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 »
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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 »
The first photos of the official Lego Ghostbusters Ecto-1 are now online. Back in January, the brick company announced that a fan’s design for a set recreating the iconic station wagon would be officially licensed and sold to the masses. Now we know the set will cost $49.99 when it is released June 1. We’ve also got a few images of the set and mini-figures.
Even better, these photos compare the actual set that’ll be in stores side-by-side with the original Lego Cuusoo version designed by Brent Waller. It offers a unique insight into how Lego creates its work compared to the process of talented fan designers. Check out the photos below. Read More »
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I think a great many people who gave up on The Simpsons years ago might tune in on May 4. That’s when the long-in-development Lego episode of The Simpsons — called Brick Like Me — premieres. In the episode, Homer wakes up in a Springfield where everyone is Lego. He has to figure out what’s going on. The show creators have mixed multiple forms of animation and teamed with Lego to create a wholly unique look for the episode, filled with puns and references to the collectable building toy.
Below, check out 11 new images from The Simpsons Lego episode featuring the characters as regular animation, Lego animation, and a blend of the two. Read More »
The Simpsons Lego episode airs on May 4 and the first two images have been revealed. [Not that image above, which is of the actual Lego Simpsons toys.] Talking to Entertainment Weekly the two men primarily responsible for the episode, co-executive producer Brian Kelley and executive producer Matt Selman, also revealed the plot, the difficulties in the production, connections with The Lego Movie and more. Check out the images and read about The Simpsons Lego episode below. Read More »
The Simpsons and LEGO are total besties. Milhouse appeared in The LEGO Movie, the Simpsons residence is available as a large set and a LEGO-fied episode of The Simpsons airs in May. To tie all of that together at retail, LEGO will soon release a huge array of Simpsons minifigures. Sixteen characters will be available, all mystery packed, making them ultra-collectable. Below, check out images of all sixteen The Simpsons LEGO minifigures. Read More »
The LEGO Star Wars line just revealed its next monster set: The Jawa Sandcrawler. A 3,296 brick set will be available in May and features seven minifigures including Luke Skywalker, Uncle Owen, C-3PO, R2-D2 and several other droids. It’s a massive, beautiful, detailed LEGO Star Wars set and you can check out a bunch of images below. Read More »