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Ken Robichaud | July 21st, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

[SDCC] BrickJournal Panel and LEGO Batman Comic Info

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Yes, more and more LEGO fun to check out at SDCC keeps popping up. Joe Meno will be hosting a panel for BrickJournal Magazine on July 26th fro 5 to 6pm. If you’re a fan of the publication, you’ll want to take the opportunity to check out what’s going on behind the scenes and pick Joe’s brain if you’re down with the Q’s and the A’s. I’ve only me Joe once at the 2013 Toy Fair in New York, but there was work to be done and many, many people to meet, so there was no picking of brains that day.

Also on the 26th at the LEGO booth there will be an exclusive LEGO Batman comic giveaway and signing. Artist Paul Lee and writer Rachel Lareau will be on hand to autograph this limited comic (pictured above) containing new original art and Club LEGO comics collected together for the first time. Only hitch… it’ll be between 5 & 6pm, so choose wisely.

[SDCC] Details On LEGO’s Giveaway Method For Their Exclusive Minifigs

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I have verified how LEGO will be handling their minifigure exclusives giveaway. Here’s what you need to know:

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Ace Kim | July 20th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

[SDCC] LEGO To Show Off Batman’s Tumbler at Comic Con

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A few hours ago, USA Today revealed LEGO’s newest Ultimate Collector’s Set, The Tumbler from The Dark Knight. The Tumbler, based on Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, will be on display at the San Diego Comic Con this week starting Wednesday July 23rd. The LEGO Tumbler has 1,869 pieces, will retail for $199 and will be available starting in September. The Brand Retail store calendar for August shows an early bird access on August 18th which I can only assume is for this set. Included in the set are two minifigs: Christian Bale’s Batman and Heath Ledger’s Joker, pictured below.

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First impression? Too many studs.

Don "Solo" Reitz | July 19th, 2014 | Contests

MOC Madness 2014: Steam Wars Returns Sign Up Deadline Reminder

mocmadnesslogo2014-4 Good evening fellow Bothans. As you may know we have a new marathon building competition under way, and currently we’re two weeks in to the three week “sign up” round. The theme is steam and the specifics are all right in here. If you’re interested in joining the fun you still have time to put together a starfighter for a chance at the polls, prizes, and prestige. The exact deadline for this phase is 11:59pm PST on July 26th. That’s a week plus two hours from the time of this posting. Nine entries so far and countless others in the works, but there’s no limit on the starting field so why not give it a go? I’m looking forward to seeing your steampunk creations!

Ace Kim | July 19th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Super Heroes, News

[SDCC] Pop! Art of the Geek Exhibit to Feature Works by LEGO Artists Brandon Griffith and Nathan Sawaya

The names of Brandon Griffith and Nathan Sawaya should not be unfamiliar to our readers. They’ve been featured before for their work and next week during the San Diego Comic Con, they will be participating in an art show called Pop! Art of the Geek. The show is curated by Nathan Sawaya and “highlights the artwork of a dozen established and emerging artists who have re-imagined the icons of pop culture in ways never before seen”.

Brandon will be featuring the above pictured piece, titled “It’s All A Joke,” a construct of the comedian’s badge from the popular Watchmen comic.

Nathan Sawaya will be displaying his iconic Han Solo in Carbonite LEGO sculpture.

If you’ve never seen either piece in person, it’s worth your time to stop by the gallery see them for yourself. The pictures really don’t do them justice. The exhibit will be on display at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery located at 363 Fifth Ave in the heart of the Gaslamp District across the street from Dick’s Last Resort. Gallery hours are from Wednesday July 23rd to Sunday July 27th from 11am to 7pm. If you are going to the show, it is extremely easy to find as it is on the second block you walk up when you head into the Gaslamp for lunch or dinner. All of the art is for sale and benefits the Art Revolution Foundation that works to put art supplies in schools. For more infomation check out the Art of the Geek website.

[SDCC] Another LEGO Comic Con Exclusive Minifig Revealed: The Hobbit’s Bard the Bowman

The LEGO Group continues to spread its San Diego Comic Con exclusive news around as this time it’s The Hollywood Reporter getting the scoop on the next Comic Con reveal. Bard the Bowman from The Hobbit franchise is the second of four exclusive minifigs to be given away. As for the other two, the article has this tidbit:

Among the other minifigs at the Con will be the Collector, a character from the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, a DC fig and one from The Lego Movie.

We’ve already known about The Collector. The DC fig is most likely a way to promote the upcoming LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham game. Either that or it’ll be a TV series Batman figure to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the character. The LEGO Movie figure is a surprise though and it could actually mean the wrist action Unikitty revealed yesterday is the exclusive. We’ll see if any more news is revealed.

Also of note in the article is the following:

This year, to avoid chaos, the company has a system wherein an attendee’s badge is scanned to determine a “winner” in a lottery-style giveaway.

What a relief.

The Warner Bros. booth will also feature the gigantic Smaug statue pictured above. The statue was designed and built by Erik Varszegi, weighs over 411 lbs and features 83,433 pieces.

via THR

Ace Kim | July 17th, 2014 | News

10242 MINI Cooper Now Available

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If you’re a LEGO Shop@Home VIP Member and you are already logged into their site, you can now order, or pre-order as it is as I write this, their latest D2C set, 10242 MINI Cooper. The cost is $99.99 and with that you will get free shipping and a free Flashback Shredder minifigure. The Flashback Shredder promotion ends on July 20th. But wait, there’s more! Order now and you’ll also receive a free MINI MINI Cooper set, #40109. Promotions abound!

The only unfortunate thing is, if you’re like me and forgot it went on sale two hours ago, you may be stuck waiting until August 1st for the set to ship. If you live close to a Brand Retail location, you should be able to pick one up in store as well. Just flash them your VIP card to check out.

[SDCC] More LEGO Comic Con Exclusives Revealed: Ghost Ship, Unikitty? And an Upcoming Movie Set Revealed

Eagle-eyed contributor Tohst spotted this Yahoo! Movies article revealing a few more goodies in store for us attending San Diego Comic Con.

First up is a Unikitty whose face changes from “Cuteskitty” to “Cheerkitty” with a flick of a wrist. I’m guessing this Unikitty is bigger than the brick built one you get in a set, maybe about the same size as the awesome keychain light. That being said, I don’t believe that it is one of the four exclusive minifigs that LEGO plans to give away and it is probably just an item for sale at the booth.

Next is a reveal for an upcoming set based The LEGO Movie coming out January 2015. It looks to be a small set featuring Batman, Angry Kitty, a Micromanager, and a skeleton. Hopefully this picture isn’t cropped and hiding a gigantic model in the background somewhere because this would be a cheap way to get Angry Kitty even though she is a different design than the one that comes in Emmet’s Construct-o-Mech.

The second reveal is the Star Wars themed retail exclusive mentioned in my previous article, The Ghost ship. Retailing for $39.99 it features the R2 unit, Chopper. And being built in the same Chibi style as Rocket’s Warbird, my hope of a full-sized TV series Batmobile is quickly diminishing. The Ghost, Batmobile, and Warbird all retail for $39.99 and are limited to 250 each per day of the con not including preview night.

Ace Kim | July 17th, 2014 | LEGO Ideas

[SDCC] LEGO Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Statue to Debut at Comic Con

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LEGO sent over some more assets of what’s in store for fans hitting up the their booth at next week’s Comic Con. Namely the LEGO statue of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters.

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Stay Puft is made up 2,654 bricks and took over 60 hours to make. His 25″ tall, 19″ wide and weighs about 18 lbs. They should totally sell this as a set. They also sent over a time-lapse video of Model Designers building Stay Puft:

Also, some more pictures of the Raccoon + Groot statue are below.

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Ace Kim | July 17th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

[SDCC] LEGO Comic Con Exclusives Revealed – Guardians of the Galaxy’s The Collector, Classic TV Batmobile, and Star Wars Ghost Starship

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Once again, the Wall Street Journal is the place to be for they have spilled the beans partially on LEGO’s offerings for this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Pictured above is The Collector from the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film. He is the first of four minifigures to be given away at SDCC and so far the only one to be revealed.

And that’s not all. The last paragraph of the article states the following:

The two other Lego sets that will be sold at the Lego booth are of a Batmobile from the classic television series, and of the Ghost starship from “Star Wars.” Each is priced at $39.99 and Lego will sell 1000 of each set during the show, capped at 250 per day

Oh. My. Freakin’. God. A classic tv series LEGO Batmobile would make my head explode. Based on the price point, it is feasible that it could be a regular set since the Ecto-1 and DeLorean sets were priced about the same. But looking at the LEGO Rocket Raccoon’s Warbird announcement from yesterday which features a mini ship at the same price, I’m left wondering. I can only hope that the Batmobile is regular sized but we’ll find out next week.

The article also shows off a lifesized Rocket Raccoon and Groot statue made out of Megabloks just kidding LEGO.

I have to go catch my breath now.

via Tohst via PepaQuin