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Nick Martin | February 10th, 2016 | Sales News

First Order TIE 20% off on Amazon.com, other sets discounted

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I noticed when jumping around on Amazon.com that 75101 First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter, a ship that I liked quite a lot in the review, is sporting a healthy 20% discount, dropping it down to $55.99 and giving just some outstanding value. I liked it even at full price, but the chance to build up a fleet of TIE fighters is pretty awesome.

There are some other pretty solid deals going on with Star Wars sets, though none of the latest releases. The Imperial Assault Carrier continues on with deep discounts.

 

Nick Martin | February 9th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews, Star Wars, The Force Awakens

Review: 75139 Battle on Takodana

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I’ve talked about how after years of building and reviewing LEGO sets you start to see patterns pop up in the builds and identify the mostly-anonymous people that design the sets (outside of the designer videos, it’s pretty rare to learn who is behind a set). When I set out to review 75139 Battle on Takodana, I was fairly certain that whoever designed this set was also responsible for 75017 Duel on Geonosis. There are just so many similarities between the set that stuck out that I kept thinking back to dancing flipping Yoda (and kind of wishing we would have gotten to see dancing and flipping Maz). I have no real proof that they are done by the same designer, but I’m going to stick with it.

As a set, there’s a lot to like in this little playset… the biggest thing being that this is how you can get Kylo Ren and Finn without having to drop $120 for a big gray monster and $150 on the piece of garbage junkyard ship. Also, we get everyone’s favorite outer-space grandma in Maz Kanata, who was a surprisingly cool character in a movie full of surprisingly cool characters. Topped off with everyone’s favorite stormtrooper (who, sadly, is named FN-2199 and not the more awesome TR-8R), and his buddy “I’m going to get shot and don’t deserve a number”… there’s a decent little lineup in this $59.99 set. Of course, that perceived value is hurt quite a bit that this set only comes with 409 pieces.

This set also stands out as it’s the first playset we’ve gotten for the Force Awakens. Up to this point, everything has been vehicles, and that means things to swoosh and missiles to launch. In a way, that sort of fits… TFA had a lot of locations, but it was the action in the ships and bases that stuck in your head. The battle this is capturing, the assault on Maz’s temple, was one of the more noteworthy parts of the movie (though I’d argue the battles on Starkiller base or the attack on Jakku at the start were equally memorable). There are obviously a few little elements of spoilers to the set itself, though at this point, spoiler and spoilee can split the blame and fault.

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Nick Martin | February 5th, 2016 | LEGO Ghostbusters, News

LEGO Announces Ghostbusters Ecto-1 & Ecto-2 Set for New movie

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It’s kind of funny that we were just talking about this in chat the other day, but we now get word that there is a set coming up for “Ecto-2″ and today LEGO announces that the new Ghostbusters movie will get its own set. I was already fairly excited for this movie, and the set doesn’t change much of that… but I am now super excited for this set. And I still need to get the Firehouse set…

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Check out below the fold for more pictures, including a couple that may have some spoilery little details. Also, is this the first time we’ve gotten a woman of color minifig? We also get some details for the set itself, including price and some character names

LEGO Ghostbuster Ecto- 1&2

  • Available July 1st, $59.99
  • Based on the new Ghostbuster Movie from Sony premiering July 25th 2016
  • Includes the new ECTO-1 car, ECTO-2 bike, 1 red Daemon and 5 minifigures:
    • Abby Yates (new Ghostbuster – main movie character)
    • Erin Gilbert (new Ghostbuster – main movie character)
    • Jillian Holtzmann (new Ghostbuster – main movie character)
    • Patty Tolan (new Ghostbuster – main movie character)
    • Kevin minifig. (with a 2-sided head)
  • Features rolling car with opening side doors and opening top to place 4 minifigs inside, back opens with room for accessories, and 4 proton packs and traps.

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Ace Kim | February 4th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Game Expands Backstories

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The next installment of a LEGO Star Wars video game, The Force Awakens, will expand on some of the backstories according to this article published by GameInformer. They spoke with TT Games on the scope of the game and in addition to playing out the events of the movie the game is named after, there were will be six additional optional missions that can be unlocked that explain how certain story elements came to be. Not to say that LSW:TFA will be the source for canon backstory; they are simply making the canon accessible to younger fans. For example: the story behind how C-3PO got his red arm will be exposed in the upcoming one-shot comic on February 17th. It can’t be that involved of story considering it’s a single issue. They are already touting the extra content for PS3/PS4 owners as The Phantom Limb Level Pack.

It’s an interesting read and will give you a taste of what’s to come. You can pre-order the game right now from Amazon. Get the Deluxe Edition for Playstation 4 or Xbox One and get Sandy Finn minifigure polybag as a bonus. And if you don’t have a PS4 or Xbox One, you’re stuck with the regular edition. Booo.

via GameInformer

Nick Martin | February 4th, 2016 | News, Sales News

Dimensions Character Packs on Sale at LEGO Shop, GameStop, and Amazon

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The price war continues, and apparently LEGO wants to get into the mix for thing. Of course, the big benefit of LEGO offering these is that you can earn VIP points with your purchase. By the time you have enough packs to make the game fun, you might be able to get a free set out of the mix too! A few are out of stock on LEGO Shop, but are still available elsewhere. So, if you want to finally build that Cyberman and Dalek armies… now is your cheapest chance.

LEGO does also provide the best way to get some of the exclusives or harder to find sets, like the Ninjago Jay figure, without paying markup or having to hit up specific stores. Here’s a complete list of Fun Packs that are on sale for just $7.49 each with links to both Amazon, LEGO Shop, GameStop:

 

Ace Kim | February 3rd, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars

FBTB @ Toy Fair: Save the Date Saturday February 13th, 2016

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It’s that time of year again. The New York Toy Fair show is right around the corner. The powers that be at TIA have decided to push the event date back by one day. What was normally a Sunday through Wednesday affair has now turned into a Saturday through Tuesday. And yet it’s still during Valentine’s weekend. Not that I care…

We’ll be covering all of the licensed themes like Star Wars, Avengers/Marvels, Batman/DC, etc. and if time permits, anything else that catches my eye and makes me go “Huh” or “Ooooh” or “What the hell??”

Tune your browsers here in a week and a half on Saturday morning February 13th!

Ace Kim | February 2nd, 2016 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Sales News

Amazon Discounts Jokerland Almost 20%

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Nineteen is almost like twenty. Amazon is offering a 19% discount on the newest DC Super Heroes flagship set 76035 Jokerland. It is normally $119.99 but can be had for just under the magical threshold of $100. It is now just $96.99. The set comes with the familiar villains from the Batman universe and also includes newcomers Beast Boy and Starfire. With Cyborg available in a Fun Pack (and at half off to boot), all we need now is Raven to complete the Teen Titans team.

Nick Martin | February 2nd, 2016 | MOC Spotlight

MOC Spotlight: Battle on Sullust

 

markus19840420 on Flickr has put together a couple of amazing MOCs based on levels from the relatively new game, Star Wars Battlefront. I saw this a few days ago in my Flickr feed… but I’m just lazy about posting things sometimes. There was a special little place for it in my heart, as I own Star Wars Battlefront on the Xbox One, so it was immediately recognizable for me. Well, sort of, because I don’t see any people shooting me in the back within a second of spawning. He has a second MOC that also captures the vehicle combat of the game.

The accurate follow-up here would be the AT-ST exploding followed by me plowing that snow speeder directly into the ground. Check out his whole gallery on Flickr for different views. If you’re curious about the game, it’s pretty fun, and you can grab it now for Xbox One and PS4 (PC too, but never for a great price). Right now, that PS4 version is on a pretty good sale too.

Ace Kim | February 2nd, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Deluxe Edition with Finn

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This is how we’re getting the Finn polybag set.

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Nick Martin | February 2nd, 2016 | LEGO Scooby-Doo, Reviews

Review: 75904 Mystery Mansion

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One of the more sinister (but understandable, from a marketing perspective, I guess) things that LEGO does is spreading characters across multiple sets, so if you want to build an entire group, you need to buy every set in a series. In larger setups like Star Wars, I get that, or even in Super Hero sets… but for stuff like Scooby Doo and the Hobbit, where the group is the central focus of the story, it’s kind of annoying. I’m still not certain that all of the dwarves from the Hobbit were released, but there were like seventeen million different characters in that movie.

At least with Scooby Doo, you really only need to buy two sets to complete the gang, the fantastic Mystery Machine set, and this set. Of course, you’d miss some decent bad guys and you have to buy the most expensive set. I was rather indifferent to this set, initially. It looked interesting, but I didn’t know if it was $89.99 interesting. I figured I could grab Velma and Daphne on the aftermarket and be done with it. That plan was sort of dashed when my daughter went crazy for Halloween stuff last year (she’s three, so holidays are a big thing), and I wanted some decorations. So reviewing 75904 Mystery Mansion was suddenly on the docket.

It weighs in at a respectable 860 pieces and includes 6 (7 if you want to count Scooby) minifigs, which is frankly a lot better than some of the other sets in this price range. There are also a lot of things that stand out just glancing at it, like pumpkin heads, the clock, and plenty of windows and purple parts. So maybe $89.99 for a decoration and completing the Scooby Gang was going to end up as worth it.

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