Awesome news for LEGO Star Wars fans! To celebrate the release of the the Solo: A Star Wars Story film this weekend, LEGO is bringing back the exclusive #5005376 LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Pod special offer! You can get the pod free until June 3rd, with LEGO Star Wars purchases of $60 at official LEGO stores and the Online LEGO Shop. 🙂

The #5005376 LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Pod  is a highly desirable set in the LEGO Collectible Pods series. It was a special offer back in April, so it’s nice to see LEGO bringing it back for Star Wars fans who missed out the first time. Or, if you already got one, this is your chance to get more!

Also, remember all the recently released LEGO Star Wars sets related to the Solo: A Star Wars Story film! This includes the #75207 LEGO Star Wars Imperial Patrol Battle Pack, the #75209 LEGO Star Wars Han Solo’s Landspeeder, the #75210 LEGO Star Wars Moloch Landspeeder, the #75211 LEGO Star Wars Imperial TIE Fighter, and the #75212 LEGO Star Wars Kessel Run Millennium Falcon. You can check out reviews of the sets here: New LEGO Star Wars Solo Sets & More Review, and find them all under the LEGO Star Wars section of the Online LEGO Shop.

In addition, we also got two new large buildable figures related to the movie; the #75535 LEGO Star Wars Han Solo, and the #75530 LEGO Star Wars Chewbacca. You can find them both under the LEGO Star Wars section of the Online LEGO Shop.

There are also a couple of new LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz characters to tie in with the film; the #41608 LEGO BrickHeadz Han Solo and the #41609 LEGO BrickHeadz Chewbacca. You can find them both under the LEGO BrickHeadz section of the Online LEGO Shop.

Another great news is that it seems like LEGO finally caught up with demand, as the #75192 LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon has been consistently shown as available at the LEGO Star Wars section of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? Are you planning to watch the Solo: A Star Wars Story film this weekend? Or have you seen it already? And how do you like the LEGO sets related to the film? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below! Please avoid movie spoilers though! 😉

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A very surprising piece of news that came out earlier this week is that LEGO will be making construction sets based on the Overwatch video game by Activision Blizzard. There are several reasons why this news is such a big deal, so let’s discuss. 🙂

First of all, here is the excerpt related to the new license from the original press-release (find full press-release at BusinessWire): “Set for ongoing growth with a slate of world-class entertainment properties, Activision Blizzard Consumer Products Group (ABCPG) arrives at Licensing Expo 2018 with an all-star roster of licensing and retail partners. Through gameplay, film and television content, esports events and consumer products, Activision and Blizzard Entertainment are creating depth, breadth and longevity of engagement around their franchises and across platforms. A year into the group’s formation, ABCPG is successfully delivering against the company’s franchises, including Blizzard’s Overwatch and Activision’s Call of Duty, among others. The merchandising program for Overwatch is significantly expanding. Hasbro has been awarded the master toy license for the franchise with plans for a wide range of play experiences including a NERF product line, games and more. Additionally, LEGO Group has plans for multiple Overwatch building sets across various price points.”

In case you are not familiar with Overwatch, it is a very popular team-based multiplayer first-person shooter video game that was released in 2016 and is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows. Players are assigned into two teams of six, with each player selecting from a roster of characters known as “heroes”. Players on a team work together to secure and defend control points on a map or escort a payload across the map in a limited amount of time. Players gain cosmetic rewards that do not affect gameplay, such as character skins and victory poses, as they play the game. After initial purchase, updates for the game are free, with the only cost being microtransactions to earn additional cosmetic rewards. Overwatch has more than 40 million players and is considered one of the best multiplayer games with numerous awards. I have included a couple of trailers here for the game so you get a sense of what it looks like.

LEGO picking up a first-person shooter video game is a huge surprise. To date, they have stayed away from video games in general, with the exception of Minecraft. Even LEGO Angry Birds sets were only released after the film (which was based on the original game). In addition, games and films wholly centered on shooting was always against LEGO’s policies. While Overwatch is a cartoony game with unrealistic weapons, it’s still all about shooting with not much else going on. The game doesn’t have any iconic locations or vehicles, although there are some mechs LEGO could potentially use for building sets.

Another reason this collaboration is a surprise is because Overwatch characters don’t naturally lend themselves to be made into traditional minifigs due to their diverse sizes and shapes. Some LEGO fans believe that LEGO may use the large buildable figure system for the characters, or even the LEGO BrickHeadz standard, as demonstrated by LEGO fan 0nuku in the picture below.

Mega Construx (formerly Mega Bloks) has been a long time maker of construction toys for Blizzard’s other properties like Call of Duty and Destiny. Mega’s micro action-figures for these lines are amazing, and a much better fit then what LEGO could produce. While the press-release states that Mega will continue making Call of Duty and Destiny construction sets, some LEGO fans wonder if there is a possibility that LEGO may pick up other Blizzard licenses in the future. On the other hand, it is also possible that Mega will get the Overwatch license if the LEGO sets don’t perform well. This wouldn’t be the first time when a licensed property gets passed from Mega to LEGO and vice versa (i.e. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Spongebob SquarePants).

While some LEGO fans are super excited that the Overwatch license will open the door for other video game-based LEGO sets from Blizzard like Call of Duty, Destiny, World of Warcraft, StarCraft, etc., or even from other gaming companies, others are concerned that LEGO is straying away from their standards by collaborating with first-person shooter games, and releasing too many licensed themes in general. Time will tell how all of this will play out…

What do you think? Do you play Overwatch? How do you like the game? And what kinds of sets do you think LEGO will release? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉

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