Way back in 2018, LEGO wowed amusement park collector-builders with a Roller Coaster set (10261) of the Creator Expert line. Some four years later, speculation began building of a possible follow-up, with a set number even: 10303. The release date is supposed to be this mid-2022. It also means that this set will now come out under the new LEGO Icons moniker, replacing Creator Expert. Well now we can stop wondering because LEGO has made its official reveal according to Germany’s Promobricks. It won’t have the new Icons logo on the packaging yet, but that’s not really important at present.
Anyway, here we have images and information snippets for the LEGO Icons Loop Coaster (10303). If this is a follow-up of sorts to 2018’s (now-retired) Roller Coaster (10261), it’s a big step up. Where the older set featured turns and inclines, the Loop Coaster boasts more advanced track elements. By that we mean this ride has loops (naturally). Another key feature is the elevator ascent from the station. The lift carries the coaster up to the top of a 90-degree incline. That’s enough momentum to propel the ride through two loops before returning to station.
Being an 18+ Icons set, Loop Coaster will cost a pretty penny when it launches, though LEGO’s not specifying yet. Here’s some more info from the official LEGO.com product listing:
Age 18+ | 3,765 pieces | 11 minifigures | $399.99 | Coming Soon
- A roller-coaster build for adults – Expand your LEGO® Fairground Collection with this collectible LEGO Loop Coaster Building Kit (10303). A project for adults and a gift idea for amusement park lovers
- Power up your coaster – Designed with reality in mind, this buildable model is prepared for LEGO® Powered Up (available separately) so you can upgrade the roller-coaster with a motorized elevator
- Fairground details – Accessories include a park bench with map, balloon cart, pretzel cart, hot-dog stand, height marker and a covered boarding station with opening barriers and a control panel
- 11 minifigures – Includes a ride operator, balloon seller, pretzel seller, hot-dog seller, a grandma, a young boy, and 5 riders. 6 of the minifigures have reversible heads to show different emotions
One significant development in the naming of LEGO themes happened back in the year 2020. That was when the brand officially retired the “Creator Expert” offshoot of LEGO Creator. The company reasoned that the naming potentially scared off potential LEGO newbies. As part of the reorganization LEGO began using the Age 18+ classification for sets formerly under Creator Expert designation. You might notice though that we still tended to mention the name in our reports. The LEGO.com Shop continued using Creator Expert in their online listings after all. But starting next month, Creator Expert will finally have a new moniker.
According to Brick Fanatics, the former LEGO Creator Expert line will now become LEGO Icons effective June 1. The new Icons designation will also blanket encompass specific set subthemes that originally popped up under Creator Expert. If you recall the Botanical Collection and Modular Buildings that LEGO.com lists as Creator Expert sets, they’ll become Icons sets. That upcoming LEGO Optimus Prime (10302) will thus be known as a LEGO Icons set upon launch. Icons itself will slot under the wider “LEGO for Adults” classification of 18+ sets introduced in 2021.
LEGO’s statement on the reveal of the Icons theme is to help “adult consumers”. They note that 18+ builders tend to go for sets that either reflect their interests/passions or be deeply immersive. That being said, apparently upcoming LEGO Icons sets will not carry the mark in product packaging until next year. We at The Brick Show might bet that the next LEGO modular-building set in 2023 will debut the Icons mark. For the moment, let’s appreciate the nifty LEGO Icons branding as featured in the banner image at top.
The beauty about LEGO and its licensed-IP products is that they’ve been real good at getting so many. Media franchises have long made up a solid portion of LEGO sets: films, TV series and more. Over the years their scope for licensed IPs has expanded. Whoever thought doing Nintendo’s “Super Mario” in LEGO could turn out so good. But one thing LEGO hasn’t quite done was do a LEGO product depicting something from their toy-brand competitors. At least, that was the case until this year. There’s no denying it now. LEGO has partnered with rival Hasbro to give us this sweet 18+ set…that also transforms.
Brickset gives us this epic news of confirmation for LEGO Creator Expert’s take on Optimus Prime (10302) from Hasbro’s “Transformers.” We get a kit of 1,508 pieces to assemble into the most iconic Cybertronian Transformer of all. And just like with the original toys from Hasbro (and Japan’s Takara), you can transform our Autobot leader. Fully built, Creator Expert Optimus (10302) can change as-is from robot to truck mode and back. We also get weapons options and accessories like a jetpack, energon cube and the Matrix of Leadership. This is a must-have for LEGO-and-Transformers cross-brand fan. They’ll certainly be waiting for its launch June 1st.
Age 18+ | 1,508 pieces | $169.99 |Coming June 1
- Build a Transformers icon – Enjoy quality time crafting all the details of this LEGO® Optimus Prime (10302) model
- Converts from robot to vehicle – Just like the much-loved original, this LEGO® Optimus Prime replica switches between a robot and a truck
- Authentic accessories – Relive Transformers sagas with accessories that include the ion blaster, Autobot Matrix of Leadership, an Energon axe, Energon cube and jetpack
- For Transformers fans – This LEGO® Optimus Prime collectible model is designed especially for adults looking for their next immersive project
- Display with pride – Includes a display plaque so you can pay tribute to your passion for Transformers
- 19 points of articulation – Explore all of Optimus Prime’s movements. Open the chest chamber to store the Autobot Matrix of Leadership
That’s only under a month left before “Transformers” fans can transform and roll out with LEGO.
It’s a new month today, four months now into 2022. That makes it the first of April, but we’re not pulling any April Fools gag here. After all, the first day of every month is LEGO set launch day. Thanks to The Brick Fan, we’ve got this recap of April 1 new LEGO set releases for easy reference. It’s not exactly expansive, but that means we’ll go over them quickly. You can also check the links for our features on some of the sets below:
- Endgame Battle Accessory Pack (40525)
- Spider-Man & Green Goblin Mech Battle (76219)
Thor: Love and Thunder
The April 1st launch window isn’t quite beefy product-wise, like we already said. Still, there are enough new sets available now to purchase and get the seasonal promotions on top. In the run-up to the Easter holidays LEGO has your choice of cute bunnies or cute hatchling chicks:
- Creator Easter Bunny (30583) – minimum LEGO purchase of $40
Both these Easter seasonal sets are available for promotion until, anticlimactically, April 16. That’s because Easter Sunday April 17 serves as the mid-month LEGO launch date for April 2022. We’ll touch upon the sets scheduled to come out then, when the time comes.
Ever since LEGO Cuusoo (now LEGO Ideas) released the “Back to the Future” DeLorean Time Machine (21103), fans knew. They somehow knew, nearly a decade after that set’s release, that the time machine car would be revisited LEGO-wise. Sure, there have been false alarms, like last year’s alleged new DeLorean being a Creator Expert Pickup Truck (10290) instead. But fans of LEGO Back to the Future (repped by long-retired one-off sets) never lost hope. The latest rumors insisted that the DeLorean will return in the LEGO Creator Expert line this year. And so it did.
We’re happy to share thanks to news from Brickset that the iconic DeLorean is back in official brick-built form. Say hi to the Creator Expert Back to the Future Time Machine (10300). Doc Brown’s DeLorean comes with enough accessories to depict its various configurations across the “Back to the Future” trilogy. The Doc and Marty are also available in minifig form, even if their ride isn’t to scale with them. The April 1 release date checks out, and thankfully it won’t be a joke. At last, collectors that have waited some time can soon get their hands on this set. Here’s some official listing snippets:
Age 18+ | 1,872 pieces | 2 minifigures | $169.99 | Coming April 1
- Build an icon – Spend quality time crafting all the details of this LEGO® Back to the Future Time Machine (10300) with 3 different model versions of the car to choose from
- Build 1 of 3 options – Version 1 includes a lightning rod and plutonium chamber, version 2 features Mr. Fusion and hover conversion, and version 3 has whitewall tires and a circuit board
- Opening gull doors – Just like in the movies, this model version of the Back to the Future car includes the famous opening gull doors
- Flight mode – The car’s tires fold down for flight mode. Other details include the light-up flux capacitor, printed dashboard dates and opening hood
- Includes 2 minifigures, plus accessories – Spot details from the movies, like Marty’s hoverboard and the OUTATIME license plate. Comes with Doc and Marty McFly minifigures to add to your display
In terms of licensed IPs within LEGO, time-travel sci-fi franchise “Back to the Future” is quite a minor label. One might describe it as a special one-off. “BTTF” set representation lies only in LEGO Ideas (during its Cuusoo days), the defunct “LEGO Dimensions,” and one BrickHeadz twofer. Still, there are LEGO-collecting fans of “Back to the Future” who would like more tie-ins. It’s no wonder that rumors of a new LEGO set featuring the DeLorean time machine are frequently followed. We covered an iteration of this speculation in November last year. Now, the buzz is back again in full force.
Stone Wars tells us that the long-alleged LEGO DeLorean (10300) from “Back to the Future” is coming closer. Sure, the possible April 1 launch date makes the whole thing “sus,” as “Among Us” players might say. But there is the fact that the set name apparently carries the “DMC-12” designation of the actual car. That is, even if this turns out not to be the “BTTF” DeLorean time machine, it could also be a model of the DMC DeLorean car instead. The other details remain the same: Creator Expert, Age 18+. As for pricing, it’s now €179.99 or $199.99 (estimate).
Being a Creator Expert set, the rumored DeLorean (10300) won’t be of a scale for minifigures. That hasn’t stopped LEGO from adding minifigs to stand on an info plaque display or something. They’ve done so with other pop-culture vehicles before. Remember Batman Batmobile Tumbler (76240)? Anyway, “Back to the Future” time machine or car, this set is supposed to arrive next month. We have the rest of March to wait for details. Until they come up, we’ll continue to chalk this up as a rumor.
Hey, it’s the first day of the month once again. March 1, 2022. By this point the New Year must no longer feel so new. Before we go off track however, we’ll get right down to what this update is about: first-day LEGO product launches. We certainly enjoyed covering these sets when they first officially came out. And like before, for your easy reference we’re collecting their LEGO.com product listings together here. Our big thanks again to The Brick Fan for any March 1-releasing LEGO product we may have missed. Also linked are our past articles, if we caught them.
- Police Station Helicopter (10959)
- Police Motorcycle (10967)
- Doctor Visit (10968)
- Fire Station Helicopter (10970)
- Green Building Plate (10980)
- Creative Monsters (11017)
- Creative Ocean Fun (11018)
- Bricks and Functions (11019)
- Green Baseplate (11023)
- Gray Baseplate (11024)
- Blue Baseplate (11025)
- White Baseplate (11026)
- Pet Clinic Ambulance (41694)
- Pet Playground (41698)
- Pet Adoption Cafe (41699)
- Vacation Beach House (41709)
- Pet Day-Care Center (41718)
- Bag Tags Mega Pack – Messaging (41949)
- Lots of DOTS – Lettering (41950)
- Message Board (41951)
- Big Message Board (41952)
- Ariel’s Underwater Palace (43207)
- Elsa and the Nokk’s Ice Stable (43209)
- Lunar Roving Vehicle (60348)
- Lunar Space Station (60349)
- Lunar Research Base (60350)
- Rocket Launch Center (60351)
- Kai’s Spinjitzu Ninja Training (70688)
- Lloyd’s Spinjitzu Ninja Training (70689)
- Jay’s Spinjitzu Ninja Training (70690)
- Ninja Training Center (71764)
- 1970 Ferrari 512 M (76906)
- Lotus Evija (76907)
- Lamborghini Countach (76908)
- Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance & Mercedes-AMG Project One (76909)
- Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro & Aston Martin Vantage GT3 (76910)
Enjoy your LEGO Shopping!
This was certainly another LEGO set that was heavily anticipated by collectors since the latter half of 2021. After a number of rumors and leaks, LEGO finally has this Creator Expert set’s product listing up. We now have their official word on the long-teased Vespa 125 (10298) as shared to us by Brick Fanatics. Sure, some retailers may have jumped the gun and released it early, giving us our first look. But it’s nothing like getting the info right from LEGO itself. This brick-built rendition of the famous Italian scooter brand is yet another prize item for 18+ LEGO collectors.
And it’s an absolute beauty, have no doubt. Creator Expert 10298 not only replicates the 1960s Vespa Piaggo. It makes the vehicle look like it’s at home in Italy, with the rear basket, flowers and Italian license plate. The helmet and goggles also make for a nice touch. Vespa aficionados celebrating the brand’s 75th year can’t go wrong with this LEGO collaboration. Like many Creator Expert vehicles, Vespa 125 has plenty of mechanical gimmicks. The handlebar steering works, as do the kickstand. Even the scooter engine sports great detail under the removable cover. If you haven’t lucked out with the “early buyers,” then wait for Vespa 125 (10298) to launch for real in March 1.
Age 18+ | 1,106 pieces | $99.99 | Coming March 1
- Assemble your own LEGO® Vespa 125 – Build a detailed displayable model of an Italian icon with this building set (10298) for adults
- Inspired by the original – This brick-built Vespa features a front wheel mounted on one side, 2 seats, a removable engine cover with a brick-built engine underneath, and working steering
- Extra details – Finishing touches include the Vespa logo, a classic 1960s Italian license plate, a spare wheel, helmet and an accessories basket with flower bouquet
- Designed for Vespa fans – To celebrate Vespa’s 75th anniversary, the LEGO® designers have worked with the lifestyle brand to create a model to appeal to lovers of Italian culture
It can be testing to one’s patience sometimes to wait for certain LEGO sets first revealed in rumors. In November last year, we first got wind of a Creator Expert set depicting a Vespa scooter. Apparently, this set (10298) would release this year, accompanied by a GWP numbered 40517. We might have spotted the latter in a LEGO Creator set “group picture” last month. As for the main set, it was announced for reveal this coming Thursday, February 24. Creator Expert Vespa (10298) might launch this March 1. But dealers elsewhere have jumped the gun, and now we have images.
As told by Promobricks, an early purchaser has gotten the LEGO 1960s Vespa 125 set (10298). YouTuber MandRproductions reviewed his early acquisition on his channel, where we got this big nice box photo. It seems not to have the Creator Expert logo and may just be a “for Adults” set, judging from the Age 18+. The Vespa has 1,106 pieces to build the scooter itself, plus a helmet with goggles and a rear box with flowers. Earlier rumors of the set being colored primarily green were quashed by the box image’s blue. This set is freestanding thanks to a kickstand.
With this quick update, we risk repeating ourselves for when LEGO makes its official announcement on February 24. Our next word on the LEGO Vespa (10298) may well be its LEGO.com product listing. There’s a possibility we’ll hear also of its still-rumored tie-in GWP (40517). Just keep watching this space.
People would remember 2020 as the start of the COVID pandemic, but football-enthusiast LEGO collectors might remember something else. That was the year the LEGO Creator Old Trafford – Manchester United set (10272) came out. Camp Nou – FC Barcelona (10284) followed it in 2021. Whoever thought up releasing major football/soccer stadium replicas on LEGO Creator Expert was a genius. Not only were they gorgeous constructs, but they also offered room for extra stuff such as gifts-with-purchase items. LEGO’s football-stadium set fans must’ve been hyped by October 2021 rumors of the 2022 entry: Real Madrid’s home ground. It’s been confirmed.
The Brick Fan has it that LEGO has officially listed Real Madrid – Santiago Bernabeu Stadium (10299). It’s the third of their massively magnificent football stadium series on Creator Expert. LEGO plans to have the set’s launch coincide with two milestones. The year 2022 sees Real Madrid’s 120th and the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium’s 25th anniversaries, respectively. Like its predecessors, this set is accurate in layout detail and CF branding. Creator Expert 10299 is of the same price as Camp Nou (10284), and will release March 1. Let’s have the LEGO Shop official product listing elaborate further:
Age 18+ | 5,876 pieces | $349.99 | Coming March 1
- A build for adults – Build a tribute to your soccer heroes as you craft all the details of this LEGO® Real Madrid – Santiago Bernabéu Stadium (10299) model building set
- Modelled on the original stadium – The LEGO® designers have taken care to incorporate all of the iconic details from the real-life Real Madrid soccer stadium into this scale model version
- Recognizable features – Spot all the details of the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, including the pitch, goals, tunnel, dugout, scoreboards, banners, seating and stairs
- Match-day details – Finishing touches include a printed Real Madrid logo and the team bus
- Comes apart for viewing – The model splits in half and the roof lifts off, allowing you to view the interior