Brickset news archive: June 2009
If you're in the UK: There's a sale now on at LEGOshop.com and in it are several of last year's Indiana Jones sets. What's more if you spend over £60 you'll receive a free gold minifigure keychain! So, check out the Sales and Deals and get that order in. The free keychain offer is also available in UK LEGO shops starting on July 1st.
In the US, it looks as if most the good stuff is sold out in the sale, but you can get the gold minifigure keychain if you spend $75 or more.
This is a pretty awful set to be perfectly honest: it looks wierd and who needs yet more black pieces, anyway. Its one redeeming feature is that it comes with three unique and pretty cool minifigs. If you've been wanting them but didn't want to pay full price then now's the time to buy. It's now available for just $25 in the USA from LEGOshop.com so when you order your chrome minifigs you might as well throw one of these in your basket at the same time.
I reckon LEGO has warehouses full of these as they are going to be half price in brand stores in the UK as well, on 6-8 July. (Thanks Everett)
Update: It seems I was mistaken about its popularity: it's sold out already!
Earlier in the year we heard a rumour that another installment in the LEGO Indiana Jones game franchise was in development. Last friday this was confirmed by the developers - "LEGO Indiana Jones 2 : The Adventure Continues" will be available in the Autumn/Fall, for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, DS, and PC. It will cover all four of the IJ films.
Today we heard that the other, altogether more bizarre, part of the rumour, that a LEGO Harry Potter game was also in development, is also true - "LEGO Harry Potter - Years 1-4" will be released sometime in 2010. This would strike me as very odd, as there haven't been any HP sets in quite a while now, except that the LEGO Batman game was released just as sets were disappearing from the shelves, and that didn't seem to affect sales of the game, or people's enjoyment of it !
Make sure you check out the 'teaser trailer' for LHP:1-4 !
You've been waiting for this day in the USA: The five new Indiana Jones sets, with their excellent range of minifigures, can be ordered now! Several won't ship until mid-July though.The new Star Wars Classic sets are also listed, as are the Clone Wars sets, so get that order in today!
No sign of IJ in Europe yet, but then we have the launch of the Games sets next week to look forward to...
(Thanks Mr.Bob for the heads-up!)
(Updated) Echo Base and the Endor set can now be ordered from SOME European countries but while they were appearing as available earlier in the week for shipping to the UK, they have been removed from the UK shop website and Brickset readers in the UK have reported that they've been removed from their orders. What a cock-up... (Thanks to keithkram)
Having briefly appeared on LEGO Shop UK last week, the Battle of Endor and Echo Base sets have today reappeared, along with some of the other new Star Wars LEGO sets - Corporate Alliance Tank Droid , Separatist Shuttle and Anakin’s Y-wing Starfighter .
(Thanks to 'jezandemmagower' for the info !)
8039 is now listed on LEGOShop.com, priced at £97.85 in the UK and €139 in most Euro-zone countries, and is available now.
This is sure to be a popular set: it's been in Brickset's popular searches list since day one of the new site launch and is in the top ten of the most wanted set list, so order 8039 Venator-class Republic Attack Cruiser from LEGOshop.com now!
It's still marked as unavailable in the US and Canada.
LEGO's products launched in 2009 list now lists all summer releases, even the Star Wars ones, although these, and the Space Police 3 sets are marked as not available and the SW sets (other than 8039) have no images.
Thanks to Steven M for the tip-off!.
EDIT - It looks like the 3 new Castle & 2 of the new Space Police sets are now priced & available to order across most of Europe & Australia/New Zealand. Oddly, Space Police is still not listed for Germany or Austria.
Technic, Indiana Jones and more Star Wars sets including the Mon Calamari Star Cruiser are now available for order from LEGOshop in the UK. The neat Wind Turbine Transport set has also turned up.
They will appear in our data stream in the next day or two. In the meantime the Products launched in 2009 at LEGOShop.com page should list them all.
Don't forget you can claim a free gold minifigure chain if you spend more than £60 and if you wait until tomorrow before placing your order you'll be able to get some Games sets too!
The highly anticipated Grand Carousel set is now available from LEGOshop in the USA, a couple of days early. With over 3200 pieces it's the 6th largest LEGO set ever released in terms of number of pieces (the Taj Mahal is the largest, with 5900) so it's sure to be a challenging build.
It's been a busy week for releases and as a reminder you can see a list of everything available from LEGOshop.com, shown in reverse chronological order with the newest at the top of the page, by clicking on the More... link next to the 'New at LEGOshop.com' title above, or by subscribing to our RSS feeds from the links on the right.
The countdown on the Games page still has a couple of hours to go but the sets are in the shop already! They are now listed on the Products launched in 2009 page and I have to say, the prices are quite reasonable. I'm hoping to get some promotional material from LEGO in the next day or so but in the meantime you'll have to make do with the descriptions on the LEGO site.
Update 1st July: the Games page is now live, but there's not much there, only links to the products in the shop.
Polish LEGO blog Klocki has reported that the next CCC building will be 'Fire Brigade' and will be launched on Sept. 1st. Check out the site for more pictures and an official description. (Thanks Skipp)
Looks like the new LEGO® Star Wars™ 10th Anniversary Stormtrooper™ Magnet set is now available to buy from LEGO Shop, at least for US & Canadian buyers. Priced at $9.99US / $14.99 Canadian
Thanks to Andreas for the info :-)
UPDATE - we've been informed that the LEGO Brand Store in Milton Keynes, UK, has received a delivery of 'Chrometrooper' magnet sets & they are already on sale. The assumption is that the other UK Brand Stores have also received them, but this is unconfirmed, so, as usual, check before starting your journey !
Lego has signed a deal with Cartoon Network to create construction toys based on the huge-selling Ben 10 franchise, so says the UK toy trade magazine Toy News. "The range, based on the Ben 10 Alien Force adventures, is expected to launch globally in Spring 2010 and promises a new twist on the Lego building system", apparently. Read more at the Toy News site.
I can't say the news excites me, having never seen the cartoon, but having just checked out the Ben 10 website it looks like there's scope for some interesting minifigs. (Thanks Missingno!)
The site is currently geared up to ship to UK addresses but Martin is happy for Brickset members to contact him for shipping costs outside of the UK. Many of the items are 'one only' and there are some bargains to be had so be sure to get in quick!
I guess it was inevitable that I'd jump on the bandwagon sooner or later, so as of today you can keep up-to-date with what's happening at Brickset via Twitter. I've no idea what I'll post or how often, but I'll see how it goes for a month or two!
Lugnet -- LEGO Users Group NETwork -- was THE place for AFOLs to gather on the Internet back in the 1990's. Unfortunately, during a period of neglect by its owners, the online LEGO community moved elsewhere and now, today, although under new management, it's a shadow of its former self.
It has a pretty good database of LEGO sets and has better coverage of early sets than Brickset, but I am told that it isn't maintained as well as it used to be.
One feature it had long before Brickset did is the ability to record your collection on the site, and although the implementation is not as nice as Brickset's, it looks like a few people still use it. So, if you're one of them, to make it easy for you to use Brickset instead I've added a feature to enable Lugnet inventories to be imported. To do this, log in and click on the 'Import' link on the 'My Sets' page.
I've tested it using three people's inventories and it appears to work pretty well, with a 99% accuracy rate. There may be problems with sets with duplicate numbers but these, and any sets in the inventory file that are not in our database, are listed after the import. Note that importing overwrites your collection; I may make it possible to merge the two in future if there's demand.
If you give it a go, do let me know how you get on.
(Thanks to HoMa for suggesting this feature)
The UK edition of the LEGO Club magazine, which I received today, has an advert on the back for LEGO games. It quotes a url, http://games.lego.co.uk, but at the moment that just redirects to the main LEGO home page. So keep your eyes peeled; presumably one day soon the site will be live.
There's been precious little information released about the games sets so far. I didn't see them when I visited the LEGO UK offices in February, and although they were on display at the London toy fair, which I didn't get to, photos weren't permitted. So, when the site is launched hopefully all will be revealed!
As you can see from the picture, there's a new kind of mini-minifig playing piece and a constructable dice which 'is built with different plates in each of the 10 LEGO games', so the magazine says.
Hot on the heels of the chromed Darth Vader, fbtb.net brings news of a chrome stormtrooper! Apparently it can be bought at LEGOLand California, where I believe they are having Star Wars themed days this coming weekend. There's more photos at Eurobricks. Let's hope he becomes available everywhere!
Update 16th June: This will be available in LEGO stores and from LEGOshop.com in the next few weeks, according to brothers-brick.
I have just added another cool feature that has been asked for by many of you: you can now record your loose minifig collection at Brickset and also mark minifigs as wanted.
There are two places to do this: On the minifig detail pages you'll find the 'I own/I want' box in the menu just like for sets. You can record the quantity you own and, if you don't already own a 'fig, you can tick is as wanted. However the easiest place to do it is on your minifig collection page. Click on the View your minifig collection link under 'My sets' and once you've chosen a minifig theme you'll find the ' 'I own/I want' checkboxes. The minifig collection page has been enhanced to include a search facility.
Also on the 'My sets' page, once you've marked some as wanted, you'll be able to View the minifigs you want, Export your minifig list as a CSV, and most usefully Export your wanted minifigs in XML format that can be imported into your wanted list at BrickLink.
Note you'll need to have registered and be signed in for the links above to work, so if you haven't already, what are you waiting for: sign up today!
I'm pleased to announce the second significant enhancement to the site this week: take a look at your 'My sets' page and you'll notice that it now calculates the total number of parts you have in your collection!
This often requested feature has been made possible thanks to Dan at BrickLink who has once again allowed Brickset to use BrickLink's data, in this case piece counts for some 5000 sets. You should now find that, unless you have a lot of old, obscure, sets, we have a piece count for 99% of the sets in your collection which means that the calculation should be pretty much spot on.
Piece counts are included in your collection export file so if you want to do further analysis on the data you can load it into Excel and do so.
For the record, it claims I have 281,889 pieces in 1367 sets, and only 10 of them don't have a piece count.
Recent integration of Brickset with Lugnet and BrickLink has highlighted the age-old problem of duplicate set numbers and the suffixes given to them by each site. Obviously the suffixes need to match if integration is to be completely successful but at the moment they don't in every case.
So, I want to do something about it, and I'd like your help. I'm looking for help comparing the BrickLink database with Brickset's so that the anomalies can be ironed out. Clearly the best way to do this is by some sort of database query or script, so if you think you're up to the task and can lend a hand, then please get in touch. I'll send you a dump of the Brickset data, we can download BrickLink's, and in return I'd like a list of changes to make and also possibly a list of sets listed at BrickLink but not here.
Up for it? Let me know! huw[at]brickset.com
After I added the feature to give you a total of parts you own some of you still weren't satisfied. You wanted to see exactly what parts you owned. So, now, I offer you the third new feature this week: You can now send your collection to Peeron where you'll be able to see just that. Click on the link in the Export section of your 'My Sets' page for more details and instructions. Be sure to read the notes, too. You should also read information about Peeron's 'My parts' feature.
I'm good to you guys, aren't I :-)
News of the range of LEGO games, to launched on 1st July, is now coming in thick and fast!
- games.lego.co.uk is now live, and contains a Flash animation. It looks good but doesn't actually tell you anything.
- This page on LEGO.com, entitled A new way to play, looks like it contains cool stuff but all the links I tried lead to the above Flash animation (thanks Saso)
- An article at BrettSpeil.co.uk actually has some useful information, like set numbers, prices and box art (thanks szww)
It does seem that these are set for release in Europe only, at least initially. I suspect LEGO will test the water with them and release them more widely later, perhaps next year.
Update: We are once again indebited to whung, who's posted good pictures of all ten games in his gallery on Brickshelf which I've added here. Having now seen them, I have to say they look pretty cool -- all very colourful and probably fun to play. (thanks waterjedi17 for finding them!).
If the minifig pages are blank, that'll be why. Normal service will be resumed ASAP...
Shortly after setting up on Twitter, Brickset user flyguy suggested creating a Brickset page on Facebook, so with his help, here it is.
There's not much there yet and I have no idea what use or how popular it will be but I'm prepared to give it a go so if you're a Facebook user come on over and let me know what you think!