LEGO Ideas Second 2020 Review Stage Results Are Finally In

The LEGO Ideas Review Board has finally released the results for its LEGO Ideas Second 2020 Review Results, including a final decision on a project that took a considerable amount of time to be evaluated. These sets were chosen as the next official LEGO Ideas sets among a record-breaking 35 product ideas submitted between May to September of 2020. These proposals managed to get the support of more than 10,000 LEGO fans who wished to see them translated into an actual LEGO product.

The announcement came earlier today through LEGO Engagement Manager Hasan Jansen and LEGO Associate Marketing Manager Piangward Kate Jarupakorn. You can watch their full announcement right here.

First off, among 35 fan submissions evaluated during the LEGO Ideas Second 2020 Review Stage, the honor of being the next official LEGO set has been awarded to Truman Cheng’s (aka legotruman) brick rendition of a timeless masterpiece – Vincent van Gogh: The Starry Night. 

It will be interesting to see how this classic painting will be translated into LEGO bricks especially considering that LEGO has now introduced its LEGO Art series. However, considering that the building techniques employed by Truman in his approved fan submission do not utilize the same kind of pixelated style of the LEGO Arts series, then it will be interesting to see how the LEGO Ideas design team will eventually finalize it as a set. I hope that they will stay true to the concept and building techniques seen in the original submission.

Just a side note – though I’m happy that The Starry Night eventually received a thumb’s up from the review board, I can’t help but wonder why none of the other 34 entries were selected. Like what other LEGO fans have noted, there are other 10K qualifiers in this roster that is quite popular among fans for references to pop culture icons. It will be nice to see for example an official LEGO set for Nintendo’s Animal Crossing considering its playability and appeal to adult and younger LEGO fans alike, or perhaps a set dedicated to the Greendale Community College based on 2009’s hit series Community. I’m sure that there are other worthy candidates from this pool of 35 submissions, and it’s a bit disappointing to see that only 1 was ultimately selected. Perhaps the LEGO Ideas Review Board needs to cut some corners considering the sheer number of approved projects still in development? I really don’t know, so it will be nice if the review team will provide more details on their decision.

But if there is any consolation that the LEGO Ideas Second 2020 Review Stage has to offer to LEGO fans, is the fact that the Blue Blur is back and just in time for his 30th birthday. We first saw his official minifig in the now-discontinued LEGO Dimensions Sonic the Hedgehog Level Pack (71244) from 2016. And just in case you missed out on him, having an official LEGO Ideas Sonic Mania: Green Hill Zone set along with other iconic characters of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is certainly most welcomed. I missed out on the first LEGO Sonic minifigure, and I will certainly not miss my next opportunity to get this one.

The conclusion of the LEGO Ideas Second 2020 Review Stage now brings a total of 7 approved projects currently in development:

And while waiting for these approved projects to roll out in LEGO stores shortly, the LEGO Ideas review team already has its hands full for the Third 2020 review cycle with its total of 25 qualifying entries.

So what do you think of the outcome of LEGO Ideas Second 2020 Review Stage? Are you happy with the results? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

And the 150th LEGO BrickHeadz Set Will Be…

Last month, the LEGO Ideas platform has launched another fan activity that celebrates the upcoming release of the 150th LEGO BrickHeadz set. Fans of the brick-built collectible theme were given a chance to vote for the next BrickHeadz, coming from four pre-determined candidate themes.

As of this writing, there are currently more than 100 BrickHeadz that were already released, and it will definitely take some time before we see the likes of the 150th LEGO BrickHeadz set. And to make the voting process even more fun, the LEGO Ideas Team has rolled out four likely candidates that will be given the honor to mark such an occasion: Lilo & Stitch, Minecraft, Jaws, and Star Wars.

I have to say that I was excited about the idea of finally seeing an official, brick-built Stitch set (which somehow almost made it to the cut with Tyler’s LEGO Stitch product idea). But this being a majority vote among 13,000 LEGO fans who participated, the honor of being the 150th LEGO BrickHeadz set is now reserved for yet another LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz set. That’s how democracy works I presume, even if you don’t particularly like the outcome.

The 150th LEGO BrickHeadz set will feature a Star Wars character.

Currently, the Stars Wars subtheme of the LEGO BrickHeadz series is by far the most represented theme in the said genre – with 16 LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz sets under its belt. I guess that’s a testament to how popular this LEGO subtheme is among the majority of the brick-loving masses.

It is also interesting to note that LEGO may also be continuing its trend of offering official brick renditions of some of the most popular pop-icons of our generation, similar to the likes of LEGO BrickHeadz pairs such as that of Marty MacFly and Doc Brown (41611), and Peter Venkman and Slimer (41622).  And bringing the possibility of having a LEGO Jaws set on the table is quite revealing on the part of LEGO. Does it mean that LEGO has something in the works coming from this direction? We just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, we might need to wait a little longer before we can see the 150th LEGO BrickHeadz set under the Star Wars theme. And with so many present and future Star Wars candidates to choose from, it will be quite a challenge for LEGO to zero-in on the best SW character to fill in the commemorative spot.

So who do you think from the galaxy far, far away will be honored as the 150th LEGO BrickHeadz set? Which Star Wars characters do you think will eventually win this title? Or are you even happy with the results? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

LEGO Introduces New LEGO Super Mario 2021 Sets

Earlier today, the LEGO Group has officially announced its second wave of Nintendo-inspired interactive building sets. Its new LEGO Super Mario 2021 sets will launch on January 1, 2021, and will be consisting of a new Maker Set, three Expansion Packs, two, Power-Up packs and an entirely new line of Character Packs to collect.

I like the concept behind the LEGO Super Mario Master Your Adventure maker set. It functions as a sort of creative toolbox, together with its Customization Machine. It allows children (and adult fans alike) to include additional responses to the main LEGO Super Mario figure, thanks to the Maker Set’s new special bricks and Start Pipe.

LEGO Super Mario 2021

The new expansion and character packs also include additional brick-built Super Mario characters not seen before in its first wave LEGO Super Mario offerings. I love how the Tanooki Mario costume turned out, while the second wave of Character Packs from this offering will surely pass as a great collectible in this series.

The relatively new LEGO Super Mario theme has expanded significantly since its introduction early this year. As of to date, the theme already has more than 25 sets under its belt and still counting.

For more info, you may check out LEGO’s official press release right here. I’ll update this post once their respective links go live over at LEGO Shop@Home. In the meantime, check out the following product images below for these new LEGO Super Mario 2021 sets, and let me know what you think of them in the comments below. These sets and much more are expected to be available globally across all LEGO brand stores, selected retailers, and online on January 1, 2021.

LEGO Super Mario Master Your Adventure (71380)

366 pieces | $59.99

 

LEGO Super Mario Chain Chomp Jungle Encounter (71381)

160 pieces | $19.99

LEGO Super Mario 2021

 

LEGO Piranha Plant Puzzling Challenge (71382)

267 pieces | $29.99

LEGO Super Mario 2021

 

LEGO Super Mario Wiggler’s Poison Swamp (71383)

374 pieces | $39.99 

LEGO Super Mario 2021

 

LEGO Super Mario Penguin Mario Power-Up Pack (71384)

18 pieces | $9.99

LEGO Super Mario 2021

 

LEGO Super Mario Tanooki Mario Power-Up Pack (71385)

13 pieces | $9.99

LEGO Super Mario 2021

 

LEGO Super Mario Character Pack Series 2 (71386)

10 new LEGO Super Mario characters to collect | $4.99 per blind bag

LEGO Super Mario 2021

New LEGO Star Wars Luke Skywalker with Blue Milk (30625) Polybag Revealed

While we are still waiting for the arrival of the biggest LEGO Star Wars video game as of to date, Warner Bros and TT Games are throwing in a LEGO freebie to sweeten the deal. Those who will be purchasing the Deluxe Edition of the LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga video game will be treated with a new and exclusive minifigure – the LEGO Star Wars Luke Skywalker with Blue Milk (30625) polybag.

The polybag itself features a new minifigure version of Luke Skywalker, albeit based on a younger version of himself with his fave blue milk drink of all time. Thanks to Dutch video game retailer Game Resource, we can have a closer look at what this latest exclusive polybag has to offer. For what it seems, purchasing the Deluxe Edition of the said game will include the base game, a Character Collection Pack that includes six (6) exclusive playable characters, and the LEGO Star Wars Luke Skywalker with Blue Milk minifigure. It is most likely that the polybag itself will also feature a unique unlock code that will let you have this blue milk-drinking version of master Luke exploring the open brick worlds of the game.

If you noticed, this minifig version of Luke Skywalker is not entirely new. Its first appearance was back in 2016 together with the release of the LEGO Star Wars Death Star (75159), and once again this year particularly in three new sets: Obi-Wan’s Hut (75270), this year’s LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar (75279) and the most recent set in the Master Builder Series, the Mos Eisley Cantina (75290). However, what sets apart this exclusive minifigure is, of course, the unique blue milk mustache print and the milk carton box with a Bantha silhouette. The milk carton box is further accentuated with the inclusion of a white cheese slope piece.

The LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga Deluxe Edition is also currently available for pre-order via Amazon. This latest LEGO video game offering is slated to be finally released on December 31st, after some apparent slip-up regarding initial announcements of its release date. This galaxy-spanning culmination will also available across multiple gaming platforms including the latest ones such as the upcoming Playstation 5 and X Box Series X.

What’s Inside: Taking Apart the LEGO Super Mario Figure

The latest line of LEGO Super Mario sets are out now, and in case you have purchased your own LEGO Super Mario Starter Course (71360) already, you may have already taken notice of the pretty neat features that come with the battery-powered LEGO Super Mario figure. Beyond the Brick’s Boone Langston took it a level deeper by breaking down this latest piece of LEGO tech to see what makes up this LEGO-version of Mario. The result is both amazing and well, a bit creepy. Watch this.

First things first, Boone assured us that this particular LEGO Super Mario figure is a defective unit. It turns on with the flashes and Bluetooth indicator and all but fails to connect to its accompanying app probably because of software issues. From the get-go, it only requires a few pieces to be removed to access LEGO Mario’s battery compartment. However, things become trickier from there on if you intend to literally dismantle him. Just watching Boone pry open the sides of the figure and creating that irreversible damage left me a bit cringy. I’m sure Boone also felt the same in doing so, but for the sake of discovery, we have to press on.

If your heart breaks in watching this, then you may want to skip at around the 11:50 mark to see all the things that make up our little brick buddy. As you can see from the screengrab below, this particular unit can still turn on with its LED screen in perfect working order, after taking such a beating.

LEGO Super Mario Figure
The anatomy of a LEGO Super Mario figure.

I find it find weird if not a bit creepy looking at LEGO Mario with his face removed from the LED screen. Frankly, I don’t know which is more weird-looking: the outer plastic shell or the lit-up LED screen. The former looking like a ghostly shell, while the latter looks like a jumpsuit-wearing skeleton that looks at you in a very creepy way. I guess will never look at this LEGO Super Mario the same way again.

If you’re still missing out on all the hype about this latest LEGO offering, be sure to check the rest of the LEGO Super Mario expansion sets, together with the theme’s nostalgic 18+ set, the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374) building set.

The LEGO Super Mario Starter Course (71360) is available now together with the rest of its expansion packs. 

Thanks again to Boone Langston and Beyond the Brick for sharing this breakdown video and reviving the soul of this LEGO Mario figure along the way.

Here’s What to Expect From the LEGO Super Mario Character Packs (71361) Box Distribution

The full range of LEGO Super Mario sets are now available, and one particular set (or collection) that you might be interested in is the LEGO Super Mario Character Packs (71361). This line of LEGO Super Mario blind bags adds another level of play to your LEGO Super Mario Starter Course (71360) by adding more characters (and coins) into the fray. Now thanks to what Candidbricks have shared recently, we know what to expect from this collectible blind bag’s box distribution.

LEGO Super Mario Character Packs

For starters, we all know that this is not the first time LEGO has delved into buildable blind bag characters. And perhaps learning from its relatively unsuccessful release of the LEGO Unikitty Series 1 (41775) blind bags two years ago, LEGO now seems to have it right with the offering of the LEGO Super Mario Character Packs (71361). More than just a way of expanding the Starter Course’s play features, the blind bag characters from this theme and how they were designed and built, are good enough to pass as collectibles in themselves.

LEGO Super Mario Character Packs
All the characters included in the LEGO Super Mario Character Packs (71361). Upper row (L-R): Fuzzy, Bob-omb, Spiny, Blooper, Eep Cheep. Bottom row (L-R): Urchin, Bullet Bill, Buzzy Beetle, Peepa, Paragoomba. 

With just 10 characters to collect and 20 blind bags per box set, Candidbricks points out that LEGO seems to make it easy for us to collect the entire set in one go. Because as it turns out eventually, each box contains exactly two sets of the Character Packs, plus there is no chase figure or character included in this series as well. The number of complete sets available per box was confirmed by LEGO Super Mario lead designer Jonathan Bennink via Rambling Brick. This is a welcomed move from LEGO, and I’m glad that the company opted for this approach.

Being assured of having two complete sets per box is also desirable, because feeling your way through each of the blind bags may prove to be difficult, if not, frustrating because of the number of varied parts per bag. All you need to do now is to grab a buddy and convince him or her to split the bill. The LEGO Super Mario Character Packs (71361) is currently available for $4.99 at LEGO Shop@Home together with the rest of the LEGO Super Mario sets.

The LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374) Has a Pretty Neat Easter Egg

If you’re a true-blue Nintendo fan, and you managed to get the latest LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374) building set, then you may have spotted this pretty neat easter egg that comes with the build. This is what IGN’s Brian Altano delightfully discovered as he tries his hands at LEGO’s official brick rendition of the iconic gaming console.  You can watch Brian’s review right here, or you may want to skip at the 5:30 mark to see what the hidden secret is.

For the untrained eye, it is easy to dismiss this portion of the build being like a LEGO version of transistors and electronics hiding underneath its side panel. But for avid fans of the original Super Mario Bros. like Brian, the reference is clear and very cool indeed. As you may have noticed, this is a micro build of sort of the video game’s World 1-2 that allows players to have access to the hidden Warp Zone at the end of the level. This secret area, as the name suggests, allows players to immediately jump to other worlds in the game without passing through the levels before them. Brian began to realize this easter egg when he started to put the sections of the build together

LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System
Apparently, LEGO has thrown in a neat easter egg that is easily recognizable by Super Mario fans. Image courtesy of IGN.
LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System
A closer inspection of what is underneath the set’s side panel reveals a kind of micro build of Super Mario Bros’ hidden Warp Zone. Image courtesy of IGN.

As you take a close look at this portion of the build, the details become more pronounced and the reference unmistakable. You have the bricks on the left side, the moving platforms recreated in orange tile pieces, and perhaps the most apparent of them all, the green warp pipes that bring you to any of your selected worlds. For the uninitiated, here’s how this particular level looks like in the actual video game.

A map of World 1-2 of Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros.

Here’s a closer look at the Warp Zone from the original Nintendo Super Mario Bros. video game.

A closer look at the Super Mario Bros.’s hidden Warp Zone.

Knowing how LEGO pays close attention to details, I wouldn’t be surprised if LEGO opted to throw in an easter egg or two in such an awesome set. And the timing and intention are absolutely perfect, knowing that the set’s concept and design are practically focused on LEGO and Nintendo’s adult fan base. I just love what LEGO designers did there.

The LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374) has already been released over at LEGO Shop@Home and might still be available at your local LEGO brand store. But unfortunately, it is temporarily out of stock as of this posting, with just 2 days after it was officially launched. Such being the case, then we have to wait a bit longer if you wish to add this to your LEGO collection.

Thanks once again to IGN for sharing this neat, hidden secret.

Check Out These New LEGO 18+ Sets and More Available Now

Its August 1st, and it can only mean that more LEGO sets are now put on display at your local brand LEGO store (in case they’re now open) and over at LEGO Shop@Home. And this month, it seems that LEGO has the adult fan community in mind when it launched its impressive wave of LEGO 18+ sets, catering to the more discerning LEGO hobbyist in mind.

Since LEGO began introducing its 18+ sets branding with the LEGO Star Wars Helmet Collection, the LEGO Group made it a point to offer larger, more sophisticated sets to the AFOL (Adult Fans of LEGO) community. And since then, we’ve seen a steady increase of sets representing each of LEGO’s current themes.

Just to be sure that everything is covered though, LEGO has also released other sets intended for all ages coming from its various licensed and homegrown themes. With 55 new sets offered this month (as per Brickset’s count), I’m pretty sure there is something that will catch your fancy. We have a handful of new sets coming from other LEGO themes such as Star Wars, Super Mario, Harry Potter, Technic, Friends, City, Ninjago, Hidden Side and my personal favorite, Monkie Kid. Take note that depending on your region, some of these sets might still be released on a later date.

Check out these LEGO 18+ sets now available at LEGO’s online shopping portal. And if you wish to add them to your LEGO must-have list for this month, be kind enough to click on the following affiliate links below to support our work here in The Brick Show. Read on and happy building!

LEGO 18+ Sets

LEGO Super Mario Nintendo Entertainment System (71374)

2,646 pieces | $229.99

LEGO 18+ Sets

 

LEGO Ideas Grand Piano (21323)

3,662 pieces | $349.99

LEGO 18+ Sets

 

LEGO Art Marvel Studios Iron Man (31199)

3,167 pieces | $119.99

LEGO 18+ Sets

 

LEGO Marvel Iron Man Helmet (76165)

480 pieces | $59.99

LEGO 18+ Sets

 

LEGO Super Mario
The LEGO Super Mario Starter Course (71360)
LEGO Star Wars
The LEGO Star Wars AT-AT (75288)
LEGO Harry Potter
The LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Astronomy Tower (75969)
LEGO Friends
The LEGO Friends Summer Fun Water Park (41430)
 LEGO City
The LEGO City Ocean Exploration Ship (60266)
LEGO Monkie Kid
The LEGO Monkie Kid The Flaming Foundry (80016)
LEGO Ninjago
The LEGO Ninjago Fire Stone Mech (71720)
LEGO Hidden Side
The LEGO Hidden Side Mystery Castle (70437)
LEGO Technic
The LEGO Technic Ducati Panigale V4 R (42107)

 

Surprise! LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374) Coming In August!

I’ve been down and out during these past few days (okay, more than that I guess) due to a very worrisome case of cough and colds. And imagine my surprise when I finally got back to check things out on what LEGO has been building lately. Lo and behold – here’s something that will have every LEGO Nintendo fan jumping from their seats. Because as it turns out, we can all expect the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374) to arrive sometime in August and it’s a long time coming of great things to come from an official LEGO-Nintendo partnership.

This info came from Chinese gaming blog site VJ Gamer, where box art images of the set also appeared on their site. Since the author of the site did not make it clear where he got the images of the boxed set, I’m playing on the safe side here on not showing the set’s images since it is most likely to be under embargo. However, I guess its fair game for me to give my thoughts on this very, very beautiful set.

From the get-go, the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374) clearly has the older, and Nintendo-nostalgic LEGO community in mind. The box art design also sports the new 18+ design, hinting on the fact that is intended for AFOLs. The set comes in at 2,646 pieces that allow you to build a 1:1 brick-built NES console with controller. It also comes with a similarly scaled game cartridge of the very first Super Mario video game for the NES. And to top off the iconic video game experience, there’s also a classic, brick-built CRT television to hook up the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment console.

By now, we are all familiar with how LEGO pays careful attention to details, and this LEGO NES is loaded with those little touches that make LEGO sets like this more endearing. As it seems, this set will come with a collection of uniquely molded Super Mario characters never before seen even in the new LEGO Super Mario sets. The LEGO NES will feature a collection of new, irregularly shaped tile pieces that take inspiration from the game’s classic 8-bit format. We have Mario himself, a Goomba, a Super Mushroom, a Red Shell, a Super Star, and a Mystery (?) Block. Beyond aesthetics, the LEGO NES also has several play features that allow you to have the 8-bit LEGO Mario ‘move’ on the TV screen using a lever mounted on the side. Plus, placing the newer LEGO Super Mario figure (from the LEGO Super Mario Starter Course 71360) on top of the brick-built TV set will most likely activate new voice features from the figure itself.

Lastly according to VJ Gamer, the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374) will be available starting August 1 and will retail for 229.99 Euro. Given that the official reveal will most likely happen in two weeks’ time, we can surely expect LEGO’s official reveal anytime soon.

So what do you think of this latest LEGO set? Are you excited about this as much as we are? Fire away with your comments below.

Special thanks to Lukas from Stone Wars for the heads up.

All LEGO Super Mario Sets Officially Revealed!

LEGO has now officially introduced its entire lineup of LEGO Super Mario sets slated to be released in August. Starting with the reveal of its Starter Course set back in April, LEGO has now added 15 additional sets that further expands this latest Nintendo-inspired theme.

Check out these LEGO Super Mario Expansion sets, and Power-Up and Character Packs together with their respective product images. You may also click on the following affiliate links if you wish to know more about these at LEGO Shop@Home ahead of their release on August 1.

Adventures with Mario Starter Course (71360)

231 pieces | $59.99   

LEGO Super Mario

Character Packs (71361)

$4.99 (per blind bag)

LEGO Super Mario

Guarded Fortress Expansion Set (71362)

468 pieces | $49.99 

LEGO Super Mario

Desert Pokey Expansion Set (71363)

180 pieces | $19.99  

LEGO Super Mario

Whomp’s Lava Trouble Expansion Set (71364)

133 pieces | $19.99 

LEGO Super Mario

Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set (71365)

217 pieces | $29.99  

LEGO Super Mario

Boomer Bill Barrage Expansion Set (71366)

132 pieces | $29.99

LEGO Super Mario

Mario’s House & Yoshi Expansion Set (71367)

205 pieces | $29.99

LEGO Super Mario

Toad’s Treasure Hunt Expansion Set (71368)

464 pieces | $69.99 

LEGO Super Mario

Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set (71369)

1,010 | $99.99  

LEGO Super Mario

Fire Mario Power-Up Pack (71370)

11 pieces | $9.99 

LEGO Super Mario

Propeller Mario Power-Up Pack (71371)

13 pieces | $9.99

LEGO Super Mario

Cat Mario Power-Up Pack (71372)

11 pieces | $9.99

LEGO Super Mario

Builder Mario Power-Up Pack (71373)

10 pieces | $9.99 

LEGO Super Mario

Thwomp Drop Expansion Set (71376)

393 pieces | $39.99; available only with select retailers

LEGO Super Mario

King Boo and the Haunted Yard Expansion Set (71377)

431 pieces | $49.99; available only with select retailers

LEGO Super Mario