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Don "Solo" Reitz | September 3rd, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars

More Official Force Awakens Set Images From LEGO

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Don’t ask me why, but this batch of detail shots was held back from the first wave Ace was allowed to post earlier and they left out the Tie Figther entirely.  I’m still disappointed the panels on it are grey, this whole time I’ve been thinking they were sort of a milky translucent material in all the trailers which seemed really neat. Now it just feels a bit bland.  But you won’t be getting a second round of play by play commentary from me, so sit back and enjoy the fresh slew of high res promo pics.

75101 First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter


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75099 Rey’s Speeder


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75105 – Millennium Falcon


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75104 – Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle


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75103 First Order Transporter


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75102 Poe’s X-Wing Fighter


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Ace Kim | September 3rd, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGO Officially Unveils Most Of The Force Awakens Sets

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Starting last night, I received emails with official images of the The Force Awakens sets with the final reveal hitting my inbox at apparently 6:05 am. Strange to say the least but it’s nice to finally have our official first look. The rest of the images are below with the press release below that. No sign yet of 75101 First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter, so that may still be coming sometime today. All sets will be available this coming Friday September 4th, also known as Force Friday. It’s not even Friday and my wallet is hurting.

75099 Rey’s Speeder

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Hover into action on Rey’s Speeder! This cool landspeeder has everything Rey needs for scouting the surface of a desert planet, including dual stud shooters, opening storage hatch and side-mounted bag, blaster, buzzsaw and electrobinoculars. There’s also a detachable sled with space for a minifigure when Rey must make a quick escape down the desert dunes! Recreate your own fantastic scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Includes 2 minifigures: Rey and Unkar’s Thug with a crowbar. $19.99 USD

75105 – LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon

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One of the most iconic starships of the Star Wars saga is back, and it’s leaner and meaner than ever before! As featured in exciting scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this latest LEGO® version of the Millennium Falcon is crammed with new and updated external features, including an even more streamlined and detailed design, detachable cockpit with space for 2 minifigures, rotating top and bottom laser turrets with hatch and space for a minifigure, dual spring-loaded tools, sensor dish,ramp and an entrance hatch. Open up the hull plates to reveal even more great new and updated details inside, including the main hold with seating area and holochess board, more detailed hyperdrive, secret compartment, extra boxes and cables, and storage for spring-loaded tool. And of course no LEGO Millennium Falcon model would be complete without Han Solo and Chewbacca, as well as other great characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Activate the hyperdrive and set course for LEGO Star Wars fun! Includes 6 minifigures with assorted accessories: Rey, Finn, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Tasu Leech and a Kanjiklub Gang Member, plus a BB-8 Astromech Droid. $149.99 USD

75104 – Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle

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Enter the battle with Kylo Ren’s personal Command Shuttle! This fantastic, highly detailed starship has loads of features, including opening front, rear and bottom storage bays; wing-mounted, spring-loaded shooters and detachable tool racks. And when you’re ready for even more action, activate the amazing extending wing function! It’s time to hunt down the enemy and play out your own great scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Includes 6 minifigures with assorted accessories: Kylo Ren, General Hux, First Order Officer, 2 First Order Crew and a First Order Stormtrooper Officer. $119.99 USD

75103 First Order Transporter

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Lower the ramp, load the troopers and get ready to transport them into battle! This heavily armored First Order Transporter is packed with cool features, like dual spring-loaded shooters, top-mounted dual-stud shooter and hatch with space for a minifigure, pilot cabin with opening hatch and space for 4 minifigures in the hold, big engines at the rear, and hidden, transparent wheels for a cool ‘hover’ look. You can also remove the top section for easy access. Get ready to recreate incredible battle scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Includes 7 minifigures with assorted accessories: 2 Resistance Soldiers, 2 First Order Flametroopers, 2 First Order Stormtroopers and Captain Phasma. $89.99 USD

75102 Poe’s X-Wing Fighter

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Battle the forces of the First Order with Poe’s X-Wing Fighter. This customized starfighter is packed with features, like the 4 spring-loaded shooters, 2 stud shooters, retractable landing gear, opening wings, opening cockpit with space for a minifigure and space behind for the BB-8 Astromech Droid. There’s even a loader with tool rack, extra ammunition, and a seat for a minifigure. So climb the access ladder, strap in and get ready to recreate your own great scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Includes 3 minifigures with assorted accessories: Poe Dameron, Resistance ground crew and a Resistance X-Wing Pilot, plus a BB-8 Astromech Droid. $79.99 USD

75100 First Order Snowspeeder

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Call in weaponized support with the First Order Snowspeeder! With a crew of three, this rapid response vehicle features a forward storage compartment, fixed stud shooter in the cockpit, two rapid-fire stud shooters built into the engines and transparent wheels hidden out of site for a true ‘hover’ look. Now you can recreate your own great scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Includes 3 minifigures with assorted weapons: 2 First Order Snowtroopers and a First Order Snowtrooper Officer. $39.99

Ace Kim | September 2nd, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGO Officially Unveils 75102 Poe’s X-Wing Starfighter From The Force Awakens

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Somewhere, out there, there is a high-traffic news website that has the scoop on 75102 Poe’s X-Wing Starfighter. I myself just got the press release materials just now at 8:30pm oddly enough. Despite the set being leaked weeks earlier, we now have official images of the set, just a scant two images but official nonetheless. Price is $79.99 and you’ll be able to pick this up on Force Friday September 4th.

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LEGO® Star Wars™ Sets Based on Star Wars™: The Force Awakens

**NEWLY UNVEILED** 75102 – Poe’s X-Wing Fighter™
Battle the forces of the First Order with Poe’s X-Wing Fighter. This customized starfighter is packed with features, like the 4 spring-loaded shooters, 2 stud shooters, retractable landing gear, opening wings, opening cockpit with space for a minifigure and space behind for the BB-8 Astromech Droid. There’s even a loader with tool rack, extra ammunition, and a seat for a minifigure. So climb the access ladder, strap in and get ready to recreate your own great scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Includes 3 minifigures with assorted accessories: Poe Dameron, Resistance ground crew and a Resistance X-Wing Pilot, plus a BB-8 Astromech Droid. $79.99 USD

Ace Kim | September 2nd, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Go To Force Friday Midnight Opening At TRU, Get A Brick

For years now, Toys’R’Us has done a big midnight madness sale to push Star Wars products coinciding with every new movie release. And for years I’ve been going, waiting in line, pushing my little cart around, and filling it up with all sorts of toys. I was hoping to avoid Force Friday, which is this Friday September 4th, 2015, since I don’t really collect anything Star Wars related other than LEGO but based on this page on the Toys’R’Us website, it looks like I have a reason to go. Customers attending the festivities will receive a free poster and a free LEGO commemorative brick. Instagram user what_the_brick posted a picture of said commemorative brick, seen above, late yesterday. Not sure what the poster looks like but since it’s not listed as a LEGO poster I’m not sure I care to find out.

Force Friday begins 12:01am Friday September 4th, 2015. And just to be clear, that would be Thursday midnight going into Friday. See y’all in line!

Ace Kim | September 1st, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

75097 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar Now Available

If you’re lamenting the unavailability of 21303 WALL•E, you can still get your new LEGO set fix by picking up this year’s LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar. I forgot this went on sale yesterday but no matter, it’s still available right now from Amazon and LEGO Shop@Home. The asking price is $39.99 from both places.

If you want the other Advent Calendars, 60099 City (Amazon | S@H) and 41102 Friends (Amazon | S@H) calendars are also available. Both of those calendars are priced at $29.99.

And finally, what is, in my opinion, the best CMF line to date, Series 14 Monsters is now available from LEGO Shop@Home. Those are $3.99 a pop and there’s a quantity limit of 32 per order.

Too much good stuff out right now.

Nick Martin | September 1st, 2015 | Contests, News

MOC the 80s! Contest

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In the whole of human history, the 80s represent probably the most insane explosion of pop culture and absurdity, a glorious time of poofy hair, acid-wash jeans, keytars, and shopping malls. Almost everything popular today had some sort of roots in those glorious 80s… from all the movie reboots to the TV show reboots to the books and music and style fads.

As a decade, it gave us Ghostbusters and Back to the Future, and those gave us two LEGO sets. The Ecto-1 is one of the best sets LEGO has ever put out (inspired by a LEGO fan, no less), and the DeLorean is a terrible car that is so iconic you can’t avoid it. But more than all of that, the most popular thing about the 80s has got to be reminiscing about the 80s. Sure, Scooby-Doo was more 60s and 70s, but it was Saturday Morning cartoon reruns that got us all hooked on it while eating our just awful sugary cereals based on Nintendo characters.

The 90s may have killed off the 80s in a wave of hypercolor shirts and snap bracelets, but it also gave rise to “I Love the 80s,” the only time that VH-1 was relevant to anyone other than the same target market for Lifetime movies. It let us see our child stars grown up, but more importantly, it let us see all of the cars that dominated television and movies in the 80s. The DeLorean in Back to the Future was so popular that it made a car that was worse quality than the worst Best-Lock set a collector’s item. Have you ever priced one of those Ambulances that went into the Ecto-1? I’d suggest you save all of your money now to get one that’s working. There was KITT, Magnum’s Ferrari, the A-Team Van, and so many other things that you couldn’t throw a rock in that decade without hitting something iconic.

That’s where this contest comes in. It’s time that we MOC the 80s!

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Ace Kim | August 31st, 2015 | LEGO Ideas, News

21303 WALL•E Delayed

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Update: Looks like they took the page down for the UK.

There are numerous reports of the 21303 WALL•E being delayed through LEGO Shop@Home and Brand Retail due to the neck being unable to support the weight of the head. The video review by The Brick Show documents the issues pretty well. I have a few choice words about that neck issue which I’ll save for our own review. As of this writing, the set should be listed on the Shop@Home website, but right now going to the product page just shows a “product not found” message but it is available in other countries like the UK. It is presumed that a service pack will be created to address the neck issue. I’ll update this post with any more information on availability once I get it.

Nick Martin | August 27th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News, Rumour Mill

Captain America: Civil War Picks Sides. I’m #teamsharon all the way

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Captain America: Civil War, still shaping up to be Avengers 2.5 because it stars everyone not named Thor (unless perhaps Sharon is found worthy), and the information keeps rolling out. Principle shooting wrapped up a week or two ago, and while this isn’t “official” in the sense that it’s from Marvel, it’s been tweeted about by Jeremy Renner, and if Hawkeye thinks it’s cool, it’s obviously cool. You can see the art after the fold, because it’s slightly spoilery, unless, you know, you go with basic common sense and/or have read the comics. Except in one pretty surprising member of Team Drinks Too Much, that is…

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Nick Martin | August 27th, 2015 | News, Star Wars

How much is 1/8th of a Teaser for Force Awakens? Force Stirs a Bit?

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Disney and Lucas Film continue to pretend that the internet only works for advertising, and delivers a very-short little teaser (while continually issuing takedown notices and threats for any other information they haven’t deemed as official). The notable thing here that is only really a spoiler if you haven’t seen the official poster that has Finn holding a lightsaber… and that is that Finn seems to be some sort of Jedi type, or at least Jedi trained. Hard to make out and all, but pretty sure that is a second-hand lightsaber we’ve seen somewhere before…

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Also, in much dumber news, StarWars.com has announced that there will be live “unboxing” events for the new Force Awakens products in the 18 hours before Force Friday on September 4th. So, if you have an unusual amount of time to spend watching other people open things you may or may not want, this is the event for you. I have nothing against unboxing videos in general, they’re just not my thing… but that’s when it’s being done by fans on various other sites. Seeing it made up so artificial and staged like this means we’re getting a live stream of advertisements. No word on if the LEGO stuff is being included in it, but who knows.

That or maybe they’re setting up for the greatest Rick-roll of all time…

Nick Martin | August 27th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Reviews

Review: 76041 The Hydra Fortress Smash

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In all my years following LEGO or writing for FBTB, I’m not sure there’s been a set that just refused to stay in my memory than the Hydra Fortress Smash. I think I probably picked up this box on three different occasions while I was at the LEGO store and thought “huh, I don’t remember this.” I even remember being slightly annoyed when we learned that Quicksilver was going to be in an exclusive set (and more annoyed when that exclusive retailer was revealed to be TRU, because no one likes shopping there).

Yet the set ended up nearly as forgettable as the scene was in the opening for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Lots of flashy things, little substance, and of little impact to the rest of the film. It was a scene I remember enjoying, but I have to go look up what happened in it just to recall it with this set.  Unfortunately, this was going to make reviewing 76041 The Hydra Fortress Smash that much more difficult, because it feels like I’m Dori in Finding Nemo while I’m working on it.

We got some explosions, a Code Green, and lots of explosions, and this set tries to encompass all of that. At $49.99 and only 405 pieces, we’re not starting off well. If you are unfortunate to pay the TRU tax for it, that price climbs to at least $54.99 (online, though I’ve seen it for $59.99 in a couple of stores). We get four minifigs and a Hulk bigfig, and three of the four are unique to this set. So there may be some things going for it… wait, what set was I talking about again?

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