New Star Wars Trilogy and TV Series Could Spell More LEGO Star Wars Sets.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Last Jedi is coming to cinemas on December 15, the second chapter of the “Sequel Trilogy” for the sprawling space opera franchise by Lucasfilm under Disney. The final chapter, Episode IX, will not be until 2019, with a Han Solo prequel slated for 2018.

Even as these films are being churned out, merchandise is following in their wake, such as LEGO Star Wars’ expansive variety of models and minifigures in stores. Well, they’re about to increase further.

When Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy hinted at more Star Wars movies days earlier, fans assumed they would be in the vein of 2016’s Rogue One or next year’s Solo. But it turns out that they’re actually formulating another film trilogy with the help of Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.

This new trilogy will break the mold by focusing on entirely new characters, unlike Episodes I-IX, which always focused on a member of the Skywalker family. Johnson is expected to write and direct the first film of this planned trilogy, and be the producer on the other two. Here’s the announcement as shared over at the Star Wars Show.

In addition to this reveal, Disney CEO Bob Iger also made noise when he announced the development of a live-action Star Wars TV series for 2019. This is said to be a re-pitch of an earlier live-action series proposal by Lucasfilm long before Disney’s acquisition. The planned Star Wars: Underground was never produced due to impossible budget constraints, but might be possible now with the House of Mouse. Check out this visual from the original Underground pitch. It could finally be realized, and it will be on streaming.

All these developments could easily mean that more LEGO Star Wars sets may be in the works. It’ll be quite the wait, but LEGO Star Wars fans sure knows its worth it.

LEGO Ideas Support Recommendation: 123 Sesame Street!

UPDATE: We’ve updated this article to give credit to Ivan Guerrero for coming up with this much needed, LEGO Ideas project. 

LEGO Ideas has proven itself an effective platform for realizing the potential of many set ideas to become official and commercially available products. Some of these have become bestselling LEGO sets themselves, if the very positive reception of the LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312) is any indication of their popularity levels.

That set in question is an original idea by Maia Weinstock, but other LEGO Ideas projects could be based on existing franchises or intellectual properties. One particularly interesting idea that is currently in the initial Support Phase at the Ideas website is based on the iconic children’s show Sesame Street, and it’s looking for more likes.

The LEGO Ideas Project 123 Sesame Street set proposal in question is a depiction of the apartment building at 123 Sesame Street, wherein a number of the show’s most prominent characters – human and Muppet – reside. It was conceived by Filipino AFOL and longtime Jim Henson fan Ivan Guerrero (or  bulldoozer21 over at LEGO Ideas), who envisioned a tall and sprawling LEGO building setup, which opens to reveal its interior rooms.

 

The set idea would come with 14 minifigures of  well-known Sesame Street characters, from Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, Grover, Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Oscar the Grouch, to their classic human friends Gordon, Bob and Susan. Each character either has an apartment room, or a nook in the building to hang out at.

It’s amazing just how well LEGO Ideas this proposed set translates the various Muppet sets and exterior locations used on Sesame Street to create a whole unified structure that feels like an actual apartment building where the characters live and work in.

While the proposal, if made real, would probably result in one of the largest and likely more expensive LEGO Ideas sets ever put out, it definitely deserves a chance to have the attention that the LEGO Ideas Women of NASA is having now.

The 123 Sesame Street set proposal now has over 2,000 supporters, but still has a long way to go to reach that 10,000 spot. You can show your approval by giving it a thumbs up vote up over at LEGO Ideas and clicking the Support button for the 123 Sesame Street page.

Preview for Special Episode of LEGO’s Unikitty! Animated Series Released Via Cartoon Network.

If someone were to say that 2014’s The LEGO Movie from Warner Bros. was a “disguised pilot” designed on purpose to spawn a media franchise, well, they might be on to something. After all, one of the major supporting characters in the film went on to headline his own LEGO Batman Movie earlier this year.

After The LEGO Batman last February, and The LEGO Ninjago last month, more feature films are still on the way, one of them being The LEGO Movie Part 2. Now, another supporting character from the original film, Princess Unikitty, will be getting her own spinoff on television.

This coming Friday, October 27, Cartoon Network will premiere from Warner Bros. a special sneak preview episode of the animated series “Unikitty!” a joint American-Danish production from WB Animation and the Lego Group.

We first had a glimpse about this series when an ‘unintentional’ reveal was made through a trailer ad from Cartoon Network Russia last April. It was later on confirmed, and officially announced at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. The series stars Tara Strong as the voice of Princess Unikitty, a Master Builder herself, and ruler of the magical Cloud Cuckoo Land as seen in The LEGO Movie. A trailer for the preview entitled “Spoooooky Game,” was released this week and it promises plenty of fun and laughs.

Unikitty! follows the titular minifigure cat princess as she tries to rule cloud Cuckoo Land by spreading positive vibes and stamping down on negativity, though her efforts to do so can take a toll on her own temper leading to the occasional “rage-out.” She is accompanied on her adventures by brother Puppycorn, scientist Dr. Fox, bodyguard Hawkodile and Flain the firebird.

Joining Tara Strong as voice talents are Grey Griffin, Kate Micucci, Roger Craig Smith, Eric Bauza, and H. Michael Croner. With a theme song performed by Japanese metal idol trio Babymetal, Unikitty! will air the “Spoooooky Game” special at 6:15PM EST this Friday, on Cartoon Network. The series proper will start sometime in 2018.

Here’s A Wrap-Up of All Things LEGO at NYCC 2017

Last week’s New York Comic Con 2017 may all be over, but the waves of LEGO-related announcements released during the fan convention just kept on lingering. Unlike last year’s New York Comic Con, where LEGO introduced new sets such those coming from the DC Super Hero Girls theme, additional LEGO Batman Movie sets, and an exclusive Batgirl mini-doll raffle giveaway, this year was, well… a bit uninspiring. There were no new themes or full LEGO sets that were announced, but more of what to expect from the LEGO BrickHeadz line. Needless to say, this year’s LEGO reveals were pretty nice in themselves so here’s a wrap-up of everything that LEGO has revealed or announced during the said annual fan convention.

First off, we have the obvious emphasis on one of LEGO’s brick-built, pop-styled themes – the LEGO BrickHeadz. Love or hate them, top brass from The LEGO Group made the call, nonetheless, of having two of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars saga as this year’s prized LEGO NYCC exclusive and giving them the LEGO BrickHeadz flavor. This year’s NYCC saw a handful of fortunate LEGO fans bringing home their very own and exclusively numbered, LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite (41498). Straight from the classic Star Wars saga, this exclusive BrickHeadz set comes in at 329 pieces and is the largest BrickHeadz set to be offered so far.

Hot on the heels of this exclusive LEGO set is also the announcement of more LEGO BrickHeadz in 2018. Specifically timed with the theatrical releases of some of the most highly anticipated super hero films, these BrickHeadz feature a new line of sets based on characters from the Justice League, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Avengers: Infinity War. This gives the relatively new line of LEGO theme a total number of 29 collectible sets to eye on, excluding those that were exclusively offered during Comic Cons.

Next, we have more cool announcements coming from the good ‘ol folks of Warner Bros Interactive and TT Games. Also revealed during one of the NYCC panels, TT Games brought to stage several cool updates about the much awaited LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2. TT Games Head of Design, Arthur Parsons, revealed what fans can expect from the game’s Season Pass, which offers six Level Packs and four Character Packs boosting the overall number of playable LEGO Marvel characters to up to more than 260 characters.

Finally, it was also revealed at NYCC that the Black Panther will have his very own LEGO movie entitled Trouble in Wakanda. It seems that T’Challa will be getting a lot of screen time – not only with his own stand-alone and self-titled MCU film set to be released in February and the Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 in May, we can now also expect him starring in his own LEGO film.


Details about Trouble in Wakanda are scant as of the moment, and we don’t have any details of its plot or release date. What we do know is that LEGO seems to be focusing a lot of attention on a single, Marvel character since this is the very first solo superhero movie that they ever made. We do have a lot of superhero, brick-built movies before, but this is the very first film that is dedicated to a single character. Will this be a start of something like a series of stand-alone LEGO superhero films in the future, following the methods of both MCU and DCEU? We just have to wait and see.

It is also not far-fetched to consider that this might be another direct-to-DVD/Blu-Ray film unlike its big production movies such as The LEGO Movie, The LEGO Batman Movie, and the more recent, LEGO Ninjago Movie. My best guess is that it will be released alongside its theatrical MCU counterpart, the Black Panther, and may also come with an exclusive, free LEGO minifigure which of course will definitely drive sales of Trouble in Wakanda.

What LEGO NYCC announcement were you most excited about? For one, I’m looking forward to LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 and I’m sure our resident gaming guru, Brick Show Brian, already has his sights locked into playing and giving you a walk-through of this game. So be sure to follow his YouTube channel and keep tabs with us for more LEGO news and updates.

 

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Full Gaming Experience Will Come Unaltered in Nintendo Switch.

Good news for all Nintendo Switch owners! If you’re looking forward to having a copy of the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 for the Nintendo Switch, then you’ll be pleased to know that you’ll get the whole nine yards in the Switch, as much as in any other consoles. This is the promise given by Arthur Parsons, TT Games’ Head of Design during one of his interviews at last week’s New York Comic Con.

Speaking about the game’s availability via the Nintendo Switch platform, Parsons gave the assurance that the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 gaming experience and content will all be the same regardless of gaming platform or console. Most, if not all, of LEGO’s previous video games are known for being noticeably reduced in content for Nintendo releases – whether it be less characters, the absence of DLCs, or a shorter story mode. However, this time around, Parson emphasized that the Switch’s version will never miss a heartbeat in delivering the game’s vast open world and massive collection of playable Marvel characters. In fact, the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 co-op experience will be quite unique in the Nintendo Switch due to its split screen Joy-Con play. Here’s Fansided with their interview with Parsons.

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is a game entirely for the fans. Parsons spoke a bit about what the game will look like on Switch. Previous Lego titles were often heavily altered before releasing on a Nintendo console. This manifested in different ways: possibly fewer characters, a lack of DLC, or even an abbreviated campaign mode. Luckily, none of those will be the case this time around. Parsons assured me when Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 releases on Switch, it will be the exact same game as what’s released on PS4 and Xbox One. Absolutely no changes will be made, and the season pass will be available in its entirety.  The game will also feature split Joy-Con support throughout the game, including the arena and story modes.

The game’s newest story trailer has been released already, with the promise of more exclusive content when you pre-order its Deluxe Edition. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 will be released on November 14 and will be available across major gaming platforms such as the Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.

More LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Characters Plus Season Pass Revealed!

TT Games and Warner Bros. Interactive took to the NYCC stage their latest reveal of Marvel characters getting the LEGO treatment in the much awaited video game sequel, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2. Not missing on this annual comic book fan convention, TT Games’ Arthur Parsons and Marvel’s Bill Rosemann took the opportunity of announcing a ton of new Marvel characters that will make their debut as playable, LEGO minifigures in the highly anticipated video game. The New York Comic Con panel presentation also placed the spotlight on what LEGO Marvel fans can expect from the game’s Season Pass.

It is interesting to note that the game’s Season Pass pays homage to new and upcoming MCU films and series through its six (6) Level Packs which include Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and soon to be released Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and upcoming series Cloak and Dagger and Runaways. The schedule of release for these DLCs is still yet to be announced and it’s interesting to see how this additional content will tie up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe storyline.

The Season Pass also offers four (4) Character Packs, including Agents of Atlas, Out of Time, Champions, and the Classic Guardians of the Galaxy, giving LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 a whooping 260+ Marvel comic book and MCU characters all at your disposal. The folks over at TT Games went the extra mile when they painstakingly included nice background info (such as their profiles and first comic book appearance) on each of these 260+ characters which players can access during the game.

Speaking of characters, Parsons and Rosemann also took the opportunity to tease a handful of new LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 characters that will make their way into the game once it’s released to the public on November 14. Check out the screen grabs below. Thanks to Collider for providing the live stream with these awesome people of TT Games and Marvel, and to Brick Fanz for polishing the screen grabs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEGO Toys R Us Bricktober 2017 Minifigures Now On Sale At Select TRU Stores.

This year’s LEGO Toys R Us Bricktober 2017 promotionals are now up, and as we reported from yesterday, this annual LEGO and TRU promo have already kicked off in some parts of the world and has just recently began in the US. For its first wave of offerings during this week (October 1 to 7), LEGO purchases of $50 and above at any Toys R Us stores will entitle you to a free LEGO Bricktober Minifigure set  which is from the Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu theme.  Week 2 (October 8 to 14) giveaways will be the LEGO Batman Movie minifigs; Week 3 (October 15-21) the LEGO City Jungle Exploration; and Week 4 (October 22-28) will be a selection of LEGO CMFs coming from past series.

According to some reports we’re receiving from our brick fans, certain TRU stores, particularly in Arlington, Texas, are now even offering Week 2 series which is yet to be released next week. Furthermore, store clerks are even offering them for sale for $19.99 per set even without any qualifying purchases, including The LEGO Batman Movie series, which is still due next week. Here are some images snapped by one of our friends.

What I find odd is the fact that there seems to be an absence of any active promotions or marketing for these minifigure sets. According to reports, there are no visible in-store signages of any kind that hints on these Bricktober promotionals. Unlike that of last year’s where flyers were given away to promote 2016’s Bricktober minifigs, this year is somewhat lacking. This is only me speculating, but it could be that TRU has underestimated how popular these minifigure sets are and is now doing some regulating of some sorts to ensure that there will be plenty of sets to go around during the next three weeks, OR in light of their recent financial crisis and bankruptcy, advertising is one of the company’s activities that are placed in the backburner. Couple it with a rather low morale from their frontline store personnel, then you can expect a relatively apathetic atmosphere where you can easily get products that are not yet supposed to be offered.

We just have to wait and see if TRU will be consistent in its announcements and promo, and for the mean time please let us know if these 2017 Bricktober Minifigure sets are now available in your local TRU stores. Drop us a comment below if you happen to spot them.

Thanks to Justin for giving us a heads up.

LEGO Toys R Us Bricktober 2017 Minifigure Sets Official Images Now Up!

Toys R Us Germany has now released the official images of this year’s Bricktober 2017 Minifigures sets. Following the reveal of this year’s minifigure collection from TRU Austria’s promotional poster, their corresponding official images have now been released online. It gives us a better idea of what to expect from these sets which is quite frankly, one of the best that TRU offered so far.

These prized collectibles will be distributed first in Germany this month, and in the US and the rest of the world in October. There’s no official word yet on what particular weeks will these sets be released, and how to have these minifigs in the US once October kicks in, but based on previous TRU Briktober promotionals, we can assume that these minifigure sets will be given away for free with a minimum of qualifying LEGO purchase of $50 and above, exclusively at all TRU stores in the US. On the other hand, they will go on sale in Germany for 14.99€ per set and will also be given for free with a minimum LEGO purchase of 40€ and above.

LEGO Ninjago Toys R Us Bricktober 2017 (5004938) 
LEGO Batman Movie Toys R Us Bricktober 2017 Minifigures (5004939)
LEGO City Jungle Exploration Toys R Us Bricktober 2017 Minifigures (5004940)
LEGO Toys R Us Bricktober 2017 Collectible Minifigures (5004941)

Thanks to Brick Finder for the tip.

 

Remaining LEGO Toys R Us Bricktober 2017 Minifigure Exclusives Revealed.

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Yesterday, I reported on two of the four waves of limited edition, LEGO TRU Bricktober minifigures that the retail giant will exclusively release this year.  It was further revealed that these LEGO TRU Bricktober minifigure sets will be based on the LEGO Batman Movie (5004939) and LEGO City Jungle Exploration (5004940) themes, and now, thanks to the efforts of the Brick Samurai who managed to snap a photo of TRU’s promotional LEGO poster in a local store in Austria, we have an idea on what the two remaining sets are. Take a look at the image below.

As we can see from this TRU poster, the third revealed set seems to have been iterations of previously released LEGO collectible minifigures such as the Boxer from Series 5, the Hippie from Series 7, the normal human form of the Zombie Cheerleader of the Monster Minifigures Series 14, and the Sailor from Series 4. Based on this image grab, it seems that this set is listed as the 4th Bricktober minifigure set to be released within the month of the promotional.

The last (and ironically the first to be slated for release during the first week of Bricktober) is based on LEGO Ninjago Masters of Spinjutzu. Though we previously predicted that this will be lifted from the LEGO Ninjago Movie theme, the image below shows that this Bricktober set will be based on the TV series instead. Some of these minifigures are also new versions of the existing ones that we already have, including a White Nindroid (as seen in several Ninjago sets), a rather different version of Krux from Season 7 (Hands of Time), Neuro from the Season 4, and the Golden Ninja which is said to be the digital version of Golden Techno Kai. Though I’m expecting that this set will be from The LEGO Ninjago Movie, I’m not that all disappointed in this collection of Ninjago minifigs that LEGO has included in this TRU Bricktober collection. I appreciate how LEGO would tie-in these releases to correspond with their upcoming shows and programs.

Although the Austrian TRU poster indicates a release date of September for these minifigures, Bricktober in the US usually happens in October. So it seems that our European friends will certainly have an early share of these latest minifigure craze. Here’s the list or particular order of releases based on what we know from their boxes.

LEGO Ninjago Toys R Us Bricktober 2017 (5004938) – Week 1

LEGO Batman Movie Toys R Us Bricktober 2017 Minifigures (5004939) – Week 2

LEGO City Jungle Exploration Toys R Us Bricktober 2017 Minifigures (5004940) – Week 3

LEGO Toys R Us Bricktober 2017 Collectible Minifigures (5004941) – Week 4

 

Frankly, this year’s selection of Toys R Us Bricktober minifigures is far better than the bland selections that LEGO and TRU released last year, which is pretty generic. The LEGO Batman Movie series from this wave will certainly be on the top of my list, followed by the reboot of the Collectible Minifigures. How about you, brick fan, which is your personal favorite among these? Let us know in the comments below.

 

WATCH: The LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City 70620 Designer Video.

Last June, we saw the unveiling of the gigantically awesome – and third largest LEGO set ever created – The LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City (70620). Slated be released to the public in 1st of September, this highly detailed D2C set consists of 4,867 pieces retailing at $299.99. We already saw Ninjago City’s (70620) official images last June, and this time, LEGO has shared a designer video for this awesome set which you can see below.

The level of detail and effort given by these designers to create Ninjago City is simply insane! I love how the set is built from the ground up following a modular approach along its 3-level structure. The set itself is not just a compact version of Ninjago City as seen in the trailers of The LEGO Ninjago Movie, but it also offers a tour of the different sights, sounds and stores of the bustling city. The designer video is presented in such a way that it follows Lloyd as he travels around the city, exploring all of its nooks and crannies. There are plenty of cool details and play features that come along with this set. It even has a printed collection of a translatable Ninjago language which is fun to decode using the Ninja Language Translator.

Here’s a complete description of what to expect from The LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City (70620).

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City (70620).

Live the life of a ninja in NINJAGO® City!

Enjoy endless role-play fun in NINJAGO® City, a hugely-detailed 3-level model connected by a sliding elevator. Level 1 features a traditional fish market, house, a bridge over a stream, and a fishing boat. The second level has a modern fashion store, comic book store, crab restaurant with ‘crab-grilling’ function and cash-dispensing ATM. The vertical city is topped off with Lloyd Garmadon and Misako’s apartment, a rooftop sushi bar with sushi conveyor belt, and a radio tower. This action-packed THE LEGO® NINJAGO MOVIE™ set also includes 16 minifigures and Sweep the maintenance robot. 

  • Includes 16 minifigures: Jay, Kai and Lloyd Garmadon (each with new-for-August-2017 high school outfit decoration), Green Ninja Suit, Misako, Jamanakai Villager, Sally, Ivy Walker, Konrad, Severin Black, Tommy, Guy, Juno, Mother Doomsday, Shark Army Gunner and Officer Noonan, plus Sweep the maintenance robot.
  • Features a 3-level model (each level lifts off for easy play) connected by a sliding elevator, plus a traditional fishing boat.
  • Level 1 features a bridge, sewer outlet, stream with translucent-blue and translucent-green water elements, sliding elevator with room for a minifigure, traditional fish market with fish and crab elements, house with dining room and bedroom with sliding screen doors and foldout ‘solar panels’, Sweep the maintenance robot’s service station with assorted tool elements, and a taxi stand with telephone element.
  • Level 2 features a modern fashion store with 2 mannequins and assorted NINJAGO® product elements, a construction site with a bonsai tree, a comic book store with brick-built sign, cashier desk, comic book stand with assorted elements including collectible NINJAGO training cards, a crab restaurant with brick-built crab entrance sign and oven with ‘crab-grilling’ function, a cash-dispensing ATM, 15 bank note elements (ATM can dispense up to 13), and a movie poster display stand with 4 interchangeable movie poster elements.
  • Place the uncooked crab element in the oven, turn the dial and open the oven to reveal a cooked crab element.
  • Press the handle behind the ATM to dispense bank note elements.
  • Level 3 features a radio tower, modern rooftop sushi bar with sushi conveyor belt function and brick-built food, bathroom with sliding door, and brick-built puffer fish and squid sculptures, Lloyd Garmadon and Misako’s apartment with an opening window, bunk bed, kitchen unit and attic space for the Green Ninja Suit minifigure.
  • Turn the dial to activate the sushi conveyor belt.
  • Weapons include Jay’s chain with spike and Shark Army Gunner’s fish flame.
  • Recreate and role-play exciting THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™ scenes.
  • NINJAGO® City measures over 24” (63cm) high, 12” (31cm) wide and 16” (42cm) deep. 
  • Traditional fishing boat measures over 1” (4cm) high, 3” (10cm) long and 1” (3cm) wide.