LEGO Shares Fave Submissions to Ideas Activity “The Love of Gaming” on National Video Games Day

As August was coming to an end, the LEGO Ideas page proposed a new Activity. The theme was “The Love of Gaming,” in anticipation for National Video Games Day this past Sunday, September 12. Ideas members were challenged to build play-sets or objects pertaining to gaming and how much people love it. The Ideas Activity period already elapsed last week on September 7. By that time, 24 submissions came in. And on National Video Games Day itself, LEGO shared its top picks from the entries. We’re sure many gamers will agree that the showcased builds encapsulate the love of gaming.

LEGO’s official Twitter page featured four of the 24 entries from the LEGO Ideas activity “The Love of Gaming.” Viewers will definitely resonate with them, representing the evolution of videogames as they do. Brickmaster84 and MichaelStein000000000’s retro arcade machines evoke the early decades. Brick Broadcasting’s gamer nerd (with Player 1 shirt) kind of represents the advent of home consoles. Finally, Monkey Scout No. 2’s build pays homage to gaming of today. Who can refuse the inviting ergonomic design of a Gaming Chair? For a tweet pertaining to National Video Games Day, LEGO was spot on.

And they’re not the only ones. Head on back to the concluded Ideas Activity page “The Love of Gaming.” There are more builds there that will tickle the heart of any gamer. LAN parties, a bleeding-edge gaming mouse, home gaming setups, and even a working brick-built “Pong” game are here. It’s a good way to bask in the aftermath of National Video Games Day, if you happen to observe it.

Four Rumored Upcoming LEGO Harry Potter Sets for January 2022, Among them Two New Hogwarts Moments

LEGO Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary is such a momentous event for LEGO that its celebration could span a year itself. This 2021 alone saw the release of many impressive sets and extras from the line yet. And from the look of things, there is still more LEGO Harry Potter stuff to come whether in this year, or the next. For instance, Promobricks.de got word of a possible four more upcoming LEGO HP sets due in 2022. Two of them are new additions to the Hogwarts Moment sub-line. That means Potter-fan collectors could assemble a nice shelf-full of LEGO Harry Potter book/play-sets in no time.

The four rumored LEGO sets Promobricks discovered are Hogwarts Moment: Divination Class (75396), Hogwarts Moment: Defense Against the Dark Arts Class (75397), Hospital Wing (75398) and Hogwarts Suitcase (75399). The first two will apparently be of the same book-shaped play-set as the previous Hogwarts Moments. Set 75396 depicts one of Harry Potter’s least favorite classes as taught by Professor Trelawney. Set 75397 is of course the Voldemort-cursed Hogwarts subject, staffed mostly by incompetents and the secretly-malicious, with rare exceptions.

As for the two non-Hogwarts Moment sets, Hospital Wing (75398) appears to be another Hogwarts set-piece. Similar to Hogsmeade Village (76388), Chamber of Secrets (76389) and others, 75398 takes a castle location and expands it. And the Hogwarts hospital is famous for having Harry as a near-regular patient. The last rumored set is Hogwarts Suitcase (76399), replicating a Hogwarts student’s suitcase in brick form. Apparently this set is customizable in appearance to reflect different owners’ Houses, and has a working lock-and-key mechanism. These rumored sets are coming on New Year’s Day 2022, supposedly.

LEGO Star Wars UCS Republic Gunship (75309) To Be Officially Announced Soon

It looks like we don’t need to wait until Comic-Con@Home to catch a glimpse of this year’s first LEGO Star Wars UCS set. LEGO has posted over on YouTube a scheduled event that will officially reveal the upcoming LEGO Star Wars UCS Republic Gunship (75309).

The live unveiling will be done at 15:00 CEST, 14:00 BST, or 9:00 EST.  The reveal will also feature an exclusive interview with LEGO Star Wars designers Jens Kronvold Frederiksen and Hans Burkhard Schlömer for a more in-depth look at the creative process behind the making of this set. Here’s the video in case you want to bookmark it or schedule a reminder.

If you recall, the selection of the LEGO Star Wars UCS Republic Gunship (75309) was brought about by a fan vote contest last year over at LEGO Ideas. The LEGO Ideas Fan Vote – Help choose one of the next Ultimate Collector Series Star Wars LEGO Sets asked LEGO fans which among these candidates would they like to see to become as the next LSW Ultimate Collector Series set: the Republic Gunship, Nebulon B Escort Frigate, or the iconic TIE Bomber. Consequently, more than half of the votes eventually went to the Republic Gunship which gives LEGO the impression that the legendary assault transport still has a following among LEGO fans.

Currently, this version of the Republic Gunship (75021) from 2013 is the largest LEGO version of this Star Wars transport coming in at 1,175. Its larger UCS cousin is expected to be somewhat larger. 

Though this is the first time that the Republic Gunship is given the UCS treatment, LEGO through the years has given us several brick renditions of this Clone Wars mainstay. Since 2002, we saw two regular sets and a microfighter added to its roster. And with the inclusion of an official UCS set, the Republic Gunship will certainly be placed on a whole new level among the must-have list of LEGO Star Wars fans.

I’ll give you further updates on its piece count and expected retail price once LEGO makes the official announcement later in the day.

LEGO DOTS Photo Holder Cube (30557) Promotional Set Now Up

If you missed it, the LEGO Online Store has been updated to include a new promotional. From May 23 to June 30, 2021, the LEGO DOTS Photo Holder Cube (30557) will be added to your shopping cart for free for a minimum single-receipt purchase of any LEGO DOTS, VIDIYO or Friends sets worth $40 and above.

This is a welcome surprise, especially for fans of the relatively new LEGO DOTS theme. The Photo Holder Cube was not mentioned in the May 2021 LEGO Store Calendar, so it’s nice to see LEGO throwing in a bit of LEGO shopping incentive.

Coming in at 109 pieces, the LEGO DOTS Photo Holder Cube (30557) features a customizable display set perfect for those small-sized photos or just even a note placeholder. And with the introduction of the latest wave of LEGO Summer 2021 sets, then there’s plenty of reasons to get that next LEGO set on your wishlist. Be sure to visit LEGO Shop@Home for more details.

LEGO Marvel Summer 2021 Sets Now Listed at LEGO Shop@Home

In case you missed it, LEGO has now updated its online shopping portal to officially include this year’s wave of LEGO Marvel summer 2021 sets. Aside from the gargantuan LEGO Marvel Daily Bugle (76178), we now have the Infinity Saga sets now listed over at LEGO Shop@Home.

Click on the following affiliate links to know more about these sets, which are all slated to be released on August 1, 2021. And for those of you who would like to bring home a brick replica of the most powerful weapon in the Marvel universe, you may now pre-order the LEGO Marvel Infinity Gauntlet (76191) as well, which will also be available starting August. Read on for more details and let us know which of these LEGO Marvel summer 2021 sets will be the first day buy for you.

Black Panther Dragon Flyer (76186)

202 pieces | $19.99 | Available starting August 1, 2021

LEGO Marvel Summer 2021

LEGO Marvel Summer 2021

Young superheroes can recreate the high-flying battle action from Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame with LEGO® Marvel Black Panther Dragon Flyer (76186) – one of Marvel movies’ most iconic aircraft.

Superior super-hero combat aircraft
This authentic recreation of Black Panther’s legendary aircraft is a stand-out set designed to provide children with the best in both play and display. The futuristic Wakandan flyer includes 4 adjustable wings – which move forward, backward, up, and down – 2 stud shooters, and an opening cockpit in which a minifigure can be seated at the controls. The set comes with 3 minifigures to inspire imaginative play: Black Panther, his sister Shuri and an evil Chitauri warrior armed with a power blaster.

  • LEGO® Marvel Black Panther Dragon Flyer (76186) puts one of Marvel movies’ most iconic aircraft into the hands of young superheroes.
  • Includes 3 minifigures to inspire imaginative play: Black Panther, his sister Shuri and an evil Chitauri warrior armed with a power blaster.
  • The buildable Dragon Flyer includes 2 stud shooters. Kids can move the aircraft’s 4 wings forward, backward, up, and down as they recreate high-speed Marvel movie action, firing stud shooters and dodging the enemy’s blaster.
  • A special birthday, Christmas, and holiday gift for Marvel movie fans aged 8 and up. The Dragon Flyer measures over 1.5 in. (4 cm) high, 8.5 in. (22 cm) long, and 11 in. (28 cm) wide and integrates easily with other LEGO® Marvel building kits.

 

Captain America and Hydra Face-Off (76189)

49 piece | $9.99 | Available starting August 1, 2021

LEGO Marvel Summer 2021

Help young superheroes develop creative building skills with this classic LEGO® Marvel playset. LEGO Marvel Captain America and Hydra Face-Off (76189) is designed especially for ages 4 and up. It encourages shared play and supports developmental benefits.

A super start for little action heroes
Created with young builders in mind, 4+ sets are packed with engaging details to ensure youngsters have a great play experience. Inside the box, each bag of bricks contains a complete model and character that kids can build quickly to get the play started fast! The set includes a partly constructed motorcycle to help kids begin construction “by myself”, and a fun, visual guide provides intuitive building instructions – ideal for kids who are unable to read fluently.

Fun for all the family
A LEGO 4+ playset is a special treat for any child, and the rest of the family too. As adults pass on their construction skills, they share precious developmental milestones with their budding builder.

  • LEGO® Marvel Captain America and Hydra Face-Off (76189) is a supercool, super-hero playset specially created to boost the imagination, dexterity, and building the confidence of youngsters aged 4 and up.
  • Includes Captain America and Hydra agent minifigures, plus a buildable motorcycle and a disc shooter with a detachable blaster.
  • Kids push Captain America on his powerful motorcycle and battle an evil Hydra agent – just like in Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age of Ultron – and dream up endless superhero adventures of their own.
  • A large Starter Brick and simple building steps ensure kids aged 4 and up can build with confidence as they assemble Captain America’s chunky-wheeled motorcycle.
  • The motorcycle measures over 1.5 in. (4 cm) high, 4.5 in. (11 cm) long, and 1.5 in. (4 cm) wide, big enough for epic adventures, and perfectly sized for small hands to pick up and play with.

 

Iron Man: Iron Monger Mayhem (76190)

479 piece | $39.99 | Available starting August 1, 2021

LEGO Marvel Summer 2021

LEGO Marvel Summer 2021

There’s big battle action for young superheroes as they enjoy endless imaginative role play with the awesome LEGO® Marvel Iron Man: Iron Monger Mayhem (76190).

Gigantic Iron Monger mech
Based on classic scenes from the first Marvel Studios’ Iron Man movie, this exciting and engrossing construction toy launches kids’ imaginations into epic adventures with one of Marvel’s most iconic creations – the Iron Monger mech. The mech’s arc reactor glows as kids twist, turn and adjust the mech’s position to fire a 6-stud shooter on the right arm and a 3-stud shooter on the left arm. Kids can retaliate using Iron Man’s power blasters to rescue Pepper and defeat the mechanical monster.

Cool LEGO Avengers set with super-hero minifigures
With collectible vehicles, mechs, buildings, minifigures, weapons, and gadgets, LEGO Marvel Avengers building toys let kids recreate the best scenes from their favorite Marvel movies and open up a thrilling universe of imaginative super-hero role play.

  • With its movable limbs and cool weapons, LEGO® Marvel Iron Man: Iron Monger Mayhem (76190) inspires endless imaginative mech battles on a giant scale.
  • Includes Iron Man, Obadiah Stane, and Pepper Potts minifigures. The mech has a 6-stud shooter on its right arm, a 3-stud shooter on its left arm, and a glow-in-the-dark arc reactor in its chest.
  • Kids put the Obadiah Stane minifigure inside the Iron Monger mech then maneuver the mega, articulated robot in epic battles with Iron Man and Pepper Potts.
  • Marvel movie fans and young superheroes aged 9 and up can be part of the super-hero action with this awesome Iron Monger mech playset.
  • The Iron Monger mech stands over 7 in. (18 cm) tall and features posable limbs and a working suspension that connects the body and shoulders to create realistic movement.

 

Infinity Gauntlet (76191)

590 pieces | $69.99 | Pre-order this item today, it will ship from August 1, 2021

LEGO Marvel Summer 2021

LEGO® Marvel Infinity Gauntlet (76191) is a challenging construction project that rewards the builder with an impressive display piece that perfectly evokes Marvel’s captivating style.

Collectible Marvel movie model
This LEGO brick recreation of the iconic Infinity Gauntlet featured in the Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame movies is certain to attract attention and interest wherever it is displayed. With movable fingers, vibrantly colored Infinity Stones, and a descriptive tablet attached to a sturdy base, this golden gauntlet provides an engrossing construction challenge and a finished model that will captivate all who see it.

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Escape the busy world and immerse yourself in the relaxing pleasure of adult LEGO building sets, perfect for anyone with an interest in creative construction or comic-book culture.

  • The stunning, build-and-display LEGO® Marvel Infinity Gauntlet (76191) captures forever the captivating style of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame movies.
  • This authentic, golden LEGO® brick recreation of the iconic Infinity Gauntlet includes colorful Infinity Stones and a sturdy stand featuring a descriptive tablet.
  • This 590-piece model allows adult Marvel fans to immerse themselves in creative construction and recreate one of comic-book culture’s most recognizable, and most devastating, weapons.
  • This stand-out, build-and-display piece makes a great birthday gift, Christmas present, or personal treat for any model-making enthusiast or adult fan of the Marvel Universe.
  • Measuring over 12.5 in. (31 cm) high, 5 in. (13 cm) wide and 4 in. (11 cm) deep, this fascinating model provides an attractive conversation piece, whether displayed in your home or workplace.

 

Avengers: Endgame Final Battle (76192)

527 pieces | $69.99 | Available starting August 1, 2021

LEGO Marvel Summer 2021

LEGO Marvel Summer 2021

Bring classic Marvel movie action to life with the LEGO® Marvel Avengers: Endgame Final Battle (76192) playset.

The ultimate Marvel Avengers playset
Kids join an impressive cast of LEGO Marvel characters – Thor, Captain America, Black Panther, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, Thanos, and a Chitauri warrior – for endless superhero adventures at the Avengers compound. The set is packed with features to inspire imaginative play: Iron Man’s lab, where he is constructing the awesome Nano Gauntlet; a leisure and meeting area, where superheroes can convene; a prison cell; and a truck that opens to reveal a time-traveling machine.

Cool LEGO Avengers set with super-hero minifigures
With collectible vehicles, mechs, buildings, minifigures, weapons, and gadgets, LEGO Marvel Avengers building toys let kids recreate the best scenes from their favorite Marvel movies and open up a thrilling universe of imaginative super-hero role play.

  • LEGO® Marvel Avengers: Endgame Final Battle (76192) lets kids recreate the ultimate Marvel movie action scene, with awesome superheroes, cool features, and amazing accessories.
  • Includes Thor, Captain America, Black Panther, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, and Chitauri warrior minifigures, plus a Thanos figure and an Ant-Man microfigure.
  • Kids join a superstar cast of LEGO® Marvel characters at the Avengers compound, which includes Iron Man’s lab, a leisure area, a prison cell, and a truck that opens to reveal a time-traveling machine.
  • A special gift that will delight Marvel Avengers fans aged 8 and up.
  • This versatile playset measures over 6 in. (16 cm) high, 12 in. (37 cm) wide, and 4.5 in. (12 cm) deep and integrates easily with other LEGO® Marvel building kits.

 

The Guardians’ Ship (76193)

1,901 pieces | $149.99 | Available starting August 1, 2021

LEGO Marvel Summer 2021

LEGO Marvel Summer 2021

LEGO® Marvel The Guardians’ Ship (76193) is perfect for anyone aged 14 and up who is serious about the Marvel Avengers movies, or just loves making cool models.

Build-and-display Marvel spaceship
Fans can recreate the authentic detail and awesome style of one of the most iconic spaceships from the Marvel Avengers movies. The opening cockpit has room for all the iconic LEGO Marvel minifigures included in the set: Star-Lord, Groot, Rocket, Mantis, Thor, and a Chitauri warrior. Fun features include a weapon store, computer, and a place for the heroes to snack on coffee and donuts. A rotatable stand allows the spaceship to be positioned for dynamic display and endless imaginative adventures. And, when the action stops, it looks super cool on display in any kid’s room.

Amazing building toys for young superheroes
Marvel Avengers building kits let kids relive scenes from their favorite Marvel movies and open up a thrilling universe of imaginative superhero role play.

  • Indulge a kid’s passion for the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Marvel Avengers movies with the stunning LEGO® Marvel The Guardians’ Ship (76193).
  • Includes Star-Lord, Groot, Rocket, Mantis, Thor, and Chitauri warrior LEGO® minifigures, plus cool weapons and accessories.
  • Transport kids into a universe of imaginative adventures with this rewarding model-making project. And, when the action stops, it looks stunning displayed on its rotatable stand.
  • This stand-out, build-and-display piece for kids makes a great birthday gift, Christmas present, or personal treat for any model-making enthusiast or fan of the Marvel Universe aged 14 and up.
  • The ship (including stand) measures over 9 in. (25 cm) high, 14 in. (36 cm) long, and 23 in. (59 cm) wide, and stands securely on a sturdy, rotatable base.

The LEGO Marvel Daily Bugle (76178) Clocks In As the Tallest LEGO Marvel Set Ever

This week saw a lot of overwhelming official LEGO Marvel reveals, and it looks like this is a great week for LEGO Marvel fans. Aside from the official reveal of this year’s summer wave of Infinity War-inspired sets, LEGO has also revealed the mammoth-sized LEGO Marvel Daily Bugle (76178) set.

LEGO Marvel Daily Bugle

Standing at over 80cm or almost 3 feet, the LEGO Marvel Daily Bugle (76178) clocks in at 3,770 pieces and features a whopping 25 minifigures including exclusive minifigs of Daredevil, the Punisher, and the iconic Daywalker, Blade. This being an 18+ set, I can perfectly understand why this will be a must-have for LEGO Marvel fans considering the exclusivity of the minifigures that comes with it.

LEGO Marvel Daily Bugle
Image credit: Brickset

In case you missed its official reveal a couple of days ago, you may want to mark your calendars for its expected release date on June 1, 2021. You may also have to break that brick bank considering that this set will be retailing for 300 bucks.

For more information about this set, you may want to read LEGO’s official press release for the LEGO Marvel Daily Bugle (76178). You may also want to check LEGO Shop@Home’s listing by clicking on the following affiliate link.

LEGO Marvel Daily Bugle (76178) 

3,770 pieces | $299.99 | Available starting June 1, 2021

LEGO Marvel Daily Bugle LEGO Marvel Daily Bugle

LEGO Marvel Daily Bugle

 

LEGO® Marvel Spider-Man Daily Bugle (76178) brings together a cast of 25 classic characters from the Spiderverse is a stunning build-and-display construction project for adults.

A 4-story celebration of the Marvel Universe
Measuring over 32 in. (82 cm) high, this 3,772-piece recreation of the Daily Bugle office block provides a towering backdrop for an all-star cast of Marvel heroes and villains, many new to this set! The building is filled with authentic details, fascinating features, and classic comic-book action – from the New York taxi cab outside to the penthouse office of the Bugle’s Editor in Chief. Marvel enthusiasts will find the model challenging but highly rewarding to build. Once it’s completed, the removable floors, roof, and detachable facades reveal this Marvel tribute for all to admire.

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Escape the busy world and immerse yourself in adult LEGO building sets – perfect for anyone with an interest in creative construction or comic-book culture.

  • LEGO® Marvel Spider-Man Daily Bugle (76178) is the ultimate build-and-display project for adult Marvel enthusiasts, featuring an all-star cast of Marvel’s most celebrated heroes and villains.
  • 25 minifigures bring life to the set: Doctor Octopus, Spider-Man, Venom, Miles Morales, Spider-Ham, Green Goblin, Peter Parker, Spider-Gwen, Mysterio, Sandman, Robbie Robertson, and many more!
  • 5 minifigures are new to this set – Blade the vampire hunter, J. Jonah Jameson, the owner of the Daily Bugle, Black Cat, Daredevil, and Punisher. Also includes Spider-Man’s buggy.
  • Indulge your creative construction superpowers with this 3,772-piece recreation of the Daily Bugle office, bursting with authentic details, fascinating features, and spectacular superhero action.
  • This 4-story celebration of the Marvel Universe is a rewarding build-and-display project for adult model-makers and fans of comic-book culture that will attract attention wherever it is displayed.
  • Measuring over 32 in. (82 cm) high, 10.5 in. (27 cm) wide, and 10.5 in. (27 cm) deep, this impressive model is crammed to the rooftop with classic characters, realistic features, and fun accessories.

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman Cowl (76182) Now Available for Pre-Order at LEGO Shop@Home

If you recall from last week, Barnes & Noble has published the official images of the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman Cowl (76182), confirming earlier rumors that LEGO has now included a DC Comics character to its roster of so-called Helmet Collection sets. It was initially thought at that time that it might only be a Barnes  & Noble exclusive, but thankfully this brick-version of Batman’s Cowl is now available pre-order from LEGO Shop@Home as well.

Batman Cowl (76182)

Similar to Carnage and Venom, the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman Cowl (76182) is an 18+ set with the LEGO and comic book fan in mind. This displayable set clocks in at 410 pieces and will retail for $59.99 starting April 26, 2021. Check out the rest of its product description, and you may pre-order this set today (with a release date of April 26, 2021) by clicking on its respective affiliate link below.

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman Cowl (76182)

410 pieces | $59.99 | Pre-order now  and get it on April 26, 2021 

Batman Cowl (76182)

Immerse yourself in a challenging and rewarding building experience as your imagination transports you to GOTHAM CITY™ with the impressive LEGO® DC Batman™: Batman Cowl (76182).

Iconic Batman helmet to build and display
This LEGO brick recreation of the unmistakable cowl worn by the Caped Crusader™ is sure to attract attention and admiration wherever it is placed. With transparent bricks to represent the face and a stylish fact plaque attached to the sturdy base, this remarkable model will provide a sense of fulfillment long after the construction work has finished.

LEGO brick model-making kits
Escape the busy world for a while and rediscover the joy of creative construction with adult LEGO building sets. Satisfying to build and stunning to display, adult LEGO kits make great birthday gifts, Christmas presents, and personal treats for anyone interested in model making or comic-book culture.

  • The LEGO® DC Batman™: Batman Cowl (76182) captures forever the unmistakable style of Batman in a captivating build-and-display model created with adults in mind.
  • Measuring over 8.5 in. (22 cm) high, 4 in. (10 cm) wide, and 4 in. (12 cm) deep, this captivating model provides an attractive conversation piece, whether displayed in your home or workplace.
  • The collectible LEGO® DC Batman™ Batman Cowl offers a hands-on, stress-relieving building experience, as 410 LEGO bricks gradually transform into a stunning display model.
  • This authentic LEGO® brick recreation of the iconic Batman™ helmet includes transparent pieces to represent the face and a stylish fact plaque attached to a sturdy base.
  • Indulge your creative construction superpowers. This collectible piece of Batman™ memorabilia will provide pleasure and satisfaction long after the hands-on work has been completed.
  • This build-and-display piece is ideal for any model-making enthusiast or adult fan of the Caped Crusader™. It makes a great birthday gift, Christmas present, or personal treat.

Here’s A Chance To See Your Disapproved LEGO Ideas Projects Become a Reality

If you are actively into supporting LEGO fan creations over at the LEGO Ideas platform, chances are there are a lot of product ideas that you voted for that eventually did not made it past the Review Stage. And this time around through a collaboration with BrickLink, some of these disapproved LEGO Ideas projects may still have a chance to become a LEGO set soon.

Dubbed as the BrickLink Designer Program: 2021 Invitational, 31 LEGO Ideas 10K club projects were chosen to be included in this crowdfunding initiative. Through this, these qualified but disapproved LEGO Ideas projects will go through pre-production, crowdfunding, and production stages where BrickLink members who pre-ordered these sets will have the chance of having these delivered to them.

For more information on what these 31 LEGO Ideas 10K projects are, you may head over to BrickLink’s website right here. You may also go through the details and FAQs provided by the LEGO Ideas blogsite.

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KICKING OFF THE BRICKLINK DESIGNER PROGRAM: 2021 INVITATIONAL

Today we’re excited to share the next steps in the collaboration between LEGO Ideas and BrickLink via the BrickLink Designer Program: 2021 Invitational.

As communicated in December 2020, we planned to invite a selection of LEGO Ideas members and their 10K Club submissions to participate in the pilot program, the purpose being to realize more of the amazing fan designs that are submitted to LEGO Ideas.

The result has been that 27 members have agreed to participate in 31 10K Club projects. We’re thrilled at the response we got from the invited members with almost 100% of the invited members deciding to accept our invitation.

The designers are already very busy at work on their designs in the “pre-production” phase. In this phase, designers must re-work their designs to fit a few program requirements, such as having to build their creations digitally in BrickLink’s Studio using a particular palette of LEGO bricks and colors, resizing their designs to fit between 400-4000 elements and more.

The pre-production phase, which ends May 31st will also include testing phases. Submissions must pass the pre-production phase and deadline to have their design(s) eligible for crowdfunding.

On the BrickLink landing page, you can find the overall timeline for the program as well as an in-depth FAQ that can hopefully assist you with answers to your questions. The BrickLink team will also be available to answer your questions.

FAQ
WHY WERE SO MANY OTHER 10K CREATORS NOT INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BDP 2021 INVITATIONAL?

Considering the maximum number of sets we can produce, only 32 projects were selected among all the unrealized LEGO Ideas projects. No IP-based models are invited to the program as they cannot be produced through this program.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO DESIGNS THAT DON’T MEET THE PROGRAM CRITERIA DURING THE PRE-PRODUCTION PHASE?

Designers of all the participating projects have to revise their original design to meet the program requirements and pass the test building before May 31st. Only the projects that meet the production requirements will be listed for crowdfunding.

HOW MANY DESIGNS WILL BECOME BRICKLINK DESIGNER PROGRAM SETS?

Only the first 13 projects to reach the crowdfunding goal will become BrickLink Designer Program sets.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE DESIGNS THAT DON’T REACH THE CROWDFUNDING GOAL OR ARE NOT AMONG THE 13 QUICKEST TO HIT THEIR GOAL?

The remaining projects in the crowdfunding phase that don’t become BrickLink Designer Program sets will be sold as digital Building Instructions only so that you can still have an opportunity to find your own bricks to build them.

HOW ARE FAN CREATORS COMPENSATED FOR THEIR IDEAS?

Fan designers will receive a 10% royalty fee for BrickLink Designer Program sets, while designers of Digital Building Instructions will receive a 75% royalty fee.

WILL YOU MODIFY THE ORIGINAL LEGO IDEAS DESIGN DURING PRODUCTION?

In the BrickLink Designer Program, we do not intend to change the original designs that are loved by the fans, but there can be inevitable modifications due to production requirements, such as part availability and stability issues. All design revisions will be done by the original designer, and the revision history will be shared on the project’s details page.

LEGO Star Wars March 2021 Sets Now Listed at LEGO Shop@Home

Last month, we saw a glimpse of things to come this March as far as LEGO Star Wars is concerned. With three new LEGO Star Wars March 2021 sets now included in LEGO’s database, we can now have a better look at these sets and what we can expect from them based on their official product descriptions.

Though sometimes I feel that the LEGO Star Wars theme or franchise is becoming a bit redundant with LEGO’s tendency of recycling or redesigning previously released sets, somewhere along the way, LEGO comes with new set designs that are pretty much endearing. One such example is the new mini build set in the form of the LEGO Star Wars AT-AT vs Tauntaun Microfighters (75298). That brick-built Tauntaun is simply adorable.

If you like this set as much as I do, then you may want to click on the following LEGO Shop@Home affiliate links to add them to your LEGO wishlist and to know more. You may also want to go through their official product description below while waiting for their release on March 1st.

Resistance X-wing (75297)

60 pieces | $19.99 | Minifigures include Poe Dameron and BB-8

LEGO Star Wars

Let youngsters learn to build and role-play with this LEGO® Star Wars™ Resistance X-wing (75297) for ages 4 and up. A simple-to-build version of the starfighter from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this awesome building toy has wings that fold out for a flight and in for landing. The Poe Dameron LEGO minifigure, which comes with a blaster pistol, fits in the X-wing’s opening cockpit and there is space behind for the BB-8 droid LEGO figure.

Instructions PLUS
Check out interactive Instructions PLUS, available in the free LEGO Building Instructions app. It has cool zoom and rotate viewing tools to make building this starfighter even more rewarding for kids.

Welcome to 4+
LEGO Star Wars 4+ buildable toy playsets give younger kids aged 4 and up the best introduction to LEGO building and the Star Wars saga. With Starter Brick bases to help them, they can construct vehicles, buildings, and more – on their own, or with assistance from an older sibling or adult – and get playing fast.

  • Give younger children a great first experience of LEGO® Star Wars™ with this Resistance X-wing (75297) construction toy, featuring a starter brick chassis for a quick build so the action starts fast.
  • The buildable starfighter toy comes with a Poe Dameron LEGO® minifigure with a blaster pistol, plus a BB-8 droid LEGO figure to inspire creative role-play fun.
  • The X-wing has an opening cockpit for Poe Dameron, space for BB-8, and wings that fold out for flight mode.
  • Easy to build and rebuild after playtime battles, this 60-piece LEGO® Star Wars™ starter set makes the best birthday present, holiday gift, or surprise treat for creative kids aged 4 and up.
  • This awesome starfighter building toy measures over 1.5 in. (5 cm) high, 6 in. (15 cm) long, and 7.5 in. (19 cm) wide, so it can fit easily into a child’s backpack ready for play on the go.

 

AT-AT™ vs. Tauntaun™ Microfighters (75298)

205 pieces | $19.99 | Minifigures include Luke Skywalker and an AT-AT Driver

LEGO Star Wars

Inspire young children to reimagine the Battle of Hoth from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and play out their own stories with this AT-AT vs. Tauntaun Microfighters (75298) building set. It features a quick-to-build, posable AT-AT Walker and Tauntaun construction models for the 2 LEGO® minifigures to sit on.

Role-play fun
The Luke Skywalker and AT-AT Driver LEGO minifigures each have a stud shooter and an electrobinoculars element, and Luke also has a lightsaber for battle play. This fun, creative set comes with clear instructions so even LEGO beginners can build with Jedi-like confidence, and it combines perfectly with the Millennium Falcon Microfighter (75295).

Welcome to the LEGO Star Wars™ universe
For over two decades, the LEGO Group has been creating amazing, brick-built versions of iconic Star Wars starships, vehicles, locations, and characters. This building toy makes an awesome birthday, holiday, or surprise gift for young kids to introduce them to this action-packed galaxy of fun.

  • Kids can recreate the Battle of Hoth from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and role-play their own stories with these quick-build, LEGO® brick AT-AT Walker and Tauntaun Microfighters.
  • This AT-AT vs. Tauntaun Microfighters (75298) set features 2 LEGO® minifigures: Luke Skywalker, with a lightsaber, and an AT-AT Driver. Each has a stud shooter and an electrobinoculars element.
  • The Tauntaun and the posable AT-AT each have a seat for a LEGO® minifigure, and the set combines brilliantly with the Millennium Falcon Microfighter (75295) for extra battle action.
  • This awesome 205-piece construction toy makes the best birthday present, holiday gift, or unexpected treat for kids aged 6 and up to introduce them to the fun, creative LEGO® Star Wars™ universe.
  • The Tauntaun measures over 2.5 in. (7 cm) high, 3.5 in. (9 cm) long, and 2 in. (5 cm) wide. Along with the AT-AT and LEGO® minifigures, the set fits in a child’s backpack for play on their travels.

 

Imperial Shuttle (75302)

660 pieces | $69.99 | Minifigures include Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Imperial Officer

LEGO Star Wars

 

Fans can play out exciting scenes from the classic Star Wars™ trilogy with this buildable Imperial Shuttle (75302) model. The elegant design of the shuttle is beautifully recreated in LEGO® bricks, with an opening minifigure cockpit, opening main compartment with space for 2 LEGO minifigures, foldable wings for flight and landing mode, plus 2 stud shooters. Between playtime adventures, it makes a cool display piece.

Role-play fun
This awesome building toy for kids also includes Darth Vader, Imperial Officer, and Luke Skywalker LEGO minifigures with lightsabers and a blaster pistol.

Awesome gifts
The LEGO Group has been recreating iconic starships, vehicles, locations, and characters from the Star Wars universe since 1999. LEGO Star Wars is now its most successful theme, with fun, creative gift ideas for fans of all ages.

  • Build a LEGO® brick version of the elegant Imperial Shuttle and play out scenes from the classic Star Wars™ trilogy with this action-packed building toy for kids (75302).
  • Includes 3 LEGO® minifigures – Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, both with a lightsaber, and an Imperial Officer with a blaster pistol, plus a handcuffs accessory element – for fun, creative play.
  • The Imperial Shuttle features an opening minifigure cockpit, opening main compartment with space for 2 LEGO® minifigures, foldable wings for flight and landing mode, plus 2 stud shooters.
  • This awesome building toy makes the best birthday, holiday, or surprise gift for kids and any Star Wars™ fan aged 9 and up. It’s fun to build and play solo or with family and friends.
  • The Imperial Shuttle measures over 10 in. (25 cm) high, 9 in. (24 cm) long, and 14 in. (35 cm) wide. Kids will be proud to display their creation in their bedroom between playtime adventures.

LEGO Vidiyo Music Video Maker Officially Revealed

LEGO has finally unveiled its next augmented reality (AR) inspired theme in the form of the new LEGO Vidiyo. First teased on LEGO’s H1 2021 catalog, this new way of combining physical LEGO elements with top-notch AR tech allows children and other budding LEGO enthusiasts to create their own music video from a wide array of music from Universal Music Group. Watch this video to have a better grasp of what to expect from LEGO Vidiyo.  You may also read LEGO’s full press release right here.

LEGO Vidiyo

Similar to what LEGO offered with its AR-powered LEGO Hidden Side, LEGO Vidiyo helps children spur their creativity by letting them direct, produce and star in their own music videos through the help of special scannable LEGO pieces. The steps are pretty straightforward:

Choose one of the many songs in the App from a broad variety of established artists – both contemporary chart toppers and instantly recognisable classics.

Create your band from a vibrant collection of new, physical minifigures, which can be customised and brought to life in different scales through AR technology in the VIDIYO App.

Line up special effects in the form of ‘BeatBits’ and place them on the scanning stage. BeatBits are decorated 2×2 square LEGO elements, which once scanned unlock digital effects that let you control everything from video and music styles to scene effects. Creators can see their vision realised by choosing anything from black and white bling effects, to confetti showers and even X-ray vision. They can also add audio effects such as DJ scratching, mouse voice or sax solo, as well as fun signature character moves and gimmicks, from breakdancing to surfing on a shark…

Set the stage. From parks to bedrooms and backyards to brick-built models, LEGO VIDIYO music videos can live anywhere. In just three seconds, your location is scanned and production countdown starts.

Hitting the selected BeatBits in the App, children then take creative control of their own music video production, triggering dance moves and audio/video effects in an amazing 60 second performance, which can be trimmed down to 5, 10, 15 or 20 second shareable clips.

Clips can then be uploaded to the App feed, but only once the content has passed moderation. Any content featuring personally-identifiable information, such as children starring in the video, will not be approved for App feed upload, but can be stored locally in-App, to be enjoyed in-person with friends or family members.

If you’re a fan of the now-discontinued LEGO Nexo Knights theme, the use of special 2×2 decorative tiles dubbed as BeatBits in LEGO Vidiyo sounds very much the same as those scannable shields that come with each LEGO Nexo Knights sets. Though the former’s use is to enhance the video game experience by giving power-ups and special character abilities, the use of the BeatBits tiles in LEGO Vidiyo unlocks various special video and audio effects that you can use to spice up your own music video. Plus it seems that the theme itself will come with their own set of new-for-2021 minifigures. I’m not sure if the accompanying app will allow you to digitally animate your own choice of minifig from your existing collection, but from the looks of it, it is most likely limited to what the app will offer. In my opinion, it will be nice if LEGO will also expand its LEGO Vidiyo in-app options to include its extensive library of non-licensed collectible minifigures and other well-known characters. I’ll certainly have a blast if I can dance along with Banana Guy from CMF Series  16 and Mr. Gold from CMF Series 10!

 

LEGO Shop@Home has now updated its site to include an About page for LEGO Vidiyo, with a launch date of March 1st. Brickset has also listed  15 upcoming sets (or collectible minifigs perhaps?) under this theme, so it’s kind of exciting to see what LEGO has in store on this one. My best guess is that the minifigures included in LEGO Vidiyo’s latest promotional video and still images will be included in future sets as well. Some of them were somewhat indirectly revealed already. I’ll keep you posted once these new LEGO Vidiyo sets are officially revealed.