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Ken Robichaud | June 13th, 2014 | LEGO Ideas, LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGO Lightsabers Project Achieves Support On Ideas

I’ve enjoyed looking at scott34567‘s builds since they first caught my eye with his Cyclops visor back in 2012 and then the virtual models of lightsabers replicas started to roll in soon after. I’m a fan of 1:1 scale weapons and props and even more so of brick built lightsabers. He quickly added them as a project on CUUSOO and has respectively evolved/streamlined the project as time went on and guidelines changed. After two years of climbing towards the summit, the project has reached the peak in the form of a pair of lightsabers belonging to Darth Vader and (SPOILERS!) his son, Luke Skywalker. The set is proposed with a custom stand to display and figures of the characters, which would stop about 12% of people who would ask “what are those?” when they spot them on your desk. Hey, don’t knock it. That’s 12% less righteous indignation and eye-rolling on your part, wasted on these people that only come out of their caves to work and presumably forage for food.

This project, to me, is a lot like the LEGO Birds project that is currently in review. It fits very firmly as a display piece and less a toy. Unlike birds, it would have the pre-existing LEGO Star Wars fan base and appeal to those outside the AFOL community that buy the pop culture sets. Also, it’s still a toy. I always enjoy swinging around brick built sabers and make sure I build mine sturdy enough to do so.

The pre-existing Star Wars license is still an obstacle that no set has overcome thus far and it means that in this first upcoming review under the LEGO Ideas banner, it will be two sets based on comics and two on Star Wars. As it stands, the size and content of this set, would make it the front runner in this uphill battle and I wish Scott much luck and congratulations!

Ken Robichaud | June 12th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Reviews

Review: 76010 Batman: The Penguin Face Off

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I don’t buy a lot of Batman sets. I only bought the small Catwoman and Mister Freeze sets for myself during the original run and of course the UCS Batmobile. All, ALL on clearance. I should probably mention that I have almost every one of the other original Batman sets put away for my son and those too were all picked up on heavy clearance. When the sets were first produced, I was excited in general. Batman is cool, kids love that guy! I wanted a big Batmobile and I wanted a Batman minifigure, $30 later and I was satisfied. I closed that door and threw any other set I saw on sale in a box for the inevitable arrival of offspring. Surely, a theme that seems to be so ill received won’t last long enough for my kid to enjoy it. Years later and the bat is back and bigger then ever and I have bought mostly none of the new sets. I bought the Ar(c)tic set, the new version of the Catwoman set and the Dark Knight Rises based set… only because it was on a massive clearance.

Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Batman. I have every season of every Batman cartoon I can get my hands on (other then Beyond) including Justice League, Super Friends and the DCU animated films. I even still read a Batman comic from time to time when a writer or artist strikes my fancy and that’s saying something for me, because I fell off the DC wagon in the late 90′s and have mostly only read them when I felt like I wanted to stand in a comic shop holding a book in one hand and shaking the other clench fisted in the air at the comic gods who had so vehemently forsaken me. I still count the ’89 Batman and it’s sequel as a couple of my favourite comic book films. I just never cared about the sets very much. Bat-car, Bat-boat, Bat-bike, Bat-tank (oh wait! I have that one too. It’s a freakin’ tank!), etc. A lot of the same and while I completely get that it totally fits with the whole Bat-verse to have all that. I just wasn’t buying them all.

But something happened this year. I bought every set.

Call it a moment of weakness, call it nostalgia for the 75th anniversary of the caped crusader, call it whatever you want.
I call it a rubber ducky.
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Ace Kim | June 12th, 2014 | News, The LEGO Movie

Marvel Super Heroes To Be In The LEGO Movie Sequel?

In a recent press junket for 22 Jump Street, ComingSoon.net had the opportunity to ask writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller about the unnamed LEGO Movie sequel. And they were able to not confirm anything! That’s right. The idea of including Marvel characters in the sequel has been making the rounds around the media. While both Lord and Miller have expressed interest in adding Marvel’s cast of super heroes into the mix, there is understandably a certain degree of red tape to deal with make anything like that happen. I’m not holding my breath. But this Yahoo! Movies does detail what we DO know about the film and what Lord and Miller are up to. Expect something Benny-centric.

In the meantime, enjoy the exclusive clip that will be included on the Blu-Ray for The LEGO Movie. The LEGO Movie will be released on Tuesday June 17th.

Ace Kim | June 12th, 2014 | News, The LEGO Movie

Toys’R’Us Stores Host Master Builder Event

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This Saturday all Toys’R’Us stores will be hosting a LEGO Movie themed building event. Visit your local store to build your very own “Master Builder”. The banner says the “mini Master Builder inspired by Metalbeard.” Sounds like you’re building mini Metalbeard to me! Offer valid while supplies last obviously and judging by the previous events you’ll need to get there early to score. If it is indeed mini Metalbeard, I’d be curious to know whether or not it’s the same version as the one from the Sea Cow set. Maybe I’ll just take my little over to my local store and see if we can get in on the free LEGO action. If you haven’t picked up The LEGO Movie game yet, they’ll be handing out $10 off coupons for it. Of course, if they were smart, they’d hand out coupons to buy sets.

Event is scheduled for this Saturday June 14 from 12noon to 2pm.

Ken Robichaud | June 11th, 2014 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News, Rumour Mill

Marvel Roundup: New GotG Posters, Strange Rumours, Casting The Kingpin & More

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Our reviews of the Guardians Of The Galaxy sets not enough to tide you over until the movie comes out? Need more Gamora, Rocket and Groot in your life? Of course you do, so here are the newly released character posters to give you an even better look at them.

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Rumours are rampant about the casting of brilliant neurosurgeon turned Sorcerer Supreme, Dr. Stephen Strange since the announcement of the (technically still officially unannounced) movie’s director dropped last week. One rumor that has gained steam is that Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch are the front runners for the role. I could see Cumberbatch, but as much as I like Hardy, I can’t see him in the role. It could be some time until we start getting much solid info, but perhaps it will start to flow when SDCC rolls around. Fingers crossed.

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More news on the Ant Man front as the film has found another director after Adam McKay left the job at virtually the same moment it was stated he was the frontrunner. Peyton Reed, director of Yes Man and Bring It On, has taken the director’s chair (for the moment), but Adam McKay will stay on to do a rewrite on Edgar Wright’s script for the film. Not encouraging. Especially when you consider the film is due out on July 17th of next year, and hasn’t started rolling. I certainly hope this film about a scientist who invents a suit that lets him shrink down to the size of an insect won’t require too much in the special effects post production department.

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Meanwhile, over at Netflix, Daredevil has found its villain. Marvel has revealed that Vincent D’Onofrio will play Wilson Fisk, aka The Kingpin in the upcoming series and I’d bet he’ll pop up in other shows/movies too. He is described as “a powerful businessman whose interests in the future of Hell’s Kitchen will bring him into conflict with the blind attorney Matt Murdock and his alter ego Daredevil.” Sounds like the Fisk comic fans are familiar with and I’m optimistic about this show more and more. D’Onofrio has the skills to bring the Kingpin to life with a vengeance and for anyone concerned about the characters size… I wouldn’t wish the appropriate weight gain needed on any actor. I’m sure he’ll be fine.

Oh, and in the time it took me to put this together, they released the posters for Star Lord and Drax.
So, yeah.

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With the MCU growing at such a rapid pace, I think you can start expecting these roundups on a more frequent basis.
You’ve been warned.

Ace Kim | June 11th, 2014 | News, The LEGO Movie

Amazon Plays Hardball With Warner

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Soon after I had posted information on the release of The LEGO Movie: Everything Is Awesome Edition Blu-Ray/DVD/Ultraviolet combo pack from Amazon, they removed the ability for a customer to preorder the movie. I had thought they sold through their allocation from the distributor but now it seems that they are doing this for other Warner titles as well as a negotiating tactic. According to this New York Times article (via Gawker), this is an attempt by Amazon to gain leverage with suppliers. Warner isn’t the only one affected by this strategy as Hachette Book Group, which is slated to release J.K. Rowling newest book, is also under the gun. This strategy seems a bit puzzling as Amazon risks losing sales and potentially customers to other venders.

If you haven’t been able to pre-order The LEGO Move: Everything Is Awesome Edition with exclusive Vitruvius minifig from Amazon or Target (they seem to be sold out as well; either that or Amazon was their distributor), Walmart still has the movie available. Other places to pre-order include Best Buy ($34.99), Barnes&Noble ($41.99), and Kmart.

The LEGO Movie is scheduled to be released on disc on June 17th. It is also available digitally right now.

Hat tip to jonutah from the forums.

Nick Martin | June 10th, 2014 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Reviews

Review: 76021 The Milano Spaceship Rescue

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Every generation has that one girl that guys (and some girls) identify with in popular culture… that girl that we watched grow up right along with us, the that we’ll remember for the rest of our days and associate those “strange” feelings we got as puberty was wrecking our young lives. The 50s / 60s had Annette Funicello, the 70s and 80s gave us Brooke Shields, and the generation today has Justin Beiber. But the 80s and 90s gave us Alyssa Milano, and those of us that grew up in that era probably remember her transition from a kid like us in Who’s the Boss to “oh, wow” on Melrose Place… a show I can tell you nothing about other than the fact she was on it.

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Maybe that’s why the MCU version of the Guardians of the Galaxy ship (which wasn’t named the Milano and didn’t look like this at all in the comics) resonates so much with me, and why it just screams 80s at me in a way that no amount of Breakfast Club jokes ever will. It’s colored like a jogging suit, it’s got the name, and there’s a boombox in the back… all it needs is a New Coke machine and we’re at maximum 80s saturation.

76021 The Milano Spaceship Rescue is a unique entry in the the Super Heroes lineup… the first Marvel set that’s crossed the $50 line since the Avenger’s QuinJet. It’s hard not to draw the comparisons between them, honestly, with their size, shape, and movie nature. The Milano comes in with less parts (665 vs. 735) and is $5 more, but I’ll be honest, if you put them next to each other, you wouldn’t feel those differences amounted to much.

This is obviously the big, eye-popping set of the Guardians of the Galaxies line. On the box, it just looks great, much like the QuinJet, and the kind of build you’d leave together on the shelf. It also includes a little bad-guy ship, and like the Avengers line, it looks very similar to the one included in the smaller set, The Starblaster Showdown. $75 isn’t cheap, even in Lego dollars, so the question is… does this set live up to the hype?

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Ace Kim | June 9th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Updated and Expanded Now Available

LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Updated and Expanded

Not sure when this happened but there’s updated version of the book LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary called, wait for it…. LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Updated and Expanded. Title needs more colons. In it, you’ll find an additional 48 pages encompassing the new sets released since the first version of the book published way back in October of 2009.

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Like most of DK’s LEGO books, this one comes with an exclusive minifigure of Luke Skywalker. He is in classic yellow and is a throwback to the original 1999 Luke minifig from 7110 Landspeeder. There are some slight differences in the folds printed on the torso as well as the belt buckle. His head and hands are yellow and the head has the original printing of Luke’s face. But he is so similar to the 1999 version one it begs the question “Why bother?” There isn’t any additional detail to the printing (just slightly different), no additional accessory (a poncho and pith helmet would have been really cool), no major reason to justify getting it other than a) being a completionist and b) you missed out on the first version of Luke. A puzzling decision indeed.

The book is currently priced at $17.28 over at Amazon. Free shipping if you’re a Prime member, otherwise you’ll need to add a second book or up your total by $12.72 to qualify for Free Super Saver Shipping.

old photo courtesy of Bricklink

Nick Martin | June 7th, 2014 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Reviews

Review: 76019 The Starblaster Showdown

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I wouldn’t call myself a comic nerd, honestly. I like comics, and I read them a lot when I was a kid, but it was also something I’d more or less stopped caring about as a teenager. At least until the start of quality comic movies, which hit overdrive when the MCU came into being, and I started to go back and read some of the older stuff. The advent of Marvel’s digital subscription made it even easier to catch up on older and some of the stranger titles.

One of the first ones that I latched on to was this weird little title called Guardians of the Galaxy, which quickly tied into a big series called War of Kings (and then Reign of Kings and the Thanos Imperative). It reminded me of some of my favorite titles as a kid… I was an X-Men reader (everyone in the 90s was an X-Men reader), but my favorite titles were the constant Infinity sagas, the new Infinity Watch series that followed up on the Infinity Gauntlet. A bunch of the characters in Guardians were from that team… Drax (in a vastly different form) and Gamora (who was less 90s and more killer), as well as Adam Warlock, Thanos, etc.

Guardians of the Galaxy was a very different comic from a lot of the typical fare that’s fed the MCU up to this point. It’s made up of a bunch of imperfect characters that have dark histories and do messy things. Unlike the other properties that have been in the MCU, GotG is a big unknown even in a lot of comic circles… but I can tell you, the trailer looks like it has the team and the characters just spot-on, especially Star-Lord and Rocket from the looks of it.

Lego, for its part, is giving us our first movie tie-in sets since the underwhelming Iron Man 3 lineup. Of course, there’s a danger in sets in giving away some of the plot of the movie (which, luckily, the IM3 sets didn’t really do, since they had very little to do with anything in any of the movies). 76019 Starblaster Showdown is the $20 set in the lineup, and gives away only one thing that we haven’t really seen in the movies (but has been in a lot of interviews or details on the movie)… that Sakaarans are in the movie. Otherwise… we get a small set with a Nova Officer, Star Lord, and 196 pieces. So, how does it hold up in what is getting to be a crowded Super Heroes shelf?

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LEGO Day at Gamestop

If you’re looking for something to do today, Saturday June 7th, Gamestop is hosting a LEGO Day at their retail locations offering deals on all things LEGO. Some of the older games priced at $19.99 are now 2 for $29.99. The most recent games, LEGO The Hobbit, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, and The LEGO Movie, are $10 off. And lastly, there are a few giveaways to take note of. Pre-order LEGO Batman 3 and get a free exclusive poster, get a free minifigure with any LEGO purchase, get a free LEGO Chima card (whatever the heck that is) for the iOS app with any LEGO purchase, and finally get a free Super Pack DLC with the purchase of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. You’ll also get 10% extra credit if you’re a Power Up Rewards member towards the purchase of a LEGO Game.

I’m headed down there to see if I can make amends for my laziness by not getting Good Morning Bilbo Baggins and Western Emmet the first time around.