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.

Can you help me count to 10,000? :)I recently designed a LEGO set based on Sesame Street for LEGO Ideas. If the design…

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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.