Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Official Trailer Is Finally Out – New Dinos Introduced.

True to their promise, Universal Pictures has released its first official trailer of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom last Friday after a brief, baby Blue teaser earlier last month. The official trailer gives us a glimpse of the back story between our dino heroes and advocates, Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen (Chris Pratt), and the length that the their team will go through to save the remaining dinosaurs in Isla Nublar. In case you missed it, here’s the film’s official trailer which is currently trending over at YouTube.

Last October, we also published some insider info on what LEGO has in store for this latest sequel, and judging from the official trailer of Fallen Kingdom, it will not be a long shot to consider that we might get some new dinosaur bigfigs under this theme. As per Brickset’s listing, we can expect five new sets under the Fallen Kingdom theme, and the official trailer of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom gives us a glimpse on two new dinos that will look pretty nice in their LEGO bigfig forms.

First off, we have the Baryonyx. Though this predator was referred to several times in the Jurassic Park franchise, it was only now that we actually see it in living, breathing form. The Baryonyx is a crocodile-looking dino  known to feed on fish and other smaller dinosaurs, while not minding having humans on the list of its menu.


The Baryonyx is also significantly larger than the usual Raptor based on this particular scene from the trailer where Claire and Justice Smith’s yet to be named character is trapped behind a curtain of lava together with the beast. If ever this particular scene is eventually rendered in a LEGO bricks, then having the Baryonyx as a new LEGO dinosar bigfig will be a welcome inclusion. Other than the last set in the series (set 75930), the other two sets – 75927 and 75928 – are most likely candidates where we can see the Baryonyx as an actual LEGO dino character.

Other than the Baryonyx, we also saw the “meat-eating bull”, the Carnotaurus, made its debut in the big screen. Mentioned only in the first film as a hybrid of some sorts, we now see the bull-horned dino as it is in the wild. Suitable for running, it will not come as a surprise if the Carnotaurus is seen in several of the film’s chase scenes. It seems that this particular Carnotaurus is not that friendly with its saviors.

Similar to the set where the Baryonyx may be likely seen, we can also predict that either of sets 75927 and 75928 will be the most likely candidate to include the Carnotaurus. Bear in mind that the descriptions mentioned in our previous post only mentions of sets that MAY include Raptors, and is not quite certain of what particular dinosaurs are actually included in them, not to mention that we don’t have the slightest idea yet on what set 75930 is as of this moment.

Again, bear in mind that these are just predictions on what I believe how the LEGO Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom sets will be like once they are officially revealed hopefully a month before the film debuts on June 22 next year. Do you think LEGO has a new dino big fig in the works? Let’s just keep our fingers crossed until then.

New LEGO Powerpuff Girls Sets Reported Coming in 2018.

Last month, LEGO definitively announced the end of the line for the related sets and minifigure packs tied to the multiplatform toys-to-life videogame LEGO Dimensions by WB Interactive and Traveller’s Tales. It was a sad development, with the promise of regular product releases over three years ending about one year short.

The LEGO Dimensions line was chock-full of sets and minifigures depicting a wide variety of licensed properties, one of them being the Powerpuff Girls (minifigure pack 71346 for one). These products were plenty nifty while they lasted, and apparently LEGO agrees enough that they might get more sets coming out next year.

Even outside of LEGO Dimensions, the Cartoon Network-originating animated series still looks to be getting a lot of love from LEGO themselves. YouTube channel just2good broke the news about rumors that new LEGO Powerpuff Girls sets will be on their way come 2018.

Two sets were revealed by name: Bubbles’ Playground Showdown (41287) and Mojo Jojo Strikes (41288). Whether the designs for these characters will hew closer to the original 1990’s series run, or to the rather divisive reboot that started in 2016 instead, time will tell.

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 LEGO City 2018 offerings 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 reminds me of the LEGO Town sets many years ago.

Let’s check out these images and let me know what you think of these upcoming LEGO City 2018 sets.

Off-Road Chase (60170)

37 pieces | $6.99 USD

LEGO City 2018

 

Mountain Fugitives (60171)

88 pieces | $9.99 USD

LEGO City 2018

 

Mountain Police Headquarters (60174) 

663 pieces | $89.99 USD

LEGO City 2018

 

Wild River Escape (60176)

126 pieces | $19.99 USD

LEGO City 2018

 

Airshow Jet (60177)

87 pieces | $9.99 USD

LEGO City 2018

Speed Record Car (60178)

78 pieces | $9.99 USD

LEGO City 2018

 

Mining Team (60184)

82 pieces | $9.99 USD

LEGO City 2018

 

Mining Heavy Driller (60186)

294 pieces | $49.99 USD

LEGO City 2018

 

Mining Experts Site (60188)

883 pieces | $99.99 USD

LEGO City 2018

 

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.

2018 LEGO Star Wars Sets Selling Early at Texas Target Store.

Okay, so Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is coming into cinemas this December 15, bringing us to the halfway point of the franchise’s Disney-produced sequel trilogy. As a long-standing partner when it comes to Star Wars merchandising, LEGO has been one of the most prominent tie-in product manufacturers for this sprawling space opera.

They already have certain LEGO Star Wars sets ready to hit the market the following year. But apparently some of these hotly anticipated merchandises have already been supplied to certain retail outlets. What’s more, they appear to already be being sold well before their supposed release date.

The first reported in-store sighting of LEGO Star Wars sets slated for 2018 was in a Target store over in Texas. Not only were they already on display, with the next year still a ways off, but apparently several units of the sets have already found their way in the hands of some lucky ultra-early buyers. Though we have seen these images floating around the Internet for quite some time already, we have to wait for confirmation if this was actually sold at a local retailer and not just another leaked image.

Two sets in particular were spotted in this early-bird sighting. The first is a new LEGO Star Wars Sandspeeder (75204). Or at least it’s a new recolor, it being almost identical in form with the Snowspeeder (75049) from 2014, save for the desert color scheme and being 1 brick less!

The second set is said to be a Target-exclusive LEGO package, another two-in-one deal limited edition collector’s pack for the LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz line, the first being the NYCC exclusive LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite (41498).

We mentioned about this latest BrickHeadz set a month ago (less the image you see below), and as it turned out, the set’s availability has been confirmed. The LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz Rey and Kylo Ren (41489) is a limited edition collector’s pack which, apparently, is only sold at Target stores.

Though this combo pack may be exclusive only to Target, you can still purchase them separately as LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz Rey (41602) and Kylo (41603) in all LEGO Stores and elsewhere. Both Target and LEGO have yet to say anything about this occurrence.

Will Fox Finally Give In to Disney?

Recent insider news cited by CNBC hints of the possibility of a merger, or acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Walt Disney Co. According to the report, though some sources say that the media giants are currently not talking at this very moment, previous discussions about the acquisition of the former has been happening under tight secrecy. The talks have been said to have taken place during the past few weeks, with no clear indication that will reach a deal.

However, the same sources have clarified that the buyout will not involve the entire assets of Fox, but only ‘portions’ of it. It is not clear as of the moment what these portions are but one thing is certain: if Disney has set its eyes on Fox, then that means it is primarily interested only those parts of Fox that will add value to its already existing production assets. As CNBC notes,

“For Disney, the opportunity to take control of another movie studio and significant TV production assets as it readies a direct-to-consumer entertainment streaming offering is attractive as is Fox’s significant exposure to international markets, such as the U.K., Germany and Italy — both through its networks and 39 percent ownership of Sky. Disney recently announced it will pull all of its movies from the Netflix platform and will establish two direct-to-consumer offerings: one for sports and one including its key franchises such as “Star Wars” and Marvel.”

Undoubtedly, Disney’s acquisition of prime titles such as Star Wars and Marvel has proven very lucrative to say the least. With the MCU and Star Wars seeing more films in the next 3 to 5 years, the company needs to expand its offerings beyond what the current franchises offer. Needless to say, a deal that could see film rights for iconic titles such as that of the X-Men and Fantastic Four transferred to Disney, will positively boost the roster and reach of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.

Spider-Man: Daily Bugle Showdown (76005)

Now the big question remains, especially on this side of LEGO Marvel Universe: will we eventually see the X-Men and Fantastic Four superhero teams in their actual LEGO forms? Will these dream sets finally become a reality for thousands of fans of the LEGO Marvel Superheroes theme? The prospect of seeing these sets centered around the X-Men timeline is something to look forward to. True enough, we have a couple of LEGO Marvel sets that are not based on the current MCU timeline, such as Spider-Man: Daily Bugle Showdown (76005), Wolverine’s Chopper Showdown (6866), and X-Men VS The Sentinel (76022) that features unique minifigures characters tied with the X-Men and Fantastic Four, i.e. Dr. Doom, Wolverine, Cyclops and Storm. But having Disney buying the cinematic rights for all of them, only means that LEGO may likewise have more room to expand its LEGO Marvel Superheroes theme.

Wolverine’s Chopper Showdown (6866)

Then again, bear in mind that these are just speculations that will be left hanging until we see clearly the direction that these media giants will take in the very near future. So what do you think brick fans, are you looking forward to see more LEGO X-Men sets? How about the Silver Surfer, or the Fantastic Four? Do you think this buyout of Fox by Disney will eventually happen? Share what you think in the comments below.

Thanks to Screen Rant for the heads up.

Latest LEGO Life Magazine Shows Off the New Nexo Knights Axl’s Rolling Arsenal (72006).

One of the new themes that LEGO introduced last year was the rather quirky Nexo Knights line, which depicted a blend of medieval aesthetics and futuristic technology (sort of LEGO’s attempt to create a Castle and Space theme). The adventures of a band of knights guided by a digital wizard defending the kingdom of Knighton against Jestro and the Book of Monsters Monstrox have also been chronicled in a 3D animated series that has been running on the Cartoon Network for four seasons.

I guess most AFOLs will not agree, but the theme’s sets, with its vehicles and unique minifigures, are pretty cool themselves. Though earlier this year, rumors have it that LEGO will be pulling down the curtain on our heroes from Knighton, the news of additional Nexo Knights sets for 2018 gives a bit of a hope for those who love the theme.

Thanks to a Brickset report, we now have a glimpse of one of 2018’s LEGO Nexo Knights sets slated to hit stores in the first half of the year.  Brickset has also shared an image of the latest issue of the LEGO Life Magazine that shows a single-page spread of what appears to be Axl’s Rolling Arsenal (72006). The image suggests that the set will be including two vehicles: Axl’s Rolling Arsenal itself, and a flying machine aptly called the Vyro Glider.

Axl in the show already had two vehicles and two LEGO sets under his name – the Tower Carrier Truck (70322) and the Rumble Maker (70354) drill tank, and now it looks like he will be getting his third one, with the Rolling Arsenal (72006). This set appears to be a carrier tank with a detachable flying component called the Jestroyer, and an internally-stored buggy called the Critter Trapper.

The Critter Trapper’s name is rather meaningful, as the enemy aircraft shown on the LEGO Life Magazine page is called a Vyro Glider, piloted by a new baddie called a Cyberbyter, and likely one of the villains in the upcoming season 5 of the animated series which features an evil computer virus. The fact that the Vyro Glider shoots mech-spiderlike projectiles called Tech Critters lends credence to that little show theory.

Getting the LEGO Nexo Knights Rolling Arsenal seems to be a fine way to pass the time, while waiting for the fifth season of the animated series to premiere on Cartoon Network. There’s no further information on these LEGO sets beyond the magazine page, so we’ll have to wait for further info to come up.