WATCH: “LEGO SCOOBY-DOO!: HAUNTED HOLLYWOOD” EXCLUSIVE TRAILER

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Our jumpy, but lovable Great Dane is back once again for a new adventure rendered in bricks and minifigures. We last saw Scooby and the gang in their LEGO form in the Cartoon Network’s TV Special, ‘LEGO Scooby-Doo: Knight Time Terror.’ Now they’re back in an all-new LEGO and Warner Bros. Animation original direct-to-DVD/Blu-Ray movie LEGO® Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood. Thistime, Scooby and the Mystery Inc.’s motley crew of Fred, Daphne, Velma, and of course Shaggy heads out to the entertainment capital of the world where they take a tour of the legendary Brickton Studios, a historic Hollywood movie studio. Read the rest of the movie’s synopsis below, courtesy of Kidzworld.com:

While visiting the lot, the gang is surprised to find the once powerful film studio has fallen onto hard times. Neglected and in disrepair, Brickton, which has lost its luster, now faces threats of closure and an impending sale to greedy developers who want to tear it down.  

To top it off, the Mystery Inc. gang discovers that the studio’s backlot is haunted by the ghost of Boris Karnak, a famous, old-time movie actor who has been making ghostly appearances in the roles he once made famous – including the Headless Horseman, the Mummy and the Zombie.

The ghostly sightings have frightened away the cast and crew of Brickton’s latest film production, which was the studio’s final effort in trying to save the company from going under. Now with production halted on the movie which was supposed to rescue Brickton from its demise, it looks as though the famous backlot is destined to fall into the hands of the developers after all. Will it be a wrap for Brickton or will Scooby and the gang find a way to help the studio achieve box-office success? It’s a bricktacular adventure no Scooby-Doo! fan will want to miss! 

Here is the exclusive trailer from LEGO’s latest Scooby-Doo film:

As the promotional poster suggests, this LEGO DVD release will come with an exclusive limited edition, Scooby-Doo minifigure so it’s a sure fire sweet deal. LEGO Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood will be available in DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital HD on May 3, 2016.

THIS 18,000+ LEGO PIECE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE COMMANDS YOUR ABSOLUTE ATTENTION

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All of us need some time off every now and then, and even super heroes, no matter how indestructible and invulnerable they are, still need some little R and R. If Batman has his Bat Cave (aka Wayne Manor), and the Avengers their Avengers Mansion, where does an alien from Krypton hangs out?

This was the challenge posed by Janet via her Deviantart Gallery through her faithful recreation of the ‘Fortress of Solitude’ from the original 1978 film, Superman. Created by a shard from the planet Krypton and hidden in the remote Arctic, the Fortress of Solitude is Superman’s home-away-from-home, where he receives instruction from his father, Jor-El. Janet’s build focuses largely on the natural icy exterior that envelopes the enigmatic pyramid-like crystal structure. Her excellent sense of topography, scaling, and her clever use of proper lighting commands absolute attention. Similar to what she did with her other work, Her Majesty’s Theater, where she focused primarily in developing its exquisitely detailed interior, the Fortress of Solitude gives more emphasis on the exterior details of the cave-like structure.

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This mini-version of the Kryptonian’s vacation home required a total of 18,864 pieces and 160 hours to build – or roughly a month if Janet worked on it full time. No wonder a only person with such fortitude like that of Janet’s can accomplish this seemingly superhero-like feat. It’s a fitting testament on how solitude can benefit all of us, superheroes or normal guys as we are.

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We hope to see this build get its much deserved attention, together with the rest of Janet’s work. Don’t forget to visit the rest of her gallery here.

THIS LEGO CLOCKWORK HEART IS UNDENIABLY IMPRESSIVE.

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Valentine’s Day may all be over but this piece of steam-punk inspired LEGO MOC (My Own Creation) has been making rounds all over social media – not because people are still bitten by the Love Bug, but because of the sheer ingenuity of its design. LEGO Builder par excellence Jason Allemann of JK Brickworks came up with the design and reveals that building his LEGO Clockwork Heart is easier than we might think.

Jason has always been a prolific LEGO builder and designer, and has posted several of his MOCs via his YouTube channel.  Other than the Clockwork Heart, Jason is known for his LEGO Piano Player Kinetic Sculpture and his amusingly ‘undefeatable’ Ultimate LEGO Machine (LuuMa EV3) which already racked more than 7M views. Just recently, his Ideas-based LEGO Maze (21305) caught the attention of LEGO execs and that of the general public and is now slated to be the next LEGO Ideas with set to be released anytime soon.

Jason is even kind enough to share a video to explain the mechanisms of the LEGO Clockwork Heart, an LDD (Lego Digital Designer) file, and building instructions to recreate your own Clockwork Heart. The build is versatile enough to be either manually operated or powered by an optional Power Functions M-Motor Block. You can even further customize it by adding more gears to specific places. Jason leaves that for the viewer to experiment upon. Check out his video below and you may download the building instructions here

LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS MAGAZINE DEBUTS THIS WEEK.

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LEGO NEXO Knights is slated to be released this week in the UK. Immediate Media, publisher of the Chima, Ninjago and Friends magazines, will be launching this maiden issue coupled with a very sweet deal: a Lance Richmond minifigure with a round table and feast. This is somehow a rare treat considering that this is the first time that Lance is seen without a helmet and on a rather relaxed mood. Definitely, a hero needs a break every once in a while.

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Like the ones before it, LEGO NEXO Knights Magazine comes with heaps of cartoons, activities, competitions, posters, and of course the above mentioned minifig. The magazine is aimed primarily at kids from 6-14, and is based on the popular LEGO theme set and animated television series that debuted on Cartoon Network in the US last December 13, 2015.

The series focuses on five valiant young knights namely Clay, Aaron, Lance, Macy, and Axl who have sworn to protect Knighton from the ruthless Jestro and his menacing Book of Monsters and legion of lava monsters. With the help of the digital wizard Merlok 2.0, and apprentice Robin Underwood, the Nexo Knights defends the kingdom from evil using their Nexo Powers.

We’re still keeping watch on when is the official release of LEGO Nexo Knights Magazine in the US, if ever there’ll be one. In the meantime, our best bet probably is either to order online or have our good old friends in the UK send us a copy.

Check out some of these sample pages courtesy of Brickset.com. The LEGO Nexo Knights Magazine will be available on Wednesday, February 24 at shops for a price of £3.25 (US$ 4.65)

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LEGO DC COMICS SUPER HEROES BATMAN CLASSIC TV SERIES – MR. FREEZE (30603) NOW OFFICIALLY AVAILABLE AT ALL LEGO STORES STARTING APRIL 1.

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There has been some recent hype (and worry) about the limited availability of the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman Classic TV Series – Mr. Freeze (30603) minifigure polybag, which was first spotted at the New York Toy Fair a couple of days ago. Some feared that the said piece is only made available during that event, same with what LEGO does with its other promotional exclusives.

Well, we can set aside our fears aside since LEGO has officially announced that the Mr. Freeze minifigure will be made available through all LEGO Stores, and via online at shop.LEGO.com along with a minimum purchase of $75 of any LEGO product. LEGO’s April 2016 Store Calendar also mentioned that the coveted minifigure will only be made available from April 1-15, 2016 or while supplies last, limited to only one minifigure per customer. We can just hope that LEGO has plenty of stocks to go around since this cool minifig is surely destined to be a hot item.

Other than the store debut of the Mr. Freeze minifigure, the following are some of the April highlights in all LEGO Stores:

April 1 – we’ll see the debut of new LEGO sets based on the Angry Birds Movie, together with LEGO Juniors Lost Temple (10725), LEGO DC Comics Superheroes: Batman Gotham City Cycle Chase (76053), LEGO Elves: The Water Dragon (41172), and LEGO Minecraft: The End Portal (21124)

April 5 to 6 – The Monthly Mini Model Build features a Bumblebee.

April 11 to15 – The LEGO Ideas Maze Competition every 5pm onwards. Brick fans will get a firsthand look on LEGO’s new Ideas- based product (21305) which may debut on LEGO World Copenhagen. We’ll keep you posted on this.

April 18 – Minifigure Swap Monday on all LEGO Stores.

April 25 to May 8 – LEGO Elves: Sira’s Adventurous Glider goes for FREE with a Friends, Elves, or LEGO Brand Disney Princess purchase of $35 or more.

 

Check out their April calendar here for more info.