No idea who the price war is with this time, but it looks like there are a whole bunch of sets going on sale on Amazon, including some sets that we rated as “good when on sale,” like the AT-TE (26% off) and some that we rated as good regardless, and even better when on sale, like the Republic Gunship (19% off).
Thus far, I’ve run across these sales that are significant. Several others are seeing lesser discounts as well… sadly none of the 2014 stuff yet, but we’ll keep an eye out. These usually come in waves.
When CUUSOO announced they would be accepting Doctor Who submissions, I knew the flood gates were opened. After the first Who project made it through to the review stage, I figured it wouldn’t be long before more joined it and here we are. While the first project had great ideas for a multitude of figures, I don’t think it came together well as a cohesive set. Too many things were still up in the air when it achieved 10,000 votes and the set idea seemed rushed and not well thought out.
This set has a much tighter feel and AndrewClark2 did a really good job addressing some of the details that I have little doubt kill many projects at the review stage. He’s provided a couple of different minifigure options and made it clear he is fine with LEGO making the choice as to which are included. The concept sits at just over 500 pieces and that is with the full consul and Totters Lane base. He has suggested that the lower section of the TARDIS consul could be scrapped to bring down the parts count and I say the Totters Lane part could also be stripped to reduce cost. If I had to choose which one to keep, it would be the street scene of course. The suggestion that many fans may buy two sets to be able to display in both configurations is a nice touch. Keeping the figure count low and basically admitting multiple concessions to appease many potential issues LEGO may have are very realistic and well thought out and I personally like the design of the TARDIS in this one. It opening to become the backdrop for the consul works really well and I can honestly say that I would buy this one. It is the front runner for me even over the BTTF train, which I still maintain is just far too obscure.
Congratulations Andrew! Well played and we’ll see how this all pans out in the next review stage. Still time for more Who to make it through.
With so many rumours and assumptions flying around the filming of Episode VII, it’s really been like pulling teeth for news outlets to get any official confirmations from the studio on what’s going on. Today The Hollywood Reporter posted that Peter Mayhew has been confirmed to reprise his role as Chewbacca in the new movie. If Chewie is in the film, it can’t be too long before Disney confirms Ford’s involvement as well, right? Right?
Either way, having Chewie back is good news for fans of the original films (right? I mean, he was in Revenge which was the best of the three prequels for me) and after Abrams’ twitter confirmation of the triumphant return of R2-D2, it does seem one step closer to an official announcement that they are indeed getting the band back together. Filming has apparently already begun filming, without having a main cast locked in it would appear, but it could just be location shots, 2nd unit stuff, R2 spinning around in circles or who knows what.
Comments in the chatroom indicated to me that the news of Chewbacca’s return may be received negatively from die hard fans of the EU, of which I am not. Who knows, maybe he’ll be come back as a cyborg like so many before him. I’m wondering when the news that Boba Fett is returning will break…
Late last week, pictures of the new Galaxy of the Guardians sets surfaced on the various sites around the interweb, and it looks like Amazon.co.uk has them up for order and “fulfillment within 1 to 2 months.” This seems to speak to a release soon, though Amazon.com in the US doesn’t tend to do Lego pre-orders. For our friends across the big blue wet thing, you can go grab them now… for everyone else, enjoy the images!
I’m digging the Star-lord look, it’s grown on me a bit, though I really hope that it has a true hairpiece to throw on if you take off the mask. I also think that Gamora is a bit overdressed, and Rocket looks a touch too big… but that doesn’t change the fact that I will buy absolutely every one of these sets when they hit. That small set with Star-lord looks like a real standout, with the dark blue and yellow, that awesome new pistol, and of course, flick-fires! Not sure about that brick-built Groot though… kinda wish he was more hulk-like.
We’ll post more pictures as we get them in for the sets…
Well, I guess I can’t keep saying that Canada has never given us anything*… Canadian retailer Indigo has listed two of the sets from the upcoming Shrek-sequel by Michael Bay, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The fact that the box art is missing the critical “Teenage” and “Mutant” words worries me, but the sets are firmly in the “eh” category.
We get two sets, the 368 piece Turtle Van Takedown and 743 piece Big Rig Snow Getaway. The Turtle Van has a good name but strikes me as too small and not nearly turtle-van enough for my tastes (it’s like a big green tumbler that’s had too many pizzas). The Big Rig set seems like a decent big rig trailer, though the cab looks kind of phoned in. Maybe we’re kind of lucky that the Lego licensed sets seldom look like anything from the movie, and that’s why either of the sets could be dropped alongside the existing TMNT stuff.
But hey, I’m not even a big fan of the sets, so share what you think of them. And thanks to the several people that sent this in!
*I realize that Canada gave us William Shatner, Nathan Fillion, and John Candy, but I think we can all agree that they’re cancelled out by Mike Myers, Jim Carey, and Hayden Christensen. That’s to say nothing of dumping Beiber, Celine Dion, and Bryan Adams on an unsuspecting US…
Mark your calendars because it’s back by popular demand! Toys’R'Us stores will once again be hosting The LEGO Movie building event where you can build Emmet’s Car and “transform it into something awesome.” The event is scheduled to return on Saturday April 12, 2014 from 12pm to 2pm or until supplies last. Did you go to the first building event? I never made it but I heard that the crowds at each store were beyond anything they’ve seen before and that it was generally perceived as a giganto failure. Hence, the event’s return to try and make things right. Gotta say, I’m impressed that TRU is willing to try this again to smooth things over with their customers. I might try and go to this one and bring the kids along but if I see a line out the door before noon, I’m Audi 5000.
While I’m still really enjoying the new Turtles toon and look forward to the new sets based on it that are hitting stores now, I’m not having a lot of luck in my attempts to keep an open mind regarding this film. The trailer has hit via CBR and you can take a look and see what you think. If the sets based on it are half decent, we’ve already sort of won, right?
I kinda hesitated posting this only cause this had supposedly come from a source located in the Czech Republic, but earlier this morning Brickset revealed an upcoming promotional minifigure Darth Revan. He’s a strange choice for a minifig since Darth Revan hails from the game Knights of the Old Republic and doesn’t really fit into nearly defunct The Old Republic sub-theme that some of the sets draw from. But kids like “Darth” characters so there’s that.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure if it was a legitimate figure. LEGO doesn’t really have clean packaging images of polybag sets in their library, and this particular image seemed a little too clean. The horizontal lines are a little too straight. Plus, there’s a hard edge to the bottom of the hood that looks like a bad crop or the background was pasted in sloppily. Not to mention the weird pattern on the top of the hood. Still, if it’s a fake, it’s a pretty damn good fake. No word yet on (the legitimacy or) availability, but we’ll keep you informed as soon as we do know.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons LEGO, along with Twentieth Century FOX Consumer Products, just revealed the collection of 16 licensed LEGO Minifigures inspired by the TV series! This series is number 13 in the Collectible Minifigure line for those of you keeping track at home. Priced at $3.99 each, a full 33% increase, they will be available starting in May. A special episode of The Simpsons will air on May 4th in conjunction with the release of the line.
I’ve just updated the Bricklandia site with some additional details about participating in this weekend’s Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND California. The incentives list is up, and if you’re volunteering AND bringing a MOC, you’ll receive the above-pictured TC-4 promotional minifigure. If you haven’t volunteered your time yet, unfortunately I’ve closed off registration for volunteer hours. But if you still want to participate, you can bring in your latest Star Wars themed MOC or add to the Empire Strikes Back Asteroid Chase scene we will be displaying in the large walk-in display case. Got questions? Hit up the contact page to get in touch. Star Wars Days is always a lot of fun with the costumes, the 501st doing their droid hunt game, and ton of activities happening on the main stage in Miniland. If you haven’t gone before, you owe it yourself to go at least once.