LEGO House (Virtual) Fan Day offered a rare opportunity to learn how The LEGO Group works—these were the most interesting topics in the 3.5 hour session!
Let’s cast a critical eye on three co-branded LEGO product lines that are coming out soon.
LEGO Brick Labels v35
This is a very large update which reflects the continued evolution of the LEGO Brick Labels collection. It adds 77 new labels, for a total of 1340 unique parts!
- Labels for the new Powered Up hubs, motors, & sensors.
- More options for sorting Minifigure parts and accessories.
- A few “new” labels for long since retired classic parts.
- To focus on current parts, retired parts have been moved to a separate folder.
Every update include some of the most popular new parts, parts which have continued to grow in popularity over time, and some of the parts requested by Brick Architect readers like you. Thanks for your support!
Update to Most Common LEGO Parts
August LEGO News Roundup
This month, a geeky book for AFOLs was announced, summer sets were finally released in North America, and more…
While my summer break from serious LEGO projects continues, there’s been a lot of LEGO news this month… Let’s take a closer look!
Good news! A bunch of sets that were planned for an August 1 release in North America are finally here! Of particular interest to adult fans, this includes #21054 The White House, Harry Potter sets like #75969 Hogwarts Astronomy Tower, and new sets in the City, Creator, Ninjago, and Friends themes. (See what’s new at LEGO or Amazon.)
A book by fans, for fans about the history of iconic LEGO elements. I’m excited to read this book by LEGO Fan and Author Daniel Konstanski. You can preorder this premium hardbound book starting at $75 at unbound.com. (It’s a crowdfunding project with a planned release in 2022.)
If you love Brick Architect, you will probably love this… The UX of LEGO Interface Panels is an intensely nerdy analysis of User Experience designs through the eyes of a LEGO Minifigure. (This was a real treat for me, since I’m a UX Engineer at Microsoft when I’m not building LEGO.)
Strong demand for Adult-oriented sets continues… Both #71374 – Nintendo Entertainment System (2646 pieces, $229.99 / 229.99€ / £209.99) and #21323 – LEGO Ideas Grand Piano (3662 pieces, $349.99 / 349.99€ / £319.99) sold out within days of their release, and aren’t even available on backorder. LEGO definitely underestimated demand for these massive new sets!
In a confusing move by The LEGO Group, they announced LEGO World Builder. It’s kind of like LEGO Ideas, but for a whole new LEGO product theme. Multiple people can contribute to each world, adding a backstory, example sets, minifigures and more.
While they don’t make it obvious on the website, contributors will be compensated if their ideas are adapted into LEGO products. (The compensation rates seem low, with a maximum of $30,000 for someone invents a whole new LEGO Theme from scratch, down to $500 split between all contributors if LEGO produces a single element from your project.)
A few more links to check out:
- A metitative 3-minute video showing How are LEGO Minifigures Made? (@LEGO on YouTube.)
While these containers are “free” with purchase, are they any good for sorting and storing LEGO? Let’s find out by geeking out!
In reviewing four of the new sets, I discovered that LEGO Dots may offer a glimpse into the future of LEGO sets for all ages.
July LEGO News Roundup
This month, we learned that LEGO+IKEA=BYGGLEK, new sets for adults were revealed, BrickCon goes virtual, and we discovered another set that got away…
While it’s been a quiet month here at Brick Architect, there’s been a ton of interesting LEGO News that I’m excited to share with you. We’ll be back with new reviews and articles soon!
Last year, The LEGO Group and IKEA announced a partnership to “explore and develop solutions to stimulate play all around the home.” The result is BYGGLEK, a series of three different LEGO-compatible storage products which you will be able to purchase at IKEA stores. They are not available yet, but stonewars.net was able to purchase and review them early. (While I hope to offer a detailed review in the future, I’m not impressed with what I’ve seen so far.)
Following on the heels of major LEGO conventions around the world, The BrickCon convention in October is going virtual. Unlike many of the other conventions that have gone virtual (such as Bricks by the Bay and Brickworld Virtual), BrickCon 2020 is trying to re-create as much of the convention experience as possible for AFOL’s, with a full range of “awards, classes, workshops, prizes, vendors and more.”
The BrickCon Private Convention for AFOL’s starts at $25 (Tickets available August 1), or you can attend the Public Expo for a lower price (Tickets available September 1). P.S. No promises, but I will probably give a talk at the Private Convention.
I’m also excited to highlight two sets coming soon that will be of particular interest to Adult Fans of LEGO:
Both of these sets will be released on August 1. (You may be able to pre-order them at LEGO.com soon.)
The last big news is that LEGO has cancelled yet another new LEGO Set before widespread release. #42113 Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey Helicopter was based on a Tiltrotor Vertical Takeoff aircraft designed in partnership between Bell Helicopters and Boeing.
The set depicts the Helicopter in a domestic Search and Rescue context, despite the fact that it has only been deployed in military contexts so far. Protests by the German Peace Society contributed to the decision to cancel the product release, which was scheduled for August 1. (As with #21038 Las Vegas Skyline, it looks like a few copies of the set were sold before this decision was made.)
The Wooden Duck harkens back to the company’s early history as a wooden toy maker. In this article, we’ll review the new set, and a brief interview with the LEGO set designers and a LEGO historian.
The latest addition to the LEGO Modular Building Series takes us back to classic architectural styles, giving us two intricately detailed buildings in one set. Let’s find out—is two better than one?
New LEGO Mindstorms; New Labels for Hubs, Motors, and Sensors.
After 7 years, LEGO is finally releasing an updated MINDSTORMS set which uses the new “Powered Up” standard. I’ve celebrated by releasing a beta version of LEGO Brick Labels for these next-generation electronics.
#51515 LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor was announced today, replacing the 7-year old #31313 LEGO Mindstorms EV3 set for consumers. (The new set uses many of the same components as the recently released #45678 LEGO Education SPIKE Prime Set.)
#51515 LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor — $359.99 (359.99€ / £329.99), 949 pieces, ages 10+. (Available early in Q4 2020)
I’m most excited because this means that almost all LEGO Electronics components have finally moved away from proprietary connectors, in favor of the new Powered Up interface. To celebrate this milestone, I’ve released a “beta” version of new labels for all of the current Powered Up components.
Download and learn more on a new page that explains the Powered Up system.
Ten years later, The LEGO Group is revisiting one of the first great models in the LEGO Architecture series. Let’s see if this interpretation improves on the popular 2010 version.