The return of the LEGO Castle sets may be sooner than you think. According to Brickset, a worker at a Colorado Toys R Us store has seen the sets already on the shelves. If this is true, then the release date has been pushed up considerably since we were expecting them later on in the year. You may want to take a little trip down to your local Toys R Us stores to see if they’re on the shelves yet.
More official images of the 2013 summer wave of a couple of LEGO Star Wars sets have been released the past couple of days. These sets should be available in the next couple months here in the States but they have already shown up on the German Toys R Us site and on France’s [email protected].
Corporate Alliance Tank Droid (75015) – $19.99
Homing Spider Droid (75016) – $29.99
Duel on Genosis (75017) – $39.99
JEK-14’s Stealth Starfighter (75018) – $69.99
AT-TE (75019) – $99.99
Jabba’s Sail Barge (75020) – $119.99
Republic Gunship (75021) – $119.99
Mandalorian Speeder (75022) – $24.99
2013 Advent Calendar (75023) – $39.99
We’ve featured Movoto before here on our site with the LEGO My House Calculator article and they’re back with a neat infographic on what buildings and landmarks you can build with all the LEGO bricks in the world. There are about 472 billion bricks that have been made since 1958 and what kind of building and landmarks you can build using those billions of bricks are staggering.
- 2,972 of the White House
- 588 of the Taj Mahal
- 200 of Buckingham Palace
- 74 of the Empire State Building
- 66 of the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building)
- 1 Great Pyramid of Giza
What else is neat is that you can also build about 46,000 medium sized houses for around 122,000 people. Some other facts that Movoto has stated are the number of bricks used for some of these buildings. Check out their site for much more information and stats.
- Burj Khalifa: 7,067,231,175 bricks
- Empire State Building: 6,325,329,353
- Buckingham Palace: 2,350,135,986
- White House: 158,783,167 bricks
There is a new LEGO Architecture set that was revealed by Flickr user, motayan, and it is the United Nations Headquarters (21018). The set contains 597 but there is no word on pricing or release date as of yet. Located in the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City, the UN Headquarters started construction in 1948 and was completed in 1952. Do you think this set is a decent representation of the actual building in New York?
**Via Brick Fanatics**
In an absolute surprise, GRogall over on Eurobricks has revealed a new LEGO Star Wars set that hasn’t been announced anywhere, except for rumors on various forums and message boards, the Jedi Defender Class Cruiser (75025). The set contains 927 pieces and includes four minifigures, three of which are exclusive to the set: a Sith Warrior, a Jedi Knight, a Jedi Consular, and a Sith Trooper. The cruiser comes from the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG video game which is part of the expanded Star Wars universe. There’s no word yet on the pricing for the set but it is speculated that it might be around the $100 range.
The Batmobile Tumbler Minifig Scale project by Brent Waller has just hit 10000 supporters on LEGO CUUSOO and will now officially move on to the Summer review stage in June. Then, the LEGO Jury will decide if the project meets LEGO’s standards of playability, profitability, and safety. Congratulations to Brent for this amazing achievement! The League of Legends of Lego – The Raid on Baron Nashor project now becomes the highest supported project on CUUSOO. Below is the official statement from LEGO:
Congrats on 10,000 Supporters, BrentWaller!
It’s a black … tank!
Again, very well done minifig-scale Tumbler, BrentWaller. We love how it fits a Batman minifigure inside.
Congratulations on achieving 10,000 supporters. We now officially advance this project to the Review phase.
What happens now?
This project moves from the Idea stage to the Review stage. A “LEGO Review Board” composed of designers, product managers, and other key team members will examine the idea. We’ll build concept models and determine if the concept meets our high standards for what it takes to be a LEGO product. This includes factors such as playability, safety, and fit with the LEGO brand. Every potential LEGO product goes through a process like this and must meet the same standards.
The LEGO Review Begins in June
This project qualifies for the quarterly review beginning in June, which will also include all projects that reach 10,000 between now and June 3. For more information about the quarterly review process, see this blog post.
The review is a thorough process and from its start, and can take several months. When finished, we make a “go/no go” decision to develop and sell a product based on the Batman Tumbler Minifig Scale concept.
When the review is complete, we will inform you of our decision. If green-lit, this project goes into the longest phase of the project; the Development phase. During this time, LEGO model designers refine the product and develop it for release, we create the product materials (box, instructions, marketing), and get everything ready for a production run. This also takes several months.
The new LEGO Lord of the Rings The Tower of Orthanc (10237) is now listed on [email protected] for your viewing pleasure. You cannot pre-order or anything yet but you can view some of the images and the release video as well as the official description of the set. The Tower contains 2359 pieces and retails for a cool $199.99. It will be available in LEGO stores and [email protected] on July 1st.
Build the The Lord of the Rings™ trilogy must-have model!
Finally, collect one of the most instantly recognizable and iconic buildings of The Lord of the Rings™ trilogy: The Tower of Orthanc! Build all 6 highly detailed floors filled with fascinating movie-related details including the attic, library, alchemy room, Saruman’s throne room, entrance hall and dungeon. This exclusive model stars in some of the most iconic scenes from The Lord of the Rings movies. Swoop down with the Great Eagle and rescue stranded Gandalf the Grey from his tower-top prison after his defeat at the hands of the white wizard, Saruman. Build the powerful, tree-like Ent, with poseable limbs and cool swinging arm function, then attack the Uruk-hai and Orc Pitmaster while Saruman and his servant Grima Wormtongue take refuge high in the tower. The Tower of Orthanc is a must-have model for any The Lord of the Rings collection! Includes a Great Eagle, buildable Ent figure and 5 minifigures with weapons: Saruman with kirtle outfit, Grima Wormtongue, Gandalf the Grey, an Uruk-hai and the Orc Pitmaster.
- Includes a Great Eagle, buildable Ent figure and 5 minifigures with weapons: Saruman with kirtle outfit, Grima Wormtongue, Gandalf™ the Grey, an Uruk-hai™ and the Orc Pitmaster
- Features 6 highly detailed floors with lots of functions, including a folding staircase, LEGO® light brick palantir, opening entrance doors and a trap door
- Weapons include 5 staffs, knife, sword, shield and a long axe
- The attic features a folding staircase, the 3 staffs of the missing wizards, the 2 keys of the Two Towers, 2 maps and an Uruk-hai helmet, shield and sword
- The library features 2 books, 2 torches, 2 maps and 2 skulls
- The alchemy room features 2 torches, a bomb (being produced for the Battle of Helm’s Deep™), 2 potions, bottle, skull, gunpowder keg, pot, cauldron and a long axe
- Saruman’s throne room features lamps, 2 bookcases with 3 potions, map, letter and the powerful palantir with a LEGO light brick
- The entrance hall features opening doors, trap door, 2 large banners, chandelier, statue and 2 axes
- The creepy dungeon features a chain, 2 bones, 2 skulls and a rat
- Buildable Ent features poseable limbs for holding a minifigure and a cool swinging arm function
- Attack the tower with the cool buildable and poseable Ent!
- Swoop to the rescue with the Great Eagle!
- Activate the LEGO light brick and make the palantir glow!
- Set the trap door and banish unwanted guests to the dungeon!
- Prepare the bomb for the Battle of Helm’s Deep!
- Swing the Ent’s arms to smash or grab things with the poseable fingers!
- Measures over 28″ (73cm) high, 8″ (21cm) wide and 6″ (16cm) deep
- Ent stands over 9″ (23cm) tall