The revelation that Speed Champions would be expanding to include memorable cars from film and television was definitely well-received, since copious possibilities are available. However, few match the reputation of James Bond's exquisite Aston Martin DB5.
76911 007 Aston Martin DB5 therefore appears outstanding, accurately recreating the distinctive shaping of this renowned car. Various new elements are present to assure the utmost authenticity and the integration of metallic silver details also seems effective. Of course, the unique James Bond minifigure is equally exciting!
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The last couple of years have been great for LEGO Castle. 2021 started with the release of 21325 Medieval Blacksmith, then came the 2021 Bricklink Designer Program Invitational, which brought us 910001 Castle in the Forest, a fantastic AFOL-designed tribute to three classic Forestmen sets, which sold out within an hour of launch.
Later that same year saw the release of 31120 Medieval Castle from the Creator 3in1 line, sparking many fan-made MOCs and instructions that continued to expand our imagination.
Large dinosaurs commonly remain exclusive to relatively expensive sets because the dinosaurs provide innate value. 76950 Triceratops Pick-up Truck Ambush therefore seems appealing, with this substantial Triceratops available for £39.99, $39.99 or €44.99.
However, the size of this dinosaur has evidently occupied significant value, as the accompanying vehicles and minifigures appear somewhat underwhelming. Even so, the Triceratops alone could mitigate those issues, to some degree.
Here's a press release about a forthcoming event in South Africa:
The South African LEGO User Group, or zaLUG, will exhibit as guests of Hands on Tech at the Gauteng South Provincial competition finals of the South African chapter of the WRO (World Robot Olympiad) on 30 July 2022.
Back in 2019, zaLUG applied to LEGO's corporate office for Special Project Support which aims to facilitate unique projects by allowing recognised groups to purchase LEGO elements in bulk. In this case, the special project was to build Africa's largest GBC circuit. An acronym for Great Ball Contraption, a GBC is a dynamic, motor-driven circuit in which balls are passed along an array of individually built units. While conforming to certain standards, the units are characterised by the unique ways in which they pass balls from one to the next and the sheer variety of building techniques and engineering employed.
Seventeen members of zaLUG participated in the special project, and the culmination of their efforts will be on display at the WRO finals. In addition to building and displaying the largest-ever GBC circuit on the African continent, the group will also be attempting to break a LEGO-related world record, the details of which will be revealed on the day.
Fans of LEGO, both the young and the young-at-heart, are invited to attend this free event on 30 July 2022 from 08:00 to 16:00 at Curro Aurora, Taurus Road, Sundowner.
LEGO has announced its intention to develop completely recyclable packaging by 2025 and paper bags are expected to start appearing in sets imminently.
This change also affects Collectable Minifigure packaging and speculation about the potential updates has been rampant, especially after cardboard boxes were introduced with VIDIYO Bandmates last year.
Unsurprisingly, the company has been exploring various options. Today we can share those alternatives, along with the final concept, which will be introduced in September 2023.
Here's the press release for the latest issue of Blocks magazine:
The surprise collaboration of the year takes the cover for Blocks magazine Issue 93. As well as reviewing LEGO Transformers 10302 Optimus Prime, Blocks hears from the designers who had the challenge of creating a set that can transform without being dismantled.
Issue 93 is available worldwide as a single issue or as part of a subscription at blocksmag.com and will be in UK stores from July 7. Everyone who subscribes by August 3 will be in with a chance of winning 10302 Optimus Prime!
LEGO Senior Designer Joseph Patrick Kyde used to design Transformers toys at Hasbro, which made him the perfect person to create the first ever official LEGO version of the Autobot. He reveals how he stepped up the challenge while channelling his inner child.
Here's information about an event in Texas this week:
Brick Rodeo is an officially recognised AFOL networking event in Texas. This summer the show returns from June 30 to July 3 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel.
More than 450 convention attendees of all ages will gather together to display their LEGO creations, attend workshops, listen to engaging presentations, shop the vendors for that hard to find item, play games, and crack jokes - all rooted in a shared love for building with LEGO bricks. This year’s exhibition will be over 15,000 sq ft of displays primarily from the five LUGs in Texas, including the legendary Texas Brick Railroad’s 40 ft by 20 ft motion-filled train layout.
Limited construction techniques and elements are available for 4+ models, but 76830 Zyclops Chase defies these limitations. The threatening Zyclops captures surprising detail and appears reasonably authentic when compared with the onscreen design.
Moreover, a unique Izzy Hawthorne minifigure opposes the Zyclops, complementing her companions from 76832 XL-15 Spaceship. Despite its young intended audience, I believe this little set could prove appealing for any age group.