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Ace Kim| June 12th, 2017 | Site News, The LEGO Batman Movie

The LEGO Batman Movie Comes Out Tomorrow

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Actually, it’s been available digitally for a while now, but if you’re still into physical media, then tomorrow’s the day you should go out and pick up a copy of The LEGO Batman Movie. I’ve searched the major retailers and I couldn’t find anything that had an exclusive minifig, which is a hugely missed opportunity if you ask me. Despite there not being an exclusive minifig, the major retailers each have something a little unique:

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Best Buy, or SteelBook Central as I like to call them, has the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack in, you guessed it, an exclusive SteelBook case.

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Target is offering a Batgirl minifig and three collectible postcards. This may be a polybagged package of Batgirl, so that may be of some interest to you but from what I can tell, Batgirl herself is just regular ol’ Batgirl.

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Walmart is packaging a lunch box that features a removable cape. Because awesome LEGO Batman lunchboxes naturally come with capes.

And Amazon just has the regular combo pack with no extras.

And that’s about it. Toys’R’Us isn’t offering any deals or pack-ins or fancy packaging, but they are having that gift with purchase deal…

Ace Kim| June 12th, 2017 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News, Sales News

John Stewart Green Lantern With Book Purchase

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I finally got around to ordering a copy of LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes The Awesome Guide for that awesome Wonder Woman minifig, when I noticed a new book on the horizon: LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Build Your Own Adventure. And with most DK Publishing LEGO books, this too comes with some free LEGO and in this case, it comes with a John Stewart Green Lantern minifig. Now, the Amazon page may not explicitly say “John Stewart” but I’m willing to bet naming rights to my next child that it is, in fact, the one and only, John Stewart. And it is a unique fig ’cause check out dem eyes:

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You can pre-order the book, LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Build Your Own Adventure, right now from Amazon with an expected ship date of August 1, 2017.

And no I am not having another child.

Ace Kim| June 12th, 2017 | Sales News, The LEGO Batman Movie

Toys’R’Us Offers LEGO Batman Movie Cave Pod GWP, 20% Discount On TLBM Sets

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There are two concurrent promotions going on right now at brick and mortar Toys’R’Us stores.

First up is a a free gift with purchase: The LEGO Batman Movie Cave Pod that comes with what I like to call lounge suit Batman. It is Batman in a tiger stripe tuxedo jacket. It comes in a plastic case which I’ve never seen before but something like that makes me think LEGO had a bunch of them leftover from some other product and decided to repurpose it for this event and as far as I can remember, no such thing appeared in the movie. Anyways, it’s $5.99 value and it is free with your LEGO Batman Movie purchase of $30 or more. You may be able to just outright buy the pod, and you’ll get 20% off of that. Which leads me to the next promotion.

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To help take the bite off of the required purchase for the free Cave Pod item, TRU is offering a 20% discount on all LEGO Batman Movie purchases. How sweet is that? TLBM sets on sale AND a free Batman polybag set? Yes please.

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Both promotions run until June 17th, 2017 or while supplies last. Also, it would behoove you to call ahead. The first store I went to didn’t get the promo item at all. The LEGO item number is 5004929 if you need it. Happy hunting, y’all!

Nick Martin| June 2nd, 2017 | Reviews

Review: 76080 Ayesha’s Revenge

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A good measure of how decent a set is going to be can be puzzled out from the LEGO [email protected] listings… though being able to measure it requires you to have a good handle on marketing speak. Say what you want about LEGO, they have a marketing department that can spin a word salad with the best of them. With this set… I’m not sure they even tried. There are nine bullet points in the product description: three of them are just measurements, two (and parts of another) are trying to explain to you what that red blob is.

Guardians of the Galaxy involves a character named Ayesha. Her head is gold, and she does want some sort of revenge. I believe that is where the similarity between this set and the movie ends in any practical form. Okay, that’s not fair. Most of the parts of this set do have things you can point to in the movie… it’s just that they feel like they captured the wrong parts of the movie to give us. The ship was in there, but it is lacking the things that made it memorable in the movie. Ayesha was wearing a suit, but that’s not how you’re going to remember her. There was a cliff, but at no point in time did it resemble that little pile of random red bricks.

Still, this set comes with 323 parts and runs a nice $29.99 (and is frequently on sale… while I’m writing this it’s sitting at 20% off on Amazon), it’s the only way to get Yondu, and it comes with a Baby Groot in an outfit that was from one of my favorite segments of the movie. There are some very nice parts tucked into the set to… but the first impression that this set suffers from the same problems that most of the Super Heroes sets based on the movies do at this point. They have pretty much nothing to do with the source material past some minifigs.

Oh, and spoilers, because a lot of this review will be a rant about why the movie and the sets don’t seem to have much to do with one another.

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Don| May 31st, 2017 | Contests, LEGO Star Wars

Micro/Midis Contest Winners

contestbannerThe votes are in and we have our two winners!

Taking the Microfighter category is foximus-prime’s A-Wing

and on the Midi side, mediumsnowman’s CR90 Corvette (Tantive IV)
 Congratulations to both of you, and thanks again to all of the builders and forum members for participating.

Summer Wave Now Available

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It’s June and you know what that means? Time for summer wave to drain your wallet. It’s a Star Wars-heavy release with two of my highly anticipated sets, 75178 Jakku Quadjumper and 75532 Scout Trooper Speeder Bike. There’s a smattering of The LEGO Batman Movie that fleshes out the rest of the Rogues Gallery members. The other items included in today’s release include the flagship set for Minecraft, 21137 The Mountain Cave, is now available for purchase for just $249.99. And the highly-anticipated Saturn V rocket set from LEGO Ideas is also available now for general purchase for just $119.99. And finally, LEGO Super Heroes has a small showing with two sets based on the upcoming Spider-Man Homecoming film. Take a look below and see if any of those items whet your appetitie.

Oh, and even though this one’s been out for awhile, it bears mentioning that 76075 Wonder Woman Warrior Battle is now available. Go see the excellent movie, and then pick up this excellent set. Excellent from the looks of it, I mean, I don’t know, it’s not like I went out and bought it or anything, or even built it…. I’m just saying…

And one final note: spend $35 or more and not only will you get free shipping, you’ll also score the above pictured 5004932 LEGO Travel Companion set.

LEGO Star Wars

LEGO Minecraft

LEGO Ideas

THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE

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Don| May 24th, 2017 | Contests, LEGO Star Wars

Micro/Midis Contest Polls Are Open

contestbannerThe deadline came and went last night and now the polls are ready to go. Below are links to each voting thread and a gallery featuring all of the entries. And just a reminder, as usual you must have an active forum account to vote. Registration is on hold until the polls close. You have a full week to browse the field and make your choices, so feel free to take your time. Good luck builders, and thanks for building!


 

Vote for your favorite Microfighters here!


 

Vote for your favorite Midi-scale ships here!

Ace Kim| May 16th, 2017 | News

Star Wars Days Update

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Just a quick update for y’all regarding Star Wars Days.

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Ace Kim| May 16th, 2017 | Contests, LEGO Star Wars

One Week Left To Enter Our Micro/Midis Contest

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Don tells me we have just about a week or so left for this contest, so here’s your friendly reminder to finish up those Micro and/or Midi scale MOCs and enter them before the deadline of 11:59PM PDT Tuesday May 23rd 2017. You can read up on our contest details in our original post. Lots of good stuff so far and near as I can tell, there isn’t a whole lot of Midi scale stuff. Now could be your chance to swoop in take the top prize in that category, which is a MISB copy of 7778 Midi-scale Millennium Falcon. Nice? I think so.

Ace Kim| May 15th, 2017 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

TTGames Reveals LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Game Teaser Trailer

Update 2: Cover art revealed, at least for Nintendo Switch edition, below.

Update: You can read the official press release on Business Wire. It details that it will be released on November 14, 2017 for all current generation systems, with Nintendo Switch available as “this holiday season”.

Players will go head-to-head with the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror in an epic battle across Chronopolis, from Ancient Egypt and The Old West to Sakaar and New York City in 2099. Along the way, gamers will be able to take control of a host of iconic characters, from Cowboy Captain America from the past to Spider-Man 2099 from the future along with Thor, Hulk, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Green Goblin, and dozens of other Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains.

Ahead of E3, TTGames announced their newest game for the LEGO family of games: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2. Details are scant other than a full trailer release date of May 23rd. If there is a golden opportunity for an obscure character or alternate costume of a popular character to get a release, a free-with-purchase promo for this game would be it.

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