A few days ago, I finished the Jurassic Park III part of the LEGO Jurassic World video game and I finished uploading the VODs to YouTube. As part of the gameplay, I try to get the “True Survivor” status for each level and some of the minikits so I don’t have to go back and get it later. This playthrough is for the story mode only and I’ll go back to free play after I finish the Jurassic World part of the game. That part has been delayed a little because I haven’t had time to watch the movie yet so I don’t want any spoilers just yet. I do stream the game on Twitch so if you want to know when I go live, make sure you hit follow button on Twitch.
Collider has revealed the third LEGO exclusive set that will be sold at San Diego Comic Con this year. It will be a LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes set that recreates Joe Shuster’s iconic artwork for Action Comics #1 which features Superman’s first comic book cover. The set contains 145 pieces and will retail for $39.99.
Like with the other SDCC 2015 exclusives, there will be a ticket drawing held at the Pavilion Terrace to determine who will be able to purchase the sets. It joins the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Throne of Ultron and LEGO Star Wars Dagobah as the sets that “fans” will be clamoring over in two weeks which a lot them will end up being on eBay for an exorbitant amount.
The official press release for LEGO Minifigures Online has the details of the full launch as well as some new screenshots of the game. As I reported before, the game will be changing to a buy-to-play business model where you purchase the game first. If you have purchased anything with real money during the beta, your copy of the game will be upgraded to the full version so basically you get the game for free when it is launched next week.
LEGO® Minifigures Online Launches June 29 on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android
LEGO® Minifigures Online Available at $29.99 on June 29th, featuring full cross-play in the same online world across all devices
OSLO, NORWAY – JUNE 22, 2015 – Get ready for a LEGO adventure unlike any other! Funcom is excited to announce that LEGO® Minifigures Online will be smashing its way onto PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android on June 29, 2015. For the first time ever, gamers will get to play in the same persistent online world across all platforms, making it easier than ever to play with friends and freely switch between platforms to keep the game going wherever players may be.
Funcom announced recently that, after a limited run as a free-to-play game on PC, LEGO Minifigures Online will now launch on both desktop and mobile platforms as a buy-to-play game. To ensure a fresh, new, and even higher-quality experience for everyone, the developers at Funcom have spent months overhauling the game in preparation for this launch. New features and content, such as unique events, cinematics, voice acting, and a fun and engaging story are included, as well as numerous gameplay additions and major improvements throughout the entire game.
“This really is the definitive version of LEGO Minifigures Online and we are very much looking forward to opening the servers for players to experience it,” said Funcom CEO Rui Casais. “Not only will it feel like a fresh, new experience for those who have played the earlier free-to-play PC version, there is also so much potential unlocked now that gamers can play with each other across platforms on a broad range of devices. Maybe you are playing on an iPhone while your friend is on an Android tablet and your grandma is on a high-powered PC; you’ll still play together in the same world, along with thousands of other LEGO fans from all over the globe.”
LEGO Minifigures Online is an online game for LEGO fans of all ages, where players can collect over one hundred Minifigures, each with their own unique personality and abilities, and build a team to take on exciting adventures through colorful, classic LEGO worlds. From Pirate World to Space World, players must play together and smash their way through aliens, sea monsters, and more to unlock the full potential of their Minifigures. Along the way, players will also encounter plenty of that great, universal LEGO humor! The game is KidSafe certified and fully COPPA-compliant, with multiple safety measures in place to ensure a fun and secure online experience for everyone.
LEGO Minifigures Online will be available for PC, Mac and Linux on www.playminifigures.com as well as Steam for $29.99 on June 29th, and will include all content. The iOS and Android versions will be available in the App Store and on Google Play respectively for $4.99, which will include the first world. Players on iOS devices will be able to purchase additional worlds starting June 29th, while Android users will be able to purchase more worlds later this summer.
From now until June 28, every LEGO Star Wars purchase at LEGO Stores or on Shop@Home, you can get a Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back collectible poster that is recreated in LEGO. This is the second of the LEGO Star Wars Collectible Posters that are being released this year with Episode IV already released during the May the 4th promo. These poster are really cool but the only bad thing about them is that they are already folded when you get them.
Recently, I received a surprise Brick Loot June 2015 subscription box at my doorstep. I first did a review when they first launched at the end of last year. I had some mixed feelings about it since it was advertised as “a monthly box subscription company geared towards LEGO and BRICK Lovers” but I didn’t expect that it would include some clone brands.
Let’s just jump into the box and see what we get. This month’s brick Loot box is called Brickasaurus Park to celebrate the release of Jurassic World in theaters. Since this is a non-paid review, I’m going to give my full honest opinion on it from a typical LEGO fan’s perspective.
The first thing I noticed was the custom Nerdasaurus Rex build by our good friend Tommy Williamson of BrickNerd. As you can see, it’s a pretty cute and nerdy T-Rex. In my eyes, this was one of the few things that interested me as LEGO purists wouldn’t like to see what else is included in the box besides one other item.
The next thing is a Nanoblock set NBA_010 featuring a Stegosaurus and a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Currently this set retails for $26.99 on Amazon. Nanoblock is a clone brand that has a similar design of LEGO bricks in a smaller scale.
Next up are some items that I honestly do not want to mix in with my LEGO bricks. These are some buildable animals that are clearly Chinese knock-offs by a company going by Wange Toys or Wange Industrial Co. Opening them up, they resemble a lot like LEGO but if you look closely, the material is terrible and poorly made. You can clearly see the markings on the studs of where the bricks came out of the molding machine. The amount of “clutch power” that these bricks widely vary. Some of the bricks come off too easy and some you need some force to pull them apart. Going on their website, the sets are clearly knock-offs of official LEGO sets from their “City” lineup to “DUPLO.”
The next item is sort of another clone brand called Sick Bricks made by Spin Master. They are made up of 2×4 brick characters that you build and can be brought to life with the app. The pack even comes with a 2×4 brick with the symbol of the team printed on it. Just looking at the figures, you can see that there is subpar printing on them. Even the Aquaman looking character has some horrible misprint on the face.
Next is a BrickStuds card featuring BrickLoot. From the box insert, it says one in ten boxes will get a signed card by CEO Parker Krex which is what I received. This card is pretty neat because I do have the complete base set from Series 1 which I reviewed last year.
Finally, there’s a Brickasaurus Park sticker.
Overall, like my previous experience, I still have mixed feelings about BrickLoot. For the typical parent consumer, this might be a good match since there’s a variety of items included with the box. From the purist LEGO fan’s persepective, you might be a little disappointed especially with this month’s box because there are a number of clone products included with only the Nerdasaurus Rex being made from official LEGO bricks.
For $27 a month plus shipping, I do think that you get your money’s worth if you’re a parent who’s looking for random items for the kids to build but do keep in mind that some products won’t fit with the typical LEGO brick. Some months you get more official LEGO bricks included with the box, sometime you get a lot less. You just never know. If you are interested, head over to Brick Loot to sign up.
Starting today until Saturday, June 27 at Toys R Us stores (US), you can get a free LEGO Jurassic World Gallimimus Trap Polybag (30320) with any LEGO set purchase of $30 or more. Previously, this polybag was thought to be an “exclusive” with the pre-order LEGO Jurassic World Video Game but we learned shortly after that it wasn’t the case.
It’s disappointing to know that none of the bonuses for the game were actual exclusives but at least you can have an army of “Gallimimus”/Coelophysis/Compys after the TRU promo is over next week and the polybags go on sale for $3.99 each.
LEGO has recently published the Australian version of the consumer catalog for the second half of 2015. It shows many of the upcoming sets that we’ll be getting soon including LEGO Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo, and Star Wars including the new Buildable Figures. It also notes the LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 14 (71010) will be avaialble in September.
On another note concerning the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens sets. Due to the sensitivity of the information about the sets, LEGO has asked us to not host images, set names, etc. until September 4 which is Force Friday. Until further notice, I won’t be reporting on any of it unless LEGO officially releases that info themselves through news outlets or on their social media pages. You can find them on other sites but I’ve already removed that info from this site. Thanks to everyone who emailed in about some of the TFA things the past couple of days. It is news but there are some things that are worth waiting for.