LEGOLAND Florida plans to ring in the New Year in quite a unique way. At 6 PM EST (midnight KST or Kid Standard Time according to the park), LEGOLAND Florida will ring in the New Year with a Brick drop, akin to the ball drop that will take place a few hours later in New York City. LEGOLAND Florida, the worlds largest LEGOLAND park and the second one to open in North America after LEGOLAND California. Located in Winter Haven, Florida, the park was formerly home to Cypress Gardens.
LEGO’s Winter Village has been growing steadily over the years with the releases of the Winter Village Toy Shop, Bakery and Post Office and now it is set to grow even further with the addition of a Winter Cottage. The set is rather large compared to its Winter Village brethren and has 8 minifigures and consists of 1490 pieces. Once released the Winter Village Cottage will retail for $99.99.
How do you get people to come to a movie that was originally released in the late 90s to poor reviews and expect people to watch it again more than a decade later simply because it is in 3D? Promote it with a LEGO Star Wars Barrel Organ of course! Currently touring around German theaters, the barrel organ features scenes built out of LEGO from Hoth, Tatooine, Endor and the Death Star. The scenes are built onto the barrel in such a way that it matches the musical composition of the Star Wars Main Theme. When the organ is rotated, mechanical sensors come into contact with bricks, which in turn strike the keys on a keyboard, thus, allowing for the music to be played.
Ever wanted to have your scale model heavy machinery to haul some adorable pandas or cuddly black bears? Now you can with the two new tractor-trailer trucks that are part of the 2012 Tomica lineup. Each model is set to be available for ¥378.
To celebrate the opening of 10 new stores in North America this year, LEGO plans to make available the 3300003 LEGO Brand Retail Store during grand opening celebrations for each store. A limited number of shoppers will have the opportunity to get the set by making a qualifying purchase during each store’s grand opening celebration. Cities in North America which will see LEGO stores open this year include: Nashville, TN; Victor, NY; Vancouer, BC, Wauwatosa, WI: The Woodlands, TX; Peabody, MA; Overland Park, KS; Elizabeth, NJ; Seattle [Lynnwood], WA and Alpharetta, GA.
Source: The Brothers Brick