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Ken Robichaud | September 30th, 2013 | Marvel Comics

Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Promo For “0-8-4″

The second episode of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs tomorrow on ABC and after last weeks explosive debut, it seems Marvel and ABC are already trying to take it to the next level. Both Agent Coulson himself, series star Clark Gregg and Marvel.com’s executive editorial director Ryan Penagos have booth suggested viewers watch everything, credits included, saying “make sure you stay tuned until the end, proper Marvel style.” Eagle eyed fans will notice an easter egg at the end of the promo that could be a hint to what these teases are pointing to. I’ll tell you this, if my local Canadian affiliate pre-empts the end and I miss it I will be furious.

Ken Robichaud | September 30th, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Batman, LEGO Super Heroes, News

Batgirl: Future Figure or Fabricated Fake?

Batgirl?

When I saw this pop up all over Flickr yesterday I thought it was a custom job, but on closer look I questioned that initial response. It apparently came from a Bricklink seller in the Czech Republic called Votvik, but the pic has been pulled now. Like SDCC Green Arrow, this figure seems to follow the New 52 design, so if this is real we may see more from this beloved relationship destroying reboot. Yay!?

What say you, folks? Real or fake? Could this mean a Batman related set could again arrive sans Batman?

Via Flickrite, tormentalous among others.

Ace Kim | September 28th, 2013 | LEGO Maersk, News

LEGO Announces 10241 Maersk Line Triple-E

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Announced at LEGO Fan Weekend in Skærbæck, Denmark, the newest direct-to-consumer was unveiled: 10241 Maersk Line Triple-E. This is the largest LEGO Maersk set to date with 1,518 pieces. Due to be released in January 2014, this set will cost US $149.99.

The Maersk Line Triple-E ship is the world’s largest container ship at 400 meters long and 59 meters wide and is also the most efficient, helping Maersk win “Sustainable Ship Operator of the Year” award in July 2011. The Triple-E is short for their design principle: Economy of scale, Energy efficient and Environmentally improved. A total of 20 ships have been ordered, with about half already either in service or under construction.

We have images, a designer video, and the official press release below.

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Ace Kim | September 28th, 2013 | LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, News

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 2 Premieres October 12

NICKELODEON TMNT

Check your DVRs! In a press release communicated yesterday, Nickelodeon announced the date for the season 2 premiere of their hit show Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The show, titled The Mutation Situation, airs at 11:00am ET/PT on October 12, 2013 and has the turtles learning that the Kraang survived their previous encounter and has dropped mutagen canisters all over the city. Their mission throughout the second is to retrieve these canisters. Fans of the comic and previous iterations of the show will recognize the show’s newest star: Casey Jones, who will be voiced by Nick alum Josh Peck.

We’ve shown the trailer for season 2 before, along with a slew of other preview goodies, but we’ll post it here again, followed by the official press release.

I can’t wait!

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Don "Solo" Reitz | September 27th, 2013 | Contests, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Volkswagen

Star Warsify The Mini Camper Van Building Contest Final Weekend Reminder

VWX2It’s that time folks, we’re coming up on the last stretch in our latest contest.  The deadline is midnight Monday so you still the weekend plus one more day to get those models finished and submitted. Full rules available here and don’t forget that all entries need to be posted to the the contest thread before it closes.

Ace Kim | September 27th, 2013 | LEGO Architecture, Reviews

Review: 21018 United Nations Headquarters

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Late last week, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon helped complete a large scale model of the United Nations headquarters as part of the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit focused on “Architects of a Better World.”

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image via LEGO Foundation

The model is based on the upcoming LEGO Architecture set 21018 United Nations Headquarters which goes on sale at LEGO Shop@Home on October 1 with a double VIP points promotion for that month. Or you can buy it right now from Amazon.com for $46.74, a small 7% savings discount as I write this.

It’s a little difficult to review Architecture sets without having personally visited the building that it’s modeled after. The best one can do in that position is to look at pictures online. Thankfully, the instruction booklet can help. Like the instructions found in other Architecture sets, this was a thick booklet offering pictures and words on the history and significance of the building. I thumbed through it briefly, wanting to get straight to the building instructions.

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Nick Martin | September 26th, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Reviews

Review: 6860 The Batcave

Batcave - Full Set

 

Wait, I know what you’re thinking… “a review of a set that’s almost two years old?” Well, except Don, who’s probably thinking about R2-D2 in a bikini, but the rest of you are probably on the whole “old set review” thing. There is a reason for this madness, and it begins with the original Batman line. I had the original Batcave, and liked the set well enough (though really, I just loved those baseplates used for the different components in it). In fact, I owned several of the original set… because a lot of people skipped them, and they ended up showing up at my local Tuesday Morning, where bad toys go to languish on shelves for years.

Once the sets were discontinued, everyone suddenly realized that Batman is awesome, and wanted a piece of the set. I sold every figure I had from the original batman sets and recouped all of the money I made buying sets from the entire line… like four times over. Fast forward to now, when this set is going to be hitting it’s end-of-life within the next six months (at least through retail chains). Super Heroes shows no signs of letting up, and that is a good thing, and LEGO is under the completely mistaken belief that you can’t make a DC superhero line without including a Batman minifigure… the chance of another Batcave showing up within the next few years is miniscule at best.

At $70, $30 lower than the first iteration, and the piece count is down almost 400 for your savings (1075 in the original, 690 in this one). And that leaves the question, with more Batman sets on the way, the last one being in big demand after it retired, and this one getting close to being locked away… is it worth your money?

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Ace Kim | September 25th, 2013 | LEGO, News

Toys’R’Us Bricktober 2013 Minifig Packs Revealed

Bricktober 2013
Week 1

October is nearly upon us and that means that Bricktober is nearly upon us as well. This year’s Toys’R’Us promotion sees the return of the minifigure 5-pack with a different pack each week for three weeks. Not sure if there is another promo item for the final week, but we’ll find out soon enough. Retail value for the sets is $19.99, but I imagine they will be free with a minimum purchase.

Thanks to ninnymuggins for the pics.

Bricktober 2013
Week 2

Bricktober 2013
Week 3

Ace Kim | September 24th, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

More Massive Discounts: LEGO Super Heroes 20% Off (at least)

Both Amazon and Target put some hefty discounts on LEGO Super Heroes sets. Target’s prices on some sets were already reduced, and they’ve applied a 20% discount on top. Amazon has matched the reduced price, but bear in mind that if the item is out of stock online at Target, Amazon’s price usually resets itself. Also, you can go to a Target store and get the same prices in store as online.

Some notable items:

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

[CA] Amazon.ca Discounts 9516 Jabba’s Palace by 20%

Why should us Americans be the only ones to enjoy a sale? For our friends north of the border, Amazon.ca has you covered offering a 20% discount on 9516 Jabba’s Palace. It is now CDN $119.99, down from CDN $149.99.

Thanks go to cryptickosh for writing it in.