FBTB has reported that there will be new information regarding the LEGO Lord of the Rings Video game coming this October 30. Gamedot has released a press release summarizing the individuals of the Fellowship of the Ring and their in-game abilities. Not only can you play all 9 members of the Fellowship, but there are also 76 other characters you can play with for a total of 85 playable characters.
If you have been keeping up with the news, the Curiosity rover recently landed on Mars. To commemorate this event, Stephen Pakbaz created the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover on LEGO CUUSOO. The set was listed on 11/15/11 and hit 10000 supporters today. With the help of Reddit the Curiosity project gained a ton of supporters in 24 hours. The project now goes to the review stage which happens in September. If you can’t wait for the review process to finish, Stephen has put the step-by-step instructions on Rebrickable so you can make your own Curiosity rover today. Congratulations to Stephen for this amazing accomplishment!
Jedi News has teased a couple of sets that LEGO might be coming in winter 2013. The official news might come out from LEGO at Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando on August 23-26. From what I’m hearing, The Rancor Pit is confirmed as seen at San Diego Comic Con 2012. Also, Hulk_Smash on Eurobricks says his local toy shop owner showed him a catalog of the new sets and states that the A-Wing, a new Clone Wars version of the ARC-170, a set featuring a four-armed minifigure which could be Genreal Pong Krell, as well as the AT-RT set will be in the winter release. Stay tuned to see which sets are announced in the near future. Which new LEGO Star Wars set(s) are you looking forward to?
Planets Series Three:
Kamino with Astromech Droid and Jedi Starfighter
Coruscant with Clone Pilot and Republic Assault Striker
Asteroid with TIE Bomber and TIE Pilot
The Old Republic Battle Pack
Clone Troopers vs Droidekas Battle Pack
A-Wing including Admiral Ackbar, Han Solo and an A-Wing Pilot
AT-RT including Yoda, Clone Trooper and Assassin Droid
Z-95 Headhunter including three Clone Troopers
The Rancor Pit (as revealed at Comic Con)
Word on Brickset is there’s speculation about some new LEGO themes coming in 2013. LEGO has recently registered two trademarks named Legends of Chima and Speedorz. There’s been many theories around the LEGO community of what these new themes could be and also assumptions that the Legends of Chima might be the theme replacing Ninjago. We’ll have updates on what these new themes are about as soon as we hear from LEGO.
At Gamescom 2012 in South Korea, the new LEGO Lord of the Rings game trailer has been released. The game will follow the events of the movie trilogy in a linear fashion which is different from what you usually see in LEGO video games. Remember that you can get an exclusive Elrond minifigure if you order from Amazon.de. There is no news yet if there will be any exclusives for the North America release on October 30th.
mb_bricks is now two for two in the LEGO CUUSOO community for projects achieving 10000 supporters. If you may remember, the Modular Western Town also accomplished this feat in May 2012. After many months of planning and building and almost a year of being on LEGO CUUSOO, the UCS Sandcrawler is the latest project to hit 10000 supporters. It will now move on to the next stage and the LEGO Jury review it in September. LEGO will now have to create a concept model and hopefully will not change it that much from the original model. One note is that LEGO does already have a licensing agreement with Lucasfilms so that won’t be much of an issue. We’ll have to see how many pieces will be needed to build the Sandcrawler and the cost of it. Maybe it can compete with the Taj Mahal (10189) to see which set can have the most pieces.
August 10, 2012 marks the 80th birthday of LEGO, one of the most well-known companies in the world. In 1932 at Billund, Denmark, a carpenter named Ole Kirk Christiansen had an idea to start making wooden toys. After getting his company running, he named his company LEGO, coming from the Danish phrase “leg godt” meaning “play well.” Eventually, the company became the LEGO Group and the rest is history. Below is a very well made short film of the beginnings of the LEGO Group.