Brickset news archive: June 2010
So far, this week has been relatively uneventful in the U.S. :
- No major advertised LEGO sales this week via TRU, Target, or Walmart
- That being said, I did run across a couple of unadvertised sales at the stores, though I can't be sure these are nationwide: TRU - Farm (7637) $69.99 down from $89.99; Walmart - Tank Droid (7748), Droid Tri Fighter (8086), Freeco Speeder (8085) each "rolled back" to $19.99 down from $24.99
- The promotion for June at U.S. Brand Stores is a free Farm Tractor (4899) with a $50 purchase (As far as in store promotions go, this one is better than most; I picked one up last night but definitely want another)
- Still no apparent sightings of 2010 Summer Sets or Collectible Minifigures outside of TRU or Brand Stores
- The Emporium (10211) is on backorder again at S@H, now not due in until late September!
- The Space Shuttle (10213) is slated to be available on June 19 (They have one in the display case at one of our local Brand Stores; While the set is definitely majestic and I very much liked the rocket boosters, I have to say that I was a little offput by the angular brickish nose and windshield design; am I alone on this?)
Lastly and as many of you have likely already noticed, Huw has recently added permanent links on the home page (upper right) for both the North American and World Collectible Minifigures Series 1 Barcode Keys. Thanks Huw!
UPDATE: Just reviewed next weeks ads (6/6 - 6/12) and unfortunately there are no advertised sales for LEGO at either TRU or Target. :o(
The end-of-catalogue sale has started at Argos and the Tie Defender is half price, £19.99. There are a few other reductions but no others as good as this. Check stock and reserve online.
(Thanks timbutnice and others...)
It seems our love affair with Prince of Persia LEGO was very short-lived. All five sets can be ordered from DisneyStore.co.uk for half price. That makes the Battle of Alamut just £35! That has to be a bargain.
(thanks to Kev d for the news)
The Star Wars microsite at LEGO.com has been updated, at least it has if your country is set to United Kingdom. The summer sets are listed although if you click through on the links to the shop you get a 'not found' page. Sadly the supporting content -- wallpapers in particular -- is woefully out of date still.
Thanks to Kyle, the Ugly Duckling, for the news.
It's coming to that time of year when retailers across Australia start discounting their prices on LEGO sets. The first wave of advertising (and sales!) is from Target and Toys 'R' Us.
The latest Target catalogue features some of the new Space Police 3 sets, some of the Toy Story sets and one of the new Duplo sets on sale:
- 5981 Space Police Raid - AUD 12.00 (RRP: AUD 17.00)
- 5982 Smash 'n' Grab - AUD 22.00 (RRP: AUD 30.00)
- 5983 Undercover Cruiser - AUD 44.00 (RRP: AUD 60.00)
- 7789 Lotso’s Dump Truck - AUD 29.00 (RRP: AUD 39.00)
- 7596 Trash Compactor - AUD 70.00 (RRP: $100.00)
- 5656 Duplo Pet Shop - AUD 34.00 (RRP: AUD 50.00)
You will find these on page 17 of the catalogue. The Target sale starts 10 June 2010 and finishes 16 June 2010.
The latest Toys 'R' Us catalogue also has many specials on various LEGO sets (including 7597 Western Train Chase) - there are too many on sale to list here individually. Pages 3 and 7 of the catalogue feature the LEGO sets on sale. Of note is their offer of a "Bonus Star Wars Silver Storm Trooper and Free Lego Club Membership Form when you spend AUD 70.00 or more on LEGO Products in one transaction. (Limit 1 per customer)". Also of note, is the coupon on the last page of the Toys 'R' Us catalogue, offering "20% off your total purchase price when you spend AUD 100.00 or more on full priced items." The coupon is only valid from 12 June 2010 till 14 June 2010. If you happen to find a 10197 Fire Brigade in stock at your local (Australian) Toys 'R' Us store, you might find this coupon quite handy!
Also, there are reports that Australian K-Mart stores, and other retailers in Australia are also starting to stock the new Space Police 3 sets on their shelves (Thank you jimmybrick for that report).
Given this weekend is a long weekend, due to the Queen's Birthday Holiday next Monday, this could be a good opportunity to go out and purchase some new LEGO sets!
Update: Click through to comments for this article to see a list of all the items on sale at (Australian) Toys 'R' Us stores.
Update 2: The Queens Birthday Holiday next Monday is observed by all Australian states, except for Western Australia (who will be observing the Queens Birthday Holiday in October).
The release of the summer sets continues at LEGOshop.com. The three new Space Police 3 sets are available in the UK and Europe and the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia has made an appearance in North America. The Lamborghini looks great, and it's good to see a supercar that is not red or yellow. I suspect it won't look so good without the stickers, though. I'm averse to stickers: you get one shot at them and if you blow it the set's ruined...
There have been some signficant additions to both the shop and the main site today:
- The Kingdoms micro-site is live and there are some nice downloads and activities to keep you occupied
- The shop has been updated. In the UK, the Kingdoms and train sets have been added. The products launched in 2010 page (which for some reason includes loads of 2009 sets) shows them all. They'll show up in our product feed in a day or so.
- Collectable minifigs are now available from LEGOshop.com in the USA and Canada! However there is a limit of 5 per customer! I hope and pray you can get hold of all that you want: it seems they are going to be in short supply in north America. We've heard reports that many independent toy stores are being limited to one or two boxes of 60, so grab them while you can.
- Collectable minifigs have SOLD OUT in the rest of the world at LEGOshop.com and we've also heard it's a similar situation at the brand stores, with staff not knowing if or when they'll get more.
- Update: Around 120 instructions were added to the customer services site, too. Thanks to Vidiator for sending me a list! As always, the 'latest instructions' page lists the newest additions to enable you to find them easily.
This Sale includes all LEGO sets except, of course, Star Wars. It's a great opportunity to start your Kingdoms collection or pick up that older set that has so far eluded you. Just make sure to maximize the deal by purchasing similarly priced sets, which will result in a net 25% savings.
As mentioned in a previous news article, June/July is the time of year that all of the large retailers in Australia generally have sales on toys, including LEGO products. Target and Toys 'R' Us are the next retailers to announce their up-coming toy sales, and have released their catalogues on-line with pricing (Links to catalogues: Toys 'R' Us | Target).
It is worthy mentioning that Target will be releasing a first-offering of World Racers sets for this sale.
The Toys 'R' Us Toy Sale begins on Wednesday 30 June 2010 and finishes Saturday 11 July 2010
The Target Toy Sale begins Thursday 22 July 2010 and finishes Wednesday 04 August 2010.
Click through to the comments to view a lisiting of all LEGO items featured in both the TRU and Target catalogues.
The four City train sets have been added to LEGOshop.com in the U.S. and Canada. A couple of them have appeared in our feed (above) and the others are listed in the 'Transportation' section at LEGOshop.com.
The 2010 Trains sets are available from LEGOShop.com for customers in Australia, New Zealand and throughout Europe except for Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
Update: Australian and New Zealand Prices for the sets at LEGOShop.com are as follows:
Target.com is currently providing a 10% discount at checkout for all LEGO Toy Story sets. This promotion runs through 6/15 but I’m unsure yet if it’s also offered in-store. Additionally, Target.com is providing free shipping for qualifying orders over $50 which makes this is a pretty good deal and a great opportunity to pick up the Pizza Planet Truck, Alien Trash Compactor, Western Train Chase, or Woody’s Roundup. :o)
LEGOshop.com is offering a free Toy Story 3 poster with the purchase of any "LEGO Brand Toy Story product" from LEGOshop.com and brand stores. This offer is valid from 13th to 20th June 2010. (Thank you to Brickset member jamonlego for that news)
We received reports overnight that the 10213 Space Shuttle is now available for order from LEGOshop.com in the US and UK, however when I checked just now it is 'Coming soon 22nd July 2010' in the USA and 'not available in this country' in the UK. Did some of you get lucky and manage to place and order? -- Huw
Update: It's even appeared in the UK product feed from LEGO, but you still can't order it!)
Toys R Us - 20% off these Toy Story 3 sets; Western Train (7597), Trash Compactor (7596), Lotso's Dump Truck (7789), and the TRU Exclusive Garbage Truck Getaway (7599); Additionally, you can receive free shipping with purchase of $49+
Walmart.com - 25% off Lotso's Dump Truck (7789), 21% off Western Train (7597), 20% off Trash Compactor (7596), 13% off Army Men on Patrol (7595), 20% off Freeco Speeder (8085), 20% off Droid Tri-Fighter (8086), 17% off Hyena Droid Bomber (8016), 40% off Brickmaster Pirates Book (DKPirates), 31% off Container Heist (5972), 22% off Gold Heist (5971), 13% off Hyperspeed Pursuit (5973), and 24% off Galactic Enforcer (5974); Additionally, they are offering a great Star Wars bundle (Darth Vader Tie & Trooper Battlepack) for $29.00; Lastly, many of these sets can be shipped to a store for free or shipped to your home for 97 cents.
Update: Not sales related, but Target has started putting out Summer sets. I found several Kingdoms and World Racers sets. Additionally, they had (30040) and (7802) at each checkout aisle. No minifigs, though.
Update 2: LEGOShop.com has put several new items on Sale including a couple Bionicle, Power Miners, and Racers sets. Please note, though, that a few of them are already listed as SOLD OUT or CALL TO CHECK AVAILABILITY.
Update 3: Toys R Us is offering its "Rewards" members a coupon for Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off ALL Lego City sets, valid Thursday 6/24 only. The coupon is emailed to "Rewards" members that have signed up for email notifications. If you're not already a member, you can easily sign up online.
Yes, I know series one has only just gone on sale in the US and Canada, but we in Europe are now waiting for series 2 :-) Just as well then that Vidiator has uncovered a set of the stylised images of the series 2 figs at a German website which I have added as additional images for the set. Click through on the image and then More details... to see them in all their glory!
There's news over on fbtb, from a LEGO Ambassador, that confirms (a) that series 2 will have identifying barcodes, (b) there will be a series 3 and (c) demand for series 1 has caught LEGO by surprise.
However it seems that series 3 and later will not have an identifying barcode on the packets! Is this good or bad? Personally I think it's terrible: you'll either be forced to buy loads to get what you want or simply pay a premium for specific figs on the secondary market.
The 'not-so-secret code wasn’t part of the initial plan', the article says...
The latest Myer catalogue has just been released, and from 24 June 2010 until 25 July 2010, Myer is offering 20%-off the regular price on all LEGO items in their stores.
Listed specials within the catalogue are as follows:
- 5489 Ultimate Lego Vehicle Building Set (Tub) - AUD 59.95 (Was AUD 79.95)
- 10194 Emerald Night - AUD 119.00 (Was AUD 149.00)
- 10197 Fire Brigade - AUD 229.00 (Was AUD 299.00)
- 10210 Imperial Flagship - AUD 199.00 (Was AUD 279.00)
- 3181 City Passenger Plane - AUD 44.95 (Was AUD 59.95)
- 5635 Big City Zoo - AUD 134.00 (Was AUD 169.00)
- 5649 Farm Building - AUD 74.00 (Was AUD 99.00)
- 5653 Stone Quarry - AUD 84.00 (Was AUD 109.00)
- 8214 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia - AUD 69.00 (Was AUD 89.00)
- 7597 Toy Story 3 Western Train Chase - AUD 129.00 (Was AUD 159.00)
- 8085 Star Wars Freco Speeder - AUD 39.95 (Was AUD 49.95)
- 8088 ARC-170 Starfighter - AUD 87.00 (Was AUD 109.00)
According to the Myer catalogue, some of the items listed above are apparently "Exclusive to Myer" (which means that other retailers within Australia will not be stocking these sets).
The Myer sale starts "... from Thursday 24 June 2010 and finishes on Sunday 25 July 2010, unless sold out."
Update: There is an additional 10% discount for Myer One cardholders, but only on Thursday 24 June and Friday 25 June.
Grogall has produced an excellent PDF version which combines the North American and the rest-of-the-world barcodes on a single sheet. You can download it exclusively at Brickset. Print it out, keep it in your pocket and it'll be handy for wherever in the world you happen to go!
Update: There's an interesting discussion about the 'morality' of using the cheat-sheet at Brothers-Brick, go and chip-in and let them know what you think :-)
Australian LEGO shoppers will have noted that in Australia, until now, Series One LEGO Minifigures have only been available from Target and Toyworld stores (as well as through LEGOShop.com and some other online retailers).
I have reports that Australian Toys 'R' Us stores are receiving very limited stocks of them -- staff at one Toys 'R' Us store have indicated that the only stock they are expecting to receive, are two of the outer boxes: in other words, only 120 minifig packages!.
With reports coming in that many Target and Toyworld stores are now completely sold out of them, this might be your next chance to score that missing minifig from your collection!
The Series 1 Collectible Minifigures are now sold out at LEGOshop.com. Just to be sure, I called LEGO Customer Service and they have unfortunately confirmed it. Though we've had no word yet on Walmart or Target, the minifigures have been sporadically available at Toys R Us, LEGO Brand Stores, and recently at Borders Books.
Other SOLD OUT sets of note:
- 8962 – Crystal King
- 7199 – Temple of Doom
- 7079 – Drawbridge Defense
- 7097 – Trolls' Mountain Fortress
- 7675 – AT-TE Walker
- 7676 – Republic Attack Gunship
- 5612 – Police Officer
- 8398 – BBQ Stand
Brickset member johnnywashngo has written an Android application for scanning barcodes and identifying the contents of NA and RoW collectable minifigs.
I know series one figs are old news and there are several solutions for this already but I thought I'd mention it here because he's done a really good job with the implementation, and he plans to update it with series 2 codes once they are known.
Search for 'mini figure' in the marketplace to find and install it.
A lot of new pictures of forthcoming sets have been added to the image repository at LEGO.com, including HERO Factory, Star Wars, Technic and City. Some of them first appeared at Toys N Bricks and Eurobricks, but I've now dowloaded them all, and added them here as main and additional images.
Brickerik found it in his local TRU for €30 and sent us this picture. No sign of it here in the UK but with luck it'll make an appearance soon.
Hot on the heels of the images released at Gizmodo this afternoon, LEGO has sent them, and a whole load more, to me for use here. You can see them on the set details page.
Later today, at 9PM EST, which will be past my bedtime, LEGO will be releasing a video showing a behind the scenes look at its creation on YouTube. You'll find it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0H1fephzrg. Let me know what it's like!
The official press release reads as follows:
10212 – Imperial Shuttle™, Ages 16+. 2,503 pieces, US $ 259.99 CA $ 309.99 UK £ 239.99 DE 259.99 €
The elegant Lambda-class Imperial Shuttle™ transports the Empire’s elite and the occasional secret strike team of Rebel commandos all across the galaxy. Now you can build this huge and iconic Star Wars™ vehicle in true minifigure scale for the first time ever! The Imperial Shuttle is authentically detailed with rotating double laser wing cannons and a four-seat cockpit. This Ultimate Collector’s model features an opening canopy, detachable landing gear, a stand for display in flight or landing modes, a labeled display plaque, and gear-driven folding wings with removable activation keys. Completed model measures 28" (71 cm) tall on stand and 22" (57 cm) wide with wings deployed. Includes 5 minifigures: Darth Vader™, Imperial Pilot, Imperial Officer, Stormtrooper and Luke Skywalker™.
- Includes 5 minifigures: Darth Vader™, Shuttle Pilot, Imperial Officer, Stormtrooper™ and Luke Skywalker™.
- Features rotating double laser wing cannons!
- Open the cockpit roof to access the interior and seat the minifigures inside!
- Wings fold up and down by turning 2 keys on rear of model!
- Model can be displayed on landing gear or landing gear can be removed to display in flying mode!
- Includes display stand, name plate and label sheet!
- Measures 28" (71 cm) tall on stand and 22" (57 cm) wide with wings deployed!
The Harry Potter teaser microsite is up at LEGO.com! There's not much there yet except for 30 boxes: one showing Harry and the other 29 blank. I imagine one will be revealed every day for the next month, when perhaps the proper site is launched.
Thanks to louie, chazz and refriedbeans for alerting us to this!
In addition to the new Minifigures able to be purchased on the online shop (currently number 4 on the top sellers list!) there were more late 2010 sets added afterwards! The rest of the Atlantis sets were added, including the hard-to-find 8080 Undersea Explorer (will be a store exclusive in the U.S., currently unknown which store it will be exclusive to), the rest of the Kingdoms sets are out, more World Racers, and well as the rest of the 2009 games! Grab them while you can, the few that were released earlier this week are already high on the best-sellers list.
July is the time of year that the big retailers traditionally have large toy sales here in Australia. In keeping with that tradition, K-Mart and Big-W have just released their 2010 Toy Sale catalogues on-line (K-Mart, Big-W), and LEGO products feature prominantly in these catalogues. Click through to the comments to get a full listing of all items listed in the catalogues.
Highlights from the K-Mart catalogue include the new City Fire Sets (7206, 7207, 7208) and the Star Wars Hoth Wampa Cave (8089). From the Big W Catalogue, the main highlight is the City Airport (3182), and the City Police Station (7744), which has been discounted considerably below the LEGO Recommended Retail Price.
Both the Big-W and K-Mart toy sales start on Thursday 01 July 2010 and both finish on Wednesday 14 July 2010.
The Hero Factory microsite at LEGO.com has been updated recently and now contains wallpapers, information about the products (including instructions), as well as all the usual cool stuff that LEGO put in their product microsites.
I guess this means their release is imminent -- the UK retailers' catalogue says August so we could be looking at a mid-July release from LEGOShop.com.
Thanks to whung, who pointed out the the recently discovered limited edition set, 7179, is included on the site as well.
The Space Shuttle Adventure set 10213 can now be ordered, for immediate delivery, it seems!
Briefly returning to Brickset's roots as a site devoted to reporting the release of new sets, and in particular rare & unusual sets, Brickset member 'Legowomen1980p' recently reported picking up an unusual new magnet set at their local Lego store ...
It's an often heard complaint that there aren't enough female minifigures; this new magnet set helps to redress that slightly by containing 3 female figs, namely Dyna-Mite (from last years River Heist set, part of the Agents 2.0 range), the Pirate female (featured in several of the recent Pirates sets), and a more generic modern-day female character (which, so far, appears to be unique to this set ...)
It's a difficult set to characterise, as it isn't aligned with any particular theme, but an interesting set all the same. I'll be picking up a couple of copies if this one ever appears in the UK !
Thanks to 'legowomen1980p' for the news.
A while ago we learned about set #30031, a promotional set in the World Racers theme. Confusingly it is marked as 'Race 9', where the main sets are marked "Race 1' through 'Race 6'. What happened to Races 7 & 8 ?
Today we find out some of the answer. Brickset member 'Missingno' has found the instructions for another promotional set, #30032, which turns out to be 'Race 8' in the World Racers story. But that still leaves the mystery of Race 7 ... will it be another promo set, a store exclusive, or something else ... ?
We have no news yet on where, or when, these promo sets will be available. Thanks to 'Missingno'.
Next up in the excellent Architecture series is what has to be the most iconic US building: The White House. Weighing in at 560 pieces, it'll probably cost around $75 in the US and £60 in the UK (if it's ever released outside the US).
(Via Eurobricks and Brickset member grogall)
Grogall has uncovered LEGO's attempt to cash in on the World Cup: a LEGO themed football. I'm not sure if it's available anywhere yet but they had better get a move on, the tournament starts next week!
I promise this will be the last and only time I'll mention the World Cup: to be honest football bores me to tears, but my wife will be glued to the TV so I might actually get some LEGO time to myself while it's on :-)
Another Toy Story polybag has surfaced: this one features Woody and a camp fire. No idea where it's available yet but given that this image looks to be a scan or photo of the bag, it must be out somewhere.
(Image was posted on BrickLink, thanks Alpha 40 for the news)
Around a dozen new instructions have been added to LEGO Customer Services this week, some of them are very high quality for a change (e.g for 5893) and weigh in at over 100Mb.
Most interesting, however, is 'The Brick Apple', 3300000, which was also discovered by whung. I wonder why it has such a strange set number?
You might have noticed a few new 'yellows' have popped up in the news comments. That's because, I'm pleased to announce, yellowcastle (USA), Vidiator (Germany) and jpmanalo (Australia) have joined the ranks of Brickset reporters and will be contributing news articles here. In the next couple of days I will make some improvements to the contact form (make the link to it more prominent, for one) to make it easier for you to get in touch with us. Hopefully these changes will enable the site to serve you better.
This week's 'Beano' includes a sealed minifigure pack, so it's not easy to get a specific figure. It also includes a collectable minifigure-based sticker sheet & poster.
Based on previous experience with Lego being included as promotional gifts with comic books in the UK, these are likely to fly off the shelves very quickly, so, if you want one, don't hang around!
Thanks to 'William' and 'Rob' for sending in the news.
A trip to my local Toyworld store revealed some surprises today with some new Lego sets on the shelf. The following sets have only just been made available this week on Shop at Home so to see them in stores was a surprise.
If you find any more let us know... and happy hunting!
- Kingdoms Sets. 7947 Prison Tower Rescue $AU89.99, 7948 Outpost Attack AU$29.99 & 7946 Kings Castle AU$169.99.
- Train Sets. 7938 Passenger Train AU$229.99 & 7937 railway station AU$79.99
- The Modular Fire Station 10197 was also in stock at AU$299.99
I've got no sales news to report as yet from the East Coast of Australia, but I do have some details about the upcoming BrickExpo Event that will be occuring a little bit later this year.
BrickExpo will be held on the 8th of August 2010 in Australia's national capital, Canberra, and promises to be "an entertaining and interesting exhibition of rare and unique LEGO® creations by interstate and local collectors and modellers" and will feature displays of "... static, moving and robotic models in themes including: Star Wars™, Trains, Planes, Space Ships, Racing Cars, Monuments and Sculptures."
The full details for BrickExpo are as follows:
- When? Sunday 8th August 2010, 10:00am to 4:00pm
- Where? "The Top of the Cross", Canberra Southern Cross Club, 92-96 Corinna Street, Phillip, ACT, 2606
- More information at: www.brickexpo.com.au
Earn DOUBLE VIP Points when you make a purchase at a LEGO Store, online, or over the phone. That's effectively a 10% discount.
Several people have requested this feature, most recently Luciano T: If you are in the US or the UK, the total cost of your collection is now shown on your My Sets page. However, there are few things to overcome before it becomes really useful:
First, the database only contains retails prices for the US and UK. The US prices have come from the LEGOshop.com product feed and only go back to 2007. For the UK, they go back a little further to around 2001.
Second, it's only good for two countries. I'd really like to display this information for others and go further back in time, and this may be where you can help. Do you have a list of retail prices in your country that you'd be willing to share here? Get in touch if so!
Update: I've imported US$ MSRP information, for those sets which we didn't have a price for, from Lugnet, which has increased the coverage considerably. I'm not entirely sure whether that is within Lugnet's terms ot use so I am currently checking.
Fancy seeing your LEGO creations in print? LEGO is holding a competition in the USA only where you can win LEGO vouchers and see your model on the cover of the Holiday LEGOshop.com catalogue.
Build your model using a maximum of 100 parts and submit a photo or image of your creation along with a brief description of it. You can build it using physical bricks or you can develop your creation virtually, using LEGO Design by ME.
Read all the rules and find out what the prizes are and enter on the LEGO website (page is only viewable if your country is set to USA at LEGO.com)
Good luck to all that enter!
I'm indebted to duq for bringing AFOL TV on YouTube to my attention. It's a collection of classic LEGO TV adverts from around 1980 to the 1990s, recorded from UK TV (judging by the accents).
There are some classics. I haven't watched them all yet, but this one in particular really brings home what we are missing from the 'olden days': http://www.youtube.com/user/afolTV#p/u/21/g6FvW1biy8A.
It looks as if the clips have been added very recently so let's hope whoever it is behind AFOL TV has loads more to upload.
At some point today the back-end database is hopefully being moved to another, faster, server. There may be a short (15 minutes or so) outage while this is done. I apologise in advance for the inconvenience.
Currently there appears to be a problem with some searches: this may be due to a database lock which should get resolved soon.
Ceroknight sent us news of a very cool promotion at LEGOshop.com. Buy anything (*) and get a free classic space minifig magent with a cool 2x4 printed tile featuring the classic space logo.
(*) in the USA and Canada it seems you need to spend over $75.
Everywhere else it's free with every purchase.
Update: I've checked LEGOShop.com, and to qualify for the CS Minifig, you need to spend AUD 90 in Australia, EUR 55 in Europe, NZD 110 in New Zealand, and GBP 55 in the UK. This offer is not available to South Korea. -- jpmanalo
Update: It seems LEGO have acknowledged there's been a problem with this promotion. I hope my affiliate manager won't mind me quoting him verbatim:
"Due to the confusion on the spend over threshold we’ve temporarily turned off the promotion everywhere except in North America (US&CA). The following regions should be updated as follows:
- Tomorrow (29th): UK, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands & Portugal
- Wednesday (30th): Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Norway, Poland & Sweden
- US & CA: The offer will remain up as the communication is currently accurate (Free Shipping + Spaceman Minifigure on orders of $75 or more.)
The offer will be available until July 31st or while supplies last."
Want to write a Facebook plug-in that interfaces with Brickset? Or an Android application?
The Brickset Web Service provides the means for these, or any other kind of application, to interface with the Brickset database. There are already two iPhone apps in the works which use it, and with your help, there could be apps for Android, PC, Mac, Symbian and even BlackBerry. I am unlikely to find the time (or have the skills) to write them all, so by exposing the core functionality of the site as a web service I will hopefully encourage those that do have them to do so.
Read the documentation to get started!
The Toyworld National Lego Building Competition for Australia begins today and runs through until July 31st 2010. The major prize is a Family holiday to Legoland California. You can read more about it here.
Toyworlds latest catalogue which begins this Thursday June the 17th is one of the first to offer Christmas Lay-by’s in Australia. The passenger train 7938 is on the front page for AU$199 and is exclusive to Toyworld stores which is a saving of AU$30. Also when you purchase a Toy Story 3 Lego Set you are given a free gift. Series 1 minifigs are also advertised at 3 for AU$9.99.
Update: the online catalogue still isn't appearing so I have added a list of the items from the catalogue in the comments.
Update 2: Links to the online catalogues have been listed within the comments section for this article. -- jpmanalo
On Sunday I will be cycling in the London to Brighton bike ride which is the largest charity cycling event of its kind in the UK. It's a 54 mile trip from the capital city to Brighton on the south coast of England and there'll be around 35,000 cyclists taking part!
I'm doing it with some colleagues from work and we will be raising money for the event organisers, the British Heart Foundation: the UK's heart charity. Every day they save lives, through pioneering research, providing vital information to help people reduce their own heart health risks, campaigning for change and supporting and caring for heart patients.
Anyway, now onto the point of me telling you all this: I'd be eternally grateful if you'd sponsor me! You can do so online painlessly at JustGiving and by PayPal. If you like, consider it a thank-you to me for the effort I put into Brickset to ensure that it remains the best LEGO resource on the 'net :-)
Your normal news service will resume later today when I have an exciting new feature to unveil!
Click on the image for some huge pictures.
(Thanks to MCNwakeboard for spotting this!)
Earlier, I promised you a new feature, so here it is:
Several people have emailed recently to say something like: "It's great that Brickset has expanded its news coverage and caters for people all round the world but, you know what, I'm in <insert country here> and I'm not really that interested in what's available in KMart on the other side of the world, so can I somehow filter the news to show me just what I'm interested in?..."
Well, now you can. If you're logged in you'll see a new link in the title bar above: 'Customise your news'. It'll take you to a page where you can specify what categories of articles you'd like to see in this list. Cool, eh!
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The official launch date for LEGO Universe is now confirmed as being October 26th. That's the date when the packaged product will be on the shelves of normal retailers.
However, if you've pre-ordered, you'll be able to access the game from October 12th.
Although this will not be something I'll get time to play, I really hope it's a success for LEGO: Since it was first announced, what, some 4 years ago, they have put an incredible amount of time, effort, and of course money, into the game.
For some time I've been thinking about adding an 'advanced collection manager' to Brickset to enable you to record more information about your collection. The discussion and interest in the 'cost of your collection' comments suggest that there is a lot of interest in having such a facility, so I will make it a priority (perhaps when the World Cup is on and my wife is glued to the TV :-) ).
I'd like your input before I start to help determine how it should work and what data it should allow you to record.
First, the philosophy behind the current 'I own/I want' mechanism is to keep it as simple as possible and we need to recognise that not everyone will want or need enhanced features, so whatever is provided has to work in conjunction with the simple mechanism. This causes a bit of a problem straight away because the database table structure for your collection is roughly as follows:
User ID, Set ID, Own (yes/no), Want (yes/no), Qty Owned
i.e. there is one record for each different set you own, regardless of quantity. If we are to record information like condition and price, we will need one record for every single set:
User ID, Set ID, price, condition, etc. etc.
It will be relatively easy to create the second data set based upon the data already in the first and to create records in the second as you tick the 'I Own' box but I'm less clear about what should happen if you untick it, or reduce the quantity owned. You could wipe out a lot of data unintentially and if, for example, you own two of a set and sell one so change the quantity owned to 1, the system would not automatically know which of the two records in the second data set needs to be deleted. So this all increases compexity. How do you think it should work? If you use the advanced features, should the system prevent you from reducing quantity or unticking 'I Own' from the current interface?
Assuming we can agree on how to resolve that problem, what data would you like to record? Here's my suggestion to start, with some questions:
- Date acquired -- would you need an exact date, just a month, just a year? Or free text?
- Price paid (currency automatically determined from your country, but overridable), default to RRP where known
- Acquired from -- free text box
- Condition when acquired -- drop down list: MISB, As new, Used/complete, Used/incomplete (any others?)
- Condition now -- drop down list: MISB, As new, Used/complete, Used/incomplete (any others?)
- A series of tickboxes to indicate which parts of the set you own:
- Location -- free text box to record where you keep it
- Notes -- free text box
The 'advanced collection manager' is likely to be a separate page and not part of the search/browse pages (but linked to from them), so what information about the sets should it show? Obviously set number and name, but what other data is essential? Is the thumbnail important? What other features shoud it have?
I welcome your input as comments here, and I will probably invite the more vocal among you to provide more input by email, and to beta test it when it's done.
In this month's issue of the UK LEGO club magazine there's a small brochure about the collectable minifigs. It contains a brief bio of each figure (which are all a bit lame :-) ) and a cartoon at the back. Here's an example of the bio pages. The back cover features series 2.
It seems to me that all this publicity (this and the Beano insert) has come a bit late: the figs themselves are now hard to find in the shops, although LegoCoastGuard says he's seen them in Tesco: not with the toys but on plastic strips at the end of aisles so perhaps there's a second wave about to arrive.
Brickset member whung has been sniffing out new images again and has put them in his Brickshelf gallery. Here's the 7848 TRU delivery truck. Three Star Wars sets, also found by whung, can be found at Eurobricks.
Update: whung has also found what appears to be a re-issue of 10152 Maersk container ship, set number 10155. Given the set number is around 50 lower than current 10xxx sets this could have been released a while ago.
The bakery set description reads, once translated by Google: " Lego to recreate the magical Christmas scenes. Christmas came a small village covered with snow! People who enjoy skating on the icy pond, you can recreate the fantastic scenes and lighted trees and owls. Christmas suite will bake bakery kind. You can light up the room lights on Pawafanshon. 07 minifigure body, named after a winter with lots of accessories, such as creatures and owls. 687 pieces"
And Tower Bridge: ".[something] appeared in the London Tower Bridge on the River Thames such as the world-famous landmark since 1894! Challenged in making, and also recommend it for display. Tower Bridge as a single unit, you can also lock can be broken down into units and to carry. London taxi, a traditional double-decker bus (London), yellow truck is green with a bike. The model size width 102 cm, 45 cm 26 height cm depth. 4287 pieces."
Both are said to be launched in October. (Thanks to Robbiew for the news)
By popular request, the cost of your collection should now be shown for everyone outside the UK in US$, and in £ if you are in the UK, on your My Sets page. Also, it now tots up the cost of the sets you want, too.
Do you view Brickset on an iPad? If so, could you let me know if the large yellow 'mobile device' box above has now gone?