Legoland New York Project Launched – Will Open in 2020.

LEGO is such a major toy and media brand all over the world that it is no surprise that they have gotten their own line of theme parks, starting with their first at Billund in Denmark (near the original LEGO factory site). Today, Legoland is a major tourist destination, with no less than eight theme parks under that banner in seven countries.

Merlin Entertainments, the UK-based theme park company that is the majority owner and operator of the Legoland parks, has three more projects underway: two in Asia and the third stateside, Legoland New York which has just started construction.

It was Merlin Entertainments CEO Nick Varney, who declared the official launch of Legoland New York. Construction would begin soon at the proposed site at Goshen in Orange County, New York following the approval of the town board.

Once building is completed sometime in 2020, the park, located due south of the former Arden Hill Hospital, is expected to open seasonally from April 1 to November 1 and will be the ninth Legoland in the world. While the theme park itself is seasonal, Merlin Entertainments is also erecting a nearby Legoland Hotel, one that will be open all year round.

The Legoland parks pride themselves on being a world of fun and adventure for families with young children. Their rides and attractions are mostly being given educational and learning elements, geared for child guests of ages 2 to 12. The same can be said of the Legoland Hotel, with its interactive environment featuring plenty of LEGO models and brick-themed guest rooms.

The New York theme park will join with its older Legoland siblings in Denmark, UK, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Dubai and the US (Carlsbad and Florida). A tenth Legoland in South Korea is also in the works with a 2019 completion date.

WATCH: LEGO House Official Video – A Sneak Peek at What’s In Store for Visitors on Grand Opening Day.

We’re just two days away before the acclaimed House of the Brick opens its doors to the public on Thursday, September 28. Located at Billund, Denmark, The LEGO House is one of the main family attractions in Southern Denmark, with fun activities for LEGO fans of all ages. The best part is, with or without a ticket, you still get to see The LEGO House in all of its brick-built glory.

Even without a ticket and if you just wish to drop by the LEGO House, then you’ll be glad to know that you can have a leisurely stay at the spacious LEGO Square located inside the LEGO House itself. You can also visit the LEGO Shop where you can find the exclusive LEGO Architecture LEGO House (21037), and the creatively fun LEGO Mosaic Maker which was first available exclusively at the LEGO Store in London. The LEGO House also has three restaurants that integrates the LEGO brick experience, from the moment you place your order and when you enjoy your customized meal.




Those who have purchased their tickets in advance will be able to have exclusive access within the House’s six Experience Zones: the Blue, Yellow, Green, and Red interactive zones. The LEGO House also takes pride in its History Collection – an extensive collection of sets through its decades of existence. It also features the creative MOCs of the best Master Builders on the planet, all displayed in their glory at the Masterpiece Gallery.





By the way, in case you’re wondering why you haven’t heard from Tyler recently, we are pleased to tell you that he was recently invited to display some of his original creations in the Masterpiece Gallery. Yup, you heard it right – his talents didn’t go unnoticed by the LEGO House management and he was commissioned to display his original builds inside the House of the Brick. We hope to see show some pictures later on, so be sure to stay in touch.

Here’s Mike Ganderton, the Experience Designer for The LEGO House, giving us a sneak peek on what to expect from the LEGO House Experience. For more information, and other details on how you may visit The LEGO House, you may opt to visit their website right here.

 

LEGOLAND California and Discovery Centers Celebrates LEGO Ninjago Days.

It seems that the high-flying ninja action to be delivered by The LEGO Ninjago Movie come September 22, has also reached the LEGOLAND California Resort and Discovery Centers. On September 23 and 24, visitors of these LEGO-themed parks will be treated with weekend full of epic games and activities that only LEGOLAND can deliver. Dubbed as LEGO Ninjago Days, families will experience a whole new level fun activities including The LEGO Ninjago Movie character meet and greets, a mystery mosaic build, miniland scavenger hunt (with a cool LEGO mystery prize at stake), and a Family GameSpace featuring The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game to name a few.

Here’s LEGOLAND’s official press release.

LEGOLAND® California Resort and LEGOLAND® Discovery Centers Celebrate the Release of THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE With LEGO NINJAGO Days!

Guests Explore Their Inner Ninja on Select Dates

Join your favorite ninja – Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya – during LEGO® NINJAGO® Days at LEGOLAND® California Resort and LEGOLAND® Discovery Centers in celebration of the Sept. 22 opening of the all-new, big screen animated adventure THE LEGO® NINJAGO®MOVIE, from Warner Bros. Pictures, in theaters nationwide on September 22nd.

The latest in the Warner Bros. Pictures LEGO franchise, “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods, and the legendary Jackie Chan, as the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to pull together to unleash their inner power.

In the spirit of this highly anticipated film, LEGO NINJAGO Days is creating epic fun for kids and families throughout the weekends with a themed scavenger hunt, ninja skills challenge, LEGO build activities and so much more! Guests will also have the opportunity to win prizes and attend a meet and greet with Kai, the Fire Ninja, and other characters from The LEGO NINJAGO Movie.

Included with admission to each LEGOLAND attraction, The LEGO NINJAGO Days will vary at each location but at LEGOLAND California, guests can master new skills and upgrade their weapons in training to find their inner ninja in the WB Family GameSpace, featuring The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game!

The fun event will take place on select dates at LEGOLAND locations worldwide in 2017. For a list of planned activities, attraction hours and ticket prices at each site, visit www.LEGOLAND.com.

The LEGO® NINJAGO® Days Schedule

LEGOLAND Parks
LEGOLAND California Resort (Carlsbad, Calif.): Sept. 23-24

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dates
Arizona: 9/23-9/24, 9/30-10/1,10/7-10/8
Atlanta 10/7-10/9, 10/13-10/15
Boston 9/23-9/24, 9/30-10/1
Chicago 9/22-9/24, 9/30-10/1
Dallas 9/22-9/23, 9/29-10/1, 10/7-10/8
Kansas City 9/23-9/24, 9/30-10/1, 10/7-10/8
Michigan 9/23-9/24, 9/30-10/1
Philadelphia 9/22-9/24, 9/29-10/1
Westchester (Yonkers, N.Y.): 9/22-9/24, 9/29-10/1

The LEGO Ninjago Movie will hit US theaters on September 22, 2017 and are voiced by Olivia Munn (Koko), Justin Theroux (Garmadon), Jackie Chan (Sensei Wu), and Dave Franco (Lloyd) among others.

 

LEGO Store October Calendar Now Up!

The LEGO Store October Calendar has been released, and taking the spotlight is this year’s highly celebrated, and largest LEGO set of all time. Starting October 1, the LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon (75192) will be available to the general public both at LEGO Stores and shop.LEGO.com. This and much more will be happening throughout the month of October so let’s check it out.

October 1: Own the largest LEGO set ever produced – The LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192)!

VIP members may have an early start beginning September 14, but the rest of the world and legions of LEGO Star Wars fans may now have the chance to have their own LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium (75192). Retailing at $800, the largest LEGO set to date comes in at 7,541 pieces and comes in two modes of play features: you can either play out classic LEGO Star Wars adventures with Han, Leia, Chewbacca and C-3PO, or enter the world of Episode VII and VIII with older Han, Rey, Finn and BB-8!

September 22 – October 8: Free The LEGO Ninjago Movie Lloyd (30609) minifigure polybag with a purchase of $50 or more, while supplies last.

First discovered on eBay a few weeks ago, this free exclusive minifigure comes with a unique printed torso, and a new tasseled sword piece.

October 1-31: Free LEGO Friends Keepsake Box (40266) with a LEGO Friends purchase of $25 or more, while supplies last.

The LEGO Friends Keepsake or Storage Box (40266) comes in at 105 pieces and actually functions as its name suggests. It sports two compartments: a covered, top compartment and a sliding drawer in front. It’s a pretty neat and functional build if I should say so, and comes at a relatively lower price point compared to other promotionals.

October 3-4: Free VIP Monthly Mini Model Build which is a Robot (40248)

To reserve your spot, simply register for the October MMB by visiting shop.LEGO.com/Minibuild-Registration starting September 15. The LEGO MMB is meant for children ages 6 to 14, and must be completely built in store.

October 10-25: VIP members get a Free exclusive VIP Set (40178) with a purchase of $125 or more, while supplies last. Also during this time, you get Double VIP points on all items.

If you recall, we first spotted this exclusive VIP set as a promotional in LEGO Store Shanghai in China back in July. It was given away then to all VIP customers with a minimum single receipt purchase worth 399 CNY and above. Thankfully, this dragon-inspired build is now available to all LEGO VIP members in the US for a minimum purchase of $125 worth of LEGO products. It seems to be a pretty nice set, especially with regards to the creative rendition of the Pick A-Brick Wall, LEGO box sets (though it uses stickers), and the collectible LEGO Store employee minifigure. As an added treat, all LEGO VIP members may once more take advantage of the Double VIP points promotional during this time.

October 14: Halloween Themed Building Event – Build Your Own Witch (40070).

Sign up to build and take home your very own Halloween-themed Witch model based on October 2013’s Monthly Mini Build which comes in at 22 pieces. Similar to the MMBs, in-store participation is limited to children ages 6 to 14, and registration will be on a first come, first serve basis due to its limited quantities.

As a last note, it’s good to know that the recently discovered LEGO BrickHeadz The LEGO Ninjago Movie Lloyd (41487) set will be available for purchase at all LEGO Stores in October.

First spotted as a Toys R Us exclusive, the LEGO BrickHeadz Lloyd set is also paired with a Master Wu (41488) BrickHeadz set both of which will retail for $9.99 each. We don’t have a definite date of release as of the moment as far as LEGO Stores are concerned, though the ones announced by TRU will be available starting October 1.

 

The LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) Has Landed In LEGO Stores Worldwide!

Now that the veil has been officially lifted, the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) is now on hyperdrive, making its presence felt all across LEGO Stores worldwide. Available for an early VIP access from September 14 to 30, and to the general public starting October 1st, LEGO Stores across the globe has flaunted this 7,541-piece set for everyone’s enjoyment. Here’s a few of its sightings as shared by fans across social media.

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To mark its debut, LEGO Stores in the US gave away several premium LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) brochures, as reported by The Brick Fan. According to Allen, the tri-fold brochure itself is a fitting testament to the grandiosity of the Falcon, with the brochure itself being made of high quality paper. The cover sports the Falcon’s exterior, while the contents shows the workings of its brick-built interiors and the different minifigures that goes along with it. As an added trivia, the brochure also reveals that the building instructions for the UCS MF will consist of 496 pages bound in a spiral booklet. As expected, some folks would like to see this as an aftermarket opportunity where they even posted these premium brochures for sale over at eBay.

The LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) will retail for $799.99 in the US, exclusively available in all LEGO Stores and at shop.LEGO.com.

Millennium Falcon, 7541 pieces.

US $799.99, CA $899.99, DE €799.99, UK £649.99, DKK 6999.00

Available from the 1st of October with VIP early access from the 14th of September.

Welcome to the largest, most detailed LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon model we’ve ever created – in fact, with over 7,500 pieces it is the biggest LEGO model ever sold! This amazing LEGO interpretation of Han Solo’s unforgettable Corellian freighter has all the details that Star Wars fans of any age could wish for, including intricate exterior detailing, upper and lower quad laser cannons, landing legs, lowering boarding ramp and a 4-minifigure cockpit with detachable canopy. Remove individual hull plates to reveal the highly detailed main hold, rear compartment and gunnery station. This amazing model also features interchangeable sensor dishes and crew, so you decide whether to play out classic LEGO Star Wars adventures with Han, Leia, Chewbacca and C-3PO, or enter the world of Episode VII and VIII with older Han, Rey, Finn and BB-8!

If you’re eyeing on this set as much as we do, Wildcard Toys is running a contest where you can bring home this grandest piece of ‘space junk’ for FREE. To enter, simply head over to this link and follow their instructions. Sharing this info across social media and to your friends will earn you an additional raffle entry and increasing your chance of winning. Check out the full announcement below.

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Check Out the Official Images and Building Instructions of the LEGO Architecture LEGO House 21037.

The LEGO House in Billund, Denmark is scheduled to open to the public on September 28, and to commemorate the occasion, LEGO has officially revealed its next Architecture set dedicated to the House of the Brick. Initially listed at the LEGO Architecture website, the latest LEGO Architecture LEGO House (21307) set is a marked improvement of the LEGO House (4000010) which was made available in LEGO Billund stores in 2014. Thanks to Promo Bricks, we now have these official images before it was eventually removed from the LEGO Architecture website.

The LEGO House (21307) is a fairly straightforward build. Its building instructions are available online which you may download right here. See if you have the parts needed to build your own LEGO House using the parts list below as your reference. Save for the printed tile piece that bears the name of the LEGO House, and the exact color of some of the tile pieces, most of its parts are readily available.

As of now, what we do know is that the  LEGO Architecture LEGO House (21307) is exclusively available only at the LEGO House gift shop in Billund, Denmark and will be released to coincide with the opening of the actual LEGO House on September 28. Here’s a rough Google translation of the official product description for the LEGO Architecture LEGO House (21307).

LEGO Architecture LEGO House (21307)

This fascinating model of the LEGO® house stands for creativity and innovation and is a tribute to the most popular building block in the world. This huge experience center in Billund (Denmark) offers lots of activities for the visitors and LEGO fans of all ages and is the perfect place to learn playfully and be captivated by the ultimate LEGO experience. This extremely detailed model perfectly reflects the striking and imaginative architecture of the building. It houses 21 unique, interlocked rooms in LEGO stone form, has transparent facades to flood the entire building with daylight, and has a multi-colored roof, roof terraces and a huge exterior staircase. When you remove the LEGO stone-shaped main axle segment, you get access to the main hall with the grand staircase and the LEGO tree of creativity.

LEGOLAND® California Resort Is Getting Ready for Its Biggest Ride Investment Ever In 2018!

LEGOLAND California Resort is prepping up for its biggest reveal this week, particularly about its new LEGOLAND Castle Hotel and the announcement of grander attractions this year. Dubbed as the “biggest ride investment in LEGOLAND Parks history”, this latest innovation is said to combine dazzling 3D computer animation with “4D,” real-world effects.

LEGOLAND California Resort General Manager Peter Ronchetti is a little bit shy on the details, but what we do know is that the new LEGOLAND Castle Hotel, with its latest rides and attractions will be on an exemplary grand scale, and is expected to have a significant, positive influence and economic impact to the local Carlsbad community. First revealed during the early part of this year, the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel is said to have “250 themed rooms, including 20 suites, completely immersing guests into a castle experience from the minute they enter the grand hall, to dining in an amazing sit down royal restaurant to engaging in courtyard entertainment by the pool”, according to Ronchetti.

We don’t have any images yet, especially about the exciting, new rides slated to be operational in the summer of 2018, but we’ll keep you posted once these things are officially announced by LEGOLAND California within the week.

 

 

This 65,000-Piece Custom LEGO Concorde Will Amaze You

If you somehow broke your heart with the impressive 120,000-piece model of a sinking Titanic broken in half, which we reported earlier last week, then perhaps you’ll be equally amazed with the incredible details of yet another LEGO masterpiece from Australia’s one and only LEGO Certified Professional, Ryan McNaught. This 65,000-piece, 4 meters long, custom LEGO Concorde model of an Air France Concorde plane will surely impress you as much as the LEGO Titanic MOC. This brick replica even has cutaway details that reveals the entire supersonic plane’s inner working and intricate details. The model went on display at the recently concluded 2016 Brickvention at Melbourne, Australia.

Designed and constructed by certified LEGO master Ryan McNaught and his team at The Brick Man, this replica of what was once the flagship of Air France took 188 hours to complete and is made of 65,000 bricks. From end to end, this custom LEGO Concorde model measures 4 meters. Check out some of these photos so you can have better grasp on the sheer size of this model.

The right side of the replica shows the flawless curves of the plane using intricate layering techniques. McNaught added more realism by installing neat little LED lights for the plane’s engines. The sweeter deal is when you move over to the left side, where a cutaway portion reveals how things work inside this magnificent plane. The details on the passenger seats are very impressive, with McNaught installing 60 or more of them. There’s also provisions for fuel, cargo, and an inclusion of a neat pantry at the plane’s rear galley (wait, is that a croissant?).

You may visit Ryan’s Flickr page to see more of his newest favorite plane, and other cool builds.

Ryan McNaught is the only LEGO Certified Professional in the entire Southern Hemisphere, and is known for building some uniquely Australian creations including the world’s largest LEGO replica of the Sydney Opera House and a Qantas Airbus A380 model. As of to date, there are only 13 LEGO Certified Professionals in the entire world.

This Spectacular 120,000-piece LEGO Titanic MOC Might Break Your Heart

LEGO Certified Professional Ryan McNaught’s 120,000-piece LEGO Titanic MOC as it shows the legendary ship splits in half, and sinks at the bottom of the ocean after hitting an iceberg is already technically impressive as it is. However, what makes this masterpiece stand out is not just the sheer size of it, but also McNaught’s use of minifigures that evokes empathy even through a toy that was designed for fun and play.

At a technical level, McNaught’s LEGO Titanic MOC is awe-inspiring. He spent around 250 hours building his masterpiece. He also used several light bricks, adding a subtle drama to this scale model. It is also shows a degree of engineering ingenuity considering the manner on how the stern was able to be kept up. Most importantly, and perhaps what should not be missed, is the fact that this Titanic was built in proportion to the size of its minifigures.

Jan Dizon of The Tech Times vividly described how the minifigures were arranged to create a powerful emotional image. “Little LEGO men and woman are scattered throughout the ship and even in the water telling their own various mini stories of terror, and fighting for survival as the ship splits in half… there are minifigs hanging on for dear life. Four minifigs are working together to help their friend back up. One poor chap has a pile of ice that fell on top of him,” Jan reported.

While others marvel at the technical aspects of McNaught’s rendition, others were just uncomfortable with it. User comments at lego.gizmodo.com says that it was inappropriate to use minifigs to replicate such a tragedy. Others went as far as predicting that it’s not too soon that someone will come up with a Lego replica of the 9/11. It was a debatable issue though, since Lego is also known to come up with its own recreation of scenes from historical events including a controversial rendition of a Nazi concentration camp.

We surmise that it’s up to the person how he or she will look at it, but truth be told, McNaught’s creation will leave an indelible mark to those that will be fortunate enough to see it.

Thanks to LCP Ryan McNaught for sharing these images. For the rest of his amazing LEGO creations be sure to visit his Flickr page.