of Iron Man in 2008. There have been ups and downs in the outings of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, but for the most part they’ve been strong offerings with any blemishes (I’m looking at you Iron Man 2) being forgivable when you look at the the franchise as a whole. To say I’ve been excited about this movie would be an understatement, but even more than the characters individual films this one has a lot to prove. So does it live up to the hype, the legacy and this long time comic fans expectations? The short answer is…


Casey "cas" Scott | May 6th, 2012 | LEGO CUUSOO, News

Firefly CUUSOO Entry Gets to 10,000 Votes

If you are a fan of the show Firefly and have unrealistic expectations, I have news for you. Tbone_tbl‘s “Firefly Serenity playset” has reached enough votes to enter LEGO’s review process starting in June. While Firefly’s fans can be a vocal bunch, they’re the definition of niche. This is likely to play a major role–along with the fact there is nothing current to tie a Firefly product to–in LEGO’s decision regarding the license. That, and creating a feasible, marketable model.

Ace Kim | May 4th, 2012 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Free Avengers Poster At Select Theaters

Remember this poster?

LEGO Avengers Poster

And are you going to see the Avengers today? I’ve been told that a fair number of them will be given away today at select theaters that are showing the Avengers film. Unfortunately, there is no list of which theaters will be participating in this promotion but you may want to call ahead or maybe you’ll just get lucky. Me? I’ll be lucky if I even get to see it in theaters. Ah… life with a baby…