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Ace Kim | June 17th, 2014 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Second Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer Out Today

Marvel UK posted the 2nd trailer (international trailer?) for The Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Looks oh so tasty, doesn’t it? Now, I wanna outfit my Milano with lights…

Ken Robichaud | June 11th, 2014 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News, Rumour Mill

Marvel Roundup: New GotG Posters, Strange Rumours, Casting The Kingpin & More

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Our reviews of the Guardians Of The Galaxy sets not enough to tide you over until the movie comes out? Need more Gamora, Rocket and Groot in your life? Of course you do, so here are the newly released character posters to give you an even better look at them.

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Rumours are rampant about the casting of brilliant neurosurgeon turned Sorcerer Supreme, Dr. Stephen Strange since the announcement of the (technically still officially unannounced) movie’s director dropped last week. One rumor that has gained steam is that Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch are the front runners for the role. I could see Cumberbatch, but as much as I like Hardy, I can’t see him in the role. It could be some time until we start getting much solid info, but perhaps it will start to flow when SDCC rolls around. Fingers crossed.

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More news on the Ant Man front as the film has found another director after Adam McKay left the job at virtually the same moment it was stated he was the frontrunner. Peyton Reed, director of Yes Man and Bring It On, has taken the director’s chair (for the moment), but Adam McKay will stay on to do a rewrite on Edgar Wright’s script for the film. Not encouraging. Especially when you consider the film is due out on July 17th of next year, and hasn’t started rolling. I certainly hope this film about a scientist who invents a suit that lets him shrink down to the size of an insect won’t require too much in the special effects post production department.

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Meanwhile, over at Netflix, Daredevil has found its villain. Marvel has revealed that Vincent D’Onofrio will play Wilson Fisk, aka The Kingpin in the upcoming series and I’d bet he’ll pop up in other shows/movies too. He is described as “a powerful businessman whose interests in the future of Hell’s Kitchen will bring him into conflict with the blind attorney Matt Murdock and his alter ego Daredevil.” Sounds like the Fisk comic fans are familiar with and I’m optimistic about this show more and more. D’Onofrio has the skills to bring the Kingpin to life with a vengeance and for anyone concerned about the characters size… I wouldn’t wish the appropriate weight gain needed on any actor. I’m sure he’ll be fine.

Oh, and in the time it took me to put this together, they released the posters for Star Lord and Drax.
So, yeah.

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With the MCU growing at such a rapid pace, I think you can start expecting these roundups on a more frequent basis.
You’ve been warned.

Nick Martin | June 10th, 2014 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Reviews

Review: 76021 The Milano Spaceship Rescue

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Every generation has that one girl that guys (and some girls) identify with in popular culture… that girl that we watched grow up right along with us, the that we’ll remember for the rest of our days and associate those “strange” feelings we got as puberty was wrecking our young lives. The 50s / 60s had Annette Funicello, the 70s and 80s gave us Brooke Shields, and the generation today has Justin Beiber. But the 80s and 90s gave us Alyssa Milano, and those of us that grew up in that era probably remember her transition from a kid like us in Who’s the Boss to “oh, wow” on Melrose Place… a show I can tell you nothing about other than the fact she was on it.

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Maybe that’s why the MCU version of the Guardians of the Galaxy ship (which wasn’t named the Milano and didn’t look like this at all in the comics) resonates so much with me, and why it just screams 80s at me in a way that no amount of Breakfast Club jokes ever will. It’s colored like a jogging suit, it’s got the name, and there’s a boombox in the back… all it needs is a New Coke machine and we’re at maximum 80s saturation.

76021 The Milano Spaceship Rescue is a unique entry in the the Super Heroes lineup… the first Marvel set that’s crossed the $50 line since the Avenger’s QuinJet. It’s hard not to draw the comparisons between them, honestly, with their size, shape, and movie nature. The Milano comes in with less parts (665 vs. 735) and is $5 more, but I’ll be honest, if you put them next to each other, you wouldn’t feel those differences amounted to much.

This is obviously the big, eye-popping set of the Guardians of the Galaxies line. On the box, it just looks great, much like the QuinJet, and the kind of build you’d leave together on the shelf. It also includes a little bad-guy ship, and like the Avengers line, it looks very similar to the one included in the smaller set, The Starblaster Showdown. $75 isn’t cheap, even in Lego dollars, so the question is… does this set live up to the hype?

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Nick Martin | June 7th, 2014 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Reviews

Review: 76019 The Starblaster Showdown

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I wouldn’t call myself a comic nerd, honestly. I like comics, and I read them a lot when I was a kid, but it was also something I’d more or less stopped caring about as a teenager. At least until the start of quality comic movies, which hit overdrive when the MCU came into being, and I started to go back and read some of the older stuff. The advent of Marvel’s digital subscription made it even easier to catch up on older and some of the stranger titles.

One of the first ones that I latched on to was this weird little title called Guardians of the Galaxy, which quickly tied into a big series called War of Kings (and then Reign of Kings and the Thanos Imperative). It reminded me of some of my favorite titles as a kid… I was an X-Men reader (everyone in the 90s was an X-Men reader), but my favorite titles were the constant Infinity sagas, the new Infinity Watch series that followed up on the Infinity Gauntlet. A bunch of the characters in Guardians were from that team… Drax (in a vastly different form) and Gamora (who was less 90s and more killer), as well as Adam Warlock, Thanos, etc.

Guardians of the Galaxy was a very different comic from a lot of the typical fare that’s fed the MCU up to this point. It’s made up of a bunch of imperfect characters that have dark histories and do messy things. Unlike the other properties that have been in the MCU, GotG is a big unknown even in a lot of comic circles… but I can tell you, the trailer looks like it has the team and the characters just spot-on, especially Star-Lord and Rocket from the looks of it.

Lego, for its part, is giving us our first movie tie-in sets since the underwhelming Iron Man 3 lineup. Of course, there’s a danger in sets in giving away some of the plot of the movie (which, luckily, the IM3 sets didn’t really do, since they had very little to do with anything in any of the movies). 76019 Starblaster Showdown is the $20 set in the lineup, and gives away only one thing that we haven’t really seen in the movies (but has been in a lot of interviews or details on the movie)… that Sakaarans are in the movie. Otherwise… we get a small set with a Nova Officer, Star Lord, and 196 pieces. So, how does it hold up in what is getting to be a crowded Super Heroes shelf?

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LEGO Day at Gamestop

If you’re looking for something to do today, Saturday June 7th, Gamestop is hosting a LEGO Day at their retail locations offering deals on all things LEGO. Some of the older games priced at $19.99 are now 2 for $29.99. The most recent games, LEGO The Hobbit, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, and The LEGO Movie, are $10 off. And lastly, there are a few giveaways to take note of. Pre-order LEGO Batman 3 and get a free exclusive poster, get a free minifigure with any LEGO purchase, get a free LEGO Chima card (whatever the heck that is) for the iOS app with any LEGO purchase, and finally get a free Super Pack DLC with the purchase of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. You’ll also get 10% extra credit if you’re a Power Up Rewards member towards the purchase of a LEGO Game.

I’m headed down there to see if I can make amends for my laziness by not getting Good Morning Bilbo Baggins and Western Emmet the first time around.

Ken Robichaud | June 4th, 2014 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Marvel Roundup: Ant Man Troubles, Thanos Finds His Voice and a Strange Director

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The juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to chug along without slowing, preparing to unleash the Guardians of the Galaxy on audiences in a couple of months as Kevin Feige talks of outlined movie plans into 2028. You know 2028, it’s the date that’s fourteen freaking years away! Crazy Kevin. Crazy, wildly optimistic and somewhat justifiably confident Kevin.

However, not all is rainbow bridges and Rocket Raccoons in Marveltown. The recent news that Edgar Wright, the long time director/cheerleader of Ant Man had left the project after a studio ordered script rewrite has troubled many fans and I count myself as one of them. I admire him for standing up for his principles and not wanting to make someone else’s movie after the incredibly long time he’s been developing the idea, but I can’t help but think the MCU will be the lesser for it. I think we’ve potentially lost something special.

Wasting no time though, Marvel announced they were considering three directors, Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers, The Other Guys), Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball, We’re the Millers) and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) to possibly take over the reigns of the soon to be in production film. Then it quickly looked like Adam McKay was in the lead, only to take himself out of the equation just as fast due to other commitments. It’s no real loss in my book as I think Fleischer would be the best choice of the three, but it certainly seems like the film is having a lot of difficulties getting out of the gate after toiling on the back burner since the earliest days of the MCU.

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Speaking of directors for upcoming films, Scott Derrickson posted this picture on Twitter yesterday, stating: “My next movie will be STRANGE”. It’s believed that the Doctor Strange film will take one of the two unclaimed slots in Marvel’s Phase 3 line up on either July 8, 2016 or May 5, 2017. Interestingly, Derrickson’s previous efforts have been primarily in the horror genre, even doing a rather dark (and terribly unnecessary) remake of the classic, The Day The Earth Stood Still. That’s two connections between Marvel and TDTESS, as the Destroyer in Thor was based on Gort. Fun!

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And lastly, it’s been rumoured that Thanos has finally found a voice in Josh Brolin. No stranger to comic book material, having been in Jonah Hex (*shudder*), MIB 3 (better, much better actually) and the upcoming Sin City: A Dame to Kill Die For, he would be a nice fit IMO. This isn’t confirmed by Marvel yet, but with rumours of Thanos popping up in GotG, I’d bet it won’t be long.

Ken Robichaud | June 4th, 2014 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

Rocket Raccoon Gets His Own Comic and a LEGO Variant Cover Too

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For those that don’t pay attention to comics, you may have missed the Rocket Raccoon comic given out on Free Comic Book Day to get fans excited for his first solo ongoing title, written and drawn by Scottie Young. The big news for us is that Marvel has decided to dust off the old LEGO cover concept and give us one dedicated to the man himself, Stan Lee.

A million times yes. A true oversight last year in promotion of the LEGO Marvel Superheroes game, since Stan played such a fun part in it. Luckily, Leonel Castellani has been brought back to correct this oversight. I could do with a few more of these myself (key word being “few”) and I’d love to see one as a Guardians Of The Galaxy variant with the now released full roster of figures. Here is the press release on the comic for those interested in what’s inside this one:

This July, blast off with the smallest Guardian of the Galaxy (packing the biggest gun) in ROCKET RACCOON #1 – written and drawn by Eisner-award winning storyteller Skottie Young! Today, Marvel is proud to present your new look at this highly anticipated ongoing series launching ahead of one of the biggest movies of the Summer!

As defenders of the cosmos go, Rocket Raccoon has faced his fair share of battles. He’s been a hero to the weak, a champion of the good, and a protector the innocent. Not to mention a heartthrob to many intergalactic species across the galaxy. But is he ready to be…a fugitive?!

Framed for a crime he didn’t commit, Rocket and his pal Groot’s high-flying life of adventure and heroism may be a thing of the past as he’ll soon find himself on the run and on the wrong side of the law. And the authorities aren’t the only one’s hot on his TAIL! (Too easy). An intergalactic boxing match, fierce alien creatures, and a deadly militia of Rocket’s ex-girlfriends known only as the Exterminators – and that’s just the FIRST ISSUE!

“Despite Rocket’s attitude and antics he has a heart under there, says Skottie Young, in an interview with Marvel.com. “He has some things he may or may not want to need in his life. He’s going to have to examine that. When you’re believed to be the last of your kind left in this galaxy or all the galaxies, that’s something you carry with you. That plays a role in the way you operate. We’ll see him explore that a little bit.”

“But ya know, right after that he’ll probably shoot some stuff,” he continued.

It’s one raccoon (but whatever you do, DO NOT call him a raccoon) against the entire galaxy this July as superstar creator Skottie Young brings his A-game! And the galaxy won’t even know what hit it! You do not want to miss the highly anticipated ROCKET RACCOON #1 when it blasts its way into comic shops and digital devices this July 2nd!

The only odd thing is that Rocket is one of the Marvel characters Stan had no hand in creating and he was almost not included as a cameo in the film, so him showing up on this comic is kind of funny. I personally, will be laughing all the way to the comic book shop.

Excelsior!

Ace Kim | May 31st, 2014 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

Guardians of the Galaxy, X-men Sets Now Available

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Excited about Guardians of the Galaxy? Excited enough to want the LEGO sets? Well today is your lucky day as all three sets based on the upcoming movie are available now directly from LEGO Shop@Home:

For those of you keeping score, you’ll only need the two most expensive sets (76021 The Milano Spaceship Rescue and 76020 Knowhere Escape Mission) to get the full cast.

Also, not Guardians of the Galaxy, but if you’ve been waiting to get the overpriced X-men set, 76022 X-Men vs. The Sentinel ($49.99 for 336 pieces), that too is also available today.

Ken Robichaud | May 29th, 2014 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Daredevil Cast For Netflix Original Series

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Meet the new Matt Murdock, Charlie Cox. I quite enjoyed him in Stardust, though I’ll be honest and say Robert DeNiro’s performance made that film for me. This news after Drew Goddard stepped down to be replaced by Steven S. DeKnight as the series Executive Producer and Showrunner. Here’s the release from Marvel.com:

Marvel is proud to announce that acclaimed actor Charlie Cox has joined “Marvel’s Daredevil,” an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015. Best known for his acclaimed work in “Boardwalk Empire” and “Stardust,” Cox will play Matt Murdock, the lead role in this all-new Marvel Television series. Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

Marvel’s first original series on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (“Spartacus,” “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”) and Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods,” “Lost,” “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” in addition to writing the first two episodes of “Marvel’s Daredevil), along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Smallville,” “Heroes”).

“Marvel’s Daredevil” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios.

Goddard is still mentioned in the release, so he may still be involved in some capacity other then writing regardless of his focus on the Amazing Spider-man spin-off The Sinister Six.

Ace Kim | May 25th, 2014 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

Free 30302 Spider-Man Glider at TRU

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Toys’R’Us stores are offering a free polybag 30302 Spider-Man Glider free with any LEGO Construction set purchase. I couldn’t see any rule for a minimum dollar amount so I’m unsure if there is one. The ad specifically says “construction” so no games or display cases or any other non-construction LEGO items will qualify. You can also outright buy the polybag set for a mere $3.99. The free offer is valid from May 25 through May 31 or while supplies last. They are also advertising the new Ultra Agents theme as being available but as always your mileage may vary.