As May the Fourth Approaches at what feels llike an ever glacial pace, it is time to see the official release images of the latest Ultimate Collector Series set: Set 75341 has 1890 pieces, comes with a Luke Skywalker minifigure, as well as a new exclusive C-3PO figure and will be priced at $319 AUD/$269.99 CAD/£174.99 GB/€199.99 EU/$199.99 US. It will be available exclusively from LEGO Stores.
Luke Skywalker, like any young adult around our world, values the freedoms that he has, despite the pressures from his Uncle Owen, and his X-34 Landspeeder is the key to those freedoms. While it allows him to go out to service the vaporators around the Lars’ moisture farm, it also gives Luke the chance to head over to Anchorhead, and catch up with his friends at Toschi’s Station.
This model is remarkably large, measuring 50cm longx 30 cm wide and 17cm high – significantly larger than any of the existing 6- 8 stud wide versions released over the years.
The new botanical Collection debuted in January 2021, and exceeded expectations for introducing a new range of LEGO sets, designed for display around the home. Bringing us 3 sets – The Floral Bouquet, Bonsai Tree and Bird of Paradise Flower – all suffering from ‘hard to getness’ in their first few months – the LEGO Group has now revealed two more sets for release on May 1, available to preorder from 15 April…just in time for Mothers’ Day in some countries (Australia included).
The new sets include an Orchid, designed by Mike Psiaki, and a selection of different Succulents, brought to us by Anderson Ward Grubb, lead designer on the Floral Bouquet.
Announced today, LEGO®Brick Tales is a new puzzle-based, digital adventure from Thunderful Studios called. We are missing a few details (including platform, price and release dates- I’ll update this post when they become available). This game takes the player through a variety of challenges, typically involving brick based construction, in a beautifully rendered world.
It’s almost April, and this means it must be time to start seeing some new Star Wars sets in preparation for May the Fourth. This year, we have something a little different: rather than focus on playsets or vehicles, this year we are seeing another 3 sets aimed at adults, based on pivotal moments in the A NewHope and The Empire Strikes Back
The LEGO Group is unveiling a new collection of LEGO® Star Wars™ Diorama building sets to help fans relive their favourite scenes from the original trilogy in LEGO brick form.
The three new sets span iconic scenes from Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back to give fans a new way of exploring their love for the early films while building a model they can proudly display once complete.
The LEGO Group have just teased the forthcoming (second half-year) LEGO® Super Mario sets, this time including Princess Peach in the lineup. Hopefully, we shall get more news for Mar10 day for the forthcoming wave. I expect we shall be getting a new starter pack, as Princess Peach appears to be a new digital smart brick, similar to Mario and Luigi. We also have the debut of Ludwig Koopa.
There is something about Italian design from the mid 20th Century. It feels classic, and modern at the same time. The Fiat 500 demonstrated it, and now the LEGO Group have announced the year’s Motor Vehicle For Adults (the label formerly known as Creator Expert): the Vespa 125.
I have to admit, this is one of the more elegant vehicle sets for some time, and more so as a Creator Expert syle Motorcycle, rather than a Technic Model. This baby blue motor scooter captures the charm of this classic bike, endeavouring to capture the iconic curves that have seen the Vespa maintain its popularity some 75 years after it was first introduced.
The set will be available from March 1 2022 and cost 169.99 AUD / 129.99 CAD / 99.99 EUR / 89.99 GBP / 99.99 USD. It has 1106 elements, and measures 35 cm long, 22 cm high and 12 cm wide.
But will this set be one to pick up when it is released on the first of March? Lets take a look through the images that capture the details of this model.
The clock has just ticked past midnight, and there is a new gift with purchase to be found on LEGO.com: the Vintage Taxi. The set requires a purchase of over 279AUD. Given the 10297 Boutique Hotel retails for 319.99AUD, that shouldn’t be too hard! It is rumoured to require a $200UDS/Euro/GBP purchase in those markets: we will see as the earth turns, and the promotions go live!
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,
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.
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.