LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313) Officially Launched!

After the teaser that LEGO shared via social media a few days ago, the veil is now officially lifted for the next LEGO community inspired set – the LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313) by Jake Sadovich. This set, along with the still yet to be revealed Voltron – Defender of the Universe, was successfully considered to be the next fan-inspired set during the LEGO Ideas Third 2016 Review Stage.

The LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313) will be available in-store and online at all LEGO brand stores near you and at shop.LEGO.com beginning February 1, 2018 and will retail for $69.99. Here’s the official word from LEGO together with a bunch of pretty crisp images.

LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313)

Available: February 1, 2018.
Ages 12+.  962 pieces.
US $69.99 | CA $89.99

Build and display a classic LEGO® Ideas Ship in a Bottle, featuring a highly detailed ship with the captain’s quarters, cannons, masts, crow’s nest, flag and printed sail elements. Place the ship inside the LEGO brick-built bottle with a buildable cork, wax seal element and water-style elements inside, then showcase it on the display stand featuring the ship’s ‘Leviathan’ nameplate, globe elements and a built-in ‘compass’ (non-functioning) with compass rose and spinning needle. This wonderfully nostalgic construction toy also includes a booklet about the set’s fan creator and LEGO designers.

  • This building set for kids and adults features a LEGO® brick-built bottle, ship and a display stand.
  • Bottle features a detailed, buildable cork with new-for-February 2018 wax-seal-style element and over 280 translucent-blue, water-style elements inside.
  • Ship features a raised deck at the stern, captain’s quarters, 6 cannons, 3 masts, a crow’s nest and assorted elements, including printed sails and the ship’s flag.
  • Display stand features the ship’s ‘Leviathan’ nameplate, a built-in ‘compass’ (non-functioning) with detailed compass rose and spinning needle, 2 globe elements and gold-colored detailing.
  • Includes a booklet with building instructions, plus information about the set’s fan creator and LEGO®
  • LEGO® Ideas Ship in a bottle on display stand measures over 3″ (10cm) high, 12” (31cm) wide and 3” (10cm) deep.
  • Ship measures over 3″ (8cm) high, 5” (14cm) long and 1” (5cm) wide.



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LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi DJ Minifigure (40298) Is Now Available at Toys R Us.

Last week, we reported that the next LEGO Star Wars minifigure freebie will be available as a Toys R Us promotional in the US. Based on Benicio Del Toro’s code breaker character in The Last Jedi, the LEGO Star Wars DJ minifigure (40298) is now currently available at all Toys R Us stores in the US as free collectible minifigure that comes with qualifying purchases of any LEGO Star Wars sets worth $30 and above.

Valued at $5.99, the said promotional is available only in-store, which means the LEGO Star Wars DJ minifigure will not appear in your cart upon checkout if you will opt to do your purchase online. The promotional will also have a limited run starting today, January 9, until this Sunday January 13 or until supplies last.

So if you want to add the rogue hacker to your collection of LEGO Star Wars minifigs alongside R3-M2 (40268) and Scarif Stormtrooper (40176) from the previous years, then you better hurry to your nearest Toys R Us store. Thanks to The Brick Fan for the tip.

LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313) Teaser Reveals First Official Image.

LEGO has released its first ‘official’ (aka non-leaked) image of the next LEGO Ideas set slated to be released this January. Released via its social media channels, this fan designed LEGO set from Jacob Sadovich features his original Ship in a Bottle, Flagship Leviathan, which was successfully considered to be an official LEGO Ideas set during the LEGO Ideas Third 2016 Review Stage.

As I mentioned in my previous post, there was a leaked image of 21313 that made its rounds over LEGO fan forums and Instagram which allowed us a first look at the set. I love how the designers recreated the bottle’s overall, streamlined appearance. Its base was thoughtfully recreated as well, and attention to detail was evident on how the cork was made using reddish brown and gold LEGO pieces. However, I expect that the ship’s design will be more faithful to Jacob’s original creation which is more realistic and aesthetically impressive.

The LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313) is expected to be released anytime soon this January, so more official images will be out anytime soon.

First Details from 2018 February LEGO Store Calendar Revealed.

It’s never been too early to plan for tomorrow, or the next month. Just as LEGO kicked off their 2018 Store Calendar last December of the recently-concluded year of 2017, so now in January of 2018 their schedule of LEGO store activities for February has just been put up online.

The Brick Fan has gotten the first images of the February page for the 2018 LEGO Store Calendar, and given us this rundown of what to expect in terms of special promos and seasonal treats. Some of the listed freebies and events also carry over from their beginnings last January.

  • January 19 – February 13: LEGO City Mining Play Event, still ongoing at LEGO Stores until the day before Valentine’s.

  • January 28 – February 14: Free 60 Years of the LEGO Brick (40290) with a purchase of $125 or more. The giveaway ends this month, or while supplies still last.

  • February 6 – 7: LEGO VIP Monthly Mini Model Build – Car and Gas Pump, available to LEGO VIP members.
  • February 14: Free LEGO Friends Sunflower with a product purchase of $20 or more. Like the 60 Years of the LEGO Brick (40290), this is only for while supplies last.
  • February 14 – March 4: Our next LEGO City Event at LEGO Stores, the Mountain Police Building.

  • February 15: For grownup LEGO enthusiasts, there’s an Adults-Only Valentine Themed Building Night at LEGO Stores on this date. All interested participants need to register for the event.
  • February 16 – 28: Celebrate the Chinese Zodiac’s Year of the Earth Dog LEGO-style by getting a free LEGO Seasonal Year of the Dog (40235) with a purchase of $88 or more. This too has limited supplies so act fast. However, you may also opt to build one of your own since the building instructions for this set has already been released.

  • February 17 & 24: LEGO Life Meeting

LEGO will follow up their image uploads of the February 2018 Store Calendar with a PDF version soon. We will bring you any additional details about this update as soon as it’s made available.

New LEGO Batman Movie The Mini Ultimate Batmobile (30526) Polybag Spotted!

This one came out of nowhere, really. Just when you think that LEGO is now getting ready to put TLBM sets inside the vault, now comes a new polybag that I strongly feel will be highly sought after. Just before New Year’s Day, Hoth Bricks managed to acquire an image of the latest TLBM polybag that will be released anytime soon.

The LEGO Batman Movie The Mini Ultimate Batmobile (30526) polybag, as the name suggests, is a smaller replica of the larger Ultimate Batmobile (70917) set released last year.  The cool thing about this polybag version is that it managed to replicate not just the Ultimate Batmobile itself, but also three out of four vehicles that made it up: the Batmobile itself, Bat-Tank, and Bat-Wing. Unfortunately, there is no provision for the Bat-Cycle.

Another difference with this polybag version as compared to its larger sibling is that it only allows you to make each of the vehicle at a time, unlike the larger set which divides into four separate vehicles including the Bat-Cycle. This is somehow expected from a polybag at this scale since it is only slightly larger from The Mini Batmobile (30521) polybag.

What I also find particularly interesting is the use of the striking red rims (Front Wheel Casing 3x4x1 2/3 #8 6186110) on this build which can only be found in Lightning McQueen as is seen in the latest LEGO Juniors Cars 3 sets. There is no word yet on when and where this latest TLBM polybag will be released, but I’m sure it will be a popular hit among TLBM fans.

A hat tip once more to Hoth Bricks for sharing this info.

 

LEGO Creator Downtown Diner (10260) and 120+ New 2018 Sets Now Available at shop.LEGO.com!

Our next modular building – the LEGO Creator Downtown Diner (10260) – together with more than 120 news sets are now available at LEGO shop@Home. For those of you who are patiently waiting for the Diner to go live both online and in LEGO brand stores since it was announced last November, then your patience has definitely been rewarded.

Consisting of 2,480 pieces, the LEGO Creator Downtown Diner (10260) is the 13th advanced modular building set that comes in the series since 2007. It features a 1950s diner with a pink and teal ‘Streamline Moderne’ styling, together with a gym, recording studio and a pink convertible car. It has six minifigures and retails exclusively at all LEGO stores and at shop.LEGO.com for $169.99. Now that leaves us with only a hotel which is still yet to be included in the modular series. Is set designer Mike Psiaki hinting at what’s next as he drops the question in the Downtown Diner Designer Video? That is really something to look forward to.

Other notable 2018 sets that you might be interested to look at is the latest series of LEGO Star Wars and DC BrickHeadz including Rey (41602) and Kylo Ren (41603), Flash (41598), Wonder Woman (41599), Aquaman (41600) and Cyborg (41601). Each of this collectible retails for $9.99 each, and are part of the first wave of LEGO BrickHeadz for 2018, with a second wave to be released sometime in April.

Also probably included in your list of must-haves is the LEGO Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures Series 2, mostly highlighting some of the DC superheroes and baddies in the film. Each blind bag retails for $3.99, and I’m hoping to land on my personal favorites – Tropical Joker and Swimming Pool Batman.

Another one that you might be interested in is the LEGO City Mining Experts Site (60188) set which comes in at 883 pieces and featuring the latest train track element first used in the LEGO Batman Movie Joker Manor (70922). The Mining Experts Site (60188) retails for $99.99 and comes with 6 minifigures and a new bear element. This and the rest of the 2018 LEGO City Mining sets are now available across all LEGO stores and online.

Finally, LEGO Technic fans will be glad to hear that the exquisitely beautiful Mack Anthem (42078) is now up and listed at shop.LEGO.com. Retailing at $179.99, this huge 2-in-1 set comes in at 2,595 pieces, and also features a unique Mack bulldog hood ornament for that detailed replica of the iconic Mack LR garbage truck.

 

These and a lot more are now available at all LEGO stores, so be sure to drop by your nearest LEGO store and see what you can find, especially if you still have some holiday cash to spend. I know Brian is looking forward to building his LEGO Downtown Diner so perhaps a review is in the works. Stay tuned!

 

Summer 2018 LEGO Ninjago Set Details Revealed.

Ok, I promise to be a bit moderate with these reveals (aka leaks) for now. After the reveal of the LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313), the 2018 Summer LEGO Technic sets, and the uber cool LEGO Creator Roller Coaster (31084), here comes another collection of LEGO sets to watch out for in June, 2018. Frankly, this has been floating around the Internet for quite some time and thanks to various sources, we now have a somewhat better idea of what to expect from the Summer LEGO Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu sets next year. Please pardon me for the deliberately horrendous blurred images; but if you’re already in the know, then I’m sure you wouldn’t mind seeing them like this.

Similar to the spinners which are essentially part of the LEGO Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu theme, LEGO opted to have a rehash of these spinners and give them a dragon master twist. The box art for set numbers 70644 to 70649 seems to suggest that these spinners will somehow include a vertical flying play feature which is kind of cool for a LEGO set. Please take this with a pinch of salt since this is just my observation based on my initial impression on the design of the box art and in keeping up with the dragon storyline with LEGO Ninjago’s Season 9.

It is also interesting to note that the grayed out box for set 70657 is rumored to be another D2C LEGO Ninjago Movie set similar in scale to the grandiose LEGO Ninjago City (70620). Again, these are just speculations given set 70657’s predicted price point, however, things might be different once LEGO gives their official statement. Lastly, bear in mind that these are preliminary titles so chances are LEGO might revise the names of these sets as they see it fit.

Master of the Golden Dragon (70644) – Expected retail price: $14.99


Cole Master of Dragons (70645) – Expected retail price: $14.99


Jay Master of Dragons (70646) – Expected retail price: $14.99


Kai Master of Dragons (70647) – Expected retail price: $14.99


Zane Master of Dragons (70648) – Expected retail price: $14.99


Nya Master of Dragons (70649) – Expected retail price: $14.99

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Pursuit in the Air (70650) – Expected retail price: $39.99


Confrontation in the Throne Room (70651) – Expected retail price: $39.99


Stormbringer Dragon (70652) – Expected retail price: $59.99


Firstborn Dragon (70653) – Expected retail price: $84.99


Dieselnaut Combat Vehicle (70654) – Expected retail price: $119.99


The Dragon’s Den (70655) – Expected retail price: $139.99


The Docks of Ninjago City (70657) – Expected retail price: $299.99 

Official Images of 2018 LEGO Polybags Surfaced.

MPBricks (aka mariopower.56 over at Instagram) have released what seem to be official images of upcoming 2018 LEGO polybags set to be released in January. We reported about these polybags last November, though the images we gathered were very much downgraded; but we now have these crisp images that gives us a clearer idea on what to expect from these polybags. Some these were also officially revealed a few days ago like the LEGO City Hot Dog Stand (30356) which is currently offered as a gift with purchase at LEGO Stores in the UK, and the upcoming LEGO City Dragster (30358) which is the January Store LEGO promotional in the US.

Check out the rest of these polybag and set images.

LEGO Creator Yellow Flyer (30540)

LEGO Creator Cute Pug (30542)

LEGO Star Wars Kylo Ren’s Shuttle (30380)

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Black Panther Royal Talon Fighter (30450)

LEGO Robot and Vehicle Free Builds (30499)

LEGO City Dragster (30358)

LEGO City Road Worker (30357)

LEGO Disney Ariel’s Underwater Symphony (30552)

Other than the Hot Dog Stand and Dragster, we don’t have information yet on which of the rest of these polybags will be offered either for sale or as a similar promotional item. However, what we can be sure is that we will be seeing these anytime soon at any LEGO stores at shop.LEGO.com.

New 2018 LEGOLAND Pirate Photo Frame (40389) Revealed + A Better Look at the LEGOLAND Micro Castle (40306).

It looks like we have another brick-built picture frame to display that Throwback Thursday photo. Thanks to mc_survival_man, this first image of the LEGOLAND Pirate Frame (40389) has surfaced, and it looks like this piece of memento is exclusively available only at LEGOLAND Florida. Coming in at 171 pieces, the set retails for $14.99 and has a pirate themed, buildable figure included.

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New LEGOLAND photo frame!

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The LEGO Photo Frame has been regularly released and re-released throughout the years as a LEGOLAND exclusive since 2002. I love the inclusion of the buildable pirate, but I feel that adding a pirate minifigure, plus some thoughtful redesigning by including certain sea creatures and other elements will be way better, similar to the LEGOLAND Picture Frame – Florida Edition (40081) released in 2013. Another good example of a properly designed frame is the Classic Picture Frame (850702) also released in 2013.

Another nice image that was shared by mc_survival_man via Instagram is the LEGOLAND Micro Castle (40306), which we reported a week ago. The previous photo that we posted is seriously blurry, and thankfully this box art shot gives us a better look at how the Castle-themed set is designed, as it is patterned after the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel in the UK.

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Some of the new items

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Similarly, this set also comes as a LEGOLAND Store exclusive, consisting of 220 pieces, and retails for $19.99.  The build itself may not be that impressive to some, but being a fan of small replicas built in LEGO, I wouldn’t mind picking up this micro-scaled rendition of the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel if given the opportunity. The only point for improvement that I have about this build is the fact that everything rests on the inclusion of that dragon head to give this set its identity. I mean, remove it and you probably have no idea what it is. Perhaps LEGO could have thrown in a printed tile, or just even a sticker, that specifically labels it as the LEGOLAND Castle, in a similar vein as that of LEGO Architecture sets.

 

So if you’re anywhere near LEGOLAND Florida and wish to add these sets to your LEGO collection, then you may want to opt to visit the LEGO Store in the area. Thanks again to mc_survival_man for sharing these images.

These Are the Custom LEGO Star Wars Character Busts You’re Looking For

Master Builders Tyler and Sean are back with another series of LEGO MOCs inspired by the recent release of Star Wars The Last Jedi. These LEGO Star Wars character busts are based on a stylized, cartoony version of Luke Skywalker (based on old man Luke from TLJ), Yoda, Darth Maul, and a First Order Stormtrooper. I simply couldn’t overemphasize the degree of complexity and advanced building techniques that went through the creation of these character busts. As Tyler noted, these custom LEGO Star Wars Character Busts may look simple on the outside, but the building magic really happens on the inside.

Particularly, I like the way how Luke’s gray hair was conveyed using light and dark gray slope pieces. The way Yoda’s eyes were recreated and the angle of his eyebrows gives this Jedi Master character bust a certain degree of personality. Additionally, the use of lime green color for Yoda was really spot on.

Darth Maul is really in a class of his own. As my favorite Sith Lord from the Star Wars prequels, I certainly won’t mind giving him some space in my LEGO Star Wars collection. The red and black color scheme really fits his character, not to mention Tyler and Sean’s excellent use of those white tooth pieces to replicate his iconic horns. This is one Sith character bust that you definitely don’t want to mess with.

custom LEGO Star Wars Character Busts

Finally, we have what I feel is the epitome of Tyler and Sean’s brick-building skills. This LEGO Star Wars MOC First Order Stormtrooper bust clearly showcases the depth of their building skills. The helmet design, and the way the LEGO pieces are aligned in such a way to give the bust a smooth, and sleek appearance is really awesome. Admittedly, this is the toughest model that Sean and Tyler ever made in this series.

custom LEGO Star Wars Character Busts

If you wish to have these LEGO Star Wars Character Busts added to your collection, then you’ll be glad to know that Build Better Bricks is running a promo where you can get all the four building instructions to create these character busts for a discounted price of $15. You still have the option of purchasing each individual set of instructions per character bust for just $5, but at 25% discount to get all four, that is one nice bargain you don’t want to miss.

To know more about these latest custom LEGO Star Wars Character Busts, check out Tyler and Sean’s reviews over at our YouTube channel, or head over at Build Better Bricks to view the rest of their cool creations.

Do you have a particular Star Wars character bust that you want to be rendered in LEGO bricks? Let us know in the comments below, or head over at Build Better Bricks’ official Facebook page and drop us a post.