LEGO Harley Davidson Mini-Build Make and Take Event Arriving in NYC

Earlier this month, we reported on a LEGO Harley Davidson mini-build make and take event that was launched in China. I have to admit that this is a nice mini-build that I wouldn’t mind breaking down to see how it is was assembled. It’s a cool LEGO collectible to display alongside its bigger brother. LEGO fans in China also had the rare opportunity of meeting one of LEGO’s top designers in the person of Mike Psiaki, who is also the designer behind the LEGO Creator Expert Harley-Davidson Fat Boy (10269).

LEGO Harley Davidson Mini-Build

For the rest of us outside of China, our only option to have our hands on this mini-build is to have someone share the building instructions and parts list needed to assemble this. Thankfully, we have Mecabricks user Nigel sharing to us his digital rendition of this LEGO Harley Davidson mini-build. You may check out his page and see if you have the parts needed. Just click on the Editor tab.

You also have a second option though, now that it seems that this make and take promotional will soon arrive in the US. The LEGO Store in the Flatiron District, New York will be hosting the same LEGO Harley-Davidson mini-build make and take event on August 10. Other than this highly-sought after freebie, LEGO Store visitors will also get to see a life-sized, brick-built LEGO Harley-Davidson Fatboy consisting of 69,569 LEGO bricks. Plus, you’ll also get to participate in building a LEGO Mystery Mural which will be put on display at the said LEGO Store.

If you’re in the Flatiron District on August 10, be sure to drop by the LEGO Store and participate in these building events. It is unclear though if you need to pre-register, so you may want to keep tabs with this event by following LEGO’s Facebook page and their other social media channels. Thanks once again to Nigel to sharing his digital rendition of this LEGO Harley Davidson mini-build.

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Life-Sized LEGO Avengers: Endgame Iron Man Statue On Display at SDCC 2019

It has been customary for LEGO to feature life-sized brick statues of pop icons at comic book conventions, and San Diego Comic-Con is one of those events where LEGO designers get to shine. After the reveal of the LEGO Star Wars Sith Trooper statue last week, another awesome brick creation is poised to grace the LEGO booth at SDCC 2019. As revealed by LEGO on its social media channels, a life-sized LEGO Avengers: Endgame Iron Man statue will also be on display at this year’s SDCC.

Made up of 35,119 LEGO pieces, this statue is a fitting tribute to one of the icons of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tony Stark looks impressively imposing wielding this version of the Infinity Gauntlet, standing at 6.5 feet and weighing at 188 pounds.

This brick-built LEGO Avengers: Endgame Iron Man Statue will be on display from Thursday to Sunday this week, July 18-21. If you already registered as an attendee for SDCC, be sure to drop by the LEGO booth during these dates to see these magnificent pieces of brick art. LEGO usually releases two or three brick statues to be put on display during comic-con so we’re keeping our radars open for further developments if any.

LEGO has also announced its various SDCC 2019 exclusives that will be given away or sold via electronic raffle. We have the usual event-exclusive minifigures for this year such as the LEGO Stranger Things Barb minifig, the LEGO DC Comics Zebra Batman, and the LEGO Marvel Spider-Man Advanced Suit minifigs. Limited-edition sets are also up for sale at the LEGO booth which includes Captain Marvel and the Asis (77902), the Dark Knight of Gotham City (77903), and the LEGO Star Wars Sith Trooper Bust (77901).

Build Your Own Custom Microscaled LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Trench Run

During this month’s Father’s Day celebration, Toys R Us stores across Canada made this day extra special for AFOL dads through a LEGO Make and Take promotional. The freebie is an impressive 52-piece microscaled model of the iconic LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Trench Run.

LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Trench Run

However, if you’re not living in the Canadian region and you wish to try making your own remarkable microscaled model of this famous Star Wars scene, then fret not. Thanks to Instagram user officejedi who shared some images of this build’s parts and finished build, we now have an idea on how this can be built using the LEGO pieces that may just be lying at our home.

But in case you find it hard to make sense out of this chaos of LEGO pieces, then you’ll be glad to know that the good ‘ol builders over at Rebrickable have reversed engineered this set and has now provided the building instructions and parts list in creating this LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Trench Run microscale build. You may access and download the pdf file for these instructions right here. Alternatively, you may view these instructions below. These parts are pretty common so you can easily build this classic, micro X-Wing with parts that you may already have.

LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Trench Run

While you’re at it, be sure to check out the most recent LEGO Star Wars sets released last April. These include the LEGO Star Wars 2019 Spring Collection, and the LEGO Star Wars 20th Anniversary Commemorative sets. Just click on the following affiliate links to know more. Happy building!

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Major Vonreg’s TIE Fighter (75240)
Action Battle Echo Base Defence (75241)
Black Ace TIE Interceptor (75242)
Slave I – 20th Anniversary Edition (75243)
Anakin’s Podracer – 20th Anniversary Edition (75258)
Snowspeeder – 20th Anniversary Edition (75259)
Clone Scout Walker – 20th Anniversary Edition (75261)
Imperial Dropship – 20th Anniversary Edition (75262)

LEGO Ideas Hybrid Dinosaur Building Contest Announced

Just in time for the official reveal of the massive LEGO Jurassic World Jurassic Park: T.rex Rampage (75936) set a few days ago, the LEGO Ideas team posted its newest building contest that challenges fans to create their coolest, out-of-this-world hybrid dinosaur using LEGO bricks. Ever imagine a T.rex flying around on Pterodactyl wings or a huge brontosaurus with stegosaurus plating? Then get ready to pick your bricks in this LEGO Ideas Hybrid Dinosaur building contest.

From June 12 until July 17, builders can unleash their wildest dino brick creation to get a chance to bring home the entire line-up of 2019 LEGO Jurassic World sets. The Grand Prize winner will win the following:

Two Runner-Up winners will also be chosen, and each of them will bring home the 3,120-piece T.rex Rampage (75936) set. Same as with previous contests, both physical and digital entries are allowed using either LEGO Digital Designer or other third-party LEGO CAD software such as Studio or Mecabricks. What is nice about this contest, in particular, is that builders are allowed to include generic or LEGO Jurassic World minifigures. However, bear in mind that other third-party licensed minifigures are not allowed.

Be sure to visit the LEGO Ideas Hybrid Dinosaur building contest page to know more about the contest details and other guidelines. Happy building!

 

The International Space Station Will Be The Next LEGO Ideas Set

After more than 2 weeks of gathering support from the LEGO fan community, the winner of the LEGO Ideas Extraordinary 10 Year Anniversary Fan Vote has been finally revealed. Since May 20, four wildcard entries were selected to vie to become the next LEGO Ideas set on the basis of popular fan support. And although it is with a heavy heart that my favorite blue alien was not voted to be the top choice, I am still glad that the winning entry will give more value to LEGO’s revamped LEGO City Space theme. A big congratulations to the International Space Station by XCLD, for garnering a total of 10,438 votes and now on its way to becoming the next LEGO Ideas set!

International Space Station

With a total of 45.6% share of all the votes cast during the voting period, the International Space Station by XCLD is now on its way to becoming the next LEGO Ideas set which is set to launch in 2020. If there’s any consolation for me and for the rest of those who wish to see Tyler’s (aka legohaulic) creation, I’m glad to see that Disney’s Stitch got the second highest number of votes with 5,739 votes, followed by Sega Classic Arcade Machines by SpacySmoke with 3,788  votes, and Small YELLOW by Nathan Sawaya with 2,924 votes.

In a way, the International Space Station represents what the LEGO community has been looking forward to in a very long time. With the recent announcement of the LEGO City Space sets, together with the LEGO Creator Expert NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander (10266), the International Space Station is like a sort of cherry on top for LEGO Space fans. It is the pinnacle of space exploration and I’m sure that the LEGO Ideas design team will come up with its best version of this winning build.

Again, congratulations to XCLD for a sweeping victory and to all the other contestants who participated.

The LEGO Ideas Second 2019 Review Stage Now Includes Thunderbirds Are Go and Gravity Falls Mystery Shack

In an almost back-to-back triumph, two additional LEGO Ideas projects have now gathered the necessary votes to qualify for the Second 2019 Review Stage. Following the success of the UCS Space Shuttle Atlantis, this original build is now joined by the LEGO Ideas project Thunderbirds Are Go by AndrewClark2, and Figura’s Gravity Falls Mystery Shack.

Thunderbirds Are Go is another LEGO Ideas project from the creative mind of two-time LEGO Ideas winner Andrew Clark. This is the third time that Andrew’s MOC has achieved the coveted 10K support, with his first two projects eventually becoming official LEGO Ideas sets: Doctor Who (21304) and The Flintstones (21316).

The LEGO Ideas project Thunderbirds Are Go is based on the popular British animated series launched in 2015. It takes its cue from the classic Supermarination animated series from the 1960s, giving it a modern twist to appeal to the current generation of sci-fi kid fans. This set features the Thunderbird 2 with its foldable legs, wings, and landing gear plus two smaller vehicles: the Thunderbird 4 and The Mole. It also features the microfigures of the show’s main characters: John, Alan, Scott, Virgil, and Gordon Tracy. Andrew’s choice of using microfigures somehow gives a sense of scale to the entire build.

Second 2019 Review Stage

The next qualifier for the Second 2019 Review Stage is something that is inspired by the Disney XD series, Gravity Falls. It features the show’s main crib, or should I say more of a tourist trap, The Mystery Shack. Here’s a brief description of what we can expect from this brick rendition by LEGO builder Figura.

Come visit Gravity Falls and join Dipper and Mabel in discovering all the mysteries their Grunkle Stan might be hiding from them inside the Mystery Shack.

  • The ground floor features the museum, the gift shop including a curious vending machine and the living space
  • The first floor holds a secret room including some furniture and a dubious carpet
  • The top floor has Dipper’s and Mabel’s shared bedroom as well as various items of mystery – imparticular a book with the number 3 written on it
  • The outside areas show three different porches (the one by the rear entrance including Stan’s couch), the parking lot and the bottomless pit, which apparently is bottomless
  • Parked outside is the little golf cart, which helps Dipper and Mabel escape the monstrous dangers of the surrounding forests
  • Contains 5 minifigures: Dipper, Mabel, Stan, Soos, and Wendy as well as Waddles

To reach all areas of the shack the floors can easily be separated or – for even quicker access – you can fold open the roof. The roof above the gift shop can also easily be lifted. Many of the details and furniture can easily be removed and rearranged to allow different settings.

These 10K-qualifiers now join the ranks of the UCS Space Shuttle Atlantis to be included to the LEGO Ideas Second 2019 Review Stage. Hot on their heels is another original creation by one of my favorite builders: JKBrickworks’s The Pursuit of Flight. If it will make the cut, then this might be Jason Allemann’s third potential LEGO Ideas set following the success of 2016’s LEGO Ideas Maze (21305) and the more recent LEGO Ideas Pop-Up Book (21315).

LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils Skeletons Will be Our Next Official LEGO Ideas Set

After the thrilling announcement of the LEGO Ideas 10 Years Anniversary Fan Vote where we see our little, blue brick alien making a comeback as a possible LEGO Ideas set, host Ali Plumb and LEGO Ideas Associate Engagament Manager Hasan Jensen, have just announced the next official LEGO Ideas set that will hit store shelves this year. If you’re a dino fan and would love to have your very own brick-built dino museum, then be sure to watch out for Jonathan Brunn’s (aka Mukkinn) LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils Skeletons.

The Dinosaur Fossils Skeletons topped the rest of the five finalists in the LEGO Ideas Third 2018 Review Stage, besting entries such as the Chemical Plant, Food Stand Diners, Queen Victoria Cruise Ship, and the Playable LEGO Piano.  Though there is no confirmed pricing and piece count as  of the moment, this upcoming LEGO Ideas set is slated to be launched this year so we can bet that we’ll hear some words from the LEGO Ideas Design Team very soon.

LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils Skeletons

Same as in previous reviews, we have a wildcard of a set so to speak in the form of Donny Chen’s (aka SleepyCow) spot-on, brick-built replica of a Playable LEGO Piano. This intricate model of a Grand Piano is still possible to become an official LEGO set, so let’s cross our fingers and see if it will eventually receive the thumbs up from the review board.

So what do you think of this choice for a new LEGO Ideas set? Do you think its a good call? Personally, I was hoping that the Food Stand Diners will make it to the cut since it would look great besides the LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster (10261) or together with the new People Pack – Fun Fair (60234) minifigure pack for that awesome fairground themed park. Anyways, still our heartfelt congratulations to Jonathan Brunn and for his excellent LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils Skeletons!

LEGO-Volvo Ideas Contests Reveals Winning Construction Vehicle Design: the Rottweiler

LEGO collaborations with vehicle manufacturers are awesome. We’ve got some Technic sets and the Speed Champions line to prove that. You think the LEGO-Bugatti team-up that led to the Technic Chiron (and its life-sized version) was sweet? Volvo, specifically its Construction Equipment division, has done great things with LEGO too.

The encapsulation of this collaboration is the Technic ZEUX Concept Wheel Loader (42081). LEGO and Volvo CE then held a contest on LEGO Ideas last year. Contestants were asked to build their vision for the future of heavy equipment vehicles, using Technic. The winner would see their creation being considered for possible testing by Volvo.

Architect Vida Andras, age 27 from Romania, presented the winning design. It’s a multi-purpose construction vehicle with short quadruped legs ending in tracked feet. The manipulator arm has a 3D-printer, allowing it to literally make the materials needed for construction. Andras calls it the Rottweiler.

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LEGO and Volvo seem to like it well enough, out of a pool of 122 entries for the Ideas contest. One factor perhaps is that the Rottweiler’s design concept was similar to that of the LEGO-Volvo ZEUX: self-driving capability. If that weren’t a futuristic vehicle element as the contest rules asked for, then what is?

For his efforts, Vida Andras won a LEGO Technic ZEUX (42081) plus several more Technic sets depicting heavy equipment vehicles. His build, along with nine other Ideas submissions, were exhibited at the London Transport Museum. Display lasted until May 16.

Building Instructions for “Blade Runner 2049” Spinner MOC by Ascended LEGO Builder Carter Baldwin, Available Free

One thing about being a popular LEGO fan-boy is that there’s a chance the company might notice. Then there’s the probability of becoming an ascended fan by working for LEGO. The downside is that, if one has been making money from their LEGO MOCs then that’s no longer an option.

That was the story for Chris “Powerpig” McVeigh in February. Last month, AFOL MOC-er Carter Baldwin also got hired by LEGO. So far, his MOC-filled Twitter account remains up. Fans can continue to be in awe at his creations, from “Aliens” Xenomorphs to “Blade Runner” flying cars. That latter project has suddenly come to prominence.

Baldwin’s rendition of the Spinner from “Blade Runner 2049” is an incredible model. Scaled to minifigure size, it can seat two in its cockpit. The mechanics are pretty sound too, as are the details. The Spinner MOC even has a stand to simulate flight mode.

LEGO MOC blog and online market Bricks on the Dollar now hosts the Spinner’s building instructions from Carter Baldwin. It’s free of charge and has a sequential series of images showing how to assemble. The needed LEGO pieces and elements are presented so that interested builders can look for them.

The last word regarding Baldwin was that he’s part of the LEGO design teams that work on superhero franchises. Sooner or later an official LEGO set will release with his input, though we probably won’t know if he’s involved unless he does a designer video.

New “Activities” Section on Beta Test for LEGO Ideas

If you’ve visited the LEGO Ideas website often enough, you know they do more than showcase aspiring “LEGO set” builds. When not allowing submissions to gain support for review, they also hold contests for sweet LEGO prizes. Now, the Ideas platform is expanding further with another additional activity for guests.

And in a rather plain naming convention, the new activity available for regular members of LEGO Ideas is…”Activities.” The Ideas team announced this section recently, as a simpler and regularly-held alternative to Contests, which are only held occasionally. Furthermore, it’s not a competition format and there are no prizes awarded.

In their blog post, LEGO Ideas explained that their new Activities segment is an informal challenge requiring warm-up building skills. They’d post a challenge activity for any Ideas member to work on. These submissions will then be featured on the Activity page. And while no prizes will be won here, Ideas will show off really great submissions on social media.

Seeing as this is a new thing for LEGO Ideas they are introducing Activities on a Beta basis. It’ll be available only to registered members and only then to a select number. Once the first few Activities prove to be hits, it’ll be made available to the whole Ideas platform.

To start them off, LEGO Ideas’ first challenge in Activities is this: “Build your finest Micro Modular Building.” This will run from now until next Monday, May 13. If you’re an Ideas member and can acces the Activities beta, why not give it a shot?