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Nick Martin | November 3rd, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews, Star Wars, The Force Awakens

Review: 75100 First Order Snowspeeder

75100 First Order Snowspeeder Full Set

When we first saw the list of the Force Awakens sets (which, of course, we are supposed to pretend we didn’t see), there was little shock that almost all of the sets had some sort of ancestor in the original trilogy. The real shock was that the Snowspeeder, the perpetual release of the OT Lego lineup,  has apparently decided to switch sides and join the First Order. I guess getting left behind on Hoth along with the smaller equipment really chaffed them a bit.

I can’t say as I was really looking forward to reviewing  75100 First Order Snowspeeder, because I’ve been snowspeeder-d out for some time. Once we had the “official” pictures, it became clear that this ship wasn’t connected to the old one at all… it was a completely different beast that was notable for having a higher piece count ratio, 440 parts at $39.99, than the rest of the lineup. It also included the updated version of Snowtroopers, otherwise known as the troopers that could actually hit something, including an officer with a paudron.

All of the First Order sets seem to be around army building, and this one is no different. There are only thee figures that are all identical, but there always seems to be utility in attack craft. This is also the only vehicle that hasn’t appeared in any of the teasers or promos, so we really don’t know how it fits into the movie at this point. So maybe I had to revisit some of those early preconceptions; I mean, a set with that kind of part-ratio can’t possibly be a let down, can it?

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Ace Kim | November 2nd, 2015 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Amazon Restocks UCS Sets

Amazon has restocked some out-of-print UCS sets. I say out of print because these sets have reached “sold out” status on LEGO Shop@Home and that usually means they are no longer being made. First up is 10237 Tower of Orthanc for $199.99. There is no indication of what quantity they have left. Up next is 10240 Red Five X-wing Starfighter for $199.99 with only 13 left as of this writing. And if you’re looking to pick up probably the longest running LEGO set in their history, 10188 Death Star is in stock and ready to ship. I only mention this set because while it seems like it has not been discontinued, it is currently listed as “temporarily out of stock” on Shop@Home with no estimated date for shipping. So if you were thinking of picking one up for the holidays, Amazon has you covered.

Nick Martin | October 30th, 2015 | LEGO Ideas, News

Early 2016 Ideas Candidates

Early 2016 Reviews

For those who are bummed that nothing got through the last review, there was also another announcement tucked into the press release, and that’s the lineup for the 2016 reviews. If you were bummed that nothing got reviews… well, unfortunately, things don’t look that promising in the future either. A couple can be thrown out easily (Rivendell and Lothlorien) due to their size, a couple for existing licenses or competition from similar products (Stay Puft and Modular Library), and a couple because similar sets were just rejected in the last wave (Super Seven and Indominus Rex).

That leaves Physics, Adventure Time, and The Little Prince as the ones with any real hope (though who knows, I’ve been wrong before… I never would have thought Big Bang Theory would have made it). Also getting a hold is the F7A Hornet, a cool looking ship from the “I won’t call it upcoming until the wisps of vapor they call a game are actually playable” game, Star Citizen*. I don’t put a lot of hope into that turning into a product, unless RSI is finally running out of money and sells the licenses for cheap… and LEGO things they can interest the space fans in it.


*Yes, I am a backer of the game from the original Kickstarter. We developers talk about ‘feature creep’ when we work on projects, and this game should be the case study put with the definition of it. 

Nick Martin | October 30th, 2015 | LEGO Ideas, News

Coming Next to LEGO Ideas: Nothing

We all knew it had to happen eventually, but we’ve now had our first Ideas review phase where no projects got approved. Given the lineup, it’s not especially shocking. Most were too big, overlapped with existing themes, or was just self-promotion and advertising for the builder. And anyone who has seen an episode of Golden Girls (which includes no one in LEGO’s typical market) knew it wasn’t going to get approved.

The only real surprises would be the Science Adventures and the ISS, since both of those fit in prior themes. Perhaps Science Adventures just overlapped with the direction that City has been going lately, and ISS might have been a bit too big. Sorry to all of the Zelda fans, though. Still no love on that front. I hate to break it to you… there will never be progress on that front with Ideas, because the theme needs new parts, which aren’t going to happen in sets like this.

Early 2015 Results



Ace Kim | October 27th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Toys’R’Us Offers For TFA C-3PO, AT-DP Polybag, Free Poe’s X-wing Build-and-Take Event

image courtesy of Hoth Bricks

Starting on November 1 through November 7, 2015, you’ll be able to get your hands on the red-armed The Force Awakens C-3PO minifigure at Toys’R’Us stores. He is free with a $40 purchase or more of LEGO construction sets. Supplies vary by store so get there early.

Remember that mini AT-DP polybag set from LEGO Shop@Home during, I think it was, May the 4th weekend? Well, head over to your local TRU stores right now to pick one up for free with a $30 purchase or more of LEGO construction sets. This deal is happening right now through October 31.


And finally, on Saturday November 14, 2015, visit your local TRU store from 12-2pm to participate in their build-and-take event. The model this time is a micro Poe’s X-wing seen in the picture above. As always get there early.

Ken Robichaud | October 27th, 2015 | LEGO Ghostbusters, Sales News

LEGO Reveals 75827: Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters


Update: Some additionals details came out via their press release posted below the photos.

Today is my son’s birthday and I can’t think of better LEGO news for him, or worse news for my wallet, then the announcement on LEGO’s Facebook page of the Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters.

Weighing in with 4,634 pieces, the iconic two-story firehouse set features a laboratory, living quarters, a containment unit and nine minifigures: Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore, Janine Melnitz, Dana Barrett, Louis Tully, Zombie Driver and Library Ghost, and also includes Slimer, Pink Ghost and Blue Ghost. Also, a pole for Ray to get really, really excited about.

Available in January 2016 for $349.99 US, so skip the Chinese take-away and start saving your petty cash now.


75827 Firehouse Headquarters
Ages 16+. 4,634 pieces.
US $349.99 – CA $399.99 – DE 349.99€ – UK £274.99 – DK 2999.00 DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit for regional pricing.

Get ready to bust some ghosts at the Firehouse Headquarters!

Recreate iconic Ghostbusters™ scenes with the 2-story Firehouse Headquarters, featuring laboratory, living quarters, containment unit and much more. Capture the ghosts with the proton packs and restore order, or solve other supernatural cases! Includes 9 minifigures: Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore, Janine Melnitz, Dana Barrett, Louis Tully, Library Ghost and Zombie Driver.
• Includes 9 minifigures: Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore, Janine Melnitz, Dana Barrett, Louis Tully, Zombie Driver and Library Ghost.
• Also comes with Slimer, Pink Ghost and Blue Ghost.
• Slide the Ghostbusters™ heroes down the fire pole into action.
• Chase the ghosts and secure them in the containment unit.
• Turn the librarian old lady into a scary ghost with the double-sided face and extra wig!
• Run tests on Louis in the lab to see if he’s possessed!
• Suspend ghosts around the building’s exterior with attachable transparent arms.
• Dodge the slime oozing up through cracks in the pavement.
• Accessory elements include an alarm bell, fire extinguisher, computer, phone, toolbox, tools, jars of slimes, magnifying glass, camera, camera rolls, arcade game, toaster with slime, fridge with frozen pizza, milk and cheese, and much more!
• Features opening walls for easy play access.
• Ghostbusters™ minifigures come with decorated arms.
• Measures over 14” (36cm) high, 9” (25cm) wide and 14” (38cm) deep.
• With walls opened out, measures over 14” (36cm) high, 18” (46 cm) wide and 14” (38cm) deep.
• Firehouse Headquarters doors can open to fit the 21108 LEGO® Ideas Ghostbusters Ecto-1 inside!

Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning
January 2016 via, LEGO® Stores or via phone:

US Contact Center 1-800-453-4652
CA (English) Contact Center 1-800-453-4652
CA (French) Contact Center 1-877-518-5346
European Contact Center 00-800-5346-1111

LEGO, the LEGO logo and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2015 The LEGO Group. All rights reserved. © 2016 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved

Ken Robichaud | October 24th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

Age Of Ultron Hulk Polybag Available @ TRU Canada

AoU Hulk Poly

Right now in the Great White North, you can get one of these Age of Ultron Hulk polybags free when you spend $25 on (non-Friend, non-clearance) LEGO. I didn’t even know this was a thing. I can’t remember seeing anything about this until randomly stumbling upon it today. You get a whole bunch of Hydra, Avengers and SHIELD logo stickers, a smash-able mini vehicle and a two-sided head that lets you choose between angry tooth-clenching Hulk or roaring Hulk. Most importantly, you get his Stark Industries upgraded purple super pants.


Nick Martin | October 22nd, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75085 Hailfire Droid

75085 Hailfire Droid Full SetMy feelings about Episode II: Attack on the Clones are very much a matter of public record at this point. It’s easily the lowest point of the first seven movies. I haven’t seen Episode VII, but unless it’s a shot-for-shot remake of a community theater version of Hobgoblins with the players all wearing blackface, I can’t possibly imagine that it’ll be worse than AotC was. Though I do like the implication that I just totally jinxed it.

All of that being said, I actually like a fair number of things and sets based on the movies. How clones were used is kind of dumb in the prequels, but it was really a missed opportunity to play on some pretty deep moral themes in the movies with their use (something that the Clone Wars cartoon actually did well, even if it was a kid’s show)… yet Clone Troopers are pretty cool as minifigures. It gave us the Republic Gunship, a bucketload of Jedi figures, and the Jedi Starfighters I like to make fun of and yet inexplicably own every single one (multiples in a few cases).

One could make the case that this is just a glorified battle pack, but you would be wrong, because battle packs have more figures than this typically. Honestly, the only reason I even decided to review 75085 Hailfire Droid is because I hadn’t reviewed one yet (Ken did the last one, though I did own, and not like, the set). At least that version came with a spider droid… this one just comes with a Clone Trooper Lieutenant, a couple of super battle droids, and only 163 parts for you $19.99. It’s also exclusive to Target in the US, so… not a great start.

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Ace Kim | October 22nd, 2015 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, News

Tower of Orthanc Limited Quantities Available

Going the way of the dodo, 10237 Tower of Orthanc can be had from Amazon for MSRP, $199.99. Limited quantities available. It may come in and out of stock so keep trying.

Update: They have X-wing‘s too, which is also going the way of the dodo.

Nick Martin | October 19th, 2015 | News, Star Wars, The Force Awakens

Force Awakens Trailer!

It’s true… all of it. The Dark Side, the Jedi… they’re real.

* shudder *