‘Tis the season for leaks, isn’t it? Following up with the exposé of The LEGO Movie and Super Heroes sets, today we are treated with the January 2015 wave of LEGO Star Wars. We initially found the images on Toy Ark and they claim they were “released” by LEGO but we all know that’s a lie. It was either them or the usual suspect, Just2good from Eurobricks, just leaking things all over the place like a bad diaper on a baby. In any case, the full set of images in no particular order are after the jump.
76017 Captain America vs. Hydra isn’t the only set Super Heroes set that’s seeing a nice 25% discount. Both 76015 Doc Ock Truck Heist and 76004 Spider-Cycle Chase are also seeing a nice $14.79 price tag over at Amazon. Free Super Saver Shipping starts at $35; Prime members get free 2-day shipping with no minimum purchase. Walmart is showing the same prices, so head over there if you’d rather shop there.
And once again, FBTB is left out in the cold. Much like the Sandcrawler announcement earlier this year, LEGO has failed to send us any of the assets so I’ve posted the designer video above. This set was revealed earlier at Brickcon in From what I gather from other sites, the set will cost US $199.99 and will be available starting January 1st, 2015. I’m not entirely certain that there would be early VIP access starting mid-December with the holidays and all. That’s usually the time they push the entire January wave out to retailers. You can check out the official pics that we didn’t get over at our friends at BZPower.
Update: These showed up in my inbox this morning. Better late than never I suppose. Anyways, enjoy!
Both Amazon and Walmart are discounting the 76017 Captain America vs. Hydra set by a nice 25% margin, lowering the $19.99 set down to just $14.97. This beats our last mention by 3%. Free Super Saver Shipping applies on your order of $35 or more at Amazon so you’ll need to pad your order with multiples or with other items. Prime members will get free shipping with no minimum. Walmart offers free shipping with orders of $50 or more on this item, or you can pick it up in store or at a FedEx Office location for free with site-to-store. 76017 Captain America vs. Hydra has 172 pieces and comes with Captain America, Red Skull, and a Hydra Henchman.
10245 Santa’s Workshop is now available for non-VIP members at LEGO Shop@Home. The latest addition to the Winter Village unofficial theme costs $69.99 and comes with 883 pieces of which you can build 4 adult reindeer, 1 reindeer calf, 4 elves, Mrs. Claus and good ol’ Santa Claus himself.
Also, October is double VIP points month. Get double VIP points for every purchase from October 1 through 31. As of this writing, the site is still showing regular VIP points but that should be corrected by the time the morning comes around. If it hasn’t been updated by the time your order goes through, give Customer Service a call and they will take care of you.
In some DVD/Blu-ray news today, SuperHeroHype is reporting details for the Guardians of the Galaxy Steelbook case, pictured above. Mimicking the appearance of an ’80’s walkman, the front cover displays the “Awesome Mix Vol. 1″ cassette and has the play/stop/forward/reverse buttons printed on the spine. This edition is exclusive to Zavvi in the UK. As usual, here in the US the Steelbook is a Best Buy exclusive and may come with a different version of the case.
According to SuperHeroHype, the DVD/Blu-ray is scheduled to be released on December 9, 2014 here in the US. If the Steelbook’s not your thing, you can pre-order the Guardians of the Galaxy (3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital Copy) directly from Amazon. For you music lovers, you can also pick up the Awesome Mix Vol.1 on CD for a mere $10 and includes a digital version of the album. There is no cassette version unfortunately.
The new picture sets just keep on coming, with finished pics of the DC sets showing up, this time thanks to Toyark and a whole bunch of other places. These had been leaked around various places earlier, but had placeholder characters instead of Gorilla Grodd or Darkseid. I find the Gorilla Grodd goes bananas a particularly striking juxtaposition of amazing minifigure selection, especially the N52 Wonder Woman that I’m so glad wasn’t placeholder art and what looks to be one absolutely terrible set build. I mean seriously, it’s 2014 and the best we can come up with for a net launcher is still “cram that net into an engine?”
The only part of that set I really dig is the little truck cart. We’ve already had pictures of the Sinestro set, so not putting that here, but 76027 Black Manta Deep Sea Strike and 76028 Darkseid Invasion. Given that Black Manta is one of the signature villains of the Aquaman universe, who is a character that’s fun to make fun of but is actually a pretty awesome character (who has a trident that can totally kill Superman)… it makes sense that the centerpiece of the set is about Batman and Robin. I do like scuba Robin though.
The Darkseid breaks the golden rule of DC Super Heroes set, in that “must have Batman.” It still has Superman, as has the other sets that didn’t include Batman, but still, it’s there. The inclusion of Hawkman is good, but I would have loved Hawkman and Hawkgirl in the same set. They are a pair, and should always be together. Green Arrow is cool, as is Cyborg, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that this leaves the DC lineup next year with exactly
1 woman 2 women and 1 person of color. They could, and they should, do better. (Thanks to banthafodder for reminding me that Supergirl is also slated to come in the Braniac set)
We’ve known about the Angry Kitty set for some time, since it was revealed during San Diego Comic Con, but just2good over on EuroBricks has posted a new video that shows off an even better small set.
Pretty much all of the double-decker couch set has been out in some form. Benny (with a different face) was in the SPACESHIP!, the couch was in the Sea Cow, and the car is an old City set that I’m going to love to get more of. Of course, that waffle is just all sorts of awesome, I love the Unikitty, and we all wanted Ghost Vitruvius in the Blu-Ray set. So this set is obviously a “going to buy” for me.
The other set is a bit more in the average category for me, Bad Cop Car Chase, which is like an expansion for Super Cycle Chase. It’s not a bad set, by any means, but doesn’t feel as strong as the other set. At least it does come with a chair to kick.
I shot the time lapse video of me building 76023 The Tumbler way back when I built the set for our review but I just now finally got around to posting it. I don’t have exact numbers, but I think the set took me about 6 or 7 hours to build with some breaks in between while I wrangled with my kids and other house duties. Anyway, take a gander if you’d like.
Another build has gotten to that illustrious 10k mark on LEGO Ideas, this time the F7A Hornet, a ship from the upcoming Star Citizen game. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard of the game, because it is an interesting story. It’s from the guy who created the classic Wing Commander series, Chris Roberts, and was one of the first crowd-sourcing campaigns that just broke expectations all over the place. After blowing way past their original goal, the game raised $2.1 million on Kickstarter… and another $54 million through other sources. I like to imagine that the development team is sitting on a giant pile of money like out of The Dark Knight. I’m not sure who they’re going to set on fire though… probably whoever was responsible for that terrible Wing Commander movie back in the 90s.
As an idea, this is interesting, but I’m skeptical of the reach. There are so many different ships that are being made in the game, but they’re not even all that well known to the backers (like me… I didn’t realize it was a Star Citizen ship until I read the description, and was one of the original backers). I’d be nice to see some more space stuff out there, but unlikely that LEGO would hit what is still a very niche license… especially one that conflicts with their biggest seller, Star Wars. I like the ship, and like it even more that the guy took his LDD version and actually built the thing. Even better, he’s sharing the instructions so anyone who’d like to build it can as well. I’m curious to see where this one ends up.