10K-Supported Motorized Steampunk Skyship Joins LEGO Ideas Second 2022 Review

Making one’s own original LEGO build in hopes of it becoming an official set is hard enough. Trying to develop a whole LEGO theme, one with an overall narrative to boot, is another thing altogether. And yet LEGO Ideas 10K Club Member Castor-Troy looks to be trying just that. Late last year he got his “Steampunk Explorers” into the LEGO Ideas Third 2021 Review Stage. His build of an explorer HQ/lab was both complex and interactive. It was also peopled by minifigures with interesting character profiles. Steampunk Explorers currently remains in review; but now another Castor-Troy submission of similar thematic substance just gained 10,000 supporters.

Say hello to the Motorized Steampunk Skyship, another fantastic product idea courtesy of consistent 10K-getter Castor-Troy. This also marks the second entry for his growing steampunk-themed submissions. Both builds depict a Victorian-era steampunk adventure world in an alternate 1889 Earth. Where Steampunk Explorers showed an adventuring theme in their domicile, this one depicts a separate crew on a voyage. The “skyship” Silver Arrow goes on a round-the-world trip to discover the secrets of the classical element Ether. As they’ll be passing over the Carpathian Mountains, known vampire haunt, they have vampire hunters in their company.

Castor-Troy not only gives us a modular steampunk airship; he also motorized it to turn the ship propellers. The Silver Arrow crew comprises seven minifigures that can man the skyship, which can also be supported by a plinth.

Like with Steampunk Explorers, this product idea is a team effort between Castor and fellow builder MaxBrich. If “Explorers” can pass its ongoing review, it could potentially spell good tidings for Motorized Steampunk Skyship. This submission is the third entry to LEGO Ideas Second 2022 Review Stage.

LEGO Star Wars “Awesome Vehicles” from DK Coming in June; Free Poe Minifig Now with Accessory

It feels like a while since we covered a new LEGO book from DK Publishing. A new volume of picture-laden books from them is always welcome, quite naturally. Not only have DK LEGO books been cool visual references, their extra goodies are highly sought after too. They tend to be uncommon or rare minifigure variants inside every DK volume’s hardcover. And this latest book, themed for LEGO Star Wars, carries on that fine tradition. In fact, Amazon listed it already as early as July last year, for release this 2022. The thing is, that was April 2022, but this new date’s for a bit later.

As told by Brick Fanatics, the DK-published LEGO Star Wars “Awesome Vehicles” is now available for preorder ahead of release. On the official DK site, the availability’s now listed at June 7, 2022. That’s about two months after the original release date teased in 2021. One other change is with the free minifig in the hardbound cover. It’s still Poe Dameron from the “Star Wars” Sequel Trilogy, only this time he’s armed with a blaster. “Awesome Vehicles” comes from veteran DK LEGO book author Simon Hugo. We can rest assured it’ll be both Age-6+-focused but still all-ages-friendly in content relevance.

Poe being the free minifig for LEGO Star Wars “Awesome Vehicles” makes sense. He’s the “host” for the book, providing guides and trivia bits for the many LEGO Star Wars sets featured. The volume’s quite a deal with its $19.99 SRP. Preorders are available, as before, from Amazon and major platforms like Barnes & Noble

GWP Period for Children’s Amusement Park (40529), Cosmic Cardboard Adventures (40533) Has Begun

Last week we got a full-image preview of a rather anticipated LEGO Ideas GWP set. Said set made grand winner of a LEGO Ideas contest from last year, and was created by Ivan “buldoozer” Guerrero. A new creation from the guy that brought Ideas collectors the 123 Sesame Street set (21324) is a must-have. But with this being a gift-with-purchase item, when exactly does its promotional period go live? As it turns out, it starts this week. Even better, the Ideas GWP Cosmic Cardboard Adventures (40533) isn’t alone in availability.

From German LEGO news source Promobricks, we now know two GWP sets begin their promo period this Monday, May 16. We already know one of these sets, Cosmic Cardboard Adventures (40533). Now we can confirm that it’s accompanied by the adorable Children’s Amusement Park (40529). But let’s get to the important part: how much in total LEGO purchases for each? Well for Cosmic Cardboard Adventures, collectors will get it for over $160. Children’s Amusement Park, with just 170 pieces to the latter’s 203, will go for $90 in LEGO purchases. GWP set 40529 features a swinging boat ride, hammer-strength tester and ring toss, with two park-goer minifigures enjoying the attractions.

Both Cosmic Cardboard Adventures (40533) and Children’s Amusement Park (40529) are available as GWPs until May 30. This of course assumes that supplies will last for both of these items.

Other LEGO Creator Expert Sets Due Later in 2022

We just took a good look at the highly-anticipated LEGO set for Optimus Prime (10302), from Hasbro’s “Transformers” franchise. It’s but the latest entry to the Age-18+ LEGO Creator Expert (or LEGO for Adults) line this 2022. Starting with the Boutique Hotel (10297), we’ve been blessed with awesome sets for grown-up LEGO builders. And this unprecedented collaboration between LEGO and Hasbro for a brick-built Optimus isn’t even the last for the year. They’ve got more Creator Expert/Adult sets awaiting launch. Some are throwbacks to old LEGO sets, some are new, and others are annual releases. Stone Wars gives us further info on these upcoming releases.

Surely you still recall the LEGO Castle set numbered 10305 that’s been a favored subject of rumor. The last word puts its launch this coming August. But before that, according to Stone Wars, we’ve got an apparent follow-up to the 2018 Creator Expert Roller Coaster (10261). This set, numbered 10303, is said to launch in July. And that’s not all. Here’s a listing of what else to come from Creator Expert before the year’s out.

  • Optimus Prime (10302) – Due June 1; see our feature on it
  • Roller Coaster (10303) – 3,756 pieces; €349.99; July
  • Chevrolet Camaro (10304) – 1,456 pieces; €159.99; summer or autumn
  • Castle (10305) – €349.99; August
  • Atari 2600 (10306) – €169.99; August
  • Eiffel Tower (10307) – €629.99; November
  • Winter Village 2022 (10308) – €99.99; Holidays 2022
  • Botanical Collection: Succulents (10309) – 771 pieces; €49.99; May

Yeah, the numbering order doesn’t necessarily reflect the release order. Botanical Collection: Succulents is Creative Expert set number 10309, but it’s available now. Also, set 10301, supposedly a space set, has yet to be revealed itself. For now, the above list has concrete info for the sets, but LEGO’s yet to tell us more.

LEGO Optimus Prime (10302) Revealed; Launching June 1 for Creator Expert Line

The beauty about LEGO and its licensed-IP products is that they’ve been real good at getting so many. Media franchises have long made up a solid portion of LEGO sets: films, TV series and more. Over the years their scope for licensed IPs has expanded. Whoever thought doing Nintendo’s “Super Mario” in LEGO could turn out so good. But one thing LEGO hasn’t quite done was do a LEGO product depicting something from their toy-brand competitors. At least, that was the case until this year. There’s no denying it now. LEGO has partnered with rival Hasbro to give us this sweet 18+ set…that also transforms.

Brickset gives us this epic news of confirmation for LEGO Creator Expert’s take on Optimus Prime (10302) from Hasbro’s “Transformers.” We get a kit of 1,508 pieces to assemble into the most iconic Cybertronian Transformer of all. And just like with the original toys from Hasbro (and Japan’s Takara), you can transform our Autobot leader. Fully built, Creator Expert Optimus (10302) can change as-is from robot to truck mode and back. We also get weapons options and accessories like a jetpack, energon cube and the Matrix of Leadership. This is a must-have for LEGO-and-Transformers cross-brand fan. They’ll certainly be waiting for its launch June 1st.

Optimus Prime (10302)

Age 18+ | 1,508 pieces | $169.99 |Coming June 1

  • Build a Transformers icon – Enjoy quality time crafting all the details of this LEGO® Optimus Prime (10302) model
  • Converts from robot to vehicle – Just like the much-loved original, this LEGO® Optimus Prime replica switches between a robot and a truck

  • Authentic accessories – Relive Transformers sagas with accessories that include the ion blaster, Autobot Matrix of Leadership, an Energon axe, Energon cube and jetpack

  • For Transformers fans – This LEGO® Optimus Prime collectible model is designed especially for adults looking for their next immersive project
  • Display with pride – Includes a display plaque so you can pay tribute to your passion for Transformers
  • 19 points of articulation – Explore all of Optimus Prime’s movements. Open the chest chamber to store the Autobot Matrix of Leadership

That’s only under a month left before “Transformers” fans can transform and roll out with LEGO.

Here’s How To Build Your Own Custom LEGO Transformers Optimus Prime!

LEGO has just announced its latest LEGO set in the form of one of the most iconic Autobot in the franchise.  And though we need to wait until the end of this month to get our hands on it, builders can start building their own custom LEGO Transformers Optimus Prime even sooner with these neat building instructions from Build Better Bricks.

If you’ve been following our articles here in TBS, you’ll notice that a significant portion of our blogs is dedicated to the unique creations of the LEGO fan community. And as a fan of Generation 1 Transformers, I’m just excited to see this official LEGO version of Optimus, together with other brick-built renditions of some of the most memorable characters of the G1 era. Talk about having Soundwave and Devastator in all their LEGO glory and you’ll get the picture.

And this time around, Build Better Bricks is giving us a treat by letting us create our own custom LEGO Transformers Optimus Prime while we wait for the release of the official LEGO version on June 1.

 

With only a third of the parts needed to build the actual LEGO Optimus, B3’s custom brick rendition of Prime only requires less than 500 LEGO pieces to put together, making it a great way to jump back and reminisce about the G1 Transformers era without investing too much in new LEGO parts.

While B3’s version of the Optimus’ G1 version may not be at par with the actual 10302 set in terms of scale, this original creation from LEGO Masters Champion Tyler Clites still boasts some nifty features like 24 points of articulation, full transformation to his Semi Truck Mode, and his iconic ion blaster and Matrix of Leadership accessories. Do take note, however, that Build Better Bricks only offers the building instructions to create this custom version of Prime. You’ll have to provide the needed LEGO parts.

LEGO Transformers Optimus Prime

And if you want to give this a try, B3 is offering the building instructions to this for a minimal amount of $8. You’ll get high-quality instructions in PDF format, a parts list, and stud.io file that lets you easily import the model into Bricklink to get the parts you need if ever some of them are not available in your collection.

Let me know what you think about this B3 offering, and be sure to visit their website to know more about their custom LEGO Transformers build. While you’re at it, make it a point to see the rest of the custom LEGO builds that B3 has put together.

New LEGO Ideas GWP Teased to VIPs: Cosmic Cardboard Adventures (40533)

Early last year, LEGO Ideas launched a contest themed after space travel and exploration. The guiding rule for entry submissions was that the builds be “out of this world.” Ultimately the Ideas crew chose as the grand winner the creation of Ivan “bulldoozer” Guerrero. Yep, he’s the same LEGO fan builder behind the nostalgic LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street (21324) from 2020. His entry, The Adventures of the USS Cardboard, would be tapped as the inspiration behind LEGO’s next gift-with-purchase (GWP) set. After a year’s wait, we now have word from the LEGO Group. The Ideas submission-turned-GWP set now has a new name, set number, and promo period in the form of the LEGO Ideas GWP Cosmic Cardboard Adventures (40533).

Brick Fanatics reports that LEGO has released a teaser for the LEGO Ideas Cosmic Cardboard Adventures (40533) gift-with-purchase set. A single complete image was found in the official LEGO VIP newsletter. Compared to the original work by Ivan Guerrero, the official Ideas set offers a near-exact replica. The “spaceship” still looks like it was made primarily of cardboard. The bedroom walls serving as background even have nearly the same shade of blue. One notable difference is the lack of robots from Ivan’s version. But now the bedroom astronaut’s teddy bear gets a power-walker harness. All told, this looks like a keeper GWP.

LEGO VIP didn’t specify when the gift-with-purchase period for the LEGO Ideas GWP Cosmic Cardboard Adventures (40533) set will start. They did reveal that the Ideas mini-set will be available for a total LEGO purchase of $160 up. It may be too late to join the LEGO Star Wars May the 4th bandwagon. Still, Ideas GWP 40533 can’t be that far away. A bold estimate of the promo period is sometime within this May. Let’s wait for LEGO’s official word.

LEGO Architecture Great Pyramid of Giza (21058) Now Listed, Coming August

For LEGO builder-collectors who love real-life buildings and structures, LEGO Architecture’s been a godsend theme. Nothing quite beats how the Architecture design team can encapsulate famous structures in remarkable scaled-down detail. Be it solo structures or building collections like city skylines, LEGO Architecture sets never fail to wow. Since the LEGO Architecture Singapore (21057) set launched in January, the wait has been on for the next entry of the line. Rumors over the past few months stated that it’ll be an ancient historical build this time. We can now confirm via LEGO.com that we can expect the arrival of LEGO Architecture Great Pyramid of Giza (21058) anytime soon.

We can expect LEGO Architecture’s Great Pyramid of Giza (21058) to be available beginning August 1. The interesting thing about this set is its presentation of the above structure. Rather than the now-familiar weathered brown appearance, LEGO recreates how the pyramid may have looked circa 26th Century BC. Ancient contemporary sources described it as being white with a golden peak. So it is in this set. We also get a recreation of the smaller companion pyramid and temple complex at the nearby Nile. Great Pyramid (21058) demonstrates why the real thing was named a Wonder of the Ancient World. But enough of that; here’s the blurb:

LEGO Architecture Great Pyramid of Giza

LEGO Architecture Great Pyramid of Giza (21058)

Age 18+ | 1,476 pieces | $129.99 | Coming August 1

  • A time-travelling building project for adults – This LEGO® Architecture model (21058) lets you experience how the Great Pyramid of Giza and its surrounding area might have looked in ancient times
  • Cross-section model – Lift off the outer shell to reveal the stone-moving system that may have been used during construction. View from the back to see the King’s and Queen’s Chambers and main tunnels
  • Detailed landscape – A section of the Nile river with 2 LEGO® brick versions of feluccas (ancient boats), 2 small pyramids, 2 mortuary temples, Sphinx statues, a workers’ village and an obelisk

Indy, Lilo & Stitch Kick Off Submissions to LEGO Ideas Second 2022 Review Stage

Late last month, we mentioned the lengthy period of LEGO Ideas First 2022 Review Stage during a 10-K feature. We never expected that Seb_E’s Jules Verne’s Nautilus would actually close out Ideas First 2022. And as of last week, LEGO Ideas Second 2022 Review Stage now features two product ideas with 10,000 supporters each. With only a couple of submissions to this latest batch, it’s too early to note trends. Still, we can see these product ideas from ItsABricksLife626 and Tvrulesmylife being structured and based on licensed IPs. Let’s take a closer look at them both:

Lilo & Stitch: Beach House

LEGO Ideas Second 2022 Review Stage

LEGO Ideas 10K Club Member ItsABricksLife626 gives us an early-2000s Disney throwback with this submission. As the name states, it depicts the Hawaiian beachside home of Lilo Pelekai and her pet alien Stitch. This location is central to the 2002 Disney film and its sequels and animated series spinoff. ItsABricksLife626 recreates the familiar red-roofed, white-walled domicile, with easy interior access thanks to detachable roofs. Lilo and Stitch minifigs are accompanied by their big Ohana unit. There’s Lilo’s sis Nani, her boyfriend David, alien housemates Jumba and Pleakley plus social worker Cobra. The house also features several cars, flying or otherwise.

 

Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark 40th Anniversary

LEGO Ideas Second 2022 Review Stage

The first “Indiana Jones” movie, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” premiered way back in 1981. It’ll be 41 years now this 2022, but 10K Clubber Tvrulesmylife finally got his product idea supported for review. The build comprises three sections, depicting the Peruvian jungle ruin from the film’s beginning. LEGO Indy must claim an idol from a pressure-sensitive base, climb a vine, and outrun that giant boulder again. For those who remember the short-lived LEGO Indiana Jones line and were disappointed about “coconuts,” this submission could redeem things. But first, it needs to impress the Ideas reviewers.

LEGO Jurassic World 2022 Sets Now Available via Amazon

There’s much to anticipate in the upcoming LEGO Jurassic World Dominion film, now that we’re just counting the weeks before the franchise’s final installment is released in theaters on June 10.  And to ramp up the excitement, LEGO has officially released its LEGO Jurrasic World 2022 tie-in sets over at its home shopping portal, with some of these sets made also available on Amazon.

I have to say that LEGO did a great job coming up with this wave of LEGO Jurassic World 2022 sets, and with an 18+ set particularly designed for those who grew up with the franchise, LEGO has solidified its Jurassic World theme as one of its most popular and endearing sets for almost a decade.

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Let’s take a look.

LEGO Jurassic World 2022 Sets

T. rex Dinosaur Breakout (76944)

140 pieces; minifigures include Owen Grady, Zia Rodriguez, Wildlife Guard, and T. Rex bigfig

LEGO Jurassic World 2022

 

Atrociraptor Dinosaur: Bike Chase (76945)

169 pieces; minifigures include Owen Grady, Rainn Delacourt, and Atrociraptor bigfig

LEGO Jurassic World 2022

 

Blue & Beta Velociraptor Capture (76946)

181 pieces; minifigures include Rainn Delacourt, Maisie, Beta, and Blue bigfig

 

Quetzalcoatlus Plane Ambush (76947)

306 pieces; minifigures include Owen Grady, Claire Dearing, Kayla Watts, and a Quetzalcoatlus bigfig

LEGO Jurassic World 2022

 

T. rex & Atrociraptor Dinosaur Breakout (76948)

466 pieces; minifigures include Owen Grady, Claire Dearing, Rainn Delacourt, Soyona Santos, with T. Rex and Atrociraptor bigfigs

 

Giganotosaurus & Therizinosaurus Attack (76949)

810 pieces; minifigures include  Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, Owen Grady, Claire Dearing, Kayla Watts, Dr. Henry Wu, with Giganotosaurus and Therizinosaurus bigfigs

LEGO Jurassic World 2022

 

Some of the sets included in this 2022 LEGO Jurassic World sets are still yet to be listed on Amazon, most notable among them is the Instagram-worthy, 18+, T.rex Breakout (76956) set.

 

As of press time, this buildable display set is temporarily out of stock over at LEGO.com so let’s hope that it can find its way to Amazon soon enough.