For AFOLs and more tech/mechanically-inclined LEGO builders, nothing makes builds more “alive” than featuring mechanical functions in it. This can be simple as a hand-cranked mechanism to make things move, spin and so on. On the complex end a LEGO build could have motor-powered parts and lighting, like with train sets and such. Motor-powered vehicle or structural builds are just the ticket to add “animation” to any LEGO neighborhood. For AFOL builders thinking of creating a brick-built seaside landscape, the next LEGO Ideas set release will do nicely. It having a motorized light fixture makes the build “accurate” in aesthetics.
Promobricks brings us word on the LEGO Ideas Motorized Lighthouse (21335), now officially listed on LEGO Shop. With 2,065 pieces you can build the quaint Aurora Point Lighthouse, with tower and keeper’s cottage. Being a lighthouse, the set features a motorized rotating light, magnified by a Fresnel lens element. In addition, the cottage below also has a light-up red fireplace to keep the lighthouse keeper warm. He’ll need all the comfort to do his job providing navigational aid to mariners like the fisherman on his dinghy. Catch this latest Ideas set next month on September 1. And now the details:
Age 18+ | 2,065 pieces | 2 minifigures | $299.99 | Coming September 1
- Motorized Lighthouse (21335) model for display – Shine a light on your creativity with this highly detailed, buildable lighthouse on rocks, with a pier and steps, cave and lighthouse keeper’s cottage
- 2 LEGO® minifigures and 2 figures – Includes a lighthouse keeper and sailor with a buildable rowing boat model, plus a cat and seagull to bring the scene to life
- Rotating light with a Fresnel lens element – A battery box (6380609), medium motor (6290183) and cable with lights (6238858) power the lighthouse’s rotating light and the cottage’s glowing fireplace
- Revel in the details – Remove elements on the back of the tower to view the stairs all the way to top, lift off the cottage roof to view the detailed interior and discover a treasure chest in the cave
LEGO might have its own exclusive online Shop and global Store chain to get its products to collectors. Still, major toy retailers around the world have been arm in arm with LEGO for decades now. And these partnerships have been putting out some great promo offers every now and then. Last week we had the buzz regarding LEGO purchases at Target stores being eligible for earning VIP points. Other times retail regulars might get chances at retail-exclusive LEGO sets. As you may have surmised, there’s an exclusive celebrating 90 years of LEGO available now. And you get it at Walmart.
The Brick Fan has it that Walmart is helping LEGO celebrate its milestone anniversary with this exclusive set. If you’re a longtime collector who knows of the classic Yellow Castle (375), this is a miniature version. It also comes with a special red tile with the “90 Years of Play” LEGO anniversary logo. Starting August 10 until 24, Walmart shoppers can get the Mini Castle by buying $50 worth of LEGO sets there. However, they must be from a list of qualifying products detailed here. Like with the Target VIP points, buyers must upload an image of their receipt to LEGO’s dedicated Walmart promo page. They have until August 31.
According to LEGO, once an August 10-24 Walmart receipt is uploaded, it’ll take 24 hours to process. The Walmart Mini Castle will then be shipped to a sender’s provided physical address, except for PO boxes. Of course, the offer’s only good until supplies last. But hey, any commemorative 90 Years of LEGO set’s worth aiming for if you’re a LEGO faithful.
This week we got a sneak peek at the next new LEGO Marvel sets launching very soon. These three items take after the early-2022 Iron Man (76206) buildable figure, but focused on the “Spider-Man” character line. We have Germany’s JB Spielwaren retailer to thank for early images and info on the Spidey LEGO buildable figures. It still wouldn’t beat the official feel of LEGO.com putting up a product listing on their website though. And good thing they didn’t keep us waiting for much longer. Promobricks got the scoop on these three sets and now we’ll take a closer look ourselves.
Age 8+ | 238 pieces | $24.99 | Coming September 1
- A treat for Spider-Man fans – Put web-slinging Super Hero adventures into the hands of Spider-Man fans aged 8 and up with this LEGO® Marvel Miles Morales Figure (76225) building toy
- Iconic Marvel hero – Kids assemble the 238-piece figure to create a realistic recreation of Miles Morales from the Spider-Man Universe
- Fully jointed – All parts of the buildable Miles Morales are articulated, so kids can move, position and pose the figure just like the real thing
Age 8+ | 258 pieces | $24.99 | Coming September 1
- A hands-on Spider-Man – Put the web-slinging Super Hero into the hands of Spider-Man fans aged 8 and up with this LEGO® Marvel Spider-Man Figure (76226) set
- Iconic Marvel hero – Kids assemble the 258-piece figure into a realistic recreation of Spider-Man from the Marvel Universe
- Fully jointed – All parts of the buildable Spider-Man are articulated, so kids can move, position and pose the figure just like the real thing
Age 8+ | 297 pieces | $24.99 | Coming September 1
- Super villain action – Put the big-toothed, claw-fingered alien from the Spider-Man movies into the Super Hero adventures of kids aged 8 and up with the LEGO® Marvel Venom Figure (76230) set
- Classic Marvel character – Kids assemble the 297-piece figure into a realistic recreation of Venom, the alien enemy of Spider-Man
- Fully jointed – All parts of the buildable Venom are articulated, so kids can move, position and pose the figure just like the real thing
August is as good a month as any to start hyping Holiday seasonal products. LEGO certainly thinks so, with the first previews of their seasonal sets starting this week. The holiday sets for 2022 are rather adorable, especially the polar bears. But they’re just the tip of the iceberg, and there’s a particular LEGO product line in the spotlight. Advent calendars? Longtime LEGO collectors will always look forward to new minifigures and trinkets to have with these sets. This year’s editions are shaping up to expectations, if The Brick Fan’s reports on each are any indication. LEGO’s already got them listed on their online Shop, so let’s check them out.
Age 6+ |312 pieces | 4 minidolls | $34.99 |Coming September 1
- Construct and play Advent Calendar – Build the excitement to Christmas with the LEGO® Friends Advent Calendar (41706), containing buildable characters, activities and accessories
- Packed with play for kids – Comes with 3 LEGO® Friends characters, Santa and a reindeer, a sleigh piled with Christmas presents, plus fun Christmas activities
- Kids join Olivia’s fun family Christmas – Kids tour the fun stalls of the market with Olivia, enjoying all the fun Christmas activities before visiting Santa and his reindeer
Age 5+ | 287 pieces | 6 minifigures | $34.99 | Coming September 1
- Packed with festive fun – Kids aged 5 and up can enjoy imaginative play as they count down to the big day with the 2022 LEGO® City Advent Calendar (60352)
- Featuring 5 LEGO® City Adventures TV series characters – Minifigures include LEGO City TV characters Billy, Maddy, Mr. Produce, Tippy and Raze, plus a Santa minifigure
- Fun playmat – Kids can fold down the back of the calendar to set the scene for imaginative adventures in a winter wonderland
Age 6+ | 329 pieces | 6 minifigures | $44.99 | Coming September 1
- 2022 LEGO® Star Wars™ Advent Calendar (75340) – Build festive spirit during the Christmas holidays with this Advent calendar, featuring Star Wars characters, mini build toy vehicles and accessories
- 8 LEGO® Star Wars™ characters – C-3PO and R2-D2 in festive outfits, Darth Vader in a summer outfit, plus Luke Skywalker, a Clone Trooper Commander, Snowtrooper, Battle Droid and a Gonk Droid
- 10 mini build vehicles – Republic Gunship, Droid Trifighter, ARC-170 Starfighter, Bad Batch Shuttle, Luke’s Landspeeder, T-16 Skyhopper, V-35 Landspeeder, B-wing, TIE Interceptor and Hoth AT-ST
- 6 other mini builds – Moisture vaporator, a beach scene, ammo rack, Hoth defense turret, Hoth laser cannon and a Wampa cave
Age 7+ | 334 pieces | 7 minifigures | $44.99 | Coming September 1
- A magical buildup to Christmas – Behind every door of the LEGO® Harry Potter™ Advent Calendar (76404) is a surprise toy from the Harry Potter movies
- Includes 7 minifigures – Harry Potter™, Sirius Black™, Moaning Myrtle™, Lord Voldemort™, Horace Slughorn, Nymphadora Tonks™ and Neville Longbottom™, plus iconic items from the Harry Potter movies
- Movie scenes to build – Toys from the first 3 days make a scene from the first movie, the next 3 days make a scene from the second movie, etc. Kids can also conjure up endless adventures of their own
In late 2021, when LEGO was beginning to tease its upcoming 2022 sets, their Marvel line had a surprise entry. The Infinity Saga Iron Man figure (76206) stood out quite nicely. After all, it contrasted the cartoony Mech Armor sets that were simultaneously revealed with it. The brick construction made LEGO Iron Man fully poseable. Not to mention being battery-powered so his Arc Reactor can light up. As the year passed it felt like 76206 might be the only release of its sort for 2022. Then Brickset caught wind of new similar sets being listed on a German online retailer.
We’ve encountered JB Spielwaren before on The Brick Show. When they showcase upcoming LEGO sets before LEGO does, they really grab attention. There are more LEGO Marvel buildable figures on the way, and this time they’re of a Spidey variety. That’s right; Spider-Man and Friends (well, a friend and frenemy) are getting the Iron Man (76206) treatment. Check out these dynamic figures. They’re perfect for rendering in LEGO’s buildable-figure system.
Miles Morales (76225)
These LEGO Marvel Spider-Man figures look to be releasing in time to celebrate Spider-Man’s 60th Anniversary. Yep, our Friendly Neighborhood wall-crawler’s been protecting Marvel Comics New York for six decades. Marvel itself is hyping that milestone with the theme “Beyond Amazing”. And it shows in these LEGO tie-ins; they’re amazing like the comic-book legend they’re based on. Anyway, JB Spielwaren pegs these sets to release September. Now we wait for LEGO to confirm and show their product listings.
The 90th anniversary of LEGO brought with it a series of brick-sets evoking popular themes from its decades-spanning past. The medieval aesthetics of Lion Knights Castle (10305) throws back to LEGO Castles. The blocky contours of Galaxy Explorer (10497) hearken back to the simple builds of old-school LEGO Space. Even the iconic LEGO spaceman minifigs are at the controls. By now Galaxy Explorer is fully available following its August 1 launch. Longtime LEGO builders or more recent fans by way of the “LEGO Movies” would certainly snap this up. And would you believe it; LEGO can make the experience better.
Brick Fanatics shares with us this neat extra treat or two, courtesy of LEGO, for the Galaxy Explorer set (10497). The Building Instructions portal at LEGO.com features two official alternative builds for the already cool-retro brick-built space vehicle. The alternates turn Galaxy Explorer into close approximations of two oldie LEGO Space sets. With the instructions you can turn the Explorer into a Space Cruiser (924) or Spaceship (918). These alternates slim down the Explorer and also swaps the cockpit between two-seater or solo. Only the pieces from Galaxy Explorer (10497) are needed to recreate 918 or 924, which is brilliant.
Both alternate building instructions for the Galaxy Explorer can be downloaded at LEGO.com free. We’ve already linked them to the names above. Of course, you need to have purchased the actual set 10497 to make use of these PDFs. That’s pretty much the point.
Marvel Studios had a heck of a challenge producing a sequel to “Black Panther” following lead star Chadwick Boseman’s death. Judging from the first trailer to “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” shown in SDCC 2022, they show great promise. And just as promising are the merchandise tying into this upcoming MCU blockbuster. LEGO as expected is not slouching on their tie-in sets. We got a glimpse of them from the LEGO.com Building Instructions page. Now, the LEGO.com Shop has got the official product listings up according to The Brick Fan, so let’s have a look now.
Age 8+ | 355 pieces | 4 minifigures | $49.99 | Coming October 1
- Wakanda forever! – Put the LEGO® Marvel Shuri’s Sunbird (76211) into the hands of a Black Panther fan and take their imagination to Wakanda and far beyond
- 4 characters – Includes Shuri, Ironheart MK1, Nakia and Attuma minifigures, plus a spear, fighting rings and jetpack. The buildable Sunbird includes 2 stud shooters, rotatable engines and foldable wings
Age 4+ | 58 pieces | 2 minifigures | $9.99 | Coming October 1
- Made for kids aged 4+ – LEGO® Marvel Shuri’s Lab (76212) features fun activities and imaginative play possibilities with Black Panther and Shuri
- Super-Hero characters – Includes Shuri and Black Panther minifigures, a disc shooter, accessories and a Starter Brick to make the building quicker so there’s more time to play
Age 7+ | 355 pieces | 3 minifigures | $34.99 | Coming October 1
- Black Panther submarine – LEGO® Marvel King Namor’s Throne Room (76213) takes Black Panther fans’ imaginations on an underwater adventure
- Marvel characters – Includes Shuri, Attuma and King Namor minifigures. The buildable submarine and throne room also includes seaweed and fish accessories
And yes, we pegged the launch period down pat for October. Wakanda Forever!
We’re now on the second month of the second half of year 2022. From a normal point of view there’s still quite a lot of the year left. But for LEGO, the Holiday season is more like a stone’s throw away. So, there’s no better time than now to begin hyping up what they’ve got in store for 2022’s seasonal sets. Besides, these seasonal sets are launching before December anyway. Promobricks gives us the lowdown on these LEGO holiday offerings. Interestingly, their European release is right next month, while the US will have to wait until October. Anyway, let’s look at their official product listings:
Age 9+ | 312 pieces | $12.99 | Coming September 1 (Europe) and October 1 (US)
Celebrate the holiday season with this adorable LEGO® Wintertime Polar Bears (40571) model set. The baby polar bear is having fun on a sleigh, while the adult polar bear watches on proudly. See the polar bears turn when you rotate the base of the model. The set also includes a Christmas tree to complete an enchanting display piece.
Age 7+ | 139 pieces | $9.99 | Coming September 1 (Europe) and October 1 (US)
Celebrate the holiday season with these sweet Christmas decorations. The buildable penguin and snowflake come with string so you can easily hang them on your Christmas tree – or anywhere around the home. This set makes a great gift idea for kids aged 7 and up, or a treat for anyone who loves the Christmas season or unusual decorations.
Age 12+ | 784 | $44.99 | Coming September 1 (Europe) and October 1 (US)
Create an eye-catching festive display with this beautiful LEGO® Christmas Tree (40573) building kit. The colorful tree is adorned with ornaments and candles and sits on a decorative mat. Add the yellow star to the top for the perfect finishing touch. With this 2-in-1 model, you can choose to build 1 tree or 2 smaller trees.
And these are just the LEGO-original seasonal sets. As for the licensed IPs? Stay tuned.
LEGO DOTS isn’t exactly one of the first themes to come up in terms of name power and popularity. It’s still got a good following all the same. Buildable and customizable accessories rock. So, if you fancy LEGO DOTS then this product listing on LEGO Shop might be for you. Even better, you don’t have to pay for it directly since it’s listed as free (price notwithstanding). On LEGO shorthand that means a gift-with-purchase, if Brick Fanatics which found it has it right. We’re not sure what product/s you might need to buy to get it, but here it is.
If you like a LEGO look for your study table, check out this DOTS Pencil Holder (40561). With 476 pieces one can assemble a pencil-shaped bin for your writing tools. The fun part involves designing the holder’s face with DOTS tile-pieces. It’s quite the enjoyable functional LEGO set for just $14.99 if available for conventional purchase. But it’s a GWP, so we’ll just wait until LEGO gives us the promo details, which shouldn’t take long.
Early last month, when “Star Wars” spinoff “Obi-Wan Kenobi” streamed on Disney+, LEGO announced a tie-in set ready for preorder. LEGO Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Vader (75334) depicts the epic fight between them on the series’ “Part III”. The preorder phase was to look forward to the set’s official launch this coming August. Of course, online LEGO news sources get to review many sets early, like Brick Fanatics had with 75334. And apparently, they found a minor quality control issue, one quietly fixed by LEGO further in production.
The issue Brick Fanatics found was in printing for Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Vader (75334), particularly the Obi-Wan minifigure. The character in his spinoff mostly wore a loose brown coat over his clothes. This was replicated with the minifig having a painted-on coat with details spilling from torso to legs. The official image above shows how it should look. At front the brown coat covers the sides of the legs and exposes Obi’s light-brown pants. The rear would then be all-brown to depict the coat’s back. Brick Fanatics however saw their review copy’s Obi-Wan minifigure have the crotch area colored like the brown. The piece was seemingly flipped in assembly. Viewed from afar it’s like Ben left his pants open.
Now, Brick Fanatics knew this coloring was sus because another reviewer reported similar issues. An even later review of LEGO Star Wars 75334 however had its Obi-Wan correctly colored “below the belt”. Either LEGO saw the mess-up and corrected it in later production, or this was a regional bug. Brick Fanatics got their review copy shipped from Billund while the later reviewer bought his from a US store. Perhaps when Obi-Wan vs Darth Vader launches August 1 the coloring issue extent can be seen clearly.