Update: This deal has expired at this price. It is still available but only with a smaller 10% discount.
Time to load up on Nova officers! Both Amazon and Walmart are offering a 25% price reduction for 76019 Starblaster Showdown. It is now sitting pretty at a mere $15 even. For Amazon, you’ll get Free Super Saver Shipping when your cart is $35 or more; no minimum if you’re a Prime member. For Walmart, the threshold is $50 or you can do free pick up at a Walmart store or FedEx Office location. 76019 Starblaster Showdown comes with Peter Quill aka Starlord, a Nova Officer, and a Sakarran minifigs and was rated a solid 4 out of 5 stars in our review.
I wouldn’t call myself a comic nerd, honestly. I like comics, and I read them a lot when I was a kid, but it was also something I’d more or less stopped caring about as a teenager. At least until the start of quality comic movies, which hit overdrive when the MCU came into being, and I started to go back and read some of the older stuff. The advent of Marvel’s digital subscription made it even easier to catch up on older and some of the stranger titles.
One of the first ones that I latched on to was this weird little title called Guardians of the Galaxy, which quickly tied into a big series called War of Kings (and then Reign of Kings and the Thanos Imperative). It reminded me of some of my favorite titles as a kid… I was an X-Men reader (everyone in the 90s was an X-Men reader), but my favorite titles were the constant Infinity sagas, the new Infinity Watch series that followed up on the Infinity Gauntlet. A bunch of the characters in Guardians were from that team… Drax (in a vastly different form) and Gamora (who was less 90s and more killer), as well as Adam Warlock, Thanos, etc.
Guardians of the Galaxy was a very different comic from a lot of the typical fare that’s fed the MCU up to this point. It’s made up of a bunch of imperfect characters that have dark histories and do messy things. Unlike the other properties that have been in the MCU, GotG is a big unknown even in a lot of comic circles… but I can tell you, the trailer looks like it has the team and the characters just spot-on, especially Star-Lord and Rocket from the looks of it.
Lego, for its part, is giving us our first movie tie-in sets since the underwhelming Iron Man 3 lineup. Of course, there’s a danger in sets in giving away some of the plot of the movie (which, luckily, the IM3 sets didn’t really do, since they had very little to do with anything in any of the movies). 76019 Starblaster Showdown is the $20 set in the lineup, and gives away only one thing that we haven’t really seen in the movies (but has been in a lot of interviews or details on the movie)… that Sakaarans are in the movie. Otherwise… we get a small set with a Nova Officer, Star Lord, and 196 pieces. So, how does it hold up in what is getting to be a crowded SuperHeroesshelf?
Late last week, pictures of the new Galaxy of the Guardians sets surfaced on the various sites around the interweb, and it looks like Amazon.co.uk has them up for order and “fulfillment within 1 to 2 months.” This seems to speak to a release soon, though Amazon.com in the US doesn’t tend to do Lego pre-orders. For our friends across the big blue wet thing, you can go grab them now… for everyone else, enjoy the images!
I’m digging the Star-lord look, it’s grown on me a bit, though I really hope that it has a true hairpiece to throw on if you take off the mask. I also think that Gamora is a bit overdressed, and Rocket looks a touch too big… but that doesn’t change the fact that I will buy absolutely every one of these sets when they hit. That small set with Star-lord looks like a real standout, with the dark blue and yellow, that awesome new pistol, and of course, flick-fires! Not sure about that brick-built Groot though… kinda wish he was more hulk-like.
We’ll post more pictures as we get them in for the sets…