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Nick "dWhisper" Martin | February 26th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75035 Kashyyyk Troopers

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Is it possible to get battle pack fatigue? Maybe that’s why Lego keeps playing with the $10 range with stuff like Planets (which were awesome) and the Microfighters (not as much). Or maybe it’s just that a lot of the recent battle packs have been somewhat underwhelming, with mixes for the type of figures in them or not enough generic troopers to help build up an army. 

That was my chief complaint with the Death Star Troopers pack, where the Royal Guard figures really detracted from the overall value of the set. The Utapau Troopers set did a better job of some more generic troop types, assuming you wanted to build up an army of troopers that would be able to blend in very well at a Texas Longhorns home game (which, as a ‘horns fan, I can totally get). They weren’t bad troopers, but we’ve had other Sherbet clones recently so it’s good to see a change.

Enter the Kashyyk Troopers battle pack, the third pack we’re getting this year. These are obviously not a very “generic” figure, being dressed up for a Duck Dynasty / Star Wars crossover convention (I’m not sure I want to know what that looks like, but I bet TLC will have it on the air within a year or two), but they all look pretty good. If you were going to build up an army of Clone Troopers, I’m willing to bet you’d rather have them capable of hiding in a jungle than at an AT&T store.

At 99 pieces, this one comes in slightly under the Death Star battle pack and well above the Utapau Troopers. The real question is does it justify your money any better than the other two battle packs (or the existing two you can still get)?

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Nick "dWhisper" Martin | February 25th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75034 Death Star Troopers

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When the first leaks showed up with pictures of a proper Death Star Gunner, I think the general reaction for fans was “It’s about time!” I mean, we’ve had two Death Stars, including the huge Death Star Playset that included a big ‘ole gun like this set seems to be based on. There are also a couple of Royal Guards, which get a nice “New” label on the box thanks to different arms and capes. It’s notable that there isn’t an Emperor for them to guard, and there isn’t an Emperor coming out in any of the sets this year, so I guess they’re guarding the gun?

I’ve always maintained that Battle Packs are hard to rate, but this year, there are three varieties to go with the two from last year, Republic Troopers vs. Sith Troopers and Clone Troopers vs. Droidekas, giving us five battle packs currently. This one, however, is the only OT set we have to choose from, and the only OT set in the early-2014 wave that isn’t a Microfighter. The summer sets are packed with OT stuff, so the dark days are almost over, but will this set tide everyone over with these four figures, a couple of new blasters, and the 100 pieces?

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Nick "dWhisper" Martin | February 24th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75036 Utapau Troopers

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Did you realize that battle packs have been around for seven years now?  I’m actually kind of scared to count how many of the things I’ve bought, because they’re just easy. Even when a pack isn’t all that great, sometimes it’s just fun to crack open a set and build something (like that Assassin Droid battle pack from a few years ago). Of course, one of the biggest problems is that it’s just been years since the promise of those original battle packs, with their regular rank-and-file Stormtroopers and Rebel Troopers, were the kind of thing you could buy a bunch of to build an army. 

This has been especially problematic with clone troopers and battle droids. Yes, there are some special colors and commanders, but in the movies, even in Episode III, it was all of the regular troops that were there to blast things and get shot. Sadly, we’re still waiting, as both of the Episode III battle packs this year only include special troopers, Utapau 212th Clone Legion and the Kashyyyk Troopers under Gree and Yoda. So, orange and green, but no plain white in anything other than the Microfighters Clone Turbo Tank.

I wouldn’t normally get (as) hung up on that fact if there wasn’t a brand new Clone Trooper Phase 2 helmet, and suddenly, my colored troopers look different from everything else. I’ve mixed/matched before, but it’d be nice to have a better source of regular clones. Instead, we get the guys that tried to off one of the few competent Jedis (Obi-Wan), and not even the commander. But hey, it’s a $13 set that gives us four troops and a droid, so it can’t be all bad… right?

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Ken "buriedbybricks" Robichaud | February 24th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Full Trailer For Season 6 Of The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions

The full trailer for the sixth and final season of The Clone Wars is up now through IGN. As stated previously, the first five seasons will be available on March 7th along with The Lost Missions for Netflix subscribers. No word yet on whether or not the episodes will be released on DVD, but money is money, so I’d bet on it eventually. They have a lot of loose ends to try and tie up in however many episodes are left and I didn’t see any Tano in that trailer. Sorry, murph…

Ace "onions" Kim | February 21st, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, News, The LEGO Movie

Toy Fair Report: Set Videos

In case you weren’t aware, FBTB has a YouTube channel. It’s where we stick our video assets. We don’t produce much and I keep threatening to do video reviews but never have the time to get around it. Or the nerve to put myself in front of a camera. Yesterday, I finished editing and uploading video footage I shot of at Toy Fair showing off some play features of some of the upcoming sets. They’re not too long, averaging about a minute and a half each, but you can see bells and whistles of the sets in motion.

Enjoy!

Ken "buriedbybricks" Robichaud | February 19th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Meet The Star Wars Rebels Mandalorian Weapons Expert Sabine

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed the latest cast member for Rebels to be a Mandalorian who has “turned against the Empire” and Dave Filoni describes her further below:

Who is Sabine? She is a Mandalorian, and is described as “sassy,” “spunky,” “feisty” and has “a little bit of attitude.” She has an expert’s knowledge of weapons and arms, with an affinity for blowing things up. “She does it with flair,” Sircar says of Sabine, who also moonlights as a graffiti artist.

This show is rapidly sounding more and more like a recycled Tron: Uprising to me, but I’m still curious, admittedly.

This Sabine character also seems a lot like Wyldstyle, but I’ll bet she ends up cosplayed even quicker.
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Ace "onions" Kim | February 16th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Toy Fair Report: LEGO Star Wars

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With practically every March-release set focusing on Episode III, the August wave gives us OT fans a great selection of sets. If you want to avoid spoilers for the Advent Calendar, they are listed last, so avoid scrolling any further past the Star Destroyer images. I’ll save the commentary for later, for now, enjoy the photo dump.

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Nick "dWhisper" Martin | February 14th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

New Hi-Res Shots of Rebels sets

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Need a pre-Toy Fair taste of news that’s coming up? How about some hi-res images of the upcoming sets, via the Yak Face forums?

First up we have The Ghost, a large ship that features some interesting building with a distinctly Star Wars look and a lot of different cockpit canopies. Also, three new minifigs, Zeb Orrelios, Hera Syndulla, and Kanan Jarrus, as well as a Storm Trooper. I’m especially excited for Zeb, and not just because his last name makes me want to go grab some cookies!

Star Wars Lego - Rebels - The Ghost

Next up, we have The Phantom, which strikes me as a bit less Star Wars-y (you put some different colors on there and that’s Galaxy Squad), but features Ezra Bridger and C1-10P. The most interesting thing here is that our little astromech buddy has an obviously shorter torso and legs, meaning that he’s quite a bit shorter than his minifig buddy. The cockpit glass also stands out, and I wonder if that front marking is a sticker or printed…

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We still don’t know a whole lot about Rebels, but if the ships are any indication, or the figures, it should be a decent successor to Clone Wars.

Ace "onions" Kim | February 12th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

New Sets Hitting LEGO Brand Retail Early

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Site fan Zach wrote in to say that he saw and was able to purchase several new sets from his local LEGO Brand Retail location in Illinois. His haul included one of the two remaining DC Super Heroes Batman sets, 76013 Batman: The Joker Steam Roller, Marvel Super Heroes set 76018 Hulk Lab Smash, Star Wars sets 75032 X-Wing Fighter and 75040 General Grievous Wheel Bike.

Chat room regular murphquake also let us know that the retail stores have been given the green light to immediately sell any new sets they receive without having to wait for the 17th or any other arbitrary street date. Happy hunting!

Ace "onions" Kim | February 11th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Toy Fair 2014!

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The American International Toy Fair is coming up next week and as usual FBTB will be in attendance. I eagerly await the invitation that is in the mail as I type this to show up on my doorstep. Unfortunately, we are only allowed one attendee this year so our coverage will be limited. We plan on focusing on licensed brands first (Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Super Heroes, The LEGO Movie, etc.) and then all other themes second. Our coverage begins on the morning of Sunday February 16!