When LEGO first announced the licensing partnership with Blizzard earlier this year to feature sets based on the team-based first-person shooter Overwatch, newsfeeds went through the roof. LEGO and Blizzard released 75987 Omnic Bastion early back in October, and today we take a look at one of six LEGO Overwatch sets that will start to ship January 1. 75953 D.Va & Reinhardt retails for 39.99 USD and includes a total of 455 pieces.
If you want to get them early, some of these LEGO sets are available for pre-order from the LEGO Shop online.
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The LEGO Foundation recently announced a $100 million grant to Sesame Workshop to support children affected by the Rohingya and Syrian refugee crises. The LEGO Foundation is the charitable organization affiliated with LEGO Group owners, and is itself a 25% owner of the LEGO Group. The grant is being disbursed over the following 5 years, with funds being released as milestones are met. The partnership with BRAC, the IRC (International Rescue Committee) and New York University’s Global TIES for Children will reach children affected by the crises with play-based learning opportunities.
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If there’s one scene that stands out from Stranger Things, this has got to be it. In a plot twist where one would have thought that the bicycles would take flight, instead we had a lovely surprise. With this, the Duffer Brothers wrote the 80s Chevy Van right into movie-making history books by making it fly in this epic escape scene. I’ve got to hand it to Andrea Lattanzio in showing that a great scene can be brought to life with the simplest builds, just with LEGO parts on hand.
The USB Type A plug has connected high-tech devices since 1996 — one of the things we take for granted for the past two decades, the Universal Serial Bus connector. Ubiquitous and functional (almost) every time — if you get the cable with the right connector on the other end. If there was an Oscar for the technology world, I think the USB connector should be honored with a lifetime achievement award. Working at a fairly large scale in LEGO, builder Joffre has created an excellent representation of the ever-present plug, with its iconic trident logo built onto the surface with a clever use of parts. So clean, smooth and perfect, you’ll surely need a second look to believe it’s all made of LEGO bricks.
While there are many coffee-table style books out there that cover specific topics around LEGO, Daniel Lipkowitz’s New Edition of The LEGO Book covers the widest spectrum of LEGO themes, sets and more. This is the second major release of The LEGO Book, having been first released in 2009 (and lightly updated in 2012). While there is some content that mirrors the earlier release, it does come with sufficient updates of imagery, photos, and text to deservingly call it a completely new edition.
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The Interlace is an exquisite, award-winning design of a residential apartment in Singapore. The seemingly disarrayed yet artistic placements of the apartments makes it stand out. The layout resembles layers of blocks stacked on top of each other at odd angles, forming a maze-like arrangement. This LEGO Architecture styled custom build by Daniel Stoeffler captures the real-life buildings elegantly in LEGO, with 2×1 grille parts for the windows.
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A red 1958 Plymouth Fury triggers memories of the movie adaption of Stephen King’s book Christine, and the car has a cult following for that reason. I’m not sure you’d want to keep this tiny version around any more than you’d want the living car from the movie — you might just find it in pieces on the floor when you wake in the morning, there to torture you with the pain of stepping on LEGO pieces. We’re pretty sure that builder hachiroku24 made it safe for us by performing an exorcism in advance, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.
If you’re willing to take the risk, here are the video instructions and parts list to build your very own tiny sinister vehicle.
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A while ago, we featured an in-depth look at metal-sculpted LEGO creations. But what happens when you cross a skilled wood craftsman with a pinch of LEGO love? You get a master sculptor that churns out larger than life-sized LEGO made of wood. These are not just any ordinary wooden figures, but they are made with basic hand tools and a lathe and fully articulated. For those unaware like me, a lathe is a machine used to form a piece of wood into the desired shape. We just had to speak to Craig Daniel and find out more.
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Earlier this month, HispaBrick Magazine, a free magazine for fans of all things LEGO, released their 31st issue. If you haven’t visited recently, now is a good time as the team has refreshed their website. The new site now also includes an index so you can easily find every article that has ever been published in the magazine.
In this issue, you can see how LEGO fans enjoy events in different countries like Japan, (Japan BrickFest), Chile (Brickfest Chile), and Denmark (LEGO® World Copenhagen). The issue also features interviews with LEGO designer Jamie Berard and with the winner of the LEGO Ideas Trophy Design Contest. For those of you who like to have hands-on help, don’t miss their EV3 and Boost tutorials too!
You can download HispaBrick Magazine 031 from our the Downloads page, along with past issues.
The first pictures are available online for the new LEGO Batman 76116 Batman™ Batsub and the Underwater Clash set which is expected to be released early in 2019. Featuring 3 minifigures, Batman, Aquaman, and Ocean Master, a shark and a propelling Bat-Submarine shown taking a dive. A new change has the box art has dropped the Superheroes template that we’ve been used to and only shows the Batman insignia and the DC logo.
76116 Batman Batsub and the Underwater Clash
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LEGO announces region specific sets for the China and Asia Pacific Markets that’s slated to be released from January 1st, 2019 onwards. At the moment, two sets showing events from the festivities related during the Lunar New Year’s celebration are featured. The two sets are scenes celebrating the family dinner on the Eve of Chinese New Year, and the famous Dragon Dance. According to Niels B. Christiansen, Chief Executive Officer of the LEGO Group, this is the first time LEGO has made sets for a specific country or region.
80101 Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner
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Pictures are finally available online for the LEGO Star Wars lineup of sets that are set to be released in the first half of 2019. These include themes from not only the classic trilogy but including the prequels and sequels. Check out the playsets below for now. You can be sure we’ll be reviewing most of these come 2019 to give you our independent view once they hit the shelves in January.
75225 Elite Praetorian Guard Battle Back, 109 Pieces
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