So, we had our artists whip up some coloring pages for LEGO Nexo Knights…and we got carried away! We have 29 coloring pages of all of our favorite Nexo Knight characters. Click here to view them and starting printing and coloring! Here are some of our favorites:
Following up with the exclusive Toys ‘R Us scan-able LEGO Nexo Knights shield we gave you earlier today, we have 5 more to share with you. We did a flip-thru of the LEGO Nexo Knights Ultimate Sticker Collection which contains another 5 Nexo Shields that you can scan for your app. I’m not sure if these are all exclusive but I would bet some of them are.
Stronghold of Resolution
Toys R’ Us has an exclusive LEGO Nexo Knights shield that you can scan and get the Anvil of Trouble power for in-app play. I’ve taken a picture of it and included it below to save you a trip to the store.
DK Publishing is set to release some LEGO themed books based on its Build Your Own Adventure (BYOA) series sometime in August. With the successful release of their two previous BYOA series books also of August last year, LEGO Ninjago: Build Your Own Adventure and LEGO Friends: Build Your Own Adventure, Dorling Kindersley adds another two in the roster.
DK’s Build Your Own Adventure Series helps readers to have more building ideas under a particular theme. The third in the series, LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure comes with a 73-pieces, micro-fighter version of the Y-Wing Starfighter together with a Rebel pilot minifigure exclusively distributed with the book. The minifig is somehow similar to Dutch Vander as seen in LEGO Y-Wing Fighter (7658). Here is the complete description from Amazon.
A book with bricks that inspires kids to build, play, and learn, LEGO® Star Wars™: Build Your Own Adventure combines more than 50 inspirational ideas for building with enthralling story starters from the world of LEGO Star Wars.
Organized into five chapters based on different planets in the Star Wars universe, readers will use their builds to break prisoners out on Cloud City and spy on the Imperial Army on Endor. Model ideas will inspire readers of various ages and abilities, with an appropriate mix of easy, medium, and harder builds.
LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure will get kids inspired to build and play out adventures of their own, and it comes with bricks and instructions to build an exclusive LEGO Star Wars model to add to their collection.
Next to be released by DK on August 2 is LEGO City: Build Your Own Adventure. The set also comes with a free 99-pieces, Fire Truck set together with a Firefighter minifigure. Similarly, the book will provide you with several cool suggestions on how to come up with your own LEGO City building ideas. Here’s the official description.
A book with bricks that inspires kids to build, play, and learn, LEGO® City: Build Your Own Adventure combines more than 50 inspirational ideas for building with enthralling story starters from the world of LEGO City.
Organized into five chapters structured around different environments from the city world, readers will use their builds to aid a sunken boat in the city’s marina and help control a forest fire in a nearby park. Model ideas will inspire readers of various ages and abilities, with an appropriate mix of easy, medium, and harder models.
LEGO City: Build Your Own Adventure will get kids inspired to build and play out adventures of their own, and comes with bricks and instructions to build an exclusive LEGO City model to add to their collection.
Both books come in hardcover format and may now be pre-ordered via Amazon.com scheduled to be released on August 2 of this year. LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure retails at $24.99, while the LEGO City: Build Your Own Adventure retails at $19.84.
The LEGO Ideas Blog announced today the next two approved LEGO Ideas sets that will be coming to stores! They are the Adventure Time figures by aBetterMonkey and the Caterham Super Seven by Carl Greatrix. No official images or pricing yet available. The release dates were vague referencing late 2016 and early 2017.
Japanese LEGO builder Moko shared in his blogsite what seems to be a highly articulated, LEGO MOC that shows an unassuming LEGO brick transforming to a cool, ‘mecha’ or robot. The build is actually similar to the Autobot named Hot Rod as seen in the 80s animated series of Transformers. Based on a rough Google translation, the transforming LEGO brick was designed at a 1:27 scale of the typical 2×4 brick, big but comfortable enough to hold at the palm of your hand.
This particular creation is highly articulated, with plenty of joints that allow this MOC to easily transform from one mode to another.
It is highly posable as well, rendering the transforming LEGO block to do some pretty cool battle stances.
I wish I could get more info on our Japanese creator’s blog without being lost in Google’s translation. So what do you think of this particular MOC? Share us your thoughts (and interpretation in case you know how to read and speak Japanese) in the comments below.
The LEGO Ideas project, Jurassic Park Visitor Center, has hit 10,000 supporters and now moves into the review stage. This project created by LDiEgo features the iconic Jurassic Park location as seen in the original film. It comes in at 2,623 pieces and includes 6 minifigures: John Hammond, Tim Murphy, Lex Murphy, Donald Gennaro, Ray Arnold, and Robert Muldoon. It also features a molder raptor figure. The Jurassic Park Visitor Center now qualifies to move on to the LEGO Ideas First 2016 Review Stage. Read on for this project’s full description and other details. If you’re excited to see this as a potential LEGO set in the future, then be sure to keep with tabs with our blog site.
Over the years, almost every new LEGO movie licensed theme has been created to match with a new theatrical release. In the case of big movie franchises, some sets based on previous films were produced before the ones based on the new films. This has happened with “STAR WARS”, “Toy Story”, or “Indiana Jones”.
So a good reason to release a fourth Jurassic Park movie was the chance to see LEGO products for the previous films, right?
Strangely, the last product license ignores the previous movies and is based only on the last film in the series, “Jurassic World”. It looks a lost opportunity for such a license deal.
The key elements in the Jurassic Park films are the dinosaurs, but the movies are also filled with lots of iconic vehicles, locations, and characters with a lot of potential for a complete building toy line.
The biggest set in a utopian Jurassic Park Theme would be the Visitor Center.
This project features a complex building in the facade, as well as some rooms inside to recreate every scene in the movie:
- Main entrance hall, with two brick built skeletons: a sauropod and a Tyrannosaurus.
- “Les Gigantes” restaurant, with a gift shop.
- V.I.P. Dining Room
- Emergency bunker
- Showcase theatre
- Control room
- Genetics lab with cold storage room
The rooms can be hinged or detached for a better play experience. There is also space for a secret compartment at the main entrance, under the stairs.
The dinosaurs menu… I mean, the minifigures included would be:
- John Hammond
- Tim Murphy
- Lex Murphy
- Donald Gennaro
- Ray Arnold
- Robert Muldoon
And “The Big One” molded raptor (A.K.A. “Clever Girl”).
Model specifications (note that this could change if the project becomes a product)
- Pieces: 2623
- Measures: 43’1x 28 x 20’7 cm
Jason and Stephen posted what seems to be a legitimate box art for LEGO’s next wave of minifigures: the LEGO Disney Minifigures or 71012. A quick scan over the internet reveals that for most part, this image has been shared and discussed over LEGO fan forums and discussion boards.
Lego.gizmodo.com even came up with a brushed up, color-corrected and cleaned version of the purported image (via Photoshop), only to be ‘asked’ by LEGO PRs to have it removed from their site. Now isn’t that something… I guess PR really did some good promotions there.
Anyways, there seems to be one common thread among them and that is the source of this ‘shared’ image – and the firm conviction among highly respectable forum members who are in-the-know that this indeed 100% authentic. Forum members that goes by the name CM4Sci inEurobricks and CM4S in Bricksetforum was actively sharing the good news among other members. Though I have a strong feeling that they may be one and same for pretty ‘obvious’ reasons.
Comments from members were somewhat mixed and varied. However, another quick scan will show that there are some favorites that are slowly emerging, and some that are well, not so hopeful.
The ‘hopefuls’ in this much awaited Disney minifig set are, in no particular order:
- The Cheshire Cat
- Pizza Planet Alien
- Daisy and Donald Duck
- Peter Pan
The ‘dreadfuls’ whom some fans would avoid picking up:
- Mickey and Minnie mouse for “looking more like mascots” according to one forum member
- Buzz Lightyear, which looks off as compared to his first minifigure rendition (which is also by the way looks even cooler).
- Alice, since she looks a little bit out of proportions.
- Mr. Incredible having hair which makes him look more like a grown up dash, says another forum member.
- Genie which will somehow look better if the head came from a moulded figure.
As we always say, these things must be taken with a grain of salt. We will wait until the official set hit stores on May this year and will give you our impressions about it. So what do you think about this? Do you have your own lists of ‘hopefuls’ and ‘dreadfuls’? Let us know at the comments section below
There has been plenty of fan-built LEGO BB-8s all over the internet, but none like what Mark Smiley created and contributed at LEGO Ideas. So, what set it apart from the rest? This LEGO BB-8 actually rolls while keeping its head afloat, and Mark goes on to show that his rendition of the skittish but loyal astromech droid is made of 100% authentic LEGO parts. Needless to say, this might be the coolest LEGO BB-8 that we will see rolling around. Watch its demo video below:
Mark’s BB-8 received a great deal of thumbs-up from fellow LEGO Idea supporters, running at 2398 votes as of this writing. The interesting part is that it gained almost 2,000 votes since last Friday when Gizmodo featured Mark’s ingenious creation. As you may notice, the design of Mark’s BB-8 is reminiscent of that of Sphero’s BB-8 robotic toy.
Unlike, Sphero’s absolutely cool and sophisticated version, the build of Mark’s BB-8 is surprisingly simple. Using magnets that are bolstered up from a central axle and stabilized by LEGO weights, BB-8’s manages to keep afloat while his main body is rolling. It lacks any electric motor that allows independent motion, however, it comes with a desert-themed docking station that allows BB-8 to roll using hand-cranked wheels while he remains stationary. As expected, there is no standard LEGO piece for BB-8’s spherical body giving Mark experimenting on certain parts as the only option. After countless trials and errors, Mark found the perfect spherical candidate: the desert planet from the Sebulba Podracer and Tatooine set (9675). Mark said, “It took a lot of experimenting…I think I ordered one of every dome and ball-shaped piece Lego has ever made off of Bricklink just so I could try every option.” After a quick paint job, the desert planet of Tatooine now houses the mechanisms for this adorable rolling astromech.
Here is Mark’s commentary on his BB-8 design.
This unique BB-8 was designed with the primary goal of being able to move with his head staying up on top. The entire model was made using 100% Genuine Lego parts. His shells were of course carefully painted (and if this model is approved and created by Lego, the parts would come printed as so many Lego parts are). Inside you’ll find Lego weights suspended from the central axle that bolster up two Lego magnets. Those magnets are held up close to the top of the ball and attract the two magnets built into BB-8’s head. The head uses a cockpit dome (painted), hinge parts, and the smallest Lego wheels to skate on top of the body. The body’s shell started out as Tatooine from the Lego Star Wars Planet series. The total part count is around 180 pieces.
This Rolling BB-8 is super fun to fidget with, roll about, and satisfies a midpoint between static model and full-on electric RC. It would make a great addition to any Lego or Star Wars Fan’s collection!
We hope to see more support for Mark’s BB-8 (I certainly voted for it) as LEGO gave him an extra 182 days as a way of giving a thumbs-up for the project. Perhaps future builds will incorporate NXT programming. The design potential is limitless. Just visit his LEGO Ideas page and click Support if you like to see this coolest LEGO BB-8 roll out in LEGO store shelves later on.