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Don | June 14th, 2016 | Contests

Themed Speeder Bike Contest Winners

It’s been a long weeks wait for the poll to close but the results are in and we now have our winners. Up first is first place with 26 votes – Captain America vs Hydra, by tankm:

Those two earned you the 75094 Tydirium Shuttle and a Force Awakens polybag C3PO. Congrats!

Second and third place actually wound up as a tie, with 20 votes each. The first to reach that many was
Master Beef’s BC-Barracuda and Caribbean CLPR:

And closing the narrow gap in the final day, ted @ndes’ Snow Fox & Caribou:

Both of them will also receive polybag 3POs. Solid builds all around, an a nice spread among the winners with old themes and new without being entirely dominated by licensed properties.

I also want to take this chance to give a shout out to Trooper10 and his Lord of the Rings: Saruman and Galadriel speeders – which won the vote among the bikes present at Star Wars Days down at LEGOLand the weekend before last and just happened to land in fourth place here with 18 votes:

 All in all this contest was really fun and as always we want to thank the builders who contributed and forum members for sorting them out.

Ace Kim | June 14th, 2016 | LEGO Dimensions, News

Green Arrow Is The E3 Exclusive

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Update: Green Arrow is not an E3 exclusive. It is a “fan event exclusive”, meaning he will be given away at other events. You are encouraged to follow LEGO Dimensions on social media to find other ways to obtain him. You can find LEGO Dimensions on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Green Arrow is this year’s LEGO Dimensions E3 exclusive. He comes with a gold disc, which all promo/limited edition characters will come with. He loads up as a character in the game but will not come with any battle arena maps or other goodies like the other year 2 assortments will.

There were rumors that a Supergirl figure would also be given away here but so far she is a no show. She may be given away at this year’s San Diego Comic Con as there is usually a large video game presence there and it is the next major pop culture event on the calendar. Of course once we have confirmation we’ll post it here.

Ace Kim | June 14th, 2016 | LEGO, News

LEGO Worlds Display At E3

It wouldn’t be E3 without a large LEGO display. This model was built by LCP Nathan Sawaya to promote LEGO Worlds, an open world build anything game that apparently is not a Minecraft clone even though it looks and smells like one. The game is now available through Steam Early Access for $14.99. I was told that if you play now you can use the same save file for when the game gets officially released. It’s only available for Mac Windows PC at the moment but they are working on making it available on other platforms. The full game will be released early next year.

More pictures of the model are below.

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Ace Kim | June 14th, 2016 | LEGO Dimensions, News

YouTube Live Previews LEGO Dimensions Battle Arenas

E3 is happening this week and starts today as a matter of fact. This video above is a recording of the YouTube live stream. There’s a segment right at the beginning covering one of the new features that’s coming out in LEGO Dimensions with the new wave: Battle Arenas. They demo the Capture the Flag game in a 4-player split screen mode. Some things I’ve been able to glean from the demo:

  • Every single new pack will have content for Battle Arenas .
  • There are power ups that you can use in the arena.
  • You can use flying characters (which seems rather unfair when playing against characters that can’t fly but maybe the arena power ups will account for that)
  • You can use the first year’s characters in the battle arenas.
  • You can play by yourself against CPU characters.
  • The release schedule for future sets will follow the same schedule as last year: September, November, January, and March.

The demo only lasts a few minutes and shows some disruption-type effects you can lay on your opponents.

Ace Kim | June 14th, 2016 | LEGO Volkswagen, News

LEGO Announces 10252 Volkswagen Beetle

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Look at all that azure blue. This sexy little ’60s-style Volkswagen Beetle takes after the Volkswagen T1 Camper Van in both style, details, and price! While the Camper Van’s price strangely sits at $119.99, the Beetle is only $99.99. It’s a surfer themed car and as such comes with a surfboard and a cooler filled various beverages. They look to be built around the same scale making it a better match for the Camper Van than the 10187 model ever could be. 10252 Volkswagen Beetle will be available for sale on August 1, 2016. There may or may not be early bird VIP access for this set in July. Headed to Comic Con though? If I were a betting man, I’d be a whole dollar that this set will be there available for purchase at the retail section of LEGO’s booth. Otherwise, August 1 will be here soon enough.

See more pictures, watch the designer video, and read the official press release for 10252 Volkswagen Beetle

Ace Kim | June 13th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens Demo Now Available for Playstation 4

Playstation 4 owners: if you were on the fence about picking up LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game you can now try out a free demo of the game. Simply visit the game’s page on the Official US Playstation Store and click on the “Try Free Demo” button. You’ll need to sign in if you’re not already. Or search for the game from within the store interface on your PS4 console. The demo is also available on the Europe Playstation Store, and the Australia Playstation Store. I couldn’t find it on Japan’s store site, but then again I don’t speak the language.

The game comes out on June 28, 2016. You can pre-order the deluxe edition and get a free Finn as First Order Stormtrooper with dirty sand stains on his Stormtrooper armor because he just woke up on Jakku after crashlanding there polybag. And yes, that is the official title of the polybag. If you’re a Prime member, pre-order from Amazon to get 20% off the list price and free release day delivery. The deluxe edition will also net you fancy 3D packaging, season pass which will include all three level packs and five character packs, and immediate access to the Empire Strikes Back character pack. PS4 editions will also immediately get The Phantom Limb Level Pack and Droid Character Pack, something Xbox One owners do not get.

Nick Martin | June 13th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75074 Snowspeeder Microfighters

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Ah, Microfighters… I feel sorry for you. You’re like a rebound relationship, unfortunately, and so many of us aren’t over the sting of losing the Planets series for you. It’s not really your fault, it’s just that everything you do is always going to be compared to those glorious little orbs of swirly colors. It’s kind of a shame, really. If we weren’t so stung by the fact that we miss planets, we could look back and see that they weren’t really the right series for us. Sure, the minifigs were cool, but there weren’t hardly any cool parts and most of those spheres now sit in a bin that we totally swear we are going to use someday.

Okay, in truth, I wasn’t shocked at all to see Planets go. They languished on shelves, distribution was sketchy at best, and LEGO was hampered by poor distribution and marketing choices for it. Microfighters, as a line, makes a whole lot more sense. It capitalizes on the chibi look that the kids seem to love, it gives a better variety of parts, and there’s a lot more options for what these can do. With Dimensions showing up soon, I wouldn’t be shocked in the slightest to see these things suddenly morph into a Star Wars version of the game (and triple in price). There seems to be a tabletop game just screaming to get made with the existing line.

I reviewed a couple of these sets in the first wave, the Clone Turbo Tank and the X-Wing, while Ken handled the Falcon and the AAT, and the reviews basically ran the spectrum. Or, rather, droid sets bad, unique figures good, which I guess really isn’t a spectrum. The second wave was a similarly interesting mix, but didn’t have any unique characters in it like Han, making all of these sets potential army builders. In reviewing 75074 Snowspeeder, I was struck by the absurdity that the $10 microfighter snowspeeder was probably a more accurate, and better value, than the minifigure scale version of the set that’s also out.

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Ace Kim | June 10th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars

LEGO Star Wars The Freemaker Adventures Official Trailer

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LEGO Star Wars The Freemaker Adventures debuts in a little over a week, so you can bet there’s going to be some hype surrounding it. The official trailer was posted on YouTube today while park guests at LEGOLAND California’s Star Wars Days last weekend were treated to early screenings of the first episode.

I attended a press day screening of the Freemaker Adventures and I gotta say, I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. The first episode will air on Disney XD on Monday June 20th at 10:00am EDT with episodes 2 through 4 airing each day after at the same time on the same channel.

Ace Kim | June 10th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Disney XD Hosts Battle of the Bricks This Saturday

Update: The time is 8:00pm EDT.

Disney XD will be live streaming a special “LEGO Star Wars The Freemaker Adventures Battle of the Bricks” event on their YouTube channel to promote the LEGO Star Wars Freemaker Adventures. Several members of the LEGO User Group of Los Angeles (LUGOLA) will be participating. The event is tomorrow on Saturday June 11th, streams on Disney XD’s YouTUbe channel, starts at 8pm, and will be hosted by Zach King. Aside from what’s been shown in the trailer, which is nothing, its anyone’s guess what’s involved. There’s a building competition of some sort… and that’s all I got.

On a side note, I’ve seen a screening of the Freemaker Adventures and, dudes, it’s good! Set your DVRs!

Ace Kim | June 9th, 2016 | LEGO Dimensions, Sales News

Amazon Lists Pre-orders For New DIMENSIONS Packs, Discounts Existing Packs

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Amazon has listed the newly announced LEGO Dimensions Story, Level, Team and Fun packs on their site. They also published a release date of September 27, 2016 for this wave. Pricing is MSRP but with Amazon’s pre-order price guarantee, you’ll always get their lowest price listed between the time your order and the time the game ships. There are no new starter sets as the new wave, and I’m assuming all future waves, will be compatible with the existing Toy Pad.

Need to catch up? Amazon is also discounting most if not all existing packs. Now’s a perfect time to fill the holes in your collection. Here’s a samplling of what’s on sale: