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A new month means new LEGO deals, so let’s take a look at what LEGO has to offer in July! We got some big releases in the past couple of months so there are not that many new sets around this time, but still there are some freebies, LEGO VIP member specials and more. Details below. :)

July 2015 LEGO Store Calendar Specials

LEGO CITY SPACE FREE SET: From July 1-20 you can get a free LEGO City Space Vehicle with any purchase of $35 or more. This set includes an astronaut and a small space vehicle with a radar dish – a perfect companion to the recently released LEGO City Space line. You can check out the video-reviews here: 2015 LEGO City Space Sets Review. And you can find them under the LEGO City section of the Online LEGO Shop.

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LEGO STAR WARS FREE POSTER & NEW SETS: Several new LEGO Star Wars sets were released last month, and you can check out the video-review here: 2015 LEGO Star Wars Summer Sets Review. In addition, the third LEGO Star Wars Collectible Poster will be available from July 20-26 with any LEGO Star Wars purchase. As we have discussed previously (see: LEGO Star Wars Posters Collection for 2015), there are six free collectible posters – one for each episode – but the time you can get them is quite short so you need to pay attention to the dates. You can find all the new sets under the LEGO Star Wars section of the Online LEGO Shop.

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LEGO CREATOR FERRARI F40: LEGO VIP Members will get early access to the recently announced #10248 LEGO Creator Ferrari F40 from July 15-31. This is a LEGO Creator Expert Builder replica of the famous Italian racecar. You can read more about it and watch the designer-video here: LEGO Ferrari F40 Press-Release & More!

#10248 LEGO Ferrari F40 Press Release

EARN DOUBLE VIP POINTS ON SELECT SETS: There are a couple of LEGO sets you can earn Double VIP Points on for the entire month. The #60057 LEGO City Camper Van and the #41093 LEGO Friends Heartlake Hair Salon. Both are excellent sets worth picking up.

July 2015 LEGO Store Calendar Double VIP

LEGO NINJAGO AIRJITZU FLYERS: While we will have to wait for the new wave of LEGO Ninjago sets until August, the LEGO Ninjago Airjitzu Flyers are already available. You can find reviews of the new sets here: LEGO Ninjago Airjitzu Flyers Available Now!, and you can purchase them under the LEGO Ninjago section of the Online LEGO Shop.

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If you live close to a LEGO store, there are also some in-store events kids can participate in. On July 7-8 the LEGO Monthly Mini Model Build will be a whale. Please note that from now on online registration is required to participate in this event. You can register at Shop.LEGO.com/Minibuild-Registration. There are also a couple of LEGO Club Meetings where members can share their building skills, participate in activities, etc. There is also a LEGO Minifigure Speed Build Challenge on July 29th, where the person who can build the most minifigs in one minute will win a Build-A-Minifigure 3-Pack. All of these events are for children ages 6-14, although some stores are more relaxed about the age limits.

July 2015 LEGO Store Calendar

Also, talking about LEGO stores, the LEGO Pick-A-Brick Wall will have a new Pick-A-Model selection. According to the July LEGO Store Calendar one of them is going to be an alligator. This new program hasn’t been getting much love from the LEGO fan community as it severely cuts into the Pick-A-Brick Wall selection. I have also heard that some stores removed the displays – whether this is a temporary change or permanent, I’m not sure. You can read more here: LEGO Pick-A-Model at Your LEGO Store

July 2015 LEGO Store Calendar PAB Model

As mentioned previously, July is going to be pretty quiet as far as new releases, but this is actually a welcome break after so many new sets in the past couple of months, like LEGO Pirates, LEGO Speed Champions, LEGO Ultra Agents, LEGO Creator, LEGO City, LEGO Jurassic World, LEGO The Simpsons and more. If you are shopping online, it is also worth taking a look at the Sales & Deals section of the Online LEGO Shop before you check out. There are some nice sets there with a good discount, and likely more will be added as they get retired.

July 2015 LEGO Store Calendar New Sets

So what do you think? What are you planning to get and build in July? Feel free to share in the comment section below! Also, if you are having trouble choosing which set to get, you are welcome to discuss it here. The LEGO fan community can help you in making a decision. Sometimes all it takes is just talking it through with likeminded friends. 😉

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The dream of owning your very own Ferrari F40 super sports car turns real with the highly detailed #10248 LEGO Creator Expert Ferrari F40. One of the most desirable sports cars of all time, the Ferrari F40, is now appearing for the first time as a LEGO product. Below is the official press-release and designer-video for the #10248 LEGO Ferrari F40, interesting facts about the original Ferrari F40, and more! :)

#10248 LEGO Ferrari F40 Press Release

The LEGO set of the cult Ferrari F40 sports car, which was manufactured from 1987 to 1992, guarantees building fun across many generations. Just like the legendary original, the LEGO model fascinates with sleek, aerodynamic lines and a distinctive rear spoiler, as well as the bright red racing body. The super sports car replica is being released in the LEGO Creator Expert product line, and was developed by the LEGO Group in collaboration with Ferrari. The LEGO Ferrari F40 features numerous details, recreated with LEGO bricks. Looking through the car’s hinged doors, you can quickly see that even the interior of the sports car is originally equipped. From door loops and a steering wheel with a Ferrari logo, to two red racing seats. Below the lift-up bonnet lid, there is the luggage compartment with a toolkit. A special windscreen element with printed A-pillars and tailor-made, cast wheel inserts with road-going tires give this meticulously emulated model the final touches.

#10248 LEGO Ferrari F40

Get up close to one of the world’s greatest supercars—the Ferrari F40! This awesome LEGO Creator Expert replica of the iconic sports car with its sleek aerodynamic lines, distinctive rear spoiler and racing-red bodywork is packed with authentic brick-built details, including pop-up headlights, side air intakes and a vented rear hatch that opens to reveal a twin-turbocharged, 90-degree V8 engine! Open the doors and you’ll discover complete authenticity, right down to the crafted cabled door handles, steering wheel with Ferrari logo and 2 red racing seats, while under the hood you’ll find a luggage compartment and tools. A special windscreen element with printed A-pillars and custom-made, molded rim inserts with sturdy, road-gripping tires add the final touches to this intricately designed model, a must-have for all Ferrari fans! More LEGO Ferrari F40 product highlights for master builders aged 14 and above include:

  • 1,158 LEGO elements
  • Lift-up tailgate with vents
  • V8 engine with two turbochargers and quick release function
  • Flip-up headlamps
  • Air louvers at sides
  • The LEGO Ferrari F40 is 8 cm tall, 27 cm long and 14 cm wide

DATA, FACTS & STORIES ABOUT THE FERRARI F40

A classic bright red racing chassis – the similarity of the LEGO model with its role model is immediately apparent thanks to the typical color. Of the original Ferrari F40, there were just two models in black and less than ten in yellow besides the classic red hue. One of the extremely rare white F40 productions went directly to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello (image from Wikipedia).

#10248 LEGO Ferrari F40 Reference Image

The Ferrari F40 is the last work produced under the direction of Enzo Ferrari. It is one of the most sought after models by the Italian manufacturer. With its 4.36 meters length, 1.97 width and 1.13 height, the Ferrari has a highly streamlined shape. The LEGO replica of the Ferrari F40 impresses with its 27cm length, 14cm width and 8cm height on a sporting scale.

The supercar owes its cult status to a number of prominent landmarks, such as the large rear spoiler and the pop-up headlamps in the contemporary style of the 1980s. With its distinctive rear-end and characteristic headlights, the LEGO Ferrari F40 faithfully copies these landmarks in great detail.

The LEGO Ferrari F40 costs just 89.99 Euros, making it a great way to fulfill your dream of owning a supercar. The selling price of the original was about 440,000 DM (about 380,000 Euros today).

The rear engine compartment on the LEGO Ferrari F40 opens to reveal the detailed V8 engine. It was due to this engine among other things that the F40 impressed as the fastest Ferrari for road use in its day. The fact that car accelerates from 0 to 200 km/h in 10.4 seconds, is still impressive performance today. This is also made possible by the low curb weight of the F40. 1,100 kg without operating fluids, it reaches a power/weight ratio of only 3.13 kg/kW, a very low value for a vehicle. The acceleration time of the LEGO Ferrari F40 is very much in the owner’s own hands.

The Ferrari F40 was a product to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ferrari. It met with unexpectedly high demand, so that a total of 1,315 vehicles were built, instead of the planned 450. It was manufactured from 1987 to 1992. Productions at that time went exclusively to selected prospects such as long-standing Ferrari customers and celebrities.

INTERVIEW WITH LEGO DESIGNER MICHAEL PSIAKI

Did the sharp lines of the F40 make it an easy car to recreate with LEGO bricks?Actually, the more I worked on this model the more I noticed how many subtle curves there are in the car. The car gets slightly wider and taller as you move towards the back. We managed to pull this off with a clever angled section just behind the doors. It also allowed us to get a really small gap in the frame when the doors close.

#10248 LEGO Ferrari F40 Side

Where is the spare wheel?On the real F40 there’s a compartment under the hood that looks like it should fit an extra wheel in it, but it’s actually too small. Instead there is a can of spray that can be used to patch any flat tires. Just like the real car, the compartment on the LEGO model is too small for a wheel, so we also included the can of spray.

#10248 LEGO Ferrari F40 Details

What is one of the more interesting parts used in the model that we can’t see in the images?There is a tooth element used twice inside the hood of the car to provide a stop for the headlights. It fits perfectly around the wheel and provides just the right stop so the pop-up headlights rest at the correct angle when they are closed.

#10248 LEGO Ferrari F40 Back View

Where are the door handles?The F40 was designed as a very light weight car, door handles were too heavy. Inside each door on the LEGO model you can see some bars that represent a cable on the car that would be pulled to open the door from the inside.

#10248 LEGO Ferrari F40 Side View

What is your favorite part of the model?The front hood of the car. It has two built air intakes and is attached at an angle to the rest of the model. It was very tricky to figure out how to get that section built correctly and I was very proud that we found a way to build the air intakes from standard LEGO elements.

#10248 LEGO Ferrari F40 Functions

What was the most challenging part of the model to design?The F40 has two opening panels, the engine cover and the front hood, they’re very large moving sections of the car and they were definitely the hardest sections to figure out how to make strong and look good at the same time. There’s a lot of advanced building techniques to make it all come together seamlessly.

As you can see in the designer-video, the set also includes some new elements and new printed elements as well. A really well done model overall. The #10248 LEGO Ferrari F40 will be available mid-July for LEGO VIP members and on August 1st for every else. The price is US $89.99, €89.99, £69.99, DKK 799, which is excellent! While we are waiting for the release you can also check out the other LEGO Ferrari and other racer sets under the LEGO Speed Champions section of the Online LEGO Shop.

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So what do you think? How do you like the LEGO Ferrari F40? Do you think it is a worthy representation of the original car? Are you planning to add it to your collection? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉

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LEGO Ninjago Season 5 starts tonight!

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LEGO Ninjago Season 5 is beginning tonight on Cartoon Network and will continue ever day for the next five days to cover the first five episodes, so make sure you mark your calendar! If you would like to see the trailer for this very interesting season see: LEGO Ninjago Season 5: Possession – Trailer. And […]

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LEGO Ninjago Airjitzu Flyers available now!

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Awesome news for LEGO Ninjago fans! The new LEGO Ninjago Airjitzu sets are now listed at the Online LEGO Shop! While the new Ninjago sets are scheduled for release later this summer, it did make sense for LEGO to make the new Airjitzu Flyers available earlier, as they provide a summer outdoors game. As you […]

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LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales & more!

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LEGO invest in finding sustainable materials

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A few days ago LEGO published a very interesting and informative press-release about investing significant resources to find new sustainable materials for manufacturing LEGO elements and for packaging materials. LEGO has always been very conscious about their impact on the environment, which is not an easy thing to do while working with plastics. We can […]

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When themes collide: LEGO Space & Castle

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I found this sweet LEGO spaceship by a LEGO fan who goes by the name Paddy BrickSplitter. It has a bit of a LEGO Star Wars X-wing vibe with the shaping, mixed with the LEGO Galaxy Squad Bug Obliterator white/orange/trans-blue color-scheme. But that’s not all! There is a story here too! This shapely little ship […]

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LEGO Minifigures Series 14 – first pictures

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The LEGO Collectible Minifigures series is going to take an interesting turn with Series 14 that will be released this fall. Instead of random minifigures like we have seen in previous series, or minifigures tied to a movie like LEGO The Simpsons and The LEGO Movie, this time we will get sixteen spooky minifigures – […]

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