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Ken Robichaud | September 20th, 2012 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Reviews

Review: 6868 Hulk’s Helicarrier Breakout

1. Set Overview

I hadn’t originally signed up to review of Hulk’s Helicarrier Breakout for two reasons, pricing and the uncertainty of how the Hulk would look in LEGO form. I volunteered for the Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape set with a certain expectation of what that set would be and then the first pictures surfaced. I jumped ship and swam for the Helicarrier as fast as I could and I’ve never looked back. Other than a decent assortment of dark blue parts and an exclusive Iron Man print variant (circular ARC reactor FTW), I’ve found nothing of redeeming value in that set that couldn’t be found elsewhere. This set on the other hand piqued my interest instantly and became the only ‘must have’ of the super hero line. Don’t get me wrong I wanted all of the Marvel sets for one reason or another, but I had to own this set if it meant saddling up my polar bear, riding all the way down to the US of A and laying seige to the nearest LEGO store. I opted to order it online, then I waited to see if the nine year old in me would get to revel in the realization of Marvel and LEGO coming together or be as crushed as he was when they cancelled The A-Team…
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Ace Kim | September 19th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Trailer for The Empire Strikes Out Special

StarWars.com released a trailer for the upcoming LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out television special. This was linked to in an updated post from a few days ago but I think it warrants its own post. The 30-minute special will air next Wednesday September 26 at 8:00pm local time on Cartoon Network with repeats happening the following days.

Also, forum member TooMuchDew managed to scrounge up the following press release:

LEGO Star Wars(TM): The Empire Strikes Out” Blasts Onto Cartoon Network

30-Minute LEGO Special Premieres Wednesday, September 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

Get your lightsabers ready because a brand new LEGO Star Wars special is coming to Cartoon Network. Your favorites are back and even though it’s just moments after the Death Star has exploded, Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the rest of the Rebel Alliance’s heroes have no time to rest on their laurels.

In LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out, premiering Wednesday, September 26 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT), a new Imperial threat has been detected and the good guys have to nip it in the bud. But Jedi-in-training Luke discovers that instant fame as a “Death-Star-Blower-Upper” can be a double-edged lightsaber, as his secret mission to Naboo is thwarted by those most unstoppable of foes -crazed fans!! Meanwhile, Darth Vader sees his day go from bad to worse when his relationship with the Emperor is imperiled by the unexpected arrival of Darth Maul. Luke and Vader’s quests to prove themselves lead them on a collision course with each other (literally) and their destiny. Tune in for the action, suspense and comedy on September 26 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network.

The first 30-minute LEGO Star Wars special, LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace which aired on Cartoon Network last summer, was a major fan favorite ranking as the #1 telecast of the week on all TV with boys 6-11, in addition to #1 for the day with all key boy demos.

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com) is the #1 U.S. television network among boys 6-11. Currently seen in 99 million U.S. homes and 178 countries around the world, Cartoon Network is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for kids and families. In addition to Emmy-winning original programming and industry-leading digital apps and online games, Cartoon Network embraces key social issues affecting families with solution-oriented initiatives such as Stop Bullying: Speak Up and the Move It Movement.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

LEGO, the LEGO logo, and the MiniFigure are trademarks of and (C) The LEGO Group. All Rights Reserved.

STAR WARS(TM) and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & (C) Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

RATING PERIOD: 07/22/11

SOURCE: Nielsen Media Research based on Live+7 blended with Live+ SD most current data. Rankers based on Live+SD.

NOTES: All ratings based on Total U.S. Television Universe of 115,000,000 homes.

Nick Martin | September 19th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 9499 Gungan Sub

The second half releases for Star Wars served to remind AFOLs of a few things. First, it’s that LEGO has absolutely no regard for us and our wallets. Second, that Star Wars Episode I exists, now in 3D, and it featured a lot of terrible, terrible things. For those of you that have blocked Episode I out of your brains (and I can’t blame you for that), the Gungan Sub was from a completely forgettable middle section where a Young Ed Bloom and Ra’s al Ghul visit the Snorks and have to borrow a car in order to get Jar-Jar to the prom to make sure that his dad punches the bully and rescues his mom through a series of imaginative stories and flashbacks. I’m pretty sure I’m remembering that right, but those blocks I put in place for Episode I were very, very strong.

The new Gungan sub presents something kind of unique for me… a set that’s a rehash that I never picked up (the only other set with that distinction is the original Gunship… anything else I’ve got the original, the rehash, and sometimes the rehash of the rehash). It’s not that I had any more disdain for it than for the other Episode I sets… I was just a poor college student.

When it came down to the choice between LEGO or beer, the Gungan sub could not inspire sobriety like the X-Wing could. And back then, the sub was just a $25 set, so how does the new one stack up at almost triple the price and less than a hundred more pieces? $50 set… so how does the new one stack up at 50% more and less than a hundred new pieces

[Edit: Thanks to forum member ytjedi for pointing out that the brickpedia entry for the price was incorrect... like I said, I didn't buy it, so never knew]

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Ken Robichaud | September 19th, 2012 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, News

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Gets 2nd Trailer

The second trailer for the highly anticipated first film of the (now) Hobbit trilogy has arrived and it’s full of wizards and dwarves and trolls, Oh My! Looks to be exactly as I expected, but a thought occured to me while I watched it. With the unexpected and sudden splitting into three movies, how will that affect the release of the first wave of Hobbit sets and will we see any spoilers from the second movie. Doubtful, but with everything going on in this trailer alone I’m sure they’ll have plenty of material for this theme. I just hope we don’t have to wait too long for more LotR sets.

Nick Martin | September 18th, 2012 | News

Review: 9496 Desert Skiff

With the absolute flood of Extended Universe (EU) and Clone Wars sets in the last few years, it’s always refreshing to see LEGO touch something in the original trilogy (otherwise known as “the good movies”). Of course, the big problem with that is that almost everything in the OT that can be done has been done (and more than a few that should never have been done have made it out too *cough* Imperial Landing Craft *cough*).

The Desert Skiff is a curious kind of ship in the Star Wars world. It’s certainly not an iconic ship like the Falcon or an X-Wing, and it’s not as obscure as a Cloud Car or the T-19 Skyhopper. Instead, it’s the kind of vehicle you never think about until you see it, and then your mind instantly snaps to Luke standing on the board doing, telling Jabba to free them or die in his big-boy Jedi pants and then going all Greg Lougains.

This is the third iteration of the Skiff. The first one came out all the way back in 2000 in the second wave of LEGO Star Wars and gave us a cheap Han and Jedi Luke, all glorious and Yellow-y. A second version was part of the Sail Barge set in 2006, which given how awesome the barge itself was, is almost an afterthought (as is the Sarlacc that also comes with it). This version takes those two little throw-ins and puts them center stage. It also gives us four figures, including a Lando in disguise one of Jabba’s thugs (apparently he’s named Kithaba).

At $25 and three good minifigures (also, Boba Fett), this set shows a whole lot of early promise… (more…)

Ace Kim | September 17th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out TV Special Airs Wednesday Sep 26

The Empire Strikes Out

Update: You can now see the trailer at StarWars.com

LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace director, Michael Price, confirmed yesterday on his Twitter account that a new LEGO Star Wars TV special is on it’s way. A quick browsing of TVGuide.com yields the air date: Wednesday September 26, 2012 at 8:00pm on Cartoon Network with reruns at various times days after. They also give the following synopsis:

New celebrity Luke begins a secret mission but is thwarted by his fans; Darth Vader clashes with Darth Maul.

Excited? I am.

Ace Kim | September 17th, 2012 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics

Avengers Box Set Pre-orders Open Again

Avengers Phase One

Amazon has opened up pre-orders again for the 10-disc box set. The price is the same at $139.96. There are no additional details regarding the repackaged set but those details will probably hit the entertainment news sites/blogs before Amazon updates their page.

Did you already place your pre-order at Amazon and did you place it between June 1, 2012 and August 28, 2012? If so, you might have received the following email from Amazon like JamesBenjamin did:

Dear Amazon.com Customer,

We’re writing to let you know that the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One-Avengers Assembled Collection will not be released by Marvel as originally expected. Instead, Marvel is planning to offer a similar collection in new packaging. The new collection will include the original titles offered with the first version of the item, and is expected to be available in the spring of 2013. To make this easy for you, we updated your order for the original collection and will ship the new collection when it becomes available. The price of the new collection will be the same as the original collection.

To show our appreciation for your understanding, we are providing you with a promo code to receive a free copy of Marvel’s The Avengers (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging). To be eligible, you must have placed your order between June 1, 2012 and August 28, 2012. Any cancelled orders are not eligible to receive the free copy. Codes must be redeemed by October 15, 2012

Pete "bigospedros" Croxson | September 17th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

[UK] 9497 Republic Striker-Class Starfighter – 25% off at Amazon

9497 : Republic Striker-class Starfighter

Amazon UK have been listing this at 25% off for a good few days now … which is a pretty significant discount for a relatively new set!  Grab it while you can … the photo should link to the listing, but if not, click here.

Ace Kim | September 14th, 2012 | Sales News

Amazon’s Last Tax-free Day For Californians

Just a reminder that today is the last day that Californians will be able to shop from Amazon.com without being charged sales tax. If there are things sitting in your cart, now would probably be a good time to hit the ‘place order’ button.

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

10227 B-wing Starfighter Time Lapse Video

LEGO was kind enough to send me a copy of this set to do an early review on. I took this as an opportunity to do a time lapse video showing the build process. Anyways, look for our full review this coming Monday. 10227 B-wing Starfighter will be available at LEGO Shop@Home starting October 1.