LEGO Store Shanghai Exclusive VIP Set Revealed!

Several LEGO Store promotional exclusives have proven to be attractive collectibles in themselves. Other than the fact that they usually come as free items, these LEGO Store exclusives often times represent the unique milieu or cultural heritage of the place where they are offered, making it more appealing to collect.

So it will not come as a surprise (though a very welcomed one, nonetheless) if the LEGO Store in Shanghai, China has something in store for their VIP members. The promotional item, tagged as 40178, is said to be available to VIP members in China some point later this year, as Brickset reports. This set is currently being given away with purchases of over 399 CNY in China, the equivalent of £45.75, $58.75 or €51.30.

Images of this VIP set were also uploaded in Chinese social media site, WeChat, as you can see below. It seems to be a pretty nice build, especially with regards to the creative rendition of the Pick A-Brick Wall, LEGO box sets (though it uses stickers), and the collectible LEGO Store employee minifigure.

We have no word yet if these will also be offered internationally, so for the time being will keep our eyes open for more updates.

 

 

 

 

A Look at the LEGO Ninjago Movie Collectible Minifigures Checklist and Instructions.

We already saw its box art and packaging, and this time, we have our first look at the LEGO Ninjago Movie Collectible Minifigure checklist courtesy of LEGO Quick Review.  Sightings and reports of this CMF’s availability has been making rounds on the Internet, and now we get to see its official checklist. There’s a total of 20 minifigures to collect, and the ones that I’ve set my sight on are the Jay Walker (#6) and Flashback Garmadon (#15) minifigs.

The checklist also provides some pretty exciting details on how to assemble the more complex minifigures. I find it interesting how the oriental skirt wraps around Master Wu’s minifig – quite ingenious actually.

If you’re eyeing to collect all 20, you’ll be happy to know that there are exactly 3 sets of 20 minifigs per box. You have the usual option of feeling your way through each blind bag, or just grab the entire box (if you have the cash to burn) and share the rest of it with your ninja friends. The LEGO Ninja Go Movie Collectible Minifigures will be available to the general public starting in August of this year, while the film itself is slated to hit theaters on September 22.

 

Thanks to LEGO Quick Review for sharing these images (via Promobricks).

 

 

 

A Look at Various LEGO Promotional Pods.

LEGO first introduced the concept as part of its promotions for The LEGO Batman Movie. The Batman Battle Pod (5004929) gave us our very first look at what later will be referred to as a series of LEGO promotional polybag pods Representing a particular theme, each promotional pod consists of a minifigure and several accessories all neatly organized within a sturdy and portable pod-like container, similar to a Pokeball. Imagine an allegiance between LEGO and Nintendo and expect that to be the start of an uber cool collection.

Following the success of the Batman Battle Pod, LEGO has revealed three additional promotional pods to watch out for. Check these out.

First off, we have the LEGO Ninjago Movie Kai Dojo Pod (5004916) polybag which consist of a Jay minifigure, and a handful of ninja tools and weapons as expected from the young Ninja. It comes in 35 pieces all wrapped in LEGO’s signature pod design.

Next we have LEGO Nexo Knights Armor Pod (5004914). In spite of the rumors that the heroes of Knighton might be seeing an early retirement soon, it seems that LEGO still has plans for this classic Castle and Space theme hybrid, with the inclusion of a promotional pod under the Nexo Knights theme.  It consists of a knight, with a sword and scannable shield accessory. One of the cool things about this is that LEGO even added the classic Space logo in front of the blue pod. I can just imagine converting this pod into something like a pod carrier MOC for Benny – that will sure put a smile on his face.

Lastly, we have the LEGO Friends Ski Pod (5004920) that comes with an Emma minidoll, a ski helmet, a pair of ski poles, and a glass element neatly arranged in a winter-themed pod.

What I like about these pods is the versatility that it offers in housing your favorite minifig. Since it is based on a particular theme, you can easily place any minifigure of your choice and replace the accessories. It will also be nice if LEGO can come up with similar pods for let’s say, the CMF Series so KFOLs can carry around their most favorite minifigs wherever they go. Only time can tell if this idea will eventually catch up and be popular among LEGO fans.

So what do you think about LEGO’s promotional polybag pods? What particular theme or minifigure do you want to see having its own pod?  We’ll keep our ears open for more news on when and where these pods will be available so stick around and be sure to check with us again here at the Brick Show.

 

 

 

LEGO Seasonal Santa Claus (30478) and Christmas Ornament (5004934) Sets Revealed.

Now that we’re already halfway through the year, LEGO has started to reveal some bits of info on what its seasonal Christmas ornaments will look like. Brickset has once more updated their database to include two of this year’s Christmas seasonal sets: the LEGO Creator Santa Claus (30478) polybag, and the LEGO Christmas Ornament (5004934) set. Last year, we had a total of 7 seasonal sets from LEGO, so we can also expect a few more to be announced later on within the year.

The LEGO Creator Santa Claus (30478) is a pretty straightforward build, consisting of a brick-built figure of St. Nick which is relatively easy to build using some LEGO parts that you may already have. Though it’s quite simple, the design is fun to look at and will look nice together with last year’s Little Elf Helpers (40205).

The LEGO Christmas Ornament (5004934) seems to borrow the idea from 2016’s seasonal rehash of the Gingerbread Man (5005156) in terms of using its packaging as a decorative element. However, though the set includes two children minifigures and a trike, gift box and a mini RC toy car, I couldn’t help but think that LEGO could have done better. Instead of using a cardboard with a printed brick-built Christmas tree, LEGO could have thrown in the actual bricks needed to make the tree printed on the box. To top it off, it’s quite an irony to include a traditional Christmas star built with actual LEGO pieces, and have it placed on top of the cardboard packaging. Personally, I’m not a fan of LEGO builds or sets or minifigs that use its packaging as an additional decorative element so I’ll probably pass on this one, unless it’s a free promotional gift.

We have no word yet on when and where this seasonal sets will be available, but my best bet is that it is slated to be a free promotional just in time for the holiday season. I just hope LEGO will come up with another excellent Christmas collectible such as last year’s LEGO Snowglobe (40223).

 

 

LEGO Creator Mini Piggy Bank (40251) Promotional Now Available!

The second half of this month’s LEGO Store promotional is now up, particularly the limited edition, 3-in-1 LEGO Creator Mini Piggy Bank (40251). As mentioned in the July LEGO Store Calendar, this set is free for every minimum purchase of $75 starting today July 10 until July 31, EST both in-store and online via shop.LEGO.com while supplies last.

This set comes in at 248 pieces, valued at $15 USD. If you prefer a different build, you can change it to either a panda or a polar bear. This limited edition Mini Piggy Bank joins the rank of other exclusive promotionals, including last year’s seasonal gift, the LEGO Snowglobe (40223).

As a side note, I hope you were able to sign up for July’s Monthly Mini Build which will start tomorrow July 11 until 12. This month’s Mini Build is a blue Octopus, with articulated tentacles and cute, googly eyes. Personally, I find this build better than the other MMBs offered during the previous months. I like how the tentacles can be posed, and the funny looking eyes that add character to the build.

 

LEGO Store August Calendar Now Available.

Scanned images of the LEGO Store August Calendar are now making rounds online, and we now have a glimpse of the various sales and activities that will happen across LEGO stores in the US next month. Though the official PDF version of the calendar is still yet to be released, we can still have a closer look on what is in store in August. Check this out.

 

It seems that LEGO is investing a considerable amount of effort in promoting its latest robotics offering, the LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox (17101). The set is now available for pre-order both at shop.LEGO.com and via Amazon, and will debut to the general public starting August 1. Additionally, another exclusive D2C set is slated to arrive in August with the highly anticipated LEGO Creator Expert London Bus (10258). The iconic red bus will be available exclusively at all LEGO Stores and at shop.LEGO.com starting August 1.

August 10-31: Free exclusive Caveman & Cavewoman minifigures (5004936) with a purchase of $50 or more.

LEGO’s latest minifigure promotional was first spotted in LEGO Europe Summer Store Calendar last month, and as it seems, minifigure collectors in North America will also have the same opportunity of bringing this home. Referred to as the Iconic Cave set (5004936), this set comes with two rehashed collectible minifigures of a Caveman and Cavewoman, both of which were originally released under LEGO’s CMF Series 1 and Series 5 respectively. This follows LEGO’s past minifigure promotionals such as the Gingerbread Man and Chicken Suit Guy.

August 20-31: Free Build to Learn Pack with a purchase of $25 or more.

A perfect gift to the budding LEGO enthusiast, this free set contains several Duplo pieces, sticker sheet, and pages of building activities designed for toddlers and preschoolers.

August 1-6 & 14-20: Sign up for the LEGO Boost workshops.

Here’s a chance to sign-up for a one-on-one workshop on how to get the most out of the LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox (17101) set. Participants will learn how to code using the tech savvy set, with several demonstrations on how the LEGO Boost is the next big thing in brick-built robotics.

August 8-9: Free VIP Monthly Mini Model build (MMB) will be a Fish.

Registration to avail this free MMB starts on July 15. To reserve a spot, visit shop.LEGO.com/minibuild-registration.

August 16-31: LEGO VIPs get Early Access to a new exclusive set.

As we previously reported, the next direct-to-consumer, VIP set will be the LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City (70620) available for early VIP access starting August 16 to 31, and will be available to the general public beginning September 1.

August 19 & 26: LEGO Life Meeting.

Join a LEGO Life Meeting at your nearest LEGO Store and get the chance to build the August mini-model. Registration has started already (for children 6 to 14 years old only) with a minimal fee of $10 per child.

August 30: VIP Cinderella’s Castle mini build event.

During this free event, you’ll get to build and take home a micro scale version of Cinderella’s iconic castle. Registration has already begun for participants age 6 to 14. You may visit your local LEGO Store and inquire with a Brick Specialist.

 

So, what do you think of these activities and promotionals? What are you most excited about? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks to The Brick Fan for the tip.

 

 

LEGO Juniors Cars 3 Florida 500 Final Race (10745) Revealed.

Following the release of Disney Pixar’s Cars 3 last June, and a wave of LEGO Juniors sets released last May, comes another surprise from the LEGO Juniors line. LEGO Shop@Home has recently updated their listing to include another Cars 3 set that features the return of McQueen’s ever reliable race and road crew in his bright red LEGO form. Mack gets the LEGO treatment once again in LEGO Juniors Cars 3 Florida 500 Final Race (10745), making this the second LEGO set (excluding those from the Duplo line) that includes the red, gentle giant. The first of which is Mack’s Team Truck (8486) released in 2011.

The Florida 500 Final Race (10745) comes in at 266 pieces selling at $49.99, and will be available at shop.LEGO.com and other retailers starting August 1. Here are the rest of the set’s details and official images.

 

LEGO Juniors Cars 3 Florida 500 Final Race (10745)

Race with Disney Pixar’s Lightning McQueen for the trophy!

Start your engines and take part in the exciting Florida 500 Final Race from Disney Pixar Cars 3, featuring an Easy to Build crew chief’s stand with raising red and green race flags and Start/Finish line arch, trackside barriers and a winners’ podium with checkered flags and a trophy. Includes a simple guide to build and play, and bigger pieces help build confidence in younger kids. LEGO® Juniors is an age-appropriate build and play experience for ages 4-7. Includes 5 LEGO Juniors characters.

  • Includes 5 characters from Disney Pixar Cars 3: Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, Jackson Storm, Guido and Mack.
  • Features a crew chief’s stand with room for Guido, a race monitor and raising flag bars, plus a Start/Finish line arch and trackside barriers.
  • Also includes a winners’ podium and gas and air pump elements.
  • Mack can carry 2 cars inside the trailer.
  • Open Mack’s back to unload the cars at the racetrack.
  • Head to the gas pump to fuel up before the race.
  • Accessory elements include a trophy, tools, 2 checkered flags and red and green race flags.
  • Includes Easy to Build models with bigger pieces and a simple guide to get kids building and playing quickly.
  • Lightning McQueen measures over 1” (3cm) high, 2” (7cm) long and 1” (3cm) wide.
  • Cruz Ramirez measures over 1” (3cm) high, 2” (7cm) long and 1” (3cm) wide.
  • Jackson Storm measures over 1” (3cm) high, 2” (7cm) long and 1” (3cm) wide.
  • Guido measures over 1” (4cm) high, 1” (5cm) long and 1” (3cm) wide.
  • Mack measures over 3” (8cm) high, 9” (25cm) long and 1” (4cm) wide.
  • Crew chief’s stand excluding flags measures over 2” (6cm) high, 2” (6cm) wide and 3” (8cm) deep.
  • Start/Finish line arch measures over 4” (11cm) high, 6” (16cm) wide and 1” (4cm) deep.

 

 

 

A Closer Look at the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Flying Fox: Batmobile Airlift Attack (76087).

A couple of days ago, LEGO has released the official images of its latest Super Heroes sets based on the upcoming Zack Snyder film, Justice League. However, the reveal was somehow incomplete since we never get to see that the rest of the official images of the largest set among the three which is the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Flying Fox: Batmobile Airlift Attack (76087).

Thanks to a recent update at shop.LEGO.com, we now get to see the rest of 76087’s images, including a nice close up on the minifigure versions of Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg and the resurrected Man of Steel himself. It seems that LEGO was intentional in giving some ‘spoilers’ about Superman’s return in Justice League even if we’re still months away from the films theatrical release on November 17. Speaking of minifigures, though the Flying Fox is the largest among the three JL sets and with the most number of minifigs – the other two sets being the Knightcrawler Tunnel Attack (76086) and Battle of Atlantis (76085) – LEGO would have us buy all three of them if we’re planning to complete all the Justice League heroes. The Flying Fox comes in at 955 pieces, retails at $129.99 and will be available in-stores and online starting August 1. Here are the rest of the set’s official images.

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Flying Fox: Batmobile Airlift Attack (76087)

Unleash the Batmobile from The Flying Fox!

Team up with the Justice League against Steppenwolf™ and the Parademons to claim the precious Mother Box, in this exciting LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes Flying Fox: Batmobile Airlift Attack set. The Flying Fox features a 2-minifigure cockpit with a lift-off canopy, 2 spring-loaded shooters, 2 stud shooters and space inside for the Batmobile with an opening cockpit, 3 stud shooters and adjustable wings. Includes 6 minifigures with weapons—including Cyborg’s attachable stud-shooting arm—plus a Steppenwolf big figure.

  • Includes 6 minifigures: Cyborg™, Batman™, Wonder Woman™, Superman™ and 2 Parademons, plus a Steppenwolf™ big figure.
  • The Flying Fox features a dual minifigure cockpit with lift-off canopy and translucent-red windshield, 2 spring-loaded shooters, 2 stud shooters, ramp to drive the Batmobile inside, and 2 rear boosters with translucent-orange elements.
  • The Batmobile features an opening minifigure cockpit, 3 stud shooters and adjustable front and rear wings.
  • Also includes the Mother Box.
  • Weapons include Cyborg’s attachable stud-shooting arm, Batman’s Batarang and grappling gun, Wonder Woman’s sword, the Parademons’ handheld stud shooters and Steppenwolf’s axe.
  • Accessory elements include Wonder Woman’s shield and the Parademons’ foil wings.
  • The Flying Fox measures over 5” (13cm) high, 13” (34cm) long and14” (37cm) wide.
  • Batmobile measures over 1” (5cm) high, 6” (17cm) long and 3” (8cm) wide.
  • Mother Box measures under 1” (1.6cm) high and 1” (1.6cm) square.

  

 

 

 

Climb Aboard the Majestic LEGO Creator London Bus (10258)!

After hinting at its arrival via the most unlikely places and leaving a trail of bread crumbs across social media, LEGO has finally pulled the curtain to reveal its latest addition to its exclusive LEGO Creator Expert series. A fitting tribute to one of the world’s most iconic vehicles, the LEGO Creator London Bus (10258) is now making waves not just across London but the entire LEGO fan community. Without a doubt, this set is off to become one of the most sought after sets this summer.

Set 10258 is a brick-built, faithful representation of the brightly colored London Bus and hailed as the largest set among the Creator Expert vehicles followed by the Volkswagen Beetle (10252), Volkswagen T1 Camper Van (10220), Mini Cooper MK VII (10242), and the Ferrari F40 (10248). The London Bus (10258) comes in at 1,686 pieces and will be available for an early VIP release on July 17, and to the general public starting August 1.

As we reported previously, it is now confirmed that all five LEGO brand stores in London will exclusively have the set for sale as early as today, July 1. So if you’re around London as you’re reading this and you want to add this awesome set side by side with last year’s Big Ben (10253) and Tower Bridge (10214), be sure to drop by and check out the LEGO Creator Expert London Bus (10258) at the LEGO store nearest you.

Here’s LEGO’s official description of the London Bus followed by a designer video featuring master builder Morten Graff-Wang, plus an interview with him and fellow designer Jamie Berard broadcasted earlier from the Leicester Square LEGO Store in London.

LEGO Creator Expert London Bus (10258)
US $139.99 – CA $179.99 – DE 119.99€ – UK £109.99 – DK 999.00 DKK

Celebrate iconic design with this charming double-decker London Bus, featuring a wealth of authentic details, including a bright-red color scheme, panoramic windshield, specially made standard-tread tires, destination sign, and an open rear boarding deck with a hand pole, ticket bin, fire extinguisher and a half-spiral staircase that leads to the upper sightseeing deck. Functions include an opening hood with engine, detailed driver’s cab with a sliding door, and a removable roof and upper deck for access to the detailed interior with worn look seating and additional authentic details, including a forgotten umbrella, newspaper, empty beverage can and discarded chewing gum. Reversible transit advertising posters are also provided as printed labels with a 1950s or present-day London promotion. This LEGO® Creator Expert model has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience with a touch of nostalgia and charm.

Enjoy a nostalgic journey with this highly authentic reproduction of the iconic London Bus, featuring classic curved bodywork, panoramic windscreen, specially made standard-tread tires and a detailed interior.

  • The London Bus comes with an array of brick-built features and details, including large windows, bright red curved bodywork, panoramic windshield, reversible transit advertising posters provided as printed labels, specially made standard-tread tires and a destination sign. It also has an opening hood with engine, detailed driver’s cab with sliding door, and a removable roof and upper deck for access to the detailed interior.
  • Interior details include worn look seating, open rear boarding deck with a hand pole, ticket bin, fire extinguisher and a half-spiral staircase that leads to the sightseeing deck. Additional authentic detailing includes a forgotten umbrella, newspaper, empty beverage can and discarded chewing gum elements.
  • Choose your favorite decade with the miniature, reversible transit advertising posters, featuring a 1950s or present day London promotion.
  • Remove the roof and upper deck for full access to the detailed interior.
  • Slide open the driver’s door to access the detailed cab with panoramic windscreen.
  • Lift the hood to access the engine.
  • Special elements include a new-for-August-2017 tire with standard tread, quarter bows and arches in red, and 1x1x1 A2/3 bricks with vertical studs.
  • This model includes more than 1,680 pieces.
  • This model is scaled for shelf display alongside other models in the LEGO® Creator Expert vehicle series.
  • Measures over 7” (18cm) high, 13” (34cm) long and 5” (13cm) wide.

 

Another SDCC 2017 Exclusive LEGO Set Has Been Revealed: the LEGO BrickHeadz DC Supergirl and Martian Manhunter (41496).

Following yesterday’s reveal of the SDCC 2017 LEGO Brickheadz Marvel Spider-Man and Venom (41497), another pair of superheroes has been given the BrickHeadz treatment, drawing inspiration from CW’s rendition of these DC characters. As reported by Comicbook.com, the LEGO BrickHeadz DC Supergirl and Martian Manhunter (41496), both numbered 13 and 14 respectively, will be exclusively available at this year’s SDCC from July 21 to 23. Here’s a peek at what you can expect from the set.

LEGO® BrickHeadz construction characters bring you a brand new way to collect, build and display iconic characters from your favorite movies, TV series, games and comics.

Buildable Supergirl and Martian Manhunter LEGO® BrickHeadz construction characters feature authentic detailing, uniquely decorated BrickHeadz eyes, and a display baseplate. Each LEGO® BrickHeadz construction character comes with its own buildable collector’s baseplate, featuring series number and BrickHeadz icon.

This exclusive LEGO BrickHeadz set comes in at 234 pieces and will retail at $40 when purchased at the LEGO Booth at SDCC. This is a much better offer as compared to aftermarket prices which can soar up to more than a hundred dollars. Same as with last year’s lottery system, those who are interested to buy this set and other SDCC LEGO BrickHeadz exclusive must first visit the Pavillion Terrace to enter a random drawing which will begin at 6AM on July 21. Once your ticket has been selected, you can then proceed to the LEGO Booth to make your qualified purchase.

For those who cannot attend the SDCC (including myself), you still have the chance of having your very own SDCC LEGO BrickHeadz set by following LEGO’s official Twitter account and the hashtag #LEGOSDCC. Both Comicbook.com and Brickset have confirmed the said contest, so be sure to follow LEGO on Twitter and other social media sites for the full mechanics and details.