This year’s LEGO Toys R Us Bricktober 2017 promotionals are now up, and as we reported from yesterday, this annual LEGO and TRU promo have already kicked off in some parts of the world and has just recently began in the US. For its first wave of offerings during this week (October 1 to 7), LEGO purchases of $50 and above at any Toys R Us stores will entitle you to a free LEGO Bricktober Minifigure set which is from the Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu theme. Week 2 (October 8 to 14) giveaways will be the LEGO Batman Movie minifigs; Week 3 (October 15-21) the LEGO City Jungle Exploration; and Week 4 (October 22-28) will be a selection of LEGO CMFs coming from past series.
According to some reports we’re receiving from our brick fans, certain TRU stores, particularly in Arlington, Texas, are now even offering Week 2 series which is yet to be released next week. Furthermore, store clerks are even offering them for sale for $19.99 per set even without any qualifying purchases, including The LEGO Batman Movie series, which is still due next week. Here are some images snapped by one of our friends.
What I find odd is the fact that there seems to be an absence of any active promotions or marketing for these minifigure sets. According to reports, there are no visible in-store signages of any kind that hints on these Bricktober promotionals. Unlike that of last year’s where flyers were given away to promote 2016’s Bricktober minifigs, this year is somewhat lacking. This is only me speculating, but it could be that TRU has underestimated how popular these minifigure sets are and is now doing some regulating of some sorts to ensure that there will be plenty of sets to go around during the next three weeks, OR in light of their recent financial crisis and bankruptcy, advertising is one of the company’s activities that are placed in the backburner. Couple it with a rather low morale from their frontline store personnel, then you can expect a relatively apathetic atmosphere where you can easily get products that are not yet supposed to be offered.
We just have to wait and see if TRU will be consistent in its announcements and promo, and for the mean time please let us know if these 2017 Bricktober Minifigure sets are now available in your local TRU stores. Drop us a comment below if you happen to spot them.
Thanks to Justin for giving us a heads up.
Yesterday, I reported on two of the four waves of limited edition, LEGO TRU Bricktober minifigures that the retail giant will exclusively release this year. It was further revealed that these LEGO TRU Bricktober minifigure sets will be based on the LEGO Batman Movie (5004939) and LEGO City Jungle Exploration (5004940) themes, and now, thanks to the efforts of the Brick Samurai who managed to snap a photo of TRU’s promotional LEGO poster in a local store in Austria, we have an idea on what the two remaining sets are. Take a look at the image below.
As we can see from this TRU poster, the third revealed set seems to have been iterations of previously released LEGO collectible minifigures such as the Boxer from Series 5, the Hippie from Series 7, the normal human form of the Zombie Cheerleader of the Monster Minifigures Series 14, and the Sailor from Series 4. Based on this image grab, it seems that this set is listed as the 4th Bricktober minifigure set to be released within the month of the promotional.
The last (and ironically the first to be slated for release during the first week of Bricktober) is based on LEGO Ninjago Masters of Spinjutzu. Though we previously predicted that this will be lifted from the LEGO Ninjago Movie theme, the image below shows that this Bricktober set will be based on the TV series instead. Some of these minifigures are also new versions of the existing ones that we already have, including a White Nindroid (as seen in several Ninjago sets), a rather different version of Krux from Season 7 (Hands of Time), Neuro from the Season 4, and the Golden Ninja which is said to be the digital version of Golden Techno Kai. Though I’m expecting that this set will be from The LEGO Ninjago Movie, I’m not that all disappointed in this collection of Ninjago minifigs that LEGO has included in this TRU Bricktober collection. I appreciate how LEGO would tie-in these releases to correspond with their upcoming shows and programs.
Although the Austrian TRU poster indicates a release date of September for these minifigures, Bricktober in the US usually happens in October. So it seems that our European friends will certainly have an early share of these latest minifigure craze. Here’s the list or particular order of releases based on what we know from their boxes.
LEGO Ninjago Toys R Us Bricktober 2017 (5004938) – Week 1
LEGO Batman Movie Toys R Us Bricktober 2017 Minifigures (5004939) – Week 2
LEGO City Jungle Exploration Toys R Us Bricktober 2017 Minifigures (5004940) – Week 3
LEGO Toys R Us Bricktober 2017 Collectible Minifigures (5004941) – Week 4
Frankly, this year’s selection of Toys R Us Bricktober minifigures is far better than the bland selections that LEGO and TRU released last year, which is pretty generic. The LEGO Batman Movie series from this wave will certainly be on the top of my list, followed by the reboot of the Collectible Minifigures. How about you, brick fan, which is your personal favorite among these? Let us know in the comments below.
Last June, we saw the unveiling of the gigantically awesome – and third largest LEGO set ever created – The LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City (70620). Slated be released to the public in 1st of September, this highly detailed D2C set consists of 4,867 pieces retailing at $299.99. We already saw Ninjago City’s (70620) official images last June, and this time, LEGO has shared a designer video for this awesome set which you can see below.
The level of detail and effort given by these designers to create Ninjago City is simply insane! I love how the set is built from the ground up following a modular approach along its 3-level structure. The set itself is not just a compact version of Ninjago City as seen in the trailers of The LEGO Ninjago Movie, but it also offers a tour of the different sights, sounds and stores of the bustling city. The designer video is presented in such a way that it follows Lloyd as he travels around the city, exploring all of its nooks and crannies. There are plenty of cool details and play features that come along with this set. It even has a printed collection of a translatable Ninjago language which is fun to decode using the Ninja Language Translator.
Here’s a complete description of what to expect from The LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City (70620).
The LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City (70620).
Live the life of a ninja in NINJAGO® City!
Enjoy endless role-play fun in NINJAGO® City, a hugely-detailed 3-level model connected by a sliding elevator. Level 1 features a traditional fish market, house, a bridge over a stream, and a fishing boat. The second level has a modern fashion store, comic book store, crab restaurant with ‘crab-grilling’ function and cash-dispensing ATM. The vertical city is topped off with Lloyd Garmadon and Misako’s apartment, a rooftop sushi bar with sushi conveyor belt, and a radio tower. This action-packed THE LEGO® NINJAGO MOVIE™ set also includes 16 minifigures and Sweep the maintenance robot.
- Includes 16 minifigures: Jay, Kai and Lloyd Garmadon (each with new-for-August-2017 high school outfit decoration), Green Ninja Suit, Misako, Jamanakai Villager, Sally, Ivy Walker, Konrad, Severin Black, Tommy, Guy, Juno, Mother Doomsday, Shark Army Gunner and Officer Noonan, plus Sweep the maintenance robot.
- Features a 3-level model (each level lifts off for easy play) connected by a sliding elevator, plus a traditional fishing boat.
- Level 1 features a bridge, sewer outlet, stream with translucent-blue and translucent-green water elements, sliding elevator with room for a minifigure, traditional fish market with fish and crab elements, house with dining room and bedroom with sliding screen doors and foldout ‘solar panels’, Sweep the maintenance robot’s service station with assorted tool elements, and a taxi stand with telephone element.
- Level 2 features a modern fashion store with 2 mannequins and assorted NINJAGO® product elements, a construction site with a bonsai tree, a comic book store with brick-built sign, cashier desk, comic book stand with assorted elements including collectible NINJAGO training cards, a crab restaurant with brick-built crab entrance sign and oven with ‘crab-grilling’ function, a cash-dispensing ATM, 15 bank note elements (ATM can dispense up to 13), and a movie poster display stand with 4 interchangeable movie poster elements.
- Place the uncooked crab element in the oven, turn the dial and open the oven to reveal a cooked crab element.
- Press the handle behind the ATM to dispense bank note elements.
- Level 3 features a radio tower, modern rooftop sushi bar with sushi conveyor belt function and brick-built food, bathroom with sliding door, and brick-built puffer fish and squid sculptures, Lloyd Garmadon and Misako’s apartment with an opening window, bunk bed, kitchen unit and attic space for the Green Ninja Suit minifigure.
- Turn the dial to activate the sushi conveyor belt.
- Weapons include Jay’s chain with spike and Shark Army Gunner’s fish flame.
- Recreate and role-play exciting THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™ scenes.
- NINJAGO® City measures over 24” (63cm) high, 12” (31cm) wide and 16” (42cm) deep.
- Traditional fishing boat measures over 1” (4cm) high, 3” (10cm) long and 1” (3cm) wide.
It was a long road to travel, but the effort and patience are all worth it. In a much welcomed (and long overdue) announcement, the LEGO Ideas Team, lead by Project Manager Sanne Dollerup, has finally revealed earlier today what most of us, including myself, has been waiting for since May of last year.
The results of the LEGO Ideas Third 2016 Review Results have been finally turned in, with Ship in a Bottle, the Flagship Leviathan by JakeSadovich77 topping the rest of the Third 2016 LEGO Ideas Review Stage Qualifiers, and the much awaited (my goodness, I’m having goose bumps as I’m writing this) – drum roll please – Voltron Defender of the Universe by len_d69! Here’s the official announcement from LEGO Ideas.
Ship In A Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan.
A big congratulations to JakeSadovich77 on becoming the next official LEGO Ideas fan designer!
As an avid LEGO builder, Jacob Sadovich was inspired to create his LEGO Ship in a Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan, following a real-life ship in a bottle that he had built just a few years ago. We’re really excited to be able to introduce Jacob’s Ship in a Bottle, The Flashship Leviathan set for its unique approach to what official LEGO sets can look like. If you’d like to learn more about Jacob then make sure to check out his 10K Club Interview.
Voltron – Defender of the Universe
A big congratulations to len_d69 on becoming the next official LEGO Ideas fan designer!
Leandro’s passion for Voltron started at a very young age when his parents bought him a Voltron toy. From that moment on Leandro was hooked. Building with LEGO bricks allowed Leandro to celebrate his passion for Voltron – Defender of the Universe even more. We’re really excited to be able to introduce Leandro’s Voltron – Defender of the Universe set. Leandro’s project sets itself apart for its creative way to build with LEGO bricks. If you’d like to learn more about Leandro then make sure to check out his 10K Club Interview.
I am very much interested to see how Lendy Tayag’s Voltron will turn out in its final LEGO Ideas version, and I’m just glad that any licensing issue with the creators of Voltron has been finally hurdled. As mentioned in the announcement, these next LEGO Ideas sets are slated to be available in 2018, most probably in June or September so there’s still time to save up for your LEGO Ideas wish list. I’m just a bit disappointed that The Iron Giant by BrettCuv didn’t make it past the Review Stage, but seeing that Voltron finally made it makes up for that.
The LEGO Ideas team is speeding things up, with another round of Review Results slated anytime during the fall of 2017. The First 2017 LEGO Ideas Review Qualifiers consists of eleven (11) fan projects that made it to the qualifying roster from January to May of this year.
How about you Brick Fan, are you excited for these next LEGO Ideas sets? Share us what you think in the comments below!
This year’s San Diego Comic Con may long be over, but the waves of change as revealed during the SDCC panels and the excitement that it brings, is certainly felt by fans. Those who grew up with the LEGO Ninjago TV series know the feeling pretty well. Since its inception in 2011, LEGO Ninjago’s Masters of Spinjitzu has already gone through a lot of changes – a total of 7 seasons of it actually. These changes, according to writers Dan and Kevin Hageman while speaking during the LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu panel at Comic-Con, is not just the good kind, but a necessary one. As the younger fans of the LEGO original series grows up, it is also necessary that our Ninjago heroes face their own coming of age.
This is one of the themes that the upcoming season of LEGO Ninjago would like to get across to its viewers, as presented during their SDCC panel. To give a hint of things to come, Season 8’s first trailer was shown to the audience, and later on released online as you can see below. Admittedly, the series is still a work in progress, and that the audience should expect more visually appealing special effects and a more polished look at the show’s characters. Nevertheless, the trailer gives us a glimpse of Lloyd’s new look which now closely resembles that of how he is portrayed in The LEGO Ninjago Movie. It’s kind of interesting to see how these character developments will progress and transition from the TV series and to their upcoming cinematic versions.
As we can see from the trailer, our team of ninjas will eventually face another group of antagonists hot from the trail of the Vermillion. These ninja doppelgangers bear much in resemblance to our heroes in terms of costume, except for their stylized motorcycle helmets. In the trailer, we see the objective of these covert ninja ops – to steal a mysterious red, kabuki mask during the height of the local festivities.
We don’t get to see the entire Ninjago Team assembled in this trailer yet; however it seems that these very same events will serve as the catalyst for the team to be together once more. What we know so far is that this upcoming season of LEGO Ninjago will be entitled as Sons of Garmadon as revealed during the San Diego Comic-Con. Nothing much has been revealed about the new season’s plot and how it will take off, but showrunner Tommy Andreasen mentioned through his Twitter page that this latest season may open up a lot of questions with regards to what happened between the events of Hands of Time story arc with that of Sons of Garmadon. These questions according to Andreasen will eventually be answered during the episodes themselves.
There is no release date mentioned on when LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu will eventually air, except for the assurance that it is slated to launch next year. In the meantime, don’t forget to mark your calendars when The LEGO Ninjago Movie hits the big screen on September 22.
LEGO has been quite mum about this one, until now. We saw from last year that CW’s Rey Palmer (aka Atom) of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow was one of San Diego Comic Con’s exclusive swags, alongside Steve Roger’s Captain America. This time around, we have another character from Legends of Tomorrow that a few brick fans will be so fortunate enough to have. LEGO has shared via its Twitter account that Vixen will now be getting the exclusive LEGO SDCC treatment for this year’s SDCC.
For those of you who are not familiar with her character, Vixen (aka Amaya Jiwe) is a CW character and a former member of Justice Society of America played on screen by Maisie Richardson-Sellers. Hailing from Africa, Vixen is an expert in hand-to-hand combat, made even more deadly by the powerful Anansi Totem – a magically imbued necklace that allows her to summon or harness the life force of animals, giving her superhuman strength, speed, agility, and resistance to the elements.
The manner of having Vixen in her exclusive LEGO minifigure form will be basically the same as that from previous years. If you’re attending this year’s Comic Con, you must be at the Pavilion Terrace at 12:30PM and wait in line from July 20 to 23. This limited edition, SDCC exclusive minifig is expected to shoot up in value in the aftermarket for as much as $200 to $250. Even as of this writing, a couple of pre-auction listings on eBay are now posted.
If you’re unable to attend this year’s Comic Con, LEGO will still be running its usual online raffle via Twitter, so be sure to keep tabs with their social media accounts. Be sure to stay tuned with us for more LEGO SDCC updates only here at the Brick Show!
If there is such a thing as a Golden Age of Saturday morning Disney cartoons, then I will bet my LEGO bricks in that period between the late 80s until the 90s. Growing up in this period of classic cartoons is like falling in love with Disney TV shows for the very first time. One particular show in mind that wooed me in anticipation every week (other than the globe-trottin’ and treasure-seeking adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his posse of feathered-friends in DuckTales), is the high-flying vigilante missions of Darkwing Duck. The fun and fast-paced tone of the show defined an era of Disney morning cartoons that became largely a part of my childhood. If you were not around yet during the heyday of these shows, then I suggest you check out the video below.
Now that Disney XD is off to launch a reboot of DuckTales which will air on August 12, feelings of nostalgia have swept the hearts of most fans of the show. We may no longer be that same wide-eyed kid that sat in front of the TV screen amazed by the adventures of Darkwing Duck and Launchpad McQuack, but our love for the show is still definitely there. Perhaps this is what master builder Okay Yaramanoglu has in mind in creating these LEGO BrickHeadz versions of the show’s characters. Rendered using LEGO Digital Designer (LDD), these versions of Darkwing, Launchpad, Scrooge McDuck and Gizmoduck are all ready to get dangerous.
I like the way Scrooge’s spectacles were conveyed using a pair of clear studs, while Launchpad signature lock of orange feathers was cleverly represented by a minifigure headpiece. Most of Yaramanoglu’s BrickHeadz MOCs follows a 90s cartoon theme, including other Disney TV franchises such as Chip n Dale’s Rescue Rangers and TaleSpin. He even created BrickHeadz versions of the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles straight from the 80s. These LEGO BrickHeadz MOCs from Yaramanoglu are also his entries for Brickset’s 2017 BrickHeadz Competition. If you’re a fan of this chibi builds, and you wish to submit an entry before the contest’s deadline on August 31, then visiting the contest’s Flickr site may help you draw some inspiration.
Happy building everyone!
In continuing with today’s presentation, WB Games has just revealed how the newest characters from LEGO Dimensions Wave 9 will play out from LD’s portal. Officially revealed a couple of weeks back, these Wave 9 characters include Teen Titans GO, Powerpuff Girls, and Beetlejuice. During the presentation, TT Games’ Head of Design Arthur Parsons was joined by Game Director Jimmy McLoughlin, and Gail Simone, DC Comics Writer in talking about what is new about the level of gameplay with these new characters.
For Teen Titans GO! for example, the interesting part is you can get to play with the TTG versions of Robin and Cyborg just by placing the toytags of Wave 1’s Cyborg Fun Pack (71210) and Wave 8’s Robin as seen in The LEGO Batman Movie: Play the Complete Movie Story Pack (71264).
It was also later on revealed that playing the Teen Titans GO! Team Pack (71255) will allow access to an exclusive in-game episode that shows the Teen Titans having a blast in a LEGO building contest. Apparently, Raven does not like how the odds are going against her, so she decided to open a portal in a LEGO world inside Cyborg’s maze to get the upper hand, and as you may guess, things get crazier from there.
LEGO Dimensions Wave 9 will be out starting September 12 of this year. In case you missed it, here’s WB Games’ complete Day 1 presentation at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo 2017, followed by the LEGO Dimensions Teen Titans GO! official trailer. Stay tuned again tomorrow for more reveals at Day 2 of E3 2017.
This piece of news has been floating around for quite some time, but seems to have fallen off the radar. LEGO is definitely preparing the way for its next batch of offerings, as its servers have been gradually uploading official images of its summer sets slated to be released in June. We already saw the additional images of this year’s MCU-themed sets, which includes those from LEGO Marvel Superheroes’ Spiderman Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok. This time, Amazon France released additional images of the LEGO Nexo Knights summer sets, with a scheduled release date of June 1. These sets include the vehicles and stone army monsters as seen in Season 4 of the series. LEGO servers don’t include them yet in their database, but since Amazon France has taken the initiative of listing them for pre-order, it will not be long until we see them posted at shop.LEGO.com as well.
I understand that not everyone is that optimistic nor excited about the Nexo Knights theme, with some pointing out to its relatively unattractive, seemingly hodgepodge design only to be worsened by its unappealling, translucent blue and orange color scheme. There are even rumors floating around that LEGO might be pulling the plug on the Nexo Knights theme, even to the extent of not releasing this year’s summer sets. However, as we can see from Amazon’s French website, there is still life on this underrated theme. I guess we just have to wait and see for what the future holds for our heroes of Knighton. For the mean time, let’s take a look at these images.
The Heligoyle (70353); Price: $29.99; Pieces: 318
Axl’s Rumble Maker (70354); Price: $39.99; Pieces: 318
Aaron’s Rock Climber (70355); Price: $59.99; Pieces: 598
The Stone Colossus of Ultimate Destruction (70356); Price: $69.99; Pieces: 785
Knighton Castle (70357); Price: $129.99; Pieces: 1426
Aaron’s Stone Destroyer (70358); Price: $24.99; Pieces: 251
Macy’s Bot Drop Dragon (70361); Price: $14.99; Pieces: 153