WATCH: This LEGO Star Wars Porg (75230) Speed Build Video Gives You A Fun Background of Ahch-To’s Most Famous Bird

Let me start by saying that I’m not really an uber fan of the Porgs – those little, wide-eyed birds that Chewie love to snack on at the planet Ahch-To from The Last Jedi. Well, I don’t hate them, but I don’t really go crazy over them either. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why I really don’t admire LEGO’s latest brick rendition of this Star Wars creature. But a recent video posted by io9 somehow gives me a different perspective and appreciation on how Star Wars creature creators came up with the idea of adding the Porg in the Star Wars franchise. io9 video producer Tom Caswell gives us a bit of a back story on the creation of the Porg, while adding a nice LEGO twist: he does this while doing a LEGO Star Wars Porg (75230) speed build. Watch his video below.

Truth be told, there are already a handful of speed build and review videos of the LEGO Star Wars Porg out there, but I have to say that this video from io9 is the most entertaining to watch. This speed build video also underscores the creative process and the considerations that The Last Jedi’s set designers took in crafting the Porg. I may not be a fan of this extraterrestrial avian species, but I surely admire and respect the people behind its creation. Furthermore, though this particular LEGO Star Wars Porg (75230) speed build video may be less than 3 minutes, it actually took Tom a total of 3 hours to build this brick-built bird. With 811 pieces to boot, the LEGO Star Wars Porg is a “life-sized”, 7-inch replica of the TLJ Porg as we saw in the film. The set itself has 6 bags right out of the box, with Bag #6 containing the final pieces to build the Porg’s head. It also comes with a UCS-style plaque.

A simple lever mechanism at the back of the build, at the tail to be exact, allows for certain play functions such as making the LEGO Porg flaps its wings and open its mouth. The back of the LEGO Porg is pretty impressive as well – I like the attention to detail and how this is achieved by using a variety of jagged LEGO pieces and cheese slopes to recreate a feather-like effect. However, I wish LEGO designers added an option of keeping the mouth and wings extended to add variety in terms of posing the set. In any case, this is one LEGO Star Wars set that you might want to have as a nice desktop or table top accessory. It may even be a breath of fresh air among all those LEGO Star Wars star ships that you have amassed over the years.

The LEGO Star Wars Porg (75230) will be released on October 1, and is now listed at shop.LEGO.com with a retail price of $69.99.

 

Image credits: io9

LEGO Pop-Up Stores To Be Introduced in the US Starting This Year

The LEGO Group has announced a new retail concept store to hit US stores this year. Dubbed as LEGO Pop-Up Stores, this initiative will offer a new different shopping experience as compared to that of LEGO Brand Stores. In fact, the very first Pop-Up Store already went live last Friday in Manchester, Connecticut. According to the LEGO Ambassador Network, the LEGO Pop-Up Stores is an experimental marketing approach that allows LEGO fans who does not have access to any local LEGO Brand Stores to experience the same, though there are notable differences. So, how are they different? According to the blog post:

Whats the difference between a Pop-Up store and a typical LEGO Brand store?

  • Yes, you will be able to earn and redeem LEGO VIP points at Pop-Up stores.
  • There is nota Pick-a-Brick wall or Build-a-Mini station.
  • There are noLEGO Brand store Passport stamps available at Pop-Up stores.
  • There will notbe monthly minibuild activities or other in store events.
  • The product prices will bethe same at LEGO Brand and Pop-Up stores including any sales.
  • Pop-Up stores will tryto offer the same gift with purchase promotions.
  • Pop-Up stores will have new employeesbut also at least one experienced employee from a local LEGO Brand store.

Though these differences may seem easy to overlook and the initiative is of having a sort of “make-shift” LEGO Store is a welcomed gesture from the LEGO, I hope that they will find a way to offer the same gift with purchase (GWP) sets in all Pop-Up Stores as well.

Furthermore, since this project is still in its experimental stages, each of the six LEGO Pop-Up Stores to be opened across the US will be transient, operating only in a few weeks. A sign outside the store will remind customers and LEGO fans how many days are left until the LEGO Pop-Up Store wraps it up.

So what do you think of the concept behind the LEGO Pop-Up Store? Do you think it will take off? What other things or activities do you want to see in the store to make it more appealing? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

New LEGO xtra Playmats Arriving at shop.LEGO.com

LEGO will be rolling out its first wave of LEGO xtra Playmats this October. If you recall, this collection of LEGO playmat accessories first came in to view last June after the reveal of the LEGO xtra polybag sets and minifigure accessories. The announcement of the LEGO xtra theme had a warm reception, especially from those who are into serious LEGO City MOC building. Though I really don’t think that the LEGO xtra Playmats will cater to all LEGO enthusiasts, it offers a lot of play opportunities for younger LEGO fans, and perhaps will be a nice additional element for certain vignettes. Whether you’re next inspired build will be minifigures on the road, a stroll in the grassy park, or an ocean-filled adventure, the LEGO xtra Playmats has it covered.

The LEGO xtra Playmats contains 11 LEGO elements per pack and will retail for $7.99. The nice thing about these packs is that they come in sets of two, with each Playmat having back-to-back prints and measuring 9 inches each. There is no news yet if the LEGO xtra Playmats will include additional themes in the future such as the timeless Castle, Space or Pirates theme (perhaps it’s the AFOL in me who is hoping), but it will really be cool if LEGO will offer those. For now, be sure to visit shop.LEGO.com every now and then to check when these playmats are available, or just click the following links below.

LEGO xtra Road Playmat (853840)

$7.99; 11 pieces

Set up new roads and cruise around your city!

 Stretch your imagination and playtime with the help of this LEGO® xtra 853840 Road Playmat pack, featuring 2 laminated, double-sided playmats with printed graphics, 2 buildable connectors and a shovel play-starter element to do some digging on your roads. The double-sided pieces let you create 4 different settings. Combine and use the LEGO xtra accessories with any LEGO sets, to enhance children’s play in any way they can imagine.

  • Features 2 laminated, double-sided playmats with printed graphics, 2 buildable connectors and a shovel play-starter element.
  • Playmats each measure over 9” (25cm) square.

 

LEGO xtra Sea Playmat (853841)

$7.99; 11 pieces

Catch some sun, sand and surf at the seaside!

 Expand your playtime to the beach with the help of this LEGO® xtra 853841 Sea Playmat pack, featuring 2 laminated, double-sided playmats with printed graphics, 2 buildable connectors and a crab play-starter element. The double-sided pieces let you create 4 different settings. Combine and use the LEGO xtra accessories with any LEGO sets, to enhance children’s play in any way they can imagine.

  • This pack features 2 laminated, double-sided playmats with printed graphics, 2 buildable connectors and a crab play-starter element.
  • Playmats each measure over 9” (25cm) square.

 

LEGO xtra Park Playmat (853842)

$7.99; 11 pieces

Take a break in the park with a little help from this LEGO® xtra 853842 Park Playmat pack, featuring 2 laminated, double-sided playmats with printed graphics, 2 buildable connectors and a snake play-starter element. The double-sided pieces let you create 4 different settings. Combine and use the LEGO xtra accessories with any LEGO sets, to enhance children’s play in any way they can imagine.

  • Features 2 laminated, double-sided playmats with printed graphics, 2 buildable connectors and a snake play-starter element.
  • Playmats each measure over 9” (25cm) square.

LEGO Star Wars Porg (75230) Now Officially Up at shop.LEGO.com

As early as last month, news has started to come in regarding the availability of the brick-built version of the most polarizing avian species in recent Star Wars lore. Love them or hate them, it seems that LEGO has already reserved a soft spot for The Last Jedi’s Porg, and has kept its availability under strict control since the infamous leaks of the LEGO Star Wars Porg (75230) came out earlier this year. Now that The Last Jedi’s luster is starting to diminish, followed by the equally received Solo: A Star Wars Movie, I guess LEGO has no more reasons to hold back.

Recently, LEGO’s servers have been updated to now include official images of the UCS-like LEGO Star Wars Porg (75230) set. Now listed at shop.LEGO.com, this particular Porg will be available to LEGO Star Wars fans starting October 1. The set will retail for $69.99 and comes in at 811 pieces. Read on for the full product description and some official images.

LEGO Star Wars Porg (75230)

Price: $69.99; Pieces: 811

Build and display your very own porg!

Own an unmistakable character from Star Wars: The Last Jedi with this LEGO® Star Wars 75230 Porg! This faithfully detailed Star Wars toy includes intricate feather detailing, authentic colors and an opening mouth and flapping wings when you press the tail. The set also comes with a display stand with decorative fact plaque and extra porg mini build, to form the perfect centerpiece for your LEGO collection.

  • Features authentic detailing, an opening mouth and flapping wings.
  • Also includes a display stand with decorative fact plaque and an extra porg mini build.
  • Porg without stand stands over 7” (19cm) high.
  • Display stand measures approx. 2” (6cm) high and 1” (3cm) deep, and over 4” (11cm) wide.
  • Relive fun porg adventures from Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

LEGO Star Wars 2018 Advent Calendar (75213) Now at 15% Off At Walmart

Christmas has come early indeed when LEGO made available its 2018 Advent Calendar sets in the usual representative franchises – City, Friends and Star Wars – as early as September. That alone is already well and good, but the advance LEGO-themed Holiday celebration just got even better thanks to a new sale. We know the LEGO Star Wars 2018 Advent Calendar (75213) is priced at $39.99 in shop.LEGO.com and $49.99 in Amazon. Well, Walmart has gotten the “drop” on both by offering the set at $34.99, 15 percent off. Now that this discount on a LEGO Advent Calendar is known, other retail chains might follow soon.

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendars such as these have always tended to be a showcase for new franchise characters to be rendered as minifigures, as well as micro-builds of some already-released larger vehicle model sets. The 2018 set (75213) is no different with its selection:

  • Open a door every day to reveal 24 different LEGO Star Wars themed gifts.
  • LEGO Star Wars Advent calendar features 5 minifigures and 3 figures.
  • Models include a landspeeder, The Arrowhead, Republic Fighter Tank, Naboo Starfighter, Twin-Pod Cloud Car, General Grievous Starfighter, Blaster Cannon, Delta-7 Jedi Starfighter, Imperial Troop Transport, TIE Fighter, AT-ACT, Zeta Class Cargo Shuttle and an Imperial Speeder Bike.
  • Characters include Rose, Rowan, General Merrick, Battle Droid, Death Trooper, Rathtar, Guavian Security Soldier and an IG-88 droid.
  • Weapons include a blaster pistol, 3 blaster rifles, 2 blasters and a Lightsaber.
  • Also includes a festive-themed moisture vaporator and a snowman, plus extra ammo studs.
  • Collect all the gifts and play out your own desert and ice-planet adventures on the included foldout playmat.

LEGO Minifigure Collector Frame (5005359) Official Image and Details

Since the LEGO Store October 2018 Calendar has been released earlier this month, we now have an idea on various promos that LEGO fans can expect next month. From October 15-31, the LEGO Minifigure Collector Frame (5005359) will be offered to LEGO customers and fans for a minimum single receipt purchase of $75 and more.

The LEGO Minifigure Collector Frame (5005359) is similar to the Marvel Superheroes and LEGO Batman Movie frames that LEGO released back in 2016 and 2017 respectively. And now thanks to the LEGO Certified Store in Hongkong, we now have a better look at this new LEGO accessory.

According to LCS Hongkong, this new minifig collector frame is available today until October 18 for a minimum single receipt purchase of 1,000 HK dollars, or roughly equivalent to $127 USD. That’s a rather steep price for a LEGO promotional set in my opinion, considering that with a little patience, this collectible frame will soon be available in the US at the middle of October.

Furthermore, the LEGO Minifigure Collector Frame (5005359) comes with a 32×32 gray baseplate and several LEGO pieces that serve as minifigure stands that can display up to 16 minifigures. Perfect in displaying any of LEGO’s CMF series. To sweeten the deal, LEGO throws in a never-before-seen exclusive minifigure that comes in a summer outfit and lifesaver. There’s also a 2×2 tile with the LEGO logo printed on it, which is quite a rare piece usually found only on LEGO’s gift-with-purchase sets.

Perhaps the only downside for the Minifigure Collector Frame is that it is made of black cardboard instead of wood or light plastic, and there’s no cover of any kind as well. It comes with a kickstand if you prefer not to hang it and have it displayed on your desk or corner table. In any case, this is still a great gift-with-purchase set that will be valuable in displaying your prized LEGO minifigures.

Be sure to keep tabs with shop.LEGO.com in the US and watch out for this promotional beginning October 15.

Prime LEGO Creator Sets Are Now On Sale At Amazon

Some of the best LEGO Creator sets are now on sale at great discounts over at Amazon. If you’re still mulling it over whether or not to start a LEGO modular hobby, then you might be glad to know that this is the best time to start one. Amazon is now offering its best price offer for 2016’s LEGO Creator Expert Brick Bank (10251). This 2,3380-piece set is now at 15% off from its original $169.99.

Another welcome treat from Amazon is a more recent LEGO Creator set, now offered with a price cut of as much as 20%. The LEGO Creator Pirate Roller Coaster (31084) is now on sale for $72 only at Amazon. This is a great deal considering that this set has just been released early this year. The Pirate Roller Coaster is a nice way of adding a pirate themed ride in your LEGO City Carnival MOC or any similar builds. It is one of the few LEGO sets that utilizes the new train track parts in an amusement ride set, other than its much larger counterpart which is the LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster (10261).

If you wish to take advantage of the great discounts for these prime LEGO Creator sets, now is the best time to add them to your shopping cart. Just click on their respective affiliate links below and head over at Amazon.

LEGO Creator Expert Brick Bank (10251)

Make a safe deposit at the Brick Bank!

Make a secure deposit at the highly respected Brick Bank, featuring an array of intricate details and hidden surprises. Easy-to-remove building sections provide access to the detailed interior, comprising a bank with an atrium foyer, tiled floor, arched windows, ornate chandelier, lockable vault and a transaction counter with security glass; a laundromat with printed window, tiled floor and 4 laundry machines; plus 2 second-floor offices with an array of detailed furniture, fixtures and accessories. The exterior of the building features a detailed sidewalk and an elaborate facade with carving and statue décor, decorative roofline, large arched windows, central balcony, clock and an accessible roof terrace featuring a large skylight. Collect and build an entire town with the LEGO® Creator Expert Modular Building series 10243 Parisian Restaurant and 10246 Detective’s Office. Includes 5 minifigures: a bank manager, secretary, teller, mom and child.

  • Build a Brick Bank with a chandelier, patterned floor, hidden alarm buttons, and a bank vault with safety deposit boxes
  • Includes 5 minifigures: three bank employees, a mother and child, and a buildable secretary’s office with special accessories like a wall clock, typewriter, a cabinet with opening drawers and a fireplace
  • Brick bank measures over 10″ high, 10″ wide and 10″ deep
  • LEGO Creator Expert building toys are compatible with all LEGO construction sets for creative building
  • 2,380 pieces – For boys and girls over the age of 16 years old

 

LEGO Creator Pirate Roller Coaster (31084)

Enjoy the fun of the fair with the 3in1 Pirate Roller Coaster!

Hold tight and prepare to scream as you set out on a LEGO® Creator 3in1 31084 Pirate Roller Coaster adventure. This amazing set features a functional roller coaster with pirate-themed props, including a sunken galleon, skull archway, palm tree and an octopus. The working carriages are shark-themed and the ride’s main drop has a water splash feature and a cannon that fires water elements. Other features include a ticket booth and a balloon stand. This set can be rebuilt for further LEGO fairground adventures aboard The Skull Ride or The Ship Ride, and comes with 4 minifigures ready for the fun of the fairground, plus a skeleton figure.

  • Includes 4 minifigures, ready for the fun of the fairground, plus a skeleton figure.
  • Fully functional roller coaster features an oval track and train with shark carriages, water drop and decorative pirate-themed props, including a sunken galleon, skull archway, palm tree and an octopus.
  • Also features a cannon that fires water elements, a ticket booth and a balloon stand.
  • Climb aboard and prepare to scream!
  • Duck as you zoom through the skull arch!
  • Hold tight as you whizz around the bend and over the sunken galleon.
  • Watch out for the water cannon and remember to smile as you thunder past the camera!
  • Rebuild this 3in1 model and continue your LEGO® fairground adventure with The Skull Ride and The Ship Ride.
  • Pirate Roller Coaster measures over 9” (24cm) high, 25” (66cm) wide and 12” (32cm) deep.
  • The Skull Ride measures over 5” (14cm) high, 13” (34cm) wide and 8” (21cm) deep.
  • The Ship Ride measures over 9” (24cm) high, 21” (54cm) long and 6” (16cm) deep

LEGO BrickHeadz Thanksgiving Turkey (40273) and Mr. and Mrs. Claus (40274) Officially Announced

Earlier this month, LEGO has revealed its first seasonal BrickHeadz set just in time for Halloween. Now that details of the LEGO BrickHeadz Witch (40272) are out, it is just a matter of time before the next seasonal themed BrickHeadz set will make its debut. Thankfully, it didn’t take long for LEGO to do that, and as a welcome surprise, they didn’t just reveal one, but two new BrickHeadz sets that we can expect until the Christmas holiday season. Earlier today, LEGO servers have been updated to include a listing both for the LEGO BrickHeadz Thanksgiving Turkey (40273) and Mr. and Mrs. Claus (40274).

Both sets are now listed at shop.LEGO.com, and will be available beginning October 1, 2018. The Thanksgiving Turkey (40273) follows a similar design from its predecessors – the set contains 114 pieces and features a turkey flanked with several accessories such as white fence pieces, carrots, a pumpkin and some vegetation.

The Mr. and Mrs. Claus (40274) set is the first LEGO BrickHeadz seasonal set that comes as a dual-pack that comes in at 341 pieces. I personally like this build, specially considering how the designers were able to add the similar BrickHeadz accessories on each of the character even as it is bundled as a dual-pack. That cozy, Christmas vibe is perfectly captured in this all so familiar BrickHeadz format.

Take a look at these official images, and if you wish to know more about the details of these newest LEGO BrickHeadz Thanksgiving Turkey (40273) and Mr. and Mrs. Claus (40274) sets, just click on the links below and visit shop.LEGO.com.

LEGO BrickHeadz Thanksgiving Turkey (40273)

Give thanks and prepare for fun celebrations with this cute LEGO® BrickHeadz™ 40273 Thanksgiving Turkey. Check out its yellow beak, brown wings and detachable carrot, plus buildable garden scene with white picket fences, carrots and a pumpkin. This fun construction character also comes with a buildable collector’s baseplate with a seasonal calendar and BrickHeadz logo for easy display in the home, office or anywhere you like.

  • Buildable LEGO® BrickHeadz™ Thanksgiving Turkey construction character features a yellow beak, brown wings and a detachable carrot.
  • Also includes a buildable garden scene with 2 white picket fences, 2 carrots and a pumpkin.
  • Each LEGO® BrickHeadz™ construction character comes with its own buildable collector’s baseplate featuring a seasonal calendar and BrickHeadz logo.
  • Have fun growing your LEGO® BrickHeadz™ collection with other characters from your favorite films, TV series, games and comics.
  • Mash up your LEGO® BrickHeadz™ construction characters to create supercool hybrids or your own amazing characters.
  • Stands over 3” (8cm) tall without baseplate.
  • Baseplate measures over 4” (11cm) wide and 3” (9cm) deep.

 

LEGO BrickHeadz Mr. and Mrs. Claus (40274)

Invite LEGO® BrickHeadz™ 40274 Mr. & Mrs. Claus into your home for some festive fun. Check out Mr. Claus’ bobbled hat, bushy white beard, brown buckle and detachable sack, plus buildable tree and pile of gifts. Mrs. Claus has a buildable candy stick plus assorted cakes and cookie elements. Each construction character comes with a buildable collector’s baseplate with a seasonal calendar and BrickHeadz logo for easy display by the fireplace, in your office or anywhere you like.

  • Buildable LEGO® BrickHeadz™ Mr. & Mrs. Claus construction characters feature decorated eyes, festive red and white outfits, detachable gift sack and assorted cake and cookie elements.
  • Also includes a buildable tree and a pile of gifts.
  • Each LEGO® BrickHeadz™ construction character comes with its own buildable collector’s baseplate featuring a seasonal calendar and BrickHeadz logo.
  • Have fun growing your LEGO® BrickHeadz™ collection with other characters from your favorite films, TV series, games and comics.
  • Mash up your LEGO® BrickHeadz™ construction characters to create supercool hybrids or your own amazing characters.
  • Each character stands over 3” (8cm) tall without baseplate.
  • Each baseplate measure over 4” (11cm) wide and 2” (7cm) deep.

Free LEGO Scarecrow Witch (40285) for VIP Members in October

There many good reasons for dedicated LEGO fans who shop for their sets straight from LEGO to get into their VIP loyalty program. From getting points towards rewards, exclusive early access to sought-after upcoming sets, and more besides, what’s not to like? LEGO VIP opens up a lot of possibilities. Another perk of the VIP program was the privilege to join in on annual Monthly Mini Build events that are held at certain days of each month in all LEGO Stores. As detailed in the October Store Calendar, the mini build for next month is the LEGO Scarecrow Witch (40285) set .

For two days, October 2 and 3, LEGO Stores will host the Mini Build Event for those interested in getting their own Scarecrow Witch (40285). But first, they must be members of LEGO VIP, and then they need to sign up for a slot during the event. Each day’s hosting only has 120 maximum participants, making 240 in two days.

A LEGO VIP household can register up to four children at once for the Mini Build, and each will receive a set. But as the participatory requirement states, for a child to bring his Scarecrow Witch (40285) home, he must build the set during the event by his own hand.

Registration for LEGO VIPs who want in on the October LEGO Store Mini Build event started last September 15, so it’ll be a race against time for one of those 120 slots in a day. Some LEGO Stores will have their event happen on October 9 and 10 instead, so would-be participants can check availability on the registration form itself.

New LEGO Store in Albany, NY Slated to Open in November

LEGO will always have a home with so many retail chains, toy-specific or otherwise, around the world. But sometimes, they just need space all for themselves and their wide variety of products. That’s what the branded LEGO Stores are for, and they’ve been popping up all over the US lately. And so there is yet one more LEGO Store coming stateside, and it’ll be at the Crossgates Mall in the Guilderland suburb of Albany, New York. An official press release for the new LEGO Store in Albany promises all the familiar friendly features that defines the latest wave of the company’s branded stores.

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Aside from the expected consumer play areas and interior design that’s great for kids, the Albany LEGO Store will have the now-standard “Pick & Build Wall”, the “Living Room” interaction area, and the circumferential “Brand Ribbon” that showcases already-built LEGO models interspersed with snippets of brand history and LEGO trivia.

Future guests will enjoy being able to get first crack at new LEGO sets being available right at the release dates, from early-age Duplo to licensed franchises to hot-selling lines like Ninjago, City and Friends. The LEGO Store in Albany at the Crossroads Mall will open in November, near simultaneously with other soon-to-come US stores like in Louisiana and South Carolina.

Source: Albany Times Union