The LEGO Ideas Team is leveling up the excitement for the Second 2019 LEGO Ideas Review Stage. As announced over at their blogsite, the final results for this particular review stage will come this week, specifically tomorrow Wednesday.
This announcement of the next official LEGO Ideas set will be made via a livestream event over at the LEGO Ideas Facebook page on February 12, 2020 4PM (CET). There’s a total of 10 qualifying product ideas ranging from highly popular NASA-inspired sets to entries based on licensed themes. If you recall, the following are the qualifying product ideas that made it to the Second 2019 LEGO Ideas Review Stage.
Additionally, results will also be shared for Stephanix’s Anatomini product idea which was carried over from the previous review stage. Admittedly, the LEGO Ideas Review Team was on a bit of a tight spot since this proposed set requires more time to evaluate perhaps due to the many intricacies and details in this build.
To further engage the LEGO fan community, the LEGO Ideas Review Team is also hosting a giveaway where LEGO fans can have the chance to win a signed, LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils (21320) by fan designer Jonathan Brunn. Joining is easy – simply comment on LEGO Ideas’ official social media channels (on this blogsite, on Facebook & Twitter) and make your best guess on what will be our next official LEGO Ideas set based on these qualifying entries. One random comment from each of these platforms will be selected. This particular comment must be able to correctly guess or comes close to the final result in order to bag the prize. Posting of comments will end once the Facebook livestream begins during the abovementioned time.
Given the current trend on NASA and space-themed sets, my best guess is that either the UCS Space Shuttle Atlantis or the NASA Spacecraft makes will emerge as the overall winner. How about you, what do you think will be our next LEGO Ideas set? Don’t forget to submit your comments over at LEGO Ideas, and care to share them as well in the comments section below.
Here’s another space-themed LEGO set to add to your collection if perchance it gets approved. Following the success of the SpaceX Falcon 9, we now have the Mini-fig Scale Project Gemini as the next LEGO Ideas product idea to hit the 10K fan support mark. Designed by LEGO fan Stevenhoward27, this qualifying entry pays tribute to NASA’s initial efforts of bringing astronauts into space, supporting the Apollo mission of preparing and enabling our first baby steps on the moon.
Similar to the official LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309), the Project Gemini follows a modular representation of the transport’s re-entry module, a retrograde section, and an adapter equipment section. It also features two astronaut minifigures and a stand for display purposes. I like the inclusion of the official NASA Project Gemini logo at the base of the stand which gives it a premium, collectible feel.
The LEGO Ideas Mini-fig Scale Project Gemini is the 7th product idea to qualify for the First 2020 Review Stage which will commence sometime in May of this year. Here’s how Stevenhoward27 describes his fan submission.
Mini-fig Scale Project Gemini
We would not have gone to the moon if it weren’t for Project Gemini. Mercury was the first stepping stone and Apollo is what got us there, but Gemini was essential for learning on-orbit rendezvous, the first spacewalks, and other important experiments and tests before traveling to the moon.
Here is my build depicting Project Gemini at mini-fig scale! It includes a display stand with the Project Gemini patch, the reentry module with detachable rendezvous and recovery section and opening hatches, the adapter/retrograde section, and the adapter equipment section. There are two astronaut mini-figs with one that can be displayed on a space-walk as Ed White did on Gemini 4 with a Hand-Held Maneuvering Unit. There are 881 pieces that make up this set.
The Mini-fig Scale Project Gemini would be a great addition to the existing LEGO Nasa models and a good model for any space enthusiast.
Congratulations to Steven for a job well done and we wish him all the best during this year’s first LEGO Ideas Review Stage.
More rumors are coming out from the leaking faucet. After the news came out regarding what to expect from the next 2020 wave of LEGO Marvel Superheroes sets, we now have additional info about the next series of LEGO DC Comics Superheroes sets coming this second half of 2020 courtesy of Promobricks.
LEGO DC Wonder Woman 1984
Similar to what LEGO did with DCEU’s Wonder Woman in 2017’s Wonder Woman Warrior Battle (76075), the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 sequel will also be receiving the LEGO treatment. We have no information as to date regarding its exact set name but for the time being, lets refer to it as Wonder Woman vs Cheetah (76157). It features a large satellite dish with minifigure versions of Wonder Woman and Cheetah. This set is slated to be released in June, just in time for its tie-up film landing on theaters on June 5, 2020.
As it turns out, we can expect three new LEGO Batman sets to arrive also in June, one of which is labeled as ‘4+’. The smallest in the set, which is also the one tagged as for 4+ kids, is the Penguin Pursuit (76158). It features a Penguin minifigure and a small brick-built duck which we assume as the titular villain’s vehicle. It also includes a Bat Boat with a Batman minifigure. Based on its description, it somehow thematically resembles that of the LEGO Batman: The Penguin Face Off (76010) from 2014 save for the Bat Submarine.
We also have another mid-sized set which is called Joker’s Trike Chase (76159) that features a trike with a grotesque grin which obviously the vehicle of choice for Joker. It also includes a Batman minifigure together with his Batmobile. Other minifigures include Harley Quinn with her oversized, black and red hammer, and Robin.
The last set in this series and what seems to be the largest, is the Mobile Bat Base (76160). Retailing for 89.99 Euro, it includes the minifigures of Batman, Batgirl, Nightwing (red, New 52 version), Mr. Freeze, Bronze Tiger, and Man Bat. From what it seems, the Mobile Bat Base also features several interlocking vehicles.
Here’s a brief rundown of all the LEGO DC Comics Superheroes that we know will be arriving in June. Please take note that the set names mentioned above are just based on the set’s initial descriptions and may still change once LEGO makes their official reveal.
LEGO DC Comics Wonder Woman vs Cheetah (76157) – €39.99 | June 2020 release date
LEGO Batman Penguin Pursuit 4+ (76158) – €9.99 | June 2020 release date
LEGO Batman Joker’s Trike Chase (76159) – €49.99 | June 2020 release date
LEGO Batman Mobile Bat-Base (76160) – €89.99 | June 2020 release date
We caught a glimpse of things to come for LEGO’s licensed sets during the recently concluded Nuremberg Toy Fair. And for those of you who were following this news, it was pretty obvious that LEGO is putting a tight lid on some of these licensed sets until such time their respective embargos are lifted. However, news along the grapevine suggests that there is still more to expect from LEGO’s licensed themes, particularly from its 2020 LEGO Marvel Superheroes.
LEGO Marvel Eternals
According to a report from Promobricks, we can still expect a handful of LEGO Marvel sets that are based on new subthemes or titles. We already know that a LEGO Marvel Black Widow’s Helicopter Chase (76162) is coming out in March as a tie-in set for the upcoming Black Widow spin-off MCU film, and for the second half of 2020, we will also be seeing another round of MCU-inspired sets in the form of the LEGO Marvel Eternals sets. Specifically, we can expect four (4) sets for this subtheme somewhat similar to how LEGO released tie-in sets for the Spider-Man: Far From Home film. As of now, we only know of the price of the small set, 76145, under this Marvel subtheme which is expected to retail for 9.99 Euro. We’re looking for a release date sometime in October, or earlier during the second half of this year, just in time for the marketing campaign for the film which will land in theaters in November.
LEGO Marvel Spider-Man
Other than the LEGO Marvel Spider-Man Venom Crawler (76163) whose images were recently found in LEGO servers, only to be removed afterward, we can look forward to another LEGO Spidey set to follow soon. A LEGO Marvel Spider-Man vs Venom (76151) is also expected to arrive, focusing more on the web crawler’s titular symbiote nemesis. This development is exciting at many levels because other than putting the spotlight on Venom as a LEGO set, it further confirms the eventual cinematic crossover of MCU’s Spider-Man to that of Sony’s version of Venom. The LEGO Marvel Spider-Man vs Venom (76151) set is described to feature a large brick-built black mech lizard and a smaller vehicle with shooters. The black mech lizard is obviously the centerpiece of this set akin to the Venom Crawler. However, fans will be excited to know that other than the Spider-Man, Venom, and Iron-Spider minifigures included in this set, this will be our first-ever set to feature a Spider-Ham minifigure. That certainly is interesting.
LEGO Marvel Avengers
Loki is returning to the LEGO limelight with a new set dedicated to the mischievous Norse god. The LEGO Marvel Wrath of Loki (76152) is expected to be a substantially large 4+ set that features an Avenger Tower, a small Quinjet, and a green aircraft for Loki and five minifigures: Loki, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and Captain Marvel.
S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Helicarrier will also be returning in LEGO form this 2020, though in a smaller version. Tagged as set 76153, it is expected to retail for 120 Euros, significantly smaller to that of 2015’s The SHIELD Hellicarrier (76042) which retailed for $350. However, this newer version of the Hellicarrier packs a lot of minifigs, including Iron Man, Thor, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Nick Fury, War Machine and a SHIELD Agent. War Machne is said to have a new shoulder cannon, while another Marvel villain will be coming back in LEGO form – MODOK will be returning in this set, though not in minifigure form as we first saw him in Avengers: Hulk Lab Smash (76018) back in 2014. This newer version of MODOK will be brick-built so its kind of interesting how this will turn out. This newer SHIELD Hellicarrier (76153) will come in a gray and blue color scheme, plus a blue-yellow Quinjet that can land on the Hellicarrier itself.
Other than these two sets, we can also expect three additional Avengers-inspired sets such: a new Hulkbuster (76164) which includes minifigures of Iron Rescue, and two SHIELD Agents; the previously reported Iron Man Bust (76165), and a new and larger Avengers Tower (76165) featuring seven new minifigs: Red Skull, Iron Man, Black Widow, two SHIELD Agents, and two undisclosed villains or superheroes.
To sum it up here’s what we know so far about these 2020 LEGO Marvel Superheroes sets slated to arrive this year.
LEGO Marvel Eternals (76145) – €9.99 | October 2020 release date
LEGO Marvel Eternals (76154) – €19.99 | October 2020 release date
LEGO Marvel Eternals (76155) – €59.99 | October 2020 release date
LEGO Marvel Eternals (76156) – €99.99 | October 2020 release date
LEGO Spider-Man: Spider-Man vs Venom (76151) – €??.?? | ???? release date
LEGO Marvel Wrath of Loki 4+ (76152) – €59.99 | June 2020 release date
LEGO Marvel Hellicarrier (76153) – €119.99 | June 2020 release date
LEGO Marvel Hulkbuster (76164) – €39.99 | August 2020 release date
LEGO Marvel Iron Man Bust (76165) – €59.99 | August 2020 release date
LEGO Marvel Avengers Tower (76166) – €89.99 | August 2020 release date
Other officially released LEGO Marvel set includes:
The pilot episode of LEGO Masters US has finally arrived last week, and our ten pairs of contestants never failed to wow viewers and LEGO fans with their awesome builds and Instagram-worthy brick creations. The rule is simple: build the grandest and most ambitious original LEGO creation in 15 hours based on an overarching theme, and see if it can tick all the boxes that the judges are looking for.
For its first episode, Will Arnett did not beat around the bush (except for an occasional joke or two) when he explained what’s at stake throughout the entire competition: a staggering $100,000 for the winning pair, a unique LEGO trophy, and the bragging rights for the first-ever LEGO Masters US. And for the first challenge, they have to impress contest judges Amy Corbett and Jamie Berard with their original Dream Park Theme Park creation with the goal of earning the elusive Golden Brick. This will grant the winner a kind of immunity that will protect them from elimination whenever they find themselves in a rough spot throughout the course of the contest.
Each pair of contestants went to work right away determined to create an impression with their first entry in this season. Christian & Aaron turned heads with their visually stunning Spaceland carnival and its massive Ferris wheel centerpiece. Krystle & Amie immediately knew that a Fairy Wonderland Park is the thing for them with their Flying Fairy Carousel. The LEGO-building, police and communications tandem of Mel & Jermaine opted for an Egyptian-themed Pharaoh Sands theme park. The father and son team of Manny & Nestor and their Team G Dream Adventure Mountain. Undoubtedly, one of the most elaborate builds in this episode were also delivered by Boone & Mark with their Timber Town theme park. Not to be outdone, Sam & Jessica also came up with their own mechanical rides with their candy-themed, Sugar Hill theme park. Perhaps the most technically challenging creation in this episode will be Tyler & Amy’s Funny Farm with its ‘egg drop’ silo. The Daydream theme park is a sort of throwback to brothers Travis & Corey when they used to make their own brick-built rides when they were kids. Jessie & Kara, on the other hand, found themselves in a relatively difficult situation when they decided to scrap their original plan altogether in favor of a pirate, castle, and space-themed park which they collectively dubbed Journey Through Dreams. But thankfully they managed to pull it off. Finally, we have the team of Richard & Flynn with their Spooky Town carnival ride with its bat-themed Fun House.
In the end, there can only be one recipient of the Golden Brick and for this episode, the immunity goes to the winning duo of Christian & Aaron with their Spaceland theme park. Manny & Nestor also teetered towards the bottom two ranks together with Sam & Jessica. The former due to an incomplete roller coaster ride that failed to impress the judges, while the latter due to a glaring technical problem with their motorized bumper cars. If Boone & Mark somehow managed to pull off the roller coaster mechanism in their Timber Town, I’m very positive that they will have a greater chance of earning that Golden Brick.
In a gladly surprising turn of events, there were no eliminations during this pilot episode. However, the stakes will be higher this Wednesday where we will get to see who among our teams will be the first to go home. Be sure to stay tuned on Fox this Wednesday at 9/8c where our contestants will be coming up with their best space-themed creation that will be later on smashed in slow motion. While waiting, be sure to keep those purchase receipts when you buy your next LEGO set to have a shot in winning through the LEGO Masters US Sweepstakes raffle.
LEGO fans have shown their support once again to LEGO’s space-themed sets with this recently qualified LEGO Ideas product idea. The SpaceX Falcon 9 by Lego_Aviator is now the sixth product idea to make it to the First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review Stage.
The LEGO Ideas SpaceX Falcon 9 was inspired by the two-stage transport rocket developed Elon Musk’s Space X program. Proportionally scaled to that of the LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309), this latest entry to the 10K club features a kind of modular design with its detachable Satellite and Dragon spacecraft. Here’s a closer look at the details of this LEGO product idea straight from its fan designer.
SpaceX Falcon 9 (Saturn V Scale)
Ready to grace your collections on the same scale as the recently released Saturn V set (1:110) is the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket! Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by Elon Musk’s SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. Falcon 9 is the first orbital-class rocket capable of re-flight and is a historic new step in humanity’s quest to explore the solar system! Re-create your own missions with this feature-rich recreation.
Full-stack rocket, including detailed feed lines, landing legs, and grid fins.
Separable second stage with removable two-piece payload fairing.
Deployable grid fins and landing legs with removable support struts so you can display your model ready for liftoff or recently returned for re-use!
No hidden support base. The landed setup supports its own weight!
Various satellite payloads, pick your favorite mission!
Dragon spacecraft. (Almost complete, waiting on some parts)
Satellite and Dragon display stands.
Dragon 2 spacecraft planned.
Buy 3 and build a Falcon Heavy version. (Digital version in progress)
No Lego rocket collection is complete without the latest in cutting edge rocket development!
If you recall Bricky_Brick (or Pablo Jimenez in real life) is the creative genius behind the previously approved and upcoming LEGO Ideas Pirate Bay back in September from last year. He is also the creator of the LEGO Ideas History Museum which is now currently in review during the Second 2019 LEGO Review Stage. The results of this review stage are expected to come in by next week.
Pablo, as prolific builder and contributor over at the LEGO Ideas platform, has once again entered the elite circle of 10K qualifiers for the third time, getting the support of more than 10,000 members of the LEGO fan community for his Train Station: Studgate. Here’s how Pablo describes his next creation.
The Train Station: Studgate
Hello traveler, welcome to Studgate, the main station of the city and with the largest number of visitors, thousands of minifigures pass through this station every day.
Seventeenth-century concept station with new modern acquisitions, large glazing to gain more light and computer systems for ticket access.
The station has three heights, at its base an access for the first floor or terrace and the entrance with access for disabled people that leads to the platform. Once there, the platform allows access through the footbridge. For disabled people, there is a gangway system coordinated with trains to access the other side of the platform.
The glass dome (piece 2409) and the large glazed surfaces (piece 2408) are a tribute to the large space sets of the late 80s and early 90s, in this case, I have taken the liberty of making it transparent without dyes.
I also make a small tribute with the permission of the creators to a set that I have a lot of love (6601-1) Ice Cream Cart.
With some hesitation, I decided to include the train to give more gameplay and I think it’s a good option, with the train the project is at the limit of the number of pieces allowed but acquires greater value and logic for a train station.
It is a modern electric style train, with ease to adapt an engine, ease to include the wheelchair and several minifigures thanks to the folding roof.
They are 7 characters that accompany us.
1. Stationmaster: 2. Train driver 3. Girl in a wheelchair 4. Mother of the girl in the wheelchair 5. Staff on the ice cream stall 6. Carefree traveler 7. Business traveler
I can only say that I hope you like it, and if so, do not hesitate to vote for it. It will be an honor to see you pass through the station. Thank you very much for your support and confidence
Congratulations to Pablo and here’s to more exemplary builds to come!
The first episode of LEGO Masters US already kicked off yesterday, and I’m glad to see that none of our contestants are going home yet after a grueling 15 hours of building time (I’ll talk more about this on a separate post). While we’re eagerly waiting for the second episode to air next week, you might want to head over at your local LEGO Store to challenge yourself with that next awesome build. Because for every $10 you spend for any LEGO products will entitle you to a raffle entry to the LEGO Masters US Sweepstakes.
Every LEGO set purchase during the Registration Period from February 1 to April 30 (worth $10 or more) qualifies you to join the sweepstakes. For example, if your single-receipt purchase is worth $10 then you get one raffle entry, two entries if it is worth $20, five if it’s worth $50, ten entries if it’s $100 and so on.
And the prizes couldn’t be sweeter. Every week starting February 17 and every week thereafter, LEGO will draw from the pool of sweepstakes entries to select the winner of a Weekly Prize which is $500 worth of LEGO sets. And on May 11, winners for the First and Grand Prizes will also be selected where the First Prize Winner will receive a year’s supply of LEGO valued at $3,000, while the Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a trip for four (4) to LEGOLAND in New York.
The nice part about this LEGO Masters US Sweepstakes is that your LEGO purchases are not just limited to a LEGO brand store or LEGO Shop@Home in order to qualify, but may also include LEGO purchases with other partner stores as well such as Amazon, Walmart, and Target.
Remember to keep your receipts on your next LEGO purchase and read the rest of the contest rules to know more about how to submit your entries. Again registration for the LEGO Masters US Sweepstakes will end on April 30, 2020 (11:59PM ET) so be sure to grab your next LEGO bricks and receipts before then. Happy building!
Alright, I’m officially hyped. After almost 7 months of waiting, LEGO Masters US is finally here! Get your bricks on as we witness 10 pairs of the most talented builders across the United States battle for the title to become the ultimate LEGO Master with a handsome cash reward of $100,000.
The names have been drafted, and with 20 individuals coming from all walks of life and professions sharing one passion for the LEGO brick, this will be surely one heck of a brick ride.
At the helm of the show will be judges Amy Corbett who also serves as a LEGO Senior Designer, and Jamie Berard the LEGO builder par excellence who is responsible for most of the beloved sets under the LEGO Creator Expert and Architecture themes. And of course, to level up the challenges that contestants have to face throughout the competition, we have the guy behind the brooding voice of LEGO Batman, Will Arnett, to host the series. A number of celebrities will also be in the show such as Terry Crews, Nicole Byer, Mayim Bialik, Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller. A Star Wars-themed episode will also see a special appearance of R2-D2, C3-PO and BB-8.
Similar to previous seasons, the LEGO Masters US will feature a ton of building challenges that will stretch the limits of our contestants’ creativity. Other than the Star Wars-inspired episode, there will also be a movie-themed episode, a “Good vs Evil Challenge” and a Story Book episode. Details are sketchy, but the titles of the first three episodes are already posted online so it’s exciting to see what will happen in the show throughout the month of February. Some of these follow the same challenges as that from Season 2 in LEGO Masters Australia, like the Cut in Half episode.
February 5 – Dream Park Theme Park
The pairs of contestants are introduced; each duo must craft one section of a theme park, and when the sections are combined, they create an impressive theme park world.
February 12 – Space Smash
Each duo must create a space-themed build; the creations must impress the judges when they are smashed in slow motion; Mayim Bialik guest judges.
February 19 – Cut in Half
Each team is given an everyday object that has been sliced in two and they are tasked with building its other half.
The first episode of LEGO Masters US will air tonight on Fox 9/8c, and will also be available for streaming via the FOX NOW app if you have a cable account or subscription. It will also be available for Hulu subscribers on Thursday morning.
A few weeks ago, LEGO Ideas launched a voting campaign to hear what LEGO Star Wars fans have to say about what they want to see as the next Ultimate Collector Series (UCS) set. There were three choices to consider and now that the votes are finally in, it looks like we will be getting a LEGO Star Wars UCS Republic Gunship anytime soon.
The announcement was made over at the LEGO Ideas blogsite, where the iconic transport from the Star Wars prequels (Attack of the Clones) emerged as the top choice of more than half of those who voted. Following the Republic Gunship is the Nebulon B Escort Frigate, and the TIE Bomber.
Truth be told, I was expecting the Nebulon B to come up on top since this is a UCS set intended to be displayed with all its intricate details. Furthermore, we haven’t seen this frigate before in LEGO form so it will be nice to have a unique LEGO Star Wars set that wasn’t rehashed before. Nevertheless, since more than half of the votes were in favor of the Republic Gunship, then I guess that proves it to be more popular and appealing.
Obviously there are no details yet on when this LEGO Star Wars UCS Republic Gunship will be arriving. My best guess is that we’re looking at either a January or May 2021 release date for that matter. As an extra surprise, those who participated in the voting process also has the chance of winning a free UCS Republic Gunship once it is released, together with a LEGO Star Wars Yoda (75255) set. Three winners will be randomly selected and will be contacted via email.
So what do you think of the upcoming LEGO Star Wars UCS Republic Gunship? Will you be looking forward to this? Let me know what you think in the comments below.