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Ace Kim | October 9th, 2014 | LEGO, News

[NYCC] Another Exclusive Bionicle Tahu Mask

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If you weren’t lucky enough to go to the Flat Iron event earlier tonight, you still have a chance to get the exclusive Tahu mask over at the LEGO booth. There are a total of 1,500 of these bad boys and they’re giving away a few hundred a day. Just pop on over to the booth as early as you can to try and secure one. This one looks exactly the same as the one given away at the Flat Iron event, but with a different cardboard backing to differentiate between the two.

Ken Robichaud | October 9th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Rebels Premiere To Air On ABC With Special Cameo

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If you missed the movie premiere of the Star Wars Rebels series titled Spark of Rebellion, you’ll have another chance on Sunday, October 26 (7:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC. This time you can watch it with 100% more James Earl Jones and that’s something a lot of shows could use. Dave Filoni told Star Wars.com, “We wanted to do something special for the ABC broadcast. We’ve added a scene which gives audiences insight into the Inquisitor and includes a cameo by Darth Vader voiced by the distinguished actor James Earl Jones.”

I’m always up for more Vader and maybe that’s what Space Aladdin needs to kick it up a notch. It certainly has a lot of room to grow and more potential then anything they’ve done on television before. Vader popping in to force choke someone from time to time is a good start on tying this into the larger story. They certainly aren’t wasting time bringing in the high profile guest stars, are they?

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Ta Da!

Ace Kim | October 9th, 2014 | LEGO, News

[NYCC] 2014 VIP LEGO Bionicle Event Exclusive Mask

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In addition to today’s invitation-only Bionicle panel at New York Comic Con, LEGO held a special after-hours event at it’s newest Brand Retail location at the Flat Iron Building. And if you were lucky enough to get on the list, you walked away with the above exclusive Bionicle mask. Individually numbered, only 100 were given away.

We’ll have more pictures and a write up from today’s events later on so stay tuned.

Ace Kim | October 9th, 2014 | LEGO Ideas, Sales News

21109 Exo Suit Restocked Again

Ace Kim | October 8th, 2014 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

More Promo Polybags: Electro from ASM2 and Ravager Rocket Raccoon with Baby Groot

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So there’s a couple of new promotional polybags that I was recently made aware of.

First up is Electro from Amazing Spider-Man 2. As far as I know this was a promotional item given away at LEGO’s truck tour events known as Kids Fest. This is the only set ever made for the movie and as far as I’ve been able to gather, has never been made available anywhere else. There are a few on eBay with the prices going through the roof already so be prepared to mortgage your children to get one.

Next up is Rocket Raccoon in his Ravagers uniform holding a gun in one hand and a Groot sapling in another. First of all, yes, I did report previously that the Rocket Raccoon figure was exclusive to the San Diego Comic Con but that’s only because that was what was communicated to me by LEGO’s public relations representative. I’ve compared the picture on the bag with the one in my hand and they are identical. Second of all, I don’t care. Normally I’d be all up in arms about this saying LEGO’s pants are on fire but not so much. Could be that I’m just getting old. Could be that I have way too much on my plate to worry about insignificant details like this. Could be that I’m jaded. /shrug. Or it could be that I just want this set with the Groot sapling. And see, this is a proper way to do exclusives. For those that want the mini Warbird set with Rocket can go nuts trying to get the SDCC set. Or if you just want the figure, you can try to get this polybag which offers something a little different and arguably something just as desirable and yet is still an exclusive but at a much broader scale. It is just AWESOME. So far, all signs point to it showing up in Canada Toys’R’Us stores in the near future if it hasn’t already. No word yet on US or overseas availability.

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Many thanks go to the peeps in the FBTB chat room for the news and lively discussion. Images by neoape.

Ace Kim | October 8th, 2014 | LEGO Ideas, News

Goonies’ The Inferno LEGO Ideas Project Reaches 10k Supporters

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And yet another proposed licensed set has reached the required 10,000 supporters threshold on LEGO Ideas. Ideas user Lyonsblood has created a series of sets to celebrate next year’s 30th anniversary of the film Goonies. He created a whole theme and a series of sets but broke them up into individual projects to better fit the site’s submission guidelines. His most popular set, The Inferno, One Eyed Willy’s pirate ship, has hit the magical threshold.

Not to rain on his parade, but I would be very surprised if this got approved for sale. The size and scope is way larger than any other successful idea-to-shelf project so far. Aside from the ship itself, he is suggesting that the set includes 11 minifigures. I wish Lyonsblood all the luck in the world but I wouldn’t be surprised if this thing got canned right from the get go.

Ace Kim | October 7th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

30247 ARC-170 Starfighter Polybag Found In Canada

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Canadian FBTB super fan DreadPirateBuzzkill sent in these pictures of his recent acquisition from a Toys’R’Us store in Canada: 30247 ARC-170 Starfighter. It is a slightly different than the previous mini ARC-170 in that it seems slightly bigger in the midsection like a middle-aged man and has a slightly different parts selection. You can see the comparison shot below. And, yes, those are dark red blank minifig heads. That alone is worth the purchase methinks. I’ve never seen nor heard of this polybag before so I took a quick trip over to Brickset and it says it was available in the UK as a Daily Mail giveaway and in the US it was available at Toys’R’Us stores back in August. I guess I’m gonna have to head over there to check things out. Hopefully I’ll get lucky.

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Ace Kim | October 7th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Toys’R’Us Build and Take Star Wars Rebels Event This Saturday 10/11

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This Saturday at your local Toys’R’Us stores sees the first of two in-store LEGO build events. On October 11th, from 12-2pm, you can build the above picture micro Ghost ship. It is the best version of the Ghost ever made because of it’s small size and the fact that it is free. The event is intended for children 5 and up. It is advisable to get there early as the stores will have limited supplies.

The second event is to build the Batsignal and that one will be held the following week on October 18 from 12-2pm. We will be posting a reminder for it next week.

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Also, this is the first week of Toys’R’Us’ Bricktober promotion. Spend $75 ore more on LEGO sets and get the micro CITY set. Get a different set each week for four weeks. As I’ve ranted before, these are not the same as the mini modular buildings set from a while ago.

Ace Kim | October 6th, 2014 | LEGO Ideas, Sales News

Amazon Restocks 21109 Exo Suit (expired)

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Update: Amazon has sold out and the page now shows availability from 3rd party sellers.

Amazon has restocked on Peter Reid’s 21109 Exo Suit. Cost is at $34.95 with a limit of 2 per order. If you’re still looking to get this set or want to give one as a holiday gift, buy now before it’s too late. LEGO Shop@Home still shows the set as “Temporarily out of stock”.

Ace Kim | October 6th, 2014 | News, The LEGO Movie

The LEGO Movie Wishlist

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With the latest leaks about the upcoming The LEGO Movie sets having hit the web early last week, it finally kicked my butt into gear into finishing this article. Fortunately or unfortunately, none of the sets on my wishlist are confirmed for January letting this article stay relevant and at the same time giving me hope that these could still be a possibility for the summer wave of 2015. There is a TON of set possibilities in The LEGO Movie so I went through and picked out a couple of them that I personally would like to see made. Yeah, I know what you’re all thinking, “Oh geez another one of those list articles” and I’m right there with you on that one. But I’ll be honest. I just really like making animated gifs.

And I would have peppered the entire list with them but the file sizes were getting out of hand. Or so I was told. I mean, what’s wrong with a 23mb animated gif file? Doesn’t everyone have broadband anyway? I was convinced to cut most of them out but I left a few in there for my own enjoyment.

On to the list!