Travel the dunes with the LEGO� Star Wars™ Ultimate Collector Series Sancrawler™

FBTB - From Bricks To Bothans

Follow us: RSS
News? Questions? Comments? Email!
Don "Solo" Reitz | June 16th, 2015 | LEGO, LEGO Dimensions, LEGO Portal

New LEGO Dimensions: E3 Portal Trailer Looks Fantastic

Just this morning Lego uploaded a new trailer showcasing the Portal level for Dimensions, and I have to say it looks crazy fun. The test chambers translated really well to brick built environments, GLaDOS feels nice and ominous and is as snarky as ever, and there are all kinds of new game mechanics to help solve different puzzles unique to this version. For the first time I’m interested in the game instead of just being disappointed that the level packs with exclusive minifigures cost so much.

Also, Ryan is down at E3 right now, so he’ll have some hands on impressions of the game tomorrow so look forward to that!

No word yet on any actual LEGO Portal sets, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was more than just the one level pack we’ve already seen in the Dimensions lineup. Fingers crossed.

Nick Martin | June 15th, 2015 | LEGO Jurassic World, Reviews

Review: 75916 Dilophosaurus Ambush

75916 Full Set

When the Jurassic World sets there was one part that everyone noticed immediately and was probably going to be the new hot part to fit into MOCs. I speak, for course, of the trans-yellow boat bottoms used in the headlights for the truck. Can’t wait to see how they are used! Sure, some people also wanted the new round transparent spheres, but they just lack imagination.

Obviously, that was some sarcasm there, because the spheres were certainly the most striking part in the early views of the sets. This is the second in our series of Jurassic World sets, the review for 75816 Dilophosaurus Ambush, the $29.99 set in the lineup, and the cheapest to include the sphere. That means I expect to find a whole lot of ACU guards and Dilophosaurus parts showing up on the aftermarket as people crack these sets to get the sweet, sweet, sphere.

This set also has the distinction of actually having a vehicle that seems to be a proper minifig scale that also doesn’t have an absurd mounting of giant launchers or missiles on it. Most of the focus is into the jeep more than it is the sphere, but it’s also kind of unclear exactly what they’re going to do on the ambush. Perhaps it was just a bit too much to ask for a trap in a $30 set that sports 248 parts. But hey, at least our jeep has an “rear explode function” for when this thing blows up… somehow, and a winch for treating a dinosaur just like an AT-AT.

Full article »

Ace Kim | June 15th, 2015 | LEGO Jurassic World, Reviews

Review: 75915 Pteranodon Capture

75915 Pteranodon Capture - 1

Greetings, readers! With the Jurassic World movie opening this past weekend, we will be bringing you a review of a LEGO Jurassic World set every day this week starting today! Up first is our review of 75915 Pteranodon Escape and we’ll be going up the price point ladder all the way through Saturday ending the week with 75919 Indominus rex Breakout. And while that movie just sucked, at least we get some cool sets out of it.

Ahhh…. price points. In some ways, you gotta love’em. Having sets hit a variety of price points gives everyone a chance to pick up a set based on their budget, be it for themselves or as a gift. The drawback is that there is a tendency for the lower priced sets to be lacking in quality because of the lower piece count. 75915 Pteranodon Capture is the cheapest set in the Jurassic World line (not counting the promotional polybag set, 30320 Gallimimus Trap) and unfortunately doesn’t deserve your hard earned dollars.

Let’s just get this out of the way: Pteranodon Capture resembles very little to the scene it’s inspired from. Yes, there was a helicopter; yes, Simon Masrani did pilot said helicopter; there was an ACU trooper; and yes, there was a pteranodon. It’s been a long established pattern that LEGO sets aren’t exactly the most accurate when recreating the scene from which the set is based on and thankfully LEGO is keeping that tradition alive. If you can just accept that LEGO extrapolated the basic elements of the aviary sequence to create this set, then they didn’t really do a bad job of it. So taking that into consideration, let’s go on with the review.

Warning: review may contain movie spoilers.

Full article »

Ace Kim | June 12th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

[SDCC] LEGO San Diego Comic Con Exclusive Set Throne of Ultron Revealed

Throne of Ultron Final

The first of what will be many reveals coming in the next few weeks for the lead up to the annual San Diego Comic Convention is revealed: Throne of Ultron, pictured above, is a 203-piece set and will run you $39.99. It comes with a whopping four minifigures in the set.

Last year we saw LEGO have three exclusive sets: Rocket Raccoon’s Warbird for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, TV-series Batmobile for LEGO DC Super Heroes, and The Phantom for LEGO Star Wars. Tickets were given out for each day’s allotment and you needed a ticket to buy the set. It was a mad house. I expect the same this year. I expect LEGO to do much of the same and reveal a DC set as well as a Star Wars set for purchase. But that’s just a guess.

Nick Martin | June 12th, 2015 | LEGO Ideas

Images of Ideas Wall-E set appear in the wild

Wall-E 1.0

Someone at UK’s SmythToys screwed up big, and posted the box art and pictures for the upcoming Ideas Wall-E set, and it didn’t get past some eagle-eyed sites like Brickfanatics. Above is the original that MacLane posted, which is just gorgeous in its own right. Below the fold, you can check out what is presumably the final model…

Full article »

Ace Kim | June 11th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

The Force Awakens Buildable Stormtrooper Revealed

Entertainment Weekly online has the scoop on a bunch of The Force Awakens toys from Hasbro, Mattel, and, of course, LEGO. They revealed the buildable Stormtrooper based off of its evolved design.

Besides the obvious new helmet element, the blaster / spring-loaded missile launcher is also new. EW is reporting that the set will be available starting January 2016 with it also being shown at this year’s San Diego Comic Con happening next month. Seems odd it would not be available as part of the merch launch for the movie. The movie comes out December 18, 2015.

Not surprising really. It seems that LEGO will put out product for any major Star Wars movie now.

There. The trifecta is now complete.

Thanks to Josh for writing it in.

Ace Kim | June 10th, 2015 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

Batman versus Superman: Dawn of Justice Will Get LEGO Sets

LEGO Batman vs. Superman

In a press release sent out late last week, Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced a slew of licensing partners ahead of the Licensing Expo going on right now in Las Vegas. In addition to the already announced DC Super Hero Girls line, LEGO was named a global construction partner for the upcoming Batman versus Superman: Dawn of Justice film which will be released on March 25, 2016. As a teaser, The LEGO Group tweeted out the below image of Warhol pop art style posters:

Excited? Meh?

Sets should be on hand at the New York Toy Fair early next year.

Not surprising really. It seems that LEGO will put out product for any major DC movie now.

Thanks ninny.

Ace Kim | June 10th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Captain America: Civil War Will Get LEGO Sets

The title is written badly, but you get the gist. There is an article on Variety published today detailing Marvel’s licensing plans for the upcoming Captain America: Civil War movie at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. Merch from a variety of licensees will be available about two months ahead of the May 6, 2016 opening of the film. There is a good chance that set images and details will be on display at the 2016 New York Toy Fair and possibly earlier at other similar industry events around the world.

Not surprising really. It seems that LEGO will put out product for any major Marvel movie now.

Ace Kim | June 9th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Teaser for LEGO Marvel’s Avengers

Am I the only one that thinks the title for LEGO Marvel’s Avengers seems a bit odd? It’s that apostrophe s that’s making it weird for me. Oh well.

With E3 right around the corner, news for LEGO games should be forthcoming. Like this trailer. WB Interactive and TT Games released the above trailer for the upcoming LEGO Marvel’s Avengers video set to be released for all major consoles later this year. There’s not a whole lot of details yet. If I were a betting man though, I’d guess you can play through both Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron movies in one game. They will probably also feature their local co-op play because they don’t believe online co-op is a thing, a thousand unlockable minifigs, a score of vehicles, and much more. Okay, I’m kidding about the last two points.

GameStop listings has a date of 12/31/15 but no doubt that is simply a placeholder date until a firm one is released by the publisher. Also, if you pre-order from GameStop you’ll get the below pictured Silver Centurion Iron Man minifigure as a bonus.

Ace Kim | June 9th, 2015 | LEGO Jurassic World, Sales News

Exclusive Jurassic World Minifig With Game Purchase At Target Stores

Jurassic World Minifig

Time to queue up at Target. This Friday, June 12, the Jurassic World movie will be in theaters and the video game will be released in stores as well. Target retail stores is offering a free exclusive minifig with purchase of the game for any system. No name is given but if I were a betting man, I’d say the minifigure is of Dr. Henry Wu portrayed by BD Wong who doesn’t look like he’s aged a day since Jurassic Park and who miraculously escaped from Isla Nublar. This deal is NOT available online; it is in their weekly ad and ONLY available in store. Target stores generally open at 8:00am local time.

Thanks to Mos Eisley for the tip.