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Ace Kim | July 29th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGO Connect App

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One of the not-very-well-advertised promotions going on at the LEGO booth at last week’s San Diego Comic Con was LEGO Connect. It’s an app you can download for your iOS or Android device and once installed, you can scan, activate, and explore 4D content. Spread out around the booth were icons similar to the one pictured above featuring a different character. Turn on the app and point your phone’s camera at the icon to begin the download. Once scanned, you’re treated to a short video ranging from a trailer for the LEGO Batman 3 video game, a cutscene from The LEGO Movie, or some other video. If you go download the app and scan the image above right off of your computer’s monitor, it gives you a better idea of what it’s about. LEGO Connect content will be available in the Club Magazine offering a new way to provide readers an additional way to enjoy the magazine.

It’s kind of a neat little thing. There were some videos already pre-loaded, mostly 360° views of some of the upcoming sets but the real meat of the app is scanning for new content. The recognition was extremely fast and works best when the icon is against a plain background. I had trouble downloading when two icons were really close to each other and both were visible by the camera or when an icon was against a busy background like a glass window with LEGO models behind it. That being said, I was able to get the app to recognize the Star Wars icon from my laptop’s display of a photo I took of my phone that took a photo of the icon. And if the app can do that, kids should have no problems scanning icons from the LEGO Club Magazine.

My Club Magazine subscription has lapsed but I want to re-subscribe to see what else this app can deliver. The app is free from Apple iTunes or Google Play.

Ace Kim | July 29th, 2014 | LEGO, News

LEGO Puts On Blindfold, Asks For Your Opinion On SDCC

LEGO is seeking your input on your experience at the San Diego Comic Con. If you were there for all four days, surely you witnessed some of the same shenanigans that I did. Were you there they moved the line to the other side of the entrance? How about when they let everyone line up and then switched the direction? How about on the last day when they had FAR less than their promised allotment of 600 exclusives to sell? Of course it wasn’t all bad. There was that one day that Adam West showed up for two minutes giving fans a chance to meet him. Or that one display case where they did the daily reveal and how crystal clear it was to look inside. Head on over to Survey Monkey and give them your opinion on your experience at their booth. And heck, while we’re at it, if you want to drop us a line or add a comment to our SDCC megathread on what you liked and disliked about their booth, I’d love to hear it too.

Ace Kim | July 29th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

More LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Game Play Footage

Another trailer popped up for LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. This one came about during the San Diego Comic Con and since I never made it to the LEGO Batman 3 panel I assume this was shown there.

This game is honestly looking to be really GREAT. On par with and maybe even better than LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.

Ace Kim | July 28th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

[SDCC] More Images of 75084 Wookiee Gunship

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LEGO Star Wars sets for January 2015 is shaping up to be a Rebels push as SDCC debuted the model for 75084 Wookiee Gunship. For seventy ($69.99) of your hard earned dollars, you’ll get a 570 piece model with four minifigs, three of which are Wookies. There is a sled / gunner’s station that fits into the cargo hold of the gunship and two cockpits up front. This set seems like such a derivative of the Republic Gunship that it’s hard for me get excited about it. And the price is a bit hard to swallow considering what you’re getting for it.

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Ken Robichaud | July 28th, 2014 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

[SDCC] Guardians Of The Galaxy Get A Sequel in 2017

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Marvel’s confidence is growing everyday. This time they’ve already announced the sequel to GotG a week before it hits theaters and it’s the movie most considered to be their longshot. I personally can’t wait and will be going opening weekend so expect a review early next week. James Gunn has confirmed he will write the screenplay and direct, but with a sequel due July 28th, 2017, they’ll need something to keep the audiences warm for the next 3 years…

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… so, they also confirmed the previously leaked animated series with a 60 second animation test at the con. There isn’t much info on the show yet, but we’ll update that as it pops up.

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Until then, you can enjoy these latest character posters and get hyped up for the film this weekend.

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Ken Robichaud | July 28th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes

[SDCC] Behind The Scenes Of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

Ravenously waiting for the upcoming installment of LEGO Batman, well maybe this chat with the cast behind the game will quench that desire for a bit. You’ll watch it just for West though… and a great look at WW’s new invisible jet and a better classic Batmobile.

Ken Robichaud | July 28th, 2014 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

[SDCC] Age Of Ultron Posters Complete The Big Picture

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The final two pieces of the puzzle complete the huge poster of Ultron’s coming out party. The picture of Cap’s cracked shield below (courtesy of SHH) shows this battle may not go as well as the first time the band got together.

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Ace Kim | July 28th, 2014 | News, The LEGO Movie

[SDCC] Images of The LEGO Exclusive Unikitty

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The picture above is actually the back of front of the package. The Unikitty set still uses the same clamshell packaging with the bubble, but because of the way the card was designed, they flipped it around and put the bubble in the back.

The print on the inside of the cardboard is different as well. It’s not an image of Unikitty like the three minifigures before her, but it is the instructions on how to put her together. It would have been nice to have a print of some part of Cloud Cuckoo Land instead though and maybe put the assembly instructions on the back next to the legal text.

Unikitty does indeed come with two faces. Clearly this guy had no idea what he was talking about. The Cutesy Kitty face is probably my most favorite between all versions of her.

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Speaking of Unikitty, did anyone make it to the LEGO Movie panel? I decided to abandon ship early to beat traffic and see my babies sooner rather than later.

Ace Kim | July 27th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

[SDCC] LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Gameplay Demo

Yesterday at the LEGO booth, Warner Bros. Interactive was demoing a part of the upcoming LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham video game. It looks to be pretty similar to the LEGO games before. The demo showed us the inside of the Batcave from the classic television series. Batman, Robin, and Alfred work together to construct the Batmobile. After that, the demo continues and showcases some of the unlockable, playable characters that are in the game. Like the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes game before it, Beyond Gotham touts a roster of 150 characters for you to unlock. Adam West is the character in peril this time around like Stan Lee was for the Marvel game.

If you pre-order the game from Gamestop, you will get a LEGO Plastic Man as a bonus. The game comes out later this year for all current gaming systems including PS3 and Xbox 360, but not for Wii.

Ace Kim | July 27th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News, The LEGO Movie

[SDCC] A LEGO Nerd’s Choice of Panels: Sunday Programming

Lots of good stuff today and they all have the word LEGO in the title, so you KNOW it’s all official like! If you’re not stuck in that line for Unikitty, here’s some other things you’ll want to be present for:

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