Top sales 8/31 to 9/6 photo
Top sales 8/31 to 9/6

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 8/31 to 9/6

Waving that Good Smile Company banner
Sep 15
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Normally we see the top hobby sales go to Bandai, mainly dominated by Gunpla. Not this week. This time around it's Good Smile Company (with an assist from Phat!) dominating. Bandai is still taking over the overall ranking, bu... photo brings the laughs with new Mr. Bean figure

Keep him away from your turkeys!
Sep 12
// Soul Tsukino
Our friends at have done it again as they bring you their newest offering in Mr. Bean. Just in time for the 25th anniversary of Rowan Adkinson's classic bumbling fool, Mr. Bean comes with 360-degree paint job ...
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Fundraiser aims to bring Spaceballs to LEGO

May the Shwartz be with you!
Jun 28
// Soul Tsukino
A member of the LEGO Ideas website named NvdK has been raising funds for over a year now to try and bring part of the classic Mel Brooks movie Spaceballs to your shelves by designing two LEGO vehicles sets from the movie.&nbs...
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Boldly go where Lego minifigures have not gone before

Set phasers to fun!
Jun 10
// Soul Tsukino
The crew over at have announced their newest offering of famous faces in mini figure form with four of the crew members of the Starship Enterprise. Star Trek's main players Kirk, Spock, Scotty, and Sulu are no...

Lego photography photo
Lego photography

See what happens when Lego meets fine art photography

It's really not pretentious!
Mar 17
// Tianxiao Ma
Toy photography is totally my scene. Sometimes, people take it to another level and I just can't help but to get excited. There are quite a few folks whose work with Nendoroids and scale figures crosses the line into art. But... offerings photo offerings scares up its newest offering in The Pumpkin King

All hail the king
Feb 19
// Soul Tsukino -- a site specializing in custom Lego minifigures of celebrities, TV show characters, and entertainers -- has dug up its latest figure offering in The Pumpkin King/Jack Skellington from The Nightmare...
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Lego Star Wars

Lego reveals UCS Tie Fighter: promises they won't get shot down before release

Formal wear, not business casual
Feb 17
// Oansun
New York Toy Fair gave Lego a platform to show off its new (and long rumored) Ultimate Collector Series TIE Fighter. I would assume it's taken this long to produce the regular TIE Fighter because of its enormous wings/ends. T...
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Lego Super Heroes

Lego S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier images crash onto the scene

Nick Fury doesn't come with a Lego bazooka
Feb 02
// Oansun
After months of rumors, Lego has finally shown the world its Marvel Super Heroes Helicarrier. Though, I have to say I'm on the disappointed side. It certainly looks big, and at nearly 3000 pieces is a hefty set; but including...

Tomopop Review: Freddie Mercury

Jan 29 // Soul Tsukino
Figure Name: Freddie MercuryFigure Maker: Minifigures.comMSRP: £14.95 (US$22.68)Buy it at: Have I mentioned just how much of a fan of Queen I am? It is like a gift from the Gods (or my bosses). Already just getting it out of the shipping box I'm pleased with how professional this is done. The blister package is nice and secure, the card looks amazing and has a bio of Freddie on the back. And they even included a "Care Guide" for taking care of your minifigure. Looks like I'm going to need more pizza! Opening up the package, I looked over the figure and just as the company claims, it is a full 360 design of the costume he wore for the 1986 live concert at Wembley Stadium (look it up, it's a powerful show). The joints are nice and tight and the parts are firmly set in place. However I was in for another pleasant surprise when breaking him down I found hidden under his hair that he had a second "singing" face! Bonus points to Minifigures for that. He comes with a mic (of course!) so you can pose him belting out notes to your hearts delight. Wait. This isn't right. There we go! BTW: You don't want to mess with the security he hired. As you can see, I love this little figure. It is very well made, the art design of both the figure, the card, and the guide that came with it are great! If you are big into LEGO, I recommend giving Minifigures a look and pick up some famous faces for your collection. You will not be disappointed. [A huge thank you to Minifigures for providing us with this review sample!]
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A few weeks ago I was able to do a story on Minifigures, an England-based website where you could buy celebrity LEGO figures. I was happy to see that Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was one of the figures you could buy. I beca...

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Scooby Doo

Lego Scooby Doo sets revealed: Velma off the case

Will Sarah McLachlan build the Mystery Machine?
Jan 26
// Oansun
London Toy Fair is known for being a place to announce new Lego sets, and not showing a single one of them. Luckily, there are people (and major corporations) to do that work for us. Scooby Doo is the new licensed theme for 2...
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Star Wars

Landspeeder made of 3000 bricks, sold at nearest cantina

At least they got a fair price.
Jan 18
// Oansun
Not every Lego MOC I see is great enough to be almost ready for stores, but Aaron Fiskum's X34 Landspeeder could get there. It's a very impressive build; all the sides and angles look smooth. You even get a blown engine piece...
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Muppets in LEGO

German LEGO builder makes Swedish Chef from American Muppet Show

Muppet Show goes Lego
Jan 14
// Soul Tsukino
German LEGO Customizer Andreas Weissenburg has started the new year off right with his custom LEGO created scenes from Jim Henson's Muppet Show from the '70s. He has skillfully put together the iconic Swedish Chef, complete w...
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Lego Nutella art piece is too sweet

Just don't chew on the pieces
Jan 09
// Lynnette Cantos
Admit it: when you have a Nutella jar accessible in your kitchen pantry, you eat it all through one sitting with the same spoon. Or is that just me? Guilty pleasure aside, Lego artist Brucewaynelego created this recent a...
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New website lets you make customized and famous Lego minifigs has your hook up
Jan 02
// Soul Tsukino
A new website has launched dedicated to custom LEGO Minifigures called, well, Minifigures. Minifigures prides itself on the fact they don’t use stickers or vinyl decals and all of their designs stay true to the LEGO Min...

Tomopop Review: Brick Label Masterbrick MB-01 Metalhide

Sep 26 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Figure Name: Masterbrick MB-01 MetalhideFigure Maker: Brick LabelRetail Price: US$119.90Available at: I'll just go ahead and say it: Brick Label's MB-01 Metalhide really is the 'Masterpiece', or as they put it, the Masterbrick, of transforming brick robots. LEGO has done countless robots over the years, but none of them really transformed to my knowledge. Mega Bloks has done a lot of transforming robots, but they've all had relatively simple changes. Over in Japan Takara Tomy did an OK job on an Optimus Prime in their DiaBlock line, but it had extremely simple features and transformation. They've also just released some Transformers in their Nanoblock line, but those don't transform either. Then there's Hasbro. By all rights Hasbro should be making some of the best transforming brick toys around, but they continue to come up short. They started in 2003 with their short lived Built to Rule line featuring characters from Transformers: Armada. BTR wasn't the greatest thing, but they showed promise being able to transform. The 2011 Kre-O line should have been a huge step up, but instead was a step back thanks to being non-transformable. Hasbro did announce some new Transforming Kre-O figures back at San Diego Comic Con, but they've gone back to being extremely simple. So now it takes a third party to step up and show the big guys how it's done. This is a fully articulated, fully transforming, and pretty darn huge figure. I wont bore anyone with lots of details on the assembly. The instructions are very well detailed, full colored, and show the parts from different angles as you go so you know you're building the pieces right the first time. You're dealing with a lot of parts, so be sure to give yourself a lot of room to work. He's made using 100% genuine LEGO bricks so you're getting quality parts here. There's a lot of things to be impressed about with this figure when its completed, its size being among them. Standing at about 10 inches tall this is a lot of bot! You'll also notice that he's very streamlined with very little kibble. This is a true transforming figure so he has a lot of small pieces that bend and fold out of the way. His 'backpack', which is barely anything, is a set of armatures that extend his wheels to the front a back of his van mode and doesn't contain much in the way of visible vehicle parts. It's a very creative solution to the alternative of having wheels hanging off his arms and legs. Articulation is as good as any Transformer. He has a lot of flexibility; not all Transformers can do splits like this. His feet also have some articulation for added balance and there's a swivel below the knee. The knees are more or less double jointed so the range there is good. There is a little forward restriction in the hips, but there's more than enough to get by. There's also a ball jointed abdomen so there's plenty of range there. The backpack doesn't connect directly to his upper torso so it isn't very restrictive. The arms are ball jointed at the shoulders, and have a swivel in the body so they can pivot in and out some. He also has articulated fingers. They're simple, but he doesn't really need to grasp anything so they serve their purpose. His head is neat. Sure, it doesn't look like Ironhide, but this is Metalhide, a homage to the G1 character so it gets a lot of leeway there. It's very creative, getting its shape from folding pieces together like a box rather than stacking them as you'd expect. It gives the head some neat angles that you couldn't normally get otherwise. For weapons he has to guns that fold out from his wrists. On his right side is a red and yellow heat ray, and on the left is a blue and black ice ray. It's a nice call back to G1 when Transformers, including Ironhide, would replace their hands with weapons as needed. The ability to fold keeps them out of the way when you don't need them while also ensuring that you don't lose them. He towers over most figures from other Transformers lines. Even next to the original Masterpiece Optimus Prime he almost looks like he's in proper scale. Obviously he doesn't fit in aesthetically with other Transformers lines, but it gives you an idea of just where it lands on the robot scale. At 10 inches tall he stands about the same height as the most recent Masterpiece Optimus Prime. As mentioned before he has a surprisingly complex transformation. Getting him into his van mode requires unfolding multiple parts on his back, arms, body, and legs. Everything tucks together nicely and thanks to tiny connecting pieces that line up perfectly you get a a pretty sturdy vehicle. As an added bonus: Rubber tires! Love rubber tires. You can also flip the weapons up from the back over the top to be used in vehicle mode! He's pretty compact in this mode and suddenly is closer to scale with the smaller scale Masterpiece line. Of course he's still pretty massive compared to the original. All in all it's miles above Hasbro's Kre-O Ironhide. The last point I want to make is the price. I know, US$119.90 is a lot of money, but consider a few things. First off, LEGO bricks aren't cheap, not even remotely. Just walk into the brick aisle of any store and check out the prices on the little LEGO boxes. Now think about the prices that third party Transformers typically go for. A five inch third party Transformer will often go for around this price. Then consider the engineering. Sure, the parts already exist, but it can't be easier to sort through hundreds (thousands?) of LEGO parts to find the right one than it is to build the parts yourself. I think the price is pretty much what you would pay for a similar set sold at mass retail.  So to recap: Easy to build, massive bot mode, no kibble, great articulation, complex transformation, good looking van mode, and rubber tires. This is a total package for fans that love LEGO, and were greatly disappointed by Hasbro's poor attempts at Transformers block toys. Metalhide is Brick Label's first release, but far from their last. Soon they should be showing off their second figure, Windstorm, a tribute to Powermaster Dreadwind! [ A big thanks to Brick Label for sending over the review sample! ]
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At last, brick bots done right
The great thing about LEGO bricks is that they can be used to build as simple or complex as you want. They're a lot like clay in that sense. Sure, anyone can make a simple LEGO box, or clay flower pot, but in the hands of som...

Lego Jurassic World photo
Lego Jurassic World

Lego Jurassic World sets might be coming in the near future

Chris Pratt reveals info on Empire Film Podcast
Sep 09
// Brian Szabelski
Chris Pratt does a pretty good job of bringing joy to people's faces, whether it's rapping Eminem's part from "Forgot About Dre," his on-screen roles in Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lego Movie and Parks and Recreati...
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LEGO reigns as number one toy maker on the planet in sales

Not bad for starting 2013 at number three
Sep 08
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Can you believe it? LEGO started 2013 as the number three toy maker in the world before easily overtaking Hasbro's number two spot by the middle of the year. And then a year later LEGO did what seemed impossible and knocked M...
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Jul 28
// Pedro Cortes
Let our continued San Diego Comic Con coverage slide into your eye-holes and seep your brains in toy-filled goodness. Next up is the LEGO booth, filled with enough bricks to keep a city entertained. And keep a city entertaine...
LEGO Ideas photo
LEGO Ideas

LEGO passes on all winter 2014 Review sets, picks holdout from fall 2013 Review

Next 2014 Review announced
Jun 10
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Back in February LEGO CUUSOO announced the lineup for the Winter 2014 LEGO Review where fan submitted LEGO sets that have received over 10,000 votes would be put under review by a LEGO board and one would be chosen for actual...
Lego Minecraft The End photo
Lego Minecraft The End

Lego Minecraft meets The End

Newest micro-world set coming in June
May 20
// Brian Szabelski
The End is coming ... in June. Yep, the newest Lego Minecraft micro-world is on the way next month, featuring the realm of the Endermen, along with three Endermen and the Ender Dragon. You'll also get an exit portal (with the...
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Spend some time with your LEGO and make The Simpsons

Learn how to make the whole family!
May 12
// Pedro Cortes
Do you have some extra LEGO pieces just lying around in a bin? Great. Now you can eat up some time during your day and make all five members of The Simpsons's household! Bricksmith extraordinaire Nightly News at Nine takes r...
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BrickCon invades BrickCon... what?

There will be scattered bits
May 08
// Scarecroodle
In a stunning turn of events, BrickCon has announced plans to invade itself. More specifically, BrickCon's theme this year will be "Invasion". The convention will feature brick-on-brick violence as different themed sections o...
The Simpsons photo
The Simpsons

LEGO artist recreates The Homer from The Simpsons

The greatest car known to man
May 06
// Vanessa Cubillo
The LEGO world just seems more interesting now that we have The Simpsons in it. We have a replica of the iconic house and we have a good amount of figures from the show as well. With these out on the market, fans can now mak...
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C-3PO wields a giant gun in new LEGO Star Wars special

Yoda seems pretty impressed
May 02
// Pedro Cortes
I'd hazard a guess and say LEGO Star Wars may be responsible for the resurgence of the building block toys that we all love. The games were good, simple fun that could be shared with the younglings, which eventually lead to ...
Simpsons photo

Simpsons has a Lego episode, gets a lot of attention

Ay Caramba!
Apr 30
// Scarecroodle
2014 might be the year of the collector. First we had a G.I. Joe-themed episode of Community and now we're getting a Lego episode of The Simpsons (trailer here). Of course, because it's The Simpsons (and not the iffier, less ...
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Get some wisdom with this LEGO Rafiki

Wisest ape around
Apr 21
// Pedro Cortes
Everybody loves Disney's The Lion King. If they don't, they may be invaders from another planet and/or the Thing. Be careful. While you're being careful, you should check out this custom LEGO Rafiki. Created by Vlad Lisin, th...
LEGO Hatsune Miku photo
LEGO Hatsune Miku

Life size LEGO Hatsune Miku is a brick house

Japanese builder spends over half a year on block diva
Apr 17
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Once again a LEGO builder does something cool and unexpected with the little blocks. This time it's Japanese builder ChaosBrick that impresses with a life size replica of Hatsune Miku made entirely out of LEGO bricks. Ra...
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TMNT, Guardians of the Galaxy get official LEGO sets

That would be an odd mashup
Apr 07
// Pedro Cortes
Whatever your stance may be on the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it's hard to look at these upcoming LEGO sets and not crack a smile. There are three sets here, covering one playset and two vehicles. I'm particularly...
The Simpsons photo
After seeing LEGO’s version of The Simpsons’ house, I was excited to see what else would come out in this line. Now we have a look at their latest Simpsons minifigure series. Posted on their Facebook, there are 1...

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Fan recreates dozen of awesome bands using LEGO minifigures

We need more music toys
Mar 19
// Vanessa Cubillo
Lately the LEGO creations I’ve been seeing have really been amazing me. My favorite this week comes from Adly Syairi Ramly who has been taking LEGO figures and turning them into iconic musical groups. His recreations a...
Tomopop LinkUP photo
Tomopop LinkUP

Tomopop LinkUP: Ready. Set. LEGO!

Watch your step
Mar 13
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
LEGO toys are one of those things that I think most boys and probably a lot of girls can associate with. Raise your hand if you've ever tried to dig a LEGO brick out of your mom's vacuum or know the pain of stepping on a bloc...
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Stuff this Simpsons LEGO video into your eye-holes

Recreating the intro in glorious stop-motion
Mar 12
// Pedro Cortes
Here's a video to brighten up that dreary day. Fans of The Simpsons are familiar with the iconic opening of the show, where the name of the program appears in the sky, followed by the ridiculous antics of the inhabitants of ...
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Kill la Kill gets re-created in LEGO form

Three-stud Goku Uniforms
Mar 12
// Martin Siggers
Japanese LEGO creator MoKo is clearly a big Kill la Kill fan, as he's been busy trying to recreate Trigger's breakout anime hit in his medium of choice, and the results are impressive to say the least. Among his creation...
LEGO x Disney princesses photo
LEGO x Disney princesses

Disney wishes they made this LEGO display

Pixie-dusted blocks of plastic
Mar 11
// Natalie Kipper
If you are going to be in Raleigh, North Carolina for the second half of March, I would encourage you to stop be the city's LEGO store. Gregory Coquelz, also known as Yatkuu, will have his Disney Princess Parade, a magical LE...
Portal 2 photo
Portal 2

Custom Delights: Lego Junkie creates cool Portal 2 bookends

There will be Portal 2 spoilers
Mar 10
// Vanessa Cubillo
Even though Portal 2 came out in 2011, I only just recently played and finished the game. So I’m late in gushing over how amazing I think that game was. Thankfully, fans aren’t done showing how much they loved th...
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Ellen's Oscar selfie turned into LEGO

LEGO Bradley Cooper haunts me
Mar 05
// Pedro Cortes
This year's Academy Awards gave the internet some pretty amusing memes. I mean, there was a John Travolta name generator out mere hours after his on-stage verbal disaster. The one that I've seen the most has to be Ellen's sel...
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Custom LEGO Jaegers and Kaiju are glorious

Why aren't these real and in my hands?
Mar 03
// Pedro Cortes
Several months ago, Emily posted a LEGO Gypsy Danger designed by Mako. It was glorious and I rejoiced. I prayed to the robo-heavens for more. More Jaegers, more Kaiju, more anything Pacific Rim-related. It seems those wishes ...
LEGO movie posters photo
LEGO movie posters

LEGO mini figs star in Oscar nominee movie posters

Artist gives movie posters a LEGO-inspired makeover
Feb 22
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
You'll never be able to run out and buy a LEGO set for movies like Her or 12 Years a Slave, but thanks to artist Old Red Jalopy you can get an idea of what such a thing might look like. Movie posters for the nine Oscar B...
LEGO photo

Guy crafts massive scale train station with LEGO

Funny enough, the LEGO train is still late
Feb 20
// Pedro Cortes
When we post LEGO customs, we usually focus on smaller scaled builds. However, every so often we see somebody who gets really ambitious. Somebody like Chris Campbell. This bricksmith has recreated, to scale, the 17-floor Buff...
LEGO photo

Prepare for an epic voyage with the LEGO Nautilus

Probably made with less than 20,000 bricks
Feb 19
// Pedro Cortes
While complete separate from yesterday's LEGO Lit scenes, this custom build brings to life yet another piece of classic literature. Bricksmith Alex Jones, AKA Orion Pax, put together the Nautilus, from Jules Verne's 20,000 Le...

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