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The Secrets of LEGO House Book

This guide takes you on a tour of the “home of the brick,” the official LEGO House, so you can experience it for yourself at home! 

With photos, interviews, essays, and art from the LEGO archives, The Secrets of LEGO House explores the visual wonders and the themed “zones”—yellow for emotions, blue for problem solving, green for social interaction, and red for creativity—within the iconic LEGO House in Billund, Denmark. 

The Secrets of LEGO House offers an insider’s look at the creative philosophy behind the iconic brand. On each page, discover the true “secret” hidden among the 25 million LEGO bricks—that everything in the house is purposefully designed around nine core principles of learning through play.

A joy for those who aren’t able to visit in person, and just as exciting for those who have, The Secrets of LEGO House is a bright, colorful celebration of the endless experiences possible with LEGO bricks.

The 160 page hardcover book will retail for $40 and you can pre-order it HERE. It will be released on July 27, 2021.

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LEGO Reveals Looney Tunes Collectible Minifigures

From Bugs Bunny to Daffy Duck, the animated Warner Brothers characters will be tthe next LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series, with 12 beloved cartoon icons transformed to minifigure form for the first time. 

The LEGO Minifigures will be: Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Tweety, Sylvester, Marvin The Martian, Speedy Gonzales, Porky Pig, Petunia Pig, and Tasmanian Devil. There are plenty of references that fans of the characters will enjoy from the bird seed included with Road Runner to the Daffy Duck’s ‘Rabbit season’ sign.

Eric Bauza, the official voice actor for many of Looney Tunes characters was sent 2 boxes of the minifigures. Here is his Twitter video unboxing the figures and showcasing his talent.

The blind bagged figures should be available starting May 1.

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The LEGO Empire Strikes Back Imperial Probe Droid

Recall epic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back action on the ice planet Hoth as you build the Imperial Probe Droid (75306).

The droid has posable legs and comes with a transparent, brick-built pole to ‘suspend’ it above a buildable snowy scene.

An information plaque completes a highly collectible display piece that looks impressive on an office desk or a mantelpiece at home.

Part of a premium-quality collection of LEGO Star Wars sets for adults, this complex, construction kit offers an immersive and fun building experience as you recreate every distinctive detail in LEGO style.

It makes a delightful treat for yourself and a fun gift for a Star Wars fan or experienced LEGO lover in your life.

Coming soon, price to be announced.

Features:

-Be transported to the frozen planet of Hoth and spark memories of classic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back scenes with this detailed Imperial Probe Droid (75306) build-and-display model

-The buildable droid LEGO figure features posable legs and comes with transparent, brick-built pole to ‘suspend’ it above a buildable snowy scene. The set also includes an information plaque

-This premium-quality set is part of a series of collectible LEGO Star Wars build-to-display models for adults

-Offering a complex, rewarding build, this 683-piece set makes a terrific birthday, holiday or surprise gift for any Star Wars connoisseur or experienced LEGO builder

-Measuring over 10.5 in. (27 cm) high, 9 in. (24 cm) wide and 4 in. (11 cm) deep, this buildable model does not need much space for display, but it is sure to grab people’s attention

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LEGO NASA Space Shuttle Discovery

Launching soon, the incredible new LEGO NASA Space Shuttle Discovery set brings the wonder of space exploration back home! 

Ideal for adult builders, the new set is a detailed recreation of the STS-31 mission launched in April 1990 and saw the orbiter Discovery and its five crew members deploy the Hubble Space Telescope into the cosmos. Ever since, Hubble has shared wondrous images of deep space, leading to breakthroughs in astrophysics and space exploration.

The LEGO NASA Space Shuttle Discovery is made up of 2,354 pieces and is amazingly detailed in true reflection of its full-size counterpart, complete with functional landing gear, and payload bay doors that open one after the other. The doors also feature reflective stickers to mimic the cooling radiators found on the real shuttle orbiter.

At the rear of Discovery is housed the three main engines used for launch into orbit. These are flanked on either side of the tail by smaller engines designed for in-orbit maneuvers and for de-orbit and re-entry into the atmosphere at the end of the mission. The flight control surfaces on the back edge of the wings and tail then are used to control roll, pitch and yaw as an airplane does. The tail’s rudder serves as a speed brake to assist in landing control and rollout on the runway after touchdown.

It’s not only the Space Shuttle’s exterior that is incredibly accurate, the interior from the upper flight deck down and through the mid-deck and out to the payload bay are sure to please both builders and space enthusiasts alike. The crew cabin features the five seats in their correct placement for the astronauts on the STS-31 mission, complete with flight and robotic arm (Remote Manipulator System, orRMS), control panels. Meanwhile the mid-deck contains the space shuttle’s storage lockers for necessities and mission equipment, space for the fifth crew member and the air lock to the payload bay.

The payload bay itself contains the Ku-band antenna for communications, cameras for the crew to monitor operations within the bay, and the RMS arm ready to grapple and release Hubble to carry out its mission.

The same attention to detail has been applied to the Hubble Space Telescope, with its hinged mirror housing just like the actual telescope and new gold foil solar arrays as well as a realistic, reflective, metallic silver design. The telescope can be stowed in the payload bay ready to be connected to the RMS arm for deployment just as it was on mission STS-31. Alternatively, it can be displayed separately from Discovery, as if orbiting in space on its all-important mission, documenting the stars and our universe.

Milan Madge, LEGO Set Designer commented “The Space Shuttle is the most complex vehicle ever made, so as you can imagine, translating this into LEGO was an exciting challenge. In the real vehicle every inch of space is used in ingenious ways. Generally, in a LEGO model we can rely on the size to accommodate the structure that holds the whole set together, but on the Discovery Space Shuttle we needed to create a smooth exterior and an interior capable of holding the payload. Add functional landing gear and you have a real puzzle. This was without a doubt the most challenging part of this model – trying to couple the front and main landing gear without removing any space from the payload bay and without compromising the structure of the model. My favorite part of the set is the tiny blue seats that carried 5 human beings away from their home planet on a mission that allowed us to discover parts of the universe never seen before!”

Once complete the set also comes with stands and information plaques, allowing you to display your creation with pride.

In addition, VIPs will be able to purchase an exclusive item with their points; a Ulysses Space Probe, available for 1,800 VIP Points, which the Space Shuttle Discovery also deployed in 1990 on a mission to scan the Sun. Limited stocks available.

LEGO NASA Space Shuttle Discovery set is available directly from LEGO Stores and LEGO.com for $199.99 beginning April 1, 2021

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The LEGO Group Launches Search For Kid Creative Director To Join Its First-Ever Kids Creative Studio

Over the past year Kids and families have found ways to stay creative and imaginative while staying safely at home, using their creativity to do everything from making art and building with LEGO bricks to producing their own videos, all in new and different ways to express their personal style. Inspired by these kids’ imaginations, the LEGO Group is conducting a search for its first-ever Kid Creative Director to join the Kids Creative Studio, a creative team led by kids and focused on showcasing and inspiring the imaginative superpowers of today’s youth.

The Kids Creative Studio was inspired by the recent launch of LEGO VIDIYO—a playful and innovative music video maker experience designed to celebrate and expand kids’ creativity and passion for music. 

Along with receiving $10,000 to use towards their creative and educational endeavors, the winning Kid Creative Director will join a team of well-known kid creators who make up the Kids Creative Studio, along with creative professionals from the LEGO Group and Universal Music Group. Using LEGO VIDIYO and other creative tools, the studio will produce music videos, engaging content and a commercial that will launch this summer— putting their skills on display for the world to see.

“We’re thrilled to be able to empower kids to keep doing what they’ve been doing the last year and truly honor this creativity,” said Amanda Madore, senior brand relations manager at LEGO Systems, Inc. “We’ve seen the ways kids are reimagining play and the innovative ways they interact with their peers. We believe now is the perfect time to celebrate this creativity by turning over the creative reins to them, recognizing and rewarding kids for being the true creative superstars they are.” 

Here’s how to apply:

-Parents of kids ages 7-17 can apply by submitting a video of their child showing off their creative skills HERE  

-Creative submissions are limited only by imagination; a parent or guardian must submit approval for the application. 

-Submissions will be accepted from March 12 at 8am ET through April 19. 

-Visit LEGO.com/page/kids-creative-studio.com (will be live at-launch) to learn more about the talent search and the Kids Creative Studio.

The Kid Creative Director will join top kid creators across the Americas, including:

Actors GEM sisters 

Bella Klassen from Canada who danced with Justin Bieber on his Purpose Tour

Dancer Nicole Laeno, from ‘Dance-Off Juniors”

YouTube stars Brock and Boston

Gymnast and Martial Artist Bryton Myler

Professional singer Hey Bala! based in Mexico

About Kids Creative Studio:

-Mentored by leading creative professionals from the LEGO Group and Universal Music Group, Kids Creative Studio discovers and elevates the best creative kid talent to create and produce promotional campaigns and music videos that puts their full skills on display for the world to see. 

-A kid-led and family-focused studio driven by playful creativity and powered by LEGO VIDIYO, Kids Creative Studio gives kids the reins to create freely and bring their fearless ideas to life like never before.

-Studio content will be a collaborative and virtual effort from across the Americas and will premiere this summer.

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Return To The Hundred Acre Wood With The New Lego Ideas Winnie The Pooh Set

LEGO is inviting Winnie the Pooh fans to embrace nostalgia and return to the picturesque Hundred Acre Wood with its new LEGO Ideas Winnie the Pooh set – based on original designs by LEGO builder and superfan Ben Alder. Beneath a large oak tree, complete with beehives and bees, Pooh’s house takes centre stage. The house can be opened up to unveil a whole host of furniture and unique items, such as the “Pooh-coo” Clock, box of “Pooh sticks”, Tigger’s locket, and of course, plenty of honey pots – both full and empty!

A. A. Milne’s wonderful tales of Christopher Robin’s adventures have amazed readers of all ages for almost a century and have become even more memorable thanks to the television and film adaptations that have truly brought the characters’ world to life.

LEGO superfan Ben Alder originally submitted the concept to LEGO Ideas; a LEGO initiative that takes new ideas that have been imagined and voted for by fans and turns them into reality.  Based on Ben’s original designs, the set is the perfect project for adult builders to take time to relax and return to the halcyon days of youth, recalling the adventures of their favourite bear and his friends.

Discussing the design, Ben Alder commented “I love Winnie the Pooh and remember my parents reading it to me as a child. I now read the same Winnie the Pooh stories to my children, so it is certainly something dear to my heart. I decided to make the set so that my children could bring to life our bedtime stories but never quite expected the positive reaction it has received.”

The new set also includes five new moulded characters, each with their own accessories. Pooh himself has his red balloon to collect honey from the bees in the branches above, Piglet is wrapped up in his scarf, and Tigger has just moved to the woods with his sack on a stick. Meanwhile, Rabbit has carrots ready for snacking, and Eeyore comes complete with his tail and a removable ribbon.

Other notable inclusions to the set include; a campfire and log for Pooh to think about the things that he discovers, his front door complete with “Mr. Sanders” sign above it, his adorable blue bell to ring the front door, and finally, a signpost to the Hundred Acre Wood to make sure Pooh finds his way home.

Federico Begher, VP of Global Marketing at The LEGO Group commented, “Winnie the Pooh is a 95-year-old story that is loved globally, so seeing Ben’s design sparked a lot of nostalgia for us all.  Plus, his personal story about how he created the set for his family to play out the lovely Winnie the Pooh stories using LEGO bricks felt like a beautiful combination of family, LEGO bricks, and Winnie the Pooh that we wanted to share with others. 

We also had the rare treat of being able to create all new characters for this LEGO Ideas set. We simply had to see how the line-up of Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit and Piglet would look like in mini figure shape. As well as creating a brand-new Eeyore figure! 

The stories of the Hundred Acre Wood come to life with this set and there are plenty of intricate details for fans of both Disney and LEGO to discover.”

The LEGO Ideas platform is a LEGO initiative that takes new ideas that have been imagined and voted for by fans and turns them into reality. The LEGO Ideas Winnie the Pooh set is available directly from LEGO Stores and LEGO.com from March 18, 2021 for LEGO VIP members, and April 1, 2021 for all. The 1,265 piece set will retail for $99.99. 

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LEGO VIDIYO

The LEGO Group and Universal Music Group have announced LEGO VIDIYO, a playful and innovative music video maker experience designed to celebrate and expand children’s creativity and passion for music. 

LEGO VIDIYO is a brand-new way to play that helps children dream big by directing, producing, starring in, and sharing their own music videos, using tracks from across the globe, led by chart hits from UMG’s unrivaled artists.

LEGO VIDIYO is aimed at children aged 7 – 10, providing a safe universe where they can traverse the worlds of physical and digital play. The platform lets children experiment with play and music, a powerful combination that’s fundamental to their development, extending their ability to connect with other people emotionally and creatively.

Combining new technology with the LEGO System in Play, and music from many of the world’s leading artists covering multiple genres, LEGO VIDIYO provides a refreshing opportunity for children to express themselves creatively. By putting them in charge of their own music video productions, children can both discover music and harness their passion for it through an immersive, positive and safe social experience. As LEGO VIDIYO requires verified parental consent – along with anonymity – and external moderation of all content uploaded to the App feed, parents can be reassured their child is unleashing their creativity while staying safe online.

Accessed through a unique mashup of LEGO elements, minifigures, music, augmented reality and a vibrant new App, LEGO VIDIYO will be filled with endless combinations of editing options unlocked through new special effect ‘BeatBits’. Young creators can enjoy and experiment with their own individual styles and ways of bringing music videos to life.

Here’s how it works:

Choose one of the many songs in the App from a broad variety of established artists – both contemporary chart toppers and instantly recognizable classics.

Create your band from a vibrant collection of new, physical minifigures, which can be customized and brought to life in different scales through AR technology in the VIDIYO App.

Line up special effects in the form of ‘BeatBits’ and place them on the scanning stage. BeatBits are decorated 2×2 square LEGO elements, which once scanned unlock digital effects that let you control everything from video and music styles to scene effects. Creators can see their vision realized by choosing anything from black and white bling effects, to confetti showers and even X-ray vision. They can also add audio effects such as DJ scratching, mouse voice or sax solo, as well as fun signature character moves and gimmicks, from breakdancing to surfing on a shark…

Set the stage. From parks to bedrooms and backyards to brick-built models, LEGO VIDIYO music videos can live anywhere. In just three-seconds, your location is scanned and production countdown starts.

Hitting the selected BeatBits in the App, children then take creative control of their own music video production, triggering dance moves and audio/video effects in an amazing 60 second performance, which can be trimmed down to 5, 10, 15 or 20 second shareable clips.

Clips can then be uploaded to the App feed, but only once the content has passed moderation. Any content featuring personally identifiable information, such as children starring in the video, will not be approved for App feed upload, but can be stored locally in-App, to be enjoyed in-person with friends or family members.

In blending these elements, children can experience LEGO play in a way never seen before. Using new AR technology, this will be the first-time children can play with minifigures in real-life scale and at a super-sized scale, in addition to the iconic minifigure scale. The App lets children style all of their band members, select names for their band, design album covers and much more!

New music, challenges, and inspirational content will be added regularly to the App to keep gameplay fresh and encourage children to continue developing their creative skills. The challenges are designed to help young creators transform their videos from simple performances to exciting and dynamic productions, while ensuring they take full advantage of the wide range of features LEGO VIDIYO has to offer through new unique BeatBits.

The first LEGO VIDIYO products will be available on March 1st.

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LEGO Mosaic Maker Now Available To Order Online

The LEGO Mosaic Portrait, which until now was only available in special photo booth-like machines in selected brand stores can now be purchased at LEGO.com in the USA.

Creative people will love turning their favorite photos into awesome artworks with this LEGO Mosaic Maker building kit. 

Upload a photo to the Mosaic Maker experience on LEGO.com and receive digital building instructions. The builder can then enjoy some quality time creating a mosaic version of the photo with 6,000 1×1 LEGO plates (5 colors; 1,200 of each color). There’s no limit on the number of photos that can be uploaded for building instructions, so the mosaic can be rebuilt unlimited times.

The LEGO Mosaic Maker building set features a 48×48 gray LEGO baseplate and 6,000 1×1 LEGO plates in 5 colors (1,200 in each color) to recreate favorite photos as mosaics.

This unique item kakes a great birthday present, holiday gift or surprise treat for ages 10 and up.

Order HERE for $130.

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LEGO To Release Roman Colosseum – Its Largest Brick Set Ever

This Black Friday, LEGO fans can take home a piece of history and re-create Rome’s most iconic landmark, with the awe-inspiring new LEGO Colosseum set. 

Made up of 9,036 pieces, this is not only the largest LEGO brick set launched to date (taking the title from the LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon) it’s also been expertly designed to mimic the incredible architecture of the original Roman amphitheatre, making it a building project to savor and a set to marvel at.

Both LEGO fans and History buffs need to look no further than their living room to experience a taste of Italian history, as this LEGO brick model is a truly authentic LEGO brick recreation of the mighty Colosseum – featuring many true-to-life details to help builders accurately bring this famous building to life. This epic LEGO model features a recreation of the three distinct stories from the Colosseum, with each of these stories adorned with the columns of the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian orders. These columns have been faithfully recreated in LEGO brick form using a variety of creative building techniques, including decorative volutes that have been created using a recolored LEGO roller skate element that has been turned upside down to create an authentic look.

   

Every detail of the set has been meticulously crafted to stay true to the real-life Colosseum – including having 80 ‘ribs’ in the spectator stands (the exact same number as the original) and having three different shades of brick to replicate the different columns and aging of the almost 2,000 year old landmark. The build experience has even been expertly created to match the same process as the original, with the “wooden” LEGO arena being the last build to be placed on the LEGO model, as it has been in the 1990s. As well as being a challenging build, this model is truly a breath-taking focal point for any room. The LEGO Colosseum rests on an oval base, allowing this phenomenal 360-degree display piece to be shown off from any angle. Builders can then choose which side of this magnificent LEGO Brick recreation of one of Rome’s most visited landmarks they display – whether that’s the southern side of the building, which has been destroyed by various earthquakes and natural disasters over the years, or the more complete northern wall. Colosseum features arches, that have been recreated with LEGO brick detailing, allowing a view into the center of the Colosseum from the outside, just like its real-life counterpart.

 

The LEGO Colosseum measures over 10.5” (27cm) high, 20.5” (52cm) wide and 23.5” (59cm) deep making this a spectacular centre piece for any LEGO brick collection.

The set will launch on November 27th, on Black Friday, as part of the LEGO Stores and LEGO.com Black Friday offerings . LEGO VIP members who purchase the exclusive model during the Black Friday Cyber Monday weekend will receive a limited-edition gift with purchase, a Roman Chariot, which can be displayed alongside the Colosseum.

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LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1

Ahead of the release of the hotly anticipated Ghostbusters: Afterlife film launching in 2021, the LEGO Group have announced the largest and most detailed LEGO brick recreation of one of the most iconic cars from the silver screen, the Ghostbusters ECTO-1.

This buildable version of the classic car is sure to delight Ghostbusters and LEGO brick fans alike, crammed full of authentic details from the iconic converted 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance which is sure to bring a retro feel to any LEGO brick car collection. This highly detailed set includes a range of tools and features needed by any Ghostbuster to track and catch ghoulish enemies.

The LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 is perfect for film fans that want to build their very own piece of the new Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie.  With a moving ghost sniffer activated by the wheels, an extendable rear gunner seat, working steering wheel and a whole host of other paranormal detection equipment on the detailed roof rack, the set ensures you’re ready for any ghost finding mission. The car also would not be complete without printed versions of the Ghostbusters logo adorning the car doors making this the ultimate gift for Ghostbusters fans and movie car enthusiasts.

The new LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 is the most detailed LEGO brick recreation of the car ever produced and is the latest in a collection of film-based LEGO model building kits for adults who love building to relax and escape from the stresses of life. This set features two brand new LEGO brick elements including a new 6x14x curved windscreen and a new 5 module steering wheel.

The LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 contains 2,352 pieces and measures over 8” (22.5cm) high, 18” (47cm) long and 6” (16.5cm) wide. The set will be available from 15th November ahead of the release of the latest film in the Ghostbusters Franchise, Ghostbusters: Afterlife that launches in 2021.

LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 will be available directly via LEGO.com and LEGO Stores beginning November 15th for $199.99.

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