LEGO Offers an Early Seasonal Valentine Treat With the LEGO Romantic Valentine Picnic 40236.

Here’s an early treat for all you love struck, brick fans out there. If you’re the type of person who likes to plan ahead, and you’re thinking as early as now on what could be the perfect gift to that very special someone in your life, then this latest seasonal themed set from LEGO may just be the perfect gift. Moving forward with its successful seasonal sets, comes another one that will surely be a hit among vignette collectors – and just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Shop.LEGO.com has now listed the LEGO Romantic Valentine Picnic (40236) slated for release on January 1st of 2017. Set 40236 comes in 126 pieces (including a pair of minifigures of course) and will retail at $9.99. Here are the rest of the details.

  • Includes 2 minifigures: a boy and a girl, plus a bird figure.
  • Features a blooming tree, heart-shaped lawn, bouquet of flowers, red balloon and various buildable accessories and elements, including a picnic blanket, 2 sandwiches, cakes, table, 2 glasses and a bottle.
  • Measures over 3” (9cm) high, 4” (12cm) wide and 4” (12cm) deep.

As a fan of these seasonal vignettes, I cannot overemphasize how much I love this set (shall I count the ways?). It’s a great contrast to other seasonal sets that features a day in the life of our minifigure couples such as the Valentine’s Day Dinner (40120) and the Thanksgiving Feast (40123).

  

         

 

For me, these vignettes are excellent snippets of the simple joys in life rendered in LEGO bricks, and I hope LEGO will consider releasing more of these soon.

Welcome 2017 With A LEGO Brick Calendar 40172.

This may not come as breaking news for most of us, considering that brick-built calendars have been around for quite some time. But this latest offering from LEGO may try to aim for aesthetics rather than function. Instagram user margaret_bricks posted this image of the LEGO Brick Calendar (40172) which she found in an undisclosed LEGO Store. As of this writing, shop.LEGO.com has not yet listed this particular set, and has not yet appeared in any LEGO store in the US.

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Based on this image, we can see that set 40172 is consisted of five distinct parts: four numerical brick dice, a tray, and an office guy minifigure holding what seems to be an envelope accessory. Since it is intended to be a brick calendar, it is more of a tabletop or office desk accessory. I am not personally thrilled or excited about this set, and I’m not the type to diligently stick on a schedule to move those brick-built dice on a daily basis. However, it is quite appealing to have this set adorn your home or office shelf for the sake of its looks. I’m just glad that LEGO didn’t make a complementary, minute-per-minute, brick clock to go with this. I might go crazy moving its minute hand manually. What do you think?

 

Thanks to Hoth Bricks for the tip.

LEGO Launches Wave 1 of Nexo Knights Combo NEXO Powers 70372.

LEGO Nexo Knights fans have something to look forward to in 2017. After the reveal of some of the newest LEGO Nexo Knights sets slated for release on New Year’s Eve and the roll out of Merlok 2.0’s latest update available both in Google Play and the App Store, LEGO has announced its polybag offering with Wave 1 of the Nexo Knights Combo NEXO Powers (70372).

To help us figure out where the Combo NEXO Powers fits in Knighton lore, the description provided together with the latest update of the Merlok 2.0 app gives a picture of what to expect from these knightly abilities. I do not actually play the Merlok 2.0 app and I know it has been around for quite some time, but since I am fond of collecting stuff and information with regards to LEGO, I took a particular interest on the myriad of shields and NEXO powers that each character posses. Seeing how LEGO developed the Nexo Knights storyline and the new things to be expected from the app, I now have serious thoughts of giving it a try.

BATTLE THE STONE ARMY

The evil Monstrox and his Stone Army is attacking Knighton in search for the Forbidden Powers that will awaken an unspeakable force of darkness. Our NEXO NIGHTS heroes must build and use their arsenal of NEXO Powers to rule the battlefield and save Knighton.

BUILD THE ULTIMATE COMBO POWER

There is only one way to stand a chance against the enemy’s Forbidden Powers – NEXO COMBO POWERS! By combing three single NEXO Powers you accomplish an unmatched COMBO POWER – a key to victory. Strategize and find the right powers to help build the strongest combo you can think of. Scan it into the game and see if you can beat the Forbidden Powers.

CONTROL THE NEW BATTLE SUITS

The tech-knights have new gear; collect blueprints for the Battle Suits so you can control them yourself in all-new missions.

HOW TO COLLECT NEXO POWERS

Use NEXO Scan to collect awesome battle skills in the real world. The more NEXO Powers you collect, the more powerful you become. Collect, battle and save Knighton!

What’s New in Version 2.0.0

  • JOIN THE BATTLE AGAINST A NEW AND STRONGER ENEMY IN ALL-NEW MISSIONS
  • FIGHT THE STONE ARMY AND PREVENT THE FORBIDDEN POWERS FROM RULING THE LAND
  • COLLECT, CRAFT AND CREATE COMBO POWERS
  • BUILD AND TAKE CONTROL OF BATTLE SUITS – THE ULTIMATE NEXO KNIGHTS GEAR
  • ALL NEW MONSTERS AND BOSS FIGHTS
  • 125 NEW NEXO POWERS TO COLLECT AND CRAFT WITH
  • NEW WEEKLY BOSS GAUNTLET CHALLENGES

Based on the app’s description, it seems that the Nexo Knights are in for more challenges not only from Jestro’s new baddies in the form of the Stone Army, but also from another nefarious source of power which are enigmatically called the Forbidden Powers. This new enemy and their source of power seems to be so formidable that the only way to have a chance against is to effectively use all of the resources available to them, including an upgrade in the form of new battle suits (70362, 70363, 70364, 70365, 70366) a handful of new weapons and rides (70348, 70347, 70351), and a new way of combining three separate NEXO Powers to come up with a winning power combo. These power combo NEXO powers are activated by placing them all together in a distinct, tri-shield element. Depending on the probable interaction that these NEXO powers may have with each other, some combos may unleash a torrent of overwhelming power that can turn the tide of battle and effectively counter Jestro, Monstrox, and their formidable Stone Army.

Consequently, LEGO intends to expand the range of the NEXO Knight’s arsenal by adding more NEXO Powers into Merlok’s database where gamers may now have access to these powers through the LEGO Nexo Knights Combo NEXO Powers blind bags. Since LEGO has specifically announced that this is the first wave of blind bags that highlights the new NEXO Powers, we’re not sure at this point if LEGO will follow its previous strategy of offering other shields coming from various sources. To activate or unlock the NEXO Power in-game, one must simply the scan the shield using their device’s QR scanner and see what it does.

Thankfully, just2good uploaded a video where we can see Wave 1’s Nexo power checklist and see what new abilities it offers. I noticed that some of the NEXO Powers included in the list have already been released, while there are some that are new. For reference, Spyrius.org also provides a wealth of information on all known NEXO Knights Powers and continually updates it once new powers or shields have been discovered. You may use Spyrius’ database to compare and check out each shield’s ability. For convenience, I’ve included each image of Wave 1’s shields and a description of it (whenever possible) as consolidated from Spyrius, and some from just2good’s blind bag opening.

 

NEXO Shield Powers of Clay

003 – Stronghold of Resolution

Description: Knights must have the spirit and courage to battle!

Effect: Summon magical hawks that circle around you and damage nearby enemies.

 

 

018 – Veil of Concealment

Description: If your enemies can’t see you, you’re safe!

Effect: Turn invisible. Enemies won’t attack you until you reappear.

 

 

019 – Zap Zap

Description: If your enemies can’t see you, you’re safe!

Effect: Turn invisible. Enemies won’t attack you until you reappear.

 

 

027 – Cool Creation

Effect: Lego bricks fall from the sky and form a tower. The tower explodes and does heavy damage to all enemies nearby. Damage is high, but range is short.

 

 

 

046 – Hornblower

 

 

 

 

047 – Ice Cream

 

 

 

 

049 – Iron Dragon

 

 

 

 

 

NEXO Shield Powers of Aaron

109 – Time Breach

Description: Time flies when you’re having fun.

 

 

 

110 – Swift Sting

Description: Aaron Fox embodies this power!

 

 

 

120 – Mouse Trap

Description: Can this also catch a Globlin?

Effect: 5 pieces of cheese and 5 mouse traps drop to the ground in a circle around you.  Each piece of cheese will heal you (a very small amount) and each mouse trap will inflict damage to one enemy, then disappear.

 

125 – Serpent of Anti-Virus

 

 

 

 

135 – Blast Mask

 

 

 

 

154 – Tone of Power

 

 

 

 

??? – Unnamed NEXO Power for Aaron

 

 

 

 

NEXO Shield Powers of Lance

310 – Boomerang

Description: They always return to sender.

Effect: Throw a boomerang that attacks most enemies on-screen for high damage (about 3000 dmg each).

 

 

311 – Thunder Blaze

Description: Blind enemies with thunder and lightning!

 

 

 

321 – Pinball Magician
Description: Reach for that high score!

Effect: Release a giant pinball that ricochets back and forth across the battlefield, doing damage to every enemy it hits.

 

 

327 – Daring Deliverance

 

 

 

 

353 – Mammoth

 

 

 

 

355 – Metal Minotaur

 

 

 

 

??? – Unnamed NEXO Power for Lance

 

 

 

 

NEXO Shield Powers of Macy

201 – Rushing Strike

Description: In war hit first and ask questions later.

Effect: Rush in one direction. Destroy just about every normal enemy you run into and do heavy damage to bosses (damage numbers do not display, so amount of damage inflicted is unknown).  At the end of your rush, you get frozen for about 8 seconds – cannot move, cannot attack.​

 

214 – Glory of Knighton

Description: The king rewards every knight who defends the kingdom.

 

 

 

218 – Anvil of Trouble

Description: Even the strongest anvils can shatter.

 

 

 

233 – Sparrow Tornado

Description: A flock of sparrows can be very dangerous.

Effect: Just like the other Tornado powers, create a tornado of birdies that randomly wanders across the screen and inflicts heavy damage to any enemies it touches

 

 

250 – Silver Pegasus

 

 

 

 

253 – Swiss Cheese

 

 

 

 

??? – Unnamed NEXO Power for Macy

 

 

 

 

NEXO Shield Powers of Axl

410 – Raging Rally

Description: A knight can always push himself to the limit.

 

 

 

412 – Power Plant

Description: Some plants have flowers, others have teeth!

 

 

 

433 – Wasp Missile

Description: Never disturb a wasp hive.

 

 

 

429 – Might of the Magician

Effect: Auto-targeting magical flamethrower. Even if you completely let go of your phone/tablet, once Might of the Magician is triggered, your character automatically turns to find more enemies to roast.

 

 

452 – Spirit Fox

 

 

 

 

457 – Toad

 

 

 

 

459 – Touchdown

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a list of some of the Forbidden Powers that have been released so far. I have to say that they seem to have a pretty nasty effect of some kind.

061 – Corrupting Crush; NEXO Shield Power of Clay (Forbidden Power)

Description: You will be stuck between a rock and a hard place because of this Power. Want to get thin? This is the most unpleasant way of doing it.

 

 

065 – Thundering Thrash; NEXO Shield Power of Clay (Forbidden Power)
Description: Something brand new, lovely and pristine will be ripe for the scrapyard after being hit by this Forbidden Power. And it’s loud, too.

 

 

 

160 – Devastating Decay; NEXO Shield Power of Aaron (Forbidden Power)
Description: A second cousin to Ravaging Rot and Aging Antilife, this Power will speed up the natural breakdown of organic material. Freshness begone!

 

 

 

259 – Wrecking Wrath; NEXO Shield Power of Macy (Forbidden Power)
Description: Can a Forbidden Power be angry? This one is as it stares down its target which falls to pieces right in front of it.

 

 

 

368- Horrible Hunger; NEXO Shield Power of Lance (Forbidden Power)
Description: Not like a diet. Much, much worse. And your stomach will be rumbling with hunger so your ears may hurt too.

 

 

 

464 – Malicious Melting; NEXO Shield Power of Axl (Forbidden Power)
Description: Useless on a warm sunny day, but during winter it can melt snow faster than you can say Frosty the Snow man.

 

 

 

465 – Volcanic Vengeance; NEXO Shield Power of Axl (Forbidden Power)
Description: Cold feet? Not with this power. The floor will literally be made of lava, with volcanic scorching hot magma and molten rocks flying through the air.

 

 

 

The LEGO Nexo Knights Combo NEXO Powers Wave 1 (70372) is slated for release on January 1, 2017 both in-store and at shop.LEGO.com, and will retail at $3.99 per blind bag.

 

Here’s Some Tips To Make Your LEGO Brickfilms Stand Out.

LEGO has uploaded a series of videos via their YouTube channel that shows several tips on how to create your next head-turner MOC. Coming in at four (4) episodes, each snippet features the young (and awesome!) Aven Woodward, the Founder of the Kid Film Festival. Aven shows us the basic techniques in brick film-making, simply watch the videos below.

 

Basic Tips to Improve Your LEGO Brickfilms – Brick Tricks – Episode 1 

Aven breaks down the basics of improving your brickfilms by sharing helpful tips around lighting and animation.

 

 Building Tricks for Your LEGO Brickfilms – Brick Tricks – Episode 2

A good brickfilm requires a great set design. In this episode, Aven shares some advanced building techniques that will allow you to construct walls, create inverted structures, build sideways, form lettering, and add unique decorations.

 

How to Add Special Effects to Your LEGO Brickfilms – Brick Tricks- Episode 3

To take your brickfilms to the next level, special effects are a must. In this episode, Aven share his tips on how to add objects that fly or fall, create smoke effects and add motion blur. 

 

LEGO Brickfilm Secrets Revealed – Brick Tricks – Episode 4

In this episode, Aven shares even more advanced brickfilm tips and techniques like simulating water, creating backgrounds, and calculating frame rates

 

 

The LEGO Batman Movie Minifigure Checklist Offers an Intriguing Teaser.

Waiting for January seems to be forever, especially if you’ve waited long enough to have the latest minifigure craze in Gotham in all its black and yellow glory. Since LEGO’s reveal of The LEGO Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures series last month, the said CMF series has received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback and reaction. This is one CMF series that certainly deserve a special spot in anyone’s minifigure collection.

Now if you’ve come prepared for this, and are ready to burn some serious cash for this collectible, then you’ll be glad to know that there are exactly three complete sets of all 20 minifigs in the series per box of 60. This means that you can give those LEGO-holic friends of yours and strike a sweet deal of pooling in some cash to ensure that all three of you gets all 20 minifigs of the LEGO Batman Movie CMF. This is one deal that is hard to pass.

However, if you’ll opt to feel your way through each polybag, aiming only to have a particular minifig donning your desk or shelf, then The Brothers Brick has written an excellent and very comprehensive feel guide that may help you get your most faved minifig. Furthermore, Promo Bricks has uploaded a copy of the LBM minifig checklist that you may print and bring with you in case you’ll go out hunting for that one sole minifigure you really want. Check these out by clicking on the images below.

If you’ll look again at the back side of the minifig checklist, you’ll immediately notice the silhouette of an undisclosed minifigure with an enigmatic date printed near it. As of this writing we do not have any news about this mysterious minifig. However, we can make a pretty good guess that this may be a teaser of some sorts for either CMF Series 17 or an entirely different set considering that another Disney film is slated to launch on May 26, 2017 which is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. We reported way back in July that we generally considered such news or connection of a new LEGO set to the film to be downright fake. But considering this teaser from the LBM CMF, and since the silhouette in question seems to wear a classic tricorn hat, then one can’t help but speculate if we’ll be seeing Jack Sparrow and the rest of his gang once again in their minifigure form.

So what do you think about this teaser? What do you think this is referring to? Share your thoughts in the comments below or head over at our Facebook page.