LEGO Batman’s Will Arnett To Host LEGO Masters US

Last July, LEGO fans in the US were thrilled to hear the news that the ultimate LEGO reality TV show is now finally picked up by FOX and it looks like it’s even getting better. LEGO and Fox Broadcasting have finally announced and welcomed onboard the host of the upcoming LEGO Masters US TV show. I have some initial guesses including Chris Pratt and even David Beckham. And I’m delighted to hear that it will finally be LEGO Batman himself – Will Arnett – who will be at the helm of this highly intense LEGO reality TV show.

The multi-talented actor behind LEGO Batman’s brooding voice will bring this contest to an all-new level of brick intensity when he guides pairs of brick contenders beginning February 5. According to FOX, “The series will feature pairs of LEGO enthusiasts facing off in unbelievable brick-building challenges. Throughout the competition, Arnett, alongside expert judges, will encourage the builders, introduce incredible challenges and put the creations to the test until one duo is crowned LEGO Masters.”

The actor behind the brooding voice of LEGO Batman will be hosting the toughest LEGO-inspired reality TV show on FOX – the LEGO Masters US.

LEGO Masters has been a huge success both in the UK and Australia and is expected to have a warm welcome from millions of LEGO fans across the US. A website has been launched last July to facilitate auditions for the TV show, but my guess is that the roster is already complete and we will get to hear the final list of LEGO Masters US contestants anytime soon. Personally, I’m hoping to see Tyler and Sean join the fray, but I guess we will soon find out.

Similar to their UK and Australian counterparts, LEGO Masters US will stretch the limits of our builder-contenders as they figure their way out of the craziest, nearly-impossible LEGO building tasks that will be thrown at them. We’re still yet to see who will be given the most daunting task of judging these creations. For LEGO Masters Australia for example, the arduous task was given to Australian LEGO Certified Professional Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught. It was definitely not an easy task being the show’s judge and we’ll have to see to whom this sobering mantle will fall in.

Are you excited about LEGO Masters US? Who do you think will make it to the final cut? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

Additional source: The Wrap

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Classic LEGO Pirates Are Back With The LEGO Ideas Pirate Bay

The First 2019 LEGO Ideas Review Results are on a roll. After the announcement of the now approved LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street and LEGO Ideas Playable Piano, it looks like LEGO fans are on to a nostalgic pirate trip in this next approved 10K project, the LEGO Ideas Pirate Bay.

LEGO Ideas Pirate Bay

Originally designed by Spanish audio-visual artist Pablo Jimenez (aka Bricky_Brick over at LEGO Ideas), the LEGO Ideas Pirate Bay is a modular set that every fan of the classic LEGO Pirates will surely want to have. It has been four years ago when LEGO released its last pirate-inspired sets since the theme’s inception way back in 1989. Undoubtedly, this is one of LEGO’s most beloved and successful original creations, and seeing the LEGO Ideas Pirate Bay finally becoming a reality as an official LEGO set seems to be long overdue. The best part of it is that the brick-built pirate fortress follows a modular design similar to the likes of the LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store (21310).

LEGO Ideas Pirate Bay

Pablo’s original design clocks in at somewhere between 2,550 to 2,650 pieces and includes seven (7) pirate minifigures. It also features four (4) interchangeable levels that highlight some of the things that a sea-loving pirate would love to do: having a hearty meal, manning the cannons, and planning their next adventure on the high seas.

The LEGO Ideas Pirate Bay

Prepare the cannons sailors, you have to defend the bay!

Welcome to the impregnable pirate fortress, house of Red beard, many sailors fear these waters, the most dangerous pirates make their stop here. Be careful not to be locked in jail or possibly the only place you can be, as long as you do not find the secret exit.

There is a rumor, they say that there is a treasure map, it is believed that it is below the canteen, many of them are looking for the treasure but none of them have yet achieved it. Will you be able to find it?

It is time to return to the classics and what better than this super bastion built on shipwrecks, with traps like the pendular anchor that warns unexpected visitors and the dog and the monkey guardian. The food is delicious in our tavern, many pirates only stop to eat here. In this small pirate town we find a small farm with pigs and chickens, lobsters crabs and fish, also delight this area.

A Modular set that includes 7 minifigures and: 1 monkey, 1 scorpion, 3 crabs, 3 hens, two pigs, 3 parrots, a shark, and a dog.

The LEGO Ideas Pirate Bay is tentatively scheduled for release some time next year, and with two other equally impressive LEGO Ideas sets that go along with it, 2020 is certainly a great year to be a LEGO Ideas fan. Again, our warmest congratulations to Pablo Jimenez and to all who made this next LEGO set possible.

Playable Piano Slated To Be the Next LEGO Ideas Set

Following the announcement of the LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street as our next LEGO Ideas set, the First 2019 Review Results also included another set that eventually received the thumbs up from the LEGO Ideas Design Team. If you recall earlier in May this year, the LEGO Ideas Playable Piano project by Donny Chen (aka SleepyCow over at LEGO Ideas) required further review due to the intricate details and sheer complexity in building the project’s various moving parts and features. Now after four months of waiting, I’m glad that this LEGO Ideas project finally got the green light in becoming an official LEGO set.

Playable Piano

The LEGO Ideas Playable Piano is clearly a work of passion for Donny. Being a piano teacher himself, he designed the Playable Piano with expert knowledge on its various moving parts and complex internal mechanism. The attention to detail that Donny devoted to this set is impressive in itself. The original design is made up of 2,798 LEGO pieces that recreate a working grand piano. Here’s a brief description of this set, followed by a brief video that shows us some of the play features on this upcoming set.

The Concert Grand Piano, one of the most complex instruments of all time, is now in Lego form.

Built entirely from 2798 authentic LEGO bricks, it accurately captures the mechanical details of a real piano, featuring:

  • Removable keyboard with 25 independent working keys, each key connects to its own hammer.
  • Working damper and pedal function.
  • 25 strings.
  • Realistic piano lid which can be open either half stick of full stick.
  • Realistic fallboard with a soft close.
  • Removable music stand.
  • Height adjustable piano bench.
  • Self-playing function enabled by adding PowerFunction, which allows keys to play at different tempos and rhythms.
  • Realistic piano wheels.

The LEGO Ideas Playable Piano is set to be released sometime next year, with the LEGO Ideas Design Team working hard to perfect this masterpiece. Congratulations Donny Chen, and I can’t wait to build this next superb LEGO Ideas set.

Finally, A LEGO Ideas Set That Will Show Us How To Get To Sesame Street

The results are in: and it looks like we have another LEGO Ideas set that is destined to be a hit among AFOLs who grew up in the company of Elmo, Big Bird, Bert & Ernie and other memorable characters of the iconic children’s television show Sesame Street. The LEGO Ideas First 2019 Review results were finally announced, and wow, I’m really proud and happy for this one. If you recall earlier this year, we have high hopes for Ivan Guerrero’s (aka bulldoozer21 on LEGO Ideas) 123 Sesame Street project as it gathers the necessary votes in becoming the next LEGO Ideas set. Now thanks to the support and vote of confidence of more than 10,000 LEGO fans around the world, we can finally see this new LEGO set come to life.

Sesame Street

In my opinion, the LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street symbolizes a perfect union between LEGO and PBS, with both companies giving a premium on the value of creative play among children. I literally grew up and learned my ABCs thanks to Sesame Street which were hugely popular in the Philippines during the 1980s. So seeing this set becoming an official LEGO Ideas set really feels quite nostalgic, similar to how excited I was when Lendy Tayag’s LEGO Ideas Voltron (21311) became a reality. Another reason why I’m so proud in seeing this original brick creation become an officially approved LEGO Ideas set is the fact that this is another testament to the creative genius of the Filipino AFOL community. The LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street is the 2nd LEGO Ideas set originally designed by a Filipino, following the likes of Lendy Tayag and his LEGO Ideas Voltron.

Ivan’s original design for the LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street comes in at 2,945 pieces but we can expect this to be tentative since the LEGO Design Team will still introduce some adjustments before its debut sometime next year. The official set is also expected to feature a huge collection of new minifigures of some of the popular characters on Sesame Street including Bob, Gordon, Susan, Bert, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Biff, Sully, Ernie, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Prairie Dawn, Grover, and Elmo. Each portion of the iconic Sesame Street apartment features several memorable episodes of the TV show in which AFOLs who grew up with the series will surely recognize.

To know more on how this set was created, be sure to read on Ivan’s 10K Club Interview over at the LEGO Ideas blog site. Again, congratulations Ivan Guerrero and hope to see your LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street on store shelves very soon.

Put Your Robotics Mettle to the Test With the LEGO Mindstorms Voice Challenge

As you may have noticed by now, LEGO is continually testing the boundaries of brick-inspired play with computer coding in its latest LEGO sets. A good example of this is the recently released LEGO Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander (75253), and the many possibilities in which you can design these miniature robotic droids to do simple tasks. And this time around, LEGO robotics enthusiasts will be glad to know that The LEGO Group and Amazon have teamed up to offer a leveled-up, building and robotics challenge that comes with a very appealing ultimate prize package. The LEGO Mindstorms Voice Challenge: Powered by Alexa gives the opportunity for talented LEGO builders and coders to present their most creative and technically superb brick robots using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 (31313) set operated and controlled by Amazon’s Alexa.

The grand prize winner will receive a hefty amount of Amazon gift cards worth $20,000 USD and a couple of LEGO Technic sets particularly the 4×4 X-treme Off-Roader (42099) and the humongous Liebherr R 9800 Excavator (42100). To top it off, the ultimate champion will also get to have an all-expense-paid trip to LEGO Headquarters in Denmark to have a tour of the LEGO House, interact with LEGO toy designers, and have their creation featured at LEGO World in Copenhagen. There will also be several prizes to be given away to five (5) finalists and a Bonus Prize will be given away for the Best Creation by a 13-17 Year Old. Furthermore, the first 100 submissions/participants (those who have completed the registration process) will be automatically entitled to Amazon Gift Cards worth $150 USD.

The LEGO Mindstorms Voice Challenge: Powered by Alexa building contest will receive entries until December 31, 2019 at 11:59PM PT. Watch the following video for an overview of this building contest, plus don’t forget the finer details of the contest rules right here.

So are you up for this next level robotics challenge? Let me know in the comments below.

Check Out the Winners of the LEGO Ideas Junkertown Inspired Building Contest

Back in July, LEGO Ideas launched another building contest that asked fans to come up with their best brick rendition of the harsh Australian Outback in true, Junkertown-style. Inspired by the LEGO Overwatch sets, the LEGO Ideas Show Us Your Junker-Inspired Interpretation of an Overwatch Hero challenges builders to recreate their favorite Overwatch character if they’re a resident of Junkertown. The winners are in and let’s take a look at these outstanding winning entries.

Junker Orisa

LEGO Ideas Junkertown

This is my interpretation of a Junker-fied Orisa.
in all the chaos in Junkertown, a lot of her armor got damaged, and therefore overlapped and welded with old rusty pieces of metal lying around in Junkertowns surroundings. Though a lot of her changed, she still managed to keep some of her somewhat friendly personality.
I decided not to make huge changes to her, so the original design would be easy to recognize.
The model consists of 674 parts, its made in LDD and rendered with Stud.io ~ AlexWeigelt
Junkertown Hanzo

LEGO Ideas Junkertown

Hanzo equipped for surviving in the harsh environment of the Outback.
This was a really fun build, both to recreate the character recognizably and also to add the Junkertown twist. I hope you enjoy! (The cloth elements are all LEGO: parts 32652, 32653, 36964, 35863, and bb685pb01.) ~ BallomNomNom 
JunkerTown Winston

Even in the thick of the Australian outback, a scientist like Winston can figure out how to make the most of the surrounding junk. Armed with an electromagnetic frag launcher, a jet engine booster pack, a new cyborg arm, and of course, Winston never goes anywhere without his bull hide Spiffy hat! ~ Legofin.

Junkertown Winston

LEGO Ideas Junkertown

This version of Winston ended up in Junkertown after he escaped from the Moon. He used his scientific and engineering skills to build armor and a jump pack of the remains of his crashed emergency pod and equipped himself with a demolition saw that he found in an abandoned junkyard. After some modifications of his own, he is now equipped and ready to take on the other inhabitants of Junkertown! ~ oOger

Junkhardt

When Reinhardt was stranded in the Australian Outback without his powered armour, he had to adapt in order to survive. Crafting a new battle suit from old vehicle and spaceship parts, he is now ready to take on Junkertown in style… ~ MarkNewnham1

 

Each of the winners received the entire collection of 2019 LEGO Overwatch sets, plus an exclusive LEGO Overwatch box with special golden guns elements not found in any other LEGO sets. To top it off, winners also received some limited-edition Overwatch merchandise. For more details about the currently available LEGO Overwatch sets, be sure to visit LEGO Shop@Home. Congratulations to the winners! Keep on building, mates!

Legend of Zelda: BotW Stables Qualifies for the Third 2019 LEGO Ideas Review Stage

It has been long dreamt for by long-time LEGO and Nintendo fans that a sort of crossover happens between these two pop icons – and these next LEGO Ideas product idea may hopefully pave the way for that. The Legend of Zelda: BotW Stables by Hanwasyellowfirst is our next LEGO Ideas project that managed to earn those needed 10K fan votes to enable it to qualify for the Third 2019 LEGO Ideas Review Stage. This LEGO product idea takes its inspiration from the famed stables of the hit video game Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that was released back in March of 2017 together with the world debut of the highly popular Nintendo Switch.

Legend of Zelda: BotW Stables

The LEGO Ideas Legend of Zelda: BotW Stables faithfully recreates the stables that are commonly found throughout the land of Hyrule. It also features several roof sections that can be opened to reveal the inner workings of the build. Other features include a fire pit and several benches, crates, ingredients, and of course horses. Proposed minifigures for this product idea includes the characters of Link, Kaas, Beedle, Pikango, Stable Master, Traveller, and a Mystery Minifig.

The LEGO Ideas Legend of Zelda: BotW Stables

Here is my first submission for LEGO ideas. The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of The Wild Stable. 

I chose the Stable as it captures well the spirit of this great Zelda game. Stables can be found throughout the vast landscape of Hyrule and I think it looks great as a LEGO set too, plus… horses!

Disclaimer: Unfortunately I have zero graphic design expertise. So when it comes to the minifigures you will have to use your imagination, I have tried to get something as close to representative as possible from what was on offer. 

This, therefore, is also the case for any printed elements or stickers you imagine would be involved, 

some classic Hylian script and some tasty recipes on the inside wall!

The Build: 

The roof sections are hinged to allow the stable and horse pen to open up. Inside are 4 beds, a table and chairs, a recipe and the reception desk (for the trusty Stable Master to turn trusty Inn-keep). 

Grab some apples or monster parts and cook up something tasty! Missing an ingredient? Why don’t you check the crates, or ask Beedle! I’m sure I saw a Lizalfos horn somewhere about… 

Feed the stable dog a nice piece of prime meat, maybe he will reward you!

You may even be able to see signs of a sneaky Korok nearby…

Contents: 

  • Stable 
  • Fire Pit & Benches
  • Crates and Ingredients (various)
  • Weapons (various)  
  • Horses x3 

Minifigures:

  • Link
  • Kaas
  • Beedle
  • Pikango
  • Stable Master
  • Traveler 
  • ???

Legend of Zelda: BotW Stables Legend of Zelda: BotW Stables

This is the second LEGO Ideas submission that is credited to builder Hanwasyellowfirst that managed to gain 10,000 LEGO fan votes. If you recall, the LEGO Ideas The Seven Dwarfs’ House product idea is currently in review as a qualifier in the on-going Second  2019 Review Stage. The LEGO Ideas Legend of Zelda: BotW Stables is the third set to enter the Third 2019 Review Stage following the likes of Queen: I Want to Break Free and Seinfeld 30th Anniversary Set.

Do you think this set has the potential of opening doors for future LEGO and Nintendo partnerships? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

LEGO Ideas Seinfeld 30th Anniversary Product Idea Qualifies for Third 2019 Review Stage

After achieving the necessary 10,000 votes needed to move forward, the LEGO Ideas Seinfeld 30th Anniversary product idea by BrentWaller now qualifies for the Third 2019 LEGO Ideas Review Stage. This original LEGO Ideas project proposal celebrates 30 years of the beloved classic 90s comedy TV series, following a similar vein as such that of the now available (but temporarily out of stock) LEGO Ideas Central Perk (21319).

LEGO Ideas Seinfeld 30th Anniversary

The LEGO Ideas Seinfeld 30th Anniversary product idea won the votes of 10K LEGO fan supporters in just a few months since its entry in the crowd-sourcing platform in June of this year. It’s quite an accomplishment for a LEGO Ideas product idea considering the relatively short amount of time that it took to earn the necessary LEGO fan votes to move on to the Review Stage. This proposed LEGO set comes in at approximately 900 pieces, almost at a similar piece count to that of the  LEGO Ideas Central Perk. If you look closely, these sets also somehow share a notable similarity in terms of design, with both of them making good use of a central piece where all the characters interact. It will be really interesting to have these sets displayed side by side if in case the former becomes an official LEGO set. The LEGO Ideas Seinfeld 30th Anniversary product idea also includes minifigure versions of Jerry Seinfeld, George Costanza, Elaine Benes, Cosmo Kramer and “Newman”.

LEGO Ideas Seinfeld 30th Anniversary Product Idea

LEGO Ideas Seinfeld 30th Anniversary

On July 5th, 1989 the show about nothing was born.

This LEGO Ideas project celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the beloved classic 90s comedy sitcom with an accurate recreation of Jerrys Upper West Side Manhattan apartment using approximately 900 LEGO Pieces.

It also includes 5 minifigures including Comedian and show namesake, Jerry Seinfeld, neurotic best friend George Costanza, friend Elaine Benes, eccentric but kind-hearted neighbour Cosmo Kramer and Jerrys arch nemesis, mailmanand neighbour known only as “Newman”.

With your help and vote this project could become a real LEGO set so you too can recreate your favourite scenes about nothing. 

The Seinfeld 30th Anniversary product idea joins Queen: I Want to Break Free as the second project to qualify for the Third 2019 LEGO Ideas Review Stage. So what do you think about this 90s sitcom-inspired set? Do you think it will win the approval of the LEGO Ideas Design team? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

LEGO Ideas IP Question Provides More Clarity About Permissible IPs

The LEGO Ideas platform has been recently updated to include some features that will help builders determine if their proposed projects will not run into some potential intellectual property (IP) issues later on. For those projects that managed to receive the necessary 10K fan support only to be turned down later on by the LEGO Ideas Review Team due to an IP conflict, the experience can turn out to be really disappointing. Thankfully, LEGO Ideas has taken a step further by introducing a LEGO Ideas IP question that may help future submissions to be spared from the frustrating experience of pushing forward with a project that may I have a potential IP issue.

By including an Intellectual Property Question (or IP Question) at the very start of the project Submission Flow, builders will now have an idea if there proposed set will have the LEGO Ideas IP greenlight.

LEGO Ideas IP question

By adding this feature at the beginning of the submission phase, builders will be spared from the frustrating experience of gaining the necessary 10K support from fans only to be turned later on because of some issues with regards to IP rights. There are plenty of examples of such cases and one in particular is the LEGO Ideas project Jurassic Park Visitor Center that qualified for the LEGO Ideas First 2016 Review Stage but was eventually turned down by the review team because of certain conflicts with LEGO’s existing IPs. Here’s LEGO’s take on the matter.

More noteworthy however, is the first step of this new Submit Flow – the Intellectual Property (IP) Question. As you know, LEGO Ideas welcomes submissions based on intellectual properties (designs copyrighted by someone else, i.e. movies, bands, real-world buildings, vehicles, etc), however there are many IPs, which we’ve already been able to evaluate over the years, that we don’t allow as they either: 

  • Overlap with currently commercialized LEGO products (i.e. Star Wars, Ferrari, etc)
  • Have already been commercialized through LEGO Ideas (i.e. Beatles Yellow Submarine, Voltron, etc)
  • Don’t fit the LEGO Brand (i.e. Game of Thrones or Call of Duty, etc)
  • Contain a known license conflict that prevents us from commercializing the IP (i.e. Monopoly, Transformers, etc).

It’s always been a bit challenging for members to know which IPs we allow and don’t allow, so we’re bringing more visibility to this now by allowing you to lookup an IP and get an immediate response about whether we allow it or not, or if we haven’t evaluated it before. This way, we hope to remove some of the frustrations members have experienced of spending time building something for LEGO Ideas and going through the submission process – only for it to be denied by our moderation team due to the IP in question.

Please be aware that LEGO Ideas maintains an even stricter policy than the rest of the LEGO Group on which intellectual properties are allowed to be submitted to the platform. An IP that may be denied via LEGO Ideas for any reason, may well still be considered internally by the LEGO Groups’ design teams in their regular product development process.

It’s worth noting that it’s still a work in progress and we plan further updates to this, including providing more precise feedback on why an IP is not allowed.

LEGO makes it clear that introducing a LEGO Ideas IP question is far from perfect and is not intended to be like a silver bullet of sorts to solve any IP issues that future submissions may present later on. But it is a welcomed move nonetheless that will save builders and their fans from harrowing disappointments and frustrations.

So what do you think of these latest developments from LEGO Ideas? Do you think it will be a big help in untangling some of the complex issues regarding LEGO’s intellectual properties? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

LEGO Product Idea The Queen: I Want to Break Free is the First to Qualify for the Third 2019 Review Stage

While this year’s LEGO Ideas Second 2019 Review Stage has already begun, we now have our very first 10K entry that qualifies for the Third 2019 Review Stage. Garnering a total number of 10,000+ votes from the LEGO fan community, The Queen: I Want to Break Free project by Han Sbricksteen features the band’s iconic 80’s music video rendered in LEGO bricks.

The Queen: I Want to Break Free

This brick creation comes in at approximately 1,300 pieces and features minifig versions of the band members Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon and of course the legend himself, Freddy Mercury. It was a long road for this project since it was introduced to the public more than 2 years ago, but I guess its worth the wait. The Queen: I Want to Break Free LEGO Ideas project is slated for review at the latter part of this year.

The Queen: I Want to Break Free

Welcome to the most famous living room in the history of music videos

Wake up and visit the funniest house with Freddy Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon. This set is a tribute to the famous music video I Want to Break Free. The song with the same title was included in the classic album The Works (1984), by Queen. This project pays homage to one of the most influential rock bands in music history.

  • Includes 8 minifigures: Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon, and the same musicians in disguise.
  • The house has two sections: the living room with the stairs and the kitchen.
  • All the rooms are completely furnished.
  • Accessories include a vacuum cleaner, two feather dusters, a scourer, four forks, four knives, four cups, two newspapers, a vase, a bottle, a can of soda, a carton of milk, a carton of juice, a pretzel, two cherries, a banana, and a sausage.
  • Great for display or role-playing scenes from the iconic music video.
  • This set includes over 1300 pieces.
  • The model measures over 5” (14 cm) high, 17’’ (44 cm) wide and 7’’ (19 cm) deep.

The Queen: I Want to Break Free