Here’s A Chance To Have Your Creative Force Flowing And Win Some Cool LEGO Star Wars Sets Via Disney XD.

Disney XD recently launched a contest that will let you push your creative Force into hyperdrive. In just 160 words, Disney XD challenges you to write the wackiest, zaniest and most creative story that you can come up with on how to use the Force. Four padawan writers will be selected and will have their creative ideas featured in Disney XD in the typical, comedic fashion similar to the short animated videos we see over at LEGO.com or during program breaks on the Disney XD channel. Other than the bragging rights on having their story brought to life using LEGO bricks, these four Force-sensitive souls will also have the chance to win a LEGO Star Wars First Order Snowspeeder (75126), while ten runner-ups will be awarded with LEGO Star Wars Battle on Takodana (75139) sets.

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Here’s Disney XD’s official announcement.

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Lights, camera, action!

We’re giving four lucky winners the chance to have their creative idea feature on TV. Submit your story below and it could appear as a LEGO animation on Disney XD! Top prize winners will also win a LEGO Star Wars™ First Order Snowspeeder & ten runners up can win the LEGO Star Wars™ Battle on Takodana set.

 

Simply visit their website and submit your greatest story idea. Submission of entries is until August 19, 2016.

 

 

Thanks Bricks Fans for the heads up.

 

 

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LEGO Reveals Its Latest Christmas Train Set, The Winter Holiday Train 10254!

LEGO’s Christmas set has been finally revealed, and we can’t wait to get on board! The LEGO Creator Winter Holiday Train (10254) is the our next direct-to-consumer set which will be made available for early access for all VIP members on September 15, as teased in LEGO’s September Store Calendar. The Winter Train will be released alongside another exclusive D2C set rumored to be the LEGO Star Wars UCS Death Star (75159).  The Christmas themed advanced model will be available at all major LEGO distributors and LEGO Stores by October 1. The set contains 734 pieces, including 16 tracks and 5 minifigures, retailing at $99.99 in the US.

Here’s LEGO’s official description of the LEGO Creator Winter Holiday Train 10254.

 

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10254 Winter Holiday Train, 734 pieces.
US $99.99 – CA $129.99 – DE 89.99€ – UK £69.99 – DK 799.00 DKK
Available September 15 to VIPs, October 1 everyone else.

Climb aboard the magical Winter Holiday Train!

Gather the family for some festive LEGO building fun with this charming model featuring a full circle of track, boarding platform with bench and lamppost, a Power Functions upgradable train engine with brick-built smoke bellowing from its stack, coal tender, flatbed wagon with a rotating holiday tree, toys and gifts, and a red caboose with a detailed interior and table.

The train engine also features large and small red-colored locomotive wheels and the train is decorated with green wreathes, string lights and white tree elements. This LEGO® Creator Expert set includes 5 minifigures.

  • Includes 5 minifigures: a locomotive driver, ticket collector, grandmother, boy and a girl.
  • The Winter Holiday Train includes 16 curved pieces of track, engine, coal tender, flatbed wagon with holiday tree, toys and gifts, caboose, boarding platform, bench and a lamppost.
  • Decorate the tree and drive the train to see the tree rotate.
  • Join the ticket collector in the cozy caboose for a delicious cup of cocoa.
  • Includes dual building instructions for a perfect family build.
  • Accessory elements include green wreathes, decorative lights and white tree pieces, plus wrapped gift elements and tiny brick-built toys, including a micro train, wind-up car, fire truck, remote controlled robot, sailboat and a spaceship.
  • Upgrade with LEGO Power Functions (not included) for a motorized engine.
  • Special elements include small and large red train wheels, dark tan windows, train buffers, cow catcher, white tree elements and roller skates.
  • This set includes over 700 LEGO pieces, including 16 curved tracks.
  • The Holiday Train in total measures over 4” (12cm) high, 20” (52cm) long and 2” (7cm) wide.
  • Curved rail track diameter measures over 27” (70cm).

It was also nice of LEGO to promptly release a designer video for the 10254 to give us a better look at the details and play feature of this set. Watch the video below, followed by some pretty cool close images of the LEGO Creator Winter Train.

 

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New LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens – Phantom Limb Level Pack Now Available.

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PlayStation owners can now have access to an exclusive LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens Level Pack entitled The Phantom Limb. The said Level Pack follows the story of C-3PO and his posse of droids as their ship crashes on the planet Taul, with its acid rain environment and droid-eating spiders. It is not exactly what you can call a vacation, especially for a protocol droid.

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The story may well be considered as part of Star Wars canon as announced by the Lucasfilm story group last year, so it’s definitely an interesting take on the backstory of how C-3PO got his red arm, which was widely talked about since the debut of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.  Here’s WB Games UK’s description of this very intriguing Level Pack.

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced the release of The Phantom Limb Level Pack for LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, along with a new video showcasing this exciting downloadable (DLC) content, which is available today as a FREE download exclusively for players on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

The Phantom Limb Level Pack extends the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens experience, continuing the story from the Trouble Over Taul Level — one of the New Adventures set in the time leading up to the film — after C-3PO’s ship crash lands on the barren planet of Taul, allowing players to discover the thrilling events that led to his new red arm and reunion with the Resistance. This add-on content includes The Phantom Limb (Level), C-3PO (Taul), 2MED2, CO-34, GNK-189, MSE-Y, O-MR1 (Taul), PZ-99 (Taul), VL-44 (Taul), CR90 Corvette (Full-size Vehicle) and CR90 Corvette (Microfighter Vehicle).

The Phantom Limb Level Pack is only available via PS3 and PS4 consoles as a free download, however it expected that it will be available on other major gaming platforms later in the year. For the timing and release of all other DLC content, keep an eye on the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Twitter,  Facebook,  Instagram and YouTube channels, and official website for details

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This Is What A LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz and Funko Pop! Mash-Up Looks Like.

He left us ecstatic with his brick-built minifigures of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and this time LegoJalex (aka Johan Alexanderson) is at it again with a cool line up custom-built LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz, with a wobble head twist. Even at first glance, his MOC was already impressive as it is, taking hints from LEGO’s recent line of BrickHeadz figures.

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As adorable as it is with all of its chibi goodness, LegoJalex decided to add more fun into the mix by throwing in a bit of Funko Pop! magic. With a brilliantly simple mechanism, an antenna piece to be exact, he was able to transform a static build to a wobbly, bobble head figure. I suddenly want one on my desk. Take a look at how he did it.

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What’s even better is that LegoJalex has just submitted his brick-built bobble head figures as a LEGO Ideas Project, similar to his Donald Duck’s Car – The 313. Here’s his thoughts on his Star Wars Bobbleheads project.

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A bobblehead is a toy figure with an oversized head that is connected to the body with a spring. When you lightly tap on its head it wobbles (or bobbles) back and forth for a while. The first modern bobbleheads appeared in the 1950s. 

I was thinking about how a bobblehead could be made by LEGO bricks, and how the wobbling effect could be built. There is no real LEGO spring that can be used for this purpose, so I had to think of something else to use. After some trial and error I found a simple technique using a LEGO antenna piece which creates a wobbling effect that works really well.

I decided to recreate six characters from the original Star Wars movie into LEGO bobbleheads – Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Boba Fett, Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper. Each character consists of between 80 to 100 pieces. 

The LEGO bobblehead can, compared to the traditional bobbleheads, easily be rebuilt and the head can be detached and swapped with other bobblehead figures. The head can also be turned in all directions.

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This is one project that is definitely getting my support. If you want to do the same, just head over at LEGO Ideas and  let your vote be counted!

 

Thanks to BrickNerd for the heads up.

WATCH: LEGO Ninjago and Nexo Knights SDCC 2016 Panel Videos Now Up!

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LEGO made waves at last month’s San Diego Comic Con 2016 particularly during the Comic Con’s July 24 series of panels specifically geared towards highlighting LEGO’s most promising and prolific themes such as Dimensions, Ninjago, and Nexo Knights. Thankfully, LEGO’s official YouTube channel has now uploaded the video recording of the panel discussions for two of their biggest ongoing TV properties. So for those of us who were not there at SDCC 2016, these videos offer a lot of insights and behind-the-scenes info from designers, writers and directors of the hit IPs.

First off, is the LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu panel with showrunner Tommy Andreasen. The Brick Fan did an excellent recap of the highlights of the said panel, which LEGO unfortunately left out. It seems that LEGO is still mum on the details of their new episodes, with the first episode entitled “Day of the Departed” to debut on October 29 over at Cartoon Network. A teaser was shown to panel attendees, which was eventually edited out of the uploaded video. Not much has been said also on the show’s next adventure entitled “The Hands Of Time.”

 

LEGO also uploaded a video recording for the LEGO Nexo Knights: Behind The Scenes panel, with LEGO Marketing Director Brian Browler taking the lead. The panel attendees were also offered presented with a new video clip that featured a Snake Den Nexo Power, exclusive for all SDCC attendees. According to the panelists, the new season of LEGO Nexo Knights will premiere this Saturday on August 13.

 

Again, thanks to The Brick Fan for the recap.
 

 

Watch How LEGO Recreate The Rio Olympics Using Almost A Million Bricks in 2,500 Hours.

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The 2016 Rio Olympics are now in full swing, and LEGO fans all over the world is sure in for a treat knowing that the company has sent in 50 of its most talented LEGO builders to come up with the largest, brick-built model ever made in Latin America. Paying tribute to the world’s largest sporting event deserves an equally impressive attraction for everyone’s enjoyment. Indeed, there are many attractions that are currently set up in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, where the Olympics are currently making waves, but none has caught the attention of the masses in the past few days other than this mammoth sized, brick-built model of the city itself.

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Specifically built with the Olympic venue in mind, this replica of Rio de Janeiro took a total of 50 LEGO expert builders, 2,500 working hours, and almost a million LEGO bricks and elements to create within a period of more than 12 months. According to Paul Chrzan, one of the LEGO Master Builders in charge of overseeing the project, their team used 10 different scales in order to fit the various monuments, stadiums, venues, and other landmarks into the 5m x 6m space.

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According to the LEGO Group, and in partnership with the Danish government, this recreation of the bustling Olympic city is a kind of a legacy gift to the host city and country of Brazil. The brick built model of Rio is currently on exhibit at the Olympic Boulevard and will be displayed until August 21. Once the games are concluded, the set will be handed over to the Museu de Cidade as a keepsake.

In case you missed it, LEGO has uploaded several videos that show an in-depth look on how the entire set was created through a series of gorgeous photographs and time-lapse videos. Look closely and you may even spot Olympic mascots Vinicius and Tom hanging around in the brick-built city.

 

WATCH: DC’s Suicide Squad Recreated in LEGO!

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DC and Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad is currently wreaking havoc in theaters with their supervillain-turned-good-guys act. Though reviews were a little bit off, with some even disappointed with the movie, we can’t even imagine saying the same to this Suicide Squad trailer recreated in LEGO bricks by Forrest Fire Films. Of course, their minifigure renditions are none at all ‘disappointing’. Take a look.

It has been quite a while since we saw an excellent LEGO brick-built film coming out from Forrest Fire’s workshop, but once it does, well, the page views will simply speak for itself. Truth be told, it may even be better than the original teasers. I sincerely doubt if LEGO will ever release a line of minifigs exclusively focused on the Squad, especially considering the potential nightmares that Jared Leto’s deranged Joker minifigure may cause to children. It only proves the point that being ‘bad and scary’ sometimes translates to being ‘good and excellent’.

Be sure to check the rest of Forrest Fire’s recreations over at their YouTube channel, and for latest updates on their next LEGO animation projects such as LEGO Teen Titans, and LEGO Justice League 2.

 

Thanks to Brothers Brick for the heads up.

 

Take A Look At Brick Show’s Top 5 LEGO Batman Minifigures of All Time!

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LEGO’s minifigure renditions of Batman are known to be the most diverse line of minifigures for any single character ever created by LEGO. With more than 30 LEGO variations of the Caped Crusader, it is definitely a daunting task to determine which is the cream of the crop among them, or simply the best of the best. If ever Batman is faced with the perennial OOTD (Outfit Of The Day) question, then we definitely understand his dilemma. To help the Dark Knight, Stephen shares his thoughts on the top 5 LEGO Batman minifigures of all time, including his reasons for choosing them. Watch this.

First off, we have several Honorable Mentions, LEGO Batman minifigs that are good in themselves, but failed to make it to the final cut. These are:

 

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This minifigure comes with the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman: The Riddler Chase (76012)

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2006 Batman with Light Bluish Gray Suit

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This LEGO version of Batman comes together with several LEGO Batman sets including the LEGO Batman – The Batman Dragster: Catwoman Pursuit (7779); LEGO Batman – The Batboat: Hunt for Killer Croc (7780) and LEGO Batman – The Batwing: The Joker’s Aerial Assault (7782).

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2012 Batman With Wings and Jetpack

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Batman comes in a blue and gray color scheme, with dark blue colored wings as seen in the LEGO DC Universe Catwoman Catcycle City Chase (6858) set.

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With that being said, le’ts now take a closer look at Stephen’s top 5 Batman minifigs and on what LEGO sets we can find them. Some of these might be retired sets already so if you’re missing out on any one of them, or you can’t find them anymore at shop.LEGO.com, doing a quick search over at eBay will probably do the trick.

 

#5 – The 2013 Dark Knight Version

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This rendition of the Dark Knight is based on the Dark Knight Trilogy released by LEGO last 2013. Specifically, this minifigure is included in the retired LEGO DC Universe Super Heroes – The Bat VS Bane: Tumbler Chase (76001)

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#4 – The 2013 Arctic Batman

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Batman comes in his white, polar suit in this arctic version of the Caped Crusader. With an all-white cape and cowl, this arctic ready Batman is exclusively included with the retired LEGO DC Universe Super Heroes – Arctic Batman VS Mr. Freeze: Aquaman On Ice (76000).

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#3 – 2013 Dark suited Batman With Black Wings

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Similar to his gray and blue winged counterpart, this airborne Batman is also rendered with a pair of black wings suited as he rounds up the five of the most notorious villains in Gotham. This black winged Batman is exclusively found in LEGO DC Universe Super Heroes – Batman: Arkham Asylum Breakout (10937).

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#2 – 2014 Dark Knight Batman and 2016 Armored Batman

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On the 2nd top spot comes a two-way tie as Stephen noticeably finds it hard not to consider these two candidates. First, we have the 2014 version of Batman straight from the Dark Knight Trilogy, LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – The Tumbler (76023). This minifig version highlights an all-black color scheme for Batman, equipped with a copper-colored utility belt, with excellent details on the torso piece.

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On the same spot comes the 2016 Armored Batman as seen in the movie, Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice. This epic showdown between the Son of Krypton and the Bat of Gotham is captured in the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Clash of the Heroes (76044), where Batman comes in an exclusive armored suit.

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And the number one spot goes to…

 

#1 – The 2016 Classic TV Series Batman

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The iconic Batman from the Classic TV Series during the 1960s makes a comeback as LEGO releases the mammoth sized LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Batman Classic TV Series: Batcave (76052). Coming in at 2,526 this set features an exclusive set of minifigures only found in this build. The Batman Classic TV Series minifigure highlights the old school, but definitely cool looks of the Caped Crusader more than 50 years ago, which includes a bluish gray color scheme that sports the classic, yellow Batman logo. I guess nothing beats the classic.

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So there we have it – our Top 5 LEGO Batman Minifigure, handpicked and reviewed by Stephen. How about you, what is your fave Batman minifig? Share us your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

 

Just A Quick Reminder: Double VIP Points at shop.LEGO.com & LEGO Stores Up Until The Weekends.

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LEGO’s shop@home website has been updated to highlight its double VIP points promotional happening in the US and Canada during the weekend (which will last only until this Sunday, August 7). Here’s a snippet of what to expect.

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The cool thing about it is that it comes with a qualifying promotional which the LEGO Creator Mini London Bus (40220) for purchases of any LEGO products worth $75 and above from August 1 to 15, and the LEGO Disney Princess Olaf’s Summertime Fun Polybag (30397) for qualifying purchases of any LEGO brand Disney Princess item from August 1-31.

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This is definitely one of those great opportunities to place your order. Check out these offers by heading to this link, and remember that the LEGO double VIP points promotional are only available until this Sunday, both via shop.LEGO.com and at all LEGO Certified Stores.

Brick Show @ BrickFest Live In Anaheim, California from August 6 to 7, 2016!

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Hot off the trail from last Spring’s Philly Brick Fest, the dynamic LEGO duo of Jason and Stephen, and the rest of the Brick Show Team are now currently making their mark at another Brick Fest Live event this time, at the American Sports Centers at Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, California. If you’re staying near the area, and you’re looking for a great way to spend the weekend with the rest of the family, then we highly recommend that you check out this event.

Similar to Philly Brick Fest, here are some of the great things that you can expect from Brick Fest Live @ Anaheim.

LEGO lovers rejoice! The Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience is filled with hands-on attractions and activities built to inspire, educate, and entertain.

Enjoy an amazing LEGO world where you can marvel at giant creations and even build some of your own.

The Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience provides a venue for LEGO lovers of all sizes to celebrate, build new creations, and see some truly mind-blowing LEGO sculptures to help set the imagination free.

Attraction Include:

  • The Brick Show Experience: Meet popular YouTube LEGO show hosts from The Brick Show and be featured on in an upcoming video.
  • Brick Fest Derby: Build and race your custom built LEGO derby car down one of our 35-foot long timed tracks!
  • Collaborative Building Activities: Contribute to large-scale mystery floor mosaic.
  • Inspiration Stations: Add to existing LEGO cities and make them your own by building custom creations.
  • Video Game Arena: Have a favorite LEGO video game? Come challenge your family or make new friends in the Brick Fest Gaming Arena playing your favorite LEGO title head to head.
  • Mini Golf: A miniature golf course built to inspire! Take your game to the next level on the Brick-Links.
  • Brick Fest Theater Trivia & Entertainment: Participate in LEGO trivia all while taking a break from what will be an overwhelming amount of awesome!
  • Mosaics: Using a colorful variety of 1×1 LEGO bricks, build a piece of art to proudly display for other attendees.
  • Shopping: Find new, vintage, rare, and custom LEGO sets and merchandise from one of the many merchants in attendance. 

 

Tickets are still available for the Brick Fest Live’s Sunday events. You may order and purchase your tickets online by clicking on this link. Be sure to keep tabs with our Facebook page for updates on the cool things that are happening at The Brick Show Booth.