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Ace Kim | March 23rd, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

May Store Calendar Details

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Had the above calendar image sent to me detailing the May the 4th details along with everything else going on in the month. Here are the relevant bits in a nutshell:

– April 30 75098 Assault on Hoth available at LEGO [email protected] and Brand Retail locations.
– April 30-May 4 get double VIP points on all LEGO Star Wars purchases.
– April 30-May 4 free The Force Awakens poster with any LEGO Star Wars purchase.
– April 30-May 4 free Exclusive First Order Stormtrooper minifigure with LEGO Star Wars purchase of $50 or more.
– May 1-31 VIPs get double points on 75139 Battle on Takodana and 75140 Resistance Troop Transporter
– May 9-10 get a LEGO Star Wars character card #1 Jango Fett.
– May 18-31 VIPs get early access to new D2C set.
– May 23-4 get a LEGO Star Wars character card #2 Zeb Orrelios.
– May 27-30 free Captain America’s Motorcycle polybag with $35 purchase or more.

LEGO also typically puts a selection of LEGO Star Wars items on sale with a modest discount. The freebies are the big news here and are usually the driving force in pushing product. If LEGO does what it usually does, the sale start on April 29th 9:00pm Pacific / 12:00midnight Eastern. More details to follow.

Ace Kim | March 23rd, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, News

WB Games Posts LEGO Star Wars Gameplay Trailer

WB Games posted the above trailer a few hours ago showing off some more in-depth scenes from the upcoming LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Game. The trailer introduces a new approach to the standard build-something-to-progress kind of gameplay where now you have your choice of building several different models to solve a problem in different ways. The developer also promised that the game will fill in several back story elements that were lacking in the film it’s based on, such as how C-3PO got his red arm and how Han and Chewie captured the rathtars.

You can pre-order the standard edition of the game right now from Amazon. Pony up another $10 and you can get the Deluxe Edition that will net you an exclusive LEGO minifigure of Finn in his stormtrooper outfit and early access to The Empire Strikes Back character pack. The Deluxe Edition is only available for Xbox One and Playstation 4. Amazon Prime members get an additional 20% off of pre-orders for new games and up to 2 weeks after release day.

Update: Gamestop is offering a pre-order bonus of the Jabba’s Palace Character Pack with your purchase of the game for any system, including the Deluxe Edition. I’m not sure how the exclusivity plays out since getting the Deluxe Edition gets you the season pass good for all DLC content. It could be a timed exclusive though. Maybe someone more knowledgable on this topic will tell me. I’m sticking with Amazon though; the timed exclusive is meaningless plus with Prime I’ll get 20% off the list price and free release day delivery, all things Gamestop doesn’t offer.

Ace Kim | March 22nd, 2016 | News, The LEGO Movie

Will Arnett Tweets The LEGO Batman Movie Poster

And there it is in all it’s glory.

Ace Kim | March 22nd, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight

Revel In The Beauty That Is marshal banana’s Falcon Diorama

This popped up on reddit and I traced it back to marshal banana’s flickr stream. It is quite lovely, is it not? The Falcon is one of the best ones I’ve seen at that scale. The cockpit piece from the Micro Fighter might be a better fit than that blank dome, but what do I know. Could be a size issue, parts availability issue, who knows. It is still a fine MOC to behold.

Ace Kim | March 22nd, 2016 | News

Walmart Sells UCS TIE Fighter for $168.82

Walmart is selling the LEGO Star Wars 75095 TIE Fighter set for just $168.82, down from MSRP of $199.99. You will need to add to cart and enter your name and email address to get the price. This will not opt you into any emails or anything, but they claim they are required to collect such information to be able to sell the set at the discounted price. UCS sets rarely ever go on sale and the $168.82 sale price reflects a 16% discount. Not too shabby if you ask me. You’ll get free shipping on this item to boot.

Amazon has not yet matched Walmart’s price but may do so at some point during the day. Here’s the link to the set on their site.

Nick Martin | March 22nd, 2016 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Reviews

Review: 76047 Black Panther Pursuit

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Black Panther wasn’t really big in the general arc of my comic fandom. I was a kid of the 80s and 90s, and I don’t even remember him showing up in the stuff I read (which, like everything in that era, used a lot of Xs and was Xtremely Xcessively Xtreme). When I got back into comics seriously a few years ago, I had missed the best of his stories, like his marriage to Storm from the X-Men and the whole “at war with everyone all the time” that seemed to go with the character.

Of course, in the past few years, the character has risen to prominence again, and been at the center of all the big events (Illuminati, Secret Wars, etc), so it was pretty great to hear he was showing up in the movies. I’m curious how they’re going to handle him, and Wakanda, in the upcoming movie. The character was one that always worked according to his own agenda and sense of honor, and it could look like a good guy or a bad guy from the outside. Sometimes, he’s both.

I’m excited enough for the movie that I jumped at the chance to get all of these sets, and start the reviews with 76047 Black Panther Pursuit. It seems to have all the requisites of a Marvel Super Heroes set at this point… Captain America and/or Iron Man, a motorcycle, and a jet of some sort. At $29.99, this is the mid-point set (though much lower than the middle for LEGO’s range), and it weighs in at 287 parts and three minifigs. It seems like a pretty solid set at first glance, so here’s hoping that it holds up.

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Ace Kim | March 21st, 2016 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News, The LEGO Movie

USA Today Reveals Stills From LEGO Batman Movie

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Is it dusty around here?

Has anyone coined the term LEGO Cinematic Universe yet? Is that a thing yet? Cause if not, it should totally be a thing.

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Nick Martin | March 16th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75133 Rebel Alliance Battle Pack

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I typically upload pictures before I start writing, and usually need to put some filler text in to keep our blog software from going all… well, WordPress-y. Usually it’s just something like “placeholder” or “something.” For some reason, when I started to write this, I was humming “Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting.” Maybe I just needed a little disco in my day after the Imperial Battle Pack review. This has nothing at all to do with the review for this set… it’s just hard to come up with intros after a couple hundred reviews.

Of all the battle packs to come out this year, I was most excited to review 75133 Rebel Alliance Battle Pack. My love of Rodians (and Ewoks, but that’s unrelated) is well documented. I mean, as much as I hate on the PT, I own multiples of all of the Rodians from those movies. I also like the irregular nature of Rebel forces, and that means it makes a lot more sense to have different looking troops and uniforms.

The big draw, outside the jetpacks (which in gray are just nicer overall that the Imperial White ones), is that we get two different aliens in this set, the Rodian as well as a Duros trooper (Cad Bane was the only Duros figure we’d gotten previously, I believe), to go along with our two generic trooper heads. The speeder bike is an evolution of the Endor bike, though much like the turret in the Galactic Empire Battle Pack, I do not recall this being in the game itself that these are based on. There are bikes, but they’re the normal type we saw in Jedi. Still, for $13 and 101 pieces, both standard for a battle pack, there seems to be a lot to like about this set at first glance.

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Nick Martin | March 14th, 2016 | News

LEGO Star Wars: Chronicles of the Force up for Preorder on Amazon

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Earlier today, while I was pre-ordering two copies of the new DC Super Heroes Encyclopedia on Amazon (my daughter has decided she just loves Pirate Batman after watching the new LEGO cartoon), a book I’d never heard of showed up in the “People Also Bought…” message: LEGO Star Wars: Chronicles of the Force.

Somehow, this book sort of slipped under the radar of everyone here, though other places caught wind of it last year (the official announcement for the product was back in February). It includes an exclusive figure, Unkar’s Brute… which, frankly, is a bit underwhelming. But hey, I get one more person for Rey to beat the crap out of when I get the book, so there is that.

You can pre-order the book right now on Amazon.com, and it’s schedule to be released on June 7th, 2016.

Ace Kim | March 14th, 2016 | Events, LEGO Star Wars, News

Star Wars Days 2016 at LEGOLAND California Info and Registration

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This post has most of the information you’ll need for participating in this year’s Star Wars Days 2016 at LEGOLAND California. If you plan on participating in the fan gallery, please read the post carefully. If you plan on just attending the park as a guest and take part in the festivities, no need to read further.

Without further ado, here are the details.