A Look at the LEGO Technic Liebherr R 9800 (42100) and LEGO Technic Control+ App

With the release of The LEGO Technic 4×4 X-treme Off-Roader (42099) at the start of the month (currently on backorder status as of this posting), follows the release as well of its accompanying LEGO Technic Control+ app that allows a wide range of remote control access to this set via any app-compatible smartphone. Like the rest of the new Technic sets that take advantage of LEGO’s new Powered-Up technology, the 4×4 X-treme Off-Roader is a good starting point to launch the theme’s flagship set for 2019: the LEGO Technic Liebherr R 9800 (42100).

Coming in at 4,108 pieces and utilizing the latest Powered-Up accessories, this mammoth build is the largest and most advanced set ever created for the Technic line. For those who are eagerly waiting for this set, we might need to be more patient since it has been reported that the LEGO Technic Liebherr R 9800 will be released on a later date, from an initial August launching it has been apparently moved to the month of October. We had an initial look of its physical features back in April when several German LEGO fan sites published several promotional images of the set were provided by the Liebherr Group.

Now thanks to a now-expired eBay auction, we now have a couple of official images of the LEGO Technic Liebherr R 9800 (42100). It may not be that much, but it does give us an idea of how grand this set is.

Liebherr R 9800 (42100)

Liebherr R 9800 (42100)

In preparation for the launch of this set including that of the 4×4 X-treme Off-Roader, LEGO has also released its accompanying app the LEGO Technic Control+ via Apple App and Google Play stores. The Control+ app allows a wide range of remote control access to the LEGO Technic Liebherr R 9800 (42100) and to other future LEGO Technic sets that will also make use of the new Powered-Up components. Here’s the official description of the Control+ app.

LEGO Technic Control+ App

Take your LEGO® Technic™ experience to a new level of realism:

Get unique experiences designed especially for each LEGO® Technic™ Control+ model.

Drive and operate your models in razor-sharp realistic detail with the Multi-function control mode.

Try alternative control schemes with the One-touch screen.

Test your vehicle-handling skills, complete challenges, unlock reward badges and spark your imagination with inspirational videos in Challenges & Achievements mode.

Enjoy realistic sound effects, authentic controls, real-time data feedback, and lifelike features and functions.

Connect your LEGO® Technic™ 4×4 X-treme Off-Roader (42099) and:

Drive forward, reverse, steer, accelerate, brake and traverse obstacles, and get real-time speed readings, tilt and speed logs and more in the Multi-function control screen.

Drag a path with your finger in the One-touch screen and watch your model follow it with razor-sharp precision.

Put your driving skills to the test and unlock badges in Challenges & Achievements mode.

Is your device compatible? Please go to LEGO.com/devicecheck to check if your device is compatible. Ask your parents’ permission before going online.

The LEGO® Technic™ X-Treme Off-Roader set (42099) is sold separately.

German LEGO fan site Klemmbausteinlyrik was kind enough to share their interview with the design team behind the LEGO Technic Liebherr R 9800 (42100) during the 2019 LEGO Fan Media Days that happened in Billund last May. The video gives us a glimpse at the enormous scale and complexity of this set, together with the many features of the Control+ app.

The LEGO Technic Liebherr R 9800 (42100) is expected to retail for a whopping 450 Euros or approximately $500 USD. It comes in at 4,108 pieces and includes 2 Powered-Up smart hubs and 7 motors, with a release date of sometime in October.

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Here’s a Look at What’s Happening at LEGO Stores This August

As you may have noticed, there has been a lot of changes with the way LEGO has promoting it’s content and product line-up during these past months, and one of these is the way it delivers info regarding the happenings inside our local LEGO stores. For starters, we all know that the monthly LEGO Store Calendar as we know it has gone through an overhaul, with the digital copy of the calendar only made available at the start of each month.

As such, most fans now need to be quick on spotting LEGO store promos especially those that tend to be offered on a very limited time period. And I guess this is exactly the case with this month’s LEGO Store promos. I have to admit that this may not be new for most of our readers but still, it may be helpful for some who are looking for the best promos this month at their nearby LEGO stores. Just click on the following images to see the LEGO Store August Calendar up-close, or you may opt to download it as a PDF copy.

Free Baby Velociraptor Playpen

This promotional polybag comes free with LEGO Jurassic World purchases worth $35 and above. You have to be quick though because this LEGO Jurassic World Baby Velociraptor Playpen (30382) polybag will only be available until August 7, 2019.

Free Mia’s Water Fun Pack

Unfortunately, this promo is long over as of posting time. The LEGO Friends Mia’s Water Fun (30410) polybag were only available for a day (August 4, 2019) for a minimum single-receipt purchase of any LEGO merchandise worth $35 and above.

Free Reversible Tote Bag for LEGO VIPs

From August 1 to 14, LEGO VIP members with LEGO purchases equal to $200 and more are entitled to a free LEGO Reversible Canvas Bag (5005910) to help you carry your latest LEGO haul. This promo is not new actually since a different version of this tote bag was offered to the general public back in June and November of 2017.

Build a Mini Harley-Davidson Motorcycle and Take It Home for Free

LEGO Harley-Davidson Mini-Build

I reckon that this is the most appealing promotional offered for this month. This make-and-take building event is slated in LEGO stores just for one day on August 6, so better expect this to be gone really fast. This mini-build of the iconic Harley-Davidson bike has made its appearance in places like in Germany and China and takes its cue from its larger cousin, the recently released LEGO Creator Expert Harley-Davidson Fat Boy (10269). Do take note that this building event requires pre-registration (which already started last August 1) at your local LEGO store. You must also be age 18 and above to participate.

Ice Cream Truck Building Event

For younger LEGO builders, the LEGO Store is the place to be on August 14 and 20. Children ages 6 to 14 can pre-register to have the chance of building and bringing home this excellent Ice Cream Truck model. Though LEGO didn’t mention specifically that this model is similar to the now practically discontinued Monthly Mini Build promos, the way it works seems to be similar.

Live In-Store LEGO Lab Demos

Throughout the whole month of August, LEGO will be introducing a new hands-on concept to fans and first time LEGO Store visitors. Dubbed as LEGO Lab, LEGO Stores will now have live demonstrations of its latest LEGO sets especially those that feature breakthrough technologies, robotics, and new interactive Powered-Up sets. This includes sets that most likely include the new augmented-reality technology as featured in the LEGO Hidden Side theme and those from new Technic sets that feature the Power-Up technology such as the 4×4 X-Treme Off-Roader (42099).

Other than these activities happening or slated to happen in LEGO Stores, this month also marks the launch of new LEGO sets such as LEGO Architecture Empire State Building (21046), LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Haunted High School (70425), and the entire range of LEGO Jurassic World Legend of Isla Nublar sets including the largest among the four, the T. rex vs Dino Mech Battle (75938).

Be sure to check out these promos and events at your local LEGO Store and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Let’s Talk About the LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 19

Alright, this is like those moments where you have to address the elephant in the room – and this is somewhat expected. They’ve started appearing online a few days ago and from the looks of things, somebody seemed to have an early hands-on take on LEGO’s next CMF line still slated for release sometime in September. We had a hint of its release date through a teaser that first appeared in the LEGO Catalogue 2HY (July to December) released in the Netherlands. Though we don’t have official images yet of this next wave of collectible minifigs, the checklist or the insert for the LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 19 is now making its rounds online. I am not at liberty to share its leaked image right here, but just a few clicks and an Instagram search will point you to the way if you really want to be in the loop. For the meantime, let’s talk about each of these minifigures and see if LEGO made a good call in coming up with them.

Do take note that these are just tentative names for each of the sixteen LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 19 characters based on common observations among LEGO fan forums. So with that out of the way, let’s check out this list of names and characters as they appear on the blind bag insert.

1. Video Gamer -it’s not quite clear to me if this minifigure is holding a video game poster, a case or some sort of oversized trading card. But I’m more compelled to think that it is a video game case of sorts. He also carries a new LEGO video game controller – yes, it’s a new one – and it takes its cue from an Xbox console. With regards to the minifig itself, I like how the earphone turns out as it compliments the ‘bring your game on’ look from this veteran gamer.

2. Shower Guy – This guy is happy with his new shower cap piece and I’m sure a lot of fans will be glad to have it as well. Accessories include a rubber duckie that comes in a new green color and scrub.

3. Ghost Knight – I like this minifigure for its translucent minifig head and sword accessory. The shield itself is imposing enough with its intimidating bat print, while the Ghost Knight’s helmet looks similar to those worn by ancient gladiatorial combatants. An army of this and you have a force to reckon with.

4. Monkey King – what caught my attention right away are the fine details that appear on the armor/torso of this Monkey King minifigure. The minifigure head is of a new print which is somewhat similar to the LEGO Chima minifigs that were released from 2013-2014. Accessories include a cape, shoulder plate, and staff.

5. Lady Programmer – this is a great addition to any science lab MOC that you might be working on. This minifig seems to sport a binary themed shirt and what looks like a new hairpiece that is arranged as a bun. She also comes with a brick-built mini robot and a laptop piece that comes in a new color variant.

6. Lady Mummy – LEGO has released a handful of mummy minifigs in the past, but this latest iteration comes in as a female character. She also comes with a new green headdress that is quite different from the standard mold that previous mummy minifigs have. She also comes with a gold scorpion figure.

7. Wildlife Explorer -this minifigure seems to have been inspired by 2017’s LEGO City Jungle subtheme. I like how the details turned out on its torso as it complements its overall outdoor vibe. The Wildlife Explorer also comes with a backpack, magnifying glass and a cowboy hat accessory worn by McCree in LEGO Overwatch Dorado Showdown (75972), making this 2nd minifig to sport such a headgear. It also comes with a chameleon figure which I bet will be one of the reasons why people will feel their way to its blind bag.

8. Lady Fire Chief – I have to admit that I’m a bit underwhelmed with this one since this year’s LEGO City Firefighters subtheme already features its first female firefighter in Burger Bar Fire Rescue (60214). However, this latest iteration comes with a slightly different color scheme and printing, a new hairpiece, a red firefighter helmet and what seems to be a new megaphone element which she uses to give her marching orders.

9. Dog Babysitter – the obvious takeaway for this CMF are the dog figures that come with it. We already have our first French Bulldog figure from LEGO CMF Series 17 (71018) released two years ago and this time around, LEGO is kind enough to throw in not one, but two dog figures in one pack.  The Dog Babysitter minifig includes not just a French Bulldog, but also a new Dachshund figure. Oh, and as an added bonus, we also have our very first LEGO poop element! It’s kind of hilarious to think of the many possibilities that can come out from this seemingly harmless looking piece of LEGO element.

10. Pizza Guy – The LEGO Movie 2 CMF (71023) introduced us to the Watermelon Guy, and it looks like this latest Series 19 minifig decided to borrow his costume and garnish it with generous portions of pepperoni. The Pizza Guy also comes with a new 2×3 printed tile to complement his mouth-watering costume. This minifigure is on my must-have checklist, as it looks great alongside the LEGO City Pizza Van (60150) from 2017.

11. Space Hunter – I’m sure Blacktron fans will love to have their hands on this one. His all-black armor is accentuated with yellow markings akin to the laser sights. He also comes with a new helmet design and what seems to be a red, holographic wanted poster.

12. Flamingo Lady – here’s another example of a minifigure blind bag that you might possibly want to feel your way through because of the accessory that comes with it. Series 19 introduces us to our first flamingo figure and it looks great! I love the brightness of its color and a handful of these will make an excellent lakeside MOC. The Flamingo Lady minifigure comes in a color combination that perfectly highlights the color of the flamingo itself.

13. Rugby Player– have a dozen of this and you certainly have a winning LEGO minifigure team. This Rugby Player comes in with dual-molded legs, a new dark green helmet (or black?) and a new a ball accessory that we can expect to be highly sought for in any sports-themed MOC.

14. Fox Suit Guy – this is one entry that seems to have missed the CMF train from the LEGO Movie 2. He comes with a chicken figure and a bag accessory to place his catch (or prey) of the day. This minifig is a great addition to anyone’s growing collection of costumed minifigure characters.

15. Rainbow Care Bear – now for a lack of a better term, I’ll go for what majority of LEGO fans are calling this little fella. Perhaps taking a cue from the classic 80s animated series, this Rainbow Care Bear sports a white shirt, with a pastel-colored rainbow printed on it. But other than the pop culture reference, this minifigure comes in a rare pink and blue pastel color theme and a new rainbow-printed semi-circular plate and a heart-shaped tile as well.

16. Bicyclist – this minifigure comes with a green helmet accessory, a pink torso, and dual-molded legs. The catch with this minifig is the blue bicycle piece that comes with it. Though we have plenty of bikes to go around especially those from the LEGO City theme, it seems to me that this is the first time that we have this in a blue variant.

 

Again, this latest LEGO CMF is slated to be released sometime in September, so we can somehow expect official images to come out early in August. So what do you think of the new LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 19? Which one is a must-have for you? Let me know in the comments below.

LEGO Hidden Side Newbury’s Juice Bar (40336) Set Images Revealed

The new LEGO Hidden Side theme will launch next week, and as an added bonus for LEGO fans who are eyeing on these spooky fun sets, LEGO seems to be offering its first promotional set in line with the theme’s release. And thanks to some insider info from Promobricks, we now have our first official set images of the upcoming LEGO Hidden Side Newbury’s Juice Bar (40336). Check these out.

Newbury's Juice Bar (40336)

As of this posting, this set is yet to appear at shop.LEGO.com’s image cache. It’s assigned set number further suggest that this is a gift-with-purchase (GWP) set similar to its predecessors such as the LEGO Star Wars Battle of Hoth – 20th Anniversary Edition (40333), LEGO Marvel Superheroes Avengers Tower (40334), and the LEGO Ideas Space Rocket Ride (40335).

The Newbury’s Juice Bar (40336) set comes in at 127 pieces with two minifigures – Parker and Rocky the juice bar seller, which also transforms into a ghost. The Juice Bar’s roof also features a hidden surprise when flipped up, keeping in tune with the theme’s overall vibe.

I don’t know yet how much exactly you need to spend in LEGO purchases in order to have this set for free, but I guess an amount between $70 to $75 USD is a fair estimate. The rest of the LEGO Hidden Side sets are now listed at LEGO Shop@Home and are expected to be released on August 1st. Additional sets are also posed to be released next year so we’ll keep this under our radars. Have a closer look at these upcoming sets by clicking on the following affiliate links below.

2019 LEGO Hidden Side Sets

LEGO Ideas Tree House (21318) Officially Revealed

LEGO Shop@Home has finally listed its next LEGO Ideas set. After the many sightings of the LEGO Ideas Tree House (21318) from LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Texas and even at Comic-Con, LEGO has finally (and officially) lifted the veil from its next huge set for all of us to see. The LEGO Ideas Tree House will retail for $200 USD and is slated for an early VIP release on July 24 and will be available to all on August 1. Read on for the set’s full product description and check out these crisp, crystal clear images

LEGO Ideas Tree House (21318)

3,036 pieces; $199.99 USD

Detailed Tree House model to challenge LEGO® builders and inspire endless play!

LEGO Ideas Tree House (21318)

Build, display and play with this intricately detailed, 3,036-piece LEGO® Ideas 21318 Tree House playset. A complex build for experienced LEGO builders that all the family will love to play with, it features a landscape base and 3 LEGO tree house cabins—a main bedroom, bathroom and kids’ room. The tree has interchangeable sets of green summer leaf elements and yellow and brown fall leaf elements—these and various plant elements on the base are all made from sustainable-plant-based polyethylene plastic—and the treetop and cabin roofs are removable to allow easy access. The model is packed with play-inspiring features including a buildable picnic table and seats, swing, bonfire, treasure map and hidden gem element to play out a treasure hunt, and a wind-up crane on the balcony of the bedroom cabin. A great birthday gift, this unique creative toy comes with mom, dad and kids minifigures, plus a bird figure, to role-play fun family scenes. It also includes a booklet with building instructions and information about this LEGO Ideas set’s fan creator and LEGO designer.

  • This LEGO® Ideas set includes 4 minifigures: mom, dad and 2 children, plus a bird figure.
  • This challenging, 3,036-piece building toy features a landscape base, tree with interchangeable sets of green (summer) leaves and yellow and brown (fall) leaves, and a LEGO® Tree House with 3 cabins—main bedroom, bathroom and kids’ room.
  • The treetop and cabin roofs are removable for easy access and play.
  • Landscape base features a buildable picnic table with 4 minifigure seats and assorted elements to create a picnic, plus a buildable stream, swing (hanging from the tree), bonfire, hidden gem element, plant and bush elements, and a ladder to the cabins.
  • Tree foliage features over 180 botanical elements made from plant-based polyethylene plastic using sustainably sourced sugarcane. Assorted plant elements around the tree are also made from this plant-based plastic. This is the first milestone in LEGO® Group’s ambitious commitment to make products using sustainable materials by 2030.
  • Main bedroom cabin features a buildable bed, and assorted elements including hidden scissors (as a reference to the fan creator’s day job as a hairdresser), ship in a bottle, compass, clock plus a balcony with a hand-operated, wind-up crane to lift items up to the cabin.
  • Bathroom features a buildable bathtub, toilet and sink.
  • Kids’ room features bunk beds and assorted elements such as a book and treasure map.
  • This LEGO® Ideas creative toy comes with a booklet with building instructions and information about this awesome set’s fan creator and LEGO designer.
  • Measures over 14” (37cm) high, 10” (27cm) wide and 9” (24cm) deep.

LEGO Ideas Tree House (21318) LEGO Ideas Tree House (21318) LEGO Ideas Tree House (21318) LEGO Ideas Tree House (21318)

 

LEGO City Ski Resort (60203) First Set Images Revealed

While LEGO City is still making waves with its new NASA-inspired sets, it looks like its getting ready for another wave of winter sets slated to be released next month. Thanks to a tip from Promobricks, German online toystore Lucky Bricks has now uploaded several images of the new LEGO City Ski Resort (60203). Take a look.

LEGO City Ski Resort (60203)

The set comes in at  806 pieces and with an impressive collection of 11 minifigures including 3 Ski Patrol Officers, a Ski Shop Salesman, a Helicopter Pilot, a Skier, a Snowboarder, 2 children, a Beverage Vendor, and a customer. The set also comes with a dog figure and a buildable snowman figure.

The LEGO City Ski Resort (60203) is expected to retail for around $80 USD, arriving towards the end of August. Here’s a rough Google translation from the set’s product description. I’ll update this page once official images of this set appear at LEGO Shop@Home.

LEGO City Ski Resort (60203) LEGO City Ski Resort (60203)
Put your warm clothes together and make the track unsafe – with the LEGO® City Play Set “Ski Resort”. Show off your tricks in the snow park’s halfpipe and rail, or pretend to watch other snowboarders being filmed by the helicopter and shown on the big toy screen above the ski shop. Look! The rescue team is using the snowmobile to bring an injured skier to the rescue station. Build a snowman with your friends and then warm up with a hot drink from the nearby booth. Mmmm! This cupcake looks delicious! After you’ve warmed up, there’s plenty of fun in the snow waiting for you!
• Includes 11 LEGO® City minifigures – 3 ski patrol members, a ski shop salesman, a helicopter pilot, a skier, a snowboarder, 2 children, a beverage vendor, and a customer – as well as a dog figure and a snowman figure to assemble. 
• This great construction toy includes a two-story rescue station with rooftop communication antennas, a ski shop with a large screen and a shelf for snowboards and skis, a hot drinks and cupcakes stand, a fantastic snow park with floodlight mast, halfpipe with stairs and a separate rail,
• In addition, this children’s kit includes an all-wheel truck with a movable snow plow and roof rack, a snowmobile with a trailer and a helicopter with a hinged cockpit, rotatable rotors, and a camera. 
• The accessories include 4 pairs of skis, 3 pairs of ski poles, 4 snowboards, 4 cups, 2 cupcakes, a syringe element, a hand plaster, 2 ice axes, binoculars, 2 radios, 2 buckets, a tool / first aid box, one Wrench, an ax, a circular saw, a broom, snowshoes, a helmet with ski goggles, a warm hat and a stretcher, and an element separator and a shield to assemble. 
• Spin the rotors of the helicopter to glide over the snow park and pretend to film the snowboarders.
• Place the injured skier on the snowmobile stretcher and bring him back to the rescue station. 
• Use the snowplow of the 4WD truck to clear the way for the snowmobile to clear the station. 
• This cool toy for kids is a great, stand-alone gift! 
• The helicopter is 7 cm high, 20 cm long and 7 cm wide. 
• The snowmobile with trailer is 5 cm high, 18 cm long and 3 cm wide. 
• The 4×4 truck with snowplow is 9 cm high, 14 cm long and 7 cm wide. 
• The stall is 10 cm high, 6 cm wide and 3 cm deep. 
• The snowpark with halfpipe is 12 cm high, 16 cm wide and 12 cm deep. 
• The rescue station is 20 cm high, 19 cm wide and 7 cm deep.
• The ski shop with screen is 15 cm high, 12 cm wide and 7 cm deep. 
• The rail is 11 cm wide.

LEGO Ideas Treehouse (21318) Teaser Trailer Released

After seeing the largest LEGO Ideas set to date being sold at LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Texas, it looks like some LEGO employees were caught in another slip-up when the LEGO Ideas Treehouse (21318) was spotted being sold at the San Diego Comic-Con last week. Though LEGO promptly took action by removing the sets from their booth, a spokesman from the company disclosed that they were not that quick enough to prevent 5 to 10 fortunate SDCC attendees in making those highly coveted purchases. If you were looking forward to having this set but were not that lucky enough to catch these opportunities, then fret not since it might just be a matter of time before this set arrives in stores. In fact, LEGO has just released a fun and creative LEGO Ideas Treehouse (21318) teaser trailer that gives us a hint of what to expect from this set.

The LEGO Ideas Treehouse (21318) comes in at 3,036 pieces making it the largest LEGO Ideas set to be recently offered and is expected to retail for $200 USD. Staying true to its promise of promoting renewable materials in its building sets, LEGO has included tons of new LEGO plant and botanical pieces made from these sustainable materials. The video above also reveals some of the portions of the set, though you can have a better look at the set’s box art from our separate report.

The embargo for the LEGO Ideas Treehouse is expected to be lifted soon, with a VIP release date slated towards the end of this month and a general public release sometime in August. Be sure to keep tabs here at The Brick Show for the Treehouse’s official press release and images which will be out soon.

New 2019 LEGO Advent Calendar Official Set Images Revealed

We’re still months away before the Christmas holidays officially begins, but it seems that LEGO is far from over in spreading some holiday joy. After the re-release of its Christmas themed gift-with-purchase set, we now have a glimpse of what to expect from not one, but four 2019 LEGO Advent Calendar sets which will add more smiles and holiday cheers. Check out these official images, thanks to Promobricks.

LEGO Friends Advent Calendar (41382)

First off, we have the LEGO Friends Advent Calendar (41382). Similar to previous releases, this set basically consists of common LEGO pieces and bricks with an additional LEGO Friends mini-doll thrown into the mix. In typical LEGO Friends fashion, the mini-builds that you can make from this Advent Calendar may be added to your expanding Heartlake City builds. This set is expected to retail for $30 USD which is a bit higher compared to other Advent Calendar sets.

2019 LEGO Advent Calendar

LEGO City Advent Calendar (60235)

The LEGO City Advent Calendar (60235) is back with more fun builds to create.  I personally like this set for their simplicity and handful of minifigures that goes along with it. It comes with a total of seven minifigures, including a nice bonus in the form of a husky.

2019 LEGO Advent Calendar

 

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar (75245)

The LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar (75245) features a new wave of mini-builds reminiscent of some of the most iconic vehicles and locations in the Star Wars universe. To top it off, it comes with seven minifigures including a new Old Man Luke Skywalker minifig and a cute Santa Porg which I assume will be a sure hit among collectors. This set is expected to retail at the same price range as that of the LEGO Friends Advent Calendar pegged at $30 USD.

2019 LEGO Advent Calendar

LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar (75964)

We now have a new set in this series which will surely be a hit among LEGO Harry Potter fans. The LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar (75964) comes in at 305 pieces and is expected to retail for $25 USD. What is appealing about this set is the way it was designed – not just in any random fashion. It purposively recreates some of the familiar features of the Hogwarts Great Hall, albeit in a scaled-down version. It also comes with an excellent choice of Harry Potter minifigures brought together in one set. I like how LEGO opted to offer the younger versions of Harry, Ron, and Hermoine in this particular set, and I’m very sure that this will be popular to other fans as well.

2019 LEGO Advent Calendar

These 2019 LEGO Advent Calendar sets are expected to arrive in LEGO stores sometime towards the end of August. So be sure to be on the lookout or subscribe in our blog to get the latest updates on these upcoming LEGO sets and more. Thanks once again to Promobricks for sharing these images.

The Future of LEGO Marvel Is Here – Huge Reveals at the Marvel Studios Panel at SDCC 2019

The best is still yet to come and with a deep breath, Marvel Studio’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con has unveiled the future of the film franchise for what has been dubbed as Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There have been rumors in the past on what these post-Endgame films will be and with Spider-Man: Far From Home officially closing MCU’s Phase 3, the stage is now set for the announcement of the next wave of superhero films that will also point us to the direction towards the future of LEGO Marvel sets.

LEGO Marvel

Right off the bat, MCU top brass Kevin Feige took the stage of SDCC’s Hall H to announce a handful of MCU films and TV shows that will define Marvel Studio’s Phase 4. And with the partnership between Disney and LEGO going on a full swing, it is safe to assume that we will also be seeing a lot of new LEGO sets and interesting minifigure characters centered on the LEGO Marvel theme.

The entire (announced) scope of MCU’s Phase 4 in full view at SDCC 2019. What LEGO Marvel sets will come out of this?

First in our list following a chronological order is the origin movie spin-off of Black Widow. This is the solo movie of Natasha Romanoff focusing on her backstory on how she became the Avenger’s top covert secret ops operative. It is not a longshot to consider that LEGO has also something in the works, that may perhaps be a call back to that Budapest mission that she and Hawkeye are fond of remembering. Black Widow is slated to be released on May 1, 2020.

Up next is The Eternals which is a star-studded cast headed by Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, and Richard Madden among others. It was also rumored that Keanu Reeves will also appear in the film, though he never made an appearance at the MCU Panel at that time. The Eternals will explore the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which also shows potential for a new line of exciting minifigures which we will see before the film hit theaters on November 6, 2020.

After the arrival of the Eternals, we will have our first Asian-led MCU film in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. We will see the return of the Mandarin – the real, sinister one rather than the proxy that we saw in Iron Man 3 – which will play as the film’s major villain. If you recall back in 2013, LEGO has released a small set, the LEGO Marvel Superheroes Iron Man vs. The Mandarin: Ultimate Showdown (76008) so hopefully, we will see the Ten Ring leader have a minifigure reboot. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will arrive in theaters February 12, 2021.

Kevin Feige confirmed that the Sorcerer Supreme will be back following the events of Endgame, and will now delve on the dark side of MCU’s multiverse. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is said to be Marvel Studio’s take on the horrific, dark version of the multiverse which was formally introduced in the film franchise in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Though this film is teased to be part of a sort of horror genre of the MCU, I’m sure that Disney will have this toned down a bit and LEGO will offer another Doctor Strange set following 2016’s LEGO Marvel Superheroes Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum (76060) and the more recent LEGO Marvel Superheroes Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown (76108). Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be conjuring its spells on May 7, 2021.

And the final confirmed film in MCU’s Phase 4 will see the return of the god of thunder himself, a most unlikely love triangle, and another Worthy fitting of Mjolnir’s allegiance. In Thor: Love and Thunder, we will see the rise of Thor’s love interest Jane Foster as the new wielder of the mystical hammer to become the female Thor. It will be interesting to see how LEGO will render Jane Foster in battle-ready, Asgardian armor and what particular scene will it recreate in LEGO form. 2017 saw two LEGO sets inspired by the events in Thor: RagnarokThe Ultimate Battle for Asgard (76084) and Thor vs Hulk: Arena Clash (76088) – so we hope to see another pair of LEGO Marvel sets before Thor: Love and Thunder arrives in theaters on November 5, 2021.

Finally, SDCC attendees were given a glimpse of more things to come with the announcement of the very first Marvel film reboot. Blade was formally welcomed in the MCU with actor Mahershala Ali playing the role of the lethal Daywalker. Furthermore, Feige also confirmed the arrival of the previously Fox-owned Marvel title, Fantastic Four. It is interesting to see how Disney and LEGO will collaborate on a set focusing on the vampire hunter, though I’m pretty sure that this will be a bit toned down as well given the violent theme of the Wesley Snipes era of previous Blade films. Nevertheless, it is a long time coming for a Blade minifigure and LEGO Marvel fans will surely welcome it. A LEGO set revolving around the team of the Fantastic Four is also long overdue – just imagine a bunch of minifigures of the Human Torch, the Invisible Girl, Mister Fantastic and a big fig version of The Thing all gathered in a set and you have a winner combo for a collectible LEGO set.

Going forward, it was also announced during the SDCC Marvel Panel that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Black Panther 2, and Captain Marvel 2 are in the works together with a handful of new TV shows that will air on the Disney+ streaming service – The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, What If…?, and Hawkeye just to name those that were revealed. Whether or not these shows will also get the LEGO treatment is still speculative at best, but one thing is certain – this year and the couple of years to come will surely be very busy for our LEGO designers, and a heck exciting for LEGO Marvel fans.

So how do you think the next wave of MCU-inspired LEGO Marvel sets will look like? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.

LEGO BrickHeadz Jabba the Hut and Salacious Crumb (75232) Rumored for 2020

The LEGO BrickHeadz theme had its share of ups and downs since its debut three years ago, and it looks like it’s on its way for another comeback in 2020. Thanks to the eagle-eyed scouts of Star Wars fan site Rebelscum, we are now convinced that a LEGO BrickHeadz Jabba the Hut and Salacious Crumb (75232) set is now on its way.

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Rebelscum gathered the pieces of evidence to see if they point to this possibility, starting with third-party retailer Amazon France. Now it can be argued that this particular listing does not really say or hint anything about the famed Hutt crime lord coming to the LEGO BrickHeadz theme. However, a closer look at the set’s piece count (coming in at 240 pieces) and box dimensions (19.1 x 14.1 x 7.1 cm) suggest that this upcoming LEGO BrickHeadz set will be a dual pack, similar to what LEGO released in the past. Prominent twin-packs in the Star Wars subtheme of the LEGO BrickHeadz line include the Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite (41498) set released as an SDCC 2017 exclusive, and the Luke Skywalker and Yoda (41627) released last year.

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And on what could be the most convincing piece of evidence that suggests that a LEGO BrickHeadz Jabba the Hut and Salacious Crumb (75232) set is happening is from the theme’s lead LEGO designer himself, Marcos Bessa. In an interview at the LEGO Innovation House in May last year, Marcos made mention of  “a certain lizard creature-ish bad guy” was in the works at that time. Eventually, challenges on how to re-create its “weird form” which is quite the “opposite of the proportions of what the Brickheadz are,” have now been hurdled. I know this slight reveal is unintentional on the part of Marcos, but considering the specific details that he gave back then, I couldn’t help but think of Jabba as the most likely candidate.

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Whatever is the case the LEGO BrickHeadz theme is still holding on, and with more licensed names poised to be included in its ever-growing line, I wouldn’t mind if a LEGO BrickHeadz Jabba the Hut and Salacious Crumb (75232) set will be added to the mix. For the meantime, be sure the check out the rest of the LEGO BrickHeadz currently available at LEGO Shop@Home.

Special thanks to Rui Miguel Anacleto for these cool LEGO BrickHeadz MOC digital renders of Jabba and Crumb. For more outstanding LEGO Star Wars  MOCs, be sure to check out Rui’s Flickr page.