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LEGO Boost Ninjago Stormbringer (70652) Product Demonstration

Back at the 2018 New York Toy Fair, LEGO showed off some new products and one of the new things that I haven’t seen much of on other outlets is a product demonstration of the LEGO Ninjago Stormbringer (70652). We already know that it will be available on August 1 for $39.99 but over on Pixel Dan’s channel, there’s a live demonstration of the set. When you connect it with LEGO Boost (17101), you can program the Stormbringer to do a variety of functions including leg movement, head and movement, and even roaring sounds. The set looks a little crude but it does bring kids in to teach them the basics of programming with LEGO Boost and the Stormbringer is the first of hopefully many more add-ons to the base system.

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LEGO Recap from New York Toy Fair 2018

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall (75954)

The 2018 New York Toy Fair is now over and there was a lot of LEGO news that came out that you may have missed so here’s a little recap of some of the more notable news items from the event.


LEGO Announces the Return of Harry Potter

Probably the biggest thing that LEGO announced during the Toy Fair was the return of Harry Potter in a new LEGO Wizarding World theme that encompasses both the Harry Potter universe as well as Fantastic Beasts. The first set that was revealed in this theme was the Hogwarts Great Hall (75954) which retails for a modest $99.99 for a 878 piece set. This set along with the rest of the wave will be available starting in August.

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall (75954)


LEGO Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Sets Officially Revealed

The official images of all the LEGO Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom sets were revealed, minus the Walmart exclusive LEGO BrickHeadz sets. Here we get to see some of the new dinosaurs that will appear in the movie in LEGO form such as the Stygimoloch, Carnotaurus, and the Indoraptor.

LEGO Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate (75930)


LEGO Marvel Super Heroes The Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition (76105) Officially Announced

Some fans already knew about this set as it was already available in some Asian countries but during the Toy Fair, LEGO revealed The Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition (76105). The set has 1,363 pieces and retails for $119.99. It will be available starting on March 3 along with the rest of the Infinity War sets.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes The Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition (76105)


LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 18 Officially Revealed

The next wave of LEGO Collectible Minifigures was revealed with Series 18 that will be coming in April. This series celebrates the 40th anniversary of the LEGO minifigure and the Classic Policeman is reported to come one per box.

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 18


LEGO BrickHeadz Go Brick Me (41597) Revealed

One of the few new sets that was revealed at the Toy Fair was the LEGO BrickHeadz Go Brick Me (41597). It consists of 708 pieces and only retails for $29.99 and it includes enough parts in a variety of elements and colors to recreate a BrickHeadz to your liking.


LEGO Wins Three Awards at 2018 Toy of the Year Awards Gala

Before the New York Toy Fair kicked off, the 2018 Toy of the Year awards were announced and LEGO won in three of the five categories they were nominated in including Construction Toy of the Year, Specialty Toy of the Year, and Tech Toy of the Year.


LEGO New York Toy Fair 2018 Set Images

In a surprising move this year at all of the Toy Fairs this year, LEGO decided not to show off their summer lineup but instead showed off just a couple of sets we haven’t seen before. This included the LEGO Ninjago Stormbringer (70652) that is able to connect with LEGO Boost.

LEGO also showed off a couple of the LEGO Star Wars sets including the Jedi and Clone Troopers Battle Pack (75206), Yoda’s Hut (75208), and the Darth Maul Buildable Figure (75537).

Finally, the LEGO The Incredibles 2 sets were on display but photography was not allowed on those particular sets however there are descriptions on the three sets.


LEGO The Powerpuff Girls Full Minifigure Lineup Revealed

Although it wasn’t at the New York Toy Fair itself, the minifigure lineup for the upcoming LEGO The Powerpuff Girls were revealed. There will only be two sets that will contain all the characters.

LEGO The Powerpuff Girls


LEGO Unikitty! Sets Announced for August Release

Like with The Powerpuff Girls, the LEGO Unikitty! sets weren’t displayed at the event but it was announced during it so I’ll include it in this post. There were no details given besides the August release date but we do know of five sets along with a collectible series for the theme.

LEGO Unikitty!


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LEGO Wins Three Awards at 2018 Toy of the Year Awards Gala

The 2018 Toy of the Year winners were announced yesterday just ahead of the New York Toy Fair and I’m happy to say that LEGO wins big again this year. LEGO was nominated in five categories this year including:

Collectible of the Year – The LEGO Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures (71017)

Construction Toy of the Year – LEGO Star Wars BB-8 (75187) / LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean The Silent Mary (71042)

Creative Toy of the Year – LEGO Make Your Own Movie

Specialty Toy of The Year – LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192)

Tech Toy of the Year – LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox (17101)


LEGO picked up three awards last night for LEGO Star Wars BB-8 as the Construction Toy of the Year, LEGO Boost for Tech Toy of the Year, and the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon for the Specialty Toy of the Year. This is the second year in a row that LEGO has won for Construction and Specialty Toy of the Year.

With some of the new LEGO products coming out this year, I’m sure we’ll be seeing LEGO again on the ballot in a few categories and they have a great chance for the coveted Toy of the Year award.

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LEGO New York Toy Fair 2018 Set Images

The 2018 New York Toy Fair has officially kicked off and we’re starting to see some LEGO set images from various themes that we’re expecting to see on store shelves this summer.

For this year, we working with a number of outlets to bring you coverage of the event including:

BZPower
FBTB
Jason LaSalata
Joe Meno (BrickJournal)
The Brick Show
The Brothers Brick
Zusammengebaut

I’ll keep updating as more images come in.

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LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox (17101) Available for Pre-Order

LEGO Boost

The new LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox (17101) is now available for pre-order on [email protected] This new robotic set contains 840 pieces and retails for $159.99 which is cheaper than the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 (31313) especially if you’re just getting into robotics. Learn how to code and program your build with the intuitive apps that is included with the set. I’m actually looking forward to what AFOLs are able to do with the LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox (17101). It will be available starting on August 1.

Combine the versatile LEGO® building system with advanced technology to boost your creativity with the awesome LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox. Download the free tablet app to your device and follow the step-by-step instructions to build and code any of the 5 multifunctional models. Experience Vernie the Robot—a moving and talking robot; the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4)—a robust, versatile rover with 4 different tool attachments including a spring-loaded shooter; the Guitar4000—a musical instrument with pitch bend and sound effects; Frankie the Cat—an interactive pet that plays, purrs and expresses its mood; or the AutoBuilder—an automated production line that really builds miniature LEGO models! Bring your creations to life with the app’s intuitive, icon-based coding interface and complete an array of exciting activities designed for each model. This set also includes a playmat for use with specific activities, and a LEGO BOOST wall poster!

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Take your LEGO® play to the next level with the amazing LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox. Build and code interactive, motorized robots, models and creations with distance, color and tilt sensor technologies.

• Includes over 840 LEGO® pieces, plus a LEGO Move Hub, Interactive Motor and a Color & Distance Sensor.
• Move Hub features Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity, two encoded motors, activation button, internal tilt sensor and a light.
• Interactive Motor is an encoded motor.
• Color & Distance Sensor detects distance, motion and color, and can also function as a light.
• Check out the cool white, orange and blue color scheme.
• Rotate Vernie’s head to activate its shoulder-mounted spring-loaded shooter.
• Build the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4) and try out the different tool and customization attachments to prepare the vehicle for an array of exciting activities.
• Learn how to play a song and rock out with the Guitar4000.
• Look after your own pet with Frankie the Cat. Be sure to feed it the right food—or it might get upset!
• Construct, code and operate the AutoBuilder to produce real miniature LEGO® models.
• Build and code robots and models, and complete exciting activities with the playmat and intuitive LEGO® BOOST app, available for iOS and Android tablet devices.
• Easy-to-use intuitive software with icon-based drag-and-drop coding interface.
• Building instructions for all 5 models are included with the free LEGO® BOOST app.
• This product requires batteries (not included). Please refer to the product packaging for type and quantity.
• Vernie the robot stands over 10” (27cm) tall.
• M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4) measures over 4” (12cm) high, 9” (23cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide.
• Guitar4000 measures over 1” (5cm) high, 16” (42cm) long and 5” (15cm) wide.
• Frankie the Cat stands over 6” (17cm) tall.
• The AutoBuilder measures over 10” (27cm) high, 7” (19cm) long and 6” (16cm) wide.

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LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox (17101) Product Description and Press Release

LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox (17101)

Last night, the first images of the new play experience called the LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox (17101) came out and now we have the official product description and press release for the set. There is also a designer video and product images for the set which you can check out below.

Combine the versatile LEGO® building system with advanced technology to boost your creativity with the awesome LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox. Download the free tablet app to your device and follow the step-by-step instructions to build and code any of the 5 multifunctional models. Experience Vernie the Robot—a moving and talking robot; the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4)—a robust, versatile rover with 4 different tool attachments including a spring-loaded shooter; the Guitar4000—a musical instrument with pitch bend and sound effects; Frankie the Cat—an interactive pet that plays, purrs and expresses its mood; or the AutoBuilder—an automated production line that really builds miniature LEGO models! Bring your creations to life with the app’s intuitive, icon-based coding interface and complete an array of exciting activities designed for each model. This set also includes a playmat for use with specific activities, and a LEGO BOOST wall poster!

Quick View
Take your LEGO® play to the next level with the amazing LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox. Build and code interactive, motorized robots, models and creations with distance, color and tilt sensor technologies.

• Includes over 840 LEGO® pieces, plus a LEGO Move Hub, Interactive Motor and a Color & Distance Sensor.
• Move Hub features Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity, two encoded motors, activation button, internal tilt sensor and a light.
• Interactive Motor is an encoded motor.
• Color & Distance Sensor detects distance, motion and color, and can also function as a light.
• Check out the cool white, orange and blue color scheme.
• Rotate Vernie’s head to activate its shoulder-mounted spring-loaded shooter.
• Build the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4) and try out the different tool and customization attachments to prepare the vehicle for an array of exciting activities.
• Learn how to play a song and rock out with the Guitar4000.
• Look after your own pet with Frankie the Cat. Be sure to feed it the right food—or it might get upset!
• Construct, code and operate the AutoBuilder to produce real miniature LEGO® models.
• Build and code robots and models, and complete exciting activities with the playmat and intuitive LEGO® BOOST app, available for iOS and Android tablet devices.
• Easy-to-use intuitive software with icon-based drag-and-drop coding interface.
• Building instructions for all 5 models are included with the free LEGO® BOOST app.
• This product requires batteries (not included). Please refer to the product packaging for type and quantity.
• Vernie the robot stands over 10” (27cm) tall.
• M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4) measures over 4” (12cm) high, 9” (23cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide.
• Guitar4000 measures over 1” (5cm) high, 16” (42cm) long and 5” (15cm) wide.
• Frankie the Cat stands over 6” (17cm) tall.
• The AutoBuilder measures over 10” (27cm) high, 7” (19cm) long and 6” (16cm) wide.

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Building on the company’s history of merging digital programming and physical building, LEGO® BOOST will inspire a younger generation to build and code their way to limitless play.

Today the LEGO Group announced LEGO® BOOST, a supercharged building and coding set that lets children bring their LEGO creations to life by adding movement, sound and personality. Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, LEGO BOOST will be previewed to members of the global media at Digital Experience on January 4 and will be demonstrated to CES attendees as part of the [email protected] Kids & Technology Marketplace from January 5-8, 2017 at the Sands Expo. With a suggested retail price of $159.99 (USD), LEGO BOOST will be available in the second half of 2017.

Build the creation you want
LEGO® BOOST combines the endless play opportunities of a traditional LEGO set with an endless variety of movement and sound capabilities made possible through an easy-to-use, app-based coding environment. LEGO BOOST has been developed for children ages 7 and older by an international team of LEGO designers. Using familiar LEGO elements and simple coding language, LEGO BOOST delivers an intuitive approach and opportunities for quick success.

Powered by a Move Hub, a LEGO stud-covered brick with built-in tilt sensor upon which children can add LEGO elements, motors and a sensor that combines color and distance detection, LEGO BOOST brings movement to any LEGO creation. The set includes building instructions for five diverse models; Vernie the Robot, Frankie the Cat, the Guitar 4000, the Multi-Tool Rover 4 (M.T.R.4), and the Autobuilder, each designed to give children the basic building and coding skills needed to express their creativity by personalizing whatever they build.

“We know that children dream of bringing their LEGO creations to life, and our chief ambition for LEGO BOOST is to fulfill that wish. Once children build a LEGO creation, we give them simple coding tools to ‘boost’ their models by adding personality,” said Simon Kent, design lead for the LEGO Group. “We want children to first and foremost have a fun and limitless play experience, adding the coding opportunity is the means to get there.”

Coding brings your creation to life
LEGO® BOOST introduces children to coding through a free downloadable app that contains the guidance, building instructions and simple coding commands to bring to life five LEGO creations, one at a time. Much like building with LEGO bricks, children build behaviors and actions by linking digital coding blocks in an easy-to-understand horizontal layout. To further personify the experience, LEGO BOOST lets children add voice recordings to their creations, adding personality without requiring spelling and typing. The app also includes more than 60 activities designed to inspire additional building, coding and play.

Creative canvas lets you boost any LEGO® creation
To further inspire creative building and coding, the LEGO® BOOST app includes a “creative canvas” that includes basic building instructions for three simple base models that children can use to customize their own LEGO creations. The three bases available at launch include: a walking base for making animals like a dragon or a pony, a driving base for building vehicles like a dune buggy or rover, and an entrance base so that children can make their own castle, fort, or even a futuristic space station. Once children are comfortable with building and coding the various LEGO BOOST models, they can use the kit to “boost” any LEGO creation – from LEGO CITY and LEGO Friends to LEGO NINJAGO and The LEGO BATMAN Movie.

LEGO® BOOST includes:

Hardware

3 BOOST bricks:

Move Hub with built-in tilt sensors
Combination color & distance sensor
Interactive motor
843 LEGO® elements
Playmat, calibrated to the app, designed to facilitate mini challenges to practice simple coding trials

LEGO BOOST App

Free, downloadable app is iOS and Android tablet compatible

LEGO BOOST uses 6 AAA batteries. Alkaline batteries are recommended, but rechargeable batteries can be used, though may result in weaker power output.

LEGO BOOST will be available at most stores and online shopping sites where toys are sold, through select consumer electronics retailers, and at LEGO Stores and shop.LEGO.com in the second half of 2017 and will have a suggested retail price of $159.99 USD $159.99 (EUR) and $199.99 (CAD). For more information, visit www.LEGO.com/BOOST.

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New LEGO Boost (17101) System Revealed

Last week, I reported on LEGO’s teaser of an announcement coming tomorrow but it looks like Engadget has already revealed it. The announcement is for a new theme called LEGO Boost (17101) which is somewhat similar to LEGO Mindstorms but geared towards younger kids. The base starter set will be priced at $159.99 and will be available later this year.

The set will have three Boost bricks in addition to 840 LEGO elements. The core unit is called the Move Hub which has a six-axis tilt sensor, two input and output ports, a power button and a light that changes color which was teased before. Powered by six AAA batteries, the other Boost bricks also have a combination color and distance sensor as well as an interactive motor which includes a tachometer.

The set also has instructions for five other models including Vernie the Robot, Frankie the Cat, the Guitar 4000, the Multi-Tool Rover 4, and an Autobuilder. To make the whole system work, there’s also a companion LEGO Boost app for you to download. The app is actually required as it has all the building instructions for the models as well as the programming.

You can read more about the details of individual models for LEGO Boost in the link above.

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