Undoubtedly you’ve noticed from our weekend posts that Toy Fair New York began on Saturday, and we were there in person to bring you coverage of LEGO’s latest news. This year I had the pleasure of attending as the representative from The Brothers Brick, tasked with the oh-so-onerous duties of getting a hands-on look at new LEGO sets months in advance of their release and bringing our readers photographs of them.
The Brothers Brick publishes so many stories that we’re giving you the best of LEGO news and reviews. This is our Weekly Brick Report for the first week of 2017 (and the new year is off to a great start).
TBB NEWS: Holy moly, Batman, there was an avalanche of news this week. From the unveiling of Boost at CES to sending a plane to the South Pole, we have all you need to know right here, including the winners of TBB’s Builder and Creation of the year!
- LEGO Boost unveiled and Hands on with LEGO Boost at CES in Las Vegas – TBB brings you exclusive information about LEGO’s newly unveiled Boost robotics system from CES.
- LEGO Hercules travels to the South Pole – Read all about how TBB sent a model of a LC-130 Hercules to the South Pole and the LEGO fans that live there.
- Brothers Brick awards Builder of the Year to Grant Masters and Creation of the Year to Paul Hetherington‘s Batman vs. Joker Theater Showdown – See the work of these builders that wowed us so much that we awarded them TBB’s highest honors.
- Top 10 LEGO news posts of 2016 and Top 10 most popular LEGO creations of 2016 – What was the most popular content on TBB this past year? We have the results!
- LEGO IDEAS 2016 roundup and 2017 preview – 2016 was quite the busy year for IDEAS, and the next deadline for projects reaching 10,000 votes is coming soon.
- January 2017 LEGO sets available now including Assembly Square, Adventure Time – The new year means new sets! What are the hottest items that just hit shelves?
REVIEWS & INSTRUCTIONS: TBB had its hands full creating mascot instructions and reviewing a new set from Star Wars: Rogue One.
Earlier this week we brought you the news about the newly unveiled LEGO Boost robotics system, an entry-level System-based building and coding toolkit designed to make it easier for kids to get into programming and robotics. We also think LEGO Boost has the potential to bring the more complex creations of adult LEGO builders to life, so we’ve been curious to learn more. I’m in Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), so I was able to swing by the LEGO booth to talk tech with LEGO Boost engineers and designers.
That’s me on the left, with Lasse Lauesen, the lead computer engineer on the Boost project. LEGO Boost is being designed and developed by the same team behind LEGO Mindstorms, with collaboration from Playthemes designers like lead designer Simon Kent and well-known fan builder turned LEGO designer Carl Merriam.
What struck me first about all the LEGO Boost models on the tables at CES was the color scheme. The primary color scheme of dark azure (the same color as the gorgeous 10252 Volkswagen Beetle) contrasts beautifully with the orange and white, with plenty of bricks also in black and greys. Designer Simon Kent told me that the team chose these colors very consciously as a gender-neutral palette. And I agree — it’s a fairly strong departure from the aggressive black, red, and white of Mindstorms EV3, without swinging the pendulum all the way toward “baby” colors.