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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] A LEGO Nerd’s Choice of Panels – Thursday

Hello, Comic Con attendees! Like last year, I’ve compiled a list of panels that I think might interest you, fans of LEGO licensed themes! So if you’re looking for things to do and see that doesn’t involve a line to get some exclusive toy, take a peek below. I know I will be trying my best to go to some of these. I’ll be posting daily so that you don’t have to keep searching back for the schedule. Just check the site each morning and I hope to see some of you there.

Toy Story That Time Forgot
11:15am Room 6A
Calling all Toy Story fans! ABC and Disney•Pixar present an exclusive first look at the upcoming holiday special, Toy Story That Time Forgot. Executive producer Galyn Susman (Toy Story OF TERROR!), director Steve Purcell (Brave), and head of story Derek Thompson (WALL•E) give you an exclusive inside look at the sketches, storyboards, and concepts that went into the making of this Disney•Pixar special!

The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels
6:00pm Room 6BCF
The almost 20-year stretch of Star Wars history between Episodes III and IV is a dark time in the galaxy that has never before been explored on screen. The evil Galactic Empire has tightened its grip and only a select few are brave enough to stand against tyranny and ignite a rebellion. Join Star Wars Rebels executive producers Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg as well as series stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, and Taylor Gray for an exclusive preview of what’s to come this Fall on Disney XD in this eagerly awaited television series from Lucasfilm Animation.

The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – A Look Under the Shell
8:15pm Room 6DE
In celebration of the new documentary film, Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, co-creator Kevin Eastman will lead this fascinating panel including Randall Lobb (writer/director), Isaac Elliott-Fisher (executive producer), Mark Hussey (executive producer), and Galen Walker (executive producer), taking fans behind-the-scenes and beneath the streets into the incredible 30-year journey and reveal the real origin story of four of pop culture’s most enduring heroes. Featuring clips from the documentary, followed by a Q&A discussion, fans will get to see how this so-called “happy accident” defied every naysayer to become one of the most popular and beloved franchises in the world.

Ace Kim | July 24th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

[SDCC] LEGO Batcycle Sculpture

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We mentioned the existence of a LEGO Batcycle complete with sidecar that was going to make an appearance at the LEGO booth in this article taken from the press release. It was on full display at the LEGO booth and I must say it was really quite nice. Although, the OCD side in me kept wondering how they would keep dustballs out of the sidecar. It is an OBVIOUS dustball trap. In any case, it is a spot on replica of the television series Batcycle. Below is a picture from of the original cycle. More pics of the LEGO sculpture below that.

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All this classic tv series stuff that LEGO is doing, when are they going to make a whole theme around the show already, hmmmm?

There’s a bunch of other things around the booth. I didn’t quite have time to take pictures of it all but I’m hoping I can do that tomorrow.

Nick Martin | July 23rd, 2014 | News

[SDCC] Pricing and Sales details for Exclusive Sets

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The SDCC news just keeps on flowing. Fresh from the convention floor via Ace, the pricing and sales details are out now for the Batmobile, Ghost, and Rocket Raccoon Warbird. Sadly, the news isn’t quite as good as the joy of the Green Lantern set…

There are going to be 200 of each set available per day, including tonight’s preview night. The ’66 Batmobile is going to set you back $50 if you’re lucky enough to get there, while The Ghost and the Warbird are going to run you $40 each. Good luck to those of you there, and pity on the rest of us who will have to get them on the aftermarket…

Also, a reminder to everyone that isn’t able to get to Comic Con@LEGO_Group on Twitter for a chance to win one of the figures. They’re only giving away five of each figure this way, but hey, 5 in a kajillion is better than the 5 in nothing that most of us were getting before.


Nick Martin | July 23rd, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

It’s about time! Green Lantern Set coming in 2015!

Ace is on his way to Comic Con right now, and asked me to look for any news of the day. We figured it’d be slow, everyone would be saving their news for Comic Con during panels and what not. We… were… wrong… Kotaku leaked a little bit of information today: Green Lantern vs. Sinestro (76025) is coming soon, likely in the initial wave of 2015!

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Okay… let’s all just sit down and breath a bit. We might explode between the cries of relief and the cries of joy, because there is a whooooole lot to love about this set. Let’s see, we have everyone’s favorite “I can beat by a child’s crayon” superhero Green Lantern, at long last. Let’s all whole the people holding aftermarket versions for insane prices on the aftermarket are crying right now.

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We get Sinestro, easily the most well-known villain in the GL, and a long-time adversary of the Justice League as well. Carrying a trans-yellow axe thingie, that lovey face, and Lando’s karate guy’s hair that’s been everywhere lately.

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We have the outer space Batman figure that was featured in the Lego Batman 3 video game that we all said we wanted a minifigure of, which also includes what looks to be a new cape design along with the wings. I know we’ve all said that we’d wish that Lego would make a set without Batman, but at least he’s not even getting billing on the set in this case, and it’s a totally new design!

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Oh, and trans-yellow canopies, jet packs, a new printed dish, a lantern battery, and a GL sticker on the jet as well. The best part? The sticker price is only $20, making this set an absolute knockout that almost makes me want to forgive Lego for that awful Flash set from this year. This should be on display at SDCC, so look for our coverage and a lot of drool-covered pictures from Ace later. Oh, and want to see it spin in an animated gif? Of course you do…

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Ace Kim | July 22nd, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

[SDCC] Star Wars Minifigure Gallery On Display at Comic Con

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This year, 2014, marks the 15th anniversary of the LEGO Star Wars license. And during that time, over 600 minifigures have been made of various characters from our favorite franchise. To mark the occasion, LEGO has built a special case and will be displaying all 600 or so figures at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. actually broke the news earlier today but I didn’t get a chance to post until now. You should go check out the article as Erik Varszegi provided some comments on the process of putting the case together. The case is actually triangular in formation with all three sides showcasing all of the characters. Thanks again go to forum member Mos Eisley for the potato pictures below.

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Ace Kim | July 22nd, 2014 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News, The LEGO Movie

[SDCC] Spider-Man, Lord Business Statues at LEGO’s Booth

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Pictures are starting to spring up of the Comic Con exhibit floor. I was sent the above and below pics of two statues that haven’t been revealed through a news outlet: one is a Spider-Man statue with an open window providing a great photo opp, and the other is Lord Business in his full get up from The LEGO Movie. The Lord Business statue stands over 8 feet tall. That booth is starting to look packed.

FBTB will reporting from SDCC starting tomorrow. We’ll have more pictures and news posted as quickly as humanly possible. Follow our Twitter account and sign up for text notifications to get the latest headlines sent to your phone. Data and message rates may apply.

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Thanks to Mos Eisley for the pictures.

Ace Kim | July 22nd, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

[SDCC] Official Images of Zur-En-Arrh Batman Minifigure Comic Con Exclusive

Posted on USA Today, we finally get a look at the official Zur-En-Arrh Batman minifigure as well as the packaging. Batman will come with a baseball bat accessory and will feature a double-sided head. The packaging looks very similar to last year’s exclusives: a plastic clamshell containing a folded cardboard backdrop.

Ace Kim | July 22nd, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

[SDCC] MTV Reveals 75084 Wookie Gunship, Rebels’ Chopper Statue


MTV is giving us our first look of two new things that will be at LEGO’s booth at the San Diego Comic Con.

First up is a first-look at 75084 Wookie Gunship. I guess Wookies had their butts handed to them during the Clone Wars and decided to do away with wooden-based technology.

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Next up is a large-scale sculpture of Chopper from the upcoming Rebels animated series. With all of these sculptures on display at their booth, I’m wondering if there will be any space to even walk around inside. I’m imagining their booth to look a mid-game, human-sized chessboard at this point.

all images courtesy of MTV

Ace Kim | July 22nd, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

[SDCC] Zur-En-Arrh Batman Is DC’s LEGO Exclusive Minifigure Giveaway

Update: Forum member Gooker1 reminded me of the above poster that features the Zur-En-Arrh Batsuit. I have no idea where it came from but I think it’s a pretty safe bet that what we are seeing in that poster is what we will be getting.

LEGO’s final Comic Con exclusive minifigure for DC Comics has been revealed to be Zur-En-Arrh Batman. I have not received a picture of the actual figure yet but it will be based on the batsuit pictured above.

We already know that Bard is to be given away on Thursday and Unikitty on Sunday. So if I was a betting man, I’d have to venture a guess that the DC minifigure giveaway will be Saturday with Marvel’s The Collector being given away on Friday. My chances are 50/50 of being right though so I could just as easily be wrong but I like my chances.

Minifigure giveaways will begin at 12:30 every day upstairs in the Sails Pavilion. Check out this post for more details.

Zur-En-Arrh cover image courtesy of DCU Comic Book Reviews