Though 2021 might saw most of our friends in Asia celebrating the Lunar New Year indoors due to the current pandemic, there are still plenty of ways to share precious quality time with our loved ones. And one great way for LEGO fans to do so is to have some pile of LEGO bricks and come up with your most creative, Lunar New Year-inspired sets. And to jumpstart these building projects, here are some LEGO Chinese traditional festival sets that can inspire you to make your indoor Lunar New Year celebrations more brick-building fun.
In case you haven’t checked them yet, you may know more about these LEGO Chinese traditional festival sets via these Amazon affiliate links below. Two of these sets made their debut this year in the form of the Story Nian (80106) and Spring Lantern Festival (80107) sets, so it’s nice to see LEGO gradually building this subtheme.
Happy New Lunar Year everyone and keep on building!
In a virtual gathering of play professionals and toy fans around the world, The Toy Association’s 2021 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards were held online, and LEGO once again dominated several of the Toy Awards’ categories. Considered the Oscar Awards of the toy industry, the annual awards are usually held in New York City where enthusiasts gather together to witness what toys in 16 categories will have the prestigious title of being the toy of the year. However, due to the current pandemic, the event was live-streamed enabling more people across the globe to witness the event.
And this time around, LEGO’s winning streak continues in 2021 with 4 out of 16 awards eventually bagged by The LEGO Group, besting 117 outstanding finalists in various categories. Check out LEGO’s winning entries below. You may also click on the following affiliate links if you wish to know more about these winning LEGO sets.
Eventually, the highest and most coveted Overall 2021 Toy of the Year Award went to Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Child Animatronic Edition Toy. This Hasbro creation was also awarded the Innovative Toy of the Year Award for 2021.
If you recall, the last time LEGO managed to receive the Overall Toy of the Year Award was back in 2017 where the visually stunning LEGO Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster (41130) was awarded the best toy of the year by the majority of retailers, consumers, media and TIA members at that time. It will be nice to see a LEGO set bagging the overall toy of the year award once again, and we’ll have to see if LEGO can pull it out for the second time in the next awards.
What do you think about this year’s winners? Do you have a LEGO set in mind that you think should have made it for the 2021 Toy of the Year Awards? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.
In case you missed it, six new LEGO 2021 LEGO Monkie Kid sets are slated to arrive this spring. The news of their arrival came from another third-party retailer, Momoshop, in Taiwan. Though their images have been eventually taken down by the website, eagle-eyed LEGO Monkie Kid fans were quick to take notice and took it to social media to share their discovery.
If you recall, LEGO somehow teased on the arrival of this 3rd wave of LEGO Monkie Kid sets when the Monkie Kid’s Team Dronecopter (80023) was first revealed during one of China’s trade fairs from last year. During which LEGO also revealed that it has seven (including the Team Dronecopter) 2021 LEGO Monkie Kid sets slated to arrive in the first quarter of the year.
Thanks to Momoshop and later on to Promobricks, we can see what to expect from this 2021 wave which is expected to launch on March 1. Check out these images.
1,949 pieces | $169.99 | Minifigures include: Monkie Kid, the Monkey King, and lots of new Flower Fruit Mountain residents
There are a couple of sets here that will surely end up on my LEGO wishlist which includes the Lion Guardian and Arachnoid Base. Now with a total of 22 sets since its introduction last year, the Monkie Kid theme certainly looks better than ever. We still have another set waiting to be revealed, tagged as set 80017, and a polybag in the form of the Mini Monkey King Warrior Mech (30344) which could be in the form of a promotional. Whatever is the case, we can expect LEGO Shop@Home to be updated in the next few days to include all of these new 2021 LEGO Monkie Kid sets so stay tuned!
In a rather perplexing turn of events, rival building bricks company Mega Construx has now made it official that it will be launching its own version of the iconic Fender Stratocaster. In a recent tweet by the company, it has announced to the world that it has collaborated with Fender, and will be having a pre-sale from February 13-14 this weekend.
DROPPING SOON! #MEGACollabs has partnered with @Fender on a collectible that's built to rock! 🎸PRESALE takes place Feb 13-14; go behind-the-scenes with the team live at the Unboxed event, hosted EXCLUSIVELY on @NTWRKLIVE. 🤘#Fender
I really don’t know if there will be any IP-related issues or conflicts that might arise from this one, considering that LEGO has now made it official that it will also release its LEGO Ideas Legendary Stratocaster. But from the looks of it, Mega Construx has the advantage of an early release considering that they’ve already announced their pre-order offers. Mega also opted to give a sort of teaser image of what we can expect from this set, which is quite impressive actually. The scale and other fine details of this set and how the Stratocaster’s curves have been emphasized are spot-on.
Though Mega Construx has plenty of third-party licensed IP sets under its belt such as its line of buildable Pokemon, Call of Duty, and Halo sets, I am still looking forward to seeing LEGO’s own version of a brick-built Stratocaster. Not really sure about the legalities of it all but it begs the question, is it really possible to have two brick-built versions of the same branded musical instrument offered by two rival companies? If that is the case, then will it be possible to see a line of LEGO Nintendo Pokemon sets in the future? It’s enticing to reflect on this question considering that we have seen that a LEGO-Nintendo collab is entirely possible with the introduction of its LEGO Super Mario sets. And now that LEGO and Mega Construx has somewhat agreed to offer their own version of the Fender Stratocaster, then it might be possible in the future that they may agree on the release of other similar titles or IPs. Well, we can only speculate at this point.
In this day and age of unprecedented internet activity, it is a breath of fresh air to have an advocacy that centers on helping children and perhaps adults as well, to understand what it means to be a responsible digital citizen. This is precisely what LEGO had in mind when it recently struck a partnership with DQ Institute – a leading think tank and advocacy group that promotes online safety and responsible digital skills.
Taking it a step further from its advocacy of using renewable and sustainable resources in its products, LEGO now sets its vision on helping children and their parents understand what it means to be digitally intelligent. DQ or Digital Intelligence includes building empathy towards others online to be aware, sensitive to, and supportive of one another in an ever-growing online community. And what better way to teach these life lessons is through the introduction of LEGO’s new online hero minifigures. These new characters are currently up over at LEGO’s Safer Internet Day minisite, teaching children several aspects of digital intelligence. The site begins with a quick quiz to help children and visitors know more about what type of online hero they are and presents them with scenarios where they can flex their DQ or digital intelligence. You will be guided throughout by Captain Safety and will be introduced to his team of online heroes.
Frankly, it will be nice if LEGO will eventually come up with physical counterparts of these new minifigure characters, and perhaps see a set or two dedicated to these LEGO DQ Institute characters:
For more information about this new LEGO Group initiative, you may check out their official press release right here.
LEGO Ideas has launched a new contest over at its blog site. The LEGO Ideas Out of this World Space Build contest challenges LEGO fan builders to come up with their next fan entry that may eventually turn out to be the next LEGO gift-with-purchase (GWP) set.
Similar to the LEGO Vintage Car (40448), this contest seeks to tap into the creative side of LEGO fans by allowing talented builders to come up with their best entries yet. The LEGO Ideas Out of this World Space Build contest also pushes the bar higher by providing a set of limits for the number of LEGO pieces that can be used: ranging from 150 to 250 bricks, no more no less. This piece count somewhat approximates that of a small to medium-sized set, similar to previous GWP sets.
Aside from the Grand Prize winner, there will be five runner-ups that will be recognized, and the prizes that await them does not disappoint as well. And like previous LEGO Ideas building contests, tons of great LEGO sets are up for grabs for the winning entries.
Other than the perpetual bragging right of having your creation rendered to an official LEGO set, the Grand Prize winner will receive the following space-inspired LEGO sets:
10 copies of the final LEGO Ideas Gift with Purchase set based on the grand prize winner’s entry
The deadline for entry for this contest is on or before March 8, 2021, at 6 AM EST. For the rest of the contest guidelines and on how to submit your entry, be sure to go through the building contest rules right here.
So do you have a Space-inspired LEGO entry in mind? Let us know in the comments below.
The LEGO Ideas Review Board has finally released the results for its LEGO Ideas Second 2020 Review Results, including a final decision on a project that took a considerable amount of time to be evaluated. These sets were chosen as the next official LEGO Ideas sets among a record-breaking 35 product ideas submitted between May to September of 2020. These proposals managed to get the support of more than 10,000 LEGO fans who wished to see them translated into an actual LEGO product.
The announcement came earlier today through LEGO Engagement Manager Hasan Jansen and LEGO Associate Marketing Manager Piangward Kate Jarupakorn. You can watch their full announcement right here.
First off, among 35 fan submissions evaluated during the LEGO Ideas Second 2020 Review Stage, the honor of being the next official LEGO set has been awarded to Truman Cheng’s (aka legotruman) brick rendition of a timeless masterpiece – Vincent van Gogh: The Starry Night.
It will be interesting to see how this classic painting will be translated into LEGO bricks especially considering that LEGO has now introduced its LEGO Art series. However, considering that the building techniques employed by Truman in his approved fan submission do not utilize the same kind of pixelated style of the LEGO Arts series, then it will be interesting to see how the LEGO Ideas design team will eventually finalize it as a set. I hope that they will stay true to the concept and building techniques seen in the original submission.
Just a side note – though I’m happy that The Starry Night eventually received a thumb’s up from the review board, I can’t help but wonder why none of the other 34 entries were selected. Like what other LEGO fans have noted, there are other 10K qualifiers in this roster that is quite popular among fans for references to pop culture icons. It will be nice to see for example an official LEGO set for Nintendo’s Animal Crossing considering its playability and appeal to adult and younger LEGO fans alike, or perhaps a set dedicated to the Greendale Community College based on 2009’s hit series Community. I’m sure that there are other worthy candidates from this pool of 35 submissions, and it’s a bit disappointing to see that only 1 was ultimately selected. Perhaps the LEGO Ideas Review Board needs to cut some corners considering the sheer number of approved projects still in development? I really don’t know, so it will be nice if the review team will provide more details on their decision.
But if there is any consolation that the LEGO Ideas Second 2020 Review Stage has to offer to LEGO fans, is the fact that the Blue Blur is back and just in time for his 30th birthday. We first saw his official minifig in the now-discontinued LEGO Dimensions Sonic the Hedgehog Level Pack (71244) from 2016. And just in case you missed out on him, having an official LEGO Ideas Sonic Mania: Green Hill Zone set along with other iconic characters of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is certainly most welcomed. I missed out on the first LEGO Sonic minifigure, and I will certainly not miss my next opportunity to get this one.
The conclusion of the LEGO Ideas Second 2020 Review Stage now brings a total of 7 approved projects currently in development:
And while waiting for these approved projects to roll out in LEGO stores shortly, the LEGO Ideas review team already has its hands full for the Third 2020 review cycle with its total of 25 qualifying entries.
So what do you think of the outcome of LEGO Ideas Second 2020 Review Stage? Are you happy with the results? Let me know what you think in the comments below.
LEGO and Disney now introduce their latest tie-in sets in time for the debut of the latter’s next animated film. These LEGO Disney Raya and the Last Dragon sets to celebrate the upcoming release of the film via Disney+ on March 5th. These sets let you travel to the fantasy world of Kumandra where humans and dragons have learned to co-exist in peace. However, things have changed and this time Raya (voiced by Kelly Marie Tan), must find the sole remaining dragon to stop the monsters named Druun from devastating their kingdom. In case you missed it, here’s the official trailer.
The movie in itself is promising, and the LEGO Disney Raya and the Last Dragon sets do not disappoint. From the get-go, you’ll notice from these official images that these sets are a sort of mix between LEGO Friends and now retired LEGO Elves. If you recall, we already published a collection of images last month coming from this LEGO Disney subtheme. But these more recent images give us a closer look at the intricate details and new LEGO elements that are included in this trio. They’re not yet listed over at LEGO Shop@Home as of this posting, but we can expect them to be out there soon before their release date on March 1st. I’ll update this post once their respective LEGO affiliate links are already available.
Raya and the Heart Palace (43181)
610 pieces | $79.99 | Figures include: Raya, Namaari, Tuk Tuk and Serlot
Raya and Sisu Dragon (43184)
216 pieces | $29.99 | Includes a Raya minidoll and a buildable Sisu Dragon figure | This set may also be attached to set 43181
Boun’s Boat (43185)
247 pieces | $29.99 | Includes Uka, Pan, Dyan, Boun, and Sisu Human figures
Last month, we saw a glimpse of things to come this March as far as LEGO Star Wars is concerned. With three new LEGO Star Wars March 2021 sets now included in LEGO’s database, we can now have a better look at these sets and what we can expect from them based on their official product descriptions.
Though sometimes I feel that the LEGO Star Wars theme or franchise is becoming a bit redundant with LEGO’s tendency of recycling or redesigning previously released sets, somewhere along the way, LEGO comes with new set designs that are pretty much endearing. One such example is the new mini build set in the form of the LEGO Star Wars AT-AT vs Tauntaun Microfighters (75298). That brick-built Tauntaun is simply adorable.
If you like this set as much as I do, then you may want to click on the following LEGO Shop@Home affiliate links to add them to your LEGO wishlist and to know more. You may also want to go through their official product description below while waiting for their release on March 1st.
60 pieces | $19.99 | Minifigures include Poe Dameron and BB-8
Let youngsters learn to build and role-play with this LEGO® Star Wars™ Resistance X-wing (75297) for ages 4 and up. A simple-to-build version of the starfighter from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this awesome building toy has wings that fold out for a flight and in for landing. The Poe Dameron LEGO minifigure, which comes with a blaster pistol, fits in the X-wing’s opening cockpit and there is space behind for the BB-8 droid LEGO figure.
Instructions PLUS Check out interactive Instructions PLUS, available in the free LEGO Building Instructions app. It has cool zoom and rotate viewing tools to make building this starfighter even more rewarding for kids.
Welcome to 4+ LEGO Star Wars 4+ buildable toy playsets give younger kids aged 4 and up the best introduction to LEGO building and the Star Wars saga. With Starter Brick bases to help them, they can construct vehicles, buildings, and more – on their own, or with assistance from an older sibling or adult – and get playing fast.
Give younger children a great first experience of LEGO® Star Wars™ with this Resistance X-wing (75297) construction toy, featuring a starter brick chassis for a quick build so the action starts fast.
The buildable starfighter toy comes with a Poe Dameron LEGO® minifigure with a blaster pistol, plus a BB-8 droid LEGO figure to inspire creative role-play fun.
The X-wing has an opening cockpit for Poe Dameron, space for BB-8, and wings that fold out for flight mode.
Easy to build and rebuild after playtime battles, this 60-piece LEGO® Star Wars™ starter set makes the best birthday present, holiday gift, or surprise treat for creative kids aged 4 and up.
This awesome starfighter building toy measures over 1.5 in. (5 cm) high, 6 in. (15 cm) long, and 7.5 in. (19 cm) wide, so it can fit easily into a child’s backpack ready for play on the go.
205 pieces | $19.99 | Minifigures include Luke Skywalker and an AT-AT Driver
Inspire young children to reimagine the Battle of Hoth from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and play out their own stories with this AT-AT vs. Tauntaun Microfighters (75298) building set. It features a quick-to-build, posable AT-AT Walker and Tauntaun construction models for the 2 LEGO® minifigures to sit on.
Role-play fun The Luke Skywalker and AT-AT Driver LEGO minifigures each have a stud shooter and an electrobinoculars element, and Luke also has a lightsaber for battle play. This fun, creative set comes with clear instructions so even LEGO beginners can build with Jedi-like confidence, and it combines perfectly with the Millennium Falcon Microfighter (75295).
Welcome to the LEGO Star Wars™ universe For over two decades, the LEGO Group has been creating amazing, brick-built versions of iconic Star Wars starships, vehicles, locations, and characters. This building toy makes an awesome birthday, holiday, or surprise gift for young kids to introduce them to this action-packed galaxy of fun.
Kids can recreate the Battle of Hoth from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and role-play their own stories with these quick-build, LEGO® brick AT-AT Walker and Tauntaun Microfighters.
This AT-AT vs. Tauntaun Microfighters (75298) set features 2 LEGO® minifigures: Luke Skywalker, with a lightsaber, and an AT-AT Driver. Each has a stud shooter and an electrobinoculars element.
The Tauntaun and the posable AT-AT each have a seat for a LEGO® minifigure, and the set combines brilliantly with the Millennium Falcon Microfighter (75295) for extra battle action.
This awesome 205-piece construction toy makes the best birthday present, holiday gift, or unexpected treat for kids aged 6 and up to introduce them to the fun, creative LEGO® Star Wars™ universe.
The Tauntaun measures over 2.5 in. (7 cm) high, 3.5 in. (9 cm) long, and 2 in. (5 cm) wide. Along with the AT-AT and LEGO® minifigures, the set fits in a child’s backpack for play on their travels.
660 pieces | $69.99 | Minifigures include Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Imperial Officer
Fans can play out exciting scenes from the classic Star Wars™ trilogy with this buildable Imperial Shuttle (75302) model. The elegant design of the shuttle is beautifully recreated in LEGO® bricks, with an opening minifigure cockpit, opening main compartment with space for 2 LEGO minifigures, foldable wings for flight and landing mode, plus 2 stud shooters. Between playtime adventures, it makes a cool display piece.
Role-play fun This awesome building toy for kids also includes Darth Vader, Imperial Officer, and Luke Skywalker LEGO minifigures with lightsabers and a blaster pistol.
Awesome gifts The LEGO Group has been recreating iconic starships, vehicles, locations, and characters from the Star Wars universe since 1999. LEGO Star Wars is now its most successful theme, with fun, creative gift ideas for fans of all ages.
Build a LEGO® brick version of the elegant Imperial Shuttle and play out scenes from the classic Star Wars™ trilogy with this action-packed building toy for kids (75302).
Includes 3 LEGO® minifigures – Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, both with a lightsaber, and an Imperial Officer with a blaster pistol, plus a handcuffs accessory element – for fun, creative play.
The Imperial Shuttle features an opening minifigure cockpit, opening main compartment with space for 2 LEGO® minifigures, foldable wings for flight and landing mode, plus 2 stud shooters.
This awesome building toy makes the best birthday, holiday, or surprise gift for kids and any Star Wars™ fan aged 9 and up. It’s fun to build and play solo or with family and friends.
The Imperial Shuttle measures over 10 in. (25 cm) high, 9 in. (24 cm) long, and 14 in. (35 cm) wide. Kids will be proud to display their creation in their bedroom between playtime adventures.
It seems that LEGO is adding more characters to its line up of LEGO Brick Sketches sets. Introduced last June 2020, its initial offering saw some of pop culture’s most famous names rendered in collectible, brick-built illustrations on a 12×16 baseplate. This time around, the House of Mouse gets another share under the LEGO spotlight with the introduction of the upcoming LEGO Brick Sketches Mickey and Minnie sets.
Retailing for $17 each, the LEGO Brick Sketches Mickey and Minnie sets are expected to be available starting March 1, 2021. They are both currently listed over at LEGO Shop@Home, and you can know more about these sets by clicking on the following affiliate links below. In the meantime, check out their official images below.
Fans of Disney’s iconic characters can build and display their own Mickey Mouse illustration with this LEGO® Brick Sketches™ Mickey Mouse (40456) kit. Hang it on the wall using the built-in hook – the 12×16 baseplate holds the LEGO bricks firmly in place – or stand it on a shelf. A great treat for holidays, birthdays, or other celebrations, and an impressive addition to any collection of LEGO Brick Sketches character portraits.
Young LEGO® builders and Disney Mickey Mouse fans will love to create and display this cool, collectible Brick Sketches™ portrait of the well-known Disney character.
A great gift idea for ages 8 and up, this 118-piece building set is part of the LEGO® Brick Sketches™ theme, which features collectible, buildable, 3D illustrations of iconic characters on 12×16 baseplates.
Measuring over 5 in. (13 cm) high, 3 in. (9 cm) wide, and 1 in. (3 cm) deep, this LEGO® Brick Sketches™ Mickey Mouse picture makes a striking piece displayed on the mantelpiece or hung by its built-in hook on a wall.
Fans of Disney’s iconic characters can build and display their own Minnie Mouse illustration with this LEGO® Brick Sketches™ Minnie Mouse (40457) kit. Hang it on the wall using the built-in hook – the 12×16 baseplate holds the LEGO bricks firmly in place – or stand it on a shelf. It’s a perfect gift for birthdays, holidays, or other celebrations and an impressive addition to any collection of LEGO Brick Sketches character portraits.
Young LEGO® builders and Disney Minnie Mouse fans will love to create and display this cool, collectible Brick Sketches™ portrait of the well-known Disney character.
A great gift idea for ages 8 and up, this 140-piece building set is part of the LEGO® Brick Sketches™ theme, which features collectible, buildable, 3D illustrations of iconic characters on 12×16 baseplates.
Measuring over 5 in. (13 cm) high, 3 in. (9 cm) wide, and 1 in. (3 cm) deep, this LEGO® Brick Sketches™ Minnie Mouse picture makes a striking piece displayed on the mantelpiece or hung by its built-in hook on a wall.