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Ace Kim | February 21st, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Save 20+% on 9496, 9499, 9500, 9516

Update 11:06am PST: Amazon has 9516 Jabba’s Palace marked down to $86.77.

Right now, Amazon has a pretty respectable discount on a handful of sets, all of at least 20%. If you caught 75005 Rancor Pit on the cheap last week, you can now pick up 9516 Jabba’s Palace for 23% off, $92.44.

Since 75020 Jabba’s Sail Barge has been confirmed for an fall release, you should pick up 9496 Desert Skiff and complete the the Tatooine scenes from Return of the Jedi. It’s still 32% off at $16.97.

The last two sets on sale are from Episode I and Expanded Universe. The Bongo Sub set, 9499 Gungan Sub, is discounted 21%, down to $55.03. 9500 Sith Fury-class Interceptor is also 21% off, down to $70.97.

And finally, even though it’s only 10% off, it’s still a good deal and was sold out during the holidays. Amazon has restocked on 10188 Death Star, charging you $358 even.

Ken Robichaud | February 20th, 2013 | News

NY Toy Fair 2013: Hasbro’s Construction Sets

KRE-O Kreons

Hasbro expands their KRE-O brand this year with the much talked about Star Trek license and finally releases sets based on thier GI Joe property, but that’s not all they’re up to. Check out the full report after the jump if you’re interested in what LEGO’s latest “serious” competition is doing in 2013.

Ace Kim | February 20th, 2013 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics

New LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Game Art


These images popped up over at ComicsAlliance. You have your usual Avengers crew as well as presumably playable characters of Spider-Man and Wolverine. The game is supposed to have over 100 characters to play as. Part of me wonders if some of those included in the “over 100″ cast are just different versions of the same character. Mohawk Storm? Sign me up! And seriously, they need to start selling these things as posters.

The game’s release date is set for October 31. No pre-order bonus announced just yet but you can be sure we’ll report it as soon as we hear something.

Wolverine Thor Spider-Man Scene 6 Scene 5 Scene 4 Scene 3 Scene 2 Scene 1 Loki Iron Man Hulk Captain America Black Widow
Ken Robichaud | February 18th, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Spieletest Videos Presents Iron Man & Superman Sets

UPDATE: The video has been made private, little doubt through a request from LEGO.

I know people have been wondering what the Iron Man and Superman sets looked like at Toy Fair and I’ve tried to give details, but it’s difficult. I didn’t spend much time looking at them because of the photography embargo, so this video popping up is a definite help to all the curious fans. Spieletest posted this and another quick video featuring Iron Man sets on and another comment on the post indicates the Iron Man sets may be trickling out already. Taking another quick view, I can tell you that the smaller Black Zero Escape set had Zod emerging from the building/doorway and Lois Lane was in the escape pod/containment cell thing. The Smallville set, as I mentioned previously, focuses on the Kryptonian ship and it does have a number of nice parts. Take a look at the video and I think you’ll see why they chose to stick a bright yellow car in the smallest set as the theme seems to have a generally dark palette and seems pretty meh overall. The video also shows the new Kryptonian battle armour that I’m sure will be popular with the customizers out there.

So with this video, you’ve seen pretty much everything LEGO offered at the Toy Fairs. I’ll do up a post highlighting Hasbro’s contribution/dilution to the brick wars and I think that’ll wrap things up for this trip.

Ace Kim | February 15th, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, News

UCS X-wing 10240 Red Five X-wing Starfighter Officially Leaked


Internet Drama. It’s a thing. This is the time line of how the leak broke out as far as I can understand it:

– someone in taiwan.
– then hothbricks posts it
– then someone in eb posts it
– then someone posts it on fbtb
– then lego tells hothbricks to take it down
– but then hothbricks says you can see it here and there and everywhere on the internet at this point

So we waited for the official embargo lift time, which was 1pm PST, only to realize that somewhere along that time line, Jan Beyer of the official LEGO Community Team blog went ahead and posted pics of the model anyway. Pic was presumably taken at the LEGO World event earlier today.

Worst. Product launch. Ever.

ANYWAYS, the set will come out in May, will cost you $199.99 USD, and has 1,558 pieces. Here are the pics, and video, and the press release:

10240_IN_MA.indd 10240_box1_na 10240_Back-Cover-X-wing 10240_Cover-X-Wing 10240_Detail-A 10240_Detail-C 10240_Func-A 10240_Func-B 10240_Prod 10240_Tech-A 10240_Tech-AA 10240_Tech-B 10240_Tech-C 10240_Tech-CC 10240-R2-Call-out 10240_Back-Cover-R2D2

10240 – Red Five X-wing Starfighter™

Ages 16+. 1,558 pieces.

Build the ultimate LEGO® Star Wars™ X-wing Starfighter!

US $199.99 CA $249.99 DE 199.99€ UK 169.99 £ DK 1699.00 DKK
Collect and create the most highly detailed LEGO® Star Wars™ X-wing Starfighter ever produced. This iconic starfighter is featured in many of the most exciting Star Wars battle scenes, including the decisive battle scene above planet Yavin™. Recreate the moment when Luke Skywalker’s X-wing delivered the proton torpedo that led to the destruction of the Imperial Death Star! With 1,558 pieces, this realistically detailed model features opening wings and cockpit, a special display stand, data sheet label and R2-D2.
• Includes R2-D2 atromech droid
• Features highly authentic detailing, and opening wings and cockpit
• Includes 1,558 pieces
• Measures over 10″ (26cm) high, 20″ (52cm) long and 18″ (46cm) wide
• Includes display stand and data sheet label!

Ace Kim | February 15th, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

75005 Rancor Pit Hits $48 Again

Forum member Darth Builder has been providing up-to-the-minute updates on 75005 Rancor Pit‘s price on Amazon, and it has finally sunk below $50. It is now listed at $48.98. It’s .58 cents more than our previous mention, and a great deal.

Need 9516 Jabba’s Palace to sit on top of it? Amazon has that for almost 20% off at $96.85.

Ken Robichaud | February 15th, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Star Wars Battle Of Hoth Die Keychain

When updating my lists over on Brickset yesterday, I saw this in the “New to the Database” section and my heart skipped a beat. There seems to be very little information on this polybag, but it may have been a promotional giveaway at the games launch in some areas. If you have any concrete info, sound off in the forum and know that my love of the LEGO Games and this one in particular means I am very interested to hear from you.

Which reminds me, I was so distacted I forgot to update my list…

Ken Robichaud | February 15th, 2013 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, MOC Spotlight

Balin, Dwalin & Oin. Three Down, Ten To Go!

For more Hobbit related goodness, Pate-keetongu over on Cycloptic Bricks has begun building large scale Dwarves from the Hobbit and has three under his belt already. The detailing on Balin and Oin’s clothes is inspired and I really hope he finishes the company regardless of my opinion of the film.

Add in Iain Heath’s Bilbo & Gollum and the fan community is off to a fine start!

Ken Robichaud | February 15th, 2013 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, MOC Spotlight

Legopard Takes The Hobbit “Into The Fire”

Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire

I got behind on my posting while off to Toy Fair, but I’m going to try and get caught up this weekend. The first MOC I wanted to post not only because it very nicely captures the scene from the film, but because it points out what the official LEGO set 79002 Attack of the Wargs could have been. Legopard did a great job on the scene and you can bet I will reference it again when I post my review of that set in the next week.

Ken Robichaud | February 15th, 2013 | LEGO Architecture, Sales News

Retiring Soon List Updated To Include Sungnyemun

21016 Sungnyemun

When I posted the announcement about the Sungnyemun back in may, I did not expect it to be on the retiring list so soon. This set just became available on June 1st last year which seems like a really short shelf life to me, but the nice thing about the new “retiring soon” page on Shop@Home is we’ll get a better idea on the life of some sets. If Sungnyemun was on your list of sets to get and you haven’t yet, I wouldn’t wait too long.