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Nick Martin | December 16th, 2013 | LEGO The Hobbit, Rants, Reviews

Review: The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug


So we get a lot of people that like to complain about our reviews when they’re opinionated or negative. I could rant about stuff like that for a whole post, but instead, I’ll go with this disclaimer: If you don’t want to read an opinionated review about this movie, just skip this post. That and I should have come up with a good joke about spoilers to put in this post. Yet all I have are spoiler-ific rants to put below the fold. So… spoilers ahead.

By now, anyone who has read my reviews know that my method of choice is flimsy analogies, name calling, and long, drawn-out comparisons to other movies. This movie actually makes it kind of hard to take that route, because there were so many ways for me to tear into it I ended up giving myself a headache (watching my Cowboys play like the * bleep * Keystone Cops of football right after watching this movie probably didn’t help). But hey, I can push through and give it a shot…

In Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, a movie I think most everyone here will agree with me is just terrible, there was a specific scene that had me wanting to walk out of the movie. I know, it’s like picking the smelliest piece of a manure pile, but the only reason I stuck through the movie in the theater is that it was towards the end. It was while the kid that ruined Indy 4 ran through some ruins that were supposedly by the pyramids (which were actually like 90 miles away) in order to get to Petra, a city in Jordan and nowhere near Egypt, for those keeping scores. It was perhaps the most Michael Bay scene ever done this side of wingsuits.

LeBouf was running across walls and rooftops, dodging explosions (in slow motion), shards of stone and concrete, shrapnel, and jumping out of clouds of dust. The part that bugged me was the whole shrapnel thing. I can suspend disbelief in a guy falling for a few thousand feet and somehow getting caught and saved (instead of shredded into several smaller pieces). I can look past the stupid mom-on-pot jokes, or the general racist tone of most of the characters (though not easily… let’s say we snuck some “refreshments” into the movie theater to help). But what I couldn’t look past was the fact that Sam would have been turned to hamburger by the shards of rocks and shrapnel flying around him. I got to see exactly what that stuff was doing because of all the slow-motion scenes. That scene, more than any other in there, was just horrible.

All of that being said, that the action in that scene looks like the opening of Saving Private Ryan compared to what we get in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. (more…)

Ace Kim | February 6th, 2013 | LEGO, LEGO Star Wars, News

Getting Ready For Toy Fair

Photo Feb 05, 7 36 40 AM

It’s time for Toy Fair! The LEGO Collector Event at the International Toy Fair is happening this Sunday from 7am to 9am EST. We’ll be starting our coverage a little bit after that. The badges that you see above, feature the Movie Starlet minifig from the Collectible Minifig Series 9, most likely hinting at all of the licensed properties that are sure to dominate the show floor. The Lone Ranger, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Superman, Iron Man, and who knows what else. Oh, and of course, Star Wars. With more active licenses under LEGO’s belt than before, this year’s show is sure to be packed full of goodies. We’ll do our best to bring you the most complete coverage as possible so come back on Sunday to check it out.

Ace Kim | January 5th, 2013 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, MOC Spotlight

Brick Vader’s Hobbiton Diorama

I’m not much of a Lord of the Rings fan, and the Hobbit isn’t exactly high up on my list of things to do in my spare time. I can, though, appreciate the art direction of the films and the world that is created. Those Hobbits, as much as they try and not get involved with whatever else is going on in Middle Earth, they seem to be in the thick of it like all the time. Anyways, Brick Vader created a really nice diorama of a Hobbit’s home-in-a-hillside in a circular format. On the hillside edge, you can peek inside to view the living quarters. I thought that was a nice touch. More pictures on Imperium der Steine.

via The Brothers Brick

Ken Robichaud | December 10th, 2012 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, MOC Spotlight

Finders Keepers!

Finders Keepers!

Iain “Ochre Jelly” Heath built these figures because he felt (along with many others) that the One Ring from the official LEGO sets was ridiculously out-of-scale with the mini-figs. Honestly, I don’t care what his reasons were, I’m just really glad that he built these fantastic figs and that I’ve already purchased tickets for my favourite seats at the Friday premier here.

Ken Robichaud | October 6th, 2012 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, Sales News

Sneek Peek Of Upcoming Hobbit Line

Reddit user sometimes_snarky recieved a nice little bonus at a recent trip to TRU in the form of this poster highlighting the upcoming Hobbit line and was kind enough to share. It was a nice surprise to find before I crept off to bed last night and was pleased to get the go ahead to share from the big boss. My wife quickly pointed out the scenes for me (I haven’t read the book in over 20 years) and I’m sure we’ll get a better look very soon, but hopefully this will tide folks over for the moment.

Via Allen “Tormentalous” Tran @ The Brick Fan

Update: sometimes_snarky just added close up shots of each set on the poster as well as a look at the front of the poster. You can see all the pictures here, but I’ll list them as well.

  • 79000 – Riddles For The Ring
  • 79001 – Escape From Mirkwood Spiders
  • 79002 – Attack Of The Wargs
  • 79003 – An Unexpected Gathering
  • 79004 – Barrel Escape
  • 79010 – The Goblin King Battle


Ace Kim | June 13th, 2012 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, LEGO Super Heroes, Sales News

Free LEGO Lord of the Rings Project Case, Buildable Batman, Captain America Shields

LEGO Lord of the Rings Project Case

Toys’R’Us seems to be the place to be this week. First up they are offering a free LEGO Lord of the Rings “Project case” with any LEGO construction set or board game purchase of $60 or more. You may be tempted to try and pick up some LOTR sets to go along with the case, but be warned that their markup is atrociously high, even by their standards. Case in point: the MSRP on 9472 Attack on Weathertop is $59.99 (Amazon); TRU’s asking price is $79.99, a full $20 more. If you’re not interested in trying to do math and figure out what sets to purchase to get the case for free, you may be able to just buy it outright for $13.99.

They are also offering a free Aragorn poster with any LEGO LOTR purchase, but the markup doesn’t make it worth it. A $20 markup for a $5 poster? I’ve seen better deals on fake bridges.

And finally, this Saturday June 16th from 2-4pm, Toys’R’Us stores are hosting a LEGO build event where you can build a Batman and/or a Captain America Superman shield and then take it home with you. Hopefully it will run much more smoothly this time around than it did for the Cars 2 build event. If anyone finds any pictures of what they might look like, please add it to the forum thread.

Update: forum member ufjason provided us with the following image:

I stand corrected: it’s Batman and Superman, and not Captain America like I originally thought. I have no idea where I got Captain America from. Maybe I saw the word “shield” and switched out Superman’s name since, you know, he doesn’t use a shield. Why couldn’t they use the “symbol” or “logo”? Anyways, thanks ufjason!

Ace Kim | May 10th, 2012 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, News

Lord of the Rings Games Sort of Announced; Also, The Sky Is Blue

NEW Gollum.indd

This tidbit is making the rounds: apparently, someone may or may not have seen a picture on a Lord of the Rings LEGO set box that indicated a Lord of the Rings game is in the works. Is this really news? It would be news if there was no game.

Anyways, in the midst of all the hubbub, a retailer, Shopto, posted a pre-order page (which has since been pulled) for the game pegging its release date for October 10 of this year, which is a few weeks ahead of the Hobbit movie (slated for December 13).