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Last Updated February 17, 2018

How Modern Phones have Helped to Root Out Cheats

 

In today’s modern world of technology, we have come to rely on various gadgets and devices on a day to day basis. One of the things that many people are most reliant on when it comes to tech is their smartphone, with some people carrying it around with them no matter where they go. With the number of features that we get on today’s phones, it is little wonder that we spend so much time on them.

Smartphones have helped to make our lives easier in many different ways. For instance, we can now go online while we are out and about. We can stream movies and TV shows direct to the device, we can chat with friends and family via social media, and we can take and share videos and phones. However, one more thing that can be done with a smartphone is rooting out a cheating partner.

If you believe that your partner is cheating, it is likely that his or her smartphone will play a big part in this. Cheating partners often start to spend a lot of time on their phones simply because this enables them to liaise with the person they are seeing with greater ease. In the past, people had to make sly phone calls to be able to communicate when having an affair. However, these days the modern smartphone offers a host of different options for communication.

Many cheats will get on Facebook on their smartphones so that they can private message the person they are having an affair with rather than do it on the computer where there is more of a risk of being seen. Many others will send texts back and forth via their phone to the person that they are having a fling with. Some will use instant messaging apps like WhatsApp to contact the person that they are seeing. Finally, many resort to the traditional old methods of actually calling the person that they are cheating with, although this is obviously behind the back of their significant other.

So, what does this mean for people who are trying to find out whether their partner is cheating? Well, in a nutshell if you can get your hands on that mobile you could be presented with a wealth of information that will enable you to determine whether your partner has been up to no good. You can check on people that have been calling your partner and use a reverse phone app to find out who it is. You may be able to access their Facebook account to see if they have been sending private messages to someone else. You’ll b e able to read any messages on instant messaging apps that they have used. You can also check on outgoing calls to see who your partner has been calling.

This vast array of information means that you can quickly and easily root out a cheating partner with relative ease when you have access to their phone.

LEGO DIMENSIONS Discontinued

LEGO Announces end of video-game tie-in theme

LEGO will stop producing new entries into the DIMENSION line, effective immediately.  The company announced that the game servers will continue to run and all existing expansion packs will remain available for purchase, but they have pulled the plug on any new additions to the theme.

What Was DIMENSIONS?

DIMENSIONS was LEGO’s attempt at creating a video-game tie-in.  Players/builders would buy a base set for the console of their choice (current or previous generation Xbox and also WiiU were supported).  That would give them access to the game and a few characters from various themed universes.  From there, builders could buy small expansion packs which included small LEGO sets, typically a figurine or two along with some combination of vehicles and/or gadgets.  Players would build them and use their base set to import them into their game.  The expansions would contain new video game material on top of the new LEGOs, typically a new level or world to explore.

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LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack - Xbox One
  • LEGO characters from a mix of some of the best brands in the universe join forces and battle in worlds outside of their own. A Dark Knight, a Wizard, and a LEGO Master Builder traveling together down the Yellow Brick Road is just the beginning.
  • By purchasing additional expansion packs, players can grow their collection with a variety of their favorite brands to create even more crazy combinations.
  • Bring up to seven , vehicles and/or gadgets into the game all at once by dropping them on the LEGO Toy Pad for the most exciting and action-filled game around.
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LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack - PlayStation 4
  • LEGO characters from a mix of some of the best brands in the universe join forces and battle in worlds outside of their own. A Dark Knight, a Wizard, and a LEGO Master Builder traveling together down the Yellow Brick Road is just the beginning.
  • By purchasing additional expansion packs, players can grow their collection with a variety of their favorite brands to create even more crazy combinations.
  • Bring up to seven , vehicles and/or gadgets into the game all at once by dropping them on the LEGO Toy Pad for the most exciting and action-filled game around.

How Was It?

It was a lot of fun.  The mash-up possibilities essentially bring to life what LEGO builders have been doing for years: combining many different worlds into one.  Want to take Gandalf and Bart Simpson through a Scooby-Doo mystery?  Go for it.  The amount of IP that was represented in the DIMENSIONS series was fairly astounding:

Adventure Time, Back to the Future, Beetlejuice, DC Comics, Doctor Who, E.T., Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Harry Potter), Ghostbusters, Goonies, Harry Potter, Jurassic World, LEGO Batman Movie, LEGO City, LEGO Chima, LEGO Ninjango, Midway Arcade, Mission Impossible, Portal 2, The Powerpuff Girls, Scooby-Doo, Sonic the Hedgehog, Teen Titans, The A-Team, The Gremlins, The LEGO Movie, The Lord of the Rings, The Simpsons, The Wizard of Oz.

Phew.  There are some deep cuts in that list, image the possibilities you can put together.  It is truly impressive the wide range of IP LEGO was able to offer in the DIMENSIONS line.

What Went Wrong?

Good question.  The basic idea holds a ton of appeal, who wouldn’t want to mash-up that impressive list of characters?  No matter your taste in pop culture, there are likely multiple options for you.  The first thing that has to be considered is price.  The starter packs run $90 for the current generation consoles, but can be found for about $65 on Amazon.  That’s already more than the price of a standard video game.  You do get the really cool base unit, of course, but if somebody is comparing DIMENSIONS to a high profile video game release, paying more for a LEGO game might be a tough sale.  Additionally, the expansions aren’t exactly cheap.  Broken down into three categories, Story Pack, Team Pack, and Fun Pack, they typically run about $45, $25, and $15, respectively.  It is very easy to imagine the price tag of owning and multiple expansions ballooning out of control with these prices.  An Xbox One starter pack and the cheapest, smallest expansion would be over $100 if you pay MSRP.

More importantly, perhaps, is the cost to LEGO to keep the series going.  The cost to keep the servers running couldn’t be cheap, not to mention the development that goes into each new expansion pack to bring the characters, worlds, and stories into the video game world.

Ultimately, the toy-based video game market just wasn’t there.  LEGO put forth a fine effort, releasing a quality video game and, of course, great LEGO sets, but ultimately they weren’t able to get a big enough audience to make it work.  It is unfortunate for fans of the series, but ultimately better for LEGO than pouring money into a losing proposition.

Can I Still Play?

Yes! LEGO has said the servers will remain online and all existing expansions will continue to be sold.  LEGO won’t be pulling everything off the shelf and shutting down the entire online system, which is great news.  There is no word on how long the servers will be up, but it might be a good time to jump into DIMENSIONS as the prices on some of the sets will likely drop with this news.

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LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack - Xbox One
  • LEGO characters from a mix of some of the best brands in the universe join forces and battle in worlds outside of their own. A Dark Knight, a Wizard, and a LEGO Master Builder traveling together down the Yellow Brick Road is just the beginning.
  • By purchasing additional expansion packs, players can grow their collection with a variety of their favorite brands to create even more crazy combinations.
  • Bring up to seven , vehicles and/or gadgets into the game all at once by dropping them on the LEGO Toy Pad for the most exciting and action-filled game around.
Sale
LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack - PlayStation 4
  • LEGO characters from a mix of some of the best brands in the universe join forces and battle in worlds outside of their own. A Dark Knight, a Wizard, and a LEGO Master Builder traveling together down the Yellow Brick Road is just the beginning.
  • By purchasing additional expansion packs, players can grow their collection with a variety of their favorite brands to create even more crazy combinations.
  • Bring up to seven , vehicles and/or gadgets into the game all at once by dropping them on the LEGO Toy Pad for the most exciting and action-filled game around.
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  • October 24, 2017
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Women of NASA Set Coming Soon

LEGO Announces new set available November 1

Many great things have come from the LEGO Ideas website.  For those unfamiliar, it is a website which allows users to submit ideas for new LEGO sets.  Other users show support for an idea and, if enough people are interested, the set might get made.  It is a fantastic idea to engage such an involved community as the LEGO builders of the world.  Some notable sets to get their start from Ideas have been Dr. Who, the Ghostbusters ECTO-1, and WALL-E.  They’ve always produced some great NASA themed sets previously, including the Mars Rover and Apollo Saturn V.

The Women of NASA will add to this legacy by giving us four women who helped shape the NASA program over the years.  This follows up the previously released Research Institute set, which also got its start on the LEGO Ideas website, in featuring women in STEM fields.  Here at BrickScouts we love to see these kinds of positive messages being sent out from LEGO, we hope Women of NASA sells extremely well and helps inspire the next generation of great thinkers.

The Official Word from LEGO

Check out the official description from LEGO:

Explore the professions of some of the groundbreaking women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with the LEGO® Ideas Women of NASA set. It features minifigures of 4 pioneering women of NASA— astronomer and educator Nancy Grace Roman, computer scientist and entrepreneur Margaret Hamilton, astronaut, physicist and entrepreneur Sally Ride and astronaut, physician and engineer Mae Jemison—and 3 builds illustrating their areas of expertise. Role-play space exploration from planning to moon landing, beginning with the iconic scene from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 of Hamilton with software that she and her team programmed. Build the posable Hubble Space Telescope and launch a LEGO version of the Space Shuttle Challenger with 3 removable rocket stages. The set also includes a booklet about the 4 featured women of NASA, and the fan creator and LEGO designers of this fun and educational set.

  • Includes 4 minifigures: Nancy Grace Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride and Mae Jemison.
  • Features 3 LEGO® builds illustrating the areas of expertise of the 4 featured women of NASA.
  • Nancy Grace Roman’s build features a posable Hubble Space Telescope with authentic details and a projected image of a planetary nebula.
  • Margaret Hamilton’s build features a stack of book elements, representing the books of listings of Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) onboard flight software source code.
  • Sally Ride and Mae Jemison’s build features a launchpad and Space Shuttle Challenger with 3 removable rocket stages.
  • Also includes printed nameplates for each of the 4 women featured in this set.
  • Great for role-playing space exploration missions.
  • Includes a booklet with building instructions, plus information about the 4 featured women of NASA, the set’s fan creator and the LEGO designers.
  • Nancy Grace Roman’s build measures over 2″ (7cm) high, 3” (9cm) wide and 2” (6cm) deep.
  • Margaret Hamilton’s build measures over 2″ (6cm) high, 3” (8cm) wide and 1” (4cm) deep.
  • Sally Ride and Mae Jemison’s build measures over 4″ (12cm) high, 3” (10cm) wide and 2” (6cm) deep.

 

This is not a drill! New UCS Millennium Falcon is available today!

This is not a drill! New UCS Millennium Falcon is available today!

The Millennium Falcon is maybe the most iconic ship from the most iconic movie series of all time.  As such, it’s easy fodder for fantastic Lego sets.  As our friends Ninja Brick points out, there has already been an excellent UCS edition (10179) and a recent edition based off of the Falcon from The Force Awakens (75105).  So what could Lego possibly bring to the table with yet another version?  Oh, I don’t know, maybe the largest Lego set ever put on the market?  7,541 pieces easily set the record.  Those pieces will cost you a cool $800, but if you’re going to buy the largest Lego set ever sold, at least it’s going to be awesome.  Let’s take a look at some of the notable features.

A New Hope or The Force Awakens?

Both! The amazing build can easily switch between trilogies simply by removing/replacing a few pieces, most notably the inclusion, or absence, of the main dish on top.  That’s great and all, but what about old Han vs. young Han?  Worry not, the set comes with minifigurine sets from both the old and recent trilogies. Our friends at Ninja Brick have more about this. 

Speaking of Minifigurines…

The full rundown of the ten included:  Original trilogy: Leia, Han, C-3P0.  New trilogy: Old Han, Rey, Finn, BB-8.  Chewbacca is also included, he covers both.  These aren’t just re-packed figures either, many are exclusives.  The original trilogy figures are modeled after The Empire Strikes back, Han and Leia are completely new designs and include the two-sided heads with the back side having them wear respirators as they did while out and about inside of the giant space slug.  If you’re counting along with me, that only leaves eight minifigures, where a few sentences ago I promised ten, what gives?  Well, the last two are twin “things” which appear in episode 8.  As such, they don’t have names or a purpose yet.  All we know are they are adorable and roughly the size of BB-8.  There is also a mynock, which isn’t quite a minifigure, but does represent those pesky, cable-eating creatures from the movies.

Those Curves Though

The biggest visual difference on the exterior of the set compared to other versions is how many curves it includes.  As it inevitable without some serious design work, the older versions tended to end up on the blocky side.  That’s not an issue here as brand new pieces have been created to properly capture the look of this fantastic beast of a ship.   Another fantastic exterior feature is a working boarding ramp, perfect for those quick getaways.  

The Interior

This thing is packed with easily accessible interior features.  The classic holo-chess board if, of course, included here, along with easy access to escape pods which should make for some fun playability.  The interior is accessed by removing small panels from the top of the build, this is a change from the previous Falcon with the rotating top panels which, when opened, gave the appearance of a half-peeled orange.  Being able to fully remove small panels allows the ship to retain its classic look while granting access to the awesome interior features.

The Verdict

Who knows?  At $800 and 7,500+ pieces, this beast is going to be scrutinized unlike any other set to come before it.  We will get our review posted as soon as I have time to build it.  In the meantime, it can’t be denied how amazing this thing looks.  If you are reading this then you are some combination of Lego and Star Wars fan, and since I comfortably fit in both of those categories I know how fantastic this looks.  

Lego Boost Available for Pre-order

Lego has opened pre-orders on their children's programmable set, Boost.  Boost is aimed at younger children than its other programmable line, Mindstorms.  The base Boost set contains the blocks and instructions to build five different models.  The models are programmed via a kid-friendly icon based interface which can be downloaded to a tablet of your choice.

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