Bazinga! LEGO Reveals The Big Bang Theory Playset

We built a wall (we built the pyramids)… and pretty soon we’ll be able to build Leonard and Sheldon’s living room from The Big Bang Theory! This playset, which will include minifigures of all seven of the growing ensemble cast, is the latest set to come from LEGO Ideas (formerly CUUSOO).

That’s the official idea-generating community that lets folks like you and me submit new product proposals – if enough of the community supports it, LEGO can decide to produce it. LEGO Ideas is how that LEGO Back to the Future DeLorean made it to shelves.

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Indulge your inner genius and build this LEGO® version of Leonard and Sheldon’s living room as seen in the hit American sitcom The Big Bang Theory! This set was created by two LEGO fan designers— Alatariel from Sweden and Glen Bricker from the USA—and selected by LEGO Ideas members. Featuring loads of authentic details to satisfy all The Big Bang Theory devotees and including minifigures of all seven main characters from the show, it’s ideal for display or role-play fun. Includes 7 minifigures with assorted accessory elements: Leonard, Sheldon, Penny, Howard, Raj, Amy and Bernadette. $59.99

Here’s the original proposal for The (Mini) Big Bang Theory set by Alatariel and Glen Bricker, and an official LEGO sneak peek at The Big Bang Theory minifigures at LEGO Ideas. Bazinga!

Weekend Toy Run: The Simpsons Kwik-E-Mart Exclusively at LEGO Shop

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LEGO VIP members will have exclusive access to the new LEGO Kwik-E-Mart set until the end of April. While I don’t think it’s quite as inspired as the inaugural set, the LEGO Simpsons House, it’s still a highly visited location on the show. And of course, there’s the mini-figures – you’ll get Homer, Bart, and Marge again (if you have the Simpsons House), but then there’s Chief Wiggum, Snake, and Apu. Apu!

Now, if I were the LEGO brand manager for Simpsons, I’d make Springfield Elementary next. Who wouldn’t want minifigures of Groundskeeper Willie, Principal Skinner, Edna Krabappel, and Otto the bus driver – not to mention the students. Nelson Muntz? Haa haa!

If you’re not a LEGO VIP, it’s easy and free to sign up. As a VIP member, you’ll get loyalty points for every purchase at shop.lego.com and in LEGO retail stores, and access to special promotions like this one.

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Avengers Assemble! – LEGO Reveals Massive SHIELD Helicarrier

When LEGO Nick Fury makes you a bet, get ready to pay up – because you’re about to get a tour of the newest Marvel Super Heroes LEGO set – the SHIELD Helicarrier from the first Avengers movie. Set in the LEGO microscale, the Helicarrier still manages to clock in at over 2.5 feet long, and almost 1.5 feet wide and a foot tall.

It’s stocked with three Quinjets, three jets, and enough vehicles and 12 microscale figures to support them – this includes 8 SHIELD agents. I think the only thing missing is a monitor with Galaga on it. Also included are five regular-sized minifigures – Nick Fury, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and (taking a cue from Hasbro) an exclusive Maria Hill that can only be found with the Helicarrier set.

Amazed? Time to pay up – only it will set you back a little more than that $10 you owe Fury – $349.99, to be precise. Avengers Assemble!

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Toy Fair 2014: LEGO Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ghostbusters, and LEGO Movie – Official PR and Pics

We caught the announcements of the first Guardians of the Galaxy set and the CUUSOO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 as they hit the interwebs as Toy Fair kicked off. LEGO was kind enough to send official press releases and hi-res pics for those sets and more. Some highlights from LEGO:

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  • THE LEGO MOVIE is currently the #1 movie in America and additionally, we announced a new set coming out in March, MetalBeard’s Sea Cow. This massive, highly detailed set will be sure to turn heads as when built, contains 2,741 pieces and even includes Emmet’s iconic double-decker couch.
  • The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm announced new LEGO Star Wars sets based on the upcoming Star Wars Rebels television series, launching this fall on the Disney channel. Additionally, the announcement coincides with the 15th anniversary of the LEGO Star Wars collection, the first licensed property ever to come to life in LEGO form.
  • This morning, the LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 set was unveiled for the first time. Be careful, your friends might start calling you after seeing that you have this set because of the realistic details included, like the paranormal detection equipment and proton packs!
  • The LEGO Group shared that they will have 3 sets based on the much anticipated movie, Guardians of the Galaxy coming out this summer. Right now we have only images and info for one of the LEGO Guardians of the Galaxy products, so please stay tuned for updates in the coming months.

Read on for the official releases and pics!

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Toy Fair 2014: LEGO Reveals Guardians of the Galaxy and Ghostbusters Sets

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One of my biggest disappointments being snowed out of Toy Fair this year is missing the LEGO showroom. I’ve been a lifelong fan of the building sets, and fell pretty hard for their foray into licensed products many years ago with Star Wars LEGO sets. With this year’s Toy Fair showing, LEGO has extended their Marvel license to include Guardians of the Galaxy, and added a fan favorite with a new Ghostbusters set.

While we can expect three sets of GotG as part of the growing LEGO Marvel license, Ghostbusters will likely be limited to the ECTO-1 set, as it’s a product of LEGO’s CUUSOO program (where users submit ideas to be potentially turned into LEGO sets), like last year’s Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine.

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