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Ace Kim | November 26th, 2014 | LEGO, Sales News

Black Friday 2014 Megapost

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So Black Friday is a bit of a mess this year with retailers putting out “Black Friday” deals all month long. Couple that with the fact that many big name retailers are starting the holiday shopping weekend on Thursday instead of Friday and you get the idea. Retailers are competing for your dollars so starting sales earlier and earlier is one way to claim as big of a piece of that money pie as possible.

There have been a few notable deals that started this earlier this month, like Benny’s Spaceship at Walmart for $80, and a few others that trickled in as the days went by. I missed posting and shopping for the Walmart clearance sale due to being slammed at work, so I apologize to you, loyal readers, for not posting the sales info but hopefully you got word from elsewhere and were able to take advantage.

I’ve compiled all of the Black Friday weekend deals that I could find that mentioned LEGO from around the country. I’ll be honest: if you’re looking to score a good deal, you may be waiting a very long time for one that may not be that great. Good deals on good sets are becoming increasingly difficult to not only find but to take advantage of. That being said, out of all the ads I’ve listed, Target seems to have a pretty decent selection. And Walgreens apparently has a blanket 20% off discount for LEGO, including all the minifigures they may still have on their shelves. LEGO Shop@Home UK blows everyone out of the water though but doesn’t really to the people this post is catered towards. Shop@Home US should take a page out of their playbook, the one called “This is how you Black Friday.”

One major trend in this year’s Black Friday ads is that there is a heavy emphasis on the movie and the video games. Pretty much anywhere you look, you’re bound to find a deal on the movie where you can snag the Blu-ray for $10 or less. And video games are priced pretty evenly across the board for all platforms for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, and The LEGO Movie.

Before we move onto the list though, I want to say something. I’ve been with this site since I discovered it a long time ago while I was working at UCLA some 15 odd years ago. In that time, I’ve grown up, gotten married, and started a family. We’ve had our ups and our downs and people come and go. For those of you that have stuck with the site through thick and thin, I cannot thank you enough. For those of you that are relatively new, I welcome you and thank you for your continued support. So, as much as I hate to do this, if you want to skip my sales pitch, just hit the link below. Else, I’ll continue with my shpeal. Like all businesses, this site is dependent on sales through the holidays to keep us going throughout the year in the shape of referrals to online stores. If you do any sort of online shopping, I humbly ask that you replace your bookmarks with any of following links (right-click, “Add to bookmark”:

Barnes&Noble.com www.gamestop.com FREE Shippin on any order of $75 or more any time! Wal-Mart.com USA, LLC

And the next time you’re doing some online shopping, click through your new bookmark before you make your purchase. It costs you nothing more than a click and we get a little kickback here to help keep things running. We sincerely thank you.

Onto the list!

Ace Kim | November 25th, 2014 | LEGO Jurassic World, News

Jurassic World Trailer Now Available

I am trying to not let my excitement for this movie build up to prevent any disappointment but gorram if the above trailer for Jurassic World doesn’t get my blood pumping. Realizing that the first Jurassic Park movie came out over 20 years ago makes me feel so old. Despite its age though, that movie is still a solid piece of work with some incredible effects.

Jurassic World will be released in theaters on June 12, 2015. The LEGO sets will be showing up on shelves sometime before that.

Ace Kim | November 21st, 2014 | LEGO, News

LEGO Announces 10246 Detective’s Office

Somewhere out there in the world at the very minute this is posted, there is a gathering of like-minded individuals huddled around a table drinking in the latest set revealed by the almighty brick. Or at least I assume there is. These kinds of reveals don’t happen in a vacuum so I’m sure there is an AFOL convention of some kind going on somewhere. Given the timing, I can only assume it’s happening somewhere not in the U.S. Wherever it is happening, people must be gawking at the tenth (10th!) set in the modular building line: 10246 Detective’s Office. The set is similar to 10218 Pet Shop in that there are two distinct, narrow buildings in this set instead of the usual one large one. I myself appreciate this kind of set more due to the creativity involved in creating a fully realized environment in a smaller footprint twice over. I can’t wait.

10246 Detective’s Office will cost $159.99 for 2,262 pieces and will be available starting in January 2015. That and 75060 Slave I both available in January? I know what I’ll be saving my Christmas cash for!

More images below and the press release after that.

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Ken Robichaud | November 20th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Batman, LEGO Super Heroes, News

Batman vs Superman By BrickNerd Beats WB To The Punchline

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Batman v Superman may end up being the court case of the century, but I’m not looking forward to a DC universe with Man of Steel as the foundation. I am however, looking forward to the LEGO Batman Movie and I know I’m not alone in that respect. Admittedly, I’ve never been a fan of brick films and while some would think the stop motion look of The LEGO Movie would change that, the opposite happened as it really raised the bar. One young filmmaker named Tommy Williamson has taken up the challenge with his version of Batman vs Superman that would fit in well with the humor and tone of The LEGO Movie. He even managed to get a promotional poster by the notoriously talented and busy Paul Lee.

Tommy Williamson… sounds familiar. Wasn’t he the kid in The Shawshank Redemption? Either way, you can help support this up and coming BrickNerd by watching his video, visiting his website and YouTube channel. Good luck kid. Don’t get cocky!

Ken Robichaud | November 19th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Sales News

DC Comics LEGO Variants – Week 3

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Remember last week when I said DC would have to release 7 covers each of the next two weeks in order to keep them all in November? Of course you don’t, but they went one step further and released 8 this week. If you’re going for all of these, this is the make or break week. Good luck grabbing all 8, at least they aren’t rare variants. As always, if you’ve no comic shop near you, you can hit up Midtown Comics at the links below.

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And yes, as soon as I get a chance, I’ll be updating our comics gallery with these new additions.

Ace Kim | November 15th, 2014 | LEGO Minecraft, Sales News

New LEGO Minecraft Sets On Sale Now

Remember our last report mentioning that the new LEGO Minecraft sets were available from Amazon? Well, it turns out that it was indeed posted too early so they were taken down. Shop@Home’s site listed the 15th as the on sale date and they have come through. But that doesn’t matter anymore because they are all online now and ready for purchase from LEGO Shop@Home. I assume Amazon will make public their sets again. Full list and prices below:

LEGO Minecraft

Ken Robichaud | November 12th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Sales News

DC Comics LEGO Variants – Week 2

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Another week further into DC Comics LEGO variant month and four more covers to add to your growing LEGO cover collection if you’re so inclined. My shop set me up with all four last week and showed me the covers out this week on Monday when I stopped by, so I guess I’m all in. Only four again this week, so there needs to be 7 each of the next two Wednesdays, or they’ll roll over into December. Who else is foolish enough to go for a full set. I’d bet no one here is reading all these series…

  • Batgirl #36
  • Batman #36
  • Green Lantern Corps #36
  • Justice League United #6
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Ken Robichaud | November 12th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, MOC Spotlight

Orion Pax Shows Love For Super Hero Movies, Old And New

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Orion Pax is an unstoppable juggernaut of pop culture MOCing and in the past few days (or last week since I forgot to post it) he’s revealed builds from super hero movies 25 years apart. The first one to catch my eye was this great version of the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s big screen Batman in ’89. I love this version of Batman’s ride and it probably squeaks ahead of the ’66 version as my personal favourite. The inclusion of the hidden machine gun mounts is the icing on the cake.

Star Lord

Just a couple days before, he posted this great rendition of Star Lord’s mask. It apparently has light bricks to make the eyes pop, but unfortunately there don’t seem to be any pictures of this feature in the dark. Guardians was a success at the box office, but will it stand out 25 years from now, awash in a sea of super hero movies? Or will Star Lord fade back into obscurity, a name no one remembers in a little movie about a talking raccoon and his pet tree.

You can check out his ’89 Batmobile gallery here and his Star Lord Mask here.

Ken Robichaud | November 11th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Batman, LEGO Super Heroes, Sales News

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Available Now

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Also available today is the highly anticipated (by me) LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. I have to wait until tomorrow to get mine due to the holiday here, but I will be playing it from sun up to sundown on Sunday and I can’t wait. So get to Gamestop today and grab your copy with the lovable scamp of an exclusive figure, Plastic Man. Still don’t know who Plastic Man is? Spend nine bucks, educate yourself and have fun doing it.

You’re welcome.

Ken Robichaud | November 11th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions Available To Buy Now

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If you were a fan of the Clone Wars and worried that the final season being a Netflix exclusive would hinder you completing your Blu-ray collection, fear not as there is still money to be made. Available today, Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions have been found and can be yours on Amazon.com for just $32.99 on Blu-ray or $24.99 on DVD. Not exactly the closure many fans would have liked, but as with all things Star Wars you take what you can get.