LEGO Star Wars UCS Assault On Hoth (75098) Official Description and Images Released

So, I’m sure that pretty much everybody already knows this, but the new LEGO Star Wars UCS Assault On Hoth (75098) set was revealed earlier today. Of course, many have already seen this on other sites, due to our inability to post pictures during our “error 503” phase  — however, now that the site is back up again I thought I might as well post images anyhow!

So, here’s the full description, along with a ton of images:

75098 Assault on Hoth

2,144 pieces
US $249.99 – CA $299.99 – DE 249.99€ – UK £219.99 – DK 2199.00
Available April 30th 2016 from shop.LEGO.com and brand stores.

Play out action-packed Hoth battles like never before!

This fantastic LEGO recreation of the Rebel force’s Echo Base from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back has all the details you need to create your own epic ice-planet battles.

Set out on scouting missions with the Snowspeeder armed with twin spring-loaded shooters, and when you spot the enemy speeder bike, get back to base and help Luke, Han and the other Rebel heroes lock down the blast doors, ready the laser cannons, man the gun turrets with dual spring-loaded shooters and power up the devastating ion cannon, also with 2 spring-loaded shooters!

This amazing model has so many more features, including a service area with crane, control room area, power generator with explode function, rotating communication dish, scout post with dual stud shooters and a Tauntaun with its own stable.

There’s even a Wampa cave (with Wampa) for Luke to escape from! This amazingly detailed set’s modular design also means that you can create your very own Rebel base configuration. Prepare for ultimate LEGO Star Wars action!

  • Includes 14 minifigures with assorted weapons: Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Toryn Farr, Rebel Officer, Wes Janson, Wedge Antilles, K-3PO, 5 Rebel troopers and 2 Snowtroopers, plus an R3-A2, Tauntaun and a Wampa.
  • Features Rebel base with modular wall and trench sections, a Snowspeeder and a speeder bike.
  • Wall section features slidable blast doors, service area with crane, control room area, power generator with explode function, ion cannon with dual spring-loaded shooters, laser turret with spring-loaded shooters and space for a minifigure, scout post with dual stud shooters and space for a minifigure, Tauntaun stable and a Wampa cave.
  • Trench section features heavy blasters, laser turret with double spring-loaded shooters and space for a minifigure, and a laser cannon with rapid stud shooter.
  • Snowspeeder features an opening cockpit, extending speed flaps and 2 spring-loaded shooters.
  • Weapons include Luke’s Lightsaber, 7 blaster pistols, 2 blaster rifles and 2 blasters.
  • Accessories include 7 Hoth Rebel helmets, 2 Snowtrooper helmets, and Wes and Wedge’s flight helmets.
  • Man the weapons and prepare to fire!
  • Jump in the Snowspeeder and track the enemy.
  • Keep a lookout for Imperial forces from the scout post.
  • Close the blast doors and prepare for battle!
  • Tend to the Tauntaun.
  • Hoist up the Snowspeeder ready for servicing.
  • Bring down orbiting starships with the devastating ion cannon!
  • Can Luke escape the ferocious Wampa?
  • Snowspeeder measures over 1” (5cm) high, 7” (18cm) long and 6” (17cm) wide.
  • Speeder bike measures over 1” (3cm) high, 5” (13cm) long and 1” (4cm) wide.
  • Power generator measures over 3” (8cm) high, 6” (16cm) wide and 5” (13cm) deep.
  • Wall section including ion cannon measures over 5” (15cm) high, 20” (51cm) wide and 11” (30cm) deep.
  • Trench section measures over 3” (10cm) high, 13” (35cm) wide and 4” (11cm) deep


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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Video Game Promises Unique Side Missions and a Collectible Minifig

 

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We mentioned in one of our post last week that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” now has an official LEGO console game which will be launched via Microsoft’s Xbox One. Knowing that previous LEGO Star Wars video games can be pretty straightforward, that is, it tends to be solely dependent on the original movies’ plot and storyline, TT Games promises to have a different take on the latest movie from the galaxy far, far away. This time, they’re throwing in some side missions – six of them to be exact- that explores some of the character’s back stories all leading to the events that transpired in The Force Awakens. These are six optional missions that pop ups after completing story missions based on the film or once a certain amount of gold bricks has been collected by players.

One of these missions tells how C-3PO got this red arm replacement. This is not revealed and explored yet, except in a comic series but were hopeful that the genius writers from Lucasfilm will come up with something that could be way cooler than the plot in print.

Another mission that Game Informer hinted on involved certain dangerous creatures known as the Rathars which were captured aboard Han Solo and Chewbacca’s new freighter, the Eravana. The Rathars are ravenous creatures rumored to be responsible for the Trillia Massacre. The game will explore how these Rathars were captured and ended eventually into the hands of our timeless galactic duo.

If the side missions are not enough to get you excited and placing your pre-order, LEGO sweetens the deal by offering a Deluxe Edition that includes a rare and exclusive 30605 Finn (FN-2187) minifigure polybag bundled with the Season Pass for the game. Available both for PS4 and Xbox One, ‘LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ will be available on June 28 this year.

 

This LEGO Paper Airplane Folding Machine Can Actually Make One – And Launch It

We’ve seen a lot of cool stuff lately on the different ways on how LEGO bricks can be used to make things easier: from dispensing tasty, chicken legs and nuggets, to dispensing toothpaste on a brush. These LEGO contraptions were meant to make things easier for us human beings in a funny, unusual way. So when someone thought, “Hey, let’s build a LEGO paper airplane folding machine,” it’s kind of hard putting it in the right context. Not at least if you’ll going to build as a tribute for a major electronics think-tank firm, and the one who’s doing it is a name that will appear on your screen when you Google, “World’s Best LEGO Robotics Designer.”

Truth be told, building a paper plane factory around the LEGO Mindstorm project is not exactly a novel idea. The idea was spawned already by a YouTuber that goes by the name ‘Hknssn’. Using more than 7,000 LEGO Technic and Mindstorm parts, she (he) showed that building the LEGO paper airplane folding machine, and being able to launch its product at the same time, is indeed complex rocket science. That was almost four years ago and as they say, technology eventually caught up.

In a similar vein, Arrow Electronics launched its campaign ‘Five Years Out’ with the expressed goal of encouraging innovation among young minds. What better way to do it than with the help of the creative minds behind promotions and marketing firm, Elevation Digital Media and the brilliant engineering and design skills of Arthur Sacek – and yes, it was his name that came up when Jon Stevenson, Director of Production for Elevation Media, Googled the flashy title.

Gizmodo has a pretty neat round-up of Sacek’s work including a Lego Pinblock animator, a copy machine, and a 360 degrees Milling Machine but none have been as wonderfully complicated as the LEGO paper airplane folding machine that can turn a single piece of paper into a flying contraption, and even launches it the end of the assembly line. The mission-inspired video excellently pictured Sacek’s machine, and the spirit of innovation behind Arrow’s work. You could almost feel that you’re part of something greater than yourself, as you listen to JFK’s ‘Why We Choose To Go To The Moon’ speech… OK, let’s put a break on the nostalgia, shall we.

Using multiple LEGO Mindstorms intelligent bricks, and quite a bit of custom code, Sacek’s design looks far more streamlined and reliable than the one we previously mentioned, both in aesthetics and final output of the paper-folded plane.

Arrow Electronics shared some of the behind the scenes action in the making of this LEGO masterpiece, showing how some parts of the paper airplane folding machine were designed and assembled. However, as it seems, Arrow and Sacek is a little keen in guarding and revealing their ‘trade secrets’, so it’s wise not to expect any instructions or building guides.  Perhaps we’ll have a better chance with Hknssn – if we can get in touch with her (him?).

LEGO Star Wars Rougue One Set Numbers Surface

I’m not really sure what the point really is when this happens, but we’ll post it because I’m sure some of you are interested. LEGO set numbers have surfaced for the LEGO Star Wars: Rogue One film. Just set numbers…no names or any further details. Sets will be released in October.

Here you go:

75152
75153
75154
75155
75156

One thing to note, these three will be build-able figures.

75119
75120
75121

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Check Out This Fun Micro-Scale LEGO Disneyland MOC on LEGO Ideas

Nowadays LEGO seems to be into micro-sizing things that it finds worthy of attention. Even with its own theme sets, LEGO will throw in a micro-scale or two – such as the replica of a mini sub in The Lost City of Atlantis, or the Phantom ship in the Star Wars collection. Nick Carlierti, a certified brick fan, pays tribute to his love for theme park fun with his own version of a micro-scale LEGO Disneyland MOC project submitted on LEGO Ideas.

It’s amazing how these micro-scale sets are actually recognizable as the locations they’re trying to copy. With such few LEGO pieces, Nick’s attention to detail is pretty awesome. We hope to see his creation gets the support that it deserves from LEGO. Once it gets the needed 10,000 votes, then it’s up to the toy company to consider it for production. The only difficulty perhaps might be securing the rights to actually produce the set and we won’t find out unless the set gets the thumbs up from the LEGO jury.

For now, check out this cool animation of Nick’s micro-scale LEGO Disneyland MOC. Want it? Support it on LEGO Ideas!

 

LEGO Classic TV Series Batcave (76052) Official Images, Release Date and Pricing!!

This morning LEGO officially announced their exclusive release of Batman Classic Series TV – Batcave. Here are the main details, with the official press release following the official images:

76052 Batman™ Classic TV Series – Batcave

Ages 14+.  2,526 pieces. Available March 2016.

US $269.99 – CA $329.99 – DE 249.99€ – UK £229.99 – DK 2499.00 DKK

Box Art

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LEGO Batcave 76052 Back of Box

 

The Batcave Pictures

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Vehicles Included

LEGO Batcave 76052 Batmobile

LEGO Batcave 76052 Batcopter

LEGO Batcave 76052 Batcycle

LEGO Batcave 76052 Batmobile

9 Minifigures Included

LEGO 76052 Batcave Batman Minifigure

LEGO 76052 Batcave Bruce Wayne Minifigure

LEGO 76052 Batcave Robin Minifigure

LEGO 76052 Batcave Dick Grayson Minifigure

LEGO 76052 Batcave Alfred Minifigure

LEGO 76052 Batcave Catwoman Minifigure

LEGO 76052 Batcave Joker Minifigure

LEGO 76052 Batcave Riddler Minifigure

LEGO 76052 Batcave Penguin Minifigure

 

Drive the villains out from Batman’s Batcave!

 Help Batman™ and Robin™ to drive the villain intruders from the Batcave, featuring a Bat Lab with Batcomputer, plus the Batmobile with stud shooters, Batcopter with flick missiles and the Batcycle. This special model, based on the classic 1960s TV show, also has a Wayne Manor section with an exterior wall to climb on and Bruce Wayne’s study featuring the iconic Batphone and a false bookcase that slides open to reveal the secret entrance to the Batcave. Before spiraling down the Batpoles into the Batcave, change identity from Bruce Wayne™ and Dick Grayson™ into Batman and Robin (separate minifigures included).

• Includes 9 minifigures: Batman™, Robin™, Bruce Wayne™, Dick Grayson™, Alfred Pennyworth™, The Joker™, Catwoman™, The Riddler™ and The Penguin™.

• This LEGO® model of the Batcave as seen in the classic 1960s TV series features 2 Batpoles for Batman™ and Robin™ to slide down, a selection of Bat-gadgets, helipad, plus a Batmobile and Batcopter.

• The Wayne Manor section of the model features Bruce Wayne’s study with the iconic Batphone, a hinged Shakespeare bust with secret button underneath, sliding false bookcase to access the Batpoles, and assorted elements including decorated wallpaper bricks, wall lamps, framed portraits, a framed fish and trophies. It also includes an exterior wall for climbing, with an opening roof for easy access to the Batpoles and an aerial element.

• The Batcave incorporates a hi-tech, 2-floor Bat Lab with Batcomputer element and a variety of detachable accessory elements, including a lie detector machine, table, chest of drawers, Bat-gadgets and test tubes with translucent elements. Also includes the iconic Batcave entrance for the Batmobile and a helipad for the Batcopter.

• The Batmobile features a dual cockpit with iconic Batphone, 2 stud shooters, an opening trunk, dual exhaust and sign stickers.

• The Batcopter has an opening cockpit for a minifigure, bat-inspired wings with 2 flick missiles, spinning rotors and a spinning propeller. A villain minifigure can grab onto the back of the Batcopter for more aerial battle action.

• The Batcycle features a driver’s seat for Batman™, translucent headlight element and a sidecar for Robin™.

• Also includes a cat.

• Weapons include The Joker’s TNT, Catwoman’s whip, The Riddler’s TNT and The Penguin’s umbrella.

• Accessory elements include Batman’s 3 Batarangs, rope, grappling hook and handcuffs.

• Includes separate minifigures for Batman™ and Robin’s alter-egos, so enter the secret doorway as Bruce and Dick, and slide down the Batpoles as LEGO® DC Super Heroes!

• Batcave measures over 18” (46cm) high, 22” (56cm) wide and 7” (20cm) deep.

• Batmobile measures over 2” (6cm) high, 8” (21cm) long and 2” (7cm) wide.

• Batcopter measures over 2” (7cm) high, 8” (22cm) long and 7” (19cm) wide.

• Batcycle measures over 1” (4cm) high, 3” (8cm) long and 1” (4cm) wide.