The below tweet came out of Ford’s Twitter account a few hours ago officially announcing their partnership with LEGO and their LEGO Speed Champions line. At the end of the video you get to see the three sets to come from the license: a blue Mustang, the Hot Rod that is featured in the video, and an F-series truck that looks an awful like a lifted F-150 Raptor. If a navy blue with white stripes Ford GT in the scale and size of the other large Creator cars is ever made, I might just die.
These were probably leaked before but I wasn’t really paying much attention. I got a news alert today, though, that Wired.co.uk posted an article exposing the LEGO Angry Birds sets. The “minifigirues”, if you can even call them that, stray drastically from the form we are used to. The only familiar part of a minifig would be the arms on the pigs. Oh, sorry, “piggies”. The arms on the birds seem to be a new one-part piece that combines the claw hand and arm removing the wrist articulation, much like the minidolls in Friends but not so spindly.
I can’t be the only one that thinks this is a bad idea.
The Angry Birds movie will be released in theaters on May 20th, 2016. Look for the sets on shelves starting April 1st.
Real quick update to let everyone interested know that we’re down to the final stretch in our current contest. If you’re an ambitious builder and are just now hearing about this, a week might be all you need. For everyone with works in progress this is your last chance to wrap things up and submit. The deadline again is 11:59PM PST January 16th 2016 and you must have it properly submitted to the contest thread to qualify, and last minute entries run the risk of complications with no time to fix so don’t shoot for too much suspense.
There probably isn’t a more iconic ship in Star Wars than the Millennium Falcon, at least not a unique one. X-Wings and TIE Fighters certainly are iconic in their own right, and Slave I is recognizable to fans… but the Falcon is the ship that just about anyone recognizes as Star Wars. It serves as a backdrop for scenes in four Star Wars movies, including some pretty important character development (and the best line in all seven movies, but we can discuss that later in committee).
It’s a great ship in the movies, but honestly, the minifig versions have always suffered worse than some of the other vehicles. It’s almost always too small, and play features throw off the proportions and look of the ship. The most iconic things around the ship are usually hard to set up in a display. The pervious version also had what is perhaps the worst lower half of any vehicle ever made.
Originally, I wasn’t planning on getting, or reviewing, 75101 Millennium Falcon. I knew Finn would be coming in a future set, Chewie wasn’t changed, and I had Rey from the fantastic Speeder set. The real draw to the set was Han, and the pirates that were unique colors, but that didn’t seem to justify a $149.99 price tag for 1329 pieces. Yet after seeing the Force Awakens, I knew I had to have absolutely every set there was, and this was no exception. Obviously, going to talk about some spoilers in this review, likely more than the rest.
We’ve featured DanSto’s LEGO BB-8 model before, and now he’s done us all a huge solid by providing step-by-step instructions on how you can build one yourself. The instructions are in video format below but if you’re looking for a printed copy, you’ll have to purchase BrickJournal 37 for that, which also comes with a handy parts list.
When I reviewed the Resistance Battle pack, one of the things that I liked about it was the troops were all generic and could drop right into an army. I also said I’d talk about the better of the two when I reviewed 75132 First Order Battle Pack. Three soldiers and an officer was a great way to bolster the ranks of a small band of rebels to army-sized proportions. When we saw the first leaks for these, the biggest problem I had was that there wasn’t a solid builder for Stormtroopers on the First Order side… the battle pack only came with one generic and one guy who apparently has a vest.
Of course, that concern was shoved to the side pretty quickly with the other things about this set: a unique officer that is a person of color, and a generic trooper. There’s the other extreme from too specialized, and that’s when your army consists of nothing other than the foot troopers (figures for rebels in the OT that weren’t characters are really bad). So… this may not be the best pack for creating a Stormtrooper Army, but it becomes a pretty great pack for creating a First Order army, which is more than just Stormtroopers.
It’s $12.99, like all of the battle packs, and at 88 pieces, is substantially lighter than the Resistance pack. Of course, these things are all about the figures… parts are basically just gravy on top of that so we hope that they’re good parts. There will be some minor spoilers to Force Awakens in this. Well, not spoilers, information. Spoilers is now a word that has lost all meaning when you get people screaming about the fact we spoiled that there is a war when all you said was the title of the movie.
But still… spoilers.
Good morning, beautiful people! Bricks LA is happening this weekend. Can you believe it? That’s just, like… 5 days away… or something like that. We finally got online tickets sales set up if you want to breeze right by the box office if you can order your tickets online, print them at home, bring them with you and show them at the door for easy access. Prices are just $5 per person with free admission for children 5 and under.
Even before the 2016 sets leaked, we knew there were going to be Battle Packs for the First Order and the Resistance. LEGO isn’t dumb, so of course they’d get sets based around two factions for the biggest movie… well, ever at this point. Once we saw the leaks, I think we all kind of laughed at the helmets of the resistance fighters. We hadn’t really seen them in any of the trailers at this point, but also wouldn’t get the sets until after the movie was released.
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Battle Packs, so of course I was going to review 75131 Resistance Trooper Battle Pack. I’ve also been somewhat disappointed in the packs for the last few years, unfortunately. We’ve gotten some decent army builder packs, like Geonosis Troopers or Kashyyyk Troopers, but they only enticed you to buy multiples if you wanted to build up armies that are somewhat niche.
At 112 pieces, and the standard $12.99 price tag, while coming with three generic troopers and an officer, this set has all the earmarks of a pretty good set out of the gate. It also feels like kind of a throwback to one of the best battle packs LEGO ever made, 7668 Rebel Scout Speeder, both with the speeder and the rediculous headgear.
Also, just a warning, there will be discussion about The Force Awakens in this review, so this is your spoiler warning.
We’re now 3/4 the way through the build window as the clock passes midnight, leaving you with just two weeks to wrap up and post your Evolved MOCs. There are already a handful revealed and I know plenty more are in the works so the competition should be pretty fierce when it’s time for the poll. The deadline as said before is 11:59PM PST January 16th 2016 and you must have it properly submitted to the contest thread to qualify, so don’t procrastinate too much. Good luck and happy building in the new year!