LEGOLAND Windsor, the LEGOLAND resort for the UK, has been something of a brick-built crier for important Royalty-centered events. Its Miniland area contains brick-built scale replicas of the British Royal residences, including nearby Windsor Castle. Thus the displays get constantly updated for all important occasions.
We covered when the LEGOLAND Windsor building teams interpreted the 2018 birth of Prince Louis to Prince William and Kate. The same went for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle that same year. Now, the builders have completed their latest Miniland Windsor Castle update for guest viewing.
Outside the brick castle are Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. With them is the latest addition to the British Royal Family: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. It’s in his honor that the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort is throwing its most generous guest promotion yet.
Is your name “Archie” like Archie Harrison? Then LEGO Windsor will gladly allow you free admission to the resort. Guests named Archie need only present proof of their identity with the name. It also has to be “Archie” and not its variants like the full form “Archibald” for example. This magnanimous promo from LEGOLAND Windsor will last until July 12.
LEGOLAND Windsor lead model-maker Paula Laughton remarks that their constant special renovations to their Miniland build of Windsor Castle was simply their resort’s signature LEGO way of sharing celebrating news from their “Royal Neighbors.” “Our guests love to spot our new models in Miniland and we can’t wait to see what they think of our latest royal addition,” Laughton said.
It looks like there are more reasons to celebrate the 4th of July for LEGO fans in the US. As we know by now, the LEGO BrickHeadz theme is still going strong this year, especially with the introduction of its new line of 2019 seasonal sets. Thanks to Promobricks, we now have our first look at some of the official images of the latest LEGO BrickHeadz Statue of Liberty (40367).
FYI, hints of this new BrickHeadz set was first spotted on German LEGO retailer website, Brickmerge, where the LEGO BrickHeadz Statue of Liberty (40367) set is listed, coming in at 153 pieces. Like other BrickHeadz sets, this will most likely retail for $9.99 USD. However, what could be the main selling point of this set for LEGO fans is the fact that it mostly consist of those highly desired Sand Green pieces. Few LEGO sets feature this particular color such as its larger counterpart LEGO Architecture Statue of Liberty (21042), the LEGO Movie 2 Welcome to Apocalypseburg (70840) and the LEGO Minecraft Ocean Monument (21136).
Unfortunately, there are some rumors going around that this latest set will also be a regional exclusive, only to be available in the US in time of the 4th of July celebrations. There’s hope though since we have recently seen how LEGO ruled in favor of LEGO fans with regards to the availability of certain regional exclusives. So there is still a chance for avid completionists outside of the US to have their own LEGO BrickHeadz Statue of Liberty (40367) set after 3 to 6 months. We just have to wait and see if LEGO will follow through on its promise.
Thanks once again to Promobricks for the heads-up.
LEGO Stranger Things: to say that is both weird and exciting as one thinks of the possibilities. The hit Netflix series is both a 1980s nostalgia trip and a scary cool coming-of-age story. It also becomes perhaps one of LEGO’s big-boy (age-wise) licensed franchises alongside LEGO Overwatch and the like. After building a foundation of anticipation with their first teases, LEGO is now ready to promote their LEGO Stranger Things sets. It’s no longer a secret that the theme will launch next week at the Leicester Square LEGO Store. New details have popped up about it though, as updated on the LEGO events page on Facebook.
For starters, not only will the LEGO Stranger Things line be introduced there at London, there will be autographs signed. By that we mean Leicester LEGO Store buyers of the new set can meet their lead designer, Justin Ramden. He’ll be on hand to sign.
One more thing: there will be a suggested dress theme for Londoner guests appearing at the product launch. As if you don’t know, it’ll be an Eighties party there on the 15th, with “tubular” refreshments on hand for all comers.
Collectors should save £179.99 for this LEGO Strangers set. Furthermore, only 400 participants will be able to buy the set at Leicester Square on launch day. Lastly, each buyer can only have two sets max per purchase, to leave enough for everyone on that day. With that, we’ll leave you with this curious “80’s era” LEGO commercial that we think is part of the promotion.
It’s always awesome when two companies from the same country collaborate on one effort or other. LEGO isn’t the only classic toy to come from Denmark, you see. In the 1960s another Danish woodworker, Thomas Dam, created the iconic troll doll. It became a recurring toy fad throughout the decades, and is now currently under DreamWorks. And that’s why DreamWorks released the “Trolls” movie in 2016. It was popular enough that it got a sequel green-light. “Trolls World Tour” is expected to premiere next year. And it looks like this Danish-originating toy line is teaming up with LEGO for a bunch of LEGO Trolls movie tie-in sets.
This much could be inferred from a recent Twitter post by LEGO. It showed a minifigure from the shoulders down, wearing a tag with the movie title. They captioned the image with “It’s all glitter and happiness,” two taglines long associated with the Trolls line.
The question of how DreamWorks Trolls will be interpreted in LEGO is quite interesting. Troll dolls are famous for their furry up-combed hair. Could we be having minifigure heads with Troll hair wisps on the scalps? That’s an intriguing possibility.
It should be recalled that the original DreamWorks “Trolls” movie in 2016 got an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. One has to wonder how “Trolls World Tour” will try to match or top that. In any case, this is a wonderful instance of Danish toy brand power, and one we hope could happen again. “Trolls World Tour” premieres 2020.
From the looks of it, it seems that LEGO is looking forward to expand its licensed themes following its recent tease of the LEGO Stranger Things line. Though we may not always agree with LEGO on its choice of what particular pop culture reference it would like to immortalize on plastic, we can be quite sure that LEGO will always bring out the best from these themes.
The big-screen “LEGO Movie” franchise is taking stock of itself following the meh reception of “LEGO Movie 2.” But elsewhere, the home media branch of LEGO animation continues unabated. Their “LEGO DC” movies in this vein have seen at least one film released yearly. Last 2018, we got “Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis.” Now we’ve got another LEGO DC adventure coming.
This is “LEGO DC: Batman – Family Matters,” focusing on the Dark Knight and his family of Gotham City crime-fighters. A trailer for this home-release movie shows the characteristic blending of family comedy with adult bonuses.
“Family Matters” sees Batman (Troy Baker) make a misstep in putting more time in his “Dark Knight” business. He does this by putting up his company, Wayne Enterprises, for sale. Unfortunately it gets bought by Gotham rogue Two-Face, who uses “Brother Eye” Tech to create an army to rule/destroy Gotham.
LEGO Batman must then work with his costumed partners Nightwing (Will Friedle), Red Hood (Jason Spisak), Robin (Scott Menville), Batgirl (Alison Steiner) and Batwoman (Tara Strong) to infiltrate his former company and regain control. He must also ensure that Two-Face doesn’t discover his dual identity by reinforcing that Batman and Bruce Wayne are different individuals.
What ensues is a madcap adventure with fun gags, clever asides and of course, the expected signature LEGO-environment fun. “LEGO DC: Batman – Family Matters” will be released for home media on August 6. As expected, there will be a LEGO extra included on the Blu-Ray and DVD combo pack: the LEGO Mini Ultimate Batmobile polybag.
Releasing a toy line that interacts with a mobile game app doesn’t happen in a day. That’s the story behind “Hidden Side,” a spooky-themed new LEGO set line introduced in February. We know the backstory. We’ve seen the app features and sets. Now we get to see the official packaging.
We can thank Amazon UK for finally listing the sets for LEGO Hidden Side. Thus far there are seven sets shown. Each depicts a landmark or location in the game setting of Newbury High School. “Hidden Side” has players exploring these locales which transform into haunted versions when night falls.
- Lab (70418) – laboratory setup with spirit portal; three minifigures and one “ghost-dog” figure
- Boat (70419) – river tugboat and kayak with haunted waterfront; four minifigures, one “ghost-dog” and one gator figure
- Graveyard (70420) – haunted cemetery; five minifigures (one skeleton and one angel statue) plus “ghost-dog” figure
- Truck (70421) – weapon-laden monster truck and tricycle; four minfiigures (two ghosts) and (again) one “ghost-dog” figure
- School Bus (70423) – weapon-laden school bus, roadwork obstacles and port-a-potty; five minifigures (two ghosts) and that “ghost-dog” figure
- Train (70424) – haunted ghost-train (with track) and station; five minifigures (two ghosts) and you-know-what
- High School (70425) – central location of the “Hidden Side” setting; the Newbury High school building that makes like the “Monster House” at night; seven minifigures, three of which are ghosts or spooky creatures, like that “ghost-dog” figure
From the original product announcement months ago, there’s actually one more set that wasn’t featured here. It’s the Hidden Side Diner (70422). It’ll probably pop up later, whether on Amazon UK too or someplace else. LEGO Hidden Side, both sets and apps, are scheduled to released sometime late summer, 2019.
There have been quite a number of LEGO videogames released over the years that some titles might fade away ignominiously. When copies can no longer be acquired from stores, then perhaps these games can regain notice by entering digital-subscription platforms. Some of these, like Sony’s PS Now, have helped some past videogames avoid being forgotten.
On the second week of May, Sony has tipped its hand on the new additional game titles to PS Now. As if it weren’t obvious yet, a LEGO game’s included in the list. This is “The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame,” a tie-in to the 2017 spinoff of “The LEGO Movie.”
The “LEGO Ninjago Movie” game is of course developed by the usual suspects of WB Interactive and TT Games. While it employs similar gameplay mechanics as most WB Interactive-Traveller’s Tales videogames, this title has its own additional features. A 4-way “Battle Map” death-match sounds good.
There are a total of 10 new titles added to the PS Now platform, including “The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame.” They comprise eight Sony PlayStation 4 games (again, including our LEGO title) and two PS3. Ninjago fans who fancy the alternate retelling of the film from the series might well like this 2017 videogame adaptation.
If you’ve visited the LEGO Ideas website often enough, you know they do more than showcase aspiring “LEGO set” builds. When not allowing submissions to gain support for review, they also hold contests for sweet LEGO prizes. Now, the Ideas platform is expanding further with another additional activity for guests.
And in a rather plain naming convention, the new activity available for regular members of LEGO Ideas is…”Activities.” The Ideas team announced this section recently, as a simpler and regularly-held alternative to Contests, which are only held occasionally. Furthermore, it’s not a competition format and there are no prizes awarded.
In their blog post, LEGO Ideas explained that their new Activities segment is an informal challenge requiring warm-up building skills. They’d post a challenge activity for any Ideas member to work on. These submissions will then be featured on the Activity page. And while no prizes will be won here, Ideas will show off really great submissions on social media.
Seeing as this is a new thing for LEGO Ideas they are introducing Activities on a Beta basis. It’ll be available only to registered members and only then to a select number. Once the first few Activities prove to be hits, it’ll be made available to the whole Ideas platform.
To start them off, LEGO Ideas’ first challenge in Activities is this: “Build your finest Micro Modular Building.” This will run from now until next Monday, May 13. If you’re an Ideas member and can acces the Activities beta, why not give it a shot?
Last April we got our first good look at one of the newest monster-builds in the LEGO Technic line. This was the Liebherr R8900 (42100), a gigantic excavator that’s been rendered in an equally-huge Technic build. It also boasts an incredible app-operated CONTROL+ multiple function mechanics system with motor engines moved by Smart Hub units.
The news then was that the LEGO Technic Liebherr R8900 (42100) will be released on August 1. However a new update from German LEGO news source Promo Bricks has scratched that schedule. LEGO has instead moved the start of sale several months to October instead.
Why was this Technic set delayed? The description of the Liebherr R8900 set (42100) and its mechanical features answer everything. Apparently some of the components that go into the build were taking too long to manufacture. It’s the holdup in production times that spurred LEGO to just postpone the release.
Both retailers and LEGO outlets – branded stores and Shop@Home – are now holding off on this Technic set until October. While it’s a bother for Technic collectors to wait longer, the reason is at least understandable. The Liebherr R8900 (42100) is another push on the furthest limits of what the Technic line can build after all.
When it comes to the sequel, the song as it were didn’t get stuck inside our heads. We’re talking about “LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part,” sequel to the 2014 blockbuster that wasn’t quite able to click. At least the tie-in LEGO sets and videogame were good enough to compensate.
Perhaps the momentum could be shifted from the cinemas to houses. Warner Bros. Pictures announced the home media release for “LEGO Movie 2” back in March. As of this week that day has finally arrived. The three major video formats of this age – Blu-Ray, Digital and DVD – are well-represented here.
Also notable is that some of the retailers stocking the “LEGO Movie 2” home media versions have their own exclusives. Two of these retail chains have tie-in polybags released months ago. A third has a more prestigious packaging instead. Compare these three sets and choose:
- Wal-Mart – Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital Copy combo pack with Emmet’s “Piece” Offering (30340) for $29.99
- Target – Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital Copy combo pack with Rex’s Plantimal Ambush (30460) for $27.99
- Best Buy – Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital Copy combo pack in sturdy SteeBook storage with General Sweet Mayhem art for $29.99
Note also that the Blu-Ray will include more stuff than just the actual movie itself. From a sing-along of “Everything is Awesome,” the expected commentary voiceovers, production featurettes, a short animation, and much more. It’s strange that no “Catchy Song” sing-along was included. Still, this is a second opportunity for “LEGO Movie 2” to become memorable for LEGO fan audiences.