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Nick Martin | September 29th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

Next Years’ DC Sets are Bananas. Also, Invisible.

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The new picture sets just keep on coming, with finished pics of the DC sets showing up, this time thanks to Toyark and a whole bunch of other places. These had been leaked around various places earlier, but had placeholder characters instead of Gorilla Grodd or Darkseid. I find the Gorilla Grodd goes bananas a particularly striking juxtaposition of amazing minifigure selection, especially the N52 Wonder Woman that I’m so glad wasn’t placeholder art and what looks to be one absolutely terrible set build. I mean seriously, it’s 2014 and the best we can come up with for a net launcher is still “cram that net into an engine?”

76026 Gorilla Grodd Goes Bananas Set

The only part of that set I really dig is the little truck cart. We’ve already had pictures of the Sinestro set, so not putting that here, but 76027 Black Manta Deep Sea Strike and 76028 Darkseid Invasion. Given that Black Manta is one of the signature villains of the Aquaman universe, who is a character that’s fun to make fun of but is actually a pretty awesome character (who has a trident that can totally kill Superman)… it makes sense that the centerpiece of the set is about Batman and Robin. I do like scuba Robin though.

The Darkseid breaks the golden rule of DC Super Heroes set, in that “must have Batman.” It still has Superman, as has the other sets that didn’t include Batman, but still, it’s there. The inclusion of Hawkman is good, but I would have loved Hawkman and Hawkgirl in the same set. They are a pair, and should always be together. Green Arrow is cool, as is Cyborg, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that this leaves the DC lineup next year with exactly 1 woman 2 women and 1 person of color. They could, and they should, do better. (Thanks to banthafodder for reminding me that Supergirl is also slated to come in the Braniac set)

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76028 Darkseid Invasion

76028 Darkseid Invasion Set

Nick Martin | September 28th, 2014 | News, The LEGO Movie

Sets as Awesome as a Double-Decker Couch… and Waffles!

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We’ve known about the Angry Kitty set for some time, since it was revealed during San Diego Comic Con, but just2good over on EuroBricks has posted a new video that shows off an even better small set.

Pretty much all of the double-decker couch set has been out in some form. Benny (with a different face) was in the SPACESHIP!, the couch was in the Sea Cow, and the car is an old City set that I’m going to love to get more of. Of course, that waffle is just all sorts of awesome, I love the Unikitty, and we all wanted Ghost Vitruvius in the Blu-Ray set. So this set is obviously a “going to buy” for me.

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The other set is a bit more in the average category for me, Bad Cop Car Chase, which is like an expansion for Super Cycle Chase. It’s not a bad set, by any means, but doesn’t feel as strong as the other set. At least it does come with a chair to kick.

70819 Bad Cop Car Chase

70819 Bad Cop Car Chase Set

Ace Kim | September 27th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

76023 The Tumbler Time Lapse Build Video

I shot the time lapse video of me building 76023 The Tumbler way back when I built the set for our review but I just now finally got around to posting it. I don’t have exact numbers, but I think the set took me about 6 or 7 hours to build with some breaks in between while I wrangled with my kids and other house duties. Anyway, take a gander if you’d like.

Nick Martin | September 23rd, 2014 | LEGO Ideas, News

Star Citizen Ship hits 10k on Ideas

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Another build has gotten to that illustrious 10k mark on LEGO Ideas, this time the F7A Hornet, a ship from the upcoming Star Citizen game. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard of the game, because it is an interesting story. It’s from the guy who created the classic Wing Commander series, Chris Roberts, and was one of the first crowd-sourcing campaigns that just broke expectations all over the place. After blowing way past their original goal, the game raised $2.1 million on Kickstarter… and another $54 million through other sources. I like to imagine that the development team is sitting on a giant pile of money like out of The Dark Knight. I’m not sure who they’re going to set on fire though… probably whoever was responsible for that terrible Wing Commander movie back in the 90s.

As an idea, this is interesting, but I’m skeptical of the reach. There are so many different ships that are being made in the game, but they’re not even all that well known to the backers (like me… I didn’t realize it was a Star Citizen ship until I read the description, and was one of the original backers). I’d be nice to see some more space stuff out there, but unlikely that LEGO would hit what is still a very niche license… especially one that conflicts with their biggest seller, Star Wars. I like the ship, and like it even more that the guy took his LDD version and actually built the thing. Even better, he’s sharing the instructions so anyone who’d like to build it can as well. I’m curious to see where this one ends up.

Ace Kim | September 19th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

GameStop Finally Updates LEGO Batman 3 Pre-order Bonus

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For those of you holding out on pre-ordering LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham from Gamestop until they’ve officially updated their listings with the bonus can wait no more. Sometime between now and yesterday they’ve updated all of their pages that qualify for the Plastic Man minifigure with the relevant text and image as seen above. The game comes out for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 PS Vita, Wii U, and 3DS systems.

They are also pre-selling the download codes for the DLC Season Pass. Each pass is $14.99 for Playstation and $15 for Xbox systems. The game and first pack of DLC is due out on November 11, 2014.

Ace Kim | September 16th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGO Announces Golden Brickies Awards For UK

LEGO is getting into the awards scene coming up with their own first ever ‘Golden Brickies’ event. The Hollywood News has a good write up of what’s involved. In a nutshell, you can submit an entry in one of several categories where epic prizes are up for grabs. Categories include Best Picture (as in photo), Best Film, and Best Set Build (which probably means best moc (but will probably mean biggest moc seeing as to how fan-voted awards typically go)). Prizes include a year’s supply of LEGO Star Wars sets, a bespoke LEGO® C-3PO award (I have no idea what this means), a chance to meet Warwick “Wicket” Davis, and an invitation to the awards ceremony held at LEGOLAND Windsor. The catch? It’s only open to residents of the UK 16 and older. You can check out the official rules for more details. Good luck!

Thanks to ninny003 for the heads up.

Ace Kim | September 15th, 2014 | LEGO Shell, News

Shell Relaunches LEGO Promotion

Shell International recently relaunched their global LEGO promotion. There are seven new sets to collect: four race cars, a tanker truck, a finish line with podium and a station. The last two sets include Shell-branded minifigures. The race cars are different Ferrari models built utilizing parts introduced by the Cars line, so expect them to be in scale with those models.

So far this promotion is only available in Hong Kong and Singapore, but they promise that the collection will be “launched all over the world.” I would take that with a grain of salt considering the last Shell promotion didn’t make it stateside. Many users resorted to eBay to get the last promotions’ sets. More pics below:

Ferrari 250 GTO Ferrari 512 S Ferrari F138 Shell Station & LEGO Minifigure Finish Line Podium LEGO Minifigure Shell Tanker Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
Ken Robichaud | September 11th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

Snyder Reveals Another Picture Of New Batmobile

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Yesterday morning, someone spotted the new Batmobile parked in a back alley somewhere in Detroit. If one of the pictures hadn’t captured the staff driver sitting in it fiddling with his phone, you could almost have imagined Batman parking it there so he could run into a 7/11 to buy breakfast burrito and a six pack of Red Bull. I suppose you still could if he just forgot to lock it and someone exploited the opportunity to grab a selfie in the Batmobile.

Presumably stinging from being beaten to the punch by a random Instagramer, Zach Snyder posted the picture below of a cleaned up and more aggressively postured Batmobile. I have to admit that it seems very similar to the one from the upcoming Arkham Knight game. I’ve always found it odd that a character who was so vehemently against the use of guns always seemed to have them on his vehicles.

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As we have with the last two onscreen versions of the Batmobile, I’ve no doubt we’ll see this in LEGO form when the movie is released on March 25th. 2016. Hopefully, the the sets based on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (still sounds like the court case of the century), are better than the crop from Man of Steel.

Via: amacro13, dcu_the_watchtower & Coming Soon.

Nick Martin | September 10th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Rebel’s Kanan gets his Hair Dyed

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Eagle-eyed Flickr user Mike Ryffranck posted this a couple of days back, highlighting that apparently LEGO made the hair for generic hero guy #3 in Star Wars Rebels (or, Kanan) black instead of brown. The change goes beyond the hair, as well, as the goatee and eyebrows have also changed color on the face.

I guess they’ve either noticed the oversight, or more likely a few people complained about it and they’re working to fix it. Your mileage may vary, but if you’re concerned about the hair, you can try to contact them, but per Mike, they are currently backordered. I’d expect them to be fixed in the next production run of The Ghost (if it hasn’t been done already, since the replacement parts are out there and can be purchased on eBay).

To be honest, I don’t care about the color (and hadn’t noticed), but I’m not one to turn down getting the right parts from LEGO. Guess it’s time to go fill out some customer service forms…

Ace Kim | September 9th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

LEGO Batman 3 DLC Packs Revealed

Check out that mask! DLC packs have been revealed for LEGO Batman 3. The first three packs are The Dark Knight Pack, Man of Steel Pack, and Batman 75th Pack. The pack details are below:

The Dark Knight Pack
Experience the heart-pounding chase scene from the iconic film complete with cool vehicles and explosive action. Play as the legendary Dark Knight and Commissioner Gordon, as well as the Joker and his goons as they chase down Harvey Dent’s police escort. Bane and Catwoman from the third film are also playable.

Man of Steel Pack
Help Jor-El, his wife Lara and their robot Kelex send the infant Superman “Kal-el” into space towards the safety of Earth as Krypton falls into chaos. Find a way inside Jor-El’s home, fight General Zod’s invading forces and battle against Zod himself to save Superman.

Batman 75th Pack
Play as Joker and Harley, setting up a variety of celebration set pieces. Be the Batman and play as some of the most iconic faces of Batman through the years, including his first appearance in Detective Comics #27.

The three packs listed above will be available on launch day of the game, November 11th, with another three planned for a later date. Each pack has new characters, missions, and “customizations”, whatever that may be. Each pack is $2.99 with a Season Pass for all of the DLC costing $14.99, essentially netting you one for free. The DLC has been confirmed for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Unfortunately there has been no confirmation on availability for Wii U which is rather surprising given how well the game does on the family-friendly platform.

Pre-order the game from Gamestop to get an exclusive bonus of a Plastic Man minifigure.

Thanks to Tohst for the heads up.

via Newsarama.com and Nintendo Life.