Radleys LEGO Competition Winners

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Back in August we posted about a competition being run by Radleys, a British manufacturer of scientific glassware and laboratory instruments. Entrants were asked to build a LEGO Science Lab with mad scientists, mad experiments and crazy equipment! The most creative entrants in each category had the chance to win a £150 LEGO gift voucher.

Radleys have been back in touch with us today to announce that the competition has closed and a gallery of entries is available on their website.

I wonder if any of the winners or special mentions were Brickset members - please let us know in the comments.

Review: 71203 Level Pack: Portal 2

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LEGO Dimensions has gathered a wide range of properties but few are more surprising than Portal 2, the critically acclaimed video game released in 2011. It's puzzle-based mechanics are perfectly suited to a LEGO video game and many aspects of the game have been transferred into the LEGO universe with minimal changes. Identifying these familiar features is a source of great enjoyment during gameplay. Nevertheless, its presence in Dimensions was rather unexpected and I would be interested to find out how the deal between Valve and LEGO was struck.

This is not the first time that LEGO has had some association with Portal 2 as a LEGO Ideas project based on the franchise reached 10,000 supporters but was subsequently rejected in the Autumn 2013 review. I suspect discussions about its integration with LEGO Dimensions began around that time. Whether this single level pack will blaze the way for a range of sets remains to be seen, but for now we must make do with 71203 Level Pack: Portal 2 containing Chell, a Sentry Turret and a Companion Cube.

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LEGO enters best global brands top 100

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Yesterday, Interbrand released its 2015 Best Global Brands report. For the first time, LEGO makes an appearance in the top 100, in at number 82.

“The Best Global Brands report examines what it takes for brands to succeed in today’s hyper-fragmented world. As people demand immediate, personalized and tailored experiences, business and brands need to move at the speed of life,” says Jez Frampton, Interbrand’s Global Chief Executive Officer. “Many of the brands in this year’s Top 100 are so intuitively aligned with people’s priorities, that they are able to seamlessly integrate into their everyday lives.

The statement I've highlighted is certainly true for many of us as far as LEGO is concerned, of that I am sure!

See where it ranks compared to other brands in this table and read more about the methodology used.

What's perhaps most surprising is that it wasn't in the list before...

Thanks to those that emailed us about this.

Review: Great LEGO Sets

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Great LEGO Sets: A Visual History has just been published by Dorling Kindersley. It's a book that we, the Brickset community, had a hand in, both with selecting the sets to be included and loaning some of them to DK to be photographed.

From a LEGO collector with a broad range of interests point of view, it's DK's best LEGO book ever and is a fine companion to LEGO Minifigure Year by Year published a couple of years ago.

It is a book that will appeal to many Brickset readers but unfortunately it's not without its flaws, primarily because any 'greatest' book with a finite number of entries is subjective and won't please everyone.

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Introducing Base Ace Play Platforms

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We have been sent a press release about a cool new LEGO-compatible product that's designed to make it easy to build 'bases' on which you can play with/display small models:

BASE ACE inspires creative play at BRICK 2015 ...get those bricks out of your box and build!

Base Ace is a brand new construction toy that provides children with an exciting and expandable 3D structure to build and play on. These robust and colourful wooden kits can be used with Mini Figures and building bricks. Base Ace can be customised, connected and expanded to create unique environments such as Spaces Stations, Army Camps or an exciting backdrop for a Superhero mission.

Base Ace allows children to discover a whole new world of mini figure adventures by adding an exciting new dimension to their existing building bricks. Base Ace inspires creative play and provides hours of fun, time and time again!

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Doctor Who set revealed in its entirety!

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Doctor Who

Doctor Who

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I don't suppose it was supposed to be revealed just yet, but here's an image of the entire Doctor Who set, courtesy of a French Shop At Home catalogue and Hoth Bricks.

As you can see it contains the 11th and 12th Doctors, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi, Clara Oswald, two Daleks and a Weeping Angel. 54.99€ is about £40 or $60 USD which seems to be pretty good value for a 600+ piece set with four minifigs, although the LEGO Ideas blog lists a slightly higher price of €59.99. The set will be released on the 1st of December.

Thanks to CM4S for posting it in the forum.

Update: CM4S has come up trumps again so we now have official images from the LEGO Ideas blog where you will find a gallery of photos and the product description.

Update 10th Oct 9am: LEGO has tweeted and the press release has gone out. It's now official!

Review: Brickbox Club

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It never ceases to amaze me how people find ways of making money from our hobby, whether it be buying and selling, building models professionally, writing books and magazines, renting out LEGO sets, running websites or YouTube channels, or creating 'loot box' subscription services.

Brickbox Club is one of the latter that launched in the USA earlier this year: pay a subscription fee then receive a box of goodies in the post every month. It's not the first LEGO related service like this to be started but it has one major advantage over other similar services that I am aware of: everything in the box is LEGO or LEGO-compatible. There's no filler clone brand rubbish that most of us would discard immediately.

I've been sent the September box to review, so read on to find out what's in it and whether it represents good value for money.

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