MEGATech Showcase: Awesome LEGO Sets April 22, 2014 See what I did there? If you've seen the LEGO Movie (and if you have not, get yourself to the theatre IMMEDIATELY before it's too late), you get it. Because of course I'm leading off with a playset from the LEGO Movie. I'm obsessed, I can admit it. Not only have I seen it three times and planning a fourth, but I've already pre-ordered my copy, so I'll be one of the first to get it when it's released June 17th. In the meantime, I'll just keep coveting the various playsets and minifigs available, and dreaming about re-creating the movie in my own house. Speaking of which - Cloud Cuckoo Land! Well, Cloud Cuckoo Palace, anyway. It's got 197 pieces including Wyldestyle and Executron minifigs, Unikitty (of course), and a bunch of brightly-coloured flowers and disks and bricks. Because as you know, "Here in Cloud Cuckoo Land, there are no rules. There's no government, no baby sitters, no bedtimes, no frowny faces, no bushy mustaches, and no negativity of any kind." Unless you count that nasty tracking device on Emmett's ankle... that's also included since this is where they discovered it. Cloud Cuckoo Palace measures 6" high, 6" wide and 2" deep and sells for about $20.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets Remember MetalBeard's Duel? He takes on a Micromanager with everything he's got, and holds his own pretty darn well. Recreate it for yourself with this 412-piece playset. Included are Skeletron, Robo SWAT and Frank the Foreman minifigs, Micromanager, and of course MetalBeard. He's got his full complement of arm cannon, shark arm, ammunition, and even a parrot on a flagpole. MetalBeard measures 7" high, 2" long and 8" wide, the Micromanager measures 6" high, 3" long and 3" wide, and both of them come in this set for about $35.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets This isn't just any AT-AT made of LEGO. This is the motorized version that actually walks, circa 2007. When it was released, it was a limited edition collector's item, which means while it is conceivable you could pick one up, you're going to have to pay dearly for it. Like, in the $300 range if you're lucky. But really, it's worth it if you've got that kind of cash. Containing 1,137 pieces and rated for ages 14 and up, it's a bit of fabulousness that should not be passed by. Source: The Awesomer Keeping to the Star Wars theme, but actually attainable for those who are not independently wealthy... General Grevious' Wheel Bike. It comes with Grevious and Obi Wan Kenobi minifigs, 4 lightsabers, an electrostaff and a blaster pistol. It's got fold-out legs, a flick missile, and double laser cannons, and measures 5" (14cm) high, 6" (16cm) long and 4" (11cm) wide. You can grab one for about $25.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets We're not done with Star Wars just yet! LEGO just announced this one, which is huge, wonderful, and apparently expensive. It's a 3,296-piece Sandcrawler, and you need one. It comes with, well, everything, really. It'd be easier to list what it doesn't have. Seven minifigs, 8-tracks, weapons, droids, Jawas, all in a 9 (24cm) high, 18 (48cm) long and 6 (16cm) wide Sandcrawler. And all for about $300.00 US. Source: Geekologie Still not done. This is a 2" (6cm) high, 7" (19cm) long and 6" (17cm) wide Jedi Interceptor, of course. Included in its 223 pieces is an Anakin Skywalker minifig, R2-D2, lightsaber, and spring-loaded shooters. The wing flaps fold (as they should), and the cockpit opens to allow you to recreate your favourite scenes. This one runs about $25.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets Moving on to... The Simpsons! I'm sure you know by now that, on May 4, the Simpsons will be shown entirely in LEGO. Now you can relive your favourite scenes or create new ones to enjoy with this 2,523-piece, 9 (23cm) high, 16 (42cm) wide and 9 (24cm) deep LEGO version of their house. It opens to reveal all the rooms, and includes 6 minifigs (Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, and Ned Flanders). The garage is detachable (well, of course it is... it's made of LEGO), and the car even has that pesky radioactive bar that gets stuck in Homer's coveralls in every opening. Cost is $199.99 US, and there is a limit of five per customer. Source: Gadget Review The house is all fine and well, but what about the other characters? Those will be coming in May, and they're great! Mr. Burns, Chief Wiggum, Apu, Principal Skinner, Moe, Lenny, Krusty, Grandpa Simpson, Itchy, Scratchy... so very many! As with all LEGO minifig releases, this set of 16 will be blind-packed, so you won't know what you're getting until you've already paid. But what a wonderful way to spend an afternoon! Imagine sitting down with your friends, trading the ones you've got duplicates of for ones you don't have. Maybe it's just me. Not sure how much they'll cost, but they usually run about $3.00 US each. Source: Geek.com LEGO City Mobile Police Unit. It's kind of a letdown after such movie and TV fun, but it's still pretty neat. It measures 5" (16cm) high, 11" (30cm) long and 2" (7cm) wide, and comes with 375 pieces including 3 minifigs (crook and 2 policemen), road barrier equipment, ball and chain, handcuffs, 3 coffee mugs... all sorts of stuff. Add one to your collection for about $35.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets The Ninja Turtles are coming! LEGO has announced three different sets based on the new movie: Big Rig Snow Getaway, Turtle Lair Invasion, and Turtle Van Takedown. There aren't a whole lot of details on these, but they contain anywhere from 368 to 888 pieces and of course are going to include the four heroes on the half-shell. I remain skeptical about the movie, mostly because I'm old enough to have been almost too old when they originally debuted, but I'll reserve judgement until I see it. In the meantime, I shall look at these and wonder. I shall also wonder when they'll be released and how much they're going to cost, as I cannot seem to find that information anywhere. Source: Geekologie Every time I do one of these Showcases, I remember I meant to look up this Legends of Chima thing. And then by the time I get done proofreading and whatnot, I completely forget until the next time. I remain clueless, but those of you who are not will recognize Scorm's Scorpion Stinger. This set has 434 pieces and measures 5" (15cm) high, 12" (32cm) long and 11" (30cm) wide. It includes minfigs of Scorm and Laval and Cragger, all sorts of weaponry, and all-terrain wheels. You can pick one up for about $38.00 US. Source: 7 Gadgets As if I'm ever done talking about the LEGO Movie! This is the Trash Chomper, and it's a wonderful way to close us out. When it's in boring, normal garbage truck mode it measures 3" high, 5" long and 3" wide, and when converted to Flying Trash Chomper it becomes 5" high, 5" long and 7" wide. Also included is a Micromanager (of course) at 2" high, 2" long and 1" wide and three minifigs (Garbage Man Grant, Garbage Man Dan and the chef, Gordon Zola). For a mere $30.00 US, how is it I don't already own one? Source: 7 Gadgets Share This With The World!