Earlier today, the Wall Street Journal revealed LEGO’s retail exclusive for the 2014 San Diego Comic Con, Rocket Raccoon’s Warbird from Guardians of the Galaxy. The set looks to be a mini version of his ship. Without seeing the back, it’s hard to tell if it’s done in the same style as the chibi-style ships like previous years’ retail exclusives (there could be a set of handlebars a la Darth Maul’s cave racer) or if it’s just a MINI ship. Rocket Raccoon does feature a new set of threads though so there’s that. The minifig giveaways, if any, have yet to be revealed.
Rocket’s Warbird has 145 pieces, a new suit for Raccoon and will cost you $39.99. Yawns are free. The 2014 San Diego Comic Con kicks off next week starting with Preview Night on Wednesday July 23rd.
Here’s a link to LEGO Batman 3 on Gamestop. The game will be out on all current generation systems, including PS3 and XBox 360 but not for the Wii. Gamestop says the release date is 12/31/2014, but that is always subject to change.
Let’s start this off with the least spoilerish thing on the list and those interested can check after the jump for the rest. Empire has two character covers for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy and the one above gives a much better look at the films antagonists, the good guy cover is mostly more of the same. I’ve no doubt we’ll start seeing Korath, Ronan and Nebula popping in cosplay a lot more very soon.
For those of you north of the border go check your Toys’R’Us stores. Chat room resident CloneEmperor sent in the above pic of 30301 Batwing found at his local store. No word yet on US availability that I know of, but typically things found at Canadian TRU stores end up at US Walmart stores. We’ll post again once we get a verified US siting.
I had this prediction, more like an idea, back in the day, back when the Super Heroes licensed themes were announced. Somewhere, I think in a forum thread, I had theorized that even though LEGO didn’t have any toy rights to any of the film franchises like X-Men or Spider-Man, there wouldn’t be anything stopping them from creating a set or two that coincidentally had some of the same characters and be on the toy shelf on or around the same time a related film was shown in theaters. And that coincidence actually happened. Example: Spider-Man. Spider-Man sets are the most prevalent in the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes theme right now, with most, if not all, of the sets drawing inspiration from the cartoon series Ultimate Spider-Man airing on Disney XD. It’s serendipitous that a movie, Amazing Spider-Man 2, came out during the time the sets were sitting on the shelves. Spider-Man movie in the theaters. Spider-Man LEGO sets on store shelves. Coincidence!
Spider-man isn’t the only character with which this type of coincidence happened. The same thing is happening with X-Men. With X-Men: Days of Future Past currently in theaters (as of this writing), 76022 X-Men vs. The Sentinel seems to be following the same fate as the Spider-man LEGO sets. The set (along with the Guardians of the Galaxy sets) were street dated just nine days after the release date of the film. The set is similar in a lot of ways to the movie and even features a lot of the same characters but doesn’t use any likenesses from any of the X-Men movies, instead drawing inspiration from the comics. Successful X-Men movie in the theaters. X-Men LEGO set on store shelves. Coincidence!
Alright, enough coincidence talk, let’s jump right into the review of 76022 X-Men vs. The Sentinel.
I don’t buy a lot of Batman sets. I only bought the small Catwoman and Mister Freeze sets for myself during the original run and of course the UCS Batmobile. All, ALL on clearance. I should probably mention that I have almost every one of the other original Batman sets put away for my son and those too were all picked up on heavy clearance. When the sets were first produced, I was excited in general. Batman is cool, kids love that guy! I wanted a big Batmobile and I wanted a Batman minifigure, $30 later and I was satisfied. I closed that door and threw any other set I saw on sale in a box for the inevitable arrival of offspring. Surely, a theme that seems to be so ill received won’t last long enough for my kid to enjoy it. Years later and the bat is back and bigger then ever and I have bought mostly none of the new sets. I bought the Ar(c)tic set, the new version of the Catwoman set and the Dark Knight Rises based set… only because it was on a massive clearance.
Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Batman. I have every season of every Batman cartoon I can get my hands on (other then Beyond) including Justice League, Super Friends and the DCU animated films. I even still read a Batman comic from time to time when a writer or artist strikes my fancy and that’s saying something for me, because I fell off the DC wagon in the late 90′s and have mostly only read them when I felt like I wanted to stand in a comic shop holding a book in one hand and shaking the other clench fisted in the air at the comic gods who had so vehemently forsaken me. I still count the ’89 Batman and it’s sequel as a couple of my favourite comic book films. I just never cared about the sets very much. Bat-car, Bat-boat, Bat-bike, Bat-tank (oh wait! I have that one too. It’s a freakin’ tank!), etc. A lot of the same and while I completely get that it totally fits with the whole Bat-verse to have all that. I just wasn’t buying them all.
But something happened this year. I bought every set.
Call it a moment of weakness, call it nostalgia for the 75th anniversary of the caped crusader, call it whatever you want.
I call it a rubber ducky. (more…)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 SuperHeroesshelf?