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LEGO Ninjago & Man of Steel News

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LEGO Community Coordinator Kevin Hinkle revealed that the LEGO Ninjago sets will be discountinued in 2013. However, there will be a Season 2 on Cartoon Network and will be at least one more wave coming out in 2013. Ninjago will be replaced by an unknown series but FBTB notes from Variety that Warner Brothers has a licencing agreement with LEGO to produce sets for the new Man of Steel movie. This is some awesome new because it adds more to to the Super Heroes line.

LEGO Monster Fighters Haunted House (10228) Preview

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LEGO Monster Fighters Haunted House (10228)

LEGO has released details of the new LEGO Monster Fighters Haunted House (10228). This is the very first time that LEGO has released a haunted house and would nicely complement the Monster Fighters series or even the LEGO City series. The set contains 2064 pieces and retails for $179.99. It has an estimated release date of September 2012. There are 6 minifigures included in the set: Lord Vampyre, Vampyre’s Bride, Zombie Chef, Butler, and 2 Ghosts. Below is a video and description of the set.

10228 Haunted House

Come with us as we take an exclusive look at the never before seen 10228 Haunted House, the latest exclusive LEGO® set! We’ll talk with the talented LEGO® designer who brought this awesome model to life in LEGO® bricks. The Haunted House set will be available directly through LEGO® beginning in September 2012 via shop.LEGO.com and at LEGO® Stores. Visit shop.LEGO.com for more details on this amazing model!

Enter the Haunted House at your peril!

The crooked Haunted House is home to the scariest ghosts and monsters. Tremble in fear as you open the gate, go weak at the knees as you step onto the porch and gasp in horror at the fireplace, kitchen, office, folding staircase, bedroom, potion room, music room and collection of other creepy objects. Dare you enter the Haunted House?!

• Add to your LEGO® Monster Fighters Collection with the first officlal LEGO® Haunted House!
• Includes 6 minifigures: 2 glow-in-the-dark ghosts, Vampyre, Vampyre’s Bride, Zombie chef and butler
• Features unique ‘crooked’ design featuring boarded up windows and working front gate.
• Haunted House opens to reveal detailed interior with 3 floors.
• First floor features fireplace that swings open and displays a ship in a bottle on the mantle.
• Cook up a ghoulish meal with the Zombie chef in the kitchen complete with old-style stove, jars and table.
• Write letters from the Vampyre’s haunted office.
• Pull the lever hidden in the chimney to release the drop down staircase and access the top floor.
• Top floor features gramophone, records and newspaper LEGO® elements.
• Customize the Haunted House with new stickers for wall hangings, spider webs and curtains.
• Measures 15.4″ (39cm) high, 9.4″ (24cm) wide and 7.5″ (19cm) deep

**Image courtesy of The Brick Blogger**

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 7 – Viking Woman

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The first female minifigure to be reviewed for Series 7 on The Brick Fan is the Viking Woman. She is dressed in the brown outfit that we typically think of when we think of a female Viking. She also has a large skirt piece for the legs. The helmet and the hair comes as one single piece. There are two horn pieces to attach to the helmet. The minifig comes with a double-side face. One side is a happy one while the other is an angry one. The accessories included with the Viking Woman are a sword and shield. To feel for this figure, look for the large skirt piece and round shield.

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LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 7 (8831)
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LEGO CUUSOO Star Wars Dark Bucket Rejected

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A few days ago, I made a post about the Star Wars Dark Bucket project achieving 10000 supporters on LEGO CUUSOO. Today, LEGO made a quick decision on rejecting the project due to it being mostly minifigures and conflicting issues with the licensing agreement with Lucasfilm. LEGO also did not accept the revised “Dark Bottle” alternative because the 10000 supporters came in support of the Dark Bucket. Although the concept was a good idea, it would’ve probably cost a little too much. Below is the official statement on LEGO CUUSOO.

Decision on Our Ability to Produce this Project

2012.06.08

First and foremost, huge congratulations to haru for reaching 10,000 supporters on LEGO CUUSOO, and toward everyone for all of the support of the Star Wars Dark Bucket project!

LEGO Star Wars is very popular, and we’re well aware that many people want to amass large armies of Star Wars minifigures. Our team has done our due diligence, and due to our license we will not release a collection consisting almost entirely of minifigures. Since the 10,000 supporters came for this specific concept, we will not alter the project in the review. Therefore we will not consider the Star Wars Dark Bucket further for production. We’re sorry to be the bearers of this disappointing news.

The challenge with allowing IP-related projects on LEGO CUUSOO is that there is the potential of a license conflict, either with an existing license or with a competitive licensor. Still, it’s our view that it is better to be open and allow for possibilities, knowing there will be “no” answers along the way, than shut out the potential of IP-based products altogether.

Since we already knew the answer in this case, we decided to share the news now rather than wait until the Fall LEGO Review under which this project would qualify. Opening ourselves to new product suggestions invites popular ideas that don’t always work. We are grateful for the spirit behind projects like the Star Wars Dark Bucket and for the opportunity to be challenged. It keeps us sharp and looking toward the future of the LEGO brick.

The LEGO CUUSOO Team

LEGO CUUSOO Star Wars Dark Bucket Achieves 10000 Supporters

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The Star Wars Dark Bucket has achieved 10000 supporters on LEGO CUUSOO for it to be reviewed and considered to be made into an official LEGO set. At first the project started off with Darth Vader and an army of 99 Stormtroopers. LEGO made a comment on Haru’s message on 5000 votes that “it will not be possible to release a set consisting solely of minifigures.” LEGO also adds, “if the Dark Bucket concept were to go further, it would need to include some significant brick-based model component to be considered a construction toy for licensing purposes.”

The project was revised and called the Star Wars Dark Bottle which consists of a Darth Vader minifigure and 16 Stormtroopers as well as brick pieces for the minifigures and to spell out the Star Wars logo. The project will now be reviewed in the September session. We can only hope for more Stormtroopers to add to our battalion. Congratulations to Haru for this accomplishment.

LEGO CUUSOO Themed Brick Box

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Have you ever took pieces from a completed set to finish a MOC? If so, then this project is worth supporting. Chris Ciafardini aka Odd.Robot has come up with the idea of Themed Brick Boxes on LEGO CUUSOO. The premise is simple. LEGO bricks that have already been manufactured are put into their particular themed tubs for builders to expand their models. Below is a description of the project:

Themed Brick Boxes would work the same way as the generic brick boxes that currently exist. The difference would lie in the unique pieces commonly found within a series, including colored bricks that fit the brand colors of the series.

This concept utilizes the licenses LEGO currently has and would only repurpose the bricks/pieces and containers that the company currently produces. Each new series can utilize this type of product.

This isn’t necessarily a brand new concept or a plea to begin a new LEGO series based on my favorite video game, movie, or cartoon franchise. This is however a solution to an issue I myself and others have come across while purchasing and playing with LEGO products.

LEGO CUUSOO Château d’Arbre Needs Our Support

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A reader by the name of Matthew Copeland has asked me to review his project on LEGO CUUSOO. He has created Château d’Arbre, a castle build with a very unique design and he needs our help for it to reach 10000 supporters. From what I can see, I really like the design of it because of the fantasy/fairy tale theme of the castle. What’s neat about it is that it is a fairly small build but filled with detailing, for example, the balcony, turrets, and the patched roof tiles. Below is the description of the Château d’Arbre from Matthew and don’t forget to support and comment on his project on LEGO CUUSOO.