Brickset news archive: August 2008
Eurogamer reports that Travellers' Tales, the developers of all LEGO video games since 2005's smash hit LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game, and including the upcoming LEGO Batman: The Video Game, are producing a TV show based on the LEGO Batman property. This will be the first such endeavor since 2002's ill-ending Galidor series. Eurogamer also reports that more LEGO games are in the works.
This article on the ToyNews website lists many of the sets we have seen pictures of already but also mentions "Power Miners" which sound like the return of Rock Raiders - a theme that had many appealing features, but was released at the time when LEGO were excessively juniorising many of their sets. Let's hope that's not the case this time round!
"It's not every day that a children's toy becomes a design icon but in the case of LEGO's minifigure, those tiny plastic male and female figurines that animate (in an inanimate sort of way) children's building block creations the world over, icon status seems oddly fitting"
Britain's Daily Mail newspaper features an article about the Taj Mahal model today and if you were up early enough you may also have seen it mentioned on BBC Breakfast at 7:15 when they reviewed the day's papers.
Update (22nd Aug): the Brickshelf gallery is down again!
There (was) some exciting stuff to see: the return of minifig pirates which'll be welcomed my many and perhaps more interesting minifig farm sets including combine harvesters, tractors and cows! It'd be nice to have seen pigs, sheep and chickens as well but with luck they'll follow on in future years or maybe later next year.
We won't be adding the images to Brickset because they are from the retailers' catalogue and LEGO usually get upset when we use such images, particularly so far ahead of their release. We'll get all the set numbers added, though, ASAP.
Thanks to Fighter95 and ajbellinger for the news and everyone else who emailed me the pictures. (I don't need any more!)
Sooner than expected, and cheaper than expected, the Taj Mahal is now available for £200 in the UK and $300 in the US.
With 5922-pieces, this set will keep you busy building for many hours I suspect!
We still don't know whether this will be publicly available or not, but its instructions can now be downloaded from the LEGO.com building instructions page. So why not build your own! Download book 1 and book 2 and have a go.
The fact they have appeared here perhaps suggests that it'll get a public release: after all the Maersk container ship was originally thought to be available only via Maersk but was then sold via LEGOshop.com and sold very well, so much so it was re-released the following year.
Thanks to Ambassador Disley for the news.
It's pretty poor quality but it gives a good impression of what the set will be like -- all 5922 pieces of it! Check it out here
Thanks to James S for the info.