First look at LEGO sets from Disney’s upcoming film Moana [News]

Disney’s newest animated feature, Moana, is the story of a little girl from the Pacific Islands who encounters a demigod on her journey to save her people. The movie comes out this Wednesday, but we haven’t gotten a good official look at the LEGO sets accompanying it until now. There are two sets, each featuring Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) as a minidoll, and the larger set also features demigod Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) as a large, Hulk-style figure. We’ll be bringing you an early hands-on review of both sets in a few weeks, before they’re due to hit stores.

41150 Moana’s Ocean Voyage, 307 pieces

LEGO Disney Moana 2017

LEGO Disney Moana 2017

Check out more brand new sets:

2017 LEGO Disney Frozen sets
2017 LEGO Star Wars Rogue One sets
2017 LEGO Star Wars Rebels sets
2017 LEGO Architecture sets
2017 LEGO Batman Movie sets
2017 LEGO City sets
2017 LEGO Creator sets, part 1
2017 LEGO Creator sets, part 2
2017 LEGO Elves sets
2017 LEGO Friends sets
2017 LEGO Nexo Knights sets
2017 LEGO Ninjago sets
2017 LEGO Technic sets, part 1
2017 LEGO Technic sets, part 2
LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS set

 

41149 Moana’s Island Adventure, 205 pieces

LEGO Disney Moana 2017

LEGO Disney Moana 2017

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Illuminati Confirmed

George Washington was a time-traveling Mason sent back to help Benjamin Franklin undermine the revolutionary currency agenda. Am I doing conspiracies right? Well, no matter how far out you go on the conspiracy train, you can always have fun with LEGO. Unless maybe that’s also a conspiracy to make you oblivious to the lizard people among us? As we await our reptilian overlords to save us from Nicolas Cage, check out this build by Alex THELEGOFAN that totally confirms the Illuminati are among us.

LEGO illuminati

Gorgeous fan-built LEGO Technic Porsche 919, the 2015 Le Mans winner

Manuel Nascimento built this incredible LEGO Technic Porsche 919 after watching the real-life car win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015. Not content to simply recreate the stunning shape out of LEGO, Manuel also decorated his car like the real one, saying, “I had too much fun decorating the car but at the same time I also had a lot of work because all stickers were hand made.” Check out more of this beautiful racecar below, including the working functions.

LEGO Technic - Porsche 919 - Le Mans 2015 v.

LEGO Technic - Porsche 919 - Le Mans 2015 v.

 

Several of the car’s functions really work, including an opening hood, doors, and engine compartment.

LEGO Technic - Porsche 919 - Le Mans 2015 v.

The lights work too, thanks to LEGO Power Functions.

LEGO Technic - Porsche 919 - Le Mans 2015 v.

And if you want to see the car in full 360°, check out this video. Manuel’s car is also featured in Issue 15 of Bricks Magazine.

A tall tower stands alone in the woods, looming

Farwin Castle by Brother Steven is one of the most striking pieces of castle architecture I’ve seen recently. This exceptionally tall, spindly tower still manages to capture an elegance of proportions, looking mysterious yet stately. Unlike many contemporary medieval themed builds, Farwin Castle doesn’t employ much of the precariously complex stonework that’s in vogue. Instead, its strength lies in its solid geometry and fascinating dimensions. You have to wonder what purpose this tower serves. The home of a lovesick, ascetic prince? The prison for a lunatic mage? The guard tower on a dangerous border? Whatever it is, we like it.

Farwin Castle

Brother Steven says this castle is part of a larger collaborative display, where multiple builders created locations from the same world, so don’t miss the fantastic stable from the collection that we already highlighted.

Farwin Castle

These aren’t Star Wars minifigures you’re looking for

…but these Star Wars figures just may be the coolest ones around. We covered Omar Ovalle‘s Endor Trooper last month, but Omar’s been busy since then converting lots of LEGO Technic figures into awesome Star Wars characters. The Technic figures, which LEGO produced from the late 80s to the early 2000s, are considerably larger than traditional minifigures and have a lot more poseability. The size also allows more accurate scaling with small characters, like Yoda and the Jawas, who both look quite good as minifigures next to the Technic figs. Boba Fett definitely takes the cake for the best looking figure though, as he blasts his way out of the Sarlacc pit.Greetings from Dagobah

Greetings from TattoineGrettings from Dathomir

Greetings from the JawasGreetings Mos Eisley

Greetings from Bespin

Greetings from Hoth

Greetings from The Dune Sea

The hardest part of space travel is getting off the planet

I’ve been inspired lately to build some near-future space vehicles, and so I’ve got at least a couple of vessels in the works. But the first step of space travel is always getting off the planet. This space shuttle, the Indefatigable, is designed to carry payloads to orbit, where they can be assembled into a much larger craft. The shuttle is designed for undergoing the rigors of liftoff, while a vessel capable of interplanetary travel may not be.

Space Shuttle Indefatigable

I generally avoid using stickers, often not even applying them to official models. However, this model really needed a tiny detail for the cockpit, and there’s no way to achieve that with bricks, since the area is just too small. So, a few carefully cut official LEGO stickers work well to mimic cockpit windows.

Space Shuttle Indefatigable

Which yellow character would win in a fight? SpongeBob, a Minion or Pikachu?

It’s a question for the ages: which yellow cartoon character do you side with? Wise-cracking SpongeBob Squarepants, the most anthropomorphic sponge to live under the sea? One of Gru’s Minions, an adorable comedy sideshow who manages to steal the limelight? Or Pikachu, the elusive and beloved Pokemon? Takamichi irie decided to build all three, so you can see how the LEGO versions stack up. Cast your votes in the comments!

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Passing on to LEGO Nirvana

There’s a saying in Japan that you’re born Shinto, get married as a Christian, and die a Buddhist. In other words, you practice Shinto rites from birth, have a Western-style wedding, and leave this world through Buddhist funeral ceremonies. Thus, one of the many unique aspects of Japanese culture I experienced growing up there was seeing station wagons with tiny, shiny golden Buddhist temples sprouting from their backs. These little mobile temples are actually Japanese hearses, and Moko has once again used his collection of chrome-gold bricks by building a LEGO version of this iconic Japanese vehicle. In case you’re too dazzled to notice, I’ll also point you to the clever front grill on this 4-wide LEGO car.

Japanese Hearse

Check out Moko’s blog for more photos, including breakdowns and building techniques.

And for all our bilingual readers out there, here’s a totally ridiculous vehicle. Unfortunately, that’s the best I can do, since the very silly pun in Japanese (「オハカー」) simply does not translate. The car has a pullback motor, though I suspect a crash could result in grave consequences.

That pun is so funny I need to go lie down now and meditate on my life. Memento mori.

The Force Awakens in Miniland

Larger than minifig scale, Miniland scale is a scale used in Legoland theme parks around the world, and it places a character about 5 inches tall. It’s become a popular scale for fan builders wanting to create brick-build characters. TBB Contributor Ralph often uses this scale to create iconic vehicles and their drivers, such as his recent Ghostbusters Ecto 1. Builder Casey McCoy used this great scale to build the cast of The Force Awakens, and he’s done a lovely job. I particularly love the details on Poe’s flight suit. Check out the flickr album for individual shots of the cast.

TFA Characters - Whole Group

New LEGO Dimensions sets, including E.T., Sonic the Hedgehog, Gremlins, and Fantastic Beasts [News]

Today LEGO and Warner Bros are giving us our first look at the actual sets from the new round of LEGO Dimensions sets, featuring a wide range of licenses. Last month we got the press release and a CG trailer of the new characters, but here you can check out all the details. The new packs will be available Nov. 18.

71253 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

LEGO Dimensions: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

 

 

71257 Tina Goldstein

LEGO Dimensions: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

71244 Sonic the Hedgehog

LEGO Dimensions: Sonic the Hedgehog

71256 Gremlins: Gizmo and Stripe

LEGO Dimensions: Gremlins

71258 E.T.

LEGO Dimensions: E.T.

71285 Marceline the Vampire Queen

LEGO Dimensions: Adventure Time