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Ace Kim | July 25th, 2014 | LEGO The Hobbit, News

[SDCC] Bard the Bowman, LEGO’s Not-So-Exclusive Minifigure

LEGO SDCC Exclusive Bard the Bowman Front

Here are some package shots of the LEGO SDCC Exclusive Bard the Bowman. Or is it?

I have verified today with two different sources that the Bard the Bowman minifigure, like Azog from last year, is a preview figure and will be available in a set to be released at a later date. The only unique aspect with this version of Bard is the fancy packaging. So for those of you who missed out, including me, you can rest assured knowing that the figure will come out and won’t exaclty cost you an arm and a leg to get it.

Unless of course you want the packaging….

LEGO SDCC Exclusive Bard the Bowman Back
Ace Kim | July 25th, 2014 | LEGO The Hobbit, News

[SDCC] More Pictures of 79018 The Lonely Mountain Set

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Thought not quite as large as the statue that Erik Varszegi built of Smaug, he is being released in a regular set, 79018 The Lonely Mountain. It was part of today’s unveiling schedule at the LEGO Booth at San Diego Comic Con. I wasn’t able to touch or hold him but you can see in some of the pics how he is articulated. Smaug looks really… weird, I guess you can say. He was once described to me as the most perfect dragon ever to appear on the big screen, but you wouldn’t have known it with this toy.

OH and you’ll have to excuse photo #6. I guess I didn’t notice the big red glare coming from the carpet and reflecting a reddish line before?

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Ace Kim | July 25th, 2014 | News, The LEGO Movie

[SDCC] 70817 Batman and Super Angry Kitty Attack Unveiled

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Announced earlier this week, LEGO unveiled 70817 Batman and Super Angry Kitty Attack. This set is interesting for me for several reasons: 1) This must mean there is at least one more wave of The LEGO Movie-based sets to go along with the puny 78017 set. It would be extremely unusual for LEGO just to do a one off set like this in an already established theme. 2) Batman, despite still looking stupid because of his mask, has a new facial expression with clenched teeth. 3) LEGO is understanding that Unikitty is one of if not the most popular characters in the movie from how they are interspersing her in a variety of sets at a variety of price points.

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Ace Kim | July 25th, 2014 | LEGO The Hobbit, News

[SDCC] LEGO Smaug Statue Details

I wandered over to the WB booth today where the LEGO Smaug statue was housed and it was much more impressive than what the press photo made it out to be. It’s pretty tall and features light up eyes and a chest. This statue must have made a nice dent in LEGO’s supply of gold 2×4 bricks and sand green elements. One thing I noticed that was barely noticeable in the press photo is the miniland scale model of Bilbo Baggins in the corner, hiding from Smaug. I forgot to take a picture of the whole thing in its display space so the above press photo will have to do. Click through for more pics!

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[SDCC] The Statues of The LEGO Booth

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The LEGO booth is home to a record number of statues this year, totalling five in all. We’ve already posted images of the LEGO Batcycle and a few snaps of the other statues but I thought I’d try taking a few more.

Choppers head actually moves by rotating left and right and features its front wheel which was missing from the previous photos released of the statue. At first I thought its two legs were actually going into the table until I realized that the angle was built that way on purpose.

My favorite one is the of Spider-Man complete with webbed up camera.

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Ace Kim | July 24th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

[SDCC] The LEGO Star Wars Minifigure Gallery

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So, yeah, I went ahead and took a bunch of pictures of the LEGO Star Wars gallery. I’ve covered or at least tried to cover everything in the case on all three sides.

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Ken Robichaud | July 24th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

[SDCC] Comic-Con Trailer For LEGO Batman 3

LEGO is putting a push on the LEGO Batman 3: (finally) Beyond Gotham game at SDCC this year, with Bat related giveaways, unveilings and appearances by Adam West at the game panel and LEGO booth. IGN has shared the new CCI trailer for the game and it gives a better look at new abilities, costumes and transformations for not only Batman this time, but the other heroes AND villains. The inclusion of Bigfig versions of some characters that were previously done as regular minifigures like Killer Croc, have me wondering if we’ll be seeing Bigfigs showing up in DC sets soon. One way or another, I have my copy pre-ordered and can’t wait.

Nick Martin | July 24th, 2014 | LEGO Ideas, LEGO Minecraft, News

[SDCC] Minecraft now a full licensed series

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The onslaught continues in SDCC news, and this one is compliments ToyNews via Financial Times (which sits behind a paywall, so no link): LEGO Minecraft is graduating from its status of Idea-spawned set that you see mainly at B&N for prices that would embarrass Toys R Us to a full licensed line between Mojang and LEGO. There aren’t a whole lot of details on it other than “product ideas are being developed,” but it looks like we’re going to have an ample supply of tiles and blocks in some hard-to-find colors (looking at you, 1×1 yellow tile) for some time to come!

If we get any more details, we’ll be sure to share them!

Nick Martin | July 24th, 2014 | LEGO The Hobbit, News

[SDCC] Lego Announces The Hobbit – Better Late than Never Set 79018 The Lonely Mountain

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The SDCC news is going to come like a flood today, and this new one is compliments The Hollywood Reporter. Okay, that’s not the real name, it’s actually called “The Lonely Mountain.” I’m just going to pick on the set because it features a playset from the last movie, which I certainly had my fair share of problems with, but if there was something that was screaming to be made into a Lego set, it was the fight with the dragon!

The 866-piece set is going to run you a whopping $130, otherwise known as six-and-a-half Green Lantern sets, and it does have some good stuff there. Smaug was a highlight in the movie, even if his scene went on way too long, and the lego version of him is both awesome and featuring a new dragon mold. There also looks to be a lot of sand green in something other than cheese slope form, including a few nice slopes (and of course, there is some green cheese in there). Lastly, there look to be trans green axe blades, which I think that all of my space-building friends are just going to be drooling over.

The bad should be obvious… $130!? We’ll reserve full judgement on the set until we get some more pictures from Ace at SDCC, and eventually they force me to review it after I punish myself with the third movie and write a review that makes everyone angry.


[SDCC] A LEGO Nerd’s Choice of Panels – Thursday

Hello, Comic Con attendees! Like last year, I’ve compiled a list of panels that I think might interest you, fans of LEGO licensed themes! So if you’re looking for things to do and see that doesn’t involve a line to get some exclusive toy, take a peek below. I know I will be trying my best to go to some of these. I’ll be posting daily so that you don’t have to keep searching back for the schedule. Just check the site each morning and I hope to see some of you there.

Toy Story That Time Forgot
11:15am Room 6A
Calling all Toy Story fans! ABC and Disney•Pixar present an exclusive first look at the upcoming holiday special, Toy Story That Time Forgot. Executive producer Galyn Susman (Toy Story OF TERROR!), director Steve Purcell (Brave), and head of story Derek Thompson (WALL•E) give you an exclusive inside look at the sketches, storyboards, and concepts that went into the making of this Disney•Pixar special!

The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels
6:00pm Room 6BCF
The almost 20-year stretch of Star Wars history between Episodes III and IV is a dark time in the galaxy that has never before been explored on screen. The evil Galactic Empire has tightened its grip and only a select few are brave enough to stand against tyranny and ignite a rebellion. Join Star Wars Rebels executive producers Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg as well as series stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, and Taylor Gray for an exclusive preview of what’s to come this Fall on Disney XD in this eagerly awaited television series from Lucasfilm Animation.

The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – A Look Under the Shell
8:15pm Room 6DE
In celebration of the new documentary film, Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, co-creator Kevin Eastman will lead this fascinating panel including Randall Lobb (writer/director), Isaac Elliott-Fisher (executive producer), Mark Hussey (executive producer), and Galen Walker (executive producer), taking fans behind-the-scenes and beneath the streets into the incredible 30-year journey and reveal the real origin story of four of pop culture’s most enduring heroes. Featuring clips from the documentary, followed by a Q&A discussion, fans will get to see how this so-called “happy accident” defied every naysayer to become one of the most popular and beloved franchises in the world.