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Introducing BrickMap

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LEGO's CEE team has recently completed a project which aimed to create an overview of the different categories and sub-categories of user-created businesses and services that positively add to, strengthen, and expand the LEGO hobby.

A sizeable team of Ambassadors and other AFOLs worked with CEE to collect, analyse and organise the data and recently the output was published as an Excel sheet.

A website, BrickMap, has just gone live that makes the data more accessible. I think there's work to be done to make it a truly useful resource but it's the closest thing the community has to an index of LEGO websites and businesses and is a definitely step in the right direction.

If you notice anything missing, there's a suggestion page to get it added.

Reminder: Exo-Suit signing at Bluewater tomorrow

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Just in case you've forgotten, Peter Reid will be at Bluewater tomorrow from 12 - 4pm signing Exo-Suit boxes.

If you see me, come and ask 'Are you Huw from Brickset?' and I'll give you a TLM poly (while stocks last). And, if you see Andy from MinifigForLife say hi to him too. He's also doing 'a fun friendly giveaway, no promises and no hassle': a salvage team pauldron (pictured -- but not the minifig!) that I reckon will look great on Pete and Yve's minifig shoulders. Our giveaways will be conducted outside the shop: we don't want to cause the shop staff any hassle.

I'll be wearing a green classic space T-Shirt and I encourage you to wear something green too. I'm not sure how long I'll be there but I'll certainly be there at midday. I hope to see you then!

The Hobbit: The Lonely Mountain revealed

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Here's another forthcoming set to drool over that's being unveiled at SDCC: The Hobbit The Lonely Mountain.

This 866-piece set, the first to feature Smaug, comes with five minifigures: Bilbo Baggins, Balin the Dwarf, Dwalin the Dwarf, Ori the Dwarf and Gloin the Dwarf. It will be available November/December this year for a eye-watering $130!

via The Hollywood Reporter.

SDCC: New set announced

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If, like me, you've spent the past 45 minutes constantly refreshing the raffle drawing thread in the forum (and if you haven't then get over there now!) you might have noticed CCC posting that a new Super Heroes set featuring Green Lantern has been unveiled at SDCC. I have to confess I initially thought it was a wind up, but it's true enough!

76025 Green Lantern vs. Sinestro will be available to purchase from January 2015 for $19.95 USD. It includes three minifigures, Green Lantern, Sinestro and Space Batman.

Check out more images over at Kotaku.

I'm heading back over to the raffle now, Kev hasn't yet drawn my ticket for the signed LEGO House and I'm getting impatient...

FireStar Toys minifig work of art competition

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FireStar Toys has recently started printing minifigs and other items and their latest creation, Mr Inkredible is a work of art. This incredible tattooed minifig is printed on front and back, on head, torso, legs and arms and looks fantastic.

We have one to give away to a lucky Brickset reader. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning it is to answer a simple question on our competition page by midnight Sunday.

Paul at FireStar says "Unlike many custom printed sellers, we’re not using a Roland UV printer. Our team of six, LEGO loving big kids, did the Pepsi challenge with several alternatives and despite being more expensive, we believe the system we choose produces an awesome level of quality on a wider range of parts and more flexibility in the design process."

Head over to FireStar Toys' website to see the range of custom printed items and to purchase Mr Inkredible if you don't want to leave it to luck.

Mr Inkredible!

Mr Inkredible!

Mr Inkredible!

Now, the question is, can they do a custom Tai Woffenden for us Speedway fans, or maybe get 'LOVE' and 'HATE' on the fingers next time? :)

All the SDCC exclusives in one list

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Once again the LEGO PR team has done a good job of spreading the news around about the SDCC exclusives, and Matthew has done a good job keeping up with it all and re-posting it here.

I've now added the items to the database so if you want to see everything you'll never own in one place, here's a list of all SDCC 2014 exclusive items.

If you go, and are able to secure some of the items, we'd very much appreciate better pictures for the database, so please get in touch, thank you.

SDCC: Wookiee Gunship revealed

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Wookiee Gunship

The news just keeps on coming...

MTV has revealed a new Star Wars set, based on the Rebels TV series, which will be on display at SDCC this week. The Wookiee Gunship contains 570-parts and will retail for $69.99 USD, available in stores from January 2015.

75084 Wookiee Gunship

Protect Wullffwarro and his Jedi friend, Kanan Jarrus, with the powerful LEGO® Star Wars Wookiee Gunship. As featured in the Star Wars: Rebels animated TV series, this amazing battle-ready craft has loads of weapons to see off any invading force, like movable front cannons and an elevating top cannon. When the action really heats up, raise the wings into attack mode and unleash the never-before-seen rapid shooters! If you run low on ammo, open the side hatches to access the spare supply, then lower the rear bay door and unload the mobile gun post. Includes 4 minifigures with assorted weapons: Wullffwarro, Kanan Jarrus and 2 Wookiees.

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