Just a few minutes after the party-themed LEGO CMF Series 18 was put on display at the 2018 New York Toy Fair, LEGO has finally released official images of this LEGO 40th minifig anniversary series. Officially revealed via its social media sites, we now have these images of each the minifigs of Series 18. I simply need all of them: end of my commentary. Which one is your favorite?
The Toy Association has announced the roster of winners of this year’s Toy of the Year Awards, with LEGO dominating other collectible toys. If you recall last November, we reported a total of 5 LEGO sets that were chosen as finalists across various categories:
2018 TOTY Finalist: Collectible of the Year – LEGO Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures (71017)
2018 TOTY Finalists: Specialty Toy of the Year – LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192)
2018 TOTY Finalists: Tech Toy of the Year – LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox (17101)
Among these 5 LEGO sets, 3 were awarded during the Toy Association’s Gala Night, picking up the awards for Construction Toy of the Year, Specialty Toy of the Year, and Tech Toy of the Year.
Winner: 2018 TOTY Construction Toy of the Year
Winner: 2018 TOTY Specialty Toy of the Year
Winner: 2018 TOTY Tech Toy of the Year
Congratulations once again to LEGO! For the complete list of winners, check out The Toy Association’s official announcement.
As we prep the stage – or in this, case our blogsite and YouTube channel – for the opening of the 2018 New York Toy Fair, we’re glad that Brick Show Brian is on the floor to give you live updates as they happen at LEGO’s Booth #1335 of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
To kick start the occasion, LEGO has just released an official press statement detailing all the things that we can expect from them at this year’s grandest Toy Fair. As it turns out, based on their press release, it looks like LEGO will not be holding back from its original plan of revealing the summer line-up after all.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed as we wait and see if LEGO will pull the veil off from these exciting sets once the doors of the Javits Convention Center opens:
LEGO Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts
LEGO Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
LEGO Powerpuff Girls
LEGO Creator Mythical Creatures
LEGO Creator Pirate Roller Coaster
LEGO Creator Creative Suitcase
LEGO City Arctic Expedition
LEGO Town, Trains and Great Vehicles
LEGO Friends Friendship House
LEGO Friends Racing
LEGO Ninjago Movie Sets (hopefully, we’ll get a glimpse of the LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City Docks 70657)
LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu (sets based on the two new seasons of TV series).
LEGO Collectible Minifigures:
– LEGO Batman Movie CMF Series 2 (20 minifigs); LEGO CMF Series 18 (17 minifigs); and a THIRD series that will launch later this year (22 minifigs???)
LEGO Marvel Avengers: Infinity War
LEGO Star Wars (28 new sets, including the Kessel Run Millennium Falcon and the rest of Han Solo sets)
LEGO Ideas (news of additional sets will be announced during the NYTF. Again, I’m keeping my fingers crossed to see or even just a catch a glimpse of the long overdue LEGO Ideas Voltron: Defender of the Universe).
LEGO Juniors Incredibles 2
LEGO Duplo Steam Train
This is not an all inclusive list, and we bet that LEGO has more in store during the next four days of the NYTF. So be sure to stay tuned here at the Brick Show for live updates as they happen at this year’s Toy Fair!
WARNING: NOT-SO-MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
We’re counting the hours away before the New York Toy Fair commences, and just when we thought that LEGO is done with its reveals following the announcement of the return of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, and the Powerpuff Girls, the lid has been finally removed from the much talked about LEGO Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom sets. Admittedly, NBC Universal has been on extreme ‘hush mode’ when word about these sets first came out last month. Some of you are quite quick on the mouse clicks, and managed to save a copy of some of the juicy info about these much-talked about sets.
This time, the embargo is finally lifted and we can now see all these sets in their finest detail. Moreover, LEGO also opted to share the product descriptions of these sets, along with their official images. As I said earlier, some minor (or major, depending on how you look at it) spoilers ahead, so tread on at your own risk. Check these out.
LEGO Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Sets
Pteranodon Chase (75926)
$19.99| 126 pieces | Ages 6+
Time to evacuate! This Pteranodon needs rescuing from the erupting volcano but is a fast flyer, so help Owen and the tracker jump into the high-speed offroader and race across Isla Nublar to save it from danger. Retrieve its egg and fire the net shooter to bring the creature down. Then sedate it with the tranquilizer gun and prepare for your next mission!
Stygimoloch Breakout (75927)
$29.99 | 222 pieces | Ages 6+
Sound the alert! The Stygimoloch has broken free. Help it smash through the lab door and cause mayhem by flipping the workbench over and smashing the window, then make a speedy escape. The guard won’t believe his eyes when he sees the Stygimoloch charging towards him, so call for back-up!
Blue’s Helicopter Pursuit (75928)
$39.99 | 397 pieces | Ages 7+
Watch out for the trap! Too late—Blue has been tricked into entering the cage after spotting food left by Wheatley and the pilot. Jump onto the quadbike and speed after Owen’s dinosaur ally before the evil hunters fly off with it in the helicopter. Fire the crossbow to stop them, set the dinosaur free and take back the stolen eggs—but watch out for the helicopter’s powerful 6-stud shooter.
Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape (75929)
$79.99 | 577 pieces | Ages 7+
Run for cover! Things are getting hot on Isla Nublar as the island’s volcanoes start erupting and a deadly Carnotaurus appears. Hit full speed in the truck and help Owen, Franklin and Claire escape the falling lava rocks and rampaging predator. Hide in the mobile control center or launch the Gyrosphere, but don’t forget to rescue the baby dinosaur and its eggs before you go!
Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate (75930)
$129.99 | 1,019 pieces | Ages 8+
The 3-level Lockwood Estate features an office, bedroom with bed, laboratory area with museum display cases and a collapsible roof. The set includes two dinosaurs, Indoraptor and Velociraptor which feature posable limbs, head and snapping jaws. Also includes a buildable triceratops skull. You can customize the estate using the configurable walls and push the dinosaur heads through the windows to cause a smashing effect. Place the baby Velociraptor in the laboratory and run some DNA tests. Play features also include a lever to activate the collapsing roof! Weapons include a tranquilizer gun and an axe. Accessory elements include an auction hammer, umbrella and a dinosaur egg.
LEGO Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Juniors
Pteranadon Escape (10756)
$19.99 | 84 pieces | Ages 4+
Watch out, the volcano’s going to blow! Keep an eye on the lava flow as you wait for the helicopter to come in and rescue you. There it is! Grab the rope swinging from the door and start climbing in. Better hurry, that lava ball is getting close. Hey, what’s that? That Pteranadon is flying in fast; can you get away before it catches up?
Raptor Rescue Truck (10757)
$24.99 | 85 pieces | Ages 4+
Grab the chicken leg and head to the truck! The volcano on the island is about to blow, and it’s up to you to save the lost Raptor. Drop the cage on the ground and open the gate, and then attach the chicken to the stick and use it as bait to tempt the Raptor to the cage. Can you and Owen rescue the Raptor and get away in time?
T. Rex Breakout (10758)
$49.99 | 150 pieces | Ages 4+
Watch the gates, there’s a T. rex on the loose! Help Claire and the scientist watch over the baby dinosaur and the eggs while the guard climbs the ladder to look out for the giant dinosaur. Load the hot dog onto the robotic arm and distract the T. rex away from the gate. Then load up the eggs in the back of the truck, open the gates and speed to safety!
LEGO Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Duplo
Gentle Giants Petting Zoo (10879)
$19.99 | 24 pieces | Ages 2+
Little dinosaur fans will love to create endless role-play adventures as they visit the Gentle Giants Petting Zoo with this Jurassic World toddler toy. Help young children develop fine motor skills as they build and rebuild the baby dinosaur enclosure and help Gray Mitchell use his camera to snap pictures of the baby Triceratops as he stands on the swinging bridge, or the Diplodocus as he eats the vegetation. But don’t get too close—baby dinosaurs can still bite! Includes a LEGO® DUPLO® Gray Mitchell figure plus 2 baby dinosaur figures.
T. Rex Tower (10880)
$29.99 | 22 pieces | Ages 2+
Enter Jurassic World with your child and recreate all the drama and tension from the movie, with this exciting set! There’s a T. rex on the loose and it’s snapping its jaws! Preschool children will love to help Owen Grady speed in with the car, face off with the huge dinosaur and make it safely into the turning control tower to call for backup. This easy-to-build dinosaur toy with large building bricks is great for creating endless role-play stories with a dinosaur theme. Includes an Owen Grady LEGO® DUPLO® figure, plus a T. rex figure.
Friday is the first day of the Year of the Dog in the Chinese Zodiac Calendar, and in China as well as countries with a significant Chinese community present, celebrations are starting to kick-off as the world turns. Giveaways of good fortune symbols are going on as we speak. LEGO has its own Chinese New Year tradition going on, and it began when their factory in Jiaxing opened to cater to their growing Asian market. Since then, a special display set depicting the Chinese Zodiac Animal of the year has been released, the latest being the LEGO Year of the Dog (40235).
As already made known, this cute little guy is the first of the LEGO Chinese New Year sets to get an international release outside the Asian LEGO market. Collectors are sure to be drawn in, by its simple yet adorable design, which includes articulated ears and tail to pose, however.
Once February 16 hits, the seasonal LEGO Year of the Dog (40235) will be available on Shop@Home, exclusive through this special offer. For a minimum online purchase of $88, one box of this year’s Zodiac Animal will be added to your cart. This was pointed out by The Brick Fan, who notes that the $50 amount listed on the official LEGO Shop US site is a typo.
Note also that only one free set will be given to each household when buying online at Shop@Home. It’ll be up to you if the Chinese New Year Dog will be a gift to your own family members or to another.
The set box even comes with a LEGO yellow envelope similar to the traditional hóngbāo or red envelope, where you can tuck in a dedication message if you’d like. Remember that this offer is only from February 16 to 28, so get this piece of Chinese good fortune for 2018, while supplies last.
Oh boy, things are getting better and better with LEGO Ideas! After almost one and a half year since our Master Builder Tyler posted his own rendition of Disney’s lovable little blue alien as a LEGO Ideas project, my personal wish finally came true. If you recall way back in October of 2016, Tyler (who goes by the name Legohaulic over at ideas.LEGO.com) toyed with the idea of rendering Disney’s Stitch in a custom set and see how fans will react if it is submitted as a LEGO Ideas project. I have previously shared my thoughts and comments about this, and true enough, it turns out that I’m not the only who share the sentiment and admiration for this particular project, with 10K supporters who gladly gave their vote to see this project become a reality.
So it is with much excitement that I share with you guys, and for those who believe in Tyler’s work, that his LEGO Ideas Project Stitch is now one of the candidates for the First 2018 LEGO Ideas Review Stage! As one of the very few MOCs who tried to capture Stitch in all his wackiness and emotive expressions, Tyler’s original creation stands out by highlighting Stitch in his many forms, disguises and antics, including this not so threatening version of Stitch in his red alien costume.
Tyler’s creation joins the roster of other LEGO Ideas projects that qualified this year’s first LEGO Ideas Review Stage such as the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano (Smoke Squadron), SR-71A Final Flight, and Treehouse. I understand that LEGO Ideas has already changed its policies regarding how projects may or may not be approved depending if it already has an existing line or license with LEGO. However, we still do not have an official LEGO set (save for Stitch being included in the LEGO Disney CMF series) where Stitch is included as a minifig, so I really hope that LEGO will make this one happen. If it does, then LEGO Ideas Stitch, and Voltron: Defender of the Universe, will surely be day 1 buys for me.
Towards the end of January, we finally got our first good look at LEGO’s next wave of Speed Champions sets, long loved by LEGO motor enthusiasts but somewhat under represented in the past. Prospective collectors were bowled over by the six initial releases: two Porches, two Ferrari and two Ford sets.
In recent press release, the LEGO Group gave its thoughts on one of the most classic muscle cars of all time, now rendered in LEGO bricks. The LEGO Speed 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback (75884) is both a testament to Ford’s outstanding legacy in the automobile industry, and our love for America’s favorite sports car.
Here’s part of LEGO and Ford’s press release courtesy of The Brick Fan. It talks about the efforts to evoke an authentic image of the 1968 mustang Fastback for Speed Champions, such as the bodywork color scheme, the driver minifigure’s uniform design, and even a Ford-branded time board.
Ford and LEGO® are celebrating Ford’s heritage by adding a 1968 Mustang fastback race car to the LEGO Speed Champions lineup.
As a tribute to America’s favorite sports car, the 183-piece Ford Mustang kit features green bodywork with gold dual stripes and wheels, race graphic stickers, removable windscreen and a mini-figure driver wearing a classic racing suit. For added fun, the race car set includes a Ford-branded timing board.
“The new Ford Mustang LEGO Speed Champions set gives parents and children the chance to share their passions – generations of fans have grown up building LEGO sets and spending time together behind the wheel,” said Myra Lind, LEGO Speed Champions marketing manager. “This partnership of iconic brands allows kids of all ages to enjoy the latest products from two great companies.”
Ford licensing manager Matt Monroe has this to say regarding the LEGO Speed Champions Mustang Fastback (75884): “We worked closely with LEGO to design a vintage Mustang, personalizing the fastback with stripes and decals that harken back to Ford’s racing heritage. This 1968 Mustang fastback race car is a special product that adds even more excitement to Ford’s LEGO Speed Champions lineup.”
The 1968 Ford Mustang (75884), alongside the Ford Fiesta WRC rally car (75885), Ferrari 488 GT3 “Scuderia Corsa” (75886), Porsche 919 Hybrid (75887), Porsche 911 RSR and 911 Turbo 3.0 double pack (75888), and the Ferrari Ultimate Garage with 3 cars (75889), all goes on sale March 1.
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.
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.
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)
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.