I should have posted these a few days ago but I got distracted, but there are still two days left of Celebration. So while you’re there, be sure to check out this LEGO-built TIE Advanced Prototype large-scale replica where you can sit behind the controls and get your picture taken from inside the cockpit.
At a panel earlier today, JJ Abrams revealed BB8 as a real life droid. There were rumors that it was a practical effect prop, and not CGI. And here is the proof. And there goes my mind being blown all over again.
I cannot wait to see how LEGO butchers this one!
Animated gif stolen from imgur.
I hear the dark side is better, because it has cookies. There’s so much information flying around today with Celebration kicking off that it’s hard to keep track of where it’s coming from. At least that’s what I’m going to assume happened with ComicBookMovie.com‘s credit to the “on twitter” source that shared these pictures of who we can assume is our big bad (seriously, if you can find the original source, please let us know in the comments so I can update this).
I don’t have as many happy thoughts about these posters compared to the trailer earlier today. Maybe because it’s focusing on a guy we haven’t seen at all yet (who I want to make the wild guess at being a clone of Palpatine that was reanimated using Darth Plagueis’ magic voodoo), or because they’re all kind of… meh.
The new Stormtroopers are looking a whole lot nicer when you put enough of them in a line, though.
Celebration VII is going in full force, and while some of us didn’t have a chance to make it, there is all kinds of news flowing out of there. Sure, we have Abrams saying that the desert planet wasn’t Tatooine (to which, I remind people who followed all of the “It’s not Khan” stuff from Star Trek: Into Darkness… Abrams lies), but the bigger news is a brand new trailer!
Reactions below the fold and in the comments!
This little awkwardly-named (Tatooine Mini-build? Really?) set goes on sale today at Star Wars Celebration. For $40, you get this 178-piece set which includes a mini Sandcrawler, mini Landspeeder, and mini Lars Homestead along with a GIGANTIC moisture vaporator. It also has microscale versions of two jawas, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Owen Lars. Sadly, even at this scale, Beru Lars has been given the shaft. Oh, it also includes a C-3PO minifigure to go all Godzilla on the diorama. If history is any indication, there should be about 1,000 of these made, with 250 on sale each day on a first-come, first-served basis. Hopefully, the staff will be a bit friendlier than they were at Comic Con last year and they don’t pull any line shenanigans. If you plan on getting one, good luck!
I tip my hat to the package designer. The Sandcrawler inspired design is AWESOME and goes great with the theme of the set.
Available now for VIP Members, the newest building from Springfield, Apu’s Kwik-E-Mart is now ready for purchase. If you’re a VIP member, you must be logged in to purchase the set which will set you back $199 and comes with 2,179 pieces. The Kwik-E-Mart comes with Homer Simpson, Bart Simpson, Marge Simpson, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Chief Wiggum and Snake (a.k.a. Jailbird). While the first five minifigs have been released already in some form, Snake is all new and exclusive to this set.
We hope to have our review ready by the end of the weekend. So stay tuned for that.
LEGO announced today that they are revealing four more sets in their LEGO Star Wars Buildable Figures line. In addition to the Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader sets that were shown at New York Toy Fair earlier this year, General Grievous, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jango Fett, and Clone Commander Cody will be joining them on the shelf later this year. All of the figures will be on display at the LEGO booth at Celebration this week. You can see Grievous above and Obi-Wan below. Jango and Cody have yet to be revealed. The piece breakdown and set numbers are below:
You know, with these buildable figures, you’d think Hasbro would have a huge problem with it. But perhaps licensing terms have been more clearly defined allowing LEGO to release a building set that essentially produces an action figure. Maybe this means LEGO can start selling Star Wars minifig packs like they used to without gluing them down to a magnet base. Maybe this will pave the way for a Collectible Minifigure series based on licensed properties. Maybe pigs will fly one day.
LEGO has sent out their Celebration schedule ahead of Thursday, the official first day of the Star Wars convention. To save you a download, I’ll just retype everything here:
Main Booth – Location #1025
Tatooine Mini-Build Retail Exclusive:
Thursday: On sale starting at 11:00am until supplies last.
Friday-Sunday: On sale starting at 10:00am until supplies last.
Attendee badges only.
Meet the Master Model Builder that designed the LEGO Star Wars Exclusive set.
Thursday-Saturday: During show hours, help build the world’s largest Darth Vader out of LEGO bricks.
LEGO Star Wars Play Area – Location #941
During show hours, build a micro Star Wars vehicle out of LEGO bricks.
Thursday: Star Destroyer
Saturday: TIE Fighter
Sunday: Millennium Falcon
LEGO Panel – Location: Digital Stage Room 300
Behind the scenes of LEGO Star Wars Droid Tales
And of course, activities are subject to change.
For the Droid Tales panel, Director Michael Price along with Michael Donovan and Jason Cosler will be on hand to talk about the show. Droid Tales is a retelling of the Star Wars saga through the eyes of C-3PO and R2-D2.
I am still trying to get more information about the exclusive set.
The poster image you see at the top of this post will be on the back of all of the other Star Wars in LEGO movie posters they are giving away at the booth.
It had to happen, right? Cho-cho-choosing Ant-Man to end Phase 2 of the MCU is begging to veer it off the rails as a follow up to Avengers: Age Of Ultron. What were they thinking? Seriously though, with AoU steering towards Civil War by highlighting the global implications of the emerging super hero community, Ant-Man is stepping on the gas with the risk of making abilities available to almost anyone. The march towards war is in full effect and it begs the question of where the films will head after sides are chosen and even more heroes begin to appear.
At least we know why the Ant-Man set has “giant” LEGO pieces in it. I’d bet the Duplo Thomas engine is about to go up in price for MOCers recreating the epic (ha!) battle scene. Seems like a missed opportunity for LEGO to make another large, inaccurate train playset based on a movie that people would complain about and I would greedily snatch up the moment it hit a discount. Le sigh.
With Celebration right around the corner and Star Wars now available digitally (iTunes $89.99 | Amazon $99.99 | Vudu $89.99), LEGO has recreated the movie posters from all six movies using what else but LEGO. You can check out the Episode IV poster above, while the rest are below.
But that’s not all, you can pick up all six posters at Celebration. I didn’t see a price mentioned anywhere so I assume they’ll be free. And if you can’t make it to the show, come May the 4th, you’ll be able to receive the Episode IV poster for free from Brand Retail locations and LEGO Shop@Home. The notes also mention that each other poster will be available in the subsequent months following May.