January 2018 LEGO Store Calendar Now Up!

It’s never too early to make that 2018 LEGO wishlist, especially that the LEGO January 2018 Store Calendar is now available online via LEGO’s servers. With the promise of more than 120 new sets to be available by January 1st, LEGO sets the stage for this new line of offerings by highlighting 2018’s LEGO Creator modular set – the 1950s-styled Downtown Diner (10260).

Same as before, you may also download the January 2018 LEGO Store Calendar in high resolution PDF format, or you may check out its neat details below.

January 1: Get the Exclusive LEGO Creator Expert Downtown Diner (10260).

LEGO opted to reveal early on its next modular expert set coming in at 2,480 pieces and retails for $169.99. The Downtown Diner (10260) is a welcome addition to the growing number of modular sets that LEGO has been offering since the introduction of the Café Corner (10182) in 2007. The best part of this recent offering is that it doesn’t come with the usual VIP early access, so it is available for all once the set becomes available in-stores and online on January 1.

January 1-14: Free LEGO City Dragster (30358) Polybag With a Purchase of $35 or More of Any LEGO Product.

Earlier last November, we reported that LEGO will be releasing a great deal of polybags in 2018 which also includes the LEGO City Dragster (30358). Like any other City polybags, this mini brick-built Dragster will certainly look great in any Race Track MOC. This particular polybag comes with a racer minifigure and a cool red on black color scheme.

January 8-18: LEGO City Great Vehicles Building Event.

Stop by the LEGO Store to help LEGO City. LEGO City Mountain needs great vehicles that will get the job done. Build your great vehicle and race it down a mountainous brick-built terrain. This activity is intended for ages 6 to 14 only.

January 9-10: VIP Monthly Mini Model Build is a Walrus.

To reserve your spot, simply register for the December MMB by visiting shop.LEGO.com/Minibuild-Registration starting December 15. The LEGO MMB is meant for children ages 6 to 14, and must be completely built in store.

January 19-February 13: LEGO City Mining Building Event.

Come back to the LEGO Store and help the LEGO City Mining Team against the crooks that are stealing the gold from LEGO City Mountain. Build your own mining vehicle and collect the gold before the crooks get it. Activity is intended for ages 6-14 only.

January 28-February 14:  Free 60 Years of the LEGO Brick set with a purchase of $125 or more, while supplies last.

2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the patenting of the iconic LEGO brick, and to commemorate the occasion, LEGO has announced a special collectible set that every true-blue LEGO fan would love to have. We saw a glimpse of this set – though a rather grainy one – a few days ago, but this time, we can now appreciate it in all of its microscaled details. The 60 Years of the LEGO Brick (40290) set can be yours for free, for every minimum single receipt purchase of $125 or more. Valued at $25 and coming in at 421 pieces, this commemorative set features four microscaled versions of the most popular classic LEGO sets: Airport Shuttle (6399), Castle (375), Black Seas Barracuda (6285), and Space Cruiser and Moonbase (928). The box art of this set even features one of the earlier logos adapted by LEGO during its early years. Though the set’s availability is still almost two months away, I am already excited to see how this set will actually turn out once it is built.

 

Finally, other than the 125 new sets that LEGO promises to release online and in-store once January kicks-in, most LEGO fans will also look forward in feeling their way on each blind bag once the LEGO Batman Movie Series 2 of collectible minifigures arrives in stores.  You may have noticed it by now that the 2nd page of the LEGO Store’s January 2018 calendar features are very first ‘official’ image of the said CMF series, after an image of its flyer/checklist insert has made rounds over the Internet. If TLBM still has a hold on you, then successfully collecting all 20 TLBM Series 2 minifigs is not much of a question.

There are still plenty of other LEGO sets to watch out for in January, and these include several new sets from the LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi theme such as the Defense of Crait (75202), the LEGO Ninjago Ninja Nightcrawler (70641), LEGO Batman Movie The Justice League Anniversary Party (70919), and the LEGO BrickHeadz Aquaman (41600) just to name a few.

So what do you think? What LEGO set are you most excited about in 2018? Let us know in the comments below.

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2018 LEGO BrickHeadz Justice League Sets Official Images Revealed!

Warner Bros’ Justice League may not be receiving very good reviews lately, now that it is out in theaters. However, LEGO has something in store to somehow turn things around. After the reveal of the LEGO BrickHeadz Rey and Kylo Ren (41489) Target store exclusive, we now have official images of DCEU’s brick-built superheroes. Shared via social media, LEGO has unveiled four LEGO DC Comics Justice League BrickHeadz to its roster of 2018 collectibles consisting of the Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Cyborg. No sign of Superman or Batman just yet, but I do hope LEGO has something in the works to complete the JL ensemble.

The LEGO DC Comics Justice League BrickHeadz will be available for purchase in stores and online beginning January 2018. In the meantime, check out these crystal clear images.

The Flash (41598)

Wonder Woman (41599)

Aquaman (41600)

Cyborg (41601)

Brickset has tagged set 41597 as a Justice League character so it’s kind of interesting who this will be. I hope it is the Man of Steel himself since we only saw him as an SDCC exclusive last year. So what do you think of these LEGO Justice League BrickHeadz? Which will you likely pick up once they appear on toy stores? Let us know in the comments below.

 

2018 LEGO Batman Movie Sets Revealed!

After much speculation last July on what could be included in the list of LEGO’s 2018 sets including those from the LEGO Batman Movie theme, we now have a pretty good look at the latest TLBM sets that are slated for release in January. Courtesy of The Brothers Brick, this next wave of sets from the LEGO Batman Movie includes a very nice collection of minifigures that most fans are waiting for. Other than the 2nd series of TLBM Collectible Minifigures, these sets have an awesome roster of new minifigs that will complement both Batman’s Rogue List and those from the Justice League. We don’t have a piece count, pricing and official product description just yet, but we’ll sure keep you posted once LEGO officially releases them. For the mean time, let’s enjoy these images.

The Bat-Dune Buggy (70918) 

Minifigures: Batman, Captain Boomerang

The Justice League Anniversary Party (70919)

Minifigures: El Dorado, Green Arrow, Hawkgirl, Superman, Wonder Dog

The Egghead Mech Food Fight (70920)

Minifigures: Batman, Condiment King, Egghead

Harley Quinn Cannonball Attack (70921)

Minifigures: Batgirl, Crazy Quilt, Gentleman Ghost, Harley Quinn

The Bat-Space Shuttle (70923)

Minifigures: Batman, Batman (Firestarter Suit), Batman (Space Suit), Dick Grayson, Reggae Man

For what it looks like, the Bat-Dune Buggy is perhaps the smallest build in this series, with a closer to the film rendition of Captain Boomerang as compared to how we see him in LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Killer Croc Sewer Smash (76055). The build of the Bat-Dune Buggy is also kind of sleek and will be a good addition to the theme’s other smaller builds such as the Catwoman Catcycle Chase (70902).

It’s nice of LEGO to finally grant what most LEGO DC fans are asking for with the inclusion of a Justice League Anniversary Party set. However, I must admit that the overall build of this set is a bit of underwhelming. I’m glad that we can somehow complete our roster of JL minifigures, but the stage itself is a bit out of proportions as we see in the film – smaller than what I expected. But for all it’s worth, and especially if you’re aiming to collect all known LEGO Justice League minifigures and see all of them hanging around, then the Justice League Party (70919) is a good set to begin with. Too bad there is no Gleek minifigure, to accompany Wonder Dog.

The Egghead Mech Food Fight (70920) will probably be my personal pick. LEGO nailed it with this one, combining both the intimidating features of a battle suit and the wackiness of having fried eggs as your armaments of choice. The build of Egghead’s mech suit is reminiscent of 2007’s LEGO Exo-Force theme were LEGO explored the possibilities of creating high tech mechanical battle suits piloted by battle-ready minifigs. Since it is supposedly a food fight, take it to LEGO to throw in one of the experts in the field (pun intended): Condiment King. It was already teased several times that the dispenser-wielding baddie will be part of an official LEGO set and I’m glad that he finally did. The stud shooter is one of my favorite piece/element in any LEGO set, but I feel that it will be much better for Condiment King if he will be holding a pair of actual dispensers instead. Nevertheless, I love this set and I hope to have my hands on this one once it goes for sale in January.

Those who are looking for Gentleman Ghost will be delighted to know that he is now officially available as a minifig that comes with the Harley Quinn Cannonball Attack (70921). Not only that, but LEGO throws in another new minifigure in the character of Crazy Quilt. I have to say that LEGO did a really nice job in offering a crazy cool collection of baddies in this series.

For what it looks like, this last set in this series is the second TLBM set that offers a sort of bat suit collection, next to the earlier Batcave Break-In (70909) set. The Bat Space Shuttle (70923) not only offers a nice addition to the Dark Knight’s collection of signature vehicles such as a kayak, cart, and a space shuttle (I just couldn’t imagine why Batman will need a space shuttle in his Batcave), but we also have another collection of Batman’s outfits such as the Firestarter, Reggae Man, and the Bat Spacesuit. Know I’ve really lost count on how many LEGO batsuits are there in existence.

The 2018 LEGO Batman Movie sets are expected to hit toy stores in January next year so we can expect to see more official images and product descriptions during the next few weeks.

5 LEGO Sets Named as Finalists for 2018’s Toy of the Year Awards.

It has been customary for the Toy Industry Association Inc. to recognize certain toy manufacturers for their outstanding contribution to the toy industry, and LEGO is one of the industry leaders that have a legacy of being recognized time and again as a Toy of the Year (TOTY) awardee. Last year, we saw LEGO bagging not just one, but two awards with the beautiful and mechanically impressive LEGO Friends and Amusement Park Roller Coaster (41130) earning the title of Construction Toy of the Year Award, while the grand LEGO Disney Castle (71040) received the Specialty Toy of the Year.

As it seems, it looks like LEGO has earned a greater chance of bagging the same title again. Earlier this week, online voting for this year’s TOTY has officially begun, and LEGO once more dominated the nominees’ list with five sets under various categories. Nominated for Collectible of the Year, we have the LEGO Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures (71017). For Construction Toy of the Year it is everybody’s favorite droid in brick form, LEGO Star Wars BB-8 (75187) and Captain Salazar’s dreaded ghost ship, the LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Silent Mary (71042) that has made it to the cut of being qualified as nominees. The still elusive, and hard-to-find, LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) also made it as a nominee for Specialty Toy of the Year, and the LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox (17101) was named as a candidate for Tech Toy of the Year.

2018 TOTY Finalist: Collectible of the Year

LEGO Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures (71017)

2018 TOTY Finalists: Construction Toy of the Year

LEGO Star Wars BB-8 (75187)

 LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Silent Mary (71042)

2018 TOTY Finalists: Specialty Toy of the Year

LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192)

2018 TOTY Finalists: Tech Toy of the Year

LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox (17101)

 

It should be noted that a LEGO-compatible product also made it to the roster of TOTY finalists with the Mayka Toy Block Tape by Zulu. The concept behind a LEGO-tape is relatively new and has recently caught the fancy of builders both young and old.

The voting process officially began last November 3, and will end on January 5, 2018. The voting will include not just Association members, retailers, and journalists, but also the consumers. The winners will be announced in a formal presentation ceremony on February 16, 2018. You may refer to this link for the complete set of guidelines on how the Toy of the Year finalists were selected. Consumer voting is on-going, and if you wish to show your support for these LEGO sets, then head over to the voting page for the Toy of the Year Awards.

Do you agree with this year’s selection of nominees? Do you have another LEGO set that you wish were included in the nominees list? Drop us a comment below and tell us what you think.

 

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Swings Into Your Home Theaters This December.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has just announced the release date for The LEGO Ninjago Movie in digital HD and Blu-ray formats. Garmadon seems to be in a good mood in announcing the home video release via the film’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts. Well, not until some of his goons messed up a bit. Watch Garmadon as he makes the announcement of the film’s home release, and well, the eventual conquest of your living rooms.

There’s been no official word yet if this home video packs will come with an exclusive minifigure. Though we haven’t seen the LEGO Movie and LEGO Batman Movie given such treatment, I do hope that LEGO will be generous with this one and throw in an exclusive minifigure bundle. Here’s what to expect from the film’s home video format.

The LEGO NINJAGO Movie 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray3D Blu-ray and Blu-ray DVD Combo Pack have the following additional content:

 

 

 

 

  • Team Supreme: Building NINJAGO® – featurette
  • Rumble in the Bricks- featurette
  • Rebrick Contest Winners- featurette
  • Which Way to the Ocean – mini-movie
  • Zane’s Stand Up Promo – mini-movie
  • The Master: A LEGO® NINJAGO® Short – mini-movie
  • LEGO® NINJAGO® TV Series Sneak Peek
  • Oh, Hush! & Jeff Lewis Found My Place – Music Video
  • Everybody Have a Ninja Day – Music Video
  • Rocktagon – Music Video
  • Warlord Ballad – Music Video
  • Animation Bridge Test – Deleted Scene
  • Baby Fight– Deleted Scene
  • Dock Scene– Deleted Scene
  • Gimme Some Outtakes!
  • Commentary by Director Charlie Bean and Crew
  • 13 Promotional Videos

On the other hand, the LEGO NINJAGO Movie Standard Definition DVD  contains the following special features and interesting deleted scenes:

  • LEGO® NINJAGO® TV Series Sneak Peek
  • Animation Bridge Test – Deleted Scene
  • Baby Fight– Deleted Scene
  • Dock Scene– Deleted Scene

Read on for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s full press release. You may pre-order your copy of the LEGO Ninjago Movie via Amazon. Thanks to BrickFanz for the heads up.

GET YOUR NINJA ON WHEN The LEGO® NINJAGO® Movie
ARRIVES ONTO 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK, BLU-RAY 3D COMBO PACK, BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK, DVD AND DIGITAL FROM

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Own it early on Digital on December 12
Blu-ray debuts on December 19

Burbank, CA, Month XX, 2017 – Laugh it up when “The LEGO® NINJAGO® Movie” arrives onto 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods and the legendary Jackie Chan.

The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” was directed by Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan.  The screenplay was by Bob Logan & Paul Fisher & William Wheeler & Tom Wheeler and Jared Stern & John Whittington, story by Hilary Winston & Bob Logan & Paul Fisher & William Wheeler & Tom Wheeler and Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman, based on LEGO Construction Toys.

Jackie Chan (“Kung Fu Panda,” The Karate Kid”) stars as Master Wu; Justin Theroux (“Megamind,” “The Leftovers”) is Garmadon; Dave Franco (“Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”) plays Lloyd; and Olivia Munn (“X-Men: Apocalypse”) is Lloyd’s mom, Koko.  Making up the secret ninja crew, Michael Peña (“Ant-Man,” “The Martian”) is Kai; Fred Armisen (“Portlandia,” “SNL”) voices Cole; Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley,” “The Big Sick”) is Jay; Abbi Jacobson (“Broad City”) plays Nya and Zach Woods (“Silicon Valley,” “The Office”) voices Zane.

Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Maryann Garger, Roy Lee and Chris McKay served as producers.  Executive producers were Jill Wilfert, Keith Malone and Seth Grahame-Smith.  The creative filmmaking team included production designers Kim Taylor and Simon Whiteley.  Music was composed by Mark Mothersbaugh. Feature animation was provided by Animal Logic.

The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the theatrical version in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc also featuring the theatrical version. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack include a digital version of the movie in HD.  Fans can also own “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” via purchase from digital retailers beginning December 12.

4K Ultra HD showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.

The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts. Movies Anywhere syncs users’ libraries across their connected accounts, so consumers can watch their purchased and redeemed digital movies on an array of platforms including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices and popular browsers, with more platforms and retailers to come.

The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts. Movies Anywhere syncs users’ libraries across their connected accounts, so consumers can watch their purchased and redeemed digital movies on an array of platforms including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices and popular browsers, with more platforms and retailers to come.

SYNOPSIS

In the battle for NINJAGO® City, Lloyd (Dave Franco), high school student by day and Green Ninja by night, gets thrown into the ultimate adventure with his secret ninja warrior friends! Led by the wise and wisecracking Master Wu (Jackie Chan), they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. On their courageous journey, they learn to band together to unleash their inner power in an epic showdown to save the city

 

LEGO Live Coming to New York City on February 2018!

This is somewhat of a revival from LEGO, but with a different twist. Reminiscent of the LEGO Truck Show marketing tour of the late 90s, LEGO will offer once again a unique, family-oriented event that will literally feature millions of LEGO bricks, tons of hands-on building events, life-size builds, workshops from renowned LEGO Master Builders and much more. The LEGO Live inaugural event will run from February 16-18, where the show promises a fully immersive, one-of-a-kind experience that will appeal to LEGO fans of all ages. Some of the highlights of the LEGO Live event include a range of interactive play zones, a Master Lab Help Desk, a huge selection of LEGO sets for sale, and a selection of ‘show only’ souvenirs.

If you wish to book as early as now, tickets are already available for purchase online.  Check out the full press release below. Will give you updates as soon as more information comes in.

SPECTACULAR AND BRICK-TACULAR LEGO® LIVE IS COMING TO NEW YORK CITY FEBRUARY 16-18

 Inaugural show will feature 65,000 square feet of immersive experiences, hands-on building activities, live performances and demonstrations for families and visitors of all ages at Pier 36 in Manhattan.

NEW YORK (November 6, 2017) – LEGO® LIVE will debut a unique blend of imagination, creativity and play for the first time in the United States with a major family event February 16-18, 2018 in New York City. This new official LEGO event will transform Pier 36 in Manhattan into a brick-built family adventure filled with playful activities, performances and more for both kids and kids at heart. Tickets are now on sale at legolive.frontgatetickets.com.

A must-attend event for any LEGO fan, LEGO LIVE NYC will include a range of interactive themed play zones, each offering a distinct experience – from classic building challenges to using coding and robotic technology to program a multifunctional model. Fans will also be able to meet LEGO Master Builders at the Master Lab Help Desk, where builders can get one-on-one advice and show off their creations. Show guests can explore the latest LEGO building sets, compete in exciting building challenges, and take photos with LEGO models based on beloved characters from iconic films and LEGO properties such as Star Wars™ and NINJAGO®. Among the many experiences, families will find:

LEGO® Life: Maximize your show experience via the LEGO Life app, a safe, social network for kids who love to build. The app will offer details on show activities and insider tips, and the LEGO Life team will host exclusive opportunities to build, capture and share unique LEGO creations made at the show with the broader community of LEGO fans in the app.

Meet the Masters on the Main Stage: Meet a LEGO Master Builder and learn building tips and tricks in live demonstrations, competitions and Q&A sessions.

LEGO Architecture: Build together to create the iconic skyscrapers that make up the Manhattan skyline in this community building area.

LEGO Minecraft™: Journey with Steve to build your way through the iconic and ever-popular Minecraft universe with the thousands of specialty LEGO pieces found in this creative building zone.

Coding Corner: Build, code and play with the new LEGO BOOST and heritage LEGO MINDSTORMS® toolkits to test your skill in creating your own LEGO robot.

LEGO Shop: Browse a huge selection of LEGO sets for builders of all ages, or select from an assortment of “show only” souvenirs.

“New York City is home to many of the world’s most dedicated, creative and passionate LEGO fans, so we are thrilled to debut this one-of-a-kind experience with families in the tri-state area,” said Michael McNally, senior director, brand relations at LEGO Systems, Inc. “We can’t wait to see how that inherent creativity comes to life as we engage New Yorkers and visitors alike in memorable hands-on, minds-on LEGO play experiences for the entire family.”

Tickets are now available and can be purchased at legolive.frontgatetickets.com. $30 General Admission, $45 VIG (Very Important Guest) and $75 VIK (Very Important Kid) ticketing options are available.

Be sure to follow @LEGO on Facebook and Instagram and @Lego_Group on Twitter to stay up-to-date with the latest information on LEGO LIVE. Follow along and join the conversation using #LEGOLIVENYC.

For more information on LEGO LIVE, and to plan your visit, please visit liveevent.lego.com.

LEGO LIVE NYC is organized by Parallel Live in partnership with LEGO Systems, Inc.

LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312) Tagged as Best-Selling Toy By Amazon.

If you’ve been keeping up with LEGO set news, then you know that the newest set in the Ideas lineup, featuring Women of NASA, was released at the beginning of this month. You also know that it depicts two real-life female NASA astronauts, an astronomer and a software engineer, along with representations of their work, from program manuals to scale models of the Hubble Space Telescope and the space shuttle.

What is only known just now is that this LEGO Ideas set, conceived as an inspiration for girls to become interested in STEM careers, is now the newest best-selling toy in just 24 hours as cited by CNN.

 

Proof of the Women of NASA set’s popularity was easily found at the LEGO Store in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, where Maia Weinstock, MIT News science writer and major LEGO fan-girl, was present to autograph boxes of Ideas set 21312 as they were sold in October 28.

LEGO Ideas fan designer Maia Weinstock at the Flatiron District LEGO Store during the launch of the LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312).

Everybody, from parents wanting Women of NASA for their daughters, to older women wishing that the set existed during their childhoods, were extremely appreciative of Weinstock’s brainchild and told her so. Lines for the Flatiron LEGO Store actually went round the block, and customers worried that the stock for 21312 would run out before they could reach the counter.

Social media was also very abuzz at the selling power of Women of NASA, as well as very appreciative of this theme to empower and inspire women’s interest in STEM fields. Customers proudly posted their packages as they got them, and science agencies like the Smithsonian were full of praise.

At only $24.99, LEGO Ideas 21312 is the number one toy on Amazon right now; they are also sold out over there. As of this posting, Women of NASA is still available at the LEGO Store website, but who knows how that might last. LEGO sure hit the jackpot with it.

 

How To Build Your Own LEGO Toys R Us Bricktober Mini BB-8.

This is something that fell off my radar during the past weekend. After the successful launch of this year’s LEGO TRU Bricktober Minifigures, Toys R Us officially concluded this year’s Bricktober promotions with a build and take home event last Saturday at all local TRU stores in the US. KFOLS had the chance to build and bring home a brick-built mini version of one of Star Wars favorite droids, none other than BB-8.

If you missed out this event, and wish to try your own mini BB-8, then you’ll be glad to know that the instructions to build this miniature droid is now available online courtesy of The Brick Fan. You may download the building instructions directly as a PDF file and see if you have the necessary parts to build it, or you may just click on the images below.

Frankly, this particular build is not really that impressive. Pardon me, but I can’t help but think that it actually ended up looking like a roll-on… lol! I feel that BB-8’s head section can be improved even with very limited parts. Here’s how the final build looks like, with photo credits to Rebel Scum.

But who am I to complain, it’s free LEGO after all – and any free LEGO is always a good catch.

LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312) Officially Revealed!

We finally have official images of the next LEGO Ideas set that will make their way in toy shelves just in time for the holidays. As announced back in July during a LEGO Community Engagement Event in Japan, the LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312) were briefly mentioned to be released this November 1st. Since then, LEGO fans were a little anxious to see how this fan-made set created by AFOL and space enthusiast Maia Weinstock (aka 20tauri over at LEGO Ideas) will turn out. This is understandable, considering the not-so-positive sentiment that most people have regarding the selection of this LEGO Ideas project above other hopefuls.

However, as it turned out, the final official set is way above expectations and a definite improvement from its original design. I have to admit that in spite of the limitations that it has with regards to play features and setting aside any political sentiments over the matter, the LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312) set will be sought after for its aesthetic appeal as a vignette-styled collectible – particularly highlighting the significant contributions of these inspiring ladies of science. Check out the images below, followed by the official announcement and product description from the LEGO Ideas blogsite.

The LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312) is a 231-piece set that will retail for $24.99, and is scheduled to be released on November 1st at all LEGO Brand Stores and at shop.LEGO.com. If you’re somewhere in New York on October 28, then be sure to drop by the Flatiron District LEGO store from 10AM-2PM to meet and greet LEGO Ideas set designer Ms. Maia Weinstock.

LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312)
231 pieces; $24.99/ 24.99€

Build, play and learn from inspiring women of NASA!

Follow in the footsteps of 4 pioneering women of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration—America’s space agency) with this fun and inspiring LEGO® set. Build the Hubble Space Telescope and learn astronomy with the ‘Mother of Hubble’ Nancy Grace Roman. Develop the software for space missions with computer scientist Margaret Hamilton. And launch the space shuttle with Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, and Mae Jemison, the world’s first woman of color in space. Build, play, learn and one day you too could become a science, technology, engineering or mathematics superstar!

LEGO Ninjago Movie garmadon, Garmadon, GARMADON! (70656) Official Images Spotted in TRU Japan’s Website.

We already have confirmation (and official images) of Wave 2 sets of The LEGO Ninjago Movie, slated to be available just in time for the holidays. This time around, we get a closer look at another set joining the 2nd wave of TLNM builds. Making its debut at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con last July, the LEGO Ninjago  Movie garmadon, Garmadon, GARMADON!  (70656) does not necessarily refers to the evil tyrant himself, but to the shark mech that he used against Ninjago City. It is also a play on words and a humorous reference to Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! (70816) from The LEGO Movie back in 2014.

The LEGO Ninjago  Movie garmadon, Garmadon, GARMADON!  (70656) set is expected to be a Toys R Us exclusive, coming in at 830 pieces and retailing for $79.99. Though the set is expected to be available in the US starting December 1, TRU Japan’s website seems to be having an earlier promotion. 70656’s official images are now available online, with TRU Japan listing it to be available in the region starting November 3. Check these out.

Based on these images, and similar to the rest of the builds under the TLNM theme, the LEGO Ninjago  Movie garmadon, Garmadon, GARMADON!  (70656) is a scaled down version of the actual flying mech used by Garmadon in the film, though it still managed to retain its original design and particularly oversized feet.  The set also features a hotdog stand which offers a lot of potential builds for City MOCs and other similar creations. Finally, garmadon, Garmadon, GARMADON! (70656) also offers six (6) minifigures namely, Garmadon, Lloyd, two (2) Shark Army soldiers, a Hot Dog Guy (which is basically a remake of the Hot Dog Man from LEGO CMF Series 13), and a girl with braces.

 

Thanks to The Brick Fan for the tip.