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Nick Martin | October 24th, 2013 | News, Sales News

Amazon discounts 2013 Super Heroes, Lone Ranger, Hobbit, and more (Updated)

Amazon continues their direct assault on our wallets, following up on the big markdown to Attack of the Mirkwood Spiders and just about every Star Wars LEGO set, by cutting the prices of pretty much every LEGO set you come across. We have Lone Ranger (great sets for a terrible movie), DC Super Heroes (for all your Batman Minifigure needs), Marvel Superheroes (sets with nothing to do the movies)… and you know what? Just go check them out!

Lone Ranger!

DC Super Heroes

Marvel Super Heroes

The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings

Nick Martin | October 24th, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, News, Sales News

Amazon Discounts 2013 Star Wars sets!

Hot on the heels of news that the mushroom booster pack (also known as Attack of the Mirkwood Spiders) set was seeing a nice little markdown, it looks like there are several other markdowns on the 2013 Star Wars sets, a lot of which have been recently reviewed here on FBTB! Since a lot of our reviews said “this set would be better if it was just a little bit cheaper… now might be the time to buy!


Ace Kim | October 24th, 2013 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, Sales News

Amazon Discounts 79001 Escape From Mirkwood Spiders by 35%

Amazon has taken their discount hammer and whacked 79001 Escape from Mirkwood Spiders down to a mere $19.49, a 35% discount from $29.99 MSRP.

Build your elf / spider / hobbit army now!

Nick Martin | October 24th, 2013 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

First Trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Thor right around the Corner, Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy coming up. The prospect of more Marvel figures, Winter Soldier, Rocket Raccoon. I’m just going to watch these a few more times before I come up with any jokes or comments. Now get me a Dr. Strange movie!


Ace Kim | October 24th, 2013 | LEGO, News

USA Today Posts Preview of The LEGO Movie

USA Today posted an in-depth article on The LEGO Movie. The article has a slideshow component that breaks down most of the major characters in the movie, who voices them, and their individual motivations. Not many details are given away in terms of plot line, but we do learn that Will Ferrel’s character, President Business, has an alter ego, Lord Business, who is trying to control the world. Master Builders Wyldstyle, voiced by Elizabeth Banks, and Vitruvius, voiced by Morgan Freeman, believe that a very normal construction worker, Emmet, voiced by Chris Pratt, is “The Special”, the key to saving the world from Lord Business.

The LEGO Movie opens in theaters on February 7, 2014.

Thanks to ninnymuggins for the heads up.

Ken Robichaud | October 23rd, 2013 | LEGO CUUSOO, News

LEGO CUUSOO #006 Will Be Peter Reid’s Exo Suit!

The results of three review quarters on LEGO CUUSOO are in and of the ten projects in those reviews, the winner of Winter 2012, Spring & Summer 2013 is Peter Reid’s Exo Suit. This is another first for CUUSOO, not being based on a real world model like Shinkai 6500, Hayabusa & Curiousity or pop culture models based on Minecraft and BTTF, but an original model and one created by a well known AFOL. The final model is in development with LEGO designers now so we’ll have to wait and see how it will turn out. Those holding on for Portal’s extended consideration time frame are sure to be disappointed, but Land-Rover Defender 110 fans will be pleased it is still in consideration. Perhaps the next fan driven Technic set? Word on the next review should come in early 2014, so let’s hope there is a sneak peek at the final Exo Suit at that time as well.

Nick Martin | October 23rd, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75017 Duel on Geonosis

Full Set

I have a bit of a history of tearing into Episode I, something which it still richly deserves. Recently, I decided to give all six movies a run-through, from start to finish. There was a momentary break between Episode II and III for me to sleep off a pretty massive “headache” (let’s just call it a side-effect of the process of fortifying myself for six hours of Jar-Jar). Once the screaming inside my skull stopped, I produced a pretty amazing realization: Episode I isn’t the worst Star Wars film… Episode II is.

Episode I is the “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” bad. It was a bad film, it had some bad characters, it didn’t properly use the actors that were in it, and it had all kinds of dumb references. But there was an actual conflict in the movie. There was an invasion of a world, there were actual ramifications to what happened, and people actually died. And I’m pretty sure there was a Gungan fan dance in there somewhere.

Episode II is more like The Motion Picture, which was just terrible on all levels. The Clone Wars had no risk to anyone except to a few small groups (the Jedi, politicians, Geonosians that got cut to pieces). It was robots vs. clones, two groups that only existed to fight each other. Beyond that, as stupid as I thought midichlorians was, the whole “truly wonderful, the mind of a child” is absolutely worse. Midichlorians was bad because it tried to explain away something that didn’t need to be explained. That whole missing planet thing was horrible because it revealed that the Jedi are basically dumber than a poorly-watered potted plant. What, the planet isn’t in the archive? Maaaaaybe someone erased it. I get that they were trying to paint the Jedi as overconfident or oblivious or something, but come on.

What? Oh, you want to know about the set? This was actually the set in the entire lineup, when I first saw it, that had me most excited. A new Yoda, finally, a proper Christopher Lee, and an update to a very underrated set from the original Episode II set, what’s not to like? Dooku had almost as long of a “yellow or Clone Wars” run as Padme did, with no real updates despite many opportunities to do so. And his Clone Wars figure was particularly bad, so I was excited to see him. The time was obviously right, given that the head was already done for the Lord of the Rings stuff.

At $40, this set isn’t cheap, but it’s hard to not ooh and ahh at some of the pieces just at your first glance. Brown round grill bricks? Lots of arches? Poggle the Lesser (seriously, what did you do to get that name)? You can be forgiven for not noticing that this set isn’t just a remake of Dooku’s speeder… it’s also “inspired” by one of the worst Star Wars LEGO sets ever made…


Ken Robichaud | October 22nd, 2013 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

Marvel’s LEGO Variant Covers For October 23rd, 2013

Indestructible Hulk #14

Back to a reasonable three titles for this weeks Marvel LEGO Variant covers, so if you love Iron Man, the Hulk or that mischievous merc with a mouth Deadpool, you’ll want to get to your local shop quickly on Wednesday. Or hit up Midtown below. Hawkeye #13 has been pushed out again, so no word on a date for #15. We’ll keep you posted, but effectively this will be the last weekly cover update. I hope everyone enjoys playing the game, I’ll have to wait until my son gets his WiiU at years end because there’s no Wii version. At least I’ll have my covers to enjoy until then.

Midtown Comics

Iron Man #17
Secret Avengers #10

Comic shop. Hit it.

Oh, and I’ll work on updating the Cover Gallery with the original covers these homages are based on as time permits and let you know as requested.

Ace Kim | October 22nd, 2013 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Last Trailer for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Featuring Stan Lee, New Poster

Warner Bros. Interactive released the last trailer for the game featuring a voice over by none other than Stan Lee himself. And it’s awesome. Makes me want to play the game more so than ever before. The trailer is a tad spoilery though in that shows what I consider a plot development for what I assume is the final boss battle of the game. View at your own risk.

Also, a new poster came out:


The game comes out TODAY!

video via IGN, poster via Superhero Hype

Nick Martin | October 21st, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75019 AT-TE

Full Set

Ah, the AT-TE, otherwise known as “you know what was cool, the AT-AT, we need more of that in the Prequels” walker. As I talked about in the AT-RT review, I love me some walkers, and this thing is no different. It also marks the one big set that I own all three varieties of, so for the purposes of this review, I didn’t bother to photograph the other two. Okay, to be fair… they were packed up while getting carpet installed, but still.

This is the biggest of a whole series of Episode II sets we got with the fall release. We haven’t seen much in the way of leaks yet for next year, but given what we’ve seen, you sort of have to assume we’ll get an Episode III wave some time between now and the Episode VII / Rebels sets start to land. Hope you like some Clone Turbo Tank sets. Well, and that one AT-PT walker we’ve seen already.

At $90, this set manages to occupy the exact same price point in all three iterations (though the other two were $80, inflation and what not). Along with the Gunship, it’s a pair of big sets that you’d think would fit together (but don’t, that’s a whole different dropship). While the RGS was featured prominently in Clone Wars as the chariot that took Anakin to his surgery date, the AT-TEs were mostly background fodder for the CGI guys to play with. The last AT-TE was a wonderful big set, even being Clone Wars, and the original was one of the better first release sets (though it had to get a service pack to make it work). The question is, how does this guy stack up?