LEGO has released the first wave of LEGO Star Wars sets from The Rise of Skywalker, and we’ll be reviewing each one between now and the movie’s release on December 20th. First up here on TBB is 75248 Resistance A-wing Starfighter, which includes 269 pieces with minifigs and is available now ($29.99 USD | $39.99 CAD | £24.99 UK).
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A life-size LEGO Star Wars™ X-Wing has landed on the Jungfraujoch. Keep reading our Brick Report to get all the details.
TBB NEWS: This week we saw an X-Wing land atop a mountain and got a peek at 8 new Star Wars sets released for Triple Force Friday!
- 8 new Star Wars sets and discounts galore arrive for Triple Force Friday – Triple Force Friday sales may be over but you can still check out all 8 new Star Wars sets, which are on sale now.
- Close to the stars: LEGO Star Wars X-Wing lands on the top of Europe – LEGO GmbH kicked off Triple Force Friday with a life-size LEGO Star Wars X-Wing starfighter landing high on the Swiss Alps.
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To promote Triple Force Friday, LEGO GmbH took their Star Wars celebration to the Swiss Alps, unveiling a giant LEGO X-Wing atop Jungfraujoch, also known as “the top of Europe.” While it’s not the first life-size LEGO X-Wing ever made, it is the first time one has been displayed atop the Alps!
Full press release (rough translation from the original German press release) and image gallery from LEGO below.
Close to the stars: LEGO Star Wars™ X-Wing™ lands on the top of Europe
Jungfraujoch, Munich – October 4, 2019: “Do or do not. There is no try,” says Jedi Master Yoda to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars™: The Empire Strikes Back. Yoda then uses the Force to lift an X-Wing™ out of the swamp, making the impossible possible for Luke. In the spirit of this message, on “Force Friday,” October 4, 2019 LEGO GmbH unveiled atop the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland a faithful LEGO® replica of the distinctive Star Wars™ X-Wing™ starfighter from the Skywalker saga. True to the motto “The Force is in your Hands,” LEGO GmbH wants to show that even things that may seem too challenging can be mastered by landing the large model at the highest point on which an X-Wing™ has ever landed – at least in this galaxy.
With the landing of the LEGO® Star Wars™ X-Wing™ on the longest glacier in the Alps, LEGO GmbH also celebrates a very special partnership; the licensing agreement signed 20 years ago marked the beginning of a successful intergalactic journey that has since brought people together across both generations and countries.
The LEGO® Star Wars™ X-Wing™ was built by LEGO® Certified Professional Georg Schmitt with his ten-member team, made entirely of 2.5 million LEGO bricks, and measures a remarkable ten by ten meters (32.8 ft x 32.8 ft). It took more than 1,500 hours to build the LEGO® Star Wars™ X-Wing™.
“For 20 years, LEGO® Star Wars™ has been inspiring children and adults worldwide, representing limitless play and building. Bringing a life-size LEGO® Star Wars™ X-Wing™ onto the Jungfraujoch symbolizes the power of creativity and shows that, with the new LEGO® Star Wars™ sets in our hands, it’s up to us to continue the story after the last episode,” explains Florian Gmeiner, Senior Marketing Director at LEGO GmbH. “Playing with LEGO® bricks inspires your imagination and allows you to tell stories and sometimes even master challenges. With this event we want to motivate everyone to believe in their dreams and their potential, because: ‘The Force is in your Hands.'”
Fans of all ages can look forward to ten new LEGO® Star Wars™ sets, which will be available in stores worldwide on October 4, 2019. In addition to new LEGO® Star Wars™ products for the movie Star Wars:™ The Rise of Skywalker, which will be released in cinemas in Switzerland and Germany on December 18, 2019, there will be a reissue of the Yoda™ sculpture as well as a new version of the popular Millennium Falcon™, with which young and old can create their own personal adventures in search of Kylo Ren’s™ Shuttle. With the new LEGO® Star Wars™ sets, the story is retold – it’s in your hands!
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 first week of October 2019.
We review the new LEGO Technic Liebherr-R-9800-Excavator, but is it worth the hefty price tag? Keep reading our Brick Report to get all the details.
TBB NEWS AND REVIEWS: This week we saw LEGO and Top Gear partner up, a new car was added to the Speed Champions line and we reviewed the new LEGO Technic Liebherr-R-9800-Excavator. Plus, we’re looking for a few good folks to join our team in a variety or roles. Do you have the skills?
- LEGO adds Jaguar Formula E and I-PACE vehicles to the Speed Champions lineup – LEGO and Panasonic Jaguar Racing are teaming up for the newest Speed Champions set, which features Jaguar I-TYPE and I-PACE vehicles.
- Moving mountains with the new LEGO Technic 42100 Liebherr R 9800 Excavator [Review] – We are building, testing and enjoying the biggest LEGO Technic set to date. Despite its outstanding playability, the set still deserves a lot of criticism…
- LEGO Star Wars 75252 UCS Imperial Star Destroyer and 10267 Winter Village Gingerbread House available now – Two of the latest LEGO sets are now available. We also have details about upcoming “Triple Force Friday” deals later this week.
- LEGO partners with BBC’s Top Gear for new Technic set – LEGO is joining with the BBC to create a brand new Technic set based on the popular TV show Top Gear.
- TBB is recruiting for Social Media Manager and DevOps Engineer roles – If you’d like to be part of the team that supports a diverse, global audience of highly engaged LEGO fans, TBB is looking to fill two very special roles to help support our growth.
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:
- LEGOLAND NEW YORK RESORT ANNOUNCES IT’S OFFICIALLY OPENING ON JULY 4, 2020, LEGOLAND – LEGOLAND New York Resort will be the largest LEGOLAND theme park ever built.
- Creativity is being “brushed aside” by digital media says Lego’s head of design, Dezeen – As the LEGO Group launches its “Rebuild the World” campaign, Matthew Ashton, the toy company’s VP of design, explains how it is embracing digital technology and licensing agreements to encourage children to play.
- Hershey’s, Levi’s And LEGO – Big Companies That Are Giving Back, CEO World – More and more big corporations are stepping up to demonstrate that they are good corporate citizens that will support and invest in the communities that made them what they are.
- 3D printing community hit by LEGO takedown notices, 3D Printing Industry – Last week, 3D Printing Industry learned that the LEGO Group is targeting the 3D printing fan community with a series of takedown notices.
- Ai Weiwei: ‘I’m surprised more artists don’t use Lego’, Evening Standard – Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says he is “surprised” that more artists do not use LEGO bricks after making his latest works of political protest with it.
Triple Force Friday is here and Star Wars fans are already out in… force to grab up all the best deals. You can get in on the action all weekend at your local LEGO store or online at LEGO.com. You can find discounts on over 40 different Star Wars sets, including the 75212 Kessel Run Millennium Falcon for $135.99 (down from 169.99) and 75251 Darth Vader’s Castle for $103.99 (down from $129.99). You’ll also find 8 newly released sets and the Battle of Endor Micro build gift with purchase. Plus the always helpful Double Points on all your Star Wars purchases.
Today LEGO announced the newest set in the Speed Champions lineup will come from a new brand partnership with Panasonic Jaguar Racing. Set 75898 Formula E Panasonic Jaguar Racing GEN2 car & Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will feature two of Jaguar’s newest all-electric vehicles along with one of the longest official LEGO set names. The Formula E I-TYPE 4 racecar has just been unveiled today by the Panasonic Jaguar Racing team and represents the pinnacle of the team’s technical capabilities. Meanwhile, the Jaguar I-PACE is the brand’s newest all-electric SUV, marketed to go toe-to-toe with the Tesla Model X. The set will be available January 1, 2020.
As one of the most popular LEGO websites in the world, with a monthly reach of several million, The Brothers Brick is a much more complex operation than many of our readers may expect. At the same time, our readers may also be surprised that every one of our team members is a volunteer! If you’d like to be part of the team that supports a diverse, global audience of highly engaged LEGO fans, TBB is looking for two very special roles to help support our growth. If you want to make our social media channels sing or get a kick out of keeping AWS infrastructure humming, read on!
The LEGO Star Wars 75252 UCS Imperial Star Destroyer and 10267 Winter Village Gingerbread House are now available from the LEGO Shop online as of the 1st of October. The LEGO Star Wars Battle of Endor Micro Build will be available as a free gift with purchase on sales over $75 on Triple Force Friday (4th -6th October) together with Double VIP Points for Star Wars purchases.
Today, LEGO has joined with BBC Studios to create a new set based on the hit TV show Top Gear, according to a new report by industry magazine License Global. The current iteration of the long-running show will be entering its 28th season next year, continuing to bring its peculiar blend of automotive news and creative hijinks to audiences around the world. The new set will be a LEGO Technic model and will presumably be a vehicle of some sort, and we’ll be sure to bring our readers an update once more is known about the set. For now, let us know in the comments what you think of this new license.
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 September 2019.
We take a an in-depth look at the massive Imperial Star Destroyer. Does it measure up? Keep reading our Brick Report to get all the details.
TBB NEWS, REVIEWS AND GIVEAWAYS: This week we saw the announcement of three new LEGO Ideas sets, reviewed the Imperial Star Destroyer and saw a slew of new Star Wars sets revealed. Meanwhile, there’s still time to participate in the TBB Banquet project coming up next week at BrickCon 2019!
- The Pirate Bay, 123 Sesame Street, and Playable LEGO Piano projects are the new LEGO Ideas sets – The Pirate Bay project by Bricky_Brick, 123 Sesame Street project by bulldoozer21, and Playable LEGO Piano project by SleepyCow have all been announced to become the next official LEGO Ideas sets.
- New LEGO Star Wars sets announced for Rise of Skywalker and The Mandalorian – LEGO announces 8 new sets from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Star Wars: The Mandalorian.
- Free tickets to BrickCon 2019 LEGO Exhibition in Seattle [Giveaway] – BrickCon will be in full swing next weekend, so we are giving away some tickets to the LEGO exhibition.
- Announcing the TBB Banquet brick-built food collab for BrickCon 2019 – Do you like brick-built brunches? Studded snacks? How about AFOL appetizers and MOC munchies? Then you’ll want to attend the TBB Banquet!
- LEGO and Amazon launch a Mindstorms voice-powered robotics challenge – LEGO and Amazon are giving away some serious prizes in their Mindstorms voice challenge.
- LEGO Star Wars 75252 Ultimate Collector Series Imperial Star Destroyer [Review] – We take a hard look at the new LEGO Star Wars 75252 UCS Imperial Star Destroyer. Is it more than a big gray wedge?
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:
- A new exhibition features classic art masterpieces recreated with Lego bricks, TimeOut – If you’ve ever wanted to see some of art history’s greatest masterpieces re-imagined in LEGO blocks, now’s your chance: Starting September 28, the New York Hall of Science.
- Interview with Jamie Berard, Design Manager for 10267 Gingerbread House, Brickset – Brickset had an opportunity to speak with Jamie Berard at the Fan Media Days in Billund earlier this year, discussing several Creator Expert sets from 2019.
- The LEGO Group is ranked first place in Corporate Responsibility Study, The LEGO Group – The LEGO Group is ranked first place in Reputation Institute’s 2019 Global Corporate Responsibility Study
- ‘Haunted’ Lego and Fortnite blaster tipped as top Christmas toys, The Guardian UK – Hamleys unveils 10 expected bestsellers amid efforts to mix physical play and internet
The LEGO Group today announced eight new building sets inspired by the Star WarsTM galaxy, which will become available on Triple Force Friday, October 4. The toys range from $19.99 to $159.99 and are based on the upcoming film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the highly anticipated Disney+ live-action series The Mandalorian, and classic characters and scenes from the first eight chapters of the Skywalker saga. These sets add to the LEGO Group’s continued celebration of the 20th anniversary of the much-loved LEGO® Star Wars range that continues to unite fans of all ages all around the globe.
“This year marks the 20th anniversary of our first partnership with Lucasfilm to bring the Star Wars galaxy to life, and together we have engaged millions of fans of all ages in exciting building opportunities,” said Michael McNally, senior director, brand relations, LEGO Systems, Inc. “As the final chapter of the Skywalker saga nears premiere, we are excited about what it inspires for new building adventures, and to help shepherd more new and familiar stories from a galaxy far, far away to brick form with the launch of our building sets based on The Mandalorian and other classic Star Wars scenes.” Continue reading
LEGO Ideas First 2019 review results have just arrived. During the first-ever review results live stream on the LEGO Ideas Facebook page hosted by Samuel Johnson (LEGO Ideas Design Manager) and Hasan Jensen (LEGO Ideas Engagement Manager). Not one, not two, but three LEGO fan-projects — The Pirate Bay project by Bricky_Brick, 123 Sesame Street project by bulldoozer21, and Playable LEGO Piano project by SleepyCow have been announced to become the next official LEGO Ideas sets.