April 2022 LEGO News Roundup
New LEGO Campus, new LEGO sets, new LEGO Masters seasons, and new articles here at Brick Architect and around the web.
Another month brings a bunch of great new LEGO content from around the world and here at Brick Architect. Enjoy!
New at Brick Architect
- Review: #45345 SPIKE Essential (LEGO Education)
The classroom-focused SPIKE Prime has a little sibling – let’s see what it offers for students and educators, and whether there’s anything here for adult builders, too…
- Update: Guide to LEGO ‘Powered Up’ System
Now that I’ve worked with almost every product in the Powered Up system, I’ve gone back and added a “Conclusion” to this popular article, explaining the strengths and weaknesses of the system as a whole.
- Update: Unofficial LEGO Architecture Set Guide
I made a bunch of updates to the article, including recent changes such that LEGO Certified Professionals are no longer allowed to create custom sets. Also added ‘Trondheim Skyline’ by Rocco Buttliere to the guide.
#4000038 LEGO Campus – Employee Exclusive
The LEGO Group has produced a fair number of custom sets for Employees, many of which celebrated the opening of a new factory. This month, they opened up a massive (and iconic) new building on their Billund campus, modeled on the luxurious workplaces of Silicon Valley.
I was able to confirm that the set was designed by Niels M. Frederiksen who (according to his designer page at Brickset) has worked exclusively on Star Wars sets since joining The LEGO Group in 2013.
- CF Møller Architects arranges Lego campus around circular yellow atrium
- Inside LEGO Campus: An Exclusive Tour of LEGO’s New HQ in Billund
Do you have a copy of the set — or know someone who does?
I am looking to buy a copy which I promise to actually build and review here at Brick Architect.
I’m willing to pay a reasonable price (or make a generous donation to a suitable nonprofit). I don’t even mind if it’s a used set since I’m going to build it again. (Don’t believe me? I reviewed one of just 24 known copies of #21038 Las Vegas w/ Mandalay Bay!)
If so, please email me at email@example.com — Thanks!
Exciting new sets for AFOLs
What’s coming out in May? As in recent years, most of the attention goes to the new Star Wars sets.
- #75341 Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder
This year’s UCS Star Wars set is an intricately detailed version of Luke’s Landspeeder. It’s not super compelling to me, but this year’s promos might be enough to temp you to buy it.
1890 pieces, $200, available April 4 at LEGO.com
- #76989 Horizon Forbidden West: Tallneck
I’m not familiar with the game this is based on, but the model looks cool and it’s a great price-per-part for a licensed set!
1222 pieces, $80, available now at LEGO.com
- #10311 Orchid
This is the most attractive addition to the Botanicals series yet!
608 pieces, $50, available now at LEGO.com
- #10309 Succulents
These cute succulents can be arranged however you like.
771 pieces, $50, available now at LEGO.com
Don’t forget to take advantage of the free Star Wars gifts in celebration of May the Fourth with the following minimum LEGO Star Wars purchases: $40 minimum: AT-ST Set, $70 minimum: Mandalorian Beskar Key Chain, $160 minimum: Lars Family Homestead Kitchen (with exclusive Aunt Beru minifigure).
Best articles from around the web
Here are some highlights this month from around the web – Happy reading!
LEGO Masters around the world
There have been a lot of news regarding the LEGO Masters show around the world recently. This includes new seasons in USA and Australia, and the first season of LEGO Masters New Zealand.
- Preview: Back With A Few New Bricks | LEGO MASTERS
Season 3 of LEGO Masters USA debits on May 31. The US show is overproduced and less fun than some of the international editions, but it has still been fun to watch in the past.
—FOX @ YouTube
Here are a couple videos that might catch your interest, too…
- Sorting LEGO like a PRO (8:08)
Tiago doesn’t share my fondness for drawer cabinets, but his video is well done and his approach will surely makes sense for some builders.
—Tiago Catarino @ YouTube
- Graphing the Motion Profile of LEGO Cams (3:22)
Jason Allemann shows us the different motion profiles which are possible when building kinetic scultures!
—JK Brickworks @ YouTube
- LEGO BUILDING STORIES | 15 Years of LEGO Modular Buildings (41:21)
Jamie Berard takes us on an enthusiastic (and lengthy) tour of 15 years of the Modular Building series — the iconic series which he helped create!
—LEGO @ YouTube
Best podcast episodes:
We’ve got just one audio story to highlight this month…
- Murder Most Fowl (30:49)
Something as commonplace as a glass skyscraper is a death trap for birds. It turns out that modest interventions can make buildings a lot safer for birds.