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Ace Kim | April 28th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded Out Today

Today is Tuesday, also known as new media Tuesday except for comic books which are released on Wednesdays. But today is the day that LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded comes out. For those of you who already pre-ordered from Amazon, you should be getting your books today if you haven’t already gotten them by now. For everyone else, you can order it today for the low price of $13.53. The book comes with a McQuarrie concept-style white Boba Fett using the newer style Mandalorian armor. There is no printing on the arms, however.

And if you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you can pick up the first volume for $10.22.

Ace Kim | April 27th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Winter Soldier Minifigure Promotion Details

Winter Soldier Promo

In addition to the Bat-Pod giveaway, the other interesting tidbit ACPin revealed from the June store calendar is the details for the Winter Soldier minifig promotion. Slated for the month of June or while supplies last, purchase at least $75 at LEGO Shop@Home or at a Brand Retail location and you’ll get the above pictured polybag for free. Since this minifigure has printing on his arms, swapping it for a chrome arm will leave him printless. There’s no restriction on what themes you need to buy, so buying anything should net you the figure.

With the Kwik-E-Mart up for general public in May, and the Star Wars UCS TIE Fighter coming out May 2nd, you have a lot of choices on how to get the minifig.

Ace Kim | April 27th, 2015 | Contests, DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

Limited Edition LEGO Bat-Pod Giveaway

Limited Edition Bat-Pod Promo

ACPin on flickr has discovered the Brand Retail store calendar for the month of June and boy does it have some goodies! Pictured above is a snippet of the calendar detailing a unique giveaway. LEGO Shop@Home is giving away 750 limited edition LEGO Bat-Pods. It’s unclear if it’s a set you build or a pre-assembled sculpture. To enter, simply make a DC Super Heroes purchase through LEGO Shop@Home or at a Brand Retail location with your VIP card during the month of June. Alternatively, you can also enter by email. To enter by email, send an email to [email protected] with your name, VIP number and “Bat-Pod” in the subject line. Winners will be announced mid-July. You can enter once a day for a total of 30 possible entries. This giveaway is ONLY open to VIP members so you will need to use your card when you make your purchase. Also, it is ONLY available for VIP members in the US and Canada (excluding Quebec).

Ace Kim | April 23rd, 2015 | Events, LEGO, News

Deadline To Register For Bricks LA Is Tomorrow

Bricks LA

Update: We are sold out of VIB registrations. But don’t let that stop you from visiting the show during public hours! We hope to see you there!

The last day to register for Los Angeles’ first AFOL convention, Bricks LA held at the Pasadena Convention Center on May 16th and 17th, is approaching fast – it’s tomorrow! Friday will be the last day to register as a VIB (Very Important Builder) and participate in the show as a builder and show off your latest, greatest, and best MOCs. Registration fee is $45 and includes:

  • Access to all Bricks LA attendee events throughout the weekend (keynote, giveaways, activities, games, etc.)!
  • Bricks LA brick badge including two custom printed bricks just for you!
  • Bricks LA swag bag full of fantastic brick goodies!
  • Ability to register MOCs to participate in the public exhibition and theme contests!

We have a lot of stuff to giveaway too either in the swag bag or as prizes for the theme contests.

Not attending as a VIB? Come as a guest and check out the public exhibition! Public hours are Saturday May 16th from 9am to 6pm and Sunday May 17th from 9am to 5pm. Admission is just $5 and children 12 and under are free! Tickets are available at the door.

Got questions? The Bricks LA website has a ton of information so check it out and we hope to see you there.

Ace Kim | April 22nd, 2015 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment Launch DC Super Hero Girls, LEGO Is Involved

DC Entertainment Girls Superheroes

This press release just came in. In a nutshell, DC Comics is launching an initiative called DC Super Hero Girls aimed at girls to build character, confidence, and empowers them to find their true potential. Sign. Me. Up.

They’ve partnered up with Mattel for product tie-in and will also be partnering with LEGO. Here’s the bit from the press release that’s relevant:

The LEGO Group will also be key to building the DC Super Hero Girls franchise, leveraging their experience and success engaging girls in creative construction play to bolster this universe through an array of LEGO® building sets designed to inspire girls’ imaginations.

After reading that, I immediately thought of Jon Lazar’s Super LEGO Friends Project. Related? Inspired by? Who knows. Who cares. I just want it now. We’re going to have to wait until the fall of this year though before anything comes out. DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Mattel were named in launching something by then. LEGO products might come out a little later. Dare I say possibly during January 2016 product cycle? Also, it’s not rocket surgery to think that this new line will use the Friends-style minidolls and, for better or for worse, color palette and be separate from the existing boy-oriented DC Super Heroes sets we already enjoy. I can’t wait!

Now, Marvel just needs to get on board.

Read the press release

Ace Kim | April 20th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars

[SWC] The Jango Figure WAS At Celebration

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I guess Jango did make an appearance at Celebration after all. FBTB Fan Michael sent in the above picture. Those display cases that LEGO uses are just terrible, unless of course you like looking at things as if they were enshrouded with fog. I’ll see if LEGO can send me some official pictures.

And I take back what I said: he doesn’t look that great. Something seems off about him. Maybe he just looks really spindly….

Ace Kim | April 20th, 2015 | LEGO Jurassic World, News

New Jurassic World Trailer

Universal Pictures released what I think is the final full length trailer for the upcoming Jurassic World movie. Dare I say it looks good? I absolutely loved the first movie. It had great effects and some genuinely scary moments and still holds up well to this day. So far, to me it looks like Jurassic World will carry on that tradition. And yes I am conveniently ignoring the train wrecks knowns as Jurassic Park 2 and 3.

Jurassic World opens in theaters on June 12.

Ace Kim | April 20th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

[SWC] Droid Tales Panel Now Online

If you’re like me and missed the Droid Tales panel at Celebration on Friday, then have no fear, YouTube is here! LEGO posted the entire panel over on their YouTube channel. The panel is about an hour long and unfortunately because of work, three kids, and other real life obligations, I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet so I can’t say whether or not it’s worth sitting through.

Nick Martin | April 19th, 2015 | LEGO The Simpsons, Reviews

Review: 71016 The Kwik-E-Mart

71016 Full Set

When news of The Simpsons coming to LEGO hit, I was pretty apprehensive. I haven’t watched any new episodes in several years (I think I’ve watched through Season 23 or so), yet I watch the old stuff with a great deal of regularity.. it’s one of the shows that’s tame enough, for the most part, to watch around my daughter. Basically, I’m that old guy who won’t listen to music made in the past ten years* when it comes to my Simpsons… I’m content watching Mr. Plow or A Millhouse Divided over and over.

Worse, the Simpsons House was a pretty lackluster looking set, the CMF line looked good but were expensive compared to the regular series, and had some pretty notable holes in the lineup. Of course, I still bought the CMF line, because memories often trump my cynicism (though my cynicism doesn’t like to admit it), and I have a lot of memories of the Simpsons, watching it with friends, etc.  I purchased the House recently in a moment of weakness, because it was one of those sets that, even if it wasn’t just calling to me, I’d likely regret owning once it vanished.

Then LEGO released the pictures for the Kwik-E-Mart, and it was perhaps the most mid-seasons Simpsons moment ever, a rare jewel in a pile of average stuff. The Kwik-E-Mart is probably more iconic than The House in that everyone sees stores like that around them, and the jokes that even the idea of the store have just resonate. It’s given us some great characters and moments, and there’s just so much to love about it. The pictures revealed more than a few easter eggs buried in the set, like a frozen Jasper or copies of Angry Dad in the news rack. There were features that looked great, like the Squishy machine or getting a Snake minifig. Even at a hefty $199, this set had a whole lot of things to love about it, and was one of those reveals that actually made you want to click through all of the pictures to see what was going on with it.

LEGO was nice enough to provide FBTB with a copy right as it went on sale for VIP members, and I was “tasked” with the Kwik-E-Mart review. I’m using the quotes there because this set may have been the most enjoyable set I’ve put together in a long time, up there with the Ecto-1 for fan service and enjoyablishnessocity. Even if I wasn’t reviewing this set, I would have likely picked it up. In fact, there’s so much goodness to it, I may just pick up another**…

*There’s a certain irony that I’m listening to Styx while typing this, right?
**Sorry to those wanting more cynicism in my review. You can wait for me to get back to the Star Wars stuff or something. 

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Ace Kim | April 19th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

[SWC] 75108 Clone Commander Cody Buildable Figure Revealed

75108 Clone Commander Cody 1

One of the last two buildable figures was revealed at Celebration, 75108 Clone Commander Cody, and he looks AWESOME. He was on display along with the 4 figures that have been outed. Jango has yet to be revealed but judging by the way these figures look so far, he won’t be disappointing!

Cody and the rest of the first wave of figures will be available in August.

75108 Clone Commander Cody 2

Thanks to Mos Eisley for the pictures.