Lego has just released the results of their newest Lego Ideas review. The Third 2019 Review had twelve projects make the cut, and three of them have passed the review. The upcoming releases will include a Lego Typewriter (with working mechanisms), a Lego version of the McCallister House from Home Alone, and a Lego Seinfeld apartment set for the shows 30th anniversary. These three sets represent the kind of releases Lego Ideas tends to approve. There is the non-licensed toy/object, the classic television sitcom, and the nostalgic family friendly movie. As usual, these Lego Ideas pitches do not represent the final product, and there will probably be both minor and major changes in order to get these up to Lego standards.
Three of the projects that did not pass this round will have similar themes being reviewed again. That means that the Legend of Zelda, Futurama, and Queen all have a second change. The next giant sized review will feature 26 different projects, and the winners will be announced sometime in the fall of 2020.
Lego has released all the information about their new Super Mario Theme. There will be 16 sets and 10 collectable Character Packs. This is a lot of sets, and both Lego and Nintendo seem to be going all out. There are some early impressions and videos below for more info. The new theme will be released on August 1st, and you can preorder all of the sets now.
All 16 sets have been designed to be connected with each other. The result is that you get to create your own custom Mario level. A sort of real life Super Mario Maker. There are friendly good guys, evil boss battles, and all sorts of play features represented. On top of all that Mario can even collect a bunch of power-ups. Collecting all the sets will certainly be a challenge (you will need about $600), but the end result is impressive.
Fans of Nintendo and Mario might not want to jump all in with the bluetooth enabled Mario sets. In which case, a collection of 10 collectable blind-bag sets are available. This mini theme looks great on its own. Each featuring one of the famous baddies from the Mario Universe. There is a Fuzzy, Bom-omb, Spiny, Blooper, Eep Cheep, Urchin, Bullet Bill, Buzzy Beetle, Peepa, and a Paragoomba. You can preorder these on Lego.
A few of the newly revealed sets include Toad’s Treasure Hunt Expansion (71368). A neat little set that features Toad, Toadette, two Cheep Cheeps, and a Goomba. This village has a neat play feature in that there are three hidden blocks that Mario must discover and jump on in a certain order to win coins.
Another new set is Mario’s House and Yoshi Expansion (71367). A cozy house that almost looks like it is straight out of Animal Crossing. A Super Star is hiding somewhere inside. The main feature is the hammock, in which Mario can lay down in and fall asleep. Plus, Yoshi and a Goomba are hanging around too.
Then there is the iconic Guarded Fortress Expansion (71362). The classic small castle at the end of every level. There is even a flag pole outside that Mario can slide down (and any other character with hands). A Koopa Troopa, Piranha Plant, and Bob-omb are blocking the way. A hidden Pow Block might just be the right tool to use here. No sign of a princess so she must be in another castle.
The whole theme includes:
Adventures with Mario Starter Course (71360) — $59.99
10 Different Character Packs (71361) — $4.99
Guarded Fortress Expansion (71362) — $49.99
Desert Pokey Expansion (71363) — $19.99
Whomp’s Lava Trouble Expansion (71364) — $19.99
Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion (71365) — $29.99
Boomer Bill Barrage Expansion (71366) — $29.99
Mario’s House and Yoshi Expansion (71367) — $29.99
Toad’s Treasure Hunt Expansion (71368) — $69.99
Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion (71369) — $99.99
Fire Mario Power-Up (71370) — $9.99
Propeller Mario Power-Up (71371) — $9.99
Cat Mario Power-Up (71372) — $9.99
Builder Mario Power-Up (71373) — $9.99
Thwomp Drop Expansion (71376) — $39.99
King Boo and the Haunted Yard Expansion (71377) — $49.99
Super Mushroom Surprise Expansion (30385) — Freebie
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 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 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 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!
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The Early Days
LegoGenre originally started out as a Tumblr, way back in 2012. The name LegoGenre was selected, it was a reference to the multiple themes (or Genres) that are popular in Lego. So, the very first picture was posted in January and for over a year was the best way to find my photos. The whole project was a a way to engage with my reignited Lego obsession. And at that time, LegoGenre would focus on photos of Minifigures taken from their prospective.
For the first two months I was working on a daily photo challenge. That was going to lead to a creative burn out, so soon afterwards the project settled into a three photos per week project. It was a satifying time, and soon LegoGenre began to expand. Instagram,Facebook,and Twitter accounts were established. The whole project was getting a good response.
One thing about the Lego community is that there are a few major places where photos and projects get shared. The biggest and more vibrant community is found on Flickr. So a new LegoGenre Flickr account was made. It quickly became time consuming to post each new photo on all these services. So it was decided that something needed to change.
LegoGenre.com And Blogging
In 2013 I chose to get out of the Tumblr system and venture off on my own. Once the idea was formed it was relatively easy to get started. It was decided to run the website myself and to use the WordPress platform. So in April of 2013 LegoGenre.com was officially born. As I was posting my photos of Lego on the new website, I though why not highlight Lego photos,MOCsand News from other people.
LegoGenre would slowly take off over the next few months, eventually finding a small audience. A big thanks to all the visitors and fans during this time. Your support and engagement helped to push LegoGenre into expanding and is a large part in why it stuck around.
The small ad revenue during this time kept the website online. (A thank you to anyone who clicked on them!) This activity lasted for a few years, but the slowing of traffic mixed with less posting put the website into decline. There were a lot of little things that bothered me about the site (more details in an upcoming post) and a change needed to happen.
The Future Of LegoGenre And EverydayBricks
LegoGenre is now EverydayBricks! The new website is focused on loading faster. With less outside calls (less plugins and features). The new simpler design is also focused on providing a better mobile and tablet experience. Besides checking out the site every day, you can also follow LegoGenre and EverydayBricks on a new Twitter account: https://twitter.com/everyday_bricks which is focused only on website updates.
This is a great time for EverydayBricks. Some of planned content includes:
• Daily posts/updates. (Mostly MOCs from other people, and official Lego news. The Every Day Bricks.)
• LegoGenre Photos. (A focus on photos of Minifigures taken from their prospective.)
• More original reviews. (Lego Modulars, and other official sets, past and present)
• More original features. (Longer wordcount posts with thoughts on Lego, projects, and games)
Make sure to update your website bookmarks to http://everydaybricks.com and check back often to see all the new stuff. Thanks!
Lego Minions are one of the most popular themes for MOCs. Almost everybody seems to like them, and there are a million different ways to build them. So it is no surprise that Lego has officially announced a new Lego Minions Theme. Five sets were revealed at the 2020 New York Toy Fair. The biggest set (and coolest) revealed is 75551 Brick-built Minions and their Lair. It features two substantial brick built minions, Kevin and Stuart. They look great on their own, but they also come with 3 Minion Figures/Minifigures. They also mention that you can rebuild Kevin into Bob, but exactly what is going on is unclear in the photos.
The surprise with this set is that the giant Minions can open up to reveal their hidden lairs/rooms. Kevin opens up into a tall laboratory. Perfect for inventing crazy stuff. While Stuart opens up into a bedroom. Full of toys and games. The new sets also feature Instructions PLUS, a new interactive set of building instructions for your phone and tablet.