From the Rumor Mill: LEGO Creator Expert Free Fall Tower (10267) Coming in 2019.

EDIT: This post has been updated to reflect the recent developments on this set, which is now widely believed to be the LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village Gingerbread House (10267). ~ September 9, 2019


It seems that fans of the LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster (10261) set will soon have another set that perfectly goes with it. As it turns out, there’s a new LEGO Creator Expert set on the way, and it’s going to be a complementary amusement park attraction that would go well with the mammoth-sized Roller Coaster. This was first spotted on a listing at the German online LEGO retailer Brick Merge. The Brick Merge listing identifies this possible new set as the LEGO Creator Expert Free Fall Tower (10267). Here’s a screenshot of the listing just in case the brick police comes knocking at Brick Merge’s footsteps.

Regular theme park visitors will probably remember this in some major venues, where they might be alternatively called drop towers. There’s nothing like the sensation of free-fall followed by heavy deceleration. A closer look at the LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster’s box art suggests that LEGO may have the Free Fall Tower (10267) set already in the works. Aside from the LEGO Creator Expert Ferris Wheel (10247) which can be seen from in background located at the right side of the box, a possible silhouette of the brick-built Free Fall Tower (10267) ride can be seen in the middle.

The LEGO Creator Expert Ferris Wheel (10247) can be seen in the background of the Roller Coaster’s box art.
Free Fall Tower (10267)
Could this be the LEGO Creator Expert Free Fall Tower (10267)? We’ll soon find out.

Whether this product listing is legitimate or not, it’s still something to mull over for the future, considering its possible release date of 2019. It’s understandable either way, what with a new LEGO Creator Winter Village set already on the way, plus a LEGO Star Wars Cloud City set too.

LEGO Plants from Plants (40320) Set Giveaway Ends Today in the US

Last month, The LEGO Group introduced the first proof of concept for their adopted direction in toy manufacture, the use of sustainable materials for their plastic bricks and building elements. Said proof of concept is the special LEGO Plants from Plants (40320) set, containing vegetation props made of said sustainable materials. It’s already been a while since LEGO Plants from Plants (40320) has been available as a free giveaway for a minimum LEGO purchase, but that wasn’t going to last forever. And this Tuesday will be the last day for this particular giveaway online and in LEGO Stores in the US.

Then again, if you look at shop.LEGO.com, apparently LEGO Plants from Plants (40320) has been out of stock for some time now. If so then this being the final day of its giveaway becomes moot. Do note that in the UK the giveaway of set (40320) won’t end until Friday, but they’re all out there too.

LEGO Plants from Plants (40320)

Just as a refresher, one box of LEGO Plants from Plants (40320) comes free with every minimum total LEGO purchase of $35. In the UK, buyers can even chance to get both 40320 and the LEGO Unikitty Castle Room set (5005239) in one purchase. That lasts only until Friday.

Brickworld LEGO Fan Convention Comes to Milwaukee Area for the First Time

LEGO convention season continues apace across the US. One of these upcoming events is Brickworld, which is proud to name itself the premier LEGO fan experience in North America as a whole. Their next event is coming later this month, and its venue will have the distinct honor of playing host to Brickworld for the first time, over in Wisconsin.

It’s going to be the first Brickworld LEGO fan convention in the metro Milwaukee area, with two weekend days of fun for the whole family at the Wisconsin State Fair Park. As expected, Brickworld will be exhibiting plenty of awesome MOC builds, many of them courtesy of the Wisconsin LEGO Users Group (WisLUG) and the Kenosha LEGO Users Group (KLUG).

According to Brickworld Events executive director Bryan Bonahoom, there will also be some new events at the convention that take a walk, as it were, from the “conventional” sort of attractions.

Brickworld

First is one of the free-build areas with a table containing 20,000 LEGO bricks of the same color; the reason being that it encourages children to just take and build rather than wade through many different colored bricks to find just one particular shade. Also of note are some walls in the convention area that’s been covered in LEGO base plates to facilitate “wall-builds”.

LEGO vendors are also expected to be prominent at Brickworld. Aside from the official merchants there will be those who would sell retired LEGO sets and custom-printed minifigures for collectors.

Brickworld Wisconsin will run August 25 to 26 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park at Milwaukee suburb-city of West Allis. Single-day tickets are $13 regularly, $10 for military and first responders (with ID) and free for children under age 3.

New Trailer of LEGO DC Super-Villains Shows New Character Customization Feature

It’s getting close to about two months before Warner Bros. Interactive and Traveller’s Tales unleash their latest “bad”, but seriously good videogame title, LEGO DC Super-Villains. A lot has already been revealed about the game, particularly the plot and gameplay elements as seen last month during the San Diego Comic Con. However, it’s been a while since a new preview of LDCSV came out, and though this latest tease is particularly not that much, but we do get a glimpse on the practical application of how the game’s player character minifigure will be customized into a super-villain that could rub elbows with the Joker, Lex Luthor, and all the rest.

As shown in the mini-trailer posted on LEGO’s official Twitter account, we have the customizable main character controlled by the player, a regular crook in an orange prison jumpsuit. Here’s where the collectible in-game accessories come in, which upon being worn by the minifig character, gives him super-villain abilities.

Examples shown in the teaser are a “Viking Helmet” that apparently gives a head-butt or charge attack, “Falcon Wings” to enable flight and attacks from midair, “Chest Armor” to do football-style tackles, and one of Harley Quinn’s spare “Jester Hats” that apparently help cause chaos to everyone and everything around.

Of course, the ability descriptions above are only guesswork we’ve done from the accessory descriptions, but it does jive with the full character customization potential of LEGO DC Super-Villains that’s been the selling point for the game. We’ll wait until October 16 – or the next LDCSV trailer – to check if our ideas for the custom accessory items were spot on. For now this latest video game offering is now available for pre-order via Amazon retailing for $75.

LEGO Pooper Scooper Solution Gets Chuckles Online

Just how hard is it to clean up LEGO bricks after play? The answer to this question can vary it seems. There are those who claim it’s time-consuming; from this line of thought comes the concept of brick vacuum cleaners. LEGO made an April Fools’ joke of it, but some builders have actually made them. And then, there’s this “hack” brought up by a mother on the Facebook page “Kmart Mums Australia”, a group that offers some delightful household tips to make things easier for homemakers (it’s not actually affiliated with Kmart despite the name). One Aussie mum, Ange Dobbin, suggested using a LEGO pooper scooper to pick up those pain-on-the-foot ubiquitous pieces.

You probably know this specialized (if borderline extraneous) household tool used to pick up your pet’s waste. Some variants even have long handles so you can remain standing while you scoop LEGO bricks to dump them back in their containers.

LEGO pooper scooper

Reactions to that post seem to range from high praise to incredulous commentary. Still, plenty of housewives on “Kmart Mums Australia” seem eager to try the LEGO pooper scooper hack. Other even offered their alternatives such as getting a large play-mat and making the kids play with their LEGOs on it; when it’s time to clean up, the mat is simply rolled or folded up (with the bricks brought along) and stored.

That’s all well and good, and certainly cheaper than the DIY LEGO vacuum. But surely picking up LEGO the old-fashioned way isn’t as back-breaking as these alternatives make it seem.

From the Rumor Mill: LEGO iCreate Jewelry/Accessory Line to Launch in 2019

Leave it to LEGO to find a way to expand your total brand experience with them far beyond what you might expect from toys. They’ve already made significant forays into the decorative market with their line of accessory items like minifigure keychains. But now they’re kicking things up a notch with a talked about comeback of the short-lived LEGO Clikits from 2004, now rehashed and rumored to be LEGO iCreate. Apparently LEGO is cooking up this new product line based on jewelry, of all things, that might appeal to girls who might already be into sets like that of LEGO Friends. As mentioned, this would be the second attempt by LEGO to introduce a jewelry/accessory line for the said demographic following the likes of LEGO Clikits.

LEGO iCreate
The LEGO Clikits Fun Friends Hair Bands (4876), one of the many accessory lines from 2004 that is rumored to have inspired a new line of similar sets to be called as LEGO iCreate.

According to some reports shared within the LEGO community, the LEGO iCreate line has for its primary products, accessory bands that can be customized with LEGO pieces. No minifigures or similar items were reported part of iCreate.

Other potential LEGO iCreate sets include jewelry boxes that need to be assembled, and can be customized by mixing and matching components from different sets. That particular element of “personalization” is said to be one of LEGO’s key selling points for the iCreate product range.

LEGO iCreate is reported to debut sometime in 2019. For the moment however, this information on a new product line is merely a rumor. We’ll have to wait until The LEGO Group itself makes an official statement later on.

LEGO Ideas Product Idea Fiat 500 F Qualifies for 2018’s LEGO Ideas Second Review Stage

Spotting trends can be an entertaining enough pastime, especially when writing news for toy brands like LEGO. Take for example the Product Ideas that have recently been hitting the 10-K support mark and getting into the Second 2018 Review Stage. There’s some trending going on with the sets in question. Initially we had a wave of space-related submissions as the first entries for the review stage. Now we’re looking at a possible trend of cars making it in now. First of these was the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 proposed for LEGO Speed Champions. Now we have a new automobile submission in the form of saabfan’s LEGO Ideas Product Idea Fiat 500 F.

Created by veteran LEGO Ideas member Felix Steissen of Austria, (aka saabfan), the LEGO Ideas Product Idea Fiat 500 F is Felix’s next entry following the roaring success of the LEGO Ideas Apollo 11 Saturn V Rocket (21309) in which he was a co-creator. The Fiat 500 F is not specifically slated to be added to Speed Champions like the aforementioned Peugeot 205, but it’s really cool anyway.

LEGO Ideas Product Idea Fiat 500 F

Made of nearly 1,200 LEGO bricks, saabfan’s LEGO Ideas Product Idea Fiat 500 F “Cinqueciento” model is a beautiful recreation of what has been considered in automobile history as one of the first “city cars”, produced by Italian automaker Fiat from 1957 to 1975. When completed, it’s roughly the size of the LEGO Creator Expert James Bond Aston Martin DB5 (10262).

With the Fiat 500 F joining the bunch, there are now two car-themed Product Ideas for the Second 2018 Review Stage of the LEGO Ideas platform. What are the chances that the next one is another car model as well?

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (71043) Designer Video Released

It’s been something of a fashion for LEGO that, whenever one of their new sets of a certain size and complexity comes out, that they would produce a designer video with the set’s creative minds talking about its original and development. We’ve made sure to cover these whenever they pop up, like the designer video that was released for the LEGO Ideas Voltron (21311) from last month.

Well now it’s time for a new vid detailing one of LEGO’s new major set release. And thanks to this LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (71043) designer video, we now have a pretty good grasp on what to expect from this humongous set before its scheduled release next month.

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (71043) Designer Video

Our hosts for this new video are LEGO Designer Justin Ramsden and Graphic Designer Crystal Fontan, part of the team that conceptualized the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (71043) and made it into a masterfully crafted reality, rendered in micro-scale. According to Ramsden, the features of the structure reflect everything that happened there in all seven years of Harry’s adventures. Check these out, and other details through their LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (71043) designer video which you can find below.

In addition to his appearance in the video above, Ramsden himself will be present at the special launch event for the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (71043) this Wednesday, August 15, at the Leicester Square LEGO Store. This is a prime opportunity for Londoners to get their hands on the set early, and have them signed by Justin Ramsden too.

The LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (71043) is currently up for preorder at LEGO Shop@Home, and will be officially released to the general public starting September 1.

UK LEGO Store Offering Chance to Make a Custom LEGO Harry Potter Wand

We’ve been noticing quite a number of LEGO Harry Potter events going on early this month and last, but they’ve been notably happening in other branded retailers carrying LEGO products, from Target to Barnes & Noble. What about LEGO itself? Wonder no more now that LEGO Stores – at least in the UK – are cooking up just that. Much like the Barnes & Noble thing that went on during the first weekend of August, this is a Build & Take event, only it’s lasting from the about middle of the month to early September. The subject for building is one of Harry Potter’s most iconic and ubiquitous items: your very own custom LEGO Harry Potter wand.

Thus far, the only LEGO Store to have set a date for holding this wand-building event is the one in Watford, Herefordshire, UK. During Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, from 2 to 4 PM, the store will invite children ages 6 to 14 to participate in making a Harry Potter wand they can later take home.

Custom LEGO Harry Potter Wand

For the LEGO Store Watford, they’ll be running the event starting next on August 13 up until the first Sunday next month (September 2). Other LEGO Stores in the UK and the world are following suit, like with London’s Leicester Square store.

While we wait for further news, remember that there are a lot of new Wizarding World LEGO Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts sets already released or just about to. In addition, the film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is coming this November.

Imperial Probe Droid and More Included in LEGO Star Wars UK Mag Issue 38

A few times before we covered issues of the official LEGO Star Wars Magazine published in the UK, and the nifty special minifigures or polybags that came with them. Well now, LEGO Star Wars UK edition has brought out its issue 38 featuring two limited-edition polybags; one fixed and the other randomly chosen and added. The latest giveaways for LEGO Star Wars UK mag are an Imperial probe droid as seen in Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, accompanied in the packaging by a random polybag featured from previous issues. Apparently they still have a few pieces left to distribute.

From a certain point of view, the Imperial probe isn’t entirely new itself. Such a probe droid was already included in a past issue of LEGO Star Wars UK mag from two years ago. This time though, it comes with extra bricks to build a stand.

LEGO Star Wars UK Mag

Now as always, you can expect articles, LEGO Star Wars comics, posters, puzzles and games, plus build instructions to make more models and fixtures from the Galaxy Far, Far Away. This LEGO Star Wars UK mag is now available in the UK at £5.99 a copy.

For those who are curious, LEGO Star Wars magazine UK edition has already spoiled what comes next in their issue 39 for September, a minifigure of prequel-era Obi-Wan Kenobi in pilot gear with a lightsaber. It’s up to you if you’ll get the Imperial probe plus extra old set now, or save for next month.