We’re excited to bring you pictures from the new line of LEGO Elves revealed at Toy Fair in New York. Stay posted this week for our upcoming reviews of 41172 The Water Dragon Adventure and 41176 The Secret Market Place!
The LEGO Ninjago theme has had an odd release cycle this year, with sets available outside the US months in advance of the largest market for LEGO, and product details only available at the last minute — LEGO only provided final details of the March 2016 Ninjago sets earlier this week. So, with the caveat that not all details are available or 100% confirmed at this time, here’s what we know about upcoming LEGO Ninjago sets, as revealed at Toy Fair in New York this morning.
70592 Salvage M.E.C. (439 pieces)
Next in the lineup of LEGO revealed at Toy Fair in New York today is 2016’s allotment of the perennial favorite, City. These new sets will be available in August. Of particular interest is LEGO’s new big City line, featuring a volcano research team. There are five sets to the new theme, each with a brilliant helping of lime green. New for this fall is also a theme centered around the LEGO City Airport, as well as a fun people pack, featuring a new minifig wheelchair and a new minifig baby.
Alongside the summer 2016 LEGO Star Wars sets LEGO unveiled at Toy Fair this morning in New York City, we bring you the next batch of LEGO Marvel Superheroes sets, scheduled for release in March and August.
Captain America: Civil War is scheduled for release in May, but LEGO will be releasing a number of new Captain America sets in March.
76047 Black Panther Pursuit (287 pieces at $29.99)
76050 Crossbones’ Hazard Heist (179 pieces at $19.99)
Thanks to our man on the ground, Dan Rubin, we have the juicy details about a ton of new sets revealed by LEGO at the 2016 Toy Fair being held in New York today. In addition to the complete details about 75098 Assault on Hoth posted earlier today, we’ll be bringing you information on new sets in various LEGO themes over the course of the weekend. But let’s get started with the theme you all really wanna see: STAR WARS!
As well as the new battle packs and microfighters that we reviewed in detail last month, there are new sets spanning the original trilogy, prequel trilogy and Rebels animated series. We also got a close-up look at a couple of sets from the brand new Disney XD animated series LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, which follows the exploits of a bunch of scavengers called the Freemakers, and is set in an era between Empire and Jedi.
LEGO has revealed the next massive Star Wars set, 75098 Assault on Hoth. It brings us to the frozen rebel Echo base during the Imperial assault. The set will have 2,144 pieces including 14 minifigures, and will go on sale April 30 for $249.99 USD.
If minifigs just aren’t big enough for you, LEGO has created three life-size sculptures celebrating Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Poe stands 67.3 inches tall, weighs 112 pounds, and took builders 195 hours to place all 22,736 bricks. Finn also weighs 112 pounds, but took builders 205 hours to place all 23,072 bricks in his 68.9 inch stature. And true to the movie, Captain Phasma is huge at 81.5 inches tall, and weighs 185 pounds. She took builders 275 hours and 37,556 bricks to construct.
Another issue of online LEGO fan magazine HispaBrick is now available for download. In this edition, the Arvo brothers present their stunning ALIEN building project book. There are interviews with epic diorama builder Michał Kazmierczak and Kevin Hinkle, Community Manager for LEGO’s Community Engagement division. Set reviews include the Brick Bank and Imperial Star Destroyer. Building guides covering such diverse topics as trees, modular landscaping, and WeBo robotics. There’s also a peek inside the new LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Osaka, and a whole lot more. So download it today!
In advance of our coverage from New York Toy Fair this coming weekend, LEGO has provided us with some details missing from previous coverage of the 2016 Ninjago line, including full product descriptions, higher-res images, and confirmation of a March release date. When LEGO had sets like 70605 Misfortune’s Keep and 70603 Raid Zeppelin available in mid-December to send us for review, we were actually expecting a January release, but January has come and gone somewhat to our confusion, so it’s good to finally have confirmation of the real street date.
Final product descriptions follow each image below, but be sure to click through to Flickr and check out the first full-res images of the 2016 Ninjago sets.
70604 Tiger Widow Island (450 pieces at $49.99)
Mighty Dogshank is approaching carrying her huge anchor weapon. Fight back with Nya’s katana and drop coconuts on Dogshank from the tower and Sensei Wu’s hot air balloon. Watch out for Sqiffy’s pirate flyer and make the palm tree fall to knock him off the ladder. Hide out in the cave — and beware of the giant venomous spider roaming the island! Defeat the pirate invaders and free trapped Lloyd from the special Djinn Blade!
70602 Jay’s Elemental Dragon (350 pieces at $29.99)
Jump into the dragon’s saddle and grab the reins. Snap the jaws and adjust the head, wings, legs and tail for awesome battle poses. Dodge Cyren’s harpoon hook shooter and the pirate flyer’s six-shooting rapid shooter. Fire the spring-loaded shooters to take down the flyer and then release Nya from the Djinn Blade!
It’s shaping up to be a busy month for contests this February with TBB’s Space Chefs, LUGNuts 100th challenge, and of course the annual FebROVERary challenge. And now there’s one more addition to the collective building pot:
It’s been four years since the last Speeder Bike Contest, which I remember well …mainly because I didn’t have time to take part, and was going to do the next one. It took 4 years, but Cole Blaq and _zenn are back, and I’m not missing my chance this time.
The three builds pictured above are the actual prizes for this contest (plus polybags). The first prize winner gets Cole Blaq’s amazing custom chromed speeder, shown below. Check out the Speeder Bike Group for full details. And since it is competing with so many other contests, the organizers have extended the deadline an extra day, to February 29th.
LEGO has an all-new wave of Speed Champions planned for 2016, bringing some American muscle to a party that has so far been dominated by European supercars like Porsche, Ferrari, and McLaren. European cars are still in the mix for this year, but first off the starting line for the Americans is a 2016 Ford Mustang GT, a killer car in blue with a classic white stripe.