Facebook user LEGO Kocka posted the above image of what appears to be a new set, 75058 MTT. The photo seems to be taken at a LEGO store in Budapest, Hungary. Since 75058 MTT wasn’t shown at Toy Fair earlier this year, it is most likely an account exclusive. My bet goes to Toys’R’Us landing this set.
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Amazon is currently having a crazy BOGO 40% off sale on select toys, including some LEGO sets. Add one set, and you’ll get the second set of equal or lesser value at 40% off. And the real kicker here is that some of the sets are already discounted before the promotional discount takes affect. Example: 75019 AT-TE is regularly priced at $89.99. It is currently 33% off at $59.99. If you buy two, the additional 40% off discount kicks in, making your total for two to be $95.98, or just $48 each. Check out the list for more deals. Other notable sets include LEGO Star Wars 7965 Millennium Falcon, 75003 A-wing Starfighter, LEGO Lord of the Rings 79008 Pirate Ship Ambush, and a whole bunch of NERF toys if you’re into that sort of thing.
The May the 4th sales this year were a strange thing for me. I couldn’t quite swing getting the Sandcrawler, yet I owned almost all of the other Star Wars sets. After some deliberation (read, random clicking through products on Shop@Home), I realized that I really wanted the new Chewbacca figure, and I don’t really like buying them on the aftermarket anymore (inflated prices, scalpers… pick your reason). So, I settled on a pair of prequel sets that I hadn’t picked up yet… the Droid Gunship and the Droid Tri-Fighter… otherwise known as the “expensive set with Chewie” and the “dark blue parts pack” in my initial impressions.
I actually owned the original Droid Gunship, released all the way back in 2008 as part of the first wave of Clone Wars sets. Back then, it was a $30 set with 329 parts that was a big reason why most people had the initial impression that the Clone Wars sets were just… bad. It was just an awful set, with awful parts and only a few battle droids, and one that I had no interest in digging up to do a comparison. I know I usually like to do those, but I really disliked that set.
The new set brings along over 100 new parts (439 in total), loses a couple of battle droids, adds a Super Battle droid for some reason, along with Chewie and a Kashyyyk clone. I don’t even remember this thing being in the movie, so given the choices, I’ll guess it was either part of the battle for Kashyyyk or some desperate attempt to get us to buy an overprice set because it includes Chewie. Okay, that last part might be me projecting, because I totally fell for it, but this set is going to have to go a long way to convince me it’s worth $50…
Just giving everyone a heads up, you still have a week left to join in our latest contest. Full rules are right here in the submission thread and the deadline is 11:59PM PST on Saturday May 31st. Lots of great models so far but there’s plenty of room for more. Good luck!
So, due to a plague sweeping through my household, our plans to see Godzilla this past holiday weekend went unfulfilled. I still plan on seeing it asap and had a lot of faith in director Gareth Edwards to do a good job after watching his DIY freshman film Monsters. Now that he has a full two films under his belt, it’s time to hand him the reigns of a film in one of the biggest franchises in history. The real question here is, which stand alone film will it be? The official statement reads:
In addition to the episodes of a new “Star Wars” trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun development on multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone film, with a screenplay by Gary Whitta. The film is due out December 16, 2016.
Gareth Edwards blazed into the filmmaking forefront with his acclaimed work on “Monsters,” a film he wrote, directed and served on as cinematographer and visual effects artist. The skill and vision readily apparent in “Monsters” earned him the high-profile spot directing this year’s smash hit “Godzilla”.
“Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life – join the Rebel Alliance! I could not be more excited & honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm, said Edwards.
Gary Whitta’s screenwriting credits include 2010s “The Book of Eli” starring Denzel Washington. He is also well known as a journalist and editor in the video game industry, as well as part of the BAFTA award-winning team on Telltale Games adaptation of “The Walking Dead”.
Whitta states, “From the moment I first saw the original movie as a wide-eyed kid, “Star Wars” has been the single most profound inspiration to my imagination and to my career as a writer. It is deeply special to me,so to be given the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing legacy, especially in collaboration with a film-maker as talented as Gareth,is literally a dream come true. I’m still pinching myself.”
Legendary made sure to announce quickly that, yes Godzilla fans, Gareth is still attached to direct the sequel. Maybe he’ll fight a Zillo Beast…
I meant to post this last week when I first saw it on our forums, but you know, life and what not. Forum member kresty posted his creation and is even running a blog to show off his exploits at a Emerald City Comic Con and a Star Wars day event. Sure, the build isn’t all LEGO… Lego can be used for all sorts of things, but it’s structural ability kind of falls apart when you have to build something to move around (and not weigh like eleven kajillion pounds). Oh, that and you’d need a few million power function motors to move it around like this.
Still, it’s a fantastic little build. Hit up his post on the forum and share your comments!
Just a quick reminder that the not-so-great May the Fourth sale happening at LEGO Shop@Home is still going on and expires tonight at 11:59pm Eastern / 8:59pm Pacific. Unfortunately, the 50% off items are all gone, but you can pick up some stuff at 10% off. And don’t forget: Free shipping and free Darth Revan minifigure if your LEGO Star Wars order is $75 or more, and a free LEGO Star Wars poster, pictured above, with any LEGO Star Wars order. Check out the full list of items in our original post.
May the Fourth brought a full minute trailer for the new Rebels show, due to hit this fall. It gives a quick glance at the whole team and what they’re up against (increasingly idiotic stormtroopers) and would’ve dropped an interesting twist on everyone about the new Jedi had they not already told us he was one. Seems weird to see a Jedi running around blasting away, but I think it will be a neat reveal for those remaining blissfully unaware until the show is out. Y’know, like kids.
I’m still down for a pink Mando helmet at least.
It’s that time once again where LEGO Star Wars geeks can rejoice and take advantage of some promotions going on at LEGO Shop@Home. All deals are valid from May 3rd to 11:59PM EST May 5th, 2014. The discounts are ho hum like they are every year. Only three sets and a watch are at 50% off, a ton of keychains and magnets at 20% off, and a selection of last year’s sets at 10% off. 75059 Sandcrawler is NOT on sale but it does go on sale at the same as when the promotions kick in, which is now. Still on the fence to get that set? Read our review to get a first-hand look of the set. Spoiler alert: I liked it a lot.
Some other notes that you should be aware of for this promotion:
- FREE Darth Revan minifigure with a LEGO Star Wars order of $75 or more (while supplies last)
- FREE Exclusive LEGO Star Wars Poster with all LEGO Star Wars orders (while supplies last)
And, of course, you’ll get free shipping if your order hits $75 or more.