Even More LEGO City 2018 Official Images Released!

After the first wave of reveals of the latest LEGO City sets slated to be released in 2018, now comes another series of releases for the LEGO City theme. Dutch LEGO fan site, Bouwsteentjes, has uploaded several official images of 9 upcoming LEGO sets which were never before hinted nor teased. These latest City offerings from LEGO seem to focus more on Police, Vehicles, and Mining subthemes, and feature relatively new designs and aesthetics. I particularly like the yellow and red colors of the Mining sets, which kind of remind me of the LEGO Town sets many years ago.

Let’s check out these images.

Off-Road Chase (60170) – Set Price: €5.99

 

Mountain Fugitives (60171) – Set Price: €9.99

 

Mountain Police Headquarters (60174) – Set Price: €89.99

 

Wild River Escape (60176) – Set Price: €14.99

 

Airshow Jet (60177) – Set Price: €9.99

 

Speed Record Car (60178) – Set Price: €9.99

 

Mining Team (60184) – Set Price: €9.99

 

Mining Heavy Driller (60186) – Set Price: €39.99

 

Mining Experts Site (60188)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are several sets that were already listed by Brickset, however, we still yet to see their official images. These are:

  • Mountain River Heist (60175)
  • Mining Power Splitter (60185)
  • An unnamed set – 40302

We’ll keep you posted as soon as more info comes in.

Set Descriptions for LEGO Marvel Superheroes Avengers: Infinity War Revealed!

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

Thor: Ragnarok is done, so the next chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is the third team movie, Avengers: Infinity War. How exactly that’s going to work following the still-ongoing fallout of Captain America: Civil War is a question for dedicated MCU film buffs, but what is certain is one thing: it will have merchandise, and it will include LEGO sets.

News has been coming out from multiple sources from Europe and Russia, particularly from a Russian toy store, regarding some of the sets coming out from LEGO that will play out key scenes from the upcoming superhero film. Six set numbers with information on price (in Euros) and included minifigures have been listed, although the numbering scheme hints that there are at least two more that haven’t been named.

The following LEGO Marvel Avengers: Infinity War play set names are not finalized, but amply describes what’s supposed to be happening and therefore can spoil what will happen in the movie itself. If you’re not into spoilers, then read at your own discretion.

So with that out of the way, let’s get started. Please take note that most, if not all, of the set descriptions here are from the Russian toy store, Exoforce.ru. These are rough Google translations so please take this with a pinch of salt. Special thanks to The Brick Fan for capturing these translations, since any references to these sets were already removed from Exoforce’s website as of this writing.

It seems that the brick police have already arrived.

Attack of Riders (76101)

Set price: €14.99
Minifigures include: Captain America, Black Widow, Outriders, Space Stone

Unite with Captain America and the Black Widow to protect the kingdom of Wakanda from the invasion of foreigners.

Avoid the fire from the thorns of the landing ships, restrain the attacks of six-armed enemies and attack, using the shield of Captain America. Pounce on the enemies with the truncheons of the Black Widow and get the cosmic stone of infinity!

The Search for Thor’s Weapon (76102)

Set price: €24.99
Minifigures include: Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Thor, Unknown Infinity Stone

Join the Avengers, who are trying to find the ax-thunderbolt for Thor. Sit down in the cab of the rescue capsule with Rocket, Thor and Groot and go into space.

On the way to Nidavellir you will meet many enemies, you can be protected from them by shooting from the thorns. Land on the red planet to charge Tor’s power plants in the space forge.

Find the stone of infinity, untwist the energy ray and create an amazing ax-thunderer!

Corvis Glaive Attacks (76103)

Set price: €39.99
Minifigure s include: Corvus Glaive, Vision, Black Panther, Shiri, Mind Stone

Protect the Wall of the Wakid from Corvus Gleiv and his thresher!

Shoot at the threshing machine of double guns-thorns and a disk shooter. Quickly open the gate so that the Black Panther can enter the battle. But do not forget to close them immediately, so that the enemies do not break in. Help Shuri to remove the infinity stone that controls the mind from the head of the Vision.

Can you do this before the thresher crushes the wall and destroys the diagnostic setup?

The Hulkbuster Fight (76104)

Set price: €34.99 
Minifigures include: Proxima Midnight, Falcon, Hulk/Bruce Banner, Soul Stone

Danger! Proxima Midnight captured the shooting tower and shoots on Hulkbuster Bruce Banner!

Smash the missile installation of the shooting tower with the powerful fist of Hulkbuster and crush the six-armed enemy. Reflect the punches of the Proksima Midnight.

Order the Falcon to dive down to take away the stone of infinity of souls.

Thanos: The Last Battle (76107)

Set price: €79.99
Minifigures include: Thanos, Iron Man, Star Lord, Gamora

Together with the Avengers, start the fight for the Glove of Infinity!

Shoot at Thanos from the ship’s thorns. Open the cockpit and attack the space bike along with Star Lord and Gamora.

Avoid the blows of Thanos’s huge sword and use the Iron Man’s power units to defeat Titan’s supervillain. Having won, grab the golden glove of infinity and fly away.

The Battle in the Sanctum Sanctorum (76108)

Set price: €99.99

Minifigures include: Cull Obsidian, Ebony Maw, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Spider-Man

Emergency! Kull Obsidian and Ebony Mo are attacking the Holy of Holies of Dr. Strange!

Together with the Spiderman, jump off them from the roof. Unite with the Iron Man and Dr. Strange and use their powers to repel super villains. If Ebony Mo is able to penetrate the bedroom of Peter Parker, lead him from there through the secret hatch.

You must stop the evil invaders before they blow up the wall of the Holy of Holies Dr. Strange and get the stone of infinity of time. After defeating your enemies, order pizza and celebrate it with Peter Parker!

 

As you can see, there’s no word of any sets numbered either 76105 or 76106, but you never know. And the list of included minifigures can give away a lot about the characters involved in Avengers: Infinity War. Now the question is whether LEGO Captain America will be sporting a fine beard like he does in the revealed poster art thus far. We will find out soon enough.

Are We To See 2018’s LEGO Creator Expert Diner (10260) Set Anytime Soon?

This month of November saw the reveal of a handful of 2018 LEGO sets: from the latest Nexo Knights, LEGO Batman Movie, and just recently the Justice League BrickHeadz. Furthermore, since the re-release of the UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) and LEGO Creator Expert Taj Mahal (10256), LEGO fans have been wondering, are we to expect a trend of re-releases among LEGO’s larger sets? Brickset has written an excellent piece of commentary on the topic that shows us how LEGO designed set re-releases in the past and how it can be the direction LEGO is planning to take today with regards to future sets.

Now that most of the major LEGO themes were already represented during these waves of reveals, people are asking, what will be the next LEGO Creator Expert Modular set? For the record, LEGO Creator modular fans are actively discussing in various forums, sharing their best guesses on what could this be, and this time the guessing game might finally be over. Other than the fact that Brickset has recently updated their database to include a LEGO Creator Expert Diner (10260), a social media user on Chinese social media platform, Weixin, posted an image of a flyer that features what seems to be next year’s modular building. Additionally, Hungarian toy shop Kockashop also listed the said modular set, but oddly enough, seems to have a different set number: 10261-Confidential – Expert 2 2018. The set is also offered at a retail price of 99,990 Forint or roughly $379.

The said post from Weixin also suggests that the said modular will fit nicely together with the Assembly Square (10255), and in a similar vein together with the Parisian Restaurant (10243) and the first ever modular, the very rare and uber expensive Café Corner (10182). As it seems, and if this is confirmed by LEGO any time soon, the LEGO Creator Expert Diner modular is not exactly a re-release but offers an alternative dining place as compared to the Parisian. I like the idea of an alternative dining area, but the modular line has been long criticized for not including any key town places such as a school, police station or perhaps an arcade/gaming area.

We will watch this closely during the next few days, where LEGO is expected to give an official announcement. What is your take on this brick fans? Do you think LEGO Creator Expert Diner will be a hit?

News of Toy Brand Merger Causes LEGO Owner’s Net Worth to Increase by $2.7 Billion.

It’s easy to understand the enduring family appeal of a toy brand such as LEGO when you look at their history and realize that theirs is a family thing as well. From the humble workshop of Danish carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen in Billund, The LEGO Group expanded into the global giant it is today under the leadership of Ole Kirk, his son Gotfried and grandson Kjeld Kirk Christiansen.

While Kjeld Kirk already holds the distinction of being the richest man in Denmark, his fortunes may have just skyrocketed even further after a series of events saw his net worth jump by $2.7 billion in a single day.

The owner of The LEGO Group can thank two global toy brand competitors for the rise in his valuation, namely US-based multinational companies Mattel – makers of Barbie – and action figure juggernaut Hasbro. After talks flooded the business world of the two brands discussing a possible merger, the financial clout of such a potential new corporate heavyweight caused the stock market to hurriedly increase valuations of other companies in the worldwide toy industry.

Thus The LEGO Group found itself revalued more with a $2.7 billion increase; and seeing as the company is privately held by the Christiansen family and their foundations, this puts Kjeld Kirk’s net worth in an even better position.

Business news source Bloomberg explained that the $2.7 valuation increase of The LEGO Group was “due to a rise in the peers’ valuation metrics following merger speculation.” In addition to LEGO itself, Kjeld Kirk Christiansen is chairman and part-owner of another business concern, KIRKBI Holdings.

While LEGO is currently the largest toy manufacturer in the world, if the proposed Mattel-Hasbro merger does take place, the result will bump LEGO down to the second – largest worldwide instead.

Kjeld Kirk’s last major press appearance was during the recent opening of LEGO House in Billund.

Here’s a Sneak Peak at the LEGO Batman Movie CMF Series 2.

So, it has finally come down to this. After months of speculation about Wave 3 of The LEGO Batman Movie sets, it seems that we now have our first, ‘unofficial’ confirmation of TLBM’s Series 2 of Collectible Minifigures. Though we’re still months away before they are supposed to be released in the market, one Reddit user – hiroki1998 – managed to have his hands on the series’ checklist/flyer. Just in case we are not making the brick police (aka LEGO’s legal team) jumping off from their seats again, we will take down this post anytime if the good guys in black suits will politely ask us. Check this out.

The way I see it, this next wave of TLBM collectible minifigs are way better in some aspects compared to the previous one. Where Series 1 capitalized on the many minifig variations of the Dark Knight himself, Series 2 pays homage to the rest of the heroes and villains that Batman has brushed shoulders with in the film. I reckon LEGO has a good pulse among the community when they sense that we are getting too saturated already with so many bat suits. In fact, we only have 2 Batman costumes out of 20 in this latest series. The rest were either iterations of the Bat Family as seen in the movie, or some selected members of the Justice League Party (also portrayed in the film), and some baddies that Joker himself introduced.

Here’s an “unofficial’ list of TLBM CMF Series 2 character names as they appear on the flyer.

  1. Disco Harley
  2. Disco Alfred
  3. Clock King
  4. Hugo Strange
  5. Mer-Bat
  6. Swimming Pool Batman with Dolphin
  7. Vacation Joker
  8. Vacation Robin
  9. Vacation Batgirl
  10. Vacation Alfred
  11. Soccer Mom Bat
  12. Killer Moth
  13. Jayna
  14. Zan
  15. Apache Chief
  16. Jor-El
  17. General Zod
  18. Doctor Phosphorus
  19. Black Canary
  20. Black Vulcan

There are so many minifigures here that I really want, its kind of hard to zero-in on one particular minifig! For starters, I’m sure I’m getting that Clock King, Swimming Pool Batman with Dolphin and Vacation Joker mifigures. What do you think brick fans? Excited about these latest CMF offering from the LEGO Batman Movie? Hit that comment button and share us what you think.