The LEGO Star Wars sets for Summer 2011 have just been released on the LEGO Shop online. For those of you who’ve been buying LEGO Star Wars since day 1 back in 1999, you’ll mostly find redesigns of existing vehicles in the non-Clone Wars section, but I have to admit after building 8097 Slave I that 7144 Slave I just can’t compare.
The centerpiece of the summer collection is 7965 Millenium Falcon, which at 1254 pieces and six minifigs is the largest short of the UCS version I still have in its shipping box downstairs. (No, you can’t have it.)
There are also a bunch of Clone Wars sets based on characters and vehicles I know nothing about, even though they appear to have some cool parts and minifigs. See all of the sets by clicking the banner below:
UPDATE 2: 10220 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van is out now!
UPDATE 1: Complete details about 10220 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van have recently been announced.
The recently published Lego Collector’s Guide 2 has an image of the upcoming 10220 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van. Picture scanned by Captain Eugene.
Following the release earlier this year of 10155 Maersk Container Ship, LEGO has just released the nicely complementary 10219 Maersk Train.
As we announced back in February, the set comes with 1,234 pieces and costs 120 USD.
Though this is for US & Canada only at the moment, nearly all of the first quarter 2011 LEGO sets are now available from the LEGO Shop online. As if that’s not enough of a temptation, you can still order in time for Christmas.
We here at The Brothers Brick are irrationally excited about what looks to be the silliest — and most awesome — of the 2011 themes. Fraukinder and mannkinder, I give you NinjaGo!
The premise appears to be that several brightly colored ninjas take on an army of undead in single combat using a technique called “spinjutsu”.
Seriously, how awesome is that? And don’t miss the ear-worm that is the NinjaGo theme song.
The 2011 LEGO City police sets feature a new dog, backpack, and crowbar.
And of course, the 2011 LEGO Star Wars sets are also now available — not least of which the ever-popular battle packs.
Though I have yet to see a single episode of The Clone Wars, I’m intrigued by this non-gray Bounty Hunter Assault Gunship:
Finally, 10217 Diagon Alley will be shipping on January 1st, and is currently available for pre-order:
The large-scale LEGO Star Wars set 10212 Imperial Shuttle unveiled at BrickWorld in June is now available from the LEGO Shop.
The set includes 5 minifigs and 2503 pieces, and costs 260 USD.
The Harry Potter book series may have come to a conclusion, but the movies continue, with the first half of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows due out later this year. LEGO still has the Harry Potter license, and will be releasing a full line of sets on October 1st (the night of the LEGO Store event at BrickCon, by the way). For those of you not joining us in person, you can pre-order the LEGO Harry Potter sets today.
The fourth LEGO incarnation of Hogwarts Castle (4842) includes 10 minifigs and appears to be modular like the previous versions.
I’m personally most excited by the six new minifigs in 4840 The Burrow:
Again, the full line of six sets is available for pre-order now, and will ship on October 1. (The video games and board game are all available now.)
Finally, LEGO has free shipping on $75 or more from now through September 19th.
Just in time for Independence Day here in the United States, 21006 White House has been added to the LEGO Shop’s Architecture line.
Designer Adam Reed Tucker also has an exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC from July 3, 2010 through September 5, 2011.
From the new LEGO Castle theme Kingdoms to World Racers and the much-anticipated Collectible Minifigures, all of the Summer 2010 LEGO sets are now available from the LEGO Shop online.
In related news, the LEGO VIP Program now works with LEGO Shop orders, so you can help support LEGO fan sites you visit without worrying about losing points.
(We’re a bit behind on our news-related posts, so most of this won’t be a surprise to many of you, but thought I’d pass along the word anyway.)
All of the five new LEGO Prince of Persia sets are now available from the LEGO Shop Online. In addition, three keychains and a Prince of Persia magnet set have been listed. Nannan recently confirmed that the quality of the minifigures from the magnet sets are the same quality as normal minifigs, so get on your camel and start shopping!
For $20, 7570 The Ostrich Race includes two ostriches and a shirtless Jake Gyllenhaal minifig.
If oddly pink ostriches aren’t your thing, 7571 Fight for the Dagger ($30) includes the first LEGO camel.
The big set in this theme is 7573 Battle of Almut, with 7 minifigs and a camel.
These last two Prince of Persia sets didn’t seem to warrant pictures, but also have some interesting new parts and minifigs:
After seeing the full trailer before Alice in Wonderland, I’m even less inclined to go watch the movie, but I’m rather excited by all the new stuff in the Prince of Persia LEGO sets.
Perhaps a bit buried among the news about the release of 10211 Grand Emporium and LEGO Board Games is that the new LEGO City set 7684 Pig Farm & Tractor is also out now.
I’m certainly excited by these other new releases, but it says something that I’m choosing to build the pig farm first. Seriously, pigs! Four of them! Mmmmm, bacon…
UPDATE: I just finished building the set, and it didn’t disappoint. Aside from the pigs, the set also includes a number of other parts I hadn’t gotten before, starting with the short-brimmed baseball cap and a new exhaust pipe piece that appears to be new in 2010.
The tractor includes a lot of nice lime green to complement your Power Miners acquisitions, as well as my favorite wheels and tires. For play value, it has several connection points compatible with attachments from 7637 Farm and 7634 Tractor.
And finally, the elephant (or pig) in the room — the inevitable comparison to BrickForge pigs.
As you can see from the set pictures, the LEGO pigs are similar in style to the new LEGO cows from the farm and 10193 Medieval Market Village. They’re more rounded, and to a certain extent more realistic than traditional LEGO animals like the dog and horse (with printed eyes and rounded bellies).
BrickForge pigs, cows, and sheep share their design aesthetic with the older LEGO animals. Depending on whether you prefer your animals more consistent with your older LEGO animals or more adorably pot-bellied, there’s still a place for both BrickForge animals and their official LEGO counterparts. I like both.