Mashups are everywhere right now. So it’s strangely unsurprising (but still quite entertaining) to see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fighting crime in the Victorian period. Karen Quinn has built a charming steam-powered Party Wagon. In addition to everyone’s favorite anthropomorphic turtles, this build includes Guru Splinter, Casey “Sheer Luck” Holmes, Dr. April O’Watson, and Jack the Shredder. Perhaps next time the heroes in a half shell will travel even further back in time, to say, oh I don’t know, the Renaissance?
I am going to be honest, here: I didn’t ever read the comics, nor have I followed a terrible amount of the Superman movies. I can, however, appreciate a gorgeous LEGO creation even if I didn’t recognize the reference.
I’ll let the builder, Ken Robichaud, do the explaining:
Once the capital city of Krypton, it and its inhabitants were shrunk and preserved from the planets eventual destruction by the villainous Brainiac.
Kept safe in Superman’s Fortress of Solitude after its liberation from Brainiac’s ship, it became part of the Last Son of Krypton’s collection of unique and precious items and lifeforms from across the universe.
I’d recommend checking out his other comic book builds, of which there are just too many great ones to choose from! You can find all of them here.
The much anticipated movie Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice is still 7 months away, but Tommy Williamson and his crew at BrickNerd Studios (the team that did the animation for the recent LEGO Brickumentary) have wasted no time in producing a follow-up to their earlier LEGO Batman vs Superman brickfilm. So without further ado, here is…
Now animation of this quality requires time and money to make. To that end, they have just started a pledge drive to fund future BrickNerd projects and activities. And as a token of their appreciation, lucky pledgers will be eligible to receive one-of-a-kind LEGO trinkets from BrickNerd Studios …including the batmobile featured in both films!
From the same people that brought Godzilla to our screens over half a century ago, came the Saturday morning kaiju punch-fest Ultraman (ウルトラマン). A staple of Japanese television, this show seems to have experienced regular revivals and adaptations since the first series aired in 1966.
Flickr member umamen has built this perfect recreation of the Ultraman’s long standing, size-changing nemesis Alien Baltan. How a species with crab claws instead of opposable thumbs would ever get past the invention of the wheel is left as an exercise for the reader. But then again, who said this show had to actually make sense!?
In Part 1 of our Helicarrier review we focused on the ship itself, covering the build, the design, and looks. In Part 2, we explore the smaller details (including the new microfigs) as well as all the minifigs bundled with this set. And we finally answer that all-important question… Does it fly?
If anything could ever compete with the mighty Star Wars movie franchise, it’s probably going to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And this trend may be playing out in the LEGO universe too, with an ever-growing line of super hero sets that is now joined by the 76042 SHIELD Helicarrier.
Like the 76023 Tumbler, it’s aimed at older builders and thus has limited play features. And while LEGO reserves the term Ultimate Collector Series (UCS) for its big Star Wars sets, the LEGO fan community has already started using it to describe these big super hero sets as well, for obvious reasons.
A big set deserves a big review! This review is split it into two parts. In Part 1, I focus on the ship itself, covering the build experience, structural design, and looks. In Part 2, I’ll be exploring the smaller details – including the new microfigs – and of course all the bundled minifigs. In both parts, I will also be exploring one very important question… Does it fly?
If video is not your thing, click below the fold for a written review (…but trust me, watch the video!).
A slight digression … I’ve been meaning to see the Chappie movie for a while now and finally got around to it last night. And of course like any good builder, I spent an inordinate amount of time during the movie mentally figuring out how I could build him when I got home. I’ve seen a few other LEGO Chappie’s built already, but not a really big detailed one. It would have been my time to shine! And maybe even get blogged!
So I was super stoked to try … I got home, broke out my Dark Blues, got the Orange antennae built and just… gave up. It would have been too large and too complex and too difficult. But thankfully for everyone, Roman (th_squirrel) didn’t give up as easily as I did. Much like Chappie himself, he kept on going and built a super awesome LEGO Chappie:
This is just a thing of beauty. I also really love how Roman used pieces with the original stickers on them, it really adds that gangster touch to his LEGO Chappie.
Wolverine and his claws, for some reason is a very popular Iron Builder Subject. I’m not sure why, maybe he’s the rough and tumble guy we all love, or more likely we all made the SNIKT! sounds as kids with knives in our hands …
And in true Iron Builder form Letranger Absurde (vitreolum) brings us another iconic Wolverine build:
In particular the hair is masterfully done, particularly the iconic sideburns and pointy tips.
But what we haven’t seen is a build of Iron Man’s repulsor glove. So give Jonas (Legopard) a hand for, well… his Iron Man hand:
Fans have long speculated that a LEGO Avengers Helicarrier was in the works, and today LEGO officially confirmed those rumors. The new set, 76042 The SHIELD Helicarrier, is a gigantic microscale ship which rings in just shy of 3 feet in length. This is the first time LEGO has used tiny microscale figures (originally designed to be trophies) as characters in a playset. The set also comes with 5 regularly-sized minifigures, and can be motorized using LEGO Power Functions (not included). It will be available from LEGO Shop@Home in March.
You can see all of the photos of the Helicarrier on the official Brothers-Brick flickr account. Here’s the press release from LEGO, along with the designer video:
76042 The SHIELD Helicarrier
DK 2999.00 DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.
Build and display the huge SHIELD Helicarrier!
Take on the challenge of building this awesome LEGO® model of The SHIELD Helicarrier. Construct the flying aircraft carrier with 2 runways, microscale Quinjets, fighter jets and ground support vehicles. The set also comes with many of your favorite LEGO Marvel Super Heroes minifigures, plus 12 microfigures to display on deck and within the highly detailed interior. Includes 5 minifigures: Nick Fury, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and Maria Hill.
• Includes 5 minifigures: Nick Fury, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and Maria Hill, plus an iconic SHIELD eagle stand to display them on
• Features 3 microscale Quinjets, 3 fighter jets, a gasoline truck, 2 forklift trucks, 2 runways, 4 road blockades, armored exterior with translucent elements, detailed interior, plus 12 microfigures (Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Captain America, Iron Man and 8 SHIELD agents)
• Also includes a detailed runway
• Weapons include Hawkeye’s bow, Black Widow’s gun and Captain America’s shield
• SHIELD Agent Maria Hill minifigure is new for spring 2015!
• Includes a plaque with facts about The SHIELD Helicarrier
• Add lights and spinning rotors to the Helicarrier with the 88000, 8883 and 8870 LEGO® Power Functions sets (sold separately)
• Rotors can also be turned manually
• Includes a display stand
• Helicarrier measures over 11” (29cm) high, 31” (80cm) long and 17” (45cm) wide
• Each Quinjet measures over 1” (3cm) high, 2” (7cm) long and 2” (7cm) wide
• Minifigure stand measures over 4” (12cm) high, and 2” (6cm deep) and 6” (16cm wide)
Official set photos of the new wave of Avengers sets are now available. Marvel’s next big blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron, releases on May 1, and we can expect these sets to hit stores shortly before that. The 5 sets in this lineup range from a small to large, and while pricing isn’t yet available for them, it’s a safe bet that they’ll range from $12.99 for the small set to somewhere around $70 or $80 for the Quinjet.
76031 The Hulk Buster Smash
Hulk has been trapped by the powers of Scarlet Witch and she is ready to fire an electrical bolt if he tries to escape! Place Iron Man in the cockpit of the humungous Hulk Buster suit and rush to the rescue. On the way you must fend off aerial attacks from the flying Ultron.
Adjust the Hulk Busters arms and legs to create fearsome battle poses and grab the villain with the powerful hands. With Ultron safely in the mechs grip, attach Iron Man to his Super Jumper. Then take out Scarlet Witch with an accurate jump and free the imprisoned Hulk!
Includes 3 minifigures with assorted weapons and accessories: Iron Man, Ultron and Scarlet Witch, plus a Hulk figure.
See the rest of the sets after the jump.