LEGO DOTS Initial Line Up Officially Revealed

After the initial reveal of the LEGO DOTS theme earlier this month, LEGO has now provided a press release that gives us a glimpse of what we can expect from this new line up of LEGO toys. To kickstart its debut, LEGO has also teamed up with artist Camille Walala to bring LEGO DOTS to life through a public art installation aptly named HOUSE OF DOTS in London while giving us an idea of what the latest LEGO theme will be like. You can read the full press release right here.

LEGO DOTS

What I find intriguing is the way LEGO DOTS are expected to be used. Not just as a line of accessories just like what we first thought similar to the now discontinued Clikits, but also as a medium of artistic expression using a canvas. Whether you’re creating wearables or simply decorating your room with LEGO pieces, LEGO DOTS will help you do that and more. Plus new printed tile pieces will be introduced which also includes emoji-like pieces, music notes, and much more.

LEGO DOTS taps into the arts and crafts space by using a 2D tile-based play concept that offers children a creative canvas for self-expression. Based on multiple shapes and colorful tiles, it is supported by an exciting portfolio that ranges from wearables to room décor with surfaces designed for individual customization and self-expression. To excite young creatives even more, over thirty mood tiles are also being introduced, incl. facial expressions, music note, cosmic planet, star night, paw prints and a rainbow pooh – and many more.

Here’s the first wave of LEGO DOTS products that we can expect starting March 1.

Wearables

RRP from: £ 4,99 / $ 4,99 / € 5,99

Rainbow Bracelet (41900)

LEGO DOTS

Funky Animals Bracelet (41901)

Dark Unicorn Bracelet (41902)

LEGO DOTS

Cosmic Wonder Bracelet (41903)
Tropical Birds Bracelet (41912)

LEGO DOTS

Room Decors

Picture Holders (41904)

423 pieces | RRP: £ 12.99 / $ 14,99 / € 14,99

LEGO DOTS

Jewellery Stand (41905)

213 pieces | RRP: £ 12.99 / $ 14,99 / € 14,99

LEGO DOTS

Pineapple Pencil Holder (41906)

351 pieces | RRP: £ 17.99 / $ 19,99 / € 19,99

LEGO DOTS

Booster Bags (41908)

Polybags with raw colored and decorated tiles (RRP: £ 3,99 / $ 3,99/ € 3,99)

 

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This Is Your Chance to See the Untitled Goose Game Become a LEGO Set

Indie game developer House House may find itself in partnership with LEGO, and it all depends on the collective effort of LEGO fans. In just a span of 4 months, the groundbreaking slapstick/stealth/sandbox video game with a no less attractive title, Untitled Goose Game, is now closer to the possibility of having an official LEGO set.

Untitled Goose Game

A LEGO fan that goes by the name A Fellow Player over at the LEGO Ideas platform has submitted a product idea that skyrocketed in votes as much as its game counterpart. If the name sounds familiar to you then you might remember that he/she is the person behind that delicious-looking Tricaketops that I featured last August. The LEGO Ideas Untitled Goose Game is A Fellow Player’s attempt to bring into LEGO brick form that horrible goose that most of us fell in love with.

In fact, the LEGO Ideas Untitled Goose Game also won the heart of the LEGO Ideas Team so much so that it even became a staff pick. In just 4 days, it already reached more than 50% of the votes required to hit the 10K milestone. Here’s what A Fellow Player has to say about his/her entry.

Untitled Goose Game 

The worldwide phenomenon of 2019 comes to LEGO! Enjoy life as a destructive goose in a small garden. Watch out for the gardener and his many tools! Props Included: Jam, Apple, Sprinkler, Goose Sign, Rose Bush, Carrot, Loose Foliage, Spoon, Shovel, Sun Hat, Hammer, Ice Chest, and a Key. Preferably, there would be more than one minifigure, but no others fit this scene. Some difficulties came with the printing and the post will be updated when they are fixed. 

If you want this product idea to become an official LEGO set, then head over at ideas.LEGO.com and cast your vote. We’ve just wrapped the Third 2019 LEGO Ideas Qualifying Period, so we have to see if this next product idea will be able to have enough following to qualify itself for the first 2020 review stage. So what do you think, will the Untitled Goose Game make it to the next LEGO Ideas Review Stage and endear the review team? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

LEGO 100 Ways to Rebuild the World Book Coming in October

This is something that you may want to add to your checklist of must-have LEGO books for 2020. DK Publishing will be launching its next LEGO-themed book that goes hand-in-hand with The LEGO Group’s initiative of fostering creativity among young children. The LEGO 100 Ways to Rebuild the World book echoes LEGO’s mission of nurturing the creative skills of the next generation.

The LEGO 100 Ways to Rebuild the World is not just about playing with LEGO bricks but also incorporating life lessons and skills such as taking care of the environment, valuing the importance of both flora and fauna, and encouraging others around us to do the same. And of course, this is done by creatively using LEGO bricks as a medium.

If you want this hardcover added to your collection, then you might be interested to know that it is currently listed via Amazon and is slated for release in October. You may pre-order the LEGO 100 Ways to Rebuild the World for $14.99. Click on the link below to know more.

LEGO 100 Ways to Rebuild the World: Get Inspired to Make the World an Awesome Place!

Pre-order for $14.99; slated to be released on October 20, 2020.

A children’s guide to being a good citizen and making the world a better place, with 100 LEGO®-inspired activities.

You’re never too young to change the world.

Discover 100 fun, practical ideas to be kind, be bold and make the world an awesome place – all while getting creative with your LEGO® bricks.

From making a neighbor a LEGO thank-you card to planting bee-friendly flowers, learn how to make little changes to help you, your family, your friends, and your community. Each idea encourages you to build with your LEGO bricks and minifigures – and to be inspired to make a difference in the real world around you.

Build a LEGO tree for inspiration and then help plant a real tree. Create a LEGO emoji to make your friends smile. Gather up your family and play a LEGO game together. Make a LEGO desk pot to help keep your room tidy. Learn about endangered animals and build your favorite ones with LEGO bricks. How will you start to rebuild the world?

LEGO Nintendo Switch Game Case Revealed

If you’re a Nintendo Switch fan that constantly finds it frustrating to organize your physical game cartridges, then Best Buy has a treat for you. There is an ongoing promo over at Best Buy that lets you bring home a FREE LEGO Nintendo Switch Game case when you buy 2 or more Switch games.

The LEGO Nintendo Switch Game Case comes in a sturdy steelbook format that can store up to 24 Switch game cartridges. Moreover, it features the classic LEGO brick design sporting a blue 2×3 brick. If you’re both a Nintendo and LEGO fan, this is one collector’s item that you don’t want to miss.

LEGO Nintendo Switch Game Case LEGO Nintendo Switch Game Case

Image credit: dfoles from HiDefNinja

From what the listing from Best Buy seems to suggest, you also have the option of purchasing this LEGO Nintendo Switch Game Case separately for $29.99. If the cost is a bit steep for you, then you may want to plan your next Nintendo game purchase carefully since you can have this Game Case for free starting today until Sunday,  February 2, when you purchase two or more Nintendo Switch games over at Best Buy. And you are not limited to purchasing LEGO games such as the LEGO Jurassic World video game or the upcoming LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga to get this freebie. You can choose any Switch game of your liking as long as its 2 or more titles.

Thanks to Brickfinder for the heads up.

New LEGO Ideas Contest: Build United!

LEGO Ideas has launched another contest with plenty of cool prizes up for grabs. To celebrate the release of the LEGO Creator Expert Old Trafford-Manchester United (10272), this next LEGO Ideas contest encourages all LEGO builders to come up with their most creative way of showing support to the famous Red Devils in LEGO brick form. Build United! is now currently in its Submission Phase which began last January 16. The deadline for submission of entries will be February 20, 2020, at 6 AM EST.  Read on for more details.

LEGO Ideas Contest: Build United!

Old Trafford has been given the LEGO® treatment, could you do the same with anything and everything Manchester United? We’re looking for goal recreations, brick-built badges, or even player statues! It doesn’t matter what it is, so long as it celebrates The Red Devils!

If you’re the Grand Prize winner of this contest, you’ll win the following:  

LEGO Ideas Contest

Two Runner Up winners will each receive:    

Head on over to the contest page to read the contest rules and get started. 

Check Out the February 2020 LEGO Store Calendar and Related Promos

The month of February is just around the corner, and LEGO Stores are gearing up for its next wave of promotions that will level up our LEGO shopping experience. The February 2020 LEGO Store Calendar puts the spotlight on the next LEGO Ideas set that most of you are probably excited for. Read on for the neat promotions and incentives that are up for grabs next month at your local LEGO Store.

Free Exclusive Space Patch for LEGO VIPs

Promo period: February 1 – 9, 2020

February 2020 LEGO Store Calendar

LEGO VIPs who are eyeing to get the LEGO Ideas International Space Station (21321) will be happy to know that LEGO is throwing in a limited-edition Space Patch for every purchase of the said set. If you remember back in May last year that LEGO also offered a similar promo as an incentive to those who bought the LEGO Creator Expert NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander (10266). I’m not really into collecting patches but if I will have my way, I will still prefer to have a free and exclusive LEGO set to go along with my new LEGO Ideas ISS. This latest Space Patch will be available from February 1 to 9 both online and in-store or until supplies last.

 

Free LEGO Hidden Side Drag Racer (40408)

Promo period: January 24 – February 9, 2020

February 2020 LEGO Store Calendar

If you’re planning to get the LEGO Ideas ISS, then be sure to check this next freebie in your cart. The LEGO Hidden Side Drag Racer (40408) promo has gone live already starting last Friday and you can still get this one until February 9. Qualifying purchases of any LEGO products worth $45 and more will entitle you to this set, or while supplies last.

 

Free LEGO Friends Chocolate Box and Flower (30411)

Promo period: February 7 – February 14, 2020

February 2020 LEGO Store Calendar

Here’s another brick treat just in time for Valentine’s Day. From February 7 to 14, any single-receipt purchase of $35 and more will allow you to bring home a free LEGO Friends Chocolate Box and Flower (30411) polybag. At 75 pieces, it’s a nice desk accessory to celebrate Happy Hearts Day. If you time your LEGO purchases with the intention of getting the LEGO Ideas ISS and its exclusive VIP patch at the same time (granted that supplies are steady), then the best time to get it will be from February 7-8. Making your purchases during these dates is a sure way to bag all these freebies.

 

Explore the New 2020 LEGO City Sets

February 1 to 29, 2020

February 2020 LEGO Store Calendar

Visit any LEGO Store near you through the entire month of February to have a hands-on, try-before-you-buy experience with the latest 2020 LEGO City Police sets. New play features include the use of magnets (such as those found in the LEGO City Helicopter Chase (60243) and Police Monster Truck Heist (60245)), lights and sounds (Police Station (60246) which is available with double VIP points until January 31) and parachutes (Parachute Arrest (60208) and Sky Police Air Base (60210)) for your LEGO City Police minifigs. It’s a great way to have a feel of these play features before you decide to buy them.

 

Adult Valentine’s Bear Build and Take Event

February 11, 2020

You may want to hurry and register for this one. Specifically for AFOLs only, this Valentine’s Bear Build and Take event is happening on February 11 at the local LEGO Store near you. Build an adorable mini Teddy Bear with a customizable heart for someone special just before Valentine’s Day. This event is intended for participants 18 years old and above, and pre-registration is required starting February 4.

 

Build, Unbuild and Rebuild

February 20, 2020

Visit your local LEGO Store between 4–7PM of February 20 to learn how to Build, Unbuild and Rebuild with any LEGO set. With a Brick Specialist leading the way, the possibilities on what children can create are just limitless. All participants will receive a small gift for participating. Pre-registration is required and will start on February 4 in stores
only. This event is intended for ages kids 6–14.

The LEGO Ideas International Space Station (21321) will be joined by the LEGO Creator Expert Old Trafford – Manchester United (10272) on their launch day on February 1 (for non-LEGO VIPs).  And with all the promos and in-store events lined-up in the February 2020 LEGO Store Calendar, I’m certain that fans will not leave any LEGO Store empty-handed.

Here’s Your Chance to Vote for the Next LEGO Star Wars UCS Set

Its a bit unusual, but the LEGO Ideas platform has announced a new contest that will let LEGO fans choose (or vote to be exact) for the next LEGO Star Wars UCS set. As of to date, LEGO has 26 unique LEGO Star Wars UCS sets – not including re-releases – under its belt, and launching this LEGO Ideas Fan Vote is their way of paying it forward to the LEGO Star Wars faithful. Especially that the subtheme is marking its 20th anniversary at this turn of the decade.

The LEGO Ideas Fan Vote – Help choose one of the next Ultimate Collector Series Star Wars LEGO Sets narrows the voting choices down into three UCS candidates based on the most iconic starships that roamed the Star Wars galaxy.

 The Nebulon B Escort Frigate
The 2005 LEGO Ideas Nebulon-B Escort Frigate product idea by LDiEgo represents an earlier attempt to give this starship the official LEGO treatment.

First appearing in The Empire Strikes Back and later in Return of the Jedi, there have been a few large-scale LEGO MOCs that took the challenge of recreating this Rebel-reformed Imperial starship. LEGO is yet to release its official version of the Nebulon B Escort Frigate, so voting for a brick-built replica of this massive ship brings us closer to the possibility of seeing one.

TIE Bomber
The LEGO Star Wars TIE Bomber (4479) was the very first LEGO model of this Imperial heavyweight released in 2003.

I think the TIE Bomber is one of the most underrepresented starships in the LEGO Star Wars franchise. After its first appearance as an official LEGO set back in 2003 in the form of the TIE Bomber (4479), it never had a rehashed version of any kind in almost 17 years.  Seeing a  larger, LEGO version of this TIE big brother is certainly a welcomed gesture.

Republic Gunship
The LEGO Star Wars Republic Gunship (75021) is the largest LEGO set of its kind as of to date.

This relic from the Star Wars prequel has already enjoyed two brick renditions from LEGO since the Republic Gunship (7163) was first released 18 years ago, followed by set 75021 in 2013. Though I wish that this third slot was given to another candidate, I guess there is still a large following for this artifact from the Attack of the Clones.

The deadline to cast your votes is on January 30, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. CEST (4 a.m. EST).  Be sure to head over at the Voting Page to have your vote counted. And while waiting for the votes to come in, be sure to check out the latest LEGO Star Wars sets now out at LEGO Shop@Home.

Do you have other Star Wars vehicles and ships that you wish to have the LEGO Star Wars UCS treatment? Let us know in the comments below.

Winners of the $100,000 LEGO Mindstorms Voice Challenge Announced

Back in September last year, LEGO in partnership with Amazon has launched the LEGO Mindstorms Voice Challenge Powered by Alexa calling all talented LEGO Mindstorms builders and programmers to come up with their coolest and brick-built robots operated and controlled by Amazon’s Alexa. After almost 4 months of review, the results are in with six Finalists and one Grand Winner bringing home the title of being the Ultimate LEGO Mindstorms Champion. Watch the video demos of the winning entries.

Finalist – Smart Susan

Everybody loves a tea party but many can’t afford a butler so this entry into the 13 – 17-year-old Creators category transformed the Lazy Susan into a Smart Susan.

 

Finalist – LEGO MINDSTORMS Puppy Training using Alexa Voice Control

Get the ultimate puppy owner experience: build a LEGO MINDSTORMS puppy and teach the puppy the basic commands using Alexa.

 

Finalist – LEGO MINDSTORMS Wafflebot with Amazon Alexa

You talk to a robot about waffles, then the robot MAKES YOU WAFFLES.

 

Finalist – Paige Turner

An Alexa voice-controlled, LEGO MINDSTORMS robot that can read and turn pages of books for the visually impaired.

 

Finalist – Amazing Amazon Alexa’s Magic Show (feat. LEGO MINDSTORMS)

Amazing Amazon Alexa teams up with the Legendary LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 to perform an amazing magic show.

 

Finalist – Sky Finder

Explore space with this LEGO MINDSTORMS gadget and ask Alexa to show you the locations of planets, stars and even galaxies.

 

And the Grand Prize goes to… can you guess? To our favorite LEGO Technic Master builder and LEGO Ideas fan designer Jason Allemann. Known as JKBrickworks in the LEGO fan community, Jason impressed the contest’s judges with his super fun and engaging Game Station. If you recall, Jason is also the genius behind the previously released LEGO sets such as the LEGO Ideas Maze (21305) back in 2016, and the Pop-Up Book (21315). His latest accomplishment as the overall winner of the LEGO Mindstorms Voice Challenge further cements his title as one of the most talented and brilliant LEGO builders of all time. Check out winning entry below, and again congratulations to all the winners!

Grand Prize – Game Station

Challenge yourself and your friends with interactive games powered by Alexa.

 

 

LEGO Ideas International Space Station (21321) Official Press Release

Following through with its launch of the LEGO Ideas International Space Station (21321) via LEGO Shop@Home, the LEGO Group now formally unveils its next LEGO fan-made marking the theme’s 10th year anniversary. Read on for TLG’s official press release.

Step into your astronaut boots with the new LEGO® IDEAS International Space Station

The LEGO Group has announced the new LEGO Ideas International Space Station, packed with authentic details as part of its 10-year celebration of the LEGO Ideas programme.

[21st January 2020] Realise your own dreams of becoming an astronaut with the new LEGO Ideas International Space Station, available to buy from LEGO stores and online at LEGO.com from February 1st.

Based on a concept from a LEGO fan, the new model contains 864 pieces, including the iconic space station itself and a LEGO brick-built NASA space shuttle with three mini cargo spacecrafts and two astronaut microfigures, making this a must-have for space enthusiasts and adult LEGO fans alike.

The realistic set features a posable Canadarm2 and two rotating joints that coincide with eight adjustable solar panels, to replicate the out-of-this-world complexity of the real space station that orbits the Earth sixteen times a day!

In addition, a display stand means that builders can proudly display it in any room once complete and celebrate the achievements of the five international space agencies that brought the incredible real-life ISS to life and have enabled humans to live in space for 20 years.

Measuring over 7” (20cm) high, 12” (31cm) long and 19” (49cm) wide, the LEGO Ideas International Space Station makes an eye-catching display model that will perfectly compliment any LEGO brick space collection.

The set comes complete with a 148-page illustrated instruction booklet, packed with interesting facts and information about the International Space Station itself and the LEGO fan who created the original design for the set.

LEGO fan Christoph Ruge submitted the original design for the LEGO Ideas International Space Station set after submitting other various space model entries via the LEGO Ideas platform.

LEGO Ideas offers fans the opportunity to submit their own brick creations with the chance to have their concept brought to life with the help of LEGO master designers and a share of the profits.

After three years, Christoph’s design was selected through the special review to celebrate the 10th anniversary year of the LEGO Ideas programme that has seen amazing sets come to fans including The Flintstones, Steamboat Willie and Friends Central Perk in the last year alone.

Hasan Jensen, Engagement Manager at The LEGO Group, said: “To celebrate 10 years of crowdsourcing and collaboration between LEGO Ideas (called LEGO CUUSOO until 2014) and LEGO fans around the world, we decided to dive into the archives of LEGO Ideas projects that had gathered 10,000 supporters but hadn’t quite made it into production.

“We decided that one of these great ideas should have a second chance, so we thought we would turn the LEGO Ideas process upside down. This time we started the internal review and came up with four exciting projects that we thought showed the greatest potential – and then it was up to the LEGO Ideas community to decide which of the four would be made into LEGO Ideas
set number 29. It was great fun to follow the fan vote and we were excited to be able to finally welcome the International Space Station into the LEGO Ideas family.”

Fans can submit their own LEGO set ideas at ideas.LEGO.com.

21321 LEGO Ideas International Space Station will be available directly via LEGO.com and LEGO Stores from February 1st 2020.

Upcoming LEGO Train (40370) Set Celebrates the Theme’s 40th Anniversary

It is clear by now that LEGO loves to celebrate many of its milestones with sets that reflect a particular theme’s humble beginning. From LEGO 60 Years of the LEGO Brick (40290) to the LEGO Creator Expert Assembly Square (10255), these sets serve as a great reminder of how these themes have begun and endured even until today. And from the looks of it, another set will be offered by LEGO as a way of celebrating one of its early sets that were loved by many AFOLs even until today. The LEGO Train (40370) could be the next promotional set that you may want to watch out especially if you’re a fan of these types of commemorative builds.

According to Promobricks, the promotional LEGO Train (40370) set will be an anniversary set that marks the 40th anniversary of the LEGO Train theme. Frankly, I’m not sure why LEGO pegged 1980 as the birth of the theme since there has been a good number of train sets that were released already as early 1966. Anyhow, the LEGO Train (40370) set is a replica of the Push-Along Steam Engine (7810) from 1980 and comes with the very same train attendant minifigure. It also comes with a display base and a special 40th-anniversary tile. I’m not sure if this will be a sticker or a printed tile since its hard to see from this low resolution that is being shared over on Instagram. It will certainly be nice if LEGO will opt for a printed tile for this set like what it did with its past exclusive promotionals.

There are no further details except for this image, but you can expect that I will update this post once more information comes in about this commemorative set.