The LEGO Ideas Voltron (21311) Set Officially Revealed

Our long wait is finally over! LEGO has pulled the veil from one of its closely guarded secrets, and one that I followed very closely since the time that it was submitted as an early LEGO Ideas project. For the first time ever, we now have our first look at the biggest, buildable LEGO mech ever: the LEGO Ideas Voltron (21311) set. Designed by LEGO AFOL extraordinaire, Lendy Tayag from the Philippines, the LEGO Ideas Voltron is inspired by the original 1980s animated Voltron TV series, and the modern DreamWorks Voltron: Legendary Defender series. When completely assembled, this iconic brick-built mech stands at a staggering 15 inches tall and 8 inches wide.

As an added treat to AFOLs and fans of the animated series, LEGO has announced that a limited number of sets will be available for purchase during next month’s San Diego Comic Con. The 2,321-piece set will retail for $179.99 and will be available to the general public on August 1, with early VIP access beginning July 23, 2018.

I have so much to say about the LEGO Ideas Voltron (21311) set since I am a fan of Voltron, and of course, of Lendy himself. I had the privilege of meeting him for the first time during the Philippines biggest LEGO fan convention sponsored by the Philippine LEGO Users Group (PhLUG), and it was one unforgettable experience. I’ll share more about this convention on my next write up, but for now let us enjoy these crisp, clear images followed by the set’s official product description. This is one set that I will not miss.

21311 – LEGO® Ideas Voltron

2,321 pieces | Ages 16+

Price: $179.99

Available August 1, 2018.

**Limited quantities will be available for purchase first for attendees at San Diego’s Comic-Con (7/17-22)

Let’s go Voltron force in LEGO® style!

It’s time to defend the universe so get ready to form LEGO® Ideas 21311 Voltron, the biggest buildable LEGO mech ever! This awesome set features buildable and highly posable black, blue, yellow, red and green lions with specially designed, extra-strong joints to combine them all and create the Voltron super robot, plus a huge sword and shield that attach firmly to Voltron’s hands. Ideal for display or to recreate thrilling action from the original 1980s animated Voltron TV series and the modern DreamWorks Voltron: Legendary Defender series.

  • Features 5 buildable and posable lions that can be transformed and combined to create the giant Voltron super robot.
  • Play with the lions individually or combine them using extra-strong joints to form Voltron—the black lion forms the head and torso; the red and green lions form the arms; and the yellow and blue lions form the legs.
  • Pose the head, shoulders, arms and wrists of Voltron (legs are not posable).
  • Also includes a sword and shield (each with silver-colored elements) that attach firmly to Voltron’s hands.
  • Includes a booklet with building instructions, plus information about the set’s fan creator and super force of LEGO® designers.
  • This set includes over 2,321 pieces.
  • Display or play out exciting stories from the original 1980s animated Voltron TV series and the modern DreamWorks Voltron: Legendary Defender series.
  • Voltron measures over 15” (40cm) high, 5” (14cm) long and 8” (21cm) wide.
  • Black lion measures over 6” (17cm) high, 8” (22cm) long and 5” (15cm) wide.
  • Yellow and blue lions each measure over 3” (8cm) high, 8” (21cm) long and 3” (8cm) wide.
  • Green and red lions each measure over 3” (8cm) high, 7” (18cm) long and 1” (5cm) wide.
  • Voltron’s sword measures 11” (29cm) long.
  • Voltron’s shield measures 6” (16cm) in diameter.

 

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman Mech VS. Poison Ivy Mech (76117) Revealed

Earlier today, LEGO has announced a new DC Comics-inspired set which will debut at San Diego Comic Con slated for next month. It has been part of LEGO’s tradition to reveal a superhero-inspired set during the yearly SDCC, and the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman Mech VS. Poison Ivy Mech (76117) is our first set to premiere exclusively at the famed comic book convention. However, be aware that this particular LEGO set 76117 and SDCC exclusive, will only be available for purchase after six months, and will retail for $39.99 coming in at 375 pieces.

The LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman Mech vs. Poison Ivy Mech (76117) features two battle mech builds that speaks well of the characters that pilot them. The Batman Mech comes in as minifigure scaled build, equipped with an array of armaments typical from the Dark Knight. The Poison Ivy Mech comes in as a smaller build with posable branch arms equipped with stud shooters. The set also includes four minifigures: Batman, Poison Ivy, The Flash and a new Firefly minifig. Though the other 3 LEGO DC Comics minifigures were already included in past LEGO sets, it is interesting to note that they all come with variations for this newer one. Perhaps the most noticeable is the new minifigure of The Flash which now comes with dual-molded legs.

 

 

Here are the rest of the details for the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman Mech vs. Poison Ivy Mech (76117).  We also expect that LEGO will also reveal another Marvel-themed set which will be exhibited during the SDCC so stay tuned.

76117 – Batman™ Mech vs. Poison Ivy™ Mech

Launching January 1, 2019
Piece count 375
Price $39.99
Age 7+

  • Includes 4 minifigures: Batman™, Poison Ivy™, The Flash™ and Firefly .
  • Batman™ Mech features an opening minifigure cockpit, posable arms and legs, gripping hands to grab a minifigure, dual stud shooter, spinning saw blade and a retractable net shooter
  • Poison Ivy™ Mech features a minifigure cockpit, stud shooter, posable branch ‘arms’, gripping poison ivy leaf ‘hand’ to grab a minifigure and collapse function.
  • Knock over the Poison Ivy™ Mech with the saw blade.
  • Includes 10 assorted new-for-December-2018 translucent-orange Power Burst elements to customize your builds, minifigures and tools.

Official Images and Description of the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes App-Controlled Batmobile (76112) Now Up

LEGO Shop@Home has now updated its listing to include its newest Bluetooth powered set. The LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes App-Controlled Batmobile (76112) is now up at shop.LEGO.com and will retail for $99.99. Other than the exclusive Batman minifigure, the main takeway for this set is LEGO’s new Bluetooth hub and motors that are part the LEGO Powered Up line. The build itself can be controlled by the LEGO Powered Up app that can be downloaded and installed in any compatible Android and Apple mobile devices. It is expected that LEGO will soon incorporate this technology in more LEGO sets, with the Bluetooth hub and motors offering a more versatile play experience.

Though I am excited to see the many potential behind a motorized LEGO set, I feel that there is still room for improvement in designing this particular rendition of the Batmobile. I prefer my batride to be sleeker and a bit low, rather than being too bulky like this one. In any case, this is something that any true-blue LEGO fan can remedy. Here’s the rest of the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes App-Controlled Batmobile (76112) official images, including its corresponding product description.

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes App-Controlled Batmobile (76112)

321 pieces; $99.99

Drive the App-Controlled Batmobile with the Dark Knight!

Speed to Gotham City crime scenes with the motorized LEGO® DC Super Heroes 76112 App-Controlled Batmobile. This cool vehicle features 2 motors powered by a Bluetooth-controlled battery hub, an opening minifigure cockpit, 4-wheel drive and 2 dual stud shooters. Simply download the app to control the vehicle from your smartphone or tablet. This set also includes a new-for-August-2018 Batman™ minifigure.

  • Includes a new-for-August-2018 Batman™ minifigure.
  • This motorized Batmobile toy features 2 motors powered by a Bluetooth-controlled battery hub, an opening minifigure cockpit, 4-wheel drive and 2 dual stud shooters.
  • Includes 11 new-for-August-2018 Bat weapons and elements to customize your build and minifigure.
  • Press down on the roof to turn it on and off.
  • Control the Batmobile via the app on your smartphone or tablet.
  • Download the app from the App Store and Google Play. Ask your parents’ permission before going online.
  • This product requires batteries (not included). Please refer to the product packaging for type and quantity.
  • Designed for indoor use only.
  • Batmobile measures over 3” (9cm) high, 7” (19cm) long and 5” (13cm) wide.

Another LEGO SDCC 2018 Exclusive: Aquaman and Storm (75996)

Following yesterday’s reveal of LEGO’s SDCC 2018 exclusive, Millennium Falcon Cockpit (75512), we now have a second San Diego Comic Con exclusive LEGO set that pays tribute to DC’s Aquaman. This version of the hailed King of Atlantis and Justice League member is based on the classic comic book character which sees him riding together with his faithful seahorse companion, Storm. The LEGO DC Superheroes Aquaman and Storm (75996) comes in 197 pieces that features 4 smaller builds, and an Aquaman minifigure. Same as yesterday’s reveal, this particular set does not contain any special parts or printed pieces. You may even try to build one on your own just by ordering the parts needed over at Bricklink. Furthermore, the Aquaman minifigure is the same as that found on earlier sets like 2013’s Arctic Batman vs Mr. Freeze: Aquaman on Ice (76000), except for the different choice of hairpiece. What convention attendees may find attractive though, is its uniquely designed box packaging which comes with an old-school, classic VHS-type look.

However, between the Millennium Falcon Cockpit and the Aquaman and Storm (75596) set, I find the latter more attractive. I like the inclusion of the animal-type pieces and Storm’s build is pretty spot on. Again, we have to wait for the details of how convention attendees can get their hands on this next exclusive. Most likely, purchasing this set will be based on a lottery system so as to discourage scalpers to have the better hand.

 

LEGO Star Wars SDCC 2018 Exclusive: The Millennium Falcon Cockpit (75512)

LEGO has finally lifted the lid off its much awaited San Diego Comic Con 2018 exclusive. Announced via LEGO’s Facebook page, the LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon Cockpit (75512) comes in at 203 pieces and features a cut-out portion of the Falcon’s cockpit, with the minifigure versions of Han Solo and Chewbacca on board.

From the looks of it, it seems that this year’s LEGO SDCC exclusive does not contain any notable printed parts – the cockpit itself is relatively easy to build using any existing parts that you may have, or you may easily order them via Bricklink. Even the Han and Chewie minifigs are not that all exclusive to this set since they are exact same copies of the ones found in the Kessel Run Millennium Falcon (75212). However, what collectors will probably watch out for is the uniquely designed VHS-styled packaging of the set.

It is not clear yet if the Millennium Falcon Cockpit (75512) will be available as a special purchase or via lottery, like what LEGO previously does with its exclusive minifigures. We are also still on the lookout on the new sets that LEGO will opt to reveal anytime soon such as the long overdue LEGO Ideas Voltron (21311) which was earlier reported to be released in South Korea in August.

Stay tuned!

LEGO Test-Runs Its First Customized Minifigure Printing Service

After the success of its first LEGO Mosaic Maker, especially after arriving in the US, it seem that LEGO is once again pushing the boundaries of creative customization. The LEGO Store in Copenhagen, Denmark has just unveiled the company’s very first LEGO Minifigure Factory that allows users to have custom printed minifigs right out of the store. This months-long project was the brainchild of inventor and designer Jens Hjorth who finally shared this exciting milestone on his Facebook account.

The LEGO Minifigure Factory is still in its trial stages and is expected to be available in Copenhagen’s LEGO Store only for a test-run beginning today until tomorrow. The custom minifig printing machine allows users to choose and add predetermined prints on a white minifigure torso. As of the moment, the selections are limited since full-customization may be a bit tricky due to copyright issues that may ensue. However, the potential for such an in-store service is very exciting, and allow users to add some text and basic, simple designs of their own.

The machine itself is user friendly, and quite efficient allowing a good number of minifigs to be printed at any given time. LEGO has not released any official word or statement about the Minifigure Factory, and we still have to see if this service will be available in the US. For now, the price point for each custom printed minifigure is around $5 considering the current conversion rate. I just hope that similar to the LEGO Mosaic Maker, LEGO fans around the world will eventually have their try on the LEGO Minifigure Factory. With is relatively low price point and cool customizations, I’m pretty sure that the Minifigure Factory will be a hit to all LEGO fans as well.

Thanks again to Jens Hjorth for sharing this piece of great news.

 

2018’s Exclusive LEGO Inside Tour Ferguson Tractor (4000025) Revealed

This year’s LEGO Inside Tour has already concluded its first three runs, with two more slated on September 12 to 14, and 19 to 21. The LEGO Inside Tour is an annual event that provides participating fans with a unique look at the inner workings of the LEGO group, and how a LEGO set is made – from its design, production and distribution, until it reaches store shelves.

To make each LEGO Inside Tour truly memorable, it has been customary for LEGO to giveaway an exclusive LEGO Inside Tour set for every registered participant. These sets are considered ultra rare in a sense that each one of them is specifically numbered – there are only around 80 to 100 box sets released in circulation every year for each particular set. Now that the embargo has been lifted on the reveal of these sets (for the benefit of those registered participants who are still slated to join), we can now take a look at this year’s exclusive LEGO Inside Tour The Ferguson Tractor (4000025) set. Check out the images below, courtesy of Zusammengebaut.

The Ferguson Tractor (4000025) set is based on one of the iconic wooden toys that LEGO made during its early years as a toy company, alongside its wooden duck, boat, vehicles and other artifacts. It even earned a spot on the Tree of Creativity inside the LEGO House, forever setting it as one of toys that the LEGO Group is built upon.

In terms of its role and legacy in the life of LEGO as a company, I say that having a brick-built version of the Ferguson Tractor is a pretty good choice of a set. However, in terms of build and design, and coming in at 450 elements, mostly made up of gray colors, I somehow feel that the set’s design could have been better. Last year’s Tree of Creativity (4000024) were packaged in at 1,008 pieces, while 2016’s LEGO Inside Tour set, the LEGO Truck Show (4000022), were offered at 816 pieces.  In my opinion, 2017’s and 2016’s LIT exclusive sets are perhaps the best sets that the LEGO Inside Tour offered as of to date. I love the choice of colors for these sets, and the thoughtful design process that went through them.

If you wish to know more about the LEGO Inside Tour Ferguson Tractor (4000025), Zusammengebaut has an excellent review of this set together with more images of its construction.  So what do you think of this year’s LIT exclusive set? Are you impressed? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Showcasing The Ultimate LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster (10261) Ride

One particular spot for my checklist of LEGO must-haves for this year definitely goes to the LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster (10261). Since the introduction of LEGO’s new track elements included from last year’s LEGO Batman Movie Joker Manor (70922), clamor for a true LEGO roller coaster set has been stronger than ever. With the arrival of the Roller Coaster (10261), and with LEGO even throwing in a newer, optional power function to go along with it, everything seems to be all too perfect.

However, for Dutch LEGO enthusiast 2T Toys, the search for the ultimate LEGO roller coaster isn’t over yet. Raising the bar even higher, they decided not just to build a single LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster (10261) set, but combining all three – yes, three separate sets – into one monster brick-built ride. The result was simply mesmerizing. Watch this.

A quick Google Translate tells us that this ultimate LEGO Roller Coaster ride fares at 100 cm. in length, 55 cm. wide, and 1.5 m. tall. And in minifigure scale, it’s just one cool, extreme ride. Other than the awesome loop which is the central attraction of this MOC, the sheer amount of power available from the new power function motor is also impressive in itself. It goes to show that it is capable of bringing the coasters even up to the height of 1.5 meters. If only 2T Toys can bring the camera to capture the entire moment from when the coaster leaves the platform, gradually goes for the drop, towards the loop, and then back to the station. Needless to say, it is still a sight to behold.

The LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster (10261) is now available in-store and online at shop.LEGO.com.

 

LEGO Store July 2018 Calendar Now Up – Teases on Two Exciting VIP Exclusives

LEGO has rolled out its store calendar for July and it looks like we’re about to have an awesome summer ahead. Other than the usual freebies and gift-with-purchase items for this month, LEGO is also getting ready for other big events lined up for July such as the annual San Diego Comic Con. And rumor has it that next month’s VIP exclusives will saw the arrival of one of the most carefully guarded sets that AFOLs are so eagerly waiting for in a very a long time (myself included). Let’s take a quick look of what the LEGO Store July 2018 Calendar has to offer. You can also find a PDF version of this right here.

 

June 30 to July 8 – Free exclusive LEGO Beach Tote bag with a purchase of $199 or more. I can’t say that I’m thrilled with this freebie, at such a high price point as a gift-with-purchase item. $200 is too much to get a bag such as this, but nevertheless, I guess it doesn’t matter if you’re eyeing on larger sets such as the LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron (42083) or the LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster (10261).

 

July 9 to 15 – Free Party Banana Minifigure with a purchase of $35 or more. This one is a more decent offer, with a reasonable price point attached to it. Similar to previous GWPs such as this year’s Easter Bunny Hut (5005249) and 2017’s Iconic Cave (5004936), the Party Banana (5005250) is a mascot-themed minifig that comes in a clamshell box, a boom box accessory and an all new banana guy printing.

 

July 1 to 31 – LEGO VIPs earn Double Points on certain LEGO Creator sets. These sets are the most recent Sunshine Surfer Van (31079) and the Modular Winter Vacation (31080), both offered at $34.99. Promoting these sets fits practically well with LEGO’s theme for the month of July.

 

July 10 to 11 – VIP Monthly Mini Build is a BBQ stand. LEGO VIP members should register at shop.LEGO.com/Minibuild-registration beginning June 15 to qualify for this monthly mini build.

 

July 18 to 31 and July 23 to 31 – VIPs get Early Access to a new exclusive LEGO set during these dates, respectively. Rumors are rife among LEGO fan forums that we are about to see the release of the much-awaited, and long overdue LEGO Ideas Voltron (21311) set. Speculations point out to the possibility that LEGO might take the opportunity at San Diego Comic Con to reveal the towering, and impressively designed LEGO Ideas Voltron set. A recent news outlet from Korea also points out that set 21311 will be available worldwide on August 1. This is truly an exciting month.

 

July 26 – Dream It, Build It, Keep It. – Come to any LEGO Brand Store during this date to receive one of four different mystery boxes of elements. Based on the rather grainy image of the box art, it looks like that this will be a kind of promotional gift for participating on this in-store event. Bear in mind that this is intended for children ages 5 to 14 and pre-registration is required starting July 1.

 

LEGO Technic Chiron Bugatti (42083) Official Images and Product Description Released

After the awe-inspiring reveal of the next LEGO Technic supercar model via live streaming from the LEGO House, LEGO has now uploaded to its servers the official images of the LEGO Technic Chiron Bugatti (42083). Truth be told, several images of this set have been leaked online a few weeks ago, but the LEGO Technic Chiron Bugatti is ought to be enjoyed in its pristine, crisp details. This latest supercar-inspired model follows the likes of its predecessor such as the LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS (42056) from 2016. This latest Technic offering comes in at 3,599 pieces and will be available for retail starting today at shop.LEGO.com for $349.99.

Here’s the complete product description for the LEGO Technic Chiron Bugatti (42083), together with its official images. In case you missed it, here is the set’s unveiling that streamed earlier inside the LEGO House in Denmark.

42083 LEGO Technic: Bugatti Chiron

Ages 16+. 3,599 pieces.

US $349.99 – CA $399.99 – FR 379.99€ – DE 369.99€ – UK £329.99 – DK 3199DKK

*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

Discover the Bugatti Chiron!

Build, experience and display this quintessential super sports car, featuring aerodynamic bodywork with an active rear wing, spoked rims with low-profile tires, and a detailed cockpit with movable paddle gearshift.

Celebrate innovative engineering and design from one of the world’s most prestigious car manufacturers with this magnificent LEGO® Technic 42083 Bugatti Chiron model. Developed in partnership with Bugatti, the model captures the magic of the iconic supercar with its gleaming aerodynamic bodywork, logoed spoked rims with low profile tires, detailed brake discs and W16 engine with moving pistons. Open the doors and you’ll discover an elaborate cockpit, featuring a Technic 8-speed gearbox with movable paddle gearshift and a steering wheel bearing the Bugatti emblem. Insert the top speed key to switch the active rear wing from handling to top speed position or lift the hood to reveal a unique serial number and a storage compartment containing a stylish Bugatti overnight bag. A classic Bugatti duo-tone blue color scheme reflects the brand’s signature color, and a set of cool stickers for additional detailing adds the final touch to this exclusive model! The set is delivered in luxurious box packaging and includes a color collector’s booklet with comprehensive building instructions.

  • Exclusive 1:8 scale LEGO® Bugatti Chiron replica model with a wealth of luxurious features, including aerodynamic bodywork with an active rear wing, spoked rims with low-profile tires, detailed brake discs and a W16 engine with moving pistons.
  • Open the doors to access the detailed cockpit featuring a LEGO® Technic 8-speed gearbox with movable paddle gearshift and a steering wheel bearing the Bugatti emblem.
  • Insert the top speed key to switch the active rear wing from handling to top speed position
  • Lift the hood to access a compact storage compartment containing a stylish Bugatti overnight bag.
  • Check out the detailed W16 engine with moving pistons.
  • Includes a unique serial number located beneath the hood.
  • Comes with a classic Bugatti duo-tone blue color scheme that reflects the brand’s signature color, plus a set of cool stickers for additional detailing.
  • Delivered in luxurious box packaging.
  • Includes a color collector’s booklet with comprehensive building instructions.
  • This LEGO® Technic model is designed to provide an immersive and rewarding building experience.
  • Bugatti Chiron measures over 5” (14cm) high, 22” (56cm) long and 9” (25cm) wide.