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Ace Kim | October 13th, 2014 | LEGO, Sales News

LEGO Shop@Home Offers First of Two Holiday Sets For October

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Man, am I late to the party or what? LEGO is offering the first of two holiday promotional sets for October, 40106 Toy Workshop. Clearly, it’s an add-on to 10245 Santa’s Workshop. The stupid thing about this promotion is that you need to order $99 worth of LEGO for it to automagically show up in your bag. So just getting Santa’s Workshop ($69.99 MSRP) isn’t enough; you’ll need to tack on another 30 bucks worth of stuff. I totally get they want to maximize their revenues on promotions but it would make sense to me that the promotion should be “purchase $99 worth of product OR 10245 to get 40106″. But hey, I guess ideas like that is what makes me the angry blogger and not a marketing director. All hope is not lost, however, because if there’s one thing LEGO is great at, it’s making sure that there is no shortage of highly desirable sets. Oh wait…

In any case, if the holiday set isn’t enough to get you to try and fill up a bag and pull the trigger, October is also double VIP points month, all month long.

The second set will be offered in November but only during Black Friday weekend from November 28th through December 1st. No doubt there will be some discounts available on some sets so stay tuned and, unlike this sales post, we’ll bring you the news when we get it.

Nick Martin | October 13th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75051 Jedi Scout Fighter

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When I did the review of 75038 Jedi Interceptor, I commented that I really wished that Lego would do a remake of the very rare Obi-Wan’s Jedi Interceptor that was part of the Ultimate Space Battle, a set that perhaps eight people ever bothered to pick up. The real issue with trying to get that set was the dark-red wings, which had only been part of the original set. We’ve gotten them in all sorts of colors since, but the dark-red continued to be a rare, and rather expensive, part on the aftermarket.

Luckily, around the same time, preview pictures of the Jedi Scout Fighter showed up, and we saw that there was going to be a new set that actually included them. Sure, it also had Jek-14 and an Ilthorian, but for me, it was all about the dark red wings. I know nothing about the Yoda Chronicles anyway, so I was looking at this set purely from a ship and parts point of view.

Strangely, the wings are still expensive on the aftermarket, which tells me that not many of these things have been parted out. They are available on Bricks-n-Pieces, though, for quite a bit less than the average aftermarket price. I’d like to say this is the first time I’ve bought a set just for a handful of parts, but that would be a lie (that’s basically the only reason I ever bought anything in the Ninjago or Chima lines), and it’s certainly not the first time I’ve bought a set, even a Star Wars set, that I didn’t know anything about.

The 2014 summer lineup hasn’t exactly been knocking our socks off, but maybe this can be the set that can change that. At $50 $60 (typed the wrong price, whoops), it isn’t exactly cheap, and leaves you wondering if you would rather get B-Wing or a similarly priced set, but it also comes in with a lot of other dark red, some windscreens, and the aforementioned Ilthorian, a new Astromech… and the build will get you thinking about the Transformers, so there’s that.

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Ace Kim | October 11th, 2014 | LEGO Ideas, Sales News

Amazon Restocks 21109 Exo Suit For a Second Time

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Amazon seems to be doling these out every other day or so. So if you keep missing out on getting 21109 Exo Suit, just bookmark this link and keep checking back. It is back in stock as of this writing after being out of stock yesterday.

Ace Kim | October 11th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Super Heroes, Sales News

Barnes&Noble Offers BOGO 50% on Select LEGO

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Barnes&Noble is offering a limited time discount on select toys. From now until October 14, 2014 at 2:59am EST, you can get a Buy One Get One 50% off discount. Most LEGO is excluded from this promotion but if you search around you’re bound to find some that do qualify. Look for the “Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off — Select Toys & Games details” text in the box next to the price tag. After poking around a bit, I found some LEGO Super Heroes, LEGO Friends, and LEGO Star Wars sets that do qualify. The pattern seems to be most if not all of the older sets qualify for the discount. So the newest stuff (summer wave) and/or the most popular items will not.

This deal will not stack with the BNFRIENDS 20% off coupon code.

Ace Kim | October 11th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

[NYCC] New Characters Announced for LEGO Batman 3

Update: A promotional picture of the Arrow Pack DLC has been found by Ken. Picture below.

Warner Bros. Interactive announced a slew of new playable characters for the upcoming LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham game at their panel today at New York Comic Con. In addition to the previously announced characters of Geoff Johns and Kevin Smith, the expanded roster will include:

  • Darkest Knight
  • Solar Suit Superman (this raises so many questions I can’t even begin)
  • Man-bat
  • Condiment King
  • Green Loontern
  • Conan O’Brien
  • Detective Chimp
  • Mad Hatter
  • Dead Shot
  • Death Stroke
  • Polka Dot Man

There will also be a total of six DLC packs, up from the three we already knew about. Although the panel was light on specifics, they did reveal that the name of one of the packs was the Arrow Pack, no doubt for Green Arrow related content. If I was a betting man, I’d bet a whole dollar that another one of the packs is going to be the Flash Pack in keeping up with the TV theme going on there. Yep, a whole dollar. The first set of three DLC packs will be available upon launch day of the game, November 11th. No release date has been set for the second set of three. Don’t forget to pre-order the game from Gamestop to get an exclusive bonus of a Plastic Man minifigure.

Attendees to the panel also received the following t-shirt and poster:

Batman 3 Panel Goodies

Many thanks go to Mos Eisely for the news.

Ken Robichaud | October 10th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Batman, LEGO Super Heroes

Will Arnett Voiced LEGO Batman Gets His Own Movie

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Couldn’t get enough of Will Arnett’s take on Batman in The LEGO Movie? Well Warner Brothers is preparing another helping of Batitude in the form of a LEGO Batman spin-off for the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter is detailing that the project is being fast tracked by director Chris McKay and may even take over the 2017 release date for The LEGO Movie 2 all under the supervision of much of the first films create team and written by Seth Grahame-Smith.

We’ll keep you posted on this as details emerge.

Ken Robichaud | October 10th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

Stephen Amell Gets To Lighten Up Green Arrow In LEGO Batman 3

If you’re a fan of CW’s Arrow, you know it’s a much more adult offering then Smallville was. This weeks premiere of The Flash, brought some of the fun back to the DC comics adaptions and so I watched it with my son last night and he’s excited for next week. Because of the darker tone and more violent content, Oliver Queen’s cameo in the Flash was the first time my son saw him and though he was exited, it’ll be some time until he sees any more of him. Apparently the actor who portrays televisions emerald archer has the same problem and having a young daughter is part of what prompted him to voice Green Arrow in LEGO Batman 3.

He’ll be at the panel for the game this weekend at NYCC along with TT Games developers Arthur Parsons & Stephen Sharples, Troy Baker, Geoff Johns and Kevin Smith. Those last two guys will be playable characters in the game as you can see below. Hopefully we’ll find out this weekend if any other surprises are in store, if not we get to find out in a month.

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Ace Kim | October 10th, 2014 | LEGO, News

[NYCC] Bionicle Day Wrap Up

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Day 1 of the New York Comic Con has come to a close. And while I was unable to attend this year, Mos Eisley was going to be there so I tasked him to writing up a report. And here is what he came back with.

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Ace Kim | October 9th, 2014 | LEGO, News

[NYCC] Another Exclusive Bionicle Tahu Mask

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If you weren’t lucky enough to go to the Flat Iron event earlier tonight, you still have a chance to get the exclusive Tahu mask over at the LEGO booth. There are a total of 1,500 of these bad boys and they’re giving away a few hundred a day. Just pop on over to the booth as early as you can to try and secure one. This one looks exactly the same as the one given away at the Flat Iron event, but with a different cardboard backing to differentiate between the two.

Ken Robichaud | October 9th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Rebels Premiere To Air On ABC With Special Cameo

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If you missed the movie premiere of the Star Wars Rebels series titled Spark of Rebellion, you’ll have another chance on Sunday, October 26 (7:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC. This time you can watch it with 100% more James Earl Jones and that’s something a lot of shows could use. Dave Filoni told Star Wars.com, “We wanted to do something special for the ABC broadcast. We’ve added a scene which gives audiences insight into the Inquisitor and includes a cameo by Darth Vader voiced by the distinguished actor James Earl Jones.”

I’m always up for more Vader and maybe that’s what Space Aladdin needs to kick it up a notch. It certainly has a lot of room to grow and more potential then anything they’ve done on television before. Vader popping in to force choke someone from time to time is a good start on tying this into the larger story. They certainly aren’t wasting time bringing in the high profile guest stars, are they?

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Ta Da!