Review: 5003082 Classic Pirate Minifigure

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Classic Space received something of a revival last summer, beginning with the release of 5002812 Classic Spaceman Minifigure and 21109 Exo-Suit. LEGO has continued the trend of remembering such beloved themes this year by producing 5003082 Classic Pirate Minifigure. The Pirates theme was reintroduced in April following a five year absence and as such LEGO has tried to recapture some of the magic of the original sets, just as they did last year with Classic Space.

That set consisted simply of a Spaceman and a small robot, but it effectively conveyed the charm of Classic Space through the building techniques and the appearance of the famous planet logo. In my opinion this Pirates model is far less successful in that regard, although it is a better set overall, particularly considering that it is free with a purchase of £50 or more at LEGO stores or LEGO S@H.

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Introducing PleyWorld.com

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Pley.com, the leading LEGO rental service, has recently launched PleyWorld.com, a site where you can upload your MOCs for others to vote on, then, once they've received 5000 votes, they will be made into sets that are rented out and sold at Pley.com.

It all sounds very similar to LEGO Ideas, doesn't it, and in principle it is. Of course the end result is not an official LEGO set but it's a fantastic way to share your models and give others the pleasure of building them without the need to do a lot of hard work producing instructions and sourcing bricks.

Furthermore, it's a great way to monetise your designs. Every time your model is rented or sold you receive a commission which adds up quickly. The designers of the first model to be produced in this way, Hipple Dirigible, made over $1700 in the first two weeks!

When models achieve 10,000 votes at Ideas, there's a slim chance they'll be turned into sets, but at PleyWorld, as long as no intellectual properties have been violated, you're almost guaranteed it'll be produced, so there's far more chance of success and financial reward.

If this has piqued your interest, head on over to PleyWorld and sign up as a designer; in a few months you could be coining it in...

Disclosure: Brickset has entered into a co-marketing agreement with Pley to promote PleyWorld here and will be compensated for doing so if and when designs submitted via the link above are successful.

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Jurassic World: How do the sets compare to the film?

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The Jurassic World film has received mixed reviews since its release just over a month ago and the associated LEGO sets have been treated in much the same way on the whole. Some sets offer a great deal of playability and even a few innovative building techniques while others are rather lacklustre due to a poor minifigure selection or unreasonably high prices.

Accuracy to the source material is often an important factor in the success of licensed themes so it is difficult to get a full impression of the sets without seeing the associated film. Having now done just that I am offering my views on how the LEGO Jurassic World sets fare when compared with the movie.

It almost goes without saying that this article will contain spoilers after the break, so if you wish to avoid them I recommend not reading any further.

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Borgobrick, Veneto, Italy, 11-12 July

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July is a busy time of year for LEGO events. Here's one that's being held in Italy next weekend:

ITLUG is organising a national event, Borgobrick, at Borgoricco, Padova, Veneto, Italy. The exhibition will cover 1000 square meters and will feature different LEGO themes like Star Wars, Technic, Castle and City. It's been put together by about 80 exhibitors and 8 Italian LUGs. There's more information at http://www.borgobrick.it/.

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[EU] July offers at shop.LEGO.com

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Classic Pirate Minifigure

July's gift with purchase offer at shop.LEGO.com for Europe started a day late for some reason and is not publicised on the website (that I can see, anyway). But if you're signed in and a VIP member, 5003082 Classic pirate minifigures will be added to your cart when you spend over £50 (or Euro equivalent).

Please use these links to place your order: UK | France | Germany.

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Free City space polybag at shop.LEGO.com

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In North America this month's gift with purchase (GWP) is 30315 Space Utility Vehicle which is free with orders over $35 between now and 20th July.

For more information and to place your order please use these links: USA | Canada.

There are no GWPs for Europe or Australasia this month until tomorrow although the summer Bionicle sets are now available.

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