LEGO German National Football Team DFB Collectible Minifigures (71014) Series Officially Revealed

Yesterday, we gave you our first look at the LEGO DFB Die Mannschaft (71014) through a photo that was shared via Promobricks. Dubbed as the ‘smallest press conference in the world’, LEGO finally unveiled the newest set of collectible minifigures that fans of Fussball will be raring to have. It took me a while to figure out why it was called the ‘smallest press conference on the planet’ until I saw LEGO’s official ‘coverage’ below.

Though the video is in German, it is clear how LEGO built up the excitement until the players of the German National Team came up to the stage, officially announcing the line up in this CMF series.

 

The minifig players included in this set are:

  • Joachim Löw (Trainer)
  • Manuel Neuer (#1, goalie)
  • Jérôme Boateng (#17)
  • Mats Hummels (#5)
  • Benedikt Höwedes (#4)
  • Shkodran Mustafi (#2)
  • Bastian Schweinsteiger (#7)
  • Mesut Özil (#3)
  • Thomas Müller (#13)
  • Toni Kroos (#18)
  • Sami Khedira (#6)
  • André Schürrle (#9)
  • Marco Reus (#21)
  • Christoph Kramer (#20)
  • Mario Götze (#19)
  • Max Kruse (#23)

I guess Eurobrick’s Robert8 was pretty close in his prediction yesterday, landing 11 correct guesses out of the 16 minifigs included in this set. It was also officially confirmed that this CMF will be available only in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland starting May 14 and will retail at 2.99 Euros or more than 3 US dollars each. CMF collectors in the US or in any part of the world would probably need to head over to eBay if they wish to add these to their collection. Given the kinds of elements that were used to them, and considering that physically it is only the headpiece that is varied, it will be seriously difficult to feel your way on their packaging. It is only coach Joachim Löw’s minifig that has a unique identifier due to the clipboard element that is added to it.

In case you can’t wait to see how these minifigures look like, our brick-loving pal over at zusammengebaut.com was able to get his hands on five of these blind bags ahead of its release a month from now. He was kind enough to post how the bag itself looks like, including the minifig checklist, and cool ‘unboxing’ video that shows the contents of each bag.

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First Image of LEGO DFB German National Football “The Team” Collectible Minifigure (71014) Released

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A few months ago, we reported that the German National Football Team, DFB (Deutscher Fussball-Bund) will get the LEGO treatment by having their very own LEGO Collectible Minifigure (CMF) Series. Today also marks the date of reveal of LEGO’s newest CMF, which will be introduced along with the members The Team. Thanks to Promobricks via the Brick Fan, we now have this first image of CMF 71014 and how it looks like.

As you can see from the photo, there are 15 players, including the goalkeeper, along with the coach Joachim Löw in a smart suit. In spite of the excellent details on the minifigures’ faces and varied hairstyles, it’s hard to tell as of now who among the DFB members are represented in the CMF series. What are certain though are the fine details on the torso and arms of these minifigs. As the Brick Fan pointed out, the Adidas logo is prominently seen on the upper right side of the torso which hints that LEGO may have entered into some kind of licensing agreement with the sports apparel company. The upper portions of the arms of the minifigs are also printed in line with the jersey look of the rest of the torso.

Just for fun, Robert8 over at the Eurobricks forum gave his best guess on who among the DFB Team will be represented. Here’s his take.

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Other than these predictions, it was also mentioned by CM4Sci that each minifig polybag will contain 6 pieces – minifigure parts, stand, and a soccer ball. It was also mentioned that The Team CMF 71014 will be available beginning May 14 retailing at €2.99 (or $3.50), however, it is initially thought that 71014 will only be available in Germany.

We will give you the official announcement once it is available, so be sure to to stay tuned here at the Brick Show.

CAN YOU GUESS WHO THIS COOL TRANSFORMER IS?

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Those who grew up with trading cards and collecting posters from the 80’s knew very well this unassuming transforming mech. If you said ‘Soundwave’, then your knowledge of classic transformers is impeccable. This very excellent rendition from master mech builder Joe Perez (aka MortalSwordsman) gives Megatron’s right hand man a LEGO build worthy of this iconic Decepticon.

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This is how Soundwave looks like in his classic 80s Transformers look. The mech at the right is Autobot Blaster – a boombox changing cassette deck similar to Soundwave. As the Decepticon’s Communications Officer, Soundwave is capable of detecting and jamming radio transmissions which makes him very useful for Decepticon leader Megatron.

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Since we featured Moko’s transforming LEGO brick last month, this is perhaps the most excellent, and realistic classic Transformer MOC that we have ever seen. Joe even went as far as building three of Soundwave’s most favored minions: Laserbeak, Ravage, and Frenzy.

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These ‘microfighters’ can also easily transform to their cassette tape versions as seen in the classic Transformers TV series. They are usually used for intelligence gathering and reconnaissance missions and are very good at it. Fully transformable without the need to remove any pieces, Laserbeak, Ravage, and Frenzy all fit nicely into Soundwave’s chest and are ready to spring into action at the behest of their master.

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With such abilities and firepower at his disposal, no wonder Megatron gives much premium to his trusted Communications Officer. Be sure to check the rest of Joe Perez’ rendition of Soundwave over at his Flickr address. Can you think of any other great transforming mech rendered in LEGO form? Share us your finds in the comment section below.

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EXCLUSIVE CLASSIC MR. FREEZE MINIFIGURE (30603) POLYBAG PROMOTIONAL IS NOW UP LIVE.

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We reported last February that LEGO will be giving away an exclusive Classic Batman Mr. Freeze (30603) promotional polybag beginning April 1 for every single purchase and transaction worth $75 and more thru LEGO.com and all LEGO Stores. True to their word, Mr. Freeze is now up for grabs until April 15 or until supply last. As of this writing, the Classic Batman Mr. Freeze is still available via LEGO.com. Take note that this is a promotional exclusive and that LEGO has not listed the Mr. Freeze minifigure for separate purchase.

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If you’re eyeing for this exclusive offer to add to your classic Caped Crusader collection like the Batman Classic TV Series – Batcave, now is the best time to do so, together with some of the best deals that LEGO has to offer this month.

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April 1 – we’ll see the debut of new LEGO sets based on the Angry Birds Movie, together with LEGO Juniors Lost Temple (10725), LEGO DC Comics Superheroes: Batman Gotham City Cycle Chase (76053), LEGO Elves: The Water Dragon (41172), and LEGO Minecraft: The End Portal (21124).

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April 5 to 6 – The Monthly Mini Model Build features a Bumblebee.

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April 11 to15 – The LEGO Ideas Maze Competition every 5pm onwards. Brick fans will get a firsthand look on LEGO’s new Ideas- based product (21305)

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April 18 – Minifigure Swap Monday on all LEGO Stores.

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April 25 to May 8 – LEGO Elves: Sira’s Adventurous Glider goes for FREE with a Friends, Elves, or LEGO Brand Disney Princess purchase of $35 or more.

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Remember, the Classic Mr. Freeze minifigure polybag is only available until April 15 and as long as supplies last. We hope that LEGO has plenty to go around since for sure, this is one minifigure that is too cool to ignore.

HERE’S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE GREAT LEGO THEMED BOOKS TO BE RELEASED THIS 2016

We’ve featured several LEGO-themed books here at the Brick Show and its kind of helpful if we can look back at these soon to be released books and group them by month so we can better track their release dates. It’s like an overview of what to expect in the next months. Whether you’re an AFOL or simply would like to upgrade your LEGO-building skills, these books will be a great addition to your LEGO collection. Credit goes to Brick Set for the additional suggestions on what to include in our ever growing LEGO library. Book descriptions are courtesy of their respective publishers.

 

April, 2016

Birds from Bricks

Birds from Bricks: Amazing LEGO Designs That Take Flight

Release Date:  April 1, 2016; Author: Thomas Poulsom; Publisher: Quarry

Let your creativity soar with 15 projects using interlocking bricks and to make birds from around the world.

Interlocking bricks, such as LEGO(R), have fueled the imaginations of aspiring designers and builders for generations. In Birds from Bricks, horticulturist and LEGO enthusiast Thomas Poulsom guides you through re-creating nature’s feathered-friends in stunning detail. Assemble your very own cardinal, macaw, penguin, and more!

With detailed step-by-step instructions and full color photos of completed models, Birds from Bricks will let your creativity soar. Learn how to build 15 projects, featuring birds from around the world: North and South America, the Mid-Atlantic, Eurasia, Africa, the North Pacific, and Australia/New Zealand.

Each set of instructions includes entertaining and educational information about the bird’s characteristics and habitat. Poulsom’s creative and charming designs surprise and delight lovers of birds, nature, and–of course–LEGO.

 

DC Comics Superheroes

DC Super Heroes Character Encyclopedia  

Release Date: April 5, 2016; Author/Publisher: Dorling Kindersley

LEGO® DC Comics™ Character Encyclopedia is a comprehensive visual guide to the full range of LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes minifigures, including Batman, Superman, and their friends and foes.

Learn little-known facts and figures about all the characters from the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes universe including Green Lantern, the Joker, and Wonder Woman. Find out details on the various sets and where each minifigure appears, as well as their special weapons, cool gadgets, and amazing vehicles.

Featuring an exclusive minifigure, LEGO DC Comics Character Encyclopedia is the must-have guide to the LEGO DC Comics minifigures.

 

June, 2016

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Ninjago Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded

Release Date: June 7, 2016; Author/Publisher: Dorling Kindersley

Contains an EXCLUSIVE brand-new minifigure!

LEGO® NINJAGO™: Character Encyclopedia, a New York Times bestseller, has been updated and expanded with 48 brand-new pages of LEGO NINJAGO minifigures and sets, making it the ultimate book for your little ninja.

Read each character’s ninja file to learn what makes each one special and unique, and find out which weapon each ninja uses. From Ninja to Nindroid, each character has a brilliantly photographed page filled with amazing facts and trivia, like which minifigure is the rarest and which minifigure can be found in the most LEGO NINJAGO sets. Explore the vehicles, weapons, and locations that make up the LEGO NINJAGO world.

Discover everything there is to know about the Masters of Spinjitzu in DK’s updated and expanded LEGO NINJAGO: Character Encyclopedia.

 

Star Wars Chronicles

Star Wars: Chronicles of the Force

Release Date: June 7, 2016; Authors: Adam Bray and Cole Horton; Publisher: Dorling Kindersley

Featuring the latest LEGO® Star Wars™ sets and minifigures, LEGO Star Wars: Chronicles of the Force is a fun and informative guide to a LEGO galaxy far, far away. . . .

A must-have for fans of the live-action Star Wars saga and its LEGO incarnation alike, this is the most up-to-date companion to LEGO Star Wars, with detailed information about the latest sets and minifigures and illustrated with extensive photography.

Featuring an exclusive new LEGO Star Wars minifigure, LEGO Star Wars: Chronicles of the Forcefollows the same format as DK’s LEGO Star Wars: The Dark Side and LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles.

 

July, 2016

Tiny Lego Wonders

 

Tiny LEGO Wonders: Build 42 Surprisingly Realistic Mini-Models!

Release Date: July 30, 2016; Author: Mattia Zamboni; Publisher: No Starch Press

Build a lot with a little with this collection of miniscale models! In this inspiring, step-by-step guide, you’ll learn how to make the most out of your bricks by building miniature models of vehicles, spacecraft, airplanes, race cars, ships, and more. Fun, compact designs will inspire you to get creative with as few as 75 bricks. LEGO fans of all ages will get hours of entertainment out of building miniscale models that fit in the palm of their hands.

In Tiny LEGO Wonders, you’ll create miniscale models of real vehicles like:

  • a space shuttle
  • Boeing 747, Concorde plane, and helicopters
  • Flatbed trucks and cement mixers
  • France’s high-speed TGV train
  • BMW and F1 race cars
  • Muscle cars
  • Cargo, cruise, wooden ships, and more!

Let your creativity run wild with these pint-sized miniscale models of real vehicles. All you need is a few bricks and a little imagination.

 

August, 2016

Star Wars Build Your Own Adventure

 

LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure

Release Date: August 2, 2016; Author/Publisher: Dorling Kindersley

A book with bricks that inspires kids to build, play, and learn, LEGO® Star Wars™: Build Your Own Adventure combines more than 50 inspirational ideas for building with enthralling story starters from the world of LEGO Star Wars.

Organized into five chapters based on different planets in the Star Wars universe, readers will use their builds to break prisoners out on Cloud City and spy on the Imperial Army on Endor. Model ideas will inspire readers of various ages and abilities, with an appropriate mix of easy, medium, and harder builds.

LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure will get kids inspired to build and play out adventures of their own, and it comes with bricks and instructions to build an exclusive LEGO Star Wars model to add to their collection.

 

LEGO City Build Your Own Adventure

 

LEGO City: Build Your Own Adventure

Release Date: August 2, 2016; Author/Publisher: Dorling Kindersley

A book with bricks that inspires kids to build, play, and learn, LEGO® City: Build Your Own Adventure combines more than 50 inspirational ideas for building with enthralling story starters from the world of LEGO City.

Organized into five chapters structured around different environments from the city world, readers will use their builds to aid a sunken boat in the city’s marina and help control a forest fire in a nearby park. Model ideas will inspire readers of various ages and abilities, with an appropriate mix of easy, medium, and harder models.

LEGO City: Build Your Own Adventure will get kids inspired to build and play out adventures of their own, and comes with bricks and instructions to build an exclusive LEGO City model to add to their collection.

 

September, 2016

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The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies!

Release Date: September 30, 2016; Authors: David Pagano and David Pickett; Publisher: No Starch Press

Have you ever wondered what your toys would look like on the big screen? In The LEGO Animation Book you’ll learn how to bring your LEGO creations to life with the art of stop-motion animation. Before you know it, you’ll be making your minifigs walk, talk, jump, and fly!

Inside you’ll find:

  • A step-by-step guide for making your first animation
  • Techniques for creating special effects like explosions and flying minifigures
  • Acting methods for your minifigs—learn how to convey action and emotion
  • The secret formula for bringing inanimate objects to life
  • Tips and tricks for designing sets—make three buildings look like an entire city!
  • Advice for dealing with practical problems like lighting, framing, and capturing consistent photos
  • Building ideas for LEGO-­based camera dollies and rigs
  • Instructions and inspiration in the filming process, from storyboarding to post-production
  • Recommendations for cameras, software, and other essential animation tools

Dive into the world of animation and discover a whole new way to play!

 

LEGO Adventure Book

 

The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 4: Monsters, Mecha & More!

Release Date: September 30, 2016; Author: Megan H. Rothrock; Publisher: No Starch Press

Get set for LEGO building and adventure! In Volume 4 of The LEGO Adventure Book series, Megs teams up with The Destructor to fend off a mutual foe: the Frilled Brickzards. These crafty reptiles have quite the appetite for shiny LEGO bricks! It will take collaboration, clever building, and lots of imagination to restore peace to Megs and Brickbot’s world. With 40 step-by-step breakdowns and nearly 150 example models, The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 4 will take you on an exciting journey and fire up your LEGO building skills!

 

Geeky Lego

Geeky LEGO Crafts: 21 Fun and Quirky Projects 

Release Date: September 30, 2016; Author: David Scarfe; Publisher: No Starch Press

Indulge your love for LEGO by making the challenging, quirky, and occasionally practical designs in Geeky LEGO Crafts.

Follow the step-by-step instructions to build handy bookends, geeky coasters, a stylish wine rack, adorable pencil holders, and much more.

 

LEGO Christmas

The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book: 15 Designs to Spread Holiday Cheer

Release Date: September 30, 2016; Author: Chris McVeigh; Publisher: No Starch Press

This Christmas, LEGO is moving from under the tree to on the tree! With The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book as your guide, you’ll make classic globe and barrel ornaments, all out of LEGO, as well as original gingerbread houses, a merry Santa, arcade cabinets, and many more.

Packed with step-by-step instructions for 15 charming builds, The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book is the perfect family activity this holiday season.

 

Unofficial Technic

 

Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide, 2nd Edition

Release Date: September, 2016; Author: Pawel “Sariel” Kmiec; Publisher: No Starch Press

The LEGO® Technic system opens a new realm of building possibilities. Using motors, gears, pneumatics, pulleys, linkages, and more, you can design LEGO models that really move.

The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide, 2nd Edition is filled with building tips for creating strong yet elegant machines and mechanisms with the Technic system. Author Paweł “Sariel” Kmieć will teach you the foundations of LEGO Technic building, from simple machines to advanced mechanics, even explaining how to create realistic to-scale models. Sariel, a world-renowned LEGO Technic expert, offers unique insight into mechanical principles like torque, power translation, and gear ratios, all using Technic bricks.

The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide, 2nd Edition contains 11 updated and expanded chapters on transmissions; gears and power transmission basics; wheeled steering systems; wheeled suspensions; tracked suspensions; pneumatic systems; pneumatic devices; building strong; basic concepts; basic units and pieces; and axles, bushes, and joints. The updated edition also has entirely new chapters on wheels, the LEGO RC system, planetary gearing, and 3D printing your own LEGO pieces.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Create sturdy connections that can withstand serious stress
  • Re-create specialized LEGO pieces like casings and u-joints, and build solutions like Schmidt and Oldham couplings, when no standard piece will do
  • Build custom differentials, suspensions, transmissions, and steering systems
  • Pick the right motor for the job—and transform its properties to suit your needs
  • Combine studfull and studless building styles for a stunning look
  • Create remote-controlled vehicles, lighting systems, motorized compressors, and pneumatic engines

This beautifully illustrated, full-color book will inspire you with ideas for building amazing machines like tanks with suspended treads, supercars, cranes, bulldozers, and much more. Your Technic adventure starts now!

 

October, 2016

Brick Animals

Brick Animals: 40 Clever & Creative Ideas to Make from LEGO (US Edition)  

Release Date: October 1, 2016; Author: Warren Elsmore; Publisher: Barron’s Educational Series

LEGO builders, rejoice! The celebrated author of Brick City, Brick Wonders, Brick Flicks, Brick Historyand Brick Vehicles is back with this new title that offers 40 original, ingenious, and unique buildable projects to make from LEGO pieces. In Brick Animals, anyone with a drawer full of LEGO bricks will be able to build and customize cute animal models, including a cute cat, wild swan, big polar bear, friendly monkey, and more. Based on the brick selection found in some of LEGO’s Classic series, each project is a great way to test out unusual building techniques or to mix up pieces from existing kits that have already been broken up. Free your inner architect with these fun projects that really get your creative juices flowing. You can follow the instructions to the letter or go off in your own direction–it’s your choice! Many of the designs in these books use fewer than 100 bricks, so you don’t need a lot of bricks to get started. Discover loads fun projects showcasing advanced techniques that are perfect for every LEGO enthusiast.

 

Brick Cars

 

Brick Cars: 40 Clever & Creative Ideas to Make from LEGO (US Edition)

Release Date: October 1, 2016; Author: Warren Elsmore; Publisher: Barron’s Educational Series

LEGO builders, rejoice! The celebrated author of Brick City, Brick Wonders, Brick Flicks and Brick Vehicles is back with this new title that offers 40 original, ingenious, and unique buildable projects to make from LEGO pieces. In Brick Cars and Trucks, anyone with a drawer full of LEGO bricks will be able to build and customize amazing vehicles, including a Ford Model T, SUVs, monster trucks, fire engines, and more. Based on the brick selection found in some of LEGO’s Classic series, each project is a great way to test out unusual building techniques or to mix up pieces from existing kits that have already been broken up. Free your inner architect with these fun projects that really get your creative juices flowing. You can follow the instructions to the letter or go off in your own direction–it’s your choice! Many of the designs in these books use fewer than 100 bricks, so you don’t need a lot of bricks to get started. Discover loads of fun projects showcasing advanced techniques that are perfect for every LEGO enthusiast. showcasing advanced techniques for every LEGO enthusiast.

 

 

 

365 Things to Do with LEGO Bricks

Release Date: October 4, 2016; Author: Simon Hugo; Publisher: Dorling Kindersley

365 Things to Do with LEGO® Bricks inspires you to look at your LEGO bricks in new and exciting ways. This interactive book features imaginative play and building ideas, from LEGO projects that take just a few minutes and require a handful of bricks to inspirational build ideas and activities to keep you occupied for hours.

Visual tips and advice from LEGO fan builders will encourage you to get creative and have fun while learning new building skills such as building your own LEGO pet, challenging your friends to make the tallest LEGO tower against the clock, and creating a LEGO treasure hunt.

Featuring a timer and random number generator for selecting activities, 365 Things to Do with LEGOBricks is full of games and activities that will keep you busy every day of the year.

 

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Awesome LEGO Creations with Bricks You Already Have

Release Date: October 11, 2016; Author: Sarah Dees; Publisher: Page Street Publishing

LEGOs are great fun but expensive. This book creates hours of fun, new worlds and new toys from the collection of LEGOs kids already have. Each project includes a parts list so you can verify that you have all the pieces and even buy supplemental pieces if you want, but most projects avoid specialty pieces and feature ones likely to be in most people’s collections. The book engages kids with fun, kid-friendly language and cool facts about the things they are making.

Like other popular LEGO idea books, this book is packed with characters and life-like scenes, but takes the next step with detailed step-by-step instruction photos to help kids build more complex animals, robots, vehicles and buildings. The book features full-size photos of life-like scenes that are simple enough for kids to build on their own. Also included are a few no-instruction challenges where kids can create a unique toy using only the photo as inspiration.

Frugal Fun with LEGO Creations is the perfect play-time guide for parents, relatives, siblings and care-takers, and the activities are also simple enough that kids can create and play independently. This family-friendly book is sure to spark the imagination of your kids and keep them entertained for hours.

 

November, 2016

The Collectible LEGO Minifigure: The Ultimate Guide to Collectible Minifigures

Release Date:  November 7, 2016; Authors: Ed and Jeff Maciorowski; Publisher: Krause Publications

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Greatest Builds 

The Greatest LEGO Builds of All Time

Release Date: November 15, 2016; Author/Publisher: Thunder Bay Press

LEGO bricks have been used for decades by children and adults to create dazzling and playful buildings, vehicles, and unique works of art. In The Greatest LEGO Builds of All Time, sixty of the most jaw-dropping builds of all time are presented in full color, with close-up photos, scale representations, historical commentary on the structures, and details on how each building was constructed using LEGO bricks. Included in this collection are the Empire State Building, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Sydney Opera House, as well as other iconic structures created by LEGO crafters from around the world.

 

 

LEGO German Football Team DFB Collectible Minifigure (71014) Series to be Unveiled on April 12

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Earlier this year, we reported that LEGO confirmed a new line of Collectible Minifigure (CMF) that focuses exclusively on Germany’s football team the DFB, Die Mannschaft (simply dubbed as ‘The Team’) set to be released on May 14th. Announced during the Nuremberg Toy Fair last January, the said CMF will feature 16 collectible minifigures though it wasn’t mentioned who among the Team’s players will be included to enjoy the distinct recognition of being LEGOlized  in  minifigure form. Watch the Nuremberg announcement below.

German LEGO fan site Promo Bricks just reported a ‘Save-The-Date’ invitation for the CMF’s great reveal scheduled for April 12. The Team’s minifigures (71014) will be introduced via live streaming along with one of the members of Germany’s DFB. With the much awaited reveal of LEGO’s official Disney CMF, this latest minifigure series is sure to be another hit among minifigure collectors. Though it was already announced that the Team’s minifigures will only be available in Germany, we’re still hoping that these minifigures will find their way here in the US, and that LEGO will eventually expand this offering to all football fans around the world.

We’ll keep you updated on the developments of this unveiling especially as we wait for the details of the weblink in which we can watch the live stream. We can expect more news from Promo Bricks within the next two weeks, so be sure to stay tuned here at the Brick Show.

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LCP Spotlight: Adam Reed Tucker on Building Bridges Through LEGO Architecture

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As they say, a journey begins with a single step – and that step leads to a sure and steady stride that embarks you on an adventure of a lifetime. This is probably how Adam Reed Tucker will describe his journey towards his love for the LEGO brick and the eventual influence that it has towards his life’s enduring legacy.

Like other Lego Certified Professionals, Adam may have not initially thought of bearing the title, much more working with LEGO on his architectural projects. Unlike most AFOL or Adult Fans Of LEGO, Adam discovered his passion for the brick later than he expected – while he was already working as an architect in Kansas and Chicago. Prior to this, he studied architecture and design at Kansas State University, earning his degree in 1996. Though he remembers vividly receiving one of his first LEGO sets gifted to him by his aunt when he was 6 years old while visiting the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the hobby didn’t catch up to him until he was a professional already.

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When the tragic events of 9/11 unfolded back in 2001, Adam thought of honoring the majestic twin towers of the World Trade Center by finding a way to express the complexity of the mammoth skyscrapers in a way that is most familiar and welcomed by anyone, even by children. What better way to do that than through the use of the LEGO brick. Then in 2002, he’s ideas were eventually confirmed when he stumbled upon a book by Henry Wiencek entitled “The World of LEGO Toys” published in 1987. Adam immediately noticed one particular adaptation where LEGO bricks were used as an architectural medium. In one of his interviews, Adam says. “As an artist’s medium, the [LEGO] brick is not initially thought of as a material typically used in creating art. But as an architectural artist, it lends itself perfectly to my applications just as paint to a painter or metal to a blacksmith. My medium of choice is plastic bricks that happen to be called LEGO.”

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‘The World of LEGO Toys’ by Henry Wiencek

When Adam decided to come up with his own company called Brick Structures, from then on, he knows that there is no turning back from this new found passion.  “Making the decision to leave a job that I really did enjoy was a matter of refining what it was I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Working with my hands, creating art and sculpture, the freedom to create and explore my own vision of design without computer reliance, and to share architecture with the world all made this a natural move for me,” Adam says as he shares his thoughts in an interview at the National Building Museum. Adam believes that his designs are reflective of his interests in the arts, so much so that his creations are ‘scratch-built’ which means he does not use computer modelling, pencil and paper, or written directions in his work. Adam builds and re-builds certain parts of his buildings five or six times until he feels they are right.

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A self-confessed AFOL in 2006, he went on to be one of the founders of Chicago’s first LEGO fan convention called BrickWorld. It didn’t take long before LEGO noticed his work, and in 2007 Adam’s Brick Structures partnered with the LEGO Group to develop a new line of LEGO sets aptly named LEGO Architecture.

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On being awarded the status of a LEGO Certified Professional, Adam says in an interview with the Henry Ford Museum, “Really, all you have to have is an existing brick-based business. You have to use the LEGO brick in a way that is unique and innovative.” As an afterthought, he adds, “I’m consumed with exploring and pushing the envelope of where the LEGO® brick can go,” says Tucker, speaking by telephone from his home in suburban Chicago. “I’m enamored by all of the usefulness that LEGO harnesses within itself — education, philosophy, team-building, therapy, art, science.”

His recent venture on promoting the usefulness of the LEGO brick in inspiring others to appreciate architecture is now showcased at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago in an exhibit aptly titled, ‘Brick by Brick’. Watch this video as Adam explains his LEGO Golden Gate Bridge in an interview with Beyond the Brick correspondent Joshua Hanlon. The Golden Gate Bridge is just one of the 13 recreations of architectural landmarks that Adam came up with for the exhibit.

Here are some of Adam’s spectacular LEGO-built marvels of architecture and engineering for the Museum of Science and Industry’s Brick by Brick exhibit which will run until February next year.

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As the creator of the LEGO Architecture series, and through his contribution for such grand masterpieces as exhibited at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, Adam realizes that his enduring legacy is to inspire the next generation of designers who will wow the world with future architectural wonders; and to help them bridge the gap using the versatility of the LEGO brick. LEGO’s newest book in this genre – LEGO Architecture: The Visual Guide – may likewise capture the essence of what Adam wants to teach to the world’s future architectural designers.

Adam says with conviction, “My hope is that people looking at my work will also appreciate and learn about each architectural wonder and the creativity and imagination that’s possible with the LEGO brick.”

OUR FAVORITE ROLLING LEGO BB-8 HAS ACHIEVED THE 10K MARK!

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If you’re keen in keeping tabs with the news that we’ve been posting here at the BrickShow, you may have noticed how we have kept a close watch on Mark Smiley’s LEGO Ideas entry, the Rolling LEGO BB-8. Ever since we featured his MOC a month ago, we saw how it steadily gained support for a period of just less than two months. Now that it has gained the thumbs up approval of more than 10,000 supporters, Mark’s LEGO BB-8 will now have to find its way to get the nod of the LEGO Review Board.

 

However, this little rolling guy’s journey has just begun, and joining him for this year’s first Review Stage are the following fellow 10K achievers:

 

Mark and his team made several modifications to the Rolling LEGO BB-8 since it was introduced in February. He plans to improve his MOC by lowering BB-8’s head so it sits closer to the body, adding a pair of antennas, and the possibility of giving him omni-directional movement.


We’re excited to see how these LEGO Ideas projects turn out after the Review Stage later on. We’ll keep everyone posted with the most recent developments on this side of LEGO Ideas, and from all of us here at BrickShow, congratulations to all  the aspiring builders who achieved the 10K mark!

LEGO MAY 2016 STORE CALENDAR ALONG WITH THE EXCLUSIVE STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS FIRST ORDER STORMTROOPER MINIFIGURE REVEALED

LEGO’s May 2016 Store Calendar is now making its rounds online with many exciting exclusives and promos to watch out for. Included in the calendar is LEGO’s May the 4th release of the Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper (30602) minifigure as shared to us by BrickFan. Reactions to this Stormtrooper minifig are somehow varied, with most inclined towards the thumbs down side. Most minifig connoisseurs noted that this May the 4th exclusive is very similar to the First Order Heavy Artillery Stormtrooper minifigure as seen in the LEGO Star Wars First Order Battle Pack 75132, save from the slightly different torso design and inclusion of an ammunition backpack.

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Others have pointed out that there could have been better choices around, given the myriad of fan favorites belonging to the Star Wars canon. Nevertheless, the First Order Stormtrooper 30602 is offered for free with a minimum LEGO purchase of $50 – more than 30% less as compared to previous years’ offerings of $75 single purchase receipt.

 

Here’s the complete image for the May 2016 Store Calendar, along with some of its highlights courtesy of BrickFan.

 

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  • April 30-May 4 – The May the 4th event continues this year and the exclusive minifigure that will be given out is the First Order Stormtrooper with a LEGO Star Wars purchase of $50 or more.
  • April 30-May 4 – Earn Double VIP Points on on LEGO Star Wars purchases. You also get a free The Force Awakens poster with any Star Wars purchase.
  • May 27-30 – The LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Captain America’s Motorcycle (30447) polybag will be available with purchases of $35 or more.
  • May 3-4 – The VIP Monthly Mini Build will be a Hedgehog (40212).
  • May 7 – LEGO Elves Building Event at LEGO Brand Stores.
  • May 9-10 – Free LEGO Star Wars Master Your Force Jango Fett character card when kids build a Star Wars spaceship and compete against others at LEGO Brand Stores.
  • May 16 – Minifigure Swap Day at LEGO Brand Stores.
  • May 18-31 – VIPs get early access to a new exclusive LEGO set. Rumor has it that it could be the LEGO Creator Big Ben (10253) but we’ll see in a few weeks when LEGO released their press release of the set.
  • May 23-24 – Free LEGO Star Wars Master Your Force Garazeb “Zeb” Orrelios character card.
  • May 21 & 28 – LEGO Club Meeting.
  • May 1-31 – VIPs get Double Points on Battle on Takodana (75139) and Resistance Troop Transporter (75140).

 

Unfortunately, missing from the calendar is LEGO’s Disney Minifigure Collection which is supposed to be released also in May. Perhaps LEGO is still holding back some of the fun reveals and we just have to wait a little more for this set to come out.

 

 

 

Want To Be A LEGO Fashionista? Check This Out.

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It is common knowledge that LEGO has more to offer than bricks and minifigs. From iPhone cases to tags and even candy and ice cube trays, you can actually ‘brickify’ almost all of your stuff. So it doesn’t come as a surprise if LEGO will opt to dabble in wearables with the discerning LEGO fashionista in mind. LEGO just recently partnered with Japanese fashion and apparel giant, Uniqlo, for its newest lineup of brick-inspired tees. Available in kids and adults sizes, these shirts doesn’t disappoint.

 

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Having the AFOL (Adult Fans Of LEGO) community in mind, the adult versions feature designs that are not overly comical or child-like. Its subtle suggestions for the love of the brick are featured in a variety of designs that doesn’t necessarily turn you into a walking bill board. But if you’re the type that doesn’t mind flaunting the LEGO brand and its logo, and is actually proud to be seen wearing one, then there is a perfect shirt just for you.

 

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Though listed initially at Uniqlo’s UK online store, it will not take long before it reaches the US. Pricing starts at $19 for adult sizes and $12 for kids sizes. We just hope that it will come bundled with a polybag set or a minifigure, same with what Uniqlo did in Asia, particularly in Hongkong.

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A rough Google Translation shows that these LEGO themed shirts were offered by Uniqlo in Hongkong and Taiwan together with a polybag set from LEGO’s Monthly Mini-Builds namely the Space Shuttle 40127 (released in February 2015), Robot 40128 (March 2015), Koala 40130 (May 2015) and the Parrot 40131(June 2015). We can’t figure out the details on how these mini-builds were bundled with the Uniqlo apparel, other than the fact that the company’s logo was also printed on the polybags.

We hope to see the same here once these shirts hit US shores.

 

Which shirt do you like from this line-up? Browse through the photos below and tell us your choice.

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