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Nick Martin | March 31st, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews, Star Wars

Review: 75135 Obi-Wan’s Jedi Interceptor

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Okay, before we get this review rolling, let me cover the most important point for the whole thing: I know R4’s head is on backwards. He should be glad I even put it on, since all he does in the movie is suck and die when a buzz droid shows up. R2-D2 would have straight up murdered the buzz droid that landed on his ship.

It was a given that I would review 75135 Obi-Wan’s Jedi Interceptor, since this is on my list of “didn’t buy that set” regrets. With this re-release, I’m down to just needing the UCS TIE Interceptor and Cloud City to come out in some form (or, for the UCS TIE Interceptor, I just need to build my own cause that’s never going to get remade… right after I make my UCS TIE Bomber).

At 215 pieces and only Obi-Wan and his trusty Astromech, this set is a bit on the petite side. Of course, it’s quite similar to Anakin’s Jedi Interceptor we got a couple of years ago, so it’s not that huge of a deviation overall. But, compared to sets in the same price range these days, a single minifig and astromech does stick out a bit, especially when both are just repaints. Still, this is a ship that has been missing from the the lineup for years, and it’s still nice for it to finally get some love.

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Ace Kim | March 30th, 2016 | LEGO Scooby-Doo, News

Save 30% On The Mystery Machine

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Both Amazon and Walmart are offering the iconic 75902 The Mystery Machine form the Scooby-Doo line for 30% off at just $20.99. To take advantage of this deal from Amazon, you’ll need to be a Prime member, otherwise Walmart offers free delivery on orders over $50 or free in-store pick-up with no minimum. You get three out of the five meddlin’ kids in this set: Fred, Shaggy, and Scoobs. You’ll need to get the 75904 Mystery Mansion (which is on sale at 16% off on Amazon) to get Velma and Daphne in one fell swoop. That and the Mystery Machine set is like having one whole episode in your hands.

Ace Kim | March 29th, 2016 | LEGO Disney, News

More Disney Minifigure Images, Release Info

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Following on the heels of its Facebook reveal, LEGO sent over some more pictures consisting of large close ups of all of the individual figures in this assortment. There are 18 figures in this line instead of the usual 16. It’s a little puzzling and not good for my OCD. I like using the official LEGO licensed minifigure case but those only come in sizes of 2×8, and not 2×9. There’s a 2×4 option but that’s still just a lot of empty space and breaks the pattern. Not good. They could have just banked 2 figures for a future assortment because let’s be honest here, this will be the most popular minifigure series ever made and I can’t think of any reason to make 18 instead of 16.

On the bright side however, we do get 2 more Disney figs than we would normally get because there is a tiny possibility that this will be the only Disney series they’ll make but they’re just printing money and I don’t see why they’d pull a one-and-done thing here.

Prepare thine wallets because the Disney Minifigures line is scheduled to hit shelves on May 1 and will be priced at $3.99 each. More images and the full press release after the click.

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Nick Martin | March 29th, 2016 | LEGO Disney, News

Still Bad at Secrets: LEGO Announces Disney/Pixar CMF Line

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If you follow the LEGO Leak Train, you likely already know about the upcoming, and pretty awesome, Disney Collectible Minifigure Line. There’s a decent range of stuff here, from Pixar Incredibles and Toy Story Stuff (finally, a proper Buzz Lightyear head) to classics like Donald and Minnie. There’s a whole lot to love in this lineup, and given that my daughter’s primary obsession right now is Disney, specifically Mickey and Minnie Mouse… this may be the most expensive series for me yet.

Nothing at all is going to make that Genie look right though. I’m sure that’s cause by the fact that Robin William’s had provisions to prevent cashing in on his likeness for 25 years after his death.

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Ace Kim | March 28th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, News

USA Today Posts Rebels’ Season Finale Teaser

USA Today is doing something right since they seem to get a lot of scoops and today is no different with them getting a teaser for the Rebels Season 2 finale. I really should watch the show because that trailer even had me thinking it looked pretty good. I have every episode taking up space on my DVR and now that the season finale is upon us, I guess it’s as good of a time as any to binge out on Rebels. Ahsoka’s all grow’d up!

Nick Martin | March 28th, 2016 | LEGO Batman, News, The LEGO Movie

ABR: Second LEGO Batman Teaser

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Need something fantastic to wash the stain that is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice out of your brain? You’re in luck, and LEGO has you covered, by dropping another fantastic bit for The LEGO Batman Movie. Also, I want both that Batman in a robe minifig and that fantastic utility belt part.

Nick Martin | March 26th, 2016 | Rants, Reviews

Review: Batman v Superman – Dawn of Justice

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It’s no secret that I wasn’t a fan of Man of Steel. I didn’t like the sets, I thought they mishandled the whole “origin story” of Superman (and, you know, his basic character traits), and the action was just absurd and excessive. Worse, they just absolutely ruined Jonathan Kent and the moral fiber of Superman / Clark Kent. There were some decent parts… I liked Adams as Lois Lane and Fishburne as Perry White, and the whole military fight that let Detective Stabler get the noble death SVU would never give him was far cooler than the generic build-up for it.

But, I didn’t really hate Man of Steel, I just didn’t like it. We’ve had some genuinely great comic book movies in recent years, and MoS went more for gritty and serious, and didn’t treat it’s characters like they were, you know, comic book characters. Obviously, some people loved the movie though, because here we are with Batman v Superman. DC has already announced that this is all a lead-up to Justice League, and has been teasing stuff for every film they’re planning to make ever, and they’re all going to be the bestest things ever.

The problem, of course, is that Batman v Superman is like if the Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones had an illegitimate child and decided to take home the afterbirth and dress it up like Superman. Batman v Superman is the worst movie I have seen in years.

Oh, and obviously, spoilers. Though likely no more than their trailers already spoiled.

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Ace Kim | March 25th, 2016 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

Going to WonderCon? Check Out The DC Booth

If you’re headed to WonderCon this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center, go check out the DC booth at booth #1602. There, you’ll be able to see the life-sized LEGO Batsignal, a LEG Superman statue that is suspended by wires to give it that floaty feeling, and there will probably be a LEGO Batman statue there too. The Batsignal was a collaborative build between Brandon Griffith, Nathan Sawaya, and Peter, Son of Abraham. Even if you weren’t planning on going and was contemplating seeing Batmans vs. Superman in the theater, WonderCon will probably be way more enjoyable because 30% on the tomato-meter does not bode well.

Ken Robichaud | March 24th, 2016 | DC Universe, LEGO Batman, LEGO Super Heroes, News

The LEGO Batman Movie Trailer Drops The Mic

Well, the first teaser for the LEGO Batman Movie is here and it reminded me that this is the 9th Bat-centric film the studio has made.

It also showed a pattern that, for me, gives hope of enjoyment for this unnecessary yet no doubt profitable spin-off.

Batman – Good!
Batman Returns – Good!
Batman Forever – Bad :(
Batman & Robin – Bad :(
Batman Begins – Good!
The Dark Knight – Good!
The Dark Knight Rises – Bad :(
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – It’s too early to… I haven’t even seen… Bad :(

If that pattern keeps up, Batman’s swerve into the “Animated Superhero Comedy Movie” category should be one I’ll enjoy.

Fingers crossed, because the best way to fill me with confidence is not a beat boxing Batman.

Ace Kim | March 23rd, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

May Store Calendar Details

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Had the above calendar image sent to me detailing the May the 4th details along with everything else going on in the month. Here are the relevant bits in a nutshell:

– April 30 75098 Assault on Hoth available at LEGO [email protected] and Brand Retail locations.
– April 30-May 4 get double VIP points on all LEGO Star Wars purchases.
– April 30-May 4 free The Force Awakens poster with any LEGO Star Wars purchase.
– April 30-May 4 free Exclusive First Order Stormtrooper minifigure with LEGO Star Wars purchase of $50 or more.
– May 1-31 VIPs get double points on 75139 Battle on Takodana and 75140 Resistance Troop Transporter
– May 9-10 get a LEGO Star Wars character card #1 Jango Fett.
– May 18-31 VIPs get early access to new D2C set.
– May 23-4 get a LEGO Star Wars character card #2 Zeb Orrelios.
– May 27-30 free Captain America’s Motorcycle polybag with $35 purchase or more.

LEGO also typically puts a selection of LEGO Star Wars items on sale with a modest discount. The freebies are the big news here and are usually the driving force in pushing product. If LEGO does what it usually does, the sale start on April 29th 9:00pm Pacific / 12:00midnight Eastern. More details to follow.