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Ace Kim | September 9th, 2015 | LEGO Ideas, News

21303 WALL•E: The McVeigh Modification


In light of the terrible neck design in 21303 WALL•E, Chris McVeigh has created a modification that replaces the two-part pin and click joint with a single ball joint. I’ve done it myself and can vouch for its effectiveness; I even wrote about it in our upcoming review on 21303 WALL•E coming in the next few days. In the meantime, I’ve linked to Bricklink the parts you’ll need below to add to the existing construct. You can download his instruction file PDF from his site or mirrored here. This mod is worth doing and even if you don’t have the parts in the exact colors listed here. The finished part is pretty well hidden so you can sub in odd colors here and there. You can get the majority of the parts from another Ideas set, 21109 Exo Suit. My copy may or may not have been cannibalized for this mod. I ain’t tellin’.

Ken Robichaud | September 9th, 2015 | LEGO Ideas, News

Nine Entries In LEGO Ideas Second Review Of 2015


Another review down, another nine projects get thrown into the mix for consideration. We’re still waiting on the choice from the last reviews thirteen projects and the Ideas blog says that result should be out in the “coming weeks”.

The nine in this review are the usual mixed bag and I might as well make my predictions while I’m here.

  • Adventure Time: This one is interesting. It’s popular, aimed at kids and doesn’t include any minifigs. A few printed face bricks and this could be a go.
  • Caterham Super Seven: Possible, but unlikely. LEGO already collects enough car brands imo.
  • Modular Library: No. Too big, but a library seems like something the modulars might get to anyway.
  • Lothlorien: Again, too big. Also, pre-existing licenses get passed on time and time again.
  • LEGO Physics: Love it, but it is a bit parts intensive and I think the hose manipulation would be a big deterrence for many builders and for LEGO in producing instructions. I hope something can be done with this.
  • Stay Puft Marshmallow Man: It has the advantage of being a popular previous Ideas selection that has branched out into the Dimensions game. There is precedence in Minecraft of expansion, but I still think it’s a hard sell. Fingers crossed though.
  • Indominus Rex: The T-rex in the last review has a much better chance if not branded as Jurassic Park/World.
  • The Hobbit-Rivendell: Ummmmm, no.
  • The Little Prince: I’d never heard of this book, but it seems internationally popular. I doubt it, but who knows?

So now we wait and see, good luck to all those involved.

Ace Kim | September 9th, 2015 | LEGO, News

LEGO Announces 10249 Winter Toy Shop


Yes, this set was announced weeks ago. I had forgotten this post was in draft state and in talking with Nick tonight, he reminded me of it. Normally I wouldn’t post such old news but there is a reason I’m finally getting to it now. This is sort of a lead-in to a feature article we are working on that will be published hopefully this weekend. Stay tuned.

And can I just say that the LEGO Designer Video is hilarious? They are obviously trying to hype up the set and at the same time covering up the fact that it is more or less a straight re-release. “The roof was hard to do at a 45° angle.” Really? Was it that hard to do considering it was already done before? Right….

10249 Winter Toy Shop will run you $79.99 for 898 pieces, a full $20 more than the original at $59.99 for 70 pieces more and an amazing 45°-angled roof. You can expect to buy the set starting October 1st at LEGO Shop@Home with VIP Early Access starting next week on September 16th. More images below the fold.

The Fold

Ace Kim | September 4th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Buy LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens Sets


If you were sane and decided to stay home for the various midnight openings at Toys’R’Us stores and Target stores, fear not for you can purchase the sets online from the comfort of your own couch or office chair or toilet seat depending on when you’re reading this post. I’ve included direct links to products for Amazon and LEGO Shop@Home but am running out of steam. So for Target you’ll just have to deal with generic category link. And Walmart’s site sucks for finding the new stuff, but here’s a link anyway.

One thing I noticed while I was out and about: 75101 First Order Special Forces TIE fighter was short stocked at the Toys’R’Us stores I went to. This might be one of the more popular LEGO TFA sets out there. The best value? 75099 Rey’s Speeder, by far. Priced at $19.99, it comes with two figures and you get a fun little speeder to race around. This one’s a no brainer and an easy recommendation.

Construction Sets

  • 75099 Rey’s Speeder $19.99 (Amazon | S@H)
  • 75100 First Order Snowspeeder $39.99 (Amazon | S@H)
  • 75101 First Order Special Forces TIE fighter $69.99 (Amazon | S@H)
  • 75102 Poe’s X-Wing Fighter $79.99 (Amazon | S@H)
  • 75103 First Order Transporter $89.99 (Amazon | S@H)
  • 75104 Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle $119.99 (Amazon | S@H)
  • 75105 Millennium Falcon $149.99 (Amazon | S@H)

Buildable Figures

Don | September 3rd, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars

More Official Force Awakens Set Images From LEGO


Don’t ask me why, but this batch of detail shots was held back from the first wave Ace was allowed to post earlier and they left out the Tie Figther entirely.  I’m still disappointed the panels on it are grey, this whole time I’ve been thinking they were sort of a milky translucent material in all the trailers which seemed really neat. Now it just feels a bit bland.  But you won’t be getting a second round of play by play commentary from me, so sit back and enjoy the fresh slew of high res promo pics.

75101 First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter

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75099 Rey’s Speeder

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75105 – Millennium Falcon

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75104 – Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle

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75103 First Order Transporter

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75102 Poe’s X-Wing Fighter

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75100 First Order Snowspeeder

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Edit several hours after the initial posting: I fixed it so the thumbnails all link to the full res images like they were supposed to. Sorry about that!

Ace Kim | September 3rd, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGO Officially Unveils Most Of The Force Awakens Sets


Starting last night, I received emails with official images of the The Force Awakens sets with the final reveal hitting my inbox at apparently 6:05 am. Strange to say the least but it’s nice to finally have our official first look. The rest of the images are below with the press release below that. No sign yet of 75101 First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter, so that may still be coming sometime today. All sets will be available this coming Friday September 4th, also known as Force Friday. It’s not even Friday and my wallet is hurting.

75099 Rey’s Speeder

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Hover into action on Rey’s Speeder! This cool landspeeder has everything Rey needs for scouting the surface of a desert planet, including dual stud shooters, opening storage hatch and side-mounted bag, blaster, buzzsaw and electrobinoculars. There’s also a detachable sled with space for a minifigure when Rey must make a quick escape down the desert dunes! Recreate your own fantastic scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Includes 2 minifigures: Rey and Unkar’s Thug with a crowbar. $19.99 USD

75105 – LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon

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One of the most iconic starships of the Star Wars saga is back, and it’s leaner and meaner than ever before! As featured in exciting scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this latest LEGO® version of the Millennium Falcon is crammed with new and updated external features, including an even more streamlined and detailed design, detachable cockpit with space for 2 minifigures, rotating top and bottom laser turrets with hatch and space for a minifigure, dual spring-loaded tools, sensor dish,ramp and an entrance hatch. Open up the hull plates to reveal even more great new and updated details inside, including the main hold with seating area and holochess board, more detailed hyperdrive, secret compartment, extra boxes and cables, and storage for spring-loaded tool. And of course no LEGO Millennium Falcon model would be complete without Han Solo and Chewbacca, as well as other great characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Activate the hyperdrive and set course for LEGO Star Wars fun! Includes 6 minifigures with assorted accessories: Rey, Finn, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Tasu Leech and a Kanjiklub Gang Member, plus a BB-8 Astromech Droid. $149.99 USD

75104 – Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle

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Enter the battle with Kylo Ren’s personal Command Shuttle! This fantastic, highly detailed starship has loads of features, including opening front, rear and bottom storage bays; wing-mounted, spring-loaded shooters and detachable tool racks. And when you’re ready for even more action, activate the amazing extending wing function! It’s time to hunt down the enemy and play out your own great scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Includes 6 minifigures with assorted accessories: Kylo Ren, General Hux, First Order Officer, 2 First Order Crew and a First Order Stormtrooper Officer. $119.99 USD

75103 First Order Transporter

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Lower the ramp, load the troopers and get ready to transport them into battle! This heavily armored First Order Transporter is packed with cool features, like dual spring-loaded shooters, top-mounted dual-stud shooter and hatch with space for a minifigure, pilot cabin with opening hatch and space for 4 minifigures in the hold, big engines at the rear, and hidden, transparent wheels for a cool ‘hover’ look. You can also remove the top section for easy access. Get ready to recreate incredible battle scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Includes 7 minifigures with assorted accessories: 2 Resistance Soldiers, 2 First Order Flametroopers, 2 First Order Stormtroopers and Captain Phasma. $89.99 USD

75102 Poe’s X-Wing Fighter

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Battle the forces of the First Order with Poe’s X-Wing Fighter. This customized starfighter is packed with features, like the 4 spring-loaded shooters, 2 stud shooters, retractable landing gear, opening wings, opening cockpit with space for a minifigure and space behind for the BB-8 Astromech Droid. There’s even a loader with tool rack, extra ammunition, and a seat for a minifigure. So climb the access ladder, strap in and get ready to recreate your own great scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Includes 3 minifigures with assorted accessories: Poe Dameron, Resistance ground crew and a Resistance X-Wing Pilot, plus a BB-8 Astromech Droid. $79.99 USD

75100 First Order Snowspeeder

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Call in weaponized support with the First Order Snowspeeder! With a crew of three, this rapid response vehicle features a forward storage compartment, fixed stud shooter in the cockpit, two rapid-fire stud shooters built into the engines and transparent wheels hidden out of site for a true ‘hover’ look. Now you can recreate your own great scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Includes 3 minifigures with assorted weapons: 2 First Order Snowtroopers and a First Order Snowtrooper Officer. $39.99

Ace Kim | September 2nd, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGO Officially Unveils 75102 Poe’s X-Wing Starfighter From The Force Awakens


Somewhere, out there, there is a high-traffic news website that has the scoop on 75102 Poe’s X-Wing Starfighter. I myself just got the press release materials just now at 8:30pm oddly enough. Despite the set being leaked weeks earlier, we now have official images of the set, just a scant two images but official nonetheless. Price is $79.99 and you’ll be able to pick this up on Force Friday September 4th.


LEGO® Star Wars™ Sets Based on Star Wars™: The Force Awakens

**NEWLY UNVEILED** 75102 – Poe’s X-Wing Fighter™
Battle the forces of the First Order with Poe’s X-Wing Fighter. This customized starfighter is packed with features, like the 4 spring-loaded shooters, 2 stud shooters, retractable landing gear, opening wings, opening cockpit with space for a minifigure and space behind for the BB-8 Astromech Droid. There’s even a loader with tool rack, extra ammunition, and a seat for a minifigure. So climb the access ladder, strap in and get ready to recreate your own great scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Includes 3 minifigures with assorted accessories: Poe Dameron, Resistance ground crew and a Resistance X-Wing Pilot, plus a BB-8 Astromech Droid. $79.99 USD

Ace Kim | September 2nd, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Go To Force Friday Midnight Opening At TRU, Get A Brick

For years now, Toys’R’Us has done a big midnight madness sale to push Star Wars products coinciding with every new movie release. And for years I’ve been going, waiting in line, pushing my little cart around, and filling it up with all sorts of toys. I was hoping to avoid Force Friday, which is this Friday September 4th, 2015, since I don’t really collect anything Star Wars related other than LEGO but based on this page on the Toys’R’Us website, it looks like I have a reason to go. Customers attending the festivities will receive a free poster and a free LEGO commemorative brick. Instagram user what_the_brick posted a picture of said commemorative brick, seen above, late yesterday. Not sure what the poster looks like but since it’s not listed as a LEGO poster I’m not sure I care to find out.

Force Friday begins 12:01am Friday September 4th, 2015. And just to be clear, that would be Thursday midnight going into Friday. See y’all in line!

Ace Kim | September 1st, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

75097 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar Now Available

If you’re lamenting the unavailability of 21303 WALL•E, you can still get your new LEGO set fix by picking up this year’s LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar. I forgot this went on sale yesterday but no matter, it’s still available right now from Amazon and LEGO Shop@Home. The asking price is $39.99 from both places.

If you want the other Advent Calendars, 60099 City (Amazon | S@H) and 41102 Friends (Amazon | S@H) calendars are also available. Both of those calendars are priced at $29.99.

And finally, what is, in my opinion, the best CMF line to date, Series 14 Monsters is now available from LEGO Shop@Home. Those are $3.99 a pop and there’s a quantity limit of 32 per order.

Too much good stuff out right now.

Nick Martin | September 1st, 2015 | Contests, News

MOC the 80s! Contest

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In the whole of human history, the 80s represent probably the most insane explosion of pop culture and absurdity, a glorious time of poofy hair, acid-wash jeans, keytars, and shopping malls. Almost everything popular today had some sort of roots in those glorious 80s… from all the movie reboots to the TV show reboots to the books and music and style fads.

As a decade, it gave us Ghostbusters and Back to the Future, and those gave us two LEGO sets. The Ecto-1 is one of the best sets LEGO has ever put out (inspired by a LEGO fan, no less), and the DeLorean is a terrible car that is so iconic you can’t avoid it. But more than all of that, the most popular thing about the 80s has got to be reminiscing about the 80s. Sure, Scooby-Doo was more 60s and 70s, but it was Saturday Morning cartoon reruns that got us all hooked on it while eating our just awful sugary cereals based on Nintendo characters.

The 90s may have killed off the 80s in a wave of hypercolor shirts and snap bracelets, but it also gave rise to “I Love the 80s,” the only time that VH-1 was relevant to anyone other than the same target market for Lifetime movies. It let us see our child stars grown up, but more importantly, it let us see all of the cars that dominated television and movies in the 80s. The DeLorean in Back to the Future was so popular that it made a car that was worse quality than the worst Best-Lock set a collector’s item. Have you ever priced one of those Ambulances that went into the Ecto-1? I’d suggest you save all of your money now to get one that’s working. There was KITT, Magnum’s Ferrari, the A-Team Van, and so many other things that you couldn’t throw a rock in that decade without hitting something iconic.

That’s where this contest comes in. It’s time that we MOC the 80s!

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