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… 😅

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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.

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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.

LEGOLAND Windsor Depicts Royal Baby Presentation, with Free Admission to Guests Named “Archie”

LEGOLAND Windsor, the LEGOLAND resort for the UK, has been something of a brick-built crier for important Royalty-centered events. Its Miniland area contains brick-built scale replicas of the British Royal residences, including nearby Windsor Castle. Thus the displays get constantly updated for all important occasions.

We covered when the LEGOLAND Windsor building teams interpreted the 2018 birth of Prince Louis to Prince William and Kate. The same went for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle that same year. Now, the builders have completed their latest Miniland Windsor Castle update for guest viewing.

Outside the brick castle are Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. With them is the latest addition to the British Royal Family: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. It’s in his honor that the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort is throwing its most generous guest promotion yet.

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Is your name “Archie” like Archie Harrison? Then LEGO Windsor will gladly allow you free admission to the resort. Guests named Archie need only present proof of their identity with the name. It also has to be “Archie” and not its variants like the full form “Archibald” for example. This magnanimous promo from LEGOLAND Windsor will last until July 12.

LEGOLAND Windsor lead model-maker Paula Laughton remarks that their constant special renovations to their Miniland build of Windsor Castle was simply their resort’s signature LEGO way of sharing celebrating news from their “Royal Neighbors.” “Our guests love to spot our new models in Miniland and we can’t wait to see what they think of our latest royal addition,” Laughton said.

New 4D Movie: “LEGO City 4D: Officer in Pursuit” Premieres in LEGOLAND California

Casual viewers of LEGO media might wait perhaps for a new LEGO movie in cinemas. Or maybe they’ll try to catch some of the animated films they release on home media instead. To fans that regularly go to a LEGOLAND Resort, there are exclusive “4D” adventures to be seen there

Every now and then LEGOLAND will add a new 4D film to their viewing libraries in their respective parks. The “premieres” of these movies can often match those of the recent cinematic-release LEGO films. Just this Friday, LEGOLAND California Resort premiered a new exclusive 4D movie for guests to enjoy.

“LEGO City 4D – Officer in Pursuit” was given a special premiere event on the afternoon of April 12 at LEGOLAND California. VIP guests on the red carpet were treated to meet-and-greets with the 4D film’s “lead stars” LEGO Hot Dog and LEGO Police Officer. Snacks were also served before the audience filed into LEGOLAND California’s Showcase Theatre for the premiere.

The new “LEGO City 4D – Officer in Pursuit” has viewers following the brave LEGO cops of a LEGO City community as they follow a daring robber in a high-speed chase through the streets. The pursuit is enhanced by brilliant 4D special effects that would throw audiences for some funny loops.

The Friday premiere of LEGOLAND California Resort’s new 4D movie showcase was screened twice that afternoon for the benefit of guests. Regular viewings of “LEGO City 4D – Officer in Pursuit” can be caught at LEGO Showplace Theater starting this Saturday, April 13. You can see it for yourself if you come visit LEGOLAND California soon.

New Exclusive Set Offering From the LEGO House Billund: LEGO House Dinosaurs (40366)

The day has passed and the secret is out. Then again, LEGO didn’t seem to be trying too hard. Yesterday they dropped a visual hint on their new upcoming exclusive set for LEGO House in Billund. Lots of visitors placed the set as a smaller recreation of an exhibit at the Home of the Brick. And indeed it was. The official website for the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark has revealed its new LEGO House Dinosaurs (40366) exclusive set. Coming in at 864 pieces, they’re pretty fun small versions of the three brick-built T-Rexes that stand at the entrance to the Experience Zones inside the Home of the Brick.

If you’ve visited LEGO House before, do you like the “realistic” brown LEGO dinosaur display? Do you prefer the fantastical dragon-like green variant? Or does the mechanical T-Rex strike your fancy more. With LEGO House Dinosaurs (40366), why choose when you can build all three? In the history of the Home of the Brick, there have been two prior exclusive sets, the LEGO Architecture LEGO House (21037) from 2017, and the Tree of Creativity (4000026) from last year. The dinosaur exhibits that the new LEGO House exclusive set depicts have been in display there for just around a year.

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LEGO House visitors starting April 17 can purchase the exclusive LEGO House Dinosaurs (40366) at their in-house shop. Only three boxes maximum are allowed purchase for each person, and it’s priced at 599 DKK ($90.47).

Here’s the press release for your reference.

Three giant LEGO® dinosaurs greet visitors when they climb the stairs to the Experience Zones of the LEGO House. Available from April 17th as a retail set. 

Positioned in The Masterpiece Gallery the three iconic dinosaurs are the stunning centrepieces of the room. Each model has a metal skeleton inside to support the LEGO bricks, the height of each models is 2,92 m (without podium) and the total piece count of the three models is more than 600.000 LEGO bricks. Now LEGO House has taken on the challenge to convert the three giant dinosaurs into a retail product.

The retail product, LEGO® House dinosaurs, will be launched at the LEGO Store in LEGO House this summer. And if everything goes as planned the first boxes will already be for sale from 17th April.

The LEGO model is a great reproduction of the giant dinosaurs capturing all the most iconic features in a rescaled version.

Designer Nina Koopman says: ”One of the biggest challenges with the new model has been to capture all the details from the big models. Especially since the models in Masterpiece Gallery were all built of the three different building systems LEGO DUPLO, LEGO Technic and LEGO System. You see it especially with the yellow dino where we eg. have used gear wheels, and ventilator elements to get the “Technic feel” into the product.”

The three dinosaurs have been on their way for roughly a year and is the third exclusive product that LEGO House launches. The others being Tree of Creativity (4000026) and the LEGO House Architecture set (21037).

In the new product it has been important to underline that it is both a toy for playing and a display model. Nina Koopman explains: “The aim was to make a stunning product and at the same time, we have worked with integrating moveable parts in the heads, arms and legs to enhance the play experience. Also the construction of the three models has deliberately been made different from each other in order to create three different building experiences, and you can remove the dinos from their podium.”

Each of the three models within the new product has a podium that resembles the real podium in Masterpiece Gallery. This pays reference to the fact that Masterpiece Gallery in itself is a giant LEGO brick – just 862 times an ordinary LEGO 2×4 brick – and the three podiums are the tubes of that LEGO brick.

The model is exclusively available at LEGO House in Billund and the retail price is 599 DKK. (Maximum 3 boxes pr. person).

LEGO Promo Art for “Avengers: Endgame” in Shanghai Features Avengers Faces as Brick-Built Chinese Opera Masks

Let nobody doubt LEGO’s mad skills in promoting major films, especially if their IPs were licensed for making tie-in sets. LEGO Porgs in London for “The Last Jedi” in 2017 is an example. Recently they’ve started work on brick-built promo exhibits for “Avengers: Endgame.” The Captain Marvel statue’s pretty cool.

But this “Endgame” promotion in China might top even that. In a Shanghai commercial complex at Nanjing East Road, LEGO-built masks of the Avengers are on display. The big draw is that the character faces are designed to resemble traditional Chinese Opera masks. Now that’s effectively engaging the Chinese market.

This is the brainchild of Prince Jiang, a LEGO Certified Professional from China. He depicts the first six original Avengers in the MCU movies: Hawkeye, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk and Black Widow. Each Avenger mask is 1.3 meters tall and 1.1 meters wide. Prince Jiang divided a total of 600,000 LEGO pieces between the six masks on display.

Shoppers and tourists along Nanjing East Road can see the “Avengers: Endgame” Chinese-Opera promo display there until the movie premieres in China. Elsewhere, the film will arrive in the US on April 26. LEGO’s tie-ins are already on sale and the promotional set Avengers Tower (40344) is now gift-with-purchase ready.

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New Exclusive LEGO Set at Home of the Brick in Billund to be Unveiled

At over one year old, the Home of the Brick aka LEGO House in Billund is proving itself a top destination for LEGO-minded tourists. It’s played host to exhibits and a one-time Airbnb experience, and offered special merchandise like a book about its history. Now, an exclusive LEGO set is also about to be revealed.

But LEGO House is going to be a tad coy about this. On their official Facebook page, they posted a close-up detail of the completed set and asked visitors to guess what it is. About the only other info they volunteered was that the official set will be fully revealed later on Wednesday, April 10.

What do you think? Commenters on Facebook are of the opinion that this is a scale model of the LEGO dinosaur at the “Master Pieces” exhibit at the Home of the Brick. There’s also a photo of the exhibit in question in the comments. Color and brick shape aside, the close-up does look like the LEGO T-Rex’s flank and tail.

Following the reveal this Wednesday, LEGO House visitors won’t have to wait long for the set. It’ll be available for purchase by interested guests to the Home of the Brick in Billund starting April 17.

Annual Passes Now Available for LEGO House in Billund

When a resort theme park has been well established and operating for as long as LEGOLAND, they’d have plenty of admission options for guests to select from. Aside from one-off tickets, they might have special packages and even the vaunted annual pass. With that, you’d be allowed repeatedly inside for a year barring off-limits days.

LEGO House in Billund, Denmark isn’t part of the LEGOLAND chain. It is after all an “experience house” that hosts LEGO exhibits, special events, and a LEGO Store. But since opening in 2017 it’s attracted lots of visitors arriving at LEGO’s hometown. Perhaps that’s why they’re confident in launching this.

The Home of the Brick is announcing that they are introducing annual passes as a new means of admission for the attraction. It will begin this April 13, and for a limited time until the 28th the LEGO House annual pass has a special rate.

During its introduction, guests to LEGO House can upgrade their 199 Danish krone ($29.92) single-entry day ticket into an annual pass by adding just another hundred kroner (for 299 DKK). With that, potentially the next 365 days from the date of issuance is now open to you at LEGO House.

If you can’t plan on visiting Billund and the Home of the Brick anytime soon, note that after Easter Sunday (April 28) an individual annual pass will jump to 399 DKK. LEGO House annual passes can only be obtained in person at their Information desk. Those wishing to convert their day tickets may do so within the ticket’s validity period.

Annual pass-holders for the Home of the Brick are reserved only a limited number of tickets for use. This means that when visiting LEGO House during peak tourist season, even pass-holders are not guaranteed access. Other than that, they’re free to enjoy at LEGO House.

Soon-to-Open LEGOLAND Discovery Center in San Antonio Teases Miniland Area

Last December of year 2018, the soon-to-open new LEGOLAND Discovery Center in San Antonio promoted its opening date, set for next month, with a brick building exhibit. They featured a number of notable city landmarks, from the Tower Life Building to the Alamo. Three months after that preview, LDC San Antonio now teases the same LEGO structures in their Miniland.

In a sneak peek offered to the San Antonio Express-News, LEGOLAND Discovery Center – San Antonio’s general manager Jeremy Aguillen and marketing manager Chase Hathaway showcases the Miniland section of the indoor theme park, which will open two weeks from now at Shops at Rivercenter mall. The indoor family attraction is a joint project by LEGOLAND operators Merlin Entertainments from the UK and the New York-based real-estate investor Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp.

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The sprawling tabletop display is an idealized San Antonio in miniature, with the city’s downtown filled with famous buildings and locations, all populated with minifigures. The Tower of the Americas actually revolves its restaurant deck; canoes on the San Antonio River can be operated to cruise the waters, and the Alamo has minifig historical re-enactors.

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Other features of the LDC Miniland include lighting that change from day to night plus fireworks effects shown on the surrounding walls. Their building team will also periodically alter the display to reflect any special occasions and holidays happening in the real San Antonio outside.

Like its fellow LEGO Discovery Centers, the San Antonio one will have children’s rides, a 4D cinema for LEGO movies and various themed play zones for kids and their families. San Antonians can look forward to all these when Shops at Rivercenter opens their 3-floor LDC this coming April 12.

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