One of the LEGO Speed Champions cars released earlier this year that we overlooked — perhaps distracted by the truly awesome 2016 Ford GT & 1966 Ford GT40 (my favorite Speed Champions set yet) — was 75877 Mercedes-AMG GT3. Before we dig into reviews of the summer 2017 LEGO sets, let’s catch up with this speedy little roadster.
A month ago we got our first look at the new LEGO sets for Thor: Ragnarok, with the official box art and a few images. Now, however, LEGO is officially announcing the sets as they become available globally beginning today, though oddly they don’t release in the US until August.
76084 The Ultimate Battle for Asgard, 400 pcs, $49.99 USD
76088 Thor vs. Hulk: Arena Clash, 492 pcs, $59.99 USD
Summer is here, and the floodgates of new LEGO sets have opened with 55 sets available as of today. Fans of Star Wars, Superheroes, City, Creator, Friends, Elves, LEGO Dimensions, and The LEGO Batman Movie have a lot to look forward to. And to sweeten the deal, LEGO is offering a cute free Minifigure Travel Pack and free shipping with purchases of $35 or more from the LEGO Shop.
The LEGO Ideas team in Billund, Denmark revealed the first images and box art for the next Ideas set 21310 Old Fishing Store earlier today, and The Brothers Brick was on location at LEGO headquarters to meet the team behind this set. The set was revealed in a small restaurant in Billund as part of the LEGO Fan Media Days that TBB is currently attending. LEGO graphic designer Mark Tranter, fan designer Robert Bontenbal, and LEGO designer Adam Grabowski were on hand to talk through some details.
LEGO has just revealed full details and images of its latest addition to the LEGO Ideas range of fan-created sets: 21310 Old Fishing Store, based on a design by Dutch builder Robert Bontenbal. The set contains 2049 bricks and will be available from September 1st, 2017 for a recommended retail price of USD 149.99 / EURO 149.99 / GBP 139.99. Official set description and box shots are included below. Get your hooks and lines ready to reel in this beauty in the Fall!
Find all the gear you need for a fantastic fishing trip at the Old Fishing Store! Walk up the steps from the beach into the shop selling fishing rods, hooks, harpoons, diving equipment, oxygen tanks and much more. Climb the ladder to the top of the watchtower and look through the telescope to enjoy the view. Then relax and read the newspaper in the office. Just make sure the cat or seagulls don’t eat the freshly caught fish hanging outside!
The Old Fishing Store is ideal for display and role-play, this model has 2 removable roofs, an opening back wall in the shop for easy access, 4 minifigures, cat and 3 seagull figures, as well as loads of other cool details and elements to fire up the imagination.
Don’t miss our interview with the LEGO Ideas design team behind this new set!
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In addition to the best LEGO models created by builders all over the world, The Brothers Brick also brings you the best of LEGO news and reviews. This is our weekly Brick Report for the final week of May 2017.
TBB NEWS & REVIEWS: It was a quiet week in LEGO news, but we still have a review of the stunning Ultimate Batmobile and some custom kits that will blow you out of the water.
- Review of The LEGO Batman Movie’s The Ultimate Batmobile 70917 — Four amazing vehicles combining into one ultimate Batmobile!? A working Batsignal!? Flying monkeys!? Polka-Dot Man!? Take my money!
- John F. Kennedy’s PT-109 WW2 torpedo boat recreated in LEGO — Dan Siskind from Brickmania shows off a full-size minifig-scale version of John F. Kennedy’s World War II torpedo boat, PT-109 with more than 4,000 pieces and measuring 27 inches (over 68 cm) long!
- Insert a 5.25″ floppy disk and start up WordStar with this retro LEGO desktop — Chris McVeigh posted the final design for his DOS desk kit, which will be available from his online store soon, and it is a walk down technology lane that even includes a printed floppy disk.
OTHER LEGO NEWS: This week had a few interesting nuggets of LEGO-related news beyond the new kits, so here are the best of the rest.
- No Minifigs Were Harmed In The Filming Of This LEGO Crash Test, Geek.com — What happens when you drive the LEGO Porsche 911 GT3 RS into a wall at 46km/h? Pure bliss.
- Here’s How You Can Make Your Own Fidget Spinner With LEGO Blocks, Time — LEGO released instructions to build your own fidget spinner, with some LEGO Stores even stocking the parts to build it.
- Cambridge University appoints LEGO Professor of Play, Daily Mail — After a massive search, Cambridge has named Professor Paul Ramchandani as its LEGO Professor of Play, tasked with examining the importance of play in education globally.
- Brisbaine Airport seeks LEGO ‘master builder’ who can supply their own bricks for yearlong artist’s residency, Daily Mail— Are you in Australia and ready to show your master building skills of to the world? Well, working for the airport may be your ticket to fame.
Even though The LEGO Batman Movie has been in theaters since February, LEGO Batman is back this summer with a whole new wave of sets. Many of the sets this time around feature some of the more spoiler-ish elements of the movie, but nothing that will ruin the movie if you haven’t yet seen it. The flagship of this wave is 70917 The Ultimate Batmobile, which we got our first look at in February at the New York Toy Fair. It’s a massive creation from the film’s turning point that features a Batmobile, Bat-Tank, Batcycle, and Batwing all joined into a rolling fortress for Batman and his cohort. By far the largest of The LEGO Batman Movie sets, The Ultimate Batmobile has 1,456 pieces and will retail for $129.99 USD and should be available June 1.
The set includes 8 minifigures, along with a light-up Batsignal.
We’re huge fans of Chris McVeigh here at The Brothers Brick, and I’ve enjoyed each of the custom LEGO kits I’ve bought from his online store — custom kits that I can only describe as artisanal LEGO kits, with beautifully printed packaging lovingly arranged in the shipping box with tissue paper. We featured Chris’s LEGO Macintosh desktop last year (which I bought for myself last Christmas and love, love, love!) and his LEGO Amiga 500 last month, and now Chris has posted the final design for his DOS desk kit, which will be available on his website soon.
The desk drawers are fully functional, with a bunch of accessories to make you more productive — or keep you distracted during the workday.
One of the things that makes us love Chris and his designs all the more is that he puts his detailed instructions online for free. Yes, you can buy his kits — complete with custom-printed floppy disks and retro calculator — but you can also download his instructions and build his designs with your own bricks if you want. Be sure to check out our interview with Chris McVeigh as well.
While the rest of us toil away at day jobs and try to squeeze in a bit of LEGO building in the evenings and weekends, Dan Siskind runs Brickmania full time, continuing to lead his company’s LEGO design team even while he brings on other great designers. Dan’s latest personal design project has been a full-size minifig-scale version of John F. Kennedy’s World War II torpedo boat, PT-109. Dan’s model includes over 4,000 pieces and measures 27 inches (over 68 cm) long, with a crew of thirteen custom-printed minifigures.
In addition to the best LEGO models created by builders all over the world, The Brothers Brick also brings you the best of LEGO news and reviews. This is our weekly Brick Report for the third week of May 2017.
TBB NEWS, REVIEWS & INSTRUCTIONS: It was a quiet week, but we still got the official word on the largest Minecraft set ever made and instructions for a cool retro concept car.
- Largest ever LEGO Minecraft set announced: 21137 The Mountain Cave — With 2,863 pieces and a price of $249.99, this set is a massive addition to your Minecraft village.
- An interview with Monorail champion and brick outlaw Randy Sluder — Purists look away now, as we learn about ways to get the perfect look, including drilling, cutting and sanding!
- Instructions to build the iconic Flintstone’s foot powered car — Builder hichiroku24 shares the means for constructing your very own earth friendly, zero emission, instantly recognizable two-seater from the Stone Age.
OTHER LEGO NEWS: This week had a few interesting nuggets of LEGO-related news. Here are the best of the rest.
- LEGO train dream ride will take you to a minifig wonderland, YouTube — From the same mind that was able to get a LEGO train to do a full 360 degree loop, here is the minifig-scale dark ride of your dreams.
- LEGO reaches 100% renewable energy target three years ahead of schedule, The Independent — To celebrate, LEGO built a giant wind turbine made from 146,000 plastic bricks.
- iTunes Launches LEGO-Themed Makeover for Digital Release of ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’, MacRumors — Though not out on DVD for another month, you can now stream The LEGO Batman Movie through iTunes.
- Inside the mesmerizing world of a LEGO packaging facility, AOL.com — The facilities and the assembly process are mesmerizing. The perfectly stacked storage containers and cascading LEGO pieces provide an aesthetically pleasing, colorful dreamland for any organization lover.
The LEGO Minecraft world just got a whole lot bigger. Today LEGO has announced the largest set yet for the minifigure-scale theme, 21137 The Mountain Cave. Coming in at a staggering 2,863 pieces and a retail price of $249.99 when it arrives July 1, young Minecraft fans had better hope Grandma has deep pockets if they put this on the wishlist (though the set does also hit the highest age target in the Minecraft theme at 12+). This is the second large exclusive for the Minecraft theme, following last year’s 21128 The Village.
As the name implies, the set features a sizable stone mountain (12in, or 31cm, high at the peak) that’s riddled with caves. The mountain’s footprint is 20x11in (53x29cm), and has minecart tracks, a small home, and a light brick that can be positioned to light a jack o’ lantern, lava, or several other features. The set features lots of new printed elements, along with two minifigures and 13 mobs, including some new ones such as a baby wolf, bats, a charged creeper, and a giant slime. As with other large exclusives, we expect it to be available about two weeks early for LEGO VIP members.