It’s that time of year again: winter is coming, and that means another new Winter Village set. Having been a staple since 2009, Winter Village sets create a quaint cottage-style holiday town. Last year’s set was 10254 Winter Holiday Train, which featured only a small wayside stop. LEGO is giving it a huge boost with this year’s set, 10259 Winter Village Station, a proper station for the rail line. Winter Village Station has 902 pieces and will retail for $79.99 USD when it’s available Oct. 1. While LEGO has not yet confirmed, it will also likely be available Sept. 15 to VIP club members, as previous Winter Village sets have been.
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In addition to the best LEGO models created by builders all over the world, The Brothers Brick also brings you the best of LEGO news and reviews. This is our weekly Brick Report for the third week of August 2017.
TBB NEWS: We have two reviews for you: the third-largest LEGO set ever, and the newest Ideas project. Sand green sure seems to be popular this year!
- Review of the LEGO Ninjago Movie’s largest set: 70620 Ninjago City — Ninjago’s latest entry has an incredible 4,867 pieces, skyrocketing 70620 Ninjago City to the third-largest LEGO set ever created, with new pieces galore. Double jumpers? New colors? Take my money!
- Review of LEGO Ideas 21310 Old Fishing Store — This charmingly dilapidated set includes 2,049 pieces, four minifigures and many, many animals including lobsters and seagulls.
- Instructions to build Lynn MinMay from the Robotech/Macross anime series — We’ve got the parts list and instructions you can build your very own singing space celebrity, complete with that genuine anime sparkle in her eyes.
- The LEGO Ninjago Movie 70620 Ninjago City, 3rd largest set of all time, now available for LEGO VIP members — The third-largest LEGO set of all time is now available to order from the LEGO Shop online. The set includes 19 minifigures and retails for $299.99 in the United States.
OTHER LEGO NEWS: This week had a few other interesting LEGO-related news articles. Here are the best of the rest.
- Which MacBook Air is made of LEGO?, Mashable — A Japanese student built a MacBook Air entirely from LEGO — and it’s so convincing you’ll do a double take.
- David Beckham finishes his 4,000 piece LEGO castle after six days, The Sun — The famous footballer built the castle for his daughter, Harper, and says that building LEGO helps him relax, having previously built the Tower Bridge.
- LEGO hires Mischief as UK PR firm, PR Week — Taking a different approach to public relations from current firms Norton PR and Crescendo PR, LEGO has gone a new direction.
- LEGO releases teaser trailer for a really big set coming October 1, YouTube — The hype over the biggest LEGO set ever continues to grow with this video that certainly wasn’t originally titled “MF – UCS MF 15 sec HERO Teaser video.”
While everybody is understandably excited about the massive new Ninjago City set, September 1st also brings us the latest LEGO Ideas set, 21310 Old Fishing Store. The set includes 2,049 pieces and four minifigures for a retail price of $149.99 in the US.
The Brothers Brick interviewed the design team when we visited LEGO headquarters back in May, with the first announcement of the set’s approval last October, so read on to find out if this fan-designed set was worth the wait.
Following fast on the heels of our hands-on review of 70620 Ninjago City, the third-largest LEGO set of all time is now available to order from the LEGO Shop online. The set includes 4,867 pieces and 19 minifigures (by our count), and retails for $299.99 in the United States.
The set will be available more broadly starting on September 1st, but is currently available only to LEGO VIP Program members. Of course, you can just sign up for a VIP membership for free, so that means the set is available to everyone now, assuming you’re ready and able to cough up the three hundred bucks for it. We think it’s totally worth it.
70620 Ninjago City joins 10258 London Bus, LEGO Boost, and the rest of the LEGO Ninjago Movie sets released on August 1st.
The list of largest LEGO sets ever produced is dominated by Star Wars and Architecture sets, with the likes of the Ultimate Collector’s Series Millennium Falcon and the Taj Mahal topping the charts. Now, though, LEGO’s home-brewed Ninjago theme is proving to be a serious contender. Having already brought us two sets over the 2,000 piece mark (the Temple of Airjitzu and Destiny’s Bounty), Ninjago’s latest entry has an incredible 4,867 pieces, skyrocketing 70620 Ninjago City to the third-largest LEGO set ever created.
The primary locale in The LEGO Ninjago Movie, which opens September 22, Ninjago City is an Eastern-inspired cyberpunk city, brimming with action and loaded with hidden details. 70620 Ninjago City will be available to VIP members in the LEGO Shop Online and in LEGO stores Aug. 16 for $299.99 USD, and will be available to everyone Sept. 1.
In addition to the best LEGO models created by builders all over the world, The Brothers Brick also brings you the best of LEGO news and reviews. This is our weekly Brick Report for the second week of August 2017.
TBB NEWS: Aside from LEGO getting a new CEO, news this week was light but included the most in-depth look at Ninjago City yet.
- LEGO designers offer an in-depth look at 70620 NINJAGO City — LEGO has released a set designer video for the jaw-dropping 4867-piece 70620 NINJAGO City.
- Niels Christiansen replaces Bali Padda as LEGO’s new CEO — Niels Christiansen has been appointed as the new CEO of the LEGO Group replacing Bali Padda who served as the company’s first non-Danish chief executive since January, 2017.
OTHER LEGO NEWS: In addition to that really big instruction book, this week had a few other interesting LEGO-related news articles. Here are the best of the bunch.
- David Beckham is the latest LEGO obsessed celebrity, Huffington Post — Welcome to building a complicated LEGO set in hard mode in the harsh daylight, on a plush surface, and starting from the last page of the instructions. Good luck with that, Becks!
- “LEGO Masters” is the “MasterChef” of toys and not to be missed, My Kids Time — LEGO reality TV is here, with a four-part building competition that will see amateur builders use their skills to compete in a battle like no other.
- Watch Jackie Chan create real-life stunts for The LEGO Ninjago Movie, People — A new featurette for the movie reveals how the action star created the ninja stunts practically, before they were made into animated sequences.
As if the forthcoming NINJAGO Movie wasn’t already exciting enough, LEGO has been blowing us away with all the related sets and minifigs — none more so than the completely jaw-dropping 4867-piece 70620 NINJAGO City. Well now LEGO has released a video in which the set’s designers give us an in-depth, bottom-up, overview of this amazing modular set and its many, many, many, many cool little details!
The set is available September 1st and will retail for USD$299 / £259.99. And look out for a thorough review of it right here on The Brothers Brick in the very near future!
Niels B. Christiansen, 51, has been appointed as the new CEO of the LEGO Group effective October 1, 2017, the Compnay has announced today. Christiansen will replace Bali Padda, 61, who has served as the Company’s first non-Danish chief executive since January, 2017.
Niels B. Christiansen, FT.com
Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, the chairman of the LEGO Group, emphasizes that Padda’s age and “realisation he could only do the job for a few years at most” have brought about a change in the top management. Since October 2017 Padda will assume a special advisory role at the newly formed Lego Brand Group serving as “a wonderful ambassador for the LEGO brand”.
Bali Padda, LEGO.com
Niels B. Christiansen has spent the last 9 years as CEO of another family-owned, Danish-based group, Danfoss. He resigned in March, 2017, saying it was time for a new challenge. During his job at Danfoss he managed to increase the compoany’s revenues by 50 per cent, taking Danfoss from industrial technology to digital technology. Knudstorp describes Christiansen as “one of the strongest CEOs of his generation” and states that he is “confident that under Niels, the LEGO Group will continue to flourish and bring play experiences to more children around the world.”
In addition to the best LEGO models created by builders all over the world, The Brothers Brick also brings you the best of LEGO news and reviews. This is our weekly Brick Report for the first week of August 2017.
TBB NEWS: There are some awesome LEGO Ideas sets coming our way, as well as lots of new summer sets for your building pleasure.
- New LEGO Ideas sets announced: Voltron & Ship in a Bottle — No details on pricing and dates, but these two projects beat out fan favorites Hulkbuster armor and The Iron Giant.
- Book review of LEGO DC Superheroes: Build Your Own Adventure — With inspirational models built by TBB’s own Rod Gillies, this new book is available for $15.49 USD from Amazon US or £17.57 from Amazon UK.
- 10258 London Bus, LEGO Boost, and LEGO Ninjago Movie sets available starting August 1 — Summer sets including new Architecture, Creator, Ninjago and Boost are now on The LEGO Shop online.
OTHER LEGO NEWS: Aside from that REALLY BIG LEGO BOX, this week had a few other interesting LEGO-related news articles, so here are the best of the rest.
- Watch 280,000 LEGO bricks become a McLaren 720S in just a minute, AutoBlog — The final model used 280,000 bricks, and it took a whopping 2,000 man hours to finish.
- Watch some LEGO engines rev until they explode, Jalopnik — Little Lego engines with actual pistons and crankshafts that turn and move are one of the true simple joys of human life in the modern era. Watching them rev up and explode is another.
- LEGO tests bricks made from wheat in effort to ditch plastic, Quartz — LEGO wants to solve the world’s plastics problem with a biomaterial that can survive generations of play.
- LEGO recalls 120,000 sets because one worker packed the wrong shade of grey, Metro — LEGO has been forced to recall 120,000 sets after a worker labelled pieces with the wrong shade of grey that were supposed to contain dark grey instead of light grey. It’s believed the recall cost the firm around £1.3 million in total.
LEGO has announced today that Ship In A Bottle: The Flagship Leviathan by Jacob Sadovich will be the next set in the Ideas line. This project was selected from a group of 12 ideas that had gathered 10,000 supporters by January 9, 2017. The project was originally submitted to the LEGO Ideas platform in November 2016, so it took the ship only 48 days to gather fans’ support. Pricing and availability for this set are yet to be announced. The LEGO Ideas Blog interviewed Jacob back in May 2017, where he talked about the challenges he faced creating the model.
And after being held over from a previous review stage, the Voltron – Defenders of the Universe project was also approved to become an Ideas set. You can find the interview with the author of that project, Leandro Tayag, on the LEGO Ideas Blog tool. As usual, pricing and availability will be the subject of a future announcement.
DC Superheroes marks LEGO’s latest entry in the Build Your Own Adventure (BYOA) book series by publisher DK, featuring Green Lantern and other members of the Justice League. The book is out today, and is available for $15.49 USD from Amazon US or £17.57 from Amazon UK. Rod Gillies, TBB’s very own assistant editor, designed the inspirational models in this book. Rod is something of a veteran of the series, having previously built for the Star Wars Build Your Own Adventure and LEGO City Build Your Own Adventure books.
As with all the LEGO BYOA books, the pack includes a hardback book and a separate cardboard box that fit neatly together. One side of the cardboard box is a laminated scene to use as a setting for imaginative play with your creations. The 80-page hardcover volume includes a Green Lantern minifigure and small selection of bricks to create a model vehicle. It features building tips and more than 50 small models to use as inspiration for building with your own bricks.