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[SDCC] A LEGO Nerd’s Choice of Panels – Thursday

Hello, Comic Con attendees! Like last year, I’ve compiled a list of panels that I think might interest you, fans of LEGO licensed themes! So if you’re looking for things to do and see that doesn’t involve a line to get some exclusive toy, take a peek below. I know I will be trying my best to go to some of these. I’ll be posting daily so that you don’t have to keep searching back for the schedule. Just check the site each morning and I hope to see some of you there.

Toy Story That Time Forgot
11:15am Room 6A
Calling all Toy Story fans! ABC and Disney•Pixar present an exclusive first look at the upcoming holiday special, Toy Story That Time Forgot. Executive producer Galyn Susman (Toy Story OF TERROR!), director Steve Purcell (Brave), and head of story Derek Thompson (WALL•E) give you an exclusive inside look at the sketches, storyboards, and concepts that went into the making of this Disney•Pixar special!

The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels
6:00pm Room 6BCF
The almost 20-year stretch of Star Wars history between Episodes III and IV is a dark time in the galaxy that has never before been explored on screen. The evil Galactic Empire has tightened its grip and only a select few are brave enough to stand against tyranny and ignite a rebellion. Join Star Wars Rebels executive producers Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg as well as series stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, and Taylor Gray for an exclusive preview of what’s to come this Fall on Disney XD in this eagerly awaited television series from Lucasfilm Animation.

The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – A Look Under the Shell
8:15pm Room 6DE
In celebration of the new documentary film, Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, co-creator Kevin Eastman will lead this fascinating panel including Randall Lobb (writer/director), Isaac Elliott-Fisher (executive producer), Mark Hussey (executive producer), and Galen Walker (executive producer), taking fans behind-the-scenes and beneath the streets into the incredible 30-year journey and reveal the real origin story of four of pop culture’s most enduring heroes. Featuring clips from the documentary, followed by a Q&A discussion, fans will get to see how this so-called “happy accident” defied every naysayer to become one of the most popular and beloved franchises in the world.

Ace Kim | July 22nd, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

[SDCC] Adam West To Appear At The LEGO Booth

Adam West, the original Batman, will be making an appearance at the LEGO booth on starting at 12:45pm on Friday, July 25. There is no end time listed for his appearance. And if you’ve been keeping track you’ll remember that the minifig giveaways begin at 12:30pm. Even LEGO is starting to conflict with their own events.

In other booth news, there will be product reveals throughout the weekend. On Thursday and Saturday, there will be product reveals at 11am (1 product) and again at 4pm (2 products). On Friday and Sunday, there will be product reveals at 11am (1 product). FBTB will be on hand to report things as they happen so stay tuned. x

Image courtesy of Motortrend

Ace Kim | July 22nd, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

[SDCC] LEGO Comic Con Exclusive TV Series Batmobile Set Revealed

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These images of the final Comic Con exclusive set landed in my inbox a few minutes ago. The Batmobile set is in the same Chibi style as the other two sets. Assuming the photos represent final product shots, the set includes both a Batman and Robin that are identical to the ones you get from the Batman Juniors set Defending the Batcave. It’s a bit disappointing as this would have been a great opportunity to make more show-accurate versions.

LEGO DC SDCC Exclusive Package

The packaging looks very similar to the packaging from last year’s exclusives using cardboard boxes. There are 1,000 made of each of the Comic Con exclusive sets. The LEGO booth will be selling 250 of each set every day of the convetion starting Thursday for $39.99.

I know what I’m getting.

Ace Kim | July 20th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

[SDCC] LEGO To Show Off Batman’s Tumbler at Comic Con

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A few hours ago, USA Today revealed LEGO’s newest Ultimate Collector’s Set, The Tumbler from The Dark Knight. The Tumbler, based on Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, will be on display at the San Diego Comic Con this week starting Wednesday July 23rd. The LEGO Tumbler has 1,869 pieces, will retail for $199 and will be available starting in September. The Brand Retail store calendar for August shows an early bird access on August 18th which I can only assume is for this set. Included in the set are two minifigs: Christian Bale’s Batman and Heath Ledger’s Joker, pictured below.

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First impression? Too many studs.

Ace Kim | August 3rd, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

[SDCC] Marvel and DC Minifigure Giveaways: How LEGO Gamed the System Part 4

I had a whole thing written up before LEGO contacted me and sent me their official response. I decided to write this post anew and save some of my rantings for a response in the forum thread.

Their response isn’t much of a surprise. OF COURSE they would deny any wrong doing because to admit otherwise, assuming we are right, would be worse. It reads like your standard PR response and for some people that won’t change their minds in the least. It’s hard to change someone’s mind once they’re convinced of something.

I do want to give LEGO credit for reaching out and having a talk with me. I truly believe that my conversation with PR was genuine and honest as can be, meaning I believe the person I talked to when he/she said that no shenanigans took place. I also believe we both came away with a better understanding of the other side. However, I still have my doubts which I’ll get into in the forum thread.

I do want to take this opportunity to address some things that the community has raised.

Firstly, is targeting kids a bad thing? No, not at all. But be up front about it. Azog was a targetted effort and no one’s complaining about that method. People are only complaining about the severe limited numbers with Azog.

And secondly, are we whining? Yes, possibly a little bit. But I think there’s an overall misunderstanding in why this is even an issue. It isn’t about not getting the exclusives, it’s about having our time wasted and I’m pretty sure THAT is something we can all relate to. Let’s pretend that the minifigures were given away first come first serve. You wouldn’t hear a peep from anyone other than those who believe that the whole idea of an exclusive is stupid but that’s another topic for another time. With first come first serve, you show up to the booth and either you get one and you walk away happy, or you don’t and you walk away disappointed. And then you have the rest of the day to enjoy Comic Con. It’s very different than waiting in line for hours and feeling like hours of your time are being intentionally wasted and having ZERO chance of winning. Let me try and put this another way using a more universally understood analogy. You know the DMV? You ever go there without an appointment and how you have to sit and wait for hours before your ticket gets called up? That is far more enjoyable and productive than a rigged raffle. With the DMV, you will walk away with your license/license plate/renewal/state id or whatever it is you went there for. With a rigged raffle, you wait for hours, not able to do much of anything else except get sunburned, and walk away with nothing. Put another way, you ever play in a game where the opponent or the game master was cheating? Was that enjoyable for you? No one likes a cheat.

And if you still don’t get why this is a valid topic worth discussing, then I don’t know what else to say.

That’s all I can think of for now. I have one last post to offer suggestions on how to improve things for next time.

To be continued…

Ace Kim | August 1st, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

[SDCC] LEGO Responds to the Minifigure Giveaway

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I was contacted earlier today by LEGO PR and received the following statement regarding the minifigure giveaway at San Diego Comic Con:

Regarding the SDCC minifigure raffle, we can assure you that, contrary to the speculation, the giveaway was in no way rigged or predetermined. After several years at SDCC where minifigure giveaways have left room for improvement, we did implement a new system this year, which was then adapted at the request of the SDCC organizers. Many of the things that are being discussed online about the manner in which we conducted the raffle are not based in fact.

We acknowledge and regret that there were crowd control issues on Thursday, but those were rectified, and the new process for the raffle ran smoothly for the remainder of the show. We did not distribute specific tickets to specific consumers, nor did we favor children over adults. The raffle was managed randomly in an attempt to be as equitable as possible so that the largest possible audience at the show had a fair chance to win. We are unable to control who wins, and we have no interest in a pre-determined outcome. Our goal is to offer a limited edition collectible to as many fans as possible in a fair and equitable manner. Given the nature of a limited edition giveaway, we understand that fans may be disappointed with the results. We are equally disappointed that there is an audience who receive limited edition figures and then sell them at a premium online; this is not in our interest, nor is it the intention of our activity at SDCC.

It is unfortunate that fan disappointment is manifesting in a proliferation of misinformation about our intentions and/or the manner in which we conducted the raffle. We have worked hard over the years to improve our SDCC raffles and we always seek to learn by doing. As we consider future plans, we will carefully review this year’s experience and the valuable feedback that our fan community shares, in order to continuously deliver a positive brand experience.

What do you think? Thoughts? Reactions?

Ace Kim | July 31st, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

[SDCC] Marvel and DC Minifigure Giveaways: How LEGO Gamed the System Part 3

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This email comes from Joy. No kids to speak of, just a huge fan of LEGO. Her logic made the most sense to me so I was happy when she wrote me. Her email is quite lengthy so let’s get right to it.

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Ace Kim | July 30th, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

[SDCC] Marvel and DC Minifigure Giveaways: How LEGO Gamed the System Part 2

Superman up the sleeve

I met Juan during my search for a Black Suit Superman. He’s a nice guy, family man, father of two. Goes to Comic Con every year as a family vacation. His kids are big fans of LEGO. We started comparing notes on our experiences with the minifigure giveaway. And Juan’s perspective is very different than most people I’ve talked to in that he was not only able to score a minifig, he scored all four of the Super Heroes minifigs, including Azog.

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Ace Kim | July 29th, 2013 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

[SDCC] Marvel and DC Minifigure Giveaways: How LEGO Gamed the System Part 1

Shell Game

San Diego Comic Con has come and gone and it wasn’t without it’s drama. And by drama, I am referring to LEGO’s handling of the minifigure giveaway. After talking with several con goers, I am convinced that LEGO was selective on who they gave winning tickets to. Bottom line: the system was rigged.

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Ace Kim | July 21st, 2013 | LEGO

[SDCC] Visit the Oni Press Booth!

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While making the rounds on the show floor here at Comic Con, I swung by the Oni Press and met forum member legobuddha. He’s an all around nice guy and set me up with some comics which you can see above. I did not know this, but they publish the Scott Pilgrim comic book that was turned into a movie, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World starring Michael Cera back in 2010. I’ve only recently begun to read comics again, just the all-female X-men comic, so I appreciated the recommendations and look forward to sitting down with my new books. So, I invite you to take a break from the stupid lines and the disappointment you normally experience at the con and go visit the Oni Press booth and browse their comics. Sometimes you forget that one of the C’s in SDCC stands for “comic”. Thanks again, legobuddha!

Oni Press is at booth #1833.