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Stop-motion LEGO recreations of movie trailers are becoming increasingly popular, but a lo of them are a little rough around the edges. However, that’s certainly not the case with this take on the first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron by Kevin Ulrich of Brotherhood Workshop. It’s a project that took five months to complete, and it definitely shows.
To mark the debut today of the entire Star Wars saga on digital platforms, Lucasfilm is releasing LEGO recreations of legendary artist Drew Struzan’s posters for all six films. LEGO will have them available for attendees next weekend at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California.
The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm have a relationship that dates back to 1999, when Star Wars became the toymaker’s first licensed property. From those first few playsets, their successful partnership has expanded to encompass video games, animation, comics and even theme parks (Legoland California just last month added a massive Death Star model to its four-year-old LEGO Star Wars Miniland).
Quickly catching up to an online link, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has officially announced LEGO Dimensions, a new video game that allows players to mix and match characters from different universes, including DC Comics, The LEGO Movie, The Lord of the Rings and Back to the Future.
Arriving Sept. 27, it’s a “toy-to-life” console game, similar to the popular Skylanders and Disney Infinity. However, in this case, players won’t purchase characters but instead LEGO sets that they’ll build into characters, vehicles and devices that can be introduced into the game with the Toy Pad.
We didn’t get those amazing “X-Men: X-Mansion” and “Assault on Wayne Manor” LEGO sets, but if we play our cards right, we could soon be enjoying a slice of cheesecake as we assemble The Golden Girls‘ living room and kitchen.
Submitted by brick enthusiast “lostsleep,” the ode to the long-running sitcom about four older women sharing a home in Miami is gaining support on LEGO ideas. It’s received 6,708 votes in less than a month; those that earn 10,000 qualify for review and a chance to be transformed into an official LEGO product.
Never mind LEGO Jurassic World, the world’s coolest father-and-daughter team has brought 1993’s Jurassic Park to life in a mind-blowing stop-motion LEGO short.
With a bit of help, Paul Hollingsworth of Digital Wizard Studios and his daughter Haley used more than $100,000 worth of bricks to recreate Stephen Spielberg’s sci-fi classic, from the flight to Isla Nublar to the virtually iconic scene with the Tyrannosaurus rex to the showdown with the Velociraptors. And it’s all done with LEGO.
Publishing | Papercutz, which has had an extremely successful program of LEGO graphic novels based on the Bionicle, Ninjago and Legends of Chima properties, is losing that license to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, which will have its own graphic novels in bookstores by the end of this year. Papercutz reveals it will continue to publish Bionicle and Ninjago through the end of this year, and Legends of Chima through mid-2016. [Publishers Weekly, ICv2]
Passings | Fred Fredericks, who drew the Mandrake the Magician comic strip from 1965 to 2013, has died. In addition to his daily newspaper work, Fredericks drew comics for Western Publishing and Marvel. [ComicMix]
TT Games and WB Games have unveiled the first full trailer for LEGO Jurassic World, which will allow players to relive all four franchise films — and to fully explore Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna.
In the game, players will be able to collect amber, which contains dinosaur DNA needed to create and customize species. For the first time, they’ll also be able to play as LEGO dinosaurs, including creatures from the upcoming film Jurassic World.
LEGO has unveiled its next Simpsons set, the 2,179-piece Kwik-E-Mart, arriving in May as part of the 25th-anniversary celebration of the animated series.
Priced at $199.99, the Kwik-E-Mart comes complete with six minifigures: Apu, Homer, Bart, Marge, Chief Wiggum (with patrol car) and Snake.
If this morning you felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if a million voices suddenly cried out in joy, it may be because Legoland California will officially unveil its massive model of the Death Star today.
If you’ve been wishing that Jake, Finn and the rest of the Adventure Time crew would make the leap to LEGO, this may be your chance.
Brick enthusiast aBetterMonkey has submitted a set of 15 brick-built Adventure Time figures to LEGO ideas, where projects that receive 10,000 votes qualify for review and a chance to be transformed into an official LEGO product.
Warner Bros. is partnering with renowned artist Nathan Sawaya for “The Art of the Brick: DC Comics,” a traveling exhibition of his LEGO interpretations of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn and more.
Sawaya, who created the LEGO Oscar statuettes seen Sunday during the Academy Awards telecast, has been showcasing his work since 2007 in the “Art of the Brick” series of museum tours in North America, Europe and Australia. However, this will be the first time one of Sawaya’s shows has been devoted to a single theme.
For a character who exuded such coolness in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the once-mysterious Boba Fett suffered such a ludicrous death in Return of the Jedi — he tumbles into the sarlacc pit when a blind Han Solo accidentally ignites his rocket pack — that the fan-favorite bounty hunter just had to be resurrected … in the non-canonical Star Wars Legends, at least.
But surely he didn’t simply crawl out of the Great Pit of Carkoon, where he should’ve been slowly digested for more than a thousand years. That’s … well, as ridiculous as the way he entered. So how did Boba Fett do it? Dan Stoeffler has a theory, which he’s presented entirely in LEGO.
Manga | Japanese publisher East Press has released a manga adaptation of the Koran as part of its series devoted to classic or historical literature. “The Koran is the foundation of the daily life and ideology of people who believe in the teachings of Islam,” the publisher writes on its website. “The name Islam is often heard in the daily news, but because we Japanese aren’t usually familiar with it, a perverted image [of Islam] as abstemious or linked to terrorism is liable to persist. So what kind of teachings do [Muslims] actually believe in? What are they thinking about? To understand the modern international community and Islam, let’s try to experience the scriptures where all that is written down.” East Press has adapted 133 famous works, ranging from War and Peace to the Bible to Mein Kampf. [Anime News Network]
This weekend’s New York Toy Fair has become a breeding ground not just for superhero toys but realms within realms of niche toys. And when it comes to specific toy sets, none inspires more fervor than LEGOs.
Super Hero Hype shared a first look at the initial LEGO playset for Marvel Studios’ incoming Ant-Man film. The “Ant-Man Final Battle” set includes figures for Paul Rudd’s title hero, the mysterious Yellow Jacket and a Hank Pym figure for every little kid who wants to fantasy play as Michael Douglas in wise mentor mode. The set also includes a ridable ant, “giant” screws and obstacles for the miniaturized hero and a new “super jumper” feature on Ant-Man that will soon become a regular feature in LEGO’s heroic lines.
While these toys aren’t exactly ant-sized, they’re close enough that both the real insects and the figures will inspire the same cries when parents step on them without shoes on. Check out the full set below the jump.
The results are in from the latest LEGO Ideas Review, and depending on your perspective, it’s something of a good news, bad news situation.
Two of the sets up for review will indeed move into official production: “Doctor Who and Companions” and “WALL-E.” While LEGO has produced multiple Disney and Pixar-themed sets, this will be the first Doctor Who-themed LEGO release. (Who building sets have been released in recent years as part of the United Kingdom-based Character Building line.) Official details — final design, pricing and release date — are yet to come.
The Doctor Who set was submitted by gaming artist Andy Clark; WALL-E hails from Angus MacLane, a Pixar animator and director who worked on the 2008 film.