End-2017 Retiring LEGO Marvel Helicarrier (76042) Set Already Gone on UK LEGO Shop@Home

When movie audiences saw it for the first time in Marvel’s The Avengers back in 2012, the airborne SHIELD Helicarrier was a thing of beauty, a remarkably feasible-looking design of how a flying aircraft carrier would look like built in our world. Since then, the wondrous flying vessels would figure in two more MCU movies (and cameo unnamed in Fox’s “Deadpool”).

But somehow the awe once commanded by the Helicarrier has long faded, and much quickly than they did in the original Marvel Comics versions. Life imitates art; or rather, merchandise imitates media, since LEGO put their SHIELD Helicarrier set (76042) on their end-2017 retiree list back in July.

In fact, the Hellicarrier 76042 is now officially retired for British LEGO buyers, as they can see for themselves in their LEGO UK Shop@Home. For the stateside version, Shop@Home US says that the Helicarrier is currently sold out due to being a highly sought-after set in LEGO VIP’s Black Friday promo.

Outside of the LEGO Shop, LEGO Marvel fans might still be able to snag 76042 on Amazon, at its regular retail price in Prime Shipping. Of course, going by that option means your Helicarrier purchase will get no LEGO points and additional promo giveaways. Still, it at least ensures you’ll have the best of SHIELD in the MCU before the end of 2017, when the set really will say goodbye for good.

The LEGO Marvel SHIELD Helicarrier (76042) runs almost 3,000 pieces with five minifigures included. There’s been no word if Shop@Home US will restock their set or mark it as retired just like in the UK. It’s too bad; while Agents of SHIELD will start its season 5 on ABC this December, the agency has not been relevant in the MCU film corner for so long.

2018 LEGO Ninjago Official Images Now Up – Features Season 8, Sons of Garmadon.

Brickset has updated their database to include several new images of LEGO Ninjago’s 2018 sets. It is bound to happen actually, with Season 5 of the Ninjago TV series announced already during this year’s San Diego Comic Con last July. It is basically a continuation of where the previous season, Hands of Time, left off. The sneak peek trailer featured during the SDCC panel featured a gang of Ninjago doppelgangers donned with kabuki masks that may prove to be equal rivals to our teen ninjas. To top it off, these copycats are also equipped with the same high tech weaponry and gear that may prove to be a handful. Little is known about the season’s plot except that the so called Sons of Garmadon will stop at nothing to revive Lord Garmadon from the Temple of Resurrection.

There is no confirmation yet on when the new Season 8 series of LEGO Ninjago will air, but we’ll update you as soon as new information comes in. For the mean time, check out these images.

Kai – Spinjitzu Master (70633)

 

Katana VII (70638)

 

Street Race of Snake Jaguar (70639)

 

Sons of Garmadon Underground (70640)

 

Ninja Nightcrawler (70641)

 

Klow vs. Samurai X (70642)

It looks like LEGO is fond of releasing rehashed sets nowadays. The ripcord powered spinners are an obvious shout out to LEGO’s previous Ninjago spinners, though looking at the Kai – Spinjitzu Master set, I am interested to have a closer look at that new minifigure design on Kai, and of the rest of the team. As per Brickset’s posting, each ninja will be having a new spinner of its own – Nya (70634), Jay (70635), Zane (70636), and Cole (70637). This upcoming theme also seems to give that need for speed vibe, with its emphasis on high speed vehicles and chase scenes.

Brickset has also listed several sets that are yet to be revealed. What interest me the most is the last set on the theme which is called The Temple of Resurrection (70643). Brickset tagged a rather curious element or character which is a baby. I assume that this will be the newer baby minifigure that has been recently introduced in LEGO City. But including it in a set where the supposed resurrection of Lord Garmadon will take place, well, it sounds a bit scary. Will Garmadon require a baby in order for him to be revived? I guess we just have to wait until LEGO Ninjago Season 8 officially airs next year.

These are the Custom Adventure Time Collectible Minifigures That LEGO Must Make!

It is no secret that LEGO has been representing some of the best titles and licenses from every corner of the entertainment world. Ever since The LEGO Group struck gold with its partnership with Disney and Warner Bros., it has never run out of new material – and characters – to immortalize in that iconic LEGO plastic mould. From Star Wars to Marvel, to the Simpsons and Batman, there seems to be no limit to the potential of what LEGO can do with its minifigure renditions. In fact, there is still a lot of room for other official LEGO minifigs that already carry the LEGO brand. One particular subtheme (if one can call it that) is Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time. However, like what most Jake and Finn fans know, LEGO didn’t seem to do justice about the highly popular CN series. Sure, we have the LEGO Ideas Adventure Time (21308) that was released earlier this year; and also don’t forget about the uber cool (and now discontinued) LEGO Dimensions Adventure Time Level Pack (71245), Team Pack (71246), and Marceline the Vampire Queen Fun Pack (71285). But with only four official LEGO minifigures representing the cartoon series, there is still a lot that we’re missing.

Long before LEGO closed the deal with CN to render the world of Adventure Time into brick-built form, Chris Malec from Buckinghamshire, England already came up with the idea of rendering Jake, Finn, and the rest of the good ‘ol folks from the Land of Ooo, in custom LEGO minifigure form using a medium that has recently caught the fancy of many budding artist – 3D printing. He managed to design an initial 16 Adventure Time minifigures, close to creating a custom LEGO Adventure Time Collectible Minifigures. Take a look at these sweet, gorgeous renderings. Click on the images to have a better look.

Jake the Dog.
Finn the Human.
Princess Bubblegum
Marceline the Vampire Queen
Banana Guard
Magic Man
Lemongrab
Lich King
King of Ooo
Party Pat
Gob, Glob, Grod, Grob
BO MBO
Susan Strong
Prismo
Flame Princess
Ice King

Though they may not feel the same way as compared to a standard LEGO minifigure since they are 3D printed, the level of detail and accuracy, if I may say, exceeds that of LEGO prints. The clean look and finish on these custom CMF is beyond expectations.

The Custom LEGO Adventure Time Collectible Minifigures.

Chris is still working on another series of Adventure Time custom LEGO minifigures and other titles, including another personal favorite, his rendition of a custom LEGO Super Mario Odyssey minifigure. I reckon that if LEGO will ever come with a Super Mario set, THIS is how Mario should like.

Speaking of Mario, be sure to check out Tyler’s latest super cool Custom LEGO Mario from Super Mario Odyssey. It is so great and spot-on that even Brickset took notice. I’ll talk more about that in my next post.

So if you are impressed as much as I am about these custom LEGO Adventure Time Collectible Minifigures from Chris Malec, be sure to check out the rest of his 3D masterpieces right here. Image credit goes to Chris for sharing his creation to the rest of the brick-loving world.

 

Source: Wired.

New Star Wars Trilogy and TV Series Could Spell More LEGO Star Wars Sets.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Last Jedi is coming to cinemas on December 15, the second chapter of the “Sequel Trilogy” for the sprawling space opera franchise by Lucasfilm under Disney. The final chapter, Episode IX, will not be until 2019, with a Han Solo prequel slated for 2018.

Even as these films are being churned out, merchandise is following in their wake, such as LEGO Star Wars’ expansive variety of models and minifigures in stores. Well, they’re about to increase further.

When Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy hinted at more Star Wars movies days earlier, fans assumed they would be in the vein of 2016’s Rogue One or next year’s Solo. But it turns out that they’re actually formulating another film trilogy with the help of Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.

This new trilogy will break the mold by focusing on entirely new characters, unlike Episodes I-IX, which always focused on a member of the Skywalker family. Johnson is expected to write and direct the first film of this planned trilogy, and be the producer on the other two. Here’s the announcement as shared over at the Star Wars Show.

In addition to this reveal, Disney CEO Bob Iger also made noise when he announced the development of a live-action Star Wars TV series for 2019. This is said to be a re-pitch of an earlier live-action series proposal by Lucasfilm long before Disney’s acquisition. The planned Star Wars: Underground was never produced due to impossible budget constraints, but might be possible now with the House of Mouse. Check out this visual from the original Underground pitch. It could finally be realized, and it will be on streaming.

All these developments could easily mean that more LEGO Star Wars sets may be in the works. It’ll be quite the wait, but LEGO Star Wars fans sure knows its worth it.

LEGO Ideas Support Recommendation: 123 Sesame Street!

UPDATE: We’ve updated this article to give credit to Ivan Guerrero for coming up with this much needed, LEGO Ideas project. 

LEGO Ideas has proven itself an effective platform for realizing the potential of many set ideas to become official and commercially available products. Some of these have become bestselling LEGO sets themselves, if the very positive reception of the LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312) is any indication of their popularity levels.

That set in question is an original idea by Maia Weinstock, but other LEGO Ideas projects could be based on existing franchises or intellectual properties. One particularly interesting idea that is currently in the initial Support Phase at the Ideas website is based on the iconic children’s show Sesame Street, and it’s looking for more likes.

The LEGO Ideas Project 123 Sesame Street set proposal in question is a depiction of the apartment building at 123 Sesame Street, wherein a number of the show’s most prominent characters – human and Muppet – reside. It was conceived by Filipino AFOL and longtime Jim Henson fan Ivan Guerrero (or  bulldoozer21 over at LEGO Ideas), who envisioned a tall and sprawling LEGO building setup, which opens to reveal its interior rooms.

Can you help me count to 10,000? :)I recently designed a LEGO set based on Sesame Street for LEGO Ideas. If the design…

Posted by Ivan Guerrero on Friday, October 20, 2017

 

The set idea would come with 14 minifigures of  well-known Sesame Street characters, from Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, Grover, Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Oscar the Grouch, to their classic human friends Gordon, Bob and Susan. Each character either has an apartment room, or a nook in the building to hang out at.

It’s amazing just how well LEGO Ideas this proposed set translates the various Muppet sets and exterior locations used on Sesame Street to create a whole unified structure that feels like an actual apartment building where the characters live and work in.

While the proposal, if made real, would probably result in one of the largest and likely more expensive LEGO Ideas sets ever put out, it definitely deserves a chance to have the attention that the LEGO Ideas Women of NASA is having now.

The 123 Sesame Street set proposal now has over 2,000 supporters, but still has a long way to go to reach that 10,000 spot. You can show your approval by giving it a thumbs up vote up over at LEGO Ideas and clicking the Support button for the 123 Sesame Street page.