LEGO Bringing Out More Minecraft Sets (Now Mini-fig Sized!)

Posted by Ben Huber on Nov 3, 2013 in Hobbies and Collections, Videogames

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Yup, the Minecraft hype train can’t be stopped! LEGO has had an incredible amount of success with their miniature Minecraft CUUSOO sets, and it now wants to replicate that on a larger scale! They’re going to be making minifigure-scale models that will expand to a whole line of sets. While they’re still in the very early phases, they’re asking for community input on what fans would like to see in the sets on their Facebook page. Currently they’re asking which Creeper design you like the most, so head on over and help decide! Then check out the video below which features more looks at the prototype sets! Read more…

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New Main Trailer for The LEGO Movie – Featuring More Batman

Posted by Ben Huber on Nov 2, 2013 in Cinema

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Alright guys, I know it looks cheesy and really hammy, but I think The LEGO Movie looks really fun. I love that the majority of it is actually made out of LEGO parts — that’s real dedication. Sure, there’s some CGI and clever manipulation of bricks that couldn’t happen in real life, but still — impressive stuff! The cast also is pretty well-rounded, with some great comedy actors who can also, well, act! The directors are duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who are most famous for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I hope it turns out well! Read more…

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New LEGO Alert: Parisian Restaurant

Posted by Ben Huber on Oct 6, 2013 in Hobbies and Collections

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LEGO has done a great job with their modular series. It’s a series of sets that all fit together as a city street, allowing you to mix and match each modular as you wish to form your town. The latest addition? A Parisian Restaurant! It’s got a lot of really cool colors and unique pieces, along with enough details to satisfy the most advanced builder. I love the kitchen inside, as well as the brickwork on the chimney. You get five minifigures in the set too, and a LEGO Vespa scooter. Just the detail needed! This set will be running for $159.99 and will come out in January 2014. More images and a video of it below! Read more…

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LEGO Sherlock Model Wins Votes on CUUSOO

Posted by Ben Huber on Sep 27, 2013 in Hobbies and Collections, Television

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We’re seeing plenty of fanboy-related topics show up on LEGO CUUSOO all the time now, and it looks like the latest one to win the support of the community is a Sherlock model. Based off of the popular BBC show, the creator on CUUSOO has included a variety of options for LEGO to consider when making it a set, including different sets of minifigures, different sizes of the model itself, and an optional display stand. Basically, they put a lot of thought into the factors that LEGO themselves considers when making a set. Now that it’s got support, LEGO has to evaluate the model and obtain the rights to make the set. This is usually the biggest hangup, but with a versatile model like this it might just work out. Read more…

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Huge LEGO Model of UN Headquarters Finished by UN Secretary-General

Posted by Ben Huber on Sep 22, 2013 in Hobbies and Collections

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By “finished” we mean that he put the final brick in it. LEGO had been putting together a large scale model of the UN Headquarters, and wanted to go out with a bang — so else better to ask than the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon? LEGO actually has a smaller version of the UN HQ coming October 1st as part of their Architecture line, so there’s a hint of self-promotion here, but it’s cool that Ban Ki-moon had enough time to check it out. The LEGO Foundation does these kinds of projects, as well as school outreach, to help promote creativity and learning. It’s some pretty neat stuff! Read more…

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LEGO Builder Moko Impresses with Gipsy Danger and Madoka

Posted by Ben Huber on Sep 16, 2013 in Hobbies and Collections

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Japanese LEGO builder Moko has been on a roll recently with some impressive builds — most recently, Gipsy Danger and Kaname Madoka! I love the pose on Madoka, with her bow outstretched, and Gipsy Danger has that distinctive “ready to go” stance. There’s a lot of little details on these models, so I’ve dropped a few more images below. Also check out Moko’s other neat builds, such as the Evangelion Unit 01 we feature a while ago, Mami Tomoe (also from Madoka Magica), and both Gurren Lagann’s head & the core drill! What an impressive library of models! Read more…

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The Opening of Thriller – Now in LEGO Form

Posted by Ben Huber on Sep 6, 2013 in Fandom, Hobbies and Collections

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I think in the future, everything will be made out of LEGOs. Not just our silly online videos recreating a movie trailer or the crazy space ships from our favorite films, but LEGOs will form everything. Our cars, our buildings, the air we breathe, maybe even your children will be LEGOs. It’s really the only path I see towards the future. So the first step is to recreate everything from the past with LEGO bricks first — starting with Thriller. Annette Jung has created the opening scene of Michael Jackson’s iconic music video, Thriller. I’m gonna bet it took a long time to make this, because it looks amazing. Read more…

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Trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in LEGO Form

Posted by Ben Huber on Aug 23, 2013 in Cinema, Hobbies and Collections

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Yes, the Brotherhood Workshop is at it again! They have LEGO-fied another movie trailer, and it’s more Lord of the Rings. This time it’s the recent trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which they have spent two months making. There’s a great mix of LEGO and visual effects here, but mostly it’s just fun to see little LEGO figures waddle across large landscapes. That, and that LEGO Smaug is pretty freaking awesome. If only the official LEGO model would be so detailed and impressive! Watch the video below and then grab you minifigures and reenact it yourself. Read more…

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Adventure Time Intro Made With LEGOs

Posted by Ben Huber on Aug 10, 2013 in Animation

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YouTube’s Geek Week is going on right now, and while much of it is silly “crazy geek stuff” there’s some interesting stuff too. Cartoon Network has uploaded a video of the intro of Adventure Time — remade with LEGO bricks. Granted, everything under the sun has to be done with LEGOs at one point or another (I’m pretty sure it’s a law of the internet at this point), but this has some creative use of perspective to created the effect of the original opening. No where in the video description is who made this for them though – unless they chained Cartoon Network interns up in their basement and forced them to do it. Read more…

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Here’s a Massive WWII LEGO Beach Attack Display

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 14, 2013 in Hobbies and Collections

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You know, just a simple, nonchalant statement: “here it is!” This is an amazing model by Daniel Siskind, who has recreated a beach storming scene entirely from LEGO bricks. Featuring numerous little details – and also, the BIG details – this piece is seriously impressive. Daniel mentions that several other people had to help him with it since it got so big. The most stunning part? He plans on doubling its size later this year. Check out the video below for a closer look at this massive undertaking as well as hearing Daniel speak more about the work behind it. Read more…

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A Wild LEGO Steampunk Walking Machine

Posted by Ben Huber on Jun 22, 2013 in Design, Hobbies and Collections

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Jason Allemann has been making some crazy stuff – and all out of LEGO. His latest piece combines cool looks along with some clever functionality: a Steampunk Walking Ship, a boat made for land. Using a remote control and LEGO motors, it crawls its way across the ground ready to deliver or unload cargo. Jason says it’s inspired by Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest, and I can definitely see the resemblance. In the YouTube video, he also provides instructions on how to make the contraption yourself – provided you have the right parts. Check it out below! Read more…

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First Trailer for The LEGO Movie Arrives

Posted by Ben Huber on Jun 21, 2013 in Cinema

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The long and lengthy development time for the LEGO Movie at first seemed to spell trouble, but then we received a flurry of casting news and it seemed the whole project fell into place. Now, the first trailer for the film has arrived. Taking advantage of Warner Bros. large catalog of licenses, Batman, TMNT, and more all show up in the movie. Liam Neeson, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Chris Pratt, Allison Brie, Nick Offerman, and Will Arnett as freaking Batman are just some of the names that show up here. It looks like a solid family movie, and best of all? It’s made with CGI, stop-motion LEGOs, and digital manipulation. And it visually, it looks stunning. Check the trailer out below. Read more…

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New Massive Sydney Opera House LEGO Set Revealed

Posted by Ben Huber on Jun 17, 2013 in Hobbies and Collections

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It seems like every other week LEGO is upping the ante and revealing a huge new model. This time around is a gorgeous rendition of the Sydney Opera House. It’s nearly a foot tall, 25 inches wide and 15 inches deep, and features 2,989 pieces. They did a good job capturing the sloped and curved shape of the whole building, and their press release even brags about having a bunch of new colored pieces and baseplates. I suppose if you’re a die-hard collector that matters! If you want it though, you’ll have to wait until September when it releases for $320. Check out more images and a creator video below! Read more…

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LEGO Builds Largest Model Ever: A Life-Size X-Wing

Posted by Ben Huber on May 25, 2013 in Hobbies and Collections, Star Wars

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Yes, the biggest LEGO model ever made. LEGO really went all-out here, and put together an absolutely massive, 44 foot wingspan, 11 foot height, 5 million brick model. It took 32 LEGO Master Builders over 17,000 hours to complete. And it’s now in Times Square for everyone to see (and even sit in!). LEGO hasn’t said how long the model will be in Times Square (only that “this summer” it will be moved to LEGOLAND California), but I assume it will at least be there till May 29th for the premier of The Yoda Chronicles. I imagine this is the coolest thing ever for many kids, so I hope this stays around for a while. Check out more images below and also read The Brothers Brick write-up of the effort that went into building it! Read more…

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Press A To Cook Meth In LEGO Breaking Bad Parody

Posted by Bob Muir on May 2, 2013 in Television, Videogames

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If you’ve never checked out the series of LEGO videogames being made by Traveller’s Tales, you’re missing out on tongue-in-check, fun homages to the properties they adapt, even if the games are largely bereft of challenge. They’re all largely the same, involving getting to the end of a level with the most LEGO studs (and no real penalty for dying or losing those studs besides a lower ranking and unlocking things slower). Brian Anderson is apparently a big fan of both the LEGO games and Breaking Bad, as he has created a concept video for what a LEGO Breaking Bad game would be like. Read more…

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LEGO Lord of the Rings Tower of Orthanc Revealed

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 28, 2013 in Hobbies and Collections

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LEGO has long done the Ultimate Collector’s Series for Star Wars, and the Modular series of city buildings, but Lord of the Rings hasn’t gotten anything quite so elaborate – until now. The Tower of Orthanc will be the largest LEGO Lord of the Rings model to date, featuring Saruman’s imposing dwelling as well as an eagle and an Ent! I appreciate that the Ent is made out of bricks and not a pre-molded piece. This massive set will run you $200 and is arriving in July of this year. It’s just over 28 inches high and contains 2,359 pieces. Check out more images below! Read more…

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LEGO Eva Unit 01 Is Freaking Huge

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 27, 2013 in Anime, Fandom

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I’ve been on an Neon Genesis Evangelion kick recently (since the third movie is now out on Blu-ray in Japan), so this new model from Moko is perfect in its timing. He has made a nearly 4-foot tall Eva Unit 01, articulated, too! Kind of insane. And if you don’t know much about LEGO bricks: purple is a bit of a rare color in the LEGO world, so seeing so much of it in one place is pretty impressive. Usually LEGO mechas aren’t this big or lanky, due to their own weight, so it standing on its own is also quite a feat. Check out some more images of the model below, as well as Moko standing next to it for scale! Read more…

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LEGO Space Kraken Eats Star Destroyer

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 15, 2013 in Hobbies and Collections

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Not sure how often I’ll get to write that headline!

Iain Heath has put together a massively impressive LEGO model of a Space Kraken taking down the Super Star Destroyer. The SSD has a bit of a reputation in the LEGO community as a big, boring, grey model, so Iain took matters into his own hands and spruced it up with a big splash of color. It was on display at the Emerald City Comicon this year and has now moved to its new resting place at Tableau Software in Seattle. Really impressive work! Read more…

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LEGO Castle Grayskull is Amazing

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 7, 2013 in Hobbies and Collections

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Once again, LEGO fans prove their mettle in fantastic ways: David Frank has put together a LEGO version of the classic toy Castle Grayskull from Masters of the Universe. It’s delightfully chunky-looking and captures the spirit of the original perfectly. It has all the internals as well, and is leaving me wondering how he accomplished some of those details. Great job with hiding the studs, too! Take a look at some more images of the castle below the jump, and then try not to pull out that bin of LEGO bricks you have stashed in the attic. Read more…

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LEGO Bionicle Models Play Music for Your Entertainment

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 10, 2013 in Hobbies and Collections

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YouTube user Opificio Sonico put together a really cool video recently, showing off his LEGO Bionicle models that are hooked up to a collection of motors and an Arduino Uno board. Their purpose? To help create some pretty awesome music. Partnered with the Clavia Nordbeat app for iPad, the models tap out the rhythms delivered via electronic signal. It’s a pretty neat usage of the larger LEGO Technic models and gives the impression of a little band jamming away on the desk. I fully anticipate LEGOs to be making all of our music in the future. Watch the video below! Read more…

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400,000 Bricks Went Into This Massive LEGO Hogwarts

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 4, 2013 in Fandom, Hobbies and Collections

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LEGO fan Alice Finch embarked on quite the quest: to build all of Hogwarts. About 18 months and 400,000 bricks later, she finally finished it, and it’s been collecting awards and recognition ever since. It was actually first shown at BrickCon 2012 in October, but her collection of high-quality pictures of the entire model haven’t been revealed until now. And wow, what is there to say? It’s absolutely stunning and one of the most complex and impressive LEGO builds I’ve seen. Each side of it reaches nearly 13 feet long, and each inch is filled with tons of little details. The Brothers Brick has a great interview with Alice here, and check out her huge collection of images on her Flickr page! I’ve included a few below. Read more…

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Amazing Ghostbusters HQ Made Out of LEGO

Posted by Ben Huber on Feb 22, 2013 in Fandom, Hobbies and Collections

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Another week, another amazing LEGO model, right? Yeah, but this one it pretty unique: the entire Ghostbusters HQ made into a cross-section model, including the Ecto-1, and all the details from the film. See if you can find them all! Alex Jones is continuing to impress us all with his amazing work – he says he watch Ghostbusters 1 and 2 constantly for two months to learn all the nooks and crannies of the HQ. Too bad this will probably never be an actual LEGO set (too many pieces), because I know plenty of people who’d buy this! Check out more images below and on his site. Read more…

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New LEGO Red Five X-wing Leaked… Officially

Posted by Ben Huber on Feb 17, 2013 in Hobbies and Collections, Star Wars

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Check out this bad boy: a brand new ultimate LEGO model of the Red Five X-wing! At first some images of it leaked online, at which point it spread all over the place. LEGO then promptly requested these images to be taken down… and then uploaded their video announcing the new set. Anyway, regardless of the announcement, this new set looks great, and if you’re a LEGO or Star Wars fan, this will definitely make a great display piece. It’ll arrive in May and will retail for $199.99, with 1,559 pieces. And yes, it includes R2-D2. It wouldn’t be complete without him! Watch the video below to see all the details. Read more…

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LEGO City Undercover Gets a New Trailer

Posted by Ben Huber on Feb 9, 2013 in Videogames

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Looking for a new Wii U game now that Rayman Legends has been delayed? LEGO City Undercover looks like it might fit that bill. It’s the latest in a long line of LEGO games, but it looks to be breaking the mold in a few ways: one, it’s an open-world GTA-style game and two, more work seems to be going into the writing and voice acting. This new trailer via Nintendomination actually made me laugh a few times, and the missions look to be fun, so maybe I’ll check this game out. That goofy and charming LEGO humor really seems like a perfect fit here. Watch the trailer below. Read more…

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