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Lego Announces New Monkie Kid Theme with Playsets & Trailer

Lego announced a new theme, Monkie Kid, based on the centuries-old Chinese legends of The Monkey King and The Journey to the West.  They also released a trailer for the new animated series to go along with it.

“Inspired by the 500-year-old story of the Monkey King, LEGO Monkie Kid is the LEGO Group’s take on a new, untold chapter of the legendary tale. Featuring eight exciting sets, an animated mini movie and TV series, LEGO Monkie Kid is the first ever LEGO theme to be inspired by a Chinese legend and is rooted firmly in the country’s culture and values. The theme’s sets are packed with fun, excitement and an epic story just waiting to unfold…

The tale begins when an ordinary boy, Monkie Kid, finds Monkey King’s legendary staff and he becomes the chosen one. Together with his brave and loyal friends, Monkie Kid begins his quest to stop the Demon Bull King and his army of Bull Clones from taking over the city.

Paying tribute to stories known and admired by so many children and parents in China and Asia, this latest LEGO play theme brings new life to the iconic Monkey King fable and provides a common ground for children, parents and grandparents to build and play together.” (more…)

Unboxed: Playmobil Back to the Future Delorean

I happened to be in Walmart on the first and was lucky enough to find the new Playmobil Back to the Future Delorean. Playmobil revealed their new Back to the Future offerings this past year at NYCC. The Back to the Future franchise is one of my favorites, and I am a firm believer that one can never have too many Deloreans.

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Pre-Order Now: Lego Adventures with Mario Starter Course

Could you imagine this quarantine before the internet and online shopping?  Yea, I don’t want to entertain that thought either.  You would think being stuck at home there would be more time to blog but its quite the opposite.  I am still fortunate enough to work full time from home, and I get to help home school 4 children.  One thing the kids have been doing with all their spare time is getting caught up on building some Lego sets that have been in the box way too long.  Lego and Nintendo revealed their new venture a few weeks back and now the new interactive Super Mario set is available for pre-order at lego.com.  Also, as a special thank you for pre-ordering, Lego will give you a Monty Mole & Super Mushroom Expansion Set. (more…)

Unboxed: NECA Splinter, Shredder, & Foot Soldier TMNT Movie Figures

To say the live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is one of my all-time favorites is an understatement.  By 1990 the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were by far my favorite franchise and I was all about turtles at the time.   I had a TMNT themed birthday party, nothing but turtle Christmas, and the movie was one of the few times I remember seeing my Dad in a movie theatre.  But for whatever reason, I had a ton of cartoon based action figures but never bothered for the live action versions.  Of course, that all changed a couple of years ago when I saw NECA was releasing a line of movie figures.  Until recently, Playmates was the sole maker of TMNT figures.  The only reason I think NECA (and others) got any sliver of the license is that fact that any TMNT figure they release is some sort of store or con exclusive.  NECA always does their best to get things to as many people as possible.  That said, some of these figures are harder to come by than others.  What I have learned is patience is key.

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Unboxed: Medicom Joker Cop Version

I am a big fan of Medicom’s MAFEX line of figures for the Dark Knight trilogy. When the Cop version of the Joker dropped down to $30 at Entertainment Earth I quickly scooped one up.  Lately, Medicom has been inching the prices up on newer figures making the decision to add certain figures a little harder.  This was one of those figures. I would have never see myself getting the cop version on its own.  Why would someone want the cop version of the Joker that appears on the screen for less than a minute?  Or a regular Bruce Wayne with a recycled Harvey Dent body? Well it’s because Medicom has been adding accessories for previous figures in later ones to make them more appealing to collectors.  So, in this particular case, I was after the cop version for the alternate arms and head for my previously purchased Joker figure.

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