Fans of the 3-inch tall, brick-collectibles may soon have more reasons to be glad in 2020. The LEGO BrickHeadz theme had its share of highs and lows since it was introduced in 2016. At that time, the majority of LEGO fans were quite divided on how they should appreciate the blocky, bobblehead-like replicas of their favorite LEGO characters – whether they were original LEGO characters or licensed ones. It also came to the extent where this theme was rumored to be ending in 2019 due to reported underwhelming sales. However, the tide seems to have turned when in December last year, LEGO surprisingly announced 8 new BrickHeadz to watch out for in 2019.
Now that the majority of the 2019 LEGO BrickHeadz were already revealed, and with Lady Liberty (40367) as the most recent offering, fans are now pondering the nagging question once again: are we really seeing the end of this unique LEGO theme? Well actually, the answer may be quite the opposite.
In a most recent interview by Zusammengebaut’s Andres Lehman together with LEGO BrickHeadz creator and designer Marcos Bessa, the latter has confirmed that there are still plenty of these blocky collectibles being worked in the pipeline just in time for their debut in 2020.
Andres was fortunate enough to meet Marcos at the 2019 LEGO Fan Media Days in Billund to discuss the future of this LEGO theme. Marcos eventually revealed that fans should clearly expect more LEGO BrickHeadz sets by next year and he was careful enough not to spill the beans on what they’ll be. From the looks of things, LEGO seems to be moving forward with original designs while continuing its seasonal offerings. In fact, BrickHeadz started 2019 with a wave of original creations such as the Birthday Clown (40348), the Dragon Dance Guy (40354) and a handful of seasonal sets. Furthermore, according to Marcos, more seasonal sets will be introduced in the second half of this year. We can also expect that LEGO will continue to offer carefully selected licensed themes that will hopefully appeal to a diverse range of LEGO fans. The popularity of these sets was likened by Marcos to those of the LEGO collectible minifigures and hopes to see that the LEGO BrickHeadz line will win more fans and LEGO enthusiasts.
So what do you think about this brick fans? Are you excited to see more BrickHeadz sets? What licensed character are you hoping to have the LEGO brick treatment? Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Launches of mystery LEGO sets in certain branded stores across the world aren’t exactly a common occurrence. So when LEGO announces one they still manage to work up some enthusiastic anticipation. That’s quite the feat too, considering this upcoming new mystery set won’t be seen until sometime later in May.
The first announcement of this mystery set launch was on LEGO’s official Facebook page. It’s set for May 15 next month, at around one minute after midnight to 3 AM (local time). The venue is the Leicester Square LEGO Store in London, a favorite location for these major product releases.
But wait, there’s more! Mere hours after the Leicester Square store announced its midnight launch event for this mystery LEGO set a follow-up came from across the Atlantic. The Flatiron New York LEGO Store will also be launching the set stateside. They’ll remain open after-hours on May 14, 9-11 PM.
But what is this classified LEGO set that they’re all hyping up so much? One likely “suspect” would be the long-rumored tie-in sets to the popular Netflix series “Stranger Things.” The speculation kicked into high gear last March. By May, it seems all these circulation questions will finally be resolved.
Midnight LEGO set launches can be very cutthroat at the worst. The Leicester Square intro of the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75912) in 2017 led to a quick selling out of their stock. If this year’s midnight/late-night launch is for LEGO Stranger Things, how intense will it be?
By now, the heady daze that was the 2019 Star Wars Celebration has ended with lots of funmemories. Previews to upcoming shows, video games and the long-awaited “Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker” were presented and thoroughly enjoyed. But amazingly those weren’t all to be expected on the future of the galaxy far away. While we didn’t get an actual preview, a new LEGO Star Wars video game was somewhat announced during Star Wars Celebration. It was sort of mentioned in passing by sound designer Matthew Wood, Supervising Sound Editor for Skywalker Sound. As if it wasn’t obvious, the title will again be developed by WB Interactive and Traveller’s Tales.
Just to be clear, we’re still waiting for an official announcement from these game giants that will hopefully shed light on the content of this next LEGO Star Wars game. However, video game insider Eurogamer claims that this next video game instalment will be hailed as the ultimate LEGO Star Wars video game which will encompass all nine films and three trilogies comprising the Skywalker family saga.
The hugely successful Lego Star Wars series has so far adapted the space opera’s prequel trilogy, original trilogy, Clone Wars TV show and devoted an entire game to Episode 7: The Force Awakens.
Excitingly, I’ve heard this next game is more than just an adaptation of the saga’s remaining two episodes, The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. While these episodes will be included, the project is designed to tell the story of the entire saga and I’ve heard it described as the “ultimate” Lego Star Wars game. Expect to see it announced later this year.
It will also include elements from the “Star Wars” Extended Universe. These are the official side-materials of the new Disney-Lucasfilm canon, displacing the original Expanded Universe/Legends continuity.
One notable feature previous LEGO Star Wars games would be the use of procedural generation for the in-game environment. Traveller’s Tales has already used that graphical mechanic in their 2017 sandbox title LEGO Worlds.
Aside from references to a space exploration mechanic between worlds and the uber-load of characters from the films, there’s no further info on this ultimate LEGO Star Wars video game, which would be the sixth in the WBI-TT series excluding re-masters. Perhaps the 2019 San Diego Comic Con in July will shed more light on it.
While the new “LEGO Hidden Side” mobile game app and product line has a certain quirky creepiness to it, that pales in comparison to something like “Stranger Things.” The popular Netflix sci-fi horror series will be starting its third season this July. And apparently LEGO is tying into the bandwagon.
All this rose out of a rumor shared with our fellow LEGO News sources Brick Fanatics. The word was simple: a new LEGO Stranger Things line of sets coming out this year, coinciding with season 3. The Brick Fan in turn got its own rumor feed courtesy of Twitter, care of Cinelinx editor-in-chief Jordan Maison.
The swirling rumors would have it that the LEGO Stranger Things line will first get two location-based sets, one in the real world of Hawkins, Indiana and another in the Upside Down. Needless to say, these sets will carry minifigures of the awesome cast of “Stranger Things,” from Joyce and Jim to Mike and El.
Standard LEGO rumor disclaimers apply: until LEGO comes out with an official statement to confirm or deny these musings, keep those salt shakers within easy reach for the proverbial grain.
And another thing: Jordan Maison’s tweet about LEGO Stranger Things also includes a rumor for a LEGO Star Wars “Episode IX” tie-in. It’s supposed to be another Millennium Falcon build, but smaller, and with a new Lando minifigure. Like with the rumored sets above, the same disclaimer applies here too.
It’s March, and Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is premiering this week. That movie’s LEGO tie-in has already come out, with more possibly on the way. But all these might be small potatoes compared to what’s releasing next month. “Avengers: Endgame” is going to be a big end for the saga, and its own LEGO tie-ins aren’t going to be slouches.
Already we have two of the “Endgame” sets announced last year get their first official images last week. The photos of the assembled sets and minifigures does a great deal to hype LEGO fans of what they’ll get from the sets, but also what they can expect from the movie.
So far, none of the other reported LEGO tie-ins for “Avengers: Endgame” have gotten their own first looks. However, Reddit has recently posted up what are apparently set descriptions for Iron Man Armor Room (76125) and Avengers Compound Battle (76131).
As you can read from the reddit above, the tie-ins mentioned apparently are going to be elaborate set-pieces with plenty of either tech or action, fitting for their brick counts. The 524-piece Iron Man Armor Room (76125) showcases Tony Stark’s (rebuilt?) armory. It has callbacks to his various armors from past films, plus additional support infrastructure and mechanical armoring mechanism.
Meanwhile, Avengers Compound Battle (76131) sees what’s left of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and their allies taking on Thanos right on their doorstep. Already we have a possible spoiler of Bruce Banner finally regaining the ability to Hulk out again, as he’s the only big-fig in the set aside from Thanos.
Standard disclaimers apply at this point. As Reddit itself has marked them unconfirmed, we’ll take these set descriptions for 76125 and 76131 to be rumors. We’ll now wait until LEGO confirms or denies them, probably by official images pretty soon.
It feels like quite some time since we last discussed a LEGO-related rumor at length. But this piece of speculation we found on the internet might warrant a closer look. It concerns the possible releases of new LEGO sets later this year, based on two major licensed franchises under Disney.
The first part of this rumor concerns what’s been called “Triple Force Friday” according to Brick Fanatics. Apparently the expected tie-in sets for the yet-to-be-subtitled “Star Wars Episode IX” are to be released by LEGO on October 4, a Friday. That’s reasonable, considering the film’s December release. But that’s not the only LEGO line involved.
We know from an awesome teaser that was released the day before Valentine’s that the long-awaited sequel to 2013’s ear-worm animated blockbuster “Frozen” will be arriving in fall, November 22. In line with that, it’s speculated that LEGO Disney tie-in sets for “Frozen II” will come before the premiere, on October 4: the same day as the rumored LEGO Star Wars Episode IX product release.
Now we’d give our Brick Show spiel about LEGO rumors and all, but at least these rounds of speculation is sort of backed by analyses from market research company NPD Group. Their VP Juli Lennett says the toy industry will undoubtedly capitalize on the close releases of two movies from Disney, the studio itself and its Lucasfilm subsidiary. ““If history is any indication of future success,” she remarks. “Both Frozen and Star Wars will be among the top-selling properties of 2019, just as they were in 2014 and 2015/2016, respectively.”
But still: rumors and speculation, grain of salt, wait until we get an official LEGO confirmation or debunking. Until then, we have fun with it.
Since the launch of the LEGO Harry Potter Wizarding World theme last year, the theme has proven to be one of the most popular LEGO licensed sets among Harry Potter and LEGO fans. It has become so popular that it is quite impossible to think that LEGO will be pulling the curtain to this theme anytime soon. With several awards and nominations under its belt, it is quite unreal to think that we will see the end of this theme very soon. As rumor has it, we definitely haven’t seen the last of the LEGO Harry Potter Wizarding World theme. In fact, Brick Fanatics managed to get some inside info that there will more 2019 LEGO Harry Potter sets slated to be released this summer, with five sets leading this particular release. According to their source, we can expect the following sets sometime in summer:
Hagrid’s Hut (this is the fourth version of the set – 4707, 4738, and 4754 – if ever this rumor is verified)
Knight Bus (a rehashed version of 2011’s LEGO Harry Potter Knight Bus 4866)
Hogwarts Watch Tower
Except for Hagrid’s Hut and the Knight Bus, the rest are new to the theme. Expecto Patronum refers to the spell that Harry casts to summon an ethereal being to drive away Dementors. The Tri-Wizard Challenge sound promising, considering that the challenge itself consists of actually three different tasks: retrieving a golden egg from a not-so-friendly dragon, getting back someone who you’ll badly miss from the aquatic Merpeople, and getting the Triwizard Cup at the middle of an unforgiving maze. If this rumored set turned out to be true, then it’s cool to see all of these challenges merged into one LEGO set.
The Hogwarts Watch Tower is a bit of a mystery to me since I’m not sure what particular watchtower it is referring to. I need to polish out my Potterlore if I’m missing what this one is.
These rumored summer 2019 LEGO Harry Potter sets are expected to be released by July 1. And in case you’re planning to add the current LEGO Harry Potter sets to your collection, then you may want to check out shop.LEGO.com.
I have to say, the LEGO Star Wars line has been hitting some high notes with some of its set releases being buildable figures and statues. Articulated, ultrabuild figures of recent years may have had some tough luck in appealing to wider LEGO Star Wars fans, but brick-built figures such as the ‘highly polarizing’ LEGO Star Wars Porg (75230) may seem to have gained some following regardless of our relative displeasure towards it. Somehow related to this, we now have a rumor (first we covered in some time!) about their being a new LEGO Star Wars Yoda statue in the works, depicting the old, wise Jedi Master. This would make it an update on an already-released LEGO Yoda set from 2002 – a LEGO Star Wars UCS Yoda (7194) no less – but more evolved in design.
By evolved, we mean it’s been rumored that the new LEGO Star Wars Yoda statue will be similar in style to the aforementioned LEGO Star Wars Porg (75230). There will likely be some movable parts for this new brick iteration of Yoda, maybe an articulated arm that could hold either a cane or a lightsaber.
But that’s merely speculation right now. And of course, all LEGO-related rumors we discuss here on The Brick Show will be considered as only rumors, until LEGO itself makes an official statement to confirm or debunk these. The LEGO Star Wars Yoda statue is said to release in late 2019, perhaps just in time with the planned tie-ins for Disney’s epic conclusion on the Skywalker Saga with Star Wars: Episode IX.
The year 2019 will see the end, in a way, of an era in the now decade-old Marvel Cinematic Universe as the remaining superheroes of that live-action franchise gather to take down Thanos in Avengers: Endgame, the last installment of MCU Phase 3 and the overarching narrative begun in 2008. Here too will start the post-MCU narrative in Spider-Man: Far from Home, the movie which spoils the undoing of the title character’s cessation of existence as seen in Avengers: Infinity War earlier this year. Speaking of spoilers, there were plenty to be had when the names of the two films’ LEGO tie-in sets were revealed: particularly from the expected LEGO Marvel Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home tie-in sets.
Names for the upcoming LEGO Marvel Super Heroes MCU tie-in were shared by a set retailer from Romania, and they make for some interesting reading. Before you proceed, be assured that there are no major spoilers here, in fact, I wouldn’t go as far to label these as spoilers, with the exception perhaps of those under the Spider-Man: Far From Home subtheme. So I guess there’s no serious harm done if you ever get to read these unconfirmed LEGO Marvel set names. With that out of the way, do read on to your heart’s content.
LEGO Marvel Avengers: Endgame
Captain America: Attack of the Outrider (76123) – 167 pieces, $20
War Machine Crusher (76124) – 362 pieces, $35
Iron Man Armor Room (76125) – 524 pieces, $60
Avengers Super Quinjet (76126) – 832 pieces, $80
Battle of the Assembled Avengers (76131) – 699 pieces, $100
Spoiler details to consider above include stuff like a possible new War Machine armor, and a new Quinjet transport for the Avengers (in the comics, the earliest Quinjets were space-capable already)
LEGO Marvel Spider-Man: Far from Home
Molten Man’s Battle (76128)
Hydro Man’s Attack (76129)
Stark’s Plane and Drone Attack (76130)
Movie spoilers here are more blatant, with the identities of the possible super-villain antagonists spelled out and confirmation that Tony Stark not only makes it through Endgame, but remains Peter Parker’s mentor figure.
UPDATE: Avengers: Endgame premieres April 2019. Spider-Man: Far from Home takes its turn later in July. As for the tie-in sets mentioned above, already know that they are happening thanks to the 2019 LEGO Catalog, for the details about these sets, we need only wait for LEGO’s confirmation.
Some good things never last, and sometimes the end comes all of a sudden. For the majority of LEGO fans who are looking forward to next year’s LEGOLAND LEGO Star Wars Days, then it might be prudent to consider that there is none to expect any more from Merlin Entertainment (owner of the LEGO Star Wars Days hosting locations). A report from LEGO and Star Wars insider Rebelscum mentions the sad news that the much-anticipated celebrations will no longer take place in all LEGOLAND locations, with the very last of these events held last month at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, NY.
Rebelscum states that they’ve received official word from Lucasfilm that says, “2018 would be the last year they do them”, referring to the highly attended LEGO Star Wars fan event. Word on the streets has it that Lucasfilm and Disney are now focused on preparing to reset the longstanding franchise, with expenditures being rechanneled so as to minimize and limit Star Wars exposure. It seems to be part of a master plan to somehow help the Star Wars faithful move on from the Star Wars that we used to know, towards new and unchartered territories that will somehow reboot the decades-old franchise.
It is also possible that Disney is now consolidating all of its Star Wars related properties and theme parks in order to bring them under one roof. Only time can tell if this will be the path that Disney and Lucasfilm have chosen. But what is sure right now is that fans of the LEGOLAND LEGO Star Wars Days is better off not to look forward to another event like this, that yielded so many attractions such as a large-scale LEGO Millennium Falcon made out of 250,000 bricks, and several hard-to-find minifigure promos.