SWCO 2017 Sums Up Everything We Need To Know About Season 2 of LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures.

The Freemakers are off for another season in LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, and thanks to the reveals shared by execs Bill Motz and Bob Roth during the Freemaker Adventures Panel at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, we now have more information on what lies ahead for our space scavengers turned rebels. Season 2 of the Freemakers will debut on May 4 and these are the things that we can expect from the highly rated show.

 

1. The Freemakers will go full swing in their fight against the Empire, and will decisively be a part of the Rebellion.

During the 1st season of the Freemaker Adventures, the family itself was practically shy in getting involved in the affairs of the rebellion. Additionally, the original Star Wars trilogy didn’t really focus nor hinted on the idea of children or tweens getting involved in the fight against the oppresive Imperial forces. However, as their story progresses, it seems that joining the fight against the evil rule of the Empire is inevitable for Rowan and the rest of his kin.

 

2. There will be lots of costume changes.

I guess it is only customary for our characters to have redesigned costumes as well. During the panel, Motz and Roth revealed several concept arts for the Freemakers’ new costumes and how they were conceptualized. According to them, the costumes are a nod to more familiar designs, alluding to Luke Skywalker’s getup from Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. They opted for such designs to give the audience a sense of transition for the events in the second season since all of these happen during that timeline between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

 

3. We’ll be seeing more of Hera.

During the panel, the duo also shared some still images that hints on the appearance of one the seasoned characters from Star Wars Rebels. The Ghost crew captain and fearless leader, Hera Syndulla, will be part of Season 2’s storyline, though it is not clear yet to what extent. But what is exciting is the thought that Hera seems to have survived all the events that preceded the timeline of the Freemaker Adventures, and those between Episodes V and VI. It offers a wealth of backstory material on what could have possibly happened to the Ghost crew and hopefully, fans can have a glimpse of some of these events as well.

 

4. Enter M-OC – the freakish droid that you don’t want to mess around with.

Needless to say, droids have been a staple of Star Wars lore, but this new Imperial droid is not your usual, garden variety type. In LEGO’s usual brand of humor, the Emperor came up with his own creation which he aptly calls M-OC: a creepy, killer droid born straight from your brick-built nightmares. If that is not enough to make your heart skip a beat, then the idea that he comes with his very own equally intimidating ship will make any Padawan melt in fear. In fact, Motz was even hesitant in coming up with the idea of creating M-OC in the first place. “Incredibly creepy and scary,” Motz said. “Sometimes we wonder, ‘Have we gone too far? Are kids gonna have bad dreams?’” Well, only time can tell.

 

5. The unholy alliance of the iconic Bounty Hunters.

It seems that the highly anticipated LEGO Star Wars Bounty Hunter Speeder Bike Battle Pack (75167) was not just randomly thrown into the mix as part of this year’s Star Wars sets. True enough, the inclusion of these iconic thugs in one LEGO set is like a dream come true for most LEGO and Star Wars fans, but having it as a sort of an Easter egg for the Freemaker Adventures, well, I have to admit is a pretty clever move by Disney and Lucasfilm. They were only given a fraction of a second in Season 2’s trailer, but if you hit the pause button at the 45th-second mark, then you can catch a glimpse of IG-88, Dengar, Bossk, and 4-LOM on a chase aboard their speeder bikes. If M-OC is not enough to finish the job, then perhaps the Bounty Hunters can pull it off. We shall see.

 

6. The Kyber-Powered Arrowhead.

Similar to the first season’s LEGO Star Wars sets such as the StarScavenger (75147) and Eclipse Fighter (75145), Season 2 of the Freemaker Adventures offers two new vehicles that will play key roles in the events of the series. According to Roth, “Rowan’s purpose becomes the Arrowhead. It’s the big thing for the season.” The Arrowhead is unique on its own. Perhaps next to the Death Star as being the only weapon or transport in the Star Wars galaxy powered by the mysterious Kyber crystals, the Arrowhead seems to show a yet-to-be-revealed potential. If the Arrowhead, as Roth implies, symbolizes Rowan’s purpose as it is powered by a huge Kyber crystal, then it is kind of difficult to think that it only exists as a weapon or tool of mass destruction. Clearly, it points to somewhere else rather than blowing things up. This might as well be the only Kyber-powered ship that the Rebel forces may have on their side. As described in the official Season 2 trailer, “Rowan’s powers grow and strengthen until he has a vision of a sleek, invulnerable ship that can save the Rebellion and stop the Empire in its tracks – the Arrowhead. The catch is, the Arrowhead is a ship only Rowan can build”. It’s pretty exciting to see how the Arrowhead can become a significant threat to the Empire, and what it can do once it’s blue aura activates.

For a closer look at the LEGO Star Wars Arrowhead (75186) and Tracker 1 (75185), check out our NYTF images here.

 

The LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures’ new season will premiere this summer on Disney XD. Prior to this, five new shorts will debut before May 4 that will help bridge the gap between seasons 1 and 2.

So what do you think? Excited about the latest adventures of the Freemakers? What are you most excited about?

 

 

Source: StarWars.com

 

 

The Freemaker Family Prepares For Another Season in LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures.

It doesn’t come as a surprise that the galaxy’s freewheeling, Freemaker family is back for another round of intergalactic adventures in Season 2 of LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures. Seeing two of the recent LEGO Star Wars sets dedicated to the animated series – the Arrowhead (75186) and Tracker 1 (75185) – we’re very much positive that the new series will be a sure hit, especially that they have found their way to the Rebel Alliance. We get to see the Arrowhead in action, and the Emperor’s newest minion aptly named as M-OC.

At the end of the first season, the Freemaker family found a new home with the rebel fleet. Their new circumstances bring them face to face with brutal Imperial forces, desperate Hutts, conniving Sith Lords, and the Emperor’s latest plaything, M-OC, a terrifying hunter droid who continually modifies himself to fit any occasion. In response to these threats, Rowan’s powers grow and strengthen until he has a vision of a sleek, invulnerable ship that can save the Rebellion and stop the Empire in its tracks – the Arrowhead. The catch is, the Arrowhead is a ship only Rowan can build. Once again, it’s up to the youngest Freemaker to save the galaxy.

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Season 2 will launch this summer on Disney XD, just in time for the release of the LEGO Star Wars Arrowhead (75186) and Tracker 1 (75185), both of which will be available on June 1.

 

 

 

 

What’s Next For LEGO Ideas?

As a fan of the LEGO Ideas platform, it delights me to see how my favorite projects can get to see the light of day to become a possible LEGO set that I can actually pick up straight from the shelves of my local LEGO Store. Being a fan-based site in itself, the team behind LEGO Ideas has to carefully consider many factors before giving a project a ‘go’ or ‘no-go’ decision. Putting in mind what the fans want, the LEGO Ideas Review Team must keep tabs with other factors such as the size of the set, its viable cost in the market, and of course, the licensing issues involved. Perhaps amongst these, it is the licensing issues that are the most challenging to untangle.

LEGO became stronger as a brand because of its tie-up with other third-party brands and licenses.

The LEGO Ideas Review Team must put into account both the intellectual property (IP) issues outside and within LEGO’s portfolio. Needless to say, it is a very delicate dance to say the least in trying to work out the IP conflicts that may arise in developing a new LEGO set. A LEGO Ideas project that gained the necessary 10K votes may therefore receive a thumbs up sign from the majority of the LEGO fan community, but will still fail to become a set if there are conflicts with certain active licenses or themes.

  

  

This week, the LEGO Ideas Team has just announced a major revision on their project submission guidelines stating that submissions based on third-party licenses that are deemed active in TLG’s portfolio will no longer be accepted. This means that if you’re planning to submit a project that is based on Star Wars, Marvel or DC Superheroes, Disney characters, or any theme that is currently developed by LEGO, then this project will be turned down right away. We’re not sure if this means that it will not even have the chance of being posted on the site to rally for support, but what is sure is that it will absolutely fail to become an official LEGO set.

According to Tim Courtney of LEGO Ideas,

Today we’ve updated our Guidelines and House Rules to clarify the types of models we will accept as LEGO® Ideas projects. The main focus of this update is that we will no longer allow projects that are based on currently active licenses in our product portfolio, like Star Wars, MARVEL Super Heroes, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and so on.

We’ve updated our Guidelines about licensed properties to reflect this, and added a list of restricted licensed properties to the License Conflicts and Resolutions page in the Knowledge Base. If we retire a third-party license and it didn’t enter the LEGO portfolio via LEGO Ideas we’ll remove it from our list, and you’ll then be welcome to submit projects based on it.

For clarity, LEGO Ideas list down all of the Active Licenses and other Restricted IPs based from previous LEGO Ideas sets, which you can find below:

Entertainment

Star Wars, MARVEL Super Heroes, DC Super Heroes & Super Hero Girls, The LEGO Batman Movie, The LEGO NINJAGO Movie, The LEGO Movie, Disney characters (Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy & Tinker Bell), Moana, Rapunzel, Aladdin, Cars, Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets , Angry Birds, Pirates of the Caribbean, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Miles From Tomorrowland, Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, The Simpsons, Knight Rider, Mission Impossible, Midway Arcade, Lord of the Rings, Gremlins, A-Team, Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, Sonic the Hedgehog, Portal 2, E.T. & The Wizard of Oz.

Automotive brands

Volkswagen, Ferrari, MINI, Porsche, BMW, CLAAS, Volvo, Mercedes, Ford, Audi, Bugatti, Chevrolet & McLaren.

Architecture

  • Stand alone buildings (Big Ben, London Tower Bridge, US Capitol Building, Louvre, Buckingham Palace, Burj Khalifa, Eiffel Tower & Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum).
  • Buildings contained in the skylines (London, Sydney, Chicago, Venice, Berlin & New York).

Restricted IP from LEGO Ideas:

  • Shinkai 6500
  • Hayabusa
  • Minecraft
  • Back to the Future
  • Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover
  • Ghostbusters
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • WALL•E
  • Doctor Who
  • The Beatles
  • Caterham
  • Adventure Time
  • Apollo program
  • Women of NASA concept

That’s a pretty long list. Good thing though (if you can still look at it that way) that LEGO gives an assurance that if ever a licensing issue has been resolved, or if an active, third-party license has been retired already, then fans are free to submit similar projects later on. Furthermore, this doesn’t mean that active projects that have currently reached 10K support, or even those that are still gathering support will be shot down right away. They will have the chance of being promoted in the LEGO Ideas platform, but will have a slimmer chance of passing through the Review Stage.

Projects currently being reviewed, as well as active projects that reach 10,000 supporters in the future, will still be evaluated as part of the LEGO Review. Just like before, these projects would have a slimmer chance of passing the LEGO Ideas review, as they overlap with existing licenses in the LEGO product portfolio.

This means that entries such as the UCS Rey’s Speeder, the Volkswagen Golf MK1 GTI, and the Hulkbuster UCS may never stand a chance against other, non-licensed entries. Additionally, submissions that are based on any existing official LEGO Ideas set, whether active or retired, will no longer be allowed as well.

   

This decision from the LEGO Ideas Team received a lot of mixed reactions from the LEGO community. Some argue that such move severely limits the projects that fans really want to see, while on the other hand, it is considered by some as a wise, and practical decision (from LEGO’s viewpoint, I guess) so as not to put our hopes up on something that can never happen in the first place.

I think only time can tell if these changes in the LEGO Ideas platform will work out for the better. As of now, I’m excited to see how the final LEGO Ideas Apollo II Saturn V set turn out, and if my favorite LEGO Ideas project, Voltron Defender of the Universe, will finally become an official set.

 

So what do you think about this change in LEGO Ideas? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

LEGO Store May Calendar Now Up!

The LEGO Store Calendar for the month of May has now been released, and it is a fitting tribute for that month where legions of the Star Wars faithful gather and celebrate, especially that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars saga. Check out the highlights for next month’s LEGO Store events.

 

May 2 to 3: FREE VIP Monthly Mini Build.

For the month of May, the next FREE mini build will be the Car (40243). To reserve a spot, visit shop.LEGO.com/Minibuild-Registration starting April 15.

 

 

May 4 onwards: Get the new D2C exclusive, LEGO Star Wars UCS Snowspeeder (75144) available only in LEGO Stores and at shop.LEGO.com.

This latest UCS set is slated to be the highlight of LEGO’s May the 4th celebrations. The LEGO Star Wars UCS Snowspeeder (75144) has already been revealed and will be available to all, starting of course, on May 4. The next Ultimate Collector Series hailing from the Resistance comes in at 1,703 pieces and will retail at $200.

 

May 4 to 7: Free R2-D2 (30611) polybag set with a LEGO Star Wars Purchase of $50 + Double VIP Points.

The highly sought after buildable R2-D2 polybag set is the Star Wars promotional highlight for next month, in line with the movie franchise’s 40th anniversary. A healthy amount of interest surrounded the most popular droid on the planet, especially now that he comes as a sought after, brick-built collectible. For me, it is a better deal as compared to previous years’ SW minifigure promotional. It is also wise to assume that this polybag set will go out fast because of the very limited window of opportunity in which it will be offered.

To spice things up, LEGO is throwing in another round of Double VIP points throughout the week on ALL LEGO Star Wars sets, plus discounts on selected ones. On a side note, the UCS Snowspeeder is not included on the list of sale items. However, if you’re holding back on your purchase of the Battle of Scariff (75171) and Y-Wing Starfighter (75172), next month is the best time to get them since both sets will earn you 50 bonus VIP points if you purchase them in May.

 

May 4: Special Star Wars Events in Stores!

Throughout the whole day, children ages 6-14 may visit any LEGO Store dressed up in their favorite Star Wars character and join in the Search & Find activity where participants can receive a pair of collectible Yoda ears (not sure how it will look like though, maybe a cap of some sorts?). In the afternoon at 5PM, participants will also get a chance to participate in a minifigure speed build challenge where the fastest builder will receive a free minifigure. Participation in the minifig speed build challenge may require registration so be sure to ask a Brick Specialist.

 

May 8 to 21: Free Mini Milano With Purchases of $35 or More!

Right after the buildable R2-D2 promotional, comes the FREE LEGO Marvel Supeheroes GOTG Vol. 2 Milano (30499) polybag. Though this polybag set will be available for a longer promotional period as compared to R2, better expect this one to fly out of the shelves quickly as well.

 

Whole Month of May: Receive a Special Star Wars passport stamp when you download the LEGO Life App.

 

April 24 to June 25: Help the Rebel Alliance Build a Base Camp.

Take part in the Rebel Alliance by building vehicles, aircrafts or droids for the base camp at your local LEGO Store. Snap a photo of your creation and upload it to the LEGO Life app to receive a pair of wearable Yoda ears while supplies last. This building activity is for children ages 6-14 only.

 

May 13 and 14: Mother’s Day Weekend Building Event.

On Mother’s Day, come in and build a spring inspired Tulip (40039) mini build that you get to take home for FREE. This event is for VIP members and intended for ages 6 to 14 years old. Registration is required so be sure to inquire at your nearest LEGO Store.

 

Interestingly, the LEGO Store May Calendar also gives us a peek at some LEGO Duplo sets (Flo’s Café 10846 and Thunder Hollow Crazy 8 Race 10744) dedicated to Disney’s Cars 3, just before it debuts in cinemas in August. Starting May, several Minecraft, Elves, Star Wars, and Marvel Superheroes sets will also be available so be sure to check them out.

 

 

LEGO Collectible Minifigure Series 17 (71018) Official Images Revealed!

We first saw them during this year’s New York Toy Fair, and we speculated on their possible names, and this time around, we now have several official images of LEGO’s Collectible Minifigures Series 17 (71018). Robert8 from Eurobricks has also revealed the official names of the characters from this newest line collectible minifigs. Read on for the rest of the details.

There are new, fun, mixed LEGO® Minifigures Series 17! Meet the characters Sausage Man, Elf Girl, Butterflies Girl, Circus Strong Man, Veterinarian, Battle Dwarf, Dance Instructor, Gourmet Chef, Connoisseur, Corn Cob Man, Roman Gladiator, Rocket Boy, Professional Surfer, Retro Spaceman, Yuppie and a Secret Character! Each fine minifigure comes with one or more pieces of accessories, a display plate and collector brochure. Which figure is a wonder in your next sealed bag?

  • Each minifigure comes with one or more pieces of accessories and display plate and collector brochure.
  • Collect all the figures in the new and exciting range of LEGO® Minifigures, and make your own fun adventures.
  • Combine it with existing LEGO® sets, and have hours of building fun.
  • Swap minifigures with friends and complete your collection.
  • NOTE: Each bag contains one of the 16 characters in the series. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate requests for specific minifigures. If you buy more than one bag, you risk getting more of the same minifigures. When buying a whole box, there is a minimum of one of each figure.
Top row, L-R: Professional Surfer, Gourmet Chef, Sausage Man, Elf Girl, Circus Strong Man, Yuppie, Veterinarian, Secret Character. Bottom row, L-R: Connoisseur, Butterflies Girl, Roman Gladiator, Corn Cob Man, Retro Spaceman, Dance Instructor, Battle Dwarf, Rocket Boy.

LEGO is still mum on its final minifigure which is rumored to be a French Highway Man based on its silhouette. LEGO has been teasing about the Highway since Day 1 when Series 17 was first revealed at NYTF. This lead others to speculate on a possible promotional stunt that LEGO has in the works akin perhaps to Mr. Gold from LEGO CMF Series 10 (71001) back in 2013. If this is the case, then we can expect a lot of hype from this series anytime soon – it’s just a matter of time.

LEGO CMF Series 17 is expected to be released on May 1 in all LEGO Brand Stores and at shop.LEGO.com. Stay tuned here at the Brick Show for more CMF updates.

 

Here Are 5 Of The Most Hilarious (And Almost Believable) LEGO April Fools Day News On This Side of the Internet.

I have a confession to make.

I intentionally veered away from the Internet during what could be the most dreaded day of the year – particularly for people like me who doesn’t want their hopes crushed by several fake news.  Alright, I may be a bit exaggerating there because truth be told, I do find April 1 rather amusing. Just to make it clear: I’m a very cautious person, especially about the Internet and everything that comes from it. But when we talk about our common love and passion for the brick, any piece of news about it becomes golden. Well, that may not always be the case. As my old folks used to say, not everything that shine is made of gold. Sometimes they’re made of simple, good ol’ Aprils Fools Day joke.

Image courtesy of LEGO.com.

Here are five of the most believable LEGO-related news that were previously released in the past few days that we find almost believable and downright hilarious. Some of it even probably left us startled, dumbfounded, or just simply laughing on how credulous we can become. These LEGO-related news are so well written that readers find them convincing – if not only for the fact that they were released during April Fools. In no particular order, these five LEGO April Fools Day news sure has us believing.

 

Jay’s Brick Blog and their report on LEGO’s acquisition of rip-off, Lepin.

Image courtesy of Jays Brick Blog.

Now you don’t get to hear that often from LEGO. Sure, Lepin offers a more ‘practical’, price-friendly, alternative to LEGO sets and bricks. So much so that it brazenly copies LEGO, imitating its sets, and even to the extent of copying its box arts exactly as it is, with little iteration just enough for it to skirt Chinese copyright laws. If this is not enough, they even went so low of copying original works of AFOLs over at LEGO Ideas and peddle it as their own.  Jay’s Brick Blog reported that to counter such counterfeit moves from Lepin, the LEGO Group saw it ‘wise’ to acquire the China-based clone makers for a total value of $1.4 billion USD. Well, I guess when you can’t beat them, join ‘em.

 

The LEGO Google Build Assistant by BricksFans.

Image courtesy of BricksFans.

Imagine using the power of Google in creating the sets that you want just by the sound of your voice, or by a tap of your finger? Not a long shot right? It will be a nice feature to have around… only if the news about it was not released on an April Fools Day. BricksFans may have stumbled upon on a bright idea here, though. While at it, why not give Google Build Assistant the ability to predict and create that dream MOC that you always wanted? Sounds a bit scary, but fun.

 

LEGO Game of Thrones and Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon by Brickset.

Fans of the HBO hit series probably got their chains yanked when they heard the ‘news’ from Brickset that LEGO will be releasing several sets dedicated to the hit medieval fantasy epic. It seems so credible with Brickset going the extra mile of conjuring an ‘official press release’, complete with set names, serial numbers, and descriptions. I just have to figure out how LEGO will go around certain themes in Games of Thrones that are NOT obviously for everybody. I guess I’ll have to stick around with my Castle sets for a while. The images below are courtesy of Brickset.

Just when we have our next Star Wars UCS set in the form of the iconic Snowspeeder (75144), comes another piece of news that couldn’t be timed better (tongue-in-cheek). Brickset dropped the bomb when it reported the ‘apparent’ posting of the much rumored LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) over at shop.LEGO.com’s Czech website. It was reportedly taken down after some time, but not without a Brickset member managing to acquire a screenshot of the site.

 

Well done Brickset! May the 4th be with you (now enter, lightsaber-wielding, angry mob)!

 

LEGO unveiling a new Star Wars ‘major spoiler’ set by the BrickNerd.

For me, this LEGO news from the BrickNerd is an absolute April Fools showstopper. If I didn’t take that extra click of reading the news in its entirety, I may have probably fallen for it, and seeing the ‘leaked set’ is way better than reading the news about it. It was totally hilarious! Every piece of detail in this ‘major spoiler’ of a set has April Fools written all over it.

Image courtesy of the BrickNerd.

Now at 7,332 pieces, why not offer it as a UCS? Just don’t forget to throw in the 800-page building instruction – someone might still need it though.

 

Debunking LEGO as a better investment than gold by The Brothers Brick.

DISCLAIMER: Be sure not to throw away your highly prized Mr. Gold minifig or Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon (10179) before heading over at The Brothers Brick and reading their assessment on why investing in LEGO is far worse compared to that of gold.

Here in the Brick Show, we featured some of the most expensive collection of LEGO sets, including a collectible, brick-built maxi figure that makes you think if it is really worth it to keep that LEGO box that set you’re holding on for so long, unsealed and untouched. Well the answer can be pretty straight forward. Armed with a ‘scholarly’ article on the topic, TBB went on to prove how gold is a far better choice of an investment rather than LEGO by virtue of the materials or elements that they were made of. They even went to length by analyzing and comparing the worth of ABS plastic (the stuff in which physical LEGO sets are made) and the value of gold in the market. Well, taken from that perspective, the answer is clearly obvious. But coming from a LEGO fan site such as TBB, it is the ultimate April Fools irony.

So what do you think brick fans? What is the ultimate LEGO April Fools Day news that had you going hook, line and sinker? Share us your thoughts in the comments below or you may head over at our Facebook page and join in the discussions.

 

 

 

LEGO DC Comics Superheroes Wonder Woman Warrior Battle (76075) Revealed!

We’re just a few months before DC’s iconic Amazonian princess makes her solo film debut in line with the events of DC’s Extended Universe. To jumpstart its promotions, Entertainment Weekly has revealed a LEGO set dedicated to the film. LEGO DC Comics Superheroes Wonder Woman Warrior Battle (76075) pits Diana Prince against the god of war himself, Ares, in an imposing, brick-built figure.

The set also features a newly designed, Wonder Woman minifigure together with a sword and shield accessory, and a minifig version of Steve Trevor aboard his fighter plane. Undoubtedly, the obvious centerpiece of this set is the brick-built of the warmonger, Greek god Ares which is very similar to LEGO’s take on Giant-Man in LEGO Marvel Superheroes Super Hero Airport Battle (76051).

The Wonder Woman Warrior Battle (76075) set comes in at 286 pieces, and is slated to be released to the general public on May 1 – exactly a month before the film hits theaters.

Take a Look at the 2017 LEGO City Summer Sets Official Images!

The Brick Show team made a comprehensive coverage of LEGO’s latest sets featured during this year’s New York Toy Fair, and one of the surprises that we received is the excellent line of LEGO City Sets slated for summer. Following a Coast Guard and Jungle themes, these newer sets feature never before seen elements and pieces. My personal favorites are the new leopard and jaguar pieces. We may now have a closer look on these thanks to the official images released by Sinqel, a Dutch online store based on the Netherlands. These sets are slated to be released sometime in June. Let’s take a look.

 

People Pack – Fun at the Beach (60153)

169 pieces | $39.99

Bus Station (60154)

337 pieces | $49.99

 

Cargo Terminal (60169)
740 pieces | $79.99

 

Coast Guard Starter Set (60163)

76 pieces | $9.99


 

Sea Rescue Plane (60164)

141 pieces | $19.99

 

 

4 x 4 Response Unit (60165)

347 pieces | $39.99


 

Heavy-Duty Rescue Helicopter (60166)

415 pieces | $59.99


 

Coast Guard Head Quarters (60167)

792 pieces | $119.99

 

Jungle Starter Set (60157)

88 pieces | $9.99


 

Jungle Cargo Helicopter (60158)

201 pieces | $19.99


 

Jungle Halftrack Mission (60159)

378 pieces | $39.99


 

Jungle Mobile Lab (60160)

426 pieces | $59.99


 

Jungle Exploration Site (60161)

813 pieces | $119.99

 

 

LEGO Uniqlo Promotionals Are Back.

A year ago, we featured Uniqlo’s awesome line-up of LEGO inspired shirts that comes with a cool bunch of LEGO promotionals. This time around, Uniqlo teams up with the Danish toy maker once again to provide every LEGO fan at heart the life wear that suits their personality. The good news is that for residents in the US, these latest line up of LEGO Uniqlo shirts is now offered for a discounted price of as much as 35% off if you order them online. Check out these fine prints and see what suits your LEGO style.

   

In related news, LEGO fans in the Philippines may probably have a better deal on these Uniqlo shirts. Uniqlo Philippines have just announced another LEGO promotional similar to what they did last year when they gave away a free LEGO mini monthly build for every purchase of 1 LEGO Uniqlo shirt. This time around, several FREE polybags from 2016’s LEGO City line are up for grabs when you buy a LEGO Uniqlo shirt beginning March 27 to April 14 or until supplies last.

These free polybags include: Prison Island Helicopter (30346), Fire Car (30347), Mini Dumper (30348), and Sports Car (30349). Personally, I prefer this year’s promotional as compared from the previous one. These selections of polybags will be a very nice addition to any LEGO City MOC that you are planning to do.

Here’s Uniqlo’s announcement via their Facebook page.

 

If you’re a resident in the Philippines or in the country right now, then be sure to stop by at Uniqlo’s brand stores located in major shopping malls throughout the metro.

 

 

Gear Up for PhLUG’s ABRICKADABRA 2017.

If you are a regular follower of our blogsite, then you have probably realized already that I hail from the Philippines. As a Filipino AFOL, my love and advocacy for the LEGO brick is not unmet with particular region-specific challenges. With oftentimes outrageous prices tagged on most of my favorite LEGO sets, keeping up with the hobby is peculiarly difficult. LEGO in itself is quite expensive already as compared to other similar building/construction toys (though I have no qualms over it, knowing that the quality of LEGO bricks and pieces are by far superior than others), but being an international brand with high, local taxes levied on it definitely adds to the burden of high costs.

Thankfully, the recent proliferation of LEGO Certified Stores here in our country has started to mitigate the costs of LEGO sets locally. Another source of encouragement is the establishment of the country’s official LEGO Users Group aptly named as PhLUG. Founded in December of 2012, PhLUG or the Philippines LEGO Users Group consists of members not only from the Philippines but also Filipino AFOLs based in other parts of the globe such as in the US, Europe, and the rest of Asia. Since its inception in 2012, PhLUG has been active in the LEGO interest scene by organizing events and online initiatives that include MOC-building and community building activities all aimed at stimulating interest in creating original LEGO builds, and espousing camaraderie among its members. Some of these activities include organizing publicly accessible events such as Brickxhibit, BRICKFast, and the internationally renowned Philippine LEGO Convention, ABRICKADABRA. LEGO interest groups such as the PhLUG help fan the flames of our passion for the LEGO brick regardless of our backgrounds and cultural differences. It’s a reminder that at the heart of it all, we are indeed building a community one brick at a time.

Images courtesy of PhLUG.

This year, PhLUG is gearing up once more for another awesome year of ABRICKADABRA which began in 2015. This 1-day event promises another year of bigger and more exciting LEGO MOCs and displays which will happen on May 27 at the Promenade Hall in Greenhills, Manila. More than just a LEGO exhibit, the event will also feature building competitions, lectures and presentations on building techniques, trading, and getting to touch base with an incredible bunch of like-minded LEGO fans. It is a grand event that surely has every LEGO enthusiast in mind.

I know this might be a long shot for you in case your reading this outside of the Philippines, but if ever you have plans of visiting the country this May – which is also a great time to visit considering it is summer time over here, which means less chance of heavy rains – then make it a point to visit ABRICKADABRA on May 27. You may keep tabs with this event by heading over to PhLUG’s Facebook page. It’s definitely marked on my calendar, and I’ll be covering the events on this annual LEGO event so hope to see some of you there.