Brickset news archive: February 2009
Several of my friends over at the Brickish Association have launched a new website to celebrate 30 years of classic space. Here's the press release:
"March 2009 sees the 30th anniversary of the original Classic Space sets from LEGO. Now, three decades on, it’s time for a celebration of spacey goodness at www.neoclassicspace.com.
"Neo-Classic Space is a reimagining of the LEGO Classic Space range, using modern building techniques and parts. More than just inspired by the Classic Space sets, Neo-Classic Space is an extrapolation of the line into the 21st century and beyond. We aim to follow a carefully thought standard, which we feel is in keeping with the original designs.
"The culmination of a top-secret project planned over many months, www.neoclassicspace.com will present a new model every day throughout March, many from builders you already know and love, some from new talent you may not have discovered.
"This is only the beginning. It is time to retake space. We hope you'll come along for the ride!"
Go and check it out!
Remember the black NXT brick that briefly made an appearance on LEGOshop.com over Christmas? It's now available and has been released to celebrate 10 years of LEGO Mindstorms. If you want one you'd better get your order in quickly because there has only been 1998 of them made !
They'll be available through LEGOshop.com in North America and Amazon.com. They won't be available in other markets so if you're outside USA/Canada your best bet will be to try and get Amazon to ship one internationally.
The announcement from LEGO is as follows:
LEGO MINDSTORMS 10 Year Anniversary Exclusive: The Black NXT Limited Edition.
Now you can be the proud owner of one of the Limited Edition Black NXT micro-controllers that we have produced to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of LEGO MINDSTORMS.
The first LEGO MINDSTORMS products came out in the year 1998 and have since then continued to bring fun and active building and programming experiences to millions of robotic builders across the world!
Only 1998 exclusive units will only be available through our online shop LEGOshop.com and www.amazon.com
Why a Black NXT? Because it is cool! And looking around in the MINDSTORMS community we noticed that a Black NXT was high on the wish list among users. Also, talking to the MINDSTORMS Community Partners, the closed web forum of adult fans collaborating with the LEGO MINDSTORMS development team, it was very well received and suggested as a must-have!
Once you have bought and received your new Black NXT you will get access to additional materials like a special-made program for the Black NXT, a personal certificate of ownership, wallpapers, building instructions for special models.
Please note that this is an exclusive item in a limited edition: only 1998 produced! – so, if you want to secure yours go online at
LEGO sent me some picures of cool models made with the black brick which I've added to my flickr gallery.
Cimi in Austria emailed to say he's found a promotional farm set in Spar shops. There's a picture here, http://www.interspar.at//interspar/angebote/promo2.htm, but the page is very slow at the moment.
10 minutes later TTS in France emailed to say "a new small bagged city set is available for France. It's the 4899: mini tractor farm. It's a gift when we buy for 20€ lego farm sets at Lego stand in 'Salon de l'agriculture' in Paris. It's a green remake of the 6608."
As you can see from the image it is very similar to 1982's 6608 but has been updated with new wheels curved pieces. I suppose there's only so many ways you can build a tractor out of a handful of bits :-)
(Thanks to TTS for providing the image)
I've completed the next part of integrating BrickLink's minifig data into Brickset. The Minifig Browser (linked to on the Browse tab) lets you see all minifigs in a particular theme and the sets they appear in. The sets in the list are coloured green if you own them (and you're logged in) making it a breeze to see which minifigs you own in the sets you own.
I'm not done yet with this, I'll add more features when I find the time (and can think of them!)
A news release on the official LEGO Universe site has today announced that the launch is being delayed.
There's no new date given and no reason other than "(we) decided to delay the game’s launch so that it gets the full attention of our company and fans when it makes its public debut. We have a ton of cool new products planned for release in 2009, and want to continue developing the game to make sure that LEGO Universe becomes a truly great game and LEGO experience."
That sounds as if it will be launched when there are no 'cool new products' planned, so we could be in for a long wait. Usually it's technical problems that delay this sort of project but I'm not surprised that they are not admitting to that.
Personally I'd rather spend my spare time playing with real bricks with real people rather than virtual ones in a virtual world, but I'm probably not the target audience. I'm therefore not too distressed by the news.
As this image used for the trains theme on http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/ shows. It's not listed as a product yet in the trains section but they're not exactly going to use a picture of a hoax set, are they! (thanks jkw96).
If you still see a picture of an old train, press Ctrl-F5 in your browser to refresh the page.
Update: LEGO ambassador Anthony Sava has posted some official information, and links to more pictures over on Lugnet:
#10194 – Emerald Night, Ages 14+, 1,085 pieces, Pricing: US$99.99, CA $129.99, UK £68.50, DE €89.99
The images clearly show the old-style train windows in tan and that the loco is dark green. I can't wait!
Another update: It's now listed on LEGOShop.com and will ship on April 15th.
What a day for news this has been!
Michael found this image, a nice photo of the box (without confidential markings on it), presumably taken at the toy fair. I reckon this'll sell like hot-cakes!
Update: this is now listed on LEGOshop.com: £166.35 or $249.99, release date 30th March 2009.
LEGO has entered another deal with a major entertainment group, recently announced at Toy Fair, one that they have had dealings with before: Disney. Three lines are currently scheduled to come out of this agreement, Toy Story (Jan 2010), Cars (June 2010), and Prince of Persia (April 2010). No pictures were shown at Toy Fair.
Read the press release for more information.
It must be Toy Fair weekend in the USA: check out this flickr gallery which has loads of pics, around 200 and this one which has even more and is better organised. I haven't had a chance yet to look at them all. If you notice anything particularly interesting, post a link in the comments. (thanks to mukutaantroz)
Look carefully on the set details pages and you'll spot a new feature, brought to you in association with BrickLink. Under the set image you'll see a list of all minifigs in the set. Click on one to see all sets it has appeared in.
Watch this space for more exciting minifig-related features I'll be adding over the coming weeks...
legoloverman mentioned finding this image on flickr. I have no idea if it's genuine but it looks like it could be! LEGO are known to be working on a new train set for release this year so the timing is certainly right. It could be a hoax, but it's a elaborate one if so! There's no mention of Power Functions on the box. Maybe it can be motorised but the motor is not included.
Check out the large train wheels! And the tan train windows! It's almost too good to be true!
I don't know whether I should be linking to this stuff or not, I know I said I wouldn't, but this gallery on a Chinese site (thanks dragon_teenager!) has clear scans from the retailers' catalogue and not just poor photos. At last we can see clearly what the space police sets are like, and I like what I see! It seems each set has a different alien in it and it looks like imagination has gone into creating them.
There's also pictures of the summer Agents sets, the first time I've seen them posted anywhere, and also the summer Power Miners sets including a great looking rock monster!
As I've said before it's not my job to prevent images like these being posted -- that's for LEGO to do -- but I will remove links to them if asked.
Update 13th Feb: The photos are no longer available at that URL: not because they've been removed but because the user has exceeded his bandwidth allowance at PhotoBucket -- clearly too many people have been looking at them!
I know this reporting this is against my principles of linking to images from retailers' catalogues but it's been a slow week for news and given that they are on Jedi News virtually the whole world will have seen them by now anyway. So, thanks to enzo840 for bringing this page at Jedi News to my attention, and Mr F. for this one which has pretty good pictures of the 5 summer IJ sets.
Yesterday I made a change which affected Brickset's ability to detect which country you are in. I believe this is fixed now. Could you please check at the bottom of the page and see that it's showing the right country for you and reply to this post to let me know.
2009 is a big year for LEGO all around, however one area where they will really shine this year is in the video game section, with three big releases coming soon.
First of course, is the highly anticipated Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) LEGO Universe. This PC game is scheduled for release sometime this year and will deliver character customization, player interaction, and the ability to create your personal avatar as a real LEGO figure and get it sent to you.
Next is LEGO Racers: The Video Game. All we know about this title is that it will be coming out sometime this year, thanks to the actual LEGO Racers sets.
Last is LEGO Battles, recently announced by TTGames, the minds behind LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Indiana Jones, and LEGO Batman. Only for the Nintendo DS, this game features several characters from our favorite LEGO themes, such as Pirates, Space and Castle, with the ability to build and battle other players on the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. This game should be out sometime in the third quarter of '09.
So there is all the news we have for you gamers out there. If you find anything we haven't heard about, please, let us know!
Farm sets 7634 Tractor, 7636 Combine Harvester and 7637 Farm are now available from shop.lego.com for North American customers.