LEGO Offers Seasonal Chinese New Year Set in the US with Year of the Dog (40235).

Hey, we’re now two days into the year 2018 – at least in the Western or Gregorian calendar sense. To those who observe or at least join in with the celebration of the Chinese New Year, it won’t be until February 16 next month for the Year of the Earth Dog.

Leave it to LEGO to prove itself as a truly international brand by including a seasonal brick set to celebrate the new Dog Year. The 2018 Seasonal Year of the Dog (40235) depicts a smiling brown and white dog sitting at attention with its red tongue visible and tail wagging.

This seasonal consideration was started by LEGO back in 2013, when they announced building its first factory in China, geared to their Asian market. That had been the Year of the Snake (10250). Since then, Sheep (40148), Monkey (40207) and Rooster (40234) have gotten Seasonal sets of their own, and Dog (40235) won’t be long coming.

Originally available in Asian LEGO Stores, Seasonal Year of the Dog (40235) is going to be the first to be offered internationally, with one free for every minimum LEGO purchase of $88. The number 88 represents fortune and good luck in Chinese culture. It’s an appropriately symbolic promo price limit.

If you or anybody you know was born in the Year of the Dog (2006, 1994, 1982, 1970) then the LEGO Seasonal Year of the Dog (40235) will make for a wonderful Chinese New Year gift. The set is available from February 16 – Chinese New Year – to the 28th.

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First Details from 2018 February LEGO Store Calendar Revealed.

It’s never been too early to plan for tomorrow, or the next month. Just as LEGO kicked off their 2018 Store Calendar last December of the recently-concluded year of 2017, so now in January of 2018 their schedule of LEGO store activities for February has just been put up online.

The Brick Fan has gotten the first images of the February page for the 2018 LEGO Store Calendar, and given us this rundown of what to expect in terms of special promos and seasonal treats. Some of the listed freebies and events also carry over from their beginnings last January.

  • January 19 – February 13: LEGO City Mining Play Event, still ongoing at LEGO Stores until the day before Valentine’s.

  • January 28 – February 14: Free 60 Years of the LEGO Brick (40290) with a purchase of $125 or more. The giveaway ends this month, or while supplies still last.

  • February 6 – 7: LEGO VIP Monthly Mini Model Build – Car and Gas Pump, available to LEGO VIP members.
  • February 14: Free LEGO Friends Sunflower with a product purchase of $20 or more. Like the 60 Years of the LEGO Brick (40290), this is only for while supplies last.
  • February 14 – March 4: Our next LEGO City Event at LEGO Stores, the Mountain Police Building.

  • February 15: For grownup LEGO enthusiasts, there’s an Adults-Only Valentine Themed Building Night at LEGO Stores on this date. All interested participants need to register for the event.
  • February 16 – 28: Celebrate the Chinese Zodiac’s Year of the Earth Dog LEGO-style by getting a free LEGO Seasonal Year of the Dog (40235) with a purchase of $88 or more. This too has limited supplies so act fast. However, you may also opt to build one of your own since the building instructions for this set has already been released.

  • February 17 & 24: LEGO Life Meeting

LEGO will follow up their image uploads of the February 2018 Store Calendar with a PDF version soon. We will bring you any additional details about this update as soon as it’s made available.

New LEGO Batman Movie The Mini Ultimate Batmobile (30526) Polybag Spotted!

This one came out of nowhere, really. Just when you think that LEGO is now getting ready to put TLBM sets inside the vault, now comes a new polybag that I strongly feel will be highly sought after. Just before New Year’s Day, Hoth Bricks managed to acquire an image of the latest TLBM polybag that will be released anytime soon.

The LEGO Batman Movie The Mini Ultimate Batmobile (30526) polybag, as the name suggests, is a smaller replica of the larger Ultimate Batmobile (70917) set released last year.  The cool thing about this polybag version is that it managed to replicate not just the Ultimate Batmobile itself, but also three out of four vehicles that made it up: the Batmobile itself, Bat-Tank, and Bat-Wing. Unfortunately, there is no provision for the Bat-Cycle.

Another difference with this polybag version as compared to its larger sibling is that it only allows you to make each of the vehicle at a time, unlike the larger set which divides into four separate vehicles including the Bat-Cycle. This is somehow expected from a polybag at this scale since it is only slightly larger from The Mini Batmobile (30521) polybag.

What I also find particularly interesting is the use of the striking red rims (Front Wheel Casing 3x4x1 2/3 #8 6186110) on this build which can only be found in Lightning McQueen as is seen in the latest LEGO Juniors Cars 3 sets. There is no word yet on when and where this latest TLBM polybag will be released, but I’m sure it will be a popular hit among TLBM fans.

A hat tip once more to Hoth Bricks for sharing this info.

 

LEGO Creator Downtown Diner (10260) and 120+ New 2018 Sets Now Available at shop.LEGO.com!

Our next modular building – the LEGO Creator Downtown Diner (10260) – together with more than 120 news sets are now available at LEGO shop@Home. For those of you who are patiently waiting for the Diner to go live both online and in LEGO brand stores since it was announced last November, then your patience has definitely been rewarded.

Consisting of 2,480 pieces, the LEGO Creator Downtown Diner (10260) is the 13th advanced modular building set that comes in the series since 2007. It features a 1950s diner with a pink and teal ‘Streamline Moderne’ styling, together with a gym, recording studio and a pink convertible car. It has six minifigures and retails exclusively at all LEGO stores and at shop.LEGO.com for $169.99. Now that leaves us with only a hotel which is still yet to be included in the modular series. Is set designer Mike Psiaki hinting at what’s next as he drops the question in the Downtown Diner Designer Video? That is really something to look forward to.

Other notable 2018 sets that you might be interested to look at is the latest series of LEGO Star Wars and DC BrickHeadz including Rey (41602) and Kylo Ren (41603), Flash (41598), Wonder Woman (41599), Aquaman (41600) and Cyborg (41601). Each of this collectible retails for $9.99 each, and are part of the first wave of LEGO BrickHeadz for 2018, with a second wave to be released sometime in April.

Also probably included in your list of must-haves is the LEGO Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures Series 2, mostly highlighting some of the DC superheroes and baddies in the film. Each blind bag retails for $3.99, and I’m hoping to land on my personal favorites – Tropical Joker and Swimming Pool Batman.

Another one that you might be interested in is the LEGO City Mining Experts Site (60188) set which comes in at 883 pieces and featuring the latest train track element first used in the LEGO Batman Movie Joker Manor (70922). The Mining Experts Site (60188) retails for $99.99 and comes with 6 minifigures and a new bear element. This and the rest of the 2018 LEGO City Mining sets are now available across all LEGO stores and online.

Finally, LEGO Technic fans will be glad to hear that the exquisitely beautiful Mack Anthem (42078) is now up and listed at shop.LEGO.com. Retailing at $179.99, this huge 2-in-1 set comes in at 2,595 pieces, and also features a unique Mack bulldog hood ornament for that detailed replica of the iconic Mack LR garbage truck.

 

These and a lot more are now available at all LEGO stores, so be sure to drop by your nearest LEGO store and see what you can find, especially if you still have some holiday cash to spend. I know Brian is looking forward to building his LEGO Downtown Diner so perhaps a review is in the works. Stay tuned!

 

Summer 2018 LEGO Ninjago Set Details Revealed.

Ok, I promise to be a bit moderate with these reveals (aka leaks) for now. After the reveal of the LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313), the 2018 Summer LEGO Technic sets, and the uber cool LEGO Creator Roller Coaster (31084), here comes another collection of LEGO sets to watch out for in June, 2018. Frankly, this has been floating around the Internet for quite some time and thanks to various sources, we now have a somewhat better idea of what to expect from the Summer LEGO Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu sets next year. Please pardon me for the deliberately horrendous blurred images; but if you’re already in the know, then I’m sure you wouldn’t mind seeing them like this.

Similar to the spinners which are essentially part of the LEGO Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu theme, LEGO opted to have a rehash of these spinners and give them a dragon master twist. The box art for set numbers 70644 to 70649 seems to suggest that these spinners will somehow include a vertical flying play feature which is kind of cool for a LEGO set. Please take this with a pinch of salt since this is just my observation based on my initial impression on the design of the box art and in keeping up with the dragon storyline with LEGO Ninjago’s Season 9.

It is also interesting to note that the grayed out box for set 70657 is rumored to be another D2C LEGO Ninjago Movie set similar in scale to the grandiose LEGO Ninjago City (70620). Again, these are just speculations given set 70657’s predicted price point, however, things might be different once LEGO gives their official statement. Lastly, bear in mind that these are preliminary titles so chances are LEGO might revise the names of these sets as they see it fit.

Master of the Golden Dragon (70644) – Expected retail price: $14.99


Cole Master of Dragons (70645) – Expected retail price: $14.99


Jay Master of Dragons (70646) – Expected retail price: $14.99


Kai Master of Dragons (70647) – Expected retail price: $14.99


Zane Master of Dragons (70648) – Expected retail price: $14.99


Nya Master of Dragons (70649) – Expected retail price: $14.99

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Pursuit in the Air (70650) – Expected retail price: $39.99


Confrontation in the Throne Room (70651) – Expected retail price: $39.99


Stormbringer Dragon (70652) – Expected retail price: $59.99


Firstborn Dragon (70653) – Expected retail price: $84.99


Dieselnaut Combat Vehicle (70654) – Expected retail price: $119.99


The Dragon’s Den (70655) – Expected retail price: $139.99


The Docks of Ninjago City (70657) – Expected retail price: $299.99 

These Are the Custom LEGO Star Wars Character Busts You’re Looking For

Master Builders Tyler and Sean are back with another series of LEGO MOCs inspired by the recent release of Star Wars The Last Jedi. These LEGO Star Wars character busts are based on a stylized, cartoony version of Luke Skywalker (based on old man Luke from TLJ), Yoda, Darth Maul, and a First Order Stormtrooper. I simply couldn’t overemphasize the degree of complexity and advanced building techniques that went through the creation of these character busts. As Tyler noted, these custom LEGO Star Wars Character Busts may look simple on the outside, but the building magic really happens on the inside.

Particularly, I like the way how Luke’s gray hair was conveyed using light and dark gray slope pieces. The way Yoda’s eyes were recreated and the angle of his eyebrows gives this Jedi Master character bust a certain degree of personality. Additionally, the use of lime green color for Yoda was really spot on.

Darth Maul is really in a class of his own. As my favorite Sith Lord from the Star Wars prequels, I certainly won’t mind giving him some space in my LEGO Star Wars collection. The red and black color scheme really fits his character, not to mention Tyler and Sean’s excellent use of those white tooth pieces to replicate his iconic horns. This is one Sith character bust that you definitely don’t want to mess with.

custom LEGO Star Wars Character Busts

Finally, we have what I feel is the epitome of Tyler and Sean’s brick-building skills. This LEGO Star Wars MOC First Order Stormtrooper bust clearly showcases the depth of their building skills. The helmet design, and the way the LEGO pieces are aligned in such a way to give the bust a smooth, and sleek appearance is really awesome. Admittedly, this is the toughest model that Sean and Tyler ever made in this series.

custom LEGO Star Wars Character Busts

If you wish to have these LEGO Star Wars Character Busts added to your collection, then you’ll be glad to know that Build Better Bricks is running a promo where you can get all the four building instructions to create these character busts for a discounted price of $15. You still have the option of purchasing each individual set of instructions per character bust for just $5, but at 25% discount to get all four, that is one nice bargain you don’t want to miss.

To know more about these latest custom LEGO Star Wars Character Busts, check out Tyler and Sean’s reviews over at our YouTube channel, or head over at Build Better Bricks to view the rest of their cool creations.

Do you have a particular Star Wars character bust that you want to be rendered in LEGO bricks? Let us know in the comments below, or head over at Build Better Bricks’ official Facebook page and drop us a post.

More LEGO Harry Potter Sets in 2018!

We’re just counting the days before we officially welcome 2018, and with more than 120 new LEGO sets to debut on January 1 (much of it has been made available already across toy store outlets such as Toys R Us), it looks like LEGO is on full steam ahead with more new sets slated for the second half of the year. We recently had a glimpse of the latest 2018 LEGO Speed Champions and Star Wars sets, and now we’re receiving reports from the rumor mill that another beloved license and film franchise is expected to make waves this upcoming year.

According to a report shared by The Brick Fan, fans of the wizarding world of Harry Potter will be glad to know that there have been talks that hint on five (5) LEGO sets to be released later this year: 3 from the Harry Potter franchise itself, and 2 from Fantastic Beasts. Considering that the latter still has a sequel slated to be released in November, it seems reasonable for LEGO to dedicate two of these sets for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Crimes of Grindelwald. Furthermore, it will be a good move for LEGO to offer these as regular sets since the only Fantastic Beasts LEGO sets that we have been part of the now officially discontinued LEGO Dimensions theme. Currently, we have the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Play the Complete Movie Story (71253) and Tina Goldstein Fun Packs (71257). Furthermore, it will be nice of LEGO if it can also render in bricks a particular scene from the first film, while the second one will be a call out for the upcoming sequel.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Play the Complete Movie Story (71253).

There are still a lot of source materials in the world of Harry Potter that LEGO designers can find inspiration with, and as much as I want to see more LEGO sets in reference to the last four HP films, I feel that most LEGO and Harry Potter fans will opt for a more ‘generic’ type of set that highlights some of the most popular locations in the wizarding world of Harry. Perhaps we can have a larger remake of previous LEGO Harry Potter sets such as the Quidditch Match (4737), a motorized Hogwarts Express (4841), and a grander rendition of the iconic Hogwarts Castle (4842). The possibilities seem to be endless.

Hogwarts Castle (4842).

Lastly, there are also talks of having a LEGO Harry Potter CMF due to be released sometime in August next year. Strictly speaking, this is not a first for the theme. Back in 2002, LEGO released a total of 21 minifigures that were given away for free with qualifying purchases of LEGO Harry Potter sets. These were given in four batches labelled as LEGO Harry Potter Minifigure Collection Galleries (1 to 4). Now, if an official LEGO HP CMF is in order, then we can expect a lot of candidates to be included. Topping my list will be Sirius Black (since we only have him in two LEGO sets back in 2004), Bellatrix Lestrange (which only made a single appearance in LEGO Harry Potter The Burrow 4840), and the hilariously mischievous twins, Fred and George Weasley (only available back then as part of the D2C set Diagon Alley 10217). I also wouldn’t mind seeing the house-elf Dobby again in his minifigure form so I’m excited about the possibilities that this new CMF line will offer.

Like any other rumors, we should take this with a pinch of salt. What are your thoughts about this piece of news? Are you excited to see more LEGO Harry Potter sets in 2018? Who is your most favorite Harry Potter character that you would like to see as a LEGO collectible minifigure? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

First Look At The 2018 LEGO Speed Champions Set.

Earlier this month, we reported that the speedsters of the LEGO world will once again have their run this 2018, with another series of outstanding brick-built replicas of the world’s fastest race cars. Apparently, the LEGO Speed Champions theme will have six (6) sets under its belt for 2018, representing three of the biggest names in racing: Ford, Porsche and Ferrari.

A few days ago, an image of what looks like the LEGO Speed Champions Ford Fiesta M-Sport WRC (75885) has been circulated via Reddit, and this time, we have another image that shows the rest of the sets, giving us a glimpse of what to expect from each of them.

Shared by mariopower.56 via Instagram, the image (though blurred a little bit) shows all six sets on what looks like an upcoming LEGO catalog. I opted to include the image of the actual vehicle that each set represents so you can have a better idea on how it looks. Take note that some of the set names that we reported before may not be final, so expect the possibility that it may be changed later on as LEGO see it fits.

1968 Ford Mustang Fastback (75884) – 14.99€


 

Ford Fiesta M-Sport WRC (75885) – 14.99€

 

Ferrari 488 GT3 “Scuderia Corsa” (75886) – 14.99€

 

Porsche 919 Hybrid (75887) – 14.99€

 

Porsche 911 RSR and 911 Turbo 3.0 (75888) – 39.99€

Porsche 911 RSR
Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0

 

Ferrari Ultimate Garage (75889) – 99.99€

Ferrari 488 GTE
Ferrari 250 GTO
Ferrari 312 T5

So what do you think about these upcoming 2018 LEGO Speed Champions set? I’m personally getting that 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback, being a fan of these roaring road monsters myself. Other than my personal preference towards the Mustang, I feel that this series is by far, the best work that LEGO’s Speed Champions designers ever came up with. Sure, you’ll thumbs may probably hate you after going through the ordeal of applying those insane amount of stickers, but the level of thoughtful designing that comes with these sets are very impressive. The 2018 LEGO Speed Champions sets are expected to be available sometime in February, so hopefully we’ll get to see their official images late January.

 

Source: Eurobricks, Reddit and Instagram

A Look at the LEGO Architecture Skylines Las Vegas (21038).

Last month, we saw the reveal of the LEGO Architecture Skylines Shanghai (21039) set which is also expected to be one of the many sets to be released online and in-store beginning January 1. This is the seventh set in the Skylines subtheme that intends to feature some of the world’s most modern buildings and locations in one neat, minibuild collectible. Originally, the Shanghai (21039) set is slated to be released together with another Skylines set, but sadly, due to the unfortunate incident involving one of the hotels in the Las Vegas area, the LEGO Group has decided to either postpone or cancel the release of the LEGO Architecture Skylines Las Vegas (21038), as noted by Brick set.

As it turns out, it looks like we have to wait a bit longer before we can see this set released. But thanks to some tips from several LEGO fan forums, we get to see a glimpse of how the Las Vegas (21038) set will look like. Our friends pointed us to an Italian online store, EPrice, which posted a box art image of the LEGO Architecture Skylines Las Vegas (21038) as you can see below. Set 21038 is expected to have a total of 487 pieces and will retail for 39.99 Euros.

I know some of you will probably think that the brick police will soon catch up with this post and request this to be deleted. Just to be clear, this image was posted on a legitimate e-commerce website such as EPrice, and it is still up as of this writing. But then again, we’ll quickly comply if there is a takedown order for this one.

As you can see from the image above, the LEGO Architecture Las Vegas (21038) set is composed of several well-known buildings and landmarks in Las Vegas, including the Freemont Street Experience, Stratosphere Tower, Luxor Hotel, Encore Hotel, and Mandalay Bay Hotel. The relative scaling of these minibuilds are spot on, with the Luxor Hotel cleverly recreated using some Egyptian minifigure accessories.

Again, we do not have an exact release date yet, if ever this set will still be released. There are talks of it being postponed until April so we just have to wait and see by then. Furthermore, the Skylines subtheme is often released in sets of three so we may somehow expect another similar set to be announced later on. If you’re into LEGO Architecture and would love to collect these Skylines sets, be sure to keep tabs with us as we post these latest developments as soon as they are available.

Will LEGO City Arctic Explorers (Or A Version Of It) Return in 2018?

It seems that we’re getting more and more information on what’s in store with LEGO’s biannual LEGO Catalog. We already know that Ukraine’s LEGO Catalog already gave a hint at the release dates of the Marvel Superheroes Infinity War and Star Wars Solo sets, and this time around some of our friends from Promobricks managed to get their hands on a copy of the German LEGO Catalog which was reported to be distributed by other toy retailers in the region. Now traditionally, these January to June catalogs are not released in any LEGO Brand Stores earlier than the January, while other retailers may opt to distribute them early on. Such is the case with the Promobricks team, as they managed to get a copy of the LEGO Catalog from third party retailers ahead of its usual January release.

As such, we now have a glimpse on what LEGO has in store for the first half of 2018. One particular page in the catalog hints that a previous LEGO City subtheme is slated to be revived once more. Check out this page from the 2018 LEGO catalog.

For those of you who were particularly fond of LEGO City’s 2014 Arctic subtheme, you’ll be glad to know that the theme may eventually make a comeback albeit as a revamped version. The words on this page roughly translate from German as “Discover starting May 25, 2018 a new world of LEGO City at your retailer,”. The polar ice cap backdrop, together with the arctic explorer and husky, says it all. It seems like LEGO is on a roll with the introduction of newer wave of LEGO City sets, with the Mountain Police and Mining sets still very much at large in the market. However, considering the progression of these City themes, the revival of the Arctic subtheme seems to be a reasonable offering not being too far behind from the concept of the Mountain Police sets.

The LEGO City Arctic Base Camp (60036) from 2014. Are we to see this theme getting a second wind in 2018?

So what do you think brick fans, are you excited about these recent developments with the LEGO City theme? Will this be another re-release of some sorts, or do you think we’ll be seeing a whole new range of sets? Frankly speaking, I’m not really fond of the predominantly orange color scheme on the 2014 LEGO City Arctic sets, so an entirely new recolor will be very much welcomed. Will probably get to see the official images of these latest LEGO City sets as early as April, alongside the highly anticipated LEGO Marvel Superheroes Infinity War and those coming from the Star Wars Solo sets.

 

Thanks again to Promobricks for sharing this information.