Earlier today, LEGO announced that LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales will be released on DVD on March 1, 2016. Droid Tales was a five-part series on Cartoon Network that is a retelling of the Star Wars saga told from the eyes of C-3PO and R2-D2. There’s no word on whether there will be an exclusive minifigure for the DVD or not but I’m going to guess no on that.
The fun begins following the victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, at the end of STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI. R2-D2 and C-3PO have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other Rebels with the tales of their adventures that led to the events of STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE. An accidental kidnapping occurs while the droids are reminiscing, and suddenly you’re taken on a new journey that leads to the retelling of the entire STAR WARS saga, as told by R2-D2 and C-3PO! It’s hilarious and playful, packed with all your favorite interlocking characters. LEGO(R) STAR WARS(TM): DROID TALES is intergalactic thrills for the whole family!
We’re back again with more official box art images of a lot of LEGO sets from various themes for the first half of 2016 in preparation of the sets being sold on Shop@Home very soon including Architecture, BIONICLE, City, Creator, Disney Princess, DUPLO, and Friends. To see more in-depth images of the sets, head on over to Brickset. Which sets below are you looking forward to picking up?
New York City (21028)
Burj Khalifa (21031)
Continuing with our coverage of official images that have come out today, we now have the box art images of the second wave of LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Constraction Buildable Figures. We first saw an image of all of them last month when they were published in the LEGO Club Magazine but it was a little hard to see what each one looked like besides the First Order Stormtrooper which we saw back in June. If you want to see the characters in other poses, head on over to Brickset.
First Order Stormtrooper (75114)
Poe Dameron (75115)
Kylo Ren (75117)
Captain Phasma (75118)
LEGO has uploaded more official images to their servers and what more exciting stuff to see than the images for their newest theme, LEGO Nexo Knights. There are now images for most of the sets including the “Ultimate” sets which features the major characters in the theme with their powered up weapons and accessories. As you can see from the images below, the sets use a lot of blue and trans-orange which I think is a great color combination. To see more images of the sets, head over to Brickset. Which LEGO Nexo Knights set(s) are you looking forward to picking up?
Knighton Battle Blaster (70310)
Chaos Catapult (70311)
Lance’s Mecha Horse (70312)
Moltor’s Lava Smasher (70313)
Beast Master’s Chaos Chariot (70314)
Knighton Battle Blaster (70310)
Jestro’s Evil Mobile (70316)
The Fortrex (70317)
Merlok’s Library 2.0 (70324)
The King’s Mech (70327)
Ultimate Clay (70330)
Ultimate Macy (70331)
Ultimate Aaron (70332)
Ultimate Robin (70333)
Ultimate Beast Master (70334)
Ultimate Lavaria (70335)
If you’ve ever wondered what your LEGO sets are worth, then you’ve probably been on Brickpicker where you can see the values of pretty much every set on the secondary market. Our friends Ed and Jeff Maciorowski has recently released a new book called The Ultimate Guide to Collectible LEGO Sets, Identification and Price Guide by Krause Publications. It contains 250 pages and retails for $26.99.
In recent news, there have been many reports of LEGO sets being a better investment than gold and some people are jumping at the opportunity to make a quick buck or two. Many times, I’ve seen two distinct groups of LEGO fans, people who build and people who use LEGO as a business.
We’ve probably all seen what retired LEGO sets are worth on eBay or BrickLink if we’ve gotten into LEGO late. We know that prices for sets on the secondary markets gradually rise as time goes on. Since there is still pretty good demand for retired sets, this is where LEGO investors come in or as many people call them, resellers.
The Ultimate Guide to Collectible LEGO Sets can be seen as a good resource for newer investors to get started in the hobby because we’ve probably wondered what a certain set is worth at one point in time. I know that I have although I’ve never sold anything before. It tells you how to pick the right sets for investing and what sets to avoid. If you’re looking to buy retired sets for your own collection, this book can be useful to you to get a sense of a fair market value which you can use to get a good deal on them.
When you think of price guides, you think it’s just a book filled with charts and numbers. That isn’t any different with this book but it’s condensed in the latter part of the book and takes up only 49 of the 250 pages. The other 200 pages are filled some of the best performing sets, separated into different themes and are fully color illustrated. There the sets are examined in a deeper level to give you an understanding of why they were chosen as a great investment choice.
As mentioned before, the last part of the book contains the price guide which shows you details of new and used prices and the growth rate of a lot of sets which are neatly divided into their respective themes. The information given uses real-time data from eBay and BrickLink which they also use on BrickPicker so it the info in the book will go out of date rather quickly. That is one of the downsides of a printed price guide is that they do go out of date and the info may not be as accurate.
Since I was an sports card trader/investor before I got into LEGO, I kinda knew what price guides were about since they were just filled with numbers but this book is different. It’s written by brothers who enjoy both building and investing in LEGO. I remember when they first started Brickpicker and reached out to me to help promote it. Since then, they’ve blown up with interviews with major media outlets, started their own eBay “competitor” with Brick Classifieds, and now with The Ultimate Guide to Collectible LEGO Sets.
The amount of insight given for the sets makes it a very good resource for both beginners and experts alike. I do like that it is just not numbers but also in-depth explainations of why the sets are great for investing. One thing I would’ve like to see in the book was the retirement dates for the sets so we can get a feel for how far the prices for the sets have grown since they have been off the market.
Overall, The Ultimate Guide to Collectible LEGO Sets, Identification and Price Guide may not be for everyone but for those who are interested in getting into the practice of investing in LEGO, the book might be worth taking a look into. The book is now available on is now available on Amazon at a slight discount.
Thanks again to Jeff for sending in a review copy.
The Apollo 11 Saturn-V project by saabfan and whatsuptoday is the latest project to achieve 10,000 supporters on LEGO Ideas. The project was created to celebrate the 45th anniversary for the NASA Apollo 11 moon landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin back in 1969.
The Saturn-V now joins Jurassic Park Explorer, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Nautilus, the Toyota Landcruiser 40 Series, the Beatles Yellow Submarine, and the HMS Beagle as the projects that qualify for the Third 2015 Review Stage.
The 2015 LEGO Minifigure Gift Box Set (5004077) is now available for purchase online at Target. The minifigures that are included in the set are DC Comics Super Heroes Lightning Lad, Ninjago Kai, Legends of Chima Sir Fangar, and a City Scuba Diver. You can see the other two minifigures in my previous post from last year.
The set goes for $9.99 but you can get it for free when you purchase $50 of City, Ninjago, and Super Heroes sets. You can also get free shipping on all orders. It doesn’t look like there’s a limit on the Minifigure Box Sets (5004077) you can get. Also it says LEGO items are excluded, you can use the promo code TOYS at checkout to save $2 on it.
If you’re searching for it online, the item number is 49153007. The store DPCI number is 204-00-1716.
Thanks to Stephen for messaging this in.
Update: It looks like Target figured out their mistake and the TOYS promo code does not work at checkout anymore. Also, they are starting to ship the sets already as I have gotten a FedEx tracking number for my shipment.