I’m pretty sure you haven’t seen your ‘ol faithful teddy bear like this before. And with something like this beside your bed at night, while you sleep, you can leave all your security worries behind. For those of you who are familiar with Moko’s superb LEGO MOCs, you are now probably aware that as far as his brick creations are concerned, they’re always, always, more than meets the eye. And this latest brick contraption from his workshop shows that this battle-ready LEGO teddy bear sure means business.
I assume that this brick-built teddy bear has seen better days. Before he saw the necessity of gearing up for an apocalyptic catastrophe, he’s a bit laid back on his own. He knows how to relax and play around like any other teddys.
Just like Moko’s mechanized Mickey and Donald MOCs, this innocent-looking teddy comes with many points of articulation, allowing a wide range of movements and poses.
However, when things begin to get awry, this battle-ready LEGO teddy bear does not shy away from his real vocation- to serve and protect. And it only takes a flick of a button to active his kill switch, and his change in demeanor suddenly becomes clearly obvious.
The wide range of weapons available at his disposal is enough to make any threat have second thoughts going against him head-on. If carrying two rifles will not do the trick, then perhaps his pair of shoulder-mounted missile launchers will do the job.
Not shying away from the use of the latest combat technology, he can clearly measure the enemy’s capabilities using a combination of visual and auditory sensors. And if needed, he can also do an aerial surprise assault with a pair of rocket boosters even the Mandalorian will drool over.
So next time before you go to bed, be sure to have this teddy around for a good night’s sleep. I’m sure he’ll never let you down. And for more of Moko’s awesome original LEGO creations, be sure to check out his Flickr and blogsite pages.
Other than the LEGO Year of the Rat (40355) promotional and the LEGO Star Wars Obi-Wan Collectible Minifigure (30624) that are both available this month, LEGO fans who will time their next LEGO purchases just right may avail of another promotional freebie on top of these aforementioned LEGO giveaways. If you recall from this month’s LEGO Store Calendar, the LEGO Hidden Side Drag Racer (40408) set is the next free item slated to be added to your cart if you will make your next LEGO purchase from January 24 until February 9.
LEGO servers are now updated to include a couple of official images of the LEGO Hidden Side Drag Racer (40408) set. This item comes to you free for every single-receipt purchase of any LEGO products worth $45 and above. As I’ve mentioned earlier and as long as supplies last, you may want to try to place in your LEGO purchases at LEGO Shop@Home or in-store from January 24 to 26 if you want to avail both the exclusive Year of the Rat (40355) set and the Drag Racer (40408). And if you’ll throw in any LEGO Star Wars sets worth $40 and above, you’ll also get the collectible Obi-Wan minifig. So for a total worth of LEGO sets (including Star Wars) of $80 or more, you can bag all three promos in one go. That’s great value for your money if you’ll ask me.
The LEGO Hidden Side Drag Racer (40408) comes in at 134 pieces, including two Jack and Dwayne minifigures. The build itself features a human cannonball kind of play function where you can place a minifig inside the cannon placed at the back of the car. The driver cockpit also seems to be wide enough to accommodate a minifigure.
This latest Hidden Side promotional is the second freebie to be offered under LEGO’s augmented reality theme, following the release of LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Juice Bar (40336) from last year. For more info on the latest LEGO Hidden Side sets, be sure to visit shop.LEGO.com.
If you’re a LEGO fan and educator at the same time, the value of the LEGO brick in teaching simply cannot be overemphasized. Playing with LEGO has been synonymous with fun in learning that LEGO devoted an entire theme of STEM-inspired sets to bring LEGO inside the classroom. Since its introduction back in April of last year, LEGO Education SPIKE Prime (45678) has shown potential as a new educational tool that brings together the rudiments of robotics and engineering in a complete, fun and engaging package.
If you’re a classroom teacher and administrator and wish to incorporate the use of LEGO bricks and robotics in your lesson, then be sure to check out this most recent offering from LEGO. Watch this video to know more about this new LEGO Education set offering and how it can inspire children and students to pursue a career in STEM.
523 pieces | $329.95 | Can be shared by 2 students
Designed for ages 10+, grades 6-8
Costs $329.95 per set, which can be shared by two students at a time
Based on the drag-and-drop Scratch coding platform and available for iOS, Chrome, Windows 10, Mac and Android
32 lessons help get teachers started and make integrating SPIKE Prime into a variety of classes from science and math to social studies and language arts incredibly easy
Ensures that multiple classrooms can share sets within a school with streamlined 45-minute build + lesson time
Includes 11 new innovative elements developed by LEGO Education and the LEGO Group, first seen in SPIKE Prime
Available for purchase on the LEGO Education website or through authorized resellers
Brings STEAM creativity and engagement into afterschool programs, robotics clubs, coding programs and maker spaces with the LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime Expansion Set by LEGO Education (sold separately)\
The Expansion Set and Competition Ready unit can now be used in competition by robotics competition teams, including *FIRST*® LEGO® League and World Robot Olympiad
Like other new set offerings from LEGO, the LEGO Education SPIKE Prime (45678) also comes with new Technic parts that you may find useful. Check out this poster below that describes these new parts.
Other than the SPIKE Prime, the entire LEGO Education suite of products also includes:
Earlier today, the LEGO Group has announced a renewed partnership with China’s and the world’s biggest game company. In a recent press release, this renewed LEGO-Tencent partnership extends the Memorandum of Understanding with the two companies, “further strengthening and expanding their strategic partnership in digital play experience for Chinese children”.
If you recall, LEGO and Tencent first entered into this working partnership back in 2018 to empower Chinese children to be prepared for a mostly digital future. This partnership saw the birth of the LEGO Video Zone with more than 800 LEGO-themed videos released in Tencent’s video channels, consequently being awarded with the distinction of being one of the top-10 most-viewed toy-branded video platforms in Tencent.
Last year also saw the launch of Tencent’s LEGO Cube Mobile Game – a sandbox video game where kids can explore vast, seemingly never-ending lands made of LEGO bricks populated by LEGO minifigure characters. Aside from being an open-ended play experience, it also provided Chinese children with socialization opportunities with other children in a safe and friendly environment while teaching them the rudiments of 3D design, construction, and coding.
For the next two years, LEGO and Tencent will continue to work together to bring more high-quality digital content, with particular emphasis and investment in creating a more robust digital social community akin to LEGO Life. Think of it as China’s version of LEGO Life that is not just for children but also for teenagers and younger LEGO fans as well. Additionally, the two child-centered companies will continue to develop software applications that will further fuse both physical and digital play in new ways that we haven’t seen before. As you may know already, LEGO has already placed considerable investment in adding an augmented reality component on its LEGO sets particularly with the introduction of the LEGO Hidden Side theme. Lastly, helping children learn the rudiments of robotics is still very much at the heart of the LEGO education system with the introduction of the LEGO Boost theme.
Personally, I’m excited to see what is in the works between LEGO and Tencent for the next two years. LEGO has continually pushed the boundaries of conventional play ever since it came out with its very first wooden toy back in the early days of the company. Any new technology that will enhance the LEGO play experience will be something that I will keep an eye on.
So what do you think of this renewed LEGO-Tencent partnership? What new play technologies do you think we will see in the next couple of years? Let me know what you think in the comments below.
LEGO Ideas has tagged its First 2020 Review Stage qualifier that achieved 10K fan support in Disneybrick55’s LEGO Ideas Mary Poppins Cherry Tree Lane. After officially opening its Third 2019 Review Stage with 12 qualifying would-be LEGO Ideas sets, Disneybrick55’s original creation has now set the stage for the next wave of qualifying sets.
Based on the original 1964 film, this brick rendition of Cherry Tree Lane replicates how the set may have looked like during this time. As you can see from the images, the main and central portion of the build consists of the Bank family residence, while the adjacent houses are empty similar to the props used in the classic film.
This original LEGO Ideas Mary Poppins project proposal also features 8 minifigures: Mary Poppins, Bert, George Banks, Winifred Banks, Jane Banks, Michael Banks, Admiral Boom, and Mr. Dawes Jr.
Here’s a brief word from Disneybrick55 about his/her product idea.
Mary Poppins, Cherry Tree Lane
Discover the magic universe of Mary Poppins with this new project based on the 1964 original movie.
So this project contains the main part of Cherry tree lane avenue with the house of Banks’s family which includes a lot of details of the movie like the bedroom of children, the living room and stairs.
Other buildings are actually fake buildings with only the main side like in the movie set.
So I put 8 minifigures: Mary Poppins, Bert, George Banks, Winifred Banks, Jane Banks, Michael Banks, Admiral Boom, and Mr. Dawes Jr.
Do not hesitate to go on my Facebook page to see many creations based on Disney universe.
The next LEGO Creator Expert set for this year has already been revealed, and as expected from LEGO, it looks like their throwing in some perks for those who will be purchasing the LEGO Creator Expert Old Trafford-Manchester United (10272) set. As reported by the Brickfinder, the LEGO The United Trinity (6322264) minifigure set will be the gift-with-purchase freebie slated to be added to your cart if you have plans of getting this impressive replica eventually.
According to a flyer shared via Instagram by AFOL Dylan Chow, the LEGO The United Trinity (6322264) is available at the LEGO brand store in China as an early VIP member gift for those who will get the Old Trafford-Manchester United (10272). This freebie features the renowned Manchester United players – George Best (#10), Denis Law (#10), and Sir Robert “Bobby: Charlton (#9) – whose statues are boldly displayed near the entrance of the stadium.
Their minifig counterparts have the standard red jersey that the team has been known for. I just hope that LEGO added some bit of exclusivity on these prized minifigs by having the Manchester United logo printed in front of their torsos aside from their jersey numbers at the back.
It is not exactly clear if this gift-with-purchase set will only be available to LEGO fans in China but my best guess is that it will also be available elsewhere especially in Europe where majority of the Manchester United fans are located. In fact, Stonewars have also reported that this promotional exclusive will also be offered in Germany. I’ll keep you posted once more info comes in, so be sure to subscribe to our blog and turn on your web notifications.
After the reveal of our next LEGO Creator Expert set aimed at older LEGO fans, LEGO gives out an official press release that underscores one of the most iconic symbols of football fandom the world over. In a tribute to Europe’s most famous football stadium, the LEGO Creator Expert Old Trafford-Manchester United (10272) set is a brick replica of the 100-year old stadium that consist of 3,898 pieces, retailing for $299.99. Read on for LEGO’s full press release and announcement.
Celebrating 110 years of Old Trafford – iconic stadium gets its own LEGO® set
LEGO Creator Expert Old Trafford-Manchester United (10272)
RRP: US $299.99/€269.99 (Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing) Age: 16+ Pieces: 3,898 Measures: 6.5” (18.5cm) high, 18” (47cm) long and 15” (39cm) wide VIP early access 16th January 2020 from LEGO Retail Stores and www.LEGO.com/Old-Trafford
[Billund, January 13th] Manchester United and LEGO® fans alike can now build Old Trafford brick by brick. The 3898-piece LEGO Creator Expert model is a spectacular tribute to one of football’s most iconic stadiums and makes for a true collector’s item that is bound to take center spot at home or the office.
The model is a true celebration of the passion for the game shared by fans all over the world, paying special homage to Manchester United fans. Developed particularly for fans aged sixteen and up, the high attention to detail makes this LEGO model of Old Trafford so special. The 1:600 replica model features several authentic details including the United Trinity statue and the Munich memorial clock.
The model will bring Old Trafford to the homes of Manchester United’s enormous fan base of 659M fans worldwide and to those that have not yet been able to experience the stadium in person.
Manchester United’s Director of Partnerships, Sean Jefferson comments: “Our Old Trafford stadium is as iconic as Manchester United itself and we are proud to be able to bring it to life in LEGO form. I think everyone has played with LEGO bricks at some point in their life, however, it’s still amazing to see the level of detail the LEGO designers have managed to recreate in this piece. We are sure it will be hugely popular amongst Manchester United and LEGO fans alike.”
Building this set is sure to be a nostalgic experience for Manchester United fans while also providing a rewarding building experience for LEGO fans. The building instructions include information on the stadium and its rich heritage and history as well as the designers that have brought the set to life.
“To create Old Trafford in LEGO bricks was a tremendous design challenge for the team, and we couldn’t be happier with the result. The 110-year-old stadium provided us with so many important locations, features and stories to tell as we constructed this model. We are excited for our fans to be able to experience all of that history and attention to detail as they construct and proudly display this iconic stadium.” – Michael Psiaki, LEGO Design Master.
Kickoff is on January 16th, 2020 when the model will be available directly from LEGO Retail Stores and www.LEGO.com/Old-Trafford exclusively for LEGO VIP members, with general availability beginning February 1st, 2020, in time for the stadium’s 110th anniversary.
The second LEGO Creator Expert of the year has been officially unveiled. Following the announcement of a partnership between LEGO and Manchester United, Europe’s leading football team, we now have our official announcement on how this partnership is fleshed out in LEGO brick form. The LEGO Creator Expert Old Trafford-Manchester United (10272) is now currently listed at LEGO Shop@Home and will be available to all LEGO VIP members beginning January 16, and to the rest of the world on February 1. This latest model comes in at 3,898 pieces and will retail for $299.99. Read on for the rest of the set’s details.
Manchester United fans will love building this big LEGO® set model of Old Trafford (10272) to show their allegiance to one of the world’s most famous football clubs. The building set for this LEGO football stadium provides a fun challenge to create a spectacular showpiece model. The ultimate Manchester United gift Manchester United fans can show off this Old Trafford replica at home or the office. New for February 2020, this LEGO® Creator sports set coincides with the stadium’s 110th anniversary. This building kit for adults features several evocative details including the players’ tunnel and the statue of the United Trinity. Bring to life your passions with advanced LEGO® sets! LEGO® Creator Expert advanced building sets allow adults to construct models based on some of their biggest passions, including cars, buildings and stadiums. Once the challenging and fun building experience is complete, these collector models from building bricks make an eye-catching display at home or the office.
A spectacular building set for adults to create a detailed model of Old Trafford. The perfect Manchester United gift for fans who want to show their undying support by displaying this LEGO® football stadium.
A building kit of a 1:600 replica model of Old Trafford. This LEGO® football stadium provides a fun and rewarding project and allows fans to relive their cherished memories of Manchester United with this detailed model.
The first opportunity to construct a replica of Manchester United’s Old Trafford from building bricks. The LEGO® Football stadium makes for a stunning showpiece at home or the office.
This 3,898-piece big LEGO® football set for adults makes for a unique Manchester United gift. It offers escapism for builders with a long and satisfying project, and the chance to show their passion for their club.
The Old Trafford-Manchester United LEGO football stadium measures 6.5” (18.5cm) high, 18” (47cm) long and 15” (39cm) wide. The perfect size to feature authentic details including the players’ tunnel and a statue of Sir Alex Ferguson.
LEGO and Fox are adding more excitement to its grandest reality TV show. LEGO Masters US will not just be hosted by Batman himself, Will Arnett, but he will be joined by other celebrity guests that are also equally passionate about the LEGO brick.
Other than the awesome cast and contestants, the show’s episodes will see be overseen by lead judge and Senior LEGO Designer Jamie Berard plus celebrities such as Mayim Bialik, Terry Crews, Nicole Byer, and LEGO Movie writers/directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
The first episode of LEGO Masters US will air on Wednesday, February. 5 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). What we know so far based on this press release is that there will be a Star Wars-themed, Story Book-themed, and Movie Genres-themed episodes along the way which was never done before during the previous seasons of LEGO Masters. Read on for the full press release.
CELEBRITY LEGO® FANS JOIN HOST WILL ARNETT ON NEW UNSCRIPTED COMPETITION SERIES “LEGO MASTERS” PREMIERING WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, ON FOX 25
Mayim Bialik, Terry Crews, Nicole Byer and “The LEGO Movie” Writers and Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to Guest-Star Throughout Season
Special Appearance by BB-8, C-3PO and R2-D2 in a “Star Wars™”-Themed Episode
New competition series LEGO® MASTERS has announced celebrity guests, including Mayim Bialik, Terry Crews, Nicole Byer and “The LEGO Movie” writers and directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. These special guests will join host Will Arnett throughout the show’s premiere season, debuting Wednesday, Feb. 5 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), immediately following the Season Three time period premiere of THE MASKED SINGER (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX.
Actress and producer Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”) will help the contestants pair LEGO-building expertise with their knowledge of the universe in a space-themed episode.
Terry Crews (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) steps in to help Arnett encourage the contestants in a “Good vs. Evil” challenge that has major implications on the competition moving forward, while Nicole Byer (“Nailed It!”) comes to set to facilitate great LEGO storytelling in a “Story Book”-themed episode.
“Star Wars” fans will not want to miss some extra special guests in the “Star Wars”-themed episode of LEGO MASTERS, during which Arnett and guests BB-8, C3PO and R2-D2 challenge the contestants to build their own droids and replicate iconic scenes inspired by the beloved film franchise.
Additionally, renowned film and television writers, directors and producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (“The LEGO Movie”), who also are LEGO connoisseurs, provide an assist in a “Movie Genres”-themed episode.
Anthony Dominici will executive-produce the FOX series, along with Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre and Michael Heyerman from Endemol Shine North America; Karen Smith and Steph Harris from Tuesday’s Child; and Jill Wilfert and Robert May from The LEGO Group. Will Arnett also serves as an executive producer.
LEGO MASTERS will be produced by Endemol Shine North America, Plan B and Tuesday’s Child, under license from The LEGO® Group, for The LEGO® Group.
It looks like we’ll be seeing this year’s first LEGO Creator Expert set very soon. If you’re keeping tabs with the news going through the leaking faucet, then you’ll probably recall that there were rumors last November of a LEGO and Manchester United partnership. The details were a bit sketchy though, with no particular announcement given on what kind of LEGO products will be offered that will make Manchester United fans surely happen. Personally, I first thought that this latest offering might include another CMF series similar to what LEGO did with the LEGO German National Football DFB Collectible Minifigures (71014) series released back in 2016. However, as it turned out, it was larger and grander than what I expected. Thanks to Promobricks, we now have our first look at the LEGO Creator Expert Old Trafford-Manchester United (10272).
Truth be told, the following images are all-around social media right now, with an official press release expected anytime soon, so I guess the cat is out of the bag already. For fans of Europe’s leading football team, the LEGO Creator Expert Old Trafford-Manchester United (10272) is an exquisite display set to show your pride for the team. Coming in at 3,898 pieces, the set recreates the famous Old Trafford stadium complete with all the details such as the Sir Alex Ferguson and Bobby Charlton Stands. It’s a faithful brick rendition of the second-largest football stadium in the UK, together with its impressive seats and football field. In case you’re not familiar with the Old Trafford Stadium, then you may want to see this nifty video courtesy of travel vlogger Renata Pereira.
Based on these first images, it seems that the set itself will consist of four modules (representing the stands) that can be rearranged to allow a better view of the football field inside. The LEGO Creator Old Trafford-Manchester United (10272) is expected to retail for 269.99 Euros.
Be sure to stay tuned for more updates, with more news to be released about this set anytime soon.