June 2022 LEGO News Roundup
This month we touch on upcoming LEGO price increases, a roller coaster that does flips over its predecessor, and some great articles exploring advanced building techniques.
We are seeing continued signals in the US and globally that inflation is stubbornly high, and we’ve recently learned about The LEGO Group’s plans to increase prices between 5% and 25% later this year. And to be clear, this is not just an increase in prices for new sets released after that date, but rather a price increase across the full range of currently available sets. This is highly unusual for The LEGO Group – price increases for existing sets are practically unheard of.
On some sets we will not alter price, on others there will be a single digit increase and on larger, more complex sets the percentage increase will be higher.
The LEGO Group
The short term effect of increased prices are straightforward; fewer people will be able to afford the LEGO Sets they want to buy. The long-term effects are less clear… Will increased prices combine with a potential recession to undermine TLG’s recent growth? Will this be a boon for resellers, whose overpriced retired sets will feel like a better value compared to jacked-up prices for new sets? Will folks abandon the hobby completely due to rising prices?
In the meantime, it’s a good time to purchase existing sets that you want to add to your collection before the prices increases take place. It might also be a good time to take stock of your current collection, especially your backlog of unbuilt sets — you can also avoid paying higher prices by building sets you already own, or taking time to organize your collection better so you can build MOCs with the pieces you already have instead of buying new sets.
New at Brick Architect
- Review: #10303 Loop Coaster
For just $20 more than the previous LEGO Roller Coaster, this new version with two loops is much more satisfying!
- Review: #40519 New York & #40654 Beijing Postcards
Let’s take a closer look at these brick-built souvenirs. I see them as a playful re-interpretation of the LEGO Architecture Skylines series — but for a younger audience!
- Review: #21056 Taj Mahal
The jewel of Mughal architecture is beautifully captured in this intricate LEGO set. The only real question is whether it’s fun to build (and if there are any surprises hidden within).
MOC of the Month
It’s no surprise given my fondness for architecture and design that I’m smitten with this amazingly realistic MOC by Ted Andes. The use of fabric teepee elements for the lamp shade is an inspired choice, and the table and accessories are expertly crafted. (In case you were wondering, this isn’t his only brick-built lamp design!)
Exciting new sets for AFOLs
It looks like a lot of sets are coming out in August, but there are two exciting July releases worth noting…
- #10303 Loop Coaster
If you haven’t read our review of this super exciting set, start there… To make a long story short, the elevator mecanism is a bit finicky, but it is so much fun to play with.
3756 pieces, $400, available July 1 at LEGO.com
- #21334 Jazz Quartet
This is expressive LEGO IDEAS set features a bunch of well-designed brick-buit figures jamming out some jazzy tunes. They look really into what they are playing, and judging from this review at Brothers Brick, you will probably be jazzed about it too.
1606 pieces, $100, available June 28 at LEGO.com
Best articles from around the web
Here are some highlights this month from around the web – Happy reading!
LEGO Masters around the world
Season 1 of LEGO Masters New Zealand has finished, and we got to see a short “teaser” episode of Season 3 of LEGO Masters USA – although it’s worth noting that two Canadian teams have infiltrated this year’s competition.
Here are a couple videos that might catch your interest, too…
- LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation (01:44)
It does not look good, but it will probably be fun, especially for younger viewers.
—Star Wars @ YouTube
- LEGO Con 2022 (02:28:14)
Want to revisit LEGO Con 2022 – it’s available on demand.
—LEGO @ YouTube
- How We Built Beyond the Brick | Brickworld Chicago 2022 Keynote (38:10)
Joshua and John Hanlon explained how they created the popular YouTube channel in their Brickworld Keynote presentation.
—Beyond the Brick @ YouTube
Best podcast episodes:
We’ve got just one audio story to highlight this month…
- The Rights of Rice and Future of Nature (44:31)
Our modern societies are built on an assumption that land and other resources can be owned and exploited. I found this exploration of other ways of thinking about ownership fascinating..