A collaboration between LEGO and Sony Computer Science Laboratories has led to the creation of electronic LEGO bricks and go a step beyond what is currently available as part of the LEGO system. Similar to what LEGO Mindstorms offers, Toy Alive bricks feature microchips inside and can be controlled with a Sony PlayStation controller. LEDs inside bricks can emulate fire, while other bricks allow for vehicles to be driven around or allow for a a LEGO tree to fall apart. Associate researcher Alexis Andre has been working on the Toy Alive project for about a year. While there are no current plans for a commercial release of Toy Alive at this time, there may be a distant possibility of the product to appear on store shelves in the near future.
Source: Japan Times
A set of 12 exclusive Angry Birds Star Wars figure will be offered for sale at this years San Diego Comic Con. Figures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chewbacca, R2-D2, C-3PO, Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Sand People, Imperial Navy Commander and a Jawa will all be included in the set, with each Star War’s character taking the form of either a pig (the villians) or a bird (the heroes). Featuring the iconic Kenner blister card packaging, the set will be available from July 18th to the 21st at the 44th San Diego Comic Con in San Diego, California, for $24.99.
Rumors are abound that a LEGO Star Wars Ewok Village set may soon be on its way. The set (which reportedly would similar to the above pictured creation) is slated to be priced at €250 / $325 and would feature a host of minifigures, including: Princess Leia, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, R2-D2, Chewbacca, C-3P0, four Rebel Troopers and three Ewoks. More details on the 10236 Ewok Village set are likely to emerge (or leak out) very soon.
Source: Brickultra, The Brick Fan
While the Legends of Chima aimed to be the center of attention this year, Ninjago is set to return to store shelves in 2014 and will reportedly be taking on a new flavor this time around. As the teaser poster above showcases, Cyborgs may play a central role in the revamped Ninjago lineup for 2014. Originally, Ninjago was set to be discontinued in 2013 and replaced with the Legends of Chima, but the popularity of the theme prevented that from happening.
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While many hoped that Springfield would come alive in the form of LEGO bricks, fans will instead get the next best thing, a life sized replica of parts of The Simpsons home town at Universal Orlando Resort. Expect to see the likes of Lard Lad Donuts and Moe’s open later this year. The Simpsons has broadcast more than 500 episodes over 24 seasons and despite recent criticism regarding the shows quality, Springfield’s most famous family still manages to draw millions of viewers each week.
Source: The Atlantic Cities
LEGO has revealed a model of the iconic X-Wing fighter built out of more than 5.3 million bricks in anticipation of the premier of The Yoda Chronicles on Cartoon Network, which is set to take place on May 29th at 8 PM. The world’s largest LEGO model took 32 builders roughly four months to construct at the LEGO Model Shop in Kladno, Czech Republic. At 43 feet long, 11 feet tall and with a wingspan of 44 feet, the worlds largest LEGO model is 42 times the size of the X-Wing set it is based upon. Now on display at New York’s Time Square, the model will be making it ways to LEGOLAND California this summer where it will remain for the rest of the year.
Dungeons & Dragons will soon be getting its very first mobile game thanks to a partnership between the game’s publisher, Wizards of the Coast, and Japanese game developer DeNA. Entitled Dungeons & Dragons: Arena of War, the game is set in the Forgotten Realms and provides a traditional role-playing game experience with quests, working with a group and of course, character leveling. The free to play title is set to be available for iPad, Phone and Android devices once it is released. To pre-register for the game, visit Arena of War’s official website.
The new KRE-O Star Trek line is now available in stores, and just in time, coinciding with the release of the second Star Trek movie: Star Trek Into Darkness, in theaters. The new KRE-O Star Trek line features sets ranging in price from $4.99 for a mini ship model to $49.99 for the U.S.S Enterprise with five Kreon figures. Directed by J.J Abrams, Star Trek Into Darkness is the nearly $200 million follow up to the hit 2009 film, Star Trek, which was based on the works of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. For more information on KRE-O Star Trek, visit the line’s official webpage.
The Holiday Season may still be months away but the 2013 LEGO City Advent Calendar has already been unveiled. As usual, the Calendar consists of a wide variety of gifts, of which there are 24. A dalmatian, a miniature train, a grill, an astronaut, and of course, Santa Claus himself will all be featured in the set. More details on the set, such as price, piece count and release will likely be available as we approach the time prior to the start of the holiday season.
The iconic United Nations Headquarters Building in New York City will soon be getting its own LEGO Architecture set. Featuring more than 597 pieces, the set will join the company of other LEGO Architecture structures such as Sydney Opera House and Big Ben. Standing 509 feet tall, the United Nations Headquarters Building was completed in 1952 and sits on 17 acres of land next to the East River in the New York City borough of Manhattan.