First Official Look at JURASSIC WORLD LEGO Set

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LEGO is gearing up for a big summer 2015.  In addition to their regular sets and the ones they’ll have for Avengers: Age of Ultron, the toy company is also working on Jurassic World.  This weekend, the first official Jurassic World LEGO image went online, and it shows the dino mayhem you’d expect.  You can also see the minifigure for Chris Pratt‘s character, Owen, as well as B.D. Wong‘s Dr. Henry Wu.  This image doesn’t specify a particular set, but I hope one of the six sets will be the “Jurassic World” gate, although it would be even cooler if they let you change the marquee to “Jurassic Park” for nostalgia’s sake.

Hit the jump to check out the Jurassic World LEGO image.  The film also stars Bryce Dallas HowardNick RobinsonTy SimpkinsVincent D’OnofrioIrrfan Khan, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy and Judy GreerJurassic World opens in theaters in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 12, 2015.  The LEGO sets will be released in June.

10 LEGO Fan Projects That Need Your Support, Including LORD OF THE RINGS Sets, Tony Stark’s Workshop from IRON MAN, CENTURIONS, and More

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It’s been a really good year for LEGO.  Not only did The LEGO Movie enjoy critical and commercial success, the film is now just the start of a feature franchise built on the toy brick foundation.  Oh, and speaking of toys, LEGO has a host of lucrative major movie tie-ins due to hit shelves soon, like Avengers: Age of Ultron setsJurassic World figures, and new Star Wars approximations.

That’s all well and good for the company, but what about the legions of LEGO fans out there who opt to put aside the instructions and build their own fantastic creations?  Well thankfully those two factions work together for the benefit of all!  “LEGO Ideas” is an offshoot of the parent website that invites fan submissions and allows readers to lend their support; once a project nets 10,000 votes and company approval, they become official!  We’ve put together a list of ten worthy ideas for you to inspect.  Hit the jump to check them out.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON LEGO Sets Revealed

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Most tentpole filmmakers know that once plans start being sent to toy companies for various film tie-ins, your movie is about to be spoiled.  It’s unavoidable, really.  The toy companies need plenty of lead time to develop and produce a large amount of product, and specs start coming out in the months leading up to a film’s release.  J.J. Abrams famously fought to have the USS Vengeance toy from Star Trek Into Darkness held off until the last minute, and he and Lucasfilm/Disney are working together on Star Wars: The Force Awakens to ensure that the sure-to-be-insanely-profitable toys don’t spoil the movie.  Which leads us to today’s bit of business, the Avengers: Age of Ultron LEGO sets.  Check out what they may or may not reveal about the film after the jump.

Collider’s Gift Guide 2014: Movies, Books, Toys, and More Worth Checking out This Holiday Season

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There are only fifteen shopping days left until Christmas, but that’s still plenty of time to get yourself or the significant geeks in your life something cool.  The amount of stuff out there can be overwhelming, so Matt, Adam, Perri, and Evan have each chosen three items that you should consider picking up this holiday season.  Each writer has chosen a low-priced item ($10 – $50), a medium-priced item ($50 – $200), and something high-priced if you’re feeling like a big spender ($200+).

Hit the jump to check out some neat gifts you may want to get this holiday season.  Also, in case you missed it, here are some charity organizations we recommend as well.

Check Out the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer Lego-Style; Plus Fan-Made Wallpaper

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There were some solid fan-made Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers making the rounds well before any official promos hit, but now that the teaser trailer is finally here, there’s a lot more material to work with.  Not only has some pretty impressive Star Wars wallpaper just surfaced, but someone else opted to recreate the entire Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer using Legos.

Hit the jump to check out the wallpaper and to catch the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer Lego-style.  The film stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny BakerStar Wars: The Force Awakens opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 18, 2015.

JURASSIC WORLD LEGO Provides First Look at the Film’s Genetically Engineered D-Rex and More [Updated]

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First, let us have a moment of celebration that there will be Jurassic World LEGO (fun side-note: it also means Chris Pratt will be tied to three LEGO lines).  Second, toys (as they usually do) provide a first look at what the film has to offer (which is why there was no dancing Groot toy available when the movie was released; James Gunn wanted to keep it a secret), and now images have leaked for what could be the main dino antagonist of Jurassic World.  The “Diabolus Rex” aka “D-Rex”, has white skin, red eyes, and is made from the DNA of a Tyrannosaurus Rex mixed with a Velociraptor, a snake, and a cuttlefish.  I’m not exactly sure what cuttlefish adds to the mix.  One of its predators is a dolphin.  You can’t be threatening if you can be taken down by a dolphin.

Hit the jump to check out the LEGO images and to learn more about what director Colin Trevorrow is planning.  The film also stars Bryce Dallas HowardNick RobinsonTy SimpkinsVincent D’OnofrioIrrfan KhanJake JohnsonJudy Greer, and Omar SyJurassic World opens June 12, 2015. [Update: We've been asked by Universal to remove the unofficial LEGO images.]

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON LEGO Sets Scheduled for 2015; UCS Helicarrier Rumored for Summer

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LEGO loves its Marvel license, and so do I.  It’s also no surprise that they’ll be cranking out Avengers: Age of Ultron sets to tie into the movie’s release, and now there’s word of the price points and sets we’ll be seeing.  Among the six sets, the most notable is “Avengers Tower”, although it’s only the second-most expensive.  I won’t reveal the most expensive one because the name can be considered a spoiler.

But if you’re looking for some serious Avengers action, there might be a $300 Ultimate Collectors Series (UCS) Helicarrier on the way for summer 2015.  Considering that LEGO recently used their DC license to crank out a UCS Tumbler from The Dark Knight, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the company release a Helicarrier.  Hit the jump for a list of the regular sets we’ll be seeing next year [Remember: slight spoilers].  Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

LEGO BATMAN Movie Fast Tracked at WB; Will Arnett Returns to Voice

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It was only matter of time, but this is still mostly good news to me.  After the phenomenal success of The LEGO Movie (and a delay in production on The LEGO Movie 2) Warner Bros. is fast-tracking a spinoff in the form of a LEGO Batman movie.  Will Arnett, whose character was a highlight of the amazing first film, will return to voice the hilarious character.  Chris McKay, who acted as animation supervisor on the first film and was attached to direct the sequel, will how helm this picture.

LEGO Batman will be written by Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter scribe Seth Grahame-Smith and is targeting a 2017 release date.  Hit the jump for more on the LEGO Batman movie.

LEGO Reveals THE DARK KNIGHT Tumbler as Well as Heath Ledger Joker

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LEGO and Batman have been together for years, but always in a fun, cutesy way.  But at San Diego Comic-Con, LEGO Batman is getting a little grittier by releasing not only The Dark Knight Tumbler, but also a Heath Ledger Joker minifigure.  The Tumbler will be on display at Comic-Con beginning Wednesday, and will go on sale in September.  The toy has 1,869 pieces and will retail for $199.  If you want to buy it, you’re also going to have to clear some shelf space because the toy measures 15 inches tall and 9 inches wide plus it comes with a fact-sheet/plate.

The Tumbler set also includes a new Batman figure, which is painted slightly differently than previously released Batman minifigs, yet it doesn’t have the same Bat symbol as the one from The Dark Knight.  But where things get a little confusing for me is the Heath Ledger joker.  It will be included in the Tumbler set, but I can’t think of another LEGO minifigure that was based on such an intentionally disturbing character.  Does it come with a pencil?  Or just knives and lint?  Hit the jump to check out LEGO Batman Heath Ledger Joker and the Tumbler.

Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Goes LEGO Ahead of Its Blu-ray Release

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The Grand Budapest Hotel and The LEGO Movie will both be released on Blu-ray/DVD on Tuesday, so it’s fitting that the two worlds are combining for a LEGO Grand Budapest Hotel. Now before you get your hopes up, this isn’t a set that will be released for consumers (market research shows that kids might not buy products based on Wes Anderson movies; we are failing our children). However, it’s still a remarkable effort from Ryan Ziegelbauer and his team of eight model builders. They spent 575 hours building and designing the replica. The final build has more than 50,000 LEGO bricks, and it will weigh around 150 pounds, stand 7 feet tall, and be 6.5 feet wide. M. Gustave would be proud.

Hit the jump to check out the Grand Budapest Hotel LEGO build video, and click here to pre-order The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Ultimate Collector Series LEGO BATMAN Tumbler and STAR WARS Slave I Possibly Arriving This Summer

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In 2000, LEGO began its “Ultimate Collector’s Series”, which are large, expensive sets that are more detailed and aimed at older fans.  For example, a casual fan might buy this LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter.  It’s $50 and has 560 pieces.  The hardcore fan goes in for the LEGO Star Wars 10240 Red Five X-Wing Starfighter Building Set, which costs $200, has 1558 pieces, measures over 10″ (26cm) high, 20″ (52cm) long, 18″ (46cm) wide, and comes with a display stand and data sheet.

Hardcore collectors will be pleased to hear that the Ultimate Collector’s Series might be adding the LEGO Batman Tumbler and Boba Fett’s Slave I this summer.  Hit the jump for more.

Geek Gifts: The LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1

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If you’re a Ghostbusters or LEGO fan, get ready to drop fifty dollars.  I say this because Amazon has started selling the LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1!   As we reported a month ago, the Ecto-1 was selected among the many fan-submitted LEGO CUUSOO creations and after some tweaking of the submitted idea, Lego produced the car along with some minifigures.  However, like the Back to the Future LEGO DeLorean, I would imagine Amazon is going to sell out pretty fast, so don’t wait too long if you want to own one.  Keep in mind it’s not a limited edition, but it’ll be hard to get for the first month or two.  Hit the jump for what it comes with and more images or click here to buy it on Amazon.

NINJAGO Set for September 23, 2016 Release; Charlie Bean to Make Feature Directorial Debut

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It was announced earlier today that Warner Bros. has set a release date for its planned Ninjago adaptation for September 23, 2016 (in 3D, of course).  That means the LEGO spin-off will smoke-bomb its way into theaters more than six months before The LEGO Movie 2, which opens May 26, 2017.  Chris McKay, who co-directed the nearly half-a-billion-dollar-earning first installment, will be at the helm of the sequel, while the studio has set first-time feature director Charlie Bean (TRON: Uprising) to handle the Ninjago film.  With everyone else under the sun building toward a cinematic universe, it’s no surprise that WB and LEGO are doing the same, which will make fans (and collectors) around the world happy for quite some time.  Hit the jump for more.

Side-by-Side Comparison of the Official LEGO GHOSTBUSTERS Ecto-1 and the Original CUUSOO Submission

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Next month, Ghostbusters fans will be able to pick up the LEGO Ecto-1.  The toy was selected among the many fan-submitted LEGO CUUSOO creations.  After going through the licensing process, LEGO doesn’t do an exact recreation of the CUUSOO model.  There’s some tweaking involved, but for the most part, the final design should be recognizable to any fan of the property.

After the jump you can check out the Ghostbusters LEGO image comparison.  The LEGO Ecto-1 will be available on June 1st for $49.99.

THE SIMPSONS: “Brick Like Me” Review

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The Simpsons will always be one of my favorite TV shows.  I grew up with it in its heyday.  The jokes still hold up (if you’re on Twitter, I encourage you to follow @SimpsonsQOTD), and the show has firmly cemented its place in television history not just because of its longevity, but because it had an uncanny knack for timeless satire.  The joke, “To alcohol! The cause of and solution to all of life’s problems,” will always work, and it needs to because unless you’re South Park or resort to shortcuts like Family Guy, animation can’t move fast enough to catch up with the present times.   All of that being said, I haven’t watched a new episode of The Simpsons in a very long time because I feel the show’s quality has dramatically plummeted over the past 15 years.  So what happens when a long-running show meets a long-running toy line like LEGO?  An episode that’s constantly on the defensive and retreading familiar ground.

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