LEGO is getting into the awards scene coming up with their own first ever ‘Golden Brickies’ event. The Hollywood News has a good write up of what’s involved. In a nutshell, you can submit an entry in one of several categories where epic prizes are up for grabs. Categories include Best Picture (as in photo), Best Film, and Best Set Build (which probably means best moc (but will probably mean biggest moc seeing as to how fan-voted awards typically go)). Prizes include a year’s supply of LEGO Star Wars sets, a bespoke LEGO® C-3PO award (I have no idea what this means), a chance to meet Warwick “Wicket” Davis, and an invitation to the awards ceremony held at LEGOLAND Windsor. The catch? It’s only open to residents of the UK 16 and older. You can check out the official rules for more details. Good luck!
Eagle-eyed Flickr user Mike Ryffranck posted this a couple of days back, highlighting that apparently LEGO made the hair for generic hero guy #3 in Star Wars Rebels (or, Kanan) black instead of brown. The change goes beyond the hair, as well, as the goatee and eyebrows have also changed color on the face.
I guess they’ve either noticed the oversight, or more likely a few people complained about it and they’re working to fix it. Your mileage may vary, but if you’re concerned about the hair, you can try to contact them, but per Mike, they are currently backordered. I’d expect them to be fixed in the next production run of The Ghost (if it hasn’t been done already, since the replacement parts are out there and can be purchased on eBay).
To be honest, I don’t care about the color (and hadn’t noticed), but I’m not one to turn down getting the right parts from LEGO. Guess it’s time to go fill out some customer service forms…
It seems that with every Star Wars series, there is a ship that is so prominently used it should have it’s own trailer on the set. For the original trilogy, we had the Millennium Falcon. The prequels didn’t have one and probably one of the many reasons why they sucked so bad. The Clone Wars series had the Twilight but admittedly I never watched it so I can’t say how often it was used but regardless of that, it wasn’t exactly warmly received. And now, for Rebels, we have 75053 The Ghost. It’s one of two sets right out of the gate from LEGO based on the upcoming cartoon, the other being 75048 The Phantom which we panned in our review. So how did the Ghost measure up?
We’re barely into September but LEGO has already posted some upcoming events at Toys’R’Us stores for the month of October no doubt to celebrate the unofficial Product Push Month better known as Bricktober.
First up on October 11th, you can build your own mini Ghost ship. There’s no picture of what is you’ll be building or any other promotional graphic. I honestly wouldn’t waste my time going to this event. I can’t imagine the model being interesting enough to warrant the trip.
But, the October 18th event looks way, way better. As seen in the graphic above, you’ll be able to build the Bat Signal. How cool is that? The answer is WAY cool.
All events start at 12:00pm and run until 2:00pm or while supplies last. It is advisable you get there earlier rather than later.
We’ll see how long the video lasts, but just2good from Eurobricks has posted a video on YouTube showing off the upcoming UCS Slave I. The video is basically a slideshow of the clean images LEGO tends to produce for their set images.
I’ll save my rants for when I do the review but I will say that the minifig selection is disappointing. No details on pricing yet but it should fall around $199.99 and I believe the release date for the set is November. This was probably the big set reveal for Brickcon in early October.
Update: just2good posted hi-res photos to his flickr account:
Ah, the Mos Eisley Cantina… a boil in the middle of a hive of scum and villainy. It’s notable for being the point in Episode IV where it really started to hit you just how… unique… the setting was going to be. Sure, the opening fight was incredible, but it was humans against humans. We liked Jawas, but they were in robes. Here though, we suddenly get dozens of different species, we get the murder of a bounty hunter (because HAN SHOT FIRST!), and we get to see just how cool a lightsaber can be.
Despite being so critical to the entire original trilogy… after all, this was the place that brought everyone together that would pretty much move through the rest of the films… it’s been basically ignored by LEGO. We’ve had exactly two sets that deal with the place, 2004’s absurdly overpriced Mos Eisley Cantina, and this year’s absurdly overpriced remake of the same name. Sure, we’ve gotten a couple of Landspeeders as well, but that’s about it. There are a bunch of similarities, outside of the size between the two sets: both have a Landspeeder with Luke and Obi-Wan, both have a Dewback and a Sandtrooper, and both have Han and Greedo.
At $40 more than the original, there is obviously a whole lot more to this set: 3 Bith, which fall into that “it’s about time” realm of minifigs, and a lot more parts. To be fair, I was excited when we saw the name first leaked, and then very let down when we finally saw this thing. It shows that LEGO knows exactly how to manipulate us AFOL fans with the inclusion of the Bith in the set, since I don’t think Greedo would have been enough by himself to get us to buy it by our first impressions alone. Of course, now that I’ve gotten it in hand, built it, and started reviewing it, the real question is does it line up to those impressions. And if so, what joke I am going to use to make fun of it?
Update: LEGO Shop@Home has finally updated their site to include the Advent Calendars. Links are included below.
Amazon is now selling this year’s selection of LEGO Advent Calendars, and as usual the Star Wars calendar is $10 more than the Friends or CITY calendars. If years past are any indication, don’t procrastinate else you’ll be left high and dry once December rolls around. LEGO Advent Calendars sell out quick so I would advise you not to hesitate. If you’re not a Prime member, Free Super Saver Shipping starts at $35. Prime members get free two-day shipping. Links and prices are below:
Fan Expo Canada is happening THIS weekend starting Thursday August 28th through Sunday August 31st at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. NOT this past weekend. Of course, *I* wouldn’t make THAT mistake… mixing up dates like that…. From what I’ve heard/read, it sounds like the San Diego Comic Con of the Great White North so it sounds like a FANTASTICALLY crowded good time!
LEGO sent over a press release detailing their presence at the convention and there are some interesting things to note.
You know, as much as I bash on Episode I (and it certainly deserves it), the one thing that they did very well with it before it was released was get people excited for the movie. There were all kinds of signs that it was going to be terrible, but the trailers, previews, and promotional material for it just got you more and more excited. Of course, once you saw the movie, you were a mixture of disappointing and angry that it tricked us so effectively.
Perhaps we can hope that Rebels is taking the opposite tact here, and the show is going to be the second-coming of wonderful show (I was going to say Firefly, but yeah, not possible) and they’re making it look like it’s a reality show starring Lady GaGa, Justin Beiber, and Benedict Cumberbatch in a submarine trying to find the Loch Ness monster in the Caspian Sea. Which, when I type it out, sounds way better than what Rebels has shown us thus far, because you know eventually Cumberbatch would launch Beiber out a torpedo tube.
To be fair, these aren’t as bad as some of the other previews, but I think that’s a lot more to do with their length than anything else.
Huw over at Brickset let it drop that Fan Expo Canada, what I can only assume is like SDCC only smelling more like maple syrup and ham (I promise that’s the only Canada joke for at least the duration of this sentence), is offering an exclusive LEGO set this year, a microfighter / chibi version of The Ghost.
Yeah, my first impression is the same as what I had for the SDCC version: isn’t this Hera’s ship? Why isn’t she included in the thing? Also, that I’m less than impressed. No details yet on numbers or pricing, but as we find out, we’ll let you know. As a bonus, though, for the many of us that don’t live anywhere near this, or aren’t allowed in Canada for reasons that are best left unsaid… they are offering a Twitter giveaway contest to win one of them!
One note… read the rules. You have to follow them AND retweet the message.
Full details from the blurb from the Expo:
“For LEGO, the event is about the fans – it’s an opportunity to engage with builders of all ages and offer a fun interactive experience that is unlike any other in Canada. Because YOU are some of the most loyal fans of LEGO, we are offering an advance sneak peak of the FIRST EVER LEGO FAN EXPO Canada Exclusive. This limited edition LEGO STAR WARS Rebels set features The Ghost Starship with Kanan Jarrus Minifigure from the upcoming STAR WARS Rebels TV series.
“The set is ONLY available at the LEGO Booth #748 between Thursday, August 28 to Sunday, August 31, 2014, while quantities last. Tickets will be distributed at the booth on a first come, first serve basis when the show floor opens to the public. Quantities will be limited per day and only one LEGO FAN EXPO Canada Exclusive per customer per day. A valid ticket will be required for purchase.
“For a chance to win one before the show, please check out the contest page for more details!”