Muji LEGO sets to be available outside of Japan soon!

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It's been a bit of a slow week for news after the New Year. I guess that's understandable: the new sets are out in most places and we're not expecting any product announcements or any more new sets for some months. Thank you, however, to everyone who's been emailing us with sightings: we do appreciate it, but we don't always post them here.

Things will pick up once the toy fair season begins at the end of January. London Toy Fair will be the first. News will no doubt emerge from that, although they have a strict no photography rule so we'll have to make do with descriptions until the New York and Nuremberg fairs in February where they are more relaxed.

One thing that did catch my eye, however, on Toys N Bricks is that the Muji-LEGO sets (Muji is a trendy Japanese housewares brand) are going to be available outside of Japan soon, which is excellent news. They consist of bits of paper and LEGO bricks which you can combine using a hole punch to make animals and things. Find out more at http://www.muji.com/lego/.

22 comments on this article

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By in United States,

The Muji things look kind of cool!

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By in United Kingdom,

no brick ever will match lego. no one makes bricks with such quality

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By in United Kingdom,

Whats the point in this?
I could easily make this myself and knowing lego, we'll be paying a tenner for some bits of chinese plastic and paper!

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By in Canada,

The bricks ARE made by LEGO. The unique thing about these kits is the hole punch that puts stud-sized and spaced holes in the paper to enable it to fit between joined pieces.

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By in United States,

I don't get it, at least not from the pictures on the website.

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By in United Kingdom,

Those sets look quite intresting but, if you think about it, you could always get some pictures and cut out stud-wide holes in them!

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By in United States,

That looks cool. Although why would you have to wait for it to be in stores? Couldn't you make your own paper shapes and punch holes in them? I am sure you could find a hole puncher that is close to stud size.

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By in United Kingdom,

@flash0222: the pictures look like advertising pictures and (unless you're Japanese!), I don't think you understand the writing either! :-)

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By in United States,

According to the website they are already available in the US. I am curious if anyone has seen them in the store? I suppose they wouldn't be near the normal Lego aisles (or maybe they would?) which could be why I have not seen them anywhere.

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By in United States,

As others have said, why not just make this at home and not pay the excess money for paper?

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By in Canada,

They will be available exclusively in Muji stores, I would imagine, given they are Muji branded products, not LEGO ones.

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By in United States,

They are branded under Lego and Muji. The key to these sets is not just the paper designs, but the Lego hole punch. Being Japanese, you can bet that the holes will be punched to spec.

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By in United States,

The Muji USA online shop has them. The hole punch is $17.50. The Animal, Sea, and Circus sets include 127 pieces and six sheets of paper for $27.50 each. You do not get a hole punch in the sets.

Now, you may scoff.

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By in United States,

This may be the "trend", but it's an ugly and rather silly looking trend IMO :/. Always interesting to see what sorts of things people will do just because other people are doing it.

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By in United States,

Meh, i was expecting new animal legos.

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By in United States,

Interesting. I had never heard of muji and was not aware it was an established brand with many different types of products sold exclusively at its own company stores.

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By in Denmark,

Has the potential to be rather nice as a mixed media piece of art. There's a Muji shop in Covent Garden (London) but they don't have them yet.

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By in United States,

It's cute arts & craftsy type stuff. Definitely to give something to the little ones to do.
These things can be used to make some of your own illustrations into backgrounds for your MOC's. Like print out photo quality images, like say a space scene and can attach it with the Lego bricks to your Moc.
Like at LEGO stores that have all those ribbon models with the photo backgrounds to add more depth and color to the model. Those are just mounted regularly around the piece but with this you can attach and clip and add something different to your models and scenery.
It's not earth shattering but it's another option in model building I think.

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By in United States,

My instant reaction on reading was - "No Muji! No!"
This is not anything I would buy or support and putting my money where my mouth is, I will not be buying it.

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By in United States,

LEGO exists outside of Europe and North America? Learn something new everyday...
I wonder where they'll locate the stores, hopefully one's in Connecticut, because they'd be good for some MOCs.

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