LEGO Technic Wheel Excavator 42055 Now Listed At Amazon Japan and France.

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Last May, we showed you some of the pretty cool LEGO Technic summer sets that are expected to be released sometime during the second half of the year. One of the awesome Technic sets that fans are looking forward to is the gargantuan LEGO Technic Wheel Excavator (42055). Coming in at an astounding 3,927 pieces, it is by far the largest Technic set that LEGO came up with, and it surely shows in the size of its build, with the mini cabin and mining truck giving it a human scale so to speak that lets you imagine how the Wheel Excavator can be massive in real life. Such set is practically targeted towards older LEGO builders and AFOLs, with several power functions that allow you to control the conveyor belt and rotating bucket excavators. Though it is quite limited in its play value, building this set using almost 4,000 parts will prove to be an enticing challenge for any experienced builder. Plus the host of new Technic parts may prove to be useful as well.

Watch this video from Hobby Media for a closer look at the functions of the LEGO Technic Wheel Excavator 42055.

For Technic fans that are raring to have their try on the 42055, it is great to know that Amazon Japan and Amazon France have already listed this largest LEGO Technic set over at their websites with a release date of August 5 and August 2 respectively. There is no official release date mention as of to date at shop.LEGO.com but given the timing of its release, and the debut of another Technic release, the LEGO Technic Volvo EW160E (42053), as mentioned in LEGO’s August Store Calendar, we’re pretty confident that we’ll be seeing the Wheel Excavator anytime soon.

What do you think about this largest LEGO Technic set ever made? The retail price may be quite hefty, but do you think it’s worth adding to your collection? Share your thoughts and tell us what you think.

WATCH: Classic Batman-Themed, Gotham Theater Showdown Diorama.

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Most of us will probably agree that at 2,526 pieces, the LEGO DC Comics Superheroes Batman Classic TV Series – Batcave (76052) is one of the most impressive sets that LEGO has ever released in tribute to our crime-fighting caped crusader. But looking at how Paul Hetherington recreates the classic DC superhero as he squares off with his archenemy the Joker in this 1950s-themed Gotham Theater Showdown makes you want to wish that LEGO came up with this set. This latest MOC from Paul (aka LegoBrickbaron over at YouTube), is an offshoot from his LEGO Batman Joker’s Funhouse creation from two years ago. Other than its power functions and play features, Paul’s LEGO Batman VS Joker Gotham Theater Showdown brims with so much detail that it perfectly captures the classic art deco of the time. Paul’s ingenious way of using those brown, gold and tan elements in creating the pattern for the theater’s outside decor is absolutely wonderful. Even the logo and the background skyscrapers are so reminiscent of the 50s design that you will notice that it is made up LEGO bricks. Look at the finer details of this MOC as seen from this close up shots.

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Paul also provided a video about the several power functions of his MOC, which he took inspiration from the 1927 4,000-seater Marbo Theater in Chicago, Illinois. Here’s how he describes his set.

I thought it would be cool to create my own version of a vintage 1950’s BATMAN comic book cover in LEGO. Here is the setup for my story…..

Once again that Mad Harlequin of Hate, The Joker, brings menace to the citizens of Gotham. Beware as the Streetcar named Destruction advances into Gotham, and the Joker’s henchmen unleash horrible Joker Gas! Listen to the eerie dreadful laughing — has the Joker taken control of everyone?!? Wait — look above — that symbol of justice descending from the sky — The Batcopter! Piloted by the plucky Robin, The Boy Wonder and the courageous Batman! Are the tornado team of crime crushers in time to oppose the Grim Jester in the gripping tale of — Gotham Theater Showdown!!

Be sure to give Paul a note or two over at his Flickr account if you were also amazed by his original LEGO creation. Thanks to Brothers Brick for pointing us to Paul’s excellent work.

WATCH: Behind The Scenes With The LEGO Minecraft Challenge – Classic Tales.

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Last April, LEGO launched its first Minecraft Competition dubbed as Classic Tales. The idea behind the contest is for LEGO Minecraft fans to stretch their building creativity and problem solving skills to help Alex and Steve to escape a tight spot or a challenge that they find themselves in. Participants are encouraged to build their own solutions or models, snap a photo, and upload their entries via the contest’s Facebook page. Running for four weeks in a row, the team of designers behind the LEGO Minecraft series will determine the most creative contribution and will co-create exciting stop motion stories out of these.

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The winning contributions were rendered in four LEGO Minecraft stop-motion animations which were featured on LEGO’s YouTube channel on April 18 and 29 respectively. We’ve compiled the LEGO Minecraft – Classic Tales videos right here in case you missed them last April.

After a long overdue promise to fans, the LEGO Minecraft design team finally came up with a behind-the-scenes video highlighting the creative process that went through in making the Classic Tales episodes. From painstakingly combing through all the entries, choosing the best and most creative solution, and then brainstorming for the most entertaining storyboard, the LEGO Minecraft design team came up with the most creative solutions for Alex and Steve that uniquely carries LEGO’s brand of fun and humor. Watch their mini-documentation here.

The winners for the contest each received the shop@home exclusive LEGO Minecraft The Village (21128) coming in at 1,600 pieces and features 11 minifigures, the set retails at $199.99.

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The LEGO Minecraft Challenge – Classic Tales may long be over, but the endless opportunities for creative problem solving fun will always be around. After all, this is what LEGO is all about as this latest LEGO promotional video exemplifies.

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Take A Look At Our Review Of The LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman: Escape From Ra’s al Ghul 76056.

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Last May, we had our first look of the official images of the latest set under the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes line, the Batman: Escape From Ra’s al Ghul 76056. We’re simply excited for the set considering that we have three new minifigures that will debut together with 76056: for a price point of just $29.99, you’ll get 257 pieces worth of bricks, a set with 4 awesome play features, and new minifigures of Ra’s al Ghul, Thalia al Ghul, and Desert Batman. Here’s LEGO’s official description of 76056 for our reference, followed by Stephen’s review:

 

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Pieces: 257; Price: $29.99

Break out Robin™ from Ra’s al Ghul’s secret headquarters!

Take the enemy by surprise and crash Desert Batman’s Buggy through the gates of Ra’s al Ghul’s hideout. Draw your sword as you duel with Talia al Ghul™ at the top of the staircase! Evade Ra’s al Ghul™ jumping out of the Lazarus Pit and rescue Robin™ from the cell—but watch out for the swinging axe trap!

  • Includes 4 minifigures: Desert Batman™, Ra’s al Ghul™, Robin™ and Talia al Ghul™.
  • Features Ra’s al Ghul’s secret headquarters and Desert Batman’s Buggy.
  • Secret headquarters features 2 opening gates for Desert Batman’s Buggy to smash through, a winding staircase with a green diamond-style element and lever-operated swinging axe trap, Lazarus Pit area with translucent-green liquid-style element, a catapult to launch Ra’s al Ghul into battle, and a prison cell for Robin™ with exploding door function.
  • Buggy features 2 stud shooters and weapon holders for Desert Batman’s Batarang and sword.
  • Weapons include Desert Batman’s sword and Batarang, Talia al Ghul’s sword, Ra’s al Ghul’s sword, Robin’s fighting stick and an axe.
  • Accessory elements include Desert Batman’s mask and cape, Ra’s al Ghul’s cape and a black scorpion.
  • Also includes a comic book!
  • This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for children ages 6-12.
  • Ra’s al Ghul’s secret headquarters measures over 3” (10cm) high, 7” (20cm) wide and 4” (12cm) deep.
  • Desert Batman’s Buggy measures over 2” (6cm) high, 5” (13cm) long and 3” (8cm) wide.

As pointed out by Stephen in his review, the Escape From Ra’s al Ghul set is definitely worth the buck. Considering the play features that come in a small to medium sized set such as this, and with minifigures that will eventually be popular among minifig collectors, LEGO as it seems, did a great job in balancing cost and excellent features. From the Desert Batman Buggy, a staircase with a swinging axe trap, exploding prison cage, allowing Robin to escape, and the Lazarus Pit with catapult functions, the 76056 is one cool play set. It is already up and available over at shop.LEGO.com, and at all LEGO Stores with plenty of stocks to go around as of today. If you’re a LEGO VIP and are planning to get this set eventually, I suggest you take advantage of LEGO’s July’s promotional with its free exclusive LEGO Classic Knights set 5004419 which can be yours for a minimum purchase of $50 and more. You might have to hurry with this one because this exclusive will only be available until July 10 next week or until supplies last.

 

So what do you think of the LEGO DC Superheroes Batman: Ra’s al Ghul set? Will you consider getting one for yourself? Share us your thoughts in the comments section below.

LEGO Birthday Buddy 40226 Found At LEGO Servers.

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LEGO servers at cache.lego.com have been recently updated with a new set of building instructions that point out to a delightful party treat that everyone will surely enjoy. Named as the LEGO Birthday Buddy 40226, the set comes in 133 pieces and presumably in a boxed packaging. It resembles a chocolate cupcake with a candle on top, with a build reminiscent to that of the LEGO Mixels theme. It’s kind of cute and frankly speaking, and if you’re familiar with Nintendo’s pink puffball Kirby, then you’ll probably get the idea.

The Birthday Buddy is a birthday party themed set that is a good companion from last year’s similarly themed exclusive, the LEGO Birthday Table Decoration 40153. This popular seasonal set comes in 120 pieces and has a price of $9.99, featuring a pop-up jester minifigure and buildable numbers from 1-99 – a suitable birthday gift for any LEGO fan both young and old.

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Given the price per piece of the 40153, the LEGO Birthday Buddy 40226 may perhaps be a boxed set similarly priced at $9.99. We might also see the 40226 posted later on at shop.lego.com, at any LEGO Certified Stores, and at LEGOLAND parks. These are just assumptions though, so we’ll keep a close eye for more news about this set so stay tuned here at the Brick Show for more LEGO news and updates!

 

Thanks to Promo Bricks for the heads up!

 

Star Wars The Force Awakens Director JJ Abrams Gets The LEGO Treatment!

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Warner Bros Interactive and TT Games’ latest LEGO video game LEGO Star Wars – The Force Awakens has been out since last week and with it comes tons of bonus game features such as more than 150 playable characters spanning across the entire Star Wars saga. In a touch of LEGO brand humor, game developers included another character that will add a little more fun in an already awesome game. In case you haven’t unlocked him or have seen the walkthrough videos yet, you might be surprised to know that TFA director JJ Abrams gets his own LEGO minifig version and is now playable as one of the characters in the game. Watch this video from TT Games courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter (THR).

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As you can see, JJ Abrams’ minifigure rendition comes with a camera mounted on his back, a blaster and what seems to be a grappling gun on the side. It’s kind of cool how LEGO was able to transform the acclaimed director in this minifig version, including all the fine details such as his clothes, hair style and eye glasses. The camera piece he carries is a giveaway clue in case gamers can’t still figure out the semblance, though it is yet to be seen if that camera is of any use to JJ Abrams playable character.

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As noted by THR, Abrams is one of the two real-world characters that were included in the game, together with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “The presence of both executives was kept under wraps until after the game’s release as a surprise for those who dived into the block-build version of the popular movie,” Graeme McMillan of THR wrote.

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Director JJ Abrams and Producer Kathleen Kennedy gets the LEGO treatment!
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Unlike Finn, Rey, Hans Solo and the rest of The Force Awakens cast whose original dialogues were featured in the game, the JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy minifigures does not feature any voice acting. Nevertheless, the director and producer both gave their thumbs up approval for their inclusion in the roster.

LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens is now available via Amazon and playable across all major gaming platforms. If you haven’t tried the game yet, you might want to check out our first wave of video walkthroughs courtesy of Brick Show’s in-house master gamer, Brian.


Relive the galaxy’s greatest adventure in LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™ for mobile! Play as heroic characters from the movie, including Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO and BB-8, as well as Kylo Ren and General Hux.

LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™ immerses fans in the new Star Wars™ adventure like never before, retold through the clever and witty LEGO lens. Additionally, players will experience previously untold story levels that explore the time leading up to Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™.

FEATURES:

  • LEGO Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™ introduces exciting gameplay mechanics never before available in a LEGO game including: Multi-Builds, Blaster Battles and enhanced flight sequences.
  • Choose from multiple building options with the new Multi-Builds system to solve puzzles, or just to have fun. All actions advance the experience in different ways.
  • Leverage your surroundings as cover and engage in intense Blaster Battles to drive back the relentless First Order and emerge victorious.
  • Experience the thrill of high-speed, action-packed flight like never before, including arena-based aerial battles and dogfights.
  • Enjoy all new levels and characters with the purchase of the All Content Season Pass. Exciting content will be rolling out through the year.

Here’s A Look At The Official Images Of LEGO’s Exclusive July Promotional – The Classic Knights Set 5004419.

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We have another reason to be excited this month of July, especially after LEGO published its July Store Calendar.  Starting June 30 until July 10, LEGO VIP members will be treated to an exclusive promotional for purchases of any LEGO sets worth $50 and above. This is one exclusive that is expected to run out fast since it is quite rare that LEGO releases some of its classic collections, similar to their previous Classic Spaceman Minifigure (5002812) promotional back in 2014, and the Classic Pirate Minifigure in 2015.

This year, LEGO brings back another classic, coming straight from the medieval times – the LEGO Classic Knights Set 5004419. LEGO has uploaded the official images for this retro-themed set at cache.LEGO.com, which gives us a closer look at this impressive promotional. The box itself is exquisitely impressive that it is good enough to be a collectible. It even pays tribute to the older LEGO System by adding a touch of nostalgia with its box design and logo.

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5004419 comes with a Classic Knight minifigure reminiscent from the early 80’s as you can see from the free collectible stickers that comes bundled with it.

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For a promotional price point of $50, this is one extremely good catch considering the many exclusives that LEGO will be releasing starting this month like the LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto 1 & Ecto 2 (75828) and the LEGO Creator Big Ben (10253) just to name a few. You may also check out on Stephen reviews of the 75828 and 10253 over at our YouTube channel.

 

So what do you think of this month LEGO Store promotional? Let’s talk about it in the comments section below.

LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto 1 and 2 (75828) Now Available At shop.LEGO.com

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Since the release of the LEGO Store July Calendar a couple of weeks ago, fans have been raring to have their try on the newest LEGO set on an all-girl, femme fatale version of the new Ghostbusters featuring a remake of the iconic Ecto 1 and 2 vehicles. Starting this month, Abby, Erin, Jillian, Patty and Kevin will speed their way in pursuit of the dastardly Mayhem aboard their ghost-busting Caddie and motorbike. Take a look at LEGO’s full description below.

Speed after Mayhem with the LEGO® Ghostbusters™ Ecto-1 & 2 vehicles!

The demon is getting away! Pack the gear into the rear of the Ecto-1, start up the engine and help the Ghostbusters™ heroes get ready for a thrilling hot pursuit. Take aim and zap Mayhem to contain him in the trap or help Kevin join the fight on the Ecto-2 motorbike! Battle the flying phantom or role-play other fun scenes from the 2016 Ghostbusters™ movie.

Includes 5 minifigures: Abby Yates, Erin Gilbert, Jillian Holtzmann, Patty Tolan and Kevin, plus a Mayhem figure.

The Ecto-1 vehicle features Ghostbusters™ logo decoration, removable roof with paranormal detection equipment, seats for 4 Ghostbusters™ heroes, opening front doors, rear storage with opening door for some ghostbusting accessories, side ladder and an ECTO-1 license plate.

The Ecto-2 motorbike features a rear storage box and ECTO-2 license plate.

Weapons include 4 proton packs, proton sidearm and an ion shield gun.

Accessory elements include a PKE Meter, 2 traps and a toolbox.

Ghostbusters™ minifigures come with decorated arms.

Recreate and role-play action scenes from the 2016 Ghostbusters™ movie.

This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 8-14.

Ecto-1 measures over 4” (11cm) high, 8” (21cm) long and 2” (7cm) wide.

Ecto-2 measures over 1” (5cm) high, 2” (6cm) long and under 1” (2cm) wide.

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The LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto and 2 (75828) comes at 556 pieces and is now available at shop.LEGO.com retailing at $59.99. We had a first look at 75828 during this year’s New York Toy Fair back in January.

We also have tons of official pictures available for the 75828 which you can find here if you want a closer look. Stay tuned for Jason and Stephen’s review on this latest LEGO Ghostbusters set only here at the Brick Show!

 

UPDATE: As promised, here’s Stephen’s review of the 2016 LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto 1 and 2. Enjoy!


 

 

More 2017 LEGO Mighty Micros Revealed!

Two days ago, LEGO gave us a glimpse of their 2017 DC Superheroes Mighty Micros, expected to debut at the San Diego Comic-Con this month. Hot off the trail from this reveal, LEGO has just posted via their Facebook page a variant to their miniaturized, adorable creations.  We now have our first glimpse of LEGO’s Marvel Superheroes Mighty Micros line. Though LEGO has not yet provided the official names of these three pairs, guessing what they might be called based on these images, is a no-brainer.

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Wolverine VS Magneto

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Iron Man VS Thanos

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It’s kind of cute to see how LEGO was able to pattern these Mighty Micros vehicles similar to the color and personality of the superheroes/villains that ride them. Personally, I like how Magneto’s ride was built, highlighting the U-shape magnet on his car. The same goes for Thanos and his obsession to take hold of what’s known as the Infinity Gauntlet.

Similar to their DC counterparts, LEGO will showcase these sets at SDCC 2016 from July 21 to 24. However, they will be made available to the public by January next year retailing at $9.99. It seems that LEGO will have something under its sleeve, with more sets to be revealed as they walk the road leading to this year’s San Diego Comic Con. So be sure to bookmark our site for more LEGO news update only here at the Brick Show!

Finally! Here’s Our First Look On The Sonic LEGO Dimensions Minifigure.

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LEGO Dimensions Series 2 has been making huge waves in the gaming industry with its tons of great reveals during last month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). With a total of 30 licenses under its banner, it’s continually expanding selection of both classic and recent titles make LEGO Dimensions an enticing, and fun video game for the entire family. With more characters to be revealed , we now have our first look at one of LEGO Dimensions’ most anticipated minifigures.

Thanks to TT Games Producer Mark Warburton’s playful take on this latest wave of LEGO Dimensions, we managed to catch up with the fastest hedgehog on the face of the planet. Take a look at the images that Warburton posted on his Twitter page, just a couple of moments ago.

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As it turns out, this is Sonic’s first public appearance in LEGO minifigure form which will be released in a Level Pack sometime in November. Though Warburton might have intentionally emphasized Sonic’s left side, still, the image says it all. LEGO deserves a pat on the shoulder for the impressive detailing of Sonic’s head piece.

The remaining, undisclosed LEGO Dimensions Series 2 is expected to be released in three consecutive waves sometime in November, and January and March next year. Wave 1 of Series 2 is expected to hit toy and gaming shelves on September 27, consisting of iconic characters from Harry Potter, the A-Team and Mission Impossible just to name a few. Grab this chance to be the one of the very first to own these groundbreaking LEGO Dimensions sets by pre-ordering at Wildcard Toys.