A couple of days ago, LEGO announced a new collection for adult LEGO fans called LEGO Art. The series features mosaics of Marvel and Star Wars characters and famous celebrities. Below is the press-release with all the information.
The LEGO Group is launching a new canvas for creative expression alongside a series of much-loved partners. Designed for adults who pride themselves on their love of pop culture, four new LEGO Art sets give creative adults a different way to transform their passion into art.
Those who love Warhol or Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles or iconic characters from the Marvel Universe and Star Wars galaxy can pay homage to their idols by creating their very own LEGO artwork portrait to proudly display in their homes, offices or wherever they enjoy their music, film, or art.
The LEGO Art sets offer adults a new creative experience to help them relax and recharge as they transform a blank canvas (or in this case, small interlinking base plates) using LEGO tiles. Each set can be reimagined in a number of different ways to express the personality of each different builder, and to make it easy and simple for pop culture lovers to refresh the LEGO Art piece on display in their house. All four new sets come with a signature tile unique to the set that is worthy of any true work of art, and a new hanging element to make them easy to hang up and switch around.
With new research from the LEGO Group finding that 73% of adults often research new ways to help them relax, each LEGO Art set comes with a bespoke soundtrack that makes the perfect building companion. Featuring fascinating anecdotes from the creators of Iron Man and Star Wars, or those closest to the stories of Andy Warhol and the Beatles, the soundtracks dive deep into the inspiration behind each design to help adults fully immerse themselves in the building experience and unwind while they explore their love of music, art or film in a new way.
The LEGO Marvel Studios Iron Man set will be available exclusively from LEGO retail stores and LEGO.com in most countries while the other three sets will be available from retailers from 1st August 2020, or from 1st September in the US. All products in the collection measure over 15.5” (40cm) square when completed. Recommended for ages 18+. Prices are as follows: US $119.99 – CA $149.99 – DE €119.99 – UK £149.99 – FR €119.99 – DK 1099DKK (Euro pricing varies by country). Check the Online LEGO Shop.
➡ #31197 LEGO Art Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe – 4-in-1 Collectible Wall Art Building Kit for Adults – Pop art admirers can now recreate Andy Warhol’s famous bright pink screen-print of Marilyn Monroe from 1967, or reimagine it in three different colors using LEGO tiles. As art and design lovers tailor the tone of their piece to suit their artistic temperament, they can tune in to new insights and details about Warhol from those that know him best. Accompanying soundtrack includes interviews with Jessica Beck, Curator at The Andy Warhol Museum and stories from Blake Gopnik, Art Critic and the author of “Warhol”, a comprehensive biography. Comes with 3,332 pieces.
➡ #31198 LEGO Art The Beatles – 4-in-1 Collectible Wall Art Building Kit for Adults – Music lovers can bring Beatle-fandom into the home with a LEGO portrait of their favorite band member, whether it’s John Lennon, Sir Paul McCartney, George Harrison, or Sir Ringo Starr. Each set can be used to create four unique portraits or collect four and display the full band side-by-side. Fans can get by with a little help from friends of the Beatles as they switch their headphones over to accompanying soundtrack to listen to music and stories about the band as they build. Accompanying soundtrack includes interviews with Broadcaster and Beatles Expert, Geoff Lloyd, British journalist and Beatles fan Samira Ahmed and stories from Nish Kumar, Comedian, TV Presenter and Beatles fan. Comes with 2,933 pieces.
➡ #31199 LEGO Art Marvel Studios Iron Man – 3-in-1 Collectible Wall Art Building Kit for Adults – Super Hero fans can decide between powering their hero up with the MARK III, the HULKBUSTER MARK I or the MARK LXXXV with this 3-in-1 set. After the tough decision is made, builders can recharge by listening to cool details about the set and stories from Marvel Experts as part of the accompanying soundtrack. Three separate sets can be combined to make an ultimate Iron Man portrait piece. Fans who want to channel Tony Stark and ‘run before you walk’ can combine three of the same sets into one to create the ultimate Iron Man artwork. Accompanying soundtrack includes interviews with Roy Thomas, former Marvel Editor in Chief and stories from Alex Grand, Marvel expert and host of “Comic Book Historians podcast”. Comes with 3,156 pieces.
➡ #31200 LEGO Art Star Wars The Sith – 3-in-1 Collectible Wall Art Building Kit for Adults – Celebrate iconic villains from a galaxy far, far away with this 3-in-1 portrait set. Choose between portraits that pay tribute to the Sith, with Darth Vader, Darth Maul, or Kylo Ren, or take the artwork to the next level by combining three sets into an ultimate Darth Vader wall piece. The soundtrack means the Force will be with fans as they create their very own piece of wall art while listing to music from the films and fun stories from Star Wars™ creators. Three separate sets can be combined to make an ultimate Darth Vade portrait piece. Accompanying soundtrack includes interviews with Doug Chiang, VP & Executive Creative Director, Lucasfilm and stories from Glyn Dillon, creator of the design for Kylo Ren, as seen in the Star Wars film saga. Comes with 3,395 pieces.
Louise Elizabeth Bontoft, Senior Design Director at the LEGO Group, commented: “We know adults are always trying to destress after a day at work, and we thought, what better way to help them switch off than by encouraging them to explore their favorite passion in a new creative way? With these wider ranging designs, we believe that we can inspire film fans, music lovers and art and design aficionados to immerse themselves in a world of art and creativity linked to their idols. Through this new experience, we believe adults can unwind, engage in a mindful building activity and ultimately create a beautiful piece of wall art that perfectly reflects their personality.”
These new wall art sets are the second 2D tile creative concept to be announced by the LEGO Group this year, following the launch of LEGO DOTS, a new theme that offers children a new way to express themselves inspired by arts and crafts. You can find them at the LEGO DOTS section of the Online LEGO Shop.
What do you think? How do you like the LEGO Art sets? Which one is your favorite? Are you planning to get any of them? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below!
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These are super cool. I wonder why they used smooth tiles for some and studs for the others.
I was reading in an interview with the designer (I think it was on brickset), that they felt the tiles were better for some and studs for others. And they are considered mixing the two in future releases to add some texture. I like both styles.
So cool! But my bank account is crying!
I heard rumors about these, and I wasn wondering what they will look like. They are much better than I expected.
I like these a lot. They look sophisiticated and very adult. But the price to get them all in just one of the collections is hard to swallow.
Hmm, not for me. Too big and expensive for my tastes. And that “meditative” building technique appears pretty tedious…
I’m curious about that soundtrack. What does that mean? How long is it?
There were some interviews with various experts on the subjects depicted, if I remember correctly…
As cool as this is. I agree with hakan , it’s too expensive and too tedious for me to work on. I may wind up losing my patience working on this.
I love the idea. Would prefer something like Seurat’s A Sunday on Le Grande Jatte–very meta. Perhaps a Van Gogh?
I spend hours with very expensive wooden jigsaw puzzles, I’m glad to see Lego identifying and tapping into what is, admittedly, not a large market but a devoted one.
I think this feels more as a craft than a puzzle, though. You shouldn’t have to look long for the right part if you just follow the instructions…
again-again; overpriced 🙄 I won’t get much Lego this year if they continue in this manner..
Hmm, maybe “creator” could be interpreted in various ways, but the original creators of Iron Man were Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck and Jack Kirby (with Lee and Kirby together responsible for about 90%+ of the foundation of the Marvel Comics Universe), and the later red and yellow redesign a design by Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko..
Those different characters in Star Wars might have been more of a team effort, though, so I’m not certain on whom to be credited for their on-screen appearance other than George Lucas…