Brickset news archive: January 2008
Today marks the 50th anniversay of the LEGO brick. It was this day, back in 1958, that LEGO were granted the patent for the stud-and-tube design of the automatic binding brick.
To mark the occasion Google's logo is made from LEGO and there are loads of news articles in papers and websites all over the world. I will be featured in an article in Southampton's Southern Daily Echo, and fellow Brickish Association members have been featured on UK TV, including BBC Breakfast on Friday, when our chairman Simon Bennett constructed a model of the studio live on air.
If there's something notable happening where you live, add a comment to let us know!
Ronbonne reports that he has purchased some Mindstorms sensors from Shop At Home (US) and discovered they have a "silent" sale going on. Most sensors were 20% discounted; the "silent" part of this sale is that you only find out what the discount is once you put the items in you shopping basket; the lower prices are NOT listed on the item pages..!
When the prices for the Power Functions were announced in the latest S@H catalogue, I was surprised how cheap they were. It would appear that LEGO were too once they'd re-done their calculations because the prices have increased considerably already. For example, the XL motor is listed at £3.99 but now costs £7.99.
However, if you're quick you can still order them at the old prices: Simply click-through from here, add them to your cart, then use catalogue code EJ99 or EJ80 when you check-out. You should find that the prices are reduced to the old level.
This will only work until the end of March when another catalogue is released.
The appearance of the Argos catalogue in January is often the first opportunity people in the UK get to buy the new sets in their local shops. This year is no exception, there's a good selection of new Star Wars, City, Technic and Bionicle sets available. You can check them out on the Argos website.
This year's 'half-price' set is the 7723 police seaplane, 'reduced' from £35 to £17.50.
Deino reports the availability of the Troll Battle Wheel at Toys R Us priced at 39.99 USD. Also, 8953 Makuta Icarax is available for 24.99 USD.
We have received many e-mails about comments being deleted from a certain news article. Due to an outbreak of members abusing the comments facility on the news article in question, I have been forced to delete many comments from said article. The reason some newer comments have been deleted is because they relate to the deleted comments. Please do not continually put comments up asking why previous ones have been deleted. I hope this clears up the matter for everyone, and thank you for your co-operation.
Once again Eurobricks has posted preliminary images of forthcoming sets, this time of the Agents sets. I have added them here for your convenience.
Update: LEGO requested that they be removed from Eurobricks. They didn't ask me but I took them down anyway. I supect if you search Brickshelf for 'Agents' you'll find copies there.
Several people emailed us to say that the Indiana Jones microsite on lego.com is now live. Go and check it out; there are some cool wallpapers and clips from the movies, sadly not done in LEGO though, which suprised me because I am sure I have seen the boulder scene from the first movie rendered in LEGO before, about when the Studios sets came out. Does anyone else remember this?
If you haven't seen any of the new CITY Cargo sets, including 7731 Mail Van, 7732 Air Mail, 7733 Truck & Forklift, and 7734 Cargo Plane in stores in the U.S., the newest LEGO Magazine has good news for you! The reason these have not been spotted in retail stores in the U.S. yet, is because they are Toys"R"Us exclusives. So head over to your nearest Toys"R"Us to see if they have made their way there yet or, just check out the LEGO Shop website, as they are available there as well.
Eurobricks has posted loads of pictures of the second-half-of-year sets scanned from the retailers' catalogue. I have posted them here, but I might be asked to take them off again, so take a look at them while you can!
In response to my request for ideas for new features, someone asked for the ability to share their collection and wants lists with others. This was a quick thing to do so on the 'Sets I own' and 'Sets I want' page you'll now see a link which you can send to others to enable them to see your data. Note that you need to ensure that 'Allow other members to view my collection' is ticked on your profile otherwise they'll see a blank list.
While I was at it I have also increased the results page size from 25 rows to 50. If that slows things down too much for you them let me know and I'll reduce it again.