Fantasy Flight Games recently began its Wave IX Expansion previews. The first ship in the expansion they took a closer look at is the ARC-170.Ever since the release of the original Core Set in 2012, the Rebel faction has relied heavily upon the synergies between its pilots, their unique abilities, and their upgrades. Pilots like Biggs Darklighter and Jan Ors have proven to be Rebel mainstays. Astromech Droids like R2-D2, R5-P9, and R3-A2 have held their ships together through many tumultuous battles. And ships like the Millennium Falcon have traditionally benefited from the contributions of such talented crew members as Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and C-3PO.
LEGO has announced its latest approved LEGO Ideas submission — a set of eight build-able characters based on Cartoon Network’s hit animated series, “Adventure Time.” The set includes the bricks and instructions for Finn, Jake, Princess Bubblegum, Lady Rainicorn, Marceline, BMO, Gunter and the Ice King.
The “Adventure Time” set began as a Lego Ideas submission from Ludovic Piraud, a diehard fan of the “Adventure Time” series. The submission was a hit with the Lego Ideas community, garnering more than 10,000 supporters.
In an official press release Piraud had this to say “I didn’t think at first that what started as a fun little challenging pet project would receive so much support so fast, I was even afraid at some point that I would not have the time to submit the last update before the 10,000th vote hit! That was really thrilling and I started to think that I may have a chance to tell my kids one day ‘See this LEGO set? Your dad made it!’”
Check out a preview of LEGO’s “Adventure Time” set below:
LEGO Ideas is the brand’s user submission portal for new LEGO set designs. An idea for a new LEGO must be submitted through the site, then go through a community voting period. If the set gains enough traction, the LEGO company then reviews it and, if approved, the set goes on to be sold in stores.
Piraud’s “Adventure Time” LEGO set will be available for purchase on January 1, 2017.
The CW has released its first look at Keiynan Lonsdale’s Wally West as Kid Flash, who will make his speedster debut in “Flashpoint,” “The Flash” Season 3 premiere.
During the final episodes of “The Flash’s” second season, Wally and Jesse Wells were both knocked out by the force of the second particle explosion, but neither showed any speedster abilities before the season ended. However, it seems that will change when the show returns this fall.
It’s also worth pointing out that, in the Season 2 finale, Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen went back in time and prevented his mother’s murder, triggering a famous linchpin event from the comics. While we’ve yet to see how this massive change in the show’s timeline will affect the series as it moves into its third season, “Flashpoint” — the title of the Season 3 premiere episode — gives fans a major, major hint.
The major DC Comics event from 2011 of the same name saw Barry Allen trying to navigate a totally altered world — one wherein his mother Nora was alive. As such, it’s unclear if Lonsdale’s Kid Flash will be a fixture of the world as Barry Allen knows it, or a byproduct of this alternate timeline. Kid Flash will definitely appear in Season 3’s debut episode, but it’s another question entirely if he’ll continue to play the speedster for the rest of the season.
From yesterday, people visiting Disneyland can get a glimpse of what the upcoming Star Wars-themed lands will have in store.
Disneyland have released a piece of concept art which can be seen posted on the fence along the Big Thunder Trail in Frontierland.
The image shows off a bustling port with an X-Wing flying over head, and if you look a bit closer, you’ll see the Millennium Falcon nestled away next to some rock spires. We know at least one ride will have a virtual reality version of the Millennium Falcon.
Disney says the new land will be 14 acres, making it the largest single-themed land expansion at Disneyland Resort. Construction of the new land began in April, but isn’t expected to be completed for a few years.
Comic Book Resources have compiled all the information know about season 2 of Legends of Tomorrow so far. Please note that this post contains spoilers for the end of season 1.
At the end of season 1, just when the team regrouped to find a new adventure, the new adventure found them: A Waverider from the future came crashing down onto the dock where they stood, and a man they had never met before emerged — Rex Tyler, aka Hourman.
If Hourman sounds familiar, that’s because The CW intended him to be the subject of his own television series, which never quite got off the ground. While it looks as though that “Hourman” show isn’t coming to fruition quite yet, The CW has plans for him on “Legends of Tomorrow.”
Although we haven’t met any of his friends, Hourman assured the Legends he wasn’t acting alone — and his group will be familiar to DC Comics fans: the Justice Society of America, an elite group that has counted among its members Jay Garrick, Power Girl and the original Sandman. In fact, there are plenty of heroes that could fill the television roster when the team appears in Season 2.
Hawkgirl, Hawkman & Captain Cold Depart
Before “Legends of Tomorrow’s” first season reached its conclusion, the show lost some series regulars: Hawkgirl and Captain Cold.
Wentworth Miller, who plays Captain Cold across the “Arrow”-verse, has signed a contract to appear on “Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash” and potentially other DC TV series in a recurring capacity — all despite the fact that Cold met his untimely end in the penultimate episode of “Legends of Tomorrow” Season 1. However, the “Arrow”-verse has a penchant for resurrecting dead characters, and death is always up in the air when there’s time travel involved. So it’s possible for Cold to make a comeback, just not as a series regular on “Legends of Tomorrow.”
Captain Cold wasn’t the only one to bow out, though. Ciara Renee’s Hawkgirl also left the team, although this was a decision she made willingly. As to why the Hawks were written off the show, Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim explained, “We went through the team, made a list of all the characters and started to think of stories for them. When we got to Hawkman and Hawkgirl, we had trouble coming up with stories. The bow was tied so tightly and neatly with their story in the finale, that everything we thought of felt very forced. After 4,000 years, they were no longer under the specter of Vandal, and we felt they need some time off. Bringing them back to the team as soon as the beginning of Season 2 felt premature.”
Vixen Roars onto Season 2
Hourman and the JSA won’t be the only newcomers in Season 2. Vixen will be a series regular, but she won’t be Mari McCabe, the incarnation played by Megalyn E.K. in “Arrow” Season 4. Instead, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” actress Maisie Richardson-Seller will play Amaya Jiwe, McCabe’s grandmother and holder of the Tantu Totem.
According to the character description, “Amaya Jiwe — better known as Vixen — is the newest superhero to board the Waverider and join the ranks of the ‘Legends of Tomorrow.’ Like her granddaughter, Mari McCabe, Amaya’s powers are derived from the mysterious Tantu Totem, which allows her to magically access the abilities of animals.”
E.K. played the DC Comics heroine first in animation, in the CW Seed short-form series “Vixen,” and then in live-action on an episode of “Arrow.” Due to her schedule, she’s unavailable to return as the character, so while “Legends of Tomorrow” will have a Vixen , she’s a different, earlier incarnation of the character, which fits with the show’s time travel-heavy motif.
Enter Citizen Steel
Citizen Steel will also enlist with the Legends, but it’s unclear whether he’ll don the stars and stripes straightaway. “Minority Report” alum Nick Zano will play Dr. Nate Heywood, the historian who becomes the hero Citizen Steel in the comics.
The show’s producers are tight-lipped about whether Heywood will become Steel on the series — but, based on the trajectory of the show after the Justice Society reveal at the end of Season 1, we can guess he’ll be wearing the star-spangled armor in no time.
In the comics, Nate is the third person to hold a “Steel” mantle, after the WWII-era Henry Heywood, who was a member of the original Justice Society, and his grandson Hank Heywood III, who was a member of the Justice League. Nate was created in 2007 as the other grandson of Henry Heywood, who assumed the identity of Citizen Steel during Geoff Johns and Dale Eaglesham’s run on “Justice Society of America.”
Season 2’s Slow Burn of a Villain
Even before “Legends of Tomorrow” premiered, we knew exactly who Season 1’s big villain was and what he wanted. However, that won’t be the case in Season 2.
“What we’re going to do in Season 2 of ‘Legends’ will be more similar to what you’ve experienced in the first three seasons of ‘Arrow’ or the first two seasons of ‘Flash,'” Guggenheim explained, “where it’s more of a slow reveal and a little bit of a mystery.”
“The season two big bad is actually not going to be the [alien race of] Thanagarians,” he added.”It’s going to be something else entirely. All I’ll really say about the nemesis in season two is Vandal Savage looks like a walk in the park compared to what the Legends will be facing. This will be a much, much bigger threat. I’m going to leave it at that because when we do reveal it, it’s going to be pretty big. People will be asking, ‘Vandal who?’ once they get the full picture of what our team is up against. It’s going to be way bigger than what you can even imagine, I can guarantee it.”
But that doesn’t mean you should count the Thanagarians out entirely. In an interview about the Season 1 finale, Guggenheim added, “The Thanagarian threat is a threat that is very far out in the future. Vandal Savage presents the clear and present danger… The Thanagarians are certainly something that are relevant, and will remain relevant in Season 2.”
The Return of Jonah Hex — And More?
Saddle up, partner! Jonah Hex will be back for more in Season 2, at least according to Guggenheim.
“I also think that Johnathon Schaech was an incredible Hex, and we were talking last night about doing another episode with him already,” he said as recently as May. “We really — when it comes to something like having Jonah on the show, we didn’t look at it as something that would thrill the fans — we look at it as a bucket list. We wanted to do Jonah.”
And Jonah Hex may not be the only DC Universe character to make a small-screen debut on “Legends of Tomorrow.” “We love the idea that the show is a gateway to the whole of the DC Universe, and we have an actual opportunity to go to every corner of the DC Universe, any time or any place that the story makes sense,” Guggenheim said. “I will say that you’ll see even more DC characters in Season Two. By a large margin.”
Expect a Visit from Albert Einstein
The Legends will pay a visit to another famous figure in Season 2, but he isn’t someone explicitly tied to DC Comics. This year, the team will run into none other than Albert Einstein.
A “disillusioned” and “snarky” version of the real-life physicist will appear in one episode of “Legends” Season 2. According to the report, “The Legends of Tomorrow crew will cross paths with a circa-1942 Albert Einstein in Season 2, but they’re disillusioned to discover that the legendary scientist is a snarky, brusque skirt-chaser. Needless to say, he proves to be quite a handful when they attempt to save his life.”
Casting for the Einstein role has yet to be announced.
Crossing On Over
With “Supergirl” joining “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” on the network next season — all shows under the purview of executive producer Greg Berlanti — the time is ripe for a massive crossover. And “Arrow” star Stephen Amell predicts that the superhero team-up will air across one single week as a four-night extravaganza.
“I think what we’ll end up seeing is one giant four-night crossover. This is kind of an unprecedented moment in terms of the history of network television. To have four shows [with the] same showrunner,” he explained, referring to Berlanti.
The CW President Mark Pedowitz would tend to agree with that. “Our annual crossover event this fall [will] be the biggest one ever,” he shared.
However, Amell draws the line at a musical crossover: “No. I’m out! I’m the first one. I get to draw the line, and I draw the line at musical.”
Meanwhile, “Legends” star Brandon Routh wants a smaller-scale crossover — for himself. “I hope to be on ‘Arrow,’ ‘Flash,’ and ‘Supergirl’… make the trifecta!” he said, adding, “I wish [‘Supergirl’s’ Superman Tyler Hoechlin] the best and hope to meet him if Ray gets to crossover to ‘Supergirl!'”
In an article published by Fantasy Flight Games they look at the recently launched Imperial Veterans Expansion Pack. So plot your bombing runs, unleash torrential volleys of cannon fire, and rule the skies with Imperial might…
Designed to maximize the impact of the TIE bombers and TIE defenders, the Imperial Veterans Expansion Pack introduces two new TIE miniatures with alternate paint schemes – one grey TIE bomber with the Gamma Squadron’s signature white stripe and one TIE defender with the bold red paint scheme shared by Countess Ryad and the Glaive Squadron.
Additionally, the expansion features eight new veteran pilots and an impressive arsenal of thirteen upgrades that expand the capabilities and versatility of the TIE bomber and TIE defender.
Bold New Paint Schemes
Both the TIE bomber and TIE defender feature bold new paint schemes that lend them an immediate air of distinction.
Used widely throughout the Galactic Civil War, the TIE bomber excelled at destroying larger ships and delivering devastating payloads of explosive ordnance with pinpoint precision. It was slower than the standard TIE fighter but featured stronger hull plating and a distinctive dual-hull shape. Two hulls sat side-by-side, and one served as the cockpit while the other carried a pair of general purpose warhead launchers as well as a store of munitions tailored to the ship’s mission.
Among Rebels, the TIE bomber earned the nickname “sitting duck” due to its lower speed and maneuverability, but a limited number of pilots, such as the elite veterans of the Gamma Squadron, were able to outfit their bombers for air superiority, pilot their ships perfectly, and take their foes by surprise.
Meanwhile, where the TIE bomber was hard-pressed to establish air superiority, the TIE defender was arguably the strongest dogfighter of its era, and only Imperial veterans who had successfully flown at least twenty combat missions were given the opportunity to pilot one. Unlike most TIE designs, the TIE defender featured both shielding and a hyperdrive, and its appearance was every bit as distinctive as the TIE bomber’s, owing to its three quadanium steel solar array wings, which were mounted around a pilot module similar to those found in most TIE designs.
Already an easily recognizable and fearsome fighter, the TIE defender from the Imperial Veterans Expansion Pack receives a bold new paint scheme that ensures your foes will see it and be aware of the threat it poses, no matter where they are on the battlefield.
New Pilots and Upgrades
Of course, if you want your starships to make an impact in battle, you need pilots to fly them. And if you want your starships to rout your foes, you want them flown by the best pilots possible.
The two new miniatures represent only the beginning of what the expansion has to offer. It also introduces eight new ship cards and thirteen upgrades that dramatically reshape the possible roles that the TIE bomber and TIE defender can play within your fleet.
For example, with their mid-level pilot skill values and elite pilot talent slots, the two relatively inexpensive and non-unique Gamma Squadron Veterans from the Imperial Veterans Expansion Pack can make good use of ship-to-ship ordnance and may very well allow you to take a good number of opponents by surprise, especially if their ships are outfitted with the new Long-Range Scanners modification.
In such a case, your Gamma Squadron Veterans can acquire target locks in the first round, long before you and your opponent have maneuvered your ships into firing range. Then, as they draw closer to their foes, they can perform focus actions and fire their missiles or torpedoes. The fact that they have elite pilot talent upgrade slots means they can equip cards like Predator to enhance their attack dice or Crack Shot to negatively impact your opponent’s defense dice.
Similarly, the TIE defender gets a boost from four new ship cards and two different Title upgrades, which introduce two dramatically different ways that you can fly the ship:
The TIE/x7 Title introduces a rare negative squad point adjustment and allows you to more fully incorporate your TIE defender into your squadron as a straight dogfighter, complete with the free evade tokens it grants you for tearing across the battlefield at breakneck speeds.
On the other hand, the TIE/D Title allows you to link your ship’s primary weapons to a cannon upgrade of three or fewer squad points. Whether this is a Flechette Cannon , an Ion Cannon , or some other weapon, the TIE/D Title introduces the potential to both deal extra damage and burden your opponents with stress or ion tokens.
No matter which of the two TIE defender Title upgrades you choose to equip, it’s bound to help you refine your strategy, just as its new pilots are bound to help you crush the Rebellion more swiftly and more brutally than ever before.
If you are interested in ordering a copy of the Imperial Veterans Expansion Pack then email one of our Imperial Officers here
Bethesda, publisher of DOOM, has 3D printed a life size replica of the B.F.G. and given it away to a talented fan.
They ran a competition for fans to create their own paint job for the iconic weapon, and the winner, John Allen, got the B.F.G. to keep.
The replica itself was created and crafted by, ironically, MyMiniFactory. Instead of working from reference images like normal, id Software shared in-game files with the designers so the gun would be as accurate as possible.
To create such a gun was a mammoth task. It took Kirby Downey, lead designer at MyMiniFactory, 35 hours to design each piece of the weapon, 70 in total, and then it took 1,000 hours to actually 3D print it all. The final B.F.G. is three feet long, 18 inches tall, 18 inches wide, and weighs 36 pounds.
Story originally reported on IGN
The Dynamic Duo battles the Clown Prince of Crime in this incredible LEGO diorama that looks so much like a comic book cover that you’ll either want to read it or frame and hang it on the wall.
Called “LEGO Batman vs Joker Gotham Theater Showdown,” Paul Hetherington’s incredibly detailed piece uses as its backdrop an appropriately ornate Art Deco theater. “I absolutely love Art Deco-style buildings,” Hetherington explains, “so building this was an excuse to indulge myself and create my own Art Deco Theater.”
But wait, he didn’t stop there: The diorama includes a classic Batman logo, to give it the feel of a comic cover, as well as moving parts.
Hetherington even crafted a story for the piece:
Once again that Mad Harlequin of Hate, The Joker, brings menace to the citizens of Gotham. Beware as the Streetcar named Destruction advances into Gotham, and the Joker’s henchmen unleash horrible Joker Gas! Listen to the eerie dreadful laughing — has the Joker taken control of everyone?!? Wait — look above — that symbol of justice descending from the sky — The Batcopter! Piloted by the plucky Robin, The Boy Wonder and the courageous Batman! Are the tornado team of crime crushers in time to oppose the Grim Jester in the gripping tale of — Gotham Theater Showdown!!
See details of the diorama, as well as more of Hetherington’s work, on his Flickr account.
“Arrow” star John Barrowman has signed a deal with The CW that will make him a series regular across all of the network’s superhero shows. According to TVLine, he will add “The Flash” and “Legends of Tomorrow” to his resume, following in the footsteps of Wentworth Miller, who struck a similar deal in May.
When news of the deal broke. executive producer Greg Berlanti said “What it really emulates to us is the comic books themselves, where there really are a cast of characters.”
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