We’re Giving Away The LEGO Ninjago Movie Temple of the Ultimate Ultimate Weapon (70617)!

Here’s another treat from the Brick Show! Hot on the heels of our previous LEGO Star Wars BB-8 (75187) giveaway, Jason and the whole team have another raffle draw that you don’t want to miss. In celebration of the theatrical release of the LEGO Ninjago Movie, we are giving away the LEGO Ninjago Movie Temple of the Ultimate Ultimate Weapon (70617), valued at $100!

Coming in at 1,403 the Temple of the Ultimate Ultimate Weapon is the third largest LEGO Ninjago Movie set offered to the public. Other than the Destiny’s Bounty (70618) where you can have the entire team with their ninja masks on, the Temple of the Ultimate Ultimate Weapon (70617) is the only set that has the complete minifigure roster of our teen ninjas, each donned with their own unique hair pieces and signature weapons. The Temple itself is like a shout out to Indiana Jones Temple of Doom, filled with a host of traps, a secret entrance, and two monstrous stone guardians. The design of the Temple itself is impressive, with an Asian inspired outer facade concealing the many traps waiting inside. Over-all, this is a LEGO set that I will not hesitate to recommend.

Here’s LEGO’s product animation feature of the Temple of the Ultimate Ultimate Weapon (70618), showing some of the cool play features of this set.

Excited to have this? Then be sure to check out our contest mechanics by heading over to this link. Here’s Jason with more details about our next LEGO giveaway, and the announcement of our winner of the LEGO Star Wars BB-8 raffle.

As of this posting, we still have three days before our LEGO Ninjago Movie giveaway closes so be sure to visit the link mentioned above to have the chance of bringing home this one exciting set.  Happy building!

 

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Wave 2 Sets Revealed + LEGO Ninjago Movie Promotionals Now Up!

There has been a lot of activity in LEGO fandom during these past few days, especially prior to the launch of The LEGO Ninjago Movie in the US and the rest of North America. Though I haven’t seen it yet since the movie launch date is a week late here from where I am based, I’m pretty sure that it is a fun film to watch in spite of the mixed reviews that it is getting recently. Without revealing too much spoilers about the film, LEGO has released images of its second wave of LEGO Ninjago Movie sets said to be available towards the end of this year, courtesy of Promobricks.

We already have a hint about this second wave of sets, considering the reveal of the polybag, microversion of Cole’s Quake Mech (30379) back in July, and this time we now have a better look at its larger version. Additionally, we have one interesting set that is making a comeback: The Lloyd – Spinjitzu Master (70628). These and other new sets, along with the SDCC-revealed garmadon, Garmadon, GARMADON! (70656), are expected to hit the toy shelves just in time for the holidays.

Lloyd – Spinjitzu Master (70628)
Includes a Ninjago Movie Lloyd minifigure; estimated at $11.

 

Piranha Chase (70629)
Includes Kai, Misako, Ray, and Shark Army Gunner minifigures; estimated at $25.

 

Garmadon’s Volcano Lair (70631)
Includes Zane, Garmadon, Shark Army General #1, Shark Army Octopus, and GPL Tech minifigures; estimated at $65.

 

Cole’s Quake Mech (70632)
Includes Cole, Misako, Fred Finley, Crusty, and Shark Army Thug minifigures; estimated at $109.

The Lloyd-Spinjitzu Master (706218) is a welcome treat for all spinjitzu fans out there. Though we only have Lloyd as of the moment, we can fairly assume that the rest of The LEGO Ninjago Movie characters will be added to the roster of spinning masters as well. The Quake Mech (70632) is a spot-on representation of Cole’s actual battle mech in the film, and over all, probably best mech-themed set in The LEGO Ninjago Movie line-up. Though common sense might tell you that this is quite an unstable build due to the fact that it is only balanced on a large wheel more like a unicycle, the designers of the Quake Mech cleverly added a rod piece at the back of the wheel to add more stability to this build. We don’t have yet the exact price of these sets in USD nor their piece count, but given its size and value in Euros, we provided a rough estimate of how much it might sell in the US.

So, if you’re still holding on to that LEGO Ninjago Movie purchase up until now, you might be interested to know that the free Mini Green Ninja Mech Dragon (30428) polybag promotional is still up at shop.LEGO.com.  I’m not sure if this is the case in your local LEGO brand stores since it stocks might be out already considering that it comes as a freebie for a relatively small price range – a minimum purchase of any LEGO item of worth $35 and more.

To sweeten the deal, another promotional is currently live: the free and exclusive LEGO Ninjago Movie Lloyd minifigure (30609) polybag starting September 22 to October 8 or until supplies last. This exclusive Lloyd minifigure comes with a different torso print and a tasselled sword piece, as seen in the movie. As far as I know, this is the only Lloyd minifigure that comes with said torso print, showing his ninja garb beneath the green hoodie. You can have these minifigure polybag for free for any LEGO purchase of $50 and more at shop.LEGO.com, or at your local LEGO Store.

As of this writing, I can confirm that the Mini Green Ninja Mech Dragon (30428) is still up at shop.LEGO.com since it is still appearing in my cart upon checkout, though I’m not sure until when. So if you’re eyeing on that LEGO Ninjago Movie set that you are itching to have, then I suggest now is the time to hit that checkout button.

 

LEGO Ninjago Movie Promotions Throughout the Week: A New Poster, BTS Featurette, and New McDonald Happy Meal Toys.

We’re just counting the days before The LEGO Ninjago Movie hits the big screen on Friday! Throughout the past week, promotions are now put into high gear with LEGO and Warner Bros. Animation Group releasing several promotional materials that adds more fun and reason to see the film.

Earlier this week, the “unstoppable beast” now gets a poster of her own, courtesy of Dolby Cinema. Meowthra may seem to be cute by human standards, but if you’re reduced to a 2-inch minifigure then the sight of her is pure, absolute terror. The way it looks like, Meowthra seems to be an offshoot of one of The LEGO Movie‘s narratives – the unintended intersection between the human and minifigure worlds. I guess Garmadon will have the upper hand on this one with his laser pointer (as seen in the Green Ninja Mech Dragon 70612 set) directing Meowthra in her path of destruction.

Our TLNM characters also get a share of the spotlight with a behind-the-scenes featurette and minifig interviews courtesy of ComicBook.com, which of course tends, to be a little bit inflated when it comes to the question of how much of The LEGO Ninjago Movie is dedicated to them.

Finally, Fast Food Toys revealed that LEGO has teamed up once more with McDonalds in coming up with the latter’s latest series of Happy Meal toys. Similar to The LEGO Batman Movie’s line of Happy Meal toys, the LEGO Ninjago Movie will likewise receive the same treatment from the popular fast food chain. The LEGO Ninjago Movie line of McDonald’s Happy Meal toys includes a Dragon Periscope, Master Wu Secret Message Kit, Ninjago Movie Camera Viewer, Ninjago Movie Selfie Phone, Ninjago Movie Journal, and a Ninjago Movie Cup.

Please note that these latest series of Happy Meal toys may not be available in all McDonalds store, and we have to wait and see if and when this will be released. Let us know in the comments below if you were able to spot these toys in any McDonalds store near you.

After the Hype, What’s Next for the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon 75192?

If you are one of the many LEGO VIP fans who haven’t had their hands yet on the biggest LEGO set ever made, chances are, the odds of getting it now directly from LEGO or any LEGO brand store is as close to zero – perhaps not until October 1, that is. Since its official VIP launch last Thursday, the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192), even if we’re not half way yet during its VIP release period, is nowhere to be found. And we’re talking not just about on a particular LEGO store or location, but on a worldwide scale including at shop.LEGO.com.

As Rebelscum and Brick Fanatics reports, LEGO Star Wars fans who don’t have the privilege nor the opportunity to participate in LEGO’s exclusive in-store VIP launches such as those in UK’s LEGO Stores in Leicester Square and Brighton, are now struggling, and understandably frustrated, at the seeming lack of preparation and stocks of the Falcon.

A quick browse over at the Falcon’s product page at shop.LEGO.com reveals some criticisms about its unavailability rather than its undoubtedly cool features. The criticisms and rants that LEGO received seems to be focused on the fact that not all VIP members were able to receive automated notifications about the set’s release. It gave the impression that after all the marketing hype surrounding the biggest LEGO set ever made, TLG was unable to sufficiently deliver, stock-wise. Others were frustrated about the apparent confusion caused by varying time zones, and the lack of details on when and how set 75192 will be released to VIP members. Such shortcomings, for some VIP members, are close to unforgivable.

Now, it makes one wonder if LEGO at this point, can really handle the exceptionally high demand for the Falcon (yeah, I was also one of those skeptics who thought that not so many AFOLs will be that willing to shell out $800 on a single, LEGO set – as it turns out, I’m gravely mistaken), especially when it launches to the general public on October 1.  Some of the most avid LEGO fans may even be forced to rely on aftermarket platforms such as eBay. But giving your hard-earned cash to some unscrupulous brick scalper, who will charge a ridiculously inflated price, is simply unacceptable by my standards. Here are a few samples from eBay – just be sure not to cringe in disdain.

Now that the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) is out of stock, fans are left thinking if the Falcon will also suffer the same fate as that of another insufficiently stocked set, which is the LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309). In fairness to LEGO, we know that the company is doing everything it can to ensure that the majority of fans will not end up frustrated. They were kind enough to ensure everyone that more sets are on its way.

On Thursday, September 14, the LEGO Group gave its VIP members an opportunity to purchase the LEGO® Star Wars™ Millennium Falcon™. We are thrilled by the positive response to the set, which is the largest we’ve ever released so far. We can assure all our fans around the world, that we are doing everything we can to make more sets available and keep our LEGO builders happy.

By the look of things, it will be wise for LEGO to pay attention to its customers and learn from this week’s VIP release. It will be better, as Rebelscum suggests, if LEGO can provide a sort of Information Page outlining several things that LEGO fans and buyers can expect once the Falcon becomes available to the general public come October 1. LEGO may also opt to be transparent with regards to the amount of sets that will be made available per LEGO store, and reinforcing its shop@home site to ensure that it can handle the massive queries and simultaneous purchases once the highly anticipated Add To Bag button becomes available worldwide.

As a last note, my thoughts outlined in this post are not in any way reflective of the Falcon’s superb and grandiose design, nor do I intend to malign such a magnificent Star Wars UCS set. I have to admit that I myself am green with envy for those who were able to take home this set. But as they say in marketing spheres, the product is only as good as how it is served, and it will be better for LEGO if it will learn from the Falcon’s VIP release before it is launched again in October 1.

Now, we just have to wait…

 

Tremble at the Might of The LEGO Lord of the Rings Oliphant MOC Set!

If there is one particular scene in the Lord of the Rings trilogy that really send shivers down my spine is that scene in The Return of the King where the noble Army of Rohan was overwhelmed at the sight of several gigantic beasts looming on the horizon (similar to how the Resistance may have probably felt when faced with a line of formidable First Order Heavy Assault Walkers as we saw from The Last Jedi trailer). Perhaps other than the TLOR classic fight scene between the hellish Balrog and Gandalf (which Tyler impressively re-enacted in brick form with his LEGO LOTR Custom Balrog Battle set), the war elephants used in the Battle of Pelennor Fields is one  LOTR scene that I really wish LEGO has included in this theme.

Thankfully, Brickshow’s master builder Tyler knows how much we love Lord of the Rings, and has a good grasp of LOTR lore as well. For his third LOTR-themed MOC, we now present to you, the mighty and proud Oliphant!

Fighting the Oliphant in battle as seen in The Return of the King, proved to be quite a Herculian task for our heroes. The mere sight of the massive war animal is enough to make even the bravest warrior cast doubt if such a creature can be taken down. This overwhelming feeling of sheer size and raw strength was perfectly captured by Tyler in this custom built LEGO Oliphant. Now honestly, we wished LEGO could have made one, but it was a bummer that LEGO didn’t make that call in adding the Oliphant in the TLOR line-up. So for now, let’s see all the nice features that Tyler included in his latest LEGO TLOR wishlist. Check this out.

First off, the LEGO LOTR Oliphant MOC has excellent articulation in all of its four massive legs starting with its knees using Technic joint pieces. Tyler also used sturdy ball joints for the ankles which can flex and be posed in various directions. The hips of the Oliphant are also articulated which allows the legs to be rotated at various angles, allowing the behemoth to be posed in different positions.

The Oliphant’s head is attached to its body using a strong ball joint that also acts as a support to counter the weight of the head. It also allows the head to be moved from left to right, creating a swaying motion as seen in the film. This swaying motion of the Oliphant’s head, coupled with its menacing 2 pairs of tusks, is perhaps the most devastating feature of the Oliphant in the battle field. The trunk and primary tusks are also articulated using a variety of Mixel joints, allowing it a more flexible and fluid motion, while the jaw can also be opened and closed using a hinge.

This LEGO Oliphant also comes with a variety of battle accessories as we see in the film, including a chain connected to its tusks to use in sweeping the battlefield, and the menacing, three-tiered Haradrim tower mounted on its back. The tower also comes equipped with several spear launchers to add an extra punch to the Oliphant’s lethal capabilities.

One of the best parts in this scene is when Legolas single-handedly defeated an Oliphant using a combination of acrobatic moves and top-notch archery skills. This particular scene has been nicely re-enacted by Tyler by adding a simple carrottop piece on the sides of the Oliphant’s legs, allowing Legolas’ minifig counterpart to grab hold of it and maneuver his way up to the tower. As seen from the film, these are actually arrows that got stuck to the beast’s extraordinarily thick skin. It is so embedded in the Oliphant’s skin that the arrow itself can support the weight of Legolas.

Overall, this is such an excellent MOC that LEGO designers may find worth considering. Both AFOLs and KFOLs will certainly appreciate its play features and aesthetic value. Frankly, there is still a lot of potential in the LEGO Lord of the Rings theme that I sincerely wish LEGO will give it a second look and perhaps create more sets than just the 16 builds that they previously came up with. However, if you are impressed as much as I am with this latest LOTR MOC wish set from Tyler (you may also want to check out his LEGO LOTR Custom Balrog and Prancing Pony sets), then you have the option of building one of your own by simply heading over to BuildBetterBricks.com and download this MOC’s building instructions. For a minimal fee, you can have the building instructions in PDF format plus a parts list to see if you have any of the pieces needed to create the Oliphant, and a Stud.io file to export the parts list via Bricklink.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more awesome LEGO MOCs, news, reviews and pretty cool, brick-built stuff. Happy building!