Connect Four is one of those games that seemingly everyone has played. Plus it has one of the most memorable theme songs / jingles. It is remixed vertical version of tic-tac-toe. Tiago Catarino has created a Lego version of Connect Four, and best of all has uploaded video instructions so you can make it at home. The build itself is relatively simple but surprisingly complex too. The most difficult thing is getting the bottom tray just right. It is a horizontal build that has the vertical board held on with two technic pins, and a some exposed studs. The vertical part of the game is actually a bit more labor intensive than at first sight. Each lane has been designed so that the game pieces stay in their lane. Make sure to check out the video below to see how it all works!
This is Carter’s Secret a Lego mansion created by Think Brick Studio. The build contains over 2,900 pieces with three Minifigures. The characters found around the mansion include Carter, Oria and Toms. The house has been designed as a modular building, with six separate and removable parts. The finished build looks like an old run down building out in the middle of the woods. The only clue that something is not so simple is the huge planetarium off to the side. The mansion is actually a huge playset, with an open back. This design comes in handy when you start to uncover the mysteries inside.
The mansion is hiding many secrets. As this is a Lego Escape Game. You have exactly 60 minutes to uncover all the mysteries and save the lead Minifigure Newt Carter. The game is set in four stages. The first of which has you entering the mansion on the ground floor. After you figure out what is going on, you will slowly reveal more rooms to the mansion until it is complete. Will you be able to make it to the planetarium and save the day?
If you read this message, it means that you have successfully entered my home. Don’t worry, and please don’t go! I need your help. I run a very great danger, only you can succeed in getting me out of this mess. In my rush, I just damaged my old machine, it will self-destruct in an hour! I got stuck in it. Join me in the planetarium as soon as possible and activate the telescope. But for that, you will have to look for the bulb on the second floor! Be quick, I need some oxygen supply!”
Lego Dimensions had a bunch of surprise licenses. One of their best was the Portal video game set. It featured a Minifigure of Chell, a Turret, and a Companion Cube. But, that little set left many people hoping for more. Thats why it is great to see the Lego Ideas submission called “Portal 2 – GLaDOS vs Chell and Wheatley” make its way to the top. This Lego build features the computer GLaDOS which is currently in charge of the Aperture Science Enrichment Center. Things have gone a bit poorly so Chell and Wheatley are there to make things better (or worse). GLaDOS is fully detailed, and yet surprisingly movable. There is even a hidden cake if you can find it. A Companion Cube and Turret compliment the scene which you can see in the video below.
The Nintendo Famicom looks a lot different than the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). In 1983, Japan was introduced to the Famicom, also known as the Family Computer. It would take three years (1989) until the rest of the world could play the updated grey box design. The Famicom is a top loading video game system, with a distinct red, white, and gold design. This Lego Famicom is the creation of qian yj. Recreating the original design in Lego, with a period accurate television. The system even comes with a Lego Contra cartridge. So when you pick up your controller make sure to enter in the Konami code. You will probably have a very hard time beating the game without the help.
The Lego TV is completely made out of bricks. It features a Lego made screen showing off Contra’s title screen. There are a variety of knobs and switches on the front, even the classic rabbit ears style antenna. The design also includes a handle on the top (not load bearing), and a fully detailed back. With all the hookups, ports, and power stuff you can find on a TV from the 70s/80s. With the volume of this thing, I don’t know if the weight of a cathode TV or this Lego version is heavier. There is a lot of Lego in this build.
The Lego Famicom with Contra game, is a perfect recreation of the original. The SNOT style building here gets pretty complicated, with moving buttons, and a sliding cartridge eject system. Even the video game cartridge can be removed. The cords and hookups are also made of official Lego pieces. It is all brought together with the use of a few custom stickers.
Wilbur is ready to fly you to your new deserted island. Tom Nook has promised New Horizons are on their way. Dodo Airlines is a new island service in the popular Animal Crossing video game. This cozy airport is run by two dodo’s, Wilbur and Orville. The pair are ready to take you Harv’s island, your friends islands, and to a variety of uncharted islands. Basically there are a lot of islands. This Lego MOC is the creation of DanielBrickSon. The character is spot on. The rotund 3D bodies are hard to recreate in Lego, but this one has achieved it well. Check out the cool sunglasses, the headphones and mic, and the detailed bird feet. So pack a bag, Delta Oscar Delta Oscar is a go!
Lego has revealed new details about their new theme based on Super Mario. Previously they showcased a short teaser video on MAR10 day, and now they are showing off a lot more of the theme. It is very clear in the provided details that this set is being produced for kids. The whole theme is a new direction for Lego, which they put best stating:
“Neither a video game nor a traditional LEGO brick-based set, LEGO® Super Mario™ is a new product line that features an interactive LEGO Mario figure who collects coins in real-life game levels created with LEGO bricks. The new line will let kids experience the playful world of Super Mario like never before. Super Mario will be brought to life in the physical LEGO world and new levels of challenge and styles of play will be part of the iconic LEGO experience enjoyed by generations.”
There is no release date or pricing details at this time. Lego did announce that more information is coming soon, with a planned release in the Summer of 2020.
This new theme seems to fit in between Duplo and the Classic System sets. They share a lot in common with the recent Lego Junior sets. A lot of big pieces and simple building techniques.
The new sets features a bluetooth enabled Mario, with interactive screens and speakers. With these new electronic abilities Mario is able to interact with the Lego set by keeping scores, playing music, and setting a timer. He features realativly few brick customizing features. It looks like only the iconic Mario hat and a few 1×1 rounds are removable.
The new Lego Super Mario theme looks a whole lot like the Mario Party video games. The sets combine to create a board game looking layout. You could say they are recreating the platforming levels from the games. As you move Lego Mario around you can stomp on Goombas, defeat Koopa Troopas, swim past Bloopers, and embarrass Shy Guys. There is even a boss at the end, this time its Baby Bowser.
Along the way Lego Mario can find some help. A brick built Lego Yoshi, a handy Warp Pipe, and even Toad’s house. Some quick notes about the theme: It seems that the interactive features are found in various new Lego pieces. The big feet piece found on Yoshi and the Shy Guy probably hides some of the electronics, as does the turtle shell on Baby Bower. There are also a lot of new plates. A very interesting design in the green plates topping the landscaping is that they are probably hiding other electronic bits.
The Lego Super Mario theme looks like a lot of fun for kids. The Mario Party design is interesting, and all the features of Bluetooth Mario could prove to be fun.
Even Tony Stark gets tired of hanging out in his Hall of Armor. Sometimes he just needs a break. Who better to hang out with than Dr. Stephen Strange. This Lego MOC is titled “No mojo this time buddy!” and is the creation of Lego_nuts. A simple chess game between friends in a cozy library. The lighting in this scene is perfect. Well lit, well balanced, and the backlight coming in through the windows makes it feel real. Check out all the little details. There is Doctor Strange’s Cloak of Levitation, and I’m sure the Book of the Vishanti is around somewhere. The shelves hide a treasure map, newspaper, and a letter or two. The grandfather clock, and old time camera are also great mini builds. It is Iron Man VS. Doctor Strange, and the only question left is who will win.
Hollow Knight is one of the best Metroidvania sytle video games out there. It is a mysterious story about a Knight, a little bug, exploring the ancient City of Tears. Along the way odd allies are met while deadly enemies try to stop all. So why not take a brake from all that and join the The Grimm Troupe. A circus that just happens to be town right as everything is going wrong. This is the Lego Hollow Knight which is created by Red. A great MOC that is instantly recognizable. Check out the plates used for the armor, the horns/mandibles, and the fully posable body. Then there is the Nail (the traditional weapon in Hallownest), a super simple build that is perfect. This little bug looks like they are ready to take on the world.
Lego Racers is one of those early 3D games from the late 90s. Specifically 1999. Even though this is around the same time Lego Star Wars was released, the game only features original Lego themes. Choose from a selection of drivers and racers from classic Lego themes such as: Pirates, Space, and Lego City. You can even mix and match, and create your own racer. Which you will need to do, as you will eventually have to go up against Rocket Racer.
Lazy Game Reviews, or LGR, has put together a great eight minute video showing off the whole game. LGR even offers some tips on how to get the video game to run. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/qNBFNFbFlNo