31 July 2022

See entries to our contest: Make a Wishbrick

Posted by Admin
Our LEGO® building contest, Make a Wishbrick, is well underway, with more than 70 entries received to date, and you still have 3 weeks left until entries close! At this stage we thought we would make the gallery of entries public, so that you can enjoy what people have created so far. View all the current entries below, or click here to open the gallery in a new window.

We have 4 great prizes that you could win! 

1 first prize of LEGO Marvel Sanctum Sanctorum (set 76218) and 3 runner-up prizes of LEGO Galaxy Explorer (10497).

26 July 2022

LEGO® ICONS™ set review: 10305 Lion Knights' Castle

Posted by Ben Davies

Last week we examined the numerous new and rare elements that appear in the upcoming 10305 Lion Knights' Castle. Today, we'll be taking a look at the final model and some of the innovative building techniques that bring it to life.

23 July 2022

LEGO® ICONS™ review: 10290 Pickup Truck

Posted by Admin

Kevin J. Walter returns as a guest author today with a 2021 set that is so gorgeous we really felt it needed to be reviewed, better late than never! Products in this article were provided by LEGO®; the author's opinions are their own.

When I first saw the announcement of the LEGO® Pickup Truck in August 2021, images of rural American farm life came into my mind. Old MacDonald had a ride! 


Its release last October was the third large-scale vehicle released in 2021 by the line formerly known as LEGO® Creator Expert (now LEGO® ICONS™), following
10295 Porsche 911 and 10279 Volkswagen T2 Camper Van.

The set contains 1,677 parts divided over 8 bags and has a nice little collection of props accompanying the pickup truck. Before we take a closer look at the build itself, let’s explore the new parts in this set.

20 July 2022

The LEGO® 1x1x2/3 Plate with Open Stud

Posted by Tom Loftus

Products in this article were provided by LEGO®; the author's opinions are their own.


Is it a brick? Is it a plate? No, it's…both? 

Last December we were introduced to a new member of the 1x1 family: the LEGO® Minecraft candle, aka Plate 1 x 1 x 2/3 with Open Stud (86996). My initial reaction to this stocky newcomer was that it would undoubtedly be useful, but how exactly? Today it's my task to find out.

18 July 2022

LEGO® ICONS™ parts review: 10305 Lion Knights' Castle

Posted by Ben Davies

Products in this article were provided by LEGO®; the author's opinions are their own.

To mark the occasion of their 90th corporate anniversary, The LEGO Group is releasing several sets this year which pay tribute to historical fan-favourite products. The largest of these anniversary sets is 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle, which will retail for £344.99 / US$399.99 / 399.99€ / AU$599.99 from 8 August 2022 / LEGO® VIP members 3 August. If you're buying or pre-ordering it, please consider using our affiliate links, New Elementary may get a commission: USA LEGO Shop | Australia LEGO Shop | UK LEGO Shop/for Europe 'Change region'.


With 4514 pieces, this set review needs two articles! Today we begin by examining the new and interesting elements included. 

14 July 2022

LEGO® Technic review: 42145 Airbus H175 Rescue Helicopter

Posted by Alex Campos

Products in this article were provided by LEGO®; the author's opinions are their own.


The LEGO® Technic line includes what could be called the "modern large helicopter" range of sets: 9396 Helicopter, 42052 Heavy Lift Helicopter and 42113 Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey (the latter can be considered a helicopter, and regardless of being cancelled by TLG, copies did get sold). Now, the fourth is approaching: 42145 Airbus H175 Rescue Helicopter. Will you give it permission to land?

13 July 2022

LEGO® ICONS™ review: 10497 Galaxy Explorer

Posted by Caz Mockett

Products in this article were provided by LEGO®; the author's opinions are their own.

In 1979 The LEGO Group released a set which is still much loved by fans of the LEGO® Space theme, designed by the now-legendary Jens Nygård Knudsen. In the USA it was known as 497 Galaxy Explorer, while elsewhere it went by the name of 928 Space Cruiser And Moonbase. Nowadays, fans mostly refer to it as “Galaxy Explorer” or simply “928” since that was the number printed on the sides of both versions of the ship. 

Due for release on 1 August 2022 worldwide, the set will retail for £89.99 / US$99.99 / 99.99€ / AU$179.99 and contains 1254 pieces, giving a price to part value of 7.2p / 8.0c / 8.0c. If you are pre-ordering or buying this set, please consider using our affiliate links, New Elementary may get a commission: USA LEGO Shop | Australia LEGO Shop | UK LEGO Shop/for Europe 'Change region'.

08 July 2022

Contest: Make a Wishbrick

Posted by Admin

It’s contest time! Did you know that there are more than 3700 unique LEGO® elements in the official LEGO inventory? That’s a big selection, but do you ever feel that it’s just not enough?

Banner illustration for New Elementary's "Make a Wishbrick" contest showing a minifigure dreaming of a LEGO brick.

We’d love to see what new original part you could dream up, and to make this contest more challenging, we’re getting a bit meta: we want to see your dream element built out of LEGO bricks.  

Thanks to support from the LEGO Group, you could win a Sanctum Sanctorum or Galaxy Explorer!

04 July 2022

LEGO® Super Mario Luigi's Mansion review: 71401 Haunt-and-Seek

Posted by Zachary Hill

Products in this article were provided by LEGO®; the author's opinions are their own.

The frightful foes of Luigi's Mansion return for New Elementary's final review of the January 2022 LEGO® Super Mario sets. With three more spooky enemies, seven clever gameplay modules and enough details to call the vile villa a home, Haunt-and-Seek is the ultimate Luigi's Mansion expansion.

03 July 2022

What are the new LEGO® parts for July 2022 and which sets contain the most?

Posted by tobymac

I've created a list showing all 56 new LEGO® elements added in July 2022, with links to which sets they come in so you can check for the ones you might be interested in. And for those of you who instead prefer our list of sets showing which contain the most new elements, click here.

01 July 2022

LEGO® Speed Champions interview with Christopher Stamp: Iconic Movie and TV Vehicles

Posted by Kev Levell

We were thrilled to be invited for a chat with LEGO® Speed Champions Design Manager Christopher Leslie Stamp about the upcoming sets 76911 007 Aston Martin DB5 and 79612 Fast & Furious 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, which we reviewed yesterday.
Kev Levell took the passenger's seat as Chris jumped behind the steering wheel and took us for a drive around the new sets and elements! The transcription has been edited for clarity, readability and narrative flow.