End-2017 Retiring LEGO Marvel Helicarrier (76042) Set Already Gone on UK LEGO Shop@Home

When movie audiences saw it for the first time in Marvel’s The Avengers back in 2012, the airborne SHIELD Helicarrier was a thing of beauty, a remarkably feasible-looking design of how a flying aircraft carrier would look like built in our world. Since then, the wondrous flying vessels would figure in two more MCU movies (and cameo unnamed in Fox’s “Deadpool”).

But somehow the awe once commanded by the Helicarrier has long faded, and much quickly than they did in the original Marvel Comics versions. Life imitates art; or rather, merchandise imitates media, since LEGO put their SHIELD Helicarrier set (76042) on their end-2017 retiree list back in July.

In fact, the Hellicarrier 76042 is now officially retired for British LEGO buyers, as they can see for themselves in their LEGO UK Shop@Home. For the stateside version, Shop@Home US says that the Helicarrier is currently sold out due to being a highly sought-after set in LEGO VIP’s Black Friday promo.

Outside of the LEGO Shop, LEGO Marvel fans might still be able to snag 76042 on Amazon, at its regular retail price in Prime Shipping. Of course, going by that option means your Helicarrier purchase will get no LEGO points and additional promo giveaways. Still, it at least ensures you’ll have the best of SHIELD in the MCU before the end of 2017, when the set really will say goodbye for good.

The LEGO Marvel SHIELD Helicarrier (76042) runs almost 3,000 pieces with five minifigures included. There’s been no word if Shop@Home US will restock their set or mark it as retired just like in the UK. It’s too bad; while Agents of SHIELD will start its season 5 on ABC this December, the agency has not been relevant in the MCU film corner for so long.

LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village Station (10259) Now Available.

If you recall, the September LEGO Store Calendar mentioned two exclusive sets that were slated for early VIP release from September 14 to 30. We now know that the first is the highly publicized UCS Millennium Falcon (75192), while the second is the LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village Station (10259). The latter is the fifth holiday-themed, D2C Creator Expert set to be released by LEGO, following the likes of the Winter Village Market (10235), Santa’s Workshop (10245), Winter Toy Shop (10249), and the Winter Holiday Train (10254).

Now that the Winter Village Station (10259) is made available for VIP members, and is scheduled to be available to all by October 1, you will be glad to know that its complementary set, last year’s Winter Holiday Train (10254), is now available for backorders at shop.LEGO.com as of this posting. This is a great time to grab these sets and complete your holiday-themed train station. Check out each of the sets’ designer vids and official descriptions below.

LEGO Creator Winter Village Station (10259)

Head home for the holidays with the Winter Village Station!

Head for home with the festive Winter Village Station holiday set, featuring a snowy railroad station with wreath adorned lampposts and clock tower, platform, mailbox, green trees, snowy grade crossing with twin barriers and lights, and a beautiful, festively decorated bus with opening doors and a luggage rack with removable luggage and gift wrapped packages. This LEGO® Creator Expert model also includes a ticket counter with a timetable and a transaction counter window with room for sliding out tickets to travelers, plus a coffee shop with a serving hatch and a detailed interior with an espresso machine, cups, cash register and a menu. Includes 5 minifigures.

  • Includes 5 minifigures: a bus driver, barista, grandmother, child and a ticket agent.
  • The festively adorned Winter Village Station features a snowy train station with a clock tower, platform, coffee shop, ticket counter, grade crossing with twin barriers and lights, lampposts, mailbox and green trees, plus a bus.
  • Ticket counter features a timetable and a transaction counter window with room for sliding out tickets.
  • Coffee shop features a serving hatch and a detailed interior with espresso machine, cups, cash register and a menu.
  • Bus features festive decoration, opening doors, luggage rack with removable luggage and gift wrapped packages, and a removable roof for accessing the detailed interior.
  • Drive the happy passengers to the station.
  • Raise the barriers to cross the track.
  • Grab a newspaper and relax with a warm espresso from the cozy coffee shop.
  • Man the ticket booth, serve the travelers and slide the tickets under the serving window.
  • Gather the family for some festive LEGO® building!
  • Accessories elements include buildable wreaths and wrapped gifts, plus 2 mugs, ticket, newspaper and an envelope.
  • Special elements include new-for-October-2017 1×1 round plate with horizontal shaft, 4×6 roof element in dark blue, gray microphone element, printed ticket element and shield elements with printed clock-faces.
  • This set includes more than 900 pieces.
  • Includes 4 straight track pieces to connect with the LEGO® Creator Expert 10254 Winter Holiday Train, (10254 not included.)
  • Winter Village Station measures over 7” (19cm) high, 11” (28cm) wide and 5” (14cm) deep.
  • Grade Crossing when closed measures over 2” (6cm) high, 5” (13cm) wide and 5” (14cm) deep.
  • Bus measures over 3” (9cm) high, 5” (15cm) long and 2” (7cm) wide.

LEGO Creator Expert Winter Holiday Train (10254)

Climb aboard the magical Winter Holiday Train!

Gather the family for some festive LEGO® building fun with this charming model featuring a full circle of track, boarding platform with bench and lamppost, a Power Functions upgradable train engine with brick-built smoke bellowing from its stack, coal tender, flatbed wagon with a rotating holiday tree, toys and gifts, and a red caboose with a detailed interior and table. The train engine also features large and small red-colored locomotive wheels and the train is decorated with green wreathes, string lights and white tree elements. This LEGO® Creator Expert set includes 5 minifigures.

  • Includes 5 minifigures: a locomotive driver, ticket collector, grandmother, boy and a girl.
  • The Winter Holiday Train includes 16 curved pieces of track, engine, coal tender, flatbed wagon with holiday tree, toys and gifts, caboose, boarding platform, bench and a lamppost.
  • Decorate the Christmas tree and drive the train to see the tree rotate.
  • Join the ticket collector in the cozy caboose for a delicious cup of cocoa.
  • Gather the family for some festive LEGO® building fun!
  • Includes dual building instructions for a perfect family build.
  • Accessory elements include green wreathes, decorative lights and white tree pieces, plus wrapped gift elements and tiny brick-built toys, including a micro train, wind-up car, fire truck, remote controlled robot, sailboat and a spaceship.
  • Upgrade with LEGO® Power Functions (not included) for a motorized engine.
  • To motorize the engine, purchase items 8879, 8884, 88000, and 88002. Instructions can be found in the back of your building instructions.
  • Special elements include small and large red train wheels, dark tan windows, train buffers, cow catcher, white tree elements and roller skates.
  • This set includes over 700 LEGO® pieces, including 16 curved tracks.
  • This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 12+.
  • The Holiday Train in total measures over 4” (12cm) high, 20” (52cm) long and 2” (7cm) wide.
  • Curved rail track diameter measures over 27” (70cm).

 

LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) To Be Discontinued.

The highly prized LEGO Ideas NASA  Apollo Saturn V (21309) may probably still sit on the top of our must have LEGO sets of the year, but unfortunately, in spite of the relative early shelf life of this set since its release last June, the availability of the Apollo Saturn V has been notoriously close to none. True, we have the reassuring words from the LEGO Ideas Team that the set will not be retired right away given that it has only been three months in circulation since its release in June 1. There were also moments when the NASA Apollo Saturn V set has been available at LEGO shop@home on very seldom occasions. However, the obvious unavailability of the set for weeks has cast a shadow of a doubt on the truth behind the availability of this highly sought after set.

For weeks already, shop.LEGO.com has always returned a ‘Temporarily Out of Stock’ message each time a query has been made for set 21309. Similarly, LEGO Brand and Certified stores have been informing customers about the indefinite date of 21309’s arrival in their respective stores. In search for answers, our friends from Promo Bricks decided to dig deeper and was able to have a privileged conversation with an undisclosed LEGO Product Manager. This may sound very, very  sad, but according to Promo Bricks, the said manager has revealed that LEGO no longer has plans of producing the highly prized set. In other words, they are now in the process of delivering and selling the last copies of 21309 that went into production.

From TLG’s business perspective, this somehow makes sense, especially considering what a LEGO Customer Service Rep told Promo Bricks. According to CSR, even before a set is released for sale, there is already a pre-determined number of copies that each set is expected to have. This number is not usually revealed to the public, and the sets are produced in batches. When the demand exceeds the pre-determined supply eventually, then better expect delivery delays and ultimately the set’s cancellation. Furthermore, given the long lead-times needed to produce such great sets like the Saturn V, it is very impractical to produce more sets just for a short-term supply. Simply put, the LEGO Ideas Saturn V set is hugely popular and a solid success that LEGO could no longer supply the growing demand.

What are your thoughts about this brick fans? Are you somehow disappointed? Let us know in the comments.

More LEGO Star Wars 2018 Reveals.

While most of the LEGO Star Wars faithful has now fixed their gaze on the grandest reveal that LEGO has slated this Force Friday II, it seems that we can expect more LEGO Star Wars sets to be unveiled towards the end of the year and even until the first quarter of 2018.

Our brick intel (courtesy once more of RebelScum) suggests that we’ll be seeing more battle packs, a new wave of microfighters, and another Ultimate Collectors Series in the works. Here’s a breakdown of what we know regarding their set numbers, titles, and brief descriptions whenever they’re available. If you’re looking for watermarked images, I trust that you’ll know your way around. Some of these names are not final and may be changed anytime at LEGO’s discretion.

Sets and Minifigures

Tatooine Battle Pack (75198)

Features a small tracked utility sled. Minifigures include two Jawas, a Tusken Raider and a blue-topped astromech apparently suspended on the utility sled.

Battle Pack Classic (75206)

Includes a mini version of the Republic Dropship with two Clone Troopers, Coleman Trebor and Ki-Adi-Mundi minifigures.

General Grievous’s Combat Speeder (75199)

Coming straight from the Clone Wars, this set includes a repulsorcraft with a pair of spring-loaded shooters and a movable column that serves as a steering mechanism as well. Minifigures include Mace Windu and General Grievous.

Yoda’s Home (75208)

The set consists of the iconic retirement home of Yoda at the planet of Dagobah. It consists of brick-built hut with some plant and foliage elements. Included are the minifigures of Yoda, Luke Skywalker and R2-D2. Yoda may also be placed on Luke’s back via another minifig accessory to recreate the latter’s Jedi training as seen in the Empire Strikes Back.

There’s also a next wave of The Last Jedi sets placed in four generic grey boxes all numbered 75197, 75200, 75201 and 75202 respectively. Rumor has it that one of these sets will include Rey’s training in planet Ahch-To, which means we’ll get to see the highly sought after Old Man Luke in his minifigure form.

MicroFighters

Millennium Falcon (75193) – with Chewbacca minifigure.
First Order TIE Fighter (75194) – with Special Forces TIE Fighter Pilot minifigure.
MicroFighters (75195) – unknown set and minifigure.
MicroFighters (75196) – unknown set and minifigure.

Buildable Figures

Boba Fett (75533)
Darth Vader (75534) – with removable helmet
Darth Maul (75537)

Other than Darth Vader who already has a buildable figure of his own in 2015’s LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader (75111), it is a first for Boba Fett and Darth Maul to have ultrabuilds of their own. There are two more buildable figures (75535 and 75536) whose boxes have been blacked out, but our info suggests that these may be tied up with the Han Solo anthology, similar to what LEGO did when it introduced several Rogue One characters in their buildable figure versions.

As a last note, there are also rumors that may suggest that another LEGO Star Wars UCS is currently in the works, with all the signs pointing on what could be a remake of 2004’s Y-Wing Attack Starfighter (10134). If this is the case, then we can certainly see this UCS set probably released during the first half of 2018.

 

A Round Up of Everything We Know So Far About the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192).

We’re almost there! In roughly 48 hours, we’ll get to see what is in store in that large, bulky box that LEGO touted as their largest set ever created. For the whole month of August, LEGO was quite deliberate in releasing their scheduled teasers and earlier today, LEGO has revealed their last hint in this series of reveals. Released via their social media channels, LEGO gives fans an idea on how you’ll be able to carry this set if you prefer to purchase this from any LEGO store (that is, if there will be enough sets available for everyone).

Placed side by side with 2016’s LEGO Star Wars UCS Death Star (75159) which can easily fit inside LEGO’s largest yellow plastic bag, this 4,000-piece set just pales in comparison with the mammoth sized set known to most already as the much rumored LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192). It is so huge at approximately 18.7 pounds (or 8.5 kilos) that no LEGO plastic bag can handle the weight. In LEGO’s latest tweet, set 75192 is so large that it will require wheels to be transported out of a LEGO store. Now, the only question is, will they give you a push cart if you have the cash to burn and you eventually decide to purchase two or more sets. Hmmm…

Since this is the very last teaser that we can expect from LEGO before the big, official reveal on Force Friday II, our Brick Show Brian has come up with a roundup of all the things that we know so far (see video above) about LEGO’s ‘worst kept secret in all of LEGO history’. Without a shadow of doubt, there are strong evidences to show that this super secret set is indeed an extremely large remake of the Millennium Falcon, which first appeared as a LEGO Ultimate Collector’s set ten years ago, tagged as the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (10179).

But perhaps the biggest concern in everyone’s mind at this point has little to do with how we will be able to carry it out from the store, but more of how we can even have access to it in the first place. Will it be a limited series release? Will there be pre-orders? Are there limited quantities? Will LEGO be able to catch up with the demands even before October 1 arrives when the set becomes available to the general public?

These are very real concerns, considering how the LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) set still appears to be Out of Stock at shop.LEGO.com. Moreover, we don’t have any official word yet from LEGO if there will be limited quantities around say 5,000 or so. If that will be the case, then we can definitely expect retailers to run like mad and grab all these ‘gold’ plastics and we may not even see them on store shelves anymore.

We certainly hope that LEGO has a back-up plan of some sorts for this re-release of the UCS Millennium Falcon to ensure that this set will remain in shelves for the next few years. Because even though it has a hefty tag price of around $700 or more and not all people will be able to afford it, the reality is, there are still a good number of people who is willing to spend such an insane amount of money for this extraordinary LEGO set.

So what do you think of all these things, I mean with all the hype surrounding the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192)? Will you even get this set in spite of the outrageous price tag attached to it? Do you want to see Brian give it a spin and review this set? 😉 Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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