YESSSS! LEGO Life-Size Brick-Built Statue of Thor Heads It Way to SDCC!

We saw Justice League’s Flash getting the #LEGOSDCC treatment a few days ago, and this time, joining him as one of this year’s SDCC highlights is the Norse god of thunder himself, MCU’s Thor, as seen in the upcoming film, Thor: Ragnarok. Entertainment Weekly gives us an inside look and some fun facts about this latest LEGO creation. Check out the time-lapse video below of how this brick-built statue came to be. The following images are courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

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This life-sized LEGO statue captures Thor’s cinematic version as played by Chris Hemsworth. The final model stands at 7 feet tall, made up 33,495 LEGO bricks, and took a total of 290 hours to build. I love how the designers made good use of the bright red pieces as it accentuate the alien-like markings on the left side of the build, and the flowing effect of Thor’s cape. The way the cape was constructed is totally rad! I’d say that the choice of handheld weapons on this build is a good call as well on the part of the designers. In the absence of Mjolnir, the choice of having the god of thunder wielding two swords is a lot better than seeing him holding an over-sized screwdriver.

2017’s San Diego Comic Con will officially kick-off on Thursday, July 20 at the San Diego Convention Center. LEGO has always been an active exhibitor at these events, and if you’re paying a visit at SDCC, then be sure to drop by at Booth #2829. LEGO has already announced this year’s exclusive SDCC minifigure in the character of CW’s Vixen from Legends of Tomorrow, and there’s still more LEGO surprises to be revealed as we count the hours away so be sure to keep tabs with us for more LEGO @SDCC updates.

 

 

LEGO Unveils Its First SDCC 2017 Exclusive Minifigure.

LEGO has been quite mum about this one, until now. We saw from last year that CW’s Rey Palmer (aka Atom) of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow was one of San Diego Comic Con’s exclusive swags, alongside Steve Roger’s Captain America. This time around, we have another character from Legends of Tomorrow that a few brick fans will be so fortunate enough to have. LEGO has shared via its Twitter account that Vixen will now be getting the exclusive LEGO SDCC treatment for this year’s SDCC.

For those of you who are not familiar with her character, Vixen (aka Amaya Jiwe) is a CW character and a former member of Justice Society of America played on screen by Maisie Richardson-Sellers. Hailing from Africa, Vixen is an expert in hand-to-hand combat, made even more deadly by the powerful Anansi Totem – a magically imbued necklace that allows her to summon or harness the life force of animals, giving her superhuman strength, speed, agility, and resistance to the elements.

The manner of having Vixen in her exclusive LEGO minifigure form will be basically the same as that from previous years. If you’re attending this year’s Comic Con, you must be at the Pavilion Terrace at 12:30PM and wait in line from July 20 to 23. This limited edition, SDCC exclusive minifig is expected to shoot up in value in the aftermarket for as much as $200 to $250. Even as of this writing, a couple of pre-auction listings on eBay are now posted.

If you’re unable to attend this year’s Comic Con, LEGO will still be running its usual online raffle via Twitter, so be sure to keep tabs with their social media accounts. Be sure to stay tuned with us for more LEGO SDCC updates only here at the Brick Show!

 

 

 

More LEGO Ninjago Movie Polybags Revealed!

More news is coming in with regards to The LEGO Ninjago Movie sets and polybags. After the reveal of several TLNM set polybags such as the Kendo Lloyd (30608), Ice Tank (30427), and The LEGO Ninjago Movie Movie Maker (5004394) we now have reports of two additional polybags that will be coming out soon. Thanks to Hoth Bricks, we now have a look at what these polybags are, and how they fare as micro-scaled versions of the original mech sets of our Ninjago heroes.

Coming in at 64 pieces, we have the Quake Mech (30379) polybag which takes its cue from it’s yet to be revealed larger counterpart, set 70632. It is the unicycle riding mech supposedly driven by Cole in the film, and rumor has it that the larger 70632 is slated to be a part of TLNM’s 2018 wave of sets. In the meantime, we’ll settle for this smaller rendition which is not bad in itself.

Next we have the smaller Green Ninja Mech Dragon (30428) polybag which quite frankly, looks more like a hatchling of its larger predecessor. Being at microscale coming in at 60 pieces, it actually looks more like a baby lizard rather than a dragon! I can just imagine someone building a MOC of the Green Ninja Dragon Mech flanked by these little baby critters.

We don’t have any info as of now on the availability of these polybags, but we do expect that LEGO will keep up with the trend of offering micro-scale versions of these much larger sets just in time before The LEGO Ninjago Movie debuts in theaters on September 22. It’ll be fun to collect these micro-scaled mech polybags and have it stand alongside their larger versions.

 

Which of these polybags will you pick up? What other TLNM mechs will you like to have polybag treatment? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

 

 

LEGO Creator Expert London Bus (10258) Now Available for VIP Members.

Initially offered across all five LEGO stores in London at the start of the month, LEGO VIP fans of the iconic red bus can now have its brick-built counterpart, the LEGO Creator Expert London Bus (10258)beginning today. Now available both online and at all LEGO brand stores worldwide, the London Bus comes in at a minifig scale and is a faithful replication of the famous Routemaster bus with all the fine details and  accessories very much close to the actual bus. In case you missed it, set designers Morten Graff-Wang and Jamie Berard were in London last July 1 and they shared some insights on how this magnificent came to be. It is interesting to see how this latest LEGO Creator Expert set was developed, with all its nifty references to the actual vehicle. The set also comes with plenty of never-before-seen pieces such as tires with standard tread, quarter bows and arches in red, and 1x1x1 A2/3 bricks with vertical studs.

The LEGO Creator London Bus (10258) comes in at 1,680 pieces and retails for US $139.99. If you’re already a VIP member, simply login at shop.LEGO.com to have early access starting today, and August 1 for the general public. Purchasing the set also entitles you to a LEGO Creator Mini Piggy Bank (40251), available for free for all LEGO purchases $75 and above.

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.

 

 

 

Spider-Man Homemade Suit Makes Its Way as a Playable Character in LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2.

LEGO and TT Games recently stirred things up in this year’s largest Disney fan event at the D23 Expo. With their additional reveal of another playable character in the highly anticipated LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 at the Level Up! Video Game Showcase, it seems that more, never-before-seen LEGO Marvel characters will be included in the game sequel. Following the reveal of Medusa both as a playable character in LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 and as an impressive brick-built LEGO statue at E3 last month, we now have another LEGO Marvel character that adds to the roster of web-slinging superheroes that you can access in the video game. Homemade Suit Spider-Man is a playable character straight from MCU’s Spider-Man: Homecoming film, with Peter Parker’s signature homemade red hoodie and blue jeans costume.

Homemade Suit Spider-Man seems to be of standard fare as compared to other Spider-Man characters in the game, with the usual web shot ranged and melee combo attacks. Nevertheless, having a character uniquely donned as this one surely adds excitement and fun in the game. Let’s take a look at this gameplay video as revealed at the D23 Expo.

Now that were just a few days away before this year’s San Diego Comic Con officially kicks off, expect more reveals from Warner Bros. and TT Games later on. LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 launches on November 14 and is now available for pre-order. Get the Deluxe Edition and you’ll get an early access to the Classic Guardians of the Galaxy Character Pack which features playable classic GOTG characters, including Charlie-27, Yondu, Major Vance, and Starhawk among others. Plus, you’ll also be receiving the exclusive Giant-Man minifigure which you can only get when you pre-order the game.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Everything is Awesome With LEGO @SDCC 2017 – A Look at LEGO-Related Panels and Events.

We’re now less than a week away before this year’s San Diego Comic Con officially kicks off, and Comic-Con’s website has now been updated to include the full schedule of events throughout the fan convention. LEGO is intentional in leaving its mark on this year’s SDCC, with the announcement of its regular LEGO SDCC exclusives such as the LEGO BrickHeadz Marvel Spider-Man and Venom (41497) and LEGO BrickHeadz DC Supergirl and Martian Manhunter (41496), both on sale via a lottery system on July 20 and 21 respectively.

 

The LEGO Ninjago Movie panel is also drawing in a good number attendees as of this writing, and for a good reason. Not only will it be graced by the stars of the film such as Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña and Zach Woods, but there’s also a promise of a movie-themed, exclusive give away for the audience.

Another program to watch out for is the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2: Meet the Talent Behind the Video Game panel. Warner Bros. Gaming and TT Games have collaborated to give the audience a preview of the games latest game trailer plus a new character to be revealed. To sweeten the deal, LEGO will also be throwing exclusive audience give aways which is really exciting. Will this be an exclusive LEGO SDCC minifigure? Will find out soon enough. Here are the rest of the details of the various LEGO-related panels that are listed in SDCC 2017’s website. Please take note these may change without prior notice, and will keep our site updated from time to time. So if you’re all set to head over at the San Diego Convention Center next week, be sure to drop by at these locations.

Unikitty! New Episode Premiere and Q&A

Thursday July 20, 2017 11:15am – 12:15pm; Room 6A

Your favorite character from The LEGO Movie now has her own show! Journey to a joyous kingdom full of sparkle matter, happy thoughts, and the occasional rage-out in Unikitty!, an all-new animated series. As ruler of the kingdom, Unikitty has busy days full of royal responsibilities. Unikitty is most interested in making sure everyone is happy and ridding the kingdom of negativity, but don’t misunderstand her optimism-she is one kitty not to be crossed. While she may be full of boundless energy and creativity, Unikitty is a force to be reckoned with if anyone gets in the way of spreading her positive vibes, especially if anyone makes her little brother and best friend, Puppycorn, sad. Also living in the castle are Dr. Fox, the resident scientist, and Unikitty’s trusty bodyguard, Hawkodile. Producers and members of the voice cast will give a sneak peek at this new series and explain how Unikitty and her friends will make sure that every day is the happiest and most creative ever! Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Unikitty!is coming soon to Cartoon Network.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:45pm – 7:45pm; Room 6A

In this big screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, a.k.a. the Green Ninja (Dave Franco), along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu (Jackie Chan), as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2: Meet the Talent Behind the Video Game

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:45pm – 2:45pm; Room 6A

The team behind the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 videogame-including Arthur Parsons (head of design, TT Games), Bill Rosemann (executive creative director, Marvel Games), Justin Ramsden (designer, LEGO), Kurt Busiek (comics writer, Avengers Forever), and Dan Veesenmeyer (comic content artist, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers)-offer an inside look at this all-new original adventure, the sequel to the smash hit LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. Moderated by Marvel’s Ryan Penagos (vice president and executive editor, Marvel Digital), this celebration of the Marvel Universe will provide fans with a first look at a new game trailer, new character and artwork reveals, and exclusive audience giveaways. Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 pits players against the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror in an epic cosmic battle across the expansive Open Hub World of Chronopolis. The game will be released on November 14.  Pre-order it here via Amazon.

World Premiere of LEGO Scooby-Doo! Blowout Beach Bash

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:30am – 12:00pm; Room 6BCF

Mystery, Inc. heads to Blowout Beach for a real swinging beach party, but when the Ghost Pirates threaten to crush the good vibes, it’s up to Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma to get the party back on track and save the day! Be among the first to see this all-new LEGO/Scooby-Doo movie, then stay for a fun-filled panel featuring actors Matthew Lillard (Twin Peaks, The Bridge) and Grey Griffin (The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy), the voices of Shaggy and Daphne respectively, alongside producer Rick Morales and director Ethan Spaulding.TV Guide Magazine senior writer Damian Holbrook will moderate the hijinks. LEGO Scooby-Doo! Blowout Beach Bash will be available on July 25, 2017 on DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.  Pre-order it here via Amazon.

World Premiere of LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:15pm – 1:45pm; Room 6BCF

Missing memories provide an intriguing mystery for our young female protagonists in the all-new animated film, LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain. See the world premiere of this film, the first LEGO entry in the worldwide DC Super Hero Girls franchise phenomenon, then stay for a fun panel featuring the voices of Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy—Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery), Tara Strong (The Fairly Oddparents, My Little Pony), and Anais Fairweather (DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games), respectively, alongside producer Rick Morales (Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders), director Todd Grimes (Back at the Barnyard), and screenwriter Jeremy Adams (Monsuno). DC All Access host Tiffany Smith moderates. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment, and the LEGO Group, LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment July 25, on digital HD, and August 8 on DVD.  Pre-order it here via Amazon.

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Sunday July 23, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm; Room 7AB

Join creators of the smash-hit Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu television series and LEGO Ninjago toys for an in-depth look behind the scenes. Writers Kevin and Dan Hageman, show runner Tommy Andreasen, senior creative director Simon Lucas, and IP lead Nelson Lamonicago under the hood and explore the Ninjago universe. Plus, sneak peeks and an appearance from voice talent of the hit show. Moderated by Brian Bowler (marketing director).

 

 

 

 

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.