The world’s largest ship is now getting its very own and very large LEGO set. More than two feet long and composed of 1,518 LEGO bricks, the 10241 Maersk Container Ship set replicates the Maersk Triple-E Class Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller vessel. The actual ship is more than 1300 feet long and has the ability to carry more than 18,000 shipping containers. Priced at $149.99, the set will be available in January of 2014.
The popular LEGO theme Ninjago will soon be getting its own movie thanks to a tie up between the Danish toy maker and Warner Brothers. The movie will feature the same writers,Dan and Kevin Hageman, as the Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu animated series on Cartoon Network. Despite featuring the same writers, the new Ninjago movie will feature a different storyline from the cartoon. Warner Brothers, which is also releasing The LEGO Movie, is also set to announce in the very near future the director of the Ninjago film.
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While the LEGO Architecture line has already played host to a Sydney Opera House set, a new, much larger version will soon be available under the LEGO Creator Umbrella. 10234 Sydney Opera House features 2,989 pieces and is 11 inches tall and 25 inches in length. The set is built upon a 48 x 48 inch baseplate, which has traditionally only been available in grey, but for the first time will be available in blue for the set. Priced at $319.99, the set will be available this September.
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Your iPhone can make quite the “brick”, as Taiwanese outfit KBme2 new Brick Lightning Cap has shown. Made to cover the iPhone 5’s Lightning port, the adapter comes in two different sizes, 2 x 1 and 4 x 1.
Not only does this allow one to build stands, cases or other accessories for the iPhone 5, but it also allows for the iPhone to be incorporated into LEGO creations. While not yet available for sale, KBme2 will be manufacturing an aluminum version that will be for sale in the near future.
University of Canterbury researcher Christoph Bartneck says the faces of LEGO Minifigures have gotten angrier looking over time. Bartneck asked a sampling of adults to categorize the emotions of the 3655 different types of minifigure faces produced by LEGO between 1975 and 2010. While 324 of the figures still featured happy expressions, 192 featured angry ones. Over time, the increase in angry faces has paralleled the rise of licensed themes in the LEGO lineup, whose characters often feature angrier expressions. While the effect of such angrier faces of LEGO minifigures has not been researched, researchers seemed concern about how children would interpret such expressions.
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Dexter Industries new BrickPi board brings together the world of LEGO and that of Rasberry Pi. The BrickPi board allows for the Rasberry Pi , a single board computer the size of a credit card, to control up to 3 LEGO Mindstorms motors and 4 LEGO Mindstorms sensors. The BrickPi, Rasberry Pi, motors, and sensors will all be powered with an attached 9V power source.
The ability to utilize the full LEGO system while harnessing the power and versatility of the Rasberry Pi board will allow for the building of some very interesting robots once the BrickPi has been released. Dexter Industries has already run a successful Kickstarter campaign for the BrickPi board and is aiming to ship them by August of this year.
Even with the financial success of Dexter Industries KickStarter campaign, the firm has kept the design of BrickPi open, allowing for anyone to copy or modify the board, in hopes of advancing the education mission of the project.
LEGO’s newest video game will soon be on show at this years edition of the Electronic Entertainment Expo. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes , developed by TT Games and published by Warner Brothers features popular Marvel characters such as Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine, all, of course, in their LEGO minifigure forms. In addition, Stark Tower, Asteroid M, a Hydra base as well as the X-Mansion and a LEGO Manhattan are all settings that will play host to the variety of Playable Super Heroes within the game. Expect to see the game out this Autum for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, and the PC.