Archive for May 2014

Durham Cathedral LEGO Build update

Durham CathedralIt has been a while since we have had an update from the LEGO build at Durham Cathedral! This weekend the build is going mobile and will be taking part in the Northumbrian Brick Show at Bede Tower, Sunderland on Saturday 31 May from 10am – 4pm!

LEGO Batman 3 official trailer

LEGO Batman returns this Autumn with a third installment in the series – LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham and Warner Bros. have released a teaser trailer for the forthcoming video game! While the official UK Facebook page of LEGO Batman has posted a few stills from the game!

The best-selling LEGO Batman videogame franchise returns in an out-of-this-world, action-packed adventure!  In LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the Caped Crusader joins forces with the super heroes of the DC Comics universe and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth.  Using the power of the Lantern Rings, Brainiac shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe.  Now the greatest super heroes and the most cunning villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to collect the Lantern Rings and stop Brainiac before it’s too late.

Swedish man to choose between LEGO & marriage

LEGOEverything is clearly not awesome for an unnamed man from Varbarg, Sweden who has been forced to sell his entire LEGO collection in a bid to save his marriage.

The disgruntled LEGO enthusiast put an ad on a local buy/sell website for his 300kg collection of LEGO worth around 75,000 kronor – approximately £11,500. With an additional 20kg of instructions!

A lot of the items listed included LEGO Technic sets and some previously unopened sets that had been hidden away in his basement!

In the ad the man called for interested parties to “Save my marriage”. For further details click here

The Art of The Brick Dublin

Art of The BrickNathan Sawaya‘s work has been inspirational to many AFOL’s. He is one of the pioneers in using LEGO bricks as a medium for art. His widely acclaimed, record breaking exhibition The Art of The Brick has visited the Far East, Australia as well as his home city of New York and is now touring Europe.

The first stop on the European tour is Dublin and The Ambassador Theatre. Due to the popular demand of the exhibit the show has been extended to 22nd June before making it’s way to London.

Built with over a million bricks, taking over 4,000 hours to build and comprising of 73 pieces of art, The Art of The Brick has been described as One of CNN’s Top 10 “Must see exhibitions”.

At the entrance to the exhibit, viewers are greeted by “Crowd” inspired by the “throngs of people walking the streets of New York City”. As you advance through the exhibit you can see how the subsequent works have progressed in a much larger scale culminating in “Dinosaur”.

Standing nearly 6m tall and built with over 80,000 bricks Dinosaur took an entire summer to build and was used as the centre piece for Nathan’s first solo exhibition in 2007.

There are some truly beautiful pieces along the journey.The influences of the former corporate lawyer turned LEGO Certified Professional are represented in the mosaics of Andy Warhol, Jimi Hendrix and Rembrandt. The LEGO built reproductions of such famous works of art the Venus de Milo (18,483 bricks) and Augustus (22,300 bricks) show Sawaya’s love for Hellenistic sculptures.

Sawaya is probably best known for his abstract protrayal of the human form. Yellow, being his most iconic piece, shows his subject “opening oneself up to the world”. The piece has had it’s own CUUSOO project and has even been used by Lady Gaga in promotional images.

For more information on The Art of The Brick head over to Nathan Sawaya’s website http://brickartist.com/

To book tickets for the show, visit www.ticketmaster.ie. Tickets are priced €14 for Adults, €12 for Students & OAP’s, €8 for children up to 15 and €34 for a family of four for Mondays to Wednesdays and €17 for Adults, €14 for Students and OAP’s, €9 for children up to 15 and €42 for a family of four the rest of the week.

 

 

 

 

TT Games at MCM Expo

Last weekend saw MCM Expo return to the ExCel Centre in London. With over 100,000 attendees on the Saturday alone the event had numerous trade stands and dealers specialising in the latest merchandise for all things anime, video game and comic book!

There wasn’t much of a LEGO influence at the event, you will find the odd dealer with a few LEGO items for sale however I did come across a craft stall who used LEGO bricks to make jewellery.

Hand Made By Me run by Micheel Eve have a variety of jewellery using trinkets from Despicable Me to My Little Pony and LEGO. You can check out what else they have at their website.

I also had the chance to speak briefly with Arthur Parsons who worked on LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. Along with their stand, where visitors could try out the latest LEGO video games on offer, TT Games were hosting a panel discussing LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, LEGO Movie and LEGO The Hobbit video games.

You can read more about the panel over at MCM’s Buzz site

LEGO Ninjago Movie gets a release date

NinjagoWe first reported that LEGO Ninjago would be coming to the big screen nearly a year ago! Now more details are starting to be revealed, with the film’s release date set for 23rd September 2016.

Following on from the success of The LEGO Movie, Warner Brothers will be aiming to cement their relationship with The LEGO Group with the Charlie Bean directed Ninjago film which has been written by brothers Dan and Kevin Hageman.

The Ninjago line of building sets made a welcome return in 2014 replacing the poorly received Legends of Chima.

 

Brett Waller’s new LEGO Ideas Ghostbusters project

GhostbustersBrett Waller’s previous Ghostbusters project won him the honour of the LEGO CUUSOO Fall 2013 review.

Now he has forwarded his idea for a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man set with three minifigures including Walter Peck, Gatekeeper and Keymaster!

The Stay Puft measures 34cm tall, consists of 1,800 bricks and is approximately half scale. If the Marshmallow Man was built to minifigure scale he would measure over 68cm tall! Nonetheless the design still looks impressive!

To support the project over at LEGO Ideas, click here…

UCS AT-AT gaining plenty of votes on LEGO Ideas

AT-ATThis amazing minifigure scale AT-AT is the work of Peter Brookdale!

The iconic Empire Strikes Back vehicle has been built using around 6,000 bricks and weighs 7.6kg!

Peter forwarded his plans to LEGO Ideas for consideration. If the project gains 10,000 votes it will be reviewed by LEGO’s team of set designers and marketing representatives to evaluate the project according to review criteria.

The build is gaining plenty of interest although the official comments from the LEGO team do not fill you with any confidence that the project will see the light of day! Here is what LEGO had to say – “While we welcome projects based on current licenses like Star Wars in the LEGO Review, please keep in mind that a project based on an existing LEGO license has a smaller chance of passing the LEGO Review than other projects.”

To support the project click here

To see more photos of the incredible build on Peter’s Flickr, click here

UTV feature on Brick City!

Brick CityLast week UTV News featured a spot on Warren Elsmore’s Brick City exhibit which is currently wowing audiences at Titanic Belfast!

The report also featured reporter Richard Cull inadvertently knocking over a LEGO version of the Mona Lisa!

Click here to see the video.

Brick City runs until July 13th 2014 at Titanic Belfast. The show features around 70 famous landmarks from across the world re-created in LEGO.

Entrance is £5.00 per adult, £4.00 per child and £15.00 per family! Tickets for the show can be booked here

Ben Saunders becomes the face of LEGO City Arctic

LEGO Arctic CityLEGO have issued a press release announcing that Brittish explorer Ben Saunders is to become a brand ambassador for the new LEGO City Arctic line which is due in shops on 1st June 2014.

LEGO announces that world famous polar explorer Ben Saunders is to become the brand ambassador for LEGO CITY Arctic.

The LEGO Group have confirmed that Ben Saunders, polar explorer fresh from his expedition to the South Pole, has been named as the new ambassador for the new LEGO CITY Arctic campaign in 2014. As a self-confessed LEGO fan and one of the UK’s leading motivational speakers on polar exploration, Ben is the representative of the LEGO CITY Arctic engagement campaign due to his successful expedition retracing Captain Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova route this February.

Ben will help bring to life LEGO CITY’s latest sub-theme, Arctic, through an integrated 360 degree campaign, involving LEGO ®, National Geographic Kids and other participating partners, such as Cartoon Network. The Arctic sub-theme will take CITY to the polar regions of the globe, where participants will engage with the natural wildlife, research the landscape and even hunt for ice crystals. The new range encourages children to explore natural environments as well as promoting personal growth and development through play.

A key facet of the LEGO CITY Arctic campaign is its call to arms for children to participate in its ‘Young Explorers’ Campaign in partnership with National Geographic Kids. The campaign features an exclusive competition hosted on LEGO.com, where children under the age of 16 can design a new piece of Arctic equipment that would help them to explore in the Polar Regions. The competition has a full 360 through the line marketing campaign, with the competition hub going live on both LEGO.com and NGKids.co.uk and promoted through print, digital, social, in-store as well as an on-air sponsorship deal with Cartoon Network.

On 22nd May 2014 the campaign will kick off with a PR launch at National Geographic’s flagship store in London. Following this LEGO will air a 30 second ad on Cartoon Network, Cartoon Network 2 and Boomerang channels, engaging kids and encouraging them to get on-line to find out more. To be in with a chance of winning, children are instructed to build or draw their entrees and submit on online via LEGO.com or by post to National Geographic Kids. All entrants will then be in with a chance of winning an all-expenses paid trip, provided by travel agent Activities Abroad, to Luosto Report in Lapland, Finland where the winner can experience their very own real-life Arctic adventure!

Using his personal experience as a polar explorer, Ben will be responsible for judging and selecting the winner and runners up of the Young Explorers Competition. He will also provide useful tips for children on how to become an explorer in an inspirational video hosted on the competition hubs and across social media.

In addition to the main campaign Ben will be participating in a LEGO sponsored research drive with 4sharedmedia to discover whether or not career decisions are influenced by playtime toy choices.

This move marks a key milestone for LEGO in the UK and will be supported with an extensive media relations drive, targeting mums with children who want their child to use their imagination for play and who also share a strong affinity with the long-standing LEGO CITY brand.

Ben Saunders commented: “I am honoured and excited to be named as the LEGO CITY Arctic ambassador for 2014. LEGO has played a huge part in my childhood and encouraged my own self exploration into other worlds, both real and imaginative. Being a part of their sponsored research into children’s play habits and how that influences their own careers is a great opportunity for me to speak to the families with children about how positive personal choices will affect their career choices in the future. I am over the moon in being asked to take part in this campaign!”

Harry Harrison, Brand Manager for LEGO CITY commented: “As LEGO CITY is currently the number one toy property in the UK* we are pleased to be able to offer children such a great competition of this scale, to engage them further in the world of play and imagination the product already provides. This is the most exciting collaborative marketing initiative I have been lucky enough to be involved in, bringing the multitude of LEGO media channels together with first class kids’ partners, to offer a fun, immersive experience across all touch points. I am also extremely honoured to have such an admirable ambassador on board to head it all up – I think Ben will be a real inspiration for both children and their parents alike.”

As the biggest property in the UK toy market*, LEGO CITY is the quintessential LEGO building experience, bringing everyday heroes and scenes to life. In 2014, LEGO CITY continues to deliver novelty and excitement to its loyal and growing fan base, extending its play universe into the polar regions, with the brand new Arctic theme.

The biggest item in the range is the Arctic Base Camp, which includes 4 Arctic explorers, pilot, scientist and a research assistant minifigures. The highly detailed research station features full laboratory, husky lead sled team, helicopter, tracked vehicle, snowmobile and even a polar bear to complete the Polar playtime experience! The Arctic range will be in all good toy stores from 1st June 2014.