It was announced today on Licensing.biz that the UK’s new flagship LEGO Brand Store in Leicester Square will open on November 17. The store will be the largest LEGO Brand Store in the world covering more than 914 square meters over two floors. You’ll have the usual things from other LEGO stores such as building areas and a Pick-a-Brick Wall. One of the sights to see there will be a large version of the Big Ben made from more than 200,000 LEGO bricks and will have an illuminated working clock face.
The thing that fans have been wondering is if there will be any exclusives for the Leicester opening. You won’t have to worry as there will be an exclusive minifigure which will be the store mascot, Lester the tea-drinking minifigure. There’s no word on how to get it but there’s a report saying that it might be available for purchase but it could just mean that it’ll be available with purchases of a certain amount.
Of course, none of this affects individuals who aren’t near the UK but if you’re heading there in November, you may want to swing by the opening. Now to get my hands on that LEGO Lester minifigure somehow…
Our friends over at Bricks on the Dollar is doing another giveaway this month for a retro LEGO set. September’s giveaway will be a sealed LEGO Castle Dragon Knights Dragon Defender (6043) from 1993. All you have to do is to enter via this link: http://eepurl.com/b_j0eX. The contest will run until the end of the month and the winner will be announced probably over on their Facebook Page or their YouTube channel.
I usually don’t report on LEGO’s numbers but here’s something that’s a little interesting. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that LEGO’s net profit for the first half of 2016 has dropped by 2% as compared to 2015. If you’re talking currency, that’s DKr3.49bn ($525 million) which is a slight drop from DKr3.55bn in the same time from last year. While sales dropped here in the US, they increased by more than 10% over in Europe as well as in Asia.
LEGO’s Chief Financial Officer John Goodwin stated, “In the U.S., we acknowledge that we have not provided the initiatives and support needed to keep the same high level of growth.”
LEGO also stated that a rapid increase in the number of employees, by adding 3,500 new workers in 2016, along with investing in a factory in China has impacted profit growth.
It’s not that surprising that sales have slipped here in the US as there have been some things have happened like with the Porsche 911 GT3 RS being out of stock for a while and the first LEGO Star Wars UCS set of 2016 being fairly lackluster. Even then, I don’t see it being a big deal. With the holiday season just around the corner, LEGO looks to end the year on a high note and continue being the top toy company.
It’s been busy the past few days and I almost forgot about the August 2016 Monthly Recap but here it is. There was a lot of news in August so this post will be a little longer than usual in case you missed some of the more important LEGO news for the month.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2017 Set Rumors – There are new rumors about some of the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2017 sets including a set with Agent Coulson and his car Lola.
LEGO Creator Winter Holiday Train (10254) Officially Announced – LEGO announced the newest Winter Village themed set for 2016 with the LEGO Creator Winter Holiday Train (10254).
The LEGO Ninjago Movie Voice Actors Officially Announced – LEGO announced the star-filled cast of voice actors for the upcoming The LEGO Ninjago Movie.
LEGO Winter 2017 Rumored Set List – Various sources on Eurobricks has given a list of rumored Winter 2017 sets.
The LEGO Batman Movie 2017 Set Rumors – There are lots of rumors about sets that will be coming out for The LEGO Batman Movie next year.
LEGO Dimensions Playstation 4 Exclusive Supergirl Minifigure Announced at Gamescom 2016 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced that the Supergirl minifigure will be included for Playstation 4 Starter Packs.
LEGO Harry Potter Collection Coming to Playstation 4? – There’s a report that a LEGO Harry Potter Collection will be coming to Playstation 4.
LEGO Ideas Caterham Seven 620R (21307) First Look – We got a first look at the new LEGO Ideas Caterham Seven 620R (21307) coming out in October.
Rest of Toys R Us Bricktober 2016 LEGO Minifigure Collections Revealed – Toys R Us will be bringing back the LEGO Minifigure Collections for Bricktober 2016.
LEGO October 2016 Store Calendar Promotions & Events – The LEGO October 2016 Store Calendar is now available with some cool promotions including the exclusive Holiday Countdown Calendar (40222) and Double VIP Points.
LEGO Mixels Ending After 2016? – It is reported that LEGO Mixels might been ending at the ending of the year.
LEGO Star Wars UCS Death Star (75159) Officially Announced – LEGO officially announced the “new” LEGO Star Wars UCS Death Star (75159).
Two LEGO Disney Princess TRU Building Events in September – There will be two LEGO Disney Princess building events happening at Toys R Us in September.
If you’re in Columbus, Ohio or any nearby cities and have nothing to do this weekend, BrickUniverse 2016 will be held Greater Columbus Convention Center this weekend. The organizers have sent us a press release regarding the event and it lists some of the things you can do as part of the public.
The BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Convention is coming to the Greater Columbus Convention Center this weekend, August 20-21, 2016. The event is building on LEGO’s amazing popularity and ingenuity with awesome attractions all centered around everybody’s favorite plastic building blocks.
Attractions at the LEGO Convention include:
– Brickmania: Massive historical LEGO models including 27 foot LEGO model of the USS Missouri, 24 foot LEGO diorama of WWII Battle of Peleliu, 6 foot LEGO model of Brandenburg Gate, and more
– Fan Zone: Incredible fan displays built by OhioLUG, GFLUG, and other Fan Builders from Ohio and beyond
– The Brick Show Superstore: Meet the cast from The Brick Show and purchase any new LEGO set you can think of at their store at the show
– Building Zones: Themed building zones
– The Challenge Zone: Fun LEGO challenges througout the day
– Jonathan Lopes: Select LEGO gallery of professional LEGO artist
– Rocco Buttliere: Over 30 scaled world landmarks built from LEGO bricks
– BRICK Theater: learn from LEGO experts, artists, master builders, and authors in teaching talks throughout the day
Tickets are available for either Saturday, August 20 or Sunday, August 21. Early booking is advised at www.brickuniverse.org/columbus.
A few people have emailed me about this so I’m doing what I can to spread the word about it. Some of you may or may not know about Wes Jenkins but he was the Creative Director, Writer, and Designer for LEGO Island back in 1997, a game that was pretty popular and well-received and spawned more LEGO video games such as LEGO Star Wars and two more LEGO Island sequels.
To cut it short, Wes has been hit with illness and financial hardship and needs help as he and his wife are facing eviction and needs some temporary housing. They are currently residing in Texas but if you’ve been to Texas, you know that the weather can be extremely harsh, especially duing the summer. You can read more about Wes’ story over on Rock Raiders United but there is a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for Wes and his wife. Please help spread the word and any support is definitely appreciated.
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It’s about that time of the year when we start hearing about next year’s LEGO sets and it looks like CM4Sci and others over on Eurobricks has a list of rumored Winter 2017 sets from a number of LEGO themes. There’s also talks of some of the movies sets next year including The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie.
A lot of the sets listed do not have set names and if they do, they’re not 100% accurate as they are probably translated. The pricing listed are in Euros. As usual, keep in mind that these are purely rumors until they are confirmed by a approved source such as LEGO’s servers, Amazon, or an online toy shop.
Guggenheim Museum (21035)
Gangster Squad (60135) – 5.99
Police Chase (60138) – 29.99
Sports Plane (60144) – 9.99
Money Truck – 14.99
Beach Buggy – 9.99
Monster Truck – 9.99
Fishing Boat (60147) – 19.99
Truck with Catamaran – 19.99
Truck with Quads – 19.99
Pizza Van – 19.99
Dragster Transport – 29.99
Street Sweeper and Truck – 29.99
Mobile Police Truck – 39.99
Police Starter Set – 9.99
Police Station – 99.99
Bank Robbery – 59.99
Service Truck Heist – 19.99
DC Comics Super Heroes
DC Super Hero Girls
41230 – 14.99
41231 – 14.99
41232 – 19.99
41233 – 24.99
41234 – 29.99
41235 High School – 79.99
Berry’s Kitchen (41143) – 6.99
Petite’s Riding Set (41144) – 9.99
Anna’s Freezing Adventures (41147) – 19.99
Elsa’s Winter Palace (41148) – 69.99
Moana Disney Princess Set (41149) – 29.99
Moana Disney Princess Set (41120) – 39.99
Reported the antagonists for 2017 are leprechauns.
Elves Set (41181)
Elves Set (41182)
Elves Set (41183)
Elves Set (41184)
Elves Set (41185)
Friends Set (41300)
Friends Set (41301)
Friends Set (41302)
Friends Set (41303)
Friends Set (41304)
Emma’s Photo Studio (41305)
Mia’s Beach Bike (41306)
Friends Set (41307)
Stephanie’s Bakery (41308)
Andrea’s Show (41309)
Heartlake Present Service (41310)
Heartlake Pizzeria (41311)
Heartlake Gym (41312)
Heartlake Swimming Bath (41313)
Stephanie’s House (41314)
Marvel Super Heroes
Mighty Micros: Spider-Man vs. Scorpion (76071)
Mighty Micros: Iron-Man vs. Thanos (76072)
Mighty Micros: Wolverine vs. Magnet (76073)
Captain America Jet (76076) – Ms. Marvel (Khamala Khan), Captain America (Sam Wilson), and unknown villain.
Lola Set (76077) – with Agent Coulson, Ironman, Detroit Steel
Hulk vs. Red Hulk (76078)
Three Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Sets
Mushroom Island (21129)
Nether Train (21130)
Ice Towers (21131)
Jungle Temple (21132)
Witch House (21133)
Secret Waterfall Escape (21134)
Action Macy (70363)
Action Aaron (70364)
Action Axl (70365)
Action Lance (70366)
Bike from the Kings soldiers (70347) – 9.99
Lance’s Cruiser (70348) – 19.99
Ruina’s Vehicle (70349) – 19.99
Clay’s Blaster Jet (70351) – 49.99
Jestro’s Monstrous Monster Vehicle (70352) – 99.99
Vermillion Trap (70621) – 9.99
Desert Dragster (70622) – 19.99
Shadow of the Destiny’s Bounty (70623) – 29.99
Vermillion Villain (70624) – 29.99
Turbomobile of the Samurai (70625) – 39.99
Disastrous Dusk (70626) – 59.99
Dragon Wrought (70627) – 79.99
Buildable Figure (75123)
Buildable Figure (75124)
Buildable Figure (75125)
U-wing Fighter Microfighter (75160)
TIE Striker Microfighter (75161)
Y-wing Fighter Microfighter (75162)
Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle Microfighter (75163)
Rogue One – Rebel Battle Pack (75164)
Rogue One – Imperial Battle Pack (75165)
Yoda’s Jedi Starfighter (75168)
Rogue One (75172) – 69.99
Duel of the Fates (75173) – 29.99
Desert Skiff (75174) – 39.99
ROTJ Lando Set (75179)
To celebrate LEGO TECHNIC’s 40th anniversary, each set with come with a special commemorative brick.
Helicopter (42057) – 14.99
Stunt Bike (42058) – 19.99
Stunt Truck (42059) – 19.99
Street Working Cars (42060) – 19.99
Container Transport (42061) – 49.99
Searching Ship (42064) – 89.99
RC Tracked Racer (42065) – 79.99
Air Race Jet with Power Functions – 119.99
BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Bike – 49.99
The LEGO Batman Movie
15 reported sets for the movie, 10 in the first half of 2017 and 5 for the second half.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie
Ninjago Movie 1 GA (70606)
Ninjago Movie 2 (70607)
Ninjago Movie 3 SA (70608)
Ninjago Movie 4 MP (70609)
Ninjago Movie 5 JS (70610)
Ninjago Movie 6 SC (70611)
Ninjago Movie 7 LD (70612)
Ninjago Movie 8 NW (70613)
Ninjago Movie 9 JJ (70614)
Ninjago Movie 10 KM (70615)
Ninjago Movie 11 ZT (70616)
Ninjago Movie 12 BS (70617)
Ninjago Movie 14 NC (70620)