Sonic Returns in this LEGO Ideas Sonic Mania – Green Hill Zone Project

Another member is welcomed in the halls of the LEGO Ideas 10K Club and this time its toastergrl from the UK, and her qualifying LEGO Ideas Sonic Mania – Green Hill Zone project. Hot off the heals of the LEGO product idea Bricks & Blooms, the Sonic Mania – Green Hill Zone is our 11th entry that managed to gather the necessary 10,000 LEGO fan votes, enabling it to enter the First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review Stage. This project is based on 2017’s SEGA video game release, Sonic Mania, celebrating our blue blur’s 25th year anniversary.

Sonic Mania

I never had the chance of having Sonic as a LEGO minifigure, and though I regret the fact that I didn’t immediately grab the opportunity of getting him when his first-ever LEGO set came out in the form of a LEGO Dimensions Level Pack back in 2016, I hope that the Sonic Mania -Green Hill Zone project will provide the opportunity of seeing him again in an official LEGO set.

For the meantime, we have to wait a bit more to see if the LEGO Ideas Review Team will give this product idea a thumbs up, alongside other qualifiers for this year’s First Review Stage:  Mary Poppins, Cherry Tree LaneTesla CybertruckUntitled Goose GameUCS Chitty Chitty Bang BangThe Train Station: StudgateSpaceX Falcon 9Mini-fig Scale Project GeminiRetro Bowling Alley, Indiana Jones Trilogy, and Bricks & Blooms.

Check out the features of this set as described by toastergrl:

Sonic Mania – Green Hill Zone

Sonic Mania

For the Mania… By the Mania!

Released digitally in late 2017 and expanded on with a physical release a year later, Sonic Mania is many things. An authentic recreation of the timeless gameplay stylings of the ’90s, a stunning showcase of gorgeous pixel art and striking low-poly models, and our first true taste of what Sonic fans, gone pro, can do with the series. With all this under its belt, it’s no surprise the game is still extremely popular even years later. What better way, then, to keep the ultimate celebration of past and future rolling into the franchise’s 30th anniversary in 2021 than by bringing the hedgehog’s adventures to the brick-built world of LEGO?

Includes:

  • “Classic” Sonic the Hedgehog minifigure
  • “Classic” Dr. Eggman, Motobug and three Flickies as brick-built figures
  • Heavy Gunner and Heavy Magician as brick-built figures
  • Green Hill Zone “Palm Tree”, “Spring”, “Bridge and “Loop” modules 
  • Egg Robot mech 
  • Phantom Ruby and Ring accessories
  • ~700 pieces, with 8 new prints (excluding minifigure parts) and a sticker sheet

Sonic and LEGO are a perfect match; much like our favorite construction toy, the blue hedgehog is hugely popular with kids worldwide. Just as Sonic games give you the tools to take any given act however you want, the only limit with LEGO is your imagination – and to help inspire new adventures, this set has been designed with an alternate “Encore mode” build true to Sonic Mania Plus. Not only that, but both configurations are loaded with reconfigurability and action functions – so that busy hands can keep on returning to this play experience!

Play features:

  • Create your own act by connecting the Green Hill Zone modules together.
  • Use the Technic lever on the spring module to launch Sonic and his Flicky friends into the air!
  • Help Sonic collect the ring and Extra Life while dodging the Motobug.
  • Sit Dr. Eggman inside the Egg Robot mech.
  • Stomp through the zone with the mech’s posable arms and legs.
  • Use the handle on the mech’s extendable arms to perform a drill attack!
  • Stop the Phantom Ruby falling into the clutches of Dr. Eggman and the Hard-Boiled Heavies!
  • Rebuild into the “Encore mode” alternate build to continue the adventure – with additional modules, the Heavy King and his lackeys, Master Emerald, and the Tornado!
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LEGO Super Mario Theme Officially Announced – More Details Revealed

Following the teaser that LEGO gave us yesterday, we know have a better idea of what this new LEGO and Nintendo partnership is and how this is translated into a new and innovative play experience. Needless to say, this new LEGO Super Mario theme is very much like a mash-up of the actual video game as seen through the eyes of young LEGO brick fans.

LEGO Super Mario

There’s no specific set reveal yet, save for a promotional video hinting on the fact that the LEGO Super Mario theme is not made up of only one.

As you may notice from this video, the centerpiece of this building playset is the sizeable, electronic LEGO Super Mario figure that has a pair of digital eyes and an expressive mouth. The objective is to maneuver the figure across the brick-built challenges and get handsomely rewarded with digital coins in the process. The idea is very much the same with how Mario needs to navigate the many different obstacles in the 1992 video game, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. LEGO is still quite mum on the set’s release date and how much these LEGO Super Mario sets will cost, especially considering that this LEGO version of Mario is very much the same as its Amiibo cousins from created and released by Nintendo.

Read on for the full press release down below.

The LEGO Group and Nintendo Partner to Take Legendary Brick-Building to a New Level

BILLUND, March 12, 2020: The LEGO Group announced a partnership with Nintendo that will change the way people interact with Super Mario in the physical world and engage in LEGO® experiences.

Both companies share a passion for innovation and play and their collaboration has led to a reimagination of the LEGO building experience, enabling an entirely new way to play inspired by the beloved video game icon, Super Mario.

Neither a video game nor a traditional LEGO brick-based set, LEGO® Super Mario™ is a new product line that features an interactive LEGO Mario figure who collects coins in real-life game levels created with LEGO bricks. The new line will let kids experience the playful world of Super Mario like never before. Super Mario will be brought to life in the physical LEGO world and new levels of challenge and styles of play will be part of the iconic LEGO experience enjoyed by generations.

The news was also shared in a video posted by the LEGO Group and Nintendo earlier today (https://youtu.be/Fq3hw4imZ3g).

The video, which hints at what fans can expect when LEGO Super Mario launches later this year, shows a player using an interactive Mario figure to collect coins in a real-life game level that has been created with LEGO bricks.

“We are very excited to bring Mario into the physical world through interactive and social LEGO play”, said Julia Goldin, Chief Marketing Officer, EVP of the LEGO Group. “With this experience we will help millions of kids with love for Mario to engage and play in a completely new way, where they are in control of creating and playing games with their favourite character. By seamlessly incorporating the latest digital technology, LEGO Super Mario is a highly social, interactive and collaborative experience for kids.”

“I have always liked LEGO products and how they help children use their imagination to play”, said Takashi Tezuka, Executive Officer and Game Producer of Nintendo Co., Ltd. “The new product we created together with the LEGO Group seeks to combine two different styles of play – one where you freely build the world of Mario and the other where you play with Mario in the very world that you have created.”

LEGO® Super Mario™ will launch later this year, and more information will be made available in the future. www.LEGO.com/supermario

Stay tuned here in our blog for more LEGO Super Mario news.

LEGO Super Mario is Really Happening!

In a surprising turn of events earlier today, LEGO has dropped a teaser bomb that left most LEGO and Nintendo fans in awe. It’s a long time coming, and fans are still grasping for hints and details on what this upcoming LEGO Super Mario theme is, as announced by LEGO themselves through their social media channels.

There has been a lot of fan theories on what this reveal will be. However, based on the promotional teaser above, it’s really kind of hard to tell what it will be. For starters, the timing of LEGO’s announcement couldn’t be better: March 10 is the official global Happy Mario Day, celebrating Nintendo’s entire Super Mario franchise. Nintendo has chosen this day back in 2016 as the de facto date for the annual celebration, though it does not necessarily mean that it was the official date when the first titular Super Mario video game was released. March 10 was selected simply because of its uncanny resemblance (Mar10) to our plumber hero’s name.

Speaking of resemblance, the figure that LEGO teased in their most recent promotion is needless to say, far from the typical LEGO minifigure that we have. In fact, my first impression upon seeing this LEGO Mario is that it might very well pass for a LEGO Duplo figure, with its 4-stud wide base and over-sized blocky head.

LEGO Super Mario
This first official image of a LEGO Super Mario figure seems to follow the design of those found in LEGO Duplo.

Knowledgable Super Mario fans also point out to the fact that this official LEGO version has a very similar look to that of Mario Zone – one of the areas featured in the 1992 video game, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. There is a bit of truth in that similarity considering that this LEGO version of Mario does not seem to be quite organic with its electronic screen, and analog eyes and mouth.

The Mario Zone – a level featured in the 1992 Nintendo video game, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.

Fans are still speculating if this LEGO-Nintendo collab will either lead to a wave of new LEGO Super Mario sets, or a new LEGO video game. LEGO is obviously keeping a tight lid on what it has in store – even LEGO’s VP for Design Matthew Ashton is not telling.

With this recent announcement, it clear that LEGO and Nintendo have moved on with their once bitter rivalry when the LEGO Group sued Japan’s biggest video game company back in the 60s for the latter’s introduction of N&B Block. Past forward in 2020, we can now expect great things to come now that they hurdled the licensing issues that weighed down both companies. For the longest time, LEGO fans have translated their love for both LEGO and Nintendo games in many creative ways that made us wish that these are actual LEGO sets. One great example are these custom LEGO Mario Cubes created by our pals from Build Better Bricks.

Honestly, I hope that LEGO Super Mario is just the beginning. With so many Nintendo names and titles to choose from to become an official LEGO set, we might be looking at the beginning of a LEGO Kirby, Legend of Zelda, Animal Crossing, Metroid, and other LEGO Nintendo subthemes. The possibilities are so very exciting!

So what’s your take on this surprising announcement? Are we to see new LEGO Super Mario sets, and if so, what sets are you looking forward to? Or is this a new video game or LEGO lifestyle partnership in the works? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

LEGO Ideas Launches New LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed Contest

In case you missed it, the LEGO Ideas platform has announced a new contest to celebrate the release of LEGO’s newest mobile video game. The LEGO Ideas Replicate Your Heroic Minifigures in Battle is now up and currently in its Submission Phase. The LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed is LEGO’s latest take on the mobile online game arena where you gear up your favorite LEGO minifig for awesome 1v1 battle set in many of LEGO’s popular and classic themes.

LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed

To celebrate the global release of LEGO® Legacy: Heroes Unboxed, gather your favorite LEGO® Minifigures and prepare them for action-packed battles! In this contest, we want to see you create epic and or funny battles. They can be in space, 1v1 battles, or hundreds of minifigures getting involved. The more epic, the better!

There will be two Grand Winners and two Runner-Ups to be announced. At stake for the Grand Prize are an exclusive, all-expense-paid trip to Billund, Denmark (which covers airfare, accommodation, and set activities); and a LEGO Originals Wooden Minifigure (853967).

The Runner Ups also get to bring home an impressive stash of LEGO goodies which include the following:

The LEGO Ideas Replicate Your Heroic Minifigures in Battle is now on its Submission Phase until March 23, 6AM EST, Contest winners will be announced not later than April 14. As a final note, this next LEGO Ideas contest is open to all LEGO fan builders age 13 and above. If you’re below 18, just be sure to secure the consent of your parents or caretaker.

Be sure to read the rest of the finer details of this contest through their FAQ page, and see if you have what it takes to build an awesome heroic minifigure battle.

LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed Mobile Game First Impressions

Last August, LEGO and Gameloft officially announced their newest collaboration that brings your favorite LEGO minifigure character to life in an RPG world. Since then, the LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed mobile game was up for pre-registration which will reward users with coins, gems and a chance to have as their fan-voted minifigure as their starting character. And though the wait may seem forever, those looking forward to this latest LEGO mobile game will be glad to know that Gameloft has announced a global release date of February 27.

Available both for Windows, Apple, and Android users, LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed is a mash-up of classic and modern LEGO minifigures, all at your disposal to create the winning team that you can use to engage in fun and epic team battles. Though the game’s official social media channels mention a Feb. 27 release date, I was surprised to see that it was already available to download in Southeast Asia via Google Play since Monday. I managed to install it to my Android device, with my initial roster of characters to be the Hiker from LEGO CMF Series 16 (71013), the Chicken Suit Guy from CMF Series 9 (71000), and Crook Chuck from LEGO City sets 60126 and 60130. Throughout the game, the player is assisted by the wizard Majisto, from 1993’s Dragon Knights Castle subtheme. There’s a total of 53 minifigure heroes to unlock, with more to come I presume. The game begins with a preliminary stage which AFOLs can humorously relate with very well – “The Dark Age”, with the goal to rebuild Piptown and all its brick-built structures.

I like the idea that the game developers went to lengths to give each minifigure character its own skillsets and power-ups, both for offense and team support during a team battle. For example, the Chicken Suit Guy can inflict damage across multiple enemies through its Spin Attack, while the Hiker has the special ability to heal its members through a funny, kumbaya camp song. Crook Chuck also has the strategic ability to taunt opponents, forcing opponents to direct all their attacks at him so as not to damage his teammates. You also get to unlock other minifig abilities, characters, and quests as you progress in the game. I’m sure to explore other aspects of this game later on as time permits.

LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed

If you’re excited about this game and raring to see your favorite LEGO minifigures in action, then be sure to give this a try and download LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed. Check out the game’s official description below.

LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed

Immerse yourself in a vibrant LEGO® universe full of action, battles, sets and heroes! Your favorite minifigures and sets are busting out of the box in the most vibrant turn-based RPG ever assembled.

Battle your way to the top of the leaderboard with teams of iconic heroes from the LEGO themes you love, and prepare for action-packed RPG campaigns that will take you all the way from the high seas to space.

[STRATEGIC RPG BATTLES]
Create the LEGO mashup of your dreams! Utilize each hero for their unique skills to battle and dismantle your RPG foes. Take your team to the next level with a winning turn-based strategy.

[COLLECT ICONIC HEROES]
Unite iconic LEGO minifigures from all eras such as Hot Dog Man, Captain Redbeard, Lloyd from Ninjago, Majisto, Willa the Witch, Spaceman Reed and many more! Power up your heroes to build awesome abilities and strike down your enemies!

[BUILD REAL LEGO SETS]
Rediscover amazing sets from every LEGO theme including: LEGO City, LEGO Castle, LEGO Ninjago, LEGO Pirate and LEGO Space (with many more to come!). Build sets and unravel their secrets to add strength and create synergies to help your teams in battle.

[MULTIPLAYER TURN-BASED STRATEGY RPG]
Join forces with other RPG players in asynchronous multiplayer battles! Join a guild and borrow heroes to help you battle your way through campaigns and events.

[NEW LEGO ADVENTURES]
Strikeout into a completely new RPG LEGO world on a journey of thrills, chills, humor… and peril!

LEGO Ideas Untitled Goose Game Qualifies for the First 2020 Review Stage

I guess this proves how famous this awful goose is. In just less than a month when it first debuted as a LEGO product idea, the LEGO Ideas Untitled Goose Game is now a step closer to becoming an official LEGO set after it garnered 10,000 fan votes on the LEGO Ideas platform. Based on the smash-hit video game developed by House House, this brick rendition is the creation of  LEGO fan builder A Fellow Player that shows how one horrible goose can make life hilariously difficult for our hapless gardener.

Untitled Goose Game

The worldwide phenomenon of 2019 comes to LEGO! Enjoy life as a destructive goose in a small garden. Watch out for the gardener and his many tools! Props Included: Jam, Apple, Sprinkler, Goose Sign, Rose Bush, Carrot, Loose Foliage, Spoon, Shovel, Sun Hat, Hammer, Ice Chest, and a Key. Preferably, there would be more than one minifigure, but no others fit this scene. Some difficulties came with the printing and the post will be updated when they are fixed. 

The LEGO Ideas Untitled Goose Game is the third qualifier to make it for the First 2020 Review Stage, following our first entry of the year, Mary Poppins, Cherry Tree Lane, and the Tesla Cybertruck.

LEGO Nintendo Switch Game Case Revealed

If you’re a Nintendo Switch fan that constantly finds it frustrating to organize your physical game cartridges, then Best Buy has a treat for you. There is an ongoing promo over at Best Buy that lets you bring home a FREE LEGO Nintendo Switch Game case when you buy 2 or more Switch games.

The LEGO Nintendo Switch Game Case comes in a sturdy steelbook format that can store up to 24 Switch game cartridges. Moreover, it features the classic LEGO brick design sporting a blue 2×3 brick. If you’re both a Nintendo and LEGO fan, this is one collector’s item that you don’t want to miss.

LEGO Nintendo Switch Game Case LEGO Nintendo Switch Game Case

Image credit: dfoles from HiDefNinja

From what the listing from Best Buy seems to suggest, you also have the option of purchasing this LEGO Nintendo Switch Game Case separately for $29.99. If the cost is a bit steep for you, then you may want to plan your next Nintendo game purchase carefully since you can have this Game Case for free starting today until Sunday,  February 2, when you purchase two or more Nintendo Switch games over at Best Buy. And you are not limited to purchasing LEGO games such as the LEGO Jurassic World video game or the upcoming LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga to get this freebie. You can choose any Switch game of your liking as long as its 2 or more titles.

Thanks to Brickfinder for the heads up.

First Images of LEGO Minecraft 2020 Sets Surface

After more and more LEGO sets are gradually revealed by other online retailers in time for LEGO’s 2020 releases for the first half of the year, we now have further info on what to expect from the LEGO Minecraft 2020 sets. Though the entire Minecraft franchise has taken a dip in terms of its popularity among young gamers, LEGO seems to have plenty of plans ahead for its tie-in merchandise.

Joining other LEGO Minecraft ‘BigFig’ sets from early this year, LEGO now introduces two additional sets under this format – the LEGO Minecraft Creeper with Ocelot (21156) and Pig with Zombie Baby (21157) – both of which are tagged as part of Series 2 under this subtheme. If everything goes well, then perhaps we can expect more sets coming from this direction.

We also have additional sets that offer a handful of new elements and characters. That buildable LEGO Minecraft Panda from set 21158 is definitely adorable, plus the new minifigure renditions of those nasty Illager mobs with their crossbow-wielding Pillagers and devastating Ravagers as depicted in set 21160, are probably good reasons for some to get these new LEGO Minecraft 2020 sets.

Same with the rest of the new-for-2020 licensed LEGO sets such as those coming from the Star Wars, Trolls, Disney Princess and Marvel themes, these new LEGO Minecraft 2020 sets are slated to be released on January 1st. Read on to know more about their piece count and price in Euros, and I will update this post once additional images are made available by LEGO from LEGO Shop@Home. Thanks to Promobricks for the heads up.

Bigfig Creeper and Ocelot (21156)

184 pieces | $14.99

LEGO Minecraft 2020 Sets

BigFig Pig with Baby Zombie (21157)

159 pieces | $14.99

LEGO Minecraft 2020 Sets

 

The Panda Nursery (21158)

204 pieces | $19.99

LEGO Minecraft 2020 Sets

 

The Pillager Outpost (21159)

303 pieces | $29.99

LEGO Minecraft 2020 Sets

 

The Illager Raid (21160)

562 pieces | $59.99

 

The Taiga Adventure (21162)

74 pieces | $9.99

Mega Construx Halo Heroes Mini Figures Series 10: A Closer Look

Hailed as the “killer app” for the original Microsoft Xbox upon its 2001 release, the first-person shooter game “Halo: Combat Evolved” would become the first entry in a videogame series that would span nearly two decades, branching out into other gameplay genres and exploding into a larger multimedia franchise including books, comics, live-action web-series, anime and, quite naturally, toy lines. Microsoft has long relied on Mega Bloks (now Mega Brands, a Mattel subsidiary) to bring some of the sweetest “Halo” toys ever for collectors. While Mega has had its Bloks line specialize in replicating “Halo” vehicles, they have also branched out into producing action mini-figures via Mega Construx. This is reflected in their new Mega Construx Halo Heroes Series 10 characters.

The Mega Construx “Halo Heroes” Series 10 mini-figures bring together a choice selection of characters across the sci-fi FPS franchise. UNSC Master Chief PO John-117, his fellow Spartan super-soldiers, his trusty AI companion Cortana and a variety of hostile extraterrestrial threats from the Covenant and Forerunners are included in this tenth series of figures on the Mega Construx line.

The new “halo heroes” figures

Appropriate for being Series 10 of “Halo Heroes,” this batch of Mega Construx figures features 10 individual characters. They each come with their own handheld equipment/accessories and standing base with a gold-colored nameplate. The figures included in this batch are:

Mega Construx Halo Heroes

 

Mega Construx Halo Heroes

 

Mega Construx Halo Heroes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While you can get them individually, Mega Construx is also offering “Halo Heroes” Series 10 mini-figures in a collector’s case. This features multiple copies of the characters in the set to a total 21 figures.

These new easy-to-assemble figures have been available since early this month, and are selling like hotcakes online. So we at The Brick Show are also offering these Series 10 Mega Construx Halo Heroes on our online store.

Our big thanks to Amazon, Toy Wiz and Reddit for the accompanying images.

Check Out the Winners of the LEGO Ideas Junkertown Inspired Building Contest

Back in July, LEGO Ideas launched another building contest that asked fans to come up with their best brick rendition of the harsh Australian Outback in true, Junkertown-style. Inspired by the LEGO Overwatch sets, the LEGO Ideas Show Us Your Junker-Inspired Interpretation of an Overwatch Hero challenges builders to recreate their favorite Overwatch character if they’re a resident of Junkertown. The winners are in and let’s take a look at these outstanding winning entries.

Junker Orisa

LEGO Ideas Junkertown

This is my interpretation of a Junker-fied Orisa.
in all the chaos in Junkertown, a lot of her armor got damaged, and therefore overlapped and welded with old rusty pieces of metal lying around in Junkertowns surroundings. Though a lot of her changed, she still managed to keep some of her somewhat friendly personality.
I decided not to make huge changes to her, so the original design would be easy to recognize.
The model consists of 674 parts, its made in LDD and rendered with Stud.io ~ AlexWeigelt
Junkertown Hanzo

LEGO Ideas Junkertown

Hanzo equipped for surviving in the harsh environment of the Outback.
This was a really fun build, both to recreate the character recognizably and also to add the Junkertown twist. I hope you enjoy! (The cloth elements are all LEGO: parts 32652, 32653, 36964, 35863, and bb685pb01.) ~ BallomNomNom 
JunkerTown Winston

Even in the thick of the Australian outback, a scientist like Winston can figure out how to make the most of the surrounding junk. Armed with an electromagnetic frag launcher, a jet engine booster pack, a new cyborg arm, and of course, Winston never goes anywhere without his bull hide Spiffy hat! ~ Legofin.

Junkertown Winston

LEGO Ideas Junkertown

This version of Winston ended up in Junkertown after he escaped from the Moon. He used his scientific and engineering skills to build armor and a jump pack of the remains of his crashed emergency pod and equipped himself with a demolition saw that he found in an abandoned junkyard. After some modifications of his own, he is now equipped and ready to take on the other inhabitants of Junkertown! ~ oOger

Junkhardt

When Reinhardt was stranded in the Australian Outback without his powered armour, he had to adapt in order to survive. Crafting a new battle suit from old vehicle and spaceship parts, he is now ready to take on Junkertown in style… ~ MarkNewnham1

 

Each of the winners received the entire collection of 2019 LEGO Overwatch sets, plus an exclusive LEGO Overwatch box with special golden guns elements not found in any other LEGO sets. To top it off, winners also received some limited-edition Overwatch merchandise. For more details about the currently available LEGO Overwatch sets, be sure to visit LEGO Shop@Home. Congratulations to the winners! Keep on building, mates!