“LEGO Marvel Collection” Videogame Compilation Released in the US

Over the past months, LEGO and its game software partners at WB Interactive and Traveller’s Tales have been inviting their fans to take a walk down memory lane. This is through their recent release of a past videogame compilation like “The LEGO Harry Potter Collection.”

These compilation titles not only bring back games with re-mastered graphics like the above, but also includes all DLC ever created for them in one fell swoop. WBI-TT is set to do that again with another LEGO franchise license: Marvel. Announced last month, “The LEGO Marvel Collection” has arrived on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

“The LEGO Marvel Collection” consists of 2013’s “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes,” 2016’s “LEGO Marvel Avengers” and 2017’s “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2.” All games have thematic synergy with the Marvel Cinematic Universe films in terms of minifigure appearance, while the first “LMSH” title is the only one featuring the X-Men and all their related characters.

And as stated already, this big 3-game bundle will also come with all the DLC packs WB Interactive and Traveller’s Tales cooked up for them, adding stuff from then-recent MCU premieres like “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Black Panther.” The “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes” games, distinct from “LEGO Marvel Avengers,” are direct story sequels to one another with a storyline crafted by Marvel Comics writer Kurt Busiek.

Lastly, GameStop has its own special LEGO promo going on for the release of “The LEGO Marvel Collection.” All purchases with them in-store will receive – until supplies last – one of two LEGO Marvel minifigures: Iron Patriot (30168) or Silver Centurion (5002946). This is a game compilation that’s hard to beat.

With all that said, we’ll leave you with the compilation’s official launch trailer here. Enjoy!

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Next “LEGO DC Super-Villains” DLC Honors “Origin” of Animated DC – “Batman: The Animated Series”

As the 1990s rolled in, DC’s most recent mass media presence via Warner Bros. was 1989’s “Batman,” a hit, and 1987’s “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace,” which was not. DC superheroes outside of comics were only in cinemas, and not always great. Thankfully a “rebirth” then turned things around.

That rebirth is the central theme for the newest batch of downloadable content for “LEGO DC Super-Villains” from WB Interactive and Traveller’s Tales. Superhero fans who grew up in the nineties will appreciate the add-on, based on “Batman: The Animated Series.” That show’s easily one of the main pillars of TV entertainment from the decade.

Premiering in 1992, “Batman: The Animated Series” reinvigorated the DC hero stable for TV, made Batman an equal to Superman (and sometimes superior) as flagship character for DC, laid the foundation for the DC Animated Universe franchise, and pretty much solidified the Warner-DC creative force.

On the occasion of Batman’s 80th anniversary in 2019 (as of this March), WBI-TT will be launching a “Batman: The Animated Series” DLC for “LDCSV.” Game owners can begin downloading this added content on March 19. If they have the deluxe version with the Season Pass, that download is free.

WB Interactive Entertainment has yet to elaborate on what goodies the DLC contains, but they’ll have new outfits for Batman and his cast based on the 4-season cartoon show. Even here there’s several costume variations like the “bat in yellow circle” chest logo, or Catwoman’s grey and black cat-suits (the latter with pale facial makeup). New levels are also promised.

Having a DLC focused on animated Batman is a welcome change from previous big DLC releases for “LEGO DC Super-Villains” which were keyed to the live-action DCEU film franchise. The game is available on Windows, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch.

“LEGO Movie 2 Videogame” Announcecs Second Free DLC Pack “Galactic Adventures”

The long-awaited sequel to the surprise 2014 megahit “The LEGO Movie” arrived in cinemas early in February. While it couldn’t quite live up to the hype of its predecessor, “LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” at least got good critic reviews and entertained those who did come to see it.

Later that month the videogame adaptation from TT Fusion was released. In true game company fashion that base title was quickly followed by the expected DLC. The “Prophecy Pack” brought elements of the first film (and its game version) to “The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame,” adding characters like Vitruvious and Lord Business to the cast.

Now, another rush of downloadable content has been announced by TT Games and WB Interactive. Nintendo Insider reports that this free DLC pack, called “Galactic Adventures,” will expand on the film’s present setting by adding three locations, each with their own story quest to complete.

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  • The first new level, “Dis-Harmony City,” gives players control of General Sweet Mayhem. Set following the scattering of the LEGO Justice League in their futile defense of Bricksburg from the Duplon invasion, players must have Mayhem track down the JL members and convince them to switch sides, as eventually seen in the “Catchy Song” footage.
  • Next, “The Queen’s Palace” once again features General Mayhem in the timeframe leading up to Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi’s wedding to LEGO Batman. The wedding preparations aren’t complete, Queen Watvera’s gone full Bridezilla, and it’s up to the player to help Mayhem to damage control and get the story on track.
  • The last level of “Galactic Adventures” takes place on the “Rexcelsior” spaceship of Rex Dangervest. Trying to keep this spoiler-free, the location is a prequel of sorts, retelling how Rex met and trained his raptor crew. In between training the raptors with fun activities, he also needs to keep the Rexcelsior shipshape if he’s going to make his fated meeting with Emmet. And we won’t say anything more beyond that.

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“The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame” DLC pack “Galactic Adventures” is expected to come out this April. The game itself remains available for Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

“The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame” Out Now for PS4 and Xbox One

In terms of cinematic adaptations the adage goes, “You’ve seen the movie, now read the book.” That can refer either to the original book/s the film is based on, or promotional novelizations of major films coming out during the release period. LEGO has that too for its recent movies, but they also have other adaptations.

So the catchphrase can also go, “You’ve seen ‘The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part,’ now play the game.” That’s because the videogame version has finally come out. “The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame” is developed by TT Fusion, which also handled “The LEGO Movie Videogame.”

As with its predecessor, the new game is pretty much like any LEGO videogame based on a film narrative. The player characters, particularly Emmet, Wyldstyle and their friends, must fight enemies and navigate environments based on scenes from the films, building stuff to progress. In between stages and areas, scenes from “LEGO Movie 2” play out to move the storyline.

TT Fusion is a division of TT Games, similar to Traveller’s Tales which primarily develops the major new LEGO videogames such as “LEGO DC Super Villains” from last year. These LEGO game titles are primarily published by TT Games’ parent company, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

“The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame” has now been released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, available through gaming stores and online sources like Amazon. As we already know, there’s already DLC following on the heels of the main game itself. Meanwhile, the Nintendo Switch version will arrive on March 18.

Summary of LEGO Products that Got the Spotlight at the New York Toy Fair

The American International aka New York Toy Fair 2019 ends on Tuesday, February 19. Until then, the world’s biggest toy manufacturers and brands are showing off their best and latest products at the Javits Center. LEGO of course is among them, and from the time the fair started last Saturday they have already shown much.

For the benefit of our readers here at The Brick Show, we’re going to do a recap of all the stuff that LEGO promoted at their booth and elsewhere at the NYTF over the weekend. These are all links to articles of ours that touched on the items in question, whether they were early reveals or from the event itself

  1. LEGO Architecture
  2. LEGO City
  3. LEGO Classic
  4. LEGO Creator
  5. LEGO Duplo
  6. LEGO Friends
  7. LEGO Hidden Side 
  8. LEGO Ideas
  9. LEGO Minifigures
  10. LEGO Movie 21, 2, 3, 4, 5
  11. LEGO Ninjago
  12. LEGO Speed Champions
  13. LEGO Technic

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  1. LEGO Batman
  2. LEGO Disney
  3. LEGO Ideas
  4. LEGO Minecraft
  5. LEGO Overwatch
  6. LEGO SpiderMan
  7. LEGO Star Wars

LEGO Impresses with Exhibits, Displays and New Products Unveiled in 2019 New York Toy Fair

As one of the biggest toy brands in the world, LEGO is guaranteed to have a place of honor in whatever international toy fairs might be happening throughout the world. The ongoing American International Toy Fair, or New York Toy Fair, is no exception to giving LEGO its priority space.

And the company didn’t disappoint either. Since its trademark toys are for building and assembling, LEGO dazzled and excited NYTF attendees and visitors with every display and exhibit they put up in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The star of LEGO’s presentation: it’s latest film “LEGO Movie 2,” naturally.

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This much was obvious whenever somebody walked through the Javits Crystal Palace Entrance Hall, which had many big LEGO builds. There’s Emmet’s couch for photo ops, the 5-footer Ultrakatty model, interactive building tables and minifig mascots of Emmet and Wyldstyle.

LEGO’s Toy Fair booth, numbered 1335, is no less flashy, with T-Rex and Rabbit models that could rival Ultrakatty’s already-impressive dimensions. The booth also has brick-built models of the “LEGO Movie” main characters, and more locations for selfies/usies such as the booth’s LEGO waterfall backdrop.

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As for what events LEGO has in store at their booth throughout the NYTF, look no further than all those sweet new sets they’ve got featured, not to mention other media like videogames and the new “Hidden Side” mobile app. There are also a couple of milestone celebrations in store: five decades of Duplo and two of LEGO Star Wars.

Remember that the 2019 New York Toy Fair goes on until this February 19. The LEGO booth 1335 is open 9 AM to 6 PM this Monday, and up to 4 PM on Tuesday. If you’re in the area, don’t delay and check them out.

LEGO Reveals “Hidden Side”: New AR Game App with Tie-In Sets, to be Showcased in New York Toy Fair

Fans of LEGO who are also into the digital side of the brand’s many products – from console videogames to mobile apps – know for a fact that the company invests significantly in the development of new uses and applications for augmented reality (AR). They recently collaborated with Shapchat to create an AR online store featuring a new line of LEGO-branded casual street-wear.

And let’s not forget the various AR apps they introduced which sought to seamlessly integrate real built LEGO sets with digital counterparts in an augmented environment. It’s on this vein that the latest AR-using LEGO product line springs from.

The LEGO Group introduced their new augmented reality game app “Hidden Side” on Thursday, February 14. For interested fans who want to try it out, the new app will be showcased in full for the first time at the American International/New York Toy Fair starting this weekend.

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Previous LEGO AR game apps carried digital recreations of existing sets that could be “integrated” on the app screen with LEGO constructs in the real world, with added special effects. “Hidden Side” on the other hand works specifically with an entirely new series of LEGO sets themed for the game, with no less than eight Hidden side sets to start off this product line.

“Hidden Side” as Game and Set Line

The LEGO Hidden Side construction sets all depict either vehicles or structures and facilities that figure into the game app’s storyline. All of them can transform via manual brick mechanics from mundane looking constructs to spooky monstrous alternates, as described in the Hidden Side storyline.

As stated in the game’s fact sheet, the app follows the misadventures of two teen bloggers attending Newbury High School, who get strange app on their smartphones that show the secret haunted nature of their place of learning. With players assuming the role of the characters, they must investigate Newbury’s mysteries to un-haunt the place.

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With the AR component, players of “LEGO Hidden Side” put themselves in the heroes’ shoes. They would look at their environment (the app’s AR display) from a first-person view. The phones function as “ghost detectors” when focused on the Hidden Side tie-in sets. This enables players to see supernatural spooks. They must capture or drive them off by twiddling with the sets’ various play points. Doing so generates the appropriate AR effects on screen.

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Deeper “Fluid Play”

Senior VP Tom Donaldson of LEGO’s Creative Play Lab  says “Hidden Side” pushes the concept of “fluid play” to further levels than before. This is the interaction between physical surroundings with the augmented-reality effects in a game app.

“At our core we focus on tactile building, but AR presents opportunities to enhance physical LEGO play with new action and mastery elements,” says Donaldson. “As we have designed LEGO Hidden Side, physical manipulation of the LEGO models alters the AR experience, and the AR experience prompts new things to discover in the physical models, creating a deeply engaging reciprocal play experience in two worlds that has never been seen before.”

There’s also an option for “LEGO Hidden Side” that can be played fully digital. That’s a bonus those who have downloaded the app but don’t have any of the actual sets.

While New York Toy Fair attendees can get first crack on “Hidden Side,” the app and the sets themselves will become generally available by summer. All related sets will range in price from $19.99-$129.99 while the app will be on both iOS and Google Play.

Next DLC for “LEGO DC Super-Villains” Out Now: “DC Movie Character Pack”

It would be about four months now since LEGO, Traveller’s Tales and WB Interactive released their latest major videogame foray into the DC Universe, from the viewpoint of its baddies. “LEGO DC Super-Villains” was a hit among more recent WBI-TT LEGO games thanks to its antagonist-protagonist perspective shift, a customizable player avatar and more wacky features.

Like all major LEGO videogames before it, “LDCSV” also has its fair share of DLC stuff to further extend the gameplay experience, like the pack honoring the December release of the DCEU film “Aquaman.” Roughly two months after that, we get more downloadable content.

In the same vein as the aforementioned “Aquaman” costume and level packs that arrived this December and January, “LEGO DC Super-Villains” will next be getting a general makeover in terms of character looks with the DC Movie Character Pack.

As it most obviously implies, the DLC gives the relevant game characters, heroes and villains, new costumes based on their live-action appearances, primarily as they were interpreted in the DC Extended Universe like 2017’s “Justice League.” The characters announced by WB Interactive to get new costumes on their official press release regarding this pack are these characters from the “JL” movie:

Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman (all shown), Flash, Cyborg and Deathstroke (We can’t just forget the post-credits scene now, can we?)

Going into more detail, the “LDCSV” DC Movie Character Pack DLC will be available in two ways. Happy owners of the game can buy it as is for $1.99; alternatively, those who have the “LEGO DC Super-Villains Deluxe Edition” with find this character costume pack to be part and parcel of this version’s Season Pass.

LEGO DC Super-Villains” and its Deluxe Edition are still available now on multiple platforms, from Windows to Xbox One to PS4 and the Nintendo Switch.

First DLC Pack for Soon-to-Release “The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame” to Bring Back “LEGO Movie” Characters

Much like its predecessor, and every major LEGO product line (and really, a lot of its licensed franchises too), the currently-showing “LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” is also getting a videogame version from the brand’s longtime game development partner TT Games.

Okay, so “The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame” is actually being developed under the British developer’s B-team, TT Fusion. But it still promises plenty of action and wacky digital building fun that might hopefully make up for the lower enthusiasm of the “LEGO Movie” sequel in cinemas. Seeing as it will be released two weeks from now, fans won’t have long to wait either.

And in the grand tradition of most console game developers in this day and age, the initial release of “The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame” will also come with a first batch of post-release downloadable content. What’s interesting however about this DLC is that rather than adding new characters and stuff, it brings back elements from the previous “LEGO Movie” instead.

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Steam notes in its “LEGO Movie 2 Videogame” page that the DLC, titled as the “Prophecy” pack, can be had as part of a pre-purchase offer. This pack will include prominent characters from the 2014 “LEGO Movie” like big bad Lord Business and past versions of Vitruvious and Metalbeard. The description goes:

Play as your favorite film characters from the first LEGO Movie. The character pack includes Young Vitruvius and the unsuspecting Emmet in his pyjamas. Kragle-loving Lord Business is also in the pack along with other memorable characters Shakespeare, Cleopatra, and Classic Metal Beard.

There is however no further details if along with the added characters there will also be more levels or story to the DLC pack. Still, if one hasn’t picked up the “LEGO Movie Videogame” and is interested in “LEGO Movie 2” then maybe getting this DLC will bring the best of both titles for them.

“The LEGOV Movie 2 Videogame” will be released by TT Games and WB Interactive this coming February 26 on the usual LEGO game consoles and platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Sony PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

The LEGO Marvel Collection Brings Together All of Your Favorite Marvel Heroes Under One Title

After the release of the LEGO Harry Potter Collection last October, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment and TT Games have just announced that it will also offer three of its awesome Marvel-inspired video game titles into one convenient bundle. Dubbed as The LEGO Marvel Collection, brings together LEGO Marvel Superheroes 1, LEGO Marvel Avengers, and LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 into a single game compilation. The best part of this is that all of each game’s Season Passes or DLCs are likewise included. It’s a huge treasure trove of LEGO Marvel video game goodness that’s hard to resist.

The LEGO Marvel Collection will be available beginning March 12 for the Playstation 4 and Xbox One. It looks like Nintendo Switch and PC users must wait a bit if ever this bundle will arrive in their choice of platform. Here’s the full press release from Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and Marvel Entertainment today announced the LEGO® Marvel Collection, bringing the top-selling videogames LEGO® Marvel™ Super Heroes, LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2 and LEGO® Marvel’s Avengers together in one package. The three-game compilation will be available March 12, 2019 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices.  

This colossal Marvel adventure also includes previously released DLC packs for the games, including Black Panther and Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War character and level packs for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 inspired by Marvel Studios’ hit films.

In LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, players take on the role of their favorite Marvel characters Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wolverine, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk, as they assemble in a completely original story. Players will battle against some of the most menacing Marvel Super Villains, including dastardly Doctor Octopus, the ghastly Green Goblin, the ruthless Red Skull, the vicious Venom, Thor’s vexing brother, Loki, as well as the Devourer of Worlds, Galactus.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 picks up directly where LEGO Marvel Super Heroes left off featuring a completely original branching storyline co-written by award-winning comic writer Kurt Busiek. This story brings together a diverse roster of iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different time periods and realities including Ant-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Cosmo the Spacedog, Cowboy Captain America, Doctor Octopus, Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider, Green Goblin, Groot, Gwenpool, Hawkeye, Howard the Duck, Hulk, Iron Man, Luke Cage, Ms. Marvel, Rocket Raccoon, She-Hulk, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man, Star-Lord, Thor, and many more. Players can roam and explore 18 different Marvel locations within the incredible Open Hub World of Chronopolis, from the vibrant jungle of Wakanda to the pyramids of Ancient Egypt, along with Asgard, Attilan, Knowhere, the Coliseum, Hala, Hydra Empire, Kang’s Citadel, K’un-Lun, Lemuria, Manhattan, Medieval England, Noir New York, 2099 Nueva York, Old West, The Swamp, and Xandar.

LEGO Marvel’s Avengers features storylines from the critically-acclaimed film Marvel’s The Avengers and its sequel Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and players can unlock more than 200 characters, including Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye, Hulk, Thor and Iron Man. The game features a unique take on open world gameplay, with eight different environments to explore within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the expansive streets of Marvel’s New York, as well as Asgard, Barton’s Farm, Malibu, the S.H.I.E.L.D. Base Exterior, Sokovia, South Africa and Washington, D.C. Players can freely roam around these open world locations in any way they’d like, such as super jumping off skyscrapers with Hulk, speed running over water with Quicksilver or even play as giant characters, like the menacing Fing Fang Foom, who can grow to the size of tall buildings.