You’ve probably seen Chris McVeigh’s miniature version of Benny’s Spaceship above. He has now provided the instructions for the build for free on his website. Head over to the “Sci-Fi & More” section of his building guides and you can download the instructions in PDF format along with many other building guides. If you have the pieces, you can display it next to the regular version of the 70816 ship. Be sure to follow his Facebook Page for more cool photography and notifications on when he releases new building guides.
As we know by now, our friend Richard over at Brick Fanatics is an avid supporter of the NSPCC children’s charity. The charity was a huge part in his life and was introduced to LEGO when he was younger. Now Richard is giving back to the charity that saved his life and he’s been doing half marathons throughout the year to raise money for the charity. He has teamed up with Firestar Toys to create some custom minifigures that are in his likeness. If you’ve seen Richard in his running outfit, you can tell that the minifigures are a very good representation of him.
Although these minifigures won’t be sold, Richard will be posting details later on how you can get them. The money raised through the custom minifigures will go towards Richard’s challenge total which is then given to the NSPCC. If you want to help support Richard and his charity, head over to his fundraiser page.
The time is now here and the new LEGO Ideas Exo Suit (21109) is now available on Shop@Home. It probably won’t sell out on the first day but LEGO Designer Mark Stafford has hinted that the set is currently a single production run so don’t wait on getting it if you plan to.
The LEGO Ideas Research Institute (21110), which is somewhat overshadowed by the popularity of the Exo Suit is also now available on Shop@Home.
Remember that there are a few promos that LEGO will be having in August including the free LEGO Creator MINI Cooper Mini Model Polybag (40109) with purchases of $99 or more. If the LEGO Ideas sets last until August 25th, you can also get the free LEGO Legends of Chima Worriz’ Fire Bike Polybag (30265) with purchases of $50 or more. Check out all the other things that is going on for August on the LEGO Store Calendar.
Update: The Exo Suit is already out of stock on Shop@Home and it will ship in 30 days. It was also listed on Target’s website but it’s also sold out. Finally, Toys R US has it listed sold in stores for $24.99 but YMMV.
News coming out of Brickipedia this evening is that the return of LEGO BIONICLE is pretty much now confirmed. When you do a search for the term “bionicle” on Shop@Home, it takes you to a “Coming Soon” page which tells you to check back later for more information. LEGO usually puts that placeholder for upcoming releases of new sets.
Earlier this month, we reported that there was a rumored list of 13 sets that will be released in 2015. Another thing that may confirm the return of LEGO BIONICLE is a leaked image that was posted on Groove Bricks of the sets in question. What are your guys’ thoughts on this piece of information? Is anyone excited for the return of LEGO BIONICLE after a couple of years hiatus?
Thanks to George over on Twitter for the heads up.
Friday marks the premiere of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy in theaters and over the past weekend while I was at San Diego Comic Con 2014, Antonio Toscano posted a new video of the GotG trailer that he has created on our Facebook Page. Like many of his other videos, Antonio has recreated the second Guardians of the Galaxy trailer done entirely in LEGO. Check out the video below and make sure to subscribe to his channel to see more of his cool videos. As usual, he has done a pretty good job on it with the sets that are now available. Check out both versions of the trailer below and see the close similarities both have to each other.
San Diego Comic Con 2014 came and went just like that. Four days filled with lots of things to see and do. Although I did lots of other things that wasn’t related to LEGO, I’m going to stick with the LEGO stuff in this post since this is what I’m here for.
One of the coolest things that I experienced there was not at the LEGO booth itself, but meeting people in the LEGO community. I got to finally meet Will from Hoth Bricks and Lim from neoape. It was cool to finally put a face to some of the fellow LEGO bloggers out there. I also got to reconnect with Joe Meno from BrickJournal, Tommy Williamson from BrickNerd, as well as some friends from SandLUG like Tommy and Charlie. I even ran into TT Games’ Game Director Arthur Parsons on the streets and chatted with him a little bit while waiting to cross the street.
Now on to the LEGO booth itself. It was very colorful and what we expect a LEGO booth to look like. Although the space for the booth was one of the larger ones at the convention, it didn’t feel like it. There wasn’t that much room to maneuver and if you thought you did, that was quickly over. One of the few disappointments with the booth was the retail store they had around back. Every time I went by that area, there would be a line outside waiting to go in with a few people inside slowly browsing. There wasn’t even that many things that were sold there and that’s why I recommended that you visit the LEGO Store in Fashion Valley instead.
Another disappointment that I along with many others experienced was how the LEGO booth handled the sale of the exclusive sets. There were some things that I saw and heard first-hand that made it difficult for us to purchase the sets. One of these things that I saw was the line for the exclusive was already full before the exhibit doors were even opened. This mean that people who were waiting to get in pretty much had no chance to buy them. Who was in line, you may ask? I won’t say but you can look on various LEGO forums to find out. Another thing that happened at the booth was the sudden switching of lines to the other side of the booth which caused some chaos. Something should be done to prevent this from happening in the future. I’ve recently sent in my opinions on the survey and hope LEGO takes it into account.
One minor frustration was the quality of the display case they used for their daily product reveals. It wasn’t as clear as it could be as you’ve seen in my previous posts on the product reveals. You can see a cloudy haze around the box and on one side, it was impossible to take pictures of the product until it was moved to the other cases. Of course there were the sets themselves that were revealed there or shall I say, shown there. All of the sets that were on display minus the LEGO Mixels were already posted online so there wasn’t much fanfare at the convention itself.
On Friday July 25th, Adam West was to make an appearance at the LEGO booth and he did, for a few minutes. Of course, he is a busy man with all of the appearances he had to make with the 75th anniversary of Batman and whatnot but whoever did the scheduling dropped the ball a little and didn’t allow fans to interact with him just a little more.
Although there were a few disappointments, there were actually also some cool stuff there. The different statues that were made for the convention were pretty impressive and the pictures shown online didn’t do them justice. If you wanted to see Smaug, you had to make your way to the Warner Bros. booth and even then, it was underneath the stairs and it couldn’t really be appreciated as much as it could be. One other thing that was very nice to look at was the LEGO Star Wars 15th Anniversary Minifigure Case. The downside of it was it was in a very bad spot. It was located right behind the information area of the booth and there was very little space for you to take pictures on one of the sides.
Another thing that went pretty smooth was the raffle for the four exclusive minifigures: Bard the Bowman, The Collector, Batman of Zur-En-Arrh, and Unikitty. After last year’s fiasco, LEGO decided to make some changes to prevent what happened last year. This year, there were two iPads set up for attendees to touch to see if they won or not. There were no misunderstandings on whether you won or not since it was a green yes or a red no. You didn’t even have to wait for your prize as they were handed out there at the same time. The only downside was if you didn’t get there about 1.5-2 hours early, you may have had to wait a while in line before it was your turn. Other than that, it was a pretty good experience there. I met a couple of friends that were in line so time kinda flew by pretty quickly and I also managed to acquire all four minifigures.
I also attended a number of panels although I did miss out on the LEGO Legends of Chima and Ninjago one because I was tied up with other things. The panels that I was able to attend were the A Look at Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary, the LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Panel, and The LEGO Movie. You can read up on the recaps of those individual panels by going to the links provided above.
Finally, if you were able to go to the POP! The Art of the Geek exhibit at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts gallery, you could’ve seen a lot of Nathan Sawaya’s work including the Han Solo in Carbonite sculpture as well as Brandon Griffith’s Watchman piece.
Overall, I had a decent LEGO experience while at San Diego Comic Con 2014. There were some things that I wished could be done better but there were also some things that were improved from last year like the minifigure giveaway. I was extremely happy that I was able to get all the minifigures although I found that you really had to hide them right after you get them or else people will be asking for them with unfair trades like someone offering me $100 for the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh or Unikitty for LEGO Star Wars Rebels The Ghost exclusive set. Even though I won’t be selling the minifigs, I do know how much they go for on the secondary market so please don’t insult my intelligence with such low-ball offers.
As for the three exclusive sets, I failed my mission in acquiring them. I thought it would be as easy as it was last year to purchase them but with the popularity of LEGO because of The LEGO Movie and the 75th Anniversary of Batman, many people were trying to make a quick buck off the sets. Obviously, this frustrated a lot of fans who actually wanted to collect them, including myself. Right now, they are going for extremely ridiculous prices on eBay and I probably won’t be getting them unless the prices drop dramatically. We’ll see next year if LEGO does anything different to please fans like what they did this year by bumping up the number of LEGO minifigures that were given out.
Check out all the pictures I took of a majority of LEGO-related things at SDCC 2014 below. Click through for a larger images. Also make sure to read up on everything that happened during SDCC 2014 here. If you visited the LEGO booth at Comic Con this year, what were your experience(s) there? Leave your comments below!
It’s been a while that we last reported on a project reaching 10,000 supporters on LEGO Ideas but the Wall•E project by Angus MacLane is the latest one to reach that milestone. Angus is an animator who worked on the movie and took him about 3 years to build the LEGO version of Wall•E while he was also working on the movie.
It is a very accurate representation of WALL•E and it makes a cute little set for you to play with or display if it does go into production. The project now gets moved on to the Review Stage where it will go against other worthy projects including the Assault on Wayne Manor, Invisible Hand, X-Men: X-Mansion, and LEGO Lightsabers. Congratulations to Angus for this achievement.