Mark your calendars because it’s back by popular demand! Toys’R’Us stores will once again be hosting The LEGO Movie building event where you can build Emmet’s Car and “transform it into something awesome.” The event is scheduled to return on Saturday April 12, 2014 from 12pm to 2pm or until supplies last. Did you go to the first building event? I never made it but I heard that the crowds at each store were beyond anything they’ve seen before and that it was generally perceived as a giganto failure. Hence, the event’s return to try and make things right. Gotta say, I’m impressed that TRU is willing to try this again to smooth things over with their customers. I might try and go to this one and bring the kids along but if I see a line out the door before noon, I’m Audi 5000.
Archive for March, 2014
While I’m still really enjoying the new Turtles toon and look forward to the new sets based on it that are hitting stores now, I’m not having a lot of luck in my attempts to keep an open mind regarding this film. The trailer has hit via CBR and you can take a look and see what you think. If the sets based on it are half decent, we’ve already sort of won, right?
I kinda hesitated posting this only cause this had supposedly come from a source located in the Czech Republic, but earlier this morning Brickset revealed an upcoming promotional minifigure Darth Revan. He’s a strange choice for a minifig since Darth Revan hails from the game Knights of the Old Republic and doesn’t really fit into nearly defunct The Old Republic sub-theme that some of the sets draw from. But kids like “Darth” characters so there’s that.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure if it was a legitimate figure. LEGO doesn’t really have clean packaging images of polybag sets in their library, and this particular image seemed a little too clean. The horizontal lines are a little too straight. Plus, there’s a hard edge to the bottom of the hood that looks like a bad crop or the background was pasted in sloppily. Not to mention the weird pattern on the top of the hood. Still, if it’s a fake, it’s a pretty damn good fake. No word yet on (the legitimacy or) availability, but we’ll keep you informed as soon as we do know.
Thanks to everyone who wrote it in.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons LEGO, along with Twentieth Century FOX Consumer Products, just revealed the collection of 16 licensed LEGO Minifigures inspired by the TV series! This series is number 13 in the Collectible Minifigure line for those of you keeping track at home. Priced at $3.99 each, a full 33% increase, they will be available starting in May. A special episode of The Simpsons will air on May 4th in conjunction with the release of the line.
I’ve just updated the Bricklandia site with some additional details about participating in this weekend’s Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND California. The incentives list is up, and if you’re volunteering AND bringing a MOC, you’ll receive the above-pictured TC-4 promotional minifigure. If you haven’t volunteered your time yet, unfortunately I’ve closed off registration for volunteer hours. But if you still want to participate, you can bring in your latest Star Wars themed MOC or add to the Empire Strikes Back Asteroid Chase scene we will be displaying in the large walk-in display case. Got questions? Hit up the contact page to get in touch. Star Wars Days is always a lot of fun with the costumes, the 501st doing their droid hunt game, and ton of activities happening on the main stage in Miniland. If you haven’t gone before, you owe it yourself to go at least once.
T-shirt shop Teefury has some LEGO themed shirts for today, Sunday March 23. They are Benny Stardust on the left and Brick In The Wall on the right. If you’re not familiar with Teefury’s Twofury sale, both shirts are for sale at the same time and compete throughout the day for most tees sold in 24 hours where the winner gets nothing except bragging rights and imaginary internet points.
Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND California is fast approaching. I can’t believe it’s next week. Yes, fortunately or unfortunately, it is slated for March 29th and 30th to coincide with spring break and it snuck up on us rather abruptly. There wasn’t a lot of time to plan, but we came up with some ideas that should prove easy to contribute to. Should you be interested in displaying or participating, hit up Bricklandia Events for more information. I’ll be updating that site in the next day or two with some updated guidelines on how to contribute so keep checking back. It’s not too late, and there are a TON of perks to entice you such as discounts to the Big Shop, free passes, TC-4, exclusive t-shirt, and more! Head over to Bricklanda Events for more information and to sign up. Got questions? There’s a contact form there send me a message.
TT Games and Warner Bros. is trying something different with their game trailers, giving their latest LEGO The Hobbit video a totally different look and feel. This may or may not be an attempt to jazz up their otherwise tried, true, and tired gameplay. And I find it hilarious that one of the titles in the video says “Every adventure is better with your buddies” but I’m willing to bet that there STILL is no online co-op play. When TT Games? WHEN?!?!?
Well, at least you can look forward to getting a really great Bilbo Baggins figure. Pre-order the game from Gamestop for your platform of choice and receive Good Morning Bilbo Baggins pictured below:
The game will be released on April 8, 2014
Do you know why the Trade Federation lost the Clone Wars? Well, because they were just pawns in an overly complicated plan by Palpetine to eliminate the Jedi, consolidate power, and overthrow the rightfully elected government of the Republic. Ignoring that, though… it was because they were bad at designing their primary weapons to fight the war: Droids. In one of the early Clone Wars cartoons (as I’ve only watched the first season, I only know the early ones), there’s a comment where Ventress points out to some planet playing the Norway game in the war that their droids outnumber clones 1000 to 1. Which is a good place to be, assuming that droids were actually a decent weapon.
They were not, for the most part. The few that were designed well as machines (droidekas come to mind) were too few in numbers compared to the battle droids that were effectively walking platforms to deliver weapons to your opponent in case he was disarmed. At least with the only starfighter in the droid army, the Vulture Droid, we finally had a ship that was designed as a robot instead of ship that you were supposed to plug a robot in to to fly. It was like the Cylons in the new Battlestar Galactica… there weren’t Cylons flying the ships, the ships were Cylons, in the same way that a drone is a robot, not a robot that you stick a guy inside to make sure it stays all robot-y.
Well, at least the Vulture droids were like that. All of the previous iterations of the Lego Vulture / Droid fighter were just the fighter by itself. No spot for a pilot, no guns that could be conveniently removed by the very thing it was trying to kill (like happens all the time in the Clone Wars cartoons), just a robot that was built to fly around and shoot things. There have been four different versions of the droid fighter before this one: the original back in 1999 for Episode I, the one bundled with Anakin’s Starfighter for Episode III (which was very similar, just in blue instead of brown), another Episode I version that came with the Naboo Starfighter in 2007, and a blue one with Ahsoka’s Starfighter in 2009.
The original one was the only one that came as a stand-alone set, and it was just a 62 part $6 set. Remember when Star Wars had $6 sets, and those weren’t even the smallest sets in the lineup? Let it sink in for a second, and realize that those memories are just a sign that you’re an AFOL that starts all of your stories with “back in my day…” The next step is complaining about how expensive a hamburger or a soda is. I’m willing to bet that if you counted up the parts for all of the previous vulture droids, you’d barely be over the 205 part, $25 set that is 75041 Vulture Droid. This thing is now monstrously large compared to its earlier versions, and costs a lot more too. It could also be one of the biggest steps back that a ship re-release has made in history (and this is a history that includes the Sith Infiltrator).
When CUUSOO made the announcement a couple of weeks ago that they would now be accepting projects themed around Doctor Who, it felt like there was a massive disturbance in the force. As though a million nerds cried out in joy and we’ll never here the end of it. I say the first, because the floodgates have opened and there are no less then 30 other projects on CUUSOO at the moment all focusing on one aspect of the Who-niverse or another.
The honour of the first to the finish line goes to Brickset resident and CUUSOO enthusiast, GlenBricker. The real shine on this project is the minifigures, provided by our very own Kaminoan. Voting for which figures will actually appear in the set is STILL open here, if you want to help pick what figures would be in the set. It’s not only one of the fastest projects to achieve 10,000 votes (it was started just two weeks ago and was at 9880 votes when I went to bed at 1 last night), but I think it’s the first to achieve that launched without having, what I would consider, a fully realized project.
I wish Kam and GlenBricker luck in the next phase of their projects journey. As always, they will certainly need it from this point on. It’s in the hands of the CUUSOO gods now.