Some LEGO News Round-Up

Just thought to do a summary of stuff I’ve gathered from the internet… I’ve been busy all week at work, so didn’t feel like blogging individual posts after reading them. 

In case you are curious where I get those info/stuff I’ve been blogging about, I actually Google for news related to LEGO.  Out of 20-30 hits, maybe one or two would be considered ‘bloggable’ by me.  But then whether I blog about it immediately or not still depends on how I feel that day, or sometimes I’ll keep them aside as ‘back-up’ posts for quiet news days and days when I’m too busy to write.  

And of course now and then I feel bad about being deliquent and go back to do a summary like what I am doing now. 😛

I also visit various forums (well, mostly EB for the latest news, and I always click on the threads if I happen to see Grogall do a posting, haha), and as you can see from the RSS feeds on the right, there are various sites that I visit/read.  Quite a lot of ‘work’ huh?

What do you think?  Are there stuff I’ve summarised today that you would like me to post immediately?  Give me some feedback k?

More Goodies from Ace & Ryan

Wow, the guys from FBTB dun seem to be sleeping… everytime I check back there are more nicely sorted (and well taken) pictures on the FBTB Flickr Photostream (by sets).  Thanks guys!! 😀

Like this Lightning McQueen made of 325,000 bricks:

Or all these new licensed products, some which look really good! (Ok, I’ve only copied those I find interesting but still quite a lot):

I’ll leave you to browse thru the rest.  Too many details to mention ranging from the glass bottle & globe in the POTC sets to pics of the new Cars range to how the UFO abduction function works, to details of Kingdom’s Mill Village Raid (goats, the windmill mechanism, chickens, etc)…

Toy Fair 2011 Updates by FBTB

Quick one:  Ryan & Ace from FBTB have done a marvellous job at the Toy Fair with the best quality pics for the LEGO exhibits that I’ve seen so far, including close-ups of minifigs, set play features, close-ups of sets/interiors. 

Do visit FBTB’s Flickr photostream to see the pics.

And Happy Valentines Day everyone. 🙂

2011 Summer Set Pics from German Toy Fair

UPDATED: Toysnbricks feature the 2011 LEGO Kingdoms, Aliens Conquest, Ninjago and Collectible Minifig Series 5 set pictures without confidential markings from Spieletest, thanks to kevin1990. I’ll update more details and pics later when I’m home but the pics look so good I just have to share immediately.

Many more pics and videos are available, but I won’t steal the thunder by putting them all here.  Just click on this link to Spieletest to see all of them k?  Just to list, they have Star Wars, Ninjago, Aliens Conquest, Heroica (board games), Pharaoh’s Quest, Kingdoms, Atlantis, Collectible Minifig Series 5 & Atlantis pics and/or videos!

  

Close-ups of Minifig series 5 and Aliens Conquest start at 1:37 into this clip:

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Prelim Pics of Harry Potter LEGO Books & New Brickmasters

Yay!! Finally found them.  Figured the pics must have surfaced in order for bookstores to start placing their orders and finally found the prelim pics in the DK 2011 catalogue.

The good news? The Harry Potter Visual Dictionary (called ‘Building the Magical World’ in the catalogue) comes with an exclusive minifig. The bad news? From the current prelim image, it looks to be yet another Harry Potter minifig… anyway remember that the jacket cover isn’t final yet.

The Harry Potter Sticker book isn’t that interesting… nothing new on the cover that we haven’t seen before.

I’ve also included the prelim pics for the new City & NinjaGo Brickmasters.  Not much to speculate from the NinjaGo Brickmaster… just that you’ll probably get another ninja.  For the City Brickmaster tho, it looks to be very much a police themed set with a criminal minifig, a policeman minifig, a car and a small helicopter.

Other interesting stuff from the website? It sheds some light on how these books will be promoted/marketed:
• Launch parties at book stores across the country
• Online advertising
• Feature at San Diego Comic Con
• Feature at New York Comic Con
• Cross promote with other Harry Potter™ and LEGO licensees
• Book Trailer
• Outreach to blogs and fansites
• Feature on DK.com LEGO boutique
• E-newsletter feature

Outreach to blogs? Hmm… so looks like I’m giving them free publicity!  Anyone wants to outreach to me???  I’m up for book reviews… hehe.  😀

Btw the DK Winter 2011 Catalogue shows some junior LEGO books for the kids and the LEGO City and Star Wars sticker books.  Nothing that interest me so did not bother to copy them.  Feel free to click on the link to browse tho.  For Pirates of the Caribbean fans, there is a visual guide book coming (NOT LEGO, it’s a movie tie-in).  Useful for MOCs and dioramas perhaps? 🙂  I do love the DK books for the great pics and explanations that accompanies the guide books.

One more thing… the updated 2011 Fantasia Verlag LEGO Collector book looks to be delayed till Q2’2011 from Weltbild.de.  No indication of a limited edition based on my search.  Anyone knows better, pls let me know k?

Anyway, here they are… enjoy! (book title links to Book Depository or Amazon – you can click on the catalogue link at the bottom if you wanna read the DK catalogue)

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  • Lego Harry Potter Visual Dictionary (Hardback – May 16, 2011) 
  • Includes exclusive LEGO® Harry Potter™ minifigure!

    The magic of Harry Potter™ and the fun of the LEGO® world, now in one incredible book!
    Since it was first introduced in 2001, LEGO® Harry Potter™ has been one of the LEGO Group’s most popular themes. This incredible guide gives readers an up-close look at the bricks, constructions, and minifigures of the LEGO® Harry Potter universe—from Hogwarts Castle to Hagrid’s hut.
    You won’t want to miss out on the exclusive inter views with the LEGO® Harry Potter™ team, and special sections allowing you to see, first-hand, how the bricks and figures come to be the toys we love today! The book will also feature a timeline that shows the evolution of the LEGO® Harry Potter™ construction sets, video game and board game.

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  • Lego Harry Potter Ultimate Sticker Collection (Paperback – May 16, 2011)
  • Explore the magical world of Harry Potter with more than 1,000 full-color reusable stickers of all of your favorite Hogwarts characters and settings in the LEGO® Harry Potter™ Ultimate Sticker Collection!

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  • LEGO Brickmaster: LEGO City by DK Publishing (Hardcover – Jul 18, 2011)
  • Includes more than 130 bricks, two minifigures, and a storybook!Make 6 Exclusive LEGO® Models!

    Build the coolest vehicles, creations, and LEGO® City structures you can imagine when books and bricks come together like never before!
    Dynamic full-color photos and illustrations along with step-by-step instructions make this a perfect kit for all LEGO fans! With more than 130 bricks and two minifigures, you can build your very own LEGO City featuring the LEGO Group’s fantastic line of city vehicles and structures.

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  • LEGO Brickmaster: Ninjago by DK Publishing (Paperback – Jul 18, 2011)
  • Includes more than 140 bricks, two minifigures, and a storybook!

    Make 8 Exclusive LEGO® Models!
    Build the coolest vehicles, buildings, and LEGO® Ninjago structures you can imagine!
    Enter the world of Ninjago, the LEGO Group’s exciting new line of ninja-themed structures and minifigures, featuring an entire world of ninja heroes, villains and storylines. With more than 140 LEGO® bricks, two minifigures, and a book of instructions and stories, this Brickmaster kit lets young ninjas build and play to their heart’s content.

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    Source: DK Summer 2011 Catalogue

    NinjaGo Set Reviews

    Still undecided about the new NinjaGo theme?  Perhaps a few set reviews to make up your mind? 

    The good folks at EB have had a head start on the theme (the 2011 sets are not in Singapore stores yet! Grrrr), and some AFOLs kindly started on set reviews so do click on the links below and have a look.

    Good news for sticker haters, the windows with the words “Ninja” in Japanese (?Actually all the words looks like Chinese to me and I can read them, am not sure if it’s written the same way in traditional Japanese?) are printed and not stickers.  The rest of the parts with prints look like stickers from the sticker sheet spotted in the review.  I do see windows without the words being a lot more useful for MOC-ing tho, eg. for Japanese/Korean/Chinese MOCs.  With the words printed on the windows… am not so sure, may actually sit most of this theme out.

    And I’ve no use for the cards at all too… understandably, this theme is meant for kids and not AFOLs, and I’m guessing the beyblade like spinning stuff and fighting cards would appeal to kids.  I may get all 4 dragons in this series tho. I like how they look, very fierce and no stickers and cards from the look of things (at least not in the ice dragon set).

    Pics from Brickset

    Summer 2011 Sets Revealed

    Update on 26 Dec: Pics have been yanked from birdsmart33’s Flickr account, but the poorer quality pics are still available in smartwii ‘s account tho.  Hurry before they are also yanked!

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    If you haven’t seen the pics of the Trade Catalog Scans, hurry before they are yanked from Flickr user birdsmart33‘s account.  I’ll summarise the sets and expected release dates here as more scans are revealed. 

    Summer sets include:

    Pirates of the Caribbean (May 2011)

    • 4191 The Captain’s Cabin
    • 4192 Aqua De Vida (Fountain of Youth)
    • 4193 The London Escape
    • 4194 Whitecap Bay 
    • 4195 Queen Anne’s Revenge
    • 4181 Isla De la Muerta
    • 4182 The Cannibal Escape 4
    • 4183 The Mill
    • 4184 Black Pearl (November 2011)

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    Cars (May 2011)

    • 8200 Radiator Springs Lightning McQueen
    • 8201 Classic Mater
    • 8206 Cars 3 (?)
    • 8423 Cars 4 (?)
    • 8424 Cars 5 (?)
    • 8426 Cars 6 (?)
    • 8484 Cars 7 (?)
    • 8486 Mack’s Team Truck
    • 8487 Flo’s V8 Cafe
    • 8638 Cars 8 (?) (August 2011)
    • 8639 Cars 15 (?) (August 2011)

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    Star Wars (June 2011)

    • 7956 Ewok Attack
    • 7957 Dathomir Speeder
    • 7959 Geonosian Starfighter
    • 7961 Sith Infiltrator
    • 7962 Podracer
    • 7964 Republic Frigate
    • 7965 Millennium Falcon

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    City (June 2011)

    • 4641 Speed Boat
    • 4642 Fishing Boat
    • 4644 Marina
    • 4645 Harbour

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    Creator (June 2011)

    • 5767 Cool Cruiser
    • 5770 Lighthouse Island
    • 5771 Hillside House

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    Kingdoms (July 2011)

    • 6918 Blacksmith Attack
    • 7187 Escape from Dragon’s Prison
    • 7188 King’s Carriage Ambush
    • 7189 Mill Village Raid

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    Alien Conquest (July 2011)

    • 7049 Alien Striker
    • 7050 Alien Defender
    • 7051 Tripod Invader
    • 7052 UFO Abduction
    • 7065 Alien Mothership
    • 7066 Earth Defence HQ
    • 7067 Jet-Copter Encounter 

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    Harry Potter (August 2011)

    • 4865 The Forbidden Forest
    • 4866 The Night Bus
    • 4867 Battle For Hogwarts

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    Technic (August 2011)

    • 8071 Bucket Truck
    • 8109 Flatbed Truck
    • 8110 Unimog U400

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    NinjaGo

    • 2257 Spinjitzu Starter Set (Jan 2011)
    • 2111 Kai (Jan to March 2011)
    • 2112 Cole (Jan to March 2011)
    • 2113 Zane (Jan to March 2011)
    • 2114 Chopov (Jan to March 2011)
    • 2115 Bonezai (Jan to March 2011)
    • 2116 Krazi (Jan to March 2011)
    • 2170 Cole DX (April 2011)
    • 2171 Zane DX (April 2011)
    • 2172 Nya (April to July 2011)
    • 2173 Nuckal (April to July 2011)
    • 2506 Skull Truck (July 2011)
    • 2507 Fire Temple (July 2011)
    • 2508 Blacksmith Shop (July 2011)
    • 2509 Earth Dragon Defence (July 2011)
    • 2174 Kruncha  (August 2011)
    • 2175 Wyplash (August 2011)
    • 2255 Sensei Wu (August 2011)
    • 2256 Lord Garmadon (August 2011) 
    • 2254 Mountain Shrine (August 2011) 

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    Some thoughts on the 2011 sets:

    – I honestly feel quite disappointed that the rumoured girls theme is not available.  Having seen the trade catalogue, I can verify that it’s not in the pages that were not scanned.  Any chance of a Winter release? 😦

    – But it looks to be another good year, especially for Star Wars fans (loads of new minifigs and reproduced OT sets) and Harry Potter fans (3 more sets, yippee!). 

    Creator is starting to look interesting too, the Lighthouse Island looks really good and it seems to be a trend that Creator sets now come with minifigs, blurring the line between Creator & City.

    – Those who want to renact minifig abduction fantasies can now do so with the new Alien Conquest theme.  Again, is it meant to draw City fans into this theme?

    – I wasn’t thrilled with the little Blacksmith set in Kingdoms, but there is another Blacksmith in the NinjaGo theme that looks better.  Interesting that so many of the NinjaGo theme sets are for limited time release – I’m guessing TLG thinks that limited releases helps to sell sets?

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