The LEGO Ninjago Movie – A First Look at Our Ninjas 2.0

LEGO and Warner Bros. are now cranking up the promotions for their next cinematic collaboration, hoping to catch on the wave of success that The LEGO Batman Movie is enjoying. The LEGO Ninjago Movie follows the coming of age of our young heroes as they now enter what could be the most gruelling challenge of their lives – coping with high school and family discord. Following through yesterday’s promise of USA Today Life, we now have our first look of the celebrated ninjas of the LEGO Ninjago world. As it seems, our martial arts youngsters all sport new costumes and hairstyles to complement their development (assuming that minifigures can actually grow up). Take a look at their version 2.0.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie features an alternative storyline as compared to that of the animated series. The film features a ragtag group of young ninjas with Kai (Michael Pena), Nya (Abbi Jacobson), Jay (Kumail Nanjiani), Lloyd (Dave Franco), Zane (Zach Woods), and Cole (Fred Armisen). Lord Garmadon (played by Justin Theroux) will prove to be a daunting adversary for our young heroes and he is as intimidating as he can be, as he was revealed by USA Today yesterday. Having him as Lloyd’s father in the film doesn’t make things easier for our ninjas, especially considering that he is also Master Wu’s (Jackie Chan) brother. Whatever the case is, we can expect a great deal of twists and turns, coupled with superb brick-built action, adventure, and LEGO’s unique brand of humor.

 

The LEGO Ninjago Movie is set to debut in theaters on September 22, 2017 with the first official trailer to be released anytime soon.

Put Your Game Face On For Iron Builder 5.0!

It has been quite a while since I revisited the ‘Coliseum of Bricks and Blood’, and when I saw what the extraordinarily talented folks of the Builders Lounge have in store for its latest season of Iron Builder, I can’t fight the AFOL spectator in me. Returning for a fifth season with its new twists and turns, is Iron Builder 5.0 which promises a more entertaining MOC death match for all fans of the game. In case you’re not familiar with this gruelling, triathlon-like contest, then you may want to check out this sort of an introduction that I wrote earlier last year.

This time around, we get to see the skills of one of the most creative builders that Iron Builder has ever seen. If you’re familiar with the work of Chris Maddison such as his Halloween-inspired Brick or Treat and a brick-built Pokeball, then you realize how ingenious and clever this guy can really be.

On the other side of the fence, we have IB’s very first solo Lady AFOL challenger in the person of Cecilie Fritzfold. IB is witness to the amazing talents of its femme fatale members, but it is Cecilie that raised the bar so to speak, for being IB’s first lone female contender to go head-to-head against the giants of the Builder Lounge. Her works features many impressive micro-scale renditions of popular titles such as Starcraft, Star Wars, TMNT, and Super Mario among many others. Cecilie is also no stranger to other competitions, bringing with her past recognitions such as winning 1st place in the Imperium de Steine MOC Olympics in 2015, 1st place at brickpirate.net‘s architecture competition, numerous BrickWorld nominations for individual MOCs and other notable wins on various building contests in the Norwegian LUG over the past years.

For this 5th season of Iron Builder our contenders must wrestle with how to effectively use the seed element which is the Tile 2×3 with angle, or commonly referred to as a shield piece popularized in LEGO Nexo Knights sets.

We’re barely past the first week of the competition and yet we already saw some pretty slick MOCs from Chris and Cecilie. Check out their most recent creations below and see if you can find how the secret LEGO ingredient is used in their MOCs.

Let the games begin

NES Controller

No time for sleep!

Forged for Combat

The Silent Neighbours

Your Move

 

Iron Builder 5.0 will run for the entire month of February and if you want to keep track of the action, you may follow IB’s Flickr website right here which also features entries cool MOCs from previous Iron Builder contests. You may also visit and like their Facebook page as well to have a chance of winning a LEGO Marvel Superheroes Attack on Avengers Tower (76038) set.

 

Who do you think will emerge as this year’s first Iron Builder? Will Chris bring home the title as the IB Champion, or are we to see Cecilie become the first ever solo female Iron Builder champion? Who is your bet?

 

LEGO Dimensions Wave 8 Now Available for Pre-Order Via Amazon.

LEGO has already unveiled its full collection of LEGO Dimensions Wave 8 Packs, and here’s your chance to pre-order them via Amazon and have them right at your doorsteps once they are released on May 9. Click on the links below to know more about Amazon’s promos on this latest wave of LEGO Dimensions packs.

 

LEGO Dimensions Chase McCain Fun Pack (71266) – $11.99 via Amazon

   

  • Help stop crime in the LEGO Dimensions multiverse with LEGO City’s Chase McCain.
  • Build and place Chase on the LEGO Toy Pad to bring him to life in the game.
  • Use his LEGO City Detective Scanner to track down bad guys and change his disguise to unlock more abilities.
  • Unlock the LEGO City Adventure World to explore new areas like Blackwell’s moonbase and the LEGO City Police Department, and the Battle Arena to compete with up to 4 of your friends.
  • Build Chase’s Police Helicopter to fire off bolts, then rebuild it into the Police Hovercraft and Police Plance for additional in-game abilities.
  • Includes Chase McCain and Police Chopper.

 

LEGO Dimensions The Goonies Level Pack (71267) – $29.99 via Amazon

   

  • Help Sloth and Chunk escape the Fratelli hideout and join the rest of the Goonies on their search for One Eyed Willy’s treasure.
  • Make a break from the Fratelli family as they chase you through the pirate ship, but don’t forget to dodge the traps!
  • Build Sloth and use his Super Strength to smash through walls.
  • For extra fun, play as Chunk and use his infamous Truffle Shuffle.
  • Hop on to One-Eyed Willy’s Pirate Ship when you need a ride or play the Skeleton Organ to make your way out of the caves.
  • Rebuild One-Eyed Willy’s Pirate Ship into Fanged Fortune and the Inferno Cannon, and the Skeleton Organ into Skeleton Jukebox and Skele-Turkey for added game play.
  • Explore Mikey’s House, Inferno Cove, and the Goon Docks in the Goonies Adventure World, and compete with up to 4 of your friends in the Goonies Battle Arena.
  • Includes Sloth, Skeleton Organ and Pirate Ship.

 

LEGO Dimensions Hermione Granger Fun Pack (71348) – $11.99 via Amazon

   

  • Continue your wizarding adventures in LEGO Dimensions with your very own Hermione Granger Fun Pack.
  • Build and place Hermione on the LEGO Toy Pad to bring her to life in the game where she can cast Wingardium Leviosa to levitate objects and Lumos to light up dark places.
  • Unlock the Adventure World to explore locations in Hogwarts, Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, and the Battle Arena to play any of the 4 Battle Modes.
  • Build Buckbeak and use his Stomp Attack to smash Silver LEGO bricks, then rebuild him into the Giant Owl and the Fierce Falcon for additional in-game abilities.
  • Includes Hermione and Buckbeak.

Here’s What We Know About the LEGO Star Wars Summer Sets From the Nuremberg Toy Fair 2017.

This year’s Nuremberg Toy Fair in Germany is now on its 4th day, and though we can’t be there personally to join in the festivities, we have Promo Bricks to thank for, in providing us with an inside look of the action as more and more reveals are unveiled by LEGO. If you were keeping tabs with our previous Nuremberg post last Tuesday, you may have noticed something quite obvious. German LEGO fan site Zusammengebaut who were also present during the opening day of the Toy Fair, has also noted the stringent rules that LEGO’s booth organizers have in place on certain themes on display. This is particularly true when it comes to their Star Wars summer collection where photography of the said sets was strictly prohibited. Thankfully, those who managed to be on the scene to witness the unveiling of these LEGO Star Wars sets were allowed to narrate what they saw. Here’s how Promo Bricks puts it based on a rough Google translate.

According to Christian of PB, this year’s LEGO Star Wars summer sets may be categorized into three subthemes: The Force Awakens, The Freemaker Adventures, and the classic Star Wars sets. These sets were also mentioned in our previous post wherein they were regarded as rumors back then.

The Force Awakens

Jakku Quadjumper (75178) –59.99€

This humble starship was the first choice of ride for Rey and Finn, until First Order forces decided it’s better to have it stay on the ground and be a part of it – for good. The set comes with the minifigure versions of Rey, Finn, BB-8, a First Order Stormtrooper and another unnamed minifig.

 

Rathtar Escape (75180) – 89.99€

This set has certain play features which can be probably compared to that of Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorium (76060). The Rathtar Escape (75180) plays out on a portion of Han Solo’s freighter, the Eravana where two of these much feared Rathars escaped from their confinement. The minifigures included in this set are: Han Solo, Chewbacca, Bala-Tik and three members of the Guavian Death Gang

 

First Order Transport Speeder Battle Pack (75166) – 14.99€

This Battle Pack offers two First Order Stormtroopers, Officer and Flame / Snow Trooper minifigures. They come with a kind of armed transport platform.

 

The Freemaker Adventures

Tracker I (75185) – 69.99€

According to firsthand accounts, the Tracker 1 seems to have a strong resemblance to the equally imposing TIE-Interceptor. Minifigs included with the Tracker 1 are: an unnamed lightsaber-wielding figure, the Imperator, and an Ithorian.

 

The Arrowhead (75186) – 89.99€

This set seems to be the largest set on display under the Freemaker subtheme. The Arrowhead follows a relatively large, minimalistic design. On the whole the ship is said to be about half a meter long. There are five figures, including RO-GR, the reprogrammed combat droid of the Freemakers.

 

Classic LEGO Star Wars sets

Darth Vader Transformation (75183) – 29.99€

This one is clearly a remake of set 7251 from last 2005. It shows the transformation of the seriously injured Anakin Skywalker into the iconic Darth Vader. Though there are more details to this newer set compared to the previous one. Set 75183 has the minifigures of the Emperor together with Darth Vader, and a wounded Anakin.

 

Bounty Hunter Speeder Bike Battle Pack (75167) – 14.99€

Most LEGO Star Wars fans have been clamoring for these for ages. Thankfully, our prayers have been answered. For the first time ever, LEGO releases a set of minifigs dedicated to the legendary bounty hunters of the galaxy. Included together with the Speeder Bike are minifigures of Bossk, Dengar, IG-88 and 4-LOM.

 

Republic Fighter Tank (75182) – 29.99€

Another remake, this time of 2008’s set 7679, only in a slightly smaller scale. There are four minifigures that comes with newer Republic Fighter Tank: two Combat Droids, a Clone pilot, and a female Jedi.

 

Stormtrooper Commander (75531) – 24.99€

Following the likes of Clone-Commander Cody (75108) and the First-Order Stormtrooper (75114), LEGO finally brings forth a Stormtrooper Commander buildable figure.

 

Scout Trooper with Speederbike (75532) – 54.99€

Promo Bricks describes this set as a REALLY big one. The buildable Scout Trooper itself is of scale in proportion to that of its speeder bike from Episode 6. The bike is covered with panels in brown, and can be mounted on a stand of Technic beams.

 

Advent Calendar with 8 Minifigures (75184) – 29.99€

Same as in previous Toy Fairs, the Advent Calendar is shown in Nuremberg, even though we’re still very far from Christmas. Here are some of the minifigs and characters that Promo Bricks can identify within the Advent Calendar: BB8 with Nikolausmütze, a built Luggabeast, Teedo, AT-DP, Millenium Falcon, Kylo Rens Shuttle, First Order Snowtrooper, First Order Stormtrooper, sleigh, Y-Wing and various other figures (A total of eight) and other smaller models.

 

Thankfully, we’re a couple of weeks away before the Toy Fair season goes back to New York. By then, we hope to see all of these sets in the brick. So be sure to stay tuned here in the Brick Show for more up-to-the minute Toy Fair news and other surprises.

 

 

Take a Look at These The LEGO Batman Movie Building Events Slated at Walmart and Toys R Us Stores Nationwide.

TLBM fever is now on its peak! With UK fans being treated to an early preview of the film over the course of the weekend ahead of its worldwide release on February 10 as reported by Brickset, US residents are also prepped and ready with Walmart and Toys R Us rallying the crowd.

The two retail giants team up with LEGO and Warner Bros for simultaneous building events that will happen today and next week Saturday. Walmart stores across the US will be hosting a The LEGO Batman Movie building event scheduled today, February 4, 2017 from 11:30AM until 4PM local time. This event is intended for children ages 6 and up, and you can find the list of participating Walmart Stores by heading over at their Facebook page. FBTB took the extra mile of organizing these Walmart stores by state for easy search and reference. We don’t have any details yet on what Walmart has in store as it’s TLBM give away, but if you’re eager to find out, be sure to check their list of participating stores and pay them a visit this morning.

Even after the world premiere of The LEGO Batman Movie, Toys R Us still has plenty of TLBM stuff to share to its loyal patrons. TRU will be hosting a Make & Take Home TLBM Building Event on February 11, at all TRU stores nationwide. Children ages 6 and above will not just get a chance to participate in the Arkham Asylum Breakout Hunt, but will also get to bring home for FREE Emmet’s Bat-car. Similar to other TRU LEGO events, this building event is only for 2 hours, from 1PM to 3PM and all giveaways and event materials are available while supplies last.

Have a Bat-tastic weekend everyone!