LEGO Sweeps Five Category Nominations for Second 2022 TOTY Awards

Many awards ceremonies follow the standard of holding themselves on an annual basis. This is reasonable considering that trends change year after year, and companies on average roll out different new products annually. But sometimes, there can be so many products worthy of nominations in a year for certain awards. In that case, why not hold more than one ceremony annually? That’s precisely what the Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards has done this 2022. There was one earlier this year, and a second awards program this month. As expected, LEGO has its own nominations, and won in multiple categories.

According to The Brick Fan, the second 2022 Toy of the Year Awards was held Tuesday, September 20. In this edition, LEGO secured nominations to five toy categories and won every single time. True, this is less than the nominations for the earlier 2022 Awards (that had eight). But who can say anything bad about a nomination sweep? Congratulations to LEGO for their triumph. We can probably count on the winning products to get a sales bump going into the Holiday season. Let’s review them:

Collectible of the Year

The Muppets CMF (71033)

Construction Toy of the Year

LEGO Marvel I Am Groot (76217)

Grown-Up Toy of the Year

Ideas The Office (21336)

Playset Toy of the Year

Super Mario Adventures with Peach Starter Course (71403)

Vehicle Toy of the Year

Technic McLaren Formula 1 Race Car (42141)

In the earlier TOTY Awards 2022, LEGO won these same categories plus Preschool Toy, Specialty Toy and STEAM Toy. We can’t help but wonder if Toy of the Year will make this twice-a-year awarding schedule their new norm. If so, LEGO has twice the opportunities annually to impress the global toy community.

September 2022 LEGO Set Launch Recap

With September 2022 rolling in this past Thursday, another wave of new sets from LEGO have been launched. Fitting for ushering in the last few months before the Holiday season, several advent calendars became available September 1. According to further details from Brickset, LEGO Marvel also debuted multiple entries this time with more buildable figure sets. The big guns among the new releases would be the newest LEGO Ideas set and Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Express (76405). On the tinier end, LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 23 became available as well. We can be sure the Holiday-themed products will only increase as 2022 winds down. But for now, let’s summarize the launches:

Advent Calendars 2022
CMF
Duplo
Harry Potter
Ideas
Marvel

ICYMI: LEGO Minifigures Series 23 (71034) Arriving This September!

This year’s LEGO Con has officially revealed plenty of exciting sets to watch out for in the 2nd half of 2022 including the highly anticipated LEGO Minifigures Series 23 (71034).

LEGO Minifigures Series 23

More like being a teaser, LEGO gave us a glimpse on the design process on how a collectible minifigure is designed and made, together with a hands-on reveal of some of the colorful characters included in the upcoming CMF Series 23.  Watch the reveal below.

Take a closer look at the following images of all the 12 characters in this series.

Cardboard Robot

LEGO Minifigures Series 23

Ferry Captain

LEGO Minifigures Series 23

Reindeer Costume

Green Dragon Costume

Wolf Costume

Popcorn Costume

LEGO Minifigures Series 23

Turkey Costume

Christmas Elf

Knight of the Yellow Castle

Nutcracker

Snowman

Sugar Fairy

And true to its word, LEGO has also updated its home shopping portal to include a listing of the LEGO Minifigure Series 23 (71034).  There is no pre-order option to date, but you can certainly expect these funky costumed characters to be available starting September 1. Check out the series’ official product description below. You may click on the affiliate link if you wish to add this to your LEGO wishlist. Which is your favorite Series 23 character? Mine will have to be the Cardboard Robot, Ferry Captain, and Popcorn Costume. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

LEGO Minifigures Series 23 (71034)

Coming soon on September 1, 2022

Delight a child or Minifigures fan with these LEGO® Minifigures Series 23 (71034) blind bags for ages 5+. This unique series features a great lineup of fun characters to collect and display or to take independent or group play in unexpected new directions.

Inspiring collection of fun LEGO Minifigures

Children and adult fans get to say “Hi!” to a limited-edition range of imaginative characters, including Nutcracker, Sugar Fairy, Green Dragon Costume, Snowman, Reindeer Costume, Holiday Elf, Turkey Costume, Cardboard Robot, Popcorn Costume, Wolf Costume, Ferry Captain and Knight of the Yellow Castle.

Surprise!

Each finely crafted, highly detailed LEGO minifigure comes in a sealed ‘mystery’ bag and includes a collector’s information leaflet, making a great little gift that will put a smile on anyone’s face.

  • Unexpected characters – Encourage endless play with these fun LEGO® Minifigures Series 23 (71034) bags. A creative surprise treat for kids and minifigure fans of any age
  • Collectible fun in a bag – 1 of 12 buildable characters to discover, plus a collector’s leaflet. A fun addition to any collection

And in case you missed out on some of the previous LEGO CMF series, The Brickshow Shop LEGO Collectible Minifigures is running a sale on some of the most sought after LEGO minifigs around including those from earlier CMF series, Disney, Marvel, and the Muppets.

LEGO Con 2022: Collectible Minifigure Series 23 (71034) Coming September

We’re still on that LEGO Con 2022 reveal review. Already we’ve taken a look at several major set releases from last weekend. Perhaps it’s time we shone the spotlight on the small stuff: multiple, little-humanoid small stuff. Indeed, LEGO Con also unveiled the latest batch of collectible minifigures. They’re all-original LEGO characters following the May launch of The Muppets (71033). As confirmed by The Brick Fan, minifigure collectors can look forward to CF Series 23 (71034) months from now. Like other batches, this series consists of 12 minifigures. And per usual with LEGO’s CF Series, these minifigs are far out.

Looking at the official product listing on LEGO.com you’ll find only 3 of the 12 minifigures revealed. Luckily the LEGO Con page features the fully-visible ensemble of Collectible Minifigures Series 23 (71034). From robot girls to turkey costumes to nutcrackers and sugar-plum fairies, LEGO’s giving us their quirkiest minifig ensemble yet. Expect these guys to be available in their polybags (usual price) starting in December.

LEGO CF Series 23 (71034)

Age 5+ | 12 minifigures total | $4.99 per polybag | Coming September 1

 

Surprise!

Each finely crafted, highly detailed LEGO minifigure comes in a sealed ‘mystery’ bag and includes a collector’s information leaflet, making a great little gift that will put a smile on anyone’s face.

  • Unexpected characters – Encourage endless play with these fun LEGO® Minifigures Series 23 (71034) bags. A creative surprise treat for kids and minifigure fans of any age
  • Collectible fun in a bag – 1 of 12 buildable characters to discover, plus a collector’s leaflet. A fun addition to any collection

Its All LEGO Marvel Superheroes In Today’s @whatnotcollectibles Raffle!

LEGO Marvel fans will find our next whatnotcollectibles online auction and raffle pretty exciting. After our fun and successful auction of several LEGO Star Wars Minifigures Mystery Packs a couple of days ago, we’re back with another enticing offer that you don’t want to miss. Because at 11:30 AM EST today, Stephen will host this weekend’s TBS whatnot stream and will raffle another $100 LEGO minifig in the likes of the LEGO Marvel Superheroes Spider-Man from 2004.

Image courtesy of Brickset.com

Last Wednesday, one lucky winner managed to bag a rare LEGO Star Wars Kashyyyk Trooper from 2005’s Clone Turbo Tank (7261) set. And for today’s raffle, Stephen will be raffling away a unique, 2004 Spider-Man minifigure valued at $100. LEGO and Spider-Man fans will immediately recognize this particular minifigure as part of the LEGO tie-in sets that were released together with 2004’s Spider-Man 2 starring Tobey Maguire.

Check Out These Cool Custom LEGO Marvel Minifigures from The Brick Show Shop!

Aside from this rare opportunity to win a LEGO Spider-Man minifigure, Stephen will also be auctioning the now-retired LEGO Marvel Superheroes Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition (76105) from 2018. If you missed out on this collectible LEGO set when it was released 4 years ago, then now is the perfect time to try your luck and have it added to your collection.

Join Today’s WhatNotCollectibles Auction Right Here!

Similar to previous auctions, we will also be giving several custom LEGO sets from Build Better Bricks and The Brick Show Shop so you don’t want to miss out on that as well. To join in today’s auction be sure to click the following invite link and we will give you $10 worth of credit that you can use to spend during the live auction. Remember to join us again later at 11:30 AM EST. See you!

LEGO Muppets Minifigures (71033) Now Available at TBS Shop

The month of May is still not over and it looks like the latest LEGO CMF series is having a huge following already. So much so that stocks for the LEGO Muppets Minifigures have proven to be quite elusive, even over at LEGO.com.

As you may already know, this latest series of Collectible Minifigures from LEGO pays tribute to Jim Henson’s Muppet Show, with 12 characters from the hit 70s TV show finally given the LEGO CMF treatment. Those who grew up in the late 70s and 80s surely understand the nostalgic value that these characters have, and is a great way to celebrate the life and legacy of their creator, Jim Henson.  And coupled with another similarly inspired set in the form of the LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street, these collectibles certainly bring back fond childhood memories.

Check Out The LEGO Muppets Minifigures Over at The Brick Show Shop

In case you’re looking forward to bringing home these latest LEGO Muppets Minifigures (71033), then here’s your chance to get them without taking your chances feeling your way through each blind bag. The Brick Show Shop now offers these latest CMF series unsealed so you can choose which minifig you specifically want. You may click on the following links below to see more about each LEGO Muppets character. Please take note that because of the relatively high demand for these collectible minifigures, you might see an out-of-stock message for some of them. But be rest assured that we’re replenishing them as fast as you can say “hi-ho!”

Beaker

LEGO Muppets

 

The Swedish Chef

 

Rowlf the Dog

LEGO Muppets

Gonzo

 

Waldorf

LEGO Muppets

 

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew

 

Fozzy Bear

LEGO Muppets

 

Miss Piggy

 

Animal

LEGO Muppets

Janice

 

Statler

LEGO Muppets

Kermit the Frog

Remember to subscribe to The Brick Show Shop to get real-time stocks alert once these minifigures are available once again. And in case you’re interested, TBS Shop also lists some of the most recent, and even hard-to-find LEGO Collectible Minifigures that you may have missed previously. Be sure to browse our store and see which one you need to add to complete your collection.

LEGO Muppets Collectible Minifigures (71033) Officially Listed, Coming May 1

Collectors will never be unexcited by a new batch of LEGO Collectible Minifigures (CMFs). Beyond just populating LEGO play-sets, the minifigs themselves can show lots of character, especially if they’re part of a theme. Case in point, CMF aficionados have been on tenterhooks waiting for the LEGO Muppets Collectible Minifigures (71033). We’ve caught wind of rumors to that effect in October last year. The sweet roster of Muppet characters to be depicted there was too good to pass up. And now, LEGO has definitively confirmed its latest collectible minifigure series with an official product listing.

LEGO.com finally listed the new LEGO The Muppets Minifigures (71033), and “finally” needs to be stressed, given that other stores and online retailers have been offering the batch for weeks now. Such as what we’re offering right now at our storefront, The Brick Show Shop.

LEGO Muppets Collectible Minifigures 71033 Available at The Brick Show Shop

LEGO Muppets

And even then, LEGO isn’t “officially” launching the new CMFs until the first of May. It’s up to collectors if they’re willing to wait or not. The LEGO Muppet CMFs look as awesome as advertised, with all those unique Muppet-accurate heads. Check these out.

And in case you want to take a look, we have these minifigures versions from The Muppet Show available over at The Brick Show. I’ve updated the links below in case you want to bring home any of the specific characters in these series and save yourself time in feeling each blind bag.

Kermit the Frog

LEGO Muppets

Miss Piggy

Animal

LEGO Muppets

 

Gonzo

 

Rowlf the Dog

LEGO Muppets

 

Fozzie Bear

 

The Swedish Chef

LEGO Muppets

 

Janice

 

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew

LEGO Muppets

 

Beaker

 

Statler

LEGO Muppets

 

Waldorf

 

And here’s a brief sampling from the official product blurb:

LEGO Muppets Collectible Minifigures (71033)

Age 5+ | 7 pieces | 1 minifigure per pack | $4.99 each | Coming May 1

Surprise!

Each finely crafted, highly detailed LEGO minifigure comes in a sealed ‘mystery’ bag with one or more accessories and a collector’s leaflet, making a great little gift that will put a smile on anyone’s face.

  • Unexpected characters – Encourage endless play with these cool LEGO® Minifigures The Muppets (71033) bags. A nostalgic surprise treat for kids and fans of any age
  • Collectible fun in a bag – 1 of 12 buildable Disney’s The Muppets characters to discover, plus one or more accessories and a collector’s leaflet. A fun addition to any collection

UK-Euro “LEGO Star Wars” Mag March 2022 Issue Offers Free Clone Trooper Minifig

Back in 2020, LEGO Star Wars released a set said to be the most fan-requested at the time. It was a set depicting the Clone War-era 501st Legion Clone Troopers (75280). It featured four Republic Clone Troopers with two of their vehicles, squaring off against two Separatist Battle Droids. The 501st Legion happens to share its number-name with the global “Star Wars” fan club/organization of Imperial Stormtrooper/variant enactors. That would explain the fan appeal somewhat. Clone Trooper minifigures in 501st colors are also uncommon enough. But now, those looking for 501st Clones beyond just buying set 75280 may have an alternative from Europe’s LEGO magazines.

According to Brick Fanatics, Clone Trooper minifig collectors must mark the March 2022 issue of UK-Europe’s “LEGO Star Wars Magazine.” Issue 81 of this official LEGO publication by Immediate Media will include a 501st Legion Clone Trooper minifigure. It’s the same minifig as included in the Clone Troopers set (75280) two years ago. If the £24.99/€29.99 asking price of the set is too much for UK/European collectors, the magazine’s somewhat cheaper. Three copies of the upcoming March issue (£4.25/€4.50) would run to only £12.75/€13.50. True, you miss out on the set’s vehicles (and one Clone Jet Trooper). but if you only need the minifigures then it’s fair enough come March.

Immediate Media publishes official LEGO magazines monthly in UK and Europe. The latter gets new issues a month ahead of the UK. So the March issue of “LEGO Star Wars Magazine” in the UK actually releases February in European newsstands. The current UK issue has a free Imperial Snowtrooper. Meanwhile the current release in Europe includes a micro-Millennium Falcon build.

LEGO CMF Series 22 (71032) Now Listed for January 1

Way back in October, we got wind of one of the earliest 2022 LEGO set rumors in CMF form. This was the LEGO Collectible Minifigure Series 22, numbered 71032. This CMF batch follows a LEGO Marvel Series (71031) and consists of LEGO-original minifig characters. We at The Brick Show got our first details on this LEGO CMF series from Germany’s Promobricks. Understandably, some of the names they gave for the included characters got translated differently from the official English designations. Thankfully, CMF Series 22 (71032) is now officially listed on LEGO.com so we know their names. Let’s go over them, with accompanying pictures and all, thanks to The Brick Fan:

  • Moon warrior Night Protector

  • Girl in raccoon costume Raccoon Costume Fan

  • Forest spirit Forest Elf

  • Man with racing wheelchair Wheelchair Racer

  • Insect alien Space Creature

  • Woman in chili costume Chili Costume Fan

  • Snow warrior Snow Guardian

  • Figure skater Figure Skating Champion

  • Robot Robot Repair Tech

  • Girl with foal Horse and Groom

  • Bard Troubadour

  • Researcher Birdwatcher

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 22 (71032) launches on January 1 (as usual), at $4.99 per polybag. A full 71032 box might also contain 36 minifigs, as is the usual amount.

“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.