Lego has had many years to perfect how to make Lego pieces. They recently posted a surprisingly detailed video of how a Minifigure is made. Things need to be sorted, printed, assembled, sorted again, and packaged. You can imagine that a lot of machinery needs to be involved. The amount of care, and cleanliness involved is great to see. It looks like you would have a hard time even finding dust in the building. In just one hour Lego can produce 23,000 printed heads, 8,000 finished bodies, and 14,400 legs. That is a lot of Minifigures. So if you have ever wondered how Lego Minifigures are made make sure to check out the video!
Lego revealed some new details about their upcoming Super Mario theme. The bluetooth enabled Mario figure will be getting a variety of Power-Up Packs. These represent a small selection of the various suits that Mario has worn through the years. There is the original power up, the Fire Suit from Super Mario Bros (1985). A bit more recent is the Propeller Suit form the New Super Mario Bros (2009). The Cat Suit from Super Mario 3D World (2013). And the most recent, the Builder Suit which first appeared in Super Mario Maker (2015). Each one of these power ups give the Lego Mario some new powers. For instance the Cat Suit lets Mario earn coins by climbing up walls. It also seems that these packs also include unique sounds and animations. If this theme takes off the next round of Power-Ups should be interesting. Something from Super Mario Odyssey perhaps? Lego has a release date set for August 1st for these, so get saving now!
Lego has announced that for the next few days the Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game will be free. You can go download the game now on PC, PS4, and Xbox. The game is based on the recent film and released in 2017. As the player you join Cole, Jay, Kai, Lloyd, Master Wu, Nya, and Zane as they defend the land from Lord Garmadon. The adventure takes about 10 hours, maybe a bit more if you collect every brick. The video game was released to some mixed reviews, so now is the perfect time to see if it clicks with you. Too bad that for some reason Lego and Nintendo seem to have skipped the free promotion on the Switch. Check out the links below, you can’t argue with free.
Lego has announced a new huge haunted house set that just happens to be a theme park ride. The Haunted House (10273), also known as Manor Von Barron is part of the Fairgrounds Collection. The set is pretty much Lego’s version of the Tower of Terror from the Disney parks. The Manor is built up around a huge tower, inside of which is a terrifying elevator thrill ride. The set will be sold in a very nice looking black box, with a perfect bound deluxe instruction manual (think Lego Architecture). The Haunted House has a June 1st release, contains 3231 pieces, and will be priced at $249.99/€249.99.
The Manor Von Barron has a whole story backing it up. The house itself is named after Baron Von Baron (also known as Sam Sinister), a Minifigure that appeared in the Adventurers theme. It seems that his manor has been turned into a popular theme park trill ride. Once guest enter the lobby they will find a ticket counter, a candle lit chandelier, a huge organ player, a lot of Egyptian artifacts, a spooky alter, and the elevator itself. On the second floor a huge portrait of the Baron can be found. A neat feature is that a light brick can turn on and project a secret about the painting. A few of the mechanical features include self opening lobby doors, a working elevator, doors that automatically open at the top of the tower, and a fancy flywheel system to drop the elevator back down to the lobby. Check out the video below to see it in action!
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga has an official release date. It will arrive on October 20th, 2020 (10-20-2020 or 20-10-2020 depending on preferred style). The newest video game in the series will feature storylines from all nine films. With five levels per movie, which works out to 45 levels in game. Developed by Traveller’s Tales, the new game will have around 500 playable characters. Admiral Ackbar, Yaddle, and Zorii Bliss are just a few of those characters. The game will be available on all the current systems, Windows PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
Lego is showing off a new Technic set, the Ducati Panigale V4 R (42107). This super bike is one of the most powerful legal bikes currently available. Lego has tried to capture the “style, sophistication, performance” of the Ducati. With 646 pieces and a price tag of $69.99/€69.99 the bike goes on sale in August.
This street bike has a bunch of features. The headlining feature is that this is the very first motorcycle to have a gearbox with different speeds. Lego seems to be really pushing this design, as you can remove the panels to see the engine and how everything works. Also mentioned is that the bike has full steering, front and rear brakes, suspension, and a working kickstand. Everything is held together with bright red panels, and a super durable Technic frame.
Lego has announced their newest Lego Star Wars Ultimate Collectors Series set. This year the infamous A-Wing Starfighter (75275) will be blast off. These UCS sets have been released near May 4th, and this year is no different. The A-Wing in comprised of 1,672 pieces, and officially go on sale on May 1st for $199.99/€199.99.
The A-Wing is infamous for taking out the massive Super Star Destroyer by crashing into the bridge. The pilot from that mission is Arvel Crynyd of Green Squadron, who appears as a Minifigure in this set. Beside being features in Return of the Jedi, the A-Wing can be found in Star Wars Rebels.
This Ultimate Collectors Series A-Wing has a couple of features that are not noticeable from photos. There are pivoting laser cannons, and even an easily removable canopy. Inside the cockpit is a fully detailed interior with a pilots chair, and full flight controls.
Lego has surprised their Pirates fans by announcing a new set. The Pirates of Barracuda Bay (21322) is the newest Lego Ideas release. It looks like the famous Black Seas Barracuda has been shipwrecked. But, the crew are making the best of it and turned the remains into a pirate island. With 2545 pieces, and 8 Minifigures. Lego has priced the set at $199.99/€199.99 with an April 1st release.
This set has the greatest play feature Lego has ever released. The pirates can work together, fix up the wrecked Barracuda and take to the seas. All three sections can be removed from the island, and combined into a full remake of the Black Seas Barracuda. You could say the sandy island is a really fancy display stand.
The new ship has a lot in common with the original 1989 release. It is a remake but with a lot of details updated to more modern Lego building techniques. Some of those new details include a completely reworked bow and stern, a fully furnished interior, and a new curvier hull. The new Black Seas Barracuda is instantly recognizable, and yet almost completely new.
Lego has revealed an updated new backstory for this set. Inhabiting this island is Captain Redbeard, Lady Anchor, Robin Loot, Tattooga, Pirate Twins Port and Starboard, Quartermaster Riggings, and Jack “Dark Shark” Doubloons. Also included are two prisoners, who have long since expired (skeletons). There is even a secret buried treasure that can be discovered.
“Rebuild into a classic: Discover the captain’s cabin, food store, kitchen, bedrooms, supply dock, farm, toilet, jail cell, tavern and hidden treasure, plus lots of fun accessories, 8 pirate minifigures, assorted animal figures and 2 skeleton figures to inspire action-packed stories. This set includes an island that can be split in half and rearranged. The shipwreck can also be dismantled and reassembled to make a ship inspired by the Black Seas Barracuda pirate ship LEGO model from 1989.”
Lego has revealed new details about their new theme based on Super Mario. Previously they showcased a short teaser video on MAR10 day, and now they are showing off a lot more of the theme. It is very clear in the provided details that this set is being produced for kids. The whole theme is a new direction for Lego, which they put best stating:
“Neither a video game nor a traditional LEGO brick-based set, LEGO® Super Mario™ is a new product line that features an interactive LEGO Mario figure who collects coins in real-life game levels created with LEGO bricks. The new line will let kids experience the playful world of Super Mario like never before. Super Mario will be brought to life in the physical LEGO world and new levels of challenge and styles of play will be part of the iconic LEGO experience enjoyed by generations.”
There is no release date or pricing details at this time. Lego did announce that more information is coming soon, with a planned release in the Summer of 2020.
This new theme seems to fit in between Duplo and the Classic System sets. They share a lot in common with the recent Lego Junior sets. A lot of big pieces and simple building techniques.
The new sets features a bluetooth enabled Mario, with interactive screens and speakers. With these new electronic abilities Mario is able to interact with the Lego set by keeping scores, playing music, and setting a timer. He features realativly few brick customizing features. It looks like only the iconic Mario hat and a few 1×1 rounds are removable.
The new Lego Super Mario theme looks a whole lot like the Mario Party video games. The sets combine to create a board game looking layout. You could say they are recreating the platforming levels from the games. As you move Lego Mario around you can stomp on Goombas, defeat Koopa Troopas, swim past Bloopers, and embarrass Shy Guys. There is even a boss at the end, this time its Baby Bowser.
Along the way Lego Mario can find some help. A brick built Lego Yoshi, a handy Warp Pipe, and even Toad’s house. Some quick notes about the theme: It seems that the interactive features are found in various new Lego pieces. The big feet piece found on Yoshi and the Shy Guy probably hides some of the electronics, as does the turtle shell on Baby Bower. There are also a lot of new plates. A very interesting design in the green plates topping the landscaping is that they are probably hiding other electronic bits.
The Lego Super Mario theme looks like a lot of fun for kids. The Mario Party design is interesting, and all the features of Bluetooth Mario could prove to be fun.
It’s MAR10 Day (March 10th), a celebration of everything Mario related. For the event Nintendo is pushing coupons and discounts on various Mario video games and products. But the surprising news is from Lego, they have announced an official Lego Super Mario theme coming soon. Not a lot of details are available, other than the announcement teaser. The short video shows off what looks like the famous Mario Mario in some sort of Lego form. Clearly not a Minifigure. It looks like a whole new type of figure. Judging by the mostly standard Lego arms, the body is much shorter and wider than normal. Perched on top is an almost square head. Not unlike the Minecraft theme, but with even less in common with the Minifig. It is also unclear if this will be a normal theme in the Classic system, or something closer to the Duplo system. Let us hope that Lego and Nintendo don’t forget about the best Mario brother… Luigi!