Surprise! LEGO unveils the LEGO Star Wars 501st Legion Clone Troopers (75280)

LEGO is lately in the habit of giving out welcomed surprises. After the unexpected reveal of the LEGO Super Mario theme, we now have another one to the delight of LEGO Star Wars fans. LEGO Shop@Home has been recently updated to include a long-overdue LEGO Star Wars 501st Legion Clone Troopers (75280) building set, straight from the Clone Wars era.

As pointed out by StarWars.com, this latest offering pays tribute to that elite unit during the Clone Wars that LEGO fans of the series have long clamored for. There is no other info mentioned by LEGO over its online shopping portal, save for the fact that it comes at 285 pieces and will retail for $29.99 once it is officially available on August 1. The set also includes:

  • The AT-RT Walker, with a new color scheme, posable legs, a stud shooter, attachment points for a blaster and electrobinoculars element
  • The BARC Speeder, featuring two stud shooters
  • Four LEGO minifigures: Three 501st Clone Troopers and a 501st Jet Trooper, plus two Battle Droid LEGO action figures.

I hope to see additional images of this set, including box art images, for the next few weeks or once the initial wave of new LEGO sets for the 2nd half of the year is gradually revealed. In the meantime, be sure to add this set to your LEGO wishlist by visiting LEGO Shop@Home.

Is this the beginning of more LEGO Star Wars reveals later on? What do you think of the LEGO Star Wars 501st Legion Clone Troopers (75280)? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Advertisements

LEGO Technic Dom’s Dodge Charger (42111) Set Images Released

A while ago, I mentioned about the upcoming LEGO Technic set that takes inspiration from the high-octane film franchise, Fast & Furious. We had a glimpse of this set thanks to an official LEGO brand store flyer from China. And knowing that the official release date of the set is slated for April 27, we can also expect more info to come in as we go through the week. However, it seems that 3rd-party LEGO retailers are also eager to share the news. Thanks to Brickshop, we now have a closer look at the LEGO Technic Dom’s Dodge Charger (42111).

LEGO Technic Dom's Dodge Charger

Coming in at 1,077 pieces, this latest brick collaboration between LEGO and Universal Pictures brings to life one of the most iconic muscle cars featured in the Fast & Furious films. The LEGO Technic Dom’s Dodge Charger is a tribute to the vehicle of choice of Vin Diesel’s Dominic Torreto. The set is based on the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, modified to include an oversized V8 engine block for that extra horsepower. Additionally, Brickshop also included what seems to be the set’s official LEGO description published in Dutch. Here’s a rough Google translation in case you need to know.

LEGO Technic Dom’s Dodge Charger (42111)

1,077 pieces | 99.99 Euros

LEGO Technic Dom's Dodge Charger

Give fans of Fast & Furious the ultimate thrill with this LEGO® Technic™ Dom’s Dodge Charger (42111) building set for kids and adults. Based on the iconic 1970s Dodge Charger R/T, it’s packed with authentic details. The opening hood reveals a model version of the iconic V8 engine. Other cool features include moving pistons, wishbone suspension, steering system and air blower. There are even nitro bottles in the trunk to bring Dom’s daring high-speed chases to life. Just like the real thing! Fans aged 10 and up will love building their very own replica model of Dominic Toretto’s famous car. After building the Dodge Charger, the fun ramps up as fans role-play classic scenes from The Fast and The Furious movie, bringing the adrenaline-fuelled world of street racing to life. Awesome building toy for creative play The LEGO Technic universe offers advanced building toys for LEGO fans who are ready for their next building challenge.

  • Inspire kids to recreate their favorite scenes from the Fast & Furious movies with this amazing LEGO® Technic™ Dom’s Dodge Charger (42111), an awesome replica model of the classic muscle car.
  • With 1,077 pieces, this cool building set provides a fun challenge for kids who love toy model cars. Inspired by the original 1970s Dodge Charger R/T, this faithful replica is packed with realistic details.
  • Authentic features let kids recreate the thrill of driving the real car, with moving pistons, suspension, steering system and air blower. After playing, kids can show off the model in the famous wheelstand position.
  • Looking for a cool holiday gift for kids aged 10+? This is a great choice. Kids can build the model version of Dom’s car then explore its cool features as they recreate Fast & Furious movie scenes.
  • Measuring 15” (39cm) long, 6” (16cm) wide and 4” (11cm) high, this model car is just the right size for role-playing high-speed adventures. Leave it in the wheelstand position for an eye-catching display piece.

The LEGO Technic Dom’s Dodge Charger (42111) is slated to be available in LEGO stores and via LEGO Shop@Home on April 27, with a retail price of 99.99 Euro or $99.99. Special thanks to Brickfinder for the heads-up.

 

A Glimpse at the new LEGO Technic Dodge Charger (42111)

When news came out that LEGO will be working on a new LEGO Technic set to commemorate the long-running Fast & Furious franchise, there have been well-grounded speculations that this new set might be based on a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS from the first film. However, this turns out to be false now that we have our first look at the upcoming LEGO Technic Dodge Charger (42111).

A flyer from a LEGO Store in China gives us a glimpse of the upcoming LEGO Technic Dodge Charger (42111).

The said image above, courtesy of Leganerd, was taken from a LEGO Store flyer in China. The said store calendar specifically states that the new LEGO Technic Dodge Charge (42111) will be available beginning April 27, consistent with The LEGO Group’s official press release, while LEGO shopping portal Pricevortex lists the set for 99.99 Euros.

On a personal level, I prefer this choice for a LEGO Technic Dodge Charger over the Mitsubishi  Eclipse, being a fan of classic muscle cars. If you recall, this Dodge Charger was the vehicle of choice for Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto throughout the Fast & Furious franchise. It is based on a modified 1970 Dodge Charger R/T with its signature engine block prominently sticking out of its hood. There have been several modifications of this muscle car throughout the film series, but I think this particular LEGO Technic set pays homage to the vehicle that Dom first used in the original film back in 2001.

The original 1970 Dodge Charger used in the first The Fast & The Furious film in 2001.

There are no further details regarding the LEGO Technic Dodge Charger (42111) as of the moment save for its release date and expected retail price. And given that it will retail for 99.99 Euros, we can somehow assume that it will be on the same scale as that of the LEGO Technic Rally Car (42077), slightly smaller to that of the LEGO Creator Expert Ford Mustang (10265). As a side note, this is not the first time that LEGO will be offering a brick-built Dodge Charger. In fact, it will be nice to see this upcoming LEGO Technic set alongside last year’s LEGO Speed Champions 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and 1970 Dodge Charger R/T (75893).

LEGO’s first model of the classic Dodge Charger in this LEGO Speed Champions 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and 1970 Dodge Charger R/T (75893) set.

Since the release date is set for April 27, and LEGO has been actively marketing this in the Asian region, then we can expect some official news or press release from LEGO anytime soon. Thanks again to Leganerd for the heads up, with additional info from Promobricks.

April 2020 LEGO Store Calendar Now Available

Allow me to begin by saying that next month’s LEGO Brand Store Calendar is noticeably underwhelming – and for a very good reason. Considering the global pandemic caused by the notorious COVID-19, all LEGO brand stores are effectively closed until the first half of April. However, that does not deter LEGO from making our Spring Break a bit more fun, even at home. You may still want to check out the April 2020 LEGO Store Calendar and what freebies are in store together with your next LEGO purchase. You may download a PDF copy, or view the gallery below.

As you may notice, the April 2020 LEGO Store Calendar is pretty much bare, with LEGO only giving emphasis on the freebies that it will offer via LEGO Shop@Home. In fact, two of these have been offered already since last week, with one promotional item to expect during the first half of April. I am still optimistic though that the LEGO store closures that we are experiencing will not last long beyond April, and I hope that normal store operations, and our lives in general, will soon be back on track.

At the most, we can be excited about the upcoming LEGO Ideas Pirates of Barracuda Bay (21322) which will be most likely released via LEGO’s online shopping portal. Anyways, here are some of the LEGO freebies in store for us next month via LEGO Shop@Home or LEGO catalog phone orders.

Free Exclusive LEGO Easter Egg (40371)

For single-receipt purchases of any LEGO products worth $50 or more from March 23 to April 13 will entitle you to a free LEGO Easter Egg (40371). This gift-with-purchase set comes in at 239 pieces and features a chick mini build inside a decorative brick-built egg casing.

Free LEGO Easter Bunny (30550)

Similar to the LEGO Easter Egg, the LEGO Easter Bunny (30550) will also be offered during the same time period of March 23-April 13 but on a lower qualifying purchase. For every single-receipt LEGO purchase (online or via phone) worth $30 and more will allow you to bring home this hopping mini build as well. It somehow comes close to what LEGO stores offer with their Monthly Mini Builds (MMB).

Free LEGO Trolls Poppy’s Carriage (30555)

April LEGO Store Calendar

This final freebie for the month of April features a polybag promotional for the LEGO Trolls World Tour theme. For every single-receipt purchase of any LEGO Trolls set worth $35 and above will qualify you for a free LEGO Trolls Poppy’s Carriage (30555) polybag. Though the LEGO Trolls sets have been out since January, it is still nice that LEGO managed to throw in an incentive for LEGO fans who will opt to buy these new sets. Though some parts of the world manage to show the movie, the US is yet to schedule a film release tentatively slated for April 10.

As I mentioned earlier, all LEGO brand stores are closed until April 12 which practically suspends all in-store activities such as Make and Take events, minifigure swaps, and other socially engaging activities. Its a drag really, but it’s for the best of all in the long run.

Keep safe brick fans and keep on building!

Here’s A Chance to Win an Exclusive LEGO Star Wars Maz Kanata Minifigure

The LEGO VIP Rewards Center has been updated to include another monthly sweepstakes promo. Last January, we saw the return of the uber-exclusive LEGO SDCC 2012 Shazam Minifigure as it was raffled away to LEGO VIP members. And now, LEGO fans and collectors will be delighted to know that up for grabs this time will be another exclusive in the form of a limited-edition, LEGO Star Wars Maz Kanata minifigure.

This exclusive LEGO Star Wars Maz Kanata minifigure is exclusively signed by motion-capture artist and model Arti Shah, who doubled for Lupita Nyong’o in playing the role of the legendary pirate queen in The Force Awakens. Arti Shah also took on several roles in the Star Wars movie franchise which includes creature and Power Droid roles in The Last Jedi and Rogue One respectively.

This collectible LEGO Star Wars Maz Kanata minifigure also comes in a UV acrylic case and is subsequently awarded by UK Graders (UKG) with the highest Gold Level grading.  Here’s a brief description of it from the LEGO Rewards Center.

VIPs: Win a signed LEGO Star Wars Maz Kanata minifigure

Enter the VIP competition! You could win a limited-edition Maz Kanata minifigure signed by Arti Shah, the motion capture double for actress Lupita Nyong’o. Awarded the highest ‘Gold’ level grading by UKG, this minifigure comes in a UV acrylic case. 50 points per entry. Sign in to the VIP Reward Centre to enter. Not a VIP? Join now and start earning points for future entries! Enter by 19/4.

Remember,  you have until April 19, 2020 to join in this raffle, with only 50 VIP points needed per raffle entry and a maximum of 15 entries per LEGO VIP member.  Be sure to visit the LEGO Rewards Center for more details.

For the latest LEGO Star Wars sets such as the LEGO Star Wars The Mandalorian subtheme, be sure to visit LEGO Shop@Home.

LEGO Star Wars D-O (75278) Official Images Released

We first caught a glimpse of this little guy’s official LEGO tie-in set last month during the annual New York Toy Fair. And now that we get to watch the last installment of the Skywalker Saga at the comfort of our homes with the digital release of The Rise of Skywalker, perhaps now is the best time to have your building hands busy with this latest LEGO Star Wars set. Though we’re still counting the weeks before we get to see the official LEGO Star Wars D-O (75278) building set rolled-out in LEGO stores, we are fortunate to see what it has to offer with the release of these official images.

LEGO Star Wars D-O

German LEGO online retailer Proshop has listed the LEGO Star Wars D-O set for pre-order, with a release date of April 20. If you recall during this year’s NYTF, LEGO D-O was reported to come in at 519 pieces and will retail for $69.99 in the US.

LEGO Star Wars D-O

This latest LEGO Star Wars display set also seems to cater to the adult fan base of the LEGO Star Wars theme, with its UCS-like design that features its own display stand and plaque. At almost 1 foot in height, it makes a great display piece to celebrate the legacy of one of cinema’s most enduring film franchise.

LEGO Star Wars D-O

Here’s a rough English translation of the LEGO Star Wars D-O (75278) building set, while we wait for LEGO Shop@Home servers to be updated. Thanks to Promobricks for the heads up.

LEGO Star Wars D-O (75278)

Build your own fantastic model of DO ™ from “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalkers”! Recreate all the authentic details of the endearing droid with LEGO® bricks. Just like the real DO, the head can be turned 360 degrees and tilted forward and backward. This collector’s item also includes an integrated stand to present the model together with an information sign and DO as a minifigure at home or in the office.

The cool LEGO® Star Wars ™ building toy “DO ™” (75278) recalls exciting scenes from the film “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalkers”.
The authentic details of this lovable Star Wars character can be reproduced excellently with LEGO bricks. The fans will be delighted to find that the head can be tilted and rotated 360 degrees and that the antennas can be moved. Intended as a showpiece This LEGO set contains an integrated stand for the construction model as well as an information sign with DO as a cute minifigure to attract everyone’s attention at home or in the office as an attractive showpiece. Also note the other LEGO Star Wars collectibles, construction models and showpieces for adults, for example, the sets “Stormtrooper ™ helmet” (75276) and “Boba Fett ™ helmet” (75277). Welcome to the LEGO Star Wars universe Since 1999, the LEGO Group has repeatedly formed iconic spaceships, vehicles, locations, and characters from the legendary Star Wars universe. LEGO Star Wars is the most successful theme world of the LEGO Group and contains cool gift ideas for fans of all ages.

LEGO Star Wars D-O

LEGO Star Wars Helmet Collection Officially Revealed

LEGO has just unveiled its LEGO Star Wars Helmet Collection series and makes it available for pre-order over at LEGO Shop@Home. We first caught glimpse of these sets a couple of weeks ago with the reveal of the Boba Fett and Stormtrooper busts. This time around, another set has been included in this series with the introduction of the TIE Fighter Pilot (75274) bust.

This first wave of LEGO Star Wars Helmet Collection will be made available for pre-order starting today and will be released to the general public on April 19 retailing for $59.99. Read on for LEGO’s full press release and you may click on the following links below if you wish to pre-order these sets.

New LEGO Star Wars Helmet Building Sets challenge builders to display their dark side

Billund, Denmark. Today, in a galaxy very close to home, the LEGO Group unveiled a new addition to its much-loved Star Wars™ range. Fans of the films can now show off their loyalty to the Empire – and elite-class building skills – with the new collectible LEGO® Star Wars™ Boba Fett Helmet,  LEGO® Star Wars™ Stormtrooper™ Helmet and LEGO® Star Wars™ TIE Fighter Pilot™ Helmet build-to-display models.

Designed to challenge even Jedi builders, the new models will provide an immersive building experience for adults, recreating the iconic shapes and authentic details of their favorite intergalactic helmets with the LEGO System in Play. When the building mission is complete, the models come with bespoke base plates and name plaques so they can be displayed at home, in the office…or anywhere else in the galaxy!

Inspired by epic villains from the Star Wars™ films, the new build-to-display models will be available to pre-order in from [US: March 17th/ROW: March 18th] online at LEGO.com before launching on April 19th priced at (EUR/$ 59.99):

LEGO® Star Wars™ Stormtrooper™ Buildable Model Helmet (75276)

Recreate the iconic look of a Stormtrooper with this striking 18cm tall model before displaying it as a tribute to the epic Galactic Empire ground force.

LEGO Star Wars Helmet

LEGO Star Wars Helmet

LEGO® Star Wars™ Boba Fett Buildable Model Helmet (75277)

Pay tribute to the legendary bounty hunter by recreating the distinctive shape of the Mandalorian helmet with this awesome, 21cm tall brick-built display model.

LEGO Star Wars Helmet

LEGO Star Wars Helmet

LEGO® Star Wars™ TIE Fighter Pilot™ Buildable Model Helmet (75274)

Create the notorious contours of the TIE pilot helmet with LEGO bricks to complete this 18cm tall model and receive the glory of the Empire

LEGO Star Wars Helmet

LEGO Star Wars Helmet

These sets add to the LEGO Group’s much-loved LEGO®  Star Wars™ range that continues to unite fans of all ages all around the globe.

Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, LEGO® *Star Wars™* Design Director, said: “The Star Wars™ galaxy continues to provide us with endless opportunities to bring scenes and characters from the movies to life using LEGO bricks. The new LEGO® Star Wars™ Helmets provide a challenging building experience but only use existing LEGO pieces to recreate the iconic contours and colors of headgear, showing what is possible with the LEGO System in Play.”

“Helmets have been a staple in Star Wars™ iconography since the very beginning, helping to shape the designs of some of the most notable characters in the galaxy,” said Derek Stothard, vice president of licensing at Lucasfilm. “So, it only made sense to immortalize those helmets in LEGO brick form. It’s always fun to work with the LEGO Group to create new, engaging and mentally stimulating products for builders around the globe, and we’re so excited to bring these LEGO Star Wars™ helmet building kits, and brand-new packaging, to our fans.”

The new LEGO® Star Wars™ Buildable Model Helmets are the latest example of how the LEGO Group aims to inspire builders of all ages to build, rebuild and get excited by the process of creation. The new LEGO® *Star Wars™* Construction Sets will be the first products designed for those aged 18+ from the LEGO Group to be launched with a new stylish packaging designed to reflect the sophisticated nature of the creative process.

All new products in the LEGO Group’s ranges that appeal to adults will now feature the sleek, minimalistic new design across related packaging, building instructions, exclusive content and in-store, and online store design.

Genevieve Capa Cruz, Audience Strategist at the LEGO Group, commented: “For generations, children and adults alike have used the LEGO System in Play to challenge themselves creatively and we have millions of adult fans around the world who inspire us day-after-day with their intricate creations.

“Our older fans often look for building challenges related to their passions or interests and many want to display models once they have completed the build. The new stylish packaging reflects the sophisticated LEGO build process to clearly differentiate our sets that appeal to adults from those that are loved by our younger fans. The design for different products will also use cues from our older fans’ favorite films, sports or hobbies to help them choose their next challenge and get them excited to proudly display their creations when complete.”

 

New: Exclusive LEGO Harry Potter Tom Riddle Minifigure Freebie

Amazon updated its roster of LEGO-inspired books that Harry Potter fans will love to have. The LEGO Harry Potter Magical Treasury: A Visual Guide to the Wizarding World is currently listed via Amazon, and it also comes with an exclusive LEGO Harry Potter Tom Riddle minifigure based on the second film in the franchise, The Chamber of Secrets.

This latest LEGO Harry Potter Tom Riddle minifigure is the newest rendition of the infamous character in the film series which made his first appearance as a minifigure back in 2002 in LEGO Harry Potter The Chamber of Secrets (4730). This latest LEGO version of Tom Riddle sees him wearing his old Hogwarts uniform, and is the first of its kind in the LEGO Harry Potter series. Understandably, this is perhaps the main selling point of this upcoming DK offering. Here’s a brief description of the LEGO Harry Potter Magical Treasury: A Visual Guide to the Wizarding World book as listed in Amazon.

A look at the different versions of Lord Voldemort as a LEGO minifigure.

Explore the magical world of LEGO Harry Potter in charming detail.

A spellbinding book featuring the very best sets and minifigures in the LEGO Wizarding World–plus an exclusive minifigure from the LEGO Harry Potter theme for your collection.

Packed with sets, minifigures, and magical accessories from the LEGO Wizarding World, DK’s LEGO Harry Potter Magical Treasury covers the very best of the LEGO Harry Potter theme–from a Hogwarts castle with more than 6,000 pieces to a perfectly molded minifigure-sized wand.

Learn how these magical sets are created in a behind-the-scenes chapter, which features an interview with the award-winning LEGO Harry Potter team.

LEGO Harry Potter Tom Riddle
The new LEGO Harry Potter Tom Riddle minifigure which is exclusively available in DK’s latest LEGO book.

This DK LEGO book is now available for pre-order retailing for $19.79, with a release date of July 7, 2020. If you wish to pre-order this one, be sure to visit the affiliate links highlighted above. For more LEGO Harry Potter and Wizarding World sets, be sure to visit LEGO Shop@Home.

New LEGO Star Wars Busts Revealed: Stormtrooper (75276) and Boba Fett (75277)

If you recall back in August of last year, news from the leaking faucet hinted of more LEGO Star Wars busts that are in the works, following the release of the Darth Vader (75227) and Sith Trooper (77901) brick-built busts. However, it should be noted that this pair of LEGO Star Wars busts are exclusive to their respective fan events and were not made available to the larger general public.

Like any other LEGO event exclusives, a lot of fans were left feeling a bit disappointed about not having access to these collectibles. But this time around, LEGO is now introducing a pair of new LEGO Star Wars sets to make it up somehow to the fans of one of its most lucrative licensed themes. It looks like that the LEGO  Star Wars Stormtrooper (75276) and Boba Fett (75277) busts are now a very sure thing, with first images of its box art now shared online by LEGO 3rd party retailer Toy Santa.

The way LEGO markets these brick-built busts (intended for adult builders 18 and up) clearly shows that they are for LEGO Star Wars AFOLs. I like the premium, UCS-like packaging on these sets, which are quite sizeable by the way, considering that they come with more than 600 LEGO pieces – almost double the size of the Darth Vader and Sith Trooper busts that were mentioned earlier.

The box art for these LEGO Star Wars busts also hints on the fact they are commemorative sets, marking the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back when it was first released in theaters back in 1980. It also bears the film’s commemorative logo bearing the silhouettes of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader’s in their timeless father-and-son confrontation.

There is also no definite retail price as of this time, but we can expect these sets to be somewhere between $70 to $80 USD considering the number of pieces for such licensed sets.

The LEGO Star Wars Stormtrooper (75276) and Boba Fett (75277) are not yet listed at LEGO Shop@Home, but considering that images such as these are starting to appear already from third-party retailers, then we can expect more info to appear very soon, so stay tuned!

LEGO Minions Official Images Released, Will Be Available in April

Following its reveal at the recently concluded New York Toy Fair, we now official images of the LEGO Minions tie-in sets uploaded at LEGO Shop@Home. These include a closer look at the official box art and a more detailed view of what to expect from these sets. These five LEGO Minions: The Rise of Gru sets are slated to be released on April 27. You may click on the following links to know more about each set.

Minions in Gru’s Lab (75546)

87 pieces | $19.99

LEGO Minions LEGO Minions LEGO Minions

Minion Pilot in Training (75547)

119 pieces | $29.99

LEGO Minions LEGO Minions LEGO Minions

Unstoppable Bike Chase (75549)

136 pieces | $19.99

LEGO Minions LEGO Minions LEGO Minions

Minions Kung Fu Battle (75550)

310 pieces | $39.99

LEGO Minions LEGO Minions LEGO Minions

 

Brick-built Minions and their Lair (75551)

876 pieces | $49.99

LEGO Minions LEGO Minions LEGO Minions