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LEGO Star Wars UCS Assault on Hoth (75098) Set Details

LEGO Star Wars Hoth Echo Base

LEGO has been pumping out press releases today in preparation of the 2016 New York Toy Fair and the latest one is about the summer wave of LEGO Star Wars sets. More importantly, there are details of the next UCS set with the Assault on Hoth (75098). There is now official details of the set which will be available on May 1 for $249.99. It will have 2,144 pieces and will recreate the iconic scene from Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Some minifigures included with the Assault on Hoth is Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Toryn Farr, Wes Janson, Wedge Antilles, and K-3PO, just to name a few. We should be getting the official images of the set very soon but if you can’t wait, check out LEGO’s video that shows the sets here. Check out more details of the upcoming Star Wars sets below.

LEGO Star Wars Hoth Echo Base

NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL TOY FAIR — LEGO Systems, Inc. today announced a robust slate that will drive continued excitement for the LEGO® Star Wars™ product line, the company’s first-ever licensed theme collection that today is a perennial favorite among fans of all ages. From sets based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, to those inspired by a new original animated series, LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures to sets based on the upcoming Star Wars: Rogue One film, the 2016 LEGO Star Wars collection is one of the largest and most diverse since its 1999 introduction.

“For more than 16 years, children and kids at heart have recreated the Star Wars story through LEGO play, and this year we will give them even more stories and characters to explore,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president of licensing and entertainment for the LEGO Group. “Our collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm enables us to bring fun and creative LEGO twists to the Star Wars universe, which is why we’re so thrilled to introduce an original LEGO Star Wars television series this year. New original characters and stories, plus two inspired building sets, will bring fans of all ages even more reasons to build and explore with LEGO Star Wars.”

The LEGO Group is celebrating the Saga in more ways than ever before, showcasing how building with LEGO bricks inspires open-ended creativity and sparks imagination. New building sets offer the chance to create the stories fans know and love while also empowering them to create their own adventures. For the second year running, a line of buildable LEGO figures brings new heroes and villains to life in a unique role-play experience.

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures
To continue inspiring imagination and storytelling, LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, an original animated series, will debut later this year on Disney XD. The show’s quirky heroes, the Freemakers, are a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from the scoured debris of space battles strewn throughout the galaxy. When the youngest Freemaker discovers a natural connection to the Force through an ancient artifact, his world turns upside down as he and his family find themselves in an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Throughout their adventures, the Freemakers explore new worlds, meet new (and familiar) characters, and learn the true value of what it means to be a family. The series combines the excitement, action and adventure of a galaxy far, far away with a dose of brick-building humor for which LEGO content is best known. Two building sets based on the series – Eclipse Fighter™ ($29.99) and StarScavenger™ ($49.99) – launch this summer.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Fans of Star Wars: The Force Awakens can bring scenes and characters from the 2015 blockbuster home with eight new film-inspired building sets. Five are available now, one launches in March and two follow in June. More than 10 characters from the film are represented in minifigure form for the first time through the collection, including First Order Snowtroopers (First Order Snowspeeder), Resistance Troopers (Resistance Trooper Battle Pack), Maz Kanata (Battle on Takodana), Admiral Ackbar and General Leia Organa (Resistance Troop Transporter). Assortment prices range from $9.99-$79.99.

Star Wars Saga
In March, builders can expect seven new building sets based on the original Star Wars Saga. Characters from the Dark Side and Light Side ban together in the Rebel Alliance Battle Pack and Galactic Empire™ Battle Pack, and classic scenes get the brick treatment in the Carbon-Freezing Chamber, Hoth™ Attack and Droid™ Escape Pod sets. Collection prices range from $24.99-$29.99.

Star Wars: Rebels
Five new LEGO construction sets inspired by the Disney XD animated series, Star Wars Rebels, launch in March, and three more follow in June. For a quick build loaded with action and a unique LEGO minifigure, fans can choose from The Ghost™, TIE Advanced Prototype™, Wookiee™ Gunship or AT-DP™ building sets, or they can build Kanan’s Speeder Bike construction toy, complete with three minifigures. Set prices range from $9.99 – $119.99.

Buildable Figures
The debut of Star Wars buildable figures last year continues with six new buildable figures, available now, based on the characters Rey, First Order Stormtrooper, Poe Dameron, Finn, Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma. Additional buildable figures will be unveiled throughout the year. Figures range from $19.99-$29.99.

LEGO Assault on Hoth™ Base will Challenge Even the Most Skilled Fan Builders
Experienced builders can recreate the Rebel Force’s Echo Base from Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back in an unbelievably detailed recreation of one of the most iconic scenes in the original Star Wars trilogy. The 2,144-piece building set inspires fans to build their own scouting missions with the Snowspeeder, armed with twin spring-loaded shooters, and get back to base on the speeder bike to help Luke, Han and the other Rebel heroes. The modular design enables fans to customize their Rebel base configuration, including a Wampa cave and Wampa figure. The set features LEGO minifigure versions of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Toryn Farr, Wes Janson, Wedge Antilles, K-3PO, and more. Available May 1 for $249.99.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Details Revealed

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures

Today StarWars.com has given details on the all-new animated television series that will be airing this summer on Disney XD called LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures. The show will be similar to previous LEGO TV shows which will include humor and it will be set between Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. As we learned at the toy fairs from a few weeks ago, there will be two LEGO sets that will be based on the show with the Eclipse Fighter (75145) – $29.99 and Star Scavenger (75147) – $49.99. Check out the details of The Freemaker Adventures below.

Told in the whimsically-charged style that audiences have come to expect from LEGO Star Wars entertainment, the series stars the Freemakers, a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from the scoured debris of space battles strewn throughout the galaxy. When their youngest discovers a natural connection with the Force through an ancient artifact — the Kyber Saber — his world is turned upside down, and he and his family are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Throughout their adventures, the Freemakers explore new worlds, meet new and familiar characters, and learn the true value of what it means to be a family.

“We are very excited to launch for the first time a TV series with Disney XD,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president, licensing & entertainment at the LEGO Group. “The creative team behind The Freemaker Adventures is extremely talented, and the series is a great testament to our longstanding and successful partnership with Lucasfilm and Disney. The show masterfully combines the rich heritage of storytelling, great characters, action, and adventure in a galaxy far, far away with the creativity, imagination, and humor that only LEGO Star Wars can deliver. We are sure fans young and old are going to love the show.”

“With The Freemaker Adventures we are thrilled to bring all-new stories to life that could only be realized in the LEGO Star Wars universe,” said Carrie Beck, vice president, animation development at Lucasfilm. “We are embarking on an unprecedented collaboration that will allow us to extend the narrative experience of the Star Wars saga with the same playful spirit that’s always made LEGO Star Wars so much fun to watch. We are so thankful to have such great partners in the LEGO Group, Disney XD, and series developers Bill Motz and Bob Roth.”

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures is a production of Wil Film, the LEGO Group, and Lucasfilm. Developed for television by Bill Motz and Bob Roth (Penguins of Madagascar), they join Torsten Jacobson (LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales) and Jill Wilfert (The LEGO Movie) as executive producers alongside producers Carrie Beck (Star Wars Rebels), Jason Cosler (LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled!), Jake Blais, and John McCormack.

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Blocks Magazine Issue 17 Press Release

Blocks Magazine Issue 17

Blocks has sent over their press release for Issue 17 of the magazine. They’ll be review various sets including an in-depth look at the new LEGO Nexo Knights theme.

Issue 17 of Blocks Magazine is now with subscribers, and will be in shops on Thursday 18th February.

This month, we dive headfirst into LEGO’s latest Big Bang theme, with full reviews of every Nexo Knights set, plus an in-depth interview with LEGO Designer Mark Stafford – who reveals a few tantalising secrets behind the space-castle mashup, and gives us some hints as to its future direction.

Elsewhere, we head back to the glory days of Castle, with a detailed look at the 1984 Lion Knights range, and showcase an incredible collection of Doctor Who builds from Thorsten Bonsch – as he unveils his latest timey-wimey creation exclusively in Blocks.

There’s much more besides, with comprehensive reviews of the brand new Brick Bank and Ghostbusters Firehouse HQ, while Simon Pickard introduces us to the art of microscale. It’s all topped off with an exclusive interview with Tom Poulsom, LEGO’s very own birdman, on books, building and, of course, birds.

Get your copy on Thursday in the UK, and why not subscribe to get future copies early and enter monthly free prize draws? See www.blocksmag.com for more details.

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New York Toy Fair 2016 Starts This Weekend and Official Press Release

The North American International Toy Fair will be happening this weekend and we are teaming up again with YourCreativeFriends/Brick Fest Live to bring you LEGO coverage of the event. Chad will be there and will be sending us images of various LEGO sets that will be displayed. Hopefully we’ll get images of the summer wave of Star Wars sets that are allowed.

LEGO has also released a press release for the event which talks about the Star Wars: Rogue One sets. Like I mentioned before, there will be five sets based on the upcoming movie and the prices range from $9.99 to $149.99.

Finally, officially confirmed for April release is the LEGO Ideas Labyrinth Marble Maze (21305). It’ll have 769 pieces and will be priced at $69.99 which I talked about last month.

LEGO Systems Unveils Hundreds of New Building Sets to Spark Creative Play for Builders of All Ages and Interests

– More than 300 new products unveiled at North American International Toy Fair –

NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — LEGO Systems, Inc. will showcase its collection of new building sets–over 300 new products–at this week’s North American International Toy Fair. Among the new offerings is LEGO(®) NEXO KNIGHTS(TM), a new original LEGO property that depicts a medieval kingdom set in a futuristic world. New LEGO products are on display in booth #1635 in Hall 3B of New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center from February 13-16.

“The LEGO system of play empowers children of all ages and interests to be creative, innovative and imaginative by snapping bricks together to bring their ideas to life. Our builders are only limited by their imaginations and we are excited to offer them more sets than ever before to inspire endless hours of creative play,” said Søren Torp Laursen, president, LEGO Systems. “As a classic, creative play experience, we’re energized by the opportunities to keep building our relationships with children and their families in order to invite more children into the LEGO brand and to keep them building during, and even beyond their childhood years.”

Younger Builders (Ages 1½+)
LEGO DUPLO(®), with bricks two times the size of a classic LEGO brick, introduces children as young as 18 months to the world of LEGO building. Twenty-eight new DUPLO sets include classic themes such as My First Garden, Little Plane and Baby Animals, along with favorite licensed themes and characters including Disney’s Junior Mickey Mouse Clubhouse(TM) and Doc McStuffins(TM).New to the DUPLO line this year is Disney’s Junior Miles from Tomorrowland(TM). Sets range from $9.99 to $99.99.

Featuring modular pieces and elements, such as walls and archways, plus step-by-step instructions to help young builders gain confidence as they get started, LEGO Juniors is the perfect age-appropriate building experience for builders who are new to classic LEGO bricks. Iconic themes provide a relevant and fun building experience with sets including Police Helicopter Chase and Batman(TM) & Superman(TM) vs. Lex Luthor(TM). Also new for this year is MARVEL(TM) Ironman vs. Loki and Disney Princess Ariel’s Dolphin Carriage. Sets range from $9.99 to $29.99.

Creative Building (Ages 5+)
LEGO Classic continues, offering a variety of brick collections that foster open-ended building fun such as the new LEGO Creative Building Set for $29.99. LEGO Creator offers vehicles, creatures and structures such as a Super Soarer, Park Animals and Treehouse Adventures, each with 3-in-1 building options, delivering hours of play value. Sets range from $4.99 to $69.99. Advanced builders will love the challenge of new LEGO Technic sets such as Hydroplane Racer and Heavy Lift Helicopter that offer technical elements like gears, beams, pulleys, actuators and pneumatics. Sets range from $12.99 to $279.99.

Themed Building (Ages 5+)
LEGO City puts a build-and-play spotlight on real-life heroes, packed with detailed models, exciting missions and humorous characters. Thirty-four new sets cater to a variety of interests, anchored by four new subthemes: Fire Response, Prisoner Island, Airport and Volcano Exploration, plus new items in the Great Vehicles theme. Sets range from $6.99 to $119.99.

LEGO Friends offers richly detailed building and role play centered on the adventures of five girls who reside in Heartlake City. Twenty-three building sets in new Adventure Camp, Birthday and Amusement Park subthemes, such as Adventure Camp Tree House, Birthday Party and Amusement Park Roller Coaster are complemented by digital and television content that will be introduced throughout the year. Sets range from $4.99 to $99.99.

LEGO Speed Champions lets builders create some of the fastest and most popular supercars in the world, such as the Ford Mustang GT, Audi R8 and Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Sets range from $14.99 to $69.99.

The second chapter of LEGO Elves features heroine Emily’s return to the enchanted town of Elvendale to help her friends, the magical elves, save the majestic baby dragons and return them to their mother. Ten new sets, with accompanying digital content throughout the year, offer builders fantasy role-play and story starters including Elvendale School of Dragons, Fire Dragon’s Lava Cave and The Secret Market Place. Sets range from $9.99 to $99.99.

The LEGO NINJAGO(TM) saga continues with new television episodes on Cartoon Network and 16 new building sets loaded with features and functions to provide hours of building and role play fun, including NinjaBike Chase, The Lighthouse Seige, and Misfortune’s Keep, available in March. Sets range from $9.99 to $119.99.

LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS(TM) is the newest original LEGO property that follows five young, brave knights who ‘download’ special powers to their shields in order to battle the royal court’s evil Jestro and a cast of monsters to restore peace. The story comes to life through 28 new LEGO sets such as Clay’s Rumble Blade and The Fortrex. An episodic television series on Cartoon Network and a digital gaming app that integrates with the products and television show fuel story-driven gameplay. Sets range from $9.99 to $119.99.

Licensed Building – The Walt Disney Company (Ages 5+)
Eight new LEGO | Disney Princess(TM) sets encourage children to build with timeless characters like ArielandJasmine or new favorites from Disney’s Frozen – Anna and Elsa found in Arendelle Castle Celebration. Sets range from $12.99 to $54.99.

LEGO MARVEL(TM) Super Heroes brings characters from comic books and new movie releases to LEGO brick form, including sets corresponding with the 2016 theatrical release of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War and a new collection of sets based on Ultimate Spider-Man(TM). New this year are collectible MARVEL Mighty Micros, each containing a Super Hero and a villain plus their vehicles such as Spider-Man vs. Green Goblin. Sets range from $12.99 to $119.99.

LEGO Star Wars(TM) adds 25 new sets in 2016 to the best-selling building collection. Sets are inspired by classic Star Wars films, the all new animated television series LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures and the animated television show Star Wars Rebels, as well as the 2015 blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, plus scenes from the highly anticipated Star Wars: Rogue One film, ranging in price from $9.99 to $149.99. Continuing for the second year is a line of buildable figures for ages 6+ featuring iconic Star Wars characters, including Rey, Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma, providing a different kind of building experience and new play possibilities. Sets range from $19.99 to $34.99.

Licensed Building (Ages 5+)
Favorite DC Comics Super Heroes mark their 5th year in LEGO form in a new collection of building sets. LEGO DC Comics(TM) Super Heroes introduces three new Batman(TM) products, plus three new sets tied to Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated new action adventure feature film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice(TM) coming to theatres on March 25, 2016. New this year are collectible Mighty Micros which each contain a DC Comics Super Hero, a DC Comics Super-Villain and their vehicles to provide opportunities for children to build and play with their beloved DC Comics characters in micro scale. Sets range from $9.99 to $79.99

New LEGO The Angry Birds(TM) Movie line brings Red and his friends to life in hilarious and action-packed building sets inspired by The Angry Birds Movie. Six sets, including Piggy Pirate Ship and King Pig’s Castle, feature special launching functions to inspire hours of play. Sets range from $12.99 to $89.99.

Building adventures of LEGO Minecraft continue to bring the creative possibilities of the hit virtual game to physical play. Five sets feature key moments and worlds from the game and include iconic characters and items true to the game’s universe. Sets range from $19.99 to $109.99 and include key biomes such as The Jungle Tree House and The Fortress.

Constraction (Ages 6+)
The original constructible LEGO action figure line, LEGO BIONICLE(®), features 17 new building sets ranging from $9.99 to $24.99, including Unamarak the Hunter, Tahu Uniter of Fire and Pohatu Uniter of Stone.

Collectibles (Ages 5+)
LEGO Minifigures(TM) allow LEGO fans to collect and build their own minifigure population with 50 never-before-seen LEGO Minifigures debuting in three waves this year. Mystery packaging includes one figure each for $3.99.

The mini character building of LEGO MIXELS inspires creativity, imagination and hours of fun along the way. With three new series premiering this February, June and October, fans can collect 27 characters from the Mixels content seen on Cartoon Network. Sets are $4.99 each.

LEGO Architecture celebrates the past, present and future of architecture through the medium of the LEGO brick. Each set contains a book featuring step-by-step building instructions along with history, information and photos of the world’s most iconic structures. All new Architecture city skylines feature the iconic buildings and landmarks of metropolises such as Berlin, New York City and Venice. Sets range from $29.99 to $59.99.

Through the online LEGO Ideas community, fans may propose their original designs to become new LEGO sets and then vote for their favorites. Each year, several submissions are approved, produced and sold as official LEGO sets. Available in April, LEGO Maze ($69.99) lets fans build, customize and play a maze game.

LEGO Exclusives, available through shop.LEGO.com and LEGO Stores, give skilled builders a more challenging and complex building experience, such as the new LEGO Ghostbusters(TM) FirehouseHeadquarters ($349) and LEGO Brick Bank ($169.99).

About the LEGO Group
The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, UK., Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO(®) brick, it is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials.

Guided by the company spirit: “Only the best is good enough”, the company is committed to the development of children and aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative play and learning. LEGO products are sold worldwide and can be virtually explored at www.LEGO.com.

For more news from the LEGO Group, information about our financial performance and responsibility engagement, please visit http://www.LEGO.com/aboutus.

LEGO, the LEGO logo, DUPLO, MINDSTORMS, BIONICLE, NINJAGO, the Minifigure, and the brick and knob configuration are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2016 the LEGO Group.

© 2016 MARVEL

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

DC Universe and all related characters are elements or trademarks of and © 2016 DC Comics. (s15)

© 2016 Mojang AB and Mojang Synergies AB. MINECRAFT is a trademark or registered trademark of Mojang Synergies AB.

Chevrolet, Corvette, Corvette Z06, all related emblems, and vehicle body designs are General Motors Trademarks used under license to the LEGO Group.

Ford Motor Company Trademarks and Trade Dress used under license to the LEGO Group.

Officially Licensed by AUDI AG.

© 2016 Rovio Animation Ltd. Angry Birds and all related properties, titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Rovio Entertainment Ltd and Rovio Animation Ltd and are used with permission. All Rights Reserved.

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LEGO Senior Designer Marcos Bessa Appears on Denmark’s Got Talent

If you’ve been following LEGO Senior Designer Marcos Bessa on social media, you would know that he has a very interesting life inside and outside of The LEGO Group. Within the company he’s designed many popular LEGO sets from the SHIELD Helicarrier (76042) to the most recent Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters (75827) and many more in between. Outside of the company, he’s very passionate about music and recently, he has appeared on Denmark’s version of the Got Talent series and has been very impressive not only with the audience but with the judges as well. Check out some of his performances below.

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LEGO Star Wars Encounter on Jakku (75148) Set Shown in DK Book Listing

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens DK Level 2 Reader

A few weeks ago, we got details of the summer 2016 wave of LEGO Star Wars sets from the London Toy Fair but images weren’t allowed for the sets for either London or Nuremberg. However there’s an image of what appears to be part of the Encounter on Jakku (75148) set which comes from an Amazon listing for the DK LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Level 2 Reader. The image shows some of the Niima Outpost along with a clear shot of the Unkar Plutt, Rey, and BB-8 minifigures. The set also includes Teedo and a brick-built Luggabeast that is not shown in the preview images of the book. I’m not sure if the image will be taken down or not but check it out below while you can.

Thanks to Emily V. for emailing this in earlier today.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens DK Level 2 Reader - Encounter on Jakku (75148)

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LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Rescue from Ra’s al Ghul (76056) Set Name Revealed

A few days ago, there was a report that there was a LEGO DC Comic Super Heroes set that would include a Ra’s al Ghul minifigure. Just2Good now has the set name and number which is Rescue from Ra’s al Ghul (76056). He also stated that the set will a store exclusive but as to which one remains unknown. It’s also rumored that Talia al Ghul would also be in the set but J2G didn’t have info on that. It’s not too much new information but at least there’s confirmation that the set exists.

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