Brickset news archive: February 2010
I've made a few more tweaks to the site this week and have just published them. The most noticable difference is on the set details pages. The reviews are back, and I took the opportunity to tidy up a few other aspect of the page while working on it and have used a tabbed interface [*] which has made it possible to fit more on the page.
There's also a new eBay search page which you can use to find sets on all the main global eBay sites. This is linked to just above the eBay listings on the set details pages.
I think I've ironed out all bugs but if you notice anything not quite right, let me know.
[*] This uses jQuery UI for the tabs and ajax so should work in all browsers.
The worst-kept secret in recent LEGO history has finally been officially revealed today with the issue of a press release. Contrary to that stated at LEGOshop.com, Grand Emporium will at last be available, from Monday 1st March, and LEGO have kindly sent me some additional images showing lots of neat features. You'll find them on the set detail page. The press release reads as follows:
10211 – Grand Emporium, Ages 16+. 2,182 pieces, US $149.99 CA $199.99 UK £ 139.99 DE € 149.99
Welcome to the grand opening of the Grand Emporium!
The LEGO® Modular Buildings series continues with this spectacularly detailed 3-story department store, designed in a realistic scale with lots of special building techniques and rare pieces. On the street outside, citizens carry shopping bags, send letters at the mailbox, admire the window mannequins, and cool off at the ice cream stand while a busy window washer works above. Enter through the revolving door to discover a ground-floor clothing department, complete with a cash register, fitting room, hats, jewelry, perfume, and even a selection of spare trousers. A brick-built escalator carries customers to the second floor housewares department with glassware and golden plates for special occasions, and then it’s up to the top floor for the toy department (complete with toy house and push-scooter) and a great big chandelier above the open atrium. Up on the roof are a billboard and skylight. Includes 7 minifigures and measures 15" (38 cm) high and 10" (25 cm) wide. Ages 16+. 2,182 pieces.
- Includes 7 minifigures: 1 window cleaner, 1 female shop assistant, 1 genetleman and 1 lady with shopping bags, 1 boy plus 1 male and 1 female mannequin!
- Enter the Grand Emporium through a revolving door that really spins!
- The first floor has a clothing department with cash register, fitting room, hats, jewelery, perfume and more!
- The second floor has a housewares department with glassware and golden plates!
- Take the amazing brick-built escalator to the top floor of these 3-story department store!
- The top floor is a toy department complete with toy house and push-scooter!
- Grand Emporium features a big chandelier above the open atrium and even a skylight!
- Lots of realistic details with a rooftop billboard and shoppers with shopping bags!
- Raise and lower the window washer outside the building!
- Send letters at the mailbox outside the Grand Emporium!
- Admire the window mannequins from the street and stop at the ice cream stand for a treat!
- Includes new inverted arches and rare elements like transparent 1x1 ‘headlight bricks’ and dark green windows!
- Combine with other modular buildings like 10197 Fire Brigade and 10185 Green Grocer!
- Measures 15" (38 cm) high and 10" (25 cm) wide!
StarWars.com posted some great pictures of the summer Star Wars releases yesterday which have now been added to the database. Thanks to legowiz102 and yamum256 for the news!
Thanks also to Guido who sent links to two new Star Wars magnet sets he found at his local LEGO store.
This calender also announces the opening of several new stores throughout the United States.
At least, I think that's the offer at this German store's website. If you can provide a translation, please do!
This is the first sighting of this parrot set out in the wild :-)
This straight-to-DVD movie is now available in the USA. I have no idea what it's like: when you've watched it let us know what you think of it!
You can order it from Amazon: LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers
Amazon.co.uk has no release date for it yet.
New Brickset member Rory emailed to say he picked up the following polybag sets at his local Target today:
30050 - Republic Attack Shuttle $3.49
30051 - X-Wing $3.49
30002 - Police Boat $2.99
30010 - Fire Chief $2.99
Demand for the Star Wars sets will be high, so get down there quick. And if you can pick me up a couple, get in touch :-)
The NY toy fair must be on this weekend, loads of pictures have started appearing! There's a great gallery at figures.com that includes Prince Of Persia, Harry Potter and more!
If you find any more, let me know and I'll add them to the list below:
- SirStevesGuide has loads of pictures of Star Wars sets (thanks vynsane)
- FBTB has great coverage in their Flickr photostream including this picture of Ginny's hairpiece that I was telling you about when I saw it at the London toy fair and this gallery of the new Hogwarts Express which is a real disappointment.
- More from FBTB: Series 2 collectable minifigs (thanks JaseTJ)
I've just made some changes to the site today.
- In the user survey I ran last year, one criticism was that the simple 'out of 5' score for reviews did not allow for reviewers to adequately rate the set. I have therefore added four new attributes so you can now rate the set 'overall', 'building experience', 'parts', 'playability' and 'value for money'. At the moment nothing more is done with the scores, other than showing them when reading the reviews but once there's a few hundred reviews in the new format in the database I'll be able to generate lists of 'sets rated best value for money' etc.
- While working on reviews, I thought I'd implement a HTML editor to let you use bulleted lists, headings, bold and italic etc. I'm hoping this is a success but if it becomes apparent that people aren't using it properly I'll have to remove it. (Update: at the moment this only works in IE and FireFox, sorry!)
- I've also improved the display and filtering of reviews on the main reviews page, on the 'reviews written by xxx' lists and also the reviews for a specific set which are now on their own page like this one. You'll also notice in the search results table that there are links to the set review pages in the rating column.
- The set details pages now feature a live data feed from eBay showing the lots available on your local eBay site. I hope you find this useful: my goal is to make it easier to find specific sets on eBay at Brickset than on eBay itself.
I'm sure you won't hold back on letting me know what you think of these changes... :)
It looks like Manhattan will finally be getting a LEGO Store! The most recent round of store openings targets the New York City metro area, which is notoriously underserved in terms of LEGO Stores.
According to a recent New York Post article: "Lego is opening a Rockefeller Center flag ship store this summer. Sources tell The Post the Danish firm will take over the 3,734-foot Brookstone location at 620 Fifth Ave. between W. 50th St. and the Channel Gardens."
LEGO Stores will be opening in:
Seen in the UK Milton Keynes LEGO Store on Thursday 11th Feb 2010. £4.99UK.
The Canadian Toys R Us site has pictures of Prince of Persia and Toy Story 3 sets. I'm not going to provide a link to them, and have removed the links from the other thread, because LEGO are trying, unsucessfully, to keep them under wraps and have asked that I don't show or link to them here. However if you head over to the site I'm sure you'll find them easily enough, and many other LEGO sites are showing them.
I noticed that several of you had problems posting reviews earlier today from entries in the error log. There was a problem which I've now resolved. Please try again now, and apologies if you lost the text you had entered.
Roberternst has found a gallery on an Austrian toy trade website which features loads of photos of new sets including the second series collectable minifigs. See how many you can identify!
In response to discussions on another thread about Star Wars minifigs I thought it would be useful to list those that are included in the August sets:
8098 Clone Turbo Tank: Anakin, Clone troopers (2), Battle droid, Cad Bane, Aayla Secura, Ahsoka
8095 Grievous Starfighter: Grievous, Nahdar Vebb, Caretaker droid
8097 Slave 1: Bossk, Boba Fett, Han Solo, Carbonte cast for Han Solo
8089 Hoth Wampa Cave: Luke, Zev Senesca, Wampa, skeleton
8096 Palpatine's shuttle: Palpatine, Anakin, Clone pilot, Medical droid
8093 Plo Koon's Starfighter: Plo Koon, R7-F5
Brickset was unavailable from about 05:00 GMT until 13:00 GMT (until 08:00-ish in the USA) due to a network connectivity problem on the SQL server. I apologise for the inconvenience.
I have just made an enhancement to the site which many of you have requested: you can now mark a set as owned AND as wanted. I've also made a few other tweaks 'under the bonnet' which should make the site load slightly quicker and used a new means of updating the site so if you notice any anomalies anywhere, let me know.
I hope you find this useful.
As suspected, the LEGO staff at the North American Toy Fairs are a lot more permissive of phototograpny on their stands and photos from the Canadian toy fair are now appearing online. Here are a few galleries:
As you know, Brickset isn't a general LEGO news site or LEGO blog; our focus is very much on new set releases and availability, and on being a resource for collectors. However, once in a while, we cover more general LEGO news...
There's a very good article on the BBC News website, part of their 'Tech Know' series of articles, covering adults who build with LEGO. The video and written article contain interviews with members of The Brickish Associaton, the adult LEGO user group in the UK.
Click the link above to read and watch a great bit of journalism, sympathetic to our hobby.
Following on from our publication of exclusive new Fabuland, Scala and Minitalia images last month, I have now uploaded images of early Dacta sets from 1972-1988. Being educational sets sold only to schools, these sets are extremely rare and this is the first time that pictures of the actual sets themselves, rather than catalogue scans, have been published. They are not even included in the LEGO Collector book.
I still can't say where these images were taken, but you will find out: probably in March! I'd like to thank bluemoose for post-processing them and producing some really clean, clear images.
The next modular building, 10211 Grand Emporium, is now listed at LEGOShop.com, and will be shipping at the end of February in North America and Europe.
I was anticipating that LEGO would 'big-up' its launch because, you may remember, they asked me to remove the images we posted at the beginning of January so as not to spoil the surprise. I guess that given none of the other fan sites pulled the images, they decided not to bother.
Update 6th Feb: For some reason the set has been removed entirely from LEGOshop.com: the links above lead nowhere now. All very strange, particularly given it's already for sale in UK brand stores.