LEGO Movie 2 Will Be Delayed, Fans May Have To Wait Until 2019.

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This may not sound like awesome news.

Variety.com recently reported that Warner Bros. have decidedly rearranged the release dates of some of its upcoming films, including the sequel The LEGO Movie 2. Originally slated for a May, 2018 release the follow-up to the multi-million success film was pushed for another year to have an adjusted summer release date of February 8, 2019 adopting the same opening weekend as that of the first LEGO movie back in 2014.

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The good thing though, is that two LEGO-inspired films seem to be right on schedule as their release dates for next year remain unchanged: the LEGO Batman movie is expected to hit theaters on February 10, 2017 while the LEGO Ninjago movie is slated on September 17, 2017. That’s two LEGO theatrical releases to expect next year.

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If you recall, the LEGO Movie was a pleasantly surprising success, with an opening weekend gross of $69 million domestically, trailblazing to bring home the bacon earning a total gross of $470 million worldwide. Its success spurred similarly themed theatrical films such as  the LEGO Batman movie, LEGO Ninjago, and a fourth movie that we scantly know about, The Billion Brick Race which is co-written and co-directed by Jason Segel and Drew Pearce with an originally announced release date of May 24, 2019. However, this may likely be pushed back as well given the adjustment that was done on the LEGO Movie 2.

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This Is Strange Indeed: Official Set Description For LEGO Marvel Superheroes Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum 76060 Now Up At LEGO Shop@Home.

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A couple of days ago, LEGO fan forums were set into a frenzy once more when an image of the instructions booklet for the much awaited LEGO Marvel Superheroes Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum surfaced over the internet. Featuring three new minifigures based on Disney and MCU’s upcoming Doctor Strange movie, the set depicts a battle scene against what seems to be a tentacle monster inside the mystical abode of the Sorcerer Supreme. As it seems, the image was leaked and the TLG immediately when into collateral damage control mode and had the image taken down. However, if you’re raring to take a peek on how it looks like, I believe Price Vortex maybe of help.

Frankly speaking, it will be better to wait until the official images are released so we can have a better look at what the set has to offer. Surprisingly, shop.lego.com has recently updated their database to include the official set description of 76060 ahead of its official images. Here’s what it says:

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Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum 76060
Pieces: 358; Price: $29.99

Banish the portal beast from Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum!

Team up and expel the portal beast from Doctor Strange’s mysterious headquarters with some super-heroic supernatural action! Fend it off with Doctor Strange’s mystical artifacts, and evade being captured by the portal beast’s tentacles using the cape of levitation. Send in Karl Mordo to battle the beast with his quarterstaff, and help The Ancient One strike with the powerful magical fans at her fingertips!

Includes 3 minifigures: Doctor Strange, Karl Mordo and The Ancient One.

Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum features a portal beast with rotating teeth, moving eyes and tentacles that can trap minifigures, shelves for mystical artifact accessories, levitation effect for 2 minifigures, and levitation function for Doctor Strange’s cloak.

Weapons include Karl Mordo’s quarterstaff and The Ancient One’s magical fans with eldritch calligraphy.

Accessory elements include Doctor Strange’s cloak of levitation and magical power elements with eldritch calligraphy markings.

This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 7-14.

Sanctum Sanctorum measures over 4” (11cm) high, 12” (31cm) wide and 7” (18cm) deep.

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As the description suggests, 76060 likely depicts a crucial plot scene in the upcoming MCU film, ‘Doctor Strange’, which is slated to hit theaters on November 4, 2016. LEGO’s August 1 release date for 76060 is somehow odd given the potential spoiler that it may reveal ahead of the film’s theatrical release.

We’ll keep you posted on the latest development surrounding this set, considering that official images of 76060 may most likely appear anytime soon. Be sure to stay tuned here at the Brick Show!

Are We Going To See Groot Get A Large-Scale LEGO Treatment Anytime Soon?

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It’s pretty obvious that LEGO has heavily invested much of its recent sets around the more popular MCU titles released since 2012’s Avengers. Since then, we have seen LEGO prolifically producing sets focusing on the most intense and epic battles as seen in films such as Iron Man 3, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, and the upcoming film featuring the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange.

Since MCU’s Phase 3 has already been officially heralded following the release of Captain America: Civil War, there are a lot of potential for future LEGO Marvel Superheroes sets, and the LEGO fan community is closely keeping watch. Slated to follow Doctor Strange next year on May 5, the galaxy’s motley crew of defenders will be gracing the big screen once again with their latest sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. This time around, there has been a lot of interest connected to the sets that LEGO may release surrounding the film. If you recall, LEGO released only 3 sets connected to Guardians of the Galaxy, namely Starblaster Showdown (76019), Knowhere Escape Mission (76020), and The Milano Spaceship Rescue (76021). If you are into the minifigure collection scene, you are probably aware that all the members of GOTG were all given the LEGO minifig treatment, save for one: our less verbose, towering powerhouse of a plant life, Groot. Though we have him rendered in a Constraction-like build in the Knowhere Escape Mission 76020, we yet to see the gentle brute in his minifig or bigfig form.

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Now a recent report coming from Comicbook.com reveals that Marvel top execs are already giving a hint on who will be placed in the character spotlight in relation to GOTG Vol. 2. Paul Gitter, Senior VP of licensing for Marvel at Disney Consumer Products, told Variety.com about the latest wave of products that fans should expect from GOTG. Speaking about the Guardians’ attractive appeal to the general public, Gitter says, “It will be a much broader line [than 2014] expanding beyond collectors to include kids and male/female fans of the film. Also, as it is now a proven franchise with appealing characters, licensees will invest more in design and innovation. Finally, there will be a much stronger focus on Groot, who proved to be the breakout character from the first film.”

Straight from the horse’s mouth, we can expect more exposure and merchandising for the Guardian’s MVP and ancient tree. Further commenting on Groot’s knock-out appeal, Gitter says, “Our key learning is that we had to chase products featuring Groot and we want to be sure we are ready for the excitement across multiple age and demo segments who want to bring home Groot in a variety of innovative products.”

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What can we expect from LEGO in connection with this announcement from Disney and Marvel? Probably a lot. Comicbook also noted that Marvel will be particularly keen on showcasing its merchandise in the upcoming 2016 Licensing Expo to be held in Las Vegas next week from June 21 to 23, and big toy companies such as Hasbro, LB Kids, Funko, and of course, LEGO, will be joining. Given Marvel’s priority on levering the character of Groot, it is kind of exciting to consider what LEGO has in the works and how the 80s music-loving, dancing tree will be featured in them. Perhaps we will see a bigfig or a minifigure version of Groot, or perhaps his own buildable figure. These are all possibilities that are likely to happen.

So what do you think about this news? Are you also excited to see Groot once again and perhaps to see him get the LEGO minifigure/bigfig treatment? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

All 16 LEGO Dimensions Series 2 Licenses Officially Revealed!

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As this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) draws to a close, LEGO Dimensions still has a lot of surprises under its sleeve. In its final E3 presentation, Doug Heder, Game Developer and Producer for LEGO Dimensions has officially unveiled all of the 16 licenses and titles that we can expect from the latest series of LEGO’s toys-to-life franchise.

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Watch Doug’s entire presentation as posted on LEGO Dimensions’ Facebook page.

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We already had a glimpse of the first official images of LEGO Dimensions’ first wave of fun, team, level and story packs which include the Ghostbusters Story Pack (71242), Adventure Time Level Pack (71245), Adventure Time Team Pack (71246), Harry Potter Team Pack (71247), Missions Impossible Level Pack (71248), and The A-Team Fun Pack (71251). Though scheduled to be released on September 27, more than 3 months from now, all of these packs are now available for pre-order via Amazon, with the Story Pack retailing at $49.99, Level Packs at $29.99, Team Packs at $24.99 and Fun Packs at $11.99.

Further through the presentation, Doug revealed all the 16 titles that come along the second series of LEGO Dimensions, now giving LEGO’s lucrative toys-to-life franchise a total of 30 IPs included under its umbrella.

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The following titles were also revealed for the first time during the presentation, and are scheduled to be released through subsequent waves sometime in November, January and March. Some of these titles were also mentioned almost a year ago through some fan forums and websites.

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To cap off his presentation, Doug also announced a welcomed treat for all those who have attended the screening. As a token of appreciation, LEGO has given away for free a LEGO Dimensions limited edition, E3 exclusive, Green Arrow Starter Pack 71342. For those who are raring to have this DC Superhero collectible minifig, this polybag exclusive has been popping up all over eBay. However, LEGO promises that the Green Arrow polybag will still be available throughout the year, perhaps as a part of another promotional or exclusive as mentioned in their Facebook post below.

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LEGO Dimensions have definitely gone bigger and better both in content and gameplay. LEGO has also proven its capability of mashing up all 30 unique licenses under one game, with the potential of adding more in the future. With such an impressive track record and portfolio, LEGO Dimensions may perhaps set a new trend for the revival of the ailing toys-to-life genre.

How about you, what other names and characters would you like to see enter through the LEGO Dimensions portal? Share us your thoughts in the comments section below.

More of LEGO Dimensions Series 2 Pours Out From E3.

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Warner Bros Interactive and TT Games have been highly engaged with all the interviews and product demonstration going on over at E3, since the announcement of the bigger and better LEGO Dimensions Series 2. In their recent interview with IGN’s Max Scoville, Game Directors for TT Games James Mcloughlin and Arthur Parsons further revealed that there is more cool stuff waiting for fans of LEGO Dimensions. Not only do we need more storage space for this next wave of uber cool minifigures and sets coming from more than 16 IPs and licenses, but we’ll also be getting new Story Packs featuring 6 levels of seriously fun gameplay that allows gamers to play out the entire movie. Listen to what James and Arthur have to say about LEGO Dimensions’ latest Story Packs.

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The powerhouse duo from TT Games further disclosed that we can expect more Story Packs coming our way after the initial offering of the all-new Ghostbusters Story Pack. Big screen titles such as Fabulous Beasts And Where to Find Them, the 80’s classic Goonies, and even the upcoming LEGO Batman Movie will all have their separate Story Packs. It’s like having separate character packs, but a whole lot bigger in terms of levels and gameplay.

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Story Packs also allow LEGO builders more options of dressing up their LEGO Dimensions ToyPad depending on the movie or IP that is featured. Even if you’re not that much into video gaming, the exclusive minifigures themselves are more than enough to stir excitement within the minifig collectors community since they can only be found in LEGO Dimensions sets. One particular example is the Gizmo and Stripe minifigures from the film Gremlins. Excitement is also slowly building up with the inclusion of Sonic in the long line of LEGO Dimensions characters. It seems that LEGO is intentionally keeping more reveals at bay since we only have a very brief look at the fastest hedgehog in the face of the planet as seen in LEGO Dimensions’ official trailer.

In other news, FamilyGamerTV also had an interview with Arthur Parsons where the latter revealed several featured gameplays coming from the new Ghostbusters, Mission Impossible, Adventure Time, and the much awaited Battle Arena.

LEGO Dimensions Series 2, Wave 1 will be released in September followed by future waves this November, January and March the following year.

SPOTTED: This Epic Life-Size, LEGO Brick Built MOC Is An Awesome Tribute To The Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

 

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This one will take your breath away.

GTSpirit, a website dedicated to offering the latest information in the world of supercars, posted an article a week ago regarding a LEGO MOC based on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Now you might be thinking that this is not so much of a breaking news since we all know, since April in fact, that LEGO offers its unique rendition of the German supercar with the LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS (42056). It may also be hardly surprising, especially if you’ll consider that set 42056 is already available via shop.LEGO.com. However, unless you notice that what we’re talking about is a huge 1:1, epic life-sized iteration of the 911 in all its shades of orange and superb detailing, then perhaps you’ll probably realize the scale and effort that went through in making this MOC.

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Reported to have been spotted at the Mall of Scandinavia in Stockholm, Sweden by a dedicated fan of the GTSpirit site, it is quite unclear if the MOC was commissioned by Porsche or by LEGO itself in relation to the launch of set 42056. Nevertheless, this is one unique build that we wish we could have seen in person.

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This Designer Video Highlights The Distinctive Characteristics Of The LEGO Volkswagen Beetle 10252.

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Right after the unveiling of the next LEGO direct-to-consumer exclusive with the LEGO Creator Expert Volkswagen Beetle 10252, comes a great designer video that further showcases what makes this iconic brick-built bug the next big thing in LEGO Creations. Presented by one of the most prolific LEGO set designers around, Mike Psiaki explains the beautiful intricacies of this tasteful automotive LEGO creation. Watch this.

The LEGO Creator Expert VW Beetle comes in at 1,167 pieces and measures 11 inches high, 10 inches long, and 4 inches wide. Though it will probably appeal more to AFOLS and classic automobile enthusiasts, nevertheless the LEGO VW Beetle features a lot of fun, play features such as a removable roof that reveals a brick-built interior and adjustable seats, with a trunk, hood and doors that fully opens. LEGO never fails to pay impeccable attention to detail when it playfully added a spare tire in the trunk, a new piece with the Volkswagen’s logo printed on to it, and a replica of its air-cooled, four cylinders in the back. 10252 also comes with a pretty neat collection of sticker decals that leaves the builder with four license plates to choose from. Whether you want to relive the laid back, surfs up culture that the Beetle is intimately associated with, or to celebrate the German heritage of the automobile icon, there are many ways in which you can showcase the best of what the LEGO VW Beetle has to offer.

If you can recall, this is not the first time that LEGO came up with the idea of coming up with a set that is solely dedicated to the German Beetle. Back in 2008, LEGO tried to replicate the Volkswagen Beetle with set 10187, but it didn’t seem to gather enough steam as a D2C exclusive. Now, after 8 years, LEGO’s latest iteration is a stark study in contrasts, with its smooth, Studs-Not-On-Top (SNOT) design and excellent curves. In fact, according to Psiaki, they were so much absorbed in getting the right curves for the 10252 that they ended up producing a new and one-of-a-kind LEGO element used as mud guards to further emphasize the natural curves of the VW Beetle.

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This is one LEGO automotive set that will never fail to impress anyone. Retailing at $99.00, LEGO VIP members will have early access to the LEGO VW Beetle starting July 14, while the set will be offered to the larger public starting on August 1.

LEGO Worlds Now Offers An All New, Online Mutiplayer Experience.

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The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is now happening at the Los Angeles, California and with it comes a cornucopia of tasteful reveals that gamers from all walks of life have eagerly waited for. With exciting developments buzzing around LEGO Dimensions, it seems that the LEGO Group has also been steadily improving one of its mainstream digital gaming platforms.

LEGO announces a whole new digital brick experience with its newly revamped LEGO World, which now offers an online multiplayer gaming experience. Learn more about it through its official E3 trailer below, followed by TLG’s press release.

BURBANK, Calif. –June 13, 2016 –Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO® Group announced today that LEGO® Worlds, the LEGO play experience made entirely of digital LEGO bricks, is adding online multiplayer. The new online multiplayer functionality allows two players to explore each other’s worlds together, create together, and engage in cooperative and competitive play experiences that players can build themselves. LEGO Worlds is currently available for PC through STEAM Early Access.

“Building and playing with friends is at the core of LEGO play, and we’re excited to bring online multiplayer into LEGO Worlds,” said Jonathan Smith, Head of Production, TT Games. “The online multiplayer experience offers unlimited possibilities for players to explore one another’s worlds, build and share creations, and just have fun together.”

“We are very pleased to see how LEGO Worlds has grown after a year in Early Access,” Says Niels Jørgensen, Vice President, Digital Games for The LEGO Group. “It’s a fantastic way to engage with LEGO play digitally, and we are excited for the added social component that online multiplayer will bring to the gaming community.”

Developed by TT Games, LEGO Worlds is an open environment of procedurally-generated worlds made entirely of LEGO bricks where players create anything they can imagine. Entire worlds and creations are brought to life with characters and creatures that interact with each other as well as the player in unexpected ways. From cowboys riding giraffes to vampires scaring polar bears, to steamrollers, racing cars, and colossal digging machines, there are always interesting and exciting ways for players to explore the vast worlds. Go on a quest for a king, protect a farmer from a zombie invasion or build a home for a caveman, there are always new things to uncover as you explore each new world.

The game is in STEAM Early Access with the goal of allowing the gaming community to provide feedback for continual improvements and the integration of additional content over time. Players who want to join the Early Access experience can download the STEAM client at http://store.steampowered.com/ then visit the LEGO Worlds product page at the following link to download the game: http://store.steampowered.com/app/332310. The game is available at a reduced price of $14.99 during Early Access with a limited time offer to buy one and get one free from Monday, June 13, 10:00 a.m. PDT to Friday, June 17, 10:00 a.m. PDT. What better way to introduce a friend to LEGO Worlds and start playing together.

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LEGO Dimensions Series 2 Now Kicks In At L.A.’s E3.

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It only gets BIGGER and BETTER with LEGO Dimensions Series 2 now making waves at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) now taking place in Los Angeles, California. Following the official reveal last week, the excitement over what has been dubbed as Series 2, Wave 1 of LEGO’s toys-to-life franchises are steadily building steam. With a promise of more packs to come in subsequent waves, both AFOLS and younger fans are all very eager to see what LEGO has to offer. We might not need to wait any longer since the promise of more great things to come for LEGO Dimensions may be revealed anytime soon since E3 stretches over until Thursday this week, June 16th.

As of to date, LEGO Dimensions’ Facebook page has been updated to include some pretty cool glamour shots that feature other characters that were not initially seen in the official E3 trailer. Take a look at these images.

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It was also revealed during the E3 plug for LEGO Dimensions that there are actually 20 licenses that are included in the current series rather than 17 that we originally listed. The initial wave will be released in September, followed by the release of future waves this November, January and March the following year. Watch the demo video below featuring the game’s cool Battle Arena mode and listen to what the producers have to say.

What other names or IPs that LEGO has in store for us in LEGO Dimensions? It’s just getting more and more exciting! Be sure to stay tuned here at the Brickshow for more updates.

 

No Starch Press Celebrates The Amazing World Of LEGO Mini-Scale Building With Mattia Zamboni’s ‘Tiny LEGO Wonders’.

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Perhaps other than epic-sized MOCs and other larger and impressive LEGO sets, it’s the humbly small and yet ultra-realistic builds that never fail to catch our fancy. If you recall, we reported on some of the best LEGO themed books that you don’t want to miss this 2016. This time around, in celebration of the wonderfully small world of LEGO mini-scale building, No Starch Press announces one of its most recent publications in Mattia’s Zamboni’s book, ‘Tiny LEGO Wonders’.

Here’s the publisher’s official press release together with some sample pages that you can find inside the ‘Tiny LEGO Wonders’.

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San Francisco, CA (June 14, 2016) — While some LEGO models require thousands of pieces, anyone can make an impressive replica with fewer than 10 bricks, a dash of creativity, and the latest book from No Starch Press.

Hailed as the “new LEGO bible” by VICE, Tiny LEGO Wonders (No Starch Press, $24.95, 208 pp., July 2016) is a collection of step-by-step building instructions for 40 compact yet realistic miniscale models—each built with fewer than a few hundred bricks. Packed with stunning models of engineering feats like a muscle car, a fire engine, a Swiss locomotive, and wooden ships, Tiny LEGO Wonders teaches readers how to make the most of their LEGO collection, no matter its size.

The pint-sized models in Tiny LEGO Wonders include:

  • • A space shuttle and crawler-transporter
  • • Emergency vehicles like choppers, police cars, and fire trucks
  • • A cruise ship, freighter, and wooden ships
  • • An Airbus A380, F-15 Eagle, and V-22 Osprey
  • • Flatbed trucks and cement mixers
  • • Race cars like the McLaren F1 and Ferrari F1
  • • A fleet of sci-fi military vehicles
  • • Bullet trains like France’s high-speed TGV train

According to No Starch Press founder Bill Pollock, “Miniscale building has fascinated me since I watched a friend build an airport from a cupful of LEGO bricks. Tiny LEGO Wonders finally makes miniscale building make sense.”

Tiny LEGO Wonders will be available online and in fine bookstores everywhere this July.

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