More Images of LEGO Bricktober 2021 Sets on Asian TRU Stores, Including Number 4: “Alice in Wonderland”

The LEGO Ideas Pop-Up Book (21315) is a retired set now. However its spirit lives on, sort of, in the 2021 Bricktober sets exclusive to Toys R Us. Well, make that the TRU stores in the Asia-Pacific region anyways. The three fairytales depicted in the original Ideas set became three separate micro-builds atop LEGO books. This year’s Bricktober series even has a fourth set with all-new story. We were able to get nice images of three of the Bricktobers on TRU Singapore’s website. The fourth set however has gone un-depicted, until images of it popped up on social media.

Shanghai-based LEGO fan dylanchow just shared new images of the LEGO Bricktober sets on Instagram. Among them is the fourth set that wasn’t listed yet on Toys R Us Singapore when we checked. Said set refers to “Alice in Wonderland” and depicts the table in the Mad Hatter’s tea party.

Given this Bricktober set’s lack of presence in a TRU website, there’s a possibility that it might become available with another retailer. Supposedly this Alice Bricktober set comes out October 15 to 31. Therefore, as that date approaches next month we may have concrete details on the set’s availability.

Each LEGO Bricktober 2021 set showcases a fairytale diorama assembled atop a brick-built book. In addition to building instructions they will also have fold-up storybooks with abridged versions of the stories. The Bricktobers come free with every purchase of LEGO sets $69 and up on TRU stores and online. There is still no word on where and how the series will be available outside Asia.

LEGO Bricktober Sets Coming to Asia Toys R Us Stores Next Month Revealed

With September just about ready to wind down, LEGO fans and collectors look forward to next month’s release period. We already know that many highly-anticipated sets are due to come out on the first of next month. But one other special LEGO product line that appears every October is Bricktober. These mini-sets and minifigure collections are a fixture of Toys R Us. Perhaps unfortunately, they’re only available as promotional items in Asian TRU stores. Anticipation for these new LEGO-TRU collectibles has been building since the first teaser from LEGO Japan. Now, Toys R Us stores like in Singapore have them officially listed on their websites.

As can be seen from the above Japanese teaser, fairytales are the theme for LEGO’s 2021 Bricktober sets. There will be four mini-sets, depicting scenes from iconic fairy stories, though only three have been revealed thus far. The sets are ultra-micro builds with perhaps a few one-piece microfigures. And the dioramas stand on brick-built hardcover books for that classical feel. We’ve listed the Bricktober 2021 sets known to be coming, with release dates.

  • Alice in Wonderland (Not yet listed on TRU SG, October 15-31)
From the Toys R Us Singapore product info:

NOT FOR INDIVIDUAL SALE

This LEGO 2021 Bricktober [set name] is your FREE gift with purchases of $69 and above on LEGO product(s).*

A minimum purchase of $69 on any LEGO products, at any Toys“R”Us store and in a single original receipt entitles each participant to one (1) of LEGO 2021 Bricktober [set name].

LEGO 2021 Bricktober [set name] is valid at Toys”R”Us [country]. Offer valid from [start date-end date] or while supplies last only.

The 2021 LEGO Bricktober sets come in sealed bags, containing an envelope with building instructions and accompanying storybook. The completed sets look like and stripped-down versions of the Ideas Pop-Up Book (21315). Again, TRU Asian stores carry these, so collectors elsewhere might have trouble acquiring these ones.

LEGO Super Mario 64 Question Mark Block (71395) Has One (Secret) Replicated Level to Reveal

From a week before, we got the first look at the most surprising LEGO Super Mario set released yet. Initially teased as just a big yellow question-mark block, it was actually an encapsulated tribute to “Super Mario 64.” The Super Mario 64 Question Mark Block (71395) was a diorama of several levels from the 1997 Nintendo 64 “Mario” title. They unfold for display from the box then fold back inside for storage. Ten microfigures populate the four “Mario 64” levels depicted in the set. Or at least that was what the official promotion fluff and LEGO online product listing say.

As Brick Fanatics puts it, LEGO has pulled a fast one on its Super Mario set collectors. Recall those four “Mario 64” levels displayed on the promotional pictures? They were actually missing one, a fifth level from the N64 game. Actually, if one looks at some of the pictures closely, like below, they might have realized this. See that curious partly-open flap in front of the question-mark block, while the other game levels are opened? Brick Fanatics confirm excited reports from early reviewers of this LEGO Super Mario set. The front of the block opens to reveal a buildable King Bowser, Mario’s bad guy. And the flap underneath reveals the fifth featured “M64” game level.

Unlike the earlier four (Peach’s Castle, Bob-omb Battlefield, Cool Cool Mountain, Lethal Lava Trouble), this is a boss level. That explains why Bowser is present to open it up. His buildable form easily towers over the 10 microfigures included in the set (especially the 3-piece micro-Mario). We thought the initial reveal of Mario 64 Question Mark Block (71395) surprised everything out of us. We were wrong. Bravo, LEGO. You’ve generated some sure-fire “must-buy” frenzy for this “Super Mario” set when it releases this October 1.

LEGO Santa’s Visit (10293) Seasonal Set Now VIP-Available Ahead of October Release

October 1 is the next big date in 2021 for LEGO collectors. Quite the number of new and sought-after sets will be debuting next-next-next Friday. For some the wait is already bordering on unbearable. Then again, some lucky LEGO buyers might even get early access to some of those October 1 releases. You know them as the VIPs, and joining the program is one of the greatest benefits for LEGO shoppers. Last week we featured the Holiday seasonal set LEGO Creator Expert Santa’s Visit (10293). A LEGO VIP won’t have to wait for October 1st. He can get it now.

 

Indeed, the VIP mark is on at the LEGO Shop@Home listing for the Santa’s Visit set (10293). Its availability on the LEGO VIP program started September 16. And at $99.99 it’s a sweet and early deal. A Christmas-themed house to add to a LEGO winter village with four minifigures is a go for seasonal collectors. With a nicely laid-out interior and a chimney big enough to fit a Santa Claus minifig, the house of LEGO Santa’s Visit (10293) is one seasonal set that mustn’t be missed. It’s available for LEGO VIPs now, and for everyone else this coming October 1.

LEGO Shop@Home Puts Up Listings for Santa’s Sleigh (40499) and Mini Disney Castle (40478)

Last week we got the first glimpses of two LEGO sets, one seasonal and the other licensed. The Christmas seasonal set, Santa’s Sleigh (40499) was spotted on a Malaysian online retailer. The licensed set, LEGO Mini Disney Castle (40478) was first seen clearly in full via promotional images from LEGO Stores Mexico. Just over a week later, both sets now have filled-up listings on LEGO Shop@Home. We can thus finally learn their respective prices and common release date. Indeed, these two are part of the October 1 product blitz. Collectors aiming for them won’t have to wait for very long.

Santa’s Sleigh (40499) – Christmas seasonal set

343 pieces | $36.99 | Coming soon on October 1

Get a guaranteed visit from Santa! LEGO® Santa’s Sleigh (40499) is the perfect pre-Christmas present to bring festive cheer to homes. Kids and grown-ups alike will love building and displaying the ornate sleigh, which comes with 4 reindeer figures. The sleigh is loaded with gifts including a guitar, a pair of skis and a teddy. Naturally, Santa has a list to see who’s been good this year! Kids can even challenge their friends to a treasure hunt. Will they discover the hidden Christmas treats?

  • LEGO® Santa’s Sleigh (40499) brings a splash of brick-built festive cheer to homes. Fun to build and display, this pre-Christmas gift is guaranteed to delight.
  • Includes a Santa minifigure, 4 reindeer figures with removable, decorated saddles, 8 buildable, ‘wrapped’ gifts, plus a guitar, a pair of skis and a teddy bear.
  • Santa’s sleigh, including reindeer train, measures over 3 in. (8 cm) high, 11.5 in. (30 cm) long and 2.5 in. (7 cm) wide.
Mini Disney Castle (40478) – mini-scale version of LEGO Disney Castle (71040)

567 pieces | $36.99 | Coming soon on October 1

Celebrate the Walt Disney World® Resort’s 50th anniversary with this LEGO® ǀ Disney Mini Disney Castle (40478) set! Fans of Disney’s flagship Magic Kingdom® Park can recreate the iconic Walt Disney World® Resort Cinderella Castle, complete with pearlized golden tower tops, opalescent blue rooftop cones and a vintage-style Mickey Mouse minifigure. This unique display piece makes a perfect gift for birthdays, holidays or other celebrations.

  • Disney fans of all ages will love this beautiful miniature of the flagship Walt Disney World® Resort Cinderella Castle attraction from Disney’s Magic Kingdom® Park in Florida, and a vintage-style Mickey Mouse minifigure.
  • A great gift idea for ages 12 and up, this 567-piece building set makes a unique addition to any Disney collection.
  • Measuring over 8 in. (21 cm) high, 5.5 in. (14 cm) wide and 5.5 in. (13 cm) deep, this LEGO® ǀ Disney Mini Disney Castle makes a striking display piece standing on a mantelpiece or shelf in your home or office.

LEGO Queer Eye – Fab 5 Lot (10291) Has a Difference Between Box Picture and Printed Instructions that May Confuse Casual Builders

It’s finally out in the open. The LEGO “Queer Eye” set is confirmed as a Creator Expert masterpiece. Queer Eye – Fab 5 Loft (10291) is a wonderful brick-built encapsulation of what makes the Netflix show awesome. The loft set showcases the workspaces and specialties of the Fab 5 makeover team. They’re faithfully replicated in minifigure form, alongside season 2 premiere nominee Kathi Dooley in pre- and post-makeover versions. The Fab 5 themselves have hailed the set on social media (given that their production collaborated with LEGO). Everything should be peachy ahead of 10291’s October release.

And yet Brick Fanatics, following their feature of LEGO Queer Eye – Fab 5 Loft (10291), are sounding an alert. They’re calling attention to a presentation dissonance. One feature the set capitalizes on is the minifig clothes-changing mechanic, where they simply swap differently-designed torsos. Set 10291 has several alternate “clothes” for the Five and guests. But in the box and promo images the clothes/torsos are visibly missing their minifig hands. According to illustrations of the Building Instruction, the hands remain attached. So, just pull out the hands and pop them back in when the torso is “worn,” right? That’s what a casual/rookie LEGO builder might probably think, but no.

Potential Problem

LEGO minifigs can be quite sturdy in their complete form. But disassembled, their individual components are little plastic pieces that can be easily damaged. Their building instructions tend to warn builders not to remove the hands of minifigures. The repeated friction of removal-insertion could wear out the pegs until they don’t fit snugly anymore. There’s a chance that those availing of the Fab 5 Loft (10291) are “Queer Eye” fans first. They might not realize that constantly removing/inserting hands from/into the alternate clothes/torsos could make for serious wear and tear. Experienced LEGO builders would know better, but they might not.

Which image will a builder follow: The picture on the box or the printed illustration in the instructions? LEGO Queer Eye – Fab 5 Loft (10291) comes out October 1.

LEGO Creator Expert Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft (10291) Officially Announced

After giving a teaser over its social media channel, the LEGO Group has officially announced its next collaboration with streaming giant Netflix. The LEGO Creator Expert Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft (10291) is now listed over at LEGO Shop@Home and is expected to be released in October.

Fans of the life-changing series will surely be glad to see the iconic team of makeover experts now given the official LEGO treatment. For those unfamiliar with the show, The Queer Eye features the colorful cast of lifestyle and fashion experts collectively known as the Fab 5.  The show originally aired back in 2003 and was eventually given a reboot by Netflix last 2018.

This LEGO rendition of the highly popular series features the interior of the Fab 5’s original Atlanta loft, similar to what LEGO did with its TV-inspired predecessor, the LEGO Creator Expert The FRIENDS Apartments (10292).

The LEGO Creator Expert Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft (10291) clocks in at 974 pieces and will retail for a hundred dollars once it is made available to the public on October 1. For now, be sure to take a closer look at this set by clicking on the link below. Read on to know its official product description and check out these photos as well.

LEGO Creator Expert Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft (10291)

974 pieces | $99.99 | Coming Soon on October 1, 2021

Calling all fans of the Queer Eye TV show on Netflix! Get ready to be your true self as you join the Fab 5 for a rewarding building project with this LEGO® Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft (10291) set. As you recreate all the details that make up the interior of the Fab 5’s original Atlanta loft, you’ll discover lots of features from the show with tributes to each of the Fab 5’s special talents. There’s a kitchen island for Antoni, a clothing rack for Tan, Jonathan’s swivel salon chair, and Karamo’s couch and scrapbook. And this space is Bobby-approved as he helped design this very special LEGO interior.

Enjoy a moment of self-care
No episode of Queer Eye would be complete without a makeover. So, as well as including minifigure versions of each of the Fab 5 (plus Bruley the dog), this buildable model includes 2 Kathi Dooley (a very special guest from a very special episode!) minifigures. There’s also a transformation chamber feature to recreate Kathi’s emotional ‘before and ‘after’ reveals.

  • It’s time to give back to yourself as you enjoy a rewarding project, building a displayable model version of The Fab 5 Loft from the award-winning Queer Eye TV show on Netflix.
  • Discover a host of beautiful and authentic details from the TV show packed into this LEGO® Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft (10291) set like the big TV, kitchen, living room, and grooming station. 
  • Pure perfection! This set includes minifigure versions of each of the Fab 5, plus a Bruley figure. There are also 2 Kathi Dooley minifigures, showing her before and after her makeover.
  • Makes a top gift for any fan of the Queer Eye TV show, or anyone who loves TV show memorabilia and collectibles. And of course, it also makes a well-deserved treat for yourself.
  • Measures over 3.5 in. (9 cm) high, 13.5 in. (35 cm) wide, and 8.5 in. (21 cm) deep.

LEGO Teaser Substantiates Rumors of “Queer Eye” Apartment Set (10291)

Funny how we were recently talking about LEGO sets geared for AFOLs in particular fandoms. It’s true that quite a bit of LEGO Ideas submissions might be for adult-oriented IPs. One comment from the Brickset.com story about this teaser noted how many “The Office” sets aspire for LEGO Ideas. And there has been talk that LEGO will make sets for “The Batman” starring Robert Pattinson. Production’s been pushing to get it an R-rating. But back to this new LEGO teaser: observers are sure about the show from the images. LEGO “Queer Eye” sets are coming?

If somebody didn’t get it, “Queer Eye” is a reality show streaming on Netflix since 2018. It features a makeover team of five gay guys helping a wide variety of people better their lifestyles and relationships. The teasers on LEGO’s official social media hint at icons symbolizing the “Fab 5” headlining the show. It pretty much confirms an earlier rumor: “Queer Eye” Apartment, numbered 10291. Speculation on this set of 974 pieces began last August, with a possible release date sometime within this month. If so, then LEGO Queer Eye Apartment (10291) could be blown wide open any day now.

Once the set releases, it will join a nice ensemble of “apartment” LEGO sets based on various franchises. How cool would it be to build a LEGO neighborhood withFriends,” “Seinfeld” and “Queer Eye” together? We first need to see how the “Queer Eye” set looks like first, though it surely won’t be long now.

LEGO Design VP Matthew Ashton Says Many Themes, Including Monkie Kid, Continuing to 2022 and 2023

For general LEGO collectors, it’s always sobering when one hears news that a LEGO theme is potentially being ended. Usually they announce the retirement of all currently-available sets in the line, without word of upcoming new stuff. Then again, The LEGO Group is a business. If they think a theme must discontinue for reasons, it will. Recently this fate seemed in store for LEGO Speed Champions, Technic, and even 2020-debut Monkie Kid. The latter saw all its current sets earmarked for retirement on December 31. But a top LEGO figure assures that it, and many other themes, will continue.

Brick Fanatics bring us this hopeful bit of news. Over the weekend, LEGO VP of Design Matthew Ashton held a social media Q&A on Instagram. LEGO fans and collectors among his followers were quick to ask him about the status of certain themes. LEGO Monkie kid  among others are getting follow-ups next year, to fans’ relief. Not just Monkie Kid, but also Technic, Speed Champions, DOTS and others will have 2022 and 2023 releases. Then again, for Monkie Kid, having a streaming deal with Amazon might have had an indirect effect.

More Monkie Kid

LEGO Monkie Kid’s animated adaptation has been airing in Asian countries and Australia since 2020. After joining Amazon Kids+ this month, the series gets an international streaming audience for the first time. Its season 2 ended in a cliffhanger that hinted at concluding the series in season 3. This coincided with the announcement of all its sets retiring at year’s end.

Thanks to Ashton’s Q&A, we can be assured that LEGO Monkie Kid will see more product releases and animated seasons. Interestingly, LEGO’s other Asian-inspired theme, Ninjago, went through the same deal. Introduced in 2011 and slated to run only three years before discontinuation, the theme and animation have lasted eleven. If collectors keep buying and viewers keep watching, we’re sure to get more Monkie Kid too.

LEGO Creator Expert Santa’s Visit (10293) Now Up at US LEGO Shop@Home

After making its debut via LEGO’s regional portal in Asia, LEGO has officially announced and listed this year’s seasonal winter village set. The LEGO Creator Expert Santa’s Visit (10293) is now up at LEGO Shop@Home in the US, slated to be available beginning next month, with early VIP access on September 16.

LEGO Creator Expert Santa's Visit (10293)

Coming in at 1,445 pieces this year’s winter village set puts the spotlight once again on the lengths that Santa will go through to add that holiday cheer to all that is expecting his visit. It was 2014 since we last saw him added to a LEGO Creator Expert winter village set in the form of Santa’s Workshop (10245), so it’s great to see a LEGO model that is built around his character.

And of course, the model itself is perfect for a seasonal display piece and will look great with other winter village sets that you might have. The angled build is really clever since it gives the model a sort of depth and a certain degree of realism. I love the combination of white and light royal blue for its exterior, and the tons of holiday details in the interior. The set comes with four minifigures featuring Dad, Mom, a little girl, and Santa.

Read more about the LEGO Creator Expert Santa’s Visit (10293) below and if you wish to be notified on its arrival in October, you may want to head over to LEGO.com and this to your wishlist.

LEGO Creator Expert Santa’s Visit (10293)

1,445 pieces | $99.99 | Coming Soon on October 1, 2021. Early VIP access on September 16, 2021.

LEGO Creator Expert Santa's Visit (10293) LEGO Creator Expert Santa's Visit (10293)

If you’re dreaming of the perfect Christmas Eve, get the festive season off to a magical start with this LEGO® Santa’s Visit (10293) model building set. It’s the ideal way to spend quality time with a cozy project for adults and families. Build the intricate Christmas house and explore all of the model’s jolly features before placing it on display.

A build packed with traditions Spot all the ingredients that make Christmas Eve so special. There are stockings on the fireplace, a plate of cookies with milk for Santa, and even a place setting for him at the dining table. The exterior is equally detailed. See the Christmas tree, which lights up when you press down gently on the treetop. Extra details complete the cheerful scene with presents, a mailbox, and brick-built boughs under the ‘snow’-topped roof.

A Christmas building project to savor Santa’s Visit is part of the LEGO Winter Village Collection; a collection of buildable model kits for adults that celebrate the festive season.

  • Enjoy a magical Christmas build with this LEGO® Santa’s Visit (10293) building kit. Explore all the traditional details of Santa’s Visit with an enchanting Christmas house model to display.
  • Includes 4 minifigures with dad, mom, girl, and Santa so you can recreate endless cozy family Christmas Eve scenes. See Santa drop through the large chimney into the fireplace.
  • Enjoy spotting all the festive details of the intricate interior. There are stockings on the fireplace, a plate of cookies with milk for Santa, and gifts hidden around the house.
  • This model looks amazing from all angles, making it a perfect seasonal display piece. See the cute kitchen with its sweet brick-built stand mixer.
  • Add a festive glow to your Christmas Eve scene. The Christmas tree features a light brick (with battery included) that lights up when you press the top.
  • Looking for top Christmas gift ideas? This model building kit is ideal for LEGO® fans or any adult or family who’d love to receive a model building kit with a beautiful display piece to enjoy.
  • This collectible Christmas house measures over 7.5 in. (19 cm) high, 10.5 in. (27 cm) wide, and 6.5 in. (16 cm) deep. The rear roof moves outwards giving further access to the upper floor bedroom.