San Diego Comic Con has come and gone and it wasn’t without it’s drama. And by drama, I am referring to LEGO’s handling of the minifigure giveaway. After talking with several con goers, I am convinced that LEGO was selective on who they gave winning tickets to. Bottom line: the system was rigged.
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When I watched Man of Steel, I was overwhelmed by the fact that somehow, a “small town” had that much stuff that could get tossed around and blown up. Sure, it was effectively like a small town drag that absolutely litter the midwest, but it wasn’t accurate in the least, since there wasn’t a Walmart or Dollar General to be seen and most of the shops looked to still be open and in good repair. That and thinking that a bit of destruction could only serve to upgrade any place in Kansas (seriously, the only good thing to have come out of that state is the Interstate to somewhere else).
Really, the battle was almost overwhelming, at least until you saw the whole Metropolis scene at the end of the film and realized that this set should probably have been called “The Smallville Dust-up.” This set is the most expensive of the Man of Steel sets (thus far), and features the closest thing to an “iconic” ship that we saw, the Black Zero Dropship that transported people who had suits that could fly. I know, I don’t get it either.
At $50, this set is certainly more of an investment than either of the other two sets (combined), and has a bit going for it at first glance. The question is, does it keep that going for it when you break it down?
Of course, there will be spoilers in here. So don’t come crying when you found out that Braniac killed a couple of polar bears while breaking in to the Fortress of Solitude during the Battle of Smallville.
Today, Friday, saw a new distribution method employed by LEGO to avoid the mess and it worked! Sort of. It worked as well as LEGO could have hoped so they will be using the same exact method for Saturday’s Black Suit Superman and Sunday’s Green Arrow minifig giveaways. Line begins in the southwest corner of the West Terrace outside of the building on the upper deck. Ticket distribution was slated to start at 11:30am but they started earlier at around 11:00am so get there early. Good luck! You’re gonna need it.
Our Ace reporter (couldn’t resist) has taken some shots of the upcoming Batman set “The Riddler Chase” that was revealed this weekend at SDCC. Out in January, I think it’s a decent little set at $30 US for 304 pieces and figure the inclusion of the Flash will make this about as popular as the Aquaman set. Scratch that, more popular. It has some nice changes to the Riddler and looks like a fun little set, even if it is yet another Batmobile. Check out the pics and let us know what you think.
Okay folks, for those of you up late or up early reading this before the con opens its doors on this fine Thursday, here is everything you need to know about how to obtain the four exclusive minifigures.
Fresh off the news of a few SDCC exclusives that a lot of people want (and only a few people will get), USA Today has posted news of a DC Super Heroes coming up next year, along with a couple of life-size sculptures of Iron Man and Superman. It’s an interesting mix, with the Riddler pulling one of The Joker’s shticks and using a banana, perhaps to trip up the Flash? I don’t see the riddle to it… maybe the comic will explain it.
“Batman: The Riddler Chase” (304 pieces, $29.99) is coming in January.
The two statues will be on display at Comic Con, for those willing to brave the line for a chance at an Exclusive SDCC figures. Iron Man looks especially interesting, as it features lighting and some effects. Superman certainly looks like Henry Cavill, thought he suit looks much more comic’s based than from Man of Steel.
With the recent announcement of this year’s San Diego Comic Con set of four exclusive minifigs, I thought I’d take a moment and reflect on what happened at last year’s Comic Con.
Moments ago, USAToday posted their exclusive look at this year’s San Diego Comic Con exclusive LEGO minifigures. This year’s line up for DC Universe features Black Suit Superman and Green Arrow while Marvel is being repped by Spider-Woman and alternate-suit Spider-Man. As usual, there are no details no how to obtain them. That information will have to be discovered at the con. We will be posting details as soon as we find out any more information so stay tuned.
You know, I had no idea that the name of the really big ship in Man of Steel was called Black Zero until I looked it up in the product description. An interesting throw-back, since the original Black Zero was considered “The Destroyer of Krypton,” and later was a Superboy villain. In this case, however, we’re focusing on the escape scene with Lois Lane jumping in an escape pod and going typical Lois Lane on everyone (read, in need of saving).
I guess it’s better to be needing saving in an escape pod than it is to just be on a plane that happens to start falling out of the sky. At least here, Superman was around for a reason, and not just being a crazy stalker of his ex. And if you don’t get that reference, you’re lucky. The rest of us actually watched Superman Returns.
Black Zero Escape is the $20 entry in the Man of Steel line. The $20 sets in the Super Heroes line has some pretty notable company, with such hits like the Superman Vs Power Armor Lex, Wolverine’s Chopper Showdown, and Cosmic Cube Escape all being in the same price point (and still available in most stores). Of course, given that Iron Man 3′s speed boat is also in the same price point, it’s obvious that no standard is perfect. Maybe Black Zero Escape can break the pattern?
If you haven’t seen Man of Steel, there are going to be some spoilers in this review. So don’t email us and complain that you found out Superman’s penguin friend from the Fortress of Solitude wasn’t as lucky in his escape.
If anything can be said about the new Superman film, it’s that it’s certainly polarizing of Superman fans. The previous Superman set we had, 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex, was in my mind an absolute stand-out from the first Superheros DC wave. It featured a classic comic-style Superman, his ultimate villain, Lex Luthor, and a cheaply-made Wonder Woman to boot. Of course, back when that set came out, Man of Steel was still a prepetual rumor, given that the franchise had more-or-less died after the stinker that was Superman Returns.
The thoughts about the film are varied, ranging from awful, to okay, to best thing since bacon-flavored socks. Regardless how you feel about the movie, though, the sets can stand alone. We saw this before, with the Iron Man 3 and The Avengers line, as direct tie-ins that came out before the movie hit. The Avengers sets were absolute gangbusters, and the Iron Man 3 sets I’ll cover in my upcoming Malibu Mansion Dreamhouse review, so how do the Man of Steel sets stack up?
Just as a warning, there will be some spoilers in this review, because these are movie tie-in sets. You’ve been warned. No crying in the comments because I revealed that Superman is killed by a giant spider in act III.