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Nick Martin | April 7th, 2015 | Marvel Comics, News

Ultron, Russo Brothers, and Daredevil oh my!

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The Internet rumor-mill has been going crazy lately for everything around the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you’re like me, and try to live in an information bubble for movie’s you’re excited for, don’t go below the fold. If you’re a realist like me, and know that the internet has made said bubbles impossible, keep reading.

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Nick Martin | April 6th, 2015 | News

And it begins… All Six Star Wars movies coming to Digital

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You know, I didn’t realize that the Star Wars movies hadn’t all come to digital yet. I haven’t even gotten around to getting the Blu-Ray copies (I’m kind of holding out until NooooooOOOOoooOOOooooo gets removed in the Super Special Edition From the Vault Platinum Disney edition). If you can’t wait, or don’t think that Disney/Fox won’t give you all six digitally in some special edition set that comes out before Episode VII hits, you can now pick them up this Friday, April 10. These are the HD versions, the same as the Blu-Ray, so just be ready to pay for these 3 or 4 more times as different editions hit.

I’d like to add a whole bunch of witty remarks or jokes, but I’m sure Ken will show up to make some jab about how I’ve never done it before, why would I start now. Official prices haven’t been announced, but they’re currently going for $19.99 each on iTunes, and no sign of a bundle. So you’re looking at $60 to get the good movies, $20 on an okay one, and $40 you can waste on two of the others after a considerable amount of alcohol.

VUDU has the full bundle up for $89.99, and Amazon is showing $99.99. Not sure on the international prices yet, but the site says that it is a global release.

Update-ish: Not sure if this is entirely official, but I noticed while checking out the VUDU link that these all of the movies, except for A New Hope, had a banner for Disney Movies Anywhere. That’s a service for their titles (which works on the MCU, Pixar, and their animated stuff) that links your titles across different services. I’ve used it, and it works quite nicely, making a lot of my library available on iTunes and the Ultraviolet apps like Vudu or Flixster.

Most likely A New Hope is left out because Fox still owns distribution rights for that particular film; it did fund it as a long-shot, after all. So looks like it’s the odd-man out of the anywhere bundle, which is a shame. If I decide to get this, I’d still likely go with Vudu… I may own a whole mess of Apple devices, but I hate having to load movies on to them all.

You can also go watch the new/old trailer if you like…

 

Nick Martin | March 30th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75090 Ezra’s Speeder Bike

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There was a really big oversight in the initial release wave for Star Wars Rebels set, and that was Sabine, our pink-wearing, graffiti-painting, kind of awesome Mandalorian. She was a main character from the start, but since there’s some sort of LEGO rule about only allowing one female character per year in Star Wars sets, we had to wait for the next release, and thank the Maker that we were gifted with a Hera at all.

Okay, that may have more than my usual amount of snark, but it’s nonsense that we didn’t get the whole main cast released in the initial wave (and LEGO certainly isn’t alone, as Hasbro has been making fools of themselves by only releasing a single figure for Hera and Sabine, only in a single scale, and saying “that’s enough” before editing the answer). While Rebels is mainly about Ezra, the namesake of this set, his relationship with Sabine is pretty central to a lot of things in the show now (and likely moreso in the future). The cartoon pretty evenly involves the main characters, so we needed Sabine in the lineup to get to some serious builds.

This $20 set comes in at a whopping 253 parts, three minifigs, and a mysterious sense of déjà vu when you put together the same speeder bike twice. By itself, it’s sort of a forgettable sort of set, and I know that the only reason I wanted it was for Sabine and the ability to make jokes about a certain 90s alternative band that more people know the name of than know any of the songs they sang.

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Nick Martin | March 24th, 2015 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Reviews

Review: 76027 Black Manta Deep Sea Strike

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Sometimes, I feel sorry for Aquaman. He’s one of the deepest and most well-developed DC characters, with a big history, unique powers, and a established legacy. He owns a weapon that can hurt Superman (the Trident of Neptune is magic, and the Man of Steel is a sucker for card tricks), and is actually pretty toe-to-toe with our S-wearing friend in a lot of ways. He has armies at his command, and let’s be honest, when you can go anywhere in the oceans on a whim, you can probably set up some memorable first dates.

On the other hand, the guy speaks goldfish. Okay, he “communicates telepathically” with marine animals, but unless his enemies are nice enough to fight him in a situation that is clearly to his benefit (instead of, you know, on land), his “greatest” power is also the one that’s most frequently worthless. The majority of stuff in the DC universe happens in places that are not known for their water.

This set was a curious addition to this year’s sets, since the rest seem to be going with a general “city battle” theme. Not many undersea ancient ruins around Metropolis, at least not in the New 52. At least I don’t think there are, I’m honestly not that up on my N52 Aquaman lore.

This $40 set is bundled with the obligatory Batman, but has the nice addition of some undersea Robin, Aquaman (because making an underwater set and not putting in Aquaman is mean even by my standards), and a nice villain in Black Manta, the nemesis for Aquaman. At 387 parts, it hovers right around the expected range for the price point, and the only non-unique figure in the lineup is Aquaman (though Batman is only like 5% new, or however much a head adds up to). Oh, and a laser shark. Let me go on the record and say that all sets should have a laser shark.

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Ace Kim | March 17th, 2015 | Events, LEGO, News

Announcing Bricks LA – AFOL Convention in Southern California

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Hello all. I’ve been very busy lately and the reason for which I am finally able to take the wraps off of. I’m very excited to announce Bricks LA. It will be the first AFOL convention held in the Los Angeles area and it’s happening this May 16th and 17th. The details are in the press release below. Hit up the Bricks LA website for complete registration information. Registration for attendees is now open and we are also accepting applications for vendors. Yes, this is real, and this is really happening. I myself can hardly believe it, but it is! Whether you come as a guest during public hours, or register as an attendee, we hope to see you there!

Got questions? Post in the forum thread, email me directly, email Bricks LA, or use the contact us page.

Bricks LA Lego Fan Convention Coming To Pasadena, CA

Join brick fans and builders this May for the first annual Bricks LA Lego fan convention!

LOS ANGELES, CA, March 17, 2015 – Bricks LA is excited to announce the first annual Lego fan convention at the Pasadena Convention Center (300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101) May 16th & 17th, 2015! Brick fans of all ages are welcome to join the festivities with over 6,000 square feet of custom made models, vendors selling sets and accessories, and a free build area for the kids!

With fan built LEGO models inspired by comics, movies, pop culture, and classic themes such as space and town, there is something for the whole family to enjoy! Admission is only $5 and kids 12 and under are free! Public exhibit hours are Saturday May 16th from 10am to 6pm and Sunday May 17th from 10am to 5pm.

Attendee registration is open for AFOLs (Adult Fans Of LEGO) who would like to participate in the private portion of the event and display their LEGO creations for the public. Registering as an attendee allows exclusive access to participate in the private events, games, and giveaways throughout the weekend! Plus, you can meet, hang out with, and become friends with fellow LEGO enthusiasts from all over the Southern California region and beyond!

Please visit BricksLA.com for more information and follow Bricks LA on Twitter @BricksLA and Facebook.com/BricksLA for updates!

Bricks LA is owned and operated by LEGO fanatics Ace Kim and Ayleen Gaspar. Ace, a self-confessed non-builder, lives vicariously through the works of others managing content on From Bricks To Bothans and curating the Fan Gallery at the annual Star Wars Days event at LEGOLAND California. Ayleen, a lifelong toy aficionado, has turned her passion for playthings into her career as co-owner of October Toys, producer/host of Toy Break, and coordinator of the annual toy/art convention Designer Con.

Bricks LA is a privately run event and is not associated with the LEGO group of companies.

Ace Kim | March 16th, 2015 | LEGO Jurassic World

LEGO Jurassic World Gameplay Trailer

TT Games and Warner Interactive have released the first trailer for the upcoming LEGO Jurassic World video game. One of the gameplay features is that you go around collecting amber which contains dinosaur DNA for you to create and customize your own dinos. And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll be able to play as a LEGO dinosaur. And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll be able to play through all four movies.

No pre-order bonuses have been announced yet, but we’ll be sure to report it once the info becomes available. The game is scheduled to release this summer on June 30, 2015. The film, Jurassic World, will be released on June 12, 2015.

via Comic Book Resources

Nick Martin | March 14th, 2015 | News

I Feel a Disturbance in the Force…

Force Awakens Lead-Up Comics

… as if thousands of marketing execs saw the upcoming release schedule for Star Wars-related stuff and squealed until their heads went all Scanners. Seriously, we wanted to post all of these news bits as they were coming up over the week, but they were coming across like a swarm of TIE fighters.

  • We now have a release date for Episode VIII: All the Moneys in May of 2017, even though Episode VII hasn’t hit theaters yet. This strikes me as a much safer bet than releasing the date for when Fantastic Four 2 is going to hit, since nothing I’ve seen from the new F4 movie makes me think it’ll manage to be better than Elektra. That being said, glad that they’re getting back to a May release schedule
  • The first official stand-alone movie, Rogue One, has been announced, along with its star, Felicity Jones (fresh off her Oscar-nominated performance in Theory of Everything). Gareth Edwards, the guy who brought us a Godzilla movie that wasn’t about Godzilla, is set to direct, while Chris Weitz, who inflicted the Nutty Professor II upon the world.
    headshots for Rogue One
    I look forward to a story about the most elite Rebel Squadron in a movie that won’t feature X-Wings but does have pilots in fat suits. Seriously, I have a bad feeling about this one, even with Felicity Jones involved
  • In case you weren’t overloaded just yet, Disney also announced that there are a staggering 20 books coming up to lead up to The Force Awakens. The title list makes it fairly clear that not all of these are novels, some look to be kids/YA books or technical manuals (which were awesome back in the day)
  • Not enough yet? Okay, well, Marvel is also putting out a new “canonical” comic series (they keep using that word, but I do not think it means what they think it means) that will bridge between Episode VI and Episode VII, maybe explaining how there is still an empire and all the stuff they fought against still out there. This one I find quite a bit more exciting than the books, as the newer comics (Star Wars, Darth Vader, and Princess Leia) have all been fairly decent. Ace and I don’t agree on the Star Wars series, but what other comic would give us Vader in a runway pose? The full poster is at the end of the post
  • For those of you with an iOS device (you unwashed masses with the Android nonsense can go wanting*), you can go check out Disney and Topp’s (how are they still around?) app that mixes the classic trading cards of my childhood with these new and unknown characters from Episode VII (as well as the PT, Rebels, etc). It’d say it’s a nice walk down memory lane, but since it seems like they want to charge me to open cards that don’t exist, it’s something I’m going to take a big fat pass on*Just kidding… mostly

Episode 6.5

 

Nick Martin | March 12th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75079 Shadow Troopers

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We got four battle packs this year, making for a shocking eight million (give or take a few million) different packs being available. In the never-ending war that LEGO wages against our wallets and purses, the biggest battles are not over monsters like The Helicarrier or UCS sets like Slave I… it’s in the small things like battle packs with Stormtroopers where the most damage is done.

This is a pretty unique pack, in that the stuff in it is based on The Force Unleashed, a seven-year-old game that was kind of popular at the time, even though it got middling-reviews at best (I never cared for it all that much, myself… controls were frustrating). At the time, it spawned a single set, The Rogue Shadow, which is probably one of the absolute worst sets ever made (that did have some awesome minifigs), so it’s really weird to see it now.

Was this a leftover idea that just sort of squeaked through? There are too many new parts in the thing to not see it as a new design, so I’m sort of at a loss to say where this came from. It’s even more curious, since The Force Unleashed isn’t even canon at this point (and was pretty dubious to be considered that anyway), so what is this doing in the lineup? At $13, like all battlepacks, and coming out against three other packs, this might end up being the odd-one-out.

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Nick Martin | March 12th, 2015 | LEGO The Simpsons, News

Thank You, Come Again! Kwik-E-Mart Revealed

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Update: LEGO finally sent us the rest of the images. They are added below with the press release after the jump.

Apparently today is Simpsons’s day, and news of the next “big” set is here. The Kwik-E-Mart is probably the most iconic Simpson’s building that’s not a nuclear power plant, so this one is pretty exciting. Well, until you see that it’s going to be $199 and include mostly repeat characters (adding only Snake, though the printing for Apu looks different).

I keep meaning to buy the house, but it’s hard to drop that kind of cash when there are things like Slave I, modulars, and a kajillion other sets around. This one at least looks better than the house, and features a lot of the modular playset designs, like removable walls and sections. I’d love to get a better look at the interior and see how it shapes out, but I also wish it would have included some different characters like Jimbo, Kearney, or Dolph.

I do have to admit, I kind of want to get this just so I can put some gas pumps out front, and then blow them up in fantastic fashion, as in Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song from season 5. Which was on the air 21 years ago. And I watched it live.

These sets make me feel so old…

Anyway, 71016 Kwik-E-Mart will be available May 1st, run you $199.99 USD, and comes with 2179 parts.

71016_1to1 (March 12 Release) 71016_Prod-(March-12-Release) 71016_FrontB-(March-12-Release) 71016_FrontA_House-(March-12-Release) 71016_BackN-(March-12-Release) 71016_BackA-(March-12-Release) 71016_TopG_fig (March 12 Release) 71016_TopG_cookies (March 12 Release) 71016_TopD_squishee (March 12 Release) 71016_TopD_fig (March 12 Release) 71016_TopC_fig (March 12 Release) 71016_TopB_Fruit stand (March 12 Release) 71016_TopB_fig (March 12 Release) 71016_TopA_fig (March 12 Release) 71016_FrontC (March 12 Release) 71016_FrontA_Characters (March 12 Release) 71016_box1_na (March 12 Release) 71016_BackM (March 12 Release) 71016_BackL (March 12 Release) 71016_BackK (March 12 Release) 71016_BackJ (March 12 Release) 71016_BackE (March 12 Release) 71016_BackD (March 12 Release) 71009_Prod

Read the press release.

Nick Martin | March 12th, 2015 | LEGO The Simpsons

Simpsons Series 2 Officially Announced

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Word has been popping up all over the place (like CNET) that the next line of Simpsons Collectible Minifigures is finally coming out. Ace’s opinions were a bit… tempered… for the first series, but I genuinely enjoyed the figures, and outside the heads, had some really good parts. They also introduced things like printed multi-colored arms and short legs, and that’s nice.

There feel like a lot more highlights in here. We do get members of the Simpsons Clan, all in some alternate looks (Homer’s suit looks fantastic in this art), but Willie, Professor Frink, Smithers, Patty & Selma, and Martin are all just going to be great. I also like seeing Doctor Hibbert in there, and after the rumors that Comic Book Guy would be an SDCC exclusive, it’s great to see him end up here normally. Obviously still gaps, like Principle Skinner and Moe, but hopefully these sell well enough to get us even more!

Cue up your “Worst… Minifig… Ever…” jokes now, people.