New LEGO Speed Champions 2021 Sets Arriving This Summer

In case you haven’t noticed, LEGO was quite mum at the start of this year regarding its plans of releasing its lineup of LEGO Speed Champions 2021 sets. It was obviously missing from its H1 2021 catalog and was not even mentioned in our list of expected sets for the first half of the year. This led to some speculations that LEGO might be pulling the plug for this long-running theme, worrying some fans that we might soon see the end for these mid-sized speedsters.

But thanks to new information from Promobricks, we can be assured that LEGO has not given up on the theme and is now expected to release its next wave of LEGO Speed Champions 2021 sets this summer. According to reports from brick street, it seems that LEGO had issues with its planned market launch due to the pandemic. But the sets are all ready to roll-out and we can expect several info and images to be out in the next couple of months. In the meantime, here’s what we know so far based on the brick intel gathered by our friends from Promobricks.

There is a total of six new LEGO Speed Champions 2021 sets that we can expect this June, with new models based on existing brands and a couple of dual-packs consisting of modern and classic speedsters. We don’t have official images as of the moment, but we can surely have an idea of what they are based on their set names and other specifics. The images of their real-life counterparts included here are just an approximation, and might be eventually different from the final LEGO Speed Champion sets that will be offered this summer.

Koenigsegg Jesko (76900)

280 pieces | 19.99 Euros | To be available starting June 2021

 

Toyota GR Supra (76901)

299 pieces | 19.99 Euros | To be available starting June 2021

 

McLaren Elva (76902)

263 pieces | | 19.99 Euros | To be available starting June 2021

 

Chevrolet Corvette C8-R & 1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3 (76903)

512 pieces | 39.99 Euros | To be available starting June 2021

Chevrolet Corvette C8-R
1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3
Mopar Dodge / SRT Top Fuel Dragster & 1970 Dodge Challenger (76904)

627 pieces | 59.99 Euros | To be available starting June 2021

Mopar Dodge / SRT Top Fuel Dragster
1970 Dodge Challenger

 

There is another set labeled as 76905, and though we don’t have any further details about this except for its price point of $49.99, then we can perhaps expect this to be another dual-pack set similar to the previous 2 sets above. And considering that their release date is expected to be in June, we can assume that LEGO might be releasing these sets’ official info sometime in April. Be sure to stay tuned for more updates.

LEGO BrickHeadz Pets Goldfish and Budgie Arriving in March

Two new LEGO BrickHeadz Pets are now added to the roster of our brick-built “home companions”.  LEGO Shop@Home has now been updated to include the LEGO BrickHeadz Pets Goldfish (40442) and Budgie (40443) sets, scheduled for release this March 1st.

First revealed towards the end of 2021, the LEGO BrickHeadz Pets comes as a sort of dual-pack set featuring two separate versions of our fish and feathered friends. Check out the following affiliate links below if you wish to add these sets to your LEGO wishlist. These new LEGO BrickHeadz Pets are expected to retail for $14.99 starting next month.

Goldfish (40442)

186 pieces | $14.99 

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Kids who love animals will adore this BrickHeadz™ Goldfish (40442) build-and-display set. The goldfish and fry both sit on iconic BrickHeadz stands and look as if they’re ready to blow bubbles underwater. The stands fit into a sturdy, blue base that includes coral and plants and comes with 2 stickers – 1 with bubbles, 1 with corals – for decorating the base. This buildable pet set is a perfect gift for all kids, BrickHeadz collectors, and pet lovers.

  • Collectible construction set featuring fun LEGO® BrickHeadz™ models of a goldfish and fry together in a water environment.
  • Makes a great gift for LEGO® fans, BrickHeadz™ collectors, and pet lovers aged 8 and up.
  • Standing over 3.5 in. (10 cm) high, this 186-piece model features coral and plants, plus 2 stickers – 1 with bubbles, 1 with corals – for decorating the base.

 

Budgie (40443)

261 pieces | $14.99

LEGO BrickHeadz Pets LEGO BrickHeadz Pets

Bird fans will flock to this BrickHeadz™ Budgie (40443) build-and-display set. The budgie and chick both sit on iconic BrickHeadz stands designed to look like wooden bird perches. The stands fit into a sturdy brown base that resembles the bottom of a birdcage and comes with 2 stickers – 1 with feathers, 1 with footprints – for decorating the base. This buildable pet set is a perfect gift for all kids, BrickHeadz collectors, and anyone who loves birds.

  • Collectible construction set featuring cute LEGO® BrickHeadz™ models of a budgie and chick together on brick-built stands that fit into a cage bottom-style base.
  • Makes a great gift for LEGO® fans, BrickHeadz™ collectors, and pet lovers aged 8 and up.
  • Standing over 3 in. (9 cm) high, this 261-piece model features brick-built, wood-effect stands, plus 2 stickers – 1 with feathers, 1 with footprints – for decorating the base.

A Look at All the LEGO Vidiyo Minifigures We Know So Far

The LEGO Vidiyo sets are now officially revealed. And while they are currently listed over at LEGO Shop@Home, I couldn’t help but admire what LEGO did with its line-up of LEGO Vidiyo minifigures. Aside from the six LEGO Vidiyo BeatBoxes that were announced as part of its first wave of offering, LEGO has also introduced the LEGO Vidiyo Bandmates Series 1 (43101) and its roster of colorful, beat-vibing characters.

As I’ve mentioned before, I do appreciate what the LEGO designers came up with these minifigure series. Strictly speaking, they’re not part of an official LEGO Collectible Minifigures series (CMF) but I’m sure LEGO fans (me included) have a special spot for these guys on our display shelves. I guess it’s safe to say that if ever there is a ‘musical’ LEGO CMF series, then this one will easily pass for it.

So what do we know so far about this roster of new minifigure characters and what can we expect them? Thankfully, Brickset has updated its database to now include the names of these new LEGO Vidiyo Bandmates minifigures, together with those included in the BeatBox collection. Let’s take a closer look at all eighteen of them.

Ice Cream Saxophonist

LEGO Vidiyo Minifigures

Samurapper
LEGO Vidiyo Minifigures
Shark Singer

LEGO Vidiyo Minifigures

DJ Cheetah

LEGO Vidiyo Minifigures

 

Genie Dancer

LEGO Vidiyo Minifigures

Discowboy

LEGO Vidiyo Minifigures

Red Panda Dancer

LEGO Vidiyo Minifigures

Banshee Singer

LEGO Vidiyo Minifigures

Alien Keytarist

LEGO Vidiyo Minifigures

Cotton Candy Cheerleader

LEGO Vidiyo Minifigures

Bunny Dancer

LEGO Vidiyo Minifigures

Werewolf Drummer

LEGO Vidiyo Minifigures

Candy Mermaid

Punk Pirate

Alien DJ

Party Llama

Unicorn DJ

Hip-hop Robot

 

With 18 minifigures and a handful of BeatBits tiles to collect, this first wave of LEGO Vidiyo minifigures sure had a strong start. Brickset has listed other sets in this new theme that are yet to be revealed. Will it be a larger set, somewhat similar to a concert stage? Or perhaps a recording studio? Well, I’m pretty much inclined to think towards that. Whatever is the case, the minifigures in this wave will surely be added to my collection. Who is your fav character so far? Let us know in the comments below.

The LEGO Vidiyo sets are scheduled to be released this March 1st, 2021, and are now listed over at LEGO Shop@Home.

LEGO Vidiyo Sets Officially Revealed – Slated to be Released in March

After spotting them in the wild a couple of days, LEGO has finally made it official and has now unveiled its first wave of LEGO Vidiyo sets. As per the LEGO Group’s press release, this announcement just came in time together with the upcoming debut of the very first official live-action version of the LEGO Vidiyo DJ Llama minifigure, aka L.L.A.M.A. (ok… that’s pretty creative).

This first series of LEGO Vidiyo sets puts the spotlight on the theme’s minifigure characters in the form of BeatBoxes and their pretty neat cases and variety of BeatBits accessories. As mentioned before, these special 2×2 scannable printed tiles overs a wide variety of audio-visual enhancements when used in conjunction with the LEGO Vidiyo app. Much the same way as how the previous Nexo Knights shield pieces work.

But I guess the highlight of this series for me is the LEGO Vidiyo Bandmates Series 1 (43101). I simply love how LEGO designed this bunch as they can easily pass as a new collectible minifigure (CMF) series. But since they are not arriving in the usual blind polybags but instead in mystery carton boxes, I really don’t know how you can get the character that you want just by holding their packaging. However, I’m looking forward to what LEGO has in store when they offer a complete set of these characters. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Additionally, each Bandmate comes with 3 BeatBits tiles, and if you’re looking to gather all these nicely printed tiles, then be aware that there are a total of 92 pieces to collect.

This first LEGO Vidiyo offering is expected to arrive in LEGO brand stores and online starting March 1. For more info on these upcoming sets, you may click on the following LEGO Shop@Home affiliate links below. Which one is your favorite LEGO Vidiyo character? Let us know in the comments below.

Candy Mermaid BeatBox (43102)

82 pieces | $19.99

LEGO Vidiyo

Punk Pirate BeatBox (43103)

73 pieces | $19.99

LEGO Vidiyo

Alien DJ BeatBox (43104)

73 pieces | $19.99

LEGO Vidiyo

Party Llama BeatBox (43105)

82 pieces | $19.99

LEGO Vidiyo

Unicorn DJ BeatBox (43106)

84 pieces | $19.99 

LEGO Vidiyo

 

Hiphop Robot BeatBox (43107)

73 pieces | $19.99

LEGO Vidiyo

Bandmates Series 1 Mystery Box (43101)

$4.99 | Each mystery box contains a random LEGO Vidiyo minifigure

LEGO Vidiyo Sets Spotted In the Wild

Last month, LEGO has launched its new augmented reality inspired theme in the form of LEGO Vidiyo sets. From what we learned so far from The LEGO Group’s official press release, this latest theme fuses LEGO’s top-notch AR-tech with music offered by Universal Music Group, allowing LEGO fans to create their own unique music using special LEGO BeatBits tiles and a proprietary app.

LEGO Vidiyo Sets
Image courtesy of @marleylego over on Instagram.

This time around, thanks to LEGO-loving mom @marleylego, she managed to bag some of these sets and shared her discoveries over on Instagram. She spotted these LEGO Vidiyo sets placed on an early sale at a Meijer store considering that they are still expected to be released on March 1st.

Thanks to this early discovery, we can now confirm how three of these LEGO Vidiyo sets will be like. As I’ve mentioned before in my earlier report, it seems that LEGO intends this theme to consist of an entirely new collection of minifigure characters that can easily pass as a CMF series. Based on the media assets that LEGO has shared, and now confirmed by @marleylego, these LEGO Vidiyo sets will have their own unique roster of interesting minifig characters.

Candy Mermaid Beatbox (43102)
Image courtesy of @marleylego over on Instagram.
Image courtesy of @marleylego over on Instagram.

 

Party Llama Beatbox (43105)
Image courtesy of @marleylego over on Instagram.
Image courtesy of @marleylego over on Instagram.

 

Hip-hop Robot Beatbox (43107)
Image courtesy of @marleylego over on Instagram.
Image courtesy of @marleylego over on Instagram.

Aside from its appealing aesthetics, there are also plenty of play features that go along with these LEGO Vidiyo Beatbox sets. The pretty cool LEGO Vidiyo minifigure characters also come with their own set of Beatbits printed tiles. These decorative 2×2 tiles somewhat function similarly to the scannable Nexo shield pieces that came with previous LEGO Nexo Knights sets, offering a ton of special audio-visual effects when used together with the LEGO Vidiyo app. Another thing worth noticing is that the LEGO Vidiyo Beatbox sets come with their own stage and minifigure case. I like what LEGO did here by adding a collectible case that doubles as a carrier designed as a headset.

LEGO Vidiyo Sets
Image courtesy of @marleylego over on Instagram.
LEGO Vidiyo Sets
Image courtesy of @marleylego over on Instagram.

I hope to see more of these LEGO Vidiyo minifigure characters anytime soon as we approach its launch date on March 1st. I’ll give you updates once LEGO Shop@Home uploads more info. Special thanks also to Promobricks for the tip.

LEGO Bags Four Wins at the 2021 Toy of the Year Awards

In a virtual gathering of play professionals and toy fans around the world, The Toy Association’s 2021 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards were held online, and LEGO once again dominated several of the Toy Awards’ categories. Considered the Oscar Awards of the toy industry, the annual awards are usually held in New York City where enthusiasts gather together to witness what toys in 16 categories will have the prestigious title of being the toy of the year. However, due to the current pandemic, the event was live-streamed enabling more people across the globe to witness the event.

Last year saw LEGO bringing home the trophy for three categories in the 2020 Toy of the Year Awards, including Construction Toy of the Year (LEGO City Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control 60228), Specialty Toy of the Year (LEGO Stranger Things 75810), and STEM/STEAM Toy of the Year (LEGO BOOST Star Wars Droid Commander 75253).

And this time around, LEGO’s winning streak continues in 2021 with 4 out of 16 awards eventually bagged by The LEGO Group, besting 117 outstanding finalists in various categories.  Check out LEGO’s winning entries below. You may also click on the following affiliate links if you wish to know more about these winning LEGO sets.

Winner: Collectible of the Year – LEGO Super Mario Character Packs (71361)

2021 Toy of the Year

 

Winner: Construction Toy of the Year – LEGO Star Wars The Razor Crest (75292)

 

Winner: Playset of the Year – LEGO Super Mario Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set (71369)

2021 Toy of the Year

 

Winner: Specialty Toy of the Year – LEGO Ideas Grand Piano (21323)

 

Eventually, the highest and most coveted Overall 2021 Toy of the Year Award went to Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Child Animatronic Edition Toy. This Hasbro creation was also awarded the Innovative Toy of the Year Award for 2021.

If you recall, the last time LEGO managed to receive the Overall Toy of the Year Award was back in 2017 where the visually stunning LEGO Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster (41130) was awarded the best toy of the year by the majority of retailers, consumers, media and TIA members at that time. It will be nice to see a LEGO set bagging the overall toy of the year award once again, and we’ll have to see if LEGO can pull it out for the second time in the next awards.

What do you think about this year’s winners? Do you have a LEGO set in mind that you think should have made it for the 2021 Toy of the Year Awards? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.

Six New 2021 LEGO Monkie Kid Sets Revealed

In case you missed it, six new LEGO 2021 LEGO Monkie Kid sets are slated to arrive this spring. The news of their arrival came from another third-party retailer, Momoshop, in Taiwan. Though their images have been eventually taken down by the website, eagle-eyed LEGO Monkie Kid fans were quick to take notice and took it to social media to share their discovery.

If you recall, LEGO somehow teased on the arrival of this 3rd wave of LEGO Monkie Kid sets when the Monkie Kid’s Team Dronecopter (80023) was first revealed during one of China’s trade fairs from last year. During which LEGO also revealed that it has seven (including the Team Dronecopter) 2021 LEGO Monkie Kid sets slated to arrive in the first quarter of the year.

Thanks to Momoshop and later on to Promobricks, we can see what to expect from this 2021 wave which is expected to launch on March 1. Check out these images.

 

Monkie Kid’s Cloud Bike (80018)

203 pieces | $24.99 | Minifigures include: Rui, Spindrax, and Monkie Kid

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Red Son’s Inferno Jet (80019)

299 pieces | $34.99 | Minifigures include: Bob, Red Son, and Monkie Kid

2021 LEGO Monkie Kid 2021 LEGO Monkie Kid

 

White Dragon Horse Jet (80020)

565 pieces | $59.99 | Minifigures include: Zi, Huntsman, Mo, and Mei

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Monkie Kid’s Lion Guardian (80021)

774 pieces | $79.99 | Minifigures include: An, Huntsman, Spider Queen, Mei, and Monkie Kid

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Spider Queen’s Arachnoid Base (80022)

1170 pieces | $119.99 | Minifigures include: Jia, Spider Queen, Syntax, Pigsy, Monkey King, and Monkie Kid

2021 LEGO Monkie Kid 2021 LEGO Monkie Kid

 

The Legendary Flower Fruit Mountain (80024)

1,949 pieces | $169.99 | Minifigures include: Monkie Kid, the Monkey King, and lots of new Flower Fruit Mountain residents

2021 LEGO Monkie Kid 2021 LEGO Monkie Kid

 

There are a couple of sets here that will surely end up on my LEGO wishlist which includes the Lion Guardian and Arachnoid Base. Now with a total of 22 sets since its introduction last year, the Monkie Kid theme certainly looks better than ever. We still have another set waiting to be revealed, tagged as set 80017, and a polybag in the form of the Mini Monkey King Warrior Mech (30344) which could be in the form of a promotional. Whatever is the case, we can expect LEGO Shop@Home to be updated in the next few days to include all of these new 2021 LEGO Monkie Kid sets so stay tuned!

LEGO Disney Raya and the Last Dragon Sets Officially Announced

LEGO and Disney now introduce their latest tie-in sets in time for the debut of the latter’s next animated film. These LEGO Disney Raya and the Last Dragon sets to celebrate the upcoming release of the film via Disney+ on March 5th. These sets let you travel to the fantasy world of Kumandra where humans and dragons have learned to co-exist in peace. However, things have changed and this time Raya (voiced by Kelly Marie Tan), must find the sole remaining dragon to stop the monsters named Druun from devastating their kingdom. In case you missed it, here’s the official trailer.

The movie in itself is promising, and the LEGO Disney Raya and the Last Dragon sets do not disappoint. From the get-go, you’ll notice from these official images that these sets are a sort of mix between LEGO Friends and now retired LEGO Elves.  If you recall, we already published a collection of images last month coming from this LEGO Disney subtheme. But these more recent images give us a closer look at the intricate details and new LEGO elements that are included in this trio. They’re not yet listed over at LEGO Shop@Home as of this posting, but we can expect them to be out there soon before their release date on March 1st. I’ll update this post once their respective LEGO affiliate links are already available.

Raya and the Heart Palace (43181)

610 pieces | $79.99 | Figures include: Raya, Namaari, Tuk Tuk and Serlot

LEGO Disney Raya and the Last Dragon

 

Raya and Sisu Dragon (43184)

216 pieces | $29.99 | Includes a Raya minidoll and a buildable Sisu Dragon figure | This set may also be attached to set 43181

LEGO Disney Raya and the Last Dragon

 

Boun’s Boat (43185)

247 pieces | $29.99 | Includes Uka, Pan, Dyan, Boun, and Sisu Human figures 

LEGO Disney Raya and the Last Dragon

New LEGO Brick Sketches Mickey and Minnie Now Up At LEGO Shop@Home

It seems that LEGO is adding more characters to its line up of LEGO Brick Sketches sets. Introduced last June 2020, its initial offering saw some of pop culture’s most famous names rendered in collectible, brick-built illustrations on a 12×16 baseplate. This time around, the House of Mouse gets another share under the LEGO spotlight with the introduction of the upcoming LEGO Brick Sketches Mickey and Minnie sets.

Retailing for $17 each, the LEGO Brick Sketches Mickey and Minnie sets are expected to be available starting March 1, 2021. They are both currently listed over at LEGO Shop@Home, and you can know more about these sets by clicking on the following affiliate links below. In the meantime, check out their official images below.

LEGO Brick Sketches Mickey (40456)

118 pieces | $16.99

LEGO Brick Sketches Mickey and Minnie

Fans of Disney’s iconic characters can build and display their own Mickey Mouse illustration with this LEGO® Brick Sketches™ Mickey Mouse (40456) kit. Hang it on the wall using the built-in hook – the 12×16 baseplate holds the LEGO bricks firmly in place – or stand it on a shelf. A great treat for holidays, birthdays, or other celebrations, and an impressive addition to any collection of LEGO Brick Sketches character portraits.

  • Young LEGO® builders and Disney Mickey Mouse fans will love to create and display this cool, collectible Brick Sketches™ portrait of the well-known Disney character.
  • A great gift idea for ages 8 and up, this 118-piece building set is part of the LEGO® Brick Sketches™ theme, which features collectible, buildable, 3D illustrations of iconic characters on 12×16 baseplates.
  • Measuring over 5 in. (13 cm) high, 3 in. (9 cm) wide, and 1 in. (3 cm) deep, this LEGO® Brick Sketches™ Mickey Mouse picture makes a striking piece displayed on the mantelpiece or hung by its built-in hook on a wall.

 

LEGO Brick Sketches Minnie (40457)

140 pieces | $16.99

LEGO Brick Sketches Mickey and Minnie

Fans of Disney’s iconic characters can build and display their own Minnie Mouse illustration with this LEGO® Brick Sketches™ Minnie Mouse (40457) kit. Hang it on the wall using the built-in hook – the 12×16 baseplate holds the LEGO bricks firmly in place – or stand it on a shelf. It’s a perfect gift for birthdays, holidays, or other celebrations and an impressive addition to any collection of LEGO Brick Sketches character portraits.

  • Young LEGO® builders and Disney Minnie Mouse fans will love to create and display this cool, collectible Brick Sketches™ portrait of the well-known Disney character.
  • A great gift idea for ages 8 and up, this 140-piece building set is part of the LEGO® Brick Sketches™ theme, which features collectible, buildable, 3D illustrations of iconic characters on 12×16 baseplates.
  • Measuring over 5 in. (13 cm) high, 3 in. (9 cm) wide, and 1 in. (3 cm) deep, this LEGO® Brick Sketches™ Minnie Mouse picture makes a striking piece displayed on the mantelpiece or hung by its built-in hook on a wall.

WATCH: LEGO Creator Expert Porsche 911 (10295) Designer Video

After making its official debut, the LEGO Group has now released an accompanying designer video for its recent 2-in-1 masterpiece,  the LEGO Creator Expert Porsche 911 (10295). LEGO Design Master Mike Psiaki gives us an in-depth look at the creative process behind this recent offering. Watch the video below.

After giving audiences a brief historical background of the 70s Porsche 911, Mike revealed some pretty neat aspects of the new LEGO Creator Expert Porsche 911 (10295). As a 2-in-1 build, you have the option of creating either the model’s powerful counterpart which is the 911 Turbo, or the more laid back and relaxed version of the 911 Targa. Its accompanying building instruction, as disclosed by Mike, is unique in itself in that it gives you the option of selecting which version of the Porsche 911 will you like to continue midway as you build the set.

And of course, the set also features first-for-March 2o21 parts as detailed by LEGO Element Designer Yoel Mazur. Particularly, the use of a new triple bow for the back of the Porsche, giving it a sleeker, more polished look; and a new 5×5 quarter-circle that accentuates its classic rear wheels. I can just imagine the possibilities that these new elements will offer LEGO fan builders. Other than these new LEGO pieces, it is interesting to note that this set does not feature any stickers at all, and LEGO has gone the extra mile of offering printed elements for all of the set’s interior and exterior details.

LEGO Creator Expert Porsche 911

The LEGO Creator Expert Porsche 911 (10295) is expected to roll-out both in-store and online starting February 16 for LEGO VIP members, and on March 1st for the general population. Clocking in at 1,458 pieces it is expected to retail for $150. You may click here to find out more about this latest LEGO offering.

So what do you think of this new LEGO Creator Expert set? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.