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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Order your copy today!

Remastered LEGO Harry Potter Video Game Collection to be Released in October.

Warner Bros, Interactive Entertainment has recently announced the release of the remastered LEGO Harry Potter Video Game Collection coming to Playstation 4. According to WB, the rehashed volume combines both Harry Potter games from Years 1-4 and Years 5-7 as seen from the books and films.

As it seems, LEGO and Warner Bros seem to amp things up with the Harry Potter video games considering that they also have J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world under LEGO’s toys-to-life umbrella, with the LEGO Dimensions Harry Potter Team Pack (71247). Take a look at LEGO’s official press release below.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Announces the LEGO Harry Potter Collection for PlayStation4.

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games today announced the LEGO® Harry Potter™ Collection, bringing LEGO® Harry Potter™: Years 1-4 and LEGO® Harry Potter™: Years 5-7 to the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system for the first time with both top-selling videogames remastered on one disc.

Launching on October 18 in North America and October 21, 2016 in Europe, this compilation unites the creative prowess of LEGO ® and the expansive world of Harry Potter, with an exciting journey full of spell-casting, potion-making, puzzle-solving, lessons, dueling and much more for players young and old to enjoy. Gamers can experience the entire LEGO Harry Potter adventure featuring content from seven books and eight films, with enhanced graphics, environments, lighting and visual effects, along with two downloadable content (DLC) packs. Sure to delight fans of J.K. Rowling’s ever-expanding Wizarding World, the LEGO Harry Potter Collection serves as a perfect gift for those eagerly anticipating the upcoming film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

  • LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4is based on the first four books and films—Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone ™, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ™, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ™ and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ™—allowing fans to experience Harry’s first four years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in full LEGO form.
  • LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7transports players through the final three books and final four films—Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™ and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™—to experience Harry’s last years at Hogwarts™ and his battle against Lord Voldemort™ in the ultimate fight between good and evil.
  • Character Pack DLCincluded on disc featuring 10 characters—Godric Gryffindor, Harry (Yule Ball), Helga Hufflepuff, Lockhart (Straightjacket), Luna (Lion Head), Peeves, Hermione (Pink Dress), Ron Weasley (Ghoul), Rowena Ravenclaw and Salazar Slytherin.
  • Spell Pack DLCincluded on disc featuring 5 spells—Cantis, Densaugeo, Ducklifors, Melofors and Tentaclifors.

 

Frankly speaking, it would be nice if LEGO can throw in some exclusive minifigs together with this 2-in-1 game bundle to make it more appealing. With TLG’s recent moves of releasing rehashed sets like that of the LEGO Star Wars Death Star 75159 and LEGO Star Wars Assault on Hoth 75098 (both of which have gained a rather notorious reputation), fans will be happier (and less disappointed) if LEGO can bring something new to the table.

The Playstation 4 Remastered LEGO Harry Potter Video Game Collection is now available for pre-order over at Amazon, retailing for $50 and with an expected release date of October 18.

What Does Spidey, Roller Coasters, and Bridges Have In Common? Find Out in Issue #23 of Blocks Magazine!

Issue #23 of Blocks Magazine is now available to subscribers which features plenty of Spider-Man action rendered in LEGO brick form, particularly on how to create the ultimate web warriors bridge, and even some tips on building epic LEGO roller coasters and theme park builds. Here’s Blocks Magazine’s press release of Issue 23, together with some snippets of what to expect from it.

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This month we look at Marvel’s famous web slinger, with a series of creations showcasing some of Spider-Man’s most iconic scenes, an awesome mod for the Web Warriors Bridge Battle set, Pink Arachnid in Custom Corner plus instructions for bulking up Spidey’s enemies.

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Elsewhere we enjoy summer with a trip to the fair, taking a look at some of the AFOL community’s finest work, sharing some brand new thrill ride builds and reviewing the Friends Amusement Park range. In sporting news, we have exclusive builds featuring the DFB German Football Team and instructions for building an Olympic running track.

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With cobbled streets in Technique, a mod for the Corner Deli and an inside look at the development of LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s another month packed full of LEGO fun.

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Issue 23 of Blocks Magazine is now available at Wildcard Toys, together with some pretty cool back issues that you may have missed. For the meantime, check out Jason’s flip thru video of Issue 23 which you can find below.

LEGO 2016 Christmas Ornament Revealed!

German LEGO fan site Promo Bricks has recently shared what seems to be this year’s LEGO Christmas Ornament in the form of a Toy/Tin Soldier. The said Christmas ornament was found at the back of a flyer that was distributed from a LEGO Store in Berlin and is labelled as LEGO Christmas Ornament 5004420 accordingly. The said flyer includes a voucher for the said seasonal collectible which can be claimed together with qualifying purchases in German LEGO Stores starting November 24.

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We’re still on a lookout for any confirmation from LEGO if and when the 2016 LEGO Christmas Ornament will be available in the US. The LEGO Christmas Toy/Tin Soldier 5004420 is a sure eye catcher, with its bright red and black color motif and Mixel-like google eyes – though the mustache may need a little bit of a tweaking since it looks like our little guy is biting on a bone or something (or perhaps it’s just me looking at it differently).

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This is one seasonal LEGO décor that any fan will surely have on their Christmas wishlist, and will be a great set to pair up with last year’s 2015 Christmas Ornament – Christmas Tree (5003083). Same as before, this year’s LEGO Christmas décor may either be a VIP exclusive or a promotional set within a limited time. Stay tuned here at Brick Show for more news and updates!

It’s Sensei VS Bird In This Teaser Clip From LEGO Ninjago Movie Short: “The Master”.

A few weeks ago, we mentioned that the LEGO Ninjago Movie will have a sort of a teaser preview in cinemas along with the release of Warner Bros. Animation, Storks. Following LEGO’s brand of humor, the said LEGO Ninjago Movie short entitled ‘The Master’, will feature Sensei Wu as he squares off against a feathered foe, The Chicken. Voiced by the legendary Jackie Chan himself, the wise-cracking Sensei Wu must rise up and prove himself as a worthy kung fu master by taking on a seemingly harmless bird.

Thanks to USA Today, we now have a glimpse on how Sensei Wu’s encounter with pesky, plastic chicken may turn out. Other than showcasing the Master’s fighting prowess, the teaser gives us a general look and feel on how the LEGO Ninjago Movie will play out. Check the teaser below.

It’s sort of shocking albeit funny, to see how a chicken can bring down a temple while slamming Sensei Wu to the ground. As it seems, the famed kung fu master has found his match against a clucking chicken voiced by actress comedienne Abbi Jacobson, who happens also to be the voice behind femme fatale Nya.

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Following in the tradition of the LEGO Movie, the LEGO Ninjago movie brings a new look and feel in animation style. As Brickset points out, while the structures used in the film seem to be made entirely of animated LEGO elements, new organic foliage and clouds have been introduced as well giving it a backyard feel and experience.

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The LEGO Ninjago Movie short is a humorous study in contrast between the control-obsessed kung fu master and the flightless harbinger of chaos. Director Jon Sunders, who also wrote ‘The Master’ together with Ross Evans, says “My writing partner and I went really off the wall showing Master Wu desperately wanting to star in his own short film, but this chicken keeps coming in and not allowing him to have his moment”. Ross further explains, “It’s control vs. chaos. Wu is this character very much in control of his entire world, almost obsessive-compulsive (about) maintaining perfect order. Chicken is free-flow and chaos. When Master Wu accepts that it’s OK his temple got ruined, that nothing is perfect, that’s when they come into harmony.” So how’s that for an object lesson. I guess no one is too old to learn a thing or two from a little, ‘harmless’ bird.

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The LEGO Ninjago Movie is slated to hit theaters next year, September 22, 2017. The film tells the story of six young ninja tasked with defending their island home, called Ninjago. By night, they’re gifted warriors, using their skill and awesome fleet of vehicles to fight villains and monsters. By day, they’re ordinary teens, struggling against their greatest enemy: high school.

 

LEGO Releases Latest Videos Dedicated To Its Rogue One Sets.

I guess it’s quite obvious by now that like most LEGO Star Wars fans, we too have been bitten by the ‘Rogue Bug’ – and no were not really talking about a big, nasty, rebellious bug here.

Ever since the release of the relatively underwhelming rehash of the infamous LEGO UCS Star Wars Death Star 75159, the spotlight has now been turned towards a more promising collection that has been causing a lot of buzz recently. Just in time before the first anthology film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, hits the big screen in December, LEGO has just revealed its new, highly anticipated collection of brick-built vehicles that will be added to the roster of iconic Star Wars machines.

We had a first look on these very impressive sets, plus an excellent commentary about our initial impressions of them. This time around, LEGO’s official site has received a massive makeover and they now have a dedicated page for their LEGO Star Wars product page including all of the eight Rogue One sets (buildable figures and vehicle sets) revealed a few days ago. The LEGO Star Wars page also features the most memorable vehicles and scenes straight from Episodes I to VI of the Star Wars saga.

To give us a sneak peak about the LEGO Star Wars Rogue One sets’ playability and features, LEGO has recently uploaded a collection of video shorts which you can access by clicking the links below, and first off is the Imperial Assault Hovertank (75152). Watch this.

 

75152 Imperial Assault Hovertank

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Help Chirrut battle the Imperial Assault Hovertank as it patrols the streets. This tough urban patrol vehicle has a two-minifigure cockpit and a rotating and elevating turret gun with spring-loaded shooters to target enemies of the Empire. And if the rebel forces hide out of sight, open the storage container, grab the blasters and play out your own mini urban battles!

 

75153 AT-ST™ Walker

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Go on the hunt for Baze and the Rebel Trooper aboard the All Terrain Scout Transport. Open the top hatch, load up the AT-ST Driver and move the legs to speed into action. When you’ve tracked them down, turn the wheel to rotate the top and prepare to fire the spring-loaded shooters! Can Baze and the trooper escape the advancing AT-ST?

 

75154 TIE Striker™

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Prepare for launch with the amazing TIE Striker, the Empire’s atmospheric patrol fighter! Open the minifigure cockpit from the top or front and put in the TIE Pilot. Help the Imperial ground crew member put supplies in the rear hold and arm the spring-loaded shooters. Then adjust the huge wings and launch into the skies in search of rebels!

 

75155 Rebel U-Wing Fighter™

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Open the cockpit and place the U-Wing Pilot in his seat. Fire up the engines and launch into the sky. Keep a lookout below with the transparent window, and when you spot the enemy, fire the front spring-loaded shooters and stud shooters mounted in the side doors. You can even fold the wings back for a bigger model!

 

75156 Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle

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When a tough transport ship is needed, Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle is the perfect choice. Put him into the pilot seat, open out the thick-armor plating and seat the Death Troopers. Lower the ramp and check the blasters are secured, then arm the spring-loaded shooters and seal the hull for takeoff. Raise the landing skids, lower the wings for flight mode and set off on another dangerous mission!

 

All of these LEGO Star Wars Rogue One sets are slated to be released to the general public starting September 30.

Toys R Us Bricktober Store Calendar Found In The Wild – Confirms TRU’s Exclusive Minifigure Collection Pack.

A few days ago, we reported on what seems to be TRU’s latest collection of limited edition, LEGO minifigures in celebration of its annual Bricktober store event. The said minifigure collection consists of four packs namely that of Warriors,  Athletes, Cops & Robbers, and Musicians minifigs.

Just recently, we found what seems to be a legit copy of TRU’s Bricktober 2016 October Calendar. The said calendar somehow confirms the availability of this latest LEGO promotional and TRU exclusive in the US. Check out our Instragram post below.

Similarly, we have a complete view of the calendar shared by Brick Vibe over their Facebook account.

TRU Bricktober CalendarAs you may have noticed, TRU’s Bricktober Calendar is highly similar to that of LEGO’s monthly store calendar. The way we see it from the above photo, the first week of October will see the release of the Musicians Minifigure Collection Pack, followed by Warrior Minifigure Collection Pack on the second week, the Athletes Minifigure Collection Pack on the third, and the Cops and Robbers Minifigure Collection Pack on the fourth week.

The TRU exclusive LEGO Minifigure Collection Packs will be given away for free for every single receipt purchase of any LEGO products worth $50 and more. Noticeably, the TRU Bricktober calendar also mentions of a FREE LEGO Star Wars gift for $30 worth of purchases of any LEGO Star Wars merchandise. The following dates are also marked on TRU’s calendar:

September 27 – LEGO Dimensions Year 2 series will be available.

September 30 – LEGO Star Wars Rogue One sets will be available at the stroke of midnight, including LEGO Ideas Caterham and LEGO Mixels Series 9.

The TRU LEGO Minifigure Collection Pack is expected to be available until supply lasts so if you’re planning to expand your LEGO collection, TRU is probably the best place to be next month.

 

Thanks to Brick Vibe for the additional info.

 

LEGO Ideas Announces Deadline for Its Second 2016 Ideas Review on September 5, 2016.

Mark your calendars! Earlier today, LEGO Ideas has set into the stone its deadline for this year’s Second 2016 Ideas Review on Monday next week, September 2. This means that submitted projects only have the next 3 days to gather the necessary votes to hit that 10K mark. Here’s LEGO Ideas official announcement:

As Autumn slowly creeps up on us, so does the Second 2016 LEGO Ideas Review deadline. Projects have until Monday September 5th at 12:00 midnight (Central European Summer Time or GMT+2) to gather support if they want to be considered in the Second 2016 LEGO Ideas Review. Want to help your favourite project reach the 10,000 supporter milestone before the deadline? Then help spread the word and push those projects to the finish line!

Projects that reach 10,000 supporters after midnight on Monday qualify for the Third 2016 review period ending Monday, January 9, 2017.

Currently, 12 awesome projects have gathered the necessary 10,000 supporters. Will any other projects make it into the Second 2016 LEGO Ideas Review over the weekend? You’ve got the power to make it happen. 

As of this writing the following, LEGO Ideas Projects have made it to the circle of the 10K club.

 

Women of NASA by Maia Weinstock

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Addams Family Mansion by afol777

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Voltron – Defender of the Universe by Lendy Tayag

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LEGO Observatory Mountain View by ThomasW

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Modular Construction Site by Ryan Taggart

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Merchant’s House by bigboy99899

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Plum Creek – The Little House on the Prairie by SeigneurFett

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Lamborghini Veneno Roadster by Firas Abu-Jaber

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Lovelace and Babbage by Stewart Cromar

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The Large Hadron Collider by Nathan Readioff

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Star Wars UCS X34 Landspeeder by Aaron Fiskum

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Spaceballs – Eagle 5 by Niels van de Keer

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Not far behind to make it to the September 5th deadline is the Hulkbuster UCS by Raymond Chow. As of this writing, it still needs around 1,100++ votes in order to hit the 10K mark. Additionally, LEGO Ideas have also mentioned that the first 2016 LEGO Review Results will be coming soon. With nine projects that qualified, the anticipation to know which among these projects will finally receive the thumbs up from LEGO’s team of reviewers and designers is no less than thrilling.

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What is your personal favorite among these LEGO Ideas project? Mine is Lendy Tayag’s Voltron – Defender of the Universe. Share us what you think in the comments below.