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Star Wars Vault Pop!: Slave Leia

It’s time for another Star Wars vaulted Pop! Did you miss the chance to collect all the Star Wars Pops before they were gone? Here is your chance to collect them all! In celebration of the new movie, we will be re-releasing previously vaulted Star Wars Pop! until the film’s release. These will come in special edition packaging that distinguishes them from the original items.

Slave Leia is the second Pop! to make its return and will be extremely limited in its run! Available in stores this April!

Pop! Star Wars Vaulted Slave Leia

Fashion Spotlight: The Schwartz Awakens, Hans Gear, and Sith Army Knife

Ript Apparel has three new designs for Star Wars fans and one for Spaceballs fans. The Schwartz Awakens, Hans Gear, and Sith Army Knife from AtomicRocket, WarbucksDesign, and Mdk7 will be for sale on February 26, 2015 only!

The Schwartz Awakens by AtomicRocket

The Schwartz Awakens

Hans Gear by WarbucksDesign

Hans Gear

Sith Army Knife by Mdk7

Sith Army Knife

 

 

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Toy Fair 2015: Star Wars Bladebuilders

Jedi and Sith have been building their Lightsabers for generations. Now, you can create and customize your own Lightsaber with the introduction of new Star Wars Bladebuilders! A new Lightsaber system that lets you mix and match components to create incredible Lightsaber forms that complement your unique fighting style. Every Lightsaber within the Bladebuilders system is compatible and can be used to create amazing weapons never before seen in the galaxy. This Fall, forget everything you thought you knew about the Lightsaber and prepare to make your mark on the most iconic weapon of all time, with new Star Wars Bladebuilders.

STAR WARS® BLADEBUILDERS JEDI MASTER LIGHTSABER

(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available: Fall 2015)

The definitive Lightsaber of the BLADEBUILDERS system provides kids with the unique components needed to create the weapons their imagination can conjure. The Jedi Master Lightsaber comes with main Lightsaber featuring lights and sounds, two independently-lit lightdaggers, expansion hilt, 2 elbow connectors, dual connector, and cross connector. Requires three AAA batteries — demo batteries included.

STAR WARS® BLADEBUILDERS ELECTRONIC LIGHTSABER ASST

(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2015)

Harness the power of the most iconic JEDI and SITH from the STAR WARS saga and fuse their Lightsabers with other components across the BLADEBUILDERS system (each sold separately) to create incredible weapons.  Electronic Lightsaber comes with main Lightsaber with lights and sounds, and connector. Choose from OBI-WAN KENOBI, DARTH VADER, and LUKE SKYWALKER.  Each sold separately.  Requires three AAA batteries. Batteries not included.

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STAR WARS® BLADEBUILDERS FOAM LIGHTSABER ASST

(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Fall 2015)

Introducing a new way to wield a Lightsaber!  New Foam Lightsabers provide movie-accurate looks with a soft foam material for amazing fun.  Each Lightsaber is compatible and combinable with other BLADEBUILDERS Lightsaber components (sold separately). Choose from YODA, DARTH VADER, and LUKE SKYWALKER.  Each sold separately.

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STAR WARS® BLADEBUILDERS EXTEND LIGHTSABER ASST

(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Fall 2015)

Grab your favorite character’s Lightsaber hilt and with the flick of your wrist the blade extends and you are ready for battle!  Each Lightsaber is compatible and combinable with other BLADEBUILDERS Lightsaber components (sold separately). Choose from ANAKIN SKYWALKER, DARTH VADER, and LUKE SKYWALKER.  Each sold separately.

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Cool Star Wars LEGO Creations

Below is a guest post showcasing some awesome LEGO Star Wars creations! – Management

LEGO has always been – and always will be – the domain of anyone who has a creative bone in his body. No matter the age, LEGO has this widespread appeal that no other “toy” can ever match.

While there are awesome official LEGO sets released on a regular basis – which every LEGO enthusiast looks forward to – there are quite a lot of hardcore builders out there who come up with their own custom LEGO creations.

These custom creations showcase the talent of LEGO enthusiasts and make us go WOW!

Since there are so many custom creations, let’s focus on one popular theme today: Star Wars LEGO creations.

Here are some of the coolest you can find.

Darth Vader by Evan Bacon

lego vaderEvan Bacon, as young as he is, has earned the reputation of Master Builder with his awesome creations. He is well-known for his life-sized LEGO builds such as Iron Man and Superman. He has won awards at the Texas LEGO convention, a testament to his skill. This Darth Vader statue is definitely one of those that inspires LEGO builders.

Imperial Star Destroyer by Jerac

lego star destroyerJerac, a builder from Poland might just give Evan Bacon a run for his money with this LEGO Imperial Star Destroyer. Not only is this build the largest of its kind with more than 40,000 bricks, but it is also the most accurate LEGO rendition of the Star Destroyer. Other stats that will blow your mind:

  • 110 pounds (50 kilograms)
  • 62 feet long (2.02 meters)
  • 1 feet wide (1.25 meters)
  • 9 feet tall (58 centimeters).

And it took Jerac eight months to design and create this!

Lego Star Wars Custom 501st Gunship

Gunships were the life and blood of the Clone Wars. Some were designed to drop smaller assault vehicles while others were used as troop carriers and supply reliefs. And, to fulfill their missions, they were built to go through enemy-infested territory, to withstand heavy fire, and were armed to the teeth. They are quite popular, with LEGO releasing official sets, but this custom 501st Gunship is something to behold.

This custom ship is so detailed that you will need to go over the video again and again to appreciate all the work put into it. From decals to custom helmets to custom guns – this Gunship may be a mishmash of parts, but the result is well worth the work. Take a look at the video and marvel at this great piece of Star Wars LEGO creation.

Star Wars UCS X34 Landspeeder

lego landspeederThere are many things to be envious about when it comes to Luke Skywalker, but this Landspeeder is definitely one of them. Who wouldn’t want a hovercraft of his own? With the traffic situation in most cities in the world, one of these would certainly help you get to your destination in a more efficient way. Or maybe not. But who cares? This LEGO build is so awesome that you’ll want one anyway.

Psyence has decided to put a personal touch to the Landspeeder and presented it to LEGO Ideas. If this project garners enough support, LEGO will create an official set.

According to the creator, he “reviewed pictures of Landspeeder toys, images on the web, watched snippets of “A New Hope”, and read over schematics on Star Wars wikis for vehicle statistics.” The result is so good, that I hope it gets the backing it needs.

Why not head over to LEGO Ideas and help this become a reality?

These three amazing Star Wars LEGO creations serve as inspiration to budding – and even the more seasoned – LEGO builders. With ‘ordinary’ people being able to create these, who says you can’t, too?

Aside from these ideas, there are guides, forums, and other resources which will help you with your build from step one to the finish.

What Star Wars LEGO build do you want to create?

 

 

This post was written by Kelvin of Pure Costumes, the site where you can find anything and everything when it comes to dressing up as someone else.

 

Unboxing: Nerd Block’s February 2015 Mystery Box

We open up and show off this month’s Nerd Block blind box which has a theme of “Exclusive.” Some toys, a t-shirt, and much more!

Check out what this service has for folks who subscribe!

March’s theme is “Simon Says,” and you can sign up and order one now.

By The Numbers: January 2015

By The Numbers: January 2015

Welcome readers for the first article in a new series at Graphics Policy!  Like in any industry, comic books and their companies listen most to one thing and that’s your money!  What does your money tell them?  What does it tell us as fans?  What series do people say they adore but can’t seem to catch a break and what books to people hate that sell out?  What are the trends?  What looks good?  What looks rough?

All these questions and more will be answered here, every month in ‘By The Numbers’ by comic writers, editors and fans, Glenn Matchett and Ray Goldfield.

Glenn Matchett is a comic writer and editor.  He’s worked in the industry for 5 years but grew up reading comics.  He loves the format deeply and spends way too much time concerned that his favorite books will be cancelled.  He intends to use these articles to help as therapy for his OCD.  He also releases comics now and then and has a weekly column right here at Graphics Policy where he talks about whatever takes his fancy.

Ray Goldfield is a fan of comic books for going on 25 years, starting with the Death of Superman. He is a writer and editor for GrayHaven Comics, in addition to his day job. He started out as a DC Zombie, but has broadened his tastes to Marvel and indie books in recent years. He follows the comic sales charts obsessively, primarily to cheer on Magneto’s steady hold each month.

All sales figures retrieved from ICv2.com

What Went Well

Glenn:  Well obviously the big debut and the big story this month is Marvel new Star Wars title which sold just over an astounding 985 thousand copies.  I don’t recall a Marvel book selling that well since the Obama, Amazing issue and I don’t think it did those kind of numbers right away.

This property is obviously back at Marvel who had in initially in the 70’s after being a solid backbone of Dark Horse for 20 years or so.  I don’t think the Dark Horse versions of the Star Wars comics ever broke 6 figures.  Why do you think that is here?

Ray:  I agree, this is just incredible. I think the Obama issue sold something in the 350K range, and that was a cultural event. This is probably the highest sales for any comic since the 90s. The big question, of course, is how it holds up from here, but the early rumors is that #2 sold over 200K. That would put it in a position to regularly be the top selling comic on the stands.

I think the big x-factor here is probably the sense of a new beginning. This is no longer expanded universe stuff, catering to an audience of die-hards following the complex continuity of the books and comics. This is the start of a new era, where the story of the original characters will continue in the movies. I think it felt much more important to the larger Star Wars fandom at large. I think the comic benefitted from that a lot, as well as the huge creative team and glut of variant covers, of course. It’s pretty much a perfect storm for massive success.

Another big success story for Marvel is Thor. This seems to be a rare case of a new status quo actually delivering a lasting sales change. The combination of buzz for the new female Thor and the continued excellence of the Aaron run has turned this into the second-highest selling Marvel Universe series, only behind Amazing Spider-man.

It’s a smaller-scale success, of course, but I feel like the debut of Jonathan Hickman’s The Dying and the Dead is noteworthy as well. Launching with 32K for a creator-owned book is pretty impressive in the superhero-dominated top 100.

I feel like the news is a bit more mixed for this month’s other four big Marvel debuts, though.

Glenn:  Yeah, it seems the big media push they gave the new Thor paid off.  This is likely why they have also decided to do a whole team of female Avenger’s.

It doesn’t seem like it’s paid off as well on the new Captain America but we’ll get there.

It seems like Hickman has now become a name that sells on its own.  I mean he’s been one of Marvel’s big names the last few years now, he actually made the Fantastic Four sell better than it has for like…years.  I’m not surprised his creator owned stuff would do well, he’s on the same level as Snyder who seemingly will get a big debut with Wytches.

Batman, Amazing and Walking Dead seem to be the reliable sellers for their respective companies.  It seems that concerns that Superior sales wouldn’t carry over to a Peter Parker led book but it seems those fears at least have been quelled but I’m sure Spider-Verse has helped there.

I think it should be noted that currently, Walking Dead is the cheapest book in the top ten and two of those books in the top ten were 4.99, which to me, could be a scary sign of things to come.

A new launch this month was Ant Man which debuted at number 7 with just over 70 thousand copies sold.  I’m not expected this to last up there, to be honest.   Even with the movie coming out.

Ray:  All-New Captain America did fall pretty hard right off the bat. I don’t think Remender’s style is really clicking with what the public expects a Cap comic to be, but this did make up for some of the slipping sales of the previous run. I think the timing of this run, with Sam Wilson debuting as Cap and then promptly being inverted to be evil, took a lot of the wind out of its sales.

Ant-Man debuted impressively for what it was, for sure. I think the critical acclaim might help it to keep some of its momentum, at least a bit longer than some books. It’s interesting that it debuted roughly in the same level as Uncanny Avengers, another big launch this month. I expect both of them to drop a good deal next month, just based on the pattern for Marvel relaunches lately.

One of Marvel’s most significant debuts this month was the weekly series “Wolverines“. This is their first foray into weeklies, as well as the first weekly comic priced at $3.99 besides the unconventional “Wednesday Comics“. It debuts in the top ten – and then promptly slips hard the same month, with #2 landing at #25 and out of the top 30 by #4. By the end of its first month – all ordered at the same time – it’s selling well below Batman: Eternal, which is almost a year in. If I was Marvel, I’d be pretty worried about what this looks like once orders get adjusted for the following months.

Glenn:  Well to me, since Brubaker left and really since Bucky stopped being Captain America, the book has struggled.  When you had Death Of Cap, obviously that was a big thing but then the book sold continuously well.  It just seems to be one of those nuts that overall are hard to crack, like Fantastic Four or Superman.  By all intents and purposes, those books SHOULD sell but for some reason or another they’re (at best) middle of the road.

Yeah no doubt.  I kind of made the joke that by killing Wolverine, Marvel have only made him stronger.  Overall they’re still coming out because instead of one Wolverine book that sells like 50-70 k or whatever, you have 4 so overall they’re ahead.

Squirrel Girl seems to have had a solid launch too for a D list (being generous) character.  Maybe because of her exposure on Bendis Avenger’s run but I think that’ll be short lived too.

One of the big surprises is having the Star Trek/Planet Of The Apes mini do so well.  I can’t remember what the Doctor Who crossover sold but I think this is a pretty solid debut.

Ray:  Squirrel Girl is a big question mark. I wouldn’t be surprised if this one is closer to the mark in terms of demand than some of the other debuts, and so it starts lower but might hold better. I assume Marvel is trying for the same audience that is buying Ms. Marvel, and it’s not a bad idea. Of course, next month will tell the tale.

I’m pretty sure that is a very impressive debut for a licensed comic. One factor that might have helped it is that it’s one of the seven books that were sold on New Year’s Eve. Those tend to be ordered heavily because casual readers might take a chance on them during an unusually small week.

Steady books/books in the middle

Ray:  The first thing I notice is that comedy is still doing well. Harley Quinn, of course, is probably the most surprising big hit out of DC in years, and is still hanging around just below the top ten. Not a surprise this creative team is getting a new book and a spin-off in June. And Rocket Raccoon is hanging around in the upper 30s, about 40 spots before the other Guardians spin-offs. I expect to see more of this type of book from the companies.

Wonder Woman had a brief peak when the Finches landed on the title, but now it’s selling at about the same level as the end of the Azzarello run with far weaker response. DC has to be a bit worried about that one.

I’m surprised SHIELD fell this far with its second issue, from a top ten debut. I’m less surprised by the drops for Angela and Spider-man & the X-men, as those two seemed like they were dropped with relatively little fanfare. It’s a bit surreal to see an Angela comic in the top 50 again, heh.

Glenn:  I actually thought that they might be looking at the people buying Harley Quinn, the success of that book may be the oddest thing to happen in years.

Wonder Woman will be definitely one to watch, I think.  I mean the Azzarello run wasn’t a best seller but it was extremely stable.  Putting Finch on will definitely keep those sales but like you said, the critical response has been less than generous.  If Finch can stay on schedule, it may be fine but its likely to face a creative overall after Convergence I’d say.

SHIELD is kind of something with a specific hook.  It’s a kind of fringe book that don’t tend to stay stable long at the big two.  It kind of makes you wonder that if the same premise and writer had been done at Image how it would have performed in the current market.

I think a lot of the success of ‘Wolverine and the X-Men’ has to attributed to Jason Aaron, now he’s gone and they’re trying to shoe horn Spider-Man in, I think this is the kind of response the current comic market will give you.  I’m as big a Spidey fan as anyone but I’m not picking up this book, it seems to be a bit of a hail Mary to me.

A lot of indie/creator owned books seem to stabilize very quickly.  They might not do as big number as say Amazing or Batman but the audience seems more dedicated.  No one can overlook the success of Star Wars this month but as you said, its set to lose like 700 thousand sales in one issue.  It seems like most Image or Dark Horse or whoever books obviously launch a lot lower but suffer less of a drop.

Green Lantern and Green Arrow have both seen better days at DC but both are stable sellers.  Of course, we’ve found out recently that Green Arrow is set for another creative change which I believe is the 5th since the new 52 launch 3 years ago.

Ray:  I think it’s actually six creative changes. All but one of them (the acclaimed Lemire/Sorrentino run) have only lasted one arc. And that’s not counting Judd Winick’s one-off. This title has been in creative flux since moment one. With Green Lantern, I think this is sort of course correction after they lost their A-list creator in Johns. The line will be paring back to only three books come June, which seems like a smart move.

Looking at the other weeklies for DC, it’s a world between Eternal and these books. Futures End is sort of a mid-level performer, but World’s End is really sinking fast. It probably doesn’t help that the title lost its chief architect right before the weekly began, with Tom Taylor leaving the line.

I must say, I’m sad to see three of my favorite Bat-books, Gotham Academy, Gotham By Midnight, and the short-lived Arkham Manor sinking out of the top 100 so quickly. These are clever, unique books, but they don’t seem to be reaping the benefit that Bat-titles seem to get.

This is where we start to see a lot of lower-tier books from Marvel and DC that just aren’t finding their footing, unfortunately. And I think the fact that Hulk’s main title is selling scarcely 1K more than Magneto’s solo book is testament to the diminishing returns we’re seeing with Marvel’s frequent relaunches. I’m interested to see if Secret Wars and the likely relaunch that follows will turn this around, or if we’ll continue to see the huge starts and huge drops. Marvel has developed a strategy of using tons of variant covers and mainstream press to launch huge, but it doesn’t seem to be carrying over past the first month or two.

Glenn:  This to me presents two very big problems in this market at the moment.  Firstly, people say they want something a little different/off-beat but when they deliver, it doesn’t seem that the market indicates the demand.

The second problem is like you mentioned, diminishing returns.  Back in the day, a relaunch was a big, big deal but 30’s-50’s, especially in terms of Marvel are rare.  It just seems to be relaunch, boom, sink, relaunch and so on and so on.

The Danger Zone

Glenn: This may sound a bit random but I noticed Halo on the charts, near the bottom.  I remember when this property was a big deal at Marvel, it seems to have fallen in a major way.

Then again, outside of the monster hit that it was Star Wars, it seems a very bad time for properties in the industry.  A lot of them are scarping around the low end of 5 figures.  Most of them are even being outsold by creator owned.  It doesn’t seem that properties like Star Trek, Doctor Who, Tomb Raider and more have a place in today’s market.

It also looks to me that Constantine is now down to the level ‘Hellblazer’ was at during its Vertigo days.  It’s due for a rebranding following Convergence though.

I would think that Bucky would be performing better given the fact that this title is essentially a follow on from ‘Original Sin’ and he was in a movie a lot of people went to see.

Ray: I also forgot Marvel was even putting out Halo comics, to be honest. And outside of Star Wars, as you said, it seems very hard for licensed comics to get any traction. Besides that and the Star Trek/Apes crossover, the next one down is My Little Pony all the way at 119, and that’s clearly an unconventional mix of fanbases driving it. Even Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the TMNT/Ghostbusters crossover are hanging around the mid-130s. It seems like there’s a lot of problems getting a significant portion of the original fan base to check out the comic.

Constantine fell to earth rather quickly. I’m not surprised they’re relaunching it – it was the lowest-selling un-cancelled DC book for a while, before the Earth 2 tie-in briefly boosted its sales. While the relaunch should help, I wonder if the character is just a bit too unconventional to sell to a wide superhero audience.

With Bucky’s book, I think this is just a mismatch of property and comic. Original Sin was rather poorly received, and it has an odd concept with Bucky in space fighting aliens. I think if they launched a spy comic starring the Winter Soldier that resembled the movie more, they might have done better.

Two comics that jump out at me are Klarion at 225 and Star-Spangled War Stories at 245. For main-line DC comics only a few issues in, that’s shocking. It’s interesting that DC’s experiments in unconventional, non-superhero comics like these are landing with such a thud, but they seem to be doubling down on this type of book with the June relaunch. What is their plan to make things like Prez, Doomed, Bizarro, and Omega Men succeed, when they’ve had such trouble recently?

Glenn:  I think they’re going to be looking to replicate the success they’ve had with Harley but to me, that might be lightning in a bottle.

Again, at least they’re trying new things, which is fans say they want but sales prove different.

It’ll be an interesting summer at both companies, for sure.

Coming up next month

Ray: Looking ahead to next month, it’s sort of the calm before the storm. Next month’s chart will have a few interesting points, though. We’ve got the launch of Grant Morrison’s first Image ongoing, The Nameless. Marvel is bringing us the next Star Wars launch in Darth Vader, plus the internet phenomenon of Spider-Gwen makes its ongoing debut. Those will probably be dueling for #1. There’s also the launch of Silk, a more controversial character that Marvel has a lot of faith in. It’ll be interesting to see how those books shake up the charts.

Glenn: It should be the debut of Wytches on the sales chart, I believe.  I think this one might be one of the big winners from the company.  You’re right though, the majority of books will be treading water sales wise until we get our annual huge shake up.  Most of the ones to watch next month will be the indie books.  I’m personally hoping that Nailbiter can gain a stronger following over time.  Once upon a time, Walking Dead was down that part of the charts too.

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Toy Fair 2015: LEGO Celebrates Success and shows off new sets

LEGO_logoLEGO kicked off this year’s Toy Fair celebrating a past year of success as well as showing off enough to help continue it. The company increased its overall U.S. toy market share after achieving their tenth consecutive year of sales growth.

Some highlights include:

  • LEGO U.S. consumer sales grew +14% over 2013
  • LEGO share of total U.S. toy market increased by almost a full point to 8.5%
  • Increased LEGO sales in 4+ segment of U.S. Building Sets by +16%
  • Grew LEGO sales in Junior segment of U.S. Building Sets +5% over 2013
  • Continued robust double-digit growth in U.S. Girls Building Sets, with LEGO sales up +28% over 2013

At this year’s Toy Fair, the company debuted its largest collection of new building sets, 313 total. That includes new releases for The LEGO Movie, LEGO Friends, and Ninjago systems, but also new classic open building sets, and new themes such as LEGO Elves and LEGO Pirates.

Here’s the details:

Younger Builders (Ages 1½+)

LEGO DUPLO – Twenty-four new DUPLO sets include classic themes such as My First Farm, Airport and My First ABC, along with favorite licensed themes and characters including Disney Princess characters, Disney•Pixar’s Cars and Disney’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates. New theme additions this year include Disney’s Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First. Sets range from $9.99 to $49.99.

LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box - 1LEGO Juniors is back and tailor-made for builders four and older who are starting to build with classic LEGO bricks, featuring modular bricks, such as walls and archways, plus step-by-step instructions to help young builders gain confidence as they get started. Iconic themes provide a relevant and fun age-appropriate building experience with sets including Pirate Treasure Hunt, Fire Suitcase, Tow Truck and Family House. Sets range from $9.99 to $29.99.

LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box - 2New LEGO Classic gives builders a “no instructions necessary” LEGO building experience punctuated by assorted basic bricks and specialty elements from the full LEGO color palette. Each set provides building inspiration that highlights the possibilities of open-ended building to inspire endless play. Five sets, ranging from $16.99 to $59.99, two of which come in reusable plastic storage bins, make it the perfect solution for gift-givers or for families looking to add to an existing LEGO collection or inspire their child to try building.

Creative Building (Ages 5+)

LEGO Creator offers vehicles, creatures and structures such as a Sea Plane, Rainforest Creatures, and Toy & Grocery Shop each with 3-in-1 building options, delivering hours of play value. Sets range from $4.99 to $69.99. Advanced builders will love the challenge of new LEGO Technic sets such as Motor Bike and Sea Plane that offer technical elements like gears, beams, pulleys, actuators and pneumatics. Sets range from $12.99 to $229.99.

Themed Building (Ages 5+)

LEGO City puts a build-and-play spotlight on real-life heroes, packed with detailed models, exciting missions and humorous characters. Thirty new sets cater to a variety of interests, anchored by five new subthemes: Demolition, Swamp Police, Space Port, Town Transport and Sea Exploration. Sets range from $6.99 to $189.99.

LEGO Friends offers realistic building paired with richly detailed elements and role play centered on the adventures of five girls who reside in Heartlake City. Twenty-one new building sets in new Vet Clinic, Tourism and Pop Star subthemes, such as Vet Ambulance, Air Balloon and Recording Studio are complemented by digital and television content that will be introduced throughout the year. Sets range from $4.99 to $59.99.

The iconic LEGO Pirates theme is back for 2015 with five new sets offering children story starters with immense role-play value through sets like Skull Island, Soldiers Fortress and Pirate Ship depicting classic scenes of buried treasure and sword fights. Sets range from $12.99 to $99.99.

LEGO Speed Champions lets builders create some of the fastest and most popular supercars in the world, such as the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari LaFerrari. Sets range from $14.99 to $99.99.

Everyone’s favorite Master Builders are back from the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards winner for Best Animated Feature, “The LEGO Movie,” with three new sets that let fans recreate their favorite scenes, including Batman™ & Super Angry Kitty Attack, Double-Decker Couch and Bad Cop Car Chase, range from $9.99 to $29.99.

LEGO Elves Treetop HideawayNew LEGO Elves introduces builders to Emily, who needs the help of magical elves to return home after she is unexpectedly transported to their world. Eight sets, with accompanying digital content throughout the year, offer older builders fantasy role-play and story starters including Farran and the Crystal Hollow, Elves’ Treetop Hideaway and Pegasus Sleigh, ranging from $9.99 to $79.99.

LEGO Legends of CHIMA™ based on an action-packed competition between animal tribes to obtain the power of CHI as told through a hit television series on Cartoon Network adds 12 new sets to continue the legend, including Tribe Packs, Tormak’s Shadow Blazer and Mammoth Ice Fortress. Sets range from $9.99 to $79.99.

The LEGO Ninjago™ saga continues with new television episodes on Cartoon Network and 22 new building sets loaded with features and functions to provide hours of building and role play fun. New Airjitzu action toys send LEGO minifigures airborne and are perfect additions to larger sets such as Titanium Dragon, Ninja Mobile Base and Lava Pit Battle. Sets range from $6.99 to $129.99.

LEGO Ultra Agents return to hunt down a super villain before he destroys Astor City. An app merges physical and digital LEGO play, optimized by a new AppBrick that can be built into models. Eight new sets, including Invisible Gold Getaway, Agent Stealth Patrol and UltraCopter vs. AntiMatter, offer older children a challenging build and rich storyline. Sets range from $9.99 to $99.99.

Licensed Building – The Walt Disney Company (Ages 5+)

Four new LEGO brand Disney Princess sets encourage children to build with timeless characters like Ariel and Jasmine or new favorites Elsa and Anna found in Elsa’s Ice Castle. Sets range from $12.99 to $54.99.

LEGO Super Heroes: MARVEL™ brings characters from comic books and new movie releases to LEGO brick form, including sets corresponding with Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and Marvel’s Ant-Man. Sets range from $12.99 to $119.99.

LEGO Star Wars Anakin's Custom Jedi StarfighterLEGO Star Wars™ welcomes 32 new sets in 2015 to the best-selling building collection, inspired by classic Star Wars films, the animated television series Star Wars Rebels and new scenes from the much anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Sets range from $9.99 to $149.99. Additionally, a new line of constructible figures for ages 6+ featuring iconic Star Wars characters provide a different kind of building experience and new play possibilities. Sets range from $19.99 to $34.99.

Licensed Building (Ages 5+)

LEGO Super Heroes: DC UNIVERSE™ introduces two new Batman™ and five Justice League™ sets, all of which have a new super jumper element for added play value.

New LEGO Scooby Doo™ lets children build and solve mysteries with Scooby and the Gang in five sets available in August featuring a Haunted Lighthouse, Mystery Mansion, the Mystery Machine and more ranging from $14.99 to $89.99.

LEGO Jurassic World™ brings key scenes from the Jurassic World film, premiering June 12, to life in LEGO bricks. Six sets will be available in May, ranging from $19.99 to $129.99.

New LEGO Minecraft translates the creative possibilities of the hit virtual game to the realm of physical play. Ten sets feature key moments and worlds from the game and include iconic characters and items true to the game’s universe. Six sets are available now, with four new sets releasing in August: Zombie Spawner, Snow Biome, Stronghold and The Nether ($79.99). Sets range from $19.99 to $109.99.

Constraction (Ages 6+)

LEGO BIONICLE®, the original constructible action figure line, returns with a re-imagined story of six heroes who rise to defeat evil on the mystical island of Okoto by using the island’s ancient power masks to save its population. Eighteen new sets ranging from $9.99 to $29.99 bring to life characters new and old, including six Toa: Gali, Pohatu, Lewa, Onua, Kopaka and Tahu.

Collectibles (Ages 5+)

LEGO Minifigures™ allow LEGO fans to collect and build their own minifigure population with 48 never-beforeseen LEGO Minifigures debuting in three waves of 16 figures each. Series 13 debuts in January, a second series of The Simpsons™ launch in May and the first-ever holiday minifigure series arrives in September with the Halloween-themed Series 14. Sets are $3.99 each.

Wacky LEGO Mixels™ are back! These mini-characters deliver endless building opportunities and inspire creativity, imagination and hours of fun along the way. With three new series premiering this February, June and October, fans can collect 27 characters from the original Mixels content on Cartoon Network. Sets are $4.99 each.

LEGO Architecture celebrates the past, present and future of architecture through the medium of the LEGO brick. Each set contains a book featuring step-by-step building instructions along with history, information and photos of the world’s most iconic structures. The Lincoln Memorial ($29.99) and other landmarks will launch.

Through the online LEGO Ideas community, fans are invited to propose their original LEGO designs to become new LEGO sets and then vote for their favorites. Each year, several submissions are approved, produced and sold as official LEGO sets. Available now, LEGO Birds ($44.99), features detailed models of a hummingbird, blue jay and robin. Additional items will launch throughout the year based on The Big Bang Theory, Wall-E and Doctor Who.

LEGO Exclusives are designed with older, skilled builders in mind and are available through shop.LEGO.com and LEGO Stores. Among the 2015 items are LEGO Creator Expert Detective’s Office ($159.99) and a new LEGO Star Wars Slave I™ ($199.99).

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Preview: A Leader Ascends in Your New Look at Princess Leia #1

Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment have released a new look at the highly anticipated Princess Leia #1 – the blockbuster new limited series set in the Star Wars universe! Eisner-award winning writer Mark Waid and blockbuster artist Terry Dodson bring you a brand new story of Leia’s quest to help her people…and her struggle to find her place in the galaxy.

When Princess Leia Organa was captured by the Empire as a Rebel spy, she never betrayed her convictions, even in the face of the complete obliteration of her home world, Alderaan. When rescue came, she grabbed a blaster and joined the fight, escaping back to the Rebel Alliance. But in the aftermath of the Rebellion’s harrowing victory and destruction of the first Death Star, the question remains – what is a princess without a world?

In an interview with Marvel.com, Waid asked:

How does she really cope with losing her entire world once the events around that loss have calmed down somewhat? Does she choose to be a princess of nothing – or does she set out to rebuild her heritage and civilization?

Now, follow Leia’s journey in the days following the end of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope as she searches for answers…and for hope. Witness the beginnings of the journey that transforms a princess without a home into one of the greatest leaders in the fight for freedom across the galaxy! It all begins this March, as Princess Leia #1, the explosive first issue comes to comic shops and digital devices!

PRINCESS LEIA #1 (JAN150727)
Written by MARK WAID
Art & Cover by TERRY DODSON
Variant Covers by ALEX ROSS (JAN150730), MARK BROOKS (JAN150732),
J SCOTT CAMPBELL (JAN150729), SKOTTIE YOUNG (JAN150733)
And BUTCH GUICE (JAN150735)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (JAN150734)
Teaser Variant by JOHN CASSADAY (JAN150728)
Movie Variant Also Available (JAN150736)
Alex Ross Sketch Variant Also Available (JAN150731)
FOC – 02/09/15, On Sale – 03/04/15

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Nerd Block Gives us More Star Wars #1 in February

Nerd Block has one more special item for us in the February Classic Block; an exclusive Nerd Block/ Fan Expo variant cover issue of Star Wars #1! This is a bonus item in the block! If you missed it from other sources, this is your chance to get it! This is something you won’t want to miss!

This is the second Star Wars #1 comic to appear in a “geek box.” Last month rival Loot Crate featured a different Star Wars #1 variant, while Nerd Block had a variant for Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #1.

Subscriptions close at 11:59 pm EST on the 15th!

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Hikari Friday: Star Wars – Glitter Boba Fett

It’s time for Hikari Friday! Today, Funko has debuted Boba Fett! The Limited Edition Glitter Boba Fett Hikari Premium Sofubi Figure is available for pre-order from Funko! Glitter Boba Fett is limited to 1200pcs worldwide.

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Glitter Boba Fett Hikari Premium Sofubi Figure

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