No, you’re not dreaming: the new UCS Millennium Falcon actually looks that good! It defies all expectations by outperforming the previous incarnation from twelve years ago with a less dull color scheme, a great mix between studded and studless areas, smoother curves, more details (loving the use of the tank tread pieces!), better proportions, more play features, more minifigures… The rumors that it could represent both the original trilogy as the sequel trilogy version were happily confirmed: not only are there minifigs from both trilogies – two Hans, Leia, Chewie, Threepio, Finn, Rey, BB-8, two porgs and LEGO’s first ever Mynock – but the sensor array is indeed swapable and you can add a part I didn’t even know was exclusive to the newer incarnation. Some people were hoping for a full interior and others feared that any interior at all would be impossible to pull off, but LEGO comes with the happy surprise that some sections open to reveal the most important sections with the cockpit, the holochess table and the hyperdrive room: the perfect compromise. The cockpit windscreen, the sensor dish and other crucial parts are printed, with only a couple of stickers for less important details. The size was kept the same as the previous incarnation to make for a more or less accurately scaled model with a high level of detail. And have you seen how gorgeous that box art is? Sure, the price will be high (800 USD, 800 EUR (DE), 650 GBP), but it sure seems like you will get a legendary set in return that will be the crown jewel of your collection for years to come. The set will be available on October 1st or already in two weeks if you’re a member of the (free!) VIP program. I’ll wait a bit longer saving up my money, but I’m quite confident this flagship set will be available for many more years to come, the benchmark for all future UCS sets, the envy of ten year old you, the 75192. In the meantime, head over to the official press release and discussion on Eurobricks to find out all information, watch and rewatch the designer video and study each and every of the 7541 pieces that make up this biggest LEGO set ever that’s so massive the box doesn’t comes in a plastic bag but in a custom trolley… No, you’re not dreaming, but you will do so happily tonight and for many days to come!
LEGO has been teasing a huge new set the past couple of weeks. Fans with some clever photo editing skills were able to confirm the rumors that this set would be a new UCS Millennium Falcon. But now you can see it with your own eyes, without the need for any special skills and no fancy software other than your browser, on the teaser video released by LEGO. You should be able to see the radar dish piece that will most likely be used for the windows as in the previous iteration, an assembly that looks suspiciously like the beginning of the cockpit or one for the docking rings and a lost BB-8 floating around, confirming that there will be Sequel Trilogy figures included in the humongous set. Some sources also suggest that there will be original trilogy figures as well. But let’s stick to what we know: 1) This will be the biggest LEGO Star Wars set ever, surpassing the already legendary 10179, one of the few sets everybody knows the set number of by heart. 2) It will be released on October first, and the Store Calendar makes it pretty clear that there will be early access for LEGO VIP members (sign up now, it’s free!) starting from September 15th. 3) Even from the few glimpses we’ve been able to catch, it looks like a phenomenal set people will dream about for years to come. So you better start saving right now!
Are you as excited as I am, who only found out about the 10179 after it was retired, and do you want to analyze every single frame of the twenty second long teaser? Then head over to the 2017 Pictures and Rumors thread to join the party and the examination!
Today is an exciting day, because today you’ll finally be able to get a good look at the sets LEGO will release in September leading up to the release of episode VIII. Or maybe it’s more of a frustrating day for you, just like me, because these are even more potential spoilers you have to avoid coming your way. But it’s still exciting either way. What I can tell anyone is that there will be seven sets being released, if I’ve counted correctly while not trying to look at the sets themselves and that there are plenty of new ships waiting to be collected and MOCced! And there’s a pretty special one as well: the UCS BB-8 pictured above. It’s been five years since the last UCS character build, being R2-D2 in 2012. This BB-8 looks far cuter than that one, and on top of that it can also act adorably: there are a lot of moving parts that can be controlled in a highly original fashion by turning the disks on the body. Nobody could have wished for a better LEGO UCS BB-8, so if this is any indication on the other sets, it will be great wave! It surely is an exciting day! But to be entirely sure, you’ll have to watch all of the pictures with you’re own eyes on The Brothers Brick and discuss the sets in our 2018 sets discussion topic.
There are creations built by AFOLs during spare time over the course of a couple of days. And then there are creations built by a team of professional Master Builders over the course of a month. To be honest, while the latter are really impressive, most of the time I prefer the smaller AFOL MOCs with their often ingenious building techniques to the big Master Builder sculptures. Those just impress me because of their scale, but in the end they often just look like a big pile of basic bricks stacked on top on each other with little creativity, more quantity than quality. But those thoughts go just as silent as Rey when they see Luke standing there. Not because they’re once again impressed by the scale, but by the oozing personality of the sculpture. It is as if it can break the silence any minute and say something really important. His feet firmly planted into the ground, quite far apart; his left hand far from his body as if he has just taken a deep breath; his wonderfully created hand stretched towards us, cautioning us to listen carefully; his eyes pointing straight at you, though his body isn’t for dramatic effect; and his eyelids ever so slightly closed and his mouth ever so slightly opened. It’s lifelike despite being blocky. That’s some incredible character modeling both with really big and with really small features. Yes, the scale of this model is impressive, but not just because it’s big. It’s impressive because of the unique, subtle detailing it achieves by portraying some really shallow shapes like the flowing of the cape or the small angle of the leg or feet. Yes, there are small details like the imperfections on Luke’s face or the ragged edge of the cape, but this creations shows that there is also something like a huge detail. A subtle shape where a level difference of a couple of bricks can mean a significant difference in the appearance of a model. It’s amazing how the Master Builders get this so right even though they’re building up close. Words fail me to describe my admiration for their talent and this creation that has awoken a new respect in me for creations that have enough on just the most basic of bricks to be impressive.
This sculpture is currently on display at the San Diego Comic Con, where a lot of exciting LEGO news is happening. Check out FBTB’s article to see what LEGO is up to there, and more importantly, to check out more pictures of this awesome sculpture.
Time to start planning your expenses because know you’ll know what to buy this summer. The official pictures for ten fresh sets were just released, so now you can study every detail of every set. Everybody is sure to find something he likes. Whether you love the Original Trilogy, Prequel Trilogy or Sequel Trilogy, whether you like regular bricks or constraction figures, whether you like The Freemaker Adventures or only like it because it gives your characters from Rebels, there is something for everyone. I spot fun functions, practical parts and terrific techniques, but despite all that I admit this wave suffers from the same defect a lot of summer waves suffer from: a lack of iconic sets we’ve been waiting for for years and will stay around in the collective memory for years to come. There are some really nice sets, but none awaken my inner child to vigorously encircle them in the LEGO catalog… Maybe it’s just because I haven’t inspected the sets closely enough yet… So follow me to pore over the pictures and to share details in our news thread!
The Lego Group has officially released details about the highly anticipated UCS set 75144 Snowspeeder that will be released for May the 4th. The set contains 1,703 pieces and will retail at $199.99. It is a complete redesign from the first UCS version of this iconic vehicle, 10129 Rebel Snowspeeder, and costs about $70 more at only 246 more parts. The new version includes 2 minifigures: a Rebel Snowspeeder Pilot and a Rebel Snowspeeder Gunner, and it has some new features such as air brakes that can be opened by turning the back of the turbolasers. It also features a lot more details than the original, but most of them are achieved with the use of an enormous sticker sheet which might be off-putting to some builders. Do you think it’s on improvement or a step back? Check out the Designer video below, then head over to the discussion thread to see the press release and let us know your thoughts!
What a hype these days! Finally being able to judge the Rogue One sets at face value, rumors of UCS sets roaming around, all kinds of sets becoming available… And then there are things nobody even saw coming. The polybag 30611 came out of the dark blue. Its contents are something quite new: a brick built character. The detail on the underside is pretty sweet, it’s great that the head can be rotated and the fact you can take of the middle leg easily is quite ingenius. Still, I’m not really sold on this particular design, probably because the legs are a bit disproportionate. It’s definitely interesting that polybags now can be about more than spaceships and bare minifigs though. And that printed dome piece opens up a new world for large scale replica’s of X-wings or Jedi starfighters, so I’m excited! No word yet on the official availability of this polybag, but you can go ahead and discover and discuss it in the Pictures and Rumors topic.
LEGO has come out with the official high-resolution images and press statement of the 75159 Death Star, this year’s second entry in the Ultimate Collector’s Series. With the press release came a statement that this is an update of the previous version that was so successful, instead of it being a completely new entity. The set indeed looks almost identical to the previous one, with the difference being an extra 200 pieces scattered across various scenes, a needed update of all the minifigs, the addition of three new ones and a heftier price tag. Now the set contains 4016 pieces, making it the second largest Star Wars set to date, after the UCS Millennium Falcon and before the previous incarnation of the Death Star. The 23 minifigs are a new record though, and they all look fabulous, with a wonderful new Tarkin, Han with a stellar hairpiece, the long awaited updated Leia and some droids and Imperial crew you’ve never seen before. The increase in price brings it to 499.99 USD / 499,99 EUR / 399.99 GBP. As for the build, it’s largely the same although new spring loaded shooters have been incorporated. In short, it’s a fix for all of those parts of the old version that were desperately out of date, but not a bit more than that. It’s certainly a set to be remembered though, with all of the debate that has been going on about it for weeks already. And who knows, maybe this is the first in line of older sets being rereleased with minor updates, even though LEGO has explicitly stated that “this is not an indication of any future re-release or set updates.” I’m sure there is a lot to be watched, read and discussed in the news thread!
We keep getting news of new LEGO Star Wars stuff coming our way. Recently, we had the reveal of the Rebel Combat Frigate, and the talk about what Rogue One will bring is ramping up. You’d almost miss this polybag that surfaced today. It’s an A-wing pilot as seen in Rebels, featuring that lovely helmet that resembles the one from the recent B-wing set, but with a different print. Notice that this is a completely different design from the A-wing pilot that comes in this summer’s A-wing and TIE Advanced set, so that set and this figure will complement each other nicely. No word yet on the availability of this figure though, but you can already discuss it and stay up to date in the Pictures and Rumors topic on Eurobricks.
Next semester’s retail exclusive set will be the 75158 Rebel Combat Frigate, of which the picture above recently surfaced. It’s a Pelta class frigate as first seen in The Clone Wars and now repurposed for Rebels. The set is based on the latest appearance, with the adapted color scheme and minifig selection. The set comes with already available Ezra and Chopper, brand new commander Sato, absolutely gorgeous Ashoka (for the first time without those ugly Clone Wars minifig eyes…) and oddly chosen Agent Kallus. With 936 pieces it is definitely a decent set and looks like a great parts pack for ship building. We don’t know anything about play features yet, but you can already spot the movable wings, the Technic handle and the various shooter functions. The price for this great looking set is still unknown, but we do know that it will hit selected stores this summer, so you won’t have to wait too long to find out. Express your opinions on this set, and stay tuned for further news in our Pictures and Rumors thread.