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LEGO Ideas Ghostbusters HQ!

Ghostbusters HQThe iconic New York building featured in the Ghostbusters movies has been re-created in LEGO several times over the last few years!

Sean Kenney was one of the first to build the Firehouse in LEGO form and Alex Jones – better known as Orion Pax has also built an incredibly detailed version influenced not only by the films but also the animated series!

Now Sergio Herencias has re-created the HQ and submitted the idea to LEGO! Currently the project has over 9,000 votes so expect this set to be up for review.

The design looks similar to the one used by Brent Waller, the man behind the LEGO Ideas Ecto-1 set and the Stay Puft projects in the promotional stills for his Ghostbusters projects. It remains to be seen whether LEGO will approve this amazing modular looking build which features lighting as well as hinged wall which opens up to reveal the interior!

LEGO Star Wars Wookie Gunship

ChopperAnother new set revealed over at MTV.com LEGO Star Wars Wookiee Gunship (75084). Part of the January 2015′s line-up of sets and based on the upcoming new animated Disney TV series Star Wars Rebels, the Wookie Gunship consists of 570 pieces and features four minifigures – Wullffwarro, Kanan Jarrus and two Wookies.

Another life-size LEGO build was also unveiled this time of the R5 unit Chopper! Built with 11,744 bricks and standing 36″ tall!

Wookie GunshipProtect Wullffwarro and his Jedi friend, Kanan Jarrus, with the powerful LEGO® Star Wars Wookiee Gunship. As featured in the Star Wars: Rebels animated TV series, this amazing battle-ready craft has loads of weapons to see off any invading force, like movable front cannons and an elevating top cannon. When the action really heats up, raise the wings into attack mode and unleash the never-before-seen rapid shooters! If you run low on ammo, open the side hatches to access the spare supply, then lower the rear bay door and unload the mobile gun post. Includes 4 minifigures with assorted weapons: Wullffwarro, Kanan Jarrus and 2 Wookiees. Available January 2015, 570 pieces, $69.99

LEGO celebrate Batman’s 75th Birthday at SDCC

BatmanTonight is preview night at San Diego Comic Con and there is loads of news filtering through of what is to be showcased and on offer over at the LEGO Booth!

Today is also the 75th anniversary of Batman and two of LEGO’s exclusives will feature the Caped Crusader!

The DC Comic Con Exclusive minifigure with be Zur-En-Arrh (or Planet-X Batman). Images for the previously announced ’66 Batmobile have also surfaced. Each exclusive is limited to 1,000 and will be given away via a raffle system.

A set to be released in January 2015 is Green Lantern vs. Sinestro (76025) featuring Green Lantern, Sinestro and Space Batman which has previously been seen in the LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham video game trailer/footage.

UCS TDKR Batmobile to be released

UCS TumblerUSA Today has revealed another LEGO set to be released later in the year!

The Ultimate Collector Series Tumbler from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy. The new highly detailed LEGO version measures 15″ long and 9″ wide consists of 1,869 pieces and features new technic plates, new LEGO wheels, intricately detailed interior and exterior complete with adjustable wings. The set does come with two minifigures despite the fact the set is not minifigure scale - Batman and Heath Ledger Joker. The set will cost £159.99 in the UK.

With the 75th Anniversary of Batman on Wednesday 23rd, the announcement of this set ahead of San Diego Comic Con is a little surprising! At this rate LEGO will have nothing to unveil at SDCC!

Build the awesome Tumbler from the Batman The Dark Knight Trilogy!

Take on the challenge of building The Tumbler, an amazingly cool LEGO®model of the iconic vehicle from the Batman The Dark Knight Trilogy. Construct this black armored vehicle highlighted with new color LEGO elements and brand new LEGO front wheels. Check out the cool, detailed interior and adjustable top wings.

SDCC LEGO exclusives

SDCC LEGOIt is that time of year when hordes of fanboys and girls flock to California for San Diego Comic Con.

Every year LEGO releases exclusives which are only available during the four day event and The Wall Street Journal has details on this years offerings!

Hot on the heels of the release of the LEGO Guardians of The Galaxy sets, Rocket’s Warbird a 145 piece limited edition set will be available only at this years SDCC from the LEGO Booth for $39.99. Also available will be The Collector minifigure another character from the GoTG film played by Benicio del Toro.

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The other two Lego sets are a classic Batmobile from the 1960′s television series, and the Ghost starship from the new Star Wars animation Rebels. Each is priced at $39.99 limited to 1,000 each with 250 available each day from the LEGO booth.

 

LEGO Ideas Exo Suit promo video

Exo SuitHere is a look at the next LEGO Ideas set to be released later this year – The Exo Suit and to promote the release the LEGO YouTube page has uploaded a cool video animated and directed by LEGO fan Chris Salt.

The set, to be released in August, will include two green Space minifigures along with the Exo Suit and one turtle!

LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Review

Celebrate 30 years of ghost-busting action with the iconic Ghostbusters Ecto-1 car! Selected by LEGO Ideas members (formerly known as CUUSOO), this fun and iconic vehicle from the blockbuster ‘80s movie is fully loaded with all the paranormal detection equipment needed to track down those ghastly ghosts. It also features cool Ghostbusterslogo decoration, removable roof, tracking computer and seats for 3 minifigures. This unique set also includes a fascinating booklet containing building instructions, selected images and behind-the-scenes details about the classic Ghostbusters movie. So if there’s something strange in your neighbourhood, strap on your proton pack and get ready to help Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore bust some ghosts! 4 minifigures with proton packs included.

Ghostbusters, like Back to the Future before it, is a film franchise still holds a certain magic even 30 years later. Lego Ideas (formerly CUUSOO) delivers yet again on its promise with a set Lego fans have been dreaming of for years.

Minifigures: This set was always going to live or die by its minifigures and one of its major successes is the inclusion of a figure stand. When you have such legendary actors represented, you need to put them front and centre. You get 4 minifigures here, each with double face prints and different torso prints. Each figure also has a buildable proton pack which looks surprisingly detailed for such a small scale. The figures are decent interpretations of Bill Murray et al but there is one glaring omission. Where is Slimer? This Ghostbusters set has no ghost! Slimer is one of the most iconic elements from the franchise and his exclusion here is a real misstep, especially for a £45 set.

Build:  This set includes unnumbered bags but it is still a relatively quick build. The proton packs take a little time to assemble and the inclusion of a figure stand makes the building of the minifigures a more important feature than in most Lego sets. The frame of the car comes together almost immediately with only the details such as the roof taking a little more time. There are some clever building tricks employed to recreate the famous Ecto-1 with the tilted side windows being a particular highlight and the generous number of chrome silver pieces which really help the overall look of the car. There are four printed bricks featuring the Ghostbusters logo (not a sticker in sight!) and we also get two printed Ecto-1 number plates. The car is unable to fit all four minifigures in a sitting position but I doubt anyone had planned to display them in this way. The final product looks fantastic and most fans will be happy with how well the set has turned out.

That being said, this should really have been the same price as the Back to the Future set. Yes you get four minifigures but the Ecto-1 really isn’t big enough or detailed enough to warrant the hefty price tag. This is a set aimed squarely at AFOLs who grew up with the Ghostbusters films and as such, Lego probably skewed the price a bit higher.  You do get a gorgeous instruction book which features some great Ghostbusters quotes on several pages as well as a brief look at the movie itself. A few extra details would have brought this set up a little higher. Most fans would have expected Slimer minifigure and even for £10-£15 more, how cool would it have been to include a Lego Stay Puft Marshmallow Man?

Still, you can’t deny Lego have captured at least some of the magic with this set. The Ecto-1 car and the minifigures are both well designed and instantly charming.

3 out of 5.

LEGO Fusion to launch in September

LEGO FusionLEGO continue to push the boundaries. Best known for their construction kits, LEGO video games and movies have grabbed the headlines in recent months.

Now LEGO are combining video game technology with their construction kits in the form of LEGO Fusion!

Here is the press release…

LEGO Systems, Inc., makers of the world’s leading construction toys, today introduced LEGO® FUSION, a play experience that combines traditional LEGO brick play with familiar app-based game themes. LEGO FUSION leverages new technologies—and children’s fascination with them—to create an entirely new way to engage in LEGO brick building and app game play for children ages 7 and up. Available later this summer, the LEGO FUSION collection will include four distinct titles: LEGO FUSION Town Master, LEGO FUSION Battle Towers, LEGO FUSION Create & Race and LEGO FUSION Resort Designer.

Each LEGO FUSION experience consists of a distinct set of LEGO bricks, a corresponding free downloadable app and the new FUSION capture plate, a small brick building plate with a printed design that enables a smart phone or tablet’s camera to identify the size and colors of the LEGO bricks built onto it. In response to game prompts, children build vertically in 2-D on the FUSION capture plate, enabling the app to ‘see,’ import and transform the creation into 3-D in the digital world.

“Children have always imagined their LEGO creations as immersive worlds which come to life for hours of role-play and adventure,” said Ditte Bruun Pedersen, senior design manager, LEGO Future Lab. “Recently, smart phones and tablets have become a popular platform for empowering game mechanisms that kids love. LEGO FUSION brings these two favorite play patterns together in an experience where real-life LEGO builds come to life in a virtual game, inspiring creativity, strategy, and the pride of creation.”

To Win, Step Away from the Screen Once a child’s creation has been imported into the game, a series of challenges and interactions requires that players turn away from the device and return to the real world to use their LEGO bricks to build new solutions in order to move game play forward.  Each game encourages this back-and-forth between physical and virtual, keeping children engaged in both worlds.

“In our research, we heard repeatedly from parents that they are constantly battling ‘zombie gaze,’ the experience when their children are immersed in their device screens for large blocks of time,” said Pedersen. “We developed LEGO FUSION with this challenge in mind, creating a play experience that keeps children entertained with the kind of app gameplay they love while giving real reasons to return to the brick pile to creatively build.”

Each LEGO FUSION product offers a distinct play experience.  The four products launching this year are:

LEGO FUSION Town Master: In this simulation game, players create and rule their own LEGO town, first by building it with LEGO bricks, then by capturing it and importing it to the game. Children build everything from houses to a pizzeria, fire station and bike shop while completing errands and missions like catching robbers, fighting fires and skateboarding. To keep the minifigure citizens happy, players solve problems through physical building and earn points to gain access to more structures, and even run additional towns.

LEGO FUSION Battle Towers: Players build a tower and defend it against attack so they can rule the kingdom. First, players design the Battle Towers with real LEGO pieces, then capture them and import them to the game. Next, players choose tower defenders like wizards and archers and battle against evil warriors, skeleton armies, and more. If a tower is damaged in battle, players can repair the damage with a timed build with the game’s real LEGO bricks.

LEGO FUSION Create & Race: In this racing game, players get behind the wheel and virtually drive the cars that they create with real LEGO bricks. Once a custom vehicle is digitally designed, physically built, and imported to the game, it can be optimized for success in racing, demolition or stunts. Players learn that every brick shape and color on the vehicle matters for performance. Three themed courses offer endless challenges unlocked by physical LEGO builds, and children can even ghost race against friends to top the leaderboard.

LEGO FUSION Resort Designer: Players help the LEGO Friends design new vacation houses, shops and activities for Ambersands Beach. After building 2-D facades, capturing them and importing them to the game, players can design the interiors of 3-D digital structures, such as an aquarium, surf shop and beach houses. Children can unlock new levels and build more resorts by completing missions like rescuing dolphins, riding horses, surfing and other resort activities.

Beginning in September, LEGO FUSION will incorporate the ability for players to access their digital LEGO creations and game play anywhere. Using their LEGO ID, players can sign in on any compatible device and access their gallery and game play from within the LEGO FUSION app.

Developed by TT Games, makers of the best-selling LEGO video game franchise, the LEGO FUSION Town Master, Battle Towers, Create & Race, and Resort Designer app games are free for download from the Apple, Google or Samsung App Store for Apple iOS and Android.

LEGO FUSION Town Master, LEGO FUSION Battle Towers, and LEGO FUSION Create & Race will launch in August 2014; LEGO FUSION Resort Designer will launch in September 2014. Each will be available for $34.99 in LEGO Stores and Toys”R”Us stores in the U.S., as well as online at shop.LEGO.com and at toysrus.com

Win The Simpsons House courtesy of Smyths!

SimpsonsFancy winning the incredible LEGO The Simpsons House courtesy of Smyths?

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Recreate hilarious scenes from the classic animated TV series with The Simpsons™ House. Taken right out of Springfield, this amazing model is crammed with tons of LEGO® brick detail. Lift off the roof and open up the house to discover Homer and Marge’s big family bedroom including bed and Maggie’s crib, Bart’s room with his skateboard and Krusty the Clown poster, Lisa’s room with her favorite books, jazz poster and more, and bathroom with shower, toilet, sink and mirror. Lift off the top floor to reveal the fully-fitted kitchen with dining table, chairs, yellow and light-blue tiled floor and lots of pots, pans and other accessories. Then it’s into the living room with couch and TV playing Itchy and Scratchy, purple piano and more. Next to the house is the detachable garage, complete with workbench, tool rack, vacuum cleaner, broom, toolbox, tools and the family car, complete with dent (because only in a LEGO world are dents a plus!), opening trunk and ‘radioactive’ bar from the nuclear power plant. Step outside onto the terrace and you’ll find loads of cool items, including a grill, wheelbarrow and air conditioning unit with ‘Property of Ned Flanders’ decoration, sausages, 2 garden loungers, flowerpots, a shovel, 2 fruit cocktail glasses, Lisa’s camera, Bart’s skateboard ramp with ‘El Barto’ graffiti and an antenna on the roof. The Simpsons™ House is the perfect collector’s item for fans of all ages. Includes 6 minifigures: Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and Ned Flanders.

The Joker Steam Roller Review

The Joker and his goon are causing havoc in Gotham City with their crazy steam roller and are destroying everything in their path. Batgirl and Robin need backup from Batman in his fast and heavily armed Batwing to end this crime wave. Use the Batwing’s 4 flick missiles to disable the rampaging steam roller and then switch the wings to attack mode and grab the bad guys before they can launch the laughing gas bombs! Can Batman and his fellow heroes save Gotham City? Includes 5 minifigures with assorted weapons: Batman, Batgirl, Robin, The Joker and Joker goon.

Minifigures: The minifigure selection is ok… we get the obligatory Batman minifigure, a new Joker minifigure complete with hat and flag gun. One of the Jokers goons, a new Robin (with short legs) and for the first time a Batgirl minifigure!

Build: The Steam Roller is a quick and straightforward build. There is not a lot to the Steam Roller, the rollers at the front, which are 6 pieces linked together, make the vehicle look bigger than the build suggests. The finished vehicle is colourful with some nice touches – the Jokers trademark smile below the cab and above the rollers and the two flick missiles which have the Jokers face inprinted on them!

The Batwing is a little more complex of a build and the finished build looks pretty cool. The wings can be pulled forward or positioned perpendicularly to the body.

Overall 3 out of 5. At £49.99 the set is a little over-priced for what you get. The Steam Roller is quite simplistic and the minifigure selection could have been better, maybe an extra Jokers goon.