Hurrah, another Lego Star Wars animation on the way! The Yoda Chronicles follows from the brilliant The Padawan Menace and The Empire Strikes Out (the latter I await a bluray release of, but I will assume equal brilliance), and looks just as silly and fun. I’m rather curious what this new laser-armed Sith army is that Yoda is to face.
This has to be the best Lego animation I have ever seen. More than half an hour long and packed full of jokes about lego and cinema, and all about the perils of copyright theft! Go, watch.
Here is Lego’s latest train set, the high speed styled 10233 Horizon Express; coming to the Creator range in 2013. Interestingly this is also marked as an “Expert” set - Hopefully the start of a new sub-series within creator, with larger sets like this.
As with any Creator set you get a focus on the build, with some interesting brick detailing. Also some really nice parts; loads of orange (which even in these relatively orange abundant days I still tend to think of as a rare Lego colour); a nice printed curved windscreen; and excellent use of the new curved arch pieces introduced in the Prince of Persia sets as tables in the interior. The set can also be combined with Lego Power Functions devices to make it powered and remote controled.
The set also has no fewer than six minifigures, with a refreshingly perfect gender balance, and even a female in a counter-sterotypical role (making some progress there Lego!). One of the other females also seems to be sporting Luke Skywalker’s new hairpiece from some of the recent Star Wars sets, which I find most amusing.
Images from FBTB, where you will also find a full press release.
Here’s another fantastic Lego CUUSOO proposal, a “polar cruiser”. The old Lego Arctic theme was one of my favourites, one that is long overdue a revisit (especially now they have the new parka piece), and what better way to kick that off with a lovely detailed little vehicle like this.
My favourite Lego CUUSOO idea, an amazing airship set, has finally got up to 500 supporters. But that means it still needs another 9500 before Lego will consider making it. Just look at it, it’s beautiful and elegant and needs to be a real Lego set! So if you haven’t yet, please go to Lego CUUSOO and support this idea.
Check out this first peak at the minifigures coming in the Lego: The Hobbit sets later this year. We have here Gandalf, Dwalin, Bombur, Bofur, Bilbo, and Balin. Just look at all those new hair pieces! And the hat!
I’ve been a little under-whelmed by the Lord of the Rings sets so far (I’m hoping future waves might get in more fantastical beasts), but the figures have all been very impressive, and The Hobbit looks to be following that precedent!