LEGO Sweeps Five Category Nominations for Second 2022 TOTY Awards

Many awards ceremonies follow the standard of holding themselves on an annual basis. This is reasonable considering that trends change year after year, and companies on average roll out different new products annually. But sometimes, there can be so many products worthy of nominations in a year for certain awards. In that case, why not hold more than one ceremony annually? That’s precisely what the Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards has done this 2022. There was one earlier this year, and a second awards program this month. As expected, LEGO has its own nominations, and won in multiple categories.

According to The Brick Fan, the second 2022 Toy of the Year Awards was held Tuesday, September 20. In this edition, LEGO secured nominations to five toy categories and won every single time. True, this is less than the nominations for the earlier 2022 Awards (that had eight). But who can say anything bad about a nomination sweep? Congratulations to LEGO for their triumph. We can probably count on the winning products to get a sales bump going into the Holiday season. Let’s review them:

Collectible of the Year

The Muppets CMF (71033)

Construction Toy of the Year

LEGO Marvel I Am Groot (76217)

Grown-Up Toy of the Year

Ideas The Office (21336)

Playset Toy of the Year

Super Mario Adventures with Peach Starter Course (71403)

Vehicle Toy of the Year

Technic McLaren Formula 1 Race Car (42141)

In the earlier TOTY Awards 2022, LEGO won these same categories plus Preschool Toy, Specialty Toy and STEAM Toy. We can’t help but wonder if Toy of the Year will make this twice-a-year awarding schedule their new norm. If so, LEGO has twice the opportunities annually to impress the global toy community.

Want to be a LEGO Product Designer for Real?

LEGO being the building-themed toy brand that it is, anybody could become a fabled Master Builder with practice and experience. Perhaps they might suggest new set products via submissions to LEGO Ideas. Some old and practiced hands in LEGO-brick-building have instead gone into business themselves, providing custom sets outside LEGO’s library. Now, while the former might see some lucky product ideas become official, the latter, if rarely has greater advancement potential. Perhaps LEGO might extend an invite to some lucky creators to become part of the team. We’ve seen this happen years ago with Chris “PowerPig” McVeigh. Now, the opportunity’s opening up one more time.

As Brickset would have it, LEGO’s made quite the announcement of looking for new aspiring product designers. The official website LEGO.com has posted this prime job opening on their Careers page. And like Chris McVeigh way back in 2019, the lucky designer-builder will be going to work in Billund, Denmark. The company asks would-be applicants to consider the core responsibilities of a LEGO product designer. Conceptualizing ideas, stories and themes then “translating” them into physical play experiences sounds rather simple in print. But make no mistake: this job will push an aspirant’s imagination and building skills to the very utmost.

The LEGO Product Designer Career page features a link to an application form. Interested parties need fill up their personal information and attach a comprehensive rsumwith cover letter via the Application Wizard. This will open up an applicant profile that LEGO can refer to. Applicants must be active on their LEGO Career profile while the company deliberates. For American designer hopefuls, this might take up to 24 months. But hey, joining LEGO as a creative force is worth it. Who might answer the challenge?

LEGO Astronaut Minifigures Secure Aboard NASA Artemis 1, Awaiting Launch

Over the decades, LEGO has gained such major prominence as to partner with businesses and organizations outside the toy industry. In many of these team-ups, LEGO served as an accessible all-ages face and font of information. Case in point, LEGO is but one of many parties partnered with NASA for the historic Artemis 1 mission. This launch will send an unmanned spacecraft to orbit the moon, in anticipation for a future new manned lunar mission. A planned launch for Artemis 1 this August 29 was scrubbed due to technical issues, rescheduled for September 2. But already, LEGO stands among the many “passengers” in this trip.

Late last year, LEGO premiered the “Build to Launch” educational series in partnership with NASA and Artemis 1. As part of the promotion for this mission, LEGO included four astronaut minifigures. They’ll serve as the “crew” for the unmanned Orion test capsule. As Brick Fanatics tells it, Artemis 1 was supposed to launch Monday, August 29. However, launch preparation issues got things pushed back to this coming Friday instead. In the meantime, the LEGO Astronauts are staying put in Orion, which is mounted on NASA’s huge SLS rocket. They’re accompanied by a payload of multiple cube-satellites, life-sized astronaut dummies and a Snoopy doll, among others.

Of the minifigures, two (Julia and Sebastian) come from the most recent LEGO City space-themed set line. The other two (Kate and Kyle) are characters from the “Build to Launch” STEAM Exploration series. Meet Kate and Kyle before their jaunt aboard Artemis 1 by checking out the series here. As for the actual rocket launch, NASA will be live-streaming it on YouTube on September 2.

September LEGO VIP Reward: Retro-Ad Tin Lunchbox

LEGO collectors who haven’t signed up for their VIP program might ask: why join? Those in the know might answer: why not join? Being able to accumulate VIP points to invest in a future LEGO set makes for one advantageous perk. And there’s also the matter of rewards the program gives out. Products exclusively available on LEGO VIP are major points of pride for serious collectors. After all, some of them aren’t even brick sets but cool LEGO-themed merchandise to broadcast your FOL-ness. It just so happens that LEGO VIP has got a new reward coming for its loyal membership.

According to Brickset, next on the LEGO VIP Rewards block is a cool retro-style tin lunchbox. Now that’s one item to fancy yet another sector of the collectors’ community. The lunchbox art evokes 1965, since it’s an advertisement for Basic Building Set in Cardboard (050), released that year. That “Today in 2065” blurb must’ve seemed like the distant future so long ago. The actual box art for Basic Building Set is even replicated on the tin. LEGO and lunchbox collectors with VIP membership can get this reward for 2500 VIP points starting on September 1.

LEGO Star Wars Obi-Wan vs. Darth Vader (75334) Has Misprinted Minifigs in Some Copies

Early last month, when “Star Wars” spinoff “Obi-Wan Kenobi” streamed on Disney+, LEGO announced a tie-in set ready for preorder. LEGO Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Vader (75334) depicts the epic fight between them on the series’ “Part III”. The preorder phase was to look forward to the set’s official launch this coming August. Of course, online LEGO news sources get to review many sets early, like Brick Fanatics had with 75334. And apparently, they found a minor quality control issue, one quietly fixed by LEGO further in production.

The issue Brick Fanatics found was in printing for Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Vader (75334), particularly the Obi-Wan minifigure. The character in his spinoff mostly wore a loose brown coat over his clothes. This was replicated with the minifig having a painted-on coat with details spilling from torso to legs. The official image above shows how it should look. At front the brown coat covers the sides of the legs and exposes Obi’s light-brown pants. The rear would then be all-brown to depict the coat’s back. Brick Fanatics however saw their review copy’s Obi-Wan minifigure have the crotch area colored like the brown. The piece was seemingly flipped in assembly. Viewed from afar it’s like Ben left his pants open.

Now, Brick Fanatics knew this coloring was sus because another reviewer reported similar issues. An even later review of LEGO Star Wars 75334 however had its Obi-Wan correctly colored “below the belt”. Either LEGO saw the mess-up and corrected it in later production, or this was a regional bug. Brick Fanatics got their review copy shipped from Billund while the later reviewer bought his from a US store. Perhaps when Obi-Wan vs Darth Vader launches August 1 the coloring issue extent can be seen clearly.

Director of “Lightyear” Shares LEGO-built Prototype for Official Tie-In Toyline

Back in June, Disney-Pixar released “Lightyear”, a “Toy Story” spinoff depicting an in-universe film featuring Buzz Lightyear (Chris Evans). The movie supposedly chronicles the early adventures of the fictional character for which the Buzz action figure is based on. While not as emotionally gripping as the source films, the realistic take on Lightyear was visually-appealing at least. Filmmaker Angus McLane directed “Lightyear” and if the action sequences blew your mind, you know who to thank. McLane also had a hand in the tech designs for many of the machines/vehicles in the movie. And he had a familiar toy brand to help him materialize his ideas.

As if you haven’t guessed, LEGO was a key tool of Angus McLane in crafting designs for Disney-Pixar’s “Lightyear”. This much was revealed on social media according to Brick Fanatics. McLane tweeted this past August 19 his LEGO-built prototype for an official “Lightyear” toy. As seen below, he used mostly yellow LEGO bricks to build the Plasma Drill seen in the film. It looks pretty cool, doesn’t it? Even the official merchandise photo for comparison doesn’t quite capture the dynamic feel of the LEGO prototype. There’s also some corporate cringe involved. Turns out, the official “Lightyear” Plasma Drill toy comes from LEGO brand rival, Mattel.

But hey, Angus McLane did demonstrate how easily LEGO can translate imaginative fancies into “reality”. And it’s not as if LEGO would shy from partnering with their competitors. Icons Optimus Prime (10302), anyone? Now while the official LEGO Lightyear tie-ins are already launched, who’s to say there won’t be more later? And maybe an official brick-built Plasma Drill or more will be among that number?

Another Future LEGO Trademark: “Dreamzzz”

LEGO seems to be on a trademark registration kick lately. You might recall earlier this week our report on the registration of “Brick to the Future” in the US. The rather vague wording of the TM filing by LEGO Juris A/S fueled speculation on what the phrase will be about. One easy theory would be it having to do with the “Back to the Future” franchise. Given just how recent the LEGO Icons take on the movies’ DeLorean Time Machine (10300) is, can you blame us? And now LEGO Juris A/S has filed another trademark registration, this time in Europe.

Stone Wars reports that another TM registration filing by LEGO earlier this month has surfaced. This is “LEGO Dreamzzz” (yes, with the extra z’s). The name appears in an application to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), dated July 13. That’s actually even earlier than “Brick to the Future”. Even a later application of LEGO Dreamzzz with the Patent Office (DPMA) in Stone Wars’ Germany was in the 20th. The TM registration filing also contains the same generalized descriptions as “Brick to the Future”. Just what could LEGO be planning in the future? Are these new/original themes after all?

At the moment, both LEGO Dreamzzz and Brick to the Future are marked as awaiting examination in their respective PO’s. We probably won’t see any sign of both possible lines until sometime next year at the earliest. Stone Wars posits that LEGO is coming up with new theme lines to replace others that have been prematurely discontinued. LEGO Vidiyo comes to mind. One now wonders what Dreamzzz and BrickTTF will have to show us someday.

Videogame Auteur Hideo Kojima Shows Latest LEGO Set on Twitter

Let’s face it: LEGO’s such a big brand that it definitely has loads of fans and collectors worldwide. Among that sprawling fan community are some big names to many others, be it mainstream or niche followings. You look hard enough in social media and some celebrity LEGO collector-builder might be sharing his latest completed set/MOC. To general fans the identities of these persons might come as a surprise. Take for instance big-name videogame designer Hideo Kojima, creator of the “Metal Gear” franchise for Konami. He’s a LEGO fan of distinction himself. And recently he tweeted about his newest set acquisition.

Brick Fanatics tells us that Hideo Kojima posted photos of a certain LEGO Ideas set he’s completed on Twitter. The tweet, dated July 16, shows nice close-ups of an Ideas Typewriter (21327). Also prominent in the background of one shot is the (retired) Ideas Grand Piano (21323). Kojima’s post only featured the photos of his set(s) and no commentary. Still, it generated quite the buzz among fans of both LEGO and Kojima. One such reply came from LEGO designer James May, part of the team that worked on Typewriter (21327).

While there’s not much to be done about the Grand Piano set, at least Ideas Typewriter is still available. At least it is on LEGO Shop for UK and most of Europe. Unfortunately, the US online store has it “temporarily out of stock” right now. That tweet’s a nice gesture from Kojima, something fans of his games from “Metal Gear” to “Death Stranding” might appreciate.

“Brick to the Future”? New TM Filed by LEGO

Sifting for news and rumors regarding LEGO can bring up some names and terms that gets the imagination hyped. Whether that hype is warranted or not won’t often be known until LEGO gives clarification later on. This news bit might catch some attention due to its sound-alike with a licensed IP getting LEGO love recently. By this we mean “Back to the Future”. The LEGO Icons Back to the Future Time Machine (10300) launched last April and quickly went out of stock. And it’s only the latest release in a short but notable line of LEGO tie-in products to “BOTF”.

So, what could this filing to the US Patent and Trademark Office by LEGO Juris A/S mean? This comes to us by way of The Brick Fan. They found a USPTO filing from LEGO, dated June 22, for trademarking “Brick to the Future”. This TM would cover “categories of toys, games and playthings” according to the registration, meaning LEGO products. At present this filing is still awaiting examination. But the question now is: could this tie to “Back to the Future”? Or is LEGO just making a pun-based title for something more their own make?

It does make for speculation. At least we can be sure that this is legit from LEGO. What does “Brick to the Future” hold for fans and collectors if it’s not “Back to the Future”-related? Another reason to watch this space with The Brick Show.

ICYMI: LEGO Minifigures Series 23 (71034) Arriving This September!

This year’s LEGO Con has officially revealed plenty of exciting sets to watch out for in the 2nd half of 2022 including the highly anticipated LEGO Minifigures Series 23 (71034).

LEGO Minifigures Series 23

More like being a teaser, LEGO gave us a glimpse on the design process on how a collectible minifigure is designed and made, together with a hands-on reveal of some of the colorful characters included in the upcoming CMF Series 23.  Watch the reveal below.

Take a closer look at the following images of all the 12 characters in this series.

Cardboard Robot

LEGO Minifigures Series 23

Ferry Captain

LEGO Minifigures Series 23

Reindeer Costume

Green Dragon Costume

Wolf Costume

Popcorn Costume

LEGO Minifigures Series 23

Turkey Costume

Christmas Elf

Knight of the Yellow Castle

Nutcracker

Snowman

Sugar Fairy

And true to its word, LEGO has also updated its home shopping portal to include a listing of the LEGO Minifigure Series 23 (71034).  There is no pre-order option to date, but you can certainly expect these funky costumed characters to be available starting September 1. Check out the series’ official product description below. You may click on the affiliate link if you wish to add this to your LEGO wishlist. Which is your favorite Series 23 character? Mine will have to be the Cardboard Robot, Ferry Captain, and Popcorn Costume. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

LEGO Minifigures Series 23 (71034)

Coming soon on September 1, 2022

Delight a child or Minifigures fan with these LEGO® Minifigures Series 23 (71034) blind bags for ages 5+. This unique series features a great lineup of fun characters to collect and display or to take independent or group play in unexpected new directions.

Inspiring collection of fun LEGO Minifigures

Children and adult fans get to say “Hi!” to a limited-edition range of imaginative characters, including Nutcracker, Sugar Fairy, Green Dragon Costume, Snowman, Reindeer Costume, Holiday Elf, Turkey Costume, Cardboard Robot, Popcorn Costume, Wolf Costume, Ferry Captain and Knight of the Yellow Castle.

Surprise!

Each finely crafted, highly detailed LEGO minifigure comes in a sealed ‘mystery’ bag and includes a collector’s information leaflet, making a great little gift that will put a smile on anyone’s face.

  • Unexpected characters – Encourage endless play with these fun LEGO® Minifigures Series 23 (71034) bags. A creative surprise treat for kids and minifigure fans of any age
  • Collectible fun in a bag – 1 of 12 buildable characters to discover, plus a collector’s leaflet. A fun addition to any collection

And in case you missed out on some of the previous LEGO CMF series, The Brickshow Shop LEGO Collectible Minifigures is running a sale on some of the most sought after LEGO minifigs around including those from earlier CMF series, Disney, Marvel, and the Muppets.