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!

 

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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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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.

UK Promos: Free LEGO City Hot Dog Stand (30356) Polybag for Purchases of any 2018 LEGO City Sets!

The 2018 LEGO City sets have recently gone live at UK’s shop.LEGO.com and in LEGO brand stores in the region, and the best part is, it comes with a neat, LEGO City polybag promotional.

The LEGO City Hot Dog Stand (30356) comes as a free gift with purchase of any 2018 LEGO City sets, due to be out next week in LEGO brand stores in the US, but is now apparently available in the UK and the rest of Europe.

The Hot Dog Stand is one of the free 2018 polybag promotionals – some of which were released already – expected to be given away starting next week in the US. According to the UK LEGO Shop@Home site, this promotional will be available in the region from December 27 until March 4, 2018 or until supplies last. Coming in at 43 pieces, the polybag features a minifigure scale hot dog stand, a dark green dust bin accessory and a minifigure chef.

As a fan of this theme’s polybags, I am actually looking forward on having this one. Furthermore, we also have another LEGO City polybag – LEGO City Dragster (30358) – slated to be released in January as mentioned in the LEGO Store January Store Calendar for the US.

Frankly, I prefer the Hot Dog Stand over the Dragster, so I hope the former will also be available in local LEGO Stores eventually. Thanks to BrickFanz for the heads up.

More Information About the Summer 2018 LEGO Technic Sets.

While some of the first wave of 2018 LEGO Technic sets is still expected to be out on January 1, it looks like we’re getting more information on what to expect from the LEGO Technic theme this Summer, 2018. Planned to be officially revealed during the New York Toy Fair in February, some preliminary images of these sets have found their way online. As always, we’re playing on the safe side by not revealing the proper images right here, but I will provide you with the set’s title and my first impression on these sets. I’m not really much of a Technic fan, but being a long standing LEGO theme for decades, I am very much impressed about its complexity and STEM-based designs.

Forklift Truck (42079) – 75.29 €

This set comes in a predominantly blue and yellow color scheme and comes with a pallet and a drum-like build of hazardous materials. It also looks like an upgraded version of the LEGO Technic Forklift 8463 released in 2001.

Forest Harvester (42080) – 198.99 €

The Forest Harvester comes in a noticeable lime green, white and yellow color scheme. Another noticeable feature is the large circular red saw piece which is kind of cool together with certain power functions, particularly the Pneumatic System V2.

Volvo Autonomous (42081) – 178.39 €

This set looks more like a streamlined, upgraded version of the Volvo L350F Wheel Loader (42030) released in 2014. The concept behind this set is based on a drone operated loader, equipped with a robotic camera at the back.

Rough Terrain Crane (42082) – 357.79 €

Set 42082 looks like a re-imagining of the Rough Terrain Crane (8270) from 2007. This newer version is noticeably larger and comes in a striking red color scheme. Similar to the Forest Harvester, the Rough Terrain Crane also comes with Power Functions which is the XL Motor system.

 

As a last note, since these sets are slated to be revealed at the New York Toy Fair, we might as well not expect any official images to be released until such time, so please pardon me for the blurred images.

Thanks to Hoth Bricks for the tip.

WATCH: How To Create A Platinum LEGO R2-D2 Minifigure.

If you recall, LEGO has launched another contest where you can have the chance to bring home a solid platinum, LEGO R2-D2 minifigure just by entering a raffle. The nice part of it is that there is no required purchase to join, but to simply subscribe to LEGO’s email list for future correspondence and announcements. Two of these minifigure blings will be raffled away, with an estimated value of more than $3,200 each. The raffle period is currently running until January 12, and is open to all residents of Europe and the US, and other countries where LEGO Brand Stores can be found except for Asia.

Now, just a few moments ago, LEGO has posted via its Facebook page a video, showing how these prized minifigures are crafted. I have to say that making these prize collectibles really requires a lot of patience and skill, especially that most of the process is done by hand. It also looks like LEGO has more in store other than the platinum versions of R2-D2. We can see from the video below that other than the platinum minifigs, there are also silver and white gold ones that were created. I’m not sure on what LEGO will do or what they intend to do with the silver and gold R2s, but having one of these is surely a catch of a lifetime for any AFOL.

This contest is open to all contestants 18 years old and above, and be sure to visit the contest registration page to have your chance of winning one of these ultra rare collectibles. May the Brick Force be with you.

These LEGO Porgs Have Taken Over London – Here’s Your Chance To Bring Home One of Them.

We reported earlier how LEGO was taken over by an irresistibly cute avian-like species straight from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. As a part of a promotional campaign, LEGO has teamed up with LEGO certified professional Duncan Titmarsch and his team of master builders at Bright Bricks to create larger-than-life replicas of these beloved critters from the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga. These small, adorable creatures from the alien world of Ahch-To are made even more charming thanks to their excellent brick-built rendition. These LEGO Porgs statues were spotted at some of London’s key areas, including London’s South Bank, going to Millenium Bridge and past St. Paul’s Cathedral, to London’s Trafalgar Square, and finally nesting at the LEGO Store in Leicester Square.  For more information on how these LEGO Porg statues were made, be sure to visit Bright Bricks’ blogsite.

If you enjoyed this march of the Porgs and was fortunate enough to spot one of them on these locations, then you might be thrilled to know that LEGO is throwing in one of these LEGO Porg statues for raffle! Yes, one of these 2-feet tall statues (made out of 8,000 LEGO pieces and weighing almost 17 kilos each) can now be yours for free by simply purchasing any LEGO Star Wars products at shop.LEGO.com from December 15 to January 15, 2018.

Valued at £3000 or more than $4,000 USD each, this raffle contest is open to all LEGO VIP members 18 years old and above, residing in the UK, France, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, and Austria. Here’s some of the most important contest mechanics as outlined by LEGO, and you can find the whole set of rules right here.

All images posted here are courtesy of Bright Bricks and LEGO.

“These ARE the Porgs you’re looking for…” 

LEGO® brings the internet’s heroes of Star Wars: The Last Jedi to London for epic adventure – and gives the public the chance to win their own…

A group of LEGO Porgs – the new Star Wars critters that have set the internet alight – have this week been seen travelling across London and taking in the sights as film fans across the country return to the galaxy far, far away in the latest chapter of the epic Skywalker saga.

LEGO is also giving the public the chance to win one of three of the uniquely built brick birds over the Christmas period*.

From today until the 15th of January, members of LEGO’s free VIP loyalty scheme that buy a LEGO Star Wars set via shop.LEGO.com will automatically be entered into a ballot to be in with a chance to receive their very own LEGO Porg in the new year, the creature adored by stars from the film including Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill and the film’s director, Rian Johnson – who created them himself.

The group (or ‘murder’) of LEGO Porgs travelled from London’s South Bank, across Millennium Bridge and past St. Paul’s Cathedral – before finishing their sight-seeing tour at London’s Trafalgar Square and the LEGO store in Leicester Square.

*Competition terms & conditions

  1. Overview: Individuals 18 and above can enter to win life-sized LEGO Porg
  2. This Sweepstakes (the “Competition”) is sponsored by LEGO System A/S, Aastvej 1, 7190 Billund, Denmark.
  3. By participating in this Competition, Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules.
  4. Eligibility: To enter this Competition you must be an individual aged 18 and above, a resident of United Kingdom, France, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Sweden or Austria and submit a valid Entry to the Competition.
    Children who wish to participate can ask a parent/legal guardian to submit an entry in the parent’s or legal guardian’s name on behalf of the child. The entrant would be the parent/legal guardian. The parent/legal guardian must meet the requirements for this competition (Official Rules), including the requirements mentioned under section 3.
  5. You are not eligible to enter if you are an employee, partner or immediate family member of an employee of the LEGO Group or any third-party company or agency directly connected with the creation or administration of this Promotion.
    Entry Period: You are automatically entered to the prize draw if you make a LEGO ® Star Wars™ purchase during the validity period. The Entry Period begins at 15/12/2017, 08:00 GMT and ends 15/01/2018, 22:00 GMT (“Entry Period”). Any Entries received after this time shall not be valid.
  6. How to enter: Simply make a purchase, adhering to the above conditions during the validity period.
  7. Limitation on entry: One Entry per person during the Entry Period.
  8. Prize(s): The Winner(s) will receive one (1) LEGO life-sized LEGO Porg. the approximate retail value is £3000. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is available. The prize is subject to availability and the Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the prize for an alternative prize of equal or greater value. The Prize will be delivered by post to the Winner’s postal address after certification of the Potential Winner(s).

2018 LEGO Disney Princess Accessory Packs (40307, 40388) Official Images Released.

A few months ago, LEGO introduced two accessory sets filled with unique pieces and elements that you can use to decorate your sprawling LEGO minifigure community. Released sometime in July, the LEGO City Build My City (40170) and LEGO Friends Heartlike City (40264) accessory sets are the first accessory packs that are offered less the minifigures, both retailing for $10 each.

This time around, LEGO seems to be expanding the subtheme by offering once again two additional accessory packs belong to the Disney Princess line. These sets are expected to be available sometime next month and are also expected to retail for $10 each. Check out these official images courtesy of Promo Bricks.

LEGO Disney Princess Accessory Set 1 (40307) – 115 pieces

LEGO Disney Princess Accessory Set 2 (40388) – 80 pieces

 

I’m not a fan of the Disney Princess theme, but looking at the pieces included in these sets, especially those from set 40307, I must say that LEGO did not spare on adding intricate details on them. I couldn’t figure out exactly if they require stickers to add to those pieces, and it will be very nice indeed if these are actually printed ones. That clock face, in particular, is a pretty valuable and versatile piece that you can use to decorate your next City or Castle project.

These sets are also expected to be available across all LEGO brand stores and at shop.LEGO.com so we’ll keep you posted once we have more information on them.