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Nick Martin | July 23rd, 2013 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, Reviews

Review: 79003 An Unexpected Gathering

Full Set, An Unexpected Gathering

While I was fairly hard on the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in my review of the movie, and wasn’t particularly nice to the the last set I reviewed, Escape from the Mirkwood Spiders… An Unexpected Gathering and it’s feature of Bag End wowed me when I first saw pictures of the set from Toy Fair early last year.

More than that, this scene, along with the interaction between Bilbo and Gollum, that actually felt like Hobbit movie should feel. Instead of wide-eyed adventure and way too much action, we have a hobbit that’s turned upside down trying to figure out why a bunch of dwarves are eating all his food and playing with his knives. It was a good enough that a mini version was turned in to a San Diego Comic Con exclusive this year, for people with more money than good sense.

Make no mistake, the bar was set extremely high for The Hobbit sets when this set was first revealed. It’s visually striking, has a bevy of unique parts, and finally gives us something other than a mess of light grey or black parts. It’s not a cheap set, coming in $69.99, the second highest in the line.

So the question remains, does it live up to its promise? (more…)

Nick Martin | July 22nd, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Reviews

Review: 76003 Superman – Battle of Smallville

Full Set

When I watched Man of Steel, I was overwhelmed by the fact that somehow, a “small town” had that much stuff that could get tossed around and blown up. Sure, it was effectively like a small town drag that absolutely litter the midwest, but it wasn’t accurate in the least, since there wasn’t a Walmart or Dollar General to be seen and most of the shops looked to still be open and in good repair. That and thinking that a bit of destruction could only serve to upgrade any place in Kansas (seriously, the only good thing to have come out of that state is the Interstate to somewhere else).

Really, the battle was almost overwhelming, at least until you saw the whole Metropolis scene at the end of the film and realized that this set should probably have been called “The Smallville Dust-up.” This set is the most expensive of the Man of Steel sets (thus far), and features the closest thing to an “iconic” ship that we saw, the Black Zero Dropship that transported people who had suits that could fly. I know, I don’t get it either.

At $50, this set is certainly more of an investment than either of the other two sets (combined), and has a bit going for it at first glance. The question is, does it keep that going for it when you break it down?

Of course, there will be spoilers in here. So don’t come crying when you found out that Braniac killed a couple of polar bears while breaking in to the Fortress of Solitude during the Battle of Smallville.


Ace Kim | July 21st, 2013 | LEGO

[SDCC] Visit the Oni Press Booth!


While making the rounds on the show floor here at Comic Con, I swung by the Oni Press and met forum member legobuddha. He’s an all around nice guy and set me up with some comics which you can see above. I did not know this, but they publish the Scott Pilgrim comic book that was turned into a movie, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World starring Michael Cera back in 2010. I’ve only recently begun to read comics again, just the all-female X-men comic, so I appreciated the recommendations and look forward to sitting down with my new books. So, I invite you to take a break from the stupid lines and the disappointment you normally experience at the con and go visit the Oni Press booth and browse their comics. Sometimes you forget that one of the C’s in SDCC stands for “comic”. Thanks again, legobuddha!

Oni Press is at booth #1833.

Ace Kim | July 21st, 2013 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Game Update: New Trailers, Stan Lee

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I attended the Marvel Video Games panel today and walked away excited about the upcoming LEGO Marvel Super Heroes game more than ever.


Ace Kim | July 21st, 2013 | LEGO The Hobbit, News

[SDCC] 79103 Lake Town Chase Preview


I had the opportunity to take some more photos of the upcoming Hobbit set, 79013 Lake Town Chase. I must be either dead tired, or really not interested in the set cause I can’t think of anything else to say about it. Or maybe a combination of both?

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Ace Kim | July 20th, 2013 | LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, News

New TMNT Episode: Parasitica

image courtesy of Turtlepedia

If you’re not attending SDCC, you can catch the newest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode today at 11am called “Parasitica”. If you are attending SDCC, hopefull your DVR will pick it up. Today’s episode is number 23 leading up to the season finale next Saturday. FINALLY, a new TMNT episode.

Ace Kim | July 19th, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

[SDCC] Saturday’s Minifig Deal

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Today, Friday, saw a new distribution method employed by LEGO to avoid the mess and it worked! Sort of. It worked as well as LEGO could have hoped so they will be using the same exact method for Saturday’s Black Suit Superman and Sunday’s Green Arrow minifig giveaways. Line begins in the southwest corner of the West Terrace outside of the building on the upper deck. Ticket distribution was slated to start at 11:30am but they started earlier at around 11:00am so get there early. Good luck! You’re gonna need it.

Ace Kim | July 19th, 2013 | LEGO The Hobbit, News

[SDCC] LEGO The Hobbit Lake Town Chase Revealed


This was scheduled for release later today but since they appeared on MTV’s Live Webcast, I assume it’s safe to post.

The above image was what was sent to us, but you can check out the full video segment below. You’ll also see a small preview of the Wyldstyle Chase set.

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Ken Robichaud | July 19th, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

[SDCC] Pictures Of The Riddler Chase Set Featuring The Flash


Our Ace reporter (couldn’t resist) has taken some shots of the upcoming Batman set “The Riddler Chase” that was revealed this weekend at SDCC. Out in January, I think it’s a decent little set at $30 US for 304 pieces and figure the inclusion of the Flash will make this about as popular as the Aquaman set. Scratch that, more popular. It has some nice changes to the Riddler and looks like a fun little set, even if it is yet another Batmobile. Check out the pics and let us know what you think.

Ace Kim | July 19th, 2013 | LEGO, Sales News

[SDCC] LEGO Master Builder Academy Exclusive Art Print


In addition to the Back to the Future set (which is, I believe, sold out now for the rest of the show), the two retail exclusives, the LEGO booth is also selling the LEGO Master Builder Academy Level 4 set 20215 Invention Designer. Priced at $79.99, not only do you get an awesome steampunk-inspired set, you’ll also get an extremely limited edition lithograph by artist Derek Ring. The lithograph, which you see above, is individually signed and numbered, and limited to only 100 copies. This will be the only place where you can pick up the litho. It comes in this sturdy cardboard tube and rolled with an extra sheet of paper to protect the print.