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Ace Kim | December 31st, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Summer 2014 LEGO Star Wars Set Names Revealed

75052 Mos Eisley Cantina

Hungarian online toy shop, ILSE LEGO MÁRKABOLT, has posted the set names, numbers, piece counts, and Hungarian pricing for the Summer 2014 LEGO Star Wars sets. No pictures yet, but with the various Toy Fairs around the world happening in the next few months, we should be getting a good look at the sets soon enough. Oddly enough, that site has posted ONLY 2014 sets for all themes. Which makes me question the legitimacy. I’m sure it will get sorted out sooner or later. So with that being said, take the list below with a grain of salt. Summary with estimated Euro prices below:

  • 75048 Phantom 20-30 EUR
  • 75049 Snowspeeder 278 pieces 30-40 EUR
  • 75050 B-wing 448 pieces 50-60 EUR
  • 75051 Jedi Hunter 490 pieces 60-70 EUR
  • 75052 Mos Eisley Cantina 615 pieces 70-80 EUR
  • 75053 The Ghost piece number unknown yet 90-100 EUR
  • 75054 AT-AT 1138 pieces 110EUR
  • 75055 Imperial Star Destroyer 120EUR

With all the money I’m saving by not buying any of the January wave, I can double up on some of the OT goodness.

Thank to Tomas from Groove Bricks for the heads up.

Ace Kim | December 31st, 2013 | LEGO Maersk, Sales News

10241 Maersk Line Triple-E Now Available

10241 Maersk Line Triple-E

If you’ve got some holiday money to spend and are looking for a LEGO set with over 170 of the same sticker, then 10241 Maersk Line Triple-E is the set for you. Built as an exercise for the OCD to see just how straight and parallel one can apply those rows and rows of stickers, the set contains 1,518 pieces, measures a little over 2′ feet long, and will run you $149.99.

Ace Kim | December 31st, 2013 | LEGO, Sales News

10243 Parisian Restaurant Now Available

10243 Parisian Restaurant

Now that the clock has struck past midnight on the Eastern Seaboard, LEGO Shop@Home has now made available 10243 Parisian Restaurant for immediate purchase and shipping (after the New Year’s Day holiday anyway). The Parisian Restaurant is the latest addition to the modular building series and has 2,469 parts for $159.99 USD.

Ace Kim | December 31st, 2013 | News, The LEGO Movie

70810 MetalBeard’s Sea Cow Revealed

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This is a bit spoilerish so I’ll hide the non-blacked out image until past the jump, but thanks to this post on Eurobricks, we now have a clear image of 70810 MetalBeard’s Sea Cow. The current speculation is that it is a LEGO D2C (Direct to Consumer) set, possibly pitting the set in the $200 dollar range give or take a few bucks. More news to come as we get it:

View 70810 MetalBeard’s Sea Cow

Ace Kim | December 30th, 2013 | News, The LEGO Movie

The LEGO Movie Wave 2 Sets Spoiled From Book

The LEGO Movie Essential Guide

Now that I’ve somewhat recovered from our review blitz with one more still on my docket, a few more images have surfaced from a book already revealing some future LEGO Movie sets. The images popped up on imgur and are sourced from The LEGO Movie: The Essential Guide (Dk Essential Guides) which you can buy right now from Amazon and probably from your local bookstore assuming there are any of those left standing. We have four images to share with you but be forewarned: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Nick Martin | December 29th, 2013 | News, The LEGO Movie

The Lego Movie: Review Roundup

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Well, that was quite a wave of reviews, now wasn’t it? It’s certainly was a record for the reviews on the site… probably more we do in a few months. I know that I certainly never want to see another Emmet minifig (let alone the six or so that come in a box) as long as I live (or until I buy the rest of the sets in the line, whatever comes first). I think it’s safe to say that everyone who had sets to review on staff are now officially excited for The LEGO Movie. Of course, once it’s out, we’re going to review it, but it will be interesting to see how this amazing exercise in marketing brilliance plays out.

We missed a couple of reviews, compliments of the Canadian postal service and/or U.S. Customs service, but they’ll be up early next week just as soon as they get past the polar bears or what not that are slowing them up. Anyway, here are all the reviews we have available for the sets that dropped today! Stay tuned as we finish up the remaining sets in the next few days.

Many thanks to LEGO for providing the sets for review.

The LEGO Movie Set Reviews

And don’t forget that the entire line up can be purchased at LEGO Shop@Home, Brand Retail, and your local toy store:

Buy The Sets

Nick Martin | December 29th, 2013 | Reviews, The LEGO Movie

Review: 70809 Lord Business’ Evil Lair

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There are some sets that make pegging value kind of hard, especially when they’re put up against other stuff in the same line. The Batcave in the DC lineup was like that. It wasn’t a bad set in its own right, but when you put it up against other things in the line like Two-Face Escape or the Batcopter, was your money best spent there? My favorite set from The Avengers was like that too, Hulk’s Helicarrier Breakout, the set with the best sticker ever. It was a set in a price range that made it hard to justify compared to how good the sets below and above it were in the lineup.

Lord Business’ Evil Lair is like that for me. I honestly picked it for review for a couple of things, the wrestler and the unicorn kitty, and didn’t notice some of the little details that would have absolutely blown my mind if I’d been paying attention. It’s an odd set, one that doesn’t seem all that impressive when you look at it in the lineup as a whole, and that’s a shame, because it just does so many little things right.

At $70, this is one of the most expensive sets (Rescue Reinforcements is the same price), but at 738 pieces and seven minifigs, it’s certainly not hurting for justifying that price. It’s also a rare set that has you build things that just get you to stop and play with them, or remove from the finished set to use somewhere else.

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Nick Martin | December 29th, 2013 | Reviews, The LEGO Movie

Review: 70800 Getaway Glider

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I’ve covered this in reviews before, but small sets are the hardest ones to review. It’s pretty easy to figure out if a larger set is worth the money, either through the number of parts or exclusive value. Small sets, on the other hand, can be tough, since there are fewer parts to draw it, and an “exclusive” figure loses a bit of the polish when getting him costs as much as a couple of combo meals at McDonalds.

Getaway Glider is a glider that includes a couple of robots (one named “Not-a-robot”), a horse, and the glider. There are some interest parts at the first glance, like a rooster in flat silver and small dark brown rounded slopes. It only runs $13, the same as 70801 Melting Room, but is quite a bit smaller, or at least it feels smaller. It has 104 parts, which makes it one of the few sets in the line that dips below the mythical, arbitrary (and often unfair) 10-cent magic number.

So the real question is how does it fit into the line that is going to be begging for so many of our dollars, and is it worth grabbing this one over one of the other sets like it.

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Nick Martin | December 29th, 2013 | Reviews, The LEGO Movie

Review: 70805 Trash Chomper

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When the alternate builds dropped for The LEGO Movie sets, there was one set that just grabbed my attention: 70805 Trash Chomper, the $30 set with an impressive 389 pieces. The actual chomper set was fairly “eh” for me, since I’ve never been a big one for flying dumpster monsters. But when it comes to city trucks, I absolutely adore sets with things like garbage trucks (or recycle trucks, tractors, construction… basically non-Fire and Police stuff).

Part of that is because sets like that are always so different. A frequent complaint of mine in recent years is how much Lego themes seem to rely on setting up some kind of conflict. Obviously, that conflict exists in some things (pretty much any licensed theme), and even makes sense in their original stuff (Space Police, Ninjago, Chima). But I never get why things like Castle and City have to have a bad guy tacked on to create something like that. It’s especially stark when you look at some of the best sets in the line and how often they just ignore that other half, focusing on one thing and executing it well.

Okay, to be fair, there’s obviously a conflict in the Lego movie, but in the best sets, it seems like it’s more about the build than it is that conflict. Trash Chomper seems to really drive that home, giving us a robot that’s maybe 30 parts and then focusing all of its efforts on the trash chomper. Better than that, it’s a full 2-in-1 set, which means it gives you a second instruction book for building a traditional garbage truck instead of the chomper. The real question is does the set manage to live up to my, what are typically unrealistic, expectations based on a couple of pictures online?

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Nick Martin | December 29th, 2013 | Reviews, The LEGO Movie

Review: 70801 Melting Room

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First impressions can be important. It’s why you should never lead with the offensive joke (save that for the hook), why everyone wanted to strangle Jar-Jar the first time he opened his mouth, and why some Lego sets can sort of languish after you see the previews. Sometimes, though, a first impression is just flat-out wrong. My first impression of the latest Republic Gunship was “this looks like the old one… meh.” And yet, in my review, it ended up being one of the best high-end sets I’ve ever put together.

My first impression of the Lego Movie sets was “those look somewhat silly but nothing all that special.” Sure, there was some stuff that held mild interest for me, like the minifigs, but none of the sets really popped out. Then, I saw some of the alternate builds, and I decided that, yeah, I’ll be getting a few of those sets. When I went to see that the Michael Bay presents “The Hobbit” I laughed at The Lego Movie setup out front that featured a Classic Space minifig with a broken helmet, something that anyone who had these sets in the 80s recognized immediately.

Now, after I’ve gotten these sets, and started to put them together, starting with the $12.99 small set, 70801 Melting Room, I can say that Lego has done two things:

  • They’ve made it so I absolutely want to see this movie, because just looking at the sets up close make it look insane and fun
  • In the first two pages of the instructions, they’ve made it a certainty that I’ll be buying multiple copies of The Melting Room…

Well played, Lego, well played.

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