A few days ago, I did a post on the most viewed LEGO posts in 2016 and today I have the most viewed reviews of the year. There were 828 sets released in 2016 and I’ve reviewed 79 different LEGO items from a number of themes although there were a lot more that I wanted to do but didn’t have the time to build.
One of the more recent reviews of the year but still managed to make the top spot was The LEGO Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures (71017). They won’t officially be released until January 1 but you can probably find them in stores now.
The UCS Assault on Hoth (75098) was one of the more controversial sets of 2016 mainly because of the “UCS” tag that it was given. Even so, it was the second most read review of 2016.
My first ever Technic build and review did not disappoint. If you want a set that has everything you could want in a set from design to packaging, then the Porsche 911 GT3 RS is the way to go.
The LEGO Disney Collectible Minifigures were pretty popular this year and it seemed that many people read up on my review of them.
Another more recent review for 2016, The Penguin Arctic Roller is one of my favorite The LEGO Batman Movie sets so far, mainly because of the vehicle build.
One of the largest LEGO Super Heroes D2C sets to be released was the Classic TV Series – Batcave (76052). The minifigure selection is decent and probably my favorite part of the set was the classic Batmobile.
Regardless of whether you like the movie or not, the new LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 & 2 (75828) is a great set. The minifigures are spot-on and the Ecto-1 itself is a great representation of the vehicle. The Ecto-2 wasn’t necessary but a nice addition as well.
The only gift with purchase set on this list is the LEGO Creator Fountain (40221) and it does not disappoint. The fountain itself is looks nice with the minifigure in the middle and it goes great with the LEGO City Fun in the Park – City People Pack (60134).
Just to note, this review came out when the minifigure was available at Toys R Us and not when it was available during LEGO’s promotion so I don’t consider it as a GWP. The minifigure is a re-release of the Chicken Suit Guy which was first released in 2013.
The Creative Building Set (10702) is actually a real surprise on the list as it wasn’t a review by me but from a local reader and his son.
Today has been a pretty busy day news-wise. The Iron Giant by BrettCuv is the latest project to achieve 10,000 supporters on LEGO Ideas. It is based on the highly popular animated film of the same name. The project proposes five of the main characters including Hogarth Hughes, Annie Hughes, Kent Mansley, Dean McCoppin, and of course The Iron Giant who is fully articulated. The entire build consists of a little over 2,000 pieces.
The Iron Giant 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, and Rey’s Speeder as the projects that qualify the Third 2016 Review Stage.
It looks like we have a cool little LEGO Star Wars polybag to find next year. A reader has posted the above image of a new LEGO Star Wars brick-built R2-D2 (30611) polybag on our Facebook Page. There’s no word on the origins of the image or how to obtain this polybag at this time but I can say that it will be a pretty popular one when it is available.
Update: It seems that the initial images was found over at Minifigure Price Guide.
Earlier I did a post about The LEGO Batman Movie Character Posters from the February 2017 LEGO Store Calendar and some keen eyed readers saw that VIPs would get early access to a LEGO theme starting on February 15. Rumor has it that the new theme is actually the LEGO Super Heroes BrickHeadz sets which were first announced during San Diego Comic Con.
I believe the ones coming out for general release are the same characters that we’ve seen before but not sure if they will be coming individually or in two packs, without the SDCC markings, so hopefully LEGO will be announcing something in January or early February.
February is The LEGO Batman Movie month and all month long at LEGO Stores and on [email protected], they will be giving away free posters with any purchase. The posters are four of the character posters for the movie which I’ve reported on before. The characters include:
Harley Quinn – February 1-5
Batman – February 6-12
Batgirl – February 13-19
Robin – February 20-26
Surprisingly, the Joker isn’t one of the posters that will be given away which is strange because he’s one of the main antagonists of The LEGO Batman Movie.
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LEGO Stores have already started passing out the February 2017 Store Calendar and we can now confirm that The LEGO Batman Movie Disco Batman/Tears of Batman (30607) polybag will be part of a promotion for the month. You can get the exclusive polybag for free with purchases of $75 or more from February 10-28, while supplies last. As you can see, the polybag contains two new variants of Batman in some colorful outfits.
There will be a lot of the winter 2017 sets available by then so if you want to get the Disco Batman/Tears of Batman (30607) polybag, I suggest doing it early in the promotional period in case stock runs out quickly.
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There are now official images of the Winter 2017 LEGO Minecraft sets. The theme continues to go strong going into its fifth year after it started out as a LEGO CUUSOO set.
Mushroom Island (21129)
Nether Train (21130)
Ice Towers (21131)
Jungle Temple (21132)
Witch House (21133)
Secret Waterfall Escape (21134)
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