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Ace Kim | January 25th, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Amazon Discounts 9500 Sith Fury-class Interceptor Again

Well there goes my paycheck. This tidbit comes to us via the forums. Forum member DarthBuilder reports that 9500 Sith Fury-class Interceptor has been discounted yet again. The set is down 17% to $74.97.

Ace Kim | January 25th, 2013 | LEGO, Sales News

Castleheads Rejoice: Amazon Discounts 10223 Kingdoms Joust


Castle fan? And I don’t mean the TV show. If you’ve been hedging your bets and waiting for a nice discount on 10223 Kingdoms Joust, now may be the time to pull the trigger. Amazon has discounted the set by 25%, down to $89.97. This is the best price we’ve seen on this set since it’s debut in 2011.

Ace Kim | January 25th, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Amazon Rids Itself of 9516 Jabba’s Palace

Seeking to wash their hands of this controversial set, Amazon has discounted LEGO Star Wars 9516 Jabba’s Palace by 17% dropping the price down to below the $100 threshold at $99.97. I’m totally kidding about that first part; it’s probably just coincidence. Anyways, no tax free shipping yadda yadda yadda. If you’re looking for the companion Rancor set, 75005 Rancor Pit, it’s still sitting pretty at a mere 6% off, $56.44.

Ace Kim | January 24th, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Amazon Discounts 9496 Desert Skiff

Amazon has placed a pretty nice discount on 9496 Desert Skiff. The set has an MSRP of $24.99 but you can pick it up for 28% off, $17.97. There is no tax to most states and free shipping if you buy two or pad your order with something else to push it over the $25 threshold. Ever since the holidays, sales news has been pretty light so it’s good to see a decent discount on a great set.

Ken Robichaud | January 24th, 2013 | News

Star Trek Director To Take On Star Wars

JJ Abrams To Direct Star Wars VII

After JJ Abrams seemingly denied a desire to direct the next Star Wars installment back in November:

“Star Wars is one of my favourite movies of all time. I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series.”

He added, “I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more than anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!”

It seems the man behind the popular (depending on who you ask) Star Trek reboot (that also depends on who you ask) will take on the daunting task of attempting to please the other side of the obsessive sci-fi fandom “VS” coin. Good Luck JJ!

J.J. Abrams will direct the next “Star Wars” film for Disney, taking stewardship of one of Hollywood’s most iconic and lucrative film franchises, an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap.

Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm last year and announced it would make new “Star Wars” films, fans, members of the media and industry executives have speculated about which director would take the job. Abrams’ name always came up, but he told Entertainment Weekly in November that he wasn’t going to take the job.

He did say “Star Wars” was the first movie that “blew my mind” in terms of special effects.

Lucasfilm Chief Kathleen Kennedy has been courting Abrams, one of the most successful directors and producers in Hollywood — and a man beloved by fanboys. He runs one of the industry’s top production companies, Bad Robot, and created or co-created television franchises like “Lost,” “Fringe” and “Alias.” He has also directed film spectacles “Mission: Impossible III,” “Star Trek” and “Super 8.”

The lure of the Jedi was too strong, and it will no doubt complicate his relationship with Paramount, where Bad Robot is a top supplier. Abrams has been feverishly working on “Star Trek Into Darkness,” his second Star Trek film since he rebooted the franchise in 2009. “Into Darkness,” still in post-production, opens May 18.

Though he has several producing jobs in front of him, Abrams had been uncommitted as a director. He will have to jump right into “Star Wars,” which Disney has slated for a 2015 release. “Little Miss Sunshine” screenwriter Michael Arndt is penning the script.

Reached by TheWrap, Lynne Hale, spokeswoman for Lucasfilm, declined to comment immediately. Neither CAA, which represents Abrams, nor Bad Robot immediately responded to requests for comment.

To quote the man in charge, “I’m not sure how I feel about this”. I think it needs time to sink in…
I’ll say this, it gives me a perverse joy to post a Star Trek related picture here.
I have stenz to thank for that. Trek Wars!

Ace Kim | January 24th, 2013 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

GameInformer Posts More LEGO Marvel Video Game Goodness


It’s been awhile since I’ve visited GameInformer’s LEGO Marvel Super Heroes video game hub, but they’ve posted a bunch of new videos and articles going over things like the history of TT Games, animating the Hulk, and post-launch thoughts of the LEGO Lord of the Rings game. Looks like I’ll have to visit that page more regularly.

David "Draykov" Raykovitz | January 24th, 2013 | LEGO, LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGO Faces New Allegations of Racism

9516 Jabba’s Palace

According to an article in The Daily Mail, LEGO is taking some heat from the Austrian Turkish Community for the perceived similarities between 9516 Jabba’s Palace and the Hagia Sophia Mosque in Istanbul.  While arguments can be made that George Lucas has been guilty of incorporating some stereotypes into his films, it should be noted that filming in Tunisia as a stand-in for Tatooine may just have had some influence on some of the creative choices made for the fictitious palace.

Personally, I don’t think of Jabba as a terrorist because he smoked a hookah…I just think he’s a chill cat.  Dr. Melissa Günes, General Secretary of the Turkish Cultural Community, must have a  gold medal in the logic long jump.  LEGO’s Katharina Sasse responded appropriately by pointing out that “…when designing the product only the fictional content of the Star Wars saga were referred to.”

The entire Turkish population of Austria weighs in at around 132,000 according to the CIA World Factbook, so worst case scenario, LEGO has enraged a population roughly the size of Topeka.


Pete "bigospedros" Croxson | January 22nd, 2013 | News

UK Toy Fair 2013 … Other Stuff


So, there were plenty of other themes on display … Legends Of Chima, Galaxy Squad, Friends, Technic, Mindstorms (which was amazing!), Creator, Castle, TMNT and City.  Everything looked pretty great to me, although I don’t have any massive interest in these themes.

What was interesting was the Collectable Minifigures bit … whilst no new figures were on display, they did confirm that Series 10 would be out around May and Series 11 would be seen in November (although the catalogue says September).

Series 10 appears to have a “Find Mr Gold” promotion, and although the details were pretty limited, it seems that there might be a single gold figure in the box somewhere.  The guy we were with didn’t know if it was in place of one of the 16, or in addition or whether it would be a unique gold figure or a gold version of one of the 16.  Still, one to look out for … it’s ok if you buy a whole box and sell the spares, but it’ll be a pain for those that buy figures as and when they can!

Series 10 will be in gold packaging (maybe that’s why there’s the chase figure promotion?) and Series 11 will be in green.

In other news, I found the “tat” stall and it seemed to have new torches coming and a new light featuring Boba Fett.  They also the same in the style of old school spacemen.


UK Toy Fair 2013
Pete "bigospedros" Croxson | January 22nd, 2013 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, News

UK Toy Fair … Lord Of The Rings

There were 4 new Lord Of The Rings sets on display … now, I confessed last year that I’d neither read any of the books nor had I lasted more than 45 minutes into any of the films and I’m afraid that is still true, so, I’m gonna be properly rusty on the details here!  Sorry folks …

The sets are due out in August and are as follows …

79005 The Wizard Battle … a small set featuring Gandalf The Grey, Saruman and Eye of Sauron (which appeared to be a special minifig head, although no idea on details as it wasn’t actually there … just an artists impression!).  Price point £11.99.

79006 The Council of Elrond … there’s a sort of building and a table, around which I assume the council can gather.  Features 4 minifigures, Elrond, Arwen, Frodo and Gimli.  Price point £29.99.

79007 Battle At The Black Gate … an impressive looking black castle type thing, featuring 5 minifigures, Aragorn, Gandalf The White, Mouth Of Sauron and 2 Mordor Orcs.  Price point £59.99.

79008 Pirate Ship Ambush … a rather large pirate ship, although the deck is quite sparse.  PLENTY of minifigures though … Aragorn, Legolas Greenleaf, Gimli, King Of The Dead, 2 Soldier’s Of The Dead, Pirate of Umbar (which I believe was played by Peter Jackson himself in the film) and 2 Mordor Orcs.  Price point £89.99.

And that is pretty much all I can say about that!

Pete "bigospedros" Croxson | January 22nd, 2013 | LEGO The Lone Ranger, Sales News

UK Toy Fair 2013 … Lone Ranger

All of the Lone Ranger sets were on display, although the minifigures for 4 of the sets were not present at the Toy Fair … they were all replaced with standard yellow figures.  The release date were were given was 19th July, although the dealer catalogue I have suggests May.  The sets overall looked really good and may we  drive a resurgence is interest in cowboy themes.  The guy who was showing us these sets said that the Lone Ranger figure is different in each set, although I can’t vouch for that as we didn’t see all the variants.

79106 Cavalry Builder Set … a nice little “battle pack” set, with 3 cavalry figure and the Lone Ranger.  Comes with a horse (the one that can rear up, that first came in the LOTR sets) and a small fort & cannon.  Price point £11.99.

79107 Comanche Camp … a set consisting of a wigwam, canoe and a scorpion pit.  Comes with 3 figures, Lone Ranger, Tonto and Chief Redmeat (if I heard my audio recording correctly).  Price point £19.99.

79108 Stagecoach Escape … a pretty nice looking stagecoach (with proper suspension), featuring 5 minifigures … Tonto, Lone Ranger, 2 bad guys and Red Harrington, plus 3 horses.  Apparently, the safe that’s on top of the Stagecoach was a Lego invention and they liked it so much, they put it in the film!  Price point £29.99.

79109 Colby City Showdown … a bank and a jail, both of which have plenty of play features where parts of the sets will blow up … a safe, the front of the bank and the jail cell.  Figures include 2 bad guys, Dan Reid, Tonto and the Lone Ranger.  Price point £39.99.

79110 Silver Mine Shootout … a pretty nice playset, again featuring parts of the set that will blow up.  Set features Tonto, the Lone Ranger, 2 baddies and another Indian.  There seemed to be some nice chrome silver parts too (Coins, bullion bars etc), which is the treasure the baddie is trying to steal, I assume.   Price point £69.99.

79111 Constitution Train Chase … a great looking train, including a complete circle of track and seven minifigures – Rebecca Reid, Tonto, Lone Ranger, Rebecca Reid’s son, cavalry officer (that had a rather nice cavalry hat and hair mold) and another bad guy who also has a working gattling gun, which was a good play feature indeed.  Price point £79.99.