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Nick Martin | January 26th, 2016 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Reviews

Review: 76049 Avenjet Space Mission

76049 Avenjet Space Mission Full Set

It’s  no secret that I’m far more of a Marvel fan than a DC fan, both for characters and for movies. It also may be a bit of an understatement that I’m excited for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movie given that I’ve said that it’s based on my favorite comic event, and that Thanos is my favorite villain. I’ve also mentioned a few times that Captain Marvel (as well as her new backfill, Ms. Marvel) is one of my all-time favorite characters. Carol Danvers is awesome as a character, and the past couple of series where she changed from Ms. Marvel to Captain Marvel, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, is just a solid read all-around.

So, safe to say I was more than a little excited to buy and review 76049 Avenjet Space Mission when the earliest leaks first hit for the set. Sometimes, you know you’re going to get a set regardless of how bad it, or the price, is. We are all suckers for some feature or set, and putting two of my favorite characters in the same set was how LEGO gets me. My wife also likes to remind me that I have way too many favorites and hobbies… so maybe I’m just a sucker in general.

At 523 parts and a decent $59.99, thankfully LEGO didn’t seem to abuse my suckerishness too much. There are a few questions that come up when you look at the set though, like getting another Avengers jet while the Quinjet is still on the market and “do we really need a set with both Captain America AND Iron Man?” This price range has long been the sweet spot for Marvel Super Heroes sets, and there have been some very good sets for the same money in the past. So here’s hoping that when we look at it, it’s not just a $60 booster pack with Thanos and Captain Marvel…

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Don | January 25th, 2016 | Contests, LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars: Evolved Contest Winners!

Sunday evening marked the end of the public poll, and just our luck we wound up with a tie for third place. So, as we normally do in such a situation, we ran a staff poll over night to sort things out and we’re now ready to announce the winners.

In 1st place, by a bit of a landslide with 76 well earned votes: spacie’s Y-wing evo!
Y-wing evoHe even has a video showing off the awesome transformation feature:

Transform? Transform!
Next up in 2nd place, with 55 votes: henseld11’s YT-1400 Lightspeed freighter
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And rounding out 3rd place, with 47 votes and the winner of the staff’s tie-breaker poll: ThePaleMan’s Incom T-51 Airspeeder (Snowspeeder)
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But lets not forget our remaining winners, who will each also get one of the nice 18×24 posters Firespray hooked us up with! Coming in 4th place, also with 47 votes, Sydag’s ARC-209 Mk II ArctiidaeImage
In 5th place with 36 votes: cmaddison’s Incom T-47 Advanced SnowspeederImage
And tied for 5th with 36 votes too: tankm’s AT-MTP – All Terain Multi-Purpose walkerImage
And finally, in 7th place, wrapping it up with 34 votes: foximus-prime’s “Force Awakens” B-WingImage

Additionally, I want to throw in an honorable mention to bartosza6m and madLEGOman who picked up 33 and 32 voted respectively. The top slot may have won by a significant margin but the tail end of the winning entries was crazy close in votes. And still beyond them, everyone who built has my thanks for making this another incredible contest.

Ace Kim | January 25th, 2016 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

Last Chance To Get Silver Centurion Pre-order Bonus

Tomorrow is Tuesday, otherwise known as new media day, a day when you can get the newest games, movie, and tv releases. Tomorrow also happens to be the day that LEGO Marvel’s Avengers comes out for all major gaming systems. Today, however, is the last day you can place your pre-order over at GameStop and get the Iron Man Silver Centurion bonus minifigure pictured above. It is included free with your purchase for the game. It is only valid with physical copies of the game; digital downloads and season passes do not qualify.

Nick Martin | January 21st, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews, Star Wars, The Force Awakens

Review: 75104 Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle

75104 Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle Full Set

The first wave of LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens sets were kind of odd in the fact that the two most expensive in the series, Kylo Ren’s shuttle and 75105 Millennium Falcon were probably the two least desirable of the entire line. Kylo Ren’s shuttle smacked of another big-set clunker from Clone Wars, The Twilight, and the Falcon had it’s huge price and some of the issues that I covered in the review. It wasn’t until after I saw the movie that I wanted this set and also ended up reviewing 75104 Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle.

Part of that is that I wanted Kylo Ren and General Hux, honestly. The other was that in the movie, it was actually a fairly cool ship. Much like the Imperial Landing craft, it ended up being far better than I was expecting based on the promotional art and initial toy releases. The biggest knock on the landing craft was that it suffered from a problem of scale (and provided an easy target for making boat jokes, and apparently confusing people who didn’t understand that comments about it being a boat were jokes). The shuttle didn’t suffer the scale problem as much, since it came in a hefty $119.99 and 1005 pieces.

The biggest problem with the command shuttle is obvious just looking at the box: it’s the wrong color. Another problem came after watching the movie (and is very non-spoiler-y)… the wings should angle out when in flight as well as extend. The box makes a big point that they go up, but they’re obviously stuck in the fully upright position, and we know from the movie that you do not want to lay small annoyances at the feet of a disgruntled Hot Topic employee. The question is was there enough other stuff in the ship to overcome those two fairly big issues?

Mild Spoiler warning, since we’re talking about a movie I hope everyone that’s a fan of our site has already seen.

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Ace Kim | January 19th, 2016 | LEGO Dimensions, News

New Dimensions Level Released Today: Ghostbusters

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You want to play a LEGO Ghostbusters game? This is how you’re going to play a LEGO Ghostbusters game, via Dimensions of course. Based on the clip released today, it seems like you can play through the two movies if you pick up the level pack. And with the dialog taken straight out of the movie, it seems like a legit, complete, LEGO game. And the only way to play it is through LEGO Dimensions. I wouldn’t be surprised if Dimensions became the platform of choice to make a LEGO licensed game that wouldn’t necessarily qualify for a full release like a triple-A title would warrant, like LEGO Marvel’s Avengers. Ghostbusters, Simpsons, Portal, etc, all of those levels are chock full of content and feel like stand alone games if it wasn’t for the Toy Pad gimmick.

The Ghostbusters Level Pack is out today along with the DC Comics Team Pack with The Joker and Harley Quinn and Fun Packs 71230 Back To The Future Doc Brown, 71238 Doctor Who Cyberman, and 71234 Ninjago Sensei Wu. Amazon still has them all on sale too if you don’t mind waiting a bit. They have Level Packs for $22.49, Team Packs for $18.74, and Fun Packs for just $7.49. Shipping may be delayed for some packs due to the crazy holiday sales last month but the discount is worth waiting the extra couple of days or weeks.

Sensei-Wu-(2) Joker-&-Harley-(5a) Ghostbusters-Level-Pack-(35) Ghostbusters-Level-Pack-(22) Ghostbusters-Level-Pack-(13) Ghostbusters-Level-Pack-(10) Doc-Brown-(6) Doc-Brown-(3) Cyberman-(1)
Nick Martin | January 19th, 2016 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Reviews

Review: 76044 Clash of the Heroes

76044 Clash of Heroes Full Set

Before we get into a review of 76044 Clash of the Heroes, the $12.99 set for Batman vs. Superman… I need to be honest: I am not at all excited about this movie. It’s not Affleck hate… I actually like him as an actor and think he can do a decent job with the character. It’s not that I didn’t like the Man of Steel sets (I didn’t), or didn’t like the movie (it was okay). The comic of the same name is actually pretty awesome, so it would be cool if it hit the big screen.

Sadly, the first trailer dashed any of those hopes. That trailer is the whole reason I’m at best indifferent, and at most, aggravated, by the movie. They could have stuck to the whole two heroes fighting angle and then had the biggest surprise in a superhero movie to date, but had to wrap up the trailer and spoil the whole bloody thing. I know, I just recently ranted about spoilers, but I also said there were times where it was valid. Unless they’re pulling the ultimate fake out and they actually cast Jesse Eisenberg as Mister Mxyzptlk… they gave away absolutely everything of consequence in that trailer. More than that, they basically took the over-the-top violence of Man of Steel, which was the biggest criticism, made it a central plot-point for the conflict while turning it up to 11.

First impressions are pretty important in a set… and let’s just say that the 92 parts in this set, followed by the two DC minifigs that I know are the central characters in the movie but are seemingly in every single set that gets made. It’s inexpensive, but there are a whole lot of sets in the same price range that deliver a lot of value that’s not apparent right away here. I’d warn about spoilers, but given that the movie isn’t out yet and the trailer already spoiled everything… what’s the point?

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Don | January 17th, 2016 | Contests, LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars: Evolved Contest Poll And Gallery Ready

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The deadline has come and gone as of midnight last night, and we wound up with total of 78 qualifying entries. The Y-Wing got the most love with 17 variations but there are about two dozen different ships represented and a lot of fan favorites have multiple different takes to compare. The poll is live in the forum so if you have an active account you can sign in and vote here. You get seven votes to spread around and a week to decide, so take your time and be sure to check out all the amazing submissions. You can see them all in the gallery below:

Ace Kim | January 15th, 2016 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics

More Civil War Set Pics

76051 Super Hero Airport Battle - 3

These pictures come courtesy of TAG Hobby. They posted pictures of sets based on the next chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Captain America: Civil War. There is one huge spoiler in these set images so if you haven’t seen them yet, it would be best not to click through. And in case you’re wondering, the Winter Soldier minifig is completely different from last year’s Shop@Home promo figure. Speculators, you can now breathe a sigh of relief.

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Nick Martin | January 13th, 2016 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Reviews

Review: 76030 Avengers Hydra Showdown

76030 Duel with Hydra Full Set

Okay, first things first… I know that the tires on the buggy are wrong in some of the pictures. I’m not sure if I put them on, or if my daughter switched the tires while playing with this (at least one of us enjoyed the thing)… but at some point, they got messed up. Such are the trials of trying to share your hobby with a LFOL (Little Fan of LEGO, a term I expect to never catch on) who also happens to be so very, very, three years old.

I’ve been intending to review 76030 Avengers Hydra Showdown for awhile, it just kept getting pushed back. I know the set is a bit older at this point, but still one of the cheapest in the Super Heroes line with the stuff that was released in 2006. It’s unique for being the only Age of Ultron set without any versions of Ultron, which isn’t that terrible of a thing, yet at the same time, basically being a rip-off of the SHIELD truck we got with the first avengers line.

At 220 piece and only $19.99, the set hits a price/parts that’s pretty rare in… well, anything. It’s also the only set that’s not a Helicarrier that includes Hawkeye, and one of two with Thor. I’d like to get all worked up how Hawkeye gets left out, much like Black Widow gets locked into single sets (and the Helicarrier)… but getting shafted is sort of Hawkeye’s thing. Though, to be fair, movie Hawkeye isn’t the prepetual train wreck that comic Hawkeye is. That’s kind of a shame, actually, because comic Hawkeye is a pretty interesting character, and I would love to see Kate Bishop enter the MCU lexicon. Looking at you, Agents of SHIELD…

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Ace Kim | January 12th, 2016 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

LEGO Officially Reveals 76052 Batman Classic TV Series – Batcave

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Following the heels of the facebook leak last week, LEGO has officially pulled the curtains aside on their newest D2C set: 76052 Batman Classic TV Series – Batcave. Based on the pictures and video, they seemed to have captured every campy bit anyone can remember. The minifig selection is nearly perfect with Mr. Freeze being the only missing villain. Commissioner Gordon and Batgirl are also no shows as well. Alfred could almost pass as a Stan Lee truth be told. Hot pink suit Joker. Julie Newmar Catwoman. Oh my. We’re not even halfway through January and I’m already feeling poor. Comes out on March 1 for $269.99 USD/$329.99 CAD. I need to go sit down.

View the rest of the images, Designer Video, and official press release.