Book Review: The LEGO Animation Book

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Stop motion animation using LEGO bricks is a fantastic way to tell stories, and some of the top YouTube channels have massive followings.

It’s no surprise then that there is a lot of interest in learning how to get started with the medium. The LEGO Animation Book aims to be your complete guide to being a LEGO stop-motion animator.

A lot of the previous LEGO books that I have reviewed have been fairly light, easy reading. They’ve either been fun things aimed at kids or informational books with more pictures than text. The LEGO Animation book does start off light but does get very technical.

The book has a great progression from the basics of staging a shoot to some very advanced topics. You can see the trailer for the film referenced throughout the book at the end of the article.

70917 The Ultimate Batmobile Revealed

LEGO have used the opening weekend of The LEGO Batman Movie (elsewhere) to unveil details of the next set from the film – 70917 The Ultimate Batmobile.

The set features a huge Batmobile which can become four separate vehicles. Also included is a Bat-signal and eight minifigures.

No Australian price as yet, but expect this set to be up to at least $149.99 when it is released in June.

I’ve added a pixelated version of the picture first up as the minifigures may constitute a bit of a spoiler for the film.

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To see the uncensored picture read on below…

On Sale: 20% Off At Twoscoops

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While the big retailers are slacking off with decent sales we have another offer from a smaller player.

Online retailer Twoscoops are offering 20% off all LEGO from today (February 10th) until 11:59 PM Monday night (February 13th 2017).

The February releases all seem to be in-stock, so there is lots to check out.

Twoscoops have quite reasonable shipping costs, but don’t forget to factor that in to your savings.

You can view the LEGO range here.

Thanks to Steve for making sure I saw this sale

There Are 39 Countries Where You Could See The LEGO Batman Movie This Weekend

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According to the release information on IMDB there are 39 countries where you can see the LEGO Batman Movie this weekend. It’s actually more than that because it lists the UK as combined entry.

Unfortunately Australia is not one of those countries.

While the wonderful people of Kazakhstan sit back and enjoy the film with a nice bucket of buttery popcorn those of us here in Australia will have to wait.

Unfortunately Village Roadshow have decided that there is no possible way Australians would see a “kids” movie any time of the year other than school holidays. It seems that the people at Village Roadshow failed to predict that a massive heatwave would hit the East Coast of Australia and send families hunting for any form air conditioning. It really would be a perfect weekend to take your kids to see a movie. I’ve heard good things about Moana.

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For those readers out there with private jets, here are the details on where you can see The LEGO Batman Movie.

February 8th
Belgium, France, Netherlands

February 9th
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Georgia, Greece, Hong Kong, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Republic of Macedonia, Philippines, Poland, Serbia, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Ukraine

February 10th
Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Spain, Finland, UK, Indonesia, Ireland, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, USA, Venezuela

It’s too late to change anything, but if you want to let somebody know you aren’t happy you can find Roadshow Films on twitter at https://twitter.com/RoadshowFilms

Release date information from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4116284/releaseinfo, but I wouldn’t read too much on that IMDB page as it may contain reviews with spoilers.

On Sale: Up To 30% Off At Shopforme

Things are a bit bleak for sales at the moment, but luckily Melbourne based LEGO retailer Shopforme are having a mega blitz with some great offers.

Shopforme blitz sales usually run for 24 hours, so you have until 12:00 PM (AEDT) tomorrow (February 11th).

Here are the various discounts on offer…

20% The LEGO Batman Movie

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25% Off DC Superhero Girls

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On Sale: Selected Sets 30% Off At Big W

It seems that Big W are looking to clear some older stock, and they are doing it in a pretty great way – with a 30% off sale.

The range is fairly limited but the prices are hard to beat.

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This is a clearance sale so there doesn’t seem to be any set end date. Prices should also apply in-store if you can find these particular sets.

Via https://www.bigw.com.au/c/30-off-selected-lego/

Thanks to Peter for making sure I saw this

BrickFactor Competition Takes Place This Weekend

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If you have been following the development of Melbourne’s LEGOLAND Discovery Centre then you will know that they are looking for a Master Model Builder to look after the numerous models on display at the attraction.

After sifting through the applications that search will come to a conclusion this weekend with the BrickFactor competition.

Builders from across the country will compete for the ultimate LEGO job as their skills are judged by Ryan McNaught and LDC Melbourne management.

The event will take place at the future home of LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne – Chadstone shopping centre.

Builders will be working hard to prove themselves over two days, with the winner crowned on Sunday afternoon. If you are in the area come along and cheer on the builders and see some amazing creations.

You can learn more about the various times below.

The First Ninjago Movie Trailer Is Here

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While The LEGO Batman Movie is getting all the attention at the moment it’s not the only LEGO film hitting cinemas this year.

After being one of LEGO’s most popular original IPs Ninjago is making the move from cartoon to movie.

Featuring an all new voice cast (to the disappointment of some) and a standalone story The LEGO Ninjago Movie will be released in Australia on September 21st. Surprisingly that release date is actually in-line with the US for once.

Here is the first trailer…

On Sale: Selected Sets Reduced At Toys R Us

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After a brief but terrible period without a sale I’m pleased to share that the latest Toys R Us catalogue has a range of selected sets on sale.

The lineup may not be the most impressive but the range of City sets on offer for $20 may be tempting for some.

This sale starts tomorrow (Wednesday February 8th) and runs right through until February 28th.

You can view the list of sets included below, or check out the catalogue yourself here.

Nuremberg Toy Fair – What We Learnt About 2HY 2017

The Nuremberg Toy Fair – known as Spielwarenmesse – recently took place. The event was the first official look at sets being released in the second half of 2017. While I couldn’t attend in person, the good people at Promo Bricks have allowed other LEGO sites to share their pictures from the event. Click on any image for a larger version. All images via https://www.instagram.com/promobricks/

Creator

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The Creator lineup for the second half of the year looks great. I’m a big fan of space sets so I can’t wait to see more of 31066 Space Shuttle. 31070 Turbo Track Racer looks great too.

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There is also a nice lineup of Creator Houses; the small 31067 Poolside Holiday, medium sized 31068 Modern Home and the largest 31069 Family Villa.