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The LEGO House Construction Officially Begins

Last year, we reported that The LEGO Group will be constructing the LEGO House which will be opening in Billund Denmark in 2016. A few days ago, LEGO announced that the construction for the LEGO House has finally begun. Three generations of the owner family was there to lay the six foundation stones that represent The LEGO Group’s values: imagination, creativity, fun, learning, caring, and quality.

The completed project will be 12,000 square meters and will feature multiple experience areas, a cafe, an unique LEGO Store, and a 2,000 square meter public square. The LEGO House is expected to bring in about 250,000 people annually.

Bjarke Ingels, founding partner of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and the architect of the LEGO House notes:

“For me the LEGO brick embodies the notion of systematic creativity – that the rigour and rationality of the LEGO brick allows children of all ages infinite possibilities to create their own worlds and to inhabit them through play. We have been inspired by the modularity of the LEGO brick to create the LEGO House. It will appear like a cloud of interlocking LEGO bricks that form spaces for exploration and exhibition for its visitors within. On the outside the pile of bricks form the roof of a new covered square as well as a mountain of interconnected terraces and playgrounds.”

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LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Brainiac Trailer

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

TT Games has released a new trailer for the LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham video game which features a number of new characters that we haven’t seen before. It also reveals Brainiac’s evil plan to collect worlds. In the image above, you can see that Brainiac shrunk a couple of LEGO Architecture buildings including the Empire State Building (21002), Big Ben (21013), and The Eiffel Tower (21019) and put them in a bottle.

From my limited knowledge of the DC Universe, the trailer shows characters from the different Lantern Corps including Bleez, Arkillo, Saint Walker, Star Sapphire, Kilowog, Atrocitus, and Indigo.

Again, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is now avaialble for pre-order at GameStop and you’ll be able to get the exclusive Plastic Man minifigure. Check out the trailer and screencaps below.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham - Bleez LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham - Arkillo LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham - Saint Walker LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham - Star Sapphire LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham - Kilowog LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham - Atrocitus LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham - Atrocitus LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham - Indigo

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The LEGO Movie Benny Themed T-Shirt on ShirtPunch

There is a new LEGO t-shirt that was released 12 hours ago but I just found out about it recently. ShirtPunch has a shirt featuring Benny from The LEGO Movie called “The Good, the Bad, the Spaceship.” The style of shirt pays homage to the 1966 Clint Eastwood movie “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” The shirt is only $10 and there is about 12 hours left to purchase it. Thanks to Dan (Classy Bricks) for the heads up.

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LEGO Star Wars The Ghost Exclusive at FAN EXPO Canada 2014

LEGO Star Wars FAN EXPO Canada - The Ghost

Canadian LEGO fans will have something to cheer about when they attend FAN EXPO Canada 2014 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from August 28-31. Like with San Diego Comic Con 2014, they will also have an exclusive LEGO set being sold at the convention, the LEGO Star Wars Rebels The Ghost.

It is exactly the same as the SDCC version but it includes the Kanan Jarrus minifigure instead of Chopper. So technically, the ship itself isn’t exclusive anymore but the box and combination of the minifigure and set are. LEGO Star Wars fans who want to complete their collection will now have another set to go after. Check out the press release of the event below:

“For LEGO, the event is about the fans – it’s an opportunity to engage with builders of all ages and offer a fun interactive experience that is unlike any other in Canada. Because YOU are some of the most loyal fans of LEGO, we are offering an advance sneak peak of the FIRST EVER LEGO FAN EXPO Canada Exclusive. This limited edition LEGO STAR WARS Rebels set features The Ghost Starship with Kanan Jarrus Minifigure from the upcoming STAR WARS Rebels TV series.

“The set is ONLY available at the LEGO Booth #748 between Thursday, August 28 to Sunday, August 31, 2014, while quantities last. Tickets will be distributed at the booth on a first come, first serve basis when the show floor opens to the public. Quantities will be limited per day and only one LEGO FAN EXPO Canada Exclusive per customer per day. A valid ticket will be required for purchase.

“For a chance to win one before the show, please check out the contest page for more details!”

LEGO Star Wars FAN EXPO Canada - The Ghost

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BrickLink MOC-Off: Holiday Edition Contest Announced

BrickLink is back with another contest to win some very nice prizes. They are holding their first MOC-Off building challenge and the theme of the contest is Holiday. Design and build anything that reminds you of the winter holidays.

There are 3 different categories that your build can be based on: Figure/Character, Vignette, and Accessory/Decoration. Winning designers will be able to get LEGO Gift Cards as well as their design prepared and sold on the BrickLink MOC Shop. Below are some of the prizes awarded for the winners:

2 Best of Show Winners

  • $250 LEGO Gift Card

3 Category Winners

  • $100 LEGO Gift Card

Categories:
– Best Holiday Figure/Character
– Best Holiday Vignette
– Best Holiday Accessory/Decoration

4 Honorable Mentions

  • $50 LEGO Gift Card

So get building because the contest ends on 11:59 PM (EST) on September 12, 2014. Check out the full list of rules and discussion on the announcement post on BrickLink.

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Hero Creator Competition Announced for LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

TT Games will be holding a number of competitions on the LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham website to win some cool prizes. The first competition they have going is a Hero Creator. Create a Superhero with character traits that you choose and and winning choice will be featured as a character in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. There are a limited number of choices you can use to create your hero: male/female, cape/no cape, mask/no mask, hair type, hair color, and powerset. After that, you choose the name of the hero and you have to answer where Batman is from.

There’s only one catch in these competitions by TT Games. Looking at the Terms and conditions, the competitions are only available to residents of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Australia. You are also required to have a Facebook account to enter. Check out the prizes you can win below:

First Prize

The winning package includes a unique prize from WB Games and TT Games. TT Games will create your unique Superhero from the character traits you select and the character will feature in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. The character will be un-lockable after you have completed the story mode. The winner will also receive a framed image of their character signed by game developers and a copy of the game on their platform choice at release.

First Runners-up prizes

First Runners-Up : 20 copies of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham on platform of choice at release

Second Runners-up prizes

Second Runners-Up: 50 LEGO Batman: Beyond Gotham Posters

All rights in characters created in this competition are expressly reserved.

No character selection shall represent a new creative work and involvement in this competition or use of materials provided shall not provide any entrant or other persons with any ownership or intellectual property rights whatsoever.

**Via Brick Fanatics**

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LEGO DC Comics UCS The Tumbler (76023) Now Available for VIPs

LEGO DC Comics UCS Tumbler (76023)

The new LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes The Tumbler (76023) is now available for LEGO VIP members on Shop@Home as well as at LEGO Stores. The 1,869 piece Ultimate Collector’s Series (UCS) set is a must have for any Batman fan. The Tumbler is based on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy and it also includes the Batman and Heath Ledger’s Joker minifigures. The Tumbler (76023) will be available to the general public on September 1st at LEGO Stores and on Shop@Home. Also remember that the promotion for the LEGO Creator MINI Cooper Mini Model (40109) is still going on, while supplies last. If you’re waiting for the general release in September, LEGO will be having the promo for the Classic Spaceman Minifigure so it’s a toss-up between that or the Mini MINI Cooper.

Construct and display an ultra-sleek LEGO® Super Heroes model of The Tumbler with new front wheels plus new Batman and Joker minifigures.

Build the awesome Tumbler from the Batman The Dark Knight Trilogy!

Take on the challenge of building The Tumbler, an amazingly cool LEGO model of the iconic vehicle from the Batman The Dark Knight Trilogy. Construct this black armored vehicle highlighted with new color LEGO elements and brand new LEGO front wheels. Check out the cool, detailed interior and adjustable top wings. Includes 2 new and exclusive minifigures: Batman and The Joker.

  • Includes 2 minifigures: Batman and The Joker
  • Features an armored exterior, adjustable top wings, detailed interior and huge rubber-tread racing tires
  • Batman and The Joker minifigures are new and exclusive to this set!
  • Model includes new LEGO front wheels
  • Includes a fact sheet about the Tumbler vehicle used in The Dark Knight Trilogy movies featuring Batman
  • Tumbler measures over 5” (15cm) high, 15” (40cm) long and 9” (24cm) wide

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