Emperor Palpatine Minifigure Revealed for LEGO Star Wars: The Dark Side

There are a couple of images from Eurobricks which show the full Emperor Palpatine minifigure from the new LEGO Star War: The Dark Side book. The minifigure has a black outfit with double-side head and a hood. The book will be released this August.

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Marvel/LEGO Licensing Partnership for Avengers: Age of Ultron

There’s some exciting news today regarding the new Avengers: Age of Ultron movie that will be coming out next year. Marvel Entertainment has revealed the licensing partners for the movie and one of the companies that will release products will be LEGO. There’s no word on what the sets will be or what minifigures will be included but it’s a safe guess to say the original cast of Avengers will be returning.

(Hat Tip: The Brick Fan)

LEGO Launches LEGO Fusion This Summer

LEGO has announced a new initiative called LEGO Fusion that blends physical play with the digital world. There will be four sets that will be released in August and September: Tower Master, Battle Towers, Create & Race, and Resort Designer. The free app that goes along with the sets is developed by TT Games.

NEW YORK, June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — LEGO Systems, Inc., makers of the world’s leading construction toys, today introduced LEGO® FUSION, a play experience that combines traditional LEGO brick play with familiar app-based game themes. LEGO FUSION leverages new technologies??and children’s fascination with them??to create an entirely new way to engage in LEGO brick building and app game play for children ages 7 and up. Available later this summer, the LEGO FUSION collection will include four distinct titles: LEGO FUSION Town Master, LEGO FUSION Battle Towers, LEGO FUSION Create & Race and LEGO FUSION Resort Designer.

Each LEGO FUSION experience consists of a distinct set of LEGO bricks, a corresponding free downloadable app and the new FUSION capture plate, a small brick building plate with a printed design that enables a smart phone or tablet’s camera to identify the size and colors of the LEGO bricks built onto it. In response to game prompts, children build vertically in 2-D on the FUSION capture plate, enabling the app to ‘see,’ import and transform the creation into 3-D in the digital world.

“Children have always imagined their LEGO creations as immersive worlds which come to life for hours of role-play and adventure,” said Ditte Bruun Pedersen, senior design manager, LEGO Future Lab. “Recently, smart phones and tablets have become a popular platform for empowering game mechanisms that kids love. LEGO FUSION brings these two favorite play patterns together in an experience where real-life LEGO builds come to life in a virtual game, inspiring creativity, strategy, and the pride of creation.”

To Win, Step Away from the Screen
Once a child’s creation has been imported into the game, a series of challenges and interactions requires that players turn away from the device and return to the real world to use their LEGO bricks to build new solutions in order to move game play forward. Each game encourages this back-and-forth between physical and virtual, keeping children engaged in both worlds.

“In our research, we heard repeatedly from parents that they are constantly battling ‘zombie gaze,’ the experience when their children are immersed in their device screens for large blocks of time,” said Pedersen. “We developed LEGO FUSION with this challenge in mind, creating a play experience that keeps children entertained with the kind of app gameplay they love while giving real reasons to return to the brick pile to creatively build.”

Each LEGO FUSION product offers a distinct play experience. The four products launching this year are:

LEGO FUSION Town Master
In this simulation game, players create and rule their own LEGO town, first by building it with LEGO bricks, then by capturing it and importing it to the game. Children build everything from houses to a pizzeria, fire station and bike shop while completing errands and missions like catching robbers, fighting fires and skateboarding. To keep the minifigure citizens happy, players solve problems through physical building and earn points to gain access to more structures, and even run additional towns.

LEGO FUSION Battle Towers
Players build a tower and defend it against attack so they can rule the kingdom. First, players design the Battle Towers with real LEGO pieces, then capture them and import them to the game. Next, players choose tower defenders like wizards and archers and battle against evil warriors, skeleton armies, and more. If a tower is damaged in battle, players can repair the damage with a timed build with the game’s real LEGO bricks.

LEGO FUSION Create & Race
In this racing game, players get behind the wheel and virtually drive the cars that they create with real LEGO bricks. Once a custom vehicle is digitally designed, physically built, and imported to the game, it can be optimized for success in racing, demolition or stunts. Players learn that every brick shape and color on the vehicle matters for performance. Three themed courses offer endless challenges unlocked by physical LEGO builds, and children can even ghost race against friends to top the leaderboard.

LEGO FUSION Resort Designer
Players help the LEGO Friends design new vacation houses, shops and activities for Ambersands Beach. After building 2-D facades, capturing them and importing them to the game, players can design the interiors of 3-D digital structures, such as an aquarium, surf shop and beach houses. Children can unlock new levels and build more resorts by completing missions like rescuing dolphins, riding horses, surfing and other resort activities.

Beginning in September, LEGO FUSION will incorporate the ability for players to access their digital LEGO creations and game play anywhere. Using their LEGO ID, players can sign in on any compatible device and access their gallery and game play from within the LEGO FUSION app.

Developed by TT Games, makers of the best-selling LEGO video game franchise, the LEGO FUSION Town Master, Battle Towers, Create & Race, and Resort Designer app games are free for download from the Apple, Google or Samsung App Store for Apple iOS and Android.

LEGO FUSION Town Master, LEGO FUSION Battle Towers, and LEGO FUSION Create & Race will launch in August 2014; LEGO FUSION Resort Designer will launch in September 2014. Each will be available for $34.99 in LEGO Stores and Toys”R”Us stores in the U.S., as well as online at shop.LEGO.com and at toysrus.com.

About LEGO Systems, Inc.
LEGO Systems, Inc. is the North American division of The LEGO Group, a privately-held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of creatively educational play materials for children. The company is committed to the development of children’s creative and imaginative abilities, and its employees are guided by the motto adopted in the 1930s by founder Ole Kirk Christiansen: “Only the best is good enough.” Visit the virtual LEGO world at www.LEGO.com

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure and brick and knob configuration are trademarks of The LEGO Group. ©2014 The LEGO Group.

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LEGO Minecraft Steve and Creeper Minifigures Image

News coming out of Eurobricks is that there is now an image of the LEGO Minecraft minifigures of Steve and the Creeper from the upcoming minifigure scale sets. Steve is your typical minifigure with a block head and he carries a pickaxe while the Creeper looks to be a brick-built one. The six sets will be available this sometime this fall.

(Hat tip: The Brick Fan)

New 2014 LEGO Legends of Chima Polybags

There are some new LEGO Legends of Chima polybags that will probably be showing up at your local Toys R Us stores in the near future. The first one Gorzan’s Walker 30262 which includes 34 pieces and goes for $3.99.

LEGO Legends of Chima Gorzan's Walker (30262)

The other polybag is which is a new entry in Brickset’s database, Fraz’s Phoenix Flyer 30264. There’s no word yet on the piece count or how this polybag will be distributed at this time.

LEGO Legends of Chima Frax's Phoenix Flyer (30264)

Finally, we now know the exclusive minifigure for the LEGO Legends of Chima: Character Encyclopedia that will be released this August. Hoth Bricks is reporting that it will be a character from the Phoenix Tribe named Firox.

(Hat Tip: The Brick Fan)

LEGO Lightsabers Reaches 10,000 Supporters on LEGO Ideas

The LEGO Lightsabers: Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker project is the latest project to get 10,000 supporters on LEGO Ideas. It consists of what the title says, two brick-built lightsabers representing what Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader used from the Return of the Jedi. There is also a stand to display them as well as a small vignette showing the duel.

Image of LEGO Minecraft Ender Dragon 21117

A new image of one of the new LEGO Minecraft minifigure scale has surfaced a few days ago. The image shows The Ender Dragon 21117 set which includes the boss mob and four Enderman mobs. The Enderman in this set are taller than the ones in the Micro World 21107 (see below). The set pictured above may just be a prototype and not the final version of the set.

LEGO MINI Cooper MK VII 10242 Announced

LEGO has officially announced the LEGO MINI Cooper MK VII 10242 and it will be available in August 2014. It has 1,077 pieces and will retail for $99.99.

10242 MINI Cooper

Ages 16+. 1,077 pieces.

Take this MINI Cooper for a nostalgic drive down memory lane!

US $99.99 – CA $119.99 – AU $149.99 – DE 89.99€ – UK £74.99 – DK 799.00 DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

Experience the iconic MINI Cooper first hand, with its classic lines, detailed interior and fun picnic theme.

Take the iconic MINI Cooper for a drive! This beautifully crafted LEGO® brick replica of the classic MINI Cooper Mk VII is full of authentic details, from the classic green and white color scheme with white wing mirrors and racing stripes, to the opening doors, hood and trunk, sporty fog lights, detailed engine and separate spare tire compartment. You can even remove the roof to access a tan colored interior with patterned seats, veneer-style dashboard, turning steering wheel, and moving gearshift and handbrake. And of course, no MINI Cooper would be complete without a picnic basket and blanket, the perfect accessories for a cozy day in the countryside!

Features opening doors, hood and trunk, spare wheel in separate compartment, detailed engine and 2 fog lights.
Accessories include a picnic basket, bottle and blanket for nostalgic picnic theme.
Authentic replica of the MINI Cooper Mk VII.
Classic green and white color theme with white wing mirrors and racing stripes.
Lift the hood to reveal the detailed engine.
Remove the roof and access the detailed interior.
Go on a countryside picnic with this iconic classic!
MINI Cooper measures over 4” (11cm) high, 9” (25cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide.
Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning
August 2014 via shop.LEGO.com, LEGO® Stores or via phone:

US Contact Center 1-800-453-4652
CA (English) Contact Center 1-800-453-4652
CA (French) Contact Center 1-877-518-5346
European Contact Center 00-800-5346-1111

LEGO, the LEGO logo and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2014 The LEGO Group. All rights reserved.

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