Brickset news archive: November 2009
The Swedish LEGO blog legobloggen has an interesting bit of news about a collectable series of minifigs to be available next year:
"In June 2010, Lego will launch a new collectors series with only minifigs. The figures will be of various types, but is reportedly not being those from current themes. They could be anything from cowboys to ninjas or adventurers, etc. The first wave will appear in stores in June, reportedly contain 16 different characters. These will then be replaced by 16 other figures in August.
"Figures will be sold in opaque polybags, so it is chance that determines which figure you get. This is the same approach as in the example trading cards. The bag with the figure will cost 25 SEK. May seem much given to impulse setter costs only £ 5 more and then there is also the accessories. But I suspect that the high price is because the characters will be unique to this collector series and that they will only be produced in two months (at least the first wave)." (thanks et314 for the news and translation)
This is very interesting, but I don't like the idea of them being in opaque bags!
Update: Grahamh_100 found this page on the LEGOLand Windsor site (try this link to the image on flickr if it doesn't work for you) which shows designs for 16 collectable badges which feature images of minifigs. They could be the first 16 collectable figures, and certainly some of the designs are the same as those seen in the Brickjournal article about new LEGO business cards. If so they will be very cool: my favourites are the cheerleader, clown and zombie!
Update 2: We're seeing information from a number of sources that suggest each bag will contain a selection of parts from across the range of the 16 figures, and not a specific figure as had previously been supposed. So a single bag you buy might contain the Clown's hair, the Zombie's head, the Robot's body, and the Cheerleader's legs.
Update 3: While the controversy over these figs continues, Brick Journal has unearthed some further Lego business card designs, this time showing the Cheer Leader & Magician figs in full, as well as other new business card designs showing existing minifigs.
When these are released, I can foresee we'll need something here on Brickset to enable us all to swap them and complete our collections.
If you're in the USA you can get a great discount over the coming weekend:
- Spend $100 and get $10 off
- Spend $200 and get $20 off
- Spend $300 and get $30 off
All three offers can be combined with the free shipping on orders over $99 offer. There is no promotional code needed: qualifying orders will have the discount automatically applied at checkout.
What's more, over 30 new items will be added to the 'sales and deals' page including Star Wars magnet sets and key chains which will be half price. Simply click through on the banner above and get shopping!
Toys R Us also have some deals going down on Friday and Saturday. I have no idea if there'll be any LEGO but it might be worth keeping an eye out by checking out their Cyber Deals page which will be changing frequently over the weekend.
The official Lego Stores in the Chicagoland area are running a promotion right now where you receive a free pick-a-brick box if you spend $75 or more. This will apply to any Lego Store in the USA, however the free pick-a-brick box can only be used after Christmas.
In other news, the Winter Toy Shop #10199 was in stock at the Lego Store as well, over a hundred boxes were available. If you're lucky enough to live near a Lego Store, you can get this set that's currently sold out online.
Kmart stores in Australia are having a ‘buy 1 toy get the 2nd toy at 50% off sale‘. Sale starts Thursday 26th Nov and ends Sunday 29th Nov. Be sure to look for those sets that Kmart has on clearance for even more savings. The following sets have been reduced to the following prices:
- Trolls Mountain Fortress #7097: AU$80
- Crystal Sweeper #896:1 AU$45
- Crawler Crane #7632: AU$40
- Technic Hauler #8264: AU$45
- Republic Dropship #10195: AU$150
- Fighter Plane Attack #7198: AU$50
There may be other sets on clearance as well.
Update for NZ Bricksetters: Kmart stores in New Zealand are having the same promotion but the second toy is 60% off. (Grahame)
Official: 2010 will be the last year of Bionicle. An announcement was made today by LEGO's Global BIONICLE Director, Jan Faltum stating, among other things, that "the six BIONICLE Stars launching in January will be the last BIONICLE sets for the foreseeable future." You can read the full annoucement at Brothers Brick.
So, what do you think? Good or bad news?
- Bad, because without doubt Bionicle has provided a steady revenue stream for LEGO for 10 years which during the bad times of the mid 2000's helped keep LEGO afloat.
- Good, because, frankly, for the last 3 or 4 years they have been lacking innovation and becoming boring: running out of ideas is probably one of the main reasons for the decision.
The annoucement goes on to say that "The LEGO Group will debut a new, more flexible buildable figure property" next year, and I don't think they are talking about Ben10 because that is mentioned separately, so it will be interesting to see what that is.
- The Winter Toy Shop is sold out in the USA and on back order until 18th December in Europe (thanks Zack)
- Eurobricks has some blurry images of the Star Wars battle packs and Power Miners sets from Amazon.jp
- Chad at MostlyBricks continues to buy and review 2010 sets: his latest is the 5866 Creator helicopter
- 2010 sets are becoming more widely available in TRUs in the USA. A visitor to one was told to check back on the 24th when more would be available.
- Coles supermarkets in Melbourne has Racers sets 8124,8125 and 8126 $3.79 (the rrp is $25). Sounds like a bargain!
- LegoHeinke in Holland writes to say "All the Atlantis sets are spotted in the Neterland by Warehouse V&D" which appears to be the first sighting in Europe. There's more information in the LowLug forums.
The December brand store calendars are now out. The image leads to the German one. Brickapolis has the US version in his flickr stream: front | back. There doesn't appear to be any special offers or events on other than the free box of PaB when you spend €75 or $75: I guess there doesn't need to be in December, the shops will be rammed anyway.
(Thanks to Roy for scanning the German one)
If so, head over to FBTB's 2009 Charity Drive where you can buy raffle tickets for just US$2 to win these and other rare LEGO Star Wars items.
Proceeds are going to a very worthy cause, Childs Play, a non-profit organisation which operates in the USA, Canada, UK and other countries raising money and toys for sick children hospitalised during the holidays.
So what are you waiting for, go buy some tickets and help make a difference for children in hospital over Christmas, and you never know, you might get lucky!
Have you looked at the Brickset Statistics page lately? The page shows the number of people that use the site per month and also the number of visits and page views.
As you can see, the graphs are climbing very rapidly, obviously because we are heading towards Christmas. At the moment 177,000 people are visiting nearly 500,000 times a month and viewing 2.5 million pages! There's a way to go before we match last year's peak page views of 2.9 million at the end of December 2008, but that was before the site was rewritten.
If you click on one of the graphs you can get a wealth of other useful and interesting information including the fact that Brickset is nearly in the top 20,000 websites on the Internet!
I'm a bit late telling you about the Christmas themed mini models instructions available on LEGO.com: they were mentioned by someone in a comment before they were published but I forgot all about them until I read the Mostly Bricks blog today.
So if you have a memory like a sieve like me and haven't checked them out yet either, head over to the Christmas gift shop for some cool instructions for snowmen, Christmas trees, angels and so on.
Yet more 2010 images have surfaced on Amazon.com: thanks to everyone that emailed us to say they'd found them there and on flickr and Eurobricks. I've now added them to Brickset and as a reminder you can see how 2010 is shaping up on the Sets (to be) released in 2010 page.
A Target employee has emailed to say "Black Friday Lego sets that will be deeply discounted at Target stores will be the 7267 Temple of the Crystal Skull and 7048 Troll Warship. I am not sure what the exact pricing will be but should be in the $45-$60 range during the two-day sale."
Reports are coming through of year 2010 sets being stocked by Toys R Us in the USA. Sets available include some Creator, Technic, Racers, Atlantis and the new City Fire Station set 7208.
Update 15th Nov: Although they don't appear to be everywhere yet, Chad in Texas who originally told us about this has confirmed that the Toys R Us in north Austin/Cedar Park (Pecan Park Boulevard) in Austin, Texas has those listed by Grahame in the comments and he's reviewed the Atlantis sets at his MostlyBricks blog (--Huw)
Update 17th Nov: There have also been reports of the new Space Police sets out at Toys R Us, but the only confirmation I have is in the same Cedar Park, Texas area. The new SPIII sets include the new full-face space helmets. Available sets are the Raid VPR #5981 and Smash n' Grab #5982. Reviews can be found on the above MostlyBricks blog linked by Huw! (-jkool)
Not much content on either just yet, but keep checking them over the coming weeks as more & more content is added.
Thanks to brickset members nadnerb112 & GameOn99 for the news (but how about emailing it in next time, rather than spamming the news articles? Anyway thanks guys :-) )
The two recent sets available exclusively in the USA to Brickmaster subscribers are now available to order from LEGOshop.com: 20009 AT-TE Walker and 20010 Republic Attack Gunship . These are great stocking-fillers either for yourself or someone else, although they are perhaps a bit pricey.
Update 12 Nov: 20010 has sold out already! What's more, I didn't get my order in in time! If anyone ordered more than they need and can spare me one, do please get in touch!
I'm not a big fan of video games but I know a lot of you are, so I suspect you already know that LEGO Rock Band is now shipping in the USA and is released later this month in the UK and the rest of Europe.
However, what's more interesting to me are these instructions for the rock band tour bus that bluemoose found on LEGO.com. I'm not sure about the back wheels but otherwise it's a good rendition of a VW van!
I've uploaded scans of the UK brand store calendars to flickr: front | back. The big news appears to be a free pick-a-brick box with a £50 purchase, other than that it's, unsurprisingly, full of Christmas sets.
I'm getting reports that a sizeable variety of impulse sets are now showing up in the seasonal section of the American mega-retailer Target.
Here's a Bricklist of the impulse sets involved.
Now's the ideal time to buy that LEGO treat you've been promising yourself for Christmas, particularly if you're in the USA. From now until Dec. 6th there's free shipping on orders over $99!
Click through on any of our links to LEGOshop.com and get shopping!