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.

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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.

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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.

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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?!
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Moreover they also decided to shine the spotlight on Calendar Man?
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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!

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Are You Ready For The LEGO Iron Giant Set?

You are? Great! Now it is up to you to make this The Iron Giant set a reality. Because Bricksmith extraordinaire Brian Cuviello needs your support. If 10,000 fans of Warner Bros. 1999 animated masterpiece follow the link to LEGO Ideas and click support. LEGO will then take a serious look at bringing an official The Iron Giant set to us fans!

[Via] Warner Bros.

It should go without saying that if we all can accomplish this. We will in fact not just be helping an awesome idea see fruition. But moving to a very special place, moreover a spot only known to a select few. You know what I’m talking about, right?

Now treat yourself and check out the hard work that Brian Cuviello put into his LEGO creation.
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All images courtesy of Brett Cuviello.

All images courtesy of Brett Cuviello.


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The proposed The Iron Giant LEGO set also includes Hogarth Hughes, including a bolt from The Iron Giant.
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Annie Hughes.
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Dean McCoppin.
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And Kent Mansley of course.
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Chris offered this on the LEGI Ideas page:
“For this project, I propose that a set be made based on the 1999 Warner Brothers hit animated film The Iron Giant. Known for its beautiful storytelling and masterful animation, this movie is beloved by fans old and young all over the world. I believe that a LEGO product based in this film would not just be popular with consumers, but rather be an enormous success.

Within this project, there would be 5 main characters: The Iron Giant with changeable eyes and weaponry to depict his evil state from the movie, Hogarth Hughes with the alien bolt he finds at the end of the film, Annie Hughes and a coffee pot, Kent Mansley and a fedora, and Dean McCoppin with a coffee cup. The entire build consists of approximately 2,023 pieces, including the Giant, minifigures, and accessories. The Giant’s head rotates and tilts, and his arms, legs, wrists, hips, and ankles are all articulated to both accommodate his size and weight, and allow him to replicate classic poses from the movie.”

So now it’s all up to you, remember all you have to do is click the “support” button. I also want to give a huge thanks to Andrew Liszewski of io9 for the heads up on this.

Still need some more The Iron Giant goodness? Check out Adam Savage’s One Day Build: Iron Giant Bolt

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Geeky LEGO Crafts By David Scarfe

If you visit The Retroist often you know I have no issues with sharing my love of fanmade LEGO creations. I believe that is exactly why No Starch Press got in touch with me to review their upcoming book.

Geeky LEGO Crafts: 21 Fun and Quirky Projects by David Scarfe is right up my alley. I also bet if you or a member of your Family enjoys LEGO you too will enjoy Scarfe’s book. Especially if you enjoy various retro based projects…
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like that Retro Controller Phone Station. Which is obviously designed to resemble the original Nintendo Entertainment System controllers.

I think some of these LEGO projects look tough!


I totally understand you being concerned about that, I really do. I mean we can’t all have the skills of those that post over at The Brothers Brick, right? I am happy to say that David’s book can put you at ease because Geeky LEGO Crafts has step-by-step instructions.
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Each project also gives you a visual difficulty rating. Just in case a young builder decides to tackle something like…the Bearskin Rug!
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You can see in those images for Tetris fridge magnets that Scarfe has your back on each project. Breaking down not just the color of the pieces but of course how many of each piece you will need.
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I was happy to find many of the Geeky LEGO Crafts projects are video game themed – like the Space Invader Space Holders. Or even the flying ducks from 1984’s Duck Hunt. But you also have the option of constructing everything from a Cassette Tape letter holder to a Grenade Planter.

If that does nothing for you, perhaps I can interest you in the Robot Wine Bottle Holder!
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I believe that Geeky LEGO Crafts: 21 Fun and Quirky Projects is being released on September 30th. Which means you have plenty of time to visit No Starch Press and pre-order a copy for yourself.

David Scarfe should be proud of his book, it is very well written and entertaining to boot. With the Holidays just around the corner it might make the perfect gift for that LEGO fan you know!

There Is A LEGO Knight Rider Set. No, Really!

That isn’t a fanmade Knight Rider set from the Brothers Brick, that is an official LEGO set – a Knight Rider set that should hit store shelves next February.

So this Knight Rider set means LEGO is going to take over the world, right?


Pretty much. At least in regards to pop culture retro related properties. I mean, please don’t get me wrong but who is it that you think LEGO is aiming this Knight Rider set to? I say it is most definitely the likes of us that visit The Retroist!

That isn’t all that LEGO is making for us retro-minded fans though. I previously shared the information about the upcoming LEGO Dimensions sets besides Knight Rider back in June. You might remember we are also getting Gremlins
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The A-Team
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Mission Impossible
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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
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and last but not least The Goonies – or at least Sloth from that film.
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Why should we care about a LEGO Knight Rider though?


I know there may be a few of you out there that are asking yourself this very question. You are all dead to me. Just kidding of course – but how can you not get excited about a LEGO minifig version of David Hasselhoff, I mean Michael Knight?
Image courtesy of io9.

Image courtesy of io9.


My friends, please listen to me. We are lucky enough to live in a time where by next year you will be able to have Dr. Peter Venkman of 1984’s Ghostbusters driving K.I.T.T. through Gremlins’ Kingston Falls!
Image courtesy of io9.

Image courtesy of io9.


I kind of think that LEGO has made some amazing and excellent choices with Knight Rider and the other retro properties. In fact I believe I couldn’t be more impressed if they suddenly announced they were releasing a set for…

A huge thank you to Andrew Liszewski of io9 for the heads up on the Knight Rider set. Hey, if like myself you are geeking out over this release and need to pass the time until February, you can always keep Hasselhoff’s True Survivor on constant loop, right?

[via] DavidHasselhoffVEVO