Theme Guide: Mixels

Mixels is a new animated series co-developed between Lego and the Cartoon Network. The first Lego sets are expected to be released in March 2014. Each of the sets will be one Mixels character, each with a colour-scheme and theme based on a natural element.

Common between all the sets are lots of the new ball-hinge parts, as well as many other clip joints. All the characters also seem to have big googly eyes, either printed on balls, or round plates. Teeth and claw parts are also quite common, along with more unusual and visually distinctive parts such as flames and lightning.

The first wave of nine sets includes three sets of three characters which appear to be based on fire, rock, and electricity. The three sets for each element can be combined to create a larger character to represent each theme.

Here are the sets in wave one (packaging images via Hoth Bricks), the guide continues after the jump:

41500 Flain

41501 Vulk

41502 Zorch

41503 Krader

41504 Seismo

41505 Shuff

41506 Teslo

42507 Zaptor

41508 Volectro

Here's a page from a Lego catalogue, illustrating how each of the three characters for an element can combine into a larger design:

New Minifgures Online trailer

Funcom have launched a new website for their forthcoming Minifigures Online game. The website has a few partially populated sections, such as character profiles, revealing each minifigure's special abilities, and a guide to the "worlds" of the Minifigures game (although so far only Pirate World is previewed). You can also sign up to take part in the beta testing of the game. And they have released a new trailer demonstrating some of the game's features:

For more on the Minifigures game, see my earlier report, with the previously release trailer and screenshots.

Cuusoo Curiosity Rover

Lego have revealed the final design for the forthcoming fifth Cuusoo set, 21104 NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover, which is set for release in January. Here's the set and box art:

Here's Lego's description from their announcement blog post:
This LEGO version of the highly advanced mobile laboratory features lots of great details, such as 6-wheel rocker-bogie suspension, articulated robotic arm and multiple camera sets, plus a display plate complete with LEGO brick Martian rocks – perfect for testing out the rover’s go-anywhere suspension! Similar to other LEGO CUUSOO sets, the building instruction booklet also includes background information about the fan builder, the history of Mars exploration, and the real Curiosity Rover.
The final model is remarkably similar to the original Cuusoo concept model. Here's what was submitted to Cuusoo, and the real thing, for comparison:

Lego's announcement also includes comments from Stephen Pakbaz, a NASA engineer who worked on Curiosity, and submitted the set idea to Cussoo, there are also pictures of him building his own copy of the set.

Minecraft goes minifigure scale

It would appear that the Minecraft sets have been quite the success for Lego. After three "Micro World" sets (the first a Cuusoo project), work is now under-way to expand the series even further, and at a larger minifigure scale. Here's a teaser image from the Lego Mincecraft Facebook page:

Lego plan to do a series of sets at minifigure scale, and have solicited for fan feedback on exactly how they do that, as this video explains:

The "cobuild" has already kicked off, which Lego posting a gallery of prototype designs for the Creeper character, again on Facebook. They are asking for a vote by "like" for the best of the six options on offer. I'm still pretty ignorant of Minecraft, but on a purely aesthetic level, I rather like this version:

One assumes they will continue offer other opportunists to shape the new Minecraft sets via Facebook, so keep an eye on the page!

More The Lego Movie sets revealed

Hot on the heels of the new The Lego Movie trailer, Lego are starting to reveal more of sets tied into the film. Including series 12 of the Collectable Minifigures, which are all characters from the film:

There look like a great set of characters; I'm glad to see being tied to The Lego Movie hasn't reduced the range of figures on offer this series. Brick Fanatics released the image, and as well as details of who all these are:

  • Calamity Drone
  • Gail the Construction Worker
  • Larry the Barista
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Panda Guy
  • Velma Staplebot 
  • William Shakespeare
  • Taco Tuesday Guy
  • “Where are my Pants?” Guy
  • Wiley Fusebot
  • President Business
  • Wild West Wyldstyle
  • Hard Hat Emmet
  • Scribbe-Face Bad Cop
  • Mrs. Scratchen-Post
  • Marsha Queen of the Mermaids

Of course all these characters also give us some new insights into the film. We've got several western characters here (I love Wyldstyle's dress!), and several robots (two indeed fit into both groups), as well as plenty of city people and some more fanciful and historical characters.

Talking of fanciful, Yahoo Movies have revealed another of the sets based on the film: The gloriously colourful and pretty absurd 70803 Cloud Cuckoo Palace, which includes the brick-built Uni-Kitty (who it appears has a new tail element). There's also another robot in there, alongside Emmet, Wyldstyle, a snail, and a flower catapult!

UPDATE: Hollywood Reporter have revealed another set, 70809 Lord Business' Evil Lair, which comes with the extra tall Lord Business (with his extra long cape). Also included are Emmet and Vitruvius, and some new characters; Ma Cop, Pa Cop, wrestler/master builder El Macho Wrestler, and Biznis Kitty, a different (corrupted?) version of Unikitty. The set appears to include a TV set for Where-Are-My-Pants Guy, a corporate boardroom, and a massive tube of glue (powered by a massive nine-volt battery), surely used by Lord Business in his nefarious plans. Note Ma Cop and Pa Cop seem to have been glued, with an excellent use of the Toy Story army men bases in clear as a blob of glue!

There are seventeen sets planned based on the film, continue after the jump for a reminder of the other sets so far rumoured in the range:

70808 Super Cycle Chase
  • 70800 Escape Glider
  • 70801 Melting Room
  • 70802 Pursuit
  • 70803 Cloud Cuckoo Palace
  • 70804 Ice machine
  • 70805 Waste Crusher
  • 70806 Castle Cavalry
  • 70807 MetalBeard’s Duel
  • 70808 Super Cycle Chase
  • 70809 Lord Business' Evil Lair

The Lego Movie second trailer, and more!

FThe second trailer has been released for The Lego Movie, and it's full of awesome:

I love everything about this! How EVERYTHING is made of Lego. How there are so many nods back to older Lego sets, and clever building techniques. How all the animation is done as if it were a real Lego stop motion. How Batman is so into himself and ever so slightly inept!

Continue after the jump for screencaps to scrutinise all the cool details. Plus a look at the teaser trailers that preceeded the release of this one!

There's loads of great signage in The Lego Movie's Lego city, which is apparently called Bricksburg. Lots of jokes, and nods (Friends' Heartlake City is down the road). But also quite authoritarian, giving us an insight into the dystopia lurking in this Lego world! I love how all the cars are at proper one-minifigure wide size too!

There's a nice little animation trick in the shave shot, the foam just vanishes mid-stroke, as if the animators had to have swapped a head with printed foam out for the clean shaven head.

Got to love how happy Space-guy is, especially next to grumpy old Batman:

So, that's a brick-built unicorn-cat... There also appears to be a big whale in the background. This looks like an especially exotic location!

Super-long minifigure cape for President Business!

Amazing ship! It seems to have a winged cow as the figurehead:

Possibly my favourite detail of the animation: Brick-built explosions! Amazing:

I hope they release a set of the double-decker-couch, so many clear parts!

That's this trailer. But there's more! Over the last few days they have also released several character-specific teaser trailers, and USA Today also posted some character profiles. Here's our hero, Emmet:

USA Today describe Emmet thusly:
The very, very normal construction worker accidentally finds himself anointed "The Special" by a band of rebels who believe he is the key to saving their world from a controlling dictator. Turns out there's not much special about the hopeless Emmet.

Really cute smile outside Emmet's apartment: "Feel'n Blue? Try Smiling!"

And another amazing example of the Lego landscapes from this film:

Kind of looks like the construction crew here are in the middle of a musical number!

Then we have our kick-ass heroine, Wyldstyle, which USA Today summarised like this:
The free-spirited Master Builder has an independent streak as wild as the color streaks in her plastic hair. She's a car-building specialist, tough and respected.

Another beautiful little detail, all the robots' sparking explosions are magic wands!

The strange-haired gloriously over-the-top bad guy, President Business, described by USA Today:
President Business is an uptight CEO who wants the world to fit into his well-organized plan. Secretly, he's also Lord Business, who oversees a robot militia and attempts to take over the Lego world.

I love how Octan is an evil corporation. Puts a whole new spin on decades of Lego sets!

I didn't notice until I screencaped this, but check out those pinata horses! I demand a "Taco Tuesday" set just to get those!

A new character revealed, the utterly bizarre techno-pirate, Metal Beard:

Looks like he might be the captain of that impressive ship (also, gold octopus!!):

And finally, the vainest super-hero in town, Batman:
He does have a few shortcomings. He might not be the greatest Batman, but he's the baddest character in the movie. And he's a good guy.

USA also described the schizophrenic Good Cop/Bad Cop (what an excellent application of the double-sided Lego head):
President Business' toughest henchman Bad Cop is all bad, until he finds out he has a Good Cop living inside of him. It's kind of obvious since there are two faces drawn on the character.
And finally, there's the tie-dye wearing Vitruvius:
We thought he should look like Gandalf, and it would be so funny if we had this voice that everyone trusts, and then we gave him the most ridiculous things to say.
Still want more Lego Movie news? Well, there's a little bit more, coming via Brick Fanatics, who have uncovered a list of the Lego sets expected to be released along-side the film:
  • 70800 Escape Glider
  • 70801 Melting Room
  • 70802 Pursuit
  • 70803 Fool(‘s?) Palace
  • 70804 Ice machine
  • 70805 Waste Crusher
  • 70806 Castle Cavalry
  • 70807 MetalBeard’s Duel
  • 70808 Supermotor Pursuit
  • 70809 Lord Business’ Hideout