LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan (21313) Teaser

There hasn’t been much information about the upcoming LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan (21313) since it was announced as the winner of the Third 2016 Review Stage until now. According to Promobricks, the German LEGO Store flyer for January/February has revealed a teaser for the set which shows a blueprint outline for it. There has been rumors that the release date of the set is January 17 but there’s been no confirmation of that. The official reveal of the set should be coming any time now so stay tuned for that.


LEGO BrickHeadz SDCC 2017 Spider-Man & Venom (41497) Winner Announced

LEGO BrickHeadz SDCC 2017 Spider-Man & Venom

A few weeks ago, I ran a contests to give away a copy of the SDCC 2017 exclusive LEGO BrickHeadz SDCC 2017 Spider-Man & Venom (41497) and the contest is now over. There were 8,525 total entries and the random winner chosen by by the Rafflecopter widget is:

Kaitlyn L from Yorkshire, UK

Congratulations to Kaitlyn and they’ve already responded with their address. I’ll be shipping the set out in a few days. Stay tuned as we hope to have more contests and giveaways throughout the year.


LEGOLAND California LEGO Ninjago – Master of the 4th Dimension Premiere Date

LEGOLAND LEGO Ninjago - Master of the 4th Dimension

LEGOLAND California has sent over a press release regarding the new 4D film, LEGO Ninjago – Master of the 4th Dimension. It will premiere will be during LEGO Ninjago Days weekend on January 12. Check out the new trailer and press release below.


4D Film Premieres January 12 and Weekend Continues with LEGO® NINJAGO® Days January 13 & 14

CARLSBAD, Calif. (January 3, 2018) – Ready, set, NINJAGO® time! The new 4D film, “LEGO® NINJAGO® – Master of the 4th Dimension”, opens exclusively at LEGOLAND® California Resort on Jan. 12 and will roll out at LEGOLAND® Parks and LEGOLAND® Discovery Centers nationwide throughout 2018. The 12 minute, 4D experience will play throughout the day at LEGO Showplace Theater in the Park.

Kids can join their favorite NINJAGO heroes at a very special dojo training session exclusively at the family theme park! Guests can become part of the 4D action as Master Wu prepares the ninjas to take on the teachings of the mysterious ‘Scroll of the 4th Dimension’ but disastrous consequences strike and Kai, Nya, Lloyd, Zane and Cole find themselves in a whole heap of trouble for not only them, but the whole universe!

In celebration of the all new 4D animated adventure, the weekend continues with LEGO® NINJAGO® Days Jan. 13 & 14. Guests are invited to join in the LEGO NINJAGO fun at the family theme park and meet some of their favorite LEGO NINJAGO Movie characters including Lloyd, Sensei Wu, Kai, Jay and Nya. Kids can also participate in activities such as a scavenger hunt in Miniland U.S.A. and put their ninja gaming skills to the test while playing the brand new “The LEGO® NINJAGO® Movie” video game.

LEGOLAND LEGO Ninjago - Master of the 4th Dimension

LEGOLAND LEGO Ninjago - Master of the 4th Dimension

LEGOLAND LEGO Ninjago - Master of the 4th Dimension


New LEGO Ninjago Sons of Garmadon Turbo (30532) Polybag Revealed

LEGO Ninjago Turbo (30532)

LEGO has uploaded the building instructions for a new LEGO Ninjago Sons of Garmadon set with the Turbo (30532). The set is basically a sort of a Mighty Micros set featuring Lloyd’s go-kart and it doesn’t look too bad. Lloyd is in his Wu Cru black outfit which is exclusive to this polybag. I can see builders creating each of the ninjas’ own go-karts with their respective colors and weapons. There’s no word yet on the availability of the polybag at this time.

**Via Brickset**


LEGO Star Wars DJ (40298) Polybag to be Available at Toys R Us

LEGO Star Wars DJ (40298)

A few weeks ago, I talked about a new LEGO Star Wars: The Last Jedi DJ (40298) polybag that has shown up. It looks like it will be available at Toys R Us as some readers here and on Reddit have them a little early before the release date. They were available for purchase for $4.99 each but I’m guessing they are part of an upcoming promotion. I’ll have to confirm that when I go back to work in a few days.

DJ (40298) is similar to some of the recent LEGO Star Wars minifigure polybags like R3-M2 and the Scarif Stormtrooper (40176) in which they have a connectible stand along with a background card. I’ll let you guys know in a few days when the promo at TRU is running and the requirements to get it.


60 Years of the LEGO Brick (40290) Building Instructions Now Available

60 Years of the LEGO Brick (40290)

The 60 Years of the LEGO Brick (40290) set will be available at the end of January but you can now download the building instructions for it early. The nice thing about seeing the instructions early is because you also have the parts list. Fortunately, the set doesn’t seem to have any exclusive pieces besides the new 2×4 printed 60th anniversary 2×4 tile. However, there are some fairly rare new pieces like the 1×3 plate with with studs and the 3×3 black plate, just to name a few.

As I mentioned before, the 60 Years of the LEGO Brick (40290) set will be available from January 28 – February 14 with a purchase of $125 or more at LEGO Brand Stores and on [email protected].

*Via Brickset**


The Brick Fan 2017 Recap

2017 is now over and that means we can now take a look at the website traffic here on The Brick Fan as well as other miscellaneous stats. We ended the year at 9,081,785 page views which is a 3% drop from 2016 while unique visits went down 4%.

As for the numbers per month, we averaged about 756,000 page views per month with January being the busiest month due to the Toy Fair news. This year’s Toy Fairs will be at the end of the month so I expect traffic will spike in February instead of January. Our highest recorded day was February 18 as we hit just under 60,000 page views for the New York Toy Fair coverage.

Some other random high traffic days include:

– January 3: New Rumors of LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon Coming

– April 22: LEGO Creator Fairground Carousel (10256) Rumored for June Release

– May 1: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Thor: Ragnarok Box Art Images

– August 31: LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon (75192) Officially Announced

For our social media pages, we didn’t really grow that much in terms of followers for some of the traditional sites like Facebook and Twitter. I’m actually not sure why it didn’t grow as much as I expected since I am pretty active on them. For Facebook, we ended the year at 12,936 likes (14% increase from 2016) while on Twitter, we had 7,343 followers (8% increase).

As for Instagram, we actually ended right at 10,000 followers which was a 74.5% increase from last year. I’m super excited about that and I’ll be continuing to post some good content on there.

For the almost non-existant Google+, we’re at 2,276 followers. That’s a whopping 71 new followers in the whole year. It was hyped to be a rival network to the other social media sites a few years ago but it’s dying a slow death.

In terms of comparing the site to other sites on the internet, Alexa ranks the site at 88,365 which is up 19,315 spots from 2016 and 38,085 in the US.

There were a total of 893 posts during 2016 with 5,354 comments on the posts. Engagement has been up significantly, almost a 30% increase from the previous year with our most debated post being the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon Release Debacle.

Overall, I expected traffic to pass 2016 totals early in the year but as the months went by, it seemed that we wouldn’t pass it. I didn’t worry too much about it as it is still holding steady. It seems that other LEGO new sites have lowered traffic including Brickset which is surprising. There is more “competition” in terms of LEGO news sites that have emerged last year including YouTube channels and Instagram post blogs. Some of the newer ones focus more on leaked images to get traffic but what can you do. We obviously can not post these images according to the LAN rules and we will still adhere to them.

Another possible reason of the dropped traffic is probably LEGO has peaked for the time being. The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie were some popular themes for 2017 but some themes like Star Wars and Super Heroes had a mediocre product lineup. 2018 however, looks very promising so hopefully we have a to talk about this year.

For 2018, I have some big changes planned for sometime in February which may cause some ruckus but hopefully it’ll be smooth. Thank you for continuing to visit The Brick Fan for your source of LEGO news as well as reviews of various sets throughout the year. It’s still a little difficult to run the site as a mostly one-man operation but I’m glad that I can still keep it running smoothly as possible. We’re still part of the LEGO Ambassador Network and we hope to have some fun stuff planned for the readers this year.

Again, thank you everyone for helping support The Brick Fan and I’m very excited to see what 2018 brings for us.

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