March, 1978. The Belgrave Cameo Cinema. 3:30 pm. It’s my 9th birthday, and for the last eight months I have wanted to do nothing more than see Star Wars. Some how it hasn’t happened until today. In later years it would be renamed Episode IV: A New Hope, but for the time being, there was only one. The movie opens, the opening crawl runs and the camera pans across the surface of Tatooine to reveal what looks like a big spaceship. Then we see it being chased down by a much larger one. It does not end well for most of those on board, but an adventure into the imagination that now spans generations was launched…Continue reading
It seems like it was not even a month ago that we heard about Maté Szabo’s submission to LEGO® Ideas being selected to be made into an official LEGO Set. And now it is due to be released on the First of April.Continue reading
LEGO today announce the arrival of the Ford Mustang Fastback: Entering the Creator Expert range of vehicles from March 1st, 2019. With 1471 pieces, the set has a higher part count, as well as more customisation options than recent Creator Expert cars that we have seen, including the VW Combi, Beetle, Mini, Ferrari, London Bus or the Aston Martin DB5.
With this vehicle, builders can add their preferred custom options, including super charger, front and rear spoilers, chunky exhaust pipes and a nitrous oxide tank!
Read on for further images, as well as the official press release.Continue reading
It’s Sunday evening and I am exhausted. The weekend has been full of unfolding news from the New York Toy Fair: new themes, new sets, new Ideas, new films and new styles of Battle Pack. It’s been an exciting thrill ride. We have touched on a few of these topics over the last few days. However, I think the easiest way to cover the rest of the news is to just wrap it up here. Read on for further details.Continue reading
In which I ponder the nature of the television sitcom and its broader narrative development, new spinoffs resulting in decades of related programming, changes between fan designer and production art and finally consider whether or not this one’s for me. By the way, 21316 the Flintstones will be available for VIPs 20th February, and probably having its ‘regular’ release on March 1st 2019.
Memories of after school television in the 70’s
One of my fondest childhood memories is coming home from school, and sitting down in front of the (Black and White) television for a couple of hours. It was the 1977 in Australia, and the typical afternoon television lineup consisted of a collection of 1960’s programs, both live action and animated: Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Get Smart, Scooby Doo and The Flintstones.
With their canned laughter and awkward situations, often caused by miscommunication or zany get rich quick schemes, virtuallyany character development that occurred was reset at the end of the episode. Apart from a different actor playing Darren in Bewitched, as if nothing ever happened, most of these stories followed a simple plot line, with new scenery and characters telling a similar story the next week.
The Flintstones was unique amongst these programs, as it was probably the first show that would be considered to an animated sitcom: certainly a novel concept in 1960, when it was first broadcast. Fred and Barney – with their challenges at work, misunderstandings with their wives, the ritual Bowling tournaments, to say nothing of the Order of the Water Buffaloes.Continue reading
We continue the week of New York Toy Fair, where too much news of new LEGO Sets is barely enough… we have another press release, and announcement of a new theme and media property.
LEGO Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar is set a few years before the events of Jurassic World, and features a new series of 13 episodes.Continue reading
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
- Ages: 7+
- 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.
- More information, as it comes to light on the new theme’s web site: https://www.lego.com/en-us/themes/hidden-side
Details of the sets, as well as the press release follows the break.Continue reading