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Ace Kim | March 26th, 2013 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

76003 Superman: Battle of Smallville Revealed, Backorder from Amazon UK

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FBTB Fan Anonymous Tipster sent me the above and below images from Brickipedia (here and here) showing in detail 76003 Superman: Battle of Smallville. Five minifigs, no idea of piece count, but I’m going to take a guess that it’ll cost you about $40 bucks, the same as the Iron Man 3 set, 76007 Iron Man: Malibu Mansion Attack, since they both have the same number of minifigs and are comparable in size.

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Amazon.co.uk has the set listed for preorder. Price is £39.99 with free delivery inside the UK. They also have 76002 Superman: Metropolis Showdown listed for £11.99.

Argos has the two sets listed on their site for reservations. No stores seem to show any stock levels however.

The Man of Steel movie’s theatrical release is set for June 14, 2013.

Ace Kim | March 26th, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Empire Strikes Out Released Today

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The latest installment of the unofficial LEGO Star Wars comedic animated series, The Empire Strikes Out comes out today on DVD format only. I received the above and below meme’s from their marketing department as promotional material. Not sure if they’re supposed to convince you to buy it or avoid it, so take’em for what they are.

Still haven’t ordered? Amazon still has it for $9.99 as of this writing. And don’t forget about Medal Ceremony Darth Vader. The only way to get him is through the DVD.

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Ace Kim | March 25th, 2013 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Latest Iron Man 3 Trailer Spoils Something We Already Knew

Don’t click through if you want to avoid a major spoiler.

Spoilers ahead!

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

Double VIP Points Starts Today

Just a quick reminder that double VIP points starts today and lasts through April 8 just in time to stock up on some Easter treats. Double points are good on all purchases both online at LEGO Shop@Home and in store. Unfortunately, free shipping has ended. Fortunately, the MINI Republic Frigate promotion is still valid until the end of the month. Spend $50 or more on LEGO Star Wars items and get a free polybag of 30242 Republic Frigate while supplies last.

Ace Kim | March 23rd, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Amazon Discounts Elite Clone Troopers

Army builders, rejoice! Amazon has discounted 9488 Elite Clone Trooper and Commando Droid Battle Pack by a nice 27% margin, dropping the price down to $9.44 from $12.99 MSRP. Free super saving shipping starts at $25 so pad your order with a few more or add something else to hit that threshold unless you’re a Prime member in which you’d get free 2-day shipping then.

In other battle pack news, Amazon still has 75001 Republic Troopers vs Sith Troopers on sale 20% off at $10.44

Ken Robichaud | March 22nd, 2013 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics

Men Of Iron

Just a quick shot I took of all the official suits while working on my Iron Man 3 reviews, which should be along in the next day or so. I’ve been itching to see them all together since the IM3 sets were announced. I’m just wondering if I should do one of my reviews as a synopsis of the film based ONLY on the trailer and these three sets. Could be interesting. Crazy, but interesting.

Now to start building my Hall of Armour.

Ken Robichaud | March 22nd, 2013 | LEGO, News

LEGO Movie Now Called The LEGO Movie And You Could Be Involved

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I love waking up to people freaking out all over Facebook about one geeky thing or another and today it’s this. I’m not sure if it’s LEGO or Warner Brothers, but somebody is still playing the name game and today it’s called The LEGO Movie. I hope this one sticks and the great brick built logo above is a good sign towards that end. The whole deal can be read over on Slashfilm, but the really interesting bit is the contest being held on ReBrick.

Beginning March 25, LEGO fans registered worldwide on http://rebrick.com will have a one-of-a-kind, hands-on opportunity to take part in the growing excitement for “THE LEGO MOVIE” by creating a 15-30 second video clip based on its story, in the LEGO ReBrick Movie Competition. The winning video could be featured in the film, the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, opening February 7, 2014.

The fan-produced clips will relate to an exciting scene in the film, in which the citizens of the LEGO universe rally to prevent an unspeakable disaster. They do this by quickly disassembling the elements of their environments, brick by brick, and rebuilding them into fantastic and fun hybrid vehicles and tools—the stranger and more innovative, the better, like rocket/dragons or butterfly/speedboats—to take part in an epic battle.

Using only LEGO bricks and non-licensed LEGO minifigures, contestants will select a character and set their action sequence in one of their favorite LEGO worlds, such as LEGO City, Space, Pirates, Western, Vikings, Dino, Castle, and others. After building and recording their LEGO designs, they will upload the video to YouTube, and bookmark it on the rebrick.com Building Challenge page, where it will be open for voting from the entire ReBrick membership. The 25 videos earning the most “Likes” will ultimately be reviewed for creativity, originality, theme and suitability for the film by a panel of judges, including Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, writers/directors of “THE LEGO MOVIE.”

The Grand Prize winner will receive a trip for two to Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California, for a VIP Tour; a meeting with the directors, to participate in a LEGO build; an exclusive LEGO film camera designed and built by the official LEGO model shop; plus souvenir WARNER BROS. PICTURES items from the movie’s set, signed by the designers. His or her winning entry may also be edited into the film’s big battle sequence.

Second and third place winners will also be honored, as well as winners of bi-weekly prizes selected during the challenge’s six-week run, for a range of additional prizes, including tickets to the Studio’s tour, “THE LEGO MOVIE” merchandise, a $200 gift card for the Studio’s online store, and a feature spot on The Official LEGO Channel on YouTube.

All entrants must be at least 16 years old and be registered on the LEGO fansite http://rebrick.com. Submissions will be accepted from March 25, 2013, at 9:00 A.M., until May 6, 2013, at 8:59 A.M., EDT. Videos must be between 15-30 seconds and be captured using a camera that is at least 3.2 megapixels, and framed to fit within a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. Submissions must contain only LEGO elements and figures with no customized parts, must follow the ReBrick House Rules, and must be suitable for children.

Local regulations and complete prizing information can be found on the Contest Rules page at http://rebrick.it/Contest, with additional guidelines, examples and updates available at microsite http://rebrick.it/LEGOMovie. Winners will be announced on May 20, 2013.

I’ve little doubt that this news will whip a subset of the community into a froth and I’m kinda looking forward to it. I’m with Chief on being sold on this for the logo alone.

Ace Kim | March 20th, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Businessweek Report: How Disney Bought Lucasfilm

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Businessweek published a five-page article How Disney Bought Lucasfilm—and Its Plans for ‘Star Wars’ a few days ago and it is a fascinating read as to how the $4 billion dollar deal came about. It’s told mostly from the point of view of Robert Iger, CEO of Walt Disney, the man responsible for their acquisition of first Pixar, then Marvel, and now Lucasfilm. I did not know this but he and George had actually worked together in the past on Young Indiana Jones when Iger was at ABC. Fast forward a few years, Iger’s running Disney, Lucas is ready to retire, and they meet for breakfast:

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Ace Kim | March 20th, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Amazon Rolls Back Price on 9496 Desert Skiff

You can forget my earlier report on this set being marked down a paltry 22%. 22% is nothing, it’s the dirt on your shoe, the booger in your tissue. The real deal is 35%. Yessir, 35%, that’s what “>Amazon has it at right now: $16.15 If you don’t got Prime, order two to reach the free shipping threshold. Or get a book or DVD, like this one.

Thanks to murphquake for the tip.

Ace Kim | March 20th, 2013 | LEGO The Lone Ranger, News

The Lone Ranger Box Official Box Art

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In case you’ve forgotten what the official box art looks like for the The Lone Ranger sets, here they are. The three sets I’m looking forward to are 79108 Stagecoach Escape pictured above, 79109 Colby City Showdown, and 79110 Silver Mine Shootout. But mostly the Stagecoach set because it’s awesome.

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