LEGO Force Friday II Offers to Watch Out For.

We’re just three days away before the much awaited Force Friday II launches this weekend and LEGO is definitely not going to shy away from its reveals, sales and other cool promos that celebrate everything that is awesome from the galaxy far, far away. From the promise of a full reveal of its largest LEGO set ever, and the official announcement of several LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi sets, the anticipation for Force Friday II just keeps getting better and better.

This time, LEGO levels up the excitement with several exclusive Force Friday promos that any LEGO Star Wars enthusiasts wouldn’t want to miss. First off in North America, LEGO fans in the US and Canada will be glad to know that Double VIP points are back on all LEGO Star Wars purchases, plus great discounts on selected Star Wars sets. However, what could be the greatest selling point of these promotional is the exclusive Scarif Stormtrooper (40176) minifigure which will be given away for free with any qualifying purchases of $50 and above.

LEGO fans in Europe, particularly in Germany and France, will seem to have the better end of Force Friday deals. They will be receiving Triple VIP points in all LEGO Star Wars purchases, and will be receiving not one, but two exclusive promotional polybags for each qualifying purchase. For purchases of  €3 and above, fans will be receiving the same  Scarif Stormtrooper (40176) minifigure, and once the purchase hits the €55 (for purchases made in Germany) or €65 (France) mark, another sought after polybag set will be added to your shopping cart. First spotted in a local Wal-Mart store in Canada, we now have confirmation that the LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi First Order Heavy Assault Walker (30497) polybag will also be added as a Force Friday II promotional.

We don’t have word  yet on when and where will this LEGO TLJ polybag will hit US shores, but it is expected that we will get to see this cool microbuild of the behemoth walker landing in US stores just in time before The Last Jedi is released in December.

We’ll keep you posted on the best LEGO Star Wars Force Friday II deals that we can get our hands on, so be sure to keep tabs with us here at Brick Show. Thanks to Brickset for the tip.

 

 

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Check Out the Official Images and Building Instructions of the LEGO Architecture LEGO House 21037.

The LEGO House in Billund, Denmark is scheduled to open to the public on September 28, and to commemorate the occasion, LEGO has officially revealed its next Architecture set dedicated to the House of the Brick. Initially listed at the LEGO Architecture website, the latest LEGO Architecture LEGO House (21307) set is a marked improvement of the LEGO House (4000010) which was made available in LEGO Billund stores in 2014. Thanks to Promo Bricks, we now have these official images before it was eventually removed from the LEGO Architecture website.

The LEGO House (21307) is a fairly straightforward build. Its building instructions are available online which you may download right here. See if you have the parts needed to build your own LEGO House using the parts list below as your reference. Save for the printed tile piece that bears the name of the LEGO House, and the exact color of some of the tile pieces, most of its parts are readily available.

As of now, what we do know is that the  LEGO Architecture LEGO House (21307) is exclusively available only at the LEGO House gift shop in Billund, Denmark and will be released to coincide with the opening of the actual LEGO House on September 28. Here’s a rough Google translation of the official product description for the LEGO Architecture LEGO House (21307).

LEGO Architecture LEGO House (21307)





This fascinating model of the LEGO® house stands for creativity and innovation and is a tribute to the most popular building block in the world. This huge experience center in Billund (Denmark) offers lots of activities for the visitors and LEGO fans of all ages and is the perfect place to learn playfully and be captivated by the ultimate LEGO experience. This extremely detailed model perfectly reflects the striking and imaginative architecture of the building. It houses 21 unique, interlocked rooms in LEGO stone form, has transparent facades to flood the entire building with daylight, and has a multi-colored roof, roof terraces and a huge exterior staircase. When you remove the LEGO stone-shaped main axle segment, you get access to the main hall with the grand staircase and the LEGO tree of creativity.

LEGOLAND® California Resort Is Getting Ready for Its Biggest Ride Investment Ever In 2018!

LEGOLAND California Resort is prepping up for its biggest reveal this week, particularly about its new LEGOLAND Castle Hotel and the announcement of grander attractions this year. Dubbed as the “biggest ride investment in LEGOLAND Parks history”, this latest innovation is said to combine dazzling 3D computer animation with “4D,” real-world effects.

LEGOLAND California Resort General Manager Peter Ronchetti is a little bit shy on the details, but what we do know is that the new LEGOLAND Castle Hotel, with its latest rides and attractions will be on an exemplary grand scale, and is expected to have a significant, positive influence and economic impact to the local Carlsbad community. First revealed during the early part of this year, the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel is said to have “250 themed rooms, including 20 suites, completely immersing guests into a castle experience from the minute they enter the grand hall, to dining in an amazing sit down royal restaurant to engaging in courtyard entertainment by the pool”, according to Ronchetti.

We don’t have any images yet, especially about the exciting, new rides slated to be operational in the summer of 2018, but we’ll keep you posted once these things are officially announced by LEGOLAND California within the week.

 

 

Fan Designed LEGO Friends Heartlake City Playground 41325 Revealed!

Towards the end of December last year, LEGO ran a Friends Designer Contest where children ages 6 to 12 were encouraged to build a new place for the LEGO Friends cast to hang out in. The LEGO Friends MOC entry must depict a place in Heartlake City following the usual LEGO Friends design and elements. The Grand Prize winner will have the once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity of having his/her winning entry turned into an actual LEGO Friends set in collaboration  with LEGO’s master builders, plus a mini-doll representation of the winner himself/herself. Imagine the thrill of being immortalized as part of an actual LEGO set!

Earlier today, the winner has been finally announced and the official version of this fan designed LEGO Friends set has been revealed. Thanks to creative mind of 8-year old Sienna from the UK, we now have the LEGO Friends Heartlake City Playground (41325), complete with her very own mini-doll representation as included in the set. Here’s a bunch of fun facts about Sienna as revealed in the LEGO Friends Designer site.

Sienna has been turned into a mini-doll to be available in the winning product. How cool is that?

Name: Sienna
Age: 8
Lives in: London, UK with mom, dad and little brother, Austen.

Favorites:

Sport: gymnastics, rock climbing

Hobbies: LEGO® bricks, art, music, piano

After-school activity: ballet, Brownies (the Girl Guides – not the cakes!)

Food: chocolate

Color: turquoise

LEGO Friend: Mia

Five fun facts:

  • Sienna found ideas for the Heartlake City Playground from the playground near her house and other fun playgrounds and parks she has been to.
  • Heartlake City Playground has Sienna’s absolute favorite playground activity: a climbing wall! And another favorite: monkey bars!
  • Sienna’s brother brought a teddy bear everywhere when the family came to the LEGO headquarters in Billund. It was his school class teddy bear and it ended up as a model sticker!
  • Sienna’s mini-doll character has a brown pet dog named Pippa. It’s named after her grandmother’s new pet that she got for her birthday!
  • Sienna is always busy with school, after-school clubs, and spending time with her friends and family. To find time to build the playground, she used every minute of spare time she could find. She even shut herself in her bedroom for a full Saturday to build the playground and only came out for lunch and dinner!

Check out the official images of the Heartlake City Playground (41325), and Sienna’s submitted design courtesy of Heartlake Times.

LEGO Friends Heartlake City Playground (41325)

LEGO® Friends Heartlake City Playground is the perfect place to have a blast with your besties. Centered around a tree house, it includes a climbing wall with colored holds and a twister slide. Push the functioning swings to make them go back and forth, spin the merry-go-round and make the 2 mini-doll figures go up and down on the seesaw. Help them take a seat on the benches as they watch Pippa the dog stretch her legs, then use the walkie-talkies to invite more friends to come out and play!

Here’s Sienna’s submitted fan design that made up the winning entry.

The LEGO Friends Heartlake City Playground (41325) comes in 326 pieces retailing for $39.99, and will be released to the public on September 1, 2017 alongside the gigantic LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City (70620).

 

 

 

Happy Birthday LEGO – Celebrating 85 Years of Awesome Building!

This month of August is a very special month for LEGO, since this year marks the 85th year of the world’s most trusted toy brand. In case you don’t know yet, LEGO began as a humble wooden toy factory in 1932 at Billund, Denmark and it was 14 years later in 1946 that the idea struck the creative mind of Ole Kirk Kristiansen to create toys made of plastic bricks. Three years later in 1949, the company saw the production of its very first plastic bricks with a very much different design from what we know today. It was not until 1958 that tubes were added inside the plastic bricks that radically improved the LEGO pieces’ clutch power, and thus giving us the LEGO brick’s iconic design. The rest as they say, is brick-built history.

To celebrate 85 years of creativity and imaginative play, LEGO has launched a social media campaign that captures the true meaning of the LEGO brand and what it ultimately stands for. You can follow the month-long celebration by keeping tabs with LEGO over at Twitter and Facebook, and sharing some of the moments that you have with a LEGO set or toy.

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Also, back in 2012 when LEGO celebrated its 80th anniversary, the company released a short animated video that describes in detail how LEGO began as a humble wooden toy factory in the quiet town of Billund, and later to become the world’s largest toy manufacturer today. I’m reposting the video here for us to better appreciate the rich history of LEGO.

What is your very first LEGO set? What is your fondest memory of creating and playing with LEGO bricks? Share us your stories in the comments below or head over at our Facebook and tell us what you think.

 

 

 

 

Latest Images from Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi Released.

This piece of news is not entirely about LEGO, but knowing how the LEGO and Star Wars community are all set for the biggest movie of the year, then this is something that will definitely suit our fancy. Entertainment Weekly has just released a collection of new images from Star Wars: The Last Jedi that highlights some of the lead characters of the film, including a closer look at the latest Star Wars creatures to debut on the big screen once the movie lands in theaters on December 15.

These character images highlight Rey, Finn, Poe, Kylo Ren and some never-before-seen critters from the galaxy far away. Check these out.

Rey is seen here probably at the start, or during her training at the Jedi temple ruins of planet Ahch-To, home to the self-exiled Jedi Master, Luke Skywalker. In case you missed it, Tyler created a LEGO Star Wars TLJ MOC that perfectly captures Rey’s training as Luke teaches her the ways of the Force.

Finn is on board on a Resistance Ski Speeder on what seems to be the planet Crait. Based on The Last Jedi’s initial trailer, we saw several of these Speeders as they charge their way towards a confrontation with the First Order’s mammoth Heavy Assault Walkers. These Speeders (or Skimmers) were also perfectly recreated by Tyler which you can see here.

Poe is getting ready for another space dogfight as seen here in this image aboard his X-Wing fighter.

Love him or hate him, Kylo Ren is definitely one of Star Wars most powerful characters – not just in terms of his affinity with the Dark Side of the Force, but also the despicable things that he has done. On a side note, it is interesting to see how this scarred image of Kylo Ren will render in LEGO minifigure form. We just have to wait and see until Force Friday arrives.

Star Wars never seem to run out of elite body guards and specialized warriors – and the film’s main antagonist, Supreme Leader Snoke, is not someone who will settle for anything less. We saw these guys already in their LEGO buildable character form (which we have to remove from the site eventually at the request of LEGO) and now we see them in their actual screen versions. Like any other elite units, these Praetorian Guards are tasked to protect Snoke at all means necessary, and the crimson red color just makes them more deadly serious about doing their task.

We also have a closer look at some other stills released by EW, which includes Kylo Ren’s TIE Striker, the plush, intergalactic casino at Canto Blight, and some particularly interesting critters – the Porg and the amphibious-looking Caretakers. It will be interesting to see if ever LEGO has them on the works as an actual set or as a part of its minifigure series.

So what do you think? What LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi sets are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks to EW for these images.

 

 

 

Blocks Magazine Joins the Star Wars 40th Anniversary Celebration with a LEGO Building Contest.

Last year, LEGO Star Wars fans were treated to a free and very rare freebie as part of May 2016’s May the 4th exclusive promos. With only 3,500 sets in circulation, the LEGO Star Wars Escape the Space Slug set were given away for free for every qualifying purchase of any LEGO Star Wars merchandise worth $150 and above. To make it even more challenging, the chance to own this set comes by invitation only via email, with only around 25 invitations released for each 120 LEGO brand stores worldwide during that time.

If you’re a LEGO Star Wars connoisseur and you’ve missed out on having this very rare set, it might interest you to know that Blocks Magazine is a running contest that might give you a better chance of having this set for free by entering a MOC building contest. In celebration of Star Wars 40th anniversary, Blocks Magazine will be running a building contest that highlights one of the most memorable scenes in the very first SW film, Episode I: A New Hope. Based on the epic confrontation between Han Solo and Greedo in Mos Eisley Cantina, participants are to create their very own brick-build rendition of this iconic scene, featuring the above mentioned characters. It might be a bit of a challenge if you’re looking forward to include Greedo in his minifigure form since he only appears in two LEGO Star Wars sets: 2004’s Mos Eisley Cantina (4501) and the larger remake from 2014, Mos Eisley Cantina (75052). But of course, this is LEGO, and you are highly encouraged to be creative in coming up with your very own interpretation of this scene.

Here’s Blocks Magazine full press release.

Blocks magazine offers amazing prizes in Star Wars at 40 build contest

It will probably not have escaped your attention that a little movie called Star Wars, released in 1977, celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2017. Blocks will be celebrating with a very special Star Wars issue later this year, and we want our readers to get involved.

We are holding a unique competition, with not one, but two amazing prizes on offer. The overall winning entry will have the one-of-a-kind opportunity to be part of Blocks’ Star Wars at 40 special feature – your entry could be included in a huge article that the team are putting together. Additionally, the winner and two runners-up will each receive the prize of a super rare, limited edition LEGO Star Wars set – Escape the Space Slug. It was only available as part of a select LEGO Store shopping opportunity last year.

To be in with a chance of being immortalised in the pages of Blocks and picking up a copy of an impossible-to-find LEGO Star Wars set, entrants need to build a specific scene from Star Wars: A New Hope, using LEGO. It can be built at any scale and be open to interpretation, but it also needs to represent Blocks’ chosen scene from the original film in a recognisable way – this is all about recreating the selected scene from the movie, using LEGO as your medium. The judging panel will be looking at how it represents the scene, not just the best MOC, so presentation and concept will be important alongside technical ability.

The scene from Star Wars: A New Hope that Blocks wants you to recreate in LEGO is ‘Han shot first’. It’s the moment when Han Solo encounters Greedo in the cantina at Mos Eisley, and events take a particular turn…

To enter, post an image of your build to Facebook (blocksmag), on Twitter @blocksmagazine or via e-mail it to graham@blocksmag.com. The deadline is midnight on September 1, 2017 (GMT). Your image must be at a resolution of 300dpi and fit the landscape dimensions of 330mm wide x 330mm tall.

Full terms and conditions can be found at www.blocksmag.com.  Keep your navicomputer targeting Blocks’ social media channels for build tips from our experts.

To subscribe to Blocks magazine, visit www.blocksmag.com.

 

 

 

 

Something BIG is Coming In September – And We’re Now Getting Closer to What It Is.

We’re still a month away before this year’s much awaited Force Friday II, but bits and pieces of information are now gradually making its way online about this year’s largest Star Wars sales event. LEGO is prepped up and ready to go for all things Star Wars once September 1 breaks the light of day, particularly, with its latest offering of LEGO Star Wars sets based on Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Images of these sets are already out in the open, thanks to several online retailers who posted it ahead of its official reveal date.

Much of the speculation that revolves around this theme centers on the highly circulated news (or rumor if you prefer it that way) that massive LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon is slated to return this September. The Internet is certainly rife with this piece of news, with so many LEGO Star Wars fans clamoring for the UCS set’s return. Since the news (or rumor) broke out, there was no solid proof to back up the claim, with only pieces of ‘circumstantial’ evidences that seem to point to the massive set’s return. However, a recent teaser given by prolific LEGO Star Wars set designer Hans Burkhard Schlömer, has set ablaze the LEGO landscape once again with him hinting on a much, much, much, much, much, much larger set to be revealed on September 1st. This is the first clue that gave rise to another wave of speculations that we are indeed closer to the famed brick-built starship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.

This time, I can just imagine how jaw-dropping the next teaser was since this time, LEGO finally speaks out about this very much (6x) larger set. Posted on its official Twitter account, LEGO teased on the arrival of a humongous set, almost 5x larger than its recently released LEGO Creator Expert London Bus (10258).

Riding the waves of further speculation, several fans used their ‘investigative’ skills in prying open this mystery that LEGO has thrown in. Some even tweaked the above photo to ‘reveal’ how the Falcon’s box art is hidden under the wrappings. I’m not really sure if such photo enhancements are reliable but one thing is for sure: LEGO promises more reveals during the next few days especially that we’re closer to next month’s Force Friday II sales.

What’s your take on this Brick Fans? Is this the Falcon that we all so want to see? Let us know in the comments below, or share us a thought or two over at our Facebook page.

 

 

 

From Katanas to Lightsabers – LEGO September Store Calendar Highlights Ninjago and Star Wars Force Friday II.

LEGO’s September Store Calendar is now available online, and it is one super-exciting month for all Ninjago and Star Wars fans. This month celebrates the theatrical release of The LEGO Ninjago Movie with not just one, but TWO promotional polybags for the month. September also marks the much awaited return of Force Friday, aptly dubbed as this year’s Force Friday II. To sweeten the deal, LEGO brings back double VIP points for any LEGO Star Wars purchase made from September 1 to 3, PLUS a free promotional Scarif Stormtrooper (40176) minifigure. Let’s take a closer look.

September 1-3: LEGO Star Wars Force Friday II.

Earn double VIP points on all LEGO Star Wars items, and get a FREE exclusive Scarif Stormtrooper (40176) minifigure with purchase of $50 or more while supplies last. For most of us, the exclusivity of this promotional minifigure will be the main reason why we’re holding on to that next LEGO purchase until September 1.

I just hope that we will not go through that same predicament most us experienced when during last year’s Force Friday, with the exclusive Darth Revan minifigure promotional attached to it, shop.LEGO.com listed that the sought after Darth Revan minifig already ran out of stock just 4 to 6 hours after Force Friday officially kicked in. We just have to wait and see.

September 4-21: FREE The LEGO Ninjago Movie mini Green Ninja Mech Dragon (30428) for purchases of $35 or more.

TLNM offers an impressive range of promotional polybags, based mostly on its larger mech replicas such as the Green Ninja Mech Dragon (70612), Ice Tank (70616), and the rumored Quake Mech. I’m pretty sure that these polybags will be in demand in the aftermarket after their promotional period.

September 4-30: FREE exclusive The LEGO Ninjago Movie poster with a LEGO Ninjago purchase.

Other than the cool polybags, you also get to bring home a complimentary, The LEGO Ninjago Movie poster for purchase of any TLNM set, minifigure or accessory. This promo will run from September 4 to 30.

September 5 & 6: FREE VIP Monthly Mini Model Build which is a Dinosaur.

To reserve your spot, simply register for the September MMB by visiting shop.LEGO.com/Minibuild-Registration starting August 15. The LEGO MMB is meant for children ages 6 to 14, and must be completely built in store.

September 14-30: VIPs get early access to TWO exclusive sets.

We have reason to believe that one of these D2C sets is the rumored comeback of the LEGO UCS Millennium Falcon, while the other one is completely under wraps. The excitement is really intense!

September 16: VIP Ninjago Building Event.

LEGO Ninjago fans ages 6 to 14 will have a blast building this mini version of Kai’s Red Fire Mech. This event is exclusively for VIP members and registration is necessary to participate.

September 18-24: Dress Like a Ninja Week.

Put on your ninja garb and visit any LEGO store dressed up like your favorite Ninjago hero and get a free Ninjago mask while supplies last.

September 22 – October 8: FREE The LEGO Ninjago Movie Lloyd Minifigure (30609) with purchase of $50 or more.

Just in time for The LEGO Ninjago Movie’s big screen debut, we finally have information on how we can bring home one of Lloyd’s most impressive minifigure version. Found over at eBay a few days ago, we now know that the Lloyd Minifigure (30609) polybag will come as a free promotional during the said dates for any LEGO purchase of $50 and above.

 

If you can still hold on to that LEGO spending power, then now is probably time to do so. There’s a handful of pretty impressive sets that you may want to check out in September such as the colourfully detailed Ninjago City (70620) and the idyllic LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store (21310). If you want to go massive, then be on the lookout on what LEGO has in store on September 14 and 15.

 

 

New LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 SDCC Trailer Reveals Kang the Conqueror!

SDCC 2017 has been concluded, but the reveals that LEGO shared with fans and attendees still lingers on. I intend to do a recap any time soon about all the things related to LEGO during this year’s San Diego Comic Con, to somehow round-up all these things, and to make sense out of the information overload.

But before that, here’s another tidbit of info that Warner Bros. Interactive and TT Games have shared during Comic-Con. We already had a look at some of the new Marvel superheroes that will be added to the game’s roster of more than 200+ playable characters. This time, we now have our second official trailer of the LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 video game that puts the spotlight on the game’s main antagonist, Kang the Conqueror. We also get a closer look at the different Marvel worlds as Kang brings them all together in an epic collision of inter-dimensional proportions in the surreal world of Chronopolis.

If the first trailer of LMSH2 introduces us to some of the characters that will grace the long-awaited sequel, this follow-up shows us more about Kang and the time-warping, open-hub world of Chronopolis. In this uber extreme mashup of Marvel worlds, we get to see familiar places such as Ancient Egypt, New York City 2099, Wakanda, Xandar, Knowhere, and many other comic book locations.

Here’s the official press release of the latest LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 trailer released as a fitting conclusion for this year’s SDCC.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Spotlights Kang the Conqueror in NEW SDCC Trailer

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released a NEW trailer for LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2 featuring Kang the Conqueror, a time-travelling Super Villain who has stolen numerous cities from across time and space to form the expansive Open Hub World of Chronopolis. First revealed at Comic-Con International: San Diego, the video spotlights Kang in his ultimate quest to take over the universe, as well as the many Marvel locations that make up Chronopolis, including Ancient Egypt, New York City in 2099, Wakanda, Xandar and many other Marvel settings.

At Comic-Con, TT Games also revealed a brand new character created in tandem with Marvel Games, fusing together the ever popular Carnage and Venom to form a new Marvel Super Villain called Carnom, a character who has never existed in the Marvel Universe before and is completely unique to LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2. Along with Carnom, TT Games announced a slew of other characters coming to the game, including Howard the Duck and his Iron Duck variant, who will be voiced by Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller, Gwenpool, the fan-favorite amalgam of Gwen Stacy and Deadpool, Vulture, from the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” film, Cosmo the Spacedog,Doctor OctopusForbush ManGreenskyn Smashtroll and Throg. These Super Heroes and Super Villains will join the recently revealed Medusa and Lockjaw of the Inhumans, all playable in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2.

Follow LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 at:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LEGOMarvelVideoGame
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LEGOMarvelGame
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LEGOMarvelGame
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/LEGOMarvelVideoGame

LEGO®  Marvel Super Heroes 2 is an all-new, epic adventure and sequel to the smash hit, LEGO®  Marvel Super Heroes. This original branching storyline, co-written by award-winning comics writer Kurt Busiek, transports players into a cosmic battle across a myriad of Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible Open Hub World of Chronopolis. Packed with signature LEGO®  humour for fans of all ages, gamers will go head-to-head with the time-travelling Kang the Conqueror in this fun-filled journey spanning the Marvel Universe.

LEGO®  Marvel Super Heroes 2 will be available starting November 17, 2017 for PlayStation® 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™ and PC.