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The following sets have just been discounted by at least 30%:
Price Saving Discount 4439 City Heavy-Lift Helicopter $45.49 $19.50 30%
On day nine we have another mini model, this time an Acclamator Class Republic Assault Ship. This vehicle only appears fairly briefly during the latter stages of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, but it also features heavily in the Clone Wars and various books and video games set during the Prequel Trilogy.
This model is a little too far from the source material for my liking. It is just about recognisable as an Acclamator Class Assault Ship, but the shape has not been captured perfectly and there is far too little detail in my opinion. The tail fin and engines have been recreated nicely, and I like how light and dark bluish grey pieces have been used to break up the design a little. However, the overall shape of the model is too long and not wide enough for my liking. Also, the tip of the ship is far too blunt (an issue which plagued the Star Destroyer mini model last year in 9509), although I can see no way of rectifying this given the limitations imposed by the scale.
The biggest issue for me though is the bridge section, which is completely wrong as far as I can see. This could easily be rectified with a 1x1 round tile in light bluish grey, but the 1x1 plate with clip simply does not work here in my opinion. The relative obscurity of the vehicle combined with the partial failure to capture the shape of the ship might mean that one would struggle to identify what it was immediately. This fact is evidenced by Huw's photo, which he took from the rear not realising which end was the front. Still, I think we can all agree that this is a great shot of the back of the ship!
Overall - 2.5 - Not a bad model, but only a vague representation of the vehicle in the film unfortunately.
Another mini model appears on day eight of this year's LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar, this time a Republic Gunship. This is among my favourite vehicles from the Prequel Trilogy and I think that the mini model here is an excellent representation of this iconic ship.
The anhedral wings of the Republic Gunship are captured perfectly using a pair of white flag components and I like how the twin cockpits have been included using a hinged plate. Perhaps my favourite part of the model however is the lime green tile which forms the nose cone, representative of the lime green highlights on the ship in the film.
This is therefore an outstanding little model, but there is a slight drawback. An identical Republic Gunship appeared in the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar from 2011 (7958) which Huw reviewed, so for those who picked up that calendar while it was around, this is a bit repetitive.
Overall - 4.5 - A sturdy and accurate little model of a great vehicle, but it is a shame that this is not its first appearance in the Advent Calendars.
It really does seem to be the season of goodwill to all men in the City calendar. After sharing a cuppa with the robber on Friday, the policeman is now hosting a Christmas party, complete with cocktails, chicken and pizza, on the table from yesterday's window.
It's nice to see them put their differences behind them, but is this how kids want to be playing cops and robbers?
The second edition of kids' comic Legends of Chima is out this week in the UK and other parts of Europe.
There's not much in it to appeal to adults, but it does have this Razcal minifig on the cover with an 'exclusive raven lance', which is pretty cool, unlike the odd weapon Ewar was wielding in issue one. It's a genuine figure, not made from Chinese ABS, which makes it even better.
Next month's issue comes with Grumlo, who only appears in 70008, Gorzan's Gorilla Striker, so will be well worth picking up.
See what's new on our new inventories page.
If the inventories contained new parts, they will be listed on the new parts page.
Anybody who has purchased a LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar in the past will have known it was coming. On the seventh day of this year's calendar we have a weapons rack.
Not a lot can be said about this really, it stores three different blasters, and makes use of dark and light bluish grey pieces for the most part. I quite like the curved style of the rack (more so than in previous years anyway) but the blue hinge piece looks out of place to me and another grey or even a black piece would have been preferable.
While it is far from the most interesting inclusion, this weapons rack will provide arms for some of the Minifigures we have received already or are yet to come in the Advent Calendar, so will be quite useful.
Overall - 2 - This is about as exciting as a weapons rack can get, useful, but not particularly interesting.
Today's City calendar contained a table. A very boring one. Maybe its purpose will become apparent in the next few days.
Meanwhile, not to be outdone by the Christmas market action in the winter village sets, the Friends calendar has provided us a pair of market stalls over the last few days. On Thursday we had the one on the left; yesterday, the four items being sold from it; today we had the stall on the right. Perhaps we'll have stuff to sell on it tomorrow.
Jason from Chowren Toys says: "This will be the last promo we will be running for 2013. We want to thank all the Brickset readers for their support and for making all of our promos this year a great success. We especially want to thank Huw for making all of this possible. We look forward to bringing more great deals in 2014 to the wonderful readers of Brickset.
"Our December promotion will be $5.50 for 30167 Iron Man's Fighting Drone. All the readers need to do, is enter promo code BRSET30167 at the check-out to get this price. There are total of 1000 units available and are limited to 30 per customer while supplies last. This promotion will only last until 11:59 pm (US West Coast time) on Sunday, December 15, 2013. Just like previous promotions, Brickset readers will need to have registered an account in our store in order to use this code.
"All buyers please look over and read the notes in the shipping chart before you make your purchase. Please note this is just an approximate shipping charge, but it shouldn't be too far off. As with previous promos any over-charge on shipping will be refunded. Please also note that we will do our best to ship every order as soon as possible but once it is shipped, it is out of our hands for delivery time. Please use a faster shipping method or please contact us regarding shipping methods if you are not sure what to use, and if you need the order by certain date. Thank you."
A scan from an Australian 2014 consumer catalogue has been posted on Photobucket showing the 2014 Marvel sets, which I believe are the first official non-watermarked images to surface. They'll be available in March and April in Australia, so probably slightly earlier elsewhere.
Does it look as if they have some exciting minifigs in them?
Thanks Jon Brick for the news.
Our third Minifigure of this year's LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar is a Rebel Commando, who has appeared in several sets before, most recently 10236 Ewok Village. This is a highly detailed and useful Minifigure, as it is nice to build a small army of these soldiers for use in Endor MOCs or for display with sets like the Ewok Village.
His helmet has been around since 2009, where it first appeared in 8038 The Battle of Endor, and it looks fantastic, featuring some excellent moulding and highly detailed printing, which comes together to bring astonishing accuracy to the piece. His head is a reuse of Boromir's from the Lord of the Rings theme, and his torso is detailed on front and back along with some sand green legs. Unfortunately he is unarmed, but no doubt some weapons will be provided at some point in the Advent Calendar.
Overall, this is a very welcome inclusion, and it should be quite useful in my opinion, particularly given that 10236 Ewok Village will most likely be at the top of many people's Christmas lists this year.
Overall - 4 - A lovely Minifigure and a useful one for every Star Wars fan.
There wasn't much to write about yesterday so I didn't bother, but today we have our second proper minifig in the City calendar, a 'robber'.
It's rather bizarre that he's drinking a cup of tea and not weilding a crowbar or something. Maybe he's just popped into the station for a cuppa with the policeman from day 1...
It's also bizarre how many spare neck scarves we are getting: 2 spare with the snowman earlier in the week and 2 spare with this minifig.
I have just received my Christmas Special 2013 copy of the LEGO club magazine. It arrived this morning along with a 2014 catalogue and a free Creator set, 30182 Santa (released in 2012).
Thank you LEGO Father Christmas!
On the fifth day of the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar we are provided with a Storm IV Twin-pod Cloud Car mini model. This vehicle appeared in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and challenges the B-wing for the most sets created compared with the number of seconds spent on screen, coming in at two so far versus the B-wing's four.
This model is fairly simple, using SNOT techniques throughout almost the entire craft to achieve the rather odd orientation of the vehicle in the film, which I like. The basic shape of the Cloud Car is captured, although the strut which links the two cockpits should be far narrower than it is here which takes away from the appearance of the model in my opinion. I like the inclusion of a trans-blue stud to act as the engine which demonstrates impressive attention to detail, although the shape of each cockpit windscreen is too steep.
Perhaps the biggest issue in my opinion however is the colour scheme, which should be orange. The red shade is acceptable, but the light bluish grey bricks which are the basis of each pod are quite unattractive, and they should have been replaced with pieces of the same colour as the rest of the model.
Overall - 3 - Not a bad model, but the accuracy is lacking in my opinion and I would have preferred the Cloud Car to be orange.
LEGO is making (or is soon to make) a right mess in the centre of Billund while building works for the LEGO House take place.
By way of compensation for local shopkeepers, it seems that it is going to make an Architecture model of the LEGO House which will be sold exclusively in Billund shops. It'll be given set number 4000010 and will be available from March 2014 for 149 DKK.
There's an article and video on a Danish website which shows the set and provides more information, if you can understand Danish, that is...
Thanks to toomuchdew and @Eiker86 on Twitter for the news.
Brickvention is Australia’s premier LEGO fan convention and public display. It is a three day event: there's an AFOL Convention Day on the 17th January, then public days over the weekend, 18-19th January. It's being held at The Royal Exhibition Building, Nicholson Street, Carlton, Victoria.
It will feature a huge collection of models including trains, castles, pirate ships, Star Wars, space ships, planes, buildings, sculptures and many more. There will also be competitions and LEGO sets and merchandise for sale.
LEGO fans of all ages are welcome on the Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am – 5:30pm. Tickets are only available via the link on the website there are NO tickets available at the door. This event will sell out so please ensure you purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Find out more at the Brickventures website.
Our second mini model of this year's Advent Calendar is another Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones vehicle, Zam Wesell's Koro-2 Exodrive Airspeeder which has only appeared before in the 2002 set 7133 Bounty Hunter Pursuit, albeit it at Minifigure scale. This speeder appeared early in the film, during a chase sequence on Coruscant, and the LEGO model does not vary too far from its source, particularly given the flowing design of the ship which seems unsuited to a LEGO model.
The Airspeeder is certainly recognisable, although the shape of the curved prongs towards the front of the model has not quite been achieved in my opinion using the lime green 1x4 curved slopes that are included. As I can think of no better solution, this arrangement is satisfactory for me. The cockpit windscreen runs all the way from the roof to the floor, as it should, and I like the orange accents which add a bit more colour to this already garish design. Lastly, the tail finial is not bad, but there really ought to be only a single 4L bar used here as the current design looks to be a little too wide compared with its appearance in the film. This is forgivable however for the following reason.
Perhaps the most exciting thing about this model though comes with the tail, as a pair of green 4L bars are included. This element has appeared in only one set previously, 7189 Mill Village Raid, and even there, only one was featured. These will be very useful for MOCs no doubt, and hopefully the current price of these pieces online will be driven down by their inclusion here, even if you cannot pick up the entire Advent Calendar.
Overall - 4 - A swooshable little model, although the aesthetics are a little disappointing in my opinion.
Lily, in today's Friends window, is a new character in Heartlake City. She's wearing a very Christmassy jumper, isn't she!
I had wondered whether the hairpiece was new in black, but it appeared in last year's calendar (day 24) and it's also used for Nicole in 3184 Adventure Camper.
The City calendar has a snowman in it.
Our third gift from the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar this year is an FA-4 Pilot Droid minifigure, which up until now, has only appeared previously in set 75017 Duel on Geonosis. It goes nicely with the Solar Sailer from yesterday, although it is not particularly useful as a standalone minifigure, unlike perhaps a Battle Droid which one can never have too many of.
The minifigure is identical to its earlier appearance, and while it is not the most interesting of characters, the three dark brown 1x1 slopes which are included (taking the spare into account) are fairly rare, appearing in only two other sets, which might be appealing to some.
If you have not purchased 75017 Duel on Geonosis, this is a great minifigure and will be a welcome addition to your collection. On the other hand, if you do own the aforementioned set, perhaps the dark brown slopes might be useful to you more than the minifigure itself.
Overall - 3.5 - Not a bad minifigure at all, but not particularly useful if you already own 75017 other than for the parts.
As you'll have noticed, CapnRex101 will be reviewing the Star Wars Advent models from now on. He knows what he's talking about when it comes to Star Wars so you won't have to put up with any more misspelled names and glib comments from me :-)
Today, I've chosen to feature the City model, which is this cute doggy, sporting a Dalmatian's spots but an Alsatian's head and ears. There does appear to be similar cross breeds around so maybe he is realistic. He only appears in the calendar and this year's fire station, so I suspect not many of us have him already.
The Friends calendar features a street lamp which is similar to that in last year's.
The latest issue of Hispabrick magazine is out now. As usual it contains interesting articles on a wide range of topics, including 'Introduction to Headlight Brick Patterns', '2013: a year in parts' by our very own caperberry, and reviews of a number of 2014 sets.
It's a free download from the Hispabrick Magazine website.
There's also a new issue of The Brick Collectors' magazine out as well, so check that out too.
Huw has kindly allowed me (CapnRex101) to provide a brief overview of each Star Wars Advent Calendar gift, while he takes a look at his favourite of the City and Friends models. Photos are taken by Huw.
The first mini model of the Advent Calendar this year, following the R5-F7 minifigure yesterday, is Count Dooku's Solar Sailer. This is a somewhat obscure vehicle, only appearing during the Battle of Geonosis towards the end of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and later in the Clone Wars film and television show.
This is a nice little representation of the craft in my opinion, capturing all of the major features using only eleven pieces. The bubble cockpit is formed rather nicely using a trans-clear 1x1 round plate and I like the brown, dark bluish grey and dark tan colour scheme, which is accurate to the Solar Sailer as it appears in the film. Lastly, although it is almost certainly accidental, I also appreciate how the ship sits when 'landed' just as it does in the movie, with the rear of the vehicle tilted towards the surface, while the prongs at the front stick a little into the air.
Each day I am going to award the model or minifigure a score out of 5, and today I am going to award the model...
Overall - 4 - although this is a nice representation of the vehicle, it is perhaps a little too obscure to wholly appeal.
My pick for today is from the Friends calendar, a cool ice-scooter for Sunday's Stephanie. I don't buy Friends sets normally so I was intrigued to see that they'd modified the handlebar piece, adding an extension to the ends so that the Friends figures, whose hands of course don't rotate, can hold it. It's been in a few sets already, I see.
It's interesting how many pieces they've made specially to work around the deficiencies of the Friends figures design, such as the 1x2 'T' panel to hold their feet when they are seated because they don't have stud receptacles at the back of their legs. No doubt we'll have some in the calendar later on.
The Star Wars calendar features a nondescript brown space ship which I thought was a Geonosian vessel but it turns out that it's Count Dooku's solar sailer. I never would have guessed.
The City calendar has a fireplace.
The team over at Rebrickable is holding a competition in December with a prize of $100. All you have to do is pick one of five sets and make an alternate model using only parts from the set.
Using a limited palette of parts in this way forces creative thinking and is an excellent way of honing your building skills. So, if you have a few hours to spare, give it a go! Find out more at Rebrickable.com.
LEGO has just published PDF instructions for many of the January models, including Creator, Ninjago and City. Also among the updates is one for Architecture set 21021 Marina Bay Sands, the hotel/casino complex in Singapore, and two Hobbit polybags, 30215 Legolas Greenleaf and 30216 Lake-town Guard, the latter of which is now available in TRUs in the USA.
Just when us polybag collectors thought we had a complete collection.... :-(
Following on from my first Technic review I have done for Brickset, here is the second one!
I'm going to be looking at set 42022 Hot Rod, which at 413 parts sits in the mid-size set category and at a guess will have a price point somewhere around £35/$50 (US). The Hot Rod seems to be designed to resemble the Ford Model T style 'rods. I’m no hotrod expert myself, but having had a quick look around the web, it’s the closest I could find to the LEGO Technic interpretation of this custom car icon.
The finished model is instantly identifiable as a hotrod and has all the key elements for this type of vehicle. The big exposed engine block looks great, complemented by the upward facing exhaust pipes along with the large air intake scoop on the top. The huge classic steel grill radiator completes the look. The other nice feature of this set is the fold-down roof which really works well (I’ll comment more on this later).
The big news with this set though is it's the first to advertise and use the LEGO building App! It is available from both the AppStore for iOS devices, and Google play for Android. Sadly I was unable to use the building guide App for this review and give you my thoughts as it isn’t available yet! However once it is, I’d be interested to see it myself as well as hear your thoughts on it in the comments?
As with many Technic sets, this is a 2 models in 1. The alternative model is a Baja style desert/dune buggy. It looks neat but I won't be building it as part of this review.
When I was in Canada in the summer, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Chris McVeigh (aka Powerpig). Chris is, without doubt, one of the most talented LEGO builders around. Not only are his models fantastic, but his photography is superb which results in stunning works of art, as you can see in his Flickr stream and on Facebook.
Chris has started to make instructions of his popular models and produce kits for some of them which he sells at Storenvy. He kindly gave me one of his Christmas ornaments, pictured, so, now we're in the holiday season, I thought I'd do a quick review.
Today's the day we can at last break the seals on those Advent calendars we bought way back in September and start building.
This year I'm not going to post three pictures and try to make up something interesting to say about uninspiring models every day. Instead I'll just pick one model a day, or none if they are all boring.
As is often the case, the first window in each contains a minifig so, unable to choose between them, here's a line-up of them all: a policeman, Steph, and astromech droid R5-F7.
If you want to avoid reading these Advent articles so as not to spoil the surprise you can do so by changing your news preferences.
This is the first review I have done on a Technic set, and only the second I have built since coming out of my “Dark Ages” in 2009! The first set I built was 42007 Moto Cross Bike, which was given to me as a gift earlier this year. Whilst as a child most of my early LEGO consisted of Town and Space sets, it was later on that Technic became my theme of choice. I have many memories of building sets with my dad, the pinnacle of which was set 8865 Test Car. Technic was also probably the last LEGO I built before becoming a teenager and leaving my LEGO hobby to rest…
The Black Champion Racer appears to be based on a single seater, F1 style racing car. And actually considering it’s size, it does a good job of doing so! One of the smaller sets for 2014, and one of two that feature the “pull-back” motor (part no. 6024100) that has been seen previously on sets like 42010 Off Road Racer and 42011 Race Car. The other “pull-back” set soon to be released is 42027 Desert Racer which using online building instructions at LEGO.com, can be combined with the Champion Racer to build a larger 6-wheel Racing Truck!
The European LEGO CEE team is very good to fan sites. As well as sending us three 2014 sets to review, some have been sent to other sites, and now that it's December 1st. and we're allowed to publish our articles, we should see more sets and their reviews appearing during the day. I'll list here those that I've found because I'm sure you'll be interested to read them all.
Tim at New Elementary has two Chima Legend Beasts and has focused his review on the new ball and socket joints which open up a number of new exciting building possibilities.
Technic Bricks has its hands on one of the most anticipated Technic sets, the cargo plane.
I'll update the post as I (or you) find more.
Apparently, there are some 785 million websites on the Internet (according to this report), so it's with some surprise that I see Quantcast ranking Brickset in the top 9000 most visited sites in the USA at the moment. Some 220,000 people visit every week, and look at over 2 million pages. The graph shows how traffic has increased over the last 5 years, and that it has already surpassed the maximum attained last holiday season.
How does Brickset rank among LEGO fan sites? Actually it's difficult to tell because there is no single public analytics service that captures accurate data for every website. Quantcast relies on webmasters adding a small script to every page to enable statistics to be gathered, so obviously it's only accurate for those sites that have it.
The other main analytics site is Alexa, which works by measuring what people with an Alexa toolbar have visited. This means it can measure traffic to every site, but of course only those visits by people who have the toolbar installed, which is likely to be a miniscule percentage overall. It ranks Brickset at 34,000 globally. The only other LEGO fan site I can find that ranks higher is BrickLink (27,000). Other popular sites rank as follows: MOC Pages (133,000), Peeron (368,000), Brothers-Brick (132,000), Brickshelf (123,000), Eurobricks (85,000). LEGO.com ranks at 1693.
So on that basis, it looks as if Brickset is the third most visited LEGO site on the 'net.
If you have an insight into web metrics and how we might get more accurate figures, do get in touch please or leave a comment.
LEGO fan websites in Europe are at a disadvantage at this time of year when it comes to reviewing new sets because we normally don't see anything of next year's sets until just before Christmas at the very earliest, whereas many of them are on the toy stores shelves in the USA and Canada already.
So I was thankful to Kim in the LEGO CEE team for sending us three Technic sets to review. I'll be looking at 42021 Snowmobile now, and kempo81 will cover the other two later today or tomorrow.
The truck driver is an old boy with grey hair and wearing sand blue dungarees. It's a nice torso that has appeared in only two other sets, including 7052 UFO Abduction.
Like the others, it too has a retro '1950s America' feel to it. To me, the cab, at 4-studs wide, looks too narrow. Short of some complex half-stud building techniques and a custom 5-wide windscreen, there isn't really a solution, though.
The price of this set cannot be bettered so grab it for free while you can!
Thanks to LEGO for providing the set for review.
Here's an interesting rumour that seems to have some weight behind it: Brick Fanatics is reporting that an online survey strongly hints at a range of LEGO Top Gear sets and mobile apps.
Brick Fanatics has posted screenshots of the survey which appears to be canvassing opinion on 'some exciting ideas for Top Gear LEGO sets'.
Obviously Top Gear is huge in the UK and parts of Europe but is it a 'global brand'? Would such sets sell in the USA?
(Image courtesy of Brick Fanatics)
Here at Brickset we love LEGO books which is why we give them so much coverage in the news. 2013 has been a bumper year but with so many of them, if you're on a limited budget or not sure which ones to put on your Christmas list, it can be hard knowing which to choose. So, just in time for Black Friday, I thought it would be worthwhile compiling a top 5 list to help you decide.
So, in reverse order:
5. Brick City: LEGO for Grown-Ups. Written by Warren Elsmore, this book is subtitled 'Global icons to make from LEGO'. It contains photos for Architecture-style models of landmarks as well as other 'icons' like buses and trams.
4. LEGO Play Book. An excellent book filled with photos of superb models that will provide inspiration for your own constructions.
3. LEGO Minifigure Year-by-Year. Minifigs through the ages, from 1978 to date. If you're a collector this book is a must. It doesn't contain them all due to licensing and space issues, but it's about as close as we're likely to see from a mainstream publisher.
2. The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 2. Megan Rothrock's books are great fun. Like the first volume, this contains instructions and inspirational photos of models contributed by featured builders, all of whom are accomplished AFOLs.
1. LEGO Space: Building the Future. It was not hard to decide what should be at the number one spot. This book has it all: excellent models, superb photographs and an imaginative storyline.
2014 looks like it too will be a good year for books. Amazon is listing a few already, such as a second volume from Warren Elsmore, Brick Wonders: ancient, natural & modern marvels in LEGO, and an update to DK's Star Wars visual dictionary. You'll find all I've discovered on the LEGO books for AFOLs page.
This polybag is available in Toys R Us in North America. I don't think it's available anywhere else other than possibly Hungary, so I'm indebted to Richard over at YouTube channel BrickFormula for sending some over to me. It was the last 30xxx polybag released in 2013 that I needed.
Unlike the tree in 40058 which we reviewed a few weeks ago, this is a traditional 'four-pronged' square design. However what's cool about this one is that it uses inverted slopes, and dark green ones at that, rather than normal slopes which actually give it a more realistic look, in my opinion. The gifts under the tree are an integral part of the structure, although it won't topple if they are omitted. The starfish at the top has probably been used on a tree before but despite looking I can't find one.
Overall it's a neat poly -- nice design and parts -- and worth tracking down.
According to the Metro Centre's facebook page the LEGO brand store will open its doors this Friday, just in time for the Brick Friday offers.
Thanks andrew85 for the news, who's going to check it out on Friday and let us know when the official opening is to be held.
Build your own Galaxy, The big unofficial LEGO builder's book is the second book to be published this year by a team of German AFOLs: Joachim Klang, Oliver Albrecht, Lutz Uhlmann and newcomer Tim Bischoff. The first one was Build your own LEGO Vehicles which we reviewed in July.
Like the first, it's a hefty tome: a 400-page paperback. Apart from a few introductory pages it consists entirely of instructions, for about 25 different models.
As the book suggests, these are all space-themed models and all but one are based on existing IPs: Star Trek, Star Wars, Space:1999, Battlestar Galactica, and Space Patrol Orion which seems to be a cult 1960s German production.
LEGO Space: Building the Future by Peter Reid and Tim Goddard is the latest LEGO book to be published by No Starch Press and is, quite simply, one of the best LEGO books ever.
Before I start gushing on about it I should state that I've known Pete and Tim for years and consider them good friends. I was at the first 'LEGO fest' that Pete attended, some 11 years ago. In the early days his building techniques were, shall we say, questionable, often involving knives, paint, glue and modelling clay, but since then he's cleaned up his act and is now an extreme purist, but one who's not afraid to push the boundaries of building legality, often using and connecting pieces in ways they were not designed to be. His models are simply masterpieces. One you will all be familiar with is his Exo-Suit which has just passed review at Cuusoo and will be available next year.
This book has been a labour of love for Pete, Tim and others for the last year or so and their skill and passion has resulted in an exceptional piece of work.
Hopefully it will get to 10,000 before his next birthday.
Update: Bol has also published Chima images so I've added them here.
Thanks to everyone who emailed about them.
Hoth Bricks has uncovered pictures of eight 2014 Star Wars sets we were missing pictures for including the six Microfighters. Those of 76046 Coruscant Police Gunship and 74044 Droid Tri-Fighter came from Brickshop.nl; I don't know where the others originated.
Whatever, I'd be interested to hear what you think of the Microfighters. To me, they are just plain weird and don't appeal at all.
Version 1.2 of this iOS app has just been released:
"The MyFigs Minifig Collector is for LEGO fans and minifig collectors of all ages. It is fun and easy to use, and it is all about your own personal minifig collection.
"Some LEGO minifigs are rare and highly collectable, others just have great design. I know that collectors value their precious minifigs and often store them in bags or boxes, safely away from sunlight and dust. Now you can add all your new minifigs to the MyFigs Minifig Collector and always have them just a few taps away.
"The whole idea behind the MyFigs Minifig Collector is for you to create a minifig page with a photo of your minifig, along with information like name, item number, value etc. So if you are a collector of custom minifigs or any other theme, this app is perfect for sorting your minifigs by name, theme or value.
"Last but not least, the MyFigs Minifig Collector will also keep track of the total number and the total value of all of your minifigs."
Developer Runar has created a promo video that showcases the app and has also given me 10 promo codes to enable the app to be downloaded for free. As I no longer have an iOS device (I ditched my iPad in favour of a Nexus tablet), I'm giving them all away to you. (Update: all codes have now gone!)
Sirkevbags has sent this update on his LEGO for childrens' hospital campaign:
"Due to a fantastic level of donations, Fairy Bricks is delighted to announce another children's hospice, the Keech Hospice in Luton, will be able to benefit from your generosity. This means the Hairy Fairy will be brought to life!
"You can still donate and have a chance to win a £50 voucher for items from the www.minifigs.me Christmas range. Just drop an email to email@example.com or make contact via the forum. The cut-off to have a chance of winning the voucher is 11pm on the 22/11/2013 (that's tomorrow). Your items don't have to be received by then, we just need to be aware that things are coming. Of course you can still send things after this date but you won't have an entry to the competition."
It's a great cause and I'll be donating a number of sets that I've bought over the years when they were reduced but have no likelihood of ever building. Maybe you have a similar stash you can send to Kevin?
See what's new on our new instructions page.
Penguin books has just published its catalogue of DK book releases for the first half of 2014. There are four notable LEGO books, along with 'hundreds' of kids reading/activity/sticker books which I won't list here. They are:
- Star Wars Visual Dictionary, an update on the first edition, published in 2009.
- Friends Character Encylopedia, surely that'll only need a dozen pages or so, but it's listed as having 208!
- Ninjago Brickmaster, which is apparently updated and expanded, and strangely it seems to feature skeletons which are, like, so 2011...
- Legends of Chima: The Secret History, follow the epic story of the Legends of Chima minifigs...
I'm sure they'll be great and I'll no doubt buy them all, but I'm getting a feeling of 'more of the same' from DK, who are not showing the same innovation as, for example, No Starch Press. I suspect the official LEGO licence prevents it.
Via Hoth Bricks.
The Adventure Time Project is in the final 100 support stretch, and just to help it along it seems, Cuusoo just posted it on their facebook page as well.
This strange show has a lot of people on both sides of the fence on whether or not it is appropriate content. Personally I like the show a lot, but there are some episodes I know my kids are NOT ready for.
Either way you go though, I must admit post-apocaliptic settings are perfect for anyone with a diverse collection of LEGO (Castle + Space). The build is a fantastic send up of the show and and well scaled for its more mature audiences.
Update: Adventure time has reached 10k
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The genre of this alone, dieselpunk, is enough to get my attention but the style and pulpy action that radiate from this build makes this one of my favorite projects to date.
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The grand opening event lasts all week. Tobias has found out what's on offer when you spend over €30:
Monday: Han Solo (5001621)
Tuesday: LEGO Store employee minifig (5001622)
Wednesday: closed due to public holiday
Thursday: Galaxy Squad polybag (30230)
Saturday: LEGO Retail Store (3300003)
Yesterday I stated that one of the three 2013 polys I don't have yet was 30168 Gun Mounting System. Shortly afterwards I thought I might as well bite the bullet and get one off eBay, given I had no intention of ever buying the video game. Incredibly, it arrived this morning...
Of course the highlight of the set is the Iron Patriot minifig. This is currently the only way to get it and given that next year's Marvel sets feature Spider-man, it's unlikely to be available again any time soon.
It's very well printed and the end result is fantastic. The gun mounting mechanism can be seen better in this photo of the back of the model.
Under the helmet is, unsurprisingly, Don Cheadle's head. It's double sided: this is the 'calm' side. On the other side he's clenching his teeth.
It's an expensive thing to get hold of but if you're an Iron Man fan, or polybag collector, you'll need one. Buy it now before the secondary market price skyrockets...
You've read the reviews, now you have the chance to actually see the Parisian Restaurant being built, by members of Lowlug in the Netherlands. Brickset members workfromtheheart and TAFOL are involved and sent me this:
"On Sunday 17th November, there will be a live video stream of members of Lowlug building the 10243 Parisian Restaurant on our meeting in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
"Lowlug is a Netherlands-based web community that aims at uniting Dutch speaking adult (and teenage) LEGO fans. Starting in 2003, this web community also aims to encourage people to build and show their MOC's, sharing ideas and discussing topics about LEGO. Multiple times a year, members of Lowlug also organise meetings where we all come together and meet in real life instead of only chatting with each other on a computer.
"A team of 4 people will be building the restaurant, starting at around 10:00/10:30 a.m. GMT. This will be recorded via webcam and will be streamed live on our website for everyone to see at http://www.lowlug.nl/video."
While several LEGO fan conventions often get overlooked in the news, mostly until after the event, one of the largest conventions in Canada is taking place next weekend on the 23rd and 24th—Brickfête Montreal. The venue is a good 6,000 square feet, and each year I hear good things about the event. Unfortunately I've never been to this particular event, but for those who are nearby or have time to make a quick weekend travel, the venue is at Pierre Charbonneau Centre, Montreal, QC. Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for children.
We've been encouraging you to support Project Swapfig for some time. If you haven't done so yet, please consider doing so now: there's only about 18 hours left of the crowdfunding campaign and it's just under £400 shy of reaching its target. The purpose of the funding is to be able to redesign the site and thus make it more attractive and appealing to a wider audience.
Brickset member silentmode is the man behind the project and this is what he says about it:
"How many times have you wanted a particular minifigure, but didn't want to buy a whole set - or spend hours feeling through packets and risk getting the wrong one? Wouldn't it be easier and less hassle if you could find someone to trade with instead?
"Project Swapfig was created to bring people interested in minifigure trading together, as well as simplify the online trading process, and to introduce old and new fans of LEGO to the concept of trading. The site launched on 1 May 2013, and to date there are almost 500 members, and over 200 completed local and global trades. Check out the site right now at swapfig.com."
It's a great site which we fully endorse and encourage you to head on over to Zequs to pledge something: There are some great incentives on offer including gold minifigs. Remember: every little helps!
As many of you will know first-hand, collecting polybags is one of the more fun, and challenging, aspects of the hobby. I thought it would be useful to look back on the polybags released this year and consider which ones turned out to be the rarest and hardest to get, based on the number of people who have marked them as owned here at Brickset.
So, by my reckoning there were 59 polybags released in 2013. Here are the rarest:
40073 Panda: This is similar to 30026 and it's likely that it's been made for the Chinese market and available only from there. A pretty reliable indicator of whether a set has actually been released is if any have been sold through BrickLink, and in this case, none have so it looks as if it is yet to be sold anywhere.
30066 Duplo Circus: We don't have any notes about the availability of this one, but I had a set of five of them sent over from Hungary earlier in the year. A small number of people have indicated ownership but that might just be because it's Duplo and nobody has gone out of their way to get it.
30184 Little Helicopter: Not many people have managed to find this one it seems, but it has just turned up packaged with three mini DK books in UK branches of Tesco for £5. Thanks to Garethmoore for this piece of information. There are some on BrickLink but they are commanding a high price so if you need it you'll be best getting it with the books.
30186 Christmas Tree: This one has apparently started to show up in Toys R Us in the USA and thus can easily be obtained on the secondary market if you're not in the US.
So, which of the 59 don't I have? I've still to take delivery of Kraang's Turtle Target Practice and Robin and Redbird Cycle (thanks Kempo81...) which will leave just the panda, the Christmas tree and the Iron Patriot gun mounting system to track down. Maybe you can help? :-)
How about you? How many do you still need to get hold of? Which ones have you found most difficult to find?
Images of many of the 2014 Star Wars sets have been posted on Eurobricks. The images are a bit small and I don't know where they've come from originally, but I've corrected them a bit and enlarged them so we can get a better view.
Thanks to lomis for posting the EB link in the forum and jmags2424 for the email.
shop.LEGO.com now has details of four sets from The LEGO Movie, and the associated collectable minifig series. Sets are to be available from January 01, 2014.
(Thanks to tkatt for the news).
We might have expected Walmart.ca to be asked by LEGO to remove their images of 2014 sets following their discovery the other day, but it seems the opposite has occurred - they've now published more: Friends, Disney Princess and Creator.
These are the first images of most of these sets to have surfaced and I think you'll find many of interest. I predict the Disney Princess sets will fly off the shelves. There are some great Creator sets too and I'm particularly lovin' this Furry Creatures one. However, those that were hoping that Emerald Express was to be a set to rival the Emerald Night will be sorely disappointed...
You will remember that a couple of weeks ago we posted an article about the KickStarter project Mechabrick which aims to create kits to convert your Minifigs into 1/144 scale mecha to use them in a board game.
Just 11 days after the project was launched, it achieved its target funding and since then it's reached some of its 'stretch goals' as well. It's now in the last couple of days of fundraising, so if you've been meaning to pledge but haven't yet done so, now would be a good time -- they WILL be made and you WILL get your kits now that the target has been passed.
As an added incentive, the Mechabrick team has hooked up with the SKULLS! Custom Accessories for your Miniature Brick Figures team: if you pledge support for both you'll receive a number of extra goodies to enable you to make 'skull-mechs'.
If minifig customisation is your thing, be sure not to miss out!