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).

 

 

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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.

 

A Closer Look at 2017’s LEGO Inside Tour Commemorative Set – The LEGO House Tree of Creativity (4000024).

This year’s LEGO Inside Tour has already been concluded, and though it has been weeks since the last batch of tour participants left the LEGO Group’s headquarters in Billund, their experience during the tour and the things that LEGO has unveiled in the process, is of great significance even for us LEGO fans residing in this corner of the globe.

Since its beginnings in 2005, the LEGO Inside Tour offers a glimpse into the inner workings of the LEGO Group. From their staff and designers’ day-to-day activities, to the daily operations of their production plant where the iconic bricks are made, tour participants get to see a glimpse of how LEGO is devoted and passionate in creating the coolest toy ever created. At the end of the two-day tour, LEGO caps off the experience with a very unique gift that each participant gets to bring home that perfectly sums up the LIT experience.

Each LEGO Inside Tour commemorative gift is unique in itself, with a new one released every year thoughtfully designed under close collaboration with Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, TLG’s current owner and grandson of LEGO founder Ole Kirk Kristiansen.  Needless to say, this commemorative gift represents everything that is close to the heart of LEGO as a respected company, and symbolizes TLG’s significant milestones throughout the years.

If you recall, last 2016’s LEGO Inside Tour saw the reveal of the LEGO Truck Show (4000022) as its gift to participants of the tour. The set looks back at LEGO’s marketing efforts back in the late nineties where they opted to go mobile in promoting the LEGO brand among children and adults. More like LEGO’s version of a travelling road show, the LEGO Truck Show has proved to be popular during its heyday, with children excitingly waiting for the famed yellow Volvo truck to appear in their neighborhood. It represented a significant milestone in the life of TLG where the company can get to bring the creative fun of the LEGO brand to kids across the globe.

Each LEGO Inside Tour set, like 2016’s LEGO Truck Show, represents a very important landmark for LEGO. This year, LEGO has invested a great deal in envisioning another very important event in the life of the company. Under the helm of LEGO’s current CEO Bali Padda, the LEGO House – whose construction began in 2014 – is expected to open to the public on September 28, 2017.

Things are gradually taking shape within the LEGO House, with three large-scale, brick-built dinosaur models stealing the scene. However, awesome as these builds are, they are eventually humbled in comparison to the colossal, Tree of Creativity which stands in the middle of LEGO Square. The Tree of Creativity stands at over 15 meters tall and is made mainly of standard brown, black, and green bricks totalling to more than 6.3 million pieces. It represents everything that is important to LEGO, its history, vision and aspirations. Check out the video below courtesy of Beyond the Brick that shows the fine details of the Tree of Creativity and the rest of the cool things inside the LEGO House.

In the midst of LEGO House stands one of the world’s most iconic LEGO models, at over 15m tall and packed full of details and surprises even the most avid LEGO enthusiast cannot fail to be impressed by the Tree of Creativity.

Originally the team had a few more ideas for alternative models, but in the end it was the tree that won because the idea was so strong. The base and roots of the tree represent the LEGO Group foundation in wooden toys and at the very top LEGO minifigure workers are building new branches using a giant crane. Just like LEGO House itself.

The unique LEGO model is built by hand from 6.316.611 standard LEGO bricks and took 24.350 hours to assemble.

2017 is a big year for LEGO, especially when the doors of the LEGO House open to public for the very first time come September 28. It is no wonder then that this year’s LEGO Inside Tour pays a fitting tribute to this magnificent tree, dedicating this year’s LIT commemorative set to this fitting metaphor. The LEGO House Tree of Creativity (4000024) set stands as a reminder of the strong and humble roots of LEGO, and the ever expanding horizon that its leaves and branches reach.

Since only a few blessed souls get to attend the LEGO Inside Tour on a yearly basis, we are thankful to the Brickfinder for sharing the following images for all of us to see and appreciate. These images give us a closer look at the miniature model of the Tree of Creativity of the LEGO House, plus some background information about the set.

Stuart Harris, Senior Experience Designer and overall responsible for the large-scale models that will go into the LEGO House, shares his thoughts about the LEGO Tree of Creativity.

The Tree of Creativity is beautiful in itself, but it is also a metaphor for the LEGO Group. It’s stood the test of time and has grown over many years, which represents the continual growth of the company. The base and roots of the tree represent our foundation in wooden toys and at the very top you’ll see the tree is ‘unfinished’. Minifigure workers can be seen building new branches using the giant crane sitting at the very top, representing the on-going renewal and development of the LEGO Group.

Credit goes to Mr. Robin Yeo and Brickfinder for sharing these images.

What do you think about this year’s LEGO Inside Tour Tree of Creativity set? Do you think LEGO made a right call in choosing this as a commemorative LIT set? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

 

The LEGO Ninjago Movie SDCC 2017 Giveaway Announced, Plus Other Promotional Items.

With less than two weeks before this year’s San Diego Comic Con, LEGO and Warner Bros. Pictures has announced its plans of setting up a panel to promote their latest brick-built film, The LEGO Ninjago Movie. Building on the phenomenal success of The LEGO Batman Movie, the LEGO Ninjago Movie is also expected to create waves once it hit theaters in September. To help promote the film, the stars and cast of TLNM will hold a panel at this year’s SDCC to take place in Room 6A of the Convention Hall of the San Diego Convention Center, as confirmed by film writers Kevin and Dan Hageman.

As it seems, there will be two LEGO Ninjago panels slated for SDCC 2017: one for the TV show and another for the theatrical release. To make the event more exciting, Cosmic Book News reports that attendees of the LEGO Ninjago Movie panel will receive an exclusive, mystery giveaway.

“On Thursday evening, attend a panel for “The LEGO® NINJAGO® Movie” in the convention hall’s room 6A, with stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña and Zach Woods and producer Dan Lin. Attendees will receive an exclusive, movie-themed giveaway”.

If seeing the stars and cast of the film is not enough reason to attend the SDCC panel, then this free and exclusive giveaway will surely do the trick. We have no word yet on what this movie-themed exclusive item is, but we’re positive that more news will come in as we count the days before this year’s grandest comic fan convention on the planet.

In related news, LEGO has also revealed a handful of TLNM promotional polybags to gear up our excitement for the film. If you recall, we saw the film’s very first promotional with the reveal of the LEGO Ninjago Movie Kendo Lloyd (30608) polybag a few weeks ago which includes an unlocking code tied-up to The LEGO Ninjago Movie video game. This time, Brickset has updated its database to include three additional promotional polybags which you can find below.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Movie Maker (5004394)

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Kai’s Dojo Pod (5004916)

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Wu Keychain (5004915)

 

We’ll wait for more news and info on when and where we can find these promotionals – our bet is that some of these might be specific to some retailers, or will come as a free item whenever you shop at LEGO stores both online and in-stores. So for the mean time, keep your ninja senses sharp for more TLNM updates only here at the Brick Show!

 

 

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.

 

 

First Look at the LEGO Creator Expert London Bus (10258).

A couple of weeks ago, we received information that the next LEGO Creator D2C set will pay tribute to one of London’s iconic attractions. The LEGO Creator Expert London Bus (10258), also referred to as the Double Decker Bus, is July’s exclusive direct-to-consumer set which will be available for early VIP access from July 17-31, as teased in LEGO’s July Store Calendar, and LEGO fans in China and London may have the privilege of seeing this set earlier.

Based on our brick intel, a special event in all of 5 LEGO Stores in London within the M25 area is slated to take place on July 1 this Saturday, with the unveiling of the LEGO Creator Expert London Bus as its highlight. According to our sources, all 5 LEGO Stores in London will offer the abovementioned set retailing for £109.99 that also comes with a free gift upon purchase. Set 10258 is said to be at a minifig scale so it is interesting to see how this set will turn out.

Speaking of how it looks like, it seems that we don’t need to assume any longer. Promobricks recently reported that an image of a LEGO Store flyer in China for the months of July and August, 2017 is now making rounds over at Reddit. The image was shared by dylanchow over the anonymous file/image sharing platform. According to the Reddit post, the LEGO Creator Expert London Bus (10258) will come in 1,680 pieces measuring at 18 cm. in height, 34 cm. long and 13 cm. wide. It is reported to be at a minifigure scale, so this is one model that will perfectly house your minifigure passengers and tourist. Also seen on the flyer is the largest LEGO Minecraft set to date – The Mountain Cave (21137).

Since July 1 is just around the corner, we can expect LEGO’s official press release and images of the LEGO Creator Expert London Bus (10258) to be up anytime soon. This D2C set is expected to be available to the general public starting August 1 retailing in the US for $119.99.

 

 

 

 

SDCC 2017’s Exclusive LEGO Set Will Be the LEGO BrickHeadz Marvel Spider-Man and Venom (41497).

With just three weeks to go before the largest comic fan convention on the planet kicks in, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that this year’s San Diego Comic Con LEGO exclusive is none other than the LEGO BrickHeadz Marvel Spider-Man and Venom (41497). These chibi-sized versions of the most popular names in comic book fandom have been quite popular recently. From Star Wars to Disney’s Inside Out, virtually all of your favorite characters can be given the LEGO BrickHeadz treatment.

Last 2016’s SDCC saw the debut of these fun, brick-built character sets that pay tribute to some of the icons of the comic book industry, including Superman & Wonder Woman (41490), Batman & Joker (41491), Iron Man & Captain America (41492), and Black Panther & Doctor Strange (41493). In continuing with the trend, LEGO will once more offer these exclusive BrickHeadz collectibles starting with our friendly neighborhood web-slinger and the alien symbiote Venom. Check out these images courtesy of THR.

Interestingly, the set number for this upcoming set (41497) suggests that this may just be the fourth in a series of SDCC 2017 LEGO Brick Headz that will be offered. We just have to wait and see if the gaps for set nos. 41494 to 41496 will also be revealed in connection to this year’s San Diego Comic Con.

Same as before, not all SDCC attendees may be able to avail of these highly popular exclusives. A lottery system will be set in place to determine who is eligible to purchase the 144-piece set retailing at $40 each from July 19 to 23, as THR reports.

Because the demand for exclusive Lego items has skyrocketed over the past few years (these items are only available for purchase on the Con), the company has instituted a lottery system. Attendees must first visit the Pavilion Terrace to participate in a random drawing to qualify to buy beginning as early as 6 a.m. Tickets to purchase must be redeemed on the same day or the purchase is forfeited.

Well, I think it’s about time that Spidey and Venom gets the LEGO BrickHeadz treatment.  So what do you say about these latest SDCC 2017 LEGO exclusives?  Who’s your bet to be added to this year’s BrickHeadz roster. Let us know in the comments below and join in the discussion at our official Facebook page.

 

 

 

LEGO Europe Store Calendar Reveals The Iconic Cave (5004936) Set.

Promo Bricks has recently spotted the LEGO Europe Summer Store Calendar, and with it comes a promotional find that most minifig collectors will find interesting. For a minimum purchase of £25 or 30€ from August 10 to August 30 both in-store and online, you can get to bring home the Iconic Cave (5004936) set for free. The promotional set contains two cave people minifigures very similar to LEGO’s Caveman and Cave Woman CMF from Series 1 and 5 respectively.

The Iconic Cave set follows the tradition of other similar re-bundled CMF promotionals like the Gingerbread Man and Chicken Suit Guy. We’re not sure yet if the Iconic Cave will find its way in the US and other countries, considering that we already know what’s in store for the month of July such as a pretty cool  LEGO BrickHeadz Wonder Woman Build Event, free Mini Piggy Bank (40251) promotional, and the rumored LEGO Creator Expert Double Decker Bus (10258).

 

 

 

We Heard that The LEGO Creator Double Decker Bus is Coming, and We Certainly Hope It’s True!

If you recall, the July LEGO Store Calendar already teased next month’s exclusive VIP set. We don’t have the faintest idea then on what it could be, considering that we already have the most recent LEGO Creator Expert Carousel (10257). But thanks to Hoth Bricks, we now have info on what this mystery set will be.

Already listed on Brickset, the LEGO Creator Expert Double Decker Bus (10258) is slated to be the next Advanced Model set that takes cue from its smaller cousin, the LEGO Creator London Bus (40220). It is expected that the July D2C exclusive will be a faithful representation of the iconic London Bus that may probably designed to be at a minifig scale.

Interestingly, the LEGO Creator Carousel (10257) designer video may have already hinted on the Double Decker Bus when it featured one the LEGO designers having a doppelganger of some sorts.

It also seems that LEGO intends to have this mini-versions and large set counterparts as main staple of its Creator line. In 2011, we saw the Volkswagen T1 Camper Van (10220) getting the LEGO treatment and two years later, having a mini-me version in the form of the Mini VW T1 Camper Van (40079) polybag. Then just last year, we have the Volkswagen Beetle (10252) and its smaller cousin the Mini Volkswagen Beetle (40252) LEGO Store promotional.

If this indeed our July LEGO Creator Expert Store exclusive, then we can expect an official word from LEGO anytime soon. The LEGO Creator Expert Double Decker Bus (10258) will be available for early VIP access from July 17-31, retailing at 129.99 Euros. What do you think about this set brick fans? Will you fancy building yourself a Double Decker Bus? Let us know in the comments below, or head over at our Facebook page to share your thoughts.

 

 

 

WB Games Launches LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 E3 Sweepstakes.

Here’s another reason to be excited for this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Warner Bros Gaming has just announced on its official E3 LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 Twitter page that it will be giving away an exclusive, 18-inch LEGO Marvel build valued at a whopping $2,875 via an electronic raffle. You can enter the sweepstakes raffle by simply following and retweeting their post with the hashtag #LEGOMarvelE3Sweepstakes. For the finer details of their contest rules, you may check it right here.

I absolutely have no idea who or what this brick-built mystery character is, save for the hint that it is ‘formerly frightful’. My quick guess is that it could be any of the members of the classic Frightful Four namely, Madame Medusa, The Wizard, Paste-Pot Pete, and the Sandman. First introduced in Marvel comics in 1965, they specifically banded together for the sole purpose of defeating the Fantastic Four.

This is just my guess by the way, but everything will be revealed eventually on Thursday, June 15. For the rest of WB Games’ E3 programming schedule, you may want to check my previous post. Be sure to keep tabs with us as we bring you the latest happenings in the world of LEGO gaming as revealed at this year’s E3.

Thanks to The Brick Fan for the heads up.