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Ken Robichaud | January 29th, 2015 | LEGO Jurassic World, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

Warner Bros. Announces LEGO: Marvel’s Avengers, Confirms Jurassic World

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Today Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group announced their 2015 slate of LEGO® videogames, including LEGO Jurassic World™, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers, plus new handheld and mobile titles. I for one am tired of the Ninjago games going straight to the DS. It’s time for a Ninjago console game! But that’s not what we’re here, is it?

We already knew that Jurassic World was getting a game, but the confirmation that you’ll be able to play through all four films has finally piqued my interest. It was a strong probability after Indiana Jones and like, but I’m glad to find out for sure because I’d love to play through the first film (and one scene from the second).

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I was surprised to see LEGO: Marvel’s Avengers as an upcoming game because at first it felt like a downgrade from the character filled fun of the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes game. Then I read that you’ll get to play through the first Avengers film, Age of Ultron AND more. I sinceriously hope the more is the ability to play through some levels from each members stand alone movies leading up to the first film… except Iron Man 2. Screw that.

Jurassic LEGO game will be out in June across most systems and Avengers is due for the fall. I’m looking forward to both and need to finish my clean up on LEGO Batman 3 quickly so I can play through the first Marvel game again in the summer.

Also for the record, I hope the exclusive figure at Gamestop for Jurassic World will be Dr. Grant. As for the Avengers exclusive…

Coulson. Make it happen LEGO.

Ken Robichaud | January 29th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

First Images Of UCS SHIELD Helicarrier

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Shortly after Ace posted the tease of the upcoming UCS Helicarrier in the store calendar, bacon 1986 gave the heads up about this Wall Street Journal exclusive and then we recieved the official press release. In the span of one day, I went from not knowing anything about this or even being sure it was real to needing it in my life.

Weighing in at 2996 pieces and with a price tag of $349 (US), it’s quite a beast in my book. It may not be as big as many had hoped, but it’s got a lot going for it. Not only does it include some very desirable figures, but some neat little minifig trophies painted as microfigs. This is being shown at the New York Toy Fair and Ace will be there to take picks, so stay tuned and let the complaining commence!

Build and display the huge SHIELD Helicarrier!

Discover a world of mystery and adventure with the awesome LEGO® Creator Expert Detective’s Office, featuring unique elements and surprises.

Take on the challenge of building this awesome LEGO® model of The SHIELD Helicarrier. Construct the flying aircraft carrier with 2 runways, microscale Quinjets, fighter jets and ground support vehicles. The set also comes with many of your favorite LEGO Marvel Super Heroes minifigures, plus 12 microfigures to display on deck and within the highly detailed interior. Includes 5 minifigures: Nick Fury, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and Maria Hill.

· Includes 5 minifigures: Nick Fury, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and Maria Hill, plus an iconic SHIELD eagle stand to display them on

· Features 3 microscale Quinjets, 3 fighter jets, a gasoline truck, 2 forklift trucks, 2 runways, 4 road blockades, armored exterior with translucent elements, detailed interior, plus 12 microfigures (Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Captain America, Iron Man and 8 SHIELD agents)

· Also includes a detailed runway

· Weapons include Hawkeye’s bow, Black Widow’s gun and Captain America’s shield

· SHIELD Agent Maria Hill minifigure is new for spring 2015!

· Includes a plaque with facts about The SHIELD Helicarrier

· Add lights and spinning rotors to the Helicarrier with the 88000, 8883 and 8870 LEGO® Power Functions sets (sold separately)

· Rotors can also be turned manually

· Includes a display stand

· Helicarrier measures over 11” (29cm) high, 31” (80cm) long and 17” (45cm) wide

· Each Quinjet measures over 1” (3cm) high, 2” (7cm) long and 2” (7cm) wide

· Minifigure stand measures over 4” (12cm) high, and 2” (6cm deep) and 6” (16cm wide)

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Ace Kim | January 29th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics

UCS Helicarrier Confirmed via March Store Calendar

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If this is a fake it would be a VERY good fake. A snippet of the LEGO Brand Retail store calendar for March has exposed the rumored UCS Helicarrier. Store calendars are usually available a month early, so we are just days away from seeing the PDF of the March calendar pop up on the LEGO Shop@Home website. If you live near a Brand Retail location, it may be worth a phone call and/or a trip to the store to see if they are handing them out early. Built in mini scale (NOT minifig scale), it looks to be about approximately 90 studs long by 40 studs wide. Call me crazy but I was hoping for something bigger.

Thanks via murphquake via I think this guy.

Ace Kim | January 28th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

New LEGO Star Wars Video Spot

I have no idea what’s going on. The title doesn’t help but makes me think it is somehow tied to the Superbowl this weekend. The most interesting part came in the last half second where we see a trans-clear dome on an astromech droid.

Thanks to murphquake for the lead.

Ken Robichaud | January 26th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

Avengers: Age Of Ultron Set Pictures Revealed

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Excited for this summer’s Avengers sequel and the LEGO sets that come with it? Well, Amazon.de & .jp
have put up better pictures of those upcoming sets to whet your appetite further. It looks like there will be a couple of (slightly) different armours for ol’ shellhead and a drone helmet that will be used for other customs no doubt. I’m not really excited by these after getting a better look, but I will say that the Hulk Buster and Avengers Tower sets are the stand-outs for me. I’ve been mostly away for some time taking care of business (which is totally not code for being a hitman, really), but I’m back now and hope to get caught up assaulting your eyeballs with all of the things.

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Via IGN & Qzak.

Ace Kim | January 25th, 2015 | Events, LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGOLAND California Hotel Discount For Star Wars Days

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If you’re participating in the Fan Gallery at LEGOLAND California in March and would like to stay at the LEGOLAND hotel, then you are in luck. There is a 20% discount available for Theme or Fully Theme Rooms for the weekend of March 7th and 8th. Amenities include free wi-fi, free breakfast buffet, and an in-room treasure hunt for the kids. It will probably also apply to March 6th for Friday check-in if you’re going to drive in the night before. In order to ensure that the discount is available for participants, you must be email me at [email protected] or use the contact form for details on how to get the discount.

FBTB receives NO compensation for anyone booking at the LEGOLAND Hotel. We are simply passing along a savings.

Ace Kim | January 24th, 2015 | LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sales News

Further Markdowns at LEGO Shop@Home

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LEGO Shop@Home has reduced the prices on their existing sale items even further with some items now anywhere from 40-50% off. Some items of note:

There’s a lot more, 99 items if I’m doing my math correctly, on their Sales and Deals page, so go check it out.

Ace Kim | January 23rd, 2015 | LEGO Scooby-Doo, News

Toy News International Reveals 75904 Mystery Mansion

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Update: It seems Variety got the scoop on the Mystery Mansion. The image above has been updated with a higher-res version.

Following the announcement of Scooby-Doo this morning, Toy News International, posted some additional pictures of the Mystery Machine as well as the upcoming $89.99 75904 Mystery Mansion. The Mansion set appears to have Velma and Daphne and possibly a new version of Shaggy. Scoobs looks the same but I could very well be wrong.

The images come from TNI, and unfortunately thye have been upscaled, but you get an idea of what they look like. I am working on getting better images which may or may not come through since the Mystery Machine was the only set on the docket to be revealed today.

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Thanks to Mos Eisley for the heads up.

Ace Kim | January 23rd, 2015 | LEGO Scooby-Doo, News

The LEGO Group Officially Announces Scooby-Doo

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If the theme’s appearance at the London Toy Fair wasn’t official enough, it’s now official official. The LEGO Group announces Scooby-Doo as their latest license. Below is the full press release sent to me this morning. 75902 The Mystery Machine, pictured above, will run you $29.99 and has 301 pieces. The full line of Scooby-Doo sets will be at the New York Toy Fair coming up in just a couple of weeks. FBTB will be there providing full coverage as usual.

LEGO Group Partners with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to Announce
First-Ever LEGO® Building Sets Inspired by Classic Animated Series Scooby-Doo™

-New LEGO® Scooby-Doo animated content to roll-out, including 22-minute special
and made-for-video movie releases, from Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group-

LONDON, BRITISH TOY AND HOBBY ASSOCIATION TOY FAIR (January 23, 2015) – The LEGO Group today announced its partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to develop a collection of LEGO® building sets inspired by the timeless and beloved animated franchise, Scooby-Doo™. Five new building sets will bring the zaniness of classic characters including Shaggy, Scooby and the entire gang to life in LEGO form for the first time ever, and are scheduled to hit store shelves in August.

In another first, the Scooby Gang will be animated in LEGO form. In 2015, fans can look forward to a 22-minute LEGO special, featuring Scooby-Doo, and produced in partnership with Warner Bros. Animation. In addition, Warner Bros. Animation will also be producing made-for-video movie titles, which will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in the coming years.

“Fans always wonder which properties may come to life in LEGO form, and this year we are thrilled to bring all of the mystery, humor and hijinks of the Scooby-Doo universe to life in LEGO toys and animated content,” said

Jill Wilfert, vice president, licensing & entertainment at The LEGO Group. “We constantly review properties to find those with global reach, great characters and stories and inherent building and role play opportunities, and we think that Scooby-Doo delivers on all of these while also driving strong appeal among collectors and today’s parents who have strong nostalgia for the LEGO brand from their own childhood.”

“Scooby-Doo and his whole Gang are known and loved by kids and adults alike around the world and we are proud to partner with LEGO Group to continue to entertain new generations of fans and bring everyone’s favorite Great Dane to the unique interactive world of LEGO play,” said Karen McTier, executive vice president, Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, WBCP.

“As animators, we always aim to find fun and inventive ways to connect with the audience and tell new stories with our characters,” said Sam Register, president, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series. “Scooby-Doo and LEGO fans share so much affection for the characters and the brand, and we are so pleased to finally bring these two worlds together.”

LEGO Scooby-Doo Products
Fans will instantly recognize all of their favorite Scooby-Doo characters and icons, including Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and the Mystery Machine, as well as all the ghosts, goblins and other villains that make Scooby-Doo adventures complete in sets such as the Mummy Museum Mystery, the Haunted Lighthouse and the Mystery Mansion. LEGO Scooby-Doo products range from $14.99 to $89.99 (USD) and will be available in toy stores nationwide beginning in August.

About Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Doo is one of the few classic properties to maintain top on-air ratings across the globe and is consistently ranked as one of the top properties in the Warner Bros. Consumer Products licensing portfolio. Scooby-Doo is the only dog with human characteristics who can live and play in a kid’s real and imaginative world. Scooby loves to solve mysteries, is hip and cool and makes ‘spooky’ fun; he truly is the dog that can Doo it all!

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About The LEGO Group
The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company, based in Billund, Denmark. It was founded in 1932 and today the group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials for children. The company is committed to the development of children’s creative and imaginative abilities through its products, which can be purchased in more than 130 countries. Visit www.LEGO.com

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the brick and knob configuration and the Minifigure are trademarks of The LEGO Group. ©2015 The LEGO Group.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing both CG and traditionally animated projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. For TV, WBA produces series such as Teen Titans Go!, The Tom and Jerry Show and the upcoming Be Cool Scooby-Doo! and Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production for Cartoon Network, as well as Mike Tyson Mysteries for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. As the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Animated Original Movies — for DVD. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through WBShop.com

SCOOBY-DOO and all characters and elements are trademarks of and © Hanna-Barbera.

Ace Kim | January 22nd, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Amazon Discounts 75042 Droid Gunship by 22%

Like the title says, 75042 Droid Gunship is at a good buy threshold at 22% off. It is now $39.09 before any applicable taxes. You automatically get free shipping. Nick may not have exactly given it a great review, but at that price it makes a decent parts pack.