Exclusive Emperor Palpatine Minifigure Officially Revealed

The new Emperor Palpatine minifigure from the LEGO Star Wars: The Dark Side has been revealed by DK through their Facebook Page. As we previously reported, the minifigure will be wearing a black robe and hood with a beige/yellow flesh. The book is will be available for sale in August.

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LEGO Creator MINI Cooper MK VII 40109 Found

It looks like there will be a new polybag coming out later this year based on the new LEGO Creator MINI Cooper MK VII 10242. The polybag has set number 40109 and is a miniature scale version of the Cooper MK VII, similar to the Mini Volkswagen T1 Camper Van 40079. There’s no word yet on how to get the polybag but there’s speculation that it may be a freebie at LEGO later this year. Below are the instructions for the set and you can build your own if you have the right pieces.

Images via The Brick Fan)

LEGO Releases New Gaming App for iOS, LEGO Marvel: Universe in Peril

LEGO and TT Games have released a new app for all iOS devices called LEGO SuperHeroes Marvel: Universe in Peril. This app is available for $4.99 and also gives you the option purchases other upgrades and abilities for your characters.

Here is the full press release from Marvel:

“LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril” features an original story crossing the entire Marvel Universe. Fans can take control of Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine and many more Marvel characters as they unite to stop Loki and a host of other Marvel villains from assembling a super-weapon capable of destroying the world!

In “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril” players can experience 45 action-packed missions as they chase down Cosmic Bricks across key locations. With more than 90 playable characters, gamers battle enemies using fast-paced combat moves and can activate super moves such as the Hulk’s Thunder Clap and Iron Man’s Arc Reactor. Players will gain instant access to their favorite Marvel super heroes and super villains, as well as power-up abilities through in-app purchases.

Source: Marvel

More LEGO Mixels Coming Beyond Series 3

News coming out of Brickworld Chicago is that the LEGO Mixels will be extending beyond the Series 3 that we will be getting later this year. The news comes from an “extremely reliable” source that the popular figures will be around for a very long time. That is all the news we can release at this point but stay tuned for more information as we get them.

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Minecraft Series 2 Overworld Steve & Horse Image Released

For you Minecraft fans, an image of the new Series 2 Minecraft Overworld Steve & Horse has been released today. The new box set will include a fully articulated Steve figure and a white horse. The set will also include an apple and a hay bale. The set will retail around $16.99 and will be available sometime this August.

Marvel/LEGO Licensing Partnership for Avengers: Age of Ultron

There’s some exciting news today regarding the new Avengers: Age of Ultron movie that will be coming out next year. Marvel Entertainment has revealed the licensing partners for the movie and one of the companies that will release products will be LEGO. There’s no word on what the sets will be or what minifigures will be included but it’s a safe guess to say the original cast of Avengers will be returning.

(Hat Tip: The Brick Fan)

LEGO Launches LEGO Fusion This Summer

LEGO has announced a new initiative called LEGO Fusion that blends physical play with the digital world. There will be four sets that will be released in August and September: Tower Master, Battle Towers, Create & Race, and Resort Designer. The free app that goes along with the sets is developed by TT Games.

NEW YORK, June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — LEGO Systems, Inc., makers of the world’s leading construction toys, today introduced LEGO® FUSION, a play experience that combines traditional LEGO brick play with familiar app-based game themes. LEGO FUSION leverages new technologies??and children’s fascination with them??to create an entirely new way to engage in LEGO brick building and app game play for children ages 7 and up. Available later this summer, the LEGO FUSION collection will include four distinct titles: LEGO FUSION Town Master, LEGO FUSION Battle Towers, LEGO FUSION Create & Race and LEGO FUSION Resort Designer.

Each LEGO FUSION experience consists of a distinct set of LEGO bricks, a corresponding free downloadable app and the new FUSION capture plate, a small brick building plate with a printed design that enables a smart phone or tablet’s camera to identify the size and colors of the LEGO bricks built onto it. In response to game prompts, children build vertically in 2-D on the FUSION capture plate, enabling the app to ‘see,’ import and transform the creation into 3-D in the digital world.

“Children have always imagined their LEGO creations as immersive worlds which come to life for hours of role-play and adventure,” said Ditte Bruun Pedersen, senior design manager, LEGO Future Lab. “Recently, smart phones and tablets have become a popular platform for empowering game mechanisms that kids love. LEGO FUSION brings these two favorite play patterns together in an experience where real-life LEGO builds come to life in a virtual game, inspiring creativity, strategy, and the pride of creation.”

To Win, Step Away from the Screen
Once a child’s creation has been imported into the game, a series of challenges and interactions requires that players turn away from the device and return to the real world to use their LEGO bricks to build new solutions in order to move game play forward. Each game encourages this back-and-forth between physical and virtual, keeping children engaged in both worlds.

“In our research, we heard repeatedly from parents that they are constantly battling ‘zombie gaze,’ the experience when their children are immersed in their device screens for large blocks of time,” said Pedersen. “We developed LEGO FUSION with this challenge in mind, creating a play experience that keeps children entertained with the kind of app gameplay they love while giving real reasons to return to the brick pile to creatively build.”

Each LEGO FUSION product offers a distinct play experience. The four products launching this year are:

LEGO FUSION Town Master
In this simulation game, players create and rule their own LEGO town, first by building it with LEGO bricks, then by capturing it and importing it to the game. Children build everything from houses to a pizzeria, fire station and bike shop while completing errands and missions like catching robbers, fighting fires and skateboarding. To keep the minifigure citizens happy, players solve problems through physical building and earn points to gain access to more structures, and even run additional towns.

LEGO FUSION Battle Towers
Players build a tower and defend it against attack so they can rule the kingdom. First, players design the Battle Towers with real LEGO pieces, then capture them and import them to the game. Next, players choose tower defenders like wizards and archers and battle against evil warriors, skeleton armies, and more. If a tower is damaged in battle, players can repair the damage with a timed build with the game’s real LEGO bricks.

LEGO FUSION Create & Race
In this racing game, players get behind the wheel and virtually drive the cars that they create with real LEGO bricks. Once a custom vehicle is digitally designed, physically built, and imported to the game, it can be optimized for success in racing, demolition or stunts. Players learn that every brick shape and color on the vehicle matters for performance. Three themed courses offer endless challenges unlocked by physical LEGO builds, and children can even ghost race against friends to top the leaderboard.

LEGO FUSION Resort Designer
Players help the LEGO Friends design new vacation houses, shops and activities for Ambersands Beach. After building 2-D facades, capturing them and importing them to the game, players can design the interiors of 3-D digital structures, such as an aquarium, surf shop and beach houses. Children can unlock new levels and build more resorts by completing missions like rescuing dolphins, riding horses, surfing and other resort activities.

Beginning in September, LEGO FUSION will incorporate the ability for players to access their digital LEGO creations and game play anywhere. Using their LEGO ID, players can sign in on any compatible device and access their gallery and game play from within the LEGO FUSION app.

Developed by TT Games, makers of the best-selling LEGO video game franchise, the LEGO FUSION Town Master, Battle Towers, Create & Race, and Resort Designer app games are free for download from the Apple, Google or Samsung App Store for Apple iOS and Android.

LEGO FUSION Town Master, LEGO FUSION Battle Towers, and LEGO FUSION Create & Race will launch in August 2014; LEGO FUSION Resort Designer will launch in September 2014. Each will be available for $34.99 in LEGO Stores and Toys”R”Us stores in the U.S., as well as online at shop.LEGO.com and at toysrus.com.

About LEGO Systems, Inc.
LEGO Systems, Inc. is the North American division of The LEGO Group, a privately-held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of creatively educational play materials for children. The company is committed to the development of children’s creative and imaginative abilities, and its employees are guided by the motto adopted in the 1930s by founder Ole Kirk Christiansen: “Only the best is good enough.” Visit the virtual LEGO world at http://www.LEGO.com

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure and brick and knob configuration are trademarks of The LEGO Group. ©2014 The LEGO Group.

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