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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.

Nick Martin | September 8th, 2014 | LEGO Ideas, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Avenger’s S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier hits 10k supporters on Ideas

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Looks like we have another 10k supporters on an Ideas model, this time, the massive S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier by YoSub Do. It is a hugely impressive model, but I know I’m not alone that this set is never, ever, going to be made. Outside of the absurdly high piece count (22,694) and the fact that the ship wasn’t actually built, it was created in LDD which means that it’s ignoring that pesky nemesis gravity… it’s just not the kind of set that Ideas has ever been interested in producing. Anyone here interested in dropping two or three grand on any one LEGO set? They’re not interested in making $100 sets out of some strong products

I would have loved to see an official LEGO Helicarrier, but I think it’s probably safe to assume that particular vehicle has been played out in the MCU. I’m also skeptical that Marvel, for all it’s exposure, has the kind of power that Star Wars has to justify huge sets like even a vastly scaled down helicarrier would be. UCS is a risky proposition for LEGO if it wasn’t also pulling in the Star Wars fans. Other big sets haven’t traditionally fared as well, and lingered or languished.

It’s one of those things that bothers me about Ideas… these builds would be awesome but so many times it’s more like demanding that science get around to cloning Unicorns. Just a wee bit unrealistic in expectations. Congrats to YoSub for getting the support, though. It’s a lot harder now, and there’s obviously a lot of people that like it.

Nick Martin | September 6th, 2014 | LEGO, News

LEGO Now the Worlds Largest Toymaker

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In the realm of somewhat pointless milestones (unless you’re one of their private stockholders) that are cool none-the-less, LEGO has surpassed Mattel as the largest toymaker in the world. I assume this includes being larger than Santa, because he just gives me a lot of LEGO stuff. $2.03 billion in sales and $477 million in profits is a whole lot of money, so I guess we know where that markup on sets like the Mos Eisley Cantina is going.

It’s interesting that LEGO took the crown from Mattel, who makes Barbie, owns MEGA, and also pushes American Girls and a kajillion other toys. Of course, it’s likely that the Mattel numbers don’t include all the MEGA stuff yet, but they’ve been hurting lately. I’m not sure how the Barbie MEGA Bloks line is doing, but it competes directly with Friends in the super-pink aisle of the toy store. Plus, there’s still Hasbro out there, doing what it does, and competing directly with LEGO on a lot of different lines.

We’ve covered the girl problem here recently, and I maintain that LEGO can make a huge difference in pushing toys. Given that they’re basically ignoring half the market on a huge majority of their products, it could be that making their products more diverse gets them even strong as the king of the mountain…

Ace Kim | September 6th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Super Heroes, News

Upcoming LEGO Build Events at TRU Stores

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We’re barely into September but LEGO has already posted some upcoming events at Toys’R’Us stores for the month of October no doubt to celebrate the unofficial Product Push Month better known as Bricktober.

First up on October 11th, you can build your own mini Ghost ship. There’s no picture of what is you’ll be building or any other promotional graphic. I honestly wouldn’t waste my time going to this event. I can’t imagine the model being interesting enough to warrant the trip.

But, the October 18th event looks way, way better. As seen in the graphic above, you’ll be able to build the Bat Signal. How cool is that? The answer is WAY cool.

All events start at 12:00pm and run until 2:00pm or while supplies last. It is advisable you get there earlier rather than later.

Ace Kim | September 3rd, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

Neoape Posts Comic Con Batmobile Instructions

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By way of Brickstar on YouTube, neoape has painstakingly taken screen shots from his video of every step of the instruction manual from the San Diego Comic Con Batmobile set. You can get the Batman and Robin minifigures from LEGO Juniors 10672 Batman: Defend the Bat Cave and, according to the article, a good number of parts from LEGO City 60007 High Speed Chase . Obviously you’ll have to source the rest of the parts from your own collection or other places like Bricklink or LEGO’s part ordering system. The only thing you don’t get is the packaging. The post over at neoape has pictures of the parts list.

Thanks to ninnymuggins murphquake for the tip.

Don "Solo" Reitz | September 3rd, 2014 | Contests, News

MOC Madness 2014: Steam Wars Returns Final Round Ends Tonight!

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That’s right folks, our four remaining builders have just under a day left to post their final models. The deadline is 11:59PM PST Tonight. Rolli and markus1984 are sorting out the top slots while Legopard or goatman461 will be picking up third. Once all four post and the deadline passes I can lock down the submissions and the last polls will be ready to run. I’m really looking forward to see what everyone has come up with with the final theme wide open.

Ace Kim | September 2nd, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

New UCS Slave I Exposed

We’ll see how long the video lasts, but just2good from Eurobricks has posted a video on YouTube showing off the upcoming UCS Slave I. The video is basically a slideshow of the clean images LEGO tends to produce for their set images.

I’ll save my rants for when I do the review but I will say that the minifig selection is disappointing. No details on pricing yet but it should fall around $199.99 and I believe the release date for the set is November. This was probably the big set reveal for Brickcon in early October.

Update: just2good posted hi-res photos to his flickr account:

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Ken Robichaud | September 2nd, 2014 | Feature, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Ultimate Spider-Man Cartoon Adds Miles Morales, Will LEGO Follow Suit?

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Full disclosure, big Spider-Man fan here. No newsflash to be sure, but if you’ve read my reviews of the Ultimate Spider-Man LEGO sets, you know the biggest problem I have is the fact that it’s the same Spider-Man minifigure in every set.

Every. Damn. Set.

Spidey is one of those characters that has so many outfits in his closet that Marvel loves exploiting any opportunity to take them out and strut them around. We see this over and over in toy lines, big events like the upcoming Spider-verse that boasts Every Spider-Man EVER and in the destined to be mostly terrible new season of the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, Web Warriors (Prove me wrong, guys… please).

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