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Ace Kim | May 16th, 2016 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Sales News

Darkseid Invasion For 30% Off

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If you haven’t picked up 76028 Darkseid Invasion yet, it is currently seeing a nice 30% discount from a two online retailers. Amazon and Target. The only caveat with Amazon is that you have to be a Prime member to get the cheaper price. Target offers an additional 5% off for REDCard holders along with free shipping with no minimum.

Ace Kim | May 12th, 2016 | News

Disney Cancels Infinity

Disney has officially shuttered its Infinity project as of two days ago on May 10, 2016. In a short and sweet farewell letter posted by John Blackburn, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Disney Infinity, he confirms that the studio is closing and thanks the fans for being part of the community. He also confirms that the last two releases are still on schedule, characters from the Alice in Wonderland movie Through The Looking Glass later on this month and a playset for Pixar’s Finding Dory scheduled for a June release. Infinity attempted to bring together the Disney properties of Marvel, Star Wars, Mickey Mouse, and numerous film franchises into a single gaming experience. A Rogue One expansions was in the works but is now shelved forever.

No reasons cited for the closure, but like all game studio that go way of the dodo, it would have to be for financial reasons. With Skylanders having the majority of the toys to life marketshare, and increased competition from more players in that space, LEGO Dimensions being one of them, it became increasingly difficult to stay competitive, innovative, and most importantly, profitable.

The MSRP of LEGO Dimensions sets have been decreasing over time ever since the holidays and there have been multiple opportunities to get packs for 75% off. It would not be surprising if LEGO Dimensions is facing the same uphill battle that forced Disney to make the difficult decision to close its game studio’s doors. With E3 right around the corner, we’ll soon be hearing news about the future of the LEGO Dimensions, assuming there’s a future at all.

via Nintendo Life

New Dimensions Fun Packs, LEGO Scooby-Doo Haunted Hollywood Movie Released

LEGO Scooby

LEGO is a company that always likes to keep its secrets, but I’m thinking they might have gone overboard on their original movie, LEGO Scooby-Doo Haunted Hollywood, which came out today. Thrak360 on the forums pointed this out as well, and I saw it when I was at Target picking up Deadpool (which also came out today). My daughter loves the LEGO movies, so I had to pick it up. For those who are curious, he comes packaged in a polybag with the movie.

All Wave 5 (02)

In similar news of releases, though this is less “didn’t know” and more “forgot about entirely,” the Wave 5 stuff for Dimensions also showed up today, featuring Ghostbuster’s Slimer and Batman’s Bane. I’d ordered Slimer from Amazon back in December, and was shocked when it showed up today (damaged, crushed, and mangled… thanks, Amazon!).

All Wave 5 (01)

I’m not sure when it happened, but it looks like Dimensions Fun Packs have also had their MSRP dropped to $11.99, and Bane is currently enjoying a discount on top of that, so you can get him for just $8.50 as of this writing. Unfortunately, Slimer is out of stock, which isn’t surprising, given that your other option for getting him is a $350 set. Might be time to order Bane and crack out Dimensions…

Bane (08)

Slimer (06)

All Wave 5 & Starter Pack (01)

All Wave 5 & Starter Pack (02)

Don | May 9th, 2016 | Contests

Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Announcement

Back in March when we posted the info for Star Wars Days, you may have noticed “Themed Speeder Bikes” among the build categories, and anyone registering MOCs for the event would have seen a note that we were planning a contest… which for various reasons we’ve put off longer than planned. But procrastination be damned, it’s time to get this show on the road! Just to be clear, this contest isn’t limited to Star Wars Days attendees, it’s open to everyone as with all our contests – but we welcome you to bring your bikes down to Carlsbad next month if you have the opportunity.

The Challenge: Pick a pair of non-Star Wars minifigs and build them some themed speeder bikes.

That’s right, we’re opening this up to any other existing Lego theme besides Star Wars, licensed or otherwise. Choose two related figures (minifigures and bigfigs welcome, you can even use a creature too so long as your second rider is a standard minifig) and build each of them a custom speeder bike. They can be a team or rivals, but they have to be from the same theme and their bikes must be distinct.

And as another twist, you can submit up to three separate entries this time (three pairs of bikes). But you can only win once, so if you happen to sweep the ranks you’ll just get the top prize you’ve earned and the next contestant(s) after yours will be bumped up.

Speeder bike design requirements:

  • A pair of steering/control vanes.
  • Handlebars for the rider.
  • A rider.

That’s it. We’re loosely basing this off the classic bikes in Return of the Jedi but there are plenty of other variations within the Star Wars canon like swoop bike Anakin borrowed in Attack of the Clones and the BARC speeders from Revenge of the Sith and Clone Wars,  so don’t feel tied down to one design. As long as you abide by the design requirements above and it feels like a speeder bike, you’re good to go. Maul’s speeder from The Phantom Menace, for example, lacked control vanes so it wouldn’t pass for this contest. Rey’s bike skirts that rule, but I’ve convinced Ace that the “rear stabilizer vanes” count as control surfaces. So just be sure to make yours obvious and you won’t have to worry. We’re looking for creative ideas, not just a bunch of recolored  74-Zs.

To clarify the “vane” requirement, here are some official sets that would qualify:

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Those circled features are important. Everyone understand now? OK. Happy building.

Standard Contest Restrictions:

  • No unofficial or modified parts allowed.
  • No pre-existing or virtual models.
  • No changes allowed after the deadline.
  • Do not base your models on any official sets.

How to Enter:

Post your entry in the contest thread before the deadline, which is 11:59PM PDT Monday June 6th 2016. That’s exactly four weeks from now (assuming the post is scheduled correctly).

The first photo in your submission needs to show both bikes with riders, because that will be the image used in the polls. You can include up to four other photos in the post and a link to a gallery with more if you wish.

You must use Flickr to host your entry pictures because we rely on the built in image resizing feature. If you do not have an account you can sign up for free, or ask a friend with a Flickr  account to host them for you. Once uploaded you will need to embed your photos in the forum. Here’s a quick visual guide on how to copy the correct code for the forum. Follow that, then paste it into your reply and do not add any more forum tags to the Flickr code. It works as is. Preview your post to verify that it worked before submitting it. If it didn’t work, PM Solo.

Please do not post any non-entry photos to the contest thread, and remove any embedded images if  you quote a submission to avoid cluttering the thread. You must have a forum account to enter. Entries by proxy will be not be allowed.

Photography note: be sure to submit the best pictures possible. Color and contrast correction is recommended if necessary. The only other image enhancement allowed is replacing the background with either a solid color or simple gradient. Your photos cannot be altered in any other way. For example; no composite views, special effects, text, graphics, or scenery will be permitted. Remember, the contest is about the models – not your image manipulation prowess. If you wind up submitting your model to Lego Ideas after the poll has ended, you’re obviously welcome to further enhance your photos however you wish.

Winners will be determined in a single week long poll following the deadline.

Prizes:

The top three entries will each receive a polybag The Force Awakens C3PO minifig, and the number one ranked entry will get a 75094 Imperial Shuttle Tydirium because it’s sort of related since they went to Endor in it and there were speeder bikes on Endor and there aren’t any good sets with speeder bikes to use as a prize right now. Yeah.

Also, if you happen to build a Power Miners themed pair and they make it into the top three, Ace will make it worth your while. Depending on the turnout we may throw in a few more surprise goodies along the way, so stay tuned.

Ace Kim | May 9th, 2016 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Captain America Polybag Now Available

Looking for something to do? If you’re near a Toys’R’Us store, you can try and pick up the above Civil War polybag set 30447 Captain America’s Motorcycle. Price is $3.99. The set may or may not be tied with a promotion that will require a purchase. This is the same polybag set that LEGO [email protected] and Brand Retail locations are giving away for free with $35 purchase during Memorial Day weekend May 27-30. 

Ace Kim | May 7th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Free Millennium Falcon Build-and-Take Event At Toys’R’Us Stores

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Happening today May 7th from 12noon to 2:00pm is a free build-and-take event at all Toys’R’Us stores. Riding the coattails of the unofficial Star Wars holiday May the Fourth, the model is a micro scale Millennium Falcon pictured above. The event is free but supplies are limited. It would behoove you to get there early or at least on time. Don’t be like me and roll up at 1:45 expecting there to be anything left.

Nightwing, Pirate Batman, And Other Minifigs You May Have Missed

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Update: Added another Star Wars book.

I decided to take some time and figure out which minifigs that can be obtained as pack-ins with books and DVDs that I haven’t gotten yet. I stopped buying those things around the time the updated and expanded edition of the LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia came out. Maybe earlier. Hard to tell but there’s a bunch I haven’t purchased yet and since there are others that are probably in the same boat as me, I figured I’d put out a list of the recent stuff. The stuff adds up but you could save some bucks by opting for the DVD release instead of the multi-format/Blu-ray on some of those movies.

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Ace Kim | May 6th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer in LEGO, Upping Stop Motion Game

It’s inevitable that a trailer for a movie for which there is a LEGO license gets remade by a fan using LEGO elements. While the above trailer may not be the first or last, it is certainly one of the best. It takes things to the next level incorporating visual effects that are not often seen in traditional stop-motion animated LEGO films. There are a couple of other related videos on YouTube, one showing a brief behind-the-scenes sequence on how the bacta tank shot was achieved and the other that has a side-by-side with the official trailer. The talent behind the trailer is a group of animators known as The Animators Collective. You can check out their web page for more information.

via Bricknerd.

Nick Martin | May 5th, 2016 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Reviews

Review: 76050 Crossbones’ Hazard Heist

76050 Crossbones' Hazard Heist Full Set

Like most people, my first thought when i saw this set was “wait, Black Widow in a set under $80, what is this, opposite day?” Then it was followed by excitement on seeing an MCU version of Falcon show up, since I’ve really wanted that version of his character vs. the comic version we got in the MODOK set. After that… I saw the truck, and my eyes wanted to throw-up a little, so I really didn’t know what to make of the set.

I knew I’d have to review 76050 Crossbones Hazard Heist just because I’d already ripped on the Airport Battle for including “yet another jet” in the lineup, and this one follows the “yet another truck” pattern. Super Heroes sets can be described as Trucks and Jets, all the way down, because I think those two things make up 90% of the sets at this point. I can’t wait to see how they get a truck out of the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 stuff.

Joking aside, getting Crossbones (new), Black Widow (typically hard to find), and Falcon (new for the most part) in a $20 set means this has a whole lot going for it out of the gate. It only comes in at 179 parts, which isn’t terrible at this price point, but there are a lot of little bits that inflate that number… the set feels smaller than that when you actually build it. Still, we get two characters that have typically gotten a short stick in sets, so that’s very nice to see. Compared to bigger sets, it’s easier to forgive a misstep or two in a $20 than in some $250 monstrosity, so hopefully this truck can measure up.

I’m writing this set before I see the movie, so there shouldn’t be anything in the way of spoilers. Unless you think that stuff existing is a spoiler, like Giant-man. Then I can’t help you.

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Ace Kim | May 3rd, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

One Day Left For May The Fourth Sale At LEGO [email protected]

LEGO TFA Poster

At the time of this posting, you have exactly 24 hours to take advantage of the May The Fourth sale at LEGO [email protected]. A lot of pieces are backordered but if you order now, you will still get the 20% discount if applicable, double VIP points on all Star Wars items, 30602 First Order Stormtrooper, and the LEGO style The Force Awakens poster. Most of the backordered items have an estimated ship date of mid-May so you won’t be put out for too long and chances are your stuff will ship way before then.

The sale ends at 11:59pm EST / 8:59 PST May 4.