Rumor of LEGO Creator Expert Modular 15th Anniversary Set: Hotel & Art Gallery (10297)

In 2007 LEGO released a set, the Café Corner (10182).  This was the beginning of a series of LEGO building sets that were modular in function. Since then some 16 sets have come from the “Modular Buildings Collection.” They could be put together to form a city street’s worth of shops and establishments. We got the latest of these, Police Station (10278), way back in January, too. With its start in 2007, it means the Modular Buildings Collection turns 15 years old in 2022. Surely there’s no better way to celebrate that milestone than by a new modular set release.

That, coincidentally, is the subject of this new rumor from German LEGO news source Promobricks.de. Said set, numbered 10297, will have a commonality with the originating product, the Café Corner (10182). That set comprised the aforementioned corner café paired with a hotel. 10297 will also feature a hotel building, only this time it’s paired with an art gallery. In addition, the shape of the brick-built structure tapers off instead of having four 90-degree corners like its predecessors. A comparison can be made to New York City’s Flatiron building, which houses a LEGO Store. The Flatiron also had an earlier LEGO Architecture set adaptation, now retired.

Some specs about this set according to Promobricks are the presence of street arches, nougat-colored pieces, and 6 minifigures. This LEGO Hotel and Art Gallery (10297) will release January 1, 2022 alongside a 15th anniversary GWP (number 40532). Or at least the rumor says so; and that’s what we must treat this info for now.

Creator Expert Pickup Truck (10290) Designer Video Now Out

The LEGO Creator Expert Pickup Truck (10290) had one of the earliest set reveals recently. We first learned about it in July, well before it officially released this past October 1. It being a rather key LEGO set release, it was just a matter of time before we got the designer video. And so we have, this past Wednesday, on the 13th. The arrival of this video felt comparatively late. LEGO Queer Eye – Fab 5 Loft (10291) got its designer video October 5; note the numbering. But that may be just semantics at this point.

As seen above, LEGO designer Pierre Normandin takes us through the paces of this set’s features. AFOLs who have been around since the 1950s would likely find the descriptions of this vehicle as nostalgic. The time period also lends to the Easter egg that is the LEGO logo on the tailgate. It uses the logo font from that particular decade. The Creator Expert Pickup Truck (10290) also boasts some of the mechanical interactivity one might expect from a Technic set. Having a steering wheel that can turn the front tires and an adjustable rear-view mirror makes the set feel “real.” This set is a prime candidate for immediate purchase by LEGO VIPs this week, with Double Points still in effect.

NBC’s “Tonight Show” and “SNL” Mention LEGO Creator Expert Titanic (10294) (and its Price)

The moment LEGO officially announced its existence what came next on TV media could be considered inevitable. The LEGO Creator Titanic (10294), with 9,090 pieces, is already a 1:200 scale model of the massive doomed ocean liner. But that scale conversion still leaves it as one of the biggest LEGO sets ever made. It needs that size to visibly show its amenities and mechanical features, all lovingly recreated in brick form. The price tag also caught a lot of attention. Perhaps that factor serves as the primary contributor of the ribbing LEGO Titanic’s been getting.

As told by Brick Fanatics, The LEGO Creator Expert Titanic (10294) has been the subject of TV media scrutiny. Last weekend the set got mentions in two NBC programs: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Saturday Night Live”. In the former, host Jimmy Fallon pointed out the $600+ price tag and claimed Titanic was part of LEGO’s “Horrific Disaster” collection. He also name-dropped the Hindenburg and Fyre Festival as part of that “theme.” The latter isn’t even a disaster in the “crashed/sunk passenger vehicle” sense.

The same deal went on at “SNL”. During the Weekend Update, hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che also mentioned the LEGO set 10294 (and fired shots at the pricing). One mean gag the show made about the Creator Expert Titanic was the assertion that the pieces used to assemble it are “frozen Irish minifigures.” The actual passenger liner was built in Belfast, Northern Ireland (1909-11), and some of its doomed passengers had been Irish too.

Hopefully the $629.99 asking price of the LEGO Creator Expert Titanic (10294) doesn’t scare off all collectors. It really is an impressively put-together model. Pre-orders will begin on November 1, though LEGO has yet to confirm its official release date.

End-2021 “Retiring Soon” Sets Revealed on LEGO Shop@Home US

The end of any given year marks the traditional date of retirement for LEGO sets. As you know, the old products must make way for new releases after all. Some LEGO product retirements vary from market to market too, so there’s that to consider. Last mid-September Shop@Home UK began listing up their retiring products. The Brick Fan now has the heads-up on LEGO sets also marked for retirement on Shop@Home US. There are some similarities to the earlier UK list, but there are others also. We’re doing a mini-list of the 2021 retiring sets for Shop@Home US. If they got featured here on The Brick Show, we’ll add the articles.

LEGO Art

Creator Expert

Ideas

LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313)

  • Ship in a Bottle (92177)
Jurassic World

Technic

 

We have a set as old as 2017 here in the Creator Expert London Bus. It was fortunate to have lasted so long, but the time to say goodbye is coming soon. If you want them but still haven’t got them, then better make your purchase soon.

LEGO Finally Confirms Creator Expert Titanic (10294)

Wow; talk about making wishes come true, LEGO. The day before, we at The Brick Show hoped that LEGO acknowledge the leaks regarding the Creator Expert Titanic (10294). Descriptions of the set’s features were well and good; but official images are better at getting the message across. Wonder of wonders, LEGO caved in at last. Shop@Home now lists the Titanic set in all its massive and expensive glory. The leaked features: spot on. It separates into sections to show the interior layout. The steam engines do drive plastic pistons and propellers. LEGO’s designers totally outdid themselves with this brick-built masterpiece.

LEGO Creator Expert Titanic (10294)

Age 18+, 9,090 pieces, $629.99 (4095 VIP points), Coming soon

 

 

An authentic scale model

This 1:200 scale model is designed in 3 sections, faithfully recreating the features of the Titanic. The cross section reveals interior details like the first-class dining room, the grand staircase, one of the boiler rooms and many cabins from the different passenger classes. Bring the story of the Titanic to life by recreating details such as the ship’s bridge, promenade deck, reading lounge, swimming pool and many more.

Over 9,000 pieces for the ultimate building project

This model is one of the largest LEGO models ever at over 53 in. (135 cm) long. And with over 9,000 pieces, it provides many hours of building pleasure culminating in a stunning piece to display with pride.

  • Build a stunning LEGO® model version of the world’s most famous ocean liner with this LEGO Titanic 10294 model set. With over 9,000 pieces, this set offers a building challenge to savor.

  • Faithfully recreate the historical details of the Titanic in this 1:200 scale ship model. Authentic details include over 300 portholes, the iconic bridge, lifeboats, benches, cargo crane and more.

  • The ship splits into 3 sections, giving a view of the detailed interior. Assemble and admire the grand staircase, cabins, dining room, smoking lounge, reading lounge and swimming pool.

  • Build and explore the realistic features of a working ship. Turn the propellers to see the piston engines turn inside. Raise and lower the anchor and adjust the tension line running between the masts.

  • This colossal Titanic ship model makes a historical collectible display piece and comes with a display stand to support each section. Add the name plaque to the bow for the perfect finishing touch.

  • Provides a rewarding build for adult LEGO® builders, history lovers and anyone interested in the story of the Titanic. It’s also a top gift idea for collectors of historical memorabilia.

  • One of the largest and longest LEGO® models ever, measuring over 53 in. (135 cm) long, 17.5 in. (44 cm) high, and 6 in. (16 cm) wide.

We’re not worthy. Now if only LEGO gave us an exact release date.

“No Time to Die” 007 Film Release Could See Renewed Interest in Aston Martin DB5 (10262) Before Its Retirement

Last September 30 saw the UK release of “No Time to Die”: the 25th “James Bond” movie. It was also the fifth and final installment starring actor Daniel Craig. At risk of spoilers, let’s say this film was an ending in more ways than one. And we’re not just talking about Craig’s Bond retiring from duty while a female agent inherits his 007 designation. Now rewind to three years ago, when LEGO released the Creator Expert Aston Martin DB5 (10262). The quintessential 007 vehicle debuted in 1964’s “Goldfinger” during the Sean Connery Days. Craig himself first used it in his third film, “Skyfall” in 2015.

And just as “No Time to Die” became Daniel Craig’s Bond swan song, so is his LEGO DB5 retiring. Brick Fanatics notes that the Creator Expert Aston Martin set (10262) will be retired at the end of 2021. One might see this as a case of the stars aligning or such. The LEGO Aston Martin DB5’s leaving shelves and Shop@Home months after its real-life counterpart’s latest film appearance? It can only be fate. Collectors and “James Bond” fans might soon swarm over any stock of the set out there. The new movie’s also helping LEGO Aston Martin (10262) regain attention.

“No Time to Die” already premiered in the UK. The North American release follows on October 8. LEGO Creator Expert Aston Martin DB5 (10262) still costs $149.99 on LEGO Shop@Home. We recommend to you get one now, before it retires at the end of 2021. Check out this trailer of “No Time to Die” for a shot of the Bond-use DB5 in action, if you need more incentive to buy.

First Image of LEGO Titanic Set (10294) Leaked Ahead of Supposed November Release

You’d be surprised at the number of MOCs by dedicated LEGO builders featuring vehicle disaster scenes. You get no points in guessing that these particular builders love replicating the doomed passenger liner the Titanic. Some Titanic MOCs from years back are absolutely humongous. Then earlier this year a rumor arose of LEGO planning to release a Creator Expert Titanic set. The news sparked collector interest particularly due to its size, at 9,090 pieces. It makes this LEGO Titanic (10294) the second-largest LEGO set ever put out. While LEGO has kept mum on this set’s existence, now some images have been leaked to technically confirm it.

German LEGO news source Promobricks.de notes that local retailer Brick-meister.de, may have released the earliest image of the RMS Titanic (10294) set. We now have an idea for the box art, showing the ocean liner in its red-black-white-gold livery. The foreshortened angle of the image nicely sells the size, even if the “largest set” rumors already got “debunked.” LEGO even put a scale measurement of the ship in the box’s upper-right corner. Converting a 269.1-meter ship into a 1.23-meter brick-built scale model gets its LEGO designers much praise from us.

Other info

Promobricks also gleaned some further details about the LEGO Titanic (10294). While already understood to be too small-scale for minifigures and microfigures, the set could be disassembled into segments. That allows for a display of the interior layout, which also depicts floor furnishings and facilities in some detail. Furthermore, this is not a licensed-IP set. It carries no marks from Titanic’s former company, White Star Line. The line merged with their rival Cunard Line in 1934, with Cunard itself now part of Carnival Corporation. Surely Cunard itself might have contacted LEGO about the set. Anyway, LEGO Titanic (10294) might be released next month, November 1 (October 20 for LEGO VIPs). That bit of info remains rumor until LEGO confirms it.

LEGO Queer Eye – Fab 5 Lot (10291) Has a Difference Between Box Picture and Printed Instructions that May Confuse Casual Builders

It’s finally out in the open. The LEGO “Queer Eye” set is confirmed as a Creator Expert masterpiece. Queer Eye – Fab 5 Loft (10291) is a wonderful brick-built encapsulation of what makes the Netflix show awesome. The loft set showcases the workspaces and specialties of the Fab 5 makeover team. They’re faithfully replicated in minifigure form, alongside season 2 premiere nominee Kathi Dooley in pre- and post-makeover versions. The Fab 5 themselves have hailed the set on social media (given that their production collaborated with LEGO). Everything should be peachy ahead of 10291’s October release.

And yet Brick Fanatics, following their feature of LEGO Queer Eye – Fab 5 Loft (10291), are sounding an alert. They’re calling attention to a presentation dissonance. One feature the set capitalizes on is the minifig clothes-changing mechanic, where they simply swap differently-designed torsos. Set 10291 has several alternate “clothes” for the Five and guests. But in the box and promo images the clothes/torsos are visibly missing their minifig hands. According to illustrations of the Building Instruction, the hands remain attached. So, just pull out the hands and pop them back in when the torso is “worn,” right? That’s what a casual/rookie LEGO builder might probably think, but no.

Potential Problem

LEGO minifigs can be quite sturdy in their complete form. But disassembled, their individual components are little plastic pieces that can be easily damaged. Their building instructions tend to warn builders not to remove the hands of minifigures. The repeated friction of removal-insertion could wear out the pegs until they don’t fit snugly anymore. There’s a chance that those availing of the Fab 5 Loft (10291) are “Queer Eye” fans first. They might not realize that constantly removing/inserting hands from/into the alternate clothes/torsos could make for serious wear and tear. Experienced LEGO builders would know better, but they might not.

Which image will a builder follow: The picture on the box or the printed illustration in the instructions? LEGO Queer Eye – Fab 5 Loft (10291) comes out October 1.

LEGO Shop@Home UK Marks Sets “Retiring Soon” by End of 2021

Even as several LEGO themes were assured of continuing into next year by the company’s VP for design over the weekend, that doesn’t mean specific individual sets will go on. That’s how it’s always been. LEGO can’t keep making the same stuff so old products must retire to make way for new offerings.

There were some LEGO set retirements announced in August. Earlier this week, LEGO Shop@Home UK updated their listings to indicate their sets retiring possibly by year’s end. As confirmed on their site, five LEGO Creator Expert sets and one each from LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Stranger things will be going bye-bye when 2021 concludes. Here they are, courtesy of The Brick Fan. We’ve listed them by year of release, with our Brick Show feature articles and their Shop@Home UK listings:

2018
2019
2020

So far their Shop@Home US counterpart listings are still available (some are marked Hard to Find though). Hopefully they won’t be changing to “Retiring Soon” as well.

LEGO Creator Expert Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft (10291) Officially Announced

After giving a teaser over its social media channel, the LEGO Group has officially announced its next collaboration with streaming giant Netflix. The LEGO Creator Expert Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft (10291) is now listed over at LEGO Shop@Home and is expected to be released in October.

Fans of the life-changing series will surely be glad to see the iconic team of makeover experts now given the official LEGO treatment. For those unfamiliar with the show, The Queer Eye features the colorful cast of lifestyle and fashion experts collectively known as the Fab 5.  The show originally aired back in 2003 and was eventually given a reboot by Netflix last 2018.

This LEGO rendition of the highly popular series features the interior of the Fab 5’s original Atlanta loft, similar to what LEGO did with its TV-inspired predecessor, the LEGO Creator Expert The FRIENDS Apartments (10292).

The LEGO Creator Expert Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft (10291) clocks in at 974 pieces and will retail for a hundred dollars once it is made available to the public on October 1. For now, be sure to take a closer look at this set by clicking on the link below. Read on to know its official product description and check out these photos as well.

LEGO Creator Expert Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft (10291)

974 pieces | $99.99 | Coming Soon on October 1, 2021

Calling all fans of the Queer Eye TV show on Netflix! Get ready to be your true self as you join the Fab 5 for a rewarding building project with this LEGO® Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft (10291) set. As you recreate all the details that make up the interior of the Fab 5’s original Atlanta loft, you’ll discover lots of features from the show with tributes to each of the Fab 5’s special talents. There’s a kitchen island for Antoni, a clothing rack for Tan, Jonathan’s swivel salon chair, and Karamo’s couch and scrapbook. And this space is Bobby-approved as he helped design this very special LEGO interior.

Enjoy a moment of self-care
No episode of Queer Eye would be complete without a makeover. So, as well as including minifigure versions of each of the Fab 5 (plus Bruley the dog), this buildable model includes 2 Kathi Dooley (a very special guest from a very special episode!) minifigures. There’s also a transformation chamber feature to recreate Kathi’s emotional ‘before and ‘after’ reveals.

  • It’s time to give back to yourself as you enjoy a rewarding project, building a displayable model version of The Fab 5 Loft from the award-winning Queer Eye TV show on Netflix.
  • Discover a host of beautiful and authentic details from the TV show packed into this LEGO® Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft (10291) set like the big TV, kitchen, living room, and grooming station. 
  • Pure perfection! This set includes minifigure versions of each of the Fab 5, plus a Bruley figure. There are also 2 Kathi Dooley minifigures, showing her before and after her makeover.
  • Makes a top gift for any fan of the Queer Eye TV show, or anyone who loves TV show memorabilia and collectibles. And of course, it also makes a well-deserved treat for yourself.
  • Measures over 3.5 in. (9 cm) high, 13.5 in. (35 cm) wide, and 8.5 in. (21 cm) deep.