LEGO dropped a huge surprise a few weeks ago when they announced the LEGO Disney Train and Station (71044) and it is now available for purchase for VIP members. The set contains 2,925 pieces and retails for $329.99 and it features the iconic train and station seen at Disney parks along with minifigures of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Chip, Dale and Goofy.
Triple Force Friday is set to be happening in October and it looks like PromoBricks has revealed a LEGO Star Wars promotional gift-with-purchase set coming with the Battle of Endor – 20th Anniversary Edition (40362). The miniscale set is similar to the Battle of Hoth – 20th Anniversary Edition (40333) from a few months ago and it features a couple of AT-STs and the shield generator base. There’s no word yet on availability at this time but we’ll know as we get closer to the event.
The LEGO Xtra theme has been pretty popular as they provide additional accessories that can fit into your builds. The latest offering coming out soon is the Christmas Accessories (40368) which contains 32 pieces. Some of the accessories include a husky, snowman, tree, white leaves, a wreath on a candy cane, and presents. There’s no details on the pricing but I assume it’ll be $3.99 like with the other Xtra polybags.
There are now official images of a previously unknown LEGO BrickHeadz set with the Thanksgiving Scarecrow (40352). For some reason, this set was not shown on the back of this year’s lineup but the mystery of it has been solved. The set features a scarecrow on top of a pole along with some small field builds with fences. There’s no piece count but it’ll retail for $9.99 and will be available in October.
In a few weeks, LEGO will be releasing the new LEGO Ideas Central Perk (21319) from the hit TV sitcom Friends. The set contains 1,070 pieces and only retails for $59.99 which is a surprising price for what you get and for it being a licensed set. All the parts are packed into six numbered bags along with the instructions and a small sticker sheet.
It’s another day and there’s another controversy has popped up over on LEGO Ideas. Yesterday while I was reporting on The Seven Dwarf’s House hitting 10,000 supporters, I along with some readers noticed that a couple of projects that previously also hit 10k were removed from the list and have been archived. These two sets include Gravity Falls Mystery Shack and Japanese Tea Garden. The official LEGO comments for both projects said:
Regretfully, we have chosen to archive your project and no longer consider it for production for reasons communicated to you privately. Your project will remain visible on LEGO Ideas, but in a status where it can no longer be supported or commented on. This way fans can still admire your creation.
We’re sorry to be the bearers of this disappointing news!
Unless I’m wrong, I believe this is the first time that I’ve seen projects that have achieved enough supporters and have been archived even before the review stage has started. I’m not too sure of the reasoning to not consider them for production since they seem to be normal looking models.
The most logical guess is that LEGO has already planned to release them in the future and to avoid people accusing them of “stealing” ideas, they archive it before even going into review however going this route may be a dead giveaway. I guess we’ll never truly know why unless the fan designers say something but they’re probably under NDA not to say anything about it. Put your tinfoil hats on and start guessing away why these two projects are not considered anymore but please keep it civil.
After much delay, the official images of the upcoming LEGO Technic Liebherr R 9800 Excavator (42100) have now surfaced on German retailer Lucky Bricks. The set has 4,108 pieces and will retail for 449.99€ and will be available starting in October.
The Liebherr R 9800 Excavator was revealed way back at the Nuremberg Toy Fair but we first saw images of it at the Bauma convention in April. It will utilize the new CONTROL+ system that allows multiple functions to work at the same time using seven different motors.