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

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2017 LEGO Elves sets
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41149 Moana’s Island Adventure, 205 pieces

LEGO Disney Moana 2017

LEGO Disney Moana 2017

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The weather outside is frightful, but the microscale’s delightful

I don’t know about everywhere else, but this weekend saw winter begin to take hold in Scotland. Appropriately enough, along come two lovely little LEGO builds which perfectly capture the chill in the air. First up, IamKritch‘s cabin looks like a great place to sit out the blizzard. The trees and the frozen stream are smart, but it’s the simple use of a brown grille brick for the cabin’s log walls which grabs the attention.

A Cabin in Winter

And then there’s Brick Blue Wren‘s wonderful winter diorama. I like the variety of techniques used for the trees, and the curved backdrop and base evoking the shape of a snow globe. The color scheme properly pops off the page, particularly those hefty snowflakes against the blue sky. A few more models like this and I’ll be all set for Christmas.

LEGO Snow Globe

Retro design for a futuristic fighter

NoVVember, the annual celebration of Vic Viper spaceships has already brought us a Viper from an imaginary next-gen LEGO Space theme. Not to be outdone, Pascal takes his Vic Viper in a distinctly old school direction with this Classic Space-inspired design.

NCS Cobra

I love the understated greeble details down the ship’s flanks and around the engines, and all the key Classic Space elements are present and correct — red and green trans plates, yellow and black stripes, and a nice trans-yellow cockpit. Although this is a Vic Viper, it wouldn’t have looked out of place in the official LEGO Space sets from the early-80s. And I mean that in a good way!

Cry havoc and release the pachyderms of war

Mark of Falworth is on a roll. Fresh from wowing us with his LEGO medieval bazaar, now he brings us the latest thing in Castle-era artillery — monstrous ballistae mounted on the back of elephants. As well as the nicely-built seige engines, the beasties are equipped with armour and tusk-blades, creating a formidable war machine either at range or up close and personal. I’d hate to be on the receiving end of a barrage or charge from these bad boys.

(CCC14) Elephant Artillery

Vintage hot rod en route

Master car-builder Andrea Lattanzio‘s latest is a brilliant hot rod. The car itself is a great little model, but — as ever — any LEGO creation looks even cooler when a builder spends quality time on presentation. Andrea’s road scene is a cracker — custom signage and telegraph poles combine with classic desert elements like a cactus and cow skull to create a quintessential Route 66 diorama. Yep, this setup is packed with cliches, but who cares when it looks this good?

Route 66 and Ford "T" Roadster

Scenery aside, it’s worth taking a proper squint at the hot rod. Don’t miss the chromed exhaust pipes and the wiring around the exposed engine. Just looking at this thing makes me do vroom-vroom noises in my head.

'23 Ford Model T roadster pick up: from SoCal to Oslo.

Onward Comrades! For the Tiny Revolution!

P.B. spends his time building fabulous microscale walking tanks and artillery units. This one, in Jovian Regimental Colors no less, is a little cracker. The tank carries an impressive level of detail for such a small model — delivered through effective color blocking and a nice depth of texture. I love the use of bucket handles to add detail to the legs — I haven’t seen that before. But the undoubted stars of this show are the teeny-tiny figures — the crewman and the Commissar — effortlessly carrying off some Communist-era chic with their little red scarves. Well played Comrade PB, well played.

TU-138 with Commissar and Crewman

Lording it up in a lakeside castle

LegoLord says he hasn’t built anything for four years, but this impressive castle shows those skills haven’t grown rusty through misuse. The landscaping and lake are nicely done, and the fortress itself has a realistic feel, as if it had been built over centuries, reinforced by a succession of nervous Lords. Far too many LEGO castles are starkly symmetrical, whereas this build has different heights and styles of tower dotted around the external wall.

Dawn Lake Castle

Zooming in on the details pays dividends — don’t miss the central keep atop its plug of rock, tan walls and red rooftops offering a nice contrast to the surrounding gray and brown. But it’s this close-up view of the walls which reveals the effort LegoLord has gone into to avoid the dreaded BGW — “Big Gray Wall”. The buttressing, the scattered inclusion of textured bricks, the nicely-placed patches of foliage — all come together to create a convincing impression of weathered stonework.

Dawn Lake Castle

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

NERDvember 2016: The happiest contest on Earth

It’s November, and that means that our pal Tommy Williamson over at BrickNerd is hosting his annual NERDvember building contest. This year the theme of the contest is Disney, so contestants are encouraged to come up with Disney-inspired versions of the iconic Nerdly character.

We’re already seeing a lot of great entries and some of our favorites are featured below. Get building now, as the contest ends on the 30th and there are some sweet Disney-themed LEGO prizes to be won! And now a word from the Nerd in Chief himself:

Mushu, Nerdly Dragon by Chris Maddison

Wall-E by Joseph Z

Lady and the Tramp by our very own Jen Spencer

Crafting war for 12 years

World of Warcraft (WOW) is celebrating its 12-year anniversary this month and there’s no better way to celebrate than by building chibi-versions of the game’s most iconic characters with LEGO. Mike Dung built a downright cute Illidan Stormrage and an even more adorable Lich King.

Chibi Illidan Stormrage

These little guys are chock-full of amazingly accurate details, from the Lich King’s iconic helmet to Illidan’s rockin’ bod. I also love the simple, yet effect way Mike build these guy’s weapons (Arthas’ Frostmourne and Illidan’s warglaives). I think I better log in now and run a few daily quests.

Chibi Lich King