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Nick Martin | July 30th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

Amazon Slashes 33% off 76021 Milano Spaceship Rescue

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Update: Looks like that sold out fast, so hopefully you got it while the getting was good. There are still some Marketplace sellers that are moving the sets at a slight discount. 

Looks like the Guardians of the Galaxy sets are getting ready to make like Nebula and cut off their arm and fly away… and by that I mean getting towards end of life and leaving shelves. The crown jewel of the GotG sets was 76021 Milano Spaceship Rescue, which Amazon has cut down to $49.99. When I reviewed it, I had no issue at all paying full price, but this kind of price makes it hard to pass up getting a second (or third… don’t you judge me).

I know that the set has already started to vanish from local retailers. My local Targets marked them down already… of course, they also marked them up by 25% first (Targets around me are starting to give TRU a run for their terrible pricing practices), so take that how you will.

In related sales, 76020 Knowhere Escape Mission has a more modest, but still nice, 15% markdown. The smallest of the lineup, 76019 Starblaster Showdown (which features Nova pilots) has a 10% markdown… so it may be time to build your fleet before they’re gone.

Nick Martin | July 29th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75087 Anakin’s Custom Jedi Starfighter

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Sometimes, I wonder about the naming choices in LEGO sets. Anakin’s ship was called the Azure Angel, which is a far cooler name than the sterile “Custom Jedi Starfighter.” What was it with this kid and angels, anyway? Was Milton writing in a Galaxy Far, Far Away or something? This is an especially curious set in the grand scheme of LEGO, because it’s only appearances are in the original Clone Wars cartoon from back in 2003, which is now part of the Legends stuff and no longer canon… cut with the rest of the EU. Given how hard Disney has been pushing Rebels and the new stuff, it’s curious why it came out a decade after it first appeared. I mean, LEGO’s target customer weren’t born (or were just born) when that cartoon was on the air.

I suppose we can count ourselves lucky that this still came out, because it’d been almost three weeks since we’d gotten a new version of the Delta-7 Jedi Starfighter. Okay, yes, it’s actually been a few years for this variety… about as long as it’s been since we had new Clone Wars episodes. So we have a ship that has nothing to do with active shows, with characters that aren’t part of Rebels (okay… kind of for Anakin), and a ship that doesn’t have a direct connection to the PT movies.

At $40 and 370 parts, this sits on the higher side of the Starfighter sets. It’s also a Walmart exclusive; since I do almost all of my purchases at LEGO Brand Retail or Shop@Home I’ve lost al concept of exclusive sets. I wasn’t honestly all that sure about reviewing 75087 Anakin’s Jedi Custom Starfighter given that most people probably made up their mind about the set before it showed up in stores. I really liked the last JSF, Saesee Tiin’s Green Machine, even if I made up that name because his name is spelled so funny, so I tried to keep an open mind reviewing this set… but I won’t ever claim that it was easy.

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Nick Martin | July 27th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75094 Imperial Shuttle Tydirium

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For as much as Return of the Jedi gets knocked by bitter people and hipsters who love to hate on things that make you happy, like Ewoks, it has been a great source of scenes, ships, and characters. Yes, I know, I just described myself, but I love Ewoks, and Jedi will always be my favorite Star Wars film, because it was the only one I remember seeing in the theater.

We get the B-Wing, the A-Wing, “It’s a Trap” memes that make you want to punch so many people, Mon Calmari Cruisers, AT-ST walkers that aren’t just a tiny smudge on Hoth, and Speeder Bikes. While I like pretty much all of those things, the scene that always stuck in my head and didn’t have the words “Nyub nyub”

This is a pretty substantial gap between releases for the Imperial Shuttle, with the last system scale set showing up ten years ago, in perhaps the most controversial set release ever, 7264 Imperial Inspection. For those who don’t remember that debacle, it was basically on shelves for about elven minutes, it was incredibly difficult to find, and it featured a whole slew of unique minifigs, something that was nearly unheard of at the time (including the first version of Stormtroopers to feature printed legs, a unique Imperial Officer, and a unique-ish Emperor). Of course, that was a $50, 367 piece set that was nearly identical to the original (it had fleshy figures and the new “stone”, or bluish, gray).

So, mix the people complaining about the absurd price (especially at the time) and the people complaining about the crazy small availability window, who were often the same people, and you have what is still likely the biggest boondoggle of a Star Wars LEGO set ever made (for my money, the Ideas Scientist set remains the biggest boondoggle, if you were curious). It’s also a pretty iconic ship in the Star Wars universe, figuring in to several scenes in Return of the Jedi, and I think we can all agree that a decade is too long to be waiting for one of these. At $99.99 and XXX parts, this is a pretty hefty jump for a less hefty leap in pieces. But we’re also getting the first revisions of Endor Troopers since the battle packs and new versions of Han and Leia, so perhaps there’s some value in this

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Ken Robichaud | July 22nd, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Reviews

Review: Marvel’s Ant-Man

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In one way, Ant-Man seemed like an odd choice to end Marvel’s juggernaut of a second phase. On the other hand, if you take its journey from initial concept being pitched at the dawn of the MCU to fully realized film, it’s almost perfect. Think of it as a palate cleanser between Phases. A little tequila sorbet to help you get past the events of the Age of Ultron and help you prepare the seismic shift that could come from Civil War. I’m not saying Ant-Man is a perfect movie, but it was a great way to close out this wave of films. Sure, they could have ended with Avengers 2, but they’ve done that before and this was something different. That’s not always a good thing, but for Marvel, it’s working. Very well.

I’ll try not to be too spoiler-y, but no promises. Let’s talk shrinkage.
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Ken Robichaud | July 19th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, MOC Spotlight

The Ant Whisperer by Powerpig

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Chris McVeigh adds another Avenger to his roster of pop culture icon Brick Sketches with Ant-Man. I should have my review out for the movie tomorrow after I recuperate from the weekend, but I had to share this now.

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Does Whatever a Spider Can!The Ant Whisperer
Ken Robichaud | July 17th, 2015 | DC Universe, LEGO Batman, LEGO Super Heroes, News

LEGO Batman Movie Finds Its Robin

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Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Batness! Michael Cera has been signed to voice Batman’s sidekick/ward, Robin in the not-coming-soon-enough LEGO Batman movie. I like this combo and have no doubt he will play off of Arnett quite well, but how will poor Robin deal with the far more self-centered, egotistical Bat? I look forward to finding out.

Bonus: We should be spared Batman’s origin in this one since they all ready covered it with two simple words in The LEGO Movie.

Via The Hollywood Reporter & Comingsoon.net

Ken Robichaud | July 17th, 2015 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Sales News

Behold ‘The Brick Knight’ Prowls On TeeFury

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For once LEGO is ahead of the curve, since Bat-figs have always come with the battle armour helmet seen in the upcoming Batman v Superman flick. Which means this brick homage to the far superior Batman: The Animated Series, is much less likely to end up with a severe head injury as it prowls the rooftops. Get it for $11 on TeeFury for the rest of the day in either black, or very very dark blue.

Ken Robichaud | July 16th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics

LEGO Releases Ant-Man Poster

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The end is nigh! The end of the MCU’s second phase at least. Marvel’s Ant-Man releases tomorrow (most likely with early showings tonight as well) and LEGO has released the latest movie poster to mark the occasion. I’ve already bought my family’s tickets, so you can expect a review asap. Until then, you can check out this poster with its tiny, tiny bullets and our Ant-Man set review. Enjoy.

Ace Kim | July 15th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Pics of 75102 Poe’s X-Wing Fighter, 75015 Millennium Falcon Boxes, Minifigs

Update: I removed the images by request of TLG.

These landed in my inbox. They are pictures of two LEGO Star Wars sets based on the upcoming The Force Awakens film: 75102 Poe’s X-Wing Fighter and 75105 Millennium Falcon.

BB8!

Falcon!

Aged Han Solo!

So freakin’ excited!

Ace Kim | July 15th, 2015 | Sales News

Buy Amazon Gift Cards, Get $10 Credit

Today is July 15th, also known as Prime Day. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you’ll get access to hundreds of deals that Amazon is touting as better than Black Friday. While I myself haven’t found anything to get excited over, and admittedly I haven’t looked for long, I did run across one sweet deal that can be applied to anything. Visit the Amazon Gift Card Multipack page and add a gift card multipack. Purchase it today and once your order ships, you’ll receive a $10 credit to your account good toward anything. The best value is the 3-pack of $15 dollar gift cards, like this one. For $45, you’ll get another $10 to your name. You’ll need to enter the coupon code PRIMEGCS at checkout or hit the button on that page to apply the coupon automatically. There is a limit of one credit per account and you have until August 29th, 2015 to use it. You can use the cards for yourself or keep them around for when you need to give someone a gift.

Not a Prime member? You should be.