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Warner Brothers has just released a trailer for The LEGO Movie and judging by the number of emails that arrived in my inbox overnight, a lot of you are excited about it.
The film is out in February next year. The synopsis, from IMDB, is "An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from glueing the universe together."
Certainly the animation is stunning and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the minifigs are largely animated using only their natural movements, rather than with legs and arms splayed in all directions, which is often the case with the cartoons.
It looks to be filled with gags and details that will appeal to AFOLs (e.g. the crack in the chin of the 1980s space guy's helmet), so let's hope that the script doesn't let it down...
The following sets have just been discounted by at least 30%:
Price Saving Discount 4432 City Garbage Truck £10.10 £7.89 44%
The following 2013 sets are discounted by at least 40%:
Price Saving Discount 70100 Legends Of Chima Ring of Fire £5.97 £4.02 40%
Rich over at BrickFanatics has received information from his reliable source about the next newspaper promotion in the UK.
Not the Mirror, or the Sun, but the Daily Mail this time, and it'll run for two days only, Saturday 29th June and Sunday 30th. The two sets are said to be 30213 Gandalf the Grey on Saturday and 30183 Little Car on Sunday.
Gandalf the Grey is certainly worth picking up, but it's not really an 'army builder' is it, so you probably won't need 'hundreds' of them. I wasn't too impressed with Little Car, as you may recall from my review a while ago.
Still, it's free LEGO, and better than nothing! (Thanks to Rich for the news and the image).
If you're signed in as a VIP member at shop.LEGO.com you'll now be able to order 10237 Tower of Orthanc for immediate delivery via these links: USA ($199) | UK (£169) | Canada ($249). If you're not signed in, you'll be taken to the shop home page.
If you order soon, you'll also get a Splinter key chain, a Jor-El polybag, a LEGO LotR poster, and free shipping, so what are you waiting for!
In this review, I will be taking a look at 75021 Republic Gunship, which was perhaps the most anticipated set of the entire Summer 2013 Star Wars line-up. Much like many of the other sets from this wave, it is only fairly recently that LEGO last produced a Republic Gunship model (7676) which was released in 2008. As one of the most prevalent and iconic vehicles from the Prequel Trilogy, previous editions of the Republic Gunship have proved to be very popular indeed, and I would imagine that this set will continue in this vein as it only improves on the earlier models in my opinion.
This is the largest edition of the Republic Gunship so far with 1175-pieces. Naturally though, with a greater piece count comes a higher price, and this set costs £109.99 or $119.99, so is significantly more expensive than either of the Republic Gunship sets released before if you are in the UK, the US price has remained the same. Not only do I consider this set to be the best edition of the Republic Gunship yet, but the minifigures are also outstanding, and five of them are brand new and exclusive which only furthers their appeal.
This will prove to be a tricky set for Star Wars minifig and polybag collectors to get hold of... Apparently it was given away to kids who entered a trivia competition at this weekend's Star Wars event at LEGOLAND California.
Let's hope it turns up somewhere else in the world; similar polybags (e.g. Darth Maul) have in the past.
(Thanks to Adam K for supplying the image).
Amazon.co.uk has, at last, listed all the Lone Ranger sets, for immediate delivery. Get 'em while they're hot...
(Thanks Richard for the news).
I've been sent this image by several people which purports to show five of the figures in series 11. I don't know where it originated from. It certainly looks plausible, doesn't it, and ties in with the list of figures published a while ago: Yeti, Evil Mech, Welder, Lady Robot, Jazz Musician, Constable, Holiday Elf, Bavarian Lady, Scarecrow, Mountain Climber, Grandma, Tiki Warrior, Gingerbread Man, Barbarian, Dinner Waitress and Scientist. (List from BrickFanatics).
Update: Bilko has sent us this picture of the gingerbread man, from the girls' UK LEGO Club magazine that arrived today.
The magazine states they'll be out in September.