These days, the cinematic focus of the Wizarding World franchise from J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. is on the prequel adventures of Newt Scamander and his Fantastic Beasts. But fans will always be drawn to the original saga of Harry Potter and his seven years’ struggle against the evil Voldemort. LEGO and Harry Potter fans in the 2010s have been blessed with the series of WB Interactive and Traveller’s Tales LEGO video games about the Boy Who Lived, released on multiple video game platforms and re-released in a remastered format on today’s latest consoles. The newest take on this, LEGO Harry Potter Collection, is finally out starting today and to celebrate its release, WB Games UK have put out one last trailer for launch, again showcasing the good old LEGO Harry Potter gaming experience in high-definition graphics quality.
The LEGO Harry Potter Collection contains the original games from LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 (2010) and Years 5-7 (2011), and was first re-released in its remastered form for the PlayStation 4 two years ago. This year it comes out for the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, and also includes two DLC packs, one for extra characters and variations and one for more magical spells.
The LEGO Harry Potter Collection will make for a great way to immerse Potter-fans in the Wizarding World ahead of the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, premiering soon on November 16. You may order your copy of this latest video game offering over at Amazon where it currently sells for a discounted price (for Xbox One consoles).
The hype may have long died down at this point, but we’re sure lifelong LEGO fans can still remember the warm reception given to LEGO’s unbelievable achievement of using Technic pieces to create a working replica of the life-sized LEGO Bugatti Chiron sports car. By now that life-sized LEGO car may perhaps be more popular than the actual LEGO Technic Chiron (42083) introduced earlier in June.
We know that LEGO has sent their brick-built Bugatti Chiron on a European tour, making stops at racetracks or car shows along the way. The last we heard was that it was an “honored guest” at the Paris Motor Show this early October. Its next stop: across the English Channel.
Indeed, the life-sized LEGO Bugatti Chiron that impressed even veteran professional drivers despite its sub par top speed will now be making its way across the UK. On the first day of November it’ll be on proud display at the Westfield London.
Next, brick car will move to Westfield Stratford on November 3, before finally arriving at the Bluewater Dartford on November 8. So next month it’ll be England’s turn to get a closer look at The LEGO Group’s proud creation. Visitors will be allowed to rev the Power Functions-powered engine and fiddle with its other features.
Picking up retailer-exclusive LEGO sets are among the many joys of a dedicated LEGO collector. Sometimes these exclusives do not bear any theme name other than the LEGO brand itself, making them even more sought-after. This has been the case of the recently released LEGO Bean There, Donut That (40358) set, an exclusive for retail giant Target.
This set, already available on Target since the start of October, is normally priced at $19.99. If anyone interested in Bean There, Donut That (40358) has been holding off on account of the price, wait no more. Target’s just put it on sale. We’re looking at a 20% discount on this Target exclusive that knocks down its retail price of $19.99 to $15.99. That’s not bad at all for a small box set with 146 LEGO pieces and four minifigures. Speaking of minifigs, these set of four occupational minifigures are unique to this set and are not found anywhere else. Here’s a quick rundown of Bean There, Donut That (40358) as seen from Target’s website.
LEGO Bean There, Donut That (40358)
$15.99; 146 pieces
It’s a bright and sunny morning – time for LEGO minifigures everywhere to enjoy a quick breakfast before work. Build the sweet and colorful “Bean There, Donut That” food cart and start serving sweet treats and hot drinks! With cool elements like a bicycle, a basket, a cute Dalmatian dog, and plenty of coffee mugs, there’s plenty of opportunity for fun and realistic roleplay! A great addition to your LEGO brick collection, get inspired by this creative set!
- Build a Coffee & Donut Cart to serve breakfast!
- Includes 4 hardworking LEGO minifigures plus a curious dog
- Choose your favorite colorful donut from the menu – Yum!
Back when we first covered its initial introduction in September, we noted that this set had a lot of donut pieces and coffee mugs. Set 40358 will look right at home with LEGO City street settings, or any related City dining scenes or vignettes that you might be working on.
These past few months we covered the upcoming openings of several new LEGO stores across the country: new branches in South Carolina, Louisiana, New York, and more. In fact, some opened even earlier than were originally announced, and in the same LEGO Store opening fashion, some giveaways were handed out.
When new LEGO Stores in Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie, Metro New Orleans and in Ross Park Mall in Pittsburgh opened their doors to LEGO shoppers last weekend, the first 500 customers of each were presented with commemorative minifigures to mark the occasions, and each is appropriately dressed for the location.
The Louisiana minifigure is a funky jazz saxophonist dressed in a green and purple outfit, the colors of Mardi Gras. His Pittsburgh counterpart is a hockey player, whose blank black jersey happens to share the home colors of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. Both minifigures come in a LEGO Store Grand Opening foil pack with the names of the store locations as you can see from the images below shared by fans over Reddit.
Score. Grand opening swag. from lego
Exclusive figure for the Pittsburgh LEGO store grand opening from lego
In past LEGO brand store openings, the “first-500” welcoming gift had been a 3-pack of minifigures. With LEGO Stores now popping up all over like mushrooms, the cutting down to one is understandable; they even managed to match city themes. In case you’re wondering if they’re printed at the back, yes they are. According to those fortunate enough to grab their free LEGO swag, the backs of these minifigures are printed with the name of the LEGO Store where they were given away.
Of course, with the respective openings already over and done with, there’s no telling if there’ll be more of the New Orleans and Pittsburgh LEGO minifigures. They both were numbered in a 500 limited production run, so chances are, no. Perhaps somebody will eventually sell them for inflated prices online, but it’s up to you if you’ll keep an eye out for these or not.
A simplified description of the current atmosphere of the Star Wars franchise is that it’s both caught between two camps (“it’s okay” and “everything sucks now”), and that it’s “tired” (Solo’s bad box office was officially due to movie fatigue, having Disney-Lucasfilm announce that they’ll space films further after IX). But where LEGO Star Wars is concerned, everything looks promising. The sets are selling good and the minifigures are sought after. Now LEGO’s going to bring Star Wars to the TV in the form of LEGO Star Wars All Stars, a 3D animated series coming on Disney XD and DisneyNOW.
From the trailer they posted, it looks like LEGO Star Wars All Stars will cover all characters throughout the prequel, original and sequel sagas of the massive space opera franchise. That includes (young) Han Solo and Lando, Leia, Admiral Ackbar, Rey and Kylo Ren, and Roger (Roger) the Federation battle droid.
Seeing all the comical takes on various Star Wars plot lines as interpreted in LEGO builds and minifigures is sure to be a treat even for the burned-out main-media followers, as LEGO Star Wars All Stars promises to be the epic series that keeps on giving.
Catch the series starting next month on Saturday, November 10.
When this month was still rather new, LEGO released on one of its retail partners, Barnes & Noble, a rather uncommon minifigure polybag that ties in to Solo: A Star Wars Story, released just months ago. The LEGO Star Wars Kessel Mine Worker (40299) minifigure is yet another jazzed-up minifig with an accompanying display stand similar to that of the Mud-Trooper Han Solo (40300).
Still, it’s not as if there are Barnes & Noble stores everywhere. Fortunately, LEGO means to save collectors in California the trouble of hunting LEGO Star Wars Kessel Mine Worker (40299) minifigure down by having their LEGOLAND theme park carry it.
Whereas Barnes & Noble has a minimum LEGO purchase threshold in order to get the 40299 polybag free, LEGOLAND California has the Kessel Mine Worker for straight purchase at the same price as the LEGO Star Wars DJ (40298) from The Last Jedi at $2.99 apiece. That is however a tad more expensive than the Barnes & Noble alternative straight purchase price of $1.27 only.
Meanwhile, LEGOLAND California also has the Mud-Trooper Han Solo polybag available for the same minimum purchase requirement as in Shop@Home; that’s $35 in LEGO Star Wars stuff. Visitors to California’s LEGOLAND resort who are searching for these minifigs are in luck for the foreseeable future.
Way back in August, LEGO did one of its more epic advance teasing during the Designer Video for the micro-scale Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (71043). It was eventually confirmed that LEGO has just finished a micro-scale LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley (40289) as well, and even got to show off the official box in very close detail. But those weren’t official images of the micro-scaled set in a strict sense. Said official images however, are on their way. In fact some of them were caught early on the online image servers of LEGO Shop@Home thanks to some data digging by the French LEGO news source Hoth Bricks.
Shared by Hoth Bricks are the official front and back photos of the set box for LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley (40289), as well as a shot of the actual set up close, with the included wand-maker Garick Ollivander on one side for a size comparison. Again we see the micro-scale detailing on some well-known Diagon Alley landmarks like Gringotts Bank and Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes.
With this recent discovery, we can assume that it’s just a matter of time before Shop@Home finally puts up a Diagon Alley (40289) listing. Maybe then LEGO and Potter fans will finally know how to get their hands on the set in the US and parts of Europe. LEGO China already has a gift with purchase deal for it, while a Certified LEGO Store in Slovenia has it for straight purchase price at around €40. We’ll just have to wait and see.
It was one of the most unique submissions to the LEGO Ideas platform in months past; and when its finally got announced as an official set, the Pop-Up Book (21315) was a big hit that left collectors in heavy anticipation for its impending release. Being able to play-act two fairy tales on the set’s been one of its major draws.
And in the grand tradition of significant LEGO set releases, the awaited and inevitable designer video to the “Once Upon a Brick” Pop-Up Book set (21315) was put up this Thursday, October 25 on YouTube, giving fans a good look at its nitty-gritty building details.
LEGO designers Wes Talbott (Senior) and Crystal Marie Fontan (Graphics) serve as hosts to this video, as they talk about the conversion from the product idea developed by Jason Alleman and Grant Davis into the final Ideas set. Or rather, they explain how there was really little they needed to change towards the end product.
While the LEGO Ideas Pop-Up Book is officially coming out on the first day of November, Oregon-area LEGO fans can take advantage of the autograph signing event with the original Ideas builders “JKBrickworks” Alleman and Davis (whose names are referred to in the set itself).
They’re going to be waiting for all fans at the LEGO Store in Washington Square Center this Saturday, October 27, 11 AM PDT – 3 PM.
And now we’re going to have a look at yet another awesome MOC of a sports venue – a favorite large MOC subject – that’s been making the rounds online. This one’s fairly new in that it opened only last year, but has been a public favorite due to its multipurpose nature.
This is Little Caesars Palace in Detroit, current home to the NHL’s Red Wings and NBA’s Pistons. The MOC was created by resident builders of the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Auburn Hills, and was unveiled to appreciative viewers at the actual stadium concourse Monday, October 22, during the first-second period break in the Red Wings’ game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Composed of over 30,000 LEGO bricks, the MOC Little Caesars Arena is 6 feet long, with more than a thousand windows of the stadium, plus tenant businesses replicated. The set’s also populated by about 600 minifigures, and has attached lighting.
LDC Auburn Hills master builder Clint Parry described the construction process on Little Caesars as very challenging, especially when replicating the arena’s curved exterior and domed roof. Total work time was about 60 hours, with correspondence from the Red Wings and Olympia Entertainment to accurately copy logos and related signage.
The scale MOC of Little Caesars will be temporarily displayed on its life-sized counterpart. Afterwards it will return to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Auburn Hills, where it will be regularly reconfigured to have alternating playing surfaces and players to depict either Red Wings or Pistons games. All LEGO pieces used on the MOC by Parry were bought at retail, pricing the completed work at around $3,000.
The LEGO Creator theme has proven to be one of the most popular and longest running themed playsets that the company has to offer, and with the introduction of the 3-in-1 multibuilds it has become more appealing to a younger generation of budding LEGO fans. To celebrate the popularity of the LEGO Creator 3-in-1 sets, LEGO Ideas has launched its latest brick-busting competition with the Build an Add-On Contest.
Do you ever just feel the need to add something to an existing LEGO set to make it even cooler? Now we invite you to use your creative skills by building an add-on to the A-model of any 2018 LEGO Creator 3in1 product. Your add-on can be small or big, as long as it gives the product the ultimate coolness! Here is the chance to activate your LEGO bin and think outside of the box.
From a list of all 3-in-1 sets already released thus far, contestants need only create an add-on build to one existing 3-in-1 set of choice, and submit it as an entry. Let’s take Creator 3-in-1 Tree House Treasures (31078) as an example. An imaginative LEGO builder joining the contest on LEGO Ideas might create a MOC expansion to the tree-house structure; bonus points too if said add-on can be rebuilt to fit with the other alternate builds of the 3-in-1 set.
For more information on the mechanics of this contest, you may visit the LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Build an Add-On Contest page in LEGO Ideas. Interested contestants must submit their add-on designs by December 4, with the winner announcement slated not later than the 18th.
The Grand Prize winner in this Build an Add-On Contest will have the bragging rights to haul the full 2018 LEGO Creator 3-in-1 assortment, plus some selected sets from 2017 – a total of sixteen (16) LEGO sets to be won as listed below.
On top of these very sweet LEGO swag, the grand prize winner will also get to bring home a commemorative LEGO Creator 3-in-1 shirt, and a winner’s certificate in a Creator 3-in-1 themed frame.
Are you ready to build your coolest, most excellent LEGO Creator add-on yet? If you are, then be sure to check out the LEGO Ideas Contest Page for more details. Happy building!