Brickset news archive: January 2009
Shortly after the new site was launched, hitokiri in Moscow contacted me to suggest that I add a feature to make it easier for him to keep track of his fellow doublebrick members' collections here on Brickset. While it's always been possible to see them via individual members profiles, there wasn't an easy way of doing so without lots of clicking around.
So, my solution to this is a new tab: 'My Friends' . On this page you can search the Brickset user database, find your friends then mark them so they appear in your list of friends. Once in the list you can click on links to view their reviews, their collection or thier wants list. You can also see who has marked you as a friend.
This is an opt-in system: if you want people to know more about you, such as your location and real name, so you can be found in the list, you'll need to enter information in your profile and if you want to share your collection with others, tick the 'Allow Brickset users to view my collection' box at the bottom.
I've also added some new fields to the profile page allowing you to enter the URLs of your Brickshelf, flickr and MOCPages galleries.
I hope you find this useful. As usual your feedback will be appreciated.
A friend went to the London Toy Fair and said he saw these and they were pretty cool. I can't find any images anywhere but there's an article at Toy News Online which provides more information.
In fact, I haven't found any images taken at the London Toy Fair. When I've been in the past they have been very strict on photography so presumably that's the case again this year. If you come across any, let us know!
Update 2nd Feb: The Telegraph website has a picture of one of them, Rameses Pyramid.
Thanks to dragon_teenager for alerting me to reports from the Canadian Toy and Hobby Fair!
There's a lot to take in -- we've seen most of the sets as poor scans but these are the first clear pictures of them!
I've introduced a new feature which addresses the problem of quickly and easily browsing themes year-by-year. It's just about possible using the current search facility but it often requires too much use of the back button.
So, please take a look at the new Theme Browser and let me know what you think!
The Toys R Us website in the USA is now listing two farm sets (7634 and 7636) as well as the 7746 drum roller. The main image they're using for the drum roller is a bit strange: it looks like it's half-built!
As a general rule we don't use pictures scanned from the retailers' catalogue, particularly this early in the year when no other pictures have emerged of the summer '09 sets and LEGO want to keep them under wraps.
That said, Brickshelf and Flickr are awash with them and while I can't condone their publication there's no point me trying to prevent their distribution (that's LEGO's job) so if you read the comments to this article you'll find links galore.
Waterjedi and nrbenz emailed to tell us that this set is available in their local TRUs, price $26.99. There's a much better picture of it on their website than we had previously, so I have added here. No word of it being available in other countries yet.
Everyhing's OK again now...
Missingno has found what looks like a gallery of blurry pictures of a couple of the forthcoming Space Police sets on Brickshelf. The pictures are too poor to be able to form much of a conclusion about them, but it does look as if they have potential!
Update 22 Jan: the Brickshelf gallery has been removed.
An interesting story has been published on many news sites and was picked up by Google News concerning a licencing agreement between a company that makes 'Teentronics' (Digital Blue) and LEGO:
"Digital Blue, a leading innovator in electronics and software for the youth and teen market, today announced a licensing agreement with LEGO Systems, Inc., the world’s leading construction toy company, to create a LEGO-inspired line of electronic gear. The line is scheduled for release in the summer of 2009 at price points ranging from $19.99 to $59.99.
"Digital Blue will apply its expertise in value-priced digital and video cameras, MP3 players and other electronic gear to an extensive youth audience and to LEGO fans worldwide by creating four imagination-inspiring lines, including:
- Brick-Built, Portable Electronics: The line features fully functional digital cameras, MP3 players, walkie talkies and USB drives that appear to be built from classic LEGO bricks.
- BIONICLE: Digital products that bring the excitement and action of the BIONICLE legend to life for boys ages 7-11. This line launches with digital cameras at Toys “R” Us. The remainder of the line is scheduled to be released in fall 2009 in tandem with the BIONICLE direct-to-video feature, and includes a stop animation video camera. It’s designed to appeal to a broad age range, including teens, and features the elemental essence of LEGO style.
- Home Electronics: Boom boxes and alarm clock radios that feature classic LEGO brick elements scaled to oversized proportions. "
The products will be available in the US, UK, Canada, Mexico, France and Germany, apparently. The Digital Blue website might give you an idea what to expect, but there's not mention of this there yet.
Thanks to mbamcooley for first alerting me to this. Sounds interesting!
Update: If this is what they look like, then I'm not so sure about them!
We've had reports that the first batch of 2009 sets are available in Australian stores now:
evchan: "I have spotted new 2009 sets on the shelves in KMart. I saw the new city set - the Crawler Crane, and some star wars - Vader's Tie Fighter, Hyena Droid Bomber and Droid Assault Tank."
Lego-in-oz: "My local Target in Midland, Western Australia has the following sets: 7630 Front-End Loader
7631 Dump Truck, 7632 Crawler Crane, 7633 Construction Site, 8401 Minifigure collection, 8014 Clone Battle Pack, 8015 Assassin Droids, 8016 Hyena Droid Bomber, 8017 Darth Vader's Tie Fighter, 8018 AAT., 8019 Republic Attack Shuttle, 6191 Fire Fighter Building set, 6192 Pirate Building set, 6193 Castle Building set"
If you're down that way, go check 'em out!
In response to the outcry about the missing eBay links on the set details page, I've added a new feature that shows eBay items related to the set you're looking at or the search you've performed. You can show your support for Brickset for signing up for an eBay account if you don't already have one, and/or bidding on (and winning!) any lots you see.
Update 9th Jan: I've included a similar feature for Amazon which should work for Amazon US, UK, France and Germany. If you're in France or Germany could you let me know if you're seeing the correct box? Thanks!
Update 9th Jan: The eBay box should now detect which country you're in and show items from the appropriate eBay site. The following countries are supported: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Spain, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, United Kingdom and the USA. Sitting here in the UK it's difficult to test this functionality so I'd really appreciate it if you'd let me know if you're seeing the right box.
Let me know what you think of these features, I hope you find them useful and not too intrusive.
Hot on the heels of the Power Miners microsite, the Pirates site is now live on LEGO.com. There's a couple of nice wallpapers to download already; hopefully the first of many :-)
The Power Miners microsite at LEGO.com has been updated recently and now includes instructions for all the sets and the combination models. I like to collect LEGO wallpapers but there is only one available there so far...
Thanks to tmyork for the news.
For a few days last week LEGOshop.com listed a black NXT brick for sale in North America. It's since been pulled from their listings and attempts to find it on their site results in a page not found.
It's possible that it's version 2 of the NXT brick: we know there's a new NXT 2.0 set, 8547, due out this year. I guess it was listed in the shop by mistake!