The LEGO Group to Join San Diego Comic-Con@Home 2021

July has been traditionally Comic-Con month, and with the onset of the global health crisis brought about by this pandemic, the traditional in-person San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is postponed until 2022. Similar to what it did last year, SDCC is still going online and with the LEGO Group being confirmed as one of this year’s Comic-Con@Home online exhibitors.

Though this second Comic-Con@Home edition has not yet released its list of virtual panel schedules, some news outlets have been publishing the event’s online shows and programming.  Needless to say, more news will probably come out in the next couple of weeks considering that the virtual fan convention is scheduled to happen between July 23-25, 2021.

Traditionally, LEGO has always been an exhibitor in this world-renowned fan convention, with plenty of new product reveals carefully timed during these events. And now that LEGO is back as an online exhibitor, it’s interesting to see how the LEGO Group will go about with its presentation. With the successful launch of its very first, and very own online LEGO fan convention in the form of LEGO CON 2021, we can most likely expect additional product reveals at Comic-Con@Home. Details are sketchy as of this time on the most likely candidates for any of these set reveals, but I’m crossing my fingers that it might be related to the next LEGO Star Wars UCS set presumably the Republic Gunship. The iconic transport from the Star Wars prequels was voted as the fan-favorite during last year’s LEGO Ideas voting campaign. It’s just speculation at this time, but since LEGO skipped on having LEGO CON as an opportunity to reveal this year’s LEGO Star Wars UCS set, I guess Comic-Con@Home 2021 will be the next best choice.

SDCC’s virtual event is just around the corner so we can expect more news to come in during the next several days. Stay tuned.

The LEGO Ambassador Network Releases the AFOL Passion Survey

The LEGO Ambassador Network or commonly known as LAN within the LEGO fan community has just released the AFOL Passion Survey. The purpose of the survey is to let the LEGO Group know what most likely fuels our interests, passions, and hobbies to better align their 18+ offerings to what really matters among adult fans of LEGO.

Since last year, The LEGO Group had made decisive changes to its product line-up to specifically cater to the adult LEGO fan community. The LEGO 18+ subtheme has grown exponentially since then, with LEGO recognizing the fact that the iconic brick is no longer just a children’s toy. From LEGO Art, Ideas, Creator, Disney, Nintendo, and more, almost every non-licensed and licensed theme as of today have an 18+ set to boast.   It’s great to know that LEGO has acknowledged this fact, and looks forward to offering more sets with the older LEGO fan in mind. Hopefully, through this survey, we can somewhat get our message and passions across in a more meaningful way.

The survey is relatively short and will take 15 minutes of your time to complete. Read the complete announcement below in case you’re interested, and click on the link below to access the survey form.

As an AFOL, we know you are passionate about building – but what else are you passionate about? Do current sets support your interest? How do you connect with the community? How engaged are you with the LEGO Group?

Our department is conducting a new survey on AFOL Passion. We want to answer these questions so we can better understand our AFOL audience and what they love the most. We have done similar surveys in the past but it’s time to update our information to stay up-to-date

The survey is anonymous and open to everyone, everywhere. We estimate it’ll take about 15 minutes to answer, and the feedback you give us will help us better understand how to engage with the AFOL community.

Please take the share and share it here. Right now we have no end date and will close the survey when our response rate reaches a set threshold.

LEGO Technic Ferrari 488 GTE “AF Corse #51” (42125) Speed Its Way on a Real Race Track

LEGO goes to great lengths to set another milestone with its line of LEGO Technic sets. From creating a life-sized, brick-built Lamborghini Sián, to a driveable LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron, LEGO is pushing another first with a never-before-tried stunt with its LEGO Technic Ferrari 488 GTE “AF Corse #51” (42125).

Released earlier this year, the LEGO Technic Ferrari 488 GTE now had the honor and opportunity of speeding through the famous Modena circuit in Italy. Now just to be clear, the set did not actually race on the track autonomously but was mounted in front of a real Ferrari 488 GTE race car, driven by Ferrari Competizioni GT Official Driver Giancarlo Fisichella.

LEGO Technic Ferrari 488 GTE

Launching at full speed, it was impressive to see that the Ferrari 488 GTE’s brick counterpart didn’t buckle at the sheer force of the speed that it is traveling at 208 kph. To give LEGO fans a unique perspective of this accomplishment, this attempt was documented using 8 cameras and 2 drones giving us a unique racing perspective coming from different angles. LEGO promises to share this video soon, so I’m quite excited to see how it turned out.

You may read LEGO’s full press release for more information about this feat. Likewise, you may click on the following affiliate link below if you wish to know more about this latest LEGO Technic offering.

LEGO Technic Ferrari 488 GTE “AF Corse #51” (42125)

1,677 pieces | $169.99 

Delivering prestigious wins for the Prancing Horse in the world’s toughest endurance races, the Ferrari 488 GTE is a car unlike any other. Now you can create your own LEGO® Technic™ model version, complete with authentic design details – just like on the iconic original.

Faithful detailing
With amazing attention to detail, this racing car model is a true expression of Ferrari’s endurance racer. Features include front and back suspension, opening doors, a V8 engine with moving pistons, and a steering wheel that steers the car. Original stickers and authentic colors add the perfect finish to this epic model.

Escape the ordinary
This set is part of a collection of LEGO building kits for adults who appreciate excellent design. A new hands-on project for yourself, or the ideal gift for a motorsport fan, this LEGO Technic building kit provides an immersive build with a beautiful display model to enjoy.

  • Immerse yourself in the exciting world of endurance racing, creating your own displayable LEGO® Technic™ model version of the iconic Ferrari 488 GTE racing car.
  • Authentic features include front and back suspension, opening doors, a V8 engine with moving pistons, and a functioning steering wheel.
  • With original race stickers and a faithful color scheme, the LEGO® Technic™ Ferrari 488 GTE “AF Corse #51” (42125) will take pride of place in the home or office of any motorsport fan.
  • A rewarding building project for adults and an inspired birthday or special occasion gift for anyone who loves endurance racing, Ferrari racing cars, and motorsport.
  • Model measures over 5 in. (13 cm) high, 19 in. (48 cm) long, and 8.5 in. (21 cm) wide.

2021 Bricklink Designer Program Kicks Off Its First Round

The Bricklink Designer Program is back this year, with its first round of crowdfunding slated to kick off this July. Formerly known as the AFOL Designer Program when it was introduced in 2018, the Bricklink Designer Program brings together some of the best original brick-built creations from the LEGO fan community and seeks to gather the needed crowdfunding support to be mass-produced and duly recognized.

This year, due to the limitations brought about by the pandemic, three crowdfunding rounds have been introduced with the 2nd and 3rd rounds to happen in September and November respectively. And for this first round, there will be 7 projects to support and choose from starting July 1 until August 10.  You may head over to Bricklink’s pre-order page to have a better look at these 7 projects, or you may check out the following images below to have an initial look. In case you want to vote or support a particular project that you see, just click on their respective links below. My personal favorite is JK Brickwork’s Pursuit of Flight, which also managed to receive 10,000 fan votes qualifying it for the Second 2019 LEGO Ideas Review Stage.

Sherrif’s Safe by II_Buono

Bricklink Designer Program

 

 

Pursuit of Flight by JK Brickworks

 

BIONICLE Legends by SOKODA

Bricklink Designer Program

 

Kakapo by themfledge

 

Castle in the Forest by povoq

Bricklink Designer Program

 

Particle Accelerator by JK Brickworks

 

Great Fishing Boat by JK Brickworks

 

LEGO CON 2021 Video Now Available Over YouTube

LEGO has now uploaded the entire LEGO CON 2021 video over its YouTube, making it more accessible to fans worldwide. Billed as the ultimate online experience for LEGO fans everywhere, this is the LEGO Group’s very first live online streaming event that highlights some of its latest products, and a chance to interact with LEGO designers and other master builders.

The original video is still uploaded on the LEGO.com website as to where it is first streamed, and having it available over at YouTube allows more LEGO fans to relive the excitement of the event.

In case you missed the live-streaming event over the weekend, LEGO CON 2021 officially showcased the new LEGO Star Wars The Mandalorian sets expected to arrive in August, plus a poll for fans to decide a new  LEGO Minecraft minifigure. It was also the opportune time to reveal a new LEGO Ideas set, inspired by the winner of the LEGO Ideas We Love Sports Contest.

Though I have to admit that I was expecting more from one of LEGO’s grandest events (for some reason, I can sadly hear Thanos’ voice in my head over and over again whenever I think of LEGO Dimensions – “no resurrections this time”). But regardless of my personal feelings towards it, I have to agree that LEGO CON 2021 is a great platform for LEGO to highlight its next line of product offerings. It may not meet everyone’s expectations, but the new and creative opportunities for LEGO fans and builders to connect and interact is a breath of fresh air especially in this time of the pandemic.

So what do you think of this first-ever LEGO CON 2021? What are you’re favorite highlights of the program? What do you wish could have been done better? Let me know in the comments below.

LEGO Ideas Foosball Table Will Be The Next Official LEGO Ideas Set

Last March, the LEGO Ideas We Love Sports! Contest has been concluded with 10 fan-chosen entries now vying to become the next LEGO Ideas set. And this time around, the LEGO Ideas Review Team has finally come up with a decision, revealing to us our next official LEGO Ideas set. A huge congratulations to fan builder Donát Fehérvári aka Constructions by Donat for his successful LEGO Ideas Foosball Table.

Here’s the LEGO Ideas Review Team’s official press release.

WE LOVE SPORTS CONTEST – REVIEW RESULTS

Following the live announcement on LEGO CON, we’re happy to share the results of the review of the We Love Sports contest.

Firstly, we just want to say thank you to all the participants of the contest who showed us all the different ways that LEGO fans interpret the theme of sports. It was really fascinating to see all that creativity.

Secondly, we’re excited to share that our review board did manage to find one design that convinced them to make a selection!

A massive congratulations to Donát Fehérvári aka Constructions by Donat, the 16-year-old Hungarian fan designer whose Foosball Table submission wowed both the fans through the fan vote but also our review board.

We look forward to bringing his concept to life as an official LEGO Ideas set for its timeless design, its joyful celebration of the game, and its ability to bring families and friends together for quality game-time!

We’re still working out the final product design, pricing, and availability for this set. We’ll share more on the LEGO Ideas blog when we get closer to launch.

The LEGO Ideas Foosball Table is the second fan-designed set to be accorded with this honor. Its predecessor, the LEGO Ideas Legendary Stratocaster, is still in the works and we hope to receive some updates about this upcoming set anytime soon.

WATCH: LEGO Builds Life-Sized LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37

If building two life-sized, brick-built models of some of the most venerable supercars in the world is not enough, then perhaps building another one will be very much welcomed. Following the tracks of 2019’s McLaren’s Senna and 2018’s Bugatti’s Chiron, now comes another LEGO masterpiece in the form of this 1:1 LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 made out of LEGO Technic pieces.

Requiring more than 400,000 LEGO Technic pieces to build, this replica of the latest supercar from Lamborghini weighed in at 2.2 tons and required 8,660 hours of production and development hours. Here’s a quick fact sheet on what was required to create this jaw-dropping brick spectacle.

LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37

LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37

Similar to its predecessors, this life-sized model also celebrates the release of its much smaller cousin, albeit on a much grander scale, the LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 (42115) from last year. For the life-sized model, over 154 different types of LEGO elements were required to give the model its futuristic elegance and unmistakable silhouette and details.

Lena Dixen, Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing at the LEGO Group said:

“Our designers love a challenge, so you can imagine their delight when we tasked them to think slightly larger than normal with this model. They jumped at the chance of teaming up with our amazing designers and engineers from our model production workshop at the Kladno factory in the Czech Republic who build these impressive life-size models and really pushing the boundaries of what can be done with LEGO Technic. The creativity that the system allows meant it was possible to really do justice to the exceptional design of the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37.”

Unlike the Chiron and Senna, this life-sized LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián will most likely not hit the road for a tour and exhibit because of the pandemic. But thankfully, LEGO offers us a virtual behind-the-scenes look at how this brick masterpiece was developed, and you may also read the LEGO Group’s official press release for more information.

The 1:8 LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 (42115) is now available at LEGO Shop@Home retailing for $379.99

More Details on What to Expect From LEGO CON 2021

LEGO is all set to launch its first-ever online fan convention dubbed as LEGO CON. And after an initial teaser last week, LEGO is slowly building the hype by giving us a glimpse of the many things to expect once the virtual convention commences on June 26.

LEGO’s tweet hints at the various set announcements that are about to happen on LEGO CON. The most noticeable of this is understandably coming from the LEGO Star Wars front. I feel that it may lean towards the reveal of the LEGO Star Wars UCS Republic Gunship, which was ultimately selected by most fans during the LEGO Ideas Fan Vote back from February last year. There will also be a detailed presentation on the latest LEGO Super Mario sets for the 2nd half of the year, including the new Adventures With Luigi Starter Course (71387) and a host of others.  I’m not really sure what LEGO has in mind with its LEGO Technic and Harry Potter presentations, but my best guess is that it might include possible building activities (competition perhaps) involving some of the new sets under these themes. Newer LEGO City sets will also be placed under the spotlight, especially since LEGO has invited an astronaut to grace the occasion. And those fans who will be watching online will also have the chance to participate in a live Q&A with designers of the LEGO Minecraft theme, and with Mojang’s Chief Brand Officer, Ms. Lydia Winters.

We can also be sure that LEGO has plenty of surprises in store during that 90-minute presentation. This includes the promise of more exclusive set reveals and other amazing guests. I’m still dwelling on the thought that the LEGO CON’s 2×2 brick logo may still have a connection to any sets, or activities that will be featured during the free, live online event. So be sure to mark June 26 on your calendars, and check your corresponding local time. For more updates, visit and bookmark the LEGO CON website.

LEGO Announces Online LEGO CON 2021

Earlier today, LEGO has announced its first-ever LEGO CON 2021 billed to be the ultimate online experience for LEGO fans everywhere. First teased last week, the enigmatic 2×2 brick with lighting implements very similar to that of the LEGO Dimensions toy pad seems to be the LEGO fan convention’s official logo.

Being a first for LEGO and LEGO fans all around the world, it is touted to be a 2-hour action-packed live event hosted and live-streamed directly from the LEGO House in Billund on June 26, 2021. This gives LEGO fans around the world to have a free virtual tour inside the famous House of the Brick, interact with cool LEGO Master Builders, and have a front-row seat on exclusive, never-before-seen set reveals. I’ve heard that several of LEGO’s licensed and non-licensed sets will be revealed for the first time during the event this is something that many LEGO fans will be surely looking forward to. I am still open to the possibility that something towards the direction of a LEGO Dimensions-like set or theme may be introduced during this free event. Frankly, the possibilities are just endless.

Check out LEGO’s complete press release below and be sure to mark your calendars for June 26, 2021, at 6-8 PM CEST (5-7 PM BST //9 AM PST). You may visit and bookmark their website at LEGO.com/legocon

Get ready for LEGO® CON 2021 – the ultimate online experience for LEGO fans everywhere!

Families can discover all the latest LEGO® news and connect with other fans globally during this inaugural LEGO CON event.

Billund, DK - June 1st, 2021: Today the LEGO Group announces its inaugural LEGO® CON and invites fans of all ages to join the fun! This two-hour action-packed LIVE event will let kids and families discover the coolest new things going on in the LEGO world together with a community of others who share their passion for the brick and creativity.

During the live show, attendees can be the first to see brand new models and epic challenges, watch live building challenges with special guests, and even become a part of LEGO House history, leaving their personal mark inside the Home of the Brick! The live stream kicks-off with a pre-show of AFOL (Adult Fans of LEGO) inspiration before moving to the jam-packed run of a show where attendees can also immerse themselves in live virtual activities and conversations with other fans from around the globe as they experience:

  • VIP behind the scenes access
  • Inspiring builds, and live building that demonstrate the endless possibilities of the brick
  • Our official reveal of new products
  • Exclusive opportunities to engage with LEGO designers and other presenters during the show

The inaugural LEGO CON will be hosted and live-streamed directly from LEGO House in Billund, Denmark on June 26th, 2021 at 6-8 PM CEST (5-7 PM BST //9 AM PST).

Many beloved product lines, including LEGO City, LEGO DOTS, LEGO Friends, LEGO Harry Potter™, LEGO Ideas, LEGO Minecraft®, LEGO Ninjago®, LEGO Star Wars™, LEGO® Super Mario™, LEGO Technic™, and LEGO VIDIYO™ will be represented. Fans can also see inside LEGO House and get a peek at LEGO Masters from around the world. There are sure to be plenty of thrills and jaw-dropping surprises that fans won’t want to miss!

Interested in attending? Everyone is invited to join the fun and take part in the first-ever LEGO CON. To tune in live to this free event, visit LEGO.com/legocon. If you can’t make it on the 26th, don’t worry! The whole show is being recorded and can be accessed afterward also through LEGO.com/legocon.

The June 2021 LEGO Store Calendar Features Ton of Freebies To Expect

The June 2021 LEGO Store Calendar has now been uploaded via LEGO’s servers and it looks like there’s plenty to expect at your local LEGO store at LEGO Shop@Home starting next week. The month of June marks the availability of most of LEGO’s H2 (or 2nd half of the year) offerings, and LEGO is throwing in a handful of promotional items as an incentive to tick that that next LEGO wishlist. Let’s take a look.

Free LEGO Ninjago 10th Anniversary BrickHeadz (40490)

Offer valid from June 1 to June 30, 2021; in-store only. 

June 2021 LEGO Store Calendar

It looks like Ninjago is now given the official BrickHeadz treatment, and the timing couldn’t be better. LEGO Ninjago now marks its 10th anniversary making it one of LEGO’s longest-running themes. And aside from the various exclusive LEGO Ninjago minifigures and sets that were announced to celebrate the occasion, LEGO is now throwing in its first BrickHeadz rendition of some of the most iconic characters of the theme. It is not exactly a freebie, but this 3-in-1 set comes in at a discounted price of $10 if you happen to have a single-receipt purchase of any LEGO Ninjago sets worth $85 and more from June 1 to June 30. Originally valued at $29.99, this BrickHeadz trio includes a rendering of Golden Lloyd, Nya Samurai X, and the Firstbourne Dragon. Please take note that this is an in-store offer, so better plan for your next LEGO Store visit.

 

Free LEGO Speed Champions McLaren Elva (30343) polybag

Offer valid from June 7 to June 20, 2021.

June 2021 LEGO Store Calendar

To celebrate the release of its larger cousin, the LEGO Speed Champions McLaren Elva (76902), LEGO is also throwing in a polybag for every single-receipt purchase of any LEGO set worth $40 or more, both in-store and online. You may also want to check out the next wave of LEGO Speed Champions to see what they have to offer.

 

Free LEGO Swing Ship Ride (5006748) for VIP Members

Offer valid for LEGO VIP members only from June 21 to 30, 2021.

June 2021 LEGO Store Calendar

Here’s a treat for LEGO VIP members. Any single-receipt, LEGO purchases worth $85 from June 21 to 30, 2021 will entitle you to this free LEGO Swing Ship Ride (5006748) set. We have little information about this freebie, especially about its piece count. But judging from its initial photos, we can see that the Swing Ship Ride comes on an 8×8 base that features a swing mechanism and a sticker that echoes LEGO’s founding principle of “LEG GODT” or “play well”. I’ll give you updates once more info comes in.

 

Free LEGO Blue VIP Keychain (854090)

Offer valid when you sign-up for the first time to become a LEGO VIP member. Promo runs from June 1 to December 31, 2021.

Throughout the second half of the year, LEGO is giving out the exclusive LEGO Blue VIP Keychain as an incentive for signing up as a LEGO VIP member. Its a great way to start your journey on great LEGO discounts, rewards, and other cool LEGO giveaways.

 

Free LEGO Bob Minion with Robot Arms (30387)

Offer valid from June 24 to July 11, 2021.

To mark the long-overdue release of Universal Pictures’ Minions: The Rise of Gru animated film, LEGO is also giving out incentives for those who will make their next LEGO Minions purchase. From June 24 to July 11, any single-receipt purchase of any LEGO Minions sets worth $40 will entitle you to this Bob Minion polybag. It’s a nice way to build your army of little yellow minions if you ask me.

 

I have to say that the offerings and promos listed in the June 2021 LEGO Store Calendar are pretty exciting. So be sure to check with LEGO Shop@Home for the latest and upcoming LEGO sets next month.