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Ace Kim | April 15th, 2015 | News

LEGO Simpsons 71016 The Kwik-E-Mart Now Available to VIPs

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Available now for VIP Members, the newest building from Springfield, Apu’s Kwik-E-Mart is now ready for purchase. If you’re a VIP member, you must be logged in to purchase the set which will set you back $199 and comes with 2,179 pieces. The Kwik-E-Mart comes with Homer Simpson, Bart Simpson, Marge Simpson, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Chief Wiggum and Snake (a.k.a. Jailbird). While the first five minifigs have been released already in some form, Snake is all new and exclusive to this set.

We hope to have our review ready by the end of the weekend. So stay tuned for that.

Ace Kim | April 15th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars

[SWC] LEGO Unveils More Star Wars Buildable Figures

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LEGO announced today that they are revealing four more sets in their LEGO Star Wars Buildable Figures line. In addition to the Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader sets that were shown at New York Toy Fair earlier this year, General Grievous, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jango Fett, and Clone Commander Cody will be joining them on the shelf later this year. All of the figures will be on display at the LEGO booth at Celebration this week. You can see Grievous above and Obi-Wan below. Jango and Cody have yet to be revealed. The piece breakdown and set numbers are below:

LSW Buildable Figures Table

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You know, with these buildable figures, you’d think Hasbro would have a huge problem with it. But perhaps licensing terms have been more clearly defined allowing LEGO to release a building set that essentially produces an action figure. Maybe this means LEGO can start selling Star Wars minifig packs like they used to without gluing them down to a magnet base. Maybe this will pave the way for a Collectible Minifigure series based on licensed properties. Maybe pigs will fly one day.

Ace Kim | April 14th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

[SWC] LEGO at Celebration: Panels, Signings, Exclusive, and More!

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LEGO has sent out their Celebration schedule ahead of Thursday, the official first day of the Star Wars convention. To save you a download, I’ll just retype everything here:

Main Booth – Location #1025

Product Reveals:
Thursday: 12:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 11:00am

Tatooine Mini-Build Retail Exclusive:
Thursday: On sale starting at 11:00am until supplies last.
Friday-Sunday: On sale starting at 10:00am until supplies last.
Attendee badges only.

Exclusive Signing:
Meet the Master Model Builder that designed the LEGO Star Wars Exclusive set.
Thursday: 3:00pm
Friday-Saturday:2:00pm

In-booth Activity
Thursday-Saturday: During show hours, help build the world’s largest Darth Vader out of LEGO bricks.

LEGO Star Wars Play Area – Location #941

Micro Take:
During show hours, build a micro Star Wars vehicle out of LEGO bricks.
Thursday: Star Destroyer
Friday: X-wing
Saturday: TIE Fighter
Sunday: Millennium Falcon

LEGO Panel – Location: Digital Stage Room 300

Behind the scenes of LEGO Star Wars Droid Tales
Friday: 4:00pm-5:00pm

And of course, activities are subject to change.

For the Droid Tales panel, Director Michael Price along with Michael Donovan and Jason Cosler will be on hand to talk about the show. Droid Tales is a retelling of the Star Wars saga through the eyes of C-3PO and R2-D2.

I am still trying to get more information about the exclusive set.

The poster image you see at the top of this post will be on the back of all of the other Star Wars in LEGO movie posters they are giving away at the booth.

Ken Robichaud | April 13th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

New Ant-Man Trailer Builds To An Inevitable Train Wreck

It had to happen, right? Cho-cho-choosing Ant-Man to end Phase 2 of the MCU is begging to veer it off the rails as a follow up to Avengers: Age Of Ultron. What were they thinking? Seriously though, with AoU steering towards Civil War by highlighting the global implications of the emerging super hero community, Ant-Man is stepping on the gas with the risk of making abilities available to almost anyone. The march towards war is in full effect and it begs the question of where the films will head after sides are chosen and even more heroes begin to appear.

At least we know why the Ant-Man set has “giant” LEGO pieces in it. I’d bet the Duplo Thomas engine is about to go up in price for MOCers recreating the epic (ha!) battle scene. Seems like a missed opportunity for LEGO to make another large, inaccurate train playset based on a movie that people would complain about and I would greedily snatch up the moment it hit a discount. Le sigh.

Ace Kim | April 10th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Star Wars Posters Recreated With LEGO

LEGO Star Wars Movie Poster - Episode 4 v2

With Celebration right around the corner and Star Wars now available digitally (iTunes $89.99 | Amazon $99.99 | Vudu $89.99), LEGO has recreated the movie posters from all six movies using what else but LEGO. You can check out the Episode IV poster above, while the rest are below.

But that’s not all, you can pick up all six posters at Celebration. I didn’t see a price mentioned anywhere so I assume they’ll be free. And if you can’t make it to the show, come May the 4th, you’ll be able to receive the Episode IV poster for free from Brand Retail locations and LEGO Shop@Home. The notes also mention that each other poster will be available in the subsequent months following May.

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Ace Kim | April 9th, 2015 | LEGO Dimensions, News

LEGO Enters Toys To Life Arena With LEGO Dimensions

First there was Activision’s Skylanders. Then Disney came out with Infinity. Nintendo wanted in and came up with amiibo. And now, LEGO wants a piece of the action with LEGO Dimensions. Or maybe it was Warner Bros Interactive. They’ve partnered together and came up Dimensions as a way to enter the market. And they are entering it in a way similar to Disney Infinity where different themes and universes can be crossed over for a unique gaming experience. The initial starter pack consists of Gandalf, Wyldstyle, and Batman and comes with a mini Batmobile and the interactive base where you build a Stargate-looking portal. It will retail for $99 and will be released on September 29.

There will be, of course, expansion packs. Level packs will consist of one character, two vehicles, and one level and will retail for about $29.99. The first Level pack will be Back to the Future. Team packs will consist of two minifigures and two vehicles and will retail for $29.99. The first Team pack is Ninjago. And finally, Fun packs will have one character and one vehicle. The initial wave of Fun packs consists of:

  • Lord of the Rings: Gollum
  • Lord of the Rings: Gimli
  • Lord of the Rings: Legolas
  • Ninjago: Nya
  • Ninjago: Jay
  • Ninjago: Zane
  • Lego Movie: Emmet
  • Lego Movie: Benny
  • Lego Movie: Bad Cop
  • Lego Movie: Unikitty
  • DC: Wonder Woman
  • DC: Cyborg
  • Wizard of Oz: Wicked Witch of the West

Toys’R’Us has listed pre-orders for the starter packs already on their website. It appears that the game will be available for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and Nintendo Wii U. Sorry, gamers on the go, we’re out of luck.

If you watched the video above and read that list of Fun packs, you’ll notice that The Wizard of Oz is present in the game. This could of course be the main reason why the Wizard of Oz Ideas project never came to be. Another way to look at the Wizard of Oz is what it means in terms of possibilities of expansion packs. Back to the Future and Lord of the Rings are already licenses that LEGO has owned and possibily still own. And with Warner Bros. Interactive behind the game engine and having a sister company as a major Hollywood studio, it opens the door to more movie collaborations where a license doesn’t already exist. Possibilities abound.

The fine folks over at Hoth Bricks got a hold of official images and the press release of all of the initial wave of sets, including an oh-so-charming mini Delorean Time Machine. So go check them.

Thanks to Mos Eisley for the heads up.

via Eurogamer.

Nick Martin | April 7th, 2015 | Marvel Comics, News

Ultron, Russo Brothers, and Daredevil oh my!

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The Internet rumor-mill has been going crazy lately for everything around the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you’re like me, and try to live in an information bubble for movie’s you’re excited for, don’t go below the fold. If you’re a realist like me, and know that the internet has made said bubbles impossible, keep reading.

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Nick Martin | April 6th, 2015 | News

And it begins… All Six Star Wars movies coming to Digital

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You know, I didn’t realize that the Star Wars movies hadn’t all come to digital yet. I haven’t even gotten around to getting the Blu-Ray copies (I’m kind of holding out until NooooooOOOOoooOOOooooo gets removed in the Super Special Edition From the Vault Platinum Disney edition). If you can’t wait, or don’t think that Disney/Fox won’t give you all six digitally in some special edition set that comes out before Episode VII hits, you can now pick them up this Friday, April 10. These are the HD versions, the same as the Blu-Ray, so just be ready to pay for these 3 or 4 more times as different editions hit.

I’d like to add a whole bunch of witty remarks or jokes, but I’m sure Ken will show up to make some jab about how I’ve never done it before, why would I start now. Official prices haven’t been announced, but they’re currently going for $19.99 each on iTunes, and no sign of a bundle. So you’re looking at $60 to get the good movies, $20 on an okay one, and $40 you can waste on two of the others after a considerable amount of alcohol.

VUDU has the full bundle up for $89.99, and Amazon is showing $99.99. Not sure on the international prices yet, but the site says that it is a global release.

Update-ish: Not sure if this is entirely official, but I noticed while checking out the VUDU link that these all of the movies, except for A New Hope, had a banner for Disney Movies Anywhere. That’s a service for their titles (which works on the MCU, Pixar, and their animated stuff) that links your titles across different services. I’ve used it, and it works quite nicely, making a lot of my library available on iTunes and the Ultraviolet apps like Vudu or Flixster.

Most likely A New Hope is left out because Fox still owns distribution rights for that particular film; it did fund it as a long-shot, after all. So looks like it’s the odd-man out of the anywhere bundle, which is a shame. If I decide to get this, I’d still likely go with Vudu… I may own a whole mess of Apple devices, but I hate having to load movies on to them all.

You can also go watch the new/old trailer if you like…

 

Nick Martin | March 30th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75090 Ezra’s Speeder Bike

75090 - Full Set

There was a really big oversight in the initial release wave for Star Wars Rebels set, and that was Sabine, our pink-wearing, graffiti-painting, kind of awesome Mandalorian. She was a main character from the start, but since there’s some sort of LEGO rule about only allowing one female character per year in Star Wars sets, we had to wait for the next release, and thank the Maker that we were gifted with a Hera at all.

Okay, that may have more than my usual amount of snark, but it’s nonsense that we didn’t get the whole main cast released in the initial wave (and LEGO certainly isn’t alone, as Hasbro has been making fools of themselves by only releasing a single figure for Hera and Sabine, only in a single scale, and saying “that’s enough” before editing the answer). While Rebels is mainly about Ezra, the namesake of this set, his relationship with Sabine is pretty central to a lot of things in the show now (and likely moreso in the future). The cartoon pretty evenly involves the main characters, so we needed Sabine in the lineup to get to some serious builds.

This $20 set comes in at a whopping 253 parts, three minifigs, and a mysterious sense of déjà vu when you put together the same speeder bike twice. By itself, it’s sort of a forgettable sort of set, and I know that the only reason I wanted it was for Sabine and the ability to make jokes about a certain 90s alternative band that more people know the name of than know any of the songs they sang.

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Nick Martin | March 24th, 2015 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Reviews

Review: 76027 Black Manta Deep Sea Strike

76027 - Full Set

Sometimes, I feel sorry for Aquaman. He’s one of the deepest and most well-developed DC characters, with a big history, unique powers, and a established legacy. He owns a weapon that can hurt Superman (the Trident of Neptune is magic, and the Man of Steel is a sucker for card tricks), and is actually pretty toe-to-toe with our S-wearing friend in a lot of ways. He has armies at his command, and let’s be honest, when you can go anywhere in the oceans on a whim, you can probably set up some memorable first dates.

On the other hand, the guy speaks goldfish. Okay, he “communicates telepathically” with marine animals, but unless his enemies are nice enough to fight him in a situation that is clearly to his benefit (instead of, you know, on land), his “greatest” power is also the one that’s most frequently worthless. The majority of stuff in the DC universe happens in places that are not known for their water.

This set was a curious addition to this year’s sets, since the rest seem to be going with a general “city battle” theme. Not many undersea ancient ruins around Metropolis, at least not in the New 52. At least I don’t think there are, I’m honestly not that up on my N52 Aquaman lore.

This $40 set is bundled with the obligatory Batman, but has the nice addition of some undersea Robin, Aquaman (because making an underwater set and not putting in Aquaman is mean even by my standards), and a nice villain in Black Manta, the nemesis for Aquaman. At 387 parts, it hovers right around the expected range for the price point, and the only non-unique figure in the lineup is Aquaman (though Batman is only like 5% new, or however much a head adds up to). Oh, and a laser shark. Let me go on the record and say that all sets should have a laser shark.

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