Given that another company had the license for Doctor Who building sets at the time, I was both shocked and overjoyed when the LEGO Ideas team announced that 21304 Doctor Who would be released in January 2016.
LEGO sent The Brothers Brick an early copy, and I’m pleased to bring you this full photo review.
Unlike many of you out there who grew up watching Doctor Who on the BBC or PBS, I never had the opportunity in Japan. It was with fresh eyes that I first started watching Doctor Who in 2005, with Christopher Eccleston’s 9th Doctor. Since then, I’ve caught many classic storylines, particularly during the 50th Anniversary celebrations two years ago. I’ve become enough of a Whovian that I even picked up some of those non-LEGO Doctor Who figures when I visited New Zealand, and snapped them up when they started showing up as stocking stuffers here in the States. Now with an official LEGO set, the subject matter alone is exciting, but how’s the actual set?
Prepare for a journey into the space-time vortex with the Doctor and his TARDIS in the latest issue of Blocks magazine, available in UK stores November 19th. As well as an in-depth review of the latest LEGO Ideas set, there’s also an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how the Ideas platform really works, including what the review process involves, why larger projects don’t make the cut, and more.
Blocks also takes a look at how LEGO’s spaceship designs have changed over the decades, the most profitable LEGO sets to invest in, how to build a supercar, and whether LEGO Dimensions really is worth your money. Plus a Christmas consumer guide to help you figure out the perfect gifts for the LEGO fanatics in your family.
The latest iteration of LEGO robotics sets, the MINDSTORMS EV3, just got an upgrade in the form of a new app. The EV3 Programmer app brings the ability to fully program your creations from a tablet or mobile phone.
If you have any experiance with programming, this probably sounds like a nightmare , but it’s not that bad. The official programming for MINDSTORMS uses logic blocks that are dragged and dropped to create a working piece of code, with little to no input from a keyboard needed.
The world watched in horror Friday night as terrorists apparently loyal to Daesh attacked innocent people across Paris. It hardly seemed possible that something so evil could be happening so soon after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in January. Over the following days, LEGO builders around the world have reacted with a variety of LEGO creations showing support for Paris and the people of France.
Are Heiseldal posted this understated image of the Eiffel Tower against the French tricolor. The dark lighting provides a subtle statement about the world’s grief.
Chris Maddison has built a LEGO version of French graphic designer Jean Jullien’s Eiffel Tower peace symbol — rapidly becoming the iconic symbol of the nation’s response to this act of war.
This heart-wrenching creation by French builder Jimmy Fortel reflects the pain caused by such senseless horror, and states emphatically that this attack on Paris is truly an attack on the whole world.
After recent leaks that 2016 would bring us a Disney-themed Collectible Minigifures line, we now have some confirmation that there is going to be more of everyone’s favourite mouse in the LEGO world. On LEGO’s official Instagram account, this short Mickey animation was posted:
The brief looped video shows a rough outline of a Mickey Mouse Duplo minifigure. While Mickey Mouse and co. have had the LEGO treatment before, that was 15 years ago in 2000. The “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” also includes Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck, so expect to see those soon.
Australian LEGO Certified Professional Ryan McNaught and his workshop team have built a life-sized replica of the TARDIS from Doctor Who. Images of the LEGO TARDIS on Bondi Beach in Sydney started circulating on the web yesterday, but you can see it in person at the Zing Pop Culture Store in Macquarie Park through the 18th this month, and then at the Doctor Who Festival in Sydney on the 21st and 22nd of November.
We reached out to Ryan and the BBC to uncover some details and exclusive photos not shared elsewhere. Ryan tells us that his team of 5 builders spent 45 hours just to design the LEGO TARDIS, and then 206 man hours to build it. Everyone is sworn to secrecy on the part count, since the BBC will be holding a contest to guess the number of LEGO pieces used to build it — suffice to say it’s a fairly insane number of dark blue LEGO all in one place! Built to exacting specifications provided by the BBC archives, it stands 316 bricks high (303 cm or nearly 10 feet tall).
The front of the TARDIS features a brick-built notice and fully functional door, which will enable Peter Capaldi himself to emerge from the LEGO TARDIS at the Doctor Who Festival later this month.
The light on top works, and Ryan’s team even built a matching Sonic Screwdriver.
To enable the BBC to transport the LEGO TARDIS to various events, it incorporates an internal steel frame. As to other secret details, Ryan tells us, “It may in fact be bigger on the inside, it certainly felt like it when we were building it!
UPDATE: Ryan has added some more photos to his Flickr photostream, including this great photo of the team behind this epic build.
Polybags of Finn from The Force Awakens are starting to show up at brick-and-morter stores, and one of the interesting things about these small, early sets is that they include a foldout with the first good, official photos of 2016 LEGO Star Wars sets. Brickset has gotten ahold of one of the fold-outs.
The photos show several Battle Pack sets from both the Classic Trilogy and The Force Awakens, along with the first views of a Carbon Freezing Chamber set (75137), Rebel emplacement on Hoth (75138), and another redesigned escape pod with more figs than just the usual Artoo and Threepio (75136).
The back of the foldout reveals better photos of the individual minifigs that come in these sets.
We’ll share more news about 2016 LEGO sets as good-quality information emerges.
Tested made a visit to BrickCon this year and interviewed David Frank about his award-winning Manor House, which we featured here a couple of weeks ago. Check it out for some great background on a wonderful build!