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LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out DVD

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LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out

The box art and exclusive minifigure for the LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out DVD is now available for everyone to see. As we’ve speculated before, the minifigure included with the DVD is Darth Vader wearing a medal much like the Luke Skywalker and Han Solo minifigures from the DK LEGO Star Wars Encyclopedias. The 22-minute animated film will be released on March 26, 2013 and can be pre-ordered at Walmarticon. It will be available in the UK on March 18 and France on April 3.

LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out - Exclusive Darth Vader

LEGO® STAR WARS®: The Empire Strikes Out™ Animated Special Arrives on DVD

Packed with Humor, Action and Fun – and an Exclusive Darth Vader LEGO Minifigure!

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (January 22, 2013) – After a record breaking debut on Cartoon Network, The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm announced today that LEGO® Star Wars™: The Empire Strikes Out will release on DVD this coming March 26, 2013. The 22-minute original standalone special will bring the same tongue-and-cheek humor fans know and love in a brand new epic adventure featuring everyone’s favorite LEGO Star Wars characters. Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, the DVD will include an exclusive collectible Darth Vader LEGO minifigure and is available now for preorder at www.foxconnect.com/awesome.

Filled with charm, action and irreverent humor this original story features characters, locations and vehicles across the entire LEGO Star Wars universe including Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, C-3P0, R2-D2, Darth Maul, and more. When the premiere of LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out aired on Cartoon Network, it became the number-one telecast of the day with kids ages 6-11 and boys ages 2-17. Written by Emmy Award winner Michael Price (The Simpsons), the show features many of the beloved Star Wars voice-actors fans know and love including Anthony Daniels, Sam Witwer, Ahmed Best and more.

SYNOPSIS:

HOLD ON TO YOUR BRICKS….FOR AN ALL-NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURE!

Your favorite characters are back to save the galaxy in LEGO® Star Wars®: The Empire Strikes Out™. The heroes of the Rebel Alliance including heroic Luke Skywalker, swaggering Han Solo and steadfast Princess Leia have no time to celebrate their victory over the Empire as a new Imperial threat arises. But as Jedi-in training Luke embarks on this next mission, he discovers that his celebrity status as a “Death-Star-Blower-Upper” can be a double-edged lightsaber when he’s constantly mobbed by crazed fans. So much for secret missions! Meanwhile, Darth Vader and Darth Maul are locked in a hilarious “Sith-ling” rivalry as they compete for the Emperor’s approval. It’s an action-packed comic adventure that’s out of this world!

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LEGO at the 2013 London Toy Fair

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Today in Kensington, London, the 2013 London Toy Fair kicked off. LEGO has a big presence there showing off the upcoming sets from a wide variety of themes. Our friends at Brick Fanatics made the rounds today and has given a list of sets that were on display. Unfortunately, photography was not allowed but so we have to wait a little longer to see what the new sets look like. It’s also nice to see the pricing we we can gauge how big the sets are without actually seeing images at this time.

Super Heroes – Nice to know what minifigures are included in the sets such as the War Machine we saw earlier.

DC Universe Metropolis Showdown (76002) – £11.99 – Superman, General Zod
DC Universe Superman Battle of Smallville (76003) – £39.99 – Includes Superman, Faora, Colonel Hardy, General Zod, and 1 unknown minfigure
Marvel Universe Iron Man Extremis Sea Port Battle (76006) – £19.99 – Iron Man, War Machine, and Aldrich Killian minifigures
Marvel Universe Iron Man Malibu Mansion Attack (76007) – £34.99 – Tony Stark, Iron Man MK42, Pepper Potts, Mandarin, and 1 unknown villain
Marvel Universe Iron Man vs. The Mandarin: Ultimate Battle (76008) – £11.99 – Iron Man Heartbreaker, Mandarin
DC Universe Superman: Black Zero Escape (76009) – £19.99 – Superman, Lois Lane, General Zod

Star Wars – Most of this wave of the Star Wars sets will be centered on The Yoda Chronicles. The 2013 Advent Calendar will feature Jango Fett as Santa as well as a Young Boba Fett minifigure.

Corporate Alliance Tank Droid (75015) – £19.99 – Features a new Jango Fett minifig, Clone Trooper, and Battle Droid.
Mandalorian Speeder (75022) – £24.99 – Darth Maul with robotic legs, 2 new Mandalorian Super Commandos.
Homing Spider Droid (75016) – £29.99 – Adi Gallia, a Clone Trooper, 2 Super Battle Droids.
Duel on Geonosis (75017) – £39.99 – New Yoda and Count Dooku, and Poggle The Lesser minifigures, Pilot Droid.
Jek 14’s Stealth Starfighter (75018) – £59.99 – Jek-14, Separatist Bounty Hunter, Special Forces Clone Trooper, R4-G0
AT-TE (75019) – £79.99 – New Mace Windu and Coleman Trebor, Clone Trooper Gunner minifigures, 2 Battle Droids.
Jabba’s Sail Barge (75020) – £99.99 – New Max Rebo, Weequay, Ree-Yees, Princess Leia in new bikini print, R2-D2 as a drink server.
Republic Gunship (75021) – £109.99 – new Obi-Wan, Anakin, Padme Amidala, Clone Pilot, Clone Trooper Officer, and 2 Super Battle Droids.
2013 Advent Calendar (75023) – £24.99 – Santa Jango Fett, Young Boba Fett to name a few.

Castle – The return of the Castle line will feature two factions: Blue and grey colored knights with the Lion symbol which may be the Crusader Knights and red and black knights with Dragons which could be the Black Knights.

Forest Ambush (70400) – £7.99 – 2 Knights from each faction
Horse Carriage Getaway (70401) – £17.99 – 2 Knights from each faction
Gatehouse Raid (70402) – £24.99 – 2 Knights from each faction
Dragon Peak (70403) – £34.99 – 2 Knights, Black Knights wizard, red dragon
Kings Castle (70404) – £79.99 – 3 to 4 Crusader Knights, King, 3 Black Knights

Lord of the Rings

The Wizard Battle (79005) – £11.99 – Gandalf the Grey, Saruman
The Council of Elrond (79006) – £29.99 – Elrond, Arwen, Frodo, Gimli
Battle at the Black Gate (79007) – £59.99 – Aragorn, Gandalf the White, Mouth of Sauron, 2 Mordor Orcs
Pirate Ship Ambush (79008) – £89.99 – Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, King of the Dead, 2 undead soldiers, Pirate of Umbar, 2 Mordor Orcs

Legends of Chima – This wave will introduce the Gorilla tribe which also includes a female minifigure as well as the Ultrabuild sets.

Regular Sets

Eglor’s Twin Bike (70007) – £19.99 – Eglor, Razcal
Gorzan’s Gorilla Striker (70008) – £49.99 – Gorzan, Rizzo, Gardo, G’Loona
Worriz’ Combat Lair (70009) – £59.99 – Worriz, Eris, Grizzam, Windra, Wakz, Wilhurt
The Lion CHI Temple (70010) – £99.99 – Lagravis, Laval, Longtooth, Ewald, Cragger, Crawley, Razar

Speedorz

Skunk Attack (70107) – £9.99 – Skinnet
Royal Roost (70108) – £9.99 – Lagravis
Whirling Vines (70109) – £9.99 – Gorzan
Tower Target (70110) – £9.99 – Grizzam
Swamp Jump (70111) – £9.99 – Furty
Croc Chomp (70112) – £9.99 – Crug
Sky Joust Speedorz Starter (70114) – £14.99 – Eris, Rawzom

Ultrabuilds Figures

CHI Laval £10.99
CHI Eris (70201) – £10.99
CHI Gorzan (70202) – £10.99
CHI Cragger (70203) – £10.99
CHI Worriz (70204) – £10.99
CHI Razar (70205) – £10.99

The Lone Ranger – These sets will be released in July and it looks like the Cavalry Builder Set will be a battle pack.

Cavalry Builder Set (79106) – £11.99 – Lone Ranger, 3 cavalry troopers
Commanche Camp (79107) – £19.99 – Lone Ranger, Tonto, Chief Redmeat
Stagecoach Escape (79108) – £29.99 – Lone Ranger, Tonto, Red Harrington, 2 bandits
Colbert City Showdown (79109) – £39.99 – Lone Ranger, Tonto, Dan Reid, 2 bandits
Silver Mine Shootout (79110) – £69.99 – Lone Ranger, Tonto, an Indian, Butch Cavendish, 2 bandits
Constitution Train Chase (79111) – £79.99 – Lone Ranger, Tonto, Rebecca Reid, Rebecca Reid’s son, Butch Cavendish, Latham Cole, Captain Jay Fuller

Collectible Minifigures Series 10 – There will be golden minifigures hidden in the packets for people to find. There will be one of these gold minifigs per box and will be highly sought for by collectors. This could be a good and bad thing for consumers. Good because they will be pretty exclusive and highly collectible and bad because people will be buying them all up or opening packs in stores and stealing them. Also, Series 11 to be released in September.

City

Surfer Rescue (60011) – £4.99
4×4 and Diving Boat (60012) – £9.99
Helicopter (60013) – £24.99
Coast Guard Patrol (60014) – £59.99
Plane (60015) – £34.99
Stunt Plane (60019) – £9.99
Cargo Truck (60020) – £24.99
Cargo Heliplane (60021) – £34.99
Cargo Terminal (60022) – £69.99
City Starter Set (60023) – £19.99
Advent Calendar (60019) – £19.99

Galaxy Squad – The underwhelming Galaxy Squad theme will have another wave of sets.

Crater Creeper (70706) – £17.99
CLS-89 Eradicator Mech (70707) – £34.99
Hive Crawler (70708) – £49.99
Galactic Titan (70709) – £79.99

Friends

Heartlake High (41005) – £49.99
Downtown Bakery (41006) – £24.99
Andrea’s Bedroom (41009) – £9.99
Olivia’s Beach Buggy (41010) – £9.99
Emma’s Sports Car (41013) – £12.99
Dolphin Cruiser (41015) – £59.99
Advent Calendar (41016) – £19.99
Fawn’s Forest (41023) – £2.99
Parrot’s Perch (41024) – £2.99
Puppy’s Playhouse (41025) – £2.99

Hero Factory – These figures will be focused in line withe the Brain Attack video game on the Android and iOS platforms.

SURGE (44008) – £9.99
DRAGON BOLT (44009) – £17.99
STORMER (44010) – £9.99
FROST BEAST (44011) – £9.99
EVO (44012) – £7.99
AQUAGON (44013) – £7.99
JET ROCKA (44014) – £24.99

Creator

Family House (31012) – £59.99
Aviation Adventures (31011) – £49.99
Treehouse (31010) – £24.99

Technic

Mini Off-Roader (42001)
Monster Truck (42005)
Service Truck (42008) – £99.99
Mobile Crane Mk II (42009) – £149.99

Games
Chima
Batman (50003) – August
Story Mixer (50004)

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LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder’s Dragon Bike (79101) Review

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Continuing with the reviews of the initial LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line, here we have the Shredder’s Dragon Bike (79101). This set contains 198 pieces and retails for $24.99, a $0.13/piece ratio. The box has one instruction booklet, three un-numbered bags, a sticker sheet, and a large back tire.

LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder's Dragon Bike (79101) LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder's Dragon Bike (79101)

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LEGO Holiday Christmas Set 2012 (3300014) Review

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Back in November of last year during Black Friday, LEGO was giving away a free exclusive Holiday Christmas Set (3300014) with every $99 purchase. I recently received this set from Richard at Brick Fanatics and am excited to get this set reviewed. The Holiday Set contains 109 pieces an did retail for $14.99 for a short time during after Black Friday. The box contains one instruction booklet, two un-numbered bags, the horse, and a white 4×12 plate.

LEGO Holiday Christmas Set 2012 (3300014) LEGO Holiday Christmas Set 2012 (3300014)

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LEGO Creator Expert Palace Cinema (10232) Preview

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LEGO Creator Expert Palace Cinema (10232)

If you follow The Brick Show, you know that they’re at BrickFair Alabama this weekend. Stephen and Jason caught up with Kevin Hinkle to get his thoughts on the LEGO Creator Expert Palace Cinema (10232). According to Kevin, the Cinema took about six hours to build and has some new pieces including a red baseplate in the newest Modular building. Also as I suspected, the movie posters and the screen will be stickers, which is the first time that stickers will be introduced in a Modular building. There are numbered bags to three, one for each level of the building, and three instruction booklets in the box. Again as we noted before, there are 2196 pieces and retails for $149.99.

**Via Brick Fanatics**

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LEGO Creator Expert Cinema Palace (10232) Press Release

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LEGO Creator Expert Palace Cinema (10232)

Today at BrickFair Alabama, LEGO Community Coordinator, Kevin Hinkle, officially announced the newest addition to the Modular theme, the Creator Expert Cinema Palace (10232). The set contains 2194 pieces and will retail for $149.99. The set will be available in March at LEGO Stores as well as [email protected] The designer video for the set has not been released yet as of this post but will be added once it is available. Below is the official press release.

Update – LEGO Designer, Astrid, describes the set in detail in the Designer Video below. She notes that LEGO had the 1930’s Hollywood in mind when they were designing it, which is around the time when the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in California was getting popular.

10232 Palace Cinema

Ages 16+. 2,194 pieces.

US $149.99 CA $199.99 DE 139,99€ UK 119.99 £ DK 1,099.00 DKK

Build a grand premiere at the Palace Cinema!
It’s premiere night at the Palace Cinema! Illuminate the night sky with the spotlights as the child star arrives in a fancy black limousine! Gather the crowd on the star-studded sidewalk, then head into the detailed lobby with a concession stand and ticket area! Take the grand staircase into the theater with a large screen, movie projector and reclining chairs for 6 minifigures. Introducing the latest addition to the LEGO® Modular Buildings series, the highly detailed, 2-story Palace Cinema corner building. This collectible model features a sidewalk of the stars, brick-built entrance doors, posters, sign frontage, a tower with spires and rooftop decorations.

• Includes 6 minifigures: child star, chauffeur, female guest, male guest, photographer and cinema worker
• Features brick-built entrance doors, posters, sign frontage, tower with spires and rooftop decoration, lobby, concession stand, ticket area, staircase, big screen, projector and reclining seats for 6 minifigures
• Vehicles include classic-style limousine
• Hard-to-find elements include a red baseplate and dark tan, dark red, and gold pieces
• Seat a 6-minifigure audience in the reclining seats!
• Play on the star-studded sidewalk, in the detailed lobby or in the big-screen theater!
• Collect and build an entire town with the LEGO® Modular Buildings collection: 10224 Town Hall, 10218 Pet Shop and 10211 Grand Emporium!
• Palace Cinema measures 15″ (38cm) high, 10″ (25.5cm) wide, and 10″ (25.5cm) deep
• Limousine measures 1.6″ (4cm) high, 5.9″ (15cm) long, and 1.9″ (5cm) wide

Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning March 2013 via shop.LEGO.com, LEGO® Stores.

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The Brick Fan Turns 1 Year Old

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Today, The Brick Fan turns 1 year old. As I stated in a previous blog post, I began blogging under a different URL but I had to change it to thebrickfan.com on this day in 2012. At first, I was just using this blog to review LEGO sets that I purchase but I shifted to adding LEGO news a few months in and has evolved into what you now see today.

Now for some interesting facts I’ve gathered on the site. In a year, there have been 449 blog posts and have gotten 143 article comments. As you can see on the stats below, the site didn’t get that much traffic until July when San Diego Comic-Con started and doubled again when news of the 2013 LEGO sets became public. The site got 418,660 unique visitors with 647,740 page loads. My goal for this year is to double the traffic that the site currently gets now.

1st Year Site Stats

Here’s some other neat stats:

  • Pages/Visit: 1.55
  • Avg. Visit Duration: 00:01:34
  • New Visitors: 81.33%
  • Returning Visitors: 18.66%
  • 58.29% Search Traffic
  • 27.20% Referral Traffic
  • 14.51% Direct Traffic
  • Email Subscribers: 131
  • Facebook Page Likes: 1039
  • Twitter Followers: 2116

What I like the most about blogging is the friendships I’ve made this past year including, in no particular order, Richard over on Brick Fanatics, Stud from YourCreativeFriends, Beyond the Brick, the guys over at Brick Picker, Jeff, Ed, TheOrcKing, just to name a few. I would like to also thank our regular readers as well as the commenters who add value to the site by giving their thoughts on certain topics.

For this year, I plan to continue blogging about LEGO news and reviews, especially with the new sets coming out this spring and beyond. Building and writing about LEGO is a fun hobby but it’s also a lot of hard work. I promise to keep writing informative LEGO articles that readers can use. If you have any suggestions on how I can improve on The Brick Fan or if you want me to write about a specific topic, let me know in the comments or contact me by email. I have a lot of things planned for 2013 and I can’t wait to share it. Again, thank you for reading and let’s continue this journey together.

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