January 2018 LEGO Store Calendar Now Up!

It’s never too early to make that 2018 LEGO wishlist, especially that the LEGO January 2018 Store Calendar is now available online via LEGO’s servers. With the promise of more than 120 new sets to be available by January 1st, LEGO sets the stage for this new line of offerings by highlighting 2018’s LEGO Creator modular set – the 1950s-styled Downtown Diner (10260).

Same as before, you may also download the January 2018 LEGO Store Calendar in high resolution PDF format, or you may check out its neat details below.

January 1: Get the Exclusive LEGO Creator Expert Downtown Diner (10260).

LEGO opted to reveal early on its next modular expert set coming in at 2,480 pieces and retails for $169.99. The Downtown Diner (10260) is a welcome addition to the growing number of modular sets that LEGO has been offering since the introduction of the Café Corner (10182) in 2007. The best part of this recent offering is that it doesn’t come with the usual VIP early access, so it is available for all once the set becomes available in-stores and online on January 1.

January 1-14: Free LEGO City Dragster (30358) Polybag With a Purchase of $35 or More of Any LEGO Product.

Earlier last November, we reported that LEGO will be releasing a great deal of polybags in 2018 which also includes the LEGO City Dragster (30358). Like any other City polybags, this mini brick-built Dragster will certainly look great in any Race Track MOC. This particular polybag comes with a racer minifigure and a cool red on black color scheme.

January 8-18: LEGO City Great Vehicles Building Event.

Stop by the LEGO Store to help LEGO City. LEGO City Mountain needs great vehicles that will get the job done. Build your great vehicle and race it down a mountainous brick-built terrain. This activity is intended for ages 6 to 14 only.

January 9-10: VIP Monthly Mini Model Build is a Walrus.

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

January 19-February 13: LEGO City Mining Building Event.

Come back to the LEGO Store and help the LEGO City Mining Team against the crooks that are stealing the gold from LEGO City Mountain. Build your own mining vehicle and collect the gold before the crooks get it. Activity is intended for ages 6-14 only.

January 28-February 14:  Free 60 Years of the LEGO Brick set with a purchase of $125 or more, while supplies last.

2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the patenting of the iconic LEGO brick, and to commemorate the occasion, LEGO has announced a special collectible set that every true-blue LEGO fan would love to have. We saw a glimpse of this set – though a rather grainy one – a few days ago, but this time, we can now appreciate it in all of its microscaled details. The 60 Years of the LEGO Brick (40290) set can be yours for free, for every minimum single receipt purchase of $125 or more. Valued at $25 and coming in at 421 pieces, this commemorative set features four microscaled versions of the most popular classic LEGO sets: Airport Shuttle (6399), Castle (375), Black Seas Barracuda (6285), and Space Cruiser and Moonbase (928). The box art of this set even features one of the earlier logos adapted by LEGO during its early years. Though the set’s availability is still almost two months away, I am already excited to see how this set will actually turn out once it is built.

 

Finally, other than the 125 new sets that LEGO promises to release online and in-store once January kicks-in, most LEGO fans will also look forward in feeling their way on each blind bag once the LEGO Batman Movie Series 2 of collectible minifigures arrives in stores.  You may have noticed it by now that the 2nd page of the LEGO Store’s January 2018 calendar features are very first ‘official’ image of the said CMF series, after an image of its flyer/checklist insert has made rounds over the Internet. If TLBM still has a hold on you, then successfully collecting all 20 TLBM Series 2 minifigs is not much of a question.

There are still plenty of other LEGO sets to watch out for in January, and these include several new sets from the LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi theme such as the Defense of Crait (75202), the LEGO Ninjago Ninja Nightcrawler (70641), LEGO Batman Movie The Justice League Anniversary Party (70919), and the LEGO BrickHeadz Aquaman (41600) just to name a few.

So what do you think? What LEGO set are you most excited about in 2018? Let us know in the comments below.

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LEGO Celebrates the Creation of the Brick with the 60 Years Of The LEGO Brick Commemorative Set!

A rather grainy image of January 2018’s LEGO Store Calendar has surfaced online, and has revealed what LEGO has in store to celebrate the creation of the world’s most iconic brick. 2018 will mark the celebration of the LEGO Brick patent and as it seems, LEGO will be giving away a commemorative set to highlight the occasion.

According to this portion of the January LEGO Store calendar, the 60 Years of the LEGO Brick Set will be yours for free for a minimum purchase of $125 or more. It’s kind of difficult, however, to figure out the official set number, name and piece count based on this blown-up image, but looking at what you can expect from the set, it is quite clear that it also thoughtfully celebrates the 60th anniversary of the brick by offering four microbuilds of LEGO’s most popular classic sets. These include the Airport Shuttle (6399) from the classic Town theme, the Castle (375) from the classic Castle and Knights theme, the Black Seas Barracuda (6285) from the Pirates theme, and the Space Cruiser and Moonbase (928) from the beloved classic Space theme.  I’m particularly looking forward to the Castle and Black Seas Barracuda microbuilds, especially that it looks like each of them will come with a base of its own.

1990’s LEGO Town Airport Shuttle (6399).
1978’s LEGO Classic Castle (375).
1989’s LEGO Pirates Black Seas Barracuda (6285).
1979’s LEGO Classic Space Cruiser and Moonbase (928).

Judging from the looks of it, and even in microbuild versions, these individual sets will be a must for LEGO collectors, especially for those who grew up with the LEGO brick. We don’t have enough details yet based on this image, but as soon as the official January LEGO Store Calendar pops up in sharp PDF formats, then I’ll update you accordingly.

Thanks to Brickset News for the heads up.

 

2018’s LEGO Creator Downtown Diner (10260) Officially Revealed.

After a few weeks of rumors and speculation regarding a leaked image of what could be 2018’s first LEGO Creator Modular, we now have the official word from LEGO on what this set is going to be. Announced via social media channels and at shop.LEGO.com, the LEGO Creator Downtown Diner (10260) will be available starting January 1, 2018.

The set is absolutely gorgeous with its 1950s downtown American diner styling that gives off a nostalgic vibe. I particularly like the standout Diner signage, along with the pink convertible. Similar to the LEGO Batman Movie The Joker Manor (70922), the LEGO Creator  Downtown Diner will not have an early VIP access, but instead will be available for all beginning January 1 across all LEGO brand stores and at shop.LEGO.com. The set comes in at 2,480 pieces and features six minifigures, retailing for $169.99. Here’s the official product description along with a huge stash of crisp images.

LEGO Creator Downtown Diner (10260)

US $169.99 – CA $219.99 – DE 149.99€ – UK £129.99 – DK 1399.00 DKK
Available from 1st January, no VIP early access.

Discover a place where music is on the menu!

Drop in at the LEGO Creator Expert 10260 Downtown Diner, where you’ll discover a healthy portion of fun and surprises. This impressive model features removable building sections for easy access to the detailed interior, which comprises a ground-level 1950s-style diner with a large curved front window, red bar stools, jukebox, counter and an open-plan kitchen.

The mid level has a gym with boxing ring, punching bag and weight training room, while on the upper-level you’ll find a recording studio, complete with vocal booth, mixing desk and a refreshments cabinet.

The facade of the building features pink-and-teal Streamline Moderne styling with a large ‘DINER’ sign. Other external features include arched windows, balconies and a staircase, plus a pink convertible car and a detailed sidewalk, complete with mailbox, parking meter, flowerpots and a streetlamp.

This incredible collectible toy has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience with a touch of nostalgia and charm. Includes 6 minifigures.

  • Includes 6 minifigures: a chef, waitress, boxer, rock star, manager and a bodybuilder.
  • The 3-level Downtown Diner comes with an array of brick-built details, including a detailed facade with pink-and-teal Streamline Moderne styling and a large ‘DINER’ sign, external staircase, arched windows, drainpipe, balconies, decorative roofline, opening skylight and a rooftop terrace, plus a detailed sidewalk with a mailbox, parking meter, flowerpots and an ornate streetlamp. This set also includes a pink 1950s-style convertible.
  • Ground level features 1950s downtown American diner styling with a large curved front window, red barstools, benches, jukebox, candy machine, counter, 2 soda dispensers, and a kitchen with a coffee machine, stove and a cooker hood.
  • Mid-level features a gym with a boxing ring, punching bag, weight training room, water dispenser and a wall clock.
  • Upper level features a recording studio complete with vocal booth, soundproofed walls, mixing desk and a refreshments cabinet.
  • Take a ride in the stylish convertible and head for a diner where fast food and music are on the menu.
  • Help the chef prepare the fastest food in town while the roller-skating waitress lines up the orders.
  • Drop in at the gym for a couple of rounds in the boxing ring or a good workout on the punching bag.
  • Open the skylight and eavesdrop on the making of a hit album.
  • Accessory elements include roller skates, guitar, golden record award and a buildable barbell.
  • Remove the building sections to access the detailed interior.
  • New decorated elements include a decorated door, album cover, lots of teal-colored and pink-colored elements, and a dual-face minifigure with singing and smiling expressions.
  • Special elements include new flower stalks and flower heads, plus 1×3 ‘jumper’ plates, 2×2 plate with 2 studs and a minifigure torso with boxing gloves.
  • Measures over 13” (34cm) high, 9” (25cm) wide and 9” (25cm) deep.

LEGO Flyers for VIPs Can Avail of Returning Seasonal Minifigure Gingerbread Man (5005156).

Even casual LEGO fans are well aware of the many special packages the company brings out at the onset of the major seasons and events of the year. Why, just this November they already have announced what’s going to be in store for collectors during the Easter celebration next year.

But really, the current big buzz is for the various special offers flying around during the Holiday season. In this case, we mean it literally with the flying, as in, flyers. LEGO is shipping out some special fliers to their VIP members to announce the comeback of a Holiday seasonal standard.

LEGO VIPs need only to head to the nearest LEGO Store, present their promotional flyer along with any product purchase worth at least $10, and they’ll receive the LEGO Seasonal Gingerbread Man minifgure (5005156) absolutely free. Take note however that the offer will take for only up till December 23.

The LEGO Gingerbread Man (5005156) was first presented in this Holiday offer last year, so this is his second outing as a giveaway for collectors. He’s not alone, either. Shop@Home has the online version, with their return of the $9.99 LEGO Seasonal Snowglobe (40223).

Happy Holidays from us and LEGO!

The LEGO Batman Movie The Joker Manor (70922) Designer Video Is Unique as the Set Itself.

This year’s next LEGO Batman Movie D2C set has now been released, and in just three days since its official release last Brick Friday, the LEGO Batman Movie The Joker Manor (70922) has been in high demand, so much so that only backorders are currently accepted over at shop.LEGO.com., and fans of the LEGO film and theme will have to wait until December 11 for their sets to be released.

The overwhelming response and positive reviews that the set received doesn’t come as a surprise. The Joker Manor (70922) is by far the most visually creative and technically sophisticated TLBM set that LEGO master designers ever came up with it. It is so unique in itself – with all its crazy fun color scheme and inclusion of new elements, that even its Designer Video comes to us in a quite unorthodox way. Featuring interviews with the set’s top-notch designers Marcos Bessa (LEGO Senior Designer) and Paul-Constantin Turcanu (LEGO Senior Graphic Designer), this latest LEGO Designer Video pays tribute to The Joker Manor in a rather maverick way.

Other than highlighting the cool features of The Joker Manor, we get to hear a little bit of a backstory on the career of Marcos Bessa and how he started in LEGO 7 years ago, and as he eventually become one of the company’s Senior Designers. It is inspiring to listen to Bessa’s story and how he was able to realize his passion for the brick. If you haven’t see it yet, here’s the video once again.

The LEGO Batman Movie The Joker Manor (70922) is the largest set added to the roster of TLBM sets, coming in at 3,444 pieces and retailing for $269.99. It also boasts of 10 unique minifigures, most of it you can only find in this mammoth rendition of the vandalized Wayne Manor. Considered by fans as one of the many highlights of this set, the Joker Manor also comes with a functional roller coaster that goes around the build itself.

As of the moment, The Joker Manor (70922) is only on backorders at shop.LEGO.com to be received by December 11, and is currently not available via Amazon or any other online toy stores. If you haven’t purchased your own set, and you’re willing to wait until then, then better place your order ASAP because you don’t know if this set will also have the same fate like that of the LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) and the even more close-to-impossible to find, LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192).

Have you purchased The Joker Manor lately? Share us what you think in the comments section below.

 

Cyber Monday Deals At Wildcard Toys That You Don’t Want To Miss!

Cyber Monday is here, and Wildcard Toys still has some LEGO, Funko Pop! and Dorbz goodies left for us to enjoy. Coming in hot from their Black Friday deals, check out what they have to offer starting this Sunday, November 26 @ 11:59PM EST.

 

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Now at 40% Off – this is by far the best offer that we have from Wildcard Toys so be sure not to miss out on it.

 

LEGO Star Wars BB-8 Minifigure and other Select LEGO CMFs for $2.99 only – if you missed out on having BB-8 last Friday, then this is your last chance to have him in his LEGO minifigure form at the lowest price of $ 2.99 only, together with other selected LEGO Collectible Minifigs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The LEGO Dimensions Simpson Level Pack (71202) is still available at $4.99!

 

Funko Pop! Sets Now at 40% Off! – Funko Pop! collectors rejoice! You’ll be happy to know that Wildcard Toys has further lowered their line-up of excellent vinyl bobbleheads, slashing off prices as much as 40% as compared to last Friday’s 35% discount. Be sure to head over to their Funko Pop! section and check out their lowest priced offerings.

 

Rare LEGO Star Wars A-Wing Pilot Polybag (5004408) @ $3.99; PLUS Five Random LEGO Star wars Droid Minifigs @ $2.99! – If you missed out on the rare LEGO Star Wars A-Wing pilot promotional figure from Star Wars Rebels TV series, then this is your chance to add this to your collection of coolest LEGO Star Wars minifigs. For only $3.99, you can bring home this sealed polybag which is currently unavailable in other stores.

As an added treat and to complement you’re rare A-Wing pilot, Wildcard Toys is also throwing in another great bargain. For just $2.99, you’ll get to bring home 5 – yes five – random LEGO Star Wars droid minifigures. These are all placed in random blind bags so you’ll know what great finds you’ll going to get.

Check out Wildcard Toys’ promotional flyer below for other awesome Cyber Monday deals including those from Dorbz, Monster Machines Die-Cast cars, and Suicide Squad action figures. For more details, be sure to head over at Wildcard Toys’ website.

The LEGO Batman Movie The Joker Manor (70922) Now Up at shop.LEGO.com!

We’re just counting the minutes away before LEGO opens its Brick Friday doors to its eagerly waiting fans, and one set that we have our eyes on is the technically crazy, eye candy of a set, the LEGO Batman Movie The Joker Manor (70922). First revealed last September, LEGO impressed TLBM fans with Joker’s wacky rendition of the Wayne Mansion, especially with the inclusion of a functional roller coaster ride. The best part of it, The Joker Manor does not come with any VIP early access privilege so when the clock strikes at 11:59PM EST on November 23, you should be ready with that keyboard.

So far, The Joker Manor has received plenty of positive reviews already, with many AFOLs even tinkering with the set’s train or railing system by including power functions to make the roller coaster move on its own. The Brothers Brick has ingeniously found a way on how to do this, and you can check it out right here.

Image courtesy of The Brothers Brick.

Lastly, LEGO is throwing in another freebie to add to your TLBM collection. The rare LEGO Batman Movie Disco Batman and Tears of Batman (30607) minifigure polybag comes as a free item if you purchase The Joker Manor from November 24 until December 31, or until supplies last (which I sincerely believe will be out in a matter of hours).

As of this posting, and if you’re doing your LEGO shopping online, you still have around 15-20 minutes to get ready for Brick Friday at shop.LEGO.com. Be sure to drop us a note later on, and share with us your LEGO Brick Friday experience in the comments below. Happy shopping!

Check Out These Awesome Black Friday Deals From Wildcard Toys.

Black Friday is almost upon us, and in a few hours, the frenzied crowd of people will be rushing off into the streets to mark the beginning of the shopping season. So before you go outside for a shopping spree, you might be interested to know that Wildcard Toys will be offering a host of Black Friday deals that might interest you.

For a limited time only starting today at 7PM EST, you’ll find the following LEGO deals up online at Wildcard Toys:

LEGO Collectible Minifigures at 35% Off.

 

LEGO Star Wars BB-8 Minifigure and other Select LEGO CMFs for $2.99 only.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEGO Dimensions Simpson Level Pack (71202) at $4.99.

 

Bulk Bags of Assorted LEGO Pieces for $7.99

For Funko Pop! collectors, you’ll might be glad to know that Wildcard Toys has an impressive stash of bobbleheads that are for sale for as low as 35% off. They also offer these select Pop! figures and so much more for only $4.99, including Barnes and Nobles exclusives such as Cat in the Hat, Big Bird, Belle, and Invisible Frodo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is still a lot more in store at Wildcard Toys, so be sure to check out their website while supplies last. Here’s a look at their promotional flyer for the rest of their Black Friday deals.

We’ll keep you posted during the weekend for their next wave of discounts for their Cyber Monday deals.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

More 2018 LEGO Technic Sets Revealed!

After the reveal of the first wave of LEGO Technic sets for 2018, it seems that LEGO still has plenty of sets hidden under its sleeve. Dutch toy store BrickFever has uploaded official images of four additional LEGO Technic sets slated for next year. The best one in my opinion is the faithful representation of the behemoth of the Mack Anthem (42078). From  a distance, it’s kind of hard not to think of it as an actual truck. Check out the rest of these images.

First Responder (72075); List Price: €35.99

 

 

 

Hovercraft (72076); List Price: €62.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rally Car (42077); List Price: €89.99

 

 

 

Mack Anthem (42078); List Price: €142.99

 

 

 

 

Thanks to HothBricks for the heads up.

Are We To See 2018’s LEGO Creator Expert Diner (10260) Set Anytime Soon?

This month of November saw the reveal of a handful of 2018 LEGO sets: from the latest Nexo Knights, LEGO Batman Movie, and just recently the Justice League BrickHeadz. Furthermore, since the re-release of the UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) and LEGO Creator Expert Taj Mahal (10256), LEGO fans have been wondering, are we to expect a trend of re-releases among LEGO’s larger sets? Brickset has written an excellent piece of commentary on the topic that shows us how LEGO designed set re-releases in the past and how it can be the direction LEGO is planning to take today with regards to future sets.

Now that most of the major LEGO themes were already represented during these waves of reveals, people are asking, what will be the next LEGO Creator Expert Modular set? For the record, LEGO Creator modular fans are actively discussing in various forums, sharing their best guesses on what could this be, and this time the guessing game might finally be over. Other than the fact that Brickset has recently updated their database to include a LEGO Creator Expert Diner (10260), a social media user on Chinese social media platform, Weixin, posted an image of a flyer that features what seems to be next year’s modular building. Additionally, Hungarian toy shop Kockashop also listed the said modular set, but oddly enough, seems to have a different set number: 10261-Confidential – Expert 2 2018. The set is also offered at a retail price of 99,990 Forint or roughly $379.

The said post from Weixin also suggests that the said modular will fit nicely together with the Assembly Square (10255), and in a similar vein together with the Parisian Restaurant (10243) and the first ever modular, the very rare and uber expensive Café Corner (10182). As it seems, and if this is confirmed by LEGO any time soon, the LEGO Creator Expert Diner modular is not exactly a re-release but offers an alternative dining place as compared to the Parisian. I like the idea of an alternative dining area, but the modular line has been long criticized for not including any key town places such as a school, police station or perhaps an arcade/gaming area.

We will watch this closely during the next few days, where LEGO is expected to give an official announcement. What is your take on this brick fans? Do you think LEGO Creator Expert Diner will be a hit?