It seems that with every Star Wars series, there is a ship that is so prominently used it should have it’s own trailer on the set. For the original trilogy, we had the Millennium Falcon. The prequels didn’t have one and probably one of the many reasons why they sucked so bad. The Clone Wars series had the Twilight but admittedly I never watched it so I can’t say how often it was used but regardless of that, it wasn’t exactly warmly received. And now, for Rebels, we have 75053 The Ghost. It’s one of two sets right out of the gate from LEGO based on the upcoming cartoon, the other being 75048 The Phantom which we panned in our review. So how did the Ghost measure up?
I guess it’s Captain America week. Both Walmart and Amazon are discounting 76017 Captain America vs. Hydra down to $14.97. That’s a 25% discount off of the $19.99 MSRP. The set comes with 172 pieces and Captain America, Red Skull, and a Hydra henchman minifigures. This is the lowest price we’ve seen this set and beats our last mention by 3%.
In the realm of somewhat pointless milestones (unless you’re one of their private stockholders) that are cool none-the-less, LEGO has surpassed Mattel as the largest toymaker in the world. I assume this includes being larger than Santa, because he just gives me a lot of LEGO stuff. $2.03 billion in sales and $477 million in profits is a whole lot of money, so I guess we know where that markup on sets like the Mos Eisley Cantina is going.
It’s interesting that LEGO took the crown from Mattel, who makes Barbie, owns MEGA, and also pushes American Girls and a kajillion other toys. Of course, it’s likely that the Mattel numbers don’t include all the MEGA stuff yet, but they’ve been hurting lately. I’m not sure how the Barbie MEGA Bloks line is doing, but it competes directly with Friends in the super-pink aisle of the toy store. Plus, there’s still Hasbro out there, doing what it does, and competing directly with LEGO on a lot of different lines.
We’ve covered the girl problem here recently, and I maintain that LEGO can make a huge difference in pushing toys. Given that they’re basically ignoring half the market on a huge majority of their products, it could be that making their products more diverse gets them even strong as the king of the mountain…
We’re barely into September but LEGO has already posted some upcoming events at Toys’R’Us stores for the month of October no doubt to celebrate the unofficial Product Push Month better known as Bricktober.
First up on October 11th, you can build your own mini Ghost ship. There’s no picture of what is you’ll be building or any other promotional graphic. I honestly wouldn’t waste my time going to this event. I can’t imagine the model being interesting enough to warrant the trip.
But, the October 18th event looks way, way better. As seen in the graphic above, you’ll be able to build the Bat Signal. How cool is that? The answer is WAY cool.
All events start at 12:00pm and run until 2:00pm or while supplies last. It is advisable you get there earlier rather than later.
Amazon has finally put up Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2-Disc 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack + Digital HD) up for pre-order. The current asking price is $24.99 for the combo pack which is discounted by 38% off of MSRP of $39.99. Single disc editions are also available: $19.99 for the Blu-ray and $14.99 for DVD. The movie is scheduled to be released this coming Tuesday September 9th.
By way of Brickstar on YouTube, neoape has painstakingly taken screen shots from his video of every step of the instruction manual from the San Diego Comic Con Batmobile set. You can get the Batman and Robin minifigures from LEGO Juniors 10672 Batman: Defend the Bat Cave and, according to the article, a good number of parts from LEGO City 60007 High Speed Chase . Obviously you’ll have to source the rest of the parts from your own collection or other places like Bricklink or LEGO’s part ordering system. The only thing you don’t get is the packaging. The post over at neoape has pictures of the parts list.
ninnymuggins murphquake for the tip.
That’s right folks, our four remaining builders have just under a day left to post their final models. The deadline is 11:59PM PST Tonight. Rolli and markus1984 are sorting out the top slots while Legopard or goatman461 will be picking up third. Once all four post and the deadline passes I can lock down the submissions and the last polls will be ready to run. I’m really looking forward to see what everyone has come up with with the final theme wide open.
We’ll see how long the video lasts, but just2good from Eurobricks has posted a video on YouTube showing off the upcoming UCS Slave I. The video is basically a slideshow of the clean images LEGO tends to produce for their set images.
I’ll save my rants for when I do the review but I will say that the minifig selection is disappointing. No details on pricing yet but it should fall around $199.99 and I believe the release date for the set is November. This was probably the big set reveal for Brickcon in early October.
Update: just2good posted hi-res photos to his flickr account:
Ah, the Mos Eisley Cantina… a boil in the middle of a hive of scum and villainy. It’s notable for being the point in Episode IV where it really started to hit you just how… unique… the setting was going to be. Sure, the opening fight was incredible, but it was humans against humans. We liked Jawas, but they were in robes. Here though, we suddenly get dozens of different species, we get the murder of a bounty hunter (because HAN SHOT FIRST!), and we get to see just how cool a lightsaber can be.
Despite being so critical to the entire original trilogy… after all, this was the place that brought everyone together that would pretty much move through the rest of the films… it’s been basically ignored by LEGO. We’ve had exactly two sets that deal with the place, 2004’s absurdly overpriced Mos Eisley Cantina, and this year’s absurdly overpriced remake of the same name. Sure, we’ve gotten a couple of Landspeeders as well, but that’s about it. There are a bunch of similarities, outside of the size between the two sets: both have a Landspeeder with Luke and Obi-Wan, both have a Dewback and a Sandtrooper, and both have Han and Greedo.
At $40 more than the original, there is obviously a whole lot more to this set: 3 Bith, which fall into that “it’s about time” realm of minifigs, and a lot more parts. To be fair, I was excited when we saw the name first leaked, and then very let down when we finally saw this thing. It shows that LEGO knows exactly how to manipulate us AFOL fans with the inclusion of the Bith in the set, since I don’t think Greedo would have been enough by himself to get us to buy it by our first impressions alone. Of course, now that I’ve gotten it in hand, built it, and started reviewing it, the real question is does it line up to those impressions. And if so, what joke I am going to use to make fun of it?