The Inspiring Beauty of Ni no Kuni

Studio Ghibli is renowned for its captivating animation. While traditionally known as a film studio, Ghibli  lent its talents, along with game developer Level-5, to the development of the beautifully designed PlayStation 3 title Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch . GameZone recently posted a preview of the game which is due out in the first quarter of 2013. Set to be published by Namco Bandai  in the West, the game has already had a successful launch and has been met with critical acclaim in Japan, where it came out in late 2011.

Source: GameZone

Build Big Ben from Bricks

Big Ben, an iconic symbol of the City of London will soon become a part of the LEGO Architecture set lineup. Designed by Slovenian Rok Zgalin Kobe, the model encompasses the Victorian and Gothic Revival feel of the structure, which has made the north-eastern corner of the Palace of Westminster in London its home for more than 150 years. The 14th set in the LEGO Architecture series, Big Ben will be available at  LEGO, LEGOLAND and LEGO Online stores starting June 1st.  Priced at $29.99 , each set will come complete with the elements to build the model and a fact and history booklet about the structure.

Source: LEGO

50 Years of Aussie LEGO

To celebrate 50 years of LEGO in Australia, life sized LEGO trees and flowers turned Martin Place in central Sydney into a forest of ABS.  In fact, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the LEGO brick in the land down under, a 9 month series of events called the LEGO Festival of Play is happening all across Australia. Running from April to December of 2012, Australians will have plenty of time to participate in the events. The festival might even inspire Aussies to dig out their old bricks, and there are plenty to dig out, considering that the average Australian owns about 70 of them.

Source: New Straits Times

Modular Toys Enters Construction Block Space

When we think construction blocks, we think of brand such as LEGO, its arch rival Mega Bloks, and maybe even K’nex. But now, there is a new entrant into this rapidly growing segment of the toy market, Modular Toys of Israel.Founded by Vitali Minin, a 34 year-old industrial and graphic designer, Modular Toys aim to create a more complex and challenging medium to build with. While Modular Construction Toys started out with sets that allowed for the creation of roadways and racetracks, it has since diversified its offerings and now, other structures, trains and cars can be built as well.  More information about how the Modular Construction Toys system works and the complete set lineup can be found on the company’s official website.

Source: MarketWatch

Barrel Organ to Promote The Phantom Menace in 3-D

How do you get people to come to a movie that was originally released in the late 90s to poor reviews and expect people to watch it again more than a decade later simply because it is in 3D? Promote it with a LEGO Star Wars Barrel Organ of course! Currently touring around German theaters, the barrel organ features scenes built out of LEGO from Hoth, Tatooine, Endor and the Death Star. The scenes are built onto the barrel in such a way that it matches the musical composition of the Star Wars Main Theme. When the organ is rotated, mechanical sensors come into contact with bricks, which in turn strike the keys on a keyboard, thus, allowing for the music to be played.

Source: Geekologie

Great Britian’s Olympic Team to get Collectible Minifig Series

To celebrate the 2012 London Olympics and Olympic Team GB, LEGO is set to release a Collectible Minifigure Series representing 9 different athletes decked out in Team GB colors. Unfortunately, as the series was developed for the UK market, it will only be made available for sale in the UK.  But if you really want to get your hands on some but don’t live in the UK, don’t fret, a few are bound to show up on eBay or Bricklink.

Source: Brickset

Great Britian's Olympic Team to get Collectible Minifig Series

To celebrate the 2012 London Olympics and Olympic Team GB, LEGO is set to release a Collectible Minifigure Series representing 9 different athletes decked out in Team GB colors. Unfortunately, as the series was developed for the UK market, it will only be made available for sale in the UK.  But if you really want to get your hands on some but don’t live in the UK, don’t fret, a few are bound to show up on eBay or Bricklink.

Source: Brickset