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Ace Kim | January 22nd, 2015 | Events, LEGO Star Wars, News

New Marvel Star Wars Comics Offers More Comic Bricks Choices

Still looking for something to build for Star Wars Days? I was taking a look at the sign up sheets and I noticed that Comic Bricks wasn’t getting a lot of love which is actually good news for you. The fewer the entries there are in a particular category, the better your chances are at winning the Best in Category prize of $100 gift card and an additional retail discount coupon. If you’re not inspired by the selection of comic book covers over at Rebelscum, keep in mind that a brand new Star Wars series started just this month. Star Wars #1 hit the stands last week and with it came a total of 69 different variant covers. Bleeding Cool‘s compiled them all into one place for you for easy breezy browsing needsf.

Don’t forget, Darth Vader #1 comes out next month, as well as Star Wars #2, and Princess Leia #1 makes its debut in March.

Star Wars #2

You can sign up for Star Wars Days right here.

Ace Kim | January 22nd, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Amazon Applies 30% Discount To Three Star Wars Sets

Did you miss the flash sale of the Mos Eisley Cantina set yesterday? Well, if you’re an emotional shopper like me and want to fill the void left in your heart by the missed opportunity, well you’re in luck! Amazon is applying a 30% discount on three LEGO Star Wars sets:

Ace Kim | January 21st, 2015 | Events, LEGO Star Wars, News

West Inn & Suites Offers Discount Rate for Star Wars Days Weekend

If you’re considering going to or are already registered for Star Wars Days and need a place to stay, West Inn & Suites in Carlsbad, CA is offering FBTB participants of Star Wars Days 2015 at LEGOLAND California a special discounted rate for March 6 and 7. The hotel is located just 1.5 miles away from the park and is rated #2 overall in Carlsbad on TripAdvisor. Every room includes the following amenities:

  • Complimentary breakfast buffet.
  • Complimentary wifi access.
  • Complimentary shuttle service to/from LEGOLAND* and to/from the beach.
  • No resort fees.
  • No charge for parking.
  • Free cookies and milk for the kids in the evening.

You must book your room no later than February 20th and only a handful of rooms are available at these special rates. The room type and rates are as follows:

Single King Deluxe Rooms – $139 plus tax
Double King Deluxe Rooms – $159 plus tax
Single King Suites – $159 plus tax

In order to book and get the special rate, follow this link and book before February 20. Alternatively you may book directly with the hotel by calling them at 1-866-431-9378 and mention the code FBTB.NET.

FBTB is NOT receiving any sort of compensation for this post nor for any bookings through the above link. We are simply passing on the savings.

* – Shuttle service to and from LEGOLAND begins at 8:00am and runs every 20 minutes based on guests needs until 1 hour after the park closes.

Ace Kim | January 21st, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Walmart Discounts 75052 Mos Eisley Cantina

75052 Box Art

Update: Both deals have expired.

Update: Amazon has matched the price. $48.99.

Walmart.com is applying a 30% discount to 75052 Mos Eisley Cantina set which, according to Nick, is “about worth it at that price”. The set is only available for store pickup and thus Amazon has not bothered to match it, which is a shame if you ask me. Final price is $48.99 plus whatever your state charges you for tax.

Ace Kim | January 20th, 2015 | DC Universe, LEGO Star Wars, Marvel Comics, News

Brick Fanatics Reports On London Toy Fair

Scooby
Who’s the newest LEGO license? This guy!

The fine folks over at Brick Fanatics posted their London Toy Fair report. No pictures were allowed but they give a breakdown of summer wave for just about all of the themes. Some interesting notes:

Star Wars:
– No Episode VII sets were shown, and I imagine this to be the case for the upcoming New York Toy Fair as well.
– There’s a $40 Flash Speeder coming out.

Marvel:
– Miles Morales Spider-man.
– There’s 1 Ant-Man set.

DC:
– More Batman sets.

Jurassic World:
– Prepare your wallets: there are a total of 6 Jurassic World sets.

And finally, Scooby Doo is actually happening with five sets.

You can read more on Brick Fanatics

Ace Kim | January 19th, 2015 | Events, LEGO Star Wars, News

Star Wars Days Registration Now Open

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Before we get to the details on how to register for Star Wars Days 2015 at LEGOLAND California, I just wanted to mention that, unbeknownst to us, our contact form wasn’t working for whatever reason, for a couple of weeks, possibly months. I think I got the kinks worked out and we are now able to successfully receive messages. So, if you’ve tried to send us a message and haven’t gotten a reply back by now, please try sending your message again.

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Nick Martin | January 19th, 2015 | LEGO The Hobbit, Reviews

Review: 79015 Witch-King Battle

79015 - Full Set

When I signed up for this set, I asked if I could just review it as a parts pack, and got told “shut up and stop your whining.” Okay, it might have just been “no” and most likely Ace has forgotten that entire conversation, but it was a quandary of a set. We’ve gotten an Elrond figure before, but Galadriel and the Witch-King are both new. Galadriel! I guess we have something to be thankful in Jackson’s changes to The Hobbit after all.

Of course, that Witch-King figure is probably the most inaccurate representation of a figure in the history of LEGO, and this whole set is a package of… “um, okay.” I think about 1/3rd of the Hobbit line has been sets that are basically just MOC parts for bigger sets, or things to add-on. This one isn’t even really a glorified battle pack, as you’re unlikely to need multiples of any of the characters, unless you really want those skeleton guys.

At $15, this is the “small” set in the lineup that’s typically been an okay spot (the real standouts for The Hobbit and LotR are typically the $30 sets). Riddles for the Ring was a good, inexpensive set, and the Dol Guldur Ambush was okay and a good source of Orcs (also, currently on sale on Shop@Home). Obviously, at first glance, this set is all about the figures… so is it worth it at the price, and do the figures actually represent the characters?

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Ace Kim | January 15th, 2015 | News, The LEGO Movie

Everything Is Not Awesome: The LEGO Movie Gets Snubbed By Oscar

At the crack of dawn today, The LEGO Movie did NOT get an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. In any given year, there are a handful of animated features released into theaters. Before I became a parent and kids animated movies were even on my radar, it was always my belief that even then, if I’ve at least heard of the movie, it would get an Oscar nod. Well, now that I am a parent of three, I’m more keenly aware of what’s out there that I can take my kids to. Some of the movies in the Best Animated Feature category are pretty much a given: How To Train Your Dragon 2, Big Hero 6, and The Boxtrolls. The last two I haven’t even heard of: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and Song of the Sea. The LEGO Movie wasn’t the only one to not get an Oscar nomination; The Penguins of Madascar is also noticeably absent as well as The Book of Life which received a Golden Globe nomination.

I realize that not every animated movie can be given a nomination just for simply existing. They have to appeal to the members of the academy enough to get a coveted vote. I also realize I am completely biased here, but still. And I’m not the only one upset about this. Articles and tweets abound. LEGO Movie Director Phil Lord was a good sport about the whole thing though.

The silver lining in all of this is that they did get a nod for Best Original Song, and if history is any indication, the song will be performed at the show. I have my fingers crossed for Tegan and Sara to perform their version.

Nominees for Best Animated Feature
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Song of the Sea

Nominees for Best Original Song
“Everything Is Awesome” by Shawn Patterson, “The LEGO Movie”
“Glory” by Common and John Legend, “Selma”
“Grateful” by Diane Warren, “Beyond the Lights”
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond, “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”
“Lost Stars” by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois, “Begin Again”

The 87th Academy Awards will air on ABC on February 22nd at 4:00pm Pacific/7:00pm Eastern.

Ace Kim | January 13th, 2015 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Arrow Pack DLC Available Today

So are people still playing this? I only ask because I haven’t and probably won’t. Too busy Smashing. Anyways, if you’re still playing this, or have played it to death, the Arrow Pack DLC should breath some new life into the game. It brings TV Green Arrow, Slade Wilson, Black Canary, Malcolm Merlyn and more. The Arrow Pack is available individually for $2.99 or as part of the season pass and can be downloaded today for PS3 and PS4 and tomorrow for Xbox systems.

Ace Kim | January 13th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

New Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer

Is this new? I think it’s new. My email tells me it’s new. I don’t know though since apparently there’s a trailer out there I haven’t seen yet so I’m not sure. Check out the newest trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron coming out on May 1. Definitely a much more darker and grittier vibe.