First Look at this Year’s LEGO Christmas Seasonal Set – The Town Square Christmas 40263.

A couple of weeks ago, we saw an early reveal of the LEGO Thanksgiving Set (40261) slated to be the next seasonal set right after November’s LEGO Seasonal Halloween Set (40260). Thanks to Eurobricks forum member Umbra-Manis, we now have our first look of this year’s anticipated holiday seasonal set – the LEGO Seasonal Set Town Square Christmas (40263). This year’s collection of LEGO seasonal sets follows a vignette form of design, and our holiday seasonal set for this year is exceptionally impressive within this category. Though the image is a bit grainy, we can manage to see some of the details on this seasonal set such as the nice build of the miniature Christmas tree with detailed railings around it, together with a neat lamp post, a sled, stand, and three minifigures. In terms of value for money, this seasonal set is a nice buy considering a price point of $9.99.

The Town Square Christmas (40263) is a great addition to your LEGO decorative Christmas sets. Though the LEGO Christmas Ornament (5004934) was not that well received by LEGO fans design wise, having these two seasonal sets adorn your Christmas corner is a pleasure to behold.  We have no information yet on when this set will be officially announced and released, but a good guess will be sometime in late September or October.

Thanks to our friends over at Hoth Bricks for the tip.

 

 

 

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WATCH: The LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City 70620 Designer Video.

Last June, we saw the unveiling of the gigantically awesome – and third largest LEGO set ever created – The LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City (70620). Slated be released to the public in 1st of September, this highly detailed D2C set consists of 4,867 pieces retailing at $299.99. We already saw Ninjago City’s (70620) official images last June, and this time, LEGO has shared a designer video for this awesome set which you can see below.

The level of detail and effort given by these designers to create Ninjago City is simply insane! I love how the set is built from the ground up following a modular approach along its 3-level structure. The set itself is not just a compact version of Ninjago City as seen in the trailers of The LEGO Ninjago Movie, but it also offers a tour of the different sights, sounds and stores of the bustling city. The designer video is presented in such a way that it follows Lloyd as he travels around the city, exploring all of its nooks and crannies. There are plenty of cool details and play features that come along with this set. It even has a printed collection of a translatable Ninjago language which is fun to decode using the Ninja Language Translator.

Here’s a complete description of what to expect from The LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City (70620).

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City (70620).

Live the life of a ninja in NINJAGO® City!

Enjoy endless role-play fun in NINJAGO® City, a hugely-detailed 3-level model connected by a sliding elevator. Level 1 features a traditional fish market, house, a bridge over a stream, and a fishing boat. The second level has a modern fashion store, comic book store, crab restaurant with ‘crab-grilling’ function and cash-dispensing ATM. The vertical city is topped off with Lloyd Garmadon and Misako’s apartment, a rooftop sushi bar with sushi conveyor belt, and a radio tower. This action-packed THE LEGO® NINJAGO MOVIE™ set also includes 16 minifigures and Sweep the maintenance robot. 

  • Includes 16 minifigures: Jay, Kai and Lloyd Garmadon (each with new-for-August-2017 high school outfit decoration), Green Ninja Suit, Misako, Jamanakai Villager, Sally, Ivy Walker, Konrad, Severin Black, Tommy, Guy, Juno, Mother Doomsday, Shark Army Gunner and Officer Noonan, plus Sweep the maintenance robot.
  • Features a 3-level model (each level lifts off for easy play) connected by a sliding elevator, plus a traditional fishing boat.
  • Level 1 features a bridge, sewer outlet, stream with translucent-blue and translucent-green water elements, sliding elevator with room for a minifigure, traditional fish market with fish and crab elements, house with dining room and bedroom with sliding screen doors and foldout ‘solar panels’, Sweep the maintenance robot’s service station with assorted tool elements, and a taxi stand with telephone element.
  • Level 2 features a modern fashion store with 2 mannequins and assorted NINJAGO® product elements, a construction site with a bonsai tree, a comic book store with brick-built sign, cashier desk, comic book stand with assorted elements including collectible NINJAGO training cards, a crab restaurant with brick-built crab entrance sign and oven with ‘crab-grilling’ function, a cash-dispensing ATM, 15 bank note elements (ATM can dispense up to 13), and a movie poster display stand with 4 interchangeable movie poster elements.
  • Place the uncooked crab element in the oven, turn the dial and open the oven to reveal a cooked crab element.
  • Press the handle behind the ATM to dispense bank note elements.
  • Level 3 features a radio tower, modern rooftop sushi bar with sushi conveyor belt function and brick-built food, bathroom with sliding door, and brick-built puffer fish and squid sculptures, Lloyd Garmadon and Misako’s apartment with an opening window, bunk bed, kitchen unit and attic space for the Green Ninja Suit minifigure.
  • Turn the dial to activate the sushi conveyor belt.
  • Weapons include Jay’s chain with spike and Shark Army Gunner’s fish flame.
  • Recreate and role-play exciting THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™ scenes.
  • NINJAGO® City measures over 24” (63cm) high, 12” (31cm) wide and 16” (42cm) deep. 
  • Traditional fishing boat measures over 1” (4cm) high, 3” (10cm) long and 1” (3cm) wide.

 

 

 

 

Watch What Happens When Master Builders Adam and Tyler Battle It Out In Our Latest LEGO Building Challenge!

If you enjoyed seeing Jason and Stephen go head to head with their hilarious LEGO Jurassic World Build Battle, then you’ll certainly have a blast seeing our next build battle featuring two of the coolest master builders around. Tyler is, without a doubt, one of the most creative and ingenious LEGO builders that we have here at The Brick Show, and this time, we’ll see how he’ll fair in a friendly brick-building competition against Adam Ward from SoulPancake’s Brick X Brick.

For this time-limited build challenge reminiscent of the Builder’s Lounge Iron Builder (though in a less serious tone), Adam and Tyler will be using pieces coming from the LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Mighty Dinosaurs (31058) set. The catch: they have to build a vehicle using this dino-themed LEGO set. What happens next is pretty funny. Watch this.

With building instructions flying in the air, the MOCs coming from the creative minds of these guys are simply awesome. I guess LEGO master builders are like minded in so many ways – with both Tyler and Adam coming up with a helicopter build as their creation of choice. Tyler creates a sort of a closer-to-life helicopter build with some play features added to its propeller, while Adam’s military-inspired build comes with a mean-looking tail propeller and armaments.

For the final challenge, both of them needs to create a micro build using the remaining pieces from the Mighty Dinosaurs set BUT using only one hand. Other than building their creations with a handicap, what is amazing is that for the second time around, both Adam and Tyler are in sync in thinking about creating a chair with their remaining LEGO pieces. Adam built a well-defined, three-legged chair while Tyler’s clever use of the set’s tentacle or ‘rib cage’ pieces rendered his version of a rocking chair quite daunting to build.

In the end, it’s all about the fun in creating whatever comes to your mind and having a healthy dose of laughter at the same time. If you liked this LEGO building challenge from Tyler and Adam, be sure to check out the rest of their collaborative building ideas at SoulPancake where the two of them create the wackiest, brick-built critters and dinosaurs around using the LEGO Creator 3-in-1 sets Robo Explorer (31062) and Sunset Street Bike (31059) respectively.

Image courtesy of SoulPancake.

What LEGO building contest ideas do you have in mind? Please do share them and let us know about it in the comments below. Happy building!

 

 

 

 

Break the Spells of the Ocean with Tyler’s LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Poseidon’s Trident MOC.

SPOILER ALERT:  If you haven’t seen POTC Dead Men Tell No Tales yet and won’t mind any major spoilers, go ahead and watch this awesome MOC from Tyler. Just don’t be upset with him, OK? So on with the show!

If you had a blast building Tyler’s previous LEGO POTC Dead Men Tell No Tales Caribbean Bank Heist MOC, then you’ll surely love this next wish set from our ace builder extraordinaire. One of the cliffhanger (or should I say a water wall hanger) scenes from the film, is when the teams of Capt. Jack Sparrow and Capt. Armando Salazar finally discovered the whereabouts of the mysterious Trident of Poseidon. With the ocean parted before them, the battle-hardened seafarers eventually go all out in their fight to possess the Trident. Tyler recreates this scene, and comes up with a very nice set that can easily pass as an official LEGO POTC set, and even better.

This latest POTC inspired creation from Tyler comes with several play features, consisting of roughly three builds. First off, we have walls of water recreated using blue translucent or transparent plates, surrounding a middle section. It’s typical of Tyler to add some cool details on these water wall builds such as the gray pieces that seems to stick out from the surface of the walls to recreate the effects of rock-like outcroppings as you see in the film (if you saw it already, that is).

The middle section of this MOC consists of a replica of the ocean floor, with several corals and aquatic fauna, and of course the fabled Trident of Poseidon. The coral section highlights Poseidon’s Trident which, if you take it out from its base, even breaks in two to break all the spells that binds the ocean.

There are also spots in the coral section where you can put the minifigure versions of Capt. Jack Sparrow and Capt. Armando Salazar as they battle it out to take possession of the Trident.

Tyler didn’t shy away from adding several details on the water wall such as a couple of sea weed elements, barnacles using 1×1 round plates, and the rock formations on the sides where you can even place a minifigure on top of it. The right side of the water wall also highlights plenty of play features such as a transparent Technic beam that suspends an anchor holding the minifig versions of Capt. Barbossa and Carina. I guess I will not say that much about the reason why they’re up there in the first place since it’s one of the film’s major story plots.

Here’s Tyler for more about our next LEGO POTC wish set.

If you like this latest brick-built creation from Tyler and would like to give it a try, then you’ll be glad to know that you can also build one of your own by simply heading over at BuildBetterBricks.com and over at eBay. For a minimal fee of just $3 (which also supports Tyler’s future MOCs and other insanely cool custom builds), you’ll get the full building instructions in PDF format, a Bricklink parts list, and a Stud.io file that allows you to easily export the parts list over at Bricklink.

So what do you think about this latest creation from Tyler? Let us know what you think in the comments section below or simply head over on our Facebook page and join the discussion.

 

 

 

Very First LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi Polybag – First Order Heavy Assault Walker 30497 – Spotted at a Local Retailer.

We’re still a few weeks away from Force Friday’s Star Wars’ bazaar, but it seems some local retailers are trickling away some LEGO Star Wars goodies.  A couple of days ago, we also reported how some online retailers managed to pull the veil off from the latest line of LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi sets, only to have TLG put it back again. This time around, another retailer decides to just throw things up in the air, and to put on display our very first LEGO Star Wars TLJ polybag set.

Brickset shares several images of what seems to be a miniaturized version of one of the LEGO Star Wars First Order Heavy Assault Walker (30497) polybag, reportedly found on display and for sale at a local Wal-Mart store in Ontario, Canada.  The polybag set comes in 54 pieces and was put on sale for $4.86. The funny thing is that its official store tag reads “Confidential SW Movie”, so I guess whoever puts them there on display at the store rack doesn’t really bother about such things.

Elsewhere, there have also been reports of several Star Wars toys and merchandise that have been displayed in some local US stores. If you look hard enough, perhaps you may manage to find some of these LEGO Star Wars TLJ boxed sets any time soon, especially considering that we’re now roughly three weeks away  before Force Friday officially kicks in. On a personal note, I appreciate the polybag trend, especially the ones that our mini replicas of the larger sets, such as those from The LEGO Ninjago Movie polybag line. Keep an eye out on these little goodies and please do let us know if you spot one at your local retailer. Thanks once again to Brickset for sharing these images.

 

Blocks Magazine Joins the Star Wars 40th Anniversary Celebration with a LEGO Building Contest.

Last year, LEGO Star Wars fans were treated to a free and very rare freebie as part of May 2016’s May the 4th exclusive promos. With only 3,500 sets in circulation, the LEGO Star Wars Escape the Space Slug set were given away for free for every qualifying purchase of any LEGO Star Wars merchandise worth $150 and above. To make it even more challenging, the chance to own this set comes by invitation only via email, with only around 25 invitations released for each 120 LEGO brand stores worldwide during that time.

If you’re a LEGO Star Wars connoisseur and you’ve missed out on having this very rare set, it might interest you to know that Blocks Magazine is a running contest that might give you a better chance of having this set for free by entering a MOC building contest. In celebration of Star Wars 40th anniversary, Blocks Magazine will be running a building contest that highlights one of the most memorable scenes in the very first SW film, Episode I: A New Hope. Based on the epic confrontation between Han Solo and Greedo in Mos Eisley Cantina, participants are to create their very own brick-build rendition of this iconic scene, featuring the above mentioned characters. It might be a bit of a challenge if you’re looking forward to include Greedo in his minifigure form since he only appears in two LEGO Star Wars sets: 2004’s Mos Eisley Cantina (4501) and the larger remake from 2014, Mos Eisley Cantina (75052). But of course, this is LEGO, and you are highly encouraged to be creative in coming up with your very own interpretation of this scene.

Here’s Blocks Magazine full press release.

Blocks magazine offers amazing prizes in Star Wars at 40 build contest

It will probably not have escaped your attention that a little movie called Star Wars, released in 1977, celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2017. Blocks will be celebrating with a very special Star Wars issue later this year, and we want our readers to get involved.

We are holding a unique competition, with not one, but two amazing prizes on offer. The overall winning entry will have the one-of-a-kind opportunity to be part of Blocks’ Star Wars at 40 special feature – your entry could be included in a huge article that the team are putting together. Additionally, the winner and two runners-up will each receive the prize of a super rare, limited edition LEGO Star Wars set – Escape the Space Slug. It was only available as part of a select LEGO Store shopping opportunity last year.

To be in with a chance of being immortalised in the pages of Blocks and picking up a copy of an impossible-to-find LEGO Star Wars set, entrants need to build a specific scene from Star Wars: A New Hope, using LEGO. It can be built at any scale and be open to interpretation, but it also needs to represent Blocks’ chosen scene from the original film in a recognisable way – this is all about recreating the selected scene from the movie, using LEGO as your medium. The judging panel will be looking at how it represents the scene, not just the best MOC, so presentation and concept will be important alongside technical ability.

The scene from Star Wars: A New Hope that Blocks wants you to recreate in LEGO is ‘Han shot first’. It’s the moment when Han Solo encounters Greedo in the cantina at Mos Eisley, and events take a particular turn…

To enter, post an image of your build to Facebook (blocksmag), on Twitter @blocksmagazine or via e-mail it to graham@blocksmag.com. The deadline is midnight on September 1, 2017 (GMT). Your image must be at a resolution of 300dpi and fit the landscape dimensions of 330mm wide x 330mm tall.

Full terms and conditions can be found at www.blocksmag.com.  Keep your navicomputer targeting Blocks’ social media channels for build tips from our experts.

To subscribe to Blocks magazine, visit http://www.blocksmag.com.

 

 

 

 

New The LEGO Ninjago Movie Character and Vehicles Posters Revealed!

We’re roughly a month away before The LEGO Ninjago Movie hits the big screen, and we can expect LEGO and Warner Bros. to throw in more promotional materials and swag down the road leading to the film’s debut on September 22. Following the first wave of character posters that show our heroes in tune to their elemental affinities, IGN has just shared several new character posters of our LEGO Ninjago heroes this time, alongside their signature vehicles. All of these vehicles have already been translated into their respective LEGO sets, though a bit scaled down as compared to their movie counterparts.

These posters include Lloyd and his Green Ninja Mech Dragon (70612), together with the rest of the Ninjago team and their battle-ready vehicles: Kai with his Fire Mech (70615), Jay and his Lightning Jet (70614), Cole and his Quake Mech (which we’re hoping to have an official LEGO set later on), Zane’s Ice Tank (70616), Nya and her Water Strider (70611), and Master Wu together with the elegant Destiny’s Bounty (70618). The film’s antagonist also gets his own poster, with Garmadon standing proudly with his ominous Garma Mecha Man (70613). No word yet if these posters will actually have their physical counterparts (perhaps a LEGO Store promotional?), but if they do, these are pretty cool to collect. Check these out.

 

The LEGO Ninjago Movie is slated to hit US theaters on September 22. Thanks to IGN for sharing these images.

 

 

From the High Seas to the Vast Cosmos – The Next LEGO Ideas Sets Are…

It was a long road to travel, but the effort and patience are all worth it. In  a much welcomed (and long overdue) announcement, the LEGO Ideas Team, lead by Project Manager Sanne Dollerup, has finally revealed earlier today what most of us, including myself, has been waiting for since May of last year.

The results of the LEGO Ideas Third 2016 Review Results have been finally turned in, with Ship in a Bottle, the Flagship Leviathan by JakeSadovich77 topping the rest of the Third 2016 LEGO Ideas Review Stage Qualifiers, and the much awaited (my goodness, I’m having goose bumps as I’m writing this) – drum roll please – Voltron Defender of the Universe by len_d69! Here’s the official announcement from LEGO Ideas.

Ship In A Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan.

A big congratulations to JakeSadovich77 on becoming the next official LEGO Ideas fan designer!

As an avid LEGO builder, Jacob Sadovich was inspired to create his LEGO Ship in a Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan, following a real-life ship in a bottle that he had built just a few years ago. We’re really excited to be able to introduce Jacob’s Ship in a Bottle, The Flashship Leviathan set for its unique approach to what official LEGO sets can look like. If you’d like to learn more about Jacob then make sure to check out his 10K Club Interview.

Voltron – Defender of the Universe

A big congratulations to len_d69 on becoming the next official LEGO Ideas fan designer!

Leandro’s passion for Voltron started at a very young age when his parents bought him a Voltron toy. From that moment on Leandro was hooked. Building with LEGO bricks allowed Leandro to celebrate his passion for Voltron – Defender of the Universe even more.  We’re really excited to be able to introduce Leandro’s Voltron – Defender of the Universe set. Leandro’s project sets itself apart for its creative way to build with LEGO bricks. If you’d like to learn more about Leandro then make sure to check out his 10K Club Interview.

I am very much interested to see how Lendy Tayag’s Voltron will turn out in its final LEGO Ideas version, and I’m just glad that any licensing issue with the creators of Voltron has been finally hurdled. As mentioned in the announcement, these next LEGO Ideas sets are slated to be available in 2018, most probably in June or September so there’s still time to save up for your LEGO Ideas wish list. I’m just a bit disappointed that The Iron Giant by BrettCuv didn’t make it past the Review Stage, but seeing that Voltron finally made it makes up for that.

The LEGO Ideas team is speeding things up, with another round of Review Results slated anytime during the fall of 2017. The First 2017 LEGO Ideas Review Qualifiers consists of eleven (11) fan projects that made it to the qualifying roster from January to May of this year.

How about you Brick Fan, are you excited for these next LEGO Ideas sets? Share us what you think in the comments below!

 

 

 

Here’s An Early Reveal – A Look at the LEGO Seasonal Thanksgiving (40261) Set.

We’re still quite far away from Halloween, but several LEGO fans were given a head start on having this year’s next seasonal LEGO vignette. The LEGO Seasonal Halloween (40260) set is now available at various toy and hobby outlets, just like this one that was shared by Almir Sadovic via Brickfinder.

Now that the Halloween (40260) set is finally out, it means that we finally get to see what’s the next seasonal set slated to be released. It is customary for these sets to provide a glimpse at the end of the instruction booklet, of what’s next in this series of seasonal offerings. Well, as you may have guessed it, it is the LEGO Seasonal Thanksgiving (40261) set.

As you can see, the Thanksgiving (40261) set contains 133 LEGO pieces, some of which can prove to be quite useful for MOCs and other creations. The tree in the background looks very much the same as that from the LEGO Romantic Valentine Picnic (40236) save from the leave’s different color scheme. It also consists of vegetable patch, a scarecrow, and cleverly built turkey. I particularly like the cart which can be used in many different ways.

There’s no official word yet on when this set will be released, though it will be safe to assume that this will be available worldwide beginning in October, alongside the LEGO Seasonal Halloween (40260) set

 

 

 

Something BIG is Coming In September – And We’re Now Getting Closer to What It Is.

We’re still a month away before this year’s much awaited Force Friday II, but bits and pieces of information are now gradually making its way online about this year’s largest Star Wars sales event. LEGO is prepped up and ready to go for all things Star Wars once September 1 breaks the light of day, particularly, with its latest offering of LEGO Star Wars sets based on Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Images of these sets are already out in the open, thanks to several online retailers who posted it ahead of its official reveal date.

Much of the speculation that revolves around this theme centers on the highly circulated news (or rumor if you prefer it that way) that massive LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon is slated to return this September. The Internet is certainly rife with this piece of news, with so many LEGO Star Wars fans clamoring for the UCS set’s return. Since the news (or rumor) broke out, there was no solid proof to back up the claim, with only pieces of ‘circumstantial’ evidences that seem to point to the massive set’s return. However, a recent teaser given by prolific LEGO Star Wars set designer Hans Burkhard Schlömer, has set ablaze the LEGO landscape once again with him hinting on a much, much, much, much, much, much larger set to be revealed on September 1st. This is the first clue that gave rise to another wave of speculations that we are indeed closer to the famed brick-built starship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.

This time, I can just imagine how jaw-dropping the next teaser was since this time, LEGO finally speaks out about this very much (6x) larger set. Posted on its official Twitter account, LEGO teased on the arrival of a humongous set, almost 5x larger than its recently released LEGO Creator Expert London Bus (10258).

Riding the waves of further speculation, several fans used their ‘investigative’ skills in prying open this mystery that LEGO has thrown in. Some even tweaked the above photo to ‘reveal’ how the Falcon’s box art is hidden under the wrappings. I’m not really sure if such photo enhancements are reliable but one thing is for sure: LEGO promises more reveals during the next few days especially that we’re closer to next month’s Force Friday II sales.

What’s your take on this Brick Fans? Is this the Falcon that we all so want to see? Let us know in the comments below, or share us a thought or two over at our Facebook page.