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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.

Ace Kim | January 13th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

30272 A-Wing Starfighter Polybag Found


image courtesy of Brickset

Found in the Netherlands no less, assuming these Bricklink listings are accurate. Which means they’re out in the wild and should be hitting other markets soon. 2 down, 1 to go.

Thanks to murphquake for the tip.

Ace Kim | January 12th, 2015 | Events, LEGO Star Wars, News

Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND California: How To Participate

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All the info you need on how you can participate in this year’s Star Wars Days held on March 7th and 8th at LEGOLAND California is right here. It’s about 95% complete with a few loose details to come later with the sign-up sheets. There is a ton of info, so please read the post carefully and post or email any questions and/or comments you may have.

Tell me more!

Ace Kim | January 12th, 2015 | News

Benny’s Spaceship Hits $80 Again

Amazon is listing 70816 Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, Spaceship! for $80. I don’t think I’ve seen this set go for cheaper and if it had I totally missed it. It’s a great value for the price.

This set seems to be perma-discounted at this price over at Walmart, so you can pick it up there instead if you wish. No doubt Amazon’s price is in response to Walmart’s online store offering it up for sale again without having to do the store pick up deal. Both sites offer free shipping.

Ace Kim | January 12th, 2015 | Giveaways, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics

And The Electro Goes To…

Electro Giveaway

And the very first winner of 2015, winning the above pictured polybag set of Electro, is…

Andres Ceballos
Union, NJ

Congratulations, Andres! You’re the big winner! And to everyone else, next month’s giveway starts in just a few weeks.

Oh, and one small note. I’ve thrown out about 100 entries or so for not following the rules. I both laughed and cried with every click of the trash can button. Come on, people, these giveaways aren’t a race. First one in doesn’t mean you win. Just take the two minutes to read the rules and you’ll vastly increase your chances from a definite 0% to something greater than 0 but less than 1.

Ace Kim | January 10th, 2015 | LEGO Ideas, News

Prepare Yourselves: Alateriel’s Science Adventures Reaches 10,000 Supporters

Get ready for round 2 of the Research Institute madness. Alateriel, creator of the most difficult Ideas set to get 21110 Research Institute, has done it again. Sometime yesterday, January 9th, her latest project dubbed Science Adventures received the final 10,000th vote to enter the review phase. The current review phase will close on May 1 and will consider all projects that reach support between January and May.

Given the popularity of Research Institute, I have no doubt Science Adventures will be approved. I just hope LEGO has learned their lesson and will produce copious amounts of the set for sale on Day 1.

Congratulations, Alateriel!

Ace Kim | January 8th, 2015 | Events, LEGO Star Wars, News

Save The Date: Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND California March 7-8, 2015

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This year, the event is a full three weeks earlier than last year. This year Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND California will be held on March 7-8, 2015. FBTB will be there again hosting the event. I will be updating the Bricklandia site this weekend with details on participation and incentives, and of course, will keep you posted here on this site as well. The format of things will be slightly different but we will be posting details soon, so please stay tuned.