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


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


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


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….


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.”

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Lego Ideas Modular Castle Designer Interview


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

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

Lego Creator Expert Carousel Announced

10257 Carousel Main

Announced today! It’s set 10257 – Lego Creator Carousel. This little beauty is available June 1st, and weighs in at 2,670 pieces. It will be available as a Lego store exclusive for a very respectable £159.99 in the UK and $199.99 in the USA. This will act as a great companion to the existing Ferris Wheel and is a nice replacement for the now retired, super expensive Carousel from 2009.

This does look like a fantastic looking set, and with the ability to upgrade it for motorised function as well, you’ll be well on your way to creating your own full theme park (with the Disney Castle in the middle of course).

Here are the bullet points from the Lego press release…

  • Includes 7 minifigures: a ride operator, mom, dad, boy, girl, grandmother and a granddaughter.
  • The Carousel features a large textile canopy, ornate, reflective rounding boards with blue and gold detailing, reflective center panels, two-level deck comprising a raised boarding platform with handrail and a main platform with five buildable animal rides, including a white swan and four moving animals: an elephant, tiger, flamingo and a frog.
  • Also features a sturdy, buildable base for easy transportation.
  • Buy your ticket at the booth, take the stairs to the boarding platform and choose your favorite animal ride.
  • Turn the crank and see the elephant, tiger, flamingo and frog move up and down as the carousel rotates.
  • Enjoy an ice cream, candy or a delicious hot dog as you watch the whirling carousel.
    Accessory elements include a camera, ice cream, candy and a hot dog in a bun.
  • New decorated elements include printed tickets and printed storybook tiles.
  • Includes lots of molded golden elements, reflective golden labels and medium-blue/dark-blue elements.
  • Motorize the Carousel with the LEGO® Power Functions 8883 medium motor and 88000 AAA battery box (not included).
  • Collect and build an entire fairground with the LEGO Creator Expert 10247 Ferris Wheel.
    Measures over 12” (32cm) high, 14” (38cm) wide and 13” (35cm) deep.

As is always the case with Lego reveals these days, there’s a designer video showing the whole thing off…