Posts by Dave Schefcik

LEGO will make regional exclusive sets available worldwide starting next month [News]

Over the past year, LEGO has produced quite a few special sets with limited availability, including regional and retailer exclusives like the Chinese New Year sets and the Darth Vader Bust. Access to these products has typically been extremely limited, forcing many frustrated LEGO fans both in the US and abroad to go out of their way and pay exorbitant amounts of money from scalpers and other sites to obtain the sets. Starting in May, all that is about to change for the better.

Click to read about the change to LEGO regional and exclusive set availability

LEGO Architecture Summer 2019 wave features Trafalgar Square and a towering Empire State Building [News]

LEGO’s has revealed new Creator, City/Space, and Ninjago sets for Summer 2019, and now it is time for Architecture. We previously saw 21045 Trafalgar Square revealed on a Facebook set-signing event, but this is the first look we’ve gotten of 21046 Empire State Building. This will be the the iconic New York skyscraper’s third (and by far largest) outing in LEGO form following the simple 21002 Empire State Building and the more recent 21028 New York City skyline set.

The sets were revealed by Belgian retailer Toy Champ with an estimated release date sometime in late May. We can provide approximate prices by converting from Euro to USD.

Don’t miss the rest of the LEGO summer 2019 sets reveals:

LEGO Architecture
LEGO City
LEGO City Space
LEGO Creator
LEGO Jurassic World
LEGO Ninjago
LEGO Star Wars

Also, be sure to check out the new Toy Story 4Spider-Man, and The LEGO Movie 2 sets that just went sale a few days ago.

Click to get a closer look at the new LEGO Architecture sets coming this summer

LEGO Creator Summer 2019 wave features a new fairground ride, townhouse, helicopter and more [News]

LEGO’s Summer 2019 wave of sets is slowly taking shape with new Ninjago sets and the City theme going to space. In addition, we are also getting our first look at the LEGO Creator sets on their way. This wave features a new fairground ride, townhouse and pet shop building, a helicopter and a cabin.

The sets were revealed by Belgian retailer Toy Champ, and though we do not know their release date, we can provide approximate prices by converting from Euro to USD.

Don’t miss the rest of the LEGO summer 2019 sets reveals:

LEGO Architecture
LEGO City
LEGO City Space
LEGO Creator
LEGO Jurassic World
LEGO Ninjago
LEGO Star Wars

Also, be sure to check out the new Toy Story 4Spider-Man, and The LEGO Movie 2 sets that just went sale a few days ago.

Click to check out images of the four new LEGO Creator sets

Your guide to the 21 new LEGO sets for mid-April 2019 including LEGO Movie 2, Toy Story 4, Spider-Man and Powered Up components [News]

LEGO typically releases new sets at the beginning of the month, but they have uploaded a mid-April wave of sets from The LEGO Movie 2, Spider-Man: Far from Home, Toy Story 4 as well as new Powered Up components. Of note, The Rexcelsior is the largest set released this month, the Spider-Man sets qualify for the current Avengers Tower gift with purchase, and Powered Up components are now available.

This wave is certainly a bit bigger than the 17 sets that came earlier this month but still short of the 112 new sets from this January. But no fear, we have your guide right here to each and every new set.
See all of the Mid-April 2019 wave of LEGO sets available now

TBB Weekly Brick Report: LEGO news roundup for April 21, 2019 [News]

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 third week of April 2019.

Do you have any 2×4 bricks in non-standard colors with unusual letters on their studs? If you do, you might have a treasure on your hand. Read our feature to find out more.


LEGO NEWS & REVIEWS: LEGO announced several new summer waves of sets from Ninjago and Spider-Man, hitting store shelves soon.


Flower Power: Lego Bayer old logo: 2 shades of champagne, CA

OTHER TBB NEWS: These might be the most beautiful pictures of 2×4 bricks ever. Take a deep dive into their history and how they led to the bricks produced today.


 

LEGO Marvel Avengers Tower now available for free with purchase [News]

With the mega-blockbuster movie Avengers: Endgame on the horizon, LEGO is celebrating by offering a fairly substantial gift with purchase: 40334 Avengers Tower. The set comes with 211 pieces and an exclusive Iron Man minifigure (a similar set would typically retail for around $20 US). The promotion is available with purchases of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes sets totaling more than than $75 US | £75 UK | $75 CA for the next two weeks from now until 11:59 pm EST on May 2nd, or whenever supplies run out. (As an added benefit, many Avengers sets currently offer double VIP points too.)

The offer stacks with the Easter seasonal gift with purchase, 853958 Chicken Skater Pod, available with any order of more than $35 US through 11:59 pm EST on April 22nd or until supplies run out.

Additionally, VIP members can get a limited Captain Marvel Art Print (one of three prints available) with LEGO Marvel Super Heroes purchases more than $35. This should stack with the Avengers Tower promotional set.

Click to see more pictures of the LEGO Avengers Tower gift with purchase

TBB Weekly Brick Report: LEGO news roundup for April 14, 2019 [News]

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 second week of April 2019.

LEGO broke the Guinness World Record with the largest Stormtrooper minifigure army ever assembled. How many did it take? Read on to find out.


LEGO STAR WARS NEWS & REVIEWS: The Brothers Brick celebrated the 20th Anniversary of LEGO Star Wars with tons of feature content, reviews and news from a galaxy far, far away.


OTHER TBB NEWS: Along with Star Wars, three more new LEGO sets were announced with some new cool wall hangers and custom fan-designed sets.


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:
Click to read even more LEGO news

Last day to pre-order LEGO and BrickLink’s AFOL Designer Program sets [News]

Last September, LEGO launched the AFOL Designer Program in cooperation with BrickLink to help bring fan designs to life and produce limited edition sets for sale. BrickLink has since crowdfunded and revealed the packaging for several of the sets, and today is the last day to pre-order any of the designs (including free shipping) before they officially launch.

Of the initial 16 finalists, all but three have officially reached their crowdfunding goals to be produced. You can read about each of the designs and place pre-orders on BrickLink’s crowdfunding page.


Click to read more about the AFOL Designer Program sets

LEGO Star Wars returns to A New Hope with 1,700-piece 75244 Tantive IV [News]

LEGO has revealed 75244 Tantive IV, the Rebel corvette featured in the opening shot of Star Wars: A New Hope, the very first Star Wars film ever released. The set comes with 1,768 pieces and six minifigures including Bail Organa, Princess Leia, Captain Antilles, a Rebel Fleet Trooper, C-3PO and R2-D2. The Tantive IV will be available for purchase from LEGO starting May 3rd for US $199.99 | CAN $269.99 | UK £179.99.

Interestingly the set is not labeled as an Ultimate Collectors Series (UCS) set nor as a Master Builder Series (MBS) playset, though the packaging is similar to both. Instead it looks more akin to an up-scaled and more detailed version of the 10198 Tantive IV released a decade ago.

Click to get a closer look at the newest Star Wars set, the Tantive IV

LEGO Star Wars 75227 Darth Vader Bust now available from Target [News]

The highly sought-after 75227 Darth Vader Bust is finally available from Target for REDcard members. Originally announced as a limited-run Star Wars Celebration set going on sale starting April 11th, the retailer took its time posting the listing. The exclusive set contains 327 pieces and  retails for $39.99 US.

(EDIT: It appears to have sold out in less than 15 minutes. We have reached out to Target to see if any other batch will be made available but have not heard back.)

For those of you who are either based internationally, not Target REDcard members, or just don’t want to hassle with the order system, we posted instructions on how to build the set from your own pieces, Bricklink or LEGO Bricks and Pieces service.

How well do you know your LEGO Star Wars trivia and timeline? [Feature]

Over the past two decades, LEGO Star Wars has released more than 700 sets and 1,000 minifigures. It is no surprise that the theme has racked up a significant amount of interesting milestones along the way. From the first flesh-colored faces to the first new hair piece in 20 years, LEGO has explored a lot of new territory within the Star Wars product line.

Below we have two lists, one of interesting LEGO Star Wars trivia and the other an abbreviated history of the product line. To whet your whistle, which droid has appeared the most throughout the entire LEGO Star Wars history? How many LEGO versions of the Millennium Falcon have been created? How many bricks were in the world’s largest LEGO X-Wing that was built in Times Square? Read on to find out.


Keep reading to see how well you know your LEGO Star Wars trivia and history

Happy 20th Anniversary LEGO Star Wars [News]

Twenty years ago, LEGO introduced the Star Wars product line–a theme that would not only help save the company but spark the imaginations of generations of LEGO fans. Star Wars was the first licensed franchise for LEGO and has since grown to be one of the most storied and successful product lines of all time with more than 700 sets, 1,000 minifigures, five video games, several animated TV series and a tidal wave of other merchandise.

LEGO Star Wars holds a special place in our hearts here at The Brothers Brick–it has helped some of us out of our dark ages, we’ve featured an incredible amount of amazing fan creations based on it, and two of us literally wrote the book on it. To celebrate the 20th anniversary, we’ve prepared an entire day’s worth of LEGO Star Wars content, so buckle up for a nostalgia trip to a galaxy far, far away.

To start off, below we have the official press release from LEGO about the 20th anniversary of LEGO Star Wars as well as an archival photo gallery of sets, advertisements, minifigures, timelines and the new anniversary sets launched this month.

Click to read more about LEGO Star Wars and see the photo gallery