Early this month, we covered a single LEGO MOC display in Fort William, Scotland at the UK. It was a brick-built historical recreation of an ancient Scottish hillfort. That was just one display. But this month two other Scottish historical sites will soon be hosting their own multi-display LEGO exhibits. These are the Brick History and Brick Wonders displays, both composed of LEGO fan creations by LEGO artist Warren Elsmore and his team. Brick Wonders is set to debut in Stirling Castle this coming Saturday, September 29, at the former Scottish Royal Residence and tourist attraction Stirling Castle.
Brick Wonders will feature brick recreations of “amazing sights from around the world”, with equal emphasis on historical locations and modern-day complexes. As seen in the photo, they can range from old-style housing to aircraft, space shuttles and other vehicles.
In the meantime, Warren Elsmore’s other LEGO MOC exhibit, Brick History, is straightforward in its subject matter. It’s described as a journey through some of world history’s pivotal moments, from Pompeii to London Bridge to Mozart to Martin Luther King. The display kicked off just this weekend, September 22, this time at Fort George, Highland.
Both Brick History and Brick Wonders are included in the usual admission price for visitors at their respective venues of Stirling Castle and Fort George. Brick Wonders will remain at Stirling until January 23 of next year, while Brick History will finish off at Fort George earlier, on January 6.
Yes, September’s almost over and then, WB Interactive and Traveller’s Tales can finally unleash their upcoming videogame title LEGO DC Super-Villains. This adventure on the other side of the DC character alignment promises a veritable load of playable characters both villain and hero. How many? Apparently, somebody just found out how to take a peek at all LEGO DC Super-Villains characters slated to appear in the video game.
YouTube gamer TheHiddenBlade01 has just uploaded a video that might have spoiled the who’s who of characters available in the upcoming LEGO DC Super-Villains. Footage includes a screenshot of the rumored complete character roster in what seems to be the select screen; the photo for Reverse Flash is enlarged as if the cursor was on him.
TheHiddenBlade01 also zooms in on the image several times to pick out details on the villain (and hero) characters that the LDCSV player will have access to. Villains like Catwoman, Clayface and Gorilla Grodd are obvious since they were featured in previous trailers, but why are the heroes included too?
Possible theories for having the DC superheroes on-board among the villains include being a bonus for completing the story campaign, or acquired from there being a secret scenario with them involved. “Enemy mine” team-up and (shock!) brainwashing are also offered as possibilities.
It seems authentic, but for now we’ll consider this screenshot a rumor and we’ll wait until LEGO DC Super-Villains is out before we pass judgment. Anyway, the game is available for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, and will be released October 16.
Edit: The character screen image was taken from a livestream of EGX 2018 in the UK, so it’s all but official and authentic. The Brick Fan has compiled a list of all LEGO DC Super-Villains characters shown in this footage as you can see below.
- Custom Character aka. the Newbie/Player
- Adam Strange
- Beast Boy
- Big Barda
- Black Adam
- Black Canary
- Black Manta
- Blue Beetle
- Booster Gold
- Bronze Tiger
- Calendar Man
- Captain Boomerang
- Captain Cold
- Cat Woman
- Chang Tzu
- Clock King
- Commissioner Gordon
- Condiment King
- Count Veritgo
- Detective Chimp
- Doctor Fate
- Doctor Light
- Doctor Poison
- Donna Troy
- Felix Faust
- Flash Barry Allen
- Flash Wally West
- General Zod
- Gentleman Ghost
- Golden Glider
- Gorilla Grodd
- Granny Goodness
- Green Arrow
- Green Lantern Hal Jordon
- Green Lantern John Stewart
- Harley Quinn
- Hugo Strange
- Jessica Cruz
- Johnny Quick
- Kid Flash
- Killer Croc
- Killer Frost
- King Shark
- Kite Man
- Klarion the Witch Boy
- Lady Shiva
- Lex Luthor
- Lois Lane
- Mad Harriet
- Malcolm Merlyn
- Martian Manhunter
- Mercy Graves
- Mirror Master
- Mister Miracle
- Monsier Mallah
- Mr. Freeze
- Mr. Mxyzptlk
- Music Meister
- Plastic Man
- Poison Ivy
- Polka Dot Man
- Power Ring
- Psycho Pirate
- Ra’s Al Ghul
- Rose Wilson
- Red Hood
- Red Robin
- Red Tornado
- Reverse Flash
- Sea King
- Silver Banshee
- Simon Baz
- Solomon Grundy
- Star Sapphire
- Ultra Humanite
- Virmin V
- Wonder Girl
- Wonder Woman
Christmas has come early indeed when LEGO made available its 2018 Advent Calendar sets in the usual representative franchises – City, Friends and Star Wars – as early as September. That alone is already well and good, but the advance LEGO-themed Holiday celebration just got even better thanks to a new sale. We know the LEGO Star Wars 2018 Advent Calendar (75213) is priced at $39.99 in shop.LEGO.com and $49.99 in Amazon. Well, Walmart has gotten the “drop” on both by offering the set at $34.99, 15 percent off. Now that this discount on a LEGO Advent Calendar is known, other retail chains might follow soon.
LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendars such as these have always tended to be a showcase for new franchise characters to be rendered as minifigures, as well as micro-builds of some already-released larger vehicle model sets. The 2018 set (75213) is no different with its selection:
- Open a door every day to reveal 24 different LEGO Star Wars themed gifts.
- LEGO Star Wars Advent calendar features 5 minifigures and 3 figures.
- Models include a landspeeder, The Arrowhead, Republic Fighter Tank, Naboo Starfighter, Twin-Pod Cloud Car, General Grievous Starfighter, Blaster Cannon, Delta-7 Jedi Starfighter, Imperial Troop Transport, TIE Fighter, AT-ACT, Zeta Class Cargo Shuttle and an Imperial Speeder Bike.
- Characters include Rose, Rowan, General Merrick, Battle Droid, Death Trooper, Rathtar, Guavian Security Soldier and an IG-88 droid.
- Weapons include a blaster pistol, 3 blaster rifles, 2 blasters and a Lightsaber.
- Also includes a festive-themed moisture vaporator and a snowman, plus extra ammo studs.
- Collect all the gifts and play out your own desert and ice-planet adventures on the included foldout playmat.
In this day and age, the public’s perception on anything and everything can come a long way towards the formation of opinions. Statistically gauging the reputation levels of businesses, organizations and even nations has been the work of the private research and advisory agency the Reputation Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Recently, the Reputation Institute conducted a survey to determine who among Europe’s most reputable companies is considered first among the countries of the UK, Spain, France, Germany and Italy. A total of 87,000 general public respondents from those nations provided the data mined by RI.
According to the Reputation Institute’s “RepTrak” rankings, Denmark’s The LEGO Group is the company with the highest public reputation in the EU5. It’s followed on the list by German industrial firm Bosch GmbH and Swiss luxury watchmaker Rolex. The response to the survey on reputation is a measure of an everyday person’s “emotional bond” with a company that is quantified.
The RepTrak survey is the RI’s standardized framework that “reveals how this deep connection can drive supportive behaviour such as the intent to purchase, likelihood to recommend and willingness to work for the company” according to the Institute’s press release.
For completion’s sake, we will now include a Top 10 list of Europe’s Most Reputable Companies in 2018 as compiled by the Reputation Institute.
- Walt Disney Company
LEGO’s stellar corporate-level reputation according to RI is due to “commitment to building a strong corporate brand, investment in corporate social responsibility and a deep sense of purpose to drive greater levels of engagement among its key stakeholders.” Despite some hiccups in its recent earning reports, LEGO does just that.
It looks to be that time again for another major LEGO fan community magazine Blocks to unleash its latest issue. Last month they gave a lot of focus and attention to the details of the LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron (42083), which recently got an incredible life-sized drivable brick-built replica. For its October 2018 issue, Blocks Magazine Issue 48 is going for the big stars in current LEGO sets, and you probably can get no bigger these days than the impressive LEGO Ideas Voltron: Defender of the Universe (21311), released August 1.
There’s really no set by LEGO quite like the Ideas Voltron (21311), which not only comprises five fully poseable lion robot models, but is able to combine them into a similarly articulated (and sturdy) large robot. It’s been the darling of serious LEGO collectors since early appearances at 2018 SDCC.
Aside from their main feature review on LEGO Ideas Voltron (21311), this latest issue of Blocks will also have their two cents on the Mad Max-esque LEGO Ninjago Dieselnaut (70654), and MOC guide for a miniature of the LEGO Creator Aston Martin DB5 (10262).
Finally, they have previews of the latest upcoming BrickHeadz, a licensed-franchise rivalry retrospective on Star Wars and Harry Potter, and so much more in store. Interested fans can get their own copy of Blocks magazine issue 48 (print or digital) by visiting their official website.
Back in August, a team of four was assembled by LEGO-donating charitable organization Fairy Bricks to undertake a grueling journey for the sake of fundraising. Their goal is to journey from London to LEGO House in Denmark covering the land journey by bicycle: the Bikes to Billund charity cycle ride.
That time has come at last. This Friday, September 21, the Bikes to Billund Team has begun their trip from the Leicester Square LEGO Store in London, to Harwich and their ferry towards Rotterdam, and finally their main cycling leg through the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark to arrive in Billund.
Already the trip is proving to be a genuine endurance challenge, considering that European windstorm Ali has just passed through the UK on Wednesday and Thursday. But the cycling team were determined to start their ride on schedule, so we wish them best of luck.
Meanwhile, the fundraising campaign portion of Bikes to Billund seems to be proceeding smoothly; the sponsorships pledged so far helped Fairy Bricks to raise over £6,000 in donations as of this writing. While the donation drive will last until December, everyone who donated before the time the bike team arrives in Billund will be part of a raffle, with several winners who will receive customized MOC models of the Fairy Bricks charity van, called “Daenerys”.
For those interested in keeping tabs of the Bikes to Billund team on their way to LEGO House, you can watch their progress on our fellow LEGO news source and online set guide Brickset, via their official Facebook and Twitter.
There’s really no doubt now, that LEGO has fortuitously timed the introduction of so many elements of their total brand that their respective anniversaries – in multiples of ten – fall on the same year. Thus this 2018 they (and we) celebrated 60 years of LEGO bricks, 40 years of minifigures, 50 years of LEGOLAND (Billund’s opened in 1968), and 10 years of LEGO Ideas too.
That’s right; it’s been ten years since that wonderfully ingenious platform for the LEGO building community to submit designs that might become official LEGO sets came to be under its original name of LEGO Cuusoo.
Now, to celebrate yet another important milestone to the complete history of LEGO, a big exhibition is being held at LEGO House in Billund, Denmark. This exhibit showcases actual builds of the various models submitted throughout 10 years of LEGO Ideas, while not passing review, did receive 10,000 enthusiastic supporters needed.
The selection of 10K submissions, now called “Product Ideas” in the platform’s parlance, comes from 11 countries all over the world. The builds range from vehicles, to buildings, to creatures and robots galore, and a testament to the intense imaginations that fired up those who submitted them to LEGO Ideas.
LEGO House will keep the exhibit up until October 8, and it can be (thankfully) viewed in the Home of the Brick’s free-access area. Or you can view photos of the displays at LEGO Ideas’ official blog, alongside information and interviews with their respective creators.
In Halifax, Nova Scotia one can find an interactive science museum run by a non-profit charity. Its mission statement is to stimulate interest, enjoyment and understanding of science and technology for all children and families coming to visit. Its name: Discovery Centre. And one of its upcoming exhibits might, for a time, end up getting it mistaken for a LEGOLAND Discovery Center, like the actual Canadian one in LDC Toronto. Starting this Friday, September 21, Discovery Centre at Halifax Seaport will play host to the Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks exhibit. Still, a selected student group from Saint Mary’s Elementary School and members of the media got a sneak peek at the display on Wednesday. They were not disappointed.
The Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks are a series of impressive 1:200 scale-model skyscraper LEGO builds that were built for Discovery Centre by a team of LEGO Certified Professionals (LCPs). The 20 buildings featured are among the most familiar skyscrapers in the world, with hometown Canadian giant the Toronto CN Tower, accompanied by the Empire State Building, China’s twisty Shanghai Tower, Australia’s Infinity Tower in Brisbane, and (of course) the wondrous edifices found in Dubai, the UAE.
Each tower is accompanied by a detailed fact corner talking about the history of the actual buildings and their LEGO replicas featured there. Once visitors have gone through the Towers of Tomorrow, they can also try their hands at building structures with LEGO thanks to the free-play construction area with over 200,000 LEGO pieces of various sizes and colors; there’s also an early-age Duplo zone.
The Halifax Discovery Centre will keep the Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks display around up until January 4. That’s plenty of time for interested visitors to drop in. It’ll feel like an actual LDC there, save for the lack of LEGO products for sale.
This early September, third-party LEGO-selling platform Bricklink dropped a bombshell when they announced a new crowd-funding initiative in major partnership with LEGO itself. This was the AFOL Designer Program, which aims to showcase AFOL-submitted MOCs which can be supported and crowd-funded into limited-release box set with revenues to the creators.
Bricklink has already laid down specific details about the AFOL Designer Program, which comes off as an alternative to LEGO Ideas, but which will have the resulting sets be limited-edition only for the 60th anniversary celebration of the LEGO brick. Oh, and they also gave a date for when entries will begin to be accepted for the program: right now.
That’s right, Bricklink is now ready to accept MOC designs from AFOLs aspiring to have their builds be included in this limited-time wave of LEGO sets that will be coming out next year. The start date was September 18 and will last until November 18, after which they will be evaluated under the supervision of “a celebrated LEGO designer with unique expertise and a historical understanding of the LEGO system”.
All AFOL MOCs that make the cut for Bricklink’s Designer Program will then be out forth for crowdfunding throughout the month of February. They will then be put on a limited production run in time for release in April 2019. When total sales revenues arrive in the future, the lucky AFOLs will receive 10 percent of it, no questions asked.
Unlike the LEGO Ideas path, these limited sets that will be born out of the program will not be official releases, though they will likely be comprised of authentic LEGO pieces. Still, for the time they’ll be available, these uncommon sets from AFOLs’ dreams will be a true part of the ongoing grand global celebration for 60 years of LEGO.
There are always many ways to tackle a problem or accomplish an objective, and The LEGO Group has a variety of approaches under its umbrella to promote its message of learning through play, such as with LEGO Foundation. This educational branch of LEGO has been looking for a new Global Director of Play, and they found him in the Scottish Highlands.
Ollie Bray, age 40, has been serving as head teacher for the Kingussie High School since five years ago, where he had set aside the regular curriculum for the 450-student institution for “joyful” project-based learning. But now LEGO Foundation is counting on him copy his success to everywhere in the world the LEGO Foundation reaches, as the foundation’s new Global Director of Play.
In his new job, Bray will find himself overseeing the LEGO Foundation’s global initiatives that seek to accomplish one of the brand’s most important points: connecting play with education.
According to him, “Learning through play is widely accepted in the early years and my job will be to find ways of extending it by incorporating it into the curriculum for older children.” This aligns with LEGO Foundation’s prevailing idea that current educational practices put “an outdated emphasis on standardized testing and rote learning” that prepares its students for the world “yesterday”, not today or tomorrow.
But Ollie Bray also opines that what education and learning needs is much less “fun” and more “enjoyment”; fun can potentially be without purpose, while adding joy to the purpose of education motivates students to identify problems and solve them.
And it seems other institutions, inspired by LEGO, are jumping into the “learning with play” bandwagon. The year before, the prestigious Cambridge University took on its first “Professor of Play”, Paul Ramchnadani, thanks to funding provided by the LEGO Foundation.
Source: The Guardian