The Brick Show Team Reviews the 2018 LEGO Star Wars Sets!

As we’re about to close 2017, Jason and the rest of the Brick Show team worked really hard to round up all the upcoming 2018 LEGO sets that came out at various Toys R Us outlets and other retailers. We saw the team’s excellent, no holds barred reviews on these anticipated LEGO sets such as 2018 LEGO Batman Movie sets which are still to be officially out in LEGO stores and shop.LEGO.com starting January 1.

This time, we get to see them review the 2018 LEGO Star Wars sets, including a great deal of Microfighters and several sets from The Last Jedi. Though we already have news of what’s next this August in the LEGO brick galaxy far, far, away, there is still plenty of time to add more LEGO Star Wars sets in your collection.  So, if you still have some holiday LEGO Star Wars hunting that you want to check out from your list, then better check out these reviews first and see what they have to offer.

LEGO Star Wars Microfighters Series 5
  • Millennium Falcon Microfighter (75193)
  • First Order TIE Fighter Microfighter (75194)
  • Ski Speeder vs. First Order Walker Microfighters (75195)
  • A-Wing vs. TIE Silencer Microfighters (75196)

 

Tatooine Battle Pack (75198)

 

General Grievous’ Combat Speeder (75199)

 

Ahch-To Island Training (75200)

 

First Order AT-ST (75201)

 

Mos Eisley Cantina (75205)

 

 

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Merry Christmas! Last Segment of LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2017 Updates

UPDATE: Thanks are in order to Bricket’s CapnRex101 for sharing the following images.

Well, here we are on the big day itself: December 24, the last day covered by the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar for this year (set 75184). This update will complete our blurb coverage on all the micro-models and minifigures we’ve been getting for every day of the 2017 version. Let’s finish up.

Day 19: TIE Striker – Seen in action during Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This sleek Imperial TIE fighter-craft variant also got a full LEGO model version in set 75154. The advent micro-version is servicable, although the scaling of dimensions is iffy, especially with the fuselage. Still good though.

Day 20: TX-225 GAVw Hover Tank – Another Rogue One Imperial vehicle, an armored fighting machine that’s not a walker for a change. It’s a fairly good micro conversion of the regular LEGO Star Wars set (75152).

Day 21: Imperial technician Kent Deezling – A Rogue One bit character, his minifigure is actually part of the regular TIE Striker LEGO set (75154). As before, he’s got a blaster and helmet covering a transceiver-wearing face.

 

Day 22: Star Wars Speeder Sleigh – The Big Day is ever so near, so here’s a holiday sleigh with Christmas goodies, but set in the Star Wars galaxy, making it a speeder with engines. Pretty cheeky.

Day 23: AT-ST – We can’t really place this one vehicle in a specific film; it could be Rogue One, or Return of the Jedi, or even The Last Jedi which premiered this month. It’s irrelevant though; the Imperial AT-ST has always been a favorite, whether the regular LEGO set (75153) or this micro version.

Day 24: Santa BB-8 – What a way to wrap up the Star Wars Advent countdown this year. The Santa figure this time around is Poe Dameron’s personal astro-mech droid – and breakout character of the Star Wars sequel trilogy – the roly-poly cute (and self-aware of it) BB-8.

Before we sign off, I have to come clean with an erratum for our previous 2017 Advent Calendar update post, the penultimate in the series. Eagle eyes would note that the actual Day 18 surprise for this year is a micro Y-Wing bomber. That has been fixed.

And with that, our advent countdown in the company of LEGO Star Wars is complete. Thank your for staying with our reports all the way. Merry Christmas to All!

 

 

New BriXtar App a Growing Favorite for LEGO Fans and Builders.

LEGO is such a wide-ranging and transcendent play experience that it can go beyond just playing with real bricks and minifigures. There are the licensed videogames and apps too, that give the gamer access to LEGO items with which to realize his flights of fancies. From LEGO Worlds to the yet-to-be released LEGO Studio-AR, the virtual LEGO experience is robust.

Adding to the virtual LEGO experience then, is an app for the online service BriXtar. It was launched only last month but already, thousands of LEGO builders and fans have signed up for it and have downloaded the app on Google Play and the App Store.

BriXtar is a free app that offers a novel way for builders to share their LEGO MOCs online in 3D renditions via smartphone and tablet. The charm point here is, when a builder using digital LEGO creation software will upload their MOC files to BriXtar, the app can immediately generate instructions by which other builders can replicate the MOC in 3D.

The app also comes with a 3D viewer that will enable users to check out uploaded 3D MOCs through any angle or view by rotation or zooming of the image. Finally, BriXtar also has an online database where users can register their actual LEGO sets. The app can then show the user what MOCs uploaded on the platform can be replicated by them using their brick collections.

Further information on the BriXtar web service and app along with download links, can be found in their official website here.

Castle Hotel in LEGOLAND California Now Accepting Spring 2018 Room Reservations.

It had been quite the exciting prospect last month to win a one-time bed-and-breakfast stay at the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark courtesy of Airbnb. Only one winner and three companions would win that special accommodation, but there are other places where one can stay surrounded by near-infinite LEGO bricks.

LEGOLAND California, which opened in 1999, is quite obviously a big hit with guests. One very popular feature there is the Castle Hotel, opened in 2013. It’s not particularly huge, so bookings tend to be full up most of the time. But LEGOLAND California has some great news for guests.

As of this posting, LEGOLAND California’s Castle Hotel is accepting room reservations for the Spring 2018. Stateside families who are big LEGO fans will want to reserve accommodations for their stay if they’re going to the park at Carlsbad, California early next year. Visit here for your reservations.

Next spring is a prime time to head over to LEGOLAND California, as the Castle Hotel will also be exhibiting over 2,000 LEGO models within its premises, constructed by certified Master Builders over a grueling period of 1,243 hours. There’s no better way to enjoy your stay on spring 2018.

Castle Hotel has 250 rooms in three classifications: Knight and Dragon, Royal Princess and Magic Wizard. The structure, which has a very distinctive faux-fantasy medieval castle aesthetic, has also been interpreted in LEGO set form recently, one that will be exclusive only to LEGO Stores in LEGOLAND theme parks worldwide.

The Brick Show Team Reviews ALL of the 2018 LEGO Batman Movie Sets Ahead of its January 1 Release!

Yes folks, this is not a drill – and this is not a clickbait either. The Brick Show Team embarked on another mission similar to what they did before, hunting down the latest Nexo Knights, City, and Creator sets around. This time, the team were fortunate enough to have landed on a very nice haul – purchasing all of the 2018 LEGO Batman Movie sets ahead of its January 1, 2018 release! No back door and manager negotiations, no special privileges, just a simple casual stroll over at the nearest Toys R Us store and lo and behold, these prized sets are all for the taking. As it is with their previous hunt, not all of these sets were located in a single store. So it required a good deal of coordination to look for these sets.

Again the, official release for these sets is still on January 1, as you can confirm from shop.LEGO.com but it looks like TRU opted to place these TLBM sets on shelves weeks early. The rule of thumb is if you see them on store shelves, then chances are, you can outright purchase them which the Brick Show team exactly did. So here’s Brian and Jason with their reviews of these sets. Don’t forget to visit our YouTube channel for tons of new 2018 LEGO sets that these guys have reviewed, and be kind enough to leave a comment below and tell us what is your most favorite among these latest TLBM sets.

 

The Bat-Dune Buggy (70918) – 198 pieces; $19.99

 

The Justice League Anniversary Party (70919) – 267 pieces; $29.99

 

Egghead Mech Food Fight (70920) – 293 pieces; $29.99

 

Harley Quinn Cannonball Attack (70921) – 425 pieces; $49.99

 

The Bat-Space Shuttle (70923) – 643 pieces; $79.99

 

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Features Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 DLC Pack.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 came out from Warner Bros. Interactive and Traveller’s Tales last month, and since then it’s been fun gameplay galore for gamers who have bought the title on any of the four major consoles.

While the overarching backstory for the game involves time-travel shenanigans courtesy of the (yet to appear on film) future warlord Kang the Conqueror, certain levels of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 are slight adaptations of events from the MCU films. Most prominent of course are the content based on the recently-released movie Thor: Ragnarok. But there are others, in particular one from earlier this year that’ll soon be added to the game via DLC.

The latest DLC pack for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is going to be based on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which premiered last May. According to the WB Interactive press release, this wave of new content for the title includes characters and alternate versions as depicted in the film.

There’s also a new additional game level in the DLC that calls to mind the awesome first battle (and opening credits) of GOTG Vol. 2; yes, the one where Star-Lord and his fellow Guardians take on a cosmic octopus-like monster called the Abelisk in the background while Baby Groot dances in the foreground.

Star-Lord and Rocket will receive alternate costumes. The new characters added are Yondu’s right-hand man Kraglin, Ravager leader Stakar Ogord (played by Stallone in the movie), Tullk, and bad guy Ego.

Interested LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 players can get the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 DLC by itself or as part of the game’s Season Pass, along with six Level packs and four Character packs. The game itself is available to order from Amazon.

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.

Penultimate LEGO Star Wars 2017 Advent Calendar (75184) Collectibles Close-Up

Three updates covering twelve days have passed, and so too the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Now we will have our look-see at the next few items to pop out of the LEGO Star Wars 2017 Advent Calendar (75184). This is our fourth segment of reveals, but so as to really hurry things along, this update puts the spotlight on six days, 13 to 18.

Day 13: First Order Snowspeeder – alternatively called the Light Infantry Utility Vehicle. You’d be forgiven for not recognizing it if you’d only seen the films on cinemas; it was on a deleted scene from The Force Awakens. Watch the digital versions or play Star Wars Battlefront II to see it in action. The FO Snowspeeder also has a LEGO model (75216). This micro-version can fit a minifigure, but just barely.

Day 14: First Order Snow-trooper – Briefly seen in The Force Awakens stationed at the First Order “homeworld” of Starkiller Base. Fairly basic Stormtrooper minifig setup (helm, Clone trooper face); he has no weapons either because the Snowspeeder (day before) is already armed.

Day 15: First Order Snow-blower – Just in case you forget that it’s Christmas, here’s a First Order-issue snow-blower for Snow-troopers to use in clearing paths throughout the snowy terrain of Starkiller Base. Give it to the Day 14 trooper if he’s not on the snow-speeder.

Day 16: Director Krennic’s T-3c Imperial Shuttle – from the Sequel Trilogy we go back in time to Rogue One. The Imperial “upside-down Y” shuttles were sleek enough, but Director Krennic’s black number (with folding wing action) is really intimidating. No room for minifigs.

Day 17: Imperial Officer – Apparently Officer minifigures from the Galactic Empire era (Episodes IV-VI) are not that common, so this is a welcome addition to minifig collectors. He even has a blaster.

Day 18: Y-Wing Bomber – We tend to recall the Y-Wings as the Rebel star-fighters that tried (and failed) to bomb the heck of the original Death Star in the first Star Wars film, A New Hope. Unsuccessful they may have been, but nobody can knock the aerospace design of the Y-Wing. It’s even got a LEGO set of its own, numbered 75172.

With these, we have only one update left to complete the 24 Days of Advent as interpreted by the LEGO Star Wars 2017 Advent Calendar (75184). Please bear with us for one last update on Christmas Eve itself; until then.

Before we sign off, we would like to express our gratitude to Brickset for sharing the following images.

Love Is In The Air With These Latest LEGO Seasonal (40187) and Wedding Souvenir (40197) Sets.

We’re not past Christmas yet, but it seems that LEGO is already setting up the mood for all love-struck AFOLs out there. LEGO has recently uploaded official images of the new seasonal and souvenir sets via its servers, and we now have our first look at the LEGO Valentine’s Day Seasonal Flowers (40187), and the Wedding Favor (40197) sets.

At 100 pieces, the Valentine’s Day Flowers  (40187) is expected to retail for $10 and may also come for free when you purchase any LEGO sets from February 7 to 14, 2018 together with the LEGO Wall Calendar’s Voucher #2. Though I like the idea of brick-built flowers as a gift for your special someone, I do hope that LEGO will continue the release of its seasonal vignettes similar to this year. I would love to see a redesign of the Romantic Valentine Picnic (40236) for that matter.

LEGO Seasonal Valentine’s Day Flowers  (40187)

 

The LEGO Wedding Favor (40197) set comes in at 132 pieces, and is by far the best designed iteration of this souvenir. LEGO released two wedding giveaways prior to set 40197, with the first released in 2011 with the Minifigure Wedding Favor Set (853340) and again just last year with a rehash of the Minifigure Wedding set (40165). The latest version is a welcomed one since it incorporates more details and accessories for the minifigures. It is expected to retail for $10 as well.

LEGO Wedding Favor Set (40197)

 

We’ll keep you posted when this will be available, but my best guess is sometime during the second half of January. Thanks to our friends from Bouw Steentjes for the tip.

First Look at the LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi First Order AT-ST (75201).

Now that Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi has finally landed in theaters across the US, it seems that LEGO has also pulled the veil off from one of its remaining LEGO Star Wars TLJ sets. If you recall, all the sets belonging to this subtheme has been finally revealed, with some of them available starting January 1 – save for one. We still yet to see the LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi First Order AT-ST (75201) up until now. But thanks to LEGO Star Wars fan LegosVidal2016, we now have our first look at the First Order AT-ST coming in at 370 pieces. Vidal says that the LEGO Star Wars First Order AT-ST has been on sale at a particular Toys R Us store.

*******WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD*******

This particular set is based on the scene where Finn and Rose make their daring escape aboard the First Order Star Destroyer, after they have infiltrated it to hack the ship’s light speed tracking capabilities. This particular AT-ST is partially damaged and when Finn and Rose is caught up in a bind against Captain Phasma and her troops, BB-8 comes to the rescue! It’s quite hilarious to see BB-8 as he tries to operate the damaged AT-ST, but nevertheless he gets the job done. There is also a lift where Rose is positioned as seen in the film, and from the looks of the set’s box art, it seems that this brick-built lift can also move up and down as well. The LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi First Order AT-ST (75201) includes the minifigures of Captain Phasma, Finn and Rose in their First Order officer uniforms, and of course, BB-8. Here’s a closer look at the set’s box art, and given the number pieces, we can assume that this set may retail at around $40.

So what do you think about this latest LEGO TLJ set reveal? Have you spotted the First Order AT-ST (75201) at your local TRU store? Share us a tip or two in the comments below.

 

Thanks to VaderFan2187 for the heads up.