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Ace Kim | June 25th, 2015 | LEGO Ferrari, News

LEGO Reveals 10248 Ferrari F40

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LEGO sent me the following assets to the newest addition to its Creator line: 10248 Ferrari F40. The F40 is one Ferrari’s most iconic vehicles. It was the last model that Enzo Ferrari saw go into production before his death in 1988. Now, LEGO has immortalized the vehicle as a 1,158-piece Creator set which will be available starting in August. The set will cost USD 89.99 / EUR 89.99 / GBP 69.99 / DKK 799.00. VIP members will be able to enjoy Early Access to this set starting July 15th. This thing is packed full of details including a brand new windscreen element, printed A-pillar element working trunk lid with detailed engine, and more. There’s an accompanying Designer Video below, with more details and the rest of the images at the bottom of this post.

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Ace Kim | June 25th, 2015 | LEGO Minecraft, Sales News

Amazon Discounts Most Minecraft Sets By 20%

Amazon currently has LEGO Minecraft sets on sale at decent discounts. Most are seeing a 20% reduction in price off of MSRP with just two being less than that.

Ace Kim | June 24th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

[SDCC] Throne of Ultron Figures Are Not Unique

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There seems to be some confusion whether or not the minifigures in the Throne of Ultron set are unique due to the way their rendered images look. Let me set the record straight and say they are not unique. I didn’t think much of it until I read some comments here, in my LUG message group, and elsewhere thinking that they were unique. Then the images for Captain Falcon came out and then Arsenal and I noticed just how overly saturated the images were. So I contacted LEGO and asked them and they have confirmed that the figures are not unique and are generally available in the Avengers toy line. The set itself is exclusive and unique. The same goes for the Superman set. The only unique minifigures at Comic Con will be the giveaway figures.

Which makes sense given the history. Rocket Raccoons in last year’s Warbird set was purported to be unique but this was not the case as he was released as a polybag available exclusively at Toys’R’Us. So far then, I think it’s safe to assume that the general rule of thumb is that for Comic Con retail sets, they will be unique and will not contain unique minifigures. The giveaway figures will be unique unless otherwise indicated on the package in some way like Bard the Bowman was a preview figure.

Ken Robichaud | June 23rd, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Marvel Finally Picks New Spider-Man For Sony

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Tom Holland will portray the wall crawling Peter Parker on the big screen in Sony’s next Spider-Man film coming July 28, 2017. Before that though, he is a sure bet to appear in next years Captain America : Civil War, though Marvel has made no official mention of it and it’s doubtful it will be to unmask as he did in the comics. If you’ve never heard of young mister Holland, don’t feel bad as he’s relatively new with just a handful of film and TV credits. He looks sufficiently nerdy and all the buzz around him is good, so a fresh face may be just what the doctor ordered for old web head. Oh, and Marvel retaining creative control couldn’t hurt either.

Good Luck to him and I hope they give him a great suit that looks good in minifig form. Also, that his movies are good. I don’t think I’m asking for much, am I?

Yes, yes I am.

Via CBR

Ace Kim | June 23rd, 2015 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

[SDCC] Wall Street Journal Reveals Another LEGO San Diego Comic Con Exclusive: Arsenal

A few moments ago, the Wall Street Journal revealed the second LEGO San Diego Comic Con exclusive minifigure: DC’s Arsenal from the Arrow television series. The article also revealed that there will be 1,500 Arsenal minifigure to be given away on Thursday. Given that, it is most likely that that the Captain America minifigure will be given away on Friday with two more that have yet to be revealed for the remaining days. With DC and Marvel minifigs out of the way, it’s anyone’s guess what the final two will be. 

Thanks to Gooker1 for the tip. 

Ace Kim | June 23rd, 2015 | LEGO Jurassic World, Reviews

Review: 75917 Raptor Rampage

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Four reviews in and so far all of the Jurassic World sets are average to less than average on the review scale. Will 75917 Raptor Rampage be the one that stands out from the crowd of mediocrity?

Yes.

I’m going to do this set a favor and not criticize it too harshly for its lack of screen accuracy. Sadly, that is the trend with the majority of LEGO’s licensed sets across just about every theme. 75917 Raptor Rampage certainly includes a lot of key elements of the scene it’s based on, and the parts that don’t belong are put there for playability sake. And unlike 75915 Pteranodon Capture, the included non-canon features don’t detract from the final build too badly.

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Ace Kim | June 22nd, 2015 | News

[SDCC] Collider Reveals LEGO DC Super Heroes San Diego Comic Con Exclusive Set

Collider just posted their exclusive reveal of the LEGO DC Super Heroes Comic Con exclusive set. It is a diorama recreating the historic cover of Action Comics #1 where Superman was introduced to the world. The Superman minifig itself looks like a regular run-of-the-mill Superman minifig. How cool would it have been if they had him in the suit depicted on the cover?:

Way cool. But it probably would piss off a lot of collectors. At least with this set you’re not missing out on an exclusive minifigure if you can’t go to the show or are unlucky and couldn’t get one. And you can probably just bricklink the parts needed to recreate the whole scene if you wished so really all it comes down to is packaging and whether or not you’re a mint-in-box collector.

Want to know how to get one? This should answer most of your questions.

Thanks go out to my comic con peeps who always have my back. Much love.

Ace Kim | June 22nd, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Amazon Discounts 75106 Imperial Assault Carrier

Amazon is discounting the newly-released 75106 Imperial Assault Carrier by 20%. The final asking price is $104.23 down from its MSRP of $129.99. It is the flagship set of the initial Rebels-based wave of sets. Comes with 4 mini TIE fighters that it carries on its belly which can be launched with a push of a plunger. We recorded a short video showing off some of the features of the set back in February.

Nick Martin | June 20th, 2015 | News

Rebels Season 2 kicks off tonight (kind of) with The Siege of Lothal

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Sometimes, when you mess with the bull, you get the horns. It’s advice our plucky little Rebels should probably have taken to heart in order to avoid bringing some Sith Lord down on their head. At the end of last season, we saw half of our bad guys end up dead, our good guys introduced to the Rebel Alliance proper, and a couple of big bombshells dropped in the for of AhsokaTano being fulcrum, the secret source for Hera and the Lothal cell…

… and the replacement for The Inquisitor, who felt that death was the better of the two options when compared with something, everyone’s favorite Sith Lord, Darth Vader. There is a whole lot going right as Season 2 kicks off tonight at 9 PM EST on Disney XD, not the least of which is that Darth Vader in the cartoon will be voiced by James Earl Jones. He’s been featured in a couple of the early teasers, featured below.

Unfortunately, this is mostly like an appetizer that’s not going to last until the main course of more episodes is served up in the fall. If you haven’t watched the cartoon, you should, it’s pretty good. Disney is obviously playing the long game leading up to Episode VII this fall. I’m especially curious if they’re going to work in some of the stuff we’ve seen in the comics (which are treated equally with shows and movies in the new canon)… cause that can have some interesting implications with Vader.

Nick Martin | June 20th, 2015 | LEGO Jurassic World, Reviews

Review: 75918 T. Rex Tracker

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Before we started this madness of doing a Jurassic World review every day following the release of the movie, I’d only intended to do the two reviews for 75916 Dilophosaurus Ambush and 75920 Raptor Chase. Those two sets had some specific things I was wanting, like headlights and some diverse minfigs. The rest of the line sat pretty firmly in my “maybe when it’s on sale” list. While I really like dinosaurs (I mean, how can you not), it’s pretty rare that I’d use them in anything I typically build. That means that these parts are cool, but they would mostly gather dust in my collection (a tradition on raptors dating all the way back to Dino Attack).

More than that, trying to review 75918 T. Rex Tracker wasn’t really in my sights at all since the set wasn’t one to grab you when you glanced at it. Sure, the T. rex is cool, but otherwise, what did it have other than another truck in a line with a whole bunch of trucks. I’ll admit, I didn’t look too closely at the set until Ace asked me to pick up this review, otherwise I may have noticed that the worlds most dangerous Animal Control team was basically driving the illegitimate offspring of the Troop Carrier from Aliens and a NASA crawler. Or that one of the ACU minifigs was a nameless female character. Or that the pattern of bad decisions for the Jurassic World planners also included putting the most dangerous predator of all time into what looks like a fragile wooden cage.

While the raptors are probably the most iconic in the scope of Jurassic Park / Jurassic World… the T. rex is without a doubt the most iconic dinosaur, so it was going to be in a set even if it wasn’t in the film (though it certainly was in the film). We’ve had a few different T. rex models in the last few years, with two in Dino and now this one in the Jurassic World sets.

So, lots to think of when it comes to this set. This set has a pretty bad sticker shot compared to the rest that we’ve reviewed so far, at 520 pieces for a pretty-big $69.99 price tag. Course, that’s the same price as 480 piece 2012 5886 T-Rex Hunter set, which is the same model in very similar colors, so maybe we got an upgrade in parts despite the lack of a helicopter. Given the pretty ridiculous prices for the previous T. rex models, there may be a financial reason to consider this set…

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