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Nick Martin | August 12th, 2015 | News, Sales News

Amazon Discounting Several Licensed Sets

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Seems like Amazon has cut the prices on a variety of LEGO sets. Some of the deals are modest, but on sets that have already started to drop out of stores, while others are very nice. Looks like the Imperial Assault Carrier has gone back with the 25% cut, while quite a few others are in the 15-20% range.

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Nick Martin | August 12th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75088 Senate Commando Troopers

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This has been an odd year for Battlepacks, since we got four of the things to kick off the 2015 release cycle. A couple of months back, I reviewed 75078 Imperial Troop Transport (best way to get Stormtroopers) and 75079 Shadow Troopers (best way to not spend $13 on getting more Stormtroopers or something). Reviewing 75088 Senate Commando Troopers had me coming back to yet another battle pack, something I do all the time, but it was getting me figures I have very little interest in.

We’ve had Senate commandos in a couple of other sets, the Venator and Cad Bane’s Speeder, as well as part of a magnet set back before magnets were glued, overpriced, and awful. The characters themselves were part of the Clone Wars cartoon (and never seen in the movie… closest to anything blue were the 501st). That’s probably why they’re visually distinctive but otherwise completely anonymous.

As a set, this battle pack follows the weird clone wars tradition of “big gun on walker legs.” I don’t really understand why open-seat guns are part of their strategy, but I suppose things like “shields” aren’t all that important when you can just grow new troopers. Of course, reading up on these guys, they were recruits and not clones, which would be kind of cool had they not been replaced by the Imperial / Red Guard. This is likely one of the last time we get figures like this, unless they sneak into Rebels or one of the eleven million rumored projects around Star Wars, so let’s see if it’s worth it…

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Nick Martin | August 10th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75091 Flash Speeder

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One of the strange paradoxes of Star Wars, and LEGO Star Wars along with it, is that some of the best sets have come out of some of the worst movies and scenes. Sure, there’s the Falcon in it’s overwhelming awesomeness, but one of my all-time favorite sets is still the Republic Gunship, an insanely swooshable build that is from what is probably the worst of the movies. And while the Jedi Interceptors and the Jedi Starfighters are all kind of vanilla, they’re all pretty decent toys and builds (except the latest one). In short, bad movies made for some good toys.

The Flash Speeder is a vehicle that rivals that T-16 Skyhopper for the amount of time spent on screen. It’s notable for being one of the second-wave Episode I sets, released in 2000 after we knew just how god awful the source material was. I, like many, many other fans, never bothered to buy the original. It’s kind of a shame, it was a basic little ship that gave you some green parts (which were fairly rare back then) and a nice generic figure. We’ve waited fifteen years for the remake, and it comes along with a few other old remakes like the aforementioned T-16, the Imperial Shuttle, and the Battle Droid Trooper Carrier.

It’s kind of surprising that we’re getting this remake now, since a few years ago, LEGO was just crazy for the speeders builds. The Mando Speeder, BARC Speeder, like eleven different Snowspeeders. You could have probably sold them on making the Jar-Jar Speeder if you would have made some fan art. I’ve covered a lot of those in the past, so reviewing 75091 Flash Speeder was sort of a no-brainer for me. At 312 parts, 3 minifigures (plus two battle droids), and only a $29.99 price tag, there seems to be a surprising amount of value tucked away in this little set. So, do we have a Darth Maul vs. Jedis (the good part of Episode I), or is this going to be a real pile of Bantha Poodoo (the rest of Episode I)?

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Ace Kim | August 10th, 2015 | Sales News

Star Wars Steelbooks Now Available For Pre-order

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Amazon is now taking pre-orders for the Star War Steelbooks. They are all currently priced at $22.49. Pre-order now and you’ll get Amazon’s Pre-order Price Guarantee meaning that should the price fall between the time you order and the time it is shipped to your house, you will get the lowest list price for the item. The Steelbooks will be released on September 10th.

The Saga collection is whole other story. That set isn’t due out until October 13th but Amazon’s listing is just messed up. Even though the picture on display shows the updated artwork, there is no telling what you’ll end up getting since there is the original Blu-ray release set mixed in with a bunch of foreign sets. My advice is to wait until we get closer to release day to order. Or walk into a brick and mortar store like Target to get it.

Ace Kim | August 10th, 2015 | LEGO Dimensions, News

LEGO Dimensions Wins Best Family Game at Gamescom 2015

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Just a quick note to report that at this past weekend’s Gamescom event in Europe, LEGO Dimensions took home the title for Best Family Game. The other nominees for Best Family Game included Guitar Hero Live, Dragon Quest Heroes, Skylanders SuperChargers, and Super Mario Maker. Had there been an award for Most Cash Cow Potential, it would have won that one too. Those Ghostbusters sets still chap my hide… stupid printed arm….

Ace Kim | August 8th, 2015 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Just Desserts Now Showing

Earlier today, Tommy Williamson of BrickNerd fame, published a sequel to last year’s Batman vs Superman stop-motion film, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Just Desserts. The film features a wider cast of characters and shows the immediate aftermath of the event from the BvsS. It is as every bit as entertaining as the first installment.

Ace Kim | August 6th, 2015 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

Bat-Pod Winning Emails Sent Out

Did you win the Bat-pod? You’d know if you did or not because LEGO sent out emails to the lucky few sometime yesterday. The emails were sent out from [email protected] so check your spam folders just in case. The screenshot below (taken from Brickset) shows what the text looks like. You’ll need to confirm that you do in fact want it and need to respond by August 15th to lock in your prize. Afterwards, it can take up to 8 weeks for prize delivery. Congratulations to the lucky few!

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Ace Kim | August 5th, 2015 | News

Star Wars Saga Getting Steelbook Treatment

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In typical marketing fashion, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will be re-releasing the Blu-ray versions of the Star Wars films individually as well as in a special collection with new packaging. As far as I can tell, this is the first time that Blu-ray versions of each individual film will be available to purchase separately. Previously, you could only buy physical copies in the three editions: The Complete Saga, Episodes IV-VI Trilogy, and Episodes I-III Trilogy. You could buy each individual filme digitally through iTunes and Amazon. But if you were a physical copy kind of guy and really only wanted Empire you were out of luck if you didn’t want to spend a fortune. Now people who only want Blu-rays of specific films or were lazy and/or had procrastinatory tendencies (like me) and never got the HD movies from the get-go have a chance to pick them up with some nice Steelbook packaging. The thing is, it sounds like the Steelbook packaging is only for the individual movies so if you wanted to get the complete saga with all of the extras, you’d need to get the Saga collection that doesn’t appear to be in Steelbook. What to do, what to do… That Darth Vader on the cover is pretty sweet though and is WAY better than young Ani that graced the current collection cover.

The repackaged movies will be officially available on November 10th with pre-sales beginning in two days on August 7th. Pric

You can check out the collection packaging shot above, and the individual Steelbooks below. And if you care for such things, the official press release is after the jump.

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Ken Robichaud | August 5th, 2015 | LEGO Dimensions, LEGO Ghostbusters, News

First Look At LEGO Dimensions Ghostbusters Packs & New Worlds Trailer

I was away for the weekend and the amount of people that complimented me on my LEGO Stay Puft Marshmallow Man T-shirt was at an all-time high. People love the giant, church-stomping, fluff-splosion of fun that is Mr. Stay Puft. These new fun Packs are going to hot sellers I’ll bet and collectors will be snapping up extras with the specific intent of making little children cry. Monsters.

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The trailer above states there will be 14 different worlds based on different properties, so if I’m right we’ve seen a fair amount for:

  • DC Comics
  • The LEGO Movie
  • Lord Of The Rings
  • Doctor Who
  • Back To The Future
  • The Wizard Of Oz
  • Portal

Very little of:

  • Ghostbusters
  • Ninjago
  • Legends Of Chima
  • Jurassic World
  • The Simpsons
  • Scooby Doo

And nothing from:

  • Midway Arcade
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With almost two full months left until its September 27th release, I figure we’ll see more trailers with more stuff and things. My anticipation for this game is bubbling over and my family are already crying to have them all, so Ace will need to give me a raise.

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Ace Kim | August 4th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Amazon Discounts 75106 Imperial Assault Carrier by 25%

Amazon is applying a nice discount on 75106 Imperial Assault Carrier. Right now, it’s 25% pushing the price down below $100 at $97.51. Regular MSRP for the set is $129.99. The flagship set, no pun intended, from the Rebels cartoon features four mini TIE fighters you can launch at your enemies. And in typical LEGO fashion, it also includes Sabine in her Mandalorian garb. Figures you’d have to pay for the most expensive set to get Sabine in her glorious armor.