In case you weren’t aware, FBTB has a YouTube channel. It’s where we stick our video assets. We don’t produce much and I keep threatening to do video reviews but never have the time to get around it. Or the nerve to put myself in front of a camera. Yesterday, I finished editing and uploading video footage I shot of at Toy Fair showing off some play features of some of the upcoming sets. They’re not too long, averaging about a minute and a half each, but you can see bells and whistles of the sets in motion.
Sometimes, your first impressions are very wrong on a set. Like when I built the most recent Republic Gunship and was very impressed with the updates and overall feel of the ship. Or how nice The Lego Movie sets turned out, despite me not being impressed on the initial scenes. Just saying, sometimes a set can surprise you. Then again, sometimes your first impressions are spot on. I still think the most recent Sail Barge was a let-down that was only made worse by play features that made no sense (it was like buying a Superman action figure that comes with special battle armor and a sword… why does he need any of those things?).
This set, Spider-Trike vs. Electro, manages to do both. My first impression of the set was that it looked dumb and a bit too small, but wow, that transparent head on Electro looks slick. After purchasing it, and building it, I can say that I was wrong. It is way too small, exceedingly dumb, and perhaps one of the worst sets for the value that I’ve ever built. Somehow, I managed to overestimate a set that I already had low expectations before.
I’ll just warn you now, this set will be rough on this glorified polybag. I’m going to scrounge for some good things that don’t involve Electro or getting 5 force lightning bolts… but it won’t be easy.
Normally I wouldn’t make a joke about cliches in any Star Wars property, but when you put videos there with things like “Street-Smart Hero” and “Cowboy Jedi” you’re just kind of asking for it. The idea of Rebels still has me pretty excited, but then I read the descriptions of the characters and I think that they’re not even trying anymore. Anyway, we have the full main cast revealed now through more than action figure or minifigure names, so there is that.
As a series and behind-the-scenes look, these are actually pretty cool, showing the animation process and concept art that went into making all of these. I can’t say if this makes me more or less excited to see it, but I am looking forward to both of the sets!
Hera, the Leader (voiced by Vanessa Marshall)
I actually like this video a whole lot more than I liked the Sabine one. Still a lot of cliche baked in, but she sounds like one of the most complete characters. Also very nice to see a Twi’lek that’s not a slave or a Jedi finally.
Kanan, the Jedi-Cowboy (voiced by Freddy Prinze, Jr.)
Ezra, the Street-Smart 14-year-old kid that “Works Alone”
Chopper, the “Ugly” Astromech made out of spare parts
Zeb, the Muscle who I’m pretty sure is going to say “That’s not a knife… this is a knife!” at some point
… I’ll admit that this one is worth watching just to see some of the concept art for Chewie
Sabine, who we’re already tearing apart in another thread.
Update: The first poster is online now too. You’re welcome.
Chris “The Special” Pratt as Peter Jason Quill aka “Star Lord”
Did you watch the Guardians Of The Galaxy trailer and have the same reaction as the guard when Star Lord told him who he was? Well these videos won’t answer all of your questions (or many at all likely), but they do give you a quick inside look at the characters and a little bit of behind the scenes footage. Oh and you get to hear Rocket speak, if you’re interested in that kind of thing.
Zoe Saldana as Gamora
Dave Batista as Drax aka “The Destroyer”
Vin Diesel as Groot
Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon
I always heard Rocket’s voice in my head as sorta Brittish, but I still can’t wait.
There is going to be A LOT of marketing around this movie. It may seem difficult to believe now, but Tony Stark was a second string hero in Marvel’s roster before he blew up on screen in 2008′s Iron Man. Prepare to be bombarded folks. These videos come within 48 hours of the first trailer and the movie is more then five months away.
Sick of the Movie yet? I know I’m not. I’ve only seen it once, and by my straw poll, I’m already behind the curve. I’m sure many of you have seen it more than once but if you’re looking for a new way to keep the magic alive, then check out this The LEGO Movie building event hosted by Barnes&Noble. Details are pretty light; the event is on March 1st, and all the image says is “build a scene from the movie” which could mean anything. I’m going to go out on a limb and say you can probably build a micromanager of some type, much like the LEGO Brand Retail monthly mini model build from earlier this month. Just a wild guess. Anyways, plug in your zip code to see if a store near you is participating. I would advise getting there early and mentally prepare yourself for a mob scene.
If you live in the Southern California area and are looking for something to do this weekend besides go see the movie for the nth time, check out what LEGOLAND California is doing. They are debuting The LEGO Movie Experience starting tomorrow February 20 at the LEGOLAND Soundstage. I can’t seem to find an end date for the Experience, but expect LEGOLAND to milk this thing for as long as possible. The entire basement set is going to be there along with a tone of other sets and scenes. You can get an idea of what to expect by checking out the photos here in this Fandango interview article with Wyldstyle voice actor Elizabeth Banks. I plan on being there Saturday with the family so if you see me wandering around the park come say hi!
Thanks to chief for finding that link.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed the latest cast member for Rebels to be a Mandalorian who has “turned against the Empire” and Dave Filoni describes her further below:
Who is Sabine? She is a Mandalorian, and is described as “sassy,” “spunky,” “feisty” and has “a little bit of attitude.” She has an expert’s knowledge of weapons and arms, with an affinity for blowing things up. “She does it with flair,” Sircar says of Sabine, who also moonlights as a graffiti artist.
This show is rapidly sounding more and more like a recycled Tron: Uprising to me, but I’m still curious, admittedly.
This Sabine character also seems a lot like Wyldstyle, but I’ll bet she ends up cosplayed even quicker.
No word on where this exclusive will pop up as Target already has this fancy collector’s set with dwarven bookends up for pre-order, for those who’ve had enough Legolas or just really need more nerdy bookends…
They could still have this exclusive as well, since the collector’s edition boxed sets are usually widely available (I got my LOTR bookends with extended edition at Blockbuster on heavy clearance). We’ll let you know when we get more info.
Not totally sure when this happened but Gamestop revealed the pre-order bonus for LEGO The Hobbit video game. It is labeled as “Good Morning Bilbo Baggins”. He comes free with your pre-order for the game for Xbox 360/One, Playstation 3/4/Vita, Wii U, and 3DS systems. The scheduled release date is April 8, 2014. You can pre-order online for convenience and choose pick up in store for release day satisfaction.
From the “This Should Surprise No One” news desk, The LEGO Movie holds on to the top spot for the weekend’s box office results going up against romcom About Last Night aiming for the Valentine’s Day weekend push. But we all know the power of the nerd can overcome the romantically inclined. Either that or there are a LOT of single nerds out there. Looking at this upcoming weekend’s scheduled releases, I have no doubt it will again hold the top spot even against another animated film opening this weekend, The Wind Rises, which I will probably go see as I am a fan of Miyazaki’s work but I digress.