With the LEGO Batman The Movie teaser just being released yesterday, Youtuber Just2Good put together a nice video highlighting all of the easter eggs and pointing out some interesting facts.
Easter Eggs are fun for all ages, as proven by the treasure trove of hidden content found in movies, TV and especially videogames. Because LEGO Dimensions brings together so many different entertainment brands, the game is filled with interesting crossover content that will make you feel nostalgic while simultaneously hitting your funny bone.
These in-game Easter Eggs bring together some unexpected couplings, like the Ghostbusters having a friendly run in with Titantic’s Rose and Jack-like figures on a sunken ship:
Other in-game secrets include Wonder Woman’s run in with the ghoulish Librarian from the Ghostbusters film:
the Doctor standing in front of a wall tagged “Bad Wolf,” and a Vigo mural from Ghostbusters that sends players on fun side quests.
and a Vigo mural from Ghostbusters that sends players on fun side quests.
The Tardis in the SS Madame de Pompadour from the The Girl in the Fireplace episode
The additional two screenshots of the Doctor are of him in the the Black Archive
One of the best of way of learning and staying inspired in your LEGO hobby is to stay in touch with other brick enthusiasts and picking up a tip or two from them. Some forums and groups even have a creative twist on how to get people all fired up for exciting and never before seen MOCs and creative builds. One such group in particular is Builders Lounge, a private community of AFOLs (Adult Fans Of LEGO) that “fosters a friendly atmosphere of creative freedom for LEGO builders through constructive criticism, input, and the continuing development of building skills”. Joining the Builder’s Lounge is by invitation only, so being included in its current roster of 452 members is already such a great honor. Check out their Flicker page right here.
However, being invited to join the Builders Lounge doesn’t end there. Once you’re enlisted as a member, you are expected to sharpen your LEGO building skills by dishing out some of the best MOCs that you have kept under your sleeve. You don’t need to worry if it is not at par with the builds made by veteran forum members because the cool part of it is you’ll get plenty of suggestions, building tips, and techniques from other members that will prove to be useful for your next project.
Other than sharing the tricks of trade, Builders Lounge came up with their very own contest to sharpen each other’s brick building blade. Sounding more like a grueling brick building triathlon, the Iron Builder (IB) regularly pits forum members against current title holders with the hope of bagging the coveted Iron Builder Title. Running for four years now since its inception in November of 2012, the Iron Builder contest seems to have evolved a life of its own via its Flickr page. LEGO fans and enthusiasts are now free to join the Iron Builder group and be part of the IB challenge.
The rules are simple: you will be pitted against a current or former IB champion where you will challenge each other with some of the best MOCs that you can churn out. The catch? You will do so for a month with MOCs that feature a LEGO ‘mystery piece’ announced at the start of the contest. This mystery piece must be prominently seen in all the builds that will be submitted. Of course, the audience wants to be entertained so a healthy dose of non-threatening taunts and teases are allowed and even encouraged. At the end of the month-long MOC throwing and bantering, a panel of judges will review the MOCs that each contestant has submitted. These will be judged based on the following: Building Skills, Presentation, and Use of the Mystery Part. Each criterion has 20 points, giving a highest possible score of 60. The LEGO combatant with the highest number of points acquired from the panel of judges will be considered the winner of that IB round.
For this year, we already saw 8 IB rounds that were concluded and a 9th currently on-going. The most recent IB Round saw the German challenger Legopard (aka Jason) being the victor of the nail-cracking, month-long competition over Canada’s pride, One More Brick (aka Tim Schawalfenberg). You might remember that our very own Tom Baker once had an interview with Jason featuring his Monster Maris MOC. We also featured Jason’s LOTR themed pinball machine, and it was a hit! In response, Tim countered with his technically impressive 37th build, the Bicycle with its beautifully arranged wheel spokes.
Here are Jonas’ entire set of entries, all 33 of them.
And of course, even if he did not emerge as the victor, Tim has provided us with a collage of his awesome 48 builds.
Here are some of our favorite MOCs from Jason and Tim’s entries:
The Monstrum Maris
The LoTR Pinball
Steampunk Brass Bug
Starcraft II Siege Tank
ASUS P9X79-E WS – Motherboard
GIGABYTE G4M-XPZ Motherboard
The idea of choosing a LEGO mystery part and building your MOCs around it is a cool contest in itself. You may start one on your own together with your friends, and even have some experienced LEGO builders to judge your work. Be sure to follow the Iron Builder series to keep your LEGO creative juices flowing.
What do you think? Do you have what it takes to be a champion Iron Builder? Share your thoughts on the comments below.
From first photo stills, to a yellow and black themed movie poster (I thought it would be black and very, very dark gray), our LEGO-lized Caped Crusader, now comes with his first movie teaser. Warner Bros have finally released the brooding Dark Knight’s first official trailer of the LEGO Batman Movie earlier today. Here’s the movie’s official synopsis courtesy of Warner Bros.
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO® Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble—LEGO Batman—stars in his own big-screen adventure: The LEGO® Batman Movie. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
Love the Batcave on this one, especially the array of Batsuits available at our hero’s disposal. Did you spot the Buccaneer Bat and Batman Beyond costumes? Do you think we’ll be seeing another Batman minifig soon?
The LEGO Batman Movie will hit theaters on February 10, 2017. It features the voices of Will Arnett (Batman), Ralph Fiennes (Alfred), Michael Cera (Dick Grayson aka Robin), Rosario Dawson (Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl), and Zach Galifianakis (The Joker) directed by Chris McKay.
Hot off the heels of the LEGO Batman Movie’s official teaser trailer release, now comes what seems to be the first details of how the story of Warner Bros next LEGO movie iteration will unfold.
Hollywood movie tracker, Movie Insider, just released a sampling of what seems to be the storyline of the LEGO Ninjago Movie which is slated to hit US cinemas on September 22, 2017. As you may notice, we’ll be enjoying two LEGO theatrical releases next year, with LEGO Batman Movie opening in cinemas on February 10, 2017. Here are some of the details from the LEGO Ninjago Movie as Movie Insider reports it:
Ninjago is the story of six young ninja tasked with defending their island home, called Ninjago. By night, they’re gifted warriors, using their skill and awesome fleet of vehicles to fight villains and monsters. By day, they’re ordinary teens, struggling against their greatest enemy: high school.
Movie Insider also mentions that the LEGO Ninjago Movie has now entered its production stage this month, and we might be seeing more information released in the next few weeks. The movie’s poster above may likewise change anytime soon.
Based on the story line, we’ll be seeing a very different take on LEGO Ninjago Movie as compared to what we are used to in the TV series. As it seems, our ninjas are off to face another challenge in their journey and this time, it is someone or something that is all too familiar to us.
We’ll keep you posted on the recent development on the LEGO Ninjago Movie so stay tuned here at the BrickShow.
If you’re keen in keeping tabs with the news that we’ve been posting here at the BrickShow, you may have noticed how we have kept a close watch on Mark Smiley’s LEGO Ideas entry, the Rolling LEGO BB-8. Ever since we featured his MOC a month ago, we saw how it steadily gained support for a period of just less than two months. Now that it has gained the thumbs up approval of more than 10,000 supporters, Mark’s LEGO BB-8 will now have to find its way to get the nod of the LEGO Review Board.
However, this little rolling guy’s journey has just begun, and joining him for this year’s first Review Stage are the following fellow 10K achievers:
- Old Fishing Store – Modular Building by robeanne
- Jedi High Council Chamber by by lojaco
- Jurassic Park Visitor Center by LDiego
- Modular Train Station by LegoWolf
- Gingerbread House by Swan Dutchman
- Particle Accelerator by Jason Allemann (aka JKBrickworks)
- Fossil Museum by whatpumpkin
Mark and his team made several modifications to the Rolling LEGO BB-8 since it was introduced in February. He plans to improve his MOC by lowering BB-8’s head so it sits closer to the body, adding a pair of antennas, and the possibility of giving him omni-directional movement.
We’re excited to see how these LEGO Ideas projects turn out after the Review Stage later on. We’ll keep everyone posted with the most recent developments on this side of LEGO Ideas, and from all of us here at BrickShow, congratulations to all the aspiring builders who achieved the 10K mark!
LEGO’s website is now 20 years old, and in celebration of LEGO.com’s 20th anniversary, the site featured a special page that chronicles the aesthetic and functional changes of the website over the years. Since LEGO.com went live on March 23, 1996, it went through five significant changes that evolved to the clean and minimalist style of what we see today.
The original website may not be as fancy of what we see right now – boy, look at that Netscape browser – but it featured everything that a site visitor needs given the turtle-like speeds of dial-up modems during that time. By the way, if you don’t know what a dial-up modem is, or if you want to hear how it sounds, just click on the sound icon at the middle of the computer screen as you see it on the webpage.
As an anniversary treat for all fans of the site, LEGO.com cooked up a simple tile-matching game that allows you to compare how different LEGO elements and minifigures looked like in 1996 as they are today.
Matching the correct tiles for five times will give you a free download of the most colorful LEGO sets that were released in 1996. According to Brothers Brick, these handsome wallpapers seem to focus on the Freestyle, Train, Pirates, Technic, Castle, Aquazone, Town, Exploriens, Western and Time Cruisers themes. I tried it for one round and true enough, I was rewarded with this nostalgic Train themed wallpaper.
You may play as many times as you want, though I’m not sure if the wallpapers will be rewarded at random with no repeats, or if it follows a certain order.
If you’re at it already, please drop us a comment and tell us what you think of these wallpapers. What do you think about LEGO’s 20th anniversary website? Do you have anything else that you want to see on it?
LEGO’s May 2016 Store Calendar is now making its rounds online with many exciting exclusives and promos to watch out for. Included in the calendar is LEGO’s May the 4th release of the Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper (30602) minifigure as shared to us by BrickFan. Reactions to this Stormtrooper minifig are somehow varied, with most inclined towards the thumbs down side. Most minifig connoisseurs noted that this May the 4th exclusive is very similar to the First Order Heavy Artillery Stormtrooper minifigure as seen in the LEGO Star Wars First Order Battle Pack 75132, save from the slightly different torso design and inclusion of an ammunition backpack.
Others have pointed out that there could have been better choices around, given the myriad of fan favorites belonging to the Star Wars canon. Nevertheless, the First Order Stormtrooper 30602 is offered for free with a minimum LEGO purchase of $50 – more than 30% less as compared to previous years’ offerings of $75 single purchase receipt.
Here’s the complete image for the May 2016 Store Calendar, along with some of its highlights courtesy of BrickFan.
- April 30-May 4 – The May the 4th event continues this year and the exclusive minifigure that will be given out is the First Order Stormtrooper with a LEGO Star Wars purchase of $50 or more.
- April 30-May 4 – Earn Double VIP Points on on LEGO Star Wars purchases. You also get a free The Force Awakens poster with any Star Wars purchase.
- May 27-30 – The LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Captain America’s Motorcycle (30447) polybag will be available with purchases of $35 or more.
- May 3-4 – The VIP Monthly Mini Build will be a Hedgehog (40212).
- May 7 – LEGO Elves Building Event at LEGO Brand Stores.
- May 9-10 – Free LEGO Star Wars Master Your Force Jango Fett character card when kids build a Star Wars spaceship and compete against others at LEGO Brand Stores.
- May 16 – Minifigure Swap Day at LEGO Brand Stores.
- May 18-31 – VIPs get early access to a new exclusive LEGO set. Rumor has it that it could be the LEGO Creator Big Ben (10253) but we’ll see in a few weeks when LEGO released their press release of the set.
- May 23-24 – Free LEGO Star Wars Master Your Force Garazeb “Zeb” Orrelios character card.
- May 21 & 28 – LEGO Club Meeting.
- May 1-31 – VIPs get Double Points on Battle on Takodana (75139) and Resistance Troop Transporter (75140).
Unfortunately, missing from the calendar is LEGO’s Disney Minifigure Collection which is supposed to be released also in May. Perhaps LEGO is still holding back some of the fun reveals and we just have to wait a little more for this set to come out.
Issue 18 of Blocks Magazine is now with subscribers and on shelves nationwide in the UK.
This month, we celebrate all things Batman v Superman, with an exclusive series of builds, reviews of the new sets and the lowdown on how to create the perfect Dark Knight Tumbler.
Elsewhere, MOD Squad member Daniel Konstanski shows us how you can improve your Carbon Freezing Chamber, while we catch up with the Brick to the Past team and find out whether TT Games’ latest effort is worth your time.
There’s much more besides, including reviews of the latest Frozen sets and a behind-the-scenes look at David Pickard’s Blacktron project. It’s all topped off with an exclusive interview with LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya on his DC Comics exhibition.
Get your copy now in the UK, and why not subscribe to get future copies early and enter monthly free prize draws? See www.blocksmag.com for more details.
Ever since that gripping cliff hanger when Rey finally caught up with Luke Skywalker, Star Wars fan have been clamoring for what really happened next. It spewed a lot of discussions and speculations from fans, eager to know what happened after that fateful meeting. Without any clear answer, we just have to wait until December next year to find the answer for ourselves when Episode 8 hits the big screen in 2017.
Or you might just opt for this one – straight from the creative, witty minds of writers and cartoonists of it How It Should Have Ended (HISHE). With the help of our brick building friends over at BrotherhoodWorkshop, this hilarious alternate ending made its way to the 2016 SXSW Video Game Awards.
Ok, enough with the chit-chat since I don’t want to give out too many spoilers. Even if you have seen this already, or if you simply want to have a break from your perpetual contemplation, just kick off your shoes and have fun watching this video.