LEGO Icons Loop Coaster (10303) Gets Official Product Listing

Way back in 2018, LEGO wowed amusement park collector-builders with a Roller Coaster set (10261) of the Creator Expert line. Some four years later, speculation began building of a possible follow-up, with a set number even: 10303. The release date is supposed to be this mid-2022. It also means that this set will now come out under the new LEGO Icons moniker, replacing Creator Expert. Well now we can stop wondering because LEGO has made its official reveal according to Germany’s Promobricks. It won’t have the new Icons logo on the packaging yet, but that’s not really important at present.

Anyway, here we have images and information snippets for the LEGO Icons Loop Coaster (10303). If this is a follow-up of sorts to 2018’s (now-retired) Roller Coaster (10261), it’s a big step up. Where the older set featured turns and inclines, the Loop Coaster boasts more advanced track elements. By that we mean this ride has loops (naturally). Another key feature is the elevator ascent from the station. The lift carries the coaster up to the top of a 90-degree incline. That’s enough momentum to propel the ride through two loops before returning to station.

Being an 18+ Icons set, Loop Coaster will cost a pretty penny when it launches, though LEGO’s not specifying yet. Here’s some more info from the official LEGO.com product listing:

Loop Coaster (10303)

Age 18+ | 3,765 pieces | 11 minifigures | $399.99 | Coming Soon

  • A roller-coaster build for adults – Expand your LEGO® Fairground Collection with this collectible LEGO Loop Coaster Building Kit (10303). A project for adults and a gift idea for amusement park lovers
  • Power up your coaster – Designed with reality in mind, this buildable model is prepared for LEGO® Powered Up (available separately) so you can upgrade the roller-coaster with a motorized elevator
  • Fairground details – Accessories include a park bench with map, balloon cart, pretzel cart, hot-dog stand, height marker and a covered boarding station with opening barriers and a control panel
  • 11 minifigures – Includes a ride operator, balloon seller, pretzel seller, hot-dog seller, a grandma, a young boy, and 5 riders. 6 of the minifigures have reversible heads to show different emotions

LEGO Con 2022 Teaser for Marvel “Doctor Strange” Set, Likely New Sanctum Sanctorum (76218)

Two Saturdays from now, LEGO will be kicking off its second ever LEGO Con. LEGO House in Billund will play host to a major live show event this coming June 18. As expected of cons, LEGO plans to make epic reveals of many upcoming products and sets. Some of these have been teased repeatedly over the past few months too. To give an example, LEGO Marvel collectors would still be waiting for the reported Sanctum Sanctorum revamp set (76218). While not mentioned specifically, this may be the subject of a new LEGO Con 2022 teaser.

The Brick Fan reports the official LEGO Twitter page posted a LEGO Con 2022 teaser this past Monday, June 6. Like we mentioned, it involves an upcoming LEGO Marvel set. And if you’ve no idea which Marvel franchise is involved, the preview graphics make it very obvious. The Marvel Studios logo and sling ring effects confirm the new LEGO Marvel set as for “Doctor Strange”.

Moving on to speculation territory, it can only be the aforementioned Sanctum Sanctorum, magical home/HQ to Doctor Strange. Already done once in LEGO form (LEGO Marvel #76108), the new #76218 is believed to be bigger. We’re talking similar scale to the epic Daily Bugle (76178).

Sure, less than two weeks’ wait for LEGO to just reveal the thing can be trying for collectors’ patience. But at least we’ll be getting a definitive deadline for knowing more about LEGO Marvel Sanctum Sanctorium (76218). It all comes down to LEGO Con 2022, happening June 18. Live-streaming is available (for US, 12PM New York and 9AM Los Angeles). We’re sure more teasers are in store for the event so we’ll keep an eye out for more Con-related stuff.

CN LEGO Store Calendar Reveals 90th Anniversary GWP, Forest Hideout (40567)

All year this 2022 LEGO’s celebrating 90 years as a company older than the plastic bricks that made them iconic. One key component of their milestone celebration is the throwback sets. These products harken back to the early days of the LEGO brick system but are no less fun. Some 90th anniversary LEGO sets are out now while others are either still coming or rumored. And not all these milestone products are full sets; there will be some 90-years GWPs also coming our way. This much we know thanks to info in a local LEGO branded store calendar from China.

Courtesy of Brickset, which found it on LEGO Facebook fan-page Candidbricks, we have this image of the 90th anniversary gift-with-purchase. Like the other milestone LEGO sets, this one calls back to an oldie theme. In 1988 LEGO released Forestmen’s Hideout (6054), a Robin Hood-esque tree-house hideaway. This 90th anniversary revamp is called the Forest Hideout (40567), comprised of 258 pieces. It’s a fantastic callback to the Forestmen sub-line of the LEGO Castle theme. The Chinese LEGO Store Calendar announces the set’s GWP period as June 15-30. That’s for China of course, so we’re waiting for the rest of the world.

New LEGO Star War Sets Now Listed for Preorder; Coming August 1

Star Wars Celebration 2022 lasts for much longer than just the observance of May the 4th. On the LEGO front, that means more LEGO Star Wars sets for fans to collect through the year. In fact, no less than two sets were revealed over the past weekend, celebrating the wider “Star Wars” franchise. One item ties into the 2019-2021 EA multiplatform title “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.” The other set is for the upcoming Disney+ series “Andor”, spinning off from 2016’s “Rogue One”.  The Brick Fan tells us that both LEGO Star Wars sets are now up for preorder. They’ll finally become available in August.

BD-1 (75335)

Age 14+ | 1,062 pieces | $99.99 | preorder available; coming August 1

  • LEGO® Star Wars™ BD-1 build-and-display toy (75335) – Fans will love to build their own detailed, brick-built model of BD-1, the exploration droid from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Authentic features – This brick-built model has posable joints and a head that can be tilted back, forward and sideways, plus a compartment for stim canister elements
  • Designed for display – An information sign and a BD-1 LEGO® figure that can be attached next to the sign completes the display
  • Collectible set – This BD-1 droid is part of a series of buildable LEGO® Star Wars™ droid display models

Ambush on Ferrix (75338)

Age 9+ | 679 pieces | 3 minifigures | $69.99 | preorder available; coming August 1

  • Buildable LEGO® Star Wars: Andor vehicle toy playset (75338) – Kids can play out an Ambush on Ferrix with this set, featuring a Mobile Tac-Pod, speeder bike and 3 Star Wars: Andor characters
  • 3 LEGO® Star Wars™ minifigures – Cassian Andor, Luthen Rael and Syril Karn, each with blaster pistols for battle play
  • Mobile Tac-Pod – Opening top and sides for access to the detailed interior, pilot seat, space for up to 5 LEGO® minifigures, adjustable wings, rotating double stud shooter and a rear access ramp
  • Speeder bike – Seats for Cassian Andor and Luthen Rael, plus clips to attach their weapons

LEGO Ideas “Vincent van Gogh – The Starry Night” (2133) Revealed, Coming June

“The Starry Night” by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh is one of the most famous late-19th Century paintings. This artwork catches the eye with whimsically swirling sky patterns and brightly glowing moon and stars. But those same patterns have been interpreted as visualizations of Van Gogh’s lifelong inner turmoil. As a masterpiece painting, “The Starry Night” has featured in pop culture. Don McLean sang about it in his 1971 song “Vincent”. A 2010 “Doctor Who” episode on BBC featured the artist in monologue while imagining the night sky like his painting. And now LEGO’s getting its own interpretation of it.

After months of collectors knowing it was coming, LEGO has officially listed Vincent van Gogh – The Starry Night (21333). This brick-built rendition of the named painting arose from a LEGO Ideas submission by Truman “legotruman” Cheng. “The Starry Night” bursts out of the frame via LEGO-brick relief. At the foot of the frame is a Van Gogh minifigure at his easel with a mini-version of the scene. This is sure to be a sought-after LEGO Ideas product as soon as it launches next month according to Brickset. Now let’s check out some more product info:

Vincent van Gogh – The Starry Night (21333)

Age 18+| 2,316 pieces |1 minifigure | $169.99 | Coming June 1

  • 3D LEGO® brick art model (21333) of a Vincent van Gogh masterpiece – Recreate the timeless beauty of Van Gogh’s 1889 painting, The Starry Night, with this LEGO Ideas build-and-display set for adults
  • Capture Van Gogh’s colors and brushstrokes – Discover clever building techniques to mirror the swirling clouds and rolling hills of the original artwork
  • Adjustable display arm for the Vincent van Gogh minifigure – Display the minifigure holding his paintbrush and palette in front of an easelwith a printed mini version of The Starry Night painting
  • Creative collaboration – The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is proud to join with the LEGO Group and the fan designer to share this project with art lovers around the world

Other LEGO Creator Expert Sets Due Later in 2022

We just took a good look at the highly-anticipated LEGO set for Optimus Prime (10302), from Hasbro’s “Transformers” franchise. It’s but the latest entry to the Age-18+ LEGO Creator Expert (or LEGO for Adults) line this 2022. Starting with the Boutique Hotel (10297), we’ve been blessed with awesome sets for grown-up LEGO builders. And this unprecedented collaboration between LEGO and Hasbro for a brick-built Optimus isn’t even the last for the year. They’ve got more Creator Expert/Adult sets awaiting launch. Some are throwbacks to old LEGO sets, some are new, and others are annual releases. Stone Wars gives us further info on these upcoming releases.

Surely you still recall the LEGO Castle set numbered 10305 that’s been a favored subject of rumor. The last word puts its launch this coming August. But before that, according to Stone Wars, we’ve got an apparent follow-up to the 2018 Creator Expert Roller Coaster (10261). This set, numbered 10303, is said to launch in July. And that’s not all. Here’s a listing of what else to come from Creator Expert before the year’s out.

  • Optimus Prime (10302) – Due June 1; see our feature on it
  • Roller Coaster (10303) – 3,756 pieces; €349.99; July
  • Chevrolet Camaro (10304) – 1,456 pieces; €159.99; summer or autumn
  • Castle (10305) – €349.99; August
  • Atari 2600 (10306) – €169.99; August
  • Eiffel Tower (10307) – €629.99; November
  • Winter Village 2022 (10308) – €99.99; Holidays 2022
  • Botanical Collection: Succulents (10309) – 771 pieces; €49.99; May

Yeah, the numbering order doesn’t necessarily reflect the release order. Botanical Collection: Succulents is Creative Expert set number 10309, but it’s available now. Also, set 10301, supposedly a space set, has yet to be revealed itself. For now, the above list has concrete info for the sets, but LEGO’s yet to tell us more.

LEGO Optimus Prime (10302) Revealed; Launching June 1 for Creator Expert Line

The beauty about LEGO and its licensed-IP products is that they’ve been real good at getting so many. Media franchises have long made up a solid portion of LEGO sets: films, TV series and more. Over the years their scope for licensed IPs has expanded. Whoever thought doing Nintendo’s “Super Mario” in LEGO could turn out so good. But one thing LEGO hasn’t quite done was do a LEGO product depicting something from their toy-brand competitors. At least, that was the case until this year. There’s no denying it now. LEGO has partnered with rival Hasbro to give us this sweet 18+ set…that also transforms.

Brickset gives us this epic news of confirmation for LEGO Creator Expert’s take on Optimus Prime (10302) from Hasbro’s “Transformers.” We get a kit of 1,508 pieces to assemble into the most iconic Cybertronian Transformer of all. And just like with the original toys from Hasbro (and Japan’s Takara), you can transform our Autobot leader. Fully built, Creator Expert Optimus (10302) can change as-is from robot to truck mode and back. We also get weapons options and accessories like a jetpack, energon cube and the Matrix of Leadership. This is a must-have for LEGO-and-Transformers cross-brand fan. They’ll certainly be waiting for its launch June 1st.

Optimus Prime (10302)

Age 18+ | 1,508 pieces | $169.99 |Coming June 1

  • Build a Transformers icon – Enjoy quality time crafting all the details of this LEGO® Optimus Prime (10302) model
  • Converts from robot to vehicle – Just like the much-loved original, this LEGO® Optimus Prime replica switches between a robot and a truck

  • Authentic accessories – Relive Transformers sagas with accessories that include the ion blaster, Autobot Matrix of Leadership, an Energon axe, Energon cube and jetpack

  • For Transformers fans – This LEGO® Optimus Prime collectible model is designed especially for adults looking for their next immersive project
  • Display with pride – Includes a display plaque so you can pay tribute to your passion for Transformers
  • 19 points of articulation – Explore all of Optimus Prime’s movements. Open the chest chamber to store the Autobot Matrix of Leadership

That’s only under a month left before “Transformers” fans can transform and roll out with LEGO.

Here’s How To Build Your Own Custom LEGO Transformers Optimus Prime!

LEGO has just announced its latest LEGO set in the form of one of the most iconic Autobot in the franchise.  And though we need to wait until the end of this month to get our hands on it, builders can start building their own custom LEGO Transformers Optimus Prime even sooner with these neat building instructions from Build Better Bricks.

If you’ve been following our articles here in TBS, you’ll notice that a significant portion of our blogs is dedicated to the unique creations of the LEGO fan community. And as a fan of Generation 1 Transformers, I’m just excited to see this official LEGO version of Optimus, together with other brick-built renditions of some of the most memorable characters of the G1 era. Talk about having Soundwave and Devastator in all their LEGO glory and you’ll get the picture.

And this time around, Build Better Bricks is giving us a treat by letting us create our own custom LEGO Transformers Optimus Prime while we wait for the release of the official LEGO version on June 1.

 

With only a third of the parts needed to build the actual LEGO Optimus, B3’s custom brick rendition of Prime only requires less than 500 LEGO pieces to put together, making it a great way to jump back and reminisce about the G1 Transformers era without investing too much in new LEGO parts.

While B3’s version of the Optimus’ G1 version may not be at par with the actual 10302 set in terms of scale, this original creation from LEGO Masters Champion Tyler Clites still boasts some nifty features like 24 points of articulation, full transformation to his Semi Truck Mode, and his iconic ion blaster and Matrix of Leadership accessories. Do take note, however, that Build Better Bricks only offers the building instructions to create this custom version of Prime. You’ll have to provide the needed LEGO parts.

LEGO Transformers Optimus Prime

And if you want to give this a try, B3 is offering the building instructions to this for a minimal amount of $8. You’ll get high-quality instructions in PDF format, a parts list, and stud.io file that lets you easily import the model into Bricklink to get the parts you need if ever some of them are not available in your collection.

Let me know what you think about this B3 offering, and be sure to visit their website to know more about their custom LEGO Transformers build. While you’re at it, make it a point to see the rest of the custom LEGO builds that B3 has put together.

LEGO Architecture Great Pyramid of Giza (21058) Now Listed, Coming August

For LEGO builder-collectors who love real-life buildings and structures, LEGO Architecture’s been a godsend theme. Nothing quite beats how the Architecture design team can encapsulate famous structures in remarkable scaled-down detail. Be it solo structures or building collections like city skylines, LEGO Architecture sets never fail to wow. Since the LEGO Architecture Singapore (21057) set launched in January, the wait has been on for the next entry of the line. Rumors over the past few months stated that it’ll be an ancient historical build this time. We can now confirm via LEGO.com that we can expect the arrival of LEGO Architecture Great Pyramid of Giza (21058) anytime soon.

We can expect LEGO Architecture’s Great Pyramid of Giza (21058) to be available beginning August 1. The interesting thing about this set is its presentation of the above structure. Rather than the now-familiar weathered brown appearance, LEGO recreates how the pyramid may have looked circa 26th Century BC. Ancient contemporary sources described it as being white with a golden peak. So it is in this set. We also get a recreation of the smaller companion pyramid and temple complex at the nearby Nile. Great Pyramid (21058) demonstrates why the real thing was named a Wonder of the Ancient World. But enough of that; here’s the blurb:

LEGO Architecture Great Pyramid of Giza

LEGO Architecture Great Pyramid of Giza (21058)

Age 18+ | 1,476 pieces | $129.99 | Coming August 1

  • A time-travelling building project for adults – This LEGO® Architecture model (21058) lets you experience how the Great Pyramid of Giza and its surrounding area might have looked in ancient times
  • Cross-section model – Lift off the outer shell to reveal the stone-moving system that may have been used during construction. View from the back to see the King’s and Queen’s Chambers and main tunnels
  • Detailed landscape – A section of the Nile river with 2 LEGO® brick versions of feluccas (ancient boats), 2 small pyramids, 2 mortuary temples, Sphinx statues, a workers’ village and an obelisk

LEGO Jurassic World 2022 Sets Now Available via Amazon

There’s much to anticipate in the upcoming LEGO Jurassic World Dominion film, now that we’re just counting the weeks before the franchise’s final installment is released in theaters on June 10.  And to ramp up the excitement, LEGO has officially released its LEGO Jurrasic World 2022 tie-in sets over at its home shopping portal, with some of these sets made also available on Amazon.

I have to say that LEGO did a great job coming up with this wave of LEGO Jurassic World 2022 sets, and with an 18+ set particularly designed for those who grew up with the franchise, LEGO has solidified its Jurassic World theme as one of its most popular and endearing sets for almost a decade.

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Let’s take a look.

LEGO Jurassic World 2022 Sets

T. rex Dinosaur Breakout (76944)

140 pieces; minifigures include Owen Grady, Zia Rodriguez, Wildlife Guard, and T. Rex bigfig

LEGO Jurassic World 2022

 

Atrociraptor Dinosaur: Bike Chase (76945)

169 pieces; minifigures include Owen Grady, Rainn Delacourt, and Atrociraptor bigfig

LEGO Jurassic World 2022

 

Blue & Beta Velociraptor Capture (76946)

181 pieces; minifigures include Rainn Delacourt, Maisie, Beta, and Blue bigfig

 

Quetzalcoatlus Plane Ambush (76947)

306 pieces; minifigures include Owen Grady, Claire Dearing, Kayla Watts, and a Quetzalcoatlus bigfig

LEGO Jurassic World 2022

 

T. rex & Atrociraptor Dinosaur Breakout (76948)

466 pieces; minifigures include Owen Grady, Claire Dearing, Rainn Delacourt, Soyona Santos, with T. Rex and Atrociraptor bigfigs

 

Giganotosaurus & Therizinosaurus Attack (76949)

810 pieces; minifigures include  Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, Owen Grady, Claire Dearing, Kayla Watts, Dr. Henry Wu, with Giganotosaurus and Therizinosaurus bigfigs

LEGO Jurassic World 2022

 

Some of the sets included in this 2022 LEGO Jurassic World sets are still yet to be listed on Amazon, most notable among them is the Instagram-worthy, 18+, T.rex Breakout (76956) set.

 

As of press time, this buildable display set is temporarily out of stock over at LEGO.com so let’s hope that it can find its way to Amazon soon enough.