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Ace "onions" Kim | November 15th, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

LEGO Reveals DC Super Heroes Juniors Line

LEGO is creating a new Juniors line designed to easier to build for younger kids. The “Juniors” name reminds of a period of time around the mid- to late-90′s where LEGO sets were being “juniorized”, a term coined by the AFOL community describing set designs being purposefully dumbed down with smaller piece counts and large, specialized pieces. It seems that LEGO is now embracing that concept and using the design approach to target a more laser-focused demographic as evidenced by the age range on the boxes indicating 4-7 years. I imagine the value of the sets having a price per piece ratio lying somewhere between System scale and Duplo scale.

So far only these two sets have been revealed. With Spider-Man headlining the Marvel side of the Super Heroes line, and, of course, Batman leading the way for DC, I would expect additional sets in the Juniors line to mimic their System scale counterparts and leverage the popularity of those characters more.

10672 Batman: Defend the Batcave

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10665 Spider-Man: Spider-Car Pursuit

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Ace "onions" Kim | November 15th, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

New LEGO DC Super Heroes Batman Set Images

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Along with all of the other January 2014 images that have been unleashed to the public, LEGO DC Super Heroes sets have also been revealed. It’s clear that DC Super Heroes sets must be based around Batman in order to be commercially successful. Which is understandable, and a bit of a shame. Still, I think there is room for some non-Batman sets that will still be appealing enough for a wide audience. Green Lantern comes to mind. I’m just saying.

76010 Batman: The Penguin Face off

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76011 Batman: Man-Bat Attack

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76012 Batman: The Riddler Chase

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Ace "onions" Kim | November 2nd, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics

More Amazon Fire Sales

75019 AT-TE

If I were to take a guess, all of these recent sales on Amazon is to get rid of stock to make room for some upcoming 2014 product. Just a guess. The latest notable sets to get hit with the discount hammer are:

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Ken "buriedbybricks" Robichaud | October 31st, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, News

New Trailer For The LEGO Movie

I was a little ticked at Warner Brothers this week after the news they were pulling DC Comics out of NYC and relocating them to Burbank CA, presumably to be able to hang out on the set of The Price Is Right, but all is forgiven now. The film is due February 7th, 2014. Just in time for Valentines Day, in case you were trying to come up with the absolute perfect date.

Bask in the glory of this new trailer for The LEGO Movie and see that it is indeed full of win!

Thanks for the heads up ninnymuggins. Again.

Ken "buriedbybricks" Robichaud | October 31st, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Batman, LEGO Super Heroes, MOC Spotlight

Xenomurphy’s Arkham Asylum

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No stranger to large scale super hero themed builds, Xenomurphy takes a crack at crazy with his rendition of Gotham’s revolving door psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane. I’d suggest clicking the picture and viewing it larger on Flickr to take in the details. Xm even provides a link to download what is essentially a book detailing the projects inspirations and development for this easily escapable nut house and it includes more pictures of the build. Is that insensitive, calling it that? Too bad, they’re straight up crazy.

Oh, and Happy Halloween FubTubbers!

Ace "onions" Kim | October 18th, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

Reminder: Toys’R'Us LEGO Building Event – Joker Mini Mech Bot

TRU Event

Just a quick reminder that at Toys’R'Us stores are hosting a LEGO DC Super Heroes building event today, Saturday, from 12noon – 2pm. You get to build the pilot-less mech you see there. It’s unknown if a Joker minifig will also be given away to complete the look, but you could always bring your own Joker for giggles. Just don’t lose it. This event is free but limited to supplies on hand. I would advise getting there earlier rather than later. Hit up the store locator to find a location near you.

That free polybag offer we posted last time still seems to be valid. If you spend $20 or more on DC Super Heroes, you’ll get Robin and the Redbird Cycle, Iron Man Drone Attack something or other if you opt Marvel Super Heroes. Either way you’re screwed since you’ll be paying TRU tax. They’ll do a price match against their own website if the prices seem out of whack or if you bring in a printed ad from a competitor. But you know what is super annoying? The fact that you have to spend $20 or more, not $19, or $19.99 which is the actual MSRP that other stores will charge. You don’t have that extra penny in the sale? No polybag for you! Anyways, I digress…

Looking at the current selection, I think you’re best bet to get the Robin polybag is to either get two copies of 76000 Artic Batman vs. Mr. Freeze: Aquaman on Ice since it is actually a dollar less than MSRP at $18.99. OR, get 76001 The Bat vs. Bane: Tumbler Chase, since it is only $7.00 above MSRP at $46.99. You can think of the $7 bucks extra as the cost of the polybag. All the other sets have an outrageous markup, and I mean outrageous.

I’m too tired to get into what Marvel sets you could get but you’ll probably have better luck finding a reasonably priced set since they offer a few more at the $20 MSRP range. Besides, it’s an older polybag that was available previously through LEGO Shop@Home and Brand Retail.

There’s a couple of things you can try. You could try and get them to price match LEGO Shop@Home prices. Or, if you haven’t bought the LEGO Batman 2 game yet, see if the offer is valid on video games or accessories. If so, see if you can pick up a LEGO Batman video game or LEGO Batman DS accessory pack to pad your total. Or, and this is outrageous, see if they’ll just let you buy the darn thing. That’s what I’m going to try. We’ll see if I’m successful. Good luck to you!

Ace "onions" Kim | October 4th, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes

Upcoming LEGO Event and Polybag Deals at TRU

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There is another Create and Take building event at your local Toys’R'Us stores on Saturday October 19th. The ad says “local” so I assume it’s at most if not all TRU stores and not the select ones in IL and TX for the other Create and Take events in the past. The model this time is a DC Super Heroes Joker Mini Mech Bot. Not very exciting looking and by the looks of it, the purple plate that’s protruding from its waist looks like the Joker minifig is supposed to go there, but since it’s not pictured perhaps you’ll have to supply your own fig. But hey, that’s not such a bad thing because on the same day, if you buy at least $20 worth of LEGO Batman products, you’ll get a free 30166 Robin and Redbird Cycle, polybag set. This was previously only available at Toys’R'Us Canada stores with a similar promotion.

DC not your thing? Spend $20 on LEGO Marvel Super Heroes products and get an Iron Man polybag set for free! This is the same set that was previously only available as a promotion through LEGO Shop@Home and LEGO Brand Retail stores.

The markup over MSRP that Toys’R'Us charges, affectionately known as the TRU Tax, is insane. Miraculously enough, they currently have two sets on sale for below MSRP but no telling if that price will hold come October 19th. We’ll post an update the night before or the day of the event with suggestion on set you can buy so you’re not feeling completely ripped off trying to get the Redbird Cycle set.

Ken "buriedbybricks" Robichaud | September 30th, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Batman, LEGO Super Heroes, News

Batgirl: Future Figure or Fabricated Fake?

Batgirl?

When I saw this pop up all over Flickr yesterday I thought it was a custom job, but on closer look I questioned that initial response. It apparently came from a Bricklink seller in the Czech Republic called Votvik, but the pic has been pulled now. Like SDCC Green Arrow, this figure seems to follow the New 52 design, so if this is real we may see more from this beloved relationship destroying reboot. Yay!?

What say you, folks? Real or fake? Could this mean a Batman related set could again arrive sans Batman?

Via Flickrite, tormentalous among others.

Nick "dWhisper" Martin | September 26th, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Reviews

Review: 6860 The Batcave

Batcave - Full Set

 

Wait, I know what you’re thinking… “a review of a set that’s almost two years old?” Well, except Don, who’s probably thinking about R2-D2 in a bikini, but the rest of you are probably on the whole “old set review” thing. There is a reason for this madness, and it begins with the original Batman line. I had the original Batcave, and liked the set well enough (though really, I just loved those baseplates used for the different components in it).┬áIn fact, I owned several of the original set… because a lot of people skipped them, and they ended up showing up at my local Tuesday Morning, where bad toys go to languish on shelves for years.

Once the sets were discontinued, everyone suddenly realized that Batman is awesome, and wanted a piece of the set. I sold every figure I had from the original batman sets and recouped all of the money I made buying sets from the entire line… like four times over. Fast forward to now, when this set is going to be hitting it’s end-of-life within the next six months (at least through retail chains). Super Heroes shows no signs of letting up, and that is a good thing, and LEGO is under the completely mistaken belief that you can’t make a DC superhero line without including a Batman minifigure… the chance of another Batcave showing up within the next few years is miniscule at best.

At $70, $30 lower than the first iteration, and the piece count is down almost 400 for your savings (1075 in the original, 690 in this one). And that leaves the question, with more Batman sets on the way, the last one being in big demand after it retired, and this one getting close to being locked away… is it worth your money?

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Ace "onions" Kim | September 24th, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

More Massive Discounts: LEGO Super Heroes 20% Off (at least)

Both Amazon and Target put some hefty discounts on LEGO Super Heroes sets. Target’s prices on some sets were already reduced, and they’ve applied a 20% discount on top. Amazon has matched the reduced price, but bear in mind that if the item is out of stock online at Target, Amazon’s price usually resets itself. Also, you can go to a Target store and get the same prices in store as online.

Some notable items: