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Nick Martin | June 13th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75074 Snowspeeder Microfighters

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Ah, Microfighters… I feel sorry for you. You’re like a rebound relationship, unfortunately, and so many of us aren’t over the sting of losing the Planets series for you. It’s not really your fault, it’s just that everything you do is always going to be compared to those glorious little orbs of swirly colors. It’s kind of a shame, really. If we weren’t so stung by the fact that we miss planets, we could look back and see that they weren’t really the right series for us. Sure, the minifigs were cool, but there weren’t hardly any cool parts and most of those spheres now sit in a bin that we totally swear we are going to use someday.

Okay, in truth, I wasn’t shocked at all to see Planets go. They languished on shelves, distribution was sketchy at best, and LEGO was hampered by poor distribution and marketing choices for it. Microfighters, as a line, makes a whole lot more sense. It capitalizes on the chibi look that the kids seem to love, it gives a better variety of parts, and there’s a lot more options for what these can do. With Dimensions showing up soon, I wouldn’t be shocked in the slightest to see these things suddenly morph into a Star Wars version of the game (and triple in price). There seems to be a tabletop game just screaming to get made with the existing line.

I reviewed a couple of these sets in the first wave, the Clone Turbo Tank and the X-Wing, while Ken handled the Falcon and the AAT, and the reviews basically ran the spectrum. Or, rather, droid sets bad, unique figures good, which I guess really isn’t a spectrum. The second wave was a similarly interesting mix, but didn’t have any unique characters in it like Han, making all of these sets potential army builders. In reviewing 75074 Snowspeeder, I was struck by the absurdity that the $10 microfighter snowspeeder was probably a more accurate, and better value, than the minifigure scale version of the set that’s also out.

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Ace Kim | June 10th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars

LEGO Star Wars The Freemaker Adventures Official Trailer

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LEGO Star Wars The Freemaker Adventures debuts in a little over a week, so you can bet there’s going to be some hype surrounding it. The official trailer was posted on YouTube today while park guests at LEGOLAND California’s Star Wars Days last weekend were treated to early screenings of the first episode.

I attended a press day screening of the Freemaker Adventures and I gotta say, I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. The first episode will air on Disney XD on Monday June 20th at 10:00am EDT with episodes 2 through 4 airing each day after at the same time on the same channel.

Ace Kim | June 10th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Disney XD Hosts Battle of the Bricks This Saturday

Update: The time is 8:00pm EDT.

Disney XD will be live streaming a special “LEGO Star Wars The Freemaker Adventures Battle of the Bricks” event on their YouTube channel to promote the LEGO Star Wars Freemaker Adventures. Several members of the LEGO User Group of Los Angeles (LUGOLA) will be participating. The event is tomorrow on Saturday June 11th, streams on Disney XD’s YouTUbe channel, starts at 8pm, and will be hosted by Zach King. Aside from what’s been shown in the trailer, which is nothing, its anyone’s guess what’s involved. There’s a building competition of some sort… and that’s all I got.

On a side note, I’ve seen a screening of the Freemaker Adventures and, dudes, it’s good! Set your DVRs!

Ace Kim | June 9th, 2016 | LEGO Dimensions, Sales News

Amazon Lists Pre-orders For New DIMENSIONS Packs, Discounts Existing Packs

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Amazon has listed the newly announced LEGO Dimensions Story, Level, Team and Fun packs on their site. They also published a release date of September 27, 2016 for this wave. Pricing is MSRP but with Amazon’s pre-order price guarantee, you’ll always get their lowest price listed between the time your order and the time the game ships. There are no new starter sets as the new wave, and I’m assuming all future waves, will be compatible with the existing Toy Pad.

Need to catch up? Amazon is also discounting most if not all existing packs. Now’s a perfect time to fill the holes in your collection. Here’s a samplling of what’s on sale:

Ken Robichaud | June 9th, 2016 | LEGO Ideas, Sales News

LEGO Yellow Submarine, Apollo 11 Saturn V Approved For Production

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LEGO Ideas has released the approved projects from the first phase of 2016. I’ll admit the I’m not personally excited about either winner, but I’m certainly interested to see the final products. I’m a life long Beatles fan, so I could see myself picking up that set if they gussy it up a bit. As for the Saturn 11, I’m certainly curious about the final size of it, but I bought pretty much all the old Discovery theme sets and while not tired of them, I am certainly satisfied. Still, it’s a great way to introduce the 60’s Space Program and the The Beatles to a new generation of builders.

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You can watch the reveal below if you want to spend four minutes listening to the same break-down of the process they talk about every time leading up to the reveal you now already know.

Ace Kim | June 9th, 2016 | LEGO Dimensions, News

LEGO Dimensions Announces New Properties

Reports of Dimensions Death have been greatly exaggerated. Okay, there were no reports, it was mostly questions because they didn’t talk about it. Apparently they weren’t talking about it because they were saving up all the awesome for this announcement. I mean, let’s go down the list:

  • The trailer music is by OK GO, whom I love (also used in one of the greatest music videos ever)
  • Adventure Time
  • Ethan Hunt (Mission Impossible) tickles Scooby Doo… we now have an official Tom Cruise minifig, people
  • The star of the worst video game ever and a movie that was equally as bad (and overrated), E.T. – Yeah, I expect some fights over this one in the comments
  • It’s all worth it for Batman talking to a wearer of a Superman T-Shirt (and character in an awesome movie you should watch instead of ET)
  • I PITY THE FOO!
  • Adventure Time!
  • GIZMO! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY
  • Harry Potter making a triumphant return to LEGO
  • New Ghostbusters characters
  • And the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • … also, Sonic the Hedgehog

That’s not all, actually, the press release has some even better tidbits of what’s to come, like Powerpuff Girls, Knight Rider, and Beetlejuice (noted in the trailer). Perhaps they should just call this “LEGO Dimensions: All the 30-somethings Childhood” at this point. Or whoever is in Marketing there understands that we late-30s / early-40s crowd all have kids that are of a video game age and… my god, they are evil geniuses!

Seriously though… Gizmo! Pictures and the full press release are below the fold.

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Ace Kim | June 9th, 2016 | Events, LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Days Category Winners and MOC Pictures

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Another successful Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND California happened last weekend. And if there’s one thing I know, it’s that I am terrible at event coverage. Better late than never right? So I’m going to break tradition and actually do some coverage. I’m here to show you guys what the category winners were.

Pictured above is the Evolved Starfighter category winner, A/SF-03 B-Wing Mk III. The contest may be over but we had a nice fly-in of evolved starfighters and this particular beauty was the belle of the ball.

Next up is the winner for Episode VII Vignettes, Kylo Ren Throws A Tantrum. I should have taken video because the lights blinked and it was a cool effect to see.

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For our humorous theme, Skywalker Family Reunion, we have Ben and Bacca by Calista Vassios. There’s a bit of fan theory going on about how Han and Chewie raised Ben on the Millennium Falcon before he was sent away to Jedi Camp and how Chewbacca was basically Ben’s ward and nanny, that he raised him from a baby and how emotionally difficult it was for Chewie to witness Han’s death and shoot Ben. The Ben and Bacca MOC depicts four scenes from those early years aboard the Falcon.

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Next up is the Themed Speeder Bikes category. And the honor of being declared the favorite goes to, once again, Chris Wight for Saruman vs Galadriel. This should no way influence your vote for our current polls.

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For the catch-all General category, we have Vintage Hoth Travel Poster by Jason Sutherland. This piece may appear to be simple but the details are in its execution. The lettering is all legit LEGO pieces and connections but is so well done that it could rival any professional font used in graphic design.

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And finally, we come to Best In Show. It should be no surprise that it is Maz Kanata’s Castle by Mary Applegate and Max Philippe. This thing is HUGE and made a trek all the way from Puerto Rico to Carlsbad.

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Photo credit for the Ben and Bacca overhead shot goes to Chris Wight. He posted some pictures on his flickr account showing almost everything that was brought in for the weekend. I should start promoting hash tags or something so more pictures could be found. Ah well, there’s always next year.

Thanks for looking!

Don | June 7th, 2016 | Contests

Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Poll

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Last night the deadline slipped by and I locked the thread down, but I decided to postpone the poll so I could check through all the submissions once more after recovering from Star Wars Days a bit. In the end we wound up with 58 qualifying entries, so a total of 116 bikes! Check out the gallery below with links to each submission, and if you have an active forum account be sure to browse the thread with all of the images before voting – you get six votes to spread around this time, but I know you’ll still have a hard time narrowing it down. The poll will run for one week and winners will be announced when the results are in.


Ace Kim | June 5th, 2016 | News

Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle and First Order Star Destroyer Polybags Also Land At LEGOLAND California

These two polybag sets were also spotted at the park this weekend. Kylo’s shuttle is also a pre-order bonus for the upcoming LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game through GameStop. I haven’t seen the First Order Star Destroyer before so that’s new to me. Price was like 4 bucks each. 

Ace Kim | June 4th, 2016 | News

Rebel A-wing Pilot Lands At LEGOLAND California

Not to say that this is exclusive to LEGOLAND California, it just happened to show up here this weekend. It’s still unknown how and when they will be available elsewhere. It was free with $30 purchase of LEGO Star Wars from the Big Shop.