One thing about being a popular LEGO fan-boy is that there’s a chance the company might notice. Then there’s the probability of becoming an ascended fan by working for LEGO. The downside is that, if one has been making money from their LEGO MOCs then that’s no longer an option.
That was the story for Chris “Powerpig” McVeigh in February. Last month, AFOL MOC-er Carter Baldwin also got hired by LEGO. So far, his MOC-filled Twitter account remains up. Fans can continue to be in awe at his creations, from “Aliens” Xenomorphs to “Blade Runner” flying cars. That latter project has suddenly come to prominence.
Baldwin’s rendition of the Spinner from “Blade Runner 2049” is an incredible model. Scaled to minifigure size, it can seat two in its cockpit. The mechanics are pretty sound too, as are the details. The Spinner MOC even has a stand to simulate flight mode.
LEGO MOC blog and online market Bricks on the Dollar now hosts the Spinner’s building instructions from Carter Baldwin. It’s free of charge and has a sequential series of images showing how to assemble. The needed LEGO pieces and elements are presented so that interested builders can look for them.
The last word regarding Baldwin was that he’s part of the LEGO design teams that work on superhero franchises. Sooner or later an official LEGO set will release with his input, though we probably won’t know if he’s involved unless he does a designer video.
By now, the facts are all laid out. In LEGO Stores at the Flatiron district and Leicester Square the eagerly-awaited set has come. LEGO Stranger Things: The Upside Down (75810) has been everything it was hyped to be and much more. Check out our coverage of it to be sure.
We probably don’t need to reiterate much from our feature article. Everybody now knows the intricate detail and snazzy design mechanics of The Upside Down (75810). The promotional blitz LEGO unleashed ahead of its reveal has done wonders. And now, it’s time to wrap up our coverage of that too.
One last teaser that came out before the launch events on both sides of the Atlantic appeared on LEGO’s Facebook. We see a brick-rendered recreation of the wall-alphabet communication rig used by Joyce. Lights played by LEGO stud pieces spell out an urgent message from the company, meant for fans.
The real kicker however is the non-routine designer video for LEGO Stranger Things – The Upside Down (75810). Remember the earlier LEGO teaser with the retro-grainy 1980’s TV commercial? They carry over the aesthetic for the vid featuring set designer Justin Ramsden. The bonus: it’s set up like an eighties late-night talk show with a host!
You can see more details of the LEGO Stranger Things – The Upside Down set (75810) on its Shop@Home listing. It’s priced at $199.99 and will become available on June 1. As for the hit Netflix series it’s based on, season 3 of “Stranger Things” will arrive for streaming July 4.
Earlier this week we spotted, courtesy of a French LEGO site, a Minifigure Pack Tie-In for the next MCU movie. “The Spider-Man: Far from Home” Pack (40343) has some nice exclusive character minifigs inside. But that turns out to be only one of a burst of new LEGO blister packs.
These other Minifigure mini-sets are for LEGO’s own theme and franchise. There’s the Ninjago pack (40342) with four minifigs and a relic that splits into multiple weapons. Included are Ninjago hero Kai, baddies Pyro Snake and Ice Samurai, and adventurer archeologist Clutch Powers. He’s from the 2010 DVD-released animated movie.
Next up is the Minifigure Pack for LEGO City (40344). From this we know that the products are all summer 2019 releases. It has two beachgoers, a surfer girl and a snorkeler. Accessories range from an ice cream cart, to animal pieces (parrot and crab).
Minifigure Pack 40344 as an upcoming LEGO City item is a tad disconnected from the latest big box sets of the line. As one might recall, these sets depict space and Mars exploration. The Ninjago Minifigure Pack (40342) does get extra points for having a rare character in Clutch Powers. That’s a neat addition to any expansive Ninjago character collection.
The official images shown here are from leaks picked up by Germany’s Promo Bricks and France’s Hoth Bricks. Our best regards to these European LEGO news sources for their efforts to bring the good stuff.
In terms of LEGO-related news, “LEGO DC Super-Villains” might already qualify as “old.” However, WB Interactive and Traveller’s Tales have done their level best to keep the videogame somewhat relevant. All it takes is a periodical release of newDLCupdates for the title. And their latest one’s a beauty.
Year 2010 had DC fans enthralled when DC Entertainment released “Young Justice” on Cartoon Network. Unfortunately its unprofitable toy-line with Mattel led to cancellation after only two seasons. Fan support led to creators Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman to continue the series on DC Universe streaming. It premiered last January.
History lesson over; as if it weren’t obvious, “Young Justice” is the theme for the new “LDCSV” DLC. Interestingly, the new LEGO characters are the titular heroes as they appeared in the original CN show. Superboy, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Miss Martian and Artemis are the pack’s playable starters, with new additional villain Black Beetle being unlocked after he gets beaten.
“LEGO DC Super-Villains,” if you need reminding, remains available on PS4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Nintendo Switch. The “Young Justice” DLC is automatically available for downloading by Season Pass-holders and Delux Edition owners. Otherwise it’s worth $2.99 to download.
By now the trail is pretty much clear. And after several teases on social media, it looks like LEGO has finally lifted the mystery surrounding its latest offering. Coming in at 2,287 pieces and retailing for $199.99 USD, we now have the LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) set inspired by the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things. Check out the following crystal clear images and official product description.
LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810)
Ages 16+. 2,287 pieces US $199.99 – CA $269.99 – DE €199.99 – UK £179.99 – FR €199.99 – DK 1799DKK
The ultimate LEGO® Stranger Things model to build and collect!
Fans of the global hit Netflix original series will appreciate the authentic details of this highly collectible LEGO® Stranger Things toy – 75810 The Upside Down. This sturdy, brick-built model can flip between the real world and The Upside Down. The design of the model’s building instructions makes it a great shared building experience with friends and family. The Byers’ house features Will’s bedroom, the living room and the dining room. The Upside Down version of the house, from an alternate dimension, features all the rooms from the real-world model but with a dark, vine-covered, dilapidated look that fans will instantly recognize from the series. With 8 Stranger Things figures, each with its own accessories, this playset makes a great gift for Stranger Things fans who will love to build and display this model to show their passion for the series.
This LEGO® Stranger Things toy includes 8 instantly recognizable Stranger Things minifigures from the hit Netflix original series: Eleven, Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, Dustin Henderson, Will Byers, Joyce Byers, Chief Jim Hopper and the Demogorgon.
The Byers’ house features a front porch with furniture, living room, dining room and Will’s bedroom.
The living room features authentic details from the series, like the alphabet wall with a light-up function, couch, coffee table, telephone, axe, ‘have you seen me?’ flyer stickered element and a bear trap to catch the Demogorgon.
Will’s bedroom plays a central role in the series, which this model faithfully replicates, including details like Will’s boombox, bed, desk, desk lamp, drawings and movie posters.
The dining room includes an armchair, boxes that store Christmas lights, fantasy game rule book stickered element and a potted plant.
The attic space includes a Mind Flayer drawing stickered element and a wizard hat for ‘Will the Wise’.
The Upside Down set captures the look and feel from the Netflix original series, including creepy vines, dark coloring and a dilapidated look.
Chief Jim Hopper’s police truck includes a removable roof for easy access to the interior and a pumpkin element as a reminder of Season 2.
Accessory elements include Lucas’ slingshot and flashlight, Dustin’s walkie-talkie and compass, Mike’s flashlight and walkie-talkie, Hopper’s coffee mug, Joyce’s flashlight and drawing of ‘Will the Wise’, and Eleven’s waffle.
This Stranger Things collectible includes over 2,200 pieces and comes in 11 bags, so the real world and The Upside Down can be built at the same time for a shared building experience.
Measures over 12” (32cm) tall, 17” (44cm) wide and 8” (21cm) deep.
The LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) set will be available for an early release for LEGO VIP members on May 15, and at all LEGO stores and shop.LEGO.com beginning June 1. The set measures 44.6 x 32.8 centimeters, and uses some interesting pieces and building techniques to replicate the rotting, deteriorating aspect of the Upside Down. The set also features a kind of flip action that lets you switch between the normal and Upside Down worlds. The reverse side of the set also underscores some of the most significant parts of the Byers home, including its famous Christmas lights and alphabet wall. I’m quite intrigued about the stability of this set, and on how this will manage to stand on its own. I’m also interested to see how the Demogorgon will fair in its LEGO minifig form. Word also has it that this will be the only licensed set under the Stranger Things theme, so it might be better for LEGO fans of the hit Netflix series to keep a close eye on this.
In case you don’t know yet, the cool builders behind Build Better Bricks also has their own custom brick-built version of the Byer’s House available in their site. Be sure to visit B3’s website to check out the building instructions for this custom set.
Last year, the summer seasonal LEGO minifigure, in the old house-shaped box packaging, was the Party Banana Juice Bar (5005250). The guy in the banana suit with boom-box was free with a minimum $35 LEGO purchase in July 2018. Now with summer returning and with stocks of 5005250 still left, selling these off becomes viable.
For LEGO minifigure collectors in the UK, their local Shop@Home has a little treat. They now have the LEGO Party Banana Juice Bar (5005250) aka banana-suit guy for sale. Forget the minimum LEGO purchase. UK shoppers need only pay £4.99 for this back-order seasonal minifigure.
Said line of minifigures, costumed characters in boxes shaped like buildings, is quite possibly phasing out. At least, that’s what may be inferred from the 2019 Easter Seasonal Chicken Skater (853958). Instead of a box-house, this chicken-suited minifig was in a pod. No new boxed seasonal minifigures were announced either.
If so, then any of these collectibles will become highly valuable soon. Replacing boxes with studier pods may be reasonable, but it loses the charm of the uniquely-printed “building packages.” For now, Party Banana Juice Bar (5005250) is available for £4.99 on LEGO Shop@Home UK.
Last year, LEGO Ideas member Andrew Clark hit a home run. His product idea for a LEGO Flintstones set got support, passed review, and became an official set released this March. What might be next for him? Well, Clark has another product idea close to 10-K support. But it’s got less than 100 days left.
This other submission is based on “Thunderbirds are Go.” That’s the CGI-animated remake of the iconic 1960s British sci-fi “Supermarionation” series “Thunderbirds.” Clark’s product idea is a micro-scale multi-vehicle build set. Its central feature is the Thunderbird 2 carrier, able to transport any of 2 smaller vehicles in its pod.
Said sub-vehicles are the search-and-rescue mini-sub Thunderbird 4 and the Mole tunneling driller. Clark’s LEGO Ideas images include the Elevator Car from the original 1960s show. He has retained that despite its not appearing in the “Thunderbirds are Go” reboot.
Also included are micro-figures of the Scott brothers: Scott, Virgil (Thunderbird 2 pilot), Alan, Gordon (Thunderbird 4 pilot) and John. Later updates by Andrew Clark add retro-style International micro-figures including support member Brains. Then there’s the bonus Virgil Tracy minifigures (in retro/remake styles) plus an adjustable Thunderbird 2 cockpit chair for him to sit on.
Extra bits include some 1×3 LEGO bricks printed with the International Rescue acknowledgement call-sign “FAB.” Next are variable 2×3 printed tiles for Thunderbird 2’s carrier pod: 3 for Elevator Car and 4 for Thunderbird 4. Clark’s submission stands at 7,960 supporters with 87 days left.
By now we can safely say that the frenzy for Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame has begun to subside, while faithful followers of the MCU franchise now look forward to Spider-Man: Far from Home this July. This sequel to Homecoming is the true final part of Phase 3, and has already gotten plenty of tie-ins coming soon from LEGO. However it’s not all adventurous set-pieces and hi-tech vehicles for LEGO Marvel’s Far from Home. They’ll also have some smaller products that can easily be afforded. Rather than one minifigure though, they have a bunch included in this one. Check out this upcoming LEGO Spider-Man: Far From Home Minifigure Pack (40343).
The first image of this product comes to us courtesy of French LEGO news source Brick Heroes. It’s a 49-piece blister pack with enough minifig components for three characters. With the Far From Home Minifigure Pack (40343) we get Spider-Man, Maria Hill and Peter’s friend Ned. There’re also leftovers to make a drone and accessories.
From what Brick Heroes says, we’ll only get the Maria Hill and Ned minifigs exclusively on this pack. That would make this set a hot commodity for collectors looking to complete the LEGO Spider-Man: Far from Home tie-ins. There’s no word yet on its availability, but the film premieres July 2.
There’s no other way to describe it: LEGO has been a teasing teaser that teasingly teases lately. Yes, everybody’s on tenterhooks regarding their upcoming tie-in for Netflix’s Stranger Things, and LEGO sure know how to work build on the excitment with their teaser-filled promotional blitz. Eventually, the teasers are finally giving fans a trail of bread crumbs in deciphering the set’s details. The clincher in this case would have to be LEGO’s recent Instagram post of a familiar vehicle from the show. It’s none other than Mike’s good ‘ol bicycle (rendered in LEGO form), and seemingly stuck in the mysterious Upside Down realm which is already a give away on the set’s official name. The LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) is set to be released on May 15, initially available to all LEGO VIP members.
The upcoming LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) set has already been revealed to include some of the show’s most noticeable characters such as Dustin and the terrifying Demogorgon. Additionally, it is also rumored that this is the only LEGO licensed set to be released from this theme, so it expected if Stranger Things fans will really look forward to have this one-off set. That’s too bad in my opinion, but if it’ll only be one LEGO tie-in, then it should be all good for all true-blue fans of the show.
We can expect LEGO Stranger Things The Upside Down (75810) set to make its debut at the Leicester Square LEGO Store in London on May 15. The LEGO Store in Flatiron, New York on the other hand, will have its own late-night event slated on the 14th.
With that, let’s wrap this up with some more LEGO Stranger Things teasers we’ve seen recently.
Mike and Eleven on LEGO Facebook
Leicester Square LEGO Store front, courtesy of Twitter user @NXOnNetflix
If you recall, during May the Fourth multiple LEGO Stores worldwide held a “Star Wars” Make & Take building event. The subject was a miniature version of the new hot set the Tantive IV (75244). We mentioned that the building instructions for these will appear eventually. Guess what: they did.
Our fellow LEGO news source Brick Fanatics actually put up the official instructions day after May the Fourth. Now, LEGO Star Wars fans that couldn’t get to the Make & Take at participating LEGO Stores can build the micro-Tantive themselves. But it turns out not all LEGO Stores offered that.
Over down under, LEGO Australia had their own Make & Take event during May the Fourth last week. Rather than Princess Leia’s blockade runner, the subject was another famous Rebel spacecraft. This was shared by “Star Wars” news site Rebelscum. Aussie fans instead got to make the more-iconic X-Wing fighter.
Now, the Make & Take event held by LEGO Australia had provision for only 100 participants. Luckily Rebelscum managed to acquire the official building instructions. Like Brick Fanatics did with the mini-Tantive IV, Rebelscum have now shared their find online.
It might take some hunting down of the specific parts needed (plus online retail scrounging if necessary). The result will be a nice mini-build of the X-Wing with S-foils locked in attack position; Happy building.