Those who are into collecting LEGO train sets will probably be excited about this piece of news. Thanks to Zusammengebaut, we now how have official images of yet another LEGO Creator set to be released this winter of 2017. The LEGO Creator Blue Express Train 31054 follows the wave of 2017 LEGO Creators sets that we featured earlier, and also highlights a similar 3-in-1 function following a steam locomotive design. It can be changed into two kinds of locomotive, and a caboose. The set is expected to come in at 71 pieces and it is assumed that the train rails may come in printed on the inside part of the packaging which is pretty cool if that is the case. This is one set that will surely stand out among next year’s Creator line. Though the LEGO Blue Express Train is pretty neat, the only let-down is that in order to have a complete train system you must purchase two additional sets. However, my guess is that it will not be much of a problem, because regardless of the quantity, any true-blue LEGO train set fan will not mind picking up 2 or 3 of these.
Ahead of Disney Moana’s release this week on November 23, LEGO has revealed its next Polynesian inspired set along the previously unveiled LEGO Disney Moana’s Ocean Voyage (41150). Moana’s Island Adventure (41149) features Moana in a slightly different minidoll version which fits well in a provincial island setting, and a first look at the adorable pig Pau in its minifigure version. Additionally, what is interesting to note is that the box art of these latest LEGO Disney sets uses a neutral teal color as the Brick Fan noted. My guess is that LEGO would like to do away with the pink color scheme for its Disney sets, which has been criticized before for being gender biased. What do you think?
A few days back, we’ve featured the first wave of LEGO Technic sets that will debut next year, and the line-up is simply gorgeous. The Technic line has been producing the most impressive sets that we’ve seen so for the past three years, and their recent offerings don’t disappoint. We now have two additional sets that LEGO has revealed under the Technic line with the Air Race Jet (42066) and Telehandler (42061). I appreciate the slim and sleek design of the Air Race Jet that takes its cue from the newer F-35 planes which are capable of vertical take-off and landing. The Telehandler is another set that offers an alternative build.
Air Race Jet (42066)
In case you missed it, we’re posting additional official images of the first wave of Technic sets that we announced last week. Thanks to Hoth Bricks and Kockashop for sharing these.
A couple of days back we featured four LEGO Creator sets that are set for release in 2017. We showed you the box arts, and this time, thanks to Kockashop, we now have a closer look at the fine details of these sets, together with their 3-in-1 functions. Frankly, I am pretty much impressed with the Exploration Robots (31062) – I have a feeling, as the set’s name suggests, that this brick-built robot has something more under its sleeve (or arm, if you may). Able to transform to two, animal-like robotic figures, the set becomes even more awesome by LEGO’s inclusion of a cool light brick which is used as a part of the robot’s arm, eyes and sort of jet-pack. The azure blue color motif is very nice and gives the build an organic feel rather than being mechanical.
Though smaller than their modular cousins, the Beachside Vacation (31063) and Park Street Townhouse (31065) offers an introductory building experience for those who would like to test the waters of modular building. Based on these official images, set 31065 offers a deal of flexibility in coming up with various mini-modular builds which one can experiment with. I just wish LEGO has thrown in an actual dog and a bird element instead of coming up with brick-built animals to give the set a more natural feel.
The long wait is finally over. Fans of the Blue Blur and the eighties Gremlins can finally have them in their minifigure forms (I guess for devout minifig collectors, playing the actual game is only secondary) now that LEGO Dimensions Wave 7 is finally out. Check out these official images courtesy of Brickset. You may also want to check out the links below both from Amazon and shop.LEGO.com. Not included here is the Marceline the Vampire Queen (71285) set which comes as a Toys R Us exclusive. Be sure to check out this nifty LEGO Dimensions Guide to see other previous sets that you may have missed. Jason also gives you a firsthand look at some of these sets with his unboxing video so be sure to check these out.
The Blue Blur is ready for an adventure! Spin into action with Sonic the Hedgehog as he speeds through some of his most iconic locations including Green Hill, Emerald Coast, Labyrinth and many more. Build Sonic and use his Acrobat ability to swing off poles and avoid the Badniks, then use his famous grind rails move to make a quick escape! Travel in style by hopping into the Sonic Speedster or The Tornado, then rebuild them into the Blue Typhoon and Motobug, and the Crabmeat and Eggcatcher for extra-special abilities. Unlock the exclusive Sonic the Hedgehog Adventure World and Battle Arena.
Take your adventure into the wizarding world with the all-new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Story Pack! Play the complete movie and help Newt Scamander find his escaped magical creatures in New York City across 6 action-packed levels of gameplay. Use a variety of spells, including Diffindo, Reparo and Lumos, and interact with creatures like the Niffler, Swooping Evil, Bowtruckle and more. You can even build the Niffler and then rebuild it into the Sinister Scorpion and Vicious Vulture. Customize the LEGO Toy Pad with the MACUSA gateway build, and unlock the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Adventure World and Battle Arena.
Take E.T. home and add him to the mash-up adventure of your favorite LEGO Dimensions characters! Build and place him on the LEGO Toy Pad to send him into the game with his Illumination and Fix-It abilities, or activate his special Stealth and Telekinesis skills to make your way around the multiverse. Unlock the exclusive Adventure World and Battle Arena and build E.T.’s iconic Phone Home device, then rebuild it into the Mobile Uplink and Super-Charged Satellite for additional in-game abilities.
Bring Gremlins to life in LEGO Dimensions with Gizmo and Stripe! Build the popular rivals on the LEGO Toy Pad and launch them into the multiverse. Use Gizmo’s Combat Roll and Dash Attack abilities to get him out of sticky situations but watch out for Stripe as he uses his claws with his Vine Cut ability. Unlock the exclusive Adventure World and Battle Arena and jump into the R.C. Racer, or grab the Flash ‘n’ Finish for some bright light fun. Rebuild the R.C. Racer into Gadget-o-matic and Scarlet Scorpion, and the Flash ‘n’ Finish into Rampage Record Player and Stripe’s Throne.
Explore more of the LEGO multiverse with Tina Goldstein from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! Build and place Tina on the LEGO Toy Pad to send her into the game where she can cast Aguamenti to help solve puzzles and Protego to keep her safe from enemies. Unlock the Adventure World and Battle Arena and build the Swooping Evil if you need a rescue, then rebuild it into the Brutal Bloom and Crawling Creeper.
There was quite a limited number of LEGO Classic sets that were released this year, and LEGO seems to have plans of revving things up for this theme come early 2017. This year only saw the release of three LEGO Classic sets, with the Creative Brick Box (10654), Creative Building Set (10702), and Creative Building Basket (10705). However, LEGO seems to intend to expand this line further with four new Classic sets, with two more sets waiting to be revealed. Though the LEGO Classic theme is rather uninteresting in terms of design options (perhaps from an AFOL’s point of view), younger builders may still have fun with these sets that features three separate builds each. It was also nice of LEGO to have these sets available for separate purchase which is kind of cost-effective, though it certainly limits the build options that one may think of. As their names suggest, each of the new LEGO Classic sets is offered in a specific color scheme that comes with at least three pre-determined build suggestions.
Blue Creative Box (10706)
Red Creative Box (10707)
Green Creative Box (10708)
Orange Creative Box (10709)
Similarly, we also have two additional LEGO Creator sets lined up for release next year – the Exploration Robots (31062) and Seaplane Adventures (31064).
It seems that it is not only Disney’s Moana that will get the LEGO treatment in 2017. After the debut of two new sets featuring Disney’s new Polynesian princess, with LEGO Disney Moana on the High Seas (41150) and Moana’s Island Adventure (41149), LEGO pays tribute once more to another Disney heroine. It seems that Disney’s Frozen will be under the spotlight once again with two new LEGO sets featuring the sisters Anna and Elsa, and everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf. Joining them are two new lines under the LEGO Disney theme, Palace Pets. Take a look.
Berry’s Kitchen (41143)
Petite’s Royal Stable (41144)
Anna’s Snow Adventure (41147)
Elsa’s Magical Ice Palace (41148)
It’s kind of interesting to speculate on what LEGO has in mind with the Palace Pets theme. It seems that they intend to have this line as a complement to their Disney Princess inspired sets. Furthermore, the Disney Palace Pets spin-off seems to have a following already so perhaps LEGO sees the potential of these sets as something like an add-on to the rest of its Disney sets. Frankly, the design of the Palace Pets theme is not far off as compared to the LEGO Friends Animal Series back in 2013. So I’m not quite sure what these new sets have to offer other than being another Disney brand.
However, if you’re a fan of both LEGO and Disney, this will definitely be a must-have. Credit goes to Hoth Bricks for the images.
LEGO is continuing its line of magical creatures and dragons from Elvendale with another wave of offerings from the LEGO Elves theme. This time around, a new nemesis has arrived with the mischievous Goblins and their infamous Goblin King taking on the spotlight. Same as with previous sets, the LEGO Elves theme intends to appeal to younger girls, however, with its brightly colored sets, it is not surprising if this theme will eventually with the hearts of AFOLs. Aira’s Airship and the Hunt for the Amulet (41184) is a perfect example of a set that can easily pass as a steampunked style aircraft and hot air balloon build, as pointed out by Hoth Bricks. The Goblin Village from set 41185 Magic Rescue from the Goblin Village has plenty of interesting pieces that builders may find handy. Plus its bright, color scheme makes it an attractive set to adorn any AFOL’s collection or desk.
We don’t have the box art images yet, but we’ll keep you posted once newer images are in. Thanks to Hoth Bricks for sharing these.
Naida’s Gondola & the Goblin Thief (41181)
The Capture of Sophie Jones (41182)
The Goblin King’s Evil Dragon (41183)
Aira’s Air Ship and the Hunt for the Amulet (41184)
We’re less than a month away before the very first Star Wars anthology film hits the big screen with Rogue One – A Star Wars Story, and with the arrival of the first wave of LEGO Star Wars Rogue One sets which were released last October, it seems that TLG still has some few surprises hidden under its sleeves. Thanks to Eurobricks member Benderisgreat, we now have our first look at the second wave of LEGO Rogue sets that will debut anytime soon. Though they seem to be official box art photos, the image resolution is rather low. However, we can still figure out the minifigs that go along with them. Seeing Moroff (the Wampa-type guy that seems to be part of the Rebellion) getting the LEGO treatment in the Y-Wing Starfighter (75172) makes this set a part of my LEGO ‘must-have’ list. It’s nice to know that LEGO has expanded its Microfighter series to include the latest starships featured in Rogue One. Take a look:
U-Wing Microfighter (75160)
Tie Striker Microfighter (75161)
Y-Wing Microfighter (75162)
Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle Microfighter (75163)
Rebel Trooper Battle Pack (75164)
Battle on Scariff (75171)
Y-Wing Starfighter (75172)
We’ll update this page as clearer photos of these sets are available. For the mean time, share what you think about these sets in the comments below or go over at our Facebook community page and join in the conversation.
Just a few moments ago, London’s first, and Europe’s largest LEGO brand store has finally opened its doors to the LEGO faithful. Though this piece of news is thousands of miles away from where we are, the excitement of the occasion is pretty contagious. For those of us who can’t make it physically at the LEGO London Store, we are thankful that groups such as the LEGO Collectors Club (LCC), The Brothers Brick (TBB) and Promo Bricks are there to witness firsthand the events as they happen, giving us an inside look at what the largest LEGO store in this side of the world has to offer. In case you missed it, LEGO also had a live broadcast of the events both inside and outside of the store via their Facebook live feed.
Other than the exclusive launch of the LEGO Architecture London 21034 at the LEGO London Store, the much talked about Lester minifigure has also been given away in a form of a raffle. Though not without complaints and issues with regards to the way it is made available (through a mystery scratch card that buyers will receive upon reaching a certain amount of purchase), there’s only a total of 275 minifigures of Lester that were officially given away so expect that this highly valued collectible minifig will be a prized possession for any LEGO fan.
Here’s LEGO’s official press release of the store’s opening together with some images courtesy of Sophie from LCC, The Brothers Brick, and Brick. Thank you for sharing these images for all LEGO fans to enjoy.
LEGO® London Flagship Store Opens Offering Unique Experiences for Fans of All Ages
The world’s largest LEGO Store opens with a focus on inspiring creativity through new experiences and fun, interactive workshops.
17 November 2016: Today The LEGO Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials, has officially opened its new UK flagship store in central London’s popular tourist hot-spot, Leicester Square.
The Leicester Square store is the 131st LEGO store globally and is pushing the boundaries with many unique LEGO® firsts. The largest LEGO store in the world boasts exciting new experiences, such as a ‘Mosaic Maker’ which offers LEGO fans of all ages the opportunity to purchase their very own, one of a kind, personalised LEGO mosaic portrait. The machine captures your image and in under ten minutes printed instructions and the bricks required to complete the LEGO portrait are supplied to the customer. The London store is the first in the world to make this unique experience available.
John Goodwin, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the LEGO Group said: “We are excited to have finally opened the doors to the world’s largest LEGO store here in London. We want to inspire and develop children through creative play experiences – and this store is all about that. Here, parents and children can explore the many different LEGO products while at the same time getting a truly immersive experience of the LEGO brand.”
Inspiring creativity and developing the builders of tomorrow is a central theme for the store and this is encouraged with unique hands-on interactive brick experiences. These include ‘Master Builder Playtables’, where children will be free to build whatever they can imagine – inspired by iconic London landmarks and a range of exciting LEGO themes. There will also be a timetable when Certified LEGO Master Builders will visit the store sharing tips and tricks to help visitors build LEGO models and help inspire children to think outside the box when building their creations.
Through a partnership with Transport for London LEGO has created a life-sized London Underground tube carriage. The tube is the largest LEGO build in the store, is made up of 637,903 bricks and took 3,399 hours to build. The carriage offers fun photo opportunities and will be a must see for all the family.
Other highlights within the new London LEGO Store include:
Build a Minifigure Tower with Talking LEGO Minifigures – includes four different talking LEGO Minifigures including Lester, Royal Guard, Bobby the Policeman and Sherlock Holmes.
LEGO Minifigure Scanner – an interactive experience available from outside the store where people can find out which LEGO Minifigure they are.
Digital window display – state of the art screens that will show LEGO movies and clips.
Lester’s room housing a model of store mascot Lester for photo opportunities both inside and outside the store.
Brickadilly corner – an interactive information centre informing shoppers including in-store event schedules and highlighting retail experiences within the store.
Digital endless isle – a digital experience allowing shoppers to browse a digital catalogue of all LEGO sets available in store. It also calls for assistance by sending a message to the smart watches of store staff (photos courtesy of LCC).
“Our LEGO® Brand Retail stores are a lighthouse for the LEGO brand and an inspirational shopping channel for LEGO products. We offer a unique brand experience and supplement the combined offer for consumers alongside our trusted retail partners and online retailers. The new Leicester Square store is the 14th LEGO Store in the UK,” says Glenn Abell, Vice President and General Manager, Direct-to-Consumer EMEA.
LEGO Store London Facts and Figures
The LEGO® Store in London’s Leicester Square is the company’s 14th brand retail store in the United Kingdom and the 37th in the world
It is the biggest LEGO Store at 914 sqm
The project commenced in late 2014, took almost five months to build and opened on 17th November 2016
A custom-made Terrazzo floor brings the LEGO yellow colour to life throughout the store
There are over five tonnes of LEGO big build models displayed within the store, utilising a total of over 1.7 million bricks including:
Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower)
The 1:15 scale model stands at two floors high, 6.5 metres
Comprises 344,020 LEGO bricks
Weighs 1,035 kgs
Took six model builders 2,735 hours to build
Features a working, backlit clock which chimes with a replica sound of the real bell, Big Ben
London Underground Train Carriage (Tube)
The model stands at 2 metres high and 5 metres long
Features a seated William Shakespeare LEGO figure amongst other LEGO models
Comprises 637,902 LEGO bricks
Weighs 2,126 kgs
Took 3,399 hours to build
Telephone Box (photos courtesy of LCC).
The full sized replica of an iconic red telephone box stands at 2.6 metres tall
Comprises 220,470 LEGO bricks
Weighs 698 kgs
Took 883 hours to build
Brickley the LEGO Dragon (photos courtesy of LCC)
Brickley winds his way along the length of the Swiss Court window and is three separate builds
Comprises 250,785 LEGO bricks
Weighs 792 kgs in total
Took 725 hours to build
LEGO Store Entrance Archway
A LEGO Leicester Square London Underground roundel sign sits between two street lamps to create an impressive 4.2 metres high archway in the entrance to the store
Comprises 81,000 LEGO bricks
Weighs 370 kgs (in total)
Took 438 hours to build
London Underground Map Mosaic
Comprises 16,500 LEGO bricks
Weighs 90 kgs
Took 90 hours to build
Lester Minifigure Statue
Lester is the LEGO minifigure mascot for the Leicester Square store
The statue stands at 1.2 metres tall on a 30 cm high customised plinth
Comprises 24,500 LEGO bricks
Weighs 57 kgs (in total)
Took two builders 90 hours to build
Royal Mail Post Box
Stands at over a metre tall
Comprises 20,700 LEGO bricks
Weighs 73 kgs
Took 105 hours to build
Adorning the wall of the store staircase, this large-scale mosaic comprises 265,557 LEGO bricks
Weighs 57 kgs
And took 90 hours to build
Thanks again to the folks over at LCC, TBB and Promo Bricks for sharing with us the fun and excitement of the LEGO London Store’s opening.