ICYMI: 2023 LEGO Super Mario Sets Now Listed at LEGO.com

In addition to its LEGO Super Mario Series 6 Character Packs, LEGO continues to expand its portfolio of interactive LEGO sets with the introduction of its 2023 LEGO Super Mario expansion sets.

With six sets for its initial salvo of Q1  set offerings, this latest wave of 2023 LEGO Super  Mario sets are scheduled to be available in-store and online on January 1, 2023.

Take a look at their official photos and product descriptions below. And in case you need to keep tabs on these upcoming sets, be sure to check them out by going to the links below.

Conkdor’s Noggin Bopper (71414)

130 pieces | Expected price: $14.99

LEGO® Super Mario™ fans can take on a big character with this Conkdor’s Noggin Bopper Expansion Set (71414). It features a big, buildable enemy Conkdor figure for an interactive LEGO® Mario™, LEGO® Luigi™ or LEGO® Peach™ figure (not included) to battle against. Jump on the trigger and avoid the Conkdor’s big beak and long neck as it attacks, then stomp on its head to defeat it. Leap on the springboard to make the Conkdor rise again.

 

Ice Mario Suit and Frozen World (71415)

105 pieces | Expected price: $24.99

Children can build a LEGO® Super Mario™ ice level with the Ice Mario Suit and Frozen World Expansion Set (71415). It features an Ice Mario suit for LEGO® Mario™ (figure not included) to wear and LEGO figures of a Cooligan and a Goomba. The buildable blue ice plate triggers skating sounds from LEGO Mario when he ‘skates’ on it. There is also a launcher to send the Cooligan flying into a brick-built ice block – when the ice block is smashed, the Goomba is revealed.

 

Lava Wave Ride (71416)

218 pieces | Expected price: $34.99

Children can create a red-hot level in their LEGO® Super Mario™ world with the Lava Wave Ride Expansion Set (71416). It features an oscillating lava wave with a Lava Lift for a LEGO® Mario™, LEGO® Luigi™, or LEGO® Peach™ figure (not included) to ride on. Players earn digital coins for staying on the moving wave and for defeating the 2 Lava Bubbles at each end. The set, which is ideal for social play, also includes a Fire Bro to defeat.

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Fliprus Snow Adventure (71417)

567 pieces | Expected price: $64.99

Children can add an exciting ice level to their LEGO® Super Mario™ world with the Fliprus Snow Adventure Expansion Set (71417), featuring 4 Super Mario™ characters. Players earn digital coins for helping their LEGO® Mario™, LEGO® Luigi™ or LEGO® Peach™ figures (not included) defeat a Red Koopa Troopa, Freezie and a Fliprus, skate on ‘ice’, warm up by the ‘fire’ and give a hidden fruit element to the baby penguin as a gift.

 

Creativity Toolbox (71418)

588 pieces | Expected price: $59.99

Young builders can add extra detail and depth to their LEGO® Super Mario™ levels with this Creativity Toolbox Maker Set (71418). It features buildable trees, flowers, mountains, mushrooms, pyramids, a Checkpoint Flag, and more to recreate the look of Super Mario™ grass, desert, and lava levels. A great gift idea for kids aged 6 and up who own a Starter Course (71360, 71387 or 71403 – required for interactive play), it also includes 3 fruits, a gift box and a Super Mushroom with an Action Tag and 3 LEGO Super Mario characters: Wendy, a Blue Yoshi and a Goomba.

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Peach’s Garden Balloon Ride (71419)

453 pieces | Expected price: $49.99 | Available for pre-order

Add extra coin-collecting challenges and role-play fun to kids’ LEGO® Super Mario™ world with the Peach’s Garden Balloon Ride Expansion Set (71419). Players can explore the detailed garden with their interactive LEGO® Peach™, LEGO® Mario™, or LEGO® Luigi™ figure (not included) in the brick-built hot-air balloon. Cool features include a Blue Toad’s house with a Super Star Block in the chimney’s ‘smoke’, a fountain with a Coin Block, and clouds over Pom Pom to part with the balloon.

 

Build and Take Home a Frankenstein Head at LEGO Branded Stores Next Week

We’re just about to wind up the month of October, and followers of holidays know what that means. Yep, Halloween 2022 is just a mere two Mondays from now. And while LEGO already has some Halloween-themed goodies lined up, there’s still more in store. Ah, “in store”. Speaking of which, LEGO Brand Stores all over have their own little event to celebrate All Hallows’ with. As The Brick Fan would have it, this is another in-store free-build opportunity for young LEGO builders. And the “spooky” build for this year will be the head of a famous and classic movie monster.

Next week on Wednesday and Thursday, October 26-27, build a LEGO Frankenstein’s Monster to take home! Starting at 5PM local time on LEGO Branded Stores near you, get a chance to create Frankie with your kids. Yeah, that late afternoon timeslot makes for a Halloween-y feel before October 31 itself. These LEGO Stores will have limited materials each day to provide visitors for building Frankenstein’s Monster. Only those who have completed their builds can take them home, and the freebies can’t be conventionally purchased. It also means participating guests are first come, first served at their local LEGO Branded Store.

Get These Creator Polybags During LEGO Day at Macy’s Toys R Us Stores this Saturday

With a lengthy history at its back, it’s no small wonder that the LEGO brand has become quite ubiquitous. No toy retail chain worth its prominence would ever lack LEGO products in stock. And at times, some of the biggest toy store names have entered promotional partnerships with LEGO over the years. The most obvious example of this marketing synergy may well be Toys R Us, home of the annual Bricktober events. Not even the momentary disappearance of TRU in North America dampened this partnership. With Toys R Us back as stores within Macy’s, LEGO’s gearing up to celebrate with them again this coming weekend.

The Brick Fan reports that LEGO Day 2022 is on at Macy’s and their Toys R Us stores. Regular LEGO shoppers at Macy’s better clear calendars on Saturday, October 22. When you drop in at the TRU store-within-the store, they’re in for some nice LEGO collectibles. The pack consists of an issue of “LEGO Life” Magazine, a LEGO-Macy’s-TRU birthday postcard, and 2021’s Creator Clown polybag (30565). And that’s just for when you come in! On your way out you’ll receive another grab bag. This is a collection of various toy brands at Toys R Us Macy’s. LEGO too has an item there: Creator Parrot (30472).

You can tell this will be a fun LEGO Day weekend at Macy’s TRU stores. It’s on at every location, and will be available all Saturday or until the polybag supplies last, whichever comes first.

LEGO House Skaerbaek 2022 Gives Away 3D-Printed Mini-Wooden Duck Piece

Before developing the plastic building bricks synonymous with its name today, the LEGO company had an earlier iconic “face” toy. Founder Ole Kirk Christiansen was a carpenter; thus, LEGO’s original products were traditional wooden toys. One item in particular stood out in historical memory: a wooden duck on wheels. Pull it along and the wheel mechanism makes the duck’s beak open and close ala “quacking”. LEGO certainly remembers this early toy fondly enough to give it an official LEGO-brick set. True, it’s only exclusive to LEGO House Billund, but it’s there. And this year it even got a limited-edition miniature.

Brick Fanatics reports to us that LEGO “released” another LEGO House exclusive based on their classic wooden duck. Actually, the item was a giveaway at the recent AFOL event Skaerbaek Fan Weekend at LEGO House Billund. On Friday, September 23, event-goers who bought exclusive AFOL Day 2022 minifigures received a minifig-sized plastic duck accessory. This unique LEGO piece came to be thanks to 3D-printing, a LEGO first for plastic pieces. Amazingly, even for its size the plastic duck replicates its larger original’s quacking function when rolled along flat surfaces. It even features a front handle fitting a minifigure’s hands for posing.

This LEGO minifig-scale duck toy is bound to become a new rare find after this one-off event. Will it come back in future occasions? We can always believe in possibilities. A Minifigure Factory created the Skaerbaek AFOL 2022 limited minifigures. Maybe other LEGO locations with the Minifigure Factory could offer the duck as an accessory. Only time will tell.

LEGO Brick Train Awards 2022 Announced for September

While the COVID pandemic caused the world to mostly shut down in 2020, it didn’t exactly end everything. Numerous public events tried to make a go at hosting online alternatives, like the major Comic Cons and media awards. And then some events actually debuted because of the pandemic, like this themed LEGO building competition. Year 2020 saw the beginning of the Brick Train Awards, an online global competition with LEGO train builds. The competition has been going on straight through to last year. And now, they’ve announced their third edition set to start next month.

Brickset gives us word that the 2022 Brick Train Awards are soon to kick off, by next month in fact. Like its two predecessors, the competition involves LEGO builders showcasing their best brick-built locomotives and settings. Entries will be open to all interested participants classified into three regions (Americas, Asia/Australasia and Europe). Specialty retailer Trixbrix.eu is sponsoring the event, which will pick winners from 15 categories at regional level. From there, the Brick Train Awards panel will choose the global winners. They’ve also earmarked three categories for TFOLs (teenaged fans of LEGO), so everybody gets a shot at LEGO-train greatness. Here are the official categories:

  • Best steam locomotive
  • Best diesel locomotive
  • Best electric locomotive
  • Best other locomotive
  • Best consist / full train
  • Best passenger wagon
  • Best freight wagon
  • Best special wagon
  • Best digital locomotive
  • Best digital wagon
  • Best TFOL (Teenage Fan of LEGO) locomotive
  • Best TFOL wagon
  • Best TFOL display
  • Public vote
  • Best display

Applicants to the Brick Train Awards will have the rest of this month to perfect their ideas. That’s because the official entry period will be throughout all of September 2022. The awards in 2021 fielded more than 750 locomotive builds. Let’s see if this year’s contest can go better than that.

SDCC ’22 LEGO Panel: Ninjago-es On

San Diego Comic Con 2022 is now behind us, and we congratulate them for pulling it off. It was definitely nice to see plenty of new upcoming media from a wide variety of sources. Of course, we include LEGO among them. Already we got a taste of some LEGO set tie-ins with “Avatar: The Way of Water” for example. But LEGO also has its own original content that’s been consistent hits with kids worldwide. They’ll never let us forget about their “Ninjago” animated series, which has been on for double-digit seasons already. SDCC gave the perfect opportunity to tell fans what’s in store later on.

As reported by The Brick Fan, new info on the continuation of current LEGO Ninjago season surfaced at SDCC22. “Ninjago: Crystalized” started just this past May, with 12 episodes premiered. The rest, according to the LEGO Entertainment panel, will premiere October. In the US, that comes by way of Netflix exclusively. Only Nickelodeon Denmark and Canada’s YTV and Teletoon still carry the series on good old TV channels. The only other hints given on plot points for “Crystalized” involve more screentime for Dareth and Harumi.

But that’s not all. “LEGO Ninjago” animation will not yet end anytime soon. Another season is in the works that’ll premiere in 2023. The series production team can only hint at the next part of the saga being “new” and “different”. That doesn’t mean a reboot however. More info might come to light when next year’s first LEGO Ninjago wave gets teased towards the Holidays. Aside from “Ninjago”, the LEGO panel at SDCC showcased some LEGO Star Wars shorts. They also had “LEGO Masters US” judges Jamie and Amy hype season 3. That one premieres on September 21 at FOX.

Build a Red Brick in LEGO Stores, July & August

Quite a few years ago, a possible surprise awaiting customers at a LEGO Store are brick-building events. You get to sit at a worktable and given several LEGO bricks along with instructions to assemble simple builds. You complete the exercise and you get to bring your build home. These activities not only hype up the kids, they can also serve as sources for extra LEGO bricks. Of course, in-store building events went quiet for a couple years due to the pandemic. Now however, they’re returning to a nice regularity, if this new activity is indication.

Brickset brings us word of this cool in-store building event at LEGO Store branches this month and next. In yet another part of “Celebrating 90 Years of Play”, store customers can build a big Red LEGO Brick. The event kicked off in US and UK LEGO Stores this July 20, lasting until the 21st. And it’ll recur this coming August, this time from the 10th to 11th. The Big Red Brick looks fairly impressive and can be built from Ages 6 and up. If nothing else, the red and black pieces could be added later to one’s loose LEGO-brick stock.

Local LEGO Store customers will be able to participate in the Red Brick build, first come first served. Each store will also have limited quantities of LEGO bricks for building in all event days. Furthermore, only one Red Brick can be assembled and brought home per person. Lastly, this simple set can’t be bought conventionally. You miss the building event period this week however, and you’ll have to wait for August 10-11 for another chance.

From LEGO Con ’22: 90th Anniversary Sets in LEGO Icons Line Revealed

Thus did LEGO Con 2022 take place this past weekend. And around the world LEGO fans and collectors marveled at the products revealed that Saturday. This may be a flowery description, but the mood does need setting. We’ll start unpacking the various unveilings from LEGO Con last June 18 now.

First off, as shared by The Brick Fan, we’ll look at the next upcoming milestone celebration 90th anniversary LEGO sets. There’s one for the medieval builders and another for the space explorers. At last, we see the Lion Knights’ Castle (10305) and the Galaxy Explorer (10497). Both sets fall under the new LEGO Icons theme.

As expected, these anniversary revamps of classic LEGO sets are geared for age 18+ collectors. We can expect these to arrive this coming August. But now, let’s peruse their official LEGO.com Shop product listings here:

Lion Knights’ Castle (10305)

Age 18+ | 4,514 pieces | 22 minifigures | $399.99 | Coming August 8

A long time ago there was a child who loved to build with LEGO® bricks. Now that child is grown up and there’s a new quest to enjoy. Celebrating 90 years of LEGO history, the Lion Knights’ Castle (10305) building set is a new interpretation inspired by the original LEGO Castle System and a build requested by fans for years.

  • A classic build reimagined – Enjoy quality time crafting all the details of this Lion Knights’ Castle (10305) buildable model, inspired by classic LEGO® castle sets from days gone by
  • Requested by LEGO® fans – Created to celebrate 90 years of LEGO history, this set was designed following a poll of over 55,000 respondents on the LEGO Ideas platform
  • 4,514 pieces – Enjoy hours of mindful building as you craft all the details of this epic build. Discover details on every side, then open up the castle to explore the story-packed interior
  • Packed with medieval details – Raise and lower the castle’s drawbridge and portcullis, explore hidden passages, escape from the dungeon, turn the mill’s waterwheel and prepare for battle in the armory
  • Secret hideout – Build secret hideouts for the forest people. Drop them through the dungeon trapdoor when they invade, and help them escape through the secret passage

Galaxy Explorer (10497)

Age 18+ | 1,254 pieces | 4 minifigures | $99.99 | Preorder available, Coming August 1

Join the celebrations to mark 90 years of LEGO® creations with this nostalgic building project for adults. This anniversary collectible edition of the Classic 497 LEGO Galaxy Explorer model (10497) retains all the joy of the 1979 set but on a bigger scale.

  • Join the celebrations – Enjoy quality time crafting all the details of this LEGO® Galaxy Explorer (10497) model, launched to mark the 90th anniversary of LEGO creations
  • Inspired by the 1979 original – The spaceship retains the classic color scheme and blended delta wing configuration of the original ship and stands on its 3 retractable landing legs
  • Astronaut figures – The spaceship comes complete with 4 astronauts and their robot helper
  • Authentic accessories – Accessories include a surface rover, plus a rover compartment with tools and an extendable ramp
  • Detailed interior – Open the cockpit to reveal the interior, where there are seats for all 4 astronauts as well as living quarters with 2 beds, computers and storage compartments

Visit LEGO.com to recap the event highlights of LEGO Con 2022.

LEGO Con 2022 Reveals Partial Schedule

We’re counting down the days now to this year’s LEGO Con. Come Saturday June 18 the event will kick off in Billund, viewable online (at different times per time zone). Expectant LEGO fans can look forward to the reveal of several major set reveals. These particular items have been rumored and hyped for long enough too. But exactly are we in store for this LEGO Con 2022? LEGO’s gladly taken care of that according to Brick Fanatics. Their social media’s been abuzz this week with details for the coming weekend. And we’ll relay them now.

In a virtual con supposed to run two hours long, LEGO Con this year has some big sets to unveil. In apparent order we have LEGO Marvel followed by LEGO Star Wars. The former’s certainly the new Sanctum Sanctorum (76218). After that come the tie-ins for allegedly the finale to LEGO Ninjago. Then we get a break with a virtual studio tour of Wizarding World London for LEGO Harry Potter. LEGO Friends shows its stuff next, with LEGO Minecraft following up. LEGO Super Mario also has new character packs to tease. We’ll also see LEGO tie-ins for “Lightyear” in-depth. Finally there’s the reveal of a new LEGO theme, which may just be LEGO Icons, formerly the Creator Expert line.

One should note that some LEGO social media spoilers weren’t included in their tentative schedule? LEGO Avatar and more 90th Anniversary sets spring to mind. The “LEGO Masters” reality show franchise does get a prominent spot. It’s no surprise given that presenter Melvin Odoom is co-hosting this event. He’ll be joined by Vick Hope and Joel McHale. LEGO Con 2022 will live-stream on YouTube this June 18. London gets it at 5PM, New York at 12PM, and Los Angeles at 9AM.

LEGO Con 2022 Teaser for Marvel “Doctor Strange” Set, Likely New Sanctum Sanctorum (76218)

Two Saturdays from now, LEGO will be kicking off its second ever LEGO Con. LEGO House in Billund will play host to a major live show event this coming June 18. As expected of cons, LEGO plans to make epic reveals of many upcoming products and sets. Some of these have been teased repeatedly over the past few months too. To give an example, LEGO Marvel collectors would still be waiting for the reported Sanctum Sanctorum revamp set (76218). While not mentioned specifically, this may be the subject of a new LEGO Con 2022 teaser.

The Brick Fan reports the official LEGO Twitter page posted a LEGO Con 2022 teaser this past Monday, June 6. Like we mentioned, it involves an upcoming LEGO Marvel set. And if you’ve no idea which Marvel franchise is involved, the preview graphics make it very obvious. The Marvel Studios logo and sling ring effects confirm the new LEGO Marvel set as for “Doctor Strange”.

Moving on to speculation territory, it can only be the aforementioned Sanctum Sanctorum, magical home/HQ to Doctor Strange. Already done once in LEGO form (LEGO Marvel #76108), the new #76218 is believed to be bigger. We’re talking similar scale to the epic Daily Bugle (76178).

Sure, less than two weeks’ wait for LEGO to just reveal the thing can be trying for collectors’ patience. But at least we’ll be getting a definitive deadline for knowing more about LEGO Marvel Sanctum Sanctorium (76218). It all comes down to LEGO Con 2022, happening June 18. Live-streaming is available (for US, 12PM New York and 9AM Los Angeles). We’re sure more teasers are in store for the event so we’ll keep an eye out for more Con-related stuff.