I’ve recently received a couple of LEGO magazines from over in the UK. One of these magazines is from Blocks with their latest issue #10. Some of you may not know this, but I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a couple of members of the Blocks team, Rob and Michelle, at Philly Brick Fest earlier this year. The magazine started late last year but went through a couple of personnel changes in the beginning of this year. From what I’ve been told by Rob is that they have big visions for the magazine and will continue to push out content that you may or may not find online. A little self plug: some photos I took while at PBF in April were used in Issue 9 so that’s pretty cool.
My first impressions from just looking at the table of contents is that it’s jam packed with articles, from reviews, to building techniques, showcases, and editorials. As mentioned before, Issue 10 mostly focuses on the LEGO Batman theme but it’s not overwhelming as there are other themes tossed in to give it some contrast.
One of the articles I enjoyed was the LEGO Inside Tour column by Svein Tore Bidne Bøe and their first-hand experience of the event. As someone who might not have a chance to go to Billund, I do enjoy reading about others’ experiences as everyone has different perspectives.
Again flipping through the magazine, you get a couple columns regarding the LEGO Batman subtheme. One of the columns talks about some of the older sets back in 2006 and onward. Another column talks about some the different Batmobiles that have been released through the years and how they compare to the Tim Burton Batmobile.
There’s a section called Blocks Project which shows you some building techniques, builds, and LEGO customization. The custom build show is an tablet holderand it even gives you a list of parts to use to create the one shown on the page. However it doesn’t give you any instructions on how to build and you have to figure it out yourself.
The Blocks Showcase gives you an inside look at some MOCs and the builders behind them. One of these MOCs fit into the whole Batman issue with Tim Lydy’s Arkham Asylum.
Overall, I did enjoy this edition of Blocks magazine with all the LEGO Batman goodness as well as the LEGO Tour column. The latest issue of Blocks is now available online and hopefully soon at Barnes & Noble here in the US. I’ve heard of being available at various stores but haven’t seen them in my area.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has just released a new story trailer for LEGO Dimensions titled Worlds Collide in LEGO Dimensions. It takes a look at how Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle got together and also another look at the main villain in the game, Lord Vortech.
Unexpected Worlds Collide and All Boundaries Are Broken in LEGO® Dimensions
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released the story trailer for LEGO® Dimensions™, the upcoming entertainment experience that merges physical LEGO® brick building with interactive console game play. The game features an original story that combines characters and worlds from 14 of the most popular entertainment brands including DC Comics™, The Lord of the Rings™, The LEGO® Movie, The Wizard of Oz™, LEGO® Ninjago, Back to the Future™, Scooby-Doo™, LEGO® Chima™, Doctor Who, Jurassic World, Ghostbusters™, The Simpsons™, Portal™ and Midway Arcade.
In the game, there is an ancient planet at the centre of the LEGO® Multiverse inhabited by an evil mastermind, Lord Vortech. It is said that he who controls the Foundational Elements that this planet is built upon, controls all of the Multiverse. Lord Vortech has vowed to be that ruler, summoning characters from a variety of LEGO® worlds to help him find these building bricks of LEGO® civilisation. Some have agreed, others have rebelled, and only the combined powers of the greatest LEGO® heroes can stop him.
When a mysterious and powerful vortex suddenly appears in various LEGO worlds, different characters from DC Comics™, The Lord of the Rings™ and The LEGO® Movie are swept away. To save their friends, LEGO® Batman™, LEGO® Gandalf and LEGO® Wyldstyle journey to locations beyond their wildest imaginations, and they soon realise that Lord Vortech is summoning villains from across different LEGO® worlds to help him gain control. As his power grows, worlds mix, unexpected characters meet and all boundaries are broken. Our heroes must travel through space and time to rescue their friends before the vortexes destroy all of LEGO® humanity.
Launching 29th September LEGO® Dimensions will be available for Xbox One, the all-in one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems and Nintendo´s Wii U™ System.
**Press Release via Gamespress**
The official Star Wars website has given everyone a closer look into Vesa Lehtimäki’s newest book by DK Publishing, LEGO Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy. I’ve talked about it a little bit before but we now get to see some preview pages and what we can expect from the book. You can now pre-order the book on Amazon and it will be released on November 10th.
LEGO® Star Wars® sets and minifigures come to life in this beautiful photography book.
Created by Finnish photographer Vesa Lehtimäki using his son’s favorite toys, the book features painstaking recreations of classic movie moments and hilarious new takes on fan-favorite characters and themes. Informative captions give technical details for each scene, while anecdotes from Lehtimäki offer background insights to his creative process.
LEGO Star Wars Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy is a breathtaking new look at a timeless icon that allows fans to see their favorite minifigures from the classic saga in an exciting new way.
The September 2015 LEGO Store Calendar is now available on the servers and let’s take a look at some of the promotions and events that will be happening during the month.
From September 1-20, you can get a FREE LEGO Creator Tractor (30284) with purchases of $50 or more.
From September 21-27, you can get a FREE LEGO Star Wars Collectible Poster with any LEGO Star Wars purchase. This poster will be featuring Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
Speaking of LEGO Star Wars, one thing that isn’t mentioned on the Sept 2015 LEGO Store Calendar is Force Friday on September 4th which is the official release of the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens sets.
On September 1-2, the Monthly Mini Model Build event will feature a Diver. You can register for the event starting on August 4th.
There will be a new LEGO catalog available on September 8th.
From September 7-11, ask a Brick Specialist about the LEGO Ninjago Airjitzu sets and get a stamp for your LEGO Passport.
From September 12-13 at 10am, there will be a LEGO Friends building event to showcase the new Pop Star sets.
From September 16-30, LEGO VIP members get early access to the new LEGO holiday set. Rumors are that it will be the LEGO Creator Winter Toy Shop (10249).
I’m a few weeks late but here is my short review of the July 2015 LEGO Monthly Mini Build, the Whale (40132). This month’s event was the first one after the new registration changes were implemented in June. You can no longer do walkups to have your child(ren) build but instead you register and get on the list to build at a specific time. If you miss your time, then your spot may be given away at the store’s discretion and there are no rainchecks. I heard from attendees that the signups were pretty crazy and times spots filled up very quickly, pretty similar to SDCC signups but on a smaller level.
The whale itself is the smallest for 2015 so far coming in at only 31 pieces. The build is pretty straightforward with no special techniques and extremely easy to create even for younger children. Although the set is only named a whale, the shape of it is similar to a humpback. On top of the whale, there is a simulation of watching coming out of their blowhole. The tail is able to move up and down on the hinge.
Again to attend these LEGO Monthly Mini Builds, you have to register online. At the time of this review, registration for August’s build, the Squirrel (40133), is probably filled up but you can try and sign up. I can’t guarantee that there will still be any spots open because these events are that are that popular. I believe registration for September’s build will be the morning of August 4th at 9:00am EST/6:00am PST so set your alarms. There’s no word yet on what September’s build is at this time.
There have been small reveals here and there the past couple of months regarding a couple of the characters from the Series 14 LEGO Collectible Minifigures: Monsters (71010). Today, an anonymous reader has sent me an image of the official leaflet that will be in the Series 14 LEGO Collectible Minifigures: Monsters (71010) which shows off all 16 of them with their accessories including a couple of characters which we haven’t seen before. According to an Argos ad, Series 14 is scheduled to be released in September. Thanks to the anonymous emailer for the image.
2. Zombie Pirate
3. Crazy Scientist
4. Wacky Witch
5. Plant Monster
6. Fly Monster
8. Zombie Cheerleader
9. Tiger Woman
11. Skeleton Guy
12. Monster Rocker
13. Zombie Businessman
15. Square Foot/Bigfoot
16. Spider Lady
LEGO has revealed the exclusive Zombie Skateboarder minifigure that will be included in the upcoming DK book, LEGO: I Love That Minifigure. The minifigure is pretty much a combination of the Skater minifigure from the Series 1 Collectible Minifigures with a new zombie head and some tattered jeans.
The book itself will be available on October 6th but you can preorder it now on Amazon for almost half off the suggested retail price.
Have you ever wondered which LEGO® minifigure had the first double-sided head? Or which one was the first to have a printed torso or peg leg? Discover all the answers to these questions and more in DK’s I Love That Minifigure!
Meet more than 200 amazing LEGO minifigures and find out what makes each one special. With stunning images and informative annotations, this encyclopedia features the most unique minifigures in amazing detail — all accompanied by fascinating facts and trivia that bring them to life.
Perfect for LEGO fans and collectors of all ages, I Love That Minifigure! is the official guide to the rarest and most desirable minifigures, and also comes with its own exclusive minifigure.