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[SDCC] LEGO’s Exclusive Minifigure Giveaway Recap


Another year and another San Diego Comic Con under our collective belts. I am more or less fully recovered from my trip and decompressed enough to gather my thoughts on how LEGO handled their minifigure giveaway this year. I’ll only be talking about the minifigure giveaway and not the exclusive sets that were for sale. That will be in another post which you probably won’t want to miss.

So this year, LEGO did something they’ve never done before and actually put out information early on how the queueing process would be handled. There would be a line upstairs away from the exhibit hall floor. Attendee badges would be scanned and fans would walk up to an iPad where there was a custom built app and a single “Play” button. Press the button and you had a 50/50 chance on winning that day’s exclusive minifigure. If you lost, you would walk down what I affectionately call Loser’s Lane and if you won, you would walk over and pick up your figure right then and there. And how did it go? Fantastically! It went so smoothly and efficiently that I almost forgot how bad it was the previous years. I really have to tip my hat to the events team that planned it this year as they addressed every major problem from years past and created a non-riotous, almost enjoyable experience.


Ace Kim | July 25th, 2014 | LEGO Super Heroes, LEGO The Hobbit, Marvel Comics, News

[SDCC] Images of LEGO SDCC Exclusive Minifigure The Collector, Bard the Bowman

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Today’s minifigure giveaway at the San Diego Convention Center is Marvel’s The Collector from the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film. He features a double-sided head with one side being angry and the other side being less angry. I wasn’t lucky enough to get one but my friend was and he let me take these pictures. I was curious what the cardboard insert looked like and was disappointed to see that the inside of the folded backdrop was just a picture of the minifig. One of the things that I liked about last year’s minifig was how the cardboard insert doubled as a cityscape backdrop for a quick and easy display. Not so much with this year’s backdrop it looks like. Instead, it turns into a mini poster.

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I also took some out-of-the-package pictures of yesterday’s Bard figure. The backdrop has the same treatment: just a mini-poster of the minifigure. Bard, too, features a double printed head as well.

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If you look closely at the bottom left corner on the two packages, the Bard figure does not have the words “2014 Exclusive” underneath the Comic Con logo.

Ace Kim | July 25th, 2014 | LEGO The Hobbit, News

[SDCC] Bard the Bowman, LEGO’s Not-So-Exclusive Minifigure

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Here are some package shots of the LEGO SDCC Exclusive Bard the Bowman. Or is it?

I have verified today with two different sources that the Bard the Bowman minifigure, like Azog from last year, is a preview figure and will be available in a set to be released at a later date. The only unique aspect with this version of Bard is the fancy packaging. So for those of you who missed out, including me, you can rest assured knowing that the figure will come out and won’t exaclty cost you an arm and a leg to get it.

Unless of course you want the packaging….

LEGO SDCC Exclusive Bard the Bowman Back
Ace Kim | July 25th, 2014 | LEGO The Hobbit, News

[SDCC] More Pictures of 79018 The Lonely Mountain Set

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Thought not quite as large as the statue that Erik Varszegi built of Smaug, he is being released in a regular set, 79018 The Lonely Mountain. It was part of today’s unveiling schedule at the LEGO Booth at San Diego Comic Con. I wasn’t able to touch or hold him but you can see in some of the pics how he is articulated. Smaug looks really… weird, I guess you can say. He was once described to me as the most perfect dragon ever to appear on the big screen, but you wouldn’t have known it with this toy.

OH and you’ll have to excuse photo #6. I guess I didn’t notice the big red glare coming from the carpet and reflecting a reddish line before?

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Ace Kim | July 25th, 2014 | LEGO The Hobbit, News

[SDCC] LEGO Smaug Statue Details

I wandered over to the WB booth today where the LEGO Smaug statue was housed and it was much more impressive than what the press photo made it out to be. It’s pretty tall and features light up eyes and a chest. This statue must have made a nice dent in LEGO’s supply of gold 2×4 bricks and sand green elements. One thing I noticed that was barely noticeable in the press photo is the miniland scale model of Bilbo Baggins in the corner, hiding from Smaug. I forgot to take a picture of the whole thing in its display space so the above press photo will have to do. Click through for more pics!

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Nick Martin | July 24th, 2014 | LEGO The Hobbit, News

[SDCC] Lego Announces The Hobbit – Better Late than Never Set 79018 The Lonely Mountain

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The SDCC news is going to come like a flood today, and this new one is compliments The Hollywood Reporter. Okay, that’s not the real name, it’s actually called “The Lonely Mountain.” I’m just going to pick on the set because it features a playset from the last movie, which I certainly had my fair share of problems with, but if there was something that was screaming to be made into a Lego set, it was the fight with the dragon!

The 866-piece set is going to run you a whopping $130, otherwise known as six-and-a-half Green Lantern sets, and it does have some good stuff there. Smaug was a highlight in the movie, even if his scene went on way too long, and the lego version of him is both awesome and featuring a new dragon mold. There also looks to be a lot of sand green in something other than cheese slope form, including a few nice slopes (and of course, there is some green cheese in there). Lastly, there look to be trans green axe blades, which I think that all of my space-building friends are just going to be drooling over.

The bad should be obvious… $130!? We’ll reserve full judgement on the set until we get some more pictures from Ace at SDCC, and eventually they force me to review it after I punish myself with the third movie and write a review that makes everyone angry.


[SDCC] Another LEGO Comic Con Exclusive Minifig Revealed: The Hobbit’s Bard the Bowman

The LEGO Group continues to spread its San Diego Comic Con exclusive news around as this time it’s The Hollywood Reporter getting the scoop on the next Comic Con reveal. Bard the Bowman from The Hobbit franchise is the second of four exclusive minifigs to be given away. As for the other two, the article has this tidbit:

Among the other minifigs at the Con will be the Collector, a character from the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, a DC fig and one from The Lego Movie.

We’ve already known about The Collector. The DC fig is most likely a way to promote the upcoming LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham game. Either that or it’ll be a TV series Batman figure to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the character. The LEGO Movie figure is a surprise though and it could actually mean the wrist action Unikitty revealed yesterday is the exclusive. We’ll see if any more news is revealed.

Also of note in the article is the following:

This year, to avoid chaos, the company has a system wherein an attendee’s badge is scanned to determine a “winner” in a lottery-style giveaway.

What a relief.

The Warner Bros. booth will also feature the gigantic Smaug statue pictured above. The statue was designed and built by Erik Varszegi, weighs over 411 lbs and features 83,433 pieces.

via THR

Ace Kim | March 20th, 2014 | LEGO The Hobbit, News

New Trailer For LEGO The Hobbit Game

TT Games and Warner Bros. is trying something different with their game trailers, giving their latest LEGO The Hobbit video a totally different look and feel. This may or may not be an attempt to jazz up their otherwise tried, true, and tired gameplay. And I find it hilarious that one of the titles in the video says “Every adventure is better with your buddies” but I’m willing to bet that there STILL is no online co-op play. When TT Games? WHEN?!?!?

Well, at least you can look forward to getting a really great Bilbo Baggins figure. Pre-order the game from Gamestop for your platform of choice and receive Good Morning Bilbo Baggins pictured below:

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The game will be released on April 8, 2014

Ken Robichaud | February 28th, 2014 | LEGO The Hobbit, Sales News

Legolas Greenleaf Polybag / The Hobbit: TDOS Bundle Exclusive To Target


Forum member bacon1986 (mmmmmmmmmm, bacon) has spotted the 30215 Legolas Greenleaf polybag available with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug DVD/BluRay combo pack is indeed exclusive to Target. The figure appears to be the one from the Mirkwood Spiders set, so if you just want it for the fig, it may not be for you. If you don’t have that set, love collecting polybags or expected to pay around $25 for the combo pack anyway, it’s not a bad deal.

Ken Robichaud | February 19th, 2014 | LEGO The Hobbit, News

30215 Legolas Greenleaf Available With The Hobbit: TDOS


No word on where this exclusive will pop up as Target already has this fancy collector’s set with dwarven bookends up for pre-order, for those who’ve had enough Legolas or just really need more nerdy bookends…

They could still have this exclusive as well, since the collector’s edition boxed sets are usually widely available (I got my LOTR bookends with extended edition at Blockbuster on heavy clearance). We’ll let you know when we get more info.

Via Neoape.