LEGO BrickHeadz Go Brick Me (41597) Coming in April!

Now this is something interesting – either because of the concept behind this latest, customizable BrickHeadz set, or the fact that its name doesn’t seem to be right. LEGO is taking the LEGO BrickHeadz theme to a whole new level with its latest set, now revealed for the first time, at the 2018 New York Toy Fair.

The LEGO BrickHeadz Go Brick Me (41597) is not your usual BrickHeadz set not just because of the sheer amount of pieces that goes with it, but the promise of customization that it brings. Coming in at 708 pieces and plenty of minifigure accessories, the idea is that you can build yourself and others into that BrickHeadz version that you always wanted – more like a brick-built, bobblehead, mini-me version of you. The set will retail for $29.99 and will be available starting April 1.





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LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 18 Official Images Released!

Just a few minutes after the party-themed LEGO CMF Series 18 was put on display at the 2018 New York Toy Fair, LEGO has finally released official images of this LEGO 40th minifig anniversary series. Officially revealed via its social media sites, we now have these images of each the minifigs of Series 18. I simply need all of them: end of my commentary. Which one is your favorite?

Cactus Girl

Police Officer 

Birthday Cake Guy

Blue Brick Girl 

Red Suit Brick Guy 

Balloon Artist Clown 

Cat Suit Girl 

Cowboy Suit Guy

Rocket Guy

Blue Unicorn Knight

Elephant Suit Girl

Purple Balloon Girl 

Orange Balloon LEGO Fan Boy

Red Dragon Suit Guy

Flower Girl

Race Car Guy

Spider Suit Guy

More LEGO Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom NYTF Images!

Here are additional images that we managed to snap showing the LEGO Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom sets at NYTF. Take note that the box art for set numbers 75927 and 75929 were not put on display. Spoilers (aka ‘leaks’) perhaps?

Pteranodon Chase (75926) 

 

 

Stygimoloch Breakout (75927)

 

 

Blue’s Helicopter Pursuit (75928)

 

 

Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape (75929)

 

 

Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate (75930) 


Featured MOC: The Skull’s Eye Schooner Ship in a Bottle.

The LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313) is generally opined to be one of the most awesome sets to come out under the LEGO Ideas process and labeling. It’s certainly one of the most photogenic and fit for shelf-top display. But while there’s a lot of praise, there’s also criticism.

One major sticking point for LEGO builders who got set 21313 is that the ship inside the bottle, the Flagship Leviathan, isn’t quite as massive as its name implies. From there came a new plus point for Ship in a Bottle: its versatility in having a different vessel mounted inside it.

We already covered one impressive MOC that replaced the Leviathan with a slightly miniaturized LEGO Pirates Skull’s Eye Schooner (6286). But other builders have decided to take a different tactic by enlarging the default Leviathan ship with additional parts instead. Brick Fanatics rises to the challenge again, with a ship enlargement plan.

Our hats go off to their builders for the very eye-catching results. Brick Fanatics went out of their way to both use common LEGO pieces and elements, while still trying to put in as much detail to the expanded Leviathan as it grew. Let’s go over the new embellishments next.

From the ship’s bow comes the addition of a LEGO microfigure as the Leviathan’s figurehead. Next are the two doors that lead into the ship’s foredeck. Interestingly, no LEGO model ship has ever featured interior-access doors like these. The ship’s enlarged rear now has stained-glass/transparent windows, rear deck, and flag.

Ultimately, the larger Flagship Leviathan was able to fit inside the bottle display with just one build modification, necessitating a different rearrangement of the top “glass” plates to accommodate the different placing of the mast-tops. Once, again, we thank Brick Fanatics for sharing this MOC, and we hope to get a chance to feature more from them in the future.

MIT Uses LEGO To Make Modular Microfluidics Lab Setup.

There have long been stories and news in the past concerning how LEGO bricks have been utilized in applications that went far beyond their original function as toys. Both engineers and scientists have occasionally used LEGOs in their work, often due to the precision and consistency of their component parts.

It’s not really surprising to hear laboratories like MIT reporting on some of their experimental setups where they used LEGO. This latest endeavor from scientists of the institute had them use those awesome plastic bricks to construct a modular microfluid system with a pump and sorter. But that’s not all.

As the project head, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering graduate student Crystal Owens, puts it, their microfluid system experiment can be quickly replicated by scientists around the world from scratch, with a supply of LEGO bricks. “You could then build a microfluidic system similarly to how you would build a LEGO castle — brick by brick,” she says.

Why LEGO Bricks for building scientific setups? It can be credited to the efforts made by the manufacturer to make sure that each unique brick and element is precisely identical to copies of itself. That means they’re guaranteed to connect seamlessly no matter where those bricks are found, as long as they’re of the same shape and dimensions.

True, a little modification was done in some of the component bricks to allow the microfluid process, but the fact remains that the precision build of LEGO bricks has made them ideal for scientific construction.

MIT associate professor Anastasios John Hart is used to seeing microfluidic devices as being time-consuming and eating up a lot of resources to put together. Therefore, he’s very impressed by the use of LEGO as alternative building material. That’s one more feather in the cap for LEGO in technical usage.

Ford Highlights The LEGO Speed Champions 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback (75884).

Towards the end of January, we finally got our first good look at LEGO’s next wave of Speed Champions sets, long loved by LEGO motor enthusiasts but somewhat under represented in the past. Prospective collectors were bowled over by the six initial releases: two Porches, two Ferrari and two Ford sets.

In recent press release, the LEGO Group gave its thoughts on one of the most classic muscle cars of all time, now rendered in LEGO bricks. The LEGO Speed 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback (75884) is both a testament to Ford’s outstanding legacy in the automobile industry, and our love for America’s favorite sports car.

 

Here’s part of LEGO and Ford’s press release courtesy of The Brick Fan. It talks about the efforts to evoke an authentic image of the 1968 mustang Fastback for Speed Champions, such as the bodywork color scheme, the driver minifigure’s uniform design, and even a Ford-branded time board.

Ford and LEGO® are celebrating Ford’s heritage by adding a 1968 Mustang fastback race car to the LEGO Speed Champions lineup.

As a tribute to America’s favorite sports car, the 183-piece Ford Mustang kit features green bodywork with gold dual stripes and wheels, race graphic stickers, removable windscreen and a mini-figure driver wearing a classic racing suit. For added fun, the race car set includes a Ford-branded timing board.

“The new Ford Mustang LEGO Speed Champions set gives parents and children the chance to share their passions – generations of fans have grown up building LEGO sets and spending time together behind the wheel,” said Myra Lind, LEGO Speed Champions marketing manager. “This partnership of iconic brands allows kids of all ages to enjoy the latest products from two great companies.”

Ford licensing manager Matt Monroe has this to say regarding the LEGO Speed Champions Mustang Fastback (75884): “We worked closely with LEGO to design a vintage Mustang, personalizing the fastback with stripes and decals that harken back to Ford’s racing heritage. This 1968 Mustang fastback race car is a special product that adds even more excitement to Ford’s LEGO Speed Champions lineup.”

The 1968 Ford Mustang (75884), alongside the Ford Fiesta WRC rally car (75885), Ferrari 488 GT3 “Scuderia Corsa” (75886), Porsche 919 Hybrid (75887), Porsche 911 RSR and 911 Turbo 3.0 double pack (75888), and the Ferrari Ultimate Garage with 3 cars (75889), all goes on sale March 1.

A Look at the LEGO Marvel Superheroes UCS Hulkbuster Ultron Edition (76105).

You might have already heard about this from Brick Show Brian, but unfortunately, his video about the upcoming LEGO Marvel Superheroes UCS Hulkbuster (76105) has been taken down by the Brick Police from Brick Show’s YouTube channel. Well, I guess it is expected at some point. So, even before LEGO’s corporate censorship machine comes knocking at our doorsteps, allow me to share this leaked image once more about this latest Marvel UCS from LEGO, or to be more precise, the Hulkbuster Ultron Edition (76105).

Standing in at a towering 10.43 inches in height, this UCS model is based primarily on the Age of Ultron Mark 44 Hulkbuster model, and not from the newer version as we saw in the MCU Infinity War trailer. The set also comes with an exclusive Iron Man suit, which is not available in any other set. I have to admit that I’m a little puzzled at LEGO’s choice of offering this Hulkbuster model given the fact that it will be better to have one that is most updated. However, it is still expected to be a crowd favorite once it is released in the first week of March, as LEGO’s March Store Calendar have suggested. Now it should be noted that the recent LEGO Store Calendar does not mention any UCS type of set to be released alongside the LEGO Marvel Infinity War sets, so we are still guessing here on when this Hulkbuster will actually be available.

Though most of us were probably expecting a long overdue UCS Milano, I can’t deny the fact that this most recent version of the Hulkbuster looks kind of cool. But if you’re still waiting for the UCS Milano to happen, then you might want to check out Tyler’s seriously awesome UCS Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Milano MOC.

DOWNLOAD THE BUILDING INSTRUCTIONS FOR TYLER’S CUSTOM LEGO UCS GOTG 2 MILANO MOC RIGHT HERE.

Now, truth be told, I’ve seen a handful of better Hulkbuster MOCs from the AFOL community, and one which even  garnered 10,000 votes of support as a potential LEGO Ideas set. The Hulkbuster UCS by Raymond Chow is one magnificent set to behold. Not only did he manage to create on a minifig scale, but he also got the proportions right, which is somehow lacking from this current UCS Hulkbuster offering from LEGO.

Nevertheless, it’s a great move forward by LEGO in giving us a LEGO UCS Hulkbuster, particularly with regards to brick-built mechs and robots.  We’ve seen some improvements in this virtually neglected aspect of LEGO sets when the LEGO Ninjago Movie sets came out. But in the end, I’m just glad that LEGO designers got those feet and legs right.

 

LEGO Celebrates it BIG With This 10-Foot Tall LEGO Brick.

LEGO doesn’t mince words (or bricks, for this matter) when it makes a point of publicly declaring its passion for the LEGO brick. Now that we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of this toy icon, LEGO Master Builders made sure that they got their message of admiration and love for the brand across, in a way that people surely took notice.

Designed and constructed in LEGO’s US Headquarters in Enfield, Connecticut, this giant classic piece is made up 133,000 LEGO pieces and took 350 hours to build. It stood proudly at New York City’s Flatiron District from January 26 to 28, with a simple question posed for onlookers: What Will You Build?

Here’s what LEGO has to say about the 60th anniversary of the iconic brick.

Sixty years ago, the simple idea of adding tubes inside a plastic building brick turned into one of the most exciting and influential toys in the world – the LEGO brick. Since then, LEGO play has been about the joy of building and giving every child the chance to shape their own world through inventive play.

The LEGO Group began producing a plastic brick in 1949, but it was not until nine years later, in 1958, that the LEGO brick we know today was born. It took several years of iterations to find the iconic design, which has not been changed significantly since. The unique design and the uncompromised focus on quality and safety during the past six decades ensures that two LEGO bricks produced 60 years apart can still fit together.

As an added treat in case you missed this brick-built monolith, LEGO Fan Tube shares a speed build video of how this anniversary monument was made.

 

Take a Trip Down LEGO’s Memory Lane With These Vintage Footages of How the LEGO Brick Began.

As you know well by now, the LEGO brick that we all grew up with and loved is celebrating its 60th birthday. Since the day when Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, the founder and inventor of the LEGO brick, filed the original patent on January 28, 1958, thousands of LEGO sets built on that single iconic brick meant countless and priceless smiles among kids and adults alike. Perhaps the coolest thing about the LEGO brick is that even though it has expanded and evolved in a myriad of shapes and sizes, it hasn’t changed in its fundamental design and building principle. Which means to say that the very first brick created in 1958, will still perfectly fit onto modern LEGO pieces that we have today.

To celebrate the occasion, the LEGO Group posted three vintage film recordings from the bygone era of LEGO’s humble beginnings: from the designing the first LEGO sets, and even the patient sorting and boxing of its plastic pieces and elements, this collection of videos gives us a glimpse of how things were done inside the LEGO factory back then.

From Design to Delivery.

 

Packing Boxes the LEGO Way!

 

A Historical Sneak Peek Inside LEGO HQ.

 

Crazy cool, right? To bring home that nostalgic feel of having your very first LEGO set, be sure to check out LEGO’s 60th Anniversary Vintage sets now being offered in Walmart stores.

These 60th anniversary sets are made up of basic bricks, but the classic pieces and nostalgic vibe that goes along with them is absolutely priceless. What is your most memorable LEGO set? Let us know in the comments below.  #HappyBirthdayBrick!

Amazing MOC of LEGO Creator Downtown Diner (10260): Downtown Cars Showroom

The LEGO Creator Downtown Diner (10260) is fairly fresh out on the store shelves, but already some Builders have seen the many MOC possibilities in the 3-story, 2480-piece building set to begin trying out their own customizations. That of course should be obvious from the look of the box image.

One of those Builders that have begun sharing images of their Downtown Diner (10260) MOCs is brickdance9. The latest photo on his Instagram account shows his transformation of a diner into an auto dealership showroom and garage, which is named Downtown Cars. The results are amazing and just so photogenic.

Like many MOC Builders, brickdance9 was able to use only the existing number of blocks on an official set and reconfigure them into something new. In fact, the only element not part of LEGO Creator Downtown Diner (10260) is the LEGO Speed Champions Mercedes AMG GT3 (75877) on floor 2.

Only the most awesome automobile makers would have showrooms that have cars anywhere other than the ground floor. And the Speed Champions Mercedes (75877) looks so integral to the Downtown Cars MOC that you’d think it was part of the original 10260 set design, like the retro pink convertible below.

Just looking at brickdance9’s MOC would be enough to inspire even casual LEGO Builders to try really letting their imagination run wild. He’s not the only one posting custom designs online, but his Downtown Cars creation is one of the best out of a new set, currently available on shop.LEGO.com.