LEGO Friends: New Beginnings Debuts January 29

Last year, we got our first introduction to the new generation at LEGO Friends. After Stephanie, Andrea, Olivia, Emma and Mia headed off on their gap years, there is room for a whole new gang in Heartlake city, and we start to hear their stories tonight (Australian time) when the video goes live on the LEGO Youtube channel.

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We Are Getting Some New Friends In 2023

We have now had LEGO®Friends Sets on the shelves for over a decade, and during this time we have seen the girls grow, get rebooted and learn, while seeing each other through good times and bad. The girls who played with those first sets have grown up, and during the second half of the 2022, we have seen our core cast grow up and head off to pursue their dreams: Olivia at Space Camp, Emma at Art School, Stephanie sailing around the world, Mia rescuing animals and Andrea heading out to perform. All of this while welcoming new characters to Heartlake City.

During this time, we have been able to see our own kids grow up, and perhaps there is just a little too much backstory to catch up with, for newcomers to the brand. And so in 2023, we are going to see a new core group of friends, a new logo, and new stories to take place in Heartlake City. This change in direction was teased at LEGO CON 2022, but no further details were forthcoming.

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Monkie Kid Seasons 1-3 Now Available to Stream in Australia

Over the last few years, the LEGO® Monkie Kid theme has provided us with an imaginative, and somewhat colourful collection of sets, incorporating both fantasy and science fiction themes. However, the animated series has been available in only a patchy fashion in Australia, despite being the home of the animation studio.

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Extra Pieces Go To Denmark:

I have recently returned home from Denmark where, along with my Extra Pieces podcast collaborator, Jay from Jay’s Brick Blog, I attended the Skaerbaek Fan Weekend followed by Recognised LEGO Fan Media Days in Billund. This was an amazing experience, running at an amazing pace where we got to meet AFOLs from all over the world, LEGO Designers, and representatives of many other LEGO Fan Media. We talk about some of these experiences in our latest episode of Extra Pieces, available of most major podcasting platforms.

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21337 LEGO® IDEAS Table Football Revealed

It’s been a little while since it was announced – LEGOCON 2021 to be exact – but the LEGO® Ideas Table Football is just about set to arrive. Suffice to say it is a little bit different to what people might have been expecting. The original submission by 16-yo Hungarian LEGO fan Donát Fehérvári as part of the We Love Sports challenge in early 2020 was for a close to full size table, with 11 players per team, on 3 rails. The challenge to ensure that submission would translate to a robust set, tha would stand up to the rigors of friends and family battling out their different fell to LEGO Designer Antica Bracanov, also responsible for realising last year’s Home Alone set, after several years working on LEGO Friends. Antica and the rest of the LEGO Ideas team outlined some of the challenges face at the recent Recognised LEGO Fan Media Days.

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76215 Black Panther Bust Revealed.

With the release of Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever approaching in November 2022, we get our second big Marvel set in as many months: a lifesize bust of the Black Panther.

With 2961 pieces and measuring 46 cm high and 52 cm across, the set will set you back USD349.99/ €349.99/ £299.99 /AUD549.99/539.9 SGD / 569.99 NZD / 449.99 CAD. More Pictures and the Official press release after the break.

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Time for a Little Light House Keeping. 21335 LEGO IDEAS Motorised Lighthouse Unveiled.

Last week, we saw the latest LEGO Ideas set, 21335 Motorised Lighthouse officially revealed. I appear to be posting this a little bit late. But its an impressive looking set, if quite expensive.

This 2065 piece set is 50cm high, with the base measuring 26cmx26 (32×32 studs). Due for release on September 1st, 2022, the set includes a Powered-up Batterybox and Motor, as well as LEGO lighting. It will be priced at 299.99USD, 299.99€, £264.99, 2299.0 DKK, 469.99 AUD, 35980.0 JPY, 499.99 NZD, 379.99 CAD

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LEGO Atari 2600 Unveiled.

Atari 2600 Ad
Print Add c. 1978

Growing up in the 80’s, I could not help but be a little envious of some of my friends who had an Atari. You didn’t need to call it anything more than that (until the 400 and 800 computers were released around 1983) To be honest, I don’t remember the ‘2600’ designator even being a thing to concern ourseves aboutin the australian market, until the product was almost at end of its production run. It did take me a little while to come to realise that the 2600 I read about in American Computer Magazines of the era were referring to the same Atari VCS that we had in Australia.

And so we looked forward to weekends, or long, lazy summer holidays, staying with friends, and playing games on the Atari until a little later at night than we should. The Walnut finish on the plastic case would have matched perfectly with the cabinet of our late 70’s colour TV. If only we had one.

2022 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Atari brand, started in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell, and the release of the coin operated game Pong, or as we thought of it ‘TV-Tennis’. It was the Atari Video Computer System (as it was called on its release, rebranded as the 2600 in 1983).

Today, The LEGO Group announce the near imminent arrival of 10306 Atari 2600. Going alonside the Nintendo Entertainment system, released in 2020, this set is full of nostaligc hits for kids of the 80s.

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Minifigures Series 23 Revealed after LEGO® CON Tease

After teasing 3 of the series 23 CMFs during LEGO Con, the full series has now been revealed on the LEGO CON landing page.

The series is set to roll out in September, and looks like it has a decidedly holiday and costume vibe season vibe to it.

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LEGO® CON REVEAL: LEGO Star Wars – 75323 The Justifier and 75337 AT-TE Walker

We have just seen two new LEGO Star Wars sets unveiled at LEGO® CON, the LEGO Group’s live streamed product showcase. Both Hark from the era of the Clone Wars – The Cad Bane’s ship, The Justifier from the Bad Batch, and the AT-TE (All-Terrain Tactical Enforcer) as seen with the 212th Clone Troopers at the Battle of Utapu, during Revenge of the Sith.

Read on for details, and closer images of the minifigures

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