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Ace Kim | October 19th, 2016 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Trailer Out For Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Despite me not really giving that terrible set a glowing review, I mean, I can’t even bring myself to look up the name of it, you know, the one that had Groot in it, I rather liked the other two LEGO sets based on the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. So here’s hoping they will make more sets for the sequel. I mean, why wouldn’t they? It’s like printing money.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 comes out in theaters on May 5th, 2017.

Ace Kim | October 17th, 2016 | LEGO, News

LEGO Celebrates 10th Anniversary Modular Building With 10255 Assembly Square

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Can you believe that roughly 10 years ago, 10182 Café Corner hit the store shelves? To celebrate the diamond anniversary, LEGO is releasing 10255 Assembly Square. At a hair just over 4,000 pieces, 4,002 to be exact, 10255 Assembly Square will set you back three bills at $279.99 USD and will hurt your wallet on January 1st, 2017. The set consists of three smaller buildings instead of the usual one, or two in the case of the 10218 Pet Shop. The set name is a bit of a misnomer since there really isn’t any semblance of an Assembly Square. This is more like a plaza or a strip mall but I guess “10255 Strip Mall” doesn’t sound as elegant. As with all of the more recent modular buildings, there’s a ton of little details all around. Tons of pictures below as well as the official press release and the designer video.

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Ace Kim | October 13th, 2016 | News, Star Wars

New Rogue One Trailer Out Today

This is probably going to be the last full trailer for Rogue One we see before the movie’s release on December 16, 2016. I wouldn’t mind one bit if I was wrong though.

Enjoy!

Nick Martin | October 8th, 2016 | LEGO Dimensions, Reviews

FBTB Streaming the Dimensions Ghostbusters Starter Pack on Twitch.tv Right Now!

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Join us right now on Twitch.tv while we stream the Ghostbusters Level Pack!

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Ace Kim | October 7th, 2016 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

LEGO’s Booth at NYCC

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Can’t make the NYCC this year? Neither could I but I got sent pictures of the booth early this morning and thought I’d share what LEGO has in store for show attendees.

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Based on how the booth is set up, you’d think was just another DC booth. The two themes that are dominating LEGO’s booth space this year are The LEGO Batman Movie and DC Super Hero Girls. Giant banners hang from the ceiling depicting some of the main characters from both lines, while their impressive triptych mosaic hangs over the floor and slowly rotates:

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Nick Martin | October 7th, 2016 | LEGO Ideas, News

LEGO Ideas First 2016 Results

I’ll admit… this latest wave of LEGO slipped entirely under my radar, and I totally missed the reveal yesterday of the results. I wasn’t overly enthused for anything in the lineup. I would have liked the museum set, but it seems unlikely that they’d return to the same well twice in Ideas. I loved the movie Short Circuit, but it’s very niche compared to the other throwback stuff we’ve gotten (and, let’s be honest… pretty hard to watch Fisher Stevens doing the most racist caricature of an Indian guy in the past few decades; at least Apu gets some depth and variety).

At this point, we know a few basic rules about LEGO Ideas that seem to get ignored by most submissions

  • Stuff in existing themes never make it through
  • Stuff that’s too big never makes it through
  • Seasonal stuff that can’t be sold all year never makes it through

Go through that rule, and it was down to the Museum, Old Fishing Market, and Johnny 5. And Old Fishing Market is the one that made it through this round. It’s a great model, though I expect a few changes, probably shrinking it a bit and putting a different color around the outside that matches whatever current parts are available. I do like that it’s not a license or some tie-in to other stuff, and look forward to getting my hands on this one eventually.

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We also get the announcement of the next wave that’s going in for review, though we’re not going to hear anything about it until next year. We can write off the UCS Landspeeder right away (even though it’s a great model), and Large Hadron Collider is out because there was a similar thing rejected last cycle (and this one is just… ugh); probably the same for the Women of NASA. Modular Construction looks too large, Lamborghini would be competing with an existing set, and I don’t see the Addam’s Family or Little House on the Prairie moving forward. Merchant’s house would just be too similar to the fishing, so it’s likely out too.

That’d leave the Eagle II, Lovelace & Bababge, Voltron, and Observatory as possibilities. Voltron could end up being a dark horse, since there was a cartoon released by Amazon this year, but it’s by DreamWorks, and I don’t know if there’s a relationship at all. I would love to see the Eagle II show up. Sticking to that particular vehicle was smart, since it could sidestep stickiness with Star Wars by omitting Darth Helmet entirely. The other two… who knows.

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That leaves us with

Ace Kim | October 6th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Amazon, Walmart Slightly Discount Some UCS Sets

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LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series sets hardly ever go on sale. Hardly. That being said, both Walmart and Amazon has applied a very slight discount to some of the current Star Wars UCS sets. In all case, the discount is slightly over 10% which should be enough to cover tax and you’ll get free shipping no matter where you buy from.

And unless I’m doing my math wrong, even if you’re LEGO [email protected] VIP member, the slight discount trumps the current Double VIP Points offer. Take for example, the Ewok Village set:

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MSRP: $249.99

[email protected] Price: $249.99
VIP Points earned: 499
Points value: $20, with 99 points leftover

Amazon price: $218.98
Price difference: $31.01

Even if you have at least a point left in your account before the purchase, you’d be able to net $25 at most. [email protected] is also offering the 24-in-1 holiday set, so depending on how you feel about that, it may take the edge on this deal.

Here’s a short list of sets on sale at both Walmart and Amazon:

  • 75095 TIE Fighter $177.00, down from $199.99 – Amazon | Walmart
  • 75059 Sandcrawler $262.98, down from $299.99 – Amazon | Walmart
  • 10236 Ewok Village $218.98, down from $249.99 – Amazon | Walmart
Nick Martin | October 5th, 2016 | LEGO Dimensions, LEGO Ghostbusters, Livestreams, News, Reviews

FBTB Live Streaming LEGO Dimensions – SAT @ 8:30 PM CST

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The new year of LEGO Dimensions has hit shelves (well, some of them… I had to ask the clerk at Best Buy to find them for me), and that means that there’s a whole lot of game playing to be had. For our second session, we’re going to crack open the new Ghostbusters Starter Set (and probably sprinkle in a few other new minifigures because we can). Please hop on our Twitch Channel and start chatting with us and your fellow Bothans!

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Additionally, the playthroughs for the first two levels of the base game, Wizard of Oz and The Simpsons, are available on our YouTube Channel (yes, FBTB has a YouTube Channel; I know, I was surprised too).

Ace Kim | October 5th, 2016 | LEGO Dimensions, News

Win Green Arrow, Starter Pack Of Your Choice

LEGO Dimensions is giving away a fan event exclusive Green Arrow and a Starter Pack of your choice by following and commenting their social media messages. On facebook, simply comment on their announcement post for a chance to win. On Instagram, you’ll need to follow @legodimensions and then tag a friend in your comment on their post there. On twitter, you just need to retweet their sweepstakes tweet. Here’s the official rules detailing what needs to be done and what restrictions there are. The entry period closes on October 9, 2016 at 11:59pm ET. Good luck to everyone!

Ace Kim | October 5th, 2016 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

LEGO Announces Early Release for DC Super Hero Girls, More Set Images, Batgirl Giveaway At NYCC

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LEGO has shared images for the final three DC Super Hero Girls sets as well as details on release dates and price points. The first three sets, 41230 Batgirl Batjet ($24.99), 41231 Harley Quinn to the Rescue ($29.99), 41232 Super Hero High School ($79.99), will be made available on November 27, 2016 only in North America in time for the holiday season while the last three sets, 41233 Lashina Tank ($14.99), 41234 Bumblebee Helicopter ($14.99), 41235 Wonder Woman Dorm Room ($19.99), will be made available during their regularly scheduled global launch in January 2017. Additional mission-based sets will be launched in August 2017. You can preview the first six sets this weekend at New York Comic Con.

Attending New York Comic Con? The LEGO booth will be alive with giveaways and activities. Every day of the convention, attendees with 4-day, 3-day, or Single Day Fan badges will be eligible to enter a drawing for a Batgirl minidoll at the back of Hall 1E at 12:30pm. One drawing per person per day and the prize will be awarded onsite. This sounds very much like the same process used for the San Diego Comic Con giveaways. Please note the specificity of the badge type; press, exhibitor, professional, and any other non-Fan badge types will most likely not be eligible for the giveaway. I could be wrong but those are the same restrictions that were in effect for their giveaways at San Diego Comic Con.

If you are not attending the show, you will still have a chance to win the giveaway via twitter by following @LEGO_Group and the hashtag #LEGONYCC.

In addition to the Batgirl minidoll giveaway, the LEGO booth will showcase two life-sized models of Supergirl and Harley Quinn and a triptych mosaic of Bumblebee, Wonder Woman, and Batgirl.

The official press release is below.

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LEGO® DC Super Hero Girls Build Powers Brick by Brick for Early Launch in the U.S.

– In Partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment,
New Building Sets, Plus Life-sized LEGO Models of SuperGirl™ and Harley Quinn™
Unveiled at New York Comic Con-

NEW YORK COMIC-CON (October 5, 2016) – LEGO Systems, Inc., in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, today unveiled its first six building sets inspired by the popular DC Super Hero Girls franchise. Featuring a powerful and diverse roster of renowned female DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains, LEGO® DC Super Hero Girls building sets engage children’s creativity and imagination to recreate the property’s action-packed, high school based storyline. To leverage the momentum of the franchise this holiday gifting season, the company is advancing availability of three of the six new building sets to hit shelves on November 27, 2016, only in the United States, Canada and Mexico, with the remaining three becoming available during the originally scheduled global launch in January 2017. Additional mission-based building sets will launch globally in August 2017. New York Comic Con attendees are the first to preview the new collection at the LEGO booth #1336 in Hall 3B at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center from October 6-9.

“We are really thrilled to bring to life the combination of teamwork, fun and action-packed missions found in this DC Super Hero universe on our LEGO minidoll platform,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president licensing and entertainment for the LEGO Group. “The DC Super Hero Girls story translates so well into construction play, inspiring great vehicles and structures with surprising features that, together with the DC Super Hero Girls characters, provide hours of creative building and role play fun.”

In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, DC Super Hero Girls provides children with a relatable world filled with aspirational characters, immersive stories and action-packed missions that inspire girls aged 7-10 to be smart, courageous and empowered to be an everyday Super Hero. Centering around some of the most renowned DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains as they learn to develop and harness their super powers at Super Hero High, the LEGO DC Super Hero Girls collection features 11 iconic DC Super Hero Girls characters in LEGO form including: Wonder Woman™, Batgirl™, Supergirl™, Harley Quinn™, Poison Ivy™, Bumblebee™, Flash™, Eclipso™, Lena Luther™, Lashina™ and Mad Harriet™.

“Together with our long-standing partners at the LEGO Group, we’re excited to bring DC Super Hero Girls to life in LEGO form,” said Kelly Gilmore, Senior Vice President of Global Toys for Warner Bros. Consumer Products. ”Capturing these strong, brave and powerful characters and empowering storylines, children around the world can now work on their super building powers as they play and rebuild together with their favorite DC Super Hero characters.”

LEGO DC Super Hero Girls Batgirl™ Batjet ($24.99), Harley Quinn™ to the Rescue ($29.99), and Super Hero High School ($79.99) building sets will be available beginning on November 27 in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and launch globally in January 2017. Three additional building sets make up the global January launch, including Lashina™ Tank ($14.99), Bumblebee™ Helicopter ($14.99), and Wonder Woman™ Dorm Room ($19.99).

New York Comic Con Activities
In addition to the building sets, fans will be delighted by LEGO Master Builder creations, including life-sized LEGO models of DC Super Hero Girls™ Supergirl™ and Harley Quinn™ standing over 5-feet tall each, plus a massive tryptic LEGO mosaic built from LEGO Bricks featuring DC Super Heroes Bumblee™, Wonder Woman™ and Batgirl™ characters. A LEGO version of DC Super Hero Girls Batgirl™ will be given away to lucky winners in a daily drawing beginning on Thursday, October 6, starting at 12:30pm ET, while supplies last.

To secure an opportunity to receive the special LEGO DC Super Hero Girls giveaway, show attendees with a 4-Day Fan badge, 3-Day Fan Badge or Single Fan badge should head to the back of Hall 1E for a 12:30pm drawing. There will be one drawing per person, per day. Prizes will be awarded onsite.

Fans who are not attending New York Comic Con have a chance to win the exclusive LEGO DC Super Hero Girls Batgirl™ giveaway via Twitter by following @LEGO_Group and the hashtag #LEGONYCC.