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.
Lego Winnie the Pooh is one of the next Lego Ideas sets. Featuring Poohs house in the 100 Acre Wood. The submitted design features a removable roof, with a fully furnished interior. It also features minifigures and brick built figures for Eeyore, Piglet, Pooh, Rabbit, Tigger, and Owl. It will be interesting to see what the official set will be, and if it will contain so many custom minifigs.
Also approved by Lego is the Medieval Blacksmith. The announcement specifically complimented the colors and overall design. The submitted model is a rather large set. With removable roof/floors (like in the Modulars) and fully furnished interiors. This is an extremely detailed Blacksmith model and it will be interesting to see what Lego cuts out before the official release.
Lego also offered an update on the Anatomini project. They announced that ultimately they would pass on the design. It was a very cool project, but maybe some people don’t like to think about what is inside a minifigure…
Lego has revealed the International Space Station (21321). This Lego Ideas set was originally submitted by Christophe Ruge. This is one of the larger offerings in the theme with 864 pieces. The complete set encompasses the ISS, Space Shuttle, Soyuz, SpaceX Dragon, Starliner, and a few more spacecraft. There are also two microfigure Astronauts ready to do science. One of the coolest features about the set is that there are no stickers, everything is printed. Including all of those solar panels. The whole Space Station will retail for $69.99/£64.99.
“For over 20 years, the International Space Station has welcomed cooperation from different nations to achieve common goals that benefit all mankind. The largest spacecraft ever built, it continues to unlock discoveries not possible on Earth—and push the boundaries of human space exploration further than ever before.”
The Humble Bundle website just revealed their newest Book Bundle: Lego by No Starch Press. This bundle shares a bunch of stuff that was last available in the Humble Brainiac Book Bundle from February 2015. There are 16 titles; including the popular titles: Beautiful Lego, The Cult of Lego, The Lego Architect, and Steampunk Lego.
“Our latest project with Frank Ippolito lives at the intersection of creepy and amazing. For this year’s Comic-Con, Frank designed, sculpted, and painted a LEGO-inspired mask, made to look like a real-life version of a minifig. We’re calling it the creeppyfig, and it found its way home wandering through Comic-Con’s exhibit hall.”
The team over at Tested, created a real Lego Minifigure. And, it is amazing. They then walked the convention floor at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con (SDCC). The best part is Frank getting comfortable in the official Lego both. After you get past the beady eyes, and clammy skin.
“Lego’s 57-year-old toy empire was built on plastic. But now the giant Danish toy company is investing millions into getting rid of it. By 2030, Lego bricks will no longer be made from ABS, the oil-based plastic in the 60 billion blocks the company makes each year.”
In terms of materials, plastics is still pretty new. Lego was one of the first companies to popularize the space age material way back in the 1960s. Today Lego is on the quest to improve plastic, by finding a new recipe that will use less oil. The first step in their plans is to open a sustainable materials center in 2016, where over 100 employees will research new materials for the company.
The plastic that Lego currently uses is ABS, which is a nice hard plastic that will last for decades. They also use a much softer, and less satisfying plastic for some pieces. It is always a disappointment when a Lego piece is not cast in ABS. That is why it is so important for the company to make this change properly. And, it’s why they need to invent a whole new material to do it.
The upcoming Ghostbusters film is getting its first Lego set. The new Lego Ghostbusters Ecto-1 & Ecto-2 (75828) is ready to go. The set features some awesome new pieces, including more Lego hair. You can never have enough Lego hair. It will be on shelves on July 1st 2016 for $59.99 USD. This puts it at $10 more then the original Lego Ideas set, but you do get 2 additional minifigures. I have a feeling that this set will be right at home in the Firehouse Headquarters.
The set features the Ghostbusters Erin Gilbert, Abby Yates, Jillian Holtzmann, Patty Tolan and Kevin. Plus some sort of red devil.
Lego has officially changed its policy for bulk sales. In the past Lego would ask about how the bricks would be used. If they didn’t like the intended use, then you wouldn’t be able to place a bulk order. Well all that is now over:
“As of January 1st, the LEGO Group no longer asks for the thematic purpose when selling large quantities of LEGO bricks for projects. Instead, the customers will be asked to make it clear – if they intend to display their LEGO creations in public – that the LEGO Group does not support or endorse the specific projects.”
Swiss Ghostbusters got their hands on the upcoming Lego Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters (75827) a few weeks early. The new set will be released in January 2016, at $350. They put together an extremely slick build and review video. This thing is huge.
“We are proud to present to you, just four weeks before the official launch, the official “Lego Ghostbusters Firestation Headquarter Set 75827 .” We want to share this joy with you and have made this short video review for you. In it you will see the building process of the set in a timelapse and a small review of the features of the Ghostbusters headquarters.
The pure building phase would take about 10-12 hours. We had a lot of fun building this great set and we especially recommend it to any Ghostbusters fan.”
Lego Minifigures Series 14 is still on shelves, the Halloween theme is a tough(er) sell after October. The good news is that Series 15 (71011) is on its way. With a January 2016 release date the first official images have started to appear online. This time they are going with an eye-popping orange color scheme. Lego is also sticking to the (slightly expensive) $3.99 price point.
This time the sixteen Minifigs include: a golden Winged Warrior, an Animal Control Officer & Skunk, a Robot, a Janitor, a Jewel Thief, a Farmer & Pig, an Astronaut, a Black Knight, a Faun/Satyr, a Happy (Left) Shark, a Queen, a Wrestler, a Dancer, a Native American Mother, a Kendoka, and wounded Clumsy Man.