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Archive for July, 2012

Ace Kim | July 30th, 2012 | Contests, News

Cinema Contest Deadline Approaching

Super Heroes Movie Maker App

The deadline to enter the Super Hero Stop Motion Cinema Contest is approaching fast and to make everyone’s life a little easier, LEGO has updated their Super Heroes Movie Maker app (free download) with two key improvements. Now you can upload your masterpiece directly to YouTube. Also, got some takes you want to delete? Well now you can delete unwanted projects right from the gallery. And if you have a really long movie, like over a minute and a half or so, the app will now be able to compile the entire video. You can update the app directly on your iOS device or through iTunes.

There’s about one week left to enter and your chances are pretty good at walking away with one of the two most coveted promotional figures ever made. Good luck!

Thanks to zhouston for heads up.

Ken Robichaud | July 28th, 2012 | Marvel Comics, Reviews

Review: The Amazing Spider-man

1. The Amazing Spider-man Review

I was on the fence about seeing this movie right up until I made the decision to go last Thursday night. I waited in line for the midnight showings of all three of the previous Spider-man films and even did my very best to make the last one as much fun as possible for everyone who attended with Spidey beachballs, trivia and silly string webshooter fights. I tip my hat to this day for the brave soul who attended that movie in his adult sized Spider-man pajama onesie complete with rear escape hatch. Spidey is my favourite super hero, so why would I not be waiting in line to see this film when I wasted many an hour in sheer anticipation of previous spider-films? I’ve thought long and hard about that and what it all boils down to is this: I wanted to dislike this movie.
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Ken Robichaud | July 27th, 2012 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, MOC Spotlight

The Battle Of Helm’s Deep Is Over…

The Hornburg at Helm's Deep

…The MOC’s are just getting started. The latest in builds grand enough to dare to capture the books/films epic scale is this massive version of Helm’s Deep. With talk of OneLug’s “Last March of the Ents” and Nick’s review of the official set today, I figured this would be a good time to bring Daniel Z “DNL”‘s version of the fortress to the attention of anyone who may have missed it. As Nick mentioned in his review, the causeway to the gate needs to be high enough that it would be doubtful you’d survive the fall and this pulls that off well. Add to that the height of the walls and the fantastic rock work and this makes for a keep that will never fall as long as men defend it, or until Daniel decides to build something else.

Ken Robichaud | July 27th, 2012 | LEGO, News

Mind Games: Interview with Brandon Griffith

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Even if you don’t know who Brandon Griffith is you are probably well aware of his work, especially since we just posted his Return of the Jedi chess set last night. As icgetaway he’s created the extremely well recieved Star Wars Chess Board Trilogy among many other builds and the recently successful STUDS collectible trading cards Kickstarter campaign. As a quarter of OneLug he’s participated in building what is possibly the biggest and best loved of the Lord of the Rings MOC’s to date, so who is the man in the beaver’d hat and where does he get those wonderful toys?
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Nick Martin | July 27th, 2012 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, Reviews

Review: 9474 The Battle of Helm’s Deep

Picture of the full set, Battle of Helm's Deep

LEGO is a building toy, not an action figure line. It’s hard to tell with recent sets, but it’s true. One of the most difficult things for licensed LEGO sets is to capture the where and what just as much as who. Star Wars was the low-hanging fruit… there are so many things to capture. Vehicles like the X-Wing and Jedi Star Fighter have a certain look that give something to build. Some places, like Jabba’s Palace or Cloud City can provide a very solid where, in some ways as iconic as the ships.

While characters are important, capturing these other things really makes it feel like Star Wars (maybe in part because that’s the cool thing in a sea of sub-par acting, who knows). When it comes to a license like Lord of the Rings, movies that are so intrinsically character-based, building sets that are anything more than glorified battle packs becomes much tougher. There are a limited number of places that can be done and really capture the “where,” and pretty much no vehicles to do what (catapults don’t really count in my mind).

A few scenes in the movie that could be done up well, and a lot of them showed up in the first wave: Weathertop, The Elven Council, Moria, Minis Tirith, and Helm’s Deep. The Battle of Helm’s Deep is the climactic battle of the second movie, and a place where the where was just as important as the who. LEGO chose to capture the battle as their top-tier set in the first wave… so how does it do that at $129.99? (more…)

Ace Kim | July 26th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight

Brandon Griffith’s Return of the Jedi Chess Set

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Lego Chess

You should recognize Brandon Griffith‘s name. And if you don’t you should at least recognize his work. Having completed large scale chess sets based on A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back films, he’s completed the third movie-based chess set from the original trilogy, Return of the Jedi. The set debuted at LEGOLAND California’s Star Wars Days back in 2011, but he just recently had professional photographs taken of this gorgeous set. He’s poured the same attention to detail in the ROTJ set as he did the first two, and it clearly shows. His work is outstanding so please, take a few moments and enjoy the eye candy.

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Ace Kim | July 26th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Missed The Frigate? BN Has Them 30% Off

Did you miss out on Amazon’s sale yesterday on 7964 Republic Frigate? Fret no more as BN has the same price on the set with free shipping. You’ll be paying sales tax on it but it’s still a pretty nice deal at $83.96.

Ace Kim | July 25th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Amazon Discounts 7964 Republic Frigate Again

Amazon continues their price slashing by offering 7964 Republic Frigate at a 30% discount, $83.96, down from $119.99. This matches their previous markdown on this set two weeks ago. It also matches the lowest price I’ve seen at my local Target stores recently during their own clearance sales. No tax to most states and free shipping will save you gas money from not having to drive around checking out your own Target stores.

Pete "bigospedros" Croxson | July 25th, 2012 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

[UK] Argos 3 for 2 on selected Super Heroes sets

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Argos has launched a 3 for 2 deal on selected Super Heroes sets and also discounted, by around 20% some of the sets too, so now’s a good chance to grab the sets if you want them.  The Argos website seems to have some difficulties in categorising everything in this deal correctly, so it’s hard to place a link to all the sets on sale!  So, here’s a link to the Quinjet set … from there you can click on the promotion, “Full Offer Details” and from there you can select to show all products in the deal!

Ace Kim | July 24th, 2012 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, News

LEGO Store Lord of the Rings Scavenger Hunt

LEGO Store Promo

I received this email earlier today and posting it here in case you didn’t. In a nutshell, you can participate in a LOTR-themed scavenger hunt inside your local LEGO store with a wide range of activities. The link to print your own map of Middle-earth seems to be broken, but hopefully it will be up soon. Other than the hunt, you have a chance to win a free LOTR set. It may not be the Build-a-Bilbo scavenger hunt at ComicCondor, but it’s probably worth checking out if you have kids and need something to do. The promotion lasts through August 5th.