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London launch of the new Harry Potter 71043 Hogwarts Castle [News]

Early this morning, Leicester Square witnessed the biggest gathering of Harry Potter fans since the final film premier was held there in 2011. Fans of LEGO and J. K. Rowling’s famous wizard were out in force, excitedly queuing outside the store, some camping out overnight for the highly anticipated 71043 Hogwarts Castle set, which is now available.

At over 6,000 pieces, 71043 Hogwarts Castle is the second-largest LEGO set released by the company to date. Packed full of amazing architectural detail and showcasing almost every important scene from the series, it certainly lives up to its billing. Earlier today we posted a full review of the Hogwarts Castle LEGO set that covers every nook and cranny of the impressive build.

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LEGO Harry Potter 71043 Hogwarts Castle, 2nd-largest LEGO set ever released [Review]

At 6,020 pieces, the new microscale 71043 Hogwarts Castle is the LEGO set with the second-highest part count ever, exceeded only by last year’s 75192 UCS Millennium Falcon at 7,541 pieces. This massive Hogwarts is part of the new wave of LEGO Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts sets, including the minifig-scale 75954 Hogwarts Great Hall. In what is sure also to be one of our longest LEGO set reviews ever, we’re immersing ourselves in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World as we take a close look at this massive set, which retails for $399.99 and will be available on September 1st (August 15 for LEGO VIP Program members).

Read our hands-on review of LEGO Harry Potter 71043 Hogwarts Castle

The 6,020-piece 71043 Hogwarts Castle is now on sale as LEGO’s biggest ever Harry Potter set [News]

For years LEGO Harry Potter fans have been asking for a complete model of Hogwarts Castle. LEGO has made more than 20 sets depicting various parts of the wizarding school, some with just a few rooms or a bit of wall, and some with large parts of the structure. Some were excellent, and some were not. Now LEGO has finally created the whole castle in a single set, using a massive 6,020 pieces to sculpt 71043 Hogwarts Castle in microscale, including 27 microfigures and 4 minifigures. The set is available beginning today for LEGO VIP members (signing up is free), and will be available to everyone beginning Sept. 1. It retails for $399.99 USD.

Wondering if you should spend your hard-earned cash on a set this big? Check out our hands-on review of 71043 Hogwarts Castle, or see more of the official photos in our announcement article. You can help support The Brothers Brick by purchasing this set and others through the links below.

71043 Hogwarts Castle | 6,020 pieces | LEGO Shop Online (USA | CAN | UK)

Note that you must be logged in to the LEGO Shop Online as a VIP member to purchase the set before Sept. 1. Additionally, although LEGO generally rolls out its releases beginning at midnight for each region, it appears this one may be slightly delayed in some regions.

While it remains to be seen if LEGO has produced enough of this set to fulfill demand, if the sales of the even-larger Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon were any indication, this Hogwarts will be hard to find for quite some time. The Millennium Falcon was only available for a few hours at a time before going on backorder, until nearly 6 months after release.

 

LEGO 17101 BOOST Creative Toolbox compatibility with LEGO Ninjago 70652 Stormbringer and LEGO City 60194 Arctic Scout Truck [Review]

The latest wave of LEGO sets includes several sets designed to work with LEGO Boost — the first sets to extend the 17101 BOOST Creative Toolbox into a true system. Not only are the LEGO City 60194 Arctic Scout Truck and LEGO Ninjago 70652 Stormbringer sets compatible with Boost, they are fusions with the robotics system.

LEGO City 60194 Arctic Scout Truck has 322 pieces and 3 minifigures at $59.99 USD, while LEGO Ninjago 70652 Stormbringer has 493 pieces and 4 minifigures $39.99 USD. Both sets are available now as part of the summer 2018 wave of new LEGO sets, along with Boost released last year.

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Recreating the Han Solo movie train heist scene with LEGO Star Wars sets [Feature]

The first wave of LEGO Star Wars sets often appear weeks or even months before the corresponding Star Wars movie’s release, often leaving LEGO fans wondering how accurate the LEGO sets are compared with the “real” vehicles in the movie. On opening day for Solo: A Star Wars Story, we looked back at the first wave of LEGO Star Wars sets from Solo and compared them to the movie we’d just seen the night before. Now, with the release of the second wave of LEGO Star Wars Solo sets on August 1, months after the movie’s release, we’re taking a look at the LEGO sets we’ve just reviewed from another angle, focused instead on how the three latest sets work together.

As we’ve noted in our reviews over the last few days, all three of the new LEGO Star Wars sets from Solo: A Star Wars Story feature vehicles and characters from the train heist scene in the first half of the movie, in which Tobias Beckett’s gang uses an Imperial AT-Hauler to try stealing coaxium hypermatter fuel from an Imperial Conveyex Transport on the planet of Vandor. During their attempted robbery, they face Imperial range troopers guarding the train as well as Enfys Nest’s Cloud-Riders on swoop bikes.

Read more about how the latest LEGO Star Wars sets compare to Solo: A Star Wars Story

Updated edition of The LEGO Book from DK will come with an exclusive LEGO 2×4 printed brick [News]

Global publisher DK, known for its releases of LEGO-themed reference books like Ultimate LEGO Star Wars and LEGO DC Superheroes: Build Your Own Adventure, today announces their next special edition book — an updated edition of The LEGO Book. The 280-page book will celebrate both the 60th anniversary of the LEGO brick and the 40th anniversary of the LEGO minifigure, and will guide its readers through the incredible story of the world’s most famous toy manufacturer.

Besides being updated with pictures and facts on the latest LEGO themes and products, The LEGO Book will include stories about how some fan creations have become official LEGO products though the LEGO Ideas program, and much more. Moreover, the book will come with an exclusive, red 2×4 LEGO brick featuring an outline of the LEGO brick design and the dates 1958 and 2018, symbolising a piece of the company’s heritage.

The LEGO Book will be available starting October 4, 2018 and will retail at £18.99 in the UK.

You can read the full press-release below.

Exclusive LEGO® brick reveal

DK is proud to reveal an exclusive 60th anniversary printed LEGO brick which will be part of the new edition of The LEGO® Book, publishing on 4th October 2018.

This special edition of The LEGO Book has been fully updated and expanded to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the brick and the 40th anniversary of the LEGO Minifigure.

The exclusive red brick includes the dates 1958 and 2018 printed in white, plus the outline of the LEGO brick design. The book features information on how LEGO bricks are made, the LEGO brand plus spreads on how amazing fan creations have become real life LEGO sets, plus more more.

The LEGO Book and exclusive brick have been created in full collaboration with the LEGO Group and is a must-have book for any fan, collector, adult, or child wanting more information on the heritage of this much loved brand.

LEGO sales & deals on Amazon for August 8, 2018 [News]

We hope everyone has been able to pick up something they want from the August 2018 wave of new LEGO sets. But with every new wave of LEGO sets there are discounts on older sets. The LEGO Store will likely not be discounting these sets for quite some time, but there are some gems among the sets on discount from Amazon.com right now. As always, a portion of the sale goes to support the reviews, event sponsorship, contests, and more that The Brothers Brick gives back to the LEGO building community.

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LEGO BrickHeadz 41612 Steve and Creeper from Minecraft [Review]

Having a Minecraft set in LEGO is the best form of flattery in some weird and wonderful way. Minecraft was meant to be the LEGO of the digital world, and here we are now reviewing a franchise character that LEGO inspired in the first place – making a jump back from the virtual world to a physical one. I am for one a fan of Minecraft, from its indie startup roots to its recent acquisition by Microsoft and the vast cult-like following it has all over the world, though I’ve never taken to the characters in the universe as much as the overall gameplay. The LEGO Minecraft BrickHeadz 41612 Steve and Creeper come numbered 58 and 59 respectively in the continuation of the series. The two-pack costs $19.99 for 160 pieces.

Click to read the full Steve and Creeper BrickHeadz review

LEGO 75217 Imperial Conveyex Transport from Solo: A Star Wars Story [Review]

The current wave of LEGO Star Wars sets from Solo: A Star Wars Story all depict vehicles from the train heist scene. 75217 Imperial Conveyex Transport is the fast-moving armored train that Tobias Beckett’s gang tries to steal coaxium from aboard their stolen Imperial AT-Hauler while harassed by Enfys Nest’s marauders. The LEGO set is available now, retailing for $89.99 ($109.99 in Canada | £79.99 in the UK), with 622 pieces and 5 minifigures.

Read our hands-on review of 75217 Imperial Conveyex Transport from Solo: A Star Wars Story

LEGO BrickHeadz 41622 Peter Venkman and Slimer from Ghostbusters [Review]

Ghostbusters kicked off as a LEGO theme in 2014 with the LEGO Ideas 21108 ECTO-1, which unleashed nostalgia for those of us who grew up in the 80s. Since then, with the licensing deal already in place, LEGO has released quite a few follow-ups, including the splendid 75827 Firehouse Headquarters and several LEGO Dimensions releases of small Ghostbusters builds with minifigures. LEGO Ghostbusters has now found a new lease of life with the introduction of the BrickHeadz format with 41622 Peter Venkman and Slimer, numbered 62 and 63 respectively in the series. The two-pack release costs $19.99 for 228 pieces.

LEGO Ghostbusters from 2014 to 2018

Before we dive into the review, let’s take a look at an infographic that illustrates the sets released in this theme to date. This Ghostbuster lineup spans the past 4 years from the LEGO Ideas theme to regular sets and LEGO Dimensions game packs. The real favourites of mine are actually the minifigures — especially the Stay Puft minifigure from the LEGO Dimensions Fun Pack.

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TBB Weekly Brick Report: LEGO news roundup for August 5, 2018 [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 first week of August 2018.

TBB REVIEWS: A brand new wave of sets means a deluge of set reviews. Here are our initial thoughts about all things Wizarding World, Disney, and Batman-related.



MORE TBB REVIEWS: There were even more reviews this week, including the largest ever Technic set and four new Star Wars sets.



TBB NEWS: Are you ready for a brand new wave of sets coming in August? We have your early reviews right here to get you ready.



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:
Check out the other LEGO news of the week

LEGO 75219 Imperial AT-Hauler from Solo: A Star Wars Story [Review]

While the first wave of LEGO Star Wars sets from Solo: A Star Wars Story largely focused on iconic standalone vehicles that, in hindsight, had less impact on the movie itself, the three sets together in the second wave released after the movie’s debut depicts a single key scene in the movie. Disguised as Imperial mud-troopers, Tobias Beckett’s gang requisitions an Imperial AT-Hauler on Mimban for a daring coaxium heist on Vandor. LEGO Star Wars set 75219 features this unique vehicle, built from 829 pieces with 5 minifigures, retailing for $99.99 in the US ($129.99 in Canada | £89.99 in the UK).

Read our hands-on review of LEGO 75219 Imperial AT-Hauler from Solo: A Star Wars Story