If you didn’t there wasn’t enough variants of Batman to collect for The LEGO Batman Movie, there’s a new Easter Bunny Batman to get. The only downside of it is that it is not a standard size minifigure but a larger LED Lite which is now available on Amazon. There’s no word on whether this variant will become an actual minifigure but I doubt it.
The LEGO Architecture theme will be continuing this year and it looks like we have our first look at the Guggenheim Museum (21035) from the LEGO Italian Catalog. This updated version is larger and more detailed than the 2009 version. I believe this the second LEGO Architecture set to be redesigned from one that has been released before with the first being the Burj Khalifa (21008).
The new Guggenheim Museum (21305) joins Sydney (21302), Chicago (21033), and London (21035) as lineup for the Winter 2017 LEGO Architecture sets.
A few days ago, I reported on a new The LEGO Batman Movie Accessory Pack polybag. A reader has given some information on how to get this particular polybag. If you checked out the January 2017 LEGO Store Calendar, there is an in-store event that starts from January 2-February 26. From what I’ve been told, they’ll be little foamcore cutouts of Batman hidden throughout the store and if you find them all, you can get one of these polybags.
As you can see from the image above, the Accessory Pack consists of Batman and the Batsignal along with a sticker sheet and a double-sided poster with the heroes on one side and the villains on the other.
It looks like there will be plenty of The LEGO Batman Movie Accessory Packs available since the event goes on for two month however those not close to a LEGO Store will probably have to get it from another source.
Thanks to Purple Dave for the heads up.
Update: I’ve had people say that this promotion won’t start until later in the month while I’ve heard others say they’ve gotten it. I guess it depends if the individual stores have everything set up or not. You may wamt to call and see if they’re ready.
If you’re using LDraw as for your virtual LEGO building, you’ll be glad to hear that there is a new parts update that has been released for the program. This update adds 475 new parts to the catalog while adding 572 new files to the core library. Check out the press release below to see the details of this update.
The 2016-01 LDraw Parts Update has been now been released. This adds 572 new files to the core library, including 475 new parts and 43 new primitives. This update also includes updated versions of the colour configuration files (LDConfig.ldr and LDCfgalt.ldr) thanks to enthusiasm of Sven v. Beuningen and the co-ordination of Willy Tschager and Magnus Forsberg.
Thanks are of course due to all the part authors who created or corrected parts for this release, including several first-time authors. The reviewers also play an important role in keeping files moving through the parts tracker and deserve just as much credit.
You can preview the new parts in 2016-01 here, download the zip-file update or Windows install package here. Alternatively you can use the LDView menu option File | Check for Library Updates… to install the update.
Please accept our apology for this being the only parts update of 2016.
The LDraw Team
This is actually an older LEGO Ideas project that achieved 10,000 supporters but it hit the mark during Thanksgiving and I didn’t see it so here’s a post giving it some recognition. The Volkswagen Golf MK1 GTI project by hasskabal only took six weeks to get 10,000 supporters and it is the third most viewed project, as of this post, only behind Minecraft and Back to the Future – DeLorean Time Machine.
The project proposes 1,278 pieces and it is a replicate of the classic 1970’s Volkswagen Golf MK1 GTI. As you can see from the image below, the size of the car is about the same as other LEGO Creator vehicles that have already been released.
The Volkswagen Golf MK1 GTI now joins Boat Repair Shop, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “The Bus” Hulkbuster UCS, LEGO Store Modular Version, Red Dwarf, Landrover 4×4, Vintage Tram, 1950’s Diner, Ship in a Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan, Rey’s Speeder, and The Iron Giant as the projects that qualify the Third 2016 Review Stage.
2016 went by just like that it was a very eventful year here on The Brick Fan. Like with previous years, I’m going to go take a look back at what happened on the site last year. Because I love looking at stats, there will be some of that.
We ended the year with 9,416,861 page views which remained steady from 2015. There was some growth in terms of unique visits which went up 3% from the previous year while first-time visitors also went up by 3%.
Monthly-wise, we averaged about 780.000 views per month with January being busiest month when we hit 1 million page views for the first time ever. Hopefully we can replicate that this year with the Toy Fairs coming up. Our highest recorded day was January 26 when we had 65,906 views.
Since we’re in the age of technology, one new thing that we’re taking a look at is devices used to view the site. Mobile devices used actually increased by 15% from 2015, while desktop and tablet use decreased by 6% and 10%, respectively. This means that many of you are switching to your mobile devices to check out the site instead of the traditional route. I have a feeling that this trend will be continuing for 2017.
As far as social media is concerned, we’ve been a little more active on various sites. Over on our Facebook Page, we ended the year with 11,153 likes which was a 39% increase from 2015.
On Twitter, we had 6,758 which was a 22% increase and we’re happy with that.
One thing we’ve been way more active on is on Instagram where we ended with 4,571 followers.
Finally on Google +, we’re still steadily growing with 2,205 of you guys.
In terms of all the sites on the internet, Alexa ranks us 107,680 which is down from 2015 so we’re not growing as much as non-LEGO sites but I’m still okay with it. Quantcast ranks the site at 18,679 which is better than 2015 when we were at 21,445. This ranks us better than the San Diego Zoo (18752), Poker Stars (18873), and Massdrop (19109) which is always interesting to see.
We’re always striving to grow and I feel that we’ve grown a lot in the past year. We did have 806 total posts in 2016 which was down again from the previous year but again, they are more quality posts and not just fluff to drive traffic. Engagement grew overall with a total of 3,968 comments just on the site alone. I’ve done a recap on the top posts and reviews so you can check those out if you want.
Now on to the other stuff that’s related to the site but not part of it. We’re still part of the LEGO Ambassador Network and we’re still working with the LEGO AFOL Relations & Programs (ARP) team to bring you reviews of various sets as well as LEGO announcements. Thank you to Kim and everyone involved to make everything running smoothly.
I’ve had a pleasure to meet some great folks in the community last year who I’ve known about but haven’t met before, especially during San Diego Comic Con. We’ve also gotten more credibility as far as a LEGO fan media site where we’ve gotten to interview developers and such like for LEGO Dimensions which is pretty cool.
I’ve said this and I’ll say it again, this all wouldn’t be happening if it wasn’t for the readers. You guys are the real Brick Fan. I’ll continue to put out news and reviews as I have done but I’m also looking to expand a little more on the site. What kind of posts do you guys want to see more of in 2017? MOCs, sales? Let me know in the comments and I’ll see what options there are.
Thank you everyone for a great 2016 and I look forward to seeing what 2017 has to bring.
The LEGO Creator Assembly Square (10255) is now available for purchase on [email protected]. The set commemorates 10 years of the Modular Building line and it has past references from the previous eleven modular sets that are added to the Assembly Square. The set consists of 4,002 pieces and retails for $279.99.
10255 Assembly Square
Ages 16+. 4,002 pieces.
US $279.99 – CA $329.99 – DE 239.99€ – UK £169.99 – DK 2099.00 DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.
Celebrate ten years of Modular Building with the Assembly Square!
Take a trip to the amazing Assembly Square, developed to celebrate ten years of LEGO® Modular Buildings, featuring a wealth of unsurpassed, intricate details and hidden surprises. Easy-to-remove building sections provide access to the highly detailed interior, comprising a ground level with a bakery, florist’s shop and café, a middle level with a music store, photo studio and dental office, and an upper-level dance studio and apartment with access to a rooftop terrace with barbecue. The exterior of the building features a detailed sidewalk with outdoor café furniture, fountain, streetlamps and a highly elaborate facade with beautifully detailed windows and doors, three buildable shop signs, spired tower and a decorative roofline. Collect and build an entire town with the LEGO Creator Expert Modular Building series 10243 Parisian Restaurant, 10246 Detective’s Office and 10251 Brick Bank. Includes eight minifigures and a baby figure.
• Includes eight minifigures: a dentist, barista, baker, florist, music store assistant, dancer, photographer and a LEGO® fan, plus a baby figure.
• The three-level Assembly Square features an authentic, elaborate facade with detailed windows and doors, three buildable shop signs, spired tower, decorative roofline and a rooftop terrace, plus a detailed tiled sidewalk with a fountain, outdoor café furniture and two streetlamps. The highly detailed interior includes a bakery, florist’s shop, café, music store, photo studio, dental office, apartment and a dance studio.
• Ground level features a bakery with counter, cash register, shelves, opening oven, wedding cake and assorted buildable pastries and treats; a florist’s shop with counter, cash register, garden tools, flower arrangements, bouquets and a blue and yellow macaw parrot element; and a café with espresso machine, counter, bench seating and pie elements.
• Middle level features a music store with a buildable drum set, two guitars and saxophone element; photo studio with buildable classic camera and adjustable tripod; and a dental office with buildable reclining chair, waiting area, telephone and a sink.
• Upper level features a dance studio with buildable piano and reflective mirror element; an apartment with buildable foldout sofa bed, detailed kitchen, toilet, micro LEGO® train, modular buildings and Eiffel Tower, and access to a rooftop terrace with buildable barbecue, table and a neglected plant.
• Accessory elements include a ballerina skirt, Chihuahua, pretzel, ornamental chicken and candy. Also includes a buildable telephone, grill, baby carriage and buildable lamps.
• Remove the building sections to access the detailed interior.
• Adjust the camera tripod and take photos all around the square.
• Recline the dentist chair and reveal those pearly whites!
• Open the oven door to remove your freshly-baked pastries.
• Fold out the sofa bed and relax while you admire your modular buildings collection!
• Celebrate Modular Buildings with this awesome 10th anniversary LEGO® Creator Expert set!
• This set offers an age-appropriate build and play experience for ages 16+.
• New decorated elements include a dentist torso, dentist window and 2×3 tile with the 10182 Café Corner box front.
• Includes lots of curved and corner angle tiles, garage doors used as box windows and LEGO® Technic excavator scoops used as roofing elements.
• Collect and build an entire town with the LEGO® Creator Expert Modular Building series 10243 Parisian Restaurant, 10246 Detective’s Office and 10251 Brick Bank.
• Measures over 13” (35cm) high, 14” (38cm) wide and 9” (25cm) deep.