We’ve gotten a bit behind on posting some sales stuff (stupid real life), but this one was a good enough deal that we needed to post it. 76057 Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge Battle is already 20% off, sitting at $79.99 (TRU has a similar sale, but I think we can all agree that Amazon is better than TRU for everything). This set was an early standout just for getting us a few more spider clones (though, sadly, none of the current Web Warriors… I need my Spider-Ham and Spider-Gwen and Spider-Noir and… this list could go on for awhile), as well as a couple more towards a Sinister Six.
Selling to kids is a lot different than selling to adults. There’s a limited window for that customer, where they are coming in and leaving the market. At the same time, there are new kids coming in right behind that customer, looking to pick up the hobby. That means that re-releasing a set every few years is trying to make sure that the new batch of kids can find something recognizable to purchase… and regardless of how we feel about those prequel movies or cartoons, they are more popular with kids than they were with the adults that grew up with the original movies.
Of course, all of that being said… there has got to be some more popular stuff to release than Stumbles McSpiderwalker here, last seen in the 2013 set of the same name, 75016 Homing Spider Droid, which it feels like I just reviewed a couple of months ago. That was in that little gap where I wasn’t putting point totals on there, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the set despite my love of walkers.
The price isn’t different, though the minifigure lineup has changed… and that’s pretty much what I wrote about the set last time. I asked Ace if I could just copy/paste the old one, and he told me to shut up and watch BvS again as punishment (actually, I didn’t, I just like making up fake responses from him). So instead, I’m going to review 75142 Homing Spider Droid as if it was some brand new set I wanted, and not just a $30 filler set that got me to above a certain price target when trying to get a promo item at my LEGO store (this is a TRU exclusive in the US, otherwise).
Over on the LEGO subreddit, a poster going by ebonlance posted a cropped image of the long-rumored UCS Death Star set. Another user came along a bit later with pictures of the front and back. Never had a leak save me $400+ dollars before, but here we are. I recently put together my earlier version of this, so it’s hard to feel enthused for it. On one hand, there are a few new minifigs (prison officer, blue astromech), and some updates (Leia, Tarkin)… but this feels like one of the most phoned-in remakes in recent years.
Eventually, Disney is going to need to figure out how to reconcile the stuff in Rebels with the stuff in the movies (and I think some of that may happen in Rogue One), because it really addresses something that always really bugged me about the prequel (and honestly, the original trilogy before it): that the Jedi were somehow all wiped out. Okay, that makes sense if they were all scattered centered or involved in the war. But we saw that they were a bit more diffuse than that; there were some who had left the order, some who failed out of it, some that hid, some that were in very remote places.
It’s just a bit hard to believe that in an entire galaxy, they’d eliminate all but three people by the time ANH rolls around. In the cartoons, they’ve been teasing this a bit with the fact that a particular former Padawan is/was still around (but went so far as to say that he/she was not a Jedi… gotta make sure that Yoda wasn’t just full of it), and obviously there’s the question of Kanan and Ezra in general.
Until that happens, we’re going to keep getting Rebels sets, including this little speeder number. I’m actually okay with that, since there have been some quality selections in the Rebels lineup (though mostly I’ve just purchased the cheaper sets). I was looking forward to reviewing 75141 Kanan’s Speeder Bike mostly because it was a nice, inexpensive set at $19.99 and had accessories that I tend to love in a set. At 234 pieces it seems to have a lot of value tucked away, and does come with a new unique character, the Imperial Combat Driver, though Kanan and the Buckethead have shown up elsewhere.
To be fair, they’re also giving the finger to current PS4 owners of the game.
According to Kotaku, WB/LEGO has finally revealed how Supergirl is going to make it into the game: as a PS4 exclusive in the PS4 starter kit. So, to the millions that already own the title, if you want her you’re going to need to repurchase the game (which, I’m just going to go out on a limb here, will go up in price because of the extra figure). Oh, and have a PS4.
For those of us that own the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, or WiiU version of the game (you may notice two of those consoles as being currently in production still)… I guess we’re just out of luck. No, that’s not true… we can use the in-game rental system, which is totally the point of a game that features the physical product heavily.
On the plus side, it has inspired me to not order any of the new packs, so there is that.
I hated Batman v Superman. It remains the only 1-star review that I written on the site. While I get plenty of (sometimes legitimate) criticism that I’m biased towards Marvel, I didn’t hate this movie because it didn’t live up to what we’ve come to expect from MCU stuff. I hated it because the characters of Superman and Batman deserve better than what this movie did, and fans of those characters most certainly deserve to see their characters treated better.
Batman is supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and it’s his abilities as an investigator that make him dangerous (well, that and a whole bunch of money), not his ability to punch things. Superman is defined by a moral fiber that was defined by his small-town upbringing that distilled down to “do the right thing, no matter what people say.” Wonder Woman is… well, the character they characterized pretty well, in that she is powerful on her own and will do what she thinks is right with a bit of disdain for the mortal world. Lex Luthor is brilliant and calculating, always working ten moves ahead of where his opponents thinks he really is, was turned into a caricature of a crazy young tech genius. It was a movie that took from comics while seemingly holding complete disdain for them.
I will say out of the gate that the Ultimate Edition is certainly better than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Unnecessary Subtitles, was… but the fact is when you frost a turd, you still have a turd. A lot of the stuff that this version adds to the movie makes it a better movie, but the other stuff is still there. Lex is probably the biggest example of that, as almost all of the stuff that is added makes him a lot closer to the Luthor we expected… but it still has the rest which keeps knocking it off the rails. Maybe the second time through made me a bit more numb to the experience, but I didn’t have high hopes in the original movie either.
Maybe the way to look at this is to start taking this re-edit of the movie, which was announced before it even came out, is figuring out how I would re-edit it. And I invite everyone else to do the same thing, because it’s interesting to think about how we rank amateurs that are entirely unqualified for a task would try to improve it. Also, I’m certain that I’m going to confuse some of the old stuff with the new stuff, but that’s more of a testament to the fact that the re-edit actually blends quite well… a lot of it was tiny additions to existing scenes. I’ll probably also forget my re-edit plan a few times while I’m writing. That feels like a fitting tribute to this film, honestly, cause it feels like they forgot what movie they were making a few times.
Warning: While I’m going to keep the language as PG-13 as I can, we’re talking about an R-Rated movie, so there will be some screenshots or comments that may cross hop that line.
Haven’t had a chance to pick up LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet? Today is the lowest price since it first hit the shelves, and a great chance to get the game. The regular version of the game (read, the one without the minifig) is 33% off today at Amazon.com, coming down to $39.99. This applies to the PS4 and Xbox one version of the game, and the PS4 version includes some exclusive content. Not a bad time to get your LEGO Star Wars fix going.