Functioning Kit-Cat Klock Wins 10-K Support on LEGO Ideas

In 1932, the Oregon Allied Manufacturing Company produced a wall clock that became a symbol of art deco home furnishings. It was a novelty redesign of the classic pendulum clock. Make the clock look like a cat with the pendulum as its tail. Then, rig a mechanism so that the cat’s “eyes” move in sync with the “tail.” This clock remained in production even as the manufacturer since moved to California. But only in 1982 did the clock face display its trademark name: Kit-Cat Klock. Nothing like a novelty clock to be converted to a 10K-supported LEGO Ideas product idea.

10K Club Member Mukkinn presents to us his Kit-Cat Klock LEGO-brick build for Ideas Review. The timing can’t be more auspicious considering 2022 marks the retro appliance’s 90th anniversary. Sure, LEGO has more than enough mechanical elements to replicate a wagging tail-pendulum and swinging eyes. But where’s the fun in that? Why not use LEGO pieces to build a fully-functioning clock that tells time, in addition to the cat motions? Mukkinn uses 15 gears powered by motor to drive the hands on the face plus the eyes and pendulum. Add the stylish black-cat clock casing (with trademark) and the parts total runs up to 1,300.

If you were waiting for a truly mind-blowing new 10-K supported set on LEGO Ideas First 2022, here it is. Kit-Cat Klock makes the first motorized entry for this batch of submissions aspiring for official set-hood. Future entries to the First 2022 Review Stage will really need to kick things up a notch with builds like these finally making appearances.

UK-Euro “LEGO Star Wars” Mag March 2022 Issue Offers Free Clone Trooper Minifig

Back in 2020, LEGO Star Wars released a set said to be the most fan-requested at the time. It was a set depicting the Clone War-era 501st Legion Clone Troopers (75280). It featured four Republic Clone Troopers with two of their vehicles, squaring off against two Separatist Battle Droids. The 501st Legion happens to share its number-name with the global “Star Wars” fan club/organization of Imperial Stormtrooper/variant enactors. That would explain the fan appeal somewhat. Clone Trooper minifigures in 501st colors are also uncommon enough. But now, those looking for 501st Clones beyond just buying set 75280 may have an alternative from Europe’s LEGO magazines.

According to Brick Fanatics, Clone Trooper minifig collectors must mark the March 2022 issue of UK-Europe’s “LEGO Star Wars Magazine.” Issue 81 of this official LEGO publication by Immediate Media will include a 501st Legion Clone Trooper minifigure. It’s the same minifig as included in the Clone Troopers set (75280) two years ago. If the £24.99/€29.99 asking price of the set is too much for UK/European collectors, the magazine’s somewhat cheaper. Three copies of the upcoming March issue (£4.25/€4.50) would run to only £12.75/€13.50. True, you miss out on the set’s vehicles (and one Clone Jet Trooper). but if you only need the minifigures then it’s fair enough come March.

Immediate Media publishes official LEGO magazines monthly in UK and Europe. The latter gets new issues a month ahead of the UK. So the March issue of “LEGO Star Wars Magazine” in the UK actually releases February in European newsstands. The current UK issue has a free Imperial Snowtrooper. Meanwhile the current release in Europe includes a micro-Millennium Falcon build.

LEGO Art for “The Batman” Teased on Twitter

Brace yourself, Bat-fans. The latest Warner-DC live-action adaptation of the Dark Knight is coming over a month from now. “The Batman” starring Robert Pattinson as the titular Caped Crusader of Gotham premieres on March 4. But if these Batman fans are LEGO collectors as well, they’d already be quite happy waiting. After all, the LEGO tie-in sets for “The Batman” are already long available before the film’s (pandemic-delayed) release. But have we seen the last LEGO releases related to this film? If this recent post on their social media is any indication, there’s more. Fancy some “The Batman” LEGO Art?

Brickset shares with us this LEGO tweet dated January 25. It shows the question “Who framed Batman?” in a reference to Gotham baddie Riddler, principal villain for “The Batman.” And yes, the text and bat-logo are rendered in LEGO pegs in a black baseplate background, a la LEGO Art. With this little tease, we can be somewhat certain that LEGO will do an official reveal sooner than later. In the meantime, LEGO news sources are speculating and offering theories/rumors. The most probable set number they claim is 31205. It’s been floated since late 2020 and is consistent in LEGO Art sequencing with World Map (31203).

The earlier part with the Twitter tease for LEGO “The Batman” is a sure thing. What isn’t sure is the latter part about it being LEGO Art set 31205. That’ll have to wait until a full unveiling by LEGO, and that requires waiting some more.

Ideas 10K: Steampunk Airship Joins First 2022 Review

This past weekend saw a blitz of product ideas on LEGO Ideas getting the needed 10,000 supporters for review. Much like past weeks, we’ll feature these additions to the First 2022 Review Stage once per day. Anyhow, our next 10-K submission is the second vehicle set-build for this batch, and a fantasy-themed ride too. Anyone who has played early “Final Fantasy” videogames would recognize this. Given that the creator is a 10K Club Member, we can expect wicked details here. In fact, this product idea could start a theme with a Third 2021 Stage passer. Both of them are Steampunk.

Courtesy of 10K achiever BrickHammer, Steampunk Airship looks to impress LEGO Ideas reviewers after gaining support. BrickHammer freely admits to being inspired by fantasy airship designs to make this set. He also made the call to theme this airship as a research vessel, rather than the familiar/popular pirate ship.

The ship is carried in the air by a zeppelin-shaped balloon, propelled forward by steam vents astern. For protection against air pirates, the airship packs two cannons, deployable at either port or starboard. Bubble windows provide views to crew inside the decks be they at quarters, Captain’s room or engine section.

To man the Steampunk Airship, BrickHammer provides four minifigures: captain, first mate/navigator, engineer and gunner. They’ll get a lot to do with the vessel with how busy and prop-filled it is.

All in all, we’re looking at a good candidate for passing the LEGO Ideas First 2022 Review Stage. If it does, along with Steampunk Explorers from Third 2021, could we be looking at a LEGO Steampunk line? Now that’s a nice possibility to ponder.

Next LEGO GWP: Vintage Taxi (40532) Coming Jan-28

Late last year, we got the first bits of news regarding an upcoming LEGO Creator Expert set, a modular one. Said set would mark the 15th anniversary of these modular building sets that began with 2007’s Café Corner (10182). This was unveiled in December 2021 as the Boutique Hotel (10297) that launched this January 1, 2022. But the earlier rumors noted that the set would be paired with a 15th anniversary GWP, numbered 40532. Boutique Hotel came out without word of 40532, which was said to become a GWP sometime this month. As January comes to a close, we finally have info on this item.

Courtesy of German LEGO news sources Promobricks, we now know GWP set 40532 as Vintage Taxi. To match with the retro aesthetics of Boutique Hotel (10297), Vintage Taxi (40532) does look like a classical taxicab. The vehicle is all yellow and black with room for driver and a backseat passenger. Said cabbie looks like he drives in the streets of Paris a few decades ago. The 163-piece GWP set also includes elements to make a roadside taxi stop and garbage can. This GWP will supposedly launch on January 28. It’ll be available with minimum LEGO purchases of €200, which matches Boutique Hotel’s European SRP (US$199.99).

Do note that this GWP info must be considered a rumor until LEGO gives us official word.

LEGO Pizza Tile Made Real on Twitter

LEGO’s near-infinite variety of pieces also includes elements depicting food items for the minifigures. These range from beverage glasses and cups, to pieces shaped like fruits and vegetables, to tiles representing plates. That last group would also include one familiar LEGO food piece: pizza. Believe it or not, the LEGO pizza tile can be used to check the evolution of detail in LEGO sets. The most recent iterations of the pizza piece can be found in two sets that launched this past New Year’ Day. And surely some builders have looked at a LEGO pizza tile and wondered: How does it look like when life-sized?

Well, Brick Fanatics tells us that a Twitter user went and recreated a LEGO pizza piece in 1:1 scale. Did we mention the de-fictionalization was made of edible ingredients? User girlpatched space dog (@dogs_on_mars) posted photos of her efforts on Twitter Sunday, January 23. As seen in the photo above @ dogs_on_mars made an actual pizza, using food colorings to achieve the right tile colors. The crust is a bright yellow, while cheddar slices went under the tomato sauce. The green spots, which the creator believes are green-colored pepperoni, were replicated with green food color.

As if that wasn’t enough, girlpatched space dog decided to take things full circle. She scanned her actual LEGO pizza in Bricklink Studio to make a custom pizza piece. The results can be seen in the second tweet series above. The green pepperoni apparently didn’t translate well, and commenters offered that the green stuff was probably basil. But hey, we appreciate the experiment. At least we now know how LEGO minifigs perceive their pizza tiles.

LEGO VIDIYO to be Discontinued at January’s End

There is a method to how LEGO releases its wide variety of products. Some themed lines are core to the brand and are assured of having sets released. Other new themes get introduced and run for a fixed period. If buyers and collectors like them enough however, these lines stand a chance of being promoted as regulars. Still other themes barely even make it through their release window period and stop getting new stuff. LEGO VIDIYO debuted last year as a cool new fusion of brick-building, music and TikTok-esque app. Now, it’s been officially discontinued after a prematurely-halted 2021 launch.

LEGO revealed this in an announcement going into last weekend, according to The Brick Show. While they initially phrased the mid-July 2021 pause in rollout of VIDIYO sets as temporary, apparently it’s become permanent. There was speculation that rollout would resume around 2023. Instead, LEGO VIDIYO will be considered a discontinued theme effective January 31 this year. The decision to terminate the line, which tanked in sales after launching 2021, came about after months of research. LEGO however assures that VIDIYO’s concept of fusing building with music is one they hope to revisit in future.

In line with this, not all of LEGO VIDIYO will be discontinued; just the physical sets. The tie-in mobile app, which can produce effects-laden music videos, will remain supported by LEGO for at least two years. This is in consideration of collectors who bought VIDIYO products, which contain pieces that interact with the app. In that at least, LEGO VIDIYO won’t immediately go to waste. At least it got a collaboration with Nintendo’s “Animal Crossing: New Horizons.”

John Harvey’s London Underground Gets 10-K Support on LEGO Ideas

One urge probably felt by many LEGO builders is the desire to add plenty of cool stuff to their creations. Maybe they want more complex details like props. Perhaps they think they can fit in one more feature or room with furnishings. This new product idea with 10-K support from LEGO Ideas member John Harvey apparently fits the bill. It can be considered a “regional” City set, seeing as it’s based on London, UK. One notable characteristic of this build is that it comprises three stories. Two of them are above street level and the other is, quite appropriately, Underground.

John Harvey pulled out all the stops, as it were, for “Mini City Diorama: London with Underground Station.” Like the name says, it shows a London Underground station in a two-story corner building.

The beauty part is that it also depicts the subterranean Underground tube with a train waiting. The station building is housed in a brownstone structure.

Aside from the station entryway the building boasts a coffee stand and mailbox at ground level. The upper floor features an architect’s office filled with computer screens, maps and a drafting machine.

Commuters descend to the tube by way of an escalator, where a train driver is ready to welcome them aboard.

This marks the first contemporary-period building set to enter the LEGO Ideas First 2022 Review Stage. London with Underground Station would be a challenging but sweet addition to a LEGO City-scape. But First 2022 Stage is only just begun. More product ideas are certainly inbound after gaining the requisite support.

“LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga” Coming April 5

Nowhere has the global pandemic more visibly affected LEGO than perhaps its videogame arm. How else might one describe the plight of “LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga”? It was first glimpsed in E3 2019 after all, with a plan to release in August the following year. It never happened for obvious reasons. WB Interactive Entertainment and Traveller’ Tales tried to give a definitive new date. But by April 2021 the effort proved futile. Only in August of last year did the developer/publisher give a new estimate: sometime this early 2022. Now, after a while, we have a specific date.

Brickset has it that WB Interactive and TT have pegged “LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga” for April 5. This highly-anticipated mega-mix installment of the “LEGO Star Wars” videogames has languished in release limbo for pandemic-related reasons. In celebration of this fact, we even get a new near-7-minute gameplay preview of the game. Warner and Traveller’s Tales aren’t billing this as the biggest LEGO videogame ever for nothing. Being able to choose one’s starting point in the nine movies of three “Star Wars” trilogies is absolutely wonderful. New combat mechanics like counter-moves, pseudo-FPS aiming and terrain cover add more spice to the overall galactic experience.

The epic that is “LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga” boasts a wide multiplatform release this coming April 5th. Advance online retail listings reveal that a bundle pack for the game also includes more characters from “Star Wars” spinoffs. From films like “Rogue One” and “Solo” to series like “The Mandalorian” and “The Bad Batch,” this title’s packed. Soon, gamers shall have the Galaxy Far, Far Away in their consoles/PCs.

LEGO Publisher AMEET Teases “Your Galactic Mission” Read-and-Play Book

LEGO is such an expansive brand that expanding into multimedia was a given. Before the rise of the animated series and films however, there were the LEGO books. These print media were handled by a variety of publishers like DK. But one label holds the distinction of being the official LEGO publisher: AMEET. Over the years AMEET has rolled out exciting storybooks featuring LEGO’s various themes and licensed IPs. Besides the conventional-narrative books, they also feature “novelty” books. These combine storybook with exclusive set pieces and minifigures for young readers to build. Their recent 2022 book-release catalog actually teases one upcoming novelty book that’s out-of-this-world.

Brick Fanatics reports that AMEET plans to release “LEGO: Your Galactic Mission” in Q3 of 2022. This novelty book is a “read-and-play” kit featuring an interactive storybook plus LEGO pieces. These pieces can be used to build the creatures and vehicles readers will encounter in the book. Like other read-and-plays, “Your Galactic Mission” puts readers in the role of the story’s hero. Here, a space explorer must protect the planet Aurora from the invading Cyber-Cobra. He decides how, by building his pick of vehicle or machine from the book’s cards.

AMEET and LEGO put together this great novelty book via the latter’s Creative Play Lab. They even tested it on family reading groups, so one can be sure “Your Galactic Mission” will be genuinely fun. This is but one of many LEGO books coming from AMEET throughout this year. Expect from them titles for LEGO City and Ninjago, and franchises DC and “Jurassic World” too.