As I mentioned yesterday on the September 2016 LEGO Store Calendar, San Diego will be getting a new LEGO Brand Store at the Westfield UTC. There are now details about the grand opening of the store in La Jolla. As usual with store openings, there will be free gifts when making purchases over a certain threshold. The main gift is the LEGO Brand Retail Store (40145) on Saturday, 9/17 and the exclusive LEGO Minifigure Set on Sunday, 9/18.
Celebrate the Grand Opening of the LEGO Store at Westfield UTC San Diego!
September 16 – 18
11am – 6pm
4545 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego
Help a real LEGO Master Builder construct a HUGE model of Lloyd from LEGO Ninjago–made entirely out of LEGO bricks! You’ll receive a certificate of acheivement for helping us build!
PLUS, be one of the first 400 customers each day to make a qualifying purchase at the LEGO Store
and you will receive one of these exclusive gifts:
Friday, September 16: FREE LEGO Backpack with a purchase of $50 or more
Saturday, September 17: FREE Limited-Edition LEGO Store Set with a purchase of $99 or more
Sunday, September 18: FREE Exclusive LEGO Minifigure Set with a purchase of $50 or more
Offers valid while supplies last only at the LEGO Store at Westfield UTC San Diego. Limit one per customer. See a Brick Specialist for details.
The September 2016 LEGO Store Calendar is now available on LEGO’s servers and we can see the promotions and events that will be happening during the month.
September 1: The LEGO Disney Castle (71040) will be available to the general public.
September 1-30: Double VIP points on General Magmar’s Siege Machine of Doom (70321) and Clay’s Rumble Blade (70315).
September 1 – October 31: LEGO Nexo Knights Shield Search and Find.
September 5-18: Free Ultimate Lavaria with purchases of $50 or more, while supplies last.
September 6-7: VIP Monthly Mini Build will be a School Bus (40216).
September 16-18: LEGO Brand Store Grand Opening at Westfield UTC – San Diego.
Yesterday, LEGO launched a new minisite called Remake which is pretty much a site to provide building instructions to create alternative models using official LEGO sets. The are seven different fan designers who will be helping out with the site including Attila Baranyai, Bertrand Lequy, Jason Allemann, Nicola Lugato, Peter Szabo, Tomas Vit, and Youngil Kim.
The alternate builds are separated in full and partial remakes. The full remakes use a majority of the parts from the official sets while the partial remakes only use some of them. Each build gives you a small description of what it is as well as the parts list and the instructions which you can download as a PDF file. Currently, Remake only has builds from some LEGO City sets.
You may wonder why LEGO released Remake since there is already Rebrickable which does almost the same thing. Natham Thom from Rebrickable released a blog post today explaining that he actually had a hand in helping create the new website although it was released not fully complete. LEGO has released a statement regarding why the site isn’t complete.
As you might have heard and seen, we launched a new site on LEGO.com called LEGO® Remake. The intention with this site is to provide older children with creative inspiration to what alternative builds they can make with existing LEGO® sets.
In order to provide the inspiration, we reached out to 7 amazing fan designers through Nathan Thom, the owner of Rebrickable. The Rebrickable website inspired the LEGO Remake project and over the past 6+ months we have been working closely with the adult fan designers to find a way to make alternative builds to existing LEGO products. Together with the fan designers, it is our aim to inspire children all over the world to keep building. The site is meant to be a real life test, to determine the appeal to children.
The fan designers have made some really creative builds within some tough constraints and we are really proud of what they have achieved. All instructions and images are created by the fan designers based on a number of guidelines for e.g. building instruction design and model design. For now, the site is a pilot and not many builds are up yet, but we have more in the pipeline, pending internal tests.
LEGO has been making changes to [email protected] and today they unveiled a new update to the site for Switzerland. These updates will be coming to other countries in the future but you can play around with the Swiss version in the meantime. LEGO has also provided us with a survey to provide feedback about the new updates.
So far to me, the new [email protected] update is a little smoother and loads a little faster since it uses Bootstrap for the coding. One thing I really don’t like about it are the huge banners since they take up a lot of real estate and many people do not like scrolling down. Plus the products page doesn’t show as many products so you have to scroll down more to see them all. I feel that many of you may not like the change since the current site is more than adequate for their needs.
Earlier today, LEGO has announced they will be releasing some new LEGO Minecraft Skin Packs which will be releasing in September. These Skin Packs are basically new exclusive minifigures to be used with your Minecraft sets. They have the set numbers 853609 and 853610 and each minifigure has a unique look to them, especially the ones that look very similar to Boba Fett and Han Solo.
As far as pricing goes, there’s no word on that at this time. Based off the set numbers, these LEGO Minecraft Skin Packs will most likely be exclusive to LEGO Brand Stores and on [email protected]
This year’s exclusive sets at San Diego Comic Con are the new LEGO BrickHeadz which are also coming in 2017. These sets went for $40 each at the con and the only way to be able to get one was to enter a raffle early in the morning to win a voucher to purchase the set later on in the day. The only BrickHeadz set that I was able to obtain is Iron Man & Captain America (41492) which contains 184 pieces.
If you were at San Diego Comic Con 2016 and was at the LEGO booth, you may have seen some creepy looking thing hanging out at the booth and around the con. It turns out it was a real-life minifigure cosplay by Adam Savage’s team at Tested which they call creepyfig.
The minifigure is made of silicone with and includes some things like ears, eyebrow hair, and nails on the hand to make the creepyfig look more realistic. Check out the video below to be creeped out.