A couple of days ago, there were some Street Fighter 2 minifigures posted by Julian Fong, aka levork, that showed up on Kotaku. The 16 minfigure project was a year and a half in the making for Julian. He submitted his project to LEGO CUUSOO to see if it could get 10000 supporters. Unfortunately, the project did not even get off the launching pad. Back in March, LEGO CUUSOO started refining projects that are submitted which means LEGO weeds out projects that are deemed inappropriate for children.
Your project refers to a brand or licensed property that contains content or themes that do not fit the LEGO Group’s standards for appropriate content. For details, please see the Acceptable Project Content section of the Project Guidelines and House Rules (lego.cuusoo.com/guidelines).
LEGO CUUSOO will not accept a project submission based on this brand or licensed property. Decisions about how a property fits our standards are made at the sole discretion of the LEGO Group.
Remember that LEGO is a toy company, so we’re careful to only produce products we deem appropriate for children. Projects related to the below topics are not allowed. We will decide how a project fits these standards at our discretion.
* Politics and political symbols
* Religious references including symbols, buildings, or people
* Sex, drugs, or smoking
* Alcohol in any present day situation
* Death, killing, blood, terrorism, or torture
* First-person shooter video games
* Warfare or war vehicles in any modern or present-day situation
* Racism, bullying, or cruelty to real life animals
Although I along with many other fans would’ve liked to some official Street Fighter minifigures, it just wasn’t meant to be. It seems that LEGO is sticking closely with their new guidelines about the projects that come through LEGO CUUSOO. Keep in mind there have been many other “violent” LEGO themes in the past including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, etc. Julian gave an update on his Flickr photo after the rejection:
While I respect their decision – we are talking about a fighting game, after all – I can’t help but think LEGO’s applying their own rules about licensed property inconsistently. The Lord of the Rings movies are incredibly violent and involve a lot of on-screen death. The only thing that comes close to restricting Street Fighter 2 is “blood”, and that got toned out completely in the home ports – Nintendo was notoriously uptight about it in the SNES version.
While there have been some fairly violent-themed sets in the past, LEGO already had licensing deals with Lucasfilm Ltd. and Warner Brothers before CUUSOO even began. There’s no reason for LEGO to alter their deals with their respective parties. Although the guidelines didn’t list violence as a no-no in their explanation to Julian, the house rules do state “any kind of content containing realistic or extreme violence, or content intended to shock or disgust.” LEGO might’ve came down swiftly on their decision but rules are rules.
At the end of the day, Julian no doubt did an amazing job with the minifigures and has us fans drooling for them and for more characters. Hopefully these minifigs can get produced on the secondary custom market. Check out more of Julian’s work on his photostream.
After much anticipation, the new LEGO Super Heroes Spider-man’s Doc Ock Ambush (6873) is now available at LEGO Shop@Home. If you couldn’t get it when it first appeared on Walmart’s website, now is your chance to purchase the set and if you’re a LEGO VIP member, you can earn 29 points for the purchase.
Scheming Doctor Octopus has captured Iron Fist and is conducting experiments on him, trying to steal his superpowers. Help Spider-Man sneak in through the air vent and swoop down on Doc Ock to release Iron Fist! Then stop the wicked doctor from fleeing on his missile-firing car!
LEGO Super Heroes Spiderman’s Doc Ock Ambush Play Set:
Doc Ock’s lab and car
Lab features: containment cell, examination table and air vent shaft
Car features: rotating seat, spinning octopus arm attachment and flick missiles
Doctor Octopus features: detachable, poseable octopus arms
Attach octopus arms to car for a spin attack
Lab measures: over 10″W (26cm) and 7″H (17cm)
Car measures: over 3″L (7cm)
Includes 3 minifigures: Spider-Man, Iron Fist and Doctor Octopus
If you have been waiting for the new Star Wars Summer sets at LEGO Shop@Home, then your wait is over. All the new sets are now available for sale today. You can now get your hands on the new Jabba minifigure, Queen Amidala, or Darth Malgus. Which LEGO Star Wars set(s) are you most excited for?
Brickset has found out prices and minifigures of the new Hobbit sets expected to be released in December from a German toy shop. This is just preliminary information and not the final details of the sets. Official details will be released in the upcoming months leading up to the movie premiere.
79000 Mystery of the Ring (€13)
Minifigures: Bilbo Baggins, Gollum
79001 Fleeing from the Mirkwood Spiders (€30)
Minifigure: Bilbo Baggins
79002 Attack of the Wargs (€60)
Minifigures: Gandalf, Wargs (unknown amount)
79003 Bag End (€80) – I was told by LEGO officials at Comic-Con that the set would be called “An Unexpected Gathering”.
Minifigures: Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Balin, Boufer, Dwalin
79004 Escape in Barrels (€70). This may be a ‘reduced availability set. The site says ‘whether we can offer this product is still uncertain’
79010 The Orc King (€100)
Minifigures: Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Orc King
Warner Bros. has posted a press release of licensing and merchandising program for the The Dark Knight Rises which opens in theaters this weekend. There’s one part that was interesting about it.
Led by global master toy licensee Mattel, the film will also be supported by key partners such as The LEGO Group, Hallmark, Kinetix, Converse, Rubie’s Costume Company, and Titan Books, among many other licensees worldwide…The much-anticipated film is also being supported by the official partner in the construction category, LEGO, with a construction set inspired by The Dark Knight Rises;
So does this mean there will be a LEGO The Dark Knight set? Maybe. There were images of Batman, Bane, and Commissioner Gordon at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con but we were told that those minifigures were for the 2013 Super Heroes sets. If there are some new, unexpected LEGO Dark Knight Rises set(s), then that’s some awesome news. Maybe Warner Bros. and LEGO already had a plan to release a set to coincide with the movie release. Below is the official press release:
WARNER BROS. CONSUMER PRODUCTS ANNOUNCES WORLDWIDE LICENSING PROGRAM FOR THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Epic Conclusion of the Dark Knight Trilogy Hits Theaters on July 20
Burbank, Calif. — July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Bat-Signal soars above the skies as Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and its global partners launch the worldwide licensing and merchandising program that supports the eagerly awaited epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s phenomenally popular Dark Knight trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. As the summer blockbuster swoops into theaters, beginning July 20, WBCP unveils the unprecedented lineup of global licensees and products capturing the excitement for the film around the world.
“Batman is one of the most iconic characters in the world and our global merchandising program inspired by The Dark Knight Rises offers fans of all ages an opportunity to extend their experience beyond the theater,” said Brad Globe, President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “The characters, gadgets and vehicles created by Christopher Nolan have opened up a world of great product opportunities.”
In support of The Dark Knight Rises, WBCP and its host of renowned licensees are rolling out a vast product lineup generating awareness and enthusiasm just in time for the tentpole film’s release. Led by global master toy licensee Mattel, the film will also be supported by key partners such as The LEGO Group, Hallmark, Kinetix, Converse, Rubie’s Costume Company, and Titan Books, among many other licensees worldwide. The myriad of merchandise supporting The Dark Knight Rises will bring the film to life and into the homes of fans with a licensing program that boasts offerings across multiple categories from toys and games, to collectibles and costumes, to apparel and accessories, to publishing, party goods and domestic décor.
Mattel, global master toy partner for the film and DC Comics, will have a broad lineup as part of its Batman toy collection including action figures, playsets and collectible figures, highlighted by the fan-favorite Movie Masters™ line for the older fans and serious collectors, which captures the superior accuracy and details of the characters from The Dark Knight Rises. In addition, the authentic film-inspired toy line introduces the innovative play technology QuickTek™, which offers snap-and-slide armor and accessories.
The much-anticipated film is also being supported by the official partner in the construction category, LEGO, with a construction set inspired by The Dark Knight Rises; Rubie’s Costume Co., bringing a wide range of costume products based on the entire DC Comics portfolio, including The Dark Knight Rises; and Hallmark offering collectible ornaments.
Additional licensees also supporting the film include: PPW Toys’ DC Super Heroes collectible line of Mr. Potato Heads, including a “Caped Cru-Tater” figure inspired by The Dark Knight Rises; Jakks Pacific with a range of film-inspired novelty and large scale figures and plush; and Cardinals Industries’ games and puzzles based on The Dark Knight Rises and Batman, as well as other legendary DC Comics characters. Funko brings its fun stylized plush and vinyl collection; Mezco unmasks colorfully detailed vinyl figures; Hornby Hobbies revs it up with a Scalextric limited edition Batman Tumbler vehicle; Thinkway Toys brings their best-in-class innovation to a range of remote control vehicles, figures, and basic role play toys inspired by Batman and The Dark Knight Rises; and McFarlane Toys unveils a special edition collectible action figure of former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and two-time Super Bowl champion, Hines Ward, in his Gotham Rogues uniform as worn in The Dark Knight Rises.
The licensing program for The Dark Knight Rises reaches multiple product categories. In apparel, high-end fashion from Kinetix and Kids Republic to Braccialini’s cat-walk Catwoman-inspired clutch, to trendy apparel from Bioworld, Junkfood, French Connection, Converse, New Era and Diesel, gives fans a chance to don the look with t-shirts, limited edition sneakers and caps, accessories and more inspired by the artistry and graphics from The Dark Knight Rises; as well as Under Armour with their specialty athletic gear as inspired by their Gotham Rogues uniforms in the film. Collectibles from Hot Toys, Kotobukiya, Mobius Models and Noble Collection offer discerning collectors a chance to display the most artistic and detailed figures and replicas; Mimoco offers cool-collectors’ high-tech USB flash drives for all fans; and home goods from Franco, and more will bring Batman to life in any room in the house. In publishing, WBCP and its partners take an in-depth look at all of the vehicles, gadgets, uniforms and more as seen in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Titan Books will bring the film to the page with its official tie-in novelization; Abrams releases The Art and Making of the Dark Knight Trilogy; HarperCollins caters to younger fans with a publishing program that includes a Junior novelization, I Can Read book series and assorted activity books; and Insight Editions lets fans and auto aficionados get into the driver’s seat in Batmobile: The Complete History coffee table book about the iconic Batmobile through the years, as well as giving an inside look at the secrets to being Batman in The Dark Knight Manual.
Other licensees that are part of the exciting roll-out for The Dark Knight Rises program, including Lava Lite LLC, Skinit, Inc., Cufflinks, Inc., Graphitti Designs, The Northwest Company, Thermos, Trends International, Muckle Mannequins, Molli Toys and Bakery Crafts, among many others – each offering inspired product that will delight all fans.
About The Dark Knight Rises
Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. The film stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Morgan Freeman. Christopher Nolan directed the film from a screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven are the producers, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull serving as executive producers, and Jordan Goldberg co-producing. “The Dark Knight Rises” is based upon Batman characters created by Bob Kane and published by DC Comics.
Opening in theatres and IMAX on July 20, 2012, “The Dark Knight Rises” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. The film has been rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language.
About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world. In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.
There were a lot of news coming out of the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con ranging from LEGO Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to the Super Heroes theme as well as Star Wars and Ninjago.
On Day 1, the biggest news for LEGO Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit was The Unexpected Gathering (79003) set that is expected to be released this December. The set takes place in the Bag End where all the characters gathered. Again, all the minifigures seen are Gandalf, Dwalin, Bombur, Bofur, Bilbo and Balin.
For Day 2, even bigger news came out for the LEGO Super Heroes theme. First, there were the exclusive minfigure giveaways of Bizarro, Phoenix, Shazam and Venom. LEGO also showed off the new minfigures for the LEGO DC Universe line as well as the LEGO Marvel line.
Day 3 was the reveal of the LEGO Star Wars Rancor Pit set. The Jabba’s Palace set fits right on top and The Brick Show has made a picture of what the combined sets might look like. Although in theory it might look cool with them connected, it feels incomplete without the mountain.
On the final day of Comic-Con 2012, LEGO released the trailer for Ninjago Season 3.
As you can see, San Diego Comic-Con 2012 was filled with reveals for many different themes. I personally can’t wait for all the sets to come out. What are you waiting for to come out?
There is a new picture of Series 8 of the LEGO Collectible Minifigures theme. It is expected to be released in September 2012. Below is the list of the minifigures in the series:
- Ancient Thespis with a skull
- Bavarian with a pretzel
- Conquistador with a rapier
- Cowgirl with a brown lasso
- Diver with a harpoon
- DJ with a disc and a disc case
- Enemy Robot with a laser gun
- Evil Female Alien with a laser gun
- Fairy with wings and a wand
- Football Player with gold trophy
- Pirate Captain with gold cutlass and hook
- Red Cheerleader with red pom poms
- Santa Claus with sack
- Skier with skis
- Trader with newspaper and suitcase
- Vampire with bat wings
**Images from Hoth Bricks**