LEGO Star Wars D-O (75278) Official Images Released

We first caught a glimpse of this little guy’s official LEGO tie-in set last month during the annual New York Toy Fair. And now that we get to watch the last installment of the Skywalker Saga at the comfort of our homes with the digital release of The Rise of Skywalker, perhaps now is the best time to have your building hands busy with this latest LEGO Star Wars set. Though we’re still counting the weeks before we get to see the official LEGO Star Wars D-O (75278) building set rolled-out in LEGO stores, we are fortunate to see what it has to offer with the release of these official images.

LEGO Star Wars D-O

German LEGO online retailer Proshop has listed the LEGO Star Wars D-O set for pre-order, with a release date of April 20. If you recall during this year’s NYTF, LEGO D-O was reported to come in at 519 pieces and will retail for $69.99 in the US.

LEGO Star Wars D-O

This latest LEGO Star Wars display set also seems to cater to the adult fan base of the LEGO Star Wars theme, with its UCS-like design that features its own display stand and plaque. At almost 1 foot in height, it makes a great display piece to celebrate the legacy of one of cinema’s most enduring film franchise.

LEGO Star Wars D-O

Here’s a rough English translation of the LEGO Star Wars D-O (75278) building set, while we wait for LEGO Shop@Home servers to be updated. Thanks to Promobricks for the heads up.

LEGO Star Wars D-O (75278)

Build your own fantastic model of DO ™ from “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalkers”! Recreate all the authentic details of the endearing droid with LEGO® bricks. Just like the real DO, the head can be turned 360 degrees and tilted forward and backward. This collector’s item also includes an integrated stand to present the model together with an information sign and DO as a minifigure at home or in the office.

The cool LEGO® Star Wars ™ building toy “DO ™” (75278) recalls exciting scenes from the film “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalkers”.
The authentic details of this lovable Star Wars character can be reproduced excellently with LEGO bricks. The fans will be delighted to find that the head can be tilted and rotated 360 degrees and that the antennas can be moved. Intended as a showpiece This LEGO set contains an integrated stand for the construction model as well as an information sign with DO as a cute minifigure to attract everyone’s attention at home or in the office as an attractive showpiece. Also note the other LEGO Star Wars collectibles, construction models and showpieces for adults, for example, the sets “Stormtrooper ™ helmet” (75276) and “Boba Fett ™ helmet” (75277). Welcome to the LEGO Star Wars universe Since 1999, the LEGO Group has repeatedly formed iconic spaceships, vehicles, locations, and characters from the legendary Star Wars universe. LEGO Star Wars is the most successful theme world of the LEGO Group and contains cool gift ideas for fans of all ages.

LEGO Star Wars D-O

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LEGO Star Wars Helmet Collection Officially Revealed

LEGO has just unveiled its LEGO Star Wars Helmet Collection series and makes it available for pre-order over at LEGO Shop@Home. We first caught glimpse of these sets a couple of weeks ago with the reveal of the Boba Fett and Stormtrooper busts. This time around, another set has been included in this series with the introduction of the TIE Fighter Pilot (75274) bust.

This first wave of LEGO Star Wars Helmet Collection will be made available for pre-order starting today and will be released to the general public on April 19 retailing for $59.99. Read on for LEGO’s full press release and you may click on the following links below if you wish to pre-order these sets.

New LEGO Star Wars Helmet Building Sets challenge builders to display their dark side

Billund, Denmark. Today, in a galaxy very close to home, the LEGO Group unveiled a new addition to its much-loved Star Wars™ range. Fans of the films can now show off their loyalty to the Empire – and elite-class building skills – with the new collectible LEGO® Star Wars™ Boba Fett Helmet,  LEGO® Star Wars™ Stormtrooper™ Helmet and LEGO® Star Wars™ TIE Fighter Pilot™ Helmet build-to-display models.

Designed to challenge even Jedi builders, the new models will provide an immersive building experience for adults, recreating the iconic shapes and authentic details of their favorite intergalactic helmets with the LEGO System in Play. When the building mission is complete, the models come with bespoke base plates and name plaques so they can be displayed at home, in the office…or anywhere else in the galaxy!

Inspired by epic villains from the Star Wars™ films, the new build-to-display models will be available to pre-order in from [US: March 17th/ROW: March 18th] online at LEGO.com before launching on April 19th priced at (EUR/$ 59.99):

LEGO® Star Wars™ Stormtrooper™ Buildable Model Helmet (75276)

Recreate the iconic look of a Stormtrooper with this striking 18cm tall model before displaying it as a tribute to the epic Galactic Empire ground force.

LEGO Star Wars Helmet

LEGO Star Wars Helmet

LEGO® Star Wars™ Boba Fett Buildable Model Helmet (75277)

Pay tribute to the legendary bounty hunter by recreating the distinctive shape of the Mandalorian helmet with this awesome, 21cm tall brick-built display model.

LEGO Star Wars Helmet

LEGO Star Wars Helmet

LEGO® Star Wars™ TIE Fighter Pilot™ Buildable Model Helmet (75274)

Create the notorious contours of the TIE pilot helmet with LEGO bricks to complete this 18cm tall model and receive the glory of the Empire

LEGO Star Wars Helmet

LEGO Star Wars Helmet

These sets add to the LEGO Group’s much-loved LEGO®  Star Wars™ range that continues to unite fans of all ages all around the globe.

Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, LEGO® *Star Wars™* Design Director, said: “The Star Wars™ galaxy continues to provide us with endless opportunities to bring scenes and characters from the movies to life using LEGO bricks. The new LEGO® Star Wars™ Helmets provide a challenging building experience but only use existing LEGO pieces to recreate the iconic contours and colors of headgear, showing what is possible with the LEGO System in Play.”

“Helmets have been a staple in Star Wars™ iconography since the very beginning, helping to shape the designs of some of the most notable characters in the galaxy,” said Derek Stothard, vice president of licensing at Lucasfilm. “So, it only made sense to immortalize those helmets in LEGO brick form. It’s always fun to work with the LEGO Group to create new, engaging and mentally stimulating products for builders around the globe, and we’re so excited to bring these LEGO Star Wars™ helmet building kits, and brand-new packaging, to our fans.”

The new LEGO® Star Wars™ Buildable Model Helmets are the latest example of how the LEGO Group aims to inspire builders of all ages to build, rebuild and get excited by the process of creation. The new LEGO® *Star Wars™* Construction Sets will be the first products designed for those aged 18+ from the LEGO Group to be launched with a new stylish packaging designed to reflect the sophisticated nature of the creative process.

All new products in the LEGO Group’s ranges that appeal to adults will now feature the sleek, minimalistic new design across related packaging, building instructions, exclusive content and in-store, and online store design.

Genevieve Capa Cruz, Audience Strategist at the LEGO Group, commented: “For generations, children and adults alike have used the LEGO System in Play to challenge themselves creatively and we have millions of adult fans around the world who inspire us day-after-day with their intricate creations.

“Our older fans often look for building challenges related to their passions or interests and many want to display models once they have completed the build. The new stylish packaging reflects the sophisticated LEGO build process to clearly differentiate our sets that appeal to adults from those that are loved by our younger fans. The design for different products will also use cues from our older fans’ favorite films, sports or hobbies to help them choose their next challenge and get them excited to proudly display their creations when complete.”

 

LEGO Super Mario Theme Officially Announced – More Details Revealed

Following the teaser that LEGO gave us yesterday, we know have a better idea of what this new LEGO and Nintendo partnership is and how this is translated into a new and innovative play experience. Needless to say, this new LEGO Super Mario theme is very much like a mash-up of the actual video game as seen through the eyes of young LEGO brick fans.

LEGO Super Mario

There’s no specific set reveal yet, save for a promotional video hinting on the fact that the LEGO Super Mario theme is not made up of only one.

As you may notice from this video, the centerpiece of this building playset is the sizeable, electronic LEGO Super Mario figure that has a pair of digital eyes and an expressive mouth. The objective is to maneuver the figure across the brick-built challenges and get handsomely rewarded with digital coins in the process. The idea is very much the same with how Mario needs to navigate the many different obstacles in the 1992 video game, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. LEGO is still quite mum on the set’s release date and how much these LEGO Super Mario sets will cost, especially considering that this LEGO version of Mario is very much the same as its Amiibo cousins from created and released by Nintendo.

Read on for the full press release down below.

The LEGO Group and Nintendo Partner to Take Legendary Brick-Building to a New Level

BILLUND, March 12, 2020: The LEGO Group announced a partnership with Nintendo that will change the way people interact with Super Mario in the physical world and engage in LEGO® experiences.

Both companies share a passion for innovation and play and their collaboration has led to a reimagination of the LEGO building experience, enabling an entirely new way to play inspired by the beloved video game icon, Super Mario.

Neither a video game nor a traditional LEGO brick-based set, LEGO® Super Mario™ is a new product line that features an interactive LEGO Mario figure who collects coins in real-life game levels created with LEGO bricks. The new line will let kids experience the playful world of Super Mario like never before. Super Mario will be brought to life in the physical LEGO world and new levels of challenge and styles of play will be part of the iconic LEGO experience enjoyed by generations.

The news was also shared in a video posted by the LEGO Group and Nintendo earlier today (https://youtu.be/Fq3hw4imZ3g).

The video, which hints at what fans can expect when LEGO Super Mario launches later this year, shows a player using an interactive Mario figure to collect coins in a real-life game level that has been created with LEGO bricks.

“We are very excited to bring Mario into the physical world through interactive and social LEGO play”, said Julia Goldin, Chief Marketing Officer, EVP of the LEGO Group. “With this experience we will help millions of kids with love for Mario to engage and play in a completely new way, where they are in control of creating and playing games with their favourite character. By seamlessly incorporating the latest digital technology, LEGO Super Mario is a highly social, interactive and collaborative experience for kids.”

“I have always liked LEGO products and how they help children use their imagination to play”, said Takashi Tezuka, Executive Officer and Game Producer of Nintendo Co., Ltd. “The new product we created together with the LEGO Group seeks to combine two different styles of play – one where you freely build the world of Mario and the other where you play with Mario in the very world that you have created.”

LEGO® Super Mario™ will launch later this year, and more information will be made available in the future. www.LEGO.com/supermario

Stay tuned here in our blog for more LEGO Super Mario news.

LEGO Ideas Music To Our Ears Building Contest Announced

Following the most recent contest launched via the LEGO Ideas platform, we now have another contest that will challenge the LEGO artist in you. The LEGO Ideas Music to Our Ears Building Contest invites you to show your love for music through LEGO bricks.

What is unique about this contest is that a board of judges will pre-select ten entries that will qualify for the Fan Vote Phase in order to determine the overall winner. And on top of that, those entries that will make it to the Fan Vote Phase will also enter a Product Review Phase to determine its feasibility of becoming an official LEGO Ideas set. Other than the cool prizes that await the Grand Prize Winner, the greatest reward that the winner will get is seeing his/her entry having the chance of becoming a LEGO set. Like any other LEGO Ideas project, it will also go through the same robust review cycle.

Music To Our Ears!

We’ve got a contest, which we hope sounds great! You will remember your favorite songs lyrics off by heart. You will remember your first concert or maybe the first time you played an instrument. Almost everyone loves music in one way or another, how would you show off your love of music using LEGO bricks? We want to see anything and everything to do with music in this contest and to see some of the best composed work.

The LEGO Ideas Judges will select all the entries that participate in the Fan Vote.

Excitingly, in addition to the regular contest prizes, we are piloting a new type of contest prize and process. What this means is that all entries that reach the Fan Vote phase, will also be included into a special review by the LEGO Ideas Review Board and will stand a chance of becoming an official LEGO Ideas set IF* one submission can wow them enough.

Speaking of prizes, there will be a Grand Prize and Three Runner Up Winners, both of which will be receiving an impressive haul of new and classic LEGO Ideas set. Plus to sweeten the deal, LEGO is also throwing in the next LEGO Ideas set as the mystery prize for all four winners. We are not sure yet on what this set might be, only that it was given a set number of 21322 retailing for $200 as listed by Price Vortex. It could either be my personal favorite, the LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street, the LEGO Ideas The Pirate Bay, or the LEGO Ideas Playable Piano. My hopes are with the LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street and I’m really excited and happy for the winners who will be the first to try this set if ever this is the mystery prize.

The Grand Prize winner will receive:

LEGO Ideas Music To Our Ears

While the Three Runner Up winners will each receive:

  • A custom LEGO build to commemorate your achievement
  • 21321 International Space Station 
  • The next LEGO Ideas set to launch
  • LEGO Ideas tote bag

Don’t forget to mark your calendars if you’re planning to join this contest:

  • Idea Intake – March 9 to April 20, 2020
  • Expert Review – April 20 to 27
  • Crowd Vote – April 27 to May 11
  • Winner Announcement – May 25, 2020

The deadline for submission of entries for the LEGO Ideas Music To Our Ears contest will be on April 20, 2020 at 6AM EST. Be sure to read the rest of the Contest Rules for more details. Happy building!

LEGO Super Mario is Really Happening!

In a surprising turn of events earlier today, LEGO has dropped a teaser bomb that left most LEGO and Nintendo fans in awe. It’s a long time coming, and fans are still grasping for hints and details on what this upcoming LEGO Super Mario theme is, as announced by LEGO themselves through their social media channels.

There has been a lot of fan theories on what this reveal will be. However, based on the promotional teaser above, it’s really kind of hard to tell what it will be. For starters, the timing of LEGO’s announcement couldn’t be better: March 10 is the official global Happy Mario Day, celebrating Nintendo’s entire Super Mario franchise. Nintendo has chosen this day back in 2016 as the de facto date for the annual celebration, though it does not necessarily mean that it was the official date when the first titular Super Mario video game was released. March 10 was selected simply because of its uncanny resemblance (Mar10) to our plumber hero’s name.

Speaking of resemblance, the figure that LEGO teased in their most recent promotion is needless to say, far from the typical LEGO minifigure that we have. In fact, my first impression upon seeing this LEGO Mario is that it might very well pass for a LEGO Duplo figure, with its 4-stud wide base and over-sized blocky head.

LEGO Super Mario
This first official image of a LEGO Super Mario figure seems to follow the design of those found in LEGO Duplo.

Knowledgable Super Mario fans also point out to the fact that this official LEGO version has a very similar look to that of Mario Zone – one of the areas featured in the 1992 video game, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. There is a bit of truth in that similarity considering that this LEGO version of Mario does not seem to be quite organic with its electronic screen, and analog eyes and mouth.

The Mario Zone – a level featured in the 1992 Nintendo video game, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.

Fans are still speculating if this LEGO-Nintendo collab will either lead to a wave of new LEGO Super Mario sets, or a new LEGO video game. LEGO is obviously keeping a tight lid on what it has in store – even LEGO’s VP for Design Matthew Ashton is not telling.

With this recent announcement, it clear that LEGO and Nintendo have moved on with their once bitter rivalry when the LEGO Group sued Japan’s biggest video game company back in the 60s for the latter’s introduction of N&B Block. Past forward in 2020, we can now expect great things to come now that they hurdled the licensing issues that weighed down both companies. For the longest time, LEGO fans have translated their love for both LEGO and Nintendo games in many creative ways that made us wish that these are actual LEGO sets. One great example are these custom LEGO Mario Cubes created by our pals from Build Better Bricks.

Honestly, I hope that LEGO Super Mario is just the beginning. With so many Nintendo names and titles to choose from to become an official LEGO set, we might be looking at the beginning of a LEGO Kirby, Legend of Zelda, Animal Crossing, Metroid, and other LEGO Nintendo subthemes. The possibilities are so very exciting!

So what’s your take on this surprising announcement? Are we to see new LEGO Super Mario sets, and if so, what sets are you looking forward to? Or is this a new video game or LEGO lifestyle partnership in the works? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

New LEGO Star Wars Busts Revealed: Stormtrooper (75276) and Boba Fett (75277)

If you recall back in August of last year, news from the leaking faucet hinted of more LEGO Star Wars busts that are in the works, following the release of the Darth Vader (75227) and Sith Trooper (77901) brick-built busts. However, it should be noted that this pair of LEGO Star Wars busts are exclusive to their respective fan events and were not made available to the larger general public.

Like any other LEGO event exclusives, a lot of fans were left feeling a bit disappointed about not having access to these collectibles. But this time around, LEGO is now introducing a pair of new LEGO Star Wars sets to make it up somehow to the fans of one of its most lucrative licensed themes. It looks like that the LEGO  Star Wars Stormtrooper (75276) and Boba Fett (75277) busts are now a very sure thing, with first images of its box art now shared online by LEGO 3rd party retailer Toy Santa.

The way LEGO markets these brick-built busts (intended for adult builders 18 and up) clearly shows that they are for LEGO Star Wars AFOLs. I like the premium, UCS-like packaging on these sets, which are quite sizeable by the way, considering that they come with more than 600 LEGO pieces – almost double the size of the Darth Vader and Sith Trooper busts that were mentioned earlier.

The box art for these LEGO Star Wars busts also hints on the fact they are commemorative sets, marking the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back when it was first released in theaters back in 1980. It also bears the film’s commemorative logo bearing the silhouettes of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader’s in their timeless father-and-son confrontation.

There is also no definite retail price as of this time, but we can expect these sets to be somewhere between $70 to $80 USD considering the number of pieces for such licensed sets.

The LEGO Star Wars Stormtrooper (75276) and Boba Fett (75277) are not yet listed at LEGO Shop@Home, but considering that images such as these are starting to appear already from third-party retailers, then we can expect more info to appear very soon, so stay tuned!

Building Instructions for the LEGO Easter Egg (40371) Now Available

The LEGO Trains 40th Anniversary gift-with-purchase promo is still up, and while we’re still far from this month’s next LEGO Store promotional freebie, LEGO is kind enough to release the building instructions for the LEGO Easter Egg (40371) ahead of its release later this March 23.

LEGO Easter Egg (40371)

If you recall, this limited edition LEGO Easter Egg (40371) is our next gift-with-purchase set slated to be offered from March 23 until April 13 as featured in the March 2020 LEGO Store Calendar. Coming in at 239 pieces, this set features a customizable egg that houses a small, brick-built chick. What is great about this freebie is that it comes with plenty of small, decorative pieces that are usually found in the new LEGO DOTS sets. Additionally, it features a modular design that allows you to have a small storage compartment to house these pieces and another for the brick-built chick. This new LEGO Easter Egg will be added to your cart (both in-store and online at LEGO Shop@Home) if your next LEGO purchase reaches a $50 and above price point during the abovementioned promo period.

While waiting for this set, you may want to give it a try and see if you can build your own LEGO Easter Egg since the set’s building instructions are now available online via LEGO’s customer service. Since it is a highly customizable set, I expect this to have plenty of room to allow you to personalize this set with your own choice of color scheme and design. You may get the building instructions in PDF format right here. Check out the parts list below and see if you have these in your own LEGO collection. I don’t see any rare parts included in them so you can easily swap these with ones with any colors that you have.

LEGO Easter Egg (40371)

Be sure to check back with your local LEGO store starting this last week of March for this limited edition freebie.

LEGO Trains 40th Anniversary (40370) Gift-With-Purchase Set Now Available

The first LEGO Store promotional for the month of March is already out, and this is something that most of us are looking forward to. LEGO Shop@Home has been updated to now include the commemorative LEGO Trains 40th Anniversary (40370) gift-with-purchase (GWP) set, and will also be available to fans who will opt to make their next LEGO purchases in-store.

LEGO Trains 40th Anniversary (40370)

The LEGO Trains 40th Anniversary (40370) set comes in at 188 pieces including a minifigure train attendant. It is a sort of a throwback to 1980’s LEGO Push-Along Steam Engine (7810) that marked the beginning of other popular LEGO Train sets. As an exclusive commemorative set, it is a near-perfect replica of set 7810, with an exact copy of its minifigure.

The LEGO Push-Along Steam Engine (7810) from 1980 that served as the inspiration for LEGO’s most recent promotional set. 

With a retail value of $19.99, the LEGO Trains 40th Anniversary (40370) set will be added to your shopping cart for free once your LEGO purchase reaches a qualifying, single-receipt purchase of $99 and above. This promo will run from March 1st until the 15th or until supplies last and is expected to be popular among adult fans who grew up with LEGO.

LEGO Trains 40th Anniversary (40370) LEGO Trains 40th Anniversary (40370)

LEGO’s Customer Service also uploaded the building instructions for this commemorative train set in case you want to give it a try in building your own using LEGO parts that you may already have. Check out this parts list and see if you have these lying around in your collection.

Remember that this promo will only run from March 1 to 15, or until supplies are ample enough so be sure to bag this one as soon as you can.

LEGO Creator Expert Fiat 500 (10271) Officially Revealed – Now Available at LEGO Shop@Home

This is another pleasant surprise from LEGO. Following the release of its classic muscle brick rides in the form of the Ford Mustang (10265) and Harley-Davidson Fat Boy (10269) from last year, LEGO now releases another Creator Expert set focusing on the classic rides of the past. Earlier today, LEGO Shop@Home servers added a new set listing that features another classic car now rendered in ultimate, LEGO form. The LEGO Creator Expert Fiat 500 (10271) takes its inspiration from Italy’s iconic 60’s car, together with all of its subtle details and vintage design. Check out the designer video below to know more about this iconic vehicle from 1965, now immortalized in LEGO.

 

LEGO Creator Expert Fiat 500 (10271)

960 pieces | $89.99 

Fiat 500 (10271) Fiat 500 (10271) Fiat 500 (10271)

This LEGO® Creator Expert Fiat 500 model car (10271) recreates a true icon of classic automotive design. Teenagers and adult fans will enjoy the challenging building experience offered by this model kit based on the Fiat 500F legend from the late ‘60s, and will appreciate all the authentic LEGO brick details, such as the luggage rack with suitcase, detailed interior, and opening roof, doors, hood and tailgate. To complete the Italian theme, this classic model car also includes a folding easel with a paintbrush, palette and small ‘painting’ of the car in front of the famous Colosseum in Rome.

Building toys that bring passion to life
LEGO Creator Expert building kits are for adults and teenagers with a passion. From classic model cars and authentic buildings to fairground rides and other objects of desire, Creator Expert advanced LEGO sets offer a world of nostalgia, escapism, self-expression, pure enjoyment and surprise. Oh, and kids sometimes also use them as toys!

  • Recreate a taste of ‘La Dolce Vita’ with an advanced LEGO® Creator Expert Fiat 500 model car brimming with Italian flair and LEGO brick details that teenagers and adults will enjoy building and displaying with pride.
  • This model kit features a luggage rack, suitcase, detailed interior, engine, spare wheel and opening roof, doors, hood and tailgate. There’s even a ‘painting’ of the car by the Colosseum to complete the Italian feel.
  • This advanced set is part of an amazing collection of authentic LEGO® model cars and other iconic objects of desire that offer relaxing ‘me time’ building and impressive display centerpieces.
  • More experienced teenage and adult builders will love to receive this 960-piece Fiat 500 model car as a birthday, Christmas or special-occasion gift.
  • Measuring over 11 cm (4.5 inches) high, 24 cm (9.5 inches) long and 11 cm (4.5 inches) wide, this buildable model makes for an impressive display piece on its own or as part of a collection of LEGO® sets.

LEGO Minions Official Images Released, Will Be Available in April

Following its reveal at the recently concluded New York Toy Fair, we now official images of the LEGO Minions tie-in sets uploaded at LEGO Shop@Home. These include a closer look at the official box art and a more detailed view of what to expect from these sets. These five LEGO Minions: The Rise of Gru sets are slated to be released on April 27. You may click on the following links to know more about each set.

Minions in Gru’s Lab (75546)

87 pieces | $19.99

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Minion Pilot in Training (75547)

119 pieces | $29.99

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Unstoppable Bike Chase (75549)

136 pieces | $19.99

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Minions Kung Fu Battle (75550)

310 pieces | $39.99

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Brick-built Minions and their Lair (75551)

876 pieces | $49.99

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