Posts Tagged ‘dice’

New LEGO Games on the horizon

July 18, 2010

Several new LEGO Games are now available in Europe. One of the ones getting the most buzz is the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Game (ยฃ24.99 — around $33 US) but there are three more games that look equally fun and haven’t gotten nearly enough notice. If you are interested in seeing an in-depth review of the Harry Potter Hogwarts game you can read it on Eurobricks.

The Orient Bazaar looks particularly interesting both for gameplay and as an excellent parts pack. The Belville perfume bottles have only been available in a handful of sets and only in three different colors. The last time it was available at all was in the 2007 Hogwarts Castle

Then there are the corner slopes, the 2×2 gold round tiles, and the 2×2 brown tiles with one knob. All very desirable parts. It retails for ยฃ17.99 which will most likely go for $25 in the US.

I’m not quite sure what the point of Meteor Strike is. The description says:

Launch satellites deep into space to seize these valuable cosmic rocks and sabotage your opponents lunar mission with laser blasts in the new LEGO Games Meteor Strike!

The classic space tiles and the dark red and blue elements make this one to look out for though. Also ยฃ17.99 — $24 US.

Atlantis Treasure looks fun and interesting.

I like the tiny micro subs that are the game pieces and I see lots of potential from the fun tiles included with this one. The long dark blue plates are also a definite selling point to me. The price is ยฃ19.99 — probably $30 US.

On a related note, for those of you in the States, there is a LEGO Games Truck Tour going on right now through September 6th. The weekend of August 14th at LEGOLAND California and the Chicago LEGO Discovery Center they are also having a LEGO Games Weekend

With both the prior wave yet to be released here in the States and this one to look forward to, I can see lots of LEGO games in my future. ๐Ÿ™‚

Boys and Girls Club builds a Disney Toy Story Mosaic

March 27, 2010

Just this last week a massive LEGO mosaic was assembled up in Los Angelos.

LEGO Master Builder Erik Varszegi joined kids from the Hollywood Boys & Girls Club to assemble a one-of-a-kind mural in support of the Toy Story & Toy Story 2 release on Blu-rayโ„ข (March 23). Kids from six different Boys & Girls Clubs across the US in regional markets each built a portion of the elaborate Toy Story mural out of LEGOยฎ bricks, which were joined together for the first time in Los Angeles. Participating Cities included: Washington DC, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Denver and Los Angeles.

via BrickJournal

A couple days before this event Erik dropped by to our local LUG (LEGO User’s Group) SandLUG. It was nice to see my friend since I haven’t seen him in person in years. He was a little jet lagged though, he’d just arrived from Australia.

SandLUG March 1

One of the highlights of the meeting was Super Minotaurus — a super-sized version of the LEGO Game Minotaurus. It featured 3 minotaurs, 8 players, two dice and twice the board game space. It was a much more interesting variation than the original game. Predictably the game took hours. ๐Ÿ˜€

Super Minotaurus

Eti’s Got Game

January 2, 2010

Well, actually Erik Eti Smit has made a game for his kids. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Although I still have yet to see the new LEGO Board Games here in the States, over in Europe they’ve now been out for months. Apparently the actual games are “a little too tricky for three year-olds,” so Erik created his own that was much easier for the little ones to understand. This second attempt is a little more elaborate, but with the same concept โ€” get your guy to the goal.

I love how the game starts with the figures all tucked up in bed at the hotel

Then they have a picnic

They have to travel through the woods

Traverse the bathtub that is filled with actual water

Then travel on the boat to the island and try to be the first to reach the mountain summit

The way you get through all these obstacles is by rolling the dice and whatever color you land on you move to the next space of that color.

Frankly, I think this looks like a much more fun game than the official ones, but of course I haven’t played any — at least not yet — so I can’t make a fair assessment until I do. But that will have to wait until I get a few of the LEGO Board Games for myself. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Great job Erik for coming up with such a clever game!

LEGO Dice (Deconstructed)

July 3, 2009

I found this over at Brickbuildr and just had to pass this along. Looks like someone got their hands on one of the new dice from the LEGO board games and then ripped off all the rubber casing. The title in German says “a new SNOT piece.” ๐Ÿ˜€

I don’t know what exactly I’d do with it (the multitude of possibilities are already running through my brain) but I’m pretty sure I just might have to try this when I get my own LEGO board game set. Since I’m sure that I’ll get more than one of the different board games, I’ll just plan from the start to rip off the casing on one (or more) of mine. ๐Ÿ˜‰