New LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens DLCs – Rebels and Clone Wars Character Packs – Now Available!

The video game sensation LEGO Star War The Force Awakens now comes full circle with its remaining Season Pass offering of DLC Character Packs now available for download across multiple gaming platforms. Both packs – the Star Wars: Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars Character packs allow you to select new playable minifigure rendered characters and other special vehicles as seen in the animated series. There are five Character Packs that come with the said Season Pass:

  • The Jedi Character Pack
  • The Prequel Trilogy Character Pack
  • The Freemaker Adventures Character Pack
  • Star Wars: Rebels Character Pack
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars Character Pack

If you have purchased the Season Pass already, these DLCs come as free downloads. You may also purchase them separately at $2 each via your console’s online store. Here are some of the highlights of the last two DLC Character Packs.

 

Star Wars: Rebels Character Pack

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Bring the crew of the Ghost to LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens with the Star Wars: Rebels Character Pack. This character pack includes the street-smart con-artist-turned-hero Ezra Bridger, former Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus, pilot Hera Syndulla, strongman Zeb Orrelios, explosives expert Sabine Wren, and the grumpy astromech Chopper, plus heroic Jedi-turned-Rebel Ahsoka Tano and the deadly Seventh Sister Inquisitor.

  • Play as the crew of the Ghost from the popular animated series.
  • Playable characters and vehicles include: Ahsoka TanoChopperEzra BridgerHera SyndullaKanan JarrusSabine WrenSeventh Sister InquisitorZeb OrreliosGhost (Full-size Vehicle)Ghost (Microfighter Vehicle)

 

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Character Pack

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The Clone Wars Character Pack brings exciting characters from the acclaimed animated series to LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This character pack includes the Jedi Barriss Offee, Mandalorian warrior Pre Vizsla, dark side warriors Asajj Ventress and Savage Opress, Clone Army officers Captain Rex and Commander Cody, and the bounty hunters Aurra Sing and Cad Bane.

  • Exciting characters from the acclaimed animated series.
  • Playable characters and vehicles include: Asajj VentressAurra SingBarriss OffeeCad BaneCaptain RexCommander CodyHondo Ohnaka, Savage OpressRepublic Gunship (Full-size Vehicle)Republic Gunship (Microfighter Vehicle)

 

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The LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Season Pass is available for $9.99 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Steam (Windows PC). Players can also purchase the DLC Packs individually for $1.99 each. Follow LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens via its Twitter,  Facebook,  Instagram and YouTube channels and through its official website.

 

LEGO Star Wars Death Star (75159) and Winter Holiday Train (10254) Now Available for VIPs.

It’s September 15, and as mentioned in LEGO’s October Store Calendar, the much awaited Winter Holiday Train (10254) and Star Wars Death Star (75159) is now available for purchase for all LEGO VIP members. Though some LEGO Star Wars fan were not really happy about the rehashed Death Star which takes cue from its predecessor the 10188, LEGO’s intention was to give opportunity for those collectors who missed out on the previous model to own the iconic, planet-zapping, Imperial weapon. Not much has been changed with the design of the Death Star itself, save for some new minifigures that were exclusively added to the set. As we reported previously, the new LEGO Star Wars Death Star (75159) comes in at 4,016 pieces, including 25 minifigures (plus RD-D2 and an Imperial Astromech) and will retail at $500.

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The LEGO Creator Winter Holiday Train (10254) is the next D2C set that is geared towards fans of advanced train systems. It consists of 734 pieces, 16 curved track pieces which you can combine to make one circular track, and 5 minifigures. The Winter Holiday Train may also be upgraded with LEGO Power Functions (not included in the original set) to create a realistic motorized engine.

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Though being a VIP member allows you early access to these exclusives, which is great if you are really excited to have your hands working on these sets right away, it is also wise to put these on hold specially that the month of October allows you to earn double VIP points on your purchases. That will be great value for your money, especially if you’re investing on larger sets like the LEGO Star Wars Death Star. However, if you’re really eager to build these sets now, just head over at shop.LEGO.com and start clicking right away.

So are you excited for these LEGO exclusives? Tell us what you about these sets in the comments below and be sure to stay tuned at our YouTube channel for Jason and Stephen’s review of the new LEGO Star Wars Death Star and Winter Holiday Train.

LEGO Ideas Caterham Seven 620R (21307) Officially Revealed.

Yesterday, we had our first look at several official images of the next LEGO Ideas set that has earned the support of thousands of fans and the coveted thumbs up approval of LEGO designers. This time, LEGO Ideas blogger HasanJansen shares the complete description of this brick-built speedster that gives us an idea of the look and feel of this set. The LEGO Ideas Caterham Seven 620R (21307) comes in at 771 pieces, measuring at 3” in height, 11” in length and 5” in width. Set 21307 is expected to retail at $79.99, and is expected to be released on October 1 at all LEGO brand stores and shop.LEGO.com. Here’s LEGO’s official announcement.

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The wait is over! We’ve been polishing this yellow and black beauty all night so that we could finally present to you the first official images and details of the LEGO Ideas 21307 Caterham Seven 620R! Measuring in at 771 bricks distributed across 3” (10cm) in height, 11” (28cm) in length and 5” (14cm) in width, this Caterham contains stunning details to reproduce that awe inspiring Caterham look.

This LEGO Caterham is racing to a store near you with availability from the 1st of October, 2016 for a recommended retail price of USD 79.99 / EUR 79,99.

Here is the official product description: 

Build a LEGO version of the Caterham Seven 620R. This custom-made sports car exudes wonderfully nostalgic charm. Power steering? None.Electric windows? Gift. The Caterham Seven is definitely not for the fainthearted. Luxury is for wimps! Remove the nose, the bonnet or the engine, to see the authentic details of a LEGO model closer, which is intended only for true car connoisseurs.

  • It has a removable nose and a hinged trunk with four trestles. Bonnet and engine may be removed.
  • Build from LEGO® bricks an authentic replica of the Caterham Seven 620R to showcase the sports car as an exhibit.
  • Manipulated to switch the car on jack stands the wheels as a car mechanic.
  • Contains a booklet on the LEGO® Fan / designer and the Seven 620R.
  • This set contains more than 770 LEGO parts and offers children ages 12 and an age-appropriate building experience.
  • The model is 10 cm high, 28 cm long and 14 cm wide.

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Carl Greatrix, fan designer, and Henrik Andersen, LEGO Designer, share their insights:

“One of the most exhilarating drives I’ve ever had was out on the track in a Caterham Seven. It is brutally fast due to its light weight and tremendous fun to be in. It really struck a chord in my heart that I never forgot”, Carl Greatrix a.k.a. bricktrix_Carl explains as he talks about his love for Caterham cars.

This love turned to inspiration for his future LEGO Caterham model, Carl explains “When I got back into building LEGO car models I thought the shape of the vehicle would lend itself to being modelled well in LEGO bricks as it is very angular and if I could find a suitable scale then I would be able to get all the details into it that I would love to see”.

Henrik Andersen, LEGO designer, shared his enthusiasm for Carl’s work “Carl really did a great job of converting the real car’s shape into a LEGO version as both the sloping front and the hood are really complex”.

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WATCH: LEGO Shows The Power of One’s Imagination Through Its First Multi-Dimensional Build.

LEGO recently shared a video via its Facebook account that shows how a single, seemingly random brick-built figure can surprise in many ways. Calling it as the first ever multi-dimensional build, this MOC uses perception-based lighting to ‘create’ different shadow images at a turn of a knob. Watch this.

 

Originally conceived by scientist-artist John V. Muntean following the techniques of what he calls as Magic Angle Sculpture (MAS), he was commissioned by advertising agency Ogilvy and Mather in Singapore to come up with two LEGO builds, which at first glance, seems to be randomly shapeless. A MAS is essentially an abstract-looking object placed on a rod that does not seem to resemble anything until it is rotated and the “magical” shadows appear. Using a total of 41,883 bricks for two separate builds, the magic begins once light is cast at the MOC on certain angle (54.7 degrees) and allowing its shadow to be projected on a flat surface.  Turning it on each side allows you to see certain recognizable shapes that can easily pass for an individual MOC or LEGO build.

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Scientist and artist John V. Muntean with his LEGO Magic Angle Sculpture.

As it seems, each multi-dimensional build can project three distinct images: the smaller one casting shadows of a dragon, butterfly and a jet, and the larger build showing a knight, mermaid, and a pirate ship. The build rests upon a 3-sided base that has printed QR codes on its each side. The QR codes in turn, directs customers to suggested LEGO sets related to the projected images created by the multi-dimensional build. Muntean shows how he came up with these amazing builds through a time lapse video that he shared via his YouTube channel.

If you wish to know more about Muntean’s Magic Angle Sculpture or to see more of his original works, you may visit his website and browse through his collection and other cool information.

Max It Up With LEGO Mixels Series 9!

Though we’re seeing the end of the line for one of LEGO’s wackiest and most creative themes yet, the crazy gang of the Mixels aren’t just done yet. Coming in this October, we’ll be seeing what could be the last three tribes of the Mixels with its Series 9 collectibles. We already have their official images way back in April, and this time LEGO.com has updated their site to give us a look at how the Max versions of the Trashoz, Nindjas, and Newzers would like. The LEGO Mixels Series 9 consists of:

Trashoz Tribe: Gobbol (41572), Sweepz (41573), Compax (41574)

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Nindjas TribeCobrax (41575), Spinza (41576), Mysto (41577)

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Newzers Tribe: Screeno (41578), Camsta (41579), Myke (41580)

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If you’re planning to give away some brick-built treats during the Halloween, or to have them as gifts during the holiday season, then Mixels is a good alternative. Just don’t forget to stock up on them once they hit stores on October 1. Stay tuned for more updates and reviews on the LEGO Mixels line only here at the Brick Show.

Here’s Another Wave of 2017 LEGO Star Wars Rumors!

Hot on the heels of the latest sets rumored to be released under the LEGO Marvel Superheroes theme sometime next year, now comes another wave of unconfirmed reports (aka rumors) that fans of the brick-built galaxy far, far away will surely look forward to. We already know that we can expect around 14 new LEGO Star Wars sets to debut next year, and this time around Eurobricks Grand Dukes Klaus Dieter and CM4Sci gave us a few hints on how some of these sets will look like. Though these LEGO insiders have a reputation for stunningly accurate predictions, it is always prudent to bear in mind that these are all speculations until LEGO gives its press release and share to us the sets’ official images. The pictures shown below are for comparative purposes only and do not in any way represent the rumored LEGO sets.

According to Klaus Dieter,

I only can confirm following:

Duel of the Fates (75173)
– Darth Maul, Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon
– Location about same size and style like this year’s Carbon Freezing Chamber, but main colors are black, blue and grey
– It shall symbolize the room where they fight and Qui-Gon dies

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Desert Skiff (75174)
– Han, Chewy, Boba, Skiff Guard
– Only new minifig might be the skiff guard
– Boring since with minor changes it’s exactly the last version

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Landspeeder (75169)
–  Obi-Wan, Luke, 3PO, Tusken Raider
– Boring since with minor changes it’s exactly the last version
– Which is really a shame is that there’s NO BANTHA INCLUDED!!!

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The Phantom (75170) looked like a small version of an Imp. Shuttle and Yoda’s Starfighter (75168) like a dark green version of a regular Jedi Starfighter.

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The set with Lando (75179) wasn’t shown there. So either it’s a Rogue One set or an exclusive. All RO sets were only shown as black boxes.

 

CM4Sci also offered his observations on how some of the above mentioned sets look and feel.  Though he and Klaus may be describing the same sets, they don’t necessarily share the same thoughts and opinions about them, especially with regards to the Desert Skiff (75174).

From what I saw the Skiff (75174) is very different, it uses flex tube railings on both ends, and the front is made of those curved shell pieces that Exo-Force used. Skiff Guard used the Nadakhan hair. The Sarlacc Pit is also a new build with rounded corners and the oval canopy piece in dark orange.

Thrawn’s torso was white

The Duel (75173) set looked like a round, raised platform with a hole in the middle, one section of curved wall in a corner, and an attached passageway with a function underneath that I assume disables the laser grid in front of Obi-Wan

The Landspeeder (75169) looked close to the 2014 one but the front was a brighter tan, and the thruster engine things on top and on the sides had dark orange R5 heads.

 

So what do you think about these rumors and predications? As exciting as these are with the myriad of LEGO sets that TLG is poised to release, it is still wise to consider these with a grain of salt. Share us your thoughts by dropping us a note in the comments section below.

More Details On The 2017 LEGO Marvel Superheroes Sets.

Last month, we had a glimpse of things to come for LEGO in 2017. Though unconfirmed (unless we hear from LEGO directly or we see the official pictures), we can somehow expect that there will be more than a hundred sets that will debut next year under various active LEGO themes. We already have some them revealed by the LEGO Group a couple of weeks back particularly those from the LEGO Marvel Superheroes line. We know that the Red Hulk was given the LEGO treatment with the Hulk VS Red Hulk (76078) set featuring big figs (of course) of the towering powerhouses coupled with the minifigure versions of the She-Hulk and her counterpart Red She-Hulk.

Another line of uber cute Mighty Micros is also slated to be available next year with the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Mighty Micros featuring three pairs of the most notable heroes and villains from the Marvel universe.

Recently, Brickset has updated its database by adding what seems to be the official names and set numbers of two of the sets that we reported earlier, with The Brick Fan providing some insight on what could be the sets’ noticeable features.

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Captain America Jet Pursuit (76076) – Includes Steve Rogers Captain America, Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan), and Super Adaptoid.

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Iron Man: Detroit Steel Strikes (76077) – Includes Agent Coulson with Lola, an “All-New, All-Different” Invincible Iron Man armor with his helmet from the Mighty Micros Iron Man vs Thanos (76072) set, and a brick-built Detroit Steel.

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It was also mentioned that there will be a second wave of LEGO sets – with three sets to be exact – dedicated to the MCU sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which is slated to hit theaters in May of 2017. These 2017 LEGO Marvel Superheroes Guardians of the Galaxy sets is expected to be available just in time of the film’s release.

PokeMOCs! Gotta Catch Them All!

If you haven’t played Pokemon GO just yet, then you might be missing out on a ton of pocket-sized fun. Pocket monsters or Pokemon has been around for more than 20 years – and probably older than most players of the hit augmented reality video game. As of to date, the sheer number of Pokemon that Nintendo’s franchise has spawned is simply colossal. From a humble list of 151 original Pokemon, the roster has expanded to more than 800 creatures.

Paying tribute to the first generation of pocket monsters that started a worldwide trend, Master Builder Carson Hart has come up with his brick-built rendition of all 151 original Pokemons that you’ll surely want to catch. The fact that he was able to pull through all 151 Pokemeon MOCs is just phenomenal. See for yourself.

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Though you have to strain your eyes a little bit to see some of them, Carson’s clever use of bricks (or even just a single piece of LEGO element such as a minifigure head) never fails to impress. From smallest PokeMOC to the largest one, this is one LEGO pocket monster collection that I wouldn’t mind catching. I personally like how Charizard, Onix, Lapras, and Snorlax turned out. Perhaps Carson would like to consider this as a LEGO Ideas project. This will definitely get my vote.

 

Thanks to Brick Nerd for the share.

Complete Season 1 of LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Now On Blu-ray and DVD!

StarWars.com has just announced that the action comedy series, LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures is now coming to Blu-ray and DVD on December 6, 2016. With its season 1 being recently concluded, the 2-disc sets will include all 13 episodes with a bunch of great features. Read on for the full announcement from StarWars.com:

While they make a living scavenging throughout the galaxy, the Freemakers are finally coming home.

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – Complete Season One, chronicling the story of three siblings in a galaxy far, far away, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time on December 6. The 2-disc sets feature all 13 episodes from the animated series’ debut season and some brick-tastic bonus features, including “The Freemaker Adventures: Meet the Freemaker Family,” a fun collection of clips, behind-the-scenes footage, and cast interviews, and “Freemaker Salvage and Repair,” where you’ll visit the salvage shop as Rowan, Kordi, and Zander take you on a tour of the family business. In addition, each Blu-ray and DVD set includes six exclusive magnets. Get a first look at the box art below!

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The series, set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, stars three Freemaker siblings who scour the galaxy for useful debris that they use to build new vehicles of their own design. Rowan, the spunky Force-sensitive 12-year-old with a thirst for adventure, is voiced by newcomer Nicolas Cantu. His quick-witted older sister, Kordi, voiced by Vanessa Lengies (Glee), manages the family business and is the glue that holds the family together. Ace pilot and charming rogue Zander, voiced by Eugene Byrd (Arrow), is the oldest brother and the family’s self-proclaimed starship connoisseur. Lucasfilm’s Matthew Wood voices R0-GR, also known as Roger, a refurbished battle droid from the Clone Wars adopted by the Freemaker family. When Rowan discovers a natural connection with the Force through an ancient artifact — the Kyber Saber — he and his family are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Together, they explore new worlds, meet new characters and Star Wars icons, and have an unforgettable adventure.

Disc Specifications:
Format: 2-Disc Blu-ray; 2-Disc DVD
Ratings: US: TV-Y7-FV, CE/CF: G (anticipated)
Run Time: Approximately 286 minutes; thirteen 22-minute episodes
Aspect Ratio: 1:78 (Widescreen)
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Languages & Subtitles: English, French, and Spanish

For most minifigure connoisseurs out there, my best guess is that they are not really that happy (or excited) about this announcement, since this offer will not include a usual exclusive minifigure. In a rather interesting move, LEGO opted to bundle six exclusive magnets together with the Season 1 of LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures. I have to admit, the selling points of these videos are largely dependent on the minifigures that are usually bundled with them. It is not that the LEGO films or series are not good in themselves, but still, any exclusive LEGO minifig is definitely a good deal.

The LEGO Star Wars: Freemaker Adventures Blu-ray and DVD editions are slated to arrive in December 6, 2016.

Get Ready To Enter The Magical World of LEGO With Bricks Magazine Issue #16!

If there is perhaps one thing that every child (and childlike adults too) knows about LEGO, is the fact that it transports you to fantastical places where imagination and creativity reign supreme. From castles and kingdoms, to  steam-powered contraptions, there are no nook and cranny of inspired imagination where LEGO bricks cannot touch.

Issue #16 of Bricks Magazine exactly has this in mind with its closer look within the magical walls of the LEGO Disney Castle (71040), the eerie kingdom of the evil sorceress Ragana where she reigns from her Magic Shadow Castle (41180), several Steampunk-inspired LEGO builds, and the chillin’, classic build of the LEGO Creator VW Beetle (10252).

Here’s Bricks Magazine official press release with a couple of snippets of what you can expect from Issue #16.

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Bricks issue 16 scales the castle walls, wonders at the world of steam punk and how to accessorise the VW beetle and camper. 

Be they fantastical or historical, castles have long been of interest in the LEGO world. That is probably why they continue play a prominent role in the ever growing portfolio of LEGO products. We have seen everything from pink sparkling homes for princesses to haunted vampire retreats, classic fortresses and even futuristic castles mounted on caterpillar tracks. We have been spoilt for choice, with every taste catered for. 

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71040 The Disney Castle is the latest offering, and arguably the most iconic of all castles. Bricks delves inside these magical walls to discover all the secrets and nods to the Disney franchise. Every room and brick is explored to discover how this mammoth set captures all that is wonderful in the world of Disney.

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Lucy Boughton catches up with our favourite dragon, Miku, for the concluding part of the Elves dragon search which includes a dangerous encounter at Ragna’s Shadow castle, will she make it back safely! There’s a visit to the Mad Hatter’s house a detailed exposé of Michael Kalkwarfs modular castle system before James Pegrum illustrates how to build circular towers. This month we also look at the highly fantastical genre of Steampunk. We speak with expert builder Rod Gillies as he talks us through this Victorian-inspired alternate universe. We meet some amazing steampunk-style Ultra Agents before looking at the LEGO offerings that have been inspired by this style. 

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In addition to all this we get up close with the new Volkswagen Beetle set and explore some aftermarket kits specifically designed for it. 

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As always, there’s also set reviews, loads of amazing MOCs from around the world and much more to discover. Enjoy the issue and keep building.

With 124 pages packed full of inspirational models and exclusive features Bricks is the premier LEGO fan magazine. With a price of just £4.99, why accept anything less?

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