Lego James Bond Aston Martin DB5 (10262) Reveal


Lego have been promoting “License to Build” for a few weeks now, so it’s been pretty clear that a James Bond set of some sort has been coming, and what else could it be than an Aston Martin DB5.

This is a 1,290 piece set in the style of the Creator Mini, VW Camper or VW Beetle rather than the Porsche or Bugatti. Which also means it’s much more affordable, at £129.99 / $149.99 and it’s available for VIPs today.

To be honest, I’m not sure how James Bond fits in with the Lego brand, and that’s demonstrated by the features of the model. While the working ejector seat, revolving number plates and hidden telephone are fine, the bulletproof shield and front wing machine guns aren’t really family friendly!

Here’s the full press release…

Uncover the secrets of 007’s most famous vehicle with the LEGO Creator Expert James Bond Aston Martin DB5!

Combining a wealth of sophisticated gadgetry and the elegance of 007’s iconic Aston Martin DB5, LEGO Group have today announced the launch of the LEGO Creator Expert James Bond Aston Martin DB5, available exclusively from LEGO Stores and from today.

James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 from the 1964 hit film Goldfinger is the latest in the LEGO Creator Expert series and features a wealth of authentic gadgets and gizmos all created in Q’s workshop.

The model has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience full of nostalgia—a must-have for fans of Aston Martin, James Bond movies and LEGO building sets.

Featuring 1,290 pieces, you can combine the understated sophistication of Aston Martin with the joy of LEGO building and create your very own piece of James Bond memorabilia. An authentic replica of the world-famous 1964 Aston Martin DB5 sports car, this 1:8 scale model includes many of the unique features showcased in Goldfinger, from a working ejector seat, revolving number plates, radar tracker, hidden telephone, bulletproof shield, front wing machine guns and wheel mounted tyre scythes’.

The exterior of the car, painted in Silver Birch just like the original, features the smooth curves and sleek edges of the original Aston Martin DB5 and includes key details including sloped headlamps and drum lacquered silver front and rear bumpers. The moulded silver wire wheel rim inserts also feature the iconic Aston Martin wings that match the wings on the front and rear of the car. Pop open the bonnet to find a detailed six cylinder engine and open the doors of the car to reveal a radar tracker, as well as a telephone tucked away in the secret door compartment.

This LEGO Creator Expert model packed with a wealth of James Bond gadgetry is sure to have fans rubbing their hands with excitement.

The finished model measures over 3” (10cm) high, 13” (34cm) long and 4” (12cm) wide, making this a perfect display piece whilst showcasing the timeless elegance of 007’s iconic sports car.

Two Roller Coasters Now Available


As of June 1st, two new Lego Roller Coaster sets are available. One small, one large, with prices to match.

The first is the Creator Expert Roller Coaster (10261) which has 4124 pieces, and retails for £299 and $379 respectively. That makes it 7.3p/9.2c per piece. This is a gigantic, expensive, highly detailed set which will go very nicely with the Carousel and Ferris Wheel. I do think the price is quite high, no doubt due to the large amount of new track pieces involved, but definitely higher than the other fairground sets. I also think that for that price the power motor functions should be included, rather than you having to spend even more to have it run hands free.

There’s a designer video for this one…

If that’s too much for you, there’s also the Pirate Roller Coaster (31084). This is a much smaller, with just 923pcs, but it’s also priced lower at £69.99 or $89.99. This is a slightly more expensive 7.5p per piece, but your overall investment is smaller. This actually seems more creative to me than the big set, with the strong pirate theme, half ship on one corner and skull passthrough at the top. It uses the same track pieces as the larger coaster (and the Joker Manor from last year), which means you could technically combine them both together for an even bigger run.

As it’s also a 3-in-1 Creator set, you also get instructions to turn it into other fairground rides such as this one…

There’s no doubt that with the right budget, you could buy 3 copies of this set to have every model, the large Roller Coaster, the Ferris Wheel, the Carousel and the Friends theme park sets and have yourself quite the setup.

Harry Potter Brickheadz Coming Soon


Lego just can’t stop themselves with these Brickheadz. My wife and son love Harry Potter, and they’re going to love these. No pricing or availability dates announced yet, but I assume the usual pricing of £10 or so applies.

Back to the Future BrickHeadz


Back to the Future is my favourite film, so Doc and Marty BrickHeadz (41611) will definitely be finding their way onto my shelf soon. You should be able to pick these up now, in a pack that includes both of them for $19.99 in the USA and £17.99 in the UK.

Here’s the full press release…

These LEGO BrickHeadz 41611 Marty McFly and Doc Brown construction characters are fun to build using colorful LEGO bricks that recreate all their iconic details from the blockbuster Back to the Future movie, including the maverick scientist’s white overalls and the time-traveling teenager’s red puffer vest. Doc also has a detachable DeLorean time machine controller, while Marty comes with a detachable camcorder. Each character stands on a buildable collector’s baseplate with BrickHeadz icon for easy display in your home, office or anywhere—at any time—you like.

  • Buildable Marty McFly and Doc Brown LEGO BrickHeadzTM construction characters feature BrickHeadz eyes and authentic details from the blockbuster Back to the Future movie, including iconic outfits, a detachable DeLorean time machine controller and a camcorder.
  • Each LEGO BrickHeadzTM construction character comes with its own buildable collector’s baseplate.
  • Have fun growing your LEGO BrickHeadzTM collection with other classic characters from your favorite movies, TV series, games and comics.
  • Mash up your LEGO BrickHeadzTM construction characters to create supercool hybrids or your own amazing characters.
  • Back to the Future toys each stand over 2” (7cm) tall without baseplate.

Incredibles fans may also like Mr Incredible and Frozone, also a 2-pack for the same price…

Lego Ninjago Katana V11 70638 Review


Noah’s review of the Lego Ninjago Katana V11 (70638). This set retails for £14.99 in the UK and $19.99 in the USA, and with 257 pieces that makes it 5.8p/7.8c per piece.

You can compare UK pricing and buy this set via our deals website.

Lego Year of the Dog 40235 Review


This set is currently free at the UK Lego store in February if you spend more than £80. It’s a great little freebie to celebrate Chinese New Year.

The Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition (76105) Coming in March


The New York Toy Fair is currently underway, so there’s a lot of upcoming Lego sets on display. One of those that’s available really soon is The Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition (76105) which goes on sale March 3rd for £119 in the UK and $119 in the USA (terrible UK pricing!). It has 1363 pieces, so that makes it 8.8c/8.8p per piece.

At 25cm high, this is a formidable model, and quite an upgrade from the previous Lego Hulkbuster. Looks like it would make a great display piece or playset.

Here’s the complete Lego press-release with all the details…

Create and show off the mighty Hulkbuster!

Build The Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition, with a punching jackhammer arm and LEGO light brick in the chest, and display it on the platform with attachable robotic construction arms. Includes an Iron Man, exclusive minifigure.

Build and display this superhero toy—a highly detailed LEGO brick version of the Hulkbuster mech, featuring a rotating torso, posable fingers, arms, legs and feet, and glow-in-the-dark elements. Choose from 2 interchangeable left arms, including a jackhammer arm with punching function, and activate the LEGO light brick in the chest. This LEGO Marvel Super Heroes The Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition set also includes a display platform with alternate attachment points for posable robotic construction arms and a desk, plus a new Iron Man Mark 43 exclusive minifigure.

Hulkbuster features a flip-up head, rotating torso, posable fingers, arms, legs and feet, LEGO light brick in the chest, 2 interchangeable left arms—a standard arm or jackhammer arm with punching function and 12 glow-in-the-dark elements.

  • Activate the chest light by pressing the button on the Hulkbuster’s back.
  • Includes Iron Man Mark 43 exclusive minifigure.
  • Platform features a flip-up Hulkbuster information plate, plus 8 alternative attachment points for 2 posable robotic construction arms and a desk with 2 attached computer screen elements and space for the buildable hotrod car and buildable Veronica satellite.
  • Clip the spare Hulkbuster arm to either of the robotic construction arms for neat display.
  • Also includes a fire extinguisher element.
  • Hulkbuster measures over 9” (25cm) high, 3” (10cm) long and 8” (22cm) wide.
  • Platform (without attachable arms/desk) measures over 7” (19cm) wide, 8” (21cm) deep and under 1” (2cm) high.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall (75954) Revealed


It was rumoured last year that Harry Potter Lego was coming back in 2018 and the first set has been revealed – it’s the 878 piece Hogwarts Great Hall. This is set 75954, it will be released on August 1st and the US pricing is $99 (no UK pricing yet).

It has 10 minfigs, including most of the main characters, and child minifig versions of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

Here’s the full Lego press release…

Welcome to magical adventures at the Great Hall at Hogwarts!

Build and recreate magical scenes from the Harry Potter movies with this detailed 4-level LEGO Hogwarts Great Hall play set, featuring a fireplace, benches, tables and reversible house banners, plus a tower with a spiral staircase, potions room, treasure room, sorting hat, Mirror of Erised and lots of assorted magical artefact accessory elements. Includes 10 minifigures and buildable Basilisk and Fawkes creatures, plus Hedwig and Scabbers figures.

Includes 10 minifigures: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Susan Bones, Professor McGonagall, Professor Quirrell with dual Lord Voldemort face, Hagrid, Albus Dumbledore and Nearly Headless Nick, plus buildable Basilisk and Fawkes creatures, and Hedwig and Scabbers figures.

Features the buildable Great Hall and a tower.

The Great Hall features tables, head table with seats, fireplace, 2 reversible house banners and 4 ‘floating’ candles, food (turkey leg, ice cream and a small cake) brooms, trophy cup and a teapot

The 4-level tower features movable Grand Staircase spiral steps at its base, potions room, treasure room with chest and a turret featuring the Mirror of Erised with changeable pictures and roosting spot for Fawkes.

  • Also includes a boat with hanging lantern.
  • Place the pupils in the boat and sail to Hogwarts Castle.
  • Help Hermione and Susan create magical potions.
  • Feast in the Great Hall, then use the sorting hat to select the pupils’ houses!
  • Welcome the new students with Hagrid, Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall.
  • Use the magic wands to pitch Harry against Draco in the Dueling Club!
  • Swoop Fawkes into battle and help Harry battle the giant Basilisk serpent.
  • Gaze into the Mirror of Erised with Ron and change the picture.
  • Turn Quirinus Quirrell into Lord Voldemort by rotating his head!
  • Recreate iconic scenes from the Harry Potter movies.
  • Accessory elements include 7 wands, 3 tumblers, umbrella, lantern, broom, sorting hat, cauldrons, potions, candles, 2 wizard brooms, food, trophy, teapot, chest and a spider.
  • Build even bigger adventures and combine with 75953 Whomping Willow.
  • Hogwarts Great Hall measures over 14” (37cm) high, 6” (17cm) wide and 11” (30cm) deep.

Cheaply Displaying a Growing Collection of Minifigs


Every Lego fan knows the problem – you start buying the collectable minifig series, you buy a bunch of sets which come with minifigs, and before you know it – you have a big pile of figures that need displaying.

But how do you do it? And how do you do it cheaply?

There are plenty of stores on eBay selling Ikea frames modified with mounting points, but if you have a lot of figures, they not only take up a lot of wall space, but at £60-£70 per frame the costs add up quickly too.

What I’ve gone for, as you can see in the photo above, is a combination of a large baseplate (£12.99), some 2×2 plates (10p each, so £7.20 per board), and some 3M Command Strips (2 packs, £6).

The baseplate could be any size, but I went for the larger one just for space efficiency, but you could use the smaller size depending on how many minifigs you have. I also went for grey, because I think it makes the figs themselves stand out more.

You can get 72 standard minifigs on a single baseplate, which means you need 72 2×2 plates. At 10p each, that means £7.20, but if you can get them via the Pick a Brick Wall at your local Lego store, you might be able to do better than that if you can cram them in a cup (and they cram in well). If you have a lot of baseplates and figures to mount, you’ll likely save a lot by doing that.

Finally, to mount it on the wall, 2 packs of large 3M Command Strips. You’ll get two mounts in each pack, and that then let’s you put one in each corner on the back of the board. That’ll give you a max weight allowance of 7.2Kg, which is plenty when 72 figs will only weigh about 288grams, and the baseplate is 218g. To be honest, you could probably get away with one pack of command strips – but I’m being overly cautious.

That means a final price of just £26.19, or £23.19 if you’re not as worried as me about them falling off the wall.

The downside? Dust. The advantage of putting them in a frame is that they’ll be better protected from the elements, and you won’t have to clean them quite so often. On the other hand, the £50 you’ll save per frame will not only allow you to buy some cleaning equipment (compressed air perhaps), but also let you buy even more minifigs.

I started with all this…

And finished with this…

60 Years of Lego


The image here is from the original US patent for the Lego brick, submitted Jan 28th 1958, making Lego now officially 60 years old.

Happy Birthday old friend.