LEGO Designers Explain Why the LEGO Creator Downtown Diner (10260) Has New Minifigure Faces.

We’re just a few weeks away before the next LEGO Creator modular set is released for everyone to enjoy. The LEGO Creator Expert Downtown Diner (10260) will be available starting January 1, and it was also previously announced that it will not have an early VIP access unlike previous larger sets. Coming in at 2,480 pieces and retailing for $169.99, the Downtown Diner is a welcomed addition, a breather if you will, to the modular series because of its unconventional and maverick design. Particularly, I appreciate the 1950s vibe of this set, with its large curve front window, outrageous Diner sign, and the pink, stylish convertible.

However, most of you were also quick to notice that LEGO Designers seem to have taken a detour in coming up with the usual minifigures that traditionally goes along these modular sets. For the first time ever, LEGO decided to do away with the bland, generic minifigure expressions that are standard features among the minifigs in these sets, as you can see from previous sets below.

Collection of minifigures from the LEGO Creator Expert Assembly Square (10255).

 

Minifigures from the LEGO Creator Expert Detective’s Office (10246).

Frankly, most fans of the theme were a bit unhappy with the move since it clearly deviates from what is expected from the modular sets. This difference becomes more obvious when you build this set alongside older ones, as you try to figure out how these newer minifigures will ‘blend’ with the old ones. It’s a rather perplexing moment, if not frustrating, to figure out how these new minifigs on the block will aesthetically go along with the older minifigures.

Just to be clear: I do prefer the changes that LEGO introduced with its line of minifigs for the Downtown Diner. The dual print minifig heads and the creative visualization of the various emotions that they try to represent has a vast potential for creative story-telling and imaginative play.  Check out some of these official images from the Downtown Diner (10260), and see how these minifigures seem to interact with each other to build up a story.



After almost 2 weeks since the announcement of the Diner, LEGO seems to have been quietly listening to fans’ comments about this new direction of minifigure designs. LEGO has been keeping tabs with the community and has recently released its official statement on the reasons behind the changes. Here’s what LEGO Designers have to say, courtesy of The Brick Fan.

Over the past 10 years our modular buildings have evolved in many ways. We’ve added more interior details, more story-telling and more emotional triggers such as unique decorations on windows & Minifigure torsos. We now feel the time is right to bring the Minifigure expression in line with all the amazing details now offered throughout our models. We have always loved the classic smiley face for its versatility and nostalgia value, but are now excited to explore the new possibilities expressive faces will offer us.

Clearly, LEGO is trying to innovate with the Downtown Diner (10260), and has now made known the direction that it will take for future modular sets. Now I know that most of us are still uneasy with these developments, and we just have to wait and see if these will eventually catch up with the fans of the theme.

What do you think brick fans? Are you happy with these changes? Do you agree with the LEGO designers on this one? Let your voice be heard in the comments below.

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A First Look at the LEGO Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina (75205).

We already know who shot first, so the only question is, how will the most wretched hive of scum and villainy fare in LEGO’s latest brick-built iteration? A few days ago, we reported on a certain rumor that has been making rounds over the Internet for quite some time already, and since we ran that article, we have to clarify some points that were raised about it. The Mos Eisley Cantina certainly ranks as one of the most iconic locations in Star Wars lore – so much so that LEGO has already released two versions of this fateful encounter between Han Solo and Greedo.

The first LEGO Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina (4501) was released back in 2003, coming in at 193 pieces. The second version of the Cantina came in 2014, with set 75052 and having a total number of 615 pieces. The latter features a different take on the Cantina by adding several details that are not included in the first set such as the Bith Musicians, and the thick-skinned reptilian Dewbacks. Now it seems that the rumors might as well be set in stone. Instagram user Maru just recently shared a thumbnail of an image of how LEGO’s latest version of the Mos Eisley Cantina will be like. Apparently, it seems that this particular image is taken from a page of a toy catalogue, and since it doesn’t have a confidential watermark, then I guess LEGO will not hound us upon posting this (I hope).

Rebelscum also mentioned that given how this latest Cantina looks like, the set will come in at 376 pieces. If you noticed each brick-built version of the Mos Eisley Cantina somehow builds upon each other, particularly to the variety of minifigure offerings on each set. The second set, 75052, boasts as the largest LEGO Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina set, with a total number of 615 pieces used to create it. However, what is unique to this latest version of the Cantina in set 75205 is the introduction of new minifigure character – Wuher the Bartender. I am re-posting the above image here just in case this Instagram post silently disappears.

The LEGO Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina (75205) is expected to retail in the US for $39.99, made of 376 pieces. It has four minifigures, namely: Han Solo, Greedo, Stormtrooper (without the pauldron), and the latest addition, the bar keeper, Wuher. Here’s another closer image of the minifigures in this set courtesy of Rebelscum.

So what do you think of this latest LEGO Star Wars sets? Do you think it was nice of LEGO to offer another Mos Eisley Cantina, or do you have something else in mind? Let us know in the comments below.

Bring Your LEGO Adventures to a New Level With Base Ace 3D Play Platforms.

Every now and then, we feature pretty cool, LEGO-related products here in the Brick Show that complements your LEGO play experience. Either organizing and sorting your seemingly infinite number of LEGO bricks, building ‘elite weapons’, or even simply coming up with an EV3 Egg Decorating Automaton (no, that last one is really NOT simple), all of these awesome stuff are meant to enhance our level of play with the LEGO brick. Speaking about play, there is one particular LEGO-compatible product that caught my attention recently that can expand any imaginative LEGO play – and MOCs as well.

What I am referring to is Talking Product’s Base Ace 3D Play Platforms. It is basically a minifigure (or any action figure) play stand that is made of interlocking wooden parts that can be arranged in various ways, without the use of any adhesive or glue. Whether you’re re-creating a jungle safari, or setting up a minifigure scaled space station, or fortifying an army defense, Base Ace 3D Play offers a creative way of giving life to these creations.

The buildable platforms can also be enhanced by adding cool features such as LED glow sticks, a sound FX module, sliding poles, and customized base plates. Needless to say, it’s a great way to add more fun to LEGO’s imaginative play and a nice way to display your minifigures and other smaller LEGO sets. Practically, there is no limit on how you can use the Base Ace 3D platform, and since the pieces are made of lacquered wood, they are guaranteed to be durable even against frequent assembly and disassembly.

Here’s Base Ace’s official product description, coupled with several official images and its promotional video for your reference. Just click on the link below for more information over at Amazon.

Base Ace 3D Play Platform

Base Ace is a 3D Play Platform for your mini figures and building bricks. This robust wooden kit can be customised, connected and expanded to create environments such as space stations, army camps or an exciting backdrop for a superhero mission. Discover a whole new world of mini figure adventures by adding an exciting new dimension to your exciting building bricks. Base Ace will inspire creative play and provide hours of fun, time and time again!



Upgrade your existing mini figure collection to another level with our durable wooden bases. Our kits do not include bricks or mini figures because most children already own a box of bricks. Base Ace will stretch the imagination and bring building adventures to life…so get your bricks out of the box and build! 

The Base Ace Kit 3 Special Edition is made from high quality lacquered plywood with printed graphics. The kit includes a red translucent sheet which can be rolled into a tube and inserted into the open central column. Flat packed ready for assembly. The kit simply slots together and secures with locking discs, No tools or glue required!


  • This kit includes five extension platforms which can be fitted or removed during play as required.
  • 15 x Black Base Plates included.
  • Approx size when assembled: 450 x 300 x 280mm.
  • Child Safe and CE Certified.
  • Includes assembly instructions.

NOTE: Our Base Plates are compatible with all leading brands of mini figures and building bricks including LEGO Star Wars, LEGO City and MEGA BLOKS. Base Ace kits do NOT include mini figures or building bricks.

Disclaimer: This item is compatible with LEGO, MEGA BLOKS and KRE-O, but it is NOT an official LEGO, MEGA BLOKS or KRE-O product.

 

A Look at the Latest Mega Construx ProBuilder Series.

For those of you who have been following my blog posts for quite some time now, you are probably aware that I rarely (or perhaps, never) featured anything here in our blogsite anything other than my love and passion for the LEGO brick. I always seek to feature anything that either builds up, or complements LEGO as THE iconic building set that there is ever will be. However, it should also be noted that other names are slowly leaving their mark in the brick building community that is worth looking into. One such name I believe is Mega Brand’s (formerly Mega Bloks) Mega Construx series. For one, Mega Construx is not a newbie in terms offering themed building sets, which they prefer to call as ‘Worlds’ instead. It has been around for several years already and has been an active partner and licensee of notable titles such as Pokemon, Halo, Destiny, Call of Duty, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to name some of them. Brick Show Brian also reviewed one particular Mega Construx World, particularly the Pokemon Mega Construx sets that the company released a few months ago. You may watch Brian’s review of these buildable Pokemon sets right here.

Just recently, Mega Construx has launched a new theme or world with the creation of their Mega Construx ProBuilder Series. For their initial offering, they have two sets, particularly geared towards advanced builders: the Space Rover Expedition (FPH87) and Viking Longship Raid (FPH88).


These two sets stand out among the rest of the Mega Construx Worlds for their particular appeal brought about by the suggestions and feedback of the Mega Construx community. In terms of their ‘collectability’, these sets features highly detailed designing and craftsmanship that is on a different scale as compared to what we see from standard LEGO sets. Check out what they have to offer based on their official product description as mentioned in their website.

 

Space Rover Expedition (FPH87)

No. of Pieces: 706; retails for $49.99

Explore the mysteries of Mars and beyond with an authentically detailed space rover!

Inspired by modern space exploration advancements, this rover explores our deepest curiosities, peering into the future to travel beyond the known. Push past your technical limits when you build this authentic space rover, complete with true-to-life detailing and features. Discover Mars’ mysteries when you ready your crew, manning each member at the rover’s robotic arm, comm system, and drone. This is one giant leap – and giant building experience – for mankind!

Ideal for ages 10 and up.

Features:

  • Buildable, authentic space rover
  • 6 rolling wheels
  • Opening cockpit and side door, robotic arm, and solar panel communication system
  • Buildable, independent front and rear suspension
  • Connectible trailer with retractable ramp
  • Buildable soil-extracting drone vehicle with rolling treads
  • 3 highly detailed, super-poseable astronaut micro action figures with display stands: Pilot, Commander, and Engineer
  • Figure accessories include shovel, pickaxe, tablet, and buildable storage crate that opens
  • 706-piece, advanced-level build to challenge Beyonders!
  • Combine with other Mega Construx™ construction sets and create your own custom builds
  • Build like a pro, and Build Beyond™!

 

Viking Longship Raid (FPH88)

No. of Pieces: 995; retails for $79.99

Lead a historic raid across the sea and beyond in an iconic Viking warship!

Created as a multi-purpose vessel for exploration, trade and commerce, the Vikings’ iconic ships were best known for riding them into glorious battle! Now you can set sail for the ultimate conquest when you build this authentic Viking longship, complete with historically accurate details and features. Man the crew at their posts, raise the retractable sail, and set off for your next great raid – and next massive building experience!

Ideal for ages 10 and up

Features:

  • Buildable, authentic Viking longship
  • Dragon head bow and dragon tail stern
  • Ship features ropes and pulleys, retractable cloth sail and tent cover, side rudder, storage compartments, 14 shields, and 14 moving oars
  • 6 highly detailed, super-poseable Viking warrior micro action figures with display stands: Holuman, Hand, Helmsman, Journeyman, and Skipper.
  • Figure accessories include a spear, helmets, swords, bow and arrows, and Viking axes
  • 995-piece, advanced-level build to challenge Beyonders!
  • Combine with other Mega Construx™ construction sets and create your own custom builds
  • Build like a pro, and Build Beyond™!

 

I have already seen a handful of reviews done on these sets, and I have to say that I am impressed about them in terms of the quality of their designs and pieces. For one, these sets have forgone the use of stickers and it’s for a pretty good reason. If you notice from the official images, these sets boast with so many colorful elements that they all come in printed parts. I believe that this is a very good move due to abundance of printed parts that comes with these sets. It will be a builder’s nightmare if all them comes with stickers instead. Plus, the printed parts look absolutely great, particularly on the Viking Longship Raid.

Another thing that is worthwhile to mention is the quality of the micro action figures that goes with these sets. If you’re already familiar with Mega Construx’s line of microfigures then you’re probably aware that their main selling point is the impressive articulation that they have, allowing you a ridiculous number of ways in which you can pose them. Couple it with the impressive craftsmanship and detailing on these and you have an excellent variety of micro-scaled action figures. Plus the sheer number of accessories that these microfigures have, stand out in comparison to any existing LEGO minifigure.

Now let me say again that I am not in anyway letting go of my love and fascination for LEGO. But seeing the level of detail and beauty that these latest Mega Construx ProBuilder sets have, and the unparalleled articulation that its microfigures features, then I wouldn’t mind giving them some airtime here in the blog.

So what do you think brick fans, will you pick these sets up? Let us know in the comments below.

LEGO Creator London Bus (40220) Promotional Now Live at shop.LEGO.com!

The LEGO December Store Calendar is packed with several freebies and promotional items that you definitely don’t want to miss, especially that LEGO is bringing back one of it’s highly sought after gift with purchase set from last year.

In case you missed it, here’s your chance to bag the LEGO Creator Mini London Bus (40220) once again, and it’s now up and available as a freebie over at shop.LEGO.com. From December 8 until 17, every minimum single receipt purchase of any LEGO products worth $75 and above, entitles you to a free Mini London Bus (40220). Comparatively speaking, LEGO opted to retain the same price point for the Mini London Bus which is at $75.

The said promotional is now live at shop.LEGO.com, together with the LEGO Ninjago Wu Keychain (5004915) if you will place your next LEGO purchase during the next few hours.

LEGO Creator London Bus (40220)

Take a ride in this LEGO® model of a classic London Bus!

 

Build this retro bus with turning wheels plus transparent window and light elements. Apply the number plate, route number, destination and advertising banner stickers. With authentic details, this delightful vintage bus makes a perfect gift for fans of LEGO® Creator modular building sets and London.

  • This buildable LEGO® brick London Bus features authentic details, turning wheels, transparent window and light elements and stickers for the number plate, route number, destination name and advertising banners inspired by LEGO Creator models 21013 Big Ben and 10232 Palace Cinema (not included).
  • This set includes over 115 pieces and offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 7 and over.
  • Measures over 2” (6cm) high, 4” (11cm) long and 1” (3cm) wide.

Days 5-8 of LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar (75184).

So, we got a look at the goodies that were revealed in the first four days of the LEGO Star Wars 2017 Advent Calendar (75184) last Monday, and I’ve hit upon the idea of combining day posts into four-day digests like how I caught up with the set’s “opening weekend.”

To wit, I’m now going to do a once-over of the LEGO mini-models and minifigures that were revealed from Day 5 to 8, that is, Tuesday to Friday. Of this batch I’d say that the reveals are mostly okay. There are two minifigures and one vehicle so it’s not boring:

Day 5: Resistance Officer – Remember the guy manning the Day 4 Blaster Cannon in our previous Advent Calendar article? Here’s the guy with his blaster pistol. His identity’s up in the air – probably not Poe Dameron – so he could be a generic Resistance guy to bulk up the heroes’ ranks.

Day 6: First Order Troop Transport – They first appeared in The Force Awakens, carrying Stormtroopers in Jakku where we first meet Rey, BB-8 and Finn. It’s a basic version of the full LEGO set 75103 from 2015.

Day 7: First Order Stormtrooper – The grunts of the First Order remnants of the Empire are a sterling example of old made new, with different enough armor details to stand out. The face under the helmet is recycled from Clone Troopers of the Prequel Trilogy/Clone Wars period however.

Day 8: Weapons Rack – It’s… a crate to store weapons in, with prominent slots holding a big blaster and a wrench aside from the empty storage. That’s it, nothing more. You could take it apart to add to custom creations if you want. To be continued.

Renault Sport’s 40th Anniversary Event To Feature Life-Sized LEGO Model, Workshop and Several Rare Sets.

LEGO has been partnering with real-life brands for so many decades that it has become old hat. Speaking of old hats, Renault Sport has been in the racing scene for four decades now, ever since Groupe Renault established it back in 1976 by combining their sports-car and competition departments at Gordini and Alpine.

Renault Sport has overseen their parent company’s official motor racing participation, especially in Formula One, for 40 years. In commemoration of this milestone, just one decade short of a golden anniversary, Renault has contracted the services of a LEGO Certified Professional who is a trusted partner of The LEGO Group.

The result is three sets of Renault Sport race car models made entirely of LEGO bricks. Note however that, outside of being designed by a LEGO-Certified Pro, these are not official LEGO sets with appropriate numbering. Still, they’re made out of bricks that are as LEGO as they can be.

Renault Sport Formula One Team RS17

828 pieces; only 100 sets made available.

Renault Sport Formula One Team RS17

110 pieces; only 1000 sets made available.

Renault RS2027 Vision

Concept vehicle model for Renault’s 50th anniversary, 375 pieces, only FORTY sets made available to retail for €375 each.

All these rare sets will only be available for collectors at the Altelier Renault event in Paris on Saturday, December 9. The said event will also showcase a life-sized RS17 model made out of 300,000 (official) LEGO bricks.

In addition, there will be a LEGO workshop where attendees can assemble their own custom micro-scale version of said RS17 model. You can find out more from this preview video (in French).

The LEGO Batman Movie Collectible Minifigure Series 2 Now Officially Revealed!

This piece of news may have been floating around lately, especially considering that a leaked image of its checklist has surfaced as early as the first week of November. Nevertheless, nothing beats the crisp, clear images that LEGO has shared over social media regarding its highly anticipated LEGO Batman Movie Collectible Minifigure Series 2.

In case you missed it, check out these official images and the names of each of these characters. It is also interesting to note that like other CMFs or collectible minifigures, most of these sets also include a variety of new pieces, unique and sometimes odd looking dual-sided face printings, and a well-balanced number of Justice League heroes and Rogues from Gotham.

I am personally excited to have my try with the Swimming Pool Batman and Tropical Joker minifigs; and if you’re excited for these TLBM collectibles as much as we do, then better start practicing how to feel them inside their challenging blind bags once January 1 comes in. For the meantime check out these images courtesy of LEGO’s official Facebook account.

Friends are Family Harley Quinn

 

Friends are Family Alfred

Clock King

 

Professor Hugo Strange

 

Mermaid Batman

Swimming Pool Batman

Tropical Joker

Vacation Robin

 Vacation Batgirl

 

Vacation Alfred

Soccer Mom Batgirl

 

Killer Moth

 

Wonder Twin (Jayna)

Wonder Twin (Zan)

 

Apache Chief

Jor-El

 

General Zod

 

Doctor Phosphorus

Black Canary

 

Black Vulcan

Closer Look at First Four Days of LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2017 (75184)

Oh hey, December has started (last Friday), so for those who have fancied LEGO’s 2017 Advent Calendar sets, this one’s for you. If there are any who have actually not purchased the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar (75184) set, then perhaps this feature might inspire you that it’s not yet too late to start.

The again, if the 75184 advent calendar isn’t in your buy list this year at all, then perhaps you can enjoy these photos of what lies in store for each day of December that comes until Christmas Eve on the 24th. Granted, it would’ve been accurate if this got started last Friday, but at least the inaugural countdown post will be meaty.

Day 1: The Ghost – The advent countdown by LEGO Star Wars this year starts with the main spaceship of the animated series Star Wars Rebels. The armed light freighter Ghost is the “baby” of Twi’lek Rebel leader Hera Syndulla, serving a mobile home base for the show’s small Rebel cell from Lothal. It was last seen chronologically in 2016’s Rogue One movie.

Day 2: Sabine Wren – For those who find Bobba Fett too antiheroic to root for, then here’s a Mandalorian fans of Star Wars Rebels can get behind: Sabine Wren. It does feel awesome to have someone from the bounty hunter world undoubtedly fighting the good fight.

Day 3: Phantom II – The Ghost is no warship by any stretch of the imagination. Thankfully it’s got the auxiliary Phantom II star-fighter shuttle. Much like the Ghost from Day 1, it’s a simple build that still matches the details of larger LEGO Star Wars sets well.

Day 4: Blaster Cannon – For when handheld blasters aren’t enough, there’s a tripod-mounted big gun the post-Empire Resistance can bring to bear against the Imperial remnants of the First Order. It’s sure to get some screen-time in The Last Jedi this December. (That minifigure’s for a later day.)

That about does it for now; watch this space for more lowdown on the other goodies left in the 24 Days of a LEGO Star Wars Christmas. The 2017 Advent Calendar (75184) is available now, along with similar mini-model-laden advent calendars from both the City and Friends lineups.

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.