Disney ‘s live adaptation of the timeless tale of Beauty and the Beast is still going strong in theaters, and with a current box office record of more than 400 million US dollars in worldwide ticket sales since its debut last Friday, the live action film is set off to be one of Disney’s most successful films to date.
To celebrate the film’s success, Toys R Us is launching its Disney Beauty and Beast Movie Launch Party at all TRU stores nationwide this Saturday, March 25 from 1 to 3PM. The highlight of this one-time event is TRU’s LEGO Build and Take Home activity where children ages 6 and up can build and bring home their very own LEGO Disney Lumiere for free. The event also features a Disney Beauty and the Beast coloring activity where participants can also take advantage of an undisclosed special offer.
If you recall last September, TRU also launched the same build and take home activity where Lumiere’s LEGO version is joined by a brick-built version of his pal, Cogsworth. It was a sure hit among store visitors and patrons back then. Here are the instructions for both Lumiere and Cogsworth in case you want to build them using your existing LEGO bricks.
Be sure to cross out your schedules this Saturday if you don’t want to miss out on this TRU exclusive event. This Toys R Us and LEGO build and take home activity is intended for children ages 6 and up and requires no purchase or fees to participate. Giveaways and other freebies are available while supplies last and are also limited to one per customer.
I have been putting this off for quite some time already since I am aware that such news may inadvertently fan the flame of unhealthy rumors and speculations. Nevertheless, we eventually need to weigh these things while keeping in mind the best interest of the LEGO Community. If you’re closely following the toys-to-life scene where LEGO Dimensions is a big part of, then you might be aware already that the future of this genre is looking quite bleak. After the surprising cancellation of Disney Infinity way back in May of last year, and the apparent slowdown of Skylanders, in terms of having no new releases slated for 2017, led many to speculate that the curtain may have started to roll down quietly for this particular niche of toys.
Bricks to Life, a website dedicated to everything under the LEGO Dimensions portal, has taken a lot of criticism lately because of an article that it posted a week ago. Daniel Becker, the main man behind BTL, asserts that they have reliable information that the LEGO Group has decided to pull the plug from LEGO Dimensions and citing numerous evidences that point out to the alleged not-so-distant cancellation of the game. Since after posting the said article, the site has received a lot of comments ranging from an emphatic show of support, saying that the larger LEGO community has the right to know about these things, to outright disapproval and outrage for what some has said to be ‘rumor mongering’ and sensationalism.
For our purposes, we will not repost or rehash what was already been said about this alleged cancellation (or plausible cancellation) of LEGO Dimensions. Instead, we will try to make sense about this piece of news by laying down (as much as we can) all the necessary facts about the report. Only then can you settle in your mind what the real case is, and what can you do as of the moment to help in settling the unrest among LEGO Dimensions community.
Fact#1 – The Apparent Delay in the Release Date of LEGO Dimensions Wave 8.
According to BTL’s report, it was noted that Hermione Granger will be welcomed through the LEGO Dimensions portal starting this month. The news was announced during the Harry Potter Celebration at Universal Studios in Orlando last January 28, with the promise of a March 21 release. This piece of news was relatively of low profile, though it didn’t go unnoticed among LEGO Dimensions fans. Needless to say, most of us were very excited about this and everything is going as planned with Wave 8 of LEGO Dimensions in particular, and the promise of more Year 2 content in general.
However, LD fans were caught by surprise when LEGO gave an official press release stating that the release of LEGO Dimensions Wave 8 will be pushed back in May instead. The press release specifically mentioned that the Goonies Level Pack (71267), the Harry Potter Hermione Granger Fun Pack (71348), and the LEGO City Chase McCain Fun Pack (71266) will all be available on May 9. It had a lot of people asking about why LEGO would opt for such a delay where in fact, historically, May is usually the end of their release cycles. It means to say that if everything is on track, the promise of other Year 2 titles such as the Powerpuff girls, Teen Titans GO! and Beetlejuice – collectively referred to as Wave 9 – should be released in May. This move of having a May 9 release date for Wave 8 obviously pushes Wave 9 further. This leaves a big question in every one’s mind, not to mention a bit of anxiety about what it may imply since there is no official word from LEGO as of the moment when Wave 9 will eventually be released. It should also be noted that there has been no news of any kind regarding the possible character line-up for LD’s Year 3 offering in spite of LEGO’s promise of ‘new ways to play in 2016 and beyond’.
Fact #2 – Removal of Previously Revealed In-Game Updates
Bricks to Life also pointed out an in-game update to LEGO Dimensions that basically removed some level spots that were previously shown already. The removal of these level spots only led to further questions: why were these Year 2 level spots reduced to four instead of six as previously revealed? Why were these contents being removed from the game?
Now some may argue that the removal of these level spots may not necessarily mean anything disastrous or apocalyptic right away. That the removal of such in-game content is like a harbinger of the end of things for LEGO Dimensions is still very much far-fetched. However, BTL decides to dig in deeper and sets itself to find out the real score behind these suspicious moves.
Fact #3 – The Toys-to-Life Genre is Slowly Dying.
When Activision – the company behind Skylanders – created the toys-to-life niche in 2011, the company seemed to have landed on a gold mine. The multi-billion TTL market was booming, with the masses experiencing for the first time a fusion of video games and real life, physical toys. Needless to say, the TTL revolution that Skylanders has started, captivated players and gamers of all ages. Disney decided to join the fray, with Disney Infinity as their take on this booming toy industry. The Japanese gaming giant, Nintendo, also saw the potential of the toys-to-life genre with their offering of exquisitely made, Amiibo line of figures. LEGO eventually jumped on the bandwagon with its unique take on the TTL scene. Opting for a licensing approach in its offerings, LEGO Dimensions now has more than 30 IPs and licenses under its belt.
True, we have seen and experienced the frenzy behind these unique toy categories, but there are indicators that point out that after five years of its existence, the toys-to-life genre may have reached a sort of saturation point. When Disney finally decided to wrap things up with Infinity, most analysts speculated that LEGO Dimensions will pick up the pieces where Disney Infinity left off. However, after almost a year since the cancellation of Disney Infinity, the numbers (particularly in terms of sales) that LEGO has been hoping to see in LEGO Dimensions doesn’t quite add up. As it seems, Disney’s decision to withdraw from the toys-to-life race only showed the symptoms of an ailing industry. To add a nail to its coffin, Skylanders has not announced any new releases for 2017, with Vicarious Visions, the group primarily responsible for the development of Skylanders under Activision, is now given new projects to work on. This saturation point and decline in sales have been attributed to the relatively high cost of the toys-to-life genre, where playing the video game and enhancing the gaming experience by unlocking game content using physical toys have proven to be expensive.
Fact #4 – Bricks to Life Claim of Insider’s Info.
Bricks to Life’s search for the real deal behind the future of LEGO Dimensions led them to one of their trusted sources. Obviously, they cannot reveal who their source is if that person is indeed a part, or a member of, any of LEGO’s partners and subsidiaries. According to BTL, they have reliable information that states how a recent TT Games company meeting revealed the true state of things for LEGO Dimensions. According to their source, the said meeting was more of a reshuffling of priorities as far as the development of newer games is concerned. As it turned out according to BTL, talks about future LEGO Dimensions content has been pushed at the very bottom of TT Games’ priority list only to be shadowed by new and more promising projects. Teams are now reassigned to work on other projects that have greater potential, while LEGO Dimensions is set aside. In the past, LEGO Dimensions has been TT Games pet project alongside other LEGO video games which have proven to be popular throughout the years. However, if Bricks to Life’s source can be trusted, then such reshuffling of priorities may well indicate that the game developers themselves have thrown in the towel for LEGO Dimensions.
Fact #5 – LEGO Officially Denies LD’s Cancellation But Goes On To Say That It Doesn’t Know What Game Developers Have In Store.
In its official Tweeter account, LEGO has dismissed any claims of future cancellation of LEGO Dimensions. Check out their tweet below.
Thank you for reaching out. LEGO Dimensions is not getting cancelled. We will let you know if things change🙂
Now this is just a sort of an extrapolation, but having LEGO unsure of what their game designers have in mind for the future while stating very clearly that LEGO Dimensions is not getting cancelled does not sound right for me. Considering that Year 2’s offering is about to come to a close, then any plans for working on a Year 3 series should be in the works right now. This apparent ambivalence with LEGO’s official announcements is not really new. In the past, we get to see relatively conflicting news regarding the cancellation of some of LEGO’s projects such as its MMORPG LEGO Universe, Mixels, and Bionicle.
Now at this point, you may have realized already that the news of LEGO Dimensions’ cancellation is, as of this writing, should be considered for what it is – as a rumor. Nevertheless, we should also realize that there are several facts that we need to scrutinize and see if these all stand up and serve as a signal on what lies ahead on the future of LEGO Dimensions, and of the toys-to-life genre. As of now, we still have the promise of Wave 9 coming out soon, and another set rumored to be a Lord Vortech Fun Pack. If there is anything that we can hold on to, is the truth that nothing is final until it is. We maintain our stand that though there are clear indicators of what lies ahead in this corner of the toys to life scene, we still give due respect to LEGO and what it believes to be as beneficial for both the company and the LEGO fans community.
So, what is your take in all of these brick fans? Do you think this is really the end for LEGO Dimensions, or perhaps this is just another low that LEGO has to hurdle? Share us your thoughts in the comments below, or join in the discussions in our Facebook page.
The next LEGO Star Wars UCS has been finally revealed! Slated to be one of the much awaited LEGO Star Wars sets this summer, LEGO has finally pulled off the veil from its next Ultimate Collector Series set. Check out LEGO’s official set description for the LEGO Star Wars UCS Snowspeeder (75144) together with a closer look on some of its images, plus a cool designer video that follows. The UCS Snowspeeder is set to be released this May, just in time for the annual Star Wars fan event, May the 4th celebrations. It comes in at 1,703 pieces and retails at $199.99.
Last week, we reported on a LEGO Batman Movie building event that happened across all Barnes & Noble stores last March 11. The event marks the conclusion of the retail bookseller’s month-long LEGO Batman Movie celebration where fans can have their try in building a Mini Speedwagon and bring this home for free. As it turned out, this miniature build is unlike the Mini Batmobile (30521) polybag, and is closer in appearance to its larger cousin, The Batmobile (70905)aka Speedwagon.
Now for most of us who did not make it to the event and would still want to have their try in building their own mini Speedwagon, The Brick Fan has released copies of its building instructions courtesy of one of its followers. See if you have the necessary pieces to build this chibi version of the Batmobile since most of it looks pretty much common.
See the building guide below and while you’re at it, be sure to check out our newest building tutorials over at the Brick Show channel. We’re fortunate to have well-known LEGO builder Tyler Clites spearhead our latest Monster Series where he teaches you how to build the most adorable brick-built monsters around.
Those of you who remember seeing several of the MOCs that we featured here before such as the googly eyed Resistance Fighters from Star Wars TFA, and Captain America from MCU’s Civil War, may recall that these fun builds were the brainchild of master builder Tyler Clites. Going by the name Legohaulic over at his Flickr page, Tyler has carved a name for himself within the LEGO users and building community for his brilliantly fun, and humorous creations.
Tyler’s love for the LEGO brick began when he was 2 years old and has been an avid builder since then. He started sharing his brick-built creations during his teen years and was quickly noticed by fellow LEGO users for his distinct building style. Recently, he launched his own website,The Creation Nation, where he inspires young builders to think creatively and come up with their own builds.
So imagine our excitement when Brick Show finally had the chance of featuring Tyler’s work over on YouTube. The best part of it is that he also teaches how to build them in a fun, and entertaining way. Kicking off with the first batch of builds dubbed as The Monster Series, Tyler features two unique critters: Squirbble and The Libble Twins.
At first, Tyler’s concept behind the series may look quite the same as that of LEGO’s discontinued Mixels theme, but a closer look at these little, cute monsters shows how Tyler adds his unique building style into the mix by giving it a more natural, and organic feel. His balanced use of the SNOT (‘studs not on top’) technique plus the inclusion of some movable parts into the build, are absolutely brilliant. Check out these videos and see if you can also build Squirbble and The Libble Twins using whatever LEGO bricks that you have.
Be sure to keep tabs with Brick Show’s YouTube channel for more of Tyler’s exciting creations in The Monster Series. Let us know what you think about this new series in the comments below, and share your similar creations through our official Facebook page.
We’re just a few days away before the highly anticipated, live action rendition of Disney’s, Beauty and the Beast, hits theaters this Friday. In tribute to the beloved Disney animated classic, professional LEGO brick artist Kevin Hall took upon himself to translate his love for the film and turn it into a breathtaking replica of the Beast’s castle as seen in the original 1991 movie.
In an interview with Beyond the Brick’s Joshua Hanlon during Brick Live Birmingham 2016, Kevin shared how this enormous, 7-foot (2.2 meters) brick-built castle was made in six months using half a million LEGO pieces. Several LED lights and moving parts were also installed in this gigantic MOC. For the characters, Kevin opted to use the minidoll versions of Belle and the Beast as seen in LEGO Disney Princess Belle’s Enchanted Castle (41067). You can watch Kevin’s interview in full-length below, courtesy of Beyond the Brick.
Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast hits theaters on March 17, starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, and Josh Gad.
Earlier this month, LEGOLAND California has unveiled the longest LEGO Star Wars Miniland Model ever built. The latest attraction in the LEGO theme park features the one of a kind LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Miniland ModelDisplay that highlights seven of the most memorable scenes during the first 30 minutes of The Force Awakens:
Kylo Ren’s capture of Poe at planet Jakku.
Rey’s rescue of BB-8.
Poe and Finn’s escape from the Star Destroyer Finalizer.
The wreck of Finn and Poe’s TIE Fighter.
Rey, Finn and BB-8’s escape from Niima Outpost.
Escape from the Starship Graveyard.
The Miniland Model also takes pride in its 16-foot long Star Destroyer Finalizer that hangs 6 feet above the ground, and made up more than 350,000 bricks. The LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Miniland Model Display opens on spring break and is included in the admission cost for LEGOLAND California Resort. Read the full press release below.
LEGOLAND® CALIFORNIA RESORT PROUDLY UNVEILS THE LONGEST LEGO® STAR WARS™ MINILAND MODEL EVER BUILT WITH GRAND OPENING OF THE LEGO® STAR WARS™: THE FORCE AWAKENS MINILAND MODEL DISPLAY!
Stars come out to light up the new area featuring 16-foot long LEGO® Star Destroyer Finalizer
CARLSBAD, Calif. (March 9 , 2017) – The Force remains strong at LEGOLAND® California Resort as guests of the family theme park in Carlsbad will now get to experience a new exciting installment in LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland with the LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens Miniland Model Display! The latest major model addition includes the 16-foot-long Star Destroyer Finalizer, made of more than 350,000 LEGO® bricks. The Finalizer is installed more than 6 feet in the air above guests and is now the longest LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland model ever created!
“Guests have been enjoying LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland for 6 years since it first opened in 2011. Since then, we have added the LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Gallery in 2012 and LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star in 2015, which is the largest LEGO model to have ever been added to LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland,” said General Manager of LEGOLAND California Resort Peter Ronchetti. “I am excited to introduce the latest addition: The LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens Miniland Model Display as once again, our Master Model Builders used incredible detail in constructing the new LEGO models and I can’t wait for guests to enjoy it!”
LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens Miniland Model Display is in the center of LEGO Star Wars Miniland and will include six scenes representing the first 30 minutes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens which include: Kylo Ren’s capture of Poe at planet Jakku; Rey’s rescue of BB-8; Poe and Finn’s escape from the Star Destroyer Finalizer; The wreck of Finn and Poe’s TIE Fighter; Rey, Finn and BB-8’s escape from Niima Outpost; and the escape from the Starship Graveyard. Lights, sound effects and animation will further bring the scenes and characters to life from this blockbuster film.
The LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens Miniland Model Display opens just in time for spring break and is included in the cost of admission to LEGOLAND California Resort.
When the LEGO BrickHeadz was unveiled during last year’s San Diego Comic-Con, my initial reaction to this new line of brick-built collectibles was, I have to admit, a bit bland. It did not top my must-have wishlist at that time, as compared to what LEGO has in store at SDCC with the LEGO Batman Movie. Truth be told, I was hardly a fan at all of the roughly 10-stud tall collectible that sells for $10 each. Even having the biggest names in the superhero fandom under its belt was not even enough to persuade me to go head-over-heels for these little guys. Needless to say, the LEGO BrickHeadz is a good case in point that demonstrates how a particular LEGO theme can be polarizing among LEGO fans.
Frankly, this is not something new for LEGO. In 2010, LEGO toyed with the idea of offering exaggeratingly, disproportionate collectibles based on the Star Wars theme when they introduced the LEGO CubeDude at the 2010 SDCC. If there is something that the relatively short-lived CubeDude theme has shown, it is the reality that the LEGO community has the propensity to always find a way to build upon, and improve on what LEGO has to offer.
After almost a year since the LEGO BrickHeadz theme was introduced and offered to the public, LEGO fans (either out of sheer admiration or a sort of rebel statement) eventually came up with their own iterations of these miniature collectibles. I guess it’s bound to happen since LEGO is basically built upon creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. With the multitude of options that one has in transforming their faved character into a 3 ½ inch figure, it is understandable why the LEGO BrickHeadz can be so appealing. Consequently, we’re now seeing a lot of builders who apply their creativity and churn out their own chibi versions of their most-loved characters and titles. A casual browse of LEGO MOCs over at Flickr shows how the LEGO BrickHeadz has invaded the LEGO building community! These MOCs, in my humble opinion, are even better.
So let’s take a look at some of the best BrickHeadz MOCs coming from fans of the theme and see if they can eventually land a soft spot in the most disbelieving heart.
Amazon recently listed several sets from The LEGO Batman Movie at really great discounts that you don’t want to miss. Several of these sets are marked down to as much 25% off, so if you haven’t purchased your most faved LEGO Batman Movie set, now is probably the best time to do so. Take a look at the following TLBM sets that are now on great discounts. You may also check the rest of Amazon for the best LEGO Batman Movie deals yet.
LEGO World is now out to the general public, and it is only now that we’re beginning to unravel LEGO’s digital toy box video game. True to its promise, LEGO Worlds allows players to explore the vast world of LEGO, with several crossovers from LEGO’s most popular themes. Players can now access various digital versions of recent 2017 Nexo Knights and City sets by entering the unlock codes that come with the physical building instructions of these sets.
As pointed out by Bricks to Life, these codes are not unique for each purchased set so it can be shared with friends and other players. Check out these codes and give them a try, courtesy of Bricks to Life.
As of this writing, it seems that only LEGO Nexo Knights and City sets are unlocked in the game, but we’re pretty sure that will get to see more digital versions of this year’s LEGO sets through DLCs or other upcoming product codes. So stay tuned here at Brick Show for more LEGO Worlds update.