First Look At the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Set Images.

We mentioned in a prior post that LEGO has set its eyes on including another MCU franchise in its line up of Super Heroes sets for this year. As it turns out, we now have what seems to be, our first ‘legitimate’ set of images for the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Take a look.

According to an unidentified source cited by The Brick Fan, this snapped image was found at the back of an unknown building manual, so it means that we’ll have official images of these three GOTG Vol. 2 sets anytime soon. A closer look reveals that there are certain Chinese characters found at the top right corner of the image. Included in this line up are:

 

Ayesha’s Revenge (76079)

 

Ravager Attack (76080)

 

Unnamed Milano Set, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (76081)

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CONFIRMED: Additional Villain Minifigures That Will Be Included In The 2017 The LEGO Batman Movie Summer Sets.

This news has been up and about for quite some time now, and in case you haven’t seen it yet, its nice to know that what we have previously thought and reported regarding the rumored 2017 The LEGO Batman Movie summer sets have been confirmed. Thanks to the heads up by The Brick Fan, we now get to see the (semi?) official images of some of these minifigures.  Let’s take a look.

 

Polka Dot Man

This minifig version of the classic villain is probably one of the best minifigures ever done in the series. Shame it was not included in the TLBM CMF, but there is still hope of adding them in your collection because rumor has it that he will be added to  an upcoming LEGO set slated to be revealed in Summer. Will he get a vehicle of his own of some sorts? We’ll probably get a hint once  we see The LEGO Batman Movie debut on the big screen.

 

Bane and Mutant Leader

The villain on steroids has finally got what he deserves  – an actual, bigfig version. First teased by LEGO insider Delta Customs, and finally confirmed by DK’s TLBM Essential Guide, this final piece of info has finally set into stone Bane’s bigfig presence in one of TLBM’s sets. He is joined by another member of Gotham’s rogues gallery by the warmongering Mutant Leader.

 

Wicked Witch and her Flying Monkeys

First teased on TLBM’s trailers, the villainess from LEGO Dimensions has crossed over to wreak havoc in Gotham. It’s nice to see LEGO stretching the limits of its licenses and dimensions so to speak, by including elements from its toys-to-life genre, particularly the Wicked Witch and her host of mischievous Flying Monkeys. The Wicked Witch and her Flying Monkeys are expected to be a part of another yet to be revealed TLBM set expected to be revealed in Summer.

RUMOR MILL: First Order TIE Bomber To Be Included In LEGO Star Wars Episode VIII Sets!

The Force is still strong with the very first Star Wars anthology film Rogue One, and even as the smoke has not cleared yet with the film still raking millions in box office and not to mention the impressive LEGO Star Wars Rogue One sets that come with it, legion of Star Wars faithful have now set their eyes and hopes in this year’s next big, Star Wars film. Though we’re still roughly 11 months away before Episode VIII hits the big screen, several sites have reported that LEGO has in the works a particular Star Wars set that will pay tribute to one of the most iconic Imperial starfighters.

According to a recent report by Star Wars News Net (via Hound’s Tooth and Star Wars Awakens), LEGO will be offering a set dedicated to the First Order TIE Bomber hinting on the role that the destructive ship will be playing on Episode VIII. If you recall, the TIE Bomber first made its debut in The Empire Strikes Back, and is feared for its ability to drop vast quantities of munitions on rebellious planets and targets in space, delivering devastating attacks with frightening accuracy. Here’s how Hound’s Tooth got hold of this piece of news.

Star Wars Episode VIII will be a great mix of the old and the new. This reflects in the few character designs we’ve seen.  It should be no surprise then, that an old Imperial vessel is getting updated for use by the First Order. That’s right: There will be a TIE Bomber in Episode VIII.

This information comes in the form of a leaked Lego set announcement (via StarWarsAwakens.nl). Seeing as the source has been right about Lego before with this winter’s sets, I see no reason to doubt it. 

Next Force Friday, you will be able to find First Order TIE Bombers at your local Lego supplier. Force Friday Lego sets aren’t always a guarantee for a major role in the film… But the vehicle will no doubt at least be clearly visible at some point.

 

So what do you think Brick Fans? What other Episode VIII vehicles and sets has LEGO been keeping under its sleeve? We’ll be following this piece of news as it develops so be sure to stay tuned here… at…. the… Brick Show!

 

Official Box Art of 2017 Speed Champions Set Revealed!

We saw the gorgeous sets of the hottest brick built speedsters off the racing tracks with the 2017 LEGO Speed Champions sets, and this time, we now have their official box art images courtesy of The Brick Fan. Since their launch in 2015, we’ve seen seven sets on this theme launched by LEGO each year with each release getting better than ever. We still yet to see official images of the Mercedes Pit Stop (75880) which is expected to be a lot different from the McLaren Mercedes Pit Stop (75911).

 

Mercedes-AMG GT3 (75877)

 

Bugatti Chiron (75878)

 

Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H (75879)

 

2016 Ford GT & 1966 Ford GT40 (75881)

 

Ferrari FXX K & Development Center (75882)

 

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team (75883)

Let’s Build A LEGO Mini Volkswagen Beetle (40252)!

In case you haven’t seen it already, the LEGO Creator Volkswagen Beetle (10252) just got a smaller cousin. Mostly reported by several European sites, this miniaturized chibi aptly named as the LEGO Creator Mini Volkswagen Beetle (40252) is very much the same as its larger counterpart both in color and design, and comes in at 139 pieces.

According to LCC, via Hoth Bricks, the Mini Volkswagen Beetle will be available at LEGO Stores both online and in-store starting January 16-31, 2017 with a purchase of any set from the LEGO Creator Expert theme such as, of course, the Volkswagen Beetle (10252), Assembly Square (10255), and Big Ben (10253) among many others. The Brick Fan has also reported that the miniature Volkswagen (40252) is now available in various LEGO Stores in Hong Kong as you can see from the photo below.

We also hope to see the same in Northern America anytime soon. It is a nice addition alongside the Volkswagen Beetle (10252), and thankfully, if you want to give this set a try, LEGO has uploaded the building instructions for the Mini Volkswagen which you may download in PDF format right here. You may want to check out first its parts inventory, which comes in at 140 pieces, to see if you have the existing parts needed to build the mini Volkswagen.

UPDATE: Thanks to the info provided by Sophie of LCC, we just learned that the Mini Volkswagen (40252) will only be available (sadly) as a promotional offering in LEGO Brand Stores in Italy from the promo date mentioned above. However, we’re still keeping our fingers crossed that this lovely set will make its way to North America soon. Thanks once again to Sophie for keeping us in the loop.

Happy building!

 

Here’s An Interesting Find: The LEGO Star Wars R3-M2 Minifigure (40268) Polybag.

Following the sneak peek of the latest buildable droid around with the LEGO Star Wars Mini R2-D2 (30611) polybag, comes another surprise find. Brickset has just posted what seems to be the start of a new line of collectible minifigures with the LEGO Star Wars R3-M2 Minifigure (40268) polybag.

According to Brickset’s report, this polybag was found in a Romanian monobrand store, and is given for FREE for every purchase of any LEGO Star Wars sets. In case you’re not familiar with the name, which is most probably the case for most of the astromechs that populated the Star Wars galaxy due to their numerous iterations and variants, R3-M2 was first featured in last year’s hit film, Rogue One.

R3-M2 as seen in a new line of toy collection called The Droid Factory.

What is interesting about this minifig version of R3 is the fact that it stands on a base with a Technic pin on the side. This may hint on a new way of displaying and connecting several other minifigures. The display feature is also pretty obvious with the addition of a sticker nameplate in front of the base/stand. There is no word yet on when, where, and how this polybag can be found in the US. Will it be a part of a new LEGO Star Wars promotional? How about a May the 4th promo? Or yet the bigger question is, will this indicate a new line of LEGO Star Wars minifigures? The possibilities are simply exciting. What do you think?

LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Unveiled to CES Attendees at Las Vegas, NV.

Earlier today, Engadget was first to confirm what LEGO has teased since last week on an awesome ‘new play experience’. Since then, LEGO has released tons of information about this highly anticipated play set. Check out TLG’s official press release, official photos and product description, and cool demo videos that went live via Facebook just a few hours ago at the high profile, tech event at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Somewhat like a smaller cousin of the LEGO Mindstorms, the LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox (17101) is expected to hit store shelves during the second half of this year and will retail at $159.99.

 

PRESS RELEASE

LEGO® BOOST BUILDING AND CODING SET UNVEILED AT CES EMPOWERS CHILDREN TO BRING THEIR LEGO CREATIONS TO LIFE

Building on the company’s history of merging digital programming and physical building, LEGO® BOOST will inspire a younger generation to build and code their way to limitless play.

Today the LEGO Group announced LEGO® BOOST, a supercharged building and coding set that lets children bring their LEGO creations to life by adding movement, sound and personality. Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, LEGO BOOST will be previewed to members of the global media at Digital Experience on January 4 and will be demonstrated to CES attendees as part of the Kids@Play Kids & Technology Marketplace from January 5-8, 2017 at the Sands Expo. With a suggested retail price of $159.99 (USD), LEGO BOOST will be available in the second half of 2017.

Build the creation you want

LEGO® BOOST combines the endless play opportunities of a traditional LEGO set with an endless variety of movement and sound capabilities made possible through an easy-to-use, app-based coding environment. LEGO BOOST has been developed for children ages 7 and older by an international team of LEGO designers. Using familiar LEGO elements and simple coding language, LEGO BOOST delivers an intuitive approach and opportunities for quick success.

Powered by a Move Hub, a LEGO stud-covered brick with built-in tilt sensor upon which children can add LEGO elements, motors and a sensor that combines color and distance detection, LEGO BOOST brings movement to any LEGO creation. The set includes building instructions for five diverse models; Vernie the Robot, Frankie the Cat, the Guitar 4000, the Multi-Tool Rover 4 (M.T.R.4), and the Autobuilder, each designed to give children the basic building and coding skills needed to express their creativity by personalizing whatever they build.

We know that children dream of bringing their LEGO creations to life, and our chief ambition for LEGO BOOST is to fulfill that wish. Once children build a LEGO creation, we give them simple coding tools to ‘boost’ their models by adding personality,” said Simon Kent, design lead for the LEGO Group. “We want children to first and foremost have a fun and limitless play experience, adding the coding opportunity is the means to get there.”

 

Coding brings your creation to life
LEGO® BOOST introduces children to coding through a free downloadable app that contains the guidance, building instructions and simple coding commands to bring to life five LEGO creations, one at a time. Much like building with LEGO bricks, children build behaviors and actions by linking digital coding blocks in an easy-to-understand horizontal layout. To further personify the experience, LEGO BOOST lets children add voice recordings to their creations, adding personality without requiring spelling and typing. The app also includes more than 60 activities designed to inspire additional building, coding and play.

LEGO® BOOST includes:

Hardware

3 BOOST bricks:

  • Move Hub with built-in tilt sensors
  • Combination color & distance sensor
  • Interactive motor

843 LEGO® elements
Playmat, calibrated to the app, designed to facilitate mini challenges to practice simple coding trials.

LEGO BOOST App

Free, downloadable app is iOS and Android tablet compatible.

 

LEGO BOOST uses 6 AAA batteries. Alkaline batteries are recommended, but rechargeable batteries can be used, though may result in weaker power output.

LEGO BOOST will be available at most stores and online shopping sites where toys are sold, through select consumer electronics retailers, and at LEGO Stores and shop.LEGO.com in the second half of 2017 and will have a suggested retail price of $159.99 USD $159.99 (EUR) and $199.99 (CAD). For more information, visit http://www.LEGO.com/BOOST.

 

OFFICIAL PRODUCT INFORMATION

LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox (17101)

Combine the versatile LEGO® building system with advanced technology to boost your creativity with the awesome LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox. Download the free tablet app to your device and follow the step-by-step instructions to build and code any of the 5 multifunctional models. Experience Vernie the Robot—a moving and talking robot; the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4)—a robust, versatile rover with 4 different tool attachments including a spring-loaded shooter; the Guitar4000—a musical instrument with pitch bend and sound effects; Frankie the Cat—an interactive pet that plays, purrs and expresses its mood; or the AutoBuilder—an automated production line that really builds miniature LEGO models! Bring your creations to life with the app’s intuitive, icon-based coding interface and complete an array of exciting activities designed for each model. This set also includes a playmat for use with specific activities, and a LEGO BOOST wall poster!

Quick View

Take your LEGO® play to the next level with the amazing LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox. Build and code interactive, motorized robots, models and creations with distance, color and tilt sensor technologies.

  • Includes over 840 LEGO® pieces, plus a LEGO Move Hub, Interactive Motor and a Color & Distance Sensor.
  • Move Hub features Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity, two encoded motors, activation button, internal tilt sensor and a light.
  • Interactive Motor is an encoded motor.
  • Color & Distance Sensor detects distance, motion and color, and can also function as a light.
  • Check out the cool white, orange and blue color scheme.
  • Rotate Vernie’s head to activate its shoulder-mounted spring-loaded shooter.
  • Build the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4) and try out the different tool and customization attachments to prepare the vehicle for an array of exciting activities.
  • Learn how to play a song and rock out with the Guitar4000.
  • Look after your own pet with Frankie the Cat. Be sure to feed it the right food—or it might get upset!
  • Construct, code and operate the AutoBuilder to produce real miniature LEGO® models.
  • Build and code robots and models, and complete exciting activities with the playmat and intuitive LEGO® BOOST app, available for iOS and Android tablet devices.
  • Easy-to-use intuitive software with icon-based drag-and-drop coding interface.
  • Building instructions for all 5 models are included with the free LEGO® BOOST app.
  • This product requires batteries (not included). Please refer to the product packaging for type and quantity.
  • Vernie the robot stands over 10” (27cm) tall.
  • M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4) measures over 4” (12cm) high, 9” (23cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide.
  • Guitar4000 measures over 1” (5cm) high, 16” (42cm) long and 5” (15cm) wide.
  • Frankie the Cat stands over 6” (17cm) tall.
  • The AutoBuilder measures over 10” (27cm) high, 7” (19cm) long and 6” (16cm) wide.

 

VIDEO DEMO OF THE LEGO BOOST CREATIVE TOOLBOX (17101) AT CES, NEVADA.

 

 

 

 

Instructions for Building Your Own LEGO Star Wars R2-D2 (30611) Polybag Now Available Online.

Since its appearance a few days ago, the highly popular LEGO polybag version of every body’s favorite droid has been all over eBay, with some selling more than a hundred dollars. As we mentioned, there is no word yet on when and where will this handsome version of R2 will be made available to the general public. While waiting, why not test your building skills once more by making your own mini RD-D2 using following the instructions below.

Now, you may not have all the needed parts from your LEGO brick bucket to make this mini R2 in all of its beautiful details. Its parts are fairly common, with the exception of the decorative 1×1 tiles in front. There is also no inventory checklist on the building guide so you may want to closely check its various parts and elements. The said building guide may also be printed in PDF format which you may find right here.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Set Names Revealed.

All eyes are set on LEGO and Warner Bros’ next big, brick-built film with The LEGO Batman Movie. Slated to hit theaters on February 10, the highly-anticipated film managed to inspire 18 sets, several polybags, and a handful of accessories and memorabilia. However, most fans may be unaware that there is another LEGO-themed film that is also scheduled to be released in cinemas this year. Voiced by Olivia Munn, Dave Franco and the legendary Jackie Chan, The LEGO Ninjago Movie is expected to arrive in theaters on September 22, 2017. Directed by Charlie Bean and Paul Fisher, and produced by Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group (WAG), the film “tells the story of six young ninja tasked with defending their island home, called Ninjago. By night, they’re gifted warriors, using their skill and awesome fleet of vehicles to fight villains and monsters. By day, they’re ordinary teens, struggling against their greatest enemy: high school.”

Last August, it came to our attention that LEGO has come up with several sets based on the LEGO Ninjago Movie – 14 to be exact – but we don’t have an idea yet on what their name or descriptions are. Thanks to LEGO portal Pricevortex, and Brickset’s exhaustive database, we now know the various sets that are related to the film. Here’s the most updated list of sets rumored to be released under The LEGO Ninjago Movie theme.

  • Jay’s Electro Waver (70606)
  • Titanium Turbo (70607)
  • Samurai Stealth Takedown (70608)
  • Master’s Dojo (70609)
  • Nya’s Water Brigade (70610)
  • Dragon’s Cove (70611)
  • Spinjitzu Sanctuary (70612)
  • Ninja Wake Run (70613)
  • Kai’s Blazing Breaker (70614)
  • Rai Mech (70615)
  • Krypt of the Cave (70616)
  • Backstreet Break-in (70617)
  • Shadow Legion Ambush (70618)
  • Ninjago City Invasion (70620)

Of course, these are just titles and we will certainly keep an eye on these sets’ official images. So, what do you think about these sets? Are you looking forward to them?

The LEGO Batman Movie Accessory Pack May Come as an In-Store Activity Gift.

If you recall, one of the more recent The LEGO Batman Movie polybags include the TLBM Accessory Pack that features a redesigned Bat Signal and a Batman minifigure with the new yellow utility belt as seen in the film. When we featured this polybag last New Year’s eve, we are quite clueless on how to obtain this. Thanks to an anonymous tip shared to The Brick Fan, we now have an idea on how to possibly get our hands on this piece of TLBM history.

Last month, you may remember that we posted the LEGO January 2017 Store Calendar which underscores a predominantly super hero theme. One of the promos mentioned in the said LEGO Store Calendar is having your own The Mini Batwing (30524) polybag for FREE for any LEGO purchase of $35 and above. Stephen did a review on this polybag set which you can find right here in case you want to take a look. Now another black and yellow polybag may eventually be yours with – as you may have guessed – The LEGO Batman Movie Accessory Pack. Now there has been no specific mention about this polybag being another promotional in LEGO’s January 2017 Store Calendar, but it may eventually come out as such in all LEGO Brand Stores starting today and until February 26. As you can see from the a portion of the Store Calendar below, there is a mention of an in-store activity where visitors get to hunt for a ‘bunch of different Batsuits hiding all over the LEGO Store’.

Now as it turns out, these Batsuits are made of foamcore cutouts of the Caped Crusader himself and are hidden throughout the store as reported by The Brick Fan. Locating all of the Batsuit cutouts entitles you to a free TLBM Accessory Pack as a reward.

Though this in-store activity is said to target younger LEGO fans and kids, the rules are not that strict to exclude AFOLs. However since the promo period is expected to stretch out until February 26, which is for more than two months, then expect stores to somehow regulate the release of this polybag set and to enact additional guidelines on how it should be distributed (i.e. no repeats for 2nd time participants or customers).

If you live close to a LEGO Brand Store, then you may do a quick trip and inquire the store staff about this promo. Please do drop us a note through the comments section below or through our Facebook page if you can somehow verify this. That’ll be a big help to the rest of our brick-building community. Thanks again to The Brick Fan for giving this tip.