Coming Soon: A New LEGO Speed Champions McLaren Set for 2019

LEGO has already revealed a handful of 2019 LEGO Speed Champion sets to watch out for in January, and it looks like the reveals doesn’t end there. A couple of days ago, the official Facebook page of McLaren Automotive shared a teaser on what’s building at LEGO HQ, particularly with regards to its speedster line of brick-built supercars. McLaren fans were quick to point out that the rear end of this next LEGO Speed Champions set belongs to one of the company’s most recent creation: the McLaren Senna. Just to be sure, this new 2019 LEGO Speed Champions set is not yet confirmed, though it should be noted that LEGO has already announced a LEGO Speed Champions McLaren Senna (75892) as part of its 2019 repertoire scheduled for release in January 1st.

This new set, if ever it turned out to be another Senna, sports a camouflaged finish on top of predominantly white pieces. The only turnoff from this set, like in any other LEGO Speed Champion set, is the vast amount of stickers that you need to apply in order to create that camouflaged effect. I can already feel my stubby, little  fingers complaining.

Now just to be clear, these are all speculations at the moment until such time that LEGO and McLaren do a full reveal.  Perhaps we’ll hear more about this collaboration soon enough just in time for the 2019 Nuremberg Toy Fairin Germany. For now, let’s just wait and see how things will turn out.

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The LEGO World of Warcraft Theme May Actually Happen

It seems that the future of a LEGO and Blizzard Entertainment partnership is now getting better and better. After the reveal of the LEGO Overwatch theme a couple of months ago, and with Blizzard’s smash hit first-person shooter game now getting the official LEGO treatment, Blizzard fans have another exciting collaboration to look forward to.  Now, while most of us are still swooning on the first batch of LEGO Overwatch sets, making theipre-orders and basically waiting for their release on January 2019, we’ve now gotten wind of rumors that a LEGO and Blizzard collaboration may be on the horizon. Another Blizzard game might be officially rendered in LEGO bricks, and all signs are now pointing at a possible LEGO World of Warcraft theme sometime in the future.

This comes out the mouth of Matt Beecher, Blizzard Vice President of Consumer Products, in an interview with Forbes. To him, seeing more Blizzard properties being interpreted as LEGO sets are within the realm of possibility. The next, most likely game from the company for that privilege is World of Warcraft. When asked about the likelihood of another Blizzard game turned into an official LEGO theme, Beecher answered,

“It needs to be the right time and place for both parties. I mean, we would definitely be interested in discussing that. With World of Warcraft,there’s a hundred million-plus people that have touched that experience at some point in their life, so there’s a very broad and diverse audience around the world that supports World Of Warcraft. But it obviously would be a mutual decision. We need make sure there’s enough indicators pointing to that it would be a great idea.”

Originating as a real-time strategy game series, Warcraft became a juggernaut franchise with the release of its MMORPG spinoff World of Warcraft last decade. Beecher intimated that Blizzard is interested in discussing the prospects of a LEGO Warcraft line of sets.  According to Forbes, however, Blizzard’s enthusiastic pronouncement was not answered by any comments from LEGO.

But to World of Warcraft players whom most are LEGO fans as well, that sounds like a perfect idea. Imagining minifigures of personages from the games like Arthas, Jaina, Sylvanas, Thrall, Tyrande, Malfurion and so many more, plus set recreations of famous locales and battles, is enough to sate the imagination until such time the proposal is confirmed by LEGO and Blizzard. We’ll just have to wait and see if this will click as much as LEGO Overwatch.

So what do you think brick fans? Are you looking forward to see a LEGO World of Warcraft theme? Let us know in the comments below.  

2019 LEGO Spider-Man Sets To Be Released This December

A lot of info traffic has been circulating on LEGO news circles regarding the upcoming Spider-Man sets in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. We’ve already showcased several awesome sets earmarked for release in 2019; at the same time we caught wind of rumored other LEGO Spider-sets arriving next month in December, as tie-ins for Sony Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie. With the recent appearance of an advertising flyer from a Georgia Walmart, first shown on Twitter and confirmed by our fellow LEGO news sources The Brick Fan and Brick Fanatics, one thing’s becoming clear: the 2019 LEGO Spider-Man sets will be arriving earlier in some markets; and these same sets may be the tie-ins to Into the Spider-Verse after all.

That’s quite the surprise if it’s true, although the presence of more Spider-Men minifigures than just our familiar Peter Parker seems to confirm that idea.

Well, at the very least the 2019 LEGO Spider-Man sets have the Miles Morales Spider-Man, aka the main Spider-hero of the film (Spider-Bike Rescue 76113), as well as Gwen Stacy/Ghost-Spider (Spider-Mech vs. Venom-Mech 76115). These two are prominent is trailers shared by Sony so far. There’s another alternate Spider, 2099 (Spider-Crawler 76114), that hasn’t been featured in previews, if he’s even in the film at all.

Are the Spider-Verse LEGO tie-in sets still rumor? Or are they now reconciled with the 2019 sets that are revealed to be coming earlier on certain retailers like Walmart? To paraphrase Sherlock Holmes, we need more data to be certain. What we are sure is that Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is premiering December 12.

LEGO Toy Story 4 Set Speculations

Disney dropped another bomb yesterday morning when it released the first trailer for the much awaited 4th sequel to the Toy Story franchise. The teaser saw the return of the beloved toys that we know very well since we last saw them 8 years ago. We have Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the rest of the gang dancing around Judy Collins’ classic rendition of Both Sides Now. The last few seconds of the trailer really caught me off guard when an unexpected new character caused quite a stir. Referred to simply as Forky, the newest character was portrayed to be having a sort of identity crisis and is very much disturbed with the idea that he does not belong to Bonnie’s play room. The rest of the story is obviously under wraps, save for the hint that Toy Story 4 will be a “road trip adventure” that will help Woody understand the larger world. With the Disney Pixar license under its belt, it’s also expected that LEGO has pretty much laid out the plans already for a series of LEGO Toy Story 4 tie-up sets as much as it did 8 years ago when it released its wave of related tie-in sets.

We also mentioned before that LEGO Toy Story 4 sets are bound to happen and it doesn’t come as a surprise knowing the partnership that LEGO and Disney has. We can also assume that these sets will carry the LEGO 4+ branding which will replace the LEGO Juniors line by next year. The last Disney Pixar tie-in sets that were given the LEGO Juniors tag as of to date were those that came from the Incredibles 2 subtheme. The only question now is how many tie-in sets will LEGO be releasing in relation to the film. This year saw the release of three Incredibles 2 tie-in sets, with one LEGO BrickHeadz Mr. Incredible and Frozone (41613) added to the mix. With a good number of characters, including Forky of course, we might be looking a good deal of new LEGO Toy Story 4 sets soon. My personal bet is that other than the confused Forky, we might also see new characters rendered in LEGO bricks such as the animal plush toys that we see in the follow-up trailer below.

This being a road-trip of a movie with perhaps a stopover  at a local carnival, I will not be surprised to see if there is one dedicated LEGO set that shows how this carnival scene will play out.

Toy Story 4 is still roughly 6 months away before it hits theaters on June 21, 2019 and until then, we can be sure that LEGO will slowly reveal its LEGO Toy Story 4 sets beginning first quarter of 2019. It should also be noted that LEGO in the past has also released four LEGO Duplo Toy Story sets in 2010: Jessie’s Round Up (5657), Pizza Planet Truck (5658), The Great Train Chase (5659), and Alien Space Crane (5691) so it’s not a long shot to consider that they might follow the same path again with Toy Story 4.

So what do you guys think? Are you excited for Toy Story 4? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

Benny Gets a New Arm in the LEGO Movie 2

If you recall, the LEGO Store November 2018 calendar made mention of a LEGO campaign that aims to provide LEGO sets to needy children across several parts of the world. The campaign dubbed as the Build to Give ran last week, from November 5 to 9, and aimed to provide free LEGO sets to at least 500,000 kids across the world. A dedicated web page was setup dedicated to the campaign, and what is interesting to note other than the building cheers that LEGO intend to share across the globe, is their choice of characters who represented this charitable endeavor. We’re just counting the months before the LEGO Movie 2 debuts in cinemas, and LEGO has now chosen the rag-tag team of Emmet Brickowsky to spread some holiday cheers. There’s nothing really surprising regarding LEGO’s choice of characters since it naturally follows that they want the LEGO Movie 2 to get some promotion at the same time. But what is really eye-catching is that we now have a closer look at our favorite blue astronaut, Benny – and it seems that he will also be sporting a new look.

Other than giving some good, Christmas cheers, Benny is also happy to flaunt a new mechanical arm which seems to be an upgrade of some sort to his space suit. As we know, the LEGO Movie 2 takes place in the apocalyptic world of Bricksburg after the Duplon Invasion on Taco Tuesday.

I’m not quite sure if this is Benny’s way of blending in with the rough, tough people of the town, or is an upgrade for the upcoming space adventures ahead. Though I’m inclined to believe in the former – we just have to wait and see until the rest of the LEGO Movie 2 sets come out sometime next year or mid-December. As of to date, we have a handful of LEGO Movie 2 sets waiting to be revealed, with the first three sets already revealed last July. Currently, we have four LEGO sets where Benny is included (all of them are hard-to-find already), all of which take inspiration from the first LEGO Movie film:  Double-Decker Couch (70818), Metal Beard’s Sea Cow (70810), Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! (70816), and LEGO Dimensions Benny (71214).

Needless to say, Benny is one of the LEGO Movie characters that I love to see included in the new sets. There’s even a rumor going around saying that we might see Benny in a LEGO Movie 2 set which includes some classic LEGO Space minifigures and if that is indeed the case, then everything is so awesome indeed.

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Silent Mary (71042) Discounted on Amazon and Rumored to Retire Soon

A listing on global retail giant Amazon has the LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Silent Mary (71042) set being discounted 25%, going from $199.99 to $149.99 as a result. This is not third-party but a sale by Amazon itself, so one can count on earlier delivery than the 1-3-month shipping.

The LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Silent Mary (71042) depicts the living monstrous shipwreck haunt of the undead pirate and Jack Sparrow foe Captain Salazar, as he, his crew and pet zombie sharks (and the Mary’s masthead) pursue Jack and his companions Henry (Turner) and Carina across the mysterious seas.

2018 LEGO Ninjago Bricktober Minifigure (5005257) Rumored to be a Black Friday LEGO Store Promo

October has come and gone, and the Toys R Us Bricktober event has gone off without significant problems in the countries and markets that still have TRU stores. Stateside, LEGO collectors had to wait for other retail partners to carry the Bricktober LEGO minifigure sets, like with Barnes & Noble. Aside from the LEGO Harry Potter Bricktober minifigures (5005254) which were available on B&N, the other Bricktober sets were supposed to arrive in the US anywhere from this November to December; but when? At least we now have an idea on the general arrival time for the LEGO Ninjago Bricktober minifigure (5005257).

The latest word, as shared with fellow LEGO news source The Brick Fan, is that the LEGO Ninjago Bricktober minifigure (5005257), an assortment of four collectible minifigs, will be available on LEGO Stores as part of the expected Black Friday promotion. It is said to come free for every minimum LEGO purchase of $50, or while supplies last.

The LEGO Ninjago minifigures included in the Bricktober 2018 box set are “Oni Mask of Hatred” Harumi, Jay from the future, Mohawk and Kabuki Nya. For the moment, the Bricktober Ninjago being a Black Friday LEGO promotion, alongside the LEGO Seasonal Christmas Gift Box (40292, minimum $99 purchase) is a rumor until LEGO confirms it.

Rumor: List of “Leaked” LEGO Tie-In Sets for 2019’s “Avengers 4”

Some movie fans might say that if they want spoilers regarding an upcoming franchise movie, they just need to keep an eye on upcoming LEGO set news or rumors. Indeed, sometimes when word of a new set tying in to a film yet to release comes out in online discussion, they tend to reveal details.

Case in point, there’s still nothing but sparse details about the 2019 MCU installment Avengers 4; it doesn’t even have a subtitle yet even now. But perhaps the set of rumors newly provided by LEGO news Instagrammer falconfan1414 might shed light on what might be expected. He has listed five Avengers 4 tie-ins with working titles thus far, though the names hint at things we might watch out for when the movie premieres next year.

  1. Captain America Kit: $20 and 167 pieces
  2. War Machine Vehicle: $35 and 362 pieces
  3. Iron Man location set: $60 and 524 pieces
  4. Avengers 4 big vehicle: $80 and 832 pieces
  5. Avengers 4 location set: $100 and 699 pieces

There’s our list of rumored LEGO Marvel Avengers 4 sets. The spotlights on Iron Man (first MCU hero) and Cap (recently hinted to be retired by actor Chris Evans) are expected, but a set for War Machine is interesting. Then again, his character (and actor Don Cheadle) got hyped up as a “Thanos survivor” in other Disney promotional things, so there’s that.

In closing, we again reiterate that when we share info titled as “Rumor”, then its veracity is up in the air until LEGO has its say on the matter, no matter how many times falconfan1414 may have gotten some things right in the past. That said, Avengers 4 will premiere next year on May 3.

2019 LEGO Ninjago Sets Teased

If you recall from last July, we reported on a certain rumor that the upcoming 2019 LEGO Ninjago sets will be based on previous releases stretching back to 2011 when the theme was first introduced. Speculations regarding a Ninjago re-release were further flamed when during SDCC 2018, it was revealed by the LEGO Ninjago panel that there were no new season on the works for next year. Instead, the panel became a sort of a trip down Ninjago memory lane where the panelists talked about their most memorable episodes from the franchise during the past 7 years. This lead many LEGO Ninjago fans to think that there might be no new and unique tie-in sets to expect come 2019.

Fast forward to October, the recent update to the LEGO Ninjago Ride Ninja app were rolled out both on the App Store and Google Play, and somewhere along its cache of bikes are images of two of the most familiar rides in Ninjago. Here is a screenshot of Kai’s Fire Cycle and Zane’s Snowmobile as seen from the app.

Kai’s Fire Cycle as seen in LEGO Ninjago Ride Ninja app.

Zane’s Snowmobile as seen in LEGO Ninjago Ride Ninja app.

If you’re a long time fan of the franchise, it will be relatively easy for you to see that these two virtual bikes are very much the same to actual sets seen in LEGO Ninjago Kai’s Blade Cycle (9441) and Fangpyre Truck Ambush (9445). Both of these sets were released in 2012 as part of a series of sets in line with LEGO Ninjago Rise of the Snakes story arc.

Kai’s Blade Cycle (9441).

Zane’s Snowmobile as seen in Fangpyre Ambush (9445).

It is also interesting to note that a rumored list of new 2019 LEGO sets to watch out for also made mention of a Kai’s Blade Cycle and Zane’s Snowmobile (70667) set. It is not far-fetched to consider that we might be seeing these cool Ninjago bikes again, but this time, combined in a single set. It should be noted that the same list also includes sets such as Fire Temple (70680), Jay’s Storm Fighter (70668), Samurai Mech (70665), Cole’s Earth Driller (70669), and The Golden Dragon (70666), all of which are very similar to LEGO Ninjago sets released between 2011 to 2013.

Fire Temple (2507) from 2011

 

Jay’s Storm Fighter (9442) from 2012

 

Samurai Mech (9448) from 2012

 

Cole’s Earth Driller (70502) from 2013

 

The Golden Dragon (70503) from 2013

The way I see it, there is nothing much to expect from these 2019 LEGO Ninjago sets if indeed they are the exact same copies of their predecessors. However, it will be nice of LEGO if they can probably throw in some new pieces or new iterations of Ninjago minifigures, and not just to rehash another re-release. I’m not really sure if LEGO Ninjago fans will agree, but the way I see it, the LEGO Ninjago theme has reached a certain plateau or saturation point where the stories behind the theme might need a reboot of some kind. For sets that are dependent on an original LEGO theme or story, it is definitely a challenge to keep it more engaging and interesting. Undoubtedly, LEGO Ninjago is one of LEGO’s original and longest running fantasy-themed line, and it’s kind of difficult to imagine that it might suffer the same fate like that of Bionicle and Nexo Knights. We just have to wait and see in 2019.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Sets Rumored to Arrive this December

Sony’s out to prove that even when sharing film rights to Spider-Man with Marvel Studios, they can still come up with a franchise featuring the massive supporting cast of the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler. Their first post-MCU-Spider cinematic outing was Venom starring Tom Hardy, and on December there’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. On the LEGO front, about the most prominent Spider-Man set to be revealed is the yet-to-be released LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Spider-Man Mech vs. Venom Mech (76115). There’s also going to be a 3D-animated special entitled Spider-Man: Vexed by Venom, coming in 2019 and seemingly working on synergy with Sony’s movies. And this time, it looks like LEGO is giving its share to the Spider-Verse with the rumored arrival of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Sets

Particularly this rumor has it that LEGO will spring some surprise tie-in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sets at year’s end. According to sources tapped by fellow LEGO news site Brick Fanatics, these LEGO sets will arrive December 1, ahead of the animated movie’s premiere.

Into the Spider-Verse is produced by The LEGO Movie’s directorial tandem of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, based on a Marvel Comics storyline that sees various incarnations of Spider-Man from different parallel dimensions brought together to face a powerful foe. The focus of this film is on young alternate Spider-Man, Miles Morales (Shameik Moore).

As always, this piece of news, like any rumors, should be taken with a pinch of salt. Ultimately it’ll be LEGO or their license partners (Marvel and Sony in this case) that’ll confirm or debunk what we have reported. We just hope that it’ll be soon enough.