Love it. Sadly it looks like a lot of work for purely cosmetic results, work few are willing to put in, as I could only find one other LEGO mod for the in-game action itself, these LEGO Battle Droids by EldeBH:
It includes a mosaic of the Story Bridge, a Pick-a-Brick wall and build-your-own Lego Minifigure stations.
Brisbane’s first Lego-certified retail store is opening in Chermside this Saturday. It follows in the footsteps of other Lego-certified stores around Australia and the world in cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, London, New York and Shanghai. Investment firm Alceon Group is behind the new retail space – it holds the distribution rights for Lego in Australia and New Zealand.
What will you find inside? A shedload of bricks, obviously, with a range of sets for sale that will include hard-to-find products. Otherwise, there will be play tables allowing kids both big and small to get constructing; build-your-own Lego Minifigure stations, where you can customise your own figurine with heads, torsos, legs, hats and accessories; and a Pick-a-Brick wall, which allows punters to buy a quantity of bricks and parts to help complete a special Lego project.
Located on Level 1 of Westfield Chermside, the 205 square metre retail space also draws inspiration from Queensland icons and includes a Story Bridge mosaic hand-made over 337 hours from 137,311 individual bricks, and a 3D “Aussie Adventurer” model that features 70,000 bricks and took 396 hours to build.
The store opens at 9am on Saturday. Customers who spend $199 or more in one transaction will receive a limited-edition Lego Store set, with the first 100 people through the door landing a free gift.
Indulge your inner man-child (or woman-child) with these LEGO versions of the Blue Origin Blue Moon lunar lander, New Glenn rocket, and launch tower. This new design is currently gathering supporters on the LEGO Ideas website. If it gets enough supporters, LEGO will review it and possibly build it.
The kit is based around the Blue Origin effort to get to the Moon. It features their New Glenn reusable rocket, the launch tower, and the Blue Moon lunar lander. The kit also includes a large rover, four mini-rovers, and a satellite to deploy on the way.
The complete kit, including the optional rocket stand, is over 2700 pieces, and includes over 50 decals. The New Glenn rocket is over 101 cm (40 inches) tall. The kit was created by Valerie Roche and Matthew Nolan, co-creators of the Saturn V set and the SpaceX Ultimate Collection and Starship-Super Heavy LEGO sets.
On the LEGO Ideas site, designers pitch their ideas for LEGO kits and try to gain supporters. If they get 10,000 supporters, then the LEGO company will review it and may decide to build it. Valerie and Matthew’s Saturn V set passed the threshold and is available to purchase.
“It’s rare to hit the magic 10k, but with the enormous public interest in space currently, every rocket project we’ve submitted to date has made it!”
Matthew Nolan, Designer.
The new Blue Origin set has 1700 supporters, and there’s lots of time to show your support. Valerie and Matthew’s Saturn V set was a huge hit, and the reviews are overwhelmingly positive.
The duo have a track record of successful LEGO designs. Matthew Nolan told Universe Today: “It’s rare to hit the magic 10k, but with the enormous public interest in space currently, every rocket project we’ve submitted to date has made it! The team at Blue Origin have gotten behind us, giving fantastic support and encouragement.”
The 5:1 scale minifig is strictly limited edition, and celebrates the company’s heritage as a wooden toy maker
In 1932 Ole Kirk Christiansen, founder of The Lego Group, started making and selling wooden toys out of his shop in Billund, Denmark. The company continued making wooden toys until 1960, two years after the Lego brick as we know it today was born. Now The Lego Group celebrates old and new with a seven inch tall, $US120 ($174) minifigure made out of wood. Well, except for the hands.
The Lego Originals Wooden Minifigure, available starting November 3 at Lego.com, is not so much a toy as it is a collectible art piece. Crafted from real oak, other than the hands, which are plastic for gripability purposes, the piece neatly sums up the whole of Lego history.
It’s a 5:1 scale minifigure (meaning it’s five times bigger than normal) of the classic minifigure design, but made from FSC Certified oak, with plastic iconic yellow hands.
It comes with a small collection of Lego bricks, which can be built into a few different accessories for it to hold, including a guitar, a camera, and a pen. Obviously, you can also build anything else you want to accessorise it with using more bricks from your collection.
Customisation is the name of the game, actually. Part of the idea is that you can have it as just a beautiful wooden decoration like it comes – as we said, it’s currently planned to be strictly limited edition, and it comes in a premium gift box, so it’ll be a great collectible for Lego nuts – but Lego also encourages you to make it your own.
Paint it, dress it up, build Lego creations around it – do whatever you like, really. It’s a really fun way to celebrate over 40 years of the Lego minifig, and the origins of everyone’s favourite Danish brick maker.
Climb aboard the LEGO® City 60197 Passenger Train! This fun set features a motorized engine with 10-speed Bluetooth remote control and opening nose cone, driver’s cabin with opening window, 2 cars with removable roofs, seats and tables, a full circular track with 16 curved and 4 straight rails, plus a buildable platform with 2 seats and train service map, train signal and 4 LEGO minifigures.
Includes 4 LEGO® minifigures: 2 passengers, a train conductor and a train attendant.
Features a motorized engine with 10-speed Bluetooth remote control and opening nose cone, pantograph on the roof and driver’s cabin with opening window and control panel, plus a café car with removable roof and tables, and a passenger car with removable roof, seats and tables.
Also includes a platform with 2 seats and train services map, a full circular track with 16 curved rails and 4 straight rails, plus a buildable train signal pole.
Accessory elements include 3 mugs, 3 muffins, a hot dog, croissant, messenger bag and a suitcase with LEGO® box inside.
Lift off the roof to access the passenger train cabins filled with cool details.
Operate the train with the 10-speed Bluetooth remote control.
Drive to the platform and pick up or unload passengers.
Set the rails in different ways to fit your city’s style.
This product requires batteries (not included). Please refer to the product packaging for types and quantities.
The included Bluetooth remote is not compatible with older infrared remote-controlled LEGO® train sets.
Passenger Train with cars measures over 4” (11cm) high, 27” (69cm) long and 1” (5cm) wide.
Engine section measures over 4” (11cm) high, 10” (26cm) long and 1” (5cm) wide.
Platform measures over 2” (7cm) high, 4” (11cm) wide and 2” (6cm) deep.
Load up the powerful LEGO® City 60198 Cargo Train and deliver the goods on time! This cool LEGO City set features a motorized engine with 10-speed Bluetooth remote control, accessible driver’s cabin, a crane wagon with rotating and extendable boom arm, container wagon with 2 containers, and a log wagon, plus an armored truck with opening doors, and a forklift with opening roll cage and lifting forks. This cool LEGO train set also includes a full circular track with 16 curved rails, 16 straight rails and a railroad switch with lever, plus a control center with ladder and 2 buildable pallets with money bills, gold bar elements, a snow scooter and 6 LEGO minifigures.
Includes 6 LEGO® minifigures: 4 train workers, a security officer and a crook.
Features a motorized engine with 10-speed Bluetooth remote control, pantograph on the opening roof, and driver’s cabin with control panel.
Also features a log wagon, crane wagon with rotating and extendable boom arm, and a container wagon with 2 containers with hooks on the roof for loading and space for pallets.
Includes a control center with ladder and signal lights, a full circular toy train track with 16 curved rails, 16 straight rails and a railroad switch with lever, a money transport truck with opening doors, and a working forklift with opening roll cage.
Accessory elements include a wrench, 12 gold bar elements and 4 money bills, plus 2 buildable pallets, 3 logs and snow scooter.
Open the roof to access the engine car filled with cool details.
Operate the cargo train with the 10-speed Bluetooth remote control.
Lift and load logs onto the log wagon with the crane’s rotating arm and hook.
Push the lever on the railroad switch to drive the train to a different track for loading or unloading.
Load pallets into the containers with the forklift before lifting them onto the container wagon with the crane.
Set up the tracks in different configurations to load or offload cargo around your city.
This product requires batteries (not included). Please refer to the product packaging for type and quantities.
The included Bluetooth remote is not compatible with older infrared remote-controlled LEGO® train sets.
Cargo Train in total measures over 4” (11cm) high, 32” (82cm) long and 2” (6cm) wide.
Engine measures over 4” (11cm) high, 10” (27cm) long and 2” (6cm) wide.
Log wagon measures over 1” (5cm) high, 5” (15cm) long and 2” (6cm) wide.
Crane wagon measures over 4” (10cm) high, 8” (22cm) long and 1” (5cm) wide.
Container wagon measures over 3” (9cm) high, 7” (18cm) long and 1” (5cm) wide.
Armored truck measure over 2” (6cm) high, 6” (15cm) long and 2” (6cm) wide.
Control center measures over 8” (21cm) high, 3” (8cm) wide and 4” (12cm) deep.
Forklift measures over 2” (7cm) high, 2” (5cm) wide and 4” (12cm) deep.
For the amateur architect within us all, LEGO Masters is on the way from FOX, to be hosted by gravelly voiced comic actor Will Arnett. The unscripted competition reality series is based on the British series of the same name. Each episode will feature pairs of LEGO enthusiasts going head-to-head in building challenges. All the while, Arnett and a panel of expert judges (go figure) will provide encouragement to the builders, and introduce new challenges. In the end, one duo will hold the title of LEGO Masters.
Not holding the title of LEGO Masters are children who leave LEGO pieces on the floor, in the paths of their barefooted, unsuspecting parents.
Said FOX’s Alternative Entertainment and Specials President, Rob Wade of the show:
“This show is an hour of fun for the whole family and Will is the ideal host. He’s already a member of the LEGO family and his passion for this show is infectious. He’s also a great collaborator and, let’s be honest, he’s hilarious – which makes him perfect for this competition.”
Image via Warner Bros.
Arnett, who will also serve as an executive producer, is no LEGO novice. He famously voiced the funniest Batman there ever was in The LEGO Movie, The LEGO Batman Movie, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, and The LEGO Batman Movie 2, coming in 2022. The Arrested Development veteran can currently be heard voicing the titular character on Netflix’s BoJack Horseman.
“It gives me piece of mind to be able to continue building my relationship with The LEGO Group,” Arnett said. “Ultimately, my goal is Danish citizenship.”
Here’s an official synopsis from the network:
Based on the hit British reality-competition series of the same name, LEGO MASTERS brings imagination, design and creativity to life when teams of LEGO enthusiasts go head-to-head, with infinite possibilities and an unlimited supply of LEGO bricks. Teams of two will compete against each other in ambitious brick-building challenges to be crowned the country’s most talented amateur LEGO builders. In each episode, the competing pairs who impress the judges the most will progress to the next round, until the finale, during which the top teams will face off for a cash prize, the ultimate LEGO trophy and the grand title of LEGO MASTERS.
A list of LEGO sets due to retire in 2019 has been published, giving fans some tips on what to buy before the end of December.
Following the previous lists of LEGO Star Wars sets expected to retire this yearand next, The Brick Fan has published a list that covers all of the sets due to retire before the year is out. According to the long-running website, the source is credible, so this may be the perfect way to plan some Christmas purchases.
Bear in mind that this list is reported in good faith, there is always the possibility that some sets may sell out sooner or may stay in stock longer than expected. It is a useful guide though for those debating what sets to purchase during the remainder of 2019.
Lego has announced the opening of a new campus in Billund, Denmark, inspired by a painting of the toymaker’s famous plastic blocks in billionaire owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen’s office.
The first phase of the quirky C.F. Møller Architects-designed project, which when completed in 2021 will span 54,000 square meters and will house 2,000 Lego staff, opened on October 28. Lego-style bricks appear in the exterior walls and two gigantic yellow blocks are perched on the roof.
Niels B. Christiansen, CEO of the Lego Group, said that the workspace “reflects our values” and “instills a sense of fun.” Adding, “Our mission is to inspire children so it’s important we provide our talented colleagues with an environment that is playful and inspires creativity and innovative thinking.”
The new campus has a focus on sustainability and Lego confirmed that builders have covered the roof of the nearby parking garage with 4,150 solar panels to produce more than 1 million kWh, which will supply half of the energy of the campus.
The Danish toymaker has largely weathered a growing consumer backlash against plastic-based products but continues to trial initiatives to bolster its sustainability record. Lego has invested $110 million (1 billion Danish kroner) in a project to replace petroleum in its construction blocks by 2030 and unveiled a pilot scheme for bricks to be recycled in the United States earlier this month.
Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen said in 2016 his mission was to “inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow” but promised a “continued ambition to leave a positive impact on the planet, which future generations will inherit.”