Brickset news archive: New sets
If you weren't lucky enough to get one yourself (I certainly wasn't!) you can bid a princely sum for one on eBay.
(Thanks Paul at Idle Hands for the picture and LostInTranslation for the news).
Update: The Brick Show team has published a video review of the set on YouTube.
Images of the second-half-of-year Star Wars sets have been published on the LEGO server. I've added them to the database, along with those of City and Technic that have were uncovered by Grogall and posted on Eurobricks earlier in the week.
Hopefully this means they'll be available from shop.LEGO.com soon, particularly as it seems they are being sold by Toys R Us in Germany already. (Thanks LEGO AND LAND).
The next Architecture set will be New York's United Nations Headquarters. Images popped up on mysterious flickr user motayan's stream overnight.
Interestingly, there was a discussion in the forum way back in January about it being a likely future model.
(via The Daily Brick)
Images of 75025 Jedi Defender-Class Cruiser, the only known Star Wars set to be released this year that we didn't have pictures of, have been uncovered by grogall. I've added the main image to the database, and you can find more images at, among other places, Groove Bricks.
Yesterday, Toys R Us stores in the USA held an in-store Star Wars building event. The model made was a Mini Jek-14 Stealth Fighter, from the Yoda Chronicles.
Thanks to Bert and Ian who sent me a PDF of the instructions for the model which will enable you to build your own.
Whilst on the subject of in-store builds, LEGO brand stores held one on the 1st May where you could build a Holocron Droid. I haven't been able to find decent instructions for it but Smashing Bricks has some photos of them which should be adequate to enable you to replicate it.
FBTB has reported that you'll get a free Iron Patriot minifig when pre-ordering console versions of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes from WalMart in the USA.
Ace at FBTB vents his anger at the stupidity of making such a major character available only this way, and although I have now stopped collecting Super Heroes minifigs because so many of them are next to impossible to get hold of, I have to agree with him. Every Iron Man fan will want this. Why make it so hard to get?
(Thanks to everyone that emailed about this, I've been out photographing the new cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway at Southampton, hence posting it late. I mention this as a reminder that there is life away from LEGO and those that get wound up about this minifig or Mr. Gold should remember that!)
A seller on eBay has this Jor-El polybag listed, at £35 ($50-ish). I have no idea where they came from (or indeed, who Jor-El is), but I think we can be sure that it will turn up as part of a promotion somewhere, either at shop.LEGO.com or maybe somewhere like Smyths.
I have asked the seller for the set number so I can add it to the database.
10237 Tower of Orthanc, Ages 14+. 2,359 pieces.
Build the The Lord of the Rings™ trilogy must-have model!
US $199.99, CA $249.99, DE 199.99€, UK £169.99, DK 1699.00 DKK
Finally, collect one of the most instantly recognizable and iconic buildings of The Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Tower of Orthanc! Build all 6 highly detailed floors filled with fascinating movie-related details including the attic, library, alchemy room, Saruman’s throne room, entrance hall and dungeon. This exclusive model stars in some of the most iconic scenes from The Lord of the Rings movies. Swoop down with the Great Eagle and rescue stranded Gandalf the Grey from his tower-top prison after his defeat at the hands of the white wizard, Saruman. Build the powerful, tree-like Ent, with poseable limbs and cool swinging arm function, then attack the Uruk-hai and Orc Pitmaster while Saruman and his servant Grima Wormtongue take refuge high in the tower. The Tower of Orthanc is a must-have model for any The Lord of the Rings collection! Includes a Great Eagle, buildable Ent figure and 5 minifigures with weapons: Saruman with kirtle outfit, Grima Wormtongue, Gandalf the Grey, an Uruk-hai and the Orc Pitmaster.
- Includes a Great Eagle, buildable Ent figure and 5 minifigures with weapons: Saruman with kirtle outfit, Grima Wormtongue, Gandalf™ the Grey, an Uruk-hai™ and the Orc Pitmaster
- Features 6 highly detailed floors with lots of functions, including a folding staircase, LEGO® light brick palantir, opening entrance doors and a trap door
- Weapons include 5 staffs, knife, sword, shield and a long axe
- The attic features a folding staircase, the 3 staffs of the missing wizards, the 2 keys of the Two Towers, 2 maps and an Uruk-hai helmet, shield and sword
- The library features 2 books, 2 torches, 2 maps and 2 skulls
- The alchemy room features 2 torches, a bomb (being produced for the Battle of Helm’s Deep™), 2 potions, bottle, skull, gunpowder keg, pot, cauldron and a long axe
- Saruman’s throne room features lamps, 2 bookcases with 3 potions, map, letter and the powerful palantir with a LEGO light brick
- The entrance hall features opening doors, trap door, 2 large banners, chandelier, statue and 2 axes
- The creepy dungeon features a chain, 2 bones, 2 skulls and a rat
- Buildable Ent features poseable limbs for holding a minifigure and a cool swinging arm function
- Attack the tower with the cool buildable and poseable Ent!
- Swoop to the rescue with the Great Eagle!
- Activate the LEGO light brick and make the palantir glow!
- Set the trap door and banish unwanted guests to the dungeon!
- Prepare the bomb for the Battle of Helm’s DeepTM!
- Swing the Ent’s arms to smash or grab things with the poseable fingers!
- Measures over 28" (73cm) high, 8" (21cm) wide and 6" (16cm) deep
- Ent stands over 9" (23cm) tall
Available for sale directly through LEGO beginning July 2013.
There are more pictures in our flickr stream. I'll get them added here ASAP.
The LEGO CEE team has just revealed it on their blog, ahead of the press release going out to fan sites.
It seems it was unveiled at an event in Lisbon and will be available on 1st July. No other details are available yet.
I am going away for a weekend break with my wife later but I'm hoping that the collateral for the annoucement arrives before I go, but if not, one of the other admins should be able to keep you informed, or you can head on over to Brick Fanatics where I'm sure Rich will do a good job of covering the news.
Let us know what you think of it, that is if you can actually make anything out from the poor camera-phone pics.
UPDATE : Official pics from LEGO are now available on the Brickset Flickr Stream - view them here !
Mine arrived this morning and I will review it for you later. In the meantime, here are some pictures of the exclusive Toy Soldier minifig that comes with it.
It's very nice isn't it: the gold printing on the arms and legs particularly so. Far nicer than a likely-to-be-scratched-up, badly chromed Mr Gold, anyway :-)
It seems Mr. Gold may not be so hard to find after all. Overnight, two people emailed to say they'd found them in the USA and Canada. Mike, who sent this picture, writes "Series 10 Minifigs have appeared in at least one Wal-Mart in Canada (Southwestern Ontario) and I was lucky enough to find a Mr. Gold! Ending up buying ten bags in total - I was feeling for some specific ones and then felt his top hat. My lucky day!"
Another Mike sent a photo of his and just says 'Found Mr. Gold, GA', which might indicate Georgia, I've asked him to clarify.
Meanwhile, if you're not willing to leave it to lady luck to find one, there's still a Mr Gold on eBay located in the USA, which ends today. Current bid is $1200, with a reserve of $1400.
There are rumours that in the UK, some branches of Argos are selling series 10 already, although they are not due out until 1st May. (Catalogue number is 911/0520). Good luck tracking them down; let us know if you find them.
This proves why it was a misguided decision on the part of LEGO to produce the figure in such limited numbers and distribute them as they are doing. All it will do is enable third-party sellers to profit massively should they find one whilst at the same time annoying loyal customers and minifig collectors.
In other series 10 news, I'm told that they can be ordered from shop.LEGO.com in Switzerland and that the official release date in the USA, when they'll be available in Target, is May 1.
(Thanks Luke, lifelislegos and Ben for the news).
Amazon.fr has listed the series 11 minifigs and provides a description of them which, roughly translated, is:
"With 16 new figures in Series 11 Special, the LEGO collection continues to grow. Each figure is packed in a bag 'mystery' and accompanied by special accessories, a base and ask for a booklet. Inspired by movies, sports, history or everyday life, this collection includes: a scientist, a female robot, evil, a jazz man, an elf, a policeman, a Bavarian woman, a waitress, a scarecrow, a barbarian, a welder, a mountaineer, a grandmother, a warrior tiki man and gingerbread."
(Thanks Damien for the news).
Whilst I was away over the weekend LEGO has pushed images of many forthcoming sets onto their server. I've downloaded them and you'll see them in the 'What's new' list above. Most have been revealed by other sites but the next batch of Legends of Chima Speedors and the LoC 'ultrabuilds' haven't.
I'll let you make up your own minds about the ultrabuilds. I was criticised for commenting on them after seeing them at the Toy Fair :-)
New high resolution images of the Star Wars sets for 2H2013 have surfaced on the German Toy website World of Games . We've seen images of these sets previously, but this is our best look yet.
You can view the images on the Brickset flickr stream.
This image of one of the summer LoC sets we didn't have a picture for, has been found by grogall and posted on Eurobricks, along with a few others.
So even their hideout looks like a croc's mouth :-) Note that there are no new minifigs in this set.
I've added the main images to the database and you'll find the others at Eurobricks.
This year's airline special set, 4473 Police Helicopter, that we discussed last month is now more widely available and can be ordered from several airlines without needing to fly. Lluis G emailed last week to say he'd ordered it from Air Berlin (by snail-mail, I believe) and now British Airways list it on their High Life shop website, priced at £16.
It's perhaps one of the least interesting airline specials we've had in recent years (police... yawn...) but one that the aficionado of such things will need in their collection (that includes me :-) )
BILLUND, Denmark – LEGO® Architecture, which uses the LEGO brick to interpret the designs of iconic architecture around the world, has added another London landmark to the series - the BT Tower.
The BT Tower, formerly known as the Post Office Tower, is one of the most recognisable buildings in London. It was built to support microwave aerials.
“Every time I visit London I see the BT Tower on the horizon, so I wanted to recreate it in LEGO” says the architect and designer Eric Bedford Jr. In capturing the essence of the tower in LEGO bricks, Eric looked at the aesthetics rather than engineering, especially the use of colours, patterns and materials that define the ‘spiritual DNA’ of the building.
Construction of the Post Office Tower started in 1961 and was completed three years later. When built, it was the tallest building in London, at 189m (620ft) high. Today, it's still a major telecommunications hub, and has a rotating restaurant at the top.
LEGO Architecture products feature well-known buildings, and the work of important architects. Aimed at inspiring future architects, engineers, designers and architecture fans around the world, the range contains a booklet featuring step-by-step building instructions prefaced by history, information and photographs of each iconic building, its design origin, its architect and its architectural features.
The LEGO 21020 BT Tower will be available for purchase from June 1 in LEGO brand retail stores, LEGOLAND Stores and online at http://shop.lego.com. The product is designed for ages 12+ and includes a booklet with facts and history about the tower. Recommended retail price is $34.99 in the US, €34.99 in most European countries, and £29.99 in the UK.
Personally I think the building is a bit of an eyesore so I'm surprised LEGO has chosen it for the Architecture series. It seems that it's been designed by someone new: Eric Bedford Jr. Has anyone heard of him? The price seems a bit steep, for little more than a pile of 2x2 round parts, but then I guess that's par for the course these days for Architecture sets.
Nothing official has been revealed about this year's 'May the forth' Star Wars promotion, but there have been rumours circulating about the exclusive item that'll be available from brand stores and shop.LEGO.com for some time.
Now, this image has surfaced (on Eurobricks I believe) which substantiates the rumour: it will be Han Solo in Hoth garb. The accessory he's holding is a fur hat.
Thanks again to GrooveBricks for the news.
The price is expected to be €39.99 and it's likely to be available in selected stores only, rather than everywhere.
It seems LEGO is now selling minifig magnets singly in a fancy new blister pack. I haven't seen them before, or heard them mentioned, but eBay seller peterrut has several listed, including Iron Man, Batman and Boba Fett.
Presumably they are in the brand stores now. Have you seen them?
Thanks to bushellhimself2012 for the news.
Now listed for pre-order at the Walmart website. Due to be available on 2nd April, apparently. (Article rewritten following comments).
Thanks to Grogall for the news.
More details about this have emerged on Facebook: Just 20,000 will be made, it will be priced at US$199.99, CA$249.99, £139.99, €179.99, DKK1499, and will be available from August 1st 2013,
with pre-orders starting on July 1st.
Update: According to the official LEGO facebook page, the pre-orders are cancelled. /TD
UK retailer Argos has published the first images of 76003 Superman: Battle of Smallville.
Click through on the image to see the hi-res version on flickr. You'll find the hi-res white-background version on the set details page. I can't quite read the text under the minifigs, but it appears to contain Superman, General Zod, Colonel Hardy(?), Faora and Tor-An.
A better image of 76002 Superman: Metropolis Showdown was also published, so I've added it to the database.
Presumably the fact that they've beed added suggests that they'll be available soon.
Thanks JustTooGood and CapnRex101 for the heads-up
Grogall has uncovered hi-res images of the four Galaxy Squad sets that haven't been released in the USA yet. I've added them to the database, and you can see pictures of the boxes at Eurobricks. They look spectacular.
We're still waiting for the release of Galaxy Squad here in the UK, which is somewhat frustrating given they are available virtually everywhere else. When they do become available in the summer, all ten will be released simultaneously.
The official LEGO Technic Designers Blog revealed today a sneak preview of the winner of the Technic Challenge "YOU DESIGN IT, WE MAKE IT!"
It is shown in a new color scheme (blue, black and metallic silver) and cool decals. The rims have 6 holes and a white circle. Compare it to the rm88's winner entry and tell us your opinions!
In this competition LEGO Fans were asked to build a new bodywork for the LEGO Technic 4x4 Crawler. The winner was asked to help with the final design. Read more about it on the competition website.
Benjamin in Hungary has his hands on series 10 minifigs already, possibly obtained from KockaMania.hu and has posted these scans of the collectors' sheet and information about 'Mr. Gold' on flickr.
Hopefully it won't be too long now before they start appearing everywhere.
Update: See KockaMania's flickr-set with close-ups of every series 10 CMF!
You can see more details in the pics, especially the minifigures and decorations. What do you think of these sets?
China Airlines has the City Police Helicopter set 4473 listed in their in-flight shopping catalogue, priced at 23 USD / 18 EUR for 112-pieces.
109 Brickset members currently state that they own this set; it would be great if they could tell the rest of us where they each got their copy of this set from.
The forthcoming Blu-Ray release of The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey will be available packaged with an exclusive Bilbo Baggins minifig.
In the USA, it will be exclusively available in Target for $25. It's sure to turn up in other countries, so keep your eyes peeled at your local shops and websites and let us know if you find it advertised.
In the US, it's released on March 19th and in the UK it's out on 8th April.
Argos has listed series 10 minifigs and has provided this image showing them all, including the 'golden' chase figure.
Thanks to Teamladd who posted in the forum earlier. There is a higher-res image available at Argos, but unfortunately it's viewable only through their Flash zoomer. I haven't been able to locate the URL of the image: maybe you can...
Update: Murphquake has cracked it, and the hi-res image is now on flickr.
There's no word on release date, but they'll be priced at £1.99 again.
Having read that the polybags first seen in Sweden had been found in Danish Netto stores, I thought I'd try and track some down whilst in Copenhagen.
Normally Google Maps can be relied upon to find the location of specific stores in strange cities but on this occasion it was useless. The nearest one to my hotel was apparently 2 miles away. But, I had time to kill so I walked to it, only to find when I got there it was not a 'proper' Netto but a small food-only store. Being close to the city centre by this time, I walked into town, and on the way stumbled across another small branch. Still no joy.
Later that evening, I met up with Chris, wiredforsound, in the city and told him of my failure. He then said that there was a large Netto right next to the place he was staying, just 10 minutes from the hotel! So, on our way back home, we took a short detour to this branch and arrived just before it closed at 10pm. We found three solitary, lonely, polybags left: three 30183 Little Car, and, according to a shelf stacker, no more out the back.
The windscreen in particular is terrible and to make it worse there's a white plate in the middle underneath, making it look very un-uniform.
It fills a gap in my collection, but other than for that reason, I really can't recommend you take the trouble to track this one down. It's rubbish -- no wonder it was the only one left in the store!
My first thought when I saw it was, why on earth did they make it white again? When I look at the picture at Wookiepedia I see grey. Am I the only one? I converted my original UCS X-Wing to all grey and it looks far better. (I still have it assembled in storage: I'll have to dig it out to photograph). Hopefully it will be possible to do the same for this one.
jlbblue and murphquake have found new 'battle packs' in their local brand stores in the USA. 850617 features 4 policemen, accessories and a dog; 850618 contains 4 firemen and accessories; a third, not in the database yet because I'm waiting for confirmation of the set number, is a Ninjago one, containing blue and white Ninjas and two of this year's bad guys.
Okay, so I wasn't the first to post pictures of this new City set, although I haven't seen it pop up in any of the RSS feeds that I monitor, so it might be news to some of you. Set number 60026 Town Square is a somewhat strange collection of models that will be available as a 'market driven' product later in the year. That means it won't be available everywhere, probably just in one specific retailer per country. It will of course be available in brand stores and at shop.LEGO.com.
So what is it... well, most of what you see in this picture. A bike shop, a pizza shop, a statue, a crane, a bus and a street sweeper. I didn't think the gas station was part of it, but other sites are reporting that it is so I might have misunderstood. (Update: it's not)
The picture shows two bike shops placed side-by-side and, I believe, a larger pizza shop than will be in the set.
To my mind, the individual models don't really seem to form a coherent 'whole', but they will be handy to scatter around your city and of course make a great change from more of the same emergency services.
There are a few more photos on flickr.
This evening, the latest LEGO Star Wars UCS set, 10240 Red Five X-wing Starfighter, was exclusively unveiled at LEGOWorld Copenhagen.
Here's the official press release:
10240 - Red Five X-wing Starfighter
Ages 16+. 1,558 pieces.
Build the ultimate LEGO Star Wars X-wing Starfighter!
US $199.99 CA $249.99 DE 199.99€ UK 169.99 £ DK 1699.00 DKK
Collect and create the most highly detailed LEGO® Star Wars X-wing Starfighter ever produced. This iconic starfighter is featured in many of the most exciting Star Wars battle scenes, including the decisive battle scene above planet Yavin. Recreate the moment when Luke Skywalker’s X-wing delivered the proton torpedo that led to the destruction of the Imperial Death Star! With 1,558 pieces, this realistically detailed model features opening wings and cockpit, a special display stand, data sheet label and R2-D2.
- Includes R2-D2 atromech droid
- Features highly authentic detailing, and opening wings and cockpit
- Includes 1,558 pieces
- Measures over 10" (26cm) high, 20" (52cm) long and 18" (46cm) wide
- Includes display stand and data sheet label!
Available for sale directly through LEGO beginning May 2013 via shop.LEGO.com, LEGO Stores or via phone.
Huw is currently attending LEGOWorld Copenhagen and will add the pictures to the set details page as soon as he can. In the meantime, I've uploaded the pictures to Flickr and you can see them here.
Update: Here's a link to the designer video on YouTube, enjoy.
If video is your thing, Jason and the Brick Show team have started uploading videos from the NY toy fair. Here's the first one, of the Council of Elrond, and here's the playlist where they'll be adding them throughout the day.
Toy Ark seems to be the first off the blocks with pictures from the NY toy fair. They've posted quite a few galleries already, which I've linked to below.
Star Wars -- including Jabba's Sail Barge, left.
Legends Of Chima
Lord of the Rings
Unfortunately, they don't seem to know what's unreleased and what's already in the shops, so they are photographing everything. You'll need to spot the good stuff yourself. When you've done so, post the URL in the comments of anything that catches your eye.
Update: more images at Figures.com.
Update: Using the box images from Figures.com I've removed the keystoning and added them to the database. This query will show them all (plus a few we already had).
Here's a picture of another Lone Ranger set, courtesy of Toy Ark, which is priced at $30. No further details have been provided.
Thanks BrickboxTV for the news.
It will contain 7 minifigs: The Lone Ranger/John Reid (played by Armie Hammer), Tonto (Johnny Depp), Rebecca Reid (Ruth Wilson), Danny Reid (James Badge Dale), Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner), Latham Cole (Tom Wilkinson) and Captain Jay Fuller (Barry Pepper).
The train looks pretty cool, perhaps more so than might have been expected. I'm surprised that it comes with a loop of track; usually that's left out to cut costs.
The LEGO set description reads:
"The chase is on to save Rebecca and Danny from Butch Cavendish and his gang of henchmen onboard the speeding train, Constitution!
- Help Tonto to place the dynamite and blow up the water tower to stop the speeding train in its tracks!
- Ride to the rescue with the Lone Ranger alongside on his trusty horse, Silver.
- Jump aboard the highly detailed locomotive with 3 cars and dodge the gatling gun!
- Uncover the secret coal wagon hideout, blow the prison wagon door with the dynamite and escape to safety with Rebecca and Danny!"
The New York Toy Fair starts tomorrow so we should see a lot more news like this emerge over the weekend. Unfortunately there won't be any Brickset staff at the event but we'll do our best to keep you informed of where to look for the top stories.
(Thanks MrCurtis for the news).
Brickset member nerick906 has discovered set 40054 Beach Scene for sale on eBay UK, albeit with a hefty price tag of almost £10. This is the first reported sighting of this polybag 'in the flesh', and we do not have any details as yet of its planned release date and pricing.
Seen this set for sale elsewhere? Let us know in the comments.
There's no set number visible, but it might be 21018, which is slated for release this year.
Barnes and Noble has published pictures and set names of three Iron Man 3 sets. They are:
As I said after I saw them at the toy fair, and as you can now see, they are somewhat under whelming. The figures, as ever, look great but the rest of the sets are a little lacklustre, IMO.
Thanks to eagle-eyed dezslade for the news.
Update: Unsurprisingly, we've been asked to remove the images by LEGO. They are still on the B&N site, but probably not for long.
Update: They've been removed from the B&N website now. I hope you saved a copy!
... well, at least, it seems to love some VIPs who've been sent this red-chrome minifig and a Valentine's card.
mmaldony emailed the picture and said "I received a Valentine's Day card in the mail today from LEGO with an Exclusive LEGO VIP Key Chain - #853303, item #4644591. The card says it is a thank you for being a valued LEGO VIP. It was sent from LEGO UK in Derby to my Austrian address."
Update: I've had it confirmed by the LEGO affiliate manager that these are being shipped to VIPs in Europe and North America, and most should begin arriving on 7th February.
Update 2 : We've been told by the folks at LEGO that not every VIP member will get one of these key chains - only "the most active and engaged VIP members based on a list of criteria including purchase frequency". So fingers crossed !
Joe Meno, who provided us with the first set of photos to be published, has uploaded more to his flickr stream. (thanks R4-G9)
Austrian site Spieletest.at has published videos and photos, including some of sets that we haven't seen before, and which were not shown at the London toy fair, such as this Grand Prix truck, 60025. (thanks Aanchir)
Take a look through the galleries and let us know what catches you eye.
The New York toy fair starts on Sunday, February 10th. Expect loads more pictures then...
I've taken Joe's photo of the castle from the previous post and straightened it out (using DxO Viewpoint, if you're interested) so we can get a better view of it. As you can see it's a decent size, and decent design. The good guys are light grey and blue with lions on their sheilds, whilst the bag guys are black and red, with dragons on their shields. As I said after seeing it at London, I don't think there are any new helmet, weapon or armour designs.
It bears more than a passing resemblance to the very first minifig castle, 375, doesn't it!
The first to arrive is one of the Coast Guard helicopter, 60013. As I said in my toy fair report, LEGO is pitching these at a young age range, so it's slightly juniorised. The new nose/cockpit piece looks very nice though. Apparently it's based on the Sea King helicopter.
If HERO Factory is your thing, R4-G9 sent me this link to an image on Twitter of Jet Rocka earlier.
If you come across any more photos out there, do let us know in the comments, and I'll update this article as I add to flickr.
Update: Fedro Photo has uploaded a few images to flickr, including of the mobile crane. (Thanks Combee)
Update: Bedtime got in the way! Joe sent more images overnight which I've added to flickr. Here are some highlights: Castle, Galaxy Squad and City airport.
Now you can see why I was under whelmed when I saw them at the London toy fair...
(Thanks Bill and others that emailed).
Grogall has uncovered more instructions for the 2013 MMMB sets, 40061-40072 so we now have a complete set, except for November, when Europe and the USA usually have different models, due to Thanksgiving.
These MMMB (Monthly Mini Model Build) sets are given away at an event at the start of every month at LEGO brand stores. They are hard to get hold of: not only do you need to be at the store on the right day and at the right time, you also need to have a child with you, because they are supposed to be given out to kids only. Dates and times are publicised at stores.LEGO.com.
Until the end of 2011 they were not so much sets but consisted of an instruction card and a pile of loose bricks that you gathered for yourself in-store. However, due to obvious problems with this arrangement, since January 2012 they've been bagged up in clear polybags and given proper set numbers.
By the end of 2013 there will have been 69 or 70 MMMBs. In July 2010, LEGO started publishing the instructions online but only makes them available for a month. However, we've been archiving them, so you can download them from links in the search results.
Some of this year's look very nice, particularly the animals. Even if you can't get to the shop to get the official set, you can have a go at building them from parts in your collection. I certainly intend to.
This picture, which as far as I can tell is not watermarked 'Confidential', shows two of the buildable Chima figs.
As you can see from the watermark it does have, it came from bionifigs.com, which is a very unpleasant to look at French forum. Unfortunately I can't find the original post there to link to. Unlike other LEGO news sites we are very careful to properly attribute the source of every article we publish, so I apologise for not being able to do so here. Thanks, though, to Geddes for posting it in the forrm.
You can now see what I was trying to describe: they are similar to last year's Super Heroes figs, but with new heads, hands (in the case of the lion) and weapons. Personally I think they, like most buildable figures, look terrible but no doubt you'll tell us your views in the comments.
In China, 2013 is the year of the Snake, which begins on 10th February. To celebrate this and, I suspect, to increase interest in the brand in China, which is now the second largest economy in the world, LEGO has released this set 10250 Year of the Snake.
Instructions for it appeared on the LEGO Customer Services page a few weeks ago; now we've received reports that it's been seen in Chinese shops. Chris in Shanghai bought one from his local Carrefour, for 249 CNY (~£25/$40), and there's quite a few for sale on Taobao (Chinese eBay). There are some lots on eBay.com at the moment, and I suspect it's only a matter of time before they appear in eBay.co.uk and BrickLink, although you'll probably need to pay through the nose for one :-)
LEGO has apologised for not having this ready for the launch last week. It's now available on YouTube and, in recognition of the value of the designer videos, I've added a new 'Video' tab to the set details page into which the video has been embedded which should make them easier to find in the future.
So far I've only added the Palace Cinema one just to check it all works, but in time I will add links to them all. In fact, if you'd like to help gather the data for them I'd be very grateful. All that's needed is the YouTube ID for the video which in Palace Cinema's case is vCjG9nfY2nsk. Get in touch if you can help!
The next modular building will be a Cinema! What, you knew that already?! It's been the worst kept secret by LEGO, hasn't it!
Today the set was finally officially revealed at BrickFair, Alabama, by Kevin Hinkle.
Here's all you need to know about it:
10232 Palace Cinema, 2,194 pieces, available in March
US $149.99, CA $199.99, DE 139,99€, UK £119.99, DK 1,099.00 DKK
Build a grand premiere at the Palace Cinema!
It's premiere night at the Palace Cinema! Illuminate the night sky with the spotlights as the child star arrives in a fancy black limousine! Gather the crowd on the star-studded sidewalk, then head into the detailed lobby with a concession stand and ticket area! Take the grand staircase into the theater with a large screen, movie projector and reclining chairs for 6 minifigures.
Introducing the latest addition to the LEGO Modular Buildings series, the highly detailed, 2-story Palace Cinema corner building. This collectable model features a sidewalk of the stars, brick-built entrance doors, posters, sign frontage, a tower with spires and rooftop decorations. Includes 6 minifigures: child actress, chauffeur, female guest, male guest, photographer and cinema worker.
- Includes 6 minifigures: child star, chauffeur, female guest, male guest, photographer and cinema worker.
- Features brick-built entrance doors, posters, sign frontage, tower with spires and rooftop decoration, lobby, concession stand, ticket area, staircase, big screen, projector and reclining seats for 6 minifigures.
- Vehicles include classic-style limousine.
- Hard-to-find elements include a red baseplate and dark tan, dark red, and gold pieces.
- Seat a 6-minifigure audience in the reclining seats!
- Play on the star-studded sidewalk, in the detailed lobby or in the big-screen theater!
- Collect and build an entire town with the LEGO® Modular Buildings collection: 10224 Town Hall, 10218 Pet Shop and 10211 Grand Emporium!
- Palace Cinema measures 15" (38cm) high, 10" (25.5cm) wide, and 10" (25.5cm) deep.
- Limousine measures 1.6" (4cm) high, 5.9" (15cm) long, and 1.9" (5cm) wide.
LEGO has provided a number of alternative set images which you can find on the set details page.
Sears.ca has published a watermarked image of forthcoming LotR set, 79007 Battle at the Black Gate.
The product description reads: "Fly the Great Eagle high above the Black Gate of Mordor where Aragorn and Gandalf the White must distract the Eye of Sauron. Use them to stage a scene while Frodo Baggins and his friend Sam throw the One Ring into the fiery depths of Mount Doom and destroy it forever. To reach the Ring's final destination, you must defeat the Mouth of Sauron and the Mordor Orcs positioned high in the spiked gate walls. Then breach the gate and lead the attack on the enemy!
"Includes a Great Eagle and 5 minifigures with weapons: Aragorn, Gandalf the White, Mouth of Sauron and 2 Mordor Orcs."
I won't be linking to it or displaying it here; a large corporation like Sears should really know better than to breach confidentiality with LEGO and I suspect now that the issue has been highlighted here, it will be removed before long.
So, go and find it for yourself while you still can :-)
Thanks to TheBrickTeen and several others for bringing it to our attention.
If you've been keeping an eye on our new instructions page you may have noticed that LEGO Customer Services published instructions for another batch of forthcoming polybags and Monthly Model Mini-Builds earlier this week.
Next job: get the instruction scanner to post a news article when it finds new ones :-)
15 years after the release of the original Mindstorms, LEGO has announced the next generation, called EV3, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
It looks to be a massive upgrade from NXT, both in terms of hardware and software, and a big change is that you don't need a PC (or Mac) to program it: you can do so on the EV3 itself or from your iOS or Android device.
LEGO Mindstorms EV3 will be available in the second half of 2013 and will have a suggested retail price of $349.99(USD), €349.99 (EUR) and $399.99 (CAD).
A couple of Lone Ranger polybags have come to light, thanks to flickr user motayan, together with images of others that we listed earlier in the week.
30261, pictured, Tonto's Campfire features Tonto and, er, a campfire and 30260, Lone Ranger's Pump Car contains, believe it or not, the Lone Ranger and a pump car. It's a shame the images are not a bit bigger such that we could get a good look at the minifigs.
Via Toys N Bricks.
Flickr user motayan has posted a set of images of 10232 Palace Cinema.
I've no idea where he got them from, they look as if they should accompany an official press release, but that hasn't been forthcoming yet.
Unfortunately they are all a bit small so we can't appreciate them fully but they are big enough to be able to see that it's absolutely gorgeous!
Following the discovery of four Star Wars polybags yesterday at LEGO.com's replacement parts page, pictures of them have appeared at, among other places, Hoth Bricks. They can all be seen here.
They all look superb, don't they!
Closer examination of the replacement parts page at LEGO.com by whung has revealed more polybags:
- 30066 Duplo Circus
- 30166 Robin and Redbird Cycle
- 30167 Iron Man vs. Fighting Drone
- 30183 Little Car
- 30222 Police Helicopter
- 30240 Star Wars Z-95 Headhunter
- 30241 Star Wars Gauntlet
- 30242 Star Wars Republic Frigate
- 30243 Star Wars Umbarran MHC
No pictures yet, but if you click through on the numbers you can see the parts that'll be in them.
The page has also revealed names for the seasonal sets:
- 40052 Springtime Scene
- 40053 Easter Bunny with Basket
- 40054 Summer Scene
- 40055 Halloween Pumpkin
- 40056 Thanksgiving Feast
- 40057 Fall Scene
- 40058 Decorating the Tree
- 40059 Santa Sleigh
And also a few other curiosities:
Member kelphazard found this new Friends polybag, 30106 Ice Cream Stand, in a Target in Los Angeles, priced at $4.99. The five Friends polybags that were available earlier in the year were highly sought after so if you get the opportunity, go and grab a few of these while you can.
grogall has uncovered this picture of the next modular building, Palace Cinema. The image has come from shop.LEGO.com, as you can see, but it's not for sale there yet and there's no word on official release date or prices. It must be imminent, though, given the picture's been put on the server.
Note the clear 'Creator Expert' labelling, which it's believed will be used for all LEGO Exclusives (that are not obviously attached to another theme) in future.
The image's release was probably inadvertent, so we may be asked to remove it.
The official release date for Legends of Chima, in the UK at least, is 26th December, and it's been noticed that some branches of Toys R Us have already started getting displays ready for the launch. However, some shops have started selling them early, including John Lewis and my local branch of Smyths. Why, then, haven't we started posting reviews and images already? Well, LEGO has sent us some sets to review and requested that we don't publish until Boxing Day, so expect a flurry of activity then, both here and at other sites.
In the meantime, to whet your appetite, here are scans of the pages of the instructions of 70000, that I bought yesterday, showing five of the six tribes that are at war. In the blue (good) corner we have lions and eagles, and in the red (bad) corner we have crocodiles, ravens and wolves. It's interesting that the good side does not show gorillas, which are mentioned in the Toy News article. I can only surmise that they are going to appear later in the year, maybe coming to the rescue or something.
The latest version of the LEGO consumer catalogue, covering sets available in early 2013, is starting to arrive in eager customer's hands, and it reveals the line up of The Lone Ranger sets. D-Dennis in Germany has sent us some photos of the pages in the catalogue ...
You can see the images here -
Image 1 - Stagecoach Escape & Comanche Camp
Image 2 - Danger in the Silver Mine & Cavalry Set
Image 3 - Colby City Duel & Train Chase
Details taken from the images -
- 79106 - Kavallerie Set, 14,99€ ('Cavalry Set')
- 79107 - Lager der Comanchen, 29,99€ ('Comanche Camp')
- 79108 - Flucht mit der Postkutsche, 49.99€ ('Stagecoach Escape')
- 79109 - Duell in Colby City, 59,99€ ('Colby City Duel')
- 79110 - Gefahr in der Silbermine, 79,99€ ('Danger in the Silver Mine')
- 79111 - Eisenbahnjagd, 99,99€ ('Train Chase')
The sets are listed as being available from May in Germany; but dates may vary by country.
Many, many thanks to D-Dennis for sending the photos to us.
[Set names translated by Google Translate].
Toys R Us (UK) has added eleven Friends sets, and states they'll be available on December 26th.
The best of the bunch, in terms of interestingness, price and parts are the three foil-packed 'animals with houses' collectables sets, such as this adorable Squirrels Tree House.
Priced at just £2.99 (even in TRU), they look to be a bargain for what's inside them and definitely worth picking up multiples of. I guess they appear to be better value than other low-priced Friends sets because they don't contain a mini-doll.
(Thanks to number5 for the news).
Yesterday's trawl of LEGO.com's instructions page revealed two new Galaxy Squad polybags along with new instructions for 2013 sets which, as always, you can see listed on our new instructions page.
30230, pictured, is called 'Mini Mech', and 30231 'Space Insectoid'.
Furthermore, inventories for the Hobbit sets have been added to LEGO.com. Links to them are on our new new inventories page.
The LEGO web team has stared to upload images for the 2013 sets in preparation for them going on sale. There are main and alternate images for many City and Creator sets, and bizarrely, this one Galaxy Squad set. I've added them all here so you can see them easily, and more importantly, find them again easily in the future. (Thanks to Frederick for prompting me to download them all).
Seems they are going to post more images, presumably of the fronts, next Monday.
Thanks to everyone who emailed while I was having my tea!
As you have probably read elsewhere, the figures that'll be in collectable minifig series 10 and 11 came to light yesterday in the forum, and while I'm a bit late reporting the news, I'm glad to see that a new feature of Brickset was used to create the news.
Using our new parts browser, Aanchir found a number of new pieces that are not listed in any inventories at LEGO.com yet, and someone (sorry, not sure who) has put together the parts images in Photoshop or similar and created pictures of many of them, such as this 'bee woman'. You can see them all in a gallery on flickr.
The full lists, which I think originated from the team at The Daily Brick, are as follows:
Series 10 (71001, summer 2013)
- Sea Captain
- Sad Clown
- Bumblebee Girl
- Roman Commander
- Warrior Woman
- Tomahawk Warrior
- Baseball Fielder
- Revolution Soldier
- Motorcycle Mechanic
- Paintball Player
Series 11 (71002, autumn 2013)
- Evil Mech
- Lady Robot
- Jazz Musician
- Holiday Elf
- Bavarian Lady
- Mountain Climber
- Tiki Warrior
- Gingerbread Man
- Dinner Waitress
LEGO has added images for The Hobbit sets to their server although as far as I can see they are not actually listed in the shop yet. We therefore have some great alternative images for them now which you can see on the set details pages linked to here.
Toys R Us (UK) seems to have put them on the shelves in most branches before they should. My local (Portsmouth) had four of the six out (no Goblin King or Wargs) this morning. It has been said in the comments to yesterday's article that 79004 Barrel Escape is a TRU exclusive in the UK which is plausible given that neither Smyths nor Amazon are listing it, so we are unlikely to see it at a discount for a while, if at all.
They seem to be available in the USA in many stores as well now, including Wal-Mart, so I'm told. (BTW, Happy Thanksgiving...)
I'm glad to see that CupIsHalfEmpty went back to the Canadian TRU and purchased the Galaxy Squad sets yesterday and has posted more scans and photos on flickr.
Included among them is this one that shows the rest of the range. I've cut out the box images and added them to the database.
Having seen them all now, I can have a 'I told you so' moment. Back in September when the 'Galaxy Squad' name was first 'discovered', I predicted that the theme would be influenced by the movie Starship Troopers, which I think is really rather good, although it turned out in the comments to that article that not many of you agree.
Anyway, compare the 'bug' in these pictures and tell me they are not similar ;-)
However I was wrong about them not being an early-in-2013 release, and I'm glad to be...
User ACSpaude reports being able to purchase Technic set 42011 at Toys R Us in Madison, WI, for $21.99. Set contains 158-pieces.
Brickset member CupIsHalfEmpty has found two Galaxy Squad sets in TRU, Winnipeg, Canada, already! He found the smallest 70700 Space Swarmer and the largest, 70705 Bug Obliterator. I've added the images to the database and I've uploaded the full-sized perspective-corrected images to flickr where you can see them in their full resolution glory, below.
CupIsHalfEmpty has added other pictures of what he found on the shelves to his flickr stream.
The latest to catch my eye are a couple of Galaxy Squad ones, which you can see better pictures of at Hoth Bricks.
The insect-y chap on the right looks just like those in the cartoon picture from the club magazine.
I'm not going to cast assertions as to how the seller obtained them: I will let you make your own mind up. As far as we know these sets are not even due for release in January, unless they are not destined for regular retailers which would explain why none are listing them yet (and why they are not in the Jan-May 2013 retailers' catalogue).
Nevertheless they look very cool and I look forward to being able to buy them legitimately.
This follows the image Dr. Splitz that appeared in the Polish club magazine a week ago.
2 down, 14 to go :-)
Update: to save being bombarded with hundreds more emails about the alien trooper that popped up in a video, here's alink to it at GrooveBricks.
13 to go...
Thanks to grogall and murphquake in the forum we now have pictures of the set that'll be available when you spend a certain amount over the Thanksgiving weekend at the end of November.
3300014 features a horse pulling a sleigh, a snow scene and four minifigs, so it's a pretty good freebie!
The qualifying spend is believed to be €75, £50 and $99.
Update: Instructions for this set have been posted at LEGO.com Customer Services.
However news just in, suggests that some Fred Meyer stores in the USA have already started selling the sets.
Meanwhile in the UK, Toys R Us has listed four of the sets, which it says will be available on Dec. 01:
Let's hope the 10% TRU markup is included in those prices.
As you may have read in the forum, whung found images of all the TMNT sets on the LEGO image server and posted the links on Eurobricks earlier today, including this 'recently discovered' set Baxter Robot Rampage which is likely to be a 'limited edition' set available only in certain stores.
I've added the 'out of box' images to the database, you'll find them in the TMNT theme browser.
The minifig lineup is believed to be as follows:
- 79100: foot soldier, Michelangelo, The Kraang (in some slug-like guise)
- 79101: foot soldier, Donatello, Shredder
- 79102: foot soldier, Raphael, Fishface
- 79103: foot soldier, Leonardo, Raphael, Splinter, Dark Ninja
- 79104: foot soldier, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Dogpound, The Kraang
- 79105: Donatello, Raphael, April O'Neil and Baxter Stockman (thanks to commenters for providing their names).
This picture of a Jekyll/Hyde minifig has appeared in the Polish LEGO club magazine in an advert for collectable minifigs. I guess he could be the Dr. Splitz that's in the alleged list of figures that'll be in series 9.
Thanks to nori for news and scan.
They look like an updated version of 1998's Insectoids, which is no bad thing, and interesting because I believe Mads Nipper, Executive VP Market & Products, LEGO Group, said at AFOLCON that his favourite LEGO theme was Insectoids :-)
I certainly like what I see, it has a lot of potential, and if LEGO_Nabii has been involved they are bound to be great!
The Daily Brick has published what it believes is a list of collectable minifigures series 9:
- Alien Trooper
- Chicken Suit Guy
- Maid Marion
- Heroic Knight
- Fortune Teller
- Dr. Splitz
- Roller Derby Girl
- Battle Mech
- Downtown Cop
- Hollywood Starlet
As the team over there says, this series appears to have many completely new minifigs, rather then just changed genders. I know someone who will be particularly pleased with the Roller Derby Girl if that turns out to be true!
No more is known about them at the moment other than they are scheduled for release in January and will be in silver packets.
The microsite at LEGO.com went live today. It's only a teaser, but it has this and another image to, er, tease us with.
If you want to see the real thing, this eBay lot shows a great photo of Razcal from 70000 Razcal's Raven Glider, and this photo gallery shows most of the sets out of the box (unfortunately the images are still a bit on the small side). And finally, The Brick Show team has posted a video review of the Razcal minifig on YouTube.
It's getting exciting, isn't it... :-)
Update: I've added the out-of-box pictures to the database. They reveal a couple of things that weren't so obvious (to me anyway) on the box images:
- The vehicles are all made to look like animals: bird, eagle, lion, reptile, crocodile, wolf. The eagle looks great, but I'm not so sure about the others.
- The Speedorz are not pull-back motors as I had originally speculated, but seem to be powered by rip-cord. Presumably you hold them in your hand, insert cord, pull it out to set the wheel spinning, then put them onto the ground or table. Each set seems to make some sort of challenge: go through the fire ring, knock down the boulders, pass through the gates, etc. I guess it might be fun, and presumably the cards add an element of randomness to the gameplay. We'll have to wait and see...
Hot on the heels of Elrond, here's the free minifig that's given away with pre-orders of LEGO City Undercover video game.
To avoid confrontation in the comments, I won't tell you where the figure is made this time :-)
Thanks to Alex G for sending us the photo.
Here's the exclusive LotR Elrond minifig that's available when you pre-order the LEGO Lord of the Rings video game. In the USA I'm told it's only available in Game Stop.
Unfortunately, according to the back of the polybag, like other minifigs of its ilk, it's not made in Europe or Mexico so won't be quite as good as those that are.
Thanks to BrickPusher for the picture.
Head on over to the LEGO YouTube channel to see a video for The Hobbit set, Riddles of the Ring.
Update by Huw: There's a neat Hobbit section at LEGO.com that's revealing the sets one a week, which has some great images of the sets. The best part of it is that it's not Flash-based.
Thanks again to skipper1011 for this news!
The first pictures of four of series 1 and 2 of the Friends collectables have been found on the German website, along with most of the Creator sets. It's a bit of a PITA to find them on the site though. I've downloaded 10,000 images and visually sifted through them to find the LEGO ones. I've probably missed some, so more images will probably surface later.
The German website did indeed have a few more 2013 images: most of the first wave of Friends boxed sets. It looks as if the girls are having fun after school: soccer practice, karate, magic, music and swimming!
A number of smaller LEGO blogs have taken to republishing news that first appears here without attributing the original source, which annoys me. By all means republish but ensure that a link back to Brickset is included. Let's see which ones pick this story up and don't do so. Shall I name and shame?
Thanks to Anak for the detective work!
Vidiator uncovered this picture on a German website, It's a beauty, isn't it!
There might be larger images of other 2013 sets on the site too but I haven't been able to find them. If you can, please let me know.
Given the flurry of activity last night, I thought it worth summarizing what the early new year launches are likely to be:
Bricks and More, 6 sets.
These are branded 'For Young Builders'. We have images for two; both of which come in very smart looking carry cases.
City, 13 sets.
More fire, more police, but also three great looking trucks. The fuel tanker and the cement mixer look really cool!
Creator, 11 sets.
Other than the Horizon Express, we have no images yet of other Creator sets.
Duplo, 18 sets.
We haven't found any images of Duplo sets yet but we have 18 sets listed, including zoo-theme ones and Little Mermaid (Ariel) additions to the Disney Princess range.
Friends, 12 sets in January, 3 in May.
No pictures yet. Eight sets will be 'normal' boxed sets; the other six are foil pack collectables, three due in January and three more in May.
HERO Factory, 8 sets.
More of the same...
Legends of Chima, 18 sets.
Nine 'normal' sets, plus seven Speedorz, numbered 3-9, a Chi Battles set (the one that appeared on eBay in the summer) which presumably has numbers 1 and 2 in it, and an Ultimate Tournament set.
Ninjago, 6 sets.
Six regular sets, no spinners.
Star Wars, 11 sets in January, 3 in May.
Eight boxed sets, three Planet sets in January and another three in May-ish.
Super Heroes, 5 sets.
Four that will form the regular retail selection, plus Arkum Asylum.
Technic, 8 sets.
Some look great (the excavator), others are just more of the same...
TMNT, 5 sets.
We have pictures of three, the others have yet to surface.
Some of the above sets will almost certainly appear in the US shops just before, or after Thanksgiving, so you do not have long to wait. For us in Europe, we'll probably see some of them in brand stores the week before Christmas.
- Bricks and More, 6 sets.
WOG.ch has also published photos of two of the three City vehicles that are to be released in January: 60017 a roadside assistance truck, and this yellow cement mixer, which looks absolutely fabulous, and possibly the best 2013 set I've seen so far...
So, now we can get an idea of what they are like, what do you think? Here's the back-story again that might help make sense of them:
"The kingdom of Chima is a magical land in which very advanced species dominate. These creatures speak and act like people. They use vehicles and machines and live in amazing castles and fortresses. They have claws, teeth, tails, and some are equipped with wings. Now they are at war with each other...
"Chima was once a pure, natural paradise, but heavily armed barbarian species have changed it and now best friends have become sworn enemies of each other. Ruthless weapons destroyed the once sacred temples. Blood-thirsty vehicles battle each other in fatal duels in the forest.
"The creatures are fiercely fighting over a powerful natural resource called Chi. which is the source of life but also unimaginable destruction.
"Only a few brave heroes in Chima understand the true nature of Chi, and that its misuse leads to the total destruction of Chima. The stories of these heroes and those who want to destroy them are known as ’The Legends of Chima'."
The Speedorz sets, those that will comprise the gaming element of the theme, have a price of 20 Chf, which I think is about £13 or US$20, so they will be significantly more expensive than the Ninjago spinners they are replacing. They appear to be some sort of two-wheeled vehicle, with a pull-back motor, and some other structure with which they interact.
I now know for certain that the pictures will be removed from WOG.ch within 24 hours, once the 'Brickset effect' kicks in :)
First mentioned in the forum, while I was watching TV with my wife and not paying attention to the site :-)
I don't know what it is with Swiss websites this year, but they have been the source of many a leak recently. The latest has appeared on one called WOG.ch which has listed two sets we hadn't seen pictures of before: 76000 Batman vs. Mr Freeze - Aquaman on Ice and 76004 Spider-Man - Spider-Cycle Chase. They are a bit small but you can just about make out that the former will come with three minifigs, Batman, Mr. Freeze and, presumably Aquaman, while the latter will come with Spider-Man and (I'm told) Venom and a gun-wielding Nick Fury in the vehicle.
I predict the pictures will be removed from WOG.ch within 24 hours, once the 'Brickset effect' kicks in :)
Thanks to Kez for the news!
CM4S posted images of 79102 Stealth Shell in Pursuit and 79103 Turtle Lair Attack in the forum overnight. I've no idea where they came from, and given they have no LEGO logo on them they look a bit 'dodgy' but the absence of any confidential watermarking means I can use them in the database. (Update: here's the original source).
Head on over to the LEGO YouTube channel to see a video for The Hobbit set, The Goblin King Battle.
Thanks to cjg for this news!
James S ordered one on Tuesday and received it today. There's no number on the tag, and the helmet and visor are not removable. So, his identity remains a secret :-)
Brickset member murphquake (Bill Murphy) is at NYCC and has photographed the instructions for the NYCC landspeeder tin. It looks as if there are some new and rare parts in this one so it might not be as easy to make as the other two.
You can download them as a PDF exclusively from Brickset.
If you're at the event, don't forget to visit the I LUG NY display, which has been put on at the request of LEGO. "We've got 60+ feet of LEGO SW/LOTR/DC & Marvel in Section 1B booth #201. It's actually just downstairs from the main hall and we're really proud of the display, so we'd like the AFOL community to come on by" says Bill.
He's also posting some cool stuff on flickr, so keep an eye out during the day.
Head on over to the LEGO YouTube channel to see a video for The Hobbit set, An Unexpected Gathering.
Thanks to skipper1011 for this news!
The details are:
76001: $39.99, Piece Count: 368, Minifigures: Batman, Bane, Commissioner Gordon
76005: $49.99, Piece Count: 476, Minifigures: Spider-Man, Doctor Doom, Jonah Jameson, Nova, Beetle
Both sets will be available in January, or more likely, after Thanksgiving in the USA.
This picture of 79104, The Shellraiser Street Chase, and others has surfaced on non-LEGO sites (shame on LEGO for stitching up AFOL sites, again...)
It, and others that show the minifigs, have been posted on Gizmodo.
I'm hoping for an official press release later from LEGO but I won't hold my breath...
The set comes with Leonardo, Michelangelo, Dogpound, The Kraang a foot soldier minifigs, which is different to what Gizmodo claims: don't they know Leonardo wears blue and Michelangelo orange? :-)
(Thanks to commenters in the earlier thread)
FBTB is reporting that today, at 3pm EST, the TMNT sets will be unveiled at New York Comic Con. That's 8 pm in London, isn't it?
This is a theme that frankly, I have no interest in whatsoever. I was too old to have watched the cartoons as a kid and my daughters weren't interested in them when they were young.
Still, with 2013 shaping up to be a fairly interesting year, at least there'll be some sets that I won't need to buy.
What are your thoughts on them? Will you buy them? What do you think the turtle minifigs will look like?
Thanks to TAFOL for the news, and sorry this post is rather brief, I'm just on my way out to a concert!
Update: I've added the images to the database and also added names of the Lone Ranger sets, that have been provided by a source that wants to remain anonymous. See everything we know about 2013 on the new 2013 year browsing page.
Update: Swiss shop Thali has removed the images :-)
It's a bit lo-res but you can just about make out what they'll be like.
Hopefully someone will do a decent scan of it soon. If you know more about it, or if there is one out there already, please post in the comments.
Update: Missingno has provided some great scans on flickr. I've added them here (I hope he doesn't mind :-) ) but check out his gallery for higher-resolution versions.
The newest LEGO exclusive, 10937 – Arkham Asylum, was unveiled in Seattle during Brick Con. Arkham Asylum is the famous ‘sanitarium’ from the Batman comics, movies, and TV shows, and features many of Batman’s most iconic villains who have wound up imprisoned due to their less than stable, mental states.
Here's the full press release:
10937 Batman - Arkham Asylum Breakout, 1,619 pieces.
US $159.99 CA $209.99 DE 159.99€ UK £129.99 DK 1399.00 DKK
The villains have broken out of Arkham Asylum and must be stopped!
Sound the alarm! The Joker, The Penguin, Poison Ivy and Scarecrow have escaped from Arkham Asylum with the help of Dr. Harleen Quinzel. These villains are about to wreak havoc in the streets of Gotham City! Help Caped Crusaders Batman and Robin swoop into action and put those good-for-nothing criminals back where they belong! Chase after the security van as it breaks through the gothic gates! Then throw each villain back behind bars in 8 highly detailed rooms. Includes 8 minifigures: Batman, Robin, The Joker, The Penguin, Poison Ivy, Dr. Harleen Quinzel, Scarecrow and a guard, all with assorted weapons or accessories.
- Includes 8 minifigures: Batman, Robin, The Joker, The Penguin, Poison Ivy, Dr. Harleen Quinzel, Scarecrow and a guard, all with assorted weapons.
- Features Arkham Asylum, security gate, gothic décor, moss, vines and ice elements.
- Vehicles include security van.
- Security van features opening back doors, removable roof and stretcher.
- Arkham Asylum features opening cell doors, special Poison Ivy cell with transparent doors, the Mr. Freeze icy tower room, the Dr. Harleen Quinzel office and changing room, medical treatment room and security reception area.
- Security gate features opening double doors and security camera.
- Weapons include Batarang and kendo stick.
- Recapture the villains!
- Break through the gate with the security van!
- Open all of the cell doors and let the villains out!
- Unleash The Joker from his cage restraints in the security van!
- Arkham Asylum measures over 12" (32cm) high, 13" (34cm) wide and 5" (14cm) deep.
- Security van measures over 2" (7cm) high, 5" (13cm) long and 2" (6cm) wide.
- Security gate measures over 5" (12cm) high and 9" (24cm) wide.
Available for sale directly through LEGO beginning January 2013.
This dinky landspeeder comes with a Luke minifig and once again it looks as if it'll be easy enough to make from parts you have already.
Update: beegeedee has had a go at reverse-engineering the model in LDD and has posted instructions in the forum.
I guess this new turkey (40033) must be appearing in brand stores now, in the USA at least, because there are some listed on eBay already.
Like the other turkey polybags that have been released recently, to which this one bears more than a passing resemblance, I don't suppose it'll be available outside North America. Hopefully I'm wrong, though...
This set, which will be the first of a new Creator 'Expert' series, has just been revealed at the LEGO fan weekend in Skaerbaek, Denmark.
10233 Horizon Express, 1,351 pieces.
Build the ultimate high-speed LEGO passenger train!
US $129.99, CA $149.99, DE 99.99€, UK £79.99, DK 899.00 DKK. Available in January.
Fly down the track in the Horizon Express! Collect this highly detailed LEGO interpretation of a modern, high-speed electric passenger train! The detailed body features black train windows, brick-built chevron detailing, extendable pantographs, printed windscreen and brick-built doors. Remove the roof to play inside two detailed passenger cars! Steer from the front engine car with a control panel and brick-built electrical box! Then take to the tracks in luxury with the first-class car’s seats, luggage, newspapers, computer screen and even a bathroom with sliding door!
The rear car features a bar with hinged counter, tables for the passengers with seats, a coffee machine, cups and bottles. For the ultimate high-speed experience, attach a second Horizon Express model, or motorize it by adding LEGO Power Functions! Hard-to-find elements include orange LEGO bricks (including 6x28 chassis plate) and printed tiles. Includes 6 minifigures: train engineer, train steward, and 4 passengers.
- Includes 6 minifigures: female train engineer, male train steward, 2 female passengers and 2 male passengers.
- Features 3 train cars, detailed engine room, printed windscreen, black train windows, brick-built chevron detailing, extendable pantographs, seats, a bathroom with sliding door, bar with hinged counter and tables with seats.
- Accessories include luggage, newspapers, computer screen, coffee machine, cups and bottles.
- Discover sideways building techniques!
- Ride the rails in high-speed LEGO style!
- Upgrade your model by adding LEGO Power Functions 8878 Rechargeable Battery Box, 8887 Transformer 10V DC, 8884 IR Receiver, 8879 IR Speed Remote Control, 88002 Train Motor and 8870 Lights.
- Train measures 31" (79cm) long.
Seems pretty good for $130/£80, doesn't it!
Update: I've added the additional pictures to the 10233 set details page.
The Hungarian Monobrand store has revealed the Legends of Chima back-story on its Facebook page.
Here's a translation into English courtesy of Google, tidied up a bit to try and make it read properly:
"The kingdom of Chima is a magical land in which very advanced species dominate. These creatures speak and act like people. They use vehicles and machines and live in amazing castles and fortresses. They have claws, teeth, tails, and some are equipped with wings. Now they are at war with each other...
"Chima was once a pure, natural paradise, but heavily armed barbarian species have changed it and now best friends have become sworn enemies of each other. Ruthless weapons destroyed the once sacred temples. Blood-thirsty vehicles battle each other in fatal duels in the forest.
"The creatures are fiercely fighting over a powerful natural resource called Chi. which is the source of life but also unimaginable destruction.
"Only a few brave heroes in Chima understand the true nature of Chi, and that its misuse leads to the total destruction of Chima. The stories of these heroes and those who want to destroy them are known as ’The Legends of Chima'."
(last paragraph clarified by Zolkoe, thanks...)
So there you have it. I guess it sort of makes sense. If any Hungarian speakers would like to have a go at translating it properly, please do so!
Via GrooveBricks, originally from EuroBricks forum, I believe. (GrooveBricks currently contains malware, apparently, so I've removed the hyperlink to it).
davetheoxygenman snapped this at his local TRU in the USA. It looks as if it has some nice pieces, but it's a bit pricey at $35. (He could have straightened the shelf before taking the picture, couldn't he :-) )
It contains four micro-figs: Gandalf the Grey, and dwarfs Kili, Fili and Dwalin.
Hopefully it won't be long now until the rest of The Hobbit sets hit the stores. LEGO has done a good job of keeping them under wraps, haven't they...
Update: bricklee tells us that The Hobbit sets will be revealed at NYCC on 11th October, which sounds plausible, but I do wish LEGO would give the existing AFOL community some love when it comes to this kind of thing, rather than revealing new sets, giving away cool stuff and so on at non-AFOL events...
I've just added to the database around 15 Product Collections that have been produced this year, thanks to whung who tracked them down in the far-flung corners of the Internet.
Product collections consist of two or more sets packaged together, either shrink wrapped with printed cardboard or in a specially printed box, and are sold by a small selection of retailers in various countries. They are not all available in every country, and as you can see from some of the packaging, they are often made for specific markets, notably Japan.
They usually surface in the shops at this time of year, ready for Christmas. In the UK they are rarely seen, although TRU does carry a few. I guess they serve two purposes: they help LEGO shift what otherwise might be unsold stock, and to provide more 'big boxes' on the shelves for present buyers to choose from.
You have to be a really dedicated collector to want them all and track them down for your chosen themes of interest, so for that reason, they are 'greyed out' when you browse the Brickset database. And when you analyse your collection, they are ignored in the totals.
The database also contains what I call 'virtual product collections'. These differ from normal product collections in that they don't actually exist other than as a stock unit at shop.LEGO.com that enables you to order multiple sets at a time. (here's an example). Given they are virtual, I usually delete them from the database once shop.LEGO.com stops selling them.
If you come across any product collections we don't already have listed, do please let us know. They are difficult to find, usually hidden away on small retailers' websites. whung did a fantastic job finding these ones!
I've added the latest batch of set numbers to the database so the outlook for 2013 is becoming clearer. So, building upon the article I posted a few days ago:
- Galaxy Squad: A new space theme that sounds as if it's been inspired heavily by the excellent 1997 movie Starship Troopers, i.e. space marines fighting 'bugs'. The set names suggest the opponents are some sort of vermin or bugs, don't they.
- Super Heroes: Ten sets known so far, featuring DC and Marvel super heroes, which, if they appear early in the year and their set names are quoted in the retailers' catalogue, they are probably not related to any forthcoming movie.
- Lone Ranger: No details known but the theme has been confirmed.
That being the case, I would say that the Space Marines project on Cuusoo is doomed to failure, and the Modular Western Town may pass review but won't be produced until some time after the Lone Ranger sets have ended.
Here's the latest, from kez and Missingno and the forum:
- 76000 Arctic Batman vs. Mr.Freeze - Aquaman on Ice
- 76001 Batman vs. Bane - Chase with Tumbler
- 76004 Spider-Man - Hunting with Spider-Cycle
- 76005 Spider-Man - Mission at Daily Bugle
- 76007 Super Heroes: Marvel 4
- Ninjago: 2013 is believed to be the last year of the theme and from the listing of next year's sets it appears that there will be no more spinners.
- Legends Of Chima: From the picture of the DK book cover and the eBay listing, this appears to be based around some sort of half-human half-animal minifig hybrids (minifig body, animal head) and includes normal sets as well as some with a gaming element. The latter are presumably replacing the Ninjago spinners.
- City: Rather disappointingly, the sets in the list for 2013 are all fire and police. Didn't we just have new fire and police sets this year?
- Friends: It sounds as if the girls are branching out into sports and other pursuits. There appears to be some form of collectable bag series, which feature animals and their 'house'. It's possible that this what the sets 41017-41022 are, which were not listed at Werst.
- Star Wars: I think we know all about the first wave of sets, and we've discussed them before.
Now onto the rumours...
There's no word of other licensed themes, but I suspect we will see more Lord Of The Rings/Hobbit sets, although possibly not during the first part of the year.
There will be new Super Heroes to tie in with whatever movies are being released (there's another Iron Man due, amongst others, isn't there?)
There are also rumours of sets to tie in with the Disney Lone Ranger movie, which is set in the 'wild-west'. Given the history of tie-ins with less than spectacular Disney movies (e.g. Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Prince of Persia) I can believe this.
And, I almost forgot, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, heaven help us!
What else? Polar Explorer and Space Galaxy are also theme names that have been mentioned in rumours. I guess we'll have to wait and see on those...
German website Werst has listed many 2013 sets, including Ninjago, Legends of Chima, Friends and City. The names on the site are of course in German, but missingno has helpfully provided translations, courtesy of Google Translate I suspect...
- 70500 Kai's Fire Robot $10
- 70501 Samurai Bike $20
- 70502 Cole's Power Drill $20
- 70503 Golden Dragon $30
- 70504 Garmatron $40
- 70505 Temple of Light $65
This cute little Christmas train, and 40035, Rocking Horse are starting to appear in LEGO shops. These two were found in the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre shop in Manchester, UK, by danoo. If they are not already in the brand stores I'm sure they will be soon, so look out for them, and 40033, Turkey.
Check out the cover of this book, Amazing Minifigure Ultimate Sticker Collection, to be published next year. It features what looks to be a Legends Of Chima minifig, bottom right.
I think that's the only unreleased one on the cover, though.
Update: LEGO has had the image removed after reading about it on LEGO fan sites.
(well spotted, Nori!)
Today, many AFOL sites published links to photos from an eBay listing for a pre-production sample of a Legends Of Chima set, which are marked 'company confidential'.
The surprising thing about it is that it appears to be old news. The eBay listing ended in the middle of July but for some reason it's only just been spotted by the AFOL community.
I'd just like to remind you that, while we like to see and hear of yet to be released sets as much as you do, we respect the LEGO company's desire to keep them under wraps, so we have a policy of not linking to or using such images.
Anyway, if you do happen to be able to find it for yourself, you'll notice that the rumours were true and it does indeed appear to be a Ninjago replacement (or at least similar to it) complete with some sort of game element and playing cards, although the piece count shown on the packaging looks to be a bit out, by a factor of 10 or so!
Those of you eager to build your own mini Slave 1 can now do so thanks to multiplex, Martin and input from the Brickset community in the comments to this article.
I haven't found a scan of the instructions online anywhere but multiplex has created a parts list, and Martin has created instructions in MLCAD. I've combined them into a single PDF which you can download exclusively from Brickset.
I'm a few parts short so I've just ordered from BrickLink. I'll post a picture when I've built it.
Update: Brickset member Hygrotus has provided us with a scan of the official instructions.
LEGO likes to make the life of the completest polybag collector difficult, doesn't it...
This set was given away at FanExpo in Toronto last weekend. It contains 12 pieces: a skeleton, bat, jewel, crystal, web, and glow in the dark spider, plus a sticker sheet.
Thanks cybiko for the news and photo.
News and rumours about 2013 sets is coming in thick and fast, particularly now that the retailers' catalogue is out there, even if recipients are apparently under NDA.
I've been away for a few days (on a short cruise, wedding anniversary) and it seems new information has come to light while I was gone. So, here's a round-up:
Hoth Bricks has published a list of sets and set numbers, which includes three series 4 Planets we didn't know about before:
- Hoth & SnowSpeeder (SnowSpeeder Pilot)
- Endor & B-Wing (B-Wing Pilot)
- Aldeeran & Tantive IV (Rebel Trooper)
Now we know set numbers I have added them to the database.
TechnicBricks has information about likely first-half-of-year sets, based on sightings of a retailers' catalogue
There's a teaser poster doing the rounds that suggests some sort of 'ice' theme. Some people have put two and two together and combined this with another rumour about a theme called Polar Xxpress, which I guess is plausible.
Have I missed any?
There's a lively discussion in the forum where you can add to the rumour mill should you so wish...
This set will be available free with qualifying orders from shop.LEGO.com in September. I'll publish full details of the promotion tomorrow but rest assured it will be available on both sides of the Atlantic.
Hopefully someone will scan the instructions so those of us not able to get to the event can build one for ourselves, although it looks easy enough to reverse engineer from the photos.
(found via Hoth Bricks)
The game Maya Mystica was featured in the 2012 retailers' catalogue but has not surfaced in any country, so far as we are aware, and was thus thought to have been cancelled. However Hungarian blog Kilkk has published a picture of what appears to be a fresh-off-the-production-line copy of it. So, maybe it'll make an appearance next year, along with the rumoured Phineas and Ferb game...
Back in May we reported that a Canadian retailer had been told that the Friends Advent calendar had been cancelled. Well, clearly that isn't entirely true since it's appearing in the US brand stores now. But it does seem to be in very short supply, and possibly 'cancelled' as far as normal retailers are concerned.
Sherasays found one in his/her local brand store: "Got the Friends Advent Calendar at the LEGO Store in Chandler Mall, AZ. Told they only have 18 and then that is it. "
Sawneboy also in the USA, rang LEGO to find out if it was to be available online, but was told it'll only be available in the brand stores, and also that the likes of Walmart and TRU won't be selling it.
I guess this suggests it is 'hard to find' in North America and you'll need to get to a brand store to buy one, sooner rather than later, to avoid disappointment on 1st December!
In Europe, its status is unknown but it is listed at Amazon.co.uk (£20), Amazon.de and Amazon.it (€20), with a release date of 1st September, so hopefully it'll be available through all normal retail channels.
The Shell promotion is gradually working its way west: It started in Hong Kong last month and now, according to Smashing Bricks, it's reached Singapore. Each of the 6 models is available for a two week period and can be purchased for SG$5.95 with every $50 of fuel. The team over there is building and photographing each one as it becomes available so keep an eye out over the coming months to see them all.
We know this is going to be a global promotion, so don't go paying over the odds on BrickLink for them: be patient, they'll most likely be available in your country soon!
The rumoured list we published last week has been confirmed as fact at Star Wars Celebration which is currently underway. There are a few more details now as well:
- Clone Troopers vs Droidekas Battle Pack (sniper droideka)
- The Old Republic Battle Pack (2 x sith troopers + 2 x clones)
- A Wing with Ackbar, Han and A Wing pilot AT-RT with yoda, clone trooper and assassin droid
- Z-95 Headhunter with 2 x clone troopers, general Krell
- The Rancor Pit (as revealed at SDCC)
Planet Series 3:
- Kamino with R4-P17 droid and Jedi Starfighter
- Coruscant with Clone Pilot and Republic Assault Striker
- Asteroid Filed with Tie Bomber and Tie Pilot
Also at SWC, there's another exclusive set-in-a-tin available, this time it's Slave 1 and Boba Fett. I haven't seen any pictures of the actual set yet but you can find one of the tin at Hoth Bricks, among other places.
Item number not known so I can't add it to the database yet.
Update: Snowhive reports the set number is 850506, and the price in Germany is € 19.99.
It might still be a couple of months away, but that hasn't stopped the brand stores putting out Halloween sets already.
Doodlebird found this 40032 Witch in his local store, in Austin, Tx, priced $4.99.
Hallmark in the USA is producing two LEGO Star Wars Christmas tree ornaments, a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader. They are priced at $15 and will be available in-store only.
It's hard to tell from the picture how large they are but I would guess 2-3" high.
This, it is rumoured, is the list of Star Wars sets we can expect in the first half of 2013:
Planets series 3:
- Kamino with Astromech Droid and Jedi Starfighter
- Coruscant with Clone Pilot and Republic Assault Striker
- Asteroid with TIE Bomber and TIE Pilot
- The Old Republic Battle Pack
- Clone Troopers vs Droidekas Battle Pack
- A-Wing including Admiral Ackbar, Han Solo and an A-Wing Pilot
- AT-RT including Yoda, Clone Trooper and Assassin Droid
- Z-95 Headhunter including three Clone Troopers
- The Rancor Pit (as revealed at Comic Con)
It certainly sounds plausible, doesn't it. I believe the first edition of the 2013 retailers' catalogue is published about now and if that's the case, that could be the source of the information.
(Thanks to bezetkace and others who emailed)
The first appears to be a Monster Fighters 'battle pack' featuring a witch, zombie and ghost, and bricks to build a grave.
The second is another themed collection of collectable minifigs, featuring a rapper, drummer and guitarist, that look to be slight variants on figs we've seen before.
Head on over to check them out.
Two trademarks recently registered by LEGO (1 | 2) reveal what might be the names of forthcoming LEGO themes. We can but speculate what they are but if I had to guess I'd say that Speedorz is some sort of futuristic racing theme and Legends of Chima is a fictional historical theme, perhaps to replace Ninjago in 2014.
A quick Google of 'Legends of Chima' has revealed that there are legends about Chima indians in Trinidadian folklore but whether that's relevant, we'll just have to wait and see...
What do you think?
(Thanks to nori for the news)
No word if it'll also be available in Europe, but I suspect it probably will.
The full September store calendar can be seen at Toys N Bricks.
(Thanks to sidersdd for the news, via Toys N Bricks)
Read the full article, translated through Google, at Lord Of The Brick.
(Thanks Supersympa for the news)
The 10229 WVC was officially unveiled at BrickFair today. Here's the press release:
10229 Winter Village Cottage
1487 pieces, US $99.99, CA $129.99, DE 99.99 €, UK £89.99, DK 899 DKK, Available at the start of October.
Get cosy in the Winter Village Cottage!
Continuing the winter series, build the Winter Village Cottage for a perfect holiday home. Seat Grandpa snugly by the fireplace with his newspaper as you help Dad to put up the tree, then bake a feast in the kitchen with Mom! When it’s time to stock up the storage shed with firewood, bring the kids for a ride with Dad on the sled watch him cut the wood with his chain-saw deep in the forest. When the snow gets really deep, clear the road with the snowplough, take all of the kids skiing or build an igloo to play in. There’s no cosier place to spend long, frosty nights!
- Includes 8 minifigures: mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, 3 children and snowplow driver with assorted accessories
- Features cottage, storage shed, igloo, street lamp, sled and snowplough
- Accessories include kitten, owl, fireplace with LEGO light brick function, chandelier, Christmas tree, wreath, gifts, armchair, kitchen appliances and bed
- Storage shed features tools and firewood elements
- Igloo features fireplace and removable roof
- Detach the snowplough to store it in the back of the truck!
- Make the fireplace glow with the LEGO® light brick!
- Decorate the cottage!
- Fetch firewood with the sled!
- Drive the snowplough!
- Cottage measures 6.7” (17 cm) high, 9.8” (25 cm) wide and 5.5” (14 cm) deep
- Storage shed measures 4.3” (11 cm) high, 2.7” (7 cm) wide and 2.7” (7 cm) deep
- Igloo measures 2.7” (7 cm) high, 2.7” (7 cm) wide and 2.7” (7 cm) deep
- Snowplough measures 2.7” (7 cm) high, 7” (18 cm) long (with plow attached) and 2.3” (6 cm) wide
- Add the new Winter Village Cottage to other LEGO® Winter Village series models like the 10199 Winter Toy Shop, 10216 Winter Village Bakery and 10222 Winter Village Post Office.
Whung has emailed to say that Ferrari and Shell promotional sets 30190-30195 are available in Shell petrol stations in Hong Kong, and 30196 Shell F1 Team can be obtained once you've picked up the other six. I don't know if you need to buy petrol (gas) to get them or not, but hopefully more information will be forthcoming in the comments.
Update: as suspected, it has (sort of): Here's the page on the Shell.com.hk site (translated through Google) with details of the offer. Spend $400 HKD and get a car for $20HKD.
Update 2: it looks as if this will be a global promotion, eventually: A page on the Shell.com site states "Not available where you are yet? Don’t worry, the collection is being launched all over the world and could be coming to you soon." (thanks SirBen). If that's the case, and they are 'Only at Shell' it seems unlikely that one of them will feature in the forthcoming Sun promotion we reported a week or so ago. Unless of course the offer is not going to be available in the UK...
Update 3: I emailed Shell UK and the reply was positive: "Lego promotion will be available globally. However, we do not have information yet as to when it will be launched in UK. To check upcoming promotions, kindly visit our website www.shell.com."
Pictures of the MMMBs for the rest of the year have been found on LEGO.com by grogall.
The lineup is as follows:
- August: 40045 Shark
- September: 40047 Owl
- October: 40042 Black cat
- November: 40046 Pilgrim
- December: 40041 Moose
Talking of new content on LEGO.com, some 61 new instructions have been added to their customer services portal, including Monster Fighters, Technic and Star Wars. Don't faff about on their site trying to find them: see a list here.
An image of the upcoming City set 4473 has surfaced via the Argos.co.uk website, where they have it wrongly uploaded as the photo for 7741. Personally, I think it's about time we had a new City Police Helicopter, 7741 has been on sale for 4 years now! Does anybody have any info on when we will see this released? Thanks to kez in the forum for the news!
(Image now added to Brickset -- Huw)
Grogall has sent us and Eurobricks hi-res photos of this year's winter village set that have surfaced on LEGO.com.
I've now added the alternate images to the set details page.
I don't know about you, but I'm thinking of giving up on collecting Super Heroes figs: LEGO has made it virtually impossible for the vast majority of people to be able to obtain a complete collection, what with all those only available to a privileged few at SDCC, and I think that's wrong.
Although there have been a few very rare Star Wars figs (chrome-gold C-3PO for example) nearly every other one has been readily available, either in a set, or as an 'exclusive' that over time has become easy to obtain should you want to.
What do you think? Does the fact you'll never have a complete set of Super Heroes bother you? Will you stop buying sets you might have otherwise done just to get the figs and keep your collection complete?
LegoDad42 has also posted photos of other SDCC items, such as the mini Sith Infiltrator.
I believe the only official image of a The Hobbit set that's surfaced is that of 79003 Bag End which LEGO posted on Facebook. However, a German toy shop website has listed the other sets, with prices:
79000 Mystery of the Ring (€13)
Minifigures: Bilbo Baggins, Gollum
79001 Fleeing from the Mirkwood Spiders (€30)
Minifigure: Bilbo Baggins
79002 Attack of the Wargs (€60)
Minifigures: Gandalf, Wargs (unknown amount)
79003 Bag End (€80)
Minifigures: Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Balin, Boufer, Dwalin
79004 Escape in Barrels (€70). This may be a 'reduced availability' set. The site says 'whether we can offer this product is still uncertain'
79010 The Orc King (€100)
Minifigures: Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Orc King
Thanks to Legolover9531 for the information and providing the minifig details. Sorry if this is old news, I've been out of it for a while :-)
As reported on FBTB, LEGO have unveiled yet another exclusive at San Diego Comic Con 2012, a line-up of the Super Heroes minifigs for sets to be released in 2013:
From DC we have:
- Mister Freeze
- Batman in White Suit
- Commissioner Gordon with a SWAT Flack Jacket
- Hooded Robin
- Joker in Orange Jumpsuit
- Harley Quinn in Nurse Outfit
From Marvel we have:
- Nick Fury
- J. Jonah Jameson
- Victor Von Doom
Ace has even secured official pics of all the minifigs. You can check them out here.
This certainly hints at a new Arkham Asylum in 2013 which I'm sure would be a popular choice. I'm not sure how much more excitement we can handle from SDCC this year, it's certainly been one of the best for LEGO exclusives in recent memory.
Let us know what you think in the comments or join in the discussion in the forum.
Thanks to forum member sidersdd for the news.
Brickipedia has posted what I believe to be the first pics of the Series 8 Collectable Minifigures. Having only reviewed the batch briefly, I have to say that I'm a bit frustrated with the number of "retreads." It appears that they just melded the S1 Robot and S3 Cyborg. While the Manbat, Cheerleader and Alien would seem to just be color changes of existing figures, I do like the Bell Diver, Conquistador, Bavarian, Fairy, DJ and Cowgirl.
What does everyone else think? Seeing as how LEGO doesn't seem to want to waste any minifgure moulds, can anyone extrapolate potential new sets / themes from these figures?
Thanks to Forum member Bilko for the headsup!
Update: They've added more pics. Thanks to Forum member andhe for the heads up!
The new set news is coming thick and fast today ...
LEGO have posted pics of the new Star Wars 'Rancor Pit' set on Ow.ly
And 'The One Ring' have posted pics of the Hobbit 'Bag End' set.
Thanks to 'jawapez' on the forums.
Update : More photos of Bag End, from Ace Kim over at FBTB, can be found here.
Update 2 : More photos of the Rancor Pit courtesy of FBTB, check them out.
Someone has snagged pics of two of the SDCC superhero give-aways and posted them on Brickipedia, specifically DC's Bizzaro and Marvel's Phoenix. Click the links to see the figs in all their 'mint-on-card' glory.
It won't be long now until the other two minifigure give-aways, Shazam & Venom, are revealed too ...
Thanks to 'legoyt' and 'LukeSkywalker' for the heads-up.
Update: CNN has posted pics of the final 2 figures. Thanks to Legolover9531 for the heads up.
This evening the newest LEGO exclusive, 10227 B-wing Starfighter, was unveiled at Brick Fiesta in Houston, TX.
Here's the official press release:
10227 B-wing Starfighter, 1,486 pieces.
US $199.99, CA $249.99, DE €199.99, UK £169.99, DK 1699 DKK. Available from October.
Take on the Empire in the Ultimate Collector Series B-wing Starfighter!
Now you can experience the ultimate B-wing Starfighter from the Star Wars galaxy like never before. This fantastic model features everything you would expect from our premium collector range, including rotating, self-levelling cockpit and realistic wing configurations for landing and flight. And when you're finished battling in the skies above Endor or helping to restore freedom in the galaxy, place this highly detailed B-wing Starfighter on its own dedicated display stand and fact plaque. Measures 26” (66 cm) wide and 15” (38 cm) high in flight configuration, and 17” (43 cm) high on display stand.
- A highly detailed Ultimate Collector Series B-wing Starfighter model
- Features rotating, self-levelling cockpit
- Features realistic wing configurations for landing and flight
- Includes display stand and fact plaque
- Model can be detached from display stand
- Measures 26” (66cm) wide and 15” (38cm) high in flight configuration, and 17” (43cm) high when mounted on display stand.
Grogall has uncovered better pictures of the Spider-Man set that's due out in August. You can see them all at the French site Brick Heroes.
Can't wait to get my hands on 'em... :-)
It seems that many people have had success buying these in John Lewis which, as far as I know, is the only shop that's selling them early, before the official release date of 1st July.
Unfortunately my branch, Southampton, is not selling them yet, but I'm hopeful of receiving some from a forum buddy mid-week. When I have them I'll add them to the minifig gallery.
The boxes are said, by forum members tom408 and Vegitt, to contain:
- 6 each of the Boxer, Weightlifter and Horse Rider
- 7 each of the Swimmer, Relay Runner, Judo Fighter, Tennis Player, Gymnast and Archer
That of course means there are 6 complete sets in a box, which is good news. Given the box contains 60, it's the best distribution we could hope for. It does however mean that the Boxer, Weightlifter and Horse Rider will command a premium on the secondary market, though...
I received my LEGO Batman 2 video game today, with free 30164 Lex Luthor minifig, and very nice he is too.
Unlike the shirtless Darth Maul and the Hulk promotional figures, the actual minifig is NOT made in China so is top quality. I suspect the armour is, but like other similar parts that are made there, it too is top quality.
The only criticism I can make is that his bad-ass gun is waaay too big and heavy that he can't hold it without tipping over. I had to use Blu-Tac to pose him for this picture :-)
I have no intention of playing the game  (too busy playing with real bricks, or maintaining Brickset!) so I bought the cheapest version of it, the PC version, for £17.99. You can order it from Amazon.co.uk.
I'm not sure if it's available in the USA: Amazon.com has the game listed but there's no mention of the free figure.
I'll get him added to the Super Heroes minifig gallery soon, along with the Green Lantern and Batman promotional figures that I've been loaned.
 so if you wanna buy the game from me without the figure for a tenner, get in touch :-)
First, let me thank grogall for this picture of the Team GB minifigs. Secondly, and perhaps more excitingly, they are now available! There are reports in the forum that they have been found in quite a few branches of John Lewis, and they are turning up on eBay (see the side panel on this page).
However, we've heard that WHS will be charging £2.49 for them, rather than £1.99. I don't know the price in John Lewis, perhaps someone can let us know if they too have increased the price.
As we've seen in the reviews posted so far, the minifigs in the summer Star Wars sets are excellent. Boba is superb, Amidaia is wonderful and Jabba is, er, I'm running out of superlatives... However I'm told that Darth Malgus in 9500 is even better. I guess I had better build it soon so we can be the judge of that.
In the meantime, take a look at this is a scan of a page from the back of the instructions showing all the minifigs that are in the summer sets (with the exception of those in the Planets, for some reason). Which one is your favourite?
A list of series 8 minifigs has surfaced on a retailers' website in the Czech Republic, and are said to be:
- Ancient Thespis
- Pirate Captain
- Enemy Robot
- Evil Female Alien
- Football Player
- Red Cheerleader
- Santa Claus
- Boy in Bavarian costume
It's also said that they'll be available at the end of August. You can read more in the forum.
The Haunted House, that was inadvertantly revealed in the Town Hall designer video a few months ago, has been officially unveiled today, at the 20th Anniversary of The Mall of America LEGO store celebrations.
When I first saw the pictures yesterday, I was taken aback by how stunning this is. It looks fantastic from the outside, like the archetypal haunted house featured in countless movies, with boarded up windows, peeling plasterwork to expose the bricks underneath and broken shutters and railings. But it doesn't end there: it's a proper 4-walled building that's hinged on one side to reveal a highly-detailed interior complete with kitchen, bedroom and attic.
If that's not enough to get you excited, it features 6 great minifigs: male and female vampires, a zombie chef, a Frankenstein's monster-like butler and two of the new glow-in-the-dark ghosts. The rest of the Monster Fighters range doesn't do much for me, but I will definitely be getting this. Unfortunately we have to wait until September before we can buy it :-(
You can see all 23 images that LEGO provided on the set details page.
Here's the description from LEGO:
Enter the Haunted House at your peril!
The crooked Haunted House is home to the scariest ghosts and monsters. Tremble in fear as you open the gate, go weak at the knees as you step onto the porch and gasp in horror at the fireplace, kitchen, office, folding staircase, bedroom, potion room, music room and collection of other creepy objects. Dare you enter the Haunted House?!
- Add to your LEGO® Monster Fights Collection with the first officlal LEGO® Haunted House!
- Includes 6 minifigures: 2 glow-in-the-dark ghosts, Vampyre, Vampyre's Bride, Zombie chef and butler
- Features unique ‘crooked’ design featuring boarded up windows and working front gate.
- Haunted House opens to reveal detailed interior with 3 floors.
- First floor features fireplace that swings open and displays a ship in a bottle on the mantle.
- Cook up a ghoulish meal with the Zombie chef in the kitchen complete with old-style stove, jars and table.
- Write letters from the Vampyre’s haunted office.
- Pull the lever hidden in the chimney to release the drop down staircase and access the top floor.
- Top floor features gramophone, records and newspaper LEGO® elements.
- Customize the Haunted House with new stickers for wall hangings, spider webs and curtains.
Measures 15.4” (39cm) high, 9.4” (24cm) wide and 7.5” (19cm) deep
Lots of goodies were added to shop.LEGO.com yesterday, as you'll see from the ribbon at the top of the page. In addition, images for 9525 Pre Vizsla's Mandalorian Fighter and 9526 Palpatine's Arrest have been added to the server although, as far as I can tell, they are not available to buy yet. The latter looks like a great play set. I'm not so sure about the Mandalorian Fighter but I suspect I'll end up buying it anyway...
LEGO has given its instructions and spare parts customer services pages a long-overdue overhaul, which has caused me a few headaches because I have a script that automatically 'uses' it to look for new additions once a day. Thankfully, the script's author, super-coder Brent, has modified it to work with the new page already, just in time for the 1st of the month when LEGO traditionally publish a lot of new ones.
Lo and behold, when I ran it for the first time this morning, a very large number of new instructions were revealed, including for most of the summer sets but also some for previously unknown sets. I've added them to the database and you can see them here. I've attempted to download the PDFs for the new sets but a number of them are missing from LEGO's server, hence not having images for them all.
- New polybags for Monster Fighters, LotR and Mining. 30211 looks like a great army-builder for beefing up the dark forces at the Battle of Helm's Deep!
- New range of Ferrari-licenced small Racers cars, presumably to fill the void left by Cars.
- Instructions listed for the Inside Tour sets 2011 (moulding machine) and 2012 (still a secret :-) ) but they are missing from LEGO's server, unfortunately...
As usual, no word on availability of the new sets, but stay tuned to Brickset to find out as soon as we know.
News has broken all over the web that Palpatine's Arrest has been seen in German brand stores. This photo is from
It's not every day I find something LEGO-newsworthy in my Facebook news feed, but today this image of the set given to attendees of the LEGO Inside Tours at Billund this year appeared (taken by Eddie Chow, via Suzanne Rich Eaton).
It looks as if, like last year's Moulding Machines, it's designed by the lovely Mel Caddick :-)
(Image temporarily removed pending further deliberation on the morality of posting it)
It's the same size and format as the Star Wars Character Encylopedia and features, it says, 'every LEGO Harry Potter minifigure and creature'.
As is usual with DK books, the photography is excellent, even though I say so myself: it features several hundred images that I was commissioned to take for it :-)
Also in common with recent DK books, it comes with a unique minifig. It's Harry Potter in the outfit he wore to the 'Slug Club Christmas party', apparently. It has to be said that it's a bit boring but I think it's safe to assume that this will the last Harry Potter theme minifig ever, so it's one collectors will want to own anyway.
I'll do a longer review and post pictures of the book in due course. If you can't wait for that, you can order/preorder it from Amazon below.
The image could be better but you can just about make out what's in it: 3 minifigs (Spidey, Doc Oc and Iron Fist), some sort of wheeled contraption that Doc Oc appears to be attached to, Iron Fist being restrained by something and some laboratory equipment.
That was a bit vague, wasn't it, but I suspect some of you will know what it's all supposed to be and from what movie and will enlighten us in the comments!
(thanks to Missingno for the news)
More pictures have cropped up this morning, including on Hoth Bricks. I wonder what the deal is with this set? Presumably it's going to be limited to specific retailers and brand stores.
German retailer Galeria Kaufhof is selling the summer Star Wars sets already and LEGO has added images of most of them to their server in preparation for selling them at shop.LEGO.com. So, with luck, it won't be long before we can all buy them.
I've added the images to the set details pages here at Brickset (example)
(Thanks to AirTrip2010 and grogall for the news)
Multiple sites, including toynews-online.biz, are now reporting that the Team GB Minifigures will be released on July 1st. As with other CMF, they'll be priced at £1.99 each and will be available from the following retailers: John Lewis, Argos, Tesco, WH Smith, Smyths and Toys R Us.
In addition to posting some new "cartoony" images, the sites are also confirming the figure names as Brawny Boxer, The Stealth Swimmer, Relay Runner, Judo Fighter, Tactical Tennis Player, Flexible Gymnast, Wondrous Weightlifter, Horseback Rider, and Agile Archer.
Thanks to Forum users andhe, CCC, LostInTranslation and kymellymel for the news!
You will recall that the LotR sets were unvelied at AFOLCON last weekend. The sets on display were auctioned off at the end of the show and I now have them in my posession!
I'll be doing my best to work my way through them in the coming days, but in the meantime these minifig checklists from the back of the instructions should whet your appetite:
Tim is offering Brickset users a 5% discount in his BrickLink store Brick Buy Brick, and will also do so in his new web toy shop, ToyAddict, when it launches in June. Just mention Brickset in the notes when you check out!
Darren is also offering 5% discount on orders under £50 and 10% on orders over £50 from his BrickLink store Gizmocom, until the official release day of the LotR sets. So, get shopping!
Smashing Bricks has posted what I think is the first picture of Pre Vizsla's Mandalorian Fighter, which might actually have been there for a while. It's a bit small but you can just about make out what it'll be like. This means that the only 2012 Star Wars set in the retail assortment that we don't know anything about, other than a name, is 9526 Palpatine's Arrest.
Meanwhile, the latest Master Builder Academy sets, for level 3, have shipped in the USA and a poster inside them reveals the kits that'll be in level 4. The Clutch Power blog has scanned it and as you'll see it's a bit of a mixed bag. The world architecture set looks great but the others look like a return to Time Cruisers!
It's shocking that these are still unavailable outside of North America, and as far as I know there is no timescale for making them available, either.
Here's a quick round-up of the significant news I was sent while away:
- Toys N Bricks revealed an image of 40025 New York Cab, which will be available in the Rockefeller Center brand store.
- Grogall found a hi-res picture of 9476 LotR Orc Forge.
- Toys R Us is now listing some of the Monster Fighters sets and has provided higher-res pictures of them.
- supersympa found a 30165 'Hawkeye with equipment' on eBay.se, which suggests it's out in the wild already!
The wifi signal here is awful - hence the lack of news today - but it seems to be working sufficiently well at the moment for me to tell you that the Sopwith Camel was revealed today, along with the mini version which will be a freebie in June/July.
The designer video, featuring Jamie, revealed that the wing flaps operate via lengths of string from the joystick in the control panel, which is very cool. The engine housing is drum lacquered silver which also looks great.
We're trying get a video of the unveiling uploaded but technology is conspiring against us...
This morning's trawl of LEGO Customer Services instructions page revealed three new sets: 30162 Quinjet, 30163 Thor and the Cosmic Cube and 30165 Hawkeye with equipment. Unfortunately they haven't been rendered at the same quality as usual but you can just about make them out. The links to the instructions are on the set details pages and also, as always, on the new instructions list.
I am reliably informed that there's a Sun newspaper promotion coming up in the next month or so, so there are now a lot of new polybags that could be part of it. Fancy hazarding a guess as to what they'll be?
It seems some summer sets are on the shelves already in Germany. The hospital has been purchased by Cwetqo over on Eurobricks who, bizarrely, has posted a picture of the back of the box but not the front. We haven't seen a large picture of the front yet, as far as I know.
And, also in Germany, the Monster Fighters have been spotted on the shelves in Cologne, which really is very early given they are supposed to be out for Halloween.
Hopefully we'll get some decent pictures of them soon.
Walmart has revealed the LEGO Exclusive Sopwith Camel on its website, somewhat earlier than LEGO intended it to be announced.
It's priced at a shade under $100 and the description reads:
Relive a classic era of aviation history with the Sopwith Camel biplane. This set lets you recreate a detailed replica of one of the most recognizable British single-seat biplanes ever to have graced the skies. Features include a realistic rotating propeller and engine cylinders, a hinged tail rudder, realistic tension wires, functioning wing ailerons and tail flaps that can be controlled from the cockpit.
- Detailed replica
- Rotating propeller and engine cylinders
- Hinged tail rudder
- Functioning wing ailerons
- Tail flaps can be controlled from cockpit
LEGO has asked Eurobricks to remove the images, but I have republished them here because they originated from a legitimate source and are not watermarked. No word on release date yet, but I suspect it'll be June/July.
(thanks to the ever-observant grogall for uncovering it)
Hot off the press...
BILLUND, Denmark – Big Ben, one of the UK’s most recognizable buildings and a global symbol of Victorian London and the Gothic Revival style, has been recreated as the latest set in the LEGO® Architecture series.
Big Ben, officially known as the Clock Tower, has stood at the north-eastern corner of the Palace of Westminster in London for more than 150 years. It was designed by the unlikely team of Classical architect Charles Barry and Gothic Revival pioneer Augustus Pugin and completed in 1859.
Big Ben is the fourteenth model in the LEGO Architecture range, which uses the LEGO brick to interpret the designs of iconic architecture around the world. It is the first model to be designed by Rok Zgalin Kobe from Slovenia who joins Adam Reed-Tucker as a LEGO architect.
“The most challenging in creating this model was representing the richness of 19th century Gothic Revival architecture in a scale usually more appropriate for modern or contemporary architecture of smooth surfaces and clean lines,” said Rok Zgalin Kobe.
Charles Barry won the competition to build the new Palace of Westminster in January 1836. His initial designs were without the clock tower that would become known as Big Ben. As his own style was more Classical than the increasingly popular Gothic Revival, Barry asked for assistance from Augustus Pugin, a leading light of the movement that left its indelible mark on the Victorian era around the world. The design of the interior of the palace and the clock tower are thought to be his work.
LEGO Architecture products features well-known buildings, and the work of important architects Aimed at inspiring future architects, engineers and designers as well as architecture fans around the world, the range contains a booklet featuring step-by-step building instructions that is prefaced by exclusive, archival history, information and photographs of each iconic building, its design origin, its architect and its architectural features.
The LEGO 21013 Big Ben is available for purchase from June 1 in LEGO brand retail stores, LEGOLAND Stores and online at http://shop.lego.com/. The product is designed for ages 12+ and includes a booklet with facts and history about Big Ben. Recommended retail price is $29.99 or €29.99.
For more information about LEGO Architecture visit http://architecture.lego.com/
Note the lack of a question mark in the title: LEGO IS releasing a set of Olympic collectable minifigs and we have a picture to prove it!
Here's all the information we have about them:
I am very pleased to announce that with the much anticipated arrival of the 2012 Olympics to the UK, LEGO is now able to add to this experience with it its very own series of Limited Edition Minifigures.
- A special edition licensed LEGO Minifigures Olympic edition
- 9 characters representing athletes in Team GB colours
- Developed for the UK market and exclusively available in the UK
Grab the picture while you can, I may be asked to remove it at any time.
(thanks to Redbullgivesuwind again!)
Those of us that ordered this set from Virgin Atlantic at the weekend, have now received them. Si_Dorking_Surrey_UK has unboxed his and built it already. You can read his review and see pictures in the forum. Is that a new torso on the female minfig? (edit, no it isn't but it's a nice one :-) )
If you're in the UK, you can order these directly from Virgin without flying anywhere for £15 + £3.50 P&P. Order seven or more, and the postage will be free :-)
If you're not in the UK, why not join the forum and hook up with someone who is and get them to ship you one?
Brickset member Vidiator has found the first unwatermarked images of the City Mining sets, that are due out in the summer. It looks like there's a lot of playability in them and I think they will be popular. Little (and big :-) - LCG) boys love diggers and trucks!
Like the DC sets, the Marvel ones also come with a comic inside. Here's a scan of the page showing all the Marvel minifigs, including those in the Spider-Man set. I think I'm right in saying that we don't know what that looks like yet, do we?
Pardon my ignorance, who's the green guy in the middle?
There's been a lot of talk about Iron Man and whether he would look good with a normal minfig head and 'helmet' rather than a printed head. I took these pictures so that you can decide whether he's cool or not for yourself...
There's a lot of excitement about this set on other sites at the moment and I've just received a press release from LEGO about it:
3300003 LEGO Brand Retail Store, Ages 7+ 280 pieces
Celebrate the opening of a brand new LEGO Store in your area with the new, exclusive LEGO Brand Retail Store model! Not available for purchase, this set is only given out to a select number of customers with a qualifying purchase during the Grand Opening Celebration. We are proud to announce 10 new locations in North America opening in 2012:
- Nashville, TN
- Victor, NY
- Vancouver, BC; Canada
- Wauwatosa, WI
- The Woodlands, TX
- Peabody, MA
- Overland Park, KS
- Elizabeth, NJ
- Seattle, WA
- Alpharetta, GA
Stay tuned for details on the Grand Opening Celebrations, featuring the new exclusive, limited-edition LEGO Brand Retail Store set and T-Shirts! For more information, please visit stores.LEGO.com. Offers will be available during the Grand Opening Celebration only, while supplies last. Phone orders will not be accepted, to qualify purchase must be made at store location.
I'll get the images uploaded here when I get home, but if you can't wait that long -- and have no hope of getting to one of the above stores -- you can downlaod the instructions from LEGO.com already (thanks to voyanuitoa for finding them!). It looks to be mostly made from common parts so you should be able to have a go at making it from parts in your collection.
The ever-observant whung noticed several new sets listed at LEGO's replacement parts page last week:
40032 LEGO Witch
40033 LEGO Turkey
40034 LEGO Christmas Train
40035 LEGO Rocking Horse
40049 Mini Sopwith Camel
40050 Mini BMW
40051 DTC Seasonal Valentines 2013
40052 DTC Seasonal Spring 2013
40053 DTC Seasonal Easter 2013
40054 DTC Seasonal Summer 2013
40055 DTC Seasonal Halloween 2013
40056 DTC Seasonal Thanksgiving 2013
40057 DTC Seasonal Fall 2013
40058 DTC Seasonal Xmas1 2013
40059 DTC Seasonal Xmas2 2013
40076 Monster Fighters DTC GWP
41004 Practice Stage
41007 Pet Parlor
Then today, he found a very intruiging sounding one: 30164 TT Games
Apparently they have now been removed...
The ever resourceful grogall has found hi-res images of most of this summer's Lord of the Rings sets, and he's posted them over on Eurobricks; check them out at the link here.
They look great to me, and these are the best images to date of these sets, which are going to be hugely popular.
Eurobricks member whitefang has posted an excellent pictorial review of the forthcoming series 7 minifigs.
Head on over to EB to view every detail, then decide for yourself whether this is the best series yet!
The contents of a full box of 60 is said to be as follows. I'm glad to see there are three full sets in a box.
3 Swimming Champions
3 Aztec Warriors
3 Bunny Suit Guys
3 Ocean Kings
3 Rocker Girls
3 Grandma Visitors
4 Tennis Aces
4 Computer Programmers
5 Evil Knights
5 Jungle Boys
5 Galaxy Patrols
We first caught a glimpse of this at LEGO World in Copenhagen in this picture and there was speculation that it was this year's airline promotional set.
Now, holodoc has found evidence to confirm this: it's listed on the German TUIfly.com shopping page, priced €16. However it doesn't seem to be possible to actually buy it yet.
There's no set number shown, and I can't see it listed at BrickLink yet, so I'll have to wait until we know what it is before I can add it to the database.
Update: we've heard that it'll be available from 1st April from various airlines.
The YouTube blunder has prompted an official announcement, although there's not as much in it as usual:
The Ultimate Collector Series R2-D2 – the best-loved droid in the Star Wars galaxy!
10225 R2-D2™ Ages 16+. 2,127 pieces , US $179.99, CA $229.99, UK£ 149.99, DE€ 179.99, DK 1499 DKK
Presenting the iconic R2-D2 as you’ve never seen him before. Everyone’s favourite droid from the Star Wars galaxy is now part of the Ultimate Collector Series. The model features fantastic detailing, such as retractable leg, front panels that open to reveal a universal computer interface arm, a circular saw, rotating head and two fold-out front spacecraft linkage control arms. With the included fact plaque and R2-D2 minifigure, this diminutive model is the perfect addition to your LEGO® Star Wars™ collection.
Update: I've been sent alternative images of the set which you can now see on the set details page.
At least we know the prices now, and I'm told it's scheduled for a ’beginning of May release’: May the fourth, probably!
The video is now on a different platform rather than YouTube; I'm guessing we might have seen the last of LEGO's use of that for product release videos :-)
Somewhat earlier than anticipated, given its May release date, the designer video for 10225 R2-D2 has been published by LEGO on YouTube.
Update: The video was uploaded too early: the 'Brickset effect' has occured and it's been marked as private. Thankfully someone has re-uploaded a low-res version of it. The cat's out the bag now and the internet makes it impossible to put it back in...
The accompanying text reads:
Come with us as we take an exclusive look at the never before seen 10225 R2-D2™, the latest exclusive LEGO® Star Wars™ set! We'll talk with Mike and Kurt, the talented LEGO® designers who brought this awesome model to life in LEGO® bricks. The R2-D2 set will be available directly through LEGO® beginning in May 2012 via shop.LEGO.com and at LEGO® Stores. Visit shop.LEGO.com for more details on this amazing model!
Presenting the Ultimate Collector Series R2-D2™ -- the best-loved droid in the Star Wars galaxy!
Presenting the iconic R2-D2 as you've never seen him before! Everyone's favorite droid from the Star Wars galaxy is now part of the Ultimate Collector Series and features fantastic detailing, such as retractable third leg, front panels that open to reveal a universal computer interface arm and a circular saw, rotating head and 2 fold-out front spacecraft linkage control arms. With the included fact plaque and R2-D2 minifigure, this diminutive model is the perfect addition to your LEGO® Star Wars™ collection!
- Ultimate Collector Series R2-D2™!
- Features retractable third leg!
- Front panels open to reveal a universal computer interface arm and circular saw!
- Features realistic rotating head!
- R2-D2 features 2 fold-out front spacecraft linkage control arms!
- Includes fact plaque and R2-D2 minifigure!
- Measures over 12" (31 cm) high and 7" (18 cm) wide!
(thanks to my homies in the forum for the news)
The spacecraft has been officially launched (pun intended) today. Here's the press release:
BILLUND, Denmark – The Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa, the second LEGO® CUUSOO release, has gone on sale in Japan, while a limited number of Hayabusa sets will also be available exclusively online via shop.LEGO.com later in the year. No release date has been set yet.
The original Hayabusa model on LEGO CUUSOO was built by Daisuke Okubo and achieved 1,000 supporters on the Japanese-only version of LEGO CUUSOO in the spring of 2011. LEGO model designer Melody Louise Caddick designed the final model, refining earlier concept models based on Daisuke’s original project.
The model is priced at ? 4,118 in Japan, USD49, EUR49
LEGO CUUSOO is a website where LEGO fans can submit their ideas for new LEGO products and collect votes to make their ideas become a reality. They can also vote for other users’ ideas. It can be found at http://lego.cuusoo.com
LEGO CUUSOO began in 2008 with a Japanese site that attracted hundreds of ideas and saw thousands of votes cast by a 35,000-strong community. It was launched globally in October.
The first Japanese product, the Shinkai 6500 submersible, went on sale in Japan in February 2011. A project backed by Minecraft developer Mojang became the first user-sponsored project to be approved on the global version of LEGO CUUSOO.
Ideas supported by 10,000 votes are examined by a LEGO jury to check the models meet LEGO standards of safety and playability and support the LEGO brand. Consumers who have their ideas chosen for production will earn 1% of the total net sales of the product.’
Hayabusa (“falcon” in English) is an unmanned spacecraft built by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), designed to travel to a small near-Earth asteroid named Itokawa and return sample material to Earth. Hayabusa’s mission began in 2003 and ended successfully in 2010.
I've highlighted the interesting points: It looks as if there'll be no need to try and import one from Japan, and nice one Mel!
It's the 1st of the month, which is when LEGO tends to publish new instructions on its customer services page. There was only a handful added today (view the list here) but they include the Cuusoo Hayabusa space probe and also this previously unknown birthday cake, which will presumably pop up in brand stores in a polybag any time now.
Two new Easter-themed polybags have been found in a LEGO brand store by Brickset member Humberto: this cute brace of ducks and an even cuter 40031 duck and bunny.
Update: these can now be ordered at shop.LEGO.com.
German LEGO blog The Brick Time has posted photos of four of the boxes on flickr that were taken at the NY toy fair (If I've understood the Google translation correctly). It looks as if they have been around for a couple of weeks, but they've only just been brought to my attention (thanks Snowtrooper119).
(Update: I've just realised these are perspective-corrected versions of images in the fbtb flickr stream.)
If you need extra troops to fight that raging forest fire, you can now buy this firemen battle pack in LEGO brand stores for $14.99, which seems a little steep for 4 minifigs.
But, buyer beware: "Components made in Denmark, Hungary, Mexico and China" so you may end up with Chinese made figs, although given the number of sources this may not be the case.
Thanks wiredforsound for the news.
ToysRUs.com has provided us with the first official images of five of the Marvel Super Heroes sets, 6865-6869. Some of the pictures are a bit small but you can just about make out how cool they are going to be. We can at last see who Captain America is avenging on his cycle (some mean robotic-looking guys...)
Thanks to lmasters123 for alerting us!
This polybag is the third Statue of Liberty model to be made, following on from the much sought-after 3450  and Factory set 5526. It seems as if it could be the hardest one to get hold of though. Toys N Bricks is reporting that it will soon be available in the Rockefeller Center LEGO Store in New York. Let's hope it also makes an appearance elsewhere for the sake of polybag collectors worldwide :-)
 Check out the prices for 3450 at BrickLink -- they are astronomical! I actually have one, un-built, brand new in bags but without the box which was way too big to transport when I moved house 6 years ago. I guess that knocks $1000 off the value :(
The Architecture Sydney Opera House has been officially announced today:
BILLUND, Denmark – The Sydney Opera House™, a masterpiece of late-modernist architecture that is admired internationally and treasured by the people of Australia, has had its famous sculpted curves recreated by LEGO® Architecture.
Sydney Opera House was created by Jørn Utzon, a young Danish architect who understood the potential provided by the site against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour. The massive concrete sculptural shells that form the Sydney Opera House’s roof appear like billowing sails filled by the sea winds. Utzon envisaged it as a Gothic cathedral that people would never tire of and ‘never be finished with’.
The LEGO version of the Sydney Opera House seeks to capture the essence of this grand building in a small scale. The LEGO Architecture range, which now features 13 models, uses the iconic LEGO brick to interpret the designs of iconic architecture around the world. Like the other models in the range it was created by Adam Reed-Tucker.
Sydney Opera House is not only a building with great beauty but it has also become known throughout the world as a symbol for not only a city, but a whole country. “For us it was an obvious choice to include it in our collection, both because of its significance in the architectural world and its importance within Danish Architecture,” says Daiva Staneikaite Naldal, Senior Business Manager LEGO Architecture.
Since its opening in 1973 over 45 million people have attended more than 100 000 performances and it is estimated that well over 100 million people have visited the site. It is one of Australia's most visited tourist attractions.
“Sydney Opera House is thrilled to partner with one of the world’s leading toy manufacturers to produce the Sydney Opera House LEGO Architecture set,” says Sydney Opera House’s Commercial Development Director, Andy Lown.
“Sydney Opera House strives to take people on a journey from the ordinary to the extraordinary, whoever and wherever they are, and this licensed range is a great example of how we can deliver our brand to a global audience. We’re delighted people from around the world can now build a LEGO brick replica of the House.”
LEGO Architecture products features well-known buildings, and the work of important architects Aimed at inspiring future architects, engineers and designers as well as architecture fans around the world, the range contains a booklet featuring step-by-step building instructions that is prefaced by exclusive, archival history, information and photographs of each iconic building, its design origin, its architect and its architectural features. For more information about LEGO Architecture visit http://architecture.lego.com/
The LEGO Sydney Opera House™ will be available for purchase from March 1 in LEGO brand retail stores, LEGOLAND Stores and online at http://shop.lego.com/ . The product is designed for ages 12+ and will include a content-rich booklet with facts and history of Sydney Opera House™. Recommended retail price is $39.99 or €39.99
FBTB has posted screen captures of the 'offending' scenes, including these close-ups of the sets in question: 10225 R2-D2 and what is believed to be 10228 Haunted House, which is probably scheduled for an October release.
Update: The guys at FBTB have done a great job photographing every little detail of every summer set and are uploading them to flickr. At last the photos we've been waiting for -- Thanks Ace!
- Hothbricks has pictures of many Star Wars sets, including of Queen Amidala (left) and Jabba's Palace.
- TechnicBricks has dissected a video of the Technic sets, including the tractor, helicopter and remote-controlled car, looking for new pieces and features.
- Smashing Bricks has rounded up most of the videos, including Friends, Ninjago and Monster Fighters.
The New York toy fair opens on Sunday and there'll be several of the major sites covering it so we are bound to get some better photos of the sets that matter, and actually taken by AFOLs as opposed to the press, which seems to be the case for most of the German ones.
Brickset won't be the best place to see the images first but I'll try and keep up and post links to them as they are published.
Just had word that there's going to be a special unveiling of the third Cuusoo model, 21102 LEGO Minecraft Micro World, at a LEGO CUUSOO and Mojang special event as part of LEGO World Copenhagen next week, on the 15th Feb.
Unfortunately I won't be able to get there but I'm sure we'll see pictures online shortly afterwards.
The first gallery to be brought to my attention is at a Slovenian LEGO site, Kocke Klub where you can see overview pictures of the displays.
Looking at the images, one thing's for sure, LEGO spent way more time and effort on the display than they did for London!
I believe the show runs until Saturday and I suspect more images will appear online then. So, keep an eye out and let us know when you find them! (Thanks RJH)
Update: for some reason the source site has removed them: "Sorry guys. Because of stupid member who wrote some unreal comments on other forum, I decide to remove pictures. " Not quite sure what he's referring to, hopefully nothing to do with Brickset...
Update: Smashing Bricks has reposted the images and added a few more.
Here are the latest LOTR posters direct from LEGO. I read on Eurobricks that the LOTR microsite at LEGO.com is now live, but there's not much on it yet.
LEGO has done a good job of keeping these under wraps, until now...
(Thanks to ansel.and.ethan for the news!)
To help you budget, I thought it worth summarising the release dates for the sets that'll be available in normal shops:
- March: Disney Princess, Ninjago spinners (second wave)
- April: Marvel Super Heroes
- May: Series 7 figs
- June: Ninjago spinners (third wave)
- August: Games, Friends, LOTR, Star Wars, Monster Fighters, Creator, Technic, Ninjago play sets, Mining, Hero Factory
- September: Ninjago booster packs and spinners (fourth wave), Advent calendars, Series 8 figs
So, not too much new until August, so you have plenty of time to save up!
What with all the Toy Fair excitement yesterday I didn't get a chance to mention the other big news story that broke on the Cuusoo blog:
"We're happy to announce that the Minecraft project on LEGO CUUSOO has passed the LEGO review and we are now developing a concept that celebrates the best aspects of building with the LEGO system and in Minecraft. We can’t wait to show it to you—but it isn't ready just yet. These things take time, so we appreciate your patience. More details are to come."
Thanks to everyone that emailed!
A new Friends polybag has been found in TRU in the USA, for a whopping $5 for 5 pieces (4 for the minidoll and a 2x2 brick!). Definitely one for completests only (Atkinsar... :) )
(Picture from Toys N Bricks)
It costs £25 and comprises 272 parts, including 32 microfigs which I think is the most to appear in a LEGO game. What makes these special, of course, is that they are Star Wars characters which, despite their size, are instantly recognisable as Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Han Solo, General Veers, snowtroopers and rebel troops.
The playing pieces are miniature versions of Hoth vehicles and creatures and are very detailed. The Tauntaun is my favourite and it would not have looked out of place in the Advent calendar. As well as the figs, there are some unique parts in it: four printed tiles and four 1x4 trans-clear tiles which have never appeared in a set before.
Here are pictures of the box and contents, the set under construction and the playing pieces:
Update: I've played the game now. I don't know how it compares with other recent LEGO games, but basically it's a strategy game with the roll of a dice thown in to add an element of luck. The object is to either wipe out your opponent's forces or reach their base. Like chess, different pieces attack in different directions. It's not too bad I suppose, and, like other LEGO games, there's plenty of variations suggested to keep it interesting.
The toy shop in the centre of London, Hamleys, recently added the summer Star Wars sets to their website, with prices and descriptions. I believe they've been removed now but forum member cephaser thankfully grabbed them before they went. So, this is what we have to look forward to. Bear in mind Hamleys' prices are usually at least 25% above RRP.
Star Wars X-wing Starfighter & Yavin 4 9677 £14.00
Jungle planet Yavin 4 is home to the headquarters of the Rebel Alliance. In Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, X-wing starfighters lead the attack against the Empire's Death Star superweapon, signa lling the end of the Empire's evil rule! Set includes an accurate model of Yavin 4, an X-wing pilot minifigure, an X-wing starfighter mini-model, a weapon, and a display stand with name plaque. Collect the other Series 2 sets: 9678 Twin-pod Cloud Ca r & Bespin and 9679 AT-ST & Endor!
Star Wars Twin-Pod Cloud Car & Bespin 9678 £14.00
Gas planet Bespin plays a key role in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back when Luke Skywalker travels to Cloud City to rescue his friends. However, it's a trap and he is forced to battle e vil Darth Vader. This set includes an accurate model of Bespin, a Lobot minifigure, a twin-pod cloud car mini-model, a weapon, and a display stand with name plaque. Collect the other Series 2 sets: 9677 X-wing Starfighter & Yavin 4 and 9679 AT-ST & Endor!
Star Wars AT-ST & Endor 9679 £14.00
In Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, the forest moon of Endor, which houses the second Death Star's shield generator, comes under attack from a Rebel assault team. Aided by the indigenous Ewoks, they ove rpower the Imperial AT-STs and destroy the shield generator. This set includes an accurate model of Endor, an AT-ST driver minifigure, an AT-ST mini-model, a weapon, and a display stand with name plaque. Collect the other Series 2 sets: 9677 X-wing Starfighter & Yavin 4 and 9678 Twin-pod Cloud Car & Bespin!
Star Wars Jabba's Palace 9516 £151.00
At Jabba's Palace on Tatooine, Princess Leia is disguised as Boushh as she tries to rescue Chewbacca and carbonite-frozen Han Solo. Can she get past the roof-mounted missiles, defense guns and surveillance equi pment to reach them? Or will Jabba and his motley band of followers capture the princess and entrap her beneath Jabba's sliding throne? Includes 9 minifigures: Jabba, Salacious Crumb, Bib Fortuna, Gamorrean Guard, Oola, Han Solo, Princess Leia in Boushh outfit, Chewbacca and B'omarr Monk.
Star Wars The Malevolence 9515 £139.00
The Malevolence is General Grievous' flagship and one of the Separatist military's most feared weapons. Unbeknownst to Grievous and his crew, Anakin and Padme have entered the giant craft in an attempt to rid the galaxy of this deadly curse. The Malevolence features a cargo bay with transport train, detailed interior with removable-opening sections for easy access and twin quick-fire missile launchers. Includes 6 LEGO minifigures: Anakin Skywalker, Padme Amidala, General Grievous, Count Dooku, Battle Droid Commander and Battle Droid.
[Wookiepedia entry for The Malevolence, I had no idea what it looked like until now]
Star Wars Gungan Sub 9499 £76.00
Jar Jar Binks guides his friends Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn through the watery core of planet Naboo in the elegant Gungan Sub. Built to resemble some of the many creatures that inhabit the underwater world, the Gungan Sub features a large cockpit, cargo bays, storage boxes, rotating tail propulsion, missiles and even a mini-sub with harpoon. Includes Queen Amidala, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn and Jar Jar Binks.
[Yes, Queen Amidala! Just about THE most sought after and ovedue minifig from the Star Wars universe!]
Star Wars Desert Skiff 9496 £39.00
Hovering over the deadly Sarlacc Pit, Luke prepares to meet his fate aboard the Desert Skiff. Will he be made to walk the plank and be eaten by the ferocious Sarlacc? Or will his friend Lando Calrissian help him escape the clutches of the renowned bounty hunter, Boba Fett? You decide! Includes 4 minifigures: Luke Skywalker, Lando Calrissian, Boba Fett and Kithaba.
Star Wars Saesee Tiin's Jedi Starfighter 9498 £39.00
Jedi Master Saesee Tiin is patrolling for Separatist forces in his Jedi Starfighter, ready to go into battle with fellow Jedi Master Even Piell. As well as being extremely light and agile, Saesee Ti in's green starfighter is equipped with 4 missiles, an R3-D5 droid and if the action gets a little too intense, a cockpit section that detaches to become the Jedi Master's very own escape pod! Includes 3 minifigures: Saesee Tiin, Astromech Droid R3- D5 and Even Piell.
[Image at Wookiepeida of this ship]
There are prices and descriptions of some of the Marvel Super Heroes sets in the forum.
The most anticipated of them was probably 6862 Superman Vs Power Armor Lex in part due to the incusion of the Superman and Wonder Woman minifigs.
Unfortunately I have some bad news for those that can differentiate the quality between normal figs and Chinese-made ones.
Until the release of the Black Pearl last year you could be confident that the minifigs in regular sets (as opposed to collectable minifigs, Ninjago spinners and extended product lines) were high quality, moulded in LEGO's own factories in Europe and Mexico using high quality materials. Then the unthinkable happened: Davy Jones in the Black Pearl was entirely made in China (packed in his own polybag which is always a giveaway) and the quality difference was noticeable.
Now, I'm sorry to say that that wasn't an isolated case: in this set both hair pieces and Wonder Woman's legs are Chinese-made, so we have what I think are our first hybrid minifigs. The hair actually seems pretty good and better than those found in collecable minifigs but the lower quality of WW's legs is definitely noticable. The printing is exceptionally good, but the plastic has that cheaper look and feel, which really is a shame. I suppose this will become the norm for the more expensive-to-produce figs in future which is a worry.
I know I have a 'bee-in-my-bonnet' about this and a lot of you probably don't care but I thought I'd bring it to your attention anyway...
Update: a couple of people have asked in the comments how to tell the difference between regular figs and Chinese-made ones. Here's how:
- Legs: the matt sheen and transparency of the plastic usually gives it away but to be sure turn upside down and look under the foot. If you don't see (c) LEGO they are Chinese-made.
- Torsoes: Look at the inner arms. If they have a recess with numbers in, they are Chinese-made. Also, there is usually a number on the wrist part of the hands of Chinese-made ones.
- Other parts: As far as I can tell all Chinese made parts have an underlined suffix on their mold numbers, for example 'B01'.
I took some photos to illustrate the differences a while ago:
Smashing Bricks has posted pictures of the forthcoming Disney Princess sets, scanned from a retail catalogue, which I think are the first to appear on the Internet.
These pink and purple sets feature Snow White, Cinderella, Prince Charming and Sleeping Beauty and are bound to go down a storm with little girls and probably a few older ones as well... :-)
He's currently building it and taking photos as he goes which he's posting in the forum. So, while we wait for an official announcement on the set's release and accompanying images, take a look at the model under construction.
The set is expected to cost around €210, £170, $250, based on the Romanian price of 900 RON.
I have to say, I'm not overly impressed. It's a valiant attempt to model a complex structure at a small scale but I think it's just a bit too small and resembles little more than a random collection of curved wedges at odd angles.
Maybe I'm being too harsh. What do you think?
According to Brickshop.nl, it will cost €40 and be available in June.
LEGO has posted a video of the second Cuusoo set, Hayabusa, being packed for sale in Japan on Facebook. The accompanying text reads:
"The second LEGO CUUSOO product, Hayabusa, is making its way from the warehouse in Denmark to Japan for release in the Japanese market. Here's a little behind-the-scenes look at the boxes being packed. Exclusives are packed in a smaller factory, which as you can see, is still done by hand.
"The LEGO Group has worked with CUUSOO in Japan since 2008 on a Japanese site that has attracted hundreds of ideas and seen thousands of votes cast. The first product, the Shinkai 6500 submersible, went on sale in Japan in February 2011. The second Japanese LEGO CUUSOO model is the Hayabusa unmanned spacecraft launched in the first quarter of this year."
There have been rumours that the next modular building would be a town hall for, oh, at least a year. Now, pictures have emerged on a Romanian toy shop website. I can't actually find them there, but someone has posted them to Eurobricks so you can check them all out there.
It weighs in at 2766 pieces which is more than the other modular buildings. I have to say, I'm lovin' all that dark orange!
Update: bonaparte at Eurobricks kindly sent me the direct link to the set at the shop.
Update: The Brickset effect has struck again. The page at the Romanian shop, linked to above, has been removed, probably as a result of TLG reading this article or the Eurobricks one. I hope you saved the images!
Apparently VIP members were asked last July what their favourite collectable minifigs were. The results have been revealed in the latest VIP newsletter and the five winners are going to be released in a VIP exclusive set in the summer.
The winners are the elf, the gorilla suit guy, the space pirate, the mummy and the fisherman. I'm somewhat surprised by the list as all of them are from series 3 and four of these were, in my opinion, rubbish and certainly not ones you'd want multiples of for 'army building'. The mummy was the commonest in the box and surely everyone has too many of him already!
The text reads: "We are delighted to announce the line-up for the VIP Exclusive LEGO Minifigures set, to be released in the summer of 2012. We took the results from our vote poll back in July last year and wherever possible, selected the characters that our VIPs wanted brought back - this time with some unique coloured elements! So… please give a big round of applause once again to friendly Fisherman, mysterious Elf, shadowy Space Villain, kooky Gorilla suit guy, and last but not least, mischievous Mummy!"
I think the key phrase here is "wherever possible" meaning they are bringing back the ones they have spare parts for or are cheap to produce, not necessarily those we'd like to see return the most.
I can't see much evidence of new colours other than the gold scorpion, the space pirate's prosthetics and the fisherman's hat, can you?
Here's a piece of news that'll delight a few but frustrate many: it seems that the Monthly Mini Model Build models that are only given out to under 14-year olds one day a month in LEGO brand stores are now pre-packed in clear, numbered, polybags.
cigpusher sent me this image of the one he obtained in the USA for today's build of a cobra, which you can currently see on the store events page at LEGO.com.
Prior to this development, collectors could justifiably overlook these sets because they were just a 'random' selection of parts in a zip-lock bag but now that they are pre-packaged and have a set number, they will become far more collectable. It's a shame then that the picture card isn't included.
What will atkinsar do, I wonder? :-)
(Update: polybag image replaced with one from the instructions.)
Over 350 instructions have been added to LEGO.com today including some for previously unknown polybag sets for Star Wars, Super Heroes, Creator, Friends and more.
Start the year as you mean to go on: visit Brickset every day for the latest LEGO news and views!
Regular contributor keithkram has uncovered two new Star Wars polybags that'll probably be available in various promotions next year.
Here's R5-J2 from the new 9492 TIE Fighter which I've just finished building. I've never been very impressed with previous TIEs, particularly those with blue bits all over them (what were the designers thinking, were they colour-blind? :-)) but this new rendition is pretty good.
I'll try and do a full review soon although I have family commitments this week so may not get a chance too until the weekend.
This pair is from 9489, the new Endor Rebel Trooper and Imperial Trooper battle pack. The TIE fighter pilot in the Planet set has the same head so it looks as if all imperial troops will be printed this way from now on.
(thanks to Bodybomb3 for prompting me to mention this.)
Boba Fett in the last Slave 1 was a stunning figure, but this new Elite Clone Trooper from the new battle pack 9488 is pretty good too. Discounting weapons, it's made from 10 pieces including a new (I think) pauldron and 'skirt'. The printing on his mate's helmet is also superb.
The battle packs have gone up in price but with figures like this, they remain must-haves.
I bought them at my local Argos (see below) this morning. As you can see, the planet sticks out of the box and apart from it, the only other thing in the box is the instructions. The parts are all in the planet, which is 11 studs diameter. It splits into two identical halves to reveal the parts inside.
The Naboo pilot minifig is the same as that in 7877. The Starfighter itself is pretty good though and very 'swooshable'.
The only unique piece in the set is a printed 4x4 tile with studs.
Once built, the Starfighter sits on a small display stand and a couple of pieces are provided such that the planet can be stood up, or hung from the ceiling.
These are quite expensive at £9.99 (something like US$10 - $12 as I estimate) but bound to be collectable. I would recommend buying these as soon as they hit the shops, not because they'll sell out quickly, but because the planet is likely to become scratched and damaged once it's been languishing on the shelf for a while.
The first three are labelled 'Series 1' and there's another three out in the summer. No doubt more will follow in subsequent years.
I've posted more pictures on flickr:
There's a video on YouTube showing confidential images of some LOTR sets. I'm not going to link to it from here because it's against the site's policy to do so. However I will list the sets that are shown:
- 9469 Gandalf Arrives
- 9470 Shelob Attacks
- 9471 Uruk-hai Army
- 9472 Attack On Weathertop
- 9473 Mines Of Moria
- 9474 The Battle Of Helms Deep
I'm sure you'll be able to find the video yourself. When you've done so, feel free to discuss in the comments. One thing you will notice is the number of minifigs: I counted 34 in the 6 sets including 9 in Helms Deep!
(Via another LEGO site that links directly to the video)
5 x minotaurs, Celtic warriors, bandits (15)
4 x skaters, leprechauns, flamenco girls, space babes, aliens, mechanics (24)
3 x liberty statues, robots, genies, surgeons, Romans, sleepy boys, butchers (21)
This is slightly different to that posted by vickicara in the other thread (4 butchers, 3 mechanics), so it would be useful if someone else can check their box.
Update: I've added them to the Collectable Minifig gallery already so you see them in all their glory. I've just added Series 5 as well now.
Three previously unseen Ninjago sets have been revealed at Toys N Bricks today, which each feature a scary looking lime green mechanised creature and exclusive weapons.
Like many companies towards the end of each year, LEGO gives gifts to their employees to say "thank you" for all the effort the staff have put in throughout the year. Being LEGO, part of the gift involves an exclusive LEGO set ... last year it was the 'Happy Holidays' game, this year it is a reinterpretation of the LEGO classic wooden pull-along duck toy.
For those that don't know about the duck toy, it was one of the first toys produced by LEGO. Ole Kirk started making them in the mid-1930s, long before the company moved to manufacturing toys from plastic. It came in many slight variations, but they followed the same basic design, and the duck has become iconic of the early days of the LEGO company. You can see an example of one of the original wooden ducks by following this link (from the company museum in Billund).
6863 Batwing Battle over Gotham City, which is part of the Superheroes/DC Universe theme new for 2012, is now available online at ToysRUs.com: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12326410
The $39.99 price appears to include the notorious TRU markup, but if you're looking for that special holiday gift, having this wrapped under the tree a few weeks before its general availability might just fit the bill.
Thanks to Brickset members 'thebrickshow' and 'pickabrick4' for the heads up!
While new 2012 City and Dino sets will be released already in December, some of the new DUPLO sets are now announced for January 2012.
So the first sets are listed at Amazon.de with many (Hi-Res-) pictures showing some nice new elements...
6156-1 | 6156-2 | 6156-3 | 6156-4 | 6156-5 | 6156-6 | 6156-7 | 6156-8 | 6156-9 | 6156-10 | 6156-11
6157-1 | 6157-2 | 6157-3 | 6157-4 | 6157-5 | 6157-6 | 6157-7 | 6157-8 | 6157-9
6158-1 | 6158-2 | 6158-3 | 6158-4 | 6158-5 | 6158-6 | 6158-7 | 6158-8
6168-1 | 6168-2 | 6168-3 | 6168-4 | 6168-5 | 6168-6 | 6168-7
6169-1 | 6169-2 | 6169-3 | 6169-4 | 6169-5 | 6169-6
6172-1 | 6172-2 | 6172-3 | 6172-4 | 6172-5 | 6172-6
6173-1 | 6173-2 | 6173-3 | 6173-4 | 6173-5 | 6173-6 | 6173-7
6784-1 | 6784-2 | 6784-3 | 6784-4 | 6784-5 | 6784-6 | 6784-7 | 6784-8 | 6784-9 | 6784-10
4627-1 | 4627-2 | 4627-3 | 4627-4 | 4627-5 | 4627-6 | 4627-7 | 4627-8 | 4627-9 | 4627-10 | 4627-11 | 4627-12 | 4627-13 | 4627-14
4628-1 | 4628-2 | 4628-3 | 4628-4 | 4628-5 | 4628-6 | 4628-7 | 4628-8 | 4628-9 | 4628-10 | 4628-11 | 4628-12 | 4628-13 | 4628-14
These pictures should also be added to the Brickset database soon... (Update: they just have been...)
I read at Toys N Bricks that the Minifigures site at LEGO.com has been updated with images and bios of series 6, so I've wasted no time in adding them here. Check them out and, once again, let us know which you think are the Gladiators and which are the Crash Test Dummies.
European community coordinator Jan Beyer has posted on Facebook that the Series 6 Minifigs will start hitting store shelves on or around 9th Jan 2012.
Not long now :-)
If the Super Heroes images haven't got you salivating enough, how about these, official images from Amazon.fr of three Star Wars Planets sets!
As you'll be able to see clearly in the alternative images there, they consist of a micro-scale model, a minifig and a 'planet', which appears to be around 10 studs in diamater and presumably splits in half to enable the parts to be stored in it.
There's no word on price or availability, but I imagine they'll be available early in the New Year in Europe and possibly before in the USA. It looks like we could be in for a lot of these in years to come judging by the 'Series 1' on the boxes.
Check them out for yourself:
- LEGO Star Wars - 9674 - Jeu de Construction - Naboo Starfighter et Naboo
- LEGO Star Wars - 9675 - Jeu de Construction - Sebulba's Podracer et Tatooine
- LEGO Star Wars - 9676 - Jeu de Construction - Tie Interceptor et Death Star
Brickipedia and Brick Heroes (a French language site) have revealed hi-res photos of five of the DC Super Heroes sets today, and I have to say, they look better than I had anticpated from the grainy watermarked pictures we had seen previously.
I particularly like 6862 Superman vs. Lex Luthor, what with its cool mecha and Wonder Woman minifig.
Like other licensed sets, I suspect they'll command a premium price but it looks as if they'll be worth forking out for!
This 21 minute cartoon has been released in Europe today. I can't comment on the cartoon yet, although I am looking forward to watching it, but I can tell you that the Blu-Ray version includes an exclusive Young Han Solo minifig.
In the UK this is exclusively available from Tesco, priced at £8. You can order it from Tesco Entertainment, although I suspect it'll also be available in larger stores.
I know this is old news if you're in the USA, where it's been out a while and is a Wal-Mart exclusive. (thanks for the correction)
Brickset member L-Di-LEGO has tracked down better pictures of many of the 2012 sets and also filled a few gaps, such as Hero Factory and Creator, so it looks as if we pretty much have images of all the first wave of next year's sets, bar the Super Heroes minifig-scale ones.
As feared, it's going to be another expensive year...
TheBrickBlogger has revealed more images of next year's Ninjago sets, so we now have a complete set. There appears to be two types: spinners, which are like those released this year, and booster packs, which are packaged similarly to collectable minifigures and seem to consist of a minifig and a selection of weapons. There's also a new starter pack and a training set, pictured.
Edit: I'm very happy to be corrected and tell you that, unlike this year's spinners, the 2012 ones won't be made in China, and will feature normal high-quality parts and minifigs. (Thanks Nabii)
This month there is a split between the European and North American Monthly Mini Model Build (MMMB) models - here in Europe we're getting a rather disappointing Acorn model, while 'across the pond' you get yet another Turkey model, for the 3rd year in a row. It looks like a nice model though, and the PDF instructions are available already ...
The in-store build sessions run on the 1st Tuesday of the month in North America (i.e. yesterday) and the 1st Thursday of the month in Europe (i.e. tomorrow).
The December model has also been announced - it's a little odd looking, but is meant to be the toy soldier character from The Nutcracker ballet.
In other news, the November and December in-store calendars for the European stores are now available on-line:
It doesn't look like the US or Canadian store pages have been updated yet; I'm sure it will happen in a day or two.
Ninjago news is coming in thick and fast this week: Brickbuilder uncovered instructions for three new Ninjago polybag promotional sets at the LEGO Customer services site today. I guess they'll be for 2012 release, given they are the new style figs, so why they've appeared there so soon is a mystery.
Roving Brickset reporter (as he likes to call himself :-) ) Warren is at LEGO World in Zwolle this week and brings us this picture (plus two more in my flickr stream) and this report:
"From the AFOLCON / LEGO Show team, who are over in the Netherlands at the moment at LEGOWorld, come these high res pictures. The new range of 2012 Ninjago figs is on public display at the LEGO Designer booth. As well as the new snake tails, there are new staff pieces, protective headgear, 1x1 tiles and two new snake heads too. All are printed as far as we can tell.
"These should be available in sets from the start of January and the designer, Mark Stafford, will be talking about both the first and second wave of Ninjago sets in 2012 at AFOLCON next May."
I know, I'm a few days late adding images of next year's Ninjago sets from the German toy shop site, so my apologies for that.
When I first saw the blurry retailers' catalogue scans I didn't know what to make of them, but now we have clearer pictures, well to be honest, I'm still not sure what to make of them... What is clear is that the foes are no longer undead skeletons, but what exactly are they now? Some sort of human/snake hybrid from ancient Egypt? It seems that this time round that it's the Ninjas in the vehicles: they've ditched their dragons in favour of some mean looking machines, and this helicopter looks particularly neat.
What do you think? Are you a Ninjago fan? Do you like the direction the theme is going in?
Grogall has uncovered an image of the second of the two sets that are being given away at shop.LEGO.com between now and Christmas. This one will be available at the end of November.
The two sets, when side-by-side, will make a neat little Christmas vignette.
Grogall, the source of so many of the images that have been added to this and other LEGO sites this week, has once again come up trumps, this time with hi-res pictures of the series 6 and 7 minifigs. I've scaled them down to fit on the page here at Brickset (8827, series 6 and 8831, series 7), but you can see the full resolution versions in his Brickshelf gallery. Thanks Grogall!
The German site is back up, with all 2012 images still there, so I'm slowly adding them here:
I have to say, some of the normal City sets (as opposed to Fire and Police) look excellent, particularly this tipper truck. I believe AFOL Pierre Normandin works on the City sets, which would help explain why they are so good.
UPDATE: All pictures and listings for the 2012 sets have now been removed from the German site.
A Eurobricks member has posted a huge image of the new Batcave set in the Eurobricks Forums. I'm not sure about the set itself, which seems to be heavily reliant on stickers for its look, but the figs look great.
(Thanks to adello25 for the news.)
Variety magazine isn't a place you'd normally look for LEGO news, but Mr Hobbes found this interesting article about LEGO Super Heroes, including pictures of the Superman minifig they'll be giving away at the New York Comic Con that started today.
Oh, and they also have this picture of the new batcave :-)
Toys n Bricks, FBTB and loads of other sites are reporting the appearance of 2012 sets in the Hobbyco site's LEGO listing, including Cars, Super Heroes and various others. I'll get them added to the database here soon.
Update: Doh! Looks like they are already in the database, thanks Grahame!
Meanwhile, pictures of 2012 Star Wars boxes have surfaced on Eurobricks. They aren't watermarked but I suspect they were obtained illicitly. I believe they may have originated on this Japanese site.
This morning's trawl of the instructions at LEGO.com revealed this set, 4000002 'LOM 2011 Moulding'. Given it's in the same number range as the 4000001 Moulding Machines Inside Tour exclusive, this is also presumably some sort of 'insider' exclusive.
The instructions, which you can download from the set details page, reveal that LOM = LEGO Operations Mexico and that this is a model of the second moulding plant in Mexico which has just been completed.
So, I'm guessing that this is a model presented to those involved in the project, and therefore will be pretty hard for collectors to get hold of.
(Thanks to brickbuilder Bert who emailed me about it)
In keeping with the tradition of announcing an AFOL-worthy set at BrickCon and the Great Western LEGO Train Shows this weekend, LEGO has just taken the wraps off the set 10223 Kingdoms Joust. The announcement was accompanied by a full set of media photos posted to the LEGO Shop Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.266426973389859.69505.207089142656976
The set consists of 1575 pieces, which will set consumers back US $119.99 (CA $149.99, DE 119.99 €, UK 99.99 £, DK 1099.00 DKK, AU 199.99 AUD). The set will be available exclusively from LEGO in January 2012.
It is certainly the largest and most detailed treatment LEGO has done to date of the storied jousting scene. But in my opinion, where the set really shines is when it's combined with a second copy -- as it was designed to do -- to form a substantial grandstand and encompassing building scene. Just be aware that in the official images, you may be looking at this double configuration!
Here is the official press release:
"10223 Kingdoms Joust
Ages 12+. 1,575 pieces.
US $119.99, CA $149.99, DE 119.99 €, UK 99.99 £, DK 1099.00 DKK, AU 199.99 AUD
Watch the Knights battle it out at the Royal Joust!
It’s the most exciting event on the LEGO Kingdoms calendar! Join the King and Queen at the Royal Joust as the knights on horseback battle it out for the hand of the beautiful Princess. This detailed set recreates all the majesty of a medieval pageant, from the large, 6-roomed castle with linked wall extensions, 2 knights’ weapons tents, royal viewing box, jousting fence and of course 2 magnificent jousting horses. Combine 2 Kingdoms Joust sets for a scene that is truly fit for a King! • Includes 9 minifigures: king, queen, princess, lion knight, falcon knight, young squire, nobleman and 2 soldiers!
• Knight minifigures include armor decoration, helmet, jousting pole, shield and 2 extra weapons!
• Features a castle with 6 detailed rooms with lots of accessories and 2 knight’s tents with weapon holders!
• Open back for easy access to linked wall extensions!
• Also features royal viewing box with flags and coat of arms!
• Includes 2 knight’s horses with detailed decoration, weapon holder and armored headgear!
• Explore the castle rooms!
• Battle it out for the hand of the princess!
• Combine 2 Kingdoms Joust sets for a scene fit for King!
• Castle measures 20″ (51 cm) wide and 12″ (30 cm) tall!
Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning
January 2012 via shop.LEGO.com, LEGO® Stores or via phone "
We didn't see this coming -- LEGO managed to keep word of this set under wraps until the official announcement, which makes a change!
The set features mini models of the first five modular buildings and looks very cute indeed. Apparently it's going to be sold to VIP members only so is presumably being used to encourage people go join. Here's the press release:
10230 Mini Modulars, 1,356 pieces, US $79.99, CA $99.99, DE €69.99, UK £59.99, DK DKK 649.00, AU $119.99. Available from January 2012.
Available only to our LEGO® VIP Program Members, this exclusive mini modulars set is an authentic miniature representation of the first 5 buildings in the Modular Building series: Café Corner, Market Street, Green Grocer, Fire Brigade and Grand Emporium. Featuring highly detailed design, each building can be displayed as a stand alone piece or connected to the others buildings in the set. The mini Café Corner includes details like a fan above the doorway and printed hotel signage, while the mini Market Street includes transparent bricks and a unique brick construction. The quaint mini Green Grocer also features transparent bricks and a fire escape at the rear, while the mini Fire Brigade includes a brick bell and white arch wall elements. Finally, the mini Grand Emporium has a rooftop sign, skylight and window washing platform. With fantastic detailing and a huge variety of elements in a range of rich colors, this exclusive mini modulars set is the perfect addition to every VIP Member's collection.
- Exclusively available to LEGO® VIP Members!
- Authentic miniature representation of first 5 Modular Buildings: Café Corner, Market Street, Green Grocer, Fire Brigade and Grand Emporium!
- Each building can be displayed individually or connected to the other buildings in the set!
- All buildings feature fantastic detailing and a wide variety of elements and colors!
- Completed model measures over 5" (14.5 cm) tall, 12" (32 cm) long and 2.5" (6.5 cm) wide!
- Each individual building measures 2.5" (6.5 cm) long and 2.5" (6.5 cm) wide!
The video interview with set designer Jamie Berard will be available on YouTube shortly.
This neat little set was found by Mariann over at Model Building Secrets at LEGOLAND (California, I presume) recently. Apparently it's to be used for 'table decoration' only but I'm sure it would look very cool on top of a wedding cake.
While in the Milton Keynes shop at the weekend I noticed that they sell bagged-up bride and groom sets, presumably in response to in-store requests for them, so I'm sure this neatly packaged official set is going to be very popular. It would make sense for it to be available 'for ever more' because demand for it will surely be continuous.
When I published the original article about this on 1st September, I contacted LEGO to find out more. I was told that the instructions, and thus the news that LEGO were supporting BBC CiN, was not supposed to be public until an official announcement at the beginning of October.
Shortly afterwards however, the brand store calender for October was published on the LEGO website which confirmed the news, but as I was asked not to provide more information, I didn't.
Now the BBC has published a brochure for Children in Need that shows LEGO Pudsey, there really isn't any point keeping quiet any more!
You can read more at Bricks and Books and see a scan of the brochure page here. It seems he's going to be available 'exclusively' in Asda for £4. Exclusive that is, apart from in LEGO brand stores and shop.LEGO.com :-)
Following on from the heated debate we had earlier in the week about this set, I have some good news and bad.
The bad news is that despite the image on the bag showing a white Jack Sparrow face, it is in fact the plain, normal, face that's appeared in other sets.
The good news is that PotC minifig collectors won't now have to tear their hair out trying to get hold of it!
Thanks to keithkram for sending me one to photograph. I've now scanned the bag which clearly shows the white face. What a disappointment!
The LEGO Group today announces the LEGO® Architecture Robie House, an interpretation of Wright’s most famous Prairie style work. Designed by architectural artist Adam Reed Tucker, Robie House is a model of the Frederick C. Robie House located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighbourhood.
The model will be available in LEGO Brand stores and online at www.LEGO.com from September 1, priced $199, €199.99 or £169.99.
With models developed in collaboration with architects, LEGO Architecture aims to inspire future architects, engineers and designers as well as architecture fans around the world. Fans of all ages can collect and construct iconic architectural sites, including: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum and Fallingwater, the Space Needle in Seattle, the Willis Tower and John Hancock Center in Chicago, New York’s Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center, The White House in Washington, D.C., Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Each LEGO Architecture set contains a booklet featuring step-by-step building instructions that is prefaced by history, information and photographs of each iconic building, its design origin, its architect and its architectural features.
LEGO Architecture: Robie House is recommended for ages 16 and older and includes 2,276 pieces and a booklet with details on Robie House’s design and history.
About Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House sparked a revolution in residential architecture that still reverberates today. The Robie House was the first historic property to be declared a National Historic Landmark based solely upon its architectural merit. Designated by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 10 most significant structures of the 20th century, the impressive home features dramatic overhangs which appear to defy gravity and continuous bands of stunning art glass which dissolve the barrier between interior and exterior. It is an American treasure and celebrated as one of Chicago’s most important buildings. The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust presents guided tours of this architectural masterpiece located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, offering a first-hand experience of its amazing contemporary spaces and interpretation of Wright’s innovative 1908 design.
Click through on the image to see more pictures of the set.
Just when you thought you'd completed your Pirates of the Caribbean minifig collection, Brickset member keithkram uncovers yet another PotC polybag containing Jack Sparrow with a different head.
Keith has some listed in his BrickLink store so if you're a PotC completest, head on over and grab one.
kylejohnson11 has still set up a series 5 availability map using Google Maps. Check it out and put your pin in the map when you've found them near you.
Smashing Bricks has scoured the Internet for rumours of 2012 sets and summarised them in one post. I won't repeat it here so head on over and see what you'll be spending your hard-earned on next year.
10220 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van
Ages 16+. 1,322 pieces.
US $99.99, CA $129.99, DE €99.99 , UK £79.99 , DK 799 DKK, available from October.
This authentic camper van is a replica of the classic Volkswagen Camper Van from 1962. Every iconic feature is here! On the outside, the terrific detailing includes 'V' shape three-way color split at the front, rounded roof and window frames, opening 'splittie' safari windshield, opening doors, iconic pop-up roof with textile curtain surround, roof rack, rear side air intake vents and lots more! The detailing is equally impressive on the inside, from the authentic VW air-cooled flat four cylinder boxer engine, front cabin bench seat, gear stick, angled dashboard and iconic spherical speedometer, to custom LEGO® features like folding rear bench seat, folding dinette table, closet with mirror and even a painting!
- Features 11 windows, authentic plaid-print textile curtains and wing mirror!
- Rear door opens to reveal detailed engine!
- Interior also features rear bench seat that transforms into a bed, ‘Make LEGO Models, Not War’ T-shirt and rear shelf with plant!
- Measures 11.8" (30cm) long and 5.5" (14cm) high!
Visit the set details page for photos of the interior, which looks excellent. The video on YouTube has been available for some time but if you have't seen it it's worth a look.
October's going to be an expensive month. Much like the rest of the year then!
Bonzo312 has analysed a case of Series 5 minifigs and reports that the make-up is as follows:
- 3 Graduates
- 3 Gladiators
- 5 Royal Guards
- 3 Ice Fishermen
- 4 Cave Women
- 4 Lizard Men
- 5 Zookeepers
- 4 Lumberjacks
- 4 Small Clowns
- 4 Fitness Instructors
- 4 Detectives
- 3 Evil Dwarves
- 5 Boxers
- 3 Egyptian Queens
- 3 Gangsters
- 3 Snowboarder Guys
So there are at least three full sets in each box which wasn't the case with some series 4 boxes.
Now that the Ugly Duckling is not running his website any more, it's harder to track where these are available. They've been in the UK for a couple of weeks (in WHS at least) and in the Netherlands (where Bonzo312 is) and I suspect other parts of Europe, but I haven't heard reports of anyone in the USA finding them yet.
Although still summer time (in some parts of the world), the new LEGO advent calendars are already being listed nearly everywhere.
But until their release in September/October, you can spend waiting time by enjoying some high-res pictures...
These pictures should also be added to the Brickset database soon...
We don't usually post unsubstantiated rumous about forthcoming sets but this particular one seems to be gathering some weight given that the likes of Jedi News is publishing it.
So, the rumour is, verbatim, that there will be a new range of ‘planets’ sets. These will each include a hollow planet, a buildable mini vehicle and a mini-figure.
- 9674 Naboo Starfighter and Naboo Pilot
- 9675 Sebulba’s Podracer and Sebulba
- 9676 TIE Interceptor and TIE Pilot
Notable on this new list is that the battle packs will now mix heroes and villains into one box…
- 9488 ARC Troopers vs. Commando Droids
- 9489 Endor Rebel (x2) vs. Scout Trooper & Stormtrooper
- 9491 Geonosian Cannon
- 9490 Droid Escape
- 9492 TIE Fighter
- 9493 X-Wing
- 3866 Battle of Hoth (LEGO Games)
Now I have no idea whether any of this is true but it makes good reading on a slow news week.
Brickset member bricknation delivers the scoop again by discovering a model of Neuschwanstein Castle in the background of a photo from the manual of 21010 Robie House. Could this be a prototype for a future LEGO architecture set? Since this photo is from the manual of the Robie House set that was available for purchase at the LEGO Discovery Center, I'm considering it released information and not pre-release, until TLG convinces us otherwise.
You may recognize the castle as it has been the subject of several great MOCs due to its visually stunning architecture.
Update: ibes007 has identified the model as a non-LEGO model that was available for retail, and it does seem to be the case. Quite an interesting gaffe for it to show up in a LEGO manual.
Thanks to forum member bricknation who purchased this set legitimately in the retail shop at the LEGOLand Discovery Centre, Manchester, UK , we posted the first picture of this two weeks ago.
It turned out that it should not have been on sale yet and a September announcement was planned, but rather than just plug the source of the retail leak and accept that it was now in the public domain, LEGO asked Brickset to remove the image. I felt it was an unreasonable request given the circumstances, but as I had just started my vacation and intent on 'getting away from it all' for a couple of weeks, I removed it for the sake of a quiet life.
Now, in a interesting turn of events, it's actually pictured and announced on the September store calendar, as shown in the Toys N Bricks forum. I have therefore reinstated the picture here.
When things like this happen, do you think it reasonable for LEGO to treat the fan community like this (and should we obey their every command?), or should they instead look to tighten their internal processes to prevent them in the future?
Update: Bricknation has now posted an excellent review of the set at EuroBricks.
We had a sneak preview of this in the LEGO Collector book a few weeks ago. Now, today, it's been officially announced for a 1st October release:
10222 Winter Village Post Office, 820 pieces, US $59.99, CA $79.99, DE €59.99 , UK £49.99
Continuing the winter scene series, the Winter Village Post Office is the perfect snow-covered setting. In the cozy post office, the worker is hard at work sorting all the mail into containers and sacks, while upstairs, there's just time for the postman to take a break before setting off in the traditional post car with all the letters and gifts. From the pavilion outside, musicians fill the air with music, while children take in the wintry atmosphere by the park bench before throwing snowballs at each other - the musicians had better get ready to duck!
- Includes 7 minifigures: female post office worker, male postman, female, 2 kids and 2 musicians and a dog!
- Post office features dark-green split roof with snow, fireplace, light brick, table, coffee mug, and lamp post and mailboxes outside!
- Also features evergreen tree and assorted minifigure accessories.
Click on the image for more details and to see the images provided with the release.
It was love at first sight when I saw the first photo of 10220 Camper Van, but having just watched the video, I'm salivating now! Both sets are listed as being available for purchase directly from shop.LEGO.com and LEGO stores on October 1st.
Thanks to Brickset member thebrickster for the heads up!
As you know, brickset.com is all about the bricks; we deliberately don't give much coverage to all the other non-brick products that LEGO produce, like video games, kitchen accesories, storage boxes, yadda, yadda, ...
This item is a little bit of an exception - the recently broadcast (on Cartoon Network in the US) "LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace" TV special is getting released as a BluRay/DVD combo-pack in the USofA on September 16th ... the twist is that it comes with an exclusive, collectable "Young Han Solo" minifig. No news on international availability, of either the BluRay/DVD combo-pack, or whether the fig will be included outside of the US.
At the link you can find details of the extras & details of pre-ordering the pack from Walmart.
The other news from this year's SDCC was, as widely reported across the LEGO bloggosphere, the panel discussion which revealed some interesting new information about next year's Star Wars sets ...
First, we're getting a larger, more detailed TIE Fighter, set #9492. As well as the ship itself, the set will include 4 minifigs - TIE Fighter Pilot, Death Star Trooper, Imperial Officer & Imperial astromech droid (R5-J2).
Thanks to everyone that emailed us, and especially to 'ThatOllieGuy' for sharing his photos on flickr.
A few members have reported spotting new localised novelty items in LEGO Brand Stores - so far we've seen a country specific keychain ('Canada'), a city specific keychain ('Berlin'), and a city specific magnet set ('New York').
Anyone seen anymore? Join in here or on the forum.
Thanks to 'elazgar' & 'GIR3691' for the info.
There's been confidentially watermarked images of the Black Pearl around for a while, followed by some doctored ones, where someone has removed the watermark in Photoshop in an attempt to fool the likes of Brickset, but now, at last, a German online toy shop brings us legitimate hi-res photos showing the ship in all its glory.
It's smaller than the QAR, comes with 6 minifigs: Jack Sparrow, Davy Jones, Joshamee Gibbs, Will Turner, Maccus, and Bootstrap Bill Turner. It'll cost around €100, and is released at the end of October.
Thanks to Jörn for the news!
It's a model of Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, which is in Chicago. It's being unveiled at the site in August by designer Adam Reed Tucker. It's going to cost $200 and contain 2200 pieces which makes it the largest Architecture set by some margin. It's good to see one that is not all white, tan or grey :-)
Find out more in the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust's newsletter, page 15.
Via PrarieMod. Thanks to several people who emailed and typo for posting in the forum.
Revealed at Toys n Bricks: this neat little walker whose instructions were found in the LEGO.com instructions portal.
The next Sun promotion in the UK should be a good one :-)
The latest consumer LEGO product catalogue, which I have just received, contains the new set releases due out in the next few months. Included is the Red Cargo Train set 3677 and most of the other new set releases that we already know about here at Brickset.
There was some early debate about whether or not this was a genuine set when news first broke earlier this year after the set had been seen in a display in Denmark. But now we can confirm that it will be arriving at a station near you anytime soon!
Other sites have been showing pictures of this for some time, but I thought I'd wait until some official images became available. Skyhopper sent us a link to a German shop that has the set listed together with some hi-res pictures.
And in related news, CDC in Slovenia says that the City Advent calendar is on the shelves already, and it's not even July yet!
Of particular interest to us are the excellent photos of the series 5 minifigs, both assembled and disassembled, and the Technic Unimog. See them all here.
Although this series looks like it could be the best yet, I have to say I'm getting a bit 'minifig weary'. It's such a nuisance having to track them all down and worry whether you'll get them all. Just when you've completed one series, another one comes along...
After all that event news, let's have some new set news, shall we?
Here's another Cars polybag set that surfaced on the Czech AFOL site Kostky.org a couple of weeks ago. The set is a free gift available in Adidas brand stores, given with the purchase of kids wear (and not a escapee from the factory as originally suggested!).
(Thanks to Martin for telling us about it).
From the Ambassador forums, an update on #10231 'Shuttle Expedition', the replacement for #10213 'Shuttle Adventure', which explains some of the reasons for the replacement, and gives details on the differences between the sets ...
"Dear Ambassadors,Since its release in 2010, 10213 Shuttle Adventure has proven to be very popular! Although the model was designed for a 16+ target audience, our consumer call center has brought to our intention that many younger children have been building and playing with the model. As a result, the Direct team has decided to look at the model once more to see what changes could be made in order to provide a better build and play experience for a slightly younger target audience.10231 Shuttle Expedition may look similar to Shuttle Adventure in many ways, however its build is very different and offers several advantages.- The fuel tank has been reinforced with supports to strengthen the assembly- The landing gear is strengthened to function better across many different floor types- The Cargo doors can now be more rigorously opened and closed- The entire build has been reworked to limit opportunities for misplacing elements- Astronauts now have wigs in addition to their helmets (1 male, 1 female). Face prints are also different.- The new set now has 1,230 elements- New Satellite can be securely positioned on the new mechanical arm10231 Shuttle Expedition has already gone on sale in LEGOLAND Billund and will soon be available across all LEGO brand retail stores and on LEGO.com.Kind regardsLEGO Direct Team"
We at Brickset don't often get an opportunity to get excited about Technic sets, despite it being one of my favourite themes, having been brought out my dark ages by 8868 Air-Tech Claw-Rig way back in 1994. I've bought virtually every technic set released since then and I am particularly looking forward to this, the largest Technic set ever with over 2000 pieces.
It's getting coverage over on several real vehicle news sites this week because as it turns out, it's a Mercedes-Benz licenced product being released to celebrate the Unimog's 60th anniversary. Read what's being said over on Car and Driver blog, and then see it dissected for new parts at TechnicBRICKs.
The article says 'The kit goes on sale in August and will be available from both LEGO and Mercedes-Benz for £190, or about $275 at current exchange rates' which makes it the most expensive Technic set as well!
What do you think: your dream set, or way too expensive?
(thanks DLuders for the news)
Check out this neat Brick-built calendar that's been reviewed on Eurobricks which features two series 1 minifigs and which is presumably going to be available in brand stores.
One thing the review doesn't point out is whether it's been manufacured by LEGO or by their their Chinese outsource partner, Broadway. I suspect that, given it has collectable figs in it, it will be the latter, like the similar 'Countdown Candle'.
I originally thought someone has created these, but apparently they come in the sets.
I had vowed not to buy Cars sets, but having seen these lists, plus the fact they are now in TRU and Argos in the UK, I might just change my mind...
Here's another new promo polybag set that's just been revealed on LEGO's customer service instruction portal. They've added instructions for many of the Cars sets, which you'll find listed on our latest instructions page.
I guess this one will be free with The Sun later in the year...
I've written about the Inside Tours before and as you may recall attendees are presented with an exclusive model at the end of them. The first tour of 2011 has just taken place and Brickset member torviag attended.
I haven't been very impressed with the previous models but this one, of old and new moulding machines, is absolutely fantastic, and with just 68 made will surely become one of the most sought after and rare models ever.
Eagle-eyed member Jarod98 found this 5 minifigure battle pack in the online LEGO catalogue, on page 37. It's not yet listed at shop.LEGO.com but the catalogue says it'll be $14.99 and available on June 1st.
It looks like a great 'army builder', if a little pricey, however -- I hope I'm wrong -- but I suspect it'll consist primarily of 'components made in China' like other battle packs which unfortunately will mean it won't be on my shopping list :-(
So, I'll ask again: which is the spartan and which the crash-test-dummy of this series?
(via Brothers-Brick, Eurobricks, Toys N Bricks...)
Here it is, the one many of you have been waiting for! Flickr user Tazmandvl1 has acquired the set from somewhere and posted great hi-res photos of it in his flickrstream!
Thanks to aaronptrck for the news, which appears to have originated at Toys N Bricks.
UPDATE: Most stores have already received these but cannot sell them until next Tuesday, May 10.
I've now built the four smallest PotC sets now so I thought I'd make a few observations about them. If you're still on the fence as to whether to buy them, maybe this will help :-)
- The packaging is excellent. As has been noted in various comments, the boxes are the new, smaller, type.
- The instructions and poster are packed in a plastic bag with a sheet of card to ensure they stay flat, even in the smallest sets.
- There are 27 unique minifigs, but it seems I was misled at the London toy fair: I was told that Jack Sparrow was different in every set, however according to BrickLink, there are just 4 variations, plus the one in 30132 which hasn't been added there yet. They are all excellent with many new accessories and headgear and are printed on the front and back of the torsoes.
- CapnRex101 has written some excellent reviews of two of the sets, and I've leveraged the new feature here to provide links to the pictorial Eurobricks reviews. You'll find them on the PotC theme page.
What do you think of them? Add your own review, or comment here.
It's all kicking off this weekend as far as PotC is concerned: Brickset member whung has uncovered yet another PotC promo set, left, and if you're in the USA you can buy the sets at Toys R Us already.
The PotC microsite at LEGO.com has been updated with lots of cool content, and shop.LEGO.com will be selling the sets from Monday in the USA and Canada. More news on that then...
Check out this monster! I'm a bit late breaking this story, but it's definitely worth mentioning. It's legit because the image came from LEGO.com, although I suspect it shouldn't be there, and we'll face the 'Spanish inquisition' from LEGO's community team again :-)
I wonder what price tag it will command?
Update: the source image at LEGO.com has been deleted. Expect me to be asked to remove it soon...
Having a job keeping track of all the promotional polybag sets that are being released these days? That's why you come to Brickset, isn't it, where we do the hard work for you...
Member keithkram sent us images of four new ones today: Two Pharaoh's Quest (30090) and (30091), and two Pirates of the Caribbean: a ship (30130) (which one is it?) and the promotional Jack Sparrow minifig (30132) that I presume is the one being given away in the US with pre-orders of the PotC video game in some shops.
A German toy shop has pictures of the Hero Factory 3.0 sets. If they carry on at this rate, by 2014 we'll be up to Furno 10.0 and I think the novelty will have worn off long before then...
Sticking with HERO Factory news, a couple of people emailed us about a Hero Recon website at LEGO.com yesterday. I received the new shop.LEGO.com catalogue today and it appears that this will be like Design-By-Me, but for HERO Factory: 'use the hero creator to design and purchase your very own Hero Recon Team Agent including the unique silver chest plate', which I guess is pretty cool if you're into HERO Factory. It launches on 1st April.
Several Brickset members have bought cases of series 4 figs and have put together dot-code decoders.
NicJ has one at his site minifigcollector.com and achillespdx has posted one on flickr. I haven't compared them closely, but there do appear to be some discrepancies between the two. The dots are so hard to spot that I guess that's understandable. Personally I can't be bothered trying to decode now it's so hard: I just buy a load and trade the ones I don't need...
Update: As well as these Easter themed polybag sets, three others came to light yesterday: a BrickMaster Ninjago set (20020), Brickley the Sea Serpent (40019), (check out Higgins' pictorial review) who has been found in US brand stores, and Star Wars AT-ST (30054) which looks to me to be pretty much identical to the one released in 2003 in 4486, but without the printed flag for its 'face'.
Tech blog Gizmodo has published hi-res pictures of Ninjago, Alien Conquest, Kingdoms and other 2011 sets. I've added some of them here but they are a bit of a nuisance to extract from their site so haven't done them all. If you find any I've missed, by all means send them in.
Some are marked confidential and, assuming they all originated from LEGO, this sends out mixed messages somewhat...
A month ago Brickset broke the news of this exclusive set, thanks partly to someone in LEGO who released an image of it onto their Internet server in error. We were asked to remove it from here, which we duly did.
Now, today, at last, the set has been officially annouced:
10219 Maersk Train, Ages 14+. 1,234 pieces, US $119.99, CA $159.99, DE 119.99, € UK £91.99
The highly-realistic Maersk diesel-electric freight train has arrived! A replica of the real engine that operated on the railroads of America, this Maersk train features exceptional detailing and functions, such as opening driver's cab, removable side panel revealing a detailed, 16-cylinder engine, and authentic Maersk branding. The model also includes 2 wagons and 3 containers with opening doors (1 with refrigeration detailing). The set also includes a shunter truck and detachable trailer for loading and offloading the containers. Add LEGO® Power Functions accessories to motorize!
- Includes 3 workman minifigures!
- Train measures 36" (92cm) long!
- Building instructions include a historical description of the LEGO Group/A.P. Moller Maersk Group cooperation and a timeline of the products launched!
- Containers can be loaded side-by-side or stacked!
- Motorize your Maersk train by adding LEGO Power Functions 8878 Power Functions Rechargeable Battery Box, #8887 Transformer 10V DC, #8884 Power Functions IR Receiver, 8879 Power Functions IR Speed Remote Control and 88002 Power Functions Train Motor!
I've added the official images to the set page and I'd be interested to know what you think of them: they are a little different from normal official images and I'm not sure if I like them...
I don't know where grogall finds them, but he's come up trumps again with nice images of seven of the Cars sets due out soon. I've added them here and you can see the hi-res versions on Brickshelf. Apparently there'll be 14 sets in total, which is a massive number for the first year of a theme. However I suspect this will be the only batch of them. Until Cars 3, anyway.
As you'll see there are some nice new parts and interesting coloured pieces. The decorations are printed, not stickers. Is that good or bad? I suppose it depends on whether you intend reusing the pieces.
(thanks r4-g9 for the news)
Ace at fbtb has been busy uploading hundreds of well-organised pictures to the fbtb flickr stream. He's photographed every last detail and you should be able to determine all the things I couldn't remember at the London toy fair, including the identities of the Harry Potter minifigs in the Forbidden Forest, Knight Bus and Battle for Hogwarts. When you've done so, please list them here.
To coincide with Toy Fair New York, starwars.com has published some good quality pictures of some of the summer 2011 Star Wars sets. You can see them here - click on the picture to start the slide show. Make sure you click all the way through to the end to see the new Millennium Falcon set.
No sign of the new 'Naboo Fighter' or 'Hoth Echo Base' sets, confirming that they are likely to be retailer exclusives. (Update by Huw: the Naboo Fighter is in the UK retailers' catalogue but wasn't at the London toy fair).
The figures look great, and there are some nice parts and construction techniques in the new sets, but I'm left a little underwhelmed overall, probably because most of them are re-dos. Great for the newer collector, a bit ho-hum for the old-timer.
Update: I've added them here, while bluemoose was typing this -- Huw :-) (thanks r4-g9 and afhaddad for the news).
However, more interesting than those is the instructions for the Shinkai 6500 Submarine (21100) which is a nice model and practically impossible to get hold of outside of Japan. Now we can build our own...
You'll recall that I wouldn't reveal the identity of the mystery exclusive minifigure in the Star Wars Advent calendar after visiting the London toy fair the other week. Well, now you can see for yourself what it is. As I said, it's unlikely to ever appear in any Star Wars movie or cartoon. Head on over to http://theclonenews.freeblog.hu/archives/2011/02/08/sz/ and see for yourself in the bottom image. And no, it's not George Lucas :-)
(Via A Modular Life)
Other LEGO sites are awash with pictures of new sets taken at a toy fair so I suppose I had better mention them here. There's Star Wars, Cars, Technic, Harry Potter and more to see at the following links:
As predicted, photos (and videos) have emerged on an Austrian site from the German toy fair, showing Alien Conquest, Ninjago, Kingdoms and more. Unfortunately it looks as if the person who took them didn't know what was new and what was already available since the gallery also includes Atlantis and Pharaoh's Quest, but there are nevertheless some reasonably good shots to give you an idea of what's coming.
This morning's trawl of LEGO.com's instructions area (thanks again Brent!) revealed four new Ninjago sets: 30080, 30081, 30082 and 30083. They don't appear to be listed at the customer services portal yet, so I don't know their names.
These crystal clear unwatermarked pictures were released overnight on an MTV site, of all places. (Why is it the best stories always break when we here in the UK are tucked up in bed? :-) )
It's strange how LEGO operate, isn't it. One week these are confidential and nobody's allowed to photograph or talk about them, the next they are spashed all over the internet...
Update: I've added them here now.
Once again I've braved the near-freezing temperatures and a 2.5hr train journey to bring you LEGO news from the London Toy Fair. Today was the last day of the three day event, which was held at London Olympia. The LEGO stand was just about the biggest in the show and unlike neary all others there it was shrouded in secrecy, completely closed in, entry was by invitation only, and photography prohibited. I'm not really sure why because at the Nuremberg Speilwarenmesse in a couple of weeks it'll be more open and I suspect some photos will emerge.
So, in the meantime, you'll have to make do with my descriptions. I'll go through each theme that's being released in the second half of the year that's of interest to us here.
- Harbour will be the City theme. There will be something like 5 sets including a harbour featuring a grain loading terminal and cargo ship, a marina, a fishing boat, a speedboat and powerboat on a truck. All are said to float.
- The Creator sets are excellent: there's another house with white walls and red roof, a yellow sports car much like previous Creator cars and best of all a Lighthouse which really was excellent, and very different from anything made before.
- Technic was slightly disappointing with only two new sets on show: a flatbed car recovery truck (think car clamping and subsequent removal) which had a very neat Power Functions mechanism and a 'bucket truck': a small American-style vehicle with a raising platform on the back. There are two others slated for release but they were not in evidence at the show.
- There's more Ninjago to come including some very cool looking dragons and other monsters for the Ninja to ride on.
- Alien Conquest looked aboslutely superb. It features aliens and humans and abduction/autopsy seems to be the main theme. The aliens, of which I counted something like 4 variants, have lime green heads and look great. The humans have legs/torsoes made with a new shade of blue. One set featured an archetypal circular UFO with light underneath and a very clever mechanism to abduct any humans it swoops down on. I could tell Mark Stafford had designed some of these: his trademark style was evident all over :-)
- There are four new Kingdoms sets on the way of which two feature 'ordinary medieval village life', albeit with some marauding knights pillaging the place. The big news is that they feature new minifig-scale animals: chickens (in white and brown) and goats.
- The Disney licenced room was shrounded in more secrecy than the rest of the stand and I will respect LEGO's request for confidentiality. Suffice to say that the Cars sets looked great. I was surprised as to how many are being released: something like 15 different sets. They won't appeal to everyone given there are no minifigs in them but they did look quite cute and they feature some neat parts in new colours.
- Pirates of the Caribbean sets were also in there, of course, and the lady on the stand was somewhat surprised to hear that pictures had already been leaked online. The minifigs looked excellent and the 7 or so sets will feature something like 30 different figs. Jack Sparrow appears in them all and in every one he is different meaning that if you're a minifig collector you will need to buy every set...
- There will be three new Harry Potter sets which will include something like 12-15 minifigs of which I estimate half of them to be new.
- Two new SpongeBob sets (yawn...)
- No less that nine Star Wars sets featuring a whole raft of new minfigs 'to die for' including a new Darth Maul, Savage Opress (wasn't he great in the latest episode of Clone Wars!) and Sebulba and Watto which are much improved on their previous incarnation. The Millennium Falcon looked pretty much like the older minifig versions: it still looked a bit rubbish, IMO. However the pod racers (Sebulba and Anakin's) were much improved on the old set. As you may have noticed in the databse there's going to be a Star Wars advent calendar. I'm not going to spoil any surprises and tell you what's in it, but needless to say it was excellent.
- No new Atlantis or Pharaoh's Quest, and loads of more of the same HERO Factory. They'll be up to version 3.0 in the summer...
So that's about it. There's plenty to look forward to and save up for...
Thanks to Bert who found this image of a forthcoming Maersk train set, consisting of a Maersk liveried locomotive, container flats and container handling vehicle, at LEGO.com. It looks great and it's a set that people will be certain to want to buy multiples of, so that trains can be double- or triple- headed and to get more wagons. Personally I can't wait...
Update: I've been asked to remove the image, despite the fact it was found on LEGO's own server. I will leave the link to it intact, if they want it removed, they can do it themselves.
LEGO Customer Services has added more instructions to their portal recently, including 2011 Star Wars sets and five hitherto unknown impulse sets: a bee 30022, a lighthouse 30023, a reindeer 30027, a wreath 30028 and a boring racing car 30036. You can see all updates in the usual place: http://www.brickset.com/instructions/
A Dutch toy shop has pictures of the first batch of PotC sets. They are tiny, but you can just about make out a few details, and I have to say, they look pretty good.
LEGO's lawyers may pounce and ask for them to be removed (like they did this time last year with the PoP pictures) but they aren't watermarked and they are on a toy shop website so we're on pretty safe ground...
Update: LEGO's lawyers did pounce: they've been removed...
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Thanks to regular contributor Vidiator we now have a near complete set of cartoon-style pictures of series 4 figs. They came from a German toy trade website. Unfortunately the Geisha girl is missing. I've made up the names, since we don't know the official ones yet. If you think I've got them wrong, let me know!
Not only that, he's uncovered pictures of the three Duplo Winnie the Pooh sets which are making a reapperance after a gap of 10 years during which M??ab???ks had the WtP licence and produced some cheap and nasty rubbish. My daughters used to love them and it's worth picking up one of each set just to get Tigger, Eeyore, Winnie and Piglet. It looks as if they are new versions of them, which looking at the old ones is a good thing: they look a bit crude by today's standards.
I think the Games range has been a huge success for LEGO, and I'm sure this next batch will continue to be. I've lost count of the times non-LEGO friends have said that they've had great fun playing them with their kids. Shave A Sheep is a particularly popular one. Unfortunately my daughters are now too old to want to play LEGO games with their dad so I've not played many of them :-(
Which ones have you enjoyed?
Thanks to relatively new Brickset member Liam who attended a LEGO Inside Tour this year, we have an excellent image of the exclusive set that was given to attendees.
For those that don't know, LEGO run the 'Inside tours' a few times a year. They consist of a "2½ day’s tour to Billund, Denmark, where you will meet designers, see the factory, visit the archive, receive a unique LEGO gift ... just to mention a few of the highlights. " and are a dream come true for LEGO fans. They are expensive, partly because you stay in the LEGOLAND Hotel, but given the uniqueness of the experience, they are worth every penny. There are three running in 2011 and you can find out more on the LEGO website.
Anyway, back to the sets. This year's 'Cars' model was limited to just 33 sets, and last year's to 32, so they must rank as the rarest sets ever. BrickLink has the 2005 and 2009 sets listed, which I have added here, but there were presumably ones made for the intervening years. If you have been on a tour and have one, do send us a picture, and let us know what you thought of the tour, too.
Update: Brickset lurker minicoop4 has provided information about the sets that were given on the other years:
- 2005: LECA Automobile
- 2006: LECA Automobile
- 2007: Market street, with a special sleeve around the box with pictures and text.
- 2008: LEGO Town Plan, LEGO 50 years, special designed sleeve around the box, interview with Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen and the designer who made the box
- 2009: Ole Kirk's House
- 2010: LEGO Cars, contains 3 cars, two made by KKK when he was young and one made by our designer.
So, as he says, we have pictures for the three unique sets.
WorkerJoe went to one of the events yesterday and sent this picture of the promotional polybag that was given out to attendees. As well as the cool looking 'sword on a stand' (which probably has a name) there was also a card inside which reads "Come to Toys "R" Us, your official Ninjago headquarters, in January and receive a limited edition Ninjago Battle Card with any Ninjago purchase between the dates of 1/2/11 and 1/29/11. While supplies last."
The actual sets were not for sale but several were there on display. (Thanks Joe!)
Brickset member bigmike2K3 (and julencin2000, who tweeted me) found this gallery on Brickshelf which appears to show a new set, of a submarine, in the Architecture number series. Unfortunately the pictures aren't too good but it seems to have the traits of the Architecture sets: high quality box, glossy brochure and detailed model. All the writing on the box is in what looks to be Japanese, which doesn't bode too well for those of us that might hope to buy it elsewhere in the world.
Interestingly, the 'Discovery' section of LEGO's Architecture site disappeared recently, so maybe the sets live but the name doesn't.
Check this out: an official un-watermarked image of the series 4 figs! I haven't even seen any official images of series 3 yet (but I have asked LEGO for some). The cartoon-ised group picture is also available. These are expected to be officialy launched in April (so expect to see them in the usual places (TRU, et. al.) from late Feb/early March onwards).
So, (here we go again...) which are the Crash Test Dummies and which are the Spartans in this series?
Thanks to brickset member R4-G9 who found them in Kevin1990's Brickshelf gallery.
Update: it looks as if LEGO is asking for these images to be removed, they've gone from their original source at http://www.superspeelgoed.nl and fan sites may be asked to remove them too. I'll leave it here until asked otherwise...
Update 2: LEGO is cool with it, it can stay...
News has gone quiet on the spread of these across the USA. Have you seen them locally? What shops are now stocking them?
As noted yesterday at Toys N Bricks, this LEGO Universe rocket, which was used as an in-store promotional item back in October is now being sold in brand stores for the hefty price of £7.99 and US$9.99.
I bought one in Milton Keynes yesterday, along with the a couple of the 2855028 classic space minifig magnets, which were also promotional items earlier in the year.
This Creator set was found in TRU in Indonesia by Eurobricks member Bricks2000. It looks pretty good to me! (thanks Alwyn for the news)
Update: Lots of people are emailing with sightings: rather than me post them all as separate articles, please comment on this one to keep everyone up-to-date. Thanks!
Didier brings us news of a range of limited edition flower vase kits available in French florists. He says there are three different ones, available in three different chains of florists. They are individually numbered and only between 700 and 1150 of each are being made. He's sent pictures of two of them which I've added here.
You'll be relieved to hear that the kits also come with a glass or plastic container that fits inside them to hold the water: without it a vase made of LEGO would be as much use as a chocolate teapot :-)
Didier believes that Rene Hoffmeister, the German LEGO Certified Professional, designed them. Rene is a good friend of Brickset: he hosts our library of set images.
Expect to see some at eBay.fr going for extortionate prices soon...
Update: the third design is shown here: http://www.femmeactuelle.fr/jardin/plante-d-interieur__1/vases-en-lego-monceau-fleurs-00476/(page)/2. The page also confirms Rene as the designer.
Here is what I believe to be the first non confidential image of the series three figs due out in January. The original was posted on a Chinese (Hong Kong) website, Toys Daily.
What do you think will be the 'must have' figs, and which will be the 'crash test dummies' of this series?
Thanks to an anonymous Taiwanese correspondent for alerting us to this.
Rockefeller Center, New York. (via Eurobricks)
Eagle-eyed Mike C found three 2011 City Police sets listed on toysrus.com (click LEGO City, I think they are on page 4). You can't order them yet but you can at least see them and decide if you're going to.
Personally, I don't find them too appealing. City emergency services sets must rate among the most boring sets LEGO produce: they are always similar and the minifigs are rarely anything special. However this is probably just an AFOLs view: I suspect they are very appealing to the target age group: after all LEGO wouldn't keep making them if they weren't.
Or so it seems in France at least. Someone over on this French LEGO forum (link will translate it to English) has bought The Battle of Naboo and posted scans of the instructions cover and pictures of the other sets, as shown on the back cover. Thanks to r4-g9 for this most exciting news!
Update: The translation isn't particularly clear but it's possible the set came from the Czech Republic, not France. Which doesn't really come as a big surprise given the history of sets like this 'escaping' from the factory there...
According to LEGO Shop on-line, and the in-store calendars, #10215, UCS Obi-Wan's Starfighter is due for release on 1st November. I briefly visited the Milton Keynes, UK, Brand Store yesterday evening & they had it on sale already (for £95UK). Talking to the staff, they said they had received a delivery of the sets on Wednesday with instructions to put it on sale immediately, so they did! We can't confirm if any other Brand Stores in the UK or elsewhere have them yet, but if you're eager to get your hands on one, give your local store a call to check before travelling. Store contact details can be found here.
Update: I've been told by LEGO that "due to early availability of product, item 10215 – Obi Wan’s Jedi Starfighter™ will be available to order from shop.LEGO.com starting Monday, Oct 25th"
The LEGO Universe launch is now underway; those that pre-ordered the game have been able to play the 'Gold' release of the game since last Friday.
As you know, Brickset is all about sets, so the launch of a computer game isn't really our thing. However, there are at least a couple of sets released as part of the launch promotion ...
The first is set #2853944, the orange Astronaut figure 'exclusively' sent to those that pre-ordered the game. We're hearing rumours that some US LEGO stores have been giving them to customers who purchased the game in-store at the launch event on Saturday 9th October. For pre-order customers, the game box included a card with a unique code number that could be used to enable an in-game version of the Astronaut uniform as wearable equipment.
The second is set #55001, a little rocket ship similar to those used in the game to move between levels. This was availble at in-store launch events held in LEGO Brand stores on Saturday 9th October. This was intended to be given away as part of an in-store mini-build event, but we've heard that in some stores it was also given away with purchases of the game. Similar to the Astronaut figure, there was a card included in the pack that had a unique code number that can be used to enable an in-game version of the rocket.
Have you heard of any other promotional releases accompanying the release of LEGO Universe ? If so, please let us know. Thanks :-)
We can now talk about one of next year's themes openly here on Brickset: a PDF of some sort of game/competition element of the Ninjago theme has been uploaded to LEGO.com . It would appear that the basic idea is that two players arm their Ninja minifig with a weapon, put them on some sort of spinning top piece in an 'arena' made from Technic pieces, then spin them. The minifig left standing is the winner and takes the other's weapon. There's some cards involved, too, but from the instructions it's not clear what they are for. (update: it is probably clear, they are explained on page 2!)
I'm guessing from the name on the front of the instructions, which unfortunately does not have a set number so we can't add it here yet, that the sets will consist of two different figures, a good guy and a baddie, with which to do battle.
Does that sound like fun to you?
 Save it while you can, I guess it may be removed once someone who knows better has seen it's been uploaded too early!
Update: The Brickset-effect has struck again! 'someone who knows better' has read here that it was uploaded early and has had it removed. I hope I didn't get anyone in LEGO into trouble :-)
I've added some database entries for new Star Wars and Harry Potter magnets and keychains. We don't have pictures we can use here yet but if you head over to A Modular Life blog you can see them in a group picture. The animal ones looks the coolest: particularly the penguin!
We're barely out of August but new Christmas sets are appearing in shops already. Jon S bought this 40010, Santa on sleigh with reindeer, from LEGOLAND Windsor and said that there was another one which "had a few Christmas trees in it" which he didn't buy.
Thanks to Tesco Direct's mess-up, I'm the happy owner of the new Harry Potter sets. Click through on the image to see hi-res photos. I'll be building The Burrow later this evening, time permitting!
The Winter Village Bakery has been officially revealed! Here's the press release, and you'll find the accompanying images on the set details page here: 10216
10216 – Winter Village Bakery
Ages 12+. 687 pieces.
US $ 54.99 UK £ 49.99 DE 54.99 € CA $74.99
Return to yesteryear with this festive holiday scene!
It’s a winter wonderland in this snow-covered little town! A special-delivery evergreen, all ready for decorating, arrives at the tree-seller’s stand by horse-drawn cart, while ice skaters frolic on the frozen pond with colorful lights and a curious owl perched overhead. Just look out for the freshly-shoveled snow piles – one skater has already tumbled in head-first! At the bakery nearby, the friendly baker prepares delicious holiday treats in his oven and rings up sales at the cash register. Push the glowing LEGO Power Functions brick to fill the building with warm interior light! Includes 7 ½ minifigures, snow owl, horse and lots of winter accessories.
- Includes 7 ½ minifigures as well as a snow owl and horse!
- Features LEGO Power Functions light-up brick which lights the interior of the bakery when you push it!
- Includes lots of fun winter accessories like a dark blue minifigure hood with new fur print!
- Prepare holiday treats and ring up sales at the cash register!
- Skate on the frozen pond made of 8x8 transparent blue plates!
- Interesting elements include a camera, tan baguettes, croissants, green apple, 8x8 transparent blue plates, medium blue tiles and even a new ‘caramel’ color for several brick and arch elements outside the bakery!
- Features an evergreen tree for decorating, tree seller’s stand and even a horse-drawn cart!
- Bakery measures 7" (18 cm) wide!
- Completed model (depending on space allocated between the individual parts) measures 16" (40 cm) wide, 12" (30 cm) deep and 7" (18 cm) high!
LEGO has, once again, released a promo video for this on YouTube.
It's due for release in October, which looks like being an expensive month!
A Celebration V press-release gives details of some of the Lego-oriented activities during the convention, including some very worth-while charity events:
LEGO® STAR WARS™ Celebrates 30th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back at
Star Wars Celebration V
Interactive LEGO mural building event supports ‘The Empire Gives Back’ and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
ORLANDO (August 13th, 2010) – To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, LEGO Systems, Inc. and Lucasfilm Ltd. are summoning the force of LEGO® and STAR WARS fans and families to participate in a three-day collaborative build of an eight-foot tall, 15-foot wide LEGO mystery mural to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The mural will be constructed by attendees of Star Wars Celebration V and a LEGO Master Builder at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center from August 13-15.
Fans who help the LEGO Master Builder to construct the mural will receive one of 10,000 limited edition white Boba Fett LEGO minifigures. Additionally, for every LEGO plate a fan builds and adds to the mural, LEGO Systems and Lucasfilm’s “The Empire Gives Back” program will donate 330 LEGO System and LEGO DUPLO® bricks to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to encourage imagination and creative play and support the patients of St. Jude. In total, more than 1.5 million LEGO bricks will be donated..
“The STAR WARS franchise has creatively inspired so many people since its debut, and has motivated LEGO enthusiasts to build models, create their own stories and, in some cases, produce their own films,” said Michael McNally, brand relations director, LEGO Systems, Inc. “We’re particularly proud to partner with Lucasfilm’s ‘The Empire Gives Back’ charitable giving program to both commemorate an important milestone for The Empire Strikes Back, but also to help carry forward its creative spirit with yet another generation of children through St. Jude.”
STAR WARS enthusiasts will also be able to see new LEGO products on display, have their picture taken with life-sized LEGO STAR WARS models and check out fan created LEGO models. A second LEGO Master Builder will be doing a live build of a 6-foot tall Boba Fett model.
The LEGO Store will have products available for purchase and will feature an exclusive Celebration V STAR WARS CubeDude set, designed by fan and Pixar animator, Angus MacLane, who will be on-site to sign boxes. To purchase the set, a raffle ticket must be drawn. Tickets will be pulled at the LEGO booth each day at 11 a.m.
I'm sure most of you are aware of the 'Cube Dudes' craze that has been running through the LEGO community over the last few months.
Angus MacLane, adult fan of LEGO, Pixar employee, and originator of the 'Cube Dude' brick-built figure style, has been commissioned by LEGO to create their exclusives for this years San Diego Comic Con 2010 and Star Wars Fan Celebration V, which we've now added to the database. Each set contains the parts needed to build all five of the figures featured in each edition.
Obviously SDCC10 has already been and gone; there were around 2000 of the 'Clone Wars Edition' sets available over the weekend; you had to enter a lottery to even get the chance to buy one of the sets (for $75US). Celebration V starts later this week, in Orlando, Florida; the 'Bounty Hunter Edition' set will be available & but exact details of how to get your hands on one will be revealed at the show. If you want to get a 'Clone Wars Edition' now, you best bet is eBay or Bricklink.
We'll be adding the previous convention exclusives to the database in the near future.
I'm not sure how widely 'annuals' are known outside of the UK, but they are a staple of Christmas morning here. Looks like Amazon will start shipping this Lego one from August this year.
The newest entry in the LEGO video game series, LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, now has definite release dates for the U.S. and U.K. The U.S. release is on June 3, 2008, and the U.K. release is three days later, on June 6, 2008. Mark your calendars and start saving for this highly anticipated game!
While looking at some of this years' exclusive sets boxes, I have noticed that a few of them say Limited Edition, instead of Special Edition, like previous years' exclusives. Not every exclusive set this year has this label, so these certain few could have a very limited production run. Get them while you can!
We've seen grainy footage of these in LEGO videos on YouTube and dodgy 'company confidential' pictures, but now at last, thanks to Rob who found them at Amazon.jp, we have some good pictures of 8083 (pictured) and 8084 where you can actually make out what's in them.
From the same source came the two new Power Miners pictures. 8190 is a great set which I have seen and played with: The claw-catching action is absolutely awesome!
A small number of new sets, possibly officially scheduled for early 2010 release, have appeared on Target.com:
- Power Miners "Fire Blaster" #8188
- BIONICLE IMPULSE AST 1 #7116 & #7135 (two sets listed)
- BIONICLE IMPULSE AST 2 #7117 & #7136 (two sets listed)
Thanks to Brickset members "chrisdog121411" & "nadnerb112" for bringing this to our attention.
What a day for news this has been!
Michael found this image, a nice photo of the box (without confidential markings on it), presumably taken at the toy fair. I reckon this'll sell like hot-cakes!
Update: this is now listed on LEGOshop.com: £166.35 or $249.99, release date 30th March 2009.
The new Star Wars 'Anniversary Edition' "Tantive IV" Rebel Blockade Runner has been formally announced at the San Diego ComicCon. Scheduled for release in September 2009, it has been announced as being a $150US set, which seems like very good value to me. It's a 'playset' style model, similar in idea to the previous 'Republic Cruiser' and 'Imperial Star Destroyer' playsets.
LEGO's official information reads as follows:
10198 – Tantive IV™
Ages 14+. 1,408 pieces.
US $149.99 CA $199.99 UK £ 97.86 DE € 149.99
The Star Wars™ saga begins!
Blasting through space with Darth Vader's Star Destroyer in pursuit, the Tantive IV blockade runner carries Princess Leia, C-3PO and R2-D2 on a vital mission for the Rebel Alliance. Celebrate the entire Star Wars saga with this all-new version of the very first starship seen in the films! The Tantive IV features an opening cockpit, rotating and elevating turbo laser cannons, rotating radar dish, removable roof section and interior command center. It also includes an opening compartment with removable cargo transport vehicle and 2 detachable escape pods for the droids to make their getaway with the Death Star plans! Includes Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Captain Antilles and Rebel Trooper minifigures. Measures 20.5" (52 cm) x 7.5" (19 cm) x 5.5" (14 cm).
- Includes 5 minifigures: Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Captain Antilles and a Rebel Trooper!
- Open the cockpit and place 2 minifigures inside!
- Turbo laser cannons on top and bottom can rotate and elevate!
- Features a removable roof!
- Lots of interior details including Leia’s desk and command center with seats for 2 minifigures!
- Open the storage compartment to reveal the cargo transport vehicle!
- Features rotating radar disc and 2 detachable escape pods!
- Measures 20.5" (52 cm) long, 7.5" (19 cm) wide and 5.5" (14 cm) tall!
Now listed on LEGOshop.com but not currently orderable - availability is listed as different in different countries. (e.g. 25th August in UK, 9th Sept in US)
I've also been sent some images which haven't appeared elsewhere (yet), which I've posted in a flickr gallery.
The more observant of you may have noticed that we removed the grainy PoP images last week at LEGO's request. However, Amazon.com have just listed the sets so much better ones are now available. Thanks to iLikePi who extracted them from Amazon and posted to to his flickr stream. They look to be excellent: lots of dark tan pieces, a fantastic selection of minifigs with new hair, headgear and weapons, and of course camels and ostritches! They will be available on April 1st.
Also, there are now some non-watermarked images of the City trains and the Toy Story train doing the rounds, so I've added them here. It's possible that someone has removed the watermarks: they do look a bit smudged in places, so we may need to remove them at some point in the future if asked.
Finally, also new at Amazon.com is another Brickmaster book: LEGO Brickmaster Atlantis, scheduled for release in August. (thanks Dustin)
Update: The PoP sets are no longer listed at Amazon.com and LEGO legal, no less, have asked for them to be removed and the train images are doctored so they have gone too!
Thanks to grogall at Brickshelf, who extracted the images from Amazon.fr, we now have clear photos of three of the summer train sets. I have the freight train on order, I'll tell you all about it when it comes!
You can see the full hi-res photos at Brickshelf, once the folder has been made public.
Update: Building is complete. Check out the flickr gallery to see the set in detail.
The Canadian Toys R Us site has pictures of Prince of Persia and Toy Story 3 sets. I'm not going to provide a link to them, and have removed the links from the other thread, because LEGO are trying, unsucessfully, to keep them under wraps and have asked that I don't show or link to them here. However if you head over to the site I'm sure you'll find them easily enough, and many other LEGO sites are showing them.
First let me apologise for the lack of news this week. I've been in Denmark. I had my netbook, I bought wi-fi time from the place I was staying but Windows 7 refused to recognise and connect to it, so I've been without Internet access since Sunday!
In that time it seems that Toy Story sets are now available in the USA: "All the new Toy Story sets are now in store at the Schaumburg IL legoland discovery Center, (but not yet in the woodfieldmall location)" reports Keith, and pugsly14's flickr stream has some nice pictures of them. Also, the Toy Story microsite at LEGO.com is live now as well, although there's not much there yet.
Thanks to everone who has emailed this week: I'll post a news round-up later on.
Thanks to Brickset member deinonychus, we now have confirmation that this year's Target exclusive sets are now in Target stores! These sets include Star Wars: 7664 TIE Crawler, Castle: 7036 Dwarves' Mine, Racers: 8146 Nitro Muscle, and EXO-FORCE: 7721 Combat Crawler X2. This is currently the only known way to get 7036 at all, and is the only way to get 7664, 8146, and 7721 in the U.S. We will keep you updated on any other availability issues concerning these sets.
Once again StarWars.com has the scoop on another store exclusive deal in the USA. If you're in the USA I feel sorry for you -- you'll have to traipse round three different stores to pick these all up. The rest of the world will be able to order them from LEGOshop.com. Get down to you local Target when it's releasd on August 1st and try and beat the scalpers, who will undoubtably be there, to the LEGO aisle.
(thanks Matthew and Tony for the news)
aj bellinger has once again come up with the goods and has sent us pictures of 7649, a limited edition Mars Mission set. I suspect it'll be exclusive to Toys R Us and LEGOshop.com.
Anyone worried about the fact that 7679 Republic Fighter Tank is currently unavailable in the U.S., rest assured, you will be able to complete your Clone Wars collection, just not anytime soon. Apparently, in tandem with a LEGO S@H release, it will be a Target exclusive later in the year (usually October), along with Agents 8636 Mission 7: Deep Sea Quest, and BIONICLE 8942 Jetrax T6, in a special supercharged yellow version. More than likely, City 4210 Coast Guard Platform will be released via this outlet in the U.S. as well, but nothing is confirmed as of yet. Of course, if you are a U.K. consumer, all of these sets are already available to you, barring the yellow 8942.
Anyone who has been waiting for the final part of the 2008 LEGO Star Wars: The Clone Wars collection in the U.S. has very little time left to wait. The official Target website has the set listed as arriving in 2 to 6 weeks. Three other exclusive sets will be arriving at this time, too, City 4210 Coast Guard Platform, Agents 8636 Mission 7: Deep Sea Quest, and BIONICLE 8942 Jetrax T6 (yellow version), all at a price point of $49.99! We will keep you posted for when they first appear only at Target stores.
LEGO's Customer Service building instruction page now includes instructions for the Clone Wars sets. It surprises me that instructions often appear on there before they are available in the shops, but I guess it at least lets us see what's in the set and whether it's worth buying or not.
I am told that they will be released on July 26th in the USA and the LEGO brand stores will be opening at midnight!
Thanks to everyone that told us about these.
Thanks to Boon Chong for the info and image. Has anyone else seen this in their local shops?
Was available August 29 from S@H to NA customers, but no longer showing (August 30) - Grahame.
So says StarWars.com, once again, and once again I think 'exclusive' needs to be suffixed with 'in the USA' in their headline; I'm sure it will be available everywhere else through normal channels (LEGOshop.com etc.). The set features 6 figures, 5 of which are new, including Admiral Ackbar and Lando. It's due to be launched in August.
(Thanks to legoman22 for the news!)
It looks pretty good, although perhaps a bit too American in its design for my taste: I prefer flat cabs on my trucks, which are more typical in Europe. What I really like though, are the stickers on the boxes to make them resemble LEGO sets!
Thanks to brickerik for finding it!
Thanks to everyone who contacted us while I was away with news of new set sightings in shops and online. I usually reply to everyone who contacts us but with 30-odd emails received while I've been away, I may not find the time to. However, I really appreciate that you take the time to keep us, and Brickset readers as a result, informed of what's happening in your area and what you've found online.
It seems the non-licenced summer releases are appearing just about everywhere now, and if Bionicle is your thing you can now order the 6 latest sets -- which look almost identical to every other one released since 2001 -- from Toys R Us in the USA and Canada.
water jedi 17 has informed us of this page at starwars.com, reporting that, if you wish to get the new 7672 Rogue Shadow set early, all you need is an XBOX 360, an XBOX LIVE subscription, and a copy of LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga for XBOX 360. Then, just play the online co-op mode this weekend, December 7-9, for a chance to win one of the 72 Rogue Shadow sets, given out hourly. There are also 2 secondary prizes, including non-LEGO related XBOX 360 accessories, and a grand prize featuring the UCS Death Star II set! Interestingly, the grand prize doesn't include the Rogue Shadow.
Thanks to AJ Bellinger who has sent us an image of this forthcoming UCS set, which looks pretty good to me.
We now have some non-watermarked images of the summer Indy sets, thanks to Brickset member waterjedi17 who found them on Eurobricks, where they have been posted by Eurobricks member Skipper 24 (I like to give credit where it's due!)
Anyway, they all look very interesting and what I like best about them is that they are relatively small sets and, with the exception of the planes, have a lot of new and unique minifigs in them. I don't suppose they will be particularly cheap but at least minifig collectors won't need to buy a $100 set in order to get just one or two figures out of it.
Eurobricks also now has a review of Venice Canal Chase, thanks I suspect to a Czech member :-)
As has been mentioned in one of the comment threads, 2008 sets are starting to show up in Toys R Us in the UK, including the first three Indiana Jones sets 7621-7623. I'll be off to my local branch first thing tomorrow...
To be released in February is a Technic Race Truck, set number 8041. It appears to have lots of stickers; that's not so good.
Yet more 2010 images have surfaced on Amazon.com: thanks to everyone that emailed us to say they'd found them there and on flickr and Eurobricks. I've now added them to Brickset and as a reminder you can see how 2010 is shaping up on the Sets (to be) released in 2010 page.
Thanks to the early release of some 2009 LEGO sets, we now have confirmation for at least one new LEGO video game for 2009, LEGO Racers: The Video Game! The advertisement for the game, which features preliminary box art, can be seen on the top of certain 2009 Racers sets boxes. Systems the game will be released for have not yet been announced. This is the first non-licensed LEGO video game to be released since 2006's BIONICLE Heroes. It is also the forth racing-centric LEGO video game to be released, after 1999's LEGO Racers, 2001's LEGO Racers 2, and 2002's Drome Racers. We will keep you posted on any other 2009 LEGO video game news to come our way.
Yes, I know series one has only just gone on sale in the US and Canada, but we in Europe are now waiting for series 2 :-) Just as well then that Vidiator has uncovered a set of the stylised images of the series 2 figs at a German website which I have added as additional images for the set. Click through on the image and then More details... to see them in all their glory!
Brickset member 'eyeexist' reports from Denmark that the Series 2 minifigs have been spotted on sale at Legoland Billund, which means they may start popping up in other locations any time soon !
He confirms that the bags have barcodes that can be used for identifying the contents.
There's some photos of the parts of a couple of the sets in alldark's Brickshelf gallery. Thanks to bluemoose for the news :-)
Thanks to everyone who sent us the Agents and Coast Guard Platform pictures, I have now added them. It looks like they came off the cache at LEGO.com so hopefully they'll be added to the shop soon!
I have to say, the coast guard platform looks quite interesting, but wouldn't it be better if it were an oil rig! Maybe that's an idea for a future sea-based theme...
As well as the Star Wars LEGO promotional sets that appeared in LEGO's instructions downloads yesterday, four City-themed promotional sets also appeared.
As well as the previously known Doctors Car (#30000), the other sets are -
Thanks to 'Whung' for the info.
The previously rumoured 'Christmas Set' has now wandered into the limelight, courtesy of Amazon Japan
Scheduled for release on October 25th this year (according to Amazon.jp)
Everyone I've shown it to thinks it's adorable, and I agree !
I'm just catching up on the news that was sent to us while I was away. As always, thanks to everyone who takes the time to do so; it's apprecated.
The significant stories are:
- The two Power Miners impulse sets (8907 and 8908) are available in Target in the USA for around $3.
- Eurobricks has posted a photo of some forthcoming Toy Story sets, taken at a Disney convention.
- LEGO UK have made a 2010 calendar for charity which features 'your favourite LEGO minifigures in 12 seasonal scenes'. It can be ordered now, priced at £7.99
- It appears that the Pirates advent calendar is not going to be available in the USA, but several websites (including Eurobricks and The Brothers Brick) have started petitions to persuade LEGO to ship some over, like they did with the Castle one last year. I don't know if it'll work but it won't hurt to sign one of them!
Check this out: another Toy Story set featuring a toy soldier and jeep. No idea where and when it will be available, so keep you eyes out for it!
I've added links to the latest batch of instructions which includes most of the TS3 sets.
Update: For those of you that like to download the latest instructions added at LEGO.com, I've created a page to make it easy for you: The new Latest instructions page lists and links to the most recent additions.
(Thanks, as usual, to Brent for finding them and providing the data!)
Remember the black NXT brick that briefly made an appearance on LEGOshop.com over Christmas? It's now available and has been released to celebrate 10 years of LEGO Mindstorms. If you want one you'd better get your order in quickly because there has only been 1998 of them made !
They'll be available through LEGOshop.com in North America and Amazon.com. They won't be available in other markets so if you're outside USA/Canada your best bet will be to try and get Amazon to ship one internationally.
The announcement from LEGO is as follows:
LEGO MINDSTORMS 10 Year Anniversary Exclusive: The Black NXT Limited Edition.
Now you can be the proud owner of one of the Limited Edition Black NXT micro-controllers that we have produced to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of LEGO MINDSTORMS.
The first LEGO MINDSTORMS products came out in the year 1998 and have since then continued to bring fun and active building and programming experiences to millions of robotic builders across the world!
Only 1998 exclusive units will only be available through our online shop LEGOshop.com and www.amazon.com
Why a Black NXT? Because it is cool! And looking around in the MINDSTORMS community we noticed that a Black NXT was high on the wish list among users. Also, talking to the MINDSTORMS Community Partners, the closed web forum of adult fans collaborating with the LEGO MINDSTORMS development team, it was very well received and suggested as a must-have!
Once you have bought and received your new Black NXT you will get access to additional materials like a special-made program for the Black NXT, a personal certificate of ownership, wallpapers, building instructions for special models.
Please note that this is an exclusive item in a limited edition: only 1998 produced! – so, if you want to secure yours go online at
LEGO sent me some picures of cool models made with the black brick which I've added to my flickr gallery.
I hear these are selling like hotcakes so if you're in the market for one I suggest you get your order in quickly. You can do so through these links:
Fellow Brickish Association member William has scanned the appropriate pages and you'll find them here and here. However, as you'll see, the prices of the battery and charger are astronomical! Let me know what you think: Would you pay more for a battery and charger than for the train itself?
Someone in the Czech Republic has got hold of an Emerald Night before its widespread release. He's posted loads of detailed pictures on this Czech website. I can't read a word if it, but I understand the pictures and it looks like a neat set with some interesting building techniques.
(Thanks Tim D)
Brickset member andy0002 has found some new images of upcoming sets at Big Bad Toy Store including three of the Kingdoms sets. They actually look quite reasonable. They are a return to the 'good knight vs. bad knight' scenario that LEGO have done many times before. To me, that is a bit dissapointing because I really liked the fantasy setting of the last batch of Castle sets and it would have been nice to have seen other fantasy creatures making an appearance, but it seems that's not to be, at least not in the short term.
I believe these will be LEGO exclusives in the UK: they are not shown in the retaliers' catalogue and were not at the London toy fair. They were however shown at the NY and German toy fairs so they'll probably be available elsewhere in all toy shops.
It's been reported in a number of places already, but Amazon Germany has published details of 7 Star Wars LEGO sets that are expected in the next 'wave', officially Jan 2010, but they would typically start appearing late November / early December
The sets are -
No pictures yet, and this far out there's a chance things might change before then.
Thanks to all of you who have sent new pictures of 2008 sets, I have now added them. Some look quite interesting, What do you think of them?
We have been informed by an anoymous member that the Limited Edition Indiana Jones set 7628 Peril In Peru is soon to be available in U.K. Toys R Us stores! If you live there, be sure to get this special set to complete your LEGO Indiana Jones collection, just in time for the new video game next week!
If you haven't seen any of the new CITY Cargo sets, including 7731 Mail Van, 7732 Air Mail, 7733 Truck & Forklift, and 7734 Cargo Plane in stores in the U.S., the newest LEGO Magazine has good news for you! The reason these have not been spotted in retail stores in the U.S. yet, is because they are Toys"R"Us exclusives. So head over to your nearest Toys"R"Us to see if they have made their way there yet or, just check out the LEGO Shop website, as they are available there as well.
Earlier this year, at Toy Fair New York, Lego gave out a small number of white Boba Fett figures to invited guests at their stand. They also announced that a larger distribution (around 20,000 world-wide) would happen later in the year, as part of the 30th anniversary of the release of 'Empire Strikes Back', episode 5 in the Star Wars saga.
There is still no definitive news on when or how the release will happen, but a few of the poly-bagged figures are starting to trickle out into the real world, so the release date must be getting close. Now we have a set number, I've added it to the database.
For those that don't know, Boba Fett is a very popular character from the Star Wars films; during the original character development, it was planned that his body armour would be white, as can be seen in various concept drawings, but they finally settled on a more colourful design. This 'prototype' white Boba Fett has been the inspiration for figures released by other toy manufactures (e.g. Hasbro) in recent years.
Photos at Jedi News - http://www.jedinews.co.uk/news/news.aspx?newsID=3693
Thanks to 'liamshayes'.
Not for the first time, pictures of a hitherto unheard of set (well, to me anyway) have turned up in the cache at LEGO.com. A Eurobricks reader has been delving about and uncovered a motorised At-At, and very nice it looks too!
[Update 5 minutes later: it would appear that the images have disappeared from lego.com, lucky I made a copy just in time!]
Polish LEGO blog Klocki has reported that the next CCC building will be 'Fire Brigade' and will be launched on Sept. 1st. Check out the site for more pictures and an official description. (Thanks Skipp)
Posted by bluemoose, 06 Aug 2010 15:03. Filed under