Let’s Get Dangerous… with this LEGO BrickHeadz Darkwing Duck Builds!

If there is such a thing as a Golden Age of Saturday morning Disney cartoons, then I will bet my LEGO bricks in that period between the late 80s until the 90s. Growing up in this period of classic cartoons is like falling in love with Disney TV shows for the very first time. One particular show in mind that wooed me in anticipation every week (other than the globe-trottin’ and treasure-seeking adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his posse of feathered-friends in DuckTales), is the high-flying vigilante missions of Darkwing Duck. The fun and fast-paced tone of the show defined an era of Disney morning cartoons that became largely a part of my childhood. If you were not around yet during the heyday of these shows, then I suggest you check out the video below.

Now that Disney XD is off to launch a reboot of DuckTales which will air on August 12, feelings of nostalgia have swept the hearts of most fans of the show. We may no longer be that same wide-eyed kid that sat in front of the TV screen amazed by the adventures of Darkwing Duck and Launchpad McQuack, but our love for the show is still definitely there. Perhaps this is what master builder Okay Yaramanoglu has in mind in creating these LEGO BrickHeadz versions of the show’s characters. Rendered using LEGO Digital Designer (LDD), these versions of Darkwing, Launchpad, Scrooge McDuck and Gizmoduck are all ready to get dangerous.

I like the way Scrooge’s spectacles were conveyed using a pair of clear studs, while Launchpad signature lock of orange feathers was cleverly represented by a minifigure headpiece. Most of Yaramanoglu’s BrickHeadz MOCs follows a 90s cartoon theme, including other Disney TV franchises such as Chip n Dale’s Rescue Rangers and TaleSpin. He even created BrickHeadz versions of the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles straight from the 80s. These LEGO BrickHeadz MOCs from Yaramanoglu are also his entries for Brickset’s 2017 BrickHeadz Competition. If you’re a fan of this chibi builds, and you wish to submit an entry before the contest’s deadline on August 31, then visiting the contest’s Flickr site may help you draw some inspiration.

Happy building everyone!

 

 

 

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LEGO Dimensions Wave 9 Gameplay Highlighted at Day 1 of E3.

In continuing with today’s presentation, WB Games has just revealed how the newest characters from LEGO Dimensions Wave 9 will play out from LD’s portal. Officially revealed a couple of weeks back, these Wave 9 characters include Teen Titans GO, Powerpuff Girls, and Beetlejuice. During the presentation, TT Games’ Head of Design Arthur Parsons was joined by Game Director Jimmy McLoughlin, and Gail Simone, DC Comics Writer in talking about what is new about the level of gameplay with these new characters.

For Teen Titans GO! for example, the interesting part is you can get to play with the TTG versions of Robin and Cyborg just by placing the toytags of Wave 1’s Cyborg Fun Pack (71210) and Wave 8’s Robin as seen in The LEGO Batman Movie: Play the Complete Movie Story Pack (71264).

It was also later on revealed that playing the Teen Titans GO! Team Pack (71255) will allow access to an exclusive in-game episode that shows the Teen Titans having a blast in a LEGO building contest. Apparently, Raven does not like how the odds are going against her, so she decided to open a portal in a LEGO world inside Cyborg’s maze to get the upper hand, and as you may guess, things get crazier from there.

LEGO Dimensions Wave 9 will be out starting September 12 of this year. In case you missed it, here’s WB Games’ complete Day 1 presentation at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo 2017, followed by the LEGO Dimensions Teen Titans GO! official trailer. Stay tuned again tomorrow for more reveals at Day 2 of E3 2017.

 

 

 

Amazon France Releases More Official Images of 2017 LEGO Nexo Knights Summer Sets.

This piece of news has been floating around for quite some time, but seems to have fallen off the radar. LEGO is definitely preparing the way for its next batch of offerings, as its servers have been gradually uploading official images of its summer sets slated to be released in June. We already saw the additional images of this year’s MCU-themed sets, which includes those from LEGO Marvel Superheroes’ Spiderman Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok.  This time, Amazon France released additional images of the LEGO Nexo Knights summer sets, with a scheduled release date of June 1. These sets include the vehicles and stone army monsters as seen in Season 4 of the series. LEGO servers don’t include them yet in their database, but since Amazon France has taken the initiative of listing them for pre-order, it will not be long until we see them posted at shop.LEGO.com as well.

I understand that not everyone is that optimistic nor excited about the Nexo Knights theme, with some pointing out to its relatively unattractive, seemingly hodgepodge design only to be worsened by its unappealling, translucent blue and orange color scheme. There are even rumors floating around that LEGO might be pulling the plug on the Nexo Knights theme, even to the extent of not releasing this year’s summer sets. However, as we can see from Amazon’s French website, there is still life on this underrated theme. I guess we just have to wait and see for what the future holds for our heroes of Knighton. For the mean time, let’s take a look at these images.

 

The Heligoyle (70353); Price: $29.99; Pieces: 318

 

Axl’s Rumble Maker (70354); Price: $39.99; Pieces: 318

 

Aaron’s Rock Climber (70355); Price: $59.99; Pieces: 598

 

The Stone Colossus of Ultimate Destruction (70356); Price: $69.99; Pieces: 785

 

Knighton Castle (70357); Price: $129.99; Pieces: 1426

 

Aaron’s Stone Destroyer (70358); Price: $24.99; Pieces: 251

 

Macy’s Bot Drop Dragon (70361); Price: $14.99; Pieces: 153

 

 

 

SWCO 2017 Sums Up Everything We Need To Know About Season 2 of LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures.

The Freemakers are off for another season in LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, and thanks to the reveals shared by execs Bill Motz and Bob Roth during the Freemaker Adventures Panel at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, we now have more information on what lies ahead for our space scavengers turned rebels. Season 2 of the Freemakers will debut on May 4 and these are the things that we can expect from the highly rated show.

 

1. The Freemakers will go full swing in their fight against the Empire, and will decisively be a part of the Rebellion.

During the 1st season of the Freemaker Adventures, the family itself was practically shy in getting involved in the affairs of the rebellion. Additionally, the original Star Wars trilogy didn’t really focus nor hinted on the idea of children or tweens getting involved in the fight against the oppresive Imperial forces. However, as their story progresses, it seems that joining the fight against the evil rule of the Empire is inevitable for Rowan and the rest of his kin.

 

2. There will be lots of costume changes.

I guess it is only customary for our characters to have redesigned costumes as well. During the panel, Motz and Roth revealed several concept arts for the Freemakers’ new costumes and how they were conceptualized. According to them, the costumes are a nod to more familiar designs, alluding to Luke Skywalker’s getup from Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. They opted for such designs to give the audience a sense of transition for the events in the second season since all of these happen during that timeline between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

 

3. We’ll be seeing more of Hera.

During the panel, the duo also shared some still images that hints on the appearance of one the seasoned characters from Star Wars Rebels. The Ghost crew captain and fearless leader, Hera Syndulla, will be part of Season 2’s storyline, though it is not clear yet to what extent. But what is exciting is the thought that Hera seems to have survived all the events that preceded the timeline of the Freemaker Adventures, and those between Episodes V and VI. It offers a wealth of backstory material on what could have possibly happened to the Ghost crew and hopefully, fans can have a glimpse of some of these events as well.

 

4. Enter M-OC – the freakish droid that you don’t want to mess around with.

Needless to say, droids have been a staple of Star Wars lore, but this new Imperial droid is not your usual, garden variety type. In LEGO’s usual brand of humor, the Emperor came up with his own creation which he aptly calls M-OC: a creepy, killer droid born straight from your brick-built nightmares. If that is not enough to make your heart skip a beat, then the idea that he comes with his very own equally intimidating ship will make any Padawan melt in fear. In fact, Motz was even hesitant in coming up with the idea of creating M-OC in the first place. “Incredibly creepy and scary,” Motz said. “Sometimes we wonder, ‘Have we gone too far? Are kids gonna have bad dreams?’” Well, only time can tell.

 

5. The unholy alliance of the iconic Bounty Hunters.

It seems that the highly anticipated LEGO Star Wars Bounty Hunter Speeder Bike Battle Pack (75167) was not just randomly thrown into the mix as part of this year’s Star Wars sets. True enough, the inclusion of these iconic thugs in one LEGO set is like a dream come true for most LEGO and Star Wars fans, but having it as a sort of an Easter egg for the Freemaker Adventures, well, I have to admit is a pretty clever move by Disney and Lucasfilm. They were only given a fraction of a second in Season 2’s trailer, but if you hit the pause button at the 45th-second mark, then you can catch a glimpse of IG-88, Dengar, Bossk, and 4-LOM on a chase aboard their speeder bikes. If M-OC is not enough to finish the job, then perhaps the Bounty Hunters can pull it off. We shall see.

 

6. The Kyber-Powered Arrowhead.

Similar to the first season’s LEGO Star Wars sets such as the StarScavenger (75147) and Eclipse Fighter (75145), Season 2 of the Freemaker Adventures offers two new vehicles that will play key roles in the events of the series. According to Roth, “Rowan’s purpose becomes the Arrowhead. It’s the big thing for the season.” The Arrowhead is unique on its own. Perhaps next to the Death Star as being the only weapon or transport in the Star Wars galaxy powered by the mysterious Kyber crystals, the Arrowhead seems to show a yet-to-be-revealed potential. If the Arrowhead, as Roth implies, symbolizes Rowan’s purpose as it is powered by a huge Kyber crystal, then it is kind of difficult to think that it only exists as a weapon or tool of mass destruction. Clearly, it points to somewhere else rather than blowing things up. This might as well be the only Kyber-powered ship that the Rebel forces may have on their side. As described in the official Season 2 trailer, “Rowan’s powers grow and strengthen until he has a vision of a sleek, invulnerable ship that can save the Rebellion and stop the Empire in its tracks – the Arrowhead. The catch is, the Arrowhead is a ship only Rowan can build”. It’s pretty exciting to see how the Arrowhead can become a significant threat to the Empire, and what it can do once it’s blue aura activates.

For a closer look at the LEGO Star Wars Arrowhead (75186) and Tracker 1 (75185), check out our NYTF images here.

 

The LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures’ new season will premiere this summer on Disney XD. Prior to this, five new shorts will debut before May 4 that will help bridge the gap between seasons 1 and 2.

So what do you think? Excited about the latest adventures of the Freemakers? What are you most excited about?

 

 

Source: StarWars.com

 

 

The Freemaker Family Prepares For Another Season in LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures.

It doesn’t come as a surprise that the galaxy’s freewheeling, Freemaker family is back for another round of intergalactic adventures in Season 2 of LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures. Seeing two of the recent LEGO Star Wars sets dedicated to the animated series – the Arrowhead (75186) and Tracker 1 (75185) – we’re very much positive that the new series will be a sure hit, especially that they have found their way to the Rebel Alliance. We get to see the Arrowhead in action, and the Emperor’s newest minion aptly named as M-OC.

At the end of the first season, the Freemaker family found a new home with the rebel fleet. Their new circumstances bring them face to face with brutal Imperial forces, desperate Hutts, conniving Sith Lords, and the Emperor’s latest plaything, M-OC, a terrifying hunter droid who continually modifies himself to fit any occasion. In response to these threats, Rowan’s powers grow and strengthen until he has a vision of a sleek, invulnerable ship that can save the Rebellion and stop the Empire in its tracks – the Arrowhead. The catch is, the Arrowhead is a ship only Rowan can build. Once again, it’s up to the youngest Freemaker to save the galaxy.

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Season 2 will launch this summer on Disney XD, just in time for the release of the LEGO Star Wars Arrowhead (75186) and Tracker 1 (75185), both of which will be available on June 1.

 

 

 

 

Unikitty Set Off To Have Her Own Cartoon Network TV Show.

This piece of news has been floating around for quite some time, and it deserves a second look. A couple of days ago, The Brothers Brick has reported that LEGO Movie’s Unikitty will be having her own TV show on Cartoon Network (CN). Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network are currently in the works in coming up with a Mixels-style series that also serves as a sort of LEGO Movie spinoff. The reveal was ‘unintentionally’ made through a trailer ad from Cartoon Network Russia. The said video was later on posted by just2good over at his YouTube channel only to be taken down later on due to a copyright claim by WB. In any case, it seems that Unikitty is off to a good start with a couple of friends from Cloud Cuckooo Land as you can see from the screen grab which we managed to obtain below.

Based on its artwork, it is clear that CN will be bringing back its Mixel-style of animation in this untitled Unikitty series. We can only speculate at this point on the possible names of the characters that Unikitty brings along with her: Unipuppy? NerdyKitty? BouncerBird (I know, it sounds horrible!)? Are we also to expect physical sets based on this series same to what they did with Mixels? Was Mixels even cancelled to give way to Unikitty, or will this Unikitty series eventually culminate to the debut of LEGO Movie 2 which is now currently in production and will be released sometime in 2019? These are questions yet to be answered until LEGO and Warner Bros release their official announcement.

The LEGO Unikitty show is expected to air on Cartoon Network Russia anytime soon. We have no word yet on when it will be aired in the US and the rest of the globe.

So what do you think brick fans? Does this Unikitty TV series comes as a surprise? We’ll certainly cover these interesting turn of events every step of the way so be sure to stay tuned here at the Brick Show.

 

 

 

This Transforming LEGO Brick Is More Than Meets The Eye

Japanese LEGO builder Moko shared in his blogsite what seems to be a highly articulated, LEGO MOC that shows an unassuming LEGO brick transforming to a cool, ‘mecha’ or robot. The build is actually similar to the Autobot named Hot Rod as seen in the 80s animated series of Transformers. Based on a rough Google translation, the transforming LEGO brick was designed at a 1:27 scale of the typical 2×4 brick, big but comfortable enough to hold at the palm of your hand.

This particular creation is highly articulated, with plenty of joints that allow this MOC to easily transform from one mode to another.

It is highly posable as well, rendering the transforming LEGO block to do some pretty cool battle stances.

I wish I could get more info on our Japanese creator’s blog without being lost in Google’s translation. So what do you think of this particular MOC? Share us your thoughts (and interpretation in case you know how to read and speak Japanese) in the comments below.

 

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman Classic TV Series – Mr. Freeze (30603) Polybag Now Officially Available

There has been some recent hype (and worry) about the limited availability of the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman Classic TV Series – Mr. Freeze (30603) polybag, which was first spotted at the New York Toy Fair a couple of days ago. Some feared that the said piece is only made available during that event, same with what LEGO does with its other promotional exclusives.

Well, we can set aside our fears since LEGO has officially announced that the Mr. Freeze minifigure will be made available through all LEGO Stores, and online at shop.LEGO.com along with a minimum purchase of $75 of any LEGO product. LEGO’s April 2016 Store Calendar also mentioned that the coveted minifigure will only be made available from April 1-15, 2016 or while supplies last, limited to only one minifigure per customer. We can just hope that LEGO has plenty of stocks to go around since this cool minifig is surely destined to be a hot item.

Other than the store debut of the Mr. Freeze minifigure, the following are some of the April highlights in all LEGO Stores:

April 1 – we’ll see the debut of new LEGO sets based on the Angry Birds Movie, together with LEGO Juniors Lost Temple (10725), LEGO DC Comics Superheroes: Batman Gotham City Cycle Chase (76053), LEGO Elves: The Water Dragon (41172), and LEGO Minecraft: The End Portal (21124)

April 5 to 6 – The Monthly Mini Model Build features a Bumblebee.

April 11 to15 – The LEGO Ideas Maze Competition every 5 pm onwards. Brick fans will get a firsthand look on LEGO’s new Ideas- based product (21305) which may debut on LEGO World Copenhagen. We’ll keep you posted on this.

April 18 – Minifigure Swap Monday on all LEGO Stores.

April 25 to May 8 – LEGO Elves: Sira’s Adventurous Glider goes for FREE with a Friends, Elves, or LEGO Brand Disney Princess purchase of $35 or more.

Check out their April calendar here for more info.

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures All Ready To Go At Disney XD

 

With the success of ‘The Yoda Chronicles’ and ‘Droid Tales’, LEGO and Lucasfilm entered into a new partnership with their next wave of miniseries that is sure to be fun-filled and hilarious than its predecessors. “The fun-filled adventure comedy series, set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, will introduce all-new heroes and villains in exciting adventures with many familiar Star Wars characters,” according to the series official website. The new LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures is slated to be released this summer exclusively at Disney XD. Check this official announcement from Starwars.com.

The Freemaker Adventures

“The Force is set to meet LEGO bricks in a new galaxy-spanning adventure.

StarWars.com is thrilled to announce LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, an all-new animated television series scheduled to debut this summer on Disney XD in the US. The fun-filled adventure comedy series, set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, will introduce all-new heroes and villains in exciting adventures with many familiar Star Wars characters.

Told in the whimsically-charged style that audiences have come to expect from LEGO Star Wars entertainment, the series stars the Freemakers, a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from the scoured debris of space battles strewn throughout the galaxy. When their youngest discovers a natural connection with the Force through an ancient artifact — the Kyber Saber — his world is turned upside down, and he and his family are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Throughout their adventures, the Freemakers explore new worlds, meet new and familiar characters, and learn the true value of what it means to be a family.

The Freemaker Adventures

 

“We are very excited to launch for the first time a TV series with Disney XD,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president, licensing & entertainment at the LEGO Group. “The creative team behind The Freemaker Adventures is extremely talented, and the series is a great testament to our longstanding and successful partnership with Lucasfilm and Disney. The show masterfully combines the rich heritage of storytelling, great characters, action, and adventure in a galaxy far, far away with the creativity, imagination, and humor that only LEGO Star Wars can deliver. We are sure fans young and old are going to love the show.”

“With The Freemaker Adventures we are thrilled to bring all-new stories to life that could only be realized in the LEGO Star Wars universe,” said Carrie Beck, vice president, animation development at Lucasfilm. “We are embarking on an unprecedented collaboration that will allow us to extend the narrative experience of the Star Wars saga with the same playful spirit that’s always made LEGO Star Wars so much fun to watch. We are so thankful to have such great partners in the LEGO Group, Disney XD, and series developers Bill Motz and Bob Roth.”

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures is a production of Wil Film, the LEGO Group, and Lucasfilm. Developed for television by Bill Motz and Bob Roth (Penguins of Madagascar), they join Torsten Jacobson (LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales) and Jill Wilfert (The LEGO Movie) as executive producers alongside producers Carrie Beck (Star Wars Rebels), Jason Cosler (LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled!), Jake Blais, and John McCormack.