Take this one with a big heaping pile of salt, but Indie Revolver is reporting a first-look at the upcoming Storm Trooper helmets from Episode VII. The biggest reason I say salt is the “reliable sources” quote, which strikes me as a bit too Cardassian way of dodging a question.
A few questions for me on this one. The first is why there are still Storm Troopers and what not thirty years after the Empire was pretty wrecked. I’m hoping that they actually just explain it, and don’t just go all Enterprise on us and say “it’s later, nothing has changed.” The helmet itself is very Storm Trooper, yet seems kind of… odd. I don’t have a good reason for thinking that, it just feels like it’s weird. Maybe it’s the giant nasal strip over the middle, maybe it’s the big ole forehead.
They also provided a different one, that could be desert or snow trooper variations. Almost looks like a snow trooper, but backdrop says sand. Maybe this is the new peacekeeping or Republic variety… who knows. Either way, it’s a safe bet we’ll be getting a lot of new Storm Trooper minifigs next year. It’s LEGO, so expect them in a variety of colors and for the regular guy to only show up in a very expensive set.
An additional picture also surfaced without the watermark, and has a few additional molding details to the prop replica. Anyone else have thoughts on this thing?
So, I’d sent a note off to Shop@Home a few days ago inquiring about the Research Institute set, how hard it was to get it, and got back a standard form-letter response that did have some interesting information in it.
It’s great to hear you like the LEGO® Research Institute set 21110. A lot of other builders like it too and the response to this new set was overwhelming. I’m upset I didn’t even get a chance to purchase one!
The set is a product from our LEGO IDEAS site, so it is a bit different than other sets. With the IDEAS sets, fans can upload concepts that can be voted on by LEGO fans. If a concept reaches 10,000 supporters, it’s reviewed by the LEGO Group to determine if it can be put into a limited production run. You can find out more about LEGO IDEAS by visiting LEGO.IDEAS.com.
It’s a very popular set and we’ve had a lot more orders than we expected. We don’t have any in stock at the moment, and we’re working hard to make more. However, inventory being made is already allocated to the backorders in our system. This item is Sold Out online as we’ll only have inventory in LEGO Stores for the rest of year.As of today, we don’t expect to receive additional inventory for sale online due to the limited production run, which is why the status is ‘Sold out’.
We have plenty of other great sets that might inspire the LEGO builders in your family. To see all the LEGO toys that have available now, visit LEGO.com/shop. If additional inventory does become available for sale the best way to find out is through our email newsletters. You can access your subscription on the Customer Service website.
So, it looks like while it’s pretty much gone-for-good from Shop@Home, but obviously production runs are still happening. It’s just that those productions are going to backorders for people who ordered in the first day or so, or into the stores, where hopefully it’ll be a regular item, and even more hopefully, a very popular one, at least through the end of the year.
I can also tell it was a copy/paste, as I said in my initial email I was able to get one, but a lot of friends weren’t as lucky. Sadly, if you’re like me, and the closest LEGO store is a bit of a jaunt away (two stores within a four-hour drive… OK City or Kansas City), or you live in one of the twenty states that doesn’t have a LEGO Store (I’m generally sorry for anyone who lives in Iowa*, store or no store)… it looks like your options are limited.
What this hopefully means is that kids will have a chance to get it. It’s a very good Christmas gift set, for boys or girls, and it was pretty disheartening to find out the stores ran out of it within a day.
*To just defer some of the the hate I’m certain that joke will get… I was born and raised in Iowa, and still lived the majority of my life there. I’m in a good position to make fun of it!
At this moment, over at Bricks by the Bay in Santa Clara, CA, LEGO is pulling back the curtain on their newest D2C set and the newest entry in the Winter-themed sets, 10245 Santa’s Workshop. At long last, the most important addition to the Winter Village will now be made. A few of the highlights include new brick built reindeer with printed bricks used for the eyes, Princess Leia’s hair element from 8038 The Battle of Endor in white, pearl gold elements for the sleigh, and a micro Benny’s Starship. The asking price is US $69.99 / CA $89.99 / AU $119.99 / DE 69.99€ / UK £59.99 / DK 649.00 DKK and you’ll get 883 pieces in exchange. VIP Early Access begins September 19th with general availability starting on October 1. More pictures below, followed by the designer videos and the official press release.
Not satisfied with the final model, our very own Don Solo has modded his copy of the Exo Suit to have the arms better match the original’s arm design. Above is a picture he took of the completed model. Below is the exploded view of the arm. Aside from the obvious bits used for the mod, you’ll need this Bar 6.6L with Stop Ring running through the hollow core and a “Technic Driving Ring Extension” for the end.
And here’s a pic of the original Ideas submission:
Personally, I think it looks a LOT better without the barrel. If you still haven’t picked up this fantastic set for yourself, you should know that Shop@Home has the set is currently listed as “Temporarily out of stock,” which means they’ll eventually get it back, they just don’t know when. 21110 Research Institute though? One and done. Congrats if you grabbed some sets for yourself.
DC has come up with the excellent idea to release LEGO variant comic hero and villain covers this November to help promote LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Totally on their own… brand new idea, no foolin’. The above Joker will adorn the cover of Batman #36 and the below is the cover of Catwoman #36. IGN broke the news with these two exclusives, but I’m sure the rest will roll out steadily as DC has been pumping out variants like crazy all year. These covers are based on the Zero Issue covers from a while back and are pretty sweet.
USA Today released this list of cover variants to look forward to chasing:
Action Comics No. 36
Aquaman No. 36
Batgirl No. 36
Batman No. 36
Batman & Robin No. 36
Batman/Superman No. 16
Catwoman No. 36
Detective Comics No. 36
Flash No. 36
Harley Quinn No. 12
Grayson No. 4
Green Lantern No. 36
Green Lantern Corps No. 36
Justice Leagued United No. 6
Justice League No. 36
Justice League Dark No. 36
New Teen Titans No. 4
Sinestro No. 7
Supergirl No. 36
Superman No. 36
Superman/Wonder Woman No. 13
Wonder Woman No. 36
They also had this image of what I presume are Aquaman #36 & Justice League #36.
You can catch an exclusive sneak peek at the first seven-minutes of the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels tonight on Disney XD, immediately following the Disney XD premiere of Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars (7:30pm-8:30pm ET/PT). However, if you don’t have any interest in watching P&F on a Star Wars themed adventure (and I really can’t see why you wouldn’t), you can watch the preview on Youtube at this link. It will be live shortly after 9pm ET tonight, at which point we’ll most likely update this post.
I seems this may only be on the US DXD channel though, as I’ve checked my listings in Canada and the Phineas & Ferb special doesn’t appear to be on tonight here.
Update: This block of Star Warsian fun will be on the Canadian DXD August 17th, starting at 5:30 ET with a brand new chapter of the New Yoda Chronicles.
Chris Pratt, the voice of Emmet in The LEGO Movie and starring as Peter Quill in the Guardians of the Galaxy, will soon have a third movie under his belt with a LEGO tie in. According to this article posted on JurassicWorld.org, Chris was recently on an episode of the Empire Podcast where he was recorded saying the following:
three (…) I’ve just seen and approved the look for my character Owen from the Jurassic Park, er the Jurassic Park LEGO.
Could Chris have just generalized his likeness to a minifigure and threw out the term LEGO instead of Kre-o? It’s quite possible but then again, with him being involved with the LEGO Movie, I’d like to think he wouldn’t make that kind of mistake of confusing the two brands. The fine folks over at Brickfanatics say that Kre-o currently owns the Jurassic Park but state that the license expires at the end of the year, though they do not state their source on that fact. If the license does expire at the end of the year, it would pave the way for LEGO to launch their line up in support of the movie.
Other things to consider is that one of LEGO’s earliest licenses after Star Wars was a short run of sets based on Jurassic Park III tied in with Studios theme, so it’s not like it hasn’t been done before. Also, LEGO does seem to enjoy dinosaurs as they are apt to release a dino-based theme every few years. Jurassic World is set to be released in theaters on June 12, 2015.
As is tradition in these, the days of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we have a new poster recreated in LEGO. Guardians of the Galaxy opened to a great start Thursday night and at this point is tracking to be north of $90 million for its opening weekend. It’s a long weekend in Canada and I have shockingly managed to be off for its entirety… somehow. I will use this to my advantage and attempt to bump that number up a few bucks by taking in a matinee tomorrow, which as of this moment feels like an eternity away.
I love me some Pixar movies, and I especially love me some Wall•E. Honestly, it’s probably in my Top 3 Pixar films. I’ve been keeping an eye on Angus MacLane’s Wall•E on LEGO Ideas back when Ideas was called CUUSOO and I am excited to share the news that it has finally reached the requisite 10,000 supporters! Angus has made several improvements to the model since the project started, dubbing the final version you see above as 3.0. A picture of the first version is below.
Given LEGO’s relationship with Disney and Pixar, I honestly think this has a very high probability of being approved for release. And I CANNOT WAIT for it to hit store shelves.