Now this is an interesting project! It only took a few weeks for this to get to 10,000 supporters, but Ymarilego has done it, with Dungeon Master making it to the review stage. Based off a Dungeons and Dragons concept, the dungeons and lairs are able to be moved around into a multitude of different combinations and layouts. I think the idea is great, and would be a fun thing to play! For more information on this great looking project, check out the project page on LEGO Ideas. I can't wait to see who gets in next!
Now that the New York Toy Fair is done for 2017, here's the second half of the round-up that I started a couple of days ago. There's plenty more to see! These sets are due to be released in the second half of 2017. There's Disney Princesses, City, Technic, Minecraft, Friends, Architecture and Creator.
Thanks again to our mates at The Brick Show for the images from the Fair.
I've never bought any of these before, as they have never appealed to me, but after taking a look at the parts, I'm starting to think again. The trans blue parts in 41145 look useful, and I love Cinderella's carriage. The gold work is beautiful.
Wow, there's so much to see in the City theme! This year we get two more subthemes - Beach and Jungle Explorers, with some excellent looking mew parts! At the beach, I love the kayak in 60166, and the people pack looks brilliant, with a dolphin (usually seen in Friends sets, a lobster from the new LEGO Batman Movie CMFs, and an excellent little cloth hammock.
The advent calendar looks intriguing this year, with an ice-sculpture and snowblower, as well as the usual inclusions, and the jungle sees some new animals moulds in a leopard and cougar, and a man-eating plant (stunning!). I'm a bit disappointed by the waterfall attempt in 60160, but there's another kayak and man eating plant to make up for it.
I've only got a couple of the Minecraft sets, and while a massive fan of the game, the LEGO sets just didn't grab me as much. The new releases since the first wave have looked rather spectacular, though. I love the green colours in 21136!
Some of the Technic sets that were displayed have already been released, or are not far away, but these two are new. I love the little teddy bear on the bullbar of 42070!
There are some great looking Friends sets coming out this year! The only disappointing one is the Advent Calendar, but there's a lot that isn't visible. I love the snow theme, and there's a purple kayak in 41315! The net at the front of the catamaran looks intriguing, and there's a banana boat, which is very clever. Much of the snow theme has been done before in previous Advent Calendars, except now it's on a much larger scale. The chairlift especially is fun.
Architecture sets are always elegant and stunning to look at, using elements in very clever ways, and these to are at that same standard. I love the Guggenheim Museum. The curves are perfectly represented.
There are some interesting choices in designs here. I'm surprised that another space shuttle is being released, and I love the Modular Modern Home. LEGO has really embraced the technology in this set, with an electric car, solar panels, as well as a cute trampoline, although I'm not sure why the dog is on it!
Ok, that's it from the New York Toy Fair! Thanks again to The Brick Show for the excellent images. Be sure to check them out (and us!) on Facebook.
What did you think? Any new favourites? Let me know below.
Release Year: 2015
Pieces: 1683 (with 14 minifigures)
What a monster of a set! When this set hit shelves in 2015, it was one of the larger boxes, and drew quite a crowd, with the plethora of inclusions, perfect for a kick-start to any City layout. There's a whopping 14 minifigures, three cars, two tucks, a motorbike, two major stores, a coffee stand, a tram station, a tram, and a helicopter!
After opening the massive box, you'll see 16 numbered bags, two un-numbered parts bags, three sticker sheets with 54 stickers in total, and 10 instruction booklets, one for each model. I bought mine cheaper in LEGOLAND Malaysia, and unfortunately I couldn't get the box home intact, so i ditched the box and went for a plastic bag instead, so no photo of the box this time! It'll have to be a stock one. Also, apologies for the quality of some of the photos - the set is so huge, it's too big for my photography setup!
Elements and Minifigures: 19/20
Before looking at the elements, let's take a quick look at the minifigures. The 14 minifigures are:
I'm really impressed with these minifigures. It's fantastic to have so many, and even better that many of them aren't the standard City set inclusions. Sorry, no single photo of all the minifigures - I was having too much fun building the set! There's photos of them all down below.
The rest of the elements included are equally as good. There are a lot of existing moulds in new colours and new prints, and many elements that are exclusive to this set, and still are. These include the black roof of the car, the 2x8 plate with gliding groove, the 2x2 printed LEGO set tiles - one of a helicopter set, and one of a construction vehicle, and a new wheel arch.
There's a large number of parts that have been seen before, but are very rare - only appearing in less than five sets. There are too many to list here, but interesting inclusions are the bright orange semicircle plate, used in the ends of the tram, the yellow wall panels in the LEGO truck, the green oxygen cylinders and helmet - common moulds, but green is only seen here, and in 21109: Exo-Suit set from LEGO Ideas - still one of my favourite sets. There's also a white microfigure statue, and the tram's electric line connector, which I've never come across before, called a 1x4 pantograph plate. There's so many fascinating parts in this set, I could go on forever, but I'll stop. Let's take a look at the next category.
City sets are always created with swooshability in mind. After all, it's a toy! With most City sets, there's one main feature model, with a few smaller supporting models, that interact with each other in a couple of ways. This one, however, goes all out. With so many models within this set, there's a plethora of things to do. Delivering pizzas, fixing cars, selling cars, riding the tram, delivering LEGO, selling and buying LEGO, flying a helicopter, selling and buying coffee, towing cars, the list goes on and on and on. No kid (or adult for that matter) is going to be bored with this set. Sure, some of the play features aren't very sophisticated mechanically speaking, but that doesn't matter. There's loads to do.
As I said earlier, for each model, there's an instruction booklet. I could go into each in detail, but for the sake of people's sanity, I'll pick a few things out that I liked and didn't like. That said, most of the build process is the standard bricks on bricks, studs on top process. There's enough SNOT building to make it interesting, and a few models I really enjoyed building, and are planning on modifying and expanding further. All in all, the build process will take around five hours. I worked on a few models a night, so spread out the fun over a week. It was a great way to do it.
The first one I want to mention is the pizza delivery bike. The build seems simple, but both my wife and I found the instructions a little misleading, as the stack of pizza boxes, when constructed according to the instructions, doesn't match the image. We found it difficult to determine if the studs were meant to be in a corner, or in the middle of the tiles. I also enjoyed building the tow truck - it's always good to get more winches.
The LEGO Shop is excellent, but the Pick-A-Brick wall was very fiddly, especially if you want the model and the colour order on the instructions to match.
The tram was very repetitive, as the two ends are symmetrical. It's excellent that they are, but it does make for a repetitive build. The saving grace is that there's so much extra to construct, the repetitive nature is soon forgotten.
The major downside to this set is the amount of stickers. There are so many! Yes, it adds to the overall detail and realism, but if you aren't a sticker fan (there's not too many fans), or aren't very good at applying them, this set will frustrate you from time to time.
Design / Appearance: 17/20
The Pizza delivery bike and hot-dog stand are the simplest of the builds, and they looks excellent. I'm not sure why there's only one side stickered on the hot-dog stand though, that's strange.
I've already said this, but I'll say it again. The tow-truck and car are great. The tow truck looks spot on with it's real life counterpart. The only downside with this is that either the tray is too short, or the wheel-base of the car is too long, as it doesn't fit properly.
The mechanic and car showroom are good, but there's a few problems.
When the sliding door (an excellent design feature) is opened, the right one opens directly in front of the door to the mechanic, blocking the way. It's a huge oversight on the part of the designer. Secondly, it's great that there's little tyre stands on each floor, but it means that a window has to be sacrificed, which is a shame. Aside from that, I like it. The blue frame at the front is eye-catching, and the mechanic is simple, but fun. I'm planning on expanding this section, so it will be fun to see what I come up with, but it's a great start.
The LEGO Shop is my favourite part of the build, and I suspect I'm not the only one that thinks this. The interior details are fantastic, as well as the front, although I'd have preferred the profile bricks to be rotated so the brick side was displayed.
The truck is excellent - it's great to have this stuff for the collection. I'm also planning on modding this one to make it bigger. I can't wait! One of my favourite little features is the smallest - the 1932 sticker at the top. Some LEGO fans may not know that 1932 was the year that Ole Kirk Kristiansen established a business in Billund, making wooden toys, among other things. It wasn't until 1934 that it was called LEGO, but such an awesome nod to the history.
For such a simple concept, the coffee shop is neat. It ties in with The LEGO Movie (same shop name), and is understated, but perfect. I especially like the little coffee grinder inside, complete with coffee in the form of a 1x1 round brown brick. I like the newspaper stand too.
The tram is spectacular. It's long, looks like the real deal, and is bright. The shape is smooth and sleek, and the big windows makes for an enjoyable trip. I love it. If I had two copies of this set, it would be brilliant to have an extra long tram!
The tram station is very small, so I can't imagine there'd be that many passengers, but I think it suits the rest of the layout well. The ticket machine is cute, but I would've like to see the clocks be double sided. The tree is strange, but if you imagine it comes from the African Savannah, then it's ok.
Lastly, there's the news helicopter. To be honest, it's a bit of a strange addition, but at the same time, it fits. I love the glass section, and was intrigued by the tail's construction. It wasn't what I was expecting, but it works.
Value for Money: 10/10
At $250, for that many parts, you're looking at around 14 cents per element. For the types of goodies you get, that's great value for money. There's lots of unique elements, and and excellent range of minifigures. Well worth it. Sure, it's still a lot of money, but it needs to be weight against what's included. This set will most likely increase in price once it's retired, so snap it up now while it's available at retail.
Again, this set scores very highly with collectibility. There's so many great sections to this model - namely the LEGO Shop and the tram, but there's so much included, it's different for everyone. As far as trams go, there's only been one other tram back in 2010 - 8404: Public Transport Station. There's only been four other LEGO Shops as well, so again, this one is worth spending your hard earned cash on.
Next week I'm building something I've been waiting to get stuck into for ages - 21305: Maze! I'm very excited.
What did you think of this week's set? Do you have it? Let me know in the comments!
The New York Toy Fair is on at the moment, and there's always fantastic LEGO goodness to see. Our friends over at The Brick Show have kindly taken lots of photos, and I thought I'd throw in my two cents! Click on the images for a bigger version.
The LEGO Batman Movie
I love it that 70917 comes with a light-up bat signal!
Collectible Minifigure Series 17
This is one that's always popular! These guys are going to be available from May 1, 2017, and they look absolutely brilliant, but what is the mystery figure? Let me know what you think it might be in the comments. There's no names yet, but so many excellent elements! Some of my favourites are:
DC SuperHero Girls
I'm not sure if that is a typo in the last one, but that's what it's got on the box! I'm not the biggest fan of these, but there are plenty of fans out there, so they get a mention. There are some very interesting looking parts included.
Marvel Super Heroes - Spider-Man Homecoming
I love the masks the robbers have in 76082 = Hulk and Captain America! The designers definitely have a sense of humour. I also love the Vulture's wings - they're brilliant, but who is the mystery minifigure?
Some very interesting sets here! I'm yet to build my Nexo Knights stuff, but I'm looking forward to it, and these look sweet! More photos are available on The Brick Show website.
LEGO Star Wars
I have to admit, I'm most excited about the Advent Calendar! I love the little AT-ST. He looks like he's saying "oooooooooh".
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
This is the one I'm the most excited about - 71042: The Silent Mary! What a ship! This ghost vessel is that of Captain Salazar, and is terrifying! It's got 2,200 parts, and will set you back USD$199.99 from April 1. Nope, not an April Fools Joke! Would I be that cruel?
There's eight minifigures (check the press release below), and has a hollow hull that hinges up, just like the movie.
Here's the press release, followed by the trailers for the movie:
This highly detailed Lego model with over 2,200 pieces features a hinged bow section, opening skeleton hull with decay and destruction detailing, movable rudder, collapsible main mast and two further masts, long bowsprit with crow’s nest and mast, tattered sails, detailed quarterdeck, plus a rowboat with two oars and an array of weapons and accessory elements. This model provides a rewarding build and play experience, and the integrated stand makes it suitable for display… Includes eight minifigures: Captain Jack Sparrow, Henry, Carina, Lieutenant Lesaro, Captain Salazar, Officer Magda, Officer Santos and the Silent Mary Masthead.
So, what's got you the most excited from the New York Toy Fair? Let me know below! There's so much to talk about!
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Thanks to the fine folks over at Brickset, we now know what the two remaining BrickHeadz sets are! They are 41593: Captain Jack Sparrow, and 41594: Captain Armando Salazar from the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales film.
If you have no idea who Salazar is, well, I was in the same boat (geddit). He's essentially a really bad guy, and is portrayed by Javier Bardem in the movie that's coming to cinemas May 26. I'm a massive POTC fan, so seeing these made my day! They're not available in the LEGO Shop Online yet, but they're on the back of some of the boxes, which are freely available, so the news is out there now.
What do you think? Do you have a new favourite?
This is exciting! Last night I got my first LEGO press release as a Recognised LEGO Fan Media site. I wasn't allowed to talk about it for a while, but here it is! You're reading it here, first!
On January 1, this year, LEGO Technic, in partnership with BMW Motorrad released the incredible 42063: BMW R 1200 GS Adventure - a stunning 603 piece model of a very striking motorbike. It's a historic release as it was the first time a motorbike manufacturer has co-developed a LEGO Technic set.
Well, they're at it again - historic announcements, that is - a B-model was crafted, and was officially presented today during the LEGO World event in Copenhagen, and it's a release like no other, as it's futuristic. Now, if you've got a copy of the set, this isn't really news, as it's included, but it was all very mysterious.
Well, the mystery is over. Here's the story behind the hoverbike. It's excellent.
LEGO Technic and BMW Motorrad have developed the LEGO Technic Hover Ride. It was a collaborative project, and they even came up with a life-size replica.
The life size model is travelling around to different locations in Denmark, and the "BMW Welt" in Munich, a museum and specialised building for BMW.
Also, due to The LEGO Group celebrating 40 years of LEGO Technic this year, a special printed LEGO Technic element is hidden in the set, which is an excellent surprise!
You can read the full press release below.
Getting ready to fly! LEGO Technic® BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Design Concept Hover Ride
· Unique design concept model – “Design Concept Hover Ride”
· Developed in collaboration with BMW Motorrad design teams
Munich, February 16th 2017 – BMW Motorrad partnered with LEGO® Technic to transform one of the best motorcycles in the world into a LEGO model. The BMW Motorrad R 1200 GS Adventure model celebrates innovative design and engineering. A pure building adventure in 603 pieces. The alternative model as part of the typical LEGO Technic 2-in-1 building set is now taking this icon one step further – into the future.
In a very creative and inspirational atmosphere design teams from BMW Motorrad and LEGO Technic joined forces and jointly developed the
LEGO Technic Hover Ride complete with innovative functions and the signatory GS flyline allowing all fans to rebuild the BMW Motorrad R 1200 GS Adventure into a unique design concept model that removes all limits to motorcycles and allows imagination to fly without vesting technical plausibility.
“What would happen if we designed a bike together? What would happen if we removed all limits for the alternative model? So we set the BMW Motorrad and LEGO Technic design teams a challenge, a challenge that has resulted in this amazing bike. Collaboration between our two teams was driven by passion and respect for the DNA of each other’s brands. It was fantastic to see how engaged and inspired each team was by working together, but I don’t think either of us ever imagined that this project would turn out as it did. I guess it just proves that you can create anything with LEGO Technic. Even the future”, says Andy Woodman – Senior Design Manager for LEGO Technic.
“It was a great idea and a superb creative challenge to develop a fictitious model from the parts of the LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure set. Our concept not only incorporates the BMW Motorrad design DNA with typical elements such as the boxer engine and the characteristic GS silhouette, it also draws on the LEGO Technic stylistic idiom”, says Alexander Buckan, Head of BMW Motorrad Vehicle Design.
The life-size model of this design concept Hover Ride will be presented today during the LEGO World event in Copenhagen and will travel afterwards to different locations in Denmark and the “BMW Welt” in Munich.
40 years of LEGO Technic
The highly detailed LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure contains not only this unique design concept model as part of the typical LEGO Technic 2-in-1 building set. There is also another surprise for collectors. As the LEGO Group is celebrating 40 years of LEGO Technic this year, a specially embellished LEGO Technic element is hidden in the set.
So, what do you think? Is it enough for you to get a copy of the set? Let me know in the comments below.
Remember the post I wrote about the new BrickHeadz theme? Well, good news - they're now available as a VIP Exclusive from The LEGO Shop Online! Hooray!
They look fantastic, and since that post, we've seen that there's also going to be the inclusions of Belle and The Beast, which look equally as excellent.
Unfortunately, according to sources on the interwebs, they're going to be exclusive to the LEGO Certified Store at Dreamworld, and the LEGO Discovery Centre soon to be opening in Melbourne. They'll be at other stores in July, but they won't be everywhere, which is a shame. The best way to get them is from the LEGO Shop Online for VIPs now, and everyone else from March 1.
Either way, I'm getting these - they look like a lot of fun! Let me know which one is your favourite in the poll below.
Check this out! SpacySmoke submitted these perfectly detailed Sega Classic Arcade Machines to LEGO Ideas, and it's reached the coveted 10,000 supporters, and is on to the review stage alongside The Blues Mobile.
I love the machines, and they're all minifigure scale. The three games are Space Harrier, Outrun and Thunder Blade, and they're all from the late 80s. I really hope these make it through!
To celebrate the release of the LEGO Batman Movie, LEGO Rebrick is running a LEGO Batman contest. Participants can build from one of three categories:
All the required details are available from the LEGO Rebrick site, so check out the rules and prizes there. The prizes are of course from the LEGO Batman Movie theme, and aren't just sets! It looks excellent.