Ginger bread houses seem to have become a tradition at Christmas time. And this year, the Holiday themed Creator Expert set is seeking to bypass the Winter Village, and is instead taking a left turn toward fairy tales and make believe, and giving us a Gingerbread House with all the trimmings, but none of the calories.
10267 Gingerbread House: Ages 12+. 1477 pieces
US $99.99 – CA $139.99 – DE €89.99 – UK £84.99 – FR €94.99 – DK 799DKK –AUD $159.99
Available October 1 2019; September 18th for VIP Customers.
March, 1978. The Belgrave Cameo cinema. I was attending a matinee screening of Star Wars (in those days, there was only one) with friends for my birthday. The film had been out for 5 months. I’d read every book and magazine article I could. I’d read the comics adaptation. And now I was seeing it for the first time. I knew what was going to happen, on an intellectual level. A battle. A ship, that looks bigger and more detailed than anything I had seen before. But this was followed by another: bigger, more greebling than we had everseen before, and associated with a low, sub woofer grumble (although, technically, subwoofers weren’t much of a thing in the cinemas in 1978). It was shooting to disable the first ship – later identified as the Tantive IV (I first heard this name in 1980, on the NPR radio play). Successful in its mission, it hovered over the Tantive, and took it into its hold. Revealling the absolutely massive scale that we were dealing with here. This was a massive vehicle – starting off a massive story, that still continues, over 40 years later.
There is something about a tree house that sparks the imagination: a place to take your imagination and go anywhere in the world, doing virtually anything. Today the LEGO Group officially unveil the latest LEGO Ideas set – the Tree House 21318, based on Kevin Feeser’s submission to the Ideas Program. Initially submitted to the Crowdsourcing website in 2017, it took just 4 months to reach 10000 supporters.
When the original Jurassic park film was released, a little over 25 years ago, it was one of the most impressive films I had ever seen, for the sheer scale of spectacle. Dinosaurs have always been impressive creatures, whatever your age, but the LEGO dinosaurs seen in the sets of recent years, while fun, have lacked a certain spectacle of scale. More a case of click in the legs, head and tail:”Rrrrrooooooaaarrrr, curse your inevitable betrayal.”
This year, we celebrate 50 years since Apollo 11 took Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin to the surface of the moon. Given the popularity of space themed sets, it is hardly a surprise that there have been a LEGO set released for the occasion.
LEGO have today announced the arrival of a new Creator Expert set, a take on the Lunar Lander. It will become generally available on June 1.
Today, Gamesloft Studios, in conjunction with LEGO Games, have unveiled their latest offering, coming later in the year, the nostalgia filled LEGACY Heroes Unboxed. The Rambling Brick had a chance to get a sneak preview with the developers from GameLoft Studios.
In the run up to this weekend’s New York Toy Fair, a surprise announcement: the release of a new theme: LEGO Hidden Side
On display for the first time at the NY Toy Fair, this new theme takes the physical play of a brick built set, and combines it with an augmented reality game, while our heroes Parker and Jack explore their hometown of Newbury, solving puzzles with the aid of their mobile phones. There will be eight new sets, due for release around August, which can be used in conjunction with the phone app to enhance the play experience.
Kids, LEGO bricks and puzzles to solve: what’s not to love?
What do we know?
The LEGO® Hidden Side universe takes place in the fictional town of Newbury
The main characters, Jack and Parker, are teenage bloggers; through an app on their mobile phones, they can see the unseen
The play mission:LEGO Hidden Side challenges children to join a fearless team of ghost hunters, who dare see the unseen and help turn a haunted world back to normal one ghost at the time.
Through the game, children can explore the hidden, solve mysteries and catch the ghost
The product launches globally, though launch dates may vary depending on markets .
iPhone 6s and up; Also on Android
The app works on both mobile and tablet devices. However, the play experience has been designed with mobile in mind, to facilitate children’s ability to play with one hand in each world – playing with the LEGO set and holding the device at the same time.