Today is the first Tuesday of the month so that means the September 2014 Monthly Mini Build event at the LEGO Stores took place. This month’s build is the the Racing Plane (40102). As usual, families were waiting for their turn to build the set. Like last month, kids could etiher take the set home or build inside the store.
The Racing Plane is a pretty simple to create. It contains 37 pieces and in addition to the plane, you also get a little stand with a flagpole and a plant. There’s nothing much to the set but it seemed that a lot of kids really enjoyed building it.
A special thanks to all the new people I met today and a continued thanks to the awesome staff working there who continues to spread the word about this little blog.
Usually we report on LEGO news and do reviews but there are times when we have to take a step back and look at life itself and how short it can be for some. I’ve was recently emailed by someone named Alana who runs the blog, “Growing My Way Out” and she informed me about a post about a young boy named Dylan.
Dylan has been real sick and unfortunately, he has been given only a few months to live. One of his “bucket list” items is to be buried in a coffin built of LEGO bricks.
To spread the word about Dylan, Alana also posted on Reddit and has gained a lot of traction the past day or so. A user by the named of WikeTheWizard is a former LEGOLAND Master Model Builder and a current professional LEGO artist and he has volunteered to help out with Dylan’s wish if they can get the resources in time. After doing a little bit of research, WikeTheWizard is actually Brandon Wike and who is currently working at LEGOLAND California. From what I can see on the Reddit thread, the community is supporting Brandon and is doing what they can to help out with Dylan’s wish.
If you are able to help out, you can donate on PayPal to help the family with the various costs. It was also mentioned that Dylan lives in the 65401 zip code (Rolla, Missouri) so if you are in the area, you can probably help out locally as well. If you can’t donate, you can easily help to spread the word by posting Alana’s article or Reddit post.
You can also read more on Dylan’s story on CaringBridge.
**Note: Please be respectful about the situation and negative comments will be deleted.**
Just2Good on YouTube has revealed images of the new LEGO Star Wars UCS Slave I (76060). We’ve been reporting that this was the set that has been rumored and now we finally get to see some of the images of it.
More images will be revealed on Eurobricks but from what we can see so far, there will be four minifigures and the Carbonite Han piece. It will have 1996 pieces and will retail for $199.99 as reported on BrickPicker a few months ago.
Some details that can be seen is the new arm printing that Boba Fett has as well as the Bespin Guard minifigure. The box does have the Ultimate Collector’s Series badge on the bottom left corner so it will indeed be an UCS set, much like what the Sandcrawler (79059) has.
Now we just have to wait for the rest of the images as well as the official LEGO press release for more details of the UCS Slave I but in the meantime, check out some of the images below. My guess is that the set will be revealed on October 6th, according to the store calendar.
It seems that something really big is about to go down at New York Comic Con 2014 next month. LEGO will be holding a special panel there and to announce a new LEGO theme and they are providing various LEGO communities tickets to give away. Last week, BZPower started their contest to give their tickets away, which ends on Sunday, September 7th and now Eurobricks has some to give away as well.
They have 3 pairs of tickets to give away for the October 9th event. The ticket will get you into the convention and the panel but there are some requirements that you have to uphold as well. Read all of their rules of the contest in the post here.
Like we mentioned before, there could be a number of themes that could potentially be revealed at New York Comic Con. There was speculation that it could be the return of LEGO BIONICLE because when BZPower started their contest, it was assumed that since they were a BIONICLE centered site. My personal guesses were either the LEGO Jurassic World or the LEGO Minecraft minifigure scale sets. Other themes that readers have guessed on our Facebook Page were the Elves and the Pirates sets which also could be good possibilities. The last guess is the Supercars sets which is for the rumored LEGO Top Gear theme.
Again, sound off in the comments to give us your guesses on what theme LEGO would be announcing next month.
A few days ago, we reported that a new LEGO Seasonal set would be appearing in stores for the upcoming Halloween season, the Halloween Bat (40090). Like with the previous holiday sets from earlier this year like the Valentine’s Day Teddy Bear (40085) and the Easter Bunny (40086), LEGO has released these cute little creatures to mark the particular occasion. This set contains 156 pieces and retails for $9.99 for a very nice $0.06/piece.
The box contains two un-numbered bags and a small instructions booklet. The Halloween Bat is pretty easy to build with some typical building techniques. On the back of the instructions booklet, you can also see the Seasonal Thanksgiving Turkey (40091) set that should be coming out in a month or so.
There is some articulation in the wings and the feet. The wings have a nice folding effect that allows it to hold the included brick-built pumpkin if it so desires.
Throughout this year, I’ve really like these little seasonal sets and the Halloween Bat (40090) isn’t an exception. It’s a nice addition to my current cast of seasonal characters. The set is now available at various LEGO Brand Stores as well as on Shop@Home but the once in stores sometimes sell out pretty fast.
On a side note, I did see a couple of the Easter Bunny sets on clearance today at my LEGO Store in Fashion Valley so if you’re still looking for one, you can now get it cheaper than the normal retail price.
If you’ve ever wanted to be in an official music video, you may have your chance now. The Fold, who plays the various LEGO Ninjago theme songs, is giving fans an opportunity to be in their latest video called “Spinnin’ Out in Color” which comes out this Friday, September 5th.
All you have to do is to make a short video clip of yourself wearing a plain colored t-shirt of your favorite ninja while spinning. Record yourself or have someone record you using a digital camera or smartphone and upload to YouTube or another video hosting site. Send the URL of the video clip to [email protected] with the words “My Video” in the subject line. The deadline to enter is this Wednesday, September 3rd. Check out the announcement video below.
Today starts the month of September and that means we finally get the LEGO Classic Spaceman Minifigure (5002812) promotion that the Europeans had a few months ago. In recent months, it appears that LEGO has been focusing more on classic Space sets like the Exo Suit (21109) and Benny’s Spaceship (70816) and this little promo set just adds to it. The set contains 19 pieces and is free with purchases of $99 or more.
Unlike other LEGO promotions, the box for the Classic Space Minifigure is made of a matte-like packaging material with a stud design all around. On either side of the box, there is a classic LEGO Systems logo which has a cool nostalgic feel to it.
The box opens up by sliding out the tray from the right side which shows the contents of the set: an instruction booklet and sealed bag of pieces. The tray itself also has the Classic Space logo.
The actual instructions in the booklet are just two pages to show how to put together the spaceman and the robot. The rest of the pages is a timeline from the last 38 years of LEGO Space sets as well as some of the Space minifigures. A majority of the Space-themed sets have been well represented on the timeline.
The white Spaceman minifigure is pretty much the same as the one in the Exo Suit except for the color. The helmet is not the classic one but the more modern one that you can find in sets today. The front of the torso has the iconic Space logo and that’s pretty much it. He also wears an air tank in the back.
The robot is very simple to put together and is the exact same one you get from the FX Star Patroller (6931) which is great homage to the Classic Space sets. The robot has some posability such as the head turning on the 1×2 jumper plate. The arms move up and down and can bend down with the hinge piece.
Although the set is a fairly small promotional item, it makes a great addition to you LEGO collection. The packaging is super cool and what makes this promo stand out from other exclusive promos we’ve had in the past and the contents are pretty cool as well. Again, it is free with purchases of $99 or more at LEGO Stores and on Shop@Home. The Classic Spaceman Minifigure (5002818) set will be available until September 14 or while supplies last. If you miss out on it by then, you can probably pick it up on BrickLink or eBay.