October 2020 LEGO News Roundup
While inflatable ghosts and fake spider webs can’t compare to how scary 2020 has been, I still wanted to wish you a Happy Halloween and share this month’s LEGO News Roundup!
With the winter holidays just around the corner, there not as much news as last month’s September LEGO News Roundup, but we hope you enjoy it anyways!
#51515 LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor is here!
While announced a few months ago, #51515 LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor was released on October 15. (buy at amazon.com) It includes the same 7×11×4 Large Intelligent Technic Hub (part 45601) that was introduced earlier this year in the #45678 LEGO Education SPIKE Prime Set.
The LEGO Group also hinted at possible future products by sharing mock-ups of a possible Porsche kit that would be powered by the new Mindstorms kit. (One can only hope that it’s a small purchase which includes just those parts not already included in set #51515.)
Other exciting new LEGO Sets
- #10275 Elf Club House contains 1197 pieces for $99.99 (89.99€ / £89.99).
Learn more or buy at LEGO.com.
- #75290 Mos Eisley Cantina (Star Wars) contains 3187 pieces for $349.99 (349.99€ / £319.99).
Learn more or buy at LEGO.com.
- #75292 The Razor Crest (The Mandalorian) contains 1023 pieces for $129.99 (129.99€ / £119.99).
It was released in February, but is back in stock. Good timing, given today’s release of the first episode for Season 2!
- #75318 The Child (The Mandalorian) contains 1073 pieces for $79.99 (79.99€ / £69.99).
Learn more or preorder at LEGO.com (Released Today!)
- #76161 1989 Batwing contains 2363 pieces for $199.99 (199.99€ / £179.99).
Learn more or preorder at LEGO.com (Ships Sunday!)
More LEGO × Adidas coming soon…
In the article 6 things I learned at LEGO House Virtual Fan Day, I pointed out that “It’s not clear to me how a single pair of limited-release Adidas shoes qualifies as a ‘big’ partnership, so maybe we will see more in the future.“
On October 20th, we learned that the extended partnership “will offer a diverse portfolio of footwear, apparel and hardware.” It looks to be an extensive product lineup… “Products for various sports and an active lifestyle will launch in December and throughout 2021, aimed at both kids and adults and crossing different LEGO themes.“
After the dissapointing (and dissapointingly misogynistic) launch of LEGO × Levis line earlier this year, let’s see if the Adidas partnership can do better with their “colourful, inventive concepts that spark imagination, a sense of optimism whilst reflecting each brand’s commitments to inclusivity.” I sure hope so!
This month on LEGO Ideas
- The winning model in their Harry Potter themed contest was a delightful scene showing delegations from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang arriving for the Triwizard Tournament.
- Fun new backgrounds for your next Zoom / Microsoft Teams meeting.
- Interview with Amber Veyt about her 10k vote receiving model of based on the Cottage in the movie Hocus Pocus (a Halloween classic.)
LEGO Architecture Interviews
Talented LEGO Architecture builder Deepak Shenoy (DeepShen) has two interesting interviews on his (relatively) new website Towering Brick Creations:
- In this interview with German LEGO Artist Michael Haas, we learn about his intricately designed historic building facades.
- We learn about expertly-designed LEGO cathedrals in this interview with Brazilian LEGO Artist Alexandre Canavarro.