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Ken Robichaud | June 30th, 2012 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

SDCC Exclusive Shazam! Minifigure

Huw over on Brickset has shared a tip eagle eyed LEGO fan blueduck78 found on ksitetv.com:

“Join ever-informed, fancentric WAC Podcast hosts George Feltenstein, Matthew Patterson, and DW Ferranti as they give fans a look at the upcoming DVD release of the popular 1970s series Shazam! The series’ own Billy Batson, Michael Gray, will be on hand, and an exclusive, limited-edition Shazam! LEGO figure will be awarded to a lucky number of fans in attendance.”

A LEGO employee even popped by to confirm there would in fact be a LEGO presence at both the San Diego and New York Comic Con this year. While this is no surprise after last years DC exclusive Batman, Superman and the coveted Green Lantern figures, I’m sure some may be surprised by the choice of the character. Rest assured, we are working hard to get more info about the available exclusives and stay tuned for more info as it comes in.

Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | June 30th, 2012 | LEGO, LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

[US] Toys R Star Wars Sale, free Ninjago Polybag

Echo Base

For the 4th of July weekend, Toys R Us is offering a sale on “All Star Wars and Hero Factory.” Now, most of the deals are essentially null considering the “TRU tax” mark-up. However, there are a couple of actual discounts.

>>7879 Hoth Echo Base- was $89.99, now $66.49 (about 25% off)
>>10188 Death Star- was $399.99, now $359.99 (about 10% off)
>>10212 Imperial Shuttle-was $259.99, now $233.99 (about 10% off)

They’re also giving away a free 30086 Ninjago Hidden Sword ($4.99 value) “with ANY LEGO construction set purchase of $20 or more!” It looks like you might have to add it manually when shopping online. Watch out for that.

Sales are valid through July 2nd. Yeah, that’s right. TRU’s 4th of July sale ends on July 2nd.

Ninjago Hidden Sword

Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | June 29th, 2012 | LEGO Cars, LEGO Harry Potter, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, Sales News

[US] LEGO S@H Sales and Deals Updated

London Escape

LEGO Shop@Home has updated their sales and deals section. Here are some noteworthy discounts:

25% off Pirates of the Caribbean
>>4183 the Mill- was $39.99, now $29.98
>>4193 London Escape- was $49.99, now $37.48

25% off Cars
8486 Mack’s Team Truck- was $39.99, now $29.98

Video Games- were $29.99-$49.99, now $8.98
>>Harry Potter Years 5-7 (PC, DS/3DS, PS3, PSP)
>>LEGO® Star Wars™ III: The Clone Wars™ (PSP)
>>LEGO® Pirates of the Caribbean™ Video Game(PSP)

There’s also some Hero Factory, Alien Conquest, and assorted odds and ends. This stuff tends to sell out fast, so jump on anything that catches your eye while you can. Once these sell out, odds are they won’t come back. On the other hand, waiting might lead to deeper discounts, if you want to risk it.

Ken Robichaud | June 29th, 2012 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, MOC Spotlight

Helicarrier Half-Pint

Helicarrier_left

My fondness of Midi-scale ships doesn’t end with Star Wars and this SHIELD Helicarrier by Ewok in Disguise is a fantatsic build that would look great on a shelf next to the Millennium Falcon. It uses some great techniques like the mixing of the old and new wheel hubs for the rotors, the angled upper deck and I even like the sticker use. One little detail it’s missing is the 64 on the side of the hull, since seeing the movie it’s left me wondering if this helicarrier is a heavily retrofitted USS Constellation or if the number is just an obscure shout-out to Whedon’s favourite game system.

Ken Robichaud | June 29th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight

“Concentrate All Fire On That Super Star Destroyer!”

Executor, Vader’s Star Destroyer

I’m a sucker for the now defunct midi-scale line and this 22 inch version of the Executor, Darth Vader’s personal Flagship, would make a great addition to that series. Pellaeon‘s Dreadnaught Class Super Star Destroyer is a bit larger than the previous official Midi models and tiny compared to LEGO’s UCS version, but still manages to pack in the details and balance them well in this difficult scale. Any day I get to quote the Ackbar is a good day indeed.

David "Draykov" Raykovitz | June 28th, 2012 | LEGO

One of us! One of us!

 

 

Check out Josh and Mathew’s latest “A Look at LEGO Podcast” for an interview featuring none other than our very own Pepa Quin.

Casey "cas" Scott | June 28th, 2012 | News

New LEGO MMO In Development

8683 Minifigures Dummy

LEGO isn’t ready to give up the massively multiplayer online realm just yet. Not deterred by the failure of LEGO’s last entry into the MMO market, LEGO Universe, with developer NetDevil, Norwegian developer Funcom has taken the reigns to create yet another digital LEGO-scape. The difference? This new MMO is based on the popular LEGO Minifigures line (aka CMFs). States the press release:

The massively multiplayer online game that Funcom will develop based on the LEGO® Minifigures franchise will focus on maximum accessibility. Funcom and the LEGO Group will work together to make the game available to consumers in their online channels and will be coordinating activities to provide a broad and enhanced experience for the product line. The game will be a prominent part of the LEGO® Minifigures online experience which already has millions of unique visitors per month.

How does it differentiate itself from LEGO Universe? I have no idea. I never got the sense LEGO Universe and it’s collapse left people chilly to the idea of a LEGO MMO. Instead it was more the lack of value and motivation to continue to play, if there was motivation to begin with. Funcom does have one major advantage with their minifig-centric MMO NetDevil never had: direct tie-in product with an established fanbase. People love their minifigs, but the question is, will people love those same minifigs in the virtual realm?

[via Funcom]

Ace Kim | June 27th, 2012 | LEGO Batman, LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Even More Amazon Deals

Amazon has a few sets on discount worth noting. Despite these reductions, I get the feeling everyone’s just waiting on the fall stuff to arrive. Still, now would be a good time to fill in those holes in your collection before they get discontinued and skyrocket in price in the aftermarket. Besides everyone needs more Ewoks:

And don’t forget, you can pre-order the LEGO Batman: Visual Dictionary from DK Publishing for the low, low price of $13.75. Authored by Daniel Lipkowitz, the book features the previously announced Electro Suit Batman exclusive minifig. The publication date is set for September 17, 2012. Pre-order it today:

Ken Robichaud | June 27th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight

Legohaulic’s Bust-ed Boba Fett

Boba Fett Helmet 01

In some ways Boba Fett is the Elvis of the Star Wars Universe. His outfit is instantly recognizable, he partied like a rock star, died in a humiliating fashion and yet many of his fans refuse to believe that he’s really dead. Legohaulic’s Bust of the galaxy’s greatest bounty hunter is a excellent build at this small scale and a fitting tribute to the character who could also be looked at as the SWU equivalent of Schrödinger’s cat.

Casey "cas" Scott | June 26th, 2012 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

LEGO Movie to Feature Batman and Superman; Casting Begins

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

While we still don’t know much about the upcoming Warner Bros. LEGO movie, now titled LEGO: The Piece of Resistance, Variety has offered a juicy update. It seems both Batman and Superman have joined the cast! Or I should say, the LEGO versions of Batman and Superman have joined the cast. Will Arnett (Arrested Development) is confirmed for the voice of the Dark Knight and Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe movies) is in consideration for the Man of Steel. In addition, Chris Pratt (NBC’s Parks and Recreation) has been cast as the lead minifigure named “Emmet.” Variety describes him as

an ordinary, law-abiding, Lego mini-figure who is mistaken for the most extraordinary MasterBuilder. He’s drafted into a fellowship of strangers on a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together.

I’ve never considered gluing LEGO together as inherently evil, but I’m sure I’d freak out if I discovered one of my sets stuck together in such a manner. Whether or not that freak out warranted the assistance of Batman and Superman is another story. The film is scheduled for a February 28, 2014 release.

[via Variety]