Disney struck a gold mine with the development of their Disney Princess product line many years ago. Young girls definitely went crazy all over the stuff adorned by images from the Princess characters of Disney canon. There were some restrictions however. One might notice that a shirt with, say, Ariel and Belle don’t have the two interacting. Official marketing mandated that detachment between Disney Princesses in official merchandise to keep their individual images distinct. Such regulations have since relaxed, especially with the Princesses seen in 2018’s “Ralph Wrecks the Internet”. In LEGO Disney, that hasn’t been much of a problem.
To illustrate, there’s this newly-announced upcoming LEGO Disney castle play-set as shared with us by The Brick Fan. It’s a fairly basic castle build for ages 6 and up, priced at less than $100. But Ultimate Adventure Castle (43205) will net young collectors with no less than five Disney Princess minidolls. Snow White, Ariel, Pocahontas, Tiana and Rapunzel share this fine castle which features room for each of them. There’s even room for animal companions and accessories of every stripe. LEGO Disney fans can expect this set to arrive in August. But now let’s see details from LEGO.com’s product listing:
Age 6+ | 698 pieces | 5 minidolls | $99.99 | Coming August 1
This detailed set boosts children’s confidence as they build it, then sparks imagination and creativity as they role-play stories of their own. This set is designed to be played with solo or as part of a playdate with friends, and it combines with other LEGO ǀ Disney Princess sets (sold separately).
Beloved characters and friends
This set keeps kids playing for hours with Disney’s Ariel, Moana, Rapunzel, Snow White and Tiana mini-doll figures, plus Marcel, Pascal, Pua, Sebastian and a bird LEGO animal figures. It’s an impressive gift for any Disney Princess fan.
- Creative play – Give any Disney fan aged 6+ a gift full of features, rooms, functions and accessories to drive role play in this fun LEGO® ǀ Disney Princess™ Ultimate Adventure Castle (43205) set
- What’s in the box? – This 698-piece set features an opening, lockable castle with 4 levels, 5 bedrooms, a celebration cake, an animal playground and a key, plus accessories to spark endless adventures
- Iconic characters – Featuring Disney’s Ariel, Moana, Rapunzel, Snow White and Tiana mini-doll figures, plus 5 LEGO® animal figures, this set is designed for endless imaginative adventures
Speculation might runs rampant when LEGO teases new sets and then delays them before revealing more information. The latest LEGO Technic supercar set seems to follow this pattern. The biennially-released product was supposed to release this year. It even got a set number – 42143 – and launch date of August 2022. Then word came out that the set could be delayed until 2023. This triggered discussion on what vehicle the Technic set would depict, with the wildest theories like the Tesla Cybertruck. Fortunately LEGO made an announcement this week about Technic 42143: it’s coming next month!
As told us by Brickset, LEGO gave a press release Tuesday, May 24, about the Technic Ferrari Daytona SP3 (42143). Yep, that’s the 2022 entry for the Technic “Ultimate Car” series that comes out every two years. It’ll be launching this coming June after all. For you Technic supercar collectors, we won’t keep you hanging and give you details from the official LEGO Shop listing:
Age 18+ | 3,778 pieces | $399.99 | Coming June 1 (LEGO Stores) and August 1 (retailers worldwide)
- A supercar build for adults – Recreate all the details of the Ferrari Daytona SP3 with this LEGO® Technic™ Ferrari Daytona SP3 (42143) building set for adults
- From the LEGO® Technic™ Ultimate Car Concept series – The 4th addition to this series of supercar builds: a range of collectible models inspired by some of the world’s most luxurious vehicles
- Designed in collaboration with Ferrari – Features include steering, a V12 engine, an 8-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shifter, openingbutterfly doors, a removable roof and shock absorbers
But that’s not all. LEGO’s pulling all stops to hype their Technic Ferrari SP3 by including a companion product. This is The Sense of Perfection, a coffee-table book detailing the design history of this latest LEGO Technic masterpiece. Enthusiasts are sure to gush at the info within, including crisp images of the evolution of the brick-built SP3 (42143). It’ll only be available exclusively on LEGO.com starting June 1, with a limited 5,000-copy print run too.
Age 10+ | $79.99 | Coming June 1 only on LEGO Shop with limited 5,000 copies
- Discover the secrets of LEGO® Technic™ sets – Take a journey into the world of building and engineering with this LEGO Technic Ferrari Daytona SP3 The Sense of Perfection book
- A gift for Ferrari-lovers and building fans – This 240-page hardcover book is presented in a slipcase, so it can be enjoyed time after time
In case you need reminding, this year 2022 marks the 90th anniversary of LEGO. True, the LEGO brick only came to be in 1949. But we’re reckoning from the very start of the toy company founded by Ole Kirk Christiansen in Billund, Denmark. As part of celebration preparations from last year, LEGO gave adult fans a vote on what classic theme to revive. New sets from the top-voted theme/s would launch this year as part of LEGO for Adults. And as German LEGO news source Promobricks tells it, there’s one classic throwback set being teased.
From the 1980s to early 1990s, LEGO released a variety of castle-themed sets across multiple “LEGO Knights” lines. According to rumor, there will be a Lion King’s Castle set, numbered 10305, due to launch in August. It’s apparently based off the LEGO Lion Knights line from 1984, particularly King’s Castle of the Lion Knights (6080). The only other product detail this rumor has is the price: a whopping €349.99, or around $386.53 in exact conversion. It hints at two things. First, the castle build must be pretty huge. Second though, it would seem only adult LEGO collectors could have that kind of cash on hand.
In closing, we’d just like to remind readers that the above speculation from Promobricks should be considered rumor. We’ll have to wait until LEGO says something officially. Given that the alleged launch for this Lion King’s Castle is in August, we might be waiting awhile.
One encompassing theme LEGO does really good at is the buildable animal figure. We tend to get a lot of those for seasonal sets, and the details or aesthetics can vary too. They could be reasonably realistic as the 2022 Valentine Lovebirds (40522), or fanciful as Year of the Tiger (40491). Even in LEGO Ideas, buildable animal figures are prominent submissions. A certain build with new 10,000 supporters for First 2022 Review actually reminds us of something we covered in 2019. Perhaps it’s because both depict critters living in the ANZAC region. This one however, is a tad more iconic.
Courtesy of legotruman on LEGO Ideas, we have the next First 2020 Review Stage entry, LEGO Koala. Exactly as it says in the name, we get some cute koalas in this aspiring would-be Ideas set. Builder legotruman created a mama koala and baby, as well as a portion of a eucalyptus tree-trunk to perch on. Both koalas have points of articulation (head, arms, hands and feet). The eucalyptus leaves can be detached to put on the koalas’ hands for them to eat. Baby koala can also cling to the mother’s back, like in the documentaries.
LEGO Koala becomes the fourth 10-K support submission to the Ideas First 2022 Review Stage. Its presence makes for one new variant theme represented in this batch. Buildings already have two sets in the mix. Let’s keep having an eye out on this Review Stage to see what future submission trends can be observed here.
The LEGO.com website provides more than product info and an online shop for their many sets and products. It also provides additional services such as building instructions for numbered set builds. That usually works in conjunction with having plenty of LEGO bricks and pieces already. But if you need specific parts then LEGO.com offers you two avenues. One is the Bricks & Pieces customer service. They replace missing or broken pieces from packaged sets. The other is Pick a Brick, where one can buy individual bricks/pieces by quantity. You probably look at those descriptions and think: Don’t these two services basically do the same thing?
Apparently LEGO has been thinking the same, according to German LEGO news source Promobricks. To that end, the company has announced plans to merge their Pick a Brick and Bricks & Pieces pages. A recent series of surveys LEGO conducted online appears to be the impetus for this move. As it turns out, their customers knew of either Pick a Brick, or Bricks & Pieces, but not the other. By combining the two services into a single front-end hub, builders looking for pieces will have easier times exploring. LEGO bricks seemingly exclusive to either service will now be available universally.
The LEGO.com Pick a Brick-Bricks & Pieces merge will also benefit US and Canadian customers. Part of the reorganization also involves opening a new North American-based fulfillment center this month. To facilitate this change, they will temporarily shut down Pick a Brick from January 23 to 25. The combined hub will be soft-launched sometime afterwards, in early (UK, Western Europe) and late (NA, ANZAC) February. LEGO also plans to test a new Build-a-Minifigure service soon, but only for Europe and Asia.
Watching the development of common themes among the 10-K-supported entries of the LEGO Ideas Third 2021 Review Stage is fascinating. Somehow the degree of variety in the submissions might factor into which product ideas might pass review. For the Third 2021 Stage the field of entries is filled with buildings. There is also an ensemble of licensed-IP builds, from both western and eastern pop cultural media. We’ve seen aspiring sets based on American films and TV shows, as well as those from iconic anime series. Therefore we think this new submission with 10,000 supporters, based on a Franco-Belgian comic-book franchise, is a new standout proposal.
Here we have the preview images of Asterix the Gaul, as rendered by LEGO Ideas member Ganpat the Celt. His story-setting build is akin to the Brooklyn Nine-Nine 99th Precinct build of BenFrankhauser. Rather than a full interior, we get a façade of the house of Asterix the potion-empowered Gaul.
His front yard also boasts a who’s who of characters from his comic. Best buddy Obelix is there, as well as the potion-making druid Panoramix, and their other Gaulish friends and neighbors. Not everyone present have some nice intentions though. Three pesky Roman invaders also seek to ruin everybody’s day.
What we have here is Ganpat the Celt’s memorialization of a pillar of Franco-Belgian comic storytelling. The adventures of “Asterix” count among the many properties that made FB comic books internationally renowned. His late creators René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo would have been mighty pleased by this. We can be sure that the 10-K support for Asterix the Gaul came from a solid European fandom. We’re looking forward to seeing how it does under review.
This past weekend saw the release of the newest entry to the LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collectors Series. Standing over 2 feet high and nearly a foot wide, the UCS AT-AT Walker (75313) never fails to impress. The fact that it got launched on Black Friday 2021 just made the hype to get it more overpowering. And being a major LEGO set release, it stands to reason that it’ll get a designer video real soon. Said video premiered on LEGO’s YouTube channel over the weekend. It makes for fascinating viewing for many LEGO Star Wars collectors. That is given the UCS AT-AT (75313) sold out.
Indeed, the news is true according to The Brick Fan. To the determined and grown-up LEGO collector, $799.99 (US) is mere pocket change. LEGO.com US burned through their UCS AT-AT (75313) stock so fast, they don’t expect availability until after the Holidays. So for now, fans may as well watch LEGO designer Henrik Andersen talk about the set’s journey. One can try checking for the new UCS on branded LEGO Stores and maybe LEGOLAND Discovery Centers. At least European LEGO.com in France, Germany and the UK still has them. But nobody knows for how long.
“Monkie Kid! Familiar tales, new adventures!” So goes the first line of the opening song for LEGO’s “Monkie Kid.” This new theme and animated series, a brick-built magi-tech pastiche of classical Chinese literature, has defied the odds. Despite uncertain prognoses, LEGO assured collectors that Monkie Kid is good until at least 2023. The series has a new season planned. New sets were promised, and teased recently at an import fair in China. Speaking of which, LEGO Monkie Kid will get a themed area in the under-construction LEGOLAND Shanghai. MK and his friends aren’t retiring soon. These sets attest to it.
Now, Brickset informs us that LEGO.com finally has product listings for the following LEGO Monkie Kid releases next year. We saw one of them at the coverage of November’s Chinese International Import Expo. Finally we get the details on that set and its siblings, and know that they’ll be launching on New Year’s Day 2022. Let’s take a closer look:
309 pieces | 2 minfigures | $34.99
- Build creative confidence – Youngsters can build a mech, race car and airplane and their own versions of Monkie Kid’s Staff Creations with this fun modular toy playset (80030)
- 2 LEGO® minifigures – This building toy includes a Monkie Kid minifigure in a training outfit with a staff, and Monkey King with The Golden Staff to inspire creative play
- Shape-shifting builds – The buildable mech, race car and airplane toys each have easily detachable parts so kids can swap things around and build unique, mash-up models
456 pieces | 4 minfigures | $49.99
- Role-play battle action – Youngsters build Mei’s Dragon Car (80031) and journey with her and Monkie Kid to claim back the Fire Ring from the Shadow Monkeys with this playset
- 4 LEGO® toy minifigures – Mei with a Jade Dragon Blade, Monkie Kid with The Golden Staff and Cloud Board, plus map and compass elements, and Rumble and Savage with a chain hook and spiked staff
- Car toy with a spring-loaded shooter – Mei’s Dragon Car features an ‘energy blaster’ that shoots projectiles from the car’sdragon mouth, an opening minifigure cockpit and storage for Mei’s weapon
- Creative play possibilities – The set also includes a buildable trike toy and orange Fire Ring to add to the storytelling and battle play options
609 pieces | 3 minfigures | $69.99
- A moon goddess for the 21st century – Bring a legendary Chinese character to life for children in a fresh way with the LEGO® Monkie Kid™ Chang’e Moon Cake Factory (80032) toy playset
- 3 LEGO® minifigures – Chang’e, Lunar Rabbit Robot with a carrot gun and Pigsy in a space outfit with a rake and blue Fire Ring, plus Mo the cat and 2 bunny toy figures
- Unlimited role play – Kids can pretend to broadcast from Chang’e’s live-streaming platform, make moon cakes on the factory production line, export moon cakes in the carrot rocket and more
- Bunny mech battles – The set also includes a bunny mech toy, with an opening cockpit for Chang’e or the 2 bunnies, plus 2 stud shooters to attack Pigsy and Mo when they try to steal the moon cakes
893 pieces | 5 minfigures | $79.99
- Legends reimagined – Spark children’s interest in Monkey King tales from the classic Journey to the West novel with this LEGO® Monkie Kid™ toy playset (80033), featuring the Evil Macaque’s Mech
- 5 minifigures – Mei, Monkie Kid, Evil Macaque, Rumble and the first-ever Sandy minifigure, plus weapons and accessory elements including Mei’s 3 attachable Fire Rings and Monkie Kid’s map and compass
- Fully posable mech – the Evil Macaque’s Mech features extra-stable posable joints and a big staffthat the mech can hold or have clipped onto its back
- Golden Staff Cannon – the set also includes a brick-built, stud-shooting toy cannon, allowing children to pretend be Monkie Kid creating things with his Golden Staff
929 pieces | 6 minfigures | $99.99
- Legends reimagined – Let youngsters role-play as legendary characters with this LEGO® Monkie Kid™ battle toy playset (80034), featuring Nezha’s Fire Ring vehicle and much more
- 6 LEGO® minifigures – Nezha, Monkie Kid, Monkey King, Evil Macaque, White Bone Demon and Savage with weapons and accessory elements, including Nezha’s spear and 2 attachable Fire Rings
- Toy vehicle and flyer – Nezha’s vehicle features a big monowheel and 2 flame-energy spring-loaded shooters, and the Evil Macaque’sjet flyer has 2 stud shooters and storage for his staff
- Monkie Kid’s Golden Staff Flyer and White Bone Demon’s throne – The flyer has 2 stud shooters, and the throne has a hanging bone cage to trap Monkey King, plus a cell with a skeleton figure inside
1,356 pieces | 6 minfigures | $129.99
- Buildable rocket toy playset – Let kids reimagine legendary Chinese tales in space with this LEGO® Monkie Kid™ set (80035), featuring Monkie Kid’s Galactic Explorer spaceship and launchpad
- 6 LEGO® minifigures – Monkie Kid, Mei, Sandy and Mr. Tang in space outfits and Shadow Monkeys Rumble and Savage, plus a Robot Mo figure and lots of toy weapons and accessories
- Highly detailed spaceship toy – Features 2 spring-loaded shooters, minifigure cockpit, cabin with space for 4 characters and neat storage for the green Fire Ring, jetpack and moon rover vehicle
- Rocket launchpad – Includes a control area with a decorated computer element, antenna, storage for 4 minifigure space helmets, ladder, fuel tank and tool elements
2,187 pieces | 7 minfigures | $149.99
- Highly detailed buildable city – Children can build The City of Lanterns (80036) in their own way and role-play scenes from the Monkie Kid animated series with this toy playset
- 7 LEGO® minifigures bring the city to life – Monkie Kid in a tourist outfit, Mr. Tang, Mei, Pigsy, Han, Huang and a train driver, plus buildable Citybot A05 and Citybot A16 robots and many accessories
- Lots to explore – A LEGO® toy shop, Lotus Hotel, Speedy Panda store, 2 restaurants, K-TV karaoke booth, bubble tea café, sky train track with a Pigsy-branded train, plus a detachable Fire Ring
- Easy to rearrange – It is easy to detach each building and rearrange the city. The set also includes a buildable ‘hat air’ balloon and portable kitchen for Pigsy, to add to the play possibilities
What a haul! Seven new Monkie Kid sets arriving at the start of the New Year? New minifigs and new characters introduced? Indeed, LEGO Monkie Kid has only just begun to take us all on this wild journey.
Every year the Toy Association honors the best products in the industry through its annual Toy of the Year Awards. It doesn’t take a follower of these events to know that LEGO is a regular nominee and awardee here. Being one of the biggest toy brands in modern history is a perk in itself. Furthermore, many of the sets they release year after year deserve the nominations and wins. The 2022 Toy of the Year Awards is no exception. Of the 16 possible categories, LEGO has representation in at least eight. Some of these categories even have multiple LEGO nominees.
As provided by The Brick Fan which has shared the official Toy Awards website, here are LEGO’s 2022 nominated products:
Collectible of the Year
Construction Toy of the Year
Creative Toy of the Year
Grown-Up Toy of the Year
- Botanical Collection – Flower Bouquet (10280)
Playset of the Year
Preschool Toy of the Year
Specialty Toy of the Year
STEAM Toy of the Year
Vehicle of the Year
It’s amazing that one set from LEGO’s misfiring Vidiiyo theme also made it in. Then again, that would be the Toy Association’s call. Maybe the accolade (and a possible award) may reinvigorate interest in the Vidiyo line. Who can tell? Anyway, we wish LEGO’s 2022 Toy of the Year Award nominees the best of luck.
It’s well-known that LEGO, with the “freedom of building” their products provide, gets plenty of mileage from fan contributions. The most prominent venue of this is LEGO Ideas. Their website invites submissions to fun activities, prize-winning contents and the chance to make their custom builds into official sets. Outside that, LEGO has been known to invite popular builders to join their design teams. They’ve also engaged LEGO media-makers like animators (3D or stop-motion) to do commissioned production work. This particular avenue just gave YouTube LEGO animator Forrest “forrestfire101” Whaley a big break. Here’s his new animated video work, for LEGO.
As Brick Fanatics tells it, The LEGO Group tapped forrestfire101 to do a stop-animation promo vid for LEGO Star Wars. His output, featured on his YouTube channel, features some choice recent-release LEGO Star Wars sets. The setting is the Mos Espa racetrack from “The Phantom Menace.” As for the competitors:
The race starts out similar to the Podrace sequence from “Phantom Menace,” then escalates as only LEGO can. Whaley’s stop-motion visuals make this minute-and-a-half video a non-stop LEGO Star Wars extravaganza. And you might have an idea which of the racers wins. All in all, this is a fun promo vid commissioned by LEGO, one that would excite LEGO Star Wars collectors.