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:
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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.

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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 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.

HERE’S BRICKSHOW’S WRAP UP OF THE LATEST LEGO OFFERINGS AT THE 2016 NEW YORK TOY FAIR.

Tom and Jason did an excellent coverage of what is hot at the LEGO booth at the New York Toy Fair. Now that the 2016 Toy Fair comes to an end, let’s look back at the highlights of what LEGO has in store for this year. Here’s a round up of what we gathered in the NYTF.

One of the most anticipated LEGO sets revealed at the NYTF is the UCS Assault on Hoth (75098). Excitement was steadily building up to the day LEGO unveiled its latest Star Wars-based Ultimate Collectors Series. As it turned out, there were some mixed reactions about this ranging from sheer joy, to downright skepticism on what LEGO is actually offering with its newest UCS. This informative diagram is circulating a lot within Lego Reddit circles. Though we don’t know exactly to whom the credit belongs to for this photo, we’re sure that s/he has a very interesting take on what LEGO came up with in its Assault on Hoth UCS. Just send us some leads if you happen to know the source of this.

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With that being said, let take a look on what LEGO has revealed so far during the 2016 NYTF. Tom Baker did an excellent overview of these new LEGO sets, with Jason and Stephen covering the heat of the action at NY.

 

2016 LEGO City Collection

LEGO City Airport VIP Service (60102)

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LEGO City Airport Air Show Set (60103)

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LEGO City Airport Passenger Terminal (60104)

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LEGO City Volcano Crawler (60122)
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LEGO City Volcano Exploration Base (60124)
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LEGO City Fun In The Park – City People Pack (60134)
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Click here for more LEGO City Photos

 

2016 LEGO Elves Collection

LEGO Elves Full Summer Wave Collection

 

LEGO Elves Ragana’s Magic Shadow Castle (41180)

Click here for more LEGO Elves photos

 

2016 LEGO Friends Collection

LEGO Friends Horse Vet Trailer (41125)

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LEGO Friends Amusement Park Hot Dog Van (41129)

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LEGO Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster (41130)

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Click here for more LEGO Friends photos.

 

2016 LEGO Disney Princess Collection

LEGO Belle’s Enchanted Castle (41067)

2016 LEGO Creator Collection

LEGO Creator Vacation Getaways (31052)

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Click here for more LEGO Creator Photos

 

2016 LEGO Juniors Collection

 LEGO Juniors Emma’s Ice Cream Truck (10727)

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LEGO Juniors Mia’s Vet Clinic (10728)
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2016 LEGO Minecraft Collection

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LEGO Minecraft The Fortress (21127)

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Click here for more LEGO Minecraft photos

 

2016 LEGO Mixels Collection – Series 7 to 9

Click here for a full list of all Series 7 to 9 Mixels

 

2016 LEGO Ninjago Collection

LEGO Ninjago Rock Roader (70589)

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LEGO Ninjago Kryptarium Prison Breakout (70591)
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LEGO Ninjago Salvage M.E.C. (70592)

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LEGO Ninjago The Green NRG Dragon (70593)

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LEGO Ninjago The Lighthouse Siege (70594)

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LEGO Ninjago Ultra Stealth Raider (70595)

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2016 LEGO Nexo Knights Collection

LEGO Nexo Knights Ultimate Collection

 

LEGO Nexo Knights Macy’s Thunder Mace (70319)

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LEGO Nexo Knights Aaron Fox’s Aero Striker V2 (70320)

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LEGO Nexo Knights General Magmar’s Siege Machine of Doom (70321)

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LEGO Nexo Knights Axl’s Tower Carrier (70322)

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LEGO Nexo Knights Jestro’s Volcano Lair (70323)

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2016 LEGO DC Comics Superheroes Collection

LEGO DC Comics Scarecrow’s Harvest of Fear (76054)

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LEGO DC Comics Killer Croc’s Sewer (76055)

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LEGO DC Comics Mighty Micros Full Collection: Batman VS Catwoman (76061), Robin VS Bane (76062), The Flash VS Captain Cold (76063)

 

2016 LEGO Marvel Superheroes Collection

LEGO Marvel Superheroes Black Panther Pursuit (76047)

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Crossbones’ Hazard Heist (76050)

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Airport Battle (76051)

Note: The Superhero Airport Battle was elusive, but we manage to take a video of the ‘confidential’ set. Stay Tuned for a full analysis and the DC photos up soon! 


 

 

LEGO Marvel Superheroes Spider-Man: Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge Battle (76057)

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LEGO Marvel Superheroes Spider-Man: Ghost Rider Team-up (76058) 

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LEGO Marvel Superheroes Spider-Man: Doc Ock’s Tentacle Trap (76059) 

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Mighty Micros Full Collection: Spider Man VS Green Goblin (76064), Captain America VS Red Skull (76065), Ultron VS Hulk (76066)

 

2016 LEGO Angry Birds Collection

 

LEGO Angry Birds Piggy Car Escape (75821)

 

LEGO Angry Birds Piggy Plane Attack (75822)

 

LEGO Angry Birds Bird Island Egg Heist (75823)

 

LEGO Angry Birds Pig City Teardown (75824)

 

LEGO Angry Birds Piggy Pirate Ship (75825)

 

LEGO Angry Birds King Pig’s Castle (75826)

 

 

2016 LEGO Bionicle Collection

LEGO Bionicle 2016 Summer Wave Full Collection

 

 

2016 LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 and Ecto-2 Set (75828)


And finally, probably what most our viewers and fans are waiting for: from the galaxy far, far away comes… (play John William’s theme music for more dramatic flair)!

 

2016 LEGO Star Wars Collection

LEGO Star Wars UCS Assault on Hoth Set (75098)

 

Read more about the LEGO Star Wars UCS Assault on Hoth here.
 

 

LEGO Star Wars Vader’s TIE Advanced VS A-Wing Fighter (75150)

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LEGO Star Wars Clone Turbo Tank (75151)

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LEGO Star Wars Encounter On Jakku (75148)

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LEGO Star Wars Resistance X-Wing Fighter (75149)

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LEGO Star Wars Star Scavenger (75147)

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LEGO Star Wars Eclipse Fighter (75145)

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LEGO Star Wars Captain Rex’s AT-TE (75157)

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SPOILER ALERT! LEGO Star Wars 2016 Advent Calendar (75146)


And there you have it! I hope you find this wrap-up helpful; stay tuned for our first hand impressions and product reviews later on.

 

LEGO Star Wars UCS Assault On Hoth (75098) Official Description and Images Released

So, I’m sure that pretty much everybody already knows this, but the new LEGO Star Wars UCS Assault On Hoth (75098) set was revealed earlier today. Of course, many have already seen this on other sites, due to our inability to post pictures during our “error 503” phase  — however, now that the site is back up again I thought I might as well post images anyhow!

So, here’s the full description, along with a ton of images:

75098 Assault on Hoth

2,144 pieces
US $249.99 – CA $299.99 – DE 249.99€ – UK £219.99 – DK 2199.00
Available April 30th 2016 from shop.LEGO.com and brand stores.

Play out action-packed Hoth battles like never before!

This fantastic LEGO recreation of the Rebel force’s Echo Base from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back has all the details you need to create your own epic ice-planet battles.

Set out on scouting missions with the Snowspeeder armed with twin spring-loaded shooters, and when you spot the enemy speeder bike, get back to base and help Luke, Han and the other Rebel heroes lock down the blast doors, ready the laser cannons, man the gun turrets with dual spring-loaded shooters and power up the devastating ion cannon, also with 2 spring-loaded shooters!

This amazing model has so many more features, including a service area with crane, control room area, power generator with explode function, rotating communication dish, scout post with dual stud shooters and a Tauntaun with its own stable.

There’s even a Wampa cave (with Wampa) for Luke to escape from! This amazingly detailed set’s modular design also means that you can create your very own Rebel base configuration. Prepare for ultimate LEGO Star Wars action!

  • Includes 14 minifigures with assorted weapons: Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Toryn Farr, Rebel Officer, Wes Janson, Wedge Antilles, K-3PO, 5 Rebel troopers and 2 Snowtroopers, plus an R3-A2, Tauntaun and a Wampa.
  • Features Rebel base with modular wall and trench sections, a Snowspeeder and a speeder bike.
  • Wall section features slidable blast doors, service area with crane, control room area, power generator with explode function, ion cannon with dual spring-loaded shooters, laser turret with spring-loaded shooters and space for a minifigure, scout post with dual stud shooters and space for a minifigure, Tauntaun stable and a Wampa cave.
  • Trench section features heavy blasters, laser turret with double spring-loaded shooters and space for a minifigure, and a laser cannon with rapid stud shooter.
  • Snowspeeder features an opening cockpit, extending speed flaps and 2 spring-loaded shooters.
  • Weapons include Luke’s Lightsaber, 7 blaster pistols, 2 blaster rifles and 2 blasters.
  • Accessories include 7 Hoth Rebel helmets, 2 Snowtrooper helmets, and Wes and Wedge’s flight helmets.
  • Man the weapons and prepare to fire!
  • Jump in the Snowspeeder and track the enemy.
  • Keep a lookout for Imperial forces from the scout post.
  • Close the blast doors and prepare for battle!
  • Tend to the Tauntaun.
  • Hoist up the Snowspeeder ready for servicing.
  • Bring down orbiting starships with the devastating ion cannon!
  • Can Luke escape the ferocious Wampa?
  • Snowspeeder measures over 1” (5cm) high, 7” (18cm) long and 6” (17cm) wide.
  • Speeder bike measures over 1” (3cm) high, 5” (13cm) long and 1” (4cm) wide.
  • Power generator measures over 3” (8cm) high, 6” (16cm) wide and 5” (13cm) deep.
  • Wall section including ion cannon measures over 5” (15cm) high, 20” (51cm) wide and 11” (30cm) deep.
  • Trench section measures over 3” (10cm) high, 13” (35cm) wide and 4” (11cm) deep


LEGO Announced New Offerings Ahead Of 2016 New York Toy Fair – LEGO Star Wars UCS Assault On Hoth (75098) Introduced

LEGO is on a roll in promoting its new line-up of themed sets based on the galaxy, far, far away, and there is no better time to do it than days before the 2016 New York Toy Fair. As they say, it’s all about timing.

With the recent feat of Episode VII: The Force Awakens’, grossing at $2 billion worldwide, LEGO is keen to ride on to the success of the galactic movie franchise. In an official statement made by LEGO top brass, brick fans can expect new sets centered on the latest episode together with some revamped ones – such as The Assault on Hoth (75098) set – based on Episode V of the Saga. There has been no official product description or images yet, but will keep a close watch on this especially as the Annual New York Toy Fair is about to kick in anytime soon. For the meantime, check out these images courtesy of TheBrickFan.com:

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To cap off its sweet offerings for this first of 2016, LEGO has been working collaboratively once more with Disney with its newest original animated series ‘LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures’, which will debut later this year on Disney XD. Needless to say, it’s a lovely year for the brick giant. Check out this news bit courtesy of PRNewswire about LEGO’s official announcement and some details of their newest Star Wars sets.

NEW YORKFeb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL TOY FAIR — LEGO Systems, Inc. today announced a robust slate that will drive continued excitement for the LEGO® Star Wars™ product line, the company’s first-ever licensed theme collection that today is a perennial favorite among fans of all ages. From sets based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, to those inspired by a new original animated series, LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures to sets based on the upcoming Star Wars: Rogue One filmthe 2016 LEGO Star Wars collection is one of the largest and most diverse since its 1999 introduction.

“For more than 16 years, children and kids at heart have recreated the Star Wars story through LEGO play, and this year we will give them even more stories and characters to explore,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president of licensing and entertainment for the LEGO Group. “Our collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm enables us to bring fun and creative LEGO twists to the Star Wars universe, which is why we’re so thrilled to introduce an original LEGO Star Wars television series this year. New original characters and stories, plus two inspired building sets, will bring fans of all ages even more reasons to build and explore with LEGO Star Wars.”

The LEGO Group is celebrating the Saga in more ways than ever before, showcasing how building with LEGO bricks inspires open-ended creativity and sparks imagination. New building sets offer the chance to create the stories fans know and love while also empowering them to create their own adventures. For the second year running, a line of buildable LEGO figures brings new heroes and villains to life in a unique role-play experience.

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures
To continue inspiring imagination and storytelling, LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, an original animated series, will debut later this year on Disney XD. The show’s quirky heroes, the Freemakers, are a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from the scoured debris of space battles strewn throughout the galaxy. When the youngest Freemaker discovers a natural connection to the Force through an ancient artifact, his world turns upside down as he and his family find themselves in an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Throughout their adventures, the Freemakers explore new worlds, meet new (and familiar) characters, and learn the true value of what it means to be a family. The series combines the excitement, action and adventure of a galaxy far, far away with a dose of brick-building humor for which LEGO content is best known. Two building sets based on the series – Eclipse Fighter™ ($29.99) and StarScavenger™ ($49.99) – launch this summer.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Fans of Star Wars: The Force Awakens can bring scenes and characters from the 2015 blockbuster home with eight new film-inspired building sets. Five are available now, one launches in March and two follow in June. More than 10 characters from the film are represented in minifigure form for the first time through the collection, including First Order Snowtroopers (First Order Snowspeeder), Resistance Troopers (Resistance Trooper Battle Pack), Maz Kanata (Battle on Takodana), Admiral Ackbar and General Leia Organa (Resistance Troop Transporter). Assortment prices range from $9.99-$79.99.

Star Wars Saga
In March, builders can expect seven new building sets based on the original Star Wars Saga. Characters from the Dark Side and Light Side ban together in the Rebel Alliance Battle Pack and Galactic Empire™ Battle Pack, and classic scenes get the brick treatment in the Carbon-Freezing Chamber, Hoth™ Attack and Droid™ Escape Pod sets. Collection prices range from $24.99-$29.99.

Star Wars: Rebels
Five new LEGO construction sets inspired by the Disney XD animated series, Star Wars Rebels, launch in March, and three more follow in June. For a quick build loaded with action and a unique LEGO minifigure, fans can choose from The Ghost™TIE Advanced Prototype™Wookiee™ Gunship or AT-DP™ building sets, or they can build Kanan’s Speeder Bike construction toy, complete with three minifigures. Set prices range from $9.99 – $119.99.

Buildable Figures
The debut of Star Wars buildable figures last year continues with six new buildable figures, available now, based on the charactersRey, First Order Stormtrooper, Poe Dameron, Finn, Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma.  Additional buildable figures will be unveiled throughout the year. Figures range from $19.99-$29.99.

LEGO Assault on Hoth™ Base will Challenge Even the Most Skilled Fan Builders
Experienced builders can recreate the Rebel Force’s Echo Base from Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back in an unbelievably detailed recreation of one of the most iconic scenes in the original Star Wars trilogy. The 2,144-piece building set inspires fans to build their own scouting missions with the Snowspeeder, armed with twin spring-loaded shooters, and get back to base on the speeder bike to help Luke, Han and the other Rebel heroes. The modular design enables fans to customize their Rebel base configuration, including a Wampa cave and Wampa figure.  The set features LEGO minifigure versions of Luke SkywalkerHan SoloToryn FarrWes Janson, Wedge Antilles, K-3PO, and more. Available May 1 for $249.99.

 

This Custom LEGO KFC Chicken Vending Machine Will Leave You Wanting For More

The LEGO KFC Chicken Vending Machine by Astonishing Studios

When you thought you’ve seen it all, Astonishing Studios, the guys responsible for the crazy and wacky LEGO McNugget and Cherrios vending machines, came up with another contraption that will surely leave you finger-lickin’ and craving for more. Yes, it’s no mistake and as you might have known already, their LEGO builds are not just for show. Combining creative design concepts and top-notch programming, serving and having your share of your favorite Colonel Sanders chicken is both tasty and entertaining.

As working models that actually dispense goods for the price of a dime or any other coin in particular, the cute and visually appealing outside façade hides a rather complex series of robotic mechanisms build around the LEGO Mindstorms NXT system. Needless to say, the entire vending machine is 100% all LEGO.

We hope to see more of Astonishing Studios’ LEGO vending machine concepts in the future, especially that their brand is getting more and more attention. In addition to their KFC, McNuggets, and Doritos vending machine, there’s also a Colgate toothpaste dispenser and a Hershey’s chocolate milk mixer. They even have a toothpaste dispenser specifically designed for the Foreo Issa tootbrush, which also houses a special compartment for the brush itself.

As it turns out, these companies are now actually paying to get these machines up and running because they are what they are – crazy, funny, and absolutely cool LEGO builds. We know for sure that our hopes will not be disappointed, that other brand names are now cooking up some deals with the enigmatic YouTuber. Whoever is behind Astonishing Studios, we’re pretty sure that they are on their way in becoming one of the best company to work for in the near future.

For now, let’s have a feast with their video of the KFC Vending Machine. Pass the gravy please…

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Video Game Promises Unique Side Missions and a Collectible Minifig

 

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We mentioned in one of our post last week that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” now has an official LEGO console game which will be launched via Microsoft’s Xbox One. Knowing that previous LEGO Star Wars video games can be pretty straightforward, that is, it tends to be solely dependent on the original movies’ plot and storyline, TT Games promises to have a different take on the latest movie from the galaxy far, far away. This time, they’re throwing in some side missions – six of them to be exact- that explores some of the character’s back stories all leading to the events that transpired in The Force Awakens. These are six optional missions that pop ups after completing story missions based on the film or once a certain amount of gold bricks has been collected by players.

One of these missions tells how C-3PO got this red arm replacement. This is not revealed and explored yet, except in a comic series but were hopeful that the genius writers from Lucasfilm will come up with something that could be way cooler than the plot in print.

Another mission that Game Informer hinted on involved certain dangerous creatures known as the Rathars which were captured aboard Han Solo and Chewbacca’s new freighter, the Eravana. The Rathars are ravenous creatures rumored to be responsible for the Trillia Massacre. The game will explore how these Rathars were captured and ended eventually into the hands of our timeless galactic duo.

If the side missions are not enough to get you excited and placing your pre-order, LEGO sweetens the deal by offering a Deluxe Edition that includes a rare and exclusive 30605 Finn (FN-2187) minifigure polybag bundled with the Season Pass for the game. Available both for PS4 and Xbox One, ‘LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ will be available on June 28 this year.

 

This Lego Paper Airplane Factory Can Actually Make One – And Launch It.

We’ve seen a lot of cool stuff lately on the different ways on how LEGOs can be used to make things easier: from dispensing tasty, chicken legs and nuggets, to dispensing toothpaste on a brush. These LEGO contraptions were meant to make things easier for us human beings in a funny, unusual way.

So when someone thought, “Hey, let’s build a paper plane folding machine,” it’s kind of hard of putting it in the right context. Not at least if you’ll going to build as a tribute for a major electronics think-tank firm, and the one who’s doing it is a name that will appear on your screen when you Google, “World’s Best LEGO Robotics Designer.”

Truth be told, building a paper plane factory around the LEGO Mindstorm project is not exactly a novel idea. The idea was spawned already by a YouTuber that goes by the name ‘Hknssn’. Using more than 7,000 LEGO Technic and Mindstorm parts, she (he) showed that building a robot to fold a paper plane and being able to launch it at the same time, is indeed complex rocket science. That was almost four years ago and as they say, technology eventually caught up.

In a similar vein, Arrow Electronics launched its campaign ‘Five Years Out’ with the expressed goal of encouraging innovation among young minds. What better way to do it than with the help of the creative minds behind promotions and marketing firm, Elevation Digital Media and the brilliant engineering and design skills of Arthur Sacek – and yes, it was his name that came up when Jon Stevenson, Director of Production for Elevation Media, Googled the flashy title.

Lego Gizmodo has a pretty neat round-up of Sacek’s work including a Lego Pinblock animator, a copy machine, and a 360 degrees Milling Machine but none have been as wonderfully complicated as the paper folding machine that can turn a single piece of paper into a folded airplane, and even launches it the end of the assembly line. The mission-inspired video excellently pictured Sacek’s machine, and the spirit of innovation behind Arrow’s work. You could almost feel that you’re part of something greater than yourself, as you listen to JFK’s ‘Why We Choose To Go To The Moon’ speech… OK, let’s put a break on the nostalgia, shall we.

Using multiple Lego Mindstorms intelligent bricks, and quite a bit of custom code, Sacek’s design looks far more streamlined and reliable than the one we previously mentioned, both in aesthetics and final output of the paper-folded plane.

Arrow Electronics shared some of the behind the scenes action in the making of this LEGO masterpiece, showing how some parts of the paper airplane folding machine were designed and assembled. However as it seems, Arrow and Sacek is a little keen in guarding and revealing their ‘trade secrets’, so its wise not to expect any instructions or building guides.  Perhaps we’ll have a better chance with Hknssn – if we can get in touch with her (him?).

For now, enjoy this cool video on how this paper folding machine works and how it was brought to life.