LEGO fans who were part of this year’s LEGO Inside Tour received an exclusive model of the train that travels throughout the LEGOLAND Billund theme park. 80 copies of the 4000014 LEGOLAND Train set were made with each being signed by the designer. The set features 548 pieces and 7 minifigures. Not a bad set, considering that the inside tour runs more than $2370.
Two new New York City Police Department themed sets will be joining the Mega Bloks World Builders theme. The World Builders line is best known for its sets based around real world vehicles from manufacturers such as John Deere, Caterpillar and Jeep. The new sets include:
NYPD Mobile Command Center – $29.99.
NYPD Police Chopper – $9.99
The NYPD is the largest police department in the United States as well as one of the most well known. Expect to see the two sets on store shelves in the near future.
Despite strong support on LEGO CUUSOO, the Macross project could not happen for one big reason. While only one project ended up making the cut on LEGO Ideas a long running dispute over who owns the rights to the Macross franchise in the United States has stymied the franchises development outside of Japan and especially in North America. While Macross was developed in Japan, its international distribution rights were sold to American company Harmony Gold, which is best known for releasing the Robotech adaption of the anime in the United States.
Harmony Gold has proved hostile towards the importation of Macross related products from Japan and still claims ownership of the international license, despite ownership technically belonging to Japanese firms Studio Nue and Big West. These owners of the Macross franchise have not challenged Harmony Gold putting things in a state of status quo ante bellum. Thus, partially for this reason, LEGO shelved the idea of a Macross set due to simply too many legal hurdles to jump through or rights and licensing holders to deal with. LEGO likely will not just release a Macross set in the market where it would be easiest to do so (Japan), and ignore the rest of the world. But one can hope, that some day soon, intellectual property disputes will be a thing of past and LEGO and Macross fans everywhere can get their hands on a set of a VF-1_Valkyrie.
LEGO Star Wars is celebrating its 15th anniversary and has launched a “I am Your Father’s Day!” promotion to celebrate the occasion as well as mark Father’s Day, which takes place on June 15th. After watching the video, viewers can cast their vote on the LEGO Star Wars webpage.
The 2014 FIFA Word Cup is now underway in Brazil. It kicked off today with a match pitting Brazil against Croatia where The home team won 3 to 1. World cup fever has spread world wide and Miniland at the LEGOLAND in Günzburg, Germany is no exception. Miniland figures support an assortment of teams lined up at LEGOLAND’s very own fan mile near the brick built Brandenburg Gate. Expect symptoms of World Cup fever to continue for the next month as teams are slowly eliminated until finally a champion is crowned.
With the new line of Transformers: Age of Extinction Kre-O starting to appear on store shelves, Hasbro has released a new video showing some of the sets that are part of the line in action. The new sets are slated to range in price between $9.99 to $39.99.
Famed milliner to the Queen, Rachel Trevor Morgan, has lent her talents to LEGOLAND Windsor to outfit the Miniland models of the Royal Family with elegant hats. The ladies of the Royal Family are sporting the new hats in anticipation of the Royal Ascot horse race, which begins on June 17th. The fancy hats on the Miniland Royal Family will be on display until the 21st of June.
Dinosaurs are generally known for their large size and building one often requires years of study as a paleontologist and quite a bit of digging. But, fortunately, purchasing a small set of Nanoblock will soon allow for the construction of a dinosaur model that could comfortably fit in the palm of your hand. The new line from Nanoblock, which is slated to be released this month, will feature models of brachiosaurus skeleton , a triceratops, a stegosaurus and a tyrannosaurus.