Second Wave of LEGO® Super Mario Announced.

Earlier in the year, I was excited to see the release of the LEGO® Super Mario range. If might not have been the collectable minifigures, that many people were hoping for, but I believe that the play system, involving the Super Mario Smart Brick, in conjunction with scannable tiles has resulted in a game that we would only see with LEGO® and Nintendo working together. Judging by the responses we had to the ‘What Next For LEGO Super Mario,’ a number of you were quite inspired too!

Today, we get our first official look at the next wave of sets, set for global release on January 1, 2021.

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43179: Mickey and Minnie Buildable Figures Announced

Continuing with the ongoing strategy of marketing direct to AFOLs with the 18+ packaging, the LEGO Group and Disney today announce the forthcoming release on July 1 of their latest Direct to Consumer set: 41379 Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters. This set has over 1700 elements, building two figures, and accessories. Each figure is over 30cm tall.

43179 LEGO® ǀ Disney Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters Ages 18+. 1739pieces US $179.99 –CA $229.99 –DE €179.99 –UK £169.99 – FR €179.99 – DK 1399DKK- AUD $279.99 – NZD $319.99

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Advanced Build, 10277 Crocodile Locomotive Announced.

Under the old Creator Expert label, we could expect a train set released every few years. In the last decade or so, we have seen the legendary 10194 Emerald Night; the 10219 Maersk Train, the 10233 Horizon Express and the 10254 Winter Holiday Train. It must be time for a new one.

Today, LEGO unveils the 10277 Crocodile locomotive. With 1271 elements, and featuring the 18+ branding, where once we would see Creator Expert, this engine will be available from 1st July 2020. It will be priced at €99.99/ 899.99DKK/ $US99.99/ $AU169.99/ $NZ189.99. In Australia, it will be available from LEGO Branded retail, as well as David Jones department stores.

Unfortunately, no press release was forthcoming in advance of the announcement – so I am just going by what I can see in the photos:

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The Magic Continues to Build: 2020 Wizarding World Sets Announced. Available for preorder April 30

Over the last few years, we have come to expect to see new Harry Potter sets appearing around the middle of the year. In 2018, we saw sets released for The Philosopher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets. In 2019 we saw sets pertaining to The Prisoner of Azkaban as well as The Goblet of Fire. You might almost think that a pattern was appearing. So you might not be surprised to learn that, this year, we have some sets relating to The Order of the Phoenix, as well as the Half Blood Prince.

We have some locations that we have not seen before, as well as a a few being revisited after an absence of many years. The sets will be released inJune, around much of the world, and August in the USA.

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Vale Jens Nygaard Knudsen, 25 Jan 1942 – 19 Feb 2020. Designer of the Minifgure.

This weekend, we received news that Jens N. Knudsen passed away. Jens was a designer at the LEGO Group between 1968 and 2000, and was responsible for the design of the LEGO Minifigure. His name is there, on the patent document, next to Gødtfred Christiansen. After the successful introduction of the minifigure, he was made Chief Designer.

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This Is The Way: New LEGO® Sets based on Disney’s ‘The Mandalorian’ Unveiled at the New York Toy Fair

The New York Toy Fair is now underway, and we have seen a couple of new sets officially unveiled. 75317 Brickheadz: The Mandalorian™ & The Child was prematurely revealed to the world by Amazon in Canada last week, but today we got our first look at 75292: The Razor Crest, the Mandalorian’s ship. We don’t know too many additional details – release is merely slated for ‘Second Half 2020’, and global pricing is not available at this stage. Release is slated for 1st September 2020, and will cost $AUD199.99.

Read on for a closer look…

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Rambling Brick Turns Four

On January 30, 2016, the Rambling Brick was born. Four years ago, give or take a couple of hours. Please pardon a little indulgence as I take a quick look through some highlights of the last 12 months.

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New Spring Festival Sets for 2020 Announced: APAC Release: December 26 – Rest of the World: January 10!

After last year’salmost unanticipated success of the 80102 Dragon Dance, and the 80101 Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner, the LEGO Group have just announced the two sets to be released for next year’s celebrations, as we welcome in the Year of the Rat: 80104 Lion dance and the 80105 Chinese New Year Traditional Temple Fair.

These sets build on the foundation set by last year’s sets, and carry the story telling to the next level. For MOC builders, the sets offer an array of new decorated elements, as well as some neat parts usage demonstrated throughout both sets…

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This Set Gives Us an Idea of When Dinosaurs Ruled the World [Announcement 21320 LEGO® Ideas Dinosaur Fossils]

Dinosaurs have always held a degree of fascination for me: as a child, I would spend hours looking at pictures, and wondering why I couldn’t find any realistic toys or models of these giant, extinct reptiles.

Since the advent of Jurassic Park, over 25 years ago, there has been no shortage of dinosaur toys on the shelves, and making their way in to LEGO sets over recent years.

This year we have already seen the Jurassic World T. Rex Rampage set released, at the cost of storage space. Today, we see the latest LEGO Ideas set: 21321 dinosaur Fossils. With 910 Pieces, Skeletons for: T. Rex, Stegasaurus and a Pteranadon, 2 minifigures and museum style plinths, the set goes on sale on November 1st 2019.

Recommended for ages 16+, the set will be priced around $AUD100. (read on for International Pricing and more images)

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Rebuild the World: Nurturing Creative play.

If you have been following the LEGO Social Media feed over the last few days you may have felt a little baffled. Following a 10 second teaser, featuring a man carrying an oversized bow and arrow… cross to an anthropomorphised lion and deer sharing a coffee… a life size LEGO Fire truck and a crowd of people dressed as minifigures – with oversized minifigure accessories: camera, flower, flippers look to the sky to see a rubber raft fly by. We are now excited to be able to bring you the short film in its entirety. (after the break)

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