LEGO Super Mario 64 Question Mark Block (71395) Given Epic Reveal

Have you ever had all your guesses about a teased product come true? Say a company gives a product teaser with minimal details. You and your buddies’ speculations offer multiple possibilities on what that product actually is. Then somebody asks, “What if the product really is just what we saw?” And it gets followed by something like “What if it’s all of them?” Well LEGO the day before, teased a new LEGO Super Mario set and showed…a brick-built Question Mark block from the franchise. We offered our own guesses as to what the set is. And technically it was all of the above. Well, I guess the guessing game finally ends here with the official reveal of the LEGO Super Mario 64 Question Mark Block (71395).

LEGO Super Mario 64 Question Mark Block

So yes, that LEGO Super Mario set numbered 71395 is officially revealed. It wasn’t a Princess Peach Castle, although that’s part of it. The Mushroom Kingdom setting is there, but it was only a part of it as well. It was aesthetically based on the legendary Nintendo 64 title “Super Mario 64,” but again, it’s not just that. The set is the Question Mark block from the teaser, but it’s the container for everything else in there. We tip our hats to LEGO for their LEGO Super Mario 64 Question Mark Block set (71395). Our surprise was well-generated.

Here’s what to expect from this set as per LEGO Shop@Home

LEGO Super Mario 64 Question Mark Block (71395)

2,064 pieces | $169.99 | Coming Soon on October 1, 2021

LEGO Super Mario 64 Question Mark Block

Rekindle fond memories as you build, display, and play with the LEGO® Super Mario 64™? Block (71395). Twenty-five years on from the launch of the Super Mario 64 video game, this set features a brick-built? Block that opens to reveal instantly recognizable levels from the game: Peach’s Castle, Bob-omb Battlefield, Cool, Cool Mountain, and Lethal Lava Trouble. There are also 10 microfigures of iconic characters to place in the detailed scenes.

Interactive play
A delightful gift for any Super Mario fan, the set comes with step-by-step building instructions. For interactive play, add a LEGO® Mario™ or LEGO® Luigi™ figure from the 71360/71387 Starter Courses (sold separately) and collect 10 hidden Power Stars to reveal secret reactions and more.

Limitless possibilities
The LEGO Super Mario range includes Starter Courses, Expansion Sets, and Power-Up Packs, allowing builders to expand, rebuild and create unique levels.

  • Pay tribute to the classic Super Mario 64™ video game in LEGO® style with this brick-built version of the ? Block (71395) for display and interactive play.
  • Includes 10 LEGO® Super Mario™ microfigures: Mario, Yoshi, Princess Peach, and King Bob-omb, as well as a Chain Chomp, Big Bully, Mr. I, Lakitu, penguin, and baby penguin.
  • The ? Block measures over 7 in. (18cm) high, wide, and deep, and opens to reveal 4 detailed Super Mario 64™ levels: Peach’s Castle, Bob-omb Battlefield, Cool, Cool Mountain, and Lethal Lava Trouble.

Got that? It’s indeed more than a micro-scale diorama of the SM64 Mushroom Kingdom with microfigures that pack into a brick-built block. Remember the gimmick with the LEGO Super Mario NES set (71374)? Stick your LEGO Mario or Luigi (from sets 71360 and 71387 respectively) on the assembled SM64 Question Mark Block (71395). It’s another interactive surprise! Ten Power Stars are hidden in the dioramas, and the battery-powered LEGO Mario Brothers can find them. It’s incredibly mind-blowing.

And yes, it’s coming this October 1. This is definitely a priority buy for LEGO, Nintendo, and Super Mario fans/collectors.

LEGO Teases a New LEGO Super Mario Set

LEGO Super Mario has got to be one of the most successful “new” licensed IPs to get LEGO representation. While fans have been building Mario-themed stuff for years, it wasn’t until 2020 that LEGO and Nintendo made things official. Since then, the new sets have just kept coming. With a battery-powered buildable LEGO Super Mario character as a centerpiece, the new line has captured fans from multiple generations. And the blitz is not quite over. Back in July, there was talk of a Princess Peach Castle set becoming a direct-to-consumer release later this year. A new teaser has rekindled the speculations, setting the stage for the imminent arrival of what could be a new LEGO Super Mario set.

Well okay – the 22-second teaser on LEGO’s official Twitter page mentions no castles. It’s really just a dramatic camera pan on a shadowed brick-built Super Mario question mark cube. The ending with the text “We’ve got a ‘?’ for you” does make the mind-gears spin.

Is LEGO going to reveal that Princess Peach Castle (71395) now? Is the 3D presentation of the question mark cube cluing that the next set homages one of Nintendo’s later-gen/3D “Mario” titles? Or is the upcoming set…just that featured brick-built cube? It would be an epic anticlimax if that’s the case.

German LEGO news site Promobricks does have a theory that sort of combines some of the above possibilities. They posit that the set does depict Princess Peach’s castle, but as part of a larger environment: the Mushroom Kingdom. Next, the design of this Mushroom Kingdom takes after Super Mario 64, the hit 1996 Nintendo 64  Mario game. Promobricks even has a possible price tag of $169.99 for whatever LEGO’s been teasing. And since many upcoming LEGO releases are scheduled for October 1, this too is the proposed date. Will this LEGO Super Mario prediction pan out? We’ll see next time.

Designer Video for LEGO Star Wars UCS Republic Gunship (75309) Pulled Following Fan Outrage at Franchise Terminology

This year saw the release of yet another masterpiece in the LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series. The UCS Republic Gunship (75309) is a beauty indeed, with splendid details, poseable features and two minifigures included. Its completed form would look right at home inserted in battle scenes from “Episode II – Attack of the Clones.” “Star Wars” fans voted for the vehicle to become the next LEGO UCS. The same designer that created the UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) helped conceptualize this set. Only this time he appears to be in hot water with “Star Wars” purists due to 75309’s design video.

As told by Brick Fanatics, the designer video for LEGO Star Wars UCS Republic Gunship (75309) has received fan backlash. Posted this past weekend, a month after the set’s release, it featured LEGO designer Hans Burkhard Schlomer. Schlomer designed both the UCS Republic Gunship and the Millennium Falcon (75192). But his choice of words while discussing how 75309 came about led to immense criticism from “Star Wars” fans. They took offense when Schlomer described the gunship as coming from the “Original Trilogy” instead of the “Prequel Trilogy.” The pointed comments at this, and other statements by Schlomer, led to LEGO ultimately removing the designer video.

The incident comes across as a sobering lesson. While LEGO and “Star Wars” have successful partnership for many years, there’s still some friction between two fan bases. And the more purist elements of “Star Wars” fans still get upset at what they perceive as erroneous references to the franchise.  It’s too bad, given how the LEGO Star Wars UCS set at the heart of this issue is gorgeous. Nobody knows if LEGO will bother to put up a new version of the designer video. If not, then that’s the end.

Set Update

By this writing, the UCS Republic Gunship (75309) is temporarily out of stock at LEGO Shop@Home US. It’s got 3,292 pieces and priced at $349.99.

Malaysian Retailer Has First Images of LEGO Seasonal Santa’s Sleigh (40499)

Seasonal LEGO sets can be counted on to pop up just ahead of the seasonal holidays of the year. And seeing as this is now September, some new seasonal sets celebrating one major holiday at year’s end are expected. LEGO Seasonal Halloween Owl (40497) came out in August, with Seasonal Penguin (40498) expected in October. Another yuletide-themed seasonal set numbered 40499 has also been rumored. Rather than the buildable cute animal of previous seasonal products, this one is a vehicle build. If you connected “Christmas” and “vehicle” together, then good guess. Santa’s Sleigh is possibly coming up, with images revealed.

Brickset.com was rather reluctant to feature this set, even with the crisp-looking product images. That’s because they found it on a Malaysian online retailer called Mr. Brick Hunt. No release date was given, but they price LEGO Santa’s Sleigh (40499) it at 269.9 Malaysian ringgits. That’s about $65.5 in exact conversion. It sounds like a reasonable price range, at least.

Looking at the set itself, Santa’s Sleigh looks like a pretty solid and varied build. The red sleigh has a driver’s section for Santa, a rear bin for his toys, and even a slide-out trunk. The Santa Claus minifigure himself has his Christmas list in hand. His cargo of presents includes a teddy bear, a pair of skis, a guitar and probably more.

By the way, does that brown box in the back inset photo look like a Sleigh GPS? NORAD must have been giving Santa some up-to-date navigation gear. And it’s not a sleigh without reindeer pulling it. Set 40499 has four buildable reindeer with harness, probably just enough.

It’s a good bet that LEGO Seasonal Santa’s Sleigh (40499) is coming next month. Let’s keep our eyes peeled on October 1, when more new LEGO sets will be released.

LEGO Stores Mexico Provides Clearer Image of LEGO Mini Disney Castle (40478)

The Magic (in Mini form) is real. For Disney fans and LEGO collectors who feel the Disney Castle set (71040) is too big, they have an alternative. It comes in the form of LEGO Mini Disney Castle (40478), recently confirmed. LEGO even had an image of the box packaging in its official documentation. Of course, being found on a PDF, said image was too small and blurry when blown up. Luckily a better image of the set has surfaced, and from Mexico of all sources.

A big shout-out to Brick Fanatics for catching a recent social media post featuring the Mini Disney Castle. LEGO Stores Mexico posted it on their official Instagram page this past September 6. We get to see the fully-built LEGO Mini Disney Castle (40478) with its included Mickey Mouse minifigure. Superimposed on the picture to one side is the box. The promo image’s Spanish slogans translate: “Your favorite castle in miniature,” and “Look forward to it soon.” Gee, the photo tells more but the text keeps mum on further info.

What we know now

Thanks to the clearer image from LEGO Stores Mexico, we can at least discern some new details.  The mini castle, like its bigger 71040 original, sits on a black base. Some colors are different since Disney World likes to repaint their central structure once in a while. Finally, the Mickey Mouse minifigure is actually a bit different from the one with set 71040. The older version had yellow highlights on his tuxedo; this one doesn’t.

The 404 number on LEGO Mini Disney Castle (40478) has hinted that this would be a gift-with-purchase. LEGO Stores Mexico however commented on its IG post that it will launch at their stores. There’s a possibility that it could be both, depending on whether it was store-bought or gotten from LEGO Shop@Home. Again, we wait until LEGO gives more clarification.

First Image Found of LEGO Mini Disney Castle (40478) Set

Going into last weekend, the buzz that LEGO was making a mini-version of Disney Castle (71040) had intensified. The LEGO.com Building Instructions portal recently listed an entry for LEGO Mini Disney Castle (40478). It pretty much confirmed the set’s existence and identified it as a gift-with-purchase item. But at the time there were no other bits of info available. There wasn’t even a picture of the assembled set or its packaging; operative word being “was.” As might be expected, the first image of LEGO Mini Disney Castle was released Saturday.

Brickset.com notes that LEGO Mini Disney Castle (40478) now has several declarations of conformity on the LEGO.com Legal section. On the declarations, all dated September 3, is a small image of the set’s box packaging. One can perceive from the grainy details the faithful recreation of the original 71040 set down to minute details. About the only changed details seem to be the gold detailing on the castle’s towers. Then again the Disney theme parks do refurbish the decorations on the actual buildings every now and then. You can compare the look of the 567-piece mini-Castle in the image above, with the 4,080-piece 71040 below.

There’s one other point of reference for scale we can go on. Apparently set 40478 also includes one Mickey Mouse minifigure. He seems to be the same design from 71040, and as we know that set was big enough for minifigs to play in. Mickey standing next to the mini-castle in the box image comes across to be slightly taller than the drawbridge. On a scale like that a LEGO/Disney collector with limited display space may appreciate this possible GWP. Presently, we don’t know what promo/pricing the LEGO Mini Disney Castle (40478) will be attached to. However speculation pegs its release sometime this coming October.

LEGO Marvel Eternals Sets Confirmed for October Release

The LEGO Marvel Eternals sets now have a confirmed released date, as confirmed by LEGO’s home shopping portal. LEGO Shop@Home has now officially listed these four tie-in sets, with a release date of October 1st.

Though images of these sets were well-circulated online several months ago, their official product descriptions now give us a better look at what to expect from them once they are made available next month. And the timing of the release couldn’t be better considering that MCU’s Eternals will finally arrive in theaters come November 5th.

There is no option to pre-order the LEGO Marvel Eternals sets, but you may want to add these to your LEGO wishlist right now. And while you’re at it, check out their official images below. You may also click on their respective affiliate links for full product descriptions.

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133 pieces | $9.99 | Minifigures include Sprite and Ikaris

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Deviant Ambush! (76154)

197 pieces | 24.99 | Minifigures include Thena, Makkari, and Gilgamesh

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In Arishem’s Shadow (76155)

493 pieces | $59.99 | Minifigures include Ajak, Kingo, Ikaris, Sersi

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Rise of the Domo (76156)

1,040 pieces | $89.99 | Minifigures include Phastos, Makkari, Druig, Sersi, Thena, and Ikaris

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LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Icons – Collectors’ Edition (76391) Now Available for Pre-Order

Last week, LEGO announced the apparent delay of its highly anticipated LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Icons – Collectors’ Edition (76391) set. If you recall, the initial plan was to have this LEGO 18+ set released today. But due to unavoidable shipping delays, its official release date will be moved two weeks later on September 15. It’s a bit disappointing actually, especially for those who are eagerly waiting to build and display this magnificent set.

Thankfully, LEGO Shop@Home has opted to offer a kind of consolation to fans. Because starting today, you may now pre-order the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Icons – Collectors’ Edition (76391) over at LEGO’s home shopping portal. Take note however that this pre-order opportunity is only available online, so expect that this set might end up being in backorder status rather quickly.

Click on the following affiliate link below if you wish to pre-order this set right now. The LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Icons – Collectors’ Edition (76391) clocks in at 3,010 pieces and retails for $250

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Icons – Collectors’ Edition (76391)

Pre-order this item today, it will ship from September 15, 2021

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Icons

LEGO® Harry Potter™ Hogwarts™ Icons – Collectors’ Edition is a recreation of some of the series’ most memorable imagery, brought together in a celebratory display piece created with adult enthusiasts in mind.

A captivating collection of magical mementos
This homage to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter features many iconic artifacts in a single, stunning model. There’s Harry’s wand and glasses; Ron’s chocolate frog; Hermione’s potion tray containing 5 bottles of potions and magical ingredients (including Gillyweed, Felix Felicis ‘liquid luck’ and Polyjuice); Tom Riddle’s diary; the Golden Snitch; and a school scarf (customizable to suit any Hogwarts™ House). On top of this enchanting ensemble sits Hedwig™ the owl, holding a much-coveted invitation to Hogwarts. This fascinating model is accompanied by 3 exclusive golden minifigures – Albus Dumbledore™, Minerva McGonagall™, and Rubeus Hagrid™ – and a display stand with a decorated tile celebrating 20 years of LEGO Harry Potter.

  • LEGO® Harry Potter™ Hogwarts™ Icons – Collectors’ Edition (76391) is a build-and-display homage to the Wizarding World, created with adult Harry Potter enthusiasts in mind.
  • Includes iconic artifacts: Harry’s wand and glasses, a tray of potions, Tom Riddle’s diary, the Golden Snitch, a Hogwarts™ scarf, Hedwig™ carrying an invitation to Hogwarts™ and more.
  • Also includes 3 exclusive anniversary golden minifigures – Albus Dumbledore™, Minerva McGonagall™, and Rubeus Hagrid™ – and a stand decorated with a tile celebrating 20 years of LEGO® Harry Potter™.
  • This rewarding project provides a hands-on, stress-relieving building experience, as 3,010 LEGO® bricks gradually transform into a stunning, full-size evocation of the Harry Potter™ universe.
  • This captivating construction project makes a great birthday gift, Christmas present, or personal treat for any model-making enthusiast or adult fan of the Harry Potter™ movies.
  • Measuring over 17.5 in. (44 cm) high, 19.5 in. (50 cm) wide, and 13 in. (33 cm) deep, this stunning model provides an attractive conversation piece for any home or workplace.

Mini LEGO Disney Castle Rumor Gains Traction with Set Number (40478), Build Instruction Page

The Magic was released in LEGO-brick form back in 2016, and it never really went away. We’re talking about set 71040, aka the magnificent LEGO Disney Castle. Its build is just like Cinderella Castle in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom or Tokyo Disneyland, but scaled for minifigures. Said minifigs of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, and Tinker Bell, are also accompanied by incredible shout-out LEGO pieces from various Disney Animated Films.

It’s all impressive, especially its size, dwarfing even LEGO Creator Expert sets like the newly-revealed Camp Nou (10284). But what if you can have your Disney Castle in a more manageable scale?

Mini Castle?

Brick Fanatics has been following hints of LEGO planning a micro-scale version of LEGO Disney Castle (71040) since April. Now, they’re reporting that the Online Building Instructions portal at LEGO.com has a new listing. How does Mini Disney Castle (40478) sound to you Disney fans? And based on the number LEGO assigned, this set might be as Brick Fanatics theorized months before: a gift-with-purchase. This is based on the numbering scheme that recent GWPs were sporting. Sailboat Adventure (40487) and FC Barcelona Celebration (40485) have 404 as its initial numbers.

More Questions

There are no concrete details yet on LEGO Mini Disney Castle (40478) beyond its 2021 release. Still, having building instructions put up on LEGO.com portal has led to official set reveals. There is however another rumor from BF’s social media source, brick_clicker, about this set’s 500-800 piece count. That’s a lot compared to most GWPs.

A running theory is that 40478, if a gift-with-purchase set, will need a higher online shopping threshold. Think the $200 minimum purchase for LEGO Sailboat Adventure (40487) was high? This could be higher still. Why else would 40487 remain available until its GWP period ended last August 29? One other alternative is that LEGO Mini Disney Castle could be purchasable by itself. We better keep our eyes peeled for more info sometime soon.

LEGO Creator Expert Camp Nou – FC Barcelona (10284) Now Available

After hinting at the arrival of yet another LEGO Creator Expert that will surely appeal to LEGO adult fans,  LEGO has finally made it official and has now listed the LEGO Creator Expert Camp Nou – FC Barcelona (10284) over at LEGO Shop@Home.

Coming in at a whopping 5,509 pieces this next LEGO Creator Expert set retails for $349.99. Similar to how LEGO offered the  LEGO Creator Expert Old Trafford-Manchester United (10272) from last year, this brick-built replica of Camp Nou comes with an exclusive VIP promotional set in the form of the LEGO FC Barcelona Celebration (40485).

Read on for its official product description together with a closer look at what this 18+ set has to offer. You may also opt to click on the following link below if you’re ready to add this to your LEGO online shopping cart.

LEGO Creator Expert Camp Nou – FC Barcelona (10284)

5,509 pieces | $349.99 | VIP: Get this FC Barcelona Celebration gift with purchase of Camp Nou stadium  

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FC Barcelona fans will love showing their passion for one of the world’s most celebrated soccer clubs with this rewarding building project. Build all the details of the mighty Camp Nou Stadium like the Lateral stand with its iconic ‘Més Que Un Club’ motto and the covered Tribuna stand, with press booths, plus the pitch itself. The model splits into 5 sections for access to each area.

Packed with details
FC Barcelona fans know how to show their loyalty to their club and this stadium model does just the same! Use the LEGO® elements and sticker sheet to add realistic touches to your Camp Nou stadium model – like the Barça signs, Catalan flag, and scoreboards. With a players’ tunnel, VIP entrance, and team bus, there are plenty of details to spot.

Bring your passions to life
This set is part of a collection of LEGO buildable models for adults who appreciate elegant design. It offers a rewarding project or top gift for any FC Barcelona fan or collector of soccer memorabilia.

  • This spectacular set delivers a rewarding build for adult FC Barcelona fans. Soccer fans will love creating a faithful LEGO® collectible model of FC Barcelona’s iconic Camp Nou stadium.
  • See the faithful interpretation of the pitch, stands, and entrance in this LEGO® Camp Nou – FC Barcelona 10284 building set. The model splits into 5 sections for access to each area.
  • Extra details bring the excitement of matchday to life. See the press booths, players’ tunnel, and team bus, plus banners and flags in the FC Barcelona club colors.
  • This FC Barcelona stadium LEGO® building kit for adults makes for a top gift for anyone who loves soccer memorabilia, FC Barcelona merchandise, and collectibles.
  • Measures over 8 in. (20 cm) high, 19 in. (49 cm) wide, and 18 in. (46 cm) deep, making an eye-catching display model.