Some of my favorite Lego sets are their giant ones based on real landmarks like the Tower Bridge and the Eiffel Tower. Today Lego revealed their latest – a 2,989 piece build of the Sydney Opera house. This world renown building features organic curves, complex shapes and subtle details and will make one fun build! The assembled set measures over 11″ tall, 25″ wide and 15″ deep. This set is sure to be a draw for expert builders as well as it’s filled with rare tan bricks and the debut of the 48×48 stud baseplate in blue. This set, 10234, will be available in September from shop.lego.com and is priced at $319.99.
Last week Lego sent out teasers to many media outlets promoting their new animated miniseries ‘The Yoda Chronicles’ (premiering May 29 on Cartoon Network) – mine is in the queue to be photographed for AwesomeToyBlog. The box promised there’d be a big secret revealed, but I don’t think anyone expected the secret to be this big. Today in Times Square Lego unveiled a full sized X-Wing Fighter constructed out of Lego bricks. This 46,000 lb model is built from 5.3 million Lego bricks. This build took 32 people 17,336 hours to build. I’ll let those numbers sink in for a minute.
The full sized Lego X-Wing Fighter is on display in Times Square for three days and will then head to the west coast where it’ll be on display at Legoland for the remainder of the year. And be sure to watch The Yoda Chronicles on Cartoon Network premiering May 29th. You can see Lego’s gallery of the unveiling here on Facebook.
Earlier today, Lego sent out an announcement of a new promotion they’re offering. With a $50 purchase at the Lego store in-store or online, you get a free ‘ Iron Man vs. Fighting Drone’ set. This promotion will run through the end of the month or until supplies run out. You can shop online at shop.lego.com.
Thanks to my pal Steve for sending me this earlier today – here’s a video featuring a Lego recreation of the opening of “Casino Royale”. Enjoy!
On Monday, March 25th, Lego is kicking off a new contest on rebrick.com which will give fans worldwide a chance to create a scene for inclusion in the upcoming 3D animated film “The Lego Movie”. Fans are to create a 15-30 second clip where a (non-licensed!) minifigure needs to deconstruct their environment and then reconstruct the bricks into new tools and vehicles to prevent impending doom.
The Grand Prize winner gets a trip and VIP tour for two to Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California; a meeting with the directors, to participate in a LEGO build; an exclusive LEGO film camera designed and built by the official LEGO model shop; plus souvenir items from the movie’s set, signed by the designers. Their scene may also be included in the film! Second and third place also get a sweet prize pack.
For full details, or to enter, continue reading after the jump or head to: http://rebrick.it/Contest.
Lego has announced an updated X-Wing starfighter set, which promises to be the most detailed build of this iconic vehicle yet. This $200 set has 1,558 pieces and will be available at shop.lego.com. Other details on this set are:
10240 – Red Five X-wing Starfighter™
- Ages 16+. 1,558 pieces
- Includes R2-D2 atromech droid
- Features highly authentic detailing, and opening wings and cockpit
- Measures over 10″ (26cm) high, 20″ (52cm) long and 18″ (46cm) wide
- Includes display stand and data sheet label!
Check out pictures of this incredible set below!
In what has become an annual tradition, the first day of Toy Fair kicks off early with Lego’s Collector Event. Before the show opens the fan media is invited to breakfast and to preview all the new product for the line. The gallery below has images of all the sets that could be photographed across all the themes – Duplo, Legends of Chima, Lego City, Star Wars, Heroes – everyhing. As you can imagine, it’s a large gallery. What you won’t see are images of the Iron Man 3 and Superman: Man of Steel sets that were on display, or the official contents of series 11 and 12 of the minifigures. In the meantime, enjoy the gallery and thanks again to the Lego team for organizing this event!
I got a Valentine in the mail today from Lego – which makes me worry that I spend entirely too much money in the Lego store. Included in the card was this red vac metallized minifig keychain. Very cool!
More Toy Fair news continues coming into the AwesomeToyBlog HQ – here’s Lego’s overall press release for Toy Fair. Most of the information isn’t new, but there is the announcement of sets supporting ‘The Long Ranger’, and confirmation that 2013 will have 3 sets of blind-bagged minifigures. Keep reading after the jump for the full text of the release.
File this in news that most of the world seemed to miss, but the details for Lego’s 10th series of Minifigures were revealed back in November.The 16 figures in this assortment are:
- Female Nerd
- Bee Woman
- Toy Soldier
- Baseball Catcher
- Roman Soldier
- Old Man
- Hawk Soldier Girl
- Paintball Player
- Native American
- Punk Biker
We will hopefully have more pictures after the New York Toy Fair’s Lego event!
At CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, Lego announced the latest addition to their Mindstorms line-up. Check out the press release below for the details on Lego Mindstorms EV3.
Lego today announced the latest addition to their videogame line-up with Marvel Superheroes this Fall. Following in the footsteps of Star Wars, Batman, Harry Potter, and the like, the game is sure to satisfy fans of Lego platform games and the Marvel Universe. Check out the full press release after the jump!
WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT, TT GAMES, THE LEGO GROUP AND MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT ASSEMBLE TO CREATE LEGO® MARVEL™ SUPER HEROES
Marvel Super Heroes Build Their Way into LEGO Games Fall 2013 with an All-New, Action-Packed LEGO Videogame Adventure
Burbank, Calif. – Jan. 8, 2013 – Marvel Super Heroes are assembling for an action-packed, brick-smashing good time! Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and Marvel Entertainment announced today that LEGO® Marvel™ Super Heroes will be available beginning Fall 2013 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Wii U™ system and Windows PC, as well as the Nintendo DS™ handheld system, Nintendo 3DS™ handheld system and PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is the first instalment in the highly successful LEGO videogame franchise to feature famous Marvel characters.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes complements the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes construction toy collection, which brings the characters, vehicles and action of Marvel’s renowned universe to the world of LEGO build-and-play adventure. There are currently eight iconic scenes from the X-Men, Iron Man and Spider-Man franchises available and more construction sets tied to the new Iron Man 3 feature film will launch later this spring.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes offers an original storyline in which Nick Fury calls upon Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, Wolverine and other heroes spanning the Marvel Universe to save Earth from such threats as the vengeance of Loki and the hunger of Galactus, Devourer of the Worlds. LEGO and Marvel fans will enjoy classic LEGO videogame adventure and humor, while playing as their favorite Marvel characters.
“We’re very excited to bring a myriad of classic Marvel characters to life in LEGO form for some fun, family-friendly gameplay in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games Publishing. “Players will brave the ultimate mission to save the world as they explore famous landmarks in LEGO New York and take the adventure beyond Earth to iconic locations in the Marvel Universe.”
“Fans of both LEGO and Marvel have wanted this game for years, and we’re addressing that demand with more Marvel Universe characters than ever in a console game,” said TQ Jefferson, Vice President, Games Production, Marvel Entertainment. “If you’re a fan of Spider-Man, the Avengers, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy or scores of other Marvel characters, this is the game for you.”
In LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, players will unlock more than 100 characters from across the Marvel Universe, including fan favorites like Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wolverine, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Deadpool, Loki and Galactus! The game will pack in a plethora of super-cool character abilities, combat-like action sequences, epic battle scenes, puzzle-solving and a unique story told with playful LEGO humor.
The first Lego Architecture set of 2013 has been revealed via an Italian Lego catalog (thanks to Eurobricks). The set will be Frank Lloyd Wright’s Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan. This set (LEGO 21017) has 1188 and will retail for approximately $90-$100 and be available this Spring.
Interesting fact, the lobby and the reflecting pool were disassembled and rebuilt at a museum so that this architectural treasure remains preserved.
Lego Cuusoo, where fans can vote on fan created sets and Lego reviews them for possible release, has just announced the results of their summer review. Out of four sets reviewed, the modular Western Town, the Legend of Zelda, EVE Online ships and the Back to the Future DeLorean – the DeLorean will be going ahead and be productized. No release date or pricing has been announced yet, but this is sure to be a fan favorite and a great exercising of the Cuusoo model.