Amazon currently has The LEGO Batman Movie: Chaos in Gotham City Activity Book on sale for $6.59 which is 27% off the regular price of $9.99. The book also includes the exclusive Tartan Batman minifigure variant which fans will want to collect as well. The book may not appeal to adults as they are geared towards kids as with other activity books but the minifigure alone is worth the price especially when it is on sale. The LEGO Batman Movie: Chaos in Gotham City will be released on January 31.
I’ve just picked up the Barnes & Noble exclusive edition of The LEGO Batman Movie: The Essential Guide and in it, there are images of some rumored summer 2017 sets that I’ve previously reported on.
The first is the Batwing that is said to be released. The book calls this version of the Batwing the “Black Thunder.” Further along in the book in the villains section, we get a look at some of the other sets that were rumored to come out in the summer. The first is Two-Face with his wrecking machine. Next to him is Harley Quinn with her vehicle with a cannon that was going to be a part of the Black Thunder Batwing set. On the next page, we get a look at the Scarecrow Scarecopter. Finally, there’s a look at the Bane bigfig along with his six-wheel vehicle.
You can now purchase The LEGO Batman Movie: The Essential Guide over on Amazon but the Barnes & Noble version also includes a poster with it. I’ll review the book in the next few days.
The perfect companion to LEGO Batman’s first solo movie, The LEGO® Batman™ Movie: The Essential Guide showcases the full range of exciting LEGO Batman sets and minifigures that will be released to tie in with the film’s release. Heroes, villains, vehicles, and locations are all explored in classic DK style, with lively and informative nonfiction text to annotate and expand upon lavish reference images of LEGO Batman sets and scenes from the movie.
Amazon has updated the covers and descriptions on a lot of The LEGO Batman Movie books that will accompany the film and the one that interests me most is The LEGO Batman Movie: The Making of the Movie. I really enjoy books that go behind the scenes of how the movies were created and this book will deliver that.
The LEGO Batman Movie: The Making of the Movie has 200 pages and will retail for $24.99. Although it won’t be available until February 14, 2017, you can pre-order it now on Amazon and get the pre-order price guarantee which means you’ll get the lowest price between your order time and release.
Journey beyond the on-screen world of The LEGO® Batman™ Movie and get an inside look at how the animated movie was created with The LEGO® Batman™ Movie: The Making of the Movie.
Packed with stunning concept art, sketches, artwork, inspiration, and LEGO builds, the book tells the fascinating story of how The LEGO Batman Movie was made. Find out how your favorite heroes, villains, vehicles, and locations were created for the movie. Learn about each development stage of the movie, from the initial idea and storyboarding to recording the dialogue and special effects. Created in full collaboration with the LEGO Group and Warner Bros., The Making of The LEGO Batman Movie features exclusive insights from the filmmakers, animators, LEGO designers, and actors.
Amazon has finally started to release the final book covers for The LEGO Batman Movie and one of the books may be more interesting out of the list. What makes it interesting is that The LEGO Batman Movie Chaos in Gotham City Activity Book will include a new exclusive Tartan Batman minifigure variant. As you can see from the image above, the Tartan Batman minifigure is sort of in a barbaric style with his torso while wielding a sword. You can pre-order the Activity Book now on Amazon and it will be available on January 31, 2017.
Thanks to JoshuaA for the email.
The folks over at No Starch Press has let us know that they have teamed up with Humble Bundle to offer a collection of LEGO digital books at a “pay what you want price.” There are three different bundles that are offered.
Pay any amount to receive:
The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 1
The LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 1
Pay more than $8 to receive all of the above, plus:
The Cult of LEGO
Incredible LEGO Technic
The LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 2
The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Fantastic Contraptions
Pay more than $15 to receive all of the above, plus:
As you can see above, you can pay as little at $15 and you can get all 16 titles which is a very good deal for what you get. The Humble Bundle will end in two weeks on November 23.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to start making LEGO animation videos but don’t know where to start? David Pagano from Paganomation and David Pickett from Brick 101 will be releasing a new book from No Starch Press called The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! This book will give you an introduction on how to bring your builds to life with stop-motion animation.
The book is separated into easy-to-follow chapters for the different steps of production. The first chapter gives you some of the basics of brickfilming like what kind of equipment is needed, how to set up the scene, and so on. The book will elaborate more with their own dedicated chapters as you go.
The next chapter solely talks about how to animate a LEGO minifigure. One of the main subjects for LEGO stop-motion videos is the minifigure and here the authors teach you how to make it seem like it’s moving. The chapter also gives you tips on how to animate facial expressions as well as giving the minifigure some movement so it actually covers a lot for just how to animate a minifigure.
In the middle of the book, the authors also give you the full instructions and parts list on how to build the PaganoPuppet which is the one shown on the front cover of the book. The rest of the chapters go into more depth on various subject matters like creating your set, the ideal equipment to use for LEGO stop-motion videos, how to convey your story, and editing your videos. There’s just too much to go into and I don’t want to spoil everything the book has to offer.
Overall, if you have a passion for making LEGO stop-motion videos but don’t know where to begin, The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! is a great starting point. There’s actually a lot to take in if you’re a beginner but the book takes you through the steps with easy to follow instructions and lots of pictures and illustrations as well. If you’ve already made some video before but want to hone in on some aspects that you want to improve on, this book is also a good resource to have in your library.
DK’s newest book called 365 Things To Do With LEGO Bricks has just been released and I’ve received a copy a few weeks ago but now just have time to review it. Unlike other DK LEGO books where they focus on a particular theme, this book takes a look at different ways you can use LEGO bricks.
When you first pick up the book, you’ll notice the red activity selector and timer on the bottom right. When you press the question mark, you get a random number from 1 to 365 which represents the corresponding activity in the book. The yellow countdown button lets you set the time in 30 second intrements. The blue button is the stopwatch to time your activities. The green button is the start/stop button for the stopwatch. One thing to note is that the timer cannot be removed but it is inserted in a gatefold cover so you can have it available while reading through the book.
The first few pages gives you all the activities which are broken down into various categories. Futher along, there’s a spread asking what you feel like doing and it gives examples of some of the activities that are available in the book. If this is the very first time you’ve picked up a LEGO brick, there’s a couple of pages to give you some basic terminology of the bricks.
There are a ton of activites that are suggested in the book ranging from simple ones like mixing up your minifigures to create an unique one to something more complex like making a build with two faces. Combine it with the included timer, you can bump up the difficulty of a particular activity.
Towards the end of the book, you also get some short bios of some of the build contributers for 365 Things To Do With LEGO Bricks including, in no particular order, Barney Main, Rod Gillies, Alice Finch, Joshua Berry, Kevin Hall, Jason Briscoe, Drew Maughan, Naomi Farr, and Stuart Crawshaw.
Like with many of other DK books, you get lots of details for the activities as well as clear images to get the point across. With the addition of the timer, I think you will get some added value on top of the activities and it gives some challenge to the building. Although there are one player games suggested, they can easily be modified to have multiple players.
365 Things To Do With LEGO Bricks is now available for purchase at a suggested price of $24.99. If you’ve made it this far into the review, there’s something special for you guys. DK has offered to give away 10 special “LEGO 365” kits which includes LEGO bricks and a special project excerpt. The only restriction this giveaway has is that it is only available for US residents only. To enter, just use the Gleam widget below. I will be contacting the winners to get the shipping addresses and DK will directly ship to you.
Thank you to DK for sending in this book for me to review. The content above represents my own opinion and not the company. Review sets sent in does not guarantee a positive review.