Official Star Wars Episode VIII Title Revealed, PLUS New LEGO Star Wars Set Numbers.

It’s official. After the raging success of the Star War’s first spin-off film, Rogue One, now comes that latest instalment in the Skywalker saga that is sure to take the box office by storm. StarWars.com has now officially revealed the title of its next film – Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. The site’s official Tweeter account has also pinned the following post together with this image.

Looking at this poster/image had my mind spinning, thinking all about its ramifications and implications. The title itself opens up a throng of questions on what it may suggest, and on what could be its overarching theme. Director Rian Johnson was quite succinct when he revealed that the title itself was on his mind since day one when he read the first draft of the script. For him, this is the title that he always wanted according to SWNN. It’s also interesting to note that Disney and Lucas Films’ choice of color for its iconic title design seems to suggest, a ‘darker’, and more sinister time for our heroes. Are we going to see more dangerous times ahead? Will the First Order eventually get the upper hand? Or does the title even suggest of a possibility for our heroine Rey ‘defecting’ to the Dark Side? These are all mind blowing questions to ponder about.

The Last Jedi becomes more intriguing when you consider that Brickset has already listed 7 LEGO sets tagged under the film’s title.

75176

75177

75179

75187

75188

75189

75190

For sure a handful of folks from The LEGO Group are already aware of some of the film’s plot considering the amount of time needed to develop the final set design. We’re still months away before Episode VIII: The Last Jedi hits the big screen on December 15, but given LEGO’s usual release dates in conjunction to the Star Wars films’ promotion, we can expect official images to be out around August or September.

So what do you think brick fans, are you excited about this next wave of LEGO Star Wars sets? What do you think the film is all about, and which LEGO Star Wars sets do you wish to be featured? Let us know in the comments below or join in the conversation over at our Facebook page.

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LEGO Ideas Launches A New LEGO Community Platform: The LEGO Ideas Test Lab.

Earlier today, the LEGO Ideas blog site announced the launch of its latest community based platform, the LEGO Ideas Test Lab. Initially open to selected LEGO Ideas and LEGO Rebrick members, the LEGO Ideas Test Lab is a challenge-based site where members are encouraged to come up with a Fourth Build Challenge based on the more recent LEGO Creator 3-in-1 sets. Here’s the full announcement:

What’s that now? LEGO Ideas Test Lab?

Today we’re launching LEGO Ideas Test Lab, a test version of an updated LEGO Ideas software platform. We’ve emailed invitations to 5,000 of the most active LEGO Ideas and LEGO Rebrick members. Please help us test the new platform between January 18th and April 14th. If you didn’t get an email invite, you’re still welcome! The test is limited to 7,500 people. Head over to LEGO Ideas Test Lab to sign up.

On LEGO Ideas Test Lab we’ll be running a new kind of challenge during this period, which differs from the standard LEGO Ideas and slightly from the LEGO Rebrick experience that you’re used to, but don’t worry – neither of these two classic experiences are going away. On LEGO Ideas Test Lab, you can participate in an exclusive Fourth Build Challenge, that’s about expanding upon given LEGO Creator 3in1 sets. You can also join in small activities along the way and socialize in the Community Café.

We can’t wait to get started and are very excited about what we’ll learn from testing this platform together with many of you. We’re looking forward to how LEGO Ideas Test Lab will shape the future of LEGO Ideas.

The LEGO Ideas Team gave the assurance that the LEGO Ideas and Rebrick platforms are here to stay. The LEGO Ideas Test Lab will be more like – based on the name itself – like a testing ground for more possibilities on their existing sets. It’s more like a feedback mechanism where LEGO can hear or consider additional set suggestions from builders and community members based on their existing ones. If you wish to be part of the LEGO Ideas Test Lab simply head over to their sign up page to register.

 

Once registered, you can have the opportunity to join their very first Fourth Build Challenge starting February 1st where a winning design will be selected, and several LEGO prizes will be given away. The winner will also have the privilege of having his design featured in the LEGO Life Magazine and app. As a warm-up, the LEGO Ideas Test Lab also offers several building exercises where you can participate and come up with your own creations based on the given criteria. The thought behind The LEGO Ideas Test Lab reminds me of the Iron Builder Challenge hosted by the Builders Lounge, though in a much toned down level.

If you’re in for a challenge and would like to sharpen your brick-building skills, then this is one LEGO community-based platform that you may want to sign-up to.

 

McDonalds Reveals Its TLBM Happy Meal Toys.

The McDonalds Happy Meal website has now been updated to include their latest line of promotional toys in celebration of The LEGO Batman Movie. Same as with McDonalds’ The LEGO Movie Happy Meal promotions back in 2014, we still have our usual fare of drinking cups and other toys for the little tots to tinker with.

If I may address the elephant in the room so to speak – we know that this info has been teased or rumored on various LEGO-fan websites for several days already and like most of us, you might have also secretly hoped that this time, McDonalds might throw in an exclusive LEGO set or a free minifigure. But as we can see, it is quite far from what we wished for. Based on this image, we can see a pair of 3D viewers, a puzzle mat, and a sort of sticker/bookmark collection but no LEGO pieces.

Though the non-inclusion (again) of promotional LEGO sets might be disappointing for most LEGO fans, I guess McDonalds have the safety of its younger patrons in mind. It’s very, very bad PR (if you can call it that way) on the part of McDonalds and LEGO if you’ll be reading in the papers that someone choked on the Happy Meal toys that they’re giving away to children.

In any case, these toys may still prove to be attractive to younger kids given the film’s appeal. We’ll find out soon enough once these items are released in more than 14,000 McDonalds stores in the US and Canada.

 

Thanks to The Brick Fan for the heads up.

Official Images of the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 Are Finally Here!

We previously had our first (albeit grainy) glimpse of Star Lord together with the rest of the gang at the back of a LEGO building manual, and thankfully this time we need not squint any further. Amazon.uk and Amazon.de have both uploaded the official set images of the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which you can find below. According to the online retail giant, these sets are slated for release on April 25, presumably in Europe. There is no word yet of a release date in the US so we will be waiting for LEGO’s updates anytime soon.

 

Ravager Attack (76079)

 

 

Ayesha’s Revenge (76080)

 

 

The Milano vs. The Abilisk (76081)

 

For those of you who are dying to know how to get Baby Groot (including myself), it’s nice to see that he is included in two of the three sets dedicated to this MCU franchise. So what do you think of these sets? Share us your thoughts and comments below, or join the discussion over at our Facebook page.

LEGO Rebrick Launches Its Build and Rebuild Contest: Awesome Prizes At Stake!

After announcing its Contest Time – Build Your Own Adventure Time Character contest, LEGO Rebrick launches another one that challenges you to build your favorite LEGO Creator 3-in-1 set and come up with a 45-second, stop-motion video of its building process. The LEGO Rebrick Build and Rebuild Contest highlights the latest LEGO Creator sets while encouraging participants to share their building and video editing skills. Other than building a LEGO Creator set, contestants are also encouraged to come up with their own original creation This is one exciting contest that will certainly appeal to older kids and even adult LEGO fans, not just for the challenge of coming up with a stop-motion video while building the set, but also the appeal of the prizes at stake. Now before you dive in and have your cameras ready, take time to go through the Contest Description below.

Show us how you build and rebuild in this LEGO Creator 3in1 stop motion contest! We invite you to show us how you build your models by creating a stop-motion video of the process. LEGO Creator is all about building, and we want to see what you will create. Take any LEGO Creator 3in1 set and build it in a video into the model of your choosing – either from the Creator 3in1 set you’re using, our an original model. Upload your video onto a video hosting site of your choice and add it on LEGO Rebrick for your chance to win!

Entry Deadline
Submit your entry no later than March 24th 2017 at 10:00AM EST.
If you’re not sure what time zone you’re in here’s a time zone converter.

Judging
A panel of judges from the LEGO Creator team will select one grand prize winner and two runner up winners. They will judge entries upon:

– Overall coolness and originality in video entry: 25%
– Most inspired details in video entry: 25%
– Attention to contest theme: 25%
– Best use of LEGO elements: 25%

How to enter
a. Take a Creator 3in1 set of your choosing
b.  Create a stop-motion video under 45 seconds showing the set being built into a model (either another one from the Creator 3 in 1 set or your own original model)
c. Upload your video to the video hosting site of your choice, such as YouTube
d. Enter the contest by going to the “submit entry” page on LEGO Rebrick and submit maximum 5 screenshots from your video. Make sure to also add the link to your video before you submit
e. Use the description field to describe your entry and what LEGO Creator 3in1 set you’re rebuilding
f. 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.

As mentioned earlier the winners (1 Grand Prize winner and 2 Runner-Ups) of the LEGO Rebrick Build and Rebuild Contest will receive the following excellent prizes, which includes the full 1st half, or 11 of the 2017 LEGO Creator sets, all worth more than USD 200.

Blue Express (31054)
Red Racer (31055)
Green Cruiser (31056)
Air Blazer (31057)
Mighty Dinosaurs (31058)
Sunset Street Bike 31059
Airshow Aces (31060)
Robo Explorer (31062)
Beachside Vacation (31063)
Island Adventures (31064)
Park Street Townhouse (31065)

This is definitely one contest for those who are into collecting LEGO Creator sets and brick filming. But regardless of what theme or genre you’re into with regards to your LEGO interests, this LEGO Rebrick contest is undeniably tempting. Be sure to check out the rest of the contest rules and ask for an adult’s help if needed.

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.

 

 

 

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)