LEGO Batman’s Will Arnett To Host LEGO Masters US

Last July, LEGO fans in the US were thrilled to hear the news that the ultimate LEGO reality TV show is now finally picked up by FOX and it looks like it’s even getting better. LEGO and Fox Broadcasting have finally announced and welcomed onboard the host of the upcoming LEGO Masters US TV show. I have some initial guesses including Chris Pratt and even David Beckham. And I’m delighted to hear that it will finally be LEGO Batman himself – Will Arnett – who will be at the helm of this highly intense LEGO reality TV show.

The multi-talented actor behind LEGO Batman’s brooding voice will bring this contest to an all-new level of brick intensity when he guides pairs of brick contenders beginning February 5. According to FOX, “The series will feature pairs of LEGO enthusiasts facing off in unbelievable brick-building challenges. Throughout the competition, Arnett, alongside expert judges, will encourage the builders, introduce incredible challenges and put the creations to the test until one duo is crowned LEGO Masters.”

The actor behind the brooding voice of LEGO Batman will be hosting the toughest LEGO-inspired reality TV show on FOX – the LEGO Masters US.

LEGO Masters has been a huge success both in the UK and Australia and is expected to have a warm welcome from millions of LEGO fans across the US. A website has been launched last July to facilitate auditions for the TV show, but my guess is that the roster is already complete and we will get to hear the final list of LEGO Masters US contestants anytime soon. Personally, I’m hoping to see Tyler and Sean join the fray, but I guess we will soon find out.

Similar to their UK and Australian counterparts, LEGO Masters US will stretch the limits of our builder-contenders as they figure their way out of the craziest, nearly-impossible LEGO building tasks that will be thrown at them. We’re still yet to see who will be given the most daunting task of judging these creations. For LEGO Masters Australia for example, the arduous task was given to Australian LEGO Certified Professional Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught. It was definitely not an easy task being the show’s judge and we’ll have to see to whom this sobering mantle will fall in.

Are you excited about LEGO Masters US? Who do you think will make it to the final cut? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

Additional source: The Wrap

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LEGO Ideas Central Perk (21319) Designer Video Released

I think LEGO is a bit of a torturous with this one. In spite of being on out-of-stock status for a few days now, LEGO has released a designer video to celebrate the release of the LEGO Ideas Central Perk (21319). Don’t get me wrong – I appreciate these LEGO designer vids, but I will love it more if the set is back in stock. Anyways, LEGO Designer Milan Madge and graphics designer Crystal Marie Fontan share their thoughts on the creative process that went through in transforming this LEGO Ideas set into a reality. Watch this.

It has been more than a month since the LEGO Ideas Central Perk (21319) set has been released, and you may have already heard a lot of reviews on this set since then. However, I do appreciate LEGO’s designer video about this set since they give us an inside look at the clever easter eggs and the neat attention to detail that the designers have thrown in. I like how they ensured that the minifigures in this set will be faithful to how the sitcom’s lead characters look like especially during the first season of the show. Some small details in this set also answer some of the questions that fans of the FRIENDS sitcom have been asking for a very long time. Such as the reason why the gang always ends up having the iconic orange couch in the middle of the cafe. Well, it seems that the answer is a simple, straightforward ‘Reserved’ sign that never leaves their table from the start.

We don’t have an inkling on when the LEGO Ideas Central Perk (21319) will be back in stock in LEGO brand stores and online, but be sure to check with LEGO Shop@Home every now and then for updates.

LEGO Ideas Central Perk (21319)

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Friends, the legendary American TV sitcom, with this highly collectible LEGO® Ideas 21319 CENTRAL PERK set! This wonderful LEGO recreation of the café TV studio set is packed with authentic details, making it a must-have Friends memorabilia item for fans. The iconic seating area with a couch, armchair and 2 chairs for the friends is removable for easy play. And check out the stage where Phoebe performed her songs on guitar (and where Ross once played his keyboard and everyone except Phoebe thought he was terrible). The 7 new-for-September-2019 LEGO toy minifigures of Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, Phoebe and CENTRAL PERK’s long-suffering manager Gunther each come with accessories to role-play famously hilarious scenes. An ideal Friends-themed gift for your own friends and family who love the TV show, this hot toy is great for play and will grab attention when displayed in any room.

  • This LEGO® Ideas set includes 7 new-for-September-2019 minifigures: Ross Geller, Rachel Green, Chandler Bing, Monica Geller, Joey Tribbiani, Phoebe Buffay and Gunther.
  • The CENTRAL PERK café construction toy features the iconic main seating area including a sofa, armchair, 2 chairs and a table; service area with a brick-built coffee machine, service counter, cash register, cookie jar with 2 cookie elements, menu board element and other authentic items; a stage for musical performances with a sofa; extra seats and tables; 3 pillar elements in a new-for-September-2019 green color; umbrella stand with 2 umbrella elements; window with ‘CENTRAL PERK’ logo decoration; entrance doors; and 2 brick-built TV studio light rigs with translucent light-style elements.
  • The seating area for the show’s star characters is removable for easy play.
  • The minifigures each have their own items inspired by the TV series, including Ross’s brick-built keyboard and the following accessory elements: Rachel’s tray and coffee cup, Monica’s muffin, Joey’s pizza box, pizza slice and ‘man bag’, Chandler’s laptop, Phoebe’s guitar and Gunther’s broom.
  • Other accessory elements in this café playset include a newspaper, 15 coffee cups and a ‘Reserved’ sign, plus 3 vases and buildable flowers.
  • This Friends memorabilia LEGO® building toy includes 1,079 pieces.
  • This LEGO® Ideas set comes with a booklet with building instructions and information about this awesome set’s fan creator and LEGO designer.
  • Build and display this Friends collectible construction toy or recreate your favorite scenes from the classic American sitcom.
  • This Friends-themed gift toy measures over 4” (11cm) high, 11” (29cm) wide and 8” (22cm) deep and will make an eye-catching centerpiece in any room.

 

LEGO Technic Top Gear Set Coming in 2020

An interesting piece of news came out this morning, and it’s telling us that LEGO is adding another licensed set in its portfolio. To begin with, LEGO is no stranger in the automotive field with an impressive list of LEGO Technic sets that highlight the most sophisticated vehicles around such as the upcoming LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender (42110) and the superbly elegant Bugatti Chiron (42083). From the looks of it, LEGO is pushing the envelope once more by partnering with one of television’s longest-running, and high-adrenalin motoring entertainment program. BBC Studios just published a press release earlier today underscoring the venture that the British TV company and The LEGO Group will jointly undertake. Based on one of its highly popular series, BBC’s Top Gear will now have a LEGO set of its own, a LEGO Technic Top Gear set to be exact. According to License Global, this collaborative set is expected to launch in early 2020.

LEGO Technic Top Gear

Details about this new set are understandably scant as of this time, but from what we can glean from the press release, this LEGO Technic Top Gear set will definitely feature a distinctive, action-packed model that is reflective of the show’s fast-paced and stunt-filled sequences. There is no exact date given on when this set will be released, but we can somehow expect it to be officially revealed during the first quarter of 2020. Here’s BBC Studio’s complete press release for your reference.

LEGO Technic Top Gear
The daredevil crew of BBC Studio’s Top Gear.
BBC STUDIOS, LEGO GROUP SPEED OFF WITH ‘TOP GEAR’ SET

Finally, A LEGO Ideas Set That Will Show Us How To Get To Sesame Street

The results are in: and it looks like we have another LEGO Ideas set that is destined to be a hit among AFOLs who grew up in the company of Elmo, Big Bird, Bert & Ernie and other memorable characters of the iconic children’s television show Sesame Street. The LEGO Ideas First 2019 Review results were finally announced, and wow, I’m really proud and happy for this one. If you recall earlier this year, we have high hopes for Ivan Guerrero’s (aka bulldoozer21 on LEGO Ideas) 123 Sesame Street project as it gathers the necessary votes in becoming the next LEGO Ideas set. Now thanks to the support and vote of confidence of more than 10,000 LEGO fans around the world, we can finally see this new LEGO set come to life.

Sesame Street

In my opinion, the LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street symbolizes a perfect union between LEGO and PBS, with both companies giving a premium on the value of creative play among children. I literally grew up and learned my ABCs thanks to Sesame Street which were hugely popular in the Philippines during the 1980s. So seeing this set becoming an official LEGO Ideas set really feels quite nostalgic, similar to how excited I was when Lendy Tayag’s LEGO Ideas Voltron (21311) became a reality. Another reason why I’m so proud in seeing this original brick creation become an officially approved LEGO Ideas set is the fact that this is another testament to the creative genius of the Filipino AFOL community. The LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street is the 2nd LEGO Ideas set originally designed by a Filipino, following the likes of Lendy Tayag and his LEGO Ideas Voltron.

Ivan’s original design for the LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street comes in at 2,945 pieces but we can expect this to be tentative since the LEGO Design Team will still introduce some adjustments before its debut sometime next year. The official set is also expected to feature a huge collection of new minifigures of some of the popular characters on Sesame Street including Bob, Gordon, Susan, Bert, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Biff, Sully, Ernie, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Prairie Dawn, Grover, and Elmo. Each portion of the iconic Sesame Street apartment features several memorable episodes of the TV show in which AFOLs who grew up with the series will surely recognize.

To know more on how this set was created, be sure to read on Ivan’s 10K Club Interview over at the LEGO Ideas blog site. Again, congratulations Ivan Guerrero and hope to see your LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street on store shelves very soon.

LEGO Ideas Seinfeld 30th Anniversary Product Idea Qualifies for Third 2019 Review Stage

After achieving the necessary 10,000 votes needed to move forward, the LEGO Ideas Seinfeld 30th Anniversary product idea by BrentWaller now qualifies for the Third 2019 LEGO Ideas Review Stage. This original LEGO Ideas project proposal celebrates 30 years of the beloved classic 90s comedy TV series, following a similar vein as such that of the now available (but temporarily out of stock) LEGO Ideas Central Perk (21319).

LEGO Ideas Seinfeld 30th Anniversary

The LEGO Ideas Seinfeld 30th Anniversary product idea won the votes of 10K LEGO fan supporters in just a few months since its entry in the crowd-sourcing platform in June of this year. It’s quite an accomplishment for a LEGO Ideas product idea considering the relatively short amount of time that it took to earn the necessary LEGO fan votes to move on to the Review Stage. This proposed LEGO set comes in at approximately 900 pieces, almost at a similar piece count to that of the  LEGO Ideas Central Perk. If you look closely, these sets also somehow share a notable similarity in terms of design, with both of them making good use of a central piece where all the characters interact. It will be really interesting to have these sets displayed side by side if in case the former becomes an official LEGO set. The LEGO Ideas Seinfeld 30th Anniversary product idea also includes minifigure versions of Jerry Seinfeld, George Costanza, Elaine Benes, Cosmo Kramer and “Newman”.

LEGO Ideas Seinfeld 30th Anniversary Product Idea

LEGO Ideas Seinfeld 30th Anniversary

On July 5th, 1989 the show about nothing was born.

This LEGO Ideas project celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the beloved classic 90s comedy sitcom with an accurate recreation of Jerrys Upper West Side Manhattan apartment using approximately 900 LEGO Pieces.

It also includes 5 minifigures including Comedian and show namesake, Jerry Seinfeld, neurotic best friend George Costanza, friend Elaine Benes, eccentric but kind-hearted neighbour Cosmo Kramer and Jerrys arch nemesis, mailmanand neighbour known only as “Newman”.

With your help and vote this project could become a real LEGO set so you too can recreate your favourite scenes about nothing. 

The Seinfeld 30th Anniversary product idea joins Queen: I Want to Break Free as the second project to qualify for the Third 2019 LEGO Ideas Review Stage. So what do you think about this 90s sitcom-inspired set? Do you think it will win the approval of the LEGO Ideas Design team? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Upcoming LEGO Hidden Side Guide to Ghost Hunting Book Reveals Tie-In TV Series

It seems that LEGO intends its new LEGO Hidden Side theme to have a tie-in TV series as well. This piece of info came from an unlikely source – a still yet to be released LEGO-themed book, the LEGO Hidden Side Guide to Ghost Hunting Book. The idea of having a dedicated TV series to help promote a newly launched LEGO theme is not entirely new to LEGO. We saw how LEGO came up with original content in the likes of Ninjago, Nexo Knights, and LEGO City just to name a few. And if you recall during SDCC 2019, LEGO animation producer Tommy Andreasen revealed a LEGO Hidden Side trailer that could easily pass as an introduction of sorts for a larger, wider TV series.

The LEGO Hidden Side Guide to Ghost Hunting Book is yet to appear at Amazon US, but here’s a quick blurb about the book as listed by Amazon UK and some of the interesting things that it reveals as well.

The LEGO Hidden Side Guide to Ghost Hunting Book

Step into the haunted town of Newbury and become an expert ghost hunter in this in-world guide based on LEGO Hidden Side toys and TV show! Plus, it includes a Hidden Side minifigure!

The LEGO Group’s newest IP, LEGO Hidden Side hits stores in fall 2019 with eight toy sets, followed by a TV series and even more toys in 2020! Kids can interact with these building sets using an augmented reality app that brings the models to life, using a smartphone or tablet camera to reveal a hidden world of interactive mysteries and challenges to solve. It’s a whole new world of play!

Welcome to the haunted town of Newbury, home of the LEGO Group’s newest original IP. In this new series of adventures, kids will join brother-and-sister duo Jack and Parker as they work to track down and reveal ghosts in order to turn their haunted town back to normal, one ghost at a time. This guide will be narrated by the main characters of the toys and TV show, and work with the LEGO app for an interactive reading experience all about finding and capturing ghosts! Plus, it comes with a LEGO minifigure!

Other than the announcement of the tie-in TV series, the book will also include an exclusive LEGO Hidden Side minifig. Though the book is slated to be launched in August next year, we can expect the series to air on an earlier date. The way I see it, a LEGO Hidden Side TV series is a great way to explore the many backstories in Newbury, and how our junior ghost hunters can bring back their ghost-riddled town back to normal.

The LEGO Hidden Side sets are now available at LEGO Shop@Home, featuring a new, AR-powered interactive play that kids will find fun and challenging. If you’re still holding back on purchasing these sets, then you might be interested to know that the LEGO Hidden Side Paranormal Intercept Bus 3000 (70423) and Newbury Haunted High School (70425) both comes with Double VIP points throughout the month of September. This is a great opportunity to stack up on those VIP points and take advantage of LEGO’s new VIP Rewards Program.

For VIPs Only: LEGO Stranger Things Sketchbook Now Available

The LEGO VIP Rewards Center has been updated recently to include a freebie that will certainly evoke some feelings of nostalgia among Stranger Things fans. LEGO has now listed the LEGO Stranger Things Sketchbook as one of the redeemable items in the revamped VIP rewards system. The hardback sketchbook comes in a witty and classic VHS design that imitates the popular cassette tape from the 80s. It’s worth 1,500 VIP points and rightfully so given the premium look and feel of this freebie.

The LEGO Stranger Things Sketchbook also comes with a slipcase that features the promotional image that was first released by LEGO during the launch of the LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) set in May of this year.  This promotional item comes with 120 pages and measures in at 103mm by 184mm. Here’s the complete product description for your reference.

LEGO Stranger Things Sketchbook

LEGO Stranger Things Sketchbook

Use your VIP points for this limited edition Stranger Things Sketchbook

Head back to the 1980’s with this vintage style Stranger Things sketchbook. The ideal companion for your adventures around the town of Hawkins or anywhere else!
This video cassette inspired hardcover sketchbook contains 120 pages for your notes and doodles. Comes with a cardboard slip case featuring instantly recognizable Stranger Things minifigures from the hit Netflix original series. A great gift for Stranger Things fans who will love to show their passion for the series. Size 103 x 184mm.

If you wish to bring home with you that 80’s classic vibe in LEGO brick form, then be sure to check out LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) set currently available at LEGO Shop@Home. It comes in at 2,287 pieces and features an array of must-have minifigs based on the hit Netflix series: Eleven, Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, Dustin Henderson, Will Byers, Joyce Byers, Chief Jim Hopper, and the terrifying Demogorgon. Purchasing this set gives you an additional 1,300 VIP points, and if you’re holding back on those previously earned VIP points then I guess spending it in this classy sketchbook is something that you will not regret. Another great bonus is the fact that the LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Juice Bar (40336) promotional is still up as of this posting, with this gift-with-purchase set appearing in your basket upon checkout.

Disney+ Will Feature A Collection of LEGO Star Wars Animated Series

Disney is already paving the way for the arrival of its ambitious Disney+ streaming service that may prove to be a strong rival against the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime. Details are still scant as of the moment regarding the repertoire of its movies and series, but one thing that we can be sure of is that Star Wars fans will definitely get their money’s worth with all the exclusive Star Wars content that they have access to. This includes the much-awaited spin-off series The Mandalorian and additional content on The Clone Wars. To top it off, subscribers will have exclusive access to previous and upcoming LEGO Star Wars content all compiled in one convenient streaming service. This is at least what an eagle-eyed fan spotted and confirmed when a preview of the new Disney streaming service was released, together with some interesting collection of LEGO Star Wars animated series.

From what we can learn from this preview screenshot, it looks like that all of the LEGO Star Wars animated series featured in the service are those that are currently licensed under Disney. Rights for streaming or releasing other titles such as the LEGO Star Wars The Yoda Chronicles are still perhaps under Cartoon Network and negotiations are still in order for Disney to have full control over this franchise. What is certain is that newer LEGO Star Wars animated series such as LEGO Star Wars All Stars, The Freemaker Adventures, The Resistance Rises, and Droid Tales are now part of Disney+’s initial line-up.

With Disney having almost full control of its Star Wars properties, we can expect a lot of interesting content that will cater to every LEGO Star Wars out there in the galaxy. Disney+ is scheduled to launch on November 12 in the US and Canada, and on November 19 in Australia and New Zealand. Viewers can opt for a monthly subscription fee of $7 USD per month, or $70 USD per year.

Thanks to Brick Fanatics for the heads-up.

LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga Animated Series Maybe In the Works

It looks like a new LEGO animated series is in the works, and is slated to be a spin-off of the next huge LEGO video game coming in 2020. Earlier this year, LEGO came up with the LEGO Star Wars All-Stars TV show that features the main characters of the galaxy far away in a series of specials that covers the entire Star Wars saga as we then know it. And this time around, with the possible release of the LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga animated series, we can now see how the entire story of the Skywalker family unfold in typical LEGO fashion.

The suggestion came out when Fantha Tracks spotted a catalog that was given away at a licensed merchandise trade fair last month. The catalog features a timeline of some titles that are either related to a TV series or certain video game franchises, including the LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga.

Skywalker Saga Animated Series
Image courtesy of Fantha Tracks.

Skywalker Saga Animated Series

Now it has to be noted that this is entirely speculative at this point considering the fact that the said catalog does not specify if this is indeed a new LEGO TV series that will run its course throughout next year. But with all signs pointing to the possibility of the upcoming video game counterpart having an April or May release date, then it goes to show that what this catalog may suggest is an animated series spin-off that will run its course in 2020.

Again this assertion may not be entirely clear at this point, but with the announcement that the video game itself will cover the entire Star Wars saga until its epic conclusion in Episode IX, then it will be nice to have a LEGO animated series that is ambitious enough to cover the highlights of Star Wars canon.

LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga

What do you think about this possibility of a LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga animated series? Are you looking forward to this one? Let me know in the comments below.

 

The LEGO Store September 2019 Calendar Is Now Available

The LEGO Store September 2019 Calendar is now up online and we can see a handful of promotional events that you may want to catch on with. From Hidden Side goodies to buzzin’ BrickHeadz, there’s a lot to take away from the LEGO Store this month. Let’s break down each of them.

Free LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Juice Bar (40336)

I already reported that this latest freebie from the Hidden Side theme will soon arrive next month, though we haven’t had a clue on the promo mechanics of how to avail it. Thankfully, the LEGO Store September 2019 calendar finally confirms how we can avail the Newbury Juice Bar (40336). Every single-receipt purchase of any LEGO merchandise from equivalent to $50 USD and above entitles you to bring home this freebie. This promotional will run from September 2 to 15, or until supplies last. It was previously thought that this promotional set is only limited to any LEGO Hidden Side purchase, but it’s a good thing that it applies to any LEGO merchandise as well.

Free LEGO Storage Bucket (5005630)

LEGO Store September 2019 Calendar

From reversible canvas bags to picnic blankets, LEGO seems intent to provide us an array of outdoor accessories with this next offer. From September 23 to 28, LEGO fans with purchases over $100 USD will receive a free LEGO Storage Bucket (5005630) while supplies last. It’s a great way to bring with your LEGO sets to the park or at the beach for some outdoor fun. Just be sure you don’t mix it up with your snacks.

Free LEGO BrickHeadz Bumble Bee (40270)

I saw this promotional ad appear in my email just a few moments ago, and it’s nice of LEGO of throwing in last year’s seasonal LEGO BrickHeadz Bumble Bee (40270). In case you missed this set, this can be added to your shopping cart for free for any purchase of any LEGO merchandise or set totaling $65 USD and more. This promo began yesterday and will run until September 8 or until supplies last.

In-Store Make and Take Triceratops

LEGO Store September 2019 Calendar

It seems that LEGO Stores are still continuing the tradition of offering Monthly Mini Builds, in one form or another. Be sure to visit your local LEGO brand store on September 18 to build your very own Triceratops. Like previous make-and-take events, this building event has limited space and pre-registration is required which will begin on September 5 in stores only. This activity is intended for younger LEGO fans ages 6 to 14, and build dates may vary from store to store so be sure to get in touch with your local brick specialist for more details.

Wanted: Ghost Hunters!

LEGO Store September 2019 Calendar

For the entire month of September, from September 2 to October 3, join Professor J.B.’s team and build a ghost-hunting vehicle. While you’re at the LEGO Store, you’ll also get a chance to try the augmented reality (AR) play features that the LEGO Hidden Side sets have to offer.

LEGO Life Meeting: Batman’s 80th Anniversary

LEGO Store September 2019 Calendar

Mark your calendars on September 21 because this next LEGO Life meeting is quite a unique one. This month, LEGO Stores will be celebrating Batman’s 80th anniversary with a fun Bat-Vehicle and villain getaway car build. Adult fans also get to try and build their own Bat-Vehicle starting at 3PM. You’ll also get a chance to win a $50 USD LEGO Store gift card by uploading your creation using the LEGO Life app. Be sure to sign-up on September 5 though since this event has limited space as well.

The month of September also marks the general release of the exciting LEGO Disney Train (71044). Featuring LEGO’s latest Powered Up technology, this set comes with its own control hub and motor that can be controlled remotely using the LEGO Powered Up app, in any mobile device. This set comes in at 2,925 pieces and retails for $329.99 USD.

Disney Train and Station (71044)

Another set slated to be released on September 1st is the LEGO Ideas Central Perk (21319). Taking inspiration from the hit 90s TV show, this building set includes all the main characters from the FRIENDS sitcom including Ross Geller, Rachel Green, Chandler Bing, Monica Geller, Joey Tribbiani, Phoebe Buffay and Gunther.

These were not mentioned in the LEGO Store September 2019 calendar, but be on the lookout for the LEGO Year of the Pig (40186) promotional for every qualifying purchase of the seasonal LEGO Dragon Boat Race (80103). If you recall, the Year of the Pig set was first offered at the start of this year as a New Year seasonal set, and it’s a good thing that its returning as a promotional item once again. The LEGO Star Wars Mini Droid Commander gift-with-purchase set was also missing from the store calendar, but I’m pretty sure that it will pop-up as a freebie anytime soon in September.

Check out the entire LEGO Store September 2019 calendar below, or you may download it in PDF format right here.