Both Amazon and Walmart are offering Ghostbusters set 75828 Ecto 1 & 2 with a massive discount of 34% off MSRP. It’s just $39.73. Despite how you feel about the movie this is a set you should definitely check out. We rated the set at 4 out of 5 stars in our review. If one was enterprising enough, one could incorporate the best elements of both Ecto-1 vehicles into one super vehicles that could possibly seat 2×2 and still have a slide sled from the back. Just sayin’.
It seems Batman isn’t the only one to get a spin off from The LEGO Movie. Cartoon Network announced today that in partnership with Warner Bros. Animation, Unikitty will be getting her own television series. Voiced by Tara Strong, Unikitty is “a ruler of a kingdom who is obsessed with keeping her subjects happy and ridding the kingdom of negativity. Unikitty joins her friends, including Dr. Fox and Puppycorn, to seek out happiness, creativity, and dance parties.” She will be joined by Grey Griffin (Be Cool Scooby-Doo!), Kate Micucci (Be Cool Scooby-Doo!), Roger Craig Smith (Regular Show), Eric Bauza (The Adventures of Puss in Boots), and H. Michael Croner (Review). The directors of The LEGO Movie Phil Lord and Chris Miller have been named as executive producers. No other details such as air date have been announced.
Anyone else welcome the idea of more Unikitty variants?
If you were browsing LEGO [email protected] during the May the Fourth sale, you might have noticed that several sets hit
“Sold Out” “Out of Stock” status and that usually means that they will no longer be purchasable directly from LEGO and manufacturing of those sets have come to a stop. This is when the supply chain to major retailers starts to dry up and your last chance to pick them up before the after market forces drive the price up. it may take a long while before they can replenish.
I listed a few of the sets below that are still available from Amazon, and some are seeing a nice discount over MSRP:
- 75105 Millennium Falcon
- 75095 TIE Fighter (UCS), $199.99
- 75101 First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter, $49.99, 29% off
- 75137 Carbon-Freezing Chamber, $17.49, 30% off
- 75149 Resistance X-Wing Fighter, $51.99, 36% off (must be a Prime member)
- 75155 Rebel U-Wing Fighter, $53.99, 33% off (must be a Prime member)
$119.99, 20% off
Toys’R’Us still has their exclusive, 75175 A-Wing Starfighter, in stock but suffers from the TRU tax, price is $42.99, up $3 from MSRP of $39.99.
Walmart’s exclusive, 75173 Luke’s Landspeeder, is also still available through them for $19.97, a three cent savings.
To celebrate May the Fourth and the 40th anniversary of A New Hope, LEGO put together a short animation recreating the climactic Trench Run scene from Episode IV.
- Double VIP Points on ALL LEGO Star Wars purchases!
- Free 30611 R2-D2 buildable figure with $50 or more in LEGO Star Wars purchases!
- Select LEGO Star Wars on sale for 20% off!
A lot of the non-UCS sets are on sale for 20% off, the UCS sets still remain full price as well as the store exclusives. The most attractive set to me to use the discount on is 75172 Y-Wing Starfighter. It beats Amazon‘s price for the same set by a couple of bucks and you’ll still get free standard shipping. Throw in a keychain and you’ve hit the minimum for the R2 polybag promo set, something Amazon doesn’t offer.
Happy Thopping and May the Fourth Be With You!
I’m starting this review a few days before the second Guardians of the Galaxy movie comes out; I’m excited, I have tickets to a double-header with the first in IMAX on Thursday. The first GotG movie represents something very unique in the Super Hero genre; a genre I really enjoy, but is starting to show a few problems. The Marvel movies, which are all entertaining, are very formulaic. The look and appearance of the movies themselves has become somewhat bland. Marvel tends to stick to flat colors and taking off brightness… giving Cap a dull blue suit, making Spider-Man less shiny looking, darker colors for Doctor Strange, etc. DC goes sepia and covers everything in grit; suicide squad made Harley colorful, but everything else was gray and brown with an extra helping of grit and dust.
Guardians of the Galaxy has been bucking all of those trends; it’s absurdly colorful. It mixes humor and action more effectively than any other comic book movie not named Deadpool. More than that, it proved that you can tell a comic book story with an ensemble cast, without diving deeply into origin stories, and make us care about them in a two hour runtime. I’m just saying, it’s perfectly okay to choke up a bit when you hear “We Are Groot.” Guardians of the Galaxy was supposed to be the first “failure” in the MCU, back when it was first released, but it ended up being one of the best, if not the best, we’ve gotten.
The verdict on LEGO sets is a bit more mixed. The first line only consisted of a few sets and a polybag… but it gave us one of the best spaceship/jets in the first Milano set (I still maintain it’s named after Alyssa Milano and not the cookies). It also gave us a good set with a Nova, and a… not good prison break set. Still, it was great to get the major players from the first movie, even if we still need an official Glenn Close minifigure, and that Milano was fantastic. For the sequel, LEGO seems to be sticking to their most recent trend of “let’s just rehash the old stuff, but make it worse and raise the price a bit.” Thus far, I’ve only picked up one set for review, 76079 Ravager Attack, and that is mostly because I wanted a Mantis minifigure. Here’s hoping that this little $19.99 and 197 piece manages to impress a bit more when built than it does in the first impression.
It may not be the best build and take model, but it’s almost worth getting just for the hilarity of it. It’s a smallish build and from the looks of it, at 15 plates tall it is just slightly taller than a standard minifig. And I must admit, it does capture Princess Leia’s look from A New Hope pretty accurately despite it’s small size. Most build-and-take events I’m meh about, but this one takes the cake. I’m gonna do what I can to score one.
The build-and-take event is happening this weekend on May 6th at all Toys’R’Us stores from 12noon to 2pm while supplies last. There used to be a registration requirement, but the events page has no such requirement anymore.
Ahead of this weekend’s release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in theaters near you, Amazon is discounting all three of the sets based on the movie by 20%:
76081 The Milano vs. The Abilisk
$39.99, down from $49.99
76079 Ravager Attack
$15.99, down from $19.99
76080 Ayesha’s Revenge
$23.99, down from $29.99
$161.98 to be exact. That’s a 19% discount. While it may not be the best discount we’ve seen, it’s certainly notable. The TIE Fighter is one of the best UCS sets ever made and one of two sets I’ve deemed worthy enough to display at my desk at work. Don’t let the simplicity fool you, the construction techniques alone are worth the price of admission. Pick up 75095 TIE Fighter from Amazon today!