VIDIYO Wave 2 Introduces Buildable Stages and More

Earlier this year, we saw the premiere of LEGO’s new Fluid play theme, VIDIYO. Developed in conjuntion with Universal Music Group, VIDIYO enables children to create music videos using augmented reality, in conjunction with themed minifigures, and tiles – which allow you to enhance the activity of your animated Minifigure pop stars with signature moves, sounds and video effects.

One of the criticisms of the first wave of sets was the relative absence of anything significant to build. Beat Boxes, which contained a small selfcontained stage for a single minifigure were rather light on, with only a small 8×8 mosaic area to build on. That said, the figures involved were absolutely crazy and imaginative in their designs. And it would appear that this is unlikely to change at any time in the near future. The new stage models look like something straight out of Cloud Cuckoo Land, mashing up characters with the different themes of the music. The imaginative designs are certainly intriguing. I will be interested to see whether you need to have the stage models build up as they are, or if you can incorporate your own models in the app.

The newly introduced BeatBoxes, and Stage Models will be available from June 1st globally except the United States, where they will be available from August 1st. The new Bandmates will be available from October 1st globally.

The press release, and new set designs (including Australian pricing) can be found below…

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Episode 2 of Extra Pieces is now live

The next episode of Extra Pieces, a podcast collaboration between Jay’s Brick Blog and The Rambling Brick is now live and available through the regular channels:

In this episode, Jay and Richard discuss the fallout From the Ulysses – VIP Centre hiccup; Look at the Looney Tunes Minifigures; Build some Super Heroes sets and hope for a future where Classic Castle sets return.

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75308 R2-D2 Officially Revealed.

He may not be the first character to speak in Star Wars: A New Hope, but he is the second. The feisty droid R2-D2 is the subject of the major release in time for May the 4th.

With 2314 pieces, a minifigure version of R2D2 and a special Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary LEGO Brick, you can expect 75308 R2-D2 to be on sale from May 1st 2021. It will initially be a LEGO.com/LEGO Brand Retail/ Certified Store exclusive, and is priced at €199.99 EUR – $USD199.99 – £179,99- $AUD329.99 – $CAD269.99 .

This new model is similar in size to the 10225 from 2012, but has undergone a dramatic redesign compared to that model, taking advantage of new elements that have become available in the last 9 years, including various curved slopes; there is also a new mechanisism to release R2D2’s central leg.

This is the only set that the 50th anniversary brick, as far as the team have revealed to date. It is a 4x1x3 Brick. Unfortunately, R2-D2 is still devoid of any printing on the back.

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The LEGO Super Mario Adventures Continue with Luigi’s Starter Course

If you have followed the Rambling Brick over the last 12 months, you would have seen that we are keen enthusiasts of LEGO Super Mario. Today, the LEGO Group have officially announced the forthcoming Adventures with Luigi Starter Set – the perfect set for fans of Mario’s slightly taller sibling. And it’s available for preorder today!

Due for release on the 1st August 2021, it will cost $AUD89.99/USD$59.99/$CAD69.99/£49.99/€59.99. The set has 280 pieces, and comes with new characters: Pink Yoshi, Bone Goomba and Koopling Boom-Boom. The set features desert (yellow), soda jungle(purple) and tower (nougat) biomes, each of which brings different reactions from Mario and Luigi.

We have a spinning see-saw, as well as flying challenges, and a ‘?’ block for power ups.

At this point, we have no specific indications of other sets coming up, but it would be reasonable to presume we will have some new obstacles to overcome, as well as new suits and collectable/buildable figures.

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LEGO® Harry Potter And The Twentieth Anniversary Sets

I thought it would be so simple to predict where this year’s run of Harry Potter sets was going: 2018 – Films 1&2; 2019: 2&4; 2020 5&6. I had been feeling pretty confident believing that this year we would be seeing sets relating the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1&2. It turns out I was wrong. Life’s like that sometimes!

The LEGO Group have just officially announced the sets for the northern Summer 2021

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of LEGO Harry Potter, we see some settings not visited in the current series of sets, as well as a couple of conceptually new sets:

In the collection of sets announced today, we have scenarios from the Philosopher’s Stone; Chamber of Secrets and The Prisoner of Azkaban. We also meet some characters, not previously seen in minifigure form. We also have some ‘off minifigure theme’ sets in the form of Wizards Chess, Giant buildable Harry and Hermione and, embracing the spirit of last year’s kinetic Hedwig: a sculpture of Fawkes, Dumbledore’s pet phoenix.

We also see that the six golden minifigures which were revealed on the LEGO Groups social media feeds last weekend in included in some of these sets.

Let’s take a browse through them, and see what we know…

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Announcing ‘Extra Pieces’ – a Podcast collaboration with Jay’s Brick Blog

Jay’s Brick Blog and the Rambling Brick are excited to announce the arrival of their new collaborative podcast: “Extra Pieces.” 

Now available through major podcasting platforms, “Extra Pieces” will see Jay from Jays Brick Blog and Richard from the Rambling brick will engage in conversation around sets they have built, themes they have loved, trends they have observed and parts they have stepped on.

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LEGO Unveil Full VIDIYO Range: Australian Pricing Available.

We have been hearing a bit lately about the forthcoming Lego Vidiyo range – linked in with a new collaboration with the Universal Music Group. We know there will be Crazy Minifigures, Printed Tiles and an App. Today, we finally get a good view of all of the sets and figures to be seen in the first wave of this new line. With figures and tiles to collect, as well as the play aspect, releated to recording music videos using augmented reality, it is a very different type of theme compared to others we have seen before.

Read on for more details.

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Capture the Beat of Your World with LEGO® VIDIYO

For the last few months, since the first images were seen in the LEGO Print catalog, we have been curious to see what the new Lego Vidiyo theme might have in store for us. Born out of the Collaboration with the Universal Music Group which was announced last April, we finally have the first details of this new theme, aimed predominantly at tweenagers.

A few weeks ago, the product page went live in the ‘kids’ section of the LEGO website, but it has merely teased the existance, without providing any real information about the theme. – well no more than giving us a pair of maracas to click on to elicit a shaker sound.

So, is there any more to it that that? It would seem so… read on for more information, images and a teaster video…

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Let Creativity Bloom With New Botanical Builds From The LEGO Group

We first saw images of the new Botanical Series a month or two ago, and today, the LEGO group officially announced the release of these sets on January 1 2020. The main sets in this series, are both priced at $49.99 GBP/Euro/USD and $89.99 AUD. Here is the official Press Release:

Today, the LEGO Group has revealed a new range of mindful models for the green-fingered. The decorative LEGO® Botanical Collection includes a stunning LEGO® Flower Bouquet to brighten the home, and a LEGO® Bonsai Tree for those looking to be more zen in the new year.

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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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