Remaining 71019 Ninjago Movie Minifigures revealed

In a week where too many Ninjago Movie Announcements are barely enough, tonight (Melbourne time) we saw the second wave of Collectable Minifigures based on the LEGO Ninjago Movie 71019 announced on their Facebook page:

 

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N- Pop Girl
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Lloyd

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Ninjago Collectable Minifigs: 10 revealed

The LEGO Ninjago Facebook page tonight revealed the first 10 of 20 collectable mini figures, Blind bags, numbered 71019, to tie in with the LEGO Ninjago movie this September:

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Volcano Garmadon
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Master Wu

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Ninjago City 70620 Revealed

LEGO have officially announced the Ninjago City 70620 set via their Facebook channel.  It is due to be released on September 1, and will be available initially through the direct to consumer channel. Details can be found at shop.lego.com here. Or here, in the Australian LEGO store.

Tying in with the LEGO Ninjago movie, this has been the latest set to be revealed, with official announcement of another yet to come.

With 18 figures and 4867 elements, this set sets the stage for life in Ninjago City!  So much life and activity! It may not officially be a modular town set, but with a little ingenuity I am sure it can be made to fit!

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Inside 4000010: The LEGO House Preview

As part of the recent LEGO Fan Media Days, the Rambling Brick had the opportunity to preview the LEGO House.  Located in Billund, opposite the old Kristiansen family home and on the site of the former town hall, the LEGO House will be a place to have a LEGO Experience unlike any other.
The building is complete, and those working inside, or visiting the building are no longer required to wear a hard hat. There is still a little way to before the house will be ready for the public however…
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The inspirations for 4000010: The LEGO House and 42061: Telehandler seen together in the wild.
I had intended to look at set 4000010: The LEGO House, a promotional set available around Billund at present.  However, my luggage has decided to take a slightly more circuitous route than even myself to get back home!
I shall delay that review for early in the week, so long as the Luggage arrives intact…
In the meantime, read on to see what we discovered about the inspiration for that set, the actual LEGO House.

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How Did The Dinosaur Get Its Roar?: Iconic sculptures for an Iconic Space

On the top level of the LEGO House, when it opens in September, you will find the  Masterpiece Gallery: a space filled with models contributed by AFOLs from around the world. This space has eight skylights, arranged as the studs of a 2×4 brick.  In the space between the studs, there will be three round podiums representing the tubes in a 2×4 brick: each with a very special model in position.
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Stuart Harris,Senior Designer for the LEGO House announces the iconic models to go into the Master Piece Gallery in the LEGO House at the recent Fan Media Days.
At the recent Fan Media Days, Senior Designer in LEGO House, Stuart Harris, was able to reveal that the three giant models on the three podiums in the gallery will be a LEGO®DUPLO® dinosaur, a LEGO®TECHNIC® dinosaur and a LEGO® SYSTEM® dinosaur. Building the same dinosaur in these three systems will result in a very different result reinforcing the message about the endless possibilities of the LEGO brick.
Input for these models was received from a group of 26 AFOLs from around the world, and specific aspects of interest to their design was taken to the model design team.  Look out for the Neat Parts Usage in some of the photos below.

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Busy in Billund: The LEGO Fan Media Days 2017

The last week has left me spinning so fast that I cannot think exactly where to start!

So I’ll tell you where I have ended up: in a hotel room in Geneva, overlooking the park near the lake.  It’s just got dark, around 10 pm in evening.  It sounds like there are a few people having a good time over there, and traffic rumbles by under my open window.  What started off as a cold and drizzly morning became a sunny day.  But I missed most of that.  I have been attending a conference. Even learning things! As I sit down to type it is Sunday evening, and my glass is empty.  It only contained water, so I can probably top it up simply enough. Or perhaps I’ll put the kettle on: let’s do that.

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It all started last Tuesday when I arrived in Billund. Eventually. I arrived after only 26 hours of travel.  Melbourne-Singapore-Frankfurt-Billund. In an attempt to see how many characters represented in LEGO I could see in movies, I managed to watch at least some fragments of : ‘The LEGO® Batman™ Movie’, ‘Logan’ (not a bit like that mighty micro Wolverine who was racing Magneto), ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (Disney, 2017), ‘Moana’ as well as ‘Fantastic Beasts, and How to Find Them.’

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Characters from films I had the chance to watch on my long haul flights…
I checked into the LEGOLAND Hotel: not a themed room, but I suspect at this stage I may have been a little overwhelmed by that!

But what was I doing there?

Recognised LEGO Fan Media Days.

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Exploring the LEGO® House
These were the second Recognised LEGO Fan Media meeting that had been organised by the Community Engagement Team at LEGO, and the first I attended. A chance to meet the team face to face, as well as to network with other RLFMs from around the world.

There were representatives from Australia, Chile, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the USA. Some blog, some provide news, some answer questions.  Others are online communities.  There were artists, YouTubers and print magazines represented. The thing we all had in common is the love for the LEGO Brick, and sharing that love with others

What did we get up to?  No time to tell you all of it now!  Here is a quick(?) summary.   Some parts will inevitably become further posts in the future.

We spent a little time getting to know each other, meeting in the LEGO House – an experiential centre in the middle of Billund, over the road the LEGO Ideas House.  CEO Bali Padda came by for a conversation: as much to hear about what was important to us as LEGO fans as to share some thoughts with us.

Part of the history display in the new LEGO House.
The LEGO House is set to open in September this year and we were fortunate to have a tour of the new facility.  We visited the basement, full of great examples from the LEGO History Collection.
Then we went upstairs.  The centre piece of the LEGO House is a Giant Tree Sculpture: one of the largest LEGO Sculptures ever made.
Walking up the stairs felt like climbing the tree, with layouts of popular themes over the years to bee found on the branches.  We reached the Masterpiece Gallery to see where some special statues will go… following a common theme, reiterated in Duplo, standard system bricks and Technic.

We visited the World Explorers area: imagine an area where mini figures rule the world mind went wild, taking you all sorts of environments in just a few tables.  We climbed up the outside of the house and tested the strength of the skylights.  Fortunately they held.

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Gravity continues to work, and we have proof that the structural engineers have done their job thoroughly at the new LEGO House…
That night we went out for Dinner at Restaurant Billund for a special unveiling with the LEGO Ideas Team and the designer . You have probably seen some of the images we took that night.  If not, you can see them here.

 

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Fan Designer Robert Bontenbal (Centre), with LEGO® Designer Adam Grabowski (right) and LEGO® Graphic Designer Mark Tranter (left) Show off the new Ideas set:
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Day 2

On the second day we visited the LEGO Ideas house for a day of interviews.  I had the

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Making new Friends at the LEGO Fan Media Days: Fenella and Ricardo of the LEGO® Friends Design Team
chance to interview representatives from everyone’s favourite competition website: LEGO Rebrick, our favourite place to put our stuff: LEGO Life, the forthcoming Robotics system, Boost; Some of the designers from LEGO Friends, and part of the team from TT Games, involved in putting together LEGO Worlds. A chance meeting with Jamie Berard resulted in clarification on the topic of ‘legal’ and ‘illegal’ building techniques.  In between I visited the museum, with examples of sets from throughout the ages, as well as memory lane:  the archive in the basement, where virtually every set ever made could be found.

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It feels like only yesterday that I was last thinking about this set…
I will bring more from these interviews to you over the coming months. That night we shared a traditional Danish meal, and enjoyed the chance to get to know each other better.

Day 3

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Unleashing my inner child on the LEGOLAND Monorail.
We started our final day with a short tour of the LEGOLand park. We met the Chief Model Maker in charge of the Miniland: the Heart of the Park.  After some further exploration we had lunch in the family buffet (unlimited food, unlimited ice-cream…) That afternoon, we went shopping, to ensure we had all we needed.

We completed our presentations, and then moved to the LEGOLAND hotel for dinner, with members of the Community Engagement team.

After deboxing a Saturn V, the new Carousel and Assembly Square, to allow them to fit in my case, I retired for the evening. Then I was up at stupid o’clock the next morning in order to be at the airport by five am.

And then I slept.

This week was a fantastic opportunity for all of the RLFM who attended: a chance to make online friendships real, and discuss common challenges.  This is a small blog in the scheme of the RLFMs around, but I have certainly gained a lot from the experience.  I would like to thank Kim Thomsen of the LEGO Community Engagement team, the other Fan Media and all of the team within the LEGO Group, who gave up their time to share their interests with us.

And now we return you to our normal service.

PLAY WELL!

 

PS:  Other RLFMs in attendance this year included:

AFDL

Blocks Magazine

Brick Fanatics

Bricks Magazine

Bricks Stack Exchange

Brickset

Brothers Brick

Creator Magazine

Doublebrick

Eurobricks

Hispabricks Magazine

Jedi News

Phantoms.su

Promo bricks

Revistabricks

Stuck In Plastic

TechnicBricks

Zusammengebaut

You should so go and check them out too! Some may not use a language you are used to…

 

Massive Minecraft Mountain Cave 21137 Announced…

There I was wondering where I was going to Ramble Next in my LEGO® Journey. I had a copy of the LEGO Minecraft set 31131 ‘The Ice Spikes’ in one hand, and the 31065 Creator Park Street Town house sitting on my desk, and the 10703 Classic Creative Builder Box waiting to be unboxed.

Why? You may well ask.  As regular readers may know, I frequently wax nostalgic, recalling the halcyon days of LEGO® sets in the mid 1970’s: The Basic Sets ushered in an era of blocky building styles, with a limited colour palette.8-3  Basic Set #8 in particular springs to mind.  When looking through the old box art, I found this one reminded me in part of something I had seen a little more recently.  With 700 pieces in 7 colors, (including green and transparent clear), this was how many growing up at the time remember what building with LEGO bricks was like.  A few sloped bricks, but not many.  Overall,  it reminiscent of 3D 8-bit graphics, but from an era before 8 bit graphics were even considered.  Then mini figures came along, and nothing was quite the same again.

The spirit of these Basic Sets lives on in many themes: Creator would be where you go to build a house or other model based on everyday life, but those sets are particularly model driven.  Classic sets such as the Creative Building Box provide the elements for free building, but the colour palette is a little broader, with over 35 different colours appearing in the set.

And then there is Minecraft.  Originally an open world, sandbox sale game on multiple gaming and computer platforms, Minecraft was originally ported to LEGO® set form as an Cuusoo set in 2012 in microscale.  Now, twenty two sets and 5 years later, this is a theme in its own right. Capturing a variety of environments, with a relatively limited color palette, and a very blocky construction style, I could almost feel myself flashing back to childhood merely by looking at these sets.  And they actively encourage rearranging the set in different forms, but with less strict instructions than rearranging creator sets.

So there I was… getting ready to look at the a comparison between 3 sets with approximately 500 pieces each…and this arrives in my inbox:

THE PRESS RELEASE: 21137 The Mountain Cave

Ages 12+.  2,863 pieces.
US $249.99 – CA $299.99 – DE 249.99€ – UK £259.99 – DK 2099.00 DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country.  Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

Experience the Mountain Cave!

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Build and experience the Mountain Cave, featuring an amazing minecart track with an integrated redstone‑powered minecart elevator, and an array of other features and functions, including TNT blasting, rotating spider‑spawner, charged Creeper™ explosion and a lava burst. Position the light brick to illuminate the rotating spider-spawner, wall of redstone, jack o’lantern, first-night shelter, furnace, lava or the torch above the cave entrance. Enjoy hands‑on Minecraft™ adventures featuring your favorite characters and objects with this easy-to-reconfigure, modular LEGO® Minecraft set designed for young fans of the highly successful sandbox video game. Includes Steve and Alex minifigures, plus 13 mobs including a charged Creeper™.
● Includes 2 minifigures: Steve and Alex, plus a cave spider, wolf, baby wolf, slime, 2 small slimes, 2 bats, zombie, enderman, skeleton, sheep and a charged Creeper™.


● Features a minecart track with an integrated redstone-powered minecart elevator; 2 minecarts; first-night shelter with bed, crafting table and torch; a mountaintop shelter with bed, torch and furnace; plus a light brick, trees, waterfall, lava and extra torches.


● Open up the model to access the detailed interior and remodel with easy-to-connect modular sections.
● Remove the diamond ore elements and activate the lava burst function.
● Activate the revolving cave-spider spawner.


● Trigger the charged Creeper™ explosion function.
● Jump aboard the minecart and race around the track, and travel to the mountaintop aboard the redstone powered minecart elevator.
● Blast through the mountain with the TNT to extend the rail track.
● Position the light brick to illuminate the rotating spider-spawner, wall of redstone, jack o’lantern, first-night-shelter, furnace, lava or the torch above the cave entrance.
● Enjoy easy access to the detailed interior.
● Put on your golden armor, grab your diamond sword and shield, and prepare for battle!
● Weapons include a sword and a bow.
● Accessory elements include a Minecraft™ clock, spider eyes, signs, map, golden armor, shield, TNT and 8 ore style elements, including diamond, lapis lazuli, emerald, redstone, golden, iron and 2 coal ores.
● Easy-to-reconfigure, modular design—choose from 3 different model configurations.
● Set your imagination free—rebuild the set for more LEGO® Minecraft™ creations!
● Measures over 12” (31cm) high, 20” (53cm) wide and 11” (29cm) deep.

Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginningJuly 1, 2017 via shop.LEGO.com, LEGO® Stores.  VIP Access will be available from 15 June.

So, this brings back so many ideas of how 6 year old me would have built with LEGO bricks, if I had the bricks.  A lot of LEGO as a kid is never nearly as much as ‘quite a bit of a LEGO collection’ as an adult.

I’ll get back to comparing those sets i mentioned soon. But what do you think of the Mountain Cave?  It’s huge! I wonder what I will cost when it arrives in Australia? Last year’s Village 21128 with 1600 pieces retails for $AUD350.  With 2800 pieces, it may be edging closer to $500 or more.[thanks to Dean: Australian RRP will be $AUD399.99]  Do you like the look of it? Or do you think its a few too many light blueish grey bricks out of 2800 odd elements?

Write your thoughts in the comments below.

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