Yesterday, LEGO Minifigures Online closed beta testers (like myself) received emails saying that the Closed Beta was complete and that the Open-beta would be coming soon. I am happy to announce that Today, June 17, 2014, LEGO Minifigures Online Open Beta is out and you can now play the game. (Isn’t it strange how it came out the same day that The LEGO Movie was released on DVD and Blu-ray?). LEGO Minifigures Online is Free-to-play (sorta. Read below for more info). If you want to play, just go to www.playminifigures.com and log in with your LEGO ID.
Now, about the “Free-to-play” part. The game is Free-to-play, but if you don’t pay, you don’t get a lot of features. For example, you don’t get to play the game on a tablet. Only on the PC. There are many micro-transactions, which means that this free game has a lot of hidden fees. This game is completely unlike LEGO Universe (in more than one way, but you really cannot compare the games), which had a pay-for game and a free-to-play version and absolutely no micro-transactions.
Today, LEGO Ideas announced that the Female Minifigure set by Ellen Kooijman will be the next LEGO Ideas official set. The set will be renamed to “Research Institute” and is planned to be released in August 2014. No other LEGO Ideas projects from Winter 2014 review will be produced.
LEGO Ideas #008: Research Institute
We’re very excited to release Ellen Kooijman’s Female Minifigure set, featuring 3 scientists, now entitled “Research Institute” as our next LEGO Ideas set. This awesome model is an inspiring set that offers a lot for kids as well as adults. The final design, pricing and availability are still being worked out, but it’s on track to be released August 2014, so keep an eye out!
Read the entire blog post here:
You can check out the announcement video here:
Even more details about LEGO Batman 3 from an interview with game director Arthur Parsons. Some of the highlights:
In this third game, the developers have decided to throw open the toy box and allow players more freedom to explore and experiment than in the previous two games, released in 2008 and 2012. This time players can take on the roles of 150 DC characters including good guys (the Justice League) and bad guys (the Legion of Doom). A selection wheel allows the player to choose from a variety of suits, widening the potential for problem-solving and allowing people to play the game their way, instead of searching around for suit signals in the game-world.
“Lego Batman 1 was all about Batman and Robin,” explained game director Arthur Parsons at a recent preview event. “You had villain missions, but it was all about Batman and Robin. Lego Batman 2 was all about effectively bringing the Justice League into the story. Now, Lego Batman 3 is having the Justice League from the start, bringing the Legion of Doom in, and then going into a whole branch of the DC universe we’ve not been to before, with the Lantern worlds.
The game throws lots of different gameplay types into the mix. “There’s a lot more variety than we’ve previously had with the Lego Batman games,” he added. “We are doing space combat, races, virtual reality missions, platforming, RPG elements. Characters are always going to be changing and upgrading.”
Today, Warner Brothers announced the Fall 2014 release of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, a continuation of the LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes video game released back in June 2012.
Catch the announcement video!
In June 2013, soon after the first trailer for The LEGO Movie was released, Warner Brothers announced a LEGO Ninjago movie, to be written by Dan and Kevin Hageman (the writers of the LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu and LEGO Ninjago: REBOOTED cartoons), along side Dan Lin and Roy Lee, the producers of the The LEGO Movie. At the time, the only details announced was that the movie would “feature a new take that diverges from the TV series”.
Two days ago, the release date for this LEGO Ninjago movie was set for September 23, 2016. For those who are wondering, the sequel to The LEGO Movie is set to be released on May 26, 2017. Further more, with the digital release of The LEGO Movie, the first teaser trailer for the LEGO Ninjago movie, entitled The Super-Crunchy Ninja Skateboard Party Movie with Pratfalls Slash Physical Comedy And Cute Furry Animals For The International Audience was released.
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On May 1st 2014, LEGO Cuusoo changed it’s name (and web address) to LEGO Ideas. The former LEGO Cuusoo beta was a website where LEGO fans could build creations, submit them to the community, and with 10,000 votes, submit it to LEGO to become a real set (after a review, of course). LEGO Ideas is just the same, with a few changes (which, in my opinion, should have bee there since the beginning!):
- Users over 13 years old can now submit projects. Formerly, only people 18 years and older could create projects. Now, anyone 13 and older can create projects. If they get 10,000 votes, minors have to get a written release from their parent or guardian to get it review by LEGO.
- A 1 year limit has been set on projects. That means that if you created a project on May 1st 2014, if it doesn’t get 10,000 votes by May 1st, 2015, it will be removed and you will wave to start over again. This is the theory behind that change: If it’s not cool enough to get 10,000 votes in a year, who’s going to buy it if it becomes a LEGO set?
- You can now login with your LEGO ID (instead of creating a new account). This unifies the entire site because since it doesn’t rely on the website Cuusoo.com anymore, you will not need a separate account. LEGO Ideas has an account transfer so if you already have a LEGO Cuusoo account, you can merge it into your existing LEGO ID, or create a new LEGO ID for it.
- New “Updates” button on projects. This makes it easier for people to know what you’re doing or how you built it. It allows you to create “blog posts” about your project.
Today, Funcom announced the new Open Beta for LEGO Minifigures Online. Currently, the game is in it’s Closed Beta phase with very few users (only the lucky few got in). In June, everyone (in certain regions of the world) can play LEGO Minifigures Online. Funcom even told a little bit about May/June’s LEGO Club Magazine. According to the post, LEGO Club members will receive a free minifigure (most likely in-game minifigure, but the post was a bit un-clear) and they will be able to vote on the minifigures everyone gets.