Build Better Bricks Launches Its Mushroom Series

Ok, here’s the thing: we now know for sure that the rumored video game deal between LEGO and Nintendo is now completely debunked, and no further talks about this kind of deal is seen on the horizon. With the most recent Nintendo Direct episode showcasing the latest upcoming Nintendo Switch titles, there was no iota of evidence that will hint on a possible Nintendo-LEGO collaboration anytime soon. Okay, that’s pretty disappointing but it’s also a good thing because I can always go back to the LEGO brick that I always loved. Thanks to the outstanding efforts of the LEGO fan community we can somehow fill this LEGO-Nintendo gap with our own creations. With this in mind, we now have once again our Build Better Bricks Master Builders with their own Nintendo-inspired, Mushroom Series.

These minibuilds are excellent for that Nintendo Super Mario MOC that you’re working on, and the best part is, B3 saves you from the hassle of going to Bricklink and provides you already with new and authentic LEGO bricks and pieces to work on right out of the bag. Each of these minibuilds already has their respective instructions and parts included so you can build them right away. Check out what’s in store with B3’s Mushroom Series by clicking on their links below.

The Hungry Plant

115 pieces; $19.99

Friendly Green Dino

27 pieces; $14.99

Red Plumber

36 pieces; $12.99

Plumber Power Pack

70 pieces; $19.99

In case you missed it, Build Better Bricks is also running a 20% off sale on its Arcade Series which will run only until today. This is a great deal considering the discounts – just enter the promo code ARCADEFUN upon checkout. So if you’re still working on that LEGO City Arcade MOC, be sure to check this out as well and watch out for more exciting creations coming from Build Better Bricks. Happy building!

LEGO DC Super-Villains Extended Gameplay Features Gorilla City

After catching a glimpse on all of the DC characters that will be included in LEGO DC Super-Villains video game, TT Games Developers Phil and Matt shares some of the new things to expect from the upcoming video game. Playing through the Gorilla City level, Phil and Matt demonstrates how things work in the world of LEGO DC Super-Villains.

If you recall, we already featured a 19-minute extended gameplay of LDCSV when it was shown in Gamescom 2018 at Germany last August. The said gameplay gave us an idea on how the overarching story evolved, and the different various customization of the player’s avatar aptly named as Rookie.

In this latest Gorilla City gameplay video, Phil and Matt highlights certain details about the new minifigure character designs such as those from the DC Rebirth re-launch. The Gorilla City gameplay video also showed the usual LEGO video game staples such as puzzle solving, the use of specific abilities to do specialized tasks (I love how the Reverse Flash’s speed can come in handy allowing access to the Speed Force and Luthor’s X-ray ability revealing mechanical parts behind walls), building certain in-game structures, kicking some minifigure baddies and a dash of healthy LEGO humor. Yeah, give it LEGO and TT Games in coming up with a LEGO banana and use it as battering ram.

We also get to see certain mechanics of Boss Fights, in this case with Gorilla Grodd going against Solovar. Phil also revealed additional boss fight levels where you are pitted against some of DC’s notable superheroes, such as Beast Boy and Raven in their own unique arenas, and many more. It is quite exciting to see how these things will turn out actually. It’s not every day that you get to stumble on a video game that allows you to play as the villains in order to thwart the good guys. Given the complexity of the different motives and agendas that each villain has – in this case Luthor going out of his way to recruit Gorilla Grodd, while the latter only wishes to gain control of Gorilla City and snatch it from Solovar – it is interesting to see how the plot thickens throughout the game.

The LEGO DC Super-Villains video game is scheduled to be released on October 16, and comes with a physical Deluxe Version retailing for $74.99.  Pre-ordering the Deluxe Version allows you early access to the game’s Season Pass and an exclusive Lex Luthor minifigure. While you’re at it, check out our initial collection of LEGO DC Super-Villains printable coloring pages.

All LEGO DC Super-Villains Characters Revealed!

Yes, September’s almost over and then, WB Interactive and Traveller’s Tales can finally unleash their upcoming videogame title LEGO DC Super-Villains. This adventure on the other side of the DC character alignment promises a veritable load of playable characters both villain and hero. How many? Apparently, somebody just found out how to take a peek at all LEGO DC Super-Villains characters slated to appear in the video game.

YouTube gamer TheHiddenBlade01 has just uploaded a video that might have spoiled the who’s who of characters available in the upcoming LEGO DC Super-Villains. Footage includes a screenshot of the rumored complete character roster in what seems to be the select screen; the photo for Reverse Flash is enlarged as if the cursor was on him.

TheHiddenBlade01 also zooms in on the image several times to pick out details on the villain (and hero) characters that the LDCSV player will have access to. Villains like Catwoman, Clayface and Gorilla Grodd are obvious since they were featured in previous trailers, but why are the heroes included too?

Possible theories for having the DC superheroes on-board among the villains include being a bonus for completing the story campaign, or acquired from there being a secret scenario with them involved. “Enemy mine” team-up and (shock!) brainwashing are also offered as possibilities.

It seems authentic, but for now we’ll consider this screenshot a rumor and we’ll wait until LEGO DC Super-Villains is out before we pass judgment. Anyway, the game is available for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, and will be released October 16.

Edit: The character screen image was taken from a livestream of EGX 2018 in the UK, so it’s all but official and authentic. The Brick Fan has compiled a list of all LEGO DC Super-Villains characters shown in this footage as you can see below.

  1. Custom Character aka. the Newbie/Player
  2. Adam Strange
  3. Anti-Monitor
  4. Aqualad
  5. Aquaman
  6. Ares
  7. Arsenal
  8. Atom
  9. Atomica
  10. Atrocitus
  11. B’dg
  12. Bane
  13. Batgirl
  14. Batman
  15. Batwoman
  16. Beast Boy
  17. Big Barda
  18. Bizarro
  19. Black Adam
  20. Black Canary
  21. Black Manta
  22. Blue Beetle
  23. Booster Gold
  24. Brainiac
  25. Bronze Tiger
  26. Calendar Man
  27. Captain Boomerang
  28. Captain Cold
  29. Cat Woman
  30. Chang Tzu
  31. Cheetah
  32. Chesire
  33. Clayface
  34. Clock King
  35. Commissioner Gordon
  36. Condiment King
  37. Copperhead
  38. Count Veritgo
  39. Creeper
  40. Cyborg
  41. Darksied
  42. Deadshot
  43. Deathstorm
  44. Deathstroke
  45. Desaad
  46. Detective Chimp
  47. Dexxstar
  48. Doctor Fate
  49. Doctor Light
  50. Doctor Poison
  51. Donna Troy
  52. Doomsday
  53. Eclipso
  54. Enchantress
  55. Eradicator
  56. Felix Faust
  57. Firefly
  58. Firestorm
  59. Flash Barry Allen
  60. Flash Wally West
  61. Frankenstein
  62. General Zod
  63. Gentleman Ghost
  64. Gizmo
  65. Golden Glider
  66. Gorilla Grodd
  67. Grail
  68. Granny Goodness
  69. Green Arrow
  70. Green Lantern Hal Jordon
  71. Green Lantern John Stewart
  72. Grid
  73. Harley Quinn
  74. Hawkgirl
  75. Hawkman
  76. Heatwave
  77. Hugo Strange
  78. Huntress
  79. Jessica Cruz
  80. Jinx
  81. Johnny Quick
  82. Joker
  83. Kalibak
  84. Kanto
  85. Katana
  86. Kid Flash
  87. Killer Croc
  88. Killer Frost
  89. King Shark
  90. Kite Man
  91. Klarion the Witch Boy
  92. Krypto
  93. Lady Shiva
  94. Lashina
  95. Lex Luthor
  96. Livewire
  97. Lobo
  98. Lois Lane
  99. Mad Harriet
  100. Malcolm Merlyn
  101. Mammouth
  102. Mantis
  103. Martian Manhunter
  104. Mazah
  105. Mercy Graves
  106. Metallo
  107. Mirror Master
  108. Mister Miracle
  109. Mongrul
  110. Monsier Mallah
  111. Mr. Freeze
  112. Mr. Mxyzptlk
  113. Music Meister
  114. Nightwing
  115. Omac
  116. Orion
  117. Owlman
  118. Parasite
  119. Penguin
  120. Plastic Man
  121. Poison Ivy
  122. Polka Dot Man
  123. Power Ring
  124. Psimon
  125. Psycho Pirate
  126. Ra’s Al Ghul
  127. Rose Wilson
  128. Raven
  129. Red Hood
  130. Red Robin
  131. Red Tornado
  132. Reverse Flash
  133. Riddler
  134. Robin
  135. Scarecrow
  136. Sea King
  137. Shadow
  138. Shazam
  139. Silver Banshee
  140. Simon Baz
  141. Sinestro
  142. Solomon Grundy
  143. Solovar
  144. Starfire
  145. Star Sapphire
  146. Steppenwolf
  147. Stompa
  148. Superboy
  149. Superman
  150. Superwoman
  151. Talon
  152. Terra
  153. Trickster
  154. Trigon
  155. Toyman
  156. Two-Face
  157. Ultra Humanite
  158. Ultraman
  159. Ventriloquist
  160. Virmin V
  161. Vixen
  162. Wonder Girl
  163. Wonder Woman

LEGO Cube Mobile Game Officially Launched in China

After last week’s series of teasers from LEGO and Tencent Games on several Chinese media outlets, the next LEGO-inspired online gaming platform is now unveiled. The LEGO Group has released its official press release launching its first LEGO branded mobile game in China dubbed simply as LEGO Cube.

This newest LEGO mobile game has been developed together with Tencent Games, and follows a sandbox format very similar to LEGO Worlds, while having the online gaming potential of Roblox. It is basically new territory for LEGO specially taking into consideration a host of concern regarding online safety for children and players. LEGO Cube is set to be available to the public at the end of this year, and we have to wait and see if a US version of LEGO Cube will be available soon.

Read on for the LEGO Group’s complete statement, following this video announcement for the LEGO Cube below.

 

LEGO® CUBE – THE FIRST LEGO BRANDED MOBILE GAME IN CHINA, DEVELOPED BY TENCENT GAMES

(Shenzhen, China, 19 September 2018) LEGO® CUBE, a sandbox game for Chinese players, was unveiled today at the “Imagination Creates the World” event by Tencent Games and the LEGO Group. This is the first mobile game developed under the strategic partnership between the LEGO Group and Tencent to provide fun, creative and safe digital experiences in China.

LEGO Cube is a sandbox game developed and operated by Tencent Games under the license of the LEGO Group, featuring LEGO bricks, minifigures and other iconic LEGO properties. It is expected that the game will be publicly available at the end of 2018.

In sandbox games players are not bound by the rules of traditional games. Rather than follow a linear story or structure, players are encouraged and empowered to explore the game world as they want. Creativity is at the very core of the game, where a players’ imagination is their only limit.

LEGO Cube provides an imaginative, creative and safe digital gaming experience and encourages players to explore, create and learn in safe open-ended play, leading to endless possibilities.  It also offers players opportunities to develop skills including: 3D design, construction and building and coding.

 

Sean McEvoy, Vice President of LEGO Games at the LEGO Group, said “The LEGO Group has more than 20 years of experience in creating fun and creative games that extend and amplify LEGO play. We are excited to preview our first branded mobile game with Tencent Games in China. LEGO Cube is a platform that will enable more children and adults to engage with the LEGO brand in China, empowering them to explore their imagination and creativity in a digital world.”

The LEGO Group sees digital media, such as games, apps and movies, as an exciting opportunity to add new, exciting layers and dimensions to the LEGO experience and make it relevant to even more children.

LEGO Cube is the latest offering under the strategic partnership between the LEGO Group and Tencent which was announced in January 2018. Based on a mutual understanding of digital child safety, the two companies are working together to re-imagine the digital future of Chinese children. The LEGO Video Zone was launched on Tencent Video in May 2018 to provide a fun, inspiring  and safe digital entertainment experience for Chinese children.

Paul Huang, Senior Vice President of the LEGO Group and General Manager of LEGO China, said “As a company with 86 years of history, the LEGO Group has always made safety its top priority, be that for our physical products or our digital experiences. Children are our role models and our most important purpose is to inspire them and help them develop through play. This means taking our responsibility as a company very seriously, since children’s safety is and always will be our most important concern.”

LEGO Cube will safeguard players of all ages with protection features on product and content design, user registration, parental controls and player-to-player interaction. The game will also require identity and age verification. This will empower children to play LEGO Cube, but on a dedicated server, featuring additional child safety measures. LEGO Cube will also feature an anti-addiction system to ensure a safe and healthy play experience.

 

Who Needs Card Boards When You Have These Custom LEGO Nintendo Labo

Here’s a great MOC story and an excellent example of unintentional (but awesome) cross-brand interaction. Fans of video games, particularly of Nintendo, would know that their Switch console has been making waves with its potential for multi-functional abilities. This is reflected in their Labo gaming/toy-construction platform, one of its best-selling points. Nintendo Labo kits consist of cardboard patterns that are cut out, folded and assembled into “Toy-Con” components that attach to the Switch unit and controllers to create new gameplay experiences with compatible software. It’s innovative and fun, but cardboard isn’t a notably sturdy material for long-term gaming. But what if there’s an alternative for it? Why not a custom LEGO Nintendo Labo?

There is, if you ask industrial designer and AFOL Vimal Patel (vmln8r on YouTube). He’s taken LEGO Technic pieces and assembled them into more durable alternatives for the default cardboard constructs of Nintendo’s Labo kits for the Switch. His first attempts in April were a kickstand and steering wheel; now he’s back with more builds.

A new YouTube video put up by Patel demonstrates his latest custom LEGO Nintendo Labo components used instead of the Nintendo Labo’s cardboard Toy-Cons. First he demonstrates more Switch unit grips; then we go to his piano alternative (with conventional LEGO pieces mixed in the Technic), a new motorcycle handlebar racing controller, and a sturdy fishing rod for the corresponding Labo fishing game.

Why do the LEGO pieces work? That’s because regardless of the materials used for the Toy-Con attachments, they only need the kit-included reflective tapes placed on the areas indicated by the building instructions so that the Switch infrared sensors can detect them. For more on vmln8r’s LEGO Technic developments for Nintendo Labo, you can also visit his personal website here.

LEGO Mobile Game Co-Developed with Tencent to Launch in China

Back when this year was still new, we covered an announcement of collaboration between The LEGO Group and Tencent in order to enhance the former’s online branding in China. Part of the directive is the co-development of videogames through Tencent’s Games division. This September, such a game is nearing launch, with a still to be disclosed LEGO mobile game.

This Wednesday, September 12, the Chinese micro-blog service Weibo was inundated with advertising from Tencent Games about their soon-to-launch new online mobile game that was co-developed with the Danish toymaker. It only mentioned the release date, but it served enough to drum up interest in China’s massive base of gamers.

Tencent Gaming’s ads go: “Today, we announce a piece of good news. After a strategic cooperation in January, Tencent and LEGO Group will unveil a co-developed game on September 19.” This title is slated to be the first of hopefully many LEGO mobile game and Tencent licensed games to China and perhaps the world.

It’s well-known that China is the current (and perhaps, now permanent) gaming capital on Earth. Its reported number of active videogame players is actually larger than the entire population of the US. And Tencent Games is also the biggest videogame company now, despite only owning developers with their own titles and not making their own.

LEGO’s Tencent game, set to be revealed next week, hopes to take advantage of a dearth of issuing new licenses for game titles in the country while the Chinese Communist Party tries to increase its control over the gaming market.

Aside from video games, the LEGO-Tencent team-up also plans to open a LEGO media section on the Tencent Video streaming platform, to host some of its wide library of animated TV and feature films and series.

Source: South China Morning Post

Playable Demo of LEGO DC Super-Villains to be Featured at UK’s EGX 2018

It’s close now to just being one month away before LEGO DC Super-Villains, the newest whimsical brick adventure video game from WB Interactive and Traveller’s Tales, is released for its various platforms in October. We’ve also showcased its story plot, various game features, and Season Pass a couple of days ago.

But I’m sure there are some fans of LEGO video games who would want more than just a new info-dump for LDCSV; they most likely want to get some hands-on experience with the new title, even if it’s only a short demo. Well, LEGO games in the UK are in luck.

That’s because two weekends from now, Birmingham will be playing host to UK’s biggest games event of the year, EGX 2018. It’s happening from September 20 to 23 at the NEC Arena, and they’ve got an impressive lineup of upcoming games to show off. And of course they will have playable demos, including of course, LEGO DC Super-Villains.

LEGO DC Super-Villains

Part of the Sony PlayStation 4 game showcase for EGX 2018 is its version of LEGO DC Super-Villains complete with demo, giving UK gamers a prime opportunity to test out this new experience of playing LEGO versions of DC’s greatest super-baddies to take on the parallel-universe Justice Syndicate and Darkseid.

Aside from the playable demo, there will also be a LDCSV game developer session in store on the last day of EGX, Sunday September 23. Arthur Parsons from Traveller’s Tales is on the spot then. Interested UK gamers who want in on EGX 2018 can get their tickets over here.

LEGO DC Super-Villains is now also available for pre-order via Amazon, and is scheduled to be released on October 16. As a side note, and while waiting for the game, be sure to check out our first wave of LEGO DC Super-Villains printable, coloring pages.

Check Out These LEGO DC Super-Villains Printable Coloring Pages

We’re just a month away before LEGO releases its next video game offering that promises a ton of super-villain content hailing from the DC universe. The LEGO DC Super-Villains video allows players a wide range of customization to even create your very own minifigure villain avatar. Plus, with more than 200 DC baddies to aid you in your quest, this next LEGO video game title gets even better with an upcoming downloadable content that further expands your roster of minifigure characters. It’s definitely a huge game that rivals its predecessor from last year: the LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2. While waiting for the game’s release, Brick Show’s creative guys have prepared a treat for young LEGO and DC fans out there.  We compiled an initial list of LEGO DC Super-Villains and rendered them in coloring pages that you can download and print. Simply click on the images below and either save them or print them directly to your printer. Check out these LEGO DC Super-Villains printable coloring pages and be sure to share these to your friends.

The Riddler

 

Commissioner Rex Gordon

 

Reverse Flash

 

Livewire

 

Lex Luthor

 

Harlequinn

 

Deathstroke

 

Darkseid

 

The Catwoman

 

The Joker

 

This is just an initial roster of LEGO DC Super-Villains printable coloring pages, and we will update this page as soon as more superheroes and high-powered villains are revealed in the next few days. The LEGO DC Super-Villains video game comes with a Deluxe Version that offers a Season Pass and an exclusive Lex Luthor physical minifigure. The game is available across major gaming platforms and will be released on October 16, 2018. You may pre-order a copy right here. Be sure to keep tabs with us here on the Brick Show for more LEGO DC Super-Villains update.

From the Rumor Mill: Will a LEGO Legend of Zelda Video Game Really Happen?

This piece of news (aka rumor) has been floating around social media sites since yesterday, that even LEGO-oriented blog sites started picking them up. Yes, you read it right: there have been talks around LEGO community sites that LEGO might have entered into a partnership with Nintendo to come up with a LEGO Legend of Zelda video game. It spread like wide fire that even Kevin Hinkle, former community manager for LEGO in the Americas, has joined in and gave his two cents on the matter over on Twitter.

Here is the Instagram post that allegedly claims to be the source of the rumor. An anonymous source claims that he or she managed to hack the Nintendo Switch eShop and was able to extract the following information from the site. According to his account, these are upcoming games that LEGO intends to announce later on through a Nintendo Direct Episode. However, due to the recent earthquake that hit Hokkaido, Japan, the scheduled stream of this Nintendo Direct episode was put on hold. As you can see from the list, a certain LEGO Legend of Zelda is mentioned.

Now it can be argued that LEGO is no stranger to collaborations with other video game companies and titles such as Minecraft and the more recent and still to be revealed, LEGO Overwatch theme. However, it is quite strange for LEGO to take a highly popular video game and render it in to another LEGO video game format. This doesn’t make sense because there is the possibility that this will compete against one of Nintendo’s video game titles, unless this speculated LEGO Legend of Zelda video game will have a new story line or will be a sequel (or prequel) of some sorts.

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Furthermore, the rest of the titles mentioned in this ‘leak’ seem to be dubious. I really don’t go with the idea that Nintendo will be comfortable naming one of its upcoming games such as WarioWare: Fart Mania, or Metroid Equestrian Races. The former will not go well with Nintendo’s sense of video game decency, while the latter seems to go against the very idea and character of the Metroid video game.

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Then there are licensing issues if ever Nintendo enters into a formal partnership with LEGO for future LEGO sets. Nintendo and LEGO must find a way to hurdle any proprietary issues that Nintendo entered and agreed upon with other companies in the past. For what it is, we have to take this piece of news with a handful of salt and to be cautious not to immediately jump in the bandwagon. These are all speculations and rumors that will be hopefully addressed once the latest episode of Nintendo Direct airs soon.

Credit for the featured image:  The Brick Addict via Instagram

 

LEGO Harry Potter Collection Coming to Xbox One X October 30

Way back in July, we got our very first hints of a return of two of the most famous LEGO Harry Potter video games in compilation, as the LEGO Harry Potter Collection. Both UK retailer Argos and the Game Software Regulations Board of Taiwan confirmed it coming for the Nintendo Switch. This week, new information on the LEGO Harry Potter Collection re-release was revealed. Aside from the Switch it will also be on the Xbox One X. Furthermore, that version’s release date of October is earlier than the Switch version’s November. And if that’s not enough, it’ll look even better too on-screen.

Here’s what the re-release blurb says:

The LEGO® Harry Potter™ Collection brings LEGO® Harry Potter™: Years 1-4 and LEGO® Harry Potter™: Years 5-7 remastered! 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 of all ages to enjoy.

 

Any old game getting a re-master on the Xbox One X would mean a visual overhaul into 4K graphic resolution. The above is one of the screenshots released for the LEGO Harry Potter Collection on Xbox One X. Notice the smooth renders brought about by ultra high-resolution.

The LEGO Harry Potter Collection combines the earlier titles of Years 1-4 and Years 5-7 into one massive package of adventure through the story of the Boy Who Lived, told in LEGO by Warner Bros. Interactive and Traveller’s Tales. Catch it for the Xbox One X this coming October 30.