We’ve got another LEGO Ideas 10-K support update to give now. This makes it the fourth such submission to enter the Second 2022 Review Stage. Subject-wise, two of the previous three entries for this stage are structural in nature. Both of these are also based on licensed IPs that LEGO’s made sets of in the past. The latest 10-K product idea for the Second 2022 Review Stage is an original concept. It’s also nostalgic trip to the past of sorts. And while not minifigure-scale like the earlier submissions, it’s got a larger, more detailed charm.
So it goes for Auto Repair Garage 1930s, as designed by LEGO Ideas member legoceo. The build is a quaint garage with the inter-World War design aesthetic. The construction appears convincingly brick-and-mortar, with even aging effects like creeping vines.
The outside boasts various car components and two self-service gasoline pumps. Inside is a nicely-cluttered workspace with period tools and appliances to sell the 1930s look.
But it’s not a garage without a car, so legoceo took care of that too. The blue car is similar to a ‘Thirties Chevy, especially with the spare tire next to the driver-seat door. Overall the set looks fantastic even with no minifigs in sight.
Even so, having no people in the set will give Auto Repair Garage 1930s a challenge to engage reviewers. It’ll have to be an Age 18+ LEGO Ideas set if successful. We’ll just have to see how it fares among Second 2022 by next year.
Never has a LEGO videogame been so highly anticipated as “LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga”. This massive multiplatform title from WB Interactive and TT Games was a victim of timing. First revealed in 2019, it was subject to delays throughout the worst of the global pandemic. In fact, “Skywalker Saga” only finally released last month. Even then, the game was beset by bugs, some of which actually held up story progression. Thankfully, TT Games has been busy working on patches to these. The latest “Skywalker Saga” update will not only have fixes; it’ll add some cool “rides” as well.
Brick Fanatics tells us that the latest update for “LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga” also includes new capital ships. After all, it’s not “Star Wars” without the sleek vessels that various factions in the Galaxy used for battle. Four named starships are now added to the selection of LEGO Star Wars brick-built fleets with this fix. According to their tech notes, “Skywalker Saga” players will soon get to play with the Venator and Invisible Hand (prequel trilogy). Then there’s Home One (original trilogy) and the Fulminatrix (sequel trilogy) too.
As for the bugs the above update is primarily tasked to fix, they’re story-trigger issues in Episodes 3 and 7. It also resolves a camera error for one free-play mission. The fact that TT Games added content for “The Skywalker Saga” in a bug-fix update can potentially mean more additions. This is in spite of the May 4 DLC batches being touted as the last ones for the game. It’s something to look forward to even if not guaranteed. “LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga” already holds the best-selling LEGO videogame title since release. It also got many positive reviews.
One of the biggest tools of companies, from manufacturers to media production, is the convention or con. What better way to entertain and inform customers and the public of their latest developments than a flashy media extravaganza? While they’re a tad late out the gate, LEGO’s also a part of the con bandwagon now. Their inaugural LEGO Con kicked off back in 2021 during the pandemic to notable success. It stands to reason that it’ll be a regular fixture for the standard LEGO year. In fact, LEGO.com now has a LEGO Con 2022 page up. But there’s more to it.
According to The Brick Fan, the LEGO Rewards Center for has some LEGO Con goodies for VIP members. They come in the form of building instructions for simple brick-builds themed after the LEGO Con event. LEGO VIPs can choose between downloading one-page instructions or page-by-page presentations for these easy-build items. Thus far, three builds are featured: an “ultimate device stand”, “brick box” and “couch caddy”. Young builders should have no problem putting these together according to instructions. All they need are the right bricks on the sheets. These activities would serve as a nice buildup for LEGO Con 2022 itself.
LEGO Con this year will be happening next month, on June 18. It will go on live from LEGO House in Billund and be accessible via live-stream on YouTube. Featured events include a LEGO Masters live show and a WB Studio London tour. But the real nitty-gritty will be the LEGO-related reveals. From videogames to upcoming sets to a heavily-hyped new partnership, LEGO Con’s shaping up to be sheer awesome. Check out the LEGO.com page for more details and a LEGO Con 2021 reveal review.
“The Starry Night” by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh is one of the most famous late-19th Century paintings. This artwork catches the eye with whimsically swirling sky patterns and brightly glowing moon and stars. But those same patterns have been interpreted as visualizations of Van Gogh’s lifelong inner turmoil. As a masterpiece painting, “The Starry Night” has featured in pop culture. Don McLean sang about it in his 1971 song “Vincent”. A 2010 “Doctor Who” episode on BBC featured the artist in monologue while imagining the night sky like his painting. And now LEGO’s getting its own interpretation of it.
After months of collectors knowing it was coming, LEGO has officially listed Vincent van Gogh – The Starry Night (21333). This brick-built rendition of the named painting arose from a LEGO Ideas submission by Truman “legotruman” Cheng. “The Starry Night” bursts out of the frame via LEGO-brick relief. At the foot of the frame is a Van Gogh minifigure at his easel with a mini-version of the scene. This is sure to be a sought-after LEGO Ideas product as soon as it launches next month according to Brickset. Now let’s check out some more product info:
Age 18+| 2,316 pieces |1 minifigure | $169.99 | Coming June 1
- 3D LEGO® brick art model (21333) of a Vincent van Gogh masterpiece – Recreate the timeless beauty of Van Gogh’s 1889 painting, The Starry Night, with this LEGO Ideas build-and-display set for adults
- Capture Van Gogh’s colors and brushstrokes – Discover clever building techniques to mirror the swirling clouds and rolling hills of the original artwork
- Adjustable display arm for the Vincent van Gogh minifigure – Display the minifigure holding his paintbrush and palette in front of an easelwith a printed mini version of The Starry Night painting
- Creative collaboration – The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is proud to join with the LEGO Group and the fan designer to share this project with art lovers around the world
For your friendly reminder, this year is the 90th anniversary of LEGO. That plucky Danish toy company turned global brand giant’s been a good part in the lives of children and collectors. And in celebration, LEGO’s been hyping up revivals of classic sets given fresh new design revamps. Cases in point: LEGO Classic 90 Years of Play (11021) and the upcoming Lion King’s Castle (10305). Of course, those aforementioned sets are just the beginning. In fact, there’s a rumor out regarding a possible 90th anniversary set in the vein of Castle (10305). That means a classic LEGO theme throwback: Space.
Brick Fanatics has it that a new LEGO set number’s been floating around for the Creator Expert line. According to the rumor, it’ll be a space-themed set that remakes a classic entry of that LEGO theme. Creator Expert set number 10497 will allegedly bring a new version of the Galaxy Explorer (497, US#). Released in 1979, Galaxy Explorer features a space shuttle, planetary outpost and rover, plus astronaut minifigs. You can see from the image how bare-bones the vehicle details were back in the day. It also means that if the rumor is true, a Creator Expert treatment of the set will look extremely fine.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This is a rumor, and until LEGO makes an official reveal we must treat it as such. There is after all the matter of the 90th anniversary LEGO Castle (10305). Both Castle and Space were among the chosen themes voted for an anniversary set in 2022. The Castle (10305) was announced first so one can assume it won. But maybe LEGO decided to give us more. You may be tired of hearing this by now, but it’s a matter of waiting once again.
Ideally, the LEGO Ideas platform is a LEGO builder/set designer’s dream come true. When it comes to practice however, the whole thing has a once-in-a-blue-moon feel. Getting a product idea to 10-K support, then passing the review, sees plenty of submissions whittled down to a handful. And those handfuls of made-official LEGO Ideas sets can take months to years before being launched. In the meantime, many other product ideas languish unless their creators re-submit them (with edits). This news courtesy of The Brick Fan can offer hope to some selected failed Ideas submissions. LEGO’s offering this surprise comeback chance thanks to a major retailer’s partnership.
There’s a new entry to the LEGO Ideas Activity page. LEGO’s teaming up with Target to give one of three Ideas submissions which failed in review another chance. And to make sure, registered LEGO Ideas members will vote for their favored submission. The winner of the vote will become an official Ideas set. It’ll be exclusively available in North America at Target stores and online in LEGO.com US. LEGO Shops and Branded Stores will carry this item everywhere else globally.
For your consideration, check out the three chosen product ideas:
All chosen builders are 10K Club Members, and therefore somewhat regulars at LEGO Ideas Review Stages. Voting on the Activity Page (accessible only by registered Ideas members) lasts until May 31. The winning product idea gets announced in August. As for when the set actually hits Target and LEGO Stores, it’s all a matter of waiting for it.
Making one’s own original LEGO build in hopes of it becoming an official set is hard enough. Trying to develop a whole LEGO theme, one with an overall narrative to boot, is another thing altogether. And yet LEGO Ideas 10K Club Member Castor-Troy looks to be trying just that. Late last year he got his “Steampunk Explorers” into the LEGO Ideas Third 2021 Review Stage. His build of an explorer HQ/lab was both complex and interactive. It was also peopled by minifigures with interesting character profiles. Steampunk Explorers currently remains in review; but now another Castor-Troy submission of similar thematic substance just gained 10,000 supporters.
Say hello to the Motorized Steampunk Skyship, another fantastic product idea courtesy of consistent 10K-getter Castor-Troy. This also marks the second entry for his growing steampunk-themed submissions. Both builds depict a Victorian-era steampunk adventure world in an alternate 1889 Earth. Where Steampunk Explorers showed an adventuring theme in their domicile, this one depicts a separate crew on a voyage. The “skyship” Silver Arrow goes on a round-the-world trip to discover the secrets of the classical element Ether. As they’ll be passing over the Carpathian Mountains, known vampire haunt, they have vampire hunters in their company.
Castor-Troy not only gives us a modular steampunk airship; he also motorized it to turn the ship propellers. The Silver Arrow crew comprises seven minifigures that can man the skyship, which can also be supported by a plinth.
Like with Steampunk Explorers, this product idea is a team effort between Castor and fellow builder MaxBrich. If “Explorers” can pass its ongoing review, it could potentially spell good tidings for Motorized Steampunk Skyship. This submission is the third entry to LEGO Ideas Second 2022 Review Stage.
It feels like a while since we covered a new LEGO book from DK Publishing. A new volume of picture-laden books from them is always welcome, quite naturally. Not only have DK LEGO books been cool visual references, their extra goodies are highly sought after too. They tend to be uncommon or rare minifigure variants inside every DK volume’s hardcover. And this latest book, themed for LEGO Star Wars, carries on that fine tradition. In fact, Amazon listed it already as early as July last year, for release this 2022. The thing is, that was April 2022, but this new date’s for a bit later.
As told by Brick Fanatics, the DK-published LEGO Star Wars “Awesome Vehicles” is now available for preorder ahead of release. On the official DK site, the availability’s now listed at June 7, 2022. That’s about two months after the original release date teased in 2021. One other change is with the free minifig in the hardbound cover. It’s still Poe Dameron from the “Star Wars” Sequel Trilogy, only this time he’s armed with a blaster. “Awesome Vehicles” comes from veteran DK LEGO book author Simon Hugo. We can rest assured it’ll be both Age-6+-focused but still all-ages-friendly in content relevance.
Poe being the free minifig for LEGO Star Wars “Awesome Vehicles” makes sense. He’s the “host” for the book, providing guides and trivia bits for the many LEGO Star Wars sets featured. The volume’s quite a deal with its $19.99 SRP. Preorders are available, as before, from Amazon and major platforms like Barnes & Noble
Last week we got a full-image preview of a rather anticipated LEGO Ideas GWP set. Said set made grand winner of a LEGO Ideas contest from last year, and was created by Ivan “buldoozer” Guerrero. A new creation from the guy that brought Ideas collectors the 123 Sesame Street set (21324) is a must-have. But with this being a gift-with-purchase item, when exactly does its promotional period go live? As it turns out, it starts this week. Even better, the Ideas GWP Cosmic Cardboard Adventures (40533) isn’t alone in availability.
From German LEGO news source Promobricks, we now know two GWP sets begin their promo period this Monday, May 16. We already know one of these sets, Cosmic Cardboard Adventures (40533). Now we can confirm that it’s accompanied by the adorable Children’s Amusement Park (40529). But let’s get to the important part: how much in total LEGO purchases for each? Well for Cosmic Cardboard Adventures, collectors will get it for over $160. Children’s Amusement Park, with just 170 pieces to the latter’s 203, will go for $90 in LEGO purchases. GWP set 40529 features a swinging boat ride, hammer-strength tester and ring toss, with two park-goer minifigures enjoying the attractions.
Both Cosmic Cardboard Adventures (40533) and Children’s Amusement Park (40529) are available as GWPs until May 30. This of course assumes that supplies will last for both of these items.
We just took a good look at the highly-anticipated LEGO set for Optimus Prime (10302), from Hasbro’s “Transformers” franchise. It’s but the latest entry to the Age-18+ LEGO Creator Expert (or LEGO for Adults) line this 2022. Starting with the Boutique Hotel (10297), we’ve been blessed with awesome sets for grown-up LEGO builders. And this unprecedented collaboration between LEGO and Hasbro for a brick-built Optimus isn’t even the last for the year. They’ve got more Creator Expert/Adult sets awaiting launch. Some are throwbacks to old LEGO sets, some are new, and others are annual releases. Stone Wars gives us further info on these upcoming releases.
Surely you still recall the LEGO Castle set numbered 10305 that’s been a favored subject of rumor. The last word puts its launch this coming August. But before that, according to Stone Wars, we’ve got an apparent follow-up to the 2018 Creator Expert Roller Coaster (10261). This set, numbered 10303, is said to launch in July. And that’s not all. Here’s a listing of what else to come from Creator Expert before the year’s out.
- Optimus Prime (10302) – Due June 1; see our feature on it
- Roller Coaster (10303) – 3,756 pieces; €349.99; July
- Chevrolet Camaro (10304) – 1,456 pieces; €159.99; summer or autumn
- Castle (10305) – €349.99; August
- Atari 2600 (10306) – €169.99; August
- Eiffel Tower (10307) – €629.99; November
- Winter Village 2022 (10308) – €99.99; Holidays 2022
- Botanical Collection: Succulents (10309) – 771 pieces; €49.99; May
Yeah, the numbering order doesn’t necessarily reflect the release order. Botanical Collection: Succulents is Creative Expert set number 10309, but it’s available now. Also, set 10301, supposedly a space set, has yet to be revealed itself. For now, the above list has concrete info for the sets, but LEGO’s yet to tell us more.