A few days ago, I received an advanced copy of Warren Elsmore’s latest book for review, Brick Vehicles: Amazing Air, Land, and Sea Machines to Build from LEGO®. We’ve previously reviewed Warren’s other books including Brick City, Brick Wonders, and Brick Flicks. His latest book contains 256 pages fill with more than 400 full-color images and it retails for $18.99 but you can find it a little cheaper on Amazon.
Similiar to his other books, the cover for Brick Vehicles is a mix of a hardcover and a softcover where it is sturdy but is bendable. The front shows some of the builds that are featured inside the book and the back gives an overall synopsis of Brick Vehicles.
The book is organized into five chapters, the Introduction, “On the Road,” “Off the Rails,” “Making Waves,” and “Taking Flight.” The introduction is your basic beginning of the book where Warren talks about what the book is about. You also get some LEGO fundamentals that’s similiar to the other books. One thing to point out in teh online resources section, it still lists LEGO CUUSOO as a resource but as we all know, it’s been changed to LEGO Ideas. It’s probably just a small oversight.
For the other chapters in the book, they are divided into whatever type of vehicles that are featured. The first chapter focuses on vehicles that are mostly seen on the roads. The second chapter shows vehicles that operate mainly on rails whether it be trains or even roller coasters. The next chapter takes a look at vehicles that are on the open waters. The final chapter showcases builds that are controlled in the air. Each of the builds have a short blurb describing the type of vehicle it is.
What I like about Brick Vehicles as well as Warren’s other books is that they have a lot of building instructions for various vehicles. There’s at least seven builds per chapter so there’s a variety things that you can create and add to your city. But like the other books, there is one small issue with the building instructions, they are fairly small. Some of the larger builds are condensed into two or three pages so the instructions have multiple pieces in a step. This could cause some issues with the younger builders who may miss a piece here or there.
Finally, there are two large posters that are accompanied with Brick Vehicles including a Formula One racing scene as well as a Cruise Ship built by Klaas Meijard and Rene Hoffmeister. They measure 17 1/2″ x 24 3/4″.
Overall, I’m pretty impressed with Brick Vehicles: Amazing Air, Land, and Sea Machines to Build from LEGO®. Warren has shown off just a very miniscule portion of what you can create in the transportation world because there’s unlimited possibilities of what you can actually build. One downside about the book is the building instructions arefairly small. Younger readers may have issues following the intructions if they don’t look closely. Other than that, I don’t really see any cons about the book. If you liked Warren’s other books, you may also like Brick Vehicles.
There’s an image floating around the interwebs the past day or so with the image seen above with people thinking it’s an official ad for LEGO Jurassic World. However, it’s not an official ad but some concept artwork by fellow reader Stanislav Ushakov that was posted on his Behance account a few weeks ago and I was asked for my opinions of it. He has also created some LEGO Jurassic World concept products such as a LED Torch and keychain. Obviously, these aren’t real products but the images are some very nice design work which shows a 2×2 red LEGO brick inside a piece of amber. It’s nice that people are showing off the above image but let’s give credit where credit is due.
Ript Apparel has a new LEGO-themed t-shirt available titled, Great Shot, Kid! If you’re a Star Wars fan, you would know that phrase came at the end of Episode IV: A New Hope where Luke destroys the Death Star with a proton torpedo from the X-wing.
This scene is depicted in this shirt by mikehandyart where you can see the X-wing flying away from an exploding Death Star in the LEGO Classic Space logo. The shirt is priced at $11 and is available for only 24 hours.
There is a new LEGO spinoff movie in the works called The Billion Brick Race. Warner Bros. has hired Jason Segel and Drew Pearce, the writer of Iron Man 3, to write and co-direct the new movie. The Billion Brick Race has no release date as of this writing and is in the very early stages of development so there’s no details about it either. The movie will be Segel and Pearce’s first time directing.
In the next few years, there will now be four LEGO movies being released by Warner Bros. with the LEGO Ninajago spinoff movie in 2016, the LEGO Batman spinoff movie in 2017, and The LEGO Movie Sequel coming in 2018.
**Via The Hollywood Reporter**
There are finally images of the retailer exclusive LEGO Jurassic World Raptor Escape (75920) that wasn’t seen at the New York Toy Fair. The set has 394 pieces and it includes the Vet and Barry minifigures as well as Owen’s other two trained Velociraptors Charlie and Echo. The price that we had for the Raptor Escape (75920) from a previous report was £39.99.
The LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin video game is now available for purchase for Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. The main objective of the game is to help the Ninjas regain their powers and memories against a new enemy named Ronin. Check out the official trailer below.
- Battle through iconic locales from the LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitsu TV series, including the Ice Temple, the Toxic Bogs and Chen’s Island.
- Uncover the secret behind the Obsidian Weapons, ancient yet powerful tools.
- Defend Ninjago from well-known enemies, including the Serpentine, Nindroids and more.
- Drive, fly, stomp and slide your way through levels with an exciting array of bikes, jets, mechs and even dragons!
- Unleash an elemental tornado to smash your way through enemies and solve puzzles. Team up and create the multi-elemental Tornado of Creation.
The Target exclusive The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack is now available for purchase online and will be available in stores when they open in the morning. This version of the movie is priced at $25.99 and will include the Bard the Bowman minifigure as well as the exclusive Bain minifigure and also has free shipping to go along with it.
The Bard the Bowman minifigure was previously a SDCC 2014 exclusive and subsequently in the The Battle of Five Armies (79017) set. This version of Bain has him without a coat and the torso is brand new only for this combo pack.