Travel the dunes with the LEGO� Star Wars™ Ultimate Collector Series Sancrawler™

FBTB - From Bricks To Bothans

Follow us: RSS
News? Questions? Comments? Email!

Archive for the ‘LEGO Star Wars’ Category

[SDCC] A LEGO Nerd’s Choice of Panels – Thursday

Hello, Comic Con attendees! Like last year, I’ve compiled a list of panels that I think might interest you, fans of LEGO licensed themes! So if you’re looking for things to do and see that doesn’t involve a line to get some exclusive toy, take a peek below. I know I will be trying my best to go to some of these. I’ll be posting daily so that you don’t have to keep searching back for the schedule. Just check the site each morning and I hope to see some of you there.

Toy Story That Time Forgot
11:15am Room 6A
Calling all Toy Story fans! ABC and Disney•Pixar present an exclusive first look at the upcoming holiday special, Toy Story That Time Forgot. Executive producer Galyn Susman (Toy Story OF TERROR!), director Steve Purcell (Brave), and head of story Derek Thompson (WALL•E) give you an exclusive inside look at the sketches, storyboards, and concepts that went into the making of this Disney•Pixar special!

The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels
6:00pm Room 6BCF
The almost 20-year stretch of Star Wars history between Episodes III and IV is a dark time in the galaxy that has never before been explored on screen. The evil Galactic Empire has tightened its grip and only a select few are brave enough to stand against tyranny and ignite a rebellion. Join Star Wars Rebels executive producers Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg as well as series stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, and Taylor Gray for an exclusive preview of what’s to come this Fall on Disney XD in this eagerly awaited television series from Lucasfilm Animation.

The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – A Look Under the Shell
8:15pm Room 6DE
In celebration of the new documentary film, Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, co-creator Kevin Eastman will lead this fascinating panel including Randall Lobb (writer/director), Isaac Elliott-Fisher (executive producer), Mark Hussey (executive producer), and Galen Walker (executive producer), taking fans behind-the-scenes and beneath the streets into the incredible 30-year journey and reveal the real origin story of four of pop culture’s most enduring heroes. Featuring clips from the documentary, followed by a Q&A discussion, fans will get to see how this so-called “happy accident” defied every naysayer to become one of the most popular and beloved franchises in the world.

Ace Kim | July 22nd, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

[SDCC] Star Wars Minifigure Gallery On Display at Comic Con

lego-sdcc-case lego-sdcc-case-minifigures

This year, 2014, marks the 15th anniversary of the LEGO Star Wars license. And during that time, over 600 minifigures have been made of various characters from our favorite franchise. To mark the occasion, LEGO has built a special case and will be displaying all 600 or so figures at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. actually broke the news earlier today but I didn’t get a chance to post until now. You should go check out the article as Erik Varszegi provided some comments on the process of putting the case together. The case is actually triangular in formation with all three sides showcasing all of the characters. Thanks again go to forum member Mos Eisley for the potato pictures below.

SW Minifigure Case 3 SW Minifigure Case 1
SW Minifigure Case 2
Ace Kim | July 22nd, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

[SDCC] MTV Reveals 75084 Wookie Gunship, Rebels’ Chopper Statue


MTV is giving us our first look of two new things that will be at LEGO’s booth at the San Diego Comic Con.

First up is a first-look at 75084 Wookie Gunship. I guess Wookies had their butts handed to them during the Clone Wars and decided to do away with wooden-based technology.

SW-Chopper_4613 SW-Chopper_4607

Next up is a large-scale sculpture of Chopper from the upcoming Rebels animated series. With all of these sculptures on display at their booth, I’m wondering if there will be any space to even walk around inside. I’m imagining their booth to look a mid-game, human-sized chessboard at this point.

all images courtesy of MTV

Ace Kim | July 19th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Super Heroes, News

[SDCC] Pop! Art of the Geek Exhibit to Feature Works by LEGO Artists Brandon Griffith and Nathan Sawaya

The names of Brandon Griffith and Nathan Sawaya should not be unfamiliar to our readers. They’ve been featured before for their work and next week during the San Diego Comic Con, they will be participating in an art show called Pop! Art of the Geek. The show is curated by Nathan Sawaya and “highlights the artwork of a dozen established and emerging artists who have re-imagined the icons of pop culture in ways never before seen”.

Brandon will be featuring the above pictured piece, titled “It’s All A Joke,” a construct of the comedian’s badge from the popular Watchmen comic.

Nathan Sawaya will be displaying his iconic Han Solo in Carbonite LEGO sculpture.

If you’ve never seen either piece in person, it’s worth your time to stop by the gallery see them for yourself. The pictures really don’t do them justice. The exhibit will be on display at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery located at 363 Fifth Ave in the heart of the Gaslamp District across the street from Dick’s Last Resort. Gallery hours are from Wednesday July 23rd to Sunday July 27th from 11am to 7pm. If you are going to the show, it is extremely easy to find as it is on the second block you walk up when you head into the Gaslamp for lunch or dinner. All of the art is for sale and benefits the Art Revolution Foundation that works to put art supplies in schools. For more infomation check out the Art of the Geek website.

[SDCC] More LEGO Comic Con Exclusives Revealed: Ghost Ship, Unikitty? And an Upcoming Movie Set Revealed

Eagle-eyed contributor Tohst spotted this Yahoo! Movies article revealing a few more goodies in store for us attending San Diego Comic Con.

First up is a Unikitty whose face changes from “Cuteskitty” to “Cheerkitty” with a flick of a wrist. I’m guessing this Unikitty is bigger than the brick built one you get in a set, maybe about the same size as the awesome keychain light. That being said, I don’t believe that it is one of the four exclusive minifigs that LEGO plans to give away and it is probably just an item for sale at the booth.

Next is a reveal for an upcoming set based The LEGO Movie coming out January 2015. It looks to be a small set featuring Batman, Angry Kitty, a Micromanager, and a skeleton. Hopefully this picture isn’t cropped and hiding a gigantic model in the background somewhere because this would be a cheap way to get Angry Kitty even though she is a different design than the one that comes in Emmet’s Construct-o-Mech.

The second reveal is the Star Wars themed retail exclusive mentioned in my previous article, The Ghost ship. Retailing for $39.99 it features the R2 unit, Chopper. And being built in the same Chibi style as Rocket’s Warbird, my hope of a full-sized TV series Batmobile is quickly diminishing. The Ghost, Batmobile, and Warbird all retail for $39.99 and are limited to 250 each per day of the con not including preview night.

Don "Solo" Reitz | July 6th, 2014 | Contests, LEGO Star Wars

Announcing MOC Madness 2014: Steam Wars Returns!

mocmadnesslogo2014-4Back in 2008 we ran a contest with a simple challenge: pick a vehicle from Star Wars and remake it in steampunk style. The results were fantastic and it got a lot of attention even beyond the usual Lego fansites, making its way onto Gizmodo, Make, Wired’s Geekdad, and even the blog to name a few. We’ve kicked around the idea in the years since and people have even asked a few times if we would ever bring it back. That time has finally come, and we’re going to take it up a notch this time. Click through for the full details on what the challenge entails, what prizes we have lined up, and how you can enter.


Nick Martin | June 25th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75044 Droid Tri-Fighter

75044 - Full Set

After fifteen years of collecting Lego Star Wars, and writing about them for the last eight, it’s pretty rare for me to come across a re-release that I don’t already have. Sure, there are a few, typically big sets, like the Sandcrawler or a lot of the UCS line (or any AT-AT that doesn’t have a motor)… but I’ve bought a lot of sets over the years, a lot of which I’ve liked, a lot I didn’t, and a whole lot that I’d be hard pressed to put back together. The Droid Tri-Fighter is even more unique, in that it’s a set I’ve passed on twice… this is the third release, after 2005’s 7052 ($15) and 2010’s 8086 ($25), which all had the same name. There’s also an honorable mention for 7283 Ultimate Space Battle, which is one of my “wish I would have bought that” regrets, which included the 7052 version as part of the bundle.

The 2005 version was notable in that it existed… pretty much all of the sets not called “Clone Turbo Tank” or “Clone Scout Walker” from that year are best forgotten. It was the first set to include a buzz droid, so I guess there is that, and, in something that is shocking in this day and age, no minifigures. The 2010 version included the orange rocket droids, which I got from that Hyena Droid bomber, and never felt a real need to get more. I kind of wish I had that second version, because it looks almost identical to this one… complete with all that lovely dark blue.

A Target Exclusive, this version adds an extra $5 on the price, drops 4 pieces (down to 262), loses the rocket droids in favor of the regular types, and for some reason gives us Chancellor Palpetine. It’s a set I obviously didn’t have a high opinion of to start with (to be fair, I basically have no opinion of it), so the real question comes down to “is it worth it, or did I just use this to get over $75 when I bought the Droid Gunship so I’d get Revan?”


Ace Kim | June 17th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGO Star Wars: The Dark Side Now Available For Pre-order

In yet another book push, DK Publishing is offering an exclusive minifig with book accessory, LEGO Star Wars: The Dark Side. The exclusive “evil minifig”, their words, not mine, has yet to be revealed but it has been rumored to be another version of the Emperor. If this is indeed true, and with the current trend of LEGO adding more lines to minifig faces, look for the new Palpatine figure to resemble a pineapple, Emperor Pineappletine if you will.

After discovering this book, I searched for the light side equivalent but there is no such book called LEGO Star Wars: The Light Side. Not yet anyway. Such a book would be a great opportunity to produce a Jedi that has never been made into a non-Clone Wars, non-ugly, regular version minifig such as Shaak-Ti or Aayla Secura.

The current pre-order price of LEGO Star Wars: The Dark Side is $13.29 and you get Amazon’s pre-order price guarantee (if the price of the book falls between the time you place your pre-order and the release date, you will get the lowest price). The scheduled release date is August 18, 2014.

Ken Robichaud | June 16th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

2014’s LEGO Star Wars Hallmark Ornament is Boba Fett!

Yes, the Hallmark Keepsake LEGO Star Wars ornament this year is the greatest bounty hunter in the galaxy, Boba Fett. Three things I love all rolled into one, Boba Fett, LEGO and geeky Christmas ornaments. I guess I know what I’m getting for my anniversary this summer! Honestly, I was surprised that he wasn’t picked last year, but I suppose they wanted to get a “good guy” in there after two years worth of villainy and helmets. Which reminds me, I still need to get the Stormtrooper ornament I missed…

Thanks to banthafodder for the heads up in the forums.


Ken Robichaud | June 13th, 2014 | LEGO Ideas, LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGO Lightsabers Project Achieves Support On Ideas

I’ve enjoyed looking at scott34567‘s builds since they first caught my eye with his Cyclops visor back in 2012 and then the virtual models of lightsabers replicas started to roll in soon after. I’m a fan of 1:1 scale weapons and props and even more so of brick built lightsabers. He quickly added them as a project on CUUSOO and has respectively evolved/streamlined the project as time went on and guidelines changed. After two years of climbing towards the summit, the project has reached the peak in the form of a pair of lightsabers belonging to Darth Vader and (SPOILERS!) his son, Luke Skywalker. The set is proposed with a custom stand to display and figures of the characters, which would stop about 12% of people who would ask “what are those?” when they spot them on your desk. Hey, don’t knock it. That’s 12% less righteous indignation and eye-rolling on your part, wasted on these people that only come out of their caves to work and presumably forage for food.

This project, to me, is a lot like the LEGO Birds project that is currently in review. It fits very firmly as a display piece and less a toy. Unlike birds, it would have the pre-existing LEGO Star Wars fan base and appeal to those outside the AFOL community that buy the pop culture sets. Also, it’s still a toy. I always enjoy swinging around brick built sabers and make sure I build mine sturdy enough to do so.

The pre-existing Star Wars license is still an obstacle that no set has overcome thus far and it means that in this first upcoming review under the LEGO Ideas banner, it will be two sets based on comics and two on Star Wars. As it stands, the size and content of this set, would make it the front runner in this uphill battle and I wish Scott much luck and congratulations!