Early LEGO Black Friday Offers Coming This Weekend

News and details of LEGO Black Friday offers are slowly coming in ahead of the year’s super sale event next week. LEGO has sent out word via email that LEGO VIPs are in for a treat this Friday with its early Black Friday shopping event at all LEGO Stores and at LEGO Shop @Home. During the weekend from November 17 to 18, LEGO VIP members will earn double points on any LEGO purchase made during the upcoming weekends.

LEGO is also throwing in the seasonal gift-with purchase set, LEGO Christmas Box (40292) for free, for every single receipt purchase of any LEGO products worth $99 and more. This is a great head start if you wish to add to those sweet double VIP points while being one of the first of those to bring home the Christmas Box (40292) freebie.

Of course, it’s a matter of weighing in your choices between the nice incentives that LEGO will be offering this weekend, and between the insanely great discounts that LEGO has in store come Black Friday. Either way around, you’ll still have the better end of the best deals that LEGO has to offer. Be sure to visit shop.LEGO.com for more details.

 

LEGO Toy Story 4 Set Speculations

Disney dropped another bomb yesterday morning when it released the first trailer for the much awaited 4th sequel to the Toy Story franchise. The teaser saw the return of the beloved toys that we know very well since we last saw them 8 years ago. We have Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the rest of the gang dancing around Judy Collins’ classic rendition of Both Sides Now. The last few seconds of the trailer really caught me off guard when an unexpected new character caused quite a stir. Referred to simply as Forky, the newest character was portrayed to be having a sort of identity crisis and is very much disturbed with the idea that he does not belong to Bonnie’s play room. The rest of the story is obviously under wraps, save for the hint that Toy Story 4 will be a “road trip adventure” that will help Woody understand the larger world. With the Disney Pixar license under its belt, it’s also expected that LEGO has pretty much laid out the plans already for a series of LEGO Toy Story 4 tie-up sets as much as it did 8 years ago when it released its wave of related tie-in sets.

We also mentioned before that LEGO Toy Story 4 sets are bound to happen and it doesn’t come as a surprise knowing the partnership that LEGO and Disney has. We can also assume that these sets will carry the LEGO 4+ branding which will replace the LEGO Juniors line by next year. The last Disney Pixar tie-in sets that were given the LEGO Juniors tag as of to date were those that came from the Incredibles 2 subtheme. The only question now is how many tie-in sets will LEGO be releasing in relation to the film. This year saw the release of three Incredibles 2 tie-in sets, with one LEGO BrickHeadz Mr. Incredible and Frozone (41613) added to the mix. With a good number of characters, including Forky of course, we might be looking a good deal of new LEGO Toy Story 4 sets soon. My personal bet is that other than the confused Forky, we might also see new characters rendered in LEGO bricks such as the animal plush toys that we see in the follow-up trailer below.

This being a road-trip of a movie with perhaps a stopover  at a local carnival, I will not be surprised to see if there is one dedicated LEGO set that shows how this carnival scene will play out.

Toy Story 4 is still roughly 6 months away before it hits theaters on June 21, 2019 and until then, we can be sure that LEGO will slowly reveal its LEGO Toy Story 4 sets beginning first quarter of 2019. It should also be noted that LEGO in the past has also released four LEGO Duplo Toy Story sets in 2010: Jessie’s Round Up (5657), Pizza Planet Truck (5658), The Great Train Chase (5659), and Alien Space Crane (5691) so it’s not a long shot to consider that they might follow the same path again with Toy Story 4.

So what do you guys think? Are you excited for Toy Story 4? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

9 LEGO Sets Named as Finalists for 2019 Toy of the Year Awards

The Toy Association has announced the finalists in the 2019 Toy of the Year Awards (TOTY) and nine (9) LEGO sets made it to the cut across the various categories of the prestigious award giving body. This is a big boost for LEGO, with almost double the LEGO sets that were now nominated this year as compared to those from last year. If you recall, LEGO was nominated for a total of five (5) categories in this year’s TOTY Awards which is like the Oscar awards of the toy industry. Out of these 5 nominees, LEGO managed to bag 3 awards which includes 2018’s Construction Toy of the Year, Specialty Toy of the Year, and Tech Toy of the Year.

This time around, LEGO was able to secure nine nominations for the 2019 Toy of the Year Awards for some of its most popular building sets recently released. These are:

2019 TOTY Specialty Toy of the Year Nominees

LEGO Star Wars Betrayal at Cloud City (75222)

 

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (71043)

 

2019 TOTY Vehicle of the Year Nominee

LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron (42083)

 

2019 TOTY Playset of the Year Nominees

LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster (10261)

 

LEGO Jurassic World Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate (75930)

 

 

2019 TOTY Preschool Toy of the Year Nominee

LEGO Duplo Steam Train (10874)

 

2019 TOTY Collectible of the Year Nominee

LEGO Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Collectible Minifigures (71022)

 

2019 TOTY Construction Toy of the Year Nominees

LEGO Star Wars Kessel Run Millennium Falcon (75212)

 

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall (75954)

 

Other than these 9 LEGO sets nominated for the 2019 Toy of the Year Awards, the LEGO Jurassic World theme has also been nominated for the License of the Year Award. The LEGO theme itself has produced a huge following, alongside the successful LEGO Jurassic Park sets.

The 2019 Toy of the Year Awards gala will happen on February 15, 2019 just a few days before the launch of 2019’s New York Toy Fair. And from today until February next year, you can cast your vote at the TOTY website on which toy should bag the various Toy of the Year awards.

So what do you think brick fans? Are there any other recent LEGO sets which you feel should have been included in 2019’s TOTY finalists? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Comic Book Icon Stan Lee Passes Away at 95

I know this might sound out place here at the Brickshow blog, but such a person whose life’s work has touched so many deserves to be mentioned, much more when he passes away and leaves a legacy of comic book-inspired LEGO sets that we now enjoy. Stanley Martin Lieber, or better known to the world as Stan Lee passes away at the age of 95 earlier today at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

The death of the iconic nonagenarian was confirmed by Atty. Kirk Schenk who represents Lee’s daughter, J.C. Lee. The Marvel comic book icon may perhaps be the single most important person in the history of comics and entertainment, where he is credited for the creation and development of characters that we are all so fond of today. Stan Lee began his career in 1939 as a humble gofer, from Timely Comics a predecessor of what is now known as Marvel Comics. At a time where comic book heroes are sketched as the epitome of success and adulation of the crowd, Stan Lee introduced us to superhero characters struggling with life issues that are relatable and so real to us. We have a queasy, nerdy Peter Parker, trying hard to keep up his superhero alter ego under wraps while dating his sweetheart (the first of many actually); a modern-day (and green all over) Jekyll and Hyde with anger management issues; and a person with disability whose blindness never stopped him from fighting crime in the thick darkness of the night. In a time where superheroes were portrayed as the perfect, well-adjusted protagonists, Lee introduced us to characters who rose up and took the superhero mantle in spite of their pretty messed up shortcomings and flaws.

When Disney bought Marvel Entertainment in 2009, Stan Lee’s comic book characters were given a boost and media exposure in ways that Lee could have never imagined. The rebranding of his Marvel characters for the big screen eventually resulted in the birth of the MCU or Marvel Cinematic Universe and will later find their way in LEGO sets, rendered as minifigures.

The LEGO Marvel Superheroes Captain America’s Avenging Cycle (6865) is one of the very first LEGO sets inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe released in 2012.
Wolverine’s Chopper Showdown (6866) underscores LEGO’s early attempts to incorporate Marvel comic book characters brought to life by Stan Lee.

From Spider-Man to the X-Men, and Avengers and Incredible Hulk, the list of Marvel superheroes seems to be endless and we owe all of them to Stan Lee. Indeed, the LEGO and comic book landscape will not be the same without the brilliant, creative mind behind these comic book pages.

LEGO finally pays tribute to the master story teller with his own minifigure version (albeit digital) in the video game LEGO Marvel Superheroes. LEGO is yet to release an official, physical minifigure version of Stan Lee which I really it will do in the future.

Like his superhero personas, Lee also had his own share of ups and downs like anyone else and his life may not always be as rosy and lovely as compared to some of us. But he led a life fulfilling what he really wants to do, inspiring us to do the same. Like what he said to Peter Parker (played by Tobey Maguire) in 2007’s Spider-Man 3, “You know, I guess one person can make a difference … ’nuff said.” And Stan Lee really made his mark and made a difference in this world.

Benny Gets a New Arm in the LEGO Movie 2

If you recall, the LEGO Store November 2018 calendar made mention of a LEGO campaign that aims to provide LEGO sets to needy children across several parts of the world. The campaign dubbed as the Build to Give ran last week, from November 5 to 9, and aimed to provide free LEGO sets to at least 500,000 kids across the world. A dedicated web page was setup dedicated to the campaign, and what is interesting to note other than the building cheers that LEGO intend to share across the globe, is their choice of characters who represented this charitable endeavor. We’re just counting the months before the LEGO Movie 2 debuts in cinemas, and LEGO has now chosen the rag-tag team of Emmet Brickowsky to spread some holiday cheers. There’s nothing really surprising regarding LEGO’s choice of characters since it naturally follows that they want the LEGO Movie 2 to get some promotion at the same time. But what is really eye-catching is that we now have a closer look at our favorite blue astronaut, Benny – and it seems that he will also be sporting a new look.

Other than giving some good, Christmas cheers, Benny is also happy to flaunt a new mechanical arm which seems to be an upgrade of some sort to his space suit. As we know, the LEGO Movie 2 takes place in the apocalyptic world of Bricksburg after the Duplon Invasion on Taco Tuesday.

I’m not quite sure if this is Benny’s way of blending in with the rough, tough people of the town, or is an upgrade for the upcoming space adventures ahead. Though I’m inclined to believe in the former – we just have to wait and see until the rest of the LEGO Movie 2 sets come out sometime next year or mid-December. As of to date, we have a handful of LEGO Movie 2 sets waiting to be revealed, with the first three sets already revealed last July. Currently, we have four LEGO sets where Benny is included (all of them are hard-to-find already), all of which take inspiration from the first LEGO Movie film:  Double-Decker Couch (70818), Metal Beard’s Sea Cow (70810), Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! (70816), and LEGO Dimensions Benny (71214).

Needless to say, Benny is one of the LEGO Movie characters that I love to see included in the new sets. There’s even a rumor going around saying that we might see Benny in a LEGO Movie 2 set which includes some classic LEGO Space minifigures and if that is indeed the case, then everything is so awesome indeed.

LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley (40289) Now Exclusively Available at LEGO Shop@Home

Just a quick reminder, just in case you haven’t noticed it yet: the LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley (40289) is now available at LEGO Shop@Home as our current promotional, gift with purchase set. This is also a nice freebie to go along with the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (71043) if you’re planning to get this massive set which is now currently offered with Double VIP points at shop.LEGO.com.

The LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley (40289) is available for free beginning November 9 until 21 or until supplies last, with a minimum purchase of any LEGO products worth $99 and above. LEGO seems to have a sufficient number of sets at hand since this gift-with-purchase set is still available at LEGO Shop@Home as of this posting. This set is also available at all local LEGO stores across the US, in case you want to pick up your own set personally.

LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley (40289)

374 pieces; valued at $19.99

Recreate the magic of Diagon Alley™ with this magical LEGO® micro build featuring Gringotts™ Bank, Ollivanders™ Wand Shop, Flourish and Blotts, Quality Quidditch™ Supplies and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, plus a Mr. Ollivander minifigure with a wand.

LEGO® Diagon Alley™ Micro Build (item 40289) offer is valid on shop.LEGO.com and at LEGO Stores from November 9 through 11:59pm EST, November 21, 2018, or while supplies last only. Qualifying purchase must be equal to or greater than $99 in merchandise only; any applicable taxes, shipping charges, or value of gift cards purchased do not apply to merchandise total. Offer excludes Bricks & Pieces and backorder items. Cannot be applied to previous purchases or combined with any other discount, offer or free gift. One free set per household. Item is valued at approximately a $19.99 (US) / $26.99 (CA) retail value and cannot be exchanged or substituted for any other item or cash value. Item is available exclusively through this offer; additional sets cannot be purchased. Offers not valid at LEGOLAND® Parks or LEGOLAND Discovery Centers. The LEGO Group reserves the right to cancel or modify these promotions at any time without advance notice.

LEGO Store Black Friday Free Exclusives Revealed

A couple of months ago, we reported that the LEGO Bricktober 2018 minifigures will now be made available at LEGO Stores following the demise of toy retail giant, Toys R Us. The availability of these highly-sought after collectible minifigures was confirmed by LEGO over through an email send to querying fans . Afterwards, LEGO was quite mum about the details, and it eventually turned out that book store retail king Barnes and Noble, will exclusively offer one of the LEGO Bricktober minfigures as a promotional gift the day after the release of the Fantastic Beasts sequel, Crimes of Grindelwald.  This time around, it looks like LEGO is now staying true to its promise of offering one of the LEGO Bricktober 2018 minifigure sets as a LEGO Store Black Friday free exclusive.

If you recall, we also shared some prior rumor that the LEGO Ninjago Bricktober 2018 minifigure set (5005257) will be across LEGO Stores as part of LEGO’s Black Friday deals. Thanks to a report shared by The Brick Fan, we now have confirmation that is indeed the case. One of the readers of The Brick Fan’s blogsite shared the an image of the LEGO Store flyer, revealing what’s in store on LEGO Store Black Friday.

First off, we now have confirmation that the LEGO Ninjago Bricktober 2018 minifigure will now be available as a free, in-store LEGO Store Black Friday exclusive, with any single receipt purchase of any LEGO product worth $50 and above. This promotional is available only in-store so you might want to take the extra effort of locating the nearest LEGO Store nearest you.

One of my personal favorites and much-awaited LEGO GWP set for the holidays is the new LEGO Christmas Gift Box (40292). The set has already found its way in Europe and China, and its glad to hear that it will now be available in the US, from November 23 to 26, or until supplies last. Unlike the LEGO Ninjago Bricktober 2018 minifigures, the Christmas Gift Box will be available both in-store and online over at shop.LEGO.com. This cute, little holiday build will be available to all LEGO fans with a purchase of $99 or more.

Other than these LEGO Store Black Friday freebies, select LEGO sets will be on great discounts on Black Friday, with more LEGO sets placed on 30% discount from November 23 until 26. The deals continue until Cyber Monday where selected LEGO sets will still be offered at 20% discount.

The above mentioned LEGO Store flyer also tells us that the LEGO Creator Expert Detective’s Office (10246) will also be on a 20% discount from November 23 to 26. This modular set is now listed as out of stock over LEGO Shop@Home, so if you ever bump on this one at your local LEGO Store from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, then this might be the only time to get this set at a great discount. Alternatively, you may get the Detective’s Office (10246) roughly on its same regular price over at Amazon.

Be sure to stay tuned here on our blogsite for more LEGO Store Black Friday offers. We’ll update the site as more info comes in.

 

LEGO Scores a Big Win in Lawsuit Against Lepin

Everything has a day of reckoning, and I guess Lepin is now in the threshold of their own. After the LEGO Group’s legal win against Lepin last year prohibiting the latter to package their fake LEGO products using dubiously similar box arts, The LEGO Group scores another win against the makers of Lepin and other similar companies when the Chinese legal courts now declared that the manufacture of these fake LEGO sets are considered illegal in the Chinese region. In a recent report submitted by TLG, the court’s decision represents “another significant legal victory in China for the LEGO Group in its battle against imitators over the past two years.” This successful lawsuit against Lepin, or specifically to Shantou Meizhi Model Co. and 3 other defendants, marks a triumph not only for The LEGO Group, but also to millions of LEGO fans around the world who trust the LEGO brand.

According to the court’s decision, the four defendants are to “immediately cease producing, selling, exhibiting or in any way promoting the infringing products”. On top of that, Lepin’s manufacturer and the rest of the defendants are too pay TLG 4.5 million RMB, approximately equal to $650,000 USD.

According to LEGO CEO Niels B. Christiansen, “We welcome the court’s ruling. We believe these decisions are well-founded in the facts and the law, and clearly demonstrate the continued efforts of Chinese authorities to protect intellectual property. It also shows the authorities’ commitment to creating a fair business environment for all companies operating in China. The court’s decisions state that the LEPIN manufacturer and sellers must immediately cease copying the 18 LEGO sets that have been found protectable by the court. These rulings send a clear warning message to other companies who may be copying LEGO products. We will continue to take all necessary legal actions to protect our intellectual property rights.”

Lepin has been notorious in copying many of LEGO’s themed and licensed sets – they’re so good in imitating LEGO products that they can quickly come up with a counterfeit set even before the release date of a certain LEGO product. This is true, especially with the recent LEGO Star Wars Betrayal at Cloud City (75222) set. They’ve also shown an acute sense of insensitivity in lifting certain designs from AFOLs and rebrand them as their own. Now that this recent lawsuit against Lepin has been finally decided, I hope that this will send a very clear message to other manufacturers of fake LEGO products. If you wish to find out more about these manufacturers and their counterfeit LEGO sets, check out this report on Chinese LEGO knock-off brands right here.

LEGO to Release Exclusive Lunar New Year Sets in China

The LEGO Group’s presence in the Chinese region is felt even more, now that they have announced the release of its first ever region-specific sets in China and the rest of the Asia-Pacific. The announcement was made during the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) which opened Monday, November 5, 2018. According to Niels B. Christiansen, TLG’s Chief Executive Officer, “These sets are special. They are the first sets we’ve created to celebrate Lunar New Year and the first time we’ve made sets for a specific country or region. We hope they bring a lot of joy to children and the young at heart during new year.” This exclusive Lunar New Year sets will be available beginning January 1, 2019.

The LEGO Group’s CEO Niels B. Christiansen announcing the arrival of region-specific, exclusive LEGO sets in China.

LEGO intends to release two sets: the first set depicts a Chinese family gathering together for a festive Lunar New Year dinner in a traditional home. The build, dubbed as Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner, features the uniqueness of Chinese architecture where the minifigures included in this set underscore the rich culture of the people of China.

The LEGO Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner set.

The second LEGO exclusive Lunar New Year set celebrates the iconic Dragon Dance which signifies the Chinese belief for a bountiful year ahead. It features a Dragon Dance team composed of several minifigures in vibrant red colors and dragon printings, led by a costumed minifigure very much the same as that of the Piggy Guy from the LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 12 (71007). It was the perfect choice of a minifigure to be included in this particular set, considering that 2019 is marked as the Year of the Pig in the Chinese zodiac.

The LEGO Dragon Dance set.

We have no further details about these exclusive Lunar New Year sets, except for these images that were officially released by TLG. The funny thing is, these images bear confidential watermarks and were shared publicly by TLG themselves. In any case, these are pretty nice sets considering that these are first ever region-specific sets that LEGO made. So for LEGO fans and collectors that are outside of the Asia-Pacific region, the secondary market will be the only avenue in getting them commercially.

2019 LEGO Minecraft Set Details Published Online

Other than previously reported rumors regarding buildable LEGO Minecraft figures said to be released next year, more information is now available regarding other LEGO Minecraft sets slated to debut in 2019. Yes, Minecraft is one licensed theme that LEGO is still pushing forward next year, and thanks to online retailer   Alternate, we now have an idea on what these 2019 LEGO Minecraft sets will be.

Though the Alternate website hasn’t released any images yet of these 2019 LEGO Minecraft sets, they’re listing included set descriptions of five of these sets. They’re originally in German so the following rough Google Translation may not be 100% accurate, however, it is enough to give us an idea on what to expect from them. It is interesting to note that the first three sets in the series refer to the buildable LEGO Minecraft “action figures” that can be posed in many different ways. The translated description also refers to these buildable figures as BigFigs, which I’m not really sure if this is what LEGO will call them in English. I’m thinking of something similar to this MOC created by LEGO Minecraft fan builder that goes by the name TheDudeWithACup back in 2011.

A fan-made, and highly articulated LEGO Minecraft Skeleton MOC.

 

Check out their translated descriptions below, with some minor editing as needed.

LEGO Minecraft Buildable Steve with Parrot (21148)

Pieces: 159; 14.99 Euros

This cool Minecraft model provide plenty of construction and fun – for example, this great, easy to build LEGO Minecraft action figure set “Minecraft – BigFig Steve with parrot”. Push the lever on Steve’s back to raise and lower his stone pickaxe. Grab your tame parrot and embark on a new Minecraft adventure. When you’re done, you can give Steve an epic pose, put him out on the base, and bring a touch of Minecraft magic to your room.

Buildable large LEGO Minecraft Steve action figure with articulated joints and mechanical right arm, as well as a buildable stone pickaxe and a Minecraft parrot. Every LEGO Minecraft BigFig character is equipped with an adjustment plate.

 

LEGO Minecraft Buildable Alex with Chicken (21149)

Pieces: 160; 14.99 Euros

This epic Minecraft models provide plenty of construction and fun – for example, this cool, easy to build LEGO Minecraft action figure set “Minecraft BigFig Alex with Chicken”. Push the lever down Alex’s back to lower the diamond sword, grab the chicken and jump into a new Minecraft adventure! When you’re done, give Alex a cool action pose, exhibit on the baseplate, and spice up your room in Minecraft style.

Buildable large LEGO Minecraft Alex action figure with articulated joints and mechanical left arm, as well as a buildable diamond sword and a Minecraft chicken. Every LEGO Minecraft BigFig character is equipped with an adjustment plate.

 

LEGO Minecraft Buildable Skeleton with Magma Cube (21150)

Pieces: 142; 14.99 Euros

The dynamic Minecraft models provide plenty of construction and fun – for example, this easy to build LEGO Minecraft action figure set “Minecraft BigFig Skeleton with Magma Cube”. Use the skeleton’s bow to fire arrows, poke his helmet up and down, and harass the upper world with the leaping magma cube. When you’re done, you can put this infamous creature in a scary pose and put it on the base plate so all your friends can admire it.

Buildable large LEGO Minecraft skeleton action figure with articulated joints, detachable helmet and Minecraft bow that shoots arrow elements. Also included in the kit is a magma cube to assemble. Every LEGO Minecraft BigFig character is equipped with an adjustment plate.

 

LEGO Minecraft The Last Battle (21151)

Pieces: 222; 19.99 Euros

Watch your cool new Dragonhunter armor, grab the Ender Pearl, potion and enchanted bow, make an epic journey to the end and get ready for the ultimate Minecraft battle. Defeat the flying dragon’s fireballs, defeat the Enderman, destroy the Ender Crystal, and defeat the Ender Dragon to claim victory in the final battle! Use the included code to unlock a dragon hunter skin in the Minecraft Bedrock Edition of the online game.

The set includes a Dragonhunter minifigure, as well as a Ender Dragon and Enderman figure. This Minecraft toy includes an endangered dragon toy with an Enderman figure and a Minecraft Ender portal with an obsidian pillar and a pop-up Ender crystal. The equipment includes an enchanted bow. The accessories include an Ender Pearl  and a Potion. Also includes a code to unlock a LEGO Dragon Hunter Skins in the Minecraft Bedrock Edition online game.

 

LEGO Minecraft The Pirate Ship Adventure (21152)

Pieces: 386; 49.99 Euros

Ahoy, sailor! Check out our new, cool Minecraft pirate skin and join Alex in exciting pirate adventures on a Minecraft skull island. Build an awesome pirate ship with gold decorations, pirate flag, catwalk, cannon and even a cute parrot. Load the ship’s cannons and help protect the turtle and its eggs from the roaming zombie. Then grab a map and compass, jump aboard the rowing boat and look for a nice fishing spot – or maybe the friendly dolphin will lead you to a sunken treasure? And if you need a change, you can easily turn this modular set into a great tropical pirate camp.

The set includes 2 minifigures: a pirate and Alex, as well as a Minecraft zombie and one each dolphin, parrot and turtle figure of Minecraft. The set also includes a buildable Minecraft island scene and a toy pirate ship with functioning cannons, golden ornaments, pirate flag, jetty and rowboat. The equipment includes a sword. The accessories include a map, TNT, a fire element base, 2 shovels, a chest, a treasure, a pirate flag, a water bottle, a torch, and a compass.