LEGO Ideas on Facebook
LEGO Ideas on Facebook

A First Look at the Upcoming 'Doctor Who' LEGO Playset

LEGO Ideas on Facebook
LEGO Ideas on Facebook

The LEGO Ideas platform allows imaginative builders to submit custom playsets to the LEGO Review Board for consideration. Back in February, LEGO announced that a Doctor Who and Companions set by user Andrew Clark had been chosen, and now we have a first look at the piece that Whovians are most excited for: the TARDIS Police Box.

In Clark’s design, the console and TARDIS were two separate but complementary builds. The submission also featured a London street corner and various minifigures including a red Dalek, a Cyberman, K9, a Weeping Angel, three Doctors (Peter Capaldi, David Tennant, and Tom Baker), and two Companions (Billie Piper and Jenna Coleman). The two photos LEGO Ideas recently shared on Facebook are close-ups of the TARDIS door and console, and while the toy company has yet to share details about the coming set, fans are hoping that it does their fandom justice.

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TARDIS console teaser from LEGO Ideas on Facebook


TARDIS teaser from LEGO Ideas on Facebook


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Doctor Who and Companion Playset Concept, Andrew Clark
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Build Your Own Harry Potter Characters With LEGO's New BrickHeadz Set

Harry Potter is looking pretty square these days. In a testament to the enduring appeal of the boy—and the franchise—who lived, LEGO has launched a line of Harry Potter BrickHeadz.

The gang’s all here in this latest collection, which was recently revealed during the toymaker’s Fall 2018 preview in New York City. Other highlights of that show included LEGO renderings of characters from Star Wars, Incredibles 2, and several Disney films, according to Inside The Magic.

The Harry Potter BrickHeadz collection will be released in July and includes figurines of Harry, Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore, and even Hedwig. Some will be sold individually, while others come as a set.

A Ron Weasley figurine
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A Hermione figurine
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A Dumbledore figurine
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Harry Potter fans can also look forward to a four-story, 878-piece LEGO model of the Hogwarts Great Hall, which will be available for purchase August 1. Sets depicting the Whomping Willow, Hogwarts Express, and a quidditch match will hit shelves that same day.

[h/t Inside The Magic]

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This Working Pinball Machine Is Made Entirely of LEGO Bricks
Bre Burns, The Brothers Brick
Bre Burns, The Brothers Brick

LEGO sets are fun when you're piecing them together, and significantly less fun when they're fully assembled and gathering dust in your closet. That's not the case with the latest masterwork from builder Bre Burns. Her functioning LEGO pinball machine provides hours of entertainment even after the last brick has been laid.

According to the LEGO fan site The Brothers Brick, Burns built the initial model of the machine for the BrickCon LEGO exhibition in October 2017 and debuted an improved version at the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle in March. The 2.5-foot-tall machine consists of 15,000 blocks put together over the course of 200 to 300 hours. Even the castor steel balls, lights, motors, and sensors are official products from LEGO Mindstorms and Technic—collections originally designed for building and programming robots.

Burns dubbed her creation "Benny's Space Adventure" after the excitable classic blue spaceman minifigure from The Lego Movie (2014). The final design includes sound effects, a coin slot, a gumball dispenser, a mosaic of Benny, and a moving spaceship mounted on top of the machine.

Master builders have been using LEGO bricks for years to make items that work in the real world. In 2015, Italian carpenter Nicola Pavan used LEGO to build a fully functional guitar, and that same year a team of professional builders broke a world record with its 215,158-brick camper.

[h/t The Brothers Brick]

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