LEGO VIP Rewards Center Offers The Chance to Win a LEGO SDCC 2012 Shazam Minifigure

Here’s another treat from LEGO, and it looks like the LEGO VIP Rewards Center got more interesting. Following a rather indefinite hiatus, the revamped LEGO VIP Rewards Center was now updated to include several highly-prized LEGO exclusives that you may have likewise missed. As reported by Allen from The Brick Fan, the Rewards Center has now added a sweepstake where VIP members can have the chance to win an uber-exclusive LEGO SDCC 2012 Shazam Minifigure.

LEGO SDCC 2012 Shazam
The exclusive LEGO SDCC 2012 Shazam minifigure which was raffled away during San Diego Comic-Con 2012 will now be available as a reward item at the LEGO VIP Reward Center.

The mechanics are pretty simple. You use your LEGO VIP points to purchase raffle entries in order to join. Each raffle entry for this LEGO SDCC 2012 Shazam Minifigure will cost you 50 VIP points, while you are allowed to submit up to 15 entries to up your chances of winning.

Furthermore, this minifigure sweepstakes promo, according to the  LEGO Ambassador Network, will be a regular part of the LEGO VIP Rewards Center starting with the LEGO SDCC 2012 Shazam Minifigure. Other future minifigure raffles will include a signed Star Wars minifigure and an exclusive version of a Marvel character. Though I’m not really a fan of exclusive, event-specific LEGO releases, I just hope these future prizes will include never-before-seen minifigure characters from these franchises. Or it could be from their non-licensed repertoire like the return of Mr. Gold (71001) perhaps.

Other rewards to be added later on will also include a designer signed copy of the LEGO Star Wars UCS Imperial Star Destroyer (75252) worth $700 and signed copies of a new edition of the LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary.

Here’s the news as it is from the LEGO Ambassador Network.

Reward Centre-specific items, we are looking to kick off our first Exclusive minifigure sweepstake in February with a 2012 San Diego Comic-Con “Shazam!” minifigure where people from the following countries are allowed to participate***. VIP Members can enter the competition by redeeming 50 VIP points (up to a maximum of 15 entries) with the winner being drawn at random (postcard entries applicable where local law dictates).

The Rewards team intend to operate these sweepstakes every month starting 10th February and running until 2nd March for Shazam! Upcoming minifigure sweepstakes will include a signed Star Wars minifigure and an exclusive version of a Marvel character.

With regards to other items upcoming on the Reward Centre (dates to be confirmed) are designer-signed Imperial Star Destroyer sets and designer-signed Star Wars Visual Dictionary copies.

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A Look at the Unreleased “The Billion Brick Race” Characters

If you recall back in 2016, when things are still smooth sailing between the LEGO Group and Warner Bros, a grand plan was made to bring the LEGO brand at the forefront of mainstream media. Riding on the success of The LEGO Movie back in 2014, more films were slated to be released following the footsteps of the LEGO Group’s first theatrical endeavor. Though we saw the success of the LEGO Batman Movie, the next two brick-films – the LEGO Ninjago Movie and the LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – were not that close to what their predecessors managed to achieve. So it doesn’t come as a surprise if LEGO and Warner Bros. eventually decided to pull the plug on yet another possible theatrical collaboration. The Billion Brick Race was initially planned for release sometime in May this year, but unfortunately, we will never see this film on the big screen. And these include potential LEGO tie-in sets that it may come about later on.

However, such setbacks did not discourage the film’s would-be director to share some of his minifigure character designs for The Billion Brick Race. Jorge R. Gutirrez, who also helmed the animated film, The Book of Life, took to Twitter to share some of his initial character sketches of the colorful characters that were expected to appear in the film. Take a look.

Since the shelving of the film project and Jorge’s departure from Warner Bros, he saw it fitting to share his creation with the rest of the world and to the LEGO fan community in particular. There is no clear definite plot yet regarding The Billion Brick Race, but the way the characters were designed gives us a grasp of the overall feel of the film.

The Billion Brick Race

Admittedly, Jorge incorporated some of the 80s and 90s pop icons and symbols and fused it with his signature art design. I also appreciate what he did coming up with a LEGO minifigure character in a wheelchair. The diversity that he introduces with regards to these minifig character sketches is also admirable, together with his keen attention to detail. Just take a look at tattoos on some of the minifigs’ arms.

One particular point of interest is the oversized minifigure of what I think is a wrestler which follows the same mold as that of Axl from the now discontinued LEGO Nexo Knights. I feel that this form of minifigure has a lot of potential for a LEGO set but sadly, we don’t see it further developed after the end of Nexo Knights and now much more with the shelving of The Billion Brick Race.

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Who knows if Universal will eventually pick up where Warner Bros left have of with regards to this would-be brickfilm. I personally want to see this next LEGO film happen, and perhaps we just have to wait and see if the LEGO Group and Universal will put this back on the table.

Exclusive LEGO DC Comics Zebra Batman SDCC 2019 Minifigure Revealed

After unveiling its first SDCC 2019 minifigure exclusive a couple of weeks ago, LEGO has now revealed its next event-exclusive minifig via Twitter. The LEGO DC Comics Zebra Batman is the second SDCC 2019 exclusive offering following the Spider-Man Advanced Suit. This yet another version of the Dark Knight takes its cue from the Detective Comics Issue #275 released in January of 1960 and will be available to all SDCC 2019 attendees on July 20 through a randomized instant-win lottery.

In the comics, Zebra-Batman, aside from his rather weird appearance, was imbued with magnetic powers that he received from the same machine that powered the supervillain Zebra-Man.

In case you need to know, this latest iteration of Batman in a trippy kind of suit is the 77th LEGO minifig rendition of the Caped Crusader in minifigure form and the second LEGO SDCC exclusive offering since 2008. So what do you think of the LEGO DC Comics Zebra Batman? Do you think its a good call from LEGO to have such an exclusive? Let me know your comments below.

 

LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed Mobile Game Coming This Fall

LEGO seems to be investing a lot in mobile games recently. Following the announcement and promotions surrounding the LEGO Tower mobile game which will launch this summer, LEGO has officially announced another upcoming mobile game that will cater to LEGO fans of all ages. Developed in partnership with Gameloft, LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed features a team-battle, role-playing game where the player controls any of LEGO’s iconic and more recent minifigure characters in an expansive universe of LEGO’s original creations and 40 years of minifig history. The LEGO Group and Gameloft promise to deliver a one of a kind gaming experience where players get to be immersed in a vast world of LEGO characters and environments representing past and present favorites.

Check out the teaser trailer for the LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed as introduced by the legendary minifigure Captain Redbeard from 1989’s LEGO Pirates Forbidden Island (6270) set. Read on for the full press release courtesy of Gamespress.

Gameloft and the LEGO Group Unveil “LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed”

LEGO minifigure history at your fingertips: The first bricks of the upcoming LEGO mobile game are out of the box

Paris, May 23rd, 2019 – Gameloft, one of the world’s leading publishers of mobile games, and the LEGO Group today revealed the title of their upcoming game: LEGO® Legacy: Heroes Unboxed. This Team-Battle RPG, the first ever LEGO game of this genre, will bring to life 40 years of LEGO minifigure history and universes in a fun and epic way.

LEGO® Legacy: Heroes Unboxed is set in a whole new LEGO world where players will collect classic and modern LEGO minifigures and sets, form a party and engage in epic and fun team battles and adventures. The game will feature iconic, fan favorite universes from yesterday and today, recreated with incredible detail to please players of all ages, from the passionate collectors to those who want to bring back childhood memories.

A first glimpse of how the signature humor of the LEGO brand has been built into the game can be found in the teaser trailer, also revealed today. The beloved Captain Redbeard from Set 6270 (1989) emerges from his dusty box in the attic and sets sail for adventure after all these years… he may not be ready yet! Indeed, LEGO® Legacy: Heroes Unboxed is set to be released this Fall, but until then Gameloft Toronto will be adding content and completing features.

The studio has been working closely with the LEGO Group for several years, including visits to the LEGO Vault in Billund, Denmark where all the sets and minifigures ever created are archived. The team has been studying vintage instruction manuals and focusing all its skills to perfectly recreate every tiny detail that makes the LEGO experience so enjoyable and memorable. LEGO® Legacy: Heroes Unboxed will be faithful to the fun and creativity that make the LEGO brand one of the most beloved brands on Earth.

“LEGO® Legacy: Heroes Unboxed is built to bring the enjoyment and fun that you once had, or still have, with LEGO toys,” stated Baudouin Corman, Chief Operating Officer at Gameloft. “We are excited to see these authentic and original LEGO characters from all eras come to life. We have been putting all our efforts, art and craft into this game as we want to delight all LEGO fans, whether their minifigures are tucked away in the attic or proudly shown in the living room.”

Sean McEvoy, Vice President of LEGO Games at the LEGO Group said: “LEGO Games have reached millions of LEGO fans of all ages for over 20 years, extending and amplifying the LEGO play universe. Enabling our fans to play epic battles with minifigures from our history is a great play promise we are delighted to offer. Gameloft has done fabulous work, maintaining every character’s unique personality and reflecting all the fun, creativity and humor of the LEGO brand in a mobile game.”

LEGO® Legacy: Heroes Unboxed is set to be released in Fall 2019 and will be regularly showcased to fans until then, beginning at Brickworld Chicago on June, 15th and 16th. Be sure to visit http://www.LEGOLEGACY.com to get the latest news on the game.

Here’s a Roundup of the Latest, Upcoming LEGO Minifigure Packs to Watch Out For

LEGO Shop@Home has been updated to include the latest and upcoming LEGO Minifigure Packs this summer. If you recall, these minifigure packs came under the spotlight this month, which includes a range of new minifigs belonging to various themes such Ninjago, Marvel Superheroes (Spider-Man), LEGO City – Summer Celebration, and my personal favorite, LEGO City – Space. Most of these LEGO Minifigure Packs are now listed at shop.LEGO.com, with a scheduled release date of June 1 retailing for $12.99 USD. We already had a glimpse of what to expect from these MF Packs, and now thanks to Russian LEGO certified store Mir Kubikov, we have additional images of these new LEGO Minifigure Packs to give us a better view. Let’s check these out.

LEGO Ninjago Minifigure Pack (40342)

LEGO Minifigure Packs

Cool LEGO® NINJAGO® Minifigure Set for role-play action

Get set for exciting adventures with this 40342 LEGO® NINJAGO® 2019 Minifigure Set for kids. Youngsters will love playing out battles against bad guys Pyro Destroyer and Blizzard Archer with ninja hero Kai in his Legacy outfit and a new-for-June-2019 minifigure of legendary explorer Clutch Powers. Each minifigure has a weapon and the set also includes a brick-built weapon rack with additional weapon accessories. A great gift for youngsters to use with their LEGO NINJAGO construction toys for creative role-play.

  • Includes 4 LEGO® NINJAGO® minifigures: Clutch Powers, Kai (in Legacy outfit), Pyro Destroyer and Blizzard Archer.
  • Clutch Powers minifigure is new for June 2019.
  • Weapons include Clutch Powers’ whip, Kai’s katana, Pyro Destroyer’s flame torch and Blizzard Archer’s ice spear, plus Pyro Destroyer’s shield element.
  • Also includes a brick-built weapon rack with additional weapon accessories.
  • An ideal gift for kids to use with their LEGO® NINJAGO® building sets.

 

LEGO City Summer Celebration Minifigure Pack (40344)

LEGO Minifigure Packs

Add a ray of sunshine to any LEGO® playset!

Bring summer fun to LEGO® play with this LEGO Iconic 40344 Summer Celebration Minifigure Set, including a new-for-June-2019 ice cream vendor and pink parrot, plus a diver, surfer and a bather, all ready for a day at the beach. This colorful minifigure collection also includes a brick-built ice cream cart with parasol, ice pops and an ice cream cone, a surfboard, diver’s helmet and flippers, jewel element, a red crab and a parrot perch. A great addition to any LEGO set and the perfect gift for youngsters who love creative role-play.

  • Includes 4 minifigures: a new-for-June-2019 ice cream vendor, plus a diver, surfer and bather.
  • Also includes a new-for-June-2019 pink parrot figure.
  • Accessories include a surfboard, jewel element, diver’s helmet and flippers, a red crab, parrot perch, and an ice cream cart with parasol, ice pops and ice cream cone.
  • A sunny addition to any LEGO® set.
  • An ideal gift for kids who love creative role-play.

 

LEGO City Space Minifigure Pack (40345)

LEGO Minifigure Packs

Awesome LEGO® City minifigure set for role-play action

Get young space explorers ready for high-flying action and adventure with this 40345 LEGO® City 2019 Minifigure Set, featuring 2 astronauts and 2 space technicians. Each minifigure is geared up for space-related activities, and the set includes a brick-built portable lab desk with a magnifying glass and solar panels, plus additional tools for more role-play fun. The white-and-green-suited astronaut minifigure and 2 green geodes are exclusive to this set, making this a great accessory toy for kids to extend their LEGO City universe.

  • Includes 4 LEGO® City minifigures: 2 astronauts and 2 space technicians.
  • This fun set features a brick-built portable lab desk with a magnifying glass and solar panels.
  • Accessory elements include 2 green geodes, a laptop, camera, jackhammer, wrench, metal detector and a beige 2×8 ground plate.
  • White-and-green-suited astronaut minifigure and the green geodes are exclusive to this set.
  • An ideal gift for kids to use with their LEGO® City building sets.

 

LEGO Marvel Superheroes Spider-Man: Far From Home Minifigure Pack (40343)

LEGO Minifigure Packs

So what do you think of these new LEGO MF Pack? Which is your favorite? Share your thoughts in the comments below.  Thanks to Candid Bricks for the heads up!

LEGO Confirms Re-Issue of the LEGO Star Wars Resistance Bomber (75188)

This piece of news is rather odd, but in a relatively good way. If you recall back in 2017, one of the better sets that LEGO has released under the LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi subtheme is the new Resistance Bomber (75188) set consisting of 778 pieces and 5 minifigures. One of these minifigures was simply referred to as Resistance Bomber Pilot, in honor supposedly of the pilot that coursed the bomber that destroyed the Dreadnaught at the opening sequence of The Last Jedi. It was a cliff hanger of a scene, with the entire crew of the lone Resistance Bomber eventually sacrificing their selves in order to carry out their critical mission. It is a great scene that eventually found its way as an official LEGO set. However, devout LEGO Star Wars fans quickly noticed the small, but very unpleasant inconsistency that this particular LEGO set has, and LEGO was quick to respond.

The LEGO Star Wars Resistance Bomber (75188) released in 2017.

According to an excellent summary written by The Brothers Brick, this nagging inconsistency was eventually addressed by LEGO. So what was it exactly? With the release of The Last Jedi: Cobalt Squadron novel, which is considered as part of Star Wars canon, the generic Resistance Bomber Pilot now has a name, and LEGO eventually re-issued a new minifigure to accurately represent his character. Named as Finch Dallow, LEGO has now confirmed that they will be re-issuing, or has issued an update already, to correct this matter. Though Finch was only given 5-seconds of screen time on the big screen, it was enough to give us a close look at the character.

British actor Kevin Layne who played the role of Finch Dallow in The Last Jedi.

As you may have noticed already, Finch’s character is very much different from his generic minifigure rendition that was released with the Resistance Bomber (75188) set. Thankfully, the matter was addressed by LEGO when it gave its official response to an inquiring fan:

“When we develop LEGO sets based on movies, we aspire to make minifigures and models that reflect the iconic characters and scenes in the film. For this reason our products are most often developed by LEGO designers using reference material from specific movies – still images, sketches, as well as in the actual movies as inspiration. We developed The Lego Star Wars Resistance Bomber set (75188), based on “The Last Jedi” movie and discovered after the film was released that one of The Lego minifigures in the set doesn’t reflect the movie scene properly. As a result, we decided to adjust the set accordingly, true to our motto: “Only the best is good enough”. We hope Star Wars fans across the world appreciate this attention to details”

It is a known fact that LEGO designers do not really receive the entire set of details about a film or a particular scene in which a LEGO set will eventually be based. This holds true in the case of the LEGO Star Wars Resistance Bomber. This adjustment resulted in the roll-out of a new and updated LEGO Star Wars Resistance Bomber (75188) that perfectly captures in minifigure form the character of Finch Dallow, including his Resistance helmet as well. Check out these side by side images, comparing the old and new minifigs, as shared by The Brothers Brick.

Image composite courtesy of The Brothers Brick.
Image composite courtesy of The Brothers Brick.
Image composite courtesy of The Brothers Brick.

Now I’m not really sure if this re-issued LEGO Star Wars Resistance Bomber set has already been released to the market, but an Instagram post from actor Kevin Layne who played the role of Finch Dallow, may hint that this re-issued set may already be out there.

The only question is where and how will you be able to get this set later on, considering that it is reasonable to expect that previously released Resistance Bomber sets with the generic Resistance Bomber Pilot minifigure, is still distributed in the market. Though as TBB observes, this kind of scarcity has led to some ‘overblown’ hype towards the Finch minifigure, as evidenced by its risen value of as much as $100 in some secondary market platforms. This is not something that  LEGO intends though, and I’m personally glad that LEGO has corrected this matter, though a little bit too late in my opinion.

Frankly, it’s now seems to a kind of hit and miss if you wish to get your hands on an updated set that contains the new Finch Dallow minifigure. Even if the Resistance Bomber is still up and selling at shop.LEGO.com, buying it from LEGO’s online store still doesn’t guarantee if ever you will receive the new minifig. In fact, the LEGO Shop@Home page for this particular set is still not updated with the new Finch minifig as of this posting.

Anyways, what are your thoughts about this change? Do you think it’s worthwhile to haunt down this set with the hope of landing on this new and accurate minifigure rendition? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

SPOTTED: The LEGO Movie 2 Sewer Babies Minifigures

Since the first teaser trailer of The LEGO Movie 2 came out in June last year, there’s a particular group of minifigs that fans have been waiting to get their hands on. Thanks to an Instagram post by Mike Zuñiga (legocrcomunidad), we now have an idea on how to get the endearingly cute and tough, LEGO Movie 2 sewer babies!

The LEGO Movie 2 sewer babies are part of what seems to be a LEGO Movie 2 Minifigure Pack, similar to those from the LEGO Batman Movie and LEGO Ninjago. Other than the sewer babies, the LEGO Movie 2 Minifigure Pack also includes Emmet (yeah, LEGO is really Emmet in every TLM2 set) and a female minifigure which could either be Sharkira from Emmet and Lucy’s Escape Buggy (70829) or Roxxi from the D2C set Welcome to Apocalypseburg (70840). It’s really kind of hard to tell given the packaging’s reflection. This minifig pack also comes in at 48 pieces, and also comes with a minibuild. Instagram user the_real_fcl gives us a glimpse of how this minibuild looks like, which is kind of a half car front turned into a turret.

This TLM2 2 Minifigure Pack, together with the LEGO Movie 2 sewer babies were reportedly spotted in a LEGO certified store in Hong Kong and could probably sell for $12.99 per pack, similar to those from LEGO’s original themes. My only complaint about this is that I hope LEGO opted to include 4 or 5 LEGO Movie 2 sewer babies instead of only 2. They could have easily swapped Emmet for say, 2 additional sewer babies since the former is quite ubiquitous already. The sewer babies is a great addition to the LEGO Movie 2 D2C Welcome to Apocalypseburg (70840) if you’re planning to get one.

 

A New LEGO Battle Adventures Mobile Game Is In The Works

A mysterious Facebook page appeared a couple of days ago and it is only now that it’s getting some attention. From the looks of it, this new Facebook page is for a new LEGO mobile app entitled LEGO Battle Adventures. Details are scant as of now regarding the game itself, but a survey has been released in relation to the game, perhaps for marketing purposes. Again, the survey itself does not point to any specific direction or info about this new mystery LEGO game, but we can somehow piece together several details to have an idea of LEGO Battle Adventures is all about.

First off, LEGO minifigures will play a central role in LEGO Battle Adventures, and what is interesting here is that it seems that the minifigures involved are those that were released throughout its entire 40 years of existence, combining both the classic minifigures that we grew up with, to those that LEGO has recently offered.

LEGO Battle Adventures
LEGO Battle Adventures cover photo over at Facebook.

LEGO Battle Adventures also seems to be a turn based role-playing game (RPG) where you either get to team up with others over the Internet, or battle through enemy lines in solo mode. I assume that you can also build up your own army of minifigure warriors or soldiers depending on the mission. A part of the survey specifically mentions other game titles such as Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, Ninja Turtles: Legends, Marvel: Strike Force and others that may suggest that LEGO Battle Adventures may also belong to the same genre. The survey also gives a brief description about this mystery game.

LEGO Battle Adventures

Game description: BUILD your ultimate team and engage in an epic solo and multiplayer adventure in the first LEGO battle role playing game, celebrating LEGO iconic minifigures and sets from all eras!

LEGO Battle Adventures

LEGO is no stranger in the mobile gaming arena. It has released a handful of standalone LEGO mobile games in the past, with LEGO Cube being the most recent. And now, it looks like LEGO is gradually leveraging on an online platform that takes advantage of the rich, interactive play opportunities that multiplayer gaming has to offer. For the meantime, let’s wait and see how things will turn out, and hopefully we’ll learn more about this mystery game any time soon.

Thanks to Bricks to Life for the heads up.

These New LEGO Stores Gave Away 500 Limited and Exclusive Minifigures

These past few months we covered the upcoming openings of several new LEGO stores across the country: new branches in South Carolina, Louisiana, New York, and more. In fact, some opened even earlier than were originally announced, and in the same LEGO Store opening fashion, some giveaways were handed out.

When new LEGO Stores in Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie, Metro New Orleans and in Ross Park Mall in Pittsburgh opened their doors to LEGO shoppers last weekend, the first 500 customers of each were presented with commemorative minifigures to mark the occasions, and each is appropriately dressed for the location.

The Louisiana minifigure is a funky jazz saxophonist dressed in a green and purple outfit, the colors of Mardi Gras. His Pittsburgh counterpart is a hockey player, whose blank black jersey happens to share the home colors of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. Both minifigures come in a LEGO Store Grand Opening foil pack with the names of the store locations as you can see from the images below shared by fans over Reddit.

Score. Grand opening swag. from lego

Exclusive figure for the Pittsburgh LEGO store grand opening from lego

 

In past LEGO brand store openings, the “first-500” welcoming gift had been a 3-pack of minifigures. With LEGO Stores now popping up all over like mushrooms, the cutting down to one is understandable; they even managed to match city themes. In case you’re wondering if they’re printed at the back, yes they are. According to those fortunate enough to grab their free LEGO swag, the backs of these minifigures are printed with the name of the LEGO Store where they were given away.

Of course, with the respective openings already over and done with, there’s no telling if there’ll be more of the New Orleans and Pittsburgh LEGO minifigures. They both were numbered in a 500 limited production run, so chances are, no. Perhaps somebody will eventually sell them for inflated prices online, but it’s up to you if you’ll keep an eye out for these or not.

LEGO Star Wars Magazine Issue 39 with Obi-Wan Kenobi Pilot Minifigure and Trading Card Now Available

One good thing about some official LEGO Magazines for some of its major licensed franchises is that sometimes their freebies are fairly uncommon little things. They can, for instance, be a certain minifigure from a large set; but as a freebie in a LEGO mag you get one technically free. That’s the deal going with the latest LEGO Star Wars Magazine Issue 39 of the official LEGO Star Wars Magazine, as it features one of the minifigures from the LEGO Star Wars set for the Jedi Starfighter with Hyperdrive (75191): Obi-Wan Kenobi. This is a fairly uncommon rendering of the Jedi Master as pilot.

LEGO Star Wars Magazine Issue 39

As for other content, LEGO Star Wars fans will certainly enjoy another month’s issue filled with fun puzzles, posters for their walls, and a variety of LEGO-styled comic stories. Some of them are tied into the included pilot Obi-Wan minifigure, but there’s also a mag promo to win a Kessel Run Millennium Falcon set (75212).

If you’re keeping up with collecting the new LEGO Star Wars trading cards introduced last month, then you’ll get the limited edition card LE02 from this issue 39 of the mag. Naturally, it’s Obi-Wan Kenobi. The official LEGO Star Wars Magazine from The Egmont Group is priced at £3.99 and is available now in Europe.