I was a little ticked at Warner Brothers this week after the news they were pulling DC Comics out of NYC and relocating them to Burbank CA, presumably to be able to hang out on the set of The Price Is Right, but all is forgiven now. The film is due February 7th, 2014. Just in time for Valentines Day, in case you were trying to come up with the absolute perfect date.
Bask in the glory of this new trailer for The LEGO Movie and see that it is indeed full of win!
No stranger to large scale super hero themed builds, Xenomurphy takes a crack at crazy with his rendition of Gotham’s revolving door psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane. I’d suggest clicking the picture and viewing it larger on Flickr to take in the details. Xm even provides a link to download what is essentially a book detailing the projects inspirations and development for this easily escapable nut house and it includes more pictures of the build. Is that insensitive, calling it that? Too bad, they’re straight up crazy.
Amazon is applying a solid 20% discount on 75020 Jabba’s Sail Barge bringing the price down to $95.99 from $119.99 MSRP. This beats our last mention by $8 dollars. Jabba’s Sail Barge comes with Jabba the Hutt, R2-D2, Princess Leia in slave outfit, Max Rebo, Weequay and Ree-Yees.
LEGO posted on their YouTube channel a series a videos introducing some of the major characters starting a few days ago. Batman went up earlier today.. They are all pretty short, each about half a minute long. They all say that a new trailer will be released pointing to October 31st as the date. We’ll be posting the trailer once it goes live and we find it.
I don’t know how your Monday is going, but mine could sure use a little bit of laughter to bring it on. io9 came to the rescue, and posted this… a collection of probably-mostly-new outtakes from A New Home. I’m personally partial to the Storm Troopers firing off cap guns and sliding around as if the Death Star prison floors were just a re-purposed Burger King kitchen (if you ever worked in a BK kitchen, you know exactly what I mean).
Sometimes, it’s fun to just sit back and pretend what’s going through the heads of TV show writers and producers, because you sort of just wonder what insane stuff goes on there. I’ll just skip past all of the drug and money jokes, because this is a family site (at times). It had to be especially tough to write things for The Clone Wars, because there’s considerable evidence that they were hamstrung by just about every bad idea to ever spill from George Lucas’ noggin (see, midichlorians).
Producer: “You know what the kids love? That red Santa Claus looking guy from Episode I.”
Writer: “Darth Maul? He died at the end of that movie. Obi-Wan cut him in half.”
Producer: “What the heck is a Old Boy Juan?”
Writer: “He was the main Jedi from that movie, the one who found… you know what, never mind. He died too.”
Producer: “We should bring Darth Maul back! His death was pretty ambiguous, right?”
Writer: “He was cut in half.”
Producer: “See? Ambiguous! It’s the future-”
Writer: “Actually, it’s the past. Long time ago, in a galaxy far… never mind. But we already replaced him with his older brother, Savage Opress”
Producer: “I love that guy! That name was my idea I know, it’s subtle. That’s why his last name is slightly misspelled.”
Writer: “Yeah… so we already have someone in that role”
Producer: “He’s yellow, kids hate yellow. They like red. They see him and they think ‘wow, it’s like Big Bird.’ Big Bird is yellow, and kids hate Big Bird.”
Writer: “What?! He’s one of the most popular children’s characters ever. Everyone grew up watching-”
Producer: “I’ve got it! We give him Robot Legs! That way he’s a robot and red! It’s brilliant!”
At least, that’s how I imagine it going. Because… Darth Maul with robot legs. I know, I know, it was touched on in the comics, but the comics are to canon and the EU the same way that Twilight is meaningful source material to any Dracula movie. They gave us a white-armored Vader in an awkward pose with his daughter, after all. The Clone Wars are firmly in the EU canon, though, which gives this some sort of legitimacy.
At $25, the Mandalorian Speeder joins a less-than-illustrious group of speeder sets from the last few years, most inspired from the Clone Wars. It gives us two Mandalorian Commandos, a half-AT-RT, half Zabrak Darth Maul. But it’s in a price point that competes with the BARC Speeder, A-Wing, and Desert Skiff sets (and it’s not too far off from several great $30 sets). 211 pieces is perfectly average in something like this, so hopefully, there’s something to carry this set.
Walmart.com is discounting 6873 Spider-Man’s Doc Ock Ambush by 20%. It’s now just $23.97, down from $29.99 MSRP. I just checked Amazon if they are doing the same thing, but they are not even selling the set (only third-part resellers). 6873 comes with Spider-Man, Iron Fist and emo Doctor Octopus.
Amazon is applying a significant discount on 75023 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar. It is marked down 25%, down to $29.99 from MSRP of $39.99 bring the price inline with the other LEGO Advent Calendars. I doubt this price will last long and if you’ve been waiting for a pre-holiday sale on this item, this would be it. Prices for the LEGO Advent Calendars are normally steady throughout the last few months of the year until after Christmas when they are slashed anywhere from 30-50%.
My love of walkers does have its limits, and the Spider Droid is one of those things I just never really understood. I mean, this is a universe where things can hover, jet into space, and use magic. I get why Republic and Empire used walkers, it was a mixture of intimidation and needing to move people from point-A to point-B. Droids don’t have that problem… this guy is basically an elevated target that has limited movement and a firing arc. Like the rest of the Episode II sets we got in this wave (well, except the Geonosis Duel), this set is a revised Clone Wars set. The AT-TE and RGS had a very high bar to live up to (and went 50/50 on that front), the Tank Droid was for a forgettable set, and the Spider Droid has one of the lowest bars imaginable. The original spider droid was fragile, ugly, and overpriced (compounded by being a TRU exclusive if I remember right).
This version keeps the same price ($30), loses the exclusive tag, actually increases the piece count, and adds a new Jedi to the ever expanding palette of victims of poor decision making. That’s not saying it’s all roses in the improvement category, but at least things look a bit more promising on the “I don’t feel like I’m being robbed” front.