Check Out This Custom LEGO Sanctuary Battle Map MOC from Overwatch Fan Festival in South Korea

Perhaps one of the most highly anticipated new and upcoming merchandise from LEGO or any other toy brand is the former’s recently announced wave of set tie-ins to Blizzard Entertainment’s hit FPS franchise Overwatch. It has been hoped that perhaps a first glimpse to those sets could be found in a South Korea fan event.

But the Overwatch Fan Festival in Seoul has come and gone, without significant news about the confirmed LEGO sets many have been anxious to see. The company was still present at the event anyway, and it featured quite a magnificent brick-build of an Overwatch battlefield.

A central fixture among the displays for the South Korea Overwatch Fan Festival is a great rendition in LEGO bricks of the Sanctuary map in all its Far Eastern glory. Korean BBS Ruliweb managed to capture some quality images of the build, which is NOT an official LEGO Overwatch set.

So it seems the recent events such as the Overwatch Fan Festival didn’t end up showing any new previews for the LEGO Overwatch sets that we know are already coming next year. If LEGO and Blizzard are planning to do a tease it’ll have to be on PAX West this week or on November’s Blizzcon.

Some new (non-LEGO) Overwatch stuff that was shown in South Korea include an animated short starring D.Va, plus a new Control-type map DLC for the game, based on the real-life city of Busan, an honor for “Blizzard Country” South Korea.

Is LEGO Giving a Hint About an Upcoming Harry Potter Diagon Alley Set?

By now we would have seen and heard all that needs to be known about the ambitious LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (71043) micro-scale set. A great deal of what we have learned was courtesy of the requisite designer video for it, with the heads of the LEGO design team. However, starting from around this week a new wave of questions and speculation has arisen regarding the Hogwarts Castle (71043). It’s not about the set itself but rather, something spotted in the designer video background. The prevailing theory is that the object, which was blurred, might be another Potter set.

From a quick read of the comments for the LEGO designer video on YouTube, it seems that inquisitive viewers are seeing the same thing: at the 4:30 mark, behind the LEGO System set box are what appear to be brick-built buildings. One is shaded blue-purple and orange, familiar colors to Potter-fans.

The rumor that sprung from this view of the Hogwarts Castle (71043) is that LEGO’s working on possibly a building set for the Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes shop in Diagon Alley. You can see the similarly colored building above. Does it match the blurry figure in the clip? You tell us.

Some of the ongoing rumors mention that LEGO has pulled this method of advance teasing before. Is it really a tease in this case? Remember that this is a rumor for now, at least until LEGO comes clean about it. But wouldn’t such a set be magical in the future?

LEGO Teases Life-Sized MOC of Technic Bugatti Chiron (42083)

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out how much LEGO really loves their recent Technic set for the awe-inspiring LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron (42083). Its launch not long ago was quite flashy, and indeed, the set has been getting lots of positive reviews from the experts to casual but mechanically savvy builders. And it seems LEGO isn’t quite done promoting the Technic Bugatti Chiron (42083) just yet. They’ve got something else planned, something bigger than anyone might expect. That was the tone set by LEGO’s recent post on social media, about another reveal they have for the penultimate day of this month.

That post consists of a video loop showing the close-up detail of a car headlight with the tagline “We’ve built the impossible.” Long story short, LEGO has taken their 3,599-piece Technic set 42083 and blown it up into a full-sized MOC. The Technic pieces in the detail are easily discernible. One particular LEGO fan even went the extra mile of superimposing the teaser image on top of the left side headlights of a real Bugatti Chiron, and the resulting image just says it all.

We’re not quite sure yet why LEGO would make a 1:1 scale of their 1:8 scale model set for the Bugatti Chiron (42083). One possibility is a promotion for LEGO Technic itself, if the post tag of #buildforreal and “Anything is possible” are any clue. It’s something to wait for; and a short wait, too until August 31.

New shop.LEGO.com Pages Launched for Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Slovakia and Slovenia

It can be said that a country has become a viable customer market for LEGO is when they have their own regional version of shop.LEGO.com on the official website. That ensures the delivery of your product of choice, plus adds the comfort of a webpage translated in your native language.

Before this week, shop.LEGO.com had dedicated pages for 24 countries, some even with their own translations (for example, shop.LEGO.com Luxembourg had English, French and Dutch versions). Recently however, LEGO has announced the opening of online shopping for five new European countries: two in the Baltic, two more in the Mediterranean, and one in Central Europe.

As of today, there are official shop.LEGO.com pages for Slovakia, Greece, Slovenia, Latvia and Estonia. These being in the preliminary stages, only English versions are available. But to celebrate the fact that the pages for five countries are up and running, LEGO is holding a contest for their new customers.

With the sites online, LEGO fans from those regions that make a purchase on their shop.LEGO.com, or at least send an email to WinaFlag@LEGO.com, from August 23 to September 30, will earn a chance to win a special-edition buildable flag of the new countries in the LEGO family. They’re rare alright, not even for sale.

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Slovakians, Estonians, Slovenians, Latvians and Greeks who mean to join this promo via email, need only to include their name, postal address, phone number to contact, and email address. The LEGO buildable flags measure 72cm x 48cm, and are textured.

Scholastic Celebrates 15 Years of Publishing LEGO with Picture Storybook “I’m Fun, Too!”

There are loads of publishing powerhouses who pride themselves to be licensees to LEGO, churning out material from comics, reference books in and out of LEGO subjects, and even storybooks. The most prominent publishers to do this much for LEGO are Dorling-Kindersley (DK) in the UK and Scholastic for Stateside.

Speaking of Scholastic, they’re celebrating their 15th anniversary of being an official LEGO licensee for books and print media. To that end they’re releasing a picture storybook that also commemorates the double milestone of LEGO60 and Minifigure40, all told in a delightful children’s story that’s also great for all ages.

This is “I’m Fun, Too!” described as a Classic LEGO Picture Book. It’s written and illustrated by Barnacle Is Bored and Plankton Is Pushy author Jonathan Fenske, as his first LEGO-related work. That doesn’t quite mean he hasn’t spent lots of time with the toys and minifigures; his LEGO-playing days actually figure into the narrative.

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In his youth, as Fenske relates, he has had the opportunity of playing with LEGO minifigures in their original configuration: no facial expressions, no moving parts, and no details beyond color. “I’m Fun, Too!” follows such a minifigure, who encounters the minifigs of today, with their varied hair, printed body details and various props aplenty.

This wonderful LEGO picture storybook from Scholastic comes out on August 28, and will be available in hardcover print and Kindle form. It’ll be fun to read how oldie minifigure resolves his feeling about his future counterparts as expressed in his inner thoughts like so:

“Let’s face it. If we were all ice cream, those guys would be the super-duper chunky happy birthday blast. And I would be the vanilla.”

Blocks Magazine Issue 47 Shines Spotlight on LEGO Technic Chiron Bugatti (42083) and Other Goodies

It seemed like only yesterday when we were talking about what was in store for readers of LEGO fandom publication Blocks magazine, within its 46th issue. That time, it was LEGO Star Wars that was center stage, particularly the UCS Millennium Falcon’s (75192) shinier counterpart, the Kessel Run version (75212).

For their next issue, Blocks will be shifting focus to something more realistic in LEGO, with features on the most recent automobile models they’ve put out. In the front cover we have the beautiful and complex Bugatti Chiron (42083) set from the LEGO Technic line, ready to be thoroughly discussed.

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If readers still want the fantastical in their LEGO, then also covered on Blocks issue 47 is the gadget-laden LEGO Creator Expert Aston Martin DB5 (10262) of James Bond fame. It includes a LEGO Group design team interview and highlights from its Leicester Square launch, graced by Naomie “Moneypenny” Harris.

Other topics of interest in the latest Blocks are the recent LEGO Speed Champions sets, a feature on 3D-printing giant LEGO bricks from Star Wars FX master Matt Denton, a spotlight on the LEGO Incredibles video game, and one final update on the completion of The LEGO Ninjago Movie Bridge MOC.

While dated for September 2018, Blocks magazine issue 47 has been available for online subscription since Thursday, August 23. For more information on getting your own copy, printed on digital, check out their official website.

Metroidvania-Style Action Game “Guacamelee! 2” Has LEGO “Unikitty!” Background Cameo

True, LEGO is quite well represented when it comes to videogames. WB Interactive and Traveller’s Tales have seen to it that LEGO gamers are never left wanting for more digital adventures similar to LEGO Incredibles and LEGO DC Super-Villains. Sometimes, even non-LEGO-themed game developers can’t help but sneak things in.

DrinkBox Studios has quite recently released Guacamelee! 2, a sequel to their 2013 action platform videogame (similar in structure to some Castlevania games by Konami). A mere day or two later, eagle-eyed gamers saw something pretty awesome in the game environment and posted it to electronic gaming news source Gamespew.

Guacamelee! chronicles the adventures of resurrected and super-powered masked luchador Juan and spirit mentor Tostada in a wacky quest through the Land of the Dead (before Disney’s Coco even). The sequel features more adventuring, and in one of the travel locations Juan stumbles into there’s a nifty LEGO Easter Egg.

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While exploring the Palace of Pedro Piñata, Juan enters a room full of piñatas to smash up, plus more stuck in the background as decoration. One of these piñata is a colorful unicorn with a kitty head; yep, it’s Princess Unikitty herself! What’s she doing there anyway? Bravo, DrinkBox Studios.

It was probably just a case of LEGO fandom from some of the graphics designers, but LEGO fans may love them a little for that stunt. Fans who’re interested can check out DrinkBox Studio’s Guacamelee! 2. It’s available on Steam right now, and on preorder for the Sony PlayStation 4. The LEGO Unikitty! animated series airs on Cartoon Network.

Sainsbury’s in the UK to Reoffer LEGO Collectible Trading Cards

It seemed like it was only last month – which it was – when we covered a special release of LEGO Star Wars collectible trading cards, courtesy of the publisher of the official LEGO Star Wars Magazine in Europe. They started becoming available this August, some of them being “limited-edition” extras to issues of various LEGO Magazines.

So speaking of LEGO trading cards, there will be more of them coming out soon on that side of the Atlantic. While the LEGO Star Wars cards started arriving in Germany, this one’s going to be in the UK, courtesy of major supermarket chain Sainsbury’s.

This is a repeat of a similar exclusive LEGO tie-in with Sainsbury’s last year, the Create the World special set which featured trading cards that could be bought or earned with minimum purchase at their various superstores and convenience stores. The retailer broke the news of its return on Twitter.

As can be read from Sainsbury’s tweet, while we know their tie-in LEGO collectible trading cards are coming back, the date for that return hasn’t been spoiled yet. It’s probably going to be soon, so like with other LEGO news, UK LEGO fans will have to wait for more details.

LEGO Star Wars Betrayal at Cloud City (75222): First Set in “Master Builder” Series?

By now the LEGO fan community has gotten their first good look at the high-quality images for the LEGO Star Wars Betrayal at Cloud City (75222) set; we don’t have to paint a picture on how awesome it looked. Now that the initial hype’s died down we can focus on smaller details, like some specific text in the product blurb.

Said blurb text notes that Betrayal in Cloud City (75222) will be the first in what’s being termed as the “LEGO Star Wars Master Builder” series. We’re already aware of the Ultimate Collectors’ Series (UCS) which include some of the most complicated LEGO Star Wars sets ever developed, but where does the Master Builder Series fit?

Apparently, the Master Builder Series might be used to designate LEGO Star Wars sets that are designed so that they could be used for play, as compared to most of the sets under UCS which are complex builds that – once assembled – are only fit for exhibition, primarily geared for AFOLs.

It should be recalled that the LEGO Star Wars UCS thing started in 2000 with complex display-only sets, though in following years they added “playable” products like the Assault on Hoth (75098) battleground play-set or the LEGO Star Wars UCS Naboo Starfighter (10026) from 2002.

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With the advent of a new labeling scheme, LEGO can now perhaps make a distinction between their Star Wars tie-in sets, with the all-ages playable sets under Master Builder and older-ages display models under UCS. For now, we can be content to wait for further clarification from LEGO, with Betrayal at Cloud City (75222), the first of its kind, coming very soon on October 1.

Rumor of Possible One-Retailer Exclusivity for LEGO Overwatch Sets in UK

It’s only a matter of time now before LEGO news breaks out all the nitty-gritty info to be had about LEGO Overwatch, a new licensed franchise line of tie-in sets and minifigures for the hit FPS videogame by Blizzard Entertainment. No less than two fan events in Europe and Asia will be covering that big reveal this week after all.

We can expect LEGO Overwatch sets, when they do come, to be available wherever LEGO is available in the world. However there’s one rumor – probably close to fact – that seems to limit available venues to buy these in the UK.

Several LEGO product lines in the past have been exclusively available only on specific retail chains in the UK (outside of LEGO Stores and shop.LEGO.com). For instance, the last releases of Nexo Knights are only on John Lewis while Unikitty! products are exclusive to Tesco. LEGO Overwatch apparently will be shared between UK LEGO Stores and one other retail chain of choice, and nowhere else.

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That does narrow down the places where Overwatch fans in the UK can check out the game’s LEGO tie-ins. Now, granted, this is only rumor thus far; but with the first official reveals coming so very soon we’ll have confirmation (or otherwise) about this matter.

The new LEGO Overwatch sets are expected to debut sometime in early 2019, as a herald of sorts for what may be an Overwatch 3D-animated series or movie on Netflix.