After the big (and really, really BIG!) official reveal of the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) a few moments ago, LEGO has now released a cool designer video to go along with it. LEGO Model Designer Hans Burkhard Schlömer was at the helm, featuring what we can expect from this one-of-a-kind build. The set comes in 7,541 pieces and will retail for $800 with an early VIP access on September 14, and a general public release on October 1. Watch the video below, courtesy of Klemmbausteinlyrik.
If you’re excited for this set as much as we are, then you’ll be glad to know that Wildcard Toys is doing a giveaway of the UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) during the next few weeks. To enter the raffle, simply click on this link and follow the instructions mentioned. Check out the rest of the details below.
If you liked Tyler’s LEGO Yoshi MOC, then probably you’ll be interested to find out that this is not the first time that our resident Master Builder dived into creating a Nintendo-themed set. Last month, we were fortunate enough to have our very first LEGO Ideas submission approved for posting by the LEGO Ideas Team. If you’ve been following my posts regarding several LEGO Ideas projects, you probably know already that LEGO Ideas has revised their fan submission guidelines which state that projects based on currently active licenses and restricted IPs will no longer be accepted. As stringent as the rules may be, it did not deter our Brick Show team to still give it a shot knowing how much we love to see a LEGO and Nintendo collaboration later on in the future.
Here’s a brief description about this project, and Tyler’s take on this excellent MOC.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild Guardian and Link Minifigure
About This Project:
Now you can battle against ancient mechanical robots in LEGO form. Guardians roam the peaks and valleys of Hyrule, and it’s your job to destroy them! Using Link’s bow and arrow, take them down in this epic, original creation by Tyler Clites.
This project comes from a passion for Nintendo consisting of a lifetime worth of gaming memories, and a deep understanding that we need to make Nintendo LEGO sets happen. Seeing The Legend of Zelda come to brick form is something I’ve wanted since I was a child, and hopefully this is one step closer to that dream.
By far, Tyler’s version of this ancient mechanical robot is the closest representation of the Guardian in its LEGO brick form. I like how Tyler was able to capture those organic shapes, and other minute details of the Guardian. One example is his use of new, gold tentacle pieces which first appeared in several LEGO Elves sets. He also included several circular 1×1 plates with holes, and chain pieces to add a more golden accent into this build.
Though there are quite limited play features on this LEGO Ideas set, Tyler was able to work around this limitation by adding several flexible legs (all six of them), a head that spins around, and a spring loaded shooter. The legs are articulated using a lot of click joints, which allows this brick-built Guardian to be posed in many ways.
One fun feature that Tyler added to this LEGO Ideas Guardian is that the articulated legs can be removed from the main body, similar to how you systematically defeat these six-legged machineries in the video game. These legs can be ‘broken off’, and when the Guardian is eventually defeated, you can dismantle the entire robotic combatant and leave a rubble of ancient screws, springs, and cogs.
As a bonus, Tyler managed to come up with a customized digital version of Link to go along with the Guardian. The Link minifigure comes in his trademark blue garb, and choice of weapons. It also features a unique hairpiece, nicely detailed body straps on the torso, and double molded legs.
Again, if you wish to see this become an official LEGO Legend of Zelda set, remember to support this project over at LEGO Ideas. You can join us in this journey by voting for this project and helping us reach that much desired 10K landmark. Just click on the support button and hopefully, will be one step closer in having an actual LEGO Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Guardian.
So what do you think brick fans? Do you have other LOZ BOTW characters that you wish Tyler to build? Let us know in the comments below, or head over to our official social media channels (by clicking on the icons below) and share us your thoughts.
Towards the end of December last year, LEGO ran a Friends Designer Contest where children ages 6 to 12 were encouraged to build a new place for the LEGO Friends cast to hang out in. The LEGO Friends MOC entry must depict a place in Heartlake City following the usual LEGO Friends design and elements. The Grand Prize winner will have the once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity of having his/her winning entry turned into an actual LEGO Friends set in collaboration with LEGO’s master builders, plus a mini-doll representation of the winner himself/herself. Imagine the thrill of being immortalized as part of an actual LEGO set!
Earlier today, the winner has been finally announced and the official version of this fan designed LEGO Friends set has been revealed. Thanks to creative mind of 8-year old Sienna from the UK, we now have the LEGO Friends Heartlake City Playground (41325), complete with her very own mini-doll representation as included in the set. Here’s a bunch of fun facts about Sienna as revealed in the LEGO Friends Designer site.
Sienna has been turned into a mini-doll to be available in the winning product. How cool is that?
Lives in: London, UK with mom, dad and little brother, Austen.
Sport: gymnastics, rock climbing
Hobbies: LEGO® bricks, art, music, piano
After-school activity: ballet, Brownies (the Girl Guides – not the cakes!)
LEGO Friend: Mia
Five fun facts:
Sienna found ideas for the Heartlake City Playground from the playground near her house and other fun playgrounds and parks she has been to.
Heartlake City Playground has Sienna’s absolute favorite playground activity: a climbing wall! And another favorite: monkey bars!
Sienna’s brother brought a teddy bear everywhere when the family came to the LEGO headquarters in Billund. It was his school class teddy bear and it ended up as a model sticker!
Sienna’s mini-doll character has a brown pet dog named Pippa. It’s named after her grandmother’s new pet that she got for her birthday!
Sienna is always busy with school, after-school clubs, and spending time with her friends and family. To find time to build the playground, she used every minute of spare time she could find. She even shut herself in her bedroom for a full Saturday to build the playground and only came out for lunch and dinner!
Check out the official images of the Heartlake City Playground (41325), and Sienna’s submitted design courtesy of Heartlake Times.
LEGO Friends Heartlake City Playground (41325)
LEGO® Friends Heartlake City Playground is the perfect place to have a blast with your besties. Centered around a tree house, it includes a climbing wall with colored holds and a twister slide. Push the functioning swings to make them go back and forth, spin the merry-go-round and make the 2 mini-doll figures go up and down on the seesaw. Help them take a seat on the benches as they watch Pippa the dog stretch her legs, then use the walkie-talkies to invite more friends to come out and play!
Here’s Sienna’s submitted fan design that made up the winning entry.
If you enjoyed seeing Jason and Stephen go head to head with their hilarious LEGO Jurassic World Build Battle, then you’ll certainly have a blast seeing our next build battle featuring two of the coolest master builders around. Tyler is, without a doubt, one of the most creative and ingenious LEGO builders that we have here at The Brick Show, and this time, we’ll see how he’ll fair in a friendly brick-building competition against Adam Ward from SoulPancake’s Brick X Brick.
For this time-limited build challenge reminiscent of the Builder’s Lounge Iron Builder (though in a less serious tone), Adam and Tyler will be using pieces coming from the LEGO Creator 3-in-1Mighty Dinosaurs (31058) set. The catch: they have to build a vehicle using this dino-themed LEGO set. What happens next is pretty funny. Watch this.
With building instructions flying in the air, the MOCs coming from the creative minds of these guys are simply awesome. I guess LEGO master builders are like minded in so many ways – with both Tyler and Adam coming up with a helicopter build as their creation of choice. Tyler creates a sort of a closer-to-life helicopter build with some play features added to its propeller, while Adam’s military-inspired build comes with a mean-looking tail propeller and armaments.
For the final challenge, both of them needs to create a micro build using the remaining pieces from the Mighty Dinosaurs set BUT using only one hand. Other than building their creations with a handicap, what is amazing is that for the second time around, both Adam and Tyler are in sync in thinking about creating a chair with their remaining LEGO pieces. Adam built a well-defined, three-legged chair while Tyler’s clever use of the set’s tentacle or ‘rib cage’ pieces rendered his version of a rocking chair quite daunting to build.
In the end, it’s all about the fun in creating whatever comes to your mind and having a healthy dose of laughter at the same time. If you liked this LEGO building challenge from Tyler and Adam, be sure to check out the rest of their collaborative building ideas at SoulPancake where the two of them create the wackiest, brick-built critters and dinosaurs around using the LEGO Creator 3-in-1 sets Robo Explorer (31062) and Sunset Street Bike (31059) respectively.
What LEGO building contest ideas do you have in mind? Please do share them and let us know about it in the comments below. Happy building!
Last year, LEGO Star Wars fans were treated to a free and very rare freebie as part of May 2016’s May the 4th exclusive promos. With only 3,500 sets in circulation, the LEGO Star Wars Escape the Space Slug set were given away for free for every qualifying purchase of any LEGO Star Wars merchandise worth $150 and above. To make it even more challenging, the chance to own this set comes by invitation only via email, with only around 25 invitations released for each 120 LEGO brand stores worldwide during that time.
If you’re a LEGO Star Wars connoisseur and you’ve missed out on having this very rare set, it might interest you to know that Blocks Magazine is a running contest that might give you a better chance of having this set for free by entering a MOC building contest. In celebration of Star Wars 40th anniversary, Blocks Magazine will be running a building contest that highlights one of the most memorable scenes in the very first SW film, Episode I: A New Hope. Based on the epic confrontation between Han Solo and Greedo in Mos Eisley Cantina, participants are to create their very own brick-build rendition of this iconic scene, featuring the above mentioned characters. It might be a bit of a challenge if you’re looking forward to include Greedo in his minifigure form since he only appears in two LEGO Star Wars sets: 2004’s Mos Eisley Cantina (4501) and the larger remake from 2014, Mos Eisley Cantina (75052). But of course, this is LEGO, and you are highly encouraged to be creative in coming up with your very own interpretation of this scene.
Here’s Blocks Magazine full press release.
Blocks magazine offers amazing prizes in Star Wars at 40 build contest
It will probably not have escaped your attention that a little movie called Star Wars, released in 1977, celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2017. Blocks will be celebrating with a very special Star Wars issue later this year, and we want our readers to get involved.
We are holding a unique competition, with not one, but two amazing prizes on offer. The overall winning entry will have the one-of-a-kind opportunity to be part of Blocks’ Star Wars at 40 special feature – your entry could be included in a huge article that the team are putting together. Additionally, the winner and two runners-up will each receive the prize of a super rare, limited edition LEGO Star Wars set – Escape the Space Slug. It was only available as part of a select LEGO Store shopping opportunity last year.
To be in with a chance of being immortalised in the pages of Blocks and picking up a copy of an impossible-to-find LEGO Star Wars set, entrants need to build a specific scene from Star Wars: A New Hope, using LEGO. It can be built at any scale and be open to interpretation, but it also needs to represent Blocks’ chosen scene from the original film in a recognisable way – this is all about recreating the selected scene from the movie, using LEGO as your medium. The judging panel will be looking at how it represents the scene, not just the best MOC, so presentation and concept will be important alongside technical ability.
The scene from Star Wars: A New Hope that Blocks wants you to recreate in LEGO is ‘Han shot first’. It’s the moment when Han Solo encounters Greedo in the cantina at Mos Eisley, and events take a particular turn…
To enter, post an image of your build to Facebook (blocksmag), on Twitter @blocksmagazine or via e-mail it to email@example.com. The deadline is midnight on September 1, 2017 (GMT). Your image must be at a resolution of 300dpi and fit the landscape dimensions of 330mm wide x 330mm tall.
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