LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils Skeletons Will be Our Next Official LEGO Ideas Set

After the thrilling announcement of the LEGO Ideas 10 Years Anniversary Fan Vote where we see our little, blue brick alien making a comeback as a possible LEGO Ideas set, host Ali Plumb and LEGO Ideas Associate Engagament Manager Hasan Jensen, have just announced the next official LEGO Ideas set that will hit store shelves this year. If you’re a dino fan and would love to have your very own brick-built dino museum, then be sure to watch out for Jonathan Brunn’s (aka Mukkinn) LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils Skeletons.

The Dinosaur Fossils Skeletons topped the rest of the five finalists in the LEGO Ideas Third 2018 Review Stage, besting entries such as the Chemical Plant, Food Stand Diners, Queen Victoria Cruise Ship, and the Playable LEGO Piano.  Though there is no confirmed pricing and piece count as  of the moment, this upcoming LEGO Ideas set is slated to be launched this year so we can bet that we’ll hear some words from the LEGO Ideas Design Team very soon.

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Same as in previous reviews, we have a wildcard of a set so to speak in the form of Donny Chen’s (aka SleepyCow) spot-on, brick-built replica of a Playable LEGO Piano. This intricate model of a Grand Piano is still possible to become an official LEGO set, so let’s cross our fingers and see if it will eventually receive the thumbs up from the review board.

So what do you think of this choice for a new LEGO Ideas set? Do you think its a good call? Personally, I was hoping that the Food Stand Diners will make it to the cut since it would look great besides the LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster (10261) or together with the new People Pack – Fun Fair (60234) minifigure pack for that awesome fairground themed park. Anyways, still our heartfelt congratulations to Jonathan Brunn and for his excellent LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils Skeletons!

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1980s Shopping Channel-Style Commercial for LEGO Stranger Things – The Upside Down (75810) is a Riot

In a way, the unveiling of a LEGO Stranger Things tie-in is like the toy-brand equivalent of Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame.” Before, during, and after its product launch this week the hype’s still intense for The Upside Down (75810). It helps that LEGO’s milking the 1980s aesthetic of the Netflix series for some great promotional material.

One of the LEGO teasers was an eighties-style LEGO TV advertisement. It was followed up on launch day by a designer video made up like a talk show. Both featured era-appropriate graininess and bits of static too. The convention is maintained in this latest commercial.

The ad shows the LEGO Stranger Things – The Upside Down (75810) set. This time it looks like an item being offered in a TV shopping channel. While a smarmy commentator talks about the set’s features, a presenter points them out on the rotating display. Static on-screen text adds atmospheric flavor.

But this is a set based on “Stranger Things,” a show that really masters scary moments. The moment the presenter flips set 75810 to demonstrate the “Upside Down” side, the ad cuts out. For a few seconds, the display is left in the dark, with the show’s mood soundtrack playing.

It disappears as quickly as it comes, though. The presenter carries on with the display gestures while the voiceover is briefly confused. Once the Upside Down (75810) segment is complete, the “shopping channel” tries to present the next item only to go into expected static.

You’d think LEGO’s just become the primary toy merchandise manufacturer for Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” True, they said the set’s a one-off tie-in, but you’ve got to wonder with all of LEGO’s effort in promoting it. LEGO Stranger Things – The Upside Down (75810) releases June 1.

One Last Teaser and an Appropriately Eighties-Style Designer Video for LEGO Stranger Things – The Upside Down (75810)

By now, the facts are all laid out. In LEGO Stores at the Flatiron district and Leicester Square the eagerly-awaited set has come. LEGO Stranger Things: The Upside Down (75810) has been everything it was hyped to be and much more. Check out our coverage of it to be sure.

We probably don’t need to reiterate much from our feature article. Everybody now knows the intricate detail and snazzy design mechanics of The Upside Down (75810). The promotional blitz LEGO unleashed ahead of its reveal has done wonders. And now, it’s time to wrap up our coverage of that too.

One last teaser that came out before the launch events on both sides of the Atlantic appeared on LEGO’s Facebook. We see a brick-rendered recreation of the wall-alphabet communication rig used by Joyce. Lights played by LEGO stud pieces spell out an urgent message from the company, meant for fans.

The real kicker however is the non-routine designer video for LEGO Stranger Things – The Upside Down (75810). Remember the earlier LEGO teaser with the retro-grainy 1980’s TV commercial? They carry over the aesthetic for the vid featuring set designer Justin Ramsden. The bonus: it’s set up like an eighties late-night talk show with a host!

You can see more details of the LEGO Stranger Things – The Upside Down set (75810) on its Shop@Home listing. It’s priced at $199.99 and will become available on June 1. As for the hit Netflix series it’s based on, season 3 of “Stranger Things” will arrive for streaming July 4.

More Upcoming LEGO Minifigure Packs for Ninjago (40342) and City (40344) Revealed

Earlier this week we spotted, courtesy of a French LEGO site, a Minifigure Pack Tie-In for the next MCU movie. “The Spider-Man: Far from Home” Pack (40343) has some nice exclusive character minifigs inside. But that turns out to be only one of a burst of new LEGO blister packs.

These other Minifigure mini-sets are for LEGO’s own theme and franchise. There’s the Ninjago pack (40342) with four minifigs and a relic that splits into multiple weapons. Included are Ninjago hero Kai, baddies Pyro Snake and Ice Samurai, and adventurer archeologist Clutch Powers. He’s from the 2010 DVD-released animated movie.

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Next up is the Minifigure Pack for LEGO City (40344). From this we know that the products are all summer 2019 releases. It has two beachgoers, a surfer girl and a snorkeler. Accessories range from an ice cream cart, to animal pieces (parrot and crab).

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Minifigure Pack 40344 as an upcoming LEGO City item is a tad disconnected from the latest big box sets of the line. As one might recall, these sets depict space and Mars exploration. The Ninjago Minifigure Pack (40342) does get extra points for having a rare character in Clutch Powers. That’s a neat addition to any expansive Ninjago character collection.

The official images shown here are from leaks picked up by Germany’s Promo Bricks and France’s Hoth Bricks. Our best regards to these European LEGO news sources for their efforts to bring the good stuff.

LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) Set Officially Revealed

By now the trail is pretty much clear. And after several teases on social media, it looks like LEGO has finally lifted the mystery surrounding its latest offering. Coming in at 2,287 pieces and retailing for $199.99 USD, we now have the LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) set inspired by the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things. Check out the following crystal clear images and official product description.

LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810)

Ages 16+. 2,287 pieces
US $199.99 – CA $269.99 – DE €199.99 – UK £179.99 – FR €199.99 – DK 1799DKK

The ultimate LEGO® Stranger Things model to build and collect!

Fans of the global hit Netflix original series will appreciate the authentic details of this highly collectible LEGO® Stranger Things toy – 75810 The Upside Down. This sturdy, brick-built model can flip between the real world and The Upside Down. The design of the model’s building instructions makes it a great shared building experience with friends and family. The Byers’ house features Will’s bedroom, the living room and the dining room. The Upside Down version of the house, from an alternate dimension, features all the rooms from the real-world model but with a dark, vine-covered, dilapidated look that fans will instantly recognize from the series. With 8 Stranger Things figures, each with its own accessories, this playset makes a great gift for Stranger Things fans who will love to build and display this model to show their passion for the series.

  • This LEGO® Stranger Things toy includes 8 instantly recognizable Stranger Things minifigures from the hit Netflix original series: Eleven, Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, Dustin Henderson, Will Byers, Joyce Byers, Chief Jim Hopper and the Demogorgon.
  • The Byers’ house features a front porch with furniture, living room, dining room and Will’s bedroom.
  • The living room features authentic details from the series, like the alphabet wall with a light-up function, couch, coffee table, telephone, axe, ‘have you seen me?’ flyer stickered element and a bear trap to catch the Demogorgon.
  • Will’s bedroom plays a central role in the series, which this model faithfully replicates, including details like Will’s boombox, bed, desk, desk lamp, drawings and movie posters.
  • The dining room includes an armchair, boxes that store Christmas lights, fantasy game rule book stickered element and a potted plant.
  • The attic space includes a Mind Flayer drawing stickered element and a wizard hat for ‘Will the Wise’.
  • The Upside Down set captures the look and feel from the Netflix original series, including creepy vines, dark coloring and a dilapidated look.
  • Chief Jim Hopper’s police truck includes a removable roof for easy access to the interior and a pumpkin element as a reminder of Season 2.
  • Accessory elements include Lucas’ slingshot and flashlight, Dustin’s walkie-talkie and compass, Mike’s flashlight and walkie-talkie, Hopper’s coffee mug, Joyce’s flashlight and drawing of ‘Will the Wise’, and Eleven’s waffle.
  • This Stranger Things collectible includes over 2,200 pieces and comes in 11 bags, so the real world and The Upside Down can be built at the same time for a shared building experience.
  • Measures over 12” (32cm) tall, 17” (44cm) wide and 8” (21cm) deep.

The LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) set will be available for an early release for LEGO VIP members on May 15, and at all LEGO stores and shop.LEGO.com beginning June 1. The set measures 44.6 x 32.8 centimeters, and uses some interesting pieces and building techniques to replicate the rotting, deteriorating aspect of the Upside Down. The set also features a kind of flip action that lets you switch between the normal and Upside Down worlds. The reverse side of the set also underscores some of the most significant parts of the Byers home, including its famous Christmas lights and alphabet wall. I’m quite intrigued about the stability of this set, and on how this will manage to stand on its own. I’m also interested to see how the Demogorgon will fair in its LEGO minifig form. Word also has it that this will be the only licensed set under the Stranger Things theme, so it might be better for LEGO fans of the hit Netflix series to keep a close eye on this.

In case you don’t know yet, the cool builders behind Build Better Bricks also has their own custom brick-built version of the Byer’s House available in their site. Be sure to visit B3’s website to check out the building instructions for this custom set.

 

Here’s a First Look at the LEGO Spider-Man: Far From Home Minifigure Pack (40343)

By now we can safely say that the frenzy for Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame has begun to subside, while faithful followers of the MCU franchise now look forward to Spider-Man: Far from Home this July. This sequel to Homecoming is the true final part of Phase 3, and has already gotten plenty of tie-ins coming soon from LEGO. However it’s not all adventurous set-pieces and hi-tech vehicles for LEGO Marvel’s Far from Home. They’ll also have some smaller products that can easily be afforded. Rather than one minifigure though, they have a bunch included in this one. Check out this upcoming LEGO Spider-Man: Far From Home Minifigure Pack (40343).

The first image of this product comes to us courtesy of French LEGO news source Brick Heroes. It’s a 49-piece blister pack with enough minifig components for three characters. With the Far From Home Minifigure Pack (40343) we get Spider-Man, Maria Hill and Peter’s friend Ned. There’re also leftovers to make a drone and accessories.

From what Brick Heroes says, we’ll only get the Maria Hill and Ned minifigs exclusively on this pack. That would make this set a hot commodity for collectors looking to complete the LEGO Spider-Man: Far from Home tie-ins. There’s no word yet on its availability, but the film premieres July 2.

For the time being, while waiting for the LEGO Spider-Man: Far From Home Minifigure Pack (40343), be sure to check out the rest of the LEGO tie-in sets under the Far From Home subtheme such as the Molten Man Battle (76128), Hydro-Man Attack (76129), and Stark Jet and the Drone Attack (76130) all currently available at shop.LEGO.com.

LEGO Teases More About the LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) Tie-In Set

There’s no other way to describe it: LEGO has been a teasing teaser that teasingly teases lately. Yes, everybody’s on tenterhooks regarding their upcoming tie-in for Netflix’s Stranger Things, and LEGO sure know how to work build on the excitment with their teaser-filled promotional blitz. Eventually, the teasers are finally giving fans a trail of bread crumbs in deciphering the set’s details. The clincher in this case would have to be LEGO’s recent Instagram post of a familiar vehicle from the show. It’s none other than Mike’s good ‘ol bicycle (rendered in LEGO form), and seemingly stuck in the mysterious Upside Down realm which is already a give away on the set’s official name. The LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) is set to be released on May 15, initially available to all LEGO VIP members.

The upcoming LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) set has already been revealed to include some of the show’s most noticeable characters such as Dustin and the terrifying Demogorgon.  Additionally, it is also rumored that this is the only LEGO licensed set to be released from this theme, so it expected if Stranger Things fans will really look forward to have this one-off set. That’s too bad in my opinion, but if it’ll only be one LEGO tie-in, then it should be all good for all true-blue fans of the show.

We can expect LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) set to make its debut at the Leicester Square LEGO Store in London on May 15. The LEGO Store in Flatiron, New York on the other hand, will have its own late-night event slated on the 14th.

With that, let’s wrap this up with some more LEGO Stranger Things teasers we’ve seen recently.

  • Mike and Eleven on LEGO Facebook

 

  • Leicester Square LEGO Store front, courtesy of Twitter user @NXOnNetflix

  • Something is Coming on LEGO Twitter

Revisit “The Goblet of Fire” with Two More Newly-Revealed LEGO Harry Potter Summer 2019 Sets

There are so many LEGO sets being announced this summer that it can be daunting to track them all. Luckily you’ve got us to help you keep tabs. This one’s for LEGO Harry Potter fans. Remember the summer sets revealed last April? It turns out there’s still more coming up.

For a change, our source for the official images of these new LEGO Harry Potter sets’ a dedicated Potter-site. MuggleNet shared these sweet photos of more Potter-goodness in LEGO form. Similar to the other announced sets, these depict iconic scenes from the films. This time, it’s “The Goblet of Fire.”

Beauxbatons’ Carriage: Arrival at Hogwarts (75958) – $49.99

  • Features flying school carriage of France’s wizarding school Beauxbatons
  • Buildable carriage transforms into two-floor living quarters
  • Includes minifigures of Hagrid, Madame Maxine, and Fleur and Gabrielle Delacour, plus two Abraxan (pegasus) figures

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The Rise of Voldemort (75965) – $19.99

  • Relive the hair-raising first encounter between Harry Potter and a revived Voldemort
  • Buildable graveyard scene with tombstones (including that of Tom Riddle Sr., Voldemort’s father)
  • Includes minifigures of Harry Potter, Voldemort, masked Death Eater, Peter Pettigrew and the Grim Reaper statue on the Riddle tomb; plus the magicked Tri-Wizard Cup portkey; minus any sign of Cedric Diggory, rest in peace

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Both sets are due for August according to LEGO. That slots them in between some of the earlier-announced sets, which also includes the 2019 LEGO-Potter advent calendar (75964), due September.

Tease Some More: LEGO Stranger Things Previews Just Keep Coming Ahead of Launch

As the 15th of May comes ever closer, things have been getting even Stranger. LEGO Stranger Things is the hot new upcoming licensed franchise for LEGO. It stands to reason that it’ll get a lot of attention in terms of promotion. Following the announcement of details for its London launch, LEGO now reveals how this will go in New York.

Lest you forget, ahead of the midnight launch of LEGO Stranger Things at the Leicester Square Store, its NY counterpart at Flatiron will have a late-night event of its own on the 14th. There’s also a new teaser on Twitter.

Rather than a mockup of an ostensibly 1980s LEGO commercial this teaser references a memorable still-life scene from Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” but rendered in LEGO. If you need help, the Morse-code caption reads “Coming/SE/Soon.” With that, we’ll now discuss what new details the Flatiron District LEGO Store has for getting the LEGO Stranger Things set.

We already know the event schedule of 9 to 11 PM (EDT) on May 14. Aside from being able to buy the new set, guests can participate in a “special building experience.” A LEGO mural is also on hand for selfies. Participants will also have refreshments while they hang out with fellow “Stranger Things” fans.

About the only thing the NY launch event lacks is the opportunity to have their LEGO Stranger Things sets signed. The lead designer’s over in Leicester Square. Oh well, at least the US is getting the hot new set early.

LEGO BrickHeadz Statue of Liberty (40367) Images Released

It looks like there are more reasons to celebrate the 4th of July for LEGO fans in the US. As we know by now, the LEGO BrickHeadz theme is still going strong this year, especially with the introduction of its new line of 2019 seasonal sets. Thanks to Promobricks, we now have our first look at some of the official images of the latest LEGO BrickHeadz Statue of Liberty (40367).

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FYI, hints of this new BrickHeadz set was first spotted on German LEGO retailer website, Brickmerge, where the LEGO BrickHeadz Statue of Liberty (40367) set is listed, coming in at 153 pieces. Like other BrickHeadz sets, this will most likely retail for $9.99 USD. However, what could be the main selling point of this set for LEGO fans is the fact that it mostly consist of those highly desired Sand Green pieces. Few LEGO sets feature this particular color such as its larger counterpart LEGO Architecture Statue of Liberty (21042), the LEGO Movie 2 Welcome to Apocalypseburg (70840) and the LEGO Minecraft Ocean Monument (21136).

Unfortunately, there are some rumors going around that this latest set will also be a regional exclusive, only to be available in the US in time of the 4th of July celebrations. There’s hope though since we have recently seen how LEGO ruled in favor of LEGO fans with regards to the availability of certain regional exclusives. So there is still a chance for avid completionists outside of the US to have their own LEGO BrickHeadz Statue of Liberty (40367) set after 3 to 6 months. We just have to wait and see if LEGO will follow through on its promise.

Thanks once again to Promobricks for the heads-up.