Brickset news archive: November 2010
LEGOshop.com has been updated today with 2011 sets, including Pharaoh's Quest, Racers, Police and Creator. They'll appear in our product feed in the next day or so, so for now you can find them on the What's new page.
It's been almost a year since bluemoose and I visited the LEGO archives in Billund, and now, finally, I have added the last batch of images taken in there. Our priority during the two day visit was to photograph sets from the 1970s as well as Fabuland and Dacta sets. Once we'd finished those we had a couple of hours spare so we went back to the first shelf in the archive to make a start on the 1960s. Starting at 1969, we went back to 1966 which I consider to be the 'birth of the modern era' of LEGO sets: the die cast cars and vehicles were just about finished and the 4.5v 'blue rail' trains were introduced.
I've populated the database with all sets from 1966-1969 that were available in Europe and which are not boxes of bricks or service packs (of which there were many, are very complicated and beyond the scope of Brickset at the moment). You can see them here: 1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969
It's interesting to note that some of the train sets released in that era were very sophsticated, with some having sonic remote control by means of a whistle (138, 139): it would be decades before remote control trains would be available again!
I hope you've either enjoyed the trip down memory lane over the last few months, if you're old enough, or liked seeing the sets your dad, and maybe grandad had as kids!
So, I guess it just leaves me to thank Mark and Megan for organising the visit, Jette in the Idea House for letting us handle and photograph the precious sets, and finally bluemoose for the photography and image post-processing. Now to organise the next visit...
Those of you that have been visiting Brickset for some years will know that I visited the LEGO Company's archives back in 2004 when I was in Billund visiting the designers of the X-Pod sets to discuss a project that later emerged as X-PodWorld.com (anyone remember that?)
Anyway, I had limited time in the archives so had to be very targeted in what I photographed. I therefore tried to find as many promotional sets as I could, particularly those from the 1980s which we didn't have good photos for. I added them here at the time, but for some reason some of them have been overwritten by inferior images in the intervening years. So, having finished processing the images from our latest visit, I thought I'd dig them out again, clean and straighten them up and ask bluemoose to work his magic on post-processing them. They've come out quite well, although not as good as the latest batch because, of course, in 1994, digital photography was in its infancy. So, here are some of the highlights:
- Silja and Viking line ferries
- Maersk trucks and ferries: 1552, 1650, 1651
- Danone truck 1591
- MD dairy tank 1952
- And, not forgetting, the previously unknown classic space 1526, which was probably never released as it only existed as a box mock-up (not that that has stopped some people selling it on BrickLink!)
You can read about my first visit in this article from the company's in-house magazine, LEGO Life. I could have looked a bit happer, holding one of the rarest sets ever, couldn't I :-)
Unfortunately the archive has been moved from where I visited it in 2004 and the new archive no longer holds most of the rare promotional sets, so fans may never get a chance to photograph them again...
I've just been catching up on reading my RSS feeds and email received yesterday while I was out at Milton Keynes building display models for the Cardiff brand store with DrDaveWatford and others. Here are some stories worth mentioning here:
- AModularLife has posted descriptions and prices of the forthcoming Pirates Of The Caribbean sets, which I think may have originated from EuroBricks, having been found at Play.com.
- It seems Play.com have listed many of next year's sets. Legoplasticman1111 found a picture of the 3365 Space moon buggy there.
- There's a Pharaoh's Quest battle pack available, and reviewed at BrickHorizon.
- The iPhone Minifig Collector app has been made iOS 4.2 compatible and has been resubmitted to Apple. Expect to see it in the AppStore in a few weeks.
Check back later for more news: I have at least two more articles to post today.
News has gone quiet on the spread of these across the USA. Have you seen them locally? What shops are now stocking them?
Today is the last day to get your entries into the Brick Comic Network Advent Contest, so if you're intending to enter you'd better get a move on. Remember, the prize is a 10216 Winter Village Bakery, so it's definitely worth making the effort.
I, along with 3 others, will be judging the entries in the next few days and the Advent countdown will, of course, start on December 1st.
As noted yesterday at Toys N Bricks, this LEGO Universe rocket, which was used as an in-store promotional item back in October is now being sold in brand stores for the hefty price of £7.99 and US$9.99.
I bought one in Milton Keynes yesterday, along with the a couple of the 2855028 classic space minifig magnets, which were also promotional items earlier in the year.
Today's online deals at LEGOshop.com in the USA and Canada are as follows. Tomorrow's, Cyber Monday's, deals weren't supposed to be publicised until tomorrow, but they've been leaked everywhere else so I might as well tell you now. The free shipping on orders over $50 and 10% discount on orders over $150 offers are also still running.
Valid both in store and online through Saturday, 12/4/10. As usual, Star Wars and Harry Potter are excluded. Additionally, it appears that Toys R Us has listed most of the direct sets as "Out of Stock" already online.
Today's offers at LEGOshop.com are as follows. Click on the yellow banner in the corner to take advantage of them, which are good in the USA and Canada, and check back here tomorrow morning when there'll be yet another load of sets going cheap.
Over the weekend LEGO will be adding various sets to the 'Sales and Deals' section. Today's offering is listed below. Click on the yellow banner in the corner to take advantage of these great offers, which are good in the USA and Canada, and check back here tomorrow morning when there'll be another group of sets on offer.
Don't forget that the free Shipping on orders of $49 or more and 10% off orders of $149 or more offers are still good too!
This week the LEGO Shop team in the USA have sent out this white Boba Fett minifig and Star Wars book to their 'favourite customers'. I wonder how much you have to have spent to become one of their favourites? I think this is limited to the USA, I haven't heard of people in other countries receiving them.
LEGO is running several offers over the Black Friday weekend (26-29th Nov), starting with free Shipping on orders of $49 or more and 10% off orders of $149 or more in the USA and Canada. In addition, there will be daily sales on selected sets on each of these days: check back on Friday to find out more!
Here in the UK, we are not being left out: we have free shipping on orders over £49 until 12 December.
I'm told that: No Code Necessary - Qualifying orders will automatically receive free delivery at checkout.
You may recall back in April we added scans of programmes from the 1980's LEGO World Shows, thanks mainly to Rohan in Austraila who visisted them as a kid.
This week, Rohan secured a previously unknown (to us, anyway) programme from a tour entitled 'On Safari' from eBay and has very kindly scanned it so it can be shared here. We don't know what year it was from, or where in the sequence of tours it sits though: there's no date on it. Many of the models look similar to those at LEGOLAND Billund, round the Safari train ride. Rohan adds 'I think it [must have been] a rather boring exhibition: yes the animals are well sculptured, but I think if I was a 10 year old child taken to this, I probably would have rushed through, until I got to the free-play area!"
Is anyone in the USA not out looking for series 3 figs this weekend? I think I'm right in saying that it's only Fred Meyer stores that are stocking them at the moment. Have you found them anywhere else?
I've added a link to the series 3 crib-sheet that Rick from fbtb created, in the menu, for your handy reference.
If you're having no luck finding them locally, there's always eBay which is still awash with them. To see a listing of all available lots, see the set details page or the eBay search tool. Happy bidding!
Cygnet over at The Ugly Duckling at BrickLink recently bought a pack of Pharaoh's Quest magnets containing Jake Raines, a Mummy and an Anubis, which is great except for one thing: when he opened them he found, to his horror, that the legs and torsos are glued to the base!
To be honest I've never been a big minifig magnet fan because the figs are made in China with a lower quality plastic than regular 'figs found in sets, but I know this doesn't bother others so this news will be a bit of a blow.
Read what LEGO Customer Service said about this when he asked them: it's not good news!
I've just checked the entries submitted so far and there are some great ones, but as I said before, I'm sure that you can do better!
This is massive news... barcodes may have gone but news broke overnight (GMT) at fbtb that there IS still a way to find out what's in the pack before you open it, thanks to some 'raised bumps' along the seam.
Not having seen (or felt!) a pack I don't know how obvious these are but you can read more, see photos of them, and grab a cheat-sheet over at fbtb. Thanks DrDave for alerting me to this and fbtb forum member 'that guy' for discovering. As Ace at fbtb says, 'the LEGO community thanks you', but I suspect the LEGO company is not so happy now that its plans for the packs to remain 'blind' have been thwarted. I wonder if they'll make another change on future series' packs.
Now, who's going to come up with the first Android or iPhone app to indentify these? Is it even possible?
Meanwhile, eBay is flooded with the figs and some sellers are now shipping internationally. If you're in Europe and need to be the first on the block with them, check the set details page or the eBay search tool and get bidding!
I've run across so many great polybags recently, I thought a consolidated list would be helpful. Let me know if I've missed any...
- 7802 Le Mans Racer (Target)
- 30002 Police Boat (Target)
- 30031 World Racer Powerboat (Target)
- 30040 Octopus w/ treasure ring (Target)
- 30051 X-Wing Fighter (Target)
- 30071 Army Jeep (Target)
- 4900 Fire Helicopter (Target)
- 30005 Imperial Speeder Bike (Toys R Us)
- 30008 Snowman (Toys R Us)
- 30009 Christmas Tree (Toys R Us)
- 30070 Alien Space Ship (Toys R Us)
Of course by "All", TRU means all except for Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Pharaoh's Quest. Valid this Friday and Saturday (11/19 & 11/20) with coupon. This promotion is also available on-line by entering promotional code 941747 at checkout. This a great opportuntity to stack discounts as TRU has already marked some sets down for the season. Assuming that there are not any hidden exceptions, you could, for example, pick up two Public Transports for $60 each. Additionally, the coupon denotes no other exclusions so it's possible you could use this code on some of the LEGO Direct sets, Power Functions, road plates, and train tracks on-line... provided TRU doesn't pull them all out of stock tonight. Having reviewed all of the forthcoming Black Friday deals, this is definitely the best deal so far. Be sure to check if the discount applies to multiple pairs of items in your cart before checking out though.
"LEGO Group and Disney Consumer Products Announce Building Sets Inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean Films" reads the press release on PRNewswire. There have been pictures of Captain Jack Sparrow in minifig form floating round the 'net for a while, so this comes as no great surprise!
I'm not a big pirates fan, but if you are, let us know what you think about this.
(via A Modular Life)
And there's a photo to prove it over at BrickPop. Apparently there were loads at Fred Myer's in Seattle, WA, but now there are probably none: the guy bought 11 boxes of them...
I guess those of you in the US had better get down to your local branch and see if you can find any.
(via Toys N Bricks)
Update: they are appearing on eBay already, where there are some great pictures. If you are in the US you'll see them on the set details page, if not you can view them via the Brickset eBay search page, and click on United States in the menu.
Update 2: BrickPop has now analysed the contents of the boxes and posted pictures, unfortunately not very good ones, of each 'fig.
Word on the newswire indicates that Myer will be extending their staff discount of 15% to all MyerONE card holders from 18 November 2010 until 20 November 2010.
Brickset was down for a couple of hours today. I apologise for any inconvenience.
Bluemoose has been working overtime today and has processed pictures of the miscellaneous sets we took in the archive. Some of them are not listed anywhere else online (e.g. 1724-1727) although they are in the Collector book. However, this strange set, with two santas, is not listed even in that. According to my notes taken at the time, its set number is 245, but obviously that needs to be confirmed since the number is not on the front of the box and we didn't photograph the sides. Do you know anything about it? Let us know if so!
This Creator set was found in TRU in Indonesia by Eurobricks member Bricks2000. It looks pretty good to me! (thanks Alwyn for the news)
Update: Lots of people are emailing with sightings: rather than me post them all as separate articles, please comment on this one to keep everyone up-to-date. Thanks!
Our journey through the 1970s concludes today with new images for sets released in 1979. Actually, we added many of them earlier in the year when we covered Fabuland and Scala so today the new images of interest are of mostly of Castle, Space and Technic. By the looks of things, in LEGOLAND, the situation regarding minifigs in vehicles was improving: it looks as if they fit in most of them, but the poor taxi driver in 608 has to run alongside his car still :-)
1979 saw the launch of Space sets outside of the USA, so we were able to photograph nearly all of them in the archive, which doesn't generally have US numbered sets. However one exception would seem to be Galaxy Explorer, 497 (US) and 928 (ROW). There's a picture of bluemoose holding the US version of this classic set in the archive in the BrickJournal article about our visit, but for some reason 928 wasn't there.
You may have noticed in some of the pictures that the boxes have stickers on them. All boxes in the archive have a sticker on them, and thankfully in most cases they are on the side. Unfortunately in a few instances they've been stuck on the front which somewhat spoils them (e.g. 877)
Looking at the year's selection again today I think my 'set of the year' award goes to 383 (6083 in the USA) Knight's Joust, which looks so vibrant and exciting on the box.
So, that's the '70s completed but haven't finished yet: we still have around 100 images of sets from the late 1960s to add as well as a handful of other rare sets, some of which are not even listed in our, or any other online database, so stay tuned!
Didier brings us news of a range of limited edition flower vase kits available in French florists. He says there are three different ones, available in three different chains of florists. They are individually numbered and only between 700 and 1150 of each are being made. He's sent pictures of two of them which I've added here.
You'll be relieved to hear that the kits also come with a glass or plastic container that fits inside them to hold the water: without it a vase made of LEGO would be as much use as a chocolate teapot :-)
Didier believes that Rene Hoffmeister, the German LEGO Certified Professional, designed them. Rene is a good friend of Brickset: he hosts our library of set images.
Expect to see some at eBay.fr going for extortionate prices soon...
Update: the third design is shown here: http://www.femmeactuelle.fr/jardin/plante-d-interieur__1/vases-en-lego-monceau-fleurs-00476/(page)/2. The page also confirms Rene as the designer.
Today I have uploaded brand new images of sets released in 1978. 1978 was perhaps the most significant year in LEGO's recent history. After 1978, LEGO sets would never be the same again. It was the year the minfig as we know and love it was born. Although there were a few maxifig sets released, including a nice hair salon and hospital, 1978 was to be the last year they were made: they were superceded well and truly by the minifig.
As you'll see from the pictures, nearly every 'LEGOLAND' set released this year featured one or more minifigs: policemen, firemen, construction workers and so on. In fact there's a surprising variety. However the problem the armless figs had largely remained: they didn't fit in many of their vehicles!
Regarded by many as the greatest set of all time was released this year: 375, the yellow castle, which of course was the first of a long line of Castle sets that continues to this day. The reason it's yellow and not grey is explained by the set's designer in BrickJournal vol. 8: basically, there was not much grey around, mostly plates, and the then owner of LEGO did not want a proliferation of grey so as to prevent tanks and other military models being made.
The first Space sets were also released, but only in the USA. The rest of the world would have to wait a year. The second year of Technical (Technic) sets brought three more classics, including the second such set I owned: 854-1, go-kart.
So, all in all, 1978 was a very significant year indeed and it was a pleasure to handle and photograph these iconic and groundbreaking sets in the LEGO company's vault.
Stay tuned for 1979, which I should be able to add tomorrow.
With Christmas around the corner, the local Australian retailers have begun their run into what is normally their peak-retail selling season, and LEGO is part of their attempt to lure customers into their stores.
Target currently has a 20%-off sale on all LEGO sets. Page 17 of the latest Target Catalogue shows some of the sets available at Target (including set 8096, "Emperor Palpatine's Shuttle"). The Target sale runs from 11-Nov-2010 until 15-Nov-2011.
- Big W
Big W has a number of items on sale, including set 7938 "City Passenger Train", and 7684 "City Pig Farm" (a Big W exclusive, in Australia). You can view the full list of sets on sale in the current Big W catalogue. The Big W sale runs from 11-Nov-2010 until 17-Nov-2010.
Page 5 of the current K-Mart catalogue features a number of City sets (including set 7208 "City Fire Station") and "assorted" Hero Factory sets. The K-Mart sale also runs from 11-Nov-2010 until 17-Nov-2010.
The current Myer catalogue features a number of sets on sale also, including a number of the new Harry Potter sets, such as set 4841 "Hogwarts Express". The Myer sale runs from 04-Nov-2010 until 28-Nov-2010 .
Happy shopping folks!
So... what do you think? There are some interesting models by the looks of things. I particularly like the Bounty Hunter Assault Gunship, because it has an interesting colour scheme and some neat minifigs by the looks of things.
Update: C3POwen has told us where these came from (a German toy shop) and I've now downloaded images for the vast majority of the first batch of 2011 sets from that site: NinjaGo, Technic, Racers and more! See them all in the 2011 set listing. They are not the biggest pictures ever but you can get an idea of what the sets'll be like.
Toys N Bricks is reporting that Pharaoh's Quest and Racers sets are on the shelves in some TRUs already, and we've had reports that 2011 City (Police) sets are, too. This seems very early for them to be available: normally they are put out to fill the shelves left empty by Black Friday. If you have them and can provide decent pictures, preferably scans, of the instruction covers, we'll add them here.
I'm not even sure when Black Friday is (is it the last Friday in November?) but I do know that in the USA you all go shopping crazy and there's loads of offers to be had.
Yellowcastle and I will try and keep you up to date as news of them comes in.
Target: (Beginning 4AM 11/26 and while supplies last): Galactic Enforcer (5974) and Trolls' Mountain Fortress (7097) each $64.99; Additionally, receive $10 Target Giftcard with $100 or more purchase (valid 4AM thru 10AM 11/26)
K-Mart: (No Info Yet):
LEGO Stores: (11/26 while supplies last; store hours vary): Receive a Discount Scratcher at checkout worth 10%, 20%, or 50% off of your purchase
There's an ad in today's papers which states that it's 3-for-2 on all LEGO at Toys R Us until Sunday. The offer IS available on-line, however, there would seem to be some restrictions. See the comments for more details.
How quickly can you guess what’s being built from LEGO bricks?
Creationary is the award-winning build-and-guess LEGO game that challenges the imagination, creativity, building and guessing skills of you, your family and friends with more than 300 bricks and accessories. With LEGO Creationary, you can guess what’s being built on iPad, iPhone & iTouch in this true-to-the-original-board-game app!
“Roll” the LEGO dice to find out which of the 4 randomly selected categories you’re guessing: nature, vehicles, buildings or things. The game starts building an object from that category out of LEGO bricks, and you have to guess which of the four possible answers is correct by tapping the illustration that you think matches what is being built. The faster you guess correctly, the more points you earn. The more you play, the more difficult the game becomes. Guess incorrectly and the game ends.
You can read more and see screenshots at iTunes.
I have my daughter who's at Uni to thank for the news: she found it in the AppStore and txt'd her sister who told me :-)
I'm off to download and play it now, I'll let you know what it's like later!
Later... Well I have to say, it's fun for 5 minutes but there's not much to it! Basically you have to guess what's being built on the screen before it's completed. There's no actual building or anything else remotely interesting involved. It's not much more than an advert for LEGO games. I guess the best thing about it is that it demonstrates that LEGO is investing in developing games for mobile platforms so we can but hope that if this one is deemed a success that better games will follow.
Android users (of which I am one) we need not fret, it's not worth changing allegiance for. Besides, we have Angry Birds now...
Ace over at fbtb has written an excellent new application for iPhone/iPod/iPad called Bricking News.
Bricking News brings together the most popular LEGO AFOL news sites in one convenient app: The Brothers Brick, Eurobricks, Brickset, and From Bricks To Bothans. Each news article is a full text feed complete with pictures so you only have to tap once to read the full story. In addition to the Brickset news feed, the Brickset tab includes a simple search form to search the database for a quick reference look up. There’s also a flickr tab showcasing some of the top LEGO groups on flickr.
This is an great app that will make it easy for you to keep up-to-date with LEGO news while you are out and about. You can find more information and see screenshots at the Bricking News website or the iTunes page. It costs a very reasonable $0.99 or 59p.
Those of you that have been visiting Brickset for a while will remember that earlier this year we were adding brand-new never-before-seen images of sets from the 1970s and 1980s. The last batch we did was in April and at the time we didn't let on where they had come from. All was revealed in the BrickJournal article about our visit to the LEGO archives in Billund that was published shortly afterwards.
A couple of people commented in the survey about the completeness of the database and the size of some of the images so I thought it was about time I finished the job and got the rest added. So today I have added new images of sets released in 1977. I think we managed to photograph most of the European-released sets. Most of the gaps in that list will be the US-only re-releases.
The armless and faceless minifig continued to populate LEGOLAND but still couldn't fit into any vehicles. The bendy-armed maxifig diversified into native Americans, construction workers and firemen. The big news of the year though, was the introduction of Technical sets (later to be renamed Technic). In 1977 I was 14 and probably would have grown out of LEGO were it not for Technic. I remember receiving 850, the yellow Forklift, for a birthday or Christmas and thinking that it was absolutely fantastic!
If you take a look at the Oil Rig set, 373, you can see one particular problem we encountered when photographing the boxes in the archive. Many of them were still wrapped in cellophane which made reflections a problem, but even worse was when the wrapper had broken, as was the case for 373. We wouldn't have been too popular had we removed it to get a better photograph!
I'll be adding 1978 and 1979 in the next few days, which were exciting years: the birth of the proper minifig and of classic space! After that I'll be going back further in time, to the 1960s.
Big thanks are again due to bluemoose for taking the photos and post-processing them to create such crisp, clean images.
The London store, at the Westfield Shopping Centre, will be opening on November 18th, that's just a few weeks away! There's no word yet on whether there'll be an exclusive opening set, which are usually available for the first 300 visitors, but I'd put money on there being one.
Thanks onabrud for the news!
EDIT: We've heard that the two new UK stores will be having so-called "soft openings" before Christmas; the official opening events will be delayed until sometime early in the New Year, so no t-shirt give-aways, building events or 'grand opening' sets until after Christmas. So just to reiterate, the stores *will* be opening mid-November (Westfield) & early-December (Cardiff), but the official 'Grand Opening' events will be in early 2011.
"Recently announced at the Skaerbaek LEGO fan weekend, AFOLCON is a brand new event for the UK and Europe in 2011. Located in central Manchester, AFOLCON will comprise of a two day conference for Adult Fans Of LEGO, with exclusive content from LEGO, TT Games and more. After the conference days, AFOLCON will open its doors to the public for three days.
"AFOLCON is a new style of LEGO event for Europe. Based on the US style of conventions, AFOLCON will give fans the 'inside track' to the LEGO company and licensing partners.
"AFOLCON aims to bring the best of Billund to you! Think Comic-con, but for LEGO! The two private days will include a number of speakers, who will be showing exclusive information not available anywhere else! These include:
- LEGO set designers, showing early set mockups, designs and how a LEGO set is brought to life
- TT Games designers, detailing the process behind creating models for games such as LEGO Harry Potter and LEGO Indiana Jones
"Many more great speakers are yet to be announced. As well as getting the inside track information, AFOLCON attendees will receive a limited edition souvenir brick and a number of other special benefits throughout the whole conference including discounted LEGO!
"We want your MOCs! AFOLCON attendees are also encouraged to bring their LEGO creations to show off throughout both the private and public days. Following the private conference days, the doors will be opened to the public for a long weekend to showcase the best AFOL creations around! The public days will be widely advertised in conjunction with LEGO to encourage thousands of people to come to the show and see your LEGO creations."
AFOLCON will be held on 28th - 29th April 2011 (conference days) and 30th April - 2nd May 2011 (public days) at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester, UK
Brickset is a silver sponsor of the event and we've negotiated a special deal for Brickset visitors: if you are among the first 20 people to register and quote brickset20 when you checkout, you'll receive 20% off the registration price!
This is going to be a great event, definitely not one to be missed, and I'm sure the whole Brickset team will be there. If you've never been to an AFOL event, make this your first!
Find out more at the official website: http://www.afolcon.com/
Shopping Season is once again upon us. Besides some great deals at Borders and Costco, there are already some sales of note at Target, Toys R Us, and Walmart:Target (thru 11/6)· 10% Off most Toy Story 3 and Star Wars sets· Atlantis HQ (8077) - $39.00, Lavatraz (6191) - $37.00Target Holiday Toy Sale (thru 11/24)· With coupon, $5 off Undersea Explorer (8080), City Advent Calendar (2824), Cad Bane's Speeder (8128), Pizza Planet Truck (7598), or City House (8403)Target (11/7 - 11/13)· City Truck (3221) - $24.99· All other City Sets on Sale - Likely 10% OffTarget (thru ?)· Exclusive Lego Bullseye Set with "LEGO" giftcard purchaseToys R Us Doorbusters (thru 11/6)· 30% off Temple of Doom (7199) and Typhoon Turbo Sub (8060) after 3pm Fri / before 1pm SatToys R Us Christmas Book (thru 11/24)· Public Transport (8404) - $79.99· Outpost Attack (7948) - $17.99· King's Castle (7946) - $84.99· Desert of Destruction (8864) - $84.99· Blizzard's Peak (8863) - $49.99· Portal of Atlantis (8078) - $84.99· Shadow Snapper (8079) - $24.99· Atlantis HQ (8077) - $39.99· Neptune Carrier (8075) - $51.99· Passenger Plane (7893) - $34.99· Fire Station (7945) - $69.99· Police HQ (7744) - $79.99· Turbo Tank (8098) - $114.99· AT-AT (8129) - $109.99Walmart (thru ?)· Turbo Tank (8098) - $103.54· Toy Story Train (7597) - $60.00· Atlantis HQ (8077) - $39.00· Wampa Cave (8089) - $32.50· Lunar Limo (5984) - $32.00· Fire Helicopter (7206) - $32.00· Midi Star Destroyer (8099) - $32.00· Passenger Plane (7893) - $30.00· Plo Koon's Starfighter (8093) - $19.00· Jagged Jaws Reef (8897) - $15.00· Deep Sea Striker (8076) - $15.00· City Tanker Truck (3180) - $15.00
I've just created the database entries for both 'Monthly Mini Model Build' (MMMB) models for this month - the US/Canadian "Turkey Dinner" model, and the UK/Germany "Fire Place" model. For those who aren't aware, these 'MMMB' models are available free of charge as an in-store promotion in the LEGO Brand stores on the first Tuesday (North America) or first Thursday (Europe) of every month - details here.
Bill 'TooMuchDew' Toenjes has once again posted scans of next month's in-store event calendar for the US stores; you can see the front here and the rear here. He's also posted instructions for both of this months MMMB sets on his flickr account, as well as providing us with the image of the US 'Turkey Dinner' card. Many thanks Bill, you're a star!
You've probably read on other sites about this new partnership, which I believe involves a LEGO model of a shuttle going into space in a real space shuttle (NASA press release)
Now, we have pictures of two of the sets destined to be launched (!) next year: the shuttle shown here and a model of the international space station. You can see this and read more at CollectSpace.
I've made a few changes to address some comments made in the survey:
- Where are the links to Peeron and BrickLink that used to be on the menu of the set details pages?
These were removed a while ago when I rearranged the page and added the tabbed interface for the instructions etc. I've now added a new tab 'Links' which has them all. If you know of any other LEGO resources I should add here, let me know.
- Why are there so many different versions of the instructions listed?
The instructions tab is populated by scanning LEGO's server. For some reason they publish multiple versions of the same instruction manual: sometimes there are different versions to be printed on A4 or US-sized paper and sometimes, over time, instructions are updated (e.g for this year's Technic digger). To hopefully make it slightly easier for you to identify them I've added LEGO's own description for them. Unfortunately they are often a bit cryptic so they might not be much help...
While looking for links to add to the tab I searched for LEGO instructions on Google. I couldn't really believe what I saw: loads of copycat sites like 'freelegoinstructions.com' and 'lego-instructions.com' which seem to exist only to make their owners a fast buck and add no value at all. None of them were very comprehensive, you're better off searching here then downloading from LEGO.com or Peeron. I'm surprised the lawyers haven't closed them down yet: they tend to come down heavily on domains with the word LEGO in them.
I'd like to add links to brickfactory which is well established and comprehensive but unfortunately it's coded in such a way that it's impossible to link to specific instructions, you need to navigate through a tortuous menu system to find what you're after. I've tried contacting the webmaster to see if things can be improved, but no reply yet...
- Where are the links to Peeron and BrickLink that used to be on the menu of the set details pages?
Here is what I believe to be the first non confidential image of the series three figs due out in January. The original was posted on a Chinese (Hong Kong) website, Toys Daily.
What do you think will be the 'must have' figs, and which will be the 'crash test dummies' of this series?
Thanks to an anonymous Taiwanese correspondent for alerting us to this.
Rockefeller Center, New York. (via Eurobricks)
The team over at the Brick Comic Network are holding a competition with a grand prize of a 10216 Winter Village Bakery and a host of other goodies for 24 runners up. All you need to do is make a small Christmas-themed set out of 20 parts or less. The competition is open from now until the 28th of November. One runner up will be revealed every day during December before Christmas day, when the grand prize winner will be announced.
I've been invited to help judge the entries and I'll be looking for originality, unusual use of pieces and whether it's something I'd like to find in an official LEGO Advent Calendar set.
You can read the rules and find out how to enter over in the BCN forums. Good luck!