The deadline just passed and all sixteen competitors have their models in on time, so now we move on to the first of our two day polls. Forum members have forty eight hours to size up the speeders and cast their votes in each of the threads below:
DC has come up with the excellent idea to release LEGO variant comic hero and villain covers this November to help promote LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Totally on their own… brand new idea, no foolin’. The above Joker will adorn the cover of Batman #36 and the below is the cover of Catwoman #36. IGN broke the news with these two exclusives, but I’m sure the rest will roll out steadily as DC has been pumping out variants like crazy all year. These covers are based on the Zero Issue covers from a while back and are pretty sweet.
USA Today released this list of cover variants to look forward to chasing:
Action Comics No. 36
Aquaman No. 36
Batgirl No. 36
Batman No. 36
Batman & Robin No. 36
Batman/Superman No. 16
Catwoman No. 36
Detective Comics No. 36
Flash No. 36
Harley Quinn No. 12
Grayson No. 4
Green Lantern No. 36
Green Lantern Corps No. 36
Justice Leagued United No. 6
Justice League No. 36
Justice League Dark No. 36
New Teen Titans No. 4
Sinestro No. 7
Supergirl No. 36
Superman No. 36
Superman/Wonder Woman No. 13
Wonder Woman No. 36
They also had this image of what I presume are Aquaman #36 & Justice League #36.
Thanks to ninny for the heads up!
Update: Hit the link to see all of the covers:
Either I missed this in my last sales post or the sale price didn’t go into effect until after, but Amazon is discounting 76017 Captain America vs. Hydra by 22%. Regular price is $19.99 but it is now at $15.54. Free Super Saver Shipping starts at $35 or free 2-day with no minimum if you’re a Prime member. 76017 Captain America vs. Hydra comes with Captain America, Red Skull, and a Hydra Henchman.
The box art for the highly anticipated LEGO Batman set 76023 The Tumbler has been discovered. Brickfinder posted the above image on his Facebook page. Even the box art looks pretty darn good.
76023 The Tumbler is $199.99 and goes on sale at LEGO Shop@Home and Brand Retail locations for VIP Early Access on August 18th with general public access starting September 1st.
Many saw this film as a crazy Avengers in space Star Wars ripoff, that was too obscure to appeal to a wide audience and was likely going to be Marvel’s next misstep if not their biggest flop. Less than a week and over $170 million later, there’s only one thing to say to those folks… I. Am. Groot!
Another year and another San Diego Comic Con under our collective belts. I am more or less fully recovered from my trip and decompressed enough to gather my thoughts on how LEGO handled their minifigure giveaway this year. I’ll only be talking about the minifigure giveaway and not the exclusive sets that were for sale. That will be in another post which you probably won’t want to miss.
So this year, LEGO did something they’ve never done before and actually put out information early on how the queueing process would be handled. There would be a line upstairs away from the exhibit hall floor. Attendee badges would be scanned and fans would walk up to an iPad where there was a custom built app and a single “Play” button. Press the button and you had a 50/50 chance on winning that day’s exclusive minifigure. If you lost, you would walk down what I affectionately call Loser’s Lane and if you won, you would walk over and pick up your figure right then and there. And how did it go? Fantastically! It went so smoothly and efficiently that I almost forgot how bad it was the previous years. I really have to tip my hat to the events team that planned it this year as they addressed every major problem from years past and created a non-riotous, almost enjoyable experience.
We’re closing in on the twenty four hours to go mark for the first round of bracket battles, and just over half of the builders have checked in with their speeders. This is a quick reminder for the rest of you taking full advantage of the seven day build window: make sure you’ve submitted your models by 11:59PM PST
tomorrow night (August 6th) Thursday night (August 7th) to ensure you don’t forfeit the round. That would suck after making it this far. (*I apologize for the mix up, Thursday is the correct deadline for this round, you guys still have more than a day to go. Good news!)
Here are the submission threads where the polls will be posted:
Amazon is discounting a few Super Heroes sets at 20% or better. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sets are also seeing a modest discount. And speaking of TMNT, sets based on the stupid movie are also available.
- 76005 Daily Bugle Showdown regularly priced at $49.99, now discounted 22% down to $39.23
- 76004 Spider-Cycle Chase regularly priced at $19.99, now discounted 26% down to $14.73
- 76003 Superman Battle of Smallville regularly priced at $39.99, now discounted 26% down to $36.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (cartoon)
- 79104 The Shellraiser Street Chase regularly priced at $59.99, discounted 19% down to $48.34
- 79121 Turtle Sub Undersea Chase regularly priced at $59.99, discounted 18% down to $49.19
- 79103 Turtle Lair Attack regularly $49.99, discounted 16% down to $41.99
And finally, sets based on the movie. And boy does that movie look stupid. And you know it’s bad when the fifth Step Up movie is rated higher on Rotten Tomatoes than the TMNT movie. The toys look slightly less stupid but I will admit that the van set looks pretty good and will probably roll better than the Shellraiser. I’ve provided links to both Amazon and LEGO Shop@Home for these sets.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (movie)
- 79115 Turtle Van Takedown $39.99: Amazon | LEGO Shop@Home
- 79116 Big Rig Snow Getaway $69.99: Amazon | LEGO Shop@Home
- 79117 Turtle Lair Invasion $99.99: Amazon | LEGO Shop@Home
- LEGO Shop@Home has also collected all three movie sets into one package for one click convenience: 5004239 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Collection $209.97
Comic Con came and went, and while it’s been over week since I’ve bid farewell to the last day of the Con, I’m not done reporting the news. I got a few more SDCC-centric posts to do so let’s get to it.
LEGO wasn’t the only building block company at this year’s Con. Clone brands were well represented by two other big brands and one newcomer to the scene that made its debut at the show. Hasbro leveraged their gigantic booth to showcase their Kre-o line. Megabloks had a tiny booth space. And the biggest surprise of the show was Todd McFarlane announcing his Walking Dead building block toy line.
The general consensus on the 21109 Exo-Suit has been “awesome, but those shoulders are just terrible.” I put mine together yesterday, right after I put together 21110 Research Institute, and couldn’t help but notice that it came with an extra 3L bar in light grey/medium stone. Turns out, that’s just about the right length to slip through the shoulder to hold it together.
For those who are curious, this is part 87994 on Bricklink, 17715 on BrickOwl, and the Lego element ID is 6093527 (though it’s sold out on Bricks and Pieces). It came in light grey in the Research Institute, and according to BrickOwl (though not Bricklink or Brickset), it also came in the LEGO Movie Super-Cycle Chase. I don’t have that particular set, so I can’t quite confirm it.
No word on how easily the chemist will let go of her beaker stand…