Are We To See More LEGO Star Wars Busts In 2020?

It seems that more LEGO Star Wars Busts are on its way in 2020 following the reveal of the Darth Vader (75227) and Sith Trooper (77901) busts a few months ago – at least, that’s what prevailing speculations seems to suggest.

The first hint of these rumors stemmed from what LEGO fan news site Stone Wars has stumbled upon regarding several upcoming LEGO Star Wars sets slated to be released next year. And with a bit of deduction based on what is currently known, and we have a theory that likely holds water. As many of you are familiar with, LEGO and Lucasfilms both have a propensity to use codenames and temporary placeholders to any of its new projects. The Last Jedi, for example, was hidden under the codename Space Bear as Rebelscum succinctly states. LEGO as it seems also follows the same secretive trend to fend away ultra zealous truth seekers.

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Custom LEGO Stormtrooper Bust from Build Better Bricks.
LEGO Star Wars Busts
Brick rendition of Boba Fett by Tyler Clites.

But sometimes the pieces of info that you need may just be hiding in plain sight. And according to Stone Wars, two particular upcoming LEGO Star Wars sets may be pointing out to 2 additional character busts under the codenames New Adult White (75276) and New Adult Green (75277). Given that their piece count which are 647 and 625 pieces respectively, there are other trails of evidence here that suggest that these are not created with play features in mind. It’s expressed targeted demographic are older LEGO builders and fans (hence the 16+ label) that may want these sets for display and aesthetic purposes.

The New Adult White building set together with its corresponding piece count may be recognizable to most of you by now as referring to a possible Stormtrooper Bust (75276), while the New Adult Green may allude to a Boba Fett Bust (75277). With both sets coming in at 600+ pieces, its also most likely that they could be larger than the first LEGO Star Wars busts introduced this year, with the Darth Vader and Sith Trooper busts consisting between 300 to 400+ pieces.

As plausible as this theory may seem, it still stands to reason that these are simply speculative until such time that LEGO officially lifts the veil from these sets. For the meantime, you might be interested to know that Build Better Bricks are offering high-quality building instructions to create your own custom LEGO Star Wars busts based on the characters of Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Darth Maul and a Stormtrooper. I wrote a short review about them a couple of years ago so you may want to check it out as well.

Featured image: Mighty Jabba’s Collection

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From the Rumor Mill: 8 LEGO Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Sets Arriving in October

We’re just a couple of months away before the next wave of LEGO Star Wars sets are released and thanks to some insider info compiled by LEGO detective Jedi Jac Penguin, we now have an idea on what particular LEGO Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker sets may be out there in October. It is perfectly understandable that LEGO is still keeping a tight lid on these details, with the Sith Trooper Bust (77901) revealed at Comic-Con to be the only TRS-related set ever to get screen time as of the moment. So do take note that the following rumored sets are not absolute or final, nor the descriptions that we have about them. These are speculations at its best based on the subtle hints that some of this info suggest.

  • Gun Turret (75246) – 159 pieces; $19.99 USD
  • A-Wing Starfighter (75248) – 269 pieces; $29.99 USD
  • Y-Wing Starfighter (75249) – 578 pieces; $69.99 USD
  • Speeder Bike and Landspeeder (75250) – 373 pieces; $39.99 USD
  • AT-ST (75254) – 540 pieces; $49.99 USD
  • Yoda (75255) – 1,771 pieces; $99.99 USD
  • Kylo Ren’s Starship/Shuttle (75256) – 1,005 pieces; $129.99 USD
  • Millennium Falcon (75257) – 1,350 pieces; $159.99 USD

LEGO Star Wars fans may all agree that the most interesting set among these predominantly vehicle-inspired builds is the huge Yoda (75255) set. Coming in at 1,700+ pieces, many have suggested that this might turn out to be a highly detailed and larger Yoda bust, similar to what we’ve seen LEGO did with the Sith Trooper (77901) and Darth Vader (75227) busts. The price point of the Yoda set is also kind of peculiar which is significantly lower than that of Kylo Ren’s Starship (75256) in spite of its numerous pieces. It is possible that the number of smaller pieces for the Yoda set is considerably higher than its successors to account for the fine details that that set has if it eventually turns out to be a brick-built bust. The rest of the sets in this line-up are clearly inspired by vehicles in the Star Wars franchise, which have many iterations in the past. However, since they’ve all presumably taken inspiration from the final film in Skywalker saga, then we can expect a few tweaks and surprises along the way. I’m particularly interested in seeing the minifigure characters that will be included in them, which I’m quite sure that LEGO will be very careful in revealing (tongue in cheek) without spoiling the film before it hits on theaters in December.

Again, these are speculations at its best so we will not fully know until such time they are officially revealed during Triple Force Friday promotions in October. What’s your take on these rumored LEGO Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker sets? Let me know in the comments below.

Image credit: Hue Hughes

LEGO BrickHeadz Jabba the Hut and Salacious Crumb (75232) Rumored for 2020

The LEGO BrickHeadz theme had its share of ups and downs since its debut three years ago, and it looks like it’s on its way for another comeback in 2020. Thanks to the eagle-eyed scouts of Star Wars fan site Rebelscum, we are now convinced that a LEGO BrickHeadz Jabba the Hut and Salacious Crumb (75232) set is now on its way.

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Rebelscum gathered the pieces of evidence to see if they point to this possibility, starting with third-party retailer Amazon France. Now it can be argued that this particular listing does not really say or hint anything about the famed Hutt crime lord coming to the LEGO BrickHeadz theme. However, a closer look at the set’s piece count (coming in at 240 pieces) and box dimensions (19.1 x 14.1 x 7.1 cm) suggest that this upcoming LEGO BrickHeadz set will be a dual pack, similar to what LEGO released in the past. Prominent twin-packs in the Star Wars subtheme of the LEGO BrickHeadz line include the Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite (41498) set released as an SDCC 2017 exclusive, and the Luke Skywalker and Yoda (41627) released last year.

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And on what could be the most convincing piece of evidence that suggests that a LEGO BrickHeadz Jabba the Hut and Salacious Crumb (75232) set is happening is from the theme’s lead LEGO designer himself, Marcos Bessa. In an interview at the LEGO Innovation House in May last year, Marcos made mention of  “a certain lizard creature-ish bad guy” was in the works at that time. Eventually, challenges on how to re-create its “weird form” which is quite the “opposite of the proportions of what the Brickheadz are,” have now been hurdled. I know this slight reveal is unintentional on the part of Marcos, but considering the specific details that he gave back then, I couldn’t help but think of Jabba as the most likely candidate.

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Whatever is the case the LEGO BrickHeadz theme is still holding on, and with more licensed names poised to be included in its ever-growing line, I wouldn’t mind if a LEGO BrickHeadz Jabba the Hut and Salacious Crumb (75232) set will be added to the mix. For the meantime, be sure the check out the rest of the LEGO BrickHeadz currently available at LEGO Shop@Home.

Special thanks to Rui Miguel Anacleto for these cool LEGO BrickHeadz MOC digital renders of Jabba and Crumb. For more outstanding LEGO Star Wars  MOCs, be sure to check out Rui’s Flickr page.

Are We To See More LEGO BrickHeadz Sets in 2020?

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.

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This most recent LEGO BrickHeadz overview guide is courtesy of the LEGO BrickHeadz Community Facebook page.

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.

The LEGO BrickHeadz Lady Liberty (40367) is set to be released on June 1, 2019.

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.

Marcos Bessa, the creative mind behind the unique design of the LEGO BrickHeadz theme. Photo courtesy of The Straits Times.

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.

LEGO Midnight/Late-Night Launch Event for Mystery Set in London and New York this May

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?

Star Wars Celebration Hints at New LEGO Star Wars Video Game for 2019

By now, the heady daze that was the 2019 Star Wars Celebration has ended with lots of fun memories. 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.

Rumors Abound Regarding “Stranger Things” LEGO Tie-Ins Later this Year

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.

Reddit Rumor: Product Descriptions for “Avengers: Endgame” LEGO Tie-In Sets – Iron Man Armor Room (76125) and Avengers Compound Battle (76131)

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).

Two New Endgame LEGO Set Descriptions – Unconfirmed – But I’ll Def Buy if Real! from MarvelStudiosSpoilers

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.

Rumor: LEGO Disney Tie-In Sets for “Frozen II” Might Arrive on Same Day as “Star Wars” Triple Force Friday Event

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.

Five 2019 LEGO Harry Potter Sets Rumored to Arrive This Summer

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:

  • Expecto Patronum
  • Tri-Wizard Challenge
  • 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
LEGO Harry Potter Hagrid’s Hut (4707) from 2001.

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.

How do you think the Triwizard Cup looks like in LEGO bricks?

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.

The LEGO Harry Potter Knight Bus (4866) from 2011.

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.