Normally, I’d fill this place with obvservations and snark, but I’m too busy watching the trailer again.
When we all watched the three-hour teaser for the upcoming Justice League movie, we knew it was basically all just a setup for the big movie they wanted to do. Of course, the problem was that DC was trying to do the payoff part of what Marvel had done setting up the Avengers without going through five movies first. Instead, we got two, that only focused on two characters, one of which they’ve already “killed.” That being said… there’s a lot more promise on setting up the rest if they can pull it off, because the other characters have the potential to be even more interesting.
We have our first trailer now, and I’ll admit… that looks interesting. We only get the focus on the Flash and Aquaman, both of which I’m curious to see. Aquaman rings a bit too much in the anger department for me, but they certainly got the other underlying side of him protecting someone down. Flash… I still kinda wish it was the CW Flash, but this one has potential with that interaction.
I want this to be successful, and it already looks interesting, because if it does, we’re looking at a pretty great time to be a comics fan for movies.
I’m actually working on a review for Batman v Superman Ultimate Edition, because Ace feels the need to destroy my sanity and my liver. When I watched the movie originally, the single most exciting thing about it was that little still from World War I that showed Wonder Woman. Every ounce of nerd in me wanted that movie, and still does. Looking at this new trailer… which features Chris Pine, which in my own head canon makes me think that Captain Kirk went back in time (it actually makes perfect sense)… every ounce of nerd in me is still excited.
And I’ll admit to perhaps doing a bit of a fist pump when the lasso came out, and I actually like that classic costume look with armor.
SDCC News has been flowing, and Dimensions has come along with it. The release date for Wave 7 has been announced, November 18th, along with the some of the missing stuff from the earlier (and awesome) teaser. We already covered the TRU exclusive Adventure Time pack, but now we’re getting official images for Gremlins, E.T., Sonic the Hedgehog, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The most curious of them is the fact that the not-Potter pack is coming out in a full big pack, much like the new Ghostbusters pack. Here’s hoping that it also brings with it just as many levels as that pack has promised. And also hoping that a $60-75 pack doesn’t become the norm for each wave… my wallet can’t handle that.
The full press release (any typos are theirs, not ours), more images, and screenshots from the game are past the fold.
One of the big bonuses any time you’re around LEGO stores, booths, displays, or parks, is the incredible life-sized models that they put up. For years now, LEGO has been bringing the latest and greatest life-sized models for display around SDCC, and this year is no different. Featured models this year include:
- Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman (celebrating the 75th anniversary and the 2017 solo film)
- LEGO Movie Batman will be featured at the WB booth (#4545). Additionally, on Thursday, attendees can help build a full size version with master builders, and on Saturday some of the cast will be on hand at the LEGO Booth
- Celebrating the 6th season of Ninjago, a large scale Jay Walker will be on hand at the LEGO Booth
- An MCU version of Captain America will be on display at the LEGO booth
For those who are interested in one of the two exclusive figure giveaways, LEGO provided details for that, as well as how those of us willing to use Twitter, but not willing (or able) to attend SDCC can have a chance too:
To secure an opportunity to receive a LEGO minifigure giveaway, show attendees should visit the Pavilion Terrace at 12:30 pm each day to enter an instant drawing giveaway, to be fulfilled on the spot while supplies last. One drawing per person per day.
Thursday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22: “Ray” Palmer as The Atom minifigure
Friday, July 22, and Sunday, July 24: Steve Rogers as Captain America minifigure
Fans who are not attending SDCC have a chance to win the exclusive LEGO minifigure giveaways and Exclusive Retail Sets via Twitter by following @LEGO_Group and the hashtag #LEGOSDCC.
You can also watch a pretty awesome video of the making of the LEGO Movie Batman figure below the fold… though honestly, I want that mini (but still huge) version on the table behind the builders). There are also several pictures of the life-sized and large sized models as well.
My knowledge of Adventure Time can be summed up as “it’s called Adventure Time and is a cartoon.” So I really don’t have any context of who Marceline is, or if it’s a big deal that TRU has an exclusive like this. Hopefully someone in the comments can elaborate a bit for us that don’t know much about all these new fangled cartoons.
Available in November, TRU has it up for pre-order now, shockingly for what looks to be MSRP. Honestly, I’ll probably get it just for the red axe blades.
TVInsider broke the news earlier today that The Atom from DC’s Legends of Tomorrow television show is the final LEGO exclusive for this year’s San Diego Comic Con exclusive. The TVInsider article states that The Atom will be given away on Thursday and Saturday. Doing the math, Captain America will be given away on Friday and Sunday. LEGO has also confirmed via email that these are the only two minifigs to be given away this at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.
I’m not sure what the significane of the base is, or if one will be included with Captain America. They do love their plastic bubble action figure-style packaging, so we’ll see if they’ll do the same thing for this year’s packaging.
Star Wars Celebration Europe is happening right now, and the promise of a new Rogue One trailer has come to light. The above video was shown at a panel and posted on YouTube for the rest of us that couldn’t make it. It’s not really a trailer per se, more like a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes, behind the camera. Anonymous Tipster linked me to this io9 article and they lifted the following quote from director Gareth Edwards from the video:
If you’re too respectful of it, if you dare not do anything new, then what are you bringing to the table?
Hopefully, that means Rogue One is as dark and gritty as the trailers make them out to be despite the kerfuffle over nothing about the reshoots. Kind of exciting to hear that.
Star Wars also posted the following Rogue One poster:
Thanks to Anonymous Tipster for the tip.
LEGO announces BrickHeadz, a new collectible play experience that allows “builders to create, collect and display versions of iconic characters and superheroes out of classic LEGO bricks and elements.” They look like a cross between CubeDudes and Funko Pop! figures. Coinciding with the launch, LEGO will be offering limited edition, one-run only sets to be sold at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. There will be a total of four sets, two each for DC and Marvel, with each set containing two iconic characters. For DC there will be a Superman and Wonder Woman, and a Batman and Joker set. Representing Marvel will be two-packs of Dr. Strange and Black Panther, and Captain America and Iron Man.
I am trying to confirm this but I am pretty sure the only exclusivity aspect of these sets is the packaging and maybe that they are two-packs. I can’t imagine that this would be the only way to get your hands on a Batman. Once I confirm, I will update this post, so keep checking back.
To purchase the exclusive sets, this is the info that came along with the announcement:
While purchase and fulfillment of exclusive LEGO BrickHeadz sets will take place in LEGO booth #2829, attendees must first visit the Pavilion Terrace to participate in a random drawing to qualify to buy, beginning as early as 7 am daily. Each of the four exclusive retail sets will be sold on separate days of the show, with a limit of one set per attendee per day. Tickets to purchase must be redeemed on the same day or purchase is forfeited.
§ Schedule for retail exclusives:
§ July 21st-Batman™ and The Joker™
§ July 22st Black Panther and Dr. Strange
§ July 23nd Superman™ and Wonder Woman™
§ July 24th- Captain America and Iron Man
§ Price at SDCC will be $40
§ Fans who are not attending SDCC have a chance to win one of the exclusives via Twitter by following @LEGO_Group and the hashtag #LEGOSDCC.
There you have it. More pictures below.