T.S. Eliot once said in The Waste Land, that April might as well be the cruelest month, and this has been proven true for the people of France, and the rest of the world. On April 15, 2019 the revered Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris suffered a gruelling 15-hour fire, setting a blaze not just the centuries-old structure but also destroying timeless pieces of religious arts and relics contained in its sacred halls. Needless to say, the French government was quick to take action with President Emmanuel Marcon launching a fundraising campaign which has now reached a staggering 1 billion USD and still counting. Adult fans of LEGO has also pledged their own share of support, rallying together online, asking The LEGO Group to launch an official LEGO set commemorating the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Though we may never see LEGO come up with an official set that is dedicated to a religious structure, there’s a way we can express our support in this mammoth restoration project, while immortalizing this structure in LEGO bricks at the same time.
The Brick Show Shop is joining bricks with MinifigFX and Build Better Bricks to help us show our support in the restoration of this historic cathedral. Coming in at 172 pieces, ordering this limited-edition Notre-Dame Cathedral build is one way of showing our support in its restoration. For every set ordered from The Brick Show Shop (retailing for $30), $20 of the proceeds will be sent to The Friends of Notre-Dame public charity. Please do take note that only 100 sets will be made, and pre-orders are now accepted. Check out the set details below.
CUSTOM LEGO MINI NOTRE DAME DE PARIS [PRE-ORDER]
Build the Notre-Dame de Paris and help in the restoration of the Cathedral.
Taking pre-orders now! Will begin shipping in Mid-May.
The master builder at Build Better Bricks and The Brick Show Shop have teamed up to bring you a special limited edition opportunity to own a custom LEGO miniature Notre-Dame Cathedral.
100% of our profits will be donated to the Friends of Notre-Dame to aid in the restoration of the Cathedral. Only 100 sets will be made available.
- 172 brand new 100% authentic LEGO parts.
- Custom printed Notre-Dame de Paris tile and three printed window 2×2 round tiles. Custom printing donated by MinifigFX.
- High quality printed instructions.
- $20 per set will be donated.
- $15 per set is part/packaging cost.
- The Brick Show Shop will be donating $5 of their part cost to the Friends of Notre-Dame.
- Nobody will be paid for assembling the kits (donated time).
You may have noticed that it’s been a while since we’ve featured a LEGO Store Calendar here on The Brick Show. Part of the reason would be that they’ve stopped featuring promotional items of the month there. That’s usually the main draw for the store calendars. Without them, promos tend to catch buyers by surprise.
But that seems to apply only to LEGO Store Calendars for the US. In other countries the promotional items are still included along with their promo periods. Our fellow LEGO news sources (and online set guide) Brick Set discovered the May 2019 promo items from a Hungarian LEGO Store Calendar.
We’re not certain if this will also apply to stateside LEGO Stores next month but here goes. For all days of May any minimum LEGO purchase of 15,000 Hungarian forints will add a LEGO Star Wars Battle of Hoth – 20th Anniversary Edition (40333) set free.
Now we go to the caveats. In US dollars 15,000 Hungarian forints will amount to $52.67 rounded to the nearest $9.99; but that’s not set in stone. Furthermore, we’re not certain if this Hungarian promo will also be replicated elsewhere. Still, we have something new to keep an eye out for when May comes around.
The LEGO Star Wars Battle of Hoth – 20th Anniversary Edition (40333) isn’t like the other big anniversary sets (that have numbers starting with 7). Rather, this is a micro-build of the famous Hoth battleground with a deflector shield generator, an attacking AT-AT and defending Snowspeeders.
It has been a long road when it comes to the finalist designs submitted by participating AFOLs to BrickLink’s Designer Program. These 16 MOCs were then subjected to a crowd-funding stage to ensure their production. We even got to see the neat packaging for them, which includes impressive folding backgrounds.
The crowd-funding period for BrickLink’s AFOL Designer Program ended this week. As expected only 13 of the 16 finalists have met and exceeded the necessary funding goals. They’re the ones that will go into production.
- Skyline Express by jazlecraz ($139.99)
- Hotshot Carnival by BRIXONATOR ($57.99)
- Science Tower by TBrick ($129.99)
- Antique Fire Engine by BooneLangston ($149.99)
- Bikes! by mdt.maikel ($49.99)
- Imagine It! Build It! by Brickbaron ($69.99)
- Eight Studs by kleinraum ($99.99)
- Vintage Roadster by Galaktek ($54.99)
- The LEGO Story by BrickJonas ($99.99)
- Steampunk Mini Chess by CorvusA ($37.99)
- Isle of Peril by JakeSadovitch ($99.99)
- Wild West Saloon by Legopard ($149.99)
If you’re wondering why only 12 sets have been listed above, that’s because the 13th set, Löwenstein Castle by Raziel_Regulus is already sold out (despite its $199.99 price tag). BrickLink now only needs to finalize their previewed packaging design and building instructions, and the sets will be shipped out to the pre-orders by May.
Supporters of the BrickLink AFOL Designer Program sets will receive their pre-ordered sets of choice without shipping fees, following a confirmation email within the next few weeks. The sets themselves will become conventionally available to order on BrickLink by April 22. Those who will jump in by then will have shipping added to their orders.
Last year, the UK reality competition series “LEGO Masters” began to branch out worldwide. Two international editions were announced for Germany and Australia. The latter was picked up by the Channel Nine network, with host Hamish Blake and a panel of judges headed by Australian LEGO Certified Professional Ryan McNaught.
Up until this week the only known info on the premiere for “LEGO Masters Australia” is that it’s this year. Thankfully, Channel Nine has finally broken silence on the date. A new trailer for the program reveals it’s only going to start two Sundays from now. That means April 28.
The teaser rehashes certain scenes from the first full trailer of the show from last month. We get another look at the big brick, minfigure and element depository for the 2-person teams’ use. We also see snippets of either the builds by the contestants or set pieces created by judge “Brickman” McNaught. The space rocket in on scene’s probably his.
Viewers also got to see more screen-time on the part of the teams in competition, from married couples to friends and more. One particularly prominent team is that of a teenager and his grandma. In one scene she reacts funnily to her grandson’s mild oath.
This “LEGO Masters” is brought to Channel Nine courtesy of Endemol Shine Australia. The winning pair that survives all challenges thrown their way will win a cash prize of AUS$100,000.
It has been a calamitous Holy Week in Paris after the world-famous cathedral called the Notre Dame suddenly caught fire. It had been in the middle of a renovation. Now instead, the wooden roof and spire have been destroyed. The interior, while mostly saved, still took some significant fire damage.
Even as the French President, along with the country’s biggest business moguls and other world leaders have pledged support to finance a restoration of Notre Dame de Paris, the LEGO building community has decided to make their voices heard too. And they’re sounding their idea right to the company itself.
On the LEGO Reddit, redditor syneptico has proposed that The LEGO Group design and release a LEGO set of the Notre Dame cathedral. It could be of the Architecture line, and part of the proceeds from selling this hypothetical set could then be donated to the Notre Dame rebuilding efforts.
This post, only one day old, has gotten a 91% upvote on Reddit, plus over 300 comments. Some of these even offer their own ideas on how LEGO might conceptualize a Notre Dame set. How about, asks one, a set the size of the LEGO Creator Expert Taj Mahal (10256)?
On the other hand there are certain hurdles to overcome before a LEGO Notre Dame set is realized. First, The LEGO Group tends to shy from creating models of real-life religious buildings. Second, they surely already have a full design and production log. By the time the set is finalized and mass-produced, the restoration of the actual Notre Dame de Paris could be halfway done.
While there’s no official LEGO Notre Dame set (it was even excluded from the skyline of the new Architecture Paris ), the Paris LEGO Store does have an exhibit of a fairly large Notre Dame build. Parisian LEGO fans are likely to visit it more often following what happened to the real one days ago.
When LEGO wants one of their sets to go both bigger and more complex, they go to their Technic line. Some of their newer Technic products teased earlier this year have been veritable behemoths. For instance, the Liebherr 9800 bulldozer (42100) looked plenty massive in the close-up images. But what does it look like normally?
The answer was recently provided by Bouwsteentjes, a fellow LEGO news source from the Netherlands. Seen in its entirety, the Liebherr 9800 set (42100) is humongous. You’ll be led to believe that it’s as heavy-duty as the dozer it’s based on. The impressive size is also necessary to accommodate the new Technic CONTROL+ mechanics system.
LEGO Technic CONTROL+ allows for concurrent execution of multiple mechanical functions at the same time. The motor engines that go into the set are coordinated by two Smart Hub units that can be programmed via a downloadable LEGO mobile app.
Between its piece number (4108) and new CONTROL+ system, it’s no wonder the LEGO Technic Liebherr 9800 (42100) costs a lot too. Bouwsteentjes found the set in Germany where it’s priced at €449.99; converted, it’s either £388.57 in the UK or $508.83 in the US. Both prices might be rounded to the nearest 99.99 value.
No images for its fellow Technic sets batch were included. The LEGO Technic Liebherr 9800 (42100) becomes available August 1.
By now, the heady daze that was the 2019 Star Wars Celebration has ended with lots of fun memories. Previews to upcoming shows, videogames and the long-awaited “Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker” were presented and thoroughly enjoyed. But amazingly those weren’t all to be expected of future “Star Wars.”
While it didn’t get an actual preview, a new “LEGO Star Wars” videogame was somewhat announced during Star Wars Celebration. It was sort of mentioned in passing by sound designer Matt Wood, Supervising Sound Editor for Skywalker Sound. As if it wasn’t obvious, the title will again be developed by WB Interactive and Traveller’s Tales.
Though the game is still certainly in the planning and development stage, one thing’s sure. This “LEGO Star Wars” title will encompass all nine films and three trilogies comprising the Skywalker “family” saga. It will also include elements from the “Star Wars” Extended Universe. These are the official side-materials of the new Disney-Lucasfilm canon, displacing the original Expanded Universe/“Legends” continuity.
One notable feature of the “LEGO Star Wars” game would be the use of procedural generation for the in-game environment. Traveller’s Tales has already used that graphical mechanic in their 2017 sandbox title “LEGO Worlds.”
Aside from references to a space exploration mechanic between worlds and the uber-load of characters from the films, there’s no further info on the “LEGO Star Wars” videogame, which would be the sixth in the WBI-TT series excluding re-masters. Perhaps the 2019 San Diego Comic Con later this year will shed more light on it.
Just over the past weekend, we were treated to some great LEGO Star Wars-related news with the announcement of the rehashed LEGO Star Wars Tantive IV (75244). This New Hope inspired set is slated to land in LEGO Stores and online in time for May the 4th promotions – the unofficial but popular Star Wars Day fan commemorative celebration. And to make this day even more festive for fans, LEGO has announced that it will be giving away a free Mini Tantive IV set for the LEGO Star Wars faithful.
Tantive Make and Take Event
May 3-6: Come in to your local LEGO Store to build your very own Tantive model then take it home, for free! Registration is on a first come, first served basis and quantities are limited. Registration begins April 15 in stores only. The building event is intended for ages 6+ at store discretion.
LEGO Stores in the US will soon be joining in the May the 4th festivities by hosting its popular Make & Take Event. Beginning this Monday, April 15, registration has begun for builders aged 6 and up at all participating LEGO Stores. The registrants will then come back on their scheduled dates from May 3 to 6 to try their hands on this build. Similar to other LEGO Make and Take in-store promotional, participation in this event does not require any purchases.
Registered participating builders will be given the LEGO pieces needed to assemble the Mini Tantive IV set. And though it may be a far cry from the new, 2-feet long LEGO Star Wars Tantive IV (75244) set, this mini model is definitely cool to have around on your desk or just a testament to our all out, galactic geekiness. Like other Make and Take sets, expect that the building instructions for this mini model might be out soon, so thanks in advance to those who will be kind enough to share them online for all of to build.
The larger and grander LEGO Star Wars Tantive IV (75244) set is scheduled to be released on May 4 just in time for the global celebration of everything Star Wars. This set comes in 1,768 pieces, and will retail for $199.99 USD.
It seems the LEGO Group is just getting warmed up when it comes to recruiting new talent from its fandom. Last February they extended a company job invite to “Powerpig” aka Chris McVeigh. He’s now in Denmark as part of the LEGO Creator Expert and LEGO Architecture product design teams.
Recently another master MO-Creator with a prominent online presence has been given the opportunity to be an “ascended fan.” The AFOL in question is Carter Baldwin, who showcases his sweet MOCs on Flickr. His creations range in theme from military tech, to fantasy figures, to a scary rendition of the Xenomorph Alien Queen from “Aliens.”
As reported by our fellow LEGO news source The Brick Fan, Baldwin has been hired by The LEGO Group in appreciation for his building skill. He’s now a product designer for an unspecified LEGO line in Denmark, very much like Chris McVeigh months before him.
Seeing as he’s working for LEGO in an official capacity now, he’s going to be silent about his upcoming projects. Nevertheless his Flickr account looks like it’ll be staying up. That way we can keep on admiring his past MOC work and have a reference for the kind of output he’ll eventually provide for LEGO.
Star Wars Celebration 2019 is almost on its last day this week, and the major reveals have been put out of the way. All that’s left now is the waiting – a movie and several series will be starting later this year after all. For the meantime, most of us can go back to collecting these LEGO Star Wars sets now on discount at Amazon.
While there are a number of 20th Anniversary edition sets, there are also a number of new 2019 sets there. And much like the anniversary edition releases, these fresh LEGO Star Wars sets now have discounts on Amazon US. With that, every new product for LEGO Star Wars has reduced prices.
It’ll be hard for new LEGO sets to get any lower in price than with a good old online discount. Amazon is slashing as much as 20% from these particular products, listed here. To know more about these discounted LEGO Star Wars sets, just click on the following links below.
Anakin’s Podracer (75258) – $29.99 $23.99
Imperial Dropship (75262) – $19.99 $15.99
Action Battle Series
Endor Assault (75238) – $29.99 $23.99
Hoth Generator Attack (75239) – $29.99 $23.99
Echo Base Defence (75241) – $59.99 $47.99
Duel on Starkiller Base (75236) – $19.99 $15.99
Star Wars Resistance
Major Vonreg’s TIE Fighter (75240) – $69.99 $55.99
Black Ace TIE Interceptor (75242) – $49.99 $39.99