September & October LEGO News Roundup
Amazing new sets, geeking out on new parts, and the best podcast episode about the worst LEGO theme — here’s some of the best content from around the web which you might have missed!
Here’s another batch of amazing LEGO content from around the web. I hope you find something great that you might have missed!
New at Brick Architect
- 2021 Most Common LEGO Parts
I made a massive update to the Most Common LEGO Parts analysis based on sets released so far from 2017-2021. To make the article more approachable, I’ve also highlighted 10 parts that increased (or decreased) in popularity most this year.
- LEGO Brick Labels v37 is complete!
The update includes 76 new labels, and 43 updated labels — for a total of just under 1500 unique labels!
(Thanks again to the awesome patrons supporting the project!)
- November 8, 2021 – LEGO® House Live Tours from History Collection
The final online tour is in November, focusing on ‘Crisis and Turnaround, 2002 – 2020’.
The online event is 50 DKK (About $8).
- September 4, 2021 – January 2, 2022 – LEGO Architecture® in Croissy-sur-Seine, France.
I can’t read French, but it looks like there’s a museum west of Paris with rotating LEGO exhibits. The current exhibit features a mix of official LEGO Architecture sets and custom MOCs. (More photos on Facebook.)
Monday-Friday, 9:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-6:30pm. € 5 / € 3 (discounted rate)
Exciting new sets for AFOLs
The LEGO Group continue to overwhelm those of us in the AFOL community with some exciting new sets! (An astounding 1200$ if you decided to buy all of the sets highlighted below!)
- #10284 Camp Nou – FC Barcelona
Another massive sports stadium, which we learned was designed by LEGO Architecture series designer Rok Zgalin Kobe.
5509 pieces, $350, available now at LEGO.com
- #10293 Santa’s Visit
The latest installment in the Winter Village series is a cute holiday home.
1445 pieces, $100, available now at LEGO.com
- #21329 LEGO Ideas Fender Stratocaster
An impressively detailed brick-built guitar and matching amplifier.
1074 pieces, $100, available now at LEGO.com
- #10290 Pickup Truck
A cute vintage pickup truck that’s ready to bring flowers and produce to market. (While not holiday themed, the dark red color would look great next to your Winter Village scene – even though the scale isn’t quite right.)
1677 pieces, $130, available now at LEGO.com
- #10291 Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft
A nicely detailed apartment based on another popular TV series.
974 pieces, $100, available now at LEGO.com
- #76391 Hogwarts Icons – Collectors’ Edition
A still-life sculpture featuring popular artifacts from the world of Harry Potter.
3010 pieces, $250, available now at LEGO.com
- #71395 Super Mario 64 Question Mark Block
A quirky set that looks like a typical Question block from Mario, but opens to reveal scenes from the franchise.
2064 pieces, $170, available now at LEGO.com
Best articles from around the web
While there are always a lot of good articles about LEGO, there were a ton of great articles these past two months, especially nerdy articles about rare or new parts!
Here are a couple videos that might catch your interest, too…
- LEGO House documentary – Home Of The Brick (UK) (48:01)
Formerly only available to Neflix subscribers, this documentary offers a great summary of the making of, and experiences within the LEGO House in Billund.
—LEGO House @ YouTube
- Super Modern Stays (34:00)
Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Still Bend” home is featured in this episode of a show exploring homes that you can actually rent.
—The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals @ Netflix (subscription required).
Best podcast episodes:
As always, here are some of the best audio-based stories that I’ve heard recently. Happy Listening!
- 1916 Bogk House (16:39)
The line between influence and plagirism is fine; let’s learn about the homes designed by some who had worked for Frank Lloyd Wright a few years earlier…
—Urban Spelunking (Radio Milwaukee)
- #37 – The Surreal History of the LEGO Galidor TV Show, Game Console, and Action Figures (1:12:47)
This unusually long episode goes really deep into the hostory of LEGO’s least popular theme—Galidor. Long the butt of jokes within the LEGO community, the product was packed with innovations that I had never heard of.
—Bits N’ Bricks
Brick Architect in the news
- Sorting Nightmare: The Blocky Horror Picture Show
This article offers an honest exploration of the challenges of sorting a large collection using repurposed storage products. Author Gwyneth Kozbial uses LEGO Brick Labels to help find parts quickly.