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Ace Kim | August 4th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Amazon Discounts 75106 Imperial Assault Carrier by 25%

Amazon is applying a nice discount on 75106 Imperial Assault Carrier. Right now, it’s 25% pushing the price down below $100 at $97.51. Regular MSRP for the set is $129.99. The flagship set, no pun intended, from the Rebels cartoon features four mini TIE fighters you can launch at your enemies. And in typical LEGO fashion, it also includes Sabine in her Mandalorian garb. Figures you’d have to pay for the most expensive set to get Sabine in her glorious armor.

Nick Martin | August 3rd, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Rants, Reviews

Review: 76032 The Quinjet City Chase

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The first Avengers movie set a high bar for all of the Super Heroes sets that came after it… and that’s been sort of a shame for those sets. The original Quinjet is still one of the best sets we’ve gotten in Marvel Super Heroes (though, to be honest, I prefer the Milano), and the vehicle itself has carved itself out as an iconic piece of the MCU, showing up in Agents of SHIELD as well as Avengers. In fact, a Quinjet was a plot point at the start of the second season, so it’s likely the most iconic vehicle in the movie not called a Helicarrier. So when the opportunity to review 76032 The Avengers Quinjet City Chase popped up I had high hopes for the set.

One of the recurring themes for licensed sets has been how the female characters are most often in the most expensive set. Black Widow, a crucial character in both Avengers film, how now only showed up in the most expensive set twice… not counting her appearance in what is currently the most expensive set they make (other than the Mindstorms kit or those “this is why we can’t have a good bonus” business stuff). Another theme has been how the sets have a certain habit of giving away some plot points, you know, like how Vision shows up or how the Mandarin had a speedboat and lawnmower.

The Black Widow thing is sadly not surprising, since Disney/Marvel doesn’t seem to be especially interested in marketing products to half of the world’s population. Worse, all of the Age of Ultron toys seemed to want to marginalize her role in the film… (or in the case Hasbro, pretend like it didn’t exist). LEGO wasn’t perfect in this regard, but they are better than a lot of the others. I’ll get into some of those reasons later in the review, where there will be some spoilers… but if you haven’t seen it yet I can’t help you.

At 722 pieces and $79.99 (or as I’d like to call it, 1/5th of a helicarrier… sort of, I’m rounding), this is a set that will set you back a bit to pick up. Yet it’s also the only place you can get a couple of the big players in the movie, because LEGO marketing embraces the evil of spreading them out so we have to spend more money. The real question is if this set exceeds what came before it, or if it’s like Avengers: Age of Ultron and fails to live up to its predecessor…

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Ace Kim | August 2nd, 2015 | News

New Products at LEGO Shop@Home

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If you’re like me and have kids to contend with, you may also have forgotten about the new releases that officially went on sale yesterday on August 1. Here’s a list:

10248 Ferrari F40 will run you $99.99. It seems a bit spendy for the final model but no doubt it will keep in tradition of their large vehicle Creator line and offer a ton of details inside as well as master craftsmanship on the outside. The F40 translates really well into LEGO form.

LEGO Scooby Doo is now a reality and unfortunately seems to be out of stock for now with more shipments expected in 30 days. Amazon has a few sets in stock at MSRP with same-day shipping if your order qualifies.

• The newest Ideas set, 21302 The Big Bang Theory is now available. Get Sheldon and Co. for $59.99.

• If you’re into Minecraft, there are a bunch of new sets out now, all of which are available for immediate shipping.

Remember: with LEGO Shop@Home you get free standard shipping if your order qualifies with a shopping cart total of $75 or more.

Nick Martin | July 30th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

Amazon Slashes 33% off 76021 Milano Spaceship Rescue

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Update: Looks like that sold out fast, so hopefully you got it while the getting was good. There are still some Marketplace sellers that are moving the sets at a slight discount. 

Looks like the Guardians of the Galaxy sets are getting ready to make like Nebula and cut off their arm and fly away… and by that I mean getting towards end of life and leaving shelves. The crown jewel of the GotG sets was 76021 Milano Spaceship Rescue, which Amazon has cut down to $49.99. When I reviewed it, I had no issue at all paying full price, but this kind of price makes it hard to pass up getting a second (or third… don’t you judge me).

I know that the set has already started to vanish from local retailers. My local Targets marked them down already… of course, they also marked them up by 25% first (Targets around me are starting to give TRU a run for their terrible pricing practices), so take that how you will.

In related sales, 76020 Knowhere Escape Mission has a more modest, but still nice, 15% markdown. The smallest of the lineup, 76019 Starblaster Showdown (which features Nova pilots) has a 10% markdown… so it may be time to build your fleet before they’re gone.

Nick Martin | July 29th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75087 Anakin’s Custom Jedi Starfighter

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Sometimes, I wonder about the naming choices in LEGO sets. Anakin’s ship was called the Azure Angel, which is a far cooler name than the sterile “Custom Jedi Starfighter.” What was it with this kid and angels, anyway? Was Milton writing in a Galaxy Far, Far Away or something? This is an especially curious set in the grand scheme of LEGO, because it’s only appearances are in the original Clone Wars cartoon from back in 2003, which is now part of the Legends stuff and no longer canon… cut with the rest of the EU. Given how hard Disney has been pushing Rebels and the new stuff, it’s curious why it came out a decade after it first appeared. I mean, LEGO’s target customer weren’t born (or were just born) when that cartoon was on the air.

I suppose we can count ourselves lucky that this still came out, because it’d been almost three weeks since we’d gotten a new version of the Delta-7 Jedi Starfighter. Okay, yes, it’s actually been a few years for this variety… about as long as it’s been since we had new Clone Wars episodes. So we have a ship that has nothing to do with active shows, with characters that aren’t part of Rebels (okay… kind of for Anakin), and a ship that doesn’t have a direct connection to the PT movies.

At $40 and 370 parts, this sits on the higher side of the Starfighter sets. It’s also a Walmart exclusive; since I do almost all of my purchases at LEGO Brand Retail or Shop@Home I’ve lost al concept of exclusive sets. I wasn’t honestly all that sure about reviewing 75087 Anakin’s Jedi Custom Starfighter given that most people probably made up their mind about the set before it showed up in stores. I really liked the last JSF, Saesee Tiin’s Green Machine, even if I made up that name because his name is spelled so funny, so I tried to keep an open mind reviewing this set… but I won’t ever claim that it was easy.

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Nick Martin | July 27th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75094 Imperial Shuttle Tydirium

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For as much as Return of the Jedi gets knocked by bitter people and hipsters who love to hate on things that make you happy, like Ewoks, it has been a great source of scenes, ships, and characters. Yes, I know, I just described myself, but I love Ewoks, and Jedi will always be my favorite Star Wars film, because it was the only one I remember seeing in the theater.

We get the B-Wing, the A-Wing, “It’s a Trap” memes that make you want to punch so many people, Mon Calmari Cruisers, AT-ST walkers that aren’t just a tiny smudge on Hoth, and Speeder Bikes. While I like pretty much all of those things, the scene that always stuck in my head and didn’t have the words “Nyub nyub”

This is a pretty substantial gap between releases for the Imperial Shuttle, with the last system scale set showing up ten years ago, in perhaps the most controversial set release ever, 7264 Imperial Inspection. For those who don’t remember that debacle, it was basically on shelves for about elven minutes, it was incredibly difficult to find, and it featured a whole slew of unique minifigs, something that was nearly unheard of at the time (including the first version of Stormtroopers to feature printed legs, a unique Imperial Officer, and a unique-ish Emperor). Of course, that was a $50, 367 piece set that was nearly identical to the original (it had fleshy figures and the new “stone”, or bluish, gray).

So, mix the people complaining about the absurd price (especially at the time) and the people complaining about the crazy small availability window, who were often the same people, and you have what is still likely the biggest boondoggle of a Star Wars LEGO set ever made (for my money, the Ideas Scientist set remains the biggest boondoggle, if you were curious). It’s also a pretty iconic ship in the Star Wars universe, figuring in to several scenes in Return of the Jedi, and I think we can all agree that a decade is too long to be waiting for one of these. At $99.99 and XXX parts, this is a pretty hefty jump for a less hefty leap in pieces. But we’re also getting the first revisions of Endor Troopers since the battle packs and new versions of Han and Leia, so perhaps there’s some value in this

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Ken Robichaud | July 22nd, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Reviews

Review: Marvel’s Ant-Man

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In one way, Ant-Man seemed like an odd choice to end Marvel’s juggernaut of a second phase. On the other hand, if you take its journey from initial concept being pitched at the dawn of the MCU to fully realized film, it’s almost perfect. Think of it as a palate cleanser between Phases. A little tequila sorbet to help you get past the events of the Age of Ultron and help you prepare the seismic shift that could come from Civil War. I’m not saying Ant-Man is a perfect movie, but it was a great way to close out this wave of films. Sure, they could have ended with Avengers 2, but they’ve done that before and this was something different. That’s not always a good thing, but for Marvel, it’s working. Very well.

I’ll try not to be too spoiler-y, but no promises. Let’s talk shrinkage.
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Ken Robichaud | July 19th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, MOC Spotlight

The Ant Whisperer by Powerpig

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Chris McVeigh adds another Avenger to his roster of pop culture icon Brick Sketches with Ant-Man. I should have my review out for the movie tomorrow after I recuperate from the weekend, but I had to share this now.

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Does Whatever a Spider Can!The Ant Whisperer
Ken Robichaud | July 17th, 2015 | DC Universe, LEGO Batman, LEGO Super Heroes, News

LEGO Batman Movie Finds Its Robin

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Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Batness! Michael Cera has been signed to voice Batman’s sidekick/ward, Robin in the not-coming-soon-enough LEGO Batman movie. I like this combo and have no doubt he will play off of Arnett quite well, but how will poor Robin deal with the far more self-centered, egotistical Bat? I look forward to finding out.

Bonus: We should be spared Batman’s origin in this one since they all ready covered it with two simple words in The LEGO Movie.

Via The Hollywood Reporter & Comingsoon.net

Ken Robichaud | July 17th, 2015 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Sales News

Behold ‘The Brick Knight’ Prowls On TeeFury

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For once LEGO is ahead of the curve, since Bat-figs have always come with the battle armour helmet seen in the upcoming Batman v Superman flick. Which means this brick homage to the far superior Batman: The Animated Series, is much less likely to end up with a severe head injury as it prowls the rooftops. Get it for $11 on TeeFury for the rest of the day in either black, or very very dark blue.