The LEGO Batman Movie Welcomes LEGO Dimensions Characters.

LEGO’s blockbuster toy-to-life game is not just about bringing brick-built toys to life. It also boasts of a massive mashup of some of the most beloved characters and licenses both in film and television. Given the adeptness of LEGO in bringing all these characters under one roof, it will not come as a surprise (in fact, it is expected) if the characters from the LEGO Dimensions portal will be making their appearance on the big screen – and there is no better way to do so than to be featured in the upcoming Warner Bros film, The LEGO Batman Movie. If you have seen all the five trailers already, then I’m quite sure you haven’t missed those LEGO Dimensions references.

To begin with, the latest trailer pays homage to the long running British sci-fi classic TV series, Doctor Who. If you notice this screen grab from one of the trailers, we see a throng of extraterrestrial beings named as Daleks working together to destroy a certain structure. These robotic characters bare very close resemblance on a particular LEGO Dimensions set which is the Cyberman (71238) also from the Doctor Who license.

    

The menacing Gremlins were also featured in one of the scenes where we saw them thrashing the Batjet while flying in midair! The minifigure version of these rogue critters is very much the same as that from the Gremlins Team Pack (72156). How many mogwais can you find in this screenshot?

Lastly, as we mentioned earlier, one of the rumored sets that will make it to the cut as an official LEGO Batman Movie set may likewise feature an unlikely villain coming from the LEGO Dimensions portal. Though, not seen in this screenshot, if you look carefully at the flying creatures in the background, then you’ll notice that these are the Wicked Witch’s Flying Monkeys as seen from the LEGO Dimensions set Wicked Witch (71221).

  

 

The LEGO Batman Movie does an amazing job of including all these LEGO Dimensions characters without losing sight of the main narrative. It is a clever way to add some LEGO fun and humor which makes the film even more appealing as audiences see the connections that each character has under the great LEGO sun. What other LEGO Dimensions mashup and themes do you think the LEGO Batman Movie has in store? We’ll find out once the film opens in theaters on February 10, 2017.

 

Be sure to check out our set reviews on the LEGO Batman Movie collection by following this link.

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A Look At Possible LEGO Star Wars 2017 Summer Sets.

We have two days to go before we jump into hyperspace once more and experience Star Wars all over again with its first anthology film Rogue One. We saw an impressive line-up of LEGO sets dedicated to the spin-off film, and expect much more as 2017 kicks in. We previously mentioned some of these sets last September and it’s great to see that these predictions were quite accurate. So before we hit the theaters on Friday to see Rogue One on the big screen, let’s pause and take a look at the recent developments on this highly successful theme. Thanks to some kind souls over at Eurobricks and Reddit, we now have an idea how these next wave of LEGO Star Wars sets will be like, as it due for release this Summer of 2017. Here’s how they are in a nutshell.

 

75144 Snowspeeder

Based on vehicles used in Hoth and presumably part of the Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series, this UCS may roughly be based on its similarly named, smaller cousin, 75049.

 

75166 Battle Pack(EP VII)

Predicted to be from Episode VII The Force Awakens, the minifigs included in this set are 2 First Order Stormtroopers, 1 Flametrooper, and 1 Officer.

 

75167 Battle Pack (Bounty Hunters)

This one is a sure win for those elite few of Star Wars fans who have learned to admire the exploits (or mishap) of these legendary Bounty Hunters. This battle pack is rumored to include Dengar, IG-88, 4-LOM and Zuckuss.

 

75178 (Jakku Quadjumper)

Remember that starship preferred to by Rey and Finn over the hulking Millennium Falcon in TFA?

Though too bad it didn’t get more than a minute of airtime when J.J. Abrams decided it’s better off as pyrotechnic material, it is good to know that it may get the LEGO treatment that it deserves very soon. Minifigures for this set include Rey, Finn, BB-8 and a First Order Stormtrooper.

 

75179 Rebel Hangar

Possibly from Episode VI Return of the Jedi. The set is said to include an A-Wing and a rebel base hangar. Minifigs expected to be with this set are Lando, a Rebel Pilot and a Crewman.

 

75180 (Rathtar Escape)

A highly dangerous tentacled predator that first appeared on the big screen in The Force Awakens, the Rathar is also fortunate enough to be immortalized in a LEGO set.

 

Perhaps it may bear some semblance with the same tentacled creature (Dormammu?)  as seen from Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum 76060. Minifigures include Chewbacca, Han Solo, 2 more figures, possibly as members of the Guavian Death Gang.

 

75182 Republic Fighter Tank

Back in 2008, LEGO came up with a set under its Star Wars The Clone Wars subtheme named as Republic Fighter Tank (7679). This time, LEGO may have plans to rehash the set and throw in some newer versions of the following minifigures: Aayla Secura, a Clone Commander and 2 Battle Droids.

 

75183 Darth Vader Transformation

Another seemingly rehashed set, this expected LEGO Star Wars summer set takes hint from an earlier one from 2005 bearing the same title (Darth Vader Transformation 7251).

Based on that final epic scene where Palpatine takes into his custody the broken  and wounded body of Anakin which he later transformed to become Darth Vader, the set is said to include a Battle Damaged Anakin, Darth Vader, and  Emperor Palpatine.

 

75185 Tracker I

Other than being a part of the Freemaker subtheme, we have no other details about this set except for another minifig version of Emperor Palpatine and Rowan.

 

75186 Arrowhead

The Freemakers has a penchant for naming their creations based on their primary features, and this one is no exception. Though the set’s name is not yet final, we may expect the minifigures of Mon Calmari, RO-GR, and Mr. & Mrs. Freemaker to be a part of this set.

 

75191 Jedi Starfighter with Hyperdrive Booster Ring

Hinting at an Episode II Attack of the Clones reference, set 75191 may feature the looks of a Delta-7 Jedi Starfighter mounted on its Hyperdrive Booster Ring similar to the one used by Obi Wan as he chases Boba Fett across a field of asteroids. This is also one of the coolest space dog fights that I ever saw in a Star Wars film. Click here to watch its video.

Included in this set are the minifigure versions of the younger Obi Wan Kenobi, Boba Fett, and an Astromech. It is interesting to note that since a hyperdrive docking ring was mentioned (as we see it on that epic space dogfight in Episode II), will it be possible that the set will come with a smaller version of the Slave 1 as well?

 

There are still a handful of LEGO Star Wars sets waiting to be revealed next year – 25 to be exact as listed by Brickset. Given the attention that Star Wars and Disney licenses are getting from LEGO, we can expect that LEGO still has a lot of surprises in store for us.

Blocks Magazine Celebrates the Rebellion With Issue #27 Featuring Exclusive LEGO Star Wars Rogue One Content.

Issue #27 of Blocks Magazine is now available for subscription just in time for the release of this year’s most anticipated Star Wars film: Rogue One. Read on for the full press release.

Blocks magazine rebels with a LEGO Star Wars celebration

Subscribers have already been enjoying the latest issue of Blocks, on-sale at all good stockists on Thursday, December 15.

Released on the same day as the latest movie, Rogue One, this issue is packed with exclusive Star Wars content. The rebellion starts with an interview with LEGO Star Wars Design Director Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, who talks about putting together an epic range for the new movie. There are reviews of the five Rogue One sets, followed by an AT-ST Anatomy – looking at how the latest release measures up.

The Mod Squad take on the LEGO AT-AT, transforming the famous walker into an AT-ACT from the new film. The Star Wars fun is rounded off by a specially commissioned series of images based on stills from the movie – along with a LEGO recreation of the movie poster, as a special alternative cover.

It isn’t all Star Wars of course, as the second mod this month sees the VW Beetle get a convertible conversion. Games Director James McLoughlin exclusively shares a behind-the-scenes look at bringing Ghostbusters to LEGO Dimensions. In Technique, Simon Pickard shares how to pattern your floors and demonstrates a use for the hemisphere piece from Jurassic World. With builds, reviews and news, it’s another month packed full of great LEGO content.

To get each issue of Blocks delivered to your door — before it arrives in shops – visit  www.blocksmag.com to set up a subscription.

LEGO Batman Movie Summer Sets and Rumors.

A few moments ago, we were delighted to see The LEGO Batman Movie’s first extended TV spot trailer featuring Joker’s best villain posse ever. With plenty of new minifigure characters – both from Batman’s rogue gallery and JLA’s Super Friends , most of us has been wondering already, what will the five remaining summer sets be?

Thanks once again to LEGO insider Delta Customs, we now have a pretty good guess on how these final wave of LEGO Batman Movie sets will be like.

  • Bane set with Bane, Mutant Leader, and Batman.
  • Small Scarecrow Plane/Helicopter with Scarecrow and Batman.
  • Two Face truck/car including but not limited to, Two Face and Batman.
  • LEGO Batman Movie Summer Set that includes:
    • Big Batmobile that splits into a Batwing, a Batcycle, and still functions as a Batmobile with all those removed.
    • Features a big bat signal
    • Figures include Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Alfred in a different costume, and the villains of the set, none other than the Wicked Witch and two Flying Monkeys.
  • Fifth LEGO Batman Movie Set includes:
    • Batwing (as seen in trailers)
    • Figures include Batman, Robin and Harley Quinn
    • Comes with a cannon build

As it seems, one particular set is dedicated to Bane himself and so far, based on the trailers, we haven’t seen any other rendition of Bane other than his bigfig version. So for those who are clamoring for the bigfig version of the villain that have ‘broken the Bat’, this could be the set that you’ve all been waiting for.

Scarecrow seems to be on a roll since another set is rumored to be released featuring him on a smaller plane or a chopper of sorts. This is another set apart from the Scarecrow Special Delivery (70910). We also assume that Scarecrow’s minifigure will feature his typical straw getup as seen below.

One of the key elements in The LEGO Batman Movie is the presence of the villains’ cool rides such as the Joker’s Notorious Lowrider (70906), the Penguin’s Arctic Roller (70911), and the Killer Croc Tail-Gator (70907). Delta teases on another ride where the infamous Two Face enters the fray with his very own truck.

 

 

Finally, the last two sets that Delta predicted focus on a rather different version of the Batmobile as compared to that of 70905. It is a hybrid of sorts where this Batmobile is capable of splitting into three, smaller vehicles including a Batwing, a Batcycle, and a smaller Batmobile. My guess is that each of the smaller vehicles is intended to be piloted all at the same time by Batman, Robin and Batgirl since their respective minifigures are also included in the set. Same as with the others, a villain is thrown in together with this set, and in this case it is the Wicked Witch (probably that from LEGO Dimensions, since the animated film is expected to be a crossover of sorts) and two Flying Monkeys minifigs as you can see from the images’ backgrounds below.

The fifth and presumably final set has the Batwing on the spotlight as it is seen in the trailers. The set is said to feature a cannon-like build and will also include the minifigs of Batman, Robin and Harley Quinn. It was hinted on by The Brick Fan that this version of Harley may resemble closely the version that was seen on the banner at New York Comic Con.

The last wave of LEGO Batman Movie sets is expected to be released by summer, 2017. We hope to get some official set images anytime soon, considering that we’re just two months away before the movie makes its debut in the US on February 10 next year.

Latest LEGO Batman Movie Extended TV Spot Introduces the Worst Villains in the History of the Universe.

Warner Bros Animation has recently released its extended TV spot trailer that shows never-before-seen footage that may shed light to the ‘real score’ between Batman and Joker. It may likewise offer an explanation for the reason behind the Joker’s longstanding personal grudge. Well, as they use to say, ‘hell hath no fury like a villain scorned’. Okay, okay, I know it’s a feeble attempt at humor, but let’s be honest, seeing Joker putting on a puppy face like that after receiving from Batman the most painful 4-word sentence that he has ever heard in his entire life (“There is no us”!) – simply priceless!

The latest TV spot also introduces – in Joker’s words – ‘the worst villains in the history of the universe’. We’ve seen most of them already, including those that were handpicked by LEGO to be included in the official The LEGO Batman Movie sets, collectible minifigures and poster. This time around, we get to see totally new and not made up LEGO Batman villains such as the Gentleman Ghost from 1947 and the Condiment King (seriously?!) as he is seen in the video game, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Try to name as many Batman villains as you can from the TV Spot trailer below.

As a bonus, Warner gives us a sneak peek on how the members of the JLA chill out during their 57¼ annual anniversary party. I have to admit that for a moment, my heart skipped a beat seeing the Wonder Twins and Gleek, Black Vulcan, Apache Chief, and the Black Canary and the rest of my childhood superheroes rendered in LEGO minifigure form. I realized how great it will be if LEGO will somehow release an entire minifig collection focused solely on the classic Justice League. With a handful of sets still waiting to be revealed, I guess it will be nice to consider all the possibilities.

The LEGO Batman Movie is scheduled to hit US theaters on February 10, 2017 and stars Will Arnett as the voice of Batman aka Bruce Wayne, Zach Galifianakis stars as The Joker; Michael Cera as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson as Barbara Gordon and Ralph Fiennes as Alfred.

 

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. 

Here’s What We Know So Far About The LEGO Spider-Man Homecoming Sets.

A couple of days ago, we shared with you one of the LEGO Star Wars ‘Easter eggs’ that was cleverly revealed during the release of the first official trailer of Disney and Marvel’s next big film, Spider-Man: Homecoming. Now being the second most trending video in YouTube with more than 15 million views already since it debuted on Jimmy Kimmel Live last Thursday, we now have some information on what possible LEGO sets that we can expect from the film. Thanks to Delta Customs – whom many of his predictions turned out to be 99% accurate, especially regarding how the LEGO Batman Movie sets will look like – we now have an idea on what LEGO has in store for good ‘ol Spidey.

Understanding the very close relationship between Disney and LEGO, Delta Customs noted that there will be TWO sets that LEGO will release to give the highly celebrated MCU film the LEGO treatment it deserves. Here’s what he shared over his Instagram account.

Spider-Man Homecoming

Set #1

  • Bank robbery
  • Spider-Man and two robbers
  • The robbers have “Avengers in their names”

Set #2

  • Car
  • Spider-Man, Vulture (Big brick-built wings), Shocker, Iron Man

If you have seen the trailer already (which I bet you did for the Nth time), you’ll notice that pretty funny scene when Spidey confronts a group of certain bank robbers disguised as Avengers wannabes. Could this be what Delta Customs was hinting at? Actually, I feel that there is nothing much to speculate about the play features of a set based on a bank heist. But since this is everyone’s favorite web crawler, then I’m sure LEGO will give it a twist that every Marvel fan will enjoy.

Upon the mention of the second LEGO set having a Vulture character with big, brick-built wings, I felt right away that this may be some kind of mech-build or armor that may be mounted on Vulture’s minifig. But given how the Vulture may look like as seen in the trailer, it begs the question of how LEGO will render this supervillain given all the tech that he has with him.

It is also interesting to note that we see Tony Stark donning his Mark 46 suit at the end of the trailer, so it’s most likely that what Delta was referring to was the Iron Man minifig similar to what we already have in LEGO Marvel Superheroes Super Hero Airport Battle (76051). Of course, it’s too early to tell at this point, though it will be kind of cool to see a new Iron Man suit along Spider-Man in an epic battle scene with the Vulture and the Shocker.

 

Spider-Man Homecoming is set to hit theaters in July next year, so we will still have a few months to ponder how these sets will be like, giving an account of what Delta Customs has revealed. What can you say about these predicted sets? Do you think LEGO and Disney could have done a better job? Share your ideas in the comments below or join in the discussions over at our Facebook page.

 

 

Double VIP Points Available On All LEGO Purchases This Weekend.

If you’re reading this, then you’ll be pleased to know that you still have a chance to rake in those VIP points. Throughout this weekend and for a VERY limited time, LEGO has announced that its offering Double VIP Points for all purchases at all LEGO Brand Stores and at shop.LEGO.com.

This is good news, especially if you’re not done yet with your LEGO Christmas shopping list. However, you only have until today to enjoy this opportunity so be sure to make the most out of it. On the other hand, if you’re eyeing for that eye candy of a minifigure which is the LEGO Seasonal Gingerbread Man (5005156), then you might need to wait until tomorrow Monday for this exclusive promotional to start.  For those who missed him together with the rest of the LEGO CMF Series 13, this is your chance to have him for FREE for any LEGO purchases of $50 and above. If you also time it just right (which I can still see from my end as of this posting), you can still have the privilege of FREE SHIPPING for orders $35 and above, and a FREE LEGO 2017 Coloring Wall Calendar.

 

                     

So if you still have time for some last minute Christmas shopping, be sure to take advantage of these exclusives and freebies. So, what LEGO set do you still want to buy?

Disney Sure Knows How Put Easter Eggs In the First Official Trailer of Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Marvel has just revealed its first official trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming and Disney was clever enough to throw in some Easter eggs that LEGO and Star Wars fans (like us) will surely not miss out. Debuting in Jimmy Kimmel Live and is now currently trending over YouTube, Tom Holland’s version of the web crawler is a much welcomed iteration of the quirky but witty superhero that is very close to how he was rendered in the comics. In case you missed it, here’s the official trailer.

This newer version of Spidey is a notable departure from his earlier cinematic version, and Disney was intentional about it. We have our first impressions of this departure when he was introduced in Captain America: Civil War, where the idea of having a humorously nerdy Peter Parker was a sure hit among audiences. Disney made use of this new characterization of Spider-Man when it revealed its first ever Star Wars Easter egg in an MCU film. If you recall in CW’s epic, airport fight scene we saw Spider-Man squaring off with the gargantuan Ant-Man as he hinted on a battle plan that took inspiration from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Those who are familiar with what the web slinger was referring to immediately understand the Easter egg in that scene. Think about those towering AT-AT Walkers and you’ll get the idea.

I guess Disney was feeling a bit playful when it alluded once more to its Star Wars franchise as we saw Peter Parker reminiscing in that particular airport battle scene while he was in his class. However, what perhaps could be THE best of all Easter eggs so far in the film has something to do with both Star Wars and LEGO and it couldn’t be more aptly timed. Somewhere in the 1:24 mark, we see Peter Parker’s friend Ned Leeds (played by Jacob Batalon) holding what appears to be a constructed LEGO Star Wars Death Star and mindlessly dropping and obliterating it into pieces!

Now it is debatable if the actual set used in that scene is based from the earlier set 10188 from 2008, or the newer LEGO Star Wars UCS Death Star (75159).

If you’ve also noticed from the images above, you’ll find at the far right side of the frame the tip of the nose of an X-Wing fighter sticking out. It seems to be a replica of Kenner’s X-Wing Fighter released in 1978, and with Rogue One due to hit the big screen next week, Disney sure knows how to pack all their Easter eggs in one basket!

Photo courtesy of D. Martin Myatt for RebelScum.com

Spider-Man: Homecoming is slated to hit theaters on July 7, 2017 and we’re sure that LEGO has something in store to celebrate the film, similar to that of other MCU films. Stay tuned here at the Brick Show for more updates!

This LEGO Ideas Iron Giant Is Absolutely Spot On.

I usually  don’t include a LEGO Ideas project in my need-to-write list unless it has earned that 10K thumbs up from LEGO fans, but this rendition of the Warner Bros. animated film The Iron Giant deserves a special mention. Though the film itself did not find a warm welcome from the general audience when it debuted on the big screen in 1999, it won several awards under the science fiction genre including the BAFTA Children’s Award and has become a beloved animated classic over time. Set in post-war US during the early 1950s, it tells of a story of a gigantic, mysterious alien who crash landed on Earth and befriends a young boy. The film currently got a theatrical and Blu-ray re-release, which included a new documentary about Brad Bird’s making of the film.

An Iron Giant and LEGO fan at heart, LEGO builder BrettCUV decided to render his love for the gentle giant using LEGO bricks and the result is breathtaking. Minifigure in scale, BrettCUV used a LEGO Digital Designer (LDD) to render the Iron Giant in all its fine details using more than 2,000 pieces. Here are his thoughts on his creation.

For this project, I propose that a set be made based on the 1999 Warner Brothers hit animated film The Iron Giant. Known for its beautiful storytelling and masterful animation, this movie is beloved by fans old and young all over the world. I believe that a LEGO product based in this film would not just be popular with consumers, but rather be an enormous success.

Within this project, there would be 5 main characters: The Iron Giant with changeable eyes and weaponry to depict his evil state from the movie, Hogarth Hughes with the alien bolt he finds at the end of the film, Annie Hughes and a coffee pot, Kent Mansley and a fedora, and Dean McCoppin with a coffee cup. The entire build consists of approximately 2,023 pieces, including the Giant, minifigures, and accessories. The Giant’s head rotates and tilts, and his arms, legs, wrists, hips, and ankles are all articulated to both accommodate his size and weight, and allow him to replicate classic poses from the movie.

Currently, BrettCUV’s Iron Giant project has already achieved more than 5,000 supporters over at LEGO Ideas with additional 5K votes needed to make it to the Review Stage. If you think the set is a worthy enough to receive your stamp of approval, then head over at LEGO Ideas and cast your vote. We’ll sure to keep a close eye on this one. What do you think of this project? Does it have the potential to become the next big (pun intended) LEGO Ideas set to hit store shelves? Send in your comments below or join in the discussions over at our Facebook page.

 

 

Here’s A Great Idea To Liven Up Your Christmas LEGO Corner With a Motorized Santa Sleigh and Reindeer.

Most of us are probably done by now with this year’s Christmas decorations and are just simply enjoying the view. Being like-minded AFOLs, it will not come as a surprise if our passion for LEGO’s brightly colored bricks will find its way in our little Christmas corner during this most wonderful time of the year. LEGO understand this very well and throughout the years, has produced a very extensive line of Christmas-themed sets and ornaments that never fail to brighten up any home. One such Christmas-inspired set in particular is the LEGO Creator Santa’s Workshop (10245) from 2014. Coming in at 883 pieces, it is an advanced model that features the home of Mr. & Mrs. Claus as they get ready to deliver their gifts to the entire world. Using brightly colored bricks and elements befitting of the holidays, it is one of the LEGO Creator sets that can easily pass as a lovely Christmas diorama. You may want to check out our review of this set right here.

However, Jason Allemann of JK Brickworks has come up with a great idea to make Santa’s Workshop even better by bringing it to life. He decided to animate this set by building a motorized base for Santa’s sleigh and reindeers to add a bit of motion to an otherwise static display. Watch how he did it in the video below.

Jason did a very fine job in keeping the base low profile as much as possible, giving Santa’s sleigh a more natural movement. He kept the placement of the model’s motor quite discreet that even at only five plates tall, the set’s drive system can hardly be noticed.

Same as his usual creatively animated works, he was kind enough to share the design for his motorized Santa’s sleigh and reindeer. You can download a copy of his building instructions, or you may also visit his website for other interesting notes about his creation.

Jason Allemann also has other LEGO sets credited to him such as the LEGO Ideas Maze (21305) which is already retiring soon, and another LEGO Ideas entry which is the Pop-Up Book in collaboration with Grant Davis. You may want to visit the LEGO Ideas website to cast your vote for this proposal if you wish to see it become an official LEGO set.