“LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary – New Edition” Finally Released

As LEGO is a constantly evolving toy line, many reference materials produced in partnership with publishing companies need updating now and then. For instance, the “LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary” from Dorling-Kindersley UK first arrived in 2009, and received only an expansion in 2014. A “New Edition” was promised last year. That has finally come.

It’s just like companies working on products and merchandise related to a major IP to time their releases during a significant milestone. DK is releasing ““LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary – New Edition” now, during LEGO Star Wars’ 20th Anniversary. Amazon has the hardcover reference book listed, and major bookstores carrying LEGO books should already be stocking it on shelves.

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We probably didn’t forget but just in case: like most other LEGO books from DK and several other partner publishers, this visual dictionary comes with a bonus exclusive minifigure. Revealed this February, we know it’s going to be Finn in his Bacta Tank suit from “Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.”

That pretty much all we need to know, but for completion’s sake we’ll leave you with the official synopsis for the New Edition of the “LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary,” also viewable on Amazon (US/UK):

Explore the LEGO Star Wars galaxy with this visual guide to the minifigures, vehicles, and sets from the entire Star Wars saga. Discover every detail of the Millennium Falcon, look around the Death Star, examine Poe Dameron’s X-wing starfighter, and find out about all your favourite LEGO Star Wars minifigures-from Rey to Darth Vader. Learn how the awesome sets are created in the Beyond the Brick chapter, which features concept art and an interview with the LEGO Star Wars creative team.

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Custom-Build Cool Cars with New Reference Guidebook: “How to Build Dream Cars with LEGO Bricks”

Just reading through our past articles here in The Brick Show will easily tell you that LEGO, and its fandom, love cars. The brand has a dedicated car theme in Speed Champions, and many of its Technic sets are speedy vehicles. Automobile love is plain in many best-selling LEGO lines.

If however, you’re interested in making brick-built cars outside of the established LEGO products, then this upcoming book is for you. Co-written by veteran LEGO book contributors, “How to Build Dream Cars with LEGO Bricks” will help its readers do exactly as the cover says.

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Mattia Zamboni (“Amazing Vehicles,” “Tiny LEGO Wonders”) joins forces with designer George Panteleon to present detailed instructions on how to assemble 12 sweet high-performance cars out of LEGO. These guides include LEGO-piece list, step-by-step illustrations, and even an info sheet of the cars in question:

  1. Bugatti Atlantic Type 57SC
  2. Corvette Stingray C3
  3. Datsun 240Z
  4. Dodge Charger R/T ’70
  5. Ferrari 458 Italia
  6. Ferrari F40
  7. Ford GT
  8. Ford Mustang GT Fastback ‘67
  9. Lamborghini Countach
  10. Pagani Zonda Cinque
  11. Porsche 911 Turbo
  12. Shelby Cobra 427 S/C

The resulting car builds are smaller than LEGO Speed Champions (can’t fit minifigure drivers) but are uncannily accurate in details and contours to their inspirations. Panteleon and Zamboni achieved that effect through the seamless mixing of traditional LEGO bricks with stud-less Technic parts.

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“How to Build Dream Cars with LEGO Bricks” is a paperback reference book and is now available in both US and UK editions of Amazon for $13.38 and £15.26 respectively.

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Exclusive Minifigure for “LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary New Edition” Revealed: Bacta Tank Suit Finn

Print media, as we have talked about before, is one of the integral components of a “complete” LEGO experience. This is most particular when the LEGO material in question is reference books. Thanks to their publishing partnership with UK label Dorling-Kindersley (DK), there’s always been a number of “visual dictionaries” coming out every year, detailing current LEGO product lines from sets to the collectible minifigures.

Well, way back in July of the year before, LEGO and DK announced that the latter’s “LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary” was going to get a new edition. The book originally came out in 2009 and again in 2014 as the “Updated and Expanded” version.

In the same vein as so many LEGO hardbound volumes, the upcoming “LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary New Edition” will come with an exclusive character minifigure. Readers have had their time speculating who it might be all the rest of year 2018; now, Amazon has revealed who that character is.

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The global online retail giant has added new information and images to their item listing for the new visual dictionary. For a brief period, their shot of the front cover showed the included minifigure to be First Order trooper-turned-Resistance fighter Finn, suited in the bacta tank as seen in his first appearance in “The Last Jedi,” healing from his injuries sustained during “The Force Awakens.”

Amazon must have realized that the cover photo was a spoiler, and has since replaced it with a blacked-out minifigure version. Thankfully other LEGO news sources have caught it before the change; this image down below is courtesy of Brickset.

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Quite obviously, the additional content added to the “LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary New Edition” covers the new Disney-Lucasfilm media: “The Force Awakens,” “The Last Jedi,” and even “Solo.” The volume will be released this coming April, but an Amazon preorder now will shave 33% off the $14.71 price listed.

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From Alarm Clocks to Pillows: Here Are Some Cool LEGO Movie 2 Products to Watch Out For

We’re just counting the weeks before the LEGO Movie 2 hit theaters and what better way to celebrate the film by having any of these TLM2 memorabilia. From Happy Meal toys to DK’s collection of books inspired by the film, it seems that there is still plenty of room for other LEGO Movie 2 products to join this year’s most brickstacular film. So while waiting for the film’s opening on February 8, let’s take a look at some of the cool TLM2 tie-in products that are out there. Clicking on the following affiliate links below will provide you with further details about each product.

Alarm Clocks

LEGO Movie 2 Emmet Light Up Alarm Clock (9003967)

Emmet Brickowski longed to be popular in his town of Bricksburg, but due to living his life by the book, no one ever noticed him. This all changed however, when Bricksburg came under attack and it was up to Emmet to save the town. Emmet showed that everyone is special in their own way and became a hero!

Help Emmet rescue his friends from the intergalactic invader Sweet Mayhem with this fantastic LEGO mini-figure clock and you too can become on of the great master builders!

  • Help save the people of Bricksburg with this LEGO Movie 2 Emmet mini-figure Kids Light Up Alarm Clock
  • Digital LCD Screen with 12hr display, Back Light colour: Orange, Height: 6 inches tall, Alarm and Snooze functions, Moveable parts: Arms, Battery Type: 2x AAA (included), Age:6+
  • Official LEGO Product

 

LEGO Movie 2 Wyldstyle Light Up Alarm Clock (9003974)

Wyldstyle is a tough and creative free spirit. She is streetwise master builder and doesn’t let people give her orders. Although she is tough as nails, she has a soft side and puts a lot of faith in those close to her.

It’s time to team up with Wyldstyle against Sweet Mayhem with this fantastic LEGO Movie 2 Mini-figure Alarm Clock and you too can become one of the great master builders!

  • Help save the LEGO Universe from Sweet Mayhem with this LEGO Movie 2 Wyldstyle mini-figure Kids Light Up Alarm Clock
  • Digital LCD Screen with 12hr display, Back Light colour: Orange, Height: 6 inches tall, Alarm and Snooze functions, Moveable parts: Arms, Battery Type: 2x AAA (included), Age:6+
  • Official LEGO Product.

 

Buildable Wrist Watch

LEGO Movie 2 Emmet Buildable Watch (8021445)

LEGO Movie 2 Wyldstyle Buildable Watch (8021452)

LEGO Movie 2 Unikitty Buildable Watch (8021476)

 

Pillows

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LEGO Movie 2 Unikitty Buddy Pillow

LEGO Movie 2 Sweet Mayhem Buddy Pillow

LED Key Lights

LEGO Movie 2 Emmet LED Key Light

 

Emmet returns in The LEGO Movie 2. The full-length theatrical LEGO adventure opens in theaters February 2019. Emmet features a sensor on the chest which, when pressed, will illumiate his feet. Add a splash of fun to your backpack or bag with this delightful Emmet Key Light.

 

LEGO Movie 2 Batman LED Key Light

Batman returns in The LEGO Movie 2. The full-length theatrical LEGO adventure opens in theaters February 2019. Batman features a sensor on the chest which, when pressed, will illumiate his eyes. Add a splash of fun to your backpack or bag with this delightful Batman Key Light.

 

LEGO Movie 2 Unikitty LED Key Light

Princess Unikitty returns in The LEGO Movie 2. The full-length theatrical LEGO adventure opens in theaters February 2019. Starring as one of Emmet’s fellow travelers is Unikitty, a sweet, loveable member of the team with a powerful secret. Unikitty features a touch sensor on her face which, when pressed, will illumiate her horn. Add a dash of sass and sunshine to your backpack or bag with this delightful Unikitty Key Light.

 

LEGO Movie 2 Costumes

LEGO Movie 2 Lucy Deluxe Child Costume

 

Lucy is a no-nonsense determined kind of girl with a huge heart. You can look just like the amazing Master Builder herself in this Lucy Deluxe Costume! This costume is bold just like Lucy! Costume features a longsleeve top with an attached skirt, leggings, a pair of fingerless gloves, and a headband with attached hair extensions.

DK LEGO Movie 2 Tie-In Books Released This Week

LEGO and Warner Bros are revving up promotions for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, especially that its due to release in cinemas February next year. Other than the awesome tie-in sets now made available across LEGO brand stores and shop.LEGO.com, LEGO is working again with longtime publishing partner Dorling Kindersley to give us the best collection of LEGO Movie 2 tie-in books for children of all ages.

Here’s a rundown on all the LEGO Movie 2 tie-in books that were recently released by DK via Amazon right on Christmas Eve. Head over directly to Amazon by clicking on the links below.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Awesomest, Most Amazing, Most Epic Movie Guide in the Universe 

A sweet introductory guide to the LEGO Movie world setting, its characters and other fun trivia facts all in 96 pages and priced $8.99 on retail.

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Discover everything there is to know about THE LEGO® MOVIE 2(TM) with this totally awesome guide to all the characters, vehicles and locations.

The ultimate companion to the highly anticipated THE LEGO MOVIE 2, this book explores the heroes and the villains you’ll meet in the movie. Packed full of exciting and informative text, plus illustrations of THE LEGO MOVIE 2 sets and minifigures, this book provides everything you need to know about THE LEGO MOVIE 2.

The LEGO Movie 2: Ultimate Sticker Collection

Not an information treasure trove like the above. Rather, it’s a handy 72-page collection of LEGO Movie 2 stickers to put wherever you like them; retails for $12.99.

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Join Emmet, Lucy, Batman and Unikitty from THE LEGO ® MOVIE 2(TM) as they explore the brick-built world in this awesome new LEGO sticker collection, which includes more than 1,000 stickers!

THE LEGO MOVIE 2 Ultimate Sticker Collection features stickers of all the latest LEGO MOVIE 2 sets and minifigures, and is full of exciting facts and images of the heroes, villains, locations and vehicles. Have fun finding the stickers for each page to recreate your favourite moments from the movie, or choose to create your own scenes.

The LEGO Movie 2: Emmet to the Rescue

Now we come to the story adaptations; this is a Level 1 DK reader for young kids to learn about Emmet’s quest to save his friends in the movie. 24 pages for $4.99 are worth it.

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Join Emmet, Lucy, Batman and Unikitty from THE LEGO® MOVIE 2(TM) on their new adventures in this exciting book for children learning to read. Packed with images of THE LEGO MOVIE 2 sets and minifigures, this book will get young fans hooked on reading.

Exciting images, simple vocabulary, and a fun quiz will engage young readers and help them build confidence in reading. Combining DK’s four-level reading scheme with the popular THE LEGO MOVIE 2 theme, THE LEGO MOVIE 2 Reader is at Level 1 and will help children learn to read-and to love

The LEGO Movie 2: Awesome Heroes

Last but not least we have a more advanced Level 2 Reader tie-in, this one’s a nice reference to the main characters of the LEGO Movie franchise, from the everyman to the superhero, to the unicorn-cat princess, Master Builders all. That’s 42 pages of character adventures for $16.99.

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Join Emmet, Lucy, Batman and Unikitty from THE LEGO® MOVIE 2(TM) on their new adventures in this exciting book for children learning to read. Packed with images of THE LEGO MOVIE 2 sets and minifigures, this book will get young fans hooked on reading.

Exciting images, simple vocabulary, and a fun quiz will engage young readers, helping them to build their confidence in reading. Combining DK’s four-level reading scheme with the popular THE LEGO MOVIE 2 theme, THE LEGO MOVIE 2 Reader is at Level 2 and will help kids learn to read-and to love reading.

You can catch all of these sweet LEGO Movie 2 book tie-ins from DK at LEGO Stores, major book retail outlets like Barnes & Noble, and online such as with Amazon.

LEGO Inks New Publishing Partnership with Chronicle Books

For as long as can be remembered perhaps, LEGO and books have been comfortably complementary partners in the total experience of the toy brand. While independent publishers bring out books having ideas for DIY MOCs, quite the number of printed material comes from publishers partnered with LEGO itself, such as Scholastic and definitely Dorling-Kindersley (DK). Now, another publishing company will be joining hands with The LEGO Group to bring out a new series of books that will focus on a recently emerging and newly prominent sector of the fandom. While most official LEGO books are geared somewhat towards children, the proposed material from Chronicle Books will be for the AFOLs.

“We are delighted to welcome Chronicle Books into a select group of publishing partners who work closely with the LEGO Group to create books that delight and inspire fans around the world,” noted LEGO publishing director Robin Pearson, elaborating that Chronicle’s past books, filled with unique humor and style, are perfect for an innovative publishing effort leaning towards the older side of the LEGO fandom.

This new LEGO-Chronicle Books partnership will start with seven books scheduled for release in 2020. While initially following other LEGO books such as DK’s and Scholastic’s with puzzle books and such, more upcoming works will comprise art volumes and even non-fiction titles for AFOL consumption.

New LEGO Ninjago Visual Dictionary Arriving in 2019

With the wide-ranging releases of LEGO sets and minifigures across different themes and licensed franchises, the publishing of supplementary printed material such as visual dictionaries by the likes of Dorling-Kindersley are a godsend to collectors, and also a great source of entertainment especially for fans of the properties depicted within. Speaking of visual dictionaries and DK, they first published such a volume for the LEGO Ninjago line way back in 2014. In typical LEGO book fashion, the LEGO Ninjago Visual Dictionary also included a free minifigure in the cover, that of Zane. Now, four years have passed since that first printing, and an update is welcome.

That’s why DK is bringing out a new edition of the LEGO Ninjago Visual Dictionary next year. In 128 pages of glorious color photographs, the book will bring LEGO fans and collectors up to speed with the latest releases on the Ninjago line thus far.

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In addition to the minifigure and Ninjago set images and info, the visual guide will also include a “Beyond the Brick” section detailing how they were conceptualized and developed. An interview with the Ninjago design team and rare concept sketches and artwork can also be found between the book’s covers.

Dorling-Kindersley expects to have the LEGO Ninjago Visual Dictionary New Edition to be released in bookstores sometime in September of 2019. As expected, it’ll also come with a free minifigure, though for now, LEGO is keeping mum on the character’s identity. We’ll have to wait for later info. Preorders are also available on Amazon UK.

Learn More Build Technics for Boost Line on “The LEGO Boost Idea Book” from No Starch Press

Due to its seeming complexity, the LEGO Boost system of products seems to be pretty much stuck as a niche offering that’s only a sure sell for the more tech-savvy LEGO fans. Barring the default functions of Boost-compatible sets, making customized builds and mechanics for the line seems rather daunting.

But if you have some LEGO Boost sets and would like some suggestions on MOCs, perhaps you can invest in a copy of No Starch Press’s The LEGO Boost Idea Book. While not an official LEGO publication itself, the book’s got some superb tips on maximizing use of the Boost.

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This volume is written by consummate LEGO author Yoshihito Isogawa, who has already written other idea books for LEGO’s Technic line and Power Functions system. The LEGO Boost Ideas Book has three major sections: first the basic builds utilizing the Boost motor and hub; second the construction of external-motor mechanisms; and third the use of Boost sensors for complex functions.

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Boost owners can check out the book from the No Starch Press website; they offer free e-book versions of it for every hardcopy purchase. Alternatively, The LEGO Boost Ideas book can also be gotten elsewhere online for $16.34 at Amazon.

The LEGO Star Wars Ideas Book Offers Plenty of Building Suggestions for Your LEGO Star Wars Sets

The new LEGO Star Wars book released by Dorling Kindersley  looks to further enhance the experience for collectors and fans of the LEGO Star Wars line, by encouraging them to go beyond the official set builds and helping them find inspiration for putting together the LEGO Star Wars MOC of one’s dreams. This is the professed goal of the LEGO Star Wars Ideas Book.

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Find a galaxy full of LEGO® Star Wars(TM) ideas to build–from activities and art, games and challenges, to practical makes and your very own inventions!

This book features 200 imaginative play and building ideas, from LEGO projects that take just a few minutes and a handful of bricks, to builds to keep you occupied for hours. Set up a game of LEGO Star Wars skittles, create a pencil pot shaped like your favorite Sith or Jedi, build a fleet of tiny TIEs, design Darth Vader’s family tree, and customize a podracer. Challenge a friend to take on a rathtar, mix up your minifigures, stage your favorite movie battle scene with LEGO Star Wars bricks–and much, much more! LEGO® Star Wars(TM) Ideas Book is packed with a family friendly range of activities to inspire every LEGO Star Wars fan. What will you build?

Created by the authorial team of Hannah Dolan, Elizabeth Dowsett and Simon Hugo, LEGO Star Wars Ideas Book presents ways to take existing Star Wars sets and builds, then editing and customizing them into something new. Its contents are divided into quick-reference sections, from random builds of the day, to recreation of Star Wars scenes.

These tips and suggestions are then interpreted into beautiful LEGO Star Wars MOCs by a team of expert LEGO builders who have even included “Challenges” that involve creating MOCs a particular way and inviting the reader to figure them out. Solutions are provided, of course.

The LEGO Star Wars Ideas Book is available now at bookstores carrying LEGO books from DK, priced at $24.99 in the US, $31.99 in Canada, and £17.99 in the UK. It’s also available at a discounted price in Amazon here.

The LEGO Zoo Offers Easy-to-Build Animals Using Readily Available LEGO Bricks At Your Home

For younger-leaning LEGO builders, one favorite subject for brick creation would be animals. There’s something very imaginative about assembling basic LEGO bricks to create the basic shape of a beast or bird or dinosaur. A LEGO Animal Atlas released earlier this year by publisher DK featured plenty of animal-building instructions.Now, another brick-building book has  come out that shines the spotlight on brick-built animals. Unlike the DK Animal Atlas, it’s not officially partnered with LEGO, but The LEGO Zoo by Italian author Jody Padulano is just as appealing to children (and probably to some AFOLs as well) with its charming photography and building steps.

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The LEGO Zoo: 50 Easy-to-Build Animals 

A children’s book that shows how to build 50 simple models of LEGO animals using only standard LEGO parts that every LEGO fan has in their collection.

The LEGO Zoo book shows kids of any age how to build 50 simple animal models using only standard LEGO parts that are already likely to be in their collection. Readers learn how to build models of animals like crocodiles, zebras, wolves, lions, flamingos, plus many more. Projects are ordered by increasing difficulty making it easy to jump in without getting in over your head. The animals are so cute and goofy, whether building as a family or solo The LEGO Zoo is sure to deliver a roaring good time!

Originally published in Italy 2017, The LEGO Zoo proved a popular enough seller that No Starch Press has brought it into an international readership. In 200 pages it details 50 animals famous as exhibits in zoos all over the world, and features instructions to recreate these using basic LEGO blocks.

The LEGO Zoo is divided into five chapters sorting the featured animals by level of brick building difficulty and complexity. But young readers shouldn’t worry; they’re not that difficult. The book is now available on Amazon for $13.36, as well as from No Starch Press. Hard copies come with  the free eBook version.