Posts Tagged ‘Dk Publishing’

Lego Brickmaster Star Wars in 2010

October 20, 2009

DK Publishing released two LEGO Brickmaster Books this year — Pirates and Castle ($24.99 USD). However, rumors are already starting to fly about one that won’t be available till mid-July of 2010 — LEGO Brickmaster Star Wars.

There is no image (not surprising this early) but at Amazon.co.uk you can already pre-order the book for Β£14.09 (that’s English pounds for those who don’t know). πŸ˜‰

Also, according to Overstock.com there is also a LEGO Brickmaster LEGO City coming out at the same time.

I actually just found both the Pirates and Castle Brickmaster books at my local TJ Max (of all places) a little while ago. I didn’t pay $25 though, it was more like $15. In my opinion, that’s about how much they are worth. Yes, they are reminiscent of the Idea Books of yore and you do get a small amount of bricks to build with, but the cost is just a tad too pricey. Also, the book is a little awkward in shape, 3/4’s of it is the cardboard box that contains the bricks. So you have this really thick cover and then about 40 actual pages.

It will be interesting to see this Star Wars Brickmaster, but I will hold all opinions until it is actually available. πŸ™‚

San Diego Comic Con 2009 — Thursday

July 24, 2009

Okay, I was planning on posting last night, but I was a little (well actually a lot) tired. For those who haven’t been, Comic Con can be intense!!!!

Well, LEGO premiered the new Toy Story and Prince of Persia minifigs.

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No price points or official release dates yet, and sorry about the poor quality of some of the photos, its a little hard to get a good shot through the display case. You can see better pictures at FBTB.net

As I also mentioned, two of my models are on display this year at the TwoMorrows Publishing booth — publisher of BrickJournal. I have my LEGO Batman Mosaic and my Comic Con logo on display. I was given permission from Comic Con to create their logo.

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LEGO also has SEVEN Comic Con exclusives this year! They are all Star Wars related, because it is the tenth anniversary of LEGO Star Wars. There are two micro ships for the BrickMaster exclusive (you have to go in a raffle to get the “chance” to buy it), sorry I haven’t taken a picture yet. There are six sets of 3 Star Wars minifigures — one exclusively for each day of the Con (also a raffle), and one that is available the whole Convention. They are all $50 each. A little pricey for my personal taste, but they are selling like hot cakes!

For the first time at Comic Con, LEGO is having a building event. That was the project I was working on today with fellow Model Builder Mark. It is a mystery mosaic build (sorry no picture yet). I know what it is, but I’m not telling. πŸ˜‰

On the video game front, Warner Brothers is premiering LEGO Rock Band!

I still haven’t gotten to play the game yet, but from what I’ve seen, I really want the game!

DK Publishing also had their LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary panel today where they officially announced the ceremonial Luke minifig. I’ll get a picture up soon.

That’s all for now, I have to get up really early (4am) to get decent parking. I’ll try for some more pictures and more updates tomorrow.

First look at LEGO exclusive for Comic Con 09

July 17, 2009

The San Diego Comic Con is now less than a week away. Rumors are swirling at what the exclusive LEGO set (or sets) will be. I’ve heard from different sources that there are possibly three different sets going to be available this year.

This image was in the latest BrickMaster magazine as a teaser for the convention. They had a similar picture last year for the Indiana Jones set. Sadly, unless you got your tickets way early, the Comic Con has been sold out for the last three months. 😦

Comic Con exclusives have been a long standing tradition. There have only been three official LEGO Comic Con exclusives: the Indiana Jones and Star Wars Clone Wars ones last year, and the Batman and Joker exclusive three years ago.

The Batman and Joker exclusive is probably the hardest one to get since it was LEGO’s first Comic Con exclusive ever and they only made 250 to start with.

What makes it even more rare is the fact that it isn’t a set. It is more of a stylized diorama with a sound chip where you hear the Joker laughing.

Even if you are lucky enough to attend, it doesn’t guarantee you a set. Because they only make 500, LEGO has a lottery system in place. You put your hand in a box and if you are one of the people that gets the right ticket, you can buy the set. Both the Batman set and the Indiana Jones set were done like that. The Star Wars set was available for purchase by anyone last year. Even so, they still ended up with a few extras at the end that they took back to LEGOLAND because of the high price point and the fact that they had basically repackaged two older Clone War sets with just a few additional items.

LEGO is not the only company with the lottery system in place, many companies do this at Comic Con to more fairly distribute the ultra-rare sets and figurines that are available only that year.

You could actually say there have been four LEGO Comic Con exclusives, since there was a “scavenger hunt” at LEGO, DC, and Warner Brothers to get LEGO Batman and Joker minifigs in an exclusive box for the promotion of the LEGO Batman Video Game last year too.

I’ll be helping out at the LEGO booth once again, so if you do get to go, stop by. As I mentioned earlier, I know that there will be a life-sized LEGO Buzz Lightyear model on display.

There will also be a presentation done by both the BrickJournal at 10:30 am on Friday in Room 3 and DK Publishing for the LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary Thursday at 1:30 pm in Room 8.

Apparently, DK Publishing will also be handing out nine LEGO minifig postcards:

DK will be giving away a total of nine Star Wars LEGO postcards as well as a folder that will hold them. In addition, they will be unveiling an exclusive minifigure that will be included with LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary. While eight of the postcards depict multiple LEGO Star Wars minifigures, a ninth will include the exclusive new minifigure

I am getting super excited! πŸ˜€ Every year there is something new and different to see. If you’ve never gone, it is truly a unique and intense experience. If this is your first time going hold on to your wallets, it could be a financial hit. πŸ˜‰