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Millennium Falcon Lands at LEGOLAND®

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Millennium Falcon Lands at LEGOLAND®

There are things that just go together. Much like peanut butter and jelly, so does Star Wars and Lego Bricks. With the recent announcement that LEGOLAND® California is introducing an all-new, dedicated STAR WARS Miniland, it’s time to channel the force for some fun. Especially when you see just how big the Millennium Falcon is.

Following a chronological path through the STAR WARS timeline, LEGOLAND guests retrace the major events of the beloved Saga. Some of the 2,000 LEGO models will be more than 6-feet-tall. Interactive buttons will allow children to activate animations throughout the scenes. “Our guests have really enjoyed our LEGO STAR WARS Days over the years and we’re certain this new area is going to ignite the imaginations of adults and children alike,” said General Manager of LEGOLAND California, Peter Ronchetti. “We are opening this STAR WARS Miniland display just in time for spring break.”

Photos of the Falcon and additional thoughts after the break.

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Legoland California to Open New Section for Star Wars

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Legoland California to Open New Section for Star Wars

*Cue Star Wars theme song*

Lego master builders are hard at work getting ready for opening of a new section inside Legoland California.  The master builders are making many different models of Star Wars ships, characters, and buildings from all six episodes of the franchise.  The new section is scheduled to open on March 31 of this year.  Check out the three photos of Lego master builders hard at work past the break, as well as a press release.

Expect some videos and many pictures of me geeking out when I go there personally on opening day. Anyone want to come with?

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Let me show you my Lego Pokemans

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Let me show you my Lego Pokemans

LEGO artists continue to amaze me.  It takes a special type of creative talent to create LEGO models without the help of a step-by-step booklet.  I know that when I play with LEGO bricks, I usually just follow the instructions and build the model as shown on the front of the box.  (Yea, I know. I’m a “square” and just do what I’m told.) When completed, I fly my 8-bit helicopter around while making sound effects with my mouth. (Admit it. You still do that too.)

But, for Flickr member Filip, he is no square. He doesn’t need some book to tell him what to make. All he needs are LEGO bricks and his vast amounts of creative juices. Check out some of Filip’s pokemans after the break.

[via Flickr]

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Is Lego Universe going to be too “kiddy”?

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Is Lego Universe going to be too “kiddy”?

With the launch of Lego Universe approaching I seem to get less and less excited for its release. Although the story of the game is creative and it does have great support from its fans there are still some issues I cannot get passed. The game seems very “kiddy” not really geared to the older crowds that usually play MMOs. Even if the game has good gameplay would we be able to get passed that were playing with Lego characters?

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The First LEGO Universe Beta Screenshots Have Surfaced

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The First LEGO Universe Beta Screenshots Have Surfaced

The LEGO Universe Beta has been a blast. We can’t tell you much more about it, but just trust us.  We truly can’t wait for this game to come out because not only is it a very easy game to pick up for anyone with an imagination, but also super kid safe.  Check out the first screen shots that we are allowed to post from the Gnarled Forest past the break.

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Starcraft LEGO stop motion

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Starcraft LEGO stop motion

It seems like everyone has caught the Starcraft fever. Myself included.  I guess a sequel to a 12 year old game is a pretty big deal.  Even LEGO artists or fans are getting into the Starcraft fandom. So, what better way to show your love for both LEGO and Starcraft, than to make a cool short. Also, it’s been a while since we have posted something about our favorite toy, LEGO.

Go past the break to see the video.

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Lego Printer Prototype Makes You Wish You Could Find That One Darn Piece

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Lego Printer Prototype Makes You Wish You Could Find That One Darn Piece

Remember playing with Legos as a kid and being always needing that one piece that you just saw 500 times before?  Aparently horseattack, over on youtube, never had that problem.

I designed/built/coded it all from scratch including analog motor electronics, sensors and printer driver, the USB interface uses a “wiring” board.

All in the course of 3 weeks, the “Lego felt tip 110” is still probably more reliable than my old HP Laserjet.  Running at a speedy 1 ppm and 75 dpi,  and complete with tiny Lego workers powering the entire rig.

LEGO to honor the soon to be discontinued Space Shuttle

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The NASA Space Shuttle is flying its final missions this year. (Yes, I know. I’m sad too.) In honor of the Space Shuttle, LEGO has designed a new LEGO Space Shuttle model.  Now you too can own a piece of NASA history using LEGO bricks. Just make sure that after you build it, you keep it far far away from relatives under the age of 14. If not, you’ll soon see pieces magically disappear or in random places around the house.

This is what happened to my old LEGO Space Shuttle with launchpad.

The left photo above is the set I used to own, before my relatives destroyed it. The photo on the right is the new set that I will own and no one but I will touch it!  You can get your own for $100. Not sure yet on when it will be released. More photos and a LEGO Designer video past the break.

10213 Shuttle Adventure, Ages 16+, 1,204 pieces.  US $99.99, CA $129.99, UK £ 79.99, DE 89.99 €
Blast off on an outer space mission!

Standing 17.5″ (44cm) tall and 10″ (25.5cm) from wing tip to wing tip, this detailed and realistic space shuttle is ready to count down and blast off on its next exciting mission into space! You can take off from the launch pad, separate the detachable fuel tank and booster rockets, and deploy the satellite with unfolding antenna and solar cell panels. Shuttle model features realistic engines, retractable landing gear, an opening cockpit with seats for 2 astronauts, opening cargo compartment with a crane that can hold the satellite and a ground maintenance vehicle. Includes 3 minifigures: 1 male and 1 female astronaut, as well as 1 service crew member.

  • Includes 3 minifigures: 1 male and 1 female astronaut as well as 1 service crew member!
  • Features realistic engines, retractable landing gear, opening cockpit with seats for 2 astronauts and even a ground maintenance vehicle!
  • Take off from the launch pad!
  • Separate the detachable fuel tank and booster rockets!
  • Deploy the satellite with unfolding antenna and solar cell panels!
  • Open the cargo compartment to reveal the crane that can hold the satellite!
  • Shuttle Adventure stands 17.5″ (44cm) tall and measures 10″ (25.5cm) from wing tip to wing tip!

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