LEGO Star Wars “Awesome Vehicles” from DK Coming in June; Free Poe Minifig Now with Accessory

It feels like a while since we covered a new LEGO book from DK Publishing. A new volume of picture-laden books from them is always welcome, quite naturally. Not only have DK LEGO books been cool visual references, their extra goodies are highly sought after too. They tend to be uncommon or rare minifigure variants inside every DK volume’s hardcover. And this latest book, themed for LEGO Star Wars, carries on that fine tradition. In fact, Amazon listed it already as early as July last year, for release this 2022. The thing is, that was April 2022, but this new date’s for a bit later.

As told by Brick Fanatics, the DK-published LEGO Star Wars “Awesome Vehicles” is now available for preorder ahead of release. On the official DK site, the availability’s now listed at June 7, 2022. That’s about two months after the original release date teased in 2021. One other change is with the free minifig in the hardbound cover. It’s still Poe Dameron from the “Star Wars” Sequel Trilogy, only this time he’s armed with a blaster. “Awesome Vehicles” comes from veteran DK LEGO book author Simon Hugo. We can rest assured it’ll be both Age-6+-focused but still all-ages-friendly in content relevance.

Poe being the free minifig for LEGO Star Wars “Awesome Vehicles” makes sense. He’s the “host” for the book, providing guides and trivia bits for the many LEGO Star Wars sets featured. The volume’s quite a deal with its $19.99 SRP. Preorders are available, as before, from Amazon and major platforms like Barnes & Noble

LEGO Publisher AMEET Teases “Your Galactic Mission” Read-and-Play Book

LEGO is such an expansive brand that expanding into multimedia was a given. Before the rise of the animated series and films however, there were the LEGO books. These print media were handled by a variety of publishers like DK. But one label holds the distinction of being the official LEGO publisher: AMEET. Over the years AMEET has rolled out exciting storybooks featuring LEGO’s various themes and licensed IPs. Besides the conventional-narrative books, they also feature “novelty” books. These combine storybook with exclusive set pieces and minifigures for young readers to build. Their recent 2022 book-release catalog actually teases one upcoming novelty book that’s out-of-this-world.

Brick Fanatics reports that AMEET plans to release “LEGO: Your Galactic Mission” in Q3 of 2022. This novelty book is a “read-and-play” kit featuring an interactive storybook plus LEGO pieces. These pieces can be used to build the creatures and vehicles readers will encounter in the book. Like other read-and-plays, “Your Galactic Mission” puts readers in the role of the story’s hero. Here, a space explorer must protect the planet Aurora from the invading Cyber-Cobra. He decides how, by building his pick of vehicle or machine from the book’s cards.

AMEET and LEGO put together this great novelty book via the latter’s Creative Play Lab. They even tested it on family reading groups, so one can be sure “Your Galactic Mission” will be genuinely fun. This is but one of many LEGO books coming from AMEET throughout this year. Expect from them titles for LEGO City and Ninjago, and franchises DC and “Jurassic World” too.

“LEGO DC Character Encyclopedia New Edition” Features Free Exclusive Val-Zod Superman Minifigure

LEGO visual encyclopedias produced by UK publisher DK tend to release new editions every few years. That’s only natural. LEGO constantly releases new sets and minifigure characters that need referencing sooner or later. So why bother buying new volumes of the technically the same LEGO books? How about the exclusive minifigs you get from the cover? In the case of DK’s LEGO DC Visual Dictionary/Character Encyclopedia, their exclusives tend to be uncommon DC characters. Said characters tend to be variants of well-established DC superheroes. The upcoming LEGO DC Character Encyclopedia – New Edition is no exception. What a deep comic-book cut their exclusive cover minifigure is.

According to Brick Fanatics, buyers of the new LEGO DC Character Encyclopedia from DK can get a rare Val-Zod minifig. In simple terms, Val-Zod is Superman in DC Comics’ Earth-2 continuity. For a more detailed explanation, this is Earth-2 as established in DC’s “New 52” franchise revamp/”reboot” in 2011. Val-Zod is another Kryptonian survivor: an orphan cared for by Jor-El and a friend of Kara Zor-El (Supergirl). He is of the same family as classic Superman foe General Zod, but explaining that will take too much time. But don’t worry. Val-Zod earned being called Superman.

The minifigure’s design capture’s Val-Zod’s most iconic looks as bearer of the Superman title in his Earth-2 continuity. One reason for him getting a LEGO minifig might be early franchise promotion. You see, HBO Max is developing a streaming series about Val-Zod. As for the LEGO DC Character Encyclopedia – New Edition, it’s priced at $21.99 and due to release in May next year. Amazon preorders are now available.

“LEGO Minifigure: A Visual History (New Edition)” Gets Black Friday Pricing on Amazon

Early in 2020, before the pandemic exploded, a new LEGO visual book from DK Publishing got listed on Amazon. “LEGO Minifigure: A Visual History (New Edition)” would release later, in October that year. As is the fashion with LEGO publications, the book included a free collectible minifig. It was the classic LEGO spaceman (Benny if you’ve seen The Movie) in an orange spacesuit. LEGO fans fascinated with the brand’s iconic minifigure characters would appreciate the visual references, updated since 1978. The “Minifigure Visual History” remains available today. And considering Black Friday, Amazon has seen fit to give a nice discount.

According to The Brick Fan, a hardcover copy of “LEGO Minifigure: A Visual History (New Edition)” is now $21.66. That’s $18.34 in savings from the original $40 price on Amazon. Who can say no to an update for one’s LEGO reference library? It does boast detailed info on no less than 2,000 individual minifig designs, from the retro to current-gen characters. Benny the spaceman all the way to Team Ninjago get representation alongside licensed-IP crews. If you’ve held off on getting this, then Amazon’s Black Friday sale’s the best time.

New Details on “Ninjago” 2022 Season and Skybound Comic Tie-In

As we already know, LEGO Ninjago is good to go through 2022 and even 2023 in terms of new stuff. In line with that, the tie-in “Ninjago” animated series will get another season next year. And what else is new on the Ninjago front? Last week, series co-creator Tommy Andreasen revealed a five-issue comic-book series in cooperation with Skybound Entertainment. And if that wasn’t enough, we now have additional details on the next “Ninjago” season from online hints dropped by Andreasen. All these things we know courtesy of Brick Fanatics.

During last week’s Skybound live-stream event featuring the “Ninjago” creative team, Andreasen teased viewers with an episode title. He claimed that episode to be the 12th in the upcoming season for 2022. A week later, Andreasen posted a correction on his Twitter page. The episode titled “The Benefit of Grief” was actually the 10th rather than 12th. He declined to name the actual title for episode 12, but his tweet brought details to a wider audience. Now we know, at the very minimum, that the next “Ninjago” season has at least 12 episodes lined up. That should cover animated LEGO Ninjago for the year 2022.

With regards to the Skybound LEGO Ninjago comic books, it ties into the series via a key character. None other than Garmadon headlines this five-issue story. The initial antagonist-turned-mentor-turned-villain to the Ninjago team left the story after season 10: “March of the Oni.” Synopses for the comic, done by writer-artist Tri Vuong, reveal Garmadon wandering the world as a lone protector. But is his latest heroic turn real, or is he still planning something? We’ll find out when the first issue arrives April next year. It’s likely around the time of the next season’s premiere.

Possible LEGO Ninjago Comic from Skybound Entertainment?

The usual media adaptations for toy brand franchises nowadays tend to be TV series or maybe movies. But sometimes they go for more traditional avenues in print media. LEGO is a notable example, with their multitude of picture books courtesy of publishers like D-K. Then they have also made inroads with comic books. In fact, there are hints towards a new partnership between LEGO and Skybound Entertainment. Now you might be wondering, “The company that handles ‘The Walking Dead’ is doing a LEGO comic?” That seems to be true, if a tweet from a LEGO animated series show-runner is indication.

Brick Fanatic brings us this interesting Twitter post courtesy of Tommy Andreasen, co-creator of LEGO’s “Ninjago” animated series. Andreasen shared the announcement of Skybound Entertainment for their Skybound Xpo, happening this Friday, October 29. The promotional text explicitly mentions Skybound producing their first LEGO comic-book title. Andreasen will also be part of a panel for the event alongside “Ninjago” Producer, Story and Entertainment Manager Tommy Kalmar. On his tweet text he made mention of “exciting #Ninjago news.” Does this confirm that Skybound’s upcoming LEGO comic book is based on “Ninjago”? I guess we’re waiting for more news this coming weekend.

LEGO and DK Bringing “Meet the Minifigures” Book with Rock Star CMF Exclusive Next Year

Hey, it’s been a while since we did a piece on those many wonderful LEGO books from DK Publishing. Nowadays they might be available online in digital format, but it’s the hardcopy editions that are sought after more. After all, it’s just like LEGO and DK to stick a collectible minifigure in them. If you’re a LEGO bibliophile and enjoy getting their DK-published books, keep an eye out in 2022. There’s another volume chronicling LEGO CMFs coming out then. And true to form, it’s got an exclusive collectible minifig included.

From authors Helen Murray and Julia March, LEGO and DK are introducing “Meet the Minifigures.” It’s a visual-heavy encyclopedia on LEGO collectible minifigs. That means you can expect great trivia, anecdotes, jokes, and play suggestions illustrated by vivid photos across 128 pages. And yes, let’s not forget the included exclusive CMF: Rock Star. Boy, he certainly does look the part: long hair, face-paint, skull shirt, lightning-bolt pants, and microphone stand. While the book isn’t due out until June 14 next year, it’s already available for pre-orders on Amazon. Really, who can say no to another DK book with sweet CMF?

Check out the Amazon listing blurb below:

Meet the coolest, funniest, and quirkiest LEGO® Minifigures!

Discover fun facts, jokes, and play ideas, and build inspiration from your favorite collectible minifigures.

  • Take on a LEGO speed-building challenge with Race Car Guy.
  • Find out Party Clown’s funniest joke.
  • Build a LEGO underwater creature with Sea Rescuer.
  • Learn a fun real-world fact about the number of pizzas eaten per second from Pizza Costume Guy.

And much more!

Comes with an exclusive collectible LEGO Minifigure.

©2021 The LEGO Group.

New LEGO Star Wars Book Features The Return of a Familiar Character

Amazon US has just listed a new LEGO Star Wars book that features an endearing and familiar character from the recent Skywalker trilogy. The LEGO Star Wars Awesome Vehicles from DK is now listed over at Amazon US and is expected to be released in April 2022.

I know it’s a kind of very long wait before we can actually get our copy, but if you’re willing to have it pre-ordered as early as now, you can get it at a selling price of $20. And like other LEGO and DK books, this one comes with a free minifigure of Poe Dameron. A closer inspection of the image above shows that this minifig version of the legendary starfighter commander is similar to that found on this year’s LEGO Star Wars Resistance X-wing Starfighter (75297), and from 2016’s set 75149. It’s a great way to get this minifigure version in case you missed getting these sets.

The LEGO Star Wars Resistance X-wing Starfighter (75297) features the same version of Poe Dameron as found in the new book offered by DK.

In case you’re interested, here’s what Amazon has to say about this new LEGO Star Wars book. You may also click on the following affiliate link if you wish to pre-order this book right now.

LEGO Star Wars Awesome Vehicles: (Library Edition) Hardcover – To be released April 5, 2022

With X-wing pilot Poe as your guide, check out the most amazing brick-built vehicles in the LEGO® Star Wars™ galaxy!

Which vehicle in the LEGO® Star Wars™ galaxy is the one for you? Join Poe Dameron, the best X-wing pilot in the Resistance, and take a look at 25 out-of-this-world vehicles, from Poe’s zippy X-wing to the moon-sized Death Star. Take a peek inside an AT-AT and discover what it’s really like to drive the Millennium Falcon.

Get top tips from pilots, including Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. Check out driver reviews and find out what you need to know about taking the controls of a vehicle in the LEGO Star Wars galaxy. Let Poe show you each vehicle’s amazing features and then decide which one you would like to take out for a test drive!

New LEGO Books From Ameet Arriving in October

It’s been a while since I’ve shared about the licensed LEGO books that are out there in the market, and thankfully this little segment of LEGO fandom still has quite a following. This is particularly true especially in the case of LEGO books that includes several bricks and pieces such as those offered by Ameet.

Ameet Publishing has revealed its next pair of LEGO activity books in the likes of LEGO Build and Stick Custom Cars and LEGO 5 Minute Builds. Though they are currently listed at Amazon France with a release date of October 2021, we can somewhat assume that these LEGO books will also be around Amazon US anytime soon.

In the meantime, let’s take a look at what these new LEGO books have to offer. Thanks to Hoth Bricks for the tip.

LEGO Build and Stick Custom Cars

LEGO Books

Start your engines for the ultimate racing car adventure! Young builders will love this fun-filled LEGO® pack which includes bricks, a 48-page book of ideas and activities, and over 260 reusable stickers.

Use the LEGO bricks to build any of the three awesome racing cars, before customizing them with the stickers. The book includes building instructions and loads of hints and tips for customizing each car with cool new looks and upgrades. With more than 10 different rebuild options, you can keep creating new cars over and over again.

The book also includes plenty of fun puzzles for when you need a breather from the racetrack.

 

LEGO 5 Minute Builds

LEGO Books

Discover over 100 great ideas for LEGO® builds, games, puzzles, and challenges, and use the bricks included in the box to bring them all to life.

Budding LEGO master builders will love using this fun pack to construct brand-new creations. Each activity has been designed to take just five minutes and can be created using the 50 LEGO bricks included.

 

Be Sure to Check Out This LEGO Life Hacks Book from DK Publishing

As an AFOL, I have to admit that I can’t remember how many times my trusty ol’ LEGO brick brought me out of a tight spot. It’s those pieces of loose LEGO bricks left lying around that somehow proved useful for some of the most annoying and inconvenient things that you have to deal with every day. Whether it’s organizing your cables, placing your phone on a desk from a considerable vantage point, or even organizing those chaotic jumble of keys, it seems that the humble LEGO brick always has a solution to offer. That’s what DK Publishers have in mind with this latest offering, LEGO Life Hacks, now available via Amazon.

It may not be your usual go-to book to find your latest building inspiration, but it has at least 50 building ideas to make your modern life a bit easier. Some of the things that this book offers range from a weekly planner to even a speakerphone amplifier. The brick solutions offered through its pages are simply essential for anyone who know the potential of LEGO bricks.

The LEGO Life Hack book is currently offered by DK Publishing and is now available in Kindle format via Amazon. A paperback version of this book is slated to be released this April. You may click on the following affiliate link below if you wish to pre-order your copy. For more LEGO books that might interest you, be sure to check them out right here.

LEGO Life Hacks: 50 Cool Ideas to Make Your LEGO Bricks Work for You!

This book is bursting with more than 50 smart ideas to streamline your life and accessorize your space. You’ll find stationery hacks that help you organize your desk, cool ideas to make the most of your tech, and gadgets to blitz your boring chores. From a speaker that amplifies your phone, a weekly planner made of LEGO bricks, and a catapult that flings paper into the wastepaper basket, these ideas will make your LEGO bricks work for you. Discover ways to personalize your living space, from photo frames to brick-built houseplants, plus smart ways to display your favorite LEGO builds and minifigures. These creative ideas will inspire you to use your LEGO bricks in awesome new ways.

With amazing images, easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, and handy tips for further building, this book will take your building to the next level.