As part of a collection of oddities that also includes Minecraft and the Mars Curiosity Rover, an "exosuit" has joined the fray known as LEGO CUUSOO. This is the first set to have been submitted and approved with LEGO CUUSOO that’s not either based on a pre-existing object or part of an entertainment brand. In other words - it’s extra beefy with originality!
Earlier this year a fellow by the name Shubham Banerjee created a LEGO project that went viral. Banerjee is a 12-year-old inventor - he created the "BRAIGO", a Braille printer made using a LEGO Mindstorms set. This idea inspired LEGO Systems to create a competition in which several Seattle companies were invited to compete, creating a LEGO Mindstorms robot to improve everyday life.
In the spirit of the film series - and partially because we didn’t get the set until very recently - we’ve decided to release our review of the Back to the Future (BTTF) DeLorean Time Machine LEGO CUUSOO set to here, several months after it’s been put on sale. This set is just one of a growing collection created by the minds at "Team BTTF", a set of conceptual LEGO artists that aim to support the Michael J. Fox Foundation and bring Back to the Future to a new generation of fans.
This week at SXSW the LEGO presentation team have showed off and mentioned several new sets for the near future. In addition to suggesting that they’ll have more LEGO Movie sets in the near future, they’ve given glimpses of in-movie "history books" and Taco Tuesday. From what we understand of the LEGO Movie sets out on the market today, the team didn’t expect such a major response from moviegoers - they’ve been modest so far: there’s a lot more on the way.
LEGO is exploring 3D printing as a potential way for fans to produce their own custom bricks, as a way to stave off all-virtual world building games like Minecraft. The plastic brick company - which has already worked with Google on a virtual LEGO game playable in the Chrome browser - describes its attitude toward 3D printing as one of trying to convert it into "an opportunity for us," CMO Mads Nipper suggests.
Supposing you’ve not dismissed this title as another tried-and-failed movie-to-game translation, you’ll be glad to know what The LEGO Movie Videogame is just about as smooth a delivery as we’ve ever experienced. Having both the previous (rather successful) Lego video games to live up to and the (wildly successful) Lego movie to live up to, this game isn't attempting to be a stand-alone game without movie influence. Instead, The LEGO Movie Videogame attempts to be an extension of the movie universe - and it does so with flying colors.
Some of us may have been playing with LEGOs when we were 12-years-old, but most of that revolved around making pyramids and accidentally leaving bricks in places bare feet fear to tread. Such isn't the case with Shubham Banerjee, who is in seventh grade and, seeing a need, developed an inexpensive braille printer from LEGOs.
This week the first look we've had up close and personal with the creators and the artwork behind Star Wars Rebels is close at hand. What we're seeing here is a preview for the animated show that'll take place between the 3rd and 4th Star Wars movies. That is to say - making a bridge between the prequel trilogy and the classic, original trilogy with storyline.
I took my 3-year-old daughter to The LEGO Movie this week and she sat through the entire 100-minute film in quiet reverence. End of review. I'm an adult male who grew up with LEGO and, with my daughter, continue to play with and enjoy the creative building toy today - and I was entertained by the movie from start to finish. My daughter and I are two of the types of audience members the creators of this movie appear to have aimed for directly.
This week the LEGO Movie has been released with a bang - $69 million at the box office and the second-biggest February launch of all time. Now the folks behind the title song have been allowed to release their rather unique hand-made music video to the public. Here we're seeing "Everything is AWESOME!!!" in classic LEGO form, of course.