LEGO 2017 Advent Calendars Now Available!

Last February, we had a glimpse of this year’s range of LEGO Advent Calendars at the highly celebrated New York Toy Fair. Though it’s a bit early for LEGO to be announcing these sets, I guess LEGO fans wouldn’t mind having an early view of these neat, holiday keepsakes.  Featuring a fine selection of collectible surprise gifts that draws inspiration from LEGO Star Wars, City and Friends, this year’s LEGO Advent Calendars are now available via shop.LEGO.com and Amazon. Though you might think it’s kind of early for LEGO to offer them to the general public, purchasing them as early as now may perhaps turn out to be a good decision later on. For sure, they will be running out very quickly.

We also saw their official box art images halfway through the year, and this time we now have the whole range of images of this year’s LEGO Advent Calendars, including their product descriptions. Head over to LEGO’s online store for more details, or alternatively, you may also check these sets via Amazon.

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar (75184)

Launch into the holidays with the LEGO® Star Wars Advent Calendar!

Open a door of this super-fun advent calendar each day in December to discover a LEGO® Star Wars themed minifigure, starship, vehicle or other collectible. There’s even a foldout playmat featuring images from Jakku, Starkiller Base and deep space for epic Star Wars encounters. This holiday gift is perfect for rebels, Sith Lords, Scavengers and any other life form, and includes 7 minifigures and a BB-8 figure.

  • Open a door every day to reveal 24 different LEGO® Star Wars themed gifts.
  • Features 7 minifigures plus a fun holiday-themed figure.
  • Vehicles include The Ghost, The Phantom, Stormtrooper transport, Rey’s speeder, Millennium Falcon, Snowspeeder, Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle, Y-wing, TIE Striker, Hovertank, AT-ST, blaster cannon, snow blower and a sled with boosters!
  • Weapons include 3 blaster pistols and 2 blasters.
  • Accessory elements include a wrench and a crowbar.
  • Also includes a foldout playmat with Jakku, Starkiller Base and deep space play scenes.
  • Collect all the gifts and play out your own epic LEGO® Star Wars adventures.

LEGO City Advent Calendar (60155)

Celebrate 24 fun days with the LEGO® City Advent Calendar!

Celebrate the holidays with LEGO® City flair, featuring 24 different surprises, one for each day of the season, including Santa’s sleigh, a gingerbread house, Christmas tree, plane, snowman, coast guard helicopter and much more. Includes several different builds and 6 minifigures.

  • Includes 6 minifigures: snowboarder kid, grandma, 2 coast guard members, jungle explorer and Santa.
  • Features 24 different items including buildings, vehicles, seasonal items and minifigures.
  • Open each ‘door’ to reveal the surprise for the day.
  • Collect all the minifigures to add to your collections or sets.
  • Celebrate the holiday spirit in LEGO® City with this fun Advent calendar.

LEGO Friends Advent Calendar (41326)

Countdown to Christmas with LEGO® Friends!

Open the LEGO® Friends Advent Calendar each day in December to add a piece to your Christmas party scene. Includes a Stephanie mini-doll figure in a calendar with 24 secret compartments, each containing its own buildable surprise.

  • Includes a Stephanie mini-doll figure in a festive outfit.
  • Features 24 gifts, each enclosed in its own compartment in a LEGO® Friends holiday-themed calendar.
  • Open a new compartment each day and count down to Christmas with buildable gifts!
  • Collect 24 buildable surprises including furry friends and their homes, Christmas tree, gifts and all sorts of surprises.
  • Visit LEGO.com/Friends when you’ve collected all the gifts to discover a special combination build on Christmas Day! Ask your parents’ permission.

 

The LEGO Advent Calendars are quite popular for their neat microscale builds and tons of unique parts and elements, plus the anticipation of what you’ll going to get is fun in itself. I personally want to bag that cute, little snowboarding BB-8 from the Star Wars Advent Calendar.  It’s kind of neat to see how LEGO manages to include almost all of the most memorable characters and scenes included in two of the most recent Star Wars films – Rogue One and The Force Awakens.

Be sure to keep tabs with us here at the Brick Show for more LEGO set updates and reviews!

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.

Experience a Galaxy of Worlds with LEGO Worlds Now Available on Nintendo Switch.

I have to admit that this piece of news has fallen off my radar, and has been eclipsed by all the marketing hype and excitement created by the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192).

Since its initial release via PC and other major gaming consoles last March, LEGO Worlds seems to have passed on the opportunity of releasing a version for the most popular console of the year, the Nintendo Switch, when it was also released to the public during the same month. Though it was announced by Arthur Parsons (Head of Design for TT Games) as early as January of this year that LEGO Worlds will eventually find its way on the Switch, it took roughly 8 months before this plan became a reality. So after more than a half a year of waiting, Nintendo Switch users can finally have the opportunity of playing LEGO’s most expansive, soap box gaming platform ever released.

With a previous Survivor DLC adding excitement to the game, Warner Bros Interactive and TT Games now offers a pretty nice deal for Switch owners. LEGO Worlds for the Nintendo Switch (physical copy of the game) will include two bonus packs: the Classic Space and Monster DLC Packs. Read the full press release below, right after the official LEGO Worlds Nintendo Switch trailer.

WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT, TT GAMES
AND THE LEGO GROUP LAUNCH
LEGO® WORLDS FOR NINTENDO SWITCH

Players Can Create Anything Imaginable and Define Their Own Adventures
In Customizable Open Worlds Made Entirely of LEGO Bricks.

Burbank, Calif. – September 5, 2017 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO® Group today announced that LEGO® Worlds, a galaxy of imaginative worlds made of digital LEGO bricks where players can explore, discover and create together, is now available for Nintendo Switch™. The physical version, priced at $39.99, includes two bonus packs of premium DLC – the recently released Classic Space and the upcoming Monsters. The digital version, priced at $29.99, includes the base game with the DLC available for sale separately on the eShop for $3.99 each. Both premium DLC packs will be available on all other platforms.

“We’re so pleased to be able to bring the fun and creativity of LEGO Worlds to Nintendo Switch,” said Jonathan Smith, Head of Production, TT Games. “The game looks fantastic, in both TV mode and handheld mode. Having the power not only to build whatever you want, but to play with it wherever you go, feels truly awesome!”

In LEGO Worlds on Nintendo Switch, players can embark on creative adventures and uncover hidden treasures in environments that range from fun to the fantastical, where worlds come to life with a dizzying variety of vehicles and creatures – from zombie cheerleaders riding gorillas to cavemen wielding water pistols, to deep sea submarines, stunt planes and off-road motorcycles. Environments and creations are brought to life in any way fans can imagine, either by building brick by brick, placing down enormous prebuilt LEGO structures, or by using powerful tools that let them paint and shape the landscape.

LEGO Worlds on Nintendo Switch also offers players the Brick Build Showcase with a rotating selection of brick built models including new characters, creatures, vehicles, props and items from LEGO themed playsets, plus access to regular free content updates.

Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, LEGO Worlds, a galaxy of imaginative worlds made of digital LEGO bricks where players can explore, discover and create together, is also available for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and STEAM.