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Ace Kim | July 1st, 2015 | News

[SDCC] LEGO Retail Exclusive Sets Schedule

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We’ve outlined before the process on how you can try for a chance to win the opportunity to buy an exclusive LEGO set. We’ve received some additional information to make things a bit clearer:

RETAIL EXCLUSIVES DRAWING

Location: Pavilion Terrace (Upper level outside Sails Pavilion). Attendees must first enter the main Convention Center entrance from the line at the front of the main building. Entry to the LEGO retail drawing at the Sails Pavilion will be from this line. Depending on the crowds, this line may start moving as early as 7:00am until supplies last.

Drawing Schedule
Thursday–Sunday: Drawing starts shortly after the lines are let into the building until supplies last.

Thursday: LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Action Comics #1 Superman™
Friday: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Throne of Ultron™
Saturday: LEGO Star Wars™ Dagobah™ Mini-Build
Sunday: There will be a drawing for tickets that have not been redeemed on this day

• Attendee badges only
• One drawing per person, per day
• Random drawing is for a chance to get a ticket to purchase at the LEGO Booth
• Sets will not be distributed at the Pavilion Terrace
• Must redeem ticket that day

Nothing will be sold or given away on Wednesday, Preview Night.

Ken Robichaud | July 1st, 2015 | LEGO Angry Birds, News

[SDCC] First Look At A LEGO-fied Angry Bird

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Another preview of a set that will be on display at SDCC comes in the form of the first image of Red, from the upcoming LEGO Angry Birds line based on the movie. Big molded body with arms similar to Leatherhead of TMNT or other mid(sized)figs. The other birds will be of different molds no doubt, but we shall see. I’m now mildly interested in seeing if there will be some kind of slingshot/catapult. I’ll be watching the movie when it comes out on video for no other reason than Peter Dinklage as Mighty Eagle.

Via Kotaku.

[SDCC] Packaging Images For Comic Con Exclusives

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LEGO finally sent over their image assets for all the recently announced exclusives at their booth at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. First up are the packaging shots for all of the retail exclusives: Dagobah Mini-build which is now revealed to include an R2-D2 minifig, Action Comics #1 Superman, and Throne of Ultron. Each retail exclusive will be $39.99.

Now that Scooby-Doo is a license, we’ll be treated to life-sized stand-ups made out of LEGO of Velma, Daphne, Fred, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo. There will also be a Mystery Van standup where it looks like you can take a picture as if you’re behind the wheel.

There’s still more to be revealed so keep your eyes peeled right here on FBTB!

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Ken Robichaud | June 30th, 2015 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

LEGO To Display ‘Dawn Of Justice’ Batmobile At SDCC

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Think what you will about DC’s newest version of the Batmobile, but two things were certain. With it appearing in both the Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman films, you’re going to be seeing plenty of it and you’re going to get at least one LEGO version. The Wall Street Journal has unveiled the first image of the new beast that LEGO will have on display at SDCC. The article says it will be on sale January 1st 2016, so we may get it at Christmas.

It contains 306 pieces and will retail for $29.99 USD with two vehicles and three figures. We’ll have to wait for Ace’s coverage to find out what those other characters and vehicle are. Though, I don’t really care. I’m down for the new Bat-pants and that windscreen either way.

Nick Martin | June 29th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Reviews

Review: 76029 Iron Man vs. Ultron

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One of the things that Avengers: Ultron’s Weekend Out got right was that there were a whole mess of Ultrons around. In the comics, we typically only see one at a time, but there have been a whole bunch of versions and upgrades, and more than once, there were multiple bodies controlled by the same Ultron AI. Of course, he was created by Hank Pym in the comics, and in the movie he was birthed by Tony Stark’s unbelievable stupidity with computers and the fact that he never read the memo about not opening attachments you don’t recognize in email.

I mean really, how safe are we when the guy capable of building world destroying weapons in his sleep has the technical savy of the relatives that keep asking us to help fix their computers because they haven’t figured out that banner ads talking about computer errors should not be clicked on? I’m just saying, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that cities get blown up when this guy is around is all.

Reviewing 76029 Avengers vs. Ultron should have sort of been an easy task, since it was only a $12.99 set. The problem is that this small set is really part of a larger scene that should combine with 76032 Quinjet City Chase. Of course, you’d never really know it looking at these sets, since they both have Iron Man and don’t look like they were really designed together.

There are a few things going for it, obviously, like a unique Iron Man and a unique (well, to this set) Ultron (or two, sort of). Unfortunately, even LEGO says 92 parts, it feels like fifty of them are the studs used in said blasters (and feet, and engines, and everywhere else). I liked the Hulk buster set well enough, except for the name, so I was hoping that we could continue the trend of good sets in the Age of Ultron lineup…

Oh, and obviously I’ll be mentioning some spoilers in this review. And not just that Snape kills Dumbledore.

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Ace Kim | June 27th, 2015 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

[SDCC] Nathan Sawaya’s The Art of the Brick: DC Comics Exhibition and Panel

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This year at Comic Con, you can join LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya, DC Comics artist and DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee, Brandon Griffith of Comic Bricks, and Tommy Williamson of Bricknerd as they officially kick off The Art of the Brick: DC Comics global exhibition. They will be hosting a panel unveiling brand new LEGO sculptures based on DC Comics. In addition to the unveiling, Jim Lee will draw live a new Batmobile concept which will then be brick built and unveiled later during the exhibition. The wording is confusing but I’m pretty sure when they say “later during the exhibition” they mean at some other date and place during the exhibition’s travels and not later during the panel since the panel is only an hour long. Giveaways are promised to those in attendance so line up early. The panel will be held on Thursday July 9th from 6pm to 7pm in Room 25ABC.

Ace Kim | June 25th, 2015 | LEGO Ferrari, News

LEGO Reveals 10248 Ferrari F40

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LEGO sent me the following assets to the newest addition to its Creator line: 10248 Ferrari F40. The F40 is one Ferrari’s most iconic vehicles. It was the last model that Enzo Ferrari saw go into production before his death in 1988. Now, LEGO has immortalized the vehicle as a 1,158-piece Creator set which will be available starting in August. The set will cost USD 89.99 / EUR 89.99 / GBP 69.99 / DKK 799.00. VIP members will be able to enjoy Early Access to this set starting July 15th. This thing is packed full of details including a brand new windscreen element, printed A-pillar element working trunk lid with detailed engine, and more. There’s an accompanying Designer Video below, with more details and the rest of the images at the bottom of this post.

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Ace Kim | June 25th, 2015 | LEGO Minecraft, Sales News

Amazon Discounts Most Minecraft Sets By 20%

Amazon currently has LEGO Minecraft sets on sale at decent discounts. Most are seeing a 20% reduction in price off of MSRP with just two being less than that.

Ace Kim | June 24th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

[SDCC] Throne of Ultron Figures Are Not Unique

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There seems to be some confusion whether or not the minifigures in the Throne of Ultron set are unique due to the way their rendered images look. Let me set the record straight and say they are not unique. I didn’t think much of it until I read some comments here, in my LUG message group, and elsewhere thinking that they were unique. Then the images for Captain Falcon came out and then Arsenal and I noticed just how overly saturated the images were. So I contacted LEGO and asked them and they have confirmed that the figures are not unique and are generally available in the Avengers toy line. The set itself is exclusive and unique. The same goes for the Superman set. The only unique minifigures at Comic Con will be the giveaway figures.

Which makes sense given the history. Rocket Raccoons in last year’s Warbird set was purported to be unique but this was not the case as he was released as a polybag available exclusively at Toys’R’Us. So far then, I think it’s safe to assume that the general rule of thumb is that for Comic Con retail sets, they will be unique and will not contain unique minifigures. The giveaway figures will be unique unless otherwise indicated on the package in some way like Bard the Bowman was a preview figure.

Ken Robichaud | June 23rd, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Marvel Finally Picks New Spider-Man For Sony

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Tom Holland will portray the wall crawling Peter Parker on the big screen in Sony’s next Spider-Man film coming July 28, 2017. Before that though, he is a sure bet to appear in next years Captain America : Civil War, though Marvel has made no official mention of it and it’s doubtful it will be to unmask as he did in the comics. If you’ve never heard of young mister Holland, don’t feel bad as he’s relatively new with just a handful of film and TV credits. He looks sufficiently nerdy and all the buzz around him is good, so a fresh face may be just what the doctor ordered for old web head. Oh, and Marvel retaining creative control couldn’t hurt either.

Good Luck to him and I hope they give him a great suit that looks good in minifig form. Also, that his movies are good. I don’t think I’m asking for much, am I?

Yes, yes I am.

Via CBR