Teaser for LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313) Found in German LEGO Store Flyer

The thing about LEGO Ideas is that, like “ideas”, they pop up, get a lot of attention, and eventually fade from popularity until they get brought up all over again. The Ideas set “Women of NASA” (21312) might still be in the forefront, but some of its predecessors have gone.

“Out with the old,” perhaps, but the new are coming soon enough this year. At least three proposals for LEGO Ideas will be debuting in turn this 2018. One of them, “Ship in a Bottle – the Flagship Leviathan” already has a number (21313) and is reportedly coming out this month.

For something expected to be introduced in January, there’s still precious little info released to the public about the Ship in a Bottle (21313). Thanks to some sleuthing by Promobricks, a LEGO Store flyer from Germany has been found with a teaser, a blueprint illustration showing how it’ll look like.

The blueprint is fairly basic in its interpretation, but it shows how the structure of the Flagship Leviathan contained inside a bottle, complete with side stands and cork. Hopefully LEGO will follow up on this preview with official images later on .

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Official Images of 2018 LEGO Polybags Surfaced.

MPBricks (aka mariopower.56 over at Instagram) have released what seem to be official images of upcoming 2018 LEGO polybags set to be released in January. We reported about these polybags last November, though the images we gathered were very much downgraded; but we now have these crisp images that gives us a clearer idea on what to expect from these polybags. Some these were also officially revealed a few days ago like the LEGO City Hot Dog Stand (30356) which is currently offered as a gift with purchase at LEGO Stores in the UK, and the upcoming LEGO City Dragster (30358) which is the January Store LEGO promotional in the US.

Check out the rest of these polybag and set images.

LEGO Creator Yellow Flyer (30540)

LEGO Creator Cute Pug (30542)

LEGO Star Wars Kylo Ren’s Shuttle (30380)

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Black Panther Royal Talon Fighter (30450)

LEGO Robot and Vehicle Free Builds (30499)

LEGO City Dragster (30358)

LEGO City Road Worker (30357)

LEGO Disney Ariel’s Underwater Symphony (30552)

Other than the Hot Dog Stand and Dragster, we don’t have information yet on which of the rest of these polybags will be offered either for sale or as a similar promotional item. However, what we can be sure is that we will be seeing these anytime soon at any LEGO stores at shop.LEGO.com.

Designer Video for LEGO Creator Downtown Diner (10260) Released

Whenever LEGO decides to make big building sets, they really sell how size matters. Look no further than the LEGO Creator Downtown Diner (10260) which is so chock-full of intricate details while having plenty of room for its accompanying minifigures to roam around in. It’s amazing how many things can go on both inside and outside.

If you’d like to know a little bit more about the Downtown Diner (10260) set, LEGO has just put up online its Designer video, featuring the diner’s creator, senior designer Mike Psiaki. The late December release of the  video, when set 10260 was first announced last November, appears to be LEGO’s new policy, changed from originally putting out an upcoming set announcement and its designer vid simultaneously.

It’s interesting to note however that Mike Psiaki’s designer video for the LEGO Creator Downtown Diner (10260) doesn’t quite delve into the set’s details in all its entirety. A portion of the video has Psiaki talking out about himself and his work as a senior designer for LEGO.

The LEGO Creator Downtown Diner (10260) will come out on January 1, 2018 and will retail for $169.99.

These Are the Custom LEGO Star Wars Character Busts You’re Looking For

Master Builders Tyler and Sean are back with another series of LEGO MOCs inspired by the recent release of Star Wars The Last Jedi. These LEGO Star Wars character busts are based on a stylized, cartoony version of Luke Skywalker (based on old man Luke from TLJ), Yoda, Darth Maul, and a First Order Stormtrooper. I simply couldn’t overemphasize the degree of complexity and advanced building techniques that went through the creation of these character busts. As Tyler noted, these custom LEGO Star Wars Character Busts may look simple on the outside, but the building magic really happens on the inside.

Particularly, I like the way how Luke’s gray hair was conveyed using light and dark gray slope pieces. The way Yoda’s eyes were recreated and the angle of his eyebrows gives this Jedi Master character bust a certain degree of personality. Additionally, the use of lime green color for Yoda was really spot on.

Darth Maul is really in a class of his own. As my favorite Sith Lord from the Star Wars prequels, I certainly won’t mind giving him some space in my LEGO Star Wars collection. The red and black color scheme really fits his character, not to mention Tyler and Sean’s excellent use of those white tooth pieces to replicate his iconic horns. This is one Sith character bust that you definitely don’t want to mess with.

custom LEGO Star Wars Character Busts

Finally, we have what I feel is the epitome of Tyler and Sean’s brick-building skills. This LEGO Star Wars MOC First Order Stormtrooper bust clearly showcases the depth of their building skills. The helmet design, and the way the LEGO pieces are aligned in such a way to give the bust a smooth, and sleek appearance is really awesome. Admittedly, this is the toughest model that Sean and Tyler ever made in this series.

custom LEGO Star Wars Character Busts

If you wish to have these LEGO Star Wars Character Busts added to your collection, then you’ll be glad to know that Build Better Bricks is running a promo where you can get all the four building instructions to create these character busts for a discounted price of $15. You still have the option of purchasing each individual set of instructions per character bust for just $5, but at 25% discount to get all four, that is one nice bargain you don’t want to miss.

To know more about these latest custom LEGO Star Wars Character Busts, check out Tyler and Sean’s reviews over at our YouTube channel, or head over at Build Better Bricks to view the rest of their cool creations.

Do you have a particular Star Wars character bust that you want to be rendered in LEGO bricks? Let us know in the comments below, or head over at Build Better Bricks’ official Facebook page and drop us a post.

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)

 

 

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.