This week, LEGO has launched its first build-and- take in-store event of the year that most LEGO fans will love to have. The LEGO Newsstand is actually a nice mini build that complements this year’s modular LEGO Creator Expert Bookshop(10270) which was released at the turn of the year. And in case you missed out on this opportunity of grabbing the LEGO Newsstand, you’ll be happy to know that Instagram user theflannelbrick has uploaded and shared its building instructions so let’s take a look.
Coming in at 155 pieces, the LEGO Newsstand features plenty of small parts that can be a bit challenging for newbie LEGO builders. Nevertheless, the final build, notwithstanding the instability of the shelf, is pretty much impressive in itself. As a free set, I really appreciate what LEGO did here: throwing in a minifigure with accessories, two printed newspaper tile, and several hard to find parts like those trans clear blue flag pieces used for the roof. If LEGO opted to make this as a retail set, then it will certainly hit the $10 or more price point, giving us a vignette kind of set similar to what LEGO offers with its seasonal sets. Remember smaller seasonal sets like 2015’s Painting Easter Eggs (40121) and Thanksgiving Feast (40123) and you’ll get the idea.
As I said, I’m not just quite sure if the rest of the parts are readily available but you can still try to search for them over at Bricklink.
The LEGO Creator Expert Bookshop (10270) is currently available at LEGO Shop@Home retailing for $179.99. It features a 3-story modular build that comes with a display window, reading nook, an open-out design, and five (5) minifigs. If you’re still planning to get this set and wish to know more, just click on the link above.
In case you missed out on this year’s holiday gift-with-purchase (GWP) set in the form of the LEGO Christmas Tree (40338), you might be interested to know that LEGO’s Customer Service has also uploaded the building instructions to recreate this set. You may download a copy of it right here.
It’s nice of LEGO to make the building instructions for their exclusive promotional sets – such as the Buildable Red Brick for example – available to the public particularly to LEGO fans that may have missed out on this promo. As part of its Black Friday deals, the LEGO Christmas Tree (40338) was only made available for four days from November 29 to December 2, for a minimum single-receipt purchase worth $120 USD. It obviously comes with a relatively higher qualifying purchase as compared to other promos, but as a freebie coming in at 392 pieces and with some pretty nice play features, I certainly have no qualms about it.
As much as I understand the idea of giving shopping incentives and freebies to LEGO fans, I wish that LEGO will eventually make the LEGO Christmas Tree (40338), as well as other previously released seasonal gift-with-purchase (GWP) sets such as the LEGO Christmas Carousel (40293) and LEGO Christmas Gift Box (40292) both from last year, available as regular selling items in LEGO brand stores. In my opinion, it will be nice to offer them initially as exclusive freebies but LEGO will be serving the larger LEGO community in general if they will make these sets available for sale later on.
This is another case example of how much a LEGO freebie or gift-with-purchase (GWP) could be in high demand. Last month, it was revealed that a mini-version of the mammoth-sized LEGO Batman 1989 Batmobile (76139) will be offered as a promotional item to celebrate the release of its larger counterpart. Back then, the terms and conditions on how to avail of this promotional item are not known yet. It was only when this month’s LEGO Store Calendar was released that it was finally confirmed that the LEGO Batman 1989 Batmobile Limited Edition (40433) will be an exclusive freebie for those who will purchase its larger, and more expensive, cousin. For those of us who didn’t manage to get a copy of this mini-version of the 80’s classic Batmobile, then we can always head over to LEGO’s Customer Service portal now that the building instructions for this set are finally made available. You may get your copy in PDF format right here.
Truth be told, though the promo period for the LEGO Batman 1989 Batmobile Limited Edition (40433) ran for several days from November 29 to December 5, not all LEGO fans were quite happy about the exclusivity of this free set. In fact, most LEGO fans will agree that at 366 pieces and almost 12 inches in length, this promotional may deserve its own space on store shelves.
As I mentioned, this version was only made available for those who purchased its larger replica. But in case you want to build your very own mini LEGO 1989 Batmobile, then you may want to see if the following parts are available in your LEGO collection.
This new LEGO piece is necessary for those sleek, curved edges prominently seen at the front and back sides of the build of the Mini Batmobile. In the absence of this LEGO element, it will require a bit of a challenge to replicate those fine lines that make this set visually stand out.
Whatever is the case, do let us know how you intend to go around building this set without this rare piece. Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.
If you recall from last month’s LEGO Black Friday promos, LEGO offered an enticing exclusive freebie for all of its VIP members. The LEGO VIP exclusive Buildable Red Brick (5006085) relatively had a very short window of availability that only ran for two days. It was a sort of a pre-Black Friday promo that ran during the weekends from November 23 to 24.
Needless to say, it’s a great display set to have for any LEGO aficionado, and I understand the frustration of some if they missed out on this promotional. But thankfully, LEGO’s Customer Service has uploaded the building instructions for this freebie so you can build this on your own using any LEGO pieces that you may already have. If you want to give it a try, you can download a PDF copy of this set’s building instructions right here.
Coming in at 65 pieces, the Buildable Red Brick (5006085) is a pretty straightforward build. There are no exclusive parts in this set which consisted mainly of red and black plates, tiles and bricks. Here’s a rundown of its parts list, and try to see if you have them in your collection.
I like the simplicity of this build and I hope that LEGO will release more of these desktop accessories in the future. I love the idea of seeing this buildable brick beside another exclusive which is the LEGO Brick 60th Anniversary Red Pencil Pot (6258618) that I reported way back from October last year. If you’re into buildable LEGO desk accessories, you may also be interested to check out the LEGO Pencil Pot (40188) which is currently at 20% off at LEGO Shop@Home.
However, even if you were not around to participate in this event, then you’ll be glad to know that Brickset managed to share the building instructions to recreate this Make and Take freebie. Check out the following images below.
Coming in at 87 pieces, there seems to be no exclusive LEGO piece needed to build this set. It’s kind of a basic build actually, and I understand why not all LEGO Star Wars fans are into this kind of thing. But the thought behind this particular build is what makes it more interesting. It’s nice of the designer behind this make-and-take build to feature in using as few as 80+ LEGO pieces the entire Luke Skywalker Timeline as we see him in the events of Episode IV to VIII. Though made up of basic bricks, each rendition of the iconic Star Wars Jedi is easily recognizable. I like how old man Luke was nicely rendered with all the gray beard, hair and sand yellow bricks to represent his current garb as seen in The Last Jedi. Here’s a closer look at the parts list if you wish to see the parts that were used to build this LEGO Star Wars Luke Skywalker Timeline.
If you want to recreate this unique, Triple Force Friday make-and-take build, then I suggest that you go through your collection of LEGO bricks and see if you have the necessary pieces to do so. Thanks again to Brickset for sharing these instructions.
LEGO BrickHeadz is still going strong and with the recent reveal of the LEGO BrickHeadz Star Wars Kylo Ren and Sith Trooper (75232), we can still expect that LEGO still has more plans for these brick collectibles. I guess part of the appeal with this theme is the fact that the design follows a prescribed format that allows you to recreate any of your favorite pop icons into a standard LEGO BrickHeadz. With a bit of experimenting with your own LEGO bricks, you can even come up with any BrickHeadz character that you want. This is the principle behind these collections of books written by Charles Pritchett – the unofficial guide of building your own LEGO BrickHeadz Heroes and Villains.
I first stumbled upon Charles’ works when I was casually browsing Brickset’s listing of available LEGO books. His Building LEGO BrickHeadz Heroes Volume One: The Unofficial Guide, and its counterpart that allows you to build a collection of BrickHeadz villains, immediately caught my attention. I am impressed with the excellent custom LEGO BrickHeadz sets that he was able to come up, especially when it included some of my favorite Marvel and DC characters. The best part of it is that he makes the building instructions for these MOCs available for everyone. You simply need to search through your collection of LEGO bricks to see if you have the parts needed to build your favorite heroes and villains. Since your working with a LEGO BrickHeadz, you can easily look for a substitute part if in case you don’t have the prescribed LEGO piece mentioned in assembling the build.
As of this posting, Charles offers three volumes on how to build his custom LEGO BrickHeadz Heroes and Villains all of which you can purchase via Amazon. You may click on the following links if you wish to know more about these books.
And of course, our ensemble of custom comic book LEGO BrickHeadz will not be complete without our heroes’ archenemies. This volume highlights 10 most famous villains and how to give them that LEGO BrickHeadz twist.
Last month, I reported on another gift-with-purchase set that will accompany your next LEGO Star Wars purchase. So if you’re eyeing to buy that massive LEGO Star Wars UCS Imperial Star Destroyer (tongue in cheek), or any particular Star Wars set of your fancy, then you might want to hold on to your horses for a bit. As of this posting, details about the availability of the LEGO Star Wars Mini Droid Commander (75522) is still scant – in fact, it was not even mentioned in this month’s LEGO Store Calendar. For all we know, this next LEGO freebie may be part of LEGO’s Triple Force Friday’s promotional in October, or we could see it released earlier – its all speculations at this point.
However, what we are certain about is that you can start building your own Mini Droid Commander with this set of instructions now available for download from LEGO’s Customer Service portal. LEGO was kind enough to upload the PDF file of this mini collectible’s building instructions ahead of the polybag’s release. Click on the images below or you may alternatively download it right here.
As you can see, the Mini Droid Commander has approximately 60 pieces, including the exclusive 2×8 20 Years of LEGO Star Wars commemorative plate. Apart from this, the rest of the pieces does not seem to be too hard to find. You may also replace the buzzsaw minifigure accessory if you do not have that yet in your inventory of LEGO parts.
Be sure to be on the lookout for the LEGO Star Wars Mini Droid Commander (75522) polybag in your local LEGO store. Just give us a heads-up if in case you spot this on your radar. Thanks to Hoth Bricks for the tip.
The LEGO Group is now taking the play and build experience a step higher. With its goal of making the LEGO system of play accessible to all, TLG today announced a new initiative that will allow children and individuals with visual impairments enjoy the experience of playing with LEGO bricks. The LEGO Audio and Braille Building Instructions utilize artificial intelligence in interpreting visual building instructions in a usable verbal and tactile format. This initiative was first developed by long-time LEGO fan Matthew Shifrin who also happens to be blind. This was later picked up by LEGO where the latter took the initiative of coming up with a soft launch of LEGO Audio Instructions.
The LEGO Audio and Braille Building Instructions are still in its early stages, with four easy-to-build sets receiving its first resources for the blind. LEGO promises to release more building instructions for the visually impaired by 2020, and for other future LEGO sets to be released with such similar free support. Just click on the following links below to know more how this is done.
If you recall, LEGO is very much intentional in making sure that all children benefit from the value of playing with LEGO bricks. Earlier this year, we saw the launch of LEGO Braille Bricks where the LEGO Group aims to develop the love for using Braille among children with visual disabilities. And having an accompanying set of LEGO audio and Braille building instructions and other resources for the blind will give children an opportunity for a new way to build, and to make playing with LEGO bricks more inclusive.
You can read the LEGO Group’s full press release right here.
We’ve covered a lot of LEGO books that comes with the usual LEGO elements and pieces, and its a great way to have the little LEGO fans around us or perhaps even yourself, occupied with a lot of new building ideas and designs. Ameet Books has now added to its repertoire another pair of LEGO books that are loaded with activities to keep the LEGO building fun going. The LEGO Imagine and Play series features several coloring pages and other hands-on activities, including of course building with LEGO bricks. These books come in two variants: Creatures and Vehicles, and each has their own unique set of 50 bricks that allows you to create several suggested minibuilds. As of this posting, they are not yet on sale over at Ameet Books’ website so better keep tabs with them or at Amazon once they go for sale.
Read on for their complete product descriptions, and check some of its sample images.
LEGO Imagine and Play
Imagine & Play is a new series of boxes that encourages creative play and supports imagination. For playing together or on your own, there are more than 50 LEGO® bricks included in this gift set.
Over 50 bricks to build various LEGO® models
Book with activities of varying levels of difficulty to encourage young builders
High quality, reusable box that can serve as a play mat
Instruction and tips for parents that encourage their kids’ creativity
From a LEGO Facehugger MOC to a custom LEGO parasitic chest buster, it looks like the next step to this nasty alien’s brick evolution has finally arrived. We are all very familiar with that lingering sense of fear of being physically invaded and being turned to a host by that terrifying Xenomorph from the Alien movie franchise. Over the years, director Ridley Scott’s vision of this dreaded alien powerhouse managed to become a sort of pop culture icon immortalized in many different forms. And this time, our brick rockstars from Build Better Bricks managed to capture the alien’s final form in a custom LEGO Aliens Xenomorph.
Coming in at 599 pieces, this latest offering from B3 gives you an ultra-realistic version of this iconic monster, complete with all the fine details of the alien creature from the 1980s. For example, this alien’s head is perfectly replicated using shoulder pad pieces and Technic click hinges, while the mouth can be opened and even placed with a tiny, inner jaw. For added realism, a transclear 1×4 antenna may be connected underneath its mouth for that menacing drool.
Another cool feature of this build is its highly articulated and flexible tail, thanks to its use of Technic ball joints. These joints allow the custom LEGO Xenomorph to be posed in many different ways as well. The way in which these joints are connected also closely resembles the monster’s tail and skeletal structure as seen in the movie. These and the rest of the build’s features are aptly explained by Tyler in this latest B3 video. Watch this.
If you wish to add this to your collection of movie-inspired builds, then be sure to check out Build Better Bricks for details on how you can build this MOC. For a minimal amount, you get a 70-page building instruction, a parts list to see if you have the necessary LEGO pieces to assemble your own custom LEGO Xenomorph and Stud.io file that will help you find and purchase any missing parts from Bricklink.