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 Shop@Home 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 Shop@Home 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.
Again, feel free to send feedback to LEGO about what you think about the new LEGO Shop@Home update.
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
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 Shop@Home 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.