There are finally box art covers for The LEGO Batman Movie home media from various retailers. The retailers have some of the usual same items like the standard DVD, Blu-Ray combos, and 4K Ultra HD but there are also exclusives. It looks like Walmart has a couple of store exclusive versions including the Blu-Ray Combo which includes a lunchbag. They also have a Walmart version of the DVD as well as a Special Edition available as well.
As I mentioned before, Target also has an exclusive which includes the Batgirl (30612) minifigure polybag in which she is too is exclusive with a new head. The combo pack also includes some postcards as well.
The home media is now available for pre-order and it looks like the release date is June 13. Thanks to Bryan for the heads up.
There is now an official image of the box art for the upcoming LEGO Speed Champions McLaren 720S (75880) coming out of Carscoops. We’ve already seen the product images last month which shows that instead of the drivers we’re used to getting, we’re actually getting a designer and his desk with a drawing board. There’s no word on piece count or pricing but I assume it’ll be at $14.99 like the other single car sets.
LEGO has just released their newest LEGO Architecture set with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (21035). The set has 744 pieces and retails for $79.99 which is roughly about $0.11/piece. This set is a updated version of the on 2009 version. The contents of the box include five unnumbered bags and the instruction booklet.
Here’s something that has popped up on my feed and also readers emailing in about it but I questioned whether I should post about it or not. You may have heard of a few well-known builders in the LEGO community like The Arvo Brothers, Firas Abu-Jaber, Paul Boratko (CrowKillers), and Bangoo H, many of which have been featured on The Brothers Brick and other LEGO sites. Their LEGO builds are an envy of many builders who have tried to replicate themselves or take inspiration from.
The 29th Guangzhou Toy & Hobby Fair kicked off yesterday and there’s a Chinese “new” brick company who has appeared to be making sets based on the designs of some of the builders I’ve named above. In a post on Facebook, there are images of a company called Xingbao (星堡) who is owned by Meizi Model (美致模型), which is the same company that owns LEPIN, at the convention displaying some of the sets based off of the AFOL designs including The Arvo Brother’s Kaneda’s Bike and Alien, Bangoo H’s Laputa: Castle in the Sky music box, Fira’s Volkswagen Beetle, Ford GT, and Rolls Royce Springfield Roadster, and Paul’s Balisong supercar, just to name a few. It also appears that some of the designers have confirmed to have licensed their models out to the company.
This new company is essentially helping AFOLs who want their models become easier to obtain by their followers who do not have time to BrickLink the parts or whatnot. This whole thing brings on a whole bag of worms with licensing to intellectual properties but more importantly, morals. For LEGO purists, they will most likely not purchase these off-brand sets and try to recreate the models using official LEGO parts to their best of their abilities.
There’s also one other side of the story. If you remember from last year, I did a post about LEPIN starting to produce AFOL designed sets. The designer would basically have their models stolen and would get no compensation whatsoever. Basically Xingbao is reaching out to AFOLs and asking them if they want their models produced and paying them compensation which is a step up but at the end of the day, they are still a knockoff brand. Chances are if you’ve been contacted, they’re already planning on making it through LEPIN.
If you didn’t know yet, BrickLink has a service going for a while where you can sell your MOCs which uses actual LEGO parts. Now that LEGO Ideas has somewhat cracked down on restricting active licenses, will this sway AFOLs to Xingbao who want their models available to the public in an easier way?
It looks like the Series 17 LEGO Collectible Minifigures (71018) have started to show up early in some places and we have a first look at the secret Highwayman minifigure that is included with wave. A user named lego_collector_dad has gotten a hold of the Highwayman at LEGOLAND Billund and he shown off the minifigure over on his Instagram page.
He has a black torso with dual molded legs. To complete the look he has a tricorn hat with a bandana, and a cape. The accessories include two Flintlock pistols. I’m not sure of all the secrecy behind it but he appears to be a fairly generic character.
More content for the upcoming The LEGO Ninjago Movie has been slowly releasing and we now have a first look at some of the books that will accompany the movie.
Amazon UK has revealed the covers of some of the DK books that will be released in a few months. We also get a good look at some of the characters and vehicles that will be appearing in The LEGO Ninjago Movie.
Relive the excitement of The LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™ with more than 1,000 full-colour stickers and scenes depicting key events and characters.
Combining fun and informative captions with a range of innovative and engrossing sticker activities, The LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™ Ultimate Sticker Collection is a must-have for all LEGO NINJAGO fans. It showcases the full range of exciting The LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE sets and minifi gures that are being released to tie-in with the first LEGO NINJAGO movie, in cinemas 13th October 2017.
Explore the awesome world of The LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™. In DK’s The LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE Reader (Level 2), find out about the ninja heroes of the movie, while learning to read fluently and with support.
DK’s reading scheme is levelled into stages to help every child progress and become a confident reader. It features engaging and highly illustrated topics with true kid appeal. Narrative spreads are supported with captions and annotations, and a quiz, to encourage children to develop comprehension skills.
It seems like the LEGO Creator Mini Volkswagen Beetle (40252) was a really popular promotion because it has now sold out on [email protected] less than a week after it started. The promotion has been replaced by the LEGO City Police Helicopter (30351) and this promo will run until the end of the month. You can get it for free with purchases of $35 or more and it is the same promo that was ran for the first half of March.
As for the Mini Volkswagen Beetle, there may still be some left at LEGO Brand Stores. You may want to give them a call to see if they have any left before you head out.