LEGOLAND New York Promoted by 95-K-Plus Brick-Built Yellow Cab-Dragon on Streets of NYC

The LEGOLAND theme parks have weathered the global epidemic that started in 2020 with some poise and dignity. They closed when mandated and resumed operating whenever circumstances and regulations allowed. For LEGOLAND New York, originally set to open in June last year, the pandemic dealt a heavier blow. Not until this May until July that the theme park in Goshen, NY could finally welcome its LEGO-loving guests. And they’re certainly making up for lost time. LEGOLAND New York has been busy promoting itself over the past few weeks. Their latest impromptu attraction is a life-sized fusion of a New York symbol with a LEGOLAND icon.

As detailed in the LEGO Group’s official Twitter page, professional builders have assembled a 1:1 scale brick-built photo-op spot. For the most part it looks like a LEGO New York City yellow cab. Then you notice the LEGOLAND Dragon head on the hood and tail on the trunk. The whole thing was built out of 95,410 LEGO bricks. A professional building team took 370 hours to assemble it. It was recently unveiled on the streets of NYC as an ad for the theme park. By now it’s back in LEGOLAND New York as a new park attraction piece.

It’s easy enough to pose for photos or videos in this LEGOLAND NY Yellow Cab/Dragon brick sculpture. The right side of the “vehicle” is actually wide open, allowing easy access for tourists to sit and pose. This is sure to become a prime photo-op spot at the theme park, which most recently opened its Hotel last August 6. If conditions are cool then a day trip to LEGOLAND New York can cost a minimum $67.99 via online booking. It’s better than the $89.99 price if buying a ticket on the day itself.

The LEGO Group to Join San Diego Comic-Con@Home 2021

July has been traditionally Comic-Con month, and with the onset of the global health crisis brought about by this pandemic, the traditional in-person San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is postponed until 2022. Similar to what it did last year, SDCC is still going online and with the LEGO Group being confirmed as one of this year’s Comic-Con@Home online exhibitors.

Though this second Comic-Con@Home edition has not yet released its list of virtual panel schedules, some news outlets have been publishing the event’s online shows and programming.  Needless to say, more news will probably come out in the next couple of weeks considering that the virtual fan convention is scheduled to happen between July 23-25, 2021.

Traditionally, LEGO has always been an exhibitor in this world-renowned fan convention, with plenty of new product reveals carefully timed during these events. And now that LEGO is back as an online exhibitor, it’s interesting to see how the LEGO Group will go about with its presentation. With the successful launch of its very first, and very own online LEGO fan convention in the form of LEGO CON 2021, we can most likely expect additional product reveals at Comic-Con@Home. Details are sketchy as of this time on the most likely candidates for any of these set reveals, but I’m crossing my fingers that it might be related to the next LEGO Star Wars UCS set presumably the Republic Gunship. The iconic transport from the Star Wars prequels was voted as the fan-favorite during last year’s LEGO Ideas voting campaign. It’s just speculation at this time, but since LEGO skipped on having LEGO CON as an opportunity to reveal this year’s LEGO Star Wars UCS set, I guess Comic-Con@Home 2021 will be the next best choice.

SDCC’s virtual event is just around the corner so we can expect more news to come in during the next several days. Stay tuned.

The LEGO House Welcomes You to a Virtual Tour – for FREE

While most of us may not have the luxury of visiting the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark, LEGO has now taken the extra mile of allowing virtually anyone with an internet connection to have a look at the inner workings and activities inside the famous Home of the Brick. The LEGO House is still closed as of to date no thanks to the raging pandemic(it’s slated to reopen on June 22 ). But this setback did not hinder its team to provide something unique and innovative to all LEGO fans who would love to pay a virtual visit – all at the comfort and safety of their homes.

Starting June 11 until September 1,  the LEGO House will offer five virtual tours, focusing on the history and legacy of the LEGO Group since its humble beginnings in 1932 until the present.

LEGO House

Participation in these virtual tours is FREE, which will only require you to sign-up via their online registration form. You also get to choose your preferred time based on the virtual tour’s two predefined time slots. Bear in mind though that these 60-minute tours are in CEST so you will need to plan ahead accordingly.

There seems to be no deadline on until when you can register, but I suggest that you still register promptly if you would like to participate. Here’s a brief description of what to expect from each of these LEGO House virtual tours. If you already registered, and then be sure to check your inbox for the access link to join.

The Beginning of the LEGO Group, 1932 – 1946

June 11, 2020 at 10AM CEST  | June 11, 2020 at 2PM CEST

Please join us for a guided tour in the LEGO House History Collection covering the beginning of the LEGO Group. The tour will touch upon the background of LEGO® founder Ole Kirk Kristiansen and how he started the company as well as cover the ups and downs he had to endure in the company´s first years of existence.
The LEGO Group – Consolidating Plastic, 1947 – 1961

June 25, 2020 at 10AM CEST  | June 25, 2020 at 2PM CEST

Through a guided tour in the LEGO House History Collection, you can learn about a crucial period in the history of the LEGO Group. The gamechanger happened in 1958 when the LEGO brick was introduced, but many other activities in the late 1940s and up through the 1950s contributed to creating the foundation of the company we know today and we are here to tell you all about it.

The LEGO Group – Expanding the LEGO System in Play, 1962 – 1978

July 9, 2020 at 10AM CEST  | July 9, 2020 at 2PM CEST

Go on a guided tour in the LEGO House History Collection and learn more about how the LEGO System in Play was expanded up through the 1960s and 1970s. We will cover the introduction of movement and role play, talk about the background for creating the first LEGOLAND Park, and much more. We will even touch upon who the first CEO/Managing Director to come from outside the owner family was…

The LEGO Group – Introducing New Ideas, 1979 – 2001

August 13, 2020 at 10AM CEST  | August 13, 2020 at 2PM CEST

Third-generation owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, and the new ideas he introduces, plays a huge role in this guided tour in the LEGO House History Collection covering the first 22 years of Kjeld at the helm. We will look into the introduction of storytelling, how we change the appearance of the minifigure, the introduction of our first brick-built IP products, and more… Come join us!

The LEGO Group – Crisis and turnaround, 2002 – 2019

September 1, 2020 at 9:30AM CEST  | September 1, 2020 at 2:30PM CEST

In this guided tour in the LEGO House History Collection, the theme is very much ups and downs, as we will look into our crisis and turnaround and some of the contributing factors. We will also touch briefly on more contemporary topics such as collaborating with our AFOL community or setting up our sustainable materials center.

LEGOLAND Fire Academy (40393) Exclusively Available at LEGOLAND Parks and Discovery Centers

If you have plans of visiting any of LEGOLAND’s nineteen (19) Parks and Discovery Centers, then be sure to check with their own LEGO Store for this year’s first park exclusive building set. It has been customary for LEGOLAND to offer a couple of limited-edition sets that sees the park’s main attractions rendered in brick form. And for the start of this year, they are offering the LEGOLAND Fire Academy (40393).

LEGOLAND Fire Academy (40393)

Since 2016, we’ve seen a stream of pretty nice exclusives offered by LEGOLAND. We have the LEGOLAND Train (40166); the LEGOLAND Castle (40306) from 2018; and two set offerings from last year, the LEGOLAND Driving School (40347) and self-titled LEGOLAND (40346).

Like those before it, the LEGOLAND Fire Academy (40393) is based on the park’s Fire Academy attraction where visitors can ride a fire truck and shoot down some make-believe “fire hazards” over windows and buildings. To bring home a piece of this park attraction, then you may want to head over at the LEGO Store inside the park. The LEGOLAND Fire Academy (40393) comes in at 221 pieces with 3 minifigs, and you can purchase this set for $17.99.

It’s a pretty straightforward consisting of a fire truck, a two-story building facade, a stud shooter-equipped water cannon, and a mini-map. LEGO Customer Service has uploaded this set’s building instructions if you want to give it a try recreating this set using your own LEGO pieces. I guess the only limiting part will be the newer Dark Stone Grey Botton Wagon Assembly which is also available in the LEGO City Barbecue Burn Out (60212). Of course, you can opt for other similar color variants that are more readily available. Check out this parts list and see if you can complete all the required pieces.

January 2020 LEGO Store Calendar Now Up And Loaded With Promos To Start The Year Right

As we literally count the days before we say goodbye to 2019, LEGO has now given us a glimpse of things to come with their January 2020 LEGO Store Calendar. Those who are looking forward to the majority LEGO 2020 sets –  ranging from the City, Technic, Ninjago and Creator themes just to name a few – that will launch at the turn of the year, you’ll be glad to know that LEGO is throwing in a good number of promos and freebies to watch out for. You may download a copy of the calendar right here as we breakdown each of these freebies.

Free LEGO Turquoise (853380) or Purple (853379) Keychain

Promo period: January 1 – 12, 2020

January 2020 LEGO Store Calendar

From January 1 to 12, every single-receipt purchase of any LEGO product or merchandise equivalent to $35 USD or more, will entitle you to a free LEGO Keychain either in Turquoise or Purple variants. It’s not really that much, but I like the vibrant colors of these 2×4 bricks and I wouldn’t mind having them as part of my usual gears and accessories.

Free LEGO Year of the Rat (40355) Seasonal Set

Promo period: January 13 to 26, 2020

January 2020 LEGO Store Calendar

Following the tradition of seasonal Chinese New Year sets, LEGO now releases its 7th promotional set based on the Chinese zodiac. Last year we saw LEGO offering the Year of the Pig (40186) set, and for 2020 it is the adorable  Metal Rat’s turn to have a LEGO set dedicated to it. Those who will opt to make their LEGO purchases from January 13 to 26 equivalent to $80 USD and above will get the exclusive LEGO Year of the Rat (40355) set. These seasonal freebies are usually highly sought after so expect these to have a rather short period of availability.

Free Collectible LEGO Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi Collectible Minifigure (30624)

Promo period: December 6, 2019 to January 31, 2020

Following the subtheme of the LEGO Star Wars 20th Anniversary Edition sets, this limited edition LEGO Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi Collectible Minifigure (30624) does not come together with the aforementioned sets and is only available as an exclusive freebie from December 6, 2019 to January 31, 2020. For every single-receipt purchase of any LEGO Star Wars sets amounting to $40 USD, you’ll see this relatively rare minifig added to your cart. Since this has a longer promo period as compared to other deals, then we can somehow hope that LEGO has stacked up on this anniversary collectible.

Free Exclusive LEGO Hidden Side Drag Racer (40408)

Promo period: January 24 to February 9, 2020

January 2020 LEGO Store Calendar

Fans of LEGO’s new spooky-fun theme will be glad to know that LEGO is throwing in another freebie following its Newbury Juice Bar (40336) exclusive promotional released earlier in September. The LEGO Hidden Side Drag Racer (40408) will be added to your cart automatically for every LEGO purchase worth  $45 USD and more made between January 24 to February 9, 2020. This has a lower qualifying purchase as compared to its predecessor. I really can’t figure much about the build based on this image, but I’m sure we’ll get better images soon.

Free Make-and-Take LEGO Creator Newsstand

Promo period: January 8, 2020

January 2020 LEGO Store Calendar

To celebrate the release of next year’s LEGO Creator Expert Bookshop (10270), LEGO Stores are offering a free make and take build in the form of the LEGO Creator Newsstand. I like the more compact design on this particular newsstand, which somewhat shows a marked improvement on what LEGO offered with the LEGO City Bus Station (60154) back in 2017. Similar to other in-store promos, this freebie will be exclusively available to those who will visit a local LEGO store to participate in this building event. Bear in mind that there are limited spaces available so be sure to sign-up in-store starting January 6. This activity is also intended for LEGO fans and participants ages 15 and above.

Free LEGO Lunar New Year Dragon Build

Promo period: January 23

January 2020 LEGO Store Calendar

LEGO celebrates 2020’s Chinese Lunar New Year with a free make-and-take build for younger LEGO fans. Visit your local LEGO brand store on January 23 to build a LEGO Lunar New Year Dragon to celebrate the festivities. Same as other in-store building events, this one also has limited space so registration is likewise required. Sign-ups will begin in-store starting January 6 and is intended for younger participants ages 6 to 14 years.

LEGO Star Wars Building Event – Choose Your Side

January 2020 LEGO Store Calendar

For the whole month of January, you may visit any of your local LEGO Store to build and try some of the latest LEGO Star Wars sets, and have it displayed together with your chosen squadron. It’s a great way to try some of these sets before you commit to purchasing them. And before you head out to your local LEGO Store, be sure to check out the upcoming 2020 LEGO Star Wars sets right here.

LEGO Creator Expert Bookshop (10270)
LEGO Star Wars Poe Dameron’s X-wing Fighter (75273)
LEGO Creator Townhouse Toy Store (31105)

Other than the LEGO Creator Expert Bookshop (10270), I’m very much looking forward to that LEGO Star Wars Poe Damaron’s X-wing Fighter (75273) from the Rise of Skywalker, the new-for-2020 LEGO Hidden Side sets, and the LEGO Creator Townhouse Toy Store (31105) just to name a few. Making your timely purchases at this turn of the year will certainly reward you with any of these handsome freebies. What will be your first LEGO purchase for 2020? What are you most excited about this January 2020 LEGO Store Calendar? Let me know in the comments below.

Here’s A Look at the LEGO Booth at SDCC 2019

San Diego Comic-Con 2019 has now come to a close, and for those who didn’t get a chance to see what LEGO has in store at their massive booth, our friends from Beyond the Brick was kind enough to share their first-hand account of the different happenings at the LEGO Booth at SDCC 2019. Check out their video below.

Aside from the life-sized brick-built statues such as the LEGO DC Batman, Avengers: Endgame Iron Man and the new Star Wars Sith Trooper that welcomed visitors, there are plenty of hands-on activities that kept enthusiasts glued to the LEGO brick. One of these is the usual meet and greet with some of LEGO’s top-notch of designers including Justin Ramsden, the person behind the LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) set.  LEGO fans and comic-con attendees may have their Stranger Things sets and even their LEGO SDCC minifigs such as the LEGO Strangers Things Barb exclusive minifigure.

There is also the LEGO Comic Creation Station where you can create a minifigure version of yourself and be the star of your own comic book. You just have to answer a series of questions that determines the personality and looks of your minifigure avatar, and choose your own comic book theme. After a couple of hours, you can claim your own personalized comic book to bring home as a cool LEGO SDCC souvenir.

LEGO Booth
Video grab courtesy of Beyond the Brick.

Younger LEGO fans also had a blast at the LEGO Booth making their very own minifigure adventures. After creating their physical minifigures at the building stations, these young builders can place their customized minifigs to any of the numerous LEGO Brick Boxes for a fun minifigure scene and photo ops. Designed by Tristan Cain and other top-notch LEGO builders, these minifig scaled backdrops are based on several of LEGO’s licensed themes and other abstract concepts.

Video grab courtesy of Beyond the Brick.

There is also a handful of LEGO sets that were put on sale at the LEGO Booth which includes fan favorites such as the LEGO Jurassic Park: T.rex Rampage (75936), the LEGO Star Wars Droid Commander (75253), and the LEGO Star Wars Tantive IV (75244) just to name a few. On display are also a couple of soon to be released LEGO Star Wars sets, the LEGO Marvel Avengers Hulk Helicopter Drop (76144), and other LEGO SDCC 2019 exclusives such as Captain Marvel and the Asis (77902), The Dark Knight of Gotham City (77903), and LEGO Star Wars Sith Trooper Bust (77901).  There was a bit of confusion when the LEGO Ideas Treehouse (21318) was accidentally placed on sale in spite of the embargo that was currently in effect. Needless to say, the set was immediately pulled out but not without any eagle-eyed LEGO fan making the first purchase.

Were you at the San Diego Comic-Con this year? Let us know what is your favorite LEGO Booth moment at the comments down below.

LEGO DC Batman Brick Statue To Be On Display at SDCC 2019

San Diego Comic-Con 2019 is almost upon us and with roughly 24 hours left before the gates of the San Diego Convention Center open its gates to the throng of the SDCC faithful, LEGO has revealed another brick statue that will be on display at the LEGO Booth #2829. Just in time with the Dark Knight’s 80th anniversary this 2019, LEGO revealed a brick-built, life-sized LEGO DC Batman statue that will be put on display together with the previously reported LEGO Star Wars Sith Trooper and LEGO Marvel Endgame Iron-Man statues, making this LEGOlized version of the Dark Knight the third brick statue that will welcome guests at the LEGO Booth.

LEGO DC Batman statue

What’s even more impressive is the fact that this LEGO DC Batman statue will be displayed alongside a massive LEGO mosaic that features a variant cover of DC Comic’s Detective Comics Issue #1000. The Batman statue weighs in at 225 pounds with 44,051 LEGO bricks used to build the Dark Knight at this life-sized scale. The mosaic, on the other hand, is built using more than twice the number of LEGO pieces clocking in at 96,768 pieces.

As mentioned, this year’s San Diego Comic-Con is particularly significant to our Dark Knight since 2019 marks his 80th year anniversary of being one of DC’s superhero icons. Other than this statue, LEGO pays its tribute to Batman through its various exclusive SDCC 2019 merchandise such as the LEGO DC Comics The Dark Knight of Gotham City (77903) set and the LEGO DC Comics Zebra Batman minifig, both of which will be available to Comic-Con attendees via electronic raffle.

WATCH: Supanova ComicCon 2019 is Happening in Sydney

I guess everyone will agree that fan conventions are an awesome way to geek out and be proud of your inner child. It’s a rite of passage, a pilgrimage of sorts that ushers a true-blue fan in the higher echelon of one’s geekhood.  I should know, having covered much of our local LEGO fan conventions in the Philippines sponsored by the Philippine LEGO Users Group (PhLUG), and keeping tabs with LEGO’s upcoming sets as revealed during the renowned San Diego ComicCon (SDCC). Immersing myself in these fan conventions, and engaging with like-minded geeks, is a kind of life-changing experience. Now for our readers who are based in the great land down under, together with other Aussie comic book fans, it’s your turn to join the legion of the faithful who will flock the grounds of Sydney Olympic Park for Australia’s largest and grandest comic book convention ever. The Supanova ComicCon and Gaming will be held from June 21-23, 2019 at The Dome, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.

Even though this is not much about the LEGO brick, everything is still pretty awesome with Supanova Sydney 2019. Hailed as Australia’s largest comic book fan convention, Supanova is held annually at six key locations in the continent, and they’re now setting camp in Sydney this weekend. Similar to SDCC, the 3-day convention is jam-packed with guests, artists, panels, cosplayers and exhibitors that you don’t want to miss. As an added treat to the whole family, kids ages 12 years old and below are free to enter with an accompanying parent or adult. Here’s the TV spot for Supanova ComicCon Sydney 2019 for more info.

Be sure to download a copy of Supanova’s Event Program so you can plan your 3-day visit ahead. With more than a hundred exhibitors, retailers, and artists’ booth to visit, it’s very easy to be overwhelmed. Be sure to have the Event Program with you since it will be your constant companion throughout the convention.

Speaking of planning ahead, you may want to encircle one particular exhibitor in your checklist if you wish to capture your Supanova ComicCon moments in a handy souvenir format. You may want to check out Whizzy Bits at Booth 9006 near the Battlecry LARP Arena located at the Exhibition Hall. They have this promo where they can have your favorite Supanova moment printed and captured on personalized pillows, mugs, tiles, phone cases and much more at great discounts. It’s a fun and creative way of bringing home the Supanova experience.

To top it off,  they’re offering discounts of up to 15% if you will like and follow Whizzy Bit’s Facebook page, so be sure to avail this promo as well. So to all our comic book and brick fans in Sydney, be sure to get your tickets for Supanova ComicCon 2019 this weekend and don’t forget to wear your coolest comic book costume. Now if I could only find my LEGO brick costume and figure out how to travel again to Australia… 😅

Exclusive LEGOLAND Park (40346) Set Building Instructions Now Available Online

Last month, LEGO revealed that LEGOLAND Parks and Discovery Centers will be exclusively offering the LEGOLAND Park (40346) set to all its visitors and guests beginning June 1st. This 1,336-piece set will retail for $90 USD and features an impressive amount of minifigures – eleven (11) in total. Check out the following official images courtesy of Promobricks.

LEGOLAND Park (40346)

This set features some of the park’s most famous attractions and landmarks such as its iconic entrance, a Knights themed roller coaster, a Pirate Island ride, Miniland, and an observation tower. The LEGOLAND Park (40346) also sports a LEGO Store, hotdog stand, and a park bench. The choice of minifigures included in this set does not disappoint as well – I like how LEGO opted to add a wheelchair, a baby carrier and a baby minifig in this set. Needless to say, it is a great build that can be added to any existing themed park MOCs that you’re working on.

However, if in case you’re quite far from any LEGOLAND Parks or Discovery Centers, then it might help to know that LEGO Customer Service has uploaded the building instructions for this set. Except for a few relatively new parts (such as the new railroad parts used in the LEGO Creator Pirate Roller Coaster), and a handful of stickers, you may try to Bricklink your way in gathering the necessary parts in replicating this set. You may also download the complete set of building instructions for the LEGOLAND Park (40346) right here.

Though this is a great set to have, I’m not really sure if I’m in favor of how LEGO handles their “exclusive” sets. Because in the final analysis, it’s the loyal fans who have no access to these exclusives that ultimately end up in the losing end, while LEGO scalpers out there charge a rather exorbitant amount for these highly sought after sets. These are just my two cents on the matter, though. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Life-Sized LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron Ends World Tour at LEGO House

LEGO Step 1: Collaborate with Bugatti to create a Technic set (42083) of their Chiron sports car. Step 2: do major promotion of LEGO Technic by using its pieces to build a life-sized fully-mobile Bugatti Chiron. Step 3: Send the brick-built Bugatti on a European tour at test-tracks and car shows. Step 4: Make it into a cross-Atlantic tour instead.

And so, after months on the touring road, LEGO’s incredible life-sized masterwork is coming home, sort of. Following its stints in France, UK and US this Power Functions-driven Technic MOC has been transported to Billund. There it will be put on display at LEGO House.

The exhibition of the 1:1 Bugatti Chiron in Denmark’s Home of the Brick will be kicked off by an event. On May 16, car expert Christian Gau will perform an interview of the LEGO Bugatti building team. This includes the original design guys and the Czech LEGO builders who actually put the Technic pieces together.

Also included in the Thursday afternoon program was a LEGO car-build competition (naturally). Prizes were given away to the best short-notice design. The 1:1 LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron itself is on display at LEGO House in Billund until June 10. What happens to it afterwards hasn’t been shared by LEGO.