Even with the smallest pieces, it’s possible to create something with so much life – Lady and the Tramp. Love the Mixel eyes. I should use those more. Great job by DarthNick.
This is our video review of the Lego Winter Holiday Train (10254) which retails for £74.99 in the UK and $99.99 in the USA. It’s a 734 piece set, and you should watch the video to find out more.
As the father of a young daughter in a house full of super hero fans, it’s disappointing to see so few toys from this interest aimed at girls. Despite the fact that there’s a Batgirl, and a Supergirl, and plenty of both Marvel and DC females – the only time you ever get any of these characters is as a sideline to the male versions.
So it’s especially nice, since we’re also a house of Lego fans, to see that this area is being addressed with a wide range of DC Super Hero Girls sets that were released on January 1st. You’ll find all the details below, which I cribbed straight from the information Lego sent over.
41230 LEGO® DC Super Hero Girls: Batgirl™ Batjet Chase, 7 – 12 years (RRP: £19.99)
Join in the action-packed LEGO® DC Super Hero Girls™ world as Batgirl™ battles the yellow Kryptomite™ for her stolen ePad. This great set features a Batgirl mini-doll figure, the Batjet with opening cockpit, stud shooters on the wings and a net shooter at the front, plus Kryptomite buggy with an ePad and a yellow Kryptomite.
41231 LEGO® DC Super Hero Girls: Harley Quinn To The Rescue™, 7 – 12 years (RRP: £24.99)
Help! Green Kryptomites have broken into the café, locked Steve Trevor™ on the roof and are trying to break into the safe! Zoom in with Harley Quinn™ on her jet to save the day. Dodge the cupcakes the Kryptomites are launching and shoot the net to capture them before they get away. Eat some yummy pizza to celebrate and then make sure the secret comic is safe! The set includes Harley Quinn™ and Steve Trevor™ mini-doll figures, plus two green Kryptomites.
41233 LEGO® DC Super Hero Girls: Lashina™ Tank, 7 – 12 years (RRP: £11.99)
Lashina™ and an evil little Kryptomite™ are coming for Krypto™! Close the shield on Krypto’s house to stop her stud shooter and then jump up on the roof to fire the catapult. Oh no! Lashina has captured Krypto with her whip and taken him to the cage. Help Krypto escape from the back of the tank before they take him away! The set includes a Lashina™ mini-doll figure, plus Krypto™ figure, a blue Kryptomite™, fire hydrant and a catapult.
41234 LEGO® DC Super Hero Girls: BumbleBee™ Helicopter, 7 – 12 years (RRP: £11.99)
Be part of the action-packed LEGO® DC Super Hero Girls™ world as Bumblebee™ protects her shipment of crystals from the Kryptomites. This great set features a Bumblebee™ mini-doll figure, helicopter with opening cockpit, spinning rotors, stud shooters, zip line and space in the back for the crystals, plus a dumpster and small stud shooter for the two red Kryptomites.
41235 LEGO® DC Super Hero Girls: Wonder Woman™ Dorm, 7 – 12 years (RRP: £19.99)
Help Wonder Woman™ as she repairs her invisible motorbike after class. Be careful though! That wicked little Kryptomite™ has snuck into the wardrobe and is trying to snatch Wonder Woman’s Golden Lasso. Quick now, close the wardrobe doors! Caught you! Keep your evil little claws off Wonder Woman’s lasso! Includes a Wonder Woman™ mini-doll figure, plus a suspicious orange Kryptomite™.
41232 LEGO® DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High School, 8 – 12 years (RRP: £74.99)
Join the Super Hero Girls as they head to high school! Visit Frankie™, Poison Ivy’s plant, as she feeds him some super growth formula so he can change forms, before taking a break in the café at the top of the school with Supergirl™. Wait, was that the alarm? Quick, put the school in defence mode and help Poison Ivy™ and Supergirl protect the valuable amethyst from Lena Luthor™ and her purple Kryptomites! The Super Hero High School set includes three mini-doll figures: Supergirl™, Poison Ivy™ and Lena Luthor™, plus Frankie™.
There are some sets which are top of the wanted list for any serious Lego fan, and 2007’s 10179 Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon is up there for most. The minifig scale, 5197 piece set was only available for a couple of years, and has become a fan favourite due to the sheer size and majesty of it. Star Wars fans and Lego fans alike both want to add this set to their collection.
But since it’s been discontinued for almost 7 years, and they only made 20,000 of them, your only choice for buying one of these is eBay, Bricklink or similar, where even an open box, already built used model is at least £1500. Brand new in box? Somewhere far north of three grand!
So rumours of this set being re-released, perhaps with minor changes similar to last years Death Star re-release, are enough to get me excited. I saw this one over at The Brick Fan, who are quoting sources over at Eurobricks, and all of that seems to suggest that people who know what they’re talking about say that this one is coming soon, partly in celebration of Star Wars 40th anniversary.
I do think Lego should be capitalising on this and doing this kind of re-release more often. How about putting out some of the early modulars again, or the Taj Mahal? Yes it would affect the resale market, but much better that we got the enjoyment out of reasonably priced sets.
So much Lego news today, but the one I had to post about first was the announcement of Lego Boost. Arriving in August for $160, this is a robotics kit in the same vein as Lego Mindstorms, but rather than being based around Technic and aimed at older kids, this is based around classic Lego System bricks and aimed at kids as young as 7.
The starter kit is called the Creative Toolbox (17101) comes with 840 pieces and three Boost bricks. The first of these is the main hub, which contains a six-axis tilt sensor, two ports for input and output, and a light that can change colour. It’s powered by a bunch of triple-A batteries, and then the other two Boost bricks can plug into it – and those are a colour and distance sensor and a motor.
To control any of that, you’ll need to do some basic programming, using a drag and drop interface on the companion app that you’ll be able to download for iPad and Android tablets. You’ll also need the app to find the building instructions for 5 models, Vernie the Robot, Frankie the Cat, the Guitar 4000, the Multi-Tool Rover 4 and the Autobuilder (which can apparently build other little Lego models).
All of this looks great, and I look forward to introducing it to Noah later this year. Anything that gets kids programming is a great thing. Not because it’s necessarily a direct skill they’re going to use, but simply because working and thinking logically is such an important skill. Anything Lego can do in this area to encourage that kind of thinking is OK by me.
There’s lots of reports about Boost around the web because they showed it off at CES today, but the Engadget report is worth your time, as is taking a look at the official Lego microsite for the product.
Here’s the press release…
Combine the versatile LEGO® building system with advanced technology to boost your creativity with the awesome LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox. Download the free tablet app to your device and follow the step-by-step instructions to build and code any of the 5 multifunctional models. Experience Vernie the Robot—a moving and talking robot; the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4)—a robust, versatile rover with 4 different tool attachments including a spring-loaded shooter; the Guitar4000—a musical instrument with pitch bend and sound effects; Frankie the Cat—an interactive pet that plays, purrs and expresses its mood; or the AutoBuilder—an automated production line that really builds miniature LEGO models! Bring your creations to life with the app’s intuitive, icon-based coding interface and complete an array of exciting activities designed for each model. This set also includes a playmat for use with specific activities, and a LEGO BOOST wall poster!
Take your LEGO® play to the next level with the amazing LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox. Build and code interactive, motorized robots, models and creations with distance, color and tilt sensor technologies.
- Includes over 840 LEGO® pieces, plus a LEGO Move Hub, Interactive Motor and a Color & Distance Sensor.
- Move Hub features Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity, two encoded motors, activation button, internal tilt sensor and a light.
- Interactive Motor is an encoded motor.
- Color & Distance Sensor detects distance, motion and color, and can also function as a light.
- Check out the cool white, orange and blue color scheme.
- Rotate Vernie’s head to activate its shoulder-mounted spring-loaded shooter.
- Build the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4) and try out the different tool and customization attachments to prepare the vehicle for an array of exciting activities.
- Learn how to play a song and rock out with the Guitar4000.
- Look after your own pet with Frankie the Cat. Be sure to feed it the right food—or it might get upset!
- Construct, code and operate the AutoBuilder to produce real miniature LEGO® models.
- Build and code robots and models, and complete exciting activities with the playmat and intuitive LEGO® BOOST app, available for iOS and Android tablet devices.
- Easy-to-use intuitive software with icon-based drag-and-drop coding interface.
- Building instructions for all 5 models are included with the free LEGO® BOOST app.
- This product requires batteries (not included). Please refer to the product packaging for type and quantity.
- Vernie the robot stands over 10” (27cm) tall.
- M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4) measures over 4” (12cm) high, 9” (23cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide.
- Guitar4000 measures over 1” (5cm) high, 16” (42cm) long and 5” (15cm) wide.
- Frankie the Cat stands over 6” (17cm) tall.
- The AutoBuilder measures over 10” (27cm) high, 7” (19cm) long and 6” (16cm) wide.
Roll on August.
Lego advent calendars should be a great choice to keep your kids entertained on the countdown to Christmas, but this 2016 Friends edition just left us confused and annoyed.
This is a £19.99 set in the and $29.99 in the US, and has 218 pieces. That includes just two minidolls, which is really disappointing considering the price. The rest is a lot of small pieces which are going to be quickly lost after Christmas is over, and 22 models of varying quality.
There’s a few standout days, like the Christmas tree, and the piano, but a lot of them are also difficult to recognise because there’s so few pieces involved. There’s a general theme of a holiday party with singing, and guitars and microphones therefore feature. But there’s also seats, and ice-skates, and a lot of cooking equipment, and it never seems to quite gel together they way it should. The lack of a big finish on the 24th is criminal.
It has an age range of 5-12, but younger kids are likely to struggle working out how to build each model based on just the picture. The larger models also have the problem of having to be printed smaller on the back of the door, which only makes that issue worse. I’m not sure what the alternative would be, short of including a little instruction booklet in every bag, but that does seem like it would be overkill.
You can watch our video if you want to see everything that was included, and see if you think it’s as disappointing as we did. We still have the Lego City Advent Calendar 2016 to open, so hopefully that one is better.
It’s Black Friday, which of course means your favourite plastic bricks have been discounted across the UK. It’s a great time to pick up some Lego, including on some sets that don’t often see price reductions.
The official online Lego store has a number of sets at 20% off today, including sets like the TIE Fighter and the Minecraft Village. There’s also a free Lego Christmas snow-globe if you spend more than £60. On Monday 28th (Cyber Monday) they will also have 20% off for one day only on the City Police Station, Creator Expert Tower Bridge, Friends Heartlake Riding Club, Star Wars Millennium Falcon and the massive Lego Technic Bucket Wheel Excavator we reviewed earlier this year. So if you had any wish to pick those sets up, it could be a good time to do so.
Amazon also have lots of discounts, some up to 60%, including on last years Lego Dimensions fun packs and level packs. Prices seem to be changing all the time, but they did have the Ghostbusters level pack down to just £15.99 earlier, so maybe worth watching to see if it hits that again. They’re also pretty big into Cyber Monday, so I would expect these deals to last throughout the next few days at least.
Coming on January 1st, Lego have announced that the next series of collectable minifigures is from the Lego Batman Movie. There are 20 figures in total, and all of them will be exclusive to this series, they won’t be available in the same configuration in any of the Lego Batman Movie sets that are also being released next year.
Just from that one photo above I think these look great, and will be a nice addition to our growing minifig wall.
This is a Lego book bargain of epic proportions, the chance to buy 16 Lego books in PDF/EPUB format for just $15.
This deal comes courtesy of No Starch Press and Humble Bundle, and is a “pay what you want” setup. Pay $1 and you get 4 books, pay $8 and get 6 more, pay $15 and get all 16. The deal is available until November 23rd, and your purchase of these DRM-free books will also help fund the charity of your choice.
The books available for $1 are…
- The Lego Adventure Book Vol 1
- Medieval Lego
- Lego Build-It Book
- Beautiful Lego
Those plus these for $8…
- Lego Build-It Book Vol 2
- The Cult of Lego
- Lego Space: Building the Future
- The Lego Technic Idea Book: Fantastic Contraptions
- Incredible Lego Technic
- Forbidden Lego
And all of those plus these for $15…
- The Lego Architect
- The Lego Christmas Ornaments Book
- The Lego Mindstorms Book
- The Lego Power Functions Idea Book
- The Lego Neighborhood Book
- Steampunk Lego
An absolute steal if you ask me.
As a fan of The Beatles, it’s nice to say that the Lego Yellow Submarine is available from today for £49.99 / $59.99. It’s a 550 piece set, so that’s 9.1p / 10.9c per piece.
This is a really great looking display model, with four perfect Beatles minifigures included. It’s obviously more of a display model or a gift than a playset, but I have no problem with that.
Direct from Lego…
The submarine features a removable top for easy play, a cockpit that accommodates the included John, Paul, George and Ringo cartoon minifigures, two rotating propellers, four periscopes, an adjustable rudder, plus assorted accessory elements that The Beatles have collected on their journey. The set also includes a Jeremy figure – on board to help the musicians defeat the Meanies.
The marketing photos for this set are fantastic, so I’ve included a few of them below. Somebody obviously had a lot of fun travelling around Liverpool putting these together.
We’ll do a video review of this one eventually. Too many sets to build!