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Ken Robichaud | August 7th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

IGN Reveals DC Comics LEGO Variant Covers – Updated

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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.

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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.

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Oy vey.

Thanks to ninny for the heads up!

Update: Hit the link to see all of the covers:

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Ace Kim | August 7th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

Box Art Discovered for Batman’s The Tumbler UCS Set

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The box art for the highly anticipated LEGO Batman set 76023 The Tumbler has been discovered. Brickfinder posted the above image on his Facebook page. Even the box art looks pretty darn good.

76023 The Tumbler is $199.99 and goes on sale at LEGO Shop@Home and Brand Retail locations for VIP Early Access on August 18th with general public access starting September 1st.

Ken Robichaud | August 4th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Star Wars Rebels 7 Minute Preview On Disney XD Tonight

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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.

Ace Kim | August 3rd, 2014 | LEGO Jurassic World, News

Chris Pratt Spills The Beans on LEGO Jurassic World

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.

Ken Robichaud | August 2nd, 2014 | News

LEGO-fied Guardians Of The Galaxy Poster

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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.

Poster via E!

Ace Kim | July 29th, 2014 | LEGO Ideas, News

Angus MacLane’s Wall•E Reaches 10k Supporters

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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.

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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.

Ace Kim | July 29th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGO Connect App

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One of the not-very-well-advertised promotions going on at the LEGO booth at last week’s San Diego Comic Con was LEGO Connect. It’s an app you can download for your iOS or Android device and once installed, you can scan, activate, and explore 4D content. Spread out around the booth were icons similar to the one pictured above featuring a different character. Turn on the app and point your phone’s camera at the icon to begin the download. Once scanned, you’re treated to a short video ranging from a trailer for the LEGO Batman 3 video game, a cutscene from The LEGO Movie, or some other video. If you go download the app and scan the image above right off of your computer’s monitor, it gives you a better idea of what it’s about. LEGO Connect content will be available in the Club Magazine offering a new way to provide readers an additional way to enjoy the magazine.

It’s kind of a neat little thing. There were some videos already pre-loaded, mostly 360° views of some of the upcoming sets but the real meat of the app is scanning for new content. The recognition was extremely fast and works best when the icon is against a plain background. I had trouble downloading when two icons were really close to each other and both were visible by the camera or when an icon was against a busy background like a glass window with LEGO models behind it. That being said, I was able to get the app to recognize the Star Wars icon from my laptop’s display of a photo I took of my phone that took a photo of the icon. And if the app can do that, kids should have no problems scanning icons from the LEGO Club Magazine.

My Club Magazine subscription has lapsed but I want to re-subscribe to see what else this app can deliver. The app is free from Apple iTunes or Google Play.

Ace Kim | July 29th, 2014 | LEGO, News

LEGO Puts On Blindfold, Asks For Your Opinion On SDCC

LEGO is seeking your input on your experience at the San Diego Comic Con. If you were there for all four days, surely you witnessed some of the same shenanigans that I did. Were you there they moved the line to the other side of the entrance? How about when they let everyone line up and then switched the direction? How about on the last day when they had FAR less than their promised allotment of 600 exclusives to sell? Of course it wasn’t all bad. There was that one day that Adam West showed up for two minutes giving fans a chance to meet him. Or that one display case where they did the daily reveal and how crystal clear it was to look inside. Head on over to Survey Monkey and give them your opinion on your experience at their booth. And heck, while we’re at it, if you want to drop us a line or add a comment to our SDCC megathread on what you liked and disliked about their booth, I’d love to hear it too.

Ace Kim | July 29th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

More LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Game Play Footage

Another trailer popped up for LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. This one came about during the San Diego Comic Con and since I never made it to the LEGO Batman 3 panel I assume this was shown there.

This game is honestly looking to be really GREAT. On par with and maybe even better than LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.

Ace Kim | July 28th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

[SDCC] More Images of 75084 Wookiee Gunship

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LEGO Star Wars sets for January 2015 is shaping up to be a Rebels push as SDCC debuted the model for 75084 Wookiee Gunship. For seventy ($69.99) of your hard earned dollars, you’ll get a 570 piece model with four minifigs, three of which are Wookies. There is a sled / gunner’s station that fits into the cargo hold of the gunship and two cockpits up front. This set seems like such a derivative of the Republic Gunship that it’s hard for me get excited about it. And the price is a bit hard to swallow considering what you’re getting for it.

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