After making their debut during last month’s New York Toy Fair, several official images of the LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 20 (71027) have now been shared online by authorized LEGO retailer, The Minifigure Store. LEGO is yet to officially list them via their online store, with these latest minifig collectibles slated to be released sometime in May.
From the looks of it, this latest CMF series will be introducing a bunch of new LEGO elements and pieces, including new costume pieces that most LEGO fans are looking forward to. Like those before it, most of the characters in this series will also feature two different minifigure head prints or expressions. There is no overarching theme for Series 20 though there is one character in particular that pays tribute to the Collectible Minifigures Series’ 10th year anniversary. The Green Brick Guy comes with a special 10th year commemorative tile which may prove to be popular among collectors.
For all sea-loving AFOLs out there: this will certainly be a great addition to the LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store (21310). As we close in towards the conclusion of this year’s LEGO Ideas First Review Stage, we now have our next 10K qualifier that managed to gather the needed support from the LEGO fan community. The LEGO Ideas The Great Fishing Boat by EdouardClo received the thumbs-up seal of approval from more than 10,000 LEGO fans, for the bid to become the next official LEGO Ideas set.
The LEGO Ideas The Great Fishing Boat is inspired by the adventurous team of four brave fishermen including their captain as they brave the elements in search of their next big catch. The ship itself features a pretty sleek and subtle hull and bow, that comes in a soothing combination of dark red and turquoise colors. A closer look reveals a detailed rendition of its deck, hatch and other mechanisms to manage their rich, underwater haul. And finally, this LEGO Ideas The Great Fishing Boat also with a dinghy and a crane to traverse further into the sea.
The sea is rough. In the early morning, the fishermen of the ship are on deck, busy sorting freshly caught fish. One scans the horizon, the captain handles his boat from the bridge, struggling against the elements. It is sometimes hard, but tonight they will be back to the harbour.
As you understood, this is a fishing boat. And more precisely they are fishing tunas, those huge and powerful silver beasts.
Did you know that even nowadays, tunas are still caught using fishing rods? Yes this is why there are 8 long dark bluish grey rods at the back of the cabin!
Why is this build so nice:
Beautiful hull shape, with an elegant raised bow, with extremely fine and sleek lines and curves, inward and outward. Very subtle!
The color scheme: dark red under the waterline and dark turquoise and white for the rest of the hull and cabin.
2 masts: the white tops look amazing. They support lights, mandatory on today’s boats, which even fish at night.
The wooden deck and hatch for the hold with the crane to stow and unload fish containers.
The great cabin, with vertical windows and the amazing dark turquoise roof. There is also a nice chimney on the rear.
At the stern (rear) there is the dinghy, with a crane to launch it. (-> See the picture!)
The golden propeller integrated into the curves of the hull looks amazing.
Silver details and deck fittings.
4 minifigures: 3 sailors and their captain, with dark blue and orange raincoats and rain hat.
LEGO has just unveiled its LEGO Star Wars Helmet Collection series and makes it available for pre-order over at LEGO Shop@Home. We first caught glimpse of these sets a couple of weeks ago with the reveal of the Boba Fett and Stormtrooper busts. This time around, another set has been included in this series with the introduction of the TIE Fighter Pilot (75274) bust.
This first wave of LEGO Star Wars Helmet Collection will be made available for pre-order starting today and will be released to the general public on April 19 retailing for $59.99. Read on for LEGO’s full press release and you may click on the following links below if you wish to pre-order these sets.
New LEGO Star Wars Helmet Building Sets challenge builders to display their dark side
Billund, Denmark. Today, in a galaxy very close to home, the LEGO Group unveiled a new addition to its much-loved Star Wars™ range. Fans of the films can now show off their loyalty to the Empire – and elite-class building skills – with the new collectible LEGO® Star Wars™ Boba Fett Helmet, LEGO® Star Wars™ Stormtrooper™ Helmet and LEGO® Star Wars™ TIE Fighter Pilot™ Helmet build-to-display models.
Designed to challenge even Jedi builders, the new models will provide an immersive building experience for adults, recreating the iconic shapes and authentic details of their favorite intergalactic helmets with the LEGO System in Play. When the building mission is complete, the models come with bespoke base plates and name plaques so they can be displayed at home, in the office…or anywhere else in the galaxy!
Inspired by epic villains from the Star Wars™ films, the new build-to-display models will be available to pre-order in from [US: March 17th/ROW: March 18th] online at LEGO.com before launching on April 19th priced at (EUR/$ 59.99):
Create the notorious contours of the TIE pilot helmet with LEGO bricks to complete this 18cm tall model and receive the glory of the Empire
These sets add to the LEGO Group’s much-loved LEGO® Star Wars™ range that continues to unite fans of all ages all around the globe.
Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, LEGO® *Star Wars™* Design Director, said: “The Star Wars™ galaxy continues to provide us with endless opportunities to bring scenes and characters from the movies to life using LEGO bricks. The new LEGO® Star Wars™ Helmets provide a challenging building experience but only use existing LEGO pieces to recreate the iconic contours and colors of headgear, showing what is possible with the LEGO System in Play.”
“Helmets have been a staple in Star Wars™ iconography since the very beginning, helping to shape the designs of some of the most notable characters in the galaxy,” said Derek Stothard, vice president of licensing at Lucasfilm. “So, it only made sense to immortalize those helmets in LEGO brick form. It’s always fun to work with the LEGO Group to create new, engaging and mentally stimulating products for builders around the globe, and we’re so excited to bring these LEGO Star Wars™ helmet building kits, and brand-new packaging, to our fans.”
The new LEGO® Star Wars™ Buildable Model Helmets are 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. The new LEGO® *Star Wars™* Construction Sets will be the first products designed for those aged 18+ from the LEGO Group to be launched with a new stylish packaging designed to reflect the sophisticated nature of the creative process.
All new products in the LEGO Group’s ranges that appeal to adults will now feature the sleek, minimalistic new design across related packaging, building instructions, exclusive content and in-store, and online store design.
Genevieve Capa Cruz, Audience Strategist at the LEGO Group, commented: “For generations, children and adults alike have used the LEGO System in Play to challenge themselves creatively and we have millions of adult fans around the world who inspire us day-after-day with their intricate creations.
“Our older fans often look for building challenges related to their passions or interests and many want to display models once they have completed the build. The new stylish packaging reflects the sophisticated LEGO build process to clearly differentiate our sets that appeal to adults from those that are loved by our younger fans. The design for different products will also use cues from our older fans’ favorite films, sports or hobbies to help them choose their next challenge and get them excited to proudly display their creations when complete.”
Another member is welcomed in the halls of the LEGO Ideas 10K Club and this time its toastergrl from the UK, and her qualifying LEGO Ideas Sonic Mania – Green Hill Zone project. Hot off the heals of the LEGO product idea Bricks & Blooms, the Sonic Mania – Green Hill Zone is our 11th entry that managed to gather the necessary 10,000 LEGO fan votes, enabling it to enter the First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review Stage. This project is based on 2017’s SEGA video game release, Sonic Mania, celebrating our blue blur’s 25th year anniversary.
I never had the chance of having Sonic as a LEGO minifigure, and though I regret the fact that I didn’t immediately grab the opportunity of getting him when his first-ever LEGO set came out in the form of a LEGO Dimensions Level Pack back in 2016, I hope that the Sonic Mania -Green Hill Zone project will provide the opportunity of seeing him again in an official LEGO set.
Released digitally in late 2017 and expanded on with a physical release a year later, Sonic Mania is many things. An authentic recreation of the timeless gameplay stylings of the ’90s, a stunning showcase of gorgeous pixel art and striking low-poly models, and our first true taste of what Sonic fans, gone pro, can do with the series. With all this under its belt, it’s no surprise the game is still extremely popular even years later. What better way, then, to keep the ultimate celebration of past and future rolling into the franchise’s 30th anniversary in 2021 than by bringing the hedgehog’s adventures to the brick-built world of LEGO?
“Classic” Sonic the Hedgehog minifigure
“Classic” Dr. Eggman, Motobug and three Flickies as brick-built figures
Heavy Gunner and Heavy Magician as brick-built figures
Green Hill Zone “Palm Tree”, “Spring”, “Bridge and “Loop” modules
Egg Robot mech
Phantom Ruby and Ring accessories
~700 pieces, with 8 new prints (excluding minifigure parts) and a sticker sheet
Sonic and LEGO are a perfect match; much like our favorite construction toy, the blue hedgehog is hugely popular with kids worldwide. Just as Sonic games give you the tools to take any given act however you want, the only limit with LEGO is your imagination – and to help inspire new adventures, this set has been designed with an alternate “Encore mode” build true to Sonic Mania Plus. Not only that, but both configurations are loaded with reconfigurability and action functions – so that busy hands can keep on returning to this play experience!
Create your own act by connecting the Green Hill Zone modules together.
Use the Technic lever on the spring module to launch Sonic and his Flicky friends into the air!
Help Sonic collect the ring and Extra Life while dodging the Motobug.
Sit Dr. Eggman inside the Egg Robot mech.
Stomp through the zone with the mech’s posable arms and legs.
Use the handle on the mech’s extendable arms to perform a drill attack!
Stop the Phantom Ruby falling into the clutches of Dr. Eggman and the Hard-Boiled Heavies!
Rebuild into the “Encore mode” alternate build to continue the adventure – with additional modules, the Heavy King and his lackeys, Master Emerald, and the Tornado!
We need a bit of sunshine and good vibes don’t you think especially during these trying times. And though the LEGO House will be closed for the time being in response to Denmark’s lockdown due to COVID-19, I’m glad that there are brick creations such as Bricked1980′s LEGO Ideas Bricks & Blooms that has now entered the roster of 10K qualifiers for the First 2020 LEGO Ideas Review Stage.
Following the success of the Indiana Jones Trilogy product idea, this modular building managed to gather the necessary 10,000 fan support needed to move on to the next level of the LEGO Ideas process cycle. The LEGO Ideas Bricks & Blooms is a 3-level garden-inspired building, complete with a cafe, a fruit and vegetable stand, and many more.
Bricks & Blooms is a LEGO modular, high street garden center. It is designed to be compatible with existing LEGO modular buildings and is constructed on a 32 x 32 base plate from 2587 pieces.
The model is made up of 3 modular levels featuring a garden center with fruit and veg stall, a cafe/restaurant and an aquatics department.
Level 1 – Garden Centre
On the ground level is a bustling street scene including a tree, lots of plants, and a bench. The main entrance leads into the garden center itself and there is also a fruit and veg stall selling produce to customers passing by on the street. Inside the building, there are plants and gardening tools for sale. At the back of the building is the main outdoor garden center area selling plants and other gardening products.
Level 2 – Cafe/Restaurant
No garden center would be complete without a cafe! Level 2 is accessed by steps at the back of the building and includes a detailed kitchen and seating for the minifigures. There is also a small balcony that looks out on to the street below.
Level 3 – Aquatics Department
On level 3 is an Aquatics store with fish, aquariums and a cashier desk. A door at the side of the room leads out on to a small roof terrace area.
Flower Cart, Minifigures, and Other Details
The set also includes a flower cart, lawnmower, 6 minifigures, and a cat.
It’s not really easy writing this one, especially when your mind is occupied with so many things going on around the world, specifically in connection with COVID-19. Because as it turns out, all of us are vulnerable from this menacing, silent disease and The LEGO Group (TLG) understands that very well. In its recent announcement via its LEGO House website, TLG advises those who have plans to visit the LEGO House anytime soon to defer their plans for the time being now that Denmark is virtually on lockdown because of this pandemic. Here’s the official press release:
LEGO House is closed due to COVID-19
Based on the Danish authorities’ announcement of the closure of Denmark, LEGO House is unfortunately closed up till and including Sunday 29 March 2020. We are concerned about the situation and very sad to have to disappoint all of you who were looking forward to enjoying the world’s best play date.
If you have purchased a ticket for LEGO House from now until Sunday, March 29, 2020, we will refund your ticket automatically. If your ticket is valid after March 29, 2020, we would like to move to another date, but the ticket is non-refundable for the time being.
Our team is working hard on the reimbursement process and within 2-3 business days, you’ll receive the refunds in your account.
Since we are in contact with many guests, we ask you to have patience if you experience delay in our replies.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will update as soon as new information is available.
Updated Thursday, March 12 at 2.30 pm
This is a welcomed move from The LEGO Group in support of the Danish government to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As of press time, Denmark is essentially on lockdown, with a total number of 514 confirmed cases of COVID-19 patients and 1,303 in quarantine. Let’s all hope and pray that this will all be over soon. Keep safe everyone!
Following the teaser that LEGO gave us yesterday, we know have a better idea of what this new LEGO and Nintendo partnership is and how this is translated into a new and innovative play experience. Needless to say, this new LEGO Super Mario theme is very much like a mash-up of the actual video game as seen through the eyes of young LEGO brick fans.
There’s no specific set reveal yet, save for a promotional video hinting on the fact that the LEGO Super Mario theme is not made up of only one.
As you may notice from this video, the centerpiece of this building playset is the sizeable, electronic LEGO Super Mario figure that has a pair of digital eyes and an expressive mouth. The objective is to maneuver the figure across the brick-built challenges and get handsomely rewarded with digital coins in the process. The idea is very much the same with how Mario needs to navigate the many different obstacles in the 1992 video game, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. LEGO is still quite mum on the set’s release date and how much these LEGO Super Mario sets will cost, especially considering that this LEGO version of Mario is very much the same as its Amiibo cousins from created and released by Nintendo.
Read on for the full press release down below.
The LEGO Group and Nintendo Partner to Take Legendary Brick-Building to a New Level
BILLUND, March 12, 2020: The LEGO Group announced a partnership with Nintendo that will change the way people interact with Super Mario in the physical world and engage in LEGO® experiences.
Both companies share a passion for innovation and play and their collaboration has led to a reimagination of the LEGO building experience, enabling an entirely new way to play inspired by the beloved video game icon, Super Mario.
Neither a video game nor a traditional LEGO brick-based set, LEGO® Super Mario™ is a new product line that features an interactive LEGO Mario figure who collects coins in real-life game levels created with LEGO bricks. The new line will let kids experience the playful world of Super Mario like never before. Super Mario will be brought to life in the physical LEGO world and new levels of challenge and styles of play will be part of the iconic LEGO experience enjoyed by generations.
The video, which hints at what fans can expect when LEGO Super Mario launches later this year, shows a player using an interactive Mario figure to collect coins in a real-life game level that has been created with LEGO bricks.
“We are very excited to bring Mario into the physical world through interactive and social LEGO play”, said Julia Goldin, Chief Marketing Officer, EVP of the LEGO Group. “With this experience we will help millions of kids with love for Mario to engage and play in a completely new way, where they are in control of creating and playing games with their favourite character. By seamlessly incorporating the latest digital technology, LEGO Super Mario is a highly social, interactive and collaborative experience for kids.”
“I have always liked LEGO products and how they help children use their imagination to play”, said Takashi Tezuka, Executive Officer and Game Producer of Nintendo Co., Ltd. “The new product we created together with the LEGO Group seeks to combine two different styles of play – one where you freely build the world of Mario and the other where you play with Mario in the very world that you have created.”
LEGO® Super Mario™ will launch later this year, and more information will be made available in the future. www.LEGO.com/supermario
Stay tuned here in our blog for more LEGO Super Mario news.
What is unique about this contest is that a board of judges will pre-select ten entries that will qualify for the Fan Vote Phase in order to determine the overall winner. And on top of that, those entries that will make it to the Fan Vote Phase will also enter a Product Review Phase to determine its feasibility of becoming an official LEGO Ideas set. Other than the cool prizes that await the Grand Prize Winner, the greatest reward that the winner will get is seeing his/her entry having the chance of becoming a LEGO set. Like any other LEGO Ideas project, it will also go through the same robust review cycle.
Music To Our Ears!
We’ve got a contest, which we hope sounds great! You will remember your favorite songs lyrics off by heart. You will remember your first concert or maybe the first time you played an instrument. Almost everyone loves music in one way or another, how would you show off your love of music using LEGO bricks? We want to see anything and everything to do with music in this contest and to see some of the best composed work.
The LEGO Ideas Judges will select all the entries that participate in the Fan Vote.
Excitingly, in addition to the regular contest prizes, we are piloting a new type of contest prize and process. What this means is that all entries that reach the Fan Vote phase, will also be included into a special review by the LEGO Ideas Review Board and will stand a chance of becoming an official LEGO Ideas set IF* one submission can wow them enough.
Speaking of prizes, there will be a Grand Prize and Three Runner Up Winners, both of which will be receiving an impressive haul of new and classic LEGO Ideas set. Plus to sweeten the deal, LEGO is also throwing in the next LEGO Ideas set as the mystery prize for all four winners. We are not sure yet on what this set might be, only that it was given a set number of 21322 retailing for $200 as listed by Price Vortex. It could either be my personal favorite, the LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street, the LEGO Ideas The Pirate Bay, or the LEGO Ideas Playable Piano. My hopes are with the LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street and I’m really excited and happy for the winners who will be the first to try this set if ever this is the mystery prize.
The Grand Prize winner will receive:
A custom LEGO trophy
A walk down LEGO Ideas memory lane with these incredible sets:
The next LEGO Ideas set to launch…to be revealed later
LEGO Ideas tote bag
While the Three Runner Up winners will each receive:
A custom LEGO build to commemorate your achievement
21321 International Space Station
The next LEGO Ideas set to launch
LEGO Ideas tote bag
Don’t forget to mark your calendars if you’re planning to join this contest:
Idea Intake – March 9 to April 20, 2020
Expert Review – April 20 to 27
Crowd Vote – April 27 to May 11
Winner Announcement – May 25, 2020
The deadline for submission of entries for the LEGO Ideas Music To Our Ears contest will be on April 20, 2020 at 6AM EST. Be sure to read the rest of the Contest Rules for more details. Happy building!
In a surprising turn of events earlier today, LEGO has dropped a teaser bomb that left most LEGO and Nintendo fans in awe. It’s a long time coming, and fans are still grasping for hints and details on what this upcoming LEGO Super Mario theme is, as announced by LEGO themselves through their social media channels.
There has been a lot of fan theories on what this reveal will be. However, based on the promotional teaser above, it’s really kind of hard to tell what it will be. For starters, the timing of LEGO’s announcement couldn’t be better: March 10 is the official global Happy Mario Day, celebrating Nintendo’s entire Super Mario franchise. Nintendo has chosen this day back in 2016 as the de facto date for the annual celebration, though it does not necessarily mean that it was the official date when the first titular Super Mario video game was released. March 10 was selected simply because of its uncanny resemblance (Mar10) to our plumber hero’s name.
Speaking of resemblance, the figure that LEGO teased in their most recent promotion is needless to say, far from the typical LEGO minifigure that we have. In fact, my first impression upon seeing this LEGO Mario is that it might very well pass for a LEGO Duplo figure, with its 4-stud wide base and over-sized blocky head.
Knowledgable Super Mario fans also point out to the fact that this official LEGO version has a very similar look to that of Mario Zone – one of the areas featured in the 1992 video game, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. There is a bit of truth in that similarity considering that this LEGO version of Mario does not seem to be quite organic with its electronic screen, and analog eyes and mouth.
Fans are still speculating if this LEGO-Nintendo collab will either lead to a wave of new LEGO Super Mario sets, or a new LEGO video game. LEGO is obviously keeping a tight lid on what it has in store – even LEGO’s VP for Design Matthew Ashton is not telling.
With this recent announcement, it clear that LEGO and Nintendo have moved on with their once bitter rivalry when the LEGO Group sued Japan’s biggest video game company back in the 60s for the latter’s introduction of N&B Block. Past forward in 2020, we can now expect great things to come now that they hurdled the licensing issues that weighed down both companies. For the longest time, LEGO fans have translated their love for both LEGO and Nintendo games in many creative ways that made us wish that these are actual LEGO sets. One great example are these custom LEGO Mario Cubes created by our pals from Build Better Bricks.
Honestly, I hope that LEGO Super Mario is just the beginning. With so many Nintendo names and titles to choose from to become an official LEGO set, we might be looking at the beginning of a LEGO Kirby, Legend of Zelda, Animal Crossing, Metroid, and other LEGO Nintendo subthemes. The possibilities are so very exciting!
So what’s your take on this surprising announcement? Are we to see new LEGO Super Mario sets, and if so, what sets are you looking forward to? Or is this a new video game or LEGO lifestyle partnership in the works? Tell us what you think in the comments below.
Explore the magical world of LEGO Harry Potter in charming detail.
A spellbinding book featuring the very best sets and minifigures in the LEGO Wizarding World–plus an exclusive minifigure from the LEGO Harry Potter theme for your collection.
Packed with sets, minifigures, and magical accessories from the LEGO Wizarding World, DK’s LEGO Harry Potter Magical Treasury covers the very best of the LEGO Harry Potter theme–from a Hogwarts castle with more than 6,000 pieces to a perfectly molded minifigure-sized wand.
Learn how these magical sets are created in a behind-the-scenes chapter, which features an interview with the award-winning LEGO Harry Potter team.
This DK LEGO book is now available for pre-order retailing for $19.79, with a release date of July 7, 2020. If you wish to pre-order this one, be sure to visit the affiliate links highlighted above. For more LEGO Harry Potter and Wizarding World sets, be sure to visit LEGO Shop@Home.