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Pete "bigospedros" Croxson | January 22nd, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

UK Toy Fair 2013 … Super Heroes

Whilst the Super Heroes section this year was not in it’s own little section, cordoned off from everything else, it was still somewhat shrouded in mystery as the set names were not listed and none of the minifigures were actually present at the fair.  We did get pictures of what they’ll look like, but that was it.  The sets were there, but I don’t recall many details … here’s what I can remember and what I can glean from my audio recording …

Released in April … for the Iron Man 3 film … each set recreates a major scene from the movies …

76006 as yet unamed … includes figures Iron Man, War Machine (yes, the picture looked like the leaked picture we’ve seen on this forum!) and Aldrich Killian.  Price Point is £19.99.

War Machine 1

76007 as yet unamed … includes figures Tony Stark, Pepper Potts (exclusive to that set), Mk42 Iron Man, The Mandarin and another, as yet unamed, figure!  Price Point is £34.99

76998 as yet unamed … includes an exclusive Iron Man and The Mandarin.  That’s all I noted down.  Price point is £11.99.


Released in May … for the Superman Man of Steel film … again, each set recreated major scenes from the movies …

76002 as yet unamed … includes Superman and General Zod minifigures.  Price point £11.99.

76003 as yet unamed … includes Superman, Colonel Hardy, General Zod, Faora and another figure perhaps, but I can’t read my own handwriting … maybe Lorvan?!  Price Point £39.99

76009 as yet unamed … includes an exclusive Lois Lane, Superman and General Zod.  Price point £19.99.

Quite why I can’t remember any details about the actual sets, other than the figures, I really don’t know??!!



Oh and I just remembered this … coming in August, we’ll get 50003 Batman game, which will feature several microfigures of both heroes and baddies.  They were not on display at the fair, just standard blank microfigs, but the game looked pretty good fun.


Pete "bigospedros" Croxson | January 22nd, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, News

UK Toy Fair 2013 … Star Wars

UK Toy Fair 2013

So, I’ve just got home from a great day at the UK Toy Fair 2013 at Olympia, in London.   It was a great day and I got to see all of the summer wave of sets, although not all the figures (more of that later).  Once again, no pictures, as they are not allowed.  They’d even covered all of the stands so you couldn’t see if from the upper gallery either!  There were also no free hints on the new minifigures from the outside of the stand, there was more of a focus on building, as you can see from the photo above.  Along with Huw from Brickset and Gary Davis (one of the UK Lego Ambassadors), we were treated to around an hour being shown around all of the stand and most of the themes (we passed on Hero Factory and Duplo ;-) ).  I tried to voice record what we were told, so I didn’t have to take so many badly hand written notes that I couldn’t read later.

Anyway, enough with the pre-amble … on to the NEWS!  I’ll start with Star Wars, since it’s the bed-rock of this site (at least for me).  The summer wave seems to mainly focus on Episodes II and III (to coincide with the cinema 3D releases) and there are quite a few re-boots of sets we’ve already seen.  Here’s the run down of sets …

75015 Corporate Alliance Tank Droid … this is rather similar to the 7748 set from 2009, in terms of the build, but the figure selection this time is different, as we get 3 figures with a Clone Trooper and Battle Droid and a whole new Jango Fett figure.  This was on display and it looked brilliant.  Price point £19.99.

75016 Homing Spider Droid … again, similar to 7681 from 2008, although it’s somewhat bigger all round and comes with a smaller spider droid.  The figures supplied are a Clone Trooper, 2 Super Battle Droids and a new figure, called “Adi Galia” in the dealer catalogue I have, although my voice recording seems to mention a “Stass Allie”.  Price point £29.99.

750017 Duel On Geonosis (or the prelim title Yoda vs Dooku) … this is a playset to recreate the fight between Dooku and Yoda from Episode II … you’ve got various bits of scenery, including all the stuff that Dooku used to try and squash the Jedi.  The Dooku and Yoda figures are both new, with the former being film style (looking like Christopher Lee) and the latter featuring a new sculpt and painting for the head.  You also get a new Pilot Droid and a new figure for Poggle The Lesser.  This looked like a good little playset.  Price point £39.99.

75018 Jeks-14 Stealth Starfighter … a set which appears to be from the Yoda Chronicles, I believe … and whilst the ship was on display, none of the minifigures were present.  The ship itself is a black & red starfighter, looking a little like a beefy version of the Z95 Headhunter (at least to me).  The figures are listed as Jek-14, Separatist Bounty Hunter, Special Forces Clone Trooper and a droid called R4-G0.  Price point £59.99.

75019 AT-TE … this set was right in the corner, so I couldn’t get a good look at it, but it looked pretty much the same as 7675 from 2008.  The rep we spoke to said that all the re-booted sets have had tweaks and updates, so you never know.  It does come with a raft of new figures though, including new versions of Mace Windu, a new minifig entirely called for Coleman Trebor (who is on screen in Ep II for about 30 seconds before dying!), a new Clone Trooper Gunner figure and a couple of standard Battle Droids.  Price point £79.99.

75020 Jabba’s Sailbarge … this set was present and quite near the front, so I could have a good look, although some parts looked a little preliminary (the sails, for example).  The sailbarge itself is smaller than 6210 from 2006, which is a shame, but the figures are a step up.  Jabba is the same as the Jabba’s Palace set from last year, but we also get a Max Rebo figure (although this wasn’t at the Toy Fair), a new Weequay figure, a new Ree-Yees figure and a new print for Princess Leia in the gold bikini.  You’ll also get R2 in his drinks server guise.  Like the last model, the sides of the Sailbarge open up and in the rear of the ship is the section where you’ll find Max Rebo’s “piano”.  Price point £99.99.

75021 Republic Gunship … looked quite similar to 7676 from 2008, with a few tweaks, most obvious being the pilot canopies being different.  Figure-wise, you’re getting a new Obi-Wan, a new Anakin, a new Clone Pilot, a new Padme Amidala (complete with battle torn white outfit across the midriff), a new Clone Trooper Officer and 2 Super  Battle Droids.  Price point £109.99.

75022 Mandalorian Speeder … a fairly forgettable speeder, if you ask me … I was too busy looking at the picture of the Darth Maul figure that will come with the set (the figure itself wasn’t at the Toy Fair) as it’s Darth Maul in his resurrected guise with robotic legs.  It looked a bit weird, but time will tell I guess, when pictures come from the other Toy Fairs later.  You also get 2 new Mandalorian Super Commandos.  Price point £24.99.

75023 Star Wars Advent Calendar … Another good set of minis and various minifigures, but the stand outs were a Santa Jango Fett.  You also get a Young Boba Fett, which hasn’t been seen since 7153 in 2002!!  Looked good … I didn’t note down the price point of this one, but assume it’s the same as 2012, at £24.99.

So there ya go … the range looked pretty good, especially the figures, as is the way with Lego these days it seems.  If you do have any questions, please ask and I will try to answer as best I can, although do remember that I have no pictures to refer to.

More posts will come with news on the Super Heroes, Lord Of The Rings and Lone Ranger themes too.  Oh and a round up of other stuff.

Ken Robichaud | January 22nd, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

The Empire Strikes Out On DVD

The Empire Strikes Out On DVD

Info for LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out’s DVD release has arrived and as expected it will include an exclusive figure from the cartoon, a new Darth Vader with his Award. I won’t go into what the medal is for because I’m guessing there are still some who haven’t seen it yet. Walmart already has it up for preorder at a whopping eight bucks, shipping on the 26th of March in the US. DarthBuilder has noted in the forum release dates of March 28th for the UK and April 3rd for France. Padawan Menace came out as a Blu Ray/DVD combo pack, but this seems to strictly be a DVD. I hate it when the packaging is inconsistent.

LEGO® STAR WARS®: The Empire Strikes Out™ Animated Special Arrives on DVD

Packed with Humor, Action and Fun – and an Exclusive Darth Vader LEGO Minifigure!

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (January 22, 2013) – After a record breaking debut on Cartoon Network, The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm announced today that LEGO® Star Wars™: The Empire Strikes Out will release on DVD this coming March 26, 2013. The 22-minute original standalone special will bring the same tongue-and-cheek humor fans know and love in a brand new epic adventure featuring everyone’s favorite LEGO Star Wars characters. Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, the DVD will include an exclusive collectible Darth Vader LEGO minifigure and is available now for preorder at

Filled with charm, action and irreverent humor this original story features characters, locations and vehicles across the entire LEGO Star Wars universe including Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, C-3P0, R2-D2, Darth Maul, and more. When the premiere of LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out aired on Cartoon Network, it became the number-one telecast of the day with kids ages 6-11 and boys ages 2-17. Written by Emmy Award winner Michael Price (The Simpsons), the show features many of the beloved Star Wars voice-actors fans know and love including Anthony Daniels, Sam Witwer, Ahmed Best and more.



Your favorite characters are back to save the galaxy in LEGO® Star Wars®: The Empire Strikes Out™. The heroes of the Rebel Alliance including heroic Luke Skywalker, swaggering Han Solo and steadfast Princess Leia have no time to celebrate their victory over the Empire as a new Imperial threat arises. But as Jedi-in training Luke embarks on this next mission, he discovers that his celebrity status as a “Death-Star-Blower-Upper” can be a double-edged lightsaber when he’s constantly mobbed by crazed fans. So much for secret missions! Meanwhile, Darth Vader and Darth Maul are locked in a hilarious “Sith-ling” rivalry as they compete for the Emperor’s approval. It’s an action-packed comic adventure that’s out of this world!

Nick Martin | January 21st, 2013 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, Reviews

Review: 9471 Uruk-Hai Army

Full Set

After reviewing Helm’s Deep, I had fully intended to review the small army-builder companion set, Uruk-hai army. Life (and laziness) are kind of funny like that. Since that time, we’ve gotten a new wave of Hobbit sets, the release of the movie, and renewed focus on the line.

At $30, The Uruk-Hai army is prime army builder fodder. While more expensive than a battle pack, it offers some full set features, and is designed to stick on the side of Helm’s Deep. So, does the value really stack up? (more…)

Ken Robichaud | January 21st, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

Man Of Bricks Stop-Motion LEGO Trailer

Looking forward to Zach Snyder’s Superman reboot, Man Of Steel? I think Antonio Toscano, Andrea Toscano and Francesco Patanè are considering they’ve taken the time create this stop-motion LEGO version of the most recent trailer. Just more fuel for the fire making me even more curious about what LEGO has in store for us. Will we see a sneek peak of these sets at the Nuremburg Toyfair on the 30th or New York in February? I guess we’ll see…

Ken Robichaud | January 19th, 2013 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Reviews

Review: 6866 Wolverine’s Chopper Showdown

3 - 6866 Set Overview

I think I’m safe in saying that behind Spider-man the X-men have been Marvel’s most popular (and profitable) property over time, so it was no surprise that the only other non-Avengers set was X-centric. With a multitude of X-titles to choose from and nearly a hundred different characters who’ve been part of the core X-team alone at one time or another, it must have been really difficult to choose who would headline this set…

Ace Kim | January 18th, 2013 | LEGO, News

LEGO Reveals 10232 Palace Cinema


Today, at BrickFair, Kevin Hinkle is unveiling the latest modular building in the series 10232 Palace Cinema. This set was leaked weeks ago but we now have official images and other release information. The set will have 2,194 pieces and will cost US $149.99 / CA $199.99 / DE 139,99€ / UK 119.99 £ / DK 1,099.00 DKK. You can buy this set from LEGO Shop@Home beginning March 2013. You can view the full set of pictures in the 10232 Palace Cinema image gallery. They score points for building design, but that limo. Should we expect all cars in the modular building series to be open-top/convertibles? First the fire engine, now this limo. And how about a corner gas station/convenience store already?

Official press release below. I’m sure there’s a video out there somewhere, so I’ll update this post once it surfaces. I’ve skipped the picture gallery, figuring you can just click through to the main flickr set.

10232 Palace Cinema

Ages 16+. 2,194 pieces.

US $149.99 CA $199.99 DE 139,99€ UK 119.99 £ DK 1,099.00 DKK

Build a grand premiere at the Palace Cinema!

It’s premiere night at the Palace Cinema! Illuminate the night sky with the spotlights as the child star arrives in a fancy black limousine! Gather the crowd on the star-studded sidewalk, then head into the detailed lobby with a concession stand and ticket area! Take the grand staircase into the theater with a large screen, movie projector and reclining chairs for 6 minifigures. Introducing the latest addition to the LEGO® Modular Buildings series, the highly detailed, 2-story Palace Cinema corner building. This collectible model features a sidewalk of the stars, brick-built entrance doors, posters, sign frontage, a tower with spires and rooftop decorations. Includes 6 minifigures: child actress, chauffeur, female guest, male guest, photographer and cinema worker.

• Includes 6 minifigures: child star, chauffeur, female guest, male guest, photographer and cinema worker
• Features brick-built entrance doors, posters, sign frontage, tower with spires and rooftop decoration, lobby, concession stand, ticket area, staircase, big screen, projector and reclining seats for 6 minifigures
• Vehicles include classic-style limousine
• Hard-to-find elements include a red baseplate and dark tan, dark red, and gold pieces
• Seat a 6-minifigure audience in the reclining seats!
• Play on the star-studded sidewalk, in the detailed lobby or in the big-screen theater!
• Collect and build an entire town with the LEGO® Modular Buildings collection: 10224 Town Hall, 10218 Pet Shop and 10211 Grand Emporium!
• Palace Cinema measures 15″ (38cm) high, 10″ (25.5cm) wide, and 10″ (25.5cm) deep
• Limousine measures 1.6″ (4cm) high, 5.9″ (15cm) long, and 1.9″ (5cm) wide

Ryan "chief" Wood | January 18th, 2013 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, MOC Spotlight

MOC Spotlight: Path of Caradhras

I love this gorgeous recreation of the perilous scene from Fellowship of the Ring, as depicted by Adam Dodge (dodge_a)

The Path of Caradhras

My favorite part is the snowy mountain that dominates the entire feature, but I also dig the poor minifigs who look in constant danger of falling off.

The Path of Caradhras

A whole series of creative vignettes like these from the LOTR saga would make for a really fun and impressive home display of minifigs (and building skill!)

Ace Kim | January 12th, 2013 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics

Possible War Machine Minifig Revealed

War Machine 1

Ultron32 wrote in and linked to this ebay auction that is listing unreleased War Machine minifigs. They are purportedly from an unreleased set based on the upcoming Iron Man 3 movie. This isn’t the first time that minifigs have shown up on eBay months earlier than the official set they came from. The last such instance happening late last year with the January 2013 wave of minifigs.

War Machine 2 War Machine 3
Ace Kim | January 9th, 2013 | News

Mike Crowley

It is with a heavy heart that I write this post. Mike Crowley aka Count Blockula has passed. I got wind of the news last night from Ryan via text message. I had just finished watching an episode of Homeland and rushed to my laptop to see for myself. I hit Facebook and saw this:


After the initial shock passed, I spent some time last night going through his flickr stream and his website (and you should too if you haven’t yet) and I was reminded at how incredibly talented, wildly creative and gifted he was. I consider myself very lucky he became part of the FBTB family. He did some illustration work for the site; I’m pretty sure he was responsible for all of the avatars on the old forums site and he was also the illustrator for our short-lived Well Played comic.

Beyond his artistic ability though, his building talent set him apart as one of the best. I remember being awestruck at his minotaur:

minotaur w/ axe

He was a trailblazer in many ways when it came to LEGO. He was responsible for Brickfa, FOITSOP, and probably some other concepts that I can’t remember right now. Do you remember Mike’s Miniland? Well, you should:

fart joke FTW

He’s got a ton of other great stuff in his photostream.

But beyond what he was able to do, it’s his character that really made an impact. The details are fuzzy to me now and hopefully I’m not remembering things incorrectly but Mike was ill for almost all if not his entire life, fighting some form of lymphoma. And if there’s one thing you should know about Mike it’s that he never let that get in the way. He had a zest for life that most of us wish we had. Reading over the facebook messages left for him just solidifies that fact. He’s touched everyone’s life he’s come into contact with. And he left us far too soon.

Knowing all that about Mike, there is one thing I will always remember him for and that’s how much he loved his niece. He adored her. He would regale me with stories of the times he’s spent with her watching old black and white Godzilla movies. Playing with Duplo. Eating popsicles. Spending the weekend together. I tear at the thought of how much she’s going to miss her Uncle Mike. Everyone who’s ever known him is right there with her though. Cue Michael Jackson’s You Are Not Alone song. We’re all going to miss him.

Peace, Mike. We love ya.