New LEGO Billund Airport (40199) Set Spotted

Back in 2014, LEGO released a souvenir set that celebrates one of the notable places in the heart of Billund, Denmark. The LEGO Billund Airport (4000016), following the style design of the LEGO Architecture line, was exclusively sold back then at the LEGO Store located inside the airport. Only 10,000 sets were made at that time and even after 4 years since it was introduced, it remained available inside the LEGO store partly because of its relatively higher price as compared to other sets. Nonetheless, like any limited-edition set, its exclusivity was certainly attractive to collectors in spite of the higher tag price.

However, it looks like LEGO has now replaced this set with a new and revised one, with minor differences that is not easily recognizable at first glance. Brickset reports that the LEGO Billund Airport (40199) was recently spotted in the said LEGO Store inside the airport which basically replaced its older 2014 predecessor. Just to be clear, the LEGO Store inside the Billund Airport is not accessible to the public, unless you’re flying in and will pass through the passport control area.

A Brickset reader also mentions that the LEGO Store maintains a sort of ‘anti-scalping’ policy where in the cost of the LEGO Billund Airport (40199) set increases to up to 899DKK each if a customer will opt to buy 4 or more sets. This is a welcomed move, and I wish other LEGO Stores will also follow the same practice with other exclusive, or limited-run sets.

Image courtesy of Brick Fanatics; https://www.brickfanatics.com/new-lego-40199-billund-airport-set-found/

As I said, there is not much of a difference between the two sets except for some minor, aesthetic details. Try to see if you can spot them, and let us know in the comments below.

 

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Exclusive LEGO Architecture Set Sold at Billund Airport Now Updated from 4000016 to 40199

There’s no arguing at all that Billund in Denmark is LEGO’s very own corporate city-state of sorts, being the site of their HQ and all that. The first LEGOLAND Park was built here. Its own airport, now the second-largest in Denmark after Copenhagen, was built and initially operated by them.

Since 2014, the LEGO Store in Billund Airport’s departure hall offered for outgoing passengers a sweet souvenir: a LEGO Architecture set of their main building, numbered 4000016. It was a basic-build model structure with plant-pieces and rudimentary brick aircraft, but it was a rare exclusive worth picking up by collectors.

Some four years later however, there’s been a slight change. LEGO news resource Brickset has noted that the souvenir selection at Billund Airport has a new special-edition Architecture set. Or rather, it’s a new old set: Billund Airport, slightly altered and with a new number – 40199 – available only there.

Thanks to photos from Brickset, we’ve got an idea of the amount of alterations that have been done on the LEGO Architecture Billund Airport set from version 4000016 to 40199. The sloping yellow structure on one side in the old one is gone. A “smokestack” is missing too on one end.

Website chatter on the new LEGO Architecture 40199 is that the flower build elements have slightly changed too, though we can’t seem to tell the difference from the photos. In conclusion, this souvenir set on Billund Airport’s departure hall LEGO Store is only cosmetically changed at best.

Dedicated collectors may go for it, and the original 4000016 will become a rarity (with jacked-up resale prices online possibly). Anybody who’s gone to Billund and are on their way back out might consider dropping by the store to have a look at the 40199 set, to see if it catches their fancy.

New LEGO Star Wars Collectible Minifigures: Kessel Mine Worker (40299) and Han Solo Mudtrooper (40300) Surfaced

This piece of news have been floating around for quite some time, but I’m a bit surprised that it has not been receiving much attention as compared to other LEGO Star Wars collectible minifigs before, such as from The Last Jedi’s DJ (40298) minifigure, and Rogue One’s Scarif Stormtrooper (40176) and R3-M2 (40268).

Thanks to a tip from Hoth Bricks, we now know what will be the next LEGO Star Wars collectible minifigs from the Han Solo spin-off. And similar to Rogue One, we have two minifigures lined up as the next promotional polybags: the LEGO Star Wars Solo Kessel Mine Worker (40299) and Han Solo Mudtrooper (40300).

The above images of these polybags were spotted over at Bricklink, with sellers located somewhere in Europe. However, what is puzzling about these polybags and those that came before them, was that they were previously Toys R Us exclusives when they were first offered as promotional freebies. Now considering TRU’s eventual demise, we’re not quite sure on how LEGO will distribute them later on. This situation echoes the same concern of the recently rumored Toys R Us 2018 Bricktober minifigures that Brian recently reported on, which includes a highly wanted collection of never-before-seen Infinity War and Harry Potter figures.

In any case, we’re still hopeful that LEGO will find a way for these collectible LEGO Star Wars minifigures to hit the market, and we may even have the Kessel Mine Worker and Han Solo in Mudtrooper uniform available in some LEGO stores, just like what happened with the LEGO Star Wars DJ (40298) minifigure. I guess for now, we just have to wait.

LEGO Jurassic World Limited Edition T. Rex Set Revealed

Belgian toy store Dreamland is now running a promo starting today until June 20, where you get a chance to bag a never-before-seen, extremely rare, LEGO Jurassic World T. Rex set for every purchase of any LEGO Jurassic World set in any of their stores. The site’s banner states that Dreamland will be giving away 100 of these exclusive sets, and that LEGO made 500 of these available worldwide. This means that other stores may carry out this promo as well.

I really can’t figure out the set number judging from the grainy box art image that Dreamland posted, but the T. Rex mounted on a brick-built pedestal is something that I’ve never seen before in any LEGO Jurassic World set. It seems to have a new, predominantly light and dark brown printing. I like this newer version of a LEGO T. Rex, which looks more ferocious because of it’s mean-looking face print.

This LEGO Jurassic World Limited Edition T. Rex comes in at 70 pieces, with no identifiable set number yet (I see it numbered as 4000001, but I could be wrong). Anyways, I just hope that LEGO will follow through with its promise of giving away 400 similar sets, and we’ll wait to see where these will eventually pop-up. Otherwise, expect the price on this set to absurdly spike up on eBay and other secondary markets.

Thanks to Brickset for the heads up.

Level Up Your Weekend Builds With These Cool Selections of Custom LEGO Arcades

Last March, we featured one particular LEGO Ideas Project that garnered the coveted 10K votes, and eventually made it to the list of projects to be reviewed during LEGO Ideas’ first 2018 Review Stage. For LEGO and gaming fans (such as myself), the Modular Arcade is one LEGO Ideas project that we really like to see happen. I’m a fan of arcades, and seeing this project by Astronaut Avila become an actual LEGO set is something that I’m looking forward to.

However, since were months away before the results of the first 2018 LEGO Ideas Review Stage is announced, I guess we just have to improvise for now, just what LEGO fan brickdance9 did with his reimagining of the LEGO Creator Downtown Diner (10260), and turning it into a crazy cool car showroom.

For now, if you’re eyeing on building your very own customized LEGO Creator Arcade, then you will definitely need to load it with a nice selection of brick-built, minifig scaled arcade machines. If you need a bunch for your own Modular Arcade MOC, then you’ll be glad to hear that the Brick Show Shop is running a sale all throughout the weekend, with a BUY 3 GET 1 deal for all of its custom LEGO arcades. The shop offers a wide variety of custom, minifig-scaled LEGO arcade machines inspired by classic 80s video games such as Donkey Kong, Centipede, Q*Bert, and Pac-Man.  They also come with unique, high quality stickers that bring these tiny MOCs to life, giving that Modular Arcade project of yours a run for your money.

If you wish to avail of this promo, just head over at the Brick Show Shop, choose the custom LEGO arcades that you want to purchase, and use the coupon code BUY3GET1FREE upon checkout. You may also want to try their latest addition which is the Custom LEGO BLOK Classic Arcade Machine inspired by the 1982 TRON film.

While you’re at it, you may also want to check the rest of the shop’s arcade collection like the Custom LEGO Gumball Machine and LEGO Air Hockey Table. Stephen and Jason also did their own LEGO Arcade Room MOC from 3 years ago incorporating these cool selections of custom LEGO arcades as you can see below.

Happy weekend building!

LEGO Wizarding World Harry Potter Official Set Images Released!

After the reveal of the LEGO Harry Potter BrickHeadz moments ago, everything is now in full swing with LEGO finally releasing its much awaited sets of the LEGO Wizarding World Harry Potter theme, via Entertainment Weekly.

The subtheme is slated to have six sets, with 3 additional sets revealed today following the unveiling of the Hogwarts Great Hall (75954) back in February. These new sets are a shout out to those famous scenes from the franchise’s first three films: the Hogwarts Whomping Willow (75953) from The Chamber of Secrets, The Hogwarts Express (75955) from The Prisoner of Azkaban and Quidditch Match (75956) from The Philosopher’s Stone. I love how the Hogwarts Whomping Willow connects seamlessly with the Hogwarts Great Hall, and having another train set in the likeness of the Hogwarts Express. Check out the rest of the details below. Thanks to The Brick Fan for the additional info.

 

Hogwarts Whomping Willow (75953)

Travel to Hogwarts castle with Harry and Ron in the flying Ford Anglia but watch out for the LEGO® Harry Potter 75953 Hogwarts Whomping Willow! Too late—the flying Ford Anglia has crashed and is caught in the branches. Make your escape and sneak into Hogwarts before caretaker Argus Filch and Professor Snape spot you. Run to the dormitory, jump into bed and get ready for your first day back of learning spells, mixing potions and lots more fun Harry Potter adventures.

  • Includes 6 minifigures: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Seamus Finnigan, Argus Filch and Severus Snape, plus a Hedwig owl figure.
  • Features the buildable Whomping Willow tree, Flying Ford Anglia car and Hogwarts castle section.
  • Whomping Willow features spinning branches and the Shrieking Shack tunnel entrance.
  • Flying Ford Anglia features 2 opening doors and an opening trunk with suitcases.
  • 3-level Hogwarts castle section features a gate, parapet walk, 3 turrets, dormitory with 2 beds, potions classroom with worktable and Severus Snape’s office.

 

The Hogwarts Express (75955)

All aboard the LEGO® Harry Potter 75955 Hogwarts Express! Vanish through the brick wall on Platform 9 3⁄4 at King’s Cross station and join Harry, Ron and Hermione on their journey to Hogwarts. Find your seats in the carriage and get a chocolate frog from the Trolley Witch, but watch out for the Dementor! Luckily, Remus Lupin is at hand to cast a powerful spell and shield Harry from the terrifying creature, so you can get back on track for more magical Harry Potter adventures.

  • Includes 5 minifigures: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Remus Lupin and the Trolley Witch, plus Dementor and Scabbers figures.
  • Features the iconic King’s Cross Platform 93⁄4 and Hogwarts Express train.
  • Platform features a railway bridge with a clock, steps that lead to a moving brick wall entrance, newspaper stand with 2 Daily Prophet newspapers, and a ‘Wanted’ poster.
  • Hogwarts Express train includes a carriage with 4 seats, removable side panel and roof, plus the Trolley Witch with sweets trolley.

 

Quidditch Match (75956)

Jump on your broom and enter the LEGO® Harry Potter 75956 Quidditch Match! Join Harry, Hermione and Professor Snape for some magical mischief, and experience the thrill as you fly through the Gryffindor house tower hatch and onto the pitch. Score a point by throwing the Quaffle past the keeper and through the ring! Fire the Bludger to knock your opponents off their brooms and catch the Golden Snitch to win the match! Whether you’re a Keeper, Seeker, Chaser or Beater, there’s always plenty of fast-action fun at the Quidditch Match!

  • Includes 6 minifigures: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Severus Snape, Oliver Wood, Lucian Bole and Marcus Flint.
  • Features Gryffindor house tower with an opening hatch, Slytherin house tower with a pop-up fire spell function, Ravenclaw house tower with a removable megaphone element, Hufflepuff house tower with scoreboard, and a base with 3 goalposts and rings, moving Keeper function and Bludger stud shooter.

 

LEGO Unikitty! Unikingdom Fairground Fun (41456) Set Revealed

It seems that LEGO has invested quite a handful with its latest LEGO Unikitty! theme. Not only do we have a good amount of initial sets dedicated to this purveyor of good cheers, but we also have a first series of collectible figures and even a polybag.

This time, LEGO is throwing in another set that may prove to be interesting even if you don’t find yourself getting the rest of the sets. Thanks to BrickFanz, we now have a first look at the LEGO Unikitty! Unikingdom Fairground Fun (41456) set, with its fun looking roller coaster, bump cars, and spinning chair rides.

The set also includes Unikitty, Puppycorn, Dr. Fox, Master Frown and Brock. I initially have my reservations with this theme, but seeing the Unikingdom Fairground Fun (41456) set, I have to say that this is a sort of redemption for the line. The set is expected to retail for £40, and is to be an online exclusive. Check out the official product description below.

LEGO Unikitty! Unikingdom Fairground Fun (41456)

  • Includes 6 buildable figures of Unikitty™, Prince Puppycorn™ & more
  • Build a working rollercoaster, dodgems & a spinning chair ride
  • Accessory elements include popcorn, ice cream and cotton candy

Join Unikitty and her friends for a sparkly adventure in the LEGO® Unikitty™! 41456 Unikingdom Fairground Fun set! With a colourful working roller coaster, a spinning chair ride and super cool dodgems, it’s impossible not to have fun at the Unikingdom Fairground! After you have been on all the rides, Princess Unikitty and her friends can buy a sweet treat at the refreshment stands.

Perfect for recreating your favourite stories from the Unitkitty! TV Series, the Unikingdom Fairground Fun play set includes 6 buildable figures of Unikitty™, Prince Puppycorn™, Master Frown, Dr. Fox and more.

UPDATE: Tesco has listed the LEGO Unikitty! Unikingdom Fairground Fun (41456) and is said to come in at 515 pieces.

Make Your Own LEGO Star Wars Porgs With These Building Instructions

Star Wars Day celebrations may all well be over, and in case you missed out on one of the LEGO Store highlights during May the 4th which is the Porg Make and Take Build Event, you’ll be pleased to know that here’s your chance to build one of your own. Thanks to Brickset, the building instructions to create this Porg are now available online for everyone to try. So while we’re waiting to see if the UCS-like Porg (75230) will really happen in October, try to see if you have the necessary parts to build this portable avian cutie.

As far as I see it, these parts may be readily available in any moderately-sized LEGO collection, except probably for the new, Roof Rock Tile 4x 4 w/ Angle which can only be found in 7 LEGO sets released last year. Nevertheless, we can always improvise, and the lack of these parts will not affect the main part of the build which is the Porg itself. Take a look at the building instructions below and give it a try. Alternatively, you can download these instructions in PDF format right here. Thanks again to Brickset for making sure that there will be enough brick-built Porgs to go around. Happy building!

 

Walmart Lists LEGO BrickHeadz Jack Skellington and Sally (41630)

Just a few moments ago, another welcome surprise came from Walmart’s online portal. Though I’m not quite sure if this is accidental on the part of the online retailer, but it sure gave credence to what was rumored across LEGO fan forums for quite some time.

As of this writing, Walmart has not officially removed the listing of a LEGO BrickHeadz Jack Skellington and Sally (41630) set, though no images were uploaded as of the moment. But just in case the brick police come to clean things up, here’s a screenshot from Walmart’s site.

The Walmart listing has no further details other than the official set name and set number, but rumor has it that this ghoulish pair of BrickHeadz will be available in October together with the rest of other LEGO BrickHeadz sets slated to be released during the fall season. Now, I’m not really a fan of Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas except when I saw Tyler’s re-creation of Jack Skellington’s House over at Build Better Bricks. That custom MOC which I did a review before, really won me over. Though I find it hard to imagine how these skinny characters from Tim Burton’s film will render in LEGO BrickHeadz format, I’m excited to see how they will turn out.

On a similar note, Brickset has listed the following list of upcoming LEGO BrickHeadz to watch out for following the summer wave of releases.

Expected July release
  • Harry Potter & Hedwig (416150); $14.99
  • Hermione Granger (41616); $9.99
  • Elsa (41617); $9.99
  • Anna & Olaf (41618); $14.99 US
  • Darth Vader (41619); $9.99 US
  • Stormtrooper (41620); $9.99 US
Expected August release
  • Steve & Creeper (41612); $19.99 (Target Exclusive)
  • Newt & Dumbledore (41621); $19.99 (Target Exclusive)
  • Mickey Mouse (41624); $9.99
  • Minnie Mouse (41625); $9.99
Expected October release
  • Groot & Rocket Raccoon (41626); $14.99
  • Luke & Yoda (41627); $14.99
  • Princess Leia (41628); $9.99
  • Boba Fett (41629); $9.99
  • Jack Skellington & Sally (41630); $19.99 (Walmart Exclusive)

We’ll keep on a lookout for these sets from time to time so be sure to keep tabs with. Thanks to The Brick Fan for the tip

The Submarines Have Arrived At LEGOLAND California Resort!

After the successful, grand opening of LEGOLAND California Resort’s LEGOLAND Castle Hotel, it looks like the brick-inspired, family-centered theme park has now set its sights in adding a new, underwater twist. Starting this July, families and visitors at LEGOLAND California Resort will be treated to a unique, underwater adventure that includes an Interactive Treasure Hunt together with 2,000 real sea animals aboard 8 submarines that were inspired by actual LEGO City sets. Entitled as the LEGO City: Deep Sea Adventure Submarine Ride, the submarine itself features a touchscreen where passengers get to find gems and lost sunken treasure within a humongous 300,000 gallon tank.

Here’s the official press release, followed by a short video of the subs’ arrival at LEGOLAND California Resort.

GET READY TO DIVE! SUBMARINES FOR THE NEW LEGO® CITY: DEEP SEA ADVENTURE SUBMARINE RIDE AT LEGOLAND® CALIFORNIA RESORT HAVE ARRIVED!

Beginning in July, Families Will Experience an Interactive Treasure Hunt and See More Than 2,000 Real Sea Animals

CARLSBAD, Calif. (May 08, 2018) –  LEGO® City: Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride is getting ready  to take its maiden voyage this summer and the submarines have officially arrived at LEGOLAND® California Resort!  Eight 22,000 pound submarines were unloaded and installed in the 300,000 gallon tank as construction continues on the interactive ride featuring real sharks, rays and fish. The family theme park’s newest ride is planned to open in July.

LEGO® CITY: Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride is Merlin Entertainments’ single largest investment for a ride in any LEGOLAND® Park. For the first time in the United States, LEGOLAND California Resort brings guests onboard a real submarine where they’ll go underwater to discover a truly amazing world filled with more than 2,000 real sea animals, including several species of stingrays and a variety of sharks. Through the use of touchscreens at each porthole inside the sub, guests can help the LEGO minifigure dive team identify gems, pearls, LEGO® gold coins and more throughout the four minute journey.

The submarine ride will be included in the price of admission this summer at LEGOLAND California Resort.