Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lego Batman 3

The release date for the latest Lego video game, the third based on Batman (and the wider DC Comics universe) was announced today. Coming in November is Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, which takes the Batman adventure into outer space. The snazzy space-cape cover-art was also released today.

Several trailers have already been released for the game, which demonstrate typical Lego video game humour, and a healthy dose of sci-fi in this super-hero game.

Continue after the jump for more trailers and details of the game:

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Amazing Lego interiors

Check out these beautiful interior design sets, made by Flickr user Littlehaulic. This first retro modern design really caught my eye, with the vivid blue details and that groovy bubble chair:

Here are a couple more room designs from Littlehaulic, with some ingenious details. I'm so used to Legoing at minifigure scale or smaller, I often forget a bigger scale can make excellent use of Lego elements, as seen here:

You can see more of these interiors, and other creative builds from Littlehaulic, in her Flickr gallery.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Another exclusive The Ghost microfighter

Fan Expo Canada have announced a new exclusive Star Wars Rebels set that will be available at the convention next week. A small version of The Ghost, in a Microfighter-style set will be available, similar to those that have been offered at other conventions - Indeed very similar; it's basically the same set that was offered at the San Diego Comic Con, albeit with Kanan Jarrus minifigure included instead of the droid Chopper.

There is also a Twitter competition to win copies of the set, though that too is exclusive to Canadian residents.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Lonely Mountain set images

Lego have released the official images for the show-piece The Hobbit set of the year, 79018 The Lonely Mountain. The set, due out in October, features Smaug and sections of the dwarf city within the mountain. Images of the set continue after the jump:

Sunday, August 17, 2014

First look at minifigure scale Minecraft sets

Thanks to a couple of listings appearing on Hemleys' website, we have out first look at the forthcoming minifigure scale Minecraft sets. Hamleys revealed images of 21113 The Cave and 21114 The Farm:

Owing to the blocky subject matter these sets are of course quite heavy on regular bricks. There are several new parts in the mix too though. We can see two new head pieces, a cubey head for minifigures, also seen as pumpkin here, and a cubey head for animals, which appears to be sort of modified plate, to allow it to be built onto the brick-built bodies. There are also several new accessories; the skeleton's bow-and-arrow looks most interesting to me.

No doubt there will be more new parts to come as the other sets in the range are revealed in the lead up to release. Four more sets make up the rest of the wave:
  • 21115 The First Night
  • 21116 Creative Box
  • 21117 The Ender Dragon
  • 21118 The Mine

Friday, August 15, 2014

2015 Lego set rumours

Rumours are starting to surface of sets to come in 2015 and late 2014. I shall be updating this article as more news comes, so far there are set lists for The Lego Movie, Star Wars, The Hobbit, DC Super Heroes, City, and Bionicle:

70817 Batman and Super Angry Kitty Attack
Three new The Lego Movie sets are thought to be on the way, with the glorious double-decker couch among the new sets joining the Super Angry Kitty set announced at Comic Con (Source: Idle Hands, via The Brick Fan):
  • 70817 Batman and Super Angry Kitty Attack
  • 70818 Double-Decker Couch
  • 70819 Bad Cop Car Chase
75084 Wookiee Gunship
There are numerous Star Wars sets on the way. The new animated series, Rebels, has inspired many sets (including the Wookie set previewed at Comic Con), but there are also regular sets based on the movies and expanded universe, plus a new wave of Microfighters. (Source: Jedi News, vis The Brick Fan)
  • Microfighters
    • 75072 ARC-170 Starfighter
    • 75073 Vulture Droid
    • 75074 Snowspeeder
    • 75075 AT-AT
    • 75076 Republic Gunship
    • 75077 Homing Spider Droid
  • Rebels minifigure scale sets
    • 75078 Imperial Troop Transport
    • 75090 Ezra’s Speeder Bike
    • 75082 TIE Advanced Prototype
    • 75083 AT-DP
    • 75084 Wookiee Gunship
  • Various minifigure scale sets
    • 75089 Geonosis Troopers
    • 75079 Shadow Troopers
    • 75080 AAT
    • 75081 T-16 Skyhopper

Continue after the jump for details of other themes:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy designer videos

Lego have released a couple of designer videos for their Guardians of the Galaxy theme. In this first one we take a look at the biggest set in the range, Peter Quill and the Guardians' ship, the Milano:

The second video focuses on the minifigures, focusing mainly on the design of Quill's new helmet element:

Chocolate Lego

Artist Akihiro Mizuuchi, has come up with an excellent alternative material to make Lego out of, chocolate! Mizuuchi has made Lego blocks out of dark, milk, white, and pink (presumably strawberry flavoured white) chocolate, which can then be built into delicious Lego creations.

It appears real Lego blocks were used to create the molds, as you can still see the Lego logo on each stud. Lego should totally start making these, they would surely be a hit!

You can see more edible creations on Mizuuchi's Behance page. Found via Colossal.

New Lego USB bricks

PNY has launched a new range of Lego USB flash drives. Each drive, available in either 8GB or 16GB capacities is the same size as a 2x4 Lego brick, although they are designed so they look more like a stack of three plates. The USB2 connection retracts inside the brick. They are of course compatible with Lego, so you can build them into things if you are so inclined. They are available in either red, blue, or yellow, and each one comes packed with a Lego brick of a different colour.

Ghostbusters HQ gets to Lego Ideas review

Another Lego Ideas project has hit the ten-thousand supporters mark, and is therefore now awaiting review. The Ghostbusters HQ project will join others in the next review period starting in September.

The large set is designed to compliment the existing Ecto-1 Ghostbusters car set, which can be accommodated in the garage on the ground floor. The other floors of the building are furnished to provide all the facilities the Ghostbusters team require.

The fact Ideas has already generated a Ghostbusters set seems to me to be both a blessing and a curse: Clearly Lego have already determined brand-fit and marketability, and based on how well the Ecto-1 is performing they will be able to determine if other sets are also likely to be successful. However, like the Minecraft sets, if they have established other Ghostbusters sets could do well, they might just go ahead and make them anyway, without any input required from other Ideas projects.

It's also quite a large set, so Lego would have to be really confident Ghostbusters sells. Plus if it were to be sold without the Ecto-1 included, there would literally be a big car sized void in the model - I rather feel the building is lacking without the vehicle it houses.

Anywho, I'm sure the Lego review panel will let us know something soon enough. Until then you can see more of model on the Swiss Ghostbusters website. And continue after the jump for a video of it being built: