LEGO Opens World’s Largest Flagship Store in Shanghai, China

Last Wednesday marked the opening of the world’s largest LEGO store in Shanghai Disney Resort in China with the hope of attracting more customers once the Disney theme park opens in June. According to LEGO Shanghai store’s General Manager Jacob Kragh, China had been one of the best performing markets last year that saw an increase of more than 30% of sales in LEGO products. LEGO’s presence is keenly felt in this part of China, especially considering that the company has plans of setting up its first factory in Jiaxing, which is expected to be operational by 2017 employing 2,000 personnel. Construction of the factory has already begun since 2014.

The massive two-storey, 1,000 square-meter Lego store features models ranging from a giant dragon, well-known Disney and Marvel characters, and the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac. Here’s a look at some of the sights in and around the world’s largest LEGO Store courtesy of Reuters and China News.

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Considering the amount of attention LEGO is giving to the Chinese market, it will not take long before we see other LEGO Stores setup in the country. This might be a good way of counteracting the selling and distribution of certain Chinese-made, LEGO-like knock-offs, especially if LEGO can lower the costs of their sets within the area. Here’s a look of some of the promotions as seen from the store’s May and June calendar, as uploaded by a local LEGO Store visitor Capitalism Village (I hope Google Translate got this right).

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The store’s calendar didn’t hold back in its promotion, featuring some of the larger sets that LEGO has just released recently, including this year’s LEGO Star Wars UCS Attack on Hoth (75098), 2015’s LEGO Star Wars UCS Tie Fighter (75095), and  Imperial Assault Carrier (75106). It also featured sets from different names such as the DC Comics Batman Classic TV Series – Batcave (76052), Ninjago Temple of Airjitzu (70751), and Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters (75827). There’s also a promotion for what seems to be some Nexo Knights and Friends polybags, plus a corner for the LEGO Nexo Knights Merlok 2.0 app.

So what do you think about this development? Are you excited to pay this LEGO Store a visit? Share us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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2016 Summer LEGO Star Wars, Friends, and Creator Sets Are Now Available at LEGOLAND Germany Ahead Of Its Official Release

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It seems that there will be plenty of happy LEGO fans in Germany since the much awaited 2016 Summer LEGO sets have finally landed over at LEGOLAND Allee in Günzburg, Germany. The guys of Promobricks took some time-off to pay LEGOLAND Allee a visit, and they were delightfully surprised to see the much talked about 2016 Summer LEGO sets, specifically those from Star Wars, Friends and Creator lineups are now on display at the theme park’s store shelves ahead of its official release.

LEGO announced earlier during the New York Toy Fair that the above mentioned sets will be released in the US sometime in August, while both Amazon UK and Amazon Japan have already listed these sets for pre-order to be released during the first week of June in their localities. Here are some of the images that Promobricks have snapped inside the store of LEGOLAND Allee in Germany.

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Thanks to Promobricks for sharing these images. You may visit their website for more images of these sets as they’re displayed in LEGOLAND Germany.

 

Here’s Our First Look at the Official Set Images of LEGO Ninjago Samurai X Cave Chaos 70596

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We had our first look on the official images of LEGO’s 2016 Summer Ninjago sets a few weeks ago. Missing from these if you have noticed, are the yet to be revealed Titanium Ninja Tumbler (70588), Airjitzu Battlegrounds (70590) and Samurai X Cave Chaos (70596). Truth be told, several leaked images of these sets went online recently, particularly that of 70588 and 70596.

This time around, thanks once again to Amazon Japan, we now have our first official set images for LEGO Ninjago Samurai X Cave Chaos 70596.  The set features eight minifigures namely Sensei Wu, Nya, Lloyd Garmadon, Jay Walker, General Cryptor, Pythor P. Chumsworth, Swordsman and General Kozu.

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There’s also a set image from the Titanium Ninja Tumbler (70588) posted in Amazon Japan, however the one that they posted there appears to be the “confidential, not to be copied” type which is kind of odd actually. Wonder if this is just a mess up. Anyways, here’s one of the set images from 70588 without the ominous watermark.

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Click here if you want to see the entire Amazon Japan listing for this one. As of this writing, we don’t have any news yet for the Airjutzu Battlegrounds set (70590), but we’re pretty sure that will be seeing some news about this set a few days from now.

Official Images of LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman: Rescue from Ra’s al Ghul 76056 Emerges

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We finally have this first look of the third and final installment of this year’s Batman LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes sets. LEGO understandably did not reveal everything at the New York Toy Fair last February so fans can have something to look forward to (and to delightfully speculate about in fan forums) during the next few months. The wait is finally over since we now have our first official set image of LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman: Rescue from Ra’s al Ghul 76056.

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Thanks to a tip from Brick Toy News, we found out that Amazon’s Japanese website has already listed 76056 for pre-order, with a projected release date of June 3. As you may have noticed, there is no piece count yet for this set with a price of 6,548 Japanese Yen which is roughly equivalent to $59.57. This is quite high for a set which somehow has a piece count that falls between that of LEGO DC Comics Superheroes Batman: Scarecrow Harvest of Fear 76054 (which is at 563 pieces retailing at $59.99) and of Spider-Man: Ghost Rider Team Up 76058 (217 pieces at $19.99). In fact, Brickset already added Batman: Rescue from Ra’s al Ghul 76056 to its database with a retail price of $39.99.

76056 is a catch in itself considering that we have three new minifigures that comes with it: Talia Al Ghul, Ra’s Al Ghul, and a new brownish tan, Desert Batman. Robin on the other hand, seems to be the same Robin minifigure as seen from LEGO Batman: The Joker Steam Roller 76013 with an additional hood or head piece element. The Ra’s Al Ghul minifig looks very similar to what has been reported to us by just2good a couple of weeks ago. The minifig also seems to be dual sided as seen from the box art.

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We hope to see high resolution images of 76056 anytime soon, similar to what we have shown so far for the rest of the 2016 Summer LEGO Super Heroes and Star Wars releases. For now, we are still watching out for the remaining LEGO Super Heroes set that are expected to be released as part of the final wave of summer releases which include the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum (76060), and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Captain America: Civil War Set #4 (76067).

We’ll keep you posted for more updates so be sure to stay tuned here at the Brick Show.

 

Master The Force with These Building Instructions for TRU’s Build and Take Home LEGO Micro Millennium Falcon

May the 4th may well be over, but it doesn’t mean we can’t relive the fun in building our own piece of LEGO Star Wars history. So in case you missed out on LEGO Store’s May the 4th “Escape the Space Slug” exclusive, you’ll be happy to know that you can build one on your own through these building instructions shared with us by Promobricks.

On a similar note and as their share of joining in the Star Wars Day festivities, all Toys R Us stores in the US launched a LEGO Build and Take Home exclusive last Saturday May 7, a week later after TRU stores in Canada launched a similar event. The exclusive 44-piece LEGO build to be taken home for qualifying participants (children ages below 14) is a mini-build of the Star Wars Millennium Falcon. It’s a pretty simple build consisting of relatively common pieces, but considering that this is given away for free (and of course It’s LEGO), the appeal is irresistible. Understandably, it doesn’t come in a polybag but TRU was kind enough to throw in a Star Wars booklet and a poster.

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If you are into mini or micro-scale building, then you will also be happy to know that the building instructions for this Millenium Falcon is now available to download, thanks to the folks over at Hoth Bricks. Coming at 44 pieces, this particular rendition is quite easy to build, and everything that you need for this mini-build may already be stashed underneath your pile of bricks. These will also come in cheap over at Bricklink if you want to replicate the model exactly as it is. Here’s a scanned image of the building instructions as shared by Hoth Bricks. You may also download a higher resolution copy from the site’s Flickr page.

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For the uber serious collector who will only settle for the original as they were given away in TRU, you may always head over at eBay in case someone will list these exclusives up for grabs.

 

 

Thanks Hoth Bricks for the tip.

 

It Might Be Hard to Take Sides With This LEGO Marvel Superheroes Brick-built MOC

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You might say that the May the 4th fever may have started to wear off from Tyler Clites following his astounding mini brick-built figures of the Resistance Fighters straight from Star Wars The Force Awakens. This time around, as his tribute to the film that divided the entire Marvel fandom in half, he releases another remarkable, posable LEGO rendition of Tony Stark’s Iron Man and Steve Roger’s Captain America as they face off in Disney and Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. As much as it is difficult to take sides on the battle of principles that ravaged our heroes, it is also quite difficult to pick out which is the better build between these two. The colors on these builds are very accurate – I like Tyler’s clever way of building Cap’s shield using a few pieces.

Tyler clearly has a knack in making his MOCs uniquely animated. We would love to see how his creations turn out in their own stop-motion film. I just hope they will not end up bashing each other into pieces. If you like this build, be sure to check out the rest of Tyler’s creations over at his Flickr page.

 

Thanks again to Brick Nerd for pointing us to Tyler’s amazing work.

WATCH: LEGO Marvel Avengers All New, All Different Doctor Strange DLC Gameplay

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Hot on the heels from last week’s DLC release of LEGO Marvel Avengers Black Panther, comes the fourth instalment of downloadable content from Warner Bros. Interactive and TT Games. The “All New, All Different Doctor Strange Pack” comes bundled together with the Season Pass that was offered last March. For $2.99 for the Doctor Strange DLC Pack in case you did not purchase the entire Season Pass bundle, you’ll get the chance to see the Sorcerer Supreme thwart the evil plans of Baron Mordo and Dormammu as they wreck havoc inside the Sanctum Sanctorum. To help him in his fight against the villainous duo, Doctor Strange enlist the help of an ally from the Dark Dimension, the sorceress Clea.

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As the title suggests, the Doctor Strange DLC features an all new iteration of the Sorcerer Supreme, with variations on his cape and hair printing giving him a younger look. He looks very similar to Tony Stark actually, as Brian pointed out in the walkthrough gameplay video below. He also wields a mystical battle axe as he engages enemies. What is neat about this DLC is that it allows players to switch between the roles of Doctor Strange in the physical world as he fends off Baron Mordo, and Clea in the Dark Dimension as she prevents Dormammu in providing a mystical force field to Baron Mordo. It’s like playing in two places at the same time. Here’s Brian with another gameplay video for us to enjoy.

The “All New, All Different Doctor Strange Character and Level Pack” for LEGO Marvel Avengers also features eight playable characters such as a new version of Doctor Strange, Clea, Baron Mordo, Dormammu, Doctor Voodoo, Jennifer Kale, Mindless One Warrior, and Night Nurse. As you have seen in Brian’s walkthrough, most of the characters in this DLC have flight and long range fighting capabilities. The Mindless One is a great addition to one of your bash and smash characters similar to the Hulk and Hulkbuster.

We still have another DLC set to be released with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Character and Level Pack, which features the most number of playable characters to be unlocked (13 to be exact) plus a new vehicle. Be sure to stay tuned here at the Brick Show for more of Brian’s gameplay walkthroughs. Drop us a note in the comments section below if you have any LEGO video games that you would like us to review or do a similar walkthrough video.

Another LEGO Disney Mickey Mouse Minifigure Misprint Surfaces

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It’s quite unusual to see these misprints happening with LEGO’s Disney CMF, more so if this is the second time that happens on the same minifig line. Unlike the first misprint that went up for sale at eBay for almost a thousand dollars, this second find will not be for sale anytime soon.

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Minifig Price Guide was kind enough to share this Facebook post from Sherry Snowman that shows how Mickey may have looked like without his eyes. Frankly speaking, on its own, this misprint is kind of spooky and as one FB user comments, it’s the kind of stuff that “fuels nightmare”.  It’s kind of harsh, but compared to the previous one that was listed on eBay with its funny looking sideway glance, this minifigure misprint (or the lack of it) will make Mickey Mouse a welcome visitor to Silent Hill. Others were kind though with their comments, with one suggesting having two more of these misprints to have a trio of blind mice – a good point actually if I can say so myself.

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Kidding aside, Snowman made it clear that she has no plans of selling this rare LEGO Disney minifigure anomaly. Like any other collector, it will be nice to know if there is any potential market for this one and if so, how far can it rise in terms of value.

So what do you think about this rare misprint? What are your thoughts about this? Hit the comments button and share your thoughts.

Exclusive LEGO Scooby-Doo Minifigure Polybag 30601 Found Over at eBay

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If you can recall, we reported that the lovable Great Dane is back in another original LEGO direct-to-dvd film, LEGO Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood. Similar to other home titles such as LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Justice League Gotham City Breakout, Haunted Hollywood also comes with an exclusive, limited edition Scooby Doo minifigure. Though these films are fun to watch and make a good addition to our home theater collection, most LEGO enthusiasts will find the exclusive minifig freebie as the most enticing selling point of the films. LEGO Scooby Doo Haunted Hollywood is now listed on Amazon for those who would like to avail a copy of the film, together with the Scooby minifigure that comes along with it.

Similar to the sightings that we have on the Nightwing (30606) minifigure, Minifig Price Guide reports that the exclusive LEGO Scooby Doo also comes in a polybag with a serial number of 30601 attached to it. The Great Dane’s 2-piece polybags were found over at eBay, with a handful of sellers offering them at ridiculously high prices of $12 to $25, considering that the film itself only costs at a discounted price of $16.99 at Amazon. Obviously, Amazon offers more value for your money on this one. Here are some pics posted by sellers on eBay.

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We’re not sure when until Amazon will have Haunted Hollywood on stock. As of this writing, Amazon or any other toy retailer has not listed the LEGO Scooby Doo Minifigure 30601 polybag separately. So if you’re raring to have Scooby in his minifig form without breaking the bank, the best choice as of now is to take advantage of Amazon’s discounted offer while supplies last.

 

Thanks Minifig Price Guide for the tip.

 

Disney Infinity Is No More – LEGO Dimensions Rumored to Pick Up the Pieces

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In a shocking turn of events, Disney execs have decided to pull the plug on one of the leading brands in the toys-to-life industry, Disney Infinity. This is in spite of recently adding characters from the Star Wars and Marvel line, expanding the current roster of Disney Infinity figures even further. Fans did not see this coming, especially when they were all hyped up and excited after John Vignocchi, Vice President of Production, and John Blackburn, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Disney Infinity made the announcement and painted a brighter picture of future releases last March 1 during their Disney Infinity NEXT episode. There were some signs before that hinted a downhill slide for Disney Infinity such as no further support for PC and Apple TV users, and a big damper on not having any Disney Infinity 4.0 this year.

The official news came out earlier today through a goodbye letter written by Blackburn to all the fans of the Disney gaming franchise. Here’s what he has to say:

By now you may have heard the news that we have made the difficult decision to discontinue production of Disney Infinity. From the beginning, Disney Infinity was built for you—our fans—and I wanted to take a moment to thank you not just for your support over the years, but for creating a community that made Disney Infinity more than just a game.

Our goal for Disney Infinity was to bring the best of Disney storytelling to life in homes around the world, and with your support we accomplished that. We hope you had as much fun playing the game as we had making it.

So what’s next for Disney Infinity? We have two final retail releases coming, including three new characters from Alice Through the Looking Glass later this month, and the Finding Dory Play Set launching in June.

And as we turn to the next chapter in our story, I want to thank everyone who helped bring Disney Infinity to life, particularly Disney’s Glendale-based production and publishing teams, our external development partners, and of course the incredible Avalanche team for their tireless dedication to this project.

But most of all, I want to again thank you for making Disney Infinity a part of your lives—and for adding to the Disney legacy by being a part of this community.

There have been speculations that LEGO may pick up where Disney Infinity has left off, by considering that the only hindrance for LEGO Dimensions to include a Star Wars and Marvel line up is because Disney Infinity currently owns the rights to publish them on the toys-to-life section. If you recall, Vignocchi made the sweeping statement via an IGN interview during E3’s 2015 convention that Star Wars will never come to LEGO Dimensions because doing so will ‘cannibalize’ the Disney Infinity business. Now that Infinity is no longer in business, acquiring the Star Wars and Marvel line for LEGO Dimensions is the most sensible thing to do.

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We’re not sure if LEGO has seen this coming, or if there is already a deal between Disney and LEGO regarding this. What is clear is that revenues have been steadily declining for Disney Infinity in spite of the boost that it received from Marvel Battlegrounds. Disney’s toy and gaming division saw sales drop two percent to $1.2 billion, while operating income declined eight percent to $357 million, as observed by Games Industry. This move also means that Disney Infinity’s game publishing division and gaming software developer, Avalanche Software, will be shut down as well, costing the jobs of approximately 300 individuals who work there. Overall, it can be said that the future of the toys-to-life industry is skirting along the edge of oblivion where the fate of brands such as Skylanders and Nintendo’s Amiibo are quite uncertain.

This is a hard pill to swallow, but will keep you posted here at the Brick Show as more news updates come in.