Brickset news archive: September 2013
40056, Thanksgiving Feast, is currently listed for other countries (in addition to the US, where Thanksgiving sets are usually exclusive to) however it is presently shown as being sold out.
We don't celebrate Thanksgiving as such in my part of the world so it's good to see this particular set being made available to others. There are some great accessories in this set like two kittens and a roasted turkey!
Update: Set now showing as available.
There is still a huge number of sets reduced by 33% at Amazon.co.uk but I suspect their prices will rise tomorrow once the Argos 3-for-2 offer ends.
So, take a look through the list of discounts and place your order before it's too late...
Having just stuffed the DK Minifigure book onto my Billy bookshelf, I thought I'd post this picture of my collection, and reflect on the LEGO book phenomenon as it is today.
One of the first LEGO books to be published by a publisher other than the LEGO company was 'The World of LEGO Toys', in 1987. There was then a long wait for the next one, Dorling Kindersley's The Ultimate LEGO Book, published in 1999. For a few years DK had a monopoly on publishing licenced LEGO books, although there were literally hundreds of unofficial ones published by others on Mindstorms, which had just been released, and I guess we have that product partially to thank for making books about LEGO as popular as they are today.
Nowadays, several publishers are creating licenced books, including DK, Ladybird and Scholastic, the latter two concentrating their efforts on story and activity books for young readers, and many others have an impressive catalogue of LEGO titles, most notably No Starch Press.
Walk into any bookstore in the UK or the USA and there is usually a large area dedicated to LEGO books, and indeed some bookstores in the UK such as Waterstones have started to sell LEGO sets as well as books. Clearly they are big business, and I hope they continue to be because us LEGO book aficionados have never had it so good.
What's also great about the rapid rise in LEGO book popularity and numbers is that it's enabled many AFOLs to become involved in creating them, myself included.
There are still many more great books to come in 2013 including, from No Starch, Beautiful LEGO (see my review in a couple of days), Megan Rothrock's LEGO Adventure Book volume 2, and Pete Reid and Tim Goddard's LEGO Space, which I've heard great things about.
Don't forget that we maintain an index of LEGO books that are of interest to AFOLs complete with handy links to Amazon to enable you to fill the gaps in your collection :)
The much anticipated book: LEGO Minifigure Year by Year A Visual History from Dorling Kindersley has just been published in the USA and will be available in the UK from next week.
The book covers the history of minifigures from 1978 to 2013 in 256-pages. It features information and pictures of several thousand of them laid out in typical DK style. It doesn't set out to include every minifig ever made, but it does include every significant and important minifig ever made, with some exceptions, which I'll come onto later.
It comes with not one but three minifigs mounted in the thick front cover: a town person (plain red torso and legs, classic smiley and brown male hair), a Stormtrooper that looks to be pretty standard, and a robber, who is probably similar to those found in recent City sets. To be honest, they are a bit boring and actually I think I'd rather have a copy of the book without the thick front cover because it does make it more difficult to browse. I believe DK make 'library editions' so it might be worth looking out for that instead of the retail version.
After a few introductory pages about 'what is a minifigure?', 'how minifigures are made' and a time-line, the main body of the book starts on page 19 with 1978, pictured right. The 70s and 80s are covered in the next 25-pages. The 1990s take 40-pages, the 2000s take 100 pages and the last 60 pages cover years 2010 - 2013. I think these numbers illustrate very well the rapid expansion in minifigs we've seen since the turn of the century!
The photography is generally of a high quality and consists of several types of images: those that have appeared in other DK books, including some I took for the HP and SW character encyclopedias; those that have been taken especially for this book; and for minifigs made in recent years, those provided by LEGO from their image library.
You will recall that earlier in the year we put out a request here at Brickset to source minifigs to photograph and around twenty or so of us loaned them to DK, so consequently the acknowledgements page at the back reads like a Brickset roll-call. Thank you to all those that helped!
Personally I felt some of the pictures taken for the book lacked 'punch' due to flat lighting, and consequently don't 'leap off the page'. I thought some of those on a 1998 page, right, were not particularly good.
So, what's in the book, and what isn't? Our very own kempo81, Giles Kemp, was the lead consultant and tasked with deciding what should be included. We can be confident therefore that every significant figure has been included.
However, there are some gaps: there are no Toy Story, no Pirates of the Caribbean, no Prince of Persia and no Lone Ranger figures included. Are you seeing a pattern emerge? I couldn't possibly comment on why that is, but I suspect you can draw your own conclusions. It's a shame, but it's not a show-stopper.
Like all DK books, it's fantastic and worthy of a place on every LEGO fan's bookshelf. It's not quite the definitive book that it should have been but it comes close, and there's no other book like it.
It's available from Amazon:
Tonight, at the LEGO Fan weekend in Denmark, 10241 Maersk Line Triple-E container ship was unveiled. Here's the press release:
Build the Maersk ‘Triple-E’ container vessel – a true giant of the seas!
US $149.99, CA $179.99, DE €129.99, UK £109.99, DK 1199.00 DKK
Presenting the largest ship in the world – the record-breaking Maersk ‘Triple-E’. Built from over 1,500 bricks, the model recreates the real vessel in amazing detail. Our LEGO designers have included rare colours such as medium azure, dark red, sand blue and sand green.
There are rotating gold-colored screw blades leading to the brick-built twin propeller engines, which you can view through the window built into the port side of the ship. You can even customise it by adding or removing the containers.
This authentic set includes a display stand and fact plaque with detailed information about the ship and, as a finishing touch, there’s the gold coin that is added under the mast of all Maersk Line ships for good luck on their voyages. This model is perfect for LEGO fans!
- Features include rotating gold-coloured propeller blades, brick-built twin 8-cylinder engines, viewing window into the engine compartment, adjustable rudders, detachable lifeboats, removable containers, rotating crane arms and a special ‘good luck’ coin.
- Includes rare medium azure, dark red, sand blue and sand green colored elements.
- Play with the model on carpeted surfaces or mount the model on the display stand.
- Building instructions also include interesting facts about the real ship.
- Includes 1,518 bricks.
- Ship (mounted on stand) measures over 8” (21cm) high, 25” (65cm) long and 3” (9cm) wide.
More images and the designer video are available on the set details page.
This then, is the replacement for 2004's container ship, 10152 (re-released as 10155 in 2010) and the latest in a long line of Maersk sets. It looks pretty good to me, and those that know me, or follow my flickr stream, will know that it's right up my street. (I live near the port of Southampton and photograph ships from time to time). It's perhaps a shame that it's not to the same scale as the other one, but I guess we'd be looking at a $600 set if it was...
The UK's largest LEGO show, at the STEAM museum, Swindon, is now just a week away.
There's still time for attending Brickset members to request a name badge so that we can identify each other. If you'd like one, fill in the form before Monday 10pm so that I can get the list to kempo81 who'll be making them for us again. There are 44 names on the list already.
I'm still blogging on the show's website so take a look to get some idea of what'll be there, and to order tickets in advance, which is recommended due to the long queues that can form at peak times.
See what's new on our new instructions page.
Someone has posted on Hot UK Deals that the Shell promotion will hit the UK on the 7th of November and will be available "when you fill up with £30 of Shell V Power" or buy lubricants. I've emailed Shell UK for confirmation of this.
If it's anything like the promotions that have run in other countries, there will be seven sets available, 30190-30196, one a week. The 7th set, the pit crew, may have additional purchase requirements.
Hopefully we'll have full details soon.
(via the forum)
FBTB has posted pictures, taken by flickr user Ninnymuggins003, of the freebies that'll be available in TRU stores during their 'Bricktober' promotion.
Don't get too excited; they are of far-east origin :-)
It's not just the UK that's enjoying deep discounts at the moment. In Holland, A-Toys is offering 25% off all LEGO, and 45% off when you buy three sets, until 29th of September. (Thanks MrMonkey).
And in Belgium, Dreamland has 25% off all LEGO as well, also until the 29th of September.
Clearly these retailers want you to start your Christmas shopping early and are therefore competing heavily for your custom.
Update: it seems that most, if not all, LEGO stockists in these countries are running this promotion!
"As a thank you for shopping at the Official LEGO Shop and to celebrate the launch of our mobile site, a FREE LEGO Shop Minifigure has been included with your order. This minifigure is exclusive to the LEGO Shop and can’t be found anywhere else! Happy Building!"
There's no word on how much was spent, or which country the person is in, so I wouldn't go placing orders 'just in case' until we have more information.
There hasn't been much fanfare around the launch of the mobile site, but if you go to shop.LEGO.com on your mobile (via one of the links at Brickset preferably!) you'll be presented with it.
It's strange however that they opted to develop a whole new site, and not make it responsive so that it works optimally on all devices regardless of their screen size. This is the approach I've taken for the new version of Brickset that is nearing completion and which I hope to make available for open beta testing in a month or so.
Yesterday's Amazon alerts have been removed from the home page (it shows only one at a time) but I think it's worth re-posting the list of what's been reduced because most of it is still available and the sale will probably go on until the Argos one finishes on the 1st of October. Happy shopping!
So here's the list, after the break...
LEGO teased us earlier in the week with a poster about next year's Ninjago sets and now grogall has uncovered official hi-res photos of three of the sets, 70721-70723 which he has posted on Eurobricks. I believe they originated at KMart.com.
So it seems that it's the adversaries who are robots or cyborgs, and it's interesting to see that the Ninjas are not dressed in typical ninja garb; they have handkerchiefs over their mouths and hair instead of hoods.
Argos is running another 3-for-2 on all toys promotion, until 1st October. Use our Quick Shopper to easily see what's available (set the discount to 0%), or visit the LEGO page at Argos.co.uk to reserve items before you head to the store. Remember, match 3 items of similar price to maximise your discount!
But, as you can see from the Amazon Bargain Watch alert just posted, Amazon is matching this by reducing a large number of sets by 33%, so if you only want one or two items you might be better shopping there.
There was a lot of excitement yesterday when LEGO revealed a 'poster' for Ninjago 2014 on Facebook.
The binary code at the bottom represents ASCII characters which spell out Nindroid. I guess this implies some sort of robotic theme to the series.
It seems that minifigures have 'leaked out' from somewhere already because yesterday this one was sold on eBay for over US$50. It certainly bears a resemblance to the poster, doesn't it, so it looks as if it's the Ninjas who become 'robotic' rather than (or as well as) their adversaries.
Thanks everyone for the news.
It would appear that Bricktober is right around the corner with Toys R Us Canada offering a bunch of events.
The Toys R Us website has the specifics (or small print) but here is the run-down:
Free Minifigure Vintage Collection 5-Pack (Vol.1) - Friday, September 27th, with purchase of $75 or more (before taxes) on any LEGO Building Set, plus free LEGO City Seaplane when you spend $30 or more on any LEGO Building Set.
Minifigure Trade-In Event - Saturday, October 19th.
Superman Make N' Take Event - Saturday October 26th. from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Thank you Brickset user TZI for the info.
Well, it's that time of year again, Tolkien Week. Yeah it's a thing, been around since 1978 even, so not one of those flash in the pan weeks.
In observance of this event, I now share with you these fine projects based on Tolkien's works.
Costco Canada appears to have its full LEGO Christmas stock in store. Here is the run down:
"LEGO Minifigure Year By Year A Visual History" from DK Publishing. Priced at $19.99 CND
Friends Book Bundle "Heart Lake City Collection". Priced at $7.49 CND
"On the move collection" featuring polybag 30184. Priced at $7.49 CND
Friends Adventure Camper (3184). Priced at $28.99 CND
Friends City park Café (3061). Priced at $ 28.99 CND
Ninjago Temple of Light (70505). Priced at $ 66.99 CND
A-Wing Starfighter ( 75003). Priced at $ 23.99 CND
Madalorian Speeder (75022). Priced at $ 23.99 CND
City Coast Guard Helicopter (60013). Priced at $ 36.99 CND
City Fire Emergency ( 60003). Priced at $ 36.99 CND
Duplo Neverland Hideout (10513). Priced at $ 19.99 CND
Alarm Clock Darth Vadar / Storm Trooper. Priced at $ 16.79 CND
The City advent calendar was at some locations.
Thank you Brickset user Odeinoichus for reminding me.
Sherlock was executed expertly with a great MOC for the fanbase, and the fans ran with it.
There has been a lot of conversation about the table I have above, so I went ahead and made this posting about them. I hope it clears up a few issues.
See what's new on our new inventories page.
If the inventories contained new parts, they will be listed on the new parts page.
I am sure that most of us here do not soil our hands with clone brands and would never allow our precious LEGO collections to become contaminated with cheap rubbish made in the far east.
That said, I suspect some of you share my fascination with clone brands, if only to think 'how on earth are they getting away with making such blatant copies of LEGO sets/parts/minifigs/artwork, or whatever.
If so, you'll find a document created by Brickish member Anthony Tomkins entitled Communist LEGO, a review of some Chinese copies an interesting read. Anthony has tracked down and imported a dozen or so different brands and written reviews comparing them to LEGO. Most are absolute rubbish, but it seems there are one or two that are not that bad and better that M??ab???s, which, actually, I guess isn't saying much, is it? :)
Valid Sunday 9/22 through Saturday 9/28, ALL Super Heroes, Chima, Duplo, Friends and Hero Factory will be 20% Off. Additionally, they are advertising Free shipping on ALL LEGO sets at Target online.
TOYS R US
Valid Sunday 9/22 through Saturday 9/28, Toys R Us is running a BOGO50% on ALL LEGO sets excluding Mindstorms. This promotion, however, will not work with "Hot Deal Items" and TRU seems to consider anything and everything a "Hot Deal." LEGO Exclusives and/or "Hard to Find" items will likely also be excluded. Please remember to find sets with the least markup and pair them with similarly priced sets in order to maximize whatever savings you can find.
Also this week, you apparently receive a $10 gift card if you spend $40 on a qualifying toy purchase. I imagine there is a bit of fine print involved.
Continuing this month, Toys R Us is offering 10% Back on toy purchases via a lump sum gift certificate sometime in November. This "rebate" is apparently separate from from Rewards dollars which will continue to accrue.
Lastly, there will be a Friends Picture Frame Build Event on Saturday 9/28 between 12pm and 2pm.
UPDATE: It should be noted that Toys R Us raised their prices on Thursday before their Friends/Family coupon went live and have just raised many of them again before this BOGO50% Begins. Anyone interested in the Monster Fighters Vampyre Castle for $130? Minecraft II for $50? Jabba's Palace for $153?
Mecabricks is a fantastic website that lets you design 3D LEGO models online using a technology called WebGL.
Nicolas, who runs the site, has created 3D models of a few hundred official models and has provided a viewer that enables them to be embedded in web pages. You can see where this is leading, I'm sure...
Fire up your Chrome or Firefox browser and head on over to the Council of Elrond page to see an example of it in action. If you click on the mecabricks.com logo in the corner you'll be taken to a page where you can open the model in the 3D workshop then virtually 'play' with it.
Currently the technology only works in these two browsers but it's very impressive nonetheless.
I hope you find that useful, and please let Nicolas know what you think of it in the comments.
The Royal Danish Embassy in Canada is running a competition to win tickets to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Toronto:
Our new LEGO competition is up and running and you can now enter to win a trip for four to the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Toronto.
All you have to do is send us a photo of your best LEGO creation of your original design. Send the photo to the embassy’s email address at firstname.lastname@example.org or to twitter at @DenmarkinCanada.
On October 19th we will select the two winners who will each receive 4 tickets to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto. Please note the competition is limited to people living in Canada or the United States.
There's more information on their website.
Megan Rothrock's LEGO Adventure Books are unlike other LEGO books and much better for it. We gave volume one a rave review when it was released last November.
Now, we can exclusively reveal the builders whose models feature in volume two, which will be published this November, along with more information about the book:
Author, long time AFOL, LEGO Community member and former LEGO Designer Megan H. Rothrock is about to bring us a new LEGO adventure!
Following the highly successful LEGO Adventure Book Volume 1, the LEGO Adventure Book Volume 2: Spaceships, Pirates, Dragons & more will hit the shelves in November.
Like LAB vol. 1 Megan has gathered more highly talented AFOLs from the LEGO Community to bring us all new LEGO models.
Megs and Brickbot are also back for more building and adventure as well as some new characters that have been added to this colourful cast of creativity.
Megan says “I am thrilled to have created a sequel to my first LEGO Adventure Book and to have been able to work with such wonderful and talented AFOLs from around the world. With both books the experience of working with the Featured Builders has been great! The sequel is stacked with gorgeous never before seen LEGO models to build and I am excited to share them with my fellow LEGO fans."
Check out some sample spreads from the book after the break:
I might be a bit late with this news, excuse me if so. This picture of a forthcoming Chima storybook shows a scorpion and what is said to be a spider in the background. The Brick Fan has published an article showing how the scorpion might be made.
So, as I'm only up to episode 3 of the cartoon, what other species have featured in it so far and are thus likely to make an appearance in sets next year? Rhinos I've seen; is there anything else?
(Thanks legozebra for the tip-off).
Smyths Toys is offering 20% off everything, including LEGO, from today until Monday. Our Smyths Quick Shopper shows what they stock, and have discounted already. The 20% discount is on top of any others, so there could be some bargains to be had. The offer is good online and in-store.
I'll probably go and grab the Friends and City Advent calendars, for £16 each.
"Our September promotion for Brickset readers will be $2.25 for 30059 Star Wars mini MTT polybag.
"Enter promo code BRICKSET59 at check-out to get this price. There are total of 125 available and this offer is limited to 15 per customer while supplies last. The more you buy, the cheaper the shipping per item will be and any over-charge caused by errors in the shipping calculator will be refunded. This promotion will only last until 11:59pm (US West Coast time) Wed. Sept 25, 2013. Just like previous promotions, you'll will need to have registered an account in our store in order to use this code."
"The Vancouver LEGO Games rounds up the most passionate LEGO builders to compete for prizes judged according to various age groups (5-6 years, 7-8 years, 9-10 years, 11-13 years, 14-17 years, and adult 18+). Prizes are awarded to the most innovative and unique creations. This year’s event will have more prizes and will take place at a larger venue. The Vancouver LEGO Games 2013 will raise money for the LEGO Foundation and Love Global Foundation." (VanCitybuzz)
It's being held on October 26, 2013, 10:00 -5:00, at Langley Events Centre – 7888-200 Street, Langley, BC. You can purchase tickets as a competitor, spectator, or exhibitor at vancouverlegogames.com.
This sounds like a great event for a good cause, there is a youtube video of the event so go check it out. I hope we see more Canadian LEGO events soon.
After years of northerners complaining about a lack of brand stores in t'north, there must now be more there than there are down south: Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, and soon Newcastle. The store address is Unit 73, Gateshead, NE11 9YG which is the Metro Centre. LEGO is advertising for several positions, including manager. I think it's safe to say it'll open before Christmas.
Now all we need is for LEGO to start renegotiating for a store in Southampton. Maybe next year...
Nerdly claims to have a 'scoop' on new information about The Simpsons sets:
"LEGO is set to release (much like the Olympic minifigures) a complete wave of blind-bag minifigures (series 13 to be precise), with 16 Simpsons characters to collect – including Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Apu, Chief Wiggum, Moe, Itchy and Scratchy and many more of the show’s iconic characters – which will be launched May 2014.
"And despite a list of proposed LEGO sets hitting the likes of Brickset and Bricks & Bloks, we can confirm that the *only* LEGO set to be launched in the first quarter of 2014 in the UK will be the Simpsons House, which is set to be made available direct to consumers (via the LEGO website and LEGO stores) in April 2014.
"On top of that, this new LEGO range will also be supported by a special Simpsons LEGO TV episode (much like the LEGO Star Wars specials) in May 2014!"
So, I guess that means that the possible set list is either not correct, or won't all be available in all markets.
(Thanks Kez for the news)
I think we can be fairly sure that this won't be available outside the USA and Canada.
So, in the random craziness that is life, I must confess that the upcoming Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th) totally slipped my mind when picking Scorpions Soul for this week's project.
The response to Scorpion's Soul has been spectacular though, and with the upcoming "holiday", I figure why not press the luck and see if we can't get a few Pirate projects on the Cuusoo leader board for the week. Or at least confuse people looking at the Cuusoo real-time stream.
What follows is a parade of pirate projects presently presented on Cuusoo.
The German brand store calendar for October has revealed two Christmas sets that we've had in the database for ages but without pictures. 40058 Decorating the Tree, pictured, and 40059 Santa's Sleigh.
Thanks Gregori for the news and scans.
This time around we are showcasing a pick from one of the LEGO reoccurring themes: Pirates with the ginormous "Scorpion's Soul."
At 100 cm in length, this vessel dwarfs even the Imperial Flagship but it uses that scale to showcase a lot of great features.
Also, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is on a quest to achieve production through Cuusoo.
VIP members can now order the Winter Village Market set, two weeks ahead of the scheduled release date of 01 October, 2013. Combined with free shipping and the mini VW T1 campervan giveaway, what are you waiting for...
You will recall that earlier in the year, SirKevbags organised a charity raffle to raise money to buy LEGO for childrens' hospitals across the world. By all accounts, it was a tremendous success raising over £4800 ($7500).
Now to make it easier to do similar things in the future, he's launching an official charity, called Fairy Bricks.
However, to help get it off the ground he needs your help. First, the charity needs a logo and to encourage you to come up with ideas he's running a competition which you can read about in the forum. Also, he needs help in designing and setting up a website. I suspect an off-the-shelf WordPress or similar solution will suffice, which unfortunately I am not skilled in. If you are, get in touch with him via the forum.
I hope you can help get this excellent initiative going.
See what's new on our new inventories page.
If the inventories contained new parts, they will be listed on the new parts page.
Our friends over at Minifigures.co.uk have asked us to tell you about their latest competition:
"To enter into our competition to win a fantastic Blue Lantern custom minifig, simply sign up to the Minifigures.co.uk brand new newsletter which will bring you all the latest custom minifigure news and special offers. The only information you'll need to enter is a valid email address. The sign-up form can be found at the bottom of our home page.
"As soon as we reach 500 sign-ups, the lucky winner will be randomly chosen and announced in the newsletter."
There's more information on their website. Good luck!
Brickshire, the Yorkshire LUG, will be holding a public display at Wakefield One, the city's Library and Museum on Saturday 14th September from 9am until 4pm. There will be a large city layout featuring trains, modulars and loads of vehicles.
They'll also have a collection of Star Wars UCS models, and a dedicated Charles Waterton display in recognition of the Wakefield Heritage weekend.
The address is Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield , WF1 2DD. Admission is free. More information is available on the Brickshire website.
The Brick Owl has uncovered this new promotional polybag containing a LEGO store employee minifig and a 2 x 4 red brick. There's no word on availability but there's plenty of speculation and discussion about it in the forum.
My in-depth reviews of the latest Friends collectable animals sets concludes with a look at 41025 Puppy's Playhouse.
It consists of a kennel, a see-saw, a food bowl and a puppy. The puppy's design appeared in year 2012 sets, but this is the first time it's been available in tan. The head is very well printed, including its very appealing 'puppy eyes'.
The see-saw is pretty much superfluous, just there to meet the piece count requirements I suspect.
This is perhaps the most boring of the new batch of Friends collectables in my opinion, but nevertheless, like the others, it's worth picking up for parts and of course at £2.99/$4.99, makes a great pocket-money set for young girls.
"BrickCon is one of the longest running LEGO convention and exhibitions in North America. It will be held October 5 and 6, 2013 at the Seattle Center in Seattle, Washington USA. As a sponsor of this event, we are giving away 10 pairs of tickets (20 tickets) to the public exhibit to readers of Brickset. All you need to do is go to our website and enter the promo code BRICKSETBC at the check-out to get the free tickets.
Shipping for the tickets will also be free, but only within the US by First Class Mail. If you are outside of the US and are planning to attend, please contact us to make alternative arrangements. It is one pair of tickets per household and the tickets are not for resale as they have no dollar value. There are only 10 pairs so only take these if you are serious about attending. Just like with any of our promotions, you'll need to have registered an account in our store in order to use this code."
Thanks Jason -- it's a bit far for me to go, but I hope one day to get over to a US LEGO convention; maybe next year!
Jason has also asked me to remind you that if you're planning on attending the AFOL days and haven't yet registered, you'll need to get your finger out:
"Attendee registration deadline for BrickCon is September 18, so if you have not yet registered, you should do so soon! There are two ways to participate at BrickCon. One is to visit the public exhibition and the other is to come as an attendee. The public exhibition allows you access to the vendors and to see all the incredible displays, but if you come as an attendee, you get all that and much, much more! There are free LEGO giveaways, games, access to the public exhibit before the weekend and after hours, just to name a few. It is well worth the money!"
41023 Fawn's Forest is the second of three of the new series 3 Friends Animals sets that I'm taking a quick look at.
This one features a baby deer, a fawn, which is new in this set. Like all Friends animals, it has a certain style which fits in well with the Friends line but which makes it unsuitable for use in other contexts, for example in a City layout.
A useful selection of brown parts make up the short and stubby tree which appears to be blossoming. The set also comes with a food bowl from which the fawn eats dark pink cherries, which have reappeared in that colour this year, having last been seen in Belville sets in the 2000's.
There's not much more to say about it really, other than in common with others in the series, it's a steal at £2.99/$4.99 and will be a big hit with the target audience of little girls.
Since the competition, Caroline and Nick have been in touch with the Scout Association and are now producing the Scout figures for sale, with 10% of proceeds going to the Scout charity. Here's their press release:
With all the hard work Scouts put into their badges, perhaps they need to be rewarded with a minifigure version of themselves made from LEGO parts? Or maybe they should just get one because they're very cute!
The minifigures can be personalised; choose the head and hair to make it look like your little Scout and even customise the minifig with your Group’s neckerchief colours and name.
They've been produced in collaboration with the The Scout Association. It is a registered charity (no. 306101 / SCo38437) and we're pleased to say that 10% from the sale of the Scout minifigs will go to Scouts for them to continue their amazing work providing a life changing adventure that enriches the lives of children in communities around the UK.
Nick and Caroline started Minifigs.me a year ago from their home in Sheffield, UK. They have created bespoke minifigures depicting hundreds of public figures and celebrities, including many of the athletes from last year's Olympic and Paralympic games. "Our jobs see us creating figures for people all over the world, and we enjoy it immensely,” says Nick. “I'll be happy as long as I can spend time with my wife and daughter upstairs, then head downstairs to the workshop and create gifts for other people who care about each other."
You can pick up your own Scout minifig or create a set of your own custom minifigure over at http://www.minifigs.me.
PRODUCT INFORMATION: “Scouting Minifigure”: from £9.99 from http://www.minifigs.me. Shipping available worldwide.
ABOUT MINIFIGS.ME Minifigs.me is based in Sheffield, England. It creates highly detailed bespoke custom minifigures using LEGO pieces, shipping them to customers across the globe. They have a selection of pre-designed minifigures for sale, but also create new figures for customers based on photographs and descriptions.
The company was formed in the summer of 2012 after husband and wife team Nick and Caroline Savage created figures to support British athletes during the Olympic and Paralympic games. When the figures proved to be popular, Nick and Caroline left their jobs in marketing and scientific research to start Minifigs.me.
While the creation of Minifigs.me was a welcome stroke of good fortune, it also proved a valuable distraction after the loss of their unborn son, Quinn. The couple now have a baby daughter, Indiana, and intend for Minfigs.me to always be a small family company.
Series three of the Friends collectable animals polybag sets has just become available. This new batch of three features a puppy, a fawn and a parrot. 41024, Parrot's Perch, unsurprisingly, features the latter. The parrot is new to this set. To me, it looks a bit fat: parrots tend to be tall and slender, don't they? But I guess it fits in with the style of other Friends animals.
The set itself consists of two parts: a 'cage' and a perch. The cage is open on two sides, so not really much of a cage then! The perch uses a minifig backpack for the food bowl which I believe is new in dark pink.
As with most Friends sets, there are some cool pieces in nice colours, particularly the round 4 x 4 bricks at the base of the stands. At £2.99/$4.99 you can't really go wrong, can you...
If you still need to fill gaps in your collectable minifig collection, you might be able to do so, and at a bargain price, at The Minifigure Store.
Adam over at the store has set up some discount codes for Brickset readers, for CMFs and polybags:
Team GB 30% off -- GB30
Series 5 13% off -- 13SER5
Series 7 15% off -- SER715
Series 9 12% off -- BARGAIN9
Series 10 11% off -- BARGAIN10
Polybags 25% off -- POLYHEAVEN
Simply enter the codes when you check out, on the 'Cart' page, to benefit from these great discounts.
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I was just in Walmart and purchased my pre-order of the up-and-coming Marvel Super Heroes game.
It now states "you will be getting the Bonus Iron Patriot Figure on release."
I am sure this comes with much relief for all Canadian LEGO fans!
It's that time again my Canadian friends; I just spotted Series 11 at my local Toys R Us.
Macross VF-1 Valkyrie +Fast pack / Armored parts is less than 100 support from 10k. This is the completion of a two year journey for one of the most consistent and stable projects on Cuusoo. This will be the first project to enter the Winter 2013 review.
In other random Cuusoo "news", Sherlock has tapped into its fan base and received nearly 2000 support in the last 24 hours, with that support still trickling in. Also, the Accessibility ramp is about to cross the 1000 support milestone.
Update: Macross have achieved 10,000 Support.
Furty is pretty much the same as the skunk but in light brown. His head is the same mould, as is his tail, which exhibits the same problem as the skunk's: the end which should be attached to his back stands about 1mm proud of it.
While we are on the subject of LoC, I haven't been keeping up to date with the episodes, but I do intend to watch them, so I'm grateful to The Brick Blogger for posting links to the episodes. It's interesting that LEGO is not publishing the English language versions of them on its official YouTube channel, but the Singapore subsidiary is...
It seems that the series is up to episode 9 already. I've no idea, therefore, how Furty's character plays out, but judging by the weapon he's wielding it looks as if he's not to be messed with...
Have you been watching? What do you think of it?
The event in this weeks flyer states:
"LEGO Star Wars Minifigure Trade-in Event, on Saturday September 7th. Bring in a LEGO Star Wars minifigure and trade it for a new one. Look for a store associate wearing a LEGO Star Wars badge."
There are no doubt many questions to be had with this event, but it's worth checking out.
I can confirm this event is active for Toys R Us Canada locations in western Canada. Please let us know in the forum if it is also occurring out East as well. Also, I am unsure if it is age restricted.
These little guys are creative and look like a lot of fun and don't tread all over "inevitable discovery."
Belgium's first LEGO brand store will open on the 26th of September, we are told. It will be in the Wijnegem Shopping Centre near Antwerp. (Thanks Jochums).
Also in the same week, the store at Disneyland Paris will open, on the 27th. It's being billed as 'the biggest LEGO store in Europe'. The grand opening event will be 3 - 6th October. (Thanks corneglio).
So far as I know, there are no more imminent openings in the UK because, as reported, plans to open one in Southampton were shelved at the last minute.
Jason from Chowren Toys has been in touch to say that the Prince of Persia Battle of Alamut for $60 offer has been going well and that there are now just a few sets remaining. So, if you're still in the market for one, head on over and place your order today.
Enter promo code BRICKS7573 at the checkout to get this price. The promotion will last until 11:59 pm (US West Coast time) Sunday Sept 8, 2013.
If you're in Australia, you'll want to get down to Toys R Us before September 17 to take advantage of 25% off all LEGO.
Thanks to jazlecraz for the news.
New Serbian LEGO user group Beokocka is holding its first exhibition in Belgrade, on the 14th and 15th of September. It is a charity event, free entrance, and all money raised will go to help a local girl who is fighting cancer. The exhibition will take place in Cultural institution Brace Stamenkovic, in Palilula district of Belgrade, from 10am - 8pm on both days.
Bogdanst, president of Beokocka, says "We would like to greet the community and invite all readers near to come and see lots of great LEGO, including works of prominent Serbian builder Ivan Angeli (known for his Drow megastructures), who is also our LEGO Ambassador."
Thanks to grogall for posting pictures on Eurobricks of the two Christmas sets we'll be able to get hold of with qualifying orders later in the year. It's believed that 40082, pictured, will be available during the last two weeks of October, while 40083, a pick-up truck, will be available at the end of November.
They look to be 'must haves' for collectors of the winter village sets, don't they?
The UK's largest LEGO show is again taking place this year at the STEAM museum, Swindon, October 5th and 6th.
Last year we organised badges for attending Brickset members so that we could identify ourselves to each other. We'll be doing the same again this year so if you'd like us to make you a badge, pleasefill out this form by the end of September.
I'll be blogging on the show's website on the run-up to the event again, starting later this week, hopefully. I'm not exhibiting anything this year as I'm going away on a (badly timed) holiday on the Sunday, so I'll be there on the Saturday only. Hopefully I'll see many of you there!
This highly anticipated new book, published by Dorling Kindersley, is now available. Subtitled 'ideas to bring your bricks to life', it contains 'more than 500 build and play ideas from LEGO fans'. This then, is a book featuring models designed by AFOLs, all of whom are British, and all but one of whom I know personally.
It's divided into five themed chapters. The models in each have been designed by one or two builders:
- Once Upon A Time, Barney Main (castles and fantasy).
- A Small World, Tim Goddard (microscale).
- Go Wild, Pete Reid and Yvonne Doyle (animals).
- Things That Go Bump In The Night, Rod Gilles (monsters and haunted houses).
- Wish You Were Here, Tim Johnson, aka caperberry on Brickset (holidays and sports).
Two others, Stephen Berry and Andrew Walker, contributed to various challenges throughout the book.
Rather than just do my usual and tell you what a great book it is and to go out and buy it right away, I thought that given that I know the designers I'd conduct a quick interview with a couple of them to give you a insight into the book's production. So, thanks to Tim Johnson and Pete Reid for answering my questions.
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With only 150 votes to go, Road to OZ is taking it to the line to get into this review as well.
For the opportunist out there take note, part of the project is a raffle to win a series of brick-built Ozians. Based on the click and bolt nature of most Cuusoo supporters, your chances are likely pretty high for winning the MOCs. You do need to support and fill out the form though for a chance to win.
Update: Road to Oz reached 10k in time for the Fall 2013 Review.
Minecraft has become a sensation worldwide since its release in 2009, and therefore it is no surprise that LEGO Minecraft is the first theme to sever ties with Cuusoo and have sets produced independently of the website. Nobody can question the huge success of 21102 Minecraft Micro World, which sold out on LEGO Shop at Home in the US only a matter of days following the release. It will be interesting to see if these new models can replicate this popularity now that the initial excitement has died down a little.
The second of the two sets released today is 21105 Minecraft Micro World: The Village, priced at £29.99 or $34.99 and containing 466-pieces. This set represents the villages which can be encountered in the game, and includes many of the features which you will be aware of if you are familiar with Minecraft. Touches such as the inclusion of TNT and mine cart tracks underground will delight fans of the game and show the impressive attention to detail on the part of the designers.
Finally, before I get into the main body of the review, many thanks to Kim from the LEGO CEE team for sending these Minecraft sets out for review, and to Huw for sending one of them on to me.
Also, spend over $50 on Star Wars and you'll receive a free Clone Trooper Lieutenant!
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During September, place an order of over £50 and you'll receive 40079, mini T1 camper van, that we reviewed last week, for free. There are plenty of new items in the store to spend your money on, available from today:
- 31313 MINDSTORMS EV3
- 41016 Friends Advent Calendar
- 60024 City Advent Calendar
- 75023 Star Wars Advent Calendar
- 21105 Minecraft The Village
- 21106 Minecraft The Nether
- 10236 Ewok Village
- 10234 Sydney Opera House
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