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7599 Garbage Truck Getaway for just US$35
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The prize draw is over, the grand total raised was £4800. I believe around a dozen hospitals around the world are going to benefit from everyone's generosity, which is a fantastic achievement. I'll ask kevbags (or sirkevbags as he is now in the forum :-)) to provide a complete list.
The full list of winners, who have all been notified by email, is after the break.
I'd personally like to thank Kev for organising it. Not only will it benefit countless children but it's also helped galvanise the Brickset community and make it a truly great place to be, and in my case 'be in charge' of.
The following sets have just been discounted by at least 30%:
Price Saving Discount 3857 Games Draida Bay $8.25 $6.74 45%
I'm sorry if this news comes late to fellow Canadians, but I only now had a chance to visit the city.
I found this exclusive DVD and Blue Ray Version in Walmart, the DVD I believe was priced at 14.99 + tax.
I purchased my DVD copy however at Superstore for 15.97 + tax. Walmart is the better deal.
A wonderful Clark Kent figure made out of the most desired... lower grade ABS.
I received a review copy of this new book published by No Starch Press today. The BrickGun Book "shows how to make the world's least dangerous guns". It's a 222-page paperback authored by Jeff Boen who, by all accounts, is a celebrity in brick gun circles, and who runs Brickgun.com.
After a short introduction that provides building tips and explains the development of Jeff's designs, the bulk of the book is filled with detailed instructions for five of his most popular ones: BG22, 92FS, Desert Eagle, 1911 and MAC-11 (the names of which mean little to me).
The instructions themselves, which are accompanied by tabular and graphical parts lists, have been created with the LDraw toolset. They are very high quality and look to be easy to follow, despite the fact that most of the parts are black. I'd go so far as saying that they are better printed than some of the LEGO official instruction books in that regard. There are example spreads of the instructions on the No Starch website.
The completed models look very realistic and in fact the back of the book states to 'exercise caution when handling these replicas and be extremely careful when displaying these models in public'. It might be better to build them in red then, rather than black :-)
The subject matter will not be to everyone's taste but there seems to be a demand for it as this is No Starch's fourth book on LEGO guns, after Forbidden LEGO, LEGO Heavy Weapons and Badass LEGO guns. They obviously wouldn't have published it if there wasn't.
If LEGO guns interest you, you won't be disappointed with this book. It's very well produced.
If you've been wondering why the news and site updates have been a little slow over the last couple of weeks, it's because I've started work on redeveloping the site. It's very early days, and it's going to be a good few months before I've finished, but there's enough done now to show you and solicit feedback.
Update: my call for feedback has been met with an overwhelming response, which is excellent. However to stop the bombardment of emails I'll close the offer for now!
The question was "What was the TV series called when it was shown in the UK in the 1980s?", and the correct answer was B, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles because of "the controversy surrounding ninjas and related weapons such as nunchuks at the time. The intro sequence was heavily edited because of this, replacing the word ninja with hero or fighting, using a digitally faded logo instead of the animated blob, and removing any scenes in which Michaelangelo wields his nunchuks, replacing them with random clips from the show", according to Wikipedia. I didn't watch it at the time but presumably that totally ruined it!
There were 511 entries, of which 298 were correct, which I reckon is pretty low given you could've Googled it!
Anyway, picking an entry at random from the list, number 132, is...Charlie Davies! Congratulations Charlie, I'll be in touch to get your address.
The WA Brick Society is having its annual display and invites people to see what amazing things they have made from LEGO on their 40 metre long layout! The display will include an even longer bridge than last year (39 metres), a working race car track, drag strip and a model of Allendale Square, a Perth landmark.
Last year was their best attended event, with over 21,000 people that came down to the show!
This year it's being held at Claremont Showgrounds, Claremont, Western Australia, on June 1st and 2nd, from 10am - 5pm, and June 3rd: 10am to 4pm. Entry prices are: Kids $5, Adults $10, Family $25.
Today's your last chance to enter the raffle! There's a huge prize pool, including Mr. Gold, and all proceeds are going to be used for buying LEGO for childrens' hospital wards in the UK, USA, Australia, and now also Spain and Sweden, thanks to local Bricksetters.
kevbags has just let me know that we're well on the way to raising £3000, which is a fantastic achievement!
He'll be accepting entries up until 11pm (GMT+1) this evening. Tickets cost just £1 (multiple tickets allowed), payment via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your Brickset name (main site or forum) in the comments and use 'I'm sending money to family or friends' or the 'gift' option so we are not throwing money away on fees, or if that option is not available in your country, please add a little more to cover them. Please do not mention 'raffle' in the payment text.
Update: entry is now closed. Over £4500, US$6800 was raised! Stay tuned for more information!
We're hearing from grogall that 10237 Tower of Orthanc will be available from 17th June exclusively to VIP customers from shop.LEGO.com and in the brand stores. This is a couple of weeks before its general release in July.
Toy Story 7599 Garbage Truck Getaway for just US$35
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