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Beatles fan rejoice! LEGO reveals Yellow Submarine set and Lennon gets his own comic series!

October 13th, 2016 by Marc Comments


John Lennon’s New York Years Chronicled In Upcoming Graphic Novel? Yup.

A Unique Portrait of the Legendary Musician’s Final Years Coming From IDW Publishing in 2017

San Diego, CA (October 9, 2016) – The year was 1975 and an ex-Beatle, at the height of his fame, chose New York City to raise his young family, setting career, adoring fans, and creative contemporaries aside. Just five years later, John Lennon was dead.

“Lennon” adapts award-winning author David Foenkinos’ legendary novel to graphic album form, with striking black-and-white illustrations by French artist Horne. This piece of true biographical fiction recounts the defining moments and experiences that shaped pop music’s – and popular culture’s – most influential voice, as captured by Eric Cobeyran’s moving graphic novel adaptation.

The graphic novel follows the extraordinary trajectory of the iconic singer/songwriter – from his difficult childhood, through Beatlemania, to his solo career. In his novel, Foenkinos imagined and transcribed the artist’s sessions on his therapist’s couch. Lennon reads like a classic autobiography, with the star as narrator.

But wait, there’s more LEGO goodness!

Yes, the legendary vehicle as seen in the iconic animated movie is getting the LEGO treatment and by gosh, it’s beautiful!

Check out the images belwo and scroll for more info AND a brilliant promo video by LEGO…


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From the offical LEGO Ideas page:

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Released in 1968, “Yellow Submarine” is an animated musical fantasy film inspired by the music of the Beatles, arguably the greatest rock band of all time. This model is inspired by the iconic submarine from which the film (and associated soundtrack album) gets its title.

Basic Info

Dimensions: Length 26 cm x Width 5.5 cm x Height (w/stand) 16 cm
Number of Pieces: 409

Model Description

This model was built using LEGO Digital Designer (LDD). It features a functioning propeller and rudder, as well as a set of periscopes that can rotate to different angular positions. Perhaps the funnest part of this model, however, is that the top cover of the chassis is removable to reveal a cockpit that fits all four minifig Beatles members. Note that Technic blocks with holes and transparent round 1×1 plates were used for the windows. It is difficult to tell from the digital renders, but through the windows you can see whether the vessel is occupied or not.     

Though the submarine fits the minifigs nicely, I made the submarine much smaller than it would otherwise be if it were “true” minifig scale. In “true” minifig scale, the submarine would be considerably larger and would require many more pieces. At the current size and piece count, this is a very manageable sized model for play as well as display.    


The custom minifigs of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr were based on their respective likenesses featured on the film poster / soundtrack cover. A few exceptions were made by necessity or by choice. For example, some colours were altered and colour schemes simplified due to limitations of LDD. George’s longer hair reflects him during a different phase of the Beatles, but was used here to help distinguish him from the other three members.

The set is due for release on November 1st.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….