LEGO Designers Share the Inspiration Behind the LEGO Bionicle Tahu and Takua (40581) GWP Set

The LEGO Bionicle Tahu and Takua (40581) GWP or gift-with-purchase set was revealed last week. And in case you missed it, it will be our next promotional set from January 27 to February 9 with a single-receipt qualifying purchase of LEGO products worth $100 and more.

The next gift-with-purchase set will be the LEGO Bionicle Tahu and Takua (40581). 

Frankly, the reveal was welcomed with mixed reactions from LEGO adult fans of the classic theme. You just need to read some of the comments on our Facebook page to get a sense of the response.

To help long-time fans of the LEGO Bionicle theme understand the inspiration behind this latest promotional offering, LEGO designers and fellow Bionicle aficionados Nick Vás and George Gilliatt shared on Twitter their thoughts about their creation. They showcased the intricate details and visuals of the new designs, giving fans a better understanding of their work.

Considering both Nick and George saw the start of the theme as kids, no wonder, their creativity and shared passion for the original sets made it all possible. It looks like the team never stopped building Bionicle characters; each of the prototypes shared reveals different building techniques and elements introduced by LEGO in recent years.

And it seems their days of creating Bionicle figures are far from over. The sample models recently revealed by LEGO show the various building techniques and pieces other designers implemented to give this latest Bionicle a modern look. Here are some of the MOCs or prototypes other designers created over the years.

LEGO Bionicle Tahu and Takua (40581)
Image courtesy of Nick Vás via Twitter.
LEGO Bionicle Tahu and Takua (40581)
Image courtesy of Nick Vás via Twitter.
Image courtesy of Nick Vás via Twitter.

I have to say that this collection of masks will be an instant hit among LEGO Bionicle fans if they were made to become actual LEGO sets. It’s not a long shot to consider since LEGO already came up with a similar series in the likes of the LEGO Brick Sketches.

Image courtesy of Nick Vás via Twitter.

In creating the final model for the LEGO Bionicle Tahu and Takua (40581), six initial designs were considered that highlight the original members of the Toa Mata. Eventually, the legendary Toa of Fire was considered to represent the theme to a whole new generation of LEGO fans.

All original members of the Toa Mata rendered using some Technic parts. Image courtesy of Nick Vás via Twitter.
The Toa of Fire gets the nod as the next LEGO GWP set. Image courtesy of Nick Vás via Twitter.

Another point to consider is their iconic masks. The masks of the Bionicle sets in 2001 were considered the most captivating aspect of the sets. And since production for these collectible parts is no longer available, Nick and George need to work their way around with available pieces. Nick also consulted the LEGO fan community on how people would like to see the theme again after more than 20 years. Here are some of the designs that they drew inspiration from.

You may love it or hate it, but certainly, the LEGO Bionicle Tahu and Takua (40581) GWP set is a culmination of what fans and designers would like to somewhat see in the theme’s modern iteration. It may not be as close to the original sets we grew up with, considering that Nick and George are limited to certain parts since they need to develop a promotional set. But who knows? Maybe LEGO has something similar or a full-size Bionicle set in the works? I will not be surprised if LEGO decides to go this route considering the recent revival of classic sets targeted at adult fans of LEGO.

If we saw the comeback of the Castles, and Space themes in the form of the LEGO Icons  Lion Knights’ Castle (10305), and Galaxy Explorer (10497), then it’s not impossible to consider that another LEGO Bionicle set might be on the horizon.

So what do you think of this latest LEGO Bionicle promotional set? Do you think it truly captures the theme as we knew them decades ago? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

More LEGO City Stuntz 2023 Slated for March Release

Happy New Year everyone! And as LEGO.com updated its shopping portal with all new LEGO January 2023 sets, several new sets were also included that were not previously listed. If you head over to their regional sites, you’ll see that more LEGO City Stuntz 2023 sets are to be expected this coming March.

These 4 new LEGO City Stuntz 2023 sets currently include daredevil challenges that combine to put on a heck of a show. The cool part is that it also has play features and games that add more fun to these sets.

Check out these official images and product descriptions for more details.

 

Stunt Truck & Ring of Fire Challenge (60357)

479 pieces | Includes 3 minifigures | $59.99

Bring the show to town with the LEGO® City Stunt Truck & Ring of Fire Challenge (60357). This action-toy playset for ages 6+ includes a cool truck with fiery exhaust stacks and a flatbed trailer with a fold-down launch ramp and 3 adjustable rings of fire. Just add the flywheel-powered stunt motorcycle, truck driver and 2 Stuntz rider minifigures for hours of action-packed play.

LEGO City Stuntz 2023

 

Dunk Stunt Ramp Challenge (60359)

144 pieces | Includes 1 minifigure } $21.99

Hours of awesome stunt displays and competitions await with the LEGO® City Dunk Stunt Ramp Challenge (60359) toy playset. Kids position the jump ring in a vertical or horizontal position, power up the stunt bike and launch from the ramp to perform action-packed stunts. The set includes a LEGO City Stuntz rider.

LEGO City Stuntz 2023

 

Spinning Stunt Challenge (60360)

117 pieces | Includes 2 minifigures | $39.99

Kids aged 6+ can stage exciting shows, games and competitions with this LEGO® City Spinning Stunt Challenge (60360) toy playset, featuring a spinnable double jump ring, 2 ramps and 2 flywheel-powered stunt bikes. Just add the 2 LEGO City Stuntz motorcycle riders and let the fun begin.

LEGO City Stuntz 2023

 

Ultimate Stunt Riders Challenge (60361)

385 pieces | Includes 4 minifigures | $99.99

Hours of action-packed fun await with the LEGO® City Ultimate Stunt Riders Challenge (60361). This triple-feature 7+ set comes with 2 toy stunt motorcycles and 3 combinable stunt apparatus, including a 360° loop, a ring of fire and a fun ‘alien tower’ challenge. Kids can put their skills to the test, stage epic shows and compete with friends and family to take the winner’s trophy.

LEGO City Stuntz 2023

“LEGO Bricktales” Officially Launches on PC, Consoles

This is one LEGO videogame beyond the usual dev-pub tandem that’s been generating quite the anticipation all its own. Are you up for taking your digital LEGO gameplay to a more puzzle-solving bent? Leave it to ClockStone and Thunderful Games to deliver. In the spirit of the former’s “Bridge Constructor” series, they announced “LEGO Bricktales” way back in March. And just last month ClockStone and Thunderful pegged when the multiplatform game will be coming out. That would be on the 12th of October. And wouldn’t you know it, that day has finally come at last.

Brick Fanatics tells us that this Wednesday, October 12, sees the wide release of “LEGO Bricktales”. The game can now be purchased for Windows, Xbox One and Series X/S, PlayStation 4 and 5, and Nintendo Switch. One week earlier, Thunderful Games confirmed on Twitter that “LEGO Bricktales” has also been okayed to launch on Steam Deck. That’s every major gaming platform, as fitting for a wide-appeal franchise like LEGO. While it’s no sales heavyweight like WB-Traveller’s Tales’ “LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga”, “Bricktales” has its own charm. ClockStone and Thunderful looked to emphasize the building experience more. And initial reviews agree that they succeeded.

“LEGO Bricktales” puts players in LEGO-built diorama scenarios, where building is key to progressing. Tasks involve building vehicles or structures in the current area to move the story along. Being given a set of digital LEGO pieces to assemble into functional builds is the heart of “Bricktales”. We’ll soon see in coming days if LEGO gamers can dig this new title like the WB-TT releases.

Early Image of 2023 LEGO Chinese New Year Seasonal “Year of the Rabbit” (40575)

With the 2022 Holiday season less than 4 months away, it’s no surprise we’re already seeing LEGO “seasonal set” reveals. You have to know what’s coming early to plan for what you want to get when the season comes, after all. But among the upcoming sets for Christmas, there’s already a buzz for one Chinese New Year seasonal. Why’s that? Well, if lunar reckoning puts the next Chinese New Year in late January 2023, the timing is quite reasonable. Stone Wars.de gives us the first images of the expected new Chinese zodiac animal set to grace lunar new year celebrants.

With the Year of the Tiger 2022 almost done, it’s time for LEGO to join the hype for the Year of the Rabbit. Check out the aptly named seasonal set (40575) with an adorable black-and-white (with pink and brown accents) bunny. Sitting on a leafy green pedestal, Year of the Rabbit boasts an articulated neck and poseable ears. In true seasonal set fashion, the box has a dedication space if you plan to give this set away. The buildable rabbit even comes with a red envelope if the giver is feeling extra-generous to the receiver.

Considering the timing, LEGO Year of the Rabbit (40575) might probably launch sometime in December this year. Stone Wars however managed to purchase one very early set in a store outside their native Germany. Thanks to them we know what’s coming soon. In fact, LEGO’s Chinese New Year seasonal zodiac animal series is already halfway complete. We might even see this theme line run through before the 2020s are complete.

LEGO.com US Opens “Minifigure Factory” Beta

Nine decades of LEGO history on, one spinoff element of the brand’s become as integral as the plastic bricks themselves. It’s the minifigures, quite obviously. Evolution of the LEGO building system made the originally-decorative human shapes into figures with real character. Why else would LEGO minifigs become collectible as-is without needing to be tied to a set? Still, for all their variety, some LEGO fans might desire more uniqueness in the minifigs they get. For them, LEGO introduced services for creating fully-custom LEGO minifigs. But only selected LEGOLAND parks and LEGO Stores had them. But now, LEGO’s making the minifig-making possibility an online experience stateside.

Brick Fanatics has it that LEGO.com US has officially launched its Minifigure Factory page. As already stated, this now-online service allows customers to create personalized minifigures by choosing from a pool of option parts. Going even further, the design potential extends to customized text on the minifigure’s body, along with individual color choices. Where before, custom minifigs had to be done on-site at limited venues, the LEGO.com service reaches more people. But at present LEGO Minifigure Factory is on its beta phase, meaning some restrictions and limitations are in place.

First, orders are one custom minifigure per household only ($11.99). Second, the Minifigure Factory page is only active in certain locations. Third, it only ships items stateside. Non-US visitors to LEGO.com there might be able to access, but can only give US shipping address destinations. Fourth, the design choices are limited at this point. Hopefully the beta test will be successful and LEGO Minifigure Factory can launch for real soon.

Five Disney Princesses in Announced LEGO Ultimate Adventure Castle (43205) Coming August

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:

Ultimate Adventure Castle (43205)

Age 6+ | 698 pieces | 5 minidolls | $99.99 | Coming August 1

Ultimate castle

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

LEGO Technic 42143 Not Delayed After All; Ferrari Daytona SP3 Rolling June 1

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:

Ferrari Daytona SP3 (42143)

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.

Ferrari Daytona SP3: The Sense of Perfection

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

Rumor: New LEGO Lion Knights Castle Set (10305) Coming August

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.

legotruman’s LEGO Koala Hit’s 10-K Support on LEGO Ideas

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.

LEGO.com Combining Pick a Brick, Bricks & Pieces Online Services Soon

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.