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Ace Kim | April 25th, 2016 | Technic

LEGO Announces Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS

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LEGO pulled the wraps off of their newest set, 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. This is a large scale Technic set weighing in at 2,704 pieces. Each set will come with a unique serial number that will be laser engraved on a 1×4 tile. This number can be used to unlock online content. The design team took things a step further creating a unique experience from the moment you open the box. There are a couple of new elements to this set, including a new rim design exclusive to this set. I would highly encourage you to take a few minutes and watch the designer video as it shows off a lot of the details of the set.

42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS will be released on June 1, 2016 for $299.99

See more images, the designer video, and the official press release.

Ace Kim | April 14th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, News

GameStop Offers Mini Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle As Pre-order Bonus

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GameStop may have a slight edge over Amazon when it comes to pre-order bonuses for the upcoming LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Deluxe Edition video game depending on how you feel about exclusive sets. Their bonus is a mini ship, 30279 Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle. The image they posted, shown above, still has the prototype name of “Lead Villain Vehicle” but will have the correct set name upon shipment. They are also offering the Jabba’s Palace Character Pack as an additional free exclusive.

If you feel so inclined to give GameStop your money, their PS4 and Xbox One listings have been updated to reflect the new bonus.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game will be released on June 28, 2016.

Ace Kim | April 14th, 2016 | News

LEGO Officially Announces Minecraft 21128 The Village

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LEGO sent over the press kit for their newest D2C set, 21128 The Village for the Minecraft theme. Weighing in at exactly 1,600 pieces, 21128 The Village will cost $199.99 USD / $249.99 CAD. The set comes with a nice variety of figures: Steve, Alex, zombie, zombie villager, Creeper, enderman, pig, baby pig, iron golem, farmer villager, and librarian villager. The set will be released on June 1, 2016. Pictures, full press release, and designer video after the click.

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Nick Martin | April 14th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews, Star Wars

Review: 75137 Carbon-Freezing Chamber

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Now that we’ve gotten a re-release of Obi-Wan’s Jedi Interceptor, Cloud City is that new set that I never got but really wish I did. Have to say part of the reason I’m not exactly enthused about the upcoming “bunch of leftover sets” Hoth Bundle is because it wasn’t a remake of that set (which so very few people have). After it leaked, I really hoped I’d be reviewing 75137 Carbon-Freezing Chamber in conjunction with a nice big Cloud City playset.

There’s a lot of decent things to make in that set. You get the chamber where Chewie recovers C3PO, the dining chamber where Vader makes eyes at his daughter (whom we are told is strong in the force, but on multiple occasions he fails to recognize as his child), the sitting room, the catwalks, hallways, landing pads. This would have been an awesome little set to put into the middle of a set like that.

Instead, we get this little $25 and 231 part set where the steps go the wrong way that’s most notable for the inclusion of our first Ugnaught minifigure, those little guys that were playing dice with Stormtroopers when C3PO wandered around the city. I’d like to say I was excited for it, but while the other two figures are technically unique, they’re extremely similar to other versions, it’s pretty much the Ugnaught that was the draw in the set. Maybe we’ll learn that this was a preview for next year, and LEGO finally realized that there were three different major settings in Empire Strikes Back and stop always falling back to Hoth.

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Ken Robichaud | April 14th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Rogue One Cast Is Ready To Rebel In LEGO-fied Teaser Image

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LEGO showed love for the Rogue One teaser trailer on Facebook this morning by releasing this LEGO-fied version of the original image for the films cast. Let’s face it, LEGO has good reason to love this movie and all the other ones coming out over the next several years. A new movie a year and a popular cartoon series chugging away give LEGO plenty of content to draw from for new sets and movies like Rogue One are a perfect excuse to re-re-re-re-release sets that we may have seen done to death, but not only are they new to another group of kids coming of age, they’re actually appearing on screen in new blockbuster movies.

If the bean counters at LEGO aren’t sitting in a room cackling to themselves with schemey fingers and crowns lit up in their eyes, they should be. Who knows, maybe I’ll finally break down and buy an AT-AT like I’ve always wanted, but never pulled the trigger on.

Maybe.

Ken Robichaud | April 13th, 2016 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Doctor Strange Trailer Asks You To Open Your Mind

Remember during the lead up to Ant-Man, when the internet was partially convinced that the film would finally derail the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s runaway train to successville? Many of those people said the same thing about Guardians of the Galaxy and they will no doubt be back when Black Panther and Captain Marvel are ramping up. Marvel is not shying away from their oddball characters, they are embracing them and showing a wider audience why they’ve been popular among Comic fans for so long.

So, open your mind and let Marvel change your reality with this adventure into the metaphysical world of the Sorcerer Supreme.

Ace Kim | April 9th, 2016 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

Amazon Discounts AoU Quinjet by 22%

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I don’t know what Nick is talking about in his review of 76051 Super Hero Airport Battle. You CAN’T have too many Quinjets in my opinion. We’ve had a couple already released and I doubt that one will be the last one either. All we need now is a UCS one to go with the Helicarrier.

If you missed out on the previous version though from 76032 The Avengers Quinjet City Chase, Amazon is applying a decent discount of 22% off the retail price and selling it for just $62.21 down from $79.99. This is the only set that has Vision.

Nick Martin | April 7th, 2016 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics

Review: 76051 Super Hero Airport Battle

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I’ve provided my theory on what constitutes a spoiler and what doesn’t in our modern, internet-y world. Telling someone that Vader is Luke’s father is a spoiler; learning that Vader wears a mask because he has a very bad case of asthma is not. The only reason I mention that is because there was wailing and gnashing of teeth when this particular set came out, because of the appearance of a particularly awesome version of Ant-Man.

I get that some people might have been genuinely surprised that Ant-Man became Giant Man suddenly… they likely haven’t read the comics; but it’s not like that’s going to be some big plot point in the movie. Giant-Man is not what ends up kicking off the Civil War (revealing that would be a spoiler, like releasing your first trailer for a movie with your big surprise and bad guy). And spoiler aside… you have to admit that his inclusion makes what, at first glance, is just “yet another Quinjet” set into a “ohmygod Giant-Man imuthavethisset!”

I knew I was going to review 76051 Super Hero Airport Battle the moment the first pictures of the set showed up. There’s even a threatening note for Ace in the signup sheet that I was going to take it (of course, I leave threatening notes for Ace all over the place in general, so it may have gone unnoticed). Part of the reason is because I’ve reviewed all the other Super Heroes sets lately (I think I’m the only one on the staff still buying them… but who knows), and I’ve already complained about all the jets. At 807 parts and $79.99 USD, this seems to have a lot of value at it’s surface. Looking at the set, it seems a bit sparse, but there are six different heroes, along with Ant-Man in both giant and mini form. So it could be we potentially have a knockout set here.

That or we have yet another Quinjet.

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Nick Martin | April 7th, 2016 | News, Star Wars

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer Released

I… you know… well…

Okay, yeah. That was awesome. I want the sets. And that soundtrack… that whole version of the song with the “doom” refrain added over it. *shudder*

Ace Kim | April 3rd, 2016 | LEGO Minecraft, Sales News

Amazon Discounts LEGO Minecraft Sets Up To 30%

I’ll cut to the chase: the big set pictured above, 21117 The Ender Dragon is the one on sale for 30% off making the final price $48.99 before any tax, down from MSRP of $69.99. 21114 The Farm is also 30% off at $20.99 down from $29.99. And things trickle down from there. The majority of the other sets in the theme are seeing a notable discount anywhere from 15-21% off:

I don’t know but I have this feeling that Minecraft sets are constantly on sale and maybe I just haven’t noticed until now. Still, those 30% discounts don’t come around very often regardless of theme.