LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™

The Newest in LEGO’s videogame franchise. LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™  promises to be something more than the Previous games.

Here are some of the Features

http://www.lego.com/en-us/starwars/games/videogame :

 Relive the Blockbuster Action – Blast off into a new and improved LEGO Star Wars experience that takes fans deeper into the new film than any other game, retold through the clever and witty LEGO lens.

Exclusive New Story Levels – Experience untold adventures set before Star Wars: The Force Awakens through exclusive new story levels that takes place between Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and the new film.

Variety of Characters, Vehicles & Locations – Play as all of the heroic characters from the movie, including Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and BB-8, as well as Kylo Ren, General Hux and Captain Phasma, while exploring iconic Star Wars locales, such as Jakku and Starkiller Base, and utilizing a multitude of vehicles along the way.

Build… and Rebuild – Through the enhanced “Multi-Builds” system, players must choose from multiple building options – to puzzle solve, or just for fun – all advancing the game in different ways.

Exciting New Blaster Battles – Use your surroundings as cover during intense Blaster Battles and drive back the relentless First Order.

Experience the Galaxy Like Never Before – Experience the thrill of high-speed, action-packed flight gameplay like never before, including arena-based battles and dogfights in space

More “I” in A.I. – Enemy fighters can now build using LEGO bricks to support their fellow Stormtroopers, calling in air support, reinforcements or heavy artillery – taking the fight to the Resistance with the power of LEGO!

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Personally, what I find most interesting is the ‘Build and Rebuild’ ; ‘New blaster battles’ ; and Better AI. (Arguably the only real new features :P)

When referring to the Blaster battles the Walmart Gamecenter magazine said that those battles take ideas from third-person shooters (Such as the use of Cover),  and these battles will feature more prominently compared to the Lightsaber battles of past games. The Enhanced A.I. help make these battles even more interesting.

The Build and Rebuild sounds like a really great idea (Allowing you to ‘Build’ multiple things using the same pile of bricks)

It will release around the 28th of June 2016. On PS4, PS3, PSVITA, Xbox ONE, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and PC

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(Also See http://videogames.lego.com/en-us/lsw-the-force-awakens/about )

An Update on the ROBLOX crossroads Ideas Project

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First post on subject: https://legouniversenews.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/roblox-crossroads-on-lego-ideas/

The ROBLOX Crossroads Ideas Project has hit its first Milestone! (1000 supports)
see the Official Comment: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/77042/official_comments

They currently have doubled that number to 2241 Supporters. CM4Sci has thanked ROBLOX for posting and promoting about the project at the Project Update page https://ideas.lego.com/projects/77042/updates

Because they got these supports they have an extra 6 months (182 days) until the Deadline for the project.

If you haven’t supported this project yet, Please do so now. Don’t Forget to tell your friends where you learned about it!

 

ROBLOX Crossroads on LEGO Ideas.

Finally somebody woke up!

http://blog.roblox.com/2016/02/crossroads-imagined-in-the-world-of-lego/

https://ideas.lego.com/projects/77042

Actually This isn’t the Official LEGO ideas project Roblox was supposed to release a while back (See here). This is a Robloxian (Roblox user) who decided on his own to start a project, and Roblox simply backed him up by mentioning it on their blog.

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“ROBLOX user 4Sci has recreated one of the most iconic places in ROBLOX as an interactive building set, complete with LEGO Minifig versions of some familiar ROBLOX faces.” Roblox Blog post

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CM4Sci (Lego Username) joined the LEGO site 3 years ago and has attempted several projects throughout the time it was possible. This is the most successful with 444 supports at the time I published this article.

The model was built with LEGO Digital Designer and then rendered with Bluerender.

LEGO roblox crossroads

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Play features include:

  • Dual doors that can slide open by turning the knobs inside Thieves’ Den!
  • Catapult the ROBLOXian off the trampoline!
  • Knock the tree over with a hidden lever!
  • Use dynamite to explode Blackrock Castle and reveal the hidden chest with the Battle Sword inside!
  • Launch the Battle Bomb off the blue Tower!
  • Attack from the top of the Thieves’ Den tower!
  • Spawn your ROBLOXian on the white Spawn plates!

The model overall is a fun, giant playset full of fun features. ROBLOX is all about creativity, so, the model could be rebuilt into anything you imagineROBLOX Crossroads project

 

“Thank you for looking at my project, please check out my other submissions, and don’t forget to support! Let’s see LEGO ROBLOX happen! :)” CM4Sci (Bottom of project description)

NexoKnights[1]

So what’s NEXO Knights?

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Official LEGO Nexo Knights site: http://www.lego.com/en-us/nexoknights/

 

Introducing new intellectual property that bridges physical and digital play with building sets, episodic content and digital gaming. New York Comic Con attendees get first-look at story, products and gaming app

The LEGO Group today announced LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS,™ a new, original LEGO property depicting a medieval kingdom set in a futuristic world where five young, brave knights “download” special powers to their shields in order to battle the royal court’s evil Jestro and a cast of monsters to restore peace. The story comes to life through LEGO building sets, an episodic television and a digital gaming app that fuels story-driven gameplay. The property launches later this year, with products available starting January 1, 2016. LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS characters, story, app experience and two iconic building sets from the collection will be previewed to New York Comic Con attendees, Thursday, October 8 through Sunday, October 11 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (Booth #1436).

“Inspired by insights to meet the emerging needs of today’s kids, LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS juxtaposes a timeless world of medieval knights with a futuristic twist in a captivating story that invites children to explore LEGO play in a whole new way,” said Casper Thingholm of the LEGO Group. “LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS offers children the rewarding building experiences they know and love, amplified by digital enhancements that merge what today’s kids love: self-expression, strong characters, deep content-driven story and digital gaming.” http://www.lego.com/en-us/aboutus/news-room/2015/october/lego-nexo-knights-announcement

Did you guys catch the details? In case you need help, here’s the Summery of the above Quote:

New LEGO theme called NEXO KNIGHTS (Sci-fi Medieval)

There will be Building Sets, ‘Episodic Television’ series, and a Digital gamming ‘app’ for Mobile.

Launches January 1, 2016

Also the rest of the Announcement gives a few More details:

Building Sets and Consumer Products
Fourteen richly detailed building sets will be available in January 2016, ranging in price from $9.99 to $99.99. Additional building sets will launch in August 2016. The first two sets are being revealed at New York Comic Con.

Consumer products partners across key categories are also engaged in creating a merchandise program dedicated to LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS, such as publishing and soft goods.

LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS: MERLOK 2.0 App
To extend the story and increase playing fun, more than 150 unique LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS powers – represented as shields – have been scattered across the kingdom of Knighton. The powers can be found in building sets, online, in print and directly in the television content. Existing in both physical and digital form, children can discover, scan and collect varied powers using the LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS: MERLOK 2.0 app. Once added to a digital power collection, children can creatively and continuously find new ways to join the knights to defeat the enemy, in their gaming experience.

Available in late December 2015, the LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS: MERLOK 2.0 app will be available as a free download via App Store, Google Play, Samsung Apps and Amazon Appstore.

Television Series
LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS, a 20-episode, animated adventure comedy series, will debut on select global broadcast television networks as soon as late December 2015 and air throughout 2016. The core means by which children follow the story and get to know the characters, the series follows the constant adventures of LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS heroes and villains. Children will also be able to scan new LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS powers directly from their content viewing screen into their app games, further connecting their play experience. http://www.lego.com/en-us/aboutus/news-room/2015/october/lego-nexo-knights-announcement

Also See their Twitter page #UpgradeYourPower

Lego gets Toy of the Year in 3 categories!

Lego gets Toy of the Year in 3 categories!

(Source:http://www.toyassociation.org/TIA/Events/TOTY/Past_TOTY_Winners/Events2/TOTY_Awards/2015_TOTY_Winners.aspx#.VkpWlcuFPcs)

Those catagories are

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E-Connected TOY OF THE YEAR

LEGO® FUSIONThe best toy that through play help children develop special skills and/or knowledge.

WINNER: LEGO® FUSION by LEGO Systems, Inc.

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EDUCATIONAL TOY OF THE YEAR

LEGO® TechnicThe best toy that through play help children develop special skills and/or knowledge.

WINNER: LEGO® Technic by LEGO Systems, Inc.

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PRESCHOOL TOY OF THE YEAR

LEGO® JuniorsFor toys created for children of any age that have a considerable electronic component involved. This includes “plug ‘n play” and interactive videos.

WINNER: LEGO® Juniors by LEGO Systems, Inc.

Other Nominees:

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GO LEGO!😛

May the Lord be with you!

NENEN

Lego Dimensions, Elves, Minifigures

Didn’t have the time to post this. . .
Nice news!

The Luprechaun

Big news of the day is the Lego Dimensions game. This is going to be similar to Skylanders and Disney Infinity games where you purchase a kit and the figs ‘come to life’ in the game. It’s a pretty savy marketing gimmick and this one is backed by several franchises under the ABS umbrella including: LOTR, Wizard of Oz, BTTF, DC Comics and possibly Ghostbusters & Simpsons as well, with the inevitable assumption there will be many more characters included. The game will be put out by Traveller’s Tales and on many platforms but not PC by the looks of it so far.

http://www.lego.com/en-us/dimensions/

A couple of observations: animation style of this video is the more familiar flexible bodies as opposed to the Lego Movie’s stop animation. They are using the same voices for Wild Style ( Elizabeth Banks ) and Gandalf but I don’t think this is the TLM…

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Funcom releases financial update for LEGO Minifigures Online

As reported back in May, Funcom announced an update to their LEGO Minifigures Online game, changing it to a buy-to-play model in addition to other changes, including a “strong narrative” and an overall story.

Last Thursday, Funcom released a financial update on LMO.

Funcom N.V. (the “Company”) would like to provide an update regarding the launch of the LEGO Minifigures Online game and the financial situation of the Company.

LEGO Minifigures Online launched three weeks and three days ago and the Company has gathered enough information on the initial sales to provide an update. The game is currently not meeting internal revenue forecasts. This is mostly due to low sales on the PC platform.

Sales on the iOS platform have performed better, mainly due to the featuring in the Apple Store during the launch week, but as the price point of the game on this platform is lower, these additional sales are not enough to compensate for the low sales on PC for the time being.

The article went on to state that while traffic to the game’s website and app store listing increased after the game update earlier this month, the expected conversion rate has not been met, though the upcoming Halloween LEGO Minifigure series “may have an impact on the sales of the game.”

Funcom contributes the lower-than-expected sales to more limited exposure to “gaming press” and “in traditional gaming outlets” due to “among other possible factors, the fact that the game has been available since last year.”

The article also interestingly states that revenue from all of Funcom’s current games “are not expected to cover both operational expenses and the debt repayment obligations” and are working with their principle creditor “to resolve the situation in a timely manner.”


Personal observation and opinion here: it was only a matter of time before news like this came out. LMO has received much criticism and had large troubles since it’s launch in October 2014, from micro-transactions to boring gameplay and overall weak sales from the beginning. I, as well as many others, saw the buy-to-play transition as the nail-in-the-coffin for LMO, and with the undeniably massive success of LEGO® Worlds, I still feel it is only a matter of time before LMO, if not Funcom itself, is shutdown.

What is your reaction to this news? Surprised, excepted, indifferent? Let me know in the comments!

-le717