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

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


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


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 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!

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 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!

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

Don "Solo" Reitz | August 28th, 2014 | Contests

MOC Madness 2014: Steam War Returns Final Round Under Way!


The latest polls have closed and we have our final match ups: it will be rolli vs markus1984 in the fight for first and second place, and Legopard vs goatman461 sparring for third. This round is a bit different than the rest as there are no more restrictions on size or type of model. Their last challenge is simply to pick something from Star Wars and put a Steampunk spin on it. I don’t have the slightest idea what they’re each working on but I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

We had a really close poll again this round, underscoring just how important it is for forum members to get in and vote.  Here’s another look at the four enemy starfighters once again, ranked by total votes:





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

LEGO Batman 3 Gets Release Date & Cover Art


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 27th, 2014 | DC Universe, Feature, LEGO Super Heroes

LEGO Needs To Make More UCS Batmobiles

Tumbler on the Shelf

After I reviewed 76023 The Tumbler, it promptly went up on my shelf. I cleared out some other models to make room for it and by “cleared out” I pretty much mean threw everything that was in the way on to the ground. I know I gave it a 4 out of a possible 5 but like I said in the review, it’s a great looking model and unless I’m staring at it for extended periods of time, the flaws don’t really bother me that much. I like looking at all the weird angles, the big balloon tires in the front, the expertly crafted winshield. My shelf isn’t very big so I’ll vroom it a little back and forth. It was during a fierce session of vrooming one night that I started thinking about the obvious: LEGO needs to make more UCS Batmobiles.

The Tumbler is huge and very detailed and the LEGO model, lack of Batpod aside, managed to capture it all fairly successfully, enough to pass muster from a casual glance and an occasional vroom. Looking at it, there on my shelf, I think to myself how cool it would be to have more UCS Batmobiles. And not just any old one that’s appeared in the films and TV because, let’s face it, there’s a lot of them not all of them have the same appeal as the Tumbler. The comics alone have heaps upon heaps of Batmobiles and the general public probably wouldn’t recognize any of them. But if LEGO took something from TV or film, something people are familiar with, something people have developed an affection for, and created some kick-ass UCS sets, I have no doubt they would be successful. The key is to pick the right vehicles to go with.

It would be super easy and not to mention just plain lazy to just pick out all the Batmobiles from all of the films to date. After all, in terms of exposure they are probably the ones that most fans of Batman, hardcore and casual alike, over the age of 30 would recognize and are familiar with. But that would be way too easy and doesn’t acknowledge the contributions that other entertainment genres have given on this subject matter. So let’s spread the love around a bit show some love to the Batmobiles from film, television, video games, and comics.

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

The LEGO Group at Fan Expo Canada This Weekend


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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Don "Solo" Reitz | August 26th, 2014 | Contests

MOC Madness 2014: Steam Wars Returns Final Four Polls Open


We’re a step closer to wrapping up this contest and now once again it’s time for forum members to cast their votes. Below are the pairings with links to each poll, and remember that you have two days to vote before we move on to the final round. Once again the winners of this round will go head to head to fight for first and second place, and the losers will battle for third in their own poll. Good luck guys!

goatman461 vs rolli
Image vs Image

Legopard vs markus1984
Image vs Image


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.


Don "Solo" Reitz | August 25th, 2014 | Contests

MOC Madness 2014: Steam Wars Returns Final Four Deadline Reminder

mocmadnesslogo2014-4The penultimate round is drawing to a close with less than 24 hours left for our four remaining contestants to post their latest models. This round will decide who gets to go head to head in the final showdown and who’ll be left to battle over third. Submissions need to be posted in the threads set up right here and here by 11:59PM PST on Monday August 25th. The polls will be up shortly after and run for two days again. I can’t wait to see the enemy starfighters you guys come up with!

Ace Kim | August 24th, 2014 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, Sales News

Amazon Discounts LEGO Lord of the Rings Sets

79005 The Wizard Battle

Amazon is applying some nice discounts, around 22-26% off, on select LEGO Lord of the Rings sets.

  • 79007 Battle at The Black Gate is discounted 25% from $59.99 down to $44.99.
  • 79006 The Council of Elrond is discounted 26% from $29.99 down to $22.09.
  • Of course no Lord of the Rings sales post would be complete without the obligatory mention of 79008 Pirate Ship Ambush. The current discount for this set is 22% from $99.99 down to $77.94. Not the best discount we’ve seen so if you’re patient you might be able to get a better deal at a later time.
  • 79005 The Wizard Battle is discounted 26% dropping the $12.99 set down to below the $10 mark for just $9.57.

Though technically not Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit set 79014 Dol Guldur Battle is similarly discounted with a 26% discount. It was $69.99 but now can be for just $51.99.