LEGO Reveals Its Prototype Brick Made From Recyclable Plastic

The LEGO Group has made it one of its key missions to continually bring innovation in creating its products from sustainable materials. And after the successful launch of its first plant-based set, LEGO is now looking at other alternatives and has revealed its prototype brick made entirely from recyclable plastic.

This new prototype brick uses PET plastic from recycled water bottles and is durable enough to withstand LEGO’s rigorous quality and safety requirements. It’s a big step towards LEGO’s sustainability efforts, especially when you consider the fact that a 1-liter plastic bottle has enough materials to create ten 2×4 LEGO bricks.

Check out this neat infographic below to know more about this new brick’s journey from a humble plastic bottle to becoming one of the world’s iconic toy building blocks.

LEGO estimates it will take a year before they can perfect the use of this new recyclable material. But the announcement of this prototype brick is already a huge step towards making LEGO more environmentally friendly, creating a lasting impact on the toy industry in general.

Prototype Brick

For more information, read the LEGO Group’s official press release below.

The LEGO Group reveals the first prototype LEGO® brick made from recycled plastic

Wednesday 23rd June 2021: The LEGO Group today unveiled a prototype LEGO® brick made from recycled plastic, the latest step in its journey to make LEGO products from sustainable materials.

The new prototype, which uses PET plastic from discarded bottles, is the first brick made from a recycled material to meet the company’s strict quality and safety requirements.

A team of more than 150 people is working to find sustainable solutions for LEGO products. Over the past three years, materials scientists and engineers tested over 250 variations of PET materials and hundreds of other plastic formulations. The result is a prototype that meets several of their quality, safety, and play requirements – including clutch power.

Vice President of Environmental Responsibility at the LEGO Group, Tim Brooks said: “We are super excited about this breakthrough. The biggest challenge on our sustainability journey is rethinking and innovating new materials that are as durable, strong, and high quality as our existing bricks – and fit with LEGO elements made over the past 60 years. With this prototype we’re able to showcase the progress we’re making.”

Uncompromised quality and safety

It will be some time before bricks made from a recycled material appear in LEGO product boxes. The team will continue testing and developing the PET formulation and then assess whether to move to the pilot production phase. This next phase of testing is expected to take at least a year.

Brooks said: “We know kids care about the environment and want us to make our products more sustainable. Even though it will be a while before they will be able to play with bricks made from recycled plastic, we want to let kids know we’re working on it and bring them along on the journey with us. Experimentation and failing is an important part of learning and innovation. Just as kids build, unbuild and rebuild with LEGO bricks at home, we’re doing the same in our lab.”

The prototype is made from recycled PET sourced from suppliers in the United States that use US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approved processes to ensure quality. On average, a one-liter plastic PET bottle provides enough raw material for ten 2 x 4 LEGO bricks.

The journey towards more sustainable products

The patent-pending material formulation increases the durability of PET to make it strong enough for LEGO bricks. The innovative process uses a bespoke compounding technology to combine the recycled PET with strengthening additives.

The recycled prototype brick is the latest development in making the LEGO Group’s products more sustainable. In 2020, the company announced it will begin removing single-use plastic from its boxes. In 2018, it began producing elements from bio-polyethylene (bio-PE), made from sustainably sourced sugarcane. Many LEGO sets contain elements made from bio-PE which is perfect for making smaller, softer pieces such as trees, branches, leaves, and accessories for minifigures. Bio-PE is not currently suitable for making harder, stronger elements such as the iconic LEGO bricks.

Brooks said: “We’re committed to playing our part in building a sustainable future for generations of children. We want our products to positively impact the planet, not just with the play they inspire, but also with the materials we use. We still have a long way to go on our journey but are pleased with the progress we’re making.”

The LEGO Group’s focus on sustainable material innovation is just one of several different initiatives the company has in place to make a positive impact. The LEGO Group will invest up to US $400 million over three years to 2022 to accelerate its sustainability ambitions. For more information on how the LEGO Group wants to rebuild the world for the better, visit: LEGO.com/Sustainability

 

The LEGO Ideas Third 2020 Review Results Announced

After going through 25 product ideas, the LEGO Ideas Review Team has finally made its selection with the announcement of the LEGO Ideas Third 2020 Review Stage results. Among 25 product ideas that reached 10,000 supporters over at the LEGO Ideas website from September 2020 to January 2021, the review board is finally ready to share their decision.

The title and honor of becoming the next official LEGO Ideas set goes to the original creation of LEGO fan designer Sandro Quattrini (aka Roses Must Build), the LEGO Ideas Motorized Lighthouse. You may watch the official announcement by LEGO Ideas Engagement Manager, Hasan Jensen, and LEGO Ideas Design Manager, Samuel Johnson right here.

Though this is not the first time that LEGO offered a brick-built lighthouse, the LEGO Ideas Motorized Lighthouse will be the first to be featured on such a large scale with automated functionalities. Sandro’s original concept is to create the lighthouse up to 47 cm. tall, making it up to scale with nanofigures. It also includes Power Functions to make the base of the light brick rotate on top of the lighthouse. Watch the video demonstration below to have a better look.

As a LEGO Ideas fan, I am truly supportive of LEGO fan designers who took the time and effort of designing and promoting their original creations. Love it or hate it, the LEGO Ideas Motorized Lighthouse is no doubt a work of art and a testament to the ingenuity and skills of LEGO fan designers. It’s impractical to expect that everyone will be happy with the decision of the LEGO Ideas Review Board, but at the end of the day, the LEGO Ideas platform is a celebration of the talent and skills of LEGO fan builders and the overwhelming support that they receive from the community. So again, a huge congratulations to Sandro for this original creation.

Looking forward, the First 2021 LEGO Ideas Review Stage is about to be wrapped up, with a record-breaking total of 57 entries being currently in review. The results of this review cycle are slated to be announced sometime this fall, and I’m pretty excited at what original creation or creations, will eventually be selected to become the next LEGO Ideas set(s).

A total of 57 product ideas are vying to become the next LEGO Ideas set, slated to be announced this fall of 2021. 

And while waiting for these results, and if you haven’t done so yet, I suggest that you take a closer look at the recently offered LEGO Ideas Typewriter (21327). For more LEGO Ideas sets, you may also take a look at LEGO Shop@Home.  Again, congratulations to Sandro and to his LEGO Ideas Motorized Lighthouse!

LEGO Minions Kung Fu Training Minifigure Pack (40511) Revealed

In case you missed it, Brickset has shared several images of what could be our next minifigure pack coming from a licensed theme. The LEGO Minions Kung Fu Training Minifigure Pack (40511) is a great way to kick off the LEGO Minions The Rise of Gru theme and features most of the main characters of its tie-in film.

Image courtesy of Brickset.

This latest minifigure pack joins the likes of other film-inspired minifigure offerings like the LEGO Harry Potter Wizarding World Minifigure Pack (40500), and the LEGO Marvel Spider-Man, and the Museum Break-In Minifigure Pack (40343) from 2019. These packs usually feature 3 to 4 minifigures and a great way to collect some of the licensed characters that are usually included in larger sets.

The LEGO Minions Kung Fu Training Minifigure Pack includes Gru, Bellow Bottom, Bob, and Kevin together with an assortment of LEGO pieces to recreate a martial arts training dummy and some weapons worthy of a despicable underling. It’s a great way to have Gru as an official minifigure, which is also included in the larger Unstoppable Bike Chase (75549) set. LEGO is also throwing in an exclusive minifigure in the form of the stylish villain, Bellow Bottom. This is a great incentive to get this Minifigure Pack since this is the only set where she is included. And of course, if you wish to build your own troop of minions – and if you’re planning to complete all the sets under the theme – then getting this minifigure pack gives you a total of 15 cute yellow villains to command.

Image courtesy of Brickset.

Though the rest of the LEGO Minions The Rise of Gru sets are now available for purchase, the LEGO Minions Kung Fu Training Minifigure Pack (40511) is expected to arrive on July 1st, and will most likely retail for $15. I will update this post once they make their appearance over at LEGO Shop@Home.

LEGO Swing Ship Ride (5006746) VIP Gift Now Available

LEGO VIP members are in for a treat starting this week. Because as mentioned in the June 2021 LEGO Store Calendar, from June 21 to 30, 2021, LEGO VIP members in the US can now get the LEGO Swing Ship Ride (50067546) as their next gift-with-purchase (GWP) set.

Every single-receipt purchase of any LEGO sets or products worth $85 during the promo period, will entitle you to this nice Children’s Day giveaway. The set clocks in at 152 pieces with a retail value of $13, and features a movable swing ship on what seems to be an 8×8 base. It also comes with a 2×4 tile with a message, Happy Children’s Day 2021. I’m not quite sure if the tile is printed, but it will be nice if LEGO can throw in an exclusively printed piece.

If you also noticed, the June 2021 LEGO Store Calendar has initially shown that the tile piece mentions a LEG GODT 2021 message (which means Play Well in Danish). Frankly, I prefer this particular version since it captures the essence of what it means to play with LEGO bricks. In any case, I guess that there might be regional variations with regards to this LEGO Swing Ship Ride (5006746) GWP considering that Children’s Day in the US is usually celebrated in June.

Whatever message it carries, the Swing Ship Ride is still a great freebie to have this month. Feel free to share in the comments below your first impression of this set, especially if you already received yours.

Heads Up! LEGO Ideas Third 2020 Review Stage Results Coming Soon

The LEGO Ideas blog has given us a pretty exciting update. Because we might as well count the hours before the LEGO Ideas Third 2020 Review Stage results are finally rolled out. The reveal is scheduled for June 22, 2021, at 3PM CEST.

If you recall at the start of this year, the LEGO Ideas platform kicked off 2021 with 25 qualifiers that managed to enter the LEGO Ideas Third 2020 Review Stage. And now after six months of careful consideration, the results of these careful deliberations are ready to be announced in public.

To make the announcement even more exciting, the LEGO Ideas Team is also giving away a LEGO Ideas FRIENDS Central Perk (21319) set signed by its fan designer  Aymeric Fievet. You simply need to comment and share on the LEGO Ideas blog site on what product idea do you think will have the honor of being the next official LEGO Ideas set. One random winner will then be selected from those who guessed correctly. The deadline for sending in your comments will also be on June 22, 3PM CEST right before the program starts.

In case you missed it, here are the 25 qualifiers that made it to the LEGO Ideas Third 2020 Review Stage. Click on their respective links to know more.

1. Boeing 737 Passenger Plane

Third 2020 LEGO Ideas Review

2. Colosseum (Architecture Style)

3. Gravity Falls: The Mystery Shack

Third 2020 LEGO Ideas Review

4. Brick Town Police Station

5. Bag End

Third 2020 LEGO Ideas Review

6. Red Dwarf Starbug LEGO Idea

7. Avatar: The Last Airbender – YIP YIP!

Third 2020 LEGO Ideas Review

8. Classic Castle

9. Open MRI

Third 2020 LEGO Ideas Review

10. Motorized Lighthouse

11. Avatar: The Illuminated World of Pandora

Third 2020 LEGO Ideas Review

12. Spirited Away

13. Jumanji of 1995

Third 2020 LEGO Ideas Review

14 The Little Venice

15. Auto Union Type C Racecar

16. Automated Garbage Truck

17. TX Master Games

18. Milwaukee Art Museum

19. The Car Wash

20. Wallace & Gromit

21. Among Us: The Skeld

22. Roman Warship

23. The Addams Family Mystery Mansion

24. GMC – Blue Chip 100 [1957]

25. Viking Village

LEGO Mini Adidas Originals Superstars (40486) Spotted

After officially revealing the LEGO Adidas Originals Superstars (10282) brick-built trainer, it looks like LEGO is planning to offer a miniature version of this display set. Its much smaller counterpart, the LEGO Mini Adidas Originals Superstars (40486), has been spotted in the wild and is expected to be offered alongside its larger cousin.

Image courtesy of the Brickfinder.
Image courtesy of the Brickfinder.

Shared by Brickfinder, this particular LEGO Mini Adidas Originals Superstars set was believed to be spotted in South Korea as shared by a fellow eagle-eyed LEGO fan. Details are scant regarding its availability in other regions but after seeing it teased by LEGO via the designer video for set 10282, then we can be confident that it might be available worldwide as well. I’m inclined to believe that LEGO has plans of offering it as a gift-with-purchase (GWP) set to accompany the LEGO Adidas Originals Superstars (10282) on its launch date in July 1, 2021.

LEGO Mini Adidas Originals Superstars

I personally like how this mini-version turned out, starting from its box art and to the brick-built mini-shoe and minifigure. If you will look closely at the minifigure via the designer video, you might notice the sticker outline on its 2×4 shoebox costume. I have to say that it is way better if LEGO opted for a printed version of this. It’s nice to see this little guy along with other collectible minifigure characters such as the Brick Suit Girl and Brick Suit Guy from LEGO CMF Series 18 (71021). But I guess we just have to wait and see until next month to get a closer look.

In case you missed it, head over to LEGO Shop@Home to know more about the LEGO Adidas Originals Superstars (10282). Special thanks once again to the Brickfinder for sharing these images.

WATCH: LEGO Adidas Originals Superstar (10282) Designer Video

After officially revealing its brick-built trainer and display set, LEGO has now released an accompanying designer video for the LEGO Adidas Originals Superstar (10282). LEGO Designer Florian Müller gives us a walkthrough of how this iconic pop-culture symbol was translated into life-like, LEGO bricks. Watch the video below.

Love it or hate it (I know some LEGO fans are not that pleased with LEGO’s choice of product offerings lately), it cannot be denied that from an aesthetic standpoint, the design of the LEGO Adidas Originals Superstar (10282) is on a class of its own. And like the recently released LEGO Ideas Typewriter, this particular true-to-life set is designed with realism in mind. Built at a comparable US size of 7 1/2, the complete build features the shoe’s iconic shape and classic stripes, all combined to give that organic shape and feel. Florian and the other LEGO designers working on this model even went a step further by packaging this set in one unique box art that even mimics an actual shoe box.

The decorative elements such as the Adidas logo and Superstar brand are all accurately printed as well. Inquisitive LEGO builders may also find it interesting to discover that this set also introduces a new 5×5 dome element that may come in pretty handy in creating those smooth edges and corners.

Finally, and I guess you may have noticed it already while watching the video, LEGO seems to be teasing on an upcoming gift-with-purchase (GWP) set in the form of this miniature LEGO Adidas Superstar. Word has it that this little replica and minifigure might be a GWP that will be offered as part of an incentive of purchasing the LEGO Adidas Originals Superstar (10282) next month. I’ll talk more about it in my next post.

For now, in case you are interested to get this 18+ set, be sure to check out its corresponding product page over at LEGO Shop@Home. It is slated to arrive on store shelves and be available for purchase online starting July 1st. It clocks in at 731 pieces and will retail for $80.

LEGO Super Mario Bowser’s Airship (71391) Makes an Appearance

Third-party retailers are at it again with its unintended LEGO spills and leaks, and this time around Amazon Australia has given us a pretty good first look at a new and massive LEGO Super Mario Bowser’s Airship (71391).

LEGO Super Mario Bowser's Airship

This latest addition to the Nintendo-inspired theme seems to join the rest of the LEGO Super Mario summer 2021 sets, including its recently revealed Character Pack Series 3 (71394). Based on the following images and like other expansion sets before it, this LEGO version of Bowser’s Airship will also include play features that allow it to be connected to either the Mario or Luigi Starter Sets. The build itself has an expandable stern and bow, which is pretty cool actually. The set is based on Bowser’s flying fortress and includes brick-built versions of Rocky Wrench, Pirate Goomba, and Yoshi’s arch-enemy, the iconic Kamek the Magikoopa.

Clocked at 1,152 pieces, this next LEGO offering will retail at around $100 once it is available for retail on August 1, 2021. I will update this post once more information comes in or once it is listed over at LEGO Shop@Home.

UPDATE: As of this posting, the product listing for the LEGO Super Mario Bowser’s Airship has been removed from Amazon’s Australian shopping portal. It definitely looks like someone was way too excited to reveal this set.    

LEGO Ideas Typewriter (21327) Now Available for Early VIP Release

Just a quick heads-up: for those of who you are eagerly waiting for the arrival of the LEGO Ideas Typewriter (21327), then you’ll be glad to know that the set is now available for early VIP release starting today, June 16th.

Coming in at 2,079 pieces, the LEGO Ideas Typewriter retails for $200 and is the brainchild of LEGO fan builder, LEGO Ideas 10K member, and former LEGO Masters UK 2017 champion Steve Guinness. The set itself was also inspired by a bit of LEGO history since The LEGO Group’s founder, Ole Kirk Christiansen is fond of using his sand green Erika-10 typewriter back in the day.

If you’re looking forward to having this set then be sure to click the following affiliate link below. Happy building!

LEGO Ideas Typewriter (21327)

2,079 pieces | $199.99

Unplug from your digital life and recall simpler times as you build a LEGO® Ideas model of an old-fashioned typewriter (21327). The design is inspired by the classic typewriter used by the LEGO Group’s founder Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and it moves and sounds just like the real thing. The brick-built center typebar rises each time a letter key is pressed and is linked to the carriage that moves across as you type. There is also a platen roller that you can feed real paper into.

Created by a LEGO fan for fans
Created by a LEGO fan and voted for by LEGO fans, this detailed typewriter model comes with a letter written by Thomas Kirk Kristiansen, a member of the fourth generation of the LEGO Group’s owner family – slot his letter into the typewriter to complete a delightful display piece.

Top gift
Part of a collection of premium-quality LEGO building kits for adults, this model comes with clear instructions and makes the best gift for yourself, LEGO fans, writers, and lovers of all things retro.

  • Spark nostalgic feelings and the curiosity of younger fans who have never seen a typewriter before with this LEGO® Ideas build-and-display model (21327) that moves and sounds like the real thing.
  • Features a center typebar that rises each time a letter key is pressed, linked to a carriage that moves across as you type, plus a platen roller that you can feed real paper into.
  • The design is inspired by the classic typewriter used by the LEGO Group’s founder Ole Kirk Kristiansen.
  • Includes a booklet with 43 language versions of a letter written and signed by Thomas Kirk Kristiansen of the LEGO Group’s owner family. Choose your language and put the letter on the typewriter.
  • Great for spending quality time alone or with the family, this nostalgic, collectible model makes a unique birthday or holiday gift for yourself, LEGO® fans, writers, and lovers of all things retro.
  • The typewriter model measures over 4.5 in. (11 cm) high, 10.5 in. (27 cm) wide, and 10.5 in. (26 cm) deep and is a delightful display piece to photograph and share pictures of with friends.

More Details on the Rumored LEGO Marvel Collectible Minifigures Series (71031)

After confirming the arrival of the next CMF series via LEGO’s online product catalog, more information is starting to come in prior to its arrival in September. As I’ve also mentioned before, this next Collectible Minifigure series will most likely tie in with the latest MCU-inspired Disney+ series, all brought together in the LEGO Marvel Collectible Minifigures Series (71031).

As reported by Promobricks, the latest word on brick street is that these minifigures will directly refer to the Disney+ MCU series that are currently available on the streaming platform, and one that is scheduled to arrive in August. So heads up if you haven’t seen some of these series yet and wish to avoid any heavy spoilers.

According to sources, these are what to expect from the LEGO CMF Series 71031. Remember that all of these minifigs are said to be based on MCU characters, in contrast to what LEGO offered last year with the LEGO DC Comics CMF (71026). This upcoming series will also include the popular “action element” – a relatively new angled bar that allows for a wide range of dynamic posing for these minifigures

        • Scarlet Witch
        • White Vision
        • Agatha Harkness (in her purple, witch form)
        • Captain America Sam Wilson (with shield and new wings)
        • Bucky Barnes (with new printed arm and knife)
        • Loki (in a trench coat with printed VARIANT at the back)
        • Throg (with a red cape and Frogjolnir)
        • Lady Loki
        • Captain Britain Peggy Carter (with shield and Tessaract)
        • Zombie Captain America
        • Star-Lord T’Challa (with a pair of blasters)
        • Spider-Man Steve Rogers (with new printing and cape)
        • Gamora (inspired by Thanos and wields a double blade similar to what the Mad Titan used)

I do not want to assume at this point that we are seeing the complete list here since we only have 13 characters as of now, and I feel that there might still be some other characters that are going to be included. Last year’s DC Comics CMF for example offered 16 minifigures, so we can somewhat expect that the LEGO Marvel Collectible Minifigures Series (71031) will follow in the same direction.

So what do you think about this list? Are we to see more MCU characters added to this series? Share your thoughts in the comments below.