LEGO Star Wars 75095 UCS Tie Fighter is 13% off, currently listed at $173.99.
Today LEGO announced the newest addition to the Ultimate Collector Series, 75144 Snowspeeder. Like traditional UCS sets, this snowspeeder is a large model loaded with details, and can be displayed with a stand and info card. The Snowspeeder has 1,703 pieces and includes 2 minifigures. The set will cost $199.99 USD and will be available beginning on Star Wars day, aka May the 4th, in LEGO stores and from the LEGO Shop Online.
Watch the designer video, read the press release, and see the full gallery of images below.
The LEGO Batman Movie has been out for over a month and it’s still going strong in the weekend box office sales race. Last week, for example, it was the fifth highest grossing film of the weekend. Not too shabby for a kids movie featuring LEGO minifigures.
By now, most of you have probably picked up a few of the LEGO Batman Movie sets (or at least eye-balled the back of the boxes in the store). And while we here at the Brothers Brick have already reviewed many sets from this line, there are still a couple of LEGO Batman Movie sets that we haven’t looked at yet. Here’s a look at one of the entry-level sets…
Joker Balloon Escape  retails for $14.99 and contains 124 pieces. At LEGO’s standard price of $0.10 per piece, this small set may be slightly overpriced. However, since it contains two minifigures and some new, useful parts, many Batman fans may choose to overlook that fact.
The main components are the two minifigures, a power plant console, a comically over-complicated bomb, and the Joker’s balloon pack. There’s also a play feature where the two halves of the tank break away from each other, simulating a bomb explosion. (You know, just in case Batman doesn’t make it in time.)
Interestingly, this set can combine with Mr. Freeze Ice Attack  and Scarecrow Special Delivery Vehicle  to form a mega-set: the Gotham power plant featured in the beginning of the movie.
Take a moment to peer past the speeders and interesting robots, under the beautiful roller door, to the black minifigs in the deep background and appreciate the epic scale of this model. Zach‘s build Team ADU’s Corporate Headquarters has a renovated warehouse feeling. I love how the older-looking brick walls adjoin the skylights and the hinged paneled ceiling. Hanging hoses, ducting and pipework add intricate details while the windows allow ample light into the hive of activity below.
Add more hoses, canisters and the brilliant iron girder in the foreground adding an amazing depth of field, combined with the great use of stickered and printed bricks and a fantastic strange wee red robot all equals a fascinating scene and a great photograph.
The Brothers Brick gives you the best of LEGO news and reviews. This is our Weekly Brick Report for the third week of March.
TBB NEWS & REVIEWS: Ahoy, me mateys! This week we have the skinny on all the new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales sets, as well a tour from inside LEGO’s US headquarters.
- New sets from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales now available – LEGO VIP-card holders can now purchase the 71042 Silent Mary as well as the Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Armando Salazar BrickHeadz.
- Review of LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 71042 Silent Mary – In our exclusive review, we found that this ghost ship packs a ton of parts and play features, but heads up, it has a few holes and will not float.
- Review of LEGO BrickHeadz 41593 Captain Jack Sparrow and 41594 Captain Armando Salazar – Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Armando Salazar retail for $9.99 USD/£9.99/9,99 €. They have 109 and 118 pieces respectively, and what could be a bacon tile!
- LEGO announces new McLaren 720S Speed Champions set – The bright orange McLaren 720S (set 75880) will be joining the likes of the Ford GT, Bugatti Chiron, and more.
- Inside the LEGO Enfield RLUG Workshop – Get TBB’s the inside scoop from LEGO’s US headquarters with interviews from LEGO Ideas, Rebrick, LEGO House and the LEGO Ambassador Network.
- The LEGO Group reports highest earnings ever in 2016, but US sales flat – LEGO reported the highest revenue in the company’s 85-year history in 2016, though US sales were flat.
- This week’s Amazon Sales include Star Wars, Minecraft, Technic, and Creator Sets – We have the best of Amazon’s LEGO Sales and Deals for you with some awesome sets.
TBB INTERVIEWS & INSTRUCTIONS: We’ve got double the building fun for you this week and two interviews with some amazing builders.
- Instructions to build DOOM Guy – TBB’s own Iain Heath shared some instructions to build DOOM’s hero equipped with a basic shotgun.
- Build your own LEGO Tallneck from Horizon Zero Dawn – Here are some instructions from builder Wayne de Beer to make your own Tallneck from Horizon: Zero Dawn.
- Spaceship, Spaceship, Spaceship: A peek into the mind of British builder Jeremy Williams – Do you like space? because British builder Jeremy Williams sure does!
- Bricks, Bikes and a Book: a talk with German brick artist Aran Jistukawa-Hudson – We talk to Aran about his super cool LEGO art and unique philosophy on life.
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirates life for me! For those of you who have yearned for new swashbuckling LEGO sets, today is your day. LEGO VIP-card holders both in LEGO stores and on the LEGO Shop Online can now purchase the 71042 Silent Mary as well as the Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Armando Salazar BrickHeadz. The sets are based on the upcoming film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
You’ll need to be signed in as a VIP member on the LEGO Shop Online for the sets to show as available to purchase. LEGO’s VIP membership is free, and gives early access to sets like this as well as netting you points on all purchases, redeemable for discounts.
This week’s Amazon deals include sets from Star Wars, Super Heroes, City, and Trains! Plus, see more of Amazon’s LEGO Sales and Deals for discounts on many other sets and themes. And don’t forget that sets from the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales are now available.
Check out the other highlights from the sale below.
Last month we revealed the two new BrickHeadz characters from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Captain Jack Sparrow (41593), and a new character, Captain Armando Salazar (41594). TBB has already exclusively reviewed Salazar’s enormous ghost ship 71042 Silent Mary and now we’re taking a look at the movie tie-in BrickHeadz characters.
Like all the BrickHeadz, Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Armando Salazar will retail for $9.99 USD/£9.99/9,99 €. They have 109 and 118 pieces respectively, and will be available March 17 for LEGO VIP-card holders both in LEGO stores and from the LEGO Shop Online.
This week we got to sit down with British builder Jeremy Williams (aka “Bricking It”). He lives in Leicester with his wife and two young sons (ages 5 and 6). He travels frequently, consulting for accounting firms and training their accountants. However, I was able to catch him between road trips and pick his brain. Come explore the mind of a builder with me!
TBB: Hey Jeremy, can you tell us how you got into LEGO?
Jeremy: Sure – I got into LEGO as a kid, and Classic Space was my era. I spent every evening building and playing with spaceships! I also got slightly into Technic, but never Castle or City. I then abandoned LEGO as a teenager and only picked it up again six years ago after my first son was born. I figured I had an excuse again!
Last month, I had the chance to visit the LEGO offices in Enfield, Connecticut. How’d I snag such a sweet opportunity you may ask? Well, the LEGO AFOL Relations & Programs team (aka the “AR&P team”) issued a general invitation to sites like The Brothers Brick as well as to United States RLUG members to participate in a workshop. Unsurprisingly, the workshop spaces filled up in less than 24 hours.
I and 33 other lucky AFOLs got to sneak a peek inside LEGO’s U.S. headquarters and participate in several discussions about LEGO’s community outreach programs. In total, the workshop participants hailed from nine different RLUGs, including QueLUG, WMLUG, NEOLUG, TexLUG, MichLUG, NELUG, ConnLUG, RLUG, and PennLUG.
LEGO STAR WARS TIE Striker 75154 is 30% off, currently listed at $49.00.
LEGO Star Wars Encounter on Jakku 75148 is 35% off, currently listed at $39.00.
LEGO Super Heroes Hulk vs. Red Hulk 76078 is 20% off, currently listed at $48.06.
LEGO City Trains Cargo Train 60052 is 30% off, currently listed at $139.99.
LEGO City Trains High-speed Passenger Train 60051 is 20% off, currently listed at $119.99.
This weekend, Bricks Cascade will bring together builders from the Pacific Northwest and beyond to the Oregon Convention Center for a public expo showing some incredible LEGO creations. The show will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, March 11th and 12th, between 10 AM and 4 PM both days. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online.
In addition to custom LEGO creations, there will be a plethora of vendors selling T-shirts, minifigs, retired sets and more. TBB will be there on the lookout for amazing builds to highlight, so we hope to see you there.