Last Monday marked the halfway point for our contest and we’ve already seen loads of great entries. There seemed to be a bit of confusion regarding the control vane requirement, so I put together this handy graphic to help get everyone on the same page. Also, it was pointed out I had a typo in the rules. I’ve corrected it – but just to reiterate – the Monday night deadline falls on the 6th of June at 11:59 PDT, not the 7th. That’s exactly 9 days and two hours from now. Still plenty of time left for you to join the fun and enter your own pair of bikes for the contest, so stop by the contest thread to give the full rules a read and browse the bikes already submitted to get inspired.
The Memorial Day promotion is now active at LEGO [email protected] and Brand Retail locations. You’ll get the polybag pictured above automatically added to your cart with your LEGO purchase of $35 or more. The offer is valid through 11:59pm EST, May 30, 2016 or while supplies last. You’re not required to get LEGO Marvel Super Heroes sets, just about anything will qualify.
There is an additional ticket promotion underway. Make any LEGO purchase from LEGO [email protected] or from participating Brand Retail locations and you’ll also get a BOGO Free admission ticket voucher to LEGOLAND theme parks and Discovery Centers. Offer is not valid at the LEGO Stores at Disneyworld Florida or Disneyland in California. I guess as a lease agreement, they’re not supposed to be giving tickets away to a competing theme park. Makes sense. Offer is valid through June 30, 2016 or while supplies last.
For those of you in Southern California, that last promotion would be a great way to save on admission for the upcoming Star Wars Days weekend happening on June 4 and 5. That’s in a week!
Visit LEGO [email protected] to take advantage of all of these great deals.
Because that is not an A-wing pilot’s helmet. That is a B-wing pilot’s helmet. Despite that flub, everything else about this minifigure looks new. The head element has a new visor print and that torso looks new as well; I haven’t been able to find any matches to either element on Bricklink. Great looking figure overall and that helmet is one of my favs, but I’m bummed we’re not getting a pilot that’s similar to the Gray Squadron Pilot from the last B-wing release. This looks more like an updated old school B-wing pilot.
We’ll have release details soon but I’m guessing it’ll end up being a Toys’R’Us promo item. It’s either that or LEGO [email protected] since those are the only two players in the polybag minifig game.
Retro review time! While doing the review for 75136 Droid Escape Pod, I ran across a copy of 9490 Droid Escape and decided to review this one as well. I actually wrote this review first so I can get a better feel of how much better the newer set is. While the newer one kicks ass, this one ain’t too shabby either. 9490 Droid Escape is 137 pieces for a retail price of $19.99, falling way, way below the 10 cent per piece threshold. But that’s honestly the worst thing about this set. For that price you do get an oddly shaped escape pod, 4 nice minifigs, and quite possibly the world’s smallest speeder bike.
This… I don’t know how this would be categorized… lifestyle? accessory? This item was spotted at LEGOLAND California. It looks like a 32×32 baseplate embedded in a plastic frame that can either be wall-hung or set atop a surface. There are spots for 15 minifigs and it looks like there is enough clearance for Hawkeye to keep his quiver on. The frame is branded with Marvel Super Heroes so it’s use is limited unless you don’t care about that sort of thing. If you have the San Diego Comic Con exclusive Marvel minifigs, or just a huge LEGO Marvel fan in general, this would make a good frame to display those.
There’s no telling if the frame will show up on LEGO [email protected] So far that I know, it’s only available at LEGOLAND California for the princely sum of $16.99.
If you’re a fan of the microfighter sets, then you should probably go pre-order this book right now. LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure is the only way you’ll be able to get an official microfighter Y-wing Starfighter. It’s exclusive to the book, assuming the cover is telling the truth. There’s no indication that the minifigure pilot is unique though so anybody’s guess is as good as mine.
LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure is available for pre-order right now from Amazon. The current price as of this writing is $18.74 with Amazon’s Pre-order Price Guarantee. The book will be released/delivered to your front door on August 2, 2016.
I have to admit that it was entirely unintentional to do all of the reviews of the Civil War sets before I saw the movie (which was very good), but do the most iconic set of Batman v Superman after I saw that rolling dumpster fire of a film. It’s kind of weird, since the Civil War sets I would describe as average (all three sets got a 3 out of 5), where I enjoyed the movie a lot more than those. I absolutely hated BvS, yet I really enjoyed this set (the last one I reviewed… not so much).
I had very few expectations of this set for a variety of reasons. The biggest, and what is probably a big black mark for my nerd cred, is that I don’t care all that much about the Batmobile. I like the classic design, and the original Burton/Keaton Batmobile… but it just tends to get a bit more ridiculous every time we see it. In a setting where our hero has helicopters, jets, space ships, jet packs, and the ability to swing around the city… why go for the option that’s the least efficient way to get around? Worse, even before BvS clouded all of my judgement, the only bits we saw of this vehicle were behind a broody Batman and processed through that trademarked “covered and dirt and left in a pile of waste” Snyder filter. In bad lighting. Basically, there wasn’t much of a reason to get excited about it.
I built this set long before I saw the movie… probably before I saw the spoileriffic trailers, even, and was pretty shocked that I liked the build a lot. I’m a sucker for a decent vehicle, and I love the accessories and practical parts in a set. That this set had a forklift and henchmen instead of some absurd villain tool (looking at you, Bane, and that stupid drill) was a huge plus in my book. At 306 parts and only a $29.99 price tag, this set seems, on its face, to be a pretty exceptional value compared to other stuff. We get the most iconic vehicle, a hero, and henchmen, all for one of the lower price ranges. Plus, of course, there are some new cockpit windows that I think we are all going to want for… everything, and of course, fork lift.
But this is a set based on a movie so devistatingly awful that it’s been classified as a war crime in some places, so there has to be something wrong with it… right?
Just a quick update to let everyone know that I sent the email out to registered builders for LEGOLAND California’s Star Wars Days event coming up on June 4 and 5, 2016. If you registered or think you registered and did not get the email, contact me directly if you know my email address or use the contact us form to send an inquiry. Email will be the primary source of communication going forward for the registered builders so please keep an eye out for a message from me in your Inbox/Spambox/Hitbox/Redbox/dog house and outhouse.
The email has a ton of information in it including hotel discounts, prizes, and a bunch of other important stuff.
If you’re not a registered builder and would like to partake in the weekend’s festivities, come and enjoy the park as a guest. There’s a ton of things to do. Besides viewing the AWESOME Fan Gallery with a ton of original LEGO Star Wars MOCs on the Model Shop Rooftop, the 501st will be on hand and will be doing their popular Droid Hunt event. There are costume contests, trivia contest, they may bring back the best Wookiee gargle impression contest. It’s a great time for the entire family, especially if you or a family member is a Star Wars nut. Since last year’s event, the park opened up two new attractions. One based on Friends and the other based on Ninjago.
Come join us for a great weekend at LEGOLAND California on June 4th and 5th, 2016.
After yesterday’s leaks of their newest Creator Landmark Building set, 10253 Big Ben, LEGO followed up by sending out the official assets for the set. The set contains 4,163 pieces, has an MSRP of $249.99 USD, and will be available starting July 1 at LEGO [email protected] and Brand Retail locations worldwide.
We only received six pictures of the set, four of which are of the front of the box. You can get a lot more details by watching the designer video, embedded below. There is a function to move the hands of the four clocks but the minute and hour hand move at the same time and are not independent of each other. There’s only so much LEGO can do. There’s a dial on the side that you can spin and the hands will spin with it. You can also lift the top off of Elizabeth Tower to take a peek at Big Ben’s bells.
10253 Big Ben
Ages 16+. 4,163 pieces.
US $249.99 – CA $299.99 – DE 219.99€ – UK £169.99 – DK 1999.00 DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.
Build the world’s best-known clock tower!
Get up close to Big Ben! The clock was first started on May 31st 1859, and Big Ben’s first chime rang from the 96-meter Elizabeth Tower on July 11th of the same year. This over 23” (60cm) high LEGO® interpretation of the iconic structure is a tribute to its engineering and architecture. It features a detailed facade with statues, shields and windows, and a clock tower with 4 adjustable clock dials and a removable roof allowing access to the belfry, plus buildable exterior elements including a sidewalk, lawn and a tree depicting the building’s location. This model makes a great display piece for the home or office.
• Big Ben features a detailed section of the Westminster Palace and the adjoining Elizabeth Tower, 4 detailed clock dials with movable hour and minutes hands, and a sidewalk, tree and grass area depicting the building’s location.
• Remove the top of the tower to access the Big Ben bell.
• Put your LEGO® building skills to the test!
• Special elements include 4 printed clock faces.
• Rare elements include ski poles, flowers and corner plates in molded gold color, and tinted-translucent elements.
• This set includes over 4,000 LEGO® pieces.
• This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 16+.
• Big Ben measures over 23” (60cm) high, 17” (44cm) wide and 7” (20cm) deep.
Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning
July 1, 2016 via shop.LEGO.com, LEGO® Stores or via phone:
US Contact Center 1-800-453-4652
CA (English) Contact Center 1-800-453-4652
CA (French) Contact Center 1-877-518-5346
European Contact Center 00-800-5346-1111
Did you register for Star Wars Days? Well, if so and you show up with MOC(s) in hand, you’ll be sporting this spiffy Chewbacca shirt to cover yourself with. I’ve been told the eye has been fixed so he won’t be perpetually winking.
You’ll also be getting this minifig:
…which should also be available at Toys’R’Us stores either now or sometime soon and maybe with or without a promotion.
Also, if you’ve registered for Star Wars Days, I will be sending out an email in the next 24 hours with Some Very Important Information so keep your eyes on your inbox.
Star Wars Days is happening on June 4 and 5 this year. If you’re not a registered builder, we hope to see you at the park as a guest!