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Here are a couple of newsworthy items that I've been emailed about this week that I've only just found the time to post:

According to this Hungarian LEGO Facebook page, there is a brand store opening in Hungary in September. I can't tell which city it's in but I'm sure someone who reads Hungarian will be able to tell us. (Update: it's in Budapest) (thanks Yellow)

There's some debate and controversy, I believe, about the status of this, which is being called a LEGO 'mono' brand store: it appears not to have any official affiliation with the LEGO company from what I can make out and am being told. If you can read the language, this discussion on Facebook may shed some light. Maybe it's a franchised operation?

 

LEGO has, at last, launched its own YouTube channel. It has published videos on YouTube in the past of course but they haven't been very well organised. This looks as if it will bring them all together in one place, and ensure they are easily found.

There's already a wealth of mini-movies, TV ads and even fan-created videos, and they are being added at quite a rate, so if you're into LEGO videos, I recommend you keep an eye on it and maybe even subscribe to the RSS feed to keep abreast of new additions.

(thanks Legoman67 and The Mack)

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By in Hungary,

The brand store will be located in Budapest, of course, Hungary is very capital-centric country.
Already the opening day is published: at 3 p.m. on September 14.

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By in United States,

Awesome...my boys love the Lego movies...especially the cops/robbers series...it's great to have them all in one spot.

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By in Germany,

The channel's all German. :P

EDIT: Hey, the channel is almost 2 years old now! It's not new! :P

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By in United Kingdom,

I wonder who had this YouTube channel before Lego Owned it?

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By in United States,

Local LEGO distributors run their own LEGO Stores. Colombia is another example of where this is done.

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By in United States,

Interesting discussion on the mono-brand LEGO store in Hungary. I do understand Hungarian, and the guy who is opening the new store says that mono-brand stores are opened in countries where LEGO has no intention of opening and operating a store on their own. They basically partner up with a third party to run the establishment, but also give their full support; mono-brand stores are allowed to have a regular pick-a-brick-wall, build-a-minifig section, and in general look like a regular LEGO store. He also says that LEGO will only partner with one third-party like this per country. So their position is quite special compared to other toy-stores that may carry LEGO and other toys as well. Hope this helps some...(c;

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By in United Kingdom,

^ It does, thanks.

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By in Hungary,

Thanks theBrickBlogger!
I never thought I get information about a Hungarian store through a British site from a US member :)
Since I'm not Facebook member, I'd have never found the linked conversation about the new LEGO store.
Off: By the way you must have Hungarian origins you understand Hungarian.

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By in United States,

Though I assume it means no VIP points, and no offers such as the free polys with purchases?

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By in United Kingdom,

Well on the youtube page it says the date joined is 22 Oct 2005 so I think the channel must've been private until now. :D

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By in Malaysia,

theBrickBlogger, thanks for the info. There's also a store like this recently opened in Malaysia, I found it quite odd that it looked like yet isn't an official LEGO store, there's no PAB wall or exclusive sets and polybags promotion. Now I know why ;)

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By in Hungary,

I asked a colleague of the LEGO Hungary. She said: there isn't any "LEGO Monobrand Store" category. This mean only, that the owner of the store bought the furnitures and the image of the LEGO Stores, and they'll selling only LEGO products, no other toys. And actually, there is a shop in Hungary yet, what meets the criteria: the LEGO Palace, in Nyíregyháza. They haven't got PAB wall, it's true.

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