LEGO Unveils Its First SDCC 2017 Exclusive Minifigure.

LEGO has been quite mum about this one, until now. We saw from last year that CW’s Rey Palmer (aka Atom) of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow was one of San Diego Comic Con’s exclusive swags, alongside Steve Roger’s Captain America. This time around, we have another character from Legends of Tomorrow that a few brick fans will be so fortunate enough to have. LEGO has shared via its Twitter account that Vixen will now be getting the exclusive LEGO SDCC treatment for this year’s SDCC.

For those of you who are not familiar with her character, Vixen (aka Amaya Jiwe) is a CW character and a former member of Justice Society of America played on screen by Maisie Richardson-Sellers. Hailing from Africa, Vixen is an expert in hand-to-hand combat, made even more deadly by the powerful Anansi Totem – a magically imbued necklace that allows her to summon or harness the life force of animals, giving her superhuman strength, speed, agility, and resistance to the elements.

The manner of having Vixen in her exclusive LEGO minifigure form will be basically the same as that from previous years. If you’re attending this year’s Comic Con, you must be at the Pavilion Terrace at 12:30PM and wait in line from July 20 to 23. This limited edition, SDCC exclusive minifig is expected to shoot up in value in the aftermarket for as much as $200 to $250. Even as of this writing, a couple of pre-auction listings on eBay are now posted.

If you’re unable to attend this year’s Comic Con, LEGO will still be running its usual online raffle via Twitter, so be sure to keep tabs with their social media accounts. Be sure to stay tuned with us for more LEGO SDCC updates only here at the Brick Show!

 

 

 

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LEGO Ideas Woman of NASA Slated to be Released at the End of the Year.

Hate them or love them, the next LEGO Ideas set that pays tribute to NASA’s space exploration program now has a launch date. Following the release of the highly in-demand, LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) set, we now have confirmation that the next NASA-themed set is expected to be released on December 1 of this year.

Designed by LEGO fan and space enthusiast Maia Weinstock (aka 20tauri over at LEGO Ideas), the LEGO Ideas Women of NASA is the next approved LEGO Ideas project following the NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309), and the yet to be released Old Fishing Store (21310). The reveal was made at the LEGO fan event, Japan Brickfest held last June, where members of the LEGO Community Engagement Team announced the set’s launch date during one of their presentation.

Though it was briefly said in passing, the announcement of the launch date wasn’t hard to miss. Check out the video below and pause it around the 7:34 mark.

Truth be told, many LEGO Ideas fans were not that thrilled when the announcement was made regarding the selection of the Women of NASA as the next official LEGO Ideas set. It was met with mixed reactions from the LEGO community – from those who laud LEGO for giving more emphasis on sets that inspire budding scientists regardless of their gender, to those who lament the fact that it is such a small set with very limited play features.

Whatever your take on this, we still yet to see how LEGO will tweak on its preliminary fan-made design to somehow make it more appealing to the majority of LEGO fans, young and old alike. In the meantime come by September, we still have the Old Fishing Store (21310) to watch out for which is expected to have a good amount of following.

 

 

 

More LEGO Ninjago Movie Polybags Revealed!

More news is coming in with regards to The LEGO Ninjago Movie sets and polybags. After the reveal of several TLNM set polybags such as the Kendo Lloyd (30608), Ice Tank (30427), and The LEGO Ninjago Movie Movie Maker (5004394) we now have reports of two additional polybags that will be coming out soon. Thanks to Hoth Bricks, we now have a look at what these polybags are, and how they fare as micro-scaled versions of the original mech sets of our Ninjago heroes.

Coming in at 64 pieces, we have the Quake Mech (30379) polybag which takes its cue from it’s yet to be revealed larger counterpart, set 70632. It is the unicycle riding mech supposedly driven by Cole in the film, and rumor has it that the larger 70632 is slated to be a part of TLNM’s 2018 wave of sets. In the meantime, we’ll settle for this smaller rendition which is not bad in itself.

Next we have the smaller Green Ninja Mech Dragon (30428) polybag which quite frankly, looks more like a hatchling of its larger predecessor. Being at microscale coming in at 60 pieces, it actually looks more like a baby lizard rather than a dragon! I can just imagine someone building a MOC of the Green Ninja Dragon Mech flanked by these little baby critters.

We don’t have any info as of now on the availability of these polybags, but we do expect that LEGO will keep up with the trend of offering micro-scale versions of these much larger sets just in time before The LEGO Ninjago Movie debuts in theaters on September 22. It’ll be fun to collect these micro-scaled mech polybags and have it stand alongside their larger versions.

 

Which of these polybags will you pick up? What other TLNM mechs will you like to have polybag treatment? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

 

 

LEGO Creator Expert London Bus (10258) Now Available for VIP Members.

Initially offered across all five LEGO stores in London at the start of the month, LEGO VIP fans of the iconic red bus can now have its brick-built counterpart, the LEGO Creator Expert London Bus (10258)beginning today. Now available both online and at all LEGO brand stores worldwide, the London Bus comes in at a minifig scale and is a faithful replication of the famous Routemaster bus with all the fine details and  accessories very much close to the actual bus. In case you missed it, set designers Morten Graff-Wang and Jamie Berard were in London last July 1 and they shared some insights on how this magnificent came to be. It is interesting to see how this latest LEGO Creator Expert set was developed, with all its nifty references to the actual vehicle. The set also comes with plenty of never-before-seen pieces such as tires with standard tread, quarter bows and arches in red, and 1x1x1 A2/3 bricks with vertical studs.

The LEGO Creator London Bus (10258) comes in at 1,680 pieces and retails for US $139.99. If you’re already a VIP member, simply login at shop.LEGO.com to have early access starting today, and August 1 for the general public. Purchasing the set also entitles you to a LEGO Creator Mini Piggy Bank (40251), available for free for all LEGO purchases $75 and above.

LEGO Creator Expert London Bus (10258)
US $139.99 – CA $179.99 – DE 119.99€ – UK £109.99 – DK 999.00 DKK

Celebrate iconic design with this charming double-decker London Bus, featuring a wealth of authentic details, including a bright-red color scheme, panoramic windshield, specially made standard-tread tires, destination sign, and an open rear boarding deck with a hand pole, ticket bin, fire extinguisher and a half-spiral staircase that leads to the upper sightseeing deck. Functions include an opening hood with engine, detailed driver’s cab with a sliding door, and a removable roof and upper deck for access to the detailed interior with worn look seating and additional authentic details, including a forgotten umbrella, newspaper, empty beverage can and discarded chewing gum. Reversible transit advertising posters are also provided as printed labels with a 1950s or present-day London promotion. This LEGO® Creator Expert model has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience with a touch of nostalgia and charm.

Enjoy a nostalgic journey with this highly authentic reproduction of the iconic London Bus, featuring classic curved bodywork, panoramic windscreen, specially made standard-tread tires and a detailed interior.

  • The London Bus comes with an array of brick-built features and details, including large windows, bright red curved bodywork, panoramic windshield, reversible transit advertising posters provided as printed labels, specially made standard-tread tires and a destination sign. It also has an opening hood with engine, detailed driver’s cab with sliding door, and a removable roof and upper deck for access to the detailed interior.
  • Interior details include worn look seating, open rear boarding deck with a hand pole, ticket bin, fire extinguisher and a half-spiral staircase that leads to the sightseeing deck. Additional authentic detailing includes a forgotten umbrella, newspaper, empty beverage can and discarded chewing gum elements.
  • Choose your favorite decade with the miniature, reversible transit advertising posters, featuring a 1950s or present day London promotion.
  • Remove the roof and upper deck for full access to the detailed interior.
  • Slide open the driver’s door to access the detailed cab with panoramic windscreen.
  • Lift the hood to access the engine.
  • Special elements include a new-for-August-2017 tire with standard tread, quarter bows and arches in red, and 1x1x1 A2/3 bricks with vertical studs.
  • This model includes more than 1,680 pieces.
  • This model is scaled for shelf display alongside other models in the LEGO® Creator Expert vehicle series.
  • Measures over 7” (18cm) high, 13” (34cm) long and 5” (13cm) wide.

 

 

 

Get To Build Your Very Own Wonder Woman and Supergirl Mini Models.

If you recall, one of the highlights of the June LEGO Store Calendar is the DC Super Hero Girls Building Event, held on two separate dates. Taking its cue from one of its recent DC Superhero Girls theme, these building events are similar to the LEGO Store’s Monthly Mini Builds where participants are required to register first before being able to participate. Last month, participants who were fortunate enough to register were able to build and bring home a Wonder Woman and/or Supergirl Miniland-scale figure for free

This time, in case you missed the event, you can now build your very own DC Superhero Girls exactly as they were offered last June thanks to the building instructions posted by Brickset. It seems that these instructions do not require any special piece or element so they’re relatively easy to build. See if you can sort out through your LEGO collection and try to build these mini-models. I personally like the Supergirl build with the pieces cleverly angled to create her arms and emblem.

Wonder Woman @ 43 pieces

 

Supergirl @ 43 pieces

 

Happy building!

 

 

 

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Collectible Minifigures Sealed Box (71019) Now Listed for Pre-Order at Amazon France and Germany.

It seems that LEGO Ninjago fans in Germany and France will have an early start in  collecting not just all of the 20 minifigures slated under The LEGO Ninjago Movie Collectible Minifigures (71019) line, but also if they wish to share these collectibles to some friends as well. Set to be released on August 1, LEGO fans in Germany and France, may now pre-order the entire box of the said CMF series containing 60 blind bag items via retail giant Amazon.

Each box of The LEGO Ninjago Movie CMF contains exactly 3 sets of all 20 minifigures which is a good call from LEGO’s end and a delight for many fans. The minifigure box will be retailing for €219.99 and €213.52 via Amazon Germany and Amazon France respectively.

Hopefully, LEGO fans in the North America will also receive the same offer from Amazon. We’ll keep a close eye on this for the next few weeks, especially before the series’ launch on August 1. The LEGO Ninjago Movie is slated to hit theaters on September 22, with the first wave of LEGO sets scheduled to be available on August 1 as well.

Thanks to Hoth Bricks for the heads up.

 

 

 

Spider-Man Homemade Suit Makes Its Way as a Playable Character in LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2.

LEGO and TT Games recently stirred things up in this year’s largest Disney fan event at the D23 Expo. With their additional reveal of another playable character in the highly anticipated LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 at the Level Up! Video Game Showcase, it seems that more, never-before-seen LEGO Marvel characters will be included in the game sequel. Following the reveal of Medusa both as a playable character in LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 and as an impressive brick-built LEGO statue at E3 last month, we now have another LEGO Marvel character that adds to the roster of web-slinging superheroes that you can access in the video game. Homemade Suit Spider-Man is a playable character straight from MCU’s Spider-Man: Homecoming film, with Peter Parker’s signature homemade red hoodie and blue jeans costume.

Homemade Suit Spider-Man seems to be of standard fare as compared to other Spider-Man characters in the game, with the usual web shot ranged and melee combo attacks. Nevertheless, having a character uniquely donned as this one surely adds excitement and fun in the game. Let’s take a look at this gameplay video as revealed at the D23 Expo.

Now that were just a few days away before this year’s San Diego Comic Con officially kicks off, expect more reveals from Warner Bros. and TT Games later on. LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 launches on November 14 and is now available for pre-order. Get the Deluxe Edition and you’ll get an early access to the Classic Guardians of the Galaxy Character Pack which features playable classic GOTG characters, including Charlie-27, Yondu, Major Vance, and Starhawk among others. Plus, you’ll also be receiving the exclusive Giant-Man minifigure which you can only get when you pre-order the game.

 

 

 

LEGO Store Shanghai Exclusive VIP Set Revealed!

Several LEGO Store promotional exclusives have proven to be attractive collectibles in themselves. Other than the fact that they usually come as free items, these LEGO Store exclusives often times represent the unique milieu or cultural heritage of the place where they are offered, making it more appealing to collect.

So it will not come as a surprise (though a very welcomed one, nonetheless) if the LEGO Store in Shanghai, China has something in store for their VIP members. The promotional item, tagged as 40178, is said to be available to VIP members in China some point later this year, as Brickset reports. This set is currently being given away with purchases of over 399 CNY in China, the equivalent of £45.75, $58.75 or €51.30.

Images of this VIP set were also uploaded in Chinese social media site, WeChat, as you can see below. It seems to be a pretty nice build, especially with regards to the creative rendition of the Pick A-Brick Wall, LEGO box sets (though it uses stickers), and the collectible LEGO Store employee minifigure.

We have no word yet if these will also be offered internationally, so for the time being will keep our eyes open for more updates.

 

 

 

 

Justice League’s Flash Get’s a Life-Sized LEGO Statue for SDCC 2017.

If there is one thing that attracts fans towards the LEGO Booth at SDCC other than the cool exclusives offered, are their brick-built, life-size replicas of our most favorite comic book superheroes. Last year, we saw the larger-than-life versions of MCU’s Captain America and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman given the LEGO treatment, and this time around another superhero will be immortalized in brick form just in time of next week’s San Diego Comic Con. LEGO has announced via its social networking sites, that the Justice League’s cinematic version of the Flash (starred by Ezra Miller) will be heading its way to this year’s SDCC as its first big build statue.

According to Mashable, the sculpture was made at the LEGO Model Shop in Enfield, Connecticut under the helm of 23-year old master builder Mark Roe. Using LEGO’s cutting edge, proprietary brick-building software and approximately 21,000 bricks, the Flash is ready to speed its way to San Diego next week.

The brick-built statue is glued using an adhesive that eventually melts the bricks together once they are in place, wrapped around a steel frame that acts as the build’s skeletal framework. This is definitely one build that can go at the speed of light without shattering into pieces.

We’ll keep our radars open and see if there will be another life-sized LEGO statue that will roll out from the LEGO model shop anytime soon. So stay tuned only here at the Brick Show! Images above are courtesy of Mashable.

 

 

LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) Will Soon Be Back.

More than a month has passed since the LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) has been launched into the market, and it seems that the LEGO Ideas team never quite expected the huge demand for this replica of the iconic rocket ship. As a result, some fans are still anxiously waiting if they will still be able to purchase, while some went far to speculate that the set has been retired, or will be retired eventually, making the set’s aftermarket sales insanely expensive. As of this writing, the set is currently out of stock at shop.LEGO.com, with very limited quantities, if not, none at all at some LEGO brand stores. Historically, though LEGO Ideas sets are not really produced in large quantities as compared to other major LEGO themes, the NASA Apollo Saturn V set has proven to be so popular that limited supplies of this set were quickly sold out.

Thankfully, Hasan Jensen of the LEGO Ideas Team has issued a statement to clarify the rumors of the LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V’s availability. Read on for Hasan’s announcement.

It has been over a month since the official launch of the LEGO® Ideas 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V set and the overwhelming popularity of the iconic rocket has unfortunately meant that some LEGO fans have not yet been able to purchase their set or have had to wait longer than they had hoped.

Unfortunately, rumors and speculation have arisen concerning its availability, which we would like to shortly address. 

We Are Continuing To Produce More Apollo Saturn V Sets 
Having just launched the Apollo Saturn V set recently, we will continue to produce the set according to our scheduled plans and we would like to re-assure everyone that it has not been retired.

While the set is temporarily out of stock through our online shop, with limited quantities available in LEGO Stores, our production teams are working hard to produce more sets in order to make sure that everyone will be able to purchase their copy. This does take time however and we therefore ask for your patience. The product page on our online shop is continually updated to reflect current availability, but if you have questions regarding your order you’re very welcome to contact our Customer Service

We would like to thank you for your continued support of LEGO Ideas, and we cannot wait to bring you more exciting sets designed by LEGO fans.

It’s good to hear that we’ll be seeing more of the NASA Apollo Saturn V sets in the future, and I hope that this will eventually settle any rumors regarding the availability of this set. The LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) comes in at 1,969 pieces at a 1:110 scale of the original Saturn V rocket, and retails at $119.99 in the US and £109.99 in the UK. For more details of this largest LEGO Ideas set to date, set co-designer Felix Stiessen gives a walkthrough on the cool features of the NASA Apollo Saturn V via an interview by Hasan Jensen at a LEGO Store in Vienna, Austria.

 

How about you, are you planning to get this LEGO Ideas set? Have you spotted it in a LEGO Store near you? Let us know in the comments below.