Saturday, October 25, 2014

Watch Your Step

Here's a poster that anyone with even just a few Lego bricks in their home should probably display, lest a visitor fall victim to the most painful experience known to humanity:

Watch Your Step, by John Lucke is available as a poster from TeeFury.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Batman movie, and more new Lego screen productions

Love the deadpan, bat-punning, too cool Batman of The Lego Movie? Well good news, forget all the big live-action Batman movies, the future of this character lies in a new Lego movie, Lego Batman, which will see Will Arnett reprising his role from The Lego Movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, this new film in the developing Lego movie franchise is being fast-tracked into production, and is set to be the third Lego movie, due for release in 2017, after the Ninjago movie in 2016. As a result The Lego Movie 2 will likely be pushed back to later than the originally planned 2017 release.

Chris McKay, the animation supervisor on The Lego Movie, is set to direct a screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith. Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller, will be producing, in their roles overseeing the Lego movie franchise.

If 2017 seems a long way off, fear not, as Lego Batman is also returning to the small screen in the coming weeks, in a new one-off animation, Batman Be-Leaguered, which as the name implies, also features various Justice League characters. Here's the blurb (via Comic Book Movie):
Batman prides himself on being a loner, a totally self-sufficient one-man-band. Just ask anyone; Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing, Alfred… anyone. So, he is understandably irritated when his nightly cleanup of Gotham City villains is interrupted by Superman, who pesters Batman to join his new superhero team, The Justice League. After Batman makes it quite clear to the Man of Steel that his invitation has been declined, Superman flies off disappointed… whereupon he is overcome with a strange energy and vanishes!

This new animation looks to be in the same vein as the previous Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite, and is also set for release just in time to support the release of the third Lego Batman video game. Continue after the jump for a look at the trailer for this, plus even more news of Lego on TV:

Monday, October 6, 2014

Theme Guide: Speed Champions

Coming in 2015 is a new race-car theme from Lego, Speed Champions. Like previous Ferrari sets, these take a real-world angle on racing, with representations of real cars. This time though we get a few other cars brands aside from the red ones. Continue below for a look at the range (complete with my car-ignorant commentary) (images via just2good).

75899 LaFerrari
  • So we have a red car!The first of four similar sized individual car sets, this one comes with a traffic light too.

75908 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 
  • Another red car, and contender for most graphically dense Lego set ever! So many logos and markings on this one!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Designing the Lego Technic Volvo L350F Wheel Loader

Volvo have released some behind the scenes information looking at how Lego and Volvo worked together to create the largest set in the 2014 Technic range, 42030 Remote-Controlled Volvo L350F Wheel Loader, and the alternate build, the A25F articulated hauler. The set apparently includes the largest Lego part ever created; the huge bespoke scoop of the loader, which is modelled exactly on the real vehicle, right down to the molded Volvo logos.

The video below explores how the Lego Technic team select their subjects, and then how Lego designers and Volvo engineers worked together to bring this set to life:

And here are both models from the set, and their real world counterparts:

Continue after the jump for a closer look at the final set: