LEGO Swing Ship Ride (5006746) VIP Gift Now Available

LEGO VIP members are in for a treat starting this week. Because as mentioned in the June 2021 LEGO Store Calendar, from June 21 to 30, 2021, LEGO VIP members in the US can now get the LEGO Swing Ship Ride (50067546) as their next gift-with-purchase (GWP) set.

Every single-receipt purchase of any LEGO sets or products worth $85 during the promo period, will entitle you to this nice Children’s Day giveaway. The set clocks in at 152 pieces with a retail value of $13, and features a movable swing ship on what seems to be an 8×8 base. It also comes with a 2×4 tile with a message, Happy Children’s Day 2021. I’m not quite sure if the tile is printed, but it will be nice if LEGO can throw in an exclusively printed piece.

If you also noticed, the June 2021 LEGO Store Calendar has initially shown that the tile piece mentions a LEG GODT 2021 message (which means Play Well in Danish). Frankly, I prefer this particular version since it captures the essence of what it means to play with LEGO bricks. In any case, I guess that there might be regional variations with regards to this LEGO Swing Ship Ride (5006746) GWP considering that Children’s Day in the US is usually celebrated in June.

Whatever message it carries, the Swing Ship Ride is still a great freebie to have this month. Feel free to share in the comments below your first impression of this set, especially if you already received yours.

LEGO Mini Adidas Originals Superstars (40486) Spotted

After officially revealing the LEGO Adidas Originals Superstars (10282) brick-built trainer, it looks like LEGO is planning to offer a miniature version of this display set. Its much smaller counterpart, the LEGO Mini Adidas Originals Superstars (40486), has been spotted in the wild and is expected to be offered alongside its larger cousin.

Image courtesy of the Brickfinder.
Image courtesy of the Brickfinder.

Shared by Brickfinder, this particular LEGO Mini Adidas Originals Superstars set was believed to be spotted in South Korea as shared by a fellow eagle-eyed LEGO fan. Details are scant regarding its availability in other regions but after seeing it teased by LEGO via the designer video for set 10282, then we can be confident that it might be available worldwide as well. I’m inclined to believe that LEGO has plans of offering it as a gift-with-purchase (GWP) set to accompany the LEGO Adidas Originals Superstars (10282) on its launch date in July 1, 2021.

LEGO Mini Adidas Originals Superstars

I personally like how this mini-version turned out, starting from its box art and to the brick-built mini-shoe and minifigure. If you will look closely at the minifigure via the designer video, you might notice the sticker outline on its 2×4 shoebox costume. I have to say that it is way better if LEGO opted for a printed version of this. It’s nice to see this little guy along with other collectible minifigure characters such as the Brick Suit Girl and Brick Suit Guy from LEGO CMF Series 18 (71021). But I guess we just have to wait and see until next month to get a closer look.

In case you missed it, head over to LEGO Shop@Home to know more about the LEGO Adidas Originals Superstars (10282). Special thanks once again to the Brickfinder for sharing these images.

This Year’s LEGO City Advent Calendar (60303) Has Been Revealed

Following the reveal of this year’s new advent calendars coming from the LEGO Marvel and LEGO Friends themes, the now available Japanese online LEGO Catalog also gives us our first look at the LEGO City Advent Calendar (60303).

LEGO City Advent Calendar

A usual staple of LEGO Advent Calendars, this year’s LEGO City offering includes the familiar minifigure characters from LEGO City Adventures such as Big Betty, Shirley Keeper, Officer Sam Grizzled, Fire Fighter Bob, Top Hat Tom, and Fendrich. It also comes with mini builds that add some fun holiday activities – it has a mini copter, monster truck, train, snow-covered tree, lamp post, and many more.

This year’s LEGO City Advent Calendar (60303) is expected to arrive on September 1st and will retail for around $30 similar to last year’s offering. I will update this post once it makes its appearance over at LEGO Shop@Home.

Here’s a First Look at the LEGO Friends Advent Calendar (41690)

If you recall several weeks ago, LEGO servers somewhat accidentally uploaded an early digital copy of the Japanese LEGO Catalog for the 2nd half of 2021. By doing so, it gave us an early look at some of the sets (from LEGO Star Wars, City Stuntz, and Technic themes for example) that are slated to arrive this summer. Needless to say, the catalog was removed right away perhaps as part of TLG’s damage control with regards to accidental reveals. But now that most of the sets in that product listing are now up at LEGO Shop@Home, then the said digital catalog in question is once again uploaded. And this time around, giving us our first look at this year’s LEGO Friends Advent Calendar (41690).

Right off the bat, we can notice that this set features a good number of micro-dolls, similar to what LEGO offered in last year’s LEGO Friends Advent Calendar (41420) with the inclusion of two elves. For this year’s holiday offering, LEGO opted to render our Friends characters in similar micro-doll form.

And of course, aside from these new micro-dolls, this year’s LEGO Friends Advent Calendar will feature the usual staple of miniature, buildable holiday ornaments such as a fireplace, a doghouse, tree stockings, mailbox, lampost, and much more. It is scheduled to be available to the public starting September 9 just in time for the holidays and alongside the now listed LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar (76390).

WATCH: LEGO Ideas Typewriter (21327) Designer Video

To celebrate the official debut of the LEGO Ideas Typewriter (21327), LEGO Designer Master Wes Talbott gives us a  behind-the-scenes look at the creative process that went through the creation of this nostalgic set. Watch the video below.

As a brainchild of LEGO Ideas fan designer Steve Guinness,  this latest LEGO Ideas offering features some of the ingenious ways of combining LEGO Technic and System elements from a technical perspective. Its functional key mechanisms are quite impressive because there are a total of 31 keys that you can actually press. These keys interact with the working type bar, brick-built carriage, and platen roller to give that authentic nostalgic feel of using an actual typewriter. Aesthetically, the choice of giving it a sand green color scheme was inspired by the office instruments used by LEGO Group founder Ole Kirk Christiansen. The LEGO Ideas Typewriter was actually based on the classic Erika-10 typewriter that once occupied the desktop space of the venerable founder.

LEGO Ideas Typewriter (21327)

The LEGO Ideas Typewriter (21327) is slated to have an early VIP release on June 16, and to the rest of the public on July 1. If you wish to add this to your LEGO wishlist, be sure to check out the following affiliate link below.

LEGO Ideas Typewriter (21327)

2,079 pieces | $199.99 | Coming soon on July 1; with an early VIP release on June 16, 2021. 

LEGO Ideas Typewriter (21327) Officially Revealed!

After releasing a teaser earlier this week, LEGO has finally revealed the nostalgic and elegant LEGO Ideas Typewriter (21327). From the creative mind of LEGO fan builder Steve Guinness from the UK, this next LEGO Ideas set pays tribute to one of the iconic office tools that are close to the heart of LEGO Group founder Ole Kirk Christiansen.

LEGO Ideas Typewriter

The LEGO Ideas Typewriter (21327) comes in a sand green color scheme and mirrors the functions and tactility of a classic typewriter. There’s also a center typebar that rises each time a letter key is pressed, while its carriage actually moves across as you type. It also includes a platen roller that real paper can be fed into. There’s no mention of an optional Powered Up function similar to the Grand Piano (21323), so I guess LEGO intends to retain the Typewriter’s classic look and feel on this one.

LEGO Ideas Typewriter

This latest LEGO Ideas set clocks in at 2,079 pieces and will retail for $200 once it releases on June 16 for LEGO VIP members, and on July 1 for the general public. Click on the following affiliate link  to know more, and to add this to your LEGO wishlist.

LEGO Ideas Typewriter (21327)

2,079 pieces | $199.99 | Coming soon on July 1; with an early VIP release on June 16, 2021. 

LEGO Ideas Typewriter

Unplug from your digital life and recall simpler times as you build a LEGO® Ideas model of an old-fashioned typewriter (21327). The design is inspired by the classic typewriter used by the LEGO Group’s founder Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and it moves and sounds just like the real thing. The brick-built center typebar rises each time a letter key is pressed and is linked to the carriage that moves across as you type. There is also a platen roller that you can feed real paper into.

Created by a LEGO fan for fans
Created by a LEGO fan and voted for by LEGO fans, this detailed typewriter model comes with a letter written by Thomas Kirk Kristiansen, a member of the fourth generation of the LEGO Group’s owner family – slot his letter into the typewriter to complete a delightful display piece.

Top gift
Part of a collection of premium-quality LEGO building kits for adults, this model comes with clear instructions and makes the best gift for yourself, LEGO fans, writers, and lovers of all things retro.

  • Spark nostalgic feelings and the curiosity of younger fans who have never seen a typewriter before with this LEGO® Ideas build-and-display model (21327) that moves and sounds like the real thing.
  • Features a center typebar that rises each time a letter key is pressed, linked to a carriage that moves across as you type, plus a platen roller that you can feed real paper into.
  • The design is inspired by the classic typewriter used by the LEGO Group’s founder Ole Kirk Kristiansen.
  • Includes a booklet with 43 language versions of a letter written and signed by Thomas Kirk Kristiansen of the LEGO Group’s owner family. Choose your language and put the letter on the typewriter.
  • Great for spending quality time alone or with the family, this nostalgic, collectible model makes a unique birthday or holiday gift for yourself, LEGO® fans, writers, and lovers of all things retro.
  • The typewriter model measures over 4.5 in. (11 cm) high, 10.5 in. (27 cm) wide, and 10.5 in. (26 cm) deep and is a delightful display piece to photograph and share pictures of with friends.

LEGO Announces Online LEGO CON 2021

Earlier today, LEGO has announced its first-ever LEGO CON 2021 billed to be the ultimate online experience for LEGO fans everywhere. First teased last week, the enigmatic 2×2 brick with lighting implements very similar to that of the LEGO Dimensions toy pad seems to be the LEGO fan convention’s official logo.

Being a first for LEGO and LEGO fans all around the world, it is touted to be a 2-hour action-packed live event hosted and live-streamed directly from the LEGO House in Billund on June 26, 2021. This gives LEGO fans around the world to have a free virtual tour inside the famous House of the Brick, interact with cool LEGO Master Builders, and have a front-row seat on exclusive, never-before-seen set reveals. I’ve heard that several of LEGO’s licensed and non-licensed sets will be revealed for the first time during the event this is something that many LEGO fans will be surely looking forward to. I am still open to the possibility that something towards the direction of a LEGO Dimensions-like set or theme may be introduced during this free event. Frankly, the possibilities are just endless.

Check out LEGO’s complete press release below and be sure to mark your calendars for June 26, 2021, at 6-8 PM CEST (5-7 PM BST //9 AM PST). You may visit and bookmark their website at LEGO.com/legocon

Get ready for LEGO® CON 2021 – the ultimate online experience for LEGO fans everywhere!

Families can discover all the latest LEGO® news and connect with other fans globally during this inaugural LEGO CON event.

Billund, DK - June 1st, 2021: Today the LEGO Group announces its inaugural LEGO® CON and invites fans of all ages to join the fun! This two-hour action-packed LIVE event will let kids and families discover the coolest new things going on in the LEGO world together with a community of others who share their passion for the brick and creativity.

During the live show, attendees can be the first to see brand new models and epic challenges, watch live building challenges with special guests, and even become a part of LEGO House history, leaving their personal mark inside the Home of the Brick! The live stream kicks-off with a pre-show of AFOL (Adult Fans of LEGO) inspiration before moving to the jam-packed run of a show where attendees can also immerse themselves in live virtual activities and conversations with other fans from around the globe as they experience:

  • VIP behind the scenes access
  • Inspiring builds, and live building that demonstrate the endless possibilities of the brick
  • Our official reveal of new products
  • Exclusive opportunities to engage with LEGO designers and other presenters during the show

The inaugural LEGO CON will be hosted and live-streamed directly from LEGO House in Billund, Denmark on June 26th, 2021 at 6-8 PM CEST (5-7 PM BST //9 AM PST).

Many beloved product lines, including LEGO City, LEGO DOTS, LEGO Friends, LEGO Harry Potter™, LEGO Ideas, LEGO Minecraft®, LEGO Ninjago®, LEGO Star Wars™, LEGO® Super Mario™, LEGO Technic™, and LEGO VIDIYO™ will be represented. Fans can also see inside LEGO House and get a peek at LEGO Masters from around the world. There are sure to be plenty of thrills and jaw-dropping surprises that fans won’t want to miss!

Interested in attending? Everyone is invited to join the fun and take part in the first-ever LEGO CON. To tune in live to this free event, visit LEGO.com/legocon. If you can’t make it on the 26th, don’t worry! The whole show is being recorded and can be accessed afterward also through LEGO.com/legocon.

Weekend Builds: Create Your Own Custom LEGO Nintendo Switch

LEGO and Nintendo fans have plenty to look forward to this summer. After giving us a glimpse of things to come this summer for the LEGO Super Mario theme, why not consider making your very own custom LEGO Nintendo Switch courtesy of LEGO master builder and artist, Tiago Catarino.

Shared over his YouTube channel, Tiago was kind enough to show us the building process, and even the parts list, in creating his video tutorial. And if LEGO perchance has seen Tiago’s video already, then it might be high time for TLG to consider offering an official LEGO Nintendo Switch set. It’s just fitting, in my opinion, considering that LEGO already took the effort and time to offer us a beautifully made LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374).

One of the cool things about Tiago’s build is that it features detachable joycons similar to what you have in an actual Switch. His custom LEGO Nintendo Switch can also be modified to become a Switch Lite by swapping the colors for the joycons. Then it’s up to your imagination to fill in the screen with whatever video game scene you will fancy.

This custom LEGO Nintendo Switch Lite from Tiago comes with a pair of detachable brick-built joycons.
And just by swapping colors, you can come up with a LEGO version of the original Nintendo Switch.

For the parts list, be sure to check first the last few seconds of the video and see if you have the necessary parts needed to build this custom LEGO model. Special thanks once again to Tiago for sharing his creation.

If you like this custom LEGO set, then you might be interested to take a look at some of the custom LEGO video game consoles offered at our official storefront at The Brick Show Shop.  It’s a trip down gaming history with our collection of custom LEGO sets from the good ol’ days of console gaming. Be sure to take advantage of our Memorial Day Weekend Sale where all items are for sale at 20% off.  Happy building!

New LEGO Star Wars Designer Videos Released

In case you missed it (or have been imprisoned in carbonite steel for as long as you can remember), LEGO has recently released two LEGO Star Wars 18+ sets that each deserves a prime spot on any LSW fan’s collection. Both released just several weeks ago, the Imperial Probe Droid (75306), and a remake of a classic LEGO set, the iconic R2-D2 (75308), are now both available over at LEGO Shop@Home in case you’re interested to add this to our LEGO must-haves. And before you add these sets to your LSW collection, then you may want to watch these latest designer videos that LEGO has shared over YouTube.

For more information about these sets, you may want to click on the following LEGO affiliate links that will bring you to LEGO’s online shopping portal.

For now, let’s watch this.

LEGO Star Wars Imperial Probe Droid (75306)

683 pieces | $59.99 

 

LEGO Star Wars R2-D2 (75308)*

2,314 pieces | $199.99

*Update: It seems that R2-D2 is currently out of stock over at LEGO’s online shopping portal. You may want to check instead with your nearest LEGO brand store for its availability.

Map Out Your Next Adventure with the LEGO Art World Map (31203)

Earlier this week, LEGO has officially unveiled its next big, brick-built display set that lets you reminisce and map out your globetrotting adventures. The LEGO Art World Map (31203) is the next 18+ set that intends to help you explore the world in LEGO pieces, and in the safety and comfort of your home.

LEGO Art World Map

By far the largest LEGO Art set ever designed, the LEGO Art World Map clocks in at 11,695 pieces making it the only LEGO set to date with the most number of pieces required to build. It is made up of 40 interlocking baseplates allowing it to be displayed at 25.5 inches high and 40.5 inches wide. It is essentially a brick representation of the classic world map, and since it is customizable, you can add your own LEGO elements to make it more fun and interactive. I can easily see how this can be a great display set and a teaching tool at the same time.

The LEGO Art World Map (31203) is slated to be available starting June 1, 2021, and will retail for $250. You may click on the following affiliate link to know more about this new LEGO Art entry.

LEGO Art World Map (31203)

11,695 pieces | $249.99 | Available beginning June 1, 2021

Ever wanted to create your own map? Now you can with this huge LEGO® Art World Map (31203) kit. It’s the largest LEGO set to date and can be used to make and display 1 of 3 vibrant maps.

Focus on creativity
This re-interpretation of a classic world map lets you put your creativity on display. You can use the included inspiration to build the map or customize the oceans to give the map a personal twist and rebuild the world. Landmass sections can be moved to refocus the map on 1 of 3 sections of the world. Customize it further with colorful brick-built pins to highlight meaningful places.

LEGO sets for your lifestyle
Step back from your busy life, focus on a creative challenge, and build a gorgeous piece that will look great on display in your home or office. Part of a collection of inspiring LEGO building sets made for adults interested in art, design, architecture, and pop culture, it also makes the perfect gift for yourself or a hobbyist in your life looking for their next project.

  • Build the world your way with this stunning LEGO® Art World Map (31203) set, which gives you 1 of 3 unique combinations of a world map to build, plus a fully customizable, open-build experience.
  • Clear your mind with this LEGO® set, consisting of 11,695 pieces, including 40 canvas wall decor plates, a brick-built frame, 2 unique hanging elements, and a tile tool for easier rebuilding.
  • This kit immerses you in your passion for travel and DIY creativity while you relax and recharge. With the included Soundtrack, you can enjoy an audio world tour as you build. Build and display this unique, ocean depths-inspired world map that’s full of lush, vibrant colors you can use for the background. To extend the joy, rebuild the map to reflect your own worldview.
  • This piece measures over 25.5 in. (65 cm) high and 40.5 in. (104 cm) wide, and offers a challenging activity for you or other map enthusiasts in your life who love DIY projects.
  • Unboxing the set offers you a unique ‘wow’ experience, while the coffee-table-quality instructions provide an informative and stress-relieving road map as they guide you through the build.