LEGO Ninjago Movie Promotions Throughout the Week: A New Poster, BTS Featurette, and New McDonald Happy Meal Toys.

We’re just counting the days before The LEGO Ninjago Movie hits the big screen on Friday! Throughout the past week, promotions are now put into high gear with LEGO and Warner Bros. Animation Group releasing several promotional materials that adds more fun and reason to see the film.

Earlier this week, the “unstoppable beast” now gets a poster of her own, courtesy of Dolby Cinema. Meowthra may seem to be cute by human standards, but if you’re reduced to a 2-inch minifigure then the sight of her is pure, absolute terror. The way it looks like, Meowthra seems to be an offshoot of one of The LEGO Movie‘s narratives – the unintended intersection between the human and minifigure worlds. I guess Garmadon will have the upper hand on this one with his laser pointer (as seen in the Green Ninja Mech Dragon 70612 set) directing Meowthra in her path of destruction.

Our TLNM characters also get a share of the spotlight with a behind-the-scenes featurette and minifig interviews courtesy of ComicBook.com, which of course tends, to be a little bit inflated when it comes to the question of how much of The LEGO Ninjago Movie is dedicated to them.

Finally, Fast Food Toys revealed that LEGO has teamed up once more with McDonalds in coming up with the latter’s latest series of Happy Meal toys. Similar to The LEGO Batman Movie’s line of Happy Meal toys, the LEGO Ninjago Movie will likewise receive the same treatment from the popular fast food chain. The LEGO Ninjago Movie line of McDonald’s Happy Meal toys includes a Dragon Periscope, Master Wu Secret Message Kit, Ninjago Movie Camera Viewer, Ninjago Movie Selfie Phone, Ninjago Movie Journal, and a Ninjago Movie Cup.

Please note that these latest series of Happy Meal toys may not be available in all McDonalds store, and we have to wait and see if and when this will be released. Let us know in the comments below if you were able to spot these toys in any McDonalds store near you.

LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village Station (10259) Now Available.

If you recall, the September LEGO Store Calendar mentioned two exclusive sets that were slated for early VIP release from September 14 to 30. We now know that the first is the highly publicized UCS Millennium Falcon (75192), while the second is the LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village Station (10259). The latter is the fifth holiday-themed, D2C Creator Expert set to be released by LEGO, following the likes of the Winter Village Market (10235), Santa’s Workshop (10245), Winter Toy Shop (10249), and the Winter Holiday Train (10254).

Now that the Winter Village Station (10259) is made available for VIP members, and is scheduled to be available to all by October 1, you will be glad to know that its complementary set, last year’s Winter Holiday Train (10254), is now available for backorders at shop.LEGO.com as of this posting. This is a great time to grab these sets and complete your holiday-themed train station. Check out each of the sets’ designer vids and official descriptions below.

LEGO Creator Winter Village Station (10259)

Head home for the holidays with the Winter Village Station!

Head for home with the festive Winter Village Station holiday set, featuring a snowy railroad station with wreath adorned lampposts and clock tower, platform, mailbox, green trees, snowy grade crossing with twin barriers and lights, and a beautiful, festively decorated bus with opening doors and a luggage rack with removable luggage and gift wrapped packages. This LEGO® Creator Expert model also includes a ticket counter with a timetable and a transaction counter window with room for sliding out tickets to travelers, plus a coffee shop with a serving hatch and a detailed interior with an espresso machine, cups, cash register and a menu. Includes 5 minifigures.

  • Includes 5 minifigures: a bus driver, barista, grandmother, child and a ticket agent.
  • The festively adorned Winter Village Station features a snowy train station with a clock tower, platform, coffee shop, ticket counter, grade crossing with twin barriers and lights, lampposts, mailbox and green trees, plus a bus.
  • Ticket counter features a timetable and a transaction counter window with room for sliding out tickets.
  • Coffee shop features a serving hatch and a detailed interior with espresso machine, cups, cash register and a menu.
  • Bus features festive decoration, opening doors, luggage rack with removable luggage and gift wrapped packages, and a removable roof for accessing the detailed interior.
  • Drive the happy passengers to the station.
  • Raise the barriers to cross the track.
  • Grab a newspaper and relax with a warm espresso from the cozy coffee shop.
  • Man the ticket booth, serve the travelers and slide the tickets under the serving window.
  • Gather the family for some festive LEGO® building!
  • Accessories elements include buildable wreaths and wrapped gifts, plus 2 mugs, ticket, newspaper and an envelope.
  • Special elements include new-for-October-2017 1×1 round plate with horizontal shaft, 4×6 roof element in dark blue, gray microphone element, printed ticket element and shield elements with printed clock-faces.
  • This set includes more than 900 pieces.
  • Includes 4 straight track pieces to connect with the LEGO® Creator Expert 10254 Winter Holiday Train, (10254 not included.)
  • Winter Village Station measures over 7” (19cm) high, 11” (28cm) wide and 5” (14cm) deep.
  • Grade Crossing when closed measures over 2” (6cm) high, 5” (13cm) wide and 5” (14cm) deep.
  • Bus measures over 3” (9cm) high, 5” (15cm) long and 2” (7cm) wide.

LEGO Creator Expert Winter Holiday Train (10254)

Climb aboard the magical Winter Holiday Train!

Gather the family for some festive LEGO® building fun with this charming model featuring a full circle of track, boarding platform with bench and lamppost, a Power Functions upgradable train engine with brick-built smoke bellowing from its stack, coal tender, flatbed wagon with a rotating holiday tree, toys and gifts, and a red caboose with a detailed interior and table. The train engine also features large and small red-colored locomotive wheels and the train is decorated with green wreathes, string lights and white tree elements. This LEGO® Creator Expert set includes 5 minifigures.

  • Includes 5 minifigures: a locomotive driver, ticket collector, grandmother, boy and a girl.
  • The Winter Holiday Train includes 16 curved pieces of track, engine, coal tender, flatbed wagon with holiday tree, toys and gifts, caboose, boarding platform, bench and a lamppost.
  • Decorate the Christmas tree and drive the train to see the tree rotate.
  • Join the ticket collector in the cozy caboose for a delicious cup of cocoa.
  • Gather the family for some festive LEGO® building fun!
  • Includes dual building instructions for a perfect family build.
  • Accessory elements include green wreathes, decorative lights and white tree pieces, plus wrapped gift elements and tiny brick-built toys, including a micro train, wind-up car, fire truck, remote controlled robot, sailboat and a spaceship.
  • Upgrade with LEGO® Power Functions (not included) for a motorized engine.
  • To motorize the engine, purchase items 8879, 8884, 88000, and 88002. Instructions can be found in the back of your building instructions.
  • Special elements include small and large red train wheels, dark tan windows, train buffers, cow catcher, white tree elements and roller skates.
  • This set includes over 700 LEGO® pieces, including 16 curved tracks.
  • This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 12+.
  • The Holiday Train in total measures over 4” (12cm) high, 20” (52cm) long and 2” (7cm) wide.
  • Curved rail track diameter measures over 27” (70cm).

 

The LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon 75192 Is Now Sold Out, Even Until October 1.

I’m quite sure that this piece of news will not be received well, especially by fans who are still yet to have their hands on the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192). Brick Fanatics have recently pointed out that the LEGO online store has confirmed that the famed set will no longer be available even until October 1, even if we’re just past three days since the worldwide initial VIP release of the Falcon last Thursday.

Here is the supposed statement from LEGO as reported by Brick Fanatics. Please do take note that for some reason, the following message does not appear in my LEGO shop@home account so I have no way of personally verifying it. Perhaps it can only be viewed by VIP members (which I do not have the privilege of being from where I am right now). I’m not really sure.  I’ll appreciate a tip or two if you have the means of verifying this. Here’s what LEGO  purportedly said:

LEGO® VIP Early Access was available for LEGO® VIP members on September 14th 2017. It’s proved to be so popular with fans that we’re currently out of stock.

75192 Millennium Falcon™ goes on sale from October 1st 2017, however due to the overwhelming success of our VIP Early Access, it will remain temporarily sold out.

We know our fans are keen to get their hands on this amazing new set and we’re working hard to make it available again as soon as we can. We don’t have an exact date yet, but keep an eye on the product page on our LEGO® Shop website for the latest information [emphasis added].

If you already have a Millennium Falcon™ on backorder, we’ll ship it to you as soon as more sets are available.

If the above statement is indeed true, then non-VIP members have nothing to expect on October 1st as far the availability of the UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) is concerned. Needless to say, this is very disheartening, and will leave a lot of LEGO fans feeling that they were pulled a fast one, with all the excessive hype that LEGO dished out in promoting the Falcon. I’m sure that LEGO has already realized this and are working round the clock to meet all the demands for this set, but even such a kind gesture and reassurance will still somehow leave a bad taste in the mouth.

Though, I have no plans of purchasing the UCS Millennium Falcon now or even in the near future, I can’t help but feel for those who trust LEGO to push through with their commitments, only to receive such news. If you are one of the blessed folks who managed to bring home the largest (and most expensive) LEGO set ever made, then consider yourself fortunate. Meanwhile, for our fellow brick fans who are still hoping to have one of their own, don’t lose heart. You have several ways of keeping yourself updated: religiously visit the product page of the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) at shop.LEGO.com, or visit your nearest LEGO store and keep in touch with a local brick specialist.

Has something to share? Your thoughts and comments are very much welcomed below.

The Final Wave of LEGO Dimensions Has Arrived!

Now that the hype surrounding the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) has simmered down a bit, and that the Falcon is seemingly taking a break from the spotlight now that it is out of stock from virtually all LEGO stores and at shop.LEGO.com, let’s take a look at another wave of LEGO sets that were quietly released by LEGO during the past week.

If you are following the recent developments about the future of this last bastion of the toys-to-life genre, then the above headline will not come as much as a surprise to you. We’ve reported several months ago that Wave 9 of LEGO Dimensions is likely to be its very last, and that the whole theme is now probably slated to be cancelled. Considering all the telltale signs that appeared during the past months, we have reasons to believe that this is going to be the case.

Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that LEGO Dimensions Wave 9 is less to be desired now that it is officially available, featuring the iconic characters of Beetlejuice, the Powerpuff Girls, Teen Titans Go! For those who are intending to add Wave 9 to their LEGO Dimensions collection, then you might be glad to hear that all of these characters are not exclusive to any retailer. It means purchasing them is relatively easy. Here’s a glimpse of these latest LD characters in action, followed by their official description and video spotlight.  As an added treat, you can complete the entire Teen Titans team by adding Robin from the LEGO Dimensions The LEGO Batman Movie: Play the Complete Movie (71264), and you can have his Teen Titans Go! version as a playable character on screen. Likewise, you can also scan Cyborg (71210) to gain access to a similar cartoon variant, completing the entire Teen Titans Go! ensemble.

Beetlejuice Fun Pack (71349)

It’s showtime! Bring Beetlejuice™ to life in the LEGO® DIMENSIONS™ multiverse for an eerie adventure!

Turn on the juice to see what shakes loose! Get ready for some spirited fun in the LEGO® DIMENSIONS™ multiverse with the Beetlejuice™ fun pack featuring Beetlejuice! Simply attach the minifigure to his LEGO Toy Tag and place him on the LEGO Toy Pad to bring him to life in the game, and then activate his special abilities to solve puzzles and battle enemies. Add the Saturn’s Sandworm for more ghostly powers, and then rebuild it into the Haunted Vacuum and Spooky Spider for additional combat abilities. This set includes a Beetlejuice minifigure, 3-in-1 Saturn’s Sandworm vehicle, and a Beetlejuice Adventure World with a Battle Arena.

  • Includes a buildable Beetlejuice™ minifigure and rebuildable 3-in-1 Saturn’s Sandworm vehicle.
  • Character and model includes a detachable LEGO® Toy Tag.
  • Rebuild the Saturn’s Sandworm into the Haunted Vacuum and Spooky Spider.
  • Place Beetlejuice and his vehicle on the LEGO® Toy Pad to bring them to life in the game.
  • Activate Beetlejuice’s supernatural powers like Mind Control, Telekinesis and Spike Attack to scare away the living!
  • Unlocks the Beetlejuice™ Adventure World and Battle Arena.

The Powerpuff Girls Team Pack (71346)

Sugar, spice and everything nice! Bring Townsville to life in the LEGO® DIMENSIONS™ multiverse with Blossom™ and Bubbles™!

Fight crime and battle the forces of evil in the LEGO® DIMENSIONS™ multiverse with Blossom™ and Bubbles™ from The Powerpuff Girls™! Simply attach the minifigures to their LEGO Toy Tags and place them on the LEGO Toy Pad to bring them to life in the game. Then use their special abilities to solve puzzles and battle enemies. Add the iconic PPG Smartphone and Octi to boost your gameplay, and then rebuild them into the Super Skunk or Sonic Squid and PPG Hotline and Powerpuff Mag-Net for upgraded abilities in the game. This set includes buildable Blossom and Bubbles minifigures, two 3-in-1 rebuildable vehicles, and an Adventure World with a Battle Arena.

  • Includes buildable Blossom and Bubbles minifigures, and rebuildable PPG Smartphone and Octi.
  • All characters and models include a detachable LEGO® Toy Tag.
  • Rebuild the PPG Smartphone into the PPG Hotline and Powerpuff Mag-Net.
  • Rebuild Octi into the Super Skunk or Sonic Squid.
  • Place each character and their vehicle on the LEGO® Toy Pad and join the action in the game.
  • Use ultra-super powers like Blossom’s Heat Vision and Bubble’s Rainbow Beam to fight crime and battle the forces of evil.
  • Unlocks The Powerpuff Girls™ Adventure World and Battle Arena.

The Powerpuff Girls Buttercup Fun Pack (71343)

 

Save the world before bedtime in the LEGO® DIMENSIONS™ multiverse with Buttercup™, the toughest fighter!

Fight crime and come just in time in the LEGO® DIMENSIONS™ multiverse with Buttercup™, the toughest fighter! Simply attach the minifigure to her LEGO Toy Tag and place her on the LEGO Toy Pad to bring her to life in the game, and then activate her special abilities to solve puzzles and battle enemies. Add the Mega Blast Bot to crush your foes, and then rebuild it into the Ka-Pow Cannon and Slammin’ Guitar for extra-awesome combat abilities. This set includes a Buttercup minifigure, 3-in-1 Mega Blast Bot vehicle, and The Powerpuff Girls™ Adventure World with a Battle Arena.

  • Includes a buildable Buttercup™ minifigure and rebuildable 3-in-1 Mega Blast Bot vehicle.
  • Character and model includes a detachable LEGO® Toy Tag.
  • Rebuild the Mega Blast Bot into the Ka-Pow Cannon and Slammin’ Guitar.
  • Place Buttercup and her vehicle on the LEGO® Toy Pad to bring them to life in the game.
  • Activate Buttercup’s Super Strength and Flight to battle sinister evildoers.
  • Unlocks The Powerpuff Girls™ Adventure World and Battle Arena.

Teen Titans Go! Team Pack (71255)

Fight of villains with Raven and Beast Boy in the Teen Titans Go!™ Team Pack!

Enjoy more LEGO® DIMENSIONS™ gameplay with the Teen Titans Go!™ Team Pack featuring Raven and Beast Boy! Simply attach the minifigures to their LEGO Toy Tags and place them on the LEGO Toy Pad to bring them to life in the game. Then use their special abilities to solve puzzles and battle enemies. Add the T-Car and Spellbook of Azarath to boost your gameplay, and then rebuild them into the Forklift and T-Plane or Raven Wings and Giant Hand for upgraded abilities in the game. This set includes buildable Raven and Beast Boy minifigures and their accessories, two 3-in-1 rebuildable vehicles, and an Adventure World with a Battle Arena.

  • Includes buildable Raven and Beast Boy minifigures, and rebuildable T-Car and Spellbook of Azarath.
  • All characters and models include a detachable LEGO® Toy Tag.
  • Rebuild the T-Car into the Forklift and T-Plane.
  • Rebuild the Spellbook of Azarath into the Raven Wings and Giant Hand.
  • Place each character and their vehicle on the LEGO® Toy Pad and join the action in the game.
  • Activate Raven’s telekinetic powers and jump into action with Beast Boy’s transform abilities.
  • Unlocks the Teen Titans Go!™ Adventure World and Battle Arena.

Teen Titans Go! Starfire Fun Pack (71287)

Get ready to save the day in the LEGO® DIMENSIONS™ multiverse with Starfire in the Teen Titans Go!™ Fun Pack!

Enhance you LEGO® DIMENSIONS™ experience with your very own Teen Titans Go!™ Fun Pack featuring Starfire! Simply attach the minifigure to her LEGO Toy Tag and place her on the LEGO Toy Pad to bring her to life in the game, and then activate her special abilities to solve puzzles and battle enemies. Add the Titan Robot and then rebuild it into the T-Rocket or Robot Retriever for even more fun! This set includes a Starfire minifigure, 3-in-1 vehicle, and the Teen Titans Go! Adventure World with a Battle Arena with an exclusive Teen Titans Go! episode!

  • Includes a buildable Starfire minifigure and rebuildable 3-in-1 Titan Robot.
  • Character and model includes a detachable LEGO® Toy Tag.
  • Rebuild Titan Root into the T-Rocket or Robot Retriever.
  • Place Starfire and Titan Robot on the LEGO® Toy Pad to bring them to life in the game.
  • Unleash powerful energy blasts and regain health with Starfire.
  • Unlocks the Teen Titans Go!™ Adventure World and Battle Arena.

 

After the Hype, What’s Next for the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon 75192?

If you are one of the many LEGO VIP fans who haven’t had their hands yet on the biggest LEGO set ever made, chances are, the odds of getting it now directly from LEGO or any LEGO brand store is as close to zero – perhaps not until October 1, that is. Since its official VIP launch last Thursday, the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192), even if we’re not half way yet during its VIP release period, is nowhere to be found. And we’re talking not just about on a particular LEGO store or location, but on a worldwide scale including at shop.LEGO.com.

As Rebelscum and Brick Fanatics reports, LEGO Star Wars fans who don’t have the privilege nor the opportunity to participate in LEGO’s exclusive in-store VIP launches such as those in UK’s LEGO Stores in Leicester Square and Brighton, are now struggling, and understandably frustrated, at the seeming lack of preparation and stocks of the Falcon.

A quick browse over at the Falcon’s product page at shop.LEGO.com reveals some criticisms about its unavailability rather than its undoubtedly cool features. The criticisms and rants that LEGO received seems to be focused on the fact that not all VIP members were able to receive automated notifications about the set’s release. It gave the impression that after all the marketing hype surrounding the biggest LEGO set ever made, TLG was unable to sufficiently deliver, stock-wise. Others were frustrated about the apparent confusion caused by varying time zones, and the lack of details on when and how set 75192 will be released to VIP members. Such shortcomings, for some VIP members, are close to unforgivable.

Now, it makes one wonder if LEGO at this point, can really handle the exceptionally high demand for the Falcon (yeah, I was also one of those skeptics who thought that not so many AFOLs will be that willing to shell out $800 on a single, LEGO set – as it turns out, I’m gravely mistaken), especially when it launches to the general public on October 1.  Some of the most avid LEGO fans may even be forced to rely on aftermarket platforms such as eBay. But giving your hard-earned cash to some unscrupulous brick scalper, who will charge a ridiculously inflated price, is simply unacceptable by my standards. Here are a few samples from eBay – just be sure not to cringe in disdain.

Now that the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) is out of stock, fans are left thinking if the Falcon will also suffer the same fate as that of another insufficiently stocked set, which is the LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309). In fairness to LEGO, we know that the company is doing everything it can to ensure that the majority of fans will not end up frustrated. They were kind enough to ensure everyone that more sets are on its way.

On Thursday, September 14, the LEGO Group gave its VIP members an opportunity to purchase the LEGO® Star Wars™ Millennium Falcon™. We are thrilled by the positive response to the set, which is the largest we’ve ever released so far. We can assure all our fans around the world, that we are doing everything we can to make more sets available and keep our LEGO builders happy.

By the look of things, it will be wise for LEGO to pay attention to its customers and learn from this week’s VIP release. It will be better, as Rebelscum suggests, if LEGO can provide a sort of Information Page outlining several things that LEGO fans and buyers can expect once the Falcon becomes available to the general public come October 1. LEGO may also opt to be transparent with regards to the amount of sets that will be made available per LEGO store, and reinforcing its shop@home site to ensure that it can handle the massive queries and simultaneous purchases once the highly anticipated Add To Bag button becomes available worldwide.

As a last note, my thoughts outlined in this post are not in any way reflective of the Falcon’s superb and grandiose design, nor do I intend to malign such a magnificent Star Wars UCS set. I have to admit that I myself am green with envy for those who were able to take home this set. But as they say in marketing spheres, the product is only as good as how it is served, and it will be better for LEGO if it will learn from the Falcon’s VIP release before it is launched again in October 1.

Now, we just have to wait…