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Fully Functioning LEGO Bat-Signal Lights Up Times Square

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The lights of Times Square just got a little bit brighter thanks to the Dark Knight… and LEGO.

On yesterday’s episode of “Good Morning America,” The Art of the Brick artist Nathan Saway unveiled a life-size replica of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s” Bat-Signal built entirely out of LEGO bricks. Standing over 7-feet tall, the floodlight is fully functional, meaning Commissioner Gordon (or, J.K. Simmons) could really use the toy prop to call Batman himself.

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Visit scenic Latveria in this week’s SHELF PORN


Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn! Today’s collection comes from filmmaker Jeremy Waltman. Jeremy shares his love of all things Dr. Doom with us, including an impressive recreation of Castle Doom made out of LEGOS.

If you’d like to share your collection with us, you can find all the details on how to do that right here.

And now check out Jeremy’s collection …

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Physicist rolls out transformable LEGO Optimus Prime model


Physicist by day, LEGO builder by night, Ralph S. — who goes by MadPhysicist on his Flickr account (via BrickNerd) — is a hobbyist who builds complex LEGO models in his spare time. This time, he’s turned his attention to “Transformers,” constructing a transformable model of lead autobot Optimus Prime entirely out of LEGOs.

Though his models are impressive, he says in his profile that he builds them only for his love of the hobby:  “I am sorry if it disappoints anybody, but I have no interest in selling any of my models… I don’t make instructions either. I’d rather spend my time building new things. I don’t work for LEGO. My LEGO building is strictly a hobby.”

Check out his Flickr for more photos and catch a picture of Optimus Prime in his transformed state below the cut.

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Shelf Porn | Graphic novels and Gundam from Irvine, California


If it’s Saturday, it’s gotta be SHELF PORN! Today’s collection comes from Irvine, California, where Darrin’s shelves are stacked with everything from graphic novels to Gundam.

“I love Gundam, Macross and Legos,” Darrin said. “Been collecting for nearly 20 years, and this is what I show for it. I have a very patient wife! I am also a huge fan of collectible figures of my favorite anime and DC/Marvel Superheroes. And here are some (and this is only some) of my collection.”

Check out his pictures below.

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Help make the ‘Assault on Wayne Manor’ LEGO set a reality


So there’s this LEGO crowdsourcing site I just learned about this week called LEGO Cuusoo where:

1. Fans submit their own fantasy LEGO sets.
2. Other fans vote on them if they think they are cool.
3. LEGO actually reviews all the submissions that receive 10,000 votes and decide if they want to pursue it as an actual LEGOS set.
4. The person who came up with the idea, if it gets turned into a real LEGO set, gets a percentage of sales.

People submit all kinds of LEGO creations, from models of the Apple Store to Legend of Zelda sets (which unfortunately didn’t pass muster when reviewed by LEGO — you can see recent review results here). And of course, there are some comic-inspired projects, not the least of which is this very awesome Assault on Wayne Manor playset.

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Marvel, DC meet LEGO for the League of Little Superheroes

Superheroes are coming to the world of LEGO, as the Danish toy company signed deals with DC Comics and Marvel Entertainment this month that will allow their characters to be used in a LEGO Super Heroes line. Lego already has a Batman line, but the deal with DC gives them access to every character in the DC canon, including Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. The Marvel line will focus on the Avengers, the X-Men and Spider-Man, and it will launch in May 2012, at the same time The Avengers movie opens. Both the Marvel and the DC line will include both minifigures and buildable figures.

Update: JK Parkin returns from Comic-Con with pictures from the LEGO booth! Check’em out after the jump.

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Straight for the art | CubeDudes makes Robin hit the bricks

A Lego Robin

A Lego Robin

CubeDudes is a Flicker set of Lego figurines made by a variety of brick-obsessed folks. In addition to the Robin above, there are a number of comic-related characters to check out, including Batman, Spider Jerusalem, MODOK and even Calvin and Hobbes. (via)

Straight for the art | No evil shall escape my brick

Farinas' Lego 'Night'

Check out this great Blackest Night homage done by Act-I-Vate contributor and Lego fan Ulises Farinas did. Then head over here to see him do a Marvel variation.  (via)

LEGO Batman game up for inaugural TOADY award

LEGO Batman

LEGO Batman

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, “the only national organization devoted to limiting the impact of commercial culture on children,” has created a new award for “Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children,” or the TOADYs. And joining Mattel’s Barbie Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Doll and Fisher Price’s Power Wheels Cadillac Escalade in the list of nominees is the LEGO Batman video game:

How do you turn the ultimate creative toy into a symbol of commercialized childhood? Begin by partnering with media companies to sell that toy in branded kits designed for recreating movies like Star Wars, rather than creative construction. Then, dispense with hands-on building altogether by turning your toy into a video game so that instead of deciding what to build next, children choose which cyber weapons to use to beat up their opponent. Finally, ignore the fact it was rated suitable for ages 10 & up and partner with McDonald’s for a Happy Meal toy giveaway to simultaneously promote the video game, junk food, and the violent Dark Knight movie series to preschoolers.

Um, congrats?

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