LEGO® CON Reveals… LEGO SUPER MARIO Buildable Characters Series 5

We saw most of the next wave of LEGO Super Mario sets revealed a few months ago, but there was no mention of any buildable figures. Today, at LEGO® CON, the live-streamed product showcase, the LEGO Group and Nintendo finally unveiled these latest figures

Arriving in August, you will be able to collect these new characters. I suspect the team have responded well to the feedback: there are only 8 figures in the set. Hopefully 2 full sets in a box, rather than sets of 10, and 18 figures in the box, as we have seen with the last 2 series.

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LEGO® CON Reveals… 31207 LEGO ART Floral Art

Revealed today at LEGO® CON, the LEGO Group’s Live Streamed Showcase, we got our first look at the new 31207 LEGO Floral Art Set.

With 2870 pieces, the set will be released on August 1st. It will have a RRP of 69.99 EUR/ 79.99 USD/ 119.99 AUD/59.99 GBP/99.99 CAD

Compared to previous LEGO ART sets, this image measures 32 x 48 studs. This smaller footprint makes this the least expensive LEGO Art set to date.

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Time To Be Taken For A Ride: 10303 Loop Coaster Revealed…

I find it hard to believe that it was just over 4 years ago that we first saw the 10261 Roller Coaster. It offered a slow climb to a sudden descent, in the best tradition of the classical roller coasters of my youth. Now as time has progressed, so too has engineering: people now seek ultimate thrills: sudden drops, loops and in some cases, cork screws. Now, my body’s ability to tolerate such behaviour diminished significantly a few years ago. Fortunately, the ongoing development of the LEGO ICONS (The range formerly known as Creator Expert) Fairground Collection has now brought us an ultimate thrill seeker: a track with a vertical drop and two loops. I watched the video twice and felt slightly nauseous…

But seriously, dynamic models with figures and movement are great attention getters – either in the living room, or at a public display, and I suspect people are going to sit and watch this one for hours. Featuring 11 minifigures, 3756 pieces and priced at 399.99 EUR/ 599.99 AUD/ 344.99 GBP/ 399.99 USD/ 499.99 CAD this set goes on sale July 1.

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New Botanical Collection: Orchid and Succulents revealed in time for Mothers’ Day!

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.

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New LEGO X IKEA Collaboration Announced. This Time, AFOLs Are The Focus [April Fools]

**apologies to everyone who thought this was real. As much as I’d like it, it was part of a hoax perpetrated for April Fools’ day, 2022.

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When the collaboration between the LEGO Group and IKEA was first announced several years ago, LEGO Fans around the world were initially excited. However, when it became apparent that the Bygglek boxes were limited in use for kids to clean their bricks off the living room table in time for dinner, AFOLs were left somewhat despondent.

Today, the next chapter in this great Scandinavian Corporate Lifestyle Collaboration is written. Not only have we received news of a new product, we have also been treated to a glimpse at the release roadmap going forward over the next few years. A new desk optimised for building LEGO sets promises to revolutionise the AFOL LEGO Building experience, providing solutions for all but the most common problems that AFOLs experience in their daily builds.

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10298 LEGO® Vespa 125 Announced. 1106 Pieces, Coming March 1, 2022

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.

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10299 LEGO® SANTIAGO BERNABÉU – Home of Real Madrid Revealed. Top 10 Largest Sets Revised. Again.

Over the last few years, the LEGO Group have released a number of stadia for Football(soccer) fans around the world: Old Trafford; Camp Nou, and today, the LEGO Group reveal Santiago Bernabéu, the home of Real Madrid as the latest stadium to be produced into a complex LEGO Set.

Real Madrid is celebrating its 120th anniversary, and the grounds are celebrating their 75th anniversary, so reproducing the grounds this year seem like a natural choice. The set goes on sale in LEGO stores, from www.lego.com/Real-Madrid and in Real Madrid stores on 1st March 2022 for the recommended retail price of €349.99 / $349.99 / £309.99 /449.99 CAD / 549.99 AUD. It has 5876 pieces and measures 44x38x14 cm. With this many pieces, it is, technically (by part count) a larger set than the Diagon Alley set from 2020. There have been a couple of changes to the top 10 since I last presented it in September last year… so read on to get those details.

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Home Alone Arrives in Time for the Holidays…

The holidays are coming: borders are opening up, family gatherings back on the agenda and it’s time to start rolling out the holiday season movies. While it is unlikely that Die Hard II will ever be immortalised in LEGO form, another holiday film from 1990 has been, thanks to the LEGO Ideas submission Home Alone. Not based on the slightly pretty reasonable Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), and not the lack lustre Home Alone 3(1997). Especially not the direct to video Home Alone 4 (2002) or Home Alone: Holiday Heist(2012). For Goodness sake, it is not even based on the new version – Home Sweet Home Alone, coming to Disney+ in November 2021.

No – this set is based on the original, 1990, Macauley Culkin stranded at home, written by John Hughes and directed by Chris Colombus.

The way it should be.

Based on the LEGO Ideas Submission from 28-year-old Alex Storozhuk, this 3955 piece set is the largest LEGO Ideas set to date. With 3955 pieces, and priced at €249.99 / $USD249.99 / £249.99/ $AUD399.99/$CAD349.99, the set will be released on November 1st, 2021.

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BrickCon Is Back, In Real Life!

If nothing else, the lockdowns brought on by the pandemic have taught us just how much many of us value the opportunity to get to live, face to face events. I have attended a few events over the last couple of years, all using different variations of online event. While parts of the world are opening up, international travel is still but a dream to many of us. BrickCon 2020 was one of the first international online events that I attended last year, and they are pleased to announce that this year they are running in person, as well as hybrid registrations. Read on for the full story, and registration details. Real life Registrations will be limited to 400, and open AUGUST 1st. Hybrid/online registrations open September 1

BrickCon has announced that its 20th annual LEGO fan convention and public exhibition is coming back to the Seattle Center. BrickCon 2021 will be held Oct. 1 – 3 and will offer adult LEGO builders a full convention featuring displays, awards, classes, workshops, prizes, vendors and more. BrickCon will also offer a limited hybrid virtual ticket for fans who can’t travel.

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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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