Will Arnett to Host Unscripted Competition Series ‘LEGO Masters’ for FOX

For the amateur architect within us all, LEGO Masters is on the way from FOX, to be hosted by gravelly voiced comic actor Will Arnett. The unscripted competition reality series is based on the British series of the same name. Each episode will feature pairs of LEGO enthusiasts going head-to-head in building challenges. All the while, Arnett and a panel of expert judges (go figure) will provide encouragement to the builders, and introduce new challenges. In the end, one duo will hold the title of LEGO Masters.

Not holding the title of LEGO Masters are children who leave LEGO pieces on the floor, in the paths of their barefooted, unsuspecting parents.

Said FOX’s Alternative Entertainment and Specials President, Rob Wade of the show:

“This show is an hour of fun for the whole family and Will is the ideal host. He’s already a member of the LEGO family and his passion for this show is infectious. He’s also a great collaborator and, let’s be honest, he’s hilarious – which makes him perfect for this competition.”


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Arnett, who will also serve as an executive producer, is no LEGO novice. He famously voiced the funniest Batman there ever was in The LEGO MovieThe LEGO Batman MovieThe LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, and The LEGO Batman Movie 2, coming in 2022. The Arrested Development veteran can currently be heard voicing the titular character on Netflix’s BoJack Horseman.

“It gives me piece of mind to be able to continue building my relationship with The LEGO Group,” Arnett said. “Ultimately, my goal is Danish citizenship.”

Here’s an official synopsis from the network:

Based on the hit British reality-competition series of the same name, LEGO MASTERS brings imagination, design and creativity to life when teams of LEGO enthusiasts go head-to-head, with infinite possibilities and an unlimited supply of LEGO bricks. Teams of two will compete against each other in ambitious brick-building challenges to be crowned the country’s most talented amateur LEGO builders. In each episode, the competing pairs who impress the judges the most will progress to the next round, until the finale, during which the top teams will face off for a cash prize, the ultimate LEGO trophy and the grand title of LEGO MASTERS.

The show premieres Wednesday, February 5 on FOX.

Full list of LEGO sets retiring in 2019

A list of LEGO sets due to retire in 2019 has been published, giving fans some tips on what to buy before the end of December.

Following the previous lists of LEGO Star Wars sets expected to retire this year and nextThe Brick Fan has published a list that covers all of the sets due to retire before the year is out. According to the long-running website, the source is credible, so this may be the perfect way to plan some Christmas purchases.

Here is the list in full:

21030 United States Capitol Building
21041 Great Wall of China

60141 Police
60173 Mountain Arrest
60182 Pickup & Caravan
60195 Arctic Mobile Exploration Base
60200 Capital City
60202 People Pack: Outdoor Adventures
60204 City Hospital
60209 Sky Police Diamond Heist
60223 Harvester Transport
60235 Advent Calendar

Creator Expert
10243 Parisian Restaurant
10257 Carousel

31073 Mythical Creatures
31074 Rocket Rally Car
31079 Sunshine Surfer Van
31084 Pirate Roller Coaster

10712 Bricks and Gears

DC Comics
76095 Aquaman: Black Manta Strike
76112 App-Controlled Batmobile
76116 Batman: Batsub and the Underwater Clash
76117 Batman Mech vs. Poison Ivy Mech
853744 Knightmare Batman Acc. Set 2018

41153 Ariel’s Royal Celebration Boat
41154 Cinderella’s Dream Castle
41160 Ariel’s Seaside Castle
41162 Ariel, Aurora, and Tiana’s Royal Celebration

41339 Mia’s Camper Van
41340 Friendship House
41345 Heartlake City Pet Center
41346 Friendship Box
41347 Heartlake City Resort
41363 Mia’s Forest Adventure
41365 Emma’s Art Studio
41368 Andrea’s Talent Show

Harry Potter
75950 Aragog’s Lair
75951 Grindelwald’s Escape
75952 Newt’s Case of Magical Creatures
75964 Advent Calendar

21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V
21311 Voltron
21313 Ship in a Bottle
21314 TRON: Legacy
21315 Pop-Up Book

40343 Spider-Man and the Museum Break In
76104 The Hulkbuster Smash-Up
76105 The Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition
76134 Spider-Man: Doc Ock Diamond Heist

21135 The Crafting Box 2.0
21142 The Polar Igloo
21147 The Bedrock Adventures
21148 Steve BigFig with Parrot
21149 Alex BigFig with Chicken
21150 Skeleton BigFig with Magma Cube
853609 Skin Pack 1

70620 Ninjago City
70657 Ninjago City Docks
70669 Cole’s Earth Driller
853866 Accessory Set 2019

75970 Tracer vs. Widowmaker
75971 Hanzo vs. Genji
75972 Dorado Showdown

80103 Dragon Boat Race

Speed Champions
75884 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback
75885 Ford Fiesta M-Sport WRC
75886 Ferrari 488 GT3 “Scuderia Corsa”
75888 Porsche 911 RSR and 911 Turbo 3.0
75889 Ferrari Ultimate Garage

Star Wars
75181 Y-Wing Starfighter
75210 Moloch’s Landspeeder
75220 Sandcrawler
75222 Betrayal at Cloud City
75225 Elite Praetorian Guard Battle Pack
75226 Inferno Squad Battle Pack
75228 Escape Pod vs Dewback Microfighter
75229 Death Star Escape
75230 Porg
75233 Droid Gunship
75245 Advent Calendar
75247 Rebel A-Wing Starfighter
75259 Snowspeeder – 20th Anniversary Edition
75261 Clone Scout Walker – 20th Anniversary Edition
75262 Imperial Dropship – 20th Anniversary Edition

8293 Power Functions Motor Set
42070 6×6 All Terrain Tow Truck
42072 WHACK!
42073 BASH!
42074 Racing Yacht
42075 First Responder
42078 Mack Anthem
42079 Heavy Duty Forklift
42080 Forest Machine
42089 Power Boat
42094 Tracked Loader

The LEGO Movie 2
70820 LEGO Movie Maker
70823 Emmet’s Thricycle!
70824 Introducing Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi
70825 Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi’s Build Whatever Box!
70828 Pop-Up Party Bus
70829 Emmet and Lucy’s Escape Buggy
70835 Rex’s Rexplorer
70837 Shimmer & Shine Sparkle Spa
70838 Queen Watevra’s ‘So-Not-Evil’ Space Palace
70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg!

Bear in mind that this list is reported in good faith, there is always the possibility that some sets may sell out sooner or may stay in stock longer than expected. It is a useful guide though for those debating what sets to purchase during the remainder of 2019.

Lego Billionaire Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen Builds New ‘Campus’—With Bricks

Lego has announced the opening of a new campus in Billund, Denmark, inspired by a painting of the toymaker’s famous plastic blocks in billionaire owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen’s office.

The first phase of the quirky C.F. Møller Architects-designed project, which when completed in 2021 will span 54,000 square meters and will house 2,000 Lego staff, opened on October 28. Lego-style bricks appear in the exterior walls and two gigantic yellow blocks are perched on the roof.

Niels B. Christiansen, CEO of the Lego Group, said that the workspace “reflects our values” and “instills a sense of fun.” Adding, “Our mission is to inspire children so it’s important we provide our talented colleagues with an environment that is playful and inspires creativity and innovative thinking.”

The Lego Group was founded in Denmark in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen. Its name comes from the Danish words LEg GOdt, which mean “play well.” Nowadays ownership of a 75% stake in Lego is split evenly between Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, Sofie Kirk KristiansenThomas Kirk Kristiansen and Agnete Kirk Thinggaard.

The new campus has a focus on sustainability and Lego confirmed that builders have covered the roof of the nearby parking garage with 4,150 solar panels to produce more than 1 million kWh, which will supply half of the energy of the campus.

The Danish toymaker has largely weathered a growing consumer backlash against plastic-based products but continues to trial initiatives to bolster its sustainability record. Lego has invested $110 million (1 billion Danish kroner) in a project to replace petroleum in its construction blocks by 2030 and unveiled a pilot scheme for bricks to be recycled in the United States earlier this month.

Lego Campus. Built with bricks.
Lego campus built with bricks.LEGO

Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen said in 2016 his mission was to “inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow”  but promised a “continued ambition to leave a positive impact on the planet, which future generations will inherit.”

A staircase inside Lego's new Silicon Valley-style campus.
A staircase inside Lego’s new Silicon Valley-style campus.LEGO GROUP