LEGO Reveals Exclusive Toys For SDCC

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 19, 2014 in Hobbies and Collections

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LEGO is going all-out at this year’s Comic-con, debuting plenty of exclusives for the event. The large sets will be Rocket Racoon’s Warbird, a mini Ghost ship from Star Wars Rebels, and a classic-style Batmobile. They’ll also be debuting figures of The Collector from Guardians of the Galaxy, a unique Unikitty from The LEGO Movie, Bard from The Hobbit, and a DC figure (not yet shown as of this writing). In addition, some new sets will be shown off at the show, such as a new LEGO Movie set. There are also rumors about a new UCS set showing up here (either a Batmobile or the Slave I) but nothing confirmed yet. LEGO will also have several professional builds to show off of Smaug, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and Groot! Check out images of everything below! Read more…

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Here’s Your First Look At The LEGO Ninjago Movie (Not Really)

Posted by Ben Huber on Jun 23, 2014 in Cinema, Hobbies and Collections

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The special features from The LEGO Movie keep on pouring out, and this latest one features some self-aware humor in regards to the next LEGO film in production, Ninjago. The ninja-based series of sets has proved popular with kids and has gotten its own TV show already, so a movie isn’t that surprising. However, the cartoon features CGI with the flexible cartoony LEGO figures, rather than the more realistic take that The LEGO Movie featured. I hope they change to the latter. The promo features the “President of Hollywood” selling Emmett on some minor ninja-related changes to the current film. Check it out below! Read more…

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The Grand Budapest Hotel – Made From LEGOs

Posted by Ben Huber on Jun 14, 2014 in Hobbies and Collections

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I didn’t think I’d ever be writing ‘Wes Anderson’ and ‘LEGOs’ in the same sentence. A promotional image of a single LEGO brick backed by the Grand Budapest logo showed up the other day, teasing people about what might be in store. Well sadly, it’s not a consumer-level LEGO set, but instead it’s a massive model made by master LEGO builder Ryan Ziegelbauer. The building is made from more than 50,000 bricks, took over 575 hours to put together, and weighs 150 pounds. It stretches 6 and a half feet wide and 7 feet tall — not too shabby! If you want to see it in person, it’ll be at The Grove in LA from June 14th to the 15th, but if you’re like me, you can just watch the timelapse build video I’ve included below. Read more…

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The LEGO Movie Spoof Trailer History Cops Hits YouTube

Posted by Ben Huber on Jun 13, 2014 in Cinema, Hobbies and Collections

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In the run up to the DVD and Blu-ray release of The LEGO Movie, you’ve got to get people excited, right? That’s why Warner Bros. and the crew behind the film have released one of the silly special features on the disc: a spoof trailer featuring Abraham Lincoln and Michelangelo as History Cops! This appears to be goofy side project made by the crew with all the extra LEGOs they had sitting around, and while it reuses a joke or two from the film itself, it’s still pretty funny. Also, I hope it encourages you to pick up The LEGO Movie, because it’s worth every penny. Check out the trailer below the jump! Read more…

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LEGO Mini Cooper Revealed

Posted by Ben Huber on Jun 6, 2014 in Hobbies and Collections

 

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A while back LEGO released a Volkswagen T1 Camper Van, which was one of its most beloved sets in a long time. Now they’re releasing another classic car, this time a Mini Cooper. It’s looks fantastic, especially in its unique green color. It also features an adorable little picnic basket and blanket for those lazy Sunday afternoon drives. The model is coming out in August, and will run you $99.99 USD. Not too bad! Check out the video below of the LEGO designer showing of the features of the set, like a brick-built engine, functional trunk, and the removable roof. Read more…

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Lego Batman 3 Goes Beyond Gotham

Posted by Bob Muir on May 28, 2014 in Comic Books, Videogames

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It’s good that the disappointing Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes didn’t kill the series. After the much more enjoyable Lego Marvel Super Heroes, it’d be nice to see a Lego game that incorporates all of DC well. That’s what Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham promises when it releases this fall on pretty much every platform you’d imagine: PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, and 3DS. 150 unlockable characters must work together to stop Braniac from destroying Earth. Expect to collect lots of Lego studs along the way. Read more…

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Here’s A Trailer For The LEGO Simpsons Episode

Posted by Ben Huber on May 2, 2014 in Television

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The Simpsons LEGO episode is coming up on May 4th, and Hulu has uploaded a new trailer to give fans a peek at “Brick Like Me.” It looks like they’re really going hard on the “alternate universe” angle. The funny thing is, the creators of the episode said they’ve been working on this way before The LEGO Movie and the LEGO Simpsons Figures (with sculpted features rather than the plain yellow heads), so that explains some of the obvious differences. Still, while I’m not much a Simpsons fan, I am a LEGO fan, so this could be entertaining to watch. Check out the video! Read more…

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Here’s A Stay Puft Marshmallow Man To Go With Your Ghostbusters LEGO Set

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 20, 2014 in Fandom, Hobbies and Collections

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I know a lot of people were incredibly excited to hear that LEGO had greenlit the Ghostbusters Ecto-1 and minifigures, but now the creator behind that set has posted new one to CUUSOO: the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. To (half-) scale. Yes, if this gets enough votes, there’s a good chance LEGO will actually make this a set. The initial hurdle of getting the Ghostbuster rights is already complete, so it’d just be a financial and design decision. The model is 13 inches tall and features 1800 pieces. I imagine they’d have to cut down on pieces, but it’d still be doable. Let’s get those votes! (And check out some more images below!) Read more…

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LEGO Simpsons Collectible Minifigures Revealed!

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 29, 2014 in Hobbies and Collections

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A lot of fans were drooling over the LEGO Simpsons house, but couldn’t justify the high price tag. I’ve got good news though: if you’re just looking to jump in for cheap, you’ll soon be able to pick up some blind-bagged LEGO Simpsons minifigures! These figures are different from the ones in the house model, and includes other additional figures as well. The full list is: Krusty the Clown, Itchy, Homer Simpson, Grampa, Ralph Wiggum, Chief Wiggum, Scratchy, Nelson Muntz, Marge Simpson, Milhouse, Maggie Simpson, Lisa Simpson, Ned Flanders, Bart Simpson, Mr. Burns, and Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. These will be available in May, and I imagine it’ll be easier to feel out which one is in which bag due to their unique head shapes. Check out the full gallery here. Read more…

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Kit Kat Builds A Giant LEGO Kit Kat Bar Because… Why Not?

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 24, 2014 in Hobbies and Collections

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Marketing companies are catching onto the LEGO craze! Even Kit Kat wants to… break a piece… off of that LEGO cash pile. Or something like that! Yes, some LEGO fans at Kit Kat put together a larger-than-life version of a Kit Kat bar, wrapper and all. In a nice twist, they hid extra minifigs inside the bars, and included extra designs that they came up with using the same pieces, just like real LEGO sets. They also made an official-looking box, just to make internet denizens think it’s a real set! Take a look at a few images below, then check out the whole gallery here. Read more…

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This LEGO Rubik’s Cube Robot Just Beat The World Record

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 17, 2014 in Hobbies and Collections, Science

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Man, there’s just a bountiful buffet of LEGO media online right now. Everyone wants to cash in on The LEGO Movie, I imagine. But here’s a world record LEGO robot — yes, robot — that is the fastest Rubik’s Cube ‘bot in the land. The machine is called the CUBESTORMER 3, and has obtained the world record for solving a Rubik’s Cube in 3.253 seconds. This beats out their previous record and robot, the CUBESTORMER 2 at 5.35 seconds. Not only that, it beat the world record for a human time, with is 5.55 seconds. That’s pretty impressive! Watch the LEGO machine go to work at lightning speed below. Read more…

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The LEGO Movie and The Simpsons Collide

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 16, 2014 in Fandom, Hobbies and Collections

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LEGO Simpsons and The LEGO Movie combine in a LEGO video! How much LEGO can the internet possibly fit into one video? I don’t know, but this video is a big contender. Yes, this is a Simpsons couch gag… made from LEGO… also featuring characters from The LEGO Movie. It’s pretty clever, and is a good use of the Simpsons house set, too. I suppose this post is also a good place to mention that there will be a LEGO Simpsons episode in the near future — May 4th to be exact. And yes, the whole episode will be done in LEGO. So that should be pretty entertaining! But until then, this fan rendition will do nicely! Read more…

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Check Out This Working LEGO Computer Keyboard

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 12, 2014 in Hobbies and Collections

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People will continue to make amazing things with LEGO, even until the end of time. I’m certain of it. AFOL JK Brickworks has put together a working LEGO computer keyboard using the pad from an older keyboard, then sandwiching it in between various bricks and building a rack for the keys to rest upon. It looks simple from the outside, but when you see the inside and framework, it becomes apparent how much more went into it. Watch the full video below, where he pulls it apart and shows you the innards and how the whole contraption works! Read more…

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New LEGO Jawa Sandcrawler Is Insane!

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 11, 2014 in Hobbies and Collections, Star Wars

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Wow, talk about impressive: LEGO just announced this massive Jawa Sandcrawler, complete with an abundance of minifigures, droids, hidden features, and panels. The set is 9 inches high, 18 inches long, and 6 inches wide, packs over 3200 pieces, and will retail for $300. Yikes! Still, it looks to be a pretty impressive set, and I am kind of surprised we’re even seeing a Sandcrawler model this big! It’d definitely be quite the display piece, and it looks like there’s plenty for kids (or big kids) to enjoy with a droid winch, several secret compartments, a cockpit, and a mini-vehicle. Check out more images below along with LEGO’s designer video. Read more…

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Ban On Doctor Who LEGO CUUSOO Submissions Lifted

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 3, 2014 in Dr. Who, Hobbies and Collections

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LEGO CUUSOO is a great service. Just recently we got an amazing Ghostbusters Ecto-1 model from it! But some licenses or properties are immediately discarded due to existing licensing deals or other limits on the IP people want LEGO models of. Doctor Who was an example of this: submit all you want, but it wasn’t happening. We don’t know what was preventing it, but now we have good news: it’s gone! Fans can now submit Doctor Who LEGO set ideas to their hearts content and vote them up. Remember, you’ve got to get 10,000 votes on something before it’ll even be considered. Good luck! Read more…

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LEGO Movie Sequel Already Scheduled for 2017

Posted by Ben Huber on Feb 23, 2014 in Cinema

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Given the runaway success of the LEGO Movie, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised: there’s going to be a sequel. Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan have already been signed on to script it. And, of course, Warner Bros. has scheduled it already for 2017, on May 26th. This is a much bigger billing than the first film’s February opening, so it seems they’ll be getting even more support the second time around. As of yet, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directors of the first film, have not been confirmed to return. I wouldn’t want to see anyone else in the director’s chair, though. They’ve done great work so far! Read more…

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Liked The LEGO Movie? Now Catch The Bloopers!

Posted by Ben Huber on Feb 16, 2014 in Cinema

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The LEGO Movie blew away a lot of people, by just how freakin’ good it was! Sure, it’s a big advertisement for LEGOs, but it’s also heartfelt and really funny. It definitely fits into the “see it multiple times” category of film. I’m going to look forward to anything Chris Miller and Phil Lord direct in the future, because they’ve hit it out of the park on everything they’ve done so far. Warner Bros. has released a blooper reel that has been animated to match the dialogue, much like Pixar has been doing. It’s super cute and Will Arnett and Chris Pratt seem to play off each other really well. Check it out! Read more…

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LEGO Ghostbusters and Ecto-1 Approved!

Posted by Ben Huber on Jan 31, 2014 in Hobbies and Collections

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Yes, LEGO CUUSOO fans, your voting has paid off. LEGO have successfully negotiated the rights to produce a Ghostbusters LEGO set, particularly of the Ecto-1. It will also come with the original crew. Right now we only have the original, fan-submitted design to go off of, but LEGO says the final model will be very similar — and they’ve mostly upheld this promise in the past. Granted, some things just have to change, either due to pricing or certain parts no longer being in production. Still, the set should be a great collectors items, and will hit shelves later this year. Watch the announcement video below, along with teasing for the next round of nominees: Sherlock, Adventure Time, Zelda, Macross, a Japanese architecture model, and a second Back to the Future model (but motorized this time)! Read more…

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Leaked Image Of Lego Simpsons Set

Posted by Bob Muir on Jan 7, 2014 in Hobbies and Collections

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Speaking of Legos, check out this purported leaked image of a Simpsons Lego set. With 2523 pieces, you’ve got a lot to work with as you construct the Simpsons’ house and populate it with the entire family (and Flanders). You can even open it up and check out the interior decorations, from the look of it. As this was a leak on Eurobricks, there’s no word on a date or price, but with that many pieces, you can expect it to easily cost you a pretty penny. Read more…

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Enormous Joker’s Funhouse Made Entirely From LEGO

Posted by Ben Huber on Jan 6, 2014 in Fandom, Hobbies and Collections

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So, did everyone bust on the LEGOs over Christmas break? Because there are a ton of amazing creations popping up this week. Ok, it doesn’t quite apply here because this was uploaded a little bit ago but it didn’t catch my attention until now. This huge model made by LegoBrickbaron looks impressive in pictures, with its bright colors and insane attention to detail, but it looks even better on video. Why? Because it moves and has a bunch of little mechanical moving parts. Check out the entire video to see Batman battling the Joker, Robin struggling to hang on, and the Penguin unleashing his penguin horde. Read more…

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Now You Can Own Your Own Mars Curiosity Rover

Posted by Ben Huber on Jan 5, 2014 in Hobbies and Collections

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Not the real thing, mind you, that’d be a bit expensive. Instead, you can own the NASA Mars Curiosity Rover… in LEGO form! For $30! That’s a bit more affordable, eh? It features the 6-wheeled suspension system and poseable robotic arms for gather data. The coolest part? It was designed by LEGO fan and Curiosity engineer Stephen Pakbaz. So this dude made both the real rover and the LEGO version — if only I could be half as cool as he is! You can buy the set online here (or in stores) but of this writing it’s currently out of stock and will be back January 17th. Read more…

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Amazing LEGO Ball Machine is Back!

Posted by Ben Huber on Jan 3, 2014 in Hobbies and Collections

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Akiyuky, the intrepid Japanese LEGO mastermind behind several incredible contraptions, is back with another impressive ball contraption, delivering hundreds of balls in a loop through a variety of neat machines. While the scale is always impressive, I’m liking this one a bit more for the extra character involved: those adorable colored animals picking up the balls and throwing them back is great! I hope Akiyuky and his crew of talented builders do more of the that in the future, because it adds some much-needed color to some amazing LEGO gizmos. Watch the blue ball travel through the contraption below! Read more…

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Holy Crap: This Is A Life-Size LEGO Car That Actually Drives

Posted by Ben Huber on Dec 21, 2013 in Fandom, Hobbies and Collections

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Sure, it’s not street-legal, but still! A crazy LEGO fan from Romania, Raul Oaida, along with a entrepreneur, Steve Sammartino, built a life-size LEGO car that actually can be driven. It’s powered by air and pneumatic LEGO parts, which is the most crazy part. It doesn’t go very fast, but it’s still quite the engineering feat, using 256 LEGO pistons. Overall, it uses just over 500,000 LEGO bricks total, and can reach speeds of 20-30km, according to their YouTube page. What an insane project! Maybe they could make a car that’s street-legal next? Read more…

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Lego Hobbit Game Is Ready To Milk The Franchise More

Posted by Bob Muir on Nov 26, 2013 in Cinema, Videogames

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Normally, I’d approve of more Lego videogames. It’s practically impossible to keep up with them all, but Traveller’s Tales makes solid games that aren’t just for kids. But the latest announcement out of Warner Brothers seems like one step too far because of the franchise it’s adapting. Lego The Hobbit will be out in Spring 2014 for (deep breath) PS4, Xbox One, PC/Mac, Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360, Vita, and 3DS. That all sounds good, but the problem is what’s actually in the game. Because it’s coming out before the third installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit film trilogy, it will only include 2/3 of the story from the book. As if the book wasn’t being milked enough by being split into three movies, even the game can’t cover everything. Is Warner Brothers concerned about spoilers for a 75-year-old book? Read more…

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