When this set was first announced, the following image floated around the internet soon after:
I kinda glanced at it noting the similarities that were being drawn between 75098 and the multitude of sets that it drew material from. I wanted to give LEGO the benefit of the doubt, that they wouldn’t try and sell us what appeared to be the mother of all rehashes. But that is exactly what they did.
This may or may not be news since I was under embargo and haven’t really had a chance to go look for it elsewhere on the web. And to be clear, this is NOT the same poster that Macro LEGO Universe made a few months back. From what I can tell, Macro’s poster used real LEGO elements whereas the above poster used CGI renders for the minifigs. This poster is free with all LEGO Star Wars purchases from April 30th through May 4th. More details on the May the Fourth sale can be found here.
This is the 30602 First Order Stormtrooper you’ll be getting this weekend during LEGO [email protected]’s May the Fourth sale. Someone at LEGO sent it to me in advance so I thought I’d throw it up here to tell you that the only difference between this guy and the one from the 75132 First Order Battle Pack is that the torso print is sliiiiiiightly different. He also comes with the old school blaster element and a neck bracket with a printed 1×1 tile, the latter of which is available in both TFA Snowspeeder sets. So you’re pretty much getting a unique First Order Stormtrooper that has a slightly different torso print. Oh yeah, and fancy polybag packaging.
There are LEGO Star Wars sets, LSW MOCs, LSW UCS sets, even LSW UCS MOCs, and then there are projects like doomhandle’s Imperial Star Destroyer Tyrant that are in a class all its own. This might be in scale with Erik Varszegi’s Venator model, but in the finer details where Erik’s model falls short in, doomhandle’s model swings for the fences and knocks it out of the park. That tiny ship flying escort to the big Tyrant in the foreground there is the 2014 set 75055 Star Destroyer. There is a ton of interior details to behold including a hangar bay that holds two TIE Interceptor MOCs, an Imperial Landing Craft MOC, a captured A-wing fighter, and 4 probe droids.
He’s posted a ton of photos on imgur and included a descriptions on just about everything. doomhandle guesses that the project took about a year to complete and he’s spent “somewhere north of $2,000″ in parts alone and estimates that there are a total of 20,000-25,000 pieces. That dollar amount seems like an awfully low estimate but what do I know.
I’ll paste a few more pictures here, but you really should check out the full gallery on imgur and read up on the details.
One of the very few things that makes sense in Batman vs Superman is when they show Alfred fixing some of Batman’s gear. Oh, and spoiler, I guess, for something that’s basically used as a non-plot point and to get you to laugh later when the Batmobile gets damaged. Alfred has long been one of the best parts of Batman lore, and frequently the moral compass and influence of “humanity” to keep Batman from going full-on psycopath. BvS is a movie of many sins, and under-using Jeremy Irons is towards the top of the list. Seriously.
I’ve been hard on DC in the past for sticking Batman in sets where he doesn’t belong, but I have no problem with actual Bat-themed sets. One of the most wonderfully absurd parts about the Batman mythos is the insane manufacturing and fabrication industry that must exist to make the highly specialized fleet of vehicles that he has to use. Say what you want about Batman, he’s obviously a guy that understands good marketing.
I decided to review 76034 The Batboat Harbor Pursuit mostly because I wanted Deathstroke and the set helped me get some promo item by bumping up my purchase at a LEGO store. I’ve had it for awhile, took pictures, etc… everything else just kept getting in the way. It’s not that it’s a bad set, or even looks like a bad set; at $30 and 264 pieces, along with greatest of the Deadpool knockoffs*, it seems to be fairly solid. It’s just… how many Batmans is too many Batmans?
*That was a joke, for those currently wanting to go rant in the comments
Along with the usual assets that LEGO delivered for the new 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS set, they included bios and a short interview with Senior Design Manger, LEGO Technic Andrew Woodman and Senior Designer, LEGO Technic Uwe Wabra. The most revelatory piece of information to come out of the interview is that the Porsche set is the first in a new line of Technic vehicles. While there have been other highly detailed licensed Technic sets before, there is more than one reference of this set being “the first”.
LEGO pulled the wraps off of their newest set, 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. This is a large scale Technic set weighing in at 2,704 pieces. Each set will come with a unique serial number that will be laser engraved on a 1×4 tile. This number can be used to unlock online content. The design team took things a step further creating a unique experience from the moment you open the box. There are a couple of new elements to this set, including a new rim design exclusive to this set. I would highly encourage you to take a few minutes and watch the designer video as it shows off a lot of the details of the set.
42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS will be released on June 1, 2016 for $299.99