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Don "Solo" Reitz | August 25th, 2014 | Contests

MOC Madness 2014: Steam Wars Returns Final Four Deadline Reminder

mocmadnesslogo2014-4The penultimate round is drawing to a close with less than 24 hours left for our four remaining contestants to post their latest models. This round will decide who gets to go head to head in the final showdown and who’ll be left to battle over third. Submissions need to be posted in the threads set up right here and here by 11:59PM PST on Monday August 25th. The polls will be up shortly after and run for two days again. I can’t wait to see the enemy starfighters you guys come up with!

Ace Kim | August 24th, 2014 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, Sales News

Amazon Discounts LEGO Lord of the Rings Sets

79005 The Wizard Battle

Amazon is applying some nice discounts, around 22-26% off, on select LEGO Lord of the Rings sets.

  • 79007 Battle at The Black Gate is discounted 25% from $59.99 down to $44.99.
  • 79006 The Council of Elrond is discounted 26% from $29.99 down to $22.09.
  • Of course no Lord of the Rings sales post would be complete without the obligatory mention of 79008 Pirate Ship Ambush. The current discount for this set is 22% from $99.99 down to $77.94. Not the best discount we’ve seen so if you’re patient you might be able to get a better deal at a later time.
  • 79005 The Wizard Battle is discounted 26% dropping the $12.99 set down to below the $10 mark for just $9.57.

Though technically not Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit set 79014 Dol Guldur Battle is similarly discounted with a 26% discount. It was $69.99 but now can be for just $51.99.

Nick Martin | August 23rd, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, MOC Spotlight, News

Jon Lazar’s Awesome Super LEGO Friends Project

Super Friends - All of them

In a very topical coincidence, given our recent opinion piece on LEGO’s Girl Problem, artist Jon Lazar has been working on a LEGO Super Friends line, aiming to make some of the Friends figures more nerdy and awesome by turning them into customs of a wide variety of DC and Marvel Super Heroines.

You can see more of his stuff on Instagram, or see it covered on The Mary Sue or The Escapist. Let me just be up front, and say I’m considering going out and getting this Jubilee right now. More pictures of the figures after the fold.

Super Friends - Jubilee

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Nick Martin | August 22nd, 2014 | Feature, LEGO, Rants

LEGO’s Girl Problem

What it is is beautiful

When the recent Research Institute set came out, there were a lot of people that were really excited to see it, both because it was a decent idea and because it was a set that could be used for positive role-model toy for girls. There were some people that weren’t, a lot to just indifference, but some that just get angry when you say the word “girl” without also including some derogatory reference. I assume that those people are registering on the site right now, just to complain without ever reading another word. Sadly, those comments won’t be approved until after the contest voting has wrapped up.

I have a vested interest in this, because I have a two-year-old daughter. She loves stuffed animals, Duplo, and Tonka trucks. I have a closet of Lego sets put away for her, and in all of them there are four female minifigs (three are in the Research Institute). There are some mini-dolls in there because I have a few Friends sets in there too (the ones I didn’t part out for myself, because the part selection in Friends is fantastic).

The Ideas sets this year are a rare and welcome exception

The Ideas sets this year are a rare and welcome exception

Let me be very clear… I’m talking about the gender imbalance in LEGO sets. There are plenty of other things we could call out about LEGO… the lack of diversity, the problem with how certain ethnicities are portrayed (or not), the lack of handicap figures (which I find surprising primarially for much LEGO does to donate to hospitals where the “just like you” factor could make a big difference).  These are things that I think should be talked about too, but I’m only going to pick one fight at a time.

Leia and Lando

This was all the diversity there was in the original trilogy…

I’m also aware that the problem is much bigger than Lego. The idea of equality, especially gender equality, just unleashes a whole heap of stupid inside the nerd realm. Lego is part of that, which means it’s just a reflection of the bigger problem. Except Lego isn’t just a nerd property, and it isn’t just licensed sets. It’s a kids toy. I could write many, many articles about the problem with the entire girls toys vs. boys toys, or the problem with pinkifying to make something “girl friendly,” and I have posted stuff like that on the forums… but Lego is loved by girls and boys, and that’s where the problem is.

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Ace Kim | August 21st, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes

New LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Game Trailer Features Braniac

DC Entertainment released a new trailer for their upcoming video game, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. In terms of gameplay, nothing new is shown but instead the trailer focuses more on revealing the cast of characters. I wish I was more of a DC guy growing up cause I have no idea who most of those people are.

The plot is similar to LEGO Marvel Super Heroes wherein both super heroes and super villains team up to take down a common enemy. Adam West plays the role of the character constantly in danger throughout the game, like how Stan Lee was in LMSH. There’s a proper term for that character but it escapes me at the moment.

The game is scheduled to be released this holiday season around November 28th. Pre-order your copy today from Gamestop to get the exclusive Plastic Man figure pictured below.

LEGO-Plastic-Man
Nick Martin | August 19th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Fan Expo Canada Offering Exclusive Ghost Set

Huw over at Brickset let it drop that Fan Expo Canada, what I can only assume is like SDCC only smelling more like maple syrup and ham (I promise that’s the only Canada joke for at least the duration of this sentence), is offering an exclusive LEGO set this year, a microfighter / chibi version of The Ghost.

FANEXPO001-1

Yeah, my first impression is the same as what I had for the SDCC version: isn’t this Hera’s ship? Why isn’t she included in the thing? Also, that I’m less than impressed. No details yet on numbers or pricing, but as we find out, we’ll let you know. As a bonus, though, for the many of us that don’t live anywhere near this, or aren’t allowed in Canada for reasons that are best left unsaid… they are offering a Twitter giveaway contest to win one of them!

One note… read the rules. You have to follow them AND retweet the message.

Full details from the blurb from the Expo:

“For LEGO, the event is about the fans – it’s an opportunity to engage with builders of all ages and offer a fun interactive experience that is unlike any other in Canada. Because YOU are some of the most loyal fans of LEGO, we are offering an advance sneak peak of the FIRST EVER LEGO FAN EXPO Canada Exclusive. This limited edition LEGO STAR WARS Rebels set features The Ghost Starship with Kanan Jarrus Minifigure from the upcoming STAR WARS Rebels TV series.

“The set is ONLY available at the LEGO Booth #748 between Thursday, August 28 to Sunday, August 31, 2014, while quantities last. Tickets will be distributed at the booth on a first come, first serve basis when the show floor opens to the public. Quantities will be limited per day and only one LEGO FAN EXPO Canada Exclusive per customer per day. A valid ticket will be required for purchase.

“For a chance to win one before the show, please check out the contest page for more details!”

 

Don "Solo" Reitz | August 19th, 2014 | Contests

MOC Madness 2014: Steam Wars Returns Elite Eight Results

finalfour

The latest round of polls have just finished up and we now have our final four builders: goatman461, rolli, markus1984, and Legopard are all advancing to the two remaining rounds. This time they’re each tasked with building another starfighter: an enemy for their ship from the first round to battle. The new submission threads are right here and here and they have seven more days to complete and post their new models before the next polls hit. This round determines which builders will go head to head for the top slots, so the pressure is on! Hit the jump or swing by the thread to see the four winning walkers.

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Ace Kim | August 18th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Sales News

76023 The Tumbler Now Available

76023 Prod

It looks like LEGO Shop@Home for North America finally got their act together and is now offering 76023 The Tumbler for sale. Its price tag is $199.99 and comes with Batman and The Joker minifigures and 1,869 pieces. In case you’re too lazy to scroll, we recently reviewed the set which can be found right here.

Ace Kim | August 18th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Reviews

Review: 76023 The Tumbler

76023 The Tumbler 1

When LEGO released the first images of 76023 The Tumbler, there was a collective gasp heard from the internet. But to be honest, there was something about it that just seemed off to me and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. After having built my review copy and staring at it for a while now I finally figured out what it is that I don’t like about it.

But before I get into, here is a breakdown of how this review is going to be done: I’ll be splitting up this review over 5 parts. Part 1 will be an analysis of the packaging of the shipping box with an in-depth interview of the DHL package carrier. Part 2 will be a review of the numbered bags along with weights and measurements of each bag. Part 3 will be a photo gallery of every step of the building process. Parts 4 will be the actual review. And, finally, Part 5 will be where we reveal the final score. We’ll be spreading out the review over the next 5 weeks with a post going up every Sunday evening. So buckle up and get ready for our most extensive review ever!

76023 Delivered!

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Ace Kim | August 17th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

The Rebels Clip That Broke Don

We’ve all had those moments, those defining moments where our open-minded approach to any one thing quickly turns into an opinion and we turn our backs to that thing. In this case, the thing in question is Rebels, and that moment is the clip above. This was the clip that turned Don Solo against the show. I was already trepidatious about the show, but what the clip did for me was cement my hatred for Chopper, and in turn, made me realize just how much this show is going to suck.

And would it kill the sound engineers to generate new sound effects?

I’ll stick to Nick’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles instead. Such a GREAT show, you’re missing out if you haven’t been keeping up.