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Ace Kim | June 9th, 2016 | LEGO Dimensions, Sales News

Amazon Lists Pre-orders For New DIMENSIONS Packs, Discounts Existing Packs

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Amazon has listed the newly announced LEGO Dimensions Story, Level, Team and Fun packs on their site. They also published a release date of September 27, 2016 for this wave. Pricing is MSRP but with Amazon’s pre-order price guarantee, you’ll always get their lowest price listed between the time your order and the time the game ships. There are no new starter sets as the new wave, and I’m assuming all future waves, will be compatible with the existing Toy Pad.

Need to catch up? Amazon is also discounting most if not all existing packs. Now’s a perfect time to fill the holes in your collection. Here’s a samplling of what’s on sale:

Ken Robichaud | June 9th, 2016 | LEGO Ideas, Sales News

LEGO Yellow Submarine, Apollo 11 Saturn V Approved For Production

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LEGO Ideas has released the approved projects from the first phase of 2016. I’ll admit the I’m not personally excited about either winner, but I’m certainly interested to see the final products. I’m a life long Beatles fan, so I could see myself picking up that set if they gussy it up a bit. As for the Saturn 11, I’m certainly curious about the final size of it, but I bought pretty much all the old Discovery theme sets and while not tired of them, I am certainly satisfied. Still, it’s a great way to introduce the 60’s Space Program and the The Beatles to a new generation of builders.

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You can watch the reveal below if you want to spend four minutes listening to the same break-down of the process they talk about every time leading up to the reveal you now already know.

Ace Kim | June 9th, 2016 | LEGO Dimensions, News

LEGO Dimensions Announces New Properties

Reports of Dimensions Death have been greatly exaggerated. Okay, there were no reports, it was mostly questions because they didn’t talk about it. Apparently they weren’t talking about it because they were saving up all the awesome for this announcement. I mean, let’s go down the list:

  • The trailer music is by OK GO, whom I love (also used in one of the greatest music videos ever)
  • Adventure Time
  • Ethan Hunt (Mission Impossible) tickles Scooby Doo… we now have an official Tom Cruise minifig, people
  • The star of the worst video game ever and a movie that was equally as bad (and overrated), E.T. – Yeah, I expect some fights over this one in the comments
  • It’s all worth it for Batman talking to a wearer of a Superman T-Shirt (and character in an awesome movie you should watch instead of ET)
  • I PITY THE FOO!
  • Adventure Time!
  • GIZMO! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY
  • Harry Potter making a triumphant return to LEGO
  • New Ghostbusters characters
  • And the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • … also, Sonic the Hedgehog

That’s not all, actually, the press release has some even better tidbits of what’s to come, like Powerpuff Girls, Knight Rider, and Beetlejuice (noted in the trailer). Perhaps they should just call this “LEGO Dimensions: All the 30-somethings Childhood” at this point. Or whoever is in Marketing there understands that we late-30s / early-40s crowd all have kids that are of a video game age and… my god, they are evil geniuses!

Seriously though… Gizmo! Pictures and the full press release are below the fold.

Full article »

Ace Kim | June 9th, 2016 | Events, LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Days Category Winners and MOC Pictures

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Another successful Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND California happened last weekend. And if there’s one thing I know, it’s that I am terrible at event coverage. Better late than never right? So I’m going to break tradition and actually do some coverage. I’m here to show you guys what the category winners were.

Pictured above is the Evolved Starfighter category winner, A/SF-03 B-Wing Mk III. The contest may be over but we had a nice fly-in of evolved starfighters and this particular beauty was the belle of the ball.

Next up is the winner for Episode VII Vignettes, Kylo Ren Throws A Tantrum. I should have taken video because the lights blinked and it was a cool effect to see.

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For our humorous theme, Skywalker Family Reunion, we have Ben and Bacca by Calista Vassios. There’s a bit of fan theory going on about how Han and Chewie raised Ben on the Millennium Falcon before he was sent away to Jedi Camp and how Chewbacca was basically Ben’s ward and nanny, that he raised him from a baby and how emotionally difficult it was for Chewie to witness Han’s death and shoot Ben. The Ben and Bacca MOC depicts four scenes from those early years aboard the Falcon.

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Next up is the Themed Speeder Bikes category. And the honor of being declared the favorite goes to, once again, Chris Wight for Saruman vs Galadriel. This should no way influence your vote for our current polls.

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For the catch-all General category, we have Vintage Hoth Travel Poster by Jason Sutherland. This piece may appear to be simple but the details are in its execution. The lettering is all legit LEGO pieces and connections but is so well done that it could rival any professional font used in graphic design.

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And finally, we come to Best In Show. It should be no surprise that it is Maz Kanata’s Castle by Mary Applegate and Max Philippe. This thing is HUGE and made a trek all the way from Puerto Rico to Carlsbad.

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Photo credit for the Ben and Bacca overhead shot goes to Chris Wight. He posted some pictures on his flickr account showing almost everything that was brought in for the weekend. I should start promoting hash tags or something so more pictures could be found. Ah well, there’s always next year.

Thanks for looking!

Don | June 7th, 2016 | Contests

Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Poll

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Last night the deadline slipped by and I locked the thread down, but I decided to postpone the poll so I could check through all the submissions once more after recovering from Star Wars Days a bit. In the end we wound up with 58 qualifying entries, so a total of 116 bikes! Check out the gallery below with links to each submission, and if you have an active forum account be sure to browse the thread with all of the images before voting – you get six votes to spread around this time, but I know you’ll still have a hard time narrowing it down. The poll will run for one week and winners will be announced when the results are in.


Ace Kim | June 5th, 2016 | News

Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle and First Order Star Destroyer Polybags Also Land At LEGOLAND California

These two polybag sets were also spotted at the park this weekend. Kylo’s shuttle is also a pre-order bonus for the upcoming LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game through GameStop. I haven’t seen the First Order Star Destroyer before so that’s new to me. Price was like 4 bucks each. 

Ace Kim | June 4th, 2016 | News

Rebel A-wing Pilot Lands At LEGOLAND California

Not to say that this is exclusive to LEGOLAND California, it just happened to show up here this weekend. It’s still unknown how and when they will be available elsewhere. It was free with $30 purchase of LEGO Star Wars from the Big Shop.

Ace Kim | June 3rd, 2016 | Events, LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND California Is Happening This Weekend

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If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, come on out to LEGOLAND California and partake in the park’s Star Wars Days festivities. The 501st will be at the park running their Droid Hunt activity. There will also be Star Wars costume contests for the kids, giveaways, and other Star Wars themed activities. And last but certainly not least, there will be the Fan Gallery showcasing a variety of Star Wars MOCs exhibited atop the Model Shop rooftop. We will have over 130 models on display spread over a variety of themes. If the weather app is to be believed, we’re going to have some gorgeous weather too so bring your sunscreen and come and have a good time getting your nerd on.

Ace Kim | May 31st, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News, Technic

Star Wars Early Summer Wave, Porsche 911 GT3 RS Now Available?

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These should have gone on sale about an hour ago as of this posting, but methinks there’s a glitch somewhere because they usually go on sale at 12 midnight EDT/9:00pm PDT, but they are still marked “Coming Soon” and some of the descriptions above the price have been replaced with the word “false”. But hopefully this will be fixed in the morning by the time most of you would be reading this.

The early summer wave of Star Wars sets should be on sale, as well as the Porsche 911 GT3 RS

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42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

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Available at LEGO [email protected] for $299.99.

Don | May 28th, 2016 | Contests

Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Reminder

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Last Monday marked the halfway point for our contest and we’ve already seen loads of great entries. There seemed to be a bit of confusion regarding the control vane requirement, so I put together this handy graphic to help get everyone on the same page. Also, it was pointed out I had a typo in the rules. I’ve corrected it – but just to reiterate – the Monday night deadline falls on the 6th of June at 11:59 PDT, not the 7th. That’s exactly 9 days and two hours from now. Still plenty of time left for you to join the fun and enter your own pair of bikes for the contest, so stop by the contest thread to give the full rules a read and browse the bikes already submitted to get inspired.