In probably my final coverage San Diego Comic Con 2015, minus the upcoming giveaway, I have the LEGO Star Wars Dagobah Mini-Build. It contains 177 pieces and retailed for $40 at the convention. The set is similar in style to the Tatooine Mini-Build from Star Wars Celebration 2015.
A little earlier today, Universal announced that Jurassic World will be getting a sequel and is scheduled to be released on June 22, 2018. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be returning as the stars of the movie while Steven Spielberg will again be the executive producer. Jurassic World opened in theaters last month and has become the third highest grossing movie all-time passing The Avengers.
LEGO also released some sets to go along with the movie but currently there is a shortage of inventory and a majority of them have been out of stock due to the popularity of the first movie. Although not guaranteed, it’s almost safe to say that we can assume that there will be LEGO Jurassic World 2 sets coming in 2018 as well.
LEGO Dimensions has revealed some more of the alternate builds for a few of the upcoming expansions packs. As we know by now, all the builds will be able to be taken apart and built into another vehicle or gadget to use in the game. As you can see above, Homer’s car in the The Simpsons Level Pack (71202) can be built into the SubmaHomer which is a submarine and a hovercraft called the HomerCraft.
For the Jurassic World Team Pack (71205), the velociraptor doesn’t change that much from the original build but it is able to be built into a Venom Raptor and a Spike Attack Raptor.
The release of LEGO Dimensions is just little over two months away with very much interest and hype. From what I saw at SDCC, kids really enjoyed playing the game and to have physical sets to go along with the digital world, is a great combination.
If you missed out on this month’s recently ended LEGO City Space Utility Vehicle (30315) promo at LEGO Stores and on Shop@Home, your next solution may be at Target. One of our readers has notified me that they have seen a lot of the polybags available at his local Target. I was also told that the DPCI# is 204-00-0291 which is the same code they use for a lot of polybags and minifigures that are sold there so it’s hard to use a tracker to check their inventory. The only way to know if a store has it is to go there and look around. You mileage may vary. Thanks to Kevin for the heads up.
This morning, I received a press release from the folks of No Starch Press regarding former LEGO designer Megan Rothrock, The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 3: Robots, Planes, Cities & More!. It’ll be available this September for $24.95 at No Starch including a 30% coupon code to use on the site. You can also pre-order it on Amazon if that’s your preferred choice.
The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 3
Robots, Planes, Cities & More!
San Francisco, CA (July 22, 2015) — Fans of The LEGO Adventure Book series from No Starch Press get ready—heroes Megs and Brickbot are about to embark on their most grueling quest yet! In the latest installment of this popular series (more than 100,000 copies sold), readers go on an unforgettable journey through the studios of the world’s finest LEGO builders.
In volume 3 of The LEGO Adventure Book series, titled “Robots, Planes, Cities & More!” (No Starch Press, $24.95, 192pp., Sept 2015), readers learn to build colorful LEGO models including an old-time movie theater, a Renaissance-era house, a jukebox, sushi, an ice cream truck, sports cars, and even a chicken coop. With step-by-step breakdowns of 40 LEGO models and dozens of lively scenes, studios, and more, this is Megs and Brickbot’s most inspiring adventure to date.
According to No Starch Press founder Bill Pollock, “We publish books that encourage our readers to think and create. This tour through the LEGO world shows that building with LEGO is about creativity; the number of amazing things you can build is endless.”
More than 20 years after its founding, No Starch Press continues to inspire LEGO builders, novice and master, all over the world. Readers are never too old (or too young!) to get creative, unleash their imaginations, and have a LEGO adventure all their own.
The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 3: Robots, Planes, Cities & More! will be available in bookstores everywhere this September.
Earlier today, LEGO has updated the LEGO Ninjago panel from San Diego Comic Con 2015 to YouTube. I’ve done a recap of the panel but if you want to experience it yourself, you can watch the 43 minute video below. The panel includes the design team for Ninjago which includes Tommy Andreasen (senior creative manager, The LEGO Group), Dan Hageman (writer, Ninjago TV series), Kevin Hageman (writer, Ninjago TV series), Keith Malone (content development director, The LEGO Group) Simon Lucas (creative lead, LEGO Ninjago), and Maarten Simons (senior designer, LEGO Ninjago) and was moderated by Brian Bowler (marketing director, The LEGO Group).
As for those who have been asking what will be happening next season of Ninjago, the panel does give you some hints on who the villain will be. Not mentioned in the video, but there were lanyards given out to attendees which may suggest that next season will revolve around Pirates. The only bad thing about these videos is that they do not include the exclusive clips that were shown at that time.
One of the best LEGO polybags in 2015 in my opinion has to be the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes The Joker Bumper Car (30303). We first heard about it back in December but there’s been an issue of it being publicly available for purchase. First it was on Toys R Us’ website but then it was taken down then there were rumors or it showing up at Target but that never happened, to my knowledge. As of this point, the only places I’ve heard of the polybag being available, besides eBay or BrickLink, was during the Daily Mail promotion, at a select few Toys R Us stores, and currently at LEGOLAND parks. It contains 47 pieces and normally retails for $3.99.
The only minifigure in the polybag is Joker himself. This version of the Joker has been in three previous sets so it isn’t that hard to find him but this polybag is easily the cheapest way to get him in a set. He wears his iconic purple suit with a green vest on the inside. He has a double-sided white face paint with a sinister smirk on one side and evil grin on the other. To finish his look, he has his green hair. THe Joker’s accessory is a pie.
The bumper car build is pretty simple but is easily recognizable. It uses some clever SNOT building techniques to create the bumper areas. What’s nice is that it also has some wheels on the bottom to give it a smooth rolling effect. The top area of the bumper car uses some double cheese slope pieces to give it a sleek look. The attention to detail doesn’t stop there. YOu also get a moveable spoiler and the pole-mounted contact on the back.
As I said before, The Joker Bumper Car (30303) polybag is a great little set to pick up if you can find it. It’ll go great with the upcoming Jokerland (76035) set as it’s in the same amusement park theme. The latest report I’ve heard about the polybag is that it’ll be available during the week of August 9 at Toys R Us as part of a promo. Thanks to Joe for sending me this polybag to review.
If you don’t want to get the polybag itself but you want to build one, the individual parts are pretty easy to get and you may already have all the necessary ones.