The deadline came and went last night and now the polls are ready to go. Below are links to each voting thread and a gallery featuring all of the entries. And just a reminder, as usual you must have an active forum account to vote. Registration is on hold until the polls close. You have a full week to browse the field and make your choices, so feel free to take your time. Good luck builders, and thanks for building!
Don tells me we have just about a week or so left for this contest, so here’s your friendly reminder to finish up those Micro and/or Midi scale MOCs and enter them before the deadline of 11:59PM PDT Tuesday May 23rd 2017. You can read up on our contest details in our original post. Lots of good stuff so far and near as I can tell, there isn’t a whole lot of Midi scale stuff. Now could be your chance to swoop in take the top prize in that category, which is a MISB copy of 7778 Midi-scale Millennium Falcon. Nice? I think so.
Update 2: Cover art revealed, at least for Nintendo Switch edition, below.
Update: You can read the official press release on Business Wire. It details that it will be released on November 14, 2017 for all current generation systems, with Nintendo Switch available as “this holiday season”.
Players will go head-to-head with the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror in an epic battle across Chronopolis, from Ancient Egypt and The Old West to Sakaar and New York City in 2099. Along the way, gamers will be able to take control of a host of iconic characters, from Cowboy Captain America from the past to Spider-Man 2099 from the future along with Thor, Hulk, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Green Goblin, and dozens of other Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains.
Ahead of E3, TTGames announced their newest game for the LEGO family of games: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2. Details are scant other than a full trailer release date of May 23rd. If there is a golden opportunity for an obscure character or alternate costume of a popular character to get a release, a free-with-purchase promo for this game would be it.
Both Amazon and Walmart are offering Ghostbusters set 75828 Ecto 1 & 2 with a massive discount of 34% off MSRP. It’s just $39.73. Despite how you feel about the movie this is a set you should definitely check out. We rated the set at 4 out of 5 stars in our review. If one was enterprising enough, one could incorporate the best elements of both Ecto-1 vehicles into one super vehicles that could possibly seat 2×2 and still have a slide sled from the back. Just sayin’.
It seems Batman isn’t the only one to get a spin off from The LEGO Movie. Cartoon Network announced today that in partnership with Warner Bros. Animation, Unikitty will be getting her own television series. Voiced by Tara Strong, Unikitty is “a ruler of a kingdom who is obsessed with keeping her subjects happy and ridding the kingdom of negativity. Unikitty joins her friends, including Dr. Fox and Puppycorn, to seek out happiness, creativity, and dance parties.” She will be joined by Grey Griffin (Be Cool Scooby-Doo!), Kate Micucci (Be Cool Scooby-Doo!), Roger Craig Smith (Regular Show), Eric Bauza (The Adventures of Puss in Boots), and H. Michael Croner (Review). The directors of The LEGO Movie Phil Lord and Chris Miller have been named as executive producers. No other details such as air date have been announced.
Anyone else welcome the idea of more Unikitty variants?
If you were browsing LEGO [email protected] during the May the Fourth sale, you might have noticed that several sets hit “Sold Out” “Out of Stock” status and that usually means that they will no longer be purchasable directly from LEGO and manufacturing of those sets have come to a stop. This is when the supply chain to major retailers starts to dry up and your last chance to pick them up before the after market forces drive the price up. it may take a long while before they can replenish.
I listed a few of the sets below that are still available from Amazon, and some are seeing a nice discount over MSRP:
A lot of the non-UCS sets are on sale for 20% off, the UCS sets still remain full price as well as the store exclusives. The most attractive set to me to use the discount on is 75172 Y-Wing Starfighter. It beats Amazon‘s price for the same set by a couple of bucks and you’ll still get free standard shipping. Throw in a keychain and you’ve hit the minimum for the R2 polybag promo set, something Amazon doesn’t offer.
I’m starting this review a few days before the second Guardians of the Galaxy movie comes out; I’m excited, I have tickets to a double-header with the first in IMAX on Thursday. The first GotG movie represents something very unique in the Super Hero genre; a genre I really enjoy, but is starting to show a few problems. The Marvel movies, which are all entertaining, are very formulaic. The look and appearance of the movies themselves has become somewhat bland. Marvel tends to stick to flat colors and taking off brightness… giving Cap a dull blue suit, making Spider-Man less shiny looking, darker colors for Doctor Strange, etc. DC goes sepia and covers everything in grit; suicide squad made Harley colorful, but everything else was gray and brown with an extra helping of grit and dust.
Guardians of the Galaxy has been bucking all of those trends; it’s absurdly colorful. It mixes humor and action more effectively than any other comic book movie not named Deadpool. More than that, it proved that you can tell a comic book story with an ensemble cast, without diving deeply into origin stories, and make us care about them in a two hour runtime. I’m just saying, it’s perfectly okay to choke up a bit when you hear “We Are Groot.” Guardians of the Galaxy was supposed to be the first “failure” in the MCU, back when it was first released, but it ended up being one of the best, if not the best, we’ve gotten.
The verdict on LEGO sets is a bit more mixed. The first line only consisted of a few sets and a polybag… but it gave us one of the best spaceship/jets in the first Milano set (I still maintain it’s named after Alyssa Milano and not the cookies). It also gave us a good set with a Nova, and a… not good prison break set. Still, it was great to get the major players from the first movie, even if we still need an official Glenn Close minifigure, and that Milano was fantastic. For the sequel, LEGO seems to be sticking to their most recent trend of “let’s just rehash the old stuff, but make it worse and raise the price a bit.” Thus far, I’ve only picked up one set for review, 76079 Ravager Attack, and that is mostly because I wanted a Mantis minifigure. Here’s hoping that this little $19.99 and 197 piece manages to impress a bit more when built than it does in the first impression.