The new LEGO The Lone Ranger sets are now available for pre-order on Amazon’s website with a shipping date of April 15th. If you remember, Walmart was selling the sets early but later stopped consumers from purchasing them after they realized they realized their mistake. Only the three smaller sets are available for pre-order as of this time
and the Colby City Showdown (79109) hasn’t even shown up on the site yet. You can help support The Brick Fan if you purchase from the links below and in return we can help bring you more great news and reviews.
**Update – The Colby City Showdown has now shown up on Amazon.**
Cavalry Builder Set (79106) – $12.99
Comanche Camp (79107) – $19.99
Stagecoach Escape (79108) – $29.99
ComputerandVideoGames.com has posted the first pictures of LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval’s Journey. The game will be available for the Nintendo 3DS and the Playstation Vita in Summer 2013 and for the Nintendo DS in Fall 2013.
Laval’s Journey is developed by TT Games, the same company that has made some other great LEGO games in the past. In this game, you take control of Laval with the help of his friends to unlock the secret of the Triple-CHI armor before Cragger does. There will be 15 levels for you to complete in many different areas in the world of Chima.
Today, the LEGOLAND California resort officially opens their brand new LEGOLAND Hotel right next to the LEGOLAND Park in Carlsbad, CA. Construction of the first LEGOLAND Hotel in the nation began in December 2011 and now is finally completed. There are 250 guest rooms spread out on three stories that are themed. Guest can choose to stay in one of three different themes: Pirate, Kingdom, or Adventure. You can also choose a Premium Themed room which include some extra theming and features in the room as well as an extra LEGO gift for each child inside the treasure chest.
All guest rooms include separate sleeping areas for adults and kids. Adults will have a queen-sized bed while the children get to have a bunk bed and a pull out trundle bed. All the guest rooms will have high definition televisions but who needs that when you have all the LEGO entertainment inside the room such as the bucket filled with LEGO bricks to build things with. There will be some nice goodies for guests such as an in-room treasure hunt for LEGO gifts. As an added bonus for staying at the hotel, guests can get early entry to select LEGOLAND rides and attractions even before the park opens. You can read more about the special features here. Reservations for the LEGOLAND Hotel are now open and rates begin as low as $149 per night.
I, for one, am very excited for the opening of the new LEGOLAND Hotel and hopefully I’ll get to stay there in the near future. With it being right next to the park, you can take a break in your room if you’re tired after walking the park for a couple of hours.
There is a new gameplay video of the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes game that will be releasing in October 2013. The gameplay shows the Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-man smashing their way through the level and fighting the Abomination and the Sandman. Nick Fury also makes a fairly comical appearance at the end of the video.
You can pre-order the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes video game on Amazon for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Playstation Vita, and for the PC. There’s still no word yet if there will be an exclusive minifigure included with the game but given LEGO’s track record, there’s a high possibility there will be one.
Today, LEGO has released their press release on what happened with the Jabba’s Palace criticism. We reported yesterday that LEGO will stop production in 2014 but not because of the issue at hand but because of the normal shelf life of different LEGO sets. LEGO has clarified that in their press release seen below.
The LEGO Group’s reaction to criticism of LEGO Star Wars product: “Jabba´s Palace”
The Austrian Turkish Cultural Community has criticized a LEGO Star Wars product for looking similar to a mosque in Istanbul. The product is however not based on any real building but on a fictional building from a scene in the movie Star Wars Episode VI.
All LEGO Star Wars products are based on the movies of the Star Wars saga created by Lucasfilm. Jabba’s Palace appears in Star Wars Episode VI and appears in a famous scene on the planet Tatooine. The building is the palace of Jabba – a fictional movie character.
The picture shown above depicts the building from the movie scene. The LEGO designers try to reproduce all buildings, space ships and characters from the movies as close as possible when creating a new LEGO Star Wars product.
This is done to allow both young and old Star Wars fans to act out the scenes from the movies at home. The LEGO Star Wars product Jabba´s palace does not reflect any non-fictional buildings, people, or the mentioned mosque.
The LEGO minifigures shown on the box and found inside the box (Jabba, Salacious Crumb, Bib Fortuna, Gamorreanic Guard, Oola, Han Solo, Princess Leia disguised as Boushh, Chewbacca and B’omarr Monk) are all modeled after fictional characters from the movie.
The LEGO Group regrets that the product has caused the members of the Turkish cultural community to interprete it wrongly, but point out that the design of the product only refers to the fictional content of the Star Wars saga.
A few media have reported that the product is being discontinued due to the mentioned criticism. This is, however, not correct.
As a normal process products in the LEGO Star Wars assortment usually have a life-cycle of one to three years after which they leave the assortment and may be renewed after some years. The LEGO Star Wars product Jabba’s Palace 9516 was planned from the beginning to be in the assortment only until the end of 2013 as new exciting models from the Star Wars universe will follow.
Flickr user, Legocollecter123, has posted an image of the May 2013 calendar of all the promotions LEGO will be having that month.
- On May 1st, you can build a FREE mini build of the LEGO Star Wars Yoda Chronicles’ Holocron Droid.
- On May 4th-5th, you can get a Han Solo polybag for the May the Fourth promotion. You will need to spend $75 on Star Wars products to receive the gift while supplies last.
- On May 16-31, you can get a LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man vs. Fighting Drone (30167) with purchases of $50 or more while supplies last.
- On May 20-24, you can get a FREE LEGO Iron Man poster when you help rebuild the Malibu Mansion set. The offer is valid while supplies last.
- The LEGO Star Wars UCS Red Five X-wing Starfighter (10240) will be available for sale on May 4th at brick and mortar stores as well as Shop@Home.
- The Yoda Chronicles will be premiering on Cartoon Network on May 29th.
The newest addition to the LEGO Architecture line has been announced and it will be the BT Tower (21020). Construction of the BT Tower was completed in 1964 and has become one of the most well-known buildings in London. Honestly, the price of the set doesn’t reflect what you get but at least you get a lot of 2×2 round bricks. Below is the official press release of the new Architecture set:
BILLUND, Denmark – LEGO® Architecture, which uses the LEGO brick to interpret the designs of iconic architecture around the world, has added another London landmark to the series – the BT Tower.
The BT Tower, formerly known as the Post Office Tower, is one of the most recognisable buildings in London. It was built to support microwave aerials.
“Every time I visit London I see the BT Tower on the horizon, so I wanted to recreate it in LEGO” says the architect and designer Eric Bedford Jr. In capturing the essence of the tower in LEGO bricks, Eric looked at the aesthetics rather than engineering, especially the use of colours, patterns and materials that define the ‘spiritual DNA’ of the building.
Construction of the Post Office Tower started in 1961 and was completed three years later. When built, it was the tallest building in London, at 189m (620ft) high. Today, it’s still a major telecommunications hub, and has a rotating restaurant at the top.
LEGO Architecture products feature well-known buildings, and the work of important architects. Aimed at inspiring future architects, engineers, designers and architecture fans around the world, the range contains a booklet featuring step-by-step building instructions prefaced by history, information and photographs of each iconic building, its design origin, its architect and its architectural features.
The LEGO 21020 BT Tower will be available for purchase from June 1 in LEGO brand retail stores, LEGOLAND Stores and online at http://shop.lego.com. The product is designed for ages 12+ and includes a booklet with facts and history about the tower. Recommended retail price is $34.99 in the US, €34.99 in most European countries, and £29.99 in the UK.
If you didn’t know, this has been an April Fool’s joke. Happy April 1st everyone!