LEGOLAND® California Resort Is Getting Ready for Its Biggest Ride Investment Ever In 2018!

LEGOLAND California Resort is prepping up for its biggest reveal this week, particularly about its new LEGOLAND Castle Hotel and the announcement of grander attractions this year. Dubbed as the “biggest ride investment in LEGOLAND Parks history”, this latest innovation is said to combine dazzling 3D computer animation with “4D,” real-world effects.

LEGOLAND California Resort General Manager Peter Ronchetti is a little bit shy on the details, but what we do know is that the new LEGOLAND Castle Hotel, with its latest rides and attractions will be on an exemplary grand scale, and is expected to have a significant, positive influence and economic impact to the local Carlsbad community. First revealed during the early part of this year, the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel is said to have “250 themed rooms, including 20 suites, completely immersing guests into a castle experience from the minute they enter the grand hall, to dining in an amazing sit down royal restaurant to engaging in courtyard entertainment by the pool”, according to Ronchetti.

We don’t have any images yet, especially about the exciting, new rides slated to be operational in the summer of 2018, but we’ll keep you posted once these things are officially announced by LEGOLAND California within the week.

 

 

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Another Christmas Seasonal Set Revealed – The Christmas Train (40262).

A week ago, we shared a piece of news regarding this year’s LEGO Seasonal Set Town Square Christmas (40263). This particular LEGO theme has proven itself to be quite popular among LEGO fans, especially with its vignette build design, and decorative value. Perhaps in a similar vein, LEGO saw the attractiveness of these seasonal sets and just in time for the holidays, TLG has not come with just one, but two Christmas Seasonal sets for this year.

Thanks to a lead pointed out by Hoth Bricks, we now confirmation that there are two LEGO Christmas seasonal sets that will be offered this year: The Town Square Christmas (40263) and the newer Christmas Train and Market Stalls (40262). The tip came from a certain Almir Sadovic who posted the following images at the AFOL Facebook group, BrickGeekz.


The first image that we have of the Town Square Christmas (40263) is a bit grainy, but thanks to these images posted by Almir, we can have a closer look at them. If you’ll notice, both Seasonal sets features three minifigures each, and if were to be combined together depicts a festive, Christmas market vibe. I like how the modular stalls are created, with each stall featuring a particular item or product on sale. For set 40263, we have like a desert/pretzel stand, while 40262 features a coffee shop and what seems to be like a bread and pastry shop (not really sure about this though). Each set also features a lamp post which is a nice build in itself – one being a train stop and the other with an attached mail box.

Noticeably, each seasonal set compliments the other with the 40262 featuring a mini train and 40263 featuring a miniature Christmas Tree with detailed railings. Both sets are expected to be available at shop.LEGO.com either in late September or October and will retail at $9.99 each.

In related news, rumor has it that LEGO is about to reveal its second exclusive set as mentioned in their September Store Calendar. We have information from Promo Bricks that this is another LEGO Creator Expert set that will be released alongside the much-talked about (and teased) LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon. The said LEGO Creator Expert set also has a winter holiday motif so it’s exciting to see how this will turn out. If this is the case, this will be the fifth D2C Creator Expert set that we will see with a Christmas yuletide theme similar to the likes of 2013’s Winter Village Market (10235), 2014’s Santa’s Workshop (10245), 2015’s Winter Toy Shop (10249), and last year’s Winter Holiday Train (10254). For those of us who would like to decorate our little Christmas corners with LEGO bricks, then these LEGO Creator Expert sets along with this year’s new Seasonal sets, are must haves to add some sparkle in this year’s festive yuletide celebrations.

Winter Village Market (10235)
Santa’s Workshop (10245)
Winter Toy Shop (10249)
Winter Holiday Train (10254)

 

 

Newest Trailer of LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 Features The Grand, Open World of Chronopolis and New, Playable Marvel Characters.

With almost a day before the official opening of Europe’s largest gaming event and trade fair for the digital entertainment industry at Gamescon 2017, WB Games UK has just released its latest trailer for the upcoming mega sequel LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 video game that features the expansive open world of Chronopolis, and the various, immersive locations within its world hub. We saw several new Marvel characters that were included in this year’s most highly anticipated LEGO video game sequel as revealed in this year’s San Diego Comic Con, and this time, we get to see the finer details of Chronopolis as brought to life by the diabolical Kang the Conqueror. Needless to say, it is by far the largest open world game that WB and TT Games ever created. It features new and classic locations straight from the pages of Marvel comic books such as Noir New York, Wakanda, Old West, Asgard, Medieval England and Knowhere to name a few.


  





Also for the first time, we get to see the minifigure characters of Adam Warlock, Man-Thing, Heimdall, Nebula, Iron Fist, Black Bolt and many more. It is one truly grand, LEGO Marvel comic book mashup that you don’t want to miss. Here’s the latest official game play trailer.

Let’s go to Chronopolis! Travel through a myriad of iconic Marvel locations, all ripped from time and space to form one huge, incredible open world for players to roam and explore, from the mythical land of Asgard and deep space base of Knowhere, to the vibrant jungle of Wakanda and the pyramids of Ancient Egypt. Other Marvel settings revealed in the trailer include the Coliseum, Hala, Hydra Empire, K’un-lun, Lemuria, Manhattan, Medieval England, Noir New York, Nueva York, Old West and The Swamp, which will be joined by Attilan, Kang’s Citadel and Xandar to make up sprawling open world that is Chronopolis.

The LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 video game is set for release in the US on November 14, 2017. It comes with a Deluxe Edition that grants you early access to the Classic GOTG Character Pack, Season Pass, and an exclusive Giant-Man minifigure.

 

 

LEGO Dimensions Powerpuff Girls Appears in Their New Gameplay Trailer.

A few days back, LEGO Dimensions has released a new gameplay video highlighting some of the iconic characters included in its most recent Wave 9 characters. First revealed at this year’s E3, we now have a closer look at Blossom, Bubbles,  and Buttercup as they make their way through the LEGO Dimension’s multiverse.

The girls are back in a brand new adventure, going and exploring in their unique, new LEGO Dimensions world alongside other classic LD characters that you have played with before. You  can go everywhere from Poky Oaks Elementary, Rainbow Land, and of course professor Utonium’s laboratory in this expansive open world game. Here’s the official trailer.

Sugar, spice and everything is awesome! Save the world before bedtime in the LEGO® Dimensions™ multiverse with Blossom™, Bubbles™ and Buttercup™ in the LEGO Dimensions The Powerpuff Girls™ Team and Fun Packs!

Bring Townsville to life in the LEGO® DIMENSIONS™ Multiverse with Blossom™ and Bubbles™! Build and place the sugar-coated, Chemical X superheroes and launch them into the Multiverse to save the day. Fly around and use ultra-super powers to fight crime and battle the forces of evil. Visit the exclusive Adventure World to unlock iconic locations like Pokey Oaks elementary, Rainbow Land, and Professor Utonium’s lab, and go head-to-head in the Battle Arena for endless fun! Once again, the day is saved thanks to The Powerpuff Girls™!

LEGO Dimensions is available now for Xbox One®, Xbox 360®, Sony PlayStation® 4, Sony PlayStation®3, and Nintendo Wii™U. Start your adventure!

LEGO Dimensions Wave 9 is slated to be released on September 12 and includes the Teen Titans Go! Team Pack (71255), Starfire Fun Pack (71287), Buttercup Fun Pack (71343), The Powerpuff Girls Team Pack (71346), and the classic Beetlejuice Fun Pack (71349).

 

 

LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City 70620 Now Available!

We saw the designer video and marvelled at its play features, and today the third biggest LEGO set ever made is now available for VIP members ahead of its general public release in September 1. The LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City (70620) is now available for VIP purchase starting today, and considering the positive reviews and feedback that we see all over the internet, this is a fitting centerpiece set for the entire LEGO Ninjago Movie theme.

Unlike the notorious unavailability of another highly popular set, the LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309), I hope there will be plenty of LEGO Ninjago City sets to go around for everyone, especially when the set goes on sale for the general public. Purchasing the Ninjago City (70620) over at shop.LEGO.com also comes with a free LEGO Ninjago Movie Kai’s Dojo Pod (5004916) and LEGO Iconic Cave Set (5004936) if you’re residing in the UK. I just hope that the former will also be available in regions other than Europe.

In case you missed it, here’s the designer video once again, and other cool features of Ninjago City.

LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City (70620)

Live the life of a ninja in Ninjago City!

Enjoy endless role-play fun in NINJAGO® City, a hugely-detailed 3-level model connected by a sliding elevator. Level 1 features a traditional fish market, house, a bridge over a stream, and a fishing boat. The second level has a modern fashion store, comic book store, crab restaurant with ‘crab-grilling’ function and cash-dispensing ATM. The vertical city is topped off with Lloyd Garmadon and Misako’s apartment, a rooftop sushi bar with sushi conveyor belt, and a radio tower. This action-packed THE LEGO® NINJAGO MOVIE™ set also includes 16 minifigures and Sweep the maintenance robot.

  • Includes 16 minifigures: Jay, Kai and Lloyd Garmadon (each with new-for-August-2017 high school outfit decoration), Green Ninja Suit, Misako, Jamanakai Villager, Sally, Ivy Walker, Konrad, Severin Black, Tommy, Guy, Juno, Mother Doomsday, Shark Army Gunner and Officer Noonan, plus Sweep the maintenance robot.
  • Features a 3-level model (each level lifts off for easy play) connected by a sliding elevator, plus a traditional fishing boat.
  • Level 1 features a bridge, sewer outlet, stream with translucent-blue and translucent-green water elements, sliding elevator with room for a minifigure, traditional fish market with fish and crab elements, house with dining room and bedroom with sliding screen doors and foldout ‘solar panels’, Sweep the maintenance robot’s service station with assorted tool elements, and a taxi stand with telephone element.
  • Level 2 features a modern fashion store with 2 mannequins and assorted NINJAGO® product elements, a construction site with a bonsai tree, a comic book store with brick-built sign, cashier desk, comic book stand with assorted elements including collectible NINJAGO training cards, a crab restaurant with brick-built crab entrance sign and oven with ‘crab-grilling’ function, a cash-dispensing ATM, 15 bank note elements (ATM can dispense up to 13), and a movie poster display stand with 4 interchangeable movie poster elements.
  • Place the uncooked crab element in the oven, turn the dial and open the oven to reveal a cooked crab element.
  • Press the handle behind the ATM to dispense bank note elements.
  • Level 3 features a radio tower, modern rooftop sushi bar with sushi conveyor belt function and brick-built food, bathroom with sliding door, and brick-built puffer fish and squid sculptures, Lloyd Garmadon and Misako’s apartment with an opening window, bunk bed, kitchen unit and attic space for the Green Ninja Suit minifigure.
  • Turn the dial to activate the sushi conveyor belt.
  • Weapons include Jay’s chain with spike and Shark Army Gunner’s fish flame.
  • Recreate and role-play exciting THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™ scenes.
  • NINJAGO® City measures over 24” (63cm) high, 12” (31cm) wide and 16” (42cm) deep.
  • Traditional fishing boat measures over 1” (4cm) high, 3” (10cm) long and 1” (3cm) wide.

 

 

What LEGO Anniversary Sets Would You Like to See in 2018?

LEGO is now celebrating its 85th birthday this year, and as a sort of prelude of good things to come, it seems that 2018 will likewise be a great year, particularly for LEGO’s various classic and vintage themes. This piece of news (aka rumor) came from trusted LEGO insider and Eurobricks member Sir von Lego, with his take on what LEGO has in the works in line with the LEGO brick’s 60th anniversary next year.

According to Sir von Lego, there will be five specific sets to be released in commemoration of the iconic LEGO brick. He managed to have a glimpse of what the boxes look like at its early development stage, with all of them blacked out and without images as of the moment. However, what seems to stand out among these is a Creator-type box that looks exactly like a LEGO brick which is quite different from the usual. He also suggested that these five sets may also represent five different themes – which may, or may not represent vintage fan favorites such as Classic, Space, Castle, Town or Pirates. But of course, who wouldn’t want to see these sets again in all their classic glory?

It has been customary for LEGO to reboot some of its vintage sets, either as a free gift or accessory packs, such as the Classic Spaceman Minifigure (5002812), the Classic Knights Minifigure (5004419), and the Classic Pirate Set (850839) just to name a few.

It is pretty exciting to see what TLG has in store for the 60th anniversary of the iconic LEGO brick. Perhaps a re-launch of one of these classic themes, or perhaps a D2C set centered around these vintage sets? We’ll cross our fingers as we wait for LEGO’s confirmation anytime soon.

 

Image credits for the 60th anniversary logo shown above goes to Jeep’s 60th anniversary editions.

First Look at this Year’s LEGO Christmas Seasonal Set – The Town Square Christmas 40263.

A couple of weeks ago, we saw an early reveal of the LEGO Thanksgiving Set (40261) slated to be the next seasonal set right after November’s LEGO Seasonal Halloween Set (40260). Thanks to Eurobricks forum member Umbra-Manis, we now have our first look of this year’s anticipated holiday seasonal set – the LEGO Seasonal Set Town Square Christmas (40263). This year’s collection of LEGO seasonal sets follows a vignette form of design, and our holiday seasonal set for this year is exceptionally impressive within this category. Though the image is a bit grainy, we can manage to see some of the details on this seasonal set such as the nice build of the miniature Christmas tree with detailed railings around it, together with a neat lamp post, a sled, stand, and three minifigures. In terms of value for money, this seasonal set is a nice buy considering a price point of $9.99.

The Town Square Christmas (40263) is a great addition to your LEGO decorative Christmas sets. Though the LEGO Christmas Ornament (5004934) was not that well received by LEGO fans design wise, having these two seasonal sets adorn your Christmas corner is a pleasure to behold.  We have no information yet on when this set will be officially announced and released, but a good guess will be sometime in late September or October.

Thanks to our friends over at Hoth Bricks for the tip.

 

 

 

WATCH: The LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City 70620 Designer Video.

Last June, we saw the unveiling of the gigantically awesome – and third largest LEGO set ever created – The LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City (70620). Slated be released to the public in 1st of September, this highly detailed D2C set consists of 4,867 pieces retailing at $299.99. We already saw Ninjago City’s (70620) official images last June, and this time, LEGO has shared a designer video for this awesome set which you can see below.

The level of detail and effort given by these designers to create Ninjago City is simply insane! I love how the set is built from the ground up following a modular approach along its 3-level structure. The set itself is not just a compact version of Ninjago City as seen in the trailers of The LEGO Ninjago Movie, but it also offers a tour of the different sights, sounds and stores of the bustling city. The designer video is presented in such a way that it follows Lloyd as he travels around the city, exploring all of its nooks and crannies. There are plenty of cool details and play features that come along with this set. It even has a printed collection of a translatable Ninjago language which is fun to decode using the Ninja Language Translator.

Here’s a complete description of what to expect from The LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City (70620).

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City (70620).

Live the life of a ninja in NINJAGO® City!

Enjoy endless role-play fun in NINJAGO® City, a hugely-detailed 3-level model connected by a sliding elevator. Level 1 features a traditional fish market, house, a bridge over a stream, and a fishing boat. The second level has a modern fashion store, comic book store, crab restaurant with ‘crab-grilling’ function and cash-dispensing ATM. The vertical city is topped off with Lloyd Garmadon and Misako’s apartment, a rooftop sushi bar with sushi conveyor belt, and a radio tower. This action-packed THE LEGO® NINJAGO MOVIE™ set also includes 16 minifigures and Sweep the maintenance robot. 

  • Includes 16 minifigures: Jay, Kai and Lloyd Garmadon (each with new-for-August-2017 high school outfit decoration), Green Ninja Suit, Misako, Jamanakai Villager, Sally, Ivy Walker, Konrad, Severin Black, Tommy, Guy, Juno, Mother Doomsday, Shark Army Gunner and Officer Noonan, plus Sweep the maintenance robot.
  • Features a 3-level model (each level lifts off for easy play) connected by a sliding elevator, plus a traditional fishing boat.
  • Level 1 features a bridge, sewer outlet, stream with translucent-blue and translucent-green water elements, sliding elevator with room for a minifigure, traditional fish market with fish and crab elements, house with dining room and bedroom with sliding screen doors and foldout ‘solar panels’, Sweep the maintenance robot’s service station with assorted tool elements, and a taxi stand with telephone element.
  • Level 2 features a modern fashion store with 2 mannequins and assorted NINJAGO® product elements, a construction site with a bonsai tree, a comic book store with brick-built sign, cashier desk, comic book stand with assorted elements including collectible NINJAGO training cards, a crab restaurant with brick-built crab entrance sign and oven with ‘crab-grilling’ function, a cash-dispensing ATM, 15 bank note elements (ATM can dispense up to 13), and a movie poster display stand with 4 interchangeable movie poster elements.
  • Place the uncooked crab element in the oven, turn the dial and open the oven to reveal a cooked crab element.
  • Press the handle behind the ATM to dispense bank note elements.
  • Level 3 features a radio tower, modern rooftop sushi bar with sushi conveyor belt function and brick-built food, bathroom with sliding door, and brick-built puffer fish and squid sculptures, Lloyd Garmadon and Misako’s apartment with an opening window, bunk bed, kitchen unit and attic space for the Green Ninja Suit minifigure.
  • Turn the dial to activate the sushi conveyor belt.
  • Weapons include Jay’s chain with spike and Shark Army Gunner’s fish flame.
  • Recreate and role-play exciting THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™ scenes.
  • NINJAGO® City measures over 24” (63cm) high, 12” (31cm) wide and 16” (42cm) deep. 
  • Traditional fishing boat measures over 1” (4cm) high, 3” (10cm) long and 1” (3cm) wide.

 

 

 

 

Very First LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi Polybag – First Order Heavy Assault Walker 30497 – Spotted at a Local Retailer.

We’re still a few weeks away from Force Friday’s Star Wars’ bazaar, but it seems some local retailers are trickling away some LEGO Star Wars goodies.  A couple of days ago, we also reported how some online retailers managed to pull the veil off from the latest line of LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi sets, only to have TLG put it back again. This time around, another retailer decides to just throw things up in the air, and to put on display our very first LEGO Star Wars TLJ polybag set.

Brickset shares several images of what seems to be a miniaturized version of one of the LEGO Star Wars First Order Heavy Assault Walker (30497) polybag, reportedly found on display and for sale at a local Wal-Mart store in Ontario, Canada.  The polybag set comes in 54 pieces and was put on sale for $4.86. The funny thing is that its official store tag reads “Confidential SW Movie”, so I guess whoever puts them there on display at the store rack doesn’t really bother about such things.

Elsewhere, there have also been reports of several Star Wars toys and merchandise that have been displayed in some local US stores. If you look hard enough, perhaps you may manage to find some of these LEGO Star Wars TLJ boxed sets any time soon, especially considering that we’re now roughly three weeks away  before Force Friday officially kicks in. On a personal note, I appreciate the polybag trend, especially the ones that our mini replicas of the larger sets, such as those from The LEGO Ninjago Movie polybag line. Keep an eye out on these little goodies and please do let us know if you spot one at your local retailer. Thanks once again to Brickset for sharing these images.

 

Blocks Magazine Joins the Star Wars 40th Anniversary Celebration with a LEGO Building Contest.

Last year, LEGO Star Wars fans were treated to a free and very rare freebie as part of May 2016’s May the 4th exclusive promos. With only 3,500 sets in circulation, the LEGO Star Wars Escape the Space Slug set were given away for free for every qualifying purchase of any LEGO Star Wars merchandise worth $150 and above. To make it even more challenging, the chance to own this set comes by invitation only via email, with only around 25 invitations released for each 120 LEGO brand stores worldwide during that time.

If you’re a LEGO Star Wars connoisseur and you’ve missed out on having this very rare set, it might interest you to know that Blocks Magazine is a running contest that might give you a better chance of having this set for free by entering a MOC building contest. In celebration of Star Wars 40th anniversary, Blocks Magazine will be running a building contest that highlights one of the most memorable scenes in the very first SW film, Episode I: A New Hope. Based on the epic confrontation between Han Solo and Greedo in Mos Eisley Cantina, participants are to create their very own brick-build rendition of this iconic scene, featuring the above mentioned characters. It might be a bit of a challenge if you’re looking forward to include Greedo in his minifigure form since he only appears in two LEGO Star Wars sets: 2004’s Mos Eisley Cantina (4501) and the larger remake from 2014, Mos Eisley Cantina (75052). But of course, this is LEGO, and you are highly encouraged to be creative in coming up with your very own interpretation of this scene.

Here’s Blocks Magazine full press release.

Blocks magazine offers amazing prizes in Star Wars at 40 build contest

It will probably not have escaped your attention that a little movie called Star Wars, released in 1977, celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2017. Blocks will be celebrating with a very special Star Wars issue later this year, and we want our readers to get involved.

We are holding a unique competition, with not one, but two amazing prizes on offer. The overall winning entry will have the one-of-a-kind opportunity to be part of Blocks’ Star Wars at 40 special feature – your entry could be included in a huge article that the team are putting together. Additionally, the winner and two runners-up will each receive the prize of a super rare, limited edition LEGO Star Wars set – Escape the Space Slug. It was only available as part of a select LEGO Store shopping opportunity last year.

To be in with a chance of being immortalised in the pages of Blocks and picking up a copy of an impossible-to-find LEGO Star Wars set, entrants need to build a specific scene from Star Wars: A New Hope, using LEGO. It can be built at any scale and be open to interpretation, but it also needs to represent Blocks’ chosen scene from the original film in a recognisable way – this is all about recreating the selected scene from the movie, using LEGO as your medium. The judging panel will be looking at how it represents the scene, not just the best MOC, so presentation and concept will be important alongside technical ability.

The scene from Star Wars: A New Hope that Blocks wants you to recreate in LEGO is ‘Han shot first’. It’s the moment when Han Solo encounters Greedo in the cantina at Mos Eisley, and events take a particular turn…

To enter, post an image of your build to Facebook (blocksmag), on Twitter @blocksmagazine or via e-mail it to graham@blocksmag.com. The deadline is midnight on September 1, 2017 (GMT). Your image must be at a resolution of 300dpi and fit the landscape dimensions of 330mm wide x 330mm tall.

Full terms and conditions can be found at www.blocksmag.com.  Keep your navicomputer targeting Blocks’ social media channels for build tips from our experts.

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