Usually, upcoming LEGO set reveals are done by the company itself. It tends to go down in their online shop too, for obvious reasons because the product listings go there. But sometimes new LEGO stuff could be unveiled somewhere else, by another hand not necessarily of LEGO’s. This might happen with a LEGO-carrying major retail brand like Walmart. Beyond mere set discounts, Walmart also boasted some exclusive multi-set value packs in the past. But their upcoming event for collectors of toys and more will serve as a stage for an unveiling. Apparently LEGO has a new set to introduce there.
This comes to us courtesy of The Brick Fan. Thursday next week, March 24, will see Walmart hold the Collector Con. This convention will see some new toy releases and launches, including from LEGO. Fancy a new LEGO Star Wars set based in the original movie trilogy? LEGO looks to be dipping far back into the original 1977 “Star Wars” film with The Trash Compactor (75329). Franchise fans will recall Luke, Han, Leia and Chewbacca being momentarily trapped in the Death Star’s waste disposal. We can expect minifigs of the OG “Star Wars” heroes (with Luke and Han in Stormtrooper gear). Possible other features include the compacting walls and maybe a buildable Dianoga trash monster.
Walmart Collector Con will run March 24 to 25. Collectors will be given time windows to order their fave products three times per day. Going by Pacific Standard Time, these will be at 7AM, 12NN and 5PM. Walmart also plans more Collector Con events later on, coinciding with SDCC in July and NYCC in October.
Ever since LEGO Cuusoo (now LEGO Ideas) released the “Back to the Future” DeLorean Time Machine (21103), fans knew. They somehow knew, nearly a decade after that set’s release, that the time machine car would be revisited LEGO-wise. Sure, there have been false alarms, like last year’s alleged new DeLorean being a Creator Expert Pickup Truck (10290) instead. But fans of LEGO Back to the Future (repped by long-retired one-off sets) never lost hope. The latest rumors insisted that the DeLorean will return in the LEGO Creator Expert line this year. And so it did.
We’re happy to share thanks to news from Brickset that the iconic DeLorean is back in official brick-built form. Say hi to the Creator Expert Back to the Future Time Machine (10300). Doc Brown’s DeLorean comes with enough accessories to depict its various configurations across the “Back to the Future” trilogy. The Doc and Marty are also available in minifig form, even if their ride isn’t to scale with them. The April 1 release date checks out, and thankfully it won’t be a joke. At last, collectors that have waited some time can soon get their hands on this set. Here’s some official listing snippets:
Age 18+ | 1,872 pieces | 2 minifigures | $169.99 | Coming April 1
- Build an icon – Spend quality time crafting all the details of this LEGO® Back to the Future Time Machine (10300) with 3 different model versions of the car to choose from
- Build 1 of 3 options – Version 1 includes a lightning rod and plutonium chamber, version 2 features Mr. Fusion and hover conversion, and version 3 has whitewall tires and a circuit board
- Opening gull doors – Just like in the movies, this model version of the Back to the Future car includes the famous opening gull doors
- Flight mode – The car’s tires fold down for flight mode. Other details include the light-up flux capacitor, printed dashboard dates and opening hood
- Includes 2 minifigures, plus accessories – Spot details from the movies, like Marty’s hoverboard and the OUTATIME license plate. Comes with Doc and Marty McFly minifigures to add to your display
It was no surprise whatsoever that, upon March 10 aka Mar10 Day hitting LEGO.com Thursday, we got our set reveals. The new LEGO Super Mario sets were spoiled by a teasing social media post on LEGO’s Instagram. That may have been removed shortly after, but now collectors could see it coming. And as confirmed by The Brick Fan, this new wave of LEGO Super Mario sets will introduce a new character. Mario and Luigi may have been saving Princess Peach of Mushroom Kingdom numerous times now. But Peach can take care of herself too, as her interactive brick-built figure demonstrates.
Like with the Mario Bros, Princess Peach gets introduced to LEGO via her own Starter Course set (71403). From there this LEGO Super Mario product batch boasts several new expansion courses. And with Peach around, that includes her previously-mentioned Palace (71408). In fact, it would be easier to just enumerate:
Age 6 | 354 pieces | $59.99 |Coming August 1
- Start your Adventures with Peach – Give Super Mario fans another way to enter the LEGO Super Mario universe with this Starter Course (71403) featuring LEGO Peach
- Interactive LEGO Peach figure – Features a color sensor, an LCD screen to display various instant reactions to movement, and a speaker that plays iconic sounds and music from the video games
- Digital coin-collecting play – This toy playset features a Start Pipe, Goal Pole, swing set, a Lava Bubble-launching challenge, a Flying “?” Block and Lemmy and Yellow Toad figures
- Fruity fun – The red fruit triggers happy reactions from LEGO Peach and can be gifted to the Yellow Yoshi or another interactive figure (not included). ‘Eat’ the fruit and earn digital coins
Age 6+ | 76 pieces | $9.99 | Coming August 1
- Enemy-stomping play – Level up with the LEGO Super Mario Goomba’s Shoe Expansion Set (71404), featuring a brick-built shoe for hopping, stomping, flipping fun
- LEGO toy figure of a Super Mario character Goomba – Place the Goomba inside the brick-built shoe, just like in the Super Mario video games, and add to the LEGO® Super Mario™ levels children create
- Stomp and flip – Help LEGO Mario, LEGO Luigi or LEGO Peach (figures not included) swipe the shoe to jump around and perform flips to win digital coins
Age 6+ | 154 pieces | $19.99 Coming August 1
- Recreate a Super Mario sky course challenge – Kids can raise their LEGO Super Mario level sky-high with this 71405 Fuzzy Flippers Expansion Set
- 2 Fuzzy LEGO figures – Help LEGO Mario, LEGO Luigi or LEGO Peach (Note: these 3 interactive figures are not included) stomp on each end of the 2 flippers to flip the Fuzzies and defeat them
- Brick-built sky, orange Mushroom Trampoline and Time Block – The Mushroom Trampoline has a bouncy effect, so an interactive figure can jump on it
- Solo or 2-player play – Friends who each own an interactive LEGO Super Mario character figure can take on this double flipper challenge together
Age 6+ | 246 pieces |$29.99 | Coming August 1
- Welcome to Yoshi’s Gift House (71406) – Children can add a treat-packed level, featuring iconic Super Mario character Yoshi, to their LEGO Super Mario Starter Course with this Expansion Set
- 2 LEGO Super Mario toy figures – Yoshi and Monty Mole for LEGO Mario, LEGO Luigi or LEGO Peach (note: these 3 figures are not included) to interact with
- Fun play features – A doorway, bed, mailbox with a letter element, fireplace, tree with a fruit-knockdown feature, red fruit, green fruit and a gift box for gifting fruits
- Treat Carousel – Spin LEGO Mario, LEGO Luigi or LEGO Peach on the carousel until the fruits turn gold and collect extra digital coins when they ‘eat’ the fruit
Age 7+ | 494 pieces | $79.99 | Coming August 1
- Ice-breaking adventures – Excite kids’ imaginations with the Cat Peach Suit and Frozen Tower Expansion Set (71407), featuring a brick-built tower and lots of coin-collecting challenges
- 3 LEGO Super Mario characters – LEGO toy figures of Cat Goomba, Kamek and Toad for LEGO Peach (figure not included) to interact with
- Cat Suit – The suit triggers unique reactions in LEGO Peach and she can wear it to climb the tower and win digital coins
- Fun challenges – Release the Coin Block from ‘ice’, grab the yellow fruit, knock ‘ice’ off the tower, activate the POW Block then topple Kamek from the tower and break Toad out of the ice enclosure
Age 8+ | 1,216 pieces | $129.99 | Coming August 1
- Highly detailed Peach’s Castle (71408) – Children can add an iconic location to their LEGO Super Mario world with this challenge-packed Expansion Set
- 5 LEGO Super Mario toy figures – Bowser, Ludwig, Toadette, a Goomba and a Bob-omb
- Authentic features – A Special Pipe: Peach’s Castle, Time Block, Peach stained-glass window, Bob-omb painting with a hidden Action Tag, cake with a Goomba hiding inside, a purple fruit and more
- Throne room – Help LEGO Mario, LEGO Luigi or LEGO Peach (figures not included) activate the slider platform to spin the wall and reveal Bowser, then jump on the triggers to flip him over
Age 7+ | 540 pieces | $69.99 | Coming August 1
- Introducing a new sky level – Let children take on Big Spike’s Cloudtop Challenge (71409) with this colorful LEGO Super Mario Expansion Set featuring Super Mario enemy characters and challenges
- 3 LEGO Super Mario figures – A Big Spike, a Boomerang Bro and a Piranha Plant
- Fun challenges – Dodge the spiked roller thrown by the Big Spike, gain Super Star Block power and jump on the seesaw to defeat the Piranha Plant and win digital coins
- Orange Mushroom Trampolines – Jump on the trampolines with LEGO Mario, LEGO Luigi or LEGO Peach (figures not included) to get to the Boomerang Bro
Well, they didn’t make it on Mar10 Day. But August isn’t really that far away. Enjoy the promotions and bundles now as we wait for the new sets to launch later on.
By now, we can perhaps safely say that LEGO Super Mario isn’t just a one-off gimmicky product line. It may well be a new long-running LEGO theme all on its own, with regular set launches year after year. Having electronic buildable characters from the Nintendo videogame franchise electronically interacting with the sets is sheer genius. Every new set released can potentially be a new interactive playground for the LEGO Mario Bros. And if you think the sets launched last January were all there is for 2022, think again. In fact, LEGO Super Mario is soon expanding its playable brick-built characters.
As told by Brickset, LEGO has spoiled us with its next big Super Mario tie-in: Princess Peach’s Castle (71408). A now-deleted post on LEGO’s Instagram inadvertently revealed this bombshell. But we’re sure to get the low-down very soon. That’s because Thursday, March 10, is being celebrated as Mar10 Day. (Mar-10, get it?) The event already graces the front page of LEGO Shop online. No word on Peach’s Castle. Still, other LEGO Super Mario promotions are taking center stage. The upcoming set 71408 features a Castle build inspired by “Super Mario 64.” But it features cross-franchise characters like Bowser Koopa, Ludwig Koopa, Toadette and more.
Mar10 Day Details
Meanwhile, Mar10 Day is bringing back some cool stuff according to The Brick Fan. During March 10-24, LEGO Super Mario purchases worth $40 will again get the Fuzzy & Mushroom Platform (30389) polybag. This GWP already ran in August 2021 so apparently LEGO still has stock left. In-store shoppers can bring their LEGO Mario/Luigi figures to the nearest LEGO Store to receive the Super Mario coin. Finally, LEGO is offering three bundles of past Super Mario sets. Buying them will net not just VIP points (if member) but also Nintendo Platinum Points.
These set bundles can only be gotten on LEGO.com, so grab them if you haven’t already.
Not even the pandemic will slow LEGO down when it comes to making new sets. In fact, it was during 2020 when LEGO introduced a new art-oriented theme line. Where LEGO Art sets comprise plentiful colored tiles on a baseplate, Brick Sketches uses conventional flat pieces. There’re still plenty of contours on them to give the completed brick-built portraits a 3D-like relief effect. Several Brick Sketches sets debuted these past two years, featuring characters from DC and Disney. Now, LEGO is gearing to launch two new additions to the line. This time they’re featuring familiar faces among Marvel Super Heroes.
According to German LEGO news source Stone Wars, we can expect two new LEGO Brick Sketches sets come April. They were officially listed on LEGO Shop online earlier this month. Quite tellingly, they depict the faces of two key film franchises on cinematic Marvel. One’s from the now-massive MCU focused on the Avengers, while the other is from Sony-Columbia’s separate Spider-Man projects. Expect these two sets next month and collect them both if you’re an artistically inclined LEGO Marvel fan.
Age 8+ | 200 pieces | $16.99 | Coming April 1
LEGO® Brick Sketches™ Iron Man (40535) lets Iron Man fans aged 8+ create their own buildable artwork of the iconic Super Hero. Display it on a surface or use the built-in hook to hang it on the wall. A 12×16 baseplate holds all the LEGO bricks firmly in place. It’s a great gift for kids’ birthdays and holidays and an impressive addition to any collection of LEGO Brick Sketches character portraits.
Age 8+ | 214 pieces | $16.99 | Coming April 1
Spider-Man fans aged 8+ can create their own Super-Hero artwork with LEGO® Brick Sketches™ Miles Morales (40536). Hang it on the wall using the built-in hook – the 12×16 baseplate holds the LEGO bricks firmly in place. It’s a great gift for kids’ birthdays and holidays and an impressive addition to any collection of LEGO Brick Sketches character portraits.
While LEGO keeps to a timetable in launching their newest upcoming sets, it doesn’t always happen without any deviations. Sometimes some sets or GWPs would be delayed in coming or never show up at all. Conversely, these items might appear on store shelves before their official launch date as given by LEGO. This could happen even in certified or branded LEGO Stores. We even touched on one such case of early availability not long ago. As it happens, a new seasonal GWP set for this year has popped up before its time, just Down Under.
Brickset has it that certified LEGO Stores now have available the Easter 2022 seasonal GWP has appeared in Australia. Said Easter gift with purchase set (40527) can now be found in several Australian certified LEGO Stores. It wasn’t specified however if these items were conventionally purchasable, or have their GWP pricing active. The GWP consists of a buildable Easter egg and two yellow chicks. It’s possible that the egg is big enough to contain the chicks once assembled. Under normal circumstances, LEGO would launch the 40527’s GWP period on April. For Aussie collectors though, they may have an early start.
Don’t confuse this with the purchasable seasonal Easter Rabbits Display (40523), which launched this February.
It’s true that LEGO has resolved to phase out the idea of sets exclusive to one region or other. Nevertheless, some LEGO products are so integral to a particular location that it could only be found there. A few years ago there was an exclusive LEGO Architecture set (40199) of Billund Airport. It was available only at the LEGO Store of said airport’s departure hall. From this snippet alone you could discern that Billund, Denmark aka LEGO’s company town has some sweet exclusives still. In fact, there’s a new set that might be found at LEGO House, according to Promobricks.
LEGO House/The Home of the Brick in Billund is LEGO’s gallery/museum/indoor experience center and events venue. Oh, and it also has its own LEGO Store quite naturally. There, one may find the new Dagny Holm – Master Builder (40503) exclusive set. Said product is a tribute to Master Builder Dagny Holm (1917-2004), a niece of LEGO founder Ole Kirk Kristiansen. Holm transitioned her education in Classical Sculpture Design to making fantastic large-scale LEGO-brick models and structures. She would remain a company master builder until retiring at age 70. The Dagny Holm – Master Builder set (40503) went on sale at the LEGO House this past March 1, 18 years after her death.
Visitors to the Home of the Brick could get this exclusive set there for DKK599 (roughly $89). For now, Danish and possibly mainland European tourists have easier access to buy it. For everyone else around the world, remaining pandemic travel restrictions (and a crisis several countries eastward) can be challenging. Hopefully supplies of Dagny Holm – Master Builder (40503) will last for future LEGO House guests.
For March 1, as we’ve just gone through earlier, only one LEGO Marvel set launched this Tuesday. It’s understandable though; the next MCU film isn’t until later in May. Furthermore, production and release delays have sort of thrown off the sync of movie premieres and tie-in merchandise launches. That would explain why the next LEGO Marvel set we know, The Boat Goat (76208), is coming in late April. As you know, it ties into “Thor: Love and Thunder” which premieres in July. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” comes before it (the May release). Also, The Goat Boat isn’t the only “Thor: L&T” set.
We’ve learned from Stone Wars that there’s another LEGO Marvel “Thor: Love and Thunder” tie-in coming out soon. It’s supposed to launch at the same time as The Goat Boat (76208). But again, a store jumped the gun and put it on their shelves. And not just any outlet; it’s the LEGO Store attached to Istanbul Airport in Turkey. This was spotted by Instagram user the.brick.wolf, as early as last week Friday, February 25. So here we have it: the set called “Attack on New Asgard” (76207) which features a buildable giant monster and minifigures.
As with Goat Boat, this LEGO Marvel set illustrates the main plot draw of “Thor: Love and Thunder.” Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), love interest of Thor Odinson (Chris Hemsworth), gains his power as God of Thunder. This did happen for a time at Marvel Comics. It also foreshadows the return of Thor’s hammer Mjolnir, destroyed in “Thor: Ragnarok” and “time-borrowed” during “Avengers: Endgame.” Mjolnir is now used by Jane/Mighty Thor while Thor retains the Stormbreaker axe. The sets also feature main villain Gorr the God-Butcher. Expect LEGO Marvel 76207 and 76208 to officially launch on April 26.
Whenever LEGO sets we first learn of as rumors and speculations are officially announced, we can’t help but feel relieved. After all, the suspenseful wait, learning if a revealed set is true, might end with a LEGO.com product listing. There’s also the matter of whether the advance info was accurate, or if it meant something else. Anyway, the period of uncertainty about the LEGO Creator Expert Vespa (10298) is over as of this weekend. There’s still one part of the initial product rumor that must be addressed however. But that too has become moot with the latest LEGO shop listing.
The Brick Fan tells us that the miniature Vespa (40517) initially rumored alongside the big version is officially listed. Compared to its Creator Expert version (10298), the 40517 edition is obviously small. And yet it captures the distinctive design contours and aesthetics of the Vespa scooter series. Sure it has no rear basket or other accessories, but the vehicle itself is as sweet build. Of course, we’ve known this since the reveal of the set in that January 2022 “group picture.” With its size dimensions, one might be able to pose a LEGO buildable figure set to ride it, even.
But we’re rambling. Here’re some of the official details for the Creator Vespa (40517). Note that it will be launching at the same time as the Creator Expert set (10298).
Age 9+ | 118 pieces | $9.99 | Coming March 1, 2022
Kids can pretend to zip through the streets with this brilliant model of the iconic Vespa (40517) scooter. It features many of the Vespa’s distinctive details, including its handlebars and seat, and comes in a bold red color. A brilliant gift for LEGO® fans aged 9 and up who have a passion for cool vehicles.
- Authentic features – Kids can play out fun scenes with the LEGO® Creator Vespa scooter and enjoy details such as its distinctive handlebars and seat
- Creative fun – LEGO® fans aged 9 and up who love vehicles can use the Vespa to play out action-packed stories or add it to other sets for more fun
The 2022 launch timetable for the LEGO Marvel theme line has been filling up rather nicely. We’ve already seen some of these sets when they came out on New Year’s Day. More will also arrive later on, as early as this Tuesday, March 1. It’s to be expected given that the MCU film series will never brake for anything, at least not for long. Even then, mixed in with the movie tie-ins are sets celebrating the MCU installments of the past. At least, that’s what the rumored upcoming LEGO Marvel sets seem to indicate name-wise.
Thanks to German LEGO news source Stone Wars, we have at least three more 2022 LEGO Marvel set rumored coming. Of them, one at least might count as a tie-in for an MCU Phase 4 film. The rest appear to be callbacks to the “Infinity Saga” that spanned MCU Phase 1 to 3. LEGO’s done a lot of that since “Avengers: Endgame” in 2019. Apparently, the new set based on Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum will be a modular thing too. Stone Wars also gives us likely product specs and release dates for these sets, so there’s that. We have to consider them rumors for now, but hopefully LEGO will tell us more, officially, sometime soon
- 76216 – Iron Man Hall of Armor (Age 7+, 496 pieces, 8 minifigures, €89.99, June 2022)
- 76217 – Buildable(?) Baby Groot (Age 10+, 476 pieces, €49.99, June 2022)
- 76218 – Sanctum Sanctorum (Age 18+, 2,708 pieces, 9 minifigures minimum, €219.99, August 2022) for “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” perhaps?
Other upcoming LEGO Marvel sets we know include The Goat Boat (76208) for “Thor: Love and Thunder.” There’s also Spider-Man & Green Goblin Mech Battle (76219). Both of these sets will launch in April 1.