After what feels like years of delays, TT Games ‘LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga’ has finally been given a release date:April 5 2022.
The final gameplay trailer was released overnight,and it looks like, while the delays have been frustrating with large gaps between updates, as well as rumors of the game being cancelled, its might all have been worth it. Having been around LEGO Star Wars since the beginning, LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy was probably one of the first games that I played with my kids. Now, almost 20 years later they are grown up, and seeking out gaming experiences of their own.
Is the desk or book shelf in your home library looking dull, lifeless, and missing that exciting talking point with that classic, yet contemporary feel? Check out the new LEGO Ideas Globe 21332, announced today by the LEGO group.
Based on Disneybrick55’s submission on the LEGO Ideas Platform, it was approved in September 2020.
Available on 1st February 2022 from LEGO Branded retailers, the set has 2585 pieces and will be priced at €199.99 / $199.99 USD / £174.99 / 319.99 AUD / 269.99 CAD. The globe is nearly 40 cm tall, and spins.
There are added details inclding printed tiles, including a fleur de lys/compass rose, as well as some classic Olde Worlde details such as ships at sea.
It features printed, glow in the dark tiles naming the continents and oceans.
The construction appear intriguing, styrethcing over 16 panels: not quite the standard meridians we are used to, but it works for providing an appropriate approximation with the materials available.
Explorers, get set for adventure! The LEGO Group has revealed the LEGO® Ideas The Globe, sure to spark fans’ imaginations of traveling around the world, exploring new places and building new memories.
The 2585-piece set beautifully shows a realistic, customizable vintage brick-built earth globe, with printed names of the continents and oceans that glow in the dark so you can display and see the world at every moment. In addition, once built the set spins, a first for a LEGO globe at this scale.
The set was designed as part of the LEGO Ideas® platform, a LEGO initiative that takes new ideas that have been imagined and voted for by fans and turns them into reality. France-based LEGO fan, Guillaume Roussel, was responsible for creating the concept for the LEGO Ideas The Globe – having been inspired by the tales of Jules Verne. Talking about how he approached the design, Guillaume said: “When approaching the design, I asked myself ‘what could be creative, educational and touch most of the world?’ And the answer was just ‘the world itself’”.
Federico Begher, LEGO Group Head of Global Marketing for Adults added: “What is so wonderful about this set is that, with a little imagination, it allows fans to discover the world through LEGO bricks. The globe is a symbol of dreams and aspirations of travel to come for all who are seeking a bit of adventure or for those looking to learn about our world. When reviewing Guillaume’s’ set we could see the passion he had for travel and adventure, but also for inspiring building fans everywhere. Our designers also relished the challenge of making this set spin.”
I am impressed with the look of the globe, which I suspect has become a less common article in the home compared to ‘back when I was a boy’. I know, however, that no child in its vicinity would be able to resist spinning it until it falls over and rolls out the door, so I am curious to see how the final model shapes up, as far as general robustness is concerned.
If I were to compare this with a ‘serious’ globe of similar size (wood and brass stand), such models typically retail for between 200-300AUD, with a greater level of detail. This does, however fit in nicely with the notion ofReal World Life Size Objects, which seems to becoming its own subtheme in LEGO Sets, but includes the IDEAS Typewriter as well as the Ship in the Bottle, Adidas Superstar and the Botanical Series. You might even include the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Icons.
I can see this probably becoming a go to set for non-AFOLs over the next couple of years. I’d love to know what you think of this set: An easy purchase? Wait and See? Leave your comments below, and until next time,
This past weekend, we celebrated the 11th Anniversary of the first episode of Ninjago going to air.
The latest drop of Ninjago sets does not specifically tie-in to a current series of the show, but rather returns to the core material of Ninjago: Mechs, Dragons and Vehicles, aimed at a variety of age groups
Today, I would like to cover several sets in the wave, all of which are aimed at a 6+ audience. They represent most of the collected EVO sets of the wave:
It feels a bit like The LEGO Group is tidying up the house in preparation for its 90th Birthday later this year: Last night we heard about the merging of Bricks and Pieces into Pick a Brick, and this was followed hours with news that LEGO® Digital Designer – a stalwart of many fans of digital building – is going to have support discontinued, to be replaced by ongoing development of LEGO BrickLink Studio, as the group’s officially supported digital building application.
Studio has been on the rise over the last few years, particularly with the rise of interest in LEGO building during the pandemic, its integration with BrickLink and the Bricklink Designers Program. On the other hand, LEGO Digital designer has been getting fewer and fewer updates with new elements over recent years.
The Lunar New Year is approaching, and as such, the annual Chinese Zodiac Animal Gift with Purchase is now live. These animal models embrace a certain kawaii look, with big eyes, and cartoonish expressions. This is the 8th model in the series, which began with the Year of the Sheep in 2015. I might have missed that one, but I have managed to secure each animal since then. It is currently available through LEGO.com as a Gift With Purchase, with a price threshold of $AUD169; £88; €88, $USD88. It is also available in Australia, through Myer Stores as well as LEGO Certified Stores – possibly others – where the purchase threshold is $AUD88. The set has 183 pieces, and the promotion is due to finish on 27th January at LEGO.com, and 31st January at Myer Stores. Or while stocks last!
Do you link to order brand new bricks, Minifigure parts and animals directly from the LEGO website, using either BricknPieces or Pick a Brick? You may have noticed some inconsistencies over the years, including pricing, as well as the range. Pick-a-Brick has been selected by machine, while Bricks N Pieces has been picked by hand – explaining its ongoing wait time, especially at peak periods.
Today, the LEGO Group has announced a change in the way that these programs will be accessed, by providing them with a merged shopping interface. Best Selling elements will be tagged and set directly from the nearest hub, while the more ‘regular elements’ will continue to be supplied from Billund.
January 1 is just around the corner, and with it come over 100 new LEGO sets. Now, you might be happy to wait and see how they get discounted at your local retailers, but the LEGO Group seem to make a point of adding in a new gift with purchase for 1st of January to tempt you either directly into their retail stores (if you have LEGO Brand retail, and not just certified stores) or to place your order at LEGO.com.
This year they have released a new version of the LEGO brand retail store – 40528. It will be launched as a gift with purchase in the new year – with a $USD125;123€;£125 purchase. I am not certain of the exact timings of the offer, or the threshold in other markets at this time.
most importantly, the information received is unclear with regard to whether this will be a GWP on January 1, or just with future store openings! All will become clear soon, I am sure.
I believe it will be available from 1st January as a GWP, and quite probably at future LEGO Brand retail openings. Read on for my review.
It has been almost 2 years now, since Sonic Mania – The Green Hill Zone reached 10000 supporters on LEGO Ideas, and now the set is almost ready to roll as Sonic the Hedgehog Green Hill Zone, due for release on January 1 2022. The set has been reframed to take in the 30-year history of Sonic the Hedgehog, where the Green Hill Zone has been a part of the landscape in multiple iterations of the game.
The set has 1125 pieces, and when set up measures 36 cm from end to end, while only 6cm deep. It is priced at $69.90 USD9 / £59.99 / €69.99 / 119.9 AUD / 89.99 CAD.
The Spring Festival Sets – coinciding with the Lunar New Year Celebrations have become a highlight over the last few years. As well as a larger set commemorating a significant part of the celebrations: Family Reunion Dinner, the Temple Market, the Lantern Festival, and Ice festival, there have also been more generic sets: The Dragon Dance, Lion Dance and the Story of Nian. This year, the smaller set – 80108 Lunar New Year traditions leans on many aspects of the Chinese New Year Celebrations, and brings them into the setting of six vignettes join around a central hub. Along the way, we have a few new elements, and some delightful scenes.
The Harbin Snow and Ice Festival is one of the more unique events associated with the period from late December to early February. Located in Heilongjiang, the northernmost province in China, the annual festival sees a large number of magnificent Ice and Snow sculptures on display.
This festival, and other like it are the subject of 80109 Lunar New Year Ice Festival. With 1519 pieces, it is one of two minifigure scale sets released this year celebrating the Chinese Spring Fesitvals.
Like the Temple Fair and Lantern Festivals, this set is rich in minifigures, and scope for story telling. Being set in a snow clad winter setting, it brings us a very different environment to these other sets. I was fortunate to receive a pre-release copy of the set for review, thanks to the LEGO Group. Let’s take a look at the build experience.