LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Castle (75251) Now Listed at LEGO Shop@Home

After its debut last month, the ominous LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Castle (75251) was initially offered exclusively via Amazon. This time around, LEGO Star Wars fans might be pleased to know that this set dedicated to the most iconic Star Wars villain ever created for the franchise, will be available at LEGO Shop@Home. It is a very much welcome treat this Black Friday since you can now purchase this new set at the same price over at Amazon while racking up on those VIP points.

The LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Castle (75251) is already listed at shop.LEGO.com though we to have to wait until December 1, 2018 for its public release. It comes in at 1,060 pieces and retails for $129.99.

 

LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Castle (75251)

Set the scene for action on planet Mustafar with LEGO® Star Wars 75251 Darth Vader’s Castle! This building set of Vader’s menacing-looking home features lots of great details, including a brick-built lava flow, an underground hangar with mouse droid and docking station, ancient Sith shrine with holocron, racks for extra ammunition, and secret compartments hiding more Sith relics. The hangar also houses a buildable TIE Advanced Fighter model with stud shooters and space to sit the Darth Vader minifigure. There’s also a bacta tank, Darth Vader’s meditation chamber with holographic communication unit, and a meeting platform at the top with a defensive stud-shooter cannon. As well as classic Darth Vader, the set also includes a bacta tank version of the Dark Lord, plus 2 Royal Guards and an Imperial Transport Pilot.

  • Includes 5 minifigures: Darth Vader, Darth Vader (bacta tank), 2 Royal Guards and an Imperial Transport Pilot.
  • Features Darth Vader’s Castle and a buildable version of Vader’s TIE Advanced Fighter.
  • Underground hangar with mouse droid and docking station, ancient Sith shrine with holocron, racks for extra ammunition, Sith relics, secret compartments hiding a Lightsaber handle and a red kyber crystal element, plus space for Vader’s TIE Advanced Fighter.
  • Castle also features a side access door, opening bacta tank, a hook for Lord Vader’s cape, meditation chamber with space for a minifigure and holographic communication unit, plus a circular meeting area at the top with a defensive stud-shooter cannon.
  • TIE Advanced Fighter features 2 stud shooters and an opening minifigure cockpit.
  • Weapons include Darth Vader’s red Lightsaber, the Imperial Transport Pilot’s blaster pistol and the Royal Guards’ Force pikes.
  • Darth Vader’s Castle Star Wars building set measures over 16” (41cm) high, 11” (28cm) wide and 9” (23cm) deep.
  • TIE Advanced Fighter measures over 2” (6cm) high, 4” (11cm) wide and 3” (9cm) long.

 

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More 2019 LEGO Star Wars Sets To Launch This December

Yesterday we had our first look at the initial wave of 2019 LEGO Star Wars sets to be made available next month. And this time around, it looks another batch of new LEGO Star Wars sets will be added to the roster in the form of another Battle Pack, Microfighters, and a couple of 4+ sets completing the initial wave of LEGO Star Wars sets to be offered in the first quarter of 2019. Some fans are divided with regards to LEGO’s choice of sets to herald the new year, except for the minifigure Battle Packs, and the nice rendition of the Dewback in Microfighter form. Let’s check out the rest of these sets, courtesy of The Brothers Brick.

 

Naboo Starfighter Microfighter (75223)

 

Sith Infiltrator Microfighter (75224)

 

 

Elite Praetorian Guard Battle Back (75225)

 

 

TIE Fighter Attack (75237)

 

 

Rebel A-Wing Starfighter (75247)

 

 

The LEGO Movie Streaming For Free on Black Friday

By now it’s plain to the LEGO community – and perhaps the cinema-going community as a whole – that The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is a major big deal. Considering the runaway success of the original back in 2014, it’s no surprise that the anticipation for it’s gone fever pitch. And perhaps, the excitement for the LEGO Movie sequel can only be escalated even more by a most generous gesture from LEGO and Warner Bros. in time for Black Friday. They’ve inked a deal with video-sharing giant YouTube to do something incredible: to have The LEGO Movie streaming for free.

Oh, yes. LEGO-Warner and YouTube are going big when it comes to hyping up the further adventures of Emmett, Wyldstyle and friends by giving fans a free viewing of the first big film from this epic franchise. It’ll help everybody refresh their memories of four years ago, in preparation for the sequel’s coming next year.

To avail of the free LEGO Movie streaming, fans need only visit YouTube on Black Friday, watch the latest trailer for The LEGO Movie 2, and clicking the ad to watch the first LEGO Movie, free of ads (because it’s inserted as an ad itself). Speaking of TLM2’s newest trailer, you may want to check out our review and fan theory surrounding the sequel’s official trailer

But remember! This window lasts only for all 24 hours of Black Friday/November 23. In addition, it may only be available within certain territories, not worldwide (a big bummer, really). As for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, don’t forget that it premieres next year on February 8, 2019.

Names Revealed for Other Members of “Benny’s Space Squad” from “LEGO Movie 2”

By now, the second big trailer for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part has come out, and with it the reveal of the 2019 official tie-in sets for the film also releasing with it next year. The fact that it involves “aliens” from space would explain the prominence of new character Rex Dangervest and returning face Benny the spaceman.

One the LEGO set front, Benny’s sudden importance is reflected in the set “Benny’s Space Squad” (70841), a marvelous throwback to LEGO’s 1980s space line, with basic-build space vehicles and additional astronaut minifigure buddies for Benny, the titular Space Squad.

To further hype this particular LEGO Movie 2 tie-in, film executive producer and LEGO VP of Design Matthew Ashton revealed the names of Benny’s Space Squad teammates, which would also be known through the back of their box. Besides Benny we now have Kenny (yellow), Lenny (pink) and Jenny (white).

Perhaps the comedic part of this is that all members of the Space Squad are identical in appearance barring uniform colors (and the wear-n-tear on Benny). So it’s quite surprising that the pink astronaut isn’t named Jenny; seriously the names can be easily mixed up, which may be the point.

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LEGO Movie 2 Benny’s Space Squad (70841) comprises Benny and his team, plus a robot buddy, a lunar buggy, one-man shuttle and various tools including Jenny’s gun (emphasized in the product description). Priced at only $9.99 it’s a steal for fans of The LEGO Movie 2, premiering February 8, 2019.

Here Are Seven Things That I Noticed After Watching The LEGO Movie 2 Official Trailer

A few hours ago, Warner Bros. Pictures has unleashed another trailer that will make 2019 more awesome. The LEGO Movie 2 official trailer has been uploaded over the internet and in case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the clip that shows a handful of new brick-built, and minifigure characters to watch out for.

As expected, the TLM2 official trailer is jam-packed with details that we could have easily missed if not for that handy pause and screen capture button. And now that the cat is out of the bag, here are some of the things that I’ve noticed that are either surprising or puzzling about the events that took place in Bricksburg following the aftermath of the infamous Taco Tuesday. Not only that, but also the presence of some of the main characters that we saw in the first LEGO Movie are noticeably absent in the trailer such as Good Cop/Bad Cop and his boss President Business.

These and other interesting, details are outlined here which will hopefully be answered when the sequel arrives in theaters on February 8, 2019.

The city of Bricksburg will never be the same again.

As Lucy mentioned in the trailer, they need to be tough in order to survive the hard, cruel world where they now live in. After five years since the events of Taco Tuesday, the good ol’ people of the city eventually learned to adapt to their apocalyptic world as seen on how they carry their usually brooding themselves – except probably for Emmet. Most of the city’s landmarks were also drastically changed, and even Batman’s abode was never sparred. The good thing though is that the highly fortified Batcave has now become a saferoom for the residents of the city in the event of another Duplon attack.

 

Unikitty has a new look – and she can even transform at will.

We already know that Unikitty is the epitome of good vibes and happy feelings. It’s therefore interesting to note that even with the apparent destruction of Cloud Cuckoo Land in the first LEGO Movie film, such catastrophic destruction of her kingdom did not forced her to go through a metamorphosis in such a way that we now see her in the person of Ultrakatty. When the first sets from TLM2 were revealed last July, most LEGO fans assumed that Unikitty simply grew up to become what she is now, like she suddenly had a growth spurt of sorts. However, as we can see from the trailer, she can transform herself at will to become a fierce-looking battle cat whenever needed. The first LEGO Movie clearly established that Unikitty’s moods can alter her appearance, and now her capability to completely transform to a battle-ready feline is perhaps another step to her abilities.

 

MetalBeard also gets a couple of battle-ready builds.

This is no longer a secret, considering the recent reveal of the new TLM2 sets particularly the MetalBeard’s Heavy Metal Motor Trike (70834) and Battle-Ready Batman and MetalBeard (70836). However, we can surely expect to see the dauntless pirate captain suit up additional brick-built gears later on in the film. LEGO is yet to reveal it’s LEGO Movie 2 D2C set which we hope to see another version of MetalBeard later on.

 

Where on earth did Rex Dangervest came from?

The first LEGO Movie film clearly established how the various LEGO themes (such as those from LEGO City, Superheroes, and Classic Space and Kingdoms), are all somewhat related to each other and has existed within the LEGO Movie world on multiple dimensions. Given this context, it is understandable how the Duplon that invaded the city of Bricksburg came to be. In a similar vein, the existence of the Systar System can also be explained through this “multiple dimension” theme that runs across the film. So it begs the question: from where did our galaxy defending, archaeologist cowboy and raptor wrangler came from?

The trailer did not leave us any answer of Rex Dangervest’s origins since we only see him arriving in the scene where Emmet gets caught up in a nasty asteroid belt. Is he a true friend to our brick heroes, or does he have another agenda of his own? Plus, his mean looking ship gives me the same feeling such as that when I first saw Thanos’ Sanctuary ship in Avengers: Infinity War. It just doesn’t feel right in a sort of way. I guess we just have to wait and see when the film arrives in February.

 

What’s up with Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi?

The official trailer now gives us a close look at the film’s main antagonist, and new character Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi. From the looks of it, the Queen of the Systar System seems to have a lot of explaining to do on why Lucy and the rest of the gang ended up kidnapped by Sweet Mayhem and brought in her kingdom. Watevra Wa’Nabi may look simple and unassuming in the surface, but like any other LEGO build, can offer a lot of possibilities – even change to a mean, scary looking brick monster that even makes Batman cringe.

So what is the story behind Queen Wa’Nabi and her kingdom, and what is her ultimate goal? We’ll soon find out.

 

The Systar System is like a brick fantasy world.

Sweet Mayhem’s single overarching goal is to capture Bricksburg’s fiercest leader for no apparent reason yet, except to bring them to the Systar System at the end of their known brick universe. What is puzzling right here is the very nature of the Systar System itself. From what we saw from the trailer, it is somewhat like a dream land where all the previous places and builds that our protagonists have previously known and loved can be found. We saw a goofy and dreamy looking Superman and the rest of the Justice League. We also see a semblance of Cloud Cuckoo Land at one point in the trailer where we find Unikitty enjoying herself, with the rest of her kind. And with the reveal of the Benny’s Space Squad (70841) set where good ‘ol Benny gets to see some of his Classic Space pals, it further strengthens the notion that the Systar System is like a place where minifigure dreams can come true. So what kind of place exactly is the Systar System and what dangers or opportunities will it bring to our heroes?

 

So… what happened to the Man Up Stairs?

The LEGO Movie introduced us to its own version of breaking the fourth wall when Emmet traveled through dimensions to eventually meet the Man Up Stairs. As Emmet soon realized, everything that he knew about his brick-built world is created by the Man Up Stairs and his children. As you may recall, these live characters represent two extreme school of thoughts within the LEGO building spectrum: the fixed and permanent builds characterized by the father; and the adventurous, experimental builds as symbolized by his son. These seemingly opposite school of thoughts in LEGO building were soon reconciled when the father realized the value of the LEGO brick for creative play and expression. He relaxed some of his ‘rules’ in playing with LEGO bricks, allowing his son and daughter to play in their LEGO hobby room.

Now given that five years have passed since then, and the yet to be revealed daughter of the Man Up Stairs may have outgrown her toddler years of playing with Duplo bricks, could it be that she is now introduced to minidolls as her next LEGO set? If that is the case, then that will somehow explain the presence of the minidolls in their LEGO universe, mixed with several 4+ and Duplo sets. My best guess is that the Man Up Stairs may no longer be actively involved in the movie, but instead it’s his children that now play a major role in the events of The LEGO Movie 2. Well, it’s a fan theory so I will have to wait until February if my theory will hold or not.

We still have less than 3 months to see how The LEGO Movie 2 will turn out, and like its predecessor, we can be sure that it will be filled with all manners of twists and turns that will appeal to all LEGO fans regardless of age. And similar to the first film, we can expect that it will touch on themes like fostering creativity and letting go of expectations to welcome new and endless possibilities.

So do you have any particular question in mind about The LEGO Movie 2? Let us know in the comments section below and let’s talk about it.

First Look at the LEGO Movie 2 Emmet’s Builder Box (70832) and Lucy’s Builder Box (70833)

After spotting the names of some new, and upcoming LEGO Movie 2 sets over at a Polish online retailer website, we now have a first look at two additional tie-in sets: the LEGO Movie 2 Emmet’s Builder Box (70832) and Lucy’s Builder Box (70833). These new sets were spotted over at eBay by Minifigure Price Guide, with both sets featuring a nifty toolbox design.

The LEGO Movie 2 Emmet’s Builder Box (70832) comes in at 125 pieces and allows you to create multiple minibuilds such as a facade of Emmet’s home, a bulldozer and a mini-version of Emmet’s Construct-o-Mech (70814) from the first LEGO Movie. The set also includes an Emmet minifigure and a Duplon figure made up of Duplo bricks.

Lucy’s Builder Box (70833) on the other hand features Lucy and Unikitty, and several mini builds as well. It includes a mini concert stage, a motorbike and ramp, and somewhat of a play area for Unikitty. This set comes in 141 pieces and as mentioned, includes a new Lucy minifigure and the usual brick-built figure of Unikitty.

Since these images have already popped-up on eBay and are now being sold over at the secondary market, we can somehow expect that other LEGO Movie 2 sets might already be out there particularly with other retailers. We can also expect that more info (and hopefully more official images) will come in towards the end of the year especially by January. LEGO has already revved up promotions with the reveal of additional characters like Rex Dangervest (voiced also by Chris Pratt) and the brick-built Watevra Wa’nabi (voiced by Tiffany Haddish). The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is slated to hit US theaters on February 8, 2019.

 

LEGO Movie 2 Character Posters Released Online

The LEGO Movie 2 official social media channels have uploaded a nice collection of character posters to speed up marketing efforts for the sequel. After actor Chris Pratt (the voice behind Emmet) revealed the physical minifigure counterpart of Rex Dangervest and announcing the scheduled live stream of the film’s next big trailer, we now have our first wave of LEGO Movie 2 character posters that gives us a glimpse on some of the new personalities that will grace the sequel.

Take a look at the following posters of some of the returning, and new characters of The LEGO Movie 2 such as Rex Dangervest and Queen Watevra Wa’nabi. My only complaint is that Benny is seriously missing out from the limelight. He is rumored to have a new robotic arm by the way, so probably LEGO is still putting a tight lid on these new developments. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is slated to hit US theaters on February 8, 2019.

 

Chris Pratt Reveals New LEGO Rex Dangervest Minifigure

It looks like the LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is getting a marketing boost now that we’re just a couple of months away from the film’s debut. After the reveal of more additional names in the LEGO Movie 2 tie-in repertoire, we now have actor Chris Pratt taking a hand (pun intended) in revealing the new LEGO Rex Dangervest minifigure.

Shared via social media, Chris gave us a glimpse on one of the first physical minifigure that will accompany Emmet, Lucy and the rest of the Bricksburg gang. In his usual comic antic, he also revealed that a new LEGO Movie 2 trailer will be streamed over the Internet tomorrow Tuesday at 11AM (EST). The LEGO Movie 2’s official Facebook page has also set a reminder for its next big trailer, so you may want to turn on your notifications for that.


What do you think about this new LEGO Rex Dangervest minifigure? What new adventures will this newest character bring in the lives of our brick heroes? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

LEGO Toy Story 4 Set Speculations

Disney dropped another bomb yesterday morning when it released the first trailer for the much awaited 4th sequel to the Toy Story franchise. The teaser saw the return of the beloved toys that we know very well since we last saw them 8 years ago. We have Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the rest of the gang dancing around Judy Collins’ classic rendition of Both Sides Now. The last few seconds of the trailer really caught me off guard when an unexpected new character caused quite a stir. Referred to simply as Forky, the newest character was portrayed to be having a sort of identity crisis and is very much disturbed with the idea that he does not belong to Bonnie’s play room. The rest of the story is obviously under wraps, save for the hint that Toy Story 4 will be a “road trip adventure” that will help Woody understand the larger world. With the Disney Pixar license under its belt, it’s also expected that LEGO has pretty much laid out the plans already for a series of LEGO Toy Story 4 tie-up sets as much as it did 8 years ago when it released its wave of related tie-in sets.

We also mentioned before that LEGO Toy Story 4 sets are bound to happen and it doesn’t come as a surprise knowing the partnership that LEGO and Disney has. We can also assume that these sets will carry the LEGO 4+ branding which will replace the LEGO Juniors line by next year. The last Disney Pixar tie-in sets that were given the LEGO Juniors tag as of to date were those that came from the Incredibles 2 subtheme. The only question now is how many tie-in sets will LEGO be releasing in relation to the film. This year saw the release of three Incredibles 2 tie-in sets, with one LEGO BrickHeadz Mr. Incredible and Frozone (41613) added to the mix. With a good number of characters, including Forky of course, we might be looking a good deal of new LEGO Toy Story 4 sets soon. My personal bet is that other than the confused Forky, we might also see new characters rendered in LEGO bricks such as the animal plush toys that we see in the follow-up trailer below.

This being a road-trip of a movie with perhaps a stopover  at a local carnival, I will not be surprised to see if there is one dedicated LEGO set that shows how this carnival scene will play out.

Toy Story 4 is still roughly 6 months away before it hits theaters on June 21, 2019 and until then, we can be sure that LEGO will slowly reveal its LEGO Toy Story 4 sets beginning first quarter of 2019. It should also be noted that LEGO in the past has also released four LEGO Duplo Toy Story sets in 2010: Jessie’s Round Up (5657), Pizza Planet Truck (5658), The Great Train Chase (5659), and Alien Space Crane (5691) so it’s not a long shot to consider that they might follow the same path again with Toy Story 4.

So what do you guys think? Are you excited for Toy Story 4? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

Comic Book Icon Stan Lee Passes Away at 95

I know this might sound out place here at the Brickshow blog, but such a person whose life’s work has touched so many deserves to be mentioned, much more when he passes away and leaves a legacy of comic book-inspired LEGO sets that we now enjoy. Stanley Martin Lieber, or better known to the world as Stan Lee passes away at the age of 95 earlier today at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

The death of the iconic nonagenarian was confirmed by Atty. Kirk Schenk who represents Lee’s daughter, J.C. Lee. The Marvel comic book icon may perhaps be the single most important person in the history of comics and entertainment, where he is credited for the creation and development of characters that we are all so fond of today. Stan Lee began his career in 1939 as a humble gofer, from Timely Comics a predecessor of what is now known as Marvel Comics. At a time where comic book heroes are sketched as the epitome of success and adulation of the crowd, Stan Lee introduced us to superhero characters struggling with life issues that are relatable and so real to us. We have a queasy, nerdy Peter Parker, trying hard to keep up his superhero alter ego under wraps while dating his sweetheart (the first of many actually); a modern-day (and green all over) Jekyll and Hyde with anger management issues; and a person with disability whose blindness never stopped him from fighting crime in the thick darkness of the night. In a time where superheroes were portrayed as the perfect, well-adjusted protagonists, Lee introduced us to characters who rose up and took the superhero mantle in spite of their pretty messed up shortcomings and flaws.

When Disney bought Marvel Entertainment in 2009, Stan Lee’s comic book characters were given a boost and media exposure in ways that Lee could have never imagined. The rebranding of his Marvel characters for the big screen eventually resulted in the birth of the MCU or Marvel Cinematic Universe and will later find their way in LEGO sets, rendered as minifigures.

The LEGO Marvel Superheroes Captain America’s Avenging Cycle (6865) is one of the very first LEGO sets inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe released in 2012.
Wolverine’s Chopper Showdown (6866) underscores LEGO’s early attempts to incorporate Marvel comic book characters brought to life by Stan Lee.

From Spider-Man to the X-Men, and Avengers and Incredible Hulk, the list of Marvel superheroes seems to be endless and we owe all of them to Stan Lee. Indeed, the LEGO and comic book landscape will not be the same without the brilliant, creative mind behind these comic book pages.

LEGO finally pays tribute to the master story teller with his own minifigure version (albeit digital) in the video game LEGO Marvel Superheroes. LEGO is yet to release an official, physical minifigure version of Stan Lee which I really it will do in the future.

Like his superhero personas, Lee also had his own share of ups and downs like anyone else and his life may not always be as rosy and lovely as compared to some of us. But he led a life fulfilling what he really wants to do, inspiring us to do the same. Like what he said to Peter Parker (played by Tobey Maguire) in 2007’s Spider-Man 3, “You know, I guess one person can make a difference … ’nuff said.” And Stan Lee really made his mark and made a difference in this world.