Category Archives: News

Stay current on the latest news and information about LEGO, from sales & deals to new set announcements. We also cover LEGO events and conventions all over the world.

LEGO Star Wars 75133 Rebel Alliance Battle Pack [Review]

Although there still seems to be a supply chain issue here in North America, where new 2016 LEGO sets are rather hard to come by, our friends in Billund have sent us another batch of sets that we’ll be reviewing here on The Brothers Brick over the next week or two. LEGO continues to expand its range of minifig-centric Battle Pack sets with 75133 Rebel Alliance Battle Pack, alongside the 75131 Resistance Trooper Battle Pack I reviewed over the weekend. The set has 101 pieces, including 4 minifigs, with a price of $12.99.

75133 Rebel Alliance Battle Pack

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Guide to feeling blind packs for LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 15 [Review]

Series 15 of LEGO’s incredibly popular Collectible Minifigures line is starting to hit stores. And if you’re going to find a full set, you’ll need to either buy a full case (which can get very pricey), or stand in the store feeling the blind packs to determine what’s inside. If you opt for the latter route, we’re here to help you get started with this feeling guide. We’ve already done a full in-depth Series 15 minifigure review, so here we’ll just cover the important things you’ll want to know when standing in the store with your fingers on a blind pack.

Collectible Minifigs Series 15

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New LEGO 1966 Batman Batcave officially announced! [News]

Tired of your LEGO Superheroes being modern, dark, and gritty? Well, LEGO has just the solution: a fully loaded Batcave from the 1966 Batman TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. KAPOW! The set will have 2,526 pieces including 9 minifigures, and will retail for $269.99 USD. It’s set to be available in March. The full press release and photos are below.

76052 Batman Classic TV Series – Batcave
76052 Batman Classic TV Series – Batcave

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Interview with Hannes Tscharner, builder of 7,500-piece Millennium Falcon from The Force Awakens

When I first saw the amazingly detailed 7,500-piece Millennium Falcon the day after Christmas, I knew right away that it deserved worldwide attention. The model was built by someone who went by the screen name “Marshal Banana“, whom I recognized as the builder who’d created the wonderful 10,000-piece Jawa Sandcrawler back in 2011. Less than two days after I’d posted the Falcon, my prediction came true and the Falcon was everywhere, from “geek” sites like Kotaku and GeekWire to major news outlets like Time Magazine and USA Today. But we still knew almost nothing about this talented builder.

Now that he’s back from a well-deserved holiday, I’m pleased to bring our readers this in-depth interview with Hannes Tscharner, builder of both the Falcon and Sandcrawler.

Hannes Tscharner with his Millennium Falcon

Hannes shares a bit about himself, along with tips on photographing LEGO models and editing the photos for presentation. We also learn how he organizes his collection, what he uses to add lighting to his models, and more.

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75131 Resistance Trooper Battle Pack [Review]

As part of their January 2016 assortment, LEGO released a number of new minifig-centered battle pack sets as army builders for The Force Awakens, including 75131 Resistance Trooper Battle Pack. The set has 112 pieces, including 4 minifigs, with a price of $12.99.

75131 Resistance Trooper Battle Pack

There really aren’t spoilers to worry about with this review. Still, I’ve managed to write what are probably far too many words for such a small set like this, so hit the jump.

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LEGO Angry Birds movie sets revealed [News]

Get ready to party like it’s 2009, because LEGO has finally revealed details of its April lineup of sets tied to the forthcoming Angry Birds movie. Their new LEGO Angry Birds website includes set names, box art, close-ups and breakdowns of all the play features.

The sets are as follows:

  • 75821 Piggy Car Escape
  • 75822 Piggy Plane Attack
  • 75823 Bird Island Egg Heist
  • 75824 Pig City Teardown
  • 75825 Piggy Pirate Ship
  • 75286 King Pig’s Castle

Click here to see all the entire pig-bliterating lineup!

LEGO Star Wars 75139 Battle on Takodana from the Force Awakens [Review]

The January 2016 LEGO sets continue to arrive on our doorstep, so we continue our flurry of new set reviews with 75139 Battle on Takodana. This new set from The Force Awakens was released on January 1st and retails for $59.99.

75139 Battle on Takodana

As I did when reviewing 75140 Resistance Troop Transporter and other recent LEGO Star Wars sets, I’ll bury the full review under the jump, but I WILL be referencing spoilers in this review. If you’re reading a LEGO Star Wars set review about a set from The Force Awakens nearly three weeks after the movie was released, I think it’s safe to assume you’ve seen the move.


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LEGO WeDo 2.0 unveiled at CES [News]

You’d be mistaken for not hearing of WeDo, LEGO’s education-focused robotics kits, that is basically MINDSTORMS for a younger audience. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, LEGO recently showed off its new line of WeDo 2.0 kits that can already be purchased on their US store, with the core kit costing $159.95. If you’re outside that store’s coverage area, you’ll probably need to track down the LEGO Education reseller in your country if you want to get your hands on a kit.

Other interesting news to come out of this announcement is that the WeDo programming app (which is already available on PC, Mac, iOS and Android) is coming to Chromebook in the second half of 2016.

9 projects qualify for final 2015 LEGO IDEAS crowdsourcing round [News]

LEGO has announced the finalists for the third and last 2015 review round from their crowdsourcing platform, LEGO IDEAS. To qualify, each project had to garner 10,000 votes on the IDEAS website. Being a finalist means LEGO will take a serious look at turning the project into an official LEGO set. It does not, however, guarantee that the project will definitely be created into a set. Generally LEGO selects a single project to move forward to set design, though sometimes none of the finalists make the cut. The IDEAS platform has brought us a wide variety of sets, from The Big Bang Theory, to Birds, to the recently released Doctor Who set.

2015’s second review round is still pending, though an announcement is expected early this year.

Nexo Knights 70331 Ultimate Macy and 70332 Ultimate Aaron [Review]

LEGO’s new Nexo Knights line has launched and is finally available. We’ve already reviewed two of the medium-sized sets from this line, but some of the little sets intrigued me. Each of the named characters has an Ultimate version, available as an individually boxed set for $10 USD. Part counts range between 65 and 101. Six characters are available now, and at least three more are in the pipeline.

LEGO Nexo Knights Ultimate figures on Amazon

I decided to start with 70331 Ultimate Macy and 70332 Ultimate Aaron.

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LEGO Dimensions January 2016 Fun Packs 50% off from Amazon [News] has just discounted the January 2016 assortment of LEGO Dimensions Fun Packs from $15 to $7.50, or 50% off. Pick them up now if you haven’t preordered them already (and the discount should also apply even if you have, thanks to their pre-order price guarantee). Fun Packs work on all platforms.

The Back to the Future Doc Brown Fun Pack includes Doc Brown and a Time Traveling Train from Back to the Future III.

Back to the Future Doc Brown Fun Pack

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LEGO Architecture 21027 Berlin & 21026 Venice [Review]

In addition to 21028 New York City (which I reviewed here a couple of weeks ago), LEGO has also just released 21027 Berlin and 21026 Venice as part of a trio of new city skyline sets.

In contrast to the $60 price tag for NYC, both Berlin and Venice retail for $29.99, and I’ll be reviewing these two smaller sets together today.

LEGO Architecture 21027 Berlin

Read the full review after the jump!