YESSSS! LEGO Life-Size Brick-Built Statue of Thor Heads It Way to SDCC!

We saw Justice League’s Flash getting the #LEGOSDCC treatment a few days ago, and this time, joining him as one of this year’s SDCC highlights is the Norse god of thunder himself, MCU’s Thor, as seen in the upcoming film, Thor: Ragnarok. Entertainment Weekly gives us an inside look and some fun facts about this latest LEGO creation. Check out the time-lapse video below of how this brick-built statue came to be. The following images are courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

This life-sized LEGO statue captures Thor’s cinematic version as played by Chris Hemsworth. The final model stands at 7 feet tall, made up 33,495 LEGO bricks, and took a total of 290 hours to build. I love how the designers made good use of the bright red pieces as it accentuate the alien-like markings on the left side of the build, and the flowing effect of Thor’s cape. The way the cape was constructed is totally rad! I’d say that the choice of handheld weapons on this build is a good call as well on the part of the designers. In the absence of Mjolnir, the choice of having the god of thunder wielding two swords is a lot better than seeing him holding an over-sized screwdriver.

2017’s San Diego Comic Con will officially kick-off on Thursday, July 20 at the San Diego Convention Center. LEGO has always been an active exhibitor at these events, and if you’re paying a visit at SDCC, then be sure to drop by at Booth #2829. LEGO has already announced this year’s exclusive SDCC minifigure in the character of CW’s Vixen from Legends of Tomorrow, and there’s still more LEGO surprises to be revealed as we count the hours away so be sure to keep tabs with us for more LEGO @SDCC updates.

 

 

LEGO Unveils Its First SDCC 2017 Exclusive Minifigure.

LEGO has been quite mum about this one, until now. We saw from last year that CW’s Rey Palmer (aka Atom) of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow was one of San Diego Comic Con’s exclusive swags, alongside Steve Roger’s Captain America. This time around, we have another character from Legends of Tomorrow that a few brick fans will be so fortunate enough to have. LEGO has shared via its Twitter account that Vixen will now be getting the exclusive LEGO SDCC treatment for this year’s SDCC.

For those of you who are not familiar with her character, Vixen (aka Amaya Jiwe) is a CW character and a former member of Justice Society of America played on screen by Maisie Richardson-Sellers. Hailing from Africa, Vixen is an expert in hand-to-hand combat, made even more deadly by the powerful Anansi Totem – a magically imbued necklace that allows her to summon or harness the life force of animals, giving her superhuman strength, speed, agility, and resistance to the elements.

The manner of having Vixen in her exclusive LEGO minifigure form will be basically the same as that from previous years. If you’re attending this year’s Comic Con, you must be at the Pavilion Terrace at 12:30PM and wait in line from July 20 to 23. This limited edition, SDCC exclusive minifig is expected to shoot up in value in the aftermarket for as much as $200 to $250. Even as of this writing, a couple of pre-auction listings on eBay are now posted.

If you’re unable to attend this year’s Comic Con, LEGO will still be running its usual online raffle via Twitter, so be sure to keep tabs with their social media accounts. Be sure to stay tuned with us for more LEGO SDCC updates only here at the Brick Show!

 

 

 

LEGO Ideas Woman of NASA Slated to be Released at the End of the Year.

Hate them or love them, the next LEGO Ideas set that pays tribute to NASA’s space exploration program now has a launch date. Following the release of the highly in-demand, LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) set, we now have confirmation that the next NASA-themed set is expected to be released on December 1 of this year.

Designed by LEGO fan and space enthusiast Maia Weinstock (aka 20tauri over at LEGO Ideas), the LEGO Ideas Women of NASA is the next approved LEGO Ideas project following the NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309), and the yet to be released Old Fishing Store (21310). The reveal was made at the LEGO fan event, Japan Brickfest held last June, where members of the LEGO Community Engagement Team announced the set’s launch date during one of their presentation.

Though it was briefly said in passing, the announcement of the launch date wasn’t hard to miss. Check out the video below and pause it around the 7:34 mark.

Truth be told, many LEGO Ideas fans were not that thrilled when the announcement was made regarding the selection of the Women of NASA as the next official LEGO Ideas set. It was met with mixed reactions from the LEGO community – from those who laud LEGO for giving more emphasis on sets that inspire budding scientists regardless of their gender, to those who lament the fact that it is such a small set with very limited play features.

Whatever your take on this, we still yet to see how LEGO will tweak on its preliminary fan-made design to somehow make it more appealing to the majority of LEGO fans, young and old alike. In the meantime come by September, we still have the Old Fishing Store (21310) to watch out for which is expected to have a good amount of following.

 

 

 

A Look at LEGO at Disney’s D23 Expo 2017.

Disney’s grandest fan event has just concluded, and on the last day of the D23 Expo, LEGO and Disney fans surely had a blast. Held at Anaheim Convention Center in California, Disney made sure that LEGO had a sizeable presence at the convention. With its various reveals such as the new playable character in the person of Homemade Suit Spider-Man in the upcoming video game sequel LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2, and various promotional builds for Spider-Man Homecoming, Toy Story 4, and so much more, LEGO’s vibe is undeniably felt in the air.

Though it is expected that next week’s SDCC will create more LEGO-related buzz, these brick-built statues at the D23 Expo knows how to get attention. This life-sized, brick-built statue of Spider-Man as he hangs on a window is definitely for the win. Thanks to DiscussingFilm and Bill Roseman for sharing these images via Twitter.

 

 

Spider-Man Homemade Suit Makes Its Way as a Playable Character in LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2.

LEGO and TT Games recently stirred things up in this year’s largest Disney fan event at the D23 Expo. With their additional reveal of another playable character in the highly anticipated LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 at the Level Up! Video Game Showcase, it seems that more, never-before-seen LEGO Marvel characters will be included in the game sequel. Following the reveal of Medusa both as a playable character in LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 and as an impressive brick-built LEGO statue at E3 last month, we now have another LEGO Marvel character that adds to the roster of web-slinging superheroes that you can access in the video game. Homemade Suit Spider-Man is a playable character straight from MCU’s Spider-Man: Homecoming film, with Peter Parker’s signature homemade red hoodie and blue jeans costume.

Homemade Suit Spider-Man seems to be of standard fare as compared to other Spider-Man characters in the game, with the usual web shot ranged and melee combo attacks. Nevertheless, having a character uniquely donned as this one surely adds excitement and fun in the game. Let’s take a look at this gameplay video as revealed at the D23 Expo.

Now that were just a few days away before this year’s San Diego Comic Con officially kicks off, expect more reveals from Warner Bros. and TT Games later on. LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 launches on November 14 and is now available for pre-order. Get the Deluxe Edition and you’ll get an early access to the Classic Guardians of the Galaxy Character Pack which features playable classic GOTG characters, including Charlie-27, Yondu, Major Vance, and Starhawk among others. Plus, you’ll also be receiving the exclusive Giant-Man minifigure which you can only get when you pre-order the game.