Yesterday was the March 2015 Monthly Mini Build event at LEGO Stores and the build was a Robot (40128). It seems that LEGO has been going for a space theme connection recently with the Monthly Builds this year so far with the Alien (40126) in January, the Space Shuttle (40127) last month, the Robot from yesterday, and an UFO (40129) for April. The event itself was pretty packed, more so than the previous couple of months. It seemed like many kids were building the set inside the store as well.
The 50 piece Robot has a cool look to it with some interesting pieces to go along with it. It has a head that swivels a full 360 degrees. The arms are articulated on the newer ball joint pieces. The torso area on the front has a printed 1×4 tile with gauges and dials while the back has a windup key.
As I mentioned before, the April 2015 Monthly Mini Build will be an UFO (40129) to continue the trend of space-themed builds.
Back in October of last year, we exclusively reported that the LEGO The Simpsons line would be releasing another set this year with the Kwik-E-Mart (71016). Many people were skeptical about the set but we were pretty confident in our source of the news.
Today, there is definite confirmation in the set because there is a leaked image of the box coming from an Instagram post. As you can see, some of the minifigures included in the set are at least Apu, Marge, Chief Wiggum, and Snake who we saw before with the head mold image. In addition to the Kwik-E-Mart building itself, the set also includes Chief Wiggum’s police car. Also note that the E on the store sign is brick built while the other words are stickers.
According to the April 2015 LEGO Store Calendar, there is an exclusive set being released for LEGO VIP members from April 15-30 and I believe that it will be indeed the LEGO The Simpsons Kwik-E-Mart (71016) and will be released to the general public on May 1st. The official images of the set will be out in a few weeks.
So what are your guys’ thoughts on the set now that you seen a little teaser image of it?
Remember the clock tower scene from Back to the Future where Doc Brown was sending Marty back to the future by using the lightning? The animation team at Macro LEGO Universe has recreated that particular scene at the Brick 2014 LEGO fan convention a few months ago and has released the video a few days ago. The team used the now retired LEGO CUUSOO The DeLorean Time Machine (21103) as well as part of the town of Hill Valley that they’ve built including the courthouse and the movie cinema to capture the scene. You can check out some of the behind the scenes shots over on their website.
LEGO has recently released the latest LEGO Seasonal set of the year with the Painting Easter Eggs (40121) set. For 2015, LEGO has changed their format of the sets to a vignette-type set which started with the Valentine’s Day Dinner (40120). For the Easter set, it has 153 pieces and retails for $9.99. The box contains three unnumbered bags and an instructions booklet.
There are two minifigures in this set, a male and female. The male appears to be a the child with his short blue legs. He also wears the white Classic Space floating spaceguy design with green arms. He has a double-sided head with an evil look on one side and a frightened look as his expression.
The female wears a blue blouse with blue legs. She has a smirking expression on one side and an unsure look on the other. Her accessories includes a paintbrush and a color palette.
The main draw of the set is the 8×8 vignette itself with shows a scene of the minifigures preparing for Easter celebration in the kitchen. The floor has a checkerboard black and white design over some grey plates. In the middle of the room is a table where the female is painting some white eggs which are made from some light bulb pieces. The male minifigure has the frightened expression because he accidentally dropped an egg and made a mess on the floor.
On the back wall, you have part of the kitchen complete with a stove with an oven, a sink, and a countertop with cabinets. Inside the oven are some cookies baking. Some other builds for the kitchen include a coffeemaker, a pot boiling an egg, and some flowers. Rounding out the kitchen area is a window and a wall clock above it with some jars on a hanging shelf.
On the outside wall, there’s some details including some dark tan and dark red masonry bricks.
Lastly, there’s also a small garden which is just a green 1/4 circle piece with a chicken and an egg.
Just like the Valentine’s set from last month, the Painting Easter Eggs (40121) looks to be another hit with LEGO fans. I would’ve had the set reviewed a little earlier but it was quickly sold out at my LEGO Store before I knew it was released and I had to wait for more to be restocked.
The set itself has a fairly playful setting. You have the older female minifigure preparing for Easter while the younger male minifigure is messing around and eventually breaking one of the eggs.
If you want to pick up this set on Shop@Home, I would not hesitate as these little vignettes do tend to sell out pretty quickly and it may be a little harder to find them later.
From now until March 20 or while supplies last, every purchase you make from the LEGO Store or on Shop@Home will net you a LEGO BIONICLE Hero Pack (5002941). When you shop online, it will automatically be added to your shopping cart. The polybag consists of only 9 pieces but most of the contents are paper stuff which we’ll get into shortly.
On the Hero Pack polybag packaging, it shows pretty much what you’ll be getting which includes a booklet, a poster, a sticker sheet, and a package of pieces for the build. Note that the mask on the top right corner is not the usual Mask of Creation that we’ve seen in the current sets.
The booklet includes a short comic of Tahu getting his mask and fighting the Skull Spiders. There are also instuctions on how to build the Skull Spider. Finally you get images of the some of the BIONICLE sets in the current wave.
On one side of the poster, you get images of the different Toa masks as well as their gold versions. On the other side, you have a map of the island of Okoto. There are designations of what appears to be the locations of the golden masks.
The sticker sheet is the holographic kind and each of the stickers is of the Toa’s gold masks and the LEGO BIONICLE logo. It’s the same type of material that’s been used before in other stickers so it’s nothing too special about it.
As mentioned before, you also get a bag of pieces to build the Skull Spider. This version of the Skull Spider is the dark which has appeared in the Lewa – Master of Jungle (70784) and the Protector of Jungle (70778) sets. It has also appeared in the Pohatu – Master of Stone (70785) and Protector of Stone (70779) sets but those versions had the scorpion tail attached so they’re not exactly the same ones as the polybag one.
Finally we have the trans-orange Mask of Fire which is exclusive to this little set. From what I’ve read, the mask does fit on Tahu so it’s another variation of him that you can have. Other than that, there’s nothing much else to it.
Overall, the LEGO BIONICLE Hero Pack (5002941) will be a hit with any BIONICLE fan. It’s actually more of a promotional product to get more people interested in BIONICLE. You do get some interesting stuff in the polybag including the exclusive Mask of Fire piece. Again, it is free with any purchase at the LEGO Store or on Shop@Home while supplies last.
The final DLC Pack for LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham has been released today, The Squad Pack. There are a number of characters you can play as including Captain Boomerang, Amanda Waller, Deathstroke, King Shark, El Diablo, Katana, Deadshot, and Harley Quinn. The Squad Pack DLC will be available for you to download if you already have the Season Pass. If you don’t have the Season Pass, you can purchase it seperately for $2.99. Check out The Squad Pack trailer below. What’s interesting about the trailer is that it did mention The Squad as Task Force X. I’m not sure why WB/TT Games didn’t go with that name.
In The Squad add-on content pack, a mysterious figure has infiltrated Belle Reve Penitentiary, and it’s up to players to smash their way through the prison as Deadshot, Deathstroke, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang and other members of The Squad to hunt down this infiltrator before Amanda Waller’s—and The Squad’s—secrets are uncovered.
During last week’s LEGO press conference for the 2014 Annual Results, fellow reader Michael Bradford, who has provided the Collectible Minifigures Compendiums, was lucky enough to attend the event. At the same time, he also took a tour of the LEGO factory in Billund, Denmark and has given an exclusive look on how our favorite bricks were made. Usually filming on the factory floor isn’t allowed but Michael had access to and has given us a look on how LEGO creates the bricks. You can also read more about Michael’s trip in his post.
As someone who has worked in a plastics factory before, it does give a nostalgic feeling of seeing all the molds and raw ABS materials. If you haven’t seen the National Geographic’s Mega Factories about LEGO, you can check that out too.