A Closer Look at the LEGO Iconic Chess Set 40174.

Last month, we featured another LEGO set that seems unnoticed within the brick-building community. However, we’re glad to see that this humble set soon gradually received the attention that it deserved. The LEGO Iconic Chess Set (40174) is an elegant rendition of the classic board game known all over the world. True, that LEGO has released numerous brick-built chess boards giving it the usual, LEGO twist (and tons of minifigs as well) but this latest offering is a must have for traditionalists and lovers of the classic game. Thankfully, we can now look at it closely since shop.LEGO.com has now posted its official images online. Let’s take a look at these, followed by its official product description. The LEGO Iconic Chess Set (40174) comes in at 1,450 pieces and retails at $54.99.

 

LEGO Iconic Chess Set 40174

Build your own chess set… then start playing!

Use classic LEGO® bricks to build your own chess board and then build all the playing pieces too. This set is ideal to take and play wherever you like, as the pieces store conveniently inside the board. It can also be used to play checkers.

Includes a buildable chessboard and buildable playing pieces.
Board opens to store all the playing pieces inside.
Can also be used to play checkers.
This set includes over 1,400 pieces.
Board measures over 10” (26cm) square

 

 

 

 

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LEGO Architecture Guggenheim Museum 21035 Official Images Released.

This year’s first LEGO Architecture Landmark Series has been revealed via Amazon France, and is expected to be included in the first wave LEGO Architecture offerings for 2017. The LEGO Architecture Guggenheim Museum (21035) follows 2016’s Landmark Series, which includes the Buckingham Palace (21029), United States Capitol Building (21030), and Burj Khalifa (21031).

This brick-built model of the famous Manhattan museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright comes in at 744 pieces. There is no exact date of release yet, but we’ll give you more updates once we hear a word or two from LEGO. If you’re into collecting LEGO scale models of historical places that you can put on display, you may also want to look at the latest LEGO Architecture sets featuring their relatively new Skylines series:  Venice (21026), Berlin (21027), New York City (21028), Sydney (21032), Chicago (21033), and London (21034).

LEGO Worlds Will Be Available for the Nintendo Switch.

Last December, it was announced that the digital LEGO brick-building gaming experience in LEGO Worlds will be available next month via Playstation 4, Xbox One, and STEAM. This time around, the top gun of TT Games (a.k.a. Head of Games), Anthony Parsons, has announced that the online, and highly immersive game of LEGO Worlds will be available also on the Nintendo Switch. Here’s a post from Parson’s official Twitter account, setting in stone (most likely) the arrival of LEGO Worlds on Nintendo’s much anticipated console, together with LEGO City Undercover.

Though LEGO has not yet released any official statement or press release, it’s probably safe to assume that one of LEGO’s longstanding digital gaming partners is in the know. Whatever is the case, this offering will surely be welcomed by the brick-loving and gaming communities, with its the fun and fantastic environments that are waiting to be explored in Nintendo’s most celebrated console to date.

LEGO Worlds will roll out starting February 21 via PS4, Xbox One, and STEAM retailing at $24.99. Nintendo’s latest console, Switch, will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017 priced at $299.99.

 

Introducing The LEGO Oscars!

As some of you may know, the 89th Academy Awards, or Oscars, were announced earlier today. A plethora of films ranging from the most whimsical Musicals and thoughtful Dramas to the thrilling Sci-Fis and joyful Animations, were amongst these nominations. On the surface, this has very little to do with LEGO at all, especially since The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie (both of which could be up for Best Animated Feature) don’t release until later this year, and as such, do not qualify for this Oscar Season.

However, under closer inspection, it appears that some of films nominated in 2016 have some form of a connection with LEGO, be it actors that have LEGO Figures made in their likeness, or LEGO Themes based off of nominated films. Actually there is a lot of films that bear these LEGO relations, so we thought we should get involved in the Oscar Season.

Today, we’ll take a look at the films and artists nominated who have some relation with LEGO, and come Event Night on the 26th February, we’ll do what all award sites seem to do and keep you up to date on what has just won, but with a twist — we’ll be routing for the LEGO Nominations!

Below is a list of all the films with a LEGO Connection that have been nominated – check back on Sunday 27th February to see if any of these LEGO-related films go home with the Gold!

 

Best Picture:  – Arrival – Starring Amy Adams (released in LEGO as Lois Lane)

                            – Hacksaw Ridge – Starring Hugo Weaving (released in LEGO as Elrond)

Best Actor :     -Viggo Mortensen (released in LEGO as Aragorn)

Best Actress:  -Natalie Portman (released in LEGO as Padme Amidala)

Best Supporting Actor:Michael Shannon (released in LEGO as General Zod)

Best Director:Arrival – Starring Amy Adams (released in LEGO as Lois Lane)

Hacksaw Ridge – Starring Hugo Weaving (released in LEGO as Elrond)

Best Animated Feature:Moana

Best Visual Effects:Doctor Strange

                                          – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Original Score: Jackie – Starring Natalie Portman (released in LEGO as Padme Amidala)

Passengers – Starring Chris Pratt (released in LEGO as Star-Lord/Owen)

Best Original Song:Moana

Best Sound Editing:Arrival – Starring Amy Adams (released in LEGO as Lois Lane)

Hacksaw Ridge – Starring Hugo Weaving (released in LEGO as Elrond)

Best Sound Mixing: – Arrival – Starring Amy Adams (released in LEGO as Lois Lane)

Hacksaw Ridge – Starring Hugo Weaving (released in LEGO as Elrond)

                                         – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Adapted Screenplay:Arrival – Starring Amy Adams (released in LEGO as Lois Lane)

Best Production Design:Arrival – Starring Amy Adams (released in LEGO as Lois Lane)

Passengers – Starring Chris Pratt (released in LEGO as Star-Lord/Owen)

                                                    – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Best Cinematography:Arrival – Starring Amy Adams (released in LEGO as Lois Lane)

                                                – Silence – Starring Adam Driver (released in LEGO as Kylo Ren) and Liam Neeson (released in LEGO as Qui-Gon Jinn)

Best Costume Design:Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Jackie – Starring Natalie Portman (released in LEGO as Padme Amidala)

Best Film Editing:Arrival – Starring Amy Adams (released in LEGO as Lois Lane)

Hacksaw Ridge – Starring Hugo Weaving (released in LEGO as Elrond)

Academy Honorary Award: – Jackie Chan (Voice of Sensei Wu in the upcoming  LEGO Ninjago Movie)

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Men Tell No Tales 71042 Set to Sail This March.

The rumor was floating around for quite some time but today, it looks like we’ll be seeing the return of Captain Jack Sparrow in his minifigure form, with the confirmation of the LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Men Tell No Tales 71042 set. Unfortunately, initial reports of this set were mixed up together with other fake news so we were quick to dismiss this as a possibility.

However, thanks to an uploaded copy of the March Store Calendar in China, the said set is now (partially) announced, with a sort of a teaser of a blurred image of its box art. For a minute there, I thought this was a ‘censored’ leak or something, but judging from the source pdf file, it seems to be a legit announcement. Take a look.

As it seems, the March Store Calendar in China mentions an early VIP access from March 27 to 30. Obviously, we couldn’t figure that much from this image other than a blurry hint that 71042 seems to be a ship of some kind.

Will it be the Silent Mary or the Dying Gull? I guess we have to wait a little further to find out. If you’re a fan of the film (which has a very eerie and exciting trailer by the way) and wish to have a pirate ship to your collection of LEGO sets, then this one is a must have. We’ll keep you posted once official images are out so be sure to stay tuned here at the Brick Show.

LEGO BrickHeadz Official Images Released.

San Diego Comic Con 2016 witnessed the reveal of LEGO’s latest, blockiest collectibles – the LEGO BrickHeadz – with the promise of more sets to arrive in 2017. Initially, there were only four official sets (each a pair actually) that were announced back then. Thankfully, we learned that the February LEGO Store Calendar hinted at the possibility of more LEGO BrickHeadz sets to be offered to brick fans, with VIPs getting an early access from February 15 to 28, and the general public beginning March 1.

Today, we now have our first look at the official images of LEGO BrickHeadz’ first wave of brick-built collectible characters. As you may notice this first offering is based on major film franchises such as the upcoming LEGO Batman Movie, Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Check these out.

 

LEGO BrickHeadz Batman (41585) – 81 pieces

     

 

LEGO BrickHeadz Batgirl (41586) – 99 pieces

    

 

LEGO BrickHeadz Robin (41587) – 101 pieces

    

 

LEGO BrickHeadz Joker (41588) – 151 pieces

    

 

LEGO BrickHeadz Captain America (41589) – 79 pieces

    

 

LEGO BrickHeadz Iron Man (41590) – 96 pieces

    

 

LEGO BrickHeadz Black Widow (41591) – 143 pieces

    

 

LEGO BrickHeadz The Hulk (41592) – 93 pieces

    

 

We don’t have word yet with regards to its pricing, but judging from the printed pieces and other unique parts it may be a little higher than the average cost per piece. Furthermore, two of these sets are not yet officially revealed particularly Disney’s Belle (41595) and Beast (41596). The listing on Brickset also hints on the possibility of more BrickHeadz to come, with a gap for set numbers 41593 and 41594.

Personally, I find these little guys pretty interesting, looking more like brick-built Funko Pop! vinyl collectibles. Will you fancy yourself grabbing one of these sets? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Official Star Wars Episode VIII Title Revealed, PLUS New LEGO Star Wars Set Numbers.

It’s official. After the raging success of the Star War’s first spin-off film, Rogue One, now comes that latest instalment in the Skywalker saga that is sure to take the box office by storm. StarWars.com has now officially revealed the title of its next film – Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. The site’s official Tweeter account has also pinned the following post together with this image.

Looking at this poster/image had my mind spinning, thinking all about its ramifications and implications. The title itself opens up a throng of questions on what it may suggest, and on what could be its overarching theme. Director Rian Johnson was quite succinct when he revealed that the title itself was on his mind since day one when he read the first draft of the script. For him, this is the title that he always wanted according to SWNN. It’s also interesting to note that Disney and Lucas Films’ choice of color for its iconic title design seems to suggest, a ‘darker’, and more sinister time for our heroes. Are we going to see more dangerous times ahead? Will the First Order eventually get the upper hand? Or does the title even suggest of a possibility for our heroine Rey ‘defecting’ to the Dark Side? These are all mind blowing questions to ponder about.

The Last Jedi becomes more intriguing when you consider that Brickset has already listed 7 LEGO sets tagged under the film’s title.

75176

75177

75179

75187

75188

75189

75190

For sure a handful of folks from The LEGO Group are already aware of some of the film’s plot considering the amount of time needed to develop the final set design. We’re still months away before Episode VIII: The Last Jedi hits the big screen on December 15, but given LEGO’s usual release dates in conjunction to the Star Wars films’ promotion, we can expect official images to be out around August or September.

So what do you think brick fans, are you excited about this next wave of LEGO Star Wars sets? What do you think the film is all about, and which LEGO Star Wars sets do you wish to be featured? Let us know in the comments below or join in the conversation over at our Facebook page.

LEGO Ideas Launches A New LEGO Community Platform: The LEGO Ideas Test Lab.

Earlier today, the LEGO Ideas blog site announced the launch of its latest community based platform, the LEGO Ideas Test Lab. Initially open to selected LEGO Ideas and LEGO Rebrick members, the LEGO Ideas Test Lab is a challenge-based site where members are encouraged to come up with a Fourth Build Challenge based on the more recent LEGO Creator 3-in-1 sets. Here’s the full announcement:

What’s that now? LEGO Ideas Test Lab?

Today we’re launching LEGO Ideas Test Lab, a test version of an updated LEGO Ideas software platform. We’ve emailed invitations to 5,000 of the most active LEGO Ideas and LEGO Rebrick members. Please help us test the new platform between January 18th and April 14th. If you didn’t get an email invite, you’re still welcome! The test is limited to 7,500 people. Head over to LEGO Ideas Test Lab to sign up.

On LEGO Ideas Test Lab we’ll be running a new kind of challenge during this period, which differs from the standard LEGO Ideas and slightly from the LEGO Rebrick experience that you’re used to, but don’t worry – neither of these two classic experiences are going away. On LEGO Ideas Test Lab, you can participate in an exclusive Fourth Build Challenge, that’s about expanding upon given LEGO Creator 3in1 sets. You can also join in small activities along the way and socialize in the Community Café.

We can’t wait to get started and are very excited about what we’ll learn from testing this platform together with many of you. We’re looking forward to how LEGO Ideas Test Lab will shape the future of LEGO Ideas.

The LEGO Ideas Team gave the assurance that the LEGO Ideas and Rebrick platforms are here to stay. The LEGO Ideas Test Lab will be more like – based on the name itself – like a testing ground for more possibilities on their existing sets. It’s more like a feedback mechanism where LEGO can hear or consider additional set suggestions from builders and community members based on their existing ones. If you wish to be part of the LEGO Ideas Test Lab simply head over to their sign up page to register.

 

Once registered, you can have the opportunity to join their very first Fourth Build Challenge starting February 1st where a winning design will be selected, and several LEGO prizes will be given away. The winner will also have the privilege of having his design featured in the LEGO Life Magazine and app. As a warm-up, the LEGO Ideas Test Lab also offers several building exercises where you can participate and come up with your own creations based on the given criteria. The thought behind The LEGO Ideas Test Lab reminds me of the Iron Builder Challenge hosted by the Builders Lounge, though in a much toned down level.

If you’re in for a challenge and would like to sharpen your brick-building skills, then this is one LEGO community-based platform that you may want to sign-up to.

 

McDonalds Reveals Its TLBM Happy Meal Toys.

The McDonalds Happy Meal website has now been updated to include their latest line of promotional toys in celebration of The LEGO Batman Movie. Same as with McDonalds’ The LEGO Movie Happy Meal promotions back in 2014, we still have our usual fare of drinking cups and other toys for the little tots to tinker with.

If I may address the elephant in the room so to speak – we know that this info has been teased or rumored on various LEGO-fan websites for several days already and like most of us, you might have also secretly hoped that this time, McDonalds might throw in an exclusive LEGO set or a free minifigure. But as we can see, it is quite far from what we wished for. Based on this image, we can see a pair of 3D viewers, a puzzle mat, and a sort of sticker/bookmark collection but no LEGO pieces.

Though the non-inclusion (again) of promotional LEGO sets might be disappointing for most LEGO fans, I guess McDonalds have the safety of its younger patrons in mind. It’s very, very bad PR (if you can call it that way) on the part of McDonalds and LEGO if you’ll be reading in the papers that someone choked on the Happy Meal toys that they’re giving away to children.

In any case, these toys may still prove to be attractive to younger kids given the film’s appeal. We’ll find out soon enough once these items are released in more than 14,000 McDonalds stores in the US and Canada.

 

Thanks to The Brick Fan for the heads up.

Official Images of the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 Are Finally Here!

We previously had our first (albeit grainy) glimpse of Star Lord together with the rest of the gang at the back of a LEGO building manual, and thankfully this time we need not squint any further. Amazon.uk and Amazon.de have both uploaded the official set images of the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which you can find below. According to the online retail giant, these sets are slated for release on April 25, presumably in Europe. There is no word yet of a release date in the US so we will be waiting for LEGO’s updates anytime soon.

 

Ravager Attack (76079)

 

 

Ayesha’s Revenge (76080)

 

 

The Milano vs. The Abilisk (76081)

 

For those of you who are dying to know how to get Baby Groot (including myself), it’s nice to see that he is included in two of the three sets dedicated to this MCU franchise. So what do you think of these sets? Share us your thoughts and comments below, or join the discussion over at our Facebook page.