LEGO Christmas Build-Up (40253) Official Images Now Available.

Earlier last September, it was revealed in LEGO’s Italian Store Calendar that set 40253 or the LEGO Christmas Build-Up will be one of this year’s seasonal LEGO Store giveaways. November’s LEGO Store Calendar in the US finally set it in stone when it officially announced that the LEGO Christmas Build-Up (40253) set will be a free promotional that comes with a qualifying purchase of any LEGO products worth $99 and above.  Taking its cue from last year’s Christmas build and re-build set which is the Holiday Countdown Calendar (40222), this year’s seasonal freebie also highlights a similar play feature, coming in at 254 pieces.

Recently, LEGO’s servers have already been updated to include all the official images of this exclusive, LEGO Store giveaway set to be released from November 1 to 15, or until supplies last. Slightly similar to the highly popular LEGO Advent Calendars, the LEGO Christmas Build-Up (40253) allows young builders to create, and re-create 24 unique micro-builds. Take note that these builds cannot be built simultaneously, even with 254 pieces available at your disposal. We just have to wait and see until this set becomes available next month to exactly know how many micro-builds can you create out of this LEGO set, without taking apart the rest. We’ll keep you posted once Jason and Stephen picks this up and reviews them.

In the meantime, can you guess what objects these micro builds represent? Some of these can easily be recreated with relative ease using any of your existing LEGO pieces. So what do you think brick fans, which of these can you easily build?

Here’s A Wrap-Up of All Things LEGO at NYCC 2017.

Last week’s New York Comic Con 2017 may all be over, but the waves of LEGO-related announcements released during the fan convention just kept on lingering. Unlike last year’s New York Comic Con, where LEGO introduced new sets such those coming from the DC Super Hero Girls theme, additional LEGO Batman Movie sets, and an exclusive Batgirl mini-doll raffle giveaway, this year was, well… a bit uninspiring. There were no new themes or full LEGO sets that were announced, but more of what to expect from the LEGO BrickHeadz line. Needless to say, this year’s LEGO reveals were pretty nice in themselves so here’s a wrap-up of everything that LEGO has revealed or announced during the said annual fan convention.

First off, we have the obvious emphasis on one of LEGO’s brick-built, pop-styled themes – the LEGO BrickHeadz. Love or hate them, top brass from The LEGO Group made the call, nonetheless, of having two of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars saga as this year’s prized LEGO NYCC exclusive and giving them the LEGO BrickHeadz flavor. This year’s NYCC saw a handful of fortunate LEGO fans bringing home their very own and exclusively numbered, LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite (41498). Straight from the classic Star Wars saga, this exclusive BrickHeadz set comes in at 329 pieces and is the largest BrickHeadz set to be offered so far.

Hot on the heels of this exclusive LEGO set is also the announcement of more LEGO BrickHeadz in 2018. Specifically timed with the theatrical releases of some of the most highly anticipated super hero films, these BrickHeadz feature a new line of sets based on characters from the Justice League, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Avengers: Infinity War. This gives the relatively new line of LEGO theme a total number of 29 collectible sets to eye on, excluding those that were exclusively offered during Comic Cons.

Next, we have more cool announcements coming from the good ‘ol folks of Warner Bros Interactive and TT Games. Also revealed during one of the NYCC panels, TT Games brought to stage several cool updates about the much awaited LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2. TT Games Head of Design, Arthur Parsons, revealed what fans can expect from the game’s Season Pass, which offers six Level Packs and four Character Packs boosting the overall number of playable LEGO Marvel characters to up to more than 260 characters.

Finally, it was also revealed at NYCC that the Black Panther will have his very own LEGO movie entitled Trouble in Wakanda. It seems that T’Challa will be getting a lot of screen time – not only with his own stand-alone and self-titled MCU film set to be released in February and the Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 in May, we can now also expect him starring in his own LEGO film.


Details about Trouble in Wakanda are scant as of the moment, and we don’t have any details of its plot or release date. What we do know is that LEGO seems to be focusing a lot of attention on a single, Marvel character since this is the very first solo superhero movie that they ever made. We do have a lot of superhero, brick-built movies before, but this is the very first film that is dedicated to a single character. Will this be a start of something like a series of stand-alone LEGO superhero films in the future, following the methods of both MCU and DCEU? We just have to wait and see.

It is also not far-fetched to consider that this might be another direct-to-DVD/Blu-Ray film unlike its big production movies such as The LEGO Movie, The LEGO Batman Movie, and the more recent, LEGO Ninjago Movie. My best guess is that it will be released alongside its theatrical MCU counterpart, the Black Panther, and may also come with an exclusive, free LEGO minifigure which of course will definitely drive sales of Trouble in Wakanda.

What LEGO NYCC announcement were you most excited about? For one, I’m looking forward to LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 and I’m sure our resident gaming guru, Brick Show Brian, already has his sights locked into playing and giving you a walk-through of this game. So be sure to follow his YouTube channel and keep tabs with us for more LEGO news and updates.

 

Tyler Gets An Inside Look at the LEGO House in Billund.

The LEGO House in Billund, Denmark is now fully operational! We had a glimpse of what the House of the Brick has to offer, and this time, our resident Master Builder brings you a firsthand look at what’s in store inside the sprawling complex of brick-filled fun and non-stop adventures.

From the magnificent LEGO Tree of Creativity that stands 15 meters high and made out of more than six million LEGO bricks, the Master Builders Gallery, where the original works of some of the best LEGO builders and fans all over the world are showcased, and to the various activity zones (Red, Yellow, Green and Blue) that define the fun and unique LEGO learning experience, each section of the LEGO House is filled with so many opportunities to learn and express each person’s creativity in a fun and engaging way.

Speaking of creativity, though I am not fortunate enough to be included in the A-list of top notch LEGO builders invited by LEGO (sadly, my master builder kung fu is not that strong enough), I’m delighted to see what Tyler has made for the LEGO House for everyone to see. If my information is correct, MOCs put on display at the Master Builders Gallery will stay there for a year, and another batch of original creations from other equally talented builders will have a chance to be showcased.

Take a look at what our master builder, Tyler, is displaying at The LEGO House in Billund, Denmark #lego #legohouse

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Here’s Tyler with an inside look at the House of the Brick.

The LEGO House in Billund, Denmark is open daily with a few exceptions throughout the year, so be sure to plan and book your visit in advance.

What’s your favorite part inside the LEGO House? Share us what you think in the comments below.

LEGO Toys R Us Bricktober 2017 Minifigures Now On Sale At Select TRU Stores.

This year’s LEGO Toys R Us Bricktober 2017 promotionals are now up, and as we reported from yesterday, this annual LEGO and TRU promo have already kicked off in some parts of the world and has just recently began in the US. For its first wave of offerings during this week (October 1 to 7), LEGO purchases of $50 and above at any Toys R Us stores will entitle you to a free LEGO Bricktober Minifigure set  which is from the Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu theme.  Week 2 (October 8 to 14) giveaways will be the LEGO Batman Movie minifigs; Week 3 (October 15-21) the LEGO City Jungle Exploration; and Week 4 (October 22-28) will be a selection of LEGO CMFs coming from past series.

According to some reports we’re receiving from our brick fans, certain TRU stores, particularly in Arlington, Texas, are now even offering Week 2 series which is yet to be released next week. Furthermore, store clerks are even offering them for sale for $19.99 per set even without any qualifying purchases, including The LEGO Batman Movie series, which is still due next week. Here are some images snapped by one of our friends.

What I find odd is the fact that there seems to be an absence of any active promotions or marketing for these minifigure sets. According to reports, there are no visible in-store signages of any kind that hints on these Bricktober promotionals. Unlike that of last year’s where flyers were given away to promote 2016’s Bricktober minifigs, this year is somewhat lacking. This is only me speculating, but it could be that TRU has underestimated how popular these minifigure sets are and is now doing some regulating of some sorts to ensure that there will be plenty of sets to go around during the next three weeks, OR in light of their recent financial crisis and bankruptcy, advertising is one of the company’s activities that are placed in the backburner. Couple it with a rather low morale from their frontline store personnel, then you can expect a relatively apathetic atmosphere where you can easily get products that are not yet supposed to be offered.

We just have to wait and see if TRU will be consistent in its announcements and promo, and for the mean time please let us know if these 2017 Bricktober Minifigure sets are now available in your local TRU stores. Drop us a comment below if you happen to spot them.

Thanks to Justin for giving us a heads up.

This Year’s Limited Edition Christmas Gift With Purchase is the Iconic Nutcracker (40254)!

LEGO’s November Store Calendar has revealed that this year’s Christmas gift with purchase (GWP) promotional will be the classic, buildable Nutcracker (40254). For a very, very limited time period (from November 24 to 27 only), this set comes as a freebie for any single receipt purchase of any LEGO products worth $99 and above, both online and in-store. The Nutcracker (40254) is a similar promo like that of last year’s Snowglobe (40223) giveaway. With only four days of window time for this set’s availability during Brick Friday and over the following weekend, expect this set to fly off the shelves rather quickly.

As expected from limited edition sets such as this, there is already an eBay listing of the LEGO Seasonal Nutcracker as early as now. This particular listing showcases the set’s box art which is quite bigger and taller as compared to previous sets. See the images below.

 

 

 

 

In case, you want to give it a try right now, you may build your own LEGO Nutcracker (40254) using the building instructions uploaded by LEGO. You may download it here and see if you have the pieces that you can use. As far as I see it, there seems to be no particular piece exclusive to this set, so building it may be relatively easy.

So what do you think about this year’s limited edition Christmas freebie? Which do you think is better, this year’s LEGO Seasonal Nutcracker (40254) or last year’s Snowglobe (40223)? Let us know in the comments below.