2018 LEGO Disney Princess Accessory Packs (40307, 40388) Official Images Released.

A few months ago, LEGO introduced two accessory sets filled with unique pieces and elements that you can use to decorate your sprawling LEGO minifigure community. Released sometime in July, the LEGO City Build My City (40170) and LEGO Friends Heartlike City (40264) accessory sets are the first accessory packs that are offered less the minifigures, both retailing for $10 each.

This time around, LEGO seems to be expanding the subtheme by offering once again two additional accessory packs belong to the Disney Princess line. These sets are expected to be available sometime next month and are also expected to retail for $10 each. Check out these official images courtesy of Promo Bricks.

LEGO Disney Princess Accessory Set 1 (40307) – 115 pieces

LEGO Disney Princess Accessory Set 2 (40388) – 80 pieces


I’m not a fan of the Disney Princess theme, but looking at the pieces included in these sets, especially those from set 40307, I must say that LEGO did not spare on adding intricate details on them. I couldn’t figure out exactly if they require stickers to add to those pieces, and it will be very nice indeed if these are actually printed ones. That clock face, in particular, is a pretty valuable and versatile piece that you can use to decorate your next City or Castle project.

These sets are also expected to be available across all LEGO brand stores and at shop.LEGO.com so we’ll keep you posted once we have more information on them.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LEGO Seasonal Valentine’s Day Flowers  (40187)


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

LEGO Wedding Favor Set (40197)


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

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

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


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

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


Thanks to VaderFan2187 for the heads up.

A Closer Look at the 2017 LEGO Employee Gift Nutcracker (4002017).

Last week, we caught a glimpse of this year’s LEGO Employee Gift which is exclusively given to all LEGO Brand Store employees at this time of the year. This year, LEGO opted for a more holiday vibe with its complementary set, LEGO Store Employee Gift Nutcracker (4002017). I also remember saying in that post that this particular holiday gift set is probably the least attractive of all the employee gifts that LEGO has released thus far. However, after seeing several unboxing images from AFOL Bartlett via Chinese internet media giant, Sohu.com, I felt that corrections are in order. I am glad that I was wrong with my initial impression since I never had the chance to see the actual set built nor tried out – I just based my comments on its rather unsightly box art.

Thanks to these images shared by Bartlett, we now have a better appreciation of this latest LEGO Store Employee Gift. If you wish to see a full account of how the set is build – from it’s unboxing to the set’s play features – just head over to Bartlett’s post over at Sohu. Just don’t forget to use Google Translate to have a better idea on the finer details of this Nutcracker set. Credit goes to Bartlett for sharing these images, and to Ms. Norma Fernandes for sharing the clip below via Instagram.

The 2017 LEGO Employee Gift Nutcracker (4002017) box as compared to other sets.

An inside look at the box’s contents and building instructions.

 The Nutcracker (40002017) set completely built, including an exclusive 2×4 printed tile.

The entire range of LEGO Nutcracker sets so far.



Official Images of 60 Years of the LEGO Brick (40290) Commemorative Set Now Up.

Earlier this month, the LEGO Store January 2018 Calendar has revealed a promotional, commemorative set that celebrates the 60th patent anniversary of the 2×4 LEGO brick. The 60 Years of the LEGO Brick (40290) is the next gift with purchase set that is expected to be popular among faithful LEGO set collectors. Coming in at 421 pieces, this free promotional set is expected to be available in the US starting January 28 until February 14, 2018, for a minimum single-receipt purchase of any LEGO products worth $125 and above. I think it should be noted that there is a bit of a typo error in this portion of the calendar since it mentions that this promotional will be available starting January 28, 2017 so I hope LEGO will clear this one up.

The 60 Years of the LEGO Brick (40290) set highlights four mini versions of some of the most iconic LEGO sets such as Airport Shuttle (6399), Castle (375), Black Seas Barracuda (6285), and Space Cruiser and Moonbase (928). To cap it off, LEGO is also throwing in the highly collectible, commemorative 60th Anniversary Tile which is basically a white 2×4 tile printed with the 60th-anniversary logo. Check out these official images which LEGO has recently uploaded to its servers.  This set is expected to be very popular among AFOLs so be sure to take advantage of this promotional once it goes live in the US on January 28, 2018.

60 Years of the LEGO Brick (40290)

Celebrate 6 decades of building fun with 4 micro versions of the most iconic LEGO® builds of the past 60 years, comprising the awesome Airport Shuttle, famous Yellow Castle, Black Seas Barracuda, and the Galaxy Explorer, plus a printed commemoratory tile.


Relive Exciting Scenes from The Last Jedi With These LEGO Star Wars Sets!

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is almost in full swing across all US theatres today, and interest in the latest LEGO Star Wars sets is now on a whole new level. After seeing the film this Wednesday when it premiered in the Philippines, I couldn’t help but think how cool these LEGO The Last Jedi sets are, and how they re-enact some of the most, edge-of-your-seat moments in the film. Needless to say, The Last Jedi is the most awesome Star Wars movies to date, and LEGO has done an excellent job in immortalizing some its key moments in brick form.

So if you’re off to the cinemas to see TLJ, or if you have seen it already, better get these LEGO sets on hand and relive the excitement of watching The Last Jedi. Most of these sets are already available so if you don’t have them yet in your roster of LEGO Star Wars sets, now is the best time to have them.

Ahch-To Island Training (75200)

Join Master Luke as he trains Rey at his mountainside dwelling. This LEGO Star Wars toy features a hut with detailed interior, removable roof section for easy play, small bonfire build and rotating training function with an opening boulder with knockaway feature. With 2 minifigures and a Porg figure, this LEGO brick version of Luke’s dwelling from Star Wars: The Last Jedi will immerse any Star Wars fan in a galaxy of Jedi adventures.

Defense of Crait (75202)


This exciting Defense of Crait LEGO Star Wars toy has everything a Resistance warrior needs to play out the epic final battle from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The set features a highly detailed Resistance Ski Speeder with spring-loaded shooters, removable engine section, minifigure cockpit and a lowering stabilizer. There’s also a command tower with stud shooter on top and assorted weapons and tool elements, as well as a foldout trench section with rotating laser cannon and spring-loaded shooter, plus a gun emplacement with a stud shooter. Includes 5 minifigures.

Resistance Transport Pod (75176)


Make a quick escape with Finn and Rose in the Resistance Transport Pod. This detailed LEGO Star Wars version of the craft from Star Wars: Episode VIII features a 2-minifigure cockpit with removable canopy and detachable panels that reveal a rear storage compartment with space for the included BB-8 figure and a weapon store. There’s also a stud shooter at the side, aimed by turning the rear engine, plus dual spring-loaded shooters underneath. Includes 2 minifigures and a BB-8 figure.

First Order Heavy Scout Walker (75177)

Send General Hux and his crew into battle in the armored First Order Heavy Scout Walker. This impressive LEGO Star Wars version of the walker inspired by the blockbuster Star Wars Episode VIII movie features a 2-minifigure cockpit with opening top hatch, elevating spring-loaded shooters at both sides, elevating guns at the front, missile storage clips and hidden wheels that turn to make the legs ‘crawl’. This set also includes 4 minifigures.

Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter (75179)

Create your own LEGO Star Wars: Episode VIII battle adventures with Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter. This model features large wings, red exhaust detailing, an opening minifigure cockpit and trigger-activated spring-loaded shooters. The set also includes 3 minifigures and a BB-9E figure.

BB-8 (75187)

This faithfully reproduced LEGO Star Wars incarnation of the diminutive BB-8 droid from the new Star Wars movie trilogy makes the perfect gift for any Star Wars or LEGO fan. Turn one wheel at the side to rotate the detailed head, and another to open the access hatch and extend the ‘welding torch’. This faithfully reproduced model also comes with a display stand, decorative fact plaque and small BB-8 figure, making it a great display piece for any bedroom or office.

Resistance Bomber (75188)

Play out action-packed LEGO Star Wars: Episode VIII missions with the Resistance Bomber. This feature-packed model includes a button-activated bomb release function, spring-loaded shooters, 2 opening rear gun turrets with space for a minifigure, elevating rear guns, a 2-minifigure front cockpit with detachable canopy and a removable top section for easy access. It can also stand on any even surface when not in use. This set includes 5 minifigures.

First Order Heavy Assault Walker (75189)


Add a fearsome walker to your LEGO Star Wars First Order army with the Heavy Assault Walker. This awesome model, based on the walker from the blockbuster Star Wars: Episode VIII movie, features tough armor-plate detailing, posable legs, posable head with opening minifigure cockpit and spring-loaded shooters, an aimable rapid-fire stud shooter on top, and detachable canisters that can be released from the rear of the walker. There’s also a storage compartment at the side with extra stud ammo and an opening hold to the rear with space for a minifigure and extra missile ammo. This amazing set also includes 5 minifigures.

First Order Star Destroyer (75190)

Embark on galactic Star Wars: Episode VIII adventures with the First Order Star Destroyer. This huge model features armor-like panels on the outside, transparent-element engine detailing at the back and 8 side-facing stud shooters. Open out the top panels to reveal the detailed interior, featuring a working elevator leading to Snoke’s command center with a seat and mini hologram figure, bridge with seating for the crew, conference area with buildable medical droid and BB-9E droid, and a passageway leading to a detailed control room. There’s even a carry handle to take the play action into hyperspeed! This stellar set includes 5 minifigures and 2 droids.

It’s Official: Disney Now Owns 21st Century Fox.

After years of speculation and a hint of a possibility of a merger between the House of Mouse and entertainment giant 21st Century Fox, the deal as it seems, is now finally sealed. In an official press statement by the Walt Disney Company earlier today, Disney has announced the buyout of Fox’s biggest film titles and franchises, with a colossal price tag of $52.4 billion USD. Now if you can’t fully grasp how large this amount is, just consider that you can theoretically purchase the entire countries of Papua New Guinea and Cambodia (based on these countries estimated 2017 GDP) and still have some change to spare.

Now that the deal between Disney and 21st Century Fox has finally set the deal in stone, what can we expect from Disney as far as possible future LEGO tie-in sets are concerned? Screen Rant has written a summary of every Fox movie franchise that now practically belongs to Disney, which bolsters the House of Mouse’s repertoire of Marvel-related films and other well-known movie franchises. Being a family-friendly company as it is, it is also expected that some of these franchises may well translate into a LEGO set as well. Truth be told, not all films will quickly have its place inside the reverent Disney Castle, and the company has to work its storytelling magic on how some of these will blend in seamlessly with everything that Disney stands for. Just imagine how Deadpool will feel standing beside Captain America in the MCU, with the former being overly conscious not to say anything ‘offensive’ in front of Cap, and somehow we’ll get an idea.

Though these things will take a while to iron out, we can somehow predict the potential LEGO sets that may come along once Disney starts to work on these films. So let’s take a look at some of these franchises – both on-going and those that can be potentially rebooted or continued – and what LEGO sets can potentially be created out of them.

Ongoing Franchises
  • Avatar
  • Fantastic Four
  • X-Men
  • Deadpool
Franchises That Can Be Rebooted or Continued
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • Doctor Dolittle
  • Home Alone
  • Ice Age
  • Percy Jackson
  • Chronicles of Narnia

Moreover, now that the Simpsons is officially under the Disney umbrella, it is also possible that we will see a revival of interest for more LEGO sets under this theme, or at the very least, a re-launch of some of the most faved sets that we have such as the Kwik-E Mart (71016), The Simpsons House (71006), and the Simpsons Series 1 and Series 2 CMF lines.

Since it was already made clear by Disney CEO Bob Iger (whose contract has been extended until 2021) that the company will look forward to expanding the MCU to include the X-Men, Deadpool and Fantastic Four, I’m personally looking forward to how Disney will weave these superheroes into the MCU’s storyline, with some even speculating on a complete reboot in order for it to happen. Needless to say, it will be a bit complicated how future films featuring the Merc with a Mouth will receive Disney’s seal of approval. I find it hard, if not funny, to imagine how Deadpool will behave, and break the fourth wall keeping in mind his Disney bosses.

Coming up with more LEGO sets including Deadpool and the rest of the X-Men have been long overdue, with a relatively small number of LEGO Marvel Superhero sets already released such as the X-Men vs Sentinel (76022), Spider-Man: Daily Bugle Showdown (76005) and Wolverine’s Chopper Showdown (6866).  Additionally, it will not be a long shot to consider a Reed Richards minifigure since we already saw how Ms. Marvel got the LEGO treatment with Captain America Jet Pursuit (76076). Ben Grimm can easily be translated into bigfig form while Johnny Storm and Sue Richards can easily get their own minifigure versions as well.

Now I must say that am I pretty excited to consider how Avatar, Ice Age, and Chronicles of Narnia will all look like in LEGO form, given the vast colorful worlds and the characters that each franchise has. The second sequel to Avatar is expected to be as grandiose as the first one with a return to Pandora with its colorful and lush fauna and flora, and the mysterious people of the Na’vi. With a film as big as Avatar, it is not far-fetched to consider that LEGO will work its brick-building magic to come up with equally colorful and aesthetically pleasing sets perhaps in a similar vein as that of LEGO Elves.

Ice Age has been a long-time Fox animated film franchise, and it will be relatively easy for LEGO to come up with sets featuring the gang of Manny, Diego, and Sid. I can easily imagine how a smaller set featuring the saber-toothed squirrel Scrat and his perpetually lost acorn will easily be a hit among movie and LEGO fans.

Lastly, given the rich and vast world of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia, and if Disney can somehow lift the franchise to the same level of fandom comparable to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, then it is not difficult to imagine how a LEGO Chronicles of Narnia theme can come along. The classic Lewis series is filled with so many colorful characters and engaging storyline that it will be great to see them in LEGO brick form.

These are all part of my LEGO wishlist now that Disney has officially sealed this agreement with Fox. The shape of the entertainment industry will definitely evolve, and for LEGO fans, this means that more exciting days and future sets are still yet to come. What do you think brick fans, are you also excited about these recent developments? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


Halfway There: Days 9-12 of LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar (75184)

Whoops, we appear to be slipping in schedule. I should’ve posted the third digest of mini-goodies from the LEGO Star Wars 2017 Advent Calendar (75184) yesterday. But better late than never, so now we’re going to have a look at what models and minifigures were revealed from Day 9 to Day 12.

Day 9: Rey’s Speeder – I remember back when teasers for The Force Awakens were still rather new in 2014, and aside from the shot of BB-8 rolling across the sands full throttle, I was also impressed by a segment showing the Jakku scavenger later identified as Rey (Daisy Ridley) scooting off in her massive motorcycle-type speeder. She looked so small compared to its forward section. Anyway, LEGO does have a full-scale model set of the speeder (75099), so this mini-model is a budget option for those who missed getting that. It’s too small for minifigures, though.


Day 10: Jakku Scavenger – Well, Rey wasn’t the only one in Jakku poking through all those star destroyer wrecks. Here’s one of those many other scrappers working the barren planet, whom Rey does business with. The desert gear goes with the cool facemask, but that wooden crook looks incongruous.


Day 11: Luggabeast – If you’re wondering what else to do with the scavenger from Day 10, then here’s your answer. The luggabeast is a weird cyborg mount and beast of burden that’s somewhat common in worlds like Jakku. Rey’s had scenes in The Force Awakens interacting with scavengers on luggabeasts, before the start of the great adventure.

Day 12: Millennium Falcon – Didn’t we cover this before in micro-foil form? Indeed, the most iconic spaceship in the whole Star Wars franchise gets yet another micro-model take for this advent calendar. It’s nothing collectors haven’t seen before, but Han Solo’s just never gets old.


After careful consideration, I’ve decided to wait until Day 18 for the next digest of reveals for the LEGO Star Wars 2017 Advent Calendar (75184). That’s 6 days’ worth of new stuff to cover, and the next digest after that should be the last one, showcasing the remaining minis all the way to Day 24, Christmas Eve. I’ll see you then, after the premiere of The Last Jedi on Friday.

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.