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Ace Kim | February 4th, 2015 | LEGO Ideas, News

LEGO Ideas Announces Wall•E, Dr. Who Sets

I can barely contain my excitement. The latest results of the review period from the second trimester of 2014 are in and #011 Angus MacLane’s Wall•E has, predictably, made the cut. Congratulations, Angus!

Also being produced is #012 AndrewClark2’s Dr. Who and Companions set. This set as well as GlenBricker’s Doctor Who set were holdovers from the previous review period, first trimester of 2014. Unfortunately, GlenBricker’s set was not approved but it makes logical sense as it were unlikely that two sets based on the same IP would have been approved. Congratulations, Andrew!

The projects that didn’t make it from the second trimester of 2014 review period are LDiEGo’s Invisible Hand, DarthKy’s X-men X-mansion, scott34567’s LEGO Lightsabers, Cavegod’s UCS AT-AT, DarthKy’s Assault on Wayne Manor, Sergio512’s Ghostbusters HQ, and GRusso’s Hubble Space Telescope. I am quite surprised that the Hubble Space Telescope didn’t make the cut given LEGO Cuusoo’s/Idea’s track record for all things NASA. The Ghostbusters HQ would have been a nice followup to the Ecto-1 set to give it a home. And it’s not surprising the others were rejected.

No pricing or on sale information yet. You can read more at the LEGO Ideas blog post.

Update: The BBC posted this to coincide with the announcement from Ideas. A glimpse into which Doctor we might expect? We’ll have to wait and see as they say. – bbb

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Ace Kim | February 2nd, 2015 | Events, LEGO Star Wars, News

Star Wars Days Promotional Minifigure Revealed

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And it’s TC-14. TC-14 was last seen 3 years ago as a Shop@Home promotional figure and will be making a reappearance for Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND California. He is part of the incentive package for builders participating in the Fan Gallery. There is plenty more to be revealed so stay tuned.

Ken Robichaud | January 29th, 2015 | LEGO Jurassic World, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

Warner Bros. Announces LEGO: Marvel’s Avengers, Confirms Jurassic World

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Today Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group announced their 2015 slate of LEGO® videogames, including LEGO Jurassic World™, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers, plus new handheld and mobile titles. I for one am tired of the Ninjago games going straight to the DS. It’s time for a Ninjago console game! But that’s not what we’re here, is it?

We already knew that Jurassic World was getting a game, but the confirmation that you’ll be able to play through all four films has finally piqued my interest. It was a strong probability after Indiana Jones and like, but I’m glad to find out for sure because I’d love to play through the first film (and one scene from the second).

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I was surprised to see LEGO: Marvel’s Avengers as an upcoming game because at first it felt like a downgrade from the character filled fun of the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes game. Then I read that you’ll get to play through the first Avengers film, Age of Ultron AND more. I sinceriously hope the more is the ability to play through some levels from each members stand alone movies leading up to the first film… except Iron Man 2. Screw that.

Jurassic LEGO game will be out in June across most systems and Avengers is due for the fall. I’m looking forward to both and need to finish my clean up on LEGO Batman 3 quickly so I can play through the first Marvel game again in the summer.

Also for the record, I hope the exclusive figure at Gamestop for Jurassic World will be Dr. Grant. As for the Avengers exclusive…

Coulson. Make it happen LEGO.

Ken Robichaud | January 29th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

First Images Of UCS SHIELD Helicarrier

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Shortly after Ace posted the tease of the upcoming UCS Helicarrier in the store calendar, bacon 1986 gave the heads up about this Wall Street Journal exclusive and then we recieved the official press release. In the span of one day, I went from not knowing anything about this or even being sure it was real to needing it in my life.

Weighing in at 2996 pieces and with a price tag of $349 (US), it’s quite a beast in my book. It may not be as big as many had hoped, but it’s got a lot going for it. Not only does it include some very desirable figures, but some neat little minifig trophies painted as microfigs. This is being shown at the New York Toy Fair and Ace will be there to take picks, so stay tuned and let the complaining commence!

Build and display the huge SHIELD Helicarrier!

Discover a world of mystery and adventure with the awesome LEGO® Creator Expert Detective’s Office, featuring unique elements and surprises.

Take on the challenge of building this awesome LEGO® model of The SHIELD Helicarrier. Construct the flying aircraft carrier with 2 runways, microscale Quinjets, fighter jets and ground support vehicles. The set also comes with many of your favorite LEGO Marvel Super Heroes minifigures, plus 12 microfigures to display on deck and within the highly detailed interior. Includes 5 minifigures: Nick Fury, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and Maria Hill.

· Includes 5 minifigures: Nick Fury, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and Maria Hill, plus an iconic SHIELD eagle stand to display them on

· Features 3 microscale Quinjets, 3 fighter jets, a gasoline truck, 2 forklift trucks, 2 runways, 4 road blockades, armored exterior with translucent elements, detailed interior, plus 12 microfigures (Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Captain America, Iron Man and 8 SHIELD agents)

· Also includes a detailed runway

· Weapons include Hawkeye’s bow, Black Widow’s gun and Captain America’s shield

· SHIELD Agent Maria Hill minifigure is new for spring 2015!

· Includes a plaque with facts about The SHIELD Helicarrier

· Add lights and spinning rotors to the Helicarrier with the 88000, 8883 and 8870 LEGO® Power Functions sets (sold separately)

· Rotors can also be turned manually

· Includes a display stand

· Helicarrier measures over 11” (29cm) high, 31” (80cm) long and 17” (45cm) wide

· Each Quinjet measures over 1” (3cm) high, 2” (7cm) long and 2” (7cm) wide

· Minifigure stand measures over 4” (12cm) high, and 2” (6cm deep) and 6” (16cm wide)

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Ace Kim | January 29th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics

UCS Helicarrier Confirmed via March Store Calendar

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If this is a fake it would be a VERY good fake. A snippet of the LEGO Brand Retail store calendar for March has exposed the rumored UCS Helicarrier. Store calendars are usually available a month early, so we are just days away from seeing the PDF of the March calendar pop up on the LEGO Shop@Home website. If you live near a Brand Retail location, it may be worth a phone call and/or a trip to the store to see if they are handing them out early. Built in mini scale (NOT minifig scale), it looks to be about approximately 90 studs long by 40 studs wide. Call me crazy but I was hoping for something bigger.

Thanks via murphquake via I think this guy.

Ace Kim | January 28th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

New LEGO Star Wars Video Spot

I have no idea what’s going on. The title doesn’t help but makes me think it is somehow tied to the Superbowl this weekend. The most interesting part came in the last half second where we see a trans-clear dome on an astromech droid.

Thanks to murphquake for the lead.

Ken Robichaud | January 26th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

Avengers: Age Of Ultron Set Pictures Revealed

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Excited for this summer’s Avengers sequel and the LEGO sets that come with it? Well, Amazon.de & .jp
have put up better pictures of those upcoming sets to whet your appetite further. It looks like there will be a couple of (slightly) different armours for ol’ shellhead and a drone helmet that will be used for other customs no doubt. I’m not really excited by these after getting a better look, but I will say that the Hulk Buster and Avengers Tower sets are the stand-outs for me. I’ve been mostly away for some time taking care of business (which is totally not code for being a hitman, really), but I’m back now and hope to get caught up assaulting your eyeballs with all of the things.

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Via IGN & Qzak.

Ace Kim | January 25th, 2015 | Events, LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGOLAND California Hotel Discount For Star Wars Days

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If you’re participating in the Fan Gallery at LEGOLAND California in March and would like to stay at the LEGOLAND hotel, then you are in luck. There is a 20% discount available for Theme or Fully Theme Rooms for the weekend of March 7th and 8th. Amenities include free wi-fi, free breakfast buffet, and an in-room treasure hunt for the kids. It will probably also apply to March 6th for Friday check-in if you’re going to drive in the night before. In order to ensure that the discount is available for participants, you must be email me at [email protected] or use the contact form for details on how to get the discount.

FBTB receives NO compensation for anyone booking at the LEGOLAND Hotel. We are simply passing along a savings.

Ace Kim | January 24th, 2015 | LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sales News

Further Markdowns at LEGO Shop@Home

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LEGO Shop@Home has reduced the prices on their existing sale items even further with some items now anywhere from 40-50% off. Some items of note:

There’s a lot more, 99 items if I’m doing my math correctly, on their Sales and Deals page, so go check it out.

Ace Kim | January 23rd, 2015 | LEGO Scooby-Doo, News

Toy News International Reveals 75904 Mystery Mansion

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Update: It seems Variety got the scoop on the Mystery Mansion. The image above has been updated with a higher-res version.

Following the announcement of Scooby-Doo this morning, Toy News International, posted some additional pictures of the Mystery Machine as well as the upcoming $89.99 75904 Mystery Mansion. The Mansion set appears to have Velma and Daphne and possibly a new version of Shaggy. Scoobs looks the same but I could very well be wrong.

The images come from TNI, and unfortunately thye have been upscaled, but you get an idea of what they look like. I am working on getting better images which may or may not come through since the Mystery Machine was the only set on the docket to be revealed today.

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Thanks to Mos Eisley for the heads up.