The LEGO Ninjago SDCC 2018 panel was pretty exciting for those who attended last month as well as those who were following my live tweets that day. You can now watch most of the panel on YouTube as LEGO has uploaded a majority of what we saw there in person. The panel consisted of LEGO senior designer Michael Svane Knap, Brent Miller, Vincent Tong, Kelly Metzger with Ninjago co-creator Tommy Andreasen hosting. Unlike previous years, the video shows pretty much everything that was shown on the screen, including the clips that we were told not to record, so it’s worth a watch if you have time.
Way back in 2008, LEGO released a LEGO Vestas Wind Turbine (4999) promotional set and there’s rumors that the set may be re-released to commemorate the launch of the sustainable bricks initiative. Brick Fanatics is reporting that the Vesta Wind Turbine could be returning later this year in the LEGO Creator Expert line. Since LEGO has invested in wind turbines towards their goal of using 100 percent renewable energy by 2020, it’s not that big of a surprise that LEGO will want to promote it more.
The last update I did about the LEGO Overwatch theme was that LEGO has launched a minisite for the theme but it looks like we may see something physical as soon as next week. The Overwatch Fan Festival is held in Seoul, South Korea from August 22-23 and LEGO will be on hand at the event. Considering that this is a pretty big event and we know that LEGO Overwatch sets are coming, it wouldn’t be too surprising if LEGO will be announcing something or giving a sneak peek there. Stay tuned as I’ll report anything of interest from the Overwatch Fan Festival starting on Wednesday.
The year is slowly winding down and all of the 2018 LEGO BrickHeadz sets have already been announced and revealed, however, we have gotten some rumors of some 2019 BrickHeadz sets. From the details that I’ve received, it seems that we will be getting a two-pack set for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald featuring Newt Scamander and Gellert Grindelwald (41631).
Another set may come as a huge surprise but it looks like we’ll be getting a Simpsons BrickHeadz set that features Homer Simpson and Krusty the Clown (41632). As I said, this comes at a surprise because we thought that the Simpsons license had expired when we didn’t get any more sets for the theme. I look forward to seeing what other characters LEGO decides to produce for this popular show.
Correction: I’ve been told these two sets will be coming out later this year.
There’s a new LEGO Ludo (40198) game set that has been found at the Berlin LEGO Brand Store. You may not be too familiar with the name Ludo but the American adaptation of the game is called Parcheesi that was published by Parker Brothers.
The set has 16 minifigures with various designs and it costs 40€. There’s no word yet on whether it’ll be available here in the US but we’ll see when September rolls around with new set releases.
The new LEGO Wizarding World Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (71043) is now available for purchase on LEGO [email protected] for VIP members. The 6,020 piece set costs $399.99 and it was also available for pre-order at LEGO Brand Stores where you put down a $40 deposit and you are guaranteed to get a set when it releases in stores in a few hours. Depending on how many pre-orders the stores took, they may also have them available for people who didn’t pre-order. It will be available for the general public on September 1.
I’m still working on my review of the set as it took a while to build during my spare time but I’ll have it up as soon as possible. Please use our links to make your purchase as it does help support the site.