First Look At The LEGO Juniors Incredibles 2 Elastigirl’s Rooftop Pursuit (10759)

Following the reveal of the LEGO Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom T. Rex Transport (75933) over at eBay, we now have another upcoming set that made its early debut over at the popular reselling site. If you recall during this year New York Toy Fair, Brian was able to cover some LEGO Juniors tie-in set that features the superhero family of the Incredibles in their next high-powered Disney Pixar film. Unfortunately, back then, we were not allowed to take photos for obvious reasons. Though we have already seen the official images of two of these recent sets, one is still kept under wraps, perhaps because of being too spoilery.

But if you don’t mind the mild spoilers, then you might want to check out what eBay reseller littledanish0714 has posted online. After giving us our first glimpse of the T. Rex Transport (75933), we now have a first look at the LEGO Juniors Incredibles 2 Elastigirl’s Rooftop Pursuit (10759) as you can see below.

The set features Elastigirl (aka Mrs. Incredible) with the same bendy arms as that of Ms. Marvel in Captain America Jet Pursuit (76076), and a new robotic-like character. I’m not sure if this new character is a friend or foe (I’m more likely inclined to believe the latter) to Elastigirl, but what I find interesting is the new minifigure mould that goes along with it. It looks the same as that of the hairpiece that goes with Robin in The LEGO Batman Movie with his googly green eyes, though it is different at the same time especially when mounted on a robot-like helmet. The LEGO Juniors Incredibles 2 Elastigirl’s Rooftop Pursuit (10759) comes in at 95 pieces and is expected to arrive in stores sometime next month or May, retailing for $19.99.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Gets The LEGO BrickHeadz Treatment

Earlier this month, we got hold of a rumored list of LEGO BrickHeadz sets that are based on popular themes such as Disney, Star Wars, and Justice League – with some of these expected to be available sometime in April. I’m looking forward to most of these sets, and I have to admit that some of these sets, if per chance true, will probably be LEGO’s best BrickHeadz sets ever.

Eventually, it looks like we have our first images from this rumored wave of brick-built collectibles. Over the weekend, it was revealed that we will have another LEGO BrickHeadz combo pack similar to the likes of the LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz Rey and Kylo (41489). Just in time for the film’s release in June, official images of the LEGO Jurassic World BrickHeadz Owen and Blue (41614) has been released, courtesy of our friends over at Brothers Brick. Check this out.

This set features the film’s main character and his head dino, which is by far, our very first non-humanoid character in LEGO BrickHeadz form. Since the launch of BrickHeadz two years ago, this is the first time that we are getting a non-anthropomorphic BrickHeadz character, so I guess we just have to wait and see how fans will respond to this. Frankly speaking, though Owen’s BrickHeadz rendition is typically the same as that of other sets in the theme, Blue’s version kind of looks more like a flightless bird rather than a Raptor. I understand that LEGO wants to establish the BrickHeadz theme with a kind of distinct aesthetic, but I think this is one of the challenges that LEGO BrickHeadz designers must hurdle with regards to future sets – the balance between coming up with a quirky build that has that distinct BrickHeadz vibe, but still having that close semblance of the character it wishes to portray, humans or not.

As always, this particular LEGO BrickHeadz set comes with unique printed parts such Owen’s signature shirt and brown jacket, and Blue’s raptor scales. The set comes in at 234 pieces with an expected price range of $19.99 in the US. It is not clear yet as of this posting if the LEGO Jurassic World BrickHeadz Owen and Blue (41614) set will be another store exclusive, but will keep this under our radar and update you accordingly as soon as more related news comes in.

Student in Andorra Creates Working Artificial Arm with LEGO Technic

What we will feature here might well be the LEGO MOC to end all LEGO MOCs. It’s one thing to build stuff out of LEGOs to put up for display as a testament to one’s skill. It’s another to construct an MOC that fulfills a specific function, on one’s body.

David Aguilar is an 18-year-old college student from Andorra, a small country located on the border between France and Spain. He’s much like any other guy who got interested in LEGO and became proficient at building with it, save for one thing: he was born with an under-developed right arm.

Aguilar grew up enduring the jeers of other children due to having a limb that ended in a stump below his right elbow, topped with a vestigial growth that never matured into a hand. His LEGO passion led to him deciding to build an artificial LEGO arm at age 9.

Unfortunately, he discovered that regular LEGO bricks weren’t tough enough for the kind of strain one might subject to a flesh-and-blood arm. It wasn’t until Aguilar was 18 that he did another serious attempt. This time, he utilized building elements from the mechanically advanced Technic line, sturdier than regular LEGOs.

The result was a remarkably functional artificial limb. Using the mechanical features of LEGO Technic, his created arm had a claw hand with a decent grip. Its strong construction also enables Aguilar to push open doors with the arm and even have it help support his weight when doing push-ups.

Currently, Aguilar utilizes a “MK-II” version of his Technic arm that sports a battery which functions as a bicep for a natural arm joint movement. His supreme building skills have made David Aguilar a celebrity to his teachers and schoolmates at his Andorran college. We too salute his awesome achievement.

LEGO Marvel Guardians’ Ship Polybag (30525) Spotted in Walmart

There’s not much we know yet about the primarily orange spaceship that the Guardians of the Galaxy will be using in Avengers: Infinity War in the MCU. It’s apparently similar to their original vessel, the Milano, which was wrecked in GOTG Vol. 2 movie, but never actually referred by name.

Anyway, you may recall the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Guardians Ship (30525) polybag as being either part of a Marvel free-with-purchase promo on Shop@Home, as well as selling in Target (both early this March). The polybag has branched out in availability and can be found in Walmart stores as well.

The LMSH Guardians Ship (30525) might be easily found in the LEGO shelves of most Walmart branches’ toy section, and is reported to be priced at about $3.97 each. As stated before, the model therein is a micro version of the one found in the Thanos Ultimate Battle set (76107).

Playing around with the Guardians Ship in LEGO ought to be a fun diversion until April 27, when Avengers: Infinity War premieres in cinemas. Maybe then we’ll get to see what the real thing in the film can do (and perhaps answer the question of whether or not this is just a revamped Milano).

Avengers: Infinity War Official Full Trailer Has Finally Arrived!

Just a few minutes the full, official trailer of Avengers: Infinity War has finally arrived on the internet. I’m literally lost for words for each particular scene, except the sheer admiration for the Disney and Marvel’s ingenuity of bring these vast array of superheroes – with all their seriousness and quirkiness.

Oh, I almost fell from my seat seeing Cap backhandedly stopped Thanos supersized punch – and mind you, the purple giant was actually surprised himself. Well, enough with the comments. Let’s watch this.

 

 

LEGO Teases on the LEGO Ideas TRON: Legacy (21314)

LEGO Ideas’ social media channels have released a teaser video announcing the arrival of the upcoming LEGO Ideas TRON: Legacy (21314). We already know what to expect from the set thanks to the first image that we have of its box art. The set features two iconic light cycles based on the follow-up sequel TRON: Legacy released in 2010.

This set was conceptualized by BrickBros UK, and garnered the necessary support of LEGO fans, and approval of the LEGO Ideas Team during the first 2017 LEGO Ideas Review Stage. As typical of these kind of teasers, LEGO was scant on the details, but we can expect some official images anytime soon before its release next month. Will keep you posted anytime soon so be sure to keep us under your radar.

 

Another LEGO Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Set Surfaced – T. rex Transport (75933)

It looks like we have another brick dino on the loose. After the reveal of two, additional LEGO Jurasssic World: Fallen Kingdom sets, it seems that LEGO has another one in store for us. Posted via eBay, we now know that there will be another set slated to be released sometime next month or mid-May. The LEGO Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom T. rex Transport (75933) comes in at 609 pieces, and particularly highlights that scene in the film where the team of Zia Rodriguez (played by Daniella Pineda) tries to restrain the mighty T. Rex. Thankfully, littledanish0714 managed to post several images of the set on eBay. Take a look.

LEGO Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom T. rex Transport (75933)

The set comes with a T. Rex big fig,  a baby dino microfig, Zia Rodriguez (with dual molded legs) and two transport Guards. Though the trailer truck isn’t exactly on minifig scale, and the T. Rex’ cage is not that big as it looks as we saw from the trailers, it still looks decent with its blue and gray colors. The set also comes with a computer workstation and some accessories that we really don’t know the purpose, until we see them used in the film.

This particular LEGO Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom T. rex Transport (75933) set is listed in an inflated cost of $120 over at eBay, but it is expected that this set will retail in stores for around $70 USD. As a side note, the T. Rex in this set may also look the same as that of the T. Rex featured in the LEGO Juniors T. Rex Breakout (10758), but a closer comparison reveals that these Jurassic bigfigs have different printings. So if you’re a completionist and would like to have all of these dinos under this theme, then I suggest that you keep an eye on this new one as well.

 

 

New LEGO Rebrick Contest: LEGO Friends “Customize Your Go-Kart” and Win Official Friends Go-Kart Sets

The last LEGO Rebrick competition, to have a winning MOC design be put on display at Billund’s Home of the Brick in Denmark, will not be closing until next month. But already they’ve got a new contest up and running, this one involving a very specific product line: LEGO Friends.

Several other LEGO themes have already played with having buildable go-kart vehicles for their constituent minifigures, but this 2018 is the first time the Friends line will be focusing on this same gimmick. Now Rebrick is inviting interested builders to get really creative with the Friends girls and go-karts.

The rules are simple. Contestants need only to build a go-kart scene with LEGO Friends minifigures and building elements on an 8×12-stud base. It can be an interpretation of a Friends character’s go-kart, or have the minifigures act out a skit with a MOC go-kart, or even create a racetrack mock-up.

As this Rebrick contest is all about LEGO Friends, the rules stipulate that the resulting brick-and-minifigure vignettes must star any or all of the Friends girls (Olivia, Mia, Andrea, Emma, Stephanie) and relate to the Heartlake City setting. No 3rd party properties must be included in the Rebrick competition entries.

There will be three winners for this contest. Two runners-up will win four of the promised official LEGO Friends Go-Kart Racing sets ($150 value), and a choice of up to $200 worth of LEGO products on shop.LEGO.com. The grand winner will get 12 2018 Friends sets including the Go-Kart ones ($430 value), their choice of $600 worth of items in shop.LEGO.com, and a special trophy courtesy of the LEGO Friends design team. The prize sets will be delivered once available.

This Rebrick competition will last until May 2, plenty of time for entries to pile up. Visit the Rebrick contest page here for more details, and to see the entries that have already been passed.

Target Brings Back Chicken Suit Guy (5004468) Minifigure for Spring Promo

It’s an early Easter this 2018. (And it falls on April Fools, too!) We’ve already gotten a look at the Iconic Easter minifigure giveaway for this year, set 5005249 or the “Easter bunny costume guy”. But for those who missed one from past years, they might want to check Target.

A new spring promotion is being rolled out by Target, with a past Iconic Easter minifigure as the prize of sorts. This is the Chicken Suit Guy (5004468) that’s been a giveaway several times past. This time around, he’ll be available to Target shoppers purchasing LEGO sets with the REDCard.

Here’s how it goes. Shoppers on Target need to buy a minimum of $20 worth in selected LEGO sets by the retailer (this doesn’t include DUPLO or “Hard to Find” items). With the minimum purchase price and a REDCard, Chicken Suit Guy (5004468) will then be added to the cart.

Then again, if Target shoppers aren’t down with this spring promo, they can buy the 5004468 for $5.99 per piece. Do note however that, as an old minifigure, supplies of Chicken Suit Guy at Target stores will be limited. This promo ends next week on Saturday, March 24 11:59 PST.

Toys R Us Will Be Closing All Its US Stores

This is one piece of news that I wish to avoid, but I guess we need to address the elephant in the room. Since the news broke out that Toys R Us have filed for bankruptcy last September, followed by the underwhelming holiday sales, and now, the recent liquidation of its UK branches, everything is now downhill for the retail giant.

Just a few moments ago, The Wall Street Journal reported that TRU employees in the US were officially informed that the struggling retailer will now be closing all of its US stores which will threaten the livelihood of 33,000 jobs once its 700 and more US stores finally shuts down. The sad news was given by TRU Chief Executive David Brandon at the company’s Wayne, N.J. headquarters. Liquidation papers will be filed Wednesday evening, setting things in motion before the bankruptcy hearing on Thursday.

“I have always believed that this brand and this business should exist in the U.S.,” Brandon disclosed on a follow-up conference call with staff. He partly puts the blame to retailers and customers who shopped elsewhere during the holiday season, and added that everyone will feel TRU’s absence. They “will all live to regret what’s happening here,” Mr. Brandon said.

Other than closing all of its UK and US stores, TRU will also cease operation of its stores in other parts of the world such as in France, Spain, Poland, and Australia. It’s also looking forward to sell its operations in Canada, Central Europe and Asia. They are virtually shutting everything down, as Brandon puts it.

There are many reasons cited for TRU’s demise, both external and internal such as the tight online competition among other retail giants like Amazon, Walmart and Target. Consumer behavior has also changed dramatically where more and more consumers are getting accustomed on buying things online. Couple that with a billions of dollars of debt accumulated through the years, then this is a very sad case indeed of how a once mighty giant has fallen.

Our hearts go to the thousands of TRU employees who are now facing an uncertain future, to the AFOLs who have TRU as a significant part of their childhood, and for the next generation who will never know what it means to have the “walking to a TRU store” experience.

How do you feel about TRU’s US stores closing down? What’s the status in your local TRU store? Share your thoughts and comments below.