Have Your Very Own Custom LEGO Disney Castle – in Micro Scale.

Alright, I know I may have probably pushed it a little bit with that headline, especially if you’re looking for a way to snag that ridiculously large LEGO Disney Castle (71040). It is an impressive set no doubt, so much so that it even caught the attention of the Beckhams, Kardashians and other A-list celebrities last year. Standing at almost 2 ½ feet tall, and more than 1 ½  feet wide, the LEGO Disney Castle (71040) is one majestically built set that any Disney fan would love to have. This time around, Build Better Bricks gives tribute to this iconic symbol of Disney magic by coming up with their very own micro scaled, custom LEGO Disney Castle. Designed by Master Builders Tyler Clites and Sean Mayo, this custom LEGO Disney Castle is the perfect, smaller scaled version of the original set, a perfect fit to adorn any Disney AFOL’s desk.

Coming in at 427 pieces, this micro scaled version measures 7.6 inches tall, 6 inches wide, and 3.5 inches deep. Tyler and Sean’s attention to the minute details of this MOC is absolutely amazing, and the colors that they used in building this set are really spot on. It is a relatively straightforward build, with each side of the MOC perfectly recreated in an appropriately scaled size. Check out this video from Build Better Bricks to have a better look at this custom micro-scaled LEGO Disney Castle.

You can also listen to Brian’s review of this custom LEGO set right here. So, if you wish to have a piece of the Disney magic right in your own homes, shelves or study table, be sure to check out the instructions on how to build this project at Build Better Bricks. For a minimum amount $5 USD, you’ll be receiving a set of building instructions in PDF format, a parts list, and a Stud.io file to easily import the list of needed parts which only cost you around $43 via Bricklink.

Be sure to check the rest of B3’s quality custom LEGO creations, by checking out these personal favorites of ours:

Happy building!

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The Chase is on With LEGO Rebrick’s LEGO Ninjago Continue the Chase Brickfilm Contest.

After LEGO Rebrick’s Great Mountain Chase photography contest, comes the next high-octane competition that will test your brick-building mettle. Season 8 of LEGO Ninjago has introduced the latest bunch of baddies that is causing mayhem in the city of Ninjago. The Sons of Garmadon is bent on resurrecting their master Lord Garmadon – the ninjas’ former enemy – at all cost. It’s up for the young heroes of Ninjago to foil their plans and retrieve the powerful Oni Masks.

This time, builders are tasked to create the craziest and most out of this world conclusion to LEGO Ninjago’s short video, Chasing the Mask of Vengeance by coming up with their very own brick film about how they think the chase should end. To have a pretty good grasp of how your own version should bel like, watch the video clip below.

That video was a real cliffhanger to say the least! Now it’s your turn to think how this story should be concluded. Simply get your bricks and camera and start making your very own LEGO Ninjago film. There will be five grand winners to be selected, and each of them will be bringing home a customized winner’s trophy from one of LEGO Ninjago’s designers, a winner’s certificate, and this year’s first wave of LEGO Ninjago sets.

  • Kai – Spinjitzu Master (70633)
  • Nya – Spinjitzu Master (70634)
  • Jay – Spinjitzu Master (70635)
  • Zane – Spinjitzu Master (70636)
  • Cole – Spinjitzu Master (70637)
  • Katana V11 (70638)
  • Street Race of Snake Jaguar (70639)
  • O.G. Headquarters (706340)
  • Ninja Nightcrawler (70641)
  • Killow vs. Samurai X (70642)
  • Temple of Resurrection (70643)

LEGO is also throwing in one surprise LEGO Ninjago swag package which will be shipped to the winners once it’s released this summer. To have an idea on what this set could possibly be, check out my post on the details of these upcoming Summer 2018 LEGO Ninjago sets.  Here’s the rest of the contest description and rules:

CONTEST DESCRIPTION

How would you end the “Chasing the Mask of Vengeance” video (featured below)? What crazy, unexpected turn will you have the video take? What sort of funny thing will happen to the Ninja? What kind of stunts will they pull? What sort of fight scene will they have? You decide! Create a brickfilm using NINJAGO characters to end the video. If you don’t have the exact characters or pieces, just re-create them the best you can to tell your story. Show us your thrilling conclusion! 

Before you start please check out the entry guidelines and how to enter in the RULES.

Entry Deadline

Submit your entry no later than March 15th at 2018 at 10:00AM EST.

If you’re not sure what time zone you’re in here’s a time zone converter.

Judging

A panel of judges from the LEGO NINJAGO team will select five grand prize winners in five different categories – Best Brickfilm, Funniest Moment, Best Stunt, Best Fight Scene, and Viewer’s Choice.

They will judge entries upon:

– Overall coolness and originality: 25%
– Video Quality: 25%
– Relevance to listed categories: 25%
– Most inspired details: 25%

It is up to the judges to place an entry in a given category based on their category. The winner for the category “Viewer’s Choice” will be voted for on LEGO Life. The NINJAGO team will pre-select 10-15 entries, which will be uploaded to LEGO Life for the community there to for their favorite brickfilm.

Please see the prizes section for further details.

How to Enter

– Watch the LEGO NINJAGO “Chasing the Mask of Vengeance” video (featured above)
– Create your brickfilm according to the RULES. Please note only original audio is allowed
– Upload your video to a video hosting site of your choice and copy the URL to your video in the URL field on the entry page on LEGO Rebrick
– Take up to five screenshots from your video and upload them on the entry page on LEGO Rebrick
– Use the description field to tell us how you made you audio– then hit submit
– When you receive a “Success!” pop-up notification after clicking “submit” on the entry submission page, your entry has successfully been submitted. Our moderation team will review it within 1-3 working days to make sure it fits all the contest rules
– Tweet or share your entry on the LEGO Rebrick Twitter and Facebook Page with the hashtag #RebrickWeeklyPick for a chance to have your entry shared on these channels as a Pick of the Week!

Be sure to check out LEGO Rebrick’s set of contest rules and have your entries submitted on or before March 15 at 10AM EST. So have your bricks ready and camera on hand, and build your own action-packed LEGO Ninjago ending. Happy building!

Another 40th Anniversary for LEGO to Celebrate: The Original Castle Set (375)

2018 is seeing quite the number of decades-spanning anniversary celebrations related to LEGO. It is 60 years after the approved patenting of the first LEGO brick, and 40 years after the introduction of the modern minifigure models. But what’s one more anniversary? This one’s just as old as the minifigures.

In 1978 LEGO released their set 375, a modest-sized medieval castle of yellow brick walls on a green surface, with a garrison of knights with shield, swords, poleaxes and horses manning the ramparts and riding through the gate. From this individual set arose one of LEGO’s famous themes: LEGO Castle.

Ever since the debut of the first holdfast (375) in 1978, LEGO Castle had added new fortifications, other structures and minifigure characters to build up on that theme at a yearly pace. At least that was back in the heyday of the theme, which eventually died down with the advent of sets from licensed franchises.

There have been several occasions when LEGO tried to either revive the Castle theme or do something unexpected with it. The latter saw the introduction of the Knights’ Kingdom II line that blended medieval and futuristic designs, to a lackluster reception. A more straightforward reboot was attempted in 2007, but the last sets from that revival came out in 2013.

Two years later, LEGO launched a new magical-steam-punk spin on the knights-and-castles thing with NEXO Knights in 2015. Yes, it featured some wacky siege machines and weapons for the knight characters, but it proved popular especially with its tie-in animated series running on Cartoon Network.

Unfortunately, its fifth season this year will be the last, and once it’s done there’s no indication on whether anything majorly related to medieval knights and castles will follow afterwards. Still, with LEGO paying tribute to the fourth decade since the original release of the progenitor Castle set (375), we can hope that the theme will have a new resurgence in the future. Do check back with us every now and then for possible news.

It’s a No-Show for LEGO’s 2018 Summer Sets at These International Toy Fairs.

The 2018 London Toy Fair is ready to kick-off this Tuesday, and as much as many are excited to see what is hot and what is not among various toy companies and exhibitors, it is quite sad to know that LEGO has shied away from attending this year’s London Toy Fair as we reported a few days ago.  Whether due to its underwhelming fiscal year, or as a way of keeping a tight lid on the recent waves of 2018 summer set leaks, LEGO has decidedly written off London from its list of annual 2018 toy exhibits.

Now, for those who are hoping to see LEGO unveiling its upcoming 2018 Summer sets, well, we might not as well put our hopes too high. Brickset has received information that even though the much anticipated New York Toy Fair is just a few weeks away, the LEGO Group has also decisively placed its 2018 summer sets under wraps by not showing any of them during the NYTF. Instead, LEGO will only put on display products that will be launching during the first half of this year or until May. Those who were invited to attend NYTF’s preview party were already told that the LEGO Group will not be showing any of their summer sets from June onwards, and other related products during this event.

Again, nothing much was said about LEGO’s reasons for holding these back, but we can only speculate that the reason may again, has something to do with their own ill-fated timing of releasing early images to some retailers that eventually led to the waves of leaks that we’ve seen during the past few weeks. From LEGO Marvel Superheroes Infinity War sets, to Han Solo, and even the closely guarded LEGO CMF Series 18, none of these much awaited sets will make their debut at the show floor of the Javits Convention Center in NY.

Those residing in Germany and are looking forward to the Nuremberg Toy Fair, should also put in mind that while LEGO fan sites were invited to grace the occasion, LEGO has placed certain severe reporting and photo restrictions over at their booth. It is wise not to expect that much from Nuremberg as well.

All in all, it is a rather bleak and disappointing year for LEGO as far as these reveals are concerned. With even more secrecy thinly concealing what the online community already knows, LEGO fans are feeling the brunt of the prolonged delay of having these 2018 summer sets officially revealed. For the meantime, I guess we just have to make our imagination work for us, as we go through the various descriptions of these 2018 LEGO summer sets, and if you are raring to see these images anyways, then I’m sure you’ll know how to find them.

 

 

LEGO Will Not Be Around During This Year’s London Toy Fair.

LEGO is one of the most recognizable toy brand names in the world, and arguably one of the first to come up in the mind of a young child. Its prominent place in the pantheon of branded children’s playthings means it has a place of honor at international toy fairs.

One of these annual events is the London Toy Fair, happening at the Olympia in Kensington next week, from January 23 to 25. In years past, LEGO hasn’t failed to make a showing at London; and their exhibits are a surefire way to showcase what’s coming up next this summer.

Bad news for brick fans at the 2018 London Toy Fair, though. According to the official website’s list of exhibitors, LEGO is going to be a no-show when the event kicks off later this January. They’ve never been absent from this toy fair for so long, it feels like a first.

Speculation is ongoing now as to why LEGO is sitting out of the London Toy Fair for this year. One possible reason perhaps is that The LEGO Group doesn’t have time this early in 2018 to make an appearance, as they’re still focused on rebounding from a mediocre 2017 fiscal year.

All isn’t quite lost for LEGO fans however, though British builders might have to consider making travel plans. If The LEGO Group has written off the London Toy Fair, then there’s still a chance that they might grace the Nuremberg Toy Fair in Germany. Said event will happen next week.

Failing that, there’s next February and the New York Toy Fair to look forward to. There’s no way LEGO would be skipping that one for sure. It’s the likeliest time when the summer sets are going to make their public debut. Let’s wait and see.

Winners of “Build Your Own LEGO Ideas Logo” Contest Revealed

Back in November, LEGO opened a design contest both to celebrate the first decade of their fan design-to-official set support platform LEGO Ideas, but also to spruce up the design for their logo. Interested participants needed only to submit their artistic creations in LEGO bricks, other materials or digital CGI.

Winners of the contest would receive some of the famous sets to be released under the LEGO Ideas program, with the Grand Prize contestant having his design be adopted as the new official logo. The deadline for entries passed on December last year, and last Friday, the winners were announced.

From LEGO’s last count, a total of over 600 entries were sent to the Build Your Own LEGO Ideas Logo before the December deadline. The Grand Prize Winner was a contestant known as L87R85, whose design, Switch on the Ideas, shows a light-bulb, wire and plug rendered in CGI bricks.

The LEGO Group hasn’t quite made clear yet when this new logo will be used for LEGO Ideas, whether on website or as labeling on future sets. What is known, however, is that while only the Grand Prize entry becomes the official logo, LEGO will also use the runner-up entries.

As LEGO celebrates the 10th year of what originally began as LEGO Cuusoo, the non-Grand Prize winning designs will also be utilized in the event for tribute. These contestants also received two NASA-themed LEGO Ideas sets while L87R85 won six; check more details in our last article about the contest.

See the other runner-up designs in the official LEGO Ideas website, along with judges’ commentary on the logos including L87R85’s Grand Prize winner. And here’s an advance greeting to LEGO Ideas for another ten years or more of helping fans crowd-fund great build designs into future best-selling official LEGO sets.

LEGOLAND Florida Announces Schedule of Ninjago Days Events, Plus Premiere of 4D Ninjago Film.

Last week we talked about the upcoming LEGO Ninjago Days special event happening over at LEGOLAND California starting this coming Friday, January 12. It will even premiere a brand new 4D movie, LEGO Ninjago: Master of the 4th Dimension, while the Ninjago Days festivities will last all through the weekend.

Said update also noted that LEGO Ninjago Days is happening at all LEGOLAND theme parks, and now the latest news has LEGOLAND Florida putting up its calendar schedule for when they’ll be holding Ninjago Days. As it turns out, they’re having it for three weekends from this month to February.

As made plain by the name, LEGO Ninjago Days is a multi-day extravaganza wherein LEGOLAND parks will unleash the ninja within, with a plethora of Ninjago-themed activities, meet-and-greets with the characters from the product line and animated series, and themed edible treats in all dining places for the duration.

Here then is LEGOLAND Florida’s Ninjago Days schedule, with two weekends in January and one in February:

  • Jan. 20-21: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 27-28: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 3-4: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

More information on LEGOLAND Florida’s Ninjago Days event can be found at their official website here.

LEGO-UNICEF Collaboration Has Children “Direct” an Ad About “Right to Play” in Celebration of World Children’s Day.

It’s always heartwarming to come across a bit of special-interest news with LEGO involved, and nothing’s more direct to the point than when it’s an official involvement by The LEGO Group. Their partner in this special endeavor is the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in commemoration of World Children’s Day.

The theme that LEGO and UNICEF touched on for World Children’s Day is the promotion of the right for children all over the world to play. As part of their social media campaign #KidsTakeOver, UNICEF sent four children to LEGO HQ in Billund, Denmark to produce a special LEGO advertisement.

With Brick Fanatics providing video documentation, the children-turned-directors, all aged 10, conferred with LEGO’s creative design team to conceptualize their planned LEGO-UNICEF ad about the importance of play. Their pitch was for a minifigure super-team called Fantasy Force, and after some brainstorming and storyboarding, the ad was put into production.

While the LEGO production team turn the advertising pitch into reality, the “children who took over” were able to indulge in the wonderland environment of LEGO HQ, with its extra-large furniture, tube slides and – of course – LEGO bricks. They also took the time to talk about the importance of play.

Once completed, the LEGO-UNICEF Fantasy Force ad, using stop-motion animation of LEGO sets and minifigures, was shown. It involves the titular Fantasy Force – a woman wearing a cape and using a skateboard, accompanied by a cat, parrot and dog – barging into a home with an oblivious dad and a bored little boy.

The FF admonishes the parent for not giving time for his son to play games and use his imagination. Their moral for the advert’s story is that kids all over the world must remind grownups that “the best way for children to learn and grow is through play.” All in all it was a cute tribute by UNICEF, with LEGO’s help, for World Children’s Day.

How “The LEGO Batman Movie” Was Made to Sound Really Good.

It just goes to show how powerful and popular The LEGO Batman Movie is when, despite having premiered way early in the year that’s gone by, it still continues to enjoy a steady stream of new LEGO products in its own dedicated thematic line: minifigures, play sets and polybags galore.

Seeing as there are some new LEGO Batman stuffs to collect this 2018 now seems like a good time to have a look back at the movie that started it all. A spinoff of 2014’s The LEGO Movie, LEGO Batman built up its own following; Rotten Tomatoes rated it 91%.

One of the main draws of  the film, according to critics, was the 3D CGI animated film’s impressive sound design. Musical soundtrack aside, The LEGO Batman Movie was audibly brilliant with some impressive sound effects courtesy of the Warner Animation Group’s expert sound designers.

The secret to the film’s awesome audio according to supervising sound editor and designer Wayne Pashley, was the choice to treat the production like it were a live-action film. Real sounds were sampled, such as the ground and flight modes of the Batwing being from a jet engine and F-1 car.

But LEGO Batman also involves LEGO constructs in action (and crashing together), and that level of “realistic sounds” applies to the brick and minifigures too. Pashley noted that they recorded “Lego, Duplo and many other plastic props, all varying weights, utilizing the plastic world to enhance the comedy when required.”

Collectors looking for the latest LEGO Batman sets can certainly appreciate the big-budget film treatment that director Chris McKay tendered to the source material of their favorite LEGO items. Surely when building and playing with their latest acquisitions, they’ll hear the film sounds in their heads.

Teaser for LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313) Found in German LEGO Store Flyer

The thing about LEGO Ideas is that, like “ideas”, they pop up, get a lot of attention, and eventually fade from popularity until they get brought up all over again. The Ideas set “Women of NASA” (21312) might still be in the forefront, but some of its predecessors have gone.

“Out with the old,” perhaps, but the new are coming soon enough this year. At least three proposals for LEGO Ideas will be debuting in turn this 2018. One of them, “Ship in a Bottle – the Flagship Leviathan” already has a number (21313) and is reportedly coming out this month.

For something expected to be introduced in January, there’s still precious little info released to the public about the Ship in a Bottle (21313). Thanks to some sleuthing by Promobricks, a LEGO Store flyer from Germany has been found with a teaser, a blueprint illustration showing how it’ll look like.

The blueprint is fairly basic in its interpretation, but it shows how the structure of the Flagship Leviathan contained inside a bottle, complete with side stands and cork. Hopefully LEGO will follow up on this preview with official images later on .