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Powerpig’s Remarkable Brick Sketches – Part Deux!

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Deux means two, for those of you who don’t speak French… like me. Chris McVeigh hasn’t slowed down in his creation of pop culture LEGO marker sketches and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to make exact copies of them and put my favourites up in a frame.

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Ace Kim | August 28th, 2013 | LEGO CUUSOO, Sales News

Amazon Restocks 21103 The DeLorean Time Machine

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If you’re still jonesing for a DeLorean set, Amazon’s got your back as they’ve restocked 21103 once again. Price is $34.99, with no tax to most states, and the item ships for free! And in case you’re wondering, LEGO Shop@Home has this set listed as “Temporarily out of stock” with no date indicated on when it will restock.

Ken Robichaud | August 27th, 2013 | LEGO CUUSOO, News

Deja Vu! Ghostbusters Reaches 10,000 On CUUSOO… Again

The second Ghostbuster themed project to achieve 10,000 votes is actually the first of the two, posted over a year before Brent Waller’s 30th Anniversary that hit 10,000 a couple weeks ago. TeeKay’s project means that this will not only be the largest review sample so far, but the first time a single theme has had two separate projects in the same review. It could potentially be the last time too for all we know. All I know is that if 20,000 fans (admittedly that could be the same 10,000 fans voting for the same theme twice) doesn’t prove to LEGO that we want a Ghostbusters set, I’m going to be very disappointed. Let’s hope the recent toy releases mean the rights to this property will prove easy for LEGO to secure. I really have to say though, I find it odd that in both projects Ray looks more like Karl Urban then Dan Aykroyd. Does Elwood really look that generic?

Ken Robichaud | August 27th, 2013 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Marvel LEGO Variant Cover Checklist Gets Sketchy

Superior Spider-Man #19 - LEGO Sketch Variant

As if it weren’t bad enough that Marvel will be releasing LEGO Variants of 21 titles starting in September, the news is out that there will also be sketch variants of these already limited quantity covers. The standard colour versions look to be in the 1 in 25 variant range and the sketches are sitting pretty at a wallet shattering 1 in 100. If you were planning on collecting all of these covers then it looks like you’ll be dropping some serious coin. I for one am glad I’ve only planned on grabbing a small handful of these and I won’t be holding my breath for any sketch covers on this one. I have no solid confirmation that all 21 books will also have sketches, but it’s looking good that these covers may just be a costly answer to life, the universe and everything.

Captain America #12 - LEGO Sketch VariantIron Man #17 - LEGO Sketch Variant

At the very least, these sketches have revealed the last three variants that were previously unreleased. Iron Man #17, Captain America #12 and my personal favourite Superior Spider-Man #19. I’ll post when the final three colour covers are revealed and as soon as the remainder of the sketch covers show also. We plan on doing weekly posts once these covers are ready to hit shelves and remind folks what are being released, so good luck hunting Mighty Marvelites!

Thor God Of Thunder #14 -LEGO Sketch VariantSecret Avengers #10 - LEGO Sketch VariantNew Avengers #11 - LEGO Sketch VariantMighty Avengers #1 - LEGO Sketch VariantMarvel Universe Avengers Assemble #1 - LEGO Variant Sketch Cover
X-Men #5 - LEGO Sketch VariantIndestructible Hulk #14 - LEGO Sketch VariantFantastic Four #13 - LEGO Sketch VariantAvengers AI #4 - LEGO Sketch VariantAvengers #21 - LEGO Sketch VariantAll New X-Men #17 - LEGO Sketch Variant

Pictures via PREVIEWSworld, TFAW and BleedingCool.

Ace Kim | August 27th, 2013 | News

Ben Affleck is Your Batman For The Foreseeable Future

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Just as the dust was settling of news that Ben Affleck would be playing Batman in the sequel to Zach Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel, revelations came out today from The Telegraph that Affleck has signed on to play the dark knight in multiple films beyond Man of Steel which would most likely include the Justice League movie in development. The article points to this Hollywood Reporter article that breaks down the talks and dealings that went on behind the scenes on how this all happened. There doesn’t seem to be any evidence that he will star in a Batman movie where he will be the sole super hero, but rather in sequels to the Superman franchise. Whether or not that is good or bad news remains to be seen.

Let’s see if we can go a day without any more Affleck news…

Ace Kim | August 23rd, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

Ben Affleck Cast As The Next Batman

Ben Affleck - Batman
image courtesy of Hollywood Reporter

Yep. It’s true. That is the man that will be playing Batman in the next installment of the Superman franchise. Hollywood Reporter as well as a dozen of other sites are reporting that Ben Affleck has been cast to play Batman in Zach Snyder’s next Superman movie set to open July 17, 2015. In unrelated and at the same time related news, the Warner Bros.’ Justice League movie is still tentatively scheduled for a summer 2015 release (as far as I can tell) to compete against The Avengers 2, but no date is set in stone yet and no. This will be the first time that Batman and Superman appear in a film together. Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Superman.

Why Ben Affleck you may ask?

“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular superheroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent, and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character,” said Greg Silverman, Warner Bros.’ president of creative development and worldwide production.

and:

Added Snyder: “Ben provides an interesting counterbalance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”

Ken Robichaud | August 22nd, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 9516 Jabba’s Palace

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It was 1983 when I got my first taste of Star Wars on the big screen in the form of Return of the Jedi. I had seen Star Wars a couple of times at that point, but never in a theater due to the fact that I was too busy not being born in ’77. When I think back to that trip to my town’s old Paramount, I am quite often surprised at how much I remember of the experience. I still have the orange bordered Tribute magazine that I picked up in the lobby on the way into the largest of the two theaters. At five years old I was incredibly excited to see the movie and my older sister who had gone to see it opening night came home immediately and told my mother that I HAD to see it. The die was cast and from the moment of the opening crawl to the end credits I was treated to an experience that I would never be able to repeat. It wasn’t just that seeing it again during the rerelease in ’97 was a pale shadow of that years earlier, but I actually went again the very next week back in ’83 and it wasn’t the same. The magic just wasn’t there and I had my first taste of what millions of movie going geeks had done and would continue to do (at an increasingly frequent rate since then, thanks internet!), I analysed the movie I’d loved unconditionally just a week before.

Still, I always look back with great fondness at Return and it remained my favourite for two years until I happened to notice a little film called The Empire Strikes Back at my local video store. Questions were answered, dots were connected and I simultaneously had a complete story and an understanding of where each movie fit in how I thought and felt. Of course that ranking had changed and breeds internal conflict to this day, but there was one thing that I never questioned and has remained constant since that viewing 30 years ago: getting the band back together on Tatooine is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen in a movie.

Jabba’s Palace is big, expensive and chock full of nostalgia wrapped in tan coloured plastic, but just because something is big doesn’t mean it’s good and just because something is expensive, certainly doesn’t mean it’s worth your hard earned dollars. Thirty years worth of memories is a lot to live up to, so let’s request an audience with the mighty Jabba the Hutt and see what happens.

Warning: This review may contain: Opinions, Analogies, Spoilers, Random Musings and Futile Attempts at Humour. Translator not included.

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Ken Robichaud | August 21st, 2013 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Galactus Lands In New LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Trailer

Marvel has launched a full trailer for the upcoming LEGO Marvel Super Heroes game and it ties the overall story together with the bits we’ve seen up to this point quite well. They’ve also posted nineteen new screen shots that look to be cropped suspiciously to Facebook cover size, feature some of the previously mentioned but unseen characters and give us a peek at the movie inspired SHIELD helicarrier seen below.

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I can’t wait for this game…

Ken Robichaud | August 21st, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

2013 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar Spotted In The Wild

2013 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar

The first signs of winter are on the way (well they’re always on the way in Canada, but you learn to tune them out). The days are getting short, the kids will be heading back to school soon and new toys are trickling out onto the shelves. Nothing says winter is coming like the release of the new LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar that so many have a hate/love relationship with. Our intrepid NY chat troll murphquake has found the beastie at a local TRU with a whopping $58 price tag. It isn’t up on the TRU website yet, or anywhere else it seems, but it’s only a matter of time and we’ll let you know asap when it does. It looks like this one has codes on each Sunday window that unlock surprises online, undoubtedly themed around the Yoda Chronicles. If you want to spoil the surprises, he’s taken all kinds of photos of the daily bits here.

Thanks again murph!

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

6866 Wolverine’s Chopper Showdown Discounted to $16.14

This set sold out the last time we reported on it a few months ago, but now Amazon.com has restocked 6866 Wolverine Chopper Showdown and restocked it at the sale price from last time. It’s listed at $16.14, 19% discount. The set comes with minifigs of Wolverine, Deadpool, and Magneto. Free Super Saver Shipping kicks in if your order hits $25 or more, no minimum if you have Prime.

Naturally, Walmart is selling the same set at the same price, though I’m pretty sure Walmart pulled the trigger first.