Brickset news archive: August 2013
Two new Minecraft sets are released today and we've been sent one of each by the LEGO CEE team to review. In this review, I will take a look at 21106 The Nether. Later today, capnrex101 will publish his review of 21105 The Village.
Judging by the difficulty of getting hold of the original Cuusoo Minecraft set, 21102, particularly last year in the USA, it was a tremendous commercial success for LEGO and it is therefore not surprising that more Minecraft sets have been produced. These are not Cuusoo sets though (this we've been asked to stress), but they are perhaps the start of a long-term Minecraft theme.
The original set featured a part of 'The Overworld', known as 'The Forest'. We found this out, and that there'd be more sets on the way in June this year when it was renamed.
The two new sets represent different parts of the universe. This one is of The Nether, which according to the Minecraft wiki "is a hell-like dimension accessible only by entering a Nether Portal from the Overworld. It is home to several hazards, including flames, widespread standing and flowing lava, and Nether-exclusive mobs, as well as exclusive items and blocks."
The wiki goes on to say that "Locations in The Nether correlate to Overworld coordinates" which implies that it is underground, to me at least, and certainly in this model all the 'action' and details are underground.
"Our September promotion for Brickset readers is $60 for the Prince of Persia set: 7573 Battle of Alamut "
"Enter promo code: BRICKS7573 at the checkout to get this price. There are total of 60 available and we are limiting them to 6 per customer while supplies last. The more you buy the cheaper the shipping per item will be and any overcharge caused by errors in the shipping calculator will be refunded.
"It is very important for readers in Australia, Singapore, Eastern Europe, South East Asia, the Middle East and Africa to know that there is a parcel size limit to your countries, where we will only be able to fit 3 per shipping box. If you would like more than 3 sets we will have to ship in 2 separate boxes. We will ask for additional shipping if you have more than 3 in your order. If you would like an exact shipping cost, please contact us first.
"This promotion will last until 11:59 pm (US West Coast time) Sunday Sept 8, 2013. Just like previous promotions, you'll need to have registered an account in our store in order to use this code."
At $60 it's a bargain. It's a fantastic parts pack and there are some great minifigs in it. Grab them while you can! -- Huw
As Jurassic Park is set for Kreo in 2014, many people suspect that all the Jurassic Park projects will be archived anyway.
Possibly in response to this, Senteosan has relaunched his amazing dino as a Jurassic Park independent "Bricksauria" and suddenly we have a new, mind boggling well crafted project independent of any IP.
If you're a CMF collector, you'll love this fantastic 222-page compendium that's been put together by Michael Bradford.
Included are details on all 187 minifigs, from series 1 to 11 plus Team GB. Not only does it contain the official images and the bios for each one, it also includes information on rarity, current value, gender analysis and other interesting tidbits.
It's a 43Mb PDF, so might take a while to download, but it is worth taking the time to do so!
The expansion of LEGO Brand Retail in Europe is set to continue with a second store planned for the Vienna area of Austria.
The store manager's job has been advertised for a new branch at 'Donauzentrum' which is to the north of Vienna, I am told.
Thanks to mw.414613 for the news.
"Get ready to meet the Minifigures! Collect them all and bring them with you on grand adventures in LEGO Minifigures Online - an epic online adventure where you get to explore colourful locations such as Pirate World, Space World and Medieval World!
"Play together with thousands of other players and battle your way through monstrous riff-raff as you develop your Minifigures’ unique and powerful abilities. Smash, build and collect - thousands of exciting adventures are just a brick away in LEGO Minifigures Online!"
LEGO Minifigures Online will launch for PC, iOS and Android during the second half of 2014.
Thanks to stricks_bricks and r4-g9 for the news.
It seems that Christmas merchandise hits the stores earlier every year, doesn't it? We are still sweltering in summer temperatures in the northern hemisphere but that hasn't stopped LEGOLAND California putting new Christmas tree baubles on the shelves.
Update: It appears that there are six of these: Santa, tree, reindeer, dinosaur, Friends puppy and fire truck. You can see them all here.
The guys in the LEGO CEE team have sent us a box of polybags to use for reviews and competition prizes. Among them was the new Mini VW T1 Camper Van that'll be free with purchases over a certain threshold from shop.LEGO.com and LEGO stores in September.
The 76-piece model sports the same colour scheme as its larger brother, 10220, and from a distance photos of the two look the same.
It's a 4-wide model, so not minifig scale, or at least not current minifig scale, which is of course 6-wide. It would, however, fit in well in an 'old-school' 1970's LEGOLAND town display when all vehicles were 4 wide and too small to fit minifigs into.
With Friends in Space, Builder42 showcases perfectly aspects of my favorite projects on Cuusoo, stepping outside the box and preconceived notions and does so in a very cool way.
Swedish webshop Webhallen.com is organising a Mindstorms-themed competition with some seriously cool prizes. The details and entry form are on their website.
Chris, from Webhallen, explains (in English for those that don't read Swedish) "The idea is basically that we want people to build the coolest / best robot they can think of using everything from old Mindstorms parts, new Mindstorms parts as well as any other parts. We then want them to upload a video of their creation to Youtube and send us the link. We then pick out 3 contestants and put them up on the site for an online vote for our visitors/customers. The winner wins a trip and hotel to LEGOLAND for 4 people, a guided tour in a LEGO factory for up to 10 people and also meet one of the creators behind the Mindstorms EV3 team."
Competition entry is open to residents of Sweden only. There are quite a few of you from Sweden here so hopefully you'll take the opportunity to enter. Good luck if you do -- it would be cool to have a winner from Brickset!
Quite possibly the most anticipated set of the year has been this one, 10236 Ewok Village. The iconic location of Bright Tree Village from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi has been notably absent in LEGO since the earliest Star Wars sets were released in 1999. Many fans have been eagerly awaiting and hoping for a set of this kind to be released, and at last, in the 30th anniversary year of the final episode of the Original Trilogy, LEGO have provided us with a definitive model of the Ewok Village.
I have to say, I never fully saw the appeal of such a model. As far as I was concerned, an Ewok Village set would consist almost entirely of building trees, with only a tiny area of actual village at the top, as well as being extortionately expensive. While a model like this might have been an exquisite display piece, the playability of such a set would have been sorely lacking, and therefore I doubted a large Ewok Village would ever be produced.
I am pleased to say however that I was utterly mistaken. Now that LEGO have provided us with an Ewok Village, I am delighted with it. The model retains enough accuracy from the film to be credible as a village in the trees, and despite the aforementioned trees not actually being very tall, this does not take anything away from the appearance of the model as I had feared it would. Priced at £199.99 or $249.99 and consisting of 1990-pieces, this set has been a very pleasant surprise, as not only does this model represent fantastic value for money in my opinion, as well as being excellent from a perspective of displayability, but it is even laden with exciting and innovative features in every area of the set.
Needless to say, this review could be a long one, so I suggest you make yourself comfortable...
It's been a slow weekend for LEGO news. In the UK, it's been a holiday weekend so I've been out and about with my family and haven't had much time to post news here anyway. When I did finally get 5 minutes last night, my town was without telephone or broadband access for 4 hours due (I suspect) to a fault at the exchange. Being without Internet is frustrating given how much we rely on it these days.
Anyway, it's back now, so here's another photo of one of the better minifigs in series 11: the welder. He features a new welders' mask, welding torch and an orange 1 x 1 gas cylinder. In Europe, I think I'm right in saying that (a) there should be two cylinders, oxygen and acetylene, and (b) neither would be orange; they'd be black and maroon. Despite that, it looks cool and we can all understand what it's supposed to be.
As for feeling him out, the acute corners of the helmet may help to identify him.
TeeKay's Ghostbusters is less than 200 support away from 10,000. With its current track record and the 10k sprint phenomenon, it would be quite unusual if it did not close up today, but given that it has until NEXT Monday to get those votes, we can definitely call this one as being in the review. (Macross is still taking its time though).
I always like to see some new phenomenon in a review period and this one is a doozy with Ghostbusters (30th Anniversary) already in the same review block.
BrentWaller and TeeKay have been quite cordial through the entire process with a series of exchanges in the comments on their projects. It is clear that they are both lead by a desire to see Ghostbusters with an official LEGO stamp on the box.
Granted it is not much, but this is one of the rare times in which we get to hear from a LEGO representative on the topic:
Tim Courtney (Community Manager for LEGO Cuusoo):
"This is a first for us - two very similar concepts based on an IP in one review batch. While we don't know what the outcome will be in the review, we're all really happy to see both of you (BrentWaller & Teekay) showing such a collaborative and cooperative spirit throughout the process. You (BrentWaller & Teekay) should be proud of your exemplary leadership in this creative community. Now, good luck on the home stretch, TeeKay!"
This comment can be found here on Teekay's project.
Update: It has made 10,000 supporters!
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It would appear that Costco now has the City 2013 advent calendar out in some locations, priced at 27.99 Can.
Thank you Brickset user Christina for the news.
Thanks to The Minifigure Store, I'm now in possession of a complete set of series 11 minifigures. Given that they are not out everywhere in the US yet, but should be any day now, I thought it might be useful to post a few pictures of the more interesting ones over the next couple of days to whet your appetite.
We've had some 180-odd CMFs over the three years since they were introduced and still the LEGO design team continues to come up with new ideas. Sure, each series has its share of retreads but there are always some innovative figures in the mix as well.
The stand-out figure for me in series 11 is this cute-as-a-button gingerbread man. His ginger cream biscuit head and icing decorations are superbly executed and his 'dunk me' mug is the perfect accessory. Definitely one to feel for: the lack of a minifig head could be the giveaway.
Today is the last day of the first week-long LEGO promotion with the Daily Mail newspaper in the UK. Winzar's Pack Patrol has rounded off the interesting selection of polybags that have been included nicely.
So, how was it for you? I now have a small WHS within walking distance of my house so I've been able to get down early and grab a couple before the rush, if indeed there was one.
My branch wasn't there when The Sun was running the promotions, so I can't compare this week's experience with the fiascoes of the past. What's it been like in your stores? Has the slightly more 'up-market' maturity of the Mail had an effect on the type of people partaking in the promotion? Or has it been much the same as before?
The tenth Dorling Kindserley Brickmaster book, Star Wars Battle for the Stolen Crystals, has just been published. Like the others, it has a thick front cover which holds a bag containing (in this case) 189 LEGO parts with which to build the projects in the book, which consists of cartoon strips and step-by-step instructions.
The book follows the story of Commander Gree chasing a commando droid, who has stolen some lightsaber crystals, across the galaxy. There are four sets of two models to build: 'Battle in the Canyons' (V-19 Torrent and Separatist cannon); 'Ambush in the Forest' (WT-RT walker and Vespula fighter); 'Desert Attack' (Desert Speeder and Ph-STAP) and 'Ice Mountain Chase' (Ice Speeder and KD81 Cargo Skiff).
I'm not sure if the contents of series 11 boxes has been published elsewhere already; if it has I haven't seen it, so I'm grateful for Adam at The Minifigure Store for sending it to me. So which are the common ones, and which are rare?
Rare, 2 per box: scarecrow, diner waitress, grandma, pretzel girl, island warrior, saxophone player
4 per box: evil mech, gingerbread man, barbarian, lady robot, scientist, holiday elf
Common, 6 per box: mountain climber, constable, yeti, welder
If like me, you can't be bothered with all that packet fondling, you can buy a complete set of 16 from The Minifigure Store for £39, including postage, which I reckon is pretty good considering the faffing about that it saves.
Have these hit the shops in your part of the world yet?
Is there more to come? Macross just hit the 9000 support point and TeeKay's Ghostbusters is set to cross that milestone in the next 24 hours. Depending on your time zone, the deadline for the Fall 2013 review is 10 to 11 days away, so not much time. But to date, no project with more than 9000 support going into the final week of the review has failed to reach 10k before the deadline. Granted, there have not been many examples, but a deadline is something that really focuses support, moves people to action, and gets the internet all a buzz.
Update: As expected, Ghostbusters has indeed crossed the 9000 milestone and is moments away from overtaking the lumbering Macross project, and Oz is indeed stepping on the gas with the official facebook page again posting the project..
In recent years, LEGO seems to have produced far more Prequel Trilogy sets than Original Trilogy models, and this wave is an excellent example of this continuing trend. 75020 Jabba's Sail Barge is the only set from the Summer 2013 selection which is from the Original Trilogy, and I am quite pleased with it overall.
Initial images of the set were not at all encouraging. The nose looked awful and the Minifigure selection seemed quite small for a set which costs £99.99 or $119.99 for 850-pieces. While this set is far from perfect, the Sail Barge is, in my opinion, far better in person than the artwork would suggest, much like the recent LEGO Cuusoo offering of 21003 The Delorean Time Machine. The Minifigures are excellent, and the actual vehicle is a nice representation of the Sail Barge in the film.
Before I get started, my apologies that it has been so long between the second and third reviews. I'm afraid real life and expensive data while I was abroad got in the way!
Anyway, down to business. Next up in my series of City Coast Guard reviews is 60015 Coast Guard Plane. While not strictly the next one up in terms of size, I am still waiting on replacement stickers for my copy of 60013 Coast Guard Helicopter - they arrived stuck to the inside of the box...
Set 60015 retails at £34.99/$44.99 and contains 279-pieces, giving it a PPP of 12.541p / 16.125c. The set includes a rather nice fishing boat, and a Coast Guard Seaplane (who'd have guessed!). This set seems to be the retailer exclusive of the sub-theme, at least in the US, though I'm not too sure where it's exclusive too! LEGO take what I feel is rather a strange approach to the retailer exclusives, denying their existence on the boxes and instructions of the other sets, even though they are available from LEGOshop.com. Exactly the same approach was taken last time, when the Coast Guard exclusive set was 7726, the layout featured in the back of the instructions just left out that set, as has been done here.
Enough of my waffle and onto the set. The box again features the standard city view, but this time looking at it across the sea. Notice the wind turbines in the distance, LEGO City has been investing in green energy! In the bottom right is a diagram showing that the 'Boat really floats'. I have to wonder how useful/playable this really is, since the Seaplane can't float...
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This is a set which will divide opinion I should imagine. There is certainly a lot of fun to be had here and the Minifigures are excellent, however, the actual gate is weak in terms of accuracy as it does not capture the sheer magnitude of the setting in the book or the film. This model, 79007 Battle at the Black Gate is priced at £59.99 or $59.99, and I have to say, that seems rather expensive to me.
My complaint is not with the Minifigures or the appearance of the gate, both are superb. The actual accuracy of the gate on the other hand is lacking, this is a set which really needed to be sold at a higher price point in order to do the scene justice. The most notable exclusion is a second tower to attach to the left end of the gate, and for this, there is no excuse in my opinion. To be honest, I feel the second tower could have been squeezed in at this price point.
Nevertheless, it is certainly not all doom and gloom with this set. Read on to find out more...
41999 4x4 Crawler Exclusive Edition has been out for a couple of weeks now, and despite claims that orders placed through shop.LEGO.com on the 1st August wouldn't ship until the end of September, I received mine a couple of days ago, and built it right away.
I'm not going to do a full review because I see that zipsforbananas has written an excellent one already, and there's a thorough pictorial review on Eurobricks. Instead, I thought I'd just tell you what I thought of it and also solicit your feedback.
What I liked about it:
- The packaging is superb. Why can't all LEGO models come in a reusable box like that, rather than one that you have to destroy to open?
- The model is the best representation of a 'monster truck' that LEGO has produced, although perhaps after comparing it with real monster trucks, it would have looked better with larger wheels.
- Often with Technic models you get the feeling that the designers skimp on vehicle bodywork by over-using curved panels or by using flexible tubes to give an impression of bodywork, but that's certainly not the case here; the body is well built using plenty of beams, and consequently there are no gaps in it. Maybe this is because it was designed by an AFOL, and that's how we like to build our models.
- I didn't buy 9398, last year's Technic 4x4 crawler, the chassis of which this model is based upon, because I didn't like the colour scheme. Unless the the stickers were applied, it would have looked terrible, half black and half white. Applying stickers to Technic models is usually a mistake because they peel and flake over time. The colour scheme issue has been addressed and this new model looks terrific in dark blue and white, with or without stickers. The silver beams used for the bumpers and elsewhere look great.
What I didn't like:
- Until I finished it, there was nothing I didn't like. It was a interesting build, not too repetitive, and unlike some recent Technic models, it doesn't have a parts-dense multi-function gearbox which usually take ages to construct and are prone to mistakes. Then I switched it on...
- The speed at which it moves is a major disappointment. It crawls along at a pace that didn't even scare my cat. I think I was expecting something more like 8369 Dirt Crusher RC which zips along at a fantastic speed.
- The four wheel steering is very clever, and works well using the new PF servo motor but I thought the rear wheels turning looked a bit daft and un-prototypical. It's easily fixed though, I snapped open the rear axle assembly joint, removed one of the 3L axles and used pins to lock the rear axle in a fixed position. It doesn't have such a tight turning circle now but that's not much of a problem.
In summary, it's a great looking model, packed with functionality, but ultimately, playing with it is a bit disappointing.
Did you buy one? Have you built it, or are you like many people in the forum (it seems), keeping it as an investment for resale later? If you have built it, what did you think? Maybe it was your first Technic model. If so, will you buy more?
If you didn't buy it, it looks as if you won't be doing so unless you have deep pockets as it's out of stock now at shop.LEGO.com and prices on eBay are ridiculous (upwards of £400/$500).
Head down to WH Smiths today to pick up a 30260 Lone Ranger's Pump Car, free with the Daily Mail. It's a great way to get the main protagonist from the film if you don't want to shell out on any of the boxed sets.
While you're there, pick up some series 11 minifigs, that have been put on the shelf this week, and maybe even some 'mini builds' polybags.
Tomorrow, collect a voucher from the Mail on Sunday that can be redeemed next Sunday for a Chima Speedorz.
If you are a fan of LEGO Legends of Chima, then this deal is for you!
MTF Price Matters Canada Online is currently selling 70115 Ultimate Speedor Tournament Set for $23.97, which is 40% off the regular retail price.
If you're a LEGO VIP member you can now order Sydney Opera House ($319) and Ewok Village ($249) two weeks ahead of everyone else. Make sure you're logged in at shop.LEGO.com before you click on the links otherwise you won't see the offers.
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If you're a LEGO VIP member you can now order Sydney Opera House (£249) and Ewok Village (£199) two weeks ahead of everyone else. Make sure you're logged in at shop.LEGO.com before you click on the links otherwise you won't see the offers.
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WHS is gearing up for a busy week of LEGO action when the Daily Mail promotion kicks off on Saturday.
I read on BrickFanatics this morning that they've started selling series 11 minifigures today so I checked out my branch and, sure enough, they had a box on the shelf behind the till. They had also re-stocked with series 1 'mini build' polybags. Did I buy any minifigs? No, I can't be bothered with all that blind bag malarkey any more :)
Image courtesy of BrickFanatics.
There were 192 entries to our Brick by Brick competition. The question was "In 1998, the LEGO Company made its first loss. What was the approximate value of the loss in £ (GBP)? ". The correct answer was A: £26 million (or so).
I was surprised that the majority of entries were correct, 177 of them in fact. So, picking 5 numbers at random, the winners are:
- 66: Jonathan Richmond
- 92: Brian Tucker
- 145: Stuart Mac
- 134: Caroline Savage
- 8: Paul Skeates
Congratulations to you all: I'll be in touch to get your postal addresses.
Judging by the volume of information that's surfaced this week about the 2014 sets, I think it's safe to assume that the first edition of the 2014 retailers' catalogue has been distributed around the world.
LEGO do not like the confidentially stamped images in the catalogue being distributed, and we will again be respecting their wishes this year. However, they do not seem to be so fussed about textual information, set names and numbers, which I have concluded because they have not asked for the information published this week to be removed.
So, I've collated all that I could find, including set numbers, and added them to the database. Thus the 2014 page summarises everything we know so far.
Have I missed anything? Let me know.
Thanks to Tomas at Groove Bricks for summarising the information in his posts and keeping us informed.
It was always clear that Poptropica would make the review, but out of nowhere, Poptropica has started a sprint towards 10k.
I am not too familiar with Poptropica, other than knowing it is an MMO whose target age group is in line with that of LEGO, but a set with an evil mad scientist bunny with a giant rabbit mecha has a lot of charm, regardless of where it is from.
Poptropica does have two extreme qualities that set it apart from all other projects on Cuusoo. First, it has over 2 million views. The second most viewed active project only has 250,000 views. The second quality is much more infamous. It is the only active project on Cuusoo with its comments disabled. The stated reason is that the comments were too frequently off topic.
Update: With 75 support to go, Cuusoo has opened comments back up on Poptropica.
Update: It has now achieved 10,000 supporters!
We've been asked to let you know about what may well be the first LUG on the African continent:
"Gauteng LEGO User Group, is a group of AFOLs all based in the Gauteng Province of South Africa, who have come together to share our interest in LEGO bricks as a hobby.
"We hold regular and impromptu meetings, as well as display our creations at public events, and wherever we are able.
"We’d love to hear from you, as well as add people to our ranks, so please send us a message, and we’ll get back to you ASAP. If you’re not nearby, but are on the African continent, give us a yell anyway!
High-resolution images of the two new Minecraft sets have been posted on Eurobricks by Grogall.
21105 The Village (brown box) features a villager, pig and zombie micromobs.
21106 The Nether (red box) features ghast and a zombie pigman.
It is said that they'll be available from September 1st and I guess they'll cost the same as the first one: £35 and $35.
I suspect these will sell like hot cakes in the USA but perhaps not so well in Europe. Nevertheless, I think it's a smart move on the part of LEGO to release more of the same and capitalise on the obvious demand for them.
There's still time to win one of 5 copies of the book Brick by Brick!
Enter our competition now -- entry closes at midnight BST today.
Sorry, UK residents only: the copies are being posted out directly by the publisher who has imposed this restriction
The team over at BrickFanatics is running a competition where you can win the series 11 minifigures.
All you need do is to create a diorama that captures any of the Minifigures from Series 1-10 (plus the Team GB Olympic ones), enjoying their time off on their holidays. Maybe they have gone back home, having a chill on the beach or visiting a famous monument. Let your creative juices flow and build an 8×16 postcard scene, then upload your creation to our special contest Flickr group. You have until September 1st. to get your Collectible Minifigures Postcard Diorama complete. Full rules can be found on the site.
Good luck if you enter!
With Back to the Future having made it into production, many see Ghostbusters as a shoe in as well. Ghostbusters in also one of the rare intellectual properties that has received a Staff Pick on Cuusoo. Not just one pick even, but a whole week of picks!
On top of that, is it just me or is there at least one Ecto-1 at every LEGO Con if not the entire station? It is obviously a favored subject of FOLs.
Update: unsurprisingly, overnight the project reached 10,000!
First, news for Collectable minifigure fans: well-informed Eurobricks member Klaus-Dieter reports that the Collectable minifigures Series 12 will consist only of minifigs featured in The LEGO Movie. It will contain 16, at the usual price.
He also saw a list for the upcoming 2014 City and Friends sets for the first half of the year (after the break...)
Our articles about The Simpsons in LEGO generated a lot of interest and have been among the most read and commented articles published this year. It seems some of you can't wait while others think the idea is terrible.
Now, news has emerged overnight on GrooveBricks that'll be of interest to those of you in the former camp: a possible set list.
Here's what's it's alleged is heading our way:
- Bart’s Skate Trick, £10 minifigs: Bart & Milhouse
- Homer at the Control Panel, £20, minifigs: Homer, Burns, & Smithers
- Lisa’s Sax Performance, £30, minifigs: Lisa, Marge, Sherri, and Terri
- Springfield Shops, £50, minifigs: Bart, cashier at Krusty Burger, Krusty, Apu, / Nelson
- Simpson’s House, £70, minifigs: Bart, Homer, Marge, Lisa, Maggie, Grandpa, Flanders, and Santa's Little Helper
The list certainly sounds plausible, doesn't it, and covers the main price points. Do the minifigs include the main characters, and are these scenes/locations iconic?
Brickmaster is a LEGO community in South Korea. They are currently staging their second major exhibition in Seoul. One of the highlights of the show is this Imperial Inspection, part of Star Wars Episode VI. It includes Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader and 2,040 Stormtroopers who are the main force of the Galactic Empire. In total there are 2,904 figures in the display. It is one of the biggest displays in Korea. All of the figures were collected by one of the club's members (Fozclan) who's still after more Stormtroopers to make it even bigger.
The club's Mini Seoul Project will also be on display which recreates landmarks around Seoul City Hall. The display reproduces details of City Hall, the Bank of Korea (BOK), Jong-ro Tower, the Chunggye creek, Mount Nam and N-tower and over time will expand to cover more landmarks in the city.
You can find pictures of both displays on flickr.
If you're in Korea, check it out. I'm told that the AFOL scene is huge in the country so if you're from there and a visitor here, say hello in the comments!
This week Chapters Canada is offering 25% off one item in store or online.
Please use the promo code: 25OFFONEBTS
Offer ends: August 18, 2013.
Thank you Brickset user JonBrick for the news.
In the second part of my review of 10237 Tower of Orthanc, I am going to take a look at the construction of the set and the tower itself. For the first part, where I reviewed the box, Minifigures and creatures, follow this link.
As I mentioned in the first part of the review, this set is really about the Tower of Orthanc itself rather than the Minifigures and I guarantee that with this set, you will not be disappointed. Of the sets I own, this is the tallest, the only other model which really comes close is 10212 Imperial Shuttle. When placed on its stand, that model stands about an inch shorter than the Tower of Orthanc. As one might guess, I think there are only a very few sets better for display than this one and there are plenty of fun features too.
Being almost entirely black and rather shiny, as well as the obvious size issue, made this set quite tricky to photograph. Therefore I can only apologise for one or two of the shots which I simply could not get right, hopefully they get the idea across though.
Following our review of the excellent new book Brick by Brick, How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry by David C. Robertson, the publisher has graciously provided us with five copies to give away.
You can get hold of one by entering our competition, which is open to UK residents only (sorry!).
The LEGO Build-it Book Amazing Vehicles by Nathanael Kuipers and Mattia Zamboni has just been published by No Starch Press, who have sent me a copy to review.
Nathanael has worked for LEGO as a designer of Technic models, and prior to that he was well known in the community for making fantastic alternative models from Creator and Technic sets, which you can find on Brickshelf. This Formula 1 car made from Creator set 4404 was one of my favourites at the time.
Mattia produced the 3D rendering of the models in the book, and his website has some background information on how this was done.
The best way to describe this book is as '5867 Super Speedster: The Missing Manual' because what Nathanael has done is basically what he used to do: take a Creator set and make alternative models from just the parts in the set. The ten models in the book can all be made with just the parts in 5867 from year 2010.
Lord of the Rings is rich with iconic characters and locations, few more so than the imposing Tower of Orthanc. Therefore, with the revelation of LEGO Lord of the Rings, it seemed inevitable that this setting would eventually make it into a set in some form or another. Few could have imagined that this set is what LEGO would produce.
10237 Tower of Orthanc is quite simply the best Lord of the Rings set around in my opinion. The detail and playability of the model could hardly be bettered and for display, I can think of only a few sets which improve upon this one. This marvellous model will cost you £169.99 or $199.99 for 2359-pieces, so whether or not you endorse the reliability of the infamous 'price per piece' ratio, I think this represents good value for money.
This review will be divided into two parts, in the first of which I will take a look at the box, the Minifigures, and the creatures included.
We can exclusively reveal that the next Daily Mail LEGO promotion will take place on August 17th to the 25th. The sets available are as follows:
- Saturday 17th: 30260 Lone Ranger Pump Car
- Monday 19th: 30240 Star Wars Z-95 Headhunter
- Tuesday 20th: 30105 Friends Mailbox
- Wednesday 21st: 30222 City Police Helicopter
- Thursday 22nd: 30108 Friends Summer Picnic
- Friday 23rd: 30251 Winzar's Pack Patrol
Quite an interesting selection, although all have been available before somewhere in the world. It's good to see that girls have not been neglected this time round.
In addition, on the two Sundays, you can claim a free Speedorz: 70100 Ring of Fire or 70105 Nest Dive. To get hold of these, you'll need to cut out the tokens from both Sunday 18th and 25th papers, and pick-up at Toys R Us (only) on Sunday 25th August or Monday 26th August.
The small print for the polybags, as before, is:
To claim your toy just cut out the voucher from the Daily Mail on the designated day only, e.g. Saturday 17th, and take it to a participating WH Smith (high street only) or Easons (in Northern Ireland) store. While stocks last. In exchange you will receive a free LEGO toy. One toy per original voucher, per customer only. Photocopied, damaged or defaced vouchers will not be accepted. Do not attempt to redeem this voucher against any other product or promotion.
We ran a story about LEGO Simpsons rumours back in March. Now it seems they've been confirmed, according to an article in Danish newspaper dr.dk today. This is a translation of the article, courtesy of Google:
"One of the most-loved, arch American families are now emerging as LEGO figures. These are the yellow cartoon family, The Simpsons.
There has long flourished rumours of an impending romance between 20th Century Fox Television, the production company behind the successful series, and LEGO, but only now being co confirmed.
We'll see Homer, Bart, Marge and the others next year, says Mads Nipper, marketing director with responsibility for product development, marketing and sales of LEGO.
The launch of the characters is a "small product news" in the beginning, but if the reception is strong enough, can quickly turn up the production. It will be a small launch, but it will hopefully be fun and exciting for those who like the Simpsons universe, says Mads Nipper.
The target audience for The Simpsons are teenagers and adults, but there are also many children who know them, says product manager at Top Toy, Carsten Nielsen. He has seen the figures as they appear in the 2014 catalog, and he says that "they are really well made."
Thanks to EyeExist / Legodt.no for the news.
This is a set which has divided opinion from the moment it was announced. 79005 The Wizard Battle is a nice set on its own, no doubt about that, but the main source of complaint has generally been the fact that this model is almost identical to the third floor of 10237 Tower of Orthanc.
Nobody can deny the fact that this set is very similar to Saruman's throne room in the Tower of Orthanc set, but I would argue that this set is well worth purchasing nevertheless at £11.99 or $12.99 for 113-pieces. Obviously if you cannot afford 10237 Tower of Orthanc, or cannot justify the cost of the set, then this model is going to be a winner, but there is a single piece which might well draw in even owners of the larger model. You can probably guess which one I am talking about already...
See what's new on our new inventories page.
If the inventories contained new parts, they will be listed on the new parts page.
Geoffrey the Giraffe was first spotted in captivity in the LEGO vault at Billund during the inside tour in May. He's now made it out into the wild and can be obtained for free with purchases of £15 at Toys R Us in the UK, or for £4.99. My local branches didn't have them until Friday, so I headed down yesterday to grab a couple.
For those that aren't aware, the 400xx number series is used for 'store exclusives'. They are usually LEGO brand store or LEGOLAND exclusives, and I think this is the first number from that series to be allocated to a set that's available elsewhere.
August's shop.LEGO.com freebies (see article below) are are bit disappointing, aren't they, since we've been able to get both polybags before. Things are looking up for September though, as the extract above from the calendar shows:
- Spend $75/£50 and get a really excellent looking, unseen until now, mini T1 camper van.
- Spend $50 on Star Wars and get 5001709 Clone Trooper Lieutenant, the one that was given away at LEGOLAND California in June, which is great news for us Star Wars minifig collectors!
I suspect the Ewok Village will be available in September, along with the Advent Calendars and the Winter Village Market, so there'll be plenty to choose from to spend your money on...
(Thanks to Kyle B for the scan!)
It's the offer you've been waiting for, and comes just one week after the new sets were added to the catalogue!
Remember, match 3 items of similar price to maximise your discount!
It appears that the Cuusoo DeLorean is currently up on the Toys R Us web page.
Currently unavailable however, this is great news for most of us. Has anyone spotted any in stores?
Thank you Brickset user Chrislopa for the news.
See what's new on our new instructions page.
Hot on the heels of the new HispaBrick magazine comes issue three of The Brick Collectors magazine which can also be downloaded for free.
It's aimed at LEGO families (as opposed to AFOLs) and is chock-full of building instructions, games and other activities.
redgreenblue writes "Bilka in Denmark (a large supermarket) has 35% off all LEGO in its birthday offer this week (1-7 August). It's not as good as in previous years (40%), but it's still the largest saving of the year out here.
"You can see a selection of the offer in their catalog but it applies to all sets."
This project was a collaboration between the accomplished micromecha builder CrashSanders and myself (which makes me feel very weird reporting on it). If you like this one you may be interested in our other collaboration on the Classic Star Control II.
This could end up being one of the more populated reviews with ATLAS and Female Minifigure Set already taking up seats, Poptropica and Ghostbusters (30th anniversary version) with a solid shot, and the official Wizard of Oz sites pushing Road to Oz. (Update: some people have asked about the Oz support rate so I am including this link to a chart of its support rate).
My thoughts on the Winter 2012 Review follow the break.
A new issue of the excellent (and free) HispaBrick magazine is now available for download in English and Spanish.
The 100-page magazine includes articles on building in Microscale, designing the EV3 Education Core set, LEGO® WeDo and an interview with Jan Beyer.
The HispaBrick team has just celebrated its 5th anniversary and there's a chance to win an exclusive HispaBrick anniversary minifig -- download the magazine to find out how.
Be sure to put this on your mobile device -- it'll make for excellent vacation reading!
Offers for August at shop.LEGO.com are as follows:
The 41999 Technic 4x4 Crawler Exclusive Edition can now be ordered, but unfortunately it's back-ordered into September both in the USA and Europe. How on earth did that happen so quickly?
The 21103 Cuusoo DeLorean is also also now officially available for $34.99 / £34.99 / €39.99. Mindstorms EV3 can also be pre-ordered, and three of the supposedly cancelled LEGO games can also be obtained now, in Europe at least.
Finally, loads of new stuff has been added for the USA, including Star Wars and Chima. See everything that's been added.
The news that Lord of the Rings was to get a second wave of sets was very well received and the second smallest of the five sets released this year is a highlight for me.
One of the most popular settings from the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy is Rivendell, the home of Elrond and elves under his rule. In this set, 79006 The Council of Elrond, we get our first taste of this magnificent location in LEGO, and it really is a treat, perfectly capturing the area as it appears in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring film, directed by Peter Jackson.
The model includes four lovely Minifigures, one of whom is an exclusive character to this set and two of whom have been updated. With 243-pieces, this set is priced at £29.99 or $29.99, and despite the fact that the 'price-to-piece' ratio (which I tend to take with a pinch of salt anyway) is some way out, I believe this set is well worth the price.