Remember last year when we reported that Top Gear asked random people to take a survey on possibly bringing vehicles from the show into LEGO form? We doubted it but a new report from CM4Sci over on Eurobricks may ease my doubts just a little.
He has posted a list of “Super Car” sets, again from David Thomsen, which makes it seem that a LEGO Top Gear theme could be happening in 2015. If not, they may just be more Creator sets or maybe TECHNIC sets based on those supercars. The pricing is in New Zealand Dollars so USD will be a little lower than what is shown below. Again, take this information as rumors but it may seem that these are legit. Another question is “Who is David Thomsen?”
La Ferrari (75899) – 24.99/$20
458 Italia GT2 (75908) – 24.99/$20
McLaren P1 (75909) – 24.99/$20
Porsche 918 Spyder (75910) – 24.99/$20
McLaren Mercedes Pit Stop (75911) – 69.99/$60
Porsche 911 GT Finish Line (75912) – 99.99/$80
T & F14 Ferrari Truck (75913) – 179.99/$150
**Note: The image above was from the Top Gear survey from last year and NOT the rumored sets reported.**
Okay this is some very unexpected news but CM4Sci over at Eurobricks has reported there will be another wave of LEGO The Simpsons Minifigures (71009) coming out in 2015! This piece of news comes from someone named David Thomsen who was the same person that revealed the list of the 2015 LEGO Pirates sets. The price given is 4.99 NZD but will probably stay at $3.99 for us here in the States. So who is excited for another wave of Simpsons minifigures and which characters would you like to see in this wave?
**Note: The above image is NOT the new one that are coming out next year. Those are the ones that are still currently in stores.**
Jedi News has posted in image of what appears to be the Inquisitor minifigure from the new LEGO Star Wars Rebels line. The trailer scene appeared on Disney XD showing the Inquisitor along with a few Stormtroopers escorting Ezra Bridger somewhere.
A few weeks ago, we reported on a rumored list of LEGO Star Wars 2015 sets and there will be a number of Star Wars Rebels sets in the wave. The Inquisitor minifigure will most likely be in one of these sets and my guess would be the Imperial Troop Transport (75078).
Check out the comparison of the minifigure and the animated version below to see the similarities between them. More details of the 2015 LEGO Star Wars sets as they become available.
LEGO has released the official images of the Series 12 LEGO Collectible Minifigures (71007). The complete lineup includes the Battle Goddess, Dino Tracker, Fairytale Princess, Genie Girl, Hun Warrior, Jester, Lifeguard, Piggy Guy, Pizza Delivery Man, Prospector, Rock Star, Space Miner, Spooky Girl, Swashbuckler, Video Game Guy, and Wizard.
The LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 12 (71007) will be available on October 1st for $3.99 each. These minifigures will also be available for the LEGO Minifigures Online game. There’s no word on yet on the distribution of the minifigures in each box but we can rely on WhiteFang from Eurobricks to give that information very soon.
Check out the descriptions of each minifigure here.
The holiday season is just around the corner and images of the new LEGO Seasonal sets have started to surface. Brickset has revealed the Halloween Bat (40090) which have been reported to be showing up at various LEGO Brand Stores. It contains 156 pieces and most likely will probably retail for $9.99. In the instructions booklet for the Halloween Bat shows another Seasonal set which is the Thanksgiving Turkey (40091). Both sets are similiar to the Seasonal sets that we’ve gotten earlier this year including the Valentine’s Day Teddy Bear (40085) and the Easter Bunny (40086).
Back in April, we reported that there will probably be a LEGO Pirates theme coming in 2015. The information came from ReBrick where they held a “Name That Ship” contest to name one of the new pirate ships.
New information coming out of Eurobricks from David Thomsen is a list of the new LEGO Pirates sets which also includes the winner of the naming contest, The Brick Bounty. He also mentions that the release date for the sets is April 2015 although that could change. There may also be some store exclusive sets that aren’t listed as well. The pricing is in New Zealand Dollars but they’ve been converted to US Dollars to give you an estimate of what they could go for.
Shipwreck Defense (70409) – 17.99 NZD/$12 USD
Soldiers’ Outpost (70410) – 39.99 NZD/$20 USD
Treasure Island (70411) – 39.99 NZD/$20 USD
Soldiers’ Fort (70412) – 59.99 NZD/$40 USD
The Brick Bounty (70413) – 179.99 NZD/$90 USD
The Art of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programming—New from No Starch Press
New book unlocks the power of the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 programming language
San Francisco, CA, August 26, 2014—The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 system makes it easy for anyone to build and control robots. LEGO’s block-based and colorful EV3 programming language is great for first-timers, but it has more powerful features than its user-friendly interface might suggest.
In the upcoming book The Art of LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 Programming (No Starch Press, $34.95, 276 pp., Sept 2014, ISBN 9781593275686), software engineer Terry Griffin offers a beginner-friendly, in-depth guide to the EV3 language. An update to Griffin’s highly regarded Art of LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT-G Programming, this new book teaches readers the basic building blocks and then launches into more sophisticated programs. Readers begin by writing functions that control their robots’ movement, sensors, and sounds and then move on to programming more complex behaviors that allow their robots to follow lines, detect objects, and navigate mazes.
According to No Starch Press founder Bill Pollock, “The EV3 programming language is remarkably approachable but also surprisingly deep. Griffin’s new book will show any serious EV3 programmer how to unlock the real power of EV3. Competitive MINDSTORMERs will love this book.”
In The Art of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programming, readers learn how to:
- Make robots react to different environments
Program robots to navigate through a maze by following its walls
Control robots with dials and sensors
Create devices like a sound generator and a sketchpad
- Use arrays to program a Simon Says–style game
The Art of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programming will be available in bookstores everywhere in September 2014.
For a review copy of The Art of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programming or to schedule an interview with the author or illustrator, contact Mackenzie Dolginow at No Starch Press.
About the Author
Terry Griffin has been a software engineer for over 20 years and has spent most of that time creating software to control various types of machines. He works for Carl Zeiss SMT on the ORION Helium Ion Microscope, programming the user interface and high-level control software.
View Terry Griffin’s full profile page.
For more information about the book, including table of contents, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9781593275686.do
The Art of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programming
Publisher: No Starch Press
By Terry Griffin
Print ISBN: 9781593275686, $34.95
September 2014, 276 pp.