Thursday, January 29, 2015

Amazing Helicarrier set revealed

Lego have announced their latest Marvel Super Heroes set, and it's one of the biggest, most impressive, and feature-packed sets to date! Coming in March in 76042 The SHIELD Helicarrier, a glorious micro-scale build - Though far from micro over-all, with just short of three-thousand pieces building an eighty centimetre long model!

The helicarrier has functioning engines (in that they spin, rather than actually make it fly), lovely micro-scale printed runway tiles, and a host of vehicles and characters - Included are three quinjets, three fighter jets, an assortment of support vehicles and eight microfigures.

At micro-scale the set includes Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Captain America, Iron Man and no less than eight generic SHIELD agents, all ready to work out on the decks, or populate the interior command center. But that's not all, there are also five regular minifigures included; Nick Fury, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and Maria Hill, who are presented on a bespoke stand with a SHIELD emblem as back-drop.

You can check out the designer video below, and continue after the jump for loads of images showing all the great features of the model.



Monday, December 29, 2014

Lego in the mood for love this Valentine's Day

New images of two romantically themed sets have appeared, continue below to check them out.

Lego have revealed their 2014 Valentine's Day set,  40120 (so far unnamed), which is a little minifigure marriage proposal scene; a window-side table at a restaurant, with a heart-topped bottle of something and a ludicrously scaled box to contain the ring. The set was discovered on the Lego image archive by Brickset.


Year of the sheep

The next year in the Chinese zodiac is the Year of the Sheep, and Lego have released a set to commemorate it. At least if you live in Japan they have, where you can find 40148 Year of the Sheep.

A Japanese website, Lego Train, posted the advert here, while a Brickset reader sent in images of the packaging (see after the jump), revealing how it comes with a gift envelope, ready to package the Lego set up with other new years presents.

This could well be the continuation of an annual tradition, following the release last year of 10250 Year Of The Snake.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Theme Guide: DC Comics Super Heroes (2015)

Page created 5th October 2014. Last updated 28th December 2014.

For the 2015 wave of DC Super Heroes Lego sets, the Justice League is being allowed a bit more into the spotlight, and although Batman (who has dominated the DC Super Heroes range so far) still features in three of the four regular retail sets, there is more space for other characters and not-bat-vehicles.

Four sets include a new "super jumper" part, which appears to be there to allow you to launch Batman, Superman, or whoever else you like, into flight.

Check out all the sets below. UPDATE: Extra sets and images below:

76028 Darkseid Invasion

As is quite typical of this wave of releases, this set features quite a varied assortment of characters (aesthetically at least, I've no idea about their in-universe affiliations), with the most eye-catching to me being Hawkman, whose feathery wings and winged-helmet I can see have some nice fantastical applications beyond the super-hero realm.

The centrepiece of the set is a big rather oddly proportioned jet, which seems to be facing off against what is basically a hovering turret.

Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.frAmazon.co.jp





    Friday, November 28, 2014

    Detective's Office

    Lego have announced the latest Creator Expert set, and the tenth set in the modular building series, and have really gone to town detailing this one, 10246 Detective's Office. The building is in fact multi-use, with the office taking up the first floor, opposite a period toilet, while below you'll find a pool hall and barber shop. The third floor has a kitchen and roof area, complete with skylight and water tower.

    As is customary in the modular building series, there are some really creative building techniques and parts use, including using Unikitty's tail element for architectural detailing, and making use of the new mini-ball hinges to hold up columns. There are new parts in the form of scissors and a large reflective mirror tile. Plus lots of great printed parts, including lots of newspapers, a dart board, and a brilliantly generic wanted poster, and the window of Ace Brickman's detective agency.. There are six minifigures, including the detective, a police-woman, and barber.


    Check out the designer video to see some of the highlights of the set, and the candy-smuggling narrative that ties everything together:



    Friday, November 21, 2014

    New Yoda Chronicles episode

    There's a new episode of the Lego Star Wars animation series The Yoda Chronicles on the way. Clash of the Skywalkers will see Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader dueling, with the usual Lego animation wit and silliness. Here's the description of the episode (via Ain't It Cool News):
    The enraged Emperor sends Darth Vader and his entire fleet to find and destroy Luke as revenge for his destruction of the Holocrons. Luke, however, finds inspiration from the last remaining Holocron -- a daring move pulled off years earlier by his father, Anakin. The emboldened Luke uses Anakin’s daring move to lure Vader and the Imperial Fleet into a trap that could turn the tide for the Rebellion… or lead to disaster.
    Unusually it appears the outcome of the confrontation is down to viewer preferences, as endings for both sides have been animated, to be broadcast as determined by social media votes.

    Several trailers have been released, check out more after the jump:



    Batman vs Superman

    I'm not all that knowledgeable about comic books, so when the new movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was announced I was a bit perplexed: Aren't those both "good guys", how the heck could some guy with gadgets battle someone with actual super powers??

    Well, that's exactly what Brick Nerd has examined in this amusing new brick-film, Batman vs Superman. It's very well made, and done so with enough love put into it that it even has a poster, by Paul Lee.




    Monday, November 17, 2014

    Theme Guide: Minecraft minifigure scale sets

    Page created 31st August 2014. Last updated 17th November 2014.

    Following the successful series of "Microworld" sets based on Minecraft, Lego are expanding their range this year, with larger minifigure scale sets. There are six sets in the range, including various settings from the game, featuring an assortment of Minecraft-style minifigures, animals, and accessories.

    Lego and Minecraft and bound by the core concept of building things, and these sets all come not just with a set of instructions for the featured design, but inspiration for other builds too. They are also highly modular, meaning sets can be both easily rearranged within themselves to create different scenes, and connected together to create a large Lego Minecraft world.

    The aesthetic of Minecraft is very blocky, which translates well into Lego form, although perhaps ironically makes the sets seem more simple than most modern Lego designs - In many ways these are very pure Lego sets; few embellishments, and lots of basic bricks. Even if you're not familiar with Minecraft there are interesting parts and designs to be found in the range. Continue below for a look at each set - As someone who's never played the game I'll be examining them purely as Lego sets.

    UPDATE: Now with lots more images!

    21114 The Farm

    This outdoor location comes with a pen for keeping the included cow and sheep in, plus a small grassy area, waterfall, and tree. I really like the blocky tree design, and would find that quite acceptable in any Lego environment.

    The animals feature a new cube-head brick, and a different cube is used as the head for the included minifigures, as well as the pumpkin.

    There are a couple of new Minecraft-styled accessories included, a spade, and a bow and arrow. This also looks like quite a good sets for plant-parts, with several large leafy plants, flower-style studs, and carrot tops (including a few for the first time in a light orange colour).

    Purchase: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.es, Amazon.it, Amazon.co.jp, Forbidden Planet






    21115 The First Night

    Green and brown are again dominate colours in this little house set, which hinges open to reveal the interior. This set also has an animal pen, this time holding a pig, while Steve is able to roam free, with his sword or axe, and meet the Creeper.
    There's another tree in this set, which this time is part built from transparent-green bricks.

    The Creeper is an interesting construction, featuring a single part making it's legs and body, with tiles attacked to bulk it out, and the Minecraft head cube on top. It will be interesting to see if the central component to that has potential for use other than a Creeper body.

    Purchase: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.es, Amazon.it, Amazon.co.jp, Forbidden Planet.

      Saturday, November 15, 2014

      Natural History Museum and other projects get to Ideas review

      The Natural History Museum modular building project on Lego Ideas has become the latest to reach the ten-thousand supporter mark, and therefore qualify for the next Lego review period, where it will be considered for production as a real set. The beautiful build is based on the iconic Natural History Museum in London, featuring many of it's most famous exhibits, including Dippy the diplodocus, the huge redwood sample, and the statue of Charles Darwin. The creator of the project, tjspencer1, recently updated the project with a slightly smaller version (pictured), bringing it in line with the piece count of existing modular building sets.


      I'm normally pretty sceptical of huge projects on Ideas. But I love this design, and given it would fit in so well with the other modular building sets, I really hope Lego consider going ahead with it.

      Several other projects have also reached the ten-thousand mark since I last updated on Ideas, when the Marvel Helicarrier project became the first to enter the latest review period. Continue after the jump for a look at the other recent successes:

      The Lego Movie 2 to feature more female characters

      Good news for equality in the Lego-verse, The Lego Movie 2 is set to feature more female characters! In a recent interview with the BBC, the writers and directors of The Lego Movie, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller commented on their efforts to have a bit more gender balance in the next chapter, with Miller noting:
      I don't want to give spoilers but there will be more female characters and more female stuff.
      Lord put it this way:
      It's important to us that the movie plays broadly and that we inspire young women as much as we inspire young men.
      Lord also expressed a feeling the film culture is finally moving in the direction of better gender representation:
      You can feel that the whole movie culture is now starting to wake up to the fact that half the audience are women. Frozen is reflective of that - and I think we are all going to find a great flourishing of women film makers and subject matter in the future.
      Whatever the inspiration, sounds like a good move to me! I wonder if the Ninjago and Batman Lego movies that are set for release before The Lego Movie 2 will also manage to incorporate more female characters.

      King Kong project on Lego Ideas