Saturday, March 31, 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Missing person - HeatherLEGOGirl

If you're a regular reader of the variety of major LEGO blogs out there, you've already seen this, but I'm passing it along on the theory that at least some of my readers come from outside the hobbyist community. Heather Braaten, who you may know on various online forums as HeatherLEGOGirl, has been missing for the past week. She was last seen in Seattle, Washington. If you see Heather, or know anything of her whereabouts, please contact Lino Martins at linotopia AT hotmail DOT com , as he is in close touch with Heather's family, or directly contact the Seattle police department. Or use any of the contact information on the flyer below.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Swamp Thing

I don't think I've ever seen any Swamp Thing MOCs before, but this custom by Jaypercent is perfect.


Monday, March 26, 2012

Phoenix airport

This weekend I had a layover at the Phoenix Arizona airport and saw this ad. I have no idea what DPS 2012 is. I assume it's some convention being held in Phoenix, but Googling isn't helping me. DPS in Arizona seems to be the Department of Public Safety, their state law enforcement. There are a couple of conventions coming up that might appeal to comics/gaming/LEGO/geekdom in general fans- Con Nichiwa (an anime convention in Tuscon this week) and LepreCon (a sci-fi and fantasy convention in Tempe) (BTW, the featured speaker there is Stephen Furst, who you either know as Flounder from Animal House or as Vir Cotto from Babylon 5) - but neither of those fits the initials "DPS". So, how many geek-friendly puns can you come up with based on the word "con"? Anyway, this sign was a nice little surprise on a long travel day for work.


Saturday, March 24, 2012

More Flash

Mark Sandlin made this great little wind-up Flash. I have to admit a little confusion here in that I don't know if there was ever an African American to don the mantle of the Flash. There was a super-fast member of the Global Guardians named Impala who was first introduced in relation to the Flash, but he had a very different uniform. Anyway, regardless, the flying dirt and the hand-crank background here are brilliant. - Oops, further information helps here. He built this for his friend who is both African American and a huge fan of the Flash. Be sure to watch the video.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Fastest man alive

In celebration of the mention the other day that the Flash will be included in the upcoming Batman video game, check out Sparkytron's great Flash.



Thursday, March 22, 2012

Joker

The Brothers-Brick ran an article on minifig customization by JasBrick, and it had a pic of his great Heath-Ledger-style Joker.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spider-man and (not) friends

Let's take a quick break from the official sets. AnonymousBug made a great series of virtual figs, that could all be made using existing molds (albeit with new colors). Here, for instance, we see the Sinister Six.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Daily Planet

The MOCathalon category 'the elephant and the fly' asks builders to take a full scale model and make it microscale. George G took Mr. Xenomurphy's Superman and Young Justice vs Braniac and made it tiny.


Monday, March 19, 2012

MOCathalon

One of the categories in the 2012 MOCathalon is 'The Supers are back!', inspiring such creations as Alex Mack's The Dark Knight Rides and Rinse Jan's Super Jan (okay, this one technically isn't Superman, but let's just pretend he has black hair, because it's a really nice scene).




Sunday, March 18, 2012

More Batman game

More screencaps from the upcoming video game have been released. The WorthPlaying article notes that the characters will talk, unlike the previous game, and there will be new suits and new abilities. Perhaps most exciting, there will be "50 DC Comics characters, including The Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and many others". That's the first mention I've ever seen of the Flash in any official LEGO product, and to get 50 we'll have to dig much deeper into both the lineup of heroes and villains. I wonder if those may also result in actual sets with some of those additional characters in the future?















Saturday, March 17, 2012

News for gamers

I've been remiss in not posting more about the upcoming video game whose trailer went up a couple of days back, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. According to Amazon it will be available June 1 (you can pre-order now). It looks like it will follow the same idea as the previous Batman game, but will add Superman, Wonder Woman, the Green Lantern, and Lex Luthor to the mix (no mention of any other non-Batman heroes or villains). This will be available on all of the usual video game platforms. Will at Brick Heroes has pointed out that DC Comics has released a screenshot of the game and that the French language version of Amazon has the game cover art (the English language Amazon just has a logo).




Quick admission here - I've never gotten far on LEGO Batman. Whenever I fire up the Wii, my kids want to play, and, well, you try to complete a level with a three year old and a four year old as your partners. Oh well, they have fun running the characters around (and, quite often, into that big pool of acid on the first screen). I'm just not that much of a gamer that I will stay up late after they go to bed playing.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

LEGO, Travelers Tales, etc have just released a video teasing the upcoming Batman 2 video game.



Via FBTB.

6868, Hulk's Helicarrier Breakout

Okay, next up is 6868, Hulk's Helicarrier Breakout. Okay, I just have to say it. I can't stand these LEGO sets that basically come down to "Recreate these 30 seconds from the movie that we're using for cross-promotions!" I mean, the Avengers were created in, what, 1963 (okay, I'll admit it, I just checked, but I knew if was before I was born)? And for the key set we have to get shoe-horned in to the latest Hollywood blockbuster that will come and go and then get relegated into being replayed on some random cable station on Saturday afternoons? Is this setting something recognizable that will stand the test of time (like, for instance, the Batcave - sure, we've seen many variations over the years through comics, TV and movies, but they're all recognizably the Batcave)? I, quite honestly, do not care about this setting. I'm sure I'll see and enjoy the movie, but this LEGO rendition is fairly forgettable.



The jet is nice, but, again, I've seen better from MOCs. I hadn't noticed before that Hawkeye has a cool new compound bow.



There are some nice new printed tiles and computer screens, but, let's face it, if you're spending US$50 on this, it's probably for the figs. Loki looks pretty good. His helm is kind of silly, but it is in the comics as well.



At the time of Toy Fair, Hulk did not yet have a face. I'm sure that made him angry. You wouldn't like him when he's angry.



Thor looks good (the stickers at Toy Fair will be replaced by printed torsos), and we get a new mold for Mjolnir.



Here's another view, where you can also see Hawkeye and the Hulk. Hulk's face got better, btw.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

6865 - Captain America's Avenging Cycle

Next up for examination is 6865 - Captain America's Avenging Cycle. At Toy Fair LEGO was being coy, only showing a portion of the set to avoid giving away a plot point from the upcoming Avengers movie.



However, high resolution images came out later (I think via Amazon, but I'm not sure on that). There has been much online speculation as to the identities of these as-yet-unnamed enemies (Skrull? Kree? Atlanteans? Asgardians of some sort? Inhumans? Etc etc etc).



At $US13 this is a relatively cheap set, so I'm sure most comic fans will pick this up. Basically, IMO, all you're really getting for your money is Cap himself. The motorcycle is nothing special, basically the Catwoman cycle in different colors. BTW, LEGO, Noddy, Michael Jasper, SimonStorm, Fat Tony, and doubtless other builders I'm missing have shown that you can construct really awesome motorcycles out of actual LEGO, rather than simply going with a 1 or 2 piece molded bike. WHY can't you do the same? I'm sure that we would all be much more excited to buy a set with one of those designs. Anyway, IMO the baddies are kind of lame looking, though I suppose they will closely match the movie visuals. Also the little flyer is bad as well (it looks a lot like the Green Goblin's flyer, and I really hated that flimsy thing).



Sigh. I'm sure I'll buy this for Cap and throw the rest in the parts bin. You've got my $13, LEGO, but not as much of my respect as you might have had.

Monday, March 12, 2012

6866 Wolverine's Chopper Showdown

I've been very remiss in not discussing all of the upcoming Marvel sets, so let's try to remedy that, starting with 6866 Wolverine's Chopper Showdown. At US$20 this is a really cheap entry into this line, and it gets you three awesome figs. I'll definitely be getting this for the figs alone, especially since Magneto is (IMO) the greatest Marvel villain of all time (okay, Dr. Doom is cool too, and I've always loved Spidey's set of classic antagonists).



OTOH, the helicopter is only so-so. They've made better helicopters in the past.





Friday, March 9, 2012

Batman books

Over on Brickset, Huw has pointed out that Dorling Kindersly, or DK Publishing, has a catalog of their upcoming fall releases, and it includes several LEGO books.



LEGO Batman: The Visual Dictionary looks like it will be similar to their Star Wars Visual Dictionary, with lots of high resolution photos of all of the sets and minifigures. I'm assuming this will cover both incarnations of the Batman series, as it seems like they would not have enough material if they only included the current run of sets. Interestingly, we will get an exclusive figure. No clue on what that will be as of yet.

Includes an EXCLUSIVE minifigure!
Enter the world of your favorite LEGO® super hero in the first ever guide to LEGO® Batman™! LEGO Batman: The Visual Dictionary combines DK’s famous Visual Dictionary format with the adventurous world of the LEGO Caped Crusader. Every set and minifigure from the LEGO Batman universe will now be at your fingertips.
Explore each LEGO Batman set according to its location, key themes, events, and characters, including the cunning Catwoman, the daredevil Robin, and the villainous Joker. Other famous DC characters like Wonder Woman, Superman, and Green Lantern will also be featured in minifigure form alongside their corresponding sets that will be hitting stores in 2012.
Go beyond the bricks to look at the wider world of LEGO Batman —including video games, merchandise, and the intense fan community. As an extra bonus, the bottom corners of each page create two great flip-books!




Ultimate Sticker Collection: LEGO Batman will be like their other sticker books, again with lots of high quality photos.

Join LEGO® Batman™ and his crew on their latest adventure in Gotham City with the newest addition to DK’s ultimate sticker format. Ultimate Sticker Collection: LEGO® Batman contains more than 1,000 full-color reusable stickers alongside tons of fun facts about your favorite LEGO super heroes from DC Comics. This is sure to keep little kids everywhere busy for hours.



Thursday, March 1, 2012

Run away, Luke

Okay Yaramanoglu's Mark Hamill's enemies notes that Mark Hamill has had a long career of voice over work, including the Joker and the Hobgoblin.