If you’ve been enjoying all the recent animated LEGO specials like the Batman Be-Leaguered one (that I missed) and wish there were more, you’re in luck. LEGO Justice League vs. Bizarro League is due out on Bluray and DVD on February 10th, 2015 and it will include another exclusive minifigure, Bizarro Batman. Looks like they went with some of the voices from recent DC cartoons like Khary Payton as Cyborg and Diedrich Bader as Guy Gardner. Those who have no interest in the figure (I’m sure you’re out there), will no doubt be able to catch this on Cartoon Network, Teletoon, etc at a later date. At this point, I don’t know why they don’t just make a LEGO Justice League series. I’ll be picking this one up and fighting my son for the figure, though I’m really left wanting a Zur-En-Arrh Batman now… and Bizarro.
The announcement went out late Friday but I finally have time to wrap my head around it. LEGO Ideas announced that the review process has concluded for the first half of 2014 review period(s) and have decided that two projects will be made into official sets: #009 LEGO Bird Project and #010 Big Bang Theory. Unfortunately, Modular Apple Store and BTTF – Jules Verne Train were rejected.
The LEGO Bird Project was a no brainer. I saw that being approved a marathon away. I would have been more surprised had it not become a set. The Big Bang Theory though, that one was surprising to me. I’m not going to pretend to be a fan of the show. Having never watched a single episode I can’t say whether or not the set appeals to me as a self-confessed nerd/geek. What does appeal to me thought is that the set represents. Based on the submitted project, I didn’t think it stood a chance what with all seven minifigs and the pattern of CUUSOO/Ideas sets that have come before. So, the fact that it was made is kind of a good sign and maybe cracks open the door of possibilities just a little wider as to what can be made into official sets.
The two Doctor Who sets that are still under consideration is a bit of a mystery but given that The Big Bang Theory was approved, I honestly can’t gauge their viability. Since they are not outright rejected and still being considered, there’s a strong possibility that they will be made into sets. Maybe the two sets are entering the octagon to see which is the better set. Maybe they’ll do one super set with influences from both submitted projects. Maybe there’s a whole new theme of Doctor Who sets in the works and they’re trying to figure out how this fits into that. Maybe I should stop talking.
Update: It seems those listings were a mistake and now they’ve been 404’d. Congrats if you got your order in. Seems like we’ll have to wait until the 15th now.
New LEGO Minecraft sets are now available for purchase and delivery from Amazon.com. Shop@Home lists the sets as being available starting November 15th so you can at least get a jump on it by a few days. With Christmas right around the corner, these set will surely be popular for gifts for the Minecraft gamer slash LEGO fan assuming they’re into building their own environments and not sticking to the instructions. Because, as I understand it, they don’t exactly adhere to Minecraft rules.
In any case, if you’re looking for fun new things to put under the tree for the Minecraft fan in your life, you could do worse and if these take off like I think they will, they will only be harder to get later.
The end of principal photography for Star Wars Episode VII has brought about two unsurprising events in its wake. The first was Mark Hamill rushing home to shave that itchy monstrosity off of his face and the second is Disney/Lucasfilm announcing the new films official title Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
I personally thought it would be The Search for More Money, but there may have been copyright issues. It does raise a lot of questions though: Awakens who, or what? Why did it fall asleep in the first place? Do Midichlorians hibernate?
November is LEGO Variant month for DC and today’s new comic book day brings the first bunch to these covers to comic book stores. With only four this week, it’s an easy start for those who want to catch them all. The lackluster concept put into these had me sitting on the fence for quite some time, but I told my local shop that if they get me a copy of every one of them I’ll take them. Otherwise, I pass. I figure it’s an easy sale for them, because these aren’t rare variants and could be ordered individually, so I leave it in their hands. Not worth chasing them for me with these ones. Are you planning to get them all? I’ve included a link to purchase each variant from Midtown Comics in the list below. Good hunting.
Amazon has once again restocked 21109 Exo Suit at MSRP of $34.99 just when Target.com has run out of stock. It looks like LEGO is putting enough of these out that everyone that wants one or two or three may be able to get them in time for the holiday. It’s still puzzling as to why Shop@Home won’t stock up on any, instead allocating all incoming shipments from their assembly line straight to their retail partners as well as Brand Retail stores. While I applaud LEGO for feeding their supply chain with Exo Suit sets, I can only do so half-assedly since 21110 Research Institutes are still a no-show everywhere.
Looking for something to do this weekend? Join BrickStuds, the maker of the STUDS builder collectible cards, as they host a booth (Booth #1210) this weekend November 8th and 9th at this year’s Designer Con, an annual art and design convention that smashes together collectible toys and designer apparel with urban, underground and pop art! BrickStuds was gracious enough to invite BrickNerd, FBTB, and select members of LUGOLA and SanDLUG to put together a massive booth.
BrickStuds will also be debuting a new building theme called Comic Bricks! The idea is simple: take any comic book cover and building it using LEGO. There’s a website that forwards to a flickr group already dedicated to the theme. There are a couple of pictures in there now but they are merely an amuse bouche to what will be displayed this weekend at Designer Con. Over 30 Comic Bricks! are expected with most if not all of them available for sale with the original comic that inspired the MOC. Here are a few more samples of what you can expect:
And as usual, FBTB will be hosting the speed build event. This year’s set shouldn’t be a surprise: 76023 The Tumbler will test the mettle of our rag tag team of builders.
Aside from the BrickStuds booth, there are tons of things to see and do. Tickets are only $5 if you buy them online now, or $10 for both days. If you buy passes at the show, they will be $7 per day. You can barely see a movie at that price and guaranteed you’ll have a better time at DCon. So come out, say hi, and take in some urban art culture. The show is this weekend November 8th (9am to 6pm) and 9th (10am to 5pm) from at the Pasadena Convention Center. All the information you need can be found on the DesignerCon website.
Ever wanted to build a full scale replica of Tony Stark’s Iron Man armour, but didn’t know where to start? Well ZetoVince is half way there in scale and he isn’t even finished. With plans to complete the bust with an ARC reactor and full chest piece, you can bet this build will show up again when he’s completed his work. The LEDs are a nice touch and the articulated neck is as well, but I’m a big fan of the breakdown seen below. I really need to start considering a breakdown for travel and storage when I start my builds from now on.
This would look great next to matching War Machine and Iron Patriot busts, no?
Update: According forum newcomer Kayne, there is a process to getting Benny’s at the $80 price tag:
I just checked it again this morning and you can still get the Spaceship today. Go to Walmart.com, and click on the online specials tab on the front page. Look for the lego bundle starting at $14.97. If you go into that bundle you can customize it to be the Spaceship which it says adds $65.03 to bundle price. That brings you to $80 even and you are happy!
I just tried this method and it works! I’ll save you a step and link to the starting bundle right here. The $80 price tag is still valid but unknown for how long.
Ahead of the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season, Black Friday, Walmart is jumping the gun by offering sales and deals throughout November. Today, November 1, they will be offering Rollbacks on more than 20,000 items throughout the store both physical and online. One item in particular is 70816 Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!. The price is a solid $80, a 20% drop from MSRP of $99.99 with free shipping or free store pick-up and is the best price we’ve seen on this set ever. At least that’s what this news article says it’s supposed to be because as of this writing, it’s still stuck at $94.97. Amazon, who has a habit of matching Walmart’s online prices, seems to be out of stock at the moment as their page shows the set being sold by Amazon Marketplace sellers. As far as I can tell, this deal is for one day only as each day seems to trigger a new type of sales promotion. You can read about the details here. If any more LEGO deals pop up, we’ll do our best to report it.
Amazon is discounting 75054 AT-AT down to $89.91 from an MSRP of $109.99. That’s an 18% savings. Free shipping automatically applies. This is the best price we’ve seen since the debut of this set.
The only other notable deal I was able to spot while skimming through other LEGO Star Wars sets was for 75020 Jabba’s Sail Barge. That’s discounted 28% from a third party seller no less. It’s a mere $85.88, down from $119.99. The Amazon price is just slightly worse at $88.99 which is still a great deal anyone can appreciate. Of course I have no idea how long that set has been sitting at that price so this may be old news to some of you.