Prince of Persia: The LEGO Adventures!

A bunch of video games, action figures and a hit film are only a few of the incarnations of Prince Dastan, the eponymous Prince of Persia, and here’s a look at one more collection that brings the warrior prince’s adventures to new life. Because now, there’s a new way to get involved and take control over the awesome exploits of the time-bending noble! Bring on the LEGO!

DESERT ATTACK

Hidden in their secret lair, the evil Hassasins are busy planning their next assault on the city of Alamut. But Dastan has other plans! Surprising them on their own turf, the Hassansins barely have time to gather their weapons when he pounces!

THE OSTRICH RACE

Creeping into the Valley of the Slaves, Dastan discovers Sheik Amar’s secret gambling den. Starting the wild, out-of-control ostrich race with the fl ick of a lever, the outlaws of the kingdom gamble on the outcome! Can Dastan escape the Sheik in the turmoil?

FIGHT FOR THE DAGGER

Battling Asoka for the powerful Dagger of Time in the Alamut market, Dastan might have met his match. Will his amazing ability to run up walls and jump from balcony to balcony be enough to wrestle the dagger from Asoka? He’d better watch out for hidden traps and collapsing balconies!

QUEST AGAINST TIME

Time is running out! The evil Nizam has the Dagger of Time and is about to release the Sands of Time to take over the Kingdom! Can Dastan and Princess Tamina jump, dodge and climb their way through the spinning saw blades, swinging swords and other nasty traps to stop him?

 

BATTLE OF ALAMUT

Bristling with barrels of dripping oil, catapults and castle guards, Alamut Castle will be a major challenge for Dastan and his new friend, Seso. Nizam and his powerful Hassasin warriors are prepared to do anything to keep the Dagger of Time from the heroic prince! Can Dastan stop them in time?

And if you haven’t gotten a chance to snag the film upon which these items were based, you can get it on DVD or Blue-Ray via the links below!

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time on DVD

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]

Sideshow’s New 20-inch Prince of Persia Statue: DASTAN

Dastan, the Prince of Persia joins the Sideshow lineup as a brand new statue clad in a real fabric costume and bearing a brilliant likeness to actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who of course portrayed the hero in Disney’s 2010 adaptation of the hit video game. Here’s a look:

The statue itself stands a whopping 20 inches tall and wields the twin blades seen in the film. Naturally, the sculpting is top-notch, as anything else would never do for Sideshow, whose items seem to be getting better and better. Fans of the film are sure to love it. And they’re also sure to love this news:

In this piece from The Independent, we learn that The Prince of Persia Surpasses Tomb Raider as the Highest-grossing video game adaptationHopefully this’ll pave the way for a ton of great new movies based on some of the brilliantly-written games currently out there. Assassin’s Creed anyone? Here’s the full story:

With more than $295 million in worldwide earnings, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is now the biggest grossing film adaptation of a video game. The previous holder of the record was 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which held the position at $275 million.

It has taken almost a decade to better the record of the first Lara Croft film starring Angelina Jolie. It took Jerry Bruckheimer’s production starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton to grab the top spot and much of its accomplishment is owing to the outstanding performance internationally.

Prince of Persia’s box office receipts only totaled $81 million in the US, compared to Lara Croft which made $131 million in the US. But Prince pulled in more than $213 million around the world where it was the No. 1 film in most countries.

This success should disprove the conventional wisdom that films based on video games are doomed. Some have theorized that this is because most video games lack a strong narrative.

Resident Evil will try again with another sequel, Afterlife, in September with Milla Jovovich and Mortal Kombat will return in 2013.

Of course, it’s just a great time to be into Prince of Persia over all, isn’t it? Because the new game is doing amazingly well and if you haven’t grabbed it, here are the Amazon links where you can get your hands on it for whichever console you like:

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for The XBox 360

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for the Playstation 3

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for the Wii

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for the PC

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for the Nintendo DS

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for the PSP

Prince of Persia: New Poster and Figures!

Coming May 18th, 2010, get ready for The Prince of Persia, the latest video game movie to hit theatres. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Prince Dastan and helmed by director Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, whose previous films for Disney, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, promise very big things for this flick.

As happens with every big movie, of course, the merchandising has started early and we’ve finally been given a look at NECA’s awesome renderings of Prince of Persia’s characters. They only ship in May, but if you’re looking to snag ’em, you can already pre-order these items to make sure you’re among the first to get your hands on them. They’re all around 7 inches, the usual for NECA, and feature the high standard of detailed sculpting that has come to be the company’s trademark.

Take a look!


CmdStore: Now with LEGO!




AND MORE! Over at CmdStore, we’ve just opened up a brand new section devote to the world’s favourite building block toy: LEGO! From all your favourite LEGO licenses to the massively popular BIONICLE and Hero Factory, we’re proud to roll out these collections. Some are in-stock, others are pre-orders, but we’re thrilled to have ’em and hope you’re thrilled to see ’em.

And for Lego video game hoping see to have more control over their virtual building blocks than the current franchises (Batman, Indiana Jones, Star Wars…) allow, there’s some good news on the way. It might also please WoW players, but check out this article from PC World:

Toy construction set company Lego Group plans to launch an MMOG (massively multiplayer online game) in the second half of this year, to be called Lego Universe, said Mark Hansen, director of business development and LEGO lead for the project.

Lego users have long been known for their creative use of the company’s products, so the company is hoping its users will take their creativity online, using virtual Lego bricks to create entire virtual worlds. “There are such endless possibilities for what you can do in this game,” Hansen said.

Hansen revealed some of the details of the game, which was four years in the making, at the 2010 Engage youth entertainment technology conference, being held this week in New York.

Hansen was joined by Ryan Seabury, the creative director for the game and founder of Louisville, Colorado-based NetDevil, which is developing the game for Lego.

“Lego is a modular system, an interconnecting set of parts reconfigurable in different ways. So that should be a natural theme to explore in the game,” Seabury said.

The Lego Universe will be aimed at children 8 to 12 years old, though the company hopes the offering will be appealing to older individuals as well, Hansen said.

Given its target user base, Lego Universe will not compete with World of Warcraft in the carnage department. However, players are tasked with a mission: to help save imagination from the dark forces of evil.

The bad force can be kept at bay only by users’ “imagination and creativity,” Seabury said. Players cannot be killed, but they can be reduced to a pile of unassembled bricks. The idea is to play the game and collect bricks, which will allow users to build more interesting models.

The game will have multiple Lego-based worlds to be explored. Some worlds will have traditional Lego themes, such as pirates, ninjas and castles, while others will be novel for the Lego space. Users can assemble semi-completed components from these worlds into entirely new designs, or they can build new components from scratch, using standard bricks.

Users can also graft behaviors onto their creations. “We’re working on a behavior system that can add life to your properties,” Seabury said. With these, a virtual gallery of Lego creations could actually be run by the creator and other players, rather than just sit there and be admired.

Users will be encouraged to create content, but given the age of its target audience, all content will be reviewed by moderators before it is put into the public forums, Hansen said.

At this point, the online game has been designed to be accessed by a standalone application, one currently running only on PCs, though the development team is looking into creating a version for the Apple Mac systems. The game will be a subscription-based service. Lego did not disclose the price.

Lego, an abbreviation of the Danish words “Leg Godt,” or “play well,” produces about 19 billion building elements a year, which are sold in more than 130 countries worldwide, according to the company.

Although new to the online gaming space, Lego already has some credibility in the geek universe, not the least for its Mindstorms kits, which allow users to build some simple computational intelligence into their creations.

Prince of Persia figures: Coming Soon!

The upcoming Disney epic, based on the video game of the same name, hits theatres later this year and you can already pre-order the McFarlane figures from the movie. Dastan, Setam, Ghazab and many more are going to be shipping this May and are sure to please Jake Gyllenhaal fans, those excited about the movie or gamers looking to relive the glory days of Prince of Persia with a whole new look.

But wait a moment.

You can check out the Prince of Persia section over at CmdStore.com, but the true ‘look’ of the figures has yet to be revealed. They’re still in the prototype phase, it seems, but check back soon because the moment we do get a sneak peek, I’ll be sure to post.