ALEBricks, May 2-4, Madrid, Spain

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A message from our friends in Spain:

"I'm glad to let you know one more time that the ALE! yearly Spanish AFOL encounter is close to being held in Madrid, Spain. The event was previously known as MADbrick, but this year is debuting under the name of ALEbricks!, as it will also take place in a new venue, the Madrid Railway Museum (Museo del Ferrocarril de Madrid), right in the city centre. We're very proud of the exhibition background, and we hope that our visitors can enjoy both LEGO displays and old trains.

"The event will off course be developed around a huge exhibition, with plenty of activities and workshops driven towards our visitors. But this edition will be very special for us, as we will celebrate May the 4th with some special guests: We'll be pleased to count on the participation of some members of the Spanish Bases of both Rebel Legion and 501st Legion, who will walk by the exhibition stands and sit together with the visitors in the workshops. The young (and not so young) padawans among our visitors will have a day to remember. May the 4th be with you!

"Brickset users will be most welcome at the event. If you're passing by Madrid during the first days of May, just come and let us know that you are a Brickset fan, and we'll receive you as part of the ALE! family."

More information is available on the show website. Unfortunately I won't be able to make it but I hope you can, as it sounds as if you'll be in for a warm welcome.

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LEGO Cuusoo to be replaced with LEGO Ideas

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The 6 year beta period on the Cuusoo platform is over: on 30th April, LEGO is going to bring its customer suggestion programme in-house and rename it LEGO Ideas.

There's a bunch of other changes too, the most significant of which is that projects will have just a year to achieve 10,000 supporters after which time they will be deleted.

Full details are on the Cuusoo website.

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Trevi Fountain

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The Trevi Fountain

As you probably noticed from the site updates panel on the right, I have added many more pictures of the summer sets that Amazon.co.uk published yesterday. One that escaped my attention, however, was 21020 Trevi Fountain.

The fountain is a truly magical place in the heart of Rome that's always swarming with tourists day and night. It looks as if this set does the landmark justice.

The description of the set reads:

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Summer Legends of Chima images

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Maula's Ice Mammoth Stomper

Hot on the heels of the Ninjago images we added earlier, official pictures of the summer Chima sets have been published on Amazon.co.uk.

There's definitely an Ice Age vibe to them: mammoths, sabre-tooth tigers, ice vultures and so on. I haven't looked at them all closely yet, but the the mammoth minifigs in this Maula's Ice Mammoth Stomper did catch my eye.

Thanks Patch22.

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Summer Ninjago images

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Battle for Ninjago City

Images of the two Ninjago sets to be released in the summer, 70727 X-1 Ninja Charger and 70728 Battle for Ninjago City have surfaced somewhere on Eurobricks.

I haven't bought any of this year's Ninjago sets. What are they like? Any worthwhile innovations, or just more of the same produced to quell perceived demand but well past their sell-by date?

Thanks Toby for the news.

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