Posts Tagged ‘LEGO Lord of the Rings’

Its my Birthday, so I’m doing a Giveaway!

April 24, 2014

Hi all, I know I’ve been missing in action for the past many, many days. But I’ve been quite busy working on a model for Carbine Studios and NCSoft — that will be covered in a separate post ;) — so now that I’ve finally got a little bit of a breather, I can finally post again. Yay!!! :D

And today is a special day for me — It’s my Birthday!!!!!!

But I love sharing the birthday goodness so I’m doing a giveaway.

Birthday Giveaway

There will be 3 ways to enter:

1)Comment on this post
2)Like my Model Building Secrets Facebook Page and then Like, Share, and Comment on my link about this post
3)Follow me on Twitter @MariannAsanuma and reply to my tweet about this post with the #Birthdaygiveaway

Yes, you can enter once all three ways. I will leave the giveaway open till midnight April 30th (pacific standard time). This will be international, so as long as I can mail this to you, I will (but the Hobbit 2 blueray and DVD are Region 1, so may not work internationally).

Building Life-size Bag-end

December 20, 2012

The pictures were impressive, but didn’t really highlight the shear size of this model. This new video released by LEGO gives you a much better perspective on how really massive this model is.

Be Brave

December 7, 2012

Brave Mereda

I made this about a week ago, but didn’t think to post it on Flickr till last night after I posted it as my Facebook picture. I was surprised to see such a huge response, both on Facebook and Flickr. Brothers Brick even posted it this morning. :)

What’s really getting a lot of people’s attention are the curls and the bow. Pixar’s Merida is known for her wild frizzy hair and I wanted to capture it as close as I could in a 4 inch figure.
Brave Mereda

I have to admit though, this technique isn’t new — at least in Miniland building — this has been a technique for creating curly hair for as long as I can remember at the LEGOLAND parks and I have used variations of it many times on several of my Superhero figures like Wonder Woman and for my Wedding Cake Topper Brides.

And of course what is Merida without her bow? I thought about using the new elf long bow from the Hobbit sets, but I realized it would still be too short. So I did the next best thing, I made one out of pearl cotton thread and a bit of copper flex tubing. The quiver might be a tad too short, but it was just to perfect not to use verses trying to design my own. ;)

If you would like your own Miniland Merida either as a figurine or a Christmas ornament, I have them for sale on my Folded Fancy Creations Etsy Shop.

LEGO Lord of the Rings the Video Game Review

November 22, 2012

So I’ve been playing LEGO Lord of the Rings the Video Game for about a week now. I’ve beaten the story portion and I’m making my way through gathering all the extras. I’m playing it on PS3, as that’s my console of choice. First impression — Awesome!!!!

Before I played it, I was a little hesitant with this game. Some of you might cringe when I say this, but I’m not a fan of the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) trilogy. I love the Hobbit, which I’ve read several times, but the LOTR is just a little too heavy and depressing (if I want to be perfectly honest). Sure it has a grand sweeping story of power, tragedy and good triumphing over evil but I just can’t get into it.

I couldn’t even get excited about the sets too much. Somewhat because of my lack of interest in the subject matter, but also because there isn’t all that much in the way of parts that interests me in the sets. Yes, it is a bevvy of castle parts, and I used to be almost exclusively castle when I was younger. I just don’t build castles much anymore. And of course there are the minifigures but I don’t need to collect every figure either.

Putting all of that aside, I wanted to get the game and see for myself what it was like. And of course I wanted to share my opinion of the game with all of you. ;)

Now after LEGO Batman 2 I wasn’t sure how TT Games could top it. Being able to traverse all of Gotham was simply awesome, especially flying around as Superman. There’s no flying in this game (or if there is, I haven’t found it yet :D ) and like the books you are walking around Middle Earth — all of Middle Earth.

Take that in for a moment. All of Middle Earth. Peter Jackson may have opened the window into the world, but running around a LEGO version of it is simply cool. Its all there — the Shire, Mines of Moria, etc. And you get to bash all sorts of things for golden coins to your hearts content. Its all laid out on the familiar map of Middle Earth and as you go through the different stages you unlock more of the world. The initial playing of the game as I beat each “story” version of the levels really kept me wanting to play till I beat the whole thing.

The Fellowship characters are all used with pretty equal amounts of time, which is nice. Giving even Pippen and Merry specific tasks that only they can do. Although I’ve found that Legolas is one of my favorite to play. Is that on purpose I wonder? :D

One thing I like even better than LEGO Batman 2 is that it is much easier to find the special silver bricks and items. In Batman I got a little tired of trying to find all the specials. I didn’t completely finish it after I went around the city for what felt like the 50th time.

You will probably get a little tired of traveling around here too as there is a vast assortment of items you need to collect. It is a little tiring traveling around all over. I feel as if I’ve gone on the long journey that the fellowship took. Here its easy to go on the map and actually select where you want to go and have the helpful transparent travel studs to show you the way. The only time I’ve found it hard to see them is in the snowy mountainous areas.

If you don’t want to wait for the game, but want to see all the “mini movies” you can see it here:

If you aren’t familiar with the story (and who isn’t really?) then there might be a few spoilers. There’s the now classic TT Games humor as well. But I have to warn you, it is an hour and a half long. So in essence, its really a full length movie.

So my over all opinion — get it! It might be a tad scary for the little ones, although they’ve skipped over a lot of the truly scary parts of the story. It would be a great Christmas gift for any little (or big) kids to play.

Here’s hoping (and I bet it will) that there will be a LEGO Hobbit the Video Game in the future.

Wait a day to get LOTR Video Game

November 9, 2012

Update–You may want to check with your local Gamestop. There is a thread on Eurobricks that Gamestop may not have any Elrond figs to give out. I called the one near me and they still have them. If you ordered through a store you might want to check with them.

I just happened to be at Gamestop today and I was talking to one of the employees. She mentioned that the same day that LEGO Lord of the Rings now comes out (since it was pushed back 2 weeks) is also the same day that the new Call of Duty comes out.

Now, like you, I’ve been waiting for this game to come out for a while. But as the Gamestop employee pointed out, there will be a crazy line of Call of Duty fans all day trying to get the new game and that I just might want to wait till the next day.

I think that this is very good advice. I want to play the new game like the rest of you, but I’d rather not have to stand in a long line just so I can pick it up. I wouldn’t have even ordered it there if it weren’t for the exclusive minifig.

Even though we all love LEGO video games, there are a lot more Call of Duty fans out there. But since I pre-ordered the game and I should still be able to get the game and the fig just as easily November 14th rather than November 13th. I’m waiting and you just might want to too. ;)

LEGO Lord of the Rings Video Game out Nov. 13th

October 28, 2012

Here’s a look at the LEGO Lord of the Rings Video Game play. Its now slated to release November 13th, two weeks later than originally. But, now that I’ve watched the video, I’m not as excited as I was about this game. I personally am not a huge Lord of the Rings fan. I much prefer the Hobbit, as its more adventure and less darkness. And I doubt it will be as fun as LEGO Batman 2, as that went above and beyond my expectations on the coolness factor.

But don’t worry, I will be getting it and reviewing it, once it finally is out. I’m just less excited than I was. We’ll see how it actually plays once I’ve got it.

First Look at LEGO Hobbit Minifigs and San Diego Comic Con News

July 9, 2012

The 2012 San Diego Comic Con starts Wednesday and once again I’ll be on the scene checking out all the cool new LEGO models and exclusives.

I did a little digging on the internet and found this on The Hollywood Reporter

Here we see Gandalf, Dwalin, Bombur, Bofur, Bilbo and Balin

Its the first I’ve seen any official images of the Hobbit Minifigs and I’m sure they will have the actual figs on display at the LEGO booth.

There will also be these stunning Gandalf and Bilbo life size figures on display:
Via: USA Today

I’m really looking forward to seeing the models in person. :D

Still no word on what the LEGO Comic Con Exclusive will be this year. They like to keep that under wraps until the very last moment. So I guess I’ll find that out on Preview Night. I will do my best to actually post some of Comic Con while I’m there.

Oh and for those that are lucky enough to go there are two LEGO related panels that I know of —

On Friday featuring your’s truly ;)
3:00-4:00 LEGO Fan Community and What They Build— Jim Foulds (community relations manager for the LEGO Group), Joe Meno (editor of BrickJournal Magazine), Mariann Asanuma (author of modelbuildingsecrets.com), and Steve Decraemer (model builder for LEGOLand California) discuss the LEGO Fan community, what they build, how they build it, and what it takes to become a member of this growing community. Room 28E

And on Saturday
5:00-6:00 BrickJournal— In the past decade, a community has grown around the toy bricks produced by the LEGO Group. With Joe Meno (editor of BrickJournal magazine and contributor to The Cult of LEGO book) as your guide, see how the community has grown and what they have built, with builders Brandon Griffith and Elizabeth Cortes, plus Jim Foulds of the LEGO Community Team and LEGO certified professional builder Nathan Sawaya. Dust off those bricks and join the community of LEGO builders! Room 23ABC

So if you are going, come to the panels. And if you aren’t I’ll be there to post the happenings. :D

LEGO Batman 2 Video Game Review

July 2, 2012

Now that I’ve had the game for a couple of weeks and I’ve already beaten all the story levels I’ve gotten enough of a sense of the game to properly review it. Warning — there will be some spoilers.

I have a special place in my heart for LEGO Batman. The first game resulted in my first freelance commission the LEGO Batman Mosaic and an awesome trip to New York. :)

First impression — another splendid edition to the LEGO Games lineup. This game is set up differently from past LEGO games as you actually have an entire city to roam around in. This is a both a good and bad thing. It took me quite a few minutes trying to figure out where the 3rd level was because I didn’t catch that it was a moving truck. So I was driving aimlessly through Gotham trying to figure out where the heck to go.

I am the first to admit that I’m not all that game savvy, which is why the LEGO Games keep me sufficiently satisfied and why I don’t mind basically playing the same type of game over and over. I still haven’t finished playing either Harry Potter 2 or Pirates, but that didn’t stop me from playing LEGO Batman 2.

So anyhow, back to this game. Since I was giving myself a mini vacation — as you know I’ve been running around like a crazy person going to all these conventions — I spent several days playing the game (I did more than that, but I did spend a good deal of time playing ;) ). It probably would have been more fun playing with someone, but unlike some of the past games, its not difficult to play by yourself.

This game is the first that the characters actually talk. In my opinion, its about time!! I get that the main reason they did the characters with non-specific verbal sounds was so that they didn’t need to change the language for different countries. But with LEGO programs like Clutch Powers and Ninja Go on Cartoon Network we want our minifigs to talk!

I kind of wish that this had been more of a LEGO Justice League Game than a Batman and friends game. Superman shows up pretty early, but it isn’t until the last couple of levels that you have any other superheros to play with. And frankly I think its kind of weird that Lex Luthor is the main bad guy, I guess you could argue that Batman already beat all his enemies in the first game, but still it still is a little strange to me.

Once you beat the story mode, then its time to collect all those gold and red bricks, minikits and of course all the playable characters.

I have to admit, I did cheat a little bit and found the codes online for unlocking the red bricks, mainly because finding all the gold bricks (there’s 250) would be rather difficult without it and I’d rather not spend endless hours wandering. Sure you get several of them by playing the levels but then there’s all those ones around the city. And I mean all around the city — in the park areas, roof tops, out in the waters. If I didn’t have the gold brick finder on, I wouldn’t have ever found some of them. And I still have a good deal of them to go. The ones in the park areas are tricky because they can be just a set of trees or bushes that you have to destroy and they are hidden in some pretty out of the way places. But the rooftop ones are just as tricky because there’s a whole combination of things you have to do — jumping, changing suits (Batman and Robin have several different ones), etc.

Finding all the characters to unlock is also a pain. The best way to find the villains is to use one of the flying characters — Superman, Wonder Woman or Green Lantern — and fly over the city. There will be these blue and red beams of light you can see all over the city. The beams are where you can activate the remote Bat computer terminal and get vehicles. Some have to be unlocked before you can access them. Once you go to the different locations they will activate where the nearest bad guys are on the map then you can go and beat them so you can purchase them with gold studs. Some villains were only available if you pre-ordered the game. For the heroes, you need enough gold bricks and to scan the map. It will ping nearby doors and then you can build the door and buy the heroes. So far I’ve found several of the villains but only a couple of the gold doors to unlock. And of course there’s lots of cars, boats and flying vehicles to purchase as well.

So all in all. I really like the game. I have lots more of the game to play to get all the goodies, but I’ve had a lot of fun so far. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes the other LEGO Video Games and I find I like it a lot better than some of the past games.

I’ve already got my LEGO Lord of the Rings Video Game pre-ordered so I’ll have another review in a couple of months. I would be picking up LEGO City Undercover, but as I don’t see myself buying a Wii U or a 3D DS anytime soon (the only platforms it will be available on) I won’t be getting that game at least for now.

LEGO Lord of the Rings

December 16, 2011

The Christmas wish of many AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) are coming true, well at least they will next year. ;)

That’s right folks, LEGO Lord of the Rings is finally becoming a reality. The LUG (LEGO Users Group) forums are burning with all the back and forth chatter, Facebook is buzzing with the news, and as my friend Wes coined “It is as if a million wallets suddenly cried out, and were suddenly
silenced.” :D

Building Sets Based on Epic Film Trilogy and Forthcoming Theatrical Release Slated for 2012

Warner Bros. Consumer Products and The LEGO Group announced today a partnership that awards the world’s leading construction toy brand exclusive rights to develop build-and-play construction sets based on THE LORD OF THE RINGS™ trilogy and the two films based on THE HOBBIT™. The multi-year licensing agreement grants access to the library of characters, settings, and stories for THE LORD OF THE RINGS property, as well as films The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

LEGO® THE LORD OF THE RINGS construction sets are slated for a rolling global launch beginning in June 2012 in the United States, with LEGO THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY scheduled for later in the year.

“Only LEGO, with their expertise in the construction category, is capable of doing justice to the incredibly imaginative environments depicted in the world of THE LORD OF THE RINGS and the two films based on THE HOBBIT,” said Karen McTier, executive vice president, domestic licensing and worldwide marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “These films give life to amazing worlds and characters and we are thrilled to bring fans these products that deliver an imaginative play experience befitting of these beloved properties.”

The LEGO THE LORD OF THE RINGS collection will translate into LEGO form the epic locations, scenes and characters of Middle-earth as depicted in all three films, including The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

In late 2012, LEGO THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY will give fans of all ages a chance to build and play out the fantastical story and new characters of the legendary Middle-earth adventures depicted in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, slated to premiere December 14, 2012.

“Our collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products has delivered numerous worldwide successes in the construction toy aisle with lines like LEGO HARRY POTTER and LEGO BATMAN, introducing us to loyal audiences who love great stories, strong characters and the toys that they inspire,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president, licensing and entertainment for The LEGO Group. “It’s particularly exciting to now be able to create sets based on the fantasy worlds and characters from THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and the two films based on THE HOBBIT, not only because we know they will foster collectability and creative play, but also because these are two properties that our fans have been asking us to create for years.”

Information about the sets and collectible minifigures from both collections will be unveiled at a later date at TheLordoftheRings.LEGO.com.

So the rumors that have been floating around about a TT Hobbit game are probably true. I really can’t see LEGO not putting out a video game to tie-in with the movie and sets.

The really interesting thing — and you have to take it with a grain of salt — but many years ago a friend of mine (who now works for Weta but didn’t at the time) told me that a friend of his said (that’s right, this is third hand) LEGO was offered the license for the LOTR movies the first time but they turned them down because LOTR was too violent. Perhaps because Hobbit is a friendlier, less violent story (I’ve always liked it) LEGO thought it was appropriate. More likely, its because LEGO sees that they really missed the boat last time.


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