LEGO Toy Story 4 Set Speculations

Disney dropped another bomb yesterday morning when it released the first trailer for the much awaited 4th sequel to the Toy Story franchise. The teaser saw the return of the beloved toys that we know very well since we last saw them 8 years ago. We have Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the rest of the gang dancing around Judy Collins’ classic rendition of Both Sides Now. The last few seconds of the trailer really caught me off guard when an unexpected new character caused quite a stir. Referred to simply as Forky, the newest character was portrayed to be having a sort of identity crisis and is very much disturbed with the idea that he does not belong to Bonnie’s play room. The rest of the story is obviously under wraps, save for the hint that Toy Story 4 will be a “road trip adventure” that will help Woody understand the larger world. With the Disney Pixar license under its belt, it’s also expected that LEGO has pretty much laid out the plans already for a series of LEGO Toy Story 4 tie-up sets as much as it did 8 years ago when it released its wave of related tie-in sets.

We also mentioned before that LEGO Toy Story 4 sets are bound to happen and it doesn’t come as a surprise knowing the partnership that LEGO and Disney has. We can also assume that these sets will carry the LEGO 4+ branding which will replace the LEGO Juniors line by next year. The last Disney Pixar tie-in sets that were given the LEGO Juniors tag as of to date were those that came from the Incredibles 2 subtheme. The only question now is how many tie-in sets will LEGO be releasing in relation to the film. This year saw the release of three Incredibles 2 tie-in sets, with one LEGO BrickHeadz Mr. Incredible and Frozone (41613) added to the mix. With a good number of characters, including Forky of course, we might be looking a good deal of new LEGO Toy Story 4 sets soon. My personal bet is that other than the confused Forky, we might also see new characters rendered in LEGO bricks such as the animal plush toys that we see in the follow-up trailer below.

This being a road-trip of a movie with perhaps a stopover  at a local carnival, I will not be surprised to see if there is one dedicated LEGO set that shows how this carnival scene will play out.

Toy Story 4 is still roughly 6 months away before it hits theaters on June 21, 2019 and until then, we can be sure that LEGO will slowly reveal its LEGO Toy Story 4 sets beginning first quarter of 2019. It should also be noted that LEGO in the past has also released four LEGO Duplo Toy Story sets in 2010: Jessie’s Round Up (5657), Pizza Planet Truck (5658), The Great Train Chase (5659), and Alien Space Crane (5691) so it’s not a long shot to consider that they might follow the same path again with Toy Story 4.

So what do you guys think? Are you excited for Toy Story 4? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

Guinness LEGO Trivia Contest Round 3: LEGO Maersk Line Container Ship (10241)

This is becoming a habit of sorts for Guinness World Records indeed. Once with the Millennium Falcon was a surprise; twice with the LEGO Ideas Saturn V wasn’t anymore. And with this third LEGO set giveaway on the Guinness website, it’s become an official trend thoroughly milking a LEGO-Guinness partnership.

As you surmised, Guinness World Records once again has opened a trivia question on their record section involving LEGO sets. The prize is, surprisingly, a LEGO Creator Maersk Line Triple-E (10241) container ship set, released in 2014 and officially retired. You have to wonder if LEGO provided some for Guinness.

This set is unique among the LEGO products featured in the 2019 Book of World Records, in that its basis the Maersk Triple-E is a former record-holder, since outsized by OOCL Hong Kong as the Largest Container Ship by capacity. It’s still impressive, knowing that set 10241 is 600 times smaller than the actual size.

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If you’d like to snag one of these supposedly retired LEGO Creator sets from Guinness, then visit the Maersk Container Ship record info page on Guinness here to answer the trivia question to the right. Like the other contests, only website visitors from Canada, Ireland and the UK can participate. This time, the deadline is Friday, November 16, before midnight.

9 LEGO Sets Named as Finalists for 2019 Toy of the Year Awards

The Toy Association has announced the finalists in the 2019 Toy of the Year Awards (TOTY) and nine (9) LEGO sets made it to the cut across the various categories of the prestigious award giving body. This is a big boost for LEGO, with almost double the LEGO sets that were now nominated this year as compared to those from last year. If you recall, LEGO was nominated for a total of five (5) categories in this year’s TOTY Awards which is like the Oscar awards of the toy industry. Out of these 5 nominees, LEGO managed to bag 3 awards which includes 2018’s Construction Toy of the Year, Specialty Toy of the Year, and Tech Toy of the Year.

This time around, LEGO was able to secure nine nominations for the 2019 Toy of the Year Awards for some of its most popular building sets recently released. These are:

2019 TOTY Specialty Toy of the Year Nominees

LEGO Star Wars Betrayal at Cloud City (75222)

 

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (71043)

 

2019 TOTY Vehicle of the Year Nominee

LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron (42083)

 

2019 TOTY Playset of the Year Nominees

LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster (10261)

 

LEGO Jurassic World Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate (75930)

 

 

2019 TOTY Preschool Toy of the Year Nominee

LEGO Duplo Steam Train (10874)

 

2019 TOTY Collectible of the Year Nominee

LEGO Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Collectible Minifigures (71022)

 

2019 TOTY Construction Toy of the Year Nominees

LEGO Star Wars Kessel Run Millennium Falcon (75212)

 

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall (75954)

 

Other than these 9 LEGO sets nominated for the 2019 Toy of the Year Awards, the LEGO Jurassic World theme has also been nominated for the License of the Year Award. The LEGO theme itself has produced a huge following, alongside the successful LEGO Jurassic Park sets.

The 2019 Toy of the Year Awards gala will happen on February 15, 2019 just a few days before the launch of 2019’s New York Toy Fair. And from today until February next year, you can cast your vote at the TOTY website on which toy should bag the various Toy of the Year awards.

So what do you think brick fans? Are there any other recent LEGO sets which you feel should have been included in 2019’s TOTY finalists? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Take a Look at the World’s Largest Sundial Made of LEGO Duplo Bricks

Anyone with a wide enough scientific education would know what a sundial is: a device that tells time via available sunlight, which casts shadows on a dial of hour-lines, said shadow being cast by a raised gnomon. There are so many variations on the sundial structure, including “ring dials”, where sunlight passes into a hole and falls on marked hour-lines. Recently, Chinese-based LEGO educational group Playable Designs attempted a new LEGO-themed, Guinness Record to make the world’s largest sundial built using LEGO- to be exact – Duplo pieces. The group used a ridiculous number of large Duplo bricks in order to make a sturdy structure.

With some 45,000 LEGO Duplo pieces in several colors, the Playable Designs team went to work on the world’s largest sundial, out of these many Duplo bricks at the Beijing art district. Upon completion, the largest ring sundial in LEGO Duplo measured 2.81 meters in diameter and 08 meters in thickness, and proven to indeed tell time from the sun like any ring sundial would. Watch this featured video from Guinness World Records.

Playable Design group founder Mrs. Hou remarked that the project was primarily a teaching tool to encourage and inspire children to learn about science, astronomy, math and history, all subjects that pertain to sundials. Still, she adds, they’re very happy all the same that their work was recognized by Guinness as the new title holder for the world’s largest sundial made entirely of plastic bricks.

Playable Designs specializes in developing LEGO-related educational programs in Chinese schools. Their largest LEGO Duplo ring sundial project took three months to design before the actual building process, and involved Astronomy professionals and mechanical engineers.

LEGO Stunt School Ad Features Ace Racer Ben Collins

The LEGO Technic line doesn’t just simply go for near-authentic mechanical functions for their sets; they can also include the odd gimmick now and then. This is illustrated in the new LEGO Stunt School ad video on YouTube, which showcases the long-released Technic sets WHACK! (42072) and BASH! (42073), plus a special guest.

Said guest is celebrated British racer Ben Collins, who also appeared on BBC’s Top Gear both as himself (presenter) and as one of the stunt performance drivers under the collective identity of “The Stig”. The video presents him as “driving” both the WHACK! (42072) and BASH! (42073) sets as open-faced and tinted-helm versions of himself.

The LEGO Stunt School video depicts a boy playing with the LEGO  Technic WHACK! (42072) and BASH! (42073) sets, with clever camera editing that makes it look like both Technic sets have Collins on the wheel. Footage of the sets in motion are real, with the models running via their pull-back motor action as they wend their way around several other Technic sets, culminating in a neat sequence demonstrating the central sets’ primary Technic stunts.

The LEGO Technic WHACK! (42072)
The LEGO Technic BASH! (42073)

At one point the BASH! (42073) car collides with a wall, causing its engine to pop out – the other primary feature of it and its brother LEGO Technic set aside from its pull-back running function.

In interview, Ben “Stig” Collins remarked on the video, “This film was created not just for the awesome stunts but also to inspire children to think outside of the box when it comes to creative play. By showcasing my skills as LEGO’s official stunt driver, I hope to open children’s minds to the endless potential LEGO Technic offers when building.”

Collins says his children are big LEGO fans and the toy brand’s a major part of their family life. “It’s been a real pleasure to be able to combine my love of stunt driving with my love of LEGO in The Chase. I hope it inspires kids everywhere to create their very own epic stunts!”

Check out the entire LEGO Technic range at Shop@Home. None of the sets are retired yet; just out of stock if not listed as available.

BlizzCon 2018 Welcomes You With a Huge LEGO Overwatch D. Va and MEKA Statue

If  you’re attending BlizzCon 2018 today at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, then you might be thrilled to know that a brick-built LEGO statue of D. Va and her mech suit MEKA will be out there keeping a close watch over you and the rest of BlizzCon attendees. This huge LEGO Overwatch D. Va and MEKA statue took 731 hours to build using 145,276 LEGO elements, and weighs in at an enormous 1,256 pounds. You can see the entire process of how to build this impressive build through the following time-lapse video.

This LEGO Overwatch D. Va and MEKA statue is based on one of the official LEGO Overwatch sets that were revealed last week, particularly, the LEGO Overwatch D. Va & Reinhardt (75973). There has been no official word from LEGO as of this posting if ever we will see the official LEGO Overwatch sets at BlizzCon, but we can keep our fingers on this one.

As someone who moderately plays video games, I’m not really into Overwatch gaming. But seeing the huge positive reception that the first-person shooter game has been receiving especially in Asia, and then I guess LEGO made a good choice of being partners with Blizzard Entertainment. We hope to see the actual LEGO Overwatch sets displayed during BlizzCon 2018 other than the recently confirmed, limited edition LEGO Overwatch Omnic Bastion (75987) which was exclusively offered at the Blizzard Gear Store. Blizzard has already confirmed this set’s availability during at BlizzCon 2018 so in case you missed out on that chance of purchasing one, then here’s your opportunity to grab this exclusive.

 

Make Your Brick or Treats More Fun with this Custom LEGO BrickHeadz Brick-O’-Lantern

They might be ending soon, but the appeal of the LEGO BrickHeadz theme is still very much alive and kicking, especially with this original creation from LEGO fan builder stormythos. To celebrate the most ghoulishly fun day of the year, stormythos came up with his own BrickHeadz version of a Brick-O’-Lantern which will make Freddy and Jason blush with envy. These two horror icons by the way, were also nicely rendered in LEGO BrickHeadz form by stormythos, so you may want to check his Instagram account and hit that like button.

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BrickHeadz No.65 – Brick-o’-Lantern (‘Go Brick Me’ MOC) — Free instructions available – link in bio! — To celebrate 2,000 Followers and Halloween, I decided to make a spooky BrickHeadz using only pieces from the official ‘Go Brick Me’ set! The idea behind this is so that anyone with the ‘Go Brick Me’ set can build this BrickHeadz themselves and add it to their collection – just in time for Halloween! If anyone does build this, please show me by either tagging me, using #stormythos or directly messaging me! — Big thanks to @brickheadz_by_niels & @lukesbrickheadz for helping me with the instructions! — #lego #brickheadz #gobrickme #legos #legobrickheadz #legostagram #legogram #legophotography #legomoc #moc #legoart #legoquickreview #instalego #afol #legophoto #funko #funkopop #halloween #spooky #spooktober #october #trickortreat #trickrtreat #minifigures #jackolantern #pumpkinpatch #pumpkin #pumpkincarving

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The best part of this is that stormythos was kind enough to share the building instructions for free. If you want a quick and worry-free building experience in making this custom LEGO BrickHeadz Brick-O’-Lantern, then you’ll be pleased to know that all the parts needed to build this MOC can be found in LEGO BrickHeadz Go Brick Me (41597). If you want to get the exact same pieces that stormythos used, then getting the Go Brick Me set is the sure way to go. It is still available at LEGO Shop@Home and at your nearest LEGO Store, and now might be the best time to get it since you can still qualify for Double VIP points which will be ending today. However, if you already have the existing pieces then all you have to do is to get those hands busy.

You may download the building instructions for this custom LEGO BrickHeadz Brick-O’-Lantern right here. Thanks once again to stormythos for being kind enough to share these instructions to all brick-loving people.

LEGO Inside Tour 2019 Now Open For Registration

We’ve featured a lot of stories and articles on the LEGO Inside Tour for the past couple of years, and if you’re up and ready to join one of the most awesome experiences that any true LEGO aficionado can have during their lifetime, then you might want to know that registration for the LEGO Inside Tour 2019 is now officially open. To be exact, registration begins at 10AM CET of October 29 and will end on November 2, 10AM CET. Though LEGO allots 5 working days for the registration, the slots are usually filled very fast since each schedule of the LEGO Inside Tour can only accommodate a very few number of guests. It is wise therefore to register right away if your planning to participate in this annual event.

The LEGO Inside Tour 2019 is scheduled four times throughout the year, and will take place at the LEGO Group’s headquarters in Billund, Denmark and at Hotel LEGOLAND:

  • May 8 to 10, 2019
  • June 12 to 14, 2019
  • September 11 to 13, 2019
  • September 18 to 20, 2019

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Here’s a gist of what to expect from the LEGO Inside Tour 2019, followed by its promotional video.

What is LEGO Inside Tour? 

LEGO Inside Tour provides a unique look into the LEGO Group often referred to as ‘a once–in-a-lifetime experience’. You are invited inside Ole Kirk Kristiansen’s original house, featuring an extraordinary exhibition of LEGO sets and models that date back to 1934. You will meet LEGO employees and especially LEGO designers, who will introduce you to their daily work at the LEGO Group, and you will take part in a unique building experience together with LEGO designers. Part of the LEGO Inside Tour consists of a factory tour, where you can see how LEGO bricks are produced. LEGO Inside Tour also stops at the LEGO staff shop.

At the end of the tour, you will receive a unique gift exclusively produced in close cooperation with Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen especially for this year’s LEGO Inside Tour participants.

The LEGO Group’s headquarters are based in Billund, Denmark, and here the LEGO Inside Tour will take place. Starting point of the 2-day tour is Hotel LEGOLAND®: www.hotellegoland.dk.

 

With a price tag of DKK 14,500 per person (roughly equivalent to $2,200), the LEGO Inside Tour may perhaps be the single, most expensive LEGO activity that you may engage in. However, it is a once in a lifetime experience that any bonafide LEGO fan surely dreams of joining.

If you haven’t thought of your perfect vacation getaway yet, then you may want to consider the LEGO Inside Tour 2019. Just be sure to visit this link during the registration period.

More LEGO Harry Potter Books With Free Minifigures Coming in 2019!

It looks like we can expect more LEGO Harry Potter books to arrive in 2019, and the best part is, most of them will come with more free minifigures. After the reveal of the LEGO Harry Potter Back to Hogwarts Activity Book, we now have additional Potter-inspired books from different publishers which will also offer their own free LEGO minifigs.

LEGO Harry Potter Books With Free Minifigures

First off, we have DK’s LEGO Harry Potter Build Your Own Adventure book to be released int the UK on July 4, 2019. If you recall, DK’s Build You Own Adventure books usually come with an exclusive building set and a free minifigure.

LEGO Harry Potter Books With Free Minifigures

Though the Amazon UK listing in which this book has been initially found does not show yet the actual build, it provides a silhouette of what it will be. I really can’t figure out what the build is, but I can clearly see a wizard’s hat in the middle (could it be the Sorting Hat?!). Here’s a preliminary image courtesy of Amazon UK. DK’s LEGO Harry Potter Build Your Own Adventure Book retails for £19.99 in the UK.

Second, we also have another LEGO inspired book written by Jenna Ballard, slated to be released in the US on May 14, 2019. Listed via Amazon US, details are still very scant about this title, save for one important detail that LEGO Harry Potter fans will not miss: it comes with a free LEGO Hermione minifigure. The LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Handbook seems to be like any typical activity book whose main selling point is the free LEGO minifigure that comes with it. Like the previously mentioned activity book, we really don’t have an idea what particular minifig version of Hermione are we going to see bundled with this offering. But it is highly probable that it might be the same as that of her younger version of during her first years in Hogwarts, just as we see her in more recent LEGO Harry Potter sets such as the Hogwarts Whomping Willow (75953), Hogwarts Great Hall (75954), and Quidditch Match (75956).

Here’s a brief description of the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Handbook, now available for pre-order retailing for $8.80.

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Handbook

Includes a buildable Hermione LEGO(R) minifigure!

Still waiting for your Hogwarts letter? Check out this Hogwarts Student Handbook to make sure you’re ready when it arrives!

From Platform 9-3/4 to the Sorting Ceremony to final exams–that is, if they haven’t been canceled again thanks to a monster getting loose in the school–this handbook covers everything a new student should know about this school of witchcraft and wizardry. Read all about the classes, top-secret locations, and, of course, Quidditch! Then put your Hogwarts knowledge to the test with tons of fun quizzes and activities.

I’m sure that there will be more LEGO Harry Potter books with free minifigures out there by next year, so be we’ll be sure to keep on a look-out for these. Just be sure to subscribe to our blog for more news and updates on this side of LEGO Potterverse.

Guinness Book of World Records 2019 Lists Eight Cool LEGO Sets and Here’s How to Win One of Them

Back in August, Guinness World Records released their 2019 edition for the Book of World Records. One of the record sections they’ve hyped for the new volume is one pertaining to LEGO sets, eight of them which the Guinness Book of World Records 2019 recognizes as recreating several wonders of the world in plastic brick form.

For the curious, the LEGO sets featured in the 2019 Guinness Book of World Records are:

LEGO Technic Bucket Wheel Excavator (42055)Largest commercially available LEGO Technic Set (3,929 pieces); based on real Bucket Wheel Excavator (record-holder for Largest land vehicle and Heaviest land vehicle).

 

LEGO Creator Maersk Line Triple-E (10241) – non-record-holding set, but based on former record-holder for Largest Container Ship Maersk Line Triple-E.

 

LEGO Disney Castle (71040) – non-record-holding set, but based on record-holder for Tallest Theme Park Castle Cinderella Castle in The Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World.

 

LEGO Eiffel Tower (10181) – non-record-holding set, but based on record-holder for Tallest Iron Structure real Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (the exclusive LEGO set is 1:300 scale).

 

LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collectors’ Series Millennium Falcon (75192)Largest commercially available LEGO Set overall (7,541 pieces); based on the iconic starship from the Star Wars franchise.

 

LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) – non-record-holding set, but based on record-holder for Largest rocket and Most powerful rocket by lift capacity (ever) the Saturn V rocket, which also contains the Most powerful single-chamber liquid-fuelled rocket engine

 

LEGO Statue of Liberty (3450) – non-record-holding set, but based on record-holder for Heaviest statue (27,156 tons) the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island, New York City.

 

LEGO Wright Flyer (10124)– non-record-holding set, but based on historical record-holder for First Power-Driven Flight by Wright Brothers on their Flyer at Kitty Hawk, 1903.

 

With that out of the way, Guinness Book of World Records 2019 is now offering their readers a chance to win an actual LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon set (75192), known for its incredible difficulty of acquisition during its heyday. Interested participants can visit the GWR page for the LEGO UCS Falcon contest, answer the trivia question, over there, and enter the required information.

Only site visitors from the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland can participate in this promo, and it lasts only until Friday, October 19 at 11:59:59 PM BST. Better hurry!