LEGO TRON - LEGO box

Finish The Game With The LEGO TRON: Legacy Set!

It certainly isn’t every day you find out that a LEGO TRON: Legacy set is being released, right? That is exactly what happened though when I got to work yesterday and checked my messages. As you surely could expect, everyone here at the arcade equally lost their minds. On an average day we probably bring up TRON or TRON: Legacy multiple times a day. I suppose we are just of that age where the dream of working at an arcade really seemed like the most magical job ever.
LEGO TRON - Arkadia Retrocade

If you’ve listened to any of my Diary of an Arcade Employee podcasts, you know that it truly is. Even when I’m down on my hands and knees scrubbing bathroom floors. The truth of the matter is I am in fact living the dream. Not that securing this LEGO TRON: Legacy set wouldn’t make it just a bit better.
LEGO TRON - Legacy

You can hop on over to the official LEGO site and get a better look at the set. It looks like it is being released on March 31st. This official LEGO TRON: Legacy set is from LEGO Ideas, which began in 2008, as well as giving 1% of royalties to the designers. In this case the original designers were the BrickBros UK after getting 10,000 votes that is. Thankfully Disney and LEGO were able to come together and now we totally have an TRON set about to be released.
LEGO TRON - BrickBros UK

LEGO TRON - Rinzler - Identity Disc
Contents of the LEGO TRON: Legacy set include:

  • Includes 3 LEGO minifigures: Sam Flynn, Quorra and Rinzler.
  • Features 2 buildable Light Cycles for Sam Flynn and Rinzler, and a TRON grid/display base.
  • Sam Flynn’s Light Cycle features a minifigure seat, authentic features and assorted translucent-blue light-style elements, including power stream effects.
  • Rinzler’s Light Cycle features a minifigure seat, authentic features and assorted translucent-orange light-style elements, including power stream effects.
  • TRON grid/display base features 2 detachable parts, attachment points for the 2 Light Cycles and translucent-blue elements.
  • Divide the grid to recreate the Light Cycle chase scene from Disney’s TRON: Legacy movie, or use it to role-play the disc battle scene with the minifigures.
  • Includes Quorra’s sword.
  • Accessory elements include Sam Flynn and Quorra’s blue Identity Discs, and Rinzler’s 2 orange Identity Discs.
  • Attach the discs to the back of each minifigure.
  • This construction toy includes a booklet with building instructions, information about the set’s fan creator and LEGO designers, and the lowdown on Disney’s TRON: Legacy movie and its main characters.
  • Each Light Cycle measures over 1″ (5cm) high, 6″ (17cm) long and 1″ (4cm) wide.
  • TRON grid/display base measures over 8″ (22cm) wide and 3″ (9cm) deep.

LEGO TRON - Lightcycle Wall

Now the real question is if we are getting more LEGO TRON products in the future?

[Via] Disney Movie Trailers

I’m not talking about just TRON: Legacy of course. Perhaps this is the first step in opening up the Grid to products from both the original movie…

[Via] Tate Smith

…and even the underappreciated but amazing TRON: Uprising?

[Via] The CGBros

Saturn V

1,969 Bricks For Mankind: Lego’s Saturn V Goes To The Moon!

Did I hear someone yell “Spaceship!”? Just in time for the 48th anniversary of the first moon landing, Lego is rolling out a massive set that originated from their fan submission portal, and it’s going to be one giant leap for casual Lego architects.
Saturn V

The set, weighing in at $119.99, has – appropriately enough – 1,969 pieces which add up to an over three-foot-tall faithful model of Werner von Braun’s mighty Saturn V rocket, the giant booster that sent astronauts to the moon.
Saturn V

But this huge Lego rocket isn’t just accurate on the outside.

The rocket can actually “stage” – meaning it comes apart where the real one did when the fuel in one section was completely spent, exposing an “engine” that would send the rest of the rocket on its way. The Saturn V rocket was a three-stage rocket, as is its impressive Lego counterpart.

The third stage “petals” open – again, accurate to the real thing – to expose the lunar module, allowing Lego astronauts in their Apollo command & service module to turn around, dock with the lunar module, and pull it free of the rest of the rocket.

And oh yes, did I mention Lego astronauts? There are Lego astronauts, but they’re tiny compared to the usual minifigures. (A Saturn V scaled to typical Lego minifigures would be…a lot taller than three feet.)

The Lego lunar lander can indeed land, and the command module can separate from the service module for “splashdown”, complete with flotation balloons. Basically, budding mission managers can replicate every phase of an Apollo mission to the moon with this gigantic set.

If you’re anything like me and have a soft spot for the early days of the American space program and its bold strides into the future, you’ll be waiting for this set to hit stores on June 1st. With the number of pieces and the size of the model involved, it’s not for the faint of heart…

…but then, going to the moon never was.

[Via] GigaScience

Rockin' Out

Rockin’ Out In Orbit, LEGO-Style Rock Band Spaceships

Lego was already rockin’ out with wondrous things going all the way back to my childhood. The “Space” series sets were a staple of playtime. And now, if any of these fan-designed set proposals can be approved and licensed, I might go back to space with Lego…and turn it up loud.

Lego user Grobiebrix has suggested a new line of licensed Lego sets: Rock Band Spaceships. It’s funny how all of these are either from the 1970s or represent bands whose roots were planted in the ’70s – just another sign that the arrival of Star Wars made sci-fi cool enough for all walks of life, including rock music.

Rockin' Out
The Boston spaceship is crewed by a Tom Scholz minifigure, and preserves the UFO-shaped-suspiciously-like-a-guitar form seen on the 1976 cover of Boston’s debut album.

The Boston spaceship has graced all but one of the band’s album covers since then…and even the album cover that didn’t feature the ship (1986’s Third Stage) still sported a space theme.

Rockin' Out
Journey’s Escape album cover is commemorated in Lego form as well, with the “Scarab” spaceship that featured prominently on several of the band’s early ’80s album covers, and was even a central element of two Journey video games (one in the arcade, one for the Atari VCS) inspired by the same imagery.


Sticking with Grobiebrix’s theme of the axemen-as-spacemen, Neil Schon and his guitar would come with this proposed set.

But perhaps my favorite out of the bunch – and this is a purely personal bias, as it would be (if it was approved and made) a rare piece of merchandise involving my favorite band of all time – is the ELO spaceship, a Wurlitzer jukebox speaker-inspired beauty seen on the cover of 1977’s Out Of The Blue, the Flashback greatest hits box set (2000), and Alone In The Universe (2015).

This iconic, colorful flying saucer – one which a friend of mine once called the Flying Hamburger – naturally has the reclusive but brilliant Jeff Lynne in the pilot’s seat, complete with guitar.

I guess I’ll have to customize my own minifigures for the likes of Steve Perry, Jonathan Cain, Richard Tandy, and Bev Bevan.

(Has anyone noticed that two out of the three musicians featured in these proposed sets are reclusive mad musical scientists fully capable of assembling entire albums by themselves?)

All three projects have a following in the low hundreds, and time’s running out to hit the 1,000 supporter mark to keep these proposals alive in Lego’s system. If you, too, think we need to turn up the volume in space, lend your support as well.

LEGO Batman

Check Out This Stop Motion LEGO Batman: The Animated Series Intro!

Things are certainly looking pretty good for LEGO at the moment. With their upcoming The LEGO Batman Movie hitting theaters next week. You could understandably believe that all the bases have been covered in regards to things involving both LEGO and Batman.

[Via] Warner Bros. Pictures

I must admit that I did a double take after watching that extended trailer. Are they actually showcasing the likes of The Gentleman Ghost?!
LEGO Batman

Moreover they also decided to shine the spotlight on Calendar Man?
LEGO Batman - Calendar Man

In addition to including that villain who is surely the top of your list as well as mine. The one and only Edward Nygma aka The Riddler!

Of course I would be hard pressed to ignore that in the trailer for The LEGO Batman Movie we see the Justice League. Or more like the Super Friends with the addition of some of the characters from Challenge of the Super Friends. Check out the image below – you can make out Black Vulcan, Apache Chief, Samurai, as well as the Wonder Twins and even Gleek!

So with all of that being included in the upcoming LEGO Batman film, you might think there is nothing to add. In this case Kyle Roberts and Nathan Poppe’s hard work would prove you wrong. As a matter of fact with over 27,000 views already. The duo have proven there is more than enough desire to see some form of a stop motion LEGO Batman: The Animated Series. Or at the very least the opening to the vintage show. Albeit a slightly different opening to the now legendary 1992 to 1995 weekday series.

Now if you might be wondering as to why Roberts and Poppe created this. I think that Kyle and Nathan explain it best in that YouTube upload:

“I can safely say my childhood wouldn’t have been the same without Batman or LEGO. It only felt natural to see them combined in stop motion heaven,” said Poppe.

“I remember coming home from school almost every day and turning on this show. It’s one of my all time favorites. It was for sure a labor of love recreating this intro,” Roberts says.

“It took more than 1,000 photos, 40 hand drawn backgrounds and more than 300 hours of work to complete this stop motion project. Paired with Belgium composer Joris Hermy’s sweeping soundtrack, this tribute is a work of art and a fun, nostalgic trip for Batman fans of all sizes. Joris scored all of the ‘Bad Days’ animated episodes over at MarvelousTV. Tighten your utility belt and get ready to click “watch again” to catch all the Easter eggs.”

The fan made project is certainly good enough to watch more than once in an attempt to find those Easter Eggs. While you do that…if you will excuse me…I have a flying rat to contend with!