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Ace Kim | June 14th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Clone Wars Season 5 Trailer

StarWars.com released a trailer earlier this week for their upcoming fifth season of The Clone Wars giving some hints as to what’s to come. Season 5 will premier sometime in the fall on Cartoon Network. Most likely on a Friday. At 8pm.

Ace Kim | June 13th, 2012 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, LEGO Super Heroes, Sales News

Free LEGO Lord of the Rings Project Case, Buildable Batman, Captain America Shields

LEGO Lord of the Rings Project Case

Toys’R’Us seems to be the place to be this week. First up they are offering a free LEGO Lord of the Rings “Project case” with any LEGO construction set or board game purchase of $60 or more. You may be tempted to try and pick up some LOTR sets to go along with the case, but be warned that their markup is atrociously high, even by their standards. Case in point: the MSRP on 9472 Attack on Weathertop is $59.99 (Amazon); TRU’s asking price is $79.99, a full $20 more. If you’re not interested in trying to do math and figure out what sets to purchase to get the case for free, you may be able to just buy it outright for $13.99.

They are also offering a free Aragorn poster with any LEGO LOTR purchase, but the markup doesn’t make it worth it. A $20 markup for a $5 poster? I’ve seen better deals on fake bridges.

And finally, this Saturday June 16th from 2-4pm, Toys’R’Us stores are hosting a LEGO build event where you can build a Batman and/or a Captain America Superman shield and then take it home with you. Hopefully it will run much more smoothly this time around than it did for the Cars 2 build event. If anyone finds any pictures of what they might look like, please add it to the forum thread.

Update: forum member ufjason provided us with the following image:

I stand corrected: it’s Batman and Superman, and not Captain America like I originally thought. I have no idea where I got Captain America from. Maybe I saw the word “shield” and switched out Superman’s name since, you know, he doesn’t use a shield. Why couldn’t they use the “symbol” or “logo”? Anyways, thanks ufjason!

Ace Kim | June 13th, 2012 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

LEGO to Produce Man of Steel Sets

Man of Steel
image courtesy of Collider

According to this article on Variety.com, LEGO is set to produce sets based on Zack Snyder’s upcoming reboot of Superman, titled Man of Steel with Henry Cavill donning the suit. The movie is slated for release next summer. If history is any indication, we may see some sets based on the earlier Christopher Reeve era films to be released as a collection before any sets that are tied to the Snyder film. There will also most likely a global on-shelf date for all Man of Steel related merchandise. We’ll keep you posted as more info becomes available.

Thanks to Ben for writing it in.

Nick Martin | June 12th, 2012 | Forum, LEGO Lord of the Rings, Reviews

Review: 9472 Attack on Weathertop

While it was Star Wars that got me back into LEGO all the way back in 1999, Castle has always been my first love. It’s what I loved as a kid; when I dumped my bricks out on the carpet to build as a kid, I either built houses or castles. Sure, there was an occasional spaceship, but I was a huge NASA fan back then, and didn’t get into Classic Space because it really didn’t look like the NASA stuff I loved.

What does this have to do with a review of the mid-range Lord of the Rings set, Attack on Weathertop? Not much, except I wanted to explain exactly how much I was looking forward to the whole fantasy genre getting some love, hopefully in the same way that space did when Star Wars hit. Sure, classic space vanished when Star Wars hit, and the same thing has happened to Castle, but LEGO had been treating Castle like a red-headed stepchild for years. But Lord of the Rings has all the promise of revitalizing this style of set, and tapping a vein that almost every other licensed line other than Star Wars has failed to do: succeed beyond the release of a movie. (more…)

Ace Kim | June 11th, 2012 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, Sales News

25% off 9472 Attack on Weathertop

If you’re like me and don’t like the idea of buying LEGO at full retail, then you might want to take advantage of this offer. Right now, Amazon.com is offering LEGO Lord of the Rings set 9472 Attack on Weathertop for $44.95, down a whopping 25% from MSRP of $59.99. This set also qualifies for free shipping. There’s also a modest 10% savings on 9474 The Battle of Helm’s Deep, everything else in the line is full price.

Don "Solo" Reitz | June 10th, 2012 | Contests, DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics

Wings of Justice Final Five Poll

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One poll down, one to go. The field has been narrowed to the top five models (shown below), now it’s time to determine the winner. Sign in to the forum and swing by this thread to cast your final vote. Results will be announced in one week.

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Ace Kim | June 9th, 2012 | LEGO, News

Official Announcement: 10228 Haunted House

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Unofficially teased back in mid-February, today sees the official announcement of LEGO Shop@Home’s latest exclusive, 10228 Haunted House at the 20th anniversary of the Mall of America. An addition to the Monster Hunters line, the Haunted House weighs in at 2,064 pieces and will set you back $179.99 when it’s released in September of this year, just in time for Halloween. For those of you keeping track, that’s 63 pieces less than 10225 R2-D2 at the same price point. The little droid all of sudden doesn’t seem like such a bad deal anymore. Anyways, hit the jump for more pics, the video, then the official press release at the end.

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Ace Kim | June 9th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

10212 Imperial Shuttle for $199 Today Only

Today only, Target.com is offering the UCS 10212 Imperial Shuttle for $199 with free shipping. That’s $60 less than retail and currently the lowest price offered from any other retailer. This deal is only available online and as far as I can tell, today only so act quickly!

Ace Kim | June 8th, 2012 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

LEGO Batman 2 Playable Demo on 3DS

Own a 3DS? Can’t wait for the next iteration of LEGO Batman? Nintendo has you covered with a downloadable demo of the game that was made available earlier this week during E3. Fans can check out a preview above or click through to IGN and then head over to the Nintendo eShop on your 3DS to begin the download. The LEGO Batman 2 game is schedule for release for Tuesday June 19.

Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | June 7th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight

Beyond Relatively Awesome

Star Wars Relativity V2

Paul Vermeesch has crafted this mind-blowing LEGO Star Wars spin on M.C.Escher’s “Relativity.” Here’s what he has to say about it:

Six months in the making, I present my largest creation to date: a 1x1x1 foot model of M.C. Escher’s print “Relativity” reenacted in the Lego Star Wars theme. A far larger, cleaner, and more detailed rehashing of my 2010 version, this diorama is fully lit from the inside, presents the original Star Wars trilogy in a roughly counterclockwise format, and even features a minifig-scale theatre in the back which plays Lego’s CG version of the Star Wars saga. Enjoy!

Escher print

He’s managed to cram the entire Original Trilogy into one stunning diorama. This is truly a work of art. It beautifully captures the spirit of both Escher and of the Original Trilogy. Be sure to check out his MOCpages page for many more photos.

This would be one heck of a Cuusoo entry, wouldn’t it?

Found via ThinkGeek.com‘s Facebook page.