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Beokocka LEGO exhibit, this weekend, Belgrade

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Our friends over in Serbia are busy again putting on another show:

"Over 260 sq.m of LEGO creations are waiting for you this weekend. Towers stretching metres into the air, intelligent robots, enchanted forests, scary castles, naval battles, Chima worlds, mosaics and digital creations.

"Creations from well known fairy tales, great battle in Middle earth, medieval war with over one thousand LEGO mini-figures will also be there. Also, you shouldn't miss angels, villains, magical creatures, steampunk ships, working trains and all sorts of moving shenanigans!

"Join us, and our guests from Hungary, Romania, Croatia, USA, and make this event even better and bigger."

It's being held at Deciji kulturni centar Beograd, Belgrade, Serbia, 20th and 21st September.

Santa's Workshop available now to VIPs

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Santa's Workshop

Shop.LEGO.com VIPs can now order this year's Winter Village set, and buy it at brand stores.

Normally I'd encourage you to do so but personally I'd hold fire until October when (a) it will be double VIP points, (b) 40106 Elves' workshop will be free with qualifying purchases, and most importantly (c) LEGO will hopefully have sorted out its affiliate tracking system because at the moment orders placed via our links (and those at other websites) are not being attributed correctly.

But, if you insist, here are the links: USA | UK | Canada.

Daily Mail promotion

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We've just been sent this rather nice image showing all the sets in the promotion, which starts on Saturday:

Dareth vs. Nindroid

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Dareth vs. Nindroid is a polybag that's currently available in Toys R Us in the UK. It's a TRU exclusive and free when you spend £25 on Ninjago, or £4.99 otherwise. This is despite the back clearly stating, in five languages, that it's 'not for sale'.

Components are made in Denmark, Mexico and China. I'm fairly sure that Dareth's legs and torso are made in China, and the Nindroid's torso too, although it getting harder to be sure because the tell-tale signs that have flagged Chinese-made items in the past are no longer evident.

The absence of (c) LEGO under the foot used to indicate Chinese plastic but that is present now, and there are no longer mould numbers on the arms and hands, although they've been absent for a while.

The only real giveaway now is the positioning of the hands: in China they are inserted at right-angles to how they are shown below.

Anyway, this isn't really relevant any more because the quality seems just fine.

Dareth vs. Nindroid

Dareth's torso has a great print, front and back, and looks to be a close match to that seen in the cartoon.

I don't think the Nindroid is anything special although I don't have any other of this year's Ninjago minifigs to compare it with.

Dareth vs. Nindroid

It's a great little freebie if you're buying Ninjago sets (at full price) at TRU, and probably a must-have for Ninjago fans given Dareth is unique to this set although I'd say there's a fair chance he'll turn up in one of next year's.

I've no idea if and when it'll be available elsewhere in the world: if you're desperate to get hold of him, why not head to the forum marketplace topic and hook up with someone in the UK to organise a trade...

An Interesting Idea: Typewriter

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Lots of people talk about how big a LEGO Ideas project can legitimately get, but few ever discuss how small they can be. That is why today I bring you the Typewriter.

The build is quite lovely and though the part count and size is low, it demonstrates excellent technique. Please consider supporting this project for its elegance if nothing else.

Just 150 more supporters and this project will qualify for the LEGO Ideas comment and the corresponding social media bump.

Mixels series 3 building competition

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Mixels series 3 have been out for a couple of weeks now so it's time to launch our third Mixels building competition!

Once again, we have some fantastic prizes lined up:

  • First prize: 4000010 LEGO House, 5002144 Dareth vs. Nindroid and 5001121 BR minifigure
  • Second prize: 4000010 LEGO House
  • Third prize: 5002144 Dareth vs. Nindroid, 5001121 BR minifigure plus a handful of other polybags.

In addition, the top three and runners up in fourth and fifth place will each receive a Brickset minifigure.

To enter, simply build a Mixels 'Max' monster, from two or three (different) purple, tan or green Mixels from series three and post your entry to the Brickset competition pool on Flickr.

Entries will be judged primarily on the appearance of the monster -- how cool, scary, weird, whacky, inventive, imaginative it is -- but we will also be on the look-out for interesting building techniques and use of parts.

Entries made from sets from different tribes won't be accepted this time because, from an aesthetic point of view, they are at a disadvantage.

Post your entries, a maximum of two images per model, to the Flickr pool by Sunday 19 October 2014. Please make sure that the images are public and that sharing has been enabled so they can be used to illustrate future news articles without the need to for me to faff about.

If you're a new flickr user you may have trouble adding pictures to the pool: I think you need to have a certain number of images in your pool before you can do so.

Given that aesthetics is the main criteria, the quality of your photographs will have a part to play. We don't expect everyone to have expensive cameras and fancy lighting setups but bear in mind that models that are well lit and photographed on a clean uncluttered background are more likely to catch the judges' eyes.

So, good luck, I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Terms and conditions

  • Prizes are as noted above.
  • To be considered, entries must be photographed and uploaded to the Flickr Group set up for this competition, be set to public, and have sharing enabled. Therefore entrants will need a Flickr (Yahoo) account to enter.
  • Entrants may enter as many times as they like, but only two uploads per entry are permitted.
  • Entries must state which sets have been used and the model must use only the parts in the sets chosen.
  • The competition begins on Wednesday 17 September and will close at the end of Sunday 19 October 2014. Entries received after this date will not be considered.
  • Winners will be announced the week after the competition ends.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Thanks to GoldJono for acquiring the LEGO Houses for us.

Free LEGO with the Mail starting this weekend

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The Daily Mail website has today confirmed that the free LEGO promotion starts this weekend.

"...on Saturday they can help Wyldstyle battle one of evil Lord Business’ Micro Mangers from THE LEGO MOVIE. Then on Sunday they can join Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Mikey as he raises some shell’s with his turtle power.

"And there’s another fabulous FREE LEGO toy every day next week – a CITY Repair Lift on Monday, a Chima Phrax Phoenix on Tuesday, a CITY Police Watercraft on Wednesday, a Star Wars Jedi Interceptor on Thursday, a Chima Battle Bike on Friday, and last but not least the CITY Arctic Plane on Saturday. "

Which, I think, corresponds to the list first published by Brick Fanatics last month.

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