This is a jam-packed edition of Star Wars Bits. We’ve got real Star Wars Episode VII news, rumors, toy information, book excerpts, and even mobile game updates. Below, read about the following.
- John Williams will start working on Star Wars Episode VII in two weeks.
- Read about some of the work Phil Tippett might be doing on Episode VII.
- Oscar Isaac has finished his work on Star Wars Episode VII.
- See Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher hit the town together.
- Read the ominious opening crawl of the new novel Tarkin.
- Star Wars authors can still use Expanded Universe bits.
- A new creature from Star Wars Episode VII is described.
- Some mysterious new characters are revealed in latest Star Wars Lego images.
- Watch a video of the new Lego Slave 1.
- Star Wars mobile game Tiny Death Star has been taken off line while Angry Birds gets a Star Wars Rebels update.
- Possible descriptions of Han Solo‘s outfits in Star Wars Episode VII.
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Nitpick a movie all you want but if it works, it works. Take Guardians of the Galaxy for example. Of course Star-Lord’s cassette tape would never have survived nearly 30 years of non-stop repeated listening. That’s not how that technology works. But James Gunn‘s film integrates it so well, and the music is so good, that you can (hopefully) push that aside and just enjoy it.
Now, if the movie was boring, that little mistake could be exactly the sort of thing that you’d focus on. It would give you something specific to think about as the movie trudged along. Good movies don’t have that problem.
What good movies do have is a staying power. So even now, a month after release, not only is Guardians of the Galaxy likely to be the number one movie at the box office yet again, we can still joke about and enjoy poking fun at the film’s minutia. Below, see a great example of that, as some fans created a hilarious stop-motion Lego Guardians of the Galaxy animation dealing with the issue of the decades old cassette tape. Watch it below. Read More »
It’s no secret Lego and The Simpsons are currently best buds. Lego released the Simpson House earlier this year, The Simpsons aired a full Lego episode recently and you can buy Lego Simpsons mini-figures at pretty much any major store. Rumors have been swirling that Lego will eventually release more iconic Springfield buildings. While that has yet to be confirmed or denied, one Master Builder took it upon himself to get building. Lego builder Matt De Lanoy made the The Simpsons’ Springfield fully out of Lego. He’s got Springfield Elementary School, Krusty Burger, the Nuclear Power Plant and more. Check out multiple Lego Simpsons sets below. Read More »
Outside of Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning performance, arguably the most iconic addition to the Batman universe thanks to Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight Trilogy was the Tumbler. The way Nolan created a functional, realistic Batmobile and continued to evolve it over the course of three films was just beyond cool. It was one of those things fans and non-fans alike wanted to own when they walked out of the movie. And while The Dark Knight Tumbler has been available in various different ways, it’s finally getting an Ultimate Collector’s Edition Lego.
Below, see images of the Ultimate Collectors Edition Dark Knight Tumbler Lego. Read More »
Two popular and collectible trends intersect this week at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles. They are Lego and limited edition art.
The exhibit is called “LEGO Memories (Or a Man-Child’s Recollection of the 80’s Through Lego)” and is the first solo show of artist Dan Shearn. It opens June 20 and remains on display through June 29. Shearn drew dozens of his favorite characters from movies, TV and music of the Eighties as Lego Minifigures. Then those drawings are printed as over 60 different limited edition prints, some of which are a single character, others are multiple characters, some are very well-known, others are super inside and specific.
It’s a pretty fun idea and, below, you can check out a small sample of the work. Read More »
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A cryptic tease hit the movie press corp on Thursday: an image featuring a single pink Lego brick, and the name of Wes Anderson’s latest masterpiece, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Many – myself included – began wildly speculating about a collaboration between the indie filmmaker and massive toymaker on a consumer set. Alas, that’s not the case.
Instead, to help promote the June 17 Blu-ray release of the film, Fox Searchlight hired Lego builder Ryan Ziegelbauer and his team to create a huge version of the hotel to put on display. The result took 575 hours, is made of more than 50,000 bricks, weights 150 pounds, stands 7 feet tall and stretches 6.5 feet wide. It’ll be on display at The Grove in Los Angeles June 14 and 15 and we’ll have some more details photos over the weekend.
For now, check out a video of the impressive build of The Grand Budapest Hotel Lego. Read More »
Everything from actual on-set news and casting, to television and merchandise is in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:
- Harrison Ford is injured on the set of Star Wars Episode VII.
- Lawrence Kasdan is again rumored to write Boba Fett spinoff.
- Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars gets a premiere date.
- Gareth Edwards talks his Star Wars spin-off, which will be shot in the UK.
- See a new image of the Hot Wheels Darth Vader Comic-Con exclusive.
- John Boyega‘s father may have a role in Episode VII.
- The Abu Dhabi Episode VII sets are likely to be preserved.
- Lego Star Wars Lightsaber Set gets 10,000 supporters.
- Buy a replica of Han Solo‘s Bespin Outfit.
- Four new Star Wars art pieces will be out Friday from Acme Archives.
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Lego is never a company that makes big announcements. With little fanfare this past weekend, they released their 30th anniversary Ghostbusters set. Created under the Lego Ideas banner, this 508-piece set (suitable for ages 10 and up) is comprised of the Ecto-1 and the four main Ghostbusters: Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore.
Below, find out how you can buy the Lego Ghostbusters Ecto-1 and see a bunch of photos of the set complete built. Also, see official images of the Guardians of the Galaxy Lego sets, which are also now out. Read More »
The largest Lego set of all time is a recreation of the Taj Mahal. It comes in at a whopping 5,922 pieces and when it was released cost $300. So, by that cost equation, if the latest Lego Ideas creation receives 10,000 votes, and is approved and distributed, it could cost upwards of $1000.
A Lego builder has created a beautiful version of the Avengers Helicarrier, made out of 22,694 pieces. Check out more images of the build below and find out how you can pitch in to try and make the Lego Helicarrier a reality. Read More »