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Lego and Disney get together for Mickey Mouse’s 90th

Take Disney’s most iconic character, add Lego, and spice it up with international voting and you get one of the most exciting new arrivals at Sandton City’s Lego Certified Store yet: Lego Ideas Steamboat Willie.

Click through to watch the transformation from Mickey”s iconic debut movie to Lego kit, and to read ten facts about the partnership.

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The set pays homage to the 90th birthday of Mickey Mouse, who was introduced in the first ever animated cartoon, sailing aboard Steamboat Willie in 1928. These ten fast facts about the Lego Ideas Steamboat Willie set are sure to take you back to the roots of movies, animation, and Lego fun.

  1. Have a look at the original cartoon to see the inspiration behind this inspiration set above.
  2. Despite LEGO bricks being renowned for their rainbow colours, this set is completely in monochrome, with hints of silver.
  3. LEGO Steamboat Willie is built from 751 pieces, and includes steam pipes that move up and down, and paddle wheels that rotate when the boat is pushed along.
  4. The set comes with new Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse figures and Mickey’s parrot, although they’re all ‘aged’ to fit in with the set’s black and white colour scheme.
  5. Minnie also has her guitar and music sheet to hand – just like in the original movie!
  6. The ship includes a working crane to pull the ‘potato bin’ on board.
  7. The boat’s bridge has space for a minifigure, a brick-built bell and other elements, including the ship’s wheel and life buoy.
  8. LEGO created the set after it was voted for in a LEGO Ideas campaign, which sees LEGO fans all over the world vote for sets proposed by other fans – until The LEGO Group designs and manufactures them.
  9. The original design looks a little different to the final product here.
  10. If you’ve got an idea for a new LEGO set, you can submit it here: https://ideas.lego.com/#all

LEGO® Ideas Steamboat Willie has just landed in South Africa and is exclusively available at Sandton City’s LEGO Certified Store and greatyellowbrick.co.za at R14 000. 

The set launch coincides with the global launch of this fun and whimsical set for LEGO and Disney fans of all ages.

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Narcos TV show gets video game

The Netflix Original TV show, Narcos, has been adapted into a video game for PS4 and PC.

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Curve Digital and Kuju have announced that Narcos: Rise of the Cartels, a brutal tactical turn-based game based on the multi-award-winning Netflix series Narcos is available now for PC and PlayStation 4. Nintendo Switch owners will have the opportunity to choose their side on 21 November, with Xbox One entering the war on 22 November. 

Combining turn-based tactical strategy with brutal real-time combat, Narcos: Rise of the Cartels follows the first season of the TV series through two distinct campaigns that offer vastly different perspectives on the infamous 80s drug war. Should you help build the Medellin Cartel’s rapidly expanding narcotics empire under the watchful gaze of El Patrón, or fight against them tooth and nail alongside Agent Murphy as the DEA?

Each campaign has its own iconic locations taken from the show, from Colombia’s impenetrable sun-drenched jungles to the damp streets of Medellin. Recognizable characters from the series each have their own perks to help turn the tide in battle.

“Narcos is one of the biggest hits on Netflix and is a personal favorite of mine,” says Dominic Wheatley, CEO at Curve Digital. “This game will appeal to gamers as well as fans of the show as it mixes the authentic feel of the series with an interactive experience to make you feel you’re right in the action. The characters, the storyline and the history of the cartels are all there – you just have to decide whose side you’re on!” 

Narcos: Rise of the Cartels is available on PC and PS4, and will be available on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One later this month.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order available now

The highly anticipated Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order action-adventure game is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Electronic Arts, Respawn Entertainment, and Lucasfilm have released its story-driven action-adventure game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The game follows Cal Kestis, played by Cameron Monaghan (Gotham, Shameless), on an incredible journey packed with memorable companions, nefarious villains, diverse planets, thrilling lightsaber combat, impressive Force abilities, and cinematic moments within the Star Wars galaxy.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is now available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC via Origin and Steam. Also, as announced earlier, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is now available on the Epic Games Store, expanding the number of options that players have to jump into this new Star Wars adventure.

“Working on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has been a dream come true for me and many people on the team,” says Stig Asmussen, Game Director at Respawn Entertainment. “We couldn’t be more excited to get the game into the hands of fans worldwide so they can live out the ultimate fantasy of becoming a Jedi. We created a new team that’s made up of action-adventure veterans to create this experience and we’ve worked hand-in-hand with Lucasfilm throughout development to create a highly authentic story, cast of characters, and unique gameplay experience that will live on as part of the Star Wars galaxy.”

In Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, players take on the role of Cal Kestis, a former Padawan hiding in plain sight after the Jedi were all but wiped out after Order 66 was executed by The Emperor. When he’s forced on the run, Cal is met by his companions Cere Junda, a former Jedi Knight, and Greez, the larger-than-life Latero pilot who flies the crew’s ship known as the Stinger Mantis. 

BD-1, Cal’s faithful droid that’s as charming as he is useful, will help players navigate and explore diverse planets including the Wookiee homeworld, Kashyyyk, and the never-before-seen planet Zeffo. Cal and his companions are trying to stay one step ahead of the Empire and his new enemy, the Inquisition’s Second Sister, while they unravel a mystery tied to an ancient alien civilisation that could help rebuild the Jedi Order.

In a time where it’s increasingly dangerous for Jedi, players can experience Cal’s journey from a young Padawan to a Jedi Knight. Cal’s lightsaber and Force abilities take centre stage in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s dynamic combat. Players engage in battle with an array of enemies, from creatures and droids to stormtroopers and elite Purge Troopers to showdowns with AT-STs and powerful bosses. Throughout his quest, Cal will strengthen his connection with the Force, learning powerful new skills which will be crucial in combat as well as for traversing and opening up new paths across these beautiful yet dangerous locales.

For more information on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, please visit: https://www.ea.com/en-au/games/starwars/jedi-fallen-order

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