New LEGO Creator Expert Item 10497 Rumored as 90th Anniversary Space Set

For your friendly reminder, this year is the 90th anniversary of LEGO. That plucky Danish toy company turned global brand giant’s been a good part in the lives of children and collectors. And in celebration, LEGO’s been hyping up revivals of classic sets given fresh new design revamps. Cases in point: LEGO Classic 90 Years of Play (11021) and the upcoming Lion King’s Castle (10305). Of course, those aforementioned sets are just the beginning. In fact, there’s a rumor out regarding a possible 90th anniversary set in the vein of Castle (10305). That means a classic LEGO theme throwback: Space.

Brick Fanatics has it that a new LEGO set number’s been floating around for the Creator Expert line. According to the rumor, it’ll be a space-themed set that remakes a classic entry of that LEGO theme. Creator Expert set number 10497 will allegedly bring a new version of the Galaxy Explorer (497, US#). Released in 1979, Galaxy Explorer features a space shuttle, planetary outpost and rover, plus astronaut minifigs. You can see from the image how bare-bones the vehicle details were back in the day. It also means that if the rumor is true, a Creator Expert treatment of the set will look extremely fine.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This is a rumor, and until LEGO makes an official reveal we must treat it as such. There is after all the matter of the 90th anniversary LEGO Castle (10305). Both Castle and Space were among the chosen themes voted for an anniversary set in 2022. The Castle (10305) was announced first so one can assume it won. But maybe LEGO decided to give us more. You may be tired of hearing this by now, but it’s a matter of waiting once again.

German Retailer Lists Multiple Upcoming LEGO Sets Including Optimus Prime (10302), More Ninjago

Through thick and thin, LEGO strives to maintain a regular product release schedule year in and out. And while the best source on set launches would be LEGO themselves, sometimes retailers would jump the gun. These early announcements can contain the most exciting LEGO set notices, which we must wait for until confirmed or debunked. Last February we caught wind of a LEGO set for a mega-franchise from fellow toy giant Hasbro. Who could imagine a LEGO-Hasbro collaboration to make LEGO Transformers? That rumor, plus other LEGO items, just got their advance product reveal courtesy of an online German retailer.

The Brick Fan tells us that some upcoming LEGO sets now grace the online listings of Wagner’s in Germany. This listing includes the aforementioned long-rumored LEGO Optimus Prime (10302), from Hasbro’s “Transformers.” Not your thing? How about tie-ins for James Cameron’s “Avatar” particularly the sequel arriving late this year? We also have early mentions of the expected 2022 Advent Calendars, if you collect those. Here’s a rundown of what to expect from several major LEGO themes all through the year.

  • Great Pyramid of Giza (21058) – 1,476 pieces | €139.99
  • Iron Man Hall of Armor (76216) –496 pieces | €89.99
  • Baby Groot (76217) – 476 pieces | €49.99
  • Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum (76218) – 2,708 pieces | €219.99
  • 2022 Advent Calendar (76231) – 268 pieces | €34.99
  • Dragon Temple (71759) – 161 pieces | €39.99
  • Jay’s Golden Dragon Motorbike (71768) – 137 pieces | €19.99
  • Cole’s Dragon Racer (71769) – 384 pieces | €44.99
  • Zane’s Gold Dragon Jet (71770) – 258 pieces | €29.99
  • Temple of the Crystal King (71771) –703 pieces | €79.99
  • The Crystal King (71772) – 722 pieces | €59.99
  • Kai’s Gold Dragon Raider (71773) –624 pieces | €84.99
  • Lloyd’s Ultra Gold Dragon (71774) – 989 pieces | €139.99
  • Nya’s Samurai X-Mech (71775) – 1,003 pieces | €109.99
Speed Champions
  • 007 Aston Martin DB5 (76911) – 298 pieces | €19.99
  • Fast & Furious 1970 Dodge Charger R/T (76912) – 345 pieces | €19.99
Star Wars
  • The Justifier (75323) – 1,022 pieces | €159.99
  • AT-ST (75332) – 87 pieces | €29.99
  • Obi-Wan’s Spaceship (75333) – 282 pieces | €29.99
  • Obi-Wan & Darth Vader (75334) –408 pieces | €49.99
  • BD-1 (75335) – 1,062 pieces | €99.99
  • Kenobi’s Spaceship (75336) – 924 pieces | €99.99
  • AT-TE (75337) – 1,082 pieces | €139.99
  • 2022 Advent Calendar (75340) – 329 pieces | €34.99
Transformers (18+)
  • Optimus Prime (10302) – 1,508 pieces | €169.99

Sets Unnamed Yet

  •  (75571) – 560 pieces | €39.99
  •  (75572) – 572 pieces | €54.99
  •  (75573) – 887 pieces | €89.99
  •  (75574) – 1,212 pieces | €139.99
  •  (71411) – 2,807 pieces | €229.99
Super Mario
  •  (71410) – 1,476 pieces | €5.99

Next LEGO Art Set Rumor: The Rolling Stones (31206)

It’s both awe-inspiring and daunting to consider how many names and brands have been depicted in LEGO. Beyond the established licensed-IP franchises that might make multi-set themes, LEGO’s also courted famous celebrities for representation. We got sweet deals from that like the five-person BrickHeadz Spice Girls Tribute (40548). Sometimes, LEGO makes tribute sets to famous persons long passed away. In that vein we also got a nice LEGO Art set featuring The King, Elvis Presley (31204). What next for LEGO’s musical-artist products? There’s a new rumor out for the next LEGO Art after Elvis and Batman (31205): The Rolling Stones.

We know of this rumor courtesy of The Brick Fan, with the next LEGO Art set sometime in mid-2022. As already stated, we could be getting LEGO Art: The Rolling Stones (31206), along with details hinting at set changes. Where Elvis Presley (31204) and Batman (31205) don’t go below 3,000 pieces, set 31206 only has 1,998 alleged pieces. Not only does that not fill up the standard LEGO Art 48×48-knob frame, it’s also priced higher. Its predecessor sets are both worth $119.99, yet somehow this supposed Rolling Stones LEGO Art has a $149.99 price tag? That’s a curious price hike.

Anyway, that being said this talk of a LEGO Art: The Rolling Stones (31206) must be considered rumor for now. If we’re going to get it by around June, that leaves LEGO over two months to say something. That’s right; it’s set rumor confirmation wait time for Rolling Stones now.

Rumored LEGO Creator Expert DeLorean (10300) from “Back to the Future” Still “On” for April

In terms of licensed IPs within LEGO, time-travel sci-fi franchise “Back to the Future” is quite a minor label. One might describe it as a special one-off. “BTTF” set representation lies only in LEGO Ideas (during its Cuusoo days), the defunct “LEGO Dimensions,” and one BrickHeadz twofer. Still, there are LEGO-collecting fans of “Back to the Future” who would like more tie-ins. It’s no wonder that rumors of a new LEGO set featuring the DeLorean time machine are frequently followed. We covered an iteration of this speculation in November last year. Now, the buzz is back again in full force.

Stone Wars tells us that the long-alleged LEGO DeLorean (10300) from “Back to the Future” is coming closer. Sure, the possible April 1 launch date makes the whole thing “sus,” as “Among Us” players might say. But there is the fact that the set name apparently carries the “DMC-12” designation of the actual car. That is, even if this turns out not to be the “BTTF” DeLorean time machine, it could also be a model of the DMC DeLorean car instead. The other details remain the same: Creator Expert, Age 18+. As for pricing, it’s now €179.99 or $199.99 (estimate).

Being a Creator Expert set, the rumored DeLorean (10300) won’t be of a scale for minifigures. That hasn’t stopped LEGO from adding minifigs to stand on an info plaque display or something. They’ve done so with other pop-culture vehicles before. Remember Batman Batmobile Tumbler (76240)? Anyway, “Back to the Future” time machine or car, this set is supposed to arrive next month. We have the rest of March to wait for details. Until they come up, we’ll continue to chalk this up as a rumor.

Rumors of More New Big (and Pricey) LEGO Marvel Sets for 2022

Even as a new LEGO Marvel set officially launched at the start of March, more products are on the way. The once believed-cancelled latest Mech Armors will debut next month, alongside new Brick Sketches sets.  And those are only for the confirmed upcoming arrivals. On the rumor front, we have some numbers and product details speculated late last February. Their alleged prices range from mid-grade to a 3-digit quotation for a new Sanctum Sanctorum (76218). And if this new LEGO Marvel rumor from social media checks out, we have more arriving, including another epic set.

As told by Brick Fanatics, some additional LEGO Marvel sets are believed coming later this year. Instagram user brick_clicker provides at least three numbers and product descriptions. One of them is actually the (apparently modular) Sanctum Sanctorum (76218) we mentioned earlier, priced $209.99.

The other two additions are more 3-digit price sets. In fact, the values provided makes the new Sanctum Sanctorum look rather affordable. Now, brick_clicker notes that he made a mistake in the LEGO set number-description pairing, as outlined in the caption. We’ll lay out the further details on these Marvel builds here:

  • 76210Unconfirmed; believed to be either Avengers Tower or Helicarrier, $499.99
  • Hulk-Buster (76215)more or less 2,500 pieces, $299.99

Yep, we’re probably getting a new Avengers Tower or Helicarrier sometime in 2022 for around $500. That could put the size of the build anywhere between the Titanic (10294) and UCS AT-AT (75313). Now that’s an acquisition for the Age 18+ LEGO collector. That said, the above info must be considered rumor for now until LEGO officially opens up about them.

Rumored “Coconut” LEGO Sets Not for “Indiana Jones” but for “Avatar 2”

This past January we touched upon rumors of some upcoming LEGO sets for a specific theme. What’s notable about this was that the sets were collectively identified by a code word instead of a theme name. The word was “coconut.” At the time, LEGO news sites had some inkling about the licensed IP this codename represented, which we shared. It was believed that “coconut” was an obscure reference to the limited-run LEGO Indiana Jones line. This theme saw several sets and even videogames released in the late 2000s before going dormant. And this is why we marked it as “rumor.” The details could change easily.

Case in point, The Brick Fan reports that the alleged LEGO “Coconut” sets numbered 75571-75574 aren’t for LEGO Indiana Jones. Instead they’ll tie into the long-expected sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi epic “Avatar.” We also have a launch window for these LEGO Avatar 2 tie-ins: October 2022. Finally, the individual European prices for these sets were revealed. We’ve converted them to $ for convenience.

  • 75571560 pieces | €39.99/$43.63
  • 75572 572 pieces | €54.99/$60
  • 75573887 pieces | €89.99/$98.18
  • 755741,212 pieces | €139.99/$152.74

Those are some pricy LEGO sets. 75574 could either be quite big or very complex/intricate. Anyway, we have an estimate on when they’ll come out. Thus we can expect official word from LEGO before October this year. Until then however, we’ll keep this information filed under rumor. We already saw how the theme line changed. Sorry, Indy; maybe next time. Now as for “Avatar 2,” Cameron and 20th Century Studios expect to premiere it during the Holidays, so stay tuned.

More LEGO Marvel Sets Rumored Coming Mid-2022

The 2022 launch timetable for the LEGO Marvel theme line has been filling up rather nicely. We’ve already seen some of these sets when they came out on New Year’s Day. More will also arrive later on, as early as this Tuesday, March 1. It’s to be expected given that the MCU film series will never brake for anything, at least not for long. Even then, mixed in with the movie tie-ins are sets celebrating the MCU installments of the past. At least, that’s what the rumored upcoming LEGO Marvel sets seem to indicate name-wise.

Thanks to German LEGO news source Stone Wars, we have at least three more 2022 LEGO Marvel set rumored coming. Of them, one at least might count as a tie-in for an MCU Phase 4 film. The rest appear to be callbacks to the “Infinity Saga” that spanned MCU Phase 1 to 3. LEGO’s done a lot of that since “Avengers: Endgame” in 2019. Apparently, the new set based on Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum will be a modular thing too. Stone Wars also gives us likely product specs and release dates for these sets, so there’s that. We have to consider them rumors for now, but hopefully LEGO will tell us more, officially, sometime soon

  • 76216 – Iron Man Hall of Armor (Age 7+, 496 pieces, 8 minifigures, €89.99, June 2022)
  • 76217 – Buildable(?) Baby Groot (Age 10+, 476 pieces, €49.99, June 2022)
  • 76218 – Sanctum Sanctorum (Age 18+, 2,708 pieces, 9 minifigures minimum, €219.99, August 2022) for “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” perhaps?

Other upcoming LEGO Marvel sets we know include The Goat Boat (76208) for “Thor: Love and Thunder.” There’s also Spider-Man & Green Goblin Mech Battle (76219). Both of these sets will launch in April 1.

Rumor: 7 LEGO Minecraft Sets Coming Summer 2022

LEGO Minecraft proves itself to be one of the busiest licensed-IP themes in the LEGO catalog. This past New Year’s Day we welcomed no less than six new sets in the line. There’s nothing quite like more LEGO Minecraft to expand your brick-built “Minecraft” world. But is that all that the theme’s getting for the year 2022? Of course not; but what else will be coming? Well, Brick Fanatics reports that a US online toy retailer has new LEGO set numbers listed. They’re unnamed, but have retail prices and indicators that they’re for LEGO Minecraft.

It seems that Eugene Toy & Hobby had, for a time, listed seven LEGO set numbers for new “Minecraft” stuff. We checked their website ourselves and they’re not there anymore. But if Brick Fanatics spotted them then we can at least mark this down as a rumor. We thus have the following bare-bones details on the alleged upcoming LEGO Minecraft sets. These are supposed to launch this summer of 2022:

  • 21184 – $24.99
  • 21185 – $34.99
  • 21186 – $49.99
  • 21187 – $99.99
  • 21188 – $129.99
  • 21189 – $34.99
  • 21190 – $39.99

As can be seen, the first set number follows immediately from The Training Yard (21183), released on January 1. We’ve also got a nice price spread with one “big” set worth 3 digits. All told, this supposed summer 2022 LEGO Minecraft set blitz is shaping up nicely. Of course, we remind readers that we consider this info as rumor until more details appear, preferably from LEGO.

From the Rumor Mill: LEGO The Transformers Optimus Prime (10302) Arriving This Summer

Back in 2007, toy brand, Hasbro pulled off an epic franchise revival with a live-action film adaptation of “Transformers.” The battle between good and evil alien vehicle-transforming robots (with humans helping the good ones) was guaranteed blockbuster material. Several sequels later, however, the hype decayed somewhat. Then in 2018 Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures rebooted the “Transformers” cinematic timeline with “Bumblebee.” This redo restored critic confidence in the franchise, enough for a sequel to be green-lit. Pandemic-related issues among others pushed “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” to a 2023 release. But while fans wait, there might be some new kind of Transformers stuff along the pipeline, and this time around a brick-built version of the much venerated Autobot leader is rumored to arrive this summer in the form of LEGO The Transformers Optimus Prime 10302.

This is a most peculiar rumor brought to us by The Brick Fan. Apparently, Hasbro could be collaborating with LEGO to make some brick-built Transformers sets. Even better, the first set number for this alleged line will be for the most famous Transformer character of all. Yep, if this rumor checks out then we’ll be getting LEGO The Transformers Optimus Prime, number 10302. Rated age 18+, with 1,508 pieces and due to come out anywhere from May to August 2022. It checks out with the last premiere date for “Transformers: Rise of the Machines.” Paramount-Allspark marked it for this June, before pushing it to next year.

Why would a LEGO Optimus Prime be a hot sell for the older spectrum of LEGO collectors? In the first five live-action “Transformers” films, Optimus’ truck modes were massive sleeper cabs from Peterbilt and Western Star. “Bumblebee” and “Rise of the Beasts” see Optimus reverting to the cab-over truck design from the toy-line/the 1980s animated series. That’s even purer “Transformers” nostalgia power. Of course, that depends on this rumor being true. We’ll have to wait until LEGO tells us more.

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LEGO Art for “The Batman” Teased on Twitter

Brace yourself, Bat-fans. The latest Warner-DC live-action adaptation of the Dark Knight is coming over a month from now. “The Batman” starring Robert Pattinson as the titular Caped Crusader of Gotham premieres on March 4. But if these Batman fans are LEGO collectors as well, they’d already be quite happy waiting. After all, the LEGO tie-in sets for “The Batman” are already long available before the film’s (pandemic-delayed) release. But have we seen the last LEGO releases related to this film? If this recent post on their social media is any indication, there’s more. Fancy some “The Batman” LEGO Art?

Brickset shares with us this LEGO tweet dated January 25. It shows the question “Who framed Batman?” in a reference to Gotham baddie Riddler, principal villain for “The Batman.” And yes, the text and bat-logo are rendered in LEGO pegs in a black baseplate background, a la LEGO Art. With this little tease, we can be somewhat certain that LEGO will do an official reveal sooner than later. In the meantime, LEGO news sources are speculating and offering theories/rumors. The most probable set number they claim is 31205. It’s been floated since late 2020 and is consistent in LEGO Art sequencing with World Map (31203).

The earlier part with the Twitter tease for LEGO “The Batman” is a sure thing. What isn’t sure is the latter part about it being LEGO Art set 31205. That’ll have to wait until a full unveiling by LEGO, and that requires waiting some more.