As I understand it, this was supposed to go live on Monday but the site was having issues and probably went live yesterday and I plum forgot about it until this morning when I got the email. If you’re a VIP member, you can now purchase 10235 Winter Village Market a few weeks ahead of its official on sale date of October 1. It qualifies for the free Mini Camper Van promo and you’ll get free shipping since it’s over the $75 threshold. But if you wait until October, you’ll gain double VIP points with every purchase all October long and also get the first of two 2013 holiday sets and still get free shipping. Decisions decisions.
Archive for the ‘LEGO’ Category
Deadline.com announced today that LEGO is teaming up with Global Emerging Markets (GEM) Group, Oscar-winner Daniel Junge (Saving Face) and Oscar-nominated Kief Davidson (Open Heart) on Beyond The Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary. This will be the first official, feature-length documentary film on the company and it’s influence on culture, art, and education.
And it’s not just the pint-sized Master Builders they’re tracking; Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOLs), fan conventioneers, LEGO artists, and famous LEGO fans are also in the mix.
The article goes on to say that the expected release date is early 2014. With The LEGO Movie also set to release in February of the same year, 2014 is shaping up to be LEGO biggest year yet.
On a side note, my local LUG got contacted by a filmmaker to film some documentary style footage for some project. Details were scant but I wouldn’t be surprised if this was related in some way.
Forgot to include this post along with the others, but if you’re not sick and tired yet of LEGO’s Collectible Minifigure line, Series 11 is now available. They have thankfully upped the purchase limit from 16 to 32, so you’re chances of getting 6 of one minifigure is even greater. Price is $2.99 a pop.
Oh, and if you were having troubles getting the Clone Trooper Lieutenant to automagically add to your cart when at least $50 of LEGO Star Wars product was added, that has been fixed now.
The latest version of LEGO Mindstorms robotics kit, EV3, is now available from LEGO Shop@Home and Amazon.com. The set will cost you $349.99 and is a vast improvement over the previous 8547 Mindstorms NXT 2.0 system. Below is the feature set copies from the page at LEGO Shop@Home:
Combining the versatility of the LEGO building system with the most advanced technology we’ve ever developed, unleash the creative powers of the new LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set to create and command robots that walk, talk, think and do anything you can imagine. Follow the step-by-step 3D building instructions to create TRACK3R, R3PTAR, SPIK3R, EV3RSTORM and GRIPP3R and bring them to life with an easy, intuitive and icon-based programming interface. Grab the enclosed remote control and take on challenging ready-made missions or download the free app and command your robot using your smart device. Want to share your own creations and be inspired by others? Logon to LEGO.com/mindstorms to access loads of cool content and interact with a huge online community of other LEGO MINDSTORMS fans. The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robot revolution has begun!
• At the heart of the product is the Intelligent EV3 Brick with powerful ARM9 processor, USB port for WiFi and Internet connectivity, Micro SD card reader, back-lit buttons and 4 motor ports
• Includes 3 interactive servo motors, remote control, improved and redesigned color sensor, redesigned touch sensor, infrared sensor and 550+ LEGO® Technic elements
• Control your robot via the infrared sensor system
• Intuitive software (PC and Mac) with icon-based drag-and-drop programming interface
• Control and command your robot with the enclosed remote control or download the free app for your smart device
• Includes 550+ LEGO® Technic elements – everything you need to create amazing robots!
• Building instructions for 5 robots included. Download bonus building instructions developed by real fans and endorsed by LEGO at LEGO.com/mindstorms
• Take on challenging ready-made missions
• Share your creations with a huge online community at LEGO.com/mindstorms
• Check out the cool black, red and white design
• Batteries not included
• If you can think it, LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 lets you create it
• SPIK3R (incl. legs) measures over 16″ (41cm) high, 14″ (38cm) long and 15″ (40cm) wide
• EV3RSTORM measures over 16″ (41cm) high, 7″ (19cm) long and 8″ (21cm) wide
• R3PTAR measures over 13″ (35cm) high, 31″ (81cm) long and 3″ (8cm) wide
• GRIPP3R measures over 11″ (30cm) high, 9″ (24cm) long and 7″ (18cm) wide
• TRACK3R measures over 3″ (9cm) high, 10″ (27cm) long and 8″ (21cm) wide
Still curious? LEGO Education put up this page that breaks down the feature sets side by side for easy comparison. And yes, all NXT components are usable with EV3.
If you live in the UK and you’re a card carrying VIP member, you can get early access to 10234 Sydney Opera House starting today until August 31. The set goes on sale to the general public starting September 1. 10234 Sydney Opera House has 2,989 pieces and will set you back £249.99.
Also available today is 41999 4×4 Crawler Exclusive Edition LEGO Technic set. This set was designed by a Russian fan and chosen out of over a thousand submissions to be turned into an official set. There is a limited production run on this set of only 20,000. Each set will come with a unique license plate number ensuring each model to be unique. It is chock full of details such as dark blue technic panels, a working motorized winch, and Power Functions headlights. Did I also mention it’s remote controlled? It is currently back ordered as I write this, with shipping estimated to be in 30 days. Price is $199.99.
While making the rounds on the show floor here at Comic Con, I swung by the Oni Press and met forum member legobuddha. He’s an all around nice guy and set me up with some comics which you can see above. I did not know this, but they publish the Scott Pilgrim comic book that was turned into a movie, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World starring Michael Cera back in 2010. I’ve only recently begun to read comics again, just the all-female X-men comic, so I appreciated the recommendations and look forward to sitting down with my new books. So, I invite you to take a break from the stupid lines and the disappointment you normally experience at the con and go visit the Oni Press booth and browse their comics. Sometimes you forget that one of the C’s in SDCC stands for “comic”. Thanks again, legobuddha!
Oni Press is at booth #1833.
In addition to the Back to the Future set (which is, I believe, sold out now for the rest of the show), the two retail exclusives, the LEGO booth is also selling the LEGO Master Builder Academy Level 4 set 20215 Invention Designer. Priced at $79.99, not only do you get an awesome steampunk-inspired set, you’ll also get an extremely limited edition lithograph by artist Derek Ring. The lithograph, which you see above, is individually signed and numbered, and limited to only 100 copies. This will be the only place where you can pick up the litho. It comes in this sturdy cardboard tube and rolled with an extra sheet of paper to protect the print.
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Once again we compile all of the LEGO related events happening at Comic Con. In addition to whatever LEGO has going on in their booth, and there will be a lot, there are a few additional items of interest to catch. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be an LEGO Star Wars-themed panels this year. And with that, on to the list.