Today LEGO has announced LEGO Cube, the first fruits of their partnership with developer Tencent Games, part of the massive Chinese tech conglomerate Tencent. The new video game is an open-world, sandbox game and is designed for mobile platforms. LEGO expects the game to be publicly available before the end of the year, though they’re not yet ready to announce specifics yet, such as whether it will work on both Android and iOS, and how much players can expect to pay, including whether or not it will feature micro-transactions.
The initial launch appears to be focused on the Chinese market, but LEGO is calling the Chinese release a “preview” indicating that there may be plans for a wider release down the road. The game joins several other new properties developed in partnership with Tencent, including The LEGO Video Zone, an online safe harbor for children’s digital entertainment and featured on Tencent Video.
It remains to be seen exactly how this game will differ from LEGO’s current open-world, sandbox game, LEGO Worlds, or whether Cube is simply a mobile port of that existing game. Watch the Chinese trailer here, and you can read the full press release below.
Today LEGO has unveiled a special pair of Christmas holiday BrickHeadz, 40274 Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The cheery duo are dressed in red and surrounded by holiday decorations, including presents and a Christmas Tree for good ol’ Santa, and fresh-baked cookies and a wreath for Mrs. Claus. The set is a two-pack, and it will be available Oct. 1 for $19.99 USD. The set has 341 pieces.
The Christmas set follows the special autumn holiday sets of 40272 Halloween Witch, available today, and 40273 Thanksgiving Turkey, available beginning Oct. 1.
Click to see more of all 3 new BrickHeadz
Every year since 2009, LEGO has released an addition to their Winter Village theme. Following last year’s 10259 Winter Village Station, LEGO has revealed that the model for 2018 will be another type of station — a fire station! 10263 Winter Village Fire Station includes 1,166 pieces, six minifigures and a baby, a Dalmatian, red fire truck, frozen fountain and a Christmas tree.
The set will retail for $99.99 starting on October 1, with LEGO VIP availability beginning on September 13.
Click to take a closer look at the LEGO Winter Village Fire Station
LEGO just unveiled two new characters to add on to the BrickHeadz family from the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Newt Scamander and Gellert Grindelwald, numbered 76 and 77 respectively, are featured in a two-pack set of 247 pieces and retail price of $19.99 USD. These are the first two characters to be featured from the Fantastic Beasts theme and will be released for sale on October 1.
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We’re now just one month from BrickCon 2018, the country’s longest-running LEGO convention. Each year LEGO fans flock to Seattle the first weekend in October to view more than 30,000 square feet of custom LEGO models, along with vendors featuring everything from custom-engraved bricks to vintage sets. The event is open to the public Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7, and tickets can be purchased online, with prices ranging from $11-$17 depending on entry time. Last year tickets sold out in advance, so don’t wait to get yours.
Adult fans who wish to get the all-access treatment can sign up for the full four-day experience, which includes the ability to display their own custom LEGO models, along with workshops, prizes, games, drafts, access to the friends-and-family night, and more. Signups for the full adult fan convention, which runs Oct. 4-7, can be found on the BrickCon builder site. Tickets for the full event are $75 if purchased before Sept. 18. After that, you’ll need to pay the late registration price of $100 or sign up at the door if any space is available (though that will cost even more).
The Brothers Brick is sponsoring a Ninjago City collaborative build at this year’s BrickCon, featuring creations from our staff and readers like you. Click the image below to learn more about how you can get involved.
The Brothers Brick is an official sponsor of BrickCon.
Today LEGO revealed a brand new BrickHeadz double pack, 41635 Homer Simpson and Krusty the Clown. This comedic duo come from the longest running animated show in history, The Simpsons, which has been featured in LEGO form before in two collectible minifigure series, three Dimension expansion packs and the excellent 71006 Simpsons House and 71016 Kwik-E-Mart.
It seems this has been the summer of BrickHeadz with product announcements coming fast and furious from Harry Potter to Ghostbusters. The Simpsons Brickheadz at first glance take a minimalist perspective opting for brick built details rather than numerous printed tiles (though Homer’s chubby belly is quite well done this way). LEGO has not announced the release date or price yet, though we expect the double pack to sell for the typical $19.99 USD.
Toys R Us, which is still operating in a number of countries despite its well-publicized bankruptcy in the United States, has today uploaded images of four new LEGO minifigure packs. These have traditionally been offered as part of Toys R Us’ annual Bricktober promotion, though unlike previous years, this year’s packages are devoid of any Toys R Us or Bricktober-specific branding. Consequently, we can’t confirm yet if these will be exclusive to Toys R Us, especially given the retailer’s drastically reduced market share. The four packs are each themed to a specific license, featuring Harry Potter, Jurassic World, Marvel Super Heroes, and Ninjago, and include a number of exclusive characters.
Update: LEGO has confirmed on Twitter that these sets will be coming to Barnes & Noble in the United States, though likely with a different timeline than the Toys R Us packs in other parts of the world.
Update 2: LEGO has amended their statement on Twitter, clarifying that only the Harry Potter set will be available via Barns & Noble, with no word yet on availability for the others.
Click to see the all four of the minifigure packs
LEGO Star Wars is returning to the planet Bespin with 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City, a 2,812-piece playset based off memorable scenes from The Empire Strikes Back. The set includes a whopping 18 minifigures, two droids, and two vehicles: Boba Fett’s Slave I ship and a twin-pod Cloud Car. The set is also the first in the newly revealed LEGO Star Wars Master Builder Series.
Betrayal at Cloud City will hit stores on October 1st for $349.99 USD, and will be available early for LEGO VIP members beginning September 13 at the LEGO Store Online.
Take a closer look at the new Betrayal at Cloud City set
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.
Earlier this morning, The Brothers Brick attended what was supposed to be a top-secret launch event at LEGO’s flagship UK store in Leicester Square, London. The silver Aston Martin DB5 parked outside the main entrance was a bit of a giveaway that today was all about the new Creator Expert 10262 James Bond DB5 set.
The time in London is 10:07 AM, a fitting moment to launch the newest LEGO Creator Expert vehicle: the 10262 James Bond Aston Martin DB5. The iconic car from Goldfinger includes 1,290 pieces and a multitude of hidden spy features fitting “Bond, James Bond.” The set is available for purchase starting today at $149.99 USD for LEGO VIPs, with general availability beginning August 1.
The Brothers Brick will have complete coverage from the launch event in London and our in-depth review of the set coming later today, but we have all the information, photos, and video you need right here for an early look.
Click to get a closer look at the new LEGO Creator Expert James Bond Aston Martin DB5
LEGO just announced the 76115: Spider-Man Mech vs. Venom Mech playset. It is slated to launch later this year on December 1 with a piece count of 604 and priced at $49.99.
The press release is included below:
76115: Spider-Man Mech vs. Venom Mech
Launching: December 1, 2018
Piece Count: 604
Stage an awesome mech battle between Spider-Man and Venom!
- Includes 4 minifigures: Spider-Man, Ghost Spider, Venom and Aunt May.
Spider-Man Mech features an opening minifigure cockpit, poseable joints, shooter to fire tech spider or web elements, and a gripping claw with attachment points for alternative web elements.
- Venom Mech features a minifigure cockpit, poseable joints, a long tongue, and gripping claws to grab minifigures.
- Also includes Ghost Spider’s ‘hoverboard’ with 2 stud shooters and a translucent flame exhaust element, plus 9 assorted new-for-December-2018 web elements to customize your builds, minifigures and weapons.
- Accessory elements include the Aunt May with ice cream.
- The Spider-Man, Venom and Aunt May minifigures are new for December 2018.