LEGO and Lamborghini have announced the brand new LEGO Technic 42115 Lamborghini Sián FKP 37, the new supercar in the Technic line. It is the third set in the LEGO Technic Ultimate Series supercars lineup following last year’s Bugatti Chiron release and the Porsche 911 GT3 RS reveal in 2018. It will have 3,696 pieces and will be available starting June 1 via LEGO.com It will see a wider release in retail stores beginning in August. It will retail for US $379.99 | CAN $489.99 | UK £349.99.
The Minions: The Rise of Gru movie has been pushed back to a 2021 release date, but don’t count 2020 out just yet: LEGO managed to release two themed sets before the cinematic world went into a holding pattern. Today’s we’re looking at the smaller of the two: 45549 Minions: Unstoppable Bike Chase (US $19.99 | CAN $24.99 | UK £17.99) This 136 piece set is available now and comes with an exclusive Gru minfigure, two Minions and two small vehicles. These Minions sure are cute, but are they enough to build up some hype? Read on and see!
For more than a decade, LEGO has been releasing amusement park ride sets, letting fans slowly assemble a massive minifigure-scale theme park. With the latest set, LEGO has formalized the theme under the heading Fairground Collection, and 10273 Haunted House is the first set to bear that moniker. The Haunted House features all manner of spooky decorations as well as a Tower of Terror-like ride inside its tall spire. The mansion was the home of Baron Samuel von Barron, best known as the dastardly antagonist in the classic Adventurer’s theme. His house is filled with treasures he looted from all around the world and is haunted by the ghost of Pharoah Hotep, whose tomb he disturbed. Available now for LEGO VIP members, the set will be available broadly June 1, retailing for US $249.99 | CAN $299.99 | UK £209.99. It features 3,231 pieces and 9 minifigures, and can be optionally motorized with Powered Up elements.
So let’s take a look and see just how this Victorian manor now hides a terrifying drop ride and other mysteries.
LEGO Education sets are now available online for a limited time from the LEGO Store online. Previously, these have only been available online in the US and only through specialized retailers for the rest of the world. The LEGO Store indicates that these are now available for educational purposes which speaks to the current COVID-19 situation around the world where parents and students may want to explore learning at home with LEGO-facilitated tools.
Not all countries can now purchase them, but we’ve spotted LEGO Education products available the US, CAN, UK and other select European country stores. The good news is these sets contribute to VIP points, which has not been the case in the past. We have listed each product available and provided an op-ed about the reasoning behind the pricing.
The LEGO Store Gift With Purchase (GwP) offer for the month of June revives an old classic from the archives, reissued in a smaller form factor. The Hot Rod was originally released back in 1995 as the 5541 Blue Fury under the Model Team theme and reissued again in 2004 as the 10151 Hot Rod. This unique set of wheels comes free with purchases over US $85 | CAN $85 | GBP £85 and the offer is valid from 1st to 21st June 2020 (or while stocks last). We’re taking a quick look at this miniaturised version of the classic for you to decide if this is one to add to your collection.
Julia Goldin, Chief Marketing Officer of LEGO, sent a message to LEGO fans and communities thanking them for their creativity during difficult times. In her message, she reflected on the tough global situation and shared some thoughts about how important the AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) community is to her.
The second wave of LEGO DOTS products are now available. New sets include a bracelet mega pack with five bracelets and a “super rare” tile, picture frames, a desk organizer, a jewelry box, three individual bracelets, and the second expansion pack of “Extra Dots.” Prices vary from US $3.99 to $24.99.
Notable tiles scattered across the various products include new animals like a penguin and monkey, BFF hearts, new emojis, a “super rare” circle of hearts only included in the bracelet mega pack, food including pizza and popcorn, a pink version of the new gem element, and a classic space ship (almost as good as the one in our LEGO SPOTS April Fools joke).
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 May 2020.
We’ve got the scoop on the new Wu’s Battle Dragon set. Keep reading our Brick Report to get all the details.
TBB NEWS: This week we saw how Adam Savage sorts his LEGO, reviewed four new sets in various themes including Hidden Side, Creator 3-in-1 and Ninjago. PLUS: A new style of LEGO sets shows its face.
- LEGO reveals Brick Sketches product line featuring brick-built portraits – Watch out BrickHeadz because Brick Sketches have arrived as LEGO’s next collectible product line.
- Here’s how Adam Savage does LEGO sorting and storage – Adam Savage is joining our AFOL ranks by sorting his LEGO collection in this new video from Tested.
- LEGO 10273 Haunted House is now available – LEGO fans can now get the Creator Expert Haunted House free-fall ride.
- LEGO 71718 Ninjago: Wu’s Battle Dragon [Review] – Wu-Wu! All aboard the battle dragon express!
- LEGO 31109 Creator 3-in-1 Pirate Ship [Review] – LEGO is releasing another pirate ship, this one hailing from the Creator 3-in-1 theme.
- LEGO 70433 Hidden Side – J.B.’s Submarine [Review] – We’re heading deep into the Hidden Side on J.B.’s Submarine!
- LEGO Ninjago Spinjitzu Burst: 70685 Cole, 70686 Kai, & 70687 Lloyd [Review] – We have early copies of this summer’s 2020 Ninjago Spinjitzu Burst sets, but were they a Burst or a bust?
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:
- Amazing LEGO beehive home to 30,000 Bees, Now This – A beekeeper from Ireland built a fully functioning hive using Lego
- LEGOLAND Florida to open July 1st, LEGOLAND Facebook Page – The first LEGOLAND Park to re-open in the US will open July 1 with restrictions.
- Teachers launch a free ebook to help children cope with the pandemic, World Economic Forum – Lego Foundation supports ebook written by teachers to help children during COVID.
- LEGO makes its coding and education kits available for all, 9to5 Toys – LEGO opens coding and education kits to the public
- LEGO Mario gets four new outfits , LEGO Twitter – Everyone’s favorite plumber gets a change of fashion.
Looking good LEGO Mario! He now gets four new suits AND four new ways to play ✈️????⚒️????
— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) May 20, 2020
Our coverage of the Summer 2020 Ninjago sets continues with a close look at the Spinjitzu Burst sets. Slated for a June 1st release, these are similar (read: almost identical) to 2019’s Spinjitzu Slam sets. Each features a single ninja, an elemental-themed spinner base, and a color-coordinated launch platform. There are three different characters to collect:
70685 Spinjitzu Burst Cole
70686 Spinjitzu Burst Kai
70687 Spinjitzu Burst Lloyd
Aimed at the 7+ age range, these 48-piece sets are focused around the play factor. But at an expected $10 price point in the US, is there enough to attract adult builders and collectors, too? Read on and judge for yourself!
LEGO has revealed a brand new product line called Brick Sketches featuring brick-built portraits of popular characters. The first four sets revealed include BB-8, a First Order Stormtrooper, Batman and The Joker. The Brick Sketches sets will be available July 15, and will retail for US $19.99 | EU €19.99.
Initially shared by our friends at Brickset, the 2D portraits are similar in packaging to the BrickHeadz product line and will likely become a new collectible series. Brick Sketches are no doubt the work of recently-hired LEGO designer Chris McVeigh who created the Brick Sketch concept several years ago (and has been featured on TBB many times).
The summer 2020 wave of LEGO Ninjago sets are just around the corner. We’re kicking off our series of hands-on reviews with LEGO 71718 Ninjago: Wu’s Battle Dragon, 321 pieces of ninja-goodness. One of the smaller sets in this wave, it is expected to retail for $19.99 in the US when it launches June 1st. Ninjago completists are going to want to pick this one up for the exclusive Hero Wu minifigure, but what if you’re not deep into Ninjago lore? Is this set worth your time if you’re just looking for a fun build or useful parts? Read on and see!
Adam Savage, famously one of the co-hosts of Mythbusters, is known to have a penchant for thorough sorting and storage solutions, keeping his (very full) maker workshop meticulously organized. He frequently extolls the virtues of an efficient workspace on his YouTube channel, Tested, as he goes about building recreations of various movie props and other nerdy DIY projects. But what’s less well known is that Adam is also an avid AFOL (or Adult Fan of LEGO), and consequently, his needs for organization extend beyond shop tools and construction supplies. Adam’s latest video delves into a topic that’s extremely familiar to us: sorting LEGO.
Here at The Brothers Brick, we’ve also been doing a series of articles on sorting, since so many of us find ourselves with extra free time lately due to the stay-at-home orders in many locales. Everyone’s system is different, since it should be designed to fit your needs. Adam’s system is similar to my own, starting with color first and then dividing out in part type, with the occasional diversion to sorting some elements by pure functionality with no regard for color. Many builders have other methods, though, so be sure to check out our article series to learn more about LEGO sorting.
- Storage and building in small spaces: a look at LEGO organization with guest contributor Kevin Moses [Feature]
- It takes all sorts of sorts: LEGO organization and me, Chris Doyle [Feature]
- How to organise and sort your LEGO collection, by the Mad Physicist [Feature]
Adam, being the ultimate DIY-er, though, doesn’t just stop at sorting, but takes it to the next level with a custom-built storage cabinet as well.
Check out the full video below. Continue reading