More 2018 LEGO Technic Sets Revealed!

After the reveal of the first wave of LEGO Technic sets for 2018, it seems that LEGO still has plenty of sets hidden under its sleeve. Dutch toy store BrickFever has uploaded official images of four additional LEGO Technic sets slated for next year. The best one in my opinion is the faithful representation of the behemoth of the Mack Anthem (42078). From  a distance, it’s kind of hard not to think of it as an actual truck. Check out the rest of these images.

First Responder (72075); List Price: €35.99

 

 

 

Hovercraft (72076); List Price: €62.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rally Car (42077); List Price: €89.99

 

 

 

Mack Anthem (42078); List Price: €142.99

 

 

 

 

Thanks to HothBricks for the heads up.

Are We To See 2018’s LEGO Creator Expert Diner (10260) Set Anytime Soon?

This month of November saw the reveal of a handful of 2018 LEGO sets: from the latest Nexo Knights, LEGO Batman Movie, and just recently the Justice League BrickHeadz. Furthermore, since the re-release of the UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) and LEGO Creator Expert Taj Mahal (10256), LEGO fans have been wondering, are we to expect a trend of re-releases among LEGO’s larger sets? Brickset has written an excellent piece of commentary on the topic that shows us how LEGO designed set re-releases in the past and how it can be the direction LEGO is planning to take today with regards to future sets.

Now that most of the major LEGO themes were already represented during these waves of reveals, people are asking, what will be the next LEGO Creator Expert Modular set? For the record, LEGO Creator modular fans are actively discussing in various forums, sharing their best guesses on what could this be, and this time the guessing game might finally be over. Other than the fact that Brickset has recently updated their database to include a LEGO Creator Expert Diner (10260), a social media user on Chinese social media platform, Weixin, posted an image of a flyer that features what seems to be next year’s modular building. Additionally, Hungarian toy shop Kockashop also listed the said modular set, but oddly enough, seems to have a different set number: 10261-Confidential – Expert 2 2018. The set is also offered at a retail price of 99,990 Forint or roughly $379.

The said post from Weixin also suggests that the said modular will fit nicely together with the Assembly Square (10255), and in a similar vein together with the Parisian Restaurant (10243) and the first ever modular, the very rare and uber expensive Café Corner (10182). As it seems, and if this is confirmed by LEGO any time soon, the LEGO Creator Expert Diner modular is not exactly a re-release but offers an alternative dining place as compared to the Parisian. I like the idea of an alternative dining area, but the modular line has been long criticized for not including any key town places such as a school, police station or perhaps an arcade/gaming area.

We will watch this closely during the next few days, where LEGO is expected to give an official announcement. What is your take on this brick fans? Do you think LEGO Creator Expert Diner will be a hit?

Official Images of LEGO Nexo Knights 2018 Sets Now Up.

Since most of the 2018 LEGO Nexo Knights have been spotted already in the wild over at Toys R Us, LEGO has now updated its servers to include the official images of these latest sets. It seems that all of the sets have been officially revealed except for Lance’s Hover Jouster (72001), which might be a store exclusive. We just have to wait probably until the end of the month, or once Brick Friday kicks in, to find out. For now, let’s enjoy these crisp images.

Twinfector (72002)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berserker Bomber (72003)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tech Wizard Showdown (72004)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aaron’s X-Bow (72005)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Axl’s Rolling Arsenal (72006) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Among the five sets that have been revealed already, I’ll say that my personal favorite is the Tech Wizard Showdown (72004). The idea of having a battle suit placed inside a larger mech always gets my attention, similar to the Hulk Buster Smash (76031). In spite the sheer amount of weaponry and play features that Clay’s mech has, it still manages to have a moderate degree of articulation and is impressively stable.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, what I find appealing about these latest Nexo Knights sets are the designs of the Cyberbyters’ (not really sure if this is how they are called) rides. I’m sure fans of the Classic Space sets will find that the Blacktron vibe is surely felt with these latest offerings. The black and translucent green color scheme on the Twinfector (72002) and Berserker Bomber (72003) surely nailed it. It gives you a feeling that these latest LEGO sets will not just be appealing to children, but also to older, nostalgic AFOLs. There are rumors that these might be the last wave of LEGO Nexo Knights sets that we will ever see due to relatively underwhelming sales figures. Let’s just hope that the theme has what it takes to continue its creative and action-packed storyline, and for us to see more good sets later on.

2018 LEGO BrickHeadz Justice League Sets Official Images Revealed!

Warner Bros’ Justice League may not be receiving very good reviews lately, now that it is out in theaters. However, LEGO has something in store to somehow turn things around. After the reveal of the LEGO BrickHeadz Rey and Kylo Ren (41489) Target store exclusive, we now have official images of DCEU’s brick-built superheroes. Shared via social media, LEGO has unveiled four LEGO DC Comics Justice League BrickHeadz to its roster of 2018 collectibles consisting of the Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Cyborg. No sign of Superman or Batman just yet, but I do hope LEGO has something in the works to complete the JL ensemble.

The LEGO DC Comics Justice League BrickHeadz will be available for purchase in stores and online beginning January 2018. In the meantime, check out these crystal clear images.

The Flash (41598)

Wonder Woman (41599)

Aquaman (41600)

Cyborg (41601)

Brickset has tagged set 41597 as a Justice League character so it’s kind of interesting who this will be. I hope it is the Man of Steel himself since we only saw him as an SDCC exclusive last year. So what do you think of these LEGO Justice League BrickHeadz? Which will you likely pick up once they appear on toy stores? Let us know in the comments below.

 

LEGO Announces “Build Your LEGO Ideas Logo” Contest.

Back in 2008, The LEGO Group and Cuusoo, a Japanese website, entered into a collaboration that opened a beta website. There, aspiring LEGO modelers can submit their MOCs in the hope that online fan support and LEGO staff reviews can see their work become a commercially available set.

If it did, the creator even gets a 1% royalty payment. The site was known as LEGO Cuusoo until 2014, when it was transferred onto the Chaordix online platform and got its present name: LEGO Ideas.

Since then, a number of ideas have been submitted to the site; 21 have been announced to be official and 19 of these have been released commercially. As LEGO Ideas gets ready to celebrate its first decade, they are holding a contest: Build Your LEGO Ideas Logo. As plainly stated, contestants need to create a new logo for LEGO Ideas, the medium being actual LEGO bricks, LEGO Digital Designer (LDD), or any LEGO CAD software.

The lucky winner who gets his new logo picked will receive the crème de la crème of the most popular LEGO Ideas sets released throughout the years. These are but a sampler:

  1. Yellow Submarine (21306) 
  2. Caterham Super Seven (21307)
  3. Adventure Time (21308)
  4. NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309)
  5. Old Fishing Store (21310), all signed by their respective LEGO designers.
  6. Women of NASA (21312), signed by the LEGO designer and fan designer.

Runner-ups who were “close, but no cigar” will receive the Saturn V and the Women of NASA sets as consolation, so their efforts will still be rewarded.

Criteria for the logo entries are the following:

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

The deadline for entries is on December 15, exactly 10 AM EST. Hurry and join in on this page!