I’m a few days late on this due to my work schedule but here is The Brick Fan July 2016 Monthly Recap. There was lots of huge announcements and reveals last month because of events happening in July like San Diego Comic Con.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2017 Mighty Micros Sets Revealed – LEGO announced the next wave of the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Mighty Micros which introduces some new minifigures to the subtheme like Wolverine, Magneto, Iron Man, Thanos, and Scorpion.
LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 & 2 (75828) Review – The new Ghostbusters reboot movie came out in theaters and I did a review on the LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 & 2 (75828) set. The set isn’t as bad as some thought it would be.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2017 Hulk vs. Red Hulk Revealed – Ahead of SDCC 2016, LEGO revealed on of the new LEGO Marvel Super Heroes sets for 2017 which was the Hulk vs. Red Hulk set. The set will consist of 375 pieces and retail for $59.99 and will be available in January.
LEGO Disney Castle (71040) Officially Announced – LEGO officially announced their next D2C set with the LEGO Disney Castle (71040). It has 4,080 pieces and will retail for $349.99. LEGO VIP members will get the first crack at it when it becomes available starting on August 17.
LEGO Ideas Adventure Time Brick-Built Characters (21308) Set Revealed – LEGO revealed the LEGO Ideas Adventure Time Brick-Built Characters (21308). The set will be available in January 2017 and it consists of 495 pieces while retailing for $49.99. It will have some of your favorite Adventure Time characters such as Finn, Jake, Princess Bubblegum, Lady Rainicorn, Marceline, BMO, Gunter, and Ice King.
LEGO Super Heroes BrickHeadz Sets Revealed for SDCC 2016 – LEGO revealed some new exclusive Super Heroes BrickHeadz sets for SDCC 2016 and also announced that they will also be a full line coming in 2017.
LEGO Dimensions E.T. Fun Pack (71258) Revealed – Nostalgia kicked into full gear when the LEGO Dimensions E.T. Fun Pack (71258) was revealed. You’ll soon be able to add the iconic extra-terrestrial to your minifigure collection in November.
Two The LEGO Batman Movie Official Set Images Revealed – During SDCC 2016, LEGO revealed two new sets for The LEGO Batman Movie which will be coming out next year. The first is a new version of the Batmobile (70905) which has 581 pieces while retailing for $59.99. The other set is The Joker’s Notorious Lowrider (70906) that contains 433 pieces and retails for $49.99.
More LEGO Dimensions Expansion Pack Official Images – The official images and press release for the Year 2 Wave 8 LEGO Dimensions sets were released. These packs will be available in November 2016.
The LEGO Batman Movie SDCC 2016 Official Trailer Now Available – Warner Bros. released a new SDCC 2016 trailer for The LEGO Batman Movie which shows new footage of Robin and the Joker.
LEGO Launches New Minisite Called Remake – LEGO launched Remake which is a site providing building instructions to create alternative models using official LEGO sets.
LEGO September 2016 Store Calendar Promotions & Events – The September 2016 LEGO Store Calendar is now available and it shows that we’re getting two exclusive set releases in the middle of the month.
LEGO BIONICLE to be Discontinued at End of 2016 – LEGO announced that they will be ending the BIONICLE theme at the end of 2016 after it returned last year.
LEGO Star Wars, City, Friends 2016 Advent Calendar Official Images – The official images of the LEGO Star Wars, City, and Friends 2016 Advent Calendars were released and but don’t look if you don’t want to be spoiled by the offerings.
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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.
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.
Here’s something that may be of interest to some of the readers. The guys over at a new site called MOC Nation: Designer LEGO Creations has reached out to us to let you know about their launch today. It’s basically a site for LEGO fans to purchase sets designed by other builders while builders themselves are able to create some income from their designs. MOC Nation will source the parts as well as create the instructions for the set and shipping them out. Check out the press release below.
MOC Nation Launches to Bring LEGO® Enthusiasts’ Dreams to Life, Offers Kits to Recreate Limited-Edition Designer MOCs at Home
Casting custom LEGO® creations as works of art, new website brings designs from top independent LEGO® designers to fans around the world
Aliso Viejo, CA — MOC Nation (https://mocnation.com), a website for lovers of LEGO®, design, and maker art, launches today to showcase and sell kits of the best independent designer LEGO creations from around the world. A MOC (“My Own Creation”) is an original work of art built with authentic LEGO bricks and parts. MOC Nation handpicks unique creations from top MOC designers, features them on the website, and offers kits containing all of the elements and instructions needed to recreate the MOCs at home.
The MOC Nation website uses rich photography and a video view to showcase the MOCs. The designs are rated by level of difficulty to build, and “playability,” ranging from display-only to fully playable. Most MOC Nation kits contain between 150 and 900 individual pieces.
“The talent and imagination among MOC artists is incredible, and it inspired us to bring more MOCs to LEGO fans and design lovers everywhere,” said Jason Gutierrez, MOC Nation cofounder. “Our process for selecting the MOCs and developing the kits is pretty fast. There’s so much passion for MOCs in the fan community, it’s exciting to be able to offer exposure and quick access to these truly inventive creations.”
While there are distinct categories of MOCs, such as sculpture, mechs, architecture, and others, across these categories, creativity and a unique vision are the common elements of the designs selected for MOC Nation.
Designer Felix Jaensch is wellknown in the LEGO community as a gifted designer of MOCs. “I got my first LEGO—not Duplo®!— set when I was three years old, and of course I tried different modifications with those few parts on the very first day,” said Jaensch, creator of the Red Fox MOC featured in the MOC Nation launch. “Now, it’s so cool to see how the MOC community has grown and to see other LEGO fans building my MOCs for themselves.”
About MOC Nation
MOC Nation was created by Matt Gutierrez, Jason Gutierrez, and Andrew Capener — three AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO®) with backgrounds in ecommerce, entrepreneurship, and design, and a passion for all things creative. The idea of MOC Nation was born in the summer of 2015. When not building their favorite MOCs, the three founders can be found hunting waves at various beaches in Southern California. MOC Nation is located in Aliso Viejo, CA.
Nicole Brion, MOC Nation