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The Joker Manor 70922 Revealed

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I’m a bit late with this, but then so are Lego. Didn’t we have all the Lego Batman movie sets months ago? It seems not, with the announcement last week of The Joker Manor (70922), which is a giant 3,444 piece set which will retail for £249.99 in the UK and $269.99 in the USA.

The most exciting thing about it is the roller coaster pieces and track that surround it all, as pictured below. Can we have a proper coaster to go with the Ferris Wheel and Carousel please?

Here’s the Lego press release…

Help Batman, Barbara Gordon, Alfred Pennyworth (in his classic Batsuit) and Nightwing regain control of the jokerized Wayne Manor with this massive THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE set.

The Joker Manor is packed with iconic details from the movie and cool functions, including a rollercoaster encircling the whole building, a huge buildable The Joker head with trapdoor and slide, punching boxing gloves, a rocking ‘The Joker’ sign and rotating ‘big eye’ tower.

The interior includes a cinema room with a romantic DVD element, kitchen with buildable microwave plus lobster and lemon-slice decorated tile elements, living room with a buildable grand piano, fireplace and bust, swimming pool room, and a music studio with guitar element and buildable mixing desk and loudspeakers.

Build this magnificent manor and then recreate your favorite scenes from the movie with 10 included minifigures.

  • Includes 10 minifigures: The Joker, Batman, Barbara Gordon, Harley Quinn, Nightwing, Alfred Pennyworth Classic Batsuit, Disco Batman, Disco The Joker, Disco Batgirl and Disco Robin.
  • Features a grand entrance flanked by 2 buildable bombs with translucent spark-style elements, 2-level and 3-level towers with turrets and flag elements on top, a rollercoaster track and train with 3 cars (each with a minifigure seat), rotating ‘big eye’ tower with lever-operated iris to ‘look’ up and down, huge buildable The Joker head with trapdoor and slide, rocking ‘The Joker’ sign, ‘Ha! Ha!’ sign, 2 wheel-operated punching boxing gloves, plus many multicolored, translucent light-style decorative elements.
  • Activate the trapdoor to send a minifigure tumbling from the top of the The Joker head, down the slide and out through the mouth.
  • Interior includes an entrance hall with 4 plastic, bendy ‘mirror’ elements; living room with a buildable grand piano and stool, bust, and fireplace with translucent-red fire-style elements; cinema room with a screen, minifigure seat and assorted elements including a romantic DVD; kitchen with cup, pot and pan elements, and a buildable microwave with lobster, lemon and plate elements inside; music studio with a buildable mixing desk and loudspeakers, seat and a guitar element; swimming pool room with translucent-blue water-style elements; and an attic with 2 buildable boxes and a rat figure.
  • Weapons include Batman’s Batarang, Barbara Gordon’s revolver and Harley Quinn’s bat.
  • Disco Batman, Disco The Joker, Disco Batgirl and Disco Robin minifigures are new!
  • Recreate and reimagine memorable scenes from THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE.
  • The Joker Manor measures over 21” (55cm) high, 25” (66cm) wide and 10” (27cm) deep.
  • Rollercoaster train measures over 1” (3cm) high, 5” (15cm) long and 1” (3cm) wide.

Lego Marvel Super Heroes – The Milano vs. The Abilisk 76081 Review

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The NEW UCS Millennium Falcon Finally Revealed

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Lego have been teasing this one for weeks, but it’s been the worst kept secret among fans, as we all knew this is what was coming. Thankfully, after all the wait, it’s spectacular. Set 75192 – Ultimate Collectors Series Millennium Falcon.

It’s also REALLY expensive, clocking in at £649 in the UK and $799 in the USA, the 7,541 pieces of the biggest Lego set ever absolutely do not come cheap (although 8.6p/10.c per piece isn’t too bad). It’s available for VIPs on September 14th and October 1st for everyone else. Becoming a VIP is free, and there’s some good points to be had on this one if you signup before you buy it.

Lego will give you a special box to carry it home in, because it’s too big for their yellow bags…

But enough of that, what does it look like?

Just look at that thing!

It measures over 8” (21cm) high, 33” (84cm) long and 22” (56cm) wide – so who knows where you’re going to put it. You’ll need a big space far away from small children.

It comes 7 minifigures, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and C-3PO from the classic trilogy, and Older Han Solo, Rey and Finn from the new trilogy. It also comes with two deflector dishes, so you can go for the classic round or the new square style.

The premium in the piece count over the original UCS Falcon seems to have been used to create a much more detailed interior, as you can see in the photos above.

Lego also released a designer video which gives you the full lowdown…

Will you be carrying this home in a few weeks? Will you get one for us?

Here’s the entire Lego press release…

Welcome to the largest, most detailed LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon model we’ve ever created – in fact, with over 7,500 pieces it is the biggest LEGO model ever sold! This amazing LEGO interpretation of Han Solo’s unforgettable Corellian freighter has all the details that Star Wars fans of any age could wish for, including intricate exterior detailing, upper and lower quad laser cannons, landing legs, lowering boarding ramp and a 4-minifigure cockpit with detachable canopy. Remove individual hull plates to reveal the highly detailed main hold, rear compartment and gunnery station. This amazing model also features interchangeable sensor dishes and crew, so you decide whether to play out classic LEGO Star Wars adventures with Han, Leia, Chewbacca and C-3PO, or enter the world of Episode VII and VIII with older Han, Rey, Finn and BB-8!

  • Includes 4 classic crew minifigures: Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and C-3PO.
  • Also includes 3 Episode VII/VIII crew minifigures: Older Han Solo, Rey and Finn.
  • Figures include a BB-8 droid, 2 buildable Porgs and a buildable Mynock.
  • Exterior features include intricately detailed and removable hull panels, a lowering boarding ramp, concealed blaster cannon, 4-minifigure cockpit with detachable canopy, interchangeable round/rectangular sensor dishes, upper and lower quad laser cannons, and 7 landing legs.
  • Main hold features a seating area, Dejarik holographic game, combat remote training helmet, engineering station with turning minifigure seat and a doorway build with passageway decoration.
  • Rear compartment features the engine room with hyperdrive and console, 2 doorways, hidden floor compartment, 2 escape pod hatches, engineering console and an access ladder to the gunnery station.
  • Gunnery station features a minifigure gunner’s seat and detachable hull panel with fully rotating quad laser cannon. An additional quad laser cannon is also mounted on the underside.
  • Also includes an informational fact plaque.
  • Features a new cockpit canopy element.
  • Classic crew weapons include Han’s blaster pistol and Chewbacca’s stud-firing bowcaster.
  • Episode VII/VIII crew weapons include Han’s blaster, Rey’s small silver blaster and Finn’s medium blaster rifle.
  • Change out the features and crew characters to switch between classic and Episode VII/VIII versions of the Millennium Falcon!
  • Open individual hull panels to access the detailed interior while retaining the overall exterior appearance.
  • Slide the panel to reveal the concealed blaster cannon.
  • Turn classic Leia’s and Han’s head to reveal their breathing mask decoration.
  • Makes the perfect intergalactic toy or flagship display model.
  • Measures over 8” (21cm) high, 33” (84cm) long and 22” (56cm) wide.

The wheels on the Lego London Bus do in fact go round and round

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The rumours were indeed correct, the next Lego Creator flagship vehicle has arrived and it’s 10258 London Bus. It will be generally available on August 1st, but will be available to VIPs from July 17th (if you’re a Lego fan and not a VIP, why not?) and exclusively in London Lego stores from tomorrow – July 1st.

Price wise, it’ll be £109.99 in the UK and $139.99 in the USA, and with 1686 pieces, that’s 6.5p per piece. If you already have other Creator vehicles, this will be nice addition to your shelf, as it’s designed to the same scale.

From the Lego press release…

Celebrate iconic design with this charming double-decker London Bus, featuring a wealth of authentic details, including a bright-red color scheme, panoramic windshield, specially made standard-tread tires, destination sign, and an open rear boarding deck with a hand pole, ticket bin, fire extinguisher and a half-spiral staircase that leads to the upper sightseeing deck. Functions include an opening hood with engine, detailed driver’s cab with a sliding door, and a removable roof and upper deck for access to the detailed interior with worn look seating and additional authentic details, including a forgotten umbrella, newspaper, empty beverage can and discarded chewing gum. Reversible transit advertising posters are also provided as printed labels with a 1950s or present-day London promotion. This LEGO Creator Expert model has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience with a touch of nostalgia and charm.

  • The London Bus comes with an array of brick-built features and details, including large windows, bright red curved bodywork, panoramic windshield, reversible transit advertising posters provided as printed labels, specially made standard-tread tires and a destination sign. It also has an opening hood with engine, detailed driver’s cab with sliding door, and a removable roof and upper deck for access to the detailed interior.
  • Interior details include worn look seating, open rear boarding deck with a hand pole, ticket bin, fire extinguisher and a half-spiral staircase that leads to the sightseeing deck. Additional authentic detailing includes a forgotten umbrella, newspaper, empty beverage can and discarded chewing gum elements.
  • Choose your favorite decade with the miniature, reversible transit advertising posters, featuring a 1950s or present day London promotion.
  • Remove the roof and upper deck for full access to the detailed interior. Slide open the driver’s door to access the detailed cab with panoramic windscreen.
  • Special elements include a new-for-August-2017 tire with standard tread, quarter bows and arches in red, and 1x1x1 A2/3 bricks with vertical studs.
  • Measures over 7” (18cm) high, 13” (34cm) long and 5” (13cm) wide.

If you fancy yourself a designer video, here’s exactly what you’re looking for…

Lego Creator Carousel 10257 Review

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This is set 10257, the Lego Creator Carousel. It has 2670 pieces, is for ages 16+ and is tagged for Experts. It retails for £159.99 in the UK and $199.99 in the USA – which makes it a very respectable 6p per piece.

Taking a closer look you can see right away the attention to detail that those 2600 pieces afford. Whether it’s the mirrored stickers in the centre column, the use of actual yellow fabric for the top, or the piping and book decals around the rim, this is in every way a fantastic looking set.

Each carriage is a unique build, with an elephant, a frog, a tiger, a swan and a flamingo. And when the carousel turns then all except the swan will move up and down. Turning the carousel can be done with either this hand crank, or via the addition of a battery box and motor. Retrofitting these in is very staightforward, but it is very noisy in motion.

The set includes 7 minifigures, which is a rider for each carriage, many of whom have two faces, along with a grandmother to take photos and a man to occupy the also included ticket booth.

I believe the age range and expert status of this set mark it as one more for display than play, much like the Ferris Wheel set from a few years ago. And it will look great beside that set on my shelf. But I didn’t really enjoy building it very much. While very technically impressive, with some clever engineering required to design a circle that not only rotates but allows the carriages to move as well, the repetitive nature of the build left me cold. Out of the 5 sets of bags, the last one involves building 12 of one thing, then 12 of another, and then 24 of something else. That’s the kind of Lego building I typically find very dull, and while I understand the necessity of it given the shape, it does put me off wholeheartedly recommending that you pick this set up.

Lego Ninjago City (70620) is coming and it looks amazing

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WOW! Wait until you see this! When I saw this earlier today, I didn’t actually believe it was real. There was just no way Lego were going to release a set that looked like this. But I was wrong.

This is set 70620, Ninjago City. It has an incredible 4867 pieces, comes with 16 minifigures, and will be released on September 1st for £259.99 in the UK and $299.99 in the USA. It should be available sometime in August for VIPs.

And, without a doubt, it is absolutely gorgeous. The biggest Ninjago set ever, one of the biggest Lego sets ever, and straight from the upcoming Lego Ninjago Movie.

Here’s the information direct from Lego (emphasis mine)…

Enjoy endless role-play fun in NINJAGO City, a hugely-detailed 3-level model connected by a sliding elevator. Level 1 features a traditional fish market, house, a bridge over a stream, and a fishing boat. The second level has a modern fashion store, comic book store, crab restaurant with ‘crab-grilling’ function and cash-dispensing ATM. The vertical city is topped off with Lloyd Garmadon and Misako’s apartment, a rooftop sushi bar with sushi conveyor belt, and a radio tower. This action-packed THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE set also includes 16 minifigures and Sweep the maintenance robot.

  • Includes 16 minifigures: Jay, Kai and Lloyd Garmadon (each with new-for-August-2017 high school outfit decoration), Green Ninja Suit, Misako, Jamanakai Villager, Sally, Ivy Walker, Konrad, Severin Black, Tommy, Guy, Juno, Mother Doomsday, Shark Army Gunner and Officer Noonan, plus Sweep the maintenance robot.
  • Features a 3-level model (each level lifts off for easy play) connected by a sliding elevator, plus a traditional fishing boat.
  • Level 1 features a bridge, sewer outlet, stream with translucent-blue and translucent-green water elements, sliding elevator with room for a minifigure, traditional fish market with fish and crab elements, house with dining room and bedroom with sliding screen doors and foldout ‘solar panels’, Sweep the maintenance robot’s service station with assorted tool elements, and a taxi stand with telephone element.
  • Level 2 features a modern fashion store with 2 mannequins and assorted NINJAGO product elements, a construction site with a bonsai tree, a comic book store with brick-built sign, cashier desk, comic book stand with assorted elements including collectible NINJAGO training cards, a crab restaurant with brick-built crab entrance sign and oven with ‘crab-grilling’ function, a cash-dispensing ATM, 15 bank note elements (ATM can dispense up to 13), and a movie poster display stand with 4 interchangeable movie poster elements.
  • Place the uncooked crab element in the oven, turn the dial and open the oven to reveal a cooked crab element.
  • Press the handle behind the ATM to dispense bank note elements.
  • Level 3 features a radio tower, modern rooftop sushi bar with sushi conveyor belt function and brick-built food, bathroom with sliding door, and brick-built puffer fish and squid sculptures, Lloyd Garmadon and Misako’s apartment with an opening window, bunk bed, kitchen unit and attic space for the Green Ninja Suit minifigure.
  • Turn the dial to activate the sushi conveyor belt.
  • Weapons include Jay’s chain with spike and Shark Army Gunner’s fish flame.
  • Recreate and role-play exciting THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE scenes.
  • NINJAGO City measures over 24” (63cm) high, 12” (31cm) wide and 16” (42cm) deep.
  • Traditional fishing boat measures over 1” (4cm) high, 3” (10cm) long and 1” (3cm) wide.

Cannot wait!

Something smells fishy….

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Something smells fishy…. it’s must be the next Lego Ideas set – Old Fishing Store! This is set 21310, will be available on September 1st, and will retail for £139.99 in the UK and $149.99 in the US. At 2,049 pieces, that’s a good price.

You know my love for Lego buildings, so I’m definitely looking forward to this one.

Described by Lego thusly – “The Old Fishing Store is ideal for display and role-play, this model has 2 removable roofs, an opening back wall in the shop for easy access, 4 minifigures, cat and 3 seagull figures, as well as loads of other cool details and elements to fire up the imagination.”

Like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

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Like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Here’s a cool custom build. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44Xvucq8Z-k

Lego Ideas Modular Castle Designer Interview

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I get sent a lot of Lego Ideas project submissions, and I’m always happy to promote the best ones. But it’s very rare that one comes along that makes me think, “why don’t Lego make that already?” But Michael Kalkwarf’s modular castle system is exactly that. Rather than being just a single model, it’s an entire castle building system, with walls, turrets, gates, balconies, ramparts and more – all of which can be re-arranged to create your dream castle.

 

Kids who start building with Lego do two things early on – they build towers and then they build walls. That’s what makes Castle such an obvious theme, it’s a natural extension of a child’s basic building skills. Sadly it’s been a while since Lego have done anything with it, with the closest thing being Nexo Knights. But Castle was great because of the simplicity, the clean lines and muted colours. This modular system would be the right way for Lego to bring the theme back, with a huge opportunity for a whole range of sets built on this method. If you agree, vote for it.

I took the opportunity to ask it’s creator some questions about his history with Lego, and where the idea for this set came from.

Where are you from?
I live in Seattle Washington with my wife and 2 boys 10 and 12.

How long have you been building Lego?
I have only been building with Lego since my boys got me interested in building along side them. That must have been 6-7 years ago.

Where do you get your inspiration for what to build?
My children have been my inspiration. When building with them, they would ask me to build them something, like a spaceship. I could never finish what I was building before they went to bed and would end up staying up late to finish it for them. My son had an X-Wing fighter where two of the major sections were connected by a pair of Technic pins. That gave me the idea of making modular spaceships. That way I could build a tail section or cockpit in one sitting with my kids and in the end have something new they could play with. Every new spaceship piece further extended what their ship could be and before long we had a fleet of ships made of interchangeable parts.

Then after visiting BrckCon in Seattle where we saw some awesome castles, they asked me to build them a castle. I knew I could never build them anything close to what they had seen in any reasonable amount of time. So I started looking around for a modular castle system or standard and was unable to find anything that could do what I wanted. For Lego, I found that “modular” sets were really just ways to take something apart in large chunks for transporting, not for rearranging them in any combination. I wanted a way to build them a new module at a time to give them something new each week like I had done with the spaceships. I started experimenting and came up with this system. It is constantly evolving and improving as I figure out new types of modules to create. Each new module significantly multiplies the number of possibilities of what you can build.

What is your actual job and does this relate?
I am a technology Manager at Expedia. In technology you want your software to be generic and reusable so that you can take advantage of that piece of code numerous times rather than writing something new each time. This way of thinking led me to the “modular” way of building with Lego.

Do you build official sets as well or just do MOCs?
I don’t collect sets and rarely buy one for the purpose of building it. For a while, I did buy sets for the pieces I wanted that I could not steal from my kids. Then I discovered BrickLink where you can get any piece ever made.

I don’t build beautiful frail modes that would fall apart at the first touch of a 10 year old boy. Everything I build is for kids to play with. I give all of my MOC’s to my kids and eventually they become parts for their next creation. As they are getting older they tend to keep the better ones together longer and longer.

Is this your first submission to Lego Ideas?
I submitted the same concept without knowing how to take decent pictures or how to communicate what the set could do. I thought I could edit my post as I improved things. I did not realise that once you submit an Idea, you cannot change it. It did not get much attention. When it was close to expiring I took the time to submit it again learning from the mistakes I made the first time. It is still difficult to convey all the different things you can do with this system. I am trying to post a new Castle of the Week to try and highlight and explain a new or unique capability of the system.

How big is your piece collection and how do you extend it?
I have no idea how many Lego pieces I have. When I need more I harvest them from bins of torn up sets and MOC’s in my kid’s room or buy on BrickLink.

What’s your advice for somebody who only ever follows the instructions?
If you want to build your own creations and are not sure where to begin, making modifications to existing sets is a great place to start. You could add guns to the wings or add controls in the cockpit. If you continue to make bigger and bigger modifications as you gain confidence you will end up rebuilding more and move of it until you have completely redone it.

Having your pieces sorted is crucial. If you have an idea and have to spend 15 minute digging for the piece you want, by the time you find it you forget what it was for in the first place. That can be very frustrating.

Why do you love Lego?
Lego is so cool because you can build what you can imagine. I always envied artists who could draw what they could imagine. I could never get my hands to draw the lines the way I imagined them. With Lego I don’t have to draw, I can just assemble the pieces to make the thing that I imagine. It is the one way that I can create.

To learn more about the modular castle system, you can see Michael’s Flickr account, Youtube channel, and of course, make sure you vote for it on Lego Ideas.

Lego Ideas Apollo Saturn V Revealed

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Lego Saturn V

1 meter high. ONE METER! That’s the heady heights that the Lego Ideas Apollo Saturn V is going to reach when it’s released on June 1st. With a history referencing 1969 pieces, and a UK price of £109.99 and a USA price of $119.99, this is the largest Lego Ideas set so far and I want it, want it, want it!

I’m a sucker for all things NASA, so it’s great to see that they’ve actually done the gigantic size of the real Saturn V justice with a significantly sized set. I was concerned that what we’d actually get was a tiny little desk model, but I’m pleased to see how wrong I was.

Now if they’d just do a super detailed Shuttle again, that’d be great.

The set is officially described as…

Make history with the LEGO® NASA Apollo Saturn V, the first rocket to put people on the Moon! Build the 3 stages of this stunning meter-high rocket and display it on the stand or launch into orbit. Offload the S-IC and S-II sections, dock the lunar lander with the command service module, and complete a successful Moon landing mission!

The set also includes 3 stands to display the model horizontally, 3 new-for-June-2017 astronaut microfigures for role-play recreations of the Moon landings, plus a booklet about the manned Apollo missions and the fan designers of this educational and inspirational LEGO Ideas set.

Lego Saturn V Tall

Lego Saturn V Long

Lego Saturn V Open