New LEGO Monkie Kid Sets Officially Revealed!

LEGO has now officially launched its latest themed sets centered on Chinese folklore and culture. Directly inspired by the classic story Journey to the West, the LEGO Monkie Kid is LEGO’s modern twist to the iconic story of the Monkey King’s legendary tale.

As early as March, rumors have been circulating regarding this theme, with snippets of images (aka leaks) being shared over social media. Truth be told, the theme looks promising, especially with its colorful new characters and builds having a sort of a revamped LEGO Ninjago vibe.

The LEGO Monkie Kid sets will have a worldwide release on LEGO Shop@Home on May 16, with an early release date of May 15, today, in LEGO Stores and LEGOLAND, and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in Mainland China, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hongkong.

Read the LEGO Group’s full press release below and of course, tons of crisp, official images! They’re still yet to be listed at LEGO Shop@Home so I suggest you keep them under your radar.

LEGO® Monkie Kid™ – a new hero is born, a new story is waiting to unfold

The LEGO Group’s first-ever Chinese inspired theme sees the legend of the Monkey King from the classic Journey to the West novel reimagined in LEGO sets and minifigures

[May 15th, 2020] Inspired by the 500-year-old story of the Monkey King, LEGO Monkie Kid is the LEGO Group’s take on a new, untold chapter of the legendary tale. Featuring eight exciting sets, an animated mini movie and TV series, LEGO Monkie Kid is the first ever LEGO theme to be inspired by a Chinese legend and is rooted firmly in the country’s culture and values. The theme’s sets are packed with fun, excitement and an epic story just waiting to unfold…

The tale begins when an ordinary boy, Monkie Kid, finds Monkey King’s legendary staff and he becomes the chosen one. Together with his brave and loyal friends, Monkie Kid begins his quest to stop the Demon Bull King and his army of Bull Clones from taking over the city.

Paying tribute to stories known and admired by so many children and parents in China and Asia, this latest LEGO play theme brings new life to the iconic Monkey King fable and provides a common ground for children, parents and grandparents to build and play together.

“I am super excited about the launch of LEGO Monkie Kid. This fantastic new play theme is deeply inspired by Chinese culture and built on an esteemed story that is treasured by all generations. We know kids will be delighted by the world of LEGO Monkie Kid, and I can’t wait to see how they immerse themselves in building, role playing and creating new stories through this theme. This is a very exciting innovation for the LEGO brand and one that demonstrates our commitment to building a strong future in China,” says Julia Goldin, Chief Marketing Officer at the LEGO Group.

With a modern Chinese twist, LEGO Monkie Kid celebrates bravery and friendship and lets children engage in great building experiences whilst helping them to develop their imagination and creativity. Paul Huang, General Manager of LEGO China, says: “The launch of Monkie Kid is another important milestone in our journey to provide the creative LEGO play experience to many more Chinese children. Deeply rooted in Chinese culture, the new theme line is created with inspiration from China, for China, and at the same time empowers children around the world to be brave, resilient and optimistic through creative play with LEGO bricks.”

Children can look forward to eight action-packed sets with colourful characters, impressive vehicles with exciting new and hidden features – plus a blue cat with an orange mohawk! The sets are a result of two years of close collaboration with children and parents in China to ensure they are authentic to local culture. Never before has the LEGO Group launched a theme inspired by one culture and with so much attention to local details, values and traits.

“I have been touched and inspired by China’s rich history and culture, the passion and pride of the people and the incredible creativity of China. It has been an honour and privilege to be able to immerse myself in China’s culture of storytelling, in particular – Journey to the West and the Monkey King. The epic stories and incredible characters have been a huge inspiration to the LEGO design team and me. It is with deepest respect for Chinese culture and the 500-year-old legend that we have created the next chapter in the story of the Monkey King – The Monkie Kid,” says Simon Lucas, Senior Design Director at the LEGO Group.

LEGO Monkie Kid will launch on May 16th on LEGO.com, in LEGO stores*, LEGOLAND and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers with early access for:

  • China mainland from May 15th in LEGO stores, LEGOLAND Discovery Centers, and TMall  Flagship stores only.
  • Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong from May 15th in LEGO stores, and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers only.
  • In markets still under COVID-19 government regulations, our LEGO stores will remain closed until government guidelines change. Some LEGO stores are reopening. To find out if a LEGO store is open, please reach out to LEGO Customer Service: https://www.LEGO.com/service/
White Dragon Horse Bike (80006)

259 pieces | RRP: CNY 299,00/EUR 29,99/USD 34,99 

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Iron Bull Tank (80007)

430 pieces | RRP: CNY 449,00/EUR 44,99/USD 49,99 

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Monkie Kid’s Cloud Jet (80008)

529 pieces | RRP: CNY 499,00/EUR 49,99/USD 59,99

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Pigsy’s Food Truck (80009)

832 pieces | RRP: CNY 599,00/EUR 59,99/USD 69,99

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Demon Bull King (80010)

1,051 pieces | RRP: CNY 799,00/EUR 79,99/USD 89,99

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Red Son’s Inferno Truck (80011)

1,111 pieces | RRP: CNY 999,00/EUR 99,99/USD 119,99

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Monkey King Warrior Mech (80012)

1,629 pieces | RRP: CNY 1.299,00/EUR 129,00/USD 149,99

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Monkie Kid’s Team Secret HQ (80013)

1,959 pieces | RRP: CNY 1.599,00/EUR 169,99/USD 169,99

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This Next LEGO Ideas Contest Inspires Us To Build That Holiday Into That Holiday

I appreciate what LEGO Ideas did here, especially that most of us are required to stay at home. The LEGO Ideas platform has launched another contest that helps us look forward to that great summer vacation, in spite of the on-going pandemic. The LEGO Ideas Build That Holiday Into That Holiday contest is now accepting entries beginning last week, May 8. Read on for the contest details.

This next LEGO Ideas contest is kind of unique compared to other previous ones because it specifically challenges builders to limit their creation using only 150 t0 250 LEGO pieces.

Build That Holiday

Your dream holiday… What does that look like? Is it enjoying a meal with friends and family? Is it exploring coral reefs in tropical waters? In this contest, we’re asking you to come up with a small model that helps turn that holiday into THAT holiday. It could be a rowing boat to go fishing in, a picnic bench to enjoy a BBQ with. Use your own holidays or your dream holidays as inspiration!

The only restrictions are that your model should be at most 250 bricks, with a minimum of 150 bricks.

The only unlimited aspect of the contest is that you can choose any of your dream holidays to be rendered in these limited number of bricks.

And of course, the prizes awaiting the winners for this LEGO Ideas Build That Holiday contest are surely worth the time and effort. The winning entry will have the honor of being transformed into a new LEGO Gift-With-Purchase (GWP) set in the near future. And on top of this, the Grand Prize winner (to be announced on July 7, 2020) will also bring home these premium LEGO sets and goodies.

Five (5) Runner-Up Winners will also be selected, each of them receiving:

Be sure to have your bricks ready and to submit your entry not later than June 12. You may read the complete set of contest rules and guidelines right here. So what dream vacation do you have in mind? Let us know what you think and happy building!

Add Some Fun To Your Video Calls With These LEGO Ideas Custom Backgrounds

Yep, most of us are already feeling the brunt of being cooped up at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic – and while most of us can stay connected with our friends and workmates via video conferencing, chances are, the view can really be quite monotonous. To add more fun to your video conferences, you may want to check out this collection of cool LEGO Ideas custom backgrounds, created by some of the prolific builders in the LEGO fan community. Here are some of my favorites.

LEGO Ideas Custom Backgrounds

LEGO Ideas Custom Backgrounds

LEGO Ideas Custom Backgrounds

LEGO Ideas Custom Backgrounds

In fact, the LEGO Ideas platform has announced a new activity where you can even submit your own LEGO Ideas custom background for everybody to enjoy. These are trying times, and I appreciate it that members of the LEGO fan community are doing whatever they can to somehow ease each other’s stay-at-home burdens. So whether you feel like you want to show that you are chased by a dinosaur or videoconferencing from out space, these brick-inspired custom backgrounds have you covered.

These LEGO Ideas custom backgrounds are not a first though. If you recall, LEGO.com also released a series of wallpapers through its online shopping portal as part of its #LetsBuildTogether campaign.

You may head over to lego.com/en-us/themes/letsbuildtogether/backgrounds to download these fun wallpapers and backgrounds.

For instructions on how to use these backgrounds for your next video conference, you may want to read this article from the LEGO Ideas blogsite. You can also find high-resolution images of these backgrounds right there. They’ve provided a handy how-to guide for Zoom and Microsoft Teams users, including for Mac users. And if you have your custom LEGO background to share, do check and participate at this LEGO Ideas Create a Custom Background for Video Calls Activity. The nice thing about this is that the LEGO Ideas Team opted to remove any deadline and has kept the activity open for the foreseeable future.

So what do you think? Which among these backgrounds are your personal favorites? Talk to us in the comments below.

WATCH: The LEGO Haunted House (10273) Designer Video

LEGO has released a designer video for the LEGO Haunted House (10273) that gives us a tour on the inner workings of this fairground themed, brick-built funhouse. Watch the video below.

LEGO designers Carl Merriam, Mike Psiaki, Austin Carlson, and Niek van Slagmaat lead us to the many beautiful details of this 3,000+ set and some of the pretty neat throwbacks that older LEGO fans will enjoy.

As mentioned in their press release, the LEGO Haunted House (10273) is the first set LEGO set that officially drops the Creator Expert branding in favor of the 18+ reclassification. LEGO believes that this will make similar advanced sets more readily identifiable as something belonging to the adult fan base of LEGO.

And the LEGO Haunted House places all the check marks on an AFOL’s LEGO nostalgic sweet spots. The fairground themed park ride is loaded of references to older LEGO sets such as the Adventurers theme from 1998, the Alpha Team from early 2000, and of course from the classic Castle theme. For those unfamiliar with these LEGO themes, you may head over to Brickset for more info.

 

To bring all these references into one fun-filled set is short of amazing. I particularly like the idea of how the designers placed an easter egg for Bat Lord from the Fright Knights subtheme. The specially printed, subtle 2×3 flat tile is a pretty neat reference to the LEGO Castle Bat Lord (6007) set, with its set number printed on the said tile in Roman numerals.

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Apart from these pretty near references, the LEGO Haunted House is also loaded with play features as any funhouse should be. Its main play feature is its functional drop-down elevator. It’s a pretty challenging task that the LEGO designers managed to pull-off. To make it more realistic, the elevator ride must accelerate while going down, and to eventually slow its drop as it reaches the bottom. The elevator function can either be operated manually or outfitted with an optional LEGO Power-App motor.

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And of course, the LEGO Haunted House will not be that spooky without that illuminated portrait of Samuel Von Barron using a light brick. This and other fun details are revealed once you open the set and explore every room of the funhouse.

LEGO Haunted House (10273)

The LEGO Haunted House (10273) comes in at 3,231 pieces and is expected to retail for $249.99. It is slated for an early release for LEGO VIP members on May 20, and to the rest of the world on June 1, 2020. Head over to LEGO Shop@Home for more details, and while you’re at it you may want to include this set to your LEGO wishlist as well.

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So what do you think of this latest LEGO 18+ set? Are you OK with the LEGO Creator Expert re-branding? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

More Info on the LEGO Haunted House (10273)

After the official announcement on LEGO’s next 18+ branded set, we now have more info on the LEGO Haunted  House (10273) set and what it means to the future of the LEGO Creator Expert theme.

LEGO Haunted House

If you noticed starting this year, LEGO has introduced a new “18+” subtheme on its sets targeted specifically for older LEGO fans. From the recently released LEGO Star Wars helmet collection and this year’s UCS set to the LEGO Architecture The White House (21054), all of these sets feature an adult-focused packaging that makes it clear that these line of building sets are for advanced LEGO hobbyists and collectors.

Though the LEGO Star Wars and Architecture themes are still retaining their titles, LEGO Senior Marketing Manager Anders Hellegaard has announced that it will drop the Creator Expert theme entirely in favor of the 18+ re-classification. However, it was also mentioned that the LEGO Haunted House is still part of LEGO’s larger Fairground Collection series which include previously released Creator Expert sets such as the LEGO Roller Coaster (10261) and Carousel (10257) among others, so there is still some unifying element to these sets in the future.

I guess this decision is mainly for aesthetic purposes such as the redesigning of the previous Creator Expert box art moving forward. We can still expect awesome advanced sets later on targeted to an older LEGO fan base who grew up iconic LEGO characters such as Samuel Von Barron, Johhny Thunder, and Bat Lord to name a few.

Here’s LEGO’s official press release for the LEGO Haunted House (10273) for more details. The set comes in at 3,231 pieces and will retail for $249.99 when it is released to LEGO VIP members on May 20 and other LEGO fans on June 1, 2020.

PREPARE TO BE SPOOKED WITH THE BRAND-NEW LEGO® HAUNTED HOUSE SET

The LEGO Group has announced the LEGO Haunted House, a hair-raising new fairground build for adult thrill-seekers – available from 20th May from LEGO.com and LEGO Stores

LEGO Haunted House

May 13, 2020– Gear up for a spooky ride and bring to life the ultimate ghostly fairground experience, with the brand-new LEGO® Haunted House set. This latest addition to the LEGO Fairground collection is jam-packed with exciting features to surprise and entertain even the bravest of thrill-seekers.

Modeled on Manor Von Barron, the spooky home of one of the world’s greatest villains – Samuel Von Barron, the new LEGO® Haunted House model is full to the brim with spine-tingling details. Its clever design features a fully functional free-fall ride with automatic doors at the top of the tower, giving brave riders a glimpse of the thrilling plummet to come, as well as intricate ghoulish details such as haunted doors and a cursed painting to warn off any trespassers.

To enhance the spooky experience even further and unlock special features, such as a moving elevator, fans can also add LEGO Powered Up components (available separately) and control and amplify the set as they build via LEGO’s Powered Up app.

The 3,231-piece LEGO® Haunted House model not only makes an impressive and creepy display piece, standing at over 26.5” (68cm) high, 9” (25cm) wide and 9” (25cm) deep but also gives fans the chance to get hands-on and immerse themselves in the ghostly world. LEGO builders can open the model’s exterior and enter the ultimate haunted house to discover the features hidden inside – revealing Von Barron’s extensive collection of stolen artifacts which nod to LEGO brick sets of the past, including the Organ of Catarino and the Orb of OGEL.

This brand-new set has been designed specifically with adults in mind – providing an immersive, creative experience for them to re-focus, re-charge and get creative, whether they’re enjoying alone or as a challenging build with friends or younger builders.

The new LEGO® Haunted House™ construction set is the latest example of how the LEGO Group aims to inspire builders of all ages to build, rebuild, and get excited by the process of creation. It’s also the first set from the LEGO Fairground Collection to feature the new stylish packaging designed to make it easier than ever for adult fans to find their new build challenge based on their individual passions.

Addressing the new packaging, Senior Marketing Manager Anders Hellegaard Iversen said: “So many of our older builders love the Creator Expert products, as they allow them to show off their passion for the bricks. Whether it’s their favorite film moments, sports icons, travel destinations, buildings, fairgrounds, or vehicles, LEGO sets help to bring these to life in brick form. That’s also why we have decided to stop using the Creator Expert branding and, instead, use the new adult-focused packaging design to make it clearer which hobbies or brand products they can relate to. We hope this will make it easier for fans to track down models they would be proud to display once completed. Of course, our product range will continue to include the same advanced-build, collectible products that guarantee hours of building enjoyment for fans.”

The brand-new LEGO Haunted House is available to VIP members from 20th May and for remaining LEGO fans from 1st June, direct from LEGO.com and LEGO Stores.

LEGO Creator Expert Haunted House (10273) Officially Revealed

This year’s first LEGO Creator Expert set has now been revealed. The LEGO Creator Expert Haunted House (10273) is the first LEGO set to bear the 18+ label under the said theme, and is slated to be released on June 1.

Coming in at 3,231 pieces, this set is expected to retail for $249.99 and adds spooky fun to your Fairground-themed builds such as the Roller Coaster (10261), Carousel (10257) and Ferris Wheel (10247) to name a few. Truth be told, box images of the LEGO Creator Expert Haunted House have been making rounds over social media for the past few days but it’s still better to wait for these crystal clear images.

Check out the official images below together with its product description.

LEGO Creator Expert Haunted House (10273)

3,231 pieces | $249.99 | Coming Soon on June 1, 2020

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If you love ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night, we’ve got a treat for you – the LEGO® Haunted House (10273). Take time out of everyday life and explore something extraordinary as you discover the thrills and surprises packed into this stunning building project.

Spookily good details bring the story to life
Take your time building this impressive haunted house model, before exploring all the intricate details hidden within. The house opens up, making it easy to explore inside where you’ll discover a working free-fall ride plus automatic doors at the top of the tower. See the haunted front doors close for a spooky effect. Add the LEGO Powered Up components (available separately) to control the elevator via the Powered Up app.

A building project that’s full of thrills
This Haunted House is part of a collection of LEGO building kits for adults who appreciate clever design. This model also makes a scarily good gift, birthday present or Christmas gift.

  • This creepy LEGO® Haunted House (10273) model provides hours of enjoyment for anyone looking to unwind with a new project. Build the spooky horror house then explore its impressive features and delightful details.
  • Why should kids get all the fun when it comes to scary toys? This building kit is designed for adults but it includes lots of playful features, such as a free-fall ride, haunted doors and a cursed painting.
  • If you appreciate beautiful details, you’ll love displaying your haunted house model. Upgrade the Haunted House with the LEGO® Powered Up components (available separately) to control the elevator via the app.
  • Ideal for ghost hunters, thrill seekers and adult LEGO® fans alike, this Haunted House set makes a great birthday gift for your ghost-loving mum, dad, husband, wife, partner or friend and also makes a fun Halloween gift.
  • This dark and spooky haunted manor measures over 26.5” (68cm) high, 9” (25cm) wide and 9” (25cm) deep, making it a challenging construction kit for adults and a great brick-built model to display.
  • A battery is included with the light brick in this set, so you can enjoy the illumination right away.

LEGO Ensures Product Availability In Spite of Pandemic

After the good news of the gradual re-opening of US LEGO brand stores, LEGO ensures product availability amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Considering that the current pandemic has driven a sort of a ‘building trend’ among the LEGO fan community while staying home, coupled with certain adjustments in employee practices, have led to the possibility that consumer demand may outpace LEGO’s capacity to ensure product availability. In response to this, the LEGO Group has released a statement underscoring its efforts in making sure that these much-anticipated sets will still roll out as planned.

During the past few months we have seen a strong demand for our products as families and hobbyists turn to building to help them get through this difficult period. As a result, we have been working incredibly hard to make sure that our products are available online in our stores and our retail partners’ ecommerce sites.

We have been fortunate that our factories in Europe and Asia continue to operate. Our factory in Mexico has been closed for the past few weeks after the Mexican government ordered all non-essential manufacturing sites to close while the country focussed on preventing the spread of the virus. We have been using our full global supply chain to ship products to all markets and fulfil orders as best as possible.

While COVID has created a very dynamic and uncertain environment, at this stage it hasn’t impacted decisions about when to retire products.

The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the entire globe, with global and local economies badly hit by closures and shelter-at-home or stay-at-home orders by governments to contain the pandemic. In compliance with these orders, the LEGO Group opted to comply with these local orders, including the temporary shutdown of its production plant in Mexico. However, with the continuous operation of its European and Asian factories, we are assured that current and upcoming LEGO sets are still on their way to your nearest LEGO brand store.

You may still choose to do your LEGO shopping online and to check out the latest LEGO sets around, be sure to visit LEGO Shop@Home.

US LEGO Brand Stores To Re-Open Starting Today

Its been almost two months since LEGO brand stores across the globe were closed due to the raging COVID-19 pandemic. As most of us were forced to stay at home for months, there’s a bit of hope that things are starting to enter the new normal, including among other things, the gradual re-opening of US LEGO brand stores.

The news came in via the LEGO Ambassadors Network, where three particular LEGO brand stores will be fully open to the public, with certain limitations and strict observance of physical distancing measures to be implemented. For example, the Pick-A-Brick Wall and Build-A-Minifigure are still not available in these stores, while remaining US LEGO brand stores will only be available for curbside pick-up of sets starting today. Just to be sure, you may inquire first at the LEGO store near you to confirm if your preferred set is currently available. Here’s the official announcement from LEGO via LAN. And as always, you can still visit LEGO Shop@Home if you wish to make your LEGO purchases online.

LEGO Brand Stores

 

Hi AFOL Community,

Select LEGO Stores are re-opening soon! We are complying with local regulations and providing guidelines to keep our visitors and team members safe. We have re-opened three store locations to the public and the following locations below have been approved to do curbside pickup as of this Wednesday 5/13. Please note that we currently do not have any of the new items in-stock that were recently released while we were closed and PAB/BAM will not be available at this time. Please check your local store page for current business hours or call the store before you visit. As you can imagine things are changing by the minute and this list could change. We look forward to greeting you back to our stores. Thank you for your patience and support!

Open Locations:

783 North Point, GA
743 Stonebriar, TX
778 Woodlands, TX

Curbside Pick-Up:

825 FASHION SHOW, NV
739 CHANDLER, AZ
769 ARROWHEAD, AZ
729 ONTARIO MILLS, CA
716 FASHION VALLEY, CA
846 HAYWOOD MALL, SC
755 CONCORD MILLS, NC
833 SOUTHPARK, NC
856 ST. JOHN’S TOWN CTR, FL
857 TOWN CTR at BOCA RATON, FL
717 SAWGRASS MILLS, FL
845 LAKESIDE MALL, LA
703 PARK MEADOWS, CO
711 COLORADO MILLS, CO
816 FASHION PLACE, UT
815 GUILFORD TOWN CTR, C
766 CHINOOK CENTER, CAN
779 OAKRIDGE, CAN
720 BELLEVUE, WA
787 ALDERWOOD, WA
836 SOUTH CENTER, WA
820 WESTFARMS MALL, CT
745 KENWOOD, OH
709 BEACHWOOD PLACE, OH
750 EASTON, OH
834 POLO PARK, CAN
701 MALL OF AMERICA, MN
768 SOMERSET, MI
705 CHICAGO, IL
749 ORLAND SQUARE, IL
900 GURNEE MILLS, IL
782 MAYFAIR, WI
714 WOODFIELD MALL, IL
713 NORTHBROOK COURT, IL
707 ATLANTA, GA
851 OXMOOR MALL, KY
767 CHRISTIANA, DE

Other LEGO Super Mario Sets and Characters Revealed

We’re still months away before we can see the release of the latest LEGO Super Mario sets, and as early as now, more and more info is coming in about this latest LEGO tie-in series.

Thanks to Slovakian online store Automodely, we now have a tentative list of additional LEGO Super Mario sets. If you recall, other than the Adventures with Mario Starter Course (71360), The LEGO Group also unveiled two expansion sets that will go along with it – the  Piranha Plant Power Slide (71366) and the Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle (71369). From the get-go, it is clear that LEGO intends the Super Mario theme to be one integral collection of sets that have a kind of game board function with the introduction of expansion sets that add a level of play feature to the Starter Course.

And thanks to Automodely, we now have the following set names (translated via Google) that give us an idea of what to expect from these sets.  Please take note that these LEGO Super Mario set names are based on a rough English translation so their official names might be different eventually.

  • Piranha Attack (71362)
  • Desert Pokey (71363)
  • Whomp’s Fortress (71364)
  • Bullet Bill’s Fire (71365)
  • Piranha Plant Power Slide (71366)
  • Mario’s House and Yoshi (71367)
  • Toad’s Treasure Hunt (71368)
  • Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle (71369)
The LEGO Super Mario Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle (71369) is an expansion set slated to be released sometime in August.

As noted by The Brick Fan, the listing of these sets on Automodely’s site uses LEGO’s Leaf code name for the Super Mario sets. We do not have any further info on these sets such as their piece count or product descriptions, so we just have to leave it to our imagination to figure out how these sets might look like. However, these sets also give us a hint on the partial repertoire of video characters that LEGO will be throwing in. We have Mario’s spikey cactus enemy in the form of the Pokey; the imposing and snaggletoothed Whomp; the iconic Bullet Bill; and Mario’s reliable allies Yoshi and Toad. As much as I would like to see minifigure versions of these guys, it is clear by now that these Super Mario characters will most probably come in brick-built forms.

Based on these sets’ expected retail price, it seems that next to Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle (71369), it looks like Toad’s Treasure Hunt (71368) is also one sizeable set.  As a last note, we can probably expect these sets to be officially announced within the next couple of weeks, so be sure to stay tuned.

LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga Release Date Announced

It’s been almost a year since the announcement came out regarding the biggest LEGO Star Wars video game as of to date. And this time around, we now have a release date for the highly anticipated LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga.

Star Wars.com’s official YouTube channel made the announcement earlier today, scheduling the game’s release date on August 20. Check out the video below at the 1:45 mark.

UPDATE: It seems that there has been a slip-up on this one since the video is no longer available for viewing. Oopsie…

As previously announced on their blogsite, the LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga will feature what could be the most expansive video game of the franchise, covering the entire span of all nine Star Wars films. It’s not just a collection of nine distinct video games based on the films, but an integrated whole where players can choose what level or world or episode if you may, and even their favorite Star Wars hero or villain among a roster of almost 500 playable characters.

LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga

Jonathan Smith: We’re all fans; there’s no shortage of characters we’d love to play with. And you can’t ask us to pick a single favorite! It’s the fact that the whole cast is brought together, uniquely in this LEGO form — the complete collection, from Admiral Ackbar to Zorii Bliss — which makes the game so special.

Craig Derrick: There are nearly 500 characters in this game, with many of them playable. When choosing characters for a game this large, we just looked at every film in the saga and tried to say “yes” as much as possible. That said, it often comes down to storytelling and the specific role of the character in the quests and game progression. Of course, we have almost all of your favorite heroes and villains from the films, many background players, a few surprises, and…Yaddle!

Needless to say, the LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga will definitely be LEGO and TT Games’ biggest game release of this year. Keep your radars open for more updates, and I’ll keep you posted once pre-orders are around for this game.

LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga Video Game

RELEASE DATE: 2020
DEVELOPER: TT Games
PUBLISHER: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
ESRB RATING: RP (E10+ Anticipated)
GENRE: Action-Adventure
PLATFORMS: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC

OVERVIEW:
The galaxy is yours in LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga. In this brand-new console game, players will experience memorable moments and nonstop action from all nine Skywalker saga films retold with signature LEGO humor, including the highly anticipated conclusion to the series, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. the game will immerse players in the expansive saga with the freedom to control hundreds of characters, ships and vehicles to create their own unique journey through the galaxy.

FEATURES:
• Explore the Saga in Any Order – Players can dive into the Skywalker saga and access any of the nine saga films right away in any order they choose. They can direct where to go and how to play.
• Laugh Out Loud LEGO Humor – All the unforgettable moments from the entire saga have been retold in new, fun-filled, hilarious LEGO humor.
• Play as Iconic Heroes and Villains – There are hundreds of playable characters from throughout the galaxy and every era of the saga. Players can play as Luke Skywalker, Rey, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Finn, BB-8 and a legion of other heroes, or turn to the dark side as Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, Kylo Ren, and more.
• Discover Legendary Locales – Players can visit legendary locales from their favorite Star Wars films such as the desert of Geonosis, to the swamps of Dagobah and the snowfields of Starkiller Base. They can then travel through space and revisit any planet at any time. Expansive hub areas based on memorable settings from the films offer fun quests and more to explore.
• Powerful Player Experiences – Players can play on the light or dark side of the Force, master combat, and take control of ships and vehicles for empowering adventures throughout the galaxy.
• Always Family Friendly – This is an imaginative and funny LEGO gaming experience appropriate for kids of all ages. It is an accessible entry point into the Star Wars galaxy that is easy for a younger audience to pick up and play while still deep enough for anyone to enjoy.