LEGO Makes Minecraft Official – Announces Two New Sets

At San Diego ComicCon LEGO has just announced that Minecraft will be making the jump from Cuusoo project to official theme. Two new sets will be released in September. There is no official word on Australian release or pricing, but expect them to be in line with the original Minecraft set and available online.

The first of the new sets is The Village. This set features a villager micromob, a zombie and a cute pig.

LEGO Minecraft Village

The second set is The Nether including a portal, two Ghasts and a Zombie Pigman micromob.

LEGO Minecraft Nether

LEGO to release The LEGO Movie related sets

LEGO Movie set

In a move that will surely not come as much of a surprise LEGO has announced that they will be releasing a huge range of merchandise to tie in with their first feature film. The range of merchandise will of course include sets (17 of them), as well as a videogame and merchandise such as bags and watches.

17 sets sounds like an impressive theme, but it’s likely that some of those will be polybags. The trailer from the movie includes a huge range of licensed and non-licensed characters so the content of these sets could be interesting. The first photo seems to show a bulky police car and an orange vehicle of some sort (featured briefly in the trailer).

The part of the announcement that could be the most exciting for AFOLs is that LEGO will also be releasing a new range of CMF featuring 16 new and “new-again” characters from the film. Surely that has to include 1980-something space guy!

Press release

(July 16, 2013) – The LEGO Group today announced at the international Comic-Con convention in San Diego that it will produce a collection of movie-inspired building sets celebrating the brand’s premiere as a theatrical film. The company has also recruited an impressive roster of global partners to a broad, multi-category licensing program to support the much anticipated animated adventure film from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and produced by Dan Lin and Roy Lee, “THE LEGO® MOVIE” is rapidly building buzz following its first released trailer and assembles on the big screen starting in February 2014.

“The LEGO brand has been a vehicle for creative storytelling around the world for decades, so it’s no surprise that there is such growing enthusiasm for the first LEGO theatrical film,” said Jill Wilfert, Vice President Licensing and Entertainment for the LEGO Group. “We are thrilled to collaborate with our valued partners to build a varied and compelling portfolio of products through which fans of all ages can celebrate this LEGO brand milestone.”

Building Sets
Inspired by pivotal scenes in the film and starring key LEGO minifigure characters, a collection of 17 LEGO building sets will deliver all of the “THE LEGO MOVIE” action to the playroom. Fans will delight in highly detailed and functional vehicles and structures that reflect the creative versatility of the movie’s many LEGO themed backdrops, such as City, Wild West, and Space. Attendees at the Comic-Con International event in San Diego, California will see the first “THE LEGO MOVIE” building set unveiled at the LEGO booth on Saturday, July 20.

Additionally, the company’s line of collectible LEGO Minifigures will receive its first Hollywood makeover with a series inspired by “THE LEGO MOVIE” cast of 16 new and “new-again” LEGO characters.

Videogame
In related news, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that the chart-topping and award-winning LEGO videogames franchise from TT Games will include an epic gaming experience based on the film across all major console and handheld gaming systems. With more than 90 playable characters inspired by the film and 15 exciting levels, kids will be able to build an adventure like never before.

Movie-Inspired Merchandise
A roster of global licensees covering several categories will immerse filmgoers in the world of “THE LEGO MOVIE.” Perennial publishing partners Scholastic, Penguin, Ameet and DK Publishing will offer a range of readers, sticker books, activity books and movie guides. Apparel partners include T-shirts from Mad Engine, Isaac Morris, Kabooki, TV Mania and Casco Blu, hoodies from TV Mania, pajamas from SGI Apparel, TV Mania and Kabooki and undergarments from Handcraft Mfg. and Kabooki. Carry Gear and Grown Up will offer bags, including backpacks and cinch bags. Clic Time is producing clocksand buildable watches. MZB Imagination and Funtastic are creating an array ofstationery items including notebooks, journals, folders, pens, pencils and pencil cases, erasers, rulers and luggage/bag tags. Functional key lights featuring movie characters are being produced by IQ HK. Storage partner ROOM Copenhagen is producing a lunchbox, lunch set, drinking bottle and storage and sorting boxes.

 

The Feature Film
“THE LEGO MOVIE” opens in some global markets the first week of February, 2014. The 3D computer animated adventure tells the story of Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

The English language version of “THE LEGO MOVIE” stars Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie and Charlie Day, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman, as the voices of the animated characters. The film is directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (“21 Jump Street,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”) from their original screenplay, story by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, based on LEGO construction toys. It will incorporate some of the LEGO world’s most popular figures while introducing several new characters, inviting fans who have enjoyed the brand’s innovative toys and hugely popular video games for generations to experience their visually unique LEGO world as never seen before. The film is produced by Dan Lin (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”) and Roy Lee (“The Departed,” “How to Train Your Dragon”).  “THE LEGO MOVIE” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

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10235 Winter Village Market Unveiled

LEGO 10235 - Winter Village Market

LEGO has just released details of the latest in the Winter Village range – 10235 Winter Village Market. The winter village sets have always had some very nice details, and the Market looks like no exception. The set features a great carousel (that actually works) and some cute market stalls.

Another great addition for AFOLs is dark blue arches that have been specifically included to make recreating the Market Street set just a little easier.

On Sale – 50% off Hobbit sets at Target

LEGO Bilbo

Target has currently slashed the price of The Hobbit LEGO sets by a huge 50% off. Bricking Around contacted a local Target store and they confirmed this deal is on until the 14th. Stock at your local store may vary.

Image ©2013 The LEGO Group. All rights reserved.
Via Whirlpool user Electronic Hat

Two Arrested for Vandalising Ryan McNaught’s Elvis Helicopter

Elvis

Just a quick update on the earlier story of the vandalism of Elvis. Two 14 year olds, believed to be part of a larger group, have been arrested in relation to the incident. They have been charged with one count each of enter premises and wilful damage. Police investigations are ongoing, and it is believed that further offenders will be charged.

Via http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2013/07/01/244649_local-news.html

Review: 10230 Mini Modulars

LEGO 10230

Price: $79 (Myer Toy Sale)
Parts: 1356

Price/Part Ratio: $0.05/Pc

One of the surprise treats at the Myer Toy Sale (on until 28th July) was 10230 Mini Modulars set. Originally designed as gifts from the LEGO design team, these microscale versions of the iconic modular building sets were released as a single set available exclusively to VIP customers. This year is the first time the set has been released at an Australian retailer. The set covers the first five modulars: Cafe Corner, Market Street, Green Grocer, Fire Brigade and Grand Emporium.

Featured Cuusoo – Sydney Harbour Bridge

LEGO Sydney Harbour Bridge

The 10234 Sydney Opera House looks like it is going to be a great set, but how do you make it even better? By adding the Sydney Harbour Bridge! Australian LEGO Certified Professional Ryan McNaught has created this huge model of the iconic bridge to compliment the 10234 set. From the few pictures posted, it looks like it would be a fun build.

 

Sydney Harbour Bridge - http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/42368

LEGO Club Magazine July 2013 – What’s Inside

LEGO Club

It’s time for another edition of the LEGO Club Magazine. Let’s have a look at what’s inside.

LEGO Free Shipping – Will it last? [Updated]

LEGO Free Delivery TweetSome readers may have noticed that LEGO’s online store has a new page stating that they are offering free shipping all year round. The offer was originally set to expire at the start of September, so I thought I would check that this new “year round” offer actually applied to Australia.

I sent a tweet to The LEGO Group (@LEGO_Group) with a simple message … Does the free delivery all year round apply in Australia?

After a few days I finally got a response … Yes it does

But that’s where things get a little strange. The reply from LEGO appears to have been completely deleted. I can find no trace of it anywhere other than the email I received. I don’t want to sound like a crazy conspiracy theorist (It’s possible that it just a glitch with twitter) but it is worth pointing out the terms of the offer: LEGO Group reserves the right to cancel or modify this promotion at any time without advance notice.

Enjoy the offer (it is quite a good one) while it lasts, but be aware that it may not last forever.

Update: I received a second reply from LEGO

Hi Michael, not sure what happened but yes, the offer is valid in Australia too on purchases above $150

Hopefully this is confirmation that the free shipping is a permanent change. The shipping & handling page has not been updated to reflect the change (the US version has) but this has probably just been missed.

LEGO Online Store – Exclusive VIP Set

LEGO 40078 Hot Dog Stand

LEGO has just launched a new special on their online store. VIP customers who spend over $100 will receive an exclusive 40078 Hot Dog Stand set. This set appears to only be available to online customers.

The set itself looks great, with two minifigures, a bike and the hotdog stand itself.

Combining this special with the current free shipping offer for orders over $150, it could be a great way to get a something not available in stores – like the Palace Cinema or The Tower of Orthanc™

Click here to access the VIP offer. You must be signed in with your VIP account.