Take a Look At The Official Images of LEGO Friends Heartlake Performance School 41134 and Heartlake Party Shop 41132

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A couple of weeks back, we featured some of the LEGO Friends set that we are still waiting to be released, and one of them is the Heartlake Performance School 41134. Though the inclusion of this set as a summer release has been discussed extensively, we still yet to see its official images. We had a glimpse of 41134 when Rebrick launched its ongoing Celebrate the Best of Friends contest, and included Heartlake Performance School as one of the four LEGO Friends sets to be given away to those who will make it to the semi finals, along with Heartlake Super Market 41118Adventure Park Hotdog Van 41129, and 41122 Adventure Camp Tree. The image was quite small actually, and it’s kind of difficult to see any details beyond the set’s name and piece count.

This time around and still hot off the heels of just2good’s reveal of LEGO’s summer releases via LEGO’s online cache, we finally have our official images for Heartlake Performance School 41134 together with another LEGO Friends set, Heartlake Party Shop 41132.

 

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Thanks to The Brick Fan for the tip.

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Check Out This LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Minifigure Display Frame

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Zusammengebaut shares another great find at LEGOLAND Billund for all minifigure collectors and connoisseurs out there. So far, we have not known LEGO to be keen with regards to creating minifigure displays and storage systems that are specifically built around a particular theme. The ones that LEGO are currently offering are sort of the generic, stackable minifigure cases that can either be found at shop.LEGO.com or at Amazon, plus they tend to take a lot of space.

This time around, LEGO offers another minifigure display and storage solution with a particular emphasis on a certain theme, or to be more exact for your LEGO Super Heroes minifigs. Reported to be found at LEGOLAND Billund, this LEGO display frame comes in 46 pieces, consisting primarily of a 32×32 studs gray baseplate, several angular plates (1.5 Bot. 1X2 2/2) plates with bow (2X2X2/3), and 2×2 plates similar to the ones you see below (images courtesy of Brickset).

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You can place more minifigures on to it as long as you have the similar pieces mentioned above. It may be a very simple build, but the way it is mounted on a frame that is specifically made for the Super Heroes theme is quite a good concept. Like other frames, you can either hang it on a wall or place it standing on a shelf or desk. Take a look at these images.

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It’s nice of LEGO to come up with such ideas. It is reminiscent of Nintendo’s pitch of having display dioramas for its amiibo figures. We hope to see more future releases designed for other themes such as LEGO Ninjago, Nexo Knights, and Star Wars, or perhaps a DIY kit where you’re free to come up with your own customized frame of any particular size according to your fancy and need. That will surely put a new and exciting play experience for your LEGO minifigures. What do you think?

Hop Into Donald Duck’s Classy LEGO Mini Car 313

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Since the release of LEGO’s Disney Collectible Minifigures, LEGO fans around the world never seem to run out of great ideas on how to proudly display their favorite Disney character rendered in minifig form. We saw how Moko paid tribute to the world’s most famous mouse with his Mecha Mickey Robo a couple of days ago, and it was really awesome. Disney’s magic and appeal seems to be universal.

This time, hailing from a land where Donald Duck is affectionately called as ‘Kalle Anka’, Swedish web developer, illustrator and AFOL Johan Alexanderson couldn’t wait for LEGO to come up with sets centered on his favorite minifigure. Instead, he came up with his own build showing Donald’s refined automotive taste. Johan’s Donald Duck Minicar is so promising that it eventually landed a place to become a LEGO Ideas entry.

 

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Inspired by the popular American Bantam 1938 classic car, Johan opted for the timeless appeal of the Belchfire Runabout, complete with a customized plate number that reflects Donald’s birthday which is March 13.

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Here’s how Johan  describes his Donald Duck Mini Car 313:

Since we now have Disney’s Donald Duck, wouldn’t it be great with a set of his car, also called “the 313”? This model is 6 studs wide so it fits great in a LEGO city.

The car made its first appearance in the movie “Don Donald” from 1937, and in 1938 was introduced in the newspaper comics by Al Taliaferro. The design is originally based on the “American Bantam 1938” car, but has changed slightly over the years and varies from different cartoonists. 

Its name “The 313” comes from the license plate that has the number 313, which also is by the way the day when Donald Duck was born (13th of March).

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It’s impressive how Johan was able to fit all this classy goodness in a build that is just 6 studs wide – something that LEGO can easily do especially that they already have the similar Mighty Micros line. If you find his work promising, just head over at his LEGO Ideas project page and show your support by voting for his MOC. We wish Johan all the best in hitting that 10K mark!

Take A Look At This Jaw-Dropping LEGO Pop-Up Himeji Castle

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I remember as a kid how my wide, googly eyes lit up whenever I pass by our local bookstore, sit on the floor, and carefully thumb my way through pages of amazing pop-up books. The story comes visually alive as the cleverly folded images ‘rise up’ on each turn of the page. Until now, I am still impressed by the creativity of the people behind these amazing folded masterpieces.

So imagine my surprise when I stumbled on the creative genius of LEGO uber master builder talapz as he shares his jaw-dropping rendition of a foldable, LEGO pop-up Himeji Castle just like a big, brick-built pop-up storybook.

That is absolutely amazing! According to talapz, it took him a total of 1 year and 3 months to complete this build with so many LEGO pieces that he already lost count of. The walls of the castle perfectly fit one another as they come together at the center of this MOC. I was literally holding my breath as I see him carefully closing his LEGO pop-up castle. I was worried that the pieces might actually fall off as the castle walls separate from each other. It becomes more impressive when you realize that he didn’t use any glue to support the castle’s structure and relying instead on the stability and sturdiness of its joints and movable parts.

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Measuring at 70 x 70 x 11.5 centimeters (or 27.5 x 27.5 x 4.5 inches), this is by far the largest pop-up castle that talapz created, with three similar builds that he created several years ago. Watch his very first video on his YouTube channel and you’ll see a smaller version of this castle, complete with a parts inventory and building instructions towards the end.

If you are equally impressed as much as I am, head over at talapz’ YouTube channel and see more of his eye-popping creations. Thanks to Brothers Brick for sharing talapz’ creation.

LEGO Creator Big Ben 10253 Officially Revealed – Images, Pricing, Release Date

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If you recall several weeks ago, we posted our take on some of the most anticipated LEGO Creator sets that are yet to be revealed in 2016. Among the three that we mentioned (including the LEGO Volkswagen Beetle 10252 and the holiday themed LEGO Creator Winter Train 10254), it is probably the LEGO Creator Big Ben 10253 that is highly anticipated. For one thing, it is gorgeously huge with more than 4,000 pieces, making it the third largest advanced model that LEGO has come up with.

To commemorate the 157th year anniversary of the famous British landmark, LEGO has just released this massive set in honor of good ‘ol Big Ben. In a ceremonial-like unveiling which is set at exactly at 3PM (UK time) of May 19, the reveal is also accompanied by the LEGO Group’s announcement of their newest flagship store in London which will open later this year.

Here’s the official press release from the LEGO Group, followed by official images of this set.

10253 Big Ben

Ages 16+.  4,163 pieces.

US $249.99 – CA $299.99 – DE 219.99€ – UK £169.99 – DK 1999.00 DKK

*Euro pricing varies by country.  Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

Build the world’s best-known clock tower!

Get up close to Big Ben! The clock was first started on May 31st 1859, and Big Ben’s first chime rang from the 96-meter Elizabeth Tower on July 11th of the same year. This over 23” (60cm) high LEGO® interpretation of the iconic structure is a tribute to its engineering and architecture. It features a detailed facade with statues, shields and windows, and a clock tower with 4 adjustable clock dials and a removable roof allowing access to the belfry, plus buildable exterior elements including a sidewalk, lawn and a tree depicting the building’s location. This model makes a great display piece for the home or office.

• Big Ben features a detailed section of the Westminster Palace and the adjoining Elizabeth Tower, 4 detailed clock dials with movable hour and minutes hands, and a sidewalk, tree and grass area depicting the building’s location.

• Remove the top of the tower to access the Big Ben bell.

• Put your LEGO® building skills to the test!

• Special elements include 4 printed clock faces.

• Rare elements include ski poles, flowers and corner plates in molded gold color, and tinted-translucent elements.

• This set includes over 4,000 LEGO® pieces.

• This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 16+.

• Big Ben measures over 23” (60cm) high, 17” (44cm) wide and 7” (20cm) deep.

At almost two feet high, the LEGO Creator Big Ben is imposing to say the least. It demands your attention just by the sheer size of it. Removing the top portion of the tower reveals an impressive clock work that is fully functional, complete with movable hour hand and minutes. Adding value to this set are the special and rare elements that come along with it, especially the printed clock faces. LEGO’s choice of using microfigs for the statues is really clever. This is one set that perfectly goes together with the LEGO Tower Bridge 10214. Throw in some pieces from LEGO City’s Fun In The Park – City People Pack 60134 and you have a more scenic recreation of the famous landmark.

There is so much to say about this set, but I have to refer this to Jason and Stephen’s expertise once they get their hands on the LEGO Big Ben.

VIP Early Access for the LEGO Creator Big Ben 10253 will start on June 15 via shop.LEGO.com, followed by its launch date on July 1.

So what do you think about this set? Do you think LEGO did a good job coming up with this one? Hit the comments button and share your thoughts below.

 

Blocks Magazine Issue #20 Now Available

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Blocks Magazine Issue #20 is now out, and their latest issue brings us to the fast-paced world of LEGO Speed Champions! Take a look at their official press release to find out what’s in store in this issue. While you’re at it, be sure to grab a copy of this issue, plus other back issues that you might have missed by heading to Wild Card Toys.

Issue 20 of Blocks magazine has zoomed through subscribers’ letterboxes, and will be in shops on Thursday 19th May.

This month, we’re gearing up for a comprehensive look at the new Speed Champions range, including an exclusive interview with the man behind a real-life Audi.

Elsewhere, Simon Pickard introduces us to his brand new technique for building mind-bending roads, while Daniel Konstanski finds out what goes into a LEGO racing car. It’s not all about the wheels this month, however, with a look back at some classic LEGO football sets and reviews of the latest Ninjago and Super Heroes releases.

We’re also celebrating the premiere of two new blockbusters, with a pair of whimsical Alice in Wonderland builds and instructions for some superpowered X-Men Mighty Micros. It’s all topped off with an exclusive interview with viral sensation Iain Heath and a complete guide to Technic clutch control.

You can get your copy from Thursday 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.

 

I’m particularly curious about this new road building technique of Simon Pickard, sounds cool. So if you want to have a glimpse of this mind-bending’ build and other interesting stuff, be sure to watch out for Jason’s flip thru video of Blocks Magazine Issue #20 which will be out anytime soon.

LEGO What Am I? Board Game 40161 Revealed at LEGOLAND Billund

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LEGOLAND is full of surprises, and that is exactly what Zusammengebaut further discovered when he paid a visit to LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark. Hot off the trail from his post about the LEGO Friends Heartlake Performance School 41134 which he discovered at the shelves of the LEGO Store, comes another find that will get LEGO board game enthusiasts excited.

Similar to the popular guessing game “Guess Who?” by Hasbro, LEGO What Am I? 40161 follows the same game mechanics, but with a fun LEGO twist. We’ve heard about this set for quite some time now where it was initially sighted at the newly opened LEGO Certified Store in Arese Shopping Center, Milan, Italy. Given that it is not seen yet at any retailer outside of LEGO, chances are we might get to see more of 40161 as a LEGO Store exclusive, though it is not yet listed at shop.LEGO.com as of this writing. Take a look.

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What’s really nice about this set is the fact that it comes with plenty minifigures, 16 to be exact, with 8 mounted on each side of two separate baseplates plus other brick-built pieces. Perhaps other than being a great way to kill some time like any other board game, the greatest selling point of 40161 is the large amount of minifigures that it offers. If you look closely at the video, these minifigures are somewhat from the LEGO City theme, each with its own accessory. The only catch is that each minifigure comes in pairs since you must have two of the same minifig in order to play the game. As in any other LEGO board game, you are free to use your own minifigs and be creative in adding your own customizations. Watch this video for a better look.

According to Zusammengebaut, the shelf price of LEGO What Am I? 40161 equivalent to 60 Euros or roughly $68 USD. With 536 pieces and tons of minifigures, I definitely have no qualms in getting this set.

What do you think about the LEGO What Am I 40161? Are you excited to get one of these sets? Drop us a note in the comments section below.

Come Up With The Greatest Ninjago Villain of All Time And Get A Chance To Visit LEGOLAND Billund

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LEGO Rebrick is back with another action-packed contest that will keep your creative juices flowing. Inspired by the high-flying, katana-swinging, spinjutzu-powered universe of LEGO Ninjago, Rebrick has just recently announced its latest contest entitled “The Greatest Villain Of All Time In Ninjago”. We all love to hate the bad guys in our LEGO sets, and this time around, Rebrick pays tribute to the ‘baddest of the bad’ by letting fans come up with the meanest, baddest, most despicable LEGO Ninjago villain that they can think of.

Here’s what Rebrick has to say about the “The Greatest Villain Of All Time In Ninjago Contest”. 

Have you ever wanted to immerse yourself in a fun, action-packed ninja universe? Now is your chance to dive into the adventurous NINJAGO world and explore the greatest villains. We invite you to make a max. 1 minute stop-motion video with the theme “the greatest villain of all time in NINJAGO.” Create a story around existing NINJAGO bad guys or build your own super villain(s). We encourage you to be creative and original and show your twist on the NINJAGO universe.

Using stop-motion animation, contestants will create a minute long video that shows their personal pick on who could be the greatest villain in Ninjago. The cool part is you don’t need to have a LEGO Ninjago set to submit an entry. You can either choose from any existing baddie from Ninjago, OR you can come up with your own original character. As long as you use characters/themes within LEGO-created IPs, such as LEGO Friends, LEGO City, Nexo Knights, Super Heroes, etc., then your entry is eligible to join. Just bear in mind that the theme of your stop-motion video must be centered on the world of Ninjago. Here are Rebrick’s criteria for judging entries:

NINJAGO action and humor in the video (33%) 
Overall NINJAGO look and feel (33%)
Overall coolness and originality of story and builds in the video (33%) 

Deadline of entries is not later than August 11, 2016 at exactly 10AM CET. Each of the six Runner-Ups that will be selected from the successfully submitted entries will receive the massive, 2,028-piece LEGO Ninjago Temple of Airjitzu 70751 set, signed exclusively by LEGO Master Builder Adrian Florea. Out of the six semi-finalists, the Grand Winner will be determined based on the most number of likes that it will receive from the LEGO community once the video entries are uploaded at LEGO.com/NINJAGO. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a trip for two to LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark, including transportation and hotel accommodation.

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Be sure to read the complete set of rules posted on Rebrick’s site to have a better grasp of the rest of the contest’s mechanics. To help you jumpstart your film-producing mojo, here’s an interesting video on LEGO stop-motion tips and tricks courtesy of Kevin Ulrich from the Brotherhood Workshop.

Take A Look At This Stunning Recreation of LEGO Bionicle Companions PLUS Hi-Res Images of LEGO Bionicle Quake Beast 71315

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Earlier this year, LEGO introduced a new set of companions or elemental creatures to aid the Toa in their search for the Mask of Control. Containing raw elemental power that greatly boosts a Toa’s power, these six elemental creatures hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of the Great Maze. Representing the elements of water, fire, stone, ice, earth, and jungle, these creature-companions combine or ‘unifies’ with the Toa to form a more formidable figure.

This time around, LEGO unveiled another set of creature-companions with its Summer 2016 LEGO Bionicle releases aimed to even the odds by also giving power-ups to the arch nemesis of the Toas. Represented as elemental beasts, these beings exemplify nature’s fiercest and most violent qualities: Lava Beast (71313), Storm Beast (71314), and Quake Beast (71315). Once these creatures fuse with the scheming Umarak the Destroyer (71316), they unleash a greater destructive force known as Umarak the Abomination. The Toa really got their hands full this time, and it’s a race against time for the heroes to locate and recover the Mask of Control.

Perhaps inspired by the turn of events in the LEGO Bionicle world, BZ Power forum members, Tora (LittleTaggy), Tremah, and The Chosen One (Leonid An) collaborated to come up with a reimagining of the Toa’s elemental creatures to give them the upper hand against Umarak. The result is a stunning re-creation of these elemental creatures that we wish LEGO could have thought of. We took the liberty of posting the team’s phenomenal MOCs alongside LEGO’s official sets. Take a look and share us what you think.

 

LEGO Bionicle Uxar, Creature of Jungle (71300);  Uxar, Creature of Jungle by The Chosen One

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LEGO Bionicle Ketar, Creature of Stone (71301);  Ketar, Creature of Stone by Tora

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LEGO Bionicle Akida, Creature of Water (71302);  Akida, Creature of Water by Tremah

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LEGO Bionicle Ikir, Creature of Fire (71303);  Ikir, Creature of Fire by Tremah

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LEGO Bionicle Terak, Creature of Earth (71304);  Terak, Creature of Earth by The Chosen One

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LEGO Bionicle Melum, Creature of Ice (as found in 71311);  Melum, Creature of Ice by Tora

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In spite of working separately, the team behind these gorgeous builds managed to maintain a cohesive theme that is both impressively ‘organic’ and dynamic. They look more majestic when placed side by side with LEGO’s original set, maintaining the latter’s color scheme which makes it easily recognizable. Though LEGO initially thought of the Bionicle series to have a more ‘bio-mechanical’ (half organic, half robotic – more of robotic actually) look and feel, perhaps it will be nice if they will incorporate more nature-like builds in the future especially that we know how LEGO intends to launch certain reboots leading up until 2017.

In other Bionicle-related news, I happen to stumble once again with Ukrainian webshop Rozetka.ua to discover official set images of LEGO’s last instalment for its summer LEGO Bionicle line. If you recall earlier this month, Rozetka also provided us with several absurdly hi-res photos of LEGO’s Summer 2016 Star Wars and Super Heroes releases. Rozetka certainly likes it big, so here are the official images of LEGO Bionicle Quake Beast 71315, all in its high resolution glory.

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The site also has hi-res images of other LEGO Bionicle sets released earlier this year, including those that were revealed during the New York Toy Fair in case you’re interested to look.

 

 

Source: BZPower

LEGO Marvel Avengers Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. DLC Out Now

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Warner Bros. Interactive finally rolled out their fifth and last instalment of downloadable content for LEGO Marvel Avengers with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Character and Level Pack. This DLC comes free to download if you have the Season Pass that was offered last March. However, you can still have this Level Pack for just $2.99 if you only wish to explore this side of LEGO Marvel Avengers.

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In this DLC, Agent Melinda May and the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s agents find themselves in a tight spot after a failed attempt at making peace with the super-powered Inhumans. With the latter seizing S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Helicarrier, it’s up to Agent May and her team to neutralize this threat and uncover the greater scheme behind the attack. The LEGO Marvel Avengers Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. DLC features 13 playable characters (the largest number of characters ever released so far in this DLC series), a new vehicle, and a new level to play through. Characters included are: Agent Daisy Johnson, Agent Leo Fitz, Agent Koenig, Agent Melinda May, Agent Bobbi Morse, Agent Jemma Simmons, Cal Johnson/Mr. Hyde, Deathlok, Gordon, Grant Ward, Jiaying, Lincoln and Raina, plus a brand new vehicle called ‘The Bus’.

Though this last installment brings us to the end of any additional content currently released by Warner Bros Interactive for LEGO Marvel Avengers, Traveller’s Tales Game Director Arthur Parsons gave a hint on what’s next with the hit video game. Speaking in an interview with Marvel.com’s Justin Snyder, Parson’s teased on the “taste of things to come”. When asked about what’s next after the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. DLC, Parsons replied:

May is indeed a big month—in fact a huge month—we’ve already had the release of the Black Panther pack, now the Doctor Strange pack, right around the corner we have our Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pack, inspired by the hit series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which is going to blow the minds of anyone that loves the show—which is obviously every Marvel fan—and if that in itself is not enough then we may well have one more surprise up our “LEGO Marvel’s Avengers” sleeves!!! Stay tuned!!!

As it seems, TT Games and Warner Bros Interactive still have something in the works, and with a cornucopia of content that can be explored within Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, then we’re sure that they’ll never run out of great ideas to share with fans and LEGO enthusiasts.

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So while waiting for the next big thing with LEGO Marvel Avengers, be sure to check our highly engaging video walkthroughs on these DLCs courtesy of our awesome in-house game master Brian. From Ant-Man to Black Panther and Doctor Strange, Brian will give you a peak on some of the cool stuff waiting to be discovered in these Character and Level Packs. Watch out for his video gameplay of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. DLC which will come out any time soon. Head over our YouTube channel for these and other gameplay videos and drop us a note in the comments section below if you have any particular LEGO video game that you would like us to review or give you a walkthrough.