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Ace Kim | September 1st, 2014 | LEGO Ideas, News

Hubble Telescope Achieves 10,000 Supporters

Coming in just before the review period deadline, The Hubble Space Telescope by Gabriel Russo had a surge of support during the final day to reach the required 10,000 supporters for the May-August review cycle. The model looks massive but considering what the subject matter is, it does seem appropriate that it should be a large model.

The Hubble joins the ranks of Assault on Wayne Manor, Invisible Hand, X-Men: X-Mansion, LEGO Lightsabers: Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, UCS All Terrain Armoured Transport, WALL•E and Ghostbusters HQ.

Looking at the field of contenders, I honestly think the Hubble Space Telescope and WALL•E have the best chances. Here’s hoping they both make it through to product phase.

Congratulations, Gabriel, and good luck!

Ace Kim | August 30th, 2014 | LEGO, News

[NYCC] LEGO To Announce New Theme at New York Comic Con

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BZPower announced yesterday that they were invited to a special event held by LEGO at New York Comic Con which is happening on Thursday October 9 through Sunday October 12. On Thursday October 9, LEGO will be holding a special panel where a new theme will be announced and would like as many AFOLs to be present as possible. To help facilitate this, LEGO and BZPower are teaming up to give away twelve Thursday passes to attend NYCC. All of the instructions are up on BZPower. You must be able to attend should you win obviously. My guess is that this will be the official announcement of the return of Bionicle.

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

STUDS Trading Cards Ordering Information

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In June of 2012, there was a Kickstarter campaign by Brandon Griffith for STUDS trading cards celebrating the many talented builders in the AFOL community. It surpassed its funding goal and a short two years later STUDS will soon be available for the general public to purchase. At 12:00pm on September 10th, dial your browser to BrickStuds.com to purchase your packs. Each Series 1 pack contains 96 base cards and 9 instructions cards. Chase cards include sketch cards from Paul Lee and Greg Hyland, Autograph cards, and custom fig cards.

This is a one-and-done series folks. Once Series 1 is sold out, there are no plans to reprint them again.

Full press release is below:

STUDS Builder Trading Cards Series 1 Available September 10th

STUDS Builder Trading Cards Series 1 will be available for purchase online September 10th, 2014 at brickstuds.com!

STUDS Builder Trading Cards is a unique series of collectible trading cards that showcase the creative individuals of the adult LEGO building community. Each builder card depicts a LEGO® built piece of art and provides a profile of the artist. Other cards in the series highlight fan made products, conventions, publications, and artist sketches.

The project was conceived, curated, and produced in the US (with the help of a successful Kickstarter) by noted brick artist Brandon Griffith. “It’s been incredible working with so many talented artists to create these cards and I look forward to expanding the series!”

Products debuting at brickstuds.com on September 10th include:
STUDS Packs: Each STUDS Pack includes 8 trading cards and 1 Brickforge element. Look for rare chase cards including: Artist Autograph Cards, Custom Fig Cards, and Sketch Cards!
STUDS Box: Each STUDS Box includes 28 Packs
STUDS Factory Set: The STUDS Factory set includes the 96 card base set plus 9 poster card set
STUDS Series 1 Binder
STUDS Series 1 is a limited print run – once they sell out no more will be printed – so mark your calendars and grab them while you can!

Follow Brickstuds online for updates, news, and information on STUDS Series 2!

https://www.facebook.com/BrickStuds

https://twitter.com/brickstuds

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO® Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this product.

Ken Robichaud | August 27th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

LEGO Batman 3 Gets Release Date & Cover Art

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Warner Bros and TT Games have given the final release date for LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham as November 11th in the US and November 14th worldwide. The 11th is a holiday in Canada, so it fits that it won’t be released until that Friday here. I look forward to that weekend and with any luck, I’ll get a chance to pick it up as soon as it drops. Don’t think I can wait until Christmas like I did last year with Marvel Super Heroes. They also released the final cover art for the game. I liked the previous promo art better…

Ace Kim | August 26th, 2014 | Events, LEGO Star Wars, News

The LEGO Group at Fan Expo Canada This Weekend

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Fan Expo Canada is happening THIS weekend starting Thursday August 28th through Sunday August 31st at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. NOT this past weekend. Of course, *I* wouldn’t make THAT mistake… mixing up dates like that…. From what I’ve heard/read, it sounds like the San Diego Comic Con of the Great White North so it sounds like a FANTASTICALLY crowded good time!

LEGO sent over a press release detailing their presence at the convention and there are some interesting things to note.

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Nick Martin | August 25th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Three New Rebels Spots. Apprehension Not Fading

You know, as much as I bash on Episode I (and it certainly deserves it), the one thing that they did very well with it before it was released was get people excited for the movie. There were all kinds of signs that it was going to be terrible, but the trailers, previews, and promotional material for it just got you more and more excited. Of course, once you saw the movie, you were a mixture of disappointing and angry that it tricked us so effectively.

Perhaps we can hope that Rebels is taking the opposite tact here, and the show is going to be the second-coming of wonderful show (I was going to say Firefly, but yeah, not possible) and they’re making it look like it’s a reality show starring Lady GaGa, Justin Beiber, and Benedict Cumberbatch in a submarine trying to find the Loch Ness monster in the Caspian Sea. Which, when I type it out, sounds way better than what Rebels has shown us thus far, because you know eventually Cumberbatch would launch Beiber out a torpedo tube.

To be fair, these aren’t as bad as some of the other previews, but I think that’s a lot more to do with their length than anything else.

 

Nick Martin | August 23rd, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, MOC Spotlight, News

Jon Lazar’s Awesome Super LEGO Friends Project

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In a very topical coincidence, given our recent opinion piece on LEGO’s Girl Problem, artist Jon Lazar has been working on a LEGO Super Friends line, aiming to make some of the Friends figures more nerdy and awesome by turning them into customs of a wide variety of DC and Marvel Super Heroines.

You can see more of his stuff on Instagram, or see it covered on The Mary Sue or The Escapist. Let me just be up front, and say I’m considering going out and getting this Jubilee right now. More pictures of the figures after the fold.

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Nick Martin | August 19th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Fan Expo Canada Offering Exclusive Ghost Set

Huw over at Brickset let it drop that Fan Expo Canada, what I can only assume is like SDCC only smelling more like maple syrup and ham (I promise that’s the only Canada joke for at least the duration of this sentence), is offering an exclusive LEGO set this year, a microfighter / chibi version of The Ghost.

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Yeah, my first impression is the same as what I had for the SDCC version: isn’t this Hera’s ship? Why isn’t she included in the thing? Also, that I’m less than impressed. No details yet on numbers or pricing, but as we find out, we’ll let you know. As a bonus, though, for the many of us that don’t live anywhere near this, or aren’t allowed in Canada for reasons that are best left unsaid… they are offering a Twitter giveaway contest to win one of them!

One note… read the rules. You have to follow them AND retweet the message.

Full details from the blurb from the Expo:

“For LEGO, the event is about the fans – it’s an opportunity to engage with builders of all ages and offer a fun interactive experience that is unlike any other in Canada. Because YOU are some of the most loyal fans of LEGO, we are offering an advance sneak peak of the FIRST EVER LEGO FAN EXPO Canada Exclusive. This limited edition LEGO STAR WARS Rebels set features The Ghost Starship with Kanan Jarrus Minifigure from the upcoming STAR WARS Rebels TV series.

“The set is ONLY available at the LEGO Booth #748 between Thursday, August 28 to Sunday, August 31, 2014, while quantities last. Tickets will be distributed at the booth on a first come, first serve basis when the show floor opens to the public. Quantities will be limited per day and only one LEGO FAN EXPO Canada Exclusive per customer per day. A valid ticket will be required for purchase.

“For a chance to win one before the show, please check out the contest page for more details!”

 

Ace Kim | August 17th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

The Rebels Clip That Broke Don

We’ve all had those moments, those defining moments where our open-minded approach to any one thing quickly turns into an opinion and we turn our backs to that thing. In this case, the thing in question is Rebels, and that moment is the clip above. This was the clip that turned Don Solo against the show. I was already trepidatious about the show, but what the clip did for me was cement my hatred for Chopper, and in turn, made me realize just how much this show is going to suck.

And would it kill the sound engineers to generate new sound effects?

I’ll stick to Nick’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles instead. Such a GREAT show, you’re missing out if you haven’t been keeping up.

Nick Martin | August 15th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Pictures of (possible) Ep. VII Storm Trooper Helmets

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?