Over recent years, there has been a tendency for the LEGO Star Wars Ultimate collector series to be getting bigger and bigger.
The latest offering, the Republic Gunship is no exception. The model was chosen by a fan vote conducted on LEGO Ideas, and there was an unprecedented response, with over 50000 votes, of which around 30000 were for the Gunship. [Me, I was an Original Trilogy kind of a guy, but I have come to unterstand the role that the prequels are playing in the lives of the next generation, who have grown up watching those films as ‘Their’ Star Wars.]
Today marks the anniversary of the first episode of Seinfeld going to air in 1989. This show about nothing in particular set the standard for sitcoms in the 1990’s, although, like Friends, it has dated, but maintains a loyal following.
The set, based on Brent Waller’s LEGO Ideas submission will be released later this month to VIPs, and essentially incorporates the studio set for Jerry’s Apartment, as well as the stage of the comedy club where the iconic opening and closing monologues took place.
Set 21328 has 1326 pieces, 5 minifigures and is priced at €79.99 / $USD79.99 / £69.99/ 129.99 AUD/ 109.99 CAD
A year or two ago, Apple Arcade opened – a subscription model for a games service in the Apple Ecosystem. One of the launch titles, Builder’s Journey, saw a number of AFOLs sign up for the service, and I suspect a few of us failed to cancel our subscription after completing the game.
The game is a puzzle based game, involving the journey of a stylised father and son, exploring a world of LEGO Bricks. The game’s beautiful aesthetics is capped off by the relaxing soundtrack, which also features heavily in the LEGO Games Podcast ‘Bits N Bricks.’ In fact, there is an episode of the podcast dedicated to builder’s journey, which you can find here (episode 6 to be exact…).
This week, the game has been released for PC via Steam, and the Spic Game Store, as well as the Nintendo Game store. These versions, as well as the new version on Apple Arcade, represent an expanded version of the original game.
I’ve set the Household Gamer (ie the game player of our household) the task of working through the new, Steam Based version, and putting together a review for the Rambling Brick – I look forward to hear he has to say about it. I really enjoyed the game on Apple Arcade, when it first came out, and am setting out on revisiting the game with the latest version.
According to the publisher’s website, the game
The LEGO® Group is taking players on an epic, inspirational experience in LEGO® Builder’s Journey, available now on Nintendo Switch and PC. The game follows a father and son on a heartwarming journey through a stunning brick-built universe, filled with geometric puzzles that will surprise and delight players
“When creating LEGO Builder’s Journey, we were inspired by the new movement of games that focus on the overall experience for gamers,” said Karsten Lund, creative director and head of studio, Light Brick Studio. “We chose to focus on the emotional and evocative aspects of storytelling to spark players’ imaginations, and to encourage them to reflect on the importance of play and creativity in all of our lives.”
In addition to the playful themes sewn seamlessly throughout the narrative, the Light Brick team has designed a world featuring graphical upgrades to further immerse players in the game, including ray-traced ambient occlusion, global illumination, reflections, shadows, and other effects that make bricks feel more tactile and movement more fluid.
LEGO Builder’s Journey is available now for $USD19.99 on Steam, the Epic Games Store and the Nintendo eShop. This translates to $29.99 AUD.
Have you played Builder’s Journey? Have you been frustrated by the limited platforms that it has been available on? Did you fall foul of the ‘Signup for the free trial and forget to unsubscribe’ business model that Apple use?
Why not leave your comments below, and until next time,
Last week I had the opportunity to take part in a press briefing looking at LEGO Super Mario’s latest Companion: LEGO Super Luigi. Today we can reveal all the sets coming up in the next wave of releases. Over the next few weeks, I shall present some of what I have learned through playing with LEGO Luigi, in conjunction with the LEGO Super Mario.
The LEGO Group brings 2-player action to the LEGO® Super Mario™ universe with LEGO® Mario™ and LEGO® Luigi™ Let’s-a go! The LEGO® Adventures with Luigi Starter Course, available for pre-order, enables new 2-player interactive play, while brand new Expansion Sets including Bowser’s Airship lets fans level up for even more exciting adventures. Billund, June 22nd, 2021: Today, the LEGO Group has announced a new unique social play experience that for the first time enables children and fans to connect LEGO® Mario™ and LEGO® Luigi™ figures for brand new 2-player adventures in the LEGO Super Mario universe. Perfect for family activities, this exciting feature will encourage even more social play, with two players able to enjoy the universe of LEGO Super Mario at the same time for new brick-built adventures. Once connected via Bluetooth, 2-player adventures with LEGO Mario and LEGO Luigi (or any combination of the two figures) are made possible. Now, children and fans can play as a team, collect extra digital coins by doing in-sync actions like walking, flipping and jumping, or work together to defeat enemies, complete challenges, share rewards or even by changing up the play and competing against each other. The new unique 2-player feature was also shared in a video posted by the LEGO Group and Nintendo earlier today.
“For us it’s all about encouraging continuous creative rebuilding and extended playtime. With today’s announcement, we’re not only bringing LEGO Mario and LEGO Luigi, their friends and enemies to life in new interactive ways for endless fun, we’re also thrilled to expand their play experience and the LEGO Super Mario universe with even more new sets and characters, something we really hope will excite fans”, says Simon Kent, Creative Lead, LEGO Super Mario. The interactive and highly-anticipated Adventures with Luigi Starter Course is the latest extension of the LEGO Super Mario product line, the result of a unique partnership with Nintendo, that has introduced an entirely new way to play with LEGO bricks. Players will be able to get their hands on LEGO Luigi with the LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Luigi Starter Course, a set that contains elements for both single and dual play from August 1st. LEGO Luigi and LEGO Mario, the fraternal twin brothers, are available as separate Starter Courses – both functioning as entry points into the world of LEGO Super Mario –with the 2-player interactive play available using any combination of the two figures from August 1st. As well as unveiling the new Bluetooth-enabled 2-player mode, the LEGO Group is also introducing four new Expansion Sets, two new Power-Up Packs and ten new Character Packs. The four new Expansion Sets represent highly immersive builds for kids to expand their Starter Courses, and feature elements that are suitable for single play, but also enable dual play, and extra coin collection. Available for pre-order from today is the ‘Bowser’s Airship Expansion Set’. The set gives fans a first chance to build an exciting new level within the universe, taking on the infamous flying ship. Fight off Kamek, a Goomba and a Rocky Wrench then battle with the ship itself! The ship can be arranged in ‘flying mode’ or folded out in ‘course mode’. The other new products introduced today include: Frog Mario and Bee Mario Power-Up packs, which let players change up play and dress LEGO Mario in his playful frog and bee suits; and a Boss Sumo Bro Topple Tower Expansion Set, where kids can use their LEGO Mario and/or LEGO Luigi figure to bring down the Topple Tower – fun for solo play, or for playing with friends and family.
The full list of products announced today are:
71391 Bowser’s Airship Expansion Set (available to pre-order today) (99.99 USD/EUR)
71388 Boss Sumo Bro Topple Tower Expansion Set (29.99 USD/EUR)
71389 Lakitu Sky World Expansion Set (39.99 USD/EUR)
71390 Reznor Knockdown Expansion Set (69.99 USD/EUR)
With a new time trial game: how long does it take to collect 50 coins
71392 Frog Mario Power-Up Pack (9.99 USD/EUR)
71393 Bee Mario Power-Up Pack (9.99 USD/EUR)
71394 Character Packs – Series 3 (10 collectible Character Packs, including Galoomba, Parachute Bob-omb, Crowber, Boo, Amp, Torpedo Ted, Bony Beetle, 1-Up Mushroom, Scuttlebug and Swoop) (4.99 USD/3.99 EUR)
All Sets and Packs offer fans limitless ways to expand, rebuild, customize and create their own action-packed challenges and lots of creative fun in a highly-interactive experience that now features 2-player connectivity with LEGO Mario and LEGO Luigi. The LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Luigi Starter Course and Bowser’s Airship Expansion set are available for pre-order now through http://www.lego.com/supermario-startercourse and http://www.lego.com/preorder-bowsersairship respectively, ready to launch August 1st, 2021 on http://www.LEGO.com and from selected leading retailers around the world. The remaining announced products will be available to purchase from August 1st. The recommended retail price for the Adventures with Luigi Starter Course is 59.99 EUR/USD and the Bowser’s Airship Expansion Set is 99.99 USD/EUR.
It’s exciting to see the way in which the LEGO-Nintendo collaboration is developing: the two player mode rewards cooperative play, and gives you an additional 30 seconds to complete the level.
New Gear blocks, as well as many other scannable objects will present new ways to play with these play sets.
I’ll bring more news later this week regarding the new functionality, as well as presenting reviews of the Airship, Lakitu’s Skyworld and of course the Super Luigi Starter set.
What are you most looking forward to in this wave of sets? Why not leave your comments below, and until next time,
The LEGO Group today has revealed the third wave of LEGO Super Mario Character Packs on Twitter. These figures are due for release due for release on 1st August. As with the last few waves, I expect they will be fun, affordable characters, so long as you can find them in store!
The new characters include: Galoomba, Parachute Bob-omb, Crowber, Boo, Amp, Torpedo Ted, Bony Beetle, 1-Up Mushroom, Scuttlebug and Swoop.
I really enjoy the way that LEGO Super Mario provides a fresh way for playing with LEGO, while tying in to the nostalgic video game franchise. I hope to be able to continue reviewing the new expansion sets during the next wave, and am excited to find out what’s coming soon. Hopefully, will will see the full wave revealed at LEGOCon, later in the month.
I presume the majority of characters will be worth a single coin when scanned, in keeping with previous collectable figures, but there are always a couple of characters in each set that exhibit special behaviours:
Read on for closer images, as well as my predictions as to their ‘in game’ behaviour.
Over the years, a number of LEGO® themes had had their stories added to in Comic form – be it the continuing adventures of Indigo and Polka dot in ‘Bricks and Pieces’ in the 1980’s, through to ongoing stories relating to LEGO themes in the now discontinued LEGO Club magazine, or the monthly titles currently offered for Ninjago, City and Friends. To say nothing of Exo-Force and Bionicle titles along the way.
Today, Skybound Entertainment, who brought us such titles as The Walking Dead and Invincible have announced that they are partnering with publisher AMEET – who currently produce a large number of LEGO Titles – to launch a LEGO branded comic book in 2022
Will this be telling stories related to current themes – Ninjago, City, Friends – or developing new themes? Even with the LEGO Group’s current exploration of material for adults, I cannot see them looking to develop material based on the Walking Dead or Invincible. The current LEGO Licensed themes are all essentially owned by either Warner Bros or Disney, both of whom own significant Comic publishers. As such, I suspect there might be something new afoot – either a new licence, a new in house theme… or it might simply be a new arrangement for the monthly magazine publishers.
Two pieces of news from Blocks Magazine today: Issue 80 is now on its way to subscribers, and the team have now opened up the complete digital back catalog to subscribers.
Issue 80 of Blocks, the LEGO® magazine for fans, goes behind-the-scenes of 40516 Everyone is Awesome with Matthew Ashton, reveals how LEGO Masters went global and delves into the history of Looney Tunes.
Blocks magazine Issue 80 is available worldwide as a single issue or as part of a subscription at www.blocksmag.com now and will be in UK stores from June 6. Subscribe today to be in with a chance of winning one of five 76182 Batman Cowl sets.
Graeme Hancock, Editor at Blocks, reached out to me recently to tell me about their latest initiative for subscribers: if you are a subsciber, you gain access to their entire back catalog online. This is great news. I hate reading magazines that might make occasional references to their past issues, but without those issues being readily available.
We can reveal that the latest addition to the LEGO Group’s 18+ Botanical Collection, the 10289 Bird of Paradise will be released in Europe and the rest of the World 1st June, 2021. Unfortunately, the American release is not until 1st August.
The set has 1173 pieces, and will cost $AUD169.99/ €99.99/€109.99 (France), £89.99/$USD99.99/$CAD139.99
In the absence of a formal press pack, we have no further images to share at this time.
Earlier this year, we saw the premiere of LEGO’s new Fluid play theme, VIDIYO. Developed in conjuntion with Universal Music Group, VIDIYO enables children to create music videos using augmented reality, in conjunction with themed minifigures, and tiles – which allow you to enhance the activity of your animated Minifigure pop stars with signature moves, sounds and video effects.
One of the criticisms of the first wave of sets was the relative absence of anything significant to build. Beat Boxes, which contained a small selfcontained stage for a single minifigure were rather light on, with only a small 8×8 mosaic area to build on. That said, the figures involved were absolutely crazy and imaginative in their designs. And it would appear that this is unlikely to change at any time in the near future. The new stage models look like something straight out of Cloud Cuckoo Land, mashing up characters with the different themes of the music. The imaginative designs are certainly intriguing. I will be interested to see whether you need to have the stage models build up as they are, or if you can incorporate your own models in the app.
The newly introduced BeatBoxes, and Stage Models will be available from June 1st globally except the United States, where they will be available from August 1st. The new Bandmates will be available from October 1st globally.
The press release, and new set designs (including Australian pricing) can be found below…
He may not be the first character to speak in Star Wars: A New Hope, but he is the second. The feisty droid R2-D2 is the subject of the major release in time for May the 4th.
With 2314 pieces, a minifigure version of R2D2 and a special Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary LEGO Brick, you can expect 75308 R2-D2 to be on sale from May 1st 2021. It will initially be a LEGO.com/LEGO Brand Retail/ Certified Store exclusive, and is priced at €199.99 EUR – $USD199.99 – £179,99- $AUD329.99 – $CAD269.99 .
This new model is similar in size to the 10225 from 2012, but has undergone a dramatic redesign compared to that model, taking advantage of new elements that have become available in the last 9 years, including various curved slopes; there is also a new mechanisism to release R2D2’s central leg.
This is the only set that the 50th anniversary brick, as far as the team have revealed to date. It is a 4x1x3 Brick. Unfortunately, R2-D2 is still devoid of any printing on the back.