While we wait for Ace to recover from SDCC and hit us with his wrap up of the events and such, enjoy this behind the scenes peek at Episode VII. You might just see a couple faces you hadn’t expected to.
I can’t believe it. The last day of Comic Con is finally here! Looking for LEGO related stuff to do? Lots of panels today, so here’s what’s going on:
7:00am – LEGO Retail Exclusive Ticket Distribution
Upstairs in the Sails Pavilion
It’s the same process as the other days. Today’s loot are the sets that were not picked up the previous days, so theoretically you could have your choice of any of the three sets. There’s one small twist. I heard one of the employees in the LEGO booth tell an attendee that 100 of each of the three sets were purposefully held back for Sunday’s drawings. So if you were unlucky and missed out one of the sets then Sunday is your best chance to fill the hole in your collection.
Also, there is no 12:30 giveaway today.
10:00am to 2:00pm – LEGO Dimensions Hands-On Demo
Legends Ballroom, Hard Rock Hotel
The Scooby-Doo photo op is also occurring all day today.
11:15am to 12:15pm – World Premiere of LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom
Crime is on the run as the newly formed Justice League keeps Metropolis safe, and this makes evil genius Lex Luthor very unhappy. Together with Black Manta, Sinestro, and a gang of ruthless recruits, Lex builds his own league and declares them the Legion of Doom. With this super-powered team of terror and a plan to attack the top-secret government site Area 52, can Lex finally be on the verge of victory? The bricks are gonna fly when Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League face off against the world’s greatest supervillains. Catch the premiere, and then enjoy an entertaining panel led by actors Troy Baker (Batman: Assault on Arkham), Josh Keaton (Green Lantern: The Animated Series), and Khary Payton (Teen Titans Go!), producer Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood), director Rick Morales (Beware the Batman), and writer Jim Krieg (Green Lantern: The Animated Series). As always, surprise guests might pop up, and there will definitely be exclusive prizes for some lucky fans. LEGO DC Super Heroes Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom will be released August 25, 2015 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital HD.
1:00pm to 2:00pm – LEGO Ninjago
The LEGO Ninjago team returns to discuss the Ninjago TV series and product line. Tommy Andreasen (senior creative manager, The LEGO Group), Dan Hageman (writer, Ninjago TV series), Kevin Hageman (writer, Ninjago TV series), Keith Malone (content development director, The LEGO Group) Simon Lucas (creative lead, LEGO Ninjago), and Maarten Simons (senior designer, LEGO Ninjago) discuss developments in the world of Ninjago, offer sneak peeks and host a Q&A session, moderated by Brian Bowler (marketing director, The LEGO Group).
2:45pm to 3:45pm – LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Get an exclusive, inside look at the development process of recently released LEGO Marvel Super Heroes products, special LEGO Marvel Super Heroes animated content, and the upcoming LEGO Marvel Super Heroes console video game with Marcos Bessa (senior designer, The LEGO Group), Adam Corbally (senior graphic designer, The LEGO Group), Jason Cosler (senior manager content development, The LEGO Group), Cort Lane (VP animation development and partnerships, Marvel), Mike Jones (executive producer, Marvel), and Arthur Parsons (game director, TT Games). Discover how the toys, animated content, and video game come to life with the teams behind their development. Moderated by Brian Bowler (marketing director, The LEGO Group).
Tony Stark isn’t the only cool cat in town flying around in some custom armor suits. There were a couple of reveals at today’s LEGO Marvel’s Avengers video game panel. Stan Lee took the podium to discuss his involvement with the game and then revealed his own suit of Iron Man armor, or Iron Stan as it should be known as, pictured above, and a Stan Lee version of the Hulkbuster armor, dubbed the Stan-buster, pictured below:
WBIE wasn’t kidding when they said that the game would feature never before seen characters. Also revealed was Sam Wilson Captain America, the 2012 version of America Chavez as Miss America, the Hulkbuster armor, and super-villain Crossbones:
New to this edition of LEGO video games are finishing moves. It’s a separate attack move that launches an sequence of attacks to take down an enemy. You’ll be able to play through both Avengers movie storylines and more. The game launches this winter on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Vita, and 3DS. Pre-order from GameStop to receive the Silver Centurion Iron Man minifig as a bonus!
7:00am – LEGO Star Wars Dagobah Mini-build Ticket Distribution
Upstairs in the Sails Pavilion
Wait in line, walk up to an ipad and either cry or rejoice. If you rejoice you’ll receive a ticket to purchase the exclusive set down at the LEGO booth. The back of the ticket will have a time at which you can go to buy. This is designed so that not everyone crushes the booth at the same time so please try and keep to your time slot or any time after.
11:00am LEGO Star Wars Product Reveal
LEGO booth at #2829
I’m pretty sure its the new style stormtrooper from the upcoming The Force Awakens film.
12:30pm – LEGO Bionicle Mask Giveaway
Upstairs behind the Sails Pavilion
One try per person per day while supplies last. For Captain Falcon yesterday, the line started to move early, around 12:00noon, and supplies lasted until around 2pm when they ran out.
3:00pm to 7:00pm – LEGO Dimensions Hands-On Demo
Legends Ballroom 2, Hard Rock Hotel
Come try out the Doctor Who level in LEGO Dimensions and get a free art print featuring Doctor Who and Portal characters. Pre-order from the GameStop Kiosk to get a free t-shirt. All giveaways are available while supplies last. The schedule lists a “Scooby Doo Photo Op”. Perhaps it’s a life-sized Scooby-Doo sculpture that we haven’t seen yet? I might have to go check it out again.
4:15pm to 5:15pm – LEGO Marvel’s Avengers: From Silver Screen to Videogame Console
Join Arthur Parsons (Game Director, TT Games), Matt Ellison (Producer, TT Games), Mike Jones (Executive Producer, Marvel Games), Bill Rosemann (Creative Director, Marvel Games) – and a special guest appearance by Marvel legend Stan Lee – as they present an inside look at LEGO Marvel’s Avengers, the first console videogame featuring characters and storylines from the critically-acclaimed film Marvel’s The Avengers and the blockbuster sequel Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, all combined with a splash of classic LEGO humor. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and Marvel Games, along with moderator Greg Miller (KindaFunny.com) are teaming up to provide a spirited panel discussion on this brand new, action-packed Super Hero adventure, including a live game-play demonstration, reveals of enhanced character team-up abilities and power-up features, new artwork, the latest game trailer and more. Not to mention exclusive giveaways! LEGO Marvel’s Avengers will be available this winter.
The giveaway is the shirt shown above. They only come in two sizes: Adult Large and Kids Large. Marvel’s Avengers boasts a cast of 100 new, never-before-seen characters. Yes, they include characters that were not included in the LEGO Marvel game from a few years ago.
6:00pm to 7:00pm – Making the LEGO Fan Scene
So what happened in the past year on the LEGO fan scene? Joe Meno (editor, BrickJournal magazine) talks with Nathan Sawaya (LEGO certified professional builder), Tommy Williamson (BrickNerd blogger and Brickfilmer), Brandon Griffith (creator, STUDS cards and ComicBricks), and Paul Lee (LEGO artist) about the people, the models, and even the films that are leading the LEGO fan community in new creative directions. The panel will also discuss how to become part of the community, and take questions.
Feel like going on a scavenger hunt to look for the LEGO Dimensions statues to enter the sweeps? The locations of each of the statues is posted in the above picture, but in case you don’t want to look at it, here they are in text form:
Inside the main exhibit hall:
- LEGO booth #2829: Kai
- DC Comics booth #1915: Batman
- Titan Entertainment booth #5537: Twelfth Doctor
- WBTV booth #4545: Wyldstyle
- GameRadar+ booth #241: Homer
The first three on the above list are relatively close to each other. The GamesRadar+ booth was a little difficult to find since GamesRadar+ isn’t listed as an exhibitor. Instead, they are listed as Future and is at the north end of the exhibit hall. The WB booth is at the opposite end on the south end of the hall.
Outside the convention center:
- Hard Rock Hotel lobby: Marty McFly
- Hard Rock Hotel upstairs outside the Legends Ballroom: Gandalf
- Hard Rock Hotel upstairs inside the Legends Ballroom: Scooby-Doo
- Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel inside the Microsoft Xbox Lounge: Chell
The good news is that first three are thankfully all at one location, at the Hard Rock Hotel. Marty McFly is easy to get since you can get him at any time in the lobby. The bad news is that the other two are difficult to get. Gandalf and Scooby-Doo are only accessible once you are granted admission to the LEGO Dimensions demo. You will need to wait in the line outside on the sidewalk next to the SyFy cafe and the demo session goes from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. Bring sunscreen.
Chell at the Xbox Lounge is easy to get, just a bit of a walk from the convention hall to the Manchester Grand Hyatt straight up Harbor Drive. You’ll need your badge to access the lounge.
You’ll need to tweet all nine photos of the statues with the hashtag #LEGODimensionsSweeps for the entry. It wasn’t clear if you had to post all nine individual photos or if you had to make a composite photo of all nine and submit the composite photo as your entry. If I can somehow get a clear answer I’ll update this post.
Today is Friday, unofficially known as Marvel day. And today is the day you can try your luck in getting the two Marvel-based exclusives: the Throne of Ultron set, pictured above, and the new Captain America minifigure whom I like to call Captain Falcon. I mean, it just makes sense, right?. It’s a pretty light day otherwise for LEGO-related panels and events. There’s also the LEGO Dimensions experience at the Hard Rock which I highly suggest you go and check out. Once you play through the demo, you can get this print:
7:00am LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Throne of Ultron Ticket Distribution
Upstairs in the Sails Pavilion
As far as I know, this is still a random ticket draw kind of thing and not really a first come first serve kind of thing. One draw per person per day while supplies last. Once you get a winning ticket you’ll be able to purchase the set at the LEGO booth located downstairs at #2829 after 12:30pm.
11:00am LEGO Ninjago Product Reveal
LEGO Booth #2829
I erroneously reported that Ninjago was yesterday. Yesterday was the BvS Batmobile. Today is going to be the Ninjago Temple of Airjitzu set.
12:30pm Minifig Giveaway – Captain Falcon
Upstairs behind the Sails Pavilion.
As far as I know, they will employ the same method they used last year involving iPads and badge scanning. One try per person per day while supplies last. The line started early, around 12:00noon and lasted until a little before 3pm and they ran out.
LEGO Video Game Demo
LEGO Booth #2829
I wasn’t there for yesterday’s demo but I think it’s LEGO Marvel’s Avengers.
3:00pm to 7:00pm LEGO Dimensions Hands-On Demo
Legends Ballroom 2, Hard Rock Hotel
Come try out the Doctor Who level in LEGO Dimensions and get a free art print featuring Doctor Who and Portal characters. Pre-order from the GameStop Kiosk to get a free t-shirt. There will also be an autograph signing with Nathan Sawaya, brick artist, from 4:00 – 5:00pm.
I went to the LEGO Dimensions hands-on experience over at the Hard Rock Hotel today. Today would be the first time that the game would be playable by the public. There were only a handful of playable levels though none of the levels were complete; they were just complete enough to give you a taste of what you can expect. And the little morsel of Doctor Who we were able to try out just blew my mind.
At the end of the recently released trailer, you can see a gallery of the different Doctors that are in the game answering one of the questions I kept hearing when Doctor Who was announced: which doctor would get the lead role. WBIE answered with “all of them”. That’s right, you can select which doctor you want to play as right off the bat. Alternatively, if you play as, say, the third Doctor and lose all your hearts, when you regenerate you come back as the fourth doctor. Each doctor has it’s own look and feel and animations.
But wait, there’s more! The Tardis acts like any other vehicle on the outside. You can get in and pilot it around as you would any other hovering, blue, police call box. But once inside, this is where the magic happens. This is where you can select your Doctor character. Not only that but you can select the music you listen to based on iconic songs from the series. AND, once you exit and re-enter the Tardis, the interior decor will change to match the Doctor character you are playing. For instance, if you select the very first Doctor, the interior of the Tardis will be rendered in black and white. Check out the footage below:
WBIE put in a lot of effort and care into making the Doctor Who level as complete as can be; at least that’s how the demo felt and the demo level wasn’t even very long. The character selection, music options, and Tardis functionality feels like complete fan service but it’s done so well that you’ll wish everything in life could offer as much options and be as cleverly put together. I was really impressed with Doctor Who.
I managed to snap off the following pictures of the Doctor Who minifig you get with the level pack, as well as the Tardis:
I’ll have more footage of the Doctor Who level as well as the other levels either tomorrow or the next day.