With only two months left until The LEGO Ninjago Movie, we’re finally getting to review the movie tie-in sets. We got an exclusive sneak peek at Toy Fair in February, but LEGO had banned photography at the time, so we had to wait until June to even show the first pictures. Now, we’re able kick things off big with a review of 70617 Temple of the Ultimate Ultimate Weapon. This set is due for release August 1, 2017 and has 1,403 pieces. It will retail for $99.99 USD.
LEGO is prepping for the influx of new sets (such as the Star Wars: The Last Jedi LEGO sets revealed yesterday) by slashing prices for the weekend on a wide range of current sets in the LEGO Shop Online for US and Canada. Most of the prices are dropped by about 20%, but this includes a few hard-to-find sets such as Arkham Asylum (which we reviewed) and the Winter Toy Shop that are more difficult to snag on sale. The sale should begin Saturday and run through Sunday.
10249 Winter Toy Shop, $79.99, now $63.99
Today we’re getting our first official look at LEGO’s initial wave of sets for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. If the release schedule follows that of Rogue One and The Force Awakens, the sets will hit store shelves in September. We don’t have part counts or prices yet, but you can check out what the First Order and Resistance have been getting up to with a host of new ships. While all of these sets will be available before the movie’s release, those keen on avoiding all spoilers may want to look with a guarded eye. We’ll just leave you with this awesome Ultimate Collector’s Series-style BB-8 above the fold, and you can see all the sets below.
Update: The Brothers Brick published these images based on the validity of the source and in accordance with LEGO’s image-sharing policy. However, it has now come to light that retailers mistakenly shared these images early, and The LEGO Company has requested our assistance in removing the images until an official press announcement.
Back in 2012, filmmaker Justin McAleece used Bricks by the Bay as a background to film scenes for his independent film Brick Madness. Five years later, the director has shared the first official teaser trailer for the mockumentary, scheduled to premiere on August 13.
One of the really cool real-life aspects of the movie is that Carl Merriam designed many of the models used by the actors in the movie back during filming, and now Carl works full-time as a set designer in Billund.
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 fourth week of July 2017.
TBB NEWS: News this week was slim for LEGO as everyone was focusing on Comic-Con in San Diego. That said, there were still a few pieces of news worth posting!
- Review of The LEGO Ninjago Movie Collectible Minifigures 71019 — Revealed only a last month, these minifigures will be hitting stores August 1 ahead of the movie, and feature 20 characters who, nicely enough, are not all ninjas.
- The LEGO Ninjago Movie Trailer #2 arrives — The LEGO Ninjago Movie arrives September 22, and will be accompanied by a full line of sets, including one of the largest LEGO sets ever, 70620 Ninjago City.
OTHER LEGO NEWS: This week had a few other interesting LEGO-related news articles, so here are the best of the rest.
- LEGO Luke Skywalker statue brings The Force to Comic-Con, Entertainment Weekly — A 6-foot-tall model of Luke Skywalker from Star Wars made out of 36,743 LEGO bricks was unveiled Wednesday, ahead of Comic-Con’s kickoff.
- Video Shows that the LEGO zoetrope of our dreams is only a build away, Nerdist — A recent video by YouTube’s Sariel’s LEGO® Workshop shows us a zoetrope made with a handful of Lego Star Wars stormtroopers and a Technic motor base.
- Warriors Clash in The LEGO Ninjago Movie Comic-Con Panel Recap, Coming Soon — Attendees at Comic-Con International got a special early sneak peek at what’s to come from The LEGO Ninjago Movie, and here is a recap with all the juicy details.
- Rant: San Diego Comic Con exclusives are terrible and LEGO needs to stop them, Jay’s Brick Blog — “Artificial scarcity from a company that mass-produces toys is such a fundamentally flawed practice that only serves to penalize actual fans and enrich scalpers.”
A few days ago as I was reviewing The LEGO Ninjago Movie Collectible Minifigures, I mused about what Lloyd’s mother ever saw in Garmadon. Well, I didn’t have long to wait for the answer, as revealed in this new trailer. We also catch a quick glimpse of Ninjago’s biggest enemy yet—and it’s probably not what you expect. The LEGO Ninjago Movie arrives September 22, and will be accompanied by a full line of sets, including one of the largest LEGO sets ever, 70620 Ninjago City.
Just as LEGO did with The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie, there’s a wave of collectible minifigures dedicated to the characters in September’s The LEGO Ninjago Movie. Revealed only a last month, 71019 The LEGO Ninjago Movie Collectible Minifigures will be hitting stores August 1 ahead of the movie, and feature 20 characters who, nicely enough, are not all ninjas. But much like the world of Ninjago itself, these characters, who range from a sushi chef to a teen pop fan, abide in a stereotyping mashup of all things Asian. The figures will retail for $3.99 each, and are concealed in blind packs just like previous series.
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 July 2017.
TBB NEWS: The forecast this week includes a steady amount of reviews and deals, with a smattering of new sets to tide you over until next week.
- Review of Tips for Kids – Transformers: Cool Projects for Your LEGO Bricks — This 208-page soft-cover book includes detailed instructions for nine models including an 800-piece transforming Optimus Prime.
- LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes 2018 to be presented at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 — The three new medium-sized sets will feature some of our favorite heroes, like Superman and Wonder Woman, as well as characters that have never been released as LEGO minifigures before.
- Review of LEGO Batman Movie 70916 The Batwing — With 1,053 pieces, this set is just 400 pieces smaller than the gigantic 70916 The Ultimate Batmobile, and retails at $89.99, which makes it the second largest set of the summer LEGO Batman Movie wave.
- Review of LEGO Ninjago 70623 Destiny’s Shadow — The LEGO Ninjago Movie and the new 2017 Ninjago sets that will accompany the film are set to release this September, but until then take a look at this creative ship.
- Amazon.com LEGO sales & deals for Prime Day 2017— Every year, Amazon.com has run a Prime Day promotion for Amazon Prime members, and this year there were quite a few LEGO deals. We also announced that our readers in the UK and Canada can now support TBB when they purchase from Amazon through Brothers-Brick.com.
As one of the worlds largest toys manufacturers, the LEGO Company won’t miss the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con convention to present the new 2018 Super Heroes sets. Even though the convention starts next week, official pictures of the LEGO Super Heroes sets are already available online. The three new medium-sized sets will feature some of our favorite heroes, like Superman and Wonder Woman, as well as characters that have never been released as LEGO minifigures before. Sets will range from $19.99 to $39.99, which is definitely good news considering all the awesome minifigures.
76096 Superman Krypto Team-Up
The LEGO Ninjago Movie and the new 2017 Ninjago sets that will accompany the film are set to release this September. To tide ourselves over until then, let’s take a look at Set 70623: Destiny’s Shadow which was released earlier this year.
The set retails for $29.99 and has 360 pieces. Considering the $0.10 per piece pricing many LEGO fans have come to expect, Destiny’s Shadow actually comes in below the expected price range. Additionally, the set currently has a 4.8 out of 5 stars review on Amazon (courtesy of five, yes five, total reviewers who either bought the set for their son or their grandson). Not bad!
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Joachim Klang and Alex Jones are a duo of builders well known within the LEGO community, and their creations have appeared on The Brothers Brick numerous times. Now they’ve got a new book to share some of their techniques: Tips for Kids – Transformers: Cool Projects for Your LEGO® Bricks. Over the past few months, we’ve already highlighted a few of the builds that the pair created for the book, but now we are able to review the book itself.
Title: Tips for Kids: Transformers: Cool Projects for your Lego Bricks
Publisher: Heel Verlag Gmbh (July 10, 2017)