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Nick Martin | May 26th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics

Review: 76031 The Hulk Buster Smash

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You know, the more I thought about Avengers: Age of Ultron, the more I realized it was basically the unholy merger of Wheedon’s storytelling and Michael Bay’s over-the-top spectacle. Let me be clear, I’m not calling the film Bay-ish… but one thing that Bay does well is make scenes of absurd effects and explosions that will enthrall and entertain you. Sure, you’ll feel dirty afterwords for having enjoyed it, but you will enjoy it (right up until your brain gets control back).

Reviewing 76031 The Hulk Buster Smash was a bit weird for me. I built the set and took the pictures before I saw the movie, I just hadn’t had a chance to write the review. I’ve obviously seen it since, and how I feel about the scene in general is mostly “eh.” There will be some spoilery elements to this review, even though I’m not reviewing the movie here. Of course, I’m honestly wanting to knock the set just for calling it “Hulk Buster” instead of Hulkbuster, but it’s hard to stay mad at this thing.

This is probably the most visually distinctive of the Age of Ultron sets, or at least the one that’s easiest to remember. Okay, maybe it’s easier to remember the “We are just re-releasing this thing” truck, but who thinks about the tower or that castle set most of us only even know about because it has Quicksilver? At $29.99 and 248 parts, this sits pretty squarely in the middle of the value scale these days. Not that great, but not exactly awful, especially compared to some other Superhero sets. Oh, and spoilers ahead.

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Ace Kim | May 21st, 2015 | LEGO Dimensions, News

New LEGO Dimensions Trailer Features Doc Brown

A new trailer for LEGO Dimensions has come out, and with it some new product announcements.

The trailer features Christopher Lloyd reprising his role as Dr. Emmett Brown. The trailer is heavy with Back To The Future gameplay showing the early beginnings of the famous clock tower of Hill Valley. You also get a sneak peek at some other characters in the game ranging from Lord of the Rings, Aquaman, Batman, and more.

How serious are WB and LEGO about Dimensions? They are bring-back-Christopher-Lloyd-to-reprise-his-role-as-Doc-Brown serious.

This is going to be big.

And expensive.

Listed below are images of the new dimensions packs recently revealed. My wallet honestly can’t deal.

Nick Martin | May 20th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75095 UCS TIE Fighter

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I was a bit apprehensive to review 75095 UCS TIE Fighter, since when I first saw the ship in Ace’s Toy Fair coverage, I thought it was a bit of a blocky mess. The TIE fighter is long overdue for some UCS love, though. The TIE Advance was one of the first UCS sets, owned by a few collectors and sat on by a bunch of people that scooped them up on clearance and hope to sell them someday to pay for their kid’s college tuition. Vader’s TIE Advance was a unique ship, and minus the cockpit and sticker plate, something you can likely build out of leftover parts sitting around. But the TIE Fighter, the backbone ship of the Imperial Navy and probably the most iconic fighter not called an X-Wing, went for 16 years before finally getting it’s due.

I only got into collecting the UCS sets with the Falcon, and that wasn’t even a first-run purchase for me (I think I got it in late 2008/early 2009). I’d owned a couple of other sets before that, like the Naboo Starfighter and Vader’s TIE, but they’d never impressed me all that much. Even for display pieces, they were absurdly fragile things that took up a lot of space. I sold them off… and I’ll admit there’s a bit of remorse to Vader’s given the crazy aftermarket prices on it now, but it was never a huge deal that I missed out.

Of course, fast-forward seven years, and I’ve purchased several of the things. The Falcon was like a glorious gateway to addiction that has been joined by the SSD, X-Wing, B-Wing, R2-D2, and Slave I. I don’t even like Boba Fett, but you have to admit that his ship looks cool, and it looks great sitting on a shelf. The UCS sets are a big investment in space though, something that my current situation leaves in very short supply (everything in Texas is bigger… except apparently apartments).

I’m also happy to report that my first impressions of the set, from those Toy Fair pictures, were absolutely wrong.

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Nick Martin | May 18th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75083 AT-DP

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In all of the years I’ve been writing for FBTB, a few things about me have been well established. My humor is sarcastic, occasionally witty, and often outdated. I probably use more words in my posts over the course of a year than the rest of the staff combined; I’m not afraid to express my opinions even when I know they’re going to be controversial; I wish that I owned a pair of Unikitty pajamas; and I often put completely random things into my lists. And when it comes to reviews, the two things I always sign up for are Jedi Starfighters and Walkers.

I love my walkers. Reviewing 75083 AT-DP was a given, the first really “transitional” set from Star Wars Rebels based on concept art from the original trilogy. Interestingly, this isn’t based on concept art by McQuarrie, it was done by Joe Johnston. If that name sounds slightly familiar, it’s because he was the director of Captain America: the First Avenger. Apparently, he was also responsible for Boba Fett’s general look in Empire and was a concept artist at Lucasfilm for the original trilogy. I’m sure I should probably know that, so let’s just add it to the long list of things I should know but didn’t (please see Ken if you’d like a copy of the list).

Since my last review of a Rebel’s set, I’ve finally gotten around to watching all of the episodes (if I could go change my review on that Ezra’s bike set, it’d be to be even more harsh about LEGO’s representation of Sabine). The AT-DP walker is one of four Imperial ships/vehicles that figure prominently in the cartoon (the others being the Troop Transport, TIE Fighters, and the Inquisitor’s Advanced TIE). At $50, this isn’t a cheap set, but who knows, maybe it’s hiding some secrets in there that justify the price.

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Ace Kim | May 15th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

Free Spider-Man Leg Breaker Polybag Set Promo

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LEGO Shop@Home started a new promo today. From now until the end of the May, you can receive a free Spider-Man Super Jumper polybag set with your Shop@Home and Brand Retail purchase of $50 or more. There is no requirement to get Marvel Super Heroes sets so fill your cart up with anything and as long as your total before tax and shipping reaches or goes over $50, the promo set will be automatically added to your cart.

Also, according to Nick, Brand Retail locations have received or will be receiving very soon the summer wave, including Star Wars but not Scooby Doo. Not yet anyway.

Future Toys’R’Us Promos TIE Advanced, Jurassic World, Joker Bumper Car Polys Streetdated

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I was recently sent a schedule of some upcoming Toys’R’Us promotions slated for the next few months by an anonymous tipster, not to be confused with THE Anonymous Tipster who is, in fact, actually somebody. No, this is someone else. The schedule mapped out some promotional dates and the LEGO items you can get as part of the promotion.

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The TIE Advanced polybag will be hitting the TRU shelves soon starting on May 24th. Makes sense now that some stores seem to already have some stock. And remember that Joker Bumper Car polybag that showed up on TRU’s website but quickly vanished? Yeah, me neither, but fret none as it seems like it is headed to Toys’R’Us stores as part of a promotion to start on August 9th.

There’s also Jurassic Park reference but I’m assuming it’s a typo since it says “Park” and not “World”. But the interesting thing is that after some minutes of snooping around the internet, I could find no information for any Jurassic World polybag other than 30320 Gallimimus Trap which is purported to be a Gamestop pre-order bonus for the LEGO Jurassic World game. According to Brickset, the poly will also be available in Canada at Toys’R’Us stores. So it may be that the “Co” notation was actually supposed to be “Ca” for Canada. Maybe more details will emerge the closer we get to the June 21 break date. Jurassic World opens in theaters on June 12, 2015.

You may be lucky enough to get to them before they’re pulled off the floor and held for promotion. Or, you may be even luckier and live near a store that’s on top of their game and prevent them from getting on the floor before a scalper/reseller hogs them all up. And you may even be luckier to have a store that will limit sales to one or two or three per person.

Ace Kim | May 11th, 2015 | News

Bricks LA Is This Weekend!

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It almost doesn’t seem real but yes, it’s happening! This weekend will see the very first AFOL Convention in the Los Angeles area kick off at the Pasadena Convention Center. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend come join us and view all of the amazing MOCs on display. We’ll also have a kids’ play area full of loose brick, a LEGO Movie cardboard standup for photo opportunities, and vendors selling new and vintage LEGO sets. The doors to the public will open from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday May 16th and 10:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday May 17th. Admission is just $5 with free admission for kids 12 and under.

The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101. There is limited parking at the center with additional parking available at the Paseo Colorado mall located right across the street. Bricks LA will be held on the lower level where the conference rooms are in Rooms 102-105. I hope many of you will come and visit the show!

Nick Martin | May 10th, 2015 | LEGO Dimensions, News, Rumour Mill

LEGO’s War on our Wallets escalates with new Dimensions Images

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Well, that escalated quickly. Everyone analyzed the various shadows in the Dimensions reveal and guessed it was Portal and Doctor Who and who knows what else… but apparently someone screwed up and put the instructions up and they were noticed over on Brickset.

The Jurassic World set is especially exciting, since the Chris Pratt figure, since he’s only available in overpriced sets (which I suppose describes the entire line). But, let’s not kid ourselves, this is the pack that will sucker so many of us into this game:

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I am saddened by the lack of a cake, but a Turret and Companion Cube tiles and Chell and K-9 and the modern doctor I care for the least… SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

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There’s also a a Simpsons set with Homer and what I assume is a Buzz Cola can (because let’s face it, that’d be both inapprops and awesome). Marty and a Hoverboard we already knew about, but still cool to see.

We also get images for the rest of the initial lineup, including a bunch of Ninjago, Chima, and Simpsons. Also the Wicked Witch of the West, because why not?

 

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Ace Kim | May 10th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

TIE Advanced Prototype Polybag Available At Toys’R’Us Stores

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FBTB reader Brian sent in the above image showing his latest purchase at his Toys’R’Us store where he was able to get not only the Electro polybag but the Star Wars Rebels TIE Advanced Prototype polybag set as well. Price is the same as all their polybags, $3.99.

Thanks, Brian!

Ace Kim | May 10th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

Electro 2 Available As Promo

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If you’ve been having trouble finding the Electro 2 minifigure polybag, you may have slightly better luck. They were sent to stores in preparation for the above week-long promo. Buy $30 worth of LEGO and get him for free. Stores may have been holding back their stock for this promo but there are no guarantees that all stores followed this practice. I think it’s still worth a phone call or a trip to your local store if you still need/want one.

Retail price is $3.99. Good luck!