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Ace Kim | June 4th, 2016 | News

Rebel A-wing Pilot Lands At LEGOLAND California

Not to say that this is exclusive to LEGOLAND California, it just happened to show up here this weekend. It’s still unknown how and when they will be available elsewhere. It was free with $30 purchase of LEGO Star Wars from the Big Shop.

Ace Kim | June 3rd, 2016 | Events, LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND California Is Happening This Weekend

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If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, come on out to LEGOLAND California and partake in the park’s Star Wars Days festivities. The 501st will be at the park running their Droid Hunt activity. There will also be Star Wars costume contests for the kids, giveaways, and other Star Wars themed activities. And last but certainly not least, there will be the Fan Gallery showcasing a variety of Star Wars MOCs exhibited atop the Model Shop rooftop. We will have over 130 models on display spread over a variety of themes. If the weather app is to be believed, we’re going to have some gorgeous weather too so bring your sunscreen and come and have a good time getting your nerd on.

Ace Kim | May 31st, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News, Technic

Star Wars Early Summer Wave, Porsche 911 GT3 RS Now Available?

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These should have gone on sale about an hour ago as of this posting, but methinks there’s a glitch somewhere because they usually go on sale at 12 midnight EDT/9:00pm PDT, but they are still marked “Coming Soon” and some of the descriptions above the price have been replaced with the word “false”. But hopefully this will be fixed in the morning by the time most of you would be reading this.

The early summer wave of Star Wars sets should be on sale, as well as the Porsche 911 GT3 RS

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Available at LEGO [email protected] for $299.99.

Don | May 28th, 2016 | Contests

Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Reminder

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Last Monday marked the halfway point for our contest and we’ve already seen loads of great entries. There seemed to be a bit of confusion regarding the control vane requirement, so I put together this handy graphic to help get everyone on the same page. Also, it was pointed out I had a typo in the rules. I’ve corrected it – but just to reiterate – the Monday night deadline falls on the 6th of June at 11:59 PDT, not the 7th. That’s exactly 9 days and two hours from now. Still plenty of time left for you to join the fun and enter your own pair of bikes for the contest, so stop by the contest thread to give the full rules a read and browse the bikes already submitted to get inspired.

Ace Kim | May 28th, 2016 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

LEGO [email protected] Offers Captain America’s Motorcycle Free With $35 Purchase

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The Memorial Day promotion is now active at LEGO [email protected] and Brand Retail locations. You’ll get the polybag pictured above automatically added to your cart with your LEGO purchase of $35 or more. The offer is valid through 11:59pm EST, May 30, 2016 or while supplies last. You’re not required to get LEGO Marvel Super Heroes sets, just about anything will qualify.

There is an additional ticket promotion underway. Make any LEGO purchase from LEGO [email protected] or from participating Brand Retail locations and you’ll also get a BOGO Free admission ticket voucher to LEGOLAND theme parks and Discovery Centers. Offer is not valid at the LEGO Stores at Disneyworld Florida or Disneyland in California. I guess as a lease agreement, they’re not supposed to be giving tickets away to a competing theme park. Makes sense. Offer is valid through June 30, 2016 or while supplies last.

For those of you in Southern California, that last promotion would be a great way to save on admission for the upcoming Star Wars Days weekend happening on June 4 and 5. That’s in a week!

Visit LEGO [email protected] to take advantage of all of these great deals.

Ace Kim | May 26th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Someone Screwed Up On The New A-wing Pilot Polybag

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Because that is not an A-wing pilot’s helmet. That is a B-wing pilot’s helmet. Despite that flub, everything else about this minifigure looks new. The head element has a new visor print and that torso looks new as well; I haven’t been able to find any matches to either element on Bricklink. Great looking figure overall and that helmet is one of my favs, but I’m bummed we’re not getting a pilot that’s similar to the Gray Squadron Pilot from the last B-wing release. This looks more like an updated old school B-wing pilot.

We’ll have release details soon but I’m guessing it’ll end up being a Toys’R’Us promo item. It’s either that or LEGO [email protected] since those are the only two players in the polybag minifig game.

Ace Kim | May 26th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 9490 Droid Escape

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Retro review time! While doing the review for 75136 Droid Escape Pod, I ran across a copy of 9490 Droid Escape and decided to review this one as well. I actually wrote this review first so I can get a better feel of how much better the newer set is. While the newer one kicks ass, this one ain’t too shabby either. 9490 Droid Escape is 137 pieces for a retail price of $19.99, falling way, way below the 10 cent per piece threshold. But that’s honestly the worst thing about this set. For that price you do get an oddly shaped escape pod, 4 nice minifigs, and quite possibly the world’s smallest speeder bike.

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Ace Kim | May 25th, 2016 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Marvel Super Heroes Framed Minifig Display Case

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This… I don’t know how this would be categorized… lifestyle? accessory? This item was spotted at LEGOLAND California. It looks like a 32×32 baseplate embedded in a plastic frame that can either be wall-hung or set atop a surface. There are spots for 15 minifigs and it looks like there is enough clearance for Hawkeye to keep his quiver on. The frame is branded with Marvel Super Heroes so it’s use is limited unless you don’t care about that sort of thing. If you have the San Diego Comic Con exclusive Marvel minifigs, or just a huge LEGO Marvel fan in general, this would make a good frame to display those.

There’s no telling if the frame will show up on LEGO [email protected] So far that I know, it’s only available at LEGOLAND California for the princely sum of $16.99.

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Ace Kim | May 24th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, News

This Book Is The Only Way To Get A Microfighter Y-wing

If you’re a fan of the microfighter sets, then you should probably go pre-order this book right now. LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure is the only way you’ll be able to get an official microfighter Y-wing Starfighter. It’s exclusive to the book, assuming the cover is telling the truth. There’s no indication that the minifigure pilot is unique though so anybody’s guess is as good as mine.

LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure is available for pre-order right now from Amazon. The current price as of this writing is $18.74 with Amazon’s Pre-order Price Guarantee. The book will be released/delivered to your front door on August 2, 2016.

Nick Martin | May 23rd, 2016 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Reviews

Review: 76045 Kryptonite Interception

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I have to admit that it was entirely unintentional to do all of the reviews of the Civil War sets before I saw the movie (which was very good), but do the most iconic set of Batman v Superman after I saw that rolling dumpster fire of a film. It’s kind of weird, since the Civil War sets I would describe as average (all three sets got a 3 out of 5), where I enjoyed the movie a lot more than those. I absolutely hated BvS, yet I really enjoyed this set (the last one I reviewed… not so much).

I had very few expectations of this set for a variety of reasons. The biggest, and what is probably a big black mark for my nerd cred, is that I don’t care all that much about the Batmobile. I like the classic design, and the original Burton/Keaton Batmobile… but it just tends to get a bit more ridiculous every time we see it. In a setting where our hero has helicopters, jets, space ships, jet packs, and the ability to swing around the city… why go for the option that’s the least efficient way to get around? Worse, even before BvS clouded all of my judgement, the only bits we saw of this vehicle were behind a broody Batman and processed through that trademarked “covered and dirt and left in a pile of waste” Snyder filter. In bad lighting. Basically, there wasn’t much of a reason to get excited about it.

I built this set long before I saw the movie… probably before I saw the spoileriffic trailers, even, and was pretty shocked that I liked the build a lot. I’m a sucker for a decent vehicle, and I love the accessories and practical parts in a set. That this set had a forklift and henchmen instead of some absurd villain tool (looking at you, Bane, and that stupid drill) was a huge plus in my book. At 306 parts and only a $29.99 price tag, this set seems, on its face, to be a pretty exceptional value compared to other stuff. We get the most iconic vehicle, a hero, and henchmen, all for one of the lower price ranges. Plus, of course, there are some new cockpit windows that I think we are all going to want for… everything, and of course, fork lift.

But this is a set based on a movie so devistatingly awful that it’s been classified as a war crime in some places, so there has to be something wrong with it… right?

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