Return To The Grid With LEGO Ideas TRON: Legacy (21314)

After teasing on the arrival of the next LEGO Ideas set, with its corresponding box art image leaked online, LEGO has officially unveiled its latest Ideas set that pays tribute to one of our pop culture’s most famous icon. Designed by siblings Tom and Drew – also known as BrickBros UK over at LEGO Ideas – the LEGO Ideas TRON: Legacy (21314) is a re-imagining of Disney’s TRON film released in 2010. It comes in at 230 pieces and by far, one of the cheapest, licensed LEGO Ideas set selling for $34.99.

The TRON: Legacy set is scheduled to be in stores and online on March 31, 2018 with a corresponding UK signing event at the Leicester Square Brand Store on March 29, with fans in the UK having a head start of having this set. Here’s TRON: Legacy’s official product description, followed by several crisp images.

21314 LEGO® Ideas TRON: Legacy

Ages 10+. 230pieces.

US $34.99- CA $44.99 – DE 34.99€ – FR 34.99€ – UK £29.99 – DK 300DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

Reimagine Disney’s TRON: Legacy movie scenes with LEGO® bricks!

Build Disney’s TRON: Legacy with this LEGO® Ideas set, featuring 2 Light Cycles, 3 minifigures and a TRON grid/display base to recreate the movie chase scene and Identity Disc battle.

Build, play and display with this futuristic LEGO® Ideas 21314 TRON: Legacy set from Disney, featuring 2 Light Cycles, each with minifigure seats and translucent-colored light-style elements, plus a divisible TRON grid with attachment points for the vehicles. Use the grid as a display base for the Light Cycles or split it in 2 to recreate the chase scene from Disney’s TRON: Legacy movie. Alternatively, stage an Identity Disc battle between the 3 included LEGO minifigures—Sam Flynn, Quorra and Rinzler—on the grid. This construction toy includes a booklet with information about its fan creator and LEGO designers, plus the lowdown on Disney’s TRON: Legacy movie and its main characters.

  • Includes 3 LEGO® minifigures: Sam Flynn, Quorra and Rinzler.
  • Features 2 buildable Light Cycles for Sam Flynn and Rinzler, and a TRON grid/display base.
  • Sam Flynn’s Light Cycle features a minifigure seat, authentic features and assorted translucent-blue light-style elements, including power stream effects.
  • Rinzler’s Light Cycle features a minifigure seat, authentic features and assorted translucent-orange light-style elements, including power stream effects.
  • TRON grid/display base features 2 detachable parts, attachment points for the 2 Light Cycles and translucent-blue elements.
  • Divide the grid to recreate the Light Cyclechase scene from Disney’s TRON: Legacy movie, or use it to role-play the disc battle scene with the minifigures.
  • Includes Quorra’s sword.
  • Accessory elements include Sam Flynn and Quorra’s blue Identity Discs, and Rinzler’s 2 orange Identity Discs. Attached to the back of each minifigure.
  • This construction toy includes a booklet with building instructions, information about the set’s fan creator and LEGO designers, and the lowdown on Disney’s TRON: Legacy movie and its main characters.
  • Each Light Cycle measures over 1″ (5cm) high, 6” (17cm) long and 1” (4cm) wide.
  • TRON grid/display base measures over 8” (22cm) wide and 3” (9cm) deep.

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London Launch Event of LEGO Ideas TRON Legacy Light Cycle (21314) Set for March 29

Last week, LEGO finally started serious promotion of their next upcoming LEGO Ideas set, the TRON Legacy Light Cycle (21314). From its box art preview to a cool 3D-animated teaser, it’s all systems go towards building a great consumer hype for this sweet new set coming out later this year.

But what if you don’t have to wait for “later this year”? What if you can get the Ideas TRON Legacy Light Cycle (21314) as early as the end of this month? Fans in the UK are in for a treat; they’re playing host for the set’s official launch event.

This March 29, at London’s Leicester Square LEGO Store, the British design team of BrickBrosUK – which submitted the LEGO Ideas Light Cycle project, based on the 2010 film TRON Legacy – will be making an appearance as the guests of honor for the launch event. You know what that means: autograph opportunity!

Just like with previous LEGO Ideas set launches, the BrickBrosUK team will be ready to autograph advance purchases of their Light Cycle (21314) sets for eager buyers, making each box a collectors’ item. Do note however that they’ll be in the Leicester LEGO Store only for 4-7 PM GMT.

The LEGO Ideas TRON LEGACY Light Cycle (21314) is composed of the light cycle model itself, a brick base, and three minifigures (Sam Flynn, Quorra and Clu) in one full-to-the-brim package. Its release will follow in the wake of the previous Ideas set, Flagship Leviathan: Ship in a Bottle (21313).

LEGO Teases on the LEGO Ideas TRON: Legacy (21314)

LEGO Ideas’ social media channels have released a teaser video announcing the arrival of the upcoming LEGO Ideas TRON: Legacy (21314). We already know what to expect from the set thanks to the first image that we have of its box art. The set features two iconic light cycles based on the follow-up sequel TRON: Legacy released in 2010.

This set was conceptualized by BrickBros UK, and garnered the necessary support of LEGO fans, and approval of the LEGO Ideas Team during the first 2017 LEGO Ideas Review Stage. As typical of these kind of teasers, LEGO was scant on the details, but we can expect some official images anytime soon before its release next month. Will keep you posted anytime soon so be sure to keep us under your radar.

 

First Look At the LEGO Ideas TRON: Legacy Lightcycle (21314)

Last week, LEGO’s Italian store calendar teased on the arrival of the next LEGO Ideas set that will grace the shelves of LEGO Stores in April. This time, we have our first look at the ‘unofficial’ box art of the LEGO Ideas TRON: Legacy Lightcycle (21314) which was shared by one of the readers of Candid Bricks.

I opted to call it ‘unofficial’ because a closer inspection of the above image reveals that the uploader tweaked on some portions of the box art – the edges of the box were roughly covered up, including the details beside the LEGO Ideas logo on the bottom right of the box. However, multiple sources have confirmed that this is definitely the box art for the TRON set, regardless if the image were modified or not.

What thrills me the most about this upcoming LEGO Ideas set is the fact that we will be getting not just one, but two Light Cycles and both are in minifigure scale. The box art image also suggests that the light trail from the back of the lightcycle will actually be a LEGO piece and not just an added prop for the box art. The identity discs from the films were also faithfully replicated using existing lifesaver moulds but with a different color scheme and a cool prints.

We do not have additional information as of the moment regarding details such as pricing and piece count, but we’ll sure to update you once new info comes in. So what do you think of the LEGO Ideas TRON: Legacy Lightcycle (21314)? Will this be a Day 1 pick for you?

LEGO Ideas Voltron (21311) May Be The Most Expensive LEGO Ideas Set That You’ll Buy

For most AFOLs, LEGO may have seemingly bombed at the New York Toy Fair in terms of the relatively disappointing reveals that they had over at their booth, but it doesn’t mean that LEGO news isn’t getting more and more exciting. Though LEGO has already announced or teased on the arrival of the LEGO Ideas TRON: Legacy Lightcyle (21314) sometime next month, there is still one particular set that LEGO has completely placed under wraps for a considerable time now. Though it was quite disappointing not to see the much awaited LEGO Ideas Voltron (21311) set at the NYTF, it looks like we virtually have our piece of relevant information about this upcoming set.

It only took two weeks before Lendy Tayag (who goes by len_d69 over at LEGO Ideas) to garner the necessary 10K votes in 2016 for his then LEGO Ideas Voltron project, but the journey of becoming an official LEGO set – from the LEGO Ideas Design Team and eventually on store shelves later on -took almost 2 years. I remember how excited I was upon hearing that this project was eventually announced as the next LEGO Ideas last August. However, the long wait seems to be harrowing, especially considering the fact that it was preceded by three other LEGO Ideas sets: the Women of NASA (21312), the Ship in a Bottle (21313) and TRON: Legacy Lightcycle (21314) – an indication that there were some significant road bumps along the way that delayed the release of LEGO Ideas Voltron. Some rumors suggest that it was because of licensing issues, while others hint on the technical refinements needed to make the set sturdier and more articulated. Needless to say, there was, at a certain point, a cloud of doubt whether the set will still see the light of day among LEGO stores.

However, a rumor is now circulating over LEGO forums that seem to suggest that the wait might be finally over. Reddit user IAMXX has disclosed that LEGO Store inventories have been updated (supposedly within the EU) to reflect a certain IDEAS set tagged as 21311 VOLTRON, with a price point of 179.99 Euros. That gives us a rough currency conversion of $199.99 USD, making it, if rumors are true, the most expensive LEGO Ideas set ever. If such is the case, setting aside additional cost for licensing fees, we can assume that this might also be the largest LEGO Ideas set with the most number of pieces as of to date. As of now, the title of being the largest Ideas set in terms of pieces belongs to the Old Fishing Store (21310), coming in at 2,049 pieces and retailing for $149.99 – significantly lower than the $200 price point that the LEGO Ideas Voltron is rumored to have.

Though I am aware that not all AFOLs are into Voltron, and not all will also find themselves picking up this set, I certainly feel that this next LEGO Ideas Voltron will be a sure winner and a certain hit among fans of the franchise. I for one has closely watched this set’s development since it first garnered the traction of being noticed as a LEGO Ideas Project. Now that it has been turned into an official LEGO set, the excitement of seeing this built is something that I will certainly not miss. I just hope that my wallet will not hate me for this.

Since we still have the launching of the LEGO Ideas TRON: Legacy Lightcyle (21314) next month, we can have a good guess that LEGO might be saving Voltron for a San Diego Comic Con reveal sometime in July.

 

LEGO Ideas TRON (21314) Coming In April

Following in the footsteps of the LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313), we now have confirmation that the next LEGO Ideas set will be available sometime next month. If you recall last November, the LEGO Ideas Review Team had announced that the Disney inspired TRON Legacy Light Cycle project of AFOL siblings Tom and Drew of BrickBros UK, is the next official LEGO Ideas set. Tagged as set 21314, this upcoming Ideas set is based on  Disney Picture’s 2010 film TRON: Legacy. As typical of LEGO, information has been scant as of to date with regards to how the LEGO Ideas Team will modify this set to capture that iconic light cycle bike.

After three months since its announcement, it looks like LEGO has been teasing about the set’s release date as found in the March and April 2018 Italian LEGO store calendar. Italian LEGO fan site Mattonito was able to grab a copy of the said store calendar, and opted to share some of its pages, including the cryptic announcement that teases on the arrival of the LEGO Ideas TRON (21314) sometime in April. Other than its official name and set number, no further details were given regarding its price or piece count as expected from LEGO’s way of revealing new sets. Here’s an image of the announcement and its written in Italian, so it will be better if you have your Google Translate app on hand.

Will be updating you soon once more information comes in, so be sure to keep in touch with us. Thanks again to Mattonito for the heads up.

LEGO Ideas Moments In Space Winning Build May Seem To Be Based On An Existing LEGO Set

If you recall last month, the LEGO Ideas Team launched a contest that pools the best original ideas for the next Gift With Purchase (GWP) set through crowd voting within the LEGO Ideas community. Dubbed as LEGO Ideas Moments in Space, the contest seeks out the best build that may be adapted as the next GWP set to be offered sometime in 2019.

Exactly a week ago, a Grand Prize Winner has already been declared – the Cosmic Rocket Ride! (Coin Operated) by mjsmiley. This winning entry garnered the highest score amongst 1,000 and so entries with the following criteria in mind:

  • Overall coolness and originality: 25%
  • Most inspired details: 25%
  • Relevance to contest theme: 25%
  • Best use of LEGO elements: 25%

This is no easy feat, considering that mjsmiley’s creation bested more than a thousand other entries. The contest also gives special mention to 10 runner ups, and in case you’re interested to see these entries, just head over to the LEGO Ideas blogsite. Now I have to say that I really appreciate how mjsmiley’s Cosmic Rocket Ride turned out. From its color scheme, minifig scaled-build, crank play feature that allows the Rocket Ride to move, and its overall simplicity, in these aspects, this set is an absolute winner. Needless to say, it’s not hard to imagine how this nice, little cute build can become the next GWP set.

However, as it turned out, not everyone shares a common understanding if this is indeed an original work or not, especially for one keen AFOL, who spotted the apparent similarity of mjsmiley’s Cosmic Rocket Ride! to an already existing LEGO set. The case (or set) in question is the Rocket Ship Arcade LEGO Manager Exclusive set given away to attendees of LEGO’s annual Brand Manager Retail Conference back in 2016.

A portion of the building instructions of the Rocket Ship Arcade LEGO Manager Exclusive set from 2016.

Rumors were rife when Brickset forum member Bumblepants called out how similar this winning entry is to that of the Rocket Ship Arcade. Now to be fair, there are still notable differences between mjsmiley’s work (who also goes by the name Mark, as I got to know his first name through one of his comments in my previous article) from the ground up: we have a slightly different base with plenty of modifications to make it more attractive, a relatively different color scheme (though there is still the conspicuous red and yellow pieces), and an over-all different rocket design.

But considering how samiam391 feels about it – the original uploader of the instructions for the LEGO Manager Exclusive set – he believes that someone have definitely benefited from his humble contribution in the forum. It should be noted though that samiam391 does not claim ownership for this set, for what he did was to only share the existing instructions to the Brickset community in the hope that others will appreciate this set as much as he does. To quote,

It would definitely seem that someone abused the gift and used the instructions for their own personal gain to win a contest.

If they truly did rip off the instructions then I hope one day they are challenged by their conscience.

It’s a shame, but life is much too short to get upset about it. At the end of the day, I’ve probably distributed close to 200 copies of the instructions and will continue to do so for as long as people request them. The true joy for me in all of this is getting to help my fellow AFOLs and friends add a fun little model to their cities. Keep building!

Another build inspired by the Rocket Ship Arcade (from Brickset forum member, elspankdog).

Now, I am not the one to judge the intentions of people particularly in a case like where a winning LEGO entry seems to have been called out for allegedly plagiarizing an existing work. Giving the benefit of the doubt to the designer and creator this LEGO Ideas winning entry, then one can argue that perhaps mjsmiley REALLY does not know that such a set exist, which leads to the possibility that this fan-made set is completely original. Perhaps it’s just by sheer coincidence that his entry is very similar to that of the LEGO Managers exclusive… so, what could be the odds about that happening? As I said, I am not in the position to pass judgment whatever mjsmiley’s motives are, but it certainly raises questions on how “original” an entry should be. Will simply replacing a part here and there from a copied work will already qualify it as an original work? Were the panel of judges of the LEGO Ideas Moments in Space contest aware of an already existing set that may look strikingly similar to what they have chosen to be as the winning entry? These questions may likely pass off unanswered.

Since LEGO has already made the announcement and will unlikely retract their decision for any reason, I guess only time can tell how much of the Cosmic Rocket Ride build will be modified or retained once the final design is revealed sometime next year.

So what do you think LEGO fans, do you believe the LEGO Ideas Moments in Space Grand Winner is 100% original? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

LEGO Ideas Stitch May Finally Become A Reality!

Oh boy, things are getting better and better with LEGO Ideas! After almost one and a half year since our Master Builder Tyler posted his own rendition of Disney’s lovable little blue alien as a LEGO Ideas project, my personal wish finally came true. If you recall way back in October of 2016, Tyler (who goes by the name Legohaulic over at ideas.LEGO.com) toyed with the idea of rendering Disney’s Stitch in a custom set and see how fans will react if it is submitted as a LEGO Ideas project. I have previously shared my thoughts and comments about this, and true enough, it turns out that I’m not the only who share the sentiment and admiration for this particular project, with 10K supporters who gladly gave their vote to see this project become a reality.

So it is with much excitement that I share with you guys, and for those who believe in Tyler’s work, that his LEGO Ideas Project Stitch is now one of the candidates for the First 2018 LEGO Ideas Review Stage!  As one of the very few MOCs who tried to capture Stitch in all his wackiness and emotive expressions, Tyler’s original creation stands out by highlighting Stitch in his many forms, disguises and antics, including this not so threatening version of Stitch in his red alien costume.

Tyler’s creation joins the roster of other LEGO Ideas projects that qualified this year’s first LEGO Ideas Review Stage such as the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano (Smoke Squadron), SR-71A Final Flight, and Treehouse. I  understand that LEGO Ideas has already changed its policies regarding how projects may or may not be approved depending if it already has an existing line or license with LEGO. However, we still do not have an official LEGO set (save for Stitch being included in the LEGO Disney CMF series) where Stitch is included as a minifig, so I really hope that LEGO will make this one happen. If it does, then LEGO Ideas Stitch, and Voltron: Defender of the Universe, will surely be day 1 buys for me.

 

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.

Newest 10-K Passer on LEGO Ideas: KevinTreeHouse’s “Treehouse”

The Brick Show has been following up on the LEGO Ideas platform in some recent updates, bringing you word whenever a particular fan submission has garnered the first step on its (not always completed) journey to official set status. We haven’t been disappointed yet with the project submissions reaching 10,000 votes of support.

Our last featured 10K-passer on LEGO Ideas was a sweet model of the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane submitted by JustOneMoreBrick. This new entry is in a way more impressive, in that it’s a structure with a natural component; in other words, a tree-house. And this one’s an absolutely brilliant build.

Created by LEGO Ideas member KevinTreeHouse, this Treehouse set is both new and familiar to the eyes. There’s a tall tree, with a ring of three distinct tree house structures over halfway up its trunk, connected by a pathway that also leads to a spiral staircase to the ground.

KevinTreeHouse’s backstory for his build has it to be the emergency home of a family of three (man, woman, child minifigures) who got lost or stranded in the wilderness. They build the 3-cabin structure (2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom) and settle in for a rough life, with four pets for company.

That’s right. Not only does this tree house submission have minifigures, the tree cabins (looking like something out of Swiss Family Robinson or Return of the Jedi) are spacious enough to accommodate them, with furniture and equipment to spare. All in all, this set comprises of over 2,600 individual pieces.

With the passing of KevinTreeHouse’s Ideas build thanks to its 10K support achievement, there are now three sets waiting for the LEGO Ideas First 2018 Review Stage. Aside from this and JustOneMoreBrick’s Blackbird model, there’s also the Brazilian-built Embraer A-29 Super Tucano (Smoke Squadron), submitted by Alex Paschoaletto.