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LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Legends of Tomorrow SDCC 2017 Vixen Review

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Legends of Tomorrow Vixen

On two separate days at San Diego Comic Con 2017, LEGO was giving away to attendees an exclusive LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Legends of Tomorrow Vixen. If you’re not a fan of the show, you may be wondering who this character is. There are actually two versions of the character in the Arrowverse with this one being Mari’s grandmother. Like with previous exclusive SDCC LEGO minifigures, she comes in a clamshell with a backing card.

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Legends of Tomorrow Vixen

Vixen wears a dark brown outfit with some tan armor printing. There’s also printing of the Anansi Totem necklace that goes around her neck. The legs also have some more detail printing including the knee armor. Her double-sided head piece is nouget colored with a normal expression on one side and a smirk on the other. Her hair piece is brown with a braid in the back.

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Legends of Tomorrow Vixen

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Legends of Tomorrow Vixen

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Legends of Tomorrow Vixen

The LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Legends of Tomorrow Vixen minifigure is a pretty obscure character for those who aren’t familiar with the show. This also marks the second SDCC minifigure in a row for Legends of Tomorrow joining Atom from last year. Will we continue this trend of seeing more LoT minifigures at SDCC or will we be seeing other DC properties? We shall see in less than a year. Admittedly, Vixen isn’t as popular as the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Deadpool Duck but she was popular enough for people to line up hours before the raffle started for a chance to get her.

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Legends of Tomorrow Vixen

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LEGO Ninjago Showrunner Responds to Concerns for Season 8

LEGO NInjago Sons of Garmadon

Yesterday was the LEGO Ninjago TV series panel at SDCC 2017 and attendees were able to see a short clip of the Season 8 Sons of Garmadon. While I was live-tweeting, some fans had more questions that were answered at the panel while others were somewhat skeptical of what to expect. Showrunner Tommy Andreasen has taken to Twitter to give a response on some of the feedback. Here’s the transcribed version.

Hi All!

Thank you all for your responses to our season 8 sneak peak, revealed at San Diego Comic Con. Some of you have asked some questions or expressed concerns, so here is a response which hopefully will address most of them.

Season 8 of Ninjago is scheduled to come out in 2018. Though it may not be evident from the opening scene revealed at Comic Con, it is indeed the continuation of the TV series story line. It has been specifically written with a keen eye on what long time fans of the series have expressed desire to know more about.

One of Ninjago’s key strengths has always been it’s ability to change. We want each season to feel unique, and the show has a long history of twisting plots, structure and taking daring chances.

Several characters like Zane and Cole has had major updates during the series long run. Usually these changes happen within the episodes. This time however since time has passed since the end o Hands of Time, the changes are simply there. Where it may raise questions as you first encounter it, most of these changes will be touched upon in the episodes. The most notable change you have already seen on Lloyd. The other Ninja, though they may have some adjustments, will be using the original face rigs from teh series and be voiced by the original voice cast, so rest assured that these are in fact the characters you know and love. Strengths, flaws, relationships, back stories and all.

Season 8 is still quite a way away, so we will not reveal any specifics for a while.

Most other things about Ninjago are business as usual:

  • The story line is writeen by the Hagemans who are also executive producers.
  • The season is produced by Wilfilm.
  • Peter Hauser is lead director and Louise Barkholt producer.
  • It will be scored by Michael Kramer and Jay Vincent.
  • Designs are overseen by Simon Lucas and his team.
  • Vicky Kjaer Jensen, Tommy Kalmar and I are there helping out on the production and provide concept, creative and continuity sparring.

In short: The new season(s) are being developed by the original creators and long time participants, who also happen to be some of the biggest Ninjago fans in the world.

One thing that has changed:

Wilfilm has made changes to their production pipeline which allows for an even better visuals and special effects. Though it is still early in production we can honestly say that it will be the best looking Ninjago you have ever seen of TV.

I hope this this helps answer some of your questions/concerns. In the wise words of good old Wu (shamelessly copied after the great Bruce Lee): Be water! Change can be good.

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 SDCC 2017 Trailer

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2

The new San Diego Comic Con 2017 trailer for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is now available to watch. It shows Kang the Conqueror creating Chronopolis. In addition to the reveals at SDCC, there were some more characters that I missed while I was at the panel that will be in the game including Surtur, Man-Ape, Wasp, and who appears to be Luis from the Ant-Man movie. Check out the video below.

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes SDCC 2017 Deadpool Duck Review

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes SDCC 2017 Deadpool Duck

It wasn’t announced until Preview Night of San Diego Comic Con 2017 but I have managed to get the exclusive LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Deadpool Duck. He is basically what happens when Deadpool is combined with Howard the Duck which was first introduced in a five issue miniseries at the beginning of the year. The clamshell that Deadpool Duck uses is the same one as before in previous years. The backing is just a two-sided one with the back promoting LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes SDCC 2017 Deadpool Duck

The torso is a new one with updated printing. There are now straps that go around the shoulders and around the back. There’s also some brown pouches around the waist as well. The Deadpool buckle is a little bit larger. The legs are of the short variety as he is a duck. The head gets a makeover which uses the Donald and Daisy head mold from the LEGO Collectible Minifigures Disney Series (71012). The head is now painted with the red and black Deadpool mask with one eye squinting.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes SDCC 2017 Deadpool Duck

Overall, the exclusive SDCC 2017 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Deadpool Duck is a great addition to any collection. Considering Deadpool hasn’t appeared in a set since 2013 with the Wolverine’s Chopper Showdown (6866), any variant of him is a good. Unfortunately for fans who weren’t able to attend SDCC, the only way to possibly get it is having really good friends or on the secondary market. The price of it has dropped somewhat since SDCC ended but it’s still one of the more expensive exclusive LEGO minifigures.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes SDCC 2017 Deadpool Duck

To tell you about the process of how I got Deadpool Duck, I didn’t try for him on Thursday mainly because of what happened last year at SDCC. Basically, my press badge wouldn’t allow me to get him although it didn’t specifically say that press couldn’t do it. I assumed that this year would be the same until I found out that I could try for it. As a result, I had to wait until Saturday to try for it. Luckily the iPad gods were generous enough to give me the green Good Cop sign and I managed to walk away with it. Right after, I walked out of the line, there were a number of scalpers waiting to buy them off of people by offering $100 for it just so they can flip it a few seconds later on eBay. Like I’ve said many times before, time is the most important thing at SDCC. If you guys want to know, I waited in line for three plus hours with my group for a chance to win this so I got pretty lucky.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes SDCC 2017 Deadpool Duck

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LEGO Ninjago SDCC 2017 Panel Recap

The LEGO Ninjago TV series panel was earlier today at San Diego Comic Con 2017 and there was some new information regarding Season 8. I was also live-tweeting the panel which can check out on Twitter.

The panel consisted of Writers Kevin and Dan Hageman, showrunner Tommy Andreasen, senior creative director Simon Lucas, IP lead Nelson Lamonica, and suprise guest David Shayne. The first thing the panel talked about was last season’s Hands of Time.

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu SDCC 2017

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu SDCC 2017

The first thing the panel talked about was some of the inner workings of the previous season. They showed off some concept art and talked about what the season was about.

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu SDCC 2017

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu SDCC 2017

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu SDCC 2017

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu SDCC 2017

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu SDCC 2017

They dug deeper into some of the villains who were involved including Sander Saunders, aka Krux, and the Vermillion. Like before, there are some prototypes of the Vermillion.

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu SDCC 2017

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu SDCC 2017

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu SDCC 2017

Next up is more concept art for the Kai and Nya’s Fusion Dragon. They explained that they wanted to make it look more organic.

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu SDCC 2017

Finally, there was the big question of where Wu is. We’ll find out more in Season 8. One cool thing that was touched on was some kids at last year’s panel gave some suggestions on how Zane got his powers and the Hagemans took those suggestions and we will be seeing them next season.

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu SDCC 2017

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu SDCC 2017

Finally, we have the opening sequence clip for Season 8. I didn’t record or take pictures as it technically wasn’t allowed but that didn’t stop some from doing it. Embedded below is the whole clip which you can watch before it gets taken down.

You can see a group of ninjas trying to steal a secret kabuki mask from a museum. The ninjas have a cool outfit which reminds me of Power Rangers Samurai. The alarm goes off and Lloyd goes chasing after them. The leader of the gang gets away on a bike and Lloyd calls Pixal for his car which looks pretty cool. At the end, the bad guy flies off in a parachute and gets away. At the end, we get the the title of the season as Sons of Garmadon.

As the Hagemans explained, the fans of the show are growing up and they want the show to grow up with them. One change is the voice actor for Lloyd will now be Sam Vincent. During the Q&A, there were some notable questions and statements. One thing is that we will be seeing more of the Brown Ninja, Dareth. Kevin Hageman stated that there will be more female characters in S8 as well. The hero ninjas will look somewhat similar to the ones in the movie because they want to make the link between the show and movie easier for newer fans. There was no release date for LEGO Ninjago Sons of Garmadon except that it’ll be coming out something next year.

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2: Meet the Talent Behind the Video Game Panel Recap

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 SDCC 2017

The LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2: Meet the Talent Behind the Video Game panel happened earlier today at San Diego Comic Con 2017 and there were tons of new information about the game that was exclusively revealed. The panel consisted of Arthur Parsons (head of design, TT Games), Bill Rosemann (executive creative director, Marvel Games), Justin Ramsden (designer, LEGO), Kurt Busiek (comics writer, Avengers Forever), and Dan Veesenmeyer (comic content artist, and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers) with Ryan Penagos serving as a moderator. I was live-tweeting the panel and it was hard to keep up with all the info they gave but I survived it and here’s a recap of what happened.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 SDCC 2017

One thing that was touched on before the new trailer was the different versions of the same character will be able to team up which means that Spider-Man Noir can team up with the normal Spider-Man if you desire. Then they dropped the new trailer on us which Arthur says the public can expect it to go live on Monday. keep watch for Rocket Raccoon with chicken blasters.

Dan talked about recreating the Kang Dynasty storyline cover, written by Kurt Busiek, and turning it into LEGO form. A copy of this LEGO cover was given out to each person in the audience which has a nice shiny gold foil in various parts. Arthur also added that you will be able to collect these classic comic book covers in the game via minikits.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 SDCC 2017

Vehicles will be making a return as there were a few that were revealed at the panel. We were able to see the Black Panther Jet, Crossbones’ Truck, and a Mini Ravager Jet.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 SDCC 2017 Black Panther Jet

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 SDCC 2017 Crossbone's Truck

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 SDCC 2017 Mini Ravager

Next up was what everyone has been waiting for, the new character reveals. There was the Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming, Doctor Octopus, Cosmo, Greenskyn Smashtroll, Throg, Forbush Man, Howard the Duck, Iron Duck, and Gwenpool. Regarding Cosmo, Arthur said there is an epic part of the game two-thirds of the way through that involves him. There was also Ravonna Renslayer that appeared just for a few seconds in the trailer. You’ll have to see it to find her.

There are over 200 playable characters that will be in this game and one of them will be the iconic Stan Lee. He returns again in the sequel but will be in peril again. If you are able to rescue him, you will be rewarded handsomely. Although there are over 200+ characters, none of them involves Fox franchises, mainly X-Men.

There will be no console exclusive characters so that means that all platforms will have the same playable characters unlike in the first game which angered many fans.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 SDCC 2017 Vulture

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 SDCC 2017 Doctor Octopus

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 SDCC 2017 Cosmo

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 SDCC 2017 Greenskyn Smashtroll

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 SDCC 2017 Throg

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 SDCC 2017 Forbush Man

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 SDCC 2017 Gwenpool

There were also bonus missions in the game as well. One of them involves Howard the Duck trying to pitch his video game idea to the devs at Chrono Con which is basically a gaming convention.

During the Q&A part of the panel, there were some good questions that were asked. One was about the new abilities and mechanics. Arthur didn’t go into too much detail but he said there were 96 different mechanics available. One of which is Kamala Khan who can shrink down in size and do mazes.

One child asked if Moon Knight will be appearing in the game. Arthur didn’t remember if he was or not but he’ll make sure that he will be in it.

One last thing that was that was mentioned was Mysterio battling the Sinister Six in one part of the game.

There were also ticketed giveaways at the panel for the attendees which include the foil comic print of Kang Dynasty. They also had the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes The Avengers Quinjet (30304) which was from the Age of Ultron sets from 2015. This polybag was fairly rare as it wasn’t that widely available at the time.

Stay tuned as I try to edit and transcribe my developer interview with Arthur Parsons. It’ll be a few days as I will be pretty busy after SDCC ends tomorrow.

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The LEGO Ninjago Movie SDCC 2017 Trailer

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Poster

Yesterday was The LEGO Ninjago Movie panel at San Diego Comic Con 2017 and if you follow my Twitter, I was live-tweeting the whole panel which included an exclusive look at the new trailer for the movie. At the MTV Fandom Fest a short while ago, the new trailer for The LEGO Ninjago Movie was made public which you can watch below.

Also during the panel, attendees were also given the Green Ninja Mech Dragon (30428) polybag. There’s no word on availability of it at this time.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Green Ninja Mech Dragon (30428)

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