LEGO DC Batman Brick Statue To Be On Display at SDCC 2019

San Diego Comic-Con 2019 is almost upon us and with roughly 24 hours left before the gates of the San Diego Convention Center open its gates to the throng of the SDCC faithful, LEGO has revealed another brick statue that will be on display at the LEGO Booth #2829. Just in time with the Dark Knight’s 80th anniversary this 2019, LEGO revealed a brick-built, life-sized LEGO DC Batman statue that will be put on display together with the previously reported LEGO Star Wars Sith Trooper and LEGO Marvel Endgame Iron-Man statues, making this LEGOlized version of the Dark Knight the third brick statue that will welcome guests at the LEGO Booth.

LEGO DC Batman statue

What’s even more impressive is the fact that this LEGO DC Batman statue will be displayed alongside a massive LEGO mosaic that features a variant cover of DC Comic’s Detective Comics Issue #1000. The Batman statue weighs in at 225 pounds with 44,051 LEGO bricks used to build the Dark Knight at this life-sized scale. The mosaic, on the other hand, is built using more than twice the number of LEGO pieces clocking in at 96,768 pieces.

As mentioned, this year’s San Diego Comic-Con is particularly significant to our Dark Knight since 2019 marks his 80th year anniversary of being one of DC’s superhero icons. Other than this statue, LEGO pays its tribute to Batman through its various exclusive SDCC 2019 merchandise such as the LEGO DC Comics The Dark Knight of Gotham City (77903) set and the LEGO DC Comics Zebra Batman minifig, both of which will be available to Comic-Con attendees via electronic raffle.

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Life-Sized LEGO Avengers: Endgame Iron Man Statue On Display at SDCC 2019

It has been customary for LEGO to feature life-sized brick statues of pop icons at comic book conventions, and San Diego Comic-Con is one of those events where LEGO designers get to shine. After the reveal of the LEGO Star Wars Sith Trooper statue last week, another awesome brick creation is poised to grace the LEGO booth at SDCC 2019. As revealed by LEGO on its social media channels, a life-sized LEGO Avengers: Endgame Iron Man statue will also be on display at this year’s SDCC.

Made up of 35,119 LEGO pieces, this statue is a fitting tribute to one of the icons of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tony Stark looks impressively imposing wielding this version of the Infinity Gauntlet, standing at 6.5 feet and weighing at 188 pounds.

This brick-built LEGO Avengers: Endgame Iron Man Statue will be on display from Thursday to Sunday this week, July 18-21. If you already registered as an attendee for SDCC, be sure to drop by the LEGO booth during these dates to see these magnificent pieces of brick art. LEGO usually releases two or three brick statues to be put on display during comic-con so we’re keeping our radars open for further developments if any.

LEGO has also announced its various SDCC 2019 exclusives that will be given away or sold via electronic raffle. We have the usual event-exclusive minifigures for this year such as the LEGO Stranger Things Barb minifig, the LEGO DC Comics Zebra Batman, and the LEGO Marvel Spider-Man Advanced Suit minifigs. Limited-edition sets are also up for sale at the LEGO booth which includes Captain Marvel and the Asis (77902), the Dark Knight of Gotham City (77903), and the LEGO Star Wars Sith Trooper Bust (77901).

LEGO BrickHeadz Jabba the Hut and Salacious Crumb (75232) Rumored for 2020

The LEGO BrickHeadz theme had its share of ups and downs since its debut three years ago, and it looks like it’s on its way for another comeback in 2020. Thanks to the eagle-eyed scouts of Star Wars fan site Rebelscum, we are now convinced that a LEGO BrickHeadz Jabba the Hut and Salacious Crumb (75232) set is now on its way.

Jabba the hut 1

Rebelscum gathered the pieces of evidence to see if they point to this possibility, starting with third-party retailer Amazon France. Now it can be argued that this particular listing does not really say or hint anything about the famed Hutt crime lord coming to the LEGO BrickHeadz theme. However, a closer look at the set’s piece count (coming in at 240 pieces) and box dimensions (19.1 x 14.1 x 7.1 cm) suggest that this upcoming LEGO BrickHeadz set will be a dual pack, similar to what LEGO released in the past. Prominent twin-packs in the Star Wars subtheme of the LEGO BrickHeadz line include the Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite (41498) set released as an SDCC 2017 exclusive, and the Luke Skywalker and Yoda (41627) released last year.

Salacious Crumb 1

And on what could be the most convincing piece of evidence that suggests that a LEGO BrickHeadz Jabba the Hut and Salacious Crumb (75232) set is happening is from the theme’s lead LEGO designer himself, Marcos Bessa. In an interview at the LEGO Innovation House in May last year, Marcos made mention of  “a certain lizard creature-ish bad guy” was in the works at that time. Eventually, challenges on how to re-create its “weird form” which is quite the “opposite of the proportions of what the Brickheadz are,” have now been hurdled. I know this slight reveal is unintentional on the part of Marcos, but considering the specific details that he gave back then, I couldn’t help but think of Jabba as the most likely candidate.

Jabba and Salacious Crumb 1

Whatever is the case the LEGO BrickHeadz theme is still holding on, and with more licensed names poised to be included in its ever-growing line, I wouldn’t mind if a LEGO BrickHeadz Jabba the Hut and Salacious Crumb (75232) set will be added to the mix. For the meantime, be sure the check out the rest of the LEGO BrickHeadz currently available at LEGO Shop@Home.

Special thanks to Rui Miguel Anacleto for these cool LEGO BrickHeadz MOC digital renders of Jabba and Crumb. For more outstanding LEGO Star Wars  MOCs, be sure to check out Rui’s Flickr page.

Official Images of the LEGO Forma (81000) Set Appears In LEGO Servers

If you recall back in September of last year, LEGO experimented on a crowd-sourcing model in promoting its sets, particularly with the relatively new LEGO Forma theme. Aimed at adult fans of LEGO, the LEGO Forma theme is focused on building and creative expression via art in a more unstructured way. The sets’ most notable features include interchangeable skins, particularly among the three Koi Fish variants featured in the LEGO Forma theme. With regards to its build, they all follow a common design and certain play features.

LEGO Forma

Launched via the Indiegogo platform, it was not quite sure afterward if the LEGO Forma sets will be made available through more conventional means such as via LEGO Shop@Home or at LEGO brand stores. However, something delightfully curious happened today – a rare opportunity for those who may have missed these sets during their launch.

The front side box art of the LEGO Forma (81000) set.
A look at the back side box art of the LEGO Forma (81000). It’s relatively simple and minimalist in design.

LEGO servers have been now updated to include official images of the first of the LEGO Forma sets, leading us to speculate that this theme may eventually find their way at LEGO’s online store portal. The sets themselves are not yet listed so we only have these images to look at. The LEGO Forma (81000) base set comes in at 293 pieces, with a buildable base that also acts as a tactile mechanism for the koi fish build to mechanically move. It also features an interchangeable skin that can be swapped with two other koi skin variants which as of this posting, are yet to appear on LEGO’s servers. I expect this to sell for around $50 USD, but the price could be lower.

Now I am kind of compelled to speculate that this may be part of LEGO’s future promotional sets. However, I feel that this may not be the case since it will be kind of a let-down for those who already purchased the set last year if LEGO will opt to move forward to this direction. Additionally, LEGO was testing the waters back then with regards to this marketing model, so the goal at that time was to see if this is a viable way of promoting future LEGO sets which it did actually.

Whatever is the case, I’m sure that a particular group of LEGO fans will be excited to see these LEGO Forma sets accessible to everyone. Be sure to keep tabs with us for more updates about these recent developments.

LEGO Christmas Gift Box (40292) Promotional Set Still Up at LEGO Shop@Home

LEGO is celebrating Christmas quite early this year with the re-release of its LEGO Christmas Gift Box (40292) gift-with-purchase set. If you recall, this exclusive GWP set made its debut in October last year and has turned out to be popular among LEGO fans as a seasonal holiday set. This time around, LEGO is bringing this back and we still have until today to get this limited-edition set.

The LEGO Christmas Gift Box (40292) promotional  is running only for 3 days from July 12 to 14, and its a nice bonus if you’ve already made your LEGO purchases during these dates, or is just about to visit the LEGO store for that much-awaited set like the LEGO Creator Expert NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander (10266). The Christmas Gift Box (40292) set is yours for free for any single receipt purchase of any LEGO products worth $99 USD and above. It comes in at 301 pieces and features two minifigures inside a buildable home with a fireplace, that doubles as a holiday present as well.

As of this posting, the Christmas Gift Box is still appearing at my shopping cart at LEGO Shop@Home. Bear in mind that this promotional is only up until today so better hurry if you want to bag this one.

Exclusive LEGO Stranger Things Barb Minifigure Coming to SDCC 2019

LEGO has revealed its last exclusive SDCC 2019 LEGO minifigure earlier today. Following the reveal of other minifig exclusives such as the LEGO DC Zebra Batman and LEGO Marvel Spider-Man Advanced Suit, now comes one particular character from Netflix’s hit sci-fi series that’s too hard to forget. The LEGO Stranger Things Barb minifigure will be given away to San Diego Comic-Con 2019 attendees via electronic lottery on July 20. Needless to say, this minifigure will be worth its weight in gold among LEGO and Netflix fans and I can just imagine how this will be ridiculously priced over at eBay.

Barb Minifigure

Barb only made a brief appearance in the first few episodes of Stranger Things’ first season before she, unfortunately, fell prey to the terrifying Demogorgon. However, this is enough for the character to win the hearts of fans and the show’s cult following. This exclusive LEGO Stranger Things Barb minifigure is the third official LEGO Stranger Things product that the LEGO has officially released. It follows the impressive LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) set currently available at LEGO Stores and LEGO Shop@Home, and the promotional make-an-take mini-build Castle Byers.

So what do you think about this SDCC 2019 LEGO minifig exclusive? Comment down below.

Check Out the Winners of the LEGO Ideas Iconically Stranger Things Building Contest

Along with the hype surrounding the third season of Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things, and the subsequent release of the LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810), the LEGO Ideas Team has announced a new building contest that challenges LEGO builders to come up with their best Stranger Things inspired original creation. The LEGO Ideas Iconically Stranger Things Building Contest ran from May 15 to June 19 and now, the winners are finally revealed.

The announcement was made over at the LEGO Ideas blog site, beginning with the Grand Prize winning entry, The Tunnels by builder MartiMovi.

This particular MOC takes its inspiration from the vast tunnel system that the inter-dimensional aliens created underground. Though compact in size, it perfectly captured the details of the pumpkin patch and the descent that the team made led by Dustin. The level of detail on these underground tunnels is spot-on including its dark and dank environment and creepy tentacles.  For added realism to this set, MartiMovi even added a minifigure scaled Demodog for good measure.

One of the first runner-up titles for the LEGO Ideas Iconically Stranger Things building contest was awarded to builder Ragaru for the ‘Demogorgon Figure‘. I have to admit right off the bat that this is one of the exceptionally mean-looking, and downright monstrous brick-built model of an already terrifying creature that I’ve ever seen.  Ragaru’s fluid and organic brick composition simply gave this poseable other-worldly creature a more horrifying presence. As much as I love this build, I have no qualms over the fact that it ended as a runner-up. This build is so horrific that I dread the idea of seeing this at the hands of a younger LEGO builder.

Finally, we have a rather simple looking, but definitely an advanced build from accomplished builder, saabfan. Entitled ‘The Gang on Bikes‘, this MOC may look simplistic at first, but taking a closer look reveals how he cleverly used few LEGO pieces to capture the important details of each Hawkins character. I’m always impressed by minibuilds such as this because scaling things down in LEGO form while remaining faithful to how the original subject looks like is surely an impressive feat.

Both the Grand Prize winner and Runner-Ups will receive the LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) set valued at $200 USD. The Grand Prize winner will also receive a $300 USD shopping spree at LEGO Shop@Home, while Runner Ups will get a $200 USD LEGO Shop@Home voucher. Congratulations to all the winners and cheers for more awesome builds to come!

LEGO Ideas Tree House (21318) Spotted at LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Texas

It looks like some folks are just plain lucky. After spotting the upcoming LEGO Ideas Tree House (21318) at a Belgian toy store, it looks like this set has found its way in US shores. LEGO fan and AFOLs of Facebook member Michael Bradford shared video footage that shows this set and other forthcoming sets on store shelves of the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Grapevine, Texas.

Tree House (21318)

As you can see from the images that he shared over social media, Michael bought the said set right off the shelf and has even posted his receipt as proof of purchase in case LEGO Men in Black cries foul for this early reveal. If you recall from my previous post, the LEGO Ideas Tree House (21318) is expected to be officially released to the general public in August, with an early VIP release of sometime this month. Towards the end of Michael’s 12-second video, it can be noticed that the recently announced LEGO Creator Expert Harley-Davidson Fatboy (10269) is also on display and for sale beside the Tree House, given the fact that this next LEGO Creator Expert set is still due for an early VIP release on July 17.

The LEGO Ideas Tree House (21318) is expected to retail for $199.99 USD and comes in at 3,036 pieces utilizing a handful of new LEGO leaf elements made from renewable botanical sources. This new set is the next LEGO Ideas set to be made available to LEGO fans following the release of the LEGO Ideas Flintstones (21316) and Steamboat Willie (21317), both of which are now available both in-store and online. Keep your radars open for LEGO’s official press release and images of the LEGO Ideas Tree House which will be out soon.

Life Size LEGO Star Wars Sith Trooper Statue to Debut at SDCC 2019

San Diego Comic-Con 2019 is fast approaching and with the recent reveal of the LEGO Star Wars Sith Trooper Bust (77901), LEGO and Lucasfilms have lifted the veil for yet another evolution of the terrifyingly efficient footsoldier of the Star Wars franchise. And just in time for next week’s SDCC’s celebration, LEGO pays tribute to this new Star Wars character in the most glorious way possible: in LEGO bricks of course. This life-sized LEGO Star Wars Sith Trooper statue will be displayed at the LEGO Booth during SDCC to greet the throngs of fans who will flock grandest comic book convention on the face of the planet.

This brick-built, Sith Trooper statue is a life-sized creation made up of 34,307 LEGO pieces, weighs almost 80 kilos and stands at 6 feet 2 inches tall. With a total of 250 hours of design and building time under its belt, this recent LEGO masterpiece is a sight to behold. This new version of the First Order Stormtrooper comes in a very intimidating red color scheme which reminds me of the Elite Praetorian Guards seen in The Last Jedi.

If you recall from last year’s SDCC and those prior to it, it has been a tradition for LEGO to release such brick-built statues which also acts as a marketing tool to promote upcoming films and TV series. We saw the magnificent brick statue of Thanos striking a pose while wielding the Infinity Gauntlet.  The latest incarnation of Doctor Who that also received the LEGO treatment in last year’s SDCC with her very own brick-built statue and Ultrakatty which looks surprisingly intimidating in her battle mode just in time for The LEGO Movie 2 promotions.

Since LEGO usually reveals two or three brick statues of this kind during San Diego Comic-Con, we can somehow expect that there are still more to come as we count the days before SDCC. Be sure to subscribe to our blog site for more news updates on LEGO @SDCC 2019. For now, check out this speed build of the LEGO Star Wars Sith Trooper statue as shared by Yahoo! News.

 

Another LEGO SDCC 2019 Exclusive Revealed – the LEGO Star Wars Sith Trooper Bust (77901)

Another LEGO SDCC 2019 exclusive has just been revealed, and just in time for another Star Wars Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker character teaser. The LEGO Star Wars Sith Trooper Bust (77901) is the next 2019 San Diego Comic Con exclusive to be offered to attendees following the Dark Knight of Gotham City (77903) and Captain Marvel and the Asis (77902) sets.

Revealed by LEGO via social media, this latest LEGO SDCC  2019 exclusive comes in at 484 pieces and will retail for $45 USD, available for purchase to all San Diego Comic-Con attendees via electronic raffle. This set takes its cue from the latest evolution of the Stormtrooper which will make its debut in December once Star Wars Episode IX hits theaters.

What is interesting about this set is also the fact that it claims to be an Early Release Edition, hinting on the possibility that later, non-exclusive releases of this set will be available to the general public. I have to applaud LEGO for this move if such is the case since for a long time, LEGO fans are clamoring for access to this event and regional exclusive sets.

The LEGO Star Wars Sith Trooper Bust (77901) is the second set of its kind following the release of the LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Bust (75227) that was released earlier this April as a Target store exclusive, and in relation to the annual Star Wars Celebration in Chicago.