Tomorrow night, the NASA Juno spacecraft will finally be entering Jupiter’s orbit after a five year journey. Onboard the Juno are some LEGO minifigures that were created as part of a partnership between NASA and The LEGO Group to inspire children to pursue science and engineering.
The minifigures are made out of a special space-grade aluminum and they represent some important mythological and science figures which includes the Roman god Jupiter, his wife Juno, and Galileo Galilei. Jupiter is holding a lightning bolt as he is the god of the sky and thunder. Juno holds a magnifying glass to signify her search for the truth. Galileo holds a miniature planet of Jupiter as well as a telescope.
The LEGO minifigures will not be returning to Earth as they will be intentionally dropped into Jupiter’s atmosphere after the Juno probe orbits the planet for a year.
June is pretty much over and it was a pretty busy month for LEGO news. Here are some of the top LEGO news posts from the month.
LEGO Creator London Bus (40220) Polybag Revealed – A new LEGO Creator Mini London Bus (4022) set showed up on LEGO’s servers and it was revealed on the August 2016 Store Calendar that will be available with purchases of $75 or more.
LEGO DFB – The Mannschaft Minifigure Series (71014) Completely Sold Out – After only a month on the European market, The LEGO DFB – The Mannschaft Minifigure Series (71014) has been sold out at LEGO Stores and on [email protected] Europe and there are no plans to produce any more.
Some LEGO Dimensions Series 2 Expansion Packs Revealed – Ahead of the Series 2 LEGO Dimensions announcement, Amazon revealed some of the expansion packs that will be included.
LEGO Dimensions Year 2 Content Officially Announced – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment officially announced their lineup for Series 2 of LEGO Dimensions which includes new IPs such as Sonic The Hedgehog, Adventure Time, The A-Team, Mission Impossible, E.T., The Goonies, Knight Rider, The Powerpuff Girls, Gremlins, Beetlejuice, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the new Ghostbusters team.
LEGO Ideas Third 2015 Review Winners Announced – The Third 2015 Results for LEGO Ideas were announced and the Beatles Yellow Submarine and the Apollo 11 Saturn V will become official LEGO Ideas sets in the near future.
LEGO Creator Volkswagen Beetle (10252) Officially Announced – LEGO announced the next direct-to-consumer set with the LEGO Creator Volkswagen Beetle (10252) which will be available for VIPs on July 14 and the general public on August 1.
The LEGO Movie 2 Release Date Pushed Back to 2019 – In not so awesome news, it has been reported that The LEGO Movie 2 has been pushed back to February 2, 2019.
LEGO Ideas Guidelines and TOS Updates – LEGO Ideas has updated their guidelines and TOS which hopefully will produce more projects that are based on existing IPs or be too large to make.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum (76060) Official Images – The official images of the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum (76060) has been revealed from Amazon Japan. The set will be available in August for $29.99.
Rumored San Diego Comic 2016 Exclusive LEGO Minifigures – It was reported that the exclusive LEGO minifigures for San Diego Comic Con 2016 will be Captain America (Steve Rogers) for Marvel and the Atom for DC.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie Voice Actors Revealed? – There was an image that surfaced online which may have revealed the voice actors for the upcoming The LEGO Ninjago Movie.
LEGO Inside Tour 2016 Exclusive Set Revealed – The last group for the 2016 LEGO Inside Tour was completed last week and it was revealed that the exclusive set that was given away to attendees was the LEGO Truck Show (4000022) which is based on the truck tour that started in 1998.
LEGO Classic Knights (5004419) Official Images – The official images of the July 2016 LEGO Classic Knights (5004419) promotional set became available.
LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes 2017 Mighty Micros Sets Revealed – In preparation for San Diego Comic Con 2016, LEGO has revealed that the LEGO Super Heroes Mighty Micros line will be continuing in 2017 by showing off the DC sets that will be displayed at the convention.
Brickworld Chicago 2016 is over but one of the more spectacular things to see is the traditional “World of Lights” event that takes place. If you’re not familiar with World of Lights, it takes place after the public is gone and the lights are turned off. The only source of light are from the builds that have lights included.
The Brick Show has taken photos and video of some of this year’s builds for BrickWorld Chicago which you can check out below.
Disney has announced there will be four new LEGO animated shorts that will be coming to the Disney Channel based on the upcoming Frozen Northern Lights story starting in November. There will also be a TV special to present the shorts that will be airing around Thanksgiving time. The shorts will feature the original voice cast of the first Frozen movie including Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa), Jonathan Groff (Kristoff), and Josh Gad (Olaf).
It’s not that surprising that LEGO is teaming up with Disney again to produce content for Frozen as they’ve already released a few sets based on the popular movie.
Thanks to Jeff for the email heads-up.
*Via USA Today**
Northern California LEGO® Convention
Bricks by the Bay, August 18-21, 2016
Bricks by the Bay™ recently announced its seventh annual gathering of LEGO enthusiasts in Northern California. Bricks by the Bay is once again coming to the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara. The convention is one of the largest in the Western U.S. and will run from August 18th through August 21st, with a Public Exhibition to be held on the last day of the convention on August 21st.
Under new leadership, Bricks by the Bay is proud to announce its new convention website at www.bricksbythebay.com. The website features a calendar of convention events and activities as well as online registration for convention attendees. Tickets to the Public Exhibition can also be purchased online.
“As registration gets underway and with the unveiling of the redesigned website, we are looking forward to the biggest and best convention ever,” said Bricks by the Bay spokesperson Patty Sherin.
Bricks by the Bay expects attendees from all around the country and the world who will be showcasing all manner of cool and exciting LEGO creations. In honor of its seventh anniversary, Bricks by the Bay’s theme this year is “Seven.” The lucky number “Seven” will no doubt inspire fantastic and awe-inspiring LEGO builds.
Bricks by the Bay is the largest yearly gathering of LEGO artists, enthusiasts, hobbyists, and fans in Northern California. There will also be games, contests, speakers, and workshops for convention attendees. LEGO hobbyist conventions like Bricks by the Bay bring together the LEGO community and fans.
San Diego residents, it looks like we’ll be getting another LEGO Brand Store in the future as there is one listed as coming soon at Westfield UTC in La Jolla. This new store has been rumored for a few months and the other store we have is in Fashion Valley. There’s no details on when the store will be opening but I’ll definitely be there to get the freebies with any other store openings. The UTC location will cover people who live further North while the one in Fashion Valley will still be the preferred one for people in east and south San Diego. I’ll update when there are more details.