Let Creativity Grow With the All-New LEGO.com/Classic

LEGO.com has recently revamped its official LEGO Classic theme page to include several new, and engaging content. For those of you who grew up on LEGO, chances are, you may still feel a bit of nostalgia for this theme which offers the basic building experience for any beginner LEGO enthusiast. The Classic theme is like the seedbed of inspiration and creativity in which LEGO has been built on, and TLG knows this very well.

The updated Classic website now includes a Building Instructions page where you can find all the instructions for building the LEGO Classic sets from 2015 to the yet to be released 2017 sets. You may find more info on these sets by heading over at our database, or by clicking on the links below.

 

2017

Creative Builder Box (10703)
Creative Box (10704)
Blue Creative Box (10706)
Red Creative Box (10707)
Green Creative Box (10708)
Orange Creative Box (10709)

 

2016

XL Creative Brick Box (10654)
Creative Building Set (10702)
Creative Building Basket (10705)

 

2015

Creative Bricks (10692)
Creative Supplement (10693)
Creative Supplement Bright (10694)
Creative Building Box (10695)
Medium Creative Brick Box (10696)
XXXL Box (10697)
Large Creative Brick Box (10698)

 

What I particularly like about the new site is their inclusion of a page that allows you to discover your own inspiration. Every month, the Inspirational Builds page will feature simple steps and activities that you can take to help you boost your creativity. To further help you get in touch with your creative self, LEGO took the extra mile of including a Designer Bios page where the seven-member team of LEGO Classic designers explain their creative backgrounds and offer building tips.

 

The site also features a page where you can find several stop-motion Videos that show how your LEGO Classic creations can be brought to life with a little bit of imagination and creative storytelling. Similar to its other themed sites, LEGO has also included a Gallery page where budding master builders can upload and share their own creations. To upload photos of your MOCs, you can either head over to the page directly, or use the LEGO LIFE app.

 

 

 

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Blocks Magazine Issue #28 Goes Bat Crazy With The LEGO Batman Movie!

Similar to last month’s Issue #27 of Blocks Magazine where we saw and celebrated the Rebellion in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, this month’s issue of the widely circulated LEGO fan magazine now puts into the spotlight the hero of brick-built Gotham. Blocks Magazine Issue #28 is now available, with the black-and-yellow superhero taking on center stage to celebrate its highly anticipated film of the year, The LEGO Batman Movie. Read on for Block Magazine’s official press release.

 

Subscribers are already enjoying the latest issue of Blocks magazine, on-sale Thursday, January 19. The team has gone bat-crazy to celebrate the latest cinematic LEGO release with an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of The LEGO Batman Movie. We switched on the LEGO Bat-signal to call upon key talent to share their experience of working on the most eagerly anticipated animated movie this year.

Hollywood stars Will Arnett and Michael Cera discuss voicing characters as iconic as Batman and Robin while Director Chris McKay and Producer Dan Lin explain how The LEGO Batman Movie came to be. LEGO VP of Design Matthew Ashton and LEGO Senior Design Manager Michael Fuller discuss the unique opportunities and challenges that come when designing products alongside a LEGO movie. An exclusive first look at concept art and early designs from The LEGO Batman Movie illustrates this behind the scenes extravaganza.

The Mod Squad have a special project assigned to them by LEGO Batman, converting a selection of official sets into something worthy of the Dark Knight’s extensive collection of vehicles with some awesome results. As well as sweet rides, the character needs somewhere to brood too – so we have built him an immersive Batcave, with tips on expanding your own version to incorporate movie-inspired features.

This issue would not be complete without a trip to the LEGO Store Leicester Square, so includes our report on the opening of the largest official store yet with insight from the people who made it happen. Of course, there’s also our ever popular Techniques section, which shows how to enhance the dynamic poses of your minifigures.

If you don’t have a butler named Alfred to pick up each issue of Blocks for you, then become a subscriber at www.blocksmag.com and get each issue early.

LEGO and Chevrolet Teams Up to Give A Hero As Big As Batman The Batmobile That He Deserves.

In case you’re wondering what type of car does our Brick Knight drives, then think no further – it’s definitely a Chevy. A few moments ago, Chevrolet has unveiled its next ‘concept car’ that will certainly befit our Caped Crusader. As part of its promotional partnership with LEGO and Warner Bros, and with the help of students from Detroit’s Cody Rouge community, A World in Motion, and First LEGO League, Chevrolet has unveiled its 17-foot replica of the LEGO Batman Movie Batmobile (70905) just in time for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Photo courtesy of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)

Consisting of 344,187 LEGO bricks and weighing in at almost 770 kilos, this life-size replica of the Batmobile has the following specifications:

  • Its 83 inches (6.92 feet) high, 204 inches (17 feet) long and 111 inches (9.25 feet) wide.
  • Total weight is 1,695.5 pounds. Each tire is just over 100 pounds.
  • The interior frame is made from more than 86 feet of square tube aluminum and weighs 282.5 pounds.
  • Total number of LEGO® bricks used to build the Batmobile: 344,187
  • Total number of LEGO® colors used: 17
  • The LEGO® Batmobile took 222 hours to design and 1,833 hours to build.
  • The LEGO® Batmobile was designed and assembled in the LEGO® Model Shop in Enfield, Connecticut, by LEGO® Master Builders Erik Varszegi and Jeff Rushby.

Here’s a speed-build video on how this larger than life Batmobile were brought to life courtesy of Roy Zukerman.

Chevrolet seems to be having fun with when it actually released a sort of ‘product information’ page for its imaginary life-sized LEGO Batmobile. It even has a very comprehensive review of its design, performance, technology utilized, and safety features. It also includes a comparative analysis of the Batmobile against the Joker Notorious Lowrider (70906) and the Riddler Riddle Racer (70903). However, with a hefty price tag of $48 million, it is the kind of ride only fit for a brooding, millionaire (hmm… sounds familiar).

Like any of its new products, Chevy has also come up with a ‘focused group’ meeting to determine what kind of person will own and drive its latest Batmobile. Well, mind you, these are real minifigures and not actors.

It’s nice to know that Chevrolet has also caught on with the TLBM fever, and with the film itself boasting with so many cool rides it may not be a long shot to consider that there might be an actual market for these in the near future – who knows (tongue-in-cheek).

 

The LEGO Batman  Movie opens on February 10, and stars Will Arnett as Batman, Michael Cera as Robin, Zach Galifianakis as Joker, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, Mariah Carey as Mayor McCasskill, Jenny Slate as Harley Quinn and Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face.

The LEGO Batman Movie Gotham City Police Department Pack (853651) Spotted in Asia!

Following the tradition of the LEGO Ninjago, Nexo Knights, and City minifigure packs, comes another similar minifig offering under the LEGO Batman Movie theme. The Gotham City Police Department Pack (853651) as posted by Brickset, retails at $14.99 and consists of three minifigures, that of Chief O’Hara and two Gotham police officers plus a Bat Signal that has a slightly different build as compared to TLBM Accessory Pack (5004930).

Thanks to one of our friends over at Facebook, we learned that the said TLBM minifigure pack is now currently available at LEGO Certified Stores in Hong Kong. Yin Ng was kind enough to snap this image which he took at an LCS in HK and shared it with us.

If one of your 2017 goals is to have ALL The LEGO Batman Movie minifigures adorn your shelf or ‘mini’ minifig wall, and you happen to be in Hong Kong as you’re reading this, then it might be helpful to know where to find this to complete your collection. There’s no word yet on when this TLBM minifigure pack will be available in the US and other parts of North America, but we’ll sure keep you posted once news comes in.

Thanks to Yin Ng for the heads-up!

First Look At the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Set Images.

We mentioned in a prior post that LEGO has set its eyes on including another MCU franchise in its line up of Super Heroes sets for this year. As it turns out, we now have what seems to be, our first ‘legitimate’ set of images for the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Take a look.

According to an unidentified source cited by The Brick Fan, this snapped image was found at the back of an unknown building manual, so it means that we’ll have official images of these three GOTG Vol. 2 sets anytime soon. A closer look reveals that there are certain Chinese characters found at the top right corner of the image. Included in this line up are:

 

Ayesha’s Revenge (76079)

 

Ravager Attack (76080)

 

Unnamed Milano Set, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (76081)

2017 LEGO City: Undercover Official Trailer Released!

Last November, LEGO and Warner Bros announced the return of Agent Chase McCain in a reboot of the 2013 video game LEGO City Undercover. The game was a huge success back then when it was released for the Nintendo Wii U platform. This time, we get to see the first official trailer (with a fine, rocking tune) of the remastered video game which will be available on all major gaming platforms starting this Spring, including the much awaited Nintendo Switch. On a side note, Nintendo’s latest portable gaming console will also be featured more comprehensively via live stream straight from Japan. To all Nintendo fans out there, you can watch this live stream at Nintendo’s Twitch channel later this evening at 11PM ET. Watch the trailer below and read on to know more about the game’s details and features. This is definitely one of our most anticipated LEGO video games of the year, so be sure to keep tabs with us at Brick Show Gaming where we will give you a walk-through of the LEGO City: Undercover once it is released, courtesy of our gaming specialist Brian.

Join the Chase! This first official trailer for LEGO CITY Undercover, featuring Chase McCain, a police officer who goes undercover and dons multiple disguises to hunt down the notorious – and recently escaped – criminal, Rex Fury, to put an end to his city-wide crime wave.

This open-world LEGO adventure allows fans and newcomers to explore the sprawling metropolis that is LEGO® CITY with more than 20 unique districts to investigate, filled with car thieves to bust, vehicles to navigate, mischievous aliens to capture, hilarious movie references to discover, lost pigs to rescue and of course, hundreds of collectibles. With 15 special assignments to conquer, LEGO CITY Undercover brings together witty, original storytelling with signature LEGO humor to create a fun-filled experience for players of all ages, available on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One®, Nintendo Switch™ and PC.

GAME FEATURES:

BECOME LEGO CITY’S FINEST – Assume the identity of undercover police officer, Chase McCain, and track down the fiendish Rex Fury to finally put an end to his city-wide crime wave.

EXPLORE THE CITY – With more than 20 distinct districts to investigate, LEGO CITY is a bustling metropolis that is ripe for exploration and filled to the brim with people on the streets to interact with, criminals to take down and hundreds of collectibles.

BE A MASTER OF DISGUISE – As a man of many talents, Chase McCain has eight disguises to choose from, each with unique skills and abilities to infiltrate every corner of the city, allowing him to access places a regular old officer can’t.

OVER 100 VEHICLES – In LEGO CITY, every vehicle on the street can be commandeered with more than 100 to choose from so players can get behind the wheel of sports cars, motorcycles, helicopters and more to chase down criminals or take a leisurely ride through the urban jungle to check out the sights.

FIGHT CRIME – Take down criminals with hand-to-hand combat or arrest bad guys using Chase’s handy grapple gun and standard issue police handcuffs.

THE CAST – Chase is joined by officer Frank Honey, Chief of Police Dunby and paramedic Natalia Kowalski, who are just a few of the more than 300 unlockable and playable characters that gamers will meet throughout the adventure.

HUMOR, HUMOR, HUMOR – Featuring an original storyline, LEGO CITY Undercover is chock-full of signature humour with hilarious movie and music references peppered throughout the open-world.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games today released the first trailer for LEGO® CITY Undercover™, featuring Chase McCain, a police officer who goes undercover and dons multiple disguises to hunt down the notorious – and recently escaped – criminal, Rex Fury, to put an end to his city-wide crime wave.

GO CITY Undercover features more than 20 unique districts to investigate, filled with car thieves to bust, vehicles to navigate, mischievous aliens to capture, hilarious movie references to discover, lost pigs to rescue and of course, hundreds of collectibles. Bringing together witty, original storytelling with signature LEGO humour, this open-world LEGO adventure creates a fun-filled experience for players of all ages, coming to the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One®, Nintendo Switch™ and PC for the first time in Spring 2017.

 

“Stand Aside, I Must Apprehend That Mutant!”

For those of you who have been following our blog site, you may have realized that I have a sweet spot for the late 80s up to the 90s. For me, it is the Golden Age of Saturday morning cartoons, where waiting for the weekend to arrive seems like forever. One of the classic 90s cartoons that I religiously followed is the classic X-Men released by Marvel Productions and Saban Entertainment. The animated series ran for 5 years from 1992 until 1997. One of the things (or villains) that impressed me the most in the series are those towering mechanical monstrosities called Sentinels. Before we had their modern, shape-shifting iterations as seen in MCU’s X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), the classic Sentinel was more menacing both in size and sheer power. That kind of wonder and awe for such a powerful villain, whom the X-Men buckled every now then, really left an impression in me.

So imagine my delight when I stumbled into this minifig scale MOC of the infamous colossus created by Henry Pinto for the Sydney Brick Show last April.  According to Henry, this brick-built Sentinel comes in at 101cm. (almost 4 feet) tall and 45cm. wide, and weighs in at 7.5 kilograms. Check out these images below from his Facebook post.

Love how those X-Men minifigures look so puny in comparison to this Sentinel. The balance and articulation of this MOC is outstanding considering its weight and dimensions. Henry never missed any details in rendering this frightening mechanical beast with its pink and metallic blue color scheme and light effects. Impressively, Henry built this MOC without the aid of LDD and frankly admits that he does not have a piece count. I guess sheer talent and creativity does not necessarily need to have a building manual.

You may follow Henry’s Flickr site for more pictures on how his Sentinel MOC was created. Thanks Henry for sharing your brick-built, stomping creation.

 

 

LEGO Rebrick Launches ‘Contest Time’

In celebration of the release of the LEGO Ideas Adventure Time (21308) set, LEGO Rebrick has announced another brick building competition where budding master builders are called upon to bring to life their favorite character in the Land of Ooo. Simply dubbed as ‘Contest Time’, participants will craft their best brick-built rendition of the most fascinating characters ever to join in the hit animation series, Adventure Time.

The contest is open to all entrants ages 13 and above, where entries must be submitted before February 10, 2017. Here are the contest guidelines and rules.

 

CONTEST DESCRIPTION

What time is it? It’s contest time! An Adventure Time™ contest, to be specific. There are many fascinating characters and creatures within the Land of Ooo…craft your favorite or create your own as a brick-built figure and show it off in this contest. One lucky grand prize winner will receive a limited-edition Adventure Time electric guitar featuring exclusive artwork signed by members of the Adventure Time™ cast! Mathematical!

Entry Deadline
Submit your entry no later than the 10th of February 2017 at 10:00 a.m. EST.

A panel of judges from Cartoon Network and the LEGO Group will select one grand prize winner and two runner-ups in an online meeting between judges. They will judge winners upon:

– Overall coolness and originality (25%)
– Most inspired details (25%)
– Relevance to look and feel of the characters (25%)
– Best use of LEGO® elements (25%)

In the event of a tie, the entry with the highest creativity score will prevail. Should an additional round of judging be necessary, judging will again be done in an online meeting between judges.

How to enter
– Create a character or creature from Adventure Time ™and build it as a brick-built figure using LEGO elements
– Take up to five photos of your creation and submit them to the contest
– Make sure to show off all angles of your creation
– Use the description field to tell us about your entry
– 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

 

Bear in mind that entries must depict Adventure Time characters that were NOT included in the official LEGO Ideas set. You may also submit entries that are entirely original as inspired by the show. Furthermore, these brick-built entries must follow the same style as seen from the LEGO Ideas Adventure Time set, following a measurement of 4 inches (10 cm) tall and 8 inches (20 cm) wide including all elements. Check out the complete set of contest rules right here.

There will be three winners to be announced on February 22 – two runner ups and one grand prize winner. Runner ups will be receiving a signed copy of the LEGO Ideas Adventure Time (21308) set and a collection of Adventure Time goodies from Cartoon Network. The  grand prize winner will bring home not just the above prizes, but will also have the bragging rights of owning a limited-edition Adventure Time electric guitar featuring exclusive artwork ($899 USD SRP) signed by members of the Adventure Time cast.

Be sure to mark your calendars on February 10 and until then, have fun in building your most ‘Mathematical’ LEGO Adventure Time creation.

CONFIRMED: Additional Villain Minifigures That Will Be Included In The 2017 The LEGO Batman Movie Summer Sets.

This news has been up and about for quite some time now, and in case you haven’t seen it yet, its nice to know that what we have previously thought and reported regarding the rumored 2017 The LEGO Batman Movie summer sets have been confirmed. Thanks to the heads up by The Brick Fan, we now get to see the (semi?) official images of some of these minifigures.  Let’s take a look.

 

Polka Dot Man

This minifig version of the classic villain is probably one of the best minifigures ever done in the series. Shame it was not included in the TLBM CMF, but there is still hope of adding them in your collection because rumor has it that he will be added to  an upcoming LEGO set slated to be revealed in Summer. Will he get a vehicle of his own of some sorts? We’ll probably get a hint once  we see The LEGO Batman Movie debut on the big screen.

 

Bane and Mutant Leader

The villain on steroids has finally got what he deserves  – an actual, bigfig version. First teased by LEGO insider Delta Customs, and finally confirmed by DK’s TLBM Essential Guide, this final piece of info has finally set into stone Bane’s bigfig presence in one of TLBM’s sets. He is joined by another member of Gotham’s rogues gallery by the warmongering Mutant Leader.

 

Wicked Witch and her Flying Monkeys

First teased on TLBM’s trailers, the villainess from LEGO Dimensions has crossed over to wreak havoc in Gotham. It’s nice to see LEGO stretching the limits of its licenses and dimensions so to speak, by including elements from its toys-to-life genre, particularly the Wicked Witch and her host of mischievous Flying Monkeys. The Wicked Witch and her Flying Monkeys are expected to be a part of another yet to be revealed TLBM set expected to be revealed in Summer.

A Look At The LEGO Batman Movie Posters Range.

We’re exactly a month away before we bask under the awesomeness of The LEGO Batman Movie which hits theatres on February 10. Understandably, if you have a movie as grand and big as this one, expect tons of promotions, products and other cool stuff. Other than perhaps the array of excellent LEGO sets dedicated to the film, one particular category of TLBM must-haves that has caught my attention recently is the range of fun and funky posters released by various outlets. So let’s take a moment and breathe in this fine, jazzy work of art beginning with the very first character posters released by Warner Bros online. Some of these posters are now available from local retailers or via Amazon, while some of it we hope to see as a free promotional across LEGO stores, shop.LEGO.com and movie theaters. More info as you scroll down.

 

The LEGO Batman Movie Character Posters from Warner Bros.

Announced online by Warner Bros last December 19, these posters feature portrait shots of the film’s main characters: Batman, Joker, Robin, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, and Alfred.

 

The LEGO Batman Movie Posters from Pyramid International

Announced last December 18 and were released just last week. These posters are currently available for purchase online via Pyramid’s website, or at your local toy stores or stationary shops. They come in various sizes and formats, such as Mini (40cm X 50cm) and Maxi (61cm X 91.5cm) sizes, and Canvas Prints (30cm x 30cm, 40cm x 40cm or 60cm x 80cm). If you noticed, one of the posters shows a bigfig version of Bane as he is seen in the film, aboard his 4×4 vehicle. Hopefully, this is exactly how we will have Bane’s set as we earlier reported.  Some of these posters also feature the reported exclusive minifigures such as the Tartan Batman, Kiss Kiss Tuxedo Batman, and Batman Battle Pod. Will LEGO release more minifigures of our hero in his other Batsuits? Only time can tell. All images are copyright of Pyramid International. All images are copyright of Pyramid International.

             

 

The LEGO Batman Movie Posters from Trends International

Announced last January 3, Trends International has come up with 11 poster variants measuring 22.375” x 34”, featured in a mystery box packaging. They are currently available at Amazon retailing at $11.49 each, and from Trends International’s website. All images are copyright of Trends International.

 

The LEGO Batman Movie Graffiti Posters

This latest lineup of posters were unveiled by Entertainment Weekly last January 4 and features 12 characters of the film rendered in a cool, graffiti wall art effect over on a yellow baseplate. There is no word yet on when and how we can avail of these posters. On a personal note, this range of posters is the ones that I like best, both for its graffiti effect and the use of a LEGO baseplate for its backdrop.

 

What is your personal favorite among these hip poster arts? Which do you think is the most ‘batastic’? Share us what you think in the comments below or join in the conversation at our Facebook page. The LEGO Batman Movie will fly into theaters on February 10, both in 3D and IMAX.