In addition to the amazing LEGO models created by builders all over the world, The Brothers Brick brings you the best of LEGO news and reviews. This is our weekly Brick Report for the fourth week of July 2018.
TBB NEWS, REVIEWS AND FEATURES: When it rains, it pours! This week was packed with LEGO news, featuring reviews, trips back in time, and even some decent deals.
- Review of LEGO’s largest-ever Ideas set, 21311 Voltron – With 2,321 pieces, Voltron is available to LEGO VIP members beginning July 23 (global Aug. 1) for $179.99 USD.
- LEGO Voltron designer video shows behind the scenes effort to make the set a reality – Designer Niek van Slagmaat and graphic designer Mark Tranter share that the leg and arm connections were the most challenging part and even kept them up at night.
- Review of LEGO Architecture 21042 Statue of Liberty – Lady Liberty is arguably the most complex and satisfying builds, with 1,685 pieces and available for $119.99 USD.
- Feature: LEGO CL!CK – A social media experiment that failed – We take a look at LEGO CL!CK, an obscure social media effort in our new series, LEGO Ventures that Vanished.
- Some Amazon Prime Day deals still available – Amazon Prime Day has come and gone, but some discounts on LEGO still remain.
- BrickCon 2018 Public Exhibition tickets on sale now – BrickCon 2018 is coming the weekend of Oct. 6 and 7 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, and tickets just went on sale.
TBB ASTON MARTIN NEWS AND REVIEW: The top secret reveal of the week was the brand new James Bond Aston Martin DB5, and we have all the coverage you need right here.
- Review of LEGO 10262 James Bond Aston Martin DB5 – The $149.99 USD set is packed full of features, including rotating license plates and even a working ejector seat.
- 10262 James Bond Aston Martin DB5 revealed as next LEGO Creator Expert vehicle – The 1,290 piece-Aston Martin DB5 is available now for LEGO VIPs (worldwide August 1).
- Aston Martin DB5 set designer reveals the piece that set the scale for the super spy car – LEGO senior set designer Mike Psiaki tells-all about the new James Bond car.
- TBB Live from London: Exclusive interviews with LEGO designers at the Aston Martin launch event – Check out our coverage of the LEGO Aston Martin DB5 launch.
- LEGO releases instructions for San Diego Comic-Con 2018 exclusive sets – LEGO is being a bro by releasing instructions for all three SDCC exclusives, a trend we hope continues!
- LEGO 76115: Spider-Man Mech vs. Venom Mech unveiled – This set swings onto shelves December 1 with a piece count of 604, four minifigures, and priced at $49.99 USD.
- LEGO 76095 Aquaman Black Manta Strike revealed – The set with three minifigures and 235 pieces dives into stores August 1 for $29.99 USD.
OTHER NEWS: There were quite a few other interesting LEGO news articles from around the web this week. Here are the best of the rest:
- Autodesk’s LEGO model-building robot is the future of manufacturing, Fast Company – The software giant’s BrickBot project shows how robots can learn to autonomously do complex tasks. For now it’s with LEGO. The next step is in factories.
- ‘Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ will have twice the Chris Pratt, Mashable – At Comic-Con on Saturday, Chris Pratt confirmed he is actually voicing two roles in the upcoming sequel.
- How to make a LEGO vacuum, step by step, YouTube – It isn’t April Fools Day, this is actually a DIY guide to making cleaning up LEGO easy. If only it sorted them too!
- The LEGO Art You Won’t See At Comic-Con This Year, Forbes – Wonder Woman illustrator Judit Tondora and sculpture artist David Truman created LEGO comic book art.
- LEGO DC Super-Villains Official San Diego Comic Con Trailer, YouTube – The bad guys from DC Comics are forming some sort of suicide squad in the next LEGO video game.