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Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Minifigures Now Available

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It’s August 1st, which means there is a bunch of new Harry Potter sets now available, including the complete set of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts minifigures, of which there are 22 to collect. These retail for the usual UK and US pricing of £2.99 / $3.99 and there are the following to collect…

  • Cedric Diggory
  • Mad-Eye Moody
  • Professor Sybil Trelawney
  • Dean Thomas
  • Luna Lovegood
  • Ron Weasley
  • Harry Potter (Invisibility Cloak)
  • Harry Potter (Hogwarts Robes)
  • Draco Malfoy
  • Hermione Granger
  • Dobby
  • Professor Filius Flitwick
  • Professor Albus Dumbledore
  • Neville Longbottom
  • Lord Voldemort
  • Cho Chang
  • Percival Graves
  • Queenie Goldstein
  • Credence Barebone
  • Newt Scamander
  • Tina Goldstein
  • Jacob Kowalski

There’s a few obvious missing ones there, such as Hagrid and Snape, but that’s because they’re included in some of the sets that are also now available – which means you’ll just need to spend all your money if you want to collect them all. There’s also not a fair distribution in the box, with 22 figures and a total of 60 in each display box (what the shops get), there’s 3 of some of them, 2 of others and only 1 Percival Graves in each box. That’ll make that one extra difficult to find, which just seems cruel.

These are also the first child minifigures to have articulated legs, which means our long national nightmare of them never being allowed to sit down is finally over.

Turkish Airlines Lego Safety Video

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Easily the best airline safety video ever. With appearances from the cast of The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie and the Lego Ninjago Movie. Well done Turkish Airlines.

But is that Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett? No.

Still awesome.

Lego City Build Progress July 2018

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I think building a Lego city is the ultimate goal of most fans. We’ve all seen those amazing layouts on Youtube, usually from Americans who seem to have basements twice the size of the average UK house, and we all hope to replicate even a small part of that. Ever since I moved home a year ago, I’ve been planning to get something set up, but time has always been against me. Finally at the start of July I was able to start laying something out, and this video is the result of that…

This was mostly a learning experience, see what worked, see what didn’t work, and give myself a sense of what was really going to be required to make this something special. I learned a lot…

  • The whole endeavour is massively time consuming. Whether it’s putting down fence pieces or laying out a beach, those small details come at a cost – time. Hours just disappear.
  • Straight train track pieces are in short supply. I have a few different train sets, and they all come with lots of curved track, and very little straight track. That makes coming up with satisfactory layouts a challenge.
  • You can never have too much space. And most things take up way more space than you think they will.
  • Pieces are expensive, whether through Pick a Brick in-store, online or through Bricklink. And they never turn up quickly enough, so you’re often sitting around waiting for the next order to arrive.

At first I thought this would just be a nicer way to display all the sets I’ve bought rather than just putting them on shelves. But the more I got into it, the more I realised what a combination of skills this requires, from the design and layout skills, to the art of making it look nice, it’s not as easy as just putting things down on a board and crossing your fingers. I think that’s why I like it so much, and why I hope you’ll enjoy seeing the progress.

6000 piece Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle Announcement (71043)

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Rumours of a giant upcoming Harry Potter set have been swirling all year, and Lego finally dropped the info on this behemoth today. This is a 6020 piece set which will be released on September 1st for £349.99 in the UK and $399.99 in the USA. It’s like a cross between the Disney Castle and Big Ben sets from a couple of years ago.

It’s not minifigure scale (which I guess would just have been way too large), it’s microfigure scale. That means it comes with 27 microfigures to fill the castle halls, and at 58cm high and 69cm wide, you’re going to need some significant space to put this one on display.

Here’s the full press release with more photos underneath…

Make the magic come alive at the LEGO Harry Potter 71043 Hogwarts Castle! This highly detailed LEGO Harry Potter collectible has over 6,000 pieces and offers a rewarding build experience.

It comes packed with highlights from the Harry Potter series, where you will discover towers, turrets, chambers, classrooms, creatures, the Whomping Willow and Hagrid´s hut, plus many more iconic features.

And with 4 minifigures, 27 microfigures featuring students, professors and statues, plus 5 Dementors, this advanced building set makes the perfect Harry Potter gift.

  • Includes 4 minifigures: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Salazar Slytherin and Rowena Ravenclaw, with a buildable minifigure display stand.
  • Also features 27 microfigures: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Albus Dumbledore, Professor Snape, Professor McGonagall, Remus Lupin, Professor Dolores Umbridge, Argus Filch, Lord Voldemort, Bellatrix Lestrange, 3 students from each of the 4 houses, 2 chess pieces and the Architect of Hogwarts statue and 5 Dementors, plus Aragog the spider and the Basilisk figures, and a buildable Hungarian Horntail dragon.
  • Features a buildable microscale model of Hogwarts Castle, hut of Hagrid, Whomping Willow tree and 5 boats.
  • Hogwarts Castle features the Great Hall with buildable ‘stained glass windows’, house banners, benches, tables, flaming torches and moving staircases; potions classroom with racks of jar elements; Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom with assorted potion jars, gramophone and a closet containing a boggart; Chessboard Chamber with chess piece elements; Room of Requirement with assorted elements, including the Goblet of Fire and the vanishing cabinet; Chamber of Secrets with the Basilisk and Tom Riddle’s Diary; hidden Devils Snare room with vine elements; Gryffindor common room with fireplace and seating; Professor Dolores Umbridge’s office with desk, chair and pink furnishings; library with bookcase and desks; and Professor Dumbledore’s office with the Griffin statue entrance and Memory cabinet.
  • Hagrid’s hut features Aragog the spider and buildable pumpkins.
  • The Whomping Willow includes the buildable blue Flying Ford Anglia car in its spinning branches.
  • Also includes 5 buildable boats.
  • Take a seat in the Great Hall and feast with the Hogwarts professors and students!
  • Sneak your way into the Chamber of Secrets through the secret entrance and face the Basilisk!
  • Attend a Defence Against the Dark Arts class to learn how to protect yourself from dark magic!
  • Climb the moving staircase!
  • Study for your Ordinary Wizarding Level exams in the library.
  • Accessory elements include the Sword of Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff´s cup, wands, potions, house banners, flames, a cauldron and 2 magnifying glasses.
  • Microfigure accessories include 2 chess statues and the Architect of Hogwarts statue.
  • Hogwarts Castle measures over 22” (58cm) high, 27” (69cm) wide and 16” (43cm) deep.

Lego James Bond Aston Martin DB5 (10262) Reveal

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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 shop.LEGO.com 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.