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Ace Kim | July 31st, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

[SDCC] Marvel and DC Minifigure Giveaways: How LEGO Gamed the System Part 3


This email comes from Joy. No kids to speak of, just a huge fan of LEGO. Her logic made the most sense to me so I was happy when she wrote me. Her email is quite lengthy so let’s get right to it.


Ace Kim | July 30th, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

[SDCC] Marvel and DC Minifigure Giveaways: How LEGO Gamed the System Part 2

Superman up the sleeve

I met Juan during my search for a Black Suit Superman. He’s a nice guy, family man, father of two. Goes to Comic Con every year as a family vacation. His kids are big fans of LEGO. We started comparing notes on our experiences with the minifigure giveaway. And Juan’s perspective is very different than most people I’ve talked to in that he was not only able to score a minifig, he scored all four of the Super Heroes minifigs, including Azog.


Ace Kim | July 30th, 2013 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

[UK] Iron Patriot Pre-order Bonus Now Available In the UK


Iron Patriot has now been confirmed for the UK market via The pre-order bonus minifigure will be available for the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii U, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. The page on the site peg’s a release date of November 15, 2013.

In the US, Iron Patriot is a exclusive bonus when you pre-order the game for Xbox 360, PS3, or Wii U. They recently sent an email to those who pre-ordered the game with a release date of October 22, 2013.

Still no word on Canadian availability.

Thanks to forum member CaptainFordo for the heads up.

Ace Kim | July 29th, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

[SDCC] Marvel and DC Minifigure Giveaways: How LEGO Gamed the System Part 1

Shell Game

San Diego Comic Con has come and gone and it wasn’t without it’s drama. And by drama, I am referring to LEGO’s handling of the minifigure giveaway. After talking with several con goers, I am convinced that LEGO was selective on who they gave winning tickets to. Bottom line: the system was rigged.


Ace Kim | July 29th, 2013 | LEGO Architecture, Reviews

Review: 21050 Architecture Studio


This set seemingly came out of nowhere. Either that or I haven’t been paying that much attention. Soon after I posted about the LEGO Architecture event at select Barnes & Noble stores and the mysterious exclusive set they were touting was it pointed out to me that the set was 21050 Studio. It’s exclusive to Barnes & Noble, so you can only buy it at BN stores and online right now until August 1 where it will be more widely available at Amazon, LEGO Shop@Home, and LEGO Brand Retail.


Nick Martin | July 28th, 2013 | News, Site News

Celebration VII Location Announced: Anaheim, CA


At the end of Celebration Europe’s, Lucasfilm officially announced the details of its next Celebration: Star Wars Celebration VII will be held in Anaheim, California,  April 16-19, 2015. This will be a big one, timed with the release of Star Wars: Episode VII, the 10th anniversary of Episode III, and the 35th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back.

Obviously, information is light right now, but expect to hear more about the celebration and activities as it gets closer.

Nick Martin | July 28th, 2013 | News

New Star Wars Cartoon coming in 2014: Rebels

While Celebration Europe is teasing us with pictures of pink Snow Troopers and custom R2-KTs, Lucasfilm Animation has let it slip that the replacement for the “killed before its prime” Clone Wars cartoon will be Star Wars: Rebels.


Based on the initial pictures, the new cartoon will be a whole lot less Clone Wars style and a whole lot more Ralph McQuarrie style. That is some awesome news.


They’re also leveraging a lot of the key talent that made the Clone Wars successful, so there’s a decent chance that this could end up with similar success. Let’s hope that it doesn’t include the demonic-style faces, but does include some of the writing.


I suppose the best news to come out of this is the steady stream of some OT-ish and EU sets that will be coming our way, starting next year. Hear’s hoping we finally get an updated TIE Bomber!

You can read more about it, and check out some of the concept art leading up to it, on

Nick Martin | July 25th, 2013 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Reviews

Review: 76007 Iron Man Malibu Mansion Attack

Full Set

The Iron Man Malibu Mansion Attack set (otherwise known as the one that doesn’t look like junk at first glance) stands out in the line of Super Hero sets, since it includes Pepper Potts (her first figure) and gives us a full Tony Stark figure, instead of just his face and his body. Of course, we also get to see what only could have been the ultimate battle in the movie, between Iron Man and the Mandarin that led to his house getting blown up, right?

At $40, this set is the top of the Iron Man line (and mid-range to low compared to other sets). You can read up on the reviews of the other two sets, the Mandarin Ultimate Showdown and the Extremis Sea-Port battle, and see how these stack up in comparison. While I didn’t write them, I can tell you that I was fairly underwhelmed with those two but excited for this one before I saw the movie.

After seeing the movie, how did this one stack up? Read on to find out. And obviously, there will be spoilers in here. I used up all of my snarky spoiler comments in the Man of Steel set reviews, so I welcome you to make up your own and put them in the comments section!


Ace Kim | July 25th, 2013 | LEGO Architecture, News

Barnes & Noble LEGO Architecture Studio Event

Barnes&Noble Event

I’m sort of back after that exhausting Comic Con trip. Still exhausted, but I’m going through my backed up email and saw this come through my feeds. Starting today, July 25 through Sunday July 28, 450 Barnes & Noble locations will host a LEGO Architecture Studio event. There will be a discussion, Q&A, and a building event with some stores hosting a building competition where teams of five compete by building original architectural designs. Most events start at 7:00pm and vary by location. You can hit the BN site to find a participating store near you. Also, I can’t seem to dig up any further details, but there seems to be an exclusive LEGO Architecture set that will only be sold at Barnes & Noble and LEGO Brand Retail stores. Full press release below:


Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that 450 Barnes & Noble stores nationwide will host their first-ever LEGO Architecture Studio events and celebrations from July 25-28.

The LEGO Architecture Studio event will feature local architecture experts discussing and demonstrating the parameters and design process in architecture using LEGO bricks to educate and inspire the hands-on building that follows. Participants will have the opportunity to reference the LEGO 250 guide book, experiment and create original architectural designs with more than 1,200 monochromatic building pieces, and learn a few architectural concepts such as scale, mass and density, symmetry, modules and repetition, space and section and surface.

Additionally, the store will offer architecture fans the first look at a new LEGO Architecture product that can only be found for sale in Barnes & Noble and LEGO brand outlets from July 25-28.

“This event is perfect for anyone interested in visual design and the important and profound role design plays in our communities. Aspiring architects, design enthusiasts and LEGO fans will have a hands-on opportunity to explore concepts and discover new insights by constructing 3D models,” said Kathleen Campisano, Vice President, Toys & Games, Barnes & Noble, Inc. “Barnes & Noble is excited to partner with LEGO to continue the world-wide conversation and collaborative nature of architectural design through these engaging and fun events.”

The LEGO Architecture Studio event is free and open to the public. For further details, contact your local Barnes & Noble store, or visit the Barnes & Noble Store Locator to see what stores in your area will be offering the event.

*Architect availability subject to change without notice.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The company operates 675 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, ( Its NOOK Media LLC subsidiary is a leader in the emerging digital reading and digital education markets. The NOOK digital business offers award-winning NOOK(R) products and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store(R) (, while Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC operates 686 bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 50 U.S. companies so named. Barnes & is ranked the number one online retailer in customer satisfaction in the book, music and video category and a Top 10 online retailer overall in customer satisfaction according to the ForeSee E-Retail Satisfaction Index (Spring Top 100 Edition).

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the company’s corporate website:

NOOK(R) , NOOK Store(R) , NOOK Video(TM) , and NOOK Video Apps(TM) are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. Other trademarks referenced in this release are the property of their respective owners.

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CONTACT: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

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SOURCE: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Nick Martin | July 24th, 2013 | LEGO The Hobbit, Reviews

Review: 79010 The Goblin King Battle

One of the biggest problems I had with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, was that the violence in the movie was just dished out like any other action movie. This sat in definite contrast to the book itself, where violence was always with reluctance. And while who kills who in the this battle is fairly accurate, it all felt too aggressive from the good guy side. After all, they were sort of intruding there, and forced the issue. This is a whole lot less of a battle, and more of an escape / aggravated breaking and entering.

The Goblin King Battle is the biggest set from The Hobbit series thus far, and features said Goblin King (otherwise known as the Great Goblin, and never called a king), a few more of our dwarf company, and several goblins to push around. Like everything else from this particular theme, this is a playset, and designed as a place for you dwarves to run about while falling from distances that would kill pretty much anyone.

At first glance, this isn’t a set that really impresses when you first see it. The box is big, but sitting next to things like An Unexpected Gathering or the Lord of the Rings sets, Mines of Moria (same size and $20 less) or Battle of Helm’s Deep (much bigger and $20 more), it seems a bit puny. It’s really not, weighing in at 841 pieces, 8 minifigs, and $100. More than that, the three dwarves in the set are only available in this set.

So, does it stack up to the price tag, or should you look elsewhere for your minifigs?