LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313) Now Available!

For those who are looking forward to have this one of a kind, classy LEGO Ideas set, you’ll be glad to know that the wait is finally over. LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313) is now officially available at all LEGO Stores and at shop.LEGO.com, retailing for 69.99 USD.

Designed by AFOL Jake Sadovich, the Ship in a Bottle topped the LEGO Ideas Third 2016 Review Stage results, alongside with the still to be revealed Voltron Defender of the Universe. Here’s a cool designer video about the Ship in a Bottle (21313) to spark our interest, followed by its official product description.

LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313)

Available: February 1, 2018.
Ages 12+.  962 pieces.
US $69.99 | CA $89.99

Build and display a classic LEGO® Ideas Ship in a Bottle, featuring a highly detailed ship with the captain’s quarters, cannons, masts, crow’s nest, flag and printed sail elements. Place the ship inside the LEGO brick-built bottle with a buildable cork, wax seal element and water-style elements inside, then showcase it on the display stand featuring the ship’s ‘Leviathan’ nameplate, globe elements and a built-in ‘compass’ (non-functioning) with compass rose and spinning needle. This wonderfully nostalgic construction toy also includes a booklet about the set’s fan creator and LEGO designers.

  • This building set for kids and adults features a LEGO® brick-built bottle, ship and a display stand.
  • Bottle features a detailed, buildable cork with new-for-February 2018 wax-seal-style element and over 280 translucent-blue, water-style elements inside.
  • Ship features a raised deck at the stern, captain’s quarters, 6 cannons, 3 masts, a crow’s nest and assorted elements, including printed sails and the ship’s flag.
  • Display stand features the ship’s ‘Leviathan’ nameplate, a built-in ‘compass’ (non-functioning) with detailed compass rose and spinning needle, 2 globe elements and gold-colored detailing.
  • Includes a booklet with building instructions, plus information about the set’s fan creator and LEGO®
  • LEGO® Ideas Ship in a bottle on display stand measures over 3″ (10cm) high, 12” (31cm) wide and 3” (10cm) deep.
  • Ship measures over 3″ (8cm) high, 5” (14cm) long and 1” (5cm) wide.

A Look at the New, 2018 LEGO Speed Champions Sets.

I know this piece of news has been floating around for quite some time, but I couldn’t pass the opportunity of showcasing these pretty cool speedsters right here in our blog site. Since December of last year, we already had a glimpse of the next wave LEGO Speed Champions slated to be in stores some time in February.  This time, retailers such as Argos from the UK, Spieletom in Germany, and Spielplanet of Switzerland have provided us with our first crisp, images of these next generation brick-built speedsters. Let’s check them out, starting with my personal favorite, the ’68 Ford Mustang Fastback.

Credits to The Brick Fan and Promobricks for pointing us to this info.

1968 Ford Mustang Fastback (75884)

Ford Fiesta M-Sport WRC (75885)

 

Ferrari 488 GT3 “Scuderia Corsa” (75886)

 

Porsche 919 Hybrid (75887)

 

 

Porsche 911 RSR and 911 Turbo 3.0 (75888)

 

Ferrari Ultimate Garage (75889)

Put A Smile on Thanos’ Face With This Next LEGO Custom Character Bust From Build Better Bricks!

We’re less than 4 months away before the theatrical release of the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Avengers: Infinity War, and just before this galaxy spanning MCU event takes place on May 4, the official trailer has already become the number 1 trending video over on YouTube in just a matter of days, proving how much fans have patiently waited to see our Marvel heroes face off against their ultimate nemesis. LEGO has already covered much of Avengers: Infinity War, with six sets and four LEGO BrickHeadz specifically built for the film. Check out what we know so far about these sets right here.

Very much the same as that from the comic books, MCU’s Avengers: Infinity War follows the trail of destruction led by the film’s main antagonist, the Mad Titan himself, Thanos, as he seeks to gather the Infinity Stones for his bid of subjugating the entire universe under his command. Such power under his control can only mean the imminent destruction of the universe as we know it – well thankfully, it’s just in the comics.

In honor of this iconic Marvel villain, Tyler and Sean decided to have their next LEGO custom character bust dedicated to the purple-skinned Mad Titan. This newest model in their series of character bust features the classic Thanos as he is seen from the comic books. Check out this video from Build Better Bricks as Tyler explains the details of their latest creation. Just forgive Tyler for the Barnie jokes afterwards.

Tyler and Sean’s use of bright light orange and blue pieces really stood out in this custom LEGO Thanos bust. The way they managed to replicate the Mad Titan’s facial expression, with his trademark oversized chin with all its vertical lines is really spot on. At 5.5 inches tall and 3 inches wide, this custom LEGO character bust managed to capture Thanos’ proportions without sacrificing how he actually looks. As always, I like how Tyler and Sean managed to proportionally shape Thanos’ head in such miniature scale, using only 297 LEGO pieces.

If you wish to add this unique rendition of the ultimate cosmic warlord to your LEGO creations, then be sure to check Build Better Bricks on how to download the instructions for making this custom LEGO Thanos character bust – and then perhaps, you can put a smile on the face of this Mad Titan.

LEGO Architecture Skylines Las Vegas (21038) Said To Be Released By The End of January.

Last December, we were informed that the next set in the 2018 LEGO Architecture Skylines series will be a bit delayed as expected. The LEGO Architecture Skylines Las Vegas (21038) set was initially thought to have a January release date, just hot off the heels of its predecessor, the exquisitely beautiful LEGO Architecture Skylines Shanghai (21039). However, due to the recent tragic events that unfolded from one its hotels, it was sensible of LEGO to hold off its planned release until supposedly sometime in April. The LEGO Architecture Skylines Las Vegas (21038) comes in at 487 pieces and will apparently retail for 39.99€ or roughly at $39.99.

As it turns out, the delay will not be as bad as it seems. Promobricks managed to stumble upon an eBay posting that shows the set’s official image, and suggests a release date of January 31st. Please take note that this was listed by an eBay seller rather than quoting from an official LEGO source, so it will be wise to take this with a grain of salt. What is interesting, however, is the fact that that seller also posted what looks like to be the set 21038’s official description in German. There is a rough English translation available (courtesy of Google Translate) that gives a hint on the salient features of this set, which you can find below together after its official image.

Capture Las Vegas’s dazzling landmarks in a stunning skyline, from the iconic Mandalay Bay Hotel to the Luxor Hotel, Encore Hotel and Stratosphere Tower to the Fremont Street Experience! Each individual LEGO building conveys a unique and particularly rewarding building experience. This is ensured by the faithful coloring and scale reproduction.

Also on board is the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign, which shows a desert and a road on a plate-covered base plate – a particularly warm welcome to this detailed replica of one of the most exciting cities in the world! This model from the LEGO Architecture Skyline Product line is a tribute to Las Vegas!

  • LEGO Architecture Interpretation from Las Vegas.
  • Shows the legendary attractions of the Las Vegas Strip, including the Mandalay Bay Hotel, the Luxor Hotel, the Encore Hotel, the Stratosphere Tower and the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas.
  • Also includes the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign with desert and road on a plate-covered base.

 

LEGO Will Not Be Around During This Year’s London Toy Fair.

LEGO is one of the most recognizable toy brand names in the world, and arguably one of the first to come up in the mind of a young child. Its prominent place in the pantheon of branded children’s playthings means it has a place of honor at international toy fairs.

One of these annual events is the London Toy Fair, happening at the Olympia in Kensington next week, from January 23 to 25. In years past, LEGO hasn’t failed to make a showing at London; and their exhibits are a surefire way to showcase what’s coming up next this summer.

Bad news for brick fans at the 2018 London Toy Fair, though. According to the official website’s list of exhibitors, LEGO is going to be a no-show when the event kicks off later this January. They’ve never been absent from this toy fair for so long, it feels like a first.

Speculation is ongoing now as to why LEGO is sitting out of the London Toy Fair for this year. One possible reason perhaps is that The LEGO Group doesn’t have time this early in 2018 to make an appearance, as they’re still focused on rebounding from a mediocre 2017 fiscal year.

All isn’t quite lost for LEGO fans however, though British builders might have to consider making travel plans. If The LEGO Group has written off the London Toy Fair, then there’s still a chance that they might grace the Nuremberg Toy Fair in Germany. Said event will happen next week.

Failing that, there’s next February and the New York Toy Fair to look forward to. There’s no way LEGO would be skipping that one for sure. It’s the likeliest time when the summer sets are going to make their public debut. Let’s wait and see.

More Details on the Rumored 2018 LEGO Harry Potter Collectible Minifigure Series.

The rumor mill is running again, and this time with more intel on this year’s LEGO Harry Potter sets. A couple of weeks ago, we reported that five LEGO Harry Potter sets (3 for HP and 2 for Fantastic Beasts, to be more accurate) will be released as part of its summer wave of offerings this August. On top of that, it was also said that these sets will be accompanied by an official LEGO Harry Potter Collectible Minifigure series, which will also be released during the same time period. Thanks to word from some reliable sources over at Eurobricks, we now have a tentative list of possible Harry Potter characters that made their way as part of LEGO’s next CMF series. Here’s what we know so far.

  • Harry Potter – accessories include the Sorting Hat and a cape which could probably be the Cloak of Invisibility.
  • Ron Weasley – accessories include a cape and that Chocolate Frog from the Hogwarts Express scene.
  • Hermione Granger – accessories include cape, magic wand, and book with printing (perhaps her spell book).
  • James Potter – accessories include a Golden Snitch, Broom, and Quidditch ceremonial robes.
  • Lily Potter – accessories include a baby minifigure with a noticeable scar on the forehead, which clearly gives it away as Baby Harry.
  • Fred Weasley – this is what I’m looking forward to, having the Weasley Twins in their CMF form. Fred is said to have a Marauders Map, and some fireworks accessories.
  • George Weasley – no information yet about George’s accessories.
  • Vernon Dursley – all members of the despicable, Dursley family will also be included in the HP CMF. Vernon’s accessories include a rifle or shotgun of some sorts.
  • Petunia Dursley – accessories include a letter, which could probably mean Harry’s Hogwarts Acceptance Letter.
  • Dudley Dursley – this minifig version of the youngest Dursley is said to be wearing pajamas with a printed pig’s tail; it also comes with a cake accessory.
  • Rolanda Hooch – the Quidditch flying instructor also gets her spot as a CMF, coming in with broom and whistle accessories (though I’m not quite sure of the latter). Ms. Hooch also comes with a double-sided minifig head highlighting two distinct expressions.
  • The Bloody Baron – the first of the ghost quartet that haunt each four houses of Hogwarts, we don’t have any information yet and what accessories they will carry on with them. Perhaps it may include a knife accessory, though I feel this will be a little far off considering the back story of the Bloody Baron and the purpose in which he used his knife for.
  • Nearly Headless Nick (Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington) – this one is a bit hard to imagine, especially when you consider how LEGO will create Nearly Headless Nick in minifigure form while retaining his primary feature, which as his name suggests, is being nearly headless.
  • The Grey Lady (Helena Ravenclaw) – perhaps a diadem accessory will be in order.
  • The Fat Friar – accessories might include a silver or tin mug which he is seen carrying around along the halls of the Hufflepuff house.
  • Myrtle Warren (Moaning Myrtle) – a ghost character translated in minifigure form, accessories include Tom Riddle’s Diary.
  • Sirius Black – Harry’s godfather also made it in the CMF list, coming in with a dog accessory which could be Snuffles, his Animagus form.

There are still 3 unnamed minifigs in this rumored Harry Potter CMF series, so we are still keeping an eye for any signs of them. I’m still hoping for Dobby to make it in the list and possibly a re-release of Severus Snape. I guess we just have to wait and see.

Thanks to The Brick Fan for the heads up.

Here’s Your Chance to Design The Next LEGO Gift With Purchase Set With the LEGO Ideas Moments in Space Contest.

Coming from its successful “Build Your Own LEGO Ideas Logo” contest, the LEGO Ideas Team is back and this time, in search of the first ever, community-inspired, LEGO exclusive Gift With Purchase (GWP) set. It seems that LEGO has finally considered the idea of a fan-designed LEGO GWP ever since the idea was discussed extensively across LEGO fan forums. The announcement has been made over at the LEGO Ideas website, and will eventually follow a classic space theme.

Titled as LEGO Moments in Space, the contest is open to all LEGO fans, ages 13 and above, and will run from January 15 until February 9, 2018 at 6AM EST. Entries should be able to fit on a 16 X 16 stud LEGO baseplate, using around 300 standard LEGO pieces and elements coming from themes such as LEGO City, CMF, and Creator. As the contest title suggests, entries must capture that space exploration or adventure vibe. Entries using LEGO Digital Designer are also accepted.

Of course, what’s a LEGO contest without those sweet, sweet prizes? The Grand Prize winner will have the bragging rights to have his original creation featured as the next LEGO GWP sometime in 2019, a $250 LEGO shopping spree over at shop.LEGO.com, and a collection of past exclusive LEGO GWP sets, including:

 

Ten (10) Runner Ups will also be selected and each of them will receive a $125 worth of LEGO shopping spree also on shop.LEGO.com plus the Mini Piggy Bank (40251), Snowglobe (40223) and Christmas Build Up 2017 (40253).

Be sure to check with the LEGO Ideas Moments in Space Contest website for the complete list of rules and guidelines to be observed. I am personally excited to see how this contest will turn out. I’m a fan of some of these smaller, vignette type sets so I am particularly curious how a Space-themed GWP set will turn out. Just be sure to submit your entries on or before the said deadline. Happy building!

 

 

From the Leaking Faucet: More 2018 LEGO Star Wars Set Descriptions.

Just when you thought that LEGO called in the plumber to fix those persistent LEGO Star Wars leaks, we now received info on three possible LEGO Star Wars sets that are set to be released this August. Tipped to us by an anonymous source, the information that was forwarded to us matches closely what we already know about these remaining 2018 Summer LEGO Star Wars sets. Again, we will not be showing images, but will just describe them as they were relayed to us. Here’s what we know so far.

Republic V-Wing Torrent Fighter (75217)

Expected retail price between $80-100. This looks like to be the largest among the three sets mentioned here considering its expected price range. Minifigures include:

  • Clone Pilot – same as we got the in Republic Attack Gunship (7676) a few years back.
  • Captain Rex – new helmet design and comes with 2 blaster pistols and a new dark blue/black colored pauldron.
  • Commander Cody – new helmet mold and has an orange colored bar onto the helmet and looks very odd. He has orange arms and various orange lines on his torso and legs. He also has a blaster.
  • Plo Koon – new alien head mold with dark brown robes and a dark brown material skirt like piece, similar to Rex’s kama piece. He also has a blue lightsaber.
  • Obi Wan Kenobi – same face as previous version and short darker orange hair. He has a white torso with tan robes, while the robe design continues to the legs and has white 2 folded boots and a blue lightsaber.
  • Battle Droid – exactly the same like in any other Star Wars sets.
  • Droideka – fully brick built similar to previous versions, but this time comes equipped with a stud shooter.

The vehicle itself is predominantly white accented with many dark red pieces for a striking contrast. The three wings of the V-Wing can be folded up and down, comes with spring-loaded missiles on all of its wings, and are adorned with insignias of the Republic, very much the same with 2008’s V-19 Torrent (7674). There is also a brown speeder bike which has a rail like design at the bottom, and can fit into the brick built rack on the Torrent which has a rather large slot. The brown speeder bike looks very similar to how it looks like in the Republic Attack Gunship (7676), also from 2008.  The last smaller build is a bright blue and dark blue STAP which can hold a Battle Droid and has a transparent rod and clear pieces to look as if it is hovering above the ground similar to how it seen in the AT-TE Walker (7675), and again from 2008.

Will LEGO have it like a combined re-release of some of the bits and portions of these sets, especially that it has been 10 years ago since we last saw them? We can only speculate.

The Throne Room Duel (75216)

Expected retail price between $40-60. This set comes straight from the throne room battle scene between Rey and Kylo, against Supreme Leader Snoke from The Last Jedi. Minifigures include:

  • Rey – her minifig version in this set is similar to that in the First Order Heavy Assault Walker (75189).
  • Kylo Ren – nothing new to the overall look as compared to his previous minifigure iterations, except for a new angry face (well, he IS always angry after all) with sweat or tear drops.
  • Snoke – we only have the First Order’s Supreme Leader in minifigure form in the First Order Star Destroyer (75190), and it looks he’ll have another LEGO set with him in it this time, with an angrier and more sinister looking face print.
  • Praetorian Guard #1 – this one has a new molded helmet in red with printed fine black lines on his face section and has a Technic brick built weapon in red and transparent red, which is quite odd looking according to our source. Frankly, I find it difficult to imagine how a minifig-scaled weapon can be built using Technic pieces. We just have to wait and see.
  • Praetorian Guard #2 – comes with a different helmet as compared to Praetorian Guard #1, and has a shortened rope climbing piece in black and has 1×1 red transparent clips on half of the climbing folded plastic sections. Again, this new minifig scaled accessory seems very different than anything LEGO has offered before. If you’ve seen The Last Jedi already, you can easily recall this Throne Room fight scene where this particular Praetorian Guard wields a somewhat whip-like weapon that also converts into a pointed staff, like the one on the extreme right side of the image below.

About the set itself, it comes in a similar shape and build like that of the Death Star Final Duel (75093) from 2015. The left side has a large cloth piece in red with a small black platform below and has a jumping function and a Praetorian Guard that can be placed on top to jump in and join in the fray. On the cloth piece is a ragged looking hole, almost placed at random. The opposite side has the same exact idea, but includes a TIE Fighter style translucent cockpit piece with a new looking print, and a computer console piece connected to it. This particular side does not have the same rugged hole design as mentioned before. The middle section has a dark gray and black brick built angular shaped section with a chair very similar to the Emperor’s. It has white 1×2’s, 1×1’s and a few of the new quarter circle pieces in white placed around the chair which I don’t know if this is a function or some sort. There is a small pod-like build which is almost identical to the one found in Superman: Black Zero Escape (76009). It is in dark gray, dark red detail and a trans clear windshield with a dark gray sticker applied onto it. There seems to be printed (or stickers, were not quite sure) 1×2 curved pieces on the throne where Snoke is seated. All in all, the set may have this kind of a vibe as seen in the image below.

Resistance Transport Ship (75215)

Expected retail price between $30-40. Minifigures include:

  • General Leia Organa – comes with a new outfit and face design, with a dark gray cape similar perhaps to how she is depicted in the Hot Toys action figure below.

  • Kaydel Ko Konnix – uses Princess Leia’s hair mold from the 2007’s Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon (10179) colored in dark tan, and has a new torso design and a blaster.
  • C-3PO – almost the same as his versions found in LEGO Star Wars A New Hope sets, except with no silver printing.
  • Nien Numb – finally a new LEGO Star Wars alien minifigure head. He has a black jacket with red shirt printing and red arms. He also has a blaster accessory.
  • Resistance Soldier – it looks to be a bearded, male version of the Resistance Trooper found in the First Order Heavy Scout Walker (75177).

As the smallest set among the three, it comes in as a very compact transport in dark gray and tan. It is kind of stubby, but almost pointed in shape. It has 2 windows on either side of the set and can be opened to reveal a quite spacious interior size (for a minifigure to be exact). It also comes with spring loaded missiles on either side, transparent blue screens inside the build similar to computer monitors and two weapons racks for thermal detonators. All in all, this set is said to be in the same scale as that of the A-Wing Starfighter (75003) from 2013.

 

Stay tuned here in at the Brick Show for more updates!

 

Join the Pursuit in LEGO Rebrick’s The Great Mountain Chase Photo Contest!

LEGO Rebrick is back with another contest that will challenge your LEGO City building skills. Based on its latest LEGO City Mountain Police subtheme, LEGO Rebrick calls out the City hero in you, to join in a classic cops and robber chase in the mountains. Prize at stake is the entire line of LEGO City Mountain Police sets – yep, all seven of them. Click on the set names below to watch our review on these sets.

Not only that, but the Grand Prize winner will also have the chance on a shopping splurge over at shop.LEGO.com worth $800, enough to even buy the largest LEGO set ever made. Two Runner Up winners will be selected and each of them will receive the LEGO City Mountain Police Headquarters (60174) and a $300 shopping spree also on shop.LEGO.com, and a Bonus Winner which will bring home the abovementioned set. Check out the Contest Description and other details below. Last day to submit your entries is on February 8, 2017 at 10AM EST. For more information, visit LEGO Rebrick’s Rules page.

THE GREAT MOUNTAIN CHASE

LEGO City crooks are fleeing to the mountains, and we invite you to capture the great chase between them and the LEGO City mountain police! Show off your photography and building skills in a classic tale between cops and robbers.

CONTEST DESCRIPTION

Bad guys are on the loose again and heading for the mountains, which means the LEGO City Mountain Police are on the case! Use LEGO bricks and clever Minifigure photography to showcase the great chase between the officers and the crooks in the mountains. It’s the classic tale of good and bad in LEGO City, here’s your chance to show us your photography and building skills!

Before you start please check out the entry guidelines and how to enter in the RULES.

Entry Deadline

Submit your entry no later than February 8th at 2018 at 10:00AM EST. If you’re not sure what time zone you’re in here’s a time zone converter.

Judging

A panel of judges from the LEGO City team will select one grand prize winner and two runner up winners. They will judge entries upon:

– Overall coolness and originality: 25%
– Image Quality: 25%
– Relevance to contest theme: 25%
– Most inspired details: 25%

In addition, one other bonus prize winner will be selected at random, please see the prizes section for further details.

How to enter

Photograph or screenshot your LEGO City mountain chase. Take up to five photos of your creation and submit them to the contest Use the description field to tell us about your entry to – then hit “submit”. When you receive a “Success!” pop-up notification after clicking “submit” on the entry submission page, your entry has successfully been submitted. Our moderation team will review it within 1-3 working days to make sure it fits all the contest rules.

LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi DJ Minifigure (40298) Is Now Available at Toys R Us.

Last week, we reported that the next LEGO Star Wars minifigure freebie will be available as a Toys R Us promotional in the US. Based on Benicio Del Toro’s code breaker character in The Last Jedi, the LEGO Star Wars DJ minifigure (40298) is now currently available at all Toys R Us stores in the US as free collectible minifigure that comes with qualifying purchases of any LEGO Star Wars sets worth $30 and above.

Valued at $5.99, the said promotional is available only in-store, which means the LEGO Star Wars DJ minifigure will not appear in your cart upon checkout if you will opt to do your purchase online. The promotional will also have a limited run starting today, January 9, until this Sunday January 13 or until supplies last.

So if you want to add the rogue hacker to your collection of LEGO Star Wars minifigs alongside R3-M2 (40268) and Scarif Stormtrooper (40176) from the previous years, then you better hurry to your nearest Toys R Us store. Thanks to The Brick Fan for the tip.