LEGO will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the plastic brick in 2018, having come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1958. The iconic interlocking bricks have led LEGO to becoming the largest toy company in the world, and LEGO seems to be reaching back to its roots with a new line of classic Creator-style sets emblazoned with the words building bigger thinking. Each set focuses on a different aspect of imagination and features a special tile printed with the 60th Anniversary logo.
Click below to see all of the sets
Next year, the LEGO Ideas project, which was originally launched in Japan as LEGO CUUSOO, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. To mark the milestone, the team has invited builders to take part in a contest to build your own version of the LEGO Ideas logo. You can either base your new version on the official one below, or completely re-imagine it. The best entries will be featured on the LEGO Ideas Facebook page to celebrate the anniversary, and the best of the best could win some very cool prizes.
Learn more about this LEGO building contest
Today LEGO is announcing that the iconic 10189 Taj Mahal will be re-released as Creator Expert 10256 Taj Mahal. Formerly the long-time record holder for Largest LEGO Set until being dethroned a few months ago by the new UCS Millennium Falcon, this set is still the second-largest LEGO set of all time with 5,923 pieces and will be available on November 27 (aka Cyber Monday) in LEGO stores and from the LEGO Shop Online for $369.99 USD.
This weekend Seattle Center Exhibition Hall will be swarming with some of the best LEGO builders from all four corners of the globe as BrickCon 2017 welcomes guests for its 16th time!
CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS for the public exhibition, if you haven’t That way you won’t have to stay in line as long when you get there. And when you’re done enjoying all the creations and have blown your wad at the vendor stalls, remember that the Seattle Center is at your disposal for fun and frolicking.
The public exhibition runs from 10-4 Saturday, 10-3 Sunday. BrickCon is the home convention of the Brothers Brick, so most of us will there for the festivities (we’re the dweebs in the green shirts!). Will the lemur be there too? Who can say ;-)
The full range of LEGO sets for Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be available in stores and from the LEGO Shop Online beginning tomorrow, Sept. 1. We got a brief glimpse of the line back in July when a few retailers mistakenly published the images early, but now LEGO and Lucasfilm have officially taken the wraps off the theme. Today, LEGO also revealed their biggest set ever, the new Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon.
75187 BB-8, 1,106 pcs, $99.99 USD, $129.99 CAD
Own your very own LEGO® BB-8! Turn the wheel to spin the head and turn another to open the hatch and see the welding torch pop out, just like it did in the movie! You can also sit BB-8 on the stand so you can show your friendly droid to all your friends when they come to visit!
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.
Click to read the full press release and see all the images.
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.”
Via Financial Times
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.
LEGO has revealed more photos of sets for their upcoming The LEGO Ninjago Movie. One set is entirely new, and while we had a preview of the others last week with the box images, now we get a full look at all the details. These also come hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement of 70620 NINJAGO City, which is one of the largest sets in LEGO’s history. The Brothers Brick got a preview of many of these sets at New York Toy Fair earlier this year (though we weren’t permitted to take pictures), and we’ve been eagerly waiting to share more information.
These sets will be available August 7, 2017.
70618 Destiny’s Bounty (2,295 Pieces; USD $159.99)
Construct Wu’s huge training base in this highly detailed set featuring 3 modular levels and a double-headed dragon, wind-up-and-release anchors, training dojo, bathroom and Wu’s bedroom in the hull – not to mention many hidden secrets.
The LEGO Minecraft world just got a whole lot bigger. Today LEGO has announced the largest set yet for the minifigure-scale theme, 21137 The Mountain Cave. Coming in at a staggering 2,863 pieces and a retail price of $249.99 when it arrives July 1, young Minecraft fans had better hope Grandma has deep pockets if they put this on the wishlist (though the set does also hit the highest age target in the Minecraft theme at 12+). This is the second large exclusive for the Minecraft theme, following last year’s 21128 The Village.
As the name implies, the set features a sizable stone mountain (12in, or 31cm, high at the peak) that’s riddled with caves. The mountain’s footprint is 20x11in (53x29cm), and has minecart tracks, a small home, and a light brick that can be positioned to light a jack o’ lantern, lava, or several other features. The set features lots of new printed elements, along with two minifigures and 13 mobs, including some new ones such as a baby wolf, bats, a charged creeper, and a giant slime. As with other large exclusives, we expect it to be available about two weeks early for LEGO VIP members.
See more images and read the official press release below
Finally, official images of the complete LEGO Star Wars line-up for the upcoming summer wave are available. We brought you the first look at these sets in person at Toy Fair New York back in February. The sets will illustrate a great number of scenes and spacecraft from Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, The Freemaker Adventures TV Series, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and even Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi featuring the highly anticipated buildable figure of a scout trooper on a large-scale speeder bike. The sets should be available in June. Here’s the full list of sets published:
75180 Rathtar Escape, 836 pcs, $79.99
Click to see all the new sets
After an early tease of 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V last month, today LEGO has officially taken the wraps off this massive 1:110 scale rocket. First announced last June, the Saturn V will be the largest ever fan-designed LEGO Ideas set with 1,969 pieces, giving even the part count a nod to the year of mankind’s first steps on the moon. The rocket itself stands 39 in. tall (100cm), and consists of all three stages with a full complement of the lunar orbiter, lunar lander, command module with flotation devices, and three astronaut microfigures. The Saturn V will retail for $119.99 USD beginning June 1, the same day as the just-announced 10257 Carousel.
The Saturn V is the first of two upcoming LEGO Ideas sets based on NASA, with a Women of NASA LEGO set coming later this year or early in 2018.
Click to see all the images of the Saturn V