Build Better Bricks Launches Its Mushroom Series

Ok, here’s the thing: we now know for sure that the rumored video game deal between LEGO and Nintendo is now completely debunked, and no further talks about this kind of deal is seen on the horizon. With the most recent Nintendo Direct episode showcasing the latest upcoming Nintendo Switch titles, there was no iota of evidence that will hint on a possible Nintendo-LEGO collaboration anytime soon. Okay, that’s pretty disappointing but it’s also a good thing because I can always go back to the LEGO brick that I always loved. Thanks to the outstanding efforts of the LEGO fan community we can somehow fill this LEGO-Nintendo gap with our own creations. With this in mind, we now have once again our Build Better Bricks Master Builders with their own Nintendo-inspired, Mushroom Series.

These minibuilds are excellent for that Nintendo Super Mario MOC that you’re working on, and the best part is, B3 saves you from the hassle of going to Bricklink and provides you already with new and authentic LEGO bricks and pieces to work on right out of the bag. Each of these minibuilds already has their respective instructions and parts included so you can build them right away. Check out what’s in store with B3’s Mushroom Series by clicking on their links below.

The Hungry Plant

115 pieces; $19.99

Friendly Green Dino

27 pieces; $14.99

Red Plumber

36 pieces; $12.99

Plumber Power Pack

70 pieces; $19.99

In case you missed it, Build Better Bricks is also running a 20% off sale on its Arcade Series which will run only until today. This is a great deal considering the discounts – just enter the promo code ARCADEFUN upon checkout. So if you’re still working on that LEGO City Arcade MOC, be sure to check this out as well and watch out for more exciting creations coming from Build Better Bricks. Happy building!

LEGO Pop-Up Stores To Be Introduced in the US Starting This Year

The LEGO Group has announced a new retail concept store to hit US stores this year. Dubbed as LEGO Pop-Up Stores, this initiative will offer a new different shopping experience as compared to that of LEGO Brand Stores. In fact, the very first Pop-Up Store already went live last Friday in Manchester, Connecticut. According to the LEGO Ambassador Network, the LEGO Pop-Up Stores is an experimental marketing approach that allows LEGO fans who does not have access to any local LEGO Brand Stores to experience the same, though there are notable differences. So, how are they different? According to the blog post:

Whats the difference between a Pop-Up store and a typical LEGO Brand store?

  • Yes, you will be able to earn and redeem LEGO VIP points at Pop-Up stores.
  • There is nota Pick-a-Brick wall or Build-a-Mini station.
  • There are noLEGO Brand store Passport stamps available at Pop-Up stores.
  • There will notbe monthly minibuild activities or other in store events.
  • The product prices will bethe same at LEGO Brand and Pop-Up stores including any sales.
  • Pop-Up stores will tryto offer the same gift with purchase promotions.
  • Pop-Up stores will have new employeesbut also at least one experienced employee from a local LEGO Brand store.

Though these differences may seem easy to overlook and the initiative is of having a sort of “make-shift” LEGO Store is a welcomed gesture from the LEGO, I hope that they will find a way to offer the same gift with purchase (GWP) sets in all Pop-Up Stores as well.

Furthermore, since this project is still in its experimental stages, each of the six LEGO Pop-Up Stores to be opened across the US will be transient, operating only in a few weeks. A sign outside the store will remind customers and LEGO fans how many days are left until the LEGO Pop-Up Store wraps it up.

So what do you think of the concept behind the LEGO Pop-Up Store? Do you think it will take off? What other things or activities do you want to see in the store to make it more appealing? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

LEGO Minifigure Collector Frame (5005359) Official Image and Details

Since the LEGO Store October 2018 Calendar has been released earlier this month, we now have an idea on various promos that LEGO fans can expect next month. From October 15-31, the LEGO Minifigure Collector Frame (5005359) will be offered to LEGO customers and fans for a minimum single receipt purchase of $75 and more.

The LEGO Minifigure Collector Frame (5005359) is similar to the Marvel Superheroes and LEGO Batman Movie frames that LEGO released back in 2016 and 2017 respectively. And now thanks to the LEGO Certified Store in Hongkong, we now have a better look at this new LEGO accessory.

According to LCS Hongkong, this new minifig collector frame is available today until October 18 for a minimum single receipt purchase of 1,000 HK dollars, or roughly equivalent to $127 USD. That’s a rather steep price for a LEGO promotional set in my opinion, considering that with a little patience, this collectible frame will soon be available in the US at the middle of October.

Furthermore, the LEGO Minifigure Collector Frame (5005359) comes with a 32×32 gray baseplate and several LEGO pieces that serve as minifigure stands that can display up to 16 minifigures. Perfect in displaying any of LEGO’s CMF series. To sweeten the deal, LEGO throws in a never-before-seen exclusive minifigure that comes in a summer outfit and lifesaver. There’s also a 2×2 tile with the LEGO logo printed on it, which is quite a rare piece usually found only on LEGO’s gift-with-purchase sets.

Perhaps the only downside for the Minifigure Collector Frame is that it is made of black cardboard instead of wood or light plastic, and there’s no cover of any kind as well. It comes with a kickstand if you prefer not to hang it and have it displayed on your desk or corner table. In any case, this is still a great gift-with-purchase set that will be valuable in displaying your prized LEGO minifigures.

Be sure to keep tabs with shop.LEGO.com in the US and watch out for this promotional beginning October 15.

Submission Period for Bricklink’s LEGO AFOL Designer Program Has Begun

This early September, third-party LEGO-selling platform Bricklink dropped a bombshell when they announced a new crowd-funding initiative in major partnership with LEGO itself. This was the AFOL Designer Program, which aims to showcase AFOL-submitted MOCs which can be supported and crowd-funded into limited-release box set with revenues to the creators.

Bricklink has already laid down specific details about the AFOL Designer Program, which comes off as an alternative to LEGO Ideas, but which will have the resulting sets be limited-edition only for the 60th anniversary celebration of the LEGO brick. Oh, and they also gave a date for when entries will begin to be accepted for the program: right now.

That’s right, Bricklink is now ready to accept MOC designs from AFOLs aspiring to have their builds be included in this limited-time wave of LEGO sets that will be coming out next year. The start date was September 18 and will last until November 18, after which they will be evaluated under the supervision of “a celebrated LEGO designer with unique expertise and a historical understanding of the LEGO system”.

All AFOL MOCs that make the cut for Bricklink’s Designer Program will then be out forth for crowdfunding throughout the month of February. They will then be put on a limited production run in time for release in April 2019. When total sales revenues arrive in the future, the lucky AFOLs will receive 10 percent of it, no questions asked.

Unlike the LEGO Ideas path, these limited sets that will be born out of the program will not be official releases, though they will likely be comprised of authentic LEGO pieces. Still, for the time they’ll be available, these uncommon sets from AFOLs’ dreams will be a true part of the ongoing grand global celebration for 60 years of LEGO.

Singapore and the Rest of South East Asia Are Gearing up for LEGO Bricktober 2018

After almost a month since the reveal of the annual Bricktober minifigures and its confirmed availability in US LEGO Stores and Barnes and Noble locations, the rest of the world, particularly in South East Asia, are now getting ready for the Toys R Us LEGO Bricktober 2018 hype. Unlike in the US and Europe, several TRU stores in Asia are still operational and business as usual. In the Philippines for example, the local Toys R Us management has confirmed via email that the LEGO Bricktober 2018 will be available anytime soon. Additionally, Toys R Us Singapore has now rolled-out the exact dates on when these sought after minifigures will be available in the region. According to TRU Singapore’s official Facebook page, from September 28 to October 26 visitors can have these collectibles as gift-with-purchase sets for a minimum purchase of any LEGO products worth $70 SGD or more.

For your reference, and if you happen to know someone who is in Singapore or will be there during the next few weeks, be sure to mark these dates on your calendars and visit any of the nine (9) TRU Singapore stores located in the area.

LEGO Ninjago Minifigure Pack (5005257) – availability: September 28 to October 4

Includes: Harumi (with Oni Mask of Hatred), Future Jay, Mohawk, and Nya (in Kabuki disguise).

 

LEGO Harry Potter Minifigure Pack (5005254) – availability: October 5 to 11

Includes: Rolanda Hooch, Prof. Horace Slughorn, Madam Undersecretary Professor Dolores Umbridge, and Prof. Severus Snape as transformed by a Boggart.

 

LEGO Jurassic World Minifigure Pack (5005255) – availability: October 12 to 18

Includes: Dr. Ian Malcolm (played by Jeff Goldblum), Claire Dearing, Owen Grady, and Baby Blue with chicken leg piece.

 

LEGO Marvel Superheroes Minifigure Pack (5005256) – availability: October 19 to 26 

Includes: War Machine, Wong, Tony Stark (with sweater) Bucky as White Wolf.

 

Will keep you posted as more information comes in so be sure to subscribe to our news feed and watch for our notifications. Special thanks to Candid Bricks for the heads up.

The LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village Station (10259) and Winter Holiday Train (10254) Available Again at LEGO Shop@Home

Just in time for today’s early VIP release of the LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village Fire Station (10263), shop.LEGO.com now brings back two previously released Winter Village sets to add more Christmas cheers to your collection. In case you missed out on these, the LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village Station (10259) and Winter Holiday Train (10254) are both listed again for sale at LEGO Shop@Home. Released in 2017 and 2016 respectively, it is rather unusual for LEGO to offer a Winter Village set that has been released two years ago. However, due to the positive reception of LEGO fans for these two sets since they ideally go together to create one complete Winter Village track system, LEGO decided to offer them again.

UPDATE: As of this posting, the Winter Village Station (10259) is now on Backorder at shop.LEGO.com.

So if you missed out on these two lovely LEGO Winter Village sets from two years ago, be sure to check them out at LEGO’s official shopping portals (and stay away from the fake ones) by simply clicking these links below.

 

LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village Station (10259)

Head for home with the festive Winter Village Station holiday set, featuring a snowy railroad station with wreath adorned lampposts and clock tower, platform, mailbox, green trees, snowy grade crossing with twin barriers and lights, and a beautiful, festively decorated bus with opening doors and a luggage rack with removable luggage and gift wrapped packages. This LEGO® Creator Expert model also includes a ticket counter with a timetable and a transaction counter window with room for sliding out tickets to travelers, plus a coffee shop with a serving hatch and a detailed interior with an espresso machine, cups, cash register and a menu. Includes 5 minifigures.

 

LEGO Creator Expert Winter Holiday Train (10254)

Gather the family for some festive LEGO® building fun with this charming model featuring a full circle of track, boarding platform with bench and lamppost, a Power Functions upgradable train engine with brick-built smoke bellowing from its stack, coal tender, flatbed wagon with a rotating holiday tree, toys and gifts, and a red caboose with a detailed interior and table. The train engine also features large and small red-colored locomotive wheels and the train is decorated with green wreathes, string lights and white tree elements. This LEGO® Creator Expert set includes 5 minifigures.

New and Exclusive LEGO Store D2C Sets Available Now

It is almost the weekends, and for those of you who are looking forward for that weekend build, this could only mean one thing: you can finally open this month’s next wave of new and exclusive LEGO Store D2C sets that you have just purchased today, thanks to your LEGO VIP membership perks. But before you do, be sure to wake up from this daydream and go out there and actually get your hands on the new LEGO Star Wars Betrayal at Cloud City (75222) and the holiday-themed LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village Fire Station (10263). These direct-to-consumer sets are now exclusively available for early VIP access starting today at all LEGO brand stores and at shop.LEGO.com.  Just click on the affiliate links below for more details.

LEGO Star Wars Betrayal at Cloud City (75222)

Relive a world of unforgettable moments from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back or add your own fun twists to the story with this LEGO® Star Wars 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City set. The amazingly detailed set is divided into 4 sections, each depicting scenes from the classic movie. There’s a landing platform complete with Boba Fett’s Slave I ship, a detailed promenade, a dining room with seating for 5 minifigures, a garbage processing room with incinerator, and a sensor balcony for epic Luke vs. Vader Lightsaber duels. There’s also a carbon freeze chamber with a function to ‘freeze’ Han in carbonite, an interrogation chamber and prison cell, a secondary landing platform for the Twin-Pod Cloud Car, and so much more. Add an astonishing 18 LEGO minifigures plus 2 droids to the mix, and you have a set that Star Wars and LEGO fans of any age would be proud to add to their collection.

 

LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village Fire Station (10263)

Exclusive LEGO Store D2C Sets

Welcome to the snowy LEGO® Creator Expert 10263 Winter Village Fire Station, where the firefighters are enjoying the calm of the holiday season. This delightful LEGO set features a 2-level, holly-adorned building with an upper-level kitchen, complete with a red telephone, table, fold-down bed and a LEGO light brick. Behind the large red fire station doors, you’ll discover firefighting equipment and a fire pole, while outside there’s an ice rink with a decorative firefighter statue, a decorated Christmas tree with transparent star and gifts, plus a bench and lamppost. This set also features a classic red fire truck with a turntable ladder, hoses, toolbox and deep-tread tires. Gather the family and bring the magic of the holiday season to your home with this festive LEGO Creator Expert set. Includes 6 minifigures, plus baby and Dalmatian figures, and a brick-built snowman.

 

For a closer look at the features of this new and exclusive LEGO Store D2C sets, you may watch this first review video for the Betrayal at Cloud City (75322) set, and a nice designer video of the Winter Village Fire Station (10263). Happy building!

New Target Exclusive LEGO Bean There, Donut That (40358) Spotted

Looks like Target has been getting some LEGO love lately. We already covered that they now have available a set of themed costumes from Disguise that are directly licensed from LEGO – bricks and minifigure bodies. As if that weren’t enough, there’s a certain set spotted that’s apparently a Target exclusive. The said LEGO-Target exclusive comes in a bright yellow box that calls to mind LEGO’s Plants for Plants (40320) gift-with-purchase set released last month. The LEGO Bean There, Donut That (40358) comes in at 146 pieces and features an outdoor coffee-donut shop that would go nice with LEGO City sets.

LEGO Bean There, Donut That (40358)

Word of this set was first spread on Reddit, and picked up on by LEGO news source and set guide Brickset. It’s said to be sold on retail at target for $19.99 but is also believed to be part of a later promotion. That “exclusive to Target” tagline on the box indicates that only the retailer has it, or there may be other sets with different packaging made available elsewhere.

This Target exclusive LEGO Bean There, Donut That (40358) looks great with its shop stall, but is also a great source of donut props and LEGO mugs. It also comes with a bike and Dalmatian figure. The set’s simple but visually appealing design brings to mind similar minibuild vignettes from last year such as the Romantic Valentine Picnic (40236)Easter Egg Hunt (40237)Thanksgiving Harvest (40261) and Christmas Train Ride (40262) just to name a few.

You can try looking for this set yourself outside of Target if you like through the product’s DCPI, 204-00-0606. Otherwise, it’s time to visit your local Target store to see if they’ve got it stocked.

LEGO City Magazine Issue 7 Now Comes With Two LEGO City Freebies

The latest issue of LEGO City Magazine is now available, and Issue #7 has double treats for subscribers and fans that will pick up a copy. The LEGO City Magazine Issue 7 now comes with two foil bags instead of one, and for this month’s issue we have a free LEGO City Octan Race Car with a driver minifigure, PLUS another mini vehicle set with its respective minifigure driver as well. The second foil bag may vary though, as shared by Brick Fanatics.

Images courtesy of Brick Fanatics.

The second foil bag freebie seems to be based on previously released free sets as bundled before with past issues of the LEGO City Magazine. Though the LEGO City Octan Race Car foiled bag is pretty much consistent across copies of the LEGO City Magazine Issue 7, the second freebie is somehow random as observed by Bricks Fanz. This particular copy of issue 7 has in fact, an extra minifigure instead together with several fire fighting accessories.

Image courtesy of Bricks Fanz

Inside, the LEGO City Magazine Issue 7 is jam-packed with the usual comics, activity sheets, puzzles, posters and even post cards to share with friends. This current issue also gives us a glimpse of what free item to expect from next month’s issue which is a policeman minifigure and a motorbike. If you’re still missing a mini motorbike in your LEGO City collection, then this is the most cost-effective way to bag this.

Image courtesy of Brick Fanatics.

WATCH: LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village Fire Station (10263) Designer Video

Along with the early VIP-access of the LEGO Star Wars Betrayal at Cloud City (75222) set slated for tomorrow, September 13, it will be joined by another direct-to-consumer set which is the LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village Fire Station (10263) that I wrote about last week. This year’s winter village set features the classic fire station, with several mini-builds that perfectly conveys the holiday cheers. Behind the creation of this set is Lars Joe, one of the creative minds behind the LEGO Creator theme, and the LEGO Designer of the Winter Village Fire Station. He shares some of the things that he love about this new set, and the many cool features and details that go along with it. You can hear more from Lars in this LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village Fire Station (10263) designer video. Watch this.

One of the things that I like about this set is the level of details that Lars gave to it. From the features of the fire station itself, even to the small details included with the minifigures such as the nice printed sweater for the baby minifig, and the new firefighter uniforms that closely resembles the classic policeman minifigure. There’s also the inclusion of a light brick that adds to the Christmas evening vibe, and the new botanical elements made from sustainable materials adorning the fire station’s facade. It may not be as big as a typical modular building, but it is by far the tallest among the Winter Village sets, and would stand out very well together with the rest of the sets included in the theme.

The LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village Fire Station (10263) comes in at 1,166 pieces and includes 6 minifigures: 3 firefighters with new classic firefighter uniforms, ice hockey player, musician with saxophone, and a girl with a scarf. It also includes a baby minifigure with a printed sweater, a Dalmatian, and a buildable snowman with a curved top hat. It is expected to retail for $99.99 USD and will be available for LEGO VIPs on September 13, and a general public release starting October 1. You may check out shop.LEGO.com for other holiday-themed sets.