The latest Review Stage on LEGO Ideas is filling in rather nicely. The variety of product ideas that got 10,000 supporters in this period already check most general LEGO set types. Structural builds, from modern to old-western to medieval; and vehicles real or fantastic. We even have a buildable animal, a brick-built working clock replica, and…a toilet. All of these are free-standing builds. But there’s one niche LEGO theme that now has representation in the First 2022 Stage: LEGO Art. We can thank Ideas member john_carter for giving us this nifty and artistic set in the form of the LEGO product idea, Tales of the Space Age.
Here we have “Tales of the Space Age,” no less than three LEGO Art pieces created by john_carter. Each portrait-oriented artwork depicts three space-age events in raised relief via LEGO pieces. A rocket launches towards the stars. A lander probe traverses the surface of Mars. Finally, radar telescopes monitor the movement of comets and meteors. They can be displayed individually or side by side. Even their means of display can be varied. Let them stand like plaques on surfaces, or hang on the wall using hook slots made from Technic lift arms. At 10.4cm x 14.7 cm, the works are big enough for prominent visibility.
It’s good that a LEGO Art-esque build has joined the entries for Ideas review this early part of 2022. Whether it’s good and unique enough to convince the expert reviewers is another matter. But we’ve been surprised at chosen official LEGO Ideas sets before. Maybe “Tales of the Space Age” will surprise us later on.
Membership in the LEGO VIP program can open a new world of special benefits and perks. Many of these bonuses can be redeemed with a good amount of points accumulated from LEGO purchases as a VIP. But every now and then, LEGO offers great goodies on their VIP page that don’t even require VIP points. Quite the number of them went live recently, ready for download on the LEGO.com VIP Rewards Center. The thing is, to enjoy them VIP members would have purchased three particular LEGO Art sets. If they have them though, they’re all set for alternative building as The Brick Fan tells it.
Some new zero-VIP point rewards are available on LEGO VIP Rewards Center. They come in the form of alternate building instructions for three sets of the LEGO Art line. In truth, these building instructions have been online for much earlier. The LEGO.com Art theme’s “About” page made mention of the instructions. Interested builders then needed to visit the original Art set’s product listing. The new arrangement put all alternate building instructions in the central hub of the VIP Rewards Center. VIP members can redeem them there without costing VIP points.
These alternative instructions illustrate new designs to be made on the LEGO Art sets in question. Amazingly, one only needs the existing pieces from one set to create the new designs. But what would you expect with a name like LEGO Art? Here are the LEGO Art sets in question, with their respective alternative designs:
The end of any given year marks the traditional date of retirement for LEGO sets. As you know, the old products must make way for new releases after all. Some LEGO product retirements vary from market to market too, so there’s that to consider. Last mid-September Shop@Home UK began listing up their retiring products. The Brick Fan now has the heads-up on LEGO sets also marked for retirement on Shop@Home US. There are some similarities to the earlier UK list, but there are others also. We’re doing a mini-list of the 2021 retiring sets for Shop@Home US. If they got featured here on The Brick Show, we’ll add the articles.
We have a set as old as 2017 here in the Creator Expert London Bus. It was fortunate to have lasted so long, but the time to say goodbye is coming soon. If you want them but still haven’t got them, then better make your purchase soon.
LEGO’s more than just building impressive structures and vehicles/machinery with wonderful moving parts. They lend themselves pretty well to artistic expression too. Look nowhere else for a finer example than the LEGO Art theme. A multitude of multi-colored tiles to stick on a wall-mounted base-frame can result in surprising masterpieces. True, the LEGO Art sets already released have default images to replicate, from Hogwarts logos to celebrities to world maps. But a solo LEGO builder-artist can build these sets alone. Does Art set made for building with friends interest you? Well, LEGO has that covered now.
As covered by Brickset.com, a new LEGO Art set appeared on Amazon UK‘s listings. Say hello to LEGO Art Project: Create Together (21226). At 4,138 pieces this set offers builder-artists the opportunity to create LEGO-tile mosaic art with 36 available patterns. These patterns can be replicated in one of nine baseplates that can combine into larger frames.
Share the baseplates with friends so you can each create artworks. Next, make your own art combinations with baseplates arranged 2×2, 3×2, 4×2 or 3×3. This maximum 3×3 frame can then house a 37th large round-tile mosaic pattern of the classic LEGO spaceman.
For its versatility, the LEGO Art Project: Create Together (21226) costs about the same as most LEGO Art releases. Amazon UK lists it as £114.99, which might be converted to $117-119 judging from its sister sets. Interestingly, the release date (October 1) indicates that set 21226 is already available in amazon.uk. However the platform says “temporarily out of stock.” Brickset.com believes that LEGO itself might release this November 1 instead.
Earlier this week, LEGO has officially unveiled its next big, brick-built display set that lets you reminisce and map out your globetrotting adventures. The LEGO Art World Map (31203) is the next 18+ set that intends to help you explore the world in LEGO pieces, and in the safety and comfort of your home.
By far the largest LEGO Art set ever designed, the LEGO Art World Map clocks in at 11,695 pieces making it the only LEGO set to date with the most number of pieces required to build. It is made up of 40 interlocking baseplates allowing it to be displayed at 25.5 inches high and 40.5 inches wide. It is essentially a brick representation of the classic world map, and since it is customizable, you can add your own LEGO elements to make it more fun and interactive. I can easily see how this can be a great display set and a teaching tool at the same time.
The LEGO Art World Map (31203) is slated to be available starting June 1, 2021, and will retail for $250. You may click on the following affiliate link to know more about this new LEGO Art entry.
11,695 pieces | $249.99 | Available beginning June 1, 2021
Ever wanted to create your own map? Now you can with this huge LEGO® Art World Map (31203) kit. It’s the largest LEGO set to date and can be used to make and display 1 of 3 vibrant maps.
Focus on creativity This re-interpretation of a classic world map lets you put your creativity on display. You can use the included inspiration to build the map or customize the oceans to give the map a personal twist and rebuild the world. Landmass sections can be moved to refocus the map on 1 of 3 sections of the world. Customize it further with colorful brick-built pins to highlight meaningful places.
LEGO sets for your lifestyle Step back from your busy life, focus on a creative challenge, and build a gorgeous piece that will look great on display in your home or office. Part of a collection of inspiring LEGO building sets made for adults interested in art, design, architecture, and pop culture, it also makes the perfect gift for yourself or a hobbyist in your life looking for their next project.
Build the world your way with this stunning LEGO® Art World Map (31203) set, which gives you 1 of 3 unique combinations of a world map to build, plus a fully customizable, open-build experience.
Clear your mind with this LEGO® set, consisting of 11,695 pieces, including 40 canvas wall decor plates, a brick-built frame, 2 unique hanging elements, and a tile tool for easier rebuilding.
This kit immerses you in your passion for travel and DIY creativity while you relax and recharge. With the included Soundtrack, you can enjoy an audio world tour as you build. Build and display this unique, ocean depths-inspired world map that’s full of lush, vibrant colors you can use for the background. To extend the joy, rebuild the map to reflect your own worldview.
This piece measures over 25.5 in. (65 cm) high and 40.5 in. (104 cm) wide, and offers a challenging activity for you or other map enthusiasts in your life who love DIY projects.
Unboxing the set offers you a unique ‘wow’ experience, while the coffee-table-quality instructions provide an informative and stress-relieving road map as they guide you through the build.
Two months ago, we saw the arrival of the LEGO Art theme that caters to older LEGO fans who are into creating brick-inspired mosaics. This latest line of LEGO 18+ sets features some of the most endearing pop icons from the music and film industry, now immortalized in LEGO Art form. And this time around, we can expect more 2021 LEGO Art sets to arrive on January 1st.
LEGO Shop@Home now lists two additional entries under this theme: paying homage to the classic days of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and another that taps to the Harry Potter fan inside of us.
Both of these 2021 LEGO Art sets are now listed over at LEGO’s online shopping portal, and you may now also add them to your LEGO wishlist just in time for 2021. Check out the following images below together with the sets’ respective product descriptions. You may also click on these affiliate links for more info.
Harry Potter™ fans seeking a project to reflect their passion can build 1 of 4 crests with this LEGO® Art Harry Potter Hogwarts™ Crests (31201) wall art set and enjoy a relaxing escape into an iconic world.
Stress reliever Build a tile mosaic picture of the Hogwarts crest of your choice – Gryffindor™, Slytherin™, Hufflepuff™, or Ravenclaw™ – with this 4,249-piece wall art set. As you build, listen to the included Soundtrack and learn more about the houses and the world of Harry Potter. Ready for a change? Rebuild it into a new crest or collect all 4 sets to create the ultimate Hogwarts crest.
Creative hobbies for adults You don’t have to be an artist or LEGO collector to appreciate the beauty and creativity of this set. Once it’s complete, you can display it with pride in your home or office. This LEGO Art set is part of a collection of building kits focused on art, music, design, and architecture, which make great gifts for any adult (including yourself) seeking a new hobby or project.
Reflect your love of all things Hogwarts™ with this stunning LEGO® Art Harry Potter™ Hogwarts Crests (31201) set, which lets you build and display 1 of 4 detailed house crests.
Escape the daily grind with this LEGO® set, featuring 4,249 pieces, including 9 canvas wall decor plates, exclusive Harry Potter™ logo tile, brick-built frame, unique hanging element, and tile tool.
This set immerses you in your passion for both arts and crafts and the Harry Potter™ series while you relax and recharge. With the included Soundtrack, you learn more about the houses as you build.
Celebrate your love of magic and adventure by building and displaying this unique mosaic wall art. To extend the stress relief, combine 4 of the sets to create the ultimate Hogwarts™ crest.
This piece measures over 15.5 in. (40 cm) square, has 4 building options, and makes a relaxing activity for you or any other Harry Potter™ enthusiasts in your life who also love DIY art projects.
If you’re a fan of classic Disney characters, we have a project just for you! You can build 1 of 2 wall decor portraits with this LEGO® Art ǀ Disney’s Mickey Mouse (31202) set and enjoy a creative mosaic project that offers active stress relief as you build.
LEGO relaxation for adults Spend some rejuvenation time assembling a tile picture of either Disney’s Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse with this 2,658-piece set. As you build, listen to the included Soundtrack and learn more about the iconic characters. Up for a change? Rebuild it or collect 2 sets and create a united Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse wall decoration.
Creative possibilities You don’t have to be an artist or LEGO collector to appreciate the creativity of this set. Once finished, display it on a wall or shelf in your home or office. This LEGO Art set is part of a unique collection of building kits focused on art, music, design, and architecture that also make a great gift for anyone (including yourself) seeking a new project.
Show off your love of Disney’s Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse with this stunning mosaic LEGO® Art ǀ Disney’s Mickey Mouse (31202) set. You can display the piece on your wall or shelf after creating it.
Enjoy a relaxing break with this LEGO® set, featuring over 2,650 pieces, including 9 canvas wall decor plates, Disney signature tile, brick-built LEGO frame, a unique hanging element, and a tile tool.
This set lets you relax and recharge while you focus on your appreciation for Disney’s MickeyMouse through art. With the included Soundtrack, you can learn new details as you build.
To push your creativity further, combine 2 of the craft hobby sets to create a special united piece, featuring Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on a distinctive background.
A portrait measures over 15.5 in. (40 cm) square and offers 2 building options. It makes a meaningful gift for yourself or other Disney enthusiasts in your life who also love DIY projects.
If you’re keeping a watchful eye on some of the things that are happening in the LEGO community scene, then you might have noticed that last month was a roller coaster ride of rumors and teases that gave us a glimpse of what we can expect from LEGO next year. Given with such an enormous amount of info from the leaky faucet, let’s take time to sum up everything that we have learned so far about the upcoming LEGO sets for the first half (H1) of 2021.
60275 Police Helicopter (51 pieces, €9.99)
60276 Police Prisoner Transport (244 pieces, €19.99)
60278 Find the Crooks Hideout (??? pieces, €99.99)
60279 Mini Fire Truck (87 pieces, €9.99)
60280 Fire Truck with Ladder 4+ (88 pieces, €19.99)
60281 Fire Helicopter (212 pieces, €29.99)
60282 Mobile Fire Brigade Control Center (380 pieces, €49.99)
60283 Vacation RV (190 pieces, €19.99)
60284 Construction Site Truck (58 pieces, €9.99)
60285 Sports Car (89 pieces, €9.99)
60286 Beach Rescue Squad (79 pieces, €9.99)
60287 Tractor (148 pieces, €19.99)
60288 Racing Buggy Transporter (210 pieces, €19.99)
60289 Air Show Jet Transporter (281 pieces, €29.99)
60290 Skatepark (195 pieces, €29.99)
60291 Modern Family Home (388 pieces, €49.99)
60292 City Center (790 pieces, €99.99)
60304 Crossing With Traffic Lights (112 pieces, €19.99)
71730 Battle Set: Kai vs. Sculkin (61 pieces, €9.99)
71731 Battle Set: Zane vs. Nindroid (57 pieces, €9.99)
71732 Battle Set: Jay vs. Serpentine (69 pieces, €9.99)
71733 Battle Set: Cole vs. Ghost Fighter (51 pieces, €9.99)
71735 Tournament of the Elements (283 pieces, €29.99)
71736 Cole’s Rock Breaker (449 pieces, €39.99)
71737 X-1 Ninja Supercar (599 pieces, €49.99)
71738 Zane’s Titan Mech (840 pieces, €59.99)
71740 Jay’s Electric Mech 4+ (106 pieces, €19.99)
71741 Ninjago City Gardens (5561 pieces, €299.99)
71742 Overlord Dragon (??? pieces, €29.99)
71745 Lloyd’s Jungle Bike (183 pieces, €19.99)
71746 Jungle Dragon (506 pieces, €39.99)
71747 The Guardian Village (632 pieces, €49.99)
71748 Duel of the Catamarans (780 pieces, €69.99)
LEGO Art Mickey and Minnie Mouse Mosaic (??? pieces, €???)
LEGO Art Hogwart’s Crests Mosaic (4,249 pieces, €119.99)
76168 Marvel Avengers: Captain America Mech (121 pieces, €9.99)
76169 Marvel Avengers: Thor Mech (139 pieces, €9.99)
76170 Marvel Avengers: Iron Man vs Thanos 4+ (103 pieces, €9.99)
76171 Marvel Spider-Man: Miles Morales Mech (125 pieces, €9.99)
76172 Marvel: Spider-Man vs Sandman 4+ (45 pieces, €9.99)
76173 Marvel: Ghost Rider Car (212 pieces, €19.99)
76174 Marvel: Spider-Man’s Monster Truck (439 pieces, €49.99)
76175 Marvel: Spider-Man’s hideout (466 pieces, €69.99)
76180 DC: Batman and Joker Vehicles 4+ (136 pieces, €29.99)
76182 DC: Batman Cowl 18+ (410 pieces, €59.99)
76187 Marvel: Carnage Helmet 18+ (565 pieces, €59.99)
LEGO Super Mario
71380 Starter Course Set 2 (366 pieces, €59.99)
71381 Expansion Set (160 pieces, €19.99)
71382 Expansion Set (267 pieces, €29.99)
71383 Expansion Set (374 pieces, €39.99)
71384 Power-Up/Mario Costume Pack (18 pieces, €9.99)
71385 Power-Up/Mario Costume Pack (13 pieces, €9.99)
71386 Character Pack 2 (€3.99 per blind bag)
The names of these upcoming LEGO sets under the Super Mario theme are understandably kept under wraps, but from the looks of it, we can expect a new Starter Course set, 3 Expansion Sets, 2 additional Super Mario costumes, or Power-Ups, and another series of Character Packs. The Starter Course Set 2 is quite interesting and we’ll have to see how this will turn out.
LEGO Harry Potter
Rumor has it that the LEGO Harry Potter theme will receive its Disney-like series of Storybook Adventures, but in this case, based on the various classrooms of the iconic Hogwarts Castle. Each LEGO Harry Potter Storybook playset is expected to retail for €29.99, with a release date of January 2021.
This is an exhaustive list though since we can still expect plenty of new information to come in as we approach the last quarter of this year. However, since LEGO is quite mum about these things, for now, I highly suggest that we consider all of these things for the rumors that they really are for the time being. Unless we hear LEGO’s official press release and product reveal regarding its upcoming LEGO sets, then let’s take this piece of news with a healthy amount of salt.
Whether you’re a newbie in the LEGO hobby or a veteran AFOL, LEGO’s latest adult-focused theme has something to offer that will inspire the creative person in you. After officially unveiling its LEGO Art theme earlier this month, LEGO has now released an accompanying designer video that gives us an inside look at the creative inspiration behind one of its offerings. Check out the LEGO ART Marvel Studios Iron Man (31199) designer video below.
LEGO Designer Chris Stamp shares with us the inspiration and design process that goes with LEGO ART, particularly to that of MCU’s Iron Man. The LEGO Art Marvel Studios Iron Man (31199) allows you to recreate three particular versions of Iron Man as we remember him on the big screen, each of which somehow presents a particular milestone in the evolution of Tony Stark’s superhero persona. Set on a 48×48 frame, LEGO fans can choose to recreate the Mark 3 that appeared in the very first Iron Man movie. You can also opt to recreate a pixelated image of the Hulkbuster if you wish to memorialize Iron Man’s historic bout with the Hulk and their subsequent team-up as the world’s mightiest heroes in the form of the Avengers. And finally, as a fitting tribute to the ultimate sacrifice of the “genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist” we all cried for in Endgame, the LEGO Design team saw it fit to have the Mark 85 as the final representative for the LEGO Art Marvel Studios Iron Man mosaic.
As you may have known already, what is also cool about the LEGO Art theme is that you can combine several copies of the same set to recreate a larger, more impressive LEGO mosaic. You can combine three of these LEGO Art Marve Studios Iron Man and you can have an almost 4 feet long LEGO mosaic art that you can proudly display at home. The combined, three 15.5 inches panels recreate the ultimate Iron Man in an awesome, dynamic pose. You may also opt to display all three separate designs like a sort of a timeline that covers the significant events in MCU’s Iron Man.
What builders may also find interesting about the LEGO Art theme are the new parts that come with them. There’s the new 16×16 brick that allows you to divide the LEGO Art set into 9 separate panels. Such design allows the builder to focus on one section of the set, without being overwhelmed by the rest of the details. There’s also a new and wider black brick separator (which looks cool by the way), designed specifically to remove 4 or 6 tile pieces at a time. Finally, there’s a new hanger piece which is basically a 3×5 panel with a pinhole that allows the completed set to be hung and displayed on a wall.
The new-for-August 202o pieces that were introduced with the LEGO Art series.
With the latest LEGO Art series, LEGO hopes that adult fans of the brick and those that are just starting in the hobby will be able to appreciate what this series has to offer – a sort of a creative break, especially during these trying times.
LEGO has finally revealed its latest line of sets catered to the AFOL community. Last March, I made mention of a rumored series of LEGO wall art sets that are said to be launched in the latter of summer. And this time around, LEGO has unveiled the LEGO Art sets that provide a new ‘canvas’ of creative building expression for older LEGO fans.
Slated to be launched on September 1st, the LEGO Art brings together some of the most iconic personalities and characters of the 20th century, allowing LEGO fans to render them in a LEGO mosaic format.
What is also interesting about these sets are the parts that are included with them. The new LEGO Art series comes with a new and wider black brick separator (which looks cool by the way), designed specifically to remove 4 or 6 tile pieces at a time. Though the media resource that LEGO has released does not give us a closer look at its new baseplate-like piece, I feel that the new canvas for the LEGO Art series is more like a large, singular 16×16 brick with Technic holes on its sides. These features allow the 9 pieces of these large bricks to be connected to each other to create an impressive 40cm square canvas. There’s also a generous amount of round tiles that come in new colors that serve as your brick paint of sorts in coloring your LEGO wall art.
And as a bonus, LEGO is throwing in some pretty neat interview soundtracks or anecdotes coming from the creators behind Iron Man and Star Wars and those individuals who are most familiar with the stories of Andy Warhol and the Beatles.
There are four sets in the LEGO Art theme, all of which will be available sometime between August and September, retailing for $199.99 per set. It should also be noted that although each LEGO Art set offers several options on how you can create your brick canvas, they cannot be built simultaneously. That means if you wish to have all of the Beatles members displayed side by side, then you must have 4 copies of set 31198. Also, it seems that in the case of the LEGO Art Iron Man and Star Wars mosaics, you can combine 3 of these sets to create larger, composite wall art.
Here’s what LEGO has to say about its latest line of products. Read on for LEGO’s official press release for the LEGO Art mosaic sets, followed by their official images. These are now listed over at LEGO Shop@Home, and you may click on the following affiliate links below if you wish to have a closer look.
Transform your passion into art: the LEGO Group puts pop-art back in the picture for adult builders.
New LEGO® ART sets featuring Marvel and Star Wars characters and famous celebrities help adults get into the right ‘frame’ of mind while creating their very own masterpiece.
Billund, July 1st, 2020: Today, the LEGO Group is launching a new canvas for creative expression alongside a series of much-loved partners. Designed for adults who pride themselves on their love of pop culture, four new LEGO® ART sets give creative adults a different way to transform their passion into art.
Those who love Warhol or Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles, or iconic characters from the Marvel Universe and Star Wars™ galaxy can pay homage to their idols by creating their very own LEGO artwork portrait to proudly display in their homes, offices or wherever they enjoy their music, film or art.
The LEGO® ART sets offer adults a new creative experience to help them relax and recharge as they transform a blank canvas (or in this case, small interlinking base plates) using LEGO tiles. Each set can be reimagined in several different ways to express the personality of each different builder and to make it easy and simple for pop culture lovers to refresh the LEGO ART piece on display in their house. All four new sets come with a signature tile unique to the set that is worthy of any true work of art, and a new hanging element to make them easy to hang up and switch around.
With new research from the LEGO Group finding that 73% of adults often research new ways to help them relax*, each LEGO ART set comes with a bespoke soundtrack that makes the perfect building companion. Featuring fascinating anecdotes from the creators of Iron Man and *Star Wars*, or those closest to the stories of Andy Warhol and the Beatles, the soundtracks dive deep into the inspiration behind each design to help adults fully immerse themselves in the building experience and unwind while they explore their love of music, art or film in a new way.
The LEGO® Marvel Studios Iron Man set will be available exclusively from LEGO Retail Stores and LEGO.com while the other three sets will be available from retailers from 1st August 2020, or from 1st September in the US. Products may be available to pre-order from 1st July from selected retailers in certain countries.