This is the local Corner Toy Shop, a Lego MOC built by emo Lego. The store is set in the modular building scale, so it fits in well with that theme. There are a lot of details and mini builds around the building. Some even from other popular Lego sets. The first floor features a wonderful Toy Shop. Full of all kinds of toys and games for Minifigure kids. The design uses the new Lego Dots to add a lot of multi-colored details. Outside you can find a clown enticing children to buy things, and a rocket ship coin-op ride. There is a lot going on with the first floor. There is even an oversized mouth welcoming all into the bowels of fun.
Inside the toy store, you will quickly discover packed store displays and models hung up all around. It seems the store has a Lego promotion, selling multiple Lego sets including the first ever Lego Modular. The Cafe Corner. There is also a display of unique hats, hot new video games, trains, planes, and Spider Man. This is a dense Lego store.
The second floor hides a more adult themed building. A pool hall, and a fully stocked bar. The exterior sign is borrowed from the Detective’s Office Modular Building. You can see an excellent amount of detail has gone into the building as a whole. The upper two floors look like they would fit in completely with the official theme.
Then up a flight of steps you can find a service entrance. Inside is a very popular billiards game. The bar is booming. This interior includes a lot of details and mini-builds that are inspired from the Detective’s Office and The Highlander Bar. Although this bar looks much more popular.
“Interrupting Lord Vader in his meditation chamber, Admiral Piett quickly found himself at the top of the imperial execution list.”
Who knows what Darth Vader gets up too in his meditation chamber. Whatever it is, you do not want to be the officer who interrupts his private time. Cpt. Brick imagines Darth Vader clowning around in his spare time. This Lego Star Wars MOC, titled A Bad Day for Admiral Piett, is a great example of the humor found in Lego.
The newest Lego Minifigures Series is almost here. The Lego Simpsons Minifigures will be available for sale in May, at a price point of $3.99. All 16 Minifigs include unique head sculpts and in most cases new accessories. There is a whole lot of printed pieces in this series. Even though the Minifig heads are definitely Simpsons their bodies and parts mix and match pretty well with other themes. WhiteFang has just posted an early Lego Simpsons Minifigures Review over on Eurobricks.
Each box of the Lego Simpsons will include at least 3 complete sets of Minifigures. The Simpsons family makes up the most common Minifigs, and the smaller characters are the rarest. There are 5 Homer Simpsons, 5 Marge Simpsons, 5 Bart Simpsons, 4 Lisa Simpsons, 4 Maggie Simpsons, 4 Krusty the Clowns, 4 Ned Flanders, 4 Itchys, and 4 Scratchys. The hard to find characters come in sets of 3, with Grandpa Simpson, Apu, Mr. Burns, Nelson, Clancy Wiggum, Ralph Wiggum, and Milhouse. This is probably the best assortment. It favors the whole family, but doesn’t make any of the other character extremely rare. Luckily all of these Minifigs should be pretty easy to feel inside the packaging, as each character is unique.
Lego spent a lot of time creating these new Minifigs and it shows. The attention to detail, and fan references in these Minifigs are all perfect. The one exception is that the fat characters (Homer, Wiggum, and Krusty) look a little bit weird with the default Lego body. It looks like everyone has been on some amazing diet. It would be interesting to see the stomach piece from the Hobbit theme be appropriated here. Still you can sign me up for a whole set. They will look great with the Simpsons House.
Lego has release the first official images for the upcoming Lego Simpsons Collectible Minifigures. These will be available in May at a $3.99 price point. Which happens to be a dollar more then the previous Minifigure Series. The good news is that the new sculpts and accessories kind of make up for this increase. When Lego released the Simpsons House (71006) in February, a whole lot of people were concerned by the facial expressions on the Minifigures. These new figures should make up for that, because all of them (except Maggie) have a more neutral expression. Hopefully this is the first wave of many Minifigs. It would be great to see these last as long as the World of Springfield action figures.
Homer Simpson come with a delicious donut and TV remote. While Marge Simpson comes with a donut magazine and purse.
Lisa Simpson has her saxophone and Bart Simpson come with his green skateboard.
Maggie Simpson has her treasured Bobo, and Grandpa Simpson is reading a newspaper. Check out that micro printing.
Milhouse recently made an appearance in the Lego Movie as a Master Builder, and here he comes with a Biclops comic book. And, Ned Flanders comes with a left handed mug, and tool box.
Krusty the Clown comes equipped with a pie, and Apu gets a Squishee.
Mr. Burns gets Blinky the three eyed fish, and an inanimate rod. While Nelson is up to no good with a bat.
Chief Wiggum is looking thin and comes with a megaphone and police baton. His son, Ralph Wiggum, is looking to Choo-Choo-Choose someone for Valentines day.
Itchy and Scratch are up to some hijinks with an axe and club.
Batman and Joker go together like peanut butter and jam. No other hero / villain duo are as famous or an entertaining. It seems that in every version of Batman (the Comics, original TV show, the Tim Burton films, the Animated Series, the various video games or the recent Christopher Nolan film trilogy) these two eventually have an all out showdown. Usually involving some sort of abandoned theme park or funhouse. Lego has released their own version of the funhouse with “The Dynamic Duo Funhouse Escape (6957).” As awesome as that set is, one has to wonder what it would be like if money was not an issue. For instance, Brickbaron created “Lego Batman and Robin, Joker’s Funhouse” as a tribute to several Batman video games. This giant automaton funhouse is so much fun. This is Lego at its best.
Joker’s Funhouse is a fully animatronic and extremely well lit MOC. Make sure to check out this YouTube video:
There are three levels built into Joker’s Funhouse, and each one contains a story. On the left side is the entrance to “Gotham Park.” At one time this little seaside park would have been a blast, but has since rundown and has been taken over by Joker and his goons. The entrance to the park features an intense fight with Batman, 2 goons, Killer Croc, and the Scarecrow. There are many hidden features, such as Robin up on the roof ready to surprise some bad guys.
The whole scene is topped off with a dilapidated roller coaster. Which leads over to the right side of the pier, where a spinning ride has been taken over by Joker and the Penguin. Here Batman and Robin are in a desperate fight for their lives as an army of armed penguins is closing in. The simple spinning mechanism add a lot to the energy of the funhouse.
The interior of the Gotham Park is by far the most deadly. Robin is in a fight for his life against Poisen Ivy and her carnivorous plants. While Harley Quinn is holding Commissioner Gordon hostage over a boiling pot of Lego. Which is not distracting Two Face from torturing an innocent girl with explosives. The Riddler seems to be hosting some sort of decoding game show, while Catwoman is off in the corner stealing diamonds. The whole time this is going on, Batman is fighting a giant robotic version of the Joker in the center. Whew. Even more impressive is that everything is animated with technic and lit with fancy dramatic lighting.
Gotham Park is a masterpiece MOC. It perfectly captures the mood and feeling of a funhouse thats been taken over by the Joker. Brickbaron spent some two months working on this creation. And has since been bringing it around to various Lego conventions. Joker’s Funhouse made its debut at Brickcon 2013 in Seattle.