October 2023 LEGO News Roundup
A flurry of future sets, a couple new arrivals, and a selection of brick-centric articles from around the web.
I did find time at the end of the month to catch up on the LEGO news that I missed… you will find links to my favorite articles below. I hope you enjoy this unusually short update — and please come back soon for a ton of great content that we’re excited to share in early November!
I also wanted to highlight a few sets that were announced this month but are not being released right away; many are not coming out until next year! This is a bit unusual — The LEGO Group rarely annouces sets well in advance of their release. This is due to the very real concern that unscrupulous 3rd party companies will release copycat products before the official product is released.
This is most evident in the announcement of five sets based on the popular Animal Crossing game by Nintendo. In the Extra Pieces Podcast, Richard Jones (Rambling Brick) described the cute new minifigure heads as reminiscent of Fabuland and I have to agree with him – they are very cute! The sets won’t be released until March 1, 2024.
Another distant release that was announced this month is #10327 Dune Atreides Royal Ornithopter, which will be release February 1, 2024 for $164.99. The early announcement is a bit of a surprise here as well, but the release date makes sense since the second installment of the movie is coming out in March.
We also got a preview of a gorgeous looking train that is coming soon thanks to the LEGO Ideas program. #21344 The Orient Express looks great thanks to a nice dark blue color, that it is scaled to go on standard tracks, and has space for minifigures inside. This does look like it could be a fitting replacement for the long-retired Emerald Night after all.. We unfortunately don’t know when it will be available.
Now that it has been annouced, I am excited to share that my review of the latest installment of the LEGO Modular Building series is coming soon. #10326 Natural History Museum is quite different that in recent years, with a wider 48-stud base and just one building occupying the entire space.
It’s the highest part count we have ever seen in the Modular Building series, with 48 more pieces than #10255 Assembly Square — the only other set that is 48-studs wide. Matching the price of Assembly Square, you can pre-order #10326 Natural History Museum for $299.99 now, or wait to pick it up when it is released on December 1.
Rounding out the recent annoucements is a small but cute offering that’s also coming out in December — 10329 Tiny Plants. The early reviews highlight the amazing building techniques to create a selection of tiny pots, although the plants are well designed too. 758 pieces for $50 is a good value, and you can also pre-order it now.
Exciting new sets for AFOLs
November is shaping up to be a very quiet month for new LEGO sets, with just one retail set and one gift-with-purchase (GWP) aimed at the 18+ crowd. Thankfully, I’ve already highlighted some December release for us to look forward to!
- #71426 Piranha Plant (Super Mario)
This iconic agricultural villain offers a very different building experience for fans of the Super Mario franchise. It’s not a great value, but may appeal to some readers.
540 pieces, ages 18+, $60, available November 6 at LEGO.com
- #40595 Tribute to Galileo Galilei
Re-create this small diorama featuring the famous astronomer, although folks have already pointed out that the minifigure is lackluster. (It feels comparable to a similar set based on Gustauve Eiffel that I also didn’t love.)
307 pieces, ages 18+, $25 value, available November 1-16 with a $130 or greater purchase at LEGO.com
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Best articles from around the web
Thankfully, the LEGO community continues to provide great content every month. Here’s some of the best content you might have missed…
- Are More Republic Gunships Coming? | LEGO Star Wars Designer Panel (1:08:27)
Solid Brix Studios shared this lengthy interview with the LEGO Star Wars team touches on a lot of the challenges in building sets based on established IP, and in building very large, structurally sound sets.
—Solid Brix Studios